->'''Cordelia''': I learned something, too. I learned, um… men are evil? Oh wait, I knew that. I learned that L.A. is full of self-serving phonies. --No, had that one down, too. Uhh… sex is bad?
->'''Angel''': We ''all'' knew that.
-->--'''''{{Series/Angel}}''''', "Expecting"

In many moral codes, sex is regarded as fraught and dangerous. MoralGuardians and their comrades have always considered sex more disgusting in multiple magnitudes than violence; the inherent lack of logic in this (excluding things like rape and paedophilia, for [[CaptainObvious obvious reasons]], sexuality is much less harmful to the human pysche than violent acts) [[YouFailLogicForever always seeming to evade them]]. UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, in particular, outlawed anything that even remotely implied sex, whereas hangings and executions could be shown "within good taste". (It should be noted, however, than sex and violence absolutely ''can'' go [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence together.]])

So, of course, adding sex automatically makes works DarkerAndEdgier.

Want to add menace to your villain? Have him make [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty sinister advances towards the heroine]], or [[DepravedHomosexual the hero]]. Want to hammer into people's heads that this villain is irredeemable? Have him [[RapeIsASpecialKindofEvil rape someone]]. Want TheIngenue to make a FaceHeelTurn? [[SexFaceTurn Get her laid.]] Bonus points if said villain is AmbiguouslyGay.

In older works, Sex Is Evil could also be used as a free pass for the hero to be a total jerk under the banner of SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny. For example, he could sexually abuse women ([[PaedoHunt including way too young ones]]), and then show his goodness by forgiving them for tempting him.

[[TropesAreTools There is a bit of justification for this, however.]] After all, while sexual pleasure is an integral part of human biology, it can result in unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases if done without protection (and even with protection it is never 100 % safe). Moreover, reliable protection is relatively recent invention--and for the majority of human history, having "safe" sex wasn't even possible.[[note]]There ''are'' ancient kinds of contraception, but most of them are variously... dodgy. And the situation with [=STDs=] was even worse--syphilis was once treated using mercury.[[/note]] Also, sex is just one of countless number of things that it's easy to get impulsive and addicted to. And if you're sleeping with someone you ''really'' should not be sleeping with, you can get in all kinds of trouble, marital, legal or otherwise.

Of course, Moral Guardians being Moral Guardians, they're simply ''going'' to take this concept ''[[KnightTemplar too far to the point of irrationality]]'' and portray sex as the most terrifying and nauseating EldritchAbomination in all of existence, with only exterminatus as the solution.

Contrast with SexIsGood and GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex.

Tropes that are influenced by this include:
* BeautyIsBad
* BondageIsBad
* BuryYourGays
* TheCheerleader
* ContractualPurity
* DCupDistress
* DeathBySex
* DefiledForever
* DepravedBisexual
* DepravedHomosexual
* DisposableSexWorker
* EvilIsSexy
* HonorRelatedAbuse
* HornyDevils
* HystericalWoman
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland (when sex ''is'' allowed, but only for the purposes of making babies, or keeping one's spouse satisfied)
* MadonnaWhoreComplex
* MakeupIsEvil
* MyGirlIsNotASlut
* NatureAdoresAVirgin
* NoSexAllowed
* ParalyzingFearOfSexuality
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny
* SexualHarassmentAndRapeTropes
* SlutShaming
* VirginPower



[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Sousuke is a ChasteHero who is [[VirginityMakesYouStupid obviously a virgin]] and doesn't understand anything about sex. And then to contrast, there are the villains from Amalgam who have a ''huge'' array of [[NightmareFetishist weird kinks and depraved tendencies]]. [[StalkerWithACrush Gauron]], a [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence sadomasochistic]], DepravedBisexual pedophile and necrophiliac who displays most of these kinks towards [[FoeYay Sousuke]]. Gates, AxCrazy {{paedo|Hunt}}phile rapist who masturbates to animal nature videos (and is very likely a necrophiliac as well, though not as explicitly stated). And the {{Twincest}}uous CreepyTwins Xia Yu Fan and Xia Yu Lan, who most likely [[WifeHusbandry had something going on with Gauron]] and are shown to be rather promiscuous (with them seducing the AS repairmen in Amalgam). Even the villainous female scientist who only had a small part in the beginning has depraved kinks. In the novels, she's shown to [[TooKinkyToTorture enjoy Gauron strangling her as much as he does]]. He even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it by mocking her with amusement. To go further, even [[RomanticFalseLead Leonard]] is not exempt from this--in the novels, when he's first mentioned, he's shown to be a rather loose playboy that sleeps around. Over the phone, he's heard to have had sex with a woman with a high nasal voice.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', with its focus on adolescence and pathology, broadly hints at this trope more than once. In particular, the MindScrew collage in ''End of Evangelion'' includes a shot of Shinji screaming while the word "SEX" flashes across his face.
* It's difficult to tell whether ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' is anti-sex or just anti-fetish, but it's definitely anti-something. How healthy a relationship is tends to be inversely proportional to how sexual it is, and all but one sexual fetish in the series either requires killing or mutilating people, or leads to killing or mutilating people (sometimes for no apparent reason, as when the tattoo fetishist kills the girl he's dating.)
* Damn near every sex-related scene in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', consensual [[RapeAsDrama or not]], is used to [[FanDisservice gross the hell out of the audience]]. Never mind all of the rape that goes on (and how the product of said rape can produce evil itself), but you have Slan, who is a GorgeousGorgon with [[NightmareFetishist BDSM tendencies]] [[TooKinkyToTorture and leanings]], you have Wyald, who [[CoitusUninterruptus doesn't have the decency to hold off on having sex]] with dozens of women in the middle of a conversation, then you have the pagan worshipers and their [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy disgusting psychedelic orgies]], and the numerous, ''numerous'' phallic and vaginal imagery in various monster designs…
** Not to mention that sex was linked to [[spoiler: Griffith]]'s downfall when he has [[spoiler: [[SexForSolace sex with Princess Charlotte]] after Guts departed from the Hawks.]] The scene was not particularly romantic…
** [[spoiler:Need we remind of Femto's infamous rape scene of Casca which is played out as THE epically gruesome point in a scene where all of her comrades' deaths are, while still portrayed horribly, still far from emphasized to ''that'' extent. Also, the rape causes her to promptly GoMadFromTheRevelation afterwards, transforming her mind into that of an infant.]]
** Averted thus far twice: Guts and Casca's first time is portrayed as the only bright spot in their lives up to that point (and that's ''with'' Guts almost strangling Casca due to rape flashbacks), and most of the prostitutes in the refugee camp during the Tower Arc are shown in a positive light (save for Nina, who is classed under the pagan worshipers mentioned above). One of the lesser themes is that sex, while not inherently bad, is ''far'' too easy to turn to bad ends.
* Paulie from ''Manga/OnePiece'' fullfills this trope.
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' is big on this trope too. On the one hand, you get the ChasteHero main character Takuto, who borders on having a ParalyzingFearOfSexuality while on the other hand, there is [[spoiler:his father]] BigBad Head, a DepravedBisexual who will sleep with everyone he comes across in order to [[ManipulativeBastard manipulate them]] into doing what he wants. Of course, everything in this series runs on "libido" (in the literal and metaphorical sense), so you do also get sexually active and inactive characters of every alignment, but the contrast between the main character and the villain in this regard (and [[ShadowArchetype a few more things]]) is so heavy that it just screams this trope.

* Rorschach of ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} is [[CelibateHero a firm believer]] in this trope. Of course, he ''is'' crazy, and his mom was a prostitute of the most CrapsackWorld kind, so it's not hard to see why he has the idea.

* The women in ''Film/{{America 3000}}'' seem to have this idea about sex with men, which is rather problematic since they still need the men to make babies. As Tiara Vena's best friend Lynka puts it, "It's a [[FutureSlang cold]] act… but it's gotta be done." The men also seem to have developed the same contempt for women, at least until Korvis and Vena work out their natural attraction to each other and then find a way to change all their followers' minds as well.
* Played straight in ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'', in that the straight-laced Christian officer is shocked at the depraved sex and immorality surrounding him on the island, believing that they were evil heathens--[[spoiler:and he was proven right.]]
** In some cruel irony, [[spoiler:his chastity was part of the reason ''why'' Lord Summerisle chose him to be sacrificed. If he hadn't resisted Willow's seductions earlier in the film, he might have escaped his fate]].
* ''Film/{{Zardoz}}'': '''[[MemeticMutation THE PENIS IS EVIL!!!]]'''

* In ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', being bitten is interpreted as a metaphor for sex (although Van Helsing himself actually laughs at seeing donating blood as a metaphor for sex). When Dracula bites the unconscious Lucy and forces Mina to drink his blood (both against their will), it's evil. When Lucy's fiancé, 2 admirers, and Van Helsing give her blood, it's redemptive. Jonathan and Mina are married and sleeping together, which is not portrayed as evil any more than Lucy's excitement at becoming engaged to Arthur. In this context, rape is evil, but mutual, passionate love is portrayed as necessary, healthy, and beautiful, which is quite an impressive distinction for a Victorian novel to make.
* It might surprise some people, but this trope is averted in ''Literature/TheBible''. Sex is to be used within marriage, and there are whole chapters devoted to it, e.g., not going with "strange women" (harlots), not committing [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]] nor [[IncestIsRelative incest]], with reasons given, but there's also a whole book (The Song of Songs aka The Song of Solomon) devoted to sex and romance ("her breasts shall satisfy thee always"), and there's even bits in the New Testament (especially the Book of Corithians) about not "depriving" your mate of sex, except by mutual agreement for a short time.
** Also, the very first command God gives to Adam and Eve is, [[BabiesEverAfter "Be fruitful and multiply,"]] and his first command to Noah, after the TheGreatFlood, is, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth."
* [[TheGovernment The Party]] in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' preaches that sex is like a minor and disgusting operation, all as part of an attempt to corrupt the sex drive.
* Keira in "Scourge the Heretic" is a psychotic zealot assassin raised in a Sex Is Evil Redemptionist society that believes killing sinners is righteous and everyone has done ''something''. Unfortunately for her faith, she is also a teenage girl. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', former movie actress Kay Ludlow complains about this trope applying to her roles:
-->"Whatever quality of human greatness I have the talent to portray--''that'' was the quality the outer world sought to degrade. They let me play nothing but symbols of depravity, nothing but harlots, dissipation-chasers and home-wreckers, always to be beaten at the end by the little girl next door, personifying the virtue of mediocrity."
* Asher in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' doesn't even want to see it ''suggested'' that people are having sex.
-->''"Get that filth out of here!"''

* One of the more frequent knocks on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' is that this is pretty much how any sex practices outside of the norm come off.
** One significant exception is Lady Heather, a dominatrix who is consistently portrayed as a mentally balanced and sympathetic character. She even develops a friendship and possibly has a brief romantic relationship with Grissom. [[spoiler: Later she nearly kills the man who murdered her daughter]], but this is not really related to her sexuality.
* This would seem to be the 'moral' being raised in ''Series/AmericanGothic1995'', unsurprising for a show where the BigBad is essentially {{Satan}}, known for using lust as his primary weapon. Not only does Selena spread her legs at the drop of a hat for Buck (or to corrupt Ben, or Dr. Peele, or…), but Buck himself seduces Gail into a cringing DamselInDistress, it was his rape of Mrs. Temple [[InTheBlood that started everything]], and even Merlyn's [[IJustWantToBeNormal desire for a normal life]] (complete with a love interest) almost costs an innocent baby its life and leads her to suicide and a return as an [[WellIntentionedExtremist avenging angel]]. Oh, and when Buck corrupts the wife of a hospital orderly with a magic mirror, what's the first thing she does? [[TheVamp Turn on the seductive charm.]]
* Creator/JossWhedon did this so much in the early seasons of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', in the fourth season he made an episode that was all about subverting it: "Where the Wild Things Are" was dedicated to exploring a haunted house that punished people for sexual activity.
** What's weird is that he expressly says in interviews and the DVD commentaries that he created the character Buffy to subvert this (well, the trope of the blonde girl always being killed off in horror films, but he considers the death = punishment for having sex is a part of that trope).
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' frequently had this trope, to the point in one episode in the first season Cordelia was searching for a lesson to learn from the experience and eventually settled on "sex is bad", one which Angel immediately agreed with.
* Creator/MargaretCho fell victim to this trope while filming her sitcom ''Series/AllAmericanGirl.'' The series was based on her life, and Cho wrote in her autobiography how the producers would make her character refuse any and all sexual advances, even situations where she herself would have consented.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' had a lot of episodes, especially in the first two seasons where the Disease of the Week was tied in some way to sex, often outside of marriage (affair, unmarried couple, etc), or thought to be at some point in the episode. This culminated in a second season episode called, naturally enough, Sex Kills.
* This seemed to be part of the general theme of ''Series/RobinHood''. There are only two people that ''definitely'' had sex on the show: Guy of Gisborne with a serving maid, and one half of an AbelAndCain pair of brothers (naturally, the evil one). But apart from that, both Robin and Marian were portrayed as being sexually attracted to the Gisborne siblings: Guy and Isabella. They are both punished severely for their "lust".
** Marian is eventually murdered by Guy in death scene that is deliberately filled with sexual symbolism, and which creator Dominic Mingella calls "the consummation of Guy and Marian." After Marian's death, Robin finds himself in a LoveTriangle with [[BettyAndVeronica Isabella and Kate]], who embody the Madonna/Whore stereotype. Isabella sucks on strawberries, carries money in her garter, wears seductive red dresses, and has escaped an abusive marriage. Kate is a peasant virgin with a crush on Robin who instinctively distrusts Isabella. Naturally, Isabella turns out to be evil, revealed after she tries and fails to lure Robin away from his calling as a hero to the people. She eventually murders him. Lesson: if you're sexually attracted to someone, ''they will kill you.''
* Vaal forbade love and sex to his primitive subjects in "The Apple" episode on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries T.O.S.]]''.
* In the [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E07HookMan "Hook Man" (S01, Ep07)]] episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lori's date, who gets a little fresh, and her roommate, who was promiscuous, are killed by the titular Hook Man.
* Characters’ tendency to link sex and sin is a running theme of ''Series/NightAndDay'', but as an in-universe phenomenon, it's frequently played for laughs. It’s most overtly exemplified by Frankie, who is in denial about sex to the degree that she founds a Virgin Army, dedicated to excising racy passages from Victorian novels. Other characters frequently display hang-ups about sex and morality – not least Rachel, Kate, Ryan, Mike, Natalie and Sam. That said, the show also features plenty of not-for-laughs references to the dark side of sexuality, for example including ParentalIncest as a central plot point.

* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', sexual activity of any sort feeds the Chaos god Slaanesh, (though excess of anything will as well) which is the CosmicHorror manifestation of desire, lust, and similar emotions. Eldar have to be very cautious during reproduction, or Slaanesh is liable to rip their souls from their bodies…

* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' allows you to romance party members. Sex with them has an even split on negative consequences. The final dialogue for Jaheira's takes place between you and her the morning after, and the only one where coupling appears before the end of the relationship at all is with Viconia, an evil character. Meanwhile, if you sleep with Aerie, it breaks the romance. The expansion allows [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex (literally) Good People to Have Good Sex]], plus you can convert Viconia from TheDarkSide and impregnate Aerie.

* Surprisingly, this seems to be the moral of ''Webcomic/SexyLosers'', though it's a bit more complex than most instances of this trope. The characters who engage in sex aren't ([[DepravedBisexual usually]]) evil at heart, but as they become obsessed with getting more and more sex, they become less and less interested in who they're having sex with, treating others only as tools (or more accurately, blow-up dolls.) In one case, it's been openly stated that a character will [[DyingAlone die alone and unloved]] unless he can learn how to actually love people and not just lust after them.
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' features a sex ed teacher who thinks this way. Her (middle school) class all agrees that [[YouNeedToGetLaid she needs to get laid]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', this was subtly implied before becoming downright blasted with the Sisterhood and the Devil with his succubi. It's telling the only couple, the redeemed devil girl Fuschia and [[OnlySaneMan pillar of viture]] Criminy are chaste (though it's implied Fuschia teases Criminy).

* ''The Erotic Mind Control Story Archive'': a rather populous sub-genre of stories where the sexual act is the method of a corrupting, controlling force. Also found if you poke around its host/ sister site asstr.org (NSFW) in the stories of Stephen Gray and others. The application of the trope in the stories ranges from cheesy bordering on {{parody}} (intentional or not) to downright NightmareFuel--[[NightmareFetishist which may be just your thing.]]
* This attitude (in regards to the Christian culture of sexual purity) is deconstructed [[http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2013/05/elizabeth-smart-and-psychology-of.html?utm_content=buffer12527&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer here]].
* ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'' treats sex as a commodity the Good people of the world abandoned and can't have back. The members of the cooperation are more than happy to exploit their incredibly aggressive sex drives, almost always looking for new ways to get themselves off with whoever they want, whenever they want.

* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Good Times with Weapons" left Butters with a shuriken stuck in his eye, but none of the adults (except arguably Butters' parents) cared -- they were more concerned with Cartman's naked walk across the stage at an auction that most of the town was watching. Stan hit the nail on the head: "Parents don't give a crap about violence when there's sex stuff to worry about."
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': "If you have sex, you're automatically in Al Qaeda."
* Three of the Lost Commandments on ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'':
** Number 11: Thou shalt be ashamed of thy natural anatomy.
** Number 12: Thou shalt only have sex face-to-face, man on top.
** Number 19: Thou shalt not masturbate.