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Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex
Barney: We and two beautiful women just survived a mugging. Do you know what that means?
Ted: 'Thank God we're alive' sex?
Barney: 'Thank God we're alive' sex! It's even better than 'I can't believe you just proposed to me' sex, which I've only had like, four or five times.

The Heroes have survived a harrowing ordeal. It could be a major disaster, a battle or even an encounter with either The Dragon or the Big Bad. Whether they won or lost is immaterial. The important thing is that they are still alive and are so glad to be alive that they decide to celebrate the fact by doing the most lively thing of which they can think of.

This can take many forms. Perhaps The Team takes a town and decided to enjoy the "hospitality" of the grateful female population. If the setting is a little more politically correct then it shall be made perfectly clear the female members of the group are as glad to be alive as the men are and thus they shall be more likely to seek out each others' company. As a matter of fact, this more or less defines the sex life of any Battle Couple that has gone all the way; it may constitute their Relationship Upgrade to a Battle Couple. Perhaps the Damsel in Distress doesn't think the Smooch of Victory is sufficient reward and offers Rescue Sex, especially if she, too, is glad to be alive. Many an Action Girl has become an Action Mom in the immediate aftermath of such a situation. May, in fact, lead to Babies Ever After. Can also be one of the attractions of In Harm's Way. On a darker and more disturbing note, these notions are probably a reason behind the "rape" part of Rape, Pillage, and Burn when a victorious army is marching into town.

This trope is also Truth in Television; heightened libido is a common after-effect of surviving a dangerous and stressful situation.

Smooch of Victory may have to substitute, either for a G-Rated version, or because they lack the time and/or privacy.

Sometimes overlaps with Last Minute Hookup, particularly in one shot works. Standard Hero Reward is a Lighter and Softer version of this. Must Not Die a Virgin and Pre-Climax Climax occur when they decide not to risk not surviving. See also Intimate Psychotherapy. Sex Is Good is the supertrope that allows this one to make sense.


Examples:

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    Advertisement 
  • Invoked in an advertisement for Bridgestone tires, where the GPS advises an elderly couple the best route to a makeout spot:
    Turn right in fifteen feet (car cuts across several lanes of traffic and into a narrow alley). Stomp on the brakes (car stops just before it drives off a cliff).
    (Couple turns to each other and begins kissing furiously as romantic music swells.)

    Anime 
  • In Wicked City, Dark Action Girl Makie and Badass Normal Taki have sex after a Black World extremist ambush nearly kills them both. In a subversion, it's actually a HUGE plot point: a part of The Plan of their boss Giuseppe included them getting emotionally and sexually involved since not only Makie would became a Pregnant Badass and experience a big power-up from that… but her and Taki's future child would be the first human/demon hybrid kid, the living proof that humans and demons can live in peace together.
  • In Princess Lover!!, after Teppei saves her from an out of control train, Charlotte thanks him (off-screen) in a gratuitously erotic way. Silvie's facial expressions tell the story.
  • Happens between Akiko and Saionji in the fourth Kasei Yakyoku OAV, right after the Great Kanto Earthquake. With a big catch, though: their relationship issues are not solved by their sexual act, as Saionji reveals to her that he has met the guy whom Akiko truly likes, Taka, and knows he's just the Romantic False Lead. That leads to: Akiko suffering and Heroic BSOD, them breaking up, and to her leaving Tokyo to rebuild her life on her own, whereas Saionji gets together with Akiko's lady-in-waiting Sara.
  • Kirito and Asuna in Sword Art Online, after the latter rescues the former from a murderer. The girl de-equips her clothes, asks the boy to do the same...at which point he admits that when he had suggested spending the night together, he meant platonically, in case of further assassination attempts.
    Asuna: We've already come this far, it's stupid to stop now!

    Comic Books 
  • Done in the J. Michael Straczynski upgrade of Squadron Supreme, Supreme Power. Mark Milton's government-assigned parents had just seen him vaporize a puppy by accident with Heat Vision that nobody knew he had and were so overwhelmed that they sneaked off into a closet with no cameras and did the nasty.
  • Watchmen, in the comic, after the heroes come to terms with the fact that the Big Bad attacked their city while they were away, killing millions. Strangely enough, averted in the Darker and Edgier movie.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Played straight and very effectively in Kraven's Last Hunt. After being buried alive for two weeks, the first thing Spider-Man does is return home to the arms of his wife Mary Jane, who had spent these two weeks worried sick and on at least one occasion getting into a very dangerous situation looking for him.
    • Subverted near the end of Spider-Man: The Other. Peter ends up carrying Mary Jane in his arms because she's moving too slow, leading Luke Cage to believe he's rushing to get laid. Next scene shows that Peter simply wanted to take Mary Jane out web swinging.
  • In Green Lantern Corps #20, AKA the prologue to Wrath Of The First Lantern, John Stewart and Fatality make love on Mogo the living planet after the battle with Volthoom.

    Fan Fiction 
  • The MLP FiM fanfic, Relax features this between a soldier and a prostitute, whom he regularly visits. It's shown how that their encounters have turned into more than just business transactions, whith genuine affection developing between the two.
  • The Code Geass fanfic In the End it's not exactly clear what happens in the haystack between Lelouch and C.C after she bathes him but the author mentions how they were sleeping side-by-side when Orange found them.
  • Somewhere on the internet, there has to be a Post-Third Impact story where Shinji and Asuka do this after the camera had cut away...
    • There's a thousand. Start here, move through the rest. (Warning, entire site is NSFW.)
  • In the DC Nation universe, this and Intimate Psychotherapy happened between Beast Boy and Fauna after Ra's al Ghul's plague. Their altered, animal-based physiology left them completely immune to the plague's effects while virtually everyone else was dying around them, and one of the ingredients Ra's used in the plague was some of Gar's blood.
  • A Persona 4 fanfic, "Goes Down Alone'' is pretty much about Unresolved Sexual Tension culminating into this trope. It's actually more dramatic than erotic.
  • Ken Wolfe's series of Sailor Moon fics (found on the Sailor Moon Fanfics Recs page) have as a mostly-background feature an affair between Minako and Ami, founded on this following their revivals after fighting Beryl , and later, Galaxia.
  • In Undocumented Features, enough children were conceived during the celebration following averting Ragnarok to form their own Cast Herd.
  • Assassin Miss Alice Band is very prone to this in the immediate aftermath of a successful contract completion. Only not with men. see Discworld fanfic The Three of Cups (part of the Discworld Tarot sequence).

    Film 
  • The end of most James Bond films. Lampshaded in the Moonraker novelization. (In a couple of them, like Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun one of the Big Bad's surviving minions shows up to try to ruin the mood; it doesn't work either time.)
    • While the Trope is played straight in The Spy Who Loved Me, it comes close to a dangerous subversion. Anya remembers her vow to kill him for her lover's death (which he has already apologized for) and seems about to do it. But she has a change of heart, and the Trope is played straight.
  • Speed has this exchange at the very end after Jack rescues Annie from the Mad Bomber:
    Annie: OK. We'll just have to base it on sex then.
    Jack: Whatever you say..."ma'am".
    • Annie lampshades the trope in the sequel where she tells someone that she tried having a relationship with a certain someone after a dangerous situation, only for the relationship to go sour shortly afterwards.
  • The end of The Fifth Element.
  • Enemy at the Gates suggests this happened a lot among the defenders during the Siege of Stalingrad. Given the brutality of that conflict, likely Truth in Television.
  • Possibly implied at the end of Die Hard, in which John and his wife reunite, kiss, and climb into the back of a limo. Although it may be asking a bit much of our hero after his ordeal.
  • At least one of the many sex scenes in 9 1/2 Weeks, with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke.
  • An interesting example in the Japanese film Departures. The guy comes home from his first session of preparing corpses for burial, and quickly gets hot for his wife. It's not that he was ever in danger of dying, but being around a corpse just spooked him so much that he wants to have sex so he can feel alive again. (Made more interesting by the fact that his wife doesn't actually know what his job is.)
  • Subverted in Raiders of the Lost Ark; Marion tries this on board the ship after leaving Egypt, but Indy falls asleep in mid-kiss. It's implied that he woke up later, though.
  • Defied in In The Army Now after the heroes are attacked by several Libyan soldiers. Jack tells Christine that people who have just survived life threatening situations often experience massive surges in their libidos. Christine says that she is indeed feeling it, she then grabs him by his uniform and tells him in no uncertain terms that it will not be with him, EVER.

    Literature 
  • In Larry Niven's A Gift From Earth, a woman is forced to undergo sensory deprivation, and uses this to bring herself back to feeling.
  • The novella version of The Mist.
  • Happens and is explained in Aztec, after a bad earthquake.
  • Simon and Miriamele in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn.
  • Aviendha and Rand's first time in the The Wheel of Time might qualify, though two very attractive people with significant UST sharing body heat in cold climates is really jumping the gun on this trope.
    • Faile and Perrin offscreen after the Trolloc invasion is defeated. Again after the assault on the Shaido.
  • Disturbingly enough, many writers that are usually male will use this after a female character has been the target of an Attempted Rape. One Historical Fiction novel "Two Brothers" uses after a Love Interest has been rescued after being raped. "I feel so dirty....will you make me clean?" That's allegedly how Tyrion Lannister met his first wife Tysha. It was all a lie. Or not.
    • In a situation that was tacky even for a hentai game, one Critical Point scenario involved this right after the female character had been raped BY THE SAME GUY she was now coming on to! Technically, he was not in control of himself at the time and it wasn't consensual for either of them, but still, "fixing" the rape by having consensual sex directly afterwards...
    • It's turned around in Jo Beverly's Devilish; after she's abducted, tied up, and nearly raped, Diana tries to find a way to cope with the experience by asking her Love Interest to tie her down. He complies only reluctantly, and flatly tells her not to even ask him to have sex with her like that.
  • Sam Yeager and Barbara Larssen do this after nearly being killed by a Lizard Bomb in Harry Turtledove's Worldwar series.
    • There's an earlier one between Barbara and her husband Jens after they survive a Lizard bombing of Chicago.
  • Renie and !Xabbu in Otherland, actually three times.
  • One of the ways to "Turn Sexual Tension into Mad, Passionate Sex" in The Action Heros Handbook.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Black Colossus" Yasmela insists on this immediately in the wake of her rescue. Conan does not need much persuasion, to be sure.
  • Occurred in at least one of the Guardians of the Flame novels. I can't remember which one or which characters, only the line:
    But mostly it's about almost having gotten killed. Or doesn't it make you horny, too?
  • In Sergey Lukyanenko's Seekers of the Sky duology, based on Helena's (a glider pilot) stories, this seems to be true whenever several pilots survive a crash-landing or a near-miss. This is considering that most of the pilots are male, with Helena being a rare exception. This lifestyle helps her develop a cavalier attitude towards sex. In her first appearance, the main character (a thief) kidnaps her and forces her to fly him from a prison island. After crash-landing, he is badly hurt. Does she run away immediately? No, she has sex with him before leaving "to work out the aching muscles."
  • In By the Sword, this trope combines with Rescue Romance and the Florence Nightingale Effect to kickstart Kerowyn and Eldan's relationship within no more than a few hours after she saves him from being tortured by a Karsite priestess. Kero acknowledges the trope in the process, reflecting that she's felt the impulse plenty of times before, just never around anyone she'd care to wake up next to.
  • Colonial Union Special Forces in John Scalzi's Old Man's War series have Glad-to-Be-Alive Orgies after every mission.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, Dora asks Lazarus whether it's odd to want this after a fight; he assures her it doesn't mean she's warped.
  • In Teresa Frohock's Miserere: An Autumn Tale, Lucian and Rachael get as far as the passionate kissing after a hard-won victory before they remember their past. Lucian tells her he's sorry; she tells him that no, he's not.
  • In East of the Sun, West of the Moon, by John Ringo, Megan's sexual relationship with Herzer has been delayed because she is recovering from repeated rape and Stockholm Syndrome. She finally demands sex after watching her friend get killed by a mutant-scorpion-thing and downing several shots of vodka to steady her nerves. Fortunately she falls asleep before he can comply, as that doesn't really count as Safe, Sane and Consensual.
  • Subverted in A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle, Vicky and Leo discuss how being close to death has made them more interested in expressing life. Leo uses this as a come-on (including mentioning that his parents had sex as part of their mourning process), but Vicky isn't interested.
    Vicky: Why have I been so hungry?
    Leo: Because eating is part of life. So is loving.
    Vicky: Let's concentrate on eating, then.
  • While J.T. Edson character Dusty Fog gets laid less than, say, Mark Counter, he does benefit from this trope when he rescues a complete stranger - previously a man-hating feminist - from being eaten by a grizzly bear in A Town Called Yellowdog. Unfortunately, she is the big wheel behind the crime plot driving the book, and her brother has just beaten Dusty's brother to death.
  • Legacy of the Dragokin: Daniar and Kalak reconsummate their marriage after defeating the Big Bad.
  • A possible reason Co-President Victoria Rione gives to Captain John "Black Jack" Geary in The Lost Fleet: Fearless after they survive a near-point-blank energy release by a collapsing hypergate. He is initially reluctant, for a number of reasons, but eventually relents. She even frustratingly (and humorously) points out that he is the only (presumably, male) sailor in the fleet who would ask his partner for a reason before doing it.
  • Invoked, but averted, in Fortune's Stroke following Irene's first battle.
    "No," whispered Kungas gently. "Not for us, and not now. Passion always comes, after death's wings flap away. But it is cheap, and gone with the morrow. And you will wonder, afterward, whether it was you or your fear."
  • A variation in Red Dragon; Will Graham thinks about how funerals often make people want sex, since it's "one in the eye for death". Even though the mourners themselves are not in danger at the time, this trope is still in effect.
  • At the end of The Dresden Files book Changes, when they've safely got back to Chicago after an extremely harrowing Big Badass Battle Sequence, Murphy says she's going to go out and sleep with the first "reasonably healthy male" she can find. Harry's impulsive reply to this heads straight towards the long-teased Relationship Upgrade, and they actually decide to go ahead and see where it takes them, but Harry's assassination puts that plan on hold.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In How I Met Your Mother, it's #26 on Lily's reasons to have sex.
    • Also gets a mention in the episode where Ted and Barney pose as tourists visiting NYC in order to pick up girls.
      Ted: Let's get out of here, this night's a disaster.
      Barney: What!? This night couldn't have gone any better! We just survived a mugging; you know what that means!
      Ted: Thank God we're alive sex?
      Barney: Thank God we're alive sex! It's even better than I can't believe you just proposed to me sex, which I've only had like, four or five times.
  • Wash and Zoe from Firefly.
    • After doing a dangerous maneuver to escape from very, very dangerous Reavers (space cannibals):
    Zoe: Sir? I'd like you to take the helm, please. I need this man [Wash] to tear all my clothes off.
    • Jayne says something about this to Book in "The Message" when they are talking about how they deal with death. They also say something similar when they are defending the brothel in "Heart of Gold."
    • In the movie, Kaylee and Simon use this as their Relationship Upgrade. It's also implied in this exchange during a lull in a battle:
      Simon: In all this, if there's one thing I regret, it's never having the chance... to be with you.
      Kaylee: You mean to say, as in... sex?
      Simon: (smiles) I mean to say.
      Kaylee: (cocks gun) Hell with this, I'm gonna live!
      Of course, anyone who's seen even a few episodes will see right through those spoiler tags.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Faith and Xander have sex in the episode "The Zeppo." Faith implies she may like to indulge in this trope often, stating outright "Isn't it crazy how slaying just always makes you hungry and horny?"
    • Buffy and Angel having sex at the end of "Surprise", though it was less celebratory and more "I almost lost you, so I want to be as intimate as possible with you."
    • In "Forever" Xander and Anya have sex after Joyce's funeral, with Anya lampshading the trope. Angel, who's turned up just to comfort Buffy over the death of her mother, has to leave her when Buffy's kissing becomes too passionate.
  • NCIS: After nearly dying at the hands of a serial killer, Ziva goes to a bar and picks up a guy. Subverted in that she looks more screwed-up then sad. Also, after his old Love Interest Paula Cassidy dies, Tony goes and tells his girlfriend he loves her in a more romantic form of this.
  • Amy all but requests this outright at the end of the Doctor Who episode "Flesh and Stone". Doesn't get further than a kiss before the Doctor puts a stop to it. Then came the next episode where he tells Amy's pissed-off fiancé what happened.
    The Doctor: She was frightened. But we survived you know, and in the relief of it and so yes, she kissed me.
    Rory: And you kissed her back.
  • Michael and Fiona from Burn Notice indulge in this at least once per season. In the pilot, Fiona punches out a Mook sent by a drug dealer (who later becomes Michael's biggest fan) to scare Michael off. Fiona then starts going up to Michael's place with obvious intentions, only for Michael to stop her and tell her that violence is foreplay for her not him, and that he still needs to clean up "the mess" she left and get some sleep.
  • Inverted in the first seasons episode Ceasefire of M*A*S*H. Thinking the war is over, Hawkeye breaks all relationships with nurses he has been bedding by faking being married.
  • Breaking Bad:
    • In the first episode. Walter White has just escaped two drug dealers who were about to kill him and a fire that one of them set accidentally. And then he crawls back home to his wife.
    • In a later episode it goes much worse. He come home half-whimpering after a really traumatic ordeal and needs some sexual healing from his wife. When she's not in the mood for it he almost rapes her.
  • Mad Men: After Roger and Joan get mugged in an alley, they get busy immediately after in that same alley.
  • Travelog Show Reality Subtext example: No Reservations goes to do a show in Beirut in 2006, gets trapped there by the Israeli bombing campaign, have to be evacuated out by the Marines. Anthony Bourdain gets him, reunites with his then-girlfriend, now wife. Nine months later their first daughter is born. He recounts this at the begining of the show where he returns to Beirut four years later for a do-over.

    Music 
  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy's "Death To Everyone" combines this with a healthy doese of Existentialism.
    Death to everyone
    Is gonna come
    And it makes hosin' much more fun

    Video Games 
  • The (though optional) sex scene between Madison and Ethan in Heavy Rain could definitely qualify, considering the former almost got killed by Adrian Baker and almost raped by Paco Mendes, and the latter had a near death experience with a drug dealer whom he may or may not have then killed.
  • With Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater being an extended James Bond Shout-Out, Naked Snake and EVA had this in the ending cutscene. After that though, it took a very depressing turn.
  • You can bring up the subject with Zevran in Dragon Age: Origins—specifically, the idea of ravishing him during the celebration.
  • The first H-scene between Hisao and Lilly during her route in Katawa Shoujo for all intents and purposes boils down this because it happens after Hisao experiences a heart flutter. It is more "Glad-you're-alive sex" in Lilly's case, since she obviously was worried sick (and double because she's blind and couldn't help him.)
  • In Mass Effect 3, Jack states her intention to do this, if they somehow manage to survive the final battle with the Reapers. If romanced by Shepard in the previous game, she flat-out orders Shepard to stay alive, dammit!
  • Referenced in Borderlands 2 by Lilith concerning Roland. She says if he dies she will be pissed, if they are both alive she will rip off his clothes he is shot in the back on the mission sadly.
  • Done in Yahtzee's adventure game 6 Days a Sacrifice. Unfortunately, the woman involved ends up screwed in a totally different way as a result.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Unsuccessfully invoked in American Dad!, when Stan gets in a Mexican Standoff with his wife and expects it to end in "nobody-got-shot-sex", as it usually does.
  • Done by Peter and Lois in the Family Guy episode "North by North Quahog”, after they survive an encounter with Mel Gibson (who was trying to kill them for stealing a reel with his latest movie on it).


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