Interplay of Sex and Violence
"This is some fucked up foreplay, eh?"
Sex and violence: two great tastes that taste great together.
You got death, and you got life (conception). You have love and you have hate.
and the Combat Sadomasochist
are particularly prone to this kind of characterization, especially when Hemo Eroticism
Related to Destructo-Nookie
, where the two scenes become one ...well,
you know what we mean.
May take less honest tropes such as Belligerent Sexual Tension
, and The Masochism Tango
to a new "exciting" level. Of course, Sex Is Violence
trope to a new "exciting" level. The violent Older Brother
to Does This Remind You of Anything?
This trope can be the result of a character falling in love with another character's "violence"
The distinction between this trope and Sex Is Violence
is quite subtle - this trope is about them mixing together, and becoming one somehow. Sex Is Violence
is about a character becoming flatly sexually aroused by fighting, to a point where it may stop.
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Anime and Manga
- In the Touhou fanfic Imperfect Metamorphosis, Marisa Kirisame experiences this when she uses Yukari's "And the Sun Rises Red" Spellcard on Yuka.
- This (NSFW) response to a Pokemon kink meme prompt contains, among other things, a scene in which Cyrus (yes, that Cyrus) manually rapes Cynthia while forcing her to watch footage of him torturing and killing Lucian. Cynthia even has an orgasm while watching Lucian die!
- Harmony Theory: Charisma is sometimes turned on by the idea of others being injured.
- Hivefled's prequel Reprise is as literal as the phrase "Torture Porn" can possibly be. This is the Grand Highblood and Condesce's whole thing, played for either Nightmare Fuel and/or Fanservice, depending on the reader.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act II: In chapter 32, the scenes of Moka, Mizore, and Kurumu consummating their relationships with Tsukune, Dark, and Rason, respectively, are intercut with ones of Yukari and Kokoa sparring outside.
- Y: The Last Man had a few interesting things to say on the subject, too.
- A recurring theme in the Sachs and Violens miniseries.
- This is one of the main themes of Watchmen. Almost every character has some kind of fetish - Silhouette and Hooded Justice were implied to be homosexual S&M practitioners, The Comedian and arguably Silk Spectre I apparently has a thing for sexual violence, and Nite Owl I discusses it at length in his book — in fact, the only character you might say is "innocent" is the naked guy with the big blue dong.
- This is most clearly exemplified in the relationship between Silk Spectre II and Nite Owl II — they share their first kiss after beating up some thugs in an alleyway, but they aren't physically able to consummate their relationship until they both go out on a rescue mission in Nite Owl's airship, in full costume.
- Also used in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. With Alan and Mina screwing for the first time in a cottage while Mr. Hyde works out his pent up aggression on a captured Martian tripod
- Batman: In the recent "Cacophony" mini series the Joker's stated dreams are to humiliate Batman, kill him, and then violate his corpse sexually.
- There's a reason why it's called Sin City.
- Savage Dragon has had plenty of T along with bloody violence. The women have the Most Common Superpower and the violence ranges from Black Comedy to horror, depending on Erik Larsen's mood. In fact, there was a Dragon miniseries called Sex and Violence.
- There was an X-Force miniseries titled "Sex & Violence". It was collected in a trade paperback by the same name.
- During the Secret Six series, Catman and his ex Cheshire are duking it out alongside their respective teams. In the middle of the fight, Cheshire suddenly demands that Catman make love to her... and Catman actually considers it.
- The first sex scene in Sex Criminals is Suzie and Jon trying to enter The Quiet to escape from their latest robbery.
- Videodrome has a special film that causes people to hallucinate bizarre mixtures of erotic and horrifically violent content involving a woman (named "Nicki") who is seen being tortured to death in the film. For example, at the request Nicki a man pulls a gun from a vagina-like cavity in his stomach. The gun fuses to his hand, then He then makes sexual thrusting with the gun-hand into his stomach!
- The point of the title creatures of Alien. In order to reproduce, they have to impregnate another organism, and their larvae will then murder the host trying to escape. Alien (1979) also intentionally features many disturbing sexual motifs. HR Giger himself claims that Alien was an attempt to personify the fear of rape.
- Sean Connery-era James Bond films feature this heavily.
- The Pierce Brosnan Bond movies also feature these on at least two occasions; First, we have Xenia Onatopp versus Bond in the steam room/sauna/pool area of his hotel during Golden Eye; she tries to crush him to death with her thighs, but there are signs that both are clearly enjoying the moment; Onatopp enjoys it so much that her toes visibly curl and she unleashes loud screams. There's also Bond being tortured by Elektra King during the penultimate confrontation of The World Is Not Enough, who indulges in kissing and taunting Bond as she gradually breaks his neck.
- Basically the entirety of Mr. & Mrs. Smith
- In Shoot 'em Up, Smith continues to have sex with Donna while gunning down the Mooks sent to kill him. Donna certainly seems to enjoy the experience, while Smith quips, "Talk about shooting your load!"
- Sex and death are always closely related themes in the films of Alfred Hitchcock, as the page quote indicates. It's probably most obvious in Rope, where the first line of dialogue (after our Villain Protagonists have just murdered a classmate) is "Don't open the curtains. Let's... stay like this for a while." Promptly followed by the lighting of cigarettes after they conceal the corpse.
- A scene in Empire of the Sun had a couple quietly making love whilst the bombs went on outside the camp.
- The Man Who Fell to Earth has a very graphic sex scene in which the two shoot blanks at each other from a revolver during intercourse.
- Otto; or, Up With Dead People, which is a gay zombie film with what appears to be unsimulated sex scenes. Particularly near the end when there is a (fake) zombie orgy.
- It's more an interplay of sex and surgery, but the, er, climactic scene of Repo Men definitely counts.
- The interlude in "Zydrate Anatomy" in Repo! The Genetic Opera features an interplay of sex and surgery.
- Arguably, the entire Hellraiser series of films. At least, insofar as Pinhead's description of things to come for the protagonists.
- In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the two main characters take turns pretending to smother each other as foreplay.
- Hostage (1993). Sam Neil plays a British intelligence officer — in one scene he stabs a female guerrilla. As she gasps when the knife goes in, there's an instant flashback to him having sex with a woman earlier.
- Yukio Mishima's Patriotism is this trope, being the exquisitely filmed story of a young army officer and his wife who have sex and then kill themselves.
- Big Tits Zombie is half T&A and half zombie mutilation... but all funny.
- Lampshaded big-time in Demolition Man, with elements of Do You Want to Copulate? added.
Lenina Huxley: "John Spartan, there is, of course, a well-known and documented connection between sex and violence. Not so much a causal effect as a general state of neurological arousal. And after having observed your behavior this evening and my resultant condition, um, I was wondering if you'd like to have sex?"
- Even funnier when we discover that Huxley and Spartan have two completely different understandings of the word "sex."
- Played up in the movie A Clockwork Orange, where the violence and rape is played out among images of nudity. You know the bit in the book where Alex beats the woman to death? He uses a plaster penis as the weapon in the movie.
- For the most part, the violence in Munich is presented very bluntly and not at all artistically. There is, however, a sex scene juxtaposed with scenes of violence.
- In Seed of Chucky, Chucky and Tiffany bring the spark back into their love life when they decapitate a prop guy with a piece of wire.
- Sucker Punch is entirely about violence (the fantasy action sequences) as a metaphor for sex (working in the brothel), and sex (Babydoll about to be deflowered in the brothel) as a metaphor for violence (Babydoll about to be lobotomized in the asylum).
- In Wild Things, about halfway through Suzie and Kelly have a physical fight in which Kelly almost drowns Suzie. It ends with them making out in the pool.
- American Me: Santana's first time with a women after he's released from prison is intercut with a brutal gang rape perpetrated on his orders against a rival mafioso's son in prison.
- Dallas Buyers Club opens on the main character having a threesome while watching a man get gored to death in a bullfight.
- In the backstory of A Brother's Price Keifer liked hurting his wives during sex. It's one of the reasons why no one is sad he's dead.
- The Acts of Caine looks at this a lot, perhaps best personified by Count Berne.
- In the Hyperion Cantos Kassad and Moneta slaughter a group of soldiers while the readers are treated to a description of just how much they're both turned one. Then they have sex on top of the bodies. In fact their entire relationship is like this.
- The Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel EarthWorld:
Your body is so beautiful. I am going to run my hands over your smooth pale skin, softly, so softly, so you shiver at my every touch. Your body will be mine and I will hurt it, beautifully, you will feel every caress of pain. I will hurt you and hurt you, and when you think there is no pain left I will hurt you again. I will take you far away, to pain you could never dream of. And then you will bleed for me, a trickle, a torrent, a stream, until the last drop of your life falls to the floor and I can taste it. And I will, finally, feel whole and fulfilled, through you[...]
- This lovely little paragraph is coming, basically, from a thirteen-year-old girl, and is apparently directed at the Doctor, who's a thousand-year-old Chaste Hero who looks like a handsome forty-year-old man. And his companion, who has no intention whatsoever of ever either hurting him or boinking him, is being made to say it. Basically, it's just gross.
- Vampires in Dora Wilk Series live this trope, coming from one to another in blink of an (human) eye.
- Light in August by William Faulkner
- A Clockwork Orange
- In the Outlander series, the Depraved Bisexual Captain John Randall is very much into this. He's shown to be incapable of getting hard unless he's beating or torturing the person he's raping.
- The dark fey court in Wicked Lovely. Particular mention goes to how Niall's rape/torture was laregly treated as 'entertainment' by all except Irial (and Niall himself) and the whole 'shadow girl' thing. Melissa Marr has described it as both 'the court of temptation' and 'a place of cruelty'. Leslie describes Irial, their former king, as "Every horrible thing she shouldn't miss, every nightmare she shouldn't crave." Yeah, they're made of this trope.
- In the Parrish Plessis series, the Eskaalim parasites feed on both sex and violence. Parrish, in an attempt to prevent her Eskaalim from driving her Ax-Crazy, learns to substitute sex when it tries to drive her to violence. This ends up backfiring, as the Eskaalim gets fed either way; her efforts merely end up teaching it that she is less averse to sex than to violence, allowing it to get better at manipulating her.
- In IT Patrick suffocates his baby brother and is described as being turned on while doing it.
- In the short story "The Screwfly Solution" by James Tiptree, aliens exploit the connection between sexual arousal and violence. A chemical agent is spread over the earth that causes men to become insanely, homicidally violent when aroused. It doesn't end well (for us).
- In the Hurog series, many of the villains are also (implied to be) sexual sadists. Most of this happens offscreen and/or is only hinted at, but the characters often lampshade it, or flat-out state that someone is known to be turned on by violence.
Live Action TV
- The Chaos God Slaanesh in Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 is the personification of this trope. Pain and pleasure, love and hate, beauty and suffering, all in one easy mindfucking package. It's followers are Sense Freaks and Too Kinky to Torture to the utter screaming extreme, considering any experience, win or lose, to be one to savour, regardless if said experience is, say, evisceration with a chain-axe or immolation with futuristic napalm. It's all good.
- To the extent that their codex bears the phrase "Pray they don't take you alive".
- That's actually from the Dark Eldar codex. Not that they don't fit this trope pretty well, altough they're more of Combat Sadomasochists.
- Slaanesh's opposite is Khorne, the Blood God, who is a War God to the extreme.
- All over the World of Darkness games, especially Werewolf and Vampire, and especially in the art direction.
- The musical Les Misérables illustrates this trope beautifully with the song "Red and Black". It connects Enjolras' hopes for revolution with Marius' love of Cosette.
Enjolras: "Red, the blood of angry men,
Black, the dark of ages past."
. . .
Marius: "I feel my soul on fire!"
Marius: "My world if she's not there!"
Marius: "The color of desire!"
Marius: "The color of despair!"
Grantaire: "You talk of battles to be won,
and here he comes like Don Juan.
It's better than an opera!"
- Artistic portrayals of Othello often indulge in this trope, with Desdemona suffocated by her lover in their bed.
- Stanley and Stella's entire relationship in A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, so much that it could easy be referred to as "Interplay Of Sex And Violence: The Musical". This was especially drawn on in the 2012 production with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton; as she opens the trunk to discover Pirelli's body, Mrs Lovett emits a series of increasingly... ahem... ''titillated'' groans.
Webcomics / Web Originals
- Broken Saints plays with this a lot. Best example: the fight scene in Mars' strip club, mostly due to Mars' compensating for something with his conspicuously long handgun. Also, Word of God states the line "When the urge comes to you again... think of me" is supposed to refer to both violent urges and sexual urges, due to their all-too-connected nature in context.
- In The Gamers Alliance, the succubi of the Eastern Horde are all about combining pain and pleasure into the ultimate experience through combat and sex.
- K'seliss from Goblins has stated that in lizardman culture, fighting, eating and mating are considered different forms of the same thing. In one scene he expresses disgust over fighting a swarm of metal monsters because they're inedible and fighting them would be a sexual perversion, and he also considers eating the fingers and limbs of potential mating partners to be an acceptable display of affection.
- Gunnerkrigg Court: It's strongly implied that there's "something going on" between Eglamore and Jones. So when they have a practice spar, Jones' partial disrobing is rather suggestive, and one onlooker describes the match as such:
Andrew Smith: What's going on?
Parley: Elgamore and Jones are having a quickie!
Andrew Smith: Ah. Clever.
- Homestuck has a little bit of this with trolls: Trolls have four different kinds of romance: platonic love, platonic hate, sexual love, and sexual hate. While it isn't stated outright, one could pretty easy that the sexual hate in particular could lead to a great deal of this. There's even a case of Slap-Slap-Kiss at one point.
- Ménage à 3 features something that originally appears to be a classic Slap-Slap-Kiss scene between Yuki and Sonya (see strip #908, July 05, 2014, borderline NSFW), but which later turns out to have been even weirder than Sonya realized...
Sonya: Oh you're into kinkier stuff than your goodie-goodie facade lets on. I had never been "fisted" before.
- Yahtzee lampshades this during one review, stating "And here comes Titties! [Violence's] lovely wife and business-partner."
- In Project Voicebend, Korra's Alternative Character Interpretation includes her being clearly aroused by violence. Katara likes to watch.
- The show American Dad! has alot of this in the episode "For Whom The Sleigh Bell Tolls", but in the name of comedy. For example comparing sticking a magazine into a gun with the act of penetrating a woman. Also, apparently, Stan and Francine occasionally pull guns on each other and it always ends with "nobody got shot" sex.
- Cheryl Tunt in Archer is turned on by physical and emotional violence.
- In the Seth Mac Farlanes Cavalcade Of Cartoon Comedy sketch "Sex with Dick Cheney", Cheney's idea of sex is punching the woman in the face several times.
- In Celtic Mythology, the Morrigan is goddess of both fertility and war. Sex and death, right there, what more do you want?
- Astarte of Phoenician, Syrian, Canaanite and later Egyptian mythology was also a goddess of fertility and war, parallel to Ishtar.
- She may (or may not) also be Anat (though she might also be her sister, at least according to Egyptians) who is an ancient Semitic goddess, for whom it is said that calling her violent "is like calling a tsunami wet". She is a goddess with dominion over love, sex, war, battle, fertility, maternity and death - to the point it is said she killed death for crossing her. Despite that, she's said to be a benevolent goddess, if an easily enraged one.
- Classical Mythology had intercourse of sex and violence, what with the god of war Ares always running off and having affairs with the goddess of love Aphrodite.
- Eros, the God of Love, was this trope. Ancient Greek soldiers would pray to him before going into battle; sex and violence were understood to be two sides of the same coin.
- Aphrodite actually once was this, before the Greeks got uncomfortable with the idea. How much was she this trope? She was associated with Astarte and Anat. This explains her relationship with Ares very well...
- Inanna/Ishtar: Sumerian/Babylonian Goddess of love, fertility, and war.
- The Voodoo god of death is also the god of sexuality... in addition to being a great healer, which seems a little at odds with the "death" thing....
- Freyja as well was a goddess of love and sex, who had more than her share of martial aspects. In fact, she received the half of the battle-dead not claimed by Odin.