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->''"You're the best listener that I've ever metÖ\\
You're my best friend\\
Best friend with benefits"''
-->-- '''Music/AlanisMorissette''', "Head Over Feet"

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{{Alice and Bob}} enjoy [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex getting together for sex]]. [[{{Lust}} Wild]], [[AllWomenAreLustful rampant, unrestrained]] [[DidTheEarthMoveForYou bed-shaking]], [[TheImmodestOrgasm so-loud]][[RightThroughTheWall -it-annoys-the-neighbors]] IdealizedSex. With this much enthusiasm going on, you can just ''tell'' that these two are perfect soulmates, bonded for life.

Except--they aren't.

As it turns out, their intense attraction for each other ends outside of the bedroom. Maybe their personalities clash, or perhaps neither of them wants a long-term relationship. When they're not doing the [[UnusualEuphemism horizontal hula]], they could be JustFriends, quietly indifferent, or even [[BelligerentSexualTension argumentative]]. If they're on good terms, they might share relationship advice to [[ShipperOnDeck help each other find true love]].

But until that happens, they'll get together to knock boots every Saturday. [[RuleOfFun Just for the fun of it.]] It is likely, but far from necessary, that they are both {{Ethical Slut}}s.

Some draw a distinction between "Friends with Benefits" and "Fuck Buddies". In this view, "Fuck Buddies" are couplings with ''no'' emotional relationship, just great sex. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Friends with benefits"]], by contrast, provide sex ''and'' friendship, but not as much emotional intimacy as a full-blown romance.

In fiction, such relationships are a convenient starting point for [[RuleOfDrama drama]] and {{angst}}. The setup isn't usually sustainable, as one or the other eventually decide [[RomanceEnsues they want a real relationship]]. This results in either a RelationshipUpgrade (possibly signified by IGotYouADrawer) or a [[MakeUpOrBreakUp breakup]].

Contrast with its inversion, ChastityCouple. Also see EverybodyHasLotsOfSex, WillTheyOrWontThey (when it's made ambiguous whether they're more than friends or not), JustFriends, and UnresolvedSexualTension. Compare with StupidSexyFriend, when one is trying (often in vain) to ''suppress'' sexual thoughts about a friend.

The term has been around for a while, but it was repopularized in the nineties by the Music/AlanisMorissette song "Head Over Feet".



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The (very explicit) {{Yuri}} manga ''Maka Maka'' is about two women who insist they're just this--though it's blatantly obvious to the reader that they're way beyond just friends.
* ''Manga/AkkanBaby'' focuses on two extremely naive FriendsWithBenefits who had zero idea of the potential consequences of what they were doing. [[HilarityEnsues Pregnancy ensues]].
* Japan and Greece from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', who wind up having sex mainly because Japan ranked last place in a sex frequency poll and Greece ([[ReallyGetsAround in first place on the same poll]]) decides to teach him how to enjoy doing it more. Though there are hints that Greece harbors [[LadykillerInLove genuine romantic feelings]] for his friend and it hasn't escaped [[{{Shipping}} shippers]]' attention that Japan doesn't seem to be the kind of person who'd sleep with someone on a whim alone.
%%* In the one-volume manga version of ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'' Clair has a HotScientist around that is implied to be this.
* In ''Manga/VirginLove'', Kaoru and Daigo have what is supposed to be an anonymous one night stand, but then meet again at work. Kaoru doesn't want a relationship but thinks the sex is too good to give up so he and Daigo become sex friends instead. Daigo quickly falls for Kaoru.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': Lupin's on-again/off-again relationship with [[MsFanservice Fujiko]] blends this with DatingCatwoman. Because they alternate between being partners, rivals, and even enemies (on occasion), it's likely the closest they'll ever come to anything resembling a stable relationship - which Fujiko [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] in ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'':
-->'''Fujiko: (to Clarisse)''' "We're friends, yes. We've been enemies, too. On occasion, we've even been lovers."
* In ''Manga/KyoKoiOHajimemasu'', the male lead Kyota doesn't have a girlfriend, but he gets together with his senpai, Yuki, for sex. He stops once he's officially in a relationship with Tsubaki.
* ''Dragon Pink'':
** Pias is [[OurElvesAreBetter an elven]] [[LadyOfBlackMagic sorceress]], who [[DeusSexMachina has to absorb mana through sex]] to sustain her power. So she sleeps [[GentleGiant with Bobo]], usually whenever their travelling party stops at an inn. It's understood that their arrangement is strictly business; not that Bobo's complaining.
** Eventually {{subverted}} by chapter 11 of the manga version, when Pias [[RealityEnsues learns that she's pregnant]] with Bobo's child[[note]]which was thought to be impossible, since the mages of her Clan are usually barren[[/note]]. They take the news well and retire as a couple, by chapter 24, after she gives birth to their son.
* Buchi and Taishou's relationship from ''Mekko Rarekko'' is this. Whenever they have sex, its usually Taishou who's benefiting from it. They see themselves as JustFriends, but even though they have yet to admit it, they are secretly in love with each other.
* In ''Manga/{{Beastars}}'' Haru the rabbit and [[spoiler: Louis]] occasionally bang in the gardening clubhouse. She would like to be ''more'' than friends, he decidedly does not.

* Shortly after ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', ComicBook/SpiderMan tried having a FriendsWithBenefits relationship with the Black Cat. It didn't last long.
* This describes [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark's]] relationship with... ''most'' of the recurring characters he's slept with. Most prominently, ComicBook/SheHulk, since the two of them are [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] that are well known for [[ReallyGetsAround "getting around"]].
* [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] tends to [[ChickMagnet have these types of relationship]] a lot.
* Happens almost all the time in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''...because EveryoneIsBi.
* This trope is the best definition of the relationship between ComicBook/HarleyQuinn and ComicBook/PoisonIvy in Harley's New 52 comic, though they've also been written as being in an open-relationship. They are not dating but it is more than implied that their current relationship is sexual. Harley even has a dream where she married Bruce Wayne and Ivy was [[ThreesomesAreHot invited to the honeymoon]]. This trope applies to pretty much every work where Harley and Ivy appear together, to the point where it would be considered out of character if it ''didn't'' happen.

* ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' fan fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5009447/1/iNever_Knew iNever Knew]] and its sequel, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5075276/1/iNever_Knew_This_Would_Be_So_Hard iNever Knew This Would Be So Hard]]. While Freddie [[RelationshipUpgrade wants to be boyfriend and girlfriend]], Carly wants to be friends with benefits, which they attempt, albeit by experimenting sexually but not sleeping together again. Carly is scared of a RelationshipUpgrade because she's used to her and her brother wrecking their relationships and never speaking to the other person after they break up, so feels if they keep it casual, she can avoid hurting Freddie whilst still giving him what she believes he wants most. Freddie gets concerned that because Carly doesn't want to tell anyone, and that they haven't slept together again, that Carly thinks it's a mistake.
* The amicable arrangement between Earth male Philip Holtack and ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' vampire Sally von Humpeding in ''FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds''.
* ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'': Nav accrues a surprising number of these though not all of them work out well.
* ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'': [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kurogane]] and [[OlderThanHeLooks R!Syaoran]] eventually become close friends and form an agreement to start having a sexual relationship. Kurogane does this to comfort Syaoran and initially believes that Syaoran understood that the relationship was temporary. It hits a snag when Syaoran starts to believe that Kurogane has feelings for him, which Kurogane tries to nip in the bud to no avail.
* ''FanFic/BreakYourHeart'': Rainbow had this relationship with both Fluttershy and Gilda simultaneously while they were living in Cloudsdale.
* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Corrin]] and [[HandsomeLech Niles]] get this relationship literally the moment they meet, due to meeting in a tavern without previously knowing each other's identities, and when they do realize, decided that it was good enough to keep doing anyway. There doesn't appear to be any animosity between them, though there doesn't seem to be any emotional ties either, indicating it is likely just for pleasure.
* ''FanFic/TheMonkeyDHaruSeries'':
** Tom's parents, Nico Robin and Franky, were originally this, but they eventually fell in love and got married.
** As of the current storyline, Sirius Black and Marguerite.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Green}}'', Pinkie Pie and Twilight Sparkle have this arrangement when the story begins. It gets complicated when, after helping talk Rarity through her relationship concerns, Pinkie realizes she's properly falling for Twilight.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12803123/1/Shudo-cross-Modern-Ash-The-Trainer-who-Questions-Humanity Shudo cross Modern Ash: The Trainer who Questions Humanity]]'' has this in play with Ash and his first three female companions Misty, May, and Dawn. All recognize that their relationship could develop into more, but the main issue to overcome would be Ash's inability to stay in one place for too long and their desire to eventually settle down. A second fic of the type, ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12840662/1/Shudo-cross-Modern-Ash-The-Professor-Who-Observes-his-Charges Shudo cross Modern Ash: The Professor Who Observes his Charges]]'' has this in play with Ash, Serena, and [[Anime/PokemonIChooseYou Verity]].
* ''Fanfic/HerdingCats'' uses the [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} troll]] slang term 'rails with pails' for sex between a pair of moirails (who are the equivalent of platonic soulmates, and would not normally have sexual relations). Pails are part of it because troll procreation involves buckets and for RhymesOnADime reasons.

* This is the relationship between Jia-Chien and her ex-boyfriend in ''Film/EatDrinkManWoman''. They get together regularly to chat and to knock heels, but otherwise prefer to see other people.
* Also Tomas and Sabina in ''Literature/TheUnbearableLightnessOfBeing''.
* In ''Film/JackieBrown,'' Louis and Melanie have this sort of relationship. However, Melanie is a bit of a slut, although she seems to like Louis- he's an old friend whom she hasn't seen in a long time. This all goes to shit when [[spoiler:Louis shoots her for trying to take the half million for herself, plus being overly annoying, even for her.]]
* In ''Film/VanillaSky'', the main character has a "Fuck Buddy" relationship with a model. The "buddy" in question takes things a little more seriously and when she finds out the true nature of the relationship, it doesn't end well.
* In the comedy ''Film/NoStringsAttached'', Ashton Kutcher and Creator/NataliePortman star as a pair of these. You can really tell because (a) They're both getting redressed on the movie poster and (b) It actually says on the poster [[TitleDrop "Friendship has its benefits"]].
** [[DuelingMovies Similarly]], ''Film/FriendsWithBenefits'' feature Creator/MilaKunis and Music/JustinTimberlake as another such pair. They have this setup because they're too busy to go dating. Complications arise when RomanceEnsues.
** Lampshaded by [[http://i.imgur.com/Ht18a.jpg this fake movie poster.]]
* In the TV movie ''[[Literature/JesseStone Stone Cold]]'', Chief Jesse Stone and Abby have this kind of relationship [[spoiler:until she's murdered by a serial killer]].
* [[Creator/JonHamm Ted]] and Annie in ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'' -- she hates him, but the sex is great. When she "dumps" him, he drives off with the line "you're no longer my number three!"
* ''Film/TheGuardian'': Fisher, one of the UsefulNotes/CoastGuard rescue swimmer trainees starts hooking up with a school teacher named Emily. He tells her the he can do casual, but at the end, after he's finished training, he comes to her and says, "I can't do casual." Fortunately for him, she agrees.
* In the ''The Student Nurses'', Dr. Casper suggests that he and Phred become friends in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h80mltsj1Kg#t=7m28s this scene]], it's revealed that Phred thinks that they should have this kind of relationship.{{NSFW}}
* Given a horror spin in the ({{NSFW}}) short film ''[[https://vimeo.com/153925644 Fuck Buddies]]'', in what initially appears to be a quirky "mumblecore" indie rom-com about the relationship between two friends and room-mates becoming increasingly complicated by this trope starts getting darker when it gradually becomes clear that a seemingly malevolent supernatural force is manipulating them into doing so. [[spoiler: Specifically, the ghost of their unborn future son trying to gain existence.]]

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', a freed slave who has decided to join Ward's ragtag group of adventurers starts such a relationship with the two adult males in the group, and tries to seduce Ward, too. He tells her that casual sex is not for him. [[spoiler: It turns out she wasn't so friendly, after all, when she tries to get Ward killed for rejecting her. She didn't love him, but she can't deal with rejection.]] There is also Queen Tehedra's affair with Beckram - she is very fond of him, but not romantically in love. He is a ladies' man who likes her, but not more.
* French SciFi novel ''{{Literature/Malevil}}'' features Emmanuel and Birgitta. Emmanuel is a rancher and she was a German girl who would spend time in town and work for his uncle. After the uncle's death, she turns her eye on Emmanuel and makes their relationship very clear: recreational sex and nothing more. They have a happy affair for a while before she leaves for home and writes to announce her marriage. Emmanuel takes it harder then he should have, and has to remind himself of what their relationship was.
* The titular Fire and her childhood friend Archer from Kristin Cashore's ''[[Literature/{{Graceling}} Fire]]''.
* Spoofed in parody self-help book ''Oh the Humanity'', in which ''all'' of the UnreliableNarrator's relationships like this supposedly end with the sexual component curtailed for fear of "damaging the friendship". The actual phrases they use?
-->''I never want to do that again. You have the muscle tone of gravy, but your caress has all the tenderness of a nail gun. I'd rather eat you - literally, cook and eat your flesh - than find myself in your arms again.''
* Spendwell and Thorn in ''Literature/FrostflowerAndThorn''. [[spoiler:Played straight without romantic complications, as Spendwell comes to entertain feelings for Frostflower and Thorn plans to get him off it by arranging a match between him and another young lady. In fact, I'd hesitate to even call them friends if they hadn't shown obvious caring for each others' welfare.]]
* Ruby and Marshall in ''Literature/LockAndKey''. It ends about halfway through the novel so that Ruby is cleared to fall in love with the novel's male lead, Nate.

* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', season nine, [[spoiler:Chloe Sullivan]] seems to be content to have nothing except their "[[UnusualEuphemism favourite indoor activity]]" with [[spoiler:Oliver Queen]]. [[spoiler:They're married by the finale.]]
* In ''Series/{{Becker}}'', Dr. John Becker has this for one episode with one of Reggie's friends from her modeling days to help distract him from smoking cigarettes, which he has been trying to quit. Unfortunately, she ends up leaving town by the end of the episode and Becker lights up shortly after.
* In ''Series/AgainstTheWall'', Abby wants her and Brody to stay as FriendsWithBenefits. He wants a RelationshipUpgrade. They negotiate an in-between stage.
* Brad and Denise end up in this trope towards the end of season 2 of ''Series/BostonLegal''. Possibly lampshaded with Denise repeatedly claiming they are "only friends... with benefits."
** But the Friends With Benefits does lead to the two eventually getting married and having a kid.
* At one point on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' after Shawn and Angela break up they try to have no strings attached sex but Shawn gets too emotional about it and Angela calls it off before they can even get past the makeout foreplay.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Faith and Xander were not exactly friends, about as close as they got was him revealing that Angel was alive, and all for killing him. Nonetheless, in Xander's character episode he saves Faith from a group of vampires, then they do the deed, Faith later treating it as a casual fling. Then, when he tries to use their "connection" to talk to her about her accidental murder of the Deputy Mayor, this becomes a MoralEventHorizon crossing, as she refuses to listen, insists that guys only ever want one thing from her, pushes him onto the bed and starts forcing herself on him, and chokes him, before Angel knocks her out.
* Glen is this to Paige from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. The two knew each other since kindergarden and had an on and off again relationship throughout high school, but have remained friends with benefits by the time of his introduction. Paige later develops feelings for him, but is disappointed when she meets his fiancé.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': This was the arrangement between [[spoiler: Jeff and Britta]] in season 2. They gave it up the second everyone else found out about it, because the SecretRelationship aspect was the only thing keeping it fun.
* On ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' Aeryn suggests she and John have one of these. Because he's in love with her, he turns her down.
** It should be noted that this verges upon being a [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] for the Peacekeepers, as their SOP requires that sex remain strictly recreational or procreative (when assigned). FwB is their default relationship state.
** Aeryn's mother was ordered to kill her lover (and Aeryn's father) when their relationship was discovered.
* Walter and Isabela start off as this on ''Series/TheFinder'' though a RelationshipUpgrade is on the cards.
* Monica and Richard attempt this in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' after their breakup, but while he takes the new situation to the letter, Monica starts falling back in love. It culminates with her preparing a sexy surprise in his bedroom and him coming home with another sexual partner. Awkwardness ensues, and eventually Monica figures out it can't work.
** Chandler also had this deal with a woman he dated. Despite being thrilled initially, he broke it off when he realized he couldn't handle just sex and wanted a real relationship.
** Later on Monica and Chandler try for no-strings-attached sex in London. Considering how well their previous attempts to invoke this trope have gone down, you can imagine how well that went. At first its just sex in London, then only while on London time, then just 'goofing around', then...ok, safe to say it ends with them HappilyMarried. There's a reason the two of them are the poster couple for SexEqualsLove.
** Interestingly, Lisa Kudrow and Matt [=LeBlanc=] wanted this for Phoebe and Joey with no intent to turn it into a relationship later on, but the executives backed out.
* Chase and Cameron on ''Series/{{House}}''. Eventually leads to SexEqualsLove.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Barney and Robin have this sort of thing going for a while. Then Lily holds them prisoner until they decide on being either friends or boyfriend/girlfriend. They eventually choose the RelationshipUpgrade.
** Ted and Robin had this type of relationship in "Benefits", as part of the writers' continuing efforts to have them hook up at least once a season. In a neat little twist, despite a few worrying implications of SexEqualsLove, neither of them ends up being hurt by the arrangement: [[spoiler: Barney is.]]
** When Lilly's dad and Marshall's mom hook up they refer to it as Family with Benefits. {{Squick}}
* What Dyson and Bo try to have in ''Series/LostGirl'', but they both develop feelings for each other.
* Sonny and Gina on ''Series/MiamiVice'', for a little while.
* Kyle and Jade tried this on ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', though Jade was already in love with Kyle by this point.
* Nicky and Morello were this in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''. Morello, who (probably) was participating mostly because [[SituationalSexuality it was the way to have her needs fulfilled while in prison]], later cut the benefits, but the two remained friends.
* On ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', J.D. and Elliot attempt a "sex buddies" [[RunningGag * FANFARE* ]] type of relationship, but it doesn't work out.
* Ricky and Adrian from ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' had this kind of relationship on and off for nearly two seasons before finally calling it off for good.
* Jerry and Elaine try to do this on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', "The Deal". They propose a set of ground rules by which they can have both "this" (with a gesture at the space between them as they sit companionably on the couch) and "that" (pointing towards the bedroom). They soon find that it doesn't work out without having "this, that, and the other"--i.e., a full romantic relationship. George tells Jerry AnAesop message about how "it can't be done--" and that people have tried to do it ''throughout history,'' to no avail. Naturally, he's proven right.
* In ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', Carrie Bradshaw gets into a detailed discussion on the distinction between {{Friends with Benefits}} and Fuck Buddies.
* Nate and his friend in ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', lampshaded by his sister ("So you're like, what, Fuck Buddies?"). They eventually get a RelationshipUpgrade.
* Damon and Rose apparently, in ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''
* In ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', Mahandra believes this is what she and Aaron are engaging in; Aaron wants more. Mahandra does too, but she's in denial.
* In ''Series/DefyingGravity'', astronaut Nadia Schilling is in a "friends with benefits" relationship with a fellow astronaut. She even uses the term on several occasions.
* In ''Series/FriendsWithBenefits'', the series starts off with Ben and Sara as friends with benefits, who ask each other relationship advice after each session.
* Neal and Alex had this type of relationship on and off on ''Series/{{White Collar}}'', though it was heavily hinted that Alex had deeper feelings for him, even though he was in love with Kate. Neal himself mentioned Alex as one of his exes that [[spoiler: Rebecca]] took traits from to create the perfect persona that Neal would fall for.
* [[ThoseTwoGirls Brittany and Santana]] were this in the early seasons of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' when Santana was struggling [[ComingOutStory to know whether she was into]] males or females ([[ButNotTooBi or both]]) and [[TheDitz ditzy]] Brittany just went along with it.
* ''Series/NightAndDay'''s Tom Brake and Della Wells became this towards the end of the series Ė this before learning that, biologically speaking, they are cousins!
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Esposito and Lainie apparently become this after their romantic relationship fizzles: Lainie mentions them having broken up but that they still get together for the odd "booty call".
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''Series/MastersOfSex''. Virginia wants to just be FWB with Ethan, but this being TheFifties such a relationship is practically a foreign concept. They have a violent breakup once Ethan gets through his head that she was never in love with him (literally: [[WouldHitAGirl she ends up with a bloody nose]]), and though they make up later, they don't resume the relationship.
* ''Series/DearWhitePeople'': Sam and Gabe's relationship, although he'd like more.

* The Sparks' "All You Ever Think About Is Sex":
-->''In a world of lovers\\
we don't love each other much\\
Fact is we're too busy\\
to love each other much''
* "Get Mine Get Yours" by Music/ChristinaAguilera is about a relationship like this.
--> ''I want your body, not your heart''
* "Friends and Lovers" by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson.
--> ''So I'll be your friend\\
And I'll be your lover\\
'Cause, I know in our hearts we agree\\
We don't have to be one or the other\\
Oh, no\\
We could be both to each other''
** Also see the country version.
* "In The Dark" by Music/{{Jojo}} is about this type of situation.
** Jojo is wary of growing feelings for her bed buddy, though.
---> ''Try to stay desensitized / Keep my feelings out of mind''
** Take The Canyon also has this element to it
---> ''Sometimes I need to paint, you can be my canvas/Sometimes I want to escape, even though itís selfish''
---> ''As the clock strikes twelve Iíll be freaking you out/Make us both forget what we were worried about''
---> ''If I waited for you, I'd just be waiting alone/So when the clock strikes two, I'll be on my way home''
* "Urgent" by Music/{{Foreigner}}. The speaker seems to want a RelationshipUpgrade, even though he tells himself he just wants sex.
* One common interpretation of Music/ToddRundgren's "Hello It's Me" is that it's about this.
* Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is interpreted as being about this.
** "Looking For A Good Time" is also thought to be about this as well.
* In K.T Oslin's "I'll Always Come Back", she either dated or had a [[ReallyGetsAround brief fling or a one night stand]] with her bed buddy:
--> ''Well there's a wooden wonder from a way down under''
--> ''They call a boomerang, if you handle it right, it'll come back''
--> ''But you must have had one when you were a boy''
--> '''Cause you've got the [[http://www.sex-lexis.com/Sex-Dictionary/touch touch]] that turns me into a toy''
--> ''And like a [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Boomerang&defid=3332318 boomerang]], I'll come back''
* "Round and Round" by Music/{{RATT}}.
* "Starring Role" by Music/{{Marina and the Diamonds}} is narrated by someone who sick of only being there for sex.
* "Call Me" by LeClick is totally about this, with reason B above. The woman recognizes a personality conflict that is destroying their existing relationship despite the great sex (too many ups and downs with you), and suggests switching to friends with benefits (call me when you need someone) (i will be there for you), knowing the guy wants more. In the version with the rap, the guy agrees to this, even though he still thinks she's the one, because he's gotten permission to return after his attempt with the next girl fails, and he thinks maybe he'll get her next time.
* Olajide William "Creator/{{KSI}}" Olatunji has a song that is literally called "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzpg8qbSJIE Friends With Benefits]]".

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Played for a gag in one ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip:
-->'''Woman:''' (talking about her boyfriend) We're 'friends with benefits'.
-->'''Pig:''' It's good to have affordable medical insurance.

* The ''Gautama Dharmasutra'', a Hindu moral text, explicitly forbids this trope. It equates sex with a female friend [[SeriousBusiness to incest and bestiality]]. The Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have also condemned all extramarital sex traditionally.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The female Shepard's relationship with Garrus in ''Videogame/MassEffect2'' at the beginning fits this to a T. Initially, there is nothing romantic whatsoever about their get-together: Shepard just offers to sleep with Garrus in the middle of a conversation and Garrus replies [[IfItsYouItsOkay "Well, why the hell not?"]]. The dialogue that ensues is initially all about reconciling the fact that it's an [[InterspeciesRomance Interspecies Romance]] but the focus rapidly and subtly shifts to Garrus revealing [[TheWoobie how lost and lonely he really is, how he's filled to the brim with self-doubt]] and how Shepard is the only person in the galaxy who can give him even a moment's solace. [[RelationshipUpgrade At which point it stops being this trope]].
** [[BlackMagicianGirl Morrigan]] and [[AnythingThatMoves Zevran]] both view a relationship with the [[PlayerCharacter Warden]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' to be this at first, though in both cases it evolves into something deeper if you pursue it. In Morrigan's case it might actually be a subversion: she says that she wants this type of relationship but if you look like you might be inclined to fool around with someone else, [[MemeticMutation she disapproves]].
** One option with [[PirateGirl Isabela]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is to not mention love at all and just keep on having sex. If neither of them is romanced, Isabela and Fenris seem to develop this kind of relationship.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the Inquisitor's romance with [[TheHedonist Iron Bull]], [[BadassGay Dorian]], and [[ButchLesbian Sera]] starts out as this. Unsurprisingly, it evolves beyond this if you decide to continue pursuing a relationship. You can also ask Leliana if this was what happened between her and Justinia, she will go into an angry tirade at the cliche.
* This sums up the relationship between [[AnythingThatMoves Telia]] and [[{{Oranyan}} the Wanderer]] in ''Videogame/VisionsAndVoices'', at least in the BackStory. Their in-game relationship follows the standard BelligerentSexualTension pattern, except for the minor detail that they're already screwing like rabbits before love and romance even become an issue.
* Combined with {{Pun}}s in the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' achievements. There's an achievement called "Friends List With Benefits" for hugging three people on your Steam friends list. Although hugging is the closest thing [[CuteMachines ATLAS and P-Body]] get to romance or sex, at one point [=GLaDOS=] asks the bots if they know what could happen as a result of hugging...and makes it sound for a moment like it could result in STD's.
* In ''Videogame/TheSims3'', it's possible to make your Sims be friends with benefits, and will react slightly differently after [[UnusualEuphemism woohooing]]. In fact, unless they choose to go steady, they can have sex without actually considering themselves in a romantic relationship. This is quite different from ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', where just chatting each other up can result in them basically making it official, and you need a GameMod for them to ever have sex outside of a relationship.
* In ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', one of the loading screen tips notes "Shields are like friends. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything The best ones come with additional benefits]]."
* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', it is possible to romance [[spoiler:Keira Metz]]. It never really gets serious, but you do get one of those infamous ''The Witcher'' sex scenes. Oh, and guess what the achievement name for doing this is?
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, the LostOrphanedRoyalty and future Queen of Morrowind, Barenziah, had such a relationship with the Nord stableboy, Straw, who helped her to escape from her foster family. Straw wanted it to be more, but Barenziah had no interest.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In the A-3 fandisk of ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoishinasai'', at the beginning of Stacy's route you can choose whether Yamato is currently in a relationship. If you decide that he is, he's been sleeping with Chika for a few years with the understanding that as soon as one of them finds someone they really love they'll break it off. Yamato is already incredibly bored with the relationship and zones out even in the middle of sex while Chika actually fell in love with him at some point. Buuut it's not her route, so she gets her heart broken.
* ''VisualNovel/ShinyDays''
** In one ending, Makoto begins sleeping with Ai. He assumes she knew that the relationship was just about sex while she assumed they were dating. She has no real ending, largely as a result of constantly being screwed over by Otome and Karen.
** During one possible branching Makoto ends up sleeping with Youko, Sekai's mother, without realizing that she's about twice his age. When talking to Setsuna's mother later without knowing who ''she'' is either he can say that the relationship is just about sex and that he has no idea why she suddenly came onto him after he walked into her restaurant. This branch can lead to an ending with Mai, her friend Manami or even a four way ending involving Mai, Youko ''and'' Setsuna.

* Stan and Brandi in ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' are this trope on and off for over a year, until their [[spoiler: failed]] attempt at a RelationshipUpgrade (apparently prompted, however, by Stan [[AccidentalKiss accidentally kissing]] his FriendlyEnemy Penny and wishing to avoid the ramifications). Subsequently, [[spoiler: Stan and Lisa]] become friends with benefits.
* [[spoiler:Sven and Faye]] from the web comic ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' have a thing like this for a while.
** It's implied in a guest strip that their intimate moments involve ''intense amounts of hostility''. Which makes it ''better''.
** Though it's obvious [[spoiler:Faye]] thinks of it as more than just random sex: when [[spoiler:Sven]] sleeps with another girl she gets all heartbroken and stops seeing him at all. [[spoiler:Sven seems to have become very attached, though he seems to be telling himself it's just the sex.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Candi}}'' had a few characters trying this out, but it eventually gets too complicated.
* In [[http://www.aiacrowd.com/archivedStrips/153_oct0609.html this]] comic, Desirae of ''Webcomic/AloneInACrowd'' suggests this to her niece Sara and her best friend Marty much to their mutual annoyance.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Noah [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-03-31 tells Elliot]] that he and Melissa "provide comfort and pleasure to each other" while Melissa is still in love with [[StraightGay Justin]].
** Elliot and Nanase's early relationship [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-04 wasn't exactly romantic.]]
-->'''Nanase:''' Besides, you and I know this relationship was little more than two good friends giving each other privileges.\\
'''Elliot:''' I never liked to think about it that way.\\
'''Nanase:''' But that's what it was. Name one romantic thing we ever did together.\\
'''Elliot:''' Does making out in the car outside the movie theater count?\\
'''Nanase:''' No.
* Most notably, Miriam and Steven, post-breakup, in ''Webcomic/OutThere''. A few other pairings have taken place (or are implied to have taken place) as a part of the back story: [[http://outthere.keenspot.com/d/20080423.html Sherry and Steven]], [[http://outthere.keenspot.com/d/20071204.html Miriam and Wally]], and possibly even [[http://outthere.keenspot.com/d/20081126.html Miriam]] and [[http://outthere.keenspot.com/d/20100526.html Sherry]]; there is also a reference to a Friends With Benefits relationship between Miriam and a character named Carlos in one of the flashback stories in the third ''Webcomic/OutThere'' book.
* An ambiguous case between the succubi Fuchsia and Baby Blue in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''. They both regularly tempt men with gay-for-pay shows, and they clearly have a friendship with each other beyond what they do for their jobs, but it's very different from [[ChastityCouple Fuchsia's chaste but romantic relationship with Crimnee]].
* Erik in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' agreed to such a relationship with Mag but the guy doesn't even know what the expression means (cue FacePalm even from his celibate friend). In spin-off webcomic ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' the OC Cheryl [[ConversationalTroping broke out in a monologue]] about the trope itself spontaneously... probably she [[CannotSpitItOut wanted to say something]] to the boys present.
* Ally and Lisa of ''{{Webcomic/Sunstone}}'' started out as this after several months of interaction on the net. It lasted for all of three days before [[RomanceEnsues deeper feelings for each other]] started making themselves known.
* Ron and Alex in ''Webcomic/TheEyeOfRamalach'', which at one point scares off a girl that Ron's friend had been trying to set him up with. And there's yet another girl that Ron kind of likes but has trouble asking out.
* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'': [[spoiler: [[AsianAirhead Suki]]]] has this type of arrangement with Leonard, which [[LampshadeHanging gets lampshaded]] several times, during the ''"Adventures in Space... and Time?!"'' arc.
** Katie flat-out calls her Leonard's [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/hey_frell_buddy "v.w.b."]] and in the same strip, [[spoiler: Suki]] addresses him as "frell buddy"[[note]]which is slang for "fuck buddy"[[/note]].
** [[spoiler: Suki]] aludes to it again, when Katie tries threatening her, by reminding her that she [[AttackItsWeakPoint knows where her weak spot is.]] Except it backfires, when [[spoiler: Suki]] smirks and replies: [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre "Leonard does too. It's right down h-"]]
** Shortly after escaping the reptilian vessel, they end up in Lemuria, where she [[spoiler: [[CoitusEnsues bangs him while they're at the hot springs]]]].
* In ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' (where EverybodyHasLotsOfSex), this is a fairly common situation.
** Zii and Amber get into a specific friends-with-benefits relationship after Zii calls Amber in desperate need of stress relief. When Amber then gets into possibly-more-serious relationship with Ray (in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns''), she cools things with Zii, who starts getting punch-the-wall frustrated as a result.
** Matt and Kiley refer to their rather passionate sexual relationship as a process of [[IntimateHealing mutual therapy]] between friends; Kiley wants to think of herself as a cool, objective therapist, and Matt doesn't see himself as a one-woman man. However, [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/just_in_mutual_therapy it then becomes clear to readers that they are potentially becoming a couple,]] with strong hints of real mutual affection. Matt and Kiley, however, develop a bad case of shared SelectiveObliviousness, leading to disaster; Kiley breaks up with Matt over some stupidity on his part, leaving him with the unhappy realization that he had feelings for her, and her in a set of messy and confused "therapeutic" interactions with other women, despite her own heterosexual preferences.
** Zii's attempt to use Matt as a friend with benefits then and thus becomes a bit of an emotional disaster.
** Peggy calls on Gary for stress relief. Surprisingly, although she's using him as an outlet for her pegging fetish despite his (initial) discomfort with that, their subsequent conversation is not only friendly but unusually thoughtful and constructive. They develop an amicable pegging-with-benefits relationship.
* In the backstory of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Lucrezia and Klaus - until she marries his best friend [[spoiler: and tries to conquer the world]] anyway.

* Zeke and Lizzie of ''Blog/SeekingTruth''.
** Played for drama [[spoiler: since Zeke only admits his love for her after she's murdered.]]
* This was the premise of ''Website/CollegeHumor'''s former show "Full Benefits", where this sort of relationship occurred between fictionalized versions of staff members Sarah and David. Later they tried to "take it to the next level" by becoming romantically involved as well.
* In ''Literature/TheWulfArchives'', Wulf has a few serious lovers, but the other women in his life are this trope, who like him and make no demands on him beyond an open invitation to their beds when he comes around.
* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' has Wade and Riley. Surprisingly, when Codex finds out that they're ''only'' "<bleep> buddies", she no longer sees Riley as a rival for Wade's affections. This stops when Riley starts sleeping with Zaboo, but by that point Codex has realized that Wade is a JerkAss.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Fry and Amy were briefly this on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''; oddly enough, they found out they liked it better ''without'' the "benefits" part.