Alice and Bob
are in Bob's bed having a... sexual interlude. In bursts a messenger — let's call her Carol — who has some important news to tell Bob. Instead of getting mad or awkwardly excusing himself so he can go take care of this new business in another room, Bob decides this development will not
interrupt his activity. Instead, he remains in bed, completely naked, talking with the messenger as if he were sitting, fully-clothed, in his office. Alice's reaction varies; it can be anything from active, cheek-burning shame to boredom, impatience or disinterest. Note that it is almost always the male character who is doing something else, and the female character who reacts to this behavior.
It is important to note that the people who are likely to engage in Coitus Uninterruptus are villainous characters, or those who are of ambiguous "morality", typically to disrespect and/or deliberately offend the viewing character. A heroic character would usually be expected to feel some amount of anger or embarrassment upon being interrupted in this way, and would attempt to protect the modesty of his partner, whom he presumably would not want to subject to the associates' or strangers' gawking. Since perversion is a common trait among villains (as a way of marking them as unsuitable partners), Coitus Uninterruptus is a good way to show that a bad guy is particularly nasty
. Villains who are extremely nasty may not even bother to stop
the sex act once Carol has burst in through the door, instead continuing to bump and grind away while listening to the message and/or giving orders. Disgust may register on Alice or Carol's face, but neither of them will dare speak a word of protest, since it's obvious such a villain has very little empathy for other people, and might even be in the habit of killing underlings for the slightest infractions
One less common form of Coitus Uninterruptus is to have an Alice and Bob engage in sex while in the presence of other people, who might watch or simply go about their business, taking no notice.
Again, it's usually villains or the morally ambiguous characters who have a tendency for this sort of behavior — at least in non-pornographic
movies — although heroic types who are labeled as "sexually adventurous" might engage in it as well (they'll be less inclined to allow young children to witness it, though). In more recent works, protagonists may engage in Coitus Uninterruptus in order to show their coolness, aloofness, or just plain general superiority to other characters (i.e. "common" people). Or conceivably it could even be used in a stressful or dangerous situation, as an extremely eccentric version of Stiff Upper Lip
. Like the villains, they are putting down the lesser characters by showing no respect for their sensibilities while making a general territorial statement.
Related to Make-Out Kids
, which is a PG rated version of this trope. A Sexposition
scene may involve this.
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- In Kite, the Big Bad Akai walks in on his partner Kanye having sex with what looks like a prepubescent girl. Kanye stops, draws his gun, sighs, says "Oh, it's just you," and then continues on with the sex.
- Nakago from Fushigi Yuugi experienced both sides of this phenomenon, once as the villain being interrupted (by an underling who burst in on him while he was undergoing a healing sex treatment) and once as the messenger, delivering news to the perverted Kutou emperor, who was engaged with a pair of creepily laughing concubines at the time.
- The ORGA children from the anime Gilgamesh break into the bedroom of the series' Psycho for Hire with the intention of asking him a few plot-pertinent questions only to find him in flagrante delicto. He's thoughtful enough to answer their questions (although whilst being unashamedly naked for the first few exchanges).
- In Ninja Scroll, at one point Kagero reports a massacre to her chamberlain. He's preoccupied. She's disgusted...and possibly jealous, depending on how you interpret the face she makes, since she's pretty much the definition of Can't Have Sex, Ever.
- Golgo13 has occasionally had informants walk in on him while he was screwing a random woman, all the while his expression doesn't change one bit.
- On one occasion, police officers arrested him while he was having sex. When he stood up, he didn't... how shall we put this... "lay down". One cop was surprised, the other disgusted.
- Happens in Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny, where Kakuka from Kyoushou's Power Trio and his girlfriend Kaku Bunwa like to discuss strategies when they're having sex.
- Played sickeningly straight in Monster during a scene in which a child wandering around a red light district finds a man about to have sex with a prostitute in a back alley. The man actually tells the child to watch what he's going to do.
- Made worse by the fact that A) He's a school teacher and B) pays the child afterwards
- In the rather unsubtle Seinen manga Ubel Blatt, one major villain — a huge man — is introduced raping a small young girl who goes unnamed. When he is interrupted, he doesn't stop — he murders one of the two messengers by punching through his head, then, once he's done, he hands the young girl off to his horse. Only then does he address the messengers directly. Whether she's killed or not isn't shown, but she gets a very long scream for someone who's being trampled.
- The Big Bad of the Meiou Project Zeorymer manga is a picture-perfect example of the "doesn't stop having sex even after the messenger bursts in" example given at the top of this page.
- In the beginning of Samurai Champloo, the daimyo's son openly fondles the breasts of one of the women who are with him, while ordering food at Fuu's resturant.
- Non-villainous example: In Hare+ Guu, the stupid couple lives up to their name when Marie (who was trying to get Hare to like her) asked them how they met and fell in love. They proceed to reminisce and reenact the whole thing, including having sex right in front of the 11 year old girl.
- Misaki and Usami in Junjou Romantica are walked in on twice; once by Aikawa, second time by Aikawa and Isaka. Usami doesn't seem to care that much, while Misaki tries to flee for his life. Isaka as far as sits on the bedside and says he'll give them ten minutes to finish up and then keeps sitting on the bedside.
- Usagi is not happy about the interruption. However, considering the fact that he's a BunnyEarsWriter who is notorious with deadlines to the point that Aikawa has almost killed him (literally) on 5 separate occasions trying to get the work in on time, the only thing either Isaka (childhood friend and head editor) or Aikawa (battle-hardened personal editor) think about is those elusive manuscripts (and getting him to even try to promote his books)! Poor Misaki...
- This trope is played with, er, more than once in the manga Our Kingdom where Rei will frequently be trying to make-out with Akira when someone walks in on them. Akira's reaction? Horrified embarrassment and denial. Rei's reaction? Kick them out (viciously) and get back to what he was trying to accomplish.
- This, combined with Not What It Looks Like, happens in the second episode of the second season of Zero no Tsukaima. Early that morning, Agnes, one of the knights of the realm, barges into Louise's room to report that Princess Henrietta (a close childhood friend of Louise's) has been kidnapped. The camera pans down to reveal...Louise, shirt half open, breathing heavily, and gripping a riding crop. Saito is shirtless, unconscious, and covered in scratches and bruises. Awkward.
- This trope is averted three times in one episode, twice by Saito and Henrietta, once by Louise and Agnes.
- In one episode of Yosuga no Sora, Sora walks in on her brother having sex. Instead of stopping when he sees her standing there, he just looks at her as he continues thrusting.
- In Berserk, a messenger from the King of Midland barges in on the apostle Wyald while he's having sex with one of the dozens of women that are in the room who are most likely there by force since his motto is "Enjoyment and Excitement" which translated to "rape is my pastime."
- Wyald goes one better and finishes up with the woman by choking her to death.
- In Anne Freaks, while no-one walks in on the couple, answering the telephone during intercourse seems nothing extraordinary.
- In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, Tamao calls her friend Nyarko's cellphone, only to be told that now isn't a good time...in between moans and gasps of "Oh, Mahiro-san~!" Of course, since this is Nyarko, she's faking it (as usual); it turns out they're in the middle of a horde of monsters, and Mahiro yells at her to quit fooling around and do something before they get killed.
- In Sakura Gari, Souma rapes his servant, Masataka and he doesn't stop when his younger sister catches them despite Masataka's pleas.
- A rare heroic (or at least non-villainous) example takes place in one story in Phil Foglio's Xxxenophile ("K'nitchers at an Exhibition"). A human official's wife starts to get frisky with him during a meeting with the extremely non-human locals. Very frisky. At the end of the meeting, he worries about having offended the locals, while the wife replies they were more likely to offend the houseplants, as the aliens have no idea what they're doing. Meanwhile, in another room, the head local and his companions have much the same discussion! (The only thing that is even remotely a possibility as being their "activity", as least that is visible, is a tiny puff of smoke or vapor above one of the aliens' heads.)
- In The Eternal, Ikaeden goes to talk with Kurassus while the latter is indulging his extreme tastes with some sex slaves, two of whom might already be dead (one's in a gas mask, another's hanging over a fire, and the other is bent over in front of him as he slices up her backside). Not only does he invite his commanding officer in; in the middle of the conversation, he breaks off mid-sentence: "Of course, Ikaeden, I — their openings are much better when they are cut wider..."
- In Artesia Afield, the Palatian mercenary captain Daemander gives a Camp Follower the business in the same tent as several of his lieutenants discussing their employer (Artesia herself). It's the second kind, since the lieutenants obviously find nothing strange about Daemander's actions and don't even take any notice. He only stops pounding the girl when he detects Artesia and her two bodyguards in the tent using an invisibility spell.
- One issue of The Outsiders had Starfire and Jade walking into Shift (a kind of clone of Metamorpho) and Indigo (a robot from the future) having very strange sex in the Pequod. Indigo sensed them coming, but didn't want to spoil the mood.
- Dominic Fortune has a double example where one man is having sex with a callgirl while on the phone to another man who is being orally serviced by his secretary. Both men are apparently able to keep the conversation going without the other man being aware.
- Subverted in the graphic novel adaptation of A Game of Thrones: Maester Luwin walks into the room just after Ned and Catelyn Stark had sex to deliver a message to the latter. Catelyn reads it then gets up completely naked to burn it in the fireplace. When Ned is taken aback at this, Catelyn points out that Luwin has delivered all their children.
- James Bond, particularly in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (where Bond continues in front of his commanding officials - helps that he's seen only by camera).
- By For Your Eyes Only it was threatening to become a regular fixture:
M: Well done on your mission, 007! We're patching you into a live video feed to the Palace and the White House, without first checking to see if you're having sex!
- Whilst Moonraker is universally regarded as one of the worst 007 films, it does contain the best line ever, after Bond has been caught going at it...in outer space:
M: My god, what's Bond doing?
- Which is followed by an even better one:
Dr. Goodhead: Take me around the world one more time...
- The final scene of A View to a Kill is of Bond and Stacey in the shower together when a robot with a remote camera on it piloted by Q hones in on them. Q makes a face and reports back to M that Bond is alive; Bond turns and sees the robot, throws a towel over it, and then turns back to Stacey as if nothing happened.
- Similarly, in Quantum of Solace, Bond answers the door naked. Neither he nor Mathis even allude to the fact that he has no pants.
- Also in Tomorrow Never Dies. As Bond and his girl du jour Wai Lin flee from the bad guys, Bond drives their motorcycle over the roofs of several buildings, eventually crashing through an apartment. The copulating couple inside keeps right at it, not even looking up, implying that they're so into each other (so to speak) and what they're doing that they genuinely didn't even notice.
- Most famously subverted in Boogie Nights, where the porn-star wife of a man (William H. Macy) engages in Coitus Uninterruptus with other partners right in front of him, on a regular basis; eventually he gets fed up, and ends up fatally shooting her, her lover(s), and then finally himself.
- The film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves portrays the Sheriff of Nottingham as an unrepentant pervert who won't even allow his sex partners to cover up during Coitus Uninterruptus. Late in the movie, he also attempts to rape Maid Marian in full view of priest and witnesses during their wedding.
- In an extreme and probably the greatest example, the movie Shoot 'em Up has the protagonist in a gunfight with five men, while having sex at the same time. Apparently great sex, to judge by Monica Bellucci's reaction, though that might have at least partially been screams of fear. This is naturally, like everything else in the movie, taken to the point of parody.
- In Drive Angry, Milton is having sex with a waitress in a motel room when she asks why he hasn't taken his clothes off. He answers, "I never disrobe before a gunfight" promptly followed by a several people breaking into their motel room armed with various weapons. He just proceeds to kill them all while still having sex with the waitress. Notably, the experience leaves her terrified out of her her wits and quite possibly traumatized.
- In the Dirty Harry film Sudden Impact, one of the male villains is having rough sex with a woman, and hurting her, and enjoying that it hurts her, when the phone rings. He continues to have painful (to her) sex with this woman, while on the phone, after answering the phone with an obscene response.
- Implied in Michael Bay's Transformers, with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox making out on Bumblebee's bonnet, while the other Autobots look on.
- And Bumblebee was his first Lemon.
- So, if you have sex in the back seat of a transforming car, is it a threesome?
- Appears (the extreme version) in Shakespeare in Love during a conversation between Kit Marlowe and Richard Burbage. Possible subversion in that none of the characters involved is really a villain, and none of them seems particularly disturbed about it. Marlowe mildly scolds Burbage for wasting his energy, and then proceeds to carry out a perfectly normal conversation.
- Very early on, American Pie presents: Beta House gives us an example of the "morally ambiguous" variety.
- The second American Pie film has Jim's father walk on him near the beginning. The six pack of beer he then drops on the floor is used as a crude visual metaphor.
- Likewise, the third American Pie has Jim talking to his father in his restaurant...while Michelle is under the table (need I say more?). When he's forced to stand up at a certain point, the other patrons are shocked.
- The scene in Euro Trip where Jamie gets mugged while the camera store girl is giving him a blowjob. Jamie is too ecstatic to care that he's handing over all the group's passports and money.
- Later on when Scottie and Mieke are having sex in the confessional booth they're both so lost in their sexual rapture that they barely acknowledge a middle aged woman confessing to them that she's been cheating on her husband - Scottie blankly tells her that God will forgive her and then she is frightened off when she realizes what's going on when she sees Mieke's shapely ass almost literally shoved into her face (in the original version of the scene the old lady actually comes back to watch and offers sex tips to the young couple before finding a man of her own to pleasure her in the adjoining booth - Scottie and Mieke still don't notice her).
- In the movie Where The Truth Lies, Kevin Bacon's character measures his flings by how they react to being seen naked by hotel staff, although usually not during but immediately after sex.
- Not precisely coitus, but at similar least nonchalant nudity is shown in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, where Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) walks naked in front of her butler, in a show of utter contempt for the idea he put forth of her acting like a proper "lady" (She IS "Lady Croft", after all, in the titled sense) and being a lady entails wearing dresses, not running around naked in front of your butler.
- Similarly, in Basic Instinct the villainess (Sharon Stone) casually changes her clothes in front of the police-detective hero (Michael Douglas) in a similar show of contempt.
- Later, Nick has a hostile discussion with Roxy (Catherine's lesbian lover) just after having had sex with Catherine himself as if he were fully clothed, for much the same reason.
- A similar scene occurs in The Americanization Of Emily, in which the protagonist Madison comes in on his friend Cummings just as the latter is about to have sex with his girlfriend; they end up having their conversation while the woman patiently waits, naked, for them to finish.
- Brazilian movie Divã had protagonist Mercedes going after her friend's daughter for advice. The girl is having sex when she was supposed to be studying ("I'm giving it a break" "Yeah, you're giving in"). Mercedes just closes the door and talks with the girl from outside (of course for one of the questions, Mercedes just assumed the moaning was the answer).
- In one scene of the 2009 Bad Lieutenant Port Of Call New Orleans, a drug starved McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) harasses a couple and illegally searches them for drugs. The girl, who has a pipe and a stash on her, shotguns with him to avoid any trouble. It turns into a bit of tongue wrestling that spirals into them pants-less and bumping bits in front of her boyfriend on the hood of his car. But what really nails this scene to the trope is when the disgusted boyfriend tries to leave and McDonagh shoots his gun in the air and orders his audience to keep watching. He later regrets that it was heroin he smoked with her and not cocaine.
- In the Australian film Strictly Ballroom, not only does the villain get a phone call while having sex with his wife, but after hanging up he proceeds to gripe about it to her while she's still gasping in ecstasy.
- In Class Act when Duncan is caught having sex with Damita by his dad. He didn't exactly get out of position. Then again, he was probably stunned by how happy his dad was that he wasn't gay.
- Subverted in the 2004 movie Crash. Detective Graham Waters (played by Don Cheadle) is having sex when his mother calls asking about his missing younger brother. He hangs up, telling her he can't talk because "I'm having sex with a white woman." The white Hispanic lady in question is not amused at his dismissive treatment of his family and interrupts coitus herself.
- The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover is a very surreal movie in which the Wife and Lover have sex in the kitchen of a restaurant while the staff continues working around them.
- Played straight as an arrow in Hot Tub Time Machine. In fact, one character's life depends on the sex being completed no matter what.
- In The Great White Hype, rocker/boxer Terry Conklin makes out with a groupie while negotiating with promoter Fred Sultan and his team. It's treated as perfectly normal.
- The main villain in Silver Wolf, Black Falcon is mentioned doing this. Though he dismisses the woman (who never appears again and never had a name in the first place) once he realizes how important the message is.
- In the Culture novel Use of Weapons, a flashback from the protagonist's life shows Elethiomel pissing off his step-brother through this trope. Cheradenine had heard his sister crying out, and when he goes to see what happened, finds her having sex with Elethiomel, who greets him nonchalantly. Cheradenine then runs out, while his sister cries and Elethiomel laughs.
- Played entirely straight in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Man doesn't even pull out or wilt, just pauses for a few seconds while people pass the bush he's behind.
- When Jagang first corrupts the Sisters of the Light in the Sword of Truth series, it's strongly implied that he is getting a blowjob from several already corrupted ones while he is speaking to them.
- In Eric Flint's Forward the Mage, the notorious highway robber Rascogne de Sevigneois simultaneously makes love to one of the passengers of the stagecoach he's robbing, and fights a duel with another passenger who takes exception to him seducing another man's wife. It's implied that the only things visible are Rascogne's head and sword arm.
- The Shadow of the Lion has a rare example with sympathetic characters, when Francesca saves Erik and Manfred from the schiopettieri.
- In Wizard and Glass, villain Eldred Jonas is having sex with his mistress when they hear an oil patch getting blown up by the heroes. They don't stop, because they "had reached the point where it was impossible to stop, even under threat of death or dismemberment."
- The book WTF!? Survival Guide lists one of the things to do if your partner gets a phone call during nookie as "Make a game of it!" see how long your partner can remain coherent while you screw her while she's on the phone, and maybe even let the other guy play too!
- Similarly, in the novel Sleeping Around by Catherine Townsend, the protagonist types up an article on a Blackberry and calls her boss to make sure it's been received, all while her boyfriend is going down on her.
- In The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden walks in on Ms. Demeter sitting on John Marcone's lap near the end of White Night. Being a Deadpan Snarker to the fullest, he immediately curses himself... for not arriving ten minutes later, as he would have then walked in "in media res", which would have been infinitely more awkward for Marcone.
- Allen Steele's A King of Infinite Space has a slight subversion. The guy doing it is portraying a slave-owning villain, and part of that is a very public blowjob, all to get the protagonist to man up, escape, and try to rescue his girlfriend. It's part of a Batman Gambit.
- In the Herman Wouk novel Don't Stop the Carnival, the main character buys a hotel on a Caribbean island, but runs into many problems in the very first day. One of these is that when a middle-aged couple go to their room, they catch the bartender having sex with one of the maids. What really shocks them is that he doesn't even stop, just says something like "Oh, hello, I though you checked out".
- A rare version of Played for Laughs in one Stephanie Plum novel: Stephanie and Lula walk in on a skip and her boyfriend in the middle of an enthusiastic make-up. Stephanie is embarrassed but former hooker Lula just critiques the woman's performance.
- In the Dale Brown novel Sky Masters a redshirt takes an alert call while he is getting disinterestedly... serviced.
- Dar Williams' "The Pointless, Yet Poignant Crisis of a Co-ed":
Well sometimes, life gives us lessons sent in ridiculous packaging
And he gave no apology
He didn't pull up the sheets, and I think he even smiled as he said to me:
"Well, I guess our dreams went up in smoke - heh, heh"
- Dillie Keene's song "Dogging," about an older couple making out (and then some) in their new car. Eventually, a crowd gathers, the police arrive and join in the fun as does a film crew and gives the couple a spot on a new TV program
- In The-Dream's "I Love Your Girl", rapper Young Jeezy who makes a guest appearance describes himself as the "Type of nigga to take a phone call while he serving you".
- In The Sims 2 if you get a pair of characters to "woohoo" in the changing room of a clothing store, any other characters in the clothing store will cheer for you.
- Which can lead to unintentional comedy if the audience includes the sim's family members.
- Aside from children, who will run to the cheering, see what is happening, realize who it is, and run away in humiliation (to the edge of the lot).
- Well, some of them just look exasperated. Especially the cashiers. Also, this works for photobooths too.
- Better yet, they seem completely oblivious even when "woohooing" in their homes/hotels/etc. They won't "start" woohooing in bed or in the hot tub with other sims in the room, but once they're in the middle of it, any number of sims can walk in and out as they please.
- Of course, that rule applies only to sims who are a child or older, they'll do whatever they want if a toddler or baby is in the room
- It gets slightly disturbing if you get your sim to tell their cat/dog to "try for kitten/puppy". Assuming the cat/dog accepts, upon entering a kennel any sim in the vicinity will then run to the kennel where the cats/dogs are "dancing the horizontal tango", and will then proceed to cheer....
- Averted in the original The Sims, though—other Sims walking in (in the relatively few circumstances when Sims could actually "woohoo") would cause the woohoo-ers to break it up.
- Also averted in Sims 3 if you have a couple attempt to go for it at a stranger's house, you'll be called out for inappropriate behaviour and kicked out.
- Mods and hacks that install sexual behavior do not usually include the privacy requirement that ordinary Woohoo does, so two sims may start engaging in the activity while an other sim is in the room and it will not phase anyone
- In Yumina The Ethereal, during the sex scene with Nayuta Kagura, the "action" will be... projected on the gym's screen. Nayuta doesn't stop it.
- Averted or lampshaded in Collar 6. Michael and Evita Kappel are busy having sex after a few years of being apart. When a female servant walks in on them, they both pause and glance over and Michael casually remarks, "I could have sworn I locked that door..." In the next scene, however, they're fully dressed and chatting with their servant about the message she was delivering to them.
- In The Last Days Of FOXHOUND, President Solidus gets a call from Ocelot at the same time as he's getting something else, too.
- Ménage à 3 is occasionally prone to this trope, being a sex comedy about a lot of people with little shame and weird priorities. See the comic's own page for examples.
- In The Order of the Stick, Belkar is awesome enough that he doesn't need to stop making out with someone just to stab someone else.
- From Pictures For Sad Children: "I'm Ben Franklin and I'm giving it to a French lady, this is what i do."
- Referenced in Questionable Content where Faye's little sister was caught during cunnilingus with her girlfriend by their mother, who didn't know she was a lesbian. One of the other characters comments that she might as well have finished off as it couldn't possibly have been any worse an outcome if she had.
- In Sticky Dilly Buns, Chanelle conducts a 'phone conversation with Amber and surfs the Web to find the latter some possible dates while at work ... as a porn actress. This makes her a non-villainous example, though with whatever moral ambiguity might attach to her job; actually, she generally seems nice enough, if very uninhibited.
- In Think Before You Think, Julia walks in on Becky and Jason in her dorm room while they're getting undressed. Becky reacts nonchalantly to the interruption.
- In The Gamers Alliance, Dreadlord Leraje of the Northern Horde doesn't stop having sex with a female slave even when his lieutenant Nobuo arrives to deliver a report. He has casual conversation with Nobuo while keeping up the act, and he even devours the slave in front of Nobuo at the end of the briefing, going so far as to offer him a taste of her flesh. Nobuo keeps his cool, albeit barely.
- In Survival of the Fittest, Marybeth Witherspoon walks in on Maxwell Lombardi and Clio Gabriella in the middle of coitus. The two killers among the highest ranked in V4 at that time waste no time in pumping her full of bullets.
- In the Bad Call TV episode "What Would Jesus Do?" one of the executives for the Church of Latter Day Saints is seen receiving a hand job from a scantily clad woman while his business partner explains plans for a new mall.