Kevin: (referring to the large box he found in his brother's bedroom)
I found these in Andy's closet. I think they're pornographic videotapes. Jim:
No way. Andy's porno tapes would never fit into a box that
Your Unlucky Everydude
just got home and is settling into his place. It just has to be then that the girl across the street he's had his eye on walks in and looks around his room a little too
closely. And unfortunately for him, she's discovered the one thing every guy wants to keep secret — his porn
stash. We never see much beyond the covers of these magazines, but the girl will not be pleased with it. If she's an especially touchy girl, the collection may not even live beyond the next scene.
This one is sometimes Truth in Television
. However, with the rise of Internet
streaming/downloading and the decline of physical video and print media, Real Life
porn stashes are more likely to be virtual caches hidden in obscure subdirectories and encrypted partitions on people's hard drives. Nonetheless, in-media uses of the trope are highly resistant to Time Marches On
and Technology Marches On
, preferring to stick with depictions of physical media stashes. The reasoning behind this is not hard to see; content creators and intellectual property-holders are not about to promote a pornography consumption model that goes against their business interests.
Occasionally, a character will use his porn stash to hide something else he doesn't want people to find.
The idea is that other people stop looking when they get to the porn stash, because they think the porn stash is what the character meant to hide.
Related to Caught with Your Pants Down
. Not to be confused with a Pornstache
, which is something else entirely. See also Poor Man's Porn
, for what people might turn to if their porn stash is insufficient.
Most often a Played for Laughs
trope, very rarely explored seriously (except for porn addiction, which in itself may become a Compressed Vice
or Very Special Episode
open/close all folders
- In a Gamestop commercial, some poor gamer's parents discover his absolutely massive under-the-bed stash represented by blurred flesh-color magazines. The Spoof Aesop? Tell your parents what you want for Christmas or they will go looking for ideas.
Anime & Manga
- Rouche, the lecherous father of the heroine of Dragon Half, utilizes decoy porn stashes to protect the real cache from his (literally) draconic wife.
- In Cromartie High School, Maeda is horrified when his mom cleans his room and sees his porn, but says nothing about it. His friends go on to tell their tales of embarrassment. One guy saw a cute girl behind the video store counter when he was renting porn, one guy saw his childhood friend behind the counter, and one guy saw... Maeda's mom behind the counter.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! hangs a lampshade on an aversion. One of the chapter title pages is a diagram of Negi's room with comments on his various magical belongings. One of them goes something like "This is the drawer where Negi keeps his books. He's only ten, so there's no porn in it."
- A subversion occurs later on when Yuna's father is reading something related to his job as a mage and hides it under some Ero Magazines when Yuna comes in (and promptly has a stack of books and papers fall on her because she's opened the wrong half of the door) and so was using porn as a distraction in the name of The Masquerade. The porn doesn't really bother her though; her only response is "Eh, I don't really mind; you're an adult, after all."
- In Inukami!, Youko regularly torches the parts of Keita's collection he doesn't keep hidden.
- Myself ; Yourself:
- Narrowly avoided when Sana is unpacking his boxes for his new apartment and Aoi offers to help. Quickly realizing what the box she's going for contains, Sana hastily replies with, "No, wait, never mind, I'll unpack it myself."
- Some episodes later, Aoi (who has the worst timing in the universe), walks in and sees the stash on the floor since Sana was searching for a special key. She also sees some tissues from when he was blowing his nose earlier and runs out, red with embarrassment.
- Yuuji in Tona Gura wasn't so lucky. The box containing his "treasures" not only opened for Kazuki to see, it spilled all over the floor.
- Mahoro from Mahoromatic is very serious about this. She spends a whole OVA episode hunting Suguru's porn, eventually capturing a bag of porn magazines. Then, completely by accident, she discovers dozens more hidden behind a fake wall- and Suguru later states that this still only represents 15% of the total.
- Hideki from Chobits keeps lots of porn scattered about his room. When his cram-school teacher unexpectedly drops in when she's drunk, she finds them. She's not offended though, other than calling him naughty in a tongue-in-cheek way and dismissing it as "guys stuff", but Hideki's still horrified. Chi, his naive humanoid computer, keeps copying poses from them much to his horror, too.
- In Great Teacher Onizuka, Onizuka's whole room is his porn stash.
- Subverted in Mahoraba. When the male lead's room is searched by two of his female classmates, they express disappointment when they don't find a Porn Stash.
- Light of Death Note, in order to provide an explanation why he locks his door all the time, gets a porn stash for his father (and the detective team) to discover.
- Tenchi Masaki apparently kept a stash under his bed, which could just be seen near the end of the first episode of the Tenchi Muyo!! OVA if you knew what you were looking for. While no-one said anything about it in the show itself, the writers of 101 Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki Secrets saw fit to devote a page (question 23) to it and explain that they're magazines for healthy young men.
- Hayate the Combat Butler subverts this one. Nagi, sneaking around Hayate's room, finds what she thinks to be a Porn Stash full of naked women, as expected. Subverted when it's revealed to be a sumo magazine. And then it turns out it's not Hayate's at all, but Tama's.
- Godai's pile of mags in Maison Ikkoku make multiple appearances. First falling out whenever he tries to clean up. Later he stashes them with Yotsuya when he is entertaining female company and directly tells him not to return them while Kozue is around (he knows Yotsuya too well). Later after Yagami moves in and takes over (and Godai flees to another room), she tells him she donated "those magazines" to a recycling drive.
- Genshiken... where do we start? First of all, the club room itself has a large stack of Doujinshi. Pretty much every member of the club (except Saki) has their own — even Ohno (fitting a Yaoi Fangirl). And at one point it's subverted, when Madarame uses a set of bondage DVDs to hide a real secret (several photos of Saki cosplaying).
- For a female variant in Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun, Mayu's yaoi stash becomes a (very minor) running joke.
- In the first episode of Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl Asuta tries to cheer up Hazuma by buying him some porn (well they might actually just be Idol Photobooks — i.e. idols in bikinis — but the idea's the same) regardless of the fact that Hazumu isn't interested. Tomari discovers them and this leads to Asuta getting kicked in the head, Akagi on the other hand, takes an interest in them.
- In Lucky Star we see Konata's computer screen, and it's a folder full of subfolders with names that might be fetishes (e.g. meganekko, meido, tsundere). But, then, whether moe points are fetishes in the eyes of an otaku is another matter...
- Also subverted in the anime, when Kagami wondered if Konata put her eroge stash in the closet. Konata answered that they were in her father's study as the two of them share the games.
- Another discussion: Konata said her father does not peek into her communication records since he knew what would happen when "people peep into his D:\ drive"...
- In the second Patlabor OVA, the discovery of the mechanic team's massive Porn Stash in their quarters at the HQ prompts the infamous Seven Days of Fire.
- In Midori Days, Seiji Sawamura kept a very large collection under his bed, nearly all featuring the same girl. "Kept" being the operative word because Midori forced him to throw it all out as soon as she saw it, over his loud objections.
- In Kannagi, when Nagi went to look for a bag to hide her magical girl wand/purification staff in, she mentions that she came across Jin's porn stash. Apparently he's a breast man. Tsugumi immediately looks down at her own bust after hearing this information. In episode seven, Jin becomes worried after Nagi locks herself in his closet, because that's where he keeps the stash. Nagi's not too pleased as she thumbs through his collection.
Nagi: Milky tits?
- In To Heart 2, this happens in episode 2 when Tamaki visits Takaaki's room after their long separation.
- Not exactly porn, but in the Haruhi Suzumiya books, Kyon has a hidden folder on the SOS Club's computer labeled after Mikuru which contains photos of her enforced cosplay. At one point, she notices the folder and he has to try and distract her. (Of course, then Haruhi shows up in a mood, rescuing Kyon... kind of.)
- Considering that the tone when he saved it as such (and his frantic self-note to back it up when the computer club threatens to take the computer back) implies that for Kyon, it is essential. Why he keeps it on a school computer considering that is unanswered.
- New member Yasumi found it, and kept it a secret, but let Kyon know she did.
- In Welcome to the N.H.K., as the main character frantically cleans his apartment for his mother's visit, he carries away his stash to hide it temporarily, but runs into his mother in the process and spills the magazines for all to see.
- There's also another episode where his friend gives him a CD-ROM full of Hentai, to inspire character designs for an Eroge game they're developing. He doesn't make any progress at all.
- Satou is shown to reach for a tissue every now and then, and after discovering that there's lolicon on the internet, he is shown surrounded by empty tissue boxes.
- And in the manga, this goes further — his porn obsession eventually leads him to build a massive customized rig just for pornography, complete with cavernous hard-drive, several monitors, high-fidelity headphones and a leather massage chair. In his parents' spare bedroom. Needless to say, it does not end well.
- Subverted in CLANNAD. When Tomoyo starts making it a part of her morning routine to make sure that Tomoya and Sunohara wake up and make it to school on time, she notices a magazine on the floor of Sunohara's room. Curious, she picks it up and looks at it, causing Sunohara to panic. However, she nonchalantly comments, "Oh, it's just porn."
- While alluded to in the anime, the visual novel has Akio bring one up constantly. Whether it's true or not is up for grabs.
- Simarly in Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Mitsuki finds a part of Kazuki's stash, shows it to Kazuki (he's embarrassed and expecting tragedy) and then replaces it, all without saying anything. It's never mentioned again, and she even confesses to him later that episode.
- Subverted in, of all places, Love Hina, when Su, being a bigger pain in the ass than normal (save for Molmol), finds Keitaro's porn stash while he and Naru are studying. Naru shrugs it off as normal for guys when Su asks if this proves Keitaro is a pervert.
- In Dragon Ball, Master Roshi and Murasaki are shown to have large collections of porn.
- Also when looking through Murasaki's hut Goku finds a huge porn stash and proclaims "it's Master Roshi's magazines, How did they get there?"
- Bulma once accidentally opened one of her father's capsules when she mixed up his case of capsules with her own. The capsule ended up being full of porn. She immediately destroyed it.
- School Rumble's Nishimoto gave away his porn stash to his classmates, Hanai confiscates the rest. Yakumo runs away from him when she senses his lust.
- Discussed with a lampshade in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. Every parent knows about those magazines and things under the bed.
- Heaven's Lost Property: Our peace loving hero built a robot out of panties specifically to guard his porn. When things go wrong though, he knows that he must sacrifice the porn just to save his friend's life. In an episode in the 2nd season, the robot comes back into the picture, as does the porn. Thanks to a little bit of Ikaros' magic, Tomoki's porno mags are dancing happy to have him as their owner.
- Seto no Hanayome has Nagasumi and his dad stumbling across a mermaid porn DVD in box of mermaid aerobics videos. When they both eagerly sit down to watch it, they're both stunned to find erotic footage of... fish. Nagasumi's dad casually questions his interests, and the humiliated Nagasumi dies a little more inside...
- In an episode of Irresponsible Captain Tylor, as a reward for doing something heroic, Tylor is given a porn tape by the marines on the spaceship, with a dire death threat should he not return it. He starts to turn it on in a fairly disinterested way, and the episode ends up involving his frantic attempts to eject the tape when it becomes stuck in the player, all the while being constantly interupted by all female members of the crew to deal with their own feminine problems. Things do not turn out well for him, but nothing ever does anyway.
- In an episode of Busou Renkin, a friend of the protagonist goes to deliver a porno to him, and bumps into the heroine, Tokiko while doing so, who calls him a pervert in a completely deadpan manner. After that incident, she makes an off-hand comment to the protagonist about him liking older women, and later on gets a shocked expression when the friend told him what happened, and he realizes what Tokiko meant.
- Used in the harem comedy Ai Kora, when Sakurako discovers a stash of photographs of her and the other girls' "parts" Maeda has taken, and is understandably pissed off.
- In To Love-Ru, when Zastin was possessed by a ghost they found him in his room going through some Ero-mags. Nana calls him on it, while Momo accepts it as he is a healthy man. She then immediately questions Rito about his stash. Though considering Rito, he probably doesn't have one.
- In Mirai Nikki, Yukki has a stash that was once found by Yuno as she tidied his room. Curiously, she doesn't seem to care, which is surprising for the normally super Yandere Stalker with a Crush Clingy Jealous Girl. Yukki freaks out and snatches it off her, then accidentally shows it to his mother. Apart from a single line, no more is said about it. After all, her son just brought a super cute girl home.
- Keiichi Morisato of Ah! My Goddess keeps a small collection of "dirty magazines" in his room. Every character in the series knows about it and knows where to find it (back of the bottom drawer of his desk), except maybe Belldandy, and its existence has been used to torture Keiichi on more than one occasion. Its location was a minor plot point during one arc.
- In Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Kyousuke and his sister Kirino each have their own stashes. The latter actually spreads the former's stash around his room for his childhood friend Manami to see just to mess with her. Since Manami has an obvious crush on Kyousuke, she is pleased instead of freaked out that one of Kyousuke's magazines she saw was a Meganekko fetish mag.
- Bishop Frau uses the church library to creatively hide his immense porn stash in 07-Ghost.
- In Hidamari Sketch, Yoshinoya-sensei lists some places where Yuno's orange notebook might be... before realizing that she was thinking of typical places to hide porn. The principal was not pleased to hear this.
- Played with in World Of Narue. Kazuo brings the eponymous girl Narue to his house, but doesn't have his stash properly stashed. Additionally, his computer's wallpaper is of a busty bikini girl. Narue, being an alien, however, is oblivious to what these really are.
- Germany, in Axis Powers Hetalia, is implied to have one in episode 8, giving rise to this gem from a traumatised Italy. (For those of you not in on the joke Germany in Real Life is somewhat infamous for making weird and disturbing porn.)
Italy: He's really sadistic, and he has lots of strange magazines and DVDs in his house! The last one I found involved dogs! Oh, and he really loves bondage! He was doing *censored* until a little while ago!
- Germany has also received a box full of erotic books from Finland (who is representing Santa Claus) as a Christmas present.
- Japan doesn't have one (that we know of), but Italy mistakes his ukiyo-e collection as one.
- In Monkey High!, Atsu threatens to tell Macharu's mother where Macharu keeps his. Much later, he does tell Haruna, who merely accepts its existence silently while Macharu can't even stammer an excuse for it.
- Junpei in Strawberry 100% has one, which is discovered at various points by two members of his harem. Tsukasa hides it from him, to his frustration and embarrassment... but he finds it even more embarrassing when Aya makes a point to replace one she accidentally ruined.
- We get a blink-and-you'll-miss-it look at Panty's stash in episode 3 of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. She has quite a few mags...along with her vast collection of dildos, handcuffs, and anal beads (among other things). But then, the rest of their place has mags that's she's dropped littering the place anyway.
- Nanjirou Echizen from The Prince of Tennis has one, though it's Bowdlerized into a mere stash of cute bathing suit model's mags in the anime. Nanako still reacts in utter horror when she sees it.
- Played around with in episode 3 of Tiger & Bunny. When Barnaby hides a folder on his computer screen from the cameraman and Cain Morris (director of HeroTV) during their filming of a documentary on him, Morris (mistakenly) assumes that he's hiding an online porn stash - to Barnaby's bewildered amusement.
I understand - I'm also a single man.
I'll be sure to leave out anything that might ruin your public image. Barnaby:
Excuse me? Morris:
In return, please recommend some good sites if you know of any! Barnaby: "..." (Smiles)
- The page image is the porn stash for Shuusuke in Oniichan No Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Ja Nai N Dakara Ne.note
- Yuuta in Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! keeps one under his bed, and was found by Rikka.
- The chairman of Hachimitsu academy in Kangoku Gakuen has a collection of photos of women's butts. After his daughter finds out he's been on porn sites he decides to take the photos home only to end up spilling them in front of her. So he decides to bury them, which he has to do twice. The second time he uses cement so he won't be able to dig them back up like last time.
- Of course even with his photos gone he still has to the porn sites he frequents and later on he buys as an ergonomic ass mouse pad, which he tries and fails to hide from his daughter.
- In High School D×D, Issei and his two perverted friends all have collections of porn.
- In The Familiar of Zero, Kirche's family heirloom is an old porn magazine from the 1970's. She casually gives it away to Count Mott, saying she had already memorized it. This incident is a clue for Saito that people and things from Earth have been summoned to Halkeginia for a long time.
- In the first episode of Hamatora, the super-elaborate safe that serves as a central Macguffin contains nothing more than a small pile of dirty magazines and one detective suggests the late owner's son should burn the contents.
- In Ore No Nounai Sentakushi Ga Gakuen Love Come O Zenryoku De Jama Shiteiru, Kanade Amakusa has in his computer a folder labeled "The Path to Being a Philosopher", which really holds porn. In episode 6, he's forced to delete it.
- Kare Kano: While in Arima's room, Yukino goes snooping and finds his hidden stash… of dectective and police novels & shows. He wants to be a police officer instead of a doctor when he grows up.
Films — Live-Action
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Slight subversion in that the title character's stash was thrust (so to speak) on him against his own wishes.
- Good Dick: Features a rare female version of this trope.
- Subverted in American Pie when the girl finds the Porn Stash and starts masturbating.
- In the movie Birthday Girl, Nicole Kidman's character finds the protagonist's stash of bondage magazines, but rather than get creeped out she's willing to act out his fantasies. It turns out that it's just part of the plan to manipulate him so that he will love her enough to steal for her.
- The corner store owner in Cornered! had some pornographic magazines lying around his hidden security room, which the protagonists discover while looking for a place to hide from the killer.
- In the film version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Roderick has a magazine about girls and motorcycles in his bedroom. While not porn per se', the way his mother treats it later in the film makes it a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar in a kids film.
- In Final Destination 2, when one character believes he will be the next to die, he gives another character the keys to his apartment and asks him to remove all the porn and other contraband before his mother can find it.
- In The Hairy Bird, the girls of the DAR plant Verena's father's porn stash in Mr. Dewey's briefcase to get rid of him, making sure Mrs. Dewey finds it and shows it to Ms. [McVane], the school principal.
- Hard Candy features a porn stash as a major plot point. There is a good legal reason it is hidden in a safe...
- Parodied in Home Alone, believe it or not. Kevin McCallister finds some magazines in his older brother's bedroom and thinks it's gross that nobody's wearing anything.
- Invoked in The Last Starfighter (though it's the 10-year-old brother with the stash in this case). Alex has just met his simuloid duplicate, Beta, and the conversation naturally gets a little loud. Startled, Alex's younger brother Louis wakes up:
Louis: What's up, Alex?
Alex: Back to sleep, Louis, or I'm telling Ma about your Playboys!
Louis: (immediately fakes being asleep)
Beta: You're blowing it, Alex.
Louis: What the shit?!
Beta: I said, back to sleep, Louis, or I'm telling Ma about your Playboys!
- In Little Miss Sunshine, a State Trooper is going to search the family van because they are all acting so suspiciously (they are hiding their grandfather's body in the back), but instead he finds Grandpa's raunchy porn stash (with the uncle's gay porn on top) and suddenly "understands" why they were so evasive.
- Then there's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, where James Bond cracks a safe to find documents linking a German lawyer to Blofeld. He finds the monthly Playboy in there too. And he, the evil bastard, steals the centerfold.
- In the Crowning Moment of Funny of the otherwise traumatically horrifying film Orphan, rebellious adolescent Danny shares his spoils with his friends in his treehouse:
"Page forty-three will change your life... hey, that one looks like your mom!"
- A mother discovers her little boy's porn collection in Pieces after she finds him putting together a jigsaw puzzle featuring a naked woman. Matricide ensues.
- A rare example of this being played for drama in Shame.
- A scene cut from the movie Shaun of the Dead has Shaun and Ed searching their roommate Pete's bedroom for his car keys, at which point Ed would come across a stash of fat girl porn. This was a call-back to another cut scene in which Pete mentioned he did many things he wasn't proud of, including sleeping with a fat girl.
- There's a briefly seen porn stash, consisting of magazines depicting nude and partially nude women, in The Toolbox Murders. The owner of it was female.
- Skirted (not a euphemism) in the 2007 Transformers Live-Action Adaptation: in what he thinks may be his final message to his parents, Sam states, "If you find Busty Beauties 4 under my bed, I'm holding it for Niles... okay, that's a lie, Uncle Charles gave it to me and I'm sorry." Later, when looking for Captain Witwicky's glasses in his room, he specifically states that Micheala should not look in one particular box of things, which he calls his "treasure chest."
- In the Watchmen film, Ambiguously Gay Adrian Veidt has a folder labeled "boys" on his computer. This was intended as in in-joke to fans of the Comic Book.
- In You Me And Dupree, husband and wife, Carl and Molly, catches Carl's best friend, Dupree, masturbating in their living room to a porno movie. Unfortunately, Dupree didn't put away a box labeled "camping gear" where he got the tape from which contained Carl's entire collection of Asian porn movies which his wife forced him to toss. Er, throw out.
- In Chuck Palahniuk's novel Rant, Echo Casey is the title character's "porn buddy" (see Coupling example). Echo is Rant's girlfriend.
- Palahniuk has written a nonfiction piece where he mentions performing this service for a terminal AIDS patient.
- In the Adrian Mole novels, Adrian's mother discovers the porn mags he has hidden under his mattress. She also discovers the phone bill (hidden for completely different reasons) and assumes there may be some additional perversion.
- Quietly subverted in Death Star, in what might just be the only time in Star Wars this trope comes up. A guard is faintly amused at the thought of the reactions his fellows would have to finding that...
the holos hidden beneath his bunk were not racy images of Twi'lek dancing girls
, but rather dissertations on various schools of metaphysical thought detailed by the galaxy's finest philosophers
. Not that he had anything against Twi'lek dancing girls.
- In his autobiograhy The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson writes about his childhood exploits in seeking out the porn stash owned by his father. A particularly favourite hobby was to swap magazines with friends who had found their own father's stashes, knowing full well they could do this without getting into trouble.
- In Flora Segunda, when Flora and Udo are searching through Hotspur's old bedroom, one of the items they come across is a copy of Naughty Nan's Risque Review.
- In Neal Shusterman's kid/young adult novel The Eyes of Kid Midas, a boy comes across a pair of magical wish-granting sunglasses. At one point, when his best friend and he are wishing up all sorts of cool goodies from catalogs, they come across one of their dads' Playboys. Interestingly, despite being pubescent males, the two blush, tell themselves "maybe later," and put it away. It never resurfaces.
- In Stephen King's novel Needful Things the school principal, who's secretly a pedophile, is actually dumb enough to keep his collection of CP magazines in his own office, albeit in a locked drawer. Of course it bites him in the ass as a part of a Deadly Prank.
- In Stephen King's short story A Good Marriage a middle-aged wife discovers that her husband has a collection of extremely dark sadomasochistic magazines.
- Ciaphas Cain frequently comments on how Jurgen supposedly hides a collection of porno-slates somewhere in his quarters.
- In Making Money Moist and Adora find the stash of sex paraphernalia and diaries collected by the previous bank chairman, a Dirty Old Man. They actually find one entry in the diaries useful once they've sorted through all the sexual stuff in them. Amusingly, Moist is flabbergasted and ashamed by all of it, and Adora doesn't react.
- Used to great effect in Skins when Katie, who had spent half a season willfully ignoring it, was forced to acknowledge her twin-sisters lesbianism when she stumbled upon her porn-stash.
- On Kyle XY, Josh has one full of Playpen magazines. He keeps them in a Ouija board box, and lends one to Kyle so he can avoid certain public embarrassments...
- Subverted in an episode of Castle where a detective expresses his surprise in not finding any porn stashed on a victim's computer.
- And mentioned again when Castle tells Beckett to hide his Porn Stash from his daughter Alexis if he dies.
- Aaron on Wonderfalls, obviously afraid that his parents will snoop, keeps his porn stash locked in a safe.
- Two of the male leads on Coupling have a deal where they are "porn buddies" with each other. Basically, if one of them dies, the other will immediately go over to the dead man's home and remove all the porn before any parents or family members show up. The porn so recovered would then be added to the survivor's stash, of course.
Jeff: So your best friend's dead - but there's an upside!
- The plot of the episode "Inferno" revolves around a character finding the titular video tape (whose full title was Lesbian Spank Inferno) in her boyfriend's video.
- The plot of a Season 4 episode deals with Geoff's Suspiciously Similar Substitute, Oliver, who has been single so long he's stopped hiding his Porn Stash, and has a girl coming up to his flat. Hilarity Ensues.
- The porn buddy idea was also done on the UK version of Queer as Folk. After attending a friend's funeral Stuart and Vince go to his house and take all his porn so his mother won't find it.
- In episode 8 of Mahou Sentai Magiranger, after Urara learns An Aesop about being honest with herself and her siblings, the first thing she tells Kai is to "not hide [his] magazines under the bed." It's never stated what these magazines are, but what else do you think a 17-year old boy would hide under his bed?
- Barney on How I Met Your Mother has his porn out in the open in a special display case, so as to scare away any dates who wish to stay and start a relationship.
- Lily told Barney that Marshall doesn't have porn. He tells her that notion is "cute".
- The X-Files featured regular jokes about Mulder's porn stash (which in one episode was implied to take up his entire bedroom, in addition to what he kept stashed around the office). Unusually for the trope, he made no real attempt to keep it a secret from Scully, and she didn't seem to care, aside from occasionally teasing him a little.
- This becomes a bit Harsher in Hindsight, as David Duchovny recently went into rehab for sex addiction.
- On Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff has a porn stash which he asks Larry to hide while he has emergency bypass surgery. Larry finds it, but stops to look through it. Naturally, this is when Jeff's parents walk in. Rather than be embarrassed, Larry casually states that he recently had dinner with the male lead in the tape.
- In the episode of Men Behaving Badly titled "Pornography", Tony ends up getting dumped a girlfriend who wanted him to get rid of his collection of porn after he lied to her about getting rid of it, only to stash it in his guitar. The fact that as she was leaving he begged her to let him keep one particular magazine citing that it had 'sentimental value' probably didn't help.
- In one episode of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Donna thinks she is doing Gaz a favour by tidying his room. He is horrified to find it has been completely girlified, then panickedly murmurs "me porn!" rushes to his gigantic porn cupboard, and then opens it to discover it's full of teddies (the bear, not the lingerie). Cue the Big "NO!".
- In an episode of Hot Properties one of the girls suspects her boyfriend is a chubby chaser, and decides to raid his porn stash to find out.
The fold-outs opened out, and down, and up, and across.
- In 3rd Rock from the Sun, Officer Don has a collection of Playpen magazine, and after his girlfriend Sally thinks about posing to it, he gets infuriated and cancels his lifetime subscription — replacing it with a year-by-year one...
- Married... with Children had Al Bundy and his stash of "Big 'Uns" magazines. In an episode, Fidel Castro was reading "Cub 'Uns", a spinoff of "Big 'Uns".
- His African-American buddy Griff reads "Black Big 'Uns".
- When the car was lost at the car wash Al said he had something valuable of his in the trunk of the car to which Peg replies it's probably just a copy of "Big 'Uns". At the end when the car is found, Al goes right to the trunk to retrieve just that — a copy of "Big 'Uns". But hidden in the magazine was a photo of him and his family.
- He also had a collection of Playboys handed down from his father.
- Bud has his own collection as well, though he does borrow from Al occasionally.
- Noah's Arc: In the first episode Noah is trying to find Wade's stash to determine if he's gay or straight.
- Veronica Mars goes to a boy's house looking for evidence that he is planning to blow up the school, but instead finds his "Petite Blondes" porn. Veronica remarks, "At least I know I'm his type." In another episode, she finds where Aaron Echolls keeps his homemade-without-permission-starring-underage-girls porn in a locked cabinet in the bedroom, along with the sophisticated equipment he uses to run the several cameras.
- On Arrested Development, MRF Rita gets her idea about sex from her Uncle's porn magazines. Due to the specificity of said porn, she believes a cricket bat to be essential to the process.
- Six Feet Under: David and Keith, when first fostering Anthony and Durrell, find them giggling at their porn stash. David freaks out and declares that they have to throw it all away, despite the fact that it was hidden and the kids must have gone snooping for it. As it turns out, the stash is big enough to fill two large trash bags.
- In one episode of Top Gear, the reward for one of the challenges in the lorry driving contest was "a year's supply of gentlemens' literature". We could see clearly it was a collection of top-shelf magazines.
- On LOST, Charlie finds Sawyer's while looking through his stockpile:
Charlie: Well, he stole all this in the first place. I mean, people need food. They need medical supplies. They need... shocking amounts of pornography.
- To be fair to Sawyer, he'd simply taken everything of value from all the deceased passengers' luggage, which raises some interesting questions of how many people actually fly with porn magazines.
- My Family periodically references Michael's "magazines"... which are allegedly Nick's.
- On Titus, Tommy asks Titus...
Tommy: Titus, if I die, please get the porn from under my bed before my mom cleans out my room. And also, if you look at it, keep an open mind.
- Correspondent John Oliver begged Jon Stewart to get rid of his pornography if he died while in the field. Oliver said that porn was hidden in several places in his kitchen and living room, but that a box labeled "pornography" was actually "erotica" and should be donated to a library.
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Some Assembly Required," on searching one of their suspects' homes, Xander finds "a pornography collection so prodigious it even scared me."
- A Desperate Housewives episode had Bree preventing her son from living with his grandparents by "accidentally" showing them his stash of gay porn.
- Battlestar Galactica. On receiving an entire crate load of computer software from the Pegasus crew, Gaeta's first question is a whispered, "Got any porn in there?"
- In an episode of Mad About You Paul accidentally puts a home-made porn tape in the wrong box and sent it to his employer or returned it to the video store, forcing him and Jamie to track it down before someone watches it.
- One episode of Drew Carey's Green Screen Show (Spiritual Successor to Whose Line Is It Anyway?) involved the performers acting out their impression of a virus attack on a computer; at one point Brad and Julie go "We're all your porn" and start drifting away from 'protagonist' Jeff, who breaks out in a Big "NO!".
- The second season premiere of Leverage plays with this when Sophie stays over at Nate's apartment to make sure he was ok after he was injured in a fight. She notes that she didn't look under his bed because she knows that's where guys keep all of their "weird kinky stuff." Nate, of course, denies that there's anything under his bed.
- A Running Gag in Generation Kill is the fate of Evan Wright's totally innocuous photo of his girlfriend. Because of the religious sensibilities of their host nations, the Marines couldn't have any pornography, so Wright's picture gets stolen and becomes the closest thing to porn any of them have access to. At one point the photo is even "pimped out" in exchange for some batteries. Poor Wright spends the entire series trying to track the picture down and never does. On a side note, the Marines finally accept him once he reveals that he used to write for Hustler.
- In the opening of one NCIS episode, a kid isn't so much distressed that his mother has found his Porn Stash... but more worried that she'd also discover the handgun hidden underneath, that he'd picked on a crime scene.
- In the episode "The Eleventh Hour", the Doctor abruptly commandeers a minor character's laptop, only to notice that the owner apparently (this being Doctor Who, nothing is made too obvious) has a porn stash on it. After returning the computer, the Doctor advises him to clear his browser history.
- True Life explores this in an epsiode about porn addicts. One man was so addicted to porn that his wife had to put her own password on their computer. Which he promptly figured out.
- There's a CSI ep where Greg's porn stash is stumbled onto offscreen and mentioned later.
- Happens in a Tracker ep, with Cole being thrown off by the porn because it's in a teenage boy's room. He doesn't think it's appropriate, and Mel has to explain things a bit.
- In Sherlock, Sherlock off-handedly mentions that John has "naked women" on his laptop; it's fairly clear that he's not referring to artistic nudes.
- Matt in Friday Night Lights has porn magazines stashed under his bed, unusual given the episode was made in 2007. Lampshaded when a caretaker finds Them and points out that almost no one does that anymore and "there is such a thing as the internet".
- In an episode of George and Mildred, Mildred gives away a box of George's old gardening magazines to the church jumble sale. George then confesses that only the top layer was gardening magazines and that the rest were porno mags. There follows a desperate attempt to retrieve the box before The Vicar looks in it.
- Hinted at, sort of, on Glee. At one point, Finn tells Rachel that he's been blackmailed by Kurt ever since Kurt saw his browser history.
- An interesting variation on L.A. Law when a wealthy, well-respected man dies, and his lawyers go through his personal effects. What they find is no crude stack of magazines, but a valuable and lovingly cared-for collection of erotic art and photography, some of it a hundred years old. The man was, in a word, a connoseiur, but his grown children still want to spare his widow any embarrasment. The lawyers quietly sell it off to other collectors and add the cash to his estate. After the reading of the will, the widow calmly asks "By the way; did you ever find your father's dirty pictures?"
- In the Orphan Black episode "Conditions of Existence", Allison suspects her husband of being in on The Conspiracy, so she starts going through his things. She keeps finding places where he's hiding stuff from her, but they all turn out to be porn DVDs instead of sinister conspiracy-related material.
Stand Up Comedy
- Bill Hicks:
That is one of my big fears in life, that I'm gonna die, you know, and my parents are gonna come to clean out my apartment and find that porno wing I've been adding onto for years. There'll be two funerals that day. I can see my mom going through my stuff. "Look, honey, here's Bill when he was a Cub scout. Look at how cute my baby is. His little short pants, his little hat, (crying) look how cute my baby was... I wonder what's in this box over here. (Beat
) 'Rear Entry', Volumes One through Forty?!" I'll be the only guy going through the gates of Heaven with his mom spanking him. "Mom, they were on sale!"
- Chris Rock:
Every man in here is hiding some porno in the crib. Not an illegal amount, just enough to get you by. And when we hide porno, we go all out. It ain't behind the refrigerator under the bed. We become Batman when it's time to hide some porno. You hit the light switch, the whole bookshelf shifts to the side, you go down two flights of stairs into your porno cellar. Janet Jacme, Kobe Tai, Jenna Jameson... that's right!
- During one episode of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, the host featured people telling embarassing real-life stories from holidays past. One man confessed he gave a suitcase to his girlfriend as a Christmas present... which he had forgotten contained his porn collection. She is now his ex-girlfriend, and the man still hasn't gotten all of the porn back from her father.
- One of Steve Coogan's live shows featured Alan Partridge giving a motivational presentation to the audience using a Wii controller-like device attached to his computer, and at one point an image of a nude lady accidentally popped up. Partridge laughed it off, but unfortunately, it was apparently the same computer he kept all his porn on, as after this the audience was treated to a tour through an increasingly nasty collage of porn depicting increasingly explicit scenes of bondage, domination, humiliation and a suspicious number of fat naked men while Partridge frantically tried to get rid of it.
- Dead Reign gives players a 20% chance of finding one of these when searching in an adult bedroom. Not really much use in a Zombie Apocalypse, but hey...
- At one point in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Raiden can overhear a parrot making raunchy noises and chanting 'top of locker!' after overhearing an animated conversation between two guards. Kicking the relevant locker causes an impressive amount of pornography to fall from its top.
- In Persona 4 during Yosuke's social link, he comes over to your room and outright asks if "the goods [are] under the futon?" You can then deny it or say yes. Yosuke remarks that he used to keep his there, too, until his mom found it during cleaning. The scene ends with Yosuke actually walking to your futon, saying: "Alright. Let's check under that futon..." while you, the main character, start to panic. What Yosuke finds there is left up to you.
- Also if you take Rise (a girl) into your room she'll look around a bit before outright demanding to know "where you hide them." You can casually answer you hide them under the futon, but she's more amused than anything and not really upset. On the other hand, saying you don't know what she means has her amused by your innocence, and denying you have a stash altogether has her impressed that you would be such a gentleman. Then she offers you pictures of her in a bikini.
- In Legaia II: Duel Saga, there is an optional cutscene where Sharon finds Lang's stash at his house under the bed. Kind of averted in that Sharon seems to find it cute and funny instead of getting angry.
- For what it's worth, you end up finding the Kama Sutra among the books at the monk temple in the first Legend of Legaia game. Understandable, considering it's a monk temple.
- In Breath of Fire III, no sooner has Momo told the heroes about what a great man her late father was, then they enter his private lab... and find out that every shelf in there is filled with "adult material". (If you try to read it, the game gives them the message "you're not old enough.")
- Taken to a Crowning Moment of Funny in Wild ARMs 3. You find some "adult magazines" in a bookshelf, but trying to read them gives you a message saying you're not old enough. Get your Migrant Level up to 18, however...and you ''fight the porn stash!!''
- In at least the Fan Translation of Seiken Densetsu 3, if you have Duran in your party and attempt to enter Duran's house in Forcena, he'll force the party out. If you also have Angela in your party, she'll tease Duran by pretending to assume that this is the reason why.
Duran: Let's skip this one house, it's mine. I promised not to return until I defeated Koren.
Angela: Aw, I wanted to see your room. But if you're hiding anything, like your porn collection, I understand.
- Final Fantasy IV has a VIP room in one of the cities where you find a porno mag in the book shelf. The screen turns pink and the music changes to reflect the mood.
- Final Fantasy VIII has you finding a copy of "The Girl Next Door" early on in the game. You trade it for a Shiva Card for the Triple Triad game later on.
- In one of the sidequests in Crisis Core, Yuffie ends up finding Shinra secretaries' "treasure", which elicits the following reaction:
Yuffie: Nasty pictures! Ewww!! Sickos! Are Shinra employees trained to put TRASH in their treasure chests!?
- Taichi from Cross Channel had one, until Touko found it and burned it.
- Lacy Comic from Inazuma Eleven, which a comic editor finds in his office and decides to burn it along with other things he has. The Hero's team tries to stop him, thinking he's going to burn a special move manual. The book ends up in the hands of Kabeyama, who later spends sometime later reading it. Somehow, the said manual's really hidden inside that Hentai manga.
- You can sometimes find copies of books like 'The Lusty Argonian Maid' under NPC's beds or in bedroom-chests when snooping around houses in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
- Another book in the Elder Scrolls series, The Wolf Queen I, briefly mentions that Prince Antiochus, son of Pelagius II and brother of the titular Potema, had a "secret stash of Khajiiti pornography" while going on about young Potema's early lockpicking and blackmailing exploits.
- Isabela of Dragon Age II apparently gave Hawke one, judging by their comments if you click the bookcase in their Estate.
: Better keep Isabela's books on the top shelf; I don't want to scar Sandal
- In Mass Effect 2, Joker has a rather large porn stash that EDI sometimes comments on. In between the second and third game, it seems Cerberus's cyberwarfare division decided to attempt a remote take-over of Normandy. EDI, being unshackled and in full control of the Normandy's systems, naturally repulsed the attempt and retaliated by bombarding the Cerbies with spam data comprised of the seven zettabytes worth of Joker's porn. She weaponized the porn stash. She was joking about it all being Joker's though.
- A funny/sad log in the third game in a trip to an alien monastery for what are essentially alien vampires reveals that the younger ones are going to finally make use of their most treasured and carefully-hidden contraband object: a romantic movie depicting two "glamorous" alien women in a relationship. Since they're bound by law and morality to remain celibate for their entire lives, their excitement over an implicitly tame film, and the strict control over such "tempting" items, offers an insight into their lives that's both disturbing and poignant - especially knowing the body-counts accrued by those who decide the rules don't apply to them...
- A sidequest in Borderlands 2 has you recovering arms dealer Marcus' most valued treasure: dirty pics of his ex-wife Moxxi. After you get the pics however, Moxxi pipes up and wants you to get the pics back for her so that she can post them online.
- Several of the sidequests you get from Scooter have optional objectives of collecting dirty magazines for him.
- Not to mention the Dumpster Diving sidequest in the first game, in which an NPC asks you to retrieve the porn mags that his angry wife threw out.
- In the Chaos Rings games, the Vendor Trash takes the form of magazines, DVDs and the like that were taken from the resident shopkeeper Piu-Piu and he'll pay you to get them back. And considering that Piu-Piu is a Lovable Sex Maniac, it's not hard to guess what this collection consists of.
- Gone Home: One of the clues to the games mystery is these. Both Sam and her father have erotic magazines hidden in the house — and they're the same men's magazine.
- In the first Mega Man Battle Network game, checking out the bookshelf in Dex's house reveals that he keeps his adult comics there. Dex is, at most, eleven or twelve.
- The Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Luck of the Ed" has Eddy trying to hide some pin-up magazines he inherited from his big brother... and then having to track them down again after Ed forgets where he put them.
- He also has some under his bed. Along with tissues.
- There was a bumper involving a Porn Stash too. Sorta.
- In the episode where Ed is grumpy because he has a pebble in his shoe, Edd and Eddy try to find something to cheer him up. They find under his bed a magazine titled "Chicks Galore." Let's just say it's not the "chicks" that Eddy was thinking of.
- One episode of Family Guy shows Peter visiting a huge secure underground vault where he hides his porn stash from Lois.
- And the episode where Peter gave his "skin bin" to Chris.
- In another episode Stewie crawls under Chris' bed and finds some porn magazines, he is then curious as to what a vagina looks like he looks through the magazine and reacts in horror and shoots it with a machine gun.
- In one episode of The Simpsons, Marge finds Homer's collection of vintage Playdude magazines. Homer claims that he is keeping them for the articles. Marge tests this by cutting out all of the pictures of naked women, after which Homer throws out the magazines. It's at this point that Bart and Milhouse discover them and are confused as to why Playdude is such a big deal...
- "Don't look in my closet. In fact, stay out of my room altogether."
- An early episode clearly shows a "Playdude" under Bart's bed.
- Subverted in a later episode: Homer shows Barney his stash of adult magazines — such hot numbers as The Economist.
- It's not quite pornography, but it's in the same spirit; in one episode Lisa visits Smithers to ask about Malibu Stacy information and Smithers goes to use his computer to get an address for her. Cue his personalised start-up routine.
Naked Upper Body of Mr Burns: Hello, Smithers. You're quite good at turning me on.
Smithers: Uhm. You probably should just ignore that.
- In "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", after Bob reveals his threat and the military base is searched, Col. Hapablap angrily tells the assembled other officers, "Bob is not here. We have searched every square inch of this base and all we have found is porno, porno, porno!" and then throws down several such magazines, including "Granny Fanny" and "Cheek Week" to emphasize it. (In the next scene, Mayor Quimby orders the "esteemed representatives of television" to enter, one of which is Krusty; when he sees the magazines, he shouts, "Hey, hey! Now this is my kind of meeting!"
- Subverted in Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Carl has no problem with openly displaying his Porn Stash.
- In the third season Daria episode, "Speedtrapped", Daria has to go and look for a notebook under the bed of Trent, the older brother of her best friend, Jane. Daria has somewhat of a crush on Trent and says to herself as she starts to look under the bed, "Please, God, no amusing surprises."
- Rare female example in Sealab 2021 with Debbie. Not porn per se, but when she dumps Quinn and takes up religion she gives her box of sex toys to Hesh.
- "The big black one's their leader!"
- In Beavis And Butthead, Stewart's father is shown to have a hidden porn collection much to their amusement.
- In The Fairly OddParents episode "Hard Copy", Timmy receives a magic photocopier and the plot stops Timmy short of copying anything from his father's "Under the Bed Monthy" magazines.
- There is an episode of Rugrats which centers around the babies trying to get into Phil and Lil's father's locked desk. Once they do they empty the contents and for a split second you can see a magazine with a woman dressed as a bunny on the cover.
- Leads to some interesting lines of thought on their parents - their father is the small, soft-spoken type and his wife is the big athletic one.
- From Futurama, "Bender's Big Score", Bender keeps fifty terabytes of robot porn on his hard drive. It's all deleted when the Time Code is erased.
Robot Voice: Time Code and Obedience Virus Erased. Also fifty terabytes of porn.
Nudar: You've got no code, no porn, and you're ugly! Let's dance!
- In the Ren and Stimpy episode "I Was a Teenage Stimpy" Stimpy is going through puberty and swipes Ren's Corn collection, to his anger.
- In the hurricane episode of American Dad!, the house is flooded and Francine passes by Steve's room. She remarks on all the porn magazines floating near his mattress, asking "Why are so many of these girls Asian? And pregnant?" Steve rushes her along, saying Nothing To See Here.
- The quote is from Mission Hill, though like Jim says it is not Andy's Porn Stash. It initially looks like a Porn Stash, since it is a large, taped-up cardboard box filled with VHS tapes and covered in warnings to stay away, that Kevin finds in Andy's closet, but the tapes are actually the master tapes of Andy's appearance on The Real World.
- In the “Unknown Serial Killer” episode of Celebrity Deathmatch, Nick and Johnny enlist Geraldo Rivera’s help to find the killer who has already slain Drew Barrymore and Jamie Lee Curtis (having the audacity to do so outside the Deathmatch ring). Geraldo fails to find the killer, but does find something interesting:
Geraldo: I’m just about to enter this darkened room, which may contain the serial killer. Okay, here goes. (Walks into room and hits the lights.) Oh my God! This is definitely the secret lair of a sick and twisted individual! There’s pornography all over the desk! Pornography on the bookshelves! We’re even finding pornography hidden under other pornography!
Nick: Uh, Geraldo… Uhm… That happens to be my office…
- A G-rated version appears in the Gravity Falls episode "Scary-oke", when Dipper finds a stash of magazines like "Lady Swimwear" and "Fully-Clothed Women's Magazine" in a trunk in Grunkle Stan's office.
Dipper: Euw! Pretending I never saw that...
- The "porn stash to hide something else" idea is sometimes used in cryptography. Many cryptographic software that create encrypted files or partitions (such as VeraCrypt) have support for a "hidden partition" within the normally encrypted file/partition, which becomes visible only if you know the password of said hidden partition. (Without knowing that it's there it's impossible to even tell that there's a hidden partition; it all just looks as random data.) The idea is that you can put eg. pornographic pictures in the normal section and what you really want to hide in the hidden partition. If you are forced to reveal the password to the encrypted file, you can give out the normal password which just opens your "porn stash" section, making it believable that that was what you were trying to hide. The actual secret files will still be safe and unretrievable in the hidden partition, whose very existence is impossible to detect.
- Interestingly, fitness videos were a popular "visible" porn stash. While not exactly "Poor Man's Porn", you could leave them out in the open on the excuse that you were doing aerobics.