Are you here for the Mating Challenge?
A sub-trope of What Is This Thing You Call Love?
, this refers to the examples where the character is completely deprived of any hang-ups and inhibitions humans usually feel in connection with sex. This might be because they are aliens
, or have No Social Skills
due to an offbeat background, or live in some sort of utopian/dystopian universe. For this reason, they have no qualms about taking their clothes off in the presence of other people
, and may pose a question along the lines of the trope title to anyone who they suspect of being attracted to them.
Related tropes: Good Bad Girl
, Innocent Fanservice Girl
, and Hooker with a Heart of Gold
. As these related tropes and the examples below suggest, trope examples are usually female: as men are seen as more sexually threatening than women, a man who behaves in this manner is more likely to be seen as creepy and menacing than sexy or amusing.
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Anime and Manga
- This is part of Starfire's characterization as of 2011's Red Hood and the Outlaws. In the first issue, she gets bored and Roy Harper's the nearest guy at the moment, so she propositions him.
- Part of the characterization of Flare's younger sister Sparkplug. Having been raised in comparative isolation by Nazi exiles, she's shown to be pretty blunt at times about hitting on men not so much out of any particular desire for a relationship as simply for their "superior" genes. (Since like her sister she's still one of the good guys and thus tries it mainly on superheroes who have their own ideas about that sort of thing, it's mostly played for laughs.)
- In With Strings Attached, moments after George has a nerve-wracking encounter with the god Ardav, the priestess/employee Ma'ar says to him:
"Come sex with me."
"Eh?" That came totally out of left field.
"I've never sexed with an olyrr-sar [outworlder]." Ma'ar began to remove her clothing. "Call your friends and Grunnel in and we'll enjoy each other."
- In Shadow Snark, Derpy offers sex to Shadow for no real apparant reason.
Shadow Snark: That's just not something you randomly offer people.
Films — Live-Action
- Barbarella. Note that her idea of sex is closer to a mind meld.
- Saturn 3 saw Benson asking Alex, "You have a great body. May I use it?"
- Sandra Bullock's character in Demolition Man. Similar to the Barbarella example, this turns out to be sex via a machine, which thoroughly frustrates John Spartan.
- Happens in the movie My Stepmother Is An Alien. Of course, the stepmother in question got her ideas about human interaction from porn videos.
- An example involving an (otherwise) completely average middle aged woman in Synecdoche, New York. She takes the main character, Caden Cotard, back to her apartment and suggests sex. He's a little flustered by this, but agrees. It stands out because of her matter of fact attitude towards the whole thing.
- Ghostbusters. Peter Venkmann has been trying to seduce Dana Barrett ever since he met her. He finally gets his chance after she's possessed by Zuul.
Dana: Do you want this body?
Peter: Is this a trick question? I guess the roses worked, huh?
Dana: Take me now, subcreature.
Peter: I make it a rule never to get involved with possessed people. (passionate kissing) Actually, it's more of a guideline than a rule.
Dana: I want you inside me.
Peter: Sounds like there are at least two people inside there already. Might get a little crowded.
- A male example takes place in Earth Girls Are Easy. An alien who has recently learned English is talking to a woman in her bedroom, both taking refuge from other rowdies. She mentions the word sex.
Alien: What is "sex"?
Woman: You don't know what sex is? Umm... you know, when two people like each other and they take their clothes off and...
Alien: Okay. (starts to undress)
- John Nash in A Beautiful Mind: "I don't exactly know what I am required to say in order for you to have intercourse with me. But could we assume that I said all that. I mean essentially we are talking about fluid exchange right? So could we go just straight to the sex." He gets slapped.
Charles: I particularly liked the part about "fluid exchange", it was... charming.
- Marie from Innocent Blood: "When you are alone eternally, you live for the comfort of the senses: food, sex." Later, when she and The Hero find themselves hiding in the same hotel room, "Right now I need sex more than blood."
- Happens in The Big Lebowski, when feminist artist Maude shows up at the Dude's house.
- Sleeper: Miles Monroe (Woody Allen), thawed out in 2173, is on the lam with Luna (Diane Keaton), who eventually warms to him:
Luna: Would you like to perform sex with me?
Miles: Perform sex? Uh, uh, I don't think I'm up to a performance, but I'll rehearse with you, if you like.
Luna: Okay. I just thought you might want to; they have a machine here.
Miles: Machine? I'm not getting into that thing. I, I'm strictly a hand operator; you know, I, I... I don't like anything with moving parts that are not my own.
- The Alien series:
- A scene in the original script for Alien had Ripley casually stripping off in front of Captain Dallas saying "I need some release." Although the scene was used in the audition, it was never filmed.
- Ripley does this in Alien³, to deflect one of Clemens's questions.
Ripley: Are you attracted to me?
Clemens: In what way?
Ripley: In that way.
Clemens: You're very direct.
Ripley: I've been out here a long time.
- In Return to The Blue Lagoon, the guy mentions to the outsider people that once in a while, "We mate."
- In The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover, the Wife and Lover meet for the first time without saying anything, then slip off to the bathroom in order to copulate. Later, they have no qualms about making love in very public areas or being nude in front of others. It's a surreal film.
- In Logan's Run, Logan 5 tells Jessica 6 "You're beautiful. Let's have sex." when he first meets her.
- Lenina of Brave New World. She is not unusual by any means, though; it's absolutely mundane. Right down to the seven-year olds. One of the reasons Bernard Marx is such a social outcast is his vague concept that there should be something special about sex, while John Savage is seen as perverted for his more extreme religious puritanism on the subject.
- In an old Sci Fi story in Isaac Asimov magazine, a research team consisting of a male and female human, a talking humpback whale (who spoke through a translation computer) and an alien are hoping to make First Contact with an even weirder alien. At one point, the female human confides to the whale that she has made amends with the male human whom she had previously disliked. The whale's reply translates into English as "I wish you many happy copulations".
- There is this moment in Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed where the main character's father tells his son that he is going on vacation to "swim, and rest, and copulate with a woman named Pipar." This kind of frankness isn't unusual in their society, though.
- In Daughter of the Drow the protagonist saw her emotions messed up and the relationship with a young man growing too complex, so she tried to simplify both. It turned out that while drow may enjoy both complex courtship and raw passion they don't feel at all obliged to combine them in a single pre-defined form: she chose to, ahem, fall back to more basic protocol in a way so unambiguous that she didn't even need any words. It worked, after a fashion.
- This is one of the most apparent personality traits of a ferret-turned human in Metaplanetary by Tony Daniels. Apparently, ferrets don't get the concept of courtship, which ends up infuriating her in that few humans respond positively to such a blatant offer.
- In the Ringworld series, rishathra (sex between different species of intelligent hominids) routinely occurs to seal the deal on trade or peace agreements, or just to get one's rocks off without having to worry about pregnancy.
- The Adem are like this in The Name of the Wind. They consider sex to be nothing particularly special—to the point where Kvothe's (female) teacher asks the question almost verbatim when she realizes he is Distracted by the Sexy—and hold the expression of emotion in the human voice, and especially singing and music, to be private and intimate and basically the social equivalent of sex in Aturan (read: Western) society. This, of course, causes some problems for Kvothe, who has very Aturan notions about sex but is a musician by trade.
- This is the sexual attitude of most "immigrants" in Palimpsest. They don't care who they're sleeping with. The person is just a way to the city.
- Mack Bolan meets a porn actress in San Francisco, who casually offers to have sex with him. Bolan isn't interested, and she realises she's turned him off with her 'sex is natural' approach. Bolan points out that even animals have courtship rituals.
- Subverted by Monica and Walter in Big Trouble. Walter being a Dumb Muscle cop with obvious hots for his partner, she at one point bluntly asks him if he wants to have sex with her. Now living the male dream of having the question asked without all that "courting" nonsense, she then completely crushes him by making it clear that she doesn't want to.
Live Action TV
- Star Trek's Seven of Nine: "Do you wish to copulate?" This was apparently one of the two scenes Jeri Ryan read in her audition (and she admits hating to this day.)
- Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The first time she slept with Xander started with her taking her dress off while his back was turned and telling him to "Please remove your clothes now." He went along with it because, hey, "still more romantic than Faith." This made it a bit harder for her to explain that she was actually interested in a relationship later on.
- Often applies to Samantha of Sex and the City; she often knows (and wants) things will head this way, so she'll say some variant of "Let's just screw already..."
- The Big Bang Theory (Subverted): Sheldon is in teleconference with Amy's mother when he says that he would like to have sex with her daughter's vagina. All without blushing in the least. Later, he asks Amy if it would be okay for her to actually copulate... followed by a Bazinga!. Subverted in that he is not uncomfortable about talking about sex, but he would never ever do it.
- In Blackadder Goes Forth:
Nurse Mary: Edmund, when this war is over, do you think we might get to know each other a little better?
Blackadder: Yes, why not? When this madness is finished, perhaps we could go cycling together, take a trip down to the Old Swan at Henley and go for a walk in the woods.
Nurse Mary: Yes, or we could just do it right now on the desk.
Blackadder: (beat) Yeah, okay.
- An alien race in Babylon 5 used sex as a way to seal political alliances. They eventually tried to ally with Earth, with Ivanova (who was de facto ambassador at the moment) being unaware of this fact. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Farscape, the Peacekeepers are an entire society consisting of soldiers and mercenaries. As they have no home world and no civilians, sex is viewed as a means of recreation between battles, or as a mechanical act for the purpose of producing more soldiers. Children are raised in groups and may never learn who their parents are, and finding someone to "recreate" with is as simple as asking. As Aeyrn Sun is a former Peacekeeper, now in a much less restrictive environment, this becomes a plot point on several occasions.
- The Ambiguously Disordered Saga in Bron Broen at one point is shown to be feeling sexually deprived one evening after work. So she goes to a nightclub, catches a guy's eye, refuses his offer to buy her a drink, and flatly asks him "Do you want to come to my place and have sex?". And after they do, horrifies him by starting up her laptop and looking at gruesome crime scene photos while still in bed with him.
- The American remake of this series, The Bridge, duplicates this scene exactly with Sonya. ("Do you want to have sex with me?")
- Anise/Freya, a Tok'ra in Stargate SG-1, propositions Colonel O'Neill this way in "Divide and Conquer":
FREYA: I originally came from a planet where the people were not afraid to show their affection for someone. When we wanted to Lo'machen…
O'NEILL: Excuse me?
FREYA: I believe you call it…
O'NEILL: Something else.
FREYA: Anise, my symbiote, is far more interested in Doctor Jackson on an intellectual level, but she would have to suffer.
- Upon realizing how awkward the situation is:
FREYA: I sense you have been made uncomfortable by my offer.
O'NEILL: No! No. It's just… Well, yeah!
FREYA: I had heard that the humans of Earth had many inhibitions and stigmas surrounding intimacy.
- On My Name Is Earl, Randy's method of picking up women at bars:
Randy: Hi, I'm Randy. Are you drunk enough to go home with me?
Woman at the bar: takes a look at Randy and then downs the remainder of her drink in one gulp Yep.
- The Clans are like this in BattleTech. They don't practice marriage, and among warriors reproduction is accomplished via cloning, so sex is simply seen as something to engage in when you're not training or fighting. "Would you like to couple?" is actually used as a pickup line.
- Dick Figures episode Pussy Magnet has Red helping blue to improve his "game" with Pink including helping Blue with his confidence. This leads to Red pulling this trope with a random female who responds positively. This in turn leads to Blue going from to being slightly disturbed all the way to downright horrified judging by what Red is doing off screen.