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Normally, people in a professional line of work must keep their romantic inclinations in check at the office. However, sometimes, in the heat of the moment, {{UST}} simply must be resolved. They're at the office, so might as well just do it on the desk. This may or may not involve NecktieLeash kissing or the wanton shuffling of papers onto the floor to make way for some "pencil pushing". Can be used to show the otherwise-professional letting their hair down, or as an insult to the boss or someone else in a position of authority.

A subtrope of MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In Devil Due's Publishing's ''ComicBook/SheenaQueenOfTheJungle'', Laura Jeffries and Martin Ransome have sex on the desk of the CEO of Cardwell Industries.
* This shows up fairly frequently in ''ComicBook/RedEars''. If the set-up to a sex gag takes place in the office, the desk will most definitely be used.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* For some reason, lots of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfiction seems to involve the huge, impressive-looking desk in Commander Ikari's office being used for this. Not always by Gendo...
** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': In chapter 8, Ritsuko is fed up with being ignored by Gendo, so that she storms inside his office, pounces on his desk and demands being taken right there. So Gendo did.
-->'' She'd gone to his office, stormed inside like a force of nature, and all but pounced on him at his desk. He'd finally acquiesced to her very plain desire and taken her, right there in his office. Again.''
** Alluded to in ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'':
--> '''Ritsuko:''' "Doing it on a desk is overrated anyway. Believe me, I would know."
--> '''Misato:''' *HeadDesk* [[TooMuchInformation "Can we talk about something else now, please?"]]
** In ''Fanfic/NobodyDies'', Asuka's parents are the ones who end up doing it while [[OriginalCharacter Pieter]] is in charge in Gendo's absence. It's quite likely the desk's owner and his wife (who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as you may have gathered from the title]] isn't dead in this story) beat them to it.
** In memorably weird Literature/ConanTheBarbarian quasi-crossover ''The Riddle Of Steel'', it's ''Shinji and Rei'' of all people. (DontAsk.)
* In ''Fanfic/YetAgain'', it is revealed that it is a grand tradition among Hokages for the acting Hokage to, at least once, take his or her beloved in the Hokage's office, right there on the desk.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/DieHard'', two employees of Nakatomi are going at it on a desk when Hans Gruber's boys show up and drag them out with the rest of the hostages.
* Used in ''Film/Bound2015'' to both show how much sway Ryan holds over Michelle by getting her to have sex on her father's desk and also to symbolize his taking over her father's role in ordering her life.
* At the starts of ''Film/{{Tamara}}'', Tamara has an EroticDream about her English teacher Mr. Natolly. He sweepes the papers off the desk in his classroom and lifts her on to the desk in preparation for doing her, and then the dream shifts.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/DeceptionPoint'': Senator Sexton and his assistant, Gabrielle, have a desktop tryst in his office, photos of which are later used as blackmail.
* In one of Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy books, part of the background on Blomkvist and Berger's relationship is that they had sex on the desk in her office shortly after they began working together, thus resuming a relationship that they had ended when each of them got married.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' finds himself at odds with his new female boss, which [[EveryoneCanSeeIt everyone except him]] thinks is UnresolvedSexualTension. Finally, he goes in to argue with his boss about wages late at night, and the following exchange ensues:
-->'''Kate Costas:''' There would've been raises if you hadn't taken all the money to pay for those Armani suits!
-->'''Frasier:''' Oh, what about you? Let's not overlook that pricy little Fendi scarf you're wearing!
-->'''Kate Costas:''' Well, what about this designer cologne on you?
-->'''Frasier:''' Well, how about those pouty lips that must have cost you a fortune in collagen injections!
-->'''Kate Costas:''' These lips are mine, you arrogant gasbag!
-->'''Frasier:''' You intractable despot!
-->'''Kate Costas:''' Blowhard!
-->'''Frasier:''' Tyrant!
-->'''Kate Costas:''' Ass!
-->'''Frasier:''' Shrew!
-->[passionate kiss]
* In ''Series/BetterOffTed'', a flashback/security footage of Ted's hookup with Veronica shows them having sex on top of a work desk. Veronica accidentally deleted an important e-mail with her foot during the act.
* ''Series/{{Conviction}}'': ADA's Alex Cabot and Jim Steele engage in after-hours sex on top of Jim's work desk.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Crownies}}'', Ben and Julie sneak into the office after the Christmas party to have sex on Ben's boss's desk.
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** When Phoebe dates David the Scientist Guy...
--->'''Phoebe''': Were you planning on kissing me ever?\\
'''David''': Uh, that's definitely a, uh, valid question. And, uh, the answer would be (Writes YES on the board) yes. Yes I was. But, see, I wanted it to be this phenomenal kiss that happened at this phenomenal moment, because, well, 'cause it's you.\\
'''Phoebe''': Sure.\\
'''David''': Right. But, see, the longer I waited, the more phenomenal the kiss had to be, and now we've reached a place where it's just gotta be one of those things where I just like... sweep everything off the table and throw you down on it. And, uh, I'm not really a, uh, sweeping sorta fella.
** And when Rachel was dating her assistant Tag, she dramatically sweeps all the stuff off her desk:
--->'''Tag''': Oh my God. Are you serious?\\
'''Rachel''': No, [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I just always wanted to do that]]. Can you help me pick this stuff up?
* ''[[Series/HermansHead Herman's Head]]'': Herman catches Heddy in a vulnerable moment, and they do this on their boss's desk. The boss figures it out, and isn't happy.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': George lost his job after having sex with one of the cleaning women on his desk. He said he didn't know that wasn't allowed.
-->'''Mr. Lippman''': It has come to my attention that you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office. Is that correct?\\
'''George''': Who said that?\\
'''Mr. Lippman''': She did.\\
'''George''': ({{beat}}) Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell ya, I've gotta plead ignorance on this, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon...'cause I've worked in a lot of offices and people do that all the time.
** George certainly knew what the consequences were. Being George, [[RefugeinAudacity this response seemed like the only possible escape]].
** In another episode, he deliberately avoids hiring an attractive secretary specifically to avoid this trope. It doesn't work, however.
* In the ''Series/{{Zen}}'' episode "Ratking". Zen and his lover violate the new boss's rules and make love on the boss's desk. There's a laugh when the desk falls down while the boss is using it. Later, as the boss is leaving (and Zen is preparing to temporarily take the job), Zen tells him what they did.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/GeneralHospital'' as a couple begins to make out in his office. The man turns and sweeps everything off of his desk.
--> Woman (confused): We have a perfectly good couch right here. (gestures)
--> Man: I know. I've just ''always'' wanted to do that.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Played straight in a GrandTheftMe episode when someone takes over Angel's body and starts hitting on evil lawyer Lilah Morgan; it [[FoeYay doesn't take long]] for the two of them to start making out on the bosses' desk at Angel Investigations.
--->'''Wesley:''' I do not believe it. On my desk?\\
'''Gunn:''' Well, it did used to be his. Maybe he was just kinda... reclaiming it.
** In Season 5, Spike's first act on becoming corporeal again is to throw a lawyer out of his office so he can do it on the desk with Angel's SexySecretary.
* On the show ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lois Lane had an affair with her boss at the ''Daily Planet''. Her cousin Chloë Sullivan referenced this trope when she urged Lois to break off the affair, telling her that she wanted people to think she had earned a promotion "at her desk, not ''on'' it."
* Happens between Charlene Cockburn (Kristin Chenoweth) and her husband in the pilot of ''{{Series/GCB}}''.
* Happens with Daisy and Sweets in ''Series/{{Bones}}''.
-->'''Sweets''': We have to stop having sex on my desk.
* Gwen walks in on Jack and Ianto in the Hub in the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Adrift."
* In one priceless moment in ''Series/TheWestWing'', President Bartlet tried to talk his wife into doing it in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JvIeO4jbRk the Oval Office]].
* On the first episode of ''Series/ThatsMyBush,'' Laura wants to have sex in every room of the White House. She suggests this while George is trying to have a romantic dinner with her and secretly hold an important meeting in another room. Guess which room she wants to try first.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Scientific Method", Lt. B'Elanna Torres has just started a relationship with Lt. Tom Paris and are [[MakeOutKids making out at every opportunity]]. At one point they make use of an isolated work console in Engineering, which Torres has to turn off as it starts beeping.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Heavily {{implied}} to have occurred between [[BetaCouple Aveline and Donnic]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''; [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]] leans against the door of [[DaChief Aveline's]] office with a knowing smirk, and we hear muffled giggling and moaning from behind the door.
** A confirmed case in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' with Cullen and the female Inquisitor. If you participate in Sera's sidequest to prank the others after this scene she'll say something about how hard it is to move the desk and the Inquisitor will awkwardly mention that it's "sturdy."
* Hisao and his potential girlfriend Shizune from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' aren't exactly professionals, but they ''are'' members of the school council (with Shizune as the president ''and'' the class representative), and their second sex scene takes place in the council room itself the night before they step down. [[NerdsAreSexy Shi]][[MsFanservice zune]] explicitly tells Hisao (though sign language since she's deafmute) that she's always intended to spend her last night as StudentCouncilPresident in the room, and having sex with her boyfriend is one ''really'' nice plus, so they end up having sex under the council table (mostly because Hisao fell off) and then ''on'' it.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar subversion]] in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': Ed is working, and Bev comes to see him at work. He rudely dismisses the knock on the door, but then when Bev comes in anyway, and he realizes who she is, he knocks everything off the top of his desk excitedly. [[spoiler:They don't do anything as perhaps planned because Bev now has a nose, and is put off by Ed's B.O.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' Bart was once hiding in the classroom coat closet and overheard Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner having sex on Martin's desk. ("It ''is'' usually the cleanest.")
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Black Friday," the head of Sony is introduced having sex with a woman on top of his desk. PlayedWith in "A Song of Ass and Fire," though: he has sex [[spoiler:with the reporter, Niles Lawson]] in his office, but apparently has a bed in there.