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->''While the wee wife's away, a word on the subject of onanism: in this house, we don't masturbate. It's not a very pleasant thing to do. One hates to imagine [[ThinkOfTheChildren young Chloe or Radclyffe]] scampering down the stairs of a Saturday morning, only to find you, [[UnusualEuphemism double-bent on the sofa, pumping your fist!]]''
-->-- '''Harvey Denton''', ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen''

A subtrope of CringeComedy. A character, thinking they are alone, decides to [[ADateWithRosiePalms indulge in a little self-pleasuring]] only to be interrupted by their partner, parent, sibling, best friend, TheVicar (for maximum laughs), whatever. Seriously people, next time - lock the door.

Usually PlayedForLaughs, although it's not impossible to see it PlayedForDrama. For when it is not a solo situation, see InterruptedIntimacy.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* For a long time, Holeproof underwear's slogan was "One day, you're gonna get caught with your pants down".
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Many, many a start of the intimate portion of That Wasn't There Before {{Hentai}} {{Futanari}} {{doujinshi}} in a ''particularly'' embarrassing example.
** Or just {{Hentai}} in general...
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' strongly implies that France was caught by Germany, with his pants down. France had been reflecting on his military history and telling himself how strong he was, getting more agitated, and red and blue-striped in the face all the while. Then Germany bursts in with a gun drawn, looks horrified for a second then says, "I hate to disturb you when you're busy, but put your hands in the air."
* Happens to Satou when his mother walks in on him in the ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' manga, with the added embarrassment that he's looking at {{Hentai}} at the time. And has set up a [[PornStash customized rig for internet porn]] [[DidntThinkThisThrough in his parents' spare bedroom]], [[UpToEleven complete with a leather massage chair]].
** To make matters worse, he proceeds to stumble on the headphones cable, unplugging it and ''flooding the room with ultra-loud girly sex moaning''. Satou freaking snaps then and there.
* Alice learns the hard way in ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' that internet surveillance is more intensive than she thought... [[spoiler:Of course, the fact her best friend is an omnipresent god who can materialise in Alice's room at will doesn't help either.]]
* ''F3: Frantic, Frustrated & Female'' opens with this trope, as a girl unable to climax has her big sister walk in on her. [[spoiler: The sister, after exhausting herself trying to "help", hypnotizes the girl into orgasming -- but a badly worded command makes it only happen whenever her sister touches her, and instantly happen then. Cue several random touchings of the shoulder, slaps on the back, etc.]] The manga goes for 3 more books after this, the whole thing never gets resolved.
* Happens in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (the infamous [[CargoShip 'Table-kun']] incident). Fortunately for Nina, Nunally couldn't see what was happening and is too innocent to realize what was going on. Probably. Hopefully.
** ''WebVideo/CodeMENT'', naturally, handled this with the amount of tact and subtlety one would expect from an AbridgedSeries:
-->'''Nunally:''' I think Nina's really sick. I walked in on her in the Student Faculty Room and she sounded like a dying coyote.
* An implied near-miss happens to Maho Nitori in ''WanderingSon.'' She and her brother Shuuichi sleep in bunk beds and at the end of chapter 39 when Shuuichi is woken up by creaking sounds and looks to see a panicked Maho out of bed asking if he'd heard. As she leaves the room, her pajama bottoms have a dark stain. The situation implies either this trope, an aversion of NoPeriodsPeriod, or, what the heck, both.
** From the looks of it, it was probably a period stain; she also mutters something about whether had mom had "any", implying tampons or pads. Though she did act a bit too suspicious and embarrassed.
* ''MyBalls''. Subverted when [[spoiler: Elyse puts Kohta under a sort of "hypnosis" so she can take advantage of him without his knowledge. He snaps out of it several times with her in ... compromising positions.]]
* In the manga of ''{{Bokurano}}'', it's implied that Dung Beetle catches Anko like this at one point. She's none too happy about it. [[spoiler: In a subversion, he caught her daydreaming and dancing when she's home alone, not masturbating.]]
** [[spoiler: Mako "Nakama" Nakarai]] invokes the trope before fighting. [[spoiler: The AlphaBitch who bullies Mako is having sex with a guy (presumably her boyfriend) inside a hotel room within the fight area, and she asks Koyemshi to rescue the couple before any of them get a chance to get dressed so they end up naked first in the cockpit, where all the pilot children are. After Mako gives the AlphaBitch a slap and a WhatTheHellHero, they're sent inside a van on which the girl's mother is leaving the battle area. Given that the fight had not even started, is pretty much given that [[GenreSavvy Mako did it on purpose]], to teach the AlphaBitch a lesson about caring for other people: it ultimately works, as Mako's arc ends with said AlphaBitch acting more humbly as she helps clean up the classroom.]]
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]] uses hidden dirty magazines as an excuse for making sure other people haven't entered his room. When L, his father and his sister Sayu see this, they don't see the Death Note, thankfully, but they do accuse Light of being a pervert (L even remarks it's perfectly natural for someone his age).
* A double entry from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' when Kyon was closing the pictures of Mikuru's chest with star-shaped mole: He forgot to close the folder which had the name of "Mikuru" written as the folder name. It's busted by Haruhi spotting Mikuru having some "fun" with Kyon - which did not translate so well for [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world]].
* ''Yuria100Shiki'' pretty much runs on this trope.
** At least, it does with the titular [[{{Sexbot}} Yuria]]. The slightly more advanced Juria poses as an inanimate sex toy, so she's more likely to invert the trope, pretending to be "in use" by her owner to get out of situations that would reveal her true nature.
* ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'' is a 22-year-old virgin living on the roof of the middle school where he teaches. He works off the frustrations that come with being a ChivalrousPervert, so it's no surprise that he's been literally caught with his pants down.
* In one chapter of the ''GunsmithCats'' manga, Minnie May is masturbating to a photo of her missing boyfriend Kenny when Becky walks in on her.
* The plot of ''{{Onani Master Kurosawa}}'' begins with this.
* In chapter 337 of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[NobleDemon Eva]] walks in on [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]] [[FantasticArousal winding herself up]] (technically, powering self up, but it has VERY similar effects to sexual arousal) while calling out Negi's name. HilarityEnsues since Eva is ''very'' amused and pleased.
* Momo in ''ToLoveRuDarkness'' gets caught by her twin sister playing with her [[FantasticArousal tail]]. Luckily for her, Nana is too innocent to realize what Momo was doing.
* In ''Manga/OniichanNoKotoNankaZenzenSukiJaNaiNDakaraNe'', Shuusuke was completely nonplussed when Iroha told him how much his masturbates ([[AllMenArePerverts 5 times a day!]]), down to which hand he uses. It turned out she snooped him through a telescope.
* At the end of the ''LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious'' OVA, the gang catches Shiraho wiggling on top of Sovereignty's sleeping bag and breathing in her scent. Shiraho doesn't take it well.
* ''Virgin Night'': A student being caught by his tutor indulging ADateWithRosiePalms kicks off "The First Goodbye".
* Featured in one of the [[{{Omake}} fake volume previews]] for ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', with Jean's mother walking in on him while he's [[ADateWithRosiePalms dealing with the curse of puberty]].
* Played with in ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'', naturally: Shino is concerned about [[ACupAngst her breasts]], and then remembers a rumour that they become bigger if you massage them. So she starts to rub her breasts over her shirt, when Takatoshi walks in. It's quite awkward, but then Shino tries to save face. How? By declaring that she's 'just sexually frustrated'. Takatoshi mutters that that isn't a very good excuse.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* In the ''{{XXXenophile}}'' story "Touch Tone" a woman is indulging in some phone sex late at night at work when the guy she thought was on the other end of the phone walks into the room.
** In "Trees A Crowd", a man enjoying some alone time in a forest is interrupted by a dryad.
* In ''ComicBook/TheBoys'', [[NaiveNewcomer Wee Hughie]] is sent to infiltrate G-Wiz, a superhero team loosely modeled off one of the X-men spinoffs and a frat house, complete with a luxuriously-appointed porn theatre...in which he later finds the whole team.
* The ''Foes and Fortunes'' arc of ''ComicBook/HackSlash'' had Vlad accidentally walk in on Cassie "daydreaming" about fellow AntiHero Samhain.
* A short comic by Phoebe Gloeckner has a Czech punk girl caught not once but twice when she has sex with her punk boyfriend in public. The second time, her mother happens to be among the people witnessing this. Big Oops.
* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen: Rorschach'', Rorschach kicks down the door on a crook while he is in a booth at an adult cinema.
* In ''Agent X'' #14, Alex and Sandi accidentally walk in on {{Deadpool}} masturbating. Being temporarily mentally-impaired (not to mention being Deadpool), he doesn't stop.
* Happens in a lot of gags in ''ComicBook/RedEars''.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Alias}}'' #22, a teenaged Jessica Jones is shown looking at a pin-up of Johnny Storm while masturbating. She is implied to orgasm just as her little brother walks in.
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[[folder:FanFic]]
* ''[[http://restrictedsection.org/story.php?story=2575 Before the Silver Doe]]'' by Metafrantic takes this to ludicrous levels. First, Hermione walks in on Harry masturbating. Then, Harry walks in on Hermione masturbating. Then Harry masturbates to the thought of Ginny masturbating in the same way that he had caught Hermione masturbating. [[OverlyLongGag Then Hermione decides to watch Harry masturbate.]] [[SerialEscalation And THEN Harry watches Hermione masturbate with the latters consent, and ends up masturbating to Hermione's masturbation.]] [[{{Narm}} It becomes rather funny after a while.]]
* The start of the "Vs. Ponyville" arc in ''{{Progress}}'' sees Celestia finding Luna in the library, asking why, and not getting a straight answer. She figures it out within seconds: Luna walked in on Sundance (her roommate) and Hoyden (Sundance's coltfriend) mating (capping her long streak of luck walking in on them being romantic). In order to help avoid awkwardness, Celestia assigns Luna to duties that require her to leave Canterlot for a while.
* In ''[[FanFic/StarsAbove Stars Above]]'', [[spoiler:poor [[Manga/LuckyStar Kagami]] is interrupted during some private time in the bath by one of the most unwelcome visitors imaginable... [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyu]][[WeaselMascot bey]].]]
* In Romano in the fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8161957/1/Peeping_Romano Peeping Romano]]''. He gets caught masturbating while trying to "protect" Italy from Germany by sneaking into his house, he is caught with not only his pants down but [[{{Nosebleed}} with blood all over his hands]].
* An ''{{ER}}'' fanfic had Doug walking in on Carol as she was doing this. She is of course, self-conscious and embarrassed that he caught her like this, even as he tries to reassure her that it was beautiful to see her that way--the very reason he walked in was because he was so turned on that he wanted to have sex right then and there.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': This is essentially the entire premise of portalkink's "The Long Wait". As part of a Human Wheatley alternative story arc, GLaDOS and Chell catch Wheatley getting off to the testing euphoria and ultimately use this to [[spoiler: break his spirit. Wheatley does not become aware that he was being watched until the very end.]]
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5055274/25/The-Graduation-Class The Graduation Class]]'' explores one of ''those'' little social embarrassments that are never, ever, talked about. What happens when two people of the same gender are forced by circumstances to share a bedroom - and during the night one feels a need to masturbate? Miss Alice Band is faced with this dilemma with her room-mate and turns over some possible reactions in her mind...
** The same author mentions a scene where a group of female teachers are comparing notes concerning their respective schools. All are female, young enough to be attractive, and experienced enough to accept it happens with adolescent boys. The general consensus is expressed by a practically-minded [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} Quirmian]]:
--> ''Ma Foi!The kind way is to pretend to be unaware it happens, but to privately take it as a compliment. Boys will be boys, after all, and a boy of fourteen who does not relieve his physical need is an un-natural boy. If he thinks of me while he is doing it, it is a compliment!''
-->''Alice had agreed, relating what the Guild laundress had said to her about "it's true young boys are the focus for poltergeist activity, as the wizards say, miss. There's always a lot of bumping in the night, by all accounts, and lots of ectoplasm on their bedsheets the next morning!"
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* ''Film/AmericanPie''
** The infamous pie scene (pictured above) along with the tube sock in the beginning.
** And in ''AmericanPie 2'', Jim accidentally superglues himself to himself when he mistakes a tube of superglue for lubricant, and has to go to hospital with one hand stuck to his penis and the other clutching the pornographic video he'd been watching (which had gotten glued to his ''other'' hand).
** The third movie has Jim and Stifler getting caught what looks like bestiality, Stifler having sex with Jim's grandmother, and Michelle under the table while Jim's dad interrupts.
** And in ''The Naked Mile''
* ''SerialMom''
* In ''TommyBoy'', Chris Farley catches David Spade masturbating over a woman skinny-dipping in a hotel pool and mocks him for it.
** Bonus points towards WTF: That woman was Lorri Bagley, Farley's then-girlfriend in real life.
* ''FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' - "Doesn't anybody ever fucking knock anymore?"
** This scene was parodied in the "[[StacysMom Stacy's Mom]]" video by Fountains of Wayne, with the added fillip that Stacy walks in on the boy, thinks he's doing it for ''her'', and appears somewhat happy. As the song's title suggests, it's not Stacy he was picturing.
* Parodied by ''NotAnotherTeenMovie'': the teenage girl tries to have some "alone time" with a dildo on her eighteenth birthday, when her parents, grandparents, siblings, family pets, pastor, and the girl scout troop she mentors enter in quick succession.
* ''[[DonnieDarko Donnie Darko's]]'' psychiatrist hypnotises him to encourage him to talk more openly, only for Donnie to go off on a tangent about ''[[MarriedWithChildren Married... With Children]]'' and try to masturbate to Christina Applegate.
* In ''[[YouMeAndDupree You, Me and Dupree]]'', husband and wife, Carl and Molly, catch Carl's best friend, Dupree, masturbating in their living room to a porno movie. Unfortunately, Dupree didn't put away a box labeled "camping gear" where he got the tape from which contained Carl's entire [[PornStash collection of Asian porn movies]] which his wife forced him to [[HurricaneOfPuns toss]].
* Subverted in ''TheresSomethingAboutMary'' when Ted is caught looking at Mary out the window and they assume he is masturbating. His attempts to cover up lead to [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]], word-of-mouth, and box office success.
** Plus he wasn't even looking at Mary, he was looking at a songbird in the same general direction as Mary.
* In the movie ''The Calcium Kid,'' Jimmy Connolly (Orlando Bloom) is a dim amateur boxer who becomes the focus of a BBC documentary. Not knowing that his whole life is being documented, he wakes up one morning and starts masturbating, not realizing that the scene is being filmed. The film crew interrupts him and HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Literature/AngelasAshes'', Frank and his friends regularly go to a rocky, hilly landscape in the wilderness and [[ADateWithRosiePalms wank]] off next to each other (but apparently not 'with' each other). Being Catholic, they have to confess their sins. It helps that the old priest is mostly deaf and doesn't really pay attention to a word they said -- until one day Frank slides into the booth all set to confess and finds a new and very alert priest there; the other one had died during the night.
** A similar moment occurs when one of Frank's friends charges his classmates to peep on his older sisters as they prepare for a bath. One of the boys climbing up the spout gets a little overzealous, and ends up pulling the drainpipe off the wall, causing the rest of the boys to be caught in the act as well.
* Iin ''Slackers'' there was a scene where a male character had to steal something from a female characters dorm while she wasn't there. After trying the door he was impatiently allowed in by the female character's (also female) roommate who was annoyed at having been interrupted masturbating. She continues to masturbate (quite enthusiastically) in the main room while he goes to the bedroom to find the [[MacGuffin whatever it was]].
* Happens to Moff in ''Human Traffic''.
* In ''Little Children'' Sarah's husband becomes addicted to a specific porn persona on the internet, going to such an extreme that he is caught by Sarah masturbating to the porn girl with her online bought panties over his face.
* This happens to Christian Bale's character in ''VelvetGoldmine'', whose father finds him masturbating over a picture of two men kissing (and promptly kicks him out of the house).
* In ''EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'', one of Joel's memories is getting caught masturbating.
** JimCarrey also gets caught in ''[[AceVentura Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls]]''.
--> '''Ace:''' I was just...practicing my mantra.
* In ''GoingBerserk'', John Candy's character is recounting a recurring dream to a psychiatrist - it's seen as a parody of "The Blue Lagoon", where his advances to the girl he's on an island with are constantly rebuffed (in direct contradiction to his narrative) - he goes off to another part of the island to be "alone with his thoughts" as he says, which means to furiously masturbate. He then looks up, and finds he's not alone - a cruise ship is passing by with everyone on board watching and laughing at him. As he ends the story, he's dismayed to find the psychiatrist laughing uproariously.
* In ''[[BeavisAndButthead Beavis and Butt-head Do America]]'', Beavis (in his Cornholio persona) sees Mr. Anderson's camper, pulls out a picture of the woman he was sent to "do" and then goes into the camper. Later, Mr. Anderson is curious to find out why his camper is rocking, and investigates. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''{{Splice}}'', [[spoiler:Elsa walks in on her boyfriend Clive having sex with [[HalfHumanHybrid Dren]], and is appropriately {{squick}}ed out and pissed off by it]].
* In the French erotic film ''Film/TheDreamers'', Isabelle catches Matthew masturbating to old pictures of actress Marlene Dietrich, and then has him perform cunninligus on her.
* In ''Film/{{Black Swan}}'', while Nina is [[UnusualEuphemism doing her homework]], she rolls over and realizes that her mother is in the room with her. Only a partial example, because her mother was asleep.
* In the film ''Film/TheLastSupper'', the female character Paulie is caught masturbating while fully clothed and it doesn't really faze her.
* ''Film/WeirdScience'' had an entertaining [[FreakOut Freak Out]] over tossing off. "You told me you were combing your hair!"
* In ''TheBlueLagoon'' there's a scene where Richard, seen from behind, is clearly masturbating. Emmeline asks him "What are you doing?" and he guiltily says "Nothing!" OrSoIHeard.
* The film ''Film/{{Shame}}'' holds a rare unfunny example when Brandon (MichaelFassbender) is shown pleasuring himself in the bathroom while his sister Sissy (Creator/CareyMulligan) barges in, catches him, and leaves in an instant. At first, Sissy though it was humorous, but Brandon proceeds to tackle her onto his couch and verbally abuse her, scaring her in the process. It's one of the darkest parts in the whole movie.
* The first scene in ''AnotherGayMovie'' with Andy masturbating with vegetables; a later scene where he is caught having sex with a quiche, with a gerbil up his ass.
* In ''Film/LoversLane'', Chloe catches Doug playing with himself... in a public washroom.
* Chuck in ''Film/GoodLuckChuck'' find his best friend masturbating with a Grapefruit.
* The beginning of ''Film/WorldsGreatestDad'' has the main character catching his son in the midst of Autoerotic Asphyxiation. Later on, he comes across the son's corpse after he dies in the act.
* In ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'', Jessica walks in on Robbie, the 13-year-old boy she was babysitting. To make matters worse, he says he was thinking of her while he was doing it and declares his love for her. She is disgusted.
* In ''Film/DonJon'', Barbara walks in on Jon pleasuring himself while watching porn. She isn't pleased.
* ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Choke Choke]]'' has one scene wherein Lord High Charlie, played by Clark Gregg, catches Victor (Sam Rockwell), with his pants down with "Ursula the Milkmaid's" hand on his penis. Ursula is Charlie's dream girl and so he is reasonably upset by this sight saying he can never look at her the same way again.
* The protagonist of ''TurnMeOnDammit'' manages to quickly pull her pants up before her mother walks in at the beginning, but later falls victim to this trope when her crush walks in on her humping a role of coins behind the counter of the store she works at. Thankfully, she's wearing pants, but still awkward.
* ''Film/IronMan1'': When Pepper walks in on Tony being peeled out of the Mark III suit following his battle with Ten Rings.
-->'''Tony''': Let's face it, [[NoodleIncident this is not the worst thing you've caught me doing]].
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[[folder:{{FolkLore}}]]
* [[http://www.snopes.com/ Snopes]] has a number of urban legends about this trope:
** A girl who accidentally impaled herself on a broom after being caught in a compromising position with it. ([[http://www.snopes.com/college/risque/broom.asp link]])
*** The stereotype of witches riding broomsticks has a similar origin.[[note]]A German university analysed the available evidence and theorised that the "broomstick" was in fact used as a means of inserting a vaginal pessary composed of common plant extracts known to cause hallucinations. Primed with what to expect - a sort of guided drugs trip - the "witch" never left her home, but had a vivid fantasy of flying to a Sabbat where she met other witches and interacted with things not of this world, who would impart wisdom for the price of sexual interaction. this was actually tried on willing student volunteers who reported visions of flight to a high dark place and sexual interaction with non-human entities. Compare modern fables of alien abduction? [[/note]]
** A man who masturbates with his eyes covered - and then realizes his mother must have been in the room at the time. ([[http://www.snopes.com/risque/caught/cupoftea.asp link]])
*** This is actually from stand up comedian Rob Newman's routine from the early 90s.
** ''AmericanPie''... with pumpkins! ([[http://www.snopes.com/risque/caught/pumpkin.asp link]])
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* Non-comedic example: ''Literature/TheChocolateWar'' by Robert Cormier, where one character is essentially blackmailed because he thinks another character has a photo of him masturbating in a school toilet cubicle.
* The scene in ''TheTimeTravelersWife'' that shows up on ScrewYourself probably also deserves a mention here.
* Happens to the teenage [[Film/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne (the Michael Keaton version)]] in the parody "To The Batpole!" in the anthology ''Batman Unauthorized''.
* In ''Literature/ThisSunday'', young Alvaro is found masturbating in the bathtub while fantasizing about his maid Violeta as he watches [[{{Squick}} a couple of flies doing it]]. And then Violeta comes to the bathroom to scold him and catches him in the act. It led up to TheirFirstTime, though.
* The book ''Ghosts/Aliens'' finds the author with his pants down ''four times in one week''. His explanations range from attempting to destroy anaerobic bacteria in that area to having had a bee fly into his pants.
* In ''Literature/WaterForElephants'', Jacob walks in on Walter (aka Kinko) masturbating to a magazine, and ends up getting back at him by orchestrating for Jacob to be humiliated by the circus' resident hooker. They end up friends, though.
* In JamesHerbert's ''Once'', the protagonist is first introduced to the love interest of the novel (a barely pubescent Elf girl) by his spying on her masturbating against a tree.
* Another distinctly non-comedic example: In ''TheWindUpBirdChronicle'', when Kumiko was a child she caught her brother Noboru masturbating to [[{{Squick}} their dead sister's underwear.]]
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[[folder:LiveActionTV]]
* In ''Series/AccordingToJim'', we learn that Jim hates his birthday and surprise parties because on his thirteenth birthday, thinking everyone had forgotten his birthday, he decided to 'give himself a present' only to have his friends and family (including a nun) leap out shouting 'Surprise!'.
* A stand-up routine by comedian Alan Brough on ''TheSmallestRoomInTheHouse'' centred around his father bringing him a cup of tea while he was masturbating.
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One with the Sharks", Monica walks in on Chandler having some "alone time" in Oklahoma and mistakenly assumes that he is turned on by shark porn when he quickly changes the channel on the TV from (normal) porn to a shark movie.
** A much more well-known example where Ross wears a pair of tight leather pants to a date's house and cannot get them back up after pulling them down in her bathroom. Joey recommends he rub lotion and powder over his legs and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Ross gets caught by his date]].
* The basis of the entire ''That70sShow'' episode "Happy Jack".
* In the ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episode "The Contest", George is at the parents' house, starts reading Glamour, then gets caught by his mother, who injures herself as a result...
** In the episode "The Hamptons", Jerry's girlfriend catches George not only with his pants down, but having come straight from the pool and thus a victim of 'shrinkage'. He screams 'I WAS IN THE POOL!' as she closes the door, laughing.
* In an episode of ''Series/RulesOfEngagement'', Jennifer refers to Adam as "Spanky" and he thinks this is because she walked in on him one time. He launches into a [[MistakenConfession spirited defence]] of his actions in front of his friends, only to discover she was making a reference to ''TheLittleRascals''.
* An episode of the HBO series ''{{Sessions}}'' revolved around the main character's embarassment over masturbating, and his fear of being caught as an adolescent.
* A particularly {{squick}}y example of this trope occurs in the BBC comedy-drama ''GreaseMonkeys''. When one of the main characters is caught masturbating by his sister, the shock causes him to ejaculate - ''all over her''. Needless to say, she does not react well.
** Similarly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO-Qh_jUMr8 this]] YoutubePoop involves SonicTheHedgehog masturbating and ejaculating on Robotnik. Since Robotnik is Sonic's arch nemesis, Sonic is apparently ''pleased'' by this.
* Alluded to in ''PushingDaisies''. Chuck and Ned share an apartment, but if they touch Chuck will die, so they wear jingle-bell slippers to alert each other when they're coming into a room. Chuck tries to convince Ned that she should move out:
-->'''Chuck:''' I'll stop walking in on you when you're doing things you don't want me to know you're doing--
-->'''Ned:''' That would never have happened if you were wearing your slippers.
--> (You'd think that ''since'' they can't touch, they might have resorted to mutual voyeurism as one of the only forms of sexual activity that would allow them to safely be in the same room, but Ned ''is'' a very self-conscious person.)
* ''{{Skins}}''
** In series 1, Tony is totally unfazed to find Sid masturbating over a picture of Michelle (Tony's girlfriend).
** There's an EXTREMELY uncomfortable example of female masturbation in series 2. Maxxie's stalker Sketch breaks into his house, sneaks into his room, ''fondles and smells his underwear'', and proceeds to masturbate on his bed. When Maxxie comes home unexpectedly early, she quickly hides under his bed where she ''stays for the rest of the night''.
** Karen and JJ walk in on Freddie at one point in series 3.
* An episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' focused on Bud getting caught by his college's librarian and and facing disciplinary action. Bud is saved by the fact the librarian, who has the hots for him, deliberately gave him books that would excite him. Bud is then humiliated by his father and his "No Ma'am" club members coming in protesting the proceedings with lines like "Four, three, two, one! Bud's alone but he has fun!"
* In ''DeadSet'', Joplin's less-than-stealthy attempt to watch Veronica in the shower is less than successful (though as a wannabe "glamour" model, Veronica is unfazed by it).
* This happened to wannabee rapper J-Roc in ''TrailerParkBoys''.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In a BodySurf episode, Aeryn (in Rygel's body) walks in on Crichton [[ManIFeelLikeAWoman feeling up her own body]]. She threatens to break his legs. Even if they are hers. After the ResetButton is pushed however, it's hinted that Aeryn (who'd briefly entered Crichton's body) did some checking out of her own.
* Parodied and inverted on ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', where Harvey Denton has a peculiar paranoia about walking in on his nephew, [[OnlySaneMan Benjamin]], and has an entire, SpitTake-inducing collection of {{Unusual Euphemism}}s ready. There has never been any concrete evidence of Benjamin actually masturbating.
* In one episode of ''ThisIsWonderland'', Elliot Sacks accidentally implies that his mother walked in on him once.
-->'''Judge Serkis''': That's ''enough'', Mr. [[FreudianSlip Sex]]. ''Sacks!''
* Happens to Andrew (while looking at ''Hot Or Not'' on the internet) in the final episode of ''TheChasersWarOnEverything'' during the "Tech Talk" segment.
* Frances walking in on her husband Terry doing this is a running joke in ''TheLibrarians''.
* Happens to Rory in ''Series/EightSimpleRules''. ''Twice''.
* On ''SnuffBox'', apparently Matt Berry's father once walked in on him [[CargoShip masturbating over a map of Scotland.]]
* Charlie, from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', has been caught masturbating several times.
* In ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', this happens to Curtis and Alisha, who CantHaveSexEver and cope with it by watching each other masturbate. Unfortunately they choose to do this in a cupboard in their local community centre, and their activities are soon loudly interrupted and exposed by Nathan (who takes a rather unhealthy delight in the whole thing - and proceeds to perform a ''full re-enactment'' of what he has just seen, for the amusement of Kelly and Simon).
* In ''TheInbetweeners'' one of the characters is volunteering at an old folks home, where he constantly wanks in empty rooms (which is quite in character for him). At one point he ends up looking for ANYTHING to do the deed to and finds a picture of a woman in a bikini, which is enough to get him going. As soon as he reaches the point of no return the woman in the picture (who was in the room the whole time) sees him and calmly says that she's seen it all before. Then a nurse comes in with a man, who shakes hands with him [[{{squick}} (only to realize that he has an unknown goo on his hand).]]
* One episode of ''Series/{{Extras}}'' has Andy walk in on his agent masturbating to a pen with a naked woman's picture on it. His agent's secretary then comes in and takes the pen from him...and is also masturbating to it when Andy leaves.
* The ''[[BritishNewspapers Daily Mail Island]]'' sketch from ''Website/TVGoHome'' has a particularly horrifying example, where a teenage girl is caught masturbating by her parents ("She was debasing ''everything''! With her ''fingers''!") and subjected to a show trial where she has to masturbate before the other islanders before being hung.
* On an episode of ''Series/SpicksAndSpecks'', Christie Amphlett (who, of course, sang "I Touch Myself") claimed that there was a girl who threw up every time she heard Amphlett's name because she once walked in on her brother masturbating to a picture of Amphlett.
* Implied in an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', although when two male characters who aren't ([[ShipToShipCombat canonically]]) having sex spend all their time together, it's to be expected.
** More than just implied in the season six episode "Caged Heat" when Castiel (hilariously) discovers porn.
* In ''GossipGirl'', Blair Waldorf, who is desperate and horny for Chuck Bass, gets caught masturbating by her maid Dorota whose face is stern as she says, "Don't forget. God is watching, Miss Blair."
* Implied in season five opener of the new ''Series/DoctorWho'': A character is typing on his laptop in his bedroom when the Doctor, needing to get on the Internet, bursts in and grabs the laptop for himself. Having seen what is on the computer screen, the Doctor turns to him and says, scornfully, "Get a girlfriend!"
* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Grace Under Pressure," Rodney [=McKay=] is badly injured and hallucinates seeing his long-time crush, Samantha Carter. Even though he's well aware that she's just a figment of his imagination, he works with 'her' to try to help his situation. When 'Samantha' comes up with an idea that gives him much-needed extra time, he jumps up and hugs 'her'. He suddenly turns serious and moves in for an amorous kiss, but 'Samantha' spoils the mood by pointing out, "You do realize what you're doing here, right?" Possibly only a partial example, because the person who caught him was actually his own subconscious. (Rodney was a complicated guy.)
-->'''Rodney''': You are the worst hallucination ever!"
* On the re-imagined ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', Gaius Baltar is haunted by visions of his Cylon ex that nobody else can see. She frequently gets romantic with him. It's shown that this looks like exactly what you'd expect it to look like when Starbuck drops by his lab and catches him "doing his exercises." She ''almost'' lets this pass without comment ... then she asks him to zip up his fly.
* There's a rather uncomfortable instance of this in ''Series/MadMen''- Don's ten year old daughter Sally is watching ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' when she starts masturbating, without really knowing what it is she's doing, to Ilya Kuryakin at a friends house while her friend is sleeping on the couch. She gets in trouble when the friend's mother walks in, and when she takes Sally back home her mother yells at her and threatens to cut her fingers off if she does it again - in public or in private. All the while Sally doesn't even know why the adults are mad at her.
* On ''Series/{{Camelot}}'', Morgan discovers Harwel spying on her in the bath and asks "What were you doing with that hand before you used it to sully my dress?".
* [[http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/amazon-mothers-day-ad/1400037 This]] ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Amazon Mother's Day ad parody featuring three different mothers and ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'', where Dad and the kids get the bigger surprise when they deliver the gift.
* At the beginning of the "It's Just Sex ..." episode of ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'', Chloe walks in on June in the bath "playing her lady harp."
* One episode of ''Series/HimAndHer'', sees Steve all ready for some much needed alone time when Becky and co unexpectedly come back to the flat.
* ''LangtFraLasVegas'': Happens to Casper in the episode appropriately titled "Masturbation".
* An episode of ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' reveals that Max has twice walked in on Caroline while she was pleasuring herself in the tub.
* Happens to Martin in an episode of ''PubertyBlues''.
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* The Music/LilyAllen song "Alfie" (and in particular the music video) feature this trope, when Lily walks in on her brother Alfie.
* Music/StephenLynch has a song called "Talk to Me, Dad" on the subject.
--> Well it seems last night you caught me spankin' it // No use denyin' it, I was really crankin' it...
* In a parody of the scene of similar nature from ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemoutHigh'', the music video for "[[StacysMom Stacy's Mom]]" has Stacy catching the narrator stand-in going at it. She didn't mind the "ocupado" indicator on the door! She's flattered because she thinks he was thinking about her, when in fact he was thinking about her mom.
* This trope is essentially the premise of the [=SupRicky06=] parody of [[SouljaBoy Soulja Boy's]] song ''Kiss Me Through the Phone'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyaDXbk3KpA Caught You Watching Porn]].
* The {{Music/TISM}} song "Been Caught Wankin'" starts off meaning the phrase literally, then moves on to mean anyone being [[KnowNothingKnowItAll shamefully pretentious in public]].
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* Then there's that bit in ''DykesToWatchOutFor'' where Mo is having cyber sex with her girlfriend in the bookshop she works in. Then all the employees walk in while she's busy. They seem surprised the Martha Stuart fantasy turns her on. Then her employer walks in and everything just gets better for Mo as she realises her fly is still undone.
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* ''BrightonBeachMemoirs''
* Happens in SteveMartin's ''TheUnderpants.''
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* An example in hentai RPG ''VideoGame/KnightsOfXentar''.
-->'''[[WhiteMagicianGirl Luna]]:''' Look, he's pointing north!
* In ''NoMoreHeroes 2: Desperate Struggle'', Bishop gets walked in on by [[spoiler:his killers]] and he pulls his pants up and buckles his belt in a hurry, saying that he "was just doing inventory". Travis later gets caught by Henry while watching his MagicalGirl Anime.
** If you listen closely, they were both watching the same thing, ''Bizarre Jelly 5''.
* In ''WastedYouth'', this happens to Roger when he's caught using a peephole to watch the girls sleeping in their dorms.
* A mission in ''[[GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]'' is named after this trope. During the mission brief, Yusuf Amir, the mission's boss, is not wearing any pants while partaking in cocaine and a prostitute's services, with his father later walking in on him, showing disappointment in Yusuf's hedonistic lifestyle.
* Can be done to Meryl in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' if you're fast enough.
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* In ''Sono Hanabira Ni Kuchizuke Wo'', Nanami finds out about Yuuna's feelings for her when she catches Yuuna in this act. [[CoitusEnsues Sex ensues.]]
* You can catch ''all'' the love interests this way in ''Hitomi''. And then you can help them out a little.
* Occurs in Giulio's route in ''VisualNovel/LuckyDog1'', after the team have escaped from prison Gian goes out the cabin they've broken into to masturbate in the car. Giulio, who was on watch, follows him to make sure he's okay and Gian only notices he's there until part way through. Giulio tells Gian not to mind him and carry on.
* In ''KatawaShoujo'', the first sex scene with [[spoiler: Rin Tezuka]] begins like this. [[spoiler: Hisao goes one night into her atelier and finds her naked save for her see-through shirt, barely lucid after spending several days trying to gain inspiration, and attempting to relieve herself with masturbation... or something similar, since she has no arms. (Maybe, repeteadly rubbing her inner thighs together). So Hisao gives Rin a CoolDownHug, undoes her buttons, and then helps her finish.]]
* ''VisualNovel/IfMyHeartHadWings'': Twice in Amane's route Aoi accidentally walks in on Amane watching porn, causing him to freak the hell out, and get rather angry the second time as they're dating by that point. Though both times, it's quickly revealed that she's watching for educational purposes, not to masturbate. However, she seems to be pretty into it the second time, at least, and is quite peeved when Aoi demands she stop.
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* Happens to Robert in the first episode of ''WebAnimation/AdventureFriends''.
* In ''WebAnimation/DickFiguresTheMovie'', Blue mentions a past event where he caught Red beating off to Creator/AnimalPlanet.
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* In one of the early ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'' strips, Sabrina decides to indulge in some "hands-on" "cybering" with her (then still-unseen) internet boyfriend, Richard. She's just getting into things when her roommate, Amy, walks in on her. (Which later earns Richard the nickname "Sticky Fingers")
* Variation in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': Black Mage manages to turn self-love into an atrocity (you really don't want to know [[ScrewYourself how]], but let's just say ItMakesSenseInContext), and Thief [[RuleOfFunny somehow]] gets his hands on photos of the event to blackmail him with.
* In ''SexyLosers'', Mike and his sister Michelle are both completely unfazed by anyone walking in on them in the act. The humour comes from the reaction of Mike's house mate Mark.
* In a ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' comic, [[FlamboyantGay flaming gay]] Dillon walks in on Zii having some alone time...while calling out the name of her female roommate and watching ''[[ParallelPornTitles Perry Hotter, Part 16]]''.
** Gary also walks in on an actor in a play he's at getting a blowjob from an understudy. Gary is disturbed. [[CoitusUninterruptus The actors are unfazed.]]
* ''CaptainSNES''
* DoubleSubverted in this ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1635/ strip]].
* Mr. Stinky plays with the trope in [[http://www.flyingmanandfriends.com/?p=280 this]] ''{{Flying Man and Friends}}'' strip.
* [[http://oglaf.com/stamen/1/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' strip. That branch has always been there.
* Roy in ''Confiscated Twins'' is caught by his sister.
* You know that [[LiteralMetaphor rock tumbler]] that [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Sue Richards gave Ben Grimm]] [[http://www.rhymes-with-witch.com/rww02232011.shtml for his birthday?]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'', after a ''very'' memorable first night with Lisa, Ally is caught in the middle of some "alone time" by Alan.
* In ''TheWordWeary'', customers walking in on employees masturbating has become a bit of a [[http://www.wordwearycomic.com/2012/07/21-july-2012.html problem.]]
* ''{{QUILTBAG}}:'' On their first night in the dorm, Lisa, assuming that Sara's asleep, has phone sex with Stan. In fact, Sara's awake, and more than a little weirded out.
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* [[{{Lolcats}} Ceiling Cat]] is watching you masturbate.
* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', this happens to Beth Vanallen - as Melina Frost walks in her. Particularly squicky as Melina then forces her to ''keep going'' before effectively ''[[RapeAsDrama joining in]]''. DepravedBisexual indeed... Oh, and Melina uses a vase to help.
* [[{{Sonichu}} GET AWAY FROM THAT INTERNET!]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPWPt3901cQ I'M CUTTIN' IT DOWN!]]
** General consensus is that Bob never actually caught on that Chris was masturbating, so this is kind of an odd example.
* This situation is the catalyst for the plot of ''Webvideo/{{Awkward}}''. More specifically, Lester walks in on housemate Alex making time with his hand, some lotion, and a video of Lester on the toilet... in Lester's room. Apparently he wasn't expecting Lester home so early.
* ''ArbyNTheChief'': During a ''{{Halo}} 3'' match between Chief and professional gamer Craig, Craig notices he has a hard-on and goes at it while Chief is temporarily distracted from the match. Craig, however, gets caught in the act by his parents, and the ensuing confusion on his side allows the [[ThisLoserIsYou normally incompetent]] Chief to win the match.
* In the flash toon ''[=Nin10Doh to the 64th Power=]'', [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] is caught with his pants down while he's watching porn of [[VideoGame/{{Starfox}} Krystal]] on Tails's computer.
-->'''Tails:''' [[AccidentalInnuendo Get off]] of my computer!\\
'''Sonic:''' [[DoubleEntendre What do you think I've been]] ''[[DoubleEntendre trying]]'' [[DoubleEntendre to do?!]]
* In the big group review of ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', the reviewers think that the WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic set it up like he did for ''Film/DragonballEvolution'' the year before. It turns out that he doesn't even know their names and they catch him fapping to George Takei's biography for further insult.
-->'''Critic:''' ...this is awkward.
* When L beams everyone up in ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'', Soichiro complains about this.
* The first question in this [[http://www.slate.com/articles/life/dear_prudence/2012/11/dear_prudence_i_walked_in_on_my_son_pleasuring_himself_with_the_vacuum_cleaner.html Dear Prudence article]].
* An episode of ''Podcast/TheBrianAndJillShow'' opened with host Jill Whelan being pressed to explain something she'd told Brian prior to the show starting, which involved her mother catching her using a vibrator. The story earned Jill (and the episode in question) the title "Kneelin' Whelan", and she has yet to completely live it down.
* ''WebVideo/FairyTaleFriday'': Belle catches the beast watching lesbian porn. Their relationship blossoms from there.
* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' video "The Most Surprising Problem With Making Homemade Porn" has a man arriving home to discover his roommate masturbating to his bizarrely specific fetish of pretending to direct a porno film. And, by 'pretending to direct, we mean having hired professional actors, set up cameras (that aren't rolling), lights, etc.
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* An entire episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is dedicated to masturbation. Stan reveals he has never masturbated before in his life and rather has repressed his urges through other, more 'wholesome' activities. In an attempt to instill this mentality in Steve, he tries to teach him woodcraft. Stan directs Steve to plunge a hot poker into a piece of wood that is held directly over Stan's lap, resulting in obvious (and painful) injury. The doctor gives him a special cream which he mistakenly thinks he must rub over the 'affected area' each day, essentially masturbating with lubricant. Stan soon becomes addicted to it and attempts to masturbate at any chance he can get.
** Strangely, not once in the entire episode do they ever use the words "Masturbation" or "Masturbate".
* An episode of ''FamilyGuy'' has Chris (their teenaged son) drinking a lot of energy drinks, like his dad. We see Peter try to milk a cow at super speed, causing its teats to catch on fire. A few seconds later, we see Chris running downstairs with his pants on fire, with the obvious implication.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', after Bart had walked in on his parents having sex, Milhouse assures him that it's better to walk in on both your parents rather than just one.
** The episode "Like Father, Like Clown" parodies this with a flashback where Hyman Krustofski catches his son playing with a seltzer bottle in the bathroom, which is a parody of a scene in the play Brighton Beach Memoirs where this trope is played straight.
* The episode "Dethhealth" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' has a variation on this with Murderface. While he is getting the infamous "turn you head and cough" test administered by a doctor he imagines that a hot woman, not the doctor, has their hands on his penis. HilarityEnsues.
** It wasn't just hot women. There was also a fireman, his grandma, Obama, and other weird things.
** The episode where the band discusses "s*cking their own c*cks". It's time to take off for a show, Charles goes to gather the boys, only to find each in their room in a compromising position.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has The Monarch watching Dr. Girlfriend seducing Dr. Venture on a video monitor. He starts rubbing his chest, his hand drifts downward...and stops abruptly when a henchman passes through.
* The pilot to ''{{Archer}}'' has Archer walking in on his mom having a "private phone call" with [[spoiler: the head of the KGB]].
-->'''Malory''': And take a shower. God, you smell like a whorehouse.
-->'''Archer''': Yes, your own fingers.
-->'''Malory''': What was that?
-->'''Archer''': Nothing.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Overlogging" Stan's dad Randy has gone for weeks without masturbating to internet porn, eventually near the end he sneaks into the camp's computer room, looks at a bunch of perverted things, and eventually ejaculates all over the room, everyone comes in thinking he was grunting in pain and with his pants down, he tells them that he was doing that because "a ghost was attacking him and left his ectoplasm everywhere".
** This was played for drama in an earlier episode, when Butters caught his father masturbating in a gay bathhouse. Butters didn't quite understand what was going on, but his father was mortified and ashamed.
* Even [[SpongeBobSquarePants SpongeBob]] gets caught once in a while. The beginning of one episode shows him relaxing in his easy chair, intensely watching a realistic anemone on TV. The anemone is gyrating to go-go music. SpongeBob leans forward, wide-eyed and smiling broadly...then his pet snail Gary slithers in.
--> ''SpongeBob (switching the channel): I...I was just looking for the sports channel, Gary''!
* Happens to Orel in the [[OutOfOrder "second"]] episode of ''MoralOrel'' in the school bathroom by the janitor, which leads to the episode's . . . [[FromBadToWorse plot]].
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