Created By: Aquila89 on June 4, 2012 Last Edited By: Aquila89 on June 7, 2012

Fake Orgasm

A character fakes an orgasm

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A woman fakes having a loud orgasm usually to avoid hurting the feelings of her partner, or because they just want to get it over with.

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Examples:

  • The most famous example is from When Harry Met Sally..., where the protagonists argue in a deli about whether men tell if a woman is faking. Sally claims that they can't, and to prove her point, she fakes a loud orgasm right there.
  • In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the two couples end up with rooms next to each other. Peter and Rachel are intentionally loud to annoy Sarah. Sarah retaliates by faking, much to Aldous's annoyance. "I mean I've heard that women do fake orgasms, but I've never seen one. It really deeply upset me."
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Mango", the characters discuss faking orgasms, and Elaine admits that she always faked when she was with Jerry, upsetting him. Later, Kramer says that he sometimes faked it so that could he wrap it up and move on to other things. In the end, George accuses his girlfriend with faking, causing her to throw him out.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Bart's Friends Falls in Love", the class watches a sex ed film starring bunnies.
    Narrator: Then came the big day. Fluffy and Fuzzy got married! That night came the honeymoon...
    Kids: Ewwww!
    Mrs. Krabappel: She's faking it.
  • Gender Flipped in the Friends episode "The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work", where Chandler admits that he faked "that thing that I have to do to make a baby".
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • June 4, 2012
    peccantis
    So what makes faked orgasms in media different from RL ones? I.e. why is this not PSOC?
  • June 4, 2012
    Aquila89
    I don't understand. People Sit On Chairs is not something that happens in real life too, but something that doesn't convey meaning. This can convey a meaning; for example, it can be used to show that All Women Are Prudes, they don't really like sex, just pretend to, for the sake of the man. It's also different in that in fiction, it's almost always the woman is the one who's faking, while in real life, men do it too (condoms make it easier).
  • June 4, 2012
    animeg3282
    Sometimes it's used as comedy or the man gets really mad and there's drama.
  • June 4, 2012
    Dacilriel
    In a That Guy With The Glasses special called "Linking Up With Linkara" it is revealed at the end that nothing had happened at all and The Nostalgia Chick and Marz Gurl were both faking that they had had incredible orgasms.
  • June 4, 2012
    Aquila89
    That's not it, since they didn't actually have sex. They didn't fake orgasms, they lied about having them.
  • June 4, 2012
    NightNymph
    I believe there was also a gender flip in the Seinfeld episode mentioned above..
    • Probably from being "cursed" as a Kavorka Man, Kramer admitted that he sometimes faked it so that could he wrap it up and move on to other things.
  • June 4, 2012
    Dacilriel
    ^^that's why I said in the spoiler that nothing had happened. They weren't faking the orgasms; they were faking that they had had them. Perhaps I should have phrased it more clearly.
  • June 5, 2012
    Shrikesnest
    In one of Dennis Miller's 90s stand-up comedy routines, he claims that he once had to fake an erection. "There's a lot of eye contact involved in that."
  • June 6, 2012
    peccantis
    Let me clarify. "Fake orgasms for any narrative reason" is not a trope. You cannot define a trope by "X happens in media for various reasons, let's list all the instances of X in media". Instead you must split all those reasons into separate tropes, that's what makes them tropes.

    For instance: "People sit on chairs for various reasons in media. Perhaps to imply that they're superior compared to everyone else who stand. Sometimes to show how childish and carefree they are when they do silly antics with swivel chairs. Sometimes for a neat identity reveal when a mysterious character turns around in a revolving chair to face the camera. Sometimes a character's authority is underlined by making their chair massive." This is People Sit On Chairs as a whole, although it lists various valid chair-related tropes.

    Orgasm Obligation i.e. you're 'morally obligated' to have an orgasm (implicating that not enjoying the sex would be rude towards your partner; or that orgasm is just something that "happens" when you have sex and if it isn't coming on its own you're not normal (teens seem to get this idea somehow, perhaps from Cosmopolitan?); and that you aren't enjoying sex if you don't orgasm)) and if things aren't working the right way you must fake one. This could easily be a trope. (In fact it's an interesting trope I'd be glad to see YKTT Wd and launched). (This actually extends from just faking orgasms to lying about having them: I'm not sure (haven't seen the show) but quite possibly in Sex And The City one of the friends hadn't ever experienced an orgasm and felt like she wasn't a "real woman" or having "real sexuality", so she used to lie about it and pretend she was some sort of an orgasm guru.)

    Or Saved By Fake Orgasm (i.e. the sex is boring and you want it to end so you fake the big O). That's another trope I see here.

    TL;DR: separate YKTT Ws for separate tropes please, even if they have a common topic.
  • June 6, 2012
    Aquila89
    I think a lot of tropes would fail these standards. I mean just from the sex tropes? The Loins Sleep Tonight: man is unable to get it up for any narrative reason. Auto Erotica: sex in a car for any narrative reason. Erotic Dream: an erotic dream for any narrative reason. Interrupted Intimacy: couple is interrupted for any narrative reason. And so on. Since when our standards are that strict?
  • June 6, 2012
    peccantis
    ^ I had no idea those have such lax standards. It's time to TRS them. Sadly, I'm already babysitting so to say a number of TRS threads and YKTT Ws so itäs going to my to do list rather than execution right away...
  • June 7, 2012
    AP
    This is very obviously tropable. As mentioned, it sometimes used as a way to show women are prudes or as a funny way to show men are lousy in bed. There are numerous reasons why the orgasm is faked just like there are meaning reasons for, say, a Roaring Rampage Of Revenge.
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