Just being a proper courtesan.
I've made the bed warm for you. Mal:
It, uh, looks warm. Saffron:
And I've... made myself ready for you. Mal:
Let's ride right past the part where you explain exactly what that means.
Ready for Lovemaking is when a character presents him/herself in a way that shows this character is totally ready to have sex. Usually applies to ladies, but can be guys as well, and for any sexual orientation. Often, the character is lying on a bed and/or wearing something skimpy, but there are plenty of other ways that characters can present themselves. Sometimes it's in anticipation of sex, and sometimes it's outright seduction.
If it's anticipation, the likelihood of this character actually getting some is inversely proportional to the amount of time we see this character getting ready
If it's seduction, we rarely see any preparation. We just see the target walk into a room, and the seducer is right in there. The success rate is inversely proportional to the targets's moral fiber, or willpower (if the seducer has some other methods to enhance the seduction).
Used a lot in Sit Coms
, usually played for comedy with an unsuspecting man coming home to find a sexy woman waiting for him. Having prior knowledge of the woman is optional. Having his wife or lover catching him with the seductress... less so.
Naked in Mink
can be a form of this.
A Super Trope
to Sexy Coat Flashing
Compare Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me
, Go-Go Enslavement
, Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose
(a less direct Sister Trope
Contrast Really Gets Around
, Ignore the Fanservice
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Anime & Manga
- Zero no Tsukaima
- Louise did this for Saito when she was under the influence of a Love Potion, wearing a rather transparent nightgown.
- She did it again with a cat girl outfit when not under control of a Love Potion... only for Saito (not knowing about any of her plans) to invite all their friends back to the hotel room. Awkward.
- Peorth is all decked out in lingerie, lying in Keiichi's bed with a bottle of wine in an episode of Ah! My Goddess, though Keiichi somehow detects this through the wall, and manages to sneak off and stay with Belldandy. Peorth spends so long absently sipping on the wine while waiting for him that by the next time we see her she's drunk and wondering when the hell Keiichi is going to go to sleep.
- In the anime of Urusei Yatsura, in one of the first episodes, Lum crawls into Ataru's futon and calls him to come to bed, even waving her tiger bikini in the air to prove to him that, yes, she is naked under the covers and perfectly willing to have the wedding night. Ataru refuses, instead telling her to Please Put Some Clothes On.
- Happens a few times in The Wallflower. The first time, Kyouhei purposely does this to foil Sunako's assassination attempt on him. The others are set up by Sunako's insanely rich auntie so that Kyouhei and Sunako can "deepen their relationship".
- In Kyo Kara Maoh, Yuri wakes up to find Wolfram naked in his (Yuri's) bed.
- "The Sleeping Danae Being Prepared to Receive Jupiter", a painting by Hendrik Goltzius.
- In A Pleasant Surprise, Fluttershy does this directly before taking the main character's virginity.
- A Pokémon fan comic has Dawn in the Galactic Headquarters naproom reading the "Please make sure the bed is unoccupied before getting in" sign. She turns around, and Cyrus beckons for her to join him. Dawn is unamused.
- Invoked in Twilight Researches Humans. Luna dismisses the idea of Twilight sounding a mating call (A big part of the story is a Wildlife Commentary Spoof about her), and states that this is more efficient way of getting laid. (Actually, what she says is a lot funnier, but it's Not Safe for Work).
- Kaworu attempts this on Rei in Nobody Dies. When she joined the Ikaris on a business trip to Switzerland, he had her hotel reservation changed from an ordinary room to the honeymoon suite, and arranged to be in the room waiting for her when she arrived. Only problem is: when she does arrive, she is so tired, her sole interest is sleep, and may God have mercy on anyone foolhardy enough to stand betwixt her and the bed!
Films — Live-Action
- Samantha got in a big fight with her boyfriend after she did this in the Sex and the City movie, and he came home really late.
- In more than one James Bond movie, he returns to his hotel room to find a naked woman waiting for him.
- The classic example being Tatiana Romanova in From Russia with Love, who sneaks through the window of Bond's hotel room while 007 is getting ready to take a shower, and climbs into Bond's bed wearing precisely one black velvet neck ribbon and a pair of black silk stockings. (When Bond asks Tatiana if she wore anything at all when she snuck into his room, she replies, "This!", pointing to said ribbon.
- Incidentally, this very scene is used to audition future Bond girls.
- Subverted in Die Another Day when a masseuse comes into James Bond's hotel room; pretending to feel her up, he frisks her and finds a gun, then reveals that he knew was being spied on by Chinese intelligence by smashing a two-way mirror. (Bond's gotten a bit more Genre Savvy since From Russia with Love...)
- Also subverted in For Your Eyes Only, where Bond declines the offer for a very good reason.
- Used with the roles reversed in A View to a Kill. After snooping around the villain's estate, Bond is unable to get back to his bedroom before they check if he's there (blowing his cover as just another rich idiot guest). So, he uses this ploy to explain his absence: when May Day returns to her room she finds Bond naked in her bed. She ends up going along with it in order to not blow her cover.
- Played with in Diamonds Are Forever, in which Bond comes up to his room with Plenty O'Toole, strips her down to her very bare essentials, she excuses herself to "freshen up" but a band of mooks restrain him and drop her out the window. She lands in the hotel pool wearing nothing but her panties and her high heels. A mook later remarks that he didn't know there was a pool. And then he goes into the bedroom to find Tiffany Case scantily clad in the bed.
- Since it was released in 1955, the Alfred Hitchcock comedy The Trouble with Harry couldn't show anything like this, but one character does describe it quite well:
Jennifer: I was in the hotel room alone. I put on my best nightie. You understand?
Jennifer: Although I had no true feeling for Harry, I worked myself into an enthusiasm because I thought he loved me.
Sam: Must have been hard work.
Jennifer: There was a full moon, and I sat by the window because I thought it would show off my new nightie to advantage.
- In the Coneheads movie, Prymaat sets up a scenario like this after consuming mass quantities of women's magazines looking for advice on how to keep Beldar interested in her. The resultant interlude sounds (to the eavesdropping FBI dudes) like violently mating cats.
- Mandy Moore's character tries this on her Bodyguard Crush in Chasing Liberty, but he is horrified and requests that she Please Put Some Clothes On.
- Kirsten Dunst gets one of these scenes as the title character in the 2006 Marie Antoinette.
- xXx. Xander Cage is offered a room for the night in Yorgi's mansion, and when he enters, he finds a woman clad in a bikini, pole dancing against one of the bedposts.
Xander: The things I'll do for my country.
- Played for Laughs in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, in which Indy and Willie have an argument over their Belligerent Sexual Tension. Each one is certain that the other is hot for them (and they're both right), but their egos won't allow either to "submit". Thus, they retire to their individual rooms and the audience is treated to a montage as they prepare themselves for a wild night of raunchy sex, only to (angrily) realize that neither one is biting. Then, the trope is played its straightest after Indy is almost assassinated in his room and barges into Willie's to check for another assassin, with Willie reclining on the bed, positively giddy to see a crazed Indy bursting her door down.
- In Killers, Spencer and Jen are talking when Jen gets onto the bed in her underwear. However, Spencer has his back to her and doesn't notice, and keeps talking until she falls asleep.
- In John Tucker Must Die, John Tucker sneaks into what he thinks is Kate's hotel room and gets on the bed in a pink thong. Unfortunately for him, it turns out to be his teacher's hotel room. She drags him out by the ear.
- In X-Men: First Class, Erik walks into his room and finds a naked Raven lying in his bed. When he says, "Maybe in a few years," she responds by shifting her appearance to that of an adult woman.
- After their Vegas wedding in Walk Hard, Darlene prepares herself for Dewey like this; however, Dewey is content simply to walk into the room proclaiming "I'm ready for sex!"
- In The Big Sleep, Marlowe comes back to his apartment to find Carmen Sternwood waiting for him — though because of the Production Code she's still dressed. (In the novel, she's naked.)
- In Trading Places, Billy Ray Valentine finds one of the barflys from his old haunt waiting for him in his new house's bedroom, obviously there just because he now has money.
Girl: (rolling out of bed naked) I've been waiting for you, Billy Ray.
Billy Ray: Get your clothes on and get out.
- Subverted in Lolita (1997). Charlotte waits for Humbert in bed dressed in a silk nightie, but Humbert (who's only married Charlotte to get close to her underage daughter) has already drugged her. After testing she's unconscious by shaking the bed, turning up the radio (which is playing "I'm In The Mood For Love") and waving a flashlight in her face, only then does he get into bed. Unfortunately she then wakes up, so Humbert has to perform his "husbandly duties" anyway. And find a more powerful sleeping pill.
- Phred in The Student Nurses.NSFW
- Both parodied (in the styles of James Bond) and played straight in The Pink Panther Strikes Again. The Soviet spy (woman) is seduced, not by the protagonist, but by the Egyptian (man) spy, also sent to Munich to kill Clouseau. The Egyptian ends up getting killed and Clouseau finds her in this position, in the dark. She ends up falling for him instead.
- Spoofed in a Frasier episode, where Roz thinks Bulldog is being nice to her, but he does this at the end, showing he just wanted sex with her.
- Monica did this for Richard: skimpy negligee, rose petals scattered on the bed, a fresh rose in her teeth, wine at the ready, the whole shebang.
- Rachel did it for Joshua at his parents' posh townhouse. While he went elsewhere to wash up, she dressed down to her nightie and presented herself on the couch —at which point Joshua's parents came in. She tried to pass it off as the latest European fashion and even went out to dinner with them (un)dressed like that.
- Implied just after Chandler and Monica get together — when their relationship is still a secret. Rachel goes into Monica's room after knocking (and hearing a rather seductive "I've been waiting for you" in response) and comes out screaming a moment later. When Monica claims to have been taking a nap, Rachel replies that no one takes a nap "in that position".
- In "The One with the Flashback", Joey gets naked when Monica invites him for lemonade.
- In Firefly, Mal finds Saffron waiting for him in his bed. She says she's "made herself ready for" him. She has, if you can count knock-out lipstick "being ready". It doesn't end well.
- Amazingly, this happens to Al on Married... with Children, where a "shoe groupie" (played by Jessica Hahn) with a crush on him tries to seduce him by waiting is his bed dressed in sexy lingerie. Even more amazingly, he turns her down, unwilling to cheat on Peg. (Al may have considered adultery from time to time, but for all his faults, he never actually did it.)
- Tasha Yar did this to seduce Data in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Naked Now". Of course, she had been under the influence of the polywater intoxication, and after recovering, told Data that it "never happened", and he never dwelled on it. (Despite this, Data always had feelings for her later, keeping a holographic photograph of her in his quarters after her death, something that Picard used as evidence in the much later "The Measure of a Man" to prove that he was capable of emotion.)
- Star Trek: Voyager. Captain Janeway enters her quarters to find an enormous double bed with red satin sheets and twin heart-shaped headboards. Enter Q in a red dressing gown, holding a champagne glass. She's not impressed; even less so when Q reveals he wants her to be the mother of his child.
- Bree with her fur coat and red lingerie in Desperate Housewives.
- In The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Adrian, wearing a formal black dress, attempts this on Ben, because she's trying to get pregnant again. However, he's aware of her plans, so he turns her down.
- Will Smith in just about every scene with a female and a bed/couch in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- In Twin Peaks, Special Agent Dale Cooper returns to his hotel room to find Fille Fatale Audrey Horne naked and eager in his bed.
- Happens in Misfits in the fourth episode, between Curtis and Alisha. Though not exactly for sex in the proper sense of the word; It Makes Sense in Context.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- In a drastic attempt to show Oz she really cares for him after cheating with Xander but being forgiven, Willow pulls out all the stops in setting up a romantic evening on Christmas Eve. There's a slinky red dress, Barry White, and lemonade in a cooler. Oz declines, though, saying she doesn't have to prove anything to him, and that if they do have sex it should be because they both need it to for the same reason.
- Anya employs a more direct method — walking into Xander's bedroom, then dropping her dress. It works.
- Buffy-under-Xander's-accidental-Love Spell in "Bewitched, Bewildered, & Bothered" shows up in the library wearing only a (very short) raincoat and a smile. Xander knows what's going on, and heroically resists.
- Late in Season Seven, Faith finds Spike awaiting her in this manner in Buffy's basement. Funny since there's no way he could have known who was coming down the stairs.
- Brooke's first introduction to Lucas in One Tree Hill involved her naked in the backseat of his car. Later on in the series, Rachel tries it as well, and the actress hired to play Brooke in a movie based on Lucas' novel pulls it on Brooke herself, to see if she got Brooke's "signature move" right. Even Owen did it to Brooke once...
- Blair has done this twice for Chuck on Gossip Girl. Didn't work either time.
- Doctor Who
- Amy Pond does this at the end of "Flesh and Stone". Amy lies back on the bed as the Doctor gets an epiphany, thinking that he's submitted to her... ahem... demands. Of course, he just drags her back to the TARDIS to run off and go find her fiancé, Rory to dispel all the sexual tension.
- Done again in "Amy's Choice". Only this time, it's the Dream Lord (a.k.a. the Doctor's dark side). It's not that nice a sight.
- "The Naked Man" from How I Met Your Mother.
- On Boy Meets World, Cory tries to do this for Topanga when he thinks she is finally willing to have sex with him, but Eric accidentaly walks in on him right before she shows up.
- Babylon 5:
- The Emperor of the Centauri grants Londo the boon of divorcing two of his three wives (all of them being arranged marriages with women he can't stand). At one point, two of them (who can't stand him either, but would like to maintain their access to his money), enter his bedroom in lingerie and try to seduce him.
- In a later episode, the political officer assigned to Sheridan tries to get him to accept the notion of having a political officer by demonstrating that she can strip naked in the time it takes him to turn around and pour a drink.
- The song "Pink and Velvet" off Berlin's album Count Three and Pray.
- Nelly Furtado and Timbaland play two people of this kind in "Promiscuous".
Timbaland: Wait, I don't mean no harm, I can see you with my T-shirt on
Nelly: I can see you with nothin' on, feelin' on me before you bring that on
- "Coalmine" by Sara Evans:
" Ain't gonna have nothin' but the supper on
Gonna keep him busy 'til it's time
He goes back to that caolmine"
- DeviantArt has an emoticon that's supposed to represent lust. It consists of said emoticon in a little bed, winking and indicating the empty space next to it.
- This is the idea behind the "Draw me like one of your French girls" meme, showing animals, people or sometimes inanimate objects (usually) unintentionally posed this way, with the name taken from the infamous drawing scene in Titanic.
- As in the picture, one of the endings in the Princess Maker games is a courtesan, and the third game shows this scene.
- The initial sex scene with Anden in A Dance with Rogues has the Princess crawling into his sleeping bag nude.
- At the end of Sexy Parodius, when the villain octopus tries to escape, he does so past a naked woman (back to the camera) in this position. The player's ship startles her, and she turns over to cover herself... crushing the octopus.
- If you max out the relationship of one of the three Love Interests of the current generation protagonist in the Agarest series, they show off this trope.
- Parodied in Mario Party 3 when Bowser (a turtle-lizard-dragon monster) lays down like so before telling the player about some misfortune he or she is about to receive.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Southern Raiders", Zuko wanders into Sokka's tent for a talk and finds Sokka half-undressed and posed seductively in a lovenest of candles and roses, obviously expecting someone else to wander in. Just before that, Zuko had bumped into Sokka's girlfriend trying to sneak into the tent. No-one seems to know how they pulled THAT off. Must have been a Censor Decoy. When we next see Sokka the following morning, he has a floral necklace for no particular reason except to indicate he got lei'd. And, assuming that Suki gave it to him, that Suki got de-flowered.
- In one of the episodes of Family Guy, Brian gets a new girlfriend but, convinced that having sex with her straight out of the gate would be a bad idea, takes it glacially slow. However, it's obvious that the girl is VERY interested in having sex, and one of the cutaway gags features Brian asking her "What do you want to do tonight?" while she lies back on the bed with her legs spread open, flashing lights pointing toward her crotch, and one of those guys from an airplane runway waving those little light sticks in her direction, while she says suggestively, "Oh, I dunno...."
- Zapp Brannigan tries this on Leela on his first appearance. She's not impressed, and only ends up sleeping with him out of pity. Big mistake.
- In another episode, Fry wins Leela's affection thanks to intestinal parasites that make him awesome, but then leaves to get rid of the worms to see if she really loves him, or just what they're making him. When he returns to her apartment, she's fallen asleep on the bed wearing slinky lingerie, obviously with this trope in mind..
- In yet another episode, Edna, the Decapodian that Zoidberg is interested in, develops a crush on Fry and invites him over to her place, greeting him in this manner.
- Spoofed in a more child-friendly manner on The Looney Tunes Show when Daffy Duck enters his room and finds Lola in this position on his bed. His reaction is to have the towel around his waist drop to the floor in justified surprise. A more straight example is Elmer Fudd doing this at the end of the "Grilled Cheese" music video.
- Moral Orel: Although not on a bed, Principal Fakey's wife is shown to await his return from work, putting on candles and applying make-up to her face. He claims he's not in the mood due to being tired and bored from work. ("Want to make it not boring?") The real reason he's reluctant to have sex is because he feels guilty about cheating on her.
- Madam Lorraine does this while attempting to seduce Jonah (so she can kill him) in DC Showcase: Jonah Hex.