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->''"Take the best orgasm you've ever had, multiply it by a thousand, and you're still nowhere near it."''
-->-- '''Renton''' (on shooting heroin), ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}''

A StockPhrase where a character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin compares an activity or sensation to the act of lovemaking and claims that it is better]].

Often, it is used to either describe something pleasing or enjoyable in hyperbole or, more tragically, used to reflect the attitudes of people with immense cravings or addictions for particular things (especially drugs). Though, on occasion, it may also be a sign that the person using the phrase hasn't had a very enjoyable sex life.

Compare: JustLikeMakingLove, GeekyTurnOn, {{Nerdgasm}}, WhyDontYouMarryIt

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] the essay collection by Creator/HunterSThompson. [[noreallife]]



* A Taco Cabana radio ad claims that "Taco Cabana has the best Tex-Mex. Everybody says it's better than... [[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion pizza]]," explaining that they couldn't mention sex on the radio and, besides, [[SexSells there's too much sex in advertising]].

[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* Played by the merging in ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'', where the pilots trying to describe the feeling of [[DeusSexMachina merging the ships]] as "the best feeling ever", and even seem to act as if the action itself is a form of sex.
* In ''Manga/BlackBloodBrothers'', sex apparently pales in comparison to the sensation of [[KissOfTheVampire getting bit by a vampire]].
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Revy remarks that Balalaika is one of those people who prefers war to sex.
* In ''Anime/StarDriver'', Madoka Kei explicitly compares Cybody combat to sex, saying that it is far more [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence stimulating and intimate]] than intercourse could ever be. This, however, is just her opinion: the rest of the Glittering Crux considers her something of a psychopath for this attitude.
* In a series filled with a lot of perverts, ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' has Vali Lucifer who gets turned on more with fighting stronger opponents than making love and is not interested in the latter, much to [[CatGirl Kuroka's headache.]]

* In one of his stand-up routines, Dane Cook insists that [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys having a pet monkey]] would be better than sex--or, even better, being part of a heist with the monkey driving the van.

* In one ''Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey'' issue, the supervillainess Knockout calls fighting "better than sex and almost as brutal" before a fight with Big Barda.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Empire}}'', users of a highly addictive SuperSerum called "Eucharist" describe the drug high as better than sex.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': A variant comes up with Hermione.
-->Before she'd met Harry Potter she hadn't had anyone she'd wanted to crush. If someone wasn't doing as well as her in class, it was her job to help them, not rub it in. That was what it meant to be Good.\\
And now...\\
...now she was ''winning'', Harry Potter was flinching every time she got another House point, and it was so ''much'' fun, her parents had warned her against drugs and she suspected this was ''more fun'' than that.
* In ''FanFic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'' after eating the expensive and rare dragonberries, Suki declares them better than sex which causes her boyfriend Sokka to greatly worry.
* In one ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' story, after Buffy accidentally makes Xander her slave (having staked Dracula while Xander was under his control), she initially declares Xander's massages to be better than sex. Later she decided the difference was academic, claiming she needed new underwear either way.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'', when Edward (who has tasted human blood) is trying to explain to Bella (who has not) just how ''amazingly delicious'' human blood is that {{Vegetarian Vampire}}s are so rare, he tells her that before their wedding, he asked his brothers what to expect of the honeymoon, and they said that sex enhanced by vampiric senses was the ''second'' best thing they'd ever experienced. Edward, for his part, disagrees, but mentions for the sake of honesty that he might have felt otherwise if he had tasted Bella's blood before she turned.
* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7202519/6/Rebuilding-Your-Life Rebuilding Your Life]]'' when Charlie says that Harry's cooking is "nearly as good as" sex.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4608235/36/It-All-Started-With-A-Visit-To-Gringotts It All Started With a Visit to Gringotts]]'' Rowena Ravenclaw's portrait teaches Bill Weasley some warding spells.
-->'''Bill:''' Harry that was totally amazing better then any orgasm I ever had... don't tell Fleur I said that.

* Several of the heroin junkies in ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' praise their drug of choice as being better than sex. Significantly, such comparisons are what lead Tommy to take up the habit after his girlfriend dumps him, with devastating consequences and mockingly [[CallBack called back]] by a drug-decayed Tommy in Renton's nightmare.
* In ''Film/SisterAct'', after two of the singing nuns refer to singing as being better than more innocent things such as "springtime" and "ice cream," the "heathen" FishOutOfWater Dolores proclaims that singing is "[[TheTriple better than sex]]," adding that it's [[OrSoIHeard what she has heard]] after a comedic {{Beat}}.
* In the ''Film/WingCommander'' movie, after Rosie performs a dangerous but impressive maneuver in her starfighter while landing, she claims that pulling it off felt better than sex. When Angel quite ''literally'' calls, "bullshit," Rosie amends, "Better than sex with myself."
* In ''Film/WallStreet'', Gordon Gekko relates that when he made an $800,000 profit on his first business real-estate purchase, he thought making all that money was "better than sex," but years later, he only sees it as a day's pay.
* According to Michael in ''Film/TheBigChill'', rationalizations are better than sex.
-->'''Sam:''' Aw, come on. Nothing's more important than sex.
-->'''Michael:''' Oh, yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization?

* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', Senna gets DrunkOnTheDarkSide at one point, declaring it to be like sex, money, power, revenge, and triumph all at once.
* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', Rincewind accidentally casts some real magic and suddenly discovers why wizards don't care that much about being celibate.
* Creator/HunterSThompson named one of his books of political essays after this trope.
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' series, drinking blood from a human or other vampyre that one is imprinted with is described as being better than sex.
* In the ''{{Literature/Nightside}}'' book ''Nightingale's Lament'', Rossignol says that chocolate is better than sex, then reconsiders and amends this to "some sex".
* In ''Literature/{{Galapagos}}'', Colonel Reyes launches a missile from his aircraft and tells his friend that the experience felt better than sexual intercourse.
* Joachim Steuben of ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' really, really [[BloodKnight likes killing]] and considers sex a "distant second" to violence.
* Literature/StephaniePlum prefers [[IWasToldThereWouldBeCake cake]] to sex. Always. Even though she has two rather competent lovers in her life, her number one passion is still cake.
* Occasionally, characters in the Literature/BattleTechExpandedUniverse novels will comment on how the act of synchronizing with a Battlemech is greater than any sexual thrill due to the neural link required for pilot and 'Mech to coordinate movements.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'", when a Lt. Jack Schaefer is speaking to Agent Mulder, he says, "Have you ever flown a flying saucer? Afterwards, sex seems trite."
* On ''Series/DawsonsCreek'', Audrey once says that the one thing she misses the most about having a boyfriend is snuggling, which is, in her view, better than sex.
* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Amy once described the high on [[FantasticDrug the illicit drug made from vampire blood]], V, as being better than sex.
* On ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', Jeff once says this about writing the word "naked" hundreds of times on a sheet of paper and rubbing his face in it, something he apparently used to do as a kid.
* In Dean Learner's interview with ex-Formula Five motor racer Steve Pising on ''Series/ManToManWithDeanLearner'', Steve refers to the speed of a Formula Five car as being better than sex... or, at least, better than any sex that ''he's'' ever had.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', Wade claimed that sliding is better than sex.
--> '''Arturo:''' Well, I wouldn't go ''that'' far...
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
-->'''Kat:''' When you come back after a successful run, let me tell you. It is better than a great meal. Better than hitting a jackpot. [[TheTriple It's better than sex]].
* On the UK version of ''Series/TheApprentice'', Series 5 contestant Ben considered making money better than sex.
* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s riffing of ''Film/TheSkydivers'', Crow uses this phrase to mock the movie's [[MustHaveCaffeine fixation with coffee]], as well as the lack of chemistry between the two lead characters.
--->'''Beth:''' I made some coffee.
--->'''Crow:''' Coffee? Thanks, that's better than sex.
* In ''Series/AlienNation'' Sikes describes his car as better than sex, then sees the look on his alien neighbor's face and hurriedly explains the existence of this stock phrase as a metaphor and not to be taken literally. Parodied moments later as the car breaks down.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', when Rimmer [[spoiler: copies himself and moves in with his new double]], he describes his new life of discipline as "better than sex". Of course, he's soon proven wrong when it turns out [[spoiler: even his double doesn't like him]]. (Of course, Rimmer's sex life consisted of twelve minutes [including eating the pizza] with the ship's concussed female boxing champion, who kept calling him Norman, so he's not exactly in a position to judge.)
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'', in the episode "Adam's Ribs", Hawkeye tries to get a case of barbecued pork ribs from a Chicago restaurant shipped to Korea. When Radar asks if these ribs are as good as Hawkeye says they are, Hawkeye answers, "Better than sex." Radar then grouses, "[[NerdsAreVirgins I wouldn't know how good that is, sir.]]"
* In a Season One episode of ''Series/GilmoreGirls,'' Miss Patty tells Rory that the peaches in Doose's Market are "better than sex."
* On ''Series/GossipGirl'', Blair describes a take-down as better than sex. And then immediately has sex with Chuck for comparison purposes...
* From the first episode of season seven of Series/CanadasWorstDriver:
-->Jon: This is better than sex.
-->Elise (his girlfriend): I agree.
-->Jon: Hey!
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': At one point, a [[ItMakesSenseInContext woman with the transplanted heart of an ancient Mayan sports player that eats hearts]] has Dean pinned down and explains how eating hearts feels better than sex.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In "Favor the Bold," the Female Changeling tells Odo that sex pales in comparison to linking (the act of two or more Changelings melding together). Given that she and Odo have experimented with both together, she means this literally.
** Also, Odo later did some kind of physical act of love with Kira that involved turning himself into a bright glowing cloud of golden mist and enveloping her; probably not quite the same thing as sex, but from the ecstatic look on her face during this sequence, she wasn't complaining.
* ''Series/DuckDynasty'': According to Phil Robertson, if he had a choice between sex and boudin, he'd take the boudin.
* On ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' the gang accompany Alex on a skydiving lesson. The attractive female instructor says that jumping is better than sex, and Bobby hits on her by correcting "Better than '''most''' sex."
* At the conclusion of the "Racing Gravity" segment of the ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' "Demolition Derby" special - during which the Build Team dropped a car from 4,000 feet to find out if a remote-controlled car on the ground could beat it to the mark - Kari Byron claimed she was less excited after her first kiss.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry thinks having an honest car mechanic who doesn't constantly try to rip you off is ''much'' more important than sex.
* ''Series/{{Veep}}'': When Selina's team manages to confirm a story that a political rival had an affair in the past, Amy cheerfully states that it feels better than having sex herself.
* Narrowly averted in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E10GROPOS GROPOS]]". After a BarBrawl in the station casino is brought to an abrupt halt, Pvt. Elizabeth "Dodger" Durman, Earth Alliance Marine Corps, tells Garibaldi, whom she has the hots for, that a fight's "the best thing next to sex."
* On ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Joy has some fruit punch at a mother-child playgroup meeting. She loudly comments about how the punch is better than sex, and jokes that [[SmokingHotSex she's going to need a cigarette after]]. Naturally, the children repeat what she said...which gets her ostracized by the other moms in the group.
* Averted in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Khal Moro asks if there is anything better than seeing a beautiful woman naked for the first time, [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder only for his bloodriders to start reciting a laundry list of things]] that force him to concede it's only in the Top 5.
* In ''Series/TheGoodPlace'', flying is described as feeling like 50 million simultaneous orgasms.

* Estonian rock band Smilers wrote and recorded a song with the title translated as "Football [Soccer] Is Better Than Sex", released on an album with the same name.
* Music/LouReed's "Kicks" uses this trope to extol the virtues of cutting people up with a switchblade.
* Music/TheTigerLillies song "Murder" goes, "Murder is easy, murder is fun. It's better than sex, I always come."

[[folder:Print Media]]
* There used to a [[UsefulNotes/BritishFootyTeams Sunderland A.F.C.]] (a British [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football / Soccer Club)]]) fanzine titled ''[[http://www.a-love-supreme.com/S&C%20archive.htm Sex & Chocolate Aren't as Good as Football]]''.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* During the Wrestling/AttitudeEra, after Wrestling/VinceMcMahon fired Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin post-Wresling/{{Summerslam}} for insubordination at not declaring a winner between Wrestling/{{Undertaker}} and Wrestling/{{Kane}}, he proclaimed during a broadcast of [[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw is War]] that telling Austin he's fired was better than sex.

* While possibly suggesting HoYay in a book that frowns upon such, Literature/TheBible does have David saying that his relationship with Jonathan surpasses that of the love of women.
* A pleasant NearDeathExperience is universally described as being much better than sex.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The parodic RPG ''kill puppies for satan'' describes the feeling a [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghoul]] has after feeding on a corpse as "about as good as pretty good sex, which is way better than your average ghoul has ever had".
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. A vampire explains what it's like drinking blood:
--> "Imagine drinking the finest champagne and the sensation of the most sensual lovemaking you've ever experienced. Overlay that with the rush the opium fiend feels as he takes that first breath on the pipe, and you begin to have some sense, some tiny, infinitesimal sense of what it feels like to drink the blood of...a living human being."

* In ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde: TheMusical'', Elle sings a musical number titled "So Much Better". In one verse, she tells Warner that getting the coveted legal internship feels better than the best sex they ever had.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jack from ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' describes drinking blood as better than having sex and taking drugs, although [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade in that world]] they require roundabout methods for the second (they have to drink the blood of someone ''on'' the drug, which requires feeding).
* In ''VideoGame/SengokuRance'', Rance gets more satisfaction from finding rare shells than normal sex. This is an extremely unusual example since Rance is a LovableSexManiac and a HaremSeeker.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' parodies the above-mentioned Better than Sex cake with the less ambitious, but more honest, "Better than ''Cuddling'' Cake".
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'': While discussing the "Runner's High" with Hisao after a workout, Emi calls it "better than sex", leaving Hisao quite flustered. Considering she turns out to be a LovableSexManiac herself, she was almost certainly saying it just to make him squirm.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* According to Jodie from ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'', ''Film/SpiderMan2'' [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/246 is even better than the best sex she had.]]
* Cyndi from ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' says this phrase in reference to hurting other people.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Zodiac}}'', Hell Hound finds burning someone to death "better than any drug or sexual act."
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] describes a certain [[Franchise/{{Dune}} Spice]] thusly;
-->'''Belkar:''' It's like you [[InsubstantialIngredients crystallized the best sex you've ever had with a woman]] and put it in a tiny bottle on your spice rack. No, wait, it's like you took that spice and snorted it while screwing her hotter sister. In front of her.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' when Mell returns from a few weeks in Heaven and Hell, where she existed without a body and any physical sensations. She immediately drags her boyfriend off for sex.
-->'''Caliban:''' You know, the radiance of the seraphic host is said to be a far greater ecstasy than--\\
'''Mell:''' Dude. It '''ain't'''.\\
'''Caliban:''' I know. Just checking.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' brings us ''[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/amazon.html This Book is Better Than 1st, 2nd, and Quite Possibly Even 3rd Base]]'' from the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail17.html studying]]."
* In [[Website/YouTube YouTuber]] [[http://www.youtube.com/jacksfilms Jacksfilms's]] [[Creator/VinceOffer ShamWow]] infomercial parody, a lady [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsTLUSMOgas#t=1m2s in a testimonial]] says this.
* The [[WebAnimation/{{Spill}} Spill.com]] team, who post animated movie reviews, has movie ratings system that ranges from "Some Ole Bulls**t!" (the lowest) right up to "Better Than Sex" (the best).
* ''Website/SFDebris'': apparently, this is how Trip Tucker of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' views the Hamsterdance, to the point where he views it as the only way to improve the experience of making out with Jolene Blalock in a shower scene.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when Stewie grows a strong fondness for Flappy Jack's pancakes in the episode "Love Thy Trophy", he at one point insists that the pancakes are better than sex, insinuating a growing addiction to the pancakes that ends with him going through withdrawal by the end of the episode in a send-up of a scene from ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''.
** And while taunting a dieting Chris with the meatloaf:
-->'''Stewie''': It's too bad you can't have any. It's practically orgasmic. [takes a bite] [-OH YES! YES! OH! OH! YES! YES!-]
-->'''Brian''': [[Film/WhenHarryMetSally I'll have what he's having.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', a magazine for nerds titled "Wizards and Shut-Ins" is shown running the story "500 Reasons Why ''Film/{{Krull}}'' is Better Than Sex."
* In a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch mixing ''Series/SesameStreet'' with ''Film/WallStreet'', Kermit the Frog's cousin Gordon the Gecko describes greed as this.
-->'''Gordon:''' See this building behind me? First place I ever bought! Flipped it and made $800,000! It was better than ''sex!''
* On ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}},'' when [[IdiotHero Fry]] first tastes [[IAteWhat popplers]]:
-->"They're like sex, except [[HollywoodDateless I'm having them]]!"

[[folder: Other]]
* Skydivers [[http://www.skydivecarolina.com/about/articles/why-skydiving-is-better-than-sex/ often describe the free fall]] as "better than sex". Justified, since facing such situation releases an immense adrenaline rush and a rush of endorphines. Combined to the feeling of weightlessness and sense of flying, many actually ''do'' feel that way. [[spoiler: Many skydivers are either singles or married to each other, and drop zones are singles' scenes.]]
* Former TabletopGame/{{Chess}} World Champion Bobby Fischer described seeing an opponent commit a game-deciding error before finally realizing it as being better than sex. He also once solicited a prostitute and said, "Chess is better."