Created By: KingZeal on August 21, 2012 Last Edited By: KingZeal on January 20, 2014

Get Laid Or Die Trying

A character does something courageous, traumatic, monumental or suicidal to have sex.

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Simon: I mean to say...
Kaylee: (cocks her gun) Hell with this. I'm gonna live!
Kaylee and Simon, surrounded by thousands of Reavers, Serenity

A character knows that they need to get laid. And they want to. Desperately, in fact.

The thing is, getting it (or at least, with the person they want) is an ordeal. They need to move mountains, walk on hot coals, drag carts through the desert, and single-handedly defeat The Empire. Or, they think they do anyway.

This motivation is all they need.

Tends to overlap with Love Makes You Evil, Love Makes You Crazy, and Love Makes You Stupid. May invoke My Biological Clock Is Ticking, I Want Grandkids, or good old-fashioned Deus Sex Machina.

Note: This trope does not apply for obscure instances. Not every Save the Princess trope is this plot (not even when it involves a Standard Hero Reward). Also, there is a difference between doing these things for love and doing them for sex. Examples must be the latter.

Also: incidentally, this is the Trope Namer.
     Live-Action Film 
  • As seen above, the penultimate resolution of the Unresolved Sexual Tension between Sim
  • This is the entire plot of Super Bad. Each of the teenaged protagonists is desperate to get laid. Seth even openly admits that he would risk his life to get laid.on and Kaylee in Serenity.

     Live-Action Television 
  • In the Criminal Minds episode "Jones", the team concludes that the killer must be female to have so easily lured men away from their drinking buddies. One character references this trope, saying: "Testosterone'd follow a woman to Thailand, barefoot".
  • In the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs, the episode "Giant of the Skies" has an old Ornithocheirus who is on his way to the mating grounds. Due to delays he arrives late and exhausted which eventually causes him to collapse and die while trying to attract a female.

     Videogames 
  • No More Heroes: The protagonist's objective is this, going as far as to challenge professional assassins.

     Western Animation 
  • Penelope Pussycat, the "heroine" of most Pepe LePew stories. While Pepe himself is usually the aggressor, when he does it, it's mostly a sense of romanticism. In the stories where she's the one chasing him, she's a hell of a lot more forward about it. Unfortunately for both of them . . .

     Real Life 
  • Several animal species have incredibly dangerous mating rituals. In some cases mating is guaranteed to kill them (salmon and praying mantises) and in some cases, it's only when they fail to escape afterward (black widow spiders).
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • August 21, 2012
    Psi001
    • Brian of Family Guy will go through all sorts of degrading or deceitful methods to get laid. He once even kept Stewie in the nursery of an abusive (yet attractive) babysitter, refusing to call the police till he could finally get her naked, inverting it into a case of "Get Laid Or Get Someone Else Killed Trying". Despite his efforts, or sometimes because of it, it almost never works.
  • August 21, 2012
    KingZeal
    Don't think that counts. It's a good example for Karma Equals Sex, though.
  • August 21, 2012
    TheNinth
    Pepe Le Pew is French, not a Latin Lover. Except in France. I also don't know if you can call Simon and Kaylee unresolved sexual tension when they obviously resolved it.

  • August 21, 2012
    KingZeal
    It was unresolved before they resolved it.
  • August 21, 2012
    SharleeD
    • In the Criminal Minds episode "Jones", the team concludes that the killer must be female to have so easily lured men away from their drinking buddies. One character references this trope, saying: "Testosterone'd follow a woman to Thailand, barefoot".
  • August 22, 2012
    sigh824
    No More Heroes's main guy's objective is this, going as far as to challenge professional assassins.
  • August 23, 2012
    Drax
    Saw this and immediatly thought of the opening sequence of "Battleship." Stone was really just drunkenly thinking of getting laid, though it did cange later...
  • August 23, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Some cannibalistic creatures are like this (infact sometimes death is involved with reproduction). look at Out With A Bang. Also i did see a hilarious picture/comic of a someone planning to have sex with a slime/goo girl (its a fetish if your wondering, but i think this guy just wanted sex) that he knew is caustic (the caustic is probably not normally part of the fetish). His safety device was a condom. don't know where it is, but it would be great if someone posted a link to it.
  • August 23, 2012
    surgoshan
    • This is the entire plot of American Pie. Each of the four teenaged protagonists is desperate to get laid.
  • August 23, 2012
    pcw2727
    ^ but not to the point of risking their lives for that Super Bad is your go to. Seth even openly admits that he would risk his life to get laid.

    Real Life

    Several animal species have incredibly dangerous mating rituals. In some cases mating is guaranteed to kill them (salmon, praying mantises, black widow spiders).
  • August 25, 2012
    Tallens
    ^^That's actually a misconception. Black Widow males can survive to mate with several females. It's usually when he gets too old to escape after the mood has passed that he gets eaten.

    • In the BBC's Walking With Dinosaurs, the episode "Giant of the Skies" has an old Ornithocheirus who is on his way to the mating grounds. Due to delays he arrives late and exhausted which eventually causes him to collapse and die while trying to attract a female.
  • August 28, 2012
    Medinoc
    I think outside of this site people tend to call this "testosterone poisoning", but the name is used for a trope about over-the-top manliness.
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