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[-[[caption-width-right:330:Tonight I get my revenge. [[LaserGuidedKarma I have a loud girlfriend too. AND an elliptical reflector dish.]]]]-]

->''"We share a wall. So either he's great in bed or she just liked to agree with him a lot. Loudly, and a lot."''
-->-- '''Chandler''', ''Series/{{Friends}}''

In works set in apartment buildings, characters will inevitably have to [[CeilingBanger deal with their noisy neighbors]]. In more risqué comedies, this becomes especially problematic when the neighbors aren't merely loud about their daily business, but also their [[ImmodestOrgasm bedroom business]]. How the characters respond to overhearing these noises is up to them, though frequently, they decide to [[LoudOfWar provide their own noises]] in response to give the loud couple next door a taste of their own medicine.

Sometimes the trope is [[InvertedTrope turned on its head]], with the main characters ''trying'' to be heard RightThroughTheWall for some reason -- to prove how great their sex life is, or to make their neighbors feel uncomfortable, for example. Another popular variation involves the noise turning out to be [[NotWhatItLooksLike something completely innocent]] like moving furniture.

When not set in the world of comedy, this trope is quite often used as a means of reminding the audiences that this particular apartment building our character has just entered ''really'' is as shady and populated with a bunch of suspicious characters as it appears from the outside, the reasoning behind this being, of course, that SexIsEvil.

Anyone who has lived in a college dorm or an apartment will know that this can be TruthInTelevision. See also CeilingBanger for a similar trope (and what something like this may very well elicit). Nothing to do with RightThroughHisPants. Or, for that matter, when [[ImpactSilhouette someone moves]] [[ThereWasADoor right through]] [[IntangibleMan a wall]].

Can have some crossover with CallingYourOrgasms and TheImmodestOrgasm. Compare DontComeAKnockin, for a more visual effect communicating the same thing.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Invoked and PlayedForDrama in ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', after Ayace bluntly announces his relationship with Canale in attempt to dispel Aura's ideas of [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend marrying]] Canale. Ayace goes to Canale's room and makes sure to have lots of loud sex because he knows Aura is going to come by later to talk to Canale and will hear them. Aura is crushed. It comes up more humorously in other places though, especially with poor Harold.
* A [[DidTheyOrDidntThey possible]] variation, more aptly [[LongTitle called]] Right Through The Wall And All The Way Over ''[[UpToEleven To Other Countries]]'', occurs in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' when Greece tells Japan that it's best if he enjoys having sex more. [[EpicTrackingShot Cut to a view of the Asian continent]] and Japan [[TheImmodestOrgasm screaming so loudly]] that China yells at him from his own country to shut up.
* A subversion from ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'': Kirino's {{Squee}}s over her HGame can be heard by her brother next door. He is not amused by this.
* Variant: In the omake of ''Manga/FutureLovers'', Akira, after moving in with Kento and his grandparents, is initially reluctant to have sex with Kento where his grandparents could hear them, but Kento reassures him that they're too hard-of-hearing to hear them go at it. Cut to the morning-after scene, where Kento's grandfather asks [[DidTheEarthMoveForYouToo if there was an earthquake last night]] and his grandmother just gives them a Look.
* Louise and Saito narrowly avoided subjecting their classmates to this in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', when Saito reacts to Louise's priestess outfit with extreme enthusiasm. The passionate semi-roleplay gets quite intense until they hear a knock on a wall warning them not to do anything improper in rooms with thin walls, and then concluding "Lemon-chan? Really?"
* Naturally, it happens in ''Manga/FutariEcchi''. Yura and Makoto are scared of having sex while staying over at her parents's because they fear they'll be heard and interrupted, despite being married already. [[spoiler:IIRC, it actually turns out Yura's ''parents'' are kiiiiinda loud...]]

* Australian comedian Creator/JoshThomas tells the story in one of his stand-up routines (and on his album "Things I Have Said Before") about the first time he lived with a loud roommate, and how heartbroken he was at the sound of him having loud sex, because he thought sex that good/loud was a [[TheImmodestOrgasm myth from pornography]].
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy has a story about a couple in the apartment room next to his and his wife's not only being loud enough to hear, but it also went on for ''two hours straight''! He said he was tempted to get the man's autograph.
* Creator/BillyConnolly has a routine about being kept up at night during a tour of Australia by a couple having loud sex. The woman keeps screaming "YES! OH YES!" to which Connolly answers by pounding on the wall and yelling "Would you stop asking her the fucking question?"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This happens in ''Lost Girls''. When one of the characters goes to tell them to keep quiet he sees that they're both women and loses his nerve.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', when the team is sent back in time to 1907 and have to share quarters, Molly banishes Xavin from the "girls' side" of the room on the grounds that she can already hear what they and Karolina do even when they ''aren't'' all confined to a single room.
* A running gag in ComicBook/{{Invincible}}, where many of the characters are loud about their sex lives.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/AGunToLovesHead'' Light and L's room is above Mello's and while Mello is grounded he can hear them going at it right through the ceiling.
* Used in [[http://community.livejournal.com/mgs_slash/509558.html this]] ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid 3'' fanfic, where the noisy couple in question are [[DepravedBisexual Colonel Volgin]] and [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Major Raikov]]. Considering that canonically their sex is probably pretty [[PsychoElectro kinky]], one can't blame Ocelot for going to extreme lengths to get a little shut-eye…
* The ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fanfic "[[http://www.yuletidetreasure.org/archive/8/aprecise.html A Precise and Accurate History of Monday, Eleven Years Later]]" has Crowley moving into Aziraphale's small house in a small town(complete with nosy neighbours). The neighbours had long suspected Aziraphale to be gay and Crowley found this amusing, so while Aziraphale is at work, he spends his days banging against the wall and shouting Aziraphale's name.
* A dark variant is present in one chapter of the ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' fanfic ''[[http://eugenetapdance.livejournal.com/17142.html#cutid1 I Should Be Extremely Happy In Your Company]]''. Nelson Gardner is stuck being able to hear Hooded Justice having [[ManlyGay in all probability very violent]] sex with a young Adrian Veidt.
* In the [[FanficRecs/AxisPowersHetalia hilarious]] ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' KinkMeme fill "Are You There God? It's Me, Canada", one of Canada/Matthew's recurring problems is having his bedroom be right next to England/Arthur and France/Francis's and hence hearing his fathers go at it every single night. In fact, when Arthur and Francis ''don't'' have sex because of an argument, Matthew actually ''loses'' sleep because he's become so used to hearing them every night.
* [[Fanfic/WeightlessMassEffect Weightless]] had [[Franchise/MassEffect Garrus's]] neighbors who were very punctual in their "business", right down to the habit of not turning off the TV, which was not very helpful for a turian who had just gotten rejected by Shepard. Later, he (unintentionally) paid them back with her.
* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Smurfette's Inner Beauty", Hogatha's got the doors and windows of her castle shuttered up by magic so that the Smurfs couldn't enter while she's making out with Harlequin. By the time Empath, Brainy, and Duncan [=McSmurf=] arrive, they could hear the sounds of intimate activity going on through the shutters.
* The ''Avengers'' fic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/417257 Walk a While Beside You]] alludes to this re: Natasha and Clint. The former is characteristically stealthy and quiet, but the latter is ''not''.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** In chapter 9, Asuka and Shinji could hear Misato and Kaji having sex despite Misato trying to be quiet. Made especially frustrating for Asuka since Misato had forbid her and Shinji from having sex until she turns fifteen.
--->'''Asuka:''' We are ''so'' getting her back once we hit my birthday.
** Asuka and Shinji also took this into account back when they were keeping their relationship a secret, only having sex when Misato was either out of the house or had gotten drunk before going to sleep.
* UpToEleven in ''Fanfic/FallOfStarfleetRebirthOfFriendship'', where Spike and Rarity had what the narration describes as "[[TakeOurWordForIt five hours of a sex scene so hot I couldn't write it]]" and it turns out they went far beyond the wall:
-->“Yeah,” Spike breathed softly, as he let Rarity rest her head on his shoulder, his arm wrapped around her. “I just hope we didn’t wake anypony.”\\
Little did Spike know, that at the Crystal Empire, the six Knights of Harmony laid in bed with their eyes wide open, unable to sleep thanks to the noise “Whoa.” was the group call.\\
“Whoa,” Tirek said, laying in bed in Tartarus.\\
“Whoa, I am impressed,” [[BigBad Dark Conquest]] said, looking out at the skies from his headquarters. Then he gave a thumbs up.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2543735/chapters/5655182 The Lovers Left Broken]]'' Thea briefly teases Oliver by revealing that due to the Queen's mansions old/thin walls she could hear him having sex.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/WhatLiesBeneath'', Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeifer's characters hear the neighbours going at it and decide to compete with them.
* ''Film/LAStory'', at one point, has Steve Martin and his date in one room of a motel, and the woman Steve Martin's character is in love with and her date in the next room.
* In ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'', a butcher and his mistress have sex. The squeaks coming from the bedsprings provide a rhythm for the activities of the other tenants in the apartment building -- painting, knitting, cello-playing, and so on. This scene was used as the original American trailer.
* This trope is ''essential'' to the plot of ''Film/EasyA''.
* At the end of ''Film/MySuperExGirlfriend'', this is taken extremely literally, in a most physical level. It's not just noise that goes through the wall, but the participants as well.
* In ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'', 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 her partner's annoyance.
* Michael J. Fox's character in ''Film/TheSecretOfMySuccess'' is a victim of this trope. Best sequence is when at one point, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xsfm69Weco when his horny neighbours are getting it on]] while he's trying to work, he goes to the fridge for a canned beer, grabs a stick, and begins waving it like he's holding a conductor's baton. We know that they do this a lot because he can mouth along with their dirty talk, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything and cracks his (overflowing) beer right at the moment of climax.]] Then he sits down at his desk and says, "You guys were good tonight." Unfortunately, the neighbours later on have another round, so he puts his head under his pillow trying to keep the noise out, but is unsuccessful, upon which he bleakly mimes being an orchestra conductor to the beat of the couple's increasing wails.
* Loud sex sounds pervade Jimmy's ground floor flat in the opening scenes of ''Film/LesbianVampireKillers'' as his girlfriend breaks up with him (again), underscoring just how much of a loser he is.
* Happens a lot at the beginning of ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}''.
* ''Mädchen Mädchen 2'' has an early scene where Inken has disappointing sex against the wall of the apartment next to hers (her roommates watch the wall vibrate). Later on, Inken reacts by faking [[TheImmodestOrgasm the best orgasm she's ever had]], again ramming herself against the wall.
* In ''Film/AnalyzeThat'', Ben Sobel and his wife get annoyed at Paul Vitti's "friend" moaning for forty minutes. Ben goes complaining, a discussion ensues ("We don't think it's necessary to wake the neighbors every time we have sex.") …only for the friend to restart ("I told her if I wasn't back in two minutes to start without me. I gotta go.").
* One Creator/CheechAndChong movie made it seem like two characters were having very loud and rambunctious sex inside a van, much to the embarrassment of those outside. However, the guy was moaning and banging the wall because of a cramp in his leg, while the girl was trying to demonstrate the noises her roommate made while having sex.
* The Tim Allen movie ''Film/ForRicherOrPoorer'' has his character Brad and wife Caroline (Kirstie Alley) staying in an Amish home. Despite long, tiring work-filled days, their hosts provide rigorous, squeaky-springed sound effects almost every night. When Brad and Caroline rekindle their relationship, their hosts get treated to the same sound effects.
* In ''Film/FightClub'', the main character gets exasperated at how he can hear Tyler and Marla having wild sex upstairs every single time, with the plaster on the ceiling even crumbling with their movements. [[spoiler:Becomes downright weird when you realize that the main character and Tyler ''are the same person''.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smSxcg1DhiQ Jamal's neighbors]] in ''Film/FindingForrester''.
* The Jackie Chan movie ''Film/ArmorOfGod II'', has Jackie and a woman fighting with two thugs in her apartment at night. The hotel manager downstairs thinks it is this.
* Georgette and Joseph in the café bathroom in ''Film/{{Amelie}}'', making all the cups and crockery rattle. Amelie covers up the sound of TheImmodestOrgasm by running the espresso machine.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' -- as the Maitlands try to scare Mrs. Deetz in her bedroom, their ghostly moaning is heard by Delia in the next room, as she grumbles in disgust thinking it's her parents.
* The short 'Film/{{Thin Walls}}'' was all about this. A hot woman moves in next door to a nerd, who can hear her at night (I remember the boyfriend as a member of The Knack). He bribes a co-worker into recording passionate screaming, which he plays back at high volume to attract the neighbor.
* In the Creator/AlanAlda film ''Film/TheFourSeasons'', him and his wife are in one of the staterooms on the yacht the three couples have rented, listening as they hear one of the other couples on the boat going at it hot and heavy.
* ''Film/{{Pi}}'': [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation Brilliant but reclusive]] mathematician Max Renn can hear his neighbor having sex with her boyfriend right through the wall of his apartment. Not played for laughs however; at the same time Max is obsessively working on his computer to pursue the universal number which he is researching, emphasizing how detached he is from everyday life.
* In ''Film/Unknown2011'', at Gina's place, we hear noisy sex from the next room which leads to an awkward moment between Gina and the hero.
* Göran in ''Film/{{Together}}'' is forced to listen to his girlfriend Lena and Erik having loud sex next door.
* In ''Film/TheSaddestMusicInTheWorld'', Fyodor and Roderick walk in to hear Chester making loud sex with Narcissa upstairs.

* A short mystery story by Steven Saylor has an amorous couple in ancient Rome (well, the countryside near it). The detective's teenage son listens eagerly, but is shy when they heavily flirt in front of him.
* ''Literature/HighFidelity''. There, it's a major plot point -- Rob recalls listening to Ray having sex with various girlfriends while he was still with Laura, and when they break up and Laura begins seeing Ray, he recalls it all and becomes intensely neurotic about it.
* Occurs as comic relief in Frank Yerby's novel ''The Voyage Unplanned'': the hero's love interest accuses him of having had very '''loud''' sex with another woman the night before. The supposed other woman was actually a terrorist who tried to murder him, and the orgasmic screams really came from the hotel room '''next''' to his. He proves this by banging on the wall and calling:
-->'''John:''' Hey, kids! Time's a-wasting! Or are you going to let ''one'' night wear you out?!\\
'''Unnamed girl:''' Eric! Oh my Gawd! The man next door! He -- he ''[[CaptainObvious heard]]'' [[CaptainObvious us!]]
* Talia in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' gets an interesting variant on this. Not only can she hear her "enthusiastic" neighbor, she also has strong enough empathy that she can 'overhear' sex that way too.
* Edmund spends a couple of chapters of ''Literature/ToTheEndsOfTheEarth'' trying to figure out how to ''avoid'' embodying this trope.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[spoiler: Lysa Arryn]] tells [[spoiler: Littlefinger]] on their wedding night that she fully intends to be loud. She wasn't lying, and everyone else in the rather small castle they're in gets an earful.
* Played around with in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''. Siri quickly discovers that [[GodKing Susebron]]'s priests are listening through the wall when she goes in to see him every night to try to make sure she's fulfilling her wifely duties. Since she ''isn't'', largely because [[spoiler:Seb is a bit of a ManChild and doesn't even know what sex ''is'']], she starts beginning every evening by bouncing up and down on the bed and making very enthusiastic noises while her husband stares at her like she's gone nuts.
* ''The Bronze Horseman'' by Paullina Simons. InsatiableNewlyWeds Tatiana and Alexander have a [[SlapSlapKiss loud argument, then equally loud sex]] in a communal Soviet apartment. Afterwards they start a seditious discussion which Alexander quickly shuts down because the neighbours are likely NKVD informers. Tatiana just quips, "Well they've heard everything else."
* In John Irving's ''Literature/TheHotelNewHampshire'', the prostitute Screaming Annie's claim to fame is that she fakes orgasms so loudly, everyone in the hotel can hear her. As it turns out, [[spoiler:the orgasms aren't fake. Every single one of them is real]].
* In ''Literature/TheGirls'', Evie is uncomfortable when Julian and his teenaged girlfriend Sasha are screwing loudly in the next room. Later Evie realizes that Julian, who is TheSociopath, knew she could hear.

* [[http://www.netfunny.com/rhf/jokes/95q4/walls.html A personal account]] where a person noted that the floors and ceilings act as amplifiers for sounds from adjacent apartments, making it very easy to hear the bed scooting on the floor and the headboard banging against the wall. After 5 minutes, it was funny and kind of embarassing. After 10 minutes, it became annoying. After 15 minutes, it was frustrating as it was preventing them from sleeping. After 20 minutes, it was kind of impressive.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Sansa is grossed out by her aunt Lysa's loud screaming during her sex with Petyr. The take they used was the only one where Creator/SophieTurner didn't laugh.
* An episode of ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' involved Samantha experiencing loud neighbors who had vocal sex every night immediately after the late news. After she 'joins in' with her own noises, she receives a note from them inviting her to join them in person. Though she is originally keen on the idea of a threesome with the couple who seem to enjoy sex so much, she soon realizes that the couple are overweight and unattractive, so she just tells them to keep it down in future.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' tackles this one a couple of times.
** In the season 3 episode "Shrink Rap", Daphne tells the story of how her neighbors used to do much the same thing, until she stopped them with her own gratuitous sex noises designed to give them a taste of their own medicine.
** In the season 2 episode "An Adventure in Paradise", Frasier thinks his ex-wife is having sex in the next room, so makes loud sex noises so she thinks he's having a better time than he is. He ends up jumping on the bed, slamming the headboard against the wall and yelling at the top of his lungs. And then Lilith and her boyfriend walk by the room.
* In ABC's short-lived drama ''Six Degrees'', Carlos is searching for a new apartment to allow for some privacy for his roommate. At a particularly tiny one, he overhears a couple making love, so the real estate agent pretends they're having vocal sex to annoy them. [[spoiler:It turns out that its his roommate at her boyfriend's apartment.]]
* An episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' dealt with a loud, but charming, upstairs neighbor. Monica and Rachel couldn't bring themselves to ask him to keep it down, so Phoebe went up to do it. Phoebe and the neighbor ended up having sex, which everyone downstairs heard. Later that episode, they find out that he is seeing other women when they overhear ''those'' sex noises, too.
** The page quote is about when Chandler starts going out with Joey's ex. "All night long, she'd agree!"
** There was one episode when Joey was describing to Chandler how much his girlfriend appreciated him being there "just for her". He described her response as being like a ticker-tape parade. Chandler remarks that is his room is "very close to the parade route."
** Joey has similar complaints about Chandler and ''his'' girlfriends. When Janice insists that they spend the day together because, " That's how long it takes to love me", Joey mutters under his breath, "I know. I live in the next room."
** There is a scene in Barbados where several members can hear it right through both walls. Although the 'it' in this case is just making out.
** One Christmas episode involving Monica trying to get to know her neighbors better introduced "the woman downstairs who always has sex really loud".
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' has Tim and Daisy faking sex noises as part of their fairly lazy ruse to trick their landlady into thinking they are a couple.
** Also, in a non-sexual example, "You never know who's listening" "Nobody's Listening!" IronicEchoCut.
* Referenced in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Lily thinks there might be some truth to the theory that Robin (who was Ted's girlfriend at the time) used to be a porn star.
-->'''Lily:''' She does have the fake orgasm noises down.\\
'''Ted:''' Hey!\\
'''Lily:''' What? The walls are thin.\\
'''Ted:''' That's not what I was "hey"-ing you about!
** A vertical variant is seen in Season 5; Ted's upstairs neighbors are loudly [[UnusualEuphemism playing the bagpipes]]. When Ted can take no more, he confronts them [[spoiler: but backs off when he realizes they're an elderly couple]]. Later in the episode, Lily and Marshall's bagpiping is seen to have a similar effect on their downstairs neighbors.
*** Then it turns out that it was the couple above the elderly couple.
* ''Series/SisterSister'' has Lisa and Ray making loud sex noises through the wall so Lisa's mother thinks they're really married. Played with in that they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdqiL73q0To quickly grow tired of it]].
-->'''Ray''': *bored voice* Saddle up, pony girl!
-->'''Lisa''': *whispers* You are twisted.
-->'''Ray''': *holds up book* I'm reading a Western!
* For one episode of ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' Mimi (Drew's nemesis) and Drew's brother are temporarily living in a trailer in Drew's backyard. Kate notices Drew is acting tired and we get this jewel.
-->'''Drew:''' I didn't get a wink of sleep between the trailer rocking and the screaming.\\
'''Kate:''' Screaming?\\
'''Drew:''' I started screaming when I realized why the trailer was rocking.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', as David Reyes, Hurley's DisappearedDad who returned after his son won the lottery, is waking him up:
-->'''David''': What's with the earphones?\\
'''Hurley''': It's for the noise.\\
'''David''': Well, your mother's a very passionate woman.\\
'''Hurley''': [[PrimalScene That is disgusting]].
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. When Aeryn and Crichton finally have sex (while the crew is aboard an immature, and thus small, Leviathan), Rygel grumbles the next morning about being unable to sleep, and further is disgusted that it sounded like Crichton was ''exerting'' himself. Cut to the blissful couple snuggling. Crichton bangs on the wall with his fist and makes loud moans; Aeryn laughs that ''he'' was "even louder than that, if you can imagine".
* At one point in ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', Sally complains of having a listening flatmate. When asked if this means she has to be quiet, she explains, "No, loud, we're very competitive."
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Maxie is tired of hearing Johnny and Lulu's sex life, so one day she makes loud sex noises in her bedroom. They think she's with Spinelli, but when ''he'' comes through the front door…
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}''. While Stacie and Danny are [[UndercoverAsLovers posing as a married couple]], they hear someone in the next hotel room and think it might be the mark, so they fake having loud sex to maintain their cover. Actually Danny suspects it's Mickey and just wants to make him jealous, but he's not fooled (their orgasms are too well timed for a couple who haven't been together for a while).
* There is an extremely disturbing version of this in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', where the noises are of a girl being raped. The character who's hearing all this is paralyzed, though, and can only stare in terror at the wall.
* On an episode of ''Series/SpinCity'', Stacy is at Mike's apartment, and Mike apologizes for his noisy neighbors. We hear the noisy neighbors copulating for a second.
-->'''Stacy''': You think that's loud? (voice filled with pity) Oh, Mike.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Seven of Nine [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove explores human "mating rituals"]] by studying the OfficialCouple Tom and B'Elanna. B'Elanna discovers this and starts reading Seven's notes about this, which results in the following memorable dialogue:
-->'''B'Elanna''': ''(reading from the PADD)'' "Stardate 52648, 0300 hours: intimate relations resume" ''(addressing Seven directly)'' How the hell do you know when we're having intimate relations?
-->'''Seven of Nine''': There is no one on Deck 9 Section 12 who doesn't know when you're having intimate relations.
* On one episode of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', she accuses her younger daughter of having sex with her boyfriend (who spent the night). Darlene asks why on earth she would even risk doing it in the next room. Her mother counters that she could have been quiet.
-->'''Darlene''': ''You'' can't!
-->'''Roseanne''': You can hear us!?
-->'''Darlene''': I had to tell David you were moving furniture!
** Darlene also invokes this to play a trick on Becky. After Becky and Mark elope, they return to the Conners' house to stay the night. After an argument over whether they can sleep in the same room that night or not, Roseanne concedes and the house goes to bed. As Roseanne and Dan are discussing what to do in their bedroom, loud banging noises come through the ceiling.
-->'''Dan''': I'll be in the garage.
-->'''Becky''': (shouting from upstairs) Very funny, Darlene! Stop jumping on DJ's bed!
* In ''Series/GossipGirl'''s third season Nate and Serena start to date, and apparently have loud sex in the kitchen right outside Chuck and Blair's bedroom (now that's just rude). They are then treated to the sounds of Blair having an ImmodestOrgasm, which they assume is her not wanting to be outdone. Then Nate gets a phone call from Chuck, who's apparently ''not'' having sex with Blair at the time. It turns out Blair is just reading a fashion magazine and mocking Serena's bedroom noises to point out that the walls are thin.
* In an early episode of ''Series/MadAboutYou'', Paul and Jamie meet their neighbors Hal and Maggie, who recognize their voices...
-->'''Hal:''' We hear you through the walls sometimes.\\
'''Maggie:''' Our kitchen is right next to your bedroom.\\
'''Jamie:''' (mortified) Oh, my god--\\
'''Hal:''' That's her!
* In an episode of ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Robert is purposely thumping a chair up and down so his mother will hear it through the walls and think he and Amy are trying to conceive.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had one when a drunken and frustrated Penny decides to have sex with Leonard.
-->'''Sheldon''': FYI, my noise-cancelling headphones proved ineffective last night.\\
'''Penny''': Yeah, sorry about that.\\
'''Sheldon''': As a native Texan, I must say I've never heard the phrase "yee-haw" used in quite that context.\\
'''Penny''': Oh, God.\\
'''Sheldon''': "Oh, God". That I've heard on multiple occasions.\\
'''Mrs Gunderson''': Good morning, Leonard. Or should I say "yee-haw"?
** In a later episode, Sheldon unwittingly gets his own back, as Leonard and Penny overhear the sounds of him and Amy having sex from the hallway.
-->'''Sheldon:''' Oh Amy, you naughty vixen!\\
'''Amy:''' My goodness, that form of stimulation is highly efficient!\\
'''Leonard:''' Should we give them their privacy?\\
'''Penny:''' I want to, but I don't think I can.\\
'''Sheldon:''' Whoopee!\\
'''Penny:''' Okay, I'm good now. ''(runs inside)''
* The second episode of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' includes Octavia overhearing her mother Atia having very loud sex with Mark Antony, which she mockingly imitates at a party later. Antony's comment: "She has you exactly."
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' a suspect's alibi was that he had been having sex with the victim's wife when the victim was murdered. This is verified by talking to the neighbors who recalled hearing it (it was a warm night and the windows were open).
** The episode "Watershed" features a subversion. Neighbors of the victim frequently heard sounds of sex coming from her room, which is part of the reason they thought she was a prostitute. She was really playing a CD of those sounds specifically to produce that conclusion while she worked on computer hacking.
* The titular ''Series/{{Cuckoo}}'' and Rachel are doing the deed much to the annoyance of her parents. The shrug it off as they're newly weds and they were like it once… although nowhere near as long. They also make Dylan trade rooms with them so they won't hear them any more.
* Used frequently in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''.
* In the pilot episode of ''Series/TheTudors'', Henry VIII is having sex with his wife's lady-in-waiting while his men are standing out of his room, smirking. Then, in another episode, the two grooms stationed outside his door actually ''make commentary'' on his latest 'liaison'. This is done ''yet again'' in Season 4 with his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, and her two ladies-in-waiting (Joan Bulmer and Lady Rochford) are in the next room listening to it. Joan was pretty amused with it while Rochford does not.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In Season 7 the Scoobies and Potentials are all holed up in Buffy's house for mutual protection. Willow and Kennedy finally get a bedroom to themselves and act appropriately. In the kitchen, Anya complains to her former fiance Xander about the noises they can hear; after all, they've stopped having sex, so others should have similar consideration. When we cut back to them, [[SexWithTheEx they're making out on the kitchen floor]].
* The ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Savant" involves the detectives solving a brutal assault case by interviewing the victim's preteen daughter, who has a rare condition that just happens to give her superb hearing (to the point that she could hear the assault despite being in a different room) and the ability to recognize any voice she's heard. Alas, the same condition also leaves the girl unable to sort through her memories easily, and thus the detectives are treated to the spectacle of the girl helpfully impersonating the perp's sex talk and her mother's orgasmic gasping and moaning.
* ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}''. Thanks to his DaddyIssues Lucifer is seriously annoyed by this trope thanks to the BigOMG that accompanies the sounds of sex.
-->'''Lucifer:''' You're not the one being taunted all the while! "Oh God" this and "Oh God" that! He's popping up everywhere and spoiling my favorite things!
-->'''Chloe:''' I'd really hate to be in your head.

* From Music/ViennaTeng's "1BR/1BA", which is about apartment-hunting:
-->''My upstairs neighbors are making sounds that I never want to hear\\
I hope they're just moving furniture around and really liking their ideas''
** Sometimes in live performance, she will then add a chirpy spoken-word "Oh yeah, right there! Oh yeah, right there!"
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Paper Thin Walls"]] by Music/ModestMouse.
-->''These walls are paper thin\\
And everyone hears every little sound\\
Everyone's a voyeurist, they're watching me\\
Watch them, watch me right now''
* Music/{{Edguy}}'s "Do Me Like a Caveman" is a hilarious song about trying to sleep at a hotel while a couple in the next room are banging each other's brains out.
* From Music/PaulSimon's "Duncan":
-->''Couple in the next room\\
Bound to win a prize\\
They've been going at it all night long\\
Well, I'm trying to get some sleep\\
But these motel walls are cheap...''
* From James's "Laid":
-->''This bed is on fire with passionate love\\
The neighbors complain about the noises above''
* If taken entirely literally, Music/{{Metric}}'s "Satellite Mind" is about laying in bed listening to next door having sex:
-->''I heard you fuck through the wall,\\
I heard you fuck.''[softreturn]
:: However from WordOfGod it probably shouldn't be taken literally at all.

* ''Radio/TheNavyLark'': When Commander Murray and his wife are sharing a house with her parents, she refuses to have sex because the bed squeaks and her parents will hear them. Murray's frustration levels are not helped when he puts his back out attempting to fix the bed, and his crew assume he put it out indulging in a different bedroom activity.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the card game ''TabletopGame/ChezGeek'', a high-scoring Nookie card can force other players to discard Sleep cards they've already played.

* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' has a whole musical number about it: "You can be as loud as the hell you want when you're making love!"
* In ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof'', Gooper and Mae know that Brick and Maggie are ''not'' having sex, because they share a wall, and they hear her pleading and his refusal. Brick says that they could've done it without them noticing, because [[TheModestOrgasm not everybody is that loud]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', this can come up a couple of times with the warden and his/her romance options. Justified in that the PlayerParty spends nights camped in tents in the wild, so there's not much of a wall to be had.
** If a female warden is romancing Alistair and has gone to bed with him, Zevran can make comments on how the affair is going based on things he overheard.
---> '''Zevran''': [[SpeedSex It did seem as if you just got going when all grew quiet.]] You are… feeling all right, yes? Perhaps you are tired?
** If a male or female warden is romancing Zevran and has gone to bed with him, Wynne can bring this up to you in a lecture about appropriate behavior for a Grey Warden.
---> '''Warden''': You know about Zevran and me?
---> '''Wynne''': I almost wish I didn't. Half of us aren't getting any sleep, the way you two carry on all night.
*** Wynne may also lecture the player about the noise if he is [[ImmodestOrgasm romancing]] [[TokenEvilTeammate Morrigan]].
** Also, if the warden is romancing Zevran, Oghren can bring this up in party banter, advising Zevran that "you might wanna, you know, keep it down".
** Leliana will also make the rather cutting remark to Morrigan if they are both romancing the Warden.
--> '''Leliana''': I suppose he must like your shrieking, you sound like a genlock being murdered -- a sweet, sweet sound to a Grey Warden. You should try a little harder next time he takes you. I don't think they heard you in the Anderfels.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2: Apartment Life'', loud noises will occasionally leak through the walls, annoying your sims who can bang on the walls to get the neighbors to shut up. One of the things that can leak through the walls is Woo-Hoo interactions.
* An entertaining scene in the second chapter of ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'', if you choose to have sex with Vico and if you brought the dwarven cleric along he mutters "how's a faithful dwarf supposed to get his spells back like that..."; if you have Pia with you she is rather embarrassed when you get her to admit to having been listening. Bran won't barge in and try to 'rescue' you from Vico, which he does otherwise.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': in one location, a hotel, a couple can be heard having sex behind a closed door. Lampshaded by the fact they never stop, not even if the player engages in a fierce gun battle with grenades right outside the door.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': During a randomly generated sequence, Michael's daughter can be heard having loud sex behind her locked door in his mansion.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': When C.J. chooses to have "coffee" (sex) with one of his girlfriends, the camera stays outside the home and the sounds of them having sex are muffled, as if we're listening to them through the wall. Later games with this option, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' (and its [=DLCs=]) and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', also keep the camera outside during "coffee" or "booty calls", but the sounds are no longer muffled.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Invoked in Miyabi's route of ''VisualNovel/EnchantedInTheMoonlight'': Miyabi wants to make sure all the other guys know that the protagonist is with him. Much eye-rolling ensues among the rest of the cast, save for a very mortified Samon.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'':
** Fairly early in the run of the webcomic, Davan gets sick of hearing his neighbour's loud sex noises -- not so much for the noise, but because it's very obvious that the woman is faking it. He finally storms over to them and angrily gives the man detailed written instructions how to please a woman. Found [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp08012005.shtml here]]
** Also, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp06072007.shtml this]] strip references how thin the walls are ''within'' Davan's family home.
* [[http://xkcd.com/316/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip, [[GeniusBonus in true xkcd fashion.]]
* Subverted early in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Black Mage hears bedsprings creaking and White Mage moaning in the next rooms; turns out it's just Black Belt jumping on the bed, practicing his kung fu.
* This happens in ''Webcomic/BetterDays'' chapter 20 when Fisk and Beth and Tommy and Lucy go to New York and stay in rooms next to each other. Both boys [[TestosteronePoisoning try not to "finish" before the other]], and the next day they both have sore backs when they have to visit museums.
* ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'': Artie and Kate engage in one of the few explicit sex scenes in the comic, and are heard Right Through The Wall by Artie's very {{Squick}}ed grandmother. (page 146)
* Webcomic/{{Candi}} and her [[BlackBestFriend suitemate]] overhear a couple during Spring Break, thinking it's one of their friends and his girly -- not knowing it's her ex and one of her other friends ''as well''. It's a twofer!
* Apparently, the walls in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' are pretty thin.
** Gary and Zii have to listen to [=DiDi=] and her boyfriend, until they rush out of the apartment.
** At the end of the "Backstage Pass" story, Gary and Dillon are kept up by Zii and Yuki having sex.
** Matt and Dillon also used to hear Gary's [[ADateWithRosiePalms Dates With Rosie Palms]] when they still lived with him. Moreover, when they decided to become a gay couple, they record his "sounds" and play them back to enhance sex with each other,
* In ''Webcomic/TheLessThanEpicAdventuresOfTJAndAmal'', Amal, apparently. "Y'know, you are one ''noisy'' motherfucker."
* Invoked in ''Partially Clips''. An English couple on holiday, when war with Germany is on the horizon, plans to have loud sex to annoy a German officer in the hotel room next to theirs.
-->I shall never have been prouder to {{lie back and think of England}}.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Momo is rattled in the next room by [[spoiler: Marigold and Dale]]'s enthusiastic lovemaking, thinking that she'll encourage them to invest in a new bedframe.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Gaia}}'', Viviana sets up a noise-canceling device before her first time with Ilias, mentioning how thin the walls are. [[spoiler:She notices the next morning that the device was missing a key component, making it ineffective.]]
* [[http://avialae.smackjeeves.com/comics/2358575/ch-2-page-120/ Subverted]] in ''Webcomic/{{Avialae}}'', where it turns out to be just a joke. Not that this is any comfort to the still-mentally scarred third party.
-->'''Jamie:''' So how did things go with Gannet last night?
-->'''Bailey:''' ''([[SpitTake spit takes]])'' Y-Y-You heard us?!
-->'''Jamie:''' WHAT?! No! Oh my god, I was kidding! Fuck, I'm gonna have to burn that couch now.
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' is largely set in an apartment with rather thin walls, enabling this trope to be invoked repeatedly. The neighboring apartment also has a non-soundproof front door, as it turns out.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the sorceress [[TheBaroness Shyralis]] tortures King [[ThePaladin Marcus]] with her magic in order to keep him under her power. When the knights guarding the door hear the loud noises coming from the king's bedroom, one of them ponders if everything is alright but his commanding officer [[ChivalrousPervert Signan]] jokingly implies that the sorceress and the king are having sex which would explain the loud grunts.
-->'''Guard:''' D-Do you think everything's okay in there?\\
'''Signan:''' Seems our boy Marcus likes it a little rough, that's all.
* From Website/TheOnion: Used blatantly in [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38946 "Couple Upstairs Going At It Again"]] and a man tries to induce this in [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/31289 "Man Hopes Hot Woman In Next Apartment Can Hear How Well He's Fucking His Girlfriend"]]
* Ryan from [[http://www.youtube.com/user/95Camry4Life/videos Thin Wall Challenge]] made a game out of it by challenging himself to complete a complicated task before his neighbors finish.
* [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Friendly]] provides [[http://notalwaysfriendly.com/putting-the-matter-to-bed/34566 a solution for this]].
* In ''WebAnimation/ProjectVoicebend'', the sex between Tenzin and Pema is loud enough that everyone in Republic City can hear them.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Marge and Homer often are these people in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Their loud love making has been the subject of at least two gags, both times with reactions shots from Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Ned Flanders (their neighbor in another house). On at least one occasion, the family holds a conversation about this habit while remaining in their bed rooms. Bart even punches through the wall to prove the kids' point.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Subverted in one episode, where the suggestive squeaking noises keeping Fry up turn out to be two robots mounted on bedsprings playing cards. One of them oils his spring and the squeaking stops.
** And played straight in a much later episode when Bender and a promiscuous ladybot go through the whole night, except for the occasional break to play country music right next to Fry's bed. And [[NoodleImplements some activity involving a pneumatic drill]].
* When Linda's parents visit the Belchers on ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', their lovemaking is loud that Gene records it and plays it for the class the next day at show and tell. The sound also invades Tina's dream, in which lascivious zombies suddenly sound like her horny grandparents.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', the sex life between the father and the mother is so good that every night she's saying "Oh God" repetitively. The younger son, having lived his entire life listening to them, finds himself incapable of having a good night's sleep without it, and gets insomnia when their relationship becomes rocky.
* A variant is played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', where Kevin can overhear his gay neighbors arguing over whether the condoms Gus bought are adequate for their purposes.
-->'''Gus:''' What was wrong with our regular brand? These'll snap right off!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': A college flashback has Doc Venture sharing a dorm room with Brock, lying horrified in the lower bunk as Brock has loud, furious sex with a succession of girls just above him.
* Comes up in an interesting conversation on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
-->'''Danny:''' I couldn't sleep [last night] with my ArchEnemy in the guest room next to me.\\
'''Sam:''' My parents sleep in the bedroom next to me. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar It's not the same, but I can't sleep either]].
* Done at least twice in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', once during a cutaway gag with "that Persian woman in the attic", and again when Peter was trying to sleep on Cleveland's couch. The second viewer mail episode shows Stewie hearing it and dreaming about them as lumberjacks.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}'' has Jen complaining about her roommate having extremely loud sex with her latest boyfriend.

[[folder:Real life]]
* Apparently you can get [[http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/uk-woman-jailed-noisy-sex-husband-2682822 arrested]] for it.
* Any college student living in a dormitory has had to deal with this.
** As has almost anyone who's stayed in a hotel. Not just sleazy motels, either; even good hotels aren't soundproof, and the chance your room will be next to people having sex is pretty good.
* According to Bob Denver's autobiography, he heard Tina Louise and her fiance in a wild tryst with each other in her dressing room, while he was trying to sleep in his.
* Videos recorded outside doors or next to walls where a neighbor is having loud sex (usually recorded in dorm buildings or hotels) are ubiquitous on YouTube, to the point where it borders on meme territory.