The relationship dynamic between Bob and Alice has always been stormy. Maybe they're in love but have been fighting lately over this or that. Maybe they're doing The Masochism Tango. Maybe they're enemies with chemistry and magnetism they're trying to resist. Maybe they're attracted to each other but seem capable only of Slap-Slap-Kiss.
One night — because it always happens at night — Bob and Alice get into a fight. But this is not just any fight; it's a knock-down, drag-out brawl where anything goes — literally. The location they've chosen for their battlefield breaks up around them as they display their rage physically. They may even actively be trying to kill each other.
Then at one point during the fight, their attraction — admitted or not — turns their rage into sexual passion. Amidst the broken timbers, falling plaster, rattling floors and shattered furniture, they can't get into each other's arms (and/or pants) quickly enough. They can barely keep their hands off each other long enough to clear a spot against a wall or on the floor to do the deed.
It makes an interesting precursor to the obligatory love scene and frequently leads to an Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other. More often than not, it's Head-Tiltingly Kinky.
Sometimes circumstances (supernatural or otherwise) can and do contribute to the sex leading to destruction even if there's no actual rage or fighting involved.
Like Slap-Slap-Kiss, it's a safe bet to say that this rarely happens in real life; when it does, though, it's usually in dysfunctional relationships or cases of Domestic Abuse. In terms of Unfortunate Implications, Destructo Nookie can be just one rung below Falling For Your Rapist on the Squick ladder. (Fortunately, the couple engaging in Destructo Nookie are both consenting to the act with each other. Or, they are both dominating/twisted enough that they attempt to rape each other simultaneously).
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In Vassalord, Charley seems to think attacking Rayflo with assorted heavy weaponry counts as foreplay. Rayflo seems to agree. Fortunately, they're both vampires, so no harm done.
Explicit in the background of a pair of minor characters in the Powers comic: a married superhero/ex-supervillain pair got together through these kinds of moments. Of course, readers only learn of this because Powers tends to bring its background characters to the fore to mix A Day in the Limelight with Monster of the Week, meaning that having their backstory filled in involved the ex-supervillain husband (among others) being brutally murdered by the demon that gave the superhero wife her powers, and then her own suicide to keep the demon inside her from using her to kill further.
In the short-lived Penthouse ComiX line, every encounter between Captain Adventure and Hericane caused varying levels of property damage (up to and including a Caieratornado-like trail of destruction if Hericane is worked up enough).
In the CrossGen comic Negation, Evinlea of the First switches sides from the protagonist's True Companions and seduces Emperor Charon of the Negation Empire. As they're both cosmic-powered immortals and Charon's been without sex so long that he's literally forgotten what it was like (and is thus a tad over-enthusiastic when Evinlea finally... reminds him), their moment of... mutual fulfillment... involves a destructive energy release that literally vaporizes half the planet they're having sex on. Pity that it was an inhabited planet, but they were the villains.
In an issue of Daredevil set during the Inferno storyline, Kingpin gets into a fight with Typhoid Mary—whom he hired to kill Daredevil—that ends in sex. After the deed is done, the office is half-pulverized, half burned-down (from Mary's mutant powers), and they both have this smug look while getting dressed, thinking the other is completely wrapped around their finger.
Also an example in Frank Miller's "The Man Without Fear" miniseries. Foggy arrives at the dorm room he shares with Matt and yells that the chain is on. A shirtless Matt cracks the door open and says to give him a minute. Quite a while later, a smiling Elektra comes out of the room. Foggy enters and finds the room utterly destroyed and Matt wearing only his underwear and a smile. "She really is a nice girl, Foggy..."
Roy Bean: Based on careful deliberation (and many years of experience with life), it is the verdict of this court that what's going on in that cabin is not a hanging offense in Langtry, Texas, or anywhere else for that matter. Thank gosh!
The angel and devil that sired Genesis in Preacher:
Angel: It was a tornado. A hurricane. A tsunami crashing down upon a tower of rock. Our juices fell like rain on the inferno.
Angel: We were not meant to even meet, let alone achieve such union. We were not created —
Jesse: Hey! How much more of this horseshit have I gotta listen to?
Scandal Savage and Knockout of the Secret Six both genuinely love each other, but due to one being a Dark Action Girl and the other being a former Female Fury they managed to trash several successive hotel rooms when they went out together, as seen here◊.
Luminosity features a relatively mild example, with the damage being limited to a hotel bed. This ends up being plot-relevant: One of the hotel staff connects Edward to some local vampire myths, and in the course of being reassured that Bella is uninjured tips them off about a possible means by which the two of them can have children together.
In one Percy Jackson fanfic, which involved Nicox/Percy slash, it is revealed that children of the Big Three can never engage in coitus—their powers mix and go out of control. In their case, Percy manipulates copious amounts of water without thinking, and Nico makes the earth shift. There's a high risk level with this, and Nico sums it up quite nicely: "We're a mudslide waiting to happen."
We can only speculate what happens in chapter thirty-two of Shinji and Warhammer 40k, when several female cast members decide the best way to deal with Shinji's sync-ratio problems is to resolve some pent-up teenage stress with the help of the local (tantric) priests, and drag Asuka along for the ride. All we know for sure is that several buildings collapse, portents of doom are sensed throughout Tokyo-3, Terminators have to be deployed, and Shinji and Asuka absolutely refuse to discuss it.
Harry and Raven apparently didn't have particularly wild sex in The Complications of a Vegas Wedding so much as their powers both react to intense emotions. The walls, floors, and ceilings of their suite were left ridiculous combinations of colors, the walls all had scorch marks, most of the furniture had been thrown across the room, the windows were blown out, and the headboard of the bed had grown into a tree.
Josh and Donna break a couple of coffee tables (and Josh's leg) in part of The Joshua Monologues series.
There is a prominent one in 300: Rise of an Empire between The hero and the main villain nonetheless. The fact is that Artemisia is looking for a man to be at her side, and as her Generals prove to be totally incopetent, she summons Themistokles to her ship, gives him a We Can Rule Together speech and tries to kiss him. He falls for the temptation and they procede to have sex so violent that it's more like a "Who's raping who" contest. After she shows her satisfaction for finally finding a real man up to her status, he simply replies "No".
Barnabus and Angelique trash her whole office by making love everywhere (including the walls and ceiling) in Dark Shadows.
The act performed by the possessed Dana Barrett and Louis Tully in Ghostbusters could be considered an extreme example of this trope, as it was supposed to bring about the END OF THE WORLD. Sex doesn't get much more destructive than that.
And did completely trash Dana's apartment beyond the dreams of rock bands, to the point of blowing the outside wall out completely and revealing the walled-over stairway to the rooftop. (There's a reason this all started in Dana's pad..)
A subversion of this happens early on in The Losers, where Clay and Aiesha retire to Clay's room under the pretext of a traditional bar hook-up. Upon being called out on her hidden motive, a fight ensues that juggles foreplay and firestarting.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith - John and Jane Smith are trying to kill each other for plot-related reasons. But despite the fact that they're trying to kill each other and hate each other for the mutual betrayal, they still love each other. They're using guns, and when the bullets run out, they go hand-to-hand. They throw each other bodily all over their marital home, floor to ceiling, room to room (not necessarily using doors for it), and finally give into their desires. They make love on the single clean spot left on the floor, unconcerned that the house is completely destroyed, and that they have other problems.
Which made for quite the awkward moment when their neighbors, accompanied by police officers, paid a call about the ruckus...
The sex scenes in My Super Ex-Girlfriend - one of them just breaks the legs of the bed. One sends it through the wall into the next door apartment. One ends up with a large shark thrown at it, but that's something of another story...
In an interesting twist of this trope, in the John Wayne romantic film The Quiet Man, he and his new bride argue so vigorously that they break the bed (It Makes Sense in Context) but end up not consummating the marriage on the wedding night. This trope is subtly invoked, though (this was the era of The Hays Code, after all).
When the matchmaker O'Flynn visits the next morning, he finds the ruined bed: "Impetuous! Homeric!" he declares with shock.
In Raise Your Voice, the Goth Pianist storms into Kiwi's room to scream at him that he's the loudest fucker in the whole damn school, to which Kiwi responds by pushing her into the wall. Then she pushes him back, kissing him as they knock over lamps, send all the drum sets flying, and otherwise cause a huge mess and quite a bit of noise.
Parodied in Shoot 'em Up, in which Clive Owen and Monica Belucci have sex during a gunfight.
Scaramouche (1952) - It starts as Slap-Slap-Kiss with frying pans. It ends with a make up nookie that tears apart Lenore's carriage from the inside out (with frying pans still in hand).
Done for pure slapstick in The Tall Guy. Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson demolish a flat the first time they have sex. Not that there's any fight involved, they just lose control a bit.
One film adaptation of The Three Musketeers has D'artagnan screwing Milady's maid on a previously-established-to-be-very-sturdy iron-framed bed. After he leaves, she leans against the bed and it collapses into several pieces.
A deleted scene from Hancock has the titular character warn a girl he takes back to his home that she needs to get off when he climaxes. The film then cuts to his trailer shaking like crazy. As he reaches the moment, he tosses the woman off and blasts three holes on his roof with his ejaculation.
There's a whole genre of porn dedicated to this, called sexfight.(Sometimes "cockfight" for the male homosexual version.) Although obviously they usually destroy very little of the scenery, as they tend to be low on budget.
Similar to the above example, Bones in the Night Huntress books is occasionally prone to this. One of his encounters resulted in a shattered lamp, a broken table, a bloodstained carpet, an overturned couch, and various other damaged items, prompting Cat to describe the room as looking like a brawl had take place there.
In a twisted inversion, sex takes place to prevent destruction in Death Masks.
Bob the Skull cheers Harry on from an unfortunately mistaken notion of Destructo Nookie in "Something Borrowed," the short story written for My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding.
The end of White Night. Harry uses the energy from the emotions from kissing resident succubus Lara Wraith to strengthen his shield against a massive explosion, and they get shot out of a cave like a cannonball. And continue through most of a wing of her mansion.
Subverted in Catch-22 with Yossarian and Nately's whore. First she's trying to kill him, then for a bit it really looks like it's going to be this trope... aaand then she goes for the knife. Admit it, you were fooled. And so was he!
Tanya Huff's Summon the Keeper books involve this. The first time Claire and Dean have sex, they make an angel—and, by extension, a demon.
Vampires in Twilight all have destructo sex; the resident hulk says he and his ice queen wife have broken multiple houses.
Not to mention that when the main couple went out on their honeymoon, they managed to break their vacation bedroom multiple times.
In Lucy A. Snyder's Spellbent, Jessie and Cooper have sex to magically summon a thunderstorm. Later in the series, after she's acquired a magical hellfire arm, they try to make love and almost burn down a house.
In The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Yeine and Nahadoth have one of these. It's stated that Yeine is the first mortal ever to survive the experience.
Clay and Elena from Women Of The Otherworld have a tendency to cause mass damage when they decide to get down. In the aftermath of one moment, they find that not only did they deliberately shred the bedsheets, but they have also somehow knocked down everything hanging from the walls.
Buffy and Spike get into a brawl in an abandoned house. At some point in the fight, they go from trading blows to kissing, and they end up having sex up against a wall before the floor gives out beneath them.
The line about the Destructo Nookie from the following episode (as the Nookie was part of a Cliff Hanger) was named one of the best post-coital lines ever:
Buffy: "When did the building fall down?"
Another episode opens with a slow pan across a trashed room, accompanied by the sounds of passion and breaking objects, ending with Spike and Buffy lying post-coitus under the carpet.
Buffy: We missed the bed again.
Spike: Lucky for the bed.
The overtly sexualized scene in the season 3 finale when Buffy makes Angel vamp out and drink her blood. While he's lying on top of her, she grabs a metal object for support, and it just crumples. She also kicks a table through a wall. Angel leaves her with the most insane hickey in history through all of season 4.
Moonlighting - Dave and Maddie have a brawl that leads to throwing things and the destruction of Maddie's living room before they end up with an afterglow romantic shot in bed several minutes later.
In Burn Notice, Fiona challenges Michael to a fight when Michael refuses to talk about their relationship. Halfway through the fight turns into a fight/grope-fest and a few minutes later it just turns into flat-out sex.
Which was, if you're into that sort of thing, a Crowning Moment of Sexy.
In the Star Trek universe, this is pretty much a Klingon's idea of a hot date (the violence being less "trigger" and more "foreplay").
A broken collarbone during the wedding night is considered a sign of good luck for the newlyweds.
The Deep Space Nine episode "Looking for par'mach in all the wrong places" had three characters coming into sickbay for sex-related injuries (Quark didn't inflict sufficient damage upon the Klingon chick for her to need repairs). Worf and Dax literally start out with a bat'leth duel, which is implied to be Klingon tradition.
Dr. Bashir: No... No, I don't need that image, either. In fact I'm gonna stop asking that question altogether. People will come in, I will treat them, and that's all.
Curiously, the same appears to be true of Vulcans. You'd think it was a match made in Sto-Vo-Kor, but the pairing's uncommon at best.
The trouble is, the Vulcans' violent Pon Farr period only rolls around once every seven years or so. The Klingons would probably find the Vulcans' distant cousins the Romulans more to their liking (as they're always rather passionate and hot-tempered), if not for the two races' historical enmity.
Shran: Andorian women are far more aggressive than Earth females. She made...an overture. I had a choice — charge her with assaulting a superior...or mate with her.
An early episode of Roseanne has Dan and Roseanne's fight over a tacky souvenir clock degenerate into furniture-throwing. After they heft the couch out onto the front lawn, they lock eyes and go straight for the bedroom. The scene cuts to a steamy afterglow shot.
There was a line in the TV series Wiseguy where the villain played by Tim Curry says to his wife "You call it fighting, I call it foreplay!".
Battlestar Galactica. Happens between Colonel Tigh and his wife Ellen in one episode, but it's made perfectly clear their relationship is seriously dysfunctional. The writers specifically included the scene to show there was in fact some attraction between the two despite this.
Subverted on Desperate Housewives. Edie and Carlos have been having trouble with their sex life, and an argument appears to be leading towards this trope. She throws him against the fridge to make out and a pepper grinder falls on his head. He throws her onto the table and it collapses from their combined weight. Cut to them at the doctor's office, getting stitches for their injuries.
You mean Ellenore and Legacy's contemporary piece, right? That was awesome.
On One Life to Live, Max and Blair, in the depths of their mutual gambling addictions, and he wrongly believing that his wife Luna is cheating on him with his best friend (thanks to Blair's lies and scheming), proceed to wreck a hotel room during a sex scene that involved him slamming her against the wall several times, knocking over tables and chairs, and at one point, clearly taking her from behind (a shocking daytime first), before finally falling onto the one table they haven't knocked over.
The Castle episode "Always Buy Retails" contains a good example of this trope. Castle and his ex-wife having quite a brawl, with her legs knocking glasses and pictures of the table, them breaking bed, her ripping off the curtain and eventually both falling off said bed so hard that pictures fall off the wall and break. And it seems that it was most casual too.
In Smallville, Wrath, Lana Lang temporarily gains super powers identical to Clark's. This means they can finally have sex without him destroying her. Earthquakes ensue. Results in a Crowning Moment of Funny as the entire town—including their mutual best friend Chloe—feel the quakes, and Chloe later arrives at the Kent Farm and discovers (to her supreme awkwardness) the source of the quakes.
In the final season of The West Wing rumours arise that Democratic candidate Matt Santos and his wife destroyed an antique bed in a hotel room that they were staying in.
Santos (to reporters): So, I'm going to address this once, just this once, and that'll be the end of it, okay: No way was that bed steel-reinforced.
All My Children's adulterous Alec and Arlene destroyed his apartment (which she'd already trashed) having sex on the night he married her DAUGHTER.
In Frasier the titular character does it in Bora Bora, alone, on a bed, to feign great sex, with no superpowers.
Heavily implied once on The Big Bang Theory, back when Leonard and Penny first started dating. Sheldon demanded to know why they were at his and Leonard's apartment when they had agreed that when they wanted to spend the night together, they would do so at Penny's. Leonard looked very smug and replied that they couldn't, because her bed broke.
On My Name Is Earl, Jamal and Hector, the respective leaders of two Prison gangs fall in love after they are placed in solitary together. They each know that their men will not accept their relationship, because it is both interracial and homosexual, and because their gangs are bitter rivals, so they get their gangs to fight while they sneak off. After a Second Act Breakup, Earl gets Jamal and Hector back together, and the warden allows them to meet in his office once a month to "discuss their gangs' grievances."
Warden: That sounds like it's going to be a tough negotiation! I would not want to be in the middle of those two!
Parodied in /flirt emotes in World of Warcraft, particularly the Draenei, Night Elf, Troll and Orc ones. Sadly, some of the Draenei Noodle Incident emotes were not present in the released version.
Unfortunately, most of the female Draenei flirts were removed.
"When enraged and in heat, a female troll can mate up to 80 times in one night. Be ya prepared?"
Knights of the Old Republic: Heavily implied among the Echani. Depending upon the circumstances, a series of duels between two members of the opposite sex can be construed as a courtship of sorts; and individual duels can be interpreted as flirting or possibly foreplay.
The Handmaiden (half-Echani, raised as one) fights several unarmed duels with the player character along the course of her romance subplot. During the duels both participants are wearing their underclothes (from the dialogue, they're supposed to be naked, but the game engine doesn't allow that). A hand-to-hand duel between the two turning into sex isn't a stretch of the imagination. (Admit it, that was what you were thinking too) Kreia even points this out at one point, asking the Exile why he thinks she's been so eager to get naked and sweaty with him.
It's implied in Gears of War that the Locust breed this way, considering that the Berserkers (their females) are extremely strong, have to be chained down while having the deed done, and have skin that's so hard it's bulletproof.
Travis Touchdown finally got with Sylvia at almost the end of the second No More Heroes game. The "No More Heroes" sign outside falls to read "More Ero" and during, you can very clearly hear gunshots.
In Dark Watch, you vampire bite the girl during sex, then she comes back and uses her new powers to destroy the organization.
Morrigan: You seem so deep in thought, my dear Sten. Thinking of me, perhaps? The two of us, together at last?
Morrigan: I... what did you say?
Sten: You will need armor, I think. And a helmet. And something to bite down on. How strong are human teeth?
Morrigan: How strong are my teeth?
Sten: Qunari teeth can bite through leather, wood, even metal given time. Which reminds me, I may try to nuzzle.
Sten: If that happens, you'll need an iron pry bar. Heat it in a fire, first, or it may not get my attention.
Morrigan: Perhaps it would be better if we did not proceed.
Sten: Are you certain? If it will satisfy your curiosity...
Morrigan: Yes. Yes, I think it is best.
Ultra Fast Pony: In "Pirate Shipping", Big Mac and Cheerilee get married while rip-roaring drunk. The next morning, they wake up together on a mattress, which is at the bottom of an 8-foot-deep hole. "This hole wasn't even here yesterday!"
Jägers in the Girl Genius universe seem to think this is just how it's done, since they consider being physically wounded after hitting on Von Pinn as not so much "Emphatic, murderous NO!" as "A bit of teasing". After all, she could kill or incapacitate them with very little effort.
It's mentioned in the background material that she's been thinking about killing one of them to send a stronger message, but that she's afraid it would be the wrong message.
Of course, while Jägerkin believe in Love at First Punch, her charges think she's "warning them off". But now that her background is revealed, she may have used an opportunity simply to keep them in good fighting form... and vent her perpetual nasty mood.
Sabine: You can do anything you want with me... You can't honestly tell me this didn't cross your mind while we were fighting, can you? I promise: this time, when I manhandle you, it will feel a LOT better.
Roy: Anything I want, you say?
(Next panel: Sabine crashing through a window and falling several stories)
Roy: Hey, you were right. That DID feel better than before. Nice piercings, though."
Especially awesome given that her supernatural combat enhancements had just worn off, so she was trying to continue to distract Roy by stripping. Also, she's a shapeshifter and a succubus attempting to drain levels via sexual contact.
The Cherub mating ritual in Homestuck is described as an outright battle, wherein the two transform into massive serpents, each an astronomical unit in length to beat the tar out of each other to determine whether the "benevolent protector of justice" cherub or the "malevolent destroyer of worlds" cherub will lose and bear their offspring, while the winner gains control over both their galactic territories. Oh, and it all takes place in a black hole.
The Venture Bros., Brock Samson and Molotov Cocktease's entire relationship. Hell, Brock has a rule against killing women and children... but such things as cutting out Molotov's eye or getting handcuffed to a bed in a burning building are nothing more than foreplay to them.
Molotov: You took my eye!
Brock: After you took... my heart.
Not to mention the motel room they trashed while Brock was trying to get his rocks off.
Mortal enemies Æon Flux and Trevor Goodchild have been known to make out on the battlefield.
Futurama, between Lrrr and Ndnd in the episode Spanish Fry.
Lrrr: You will want to retreat to a safe 500 meter radius!
Bender and the Beverage Machine in The Bots and the Bees.
Sterling Archer could give master classes in this. His "two man three-way" in Skorpio left a room in shambles with chocolate handprints (and prints of other body parts) covering the walls. Then Archer literally destroys the room with a hand grenade.
His trysts with Pam seem to always be Destructo Nookie, after which he is often unable to move.
Part 2 of Heart of Archness starts with Archer and two island girls in bed. He praises the girls, "I've never even heard of that position. Did the missionaries not swing by here or—.
Archer: Noah, I'm half-drunk and slathered in. . .every bodily fluid there is. This is about as 'pirate king-ie' as I'm going to get.