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Sex Is Violence

I start hitting him and I think "Jeez! He's breathing funny! Does he have asthma?"
Laurie Juspeczyk, Watchmen

Sometimes, when a combat scene becomes a bit too vocal and noisy... it stops being fighting. But sometimes, for some characters, the fighting itself actually does become a sexual turn-on. The character's heavy breathing, grunts, and yelps and groans are caused by the fact that they are really, truly —and literally — getting off on the violence (though not necessarily on actual injury to themselves and / or their opponents).

Autassassinophilia is the proper term for the real-life fetish.

Related to Cat Fight (and the possible cause of the ensuing Fanservice, In Love with Your Carnage and Foe Romance Subtext). Often involves characters who are Too Kinky to Torture. Can end in Destructo-Nookie. May also overlap with Looks Like She Is Enjoying It. Compare I Didn't Mean to Turn You On. A subtrope of the similarly-named Interplay of Sex and Violence.


Examples

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     Anime And Manga  
  • Akeno Himejima from High School D×D enjoys fighting so much that the expressions she does while battling go well beyond NSFW.
  • Karasuba from Sekirei likes combat so much she has to kill someone to lose steam and even declares she's "On fire" to her Ashikabi. Yomi is another example, getting turned on during her battle with Musubi. She's quick to deny it, when called on being a pervert.
  • Ikki Tousen comments on how the fighters find fighting erotic. Their battles will overlap with foreplay.
  • Hidan from Naruto is implied to have an orgasm every time he finishes his opponent off during his sadomasochistic stabbing ritual.
  • Genkaku from Deadman Wonderland is shown getting really turned on when he watches Nagi crush some poor sap's skull.
  • In Black Cat, let's just say that Creed... really likes being hurt and beat up by Train (especially while they're fighting). One round of fisticuffs between them quickly turns creepy when Train ends up in a compromising position on top of Creed, who breathlessly cries out that Train is "the best". Pretty sure he got off from that.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, apparently Gauron's idea of consummating his love for Sousuke is to have a bloody double suicide - namely, in the form of their Huge Mechas beating each other up and grappling each other and having his self destruct. Not to mention that in the novels, it's made pretty clear that, during Gauron's fight with Sousuke in Khanka, Gauron was getting off on the idea of violently killing Sousuke and then raping his dead body. And in case the anime didn't make it blatant enough, the manga has him yelling out while he's fighting Sousuke, "Yeah, that's what I'm talking about! Ah, what a rush!"
  • Tatsumi Saiga from Speed Grapher worked as a war photographer. In one flashback he gets a hard-on when he's taking pictures of dying men during a battle. One soldier even notices and calls him a pervert.
  • Revy in Black Lagoon tends to enjoy gunfighting a BIT too much...
    • "Dance the jitterbug" indeed...
  • Hisoka from Hunter × Hunter.
  • Ira Gamagoori from Kill la Kill is a blatant masochist, and his uniform grows stronger the more pain is inflicted on him.
  • Basically any time that Tsukuyomi (pictured) ends up dueling Setsuna in Mahou Sensei Negima!. Their latest fight featured Tsukuyomi panting, blushing and... drooling. While talking about how she was losing control and asking Setsuna to fight harder and 'satisfy' her. Not many were surprised when the battle climaxed with her straddling Setsuna and slowly slicing her clothing off while basically openly declaring intent to rape.
    • Chapter 293 has her getting all hot and bothered during a fight with Negi; the poor lad was rather unnerved by it.
      • Who wouldn't? Just look at that face.
  • A central theme of the Witchblade anime series. As stated outright by the show's creators, the point isn't "sex and violence" so much as "sex is violence."
  • In episode 185 of Keroro Gunso while Dororo was in a giant robot fight with Robobo, of the Shurara Corps. For the finally blow, he cuts Robobo in half. Right before blowing up, he looks incredibly happy, and says "It feels GOOD!". And the icing on the cake is when Dororo bows his head and states that he's happy to have found a strong opponent.
  • Bryan Hawk from Hajime No Ippo seemingly gets sexual pleasure when he fights. After severely beating down Takamura, he remarks that he's about to cum.
  • In Gunnm, Galley begins to take pleasure in combat and killing when she's employed by Tiphares. In her own words she wants "More and more, until everything goes all white!"
  • One Piece: Sadi-Chan deserves an honorable mention, getting all sorts of pleasure from screams.
  • Fasalina from GUN×SWORD whenever attacking inside her Dahlia of Wednesday, usually inserts some orgasmic sounds alongside some drawn out words. All while pole-dancing. Well, she is a former prostitute...
  • Canaan: It certainly is for Liang Qi.
  • Takuma Fudou from Get Backers. His greatest desire is for Ban to "give his body to him," "meet his desires," "quench his thirst" and "let him enjoy himself" - which pretty much means getting ripped apart by Fudou as they fight. But Fudou shows numerous times that he doesn't get pleasure simply from sadistically cutting up Ban - he actually likes it more when Ban cuts him up and puts up a fight as well. He also shows his masochistic tendencies when he mentions that he kept his own rotting arm with him, reminding himself of what Ban did to him, which gave him "incredible chills rising up throughout his body." As well as an instance where, when Ban wasn't putting up enough of a fight, Fudou started cutting himself up on the chest, screaming at Ban to "make him bleed" and "push him to the edge."
  • Jan Valentine of Hellsing declares that he has a hard-on while killing Hellsing personnel. It's hard not to laugh.
    • For that matter, Alucard seems to love fighting anything that gives him a challenge... maybe he enjoys it a little too much....
    • There's also the Major, who, in his infamous speech, calls various sights one might see in a war as "arousing".
  • In Bleach one of Ichigo's earlier enemies, the hollow called Shrieker, was a serial killer who stabbed a young mother to death and got off on it. His greatest regret is being killed before being able to do the same to her child, Yuichi Shibata.
    • Grand Fisher. His power is that he can create a lure based on the memories of somebody or assume the form of his past victims in order to prevent someone from attacking him while he kills him. Not only does he do this with Ichigo's mother, but he also seems to get off on it.
    • Implied to be the case for Kenpachi.
  • The monstrous rapist Captain Continental of Legend of the Blue Wolves gets aroused at the thought of both raping and breaking people. It's also heavily implied that he got turned on while fighting Jonathan.
  • Arthur of Air Gear is Too Kinky to Torture and really enjoyed it if Agito managed to hit him during their fight. This is to the point where he nibbled on Agito's ear, dry humped him, and started breathing really heavily as he was stabbing Agito, almost like he was getting off from the whole thing.
  • Belphegor of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! made some rather...orgasmic noises during his fight with Gokudera. And towards the end of their fight when both were trying to steal the others ring half's, Belphegor straddles Gokudera and all the struggling they're doing makes it look like they're having sex or that Bel is raping Gokudera.
  • High School Of The Dead: For Saeko, anyway. "I'm getting wet", anyone?
  • While Durarara!!'s Vorona is normally a straight-up Blood Knight, her encounter with Shizuo Heiwajima is, uh, special. The rise she gets from facing him is described as both like the feeling one gets when one has a continental missile pointed at their face and straight-up sexual arousal.
  • The End Of Evangelion has a rather unsettling variation on this trope involving the MP Evas. note  This is foreshadowed in the beginning with Fuyutsuki's comment that SEELE's attempt to hack the MAGI was "merely foreplay," before it becomes more Squick-inducingly obvious throughout the movie. The aforementioned Lance of Longinus has its repeated phallic symbolism. The subtext it adds to Asuka's death scene where she's speared in the face with it is particularly creepy, especially when you consider that most of the movie focuses on Shinji's desire for her.
  • The first segment of The Animatrix, Final Flight of the Osiris, begins with a blatantly sexual (and really cool) fight scene between a man and a woman. Turns out it's all in good fun.
  • There's lots of this in Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest. Pretty much everything that comes out of Ryuuko's mouth has to do with this trope. Kuroda takes a break from blowing up stuff (and students) to try to rape the meganekko with his gun. Fortunately, Inugami interrupts him. And now Haguro decides to up his freakiness by beating up Chiba and then kissing him, taking that opportunity to tear out his tongue, and then rape him. All because Inugami (whom Haguro is obsessed with) happened to run into him in the street earlier. Also, Haguro topped himself after Aoshika got released from her chains, with him fighting Inugami he got to slice two of Inugami's fingers off, then Haguro eats them and gets a boner for managing to injure Inugami.
  • Kagerou Project: The series' main antagonist, the Wide-Eyed Snake, seems to be in a perpetual state of arousal during any scene involving violence and/or suffering - particularly when they're possessing Konoha, and their... 'enjoyment' becomes a lot more overt.
  • Routier Miao from Rosario + Vampire fights like this. She uses a chainsaw.

     Comic Books  
  • The Joker. He looks like he seriously getting some whenever Bats starts to beat him up, and in most of those fights it sure looks like Batman is thoroughly enjoying himself...
    • Its more because, when Batman resorts to this, its because the Joker really got under his skin. Also a running theme is that the Joker hopes he can finally push Batman to cross the line and kill him.
    • 70 years of rotating authors means Joker veers back and forth between this and In Love with Your Carnage based on whether he's currently trying to cause general destruction or to harass Batman in particular in the comic in question.
  • The Invisibles has an issue starting with a woman getting shot and coming as she dies.
  • Seen in Watchmen, in the fight scene between ex-super heroes Laurie and Dan and the unfortunate criminals who tried to mug them. After trouncing their assailants, Laurie and Dan are shown panting in a rather suggestive way, and it's stated explicitly that one reason why they and others became costumed adventurers is because of the arousing feeling of dressing in spandex and beating people up.
    • In the comic, they mention a masochist named "Captain Carnage", who only dressed up in a costume in hopes of getting beaten up. And then Rorschach shoved him down an elevator shaft, and that was the end of that.
    • Hooded Justice also gets aroused by fighting, if we're to believe the Comedian.
      • Based on That Scene in the movie, if anyone would know about that kind of thing...
  • In the second issue of Global Frequency, we meet Captain Richard Quinn, a test subject for cybernetic augmentations, and discover that "They took my genitals away... There's a wire in my brain that simulates sexual pleasure when I kill people. That's all I have now." Of course, what does he do when he wakes up from his last operation and accidentally catch his reflection in a mirror? Go Mad from the Revelation and embark on a massive killing spree.
  • The Ultimate Hulk is described by Banner as being just as horny as angry. It's implied to have raped at least one person to death.
    • Taken literally in Ultimate Hulk vs Wolverine when Hulk and a Hulked out Betty Ross stop punching each others lights out and start having angry, angry hulk sex
  • One issue of The Spectre from the mid-80s shows a remarkably explicit (for a title not part of DC's "mature" Vertigo line) ... something ... going on between Spectre and Madame Xanadu. The action for the first several pages alternates between Spectre doing his normal grim work and Madame X, obviously nude and surrounded by the fog that indicates Spectre's presence in incorporeal form, writhing in apparent ecstasy. It's strongly implied that all of this is happening simultaneously.
  • In Birds of Prey: Dead of Winter, we have this line from a gory fight:
    Big Barda: Do you know what they call this on Apokolips, harridan? (snaps Knockout's wrist) Foreplay.
  • This was played very seriously in the mini-series Sachs and Violens by Epic Comics (a line of titles by Marvel meant for mature audiences, and yes, the name was a pun). One of the protagonists, "J.J." Sachs, is a model for softcore porn magazines; the other is her friend Ernie "Violens" Schultz, her photographer for said magazines. Ernie seems at first to be a shy and timid fellow, unlike the energetc Sachs, and she doesn't feel any romantic feelings for him... However, when he shows his violent side when criminals producing Snuff Films target Sachs and other models, the two become lovers. Sachs seems to find this side of him attractive.

    Film 
  • In GoldenEye, Xenia Onatopp clearly enjoys killing her victims a little too much. This is especially true of her fight with Bond himself.
    Xenia: (getting slammed into walls) Yes!... Yes!... Yes!
    Bond: (pulling a gun on her) "No, no, no. No more foreplay. Take me to Janus."
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith are the King and Queen of this trope. After setting off a bomb in her husband's pocket, Jane slams into her husband's car to prevent him from getting in the driveway. Then comes the best scene of Sex is Violence ever. First, they have a Gun Fu Battle ranging all over their house. Then after John uses the gas line to blow up his wife, he jumps through the flames and they proceed to have a fight full of Ass Kicking Poses, using weapons like silverware, liquor bottles, walls, headbutts from Jane, Jane tossing from John, a Groin Attack by Jane and many other dirty, dirty fighting moves. Luckily, they are both made of iron and love each other, so the fight spirals down to, of course, sex.
  • Demolition Man spoofs this with Huxley offering to have sex with John Spartan because the fight induced a "heightened physical state". She even lampshades the "known connection between sexual arousal and violence".
  • An American Werewolf in London: Alex and David are both shown biting each other as a form of foreplay.

    Literature 
  • Lord of the Flies: Who could forget that lovely scene in which Jack and the other hunters attack and kill a nursing sow. The language is... somewhat incongruous with what they're doing.
  • In Orson Scott Card's short story Closing The Timelid, teenagers project temporary bodies into the past to get hit by cars. One girl, returning, says dying is sex.
  • In the Hyperion Cantos, Kassad gets superpowers for a while and, as he slaughters a bunch of enemies, the reader is treated to a description of how much he's getting off on it. Actually he's implied to connect sex and violence for most of his life.
  • In JG Ballard's Crash the characters are car accident fetishists, and seek orgasm by deliberately crashing their cars. They often end up seriously injured as a result, and cause the death of other people.
    • There was a movie made of the book in 1996, named "Crash." It's... definitely not to be confused with the 2004 movie of the same title!
  • In James Tiptree Jr.'s "The Screwfly Solution", there's a worldwide epidemic of men murdering women. It's suggested that for men, sexual desire and aggression are similar to begin with, and now, for some reason, when a man is turned on at all he becomes murderous. Aliens are manipulating our hormonal drives to cause our extinction.
  • In the one of The Dresden Files short stories, Jenny Greenteeth tries to drown Harry in a punchbowl while getting herself off on him at the same time.
    • Madeline Raith. Both examples fall afoul of the werewolf pack.
      • The scene at the end of Turn Coat where Madeline is killed by her cousin, Lara, takes this trope Up to Eleven.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire Jaime Lannister states that the only times he feels alive are when he is either having sex with his sister or fighting. He also drily notes that the aftermath of his fight with Brienne looks like they've been screwing rather than knocking the shit out of each other. The connection between sex and combat is also noted several times by various other characters, unsurprisingly given the Rape, Pillage, and Burn that frequently happens after a fight.
  • Lynn Kurland's The Very Thought of You has the hero and heroine sparring with swords (it's the twelfth century, he's trying to prove a point, she's not having any, you get the picture) that ends when they drop their swords simultaneously and wind up snogging the living daylights out of each other.

     Live Action Television  
  • At times, it seems this trope is deliberately invoked or explored in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series often presents a link between combat and the sexuality of Slayers and Vampires. When the characters discuss fighting, they sound like they're talking about sex. Notably, Faith gets off on both combat and sex, and tries to get Buffy to enjoy it like she does. Also, many vampire attacks have extended rape metaphors. Most obviously done in "Bad Girls" and "Fool For Love."
    Joyce: Honey, did you ... somehow, unintentionally, lead him on in any way? Uh, send him signals?
    Buffy: Well, I ... I do beat him up a lot. For Spike that's like third base.
    • Plus, the first time Buffy and Spike have sex is in the middle of a fight. They go from bashing each other to peices to kissing to have sex all in the same 30 seconds.
    • In the Season Eight comics, when realizing his identity of Twilight, Buffy had repeatedly attempted to beat the crap out of Angel but under the influence of Twilight, she soon after began having passionate sex with him.
  • Look no further than "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", series 2 of Torchwood, John Hart vs Jack Harkness. Snog, fight, laugh manically. Rinse and Repeat.
  • An episode of Chuck has Casey fighting it out with Gertrude Verbanski, a business rival of the eponymous character's Carmichael Industries. Needless to say, the fight got a bit passionate and intense as it wore on, if you know what we mean.

    Music 
  • Meaning of Life (a.k.a. "Get Psycho") by Disturbed is often confused for battle music. Listen to the lyrics. You'll hear it.
  • "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.
    'Baby when it's love if it's not rough it isn't fun.'
  • Florence + the Machine's "Kiss with a Fist", although the singer says it's meant to be metaphorical.
  • Defied by the band Bush in their song "Everything Zen".
    'There's no sex in your violence. There's no sex in your VI-O-L-E-E-E-E-E-E-NCE!'
  • Kanye West makes an interesting pun about gang-banging in "Hell of a Life."
  • Jane's Addiction's "Ted, Just Admit It" takes this view. It should be noted that the song depicts the viewpoint of Real Life Serial Killer Ted Bundy.

    Mythology 
  • Egyptian stories say that during his final battle with Horus, the god Set sometimes said things that may have a few meanings. Horus also ripped off his balls.

     Professional Wrestling  
  • Wrestlers will sometimes get very obvious erections while wrestling.
    • Renee Dupree would sport a very obvious erection when he wrestled, which he would show off during his prancing finisher move.
    • Though to be fair, it's possible (and common) for men to get erections without any sort of arousal.
    • In the case of professional wrestling, this may not have all that much to do with "violence" per se.
    • Wrestling is hard, rough exercise, involves a lot of close contact, and gets the blood flowing. Most if not all of your muscles will get an increased blood flow...and although the penis is not exactly a muscle, it does need increased blood flow to become erect. It's also entirely possible that some wrestlers just get off on pain. Thesises have been wrote on this subject before (boxers, wrestlers and other "rough" fighting sport practicioners may have unwittingly gotten into the sport because they subconciously enjoy the pain associated with it), but their validity is a discussed matter.

     Tabletop Games  
  • Two examples from Warhammer 40,000
    • The Dark Eldar who refused to give up their (incredibly) hedonistic lifestyle, and continue to exist by consuming the souls of others through their suffering. This means their entire existence is based on sadistic torture for their own pleasure and feeding the God of Pleasure to stave off the god's hunger.
    • Followers of Slaanesh, the God of Pleasure, in general do this as well. Writhing in ecstatic pleasure when engulfed by a flamethrower is noted as being something they do - and many will fight over being the first to be hurt in such a way.
  • Exalted has the Sapphire Veils of Passion Style. Sidereal Martial Arts are all based on expressing various universal principles and concepts through the medium of Supernatural Martial Arts. Sapphire Veils of Passion's theme is, well...sex.

     Video Games  
  • Unreal Tournament 2004 has three announcers- "Male", "Female", and "Sexy". The latter seems to enjoy combat a bit too much.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic 2, the Echani hold that only though combat can one truly communicate. A male player character can seduce the Echani party member by defeating her repeatedly in training (among other things).
    • And the Echani fights in her lingerie (and asks you to do the same), to boot. Oy!
  • The Tainted Coil faction in Brütal Legend fits. They often express joy while being harmed or killed, and their attacks tend to self-mutilate and/or involve Gorn. Not to mention the bondage gear and spraying of blood and organs as a weapon.
  • Bayonetta, all the way.
  • Ivy Valentine of Soul Calibur.
  • Bad Girl in No More Heroes.
    • This trope is one of the MAJOR THEMES of No More Heroes and is embodied by the majority of its characters. In both games.
  • The Dark Mistresses in Dungeon Keeper. They happily jump headlong into a fight, even against completely overwhelming odds.
  • Grey Fox from Metal Gear Solid, particularly when he begs you to "Hurt me more!". Uhh...
    • "There's nothing like the feeling of slamming a long silver bullet into a well greased chamber..."
      • Let's just say that Metal Gear does this a lot and sometimes it's a metaphor point, and just stop before this page gets too long.
  • Gloria's first appearance in Devil May Cry 4. Someone who posted the scene on YouTube actually said "I hope I don't get in trouble for posting porn."
    • To say nothing, of course, of the Lucifer acquisition scene. "First, I whip it out! Then I thrust it!"...
  • Vice from The King of Fighters.
  • Litchi Faye-Ling from BlazBlue makes some... interesting noises when she gets hit.
  • Silver Mantis from City of Heroes is a metal fetishist and sidekick to Black Scorpion. She gets quite excited during your fights with her.
    • Her dialogue during the battle with her in the Statesman Task Force is quite blatant about this for a teen-rated game.
      Start of combat: "C'mon, Heroes. I'll take you all at once!"
      75% HP: "Mmmmm! You hurt me so good!"
      50% HP: "The pain! The anger! Yes! You really know how to treat a girl!"
      25% HP: "Oh yes! OH YES! This is a battle!"
      When defeated: "That's it... I'm spent. Take the code, you earned it."
      Defeating a player character: "Done already? I hoped you'd last...longer."
  • Togainu no Chi: Shiki's preferred method of pummelling Akira into submission.
  • Han Juri of Super Street Fighter IV
    "Give it all you've got. Try and break me."
  • In Blaze Union, it's revealed that due to their demonic heritage, fighting is extremely physically pleasurable for both Gulcasa and Emilia. Gulcasa is usually not outwardly enthusiastic about it, but Emilia is a different story entirely. This is something of a plot-relevant metaphor in one route.
  • The Four Guardians in Megaman Zero seem to really enjoy fighting Zero... to quote Harpuia (who's practically tame compared to Leviathan):
    "I enjoy the sensation. I love the pain. You are worthy."
  • Skyward Sword has Ghirahim whose dialogue, sound effects and battles basically confirm this trope for him. He licks his lips before summoning his sword and also licks the blade at times.

     Web Comics  
  • Rabbit from Skins. He seems to take almost sexual pleasure in sparring, even when losing. Jordan and Vinnie also blur the line between sex and sparring. But with all the characters, it seems to depend on who they're sparring with.

     Web Original  
  • There was a genuine example in Tales of MU between Mack and Sooni:
    "Stop having orgasms while I'm defeating you!"
  • The Nostalgia Critic practically molested That Sci-Fi Guy a few episodes after said Guy bombed him to smithereens. Also, in Critic's crossover review of FernGully with the Chick, the scene cuts from the two of them violently fighting each other to dancing around in different clothes, something the fans speculated about for a while before Word of God eventually confirmed that they'd had sex.

     Fan Works  

     Western Animation  
  • In an episode of Drawn Together, Pokémon stand-in Ling Ling and his girlfriend "do battle" repeatedly, but seem dissatisfied. Eventually they suggest, "how about we just drop the metaphor and have sex?"
    • In a variant, another episode of the show depicts Princess Clara clearly getting off (to the extent of dialogue of the "ooo, yes... yes... ohh, yes!" variety) on watching car crashes.
  • In the Futurama movie Bender's Game, Leela is forced to wear a shock collar to control her temper. Instead of becoming more docile, she ends up getting used to it and finding it pleasurable because she associates it with the fun of beating people up. In one fight in the movie she ends up on the ground writhing in pleasure.
  • Batman: The Animated Series had Roxy Rocket, a stuntwoman/thief who pulled off high-altitude heists with the aid of a rocket. When Batman pursues her, Roxy starts laughing more and more and eventually... well, she shows her O-face.
  • In the Animatrix short "The Final Flight of the Osiris", the captain and his attractive female assistant are sword fighting in a simulation complete with clothing damage instead of physical damage. At the end, their clothes are torn, they are both panting, they turn to kiss and a siren plays. They have to end the simulation to address the emergency.
  • Lady Deathstrike moans in ecstasy in Hulk Vs. Wolverine, as she's digging her razor-sharp blade-fingers into Logan's back.
  • The Venture Bros. featured Brock and Molotov Cocktease engaged in a violent brawl that plays like foreplay - and nothing but, to Brock's frustration.


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