Created By: StarSword on May 11, 2013 Last Edited By: StarSword on May 24, 2013
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Introduction by Hookup

Character has what they think is a one-night stand. Next morning they encounter their partner in an unrelated context and awkwardness ensues.

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Sometimes characters just need to get laid, no strings attached. Sometimes the strings get tangled up in their feet when they're not paying attention. This trope covers instances of a one-night stand followed by awkwardness when one participant encounters the other in an unrelated context the next morning. Frequently said context is at work, where the other party is the new guy (for extra awkwardness, s/he is the first character's supervisor).

This may or may not be the start of a Romance Arc, and by extension may occur in romantic comedies.

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Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Happens in the beginning of Guilty Love, where Nina sleeps with a random woman she meets in the bar--only to discover the next morning that the woman, Mayu, is her daughter's preschool teacher.
  • In the ecchi anime OAV based on the equally ecchi manga Cinderella Express, Yuuji Shimano is on the train to his wedding location when a hooker hired by his buddies stops by the private compartment to give him a little fun. She gets off the station before he does and he thinks he'll never see her again. She is, in fact, his new sister-in-law who is moving into the same apartment building.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • Top Gun: The evening following orientation Maverick seduces a blonde named Charlotte Blackwood in the ladies room at a local bar. Next morning he and Goose head out to the tarmac for a pre-exercise briefing and discover that the blonde, "callsign 'Charlie'", is an astrophysicist and civilian Top Gun instructor. They eventually end up as the film's Official Couple.
  • Incredibly awkward in Old School. Mitch hooks up with a girl who turns out to be his boss's daughter. And she's still in high school. Then she shows up later while he's in the middle of a date.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Early in Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff, Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr discovers that the di'Taykan she went to bed with the previous night is actually her platoon's new second lieutenant whom she was supposed to meet in the morning. In this case the awkwardness is only during the briefing and entirely on Torin's end: Taykans are hardly puritanical about sex and they have no trouble working together thereafter.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • This is how Meredith meets Derek in Grey's Anatomy. The day before Meredith starts her new job as a surgical intern she has a one night stand. The next day she finds out he works as an attending at the same hospital.
  • In Inspector Rex, Marc Hoffman and Nikki Herzog have a one-night stand the morning before they start the new jobs. The next morning, they not only discover that they are both police officers, but they are now partners.
  • In an episode of Bones Brennan has a one night stand with her former college professor who has just come to town. The next day she discovers that he's the forensic anthropologist that the defense has hired for a trial she's testifying at.
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Indexes: Romance Arc (sometimes), Sex Tropes, Surprise Tropes

Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • May 12, 2013
    Koveras
    A valid trope but needs a better title that doesn't sound like dialogue...

    • Happens in the beginning of Guilty Love, where Nina sleeps with a random woman she meets in the bar--only to discover the next morning that the woman, Mayu, is her daughter's preschool teacher.
  • May 12, 2013
    StarSword
    As noted in the description, I welcome suggestions. I'm aware the title sounds like a stock phrase.
  • May 12, 2013
    OmarKarindu
    Introduction By Hookup? Or you could use your own suggestion and call it something like No Strings Hookup Entanglement or No Strings Hookup Tangle.
  • May 12, 2013
    DracMonster
    Fancy Humping Into You Here

    Yeah, I know that'll never pass, but I can dream can't I?
  • May 12, 2013
    StarSword
    ^That one's almost painful. And then I started giggling inanely. Is that good or bad?

    I like No Strings Hookup Tangle, though Introduction By Hookup is clearer.
  • May 12, 2013
    DunDun
    The Metaphorgotten just makes the description confusing. I suggest just deleting that sentence, really.

    I like Introduction By Hookup. But I feel like I need to suggest a name anyways, The Morning After Realization? Sounds a bit like had-drunk-sex-wake-up-and-not-know-who's-in-your-bed, though.
  • May 12, 2013
    m8e
    I know this isn't limited to coworkers but, maybe Morning After Coworker?
  • May 12, 2013
    Marz1200
    Live Action TV

    • This is how Meredith meets Derek in Greys Anatomy. The day before Meredith starts her new job as a surgical intern she has a one night stand. The next day she finds out he works as an attending at the same hospital.
  • May 12, 2013
    StarSword
    Going with Introduction By Hookup (three votes counting me).
  • May 12, 2013
    foxley
    In Inspector Rex, Marc Hoffman and Nikki Herzog have a one-night stand the morning before they start the new jobs. The next morning, they not only discover that they are both police officers, but they are now partners.
  • May 12, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Kicked the page into the right namespace and added the example.
  • May 13, 2013
    tardigrade
    In the British comedy series "Fresh Meat", Josie and J.P. have a one-night stand upon arriving at University only to discover in the morning that they will be sharing a flat for the rest of the academic year.
  • May 13, 2013
    StarSword
    Thoughts on tropes to compare/contrast with?
  • May 13, 2013
    remande
    Didn't Maverick hook up with the instructor in Top Gun?
  • May 13, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Crap, how did I forget that one? That's one of my favorite movies!
  • May 13, 2013
    SKJAM
    In the ecchi anime OAV based on the equally ecchi manga Cinderella Express, Yuuji Shimano is on the train to his wedding location when a hooker hired by his buddies stops by the private compartment to give him a little fun. She gets off the station before he does and he thinks he'll never see her again. She is, in fact, his new sister-in-law who is moving into the same apartment building.
  • May 14, 2013
    StarSword
    Bump.
  • May 16, 2013
    StarSword
    Bump.
  • May 18, 2013
    StarSword
    Bump. Description thoughts?
  • May 18, 2013
    henke37
    This one smells like romcom.
  • May 18, 2013
    DunDun
    ^It's certainly a common trope found in romantic comedies, but this is not the genre of romantic comedies.
  • May 20, 2013
    surgoshan
    • Incredibly awkward in Old School. Mitch hooks up with a girl who turns out to be his boss's daughter. And she's still in high school. Then she shows up later while he's in the middle of a date.
  • May 20, 2013
    StFan
    • Happens in a Hentai one-shot by Juan Gotoh, "Positive Sherry", where a part-time substitute teacher finds out the young boy she's taken the virginity the previous day is in her new class. And of course, the first thing the dumb kid blurts out is precisely this.
  • May 20, 2013
    StarSword
    I'm debating whether adding that would violate the Content Policy.
  • May 20, 2013
    DunDun
    If it's debatable (in regards to the Content Policy), then it's safer to just not add it? That said, it might be a passable example if it's reworded a bit. I can't put my tongue on it, but there's something there that's just... off.
  • May 20, 2013
    StarSword
    Eh, I'll take the question to the 5P guys.
  • May 21, 2013
    StarSword
    Sorry, St Fan, the 5P circuit shot it down.
  • May 22, 2013
    StFan
    I'm not surprised. I hesitated a lot before even submitting it.
  • May 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Bones Brennan has a one night stand with her former college professor who has just come to town. The next day she discovers that he's the forensic anthropologist that the defense has hired for a trial she's testifying at.
  • May 24, 2013
    StarSword
    Bump.
  • May 24, 2013
    StarSword
    Ok, last call for examples. Launching at 3:30 EST.
  • May 24, 2013
    Koveras
    Just Launch It Already--this had to be said. :D
  • May 24, 2013
    StarSword
    ^No, it didn't. Launching now.
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