Well, the young couple had sex. You know what this means — they are doomed
Shows where lots of people die
tend to have a strange conservatism
about who gets killed. If anyone engages in nonmarital sex, especially unprotected and/or with someone they don't really know, you should probably consider them to have a crosshair on their back, even if the killer is choosing their victims totally at random. Fanservice Extras
are particularly vulnerable to this trope.
Very common in slasher movies, such as the Friday the 13th
and A Nightmare on Elm Street
series. This could be a metaphor for the then-new AIDS scare, or for STDs in general, although according to one of the makers of A Nightmare on Elm Street
, it was simply because he thought that people having sex will forget about everything else and be especially vulnerable to serial killers. Which wouldn't be an Ass Pull
if they only died during sex, but when they're prone to it after...
For a literal application, compare Out with a Bang
, Death by Childbirth
(yeah, we know...
), Curiosity Killed the Cast
, and The Murder After
. For the lite version, see Kiss of Death
. Mate or Die
is the inverse of this trope. Contrast A Man Is Not a Virgin
and Her Heart Will Go On
, where the man is doomed, but the woman has Contractual Immortality
. Also contrast Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex
, which is supposed
to be the opposite (two lovers have sex after surviving something that threatened to kill them; it's possible
to combine that with this Trope, but only by the cruelest of authors.) In some cases, the doomed man will leave Someone to Remember Him By
(Hur, hur, hur...
). Don't even get us started if it's with the same gender
. Compare Cartwright Curse
where death can happen even before
the sex merely for being a love interest. Sometimes a consequence of Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
. Often takes place at a Make-Out Point
As a Death Trope, several if not all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.
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- Genderflipped in Naru Taru. Takeo Tsurumaru impregnates several girls in the course of the story. In the second-to-last episode of the manga, he has sex with main girl Shiina Tamai after she tells him that she loves him. Soon... he dies. Shiina, along with her Shadow Archetype Mamiko, makes it to the end.
- X/1999. Sorata and Arashi. Inverted because he dies - first in the movie (though she follows him later), later in the TV series. He's still alive in the manga, but it's a sure thing he'll die sooner or later.
- In a subversion, it's less about the sex than it is that Sorata, even before the story begins, was destined to die for a woman. Sorata didn't know who he would die for or how; he just jokingly said that, since he absolutely has to die for the sake of a lady, he'd like to die for a really pretty girl. It was many years later (which is the beginning of the story) when he actually met Arashi; knowing that You Can't Fight Fate, he decided to die for her.
- Also genderflipped in Trigun, with Nicholas D. Wolfwood and Milly Thompson. He dies in the same episode he sleeps with her. She makes it to the end.
- In the Full Metal Panic! novels, apparently, after all these years, Kurz Weber finally manages to get it on with Melissa Mao (after years of Slap-Slap-Kiss). He dies during his very next mission. But it's ultimately averted! Guess who's back after being rescued by the Spetsnaz in the penultimate volume of the novel series??
- Yuria 100 Shiki actually lampshaded about this◊
- Avoided in Crying Freeman. Yoh has to kill Emu for witnessing his crimes, but she asks him to have sex with her as her last wish... but after that, Yoh not only doesn't kill her, but he actually takes her in and they become a Battle Couple.
- Strangely inverted in Red River, most of the important characters who die are the ones who never got the chance to have sex.
- Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest: Every man who's ever slept with Ryuuko Konuma has died. Like her father, and that man he sold her to. That's not to say she murdered them directly, either. Apparently sleeping with Ryuuko just sucks away your will to live unless you're a callous, violent maniac... like her boyfriend Haguro. Eeeeek.
- Macross Frontier: Sheryl Nome and Alto Saotome have sex not long before battle and then, one is dead/missing and the other has a terminal illness. In the series they both get better; in the movies, this is the end! Or is it?
- This is what led to Gilbert's death in Kaze to Ki no Uta while he's in a Star-Crossed Lovers relationship with Serge, although other factors helped as well. Serge makes it to the end.
- Iason Mink's and subsequently Riki's deaths in Ai no Kusabi are a direct result of the former's refusal to let the latter be in order to continue having forbidden sex.
- One early client of Fran Madaraki ends up like this after Fran saves his girlfriend by making her part insect. Apparently the species of insect in question instinctively eats its mate.
- Required by law in Ooku: The Inner Chambers that the first man to sleep with an unmarried Shogun (Shoguns being female in this timeline) be executed for 'causing harm to the Shogun's person'. So ordered because Iemitsu the Younger's first time was via rape, and she couldn't understand that it's not always like that.
- Yoshimune is horrified to find out this law exists when she becomes Shogun and inadvertently sentenced Yunoshin to death by choosing him to sleep with her, and plans to rescind the law as soon as possible. She employs Loophole Abuse to spare Yunoshin, by agreeing that he died. The tradesman Shinkichi that happens to look like him? Well, that's just coincidence.
- In a roundabout way, this applies to Emonnosuke. Yes, he's had sex plenty of times before, but when he had sex with Tsunayoshi, it was the first time he had done it for pleasure, not just to attempt to conceive a child. It was also the first time he slept with someone he loved. He dies the next day of what is implied to be an aneurysm. Tsunayoshi lives for a few more years after that.
- Played with in Warren Ellis' Black Gas. The main characters avoid being turned into zombies because they go off to have sex in the remote mountain cabin. Too bad they eventually died anyway.
- In the X-Wing Series comics, Ibtisam dies in the same issue that she and Nrin finally officially become a couple. Feylis and Avan, on the other hand, make a no-dying pact, and they both live.
- In the Elfquest spinoff New Blood, the villainous rock-shaper Door seems impossible to defeat until the jackwolf-rider Dodia beats his brains out with a club. As Door and Dodia had just recently Recognized one another, Door took it for granted that she wouldn't be able to hurt him; because they'd already had sex and conceived a Recognition-sired child, however, she was no longer biologically compelled to be his mate and could fight back against his evil.
- Sin City has a few examples:
- Blue Eyes is an assassin who lures men to their deaths via seduction.
- When Marv has sex for the first time, it eventually leads to his death.
- Ava Lord uses a mixture of sex and Wounded Gazelle Gambit to get men to do her bidding, often leading them to their demises.
- Narrowly averted in the Blackest Night arc. Writers initially planned to have the current Firestorm, Jason and his girlfriend Gehenna, doing a make-out session prior to Gen's death. This was later changed to a quiet conversation about getting married and having kids. Then they changed their minds and had it re-drawn into the make-out scene, but this was fortunately lost somehow and they ended by putting in the conversation.
- In Hack Slash, slashers are, for whatever reason, often attracted to teenagers engaging in "debauched behavior". There's easily a dozen ready examples of teens getting offed as they're about to have sex. Cassie even tried to initiate a make-out session with Skottie Young to lure a slasher to them, lampshading the trope when he rebuffed her. Obviously, this is all due to the prevalence of the trope in 80s slasher flicks, which the series is largely inspired by in the first place.
- Invoked in Friday the 13th: Bloodbath. Knowing that sex lures the undead slasher Jason Voorhees out to kill, the men after him deliberately arrange several promiscous youths to Crystal Lake to lure him out.
- The entire plot of Basic Instinct revolves around a female serial killer who goes to bed with men and women and murders them afterwards.
- Friday the 13th series:
- Justification: In the first Friday the 13th (1980), the killer, Pamela Voorhees, specifically targeted the people who were having or going to have sex, because the two camp counselors who were supposed to be monitoring her son Jason Voorhees when he drowned as a child were too busy getting groiny with each other.
- Although there are later claims that the counselors tried to catch Jason who ran off and fell into the lake because he saw them going at it.
- A most notorious moment in the second movie is where two teens got killed while in the middle of getting it on. Jason killed them shiskabob style by skewering them both with a spear.
- A significant lampshade is hung on this trope in the tenth film in the series. In a virtual reality simulation meant to distract Jason, a pair of scantily clad teenage girls exclaim (among other things), "We love premarital sex!" He proceeds to kill them with each other.
- Done heavy-handedly in the 2009 reboot; every character who has sex, or wants to have sex, or fantasizes about having sex, or is a creepy redneck who has sex with mannequins gets killed. There are a few others, of course.
- Subverted in Cherry Falls, which had a serial killer that targeted virgins. When the Genre Savvy town teenagers figure this out, they decide to throw an orgy... which the killer, having gone completely Ax-Crazy (complete with axe) by the end, crashes and massacres.
- In The Day After Tomorrow, two workers at the local weather service station are making out passionately on the couch when tornadoes strike Los Angeles. In the chaos that ensues, they die, while the Mexican janitor (who was diligently cleaning the floors while the people who were supposed to be monitoring the weather were making out) survives.
- Lampshaded in the movie Scream (1996), where this is the very first of the rules posited by Genre Savvy horror geek Randy Meeks for successfully surviving a horror movie. The other two rules cover drinking and doing drugs, and saying that you'll be right back. He later gets killed in the sequel, and it's revealed that he spent a night with "Creepy Karen" before getting whacked.
- Not to mention it's hilariously subverted when Sidney bangs the damned killer and gets to survive the movie!
- Angelina of the third film reveals that she employed the Casting Couch to get the role of Sidney in Stab 3... then she dies seconds later.
- In the fourth film, it's revealed that Jill lost her virginity to Trevor, pushing their position as Sidney and Billy expies further. Later, Jill is revealed as the killer, and she offs Trevor shortly, making this the exact inverse of the Sidney and Billy example, right down to the sex of the killer.
- More or less every B-Movie and thus, rightfully parodied in the "Thanksgiving" segment of Grindhouse.
- Halloween series:
- Used in the original Halloween (1978), where three of the five victims had just had sex, and the fourth was on her way to do so. It's heavily implied, however, that Michael Myers has some severe issues with sex, and the selection of victims is not at all coincidental.
- In an interview with AMC, John Carpenter (the Director) states "I have been accused of ending the Sexual Revolution, and for that I sincerely apologize."
- The same happens in the remake: Everyone seen having sex dies horribly. Most of the other victims probably weren't virgins either (this pattern is so glaringly obvious in the movie that it must have been intentional). They even went out of their way to mention Laurie hasn't gotten laid. Although, the trope is surprisingly averted with Annie, who actually survived her attack to appear in the second movie and THEN die.
- Subverted in two Children of the Corn movies, even though many of the children in the series wish to kill adults because of their loss of innocence.
- In part II, non-married adults John and Angela have passionate sex. Angela is kidnapped and is almost killed, but she survives.
- In the same film, teenagers Danny and Lacey almost have sex, but are stopped when they find a severed hand. Lacey is kidnapped, but is saved along with Angela.
- In the sixth film, the main heroine, Hannah, has sex with Gabriel, the man who turns out to be the big bad of the series. She survives.
- In the 1970s The Day of the Jackal, The Jackal meets an attractive married woman at a hotel, has a torrid affair with her, then later discovers her address and goes to her home. When she asks him about what he's doing, because the police were looking for him, and he's driving a car with local plates, which means she knows he stole it, and if he'll just tell her, she won't say anything, he breaks her neck.
- Xenia Onatopp's love of Murderous Thighs in the James Bond movie Golden Eye is more an example of Out with a Bang, but it's worth noting that several Bond Girls and henchwomen die after hooking up or flirting with Bond:
- Jill Masterson (drugged and painted in gold from head to toe, which suffocated her because she can longer can breathe through her skin) in Goldfinger. Yes, Science Marches On.
- Note that Jill's sister Tilly (killed by Oddjob's deadly hat) doesn't count because not only did she not have sex with Bond, she didn't even flirt with him.
- Aki from You Only Live Twice (poisoned).
- The other female, Kissy Suzuki, survives even after "marrying" Bond and, in the novels, carrying his only child, James Suzuki, in her uterus.
- Teresa "Tracy" Di Vicenzo from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (shot by Irma Bunt with an M16 rifle; and Blofeld was driving, IIRC).
- Countess Lisl von Schafl from For Your Eyes Only (hit by a vehicle).
- The villain Drax' secretary Corrine Dufour in Moonraker. Bond seduces her and tricks her into showing him where Drax's safe was. As punishment, Drax sets his dogs on her.
- The female Dragon May Day from A View to a Kill (after her Heel-Face Turn, she pulled a Heroic Sacrifice to take Max Zorin down and avenge the deaths of her workmates, whom he killed when they weren't useful anymore).
- Paris Carver from Tomorrow Never Dies (tortured and strangled. Adding insult to injury, her body is planted in Bond's hotel room in an effort to frame him for murder.)
- Elektra King from The World Is Not Enough (gunned down by Bond himself when her treachery is revealed).
- Vesper Lynd (drowned) and Solange Dimitrios (strangled) from Casino Royale.
- Strawberry Fields from Quantum of Solace (drowned in crude oil).
- Severine in Skyfall (You Have Outlived Your Usefulness to Silva).
- Lampshaded in Golden Eye, as the villain makes a comment about Bond's track record:
Trevelyan: ...or if you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for all the dead ones you failed to protect.
- Lampshaded by M in Quantum of Solace.
M: Look how well your charm works, James. They'll do anything for you, won't they? How many is that now?
- This happens to James Bond himself in the Fake-Out Opening of You Only Live Twice, as he's killed by assassins shortly after boinking a Chinese girl.
- Parodied in Illuminatus!, wherein the British agent Fission Chips leaves a trail of dead Eurasian girls wherever he may go.
- Played straight and averted in Live and Let Die. Rosie Carver is killed after Bond seduces her. Solitaire, who is supposed to remain a virgin to retain her psychic powers, is also seduced by Bond and was supposed to be sacrificed in a voodoo ritual, but Bond saves her, firing a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum revolver in the process.
- Inverted in The Man with the Golden Gun. The assassin Scaramanga has sex right before he kills someone that he's been hired to kill. (Bond notes that some matadors do the same thing before a bullfight.) The Trope is played straight, however (maybe even doubly so) because Scaramanga later kills his lover after she double-crosses him and helps Bond.
- In Snakes on a Plane, a couple sneaks into the bathroom to have sex. They are the first to be killed by the snakes. Their drug use may have contributed, too.
- Interestingly, the slasher film did not always contain this trope: in the 1974 Canadian film Black Christmas (1974), the heroine is pregnant, though the movie ends with her alone in the house with the killer.
- The first victim is also described as a "professional virgin."
- In Boa vs Python, the python stalks a teenage couple that is having sex, and actually licks the girl, who, because her eyes are closed, thinks it is her lover. Then the python, which should be a constrictor, bites them squarely in half.
- Inversion: In Once Bitten, the hero is targeted by the vampire Countess because he's a virgin. He and his girlfriend end up having quickie sex in a coffin, rendering his blood unsuitable for her needs.
- Piranha Part Two: The Spawning's opening scene had a couple discussing where they failed to have sex because the guy found fault in everything. The hotel room was too dry, the beach too sandy, and the boat too uncomfortable. They then go scuba-diving into a shipwreck and decided to have sex, you know, nothing better than that, right? Well, okay, the killer piranha did kinda ruin the mood.
- In Taken, as soon as the slutty best friend says she's going to have sex with a random French guy because "Who cares? He's hot!", it was obvious she was a goner.
- In the film Tormented, a schoolboy who killed himself because of bullying comes back from the dead to take fatal revenge on the bullies. One of them decides to go to the cemetery and dig up the killer's body, but is sidetracked by having sex with his girlfriend while his car is parked there, which turns out to have been a very bad idea because the killer drags him out of the car and castrates him by repeatedly stomping on his genitals, leaving him to bleed to death. Ouch.
- Two of the youngsters that stop by in the Mario Bava movie Reazione a Catena who are speared while having sex. Friday the 13th Part 2 copies this very scene, only putting the guy on top instead of the girl.
- Subverted in The Godfather Part II, where Senator Geary, who hates Michael Corleone's crime-racket, is made to believe that he accidentally killed a prostitute during "weird sex-games" at Fredo Corleone's brothel; after this, the senator is indebted to Michael for covering up the incident, but is also blackmailed by him. One shot afterwards heavily suggests that Al Neri was responsible for the actual killing.
- Invoked in Evolution where an Asshole Victim actually sings the song quoted at the top while preparing a rendezvous on a golf course... and is promptly eaten. Slight subversion in that the pair hadn't actually gotten around to the deed (and the woman survived).
- Played With in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
- Exaggerated into the family-friendly version of this trope: Death By Marriage. As soon as Will and Elizabeth are hitched, you know one of them is about to die.
- But then subverted, and arguably inverted, when some Loophole Abuse causes that character to un-die, and the two are able to consummate in due course. (And not like that, either.) Heck, even the "family-friendly" element is subverted, because we see them putting clothes back on afterwards. (Not to mention the reveal in The Stinger...)
- Inverted in Death Proof. The first group of girls, while they act fun, are surprisingly conservative, especially Arlene/Butterfly, who actually seems to have some kind of aversion to sex. They die. Horribly. The second group, on the other hand, are very open about their sex lives ("He likes to watch me pee"), and Kim at one point in the final chase scene yells "I'm the horniest mother-fucker on the road!" Not only do they live, they kill Stuntman Mike.
- Played so straight it's almost a parody in Jennifer's Body, where the title character uses the promise of sex to lure boys into places where she can eat them. It's revealed though that the whole "demonic possession" thing gets kicked off only because its perpetrators thought they had gotten their hands on a virgin sacrifice.
- Sarah Connor's roommate in the first Terminator movie.
- And Kyle as well, after he serves his purpose by impregnating Sarah with John and delivering her to the point where she can defend herself from then on (partly because he's already damaged the Terminator so badly himself).
- In the fourth Final Destination movie, Hunt has steamy sex by the pool and shortly after dies a very gruesome death by being sucked into a high pressure drain hole. It doesn't help that he was a Hollywood skeptic that was warned about some weird stuff going on... or saying earlier that if he was going to die, he was gonna get laid first.
- In The Towering Inferno, Dan Bigelow and his secretary/mistress die almost immediately following a tryst in his apartment.
- Although there's no actual sex, the sultan's death in The Thief of Bagdad has overtones of this — he's given a mechanical woman as a gift, who dances seductively in front of him, and when she goes to embrace him, "she" stabs him in the back.
- In the shlock blood-and-boobs horror film Piranha 3D, most of the victims are promiscuous spring breakers. A pornographer gets his penis bitten off by a piranha, a woman is sliced in half by a high-tension cable (which first removes her bra, then her entire upper torso), a girl gets her hair entwined in the propeller of a speedboat and has her face ripped off — might be one of the definitive "death by sex" compilations.
- Averted in Ghostbusters. It's strongly implied that the final event that allowed Gozer to come to New York (an event that would've caused the apocalypse if the Ghostbusters hadn't killed her shortly afterwards) was Dana having sex with Lewis. It's an aversion because both Dana and Lewis were possessed by, respectively, the Gatekeeper and Keymaster rather than being voluntary participants, and because both of them survive the film.
- In Starship Troopers, Dizzy Flores dies within 24 hours after finally having sex with Rico. Something she'd been wanting since the beginning of the movie. The sex, not dying.
- In All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Marlin gets killed just minutes after giving a blowjob to Jake. The cause of death? Getting a shotgun barrel shoved down her throat.
- Inverted in Norwegian slasher Cold Prey / Fritt Vilt. The virgin who just refused to have sex with her boyfriend is the first one to die.
- In Cabin Fever, a flesh eating disease scares off most of the teenagers spending their break in a cabin in the woods. When only two are left behind, the requisite horror-flick babe figures that, seeing as they're doomed to die anyway, she and the hero might as well go out with a bang. Only after the horny hottie gets his pork in her pouch does the guy question why they aren't using a condom. Of course, the woman tells him not to worry because "She's healthy." Oh good! Seeing as how all their friends had come down with this deadly illness, I was afraid she might be sick, too. No need to worry about that sinister soundtrack playing as she grinds you into the mattress, pal... Or those sickly red rashes that just appeared where you grabbed her back while you blew your load. But, just to be on the safe side, you should probably rinse off the salami with some Listerine when you're done.
- The entire plot point of the film, Body of Evidence, starring William Defoe and Madonna.
- Plotpoint of The Cabin in the Woods. The trope is being Invoked, lampshaded, discussed, and justified, not all in that order.
- Played for laughs in Wacko at the Halloween Prom when the Lawnmower Killer shoves Tony Shlongini's head into the garbage disposal in the school cafeteria; the cafeteria matron then interrupts the murder to teach him how to use a garbage disposal properly. The Lawnmower Killer then runs Tony's date, Rosie, who's wearing only a whipped cream bikini, through the cafeteria's conveyor-belt dishwasher.
- In Harm's Way: Everyone connected to Eddington via sex by two steps of separation or less ends up dead by the end of the film.
- In Fathers Day the very act of fathering a child (that is, impregnating a woman) makes you a target for the Father's Day killer.
- The Dark Knight Rises marks the second time in the whole trilogy that Batman violates his one rule completely by accident. He bangs Talia after being removed from the Wayne Enterprises board. Later on, Talia commits suicide when she realizes he has her cornered during a car chase and is hellbent on forcing her to return the fusion reactor to the only place where it could be stabilized.
- The plot of Private Benjamin starts with the titular character on her honeymoon night with her husband only for him to die of a heart attack while they have sex.
- Ex-Heroes has Cairex the Demon-Human Hybrid die in the backstory due to getting a blow job from zombie Jessica Alba. No one is sure how to react to this story when they hear it.
- "Sex equals death" is the main theme in Kurt Vonnegut's short story "Welcome to the Monkey House," in which a dystopian society prevents people from having (or enjoying, if they do try to have it) sex. The "villain" responds by basically raping women to force them out of their belief that sex is wrong. It works.
- In Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan, a sinister woman drives prominent men to madness and suicide. The unspeakable horror they experienced is strongly implied to be sexual in nature, although Victorian propriety prevented Machen from elaborating.
- In Stephen King's short story "The Raft", four college students swim out to a raft in the middle of a remote lake. A mysterious oil slick-like creature appears, and devours two of them; the first one touches it, the second steps on a crack on the raft and gets grabbed by his foot. Hours later, the remaining two (a guy and his girlfriend) end up having sex; the girl's hair falls off through the cracks of the raft and the creature absorbs her.
- In the second Night Watch book, Alisa and Igor have sex, then discover who (and what) each other is. Light magician Igor then kills Alisa for being a dark witch, then goes into a depression and ultimately lets himself die in remorse.
- If it's not clear enough in Troika that Veness is doomed when Indigo sleeps with him, it becomes painfully obvious when she admits to reciprocating his love for her.
- In Jaws, the book actually kills off the character Matthew Hooper during the cage scene. Earlier in the book: he was having an affair with Brody's wife, Ellen. She avoids the trope by never being in the water. The first victim in the book was taking a postcoital swim.
- Lampshaded in The Dresden Files novel Proven Guilty via Dresden's description of some of the monsters in the films shown at Splattercon!!!. One of them is supposed to be a monster that hunts the wicked, which apparently includes anyone drinking or having sex.
- In Shadow Kiss, Rose and Dimitri finally give in to their passion for each other... And right after the school is attacked by Strigoi and Dimitri is "taken." Right when they whipped it out, you knew something bad was going to happen to one of them, at least, since a huge plot point of their relationship is that it's forbidden.
- While it is not a quick connection of "sex then death", Thomas Hardy's Tess Of The D Urbervilles is certainly doomed by sex. The titular character is either raped or seduced (it's slightly ambiguous, but most assume rape) early in the book by a distant relative. This completely destroys her life and sends her on an ever-increasing spiral of despair for the rest of the book, repeatedly rejected because of being Defiled Forever, until at last she murders the man who deflowered her and is hanged for it.
- Also, while one may argue whether it happened or not, it's implied Tess and her husband Angel, who once abandoned her just because she was not a virgin then came back and tried to rescue her from execution, consummate their marriage in their hideout. And their hideout scenes are supposed to be those moments of (false) hope.
- Because of a massive subversion of STD Immunity in the world of A Brother's Price, sex with non-virgins is not well thought of. Men are rare enough that those who are not made into husbands are crib captives, made to service women for ten crowns a night in the hopes of impregnating them. Various different cribs have different reputations, some thought to be clean, others not; to someone of noble status, visiting even a 'clean' one is social suicide. There are stories about a married woman "getting an itch to try a crib", catching something other than a child there, and spreading it to her husband, who spread it to his other wives and any children they conceived, to the point where the entire family was killed.
- Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves: In the eighties gay men were considered to have brought AIDS on themselves because of their sexual behaviors. The book focuses on this quite a lot and author Jonas Gardell makes a lot of references to actual articles written in Sweden at the time and actual things politicians, religious leaders and other public figures were saying and suggesting. Especially heartbreaking when the book quotes actual newspaper headlines that mention the tragedy when an innocent (i.e., a heterosexual who got AIDS through blood transfusion or heterosexual sex) dies of AIDS.
- Greg Egan's Orthogonal trilogy plays this universally and chillingly straight: For the protagonist race, sex triggers immediate reproduction, which consists of the mother fissioning into four children. So it's a necessary part of biology... and also murder.
- "White Pearl, Black Oceans," a song by power metal group Sonata Arctica. A reclusive lighthouse keeper heads into town one night, meets a woman, and later sleeps with her. On his way home, her husband beats him so badly that he's unable to make it back to in time to light his lamp. Naturally, a ship crashes that very night, everyone on board dies, and the lighthouse keeper is so ridden with guilt that he throws himself from his tower.
- Briefly treated for laughs in the video for "Sweet N Sour" by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. A couple are making out in a bathroom and then a monster comes out of the toilet are decapitates them.
- The video for "Bad Romance" uses this.
- The Bonzo Dog Band's "Death Cab for Cutie". Girl cheats on her boyfriend, takes a cab home, driver jumps a red light, splat. (Bit unfair on the driver, though, unless he was the one she was cheating with.)
- The video for Cephalic Carnage's "Ohrwurm" is a rather gruesome and graphic rendition of this trope.
- Adam Ant's "Here Comes The Grump" from his solo album Friend Or Foe
Doctors said: "Adam, sex kills"
So come inside, come inside, come inside, come inside
Come inside and die
- The wrong kind of sex in a lot of mythology and classic literature (premarital, adultery, incest, impulsive, etc. depending on the age) could lead to various unpleasant fates, from infertility to being turned into trees. See also Good People Have Good Sex.
- For instance, in Oedipus Rex, Oedipus accidentally marries and has sex with his mother Iocaste. And just to show that sexism is timeless, guess which one of the two of them dies, and which one goes on to become a cult hero in Oedipus at Colonus?
- To be fair, Iocaste commits suicide, specifically because of her learning that Oedipus is her son. Oedipus apparently thinks it sufficient to tear his own eyes out of his eye sockets.
- In classic Greek theater, the hero of a tragedy was never allowed to die, but suffer greatly and live with the pain in order to grow as a person from it so this was more a convention of the theater style of the time rather than a literary choice.
- And according to Aeschylus' Seven against Thebes and Euripides' Phoenician Women, his sons Etheocles and Polyneices thought of him as a curse and a pariah to the point of forcing him to step down as king, locking him away and later kicking him out of Thebes along with his daughter (and their sister) Antigone.
- His father Laius abducted and raped Chrysippus (who he was the tutor of) and the gods placed a curse on his family, saying that Laius' son would kill his father and marry his mother.
- Most Death by Sex tropes originate about from the fact that Scripture prescribes capital punishment for many forms of sex: Adultery, homosexuality, bestiality. Many experts now believe that this was the Jewish way of increasing their population-numbers through increased births, in comparison to other nations that allowed and encouraged other kinds of sex. When Christianity also adopted these laws among other cultures, the moral became woven into stories ever since, as An Aesop theme that "God Is Watching" and that He punishes those who choose to violate his law; this is also symbolic for the idea that such types of sex are essentially "killing" the persons in an extended sense (i.e their descendants, society, etc).
- Not all violations were punishable by death, however. If neither of the lovers was married (or betrothed), the Bible commands the couple to be married immediately, unless the woman's father refused. Note, this order to get married (and pay the dowry associated with the marriage) stands whether or not a child was conceived. Oh, and a man who married his wife this way can never divorce her.
- Though this also held for rape. It just about makes sense within the view at the time of women as property - you break it, you bought it, essentially. However, from the wife's point of view, when compared to spending the rest of your life inescapably married to your rapist, death by sex might be preferable. It should be borne in mind that the victim was never required to live with her rapist or ever sleep with him again.
- The reason for this being that in Bible times non-widowed non-virgins had virtually no chance of being married after being deflowered, (unless already betrothed) so marrying her rapist/lover was the only way she could get married and have some status in society. Getting married was woman's only option in those days unless she wanted to be an outcast.
- Not all scholars agree that homosexuality was outlawed, in fact it was more likely just talking about ritual prostitution.
- Or anal sex, hence the specified "like a woman" in the passages. Other forms of homosexual acts would have been ok though.
- Discussed and averted in The Epic of Gilgamesh, where the titular character refused Ishtar, a goddess, seducingnote him, in a very interesting case of genre-savviness (remember, this is THE oldest preserved written story EVER, it is the example from not far away from Ur), by naming the mythological figures who met horrible demise accepting such offer. It's debatable whether he knew what his refusal would mean or not.
- Pathfinder, since it stylises itself as "the Darker and Edgier Dungeons & Dragons", invokes this with a number of its monstrous races, especially the Always Female ones that thusly need humanoid men to procreate.
- Harpies traditionally eat their mates after sex, and in fact consider it shameful not to do so, especially if they become pregnant as a result.
- In a reversal, though, Sirens are well-known for literally dying of grief and heartbreak (or just committing grief-fuelled suicide) if their mates run away or are taken from them.
- Hags may or may not eat their lovers; it depends on whether they feel hungry or think it would be more "fun" not to.
- Jorogumos mate with humanoid men to become pregnant, then use their poison to paralyse their lover before implanting the fertilized eggs inside of him; the jorogumo painstakingly keeps him alive and well until the egg hatches, whereupon the baby jorogumos eat their father as their first meal.
- Lamias tend to eat their lovers after they grow bored with them, assuming they don't kill them in the course of sating their lust.
- Thriae Queens need humanoid males to fertilize their eggs and produce more thriae for the hive. When their consort grows too old to be able to have sex, the custom is for the Queen to painlessly poison them, putting them into a deep, anesthetized slumber, and then eat them, after which she will seek out a new consort.
- In the Broadway musical Into the Woods, the heroes split up to search for Jack to protect him from a marauding Giant. While she's searching, the Baker's Wife meets up with the Prince and has sex with him; she's crushed by the Giant immediately afterward.
- Well, after she has a soliloquy/musical number that sums her mindset up as "my affair has made me more grateful for what I have but hey it was kind of nice." She's more killed by barely-repentant adultery than killed by sex, since she's a married lady with a child.
- Meanwhile, by contrast, the entirely unrepentant and equally married Prince is punished by hooking up with Sleeping Beauty. Then again, who was expecting something by Stephen Sondheim to be fair?
- In Victorian theatre, the only accepted way for a "fallen" woman - that is, any woman who had sex outside of marriage, or had an affair - to redeem herself was to die. Preferably after seeing the horrible consequences of her actions. One notable example is East Lynne: A woman is convinced by a rival of her husband that her husband is having an affair, and so agrees to run off with him. But the rival abandons her, so she returns to her former house in disguise as a governess to her own child. When she reveals herself to him, he dies. Everyone then finds out who she is, but she falls ill and dies shortly thereafter. Her melodramatic cry on her child's death, "Dead! And never called me mother!" is still quite well-known today.
- Aversion: W. S. Gilbert's 1874 play, Charity has up a woman, Mrs. Van Burgh, who was virtuous in every way, except she had never actually married her husband. She has spent all her time since his death doing good deeds, and trying to rescue other women back to the path of virtue. Victorian theatre demanded that she be ruined, and die in order to be redeemed. Gilbert allowed her to be ruined by public opinion and the hypocritical antagonist (he lectures Ruth, one of the women Mrs. Van Burgh gave a second chance to, on how abominable it is that she is being foisted on society as if she was an unfallen woman. Guess who had seduced her?) - but then both Mrs. Van Burgh and Ruth head off to Australia as traveling companions for a colonial bishop whose son is in love with Mrs. Van Burgh's daughter. You wouldn't believe the uproar this caused in the newspapers of the time, which fell over themselves trying to see which could declare the play more immoral.
- Another aversion. Dickens' David Copperfield has Emily, David's first love, dumping her fiancé Cam right before their wedding to run away with David's best friend James Steerforth and become his concubine. She ultimately lives, and after LOTS of misfortune (principally, Steerforth being an absolute Jerk Ass to her), she goes to Australia with her father Daniel. The book also includes Emily's best friend Martha, a prostitute, who helps Daniel and David to find the missing Emily and also survives.
- Dickens used the trope straight in Oliver Twist with poor Nancy, who also was a prostitute and ended up dead.
- This is less "because she's a prostitute" and more "because she hangs around with Bill Sykes." Granted, she does think Sykes loves her, and presumably has had sex with him.
- Stephen Sondheim does it again in Passion, where Fosca dies three days after, um, a final bit of passion.
- Romeo and Juliet would be an example, except the two secretly marry before they do that sort of thing.
- Although since they marry against their families' wishes, and the story was originally meant to be a warning tale of young people who fall in love too quickly, do foolish things, and suffer horrible consequences, it still counts as an example of "death as a punishment for socially unacceptable sex".
- Done after a fashion in Wicked where the very next scene after Fiyero and Elphaba have their G-rated sex scene in 'As long as you're mine' and kiss Fiyero gets beaten to death. He gets better though. Sort of.
- The novel, of course, plays it straight.
- Two Words: Spring Awakening.
- Subverted in "Much Ado About Nothing" as Hero is falsely accused of sleeping with another character the night before her wedding. To clear her name, she fakes her death which forces all the characters who ostracized her to realize that they were wrong to mistrust her.
- Speaking of Yahtzee, he's also used this trope... literally. Well, almost. Occurs in 6 Days a Sacrifice, part of the Chzo Mythos. Janine having sex with Theo was what ended up allowing John Defoe to take full control of her. By the end of it, she got impaled in the chest and literally crushed inside a wall. NEVER have sex when there's obvious signs of someone being partially possessed.
- One of the more controversial things you can do in the Grand Theft Auto series, since it's introduction into the 3D world, was to be able to take a prostitute to a secluded part of whatever city your in (like in an alley or a closed off section of it), then wait until the car stops shaking. Afterwards, when the prostitute comes out of the car, you could then murder her and get the money back that you spent on the experience (since she then was programmed to return to the game world as a pedestrian that you could kill).
- In Phantasmagoria 2, it's more like Death by Kinky Sex. The female BDSM fanatic is murdered, while the woman who is having monogamous vanilla sex with the protagonist and wants a committed relationship survives.
- In the Leisure Suit Larry series, this trope appears twice. In the first game, sleeping with the hooker at Lefty's Bar without protection causes your family jewels to explode a minute or so later. In the second game, you can seduce the maid in your resort hotel room and sleep with her, only to have her brother (who's in the military and likes to shoot things) walk in on you.
- In WhichWay, a flash adventure game, every time you end up with a naked or half-naked woman on screen, you will be ambushed by a monster within seconds.
- A variation occurs in SHUFFLE!!, where one of the more magically-inclined characters you can choose erases Rin's memories of her during sex. His memory is returned to him by an act of The Power of Love, which she wasn't expecting.
- In the Silent Hill series, any woman who implies that she might perform sexual favors on the protagonist will die in an agonizing way within a few scenes. It began with Maria in Silent Hill 2 and continued with Cynthia in Silent Hill 4.
- Inverted in the third God of War. Aphrodite has sex with Kratos late in the game. She is the only Greek God spared of his wrath.
- This is more a case of Dummied Out, as the designers originally planned for Aphrodite to pull a knife on Kratos if you went back for round two, which would end in her death, but decided against it.
- In the Neverwinter Nights module series The Bastard Of Kosigan, you can go through it in such a way that every woman you make out with or have sex with dies soon afterward. Of course, being the non-linear sort of story it is, all of them but Alex can survive too.
- Several quests in A Dance with Rogues, most notably the Dhorn Generals' Heads quest in the first chapter, involve having sex with someone to get something before killing them.
- Fallout 3 has a house in Minefield with two skeletons embracing on a bed, indicating they may have been lovemaking when the bombs hit.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, the player sometimes gets the opportunity to invoke this on others — most notably, a female main character can opt to screw and then murder Benny in his sleep! Or just make him think you're going to sleep with him in order to get him vulnerable.
- After awhile of playing Kara no Shoujo you begin to wonder if maybe the writers were trying to scare teens away from sex. The first set of victims are targeted partially because of this and most of the time the main character has sex he ends up dead soon after. That or the girl does.
- Happens to a seduced NPC in the Human Noble origin in Dragon Age: Origins. He or she opens the door of the playable character's room to investigate a noise and gets an arrow in the chest. However, if you choose not to seduce them, you'll find their dead body slightly further on, so the only real difference is whether or not their death occurs onscreen.
- If you side with Citra in the ending of Far Cry 3, she literally backstabs Jason after having sex with him.
- NetHack has the succubus and incubus. Without proper protection, there are quite some ways for an encounter with them to be fatal.
- Slash Em Extended makes it much more likely for the encounter to cause negative effects for the player, and also adds more ways for the player to die, e.g. suddenly being attacked by the rape demon after they already took off their clothes.
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Penny dies in the third act, which was also when Captain Hammer started bragging about sleeping with her. During a PRESS CONFERENCE. While it is possible that he is lying (Captain Hammer being a total Jerkass, after all), the fact that Penny looks uncomfortable at his assertion, not outraged, suggests they did it.
- Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG 501-1000
835. I cannot lure out the Psycho Killer into an ambush by having sex with another character.
- "We were doing Position 97 near a porthole... and she just fell out!"
- Parodied in the Cracked video "Why Horror Movie Slashers Are the Best Wingmen Ever", which features a slasher movie villain deliberately arranging for two good-looking teens to have sex so that he can invoke this trope.
- Watch Mojo described this as #10 in their list of "Top 10 Horror Movie Cliches":
"Let’s kick this list off with the cliché that’s probably the greatest reason many of us enjoy watching gore fests to begin with. Horror films always have people, specifically young adults, getting it on and baring it all. Not just eye candy, it mirrors teen fears around sexuality. As a result, most horror flicks push the parent-approved message of abstinence. Don’t believe us? Then why does the film’s always blonde quote-on quote “whore” get axed and the prudish but keen minded brunette always survive?"
- In The Nostalgia Chick's review of Dantes Peak she claims that volcanoes have a sapient hatred of fornication, since the first people it kills are a pair of Skinny Dipping tourists and the hero is motivated by a dead fiancée. It also spends much of the movie "cockblocking" him and his new Love Interest.
- An episode of Futurama parodies the B-movie tradition by having a robot couple making out in a car say things like "It's okay to let our guard down, even for a moment!" before being attacked by a "scary human".
- The Space Mutant movies in The Simpsons seem to parody the B-movie genre, as the aliens tend to attack young lovers or horny teenagers making out. (Or in one case, being a shapeshifter who seduces a man before attacking him.)
- This was how a lot of people outside of the gay community initially saw AIDS, before they knew more about it.
- Speaking of which, this was the case of ST Ds during the eras before modern medicine; getting one was basically a death sentence until the last century. Smallpox was small because Syphilis was the Great Pox.
- Général Paul Thiébault tells the story of a naïve young man called Monnet, who discovered sex at twenty with a voluptuous Neapolitan woman. What happened is anyone's guess, but twenty-four hours later, Monnet started bleeding from the nose, mouth and ears and died within a few hours.
- There have been cases where people having died from a heart attack during sex, like American politician Nelson Rockefeller and French president Félix Fauré, in both cases while they were with their mistresses.
- Erotic Asphyxiation can sometimes end in death. Famous examples of people who went this way are David Carradine (Kill Bill), British politician Stephen Milligan and 18th century composer Franz Kotzwara. It is often believed that Michael Hutchence (INXS) died this way too, but this is an Urban Legend as the coroner ruled Hutchence's death a suicide without any evidence to support autoeroticism as cause of death.
Doesn't matter, had sex!