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->''"Jackie's in the elevator (whoa)\\
Lingerie, second floor (whoa, yeah)\\
She said, "Can I see you later (whoa)\\
And love you just a little more?" (whoa, yeah)\\
I'm kinda hopin' we get stuck\\
Nobody gets out alive\\
She said, "I'll show you how to fax in the mail room, honey\\
And have you home by five"\\
Love in an elevator\\
Livin' it up when I'm goin' down\\
Love in an elevator\\
Lovin' it up 'til I hit the ground."''
-->-- '''Music/{{Aerosmith}}''', "Love in an Elevator"

What better thing for two characters bounding with UnresolvedSexualTension to do when they get in an elevator together? Make out until [[SomethingElseAlsoRises the doors open]], of course -- which could be a while [[LockedInARoom if the elevator gets stuck]]...

Sometimes preceded by an UncomfortableElevatorMoment. Compare BornInAnElevator.

Do not confuse with an elevator [[ElevatorFailure plummeting to the bottom of the shaft]], or an elevator whose destination [[{{Hellevator}} is much further down than anyone would want to go.]]



* A man who uses Lynx deodorant steps into an elevator containing a beautiful woman. [[SexForProduct As per usual]] for these ads, [[AccidentalPornomancer the woman is all over him once she smells his Lynx]]. Unfortunately she eventually has to leave at her floor, and the next person into the elevator is a [[LeatherMan gay biker]]...

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Subverted in ''Anime/HanaYoriDango'' in that, although Tsukasa and Tsukushi do start developing their relationship a bit more when they get stuck in an elevator and he gets sick and starts running a fever, she isn't really into him yet and neither of them are in any mood for getting frisky. When Tsukasa tries to tell his friends about it later, however, they [[InnocentInnuendo grossly misinterpret]] his saying that "she strangled me all night long!" (with a ''leek'' in order to ''bring down his fever'' he neglected to say) to mean that she was doing some kind of crazy BDSM dominatrix act with him in -- of all places -- an elevator. [[HeadTiltinglyKinky They're impressed.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Parodied when Misato and Kaji are stuck in a lift. They go to great length to keep their hands off one another, only to end up falling into a compromising position the second the doors get opened.
--->'''Maya:''' ...sex fiends.
** However, an earlier scene plays it straight when we cut in on Kaji passionately kissing Misato, while she eyes the elevator reader clicking down to the moment the doors open. Her protests afterwards don't seem very convincing to Kaji.
* The {{Hentai}} anime ''Kininaru Kimochi'' is entirely about this trope. Three episodes, three explicit cases of Elevator Going Down.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' makes fun of this one. Hayate and Maria (she in a PaperThinDisguise) get into an elevator. While they do have {{UST}}, Hayate's thoughts of whether he should confront her about having seen through the disguise are running through his head instead. Then the elevator gets stuck, and he knocks her to the floor accidentally while she's trying to fix it, just as Hinagiku (who he's about to rush headlong into {{UST}} with) gets the elevator working again in time to see.
* ''Manga/FutariEcchi'' crosses this with UncomfortableElevatorMoment, when Makoto is sharing a ride with the Kubotas, a young couple of InsatiableNewlyweds whom recently moved in the building. As they start getting fresh right in the elevator, not minding their neighbor at all, Makoto is nearly dying of embarrassment.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Manga/Evangelion303'': In chapter 17 Shinji and Asuka got into the hotel's elevator. Shinji pressed the "stop" button as Asuka gave him a blowjob. When they walked out of it, Shinji's shirt and trousers were rumpled and Asuka was wiping her lips.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': Subverted. In chapter 9 Maya is waiting for the elevator coming down. When the doors open she sees Asuka kneeled in front of a standing Shinji. She blushes, thinking they have just had sex. However nothing like that had happened.
* The "Turbolift Tales" subgenre of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fanfiction. And there's at least one scene in a ''Trek'' porn parody movie based on this trope.
* A GagReel for ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues'' has the turbolift doors opening to reveal a man and [[LesYay two women]] making out.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'': Also a SlapSlapKiss moment.
* The movie ''Class'' has a young man and his roommate's mother having a sexual encounter in a glass elevator.
* ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' featured this pretty straight-up. Neo and Trinity are in the elevator along with Link and the Kid; as soon as the latter two leave, the make-out session begins.
* Two students trapped in an elevator during a blackout is the inciting action for the whole plot of ''Film/OneHundredGirls''.
* ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' with Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio did the kissing variant, during the ball scene where they meet.
* Played with in the Leslie Nielsen parody of ''Film/TheExorcist'', ''Film/{{Repossessed}}''. A couple are enacting their own pun on "going down", when the elevator doors open. Linda Blair politely asks the man, "Are you getting off?"
* ''Film/TheSecretOfMySuccess'' ends on one of these. Then again, this was also referring back to the running gag of the main character using the emergency stop on the elevators to give him a chance to change from mailroom-boy to hot-shot executive. UncomfortableElevatorMoment was fully used too.
* ''Film/WhatsNewPussycat'' Capucine and Peter O'Toole's characters agree the proper setting is essential, then promptly make use of an elevator. In the throes of ecstasy he assures her it's perfectly safe, so long as the combined weight of the two people does not exceed 1400 pounds.
* Subverted for laughs in ''[[Literature/NightWatch Day Watch]]''. The protagonist Anton, while in the airport, needs a private place to swap back bodies with his colleague Olga (ItMakesSenseInContext). Finally they tuck into an elevator and perform the ritual, which just happens to be accompanied by some rattling and moans. Then the doors open and out come tousled Olga and ''very'' content Anton who just for good measure readjusts his zipper. The look on the face of some Asian woman waiting for the lift is priceless.
* ''Film/SmokinAces'' references this. One of the main characters [[ItMakesSenseInContext who is dressed as a hooker]] is waiting for an elevator. When the doors open, three heavily armed half-naked [[ThoseWackyNazis skinheads are struggling into their clothes.]]
-->'''Georgia:''' ... I'm Going down.\\
'''Tremor:''' I'll Bet you are!
* In ''Film/FatalAttraction'', Michael Douglas and Glenn Close's characters have a sexual encounter in an elevator, preceded by this exchange:
-->'''[[TomboyishName Alex]]:''' Have you ever done it in an elevator?\\
'''Dan:''' Not recently, no.\\
'''Alex:''' I bet you haven't.
* In ''Film/TheHangover'', the four leads get on an elevator and as the doors open find a couple quickly getting reclothed after the boyfriend was eating her out. (Fun fact: [[CreatorCameo That's actually the director]].)
* ''Film/StarTrek''. Seeing Spock is NotSoStoic after the destruction of Vulcan, Uhuru runs after Spock when he enters the turbolift, stopping it mid-decks and kissing him.
* ''Film/BodyOfEvidence'' plays a variant: Rebecca unzips and fondles Frank ''in an elevator packed with unsuspecting people''. He just barely manages to conceal what's going on.
* Downplayed/Subverted in ''Film/DeLift''. When the titular elevator first gets stuck at the beginning of the movie, one of the two couples in it take the opportunity to have sex in the elevator. Before they can carry this out though, the elevator [[EvilElevator fully turns evil]] [[spoiler:and everybody in it gets unconscious]].

* In ''Literature/TheOtherworld'', Hope starts making out in an elevator with her ex-boyfriend Karl, an attractive conman who often seduces wealthy women just to steal their jewelry. When the elevator reaches her floor:
-->'''Hope:''' That "stop" button looks pretty good.\\
'''Karl:''' Unfortunately, if it stops for more than a couple of minutes, we'll be rescued by the building super.\\
'''Hope:''' Had some experience with that, have you?\\
'''Karl:''' On a job.\\
'''Hope:''' That's what I meant. Seducing the marks in an elevator. How declasse.
* ''Thirteen Hours'' spends the first half of the book about two women who are trapped in an elevator for thirteen hours. A steamy lesbian erotica, they realise a little late that the elevator has a camera, though cover it with whipped cream before they go all the way. Fortunately one of them is on good terms with the maintenance guy who gives it to her...for $50 and a sandwich.
* ''The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating and Sex'' talks about how to have sex in an elevator (among other places).
-->1. Find a building with an older elevator.\\
2. Alternatively, look for a freight elevator with padding on the walls.\\
3. Look for a camera.\\
4. Stop the elevator between floors.\\
5. Release the [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: stop ]]
button or flip the switch to [[/folder]]

[[folder: run ]]
when you are ready to leave.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'':
** Surprisingly, Meredith Grey only got to first base in the elevator. But it became such a [[RunningGag Running Joke]] that the creators felt the need to awkwardly insert an elevator gag into the pilot of ''Series/PrivatePractice''.
** Played with in a later episode, when Meredith and Derek are trying for a baby. Their conversation makes it appear like they're about to have a quickie somewhere in the hospital. The usual place for such things (the on-call room) is busy (someone else is already there for similar reasons), so they go to an elevator. Derek presses the "stop" button, turns Meredith around, saying he needs only a minute, drops her pants... and injects her with a fertility drug.
* {{Invoked}} in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' when Barney tries to get his divorced parents back together by trapping them in an elevator, hoping this trope will ensue.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has Frasier and his boss trapped in his building's service elevator after agreeing they wouldn't pursue a relationship. The elevator also contains [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere all the possessions of one of the other tenants, a romance author, including a music box that plays romantic music, poster-sized versions of her book covers, musk oil and a double bed]]. They just about manage to resist temptation.
* ''Series/HermansHead''. HandsomeLech Jay and his [[TheVamp female counterpart]] Heddy have this trope very much on their minds when they're stuck in an elevator together. First they talk about how much they despise each other and so they're not going to do it, then they start boasting of their varied sexual experiences, then they start making out passionately. Of course, that's the moment when the firefighters break in.
* In an episode of the remake (reboot maybe, not sure what it actually counts) of the series ''Series/{{Cupid}}'', this trope is invoked by a) giving the potential couple a gift basket before they get on the elevator, and b) having the security guard stop the elevator for several hours.
* There was a period on ''Series/GeneralHospital'' where this happens all the time, to the point where anytime uninterested people are in the same elevator, they give each other odd looks.
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', during the pre-miniseries finale, Aeryn and John use this as their cover to investigate the Scarran supply of [[UpgradeArtifact crystherium]] at the bottom of the elevator. The scene IN the elevator was more of a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when Crichton uses the private moment to teach Aeryn how to dance.
* Used in an episode of the French SitCom ''Un Gars, une Fille'' where the title couple is stuck in an elevator. Neither really wants to do it (or so they say), but they still start taking off their clothes and making out in hope of invoking [[FinaglesLaw Murphy's Law]] -- that is, that they should get rescued as soon as they try going down in the elevator. [[spoiler:It works.]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Lois and Clark in the [[spoiler:9th season episode "Charade"]].
--->'''Lois:''' Sometimes I swear you have more than two hands.
** [[spoiler:Clark and Maxima attempted to have sex in an elevator in the 8th season episode "Instinct", but they are interrupted when the doors open and Lois sees them. She was ''pissed''.]]
** An "innocent" one in ''Bound'': Chloe pushes Clark up a wall and he leans in to kiss her, only to be [[MomentKiller quickly interrupted]], [[ShipTease much to the frustration of fans]]. Doesn't stop many FanFic writers from [[FanPreferredCouple extending this into sex in the elevator, though.]] With help from things like the emergency stop button.
* Also Lois and Clark in the 4th season ''Series/LoisAndClark'' episode "Brutal Youth".
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** In one of the last episodes, after some major flirtation, Bashir and Ezri end up making out in the turbolift on the way to Ops. When they get there (and they keep kissing) a bemused Worf sends them back down rather than interrupt them.
** An interesting variation in an episode from season one when Luwuxana Troi is visiting the station and [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl develops a crush on Odo]]. Her typically relentless pursuit of him leads to them being in the turbolift together when the station happens to lose power, trapping them for hours and hours. Odo's unique physiology means that he needs to return to his natural liquid form while they are trapped. At this point in his character arc, Odo is deeply embarrassed and private about such matters, so to make it easier for him, Luwuxana embarrasses herself, exposing her own private side by removing her wig. When they are finally rescued, she's downplays the incident, saying only that Odo was a perfect gentleman who kept her safe and calm. So, while nothing sexual or overtly romantic occurs, and Odo never quite reciprocates her romantic feelings, the two become good friends as a result of the experience. Much later in the series, when they pretend to get married as part of a custody dispute, Odo refers back to these events in his heartwarming vow, citing it as the first time he ''ever'' felt accepted for who and ''what'' he really is.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The episode "Elogium" opens with Chakotay walking into a turbolift and catching two Voyager crew making out. [[ShipTease So he goes to Captain Janeway to discuss her views on crew fraternization]].
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Munch and Fin are watching security tapes of an elevator. When the camera cuts to them, one of them remarks "this is the tenth couple making out in the elevator."
* ''Series/TheGoodWife'': [[spoiler:At the end of the season 2 finale, Will and Alicia almost casually decide to resolve their [[WillTheyOrWontThey WTWT]] and take a room at a hotel.The ride to the presidential suite starts off as an UncomfortableElevatorMoment and gradually turns into this with every stop.]]
* In a ''Series/VeronicaMars'' episode, Veronica's classmate Madison Sinclair and Sheriff Don Lamb are filmed in a passionate embrace in a hotel elevator. Keith and Cliff proceed to turn it into a hilarious blackmail campaign flyer with the slogan "18 -- It's Legal! Re-Elect Don Lamb".
* On ''Series/JudgingAmy'', Kyle and Lily repeatedly have sex in the hospital's elevator, to the annoyance of their co-workers.
* ''Series/BreakoutKings'': Shea and his girlfriend Vanessa hook up in the elevator in the Kings's base in "One for the Money".
* The fifth season premiere of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' closes with Castle and Beckett entering the precinct elevator. Just as the doors close, Castle gasps and glares at Beckett, who just smirks. Although we don't see her hands move, it is clear that she goosed him in the elevator.

* "Love in an Elevator" by Music/{{Aerosmith}}.
* "Heaven on the 7th Floor" by Paul Nicholas.
* German band Music/DiePrinzen's "Liebe im Fahrstuhl" ("Love in the elevator") is all about this.
* Music/EdSheeran's "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" uses this for a BadassBoast:
--> They say I'm up and coming like I'm fucking in an elevator


[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The video clip for the French song "En Apesanteur" by Calogero features a couple making out during an elevator ride. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO1LqqP9w3I A very lengthy elevator ride.]]

[[folder:Print Media]]
* Used for at least one photo set in ''Magazine/{{Penthouse}}'' magazine.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
** In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', one of the places you can have your sims have sex is on an elevator. Not sure whether it's possible to do that [[DeathBySex and have the elevator crash at the same time.]]
** And it's back as of the ''Late Night'' expansion to ''VideoGame/TheSims3''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlg8gdfmWgA&feature=related Parodied]] during a particularly scenic elevator ride in ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'', when Grayson asks Ishi if he wants to snuggle out their woes "[[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday in a totally hetero way]]".

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Parodied in a section of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' when the main character and the female lead have to take a down lift together, but the lower ship decks are flooded. June is worried about drowning down there -- but a dialogue option you can choose makes the main character think she's worried about being in a small lift alone with a boy. Cue hilarious dialogue with the main character getting scared about dying of asphyxiation after the first time.
-->''Was... was that really how it happened? It occurred to Junpei that perhaps that was how it worked... Perhaps he had been mistaken all these years. Had he misunderstood life so gravely? The thought terrified him.''
* ''VisualNovel/UnderTheMoon'' is a [[{{Eroge}} 18+]] [[RomanceGame otome game]] which makes the leap from UncomfortableElevatorMoment to this trope. It's probably the game's most infamous sex scene.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The trope is called by name in episode 4 of the semi-interactive Flash cartoon ''3|Way''. Choosing the elevator path leads to a screen displaying prominently "GOING DOWN"... just before the S.L.U.T.s and Lady Dom (the three heroines and the hostage they've just freed, respectively) use the reprieve for some lesbian sex.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', where the chaplain gets trapped in an elevator for hours with the [[HotScientist improbably-proportioned doctor who used to be an exotic dancer]]. They spend the next several hours telling each other their life's stories. Remember, kids, there are very good reasons not to take a vow of chastity, and this is one! Fortunately, it's a limited vow. The two of them eventually get engaged.
* Nick and Charisma [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=417 continue their quite-resolved sexual tension]] in an elevator in ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie''.
* Spoofed in the strip "[[http://http://virtualshackles.appspot.com/21 Elevator Action]]" of ''Webcomic/VirtualShackles'', in which the elevator repairmen give the characters a few minutes to finish, not realizing that they're actually [[NotWhatItLooksLike playing video games]].