"Next thing I knew, TS returned to her house to find two women in black catsuits pointing guns at her. I didn't catch any of the ensuing dialogue, but it must have been pretty fucking convincing, because I looked away for one second and after I looked back, the three of them were having lesbian sex on the snooker table."
So you're enjoying a piece of fiction, and things seem to be coming along nicely. The heroes have gathered the necessary plot coupons, acquired the Sword of Plot Advancement and cleared a couple of side quests. Now all that's left is the encounter with the Big Bad...
...Then the narrative comes to a screeching halt, takes a sharp right-angle-turn and treats us to two of the characters having sex. Apparently the romantic subplot has not received a satisfactory conclusion as of yet and what better way to clean up that loose end than with an extended sex scene?
This trope is, at times, logical in the sense that given what we know about the characters in the story, yes, it makes some sense that they would have sex at this time. Where it becomes illogical is that there's seldom any narrative purpose to show them actually doing the deed. Functionally, it does nothing to advance the plot if nothing particularly important happens while they're having sex, especially when compared with the far more efficient Sexy Discretion Shot.
Please note that the point of this trope is not simply complaining about the presence of sex in fiction but only when the plot comes to a halt so two characters can go at it purely for fanservice. Deus Sex Machina and many of its subtropes can overlap with this trope if the particular details are only brought up immediately prior to the act. Compare also Strangled by the Red String, which is much like this trope, except with love instead of sex.
See also Romance Ensues, but do not confuse the two: this trope is for sexual romance that comes about by halting the rest of the plot, the other for when situations contrive to make two people fall in love.
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The anime movie A Wind Named Amnesia rolls along like a typical, navel-gazing, post-apocalyptic road film. Then right before the Gainax Ending, the main hero and his alien love interest strip and have sex with no romantic buildup to this activity whatsoever. (Granted, they spent most of the movie on the run from killer robots and savage humans and managed to bond somewhat, but the sex still feels as though it comes right out of left field.)
Happens between Satoru and Saki in From the New World, although considering the emotionally distressing events they'd just gone through as well as the cultural norms for their society, it's understandable that it happened.
Happens a lot with Moonstone in Ellis Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers, primarily because she's a manipulative sociopath who considers it the easiest way to get her hooks into her teammates while ticking off her boss.
Some of the sex scenes in Watchmen are irrelevant, especially the one at the end with Dr. Manhattan watching. Particularly because they are in a large atrium of another man's mansion, without even considering getting a room. Maybe they deserved to have Dr. Manhattan watch.
Red Hood and the Outlaws, part of DC's "new 52," does this in its first issue, when Roy Harper/Arsenal is seeing if Koriand'r/Starfire remembers knowing him when they were younger.
Kori: You are boring me.
Roy: Um, Jason's over there talking to himself.
Kori: And we're here. Do you want to have sex with me?
An issue of The Avengers opened with Ant Man and The Wasp having sex. Not vanilla sex, either. He used his powers to shrink and was doing something inside her lady parts. And no, this added nothing to the story that a morning after scene could not have accomplished.
In Fallout: Equestria it's a toss up which one slows down the work more, several scenes of Littlepip and Homage or the one scene of Velvet and Calamity. Though this one spurs an awkwardly expository and heartwarming conversation between the characters after being caught in the act.
In "Shadow Snark", a chapter starts out seeming like this but in the end turns out to be Pinky Pie's own Fan fic.
OR WAS IT!?
My Immortal, of course. "We jumped on each other and started screwing each other" indeed.
Most notably, just before the Final Battle, the plot (such as it exists) screeches to a stop so Ebony, Vampire, Draco, and Satan can have a big orgy for no reason. When Snape arrives, they put their clothes back on and continue with the plot as if nothing happened.
This is often the case with many forum based roleplays.
And fandom-based LiveJournal roleplays are guilty of it, as well. In fact, some threads are created with the sole goal of making the two (or more) characters involved have sex; at some point, the players will inevitably lose patience and think up some sudden excuse or trope to use to speed the process up. Sometimes entirely too much.
Became particularly noticeable in pre-game of Survival of the Fittest v4. Many, many characters had graphic sex scenes with varying degrees of lead-up, to the point where handlers often commented on and poked fun at it.
The many sex scenes in The Room, which were inserted just so Tommy Wiseau could have an excuse to see his own naked ass on the silver screen.
Admittedly, at least one of them was plot relevant. Ironically enough, it was the one without Tommy Wiseau's naked ass.
Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese go at it and good in The Terminator, even though there's a killing machine hunting them down that absolutely will not stop until Sarah is dead. At least it has a justified reason: How else would John be born?
Also in his take on BloodRayne. Only this time, it seems like Rayne was aroused by nightmares/memories of herself murdering a bunch of people.
Dutch movies, as a whole, have the reputation that every single one of them will have an illogical and unnecessary explicit sex scene somewhere around the middle. Excepting children's movies, this is largely true, at least in the "unnecessary" respect.
This reputation leads to a Best Known for the Fanservice situation with a (for the most part forgettable) movie called Bride Flight having "sex" "frontal nudity" and "nudity" as the top keywords on IMDB despite only having one scene that features this.
Also Spanish soap operas. Most soaps in North America go on during the daytime (i.e., when children are at school), on the basic channels. These ones are only on cable, and only after eleven.
Near the end of the Children of the Corn remake, the child cultists are having a feast, and afterward two of them start to randomly have sex as a part of some disturbing ritual.
In Cabin Fever, the last healthy man in the cabin finds the last healthy woman sitting on her bed, staring sadly out the window. She tells him that they're all sure to get sick and states that they might as well have sex since they will die. She gives the man a lingering predatory look and then suddenly we see her throwing him down on the bed (both competely naked) and screwing his brains out. It then turns out that the woman wasn't healthy at all, she just hadn't developed any symptoms yet.
It's pretty likely that there's a line in Orlando Bloom's contract for Kingdom of Heaven that states that he gets to have a sex scene with the female lead, no matter how completely ridiculous it is in the context of the plot.
In the extended directors cut of the Film (which actually adds a plot compared the theatrical release) their affair mays quite a bit more sense and provides subtext for the end scene.
While having the financial partnership of the protagonists lead to a romantic coupling in Rollover was plausible enough, the first sex scene is in the first act when the two hardly even know each other. The other two sex scenes that follow in the second act are just as annoyingly gratuitous. One gets the impression that someone thought the financial apocalypse to which the film was building wasn't going to be enough to keep the audience's attention, and that the sex scenes somehow would. However, the sex scenes only detract from the story, and the movie would probably be a lot better without them.
According to some (probably most) reviewers, Supernova provides perfect examples of this trope.
Water World has an odd scene in which a young girl is captured and the main characters go save her... except their ship is broken, so they randomly have sex. And right after a Brick Joke from earlier in the movie comes to help them along, meaning that the scene was completely pointless.
Any movie where Steven Seagal has a potential love interest, especially the ones directed by him... "And so the Lord said: Let there be Coitus!"
The sex scene in Jean-Claude Van Damme's film Double Impact, serves no other purpose than Fanservice, and the thing is that it's not even real: It's played entirely in the head of one character who thinks that his twin brother is screwing his girlfriend at that moment.
Watchmen has a very long, awkward scene of Dan and Laurie having sex. This was another case of "why did this have to be in the movie", as this was only dealt with briefly in the graphic novel, and the movie was already quite long even without it.
In the film version of 300, King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo make love the night before he goes off to battle. It could have been an appropriate scene, showing a fleeting moment of tenderness before a bloody war, but then it showed them going from missionary to doggystyle and it started getting silly.
Averted by most James Bond movies. While he certainly does bed a lot of women in his nearly two dozen films, the scenes always cut to something else before things get steamy. In fact, the only explicit sex scene ever shown is in GoldenEye between Xenia and the Canadian Admiral she was dating. But even then, she's inexplicably fully clothed (to avoid an "R" rating most likely), and the scene is shown because it's plot-relevant: she murders him during the act while an accomplice steals his ID.
Since Evolution is an immediate sequel (it literally takes place hours after the original ends), it could be argued that it's a culmination of the first film's Unresolved Sexual Tension brought on by the emotional stress of the events around them.
In Halloween: Resurrection, Donna just randomly decides to have sex with Jim, who she completely hated up until that point.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch has Dan and Ellie randomly start kissing and having sex when they get to the motel room. Bear in mind they've known each other for less than two days.
Tom Atkins (plays Dan above) seems to make a habit of this. In The Fog he and Elizabeth hop into bed having met at best half an hour ago before they even know each other's names. The remake justifies this by making them an on-off couple.
The lesbian sex scene in Eko Eko Azarak might be viewed by some unkind souls as not being entirely essential to the plot.
Averted with the original TRON. A scene was filmed showing Tron and Yori, on the run, entering what passes for her apartment. Yori then proceeds to flirt with Tron, change into something a little more comfortable (revealing females in the Troniverse at that time did indeed possess hair) and then flirt with Tron some more which then cuts away; a "morning after" scene was also filmed. Both were cut from the final film, and while the director expresses regret at doing so in his DVD commentary, had the scenes been left in they would have implied that Tron and Yori had some sort of sexual-style encounter for no apparent reason at all, and at a time when such things shouldn't have been at the top of their to-do list anyway. (And on top of all that, the scene wouldn't have been appropriate for a film that was being produced under the (pre Touchstone Pictures) Disney name which, by 1982, had only put out a couple of PG-rated films in its entire history.)
The zipless fuck is absolutely pure. It is free of ulterior motives. There is no power game. The man is not "taking" and the woman is not "giving." No one is attempting to cuckold a husband or humiliate a wife. No one is trying to prove anything or get anything out of anyone. The zipless fuck is the purest thing there is. And it is rarer than the unicorn. And I have never had one.
Vlad's first encounter with Cawti. Usually, a recently-resurrected person has a very different first meeting with the person who killed them.
It was at least foreshadowed (the book started with Vlad griping about how assassinating somebody always makes him horny), and the suddenness of the jump into sex and relationship is noted afterwards. Neither really ameliorates the effect.
In The Lions of Al-Rassan, an assassin has just killed a minor king and been exiled by his successor. Then the minor king's mistress and the mother of his two bastard sons show up at the assassin's estate and Coitus Ensues. For no reason at all.
In Tigana, the main character suddenly gets to sleep with a duchess he just met, with the encounter being described in a great detail.
Neil Gaiman apparently decided that what American Gods really needed was three sudden bonking (with a twist) sequences, two of which were completely irrelevant to the plot, took place in a completely different locale, and involved characters who had not been seen or even mentioned beforehand. One sex scene was especially unexpected because it involved two men, a salesman and taxi driver, and gave virtually no indication that either was gay until a quarter of a page before the thrusting began. (Assuming everyone is straight, of course, and neglecting that the main barrier to such scenes in real life is ascertaining that the other guy is in fact gay enough too.)
The scenes with Bilquis and the djinn do serve a purpose, though - they show us how the former gods are making it nowadays, and exactly how un-glamourous, how far from godlike it really is.
Lo Mejor Que Le Puede Pasar A Un Cruasan has two sex scenes. The second one at least somewhat fits into the narrative. The first one, with the main character having sex with a prostitute... yeah, that one we could have done without. The movie adaptation even skips it.
Ben Elton is often guilty of this in his novels. One such scene in The First Casualty earned him a Bad Sex Awards nomination for the worst sex scene in literature that year.
In The Pale King, Ms. Neti-Neti is nicknamed the Iranian Crisis for a very good reason.
Near the end of The Steel Remains, Ringil Eskiath suddenly has sex with the book's main villain, and no, it's not rape. Their only prior history was a sword fight directly before the encounter.
Stephen King's IT has two examples. First of all in the 1950 timeline Beverly has sex with all of her friends in the sewer after defeating the Big Bad. These children are all around twelve so it's kind of impossible too. Actually this was done because after thir victory the kids lost their focus and could not summon enough mojo to avoid getting lost. Bev has sex with them all to revive their sense of camaraderie and unite the group long enough to escape the sewers of Derry (which, even without the big bad, cannot be fun to be stuck in). Also, this is possibly done as a 'take that' to her father who has already expressed his belief that she is having sex with the boys. As to its impossibility, well twelve is not that young and only Bill and Ben seem to achieved more than simple penetration. It is a scene we might find repellant and distasteful, but it is not done for no plot related reason. Obviously it was not a scene the could replicate in the movie even by implication and what they replaced it with kind of destroyed one of the underlying ideas of the story. Then in the present Bill and Beverl y hop in the sack together when staying at the Derry Inn. It would be a Big Lipped Alligator Moment if it weren't for Bev's childhood crush on him. Nothing really comes of it either as Bill goes back to his wife Audra and Bev is implied to get together with Ben and it's never mentioned after that.
Deconstructed in The Difference Engine. The novel has a rather long and detailed sex scene between Edward Mallory and a prostitute; the only connection the prostitute, Hetty, has to the plot is that she was the roommate of Sybil Gerard, the Decoy Protagonist. Mallory even abandons his ally Ebenezer Fraser, who had earlier been injured trying to help contain an outbreak of robberies, in order to satisfy his urges. But when Mallory exits Hetty's apartment, he finds that the rioting, pollution, and the "Great Stink" that had been plaguing London during his tenure as the viewpoint character have all of a sudden reached nearly apocalyptic levels of awfulness. And because he was busy whoring while things were really going to the pits, he has lost his last opportunity to evacuate to the countryside to escape the chaos. He ponders what kind of idiocy had gotten into him that he would engage in such pointless debauchery while the rest of the city was going to the pits.
Played for Laughs in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In The Gang's movie "Lethal Weapon 5" the plot stops so the evil casino owner (played by Frank) can have a long, drawn-out sex scene with his girlfriend. To the Show Within a Show audience watching the film, it's this trope. To us (and to The Gang) its clear that the sex scene was only there so Frank could get it on with the actress (a prostitute he hired specifically for the sex scene). And yes, Frank was really having sex with her.
Averted by Game of Thrones, a series where many episodes have at least one sex scene, yet the writers go out of their way to ensure the scene isn't just there for the sake of T&A. Although not the first production to combine actual plot movement with sex scenes, reviews of the series are responsible for coining the phrase "sexposition" to describe scenes that might otherwise stop the show dead, yet actually provide sometimes quite important plot information.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand does not bother with subtext at all. They just show people going at it. A lot. Scenes that would on most shows end with the Dress Hits Floor, instead progress to full-on, borderline hardcore sex. This is not limited to named characters. Fanservice Extras are often shown having sex (in rebel camps, brothels, upscale cocktail parties, etc...) in order to introduce an erotic element into scenes that would otherwise just be fighting or talking.
True Blood is the butt of many jokes regarding its perceived overuse of this.
MAD parodied this in issue #132, which had an article on Academy Awards for sexual elements in films. One of the categories was "Best Director for a Sex Scene that Was Created Out of Nowhere". One of the nominees was a sex scene during a debate in the UN General Assembly.
Yahtzee would go on to say the awkwardness of that scene wasn't meant to be romantic or sexy; it was meant to show how fucked up things had gotten by that point. However, Yahtzee also admitted this had more to do with his own hang-ups about romance and sex than anything else, and that if he had the opportunity to make the game again he'd just straight up show Janine raping Theo to get the point across more clearly.
Both sex scenes in Fahrenheit: The first one being an optional encounter where, if you play your cards just right when your ex-girlfriend drops by at your apartment (offer her a drink, play your guitar for her and then kiss her), she and Lucas will have sex together. The second one, however, is much more egregious: Right before the very finale of the game, Lucas and Carla lie on a mattress together for what could very well be their last night together before the Earth becomes covered with ice, while Carla wishes the two could have met under better circumstances... and then Carla decides that she loves Lucas and they fuck. And yes, the previous sentence is basically the only indication that the two have any sort of sexual tension between one another.Also, Lucas is technically dead during the second one. Carla even mentions how cold his skin is shortly beforehand. Sexy!
There's also the fact that Carla gets pregnant from the said dead man. So he's dead, but his semen is alive and kicking.
Fahrenheit's successor, Heavy Rain, contains an optional one near the end: with only hours left to save the life of his only son, Ethan Mars can opt to take a break and sleep with Madison Paige despite his many devastating injuries, the obvious waste of time, and little to no previous romantic chemistry between the two.
Fate/stay night offers an arguable example, with the overlap with Deus Sex Machina, where Rin doesn't mention that having sex is a way to recharge a Servant's mana until Saber's has all but run out. It is foreshadowed, but only subtly, and it's a long time before the reader figures out why she held that back.
Really, this is a somewhat universal Nasu thing. One gets the feeling that he doesn't really WANT to write H-scenes, and is only shoehorning them in out of some imagined obligation to the fanbase. This may have something to do with why they are so hilariously BAD that they tend to induce drinking games rather than arousal. ("Every time there's dialogue with an ellipsis in it, take a sip! Every time he mentions seafood, take a shot!")
And of course the game also has the excuse of already having quite a lot of random character interaction, so what's a sex scene or two in the mix?
A minor sidequest in Mass Effect involves doing a favor for a high class consort. As a reward, the consort gives Shepard a trinket and a few words of inspiration based on Shepard's past. If Shepard expresses dissatisfaction with the reward, the consort and Shepard have sex regardless of Shepard's gender and without input from the player.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories has Harry and Dahlia very randomly having sex on the boat near the end of the game with little build-up. Even Harry seems surprised it's happening (though he doesn't really complain). Sure, there were hints (and I stress hints) that she and Harry had been together/at least interested in each other, and there was a sequence where it was implied they may have been married during one branch of reality, but Harry himself shows little to no interest in her throughout the game and, most of the time, is genuinely confused as to who she is and why she knows him.
In Fallout: New Vegas, both male and female characters can get it on with Lucy after completing the "Bleed Me Dry" quest.
The A Dance with Rogues module features many of these. But, of course, despite the many possibilities to do this, every sexual relation is optional.
A couple of missions in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony are interrupted by apparently random sex scenes involving Luis. One, occurring near the end of the game, is part of a cut scene and can be skipped, but while playing the "Club Security" side-quest, Luis is occasionally required to interrupt his work in order to rendezvous with the club's (female) head of security for some one-on-one.
The Witcher 2 in The Rose of Remembrance quest. After fighting off some bandits in a rose garden, Geralt and Triss fall through the ground, and find themselves trapped in a forgotten pretty Elven bathhouse. They decide to take a bath together. Initially seems to go for a Sexy Discretion Shot, but later as the scene changes to someone explaining an Elven love legend surrounding the garden, it cuts back and forth between him and Geralt and Triss's sex scene.