->''"O listen to him and his saxophone''
->''Our musical genital unicorn''
->''He's very well hung with his golden horn"''
-->-- '''Music/LeonardCohen''', "Song of Destruction"

A short riff on the saxophone used to indicate the arrival or presence of a sexy woman.
It can be as subtle as how loudly the music is played.

The muted trumpet can be used to similar effect.

The history of this trope comes from the fact that the roots of jazz and R&B were musicians playing in brothels and burlesque houses. The musicians were supposed to play music to, ahem, enhance the experience. Many jazz musicians' nicknames were often euphemisms, like [[ICallHimMisterHappy Jelly Roll]] Morton, which reflected their roots as brothel musicians.

A SisterTrope to BowChickaWowWow.

Compare other {{Mood Motif}}s.

Not to be confused with the device in ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', nor a [[CargoShip character having sex]] ''[[CargoShip with]]'' [[CargoShip a saxophone]], nor a sex hotline.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I61n_kkRRHA recent ad]] for Zoosk features a woman fantasizing about a sexy scene with a guy, accompanied by a sultry saxophone riff. And the riff promptly cuts off as soon as they smack their skulls into each other during an attempted kiss, and again when he bumps her head into a bedpost.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Used whenever Mune Mune first appears in any given world in ''[[Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi]]''. Well, whenever it's not just a [[{{Gainaxing}} single timpani beat]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has the titular character with this whenever he does the Sexy Jutsu.
** It's also played every time something [[{{Camp}} overly]] [[{{Narm}} melodramatic]] happens, and for some reason every time a joke's punchline involves a ridiculously oversized animal.
* Ouka's theme song from ''Manga/DotHackLegendOfTheTwilight'' is a song called ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwiWAohAE5g "You Want To Have Me As Your Pet, Don't You...]]''
* One of the background tracks from Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruo1gLmheEU "S-Trip"]]'' just screams [[Film/{{Borat}} Sexy time]], with it being involved in fanservice, pole dancing and food sex.
* The saxophone is [[MsFanservice Rouge's]] {{leitmotif}} in both the Japanese version and the 4Kids dub of ''SonicX''.
* ''KimagureOrangeRoad'''s Madoka Ayukawa plays one mean sax. She is, of course, the more mature leg of the LoveTriangle. "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8fFKdwCXlc Madoka no Teema]]"
* Used also as the {{leitmotif}} for [[TheTease Akeno]] in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD''.
* ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'': Kuroko attempts to trick Mikoto into drinking out of a thermos laced with aphrodisiacs, but ends up dosing herself instead. Ten seconds later, the sax is playing on the soundtrack as she desperately tries to convince Mikoto to change into her swimsuit while they clean the pool.
* Played when Esmeraude first appears in ''Anime/SailorMoon''
* In the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' OAV series, Urd's first appearance is accompanied by a song titled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeN8v8tzMww "Sexy Dynamite"]].
* ''OnePiece'': Features heavily in Nico Robin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR-Ks3h2Zzw theme.]]
** This type of music also plays in the background when [[TheVamp Kalifa]] seduces Sanji.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' plays this at [[HelloNurse Harumi's]] introduction.
* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', nearly all of [[TheTease Kurumi Tokisaki]]'s appearances in the anime are marked with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDXTHZameXo a trumpet variant of this trope]], with her trying to seduce Shido on the go.
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[HelloNurse Jessica Rabbit's]] theme in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' is a sultry sax riff.
* Lola Bunny's debut in ''Film/SpaceJam'' (and to the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes continuity) was with a sultry Jazz beat.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', a brief sax riff accompanies GentlemanThief Flynn Rider's seductive face, the Smolder (tm). Rapunzel remains unmoved.
* A saxophone solo was included in the ThemeTune from Creator/{{NBC}}'s 1983 PilotMovie ''The Invisible Woman''. It may also have been Alexa Hamilton's musical signature in the movie.
* The muted trumpet variety opens the song "All That Jazz" as the camera reveals the curvaceous Catherine Zeta-Douglas in ''Film/{{Chicago}}''.
* The love theme from ''Film/BladeRunner'', composed by Vangelis and featuring a sax performance by Dick Morrissey.
* Used in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' when Pussy Galore's Flying Circus leave their planes.
** Also heard in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' when James Bond arrives in Las Vegas.
** In ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', there's such a recurring theme for the girls of Piz Gloria.
** In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', Bond hitches a ride with some [[spoiler:attractive CIA agents who took him to Felix Leiter after pretending to kidnap him]]. Cue the sexy sax.
** "All Time High", the theme to ''{{Film/Octopussy}}'', begins with a sexy riff.
* Spoofed in ''Film/TheNakedGun 33 1/3'', as the camera pans up the FemmeFatale's ankles... to her knees... to her ankles...
* This is used in ''{{Felidae}}'' of all things.
* When Laura Kensington (a first-class FemmeFatale) shows up in ''Film/CurseOfTheJadeScorpion'', the music shows right up with her.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TangoAndCash'' when Cash dresses in drag to escape from a nightclub.
* The muted trumpet version is used for Marilyn Monroe in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot''. This is further expanded on when Monroe reveals to one of the main characters (Who is a Saxophone player himself) that she has a "thing" for Sax players, detailing her romantic exploits with other Sax players.
* Plays when Milo first meets Helga Sinclair in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
* The main theme from ''Film/PlanetTerror'', which plays over Cherry's go-go dance routine, and later given the action treatment in "Cherry's Dance of Death" when she has her big asskicking scene later in the movie.
* Dmitri Shostakovich's Second Waltz, which Creator/StanleyKubrick used as the opening theme in ''EyesWideShut''.
* A RunningGag in TheMovie of ''OurMissBrooks'' is a sexophone riff that plays everytime [[HelloNurse Miss Lonelyhearts]] gets up from her desk and walks through the newspaper office.
* Played with, along with FeetFirstIntroduction, with a trombone in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. Turns out the owner of the sexy legs is ''playing'' it.
* A RunningGag in ''Film/FatalInstinct''; the FemmeFatale is always accompanied by a steamy sax tune because a professional sax player follows her around, providing her with a theme tune while hiding in hallways, closets, even in her bed.
** [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall And he's replaced by a trumpet player in one scene because he had to call in sick.]]
* Sargeant Calahan's scenes were often accompanied by this in the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' series.
* ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''. Our introduction to Aunty Entity (played by Tina Turner) is a BlindMusician playing the saxophone for her.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the novel ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', the hedonistic {{dystopia}} actually renamed the musical instrument the sexophone. (That is, if it really is the same instrument and not something... different.)
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in DouglasAdams' ''The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul'':
-->"There emerged from the car a pair of [[ShesGotLegs the sort of legs]] which soundtrack editors are unable to see without needing to slap a smoky saxophone solo all over, for reasons which no one besides soundtrack editors has ever been able to understand. In this particular case, however, the saxophone would have been silenced by the proximity of the kazoo which the same soundtrack editor would almost certainly have slapped all over [[TheAllegedCar the progress of the vehicle]]."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the miniseries adaptation of James Clavell's ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Noble House]]'', one of these was used at the beginning of nearly ever scene where Venus Poon showed up.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has made a few jokes about this.
** In ''The Brain That Wouldn't Die'', this type of music plays (as the VillainProtagonist trolls for potential victims) and Tom Servo quips, "It's a sleazy morning out there. You're listening to KPORN, ''Holmes and Reems in the Morning'', playing sleazy, slutty music all morning long. Here's one by Skinny and the Sweat Beads..."
*** Mike brings the riff back later when the music makes its reappearance. "Stay tuned for the obscene phone call of the day, on KPORN."
** In ''The Horrors of Spider Island'', there's a muted trumpet playing as a bikini-clad model showers. Crow quips, "Those musicians who play muted trumpet solos must love these movies."
*** And "I wasn't even acting sexy until the slutty sax music started!"
** Tom Servo was prone to doing the mute-trumpet riff on occasion, to add sexual subtext to scene where it really didn't belong. His voice actor, Kevin Murphy, continues the tradition in various Podcast/RiffTrax.
* Used a ''lot'' in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', along with copious amounts of GaussianGirl and HotWind whenever an attractive female character is first introduced.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in "The Royale". Lampshaded by SciFiDebris in his review of the episode:
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Eyp7loLwL0 "But before they can get underway, we get a bellboy and an offscreen saxophone player."]]
* Also happens in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy", where the Doctor programs himself to randomly daydream. Given that the Doctor's programming would make him GenreSavvy as hell about this kind of information, it's perfectly logical that an ''extremely'' exaggerated version of this trope plays when he slips into a daydream about Seven of Nine, B'Elanna, and Janeway all shamelessly flirting with him. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zH6R-w2ARc&feature=related It's]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious.]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXp3AMgbG6k theme tune]] to ''Series/SquareOneTV'' (not the [[RearrangeTheSong remixed version]], which replaced it with a synthesizer).
* When [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-8-2011/the-wangover discussing]] Rep. Weiner's tweets on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', a shirtless cameraman shows up in the background playing the sax riff from Creator/GeorgeMichael‎'s song "Careless Whisper".
* Used once in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as Buffy, under the influence of a love spell, enters the library wearing a raincoat, heels, a smile, and nothing else. Interestingly, the sax riff telegraphs her ''intent'' (to seduce Xander) every bit as much as her arrival.
* ''BoyMeetsWorld'' uses this once when Topanga enters the room in a sexy nightgown to show that she is finally ready to have sex with Cory, in one of her very few fanservice-y moments in the show.
* ''TheMunsters'' used this at least once, when Grampa's latest invention turned Herman [[GenderBender into a woman]].
* In ''Series/FlowerBoyRamyunShop'' a sexy saxophone tune plays when Eun Bi pulls Chi Soo in for a kiss, as she was playing his own game (of seducing people because he can and then dropping them) against him.
* On ''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'', a musical theme that began with this was used regularly when showing scenes of something that was sexy, or wasn't actually, but they wanted to play it as it was for comedy.
* Used in the song "History is Made at Night" from the ShowWithinAShow from ''{{Smash}}'', ''Bombshell''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* BillyJoel's "Christie Lee" crosses over with this in an interesting way, as Joe the saxophonist finds out to his misfortune.
* Creator/GeorgeMichael's Careless Whisper IS the sexophone.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* In contrast to the high-energy "walk-up music" used by most baseball players, starting in May 2014, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick opted for "Careless Whisper" by GeorgeMichael. [[http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2063308-josh-reddick-using-whams-careless-whisper-as-at-bat-music-turns-into-huge-hit The fans seem to approve.]]
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/MissSaigon'' features a wailing saxophone song just ''prior'' to the leads having sex. They actually refer to it during the song, singing "a song, played on a solo saxaphone..."
* All over the place in ''Theatre/CityOfAngels''.
* ''Theatre/FunnyGirl'': It's part of a nightclub act rather than something more ''risque'', but the fairly stripperiffic song "Cornet Man" is unsurprisingly about a man who plays a cornet (basically a mellower-sounding version of the trumpet). Also, some of the lyrics can be taken as double-entendres suggesting the Cornet Man has reasons other than simply a "gig" to "leave his wife and kiddies" and go on the road, though it's not clear whether these were intentional or the song has fallen victim to HaveAGayOldTime syndrome.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Spoofed in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', as it is the {{leitmotif}} of the [[FlamboyantGay not-quite-so-sexy]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0xaZxMZGUE Magypsies]]. The saxophone there had a weird, reverberated, distorted kind of sound to it.
** Later on in the game, it even serves as [[spoiler:a MusicalSpoiler as to the true identity of Fassad as Locria, the seventh Magypsy]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sjupBpazbQ Muscle Blues]], which is essentially the theme song for a character's [[FlamboyantGay fairly gay Shadow.]]
** Hiimdaisy's comic, along with the fandub, manages to make the above so much [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funnier]]. "I'm Kanji Tatsumi, and I enjoy naked men! Oh yeah~"
** Ayase/Alana in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''. "Ow, my chest hurts!"
** Lisa/Ginko in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' also has the Tempt/Seduce like Ayase above, with the sexophone to match. She can also drag Maya and an unwilling/embarrassed Yukino to do a triple seduce... with the sexophone to match.
* A long saxophone solo is played when Fortune first appears in ''MetalGearSolid2''. Granted, she's not particularly fanservice-happy, but she's one of only three female characters in the game.
* Makes up EVA's theme tune in ''MetalGearSolid3'', almost as a parody.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' plays a sexophone riff whenever the hero finishes a mission that ends with getting a kiss from one of the girls.
* Krystal, at least in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', when Fox sees her.
* In ''{{Spore}}'', a cheesy sax riff plays when the player mates in Creature Stage. If this sounds steamy to you, you'll be disappointed to find that the mating dance [[GRatedSex consists of the two creatures waving their butts at each other]].
* In the arcade game ''VideoGame/SilentScope'', a short riff plays when you find a woman in the background and point your sniper rifle at her. It helps that the character you're playing as gasps "Wow!" at the same time. (You get a bonus life point for this.)
* Here's this gem from the [=ESRB's=] description of [[TraumaCenter Trauma Team]]: Female patients are asked to explain their symptoms, then lift up their shirts for closer inspection. The scene contains no nudity, but a saxophone can be heard playing in the background as a male doctor makes the following remarks: "Can she really be that thin?," "dayum!," and—after doctor's heart rate increases—"It's only natural . . . I'm a straight male."
* Martine's [[{{Leitmotif}} theme]] in ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', reprised when Carl encounters her ghost in ''The 11th Hour''.
* Candy's theme in ''DonkeyKong64'' uses the muted trumpet variation.
* ''{{Chulip}}'' - A sax riff plays whenever a successful kiss is made.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' a very sultry (but hectic) jazz piece with heavy sax plays as the leitmotif for the [[Series/TwinPeaks Laura Palmer]] character.
* The Consort in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' is introduced with a saxophone solo, while the camera follows her lower backside up a staircase.
* Plays when using Attract in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', the romance cut scenes end with this playing.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lampshaded by Ben and Kerry of 2funnybastards.com and Hamilton, Ontario's Y108: "What is Kenny G. doing in everyone's bedroom ever?"
* In ''WebVideo/CodeGeassTheAbridgedSeries'', Kallen's shower-phone call has "extremely suggestive jazz music" playing.
* Variation: among the traits of BillClinton that get played up in comedy are his saxophone playing and HandsomeLech tendencies.
** And then there's that one time he was [[http://clinton6.nara.gov/1994/01/1994-01-09-presidents-remarks-to-foreign-service-staffs-brussels.html given a saxophone by the mayor of Adolphe Sax's hometown]] where the mayor (clearly not a native speaker of English) uttered the phrase "[[AccidentalInnuendo instrument of Sax]]".
* [[http://koti.phnet.fi/santamik/sexophone.swf This.]] Warning: EarWorm!
** Also, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws this.]]
* The background music in ''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spooning With Spoony]]''
* In a rare male version, this was the theme music for ''WrestlingDoesntPay''[='=]s "wrestling porn star" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glfLBRdw1eU Val Venis]].
* The sexophone riff in Creator/GeorgeMichael's ''"Careless Whisper"'' shows up whenever BennettTheSage has his alter ego Suave turn up. It's also used to sex up the mood or parody a HoYay riddled scene whenever Sage feels like it's appropriate.
* WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries also features ''Careless Whisper's'' sexophone during a particulay HoYay filled [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwN0gcfrSxs scene]].
* Website/{{Cracked}}'s summary of the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies includes this line:
-->Two naked men appear and come after her. Luckily, no saxophones are playing at the time, so it becomes an action movie.
* In ''WebAnimation/EquestriaGirls'', sexy sax music signals that love is in the air ([[LimitedAnimation since the characters' facial expressions can't signal that]]). First it's played straight, then it's used for a fight scene that unexpectedly [[FoeYay turns into a love scene]]. Then it's used for a truly bizarre scene where the Moon from ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' falls in love with Rarity, but she doesn't reciprocate.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Showed up as a joke in ''StarWarsCloneWars'': A snatch of "stripper music" plays when [=C-3PO=] first shows off his new gold plating.
** In ''{{Sym-Bionic Titan}}'', [[GenndyTartakovsky (co-created by Clone Wars' showrunner),]] this also happens when the similarly gold-plated Corus (Ilana's mech form) is cleaned off with water and also sparkles.
* ''TheSimpsons'', [[TropeOverdosed of course]].
-->'''Marge:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP-TeMshOj0&feature=player_detailpage#t=033s Lisa, stop blowing my sex—I mean your sax!'' (after woken from a dream about a pirate novel she was reading)'']]
** Also, Bleeding Gums Murphy's album "Sax on the Beach".
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Shego makes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN8_FLEK8gs an entrance]] (at 1:20) as a distraction, with squealing trumpet.
* In [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/{{Hercules}},'' a sexophone riff shows up when Megera says to Hercules, flirtatiously: "I'm a big tough girl. I tie my own sandals and everything."
** And before that: "[[LampshadeHanging I'm a]] [[DamselInDistress damsel]]... * GRUNT!* I'm [[DamselInDistress in distress]]. [[TheRestShallPass I can handle this]]. Have a nice day. *{{Sexophone}}* "
* The Sexophone is played in ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' whenever Kuzco sees Malina.
* The same sexy saxophone riff shows up in all of MGM's golden age cartoons whenever an attractive female shows up, like ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' and shorts by Creator/TexAvery.
* The same three-note sting is played every time someone on ''[[{{Sixteen}} 6Teen]]'' looks "sexy", whether female or male.
* Both played straight and averted in ''TheRenAndStimpyShow''. The sexophone was used both upon arrivals of attractive women, as well as various scenes involving Stimpy (e.g. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a scene of him stripping of his fur before going skinny-dipping]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''[='s=] viewer request episode, Peter wishes for his own personal soundtrack from a genie. The music engages in some MickeyMousing, but when Peter and Lois are about to get intimate it turns into funky Sexophone music.
** And there's the two of them engaging in "phone sax", which is playing sexy saxophone songs over the phone to each other. Lois does it ''with her vagina''.
--> '''Peter:''' "Don't wash the mouthpiece."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode, ''Beauty and the Beet'', this is used for HotScientist Rhoda Dendron.
* One would occasionally be played for Rosie O'Gravy from ''DogCity''. Specifically whenever Ace Hart has an internal monologue in which he thinks fondly of her. Given the animated segments of the series parody classic detective stories, this is perhaps not surprising.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' used this a lot, ''Animaniacs'' especially (like whenever Minerva Mink and HelloNurse were around).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A foreign dignitary once presented a saxophone to then-President Bill Clinton as a gift, with the preface that it was [[GratuitousEnglish "an instrument of sex."]]
* Prince, the musician: "If I want sax, I call Candy." (Candy Dulfer, Dutch saxophone player who collaborated with Prince. Given that it's Prince, a DoubleEntendre was intended.)
** Candy Dulfer herself brought out an album (with title song of the same name) called ''Saxuality'', playing on the same pun.
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