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"Next thing I knew, [the female lead] returned to her house to find two women in black catsuits pointing guns at her. I didn't catch any of the ensuing dialogue, but it must have been pretty fucking convincing, because I looked away for one second and after I looked back, the three of them were having lesbian sex on the snooker table."
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's review of I Like To Play Games Too

A gratuitous sex scene that is sudden and sends the narrative into a screeching halt to accommodate the ensuing coitus.


This trope is, at times, logical in the sense that given what we know about the characters in the story, yes, it makes some sense that they would make love at this time. Where it becomes illogical is that there's seldom any narrative purpose to show them actually doing the deed. Functionally, it does nothing to advance the plot if nothing particularly important happens while they're having sex, especially when compared with the far more efficient Sexy Discretion Shot. A number of books on directing films and screenwriting state outright that a sex scene can serve to take the audience out of the story, especially if it is explicit in nature. There is some Truth in Television to this; very rarely can people remember what happens in a movie or TV show right after a major sex scene.

Depending on the venue, the sudden appearance of a sex scene can be controversial. Video game fandom, for example, is split between those who feel sex scenes give a more cinematic feel to a game and those who feel it's an unnecessary distraction from gameplay (not to mention that while technically speaking children and under-18s aren't supposed to play adult-rated games, in practice the reality is very different, and historically youth exposure to violent images is less concerning than exposure to sexual explicitness). The widespread use of "coitus ensues" in TV series has reached the extent where nearly every original scripted series made for cable, streaming, the BBC and some Australian networks that isn't clearly made for children seems to have at least one such scene per episode these days, especially as actual nudity is not a prerequisite.


A warning sign that a series or film relies too heavily on Coitus Ensues is if the product is not intended to be wholly about sexual topics (as opposed to something like Fifty Shades of Grey) yet media coverage and reviews tend to focus on the sexual aspects of a show to the near exclusion of all else.

Note that this is a narrative trope; it's not to be confused with any sex scene that might be jarring due to lack of build-up.

See Gratuitous Rape for when it's non-consensual. Contrast Overcome with Desire, in which a sudden detour into sex has longer-term consequences which push the plot forward or redirect it, rather than pausing it.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Don't Meddle with My Daughter!:
    • The first incident happens in chapter 2, when the JGSDF soldiers give into the plant women without a fight, while Athena gets raped by the plant monster itself. The energy released by her orgasm causes it to explode.
    • In chapter 9, Athena defeats her younger sister, Artemis, by seducing her.
    • During "Honey Hold me Tightly pt.1", Clara gets possessed by a phallic parasite which causes her to forcibly take Mei's virginity. But both of them lose memory of the event afterward.
    • In "Honey, Hold me Tightly pt.3", Clara and Mei mutually confess their feelings for each other and consummate their relationship, while they're in the middle of a battle with Phantom Spectre.
  • Happens between Satoru and Saki in From the New World, although, considering the emotionally distressing events they'd just gone through as well as the cultural norms for their society, it's understandable that it happened.
  • Maken-ki!:
    • The preface page of chapter 45 shows Yuuka and Takaki engaged in foreplay while spooning together in lingerie.
    Page caption: This has nothing to do with the story. But fanservice once in awhile is always good!
    • Played straight in chapter 76, which has Love Espada coax Kyoki into one of the club rooms, during the school's Himekagura Festival. Usui and Himegami eavesdrop from outside.
    • Chapter 79 shows the aftermath of an all-girl orgy that was instigated by Espada. The other girls are seen passed out at her feet in various states of undress, with two of them still trembling in orgasm.
  • Parasyte: Near the last third of the story, Shinichi sees his crush Satomi waiting in front of his house after he comes back from a gruesome battle with Gotou, in which Migi seems to have sacrificed himself. The two have sex in his room. It doesn't take up many pages in the manga, and the event isn't mentioned again.
  • Queen's Blade: Invoked whenever Nyx allows her staff, Funikura, to tentacle rape her in exchange for magical power. First seen during her match against Elina, who was stunned speechless that her opponent was having sex with her weapon in the middle of a duel!
  • The Secret of Twilight Gemini: About halfway through the film, Lupin sneaks into Morocco's police HQ to steal a file on Galoux and has a chance encounter with Fujiko, who was after the same file. They swap notes on what they've learned, during which Lupin accidentally mentions the treasure he's after. So Fujiko returned the favor, by letting him have hers... right there in the file room, while the place was packed with cops, who were canvassing the city for them!
  • The Undetectable Strongest Job has Lavia, the girl who would become the female lead, offer up her virginity to Hikaru the instant he gets her to freedom. Hikaru does voice some reservations, but she's so insistent, he quickly takes her up on it, without any contraception. Fortunately, he does get contraceptives later as the two wind up knocking boots like rabbits during their travels.
  • Vampire Knight: In chapter 89, even though Kaname's established that Yuuki isn't happy with him, and Yuuki's established that Zero sated her (previously stated as what proves love between vampires), the two of them still randomly end up sleeping together, to which it's afterwards treated like it never happened.
  • The anime movie A Wind Named Amnesia rolls along like a typical, navel-gazing, post-apocalyptic road film. Then right before the Gainax Ending, the main hero and his alien love interest strip and have sex for no apparent reason.

    Comic Books 
  • An issue of The Avengers opened with Ant-Man and The Wasp having sex. Not vanilla sex, either. He used his powers to shrink and was doing something inside her lady parts. No, this added nothing to the story that a morning-after scene (like the one portrayed immediately after this) could not have accomplished.
  • The Dark Knight Strikes Again: Superman and Wonder Woman had sex for several pages for no real reason. In the process creating destructive weather patterns and tidal waves that overturn aircraft carriers. Somehow Superman is in better shape physically after that than before the act.
  • In issue 2 of Friday The 13th: Pamela's Tale, Barry and Claudette go into the woods to have sex just before Jason drowns in Crystal Lake:
    Barry: Oh, don't be such a stick in the mud, Claudette!
    Claudette: Barry, stop! We have responsibilities!
    Barry: There are a ton of other counselors here. Everything will be fine. No one will even notice we're gone. We'll be back in ten minutes. I swear!
    Claudette: "Ten minutes?" (Looks over her shoulder) It had better last longer than that!
    Barry: Wait up!
    Claudette: Don't just sit there silly! HAHAHA!
    Claudette: OH, BARRY! OH! OH MY GOD! '''AAAAAAAHH!
  • The New 52 had two infamous examples in its first month:
    • Red Hood and the Outlaws establishes that Starfire has no memory of any of her human friends, including Roy; indeed, her narration implies Starfish Alien psychology where she can't really remember humans' personalities at all. (Later issues reveal this to be a lie, but it's unclear if this was a Retcon to stifle controversy.) As Roy's trying to get her to remember him, she asks, out of the blue, "Do you want to have sex with me?" They do. Many people noted that, aside from making Starfire seem completely interested in anything but sex, the implication that she is incapable of connecting with humans emotionally makes the whole thing creepy.
    • The first issue of Catwoman had her escape from an attack on her apartment (with lots of shots of her in her underwear), meet up with Batman on a roof, and have them have sex while wearing their costumes. Some described it as a fanfic that nobody wanted to actually have canonized. Batman also initially tries to dissuade her, only to give in when she wouldn't stop, which some found at least slightly rapey.
  • Played for Laughs in The Punisher MAX with Castle and O'Brien.
    "Are you cold?"
    "Are you lonely?"
    "Do you want to jump my bones anyway?"
  • Happens a lot with Moonstone in Ellis Thunderbolts and Dark Avengers, primarily because she's a manipulative sociopath who considers it the easiest way to get her hooks into her teammates while ticking off her boss.

    Fan Fiction 
  • This is often the case with many forum-based roleplays.
    • Fandom-based LiveJournal roleplays are guilty of it, as well. In fact, some threads are created with the sole goal of making the two (or more) characters involved have sex; at some point, the players will inevitably lose patience and think up some sudden excuse or trope to use to speed the process up. Sometimes entirely too much.
    • Became particularly noticeable in pre-game of Survival of the Fittest v4. Many, many characters had graphic sex scenes with varying degrees of lead-up, to the point where handlers often commented on and poked fun at it.
      • Survival Of The Fittest Mini: So, you're in a death game. You manage to handcuff yourself to a gazebo in a graveyard, leaving you defenseless. If you're Marion Williams, a character in PV 3's prologue, the first thing you do is, of course, seduce the girl who tries to help you.
  • The Adventures of Ryan and Kirrie, a Pokémon fanfic, has every chapter guilty of this. In fact, it comes to the point where Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male applies in the First Chapter alone. By the latest chapter, this is pretty much taken Up to Eleven.
  • Though Dark Secrets had been building up the romance between Draco Malfoy and "Mary Sue" throughout (in its own particular way, of course) the actual sex scene comes completely out of nowhere immediately after she's tried committing suicide. It's also something of a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, in that it's completely different in style from anything else in the fic, never gets referenced again and could be (in some versions has been) removed without changing anything.
  • Everything the Light Touches (or The Lion King 2 1/2) is made of nothing but this. The sole purpose of the fanfic is for Lion King characters to have sex in every character-on-character combination conceivable with very little plot and still bills itself as a "followup" to The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Numerous Original Characters are included as the story progresses, making room for even more messy scenarios. If you're a dedicated fan of the franchise or its characters, this could very well be one of the most horrifying fanfics you can ever come across for its levels of pure squick.
  • In Fallout: Equestria it's a toss-up which one slows down the work more, several scenes of Littlepip and Homage or the one scene of Velvet and Calamity. Though this one spurs an awkwardly expository and heartwarming conversation between the characters after being caught in the act.
  • Love at first sight (Harry Potter): "They banged. The End"
  • The Modifyers: The unofficial parody is a 7min. short, 5 of which, are simply Baron Vain screwing Lacey Shadows every way imaginable. She escapes him, after she's had her fun, and is last seen banging her robot sidekick, Mole.
  • My Immortal, of course. "We jumped on each other and started screwing each other" indeed.
    • Most notably, just before the Final Battle, the plot (such as it exists) screeches to a stop so Ebony, Vampire, Draco, and Satan can have a big orgy for no reason. When Snape arrives, they put their clothes back on and continue with the plot as if nothing happened.
  • Used in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic piece A Pleasant Surprise by Kalash93. The protagonist was only expecting to chat and catch up with Fluttershy. Extremely sweet sex ensues.
    • Happens in two other works by Kalash93.
    • In Blissful Dream, Fluttershy and her lover sudden start making love for close to no discernible reason, other than because they enjoy it.
    • Used rather sensibly in Relax, because the story tells of an encounter between a Hooker with a Heart of Gold and her client. It's actually rather touching, really.
  • Similarly "Progress: Luna vs. Threesome" includes the phrase "And then they all fucked!" immediately following a set-up for a sex scene between Luna and her two roommates. In context, it was actually a cut to Pinkie Pie talking to Twilight Sparkle about a porn DVD she got from Celestia. The actual sex is off-screen and integrated into the story more tastefully.
  • In "Shadow Snark", a chapter starts out seeming like this but in the end turns out to be Pinkie Pie's own fanfic.
    OR WAS IT!?

    Films — Animated 
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham has a sex scene between Deadshot and Harley Quinn that arguably qualifies, since there's no real romance or much characterization that comes from it. Aside from Fanservice and Rule of Funny, its only influence on the plot is that later Harley, while arguing with The Joker, tells him that she has a new guy in her life.
  • In the additional scenes at the beginning of Batman: The Killing Joke, Batgirl and Batman are arguing on a rooftop that devolves into a Slap-Slap-Kiss. Batman tries to resist. Briefly. The scene was highly controversial, given that it wasn't present in the original source material at all, there was both a heavy age difference between the two characters combined with Batman's status as a mentor/teacher to Batgirl, and the heavy and rather sexist implication that Batgirl only became a superhero to get into Batman's pants.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 21 had one between two of the blackjack team in Vegas. Then again, Vegas kind of encourages that sort of thing—what happens in Vegas, etc., etc. (Still, none of the others are shown engaging.)
  • In the film version of 300, King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo make love the night before he goes off to battle. It could have been an appropriate scene, showing a fleeting moment of tenderness before a bloody war, but then it showed them going from missionary to doggy style and it started getting silly.
  • The sex scene in Alone in the Dark (2005). Tara Reid's character shows up and just bones the main character. They never speak of it again.
  • Anon: All of the sex scenes have little to no buildup. Sal is simply seen while having sex with a woman in the first case. The second is justified as she's a sex worker he hires. In the third, he and The Girl just briefly flirt before they're shown having sex.
  • Below Her Mouth: The film actually opens on Dallas and her girlfriend having sex. A number of other sex scenes follow, and although they largely make sense in the story, they're also gratuitous. This has been a main source of criticism toward the film.
  • In BloodRayne as well. Only this time, it seems like Rayne was aroused by nightmares/memories of herself murdering a bunch of people.
  • In Cabin Fever, the last healthy man in the cabin finds the last healthy woman sitting on her bed, staring sadly out the window. She tells him that they're all sure to get sick and states that they might as well have sex since they will die. She gives the man a lingering predatory look and then suddenly we see her throwing him down on the bed (both completely naked) and screwing his brains out. It then turns out that the woman wasn't healthy at all, she just hadn't developed any symptoms yet. Director Eli Roth has stated that his goal with Cabin Fever was to return horror to its 70s roots—meaning lots of gore and nudity. This otherwise pointless scene was inserted purely for that purpose. There was some Foreshadowing in a deleted scene showing Marcy growing closer to Paul, but with that cut out of the film, them having sex is quite random.
  • Near the end of the Children of the Corn (2009) remake, the child cultists are having a feast, and afterward two of them start to randomly have sex as a part of some disturbing ritual.
  • The Dark Knight Rises has Bruce get at it with Miranda Tate, in basically their second scene together. For him, he has the excuse of having not dated anybody or left his mansion for the past eight years, and it does provide a quick way to jump-start the arc about him trusting her, but there's little reason given for why she's suddenly interested in him, especially since she's Talia al-Ghul and hates him for killing her father.
  • Destination Wedding: Played with and lampshaded. Frank and Lindsay decide to have sex, without protection, on a hillside in broad daylight, during a wedding, despite not liking each other very much. Why? "It couldn't possibly make this situation worse."
  • The sex scene in Jean-Claude Van Damme's film Double Impact, it serves no other purpose than Fanservice, and the thing is that it's not even real: it's played entirely in the head of one Crazy Jealous Guy who thinks that his twin brother is screwing his girlfriend at that moment.
  • Ryoka Yuzuki's lesbian sex scene in Eko Eko Azarak might be viewed by some unkind souls as not being entirely essential to the plot.
  • Faust: Love of the Damned: There's literally 10 seconds between the female lead worrying that the demonically superpowered hero who saved her from the bad guys is going to rape her to engaging in a passionate love scene with him.
  • Tom Atkins (plays Dan above) seems to make a habit of this. In The Fog (1980) he and Elizabeth hop into bed having met at best half an hour ago before they even know each other's names. The remake justifies this by making them an on-off couple.
  • Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives: Near the end of Laura's story, she and Mitch have a pretty gratuitous sex scene that is a bit more explicit (not to mention lengthy) than seems strictly necessary. Then again, perhaps this was common in the pulp novels it was based on.
  • Giant Little Ones: Natasha rather explicitly gives Franky a hand job after they grow close to each other, which is not really necessary to show and had little buildup.
  • Halloween films:
  • The Hour of the Pig: Courtois' encounter with the maid at the inn apparently comes out of nowhere until it's revealed later that the inn doubles as the town brothel, so this was all part of the services provided. Even so, it seems to be there largely as fanservice. Courtois' sleeping with Samira at a later point makes much more sense in the storyline.
  • During the Lock-and-Load Montage scene in The Interview, Aaron and Sook end it with having sex in the armory. Justified, as they were trying to have sex before, but were interrupted by Dave.
  • Jason's Lyric: After a brief argument, the title characters engage in an intense and passionate sex in the electronic store and reconcile just like that, with none of them even starts talking or apologizing.
  • Kingdom of Heaven's theatrical cut makes the sex scene between Balian and Sibylla seem a little out of nowhere, but the director's cut restores a lot of subplots to justify the affair.
  • Kiss of the Damned: The sex scenes are not very long, but all fairly gratuitous, since they don't advance things in the plot much.
  • In Liar Liar, Fletcher and Miranda start off as simple co-workers only for Miranda to suddenly seduce Fletcher into having sex with her just because she was impressed by his lying capabilities as an Amoral Attorney.
  • In the 2006 film version of Macbeth, the title character randomly has sex with the three witches (here gothic teenagers) while they discuss his future.
  • In Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident, Alec beds Nina after knowing her for about three hours.
  • Monster's Ball has this with its infamous "make me feel good" sex scene. This is an example of how a sex scene can overshadow a film. Despite the movie getting generally rave reviews and Halle Berry winning an Oscar for her performance, try finding anyone who actually can tell you what the movie was actually about. The sex scene, though, they know.
  • My Days of Mercy: Mercy and Lucy's sex scenes. They're not necessary to the film at all, while probably even distracting from the rest of the plot (especially as the clips of them surfaced on the Internet before it was even released).
  • The Postman: Abbie comes into the Postman's room and asks him if he's decided on the request to father a child with her yet (her husband is infertile). He hesitates, and she undresses. Then he quickly says yes, and they have sex, in a pretty unnecessary scene (at least actually showing it).
  • While having the financial partnership of the protagonists lead to a romantic coupling in Rollover was plausible enough, the first sex scene is in the first act when the two hardly even know each other. The other two sex scenes that follow in the second act are just as annoyingly gratuitous. One gets the impression that someone thought the financial apocalypse to which the film was building wasn't going to be enough to keep the audience's attention, and that the sex scenes somehow would. However, the sex scenes only detract from the story, and the movie would probably be a lot better without them.
  • There's one in Shark Attack 3: Megalodon after John Barrowman's character gives his infamous and totally out of the blue "What do you say I take you home and eat your pussy?" line. Word of God (Barrowman on numerous occasions) is that this line was meant as a joke ad-lib but was kept in, which intentionally or not results in the ensuing sex scene becoming a lampshading of the trope.
  • Supernova has three gratuitous sex scenes (two of them in zero gravity). The module where the zero-g sex occurs appears to even be built for this purpose.
  • Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese go at it and good in The Terminator, even though there's a killing machine hunting them down that absolutely will not stop until Sarah is dead, with the purpose of keeping John, the future Resistance leader, from being born. At least it has a justified reason: if you want a Stable Time Loop, you need to somehow find a way for John to be conceived.
  • Time Under Fire: The main character is a navy submarine officer who goes missing with his ship for several years due to going through a wormhole into another dimension. When he returns, he's thrown in prison because the navy thinks he committed treason (or at the very least desertion). He escapes and returns home to his wife and a pretty racy sex scene ensues.
  • Underworld: Evolution has an awkward sex scene not too far into the movie immediately after the two characters meet the Big Bad. Since Evolution is an immediate sequel (it literally takes place hours after the original ends), it could be argued that it's a culmination of the first film's Unresolved Sexual Tension brought on by the emotional stress of the events around them.
  • Vet Hard: (a.k.a. Too Fat Too Furious):
    • Well, not actual coitus since they keep their clothes on, but Katja suddenly wants to do some sexual acts with Koen in the Business Class Lounge of the Airport, of all places. Justified by her saying "she likes doing it where you can get caught". It comes out of nowhere and is pretty inconvenient for Koen, who unbeknownst to Katja is actually there on a criminal mission to hijack an airplane for Bennie instead of, as she thinks, on their honeymoon, and who has to take a phone call from Bennie during sexual stuff happening.
    • Koen and Katja's first time they have sex, in Katja's shower, also - Koen's intention when he goes to her is to murder Katja.note  At the very last minute, he decides to forego that and have sex with her instead.
  • Watchmen has a very long, awkward scene of Dan and Laurie having sex. This was another case of "why did this have to be in the movie", as this was only dealt with briefly in the graphic novel, and the movie was already quite long even without it. It has been argued that the scene might be considered a response to the sexualization of superhero characters and a counterpoint to another scene where Laurie's mother is nearly raped by a fellow superhero; others argue its only purpose is to justify the Something Else Also Rises gag that ends the sequence.
  • Waterworld has an odd scene in which a young girl is captured and the main characters go save her... except their ship is broken, so they randomly have sex. Right after a Brick Joke from earlier in the movie comes to help them along, meaning that the scene was completely pointless.
  • Parodied in Wayne's World. After a plot-important scene of Cassandra on the phone arranging her music video shoot, Wayne and Cassandra get in bed together, with no plot importance. They aren't shown actually having sex, but the words "Gratuitous Sex Scene" flash on the screen as they unconvincingly simulate sex while clothed.

  • Simona Ahrnstedt is pretty bad at this. Her novels have plenty of sex scenes, and in her debut Överenskommelser, we also get a really long rape scene. These scenes would have worked just as well (or maybe even better) if they had been shorter and less detailed. Many of them aren't even necessary for the plot. But they're still there, and Simona's latest novel, "De skandalösa", is close to being pure erotica.
  • Neil Gaiman apparently decided that what American Gods really needed was three sudden bonking (with a twist) sequences, two of which were completely irrelevant to the plot, took place in a completely different locale, and involved characters who had not been seen or even mentioned beforehand. One sex scene was especially unexpected because it involved two men — a salesman and a taxi driver — and gave virtually no indication that either was gay until a quarter of a page before the thrusting began. (Assuming everyone is straight, of course, and neglecting that the main barrier to such scenes in real life is ascertaining that the other guy is in fact gay enough too.) The scenes with Bilquis and the djinn do serve a purpose, though — they show us how the former gods are making it nowadays, and exactly how un-glamourous, how far from godlike it really is.
  • The Anita Blake series became infamous for this trope. Anita started out as a Chaste Hero, to the point that it was considered a major thing when she finally agreed to go on a date with one of the male protagonists. Flash forward a few books after that and sex scenes started becoming increasingly common until novels were devoting more page count to Anita having sex with random men than Anita doing anything plot-related.
  • Deconstructed in The Difference Engine. The novel has a rather long and detailed sex scene between Edward Mallory and a prostitute; the only connection the prostitute, Hetty, has to the plot is that she was the roommate of Sybil Gerard, the Decoy Protagonist. Mallory even abandons his ally Ebenezer Fraser, who had earlier been injured trying to help contain an outbreak of robberies, in order to satisfy his urges. But when Mallory exits Hetty's apartment, he finds that the rioting, pollution, and the "Great Stink" that had been plaguing London during his tenure as the viewpoint character have all of a sudden reached nearly apocalyptic levels of awfulness. Because he was busy whoring while things were really going to the pits, he has lost his last opportunity to evacuate to the countryside to escape the chaos. He ponders what kind of idiocy had gotten into him that he would engage in such pointless debauchery while the rest of the city was going to the pits.
  • Vlad's first encounter with Cawti in the Dragaera series. Usually, a recently-resurrected person has a very different first meeting with the person who killed them. It was at least foreshadowed (the book started with Vlad griping about how assassinating somebody always makes him horny), and the suddenness of the jump into sex and relationship is noted afterwards. Neither really ameliorates the effect.
  • In the Earth's Children series, from The Valley of Horses onward, Ayla and Jondalar have long, detailed sex scenes quite frequently. Minor characters too, sometimes. Apart from a few plot-important scenes, they do little except to demonstrate the sexual openness of the culture... a point which was already made in other ways, such as through dialogue.
  • Fear of Flying describes such sex scenes as the "zipless fuck":
    The zipless fuck is absolutely pure. It is free of ulterior motives. There is no power game. The man is not "taking" and the woman is not "giving." No one is attempting to cuckold a husband or humiliate a wife. No one is trying to prove anything or get anything out of anyone. The zipless fuck is the purest thing there is. And it is rarer than the unicorn. And I have never had one.
  • Ben Elton is often guilty of this in his novels. One such scene in The First Casualty earned him a Bad Sex Awards nomination for the worst sex scene in literature that year.
  • Stephen King's IT has two examples. First of all in the 1950 timeline Beverly has sex with all of her friends in the sewer after defeating the Big Bad. These children are all around twelve. The in-story reason is that after their victory the kids lost their focus and could not summon enough mojo to avoid getting lost, so Bev has sex with them all to revive their sense of camaraderie and unite the group long enough to escape the sewers of Derry (which, even without the big bad, cannot be fun to be stuck in). Also, this is possibly done as a Take That! to her father who has already expressed his belief that she is having sex with the boys. Obviously, it was not a scene they could replicate in the movie. Then in the present Bill and Beverly hop in the sack together when staying at the Derry Inn. It would be a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment if it weren't for Bev's childhood crush on him. Nothing really comes of it either as Bill goes back to his wife Audra and Bev is implied to get together with Ben and it's never mentioned after that.
  • Knowledge Of Angels: About two-thirds of the way through the book, Palinor has a threesome with his (female and male) servants, which comes up quite unexpectedly while adding nothing to the plot. It also paints him in a somewhat bad light, given the questionable consent on their part as they're dependent on him for livelihood and used to obeying his orders.
  • You'd think that Kushiel's Legacy — a series that borders on but isn't quite erotic literature — would use this trope a lot. But actually, it mostly averts it, with only plot-relevant sex being detailed. Special mention goes to this passage, where Phèdre (the main character and narrator) defies this trope and refuses to elaborate on a sex scene on this basis, flat-out telling the audience that what happened next isn't relevant to the plot.
    Of what passed between us that night, I will not speak. It had no bearing on aught that happened before or after, and was of no concern to anyone save Hyacinthe and myself.
  • In The Lions of Al-Rassan, an assassin has just killed a minor king and been exiled by his successor. Then the minor king's mistress and the mother of his two bastard sons show up at the assassin's estate and Coitus Ensues. For no reason at all.
  • Lo Mejor Que Le Puede Pasar A Un Cruasan has two sex scenes. The second one at least somewhat fits into the narrative. The first one, with the main character having sex with a prostitute... yeah, that one we could have done without. The movie adaptation even skips it.
  • Also happens in The Mist. Midway through the story, David and Amanda, who are both married, have sex. As with the IT example, it's something of a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, so much so that Frank Darabont chose to leave it out of the film version. Even King himself has said he had misgivings about that scene.
  • The YA novel Monument 14: Sky on Fire contains a scene where Dean and Astrid spontaneously have sex, mere hours after she made it clear to him that she wasn't interested in sleeping with him. The in-universe explanation is that the two were high on the chemical compounds contaminating the air outside. The sex scene is only mentioned a few more times in the book.
  • "The Order of Melkizedek" is a Filipino example from The '60s, so it's coming from a culture more conservative on the average than general Western culture (even granted that—thanks to colonialism—a lot of Filipino culture is derived from Western culture), and yet this happens between main character Sid and the young(-ish) single mother Sonya Borja, with whom he's been investigating the titular Mystery Cult.
  • In The Pale King, Ms. Neti-Neti is nicknamed the Iranian Crisis for a very good reason.
  • Near the end of The Steel Remains, Ringil Eskiath suddenly has sex with the book's main villain, and no, it's not rape. Their only prior history was a sword fight directly before the encounter.
  • The Teresa Knight Trilogy: Many if not most of the sex scenes have little buildup (often none), and are generally described in explicit detail. Generally this is justified as it's taking place in a sex club or between friends with benefits etc. It's also expected somewhat (this is erotic fiction) though the sheer number of sex scenes becomes pretty staggering.
  • In Tigana, the main character suddenly gets to sleep with a duchess he just met, with the encounter being described in great detail.
  • Subverted and played for laughs in the Star Trek novel The Three Minute Universe. Kirk and Uhura need an excuse to leave the bridge and discuss their plan when a Sacker notes that humans often have the urge to reproduce appear out of nowhere and ask if this is the case. An embarrassed Kirk says that it is and they figure out their next move in private with the Sacker none the wiser.
  • In Ian Mc Donald's River of Gods, a character (who's been previously been introduced to the reader) is on a plane home to India. He chats with the woman next to him, they talk about their family backgrounds and such. Soon, this leads to them surreptitiously having sex right there, with almost no motivation. And she knows he's about to become her new boss, but he doesn't. Nothing involving her is followed up on.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The That '70s Show episode "Donna's Story" had Eric try his hand at writing. All his stories eventually featured the main characters (based on him and Donna) randomly having sex.
    Eric: God, why do all my stories end like this?
  • Dark Desire: Alma and Brenda are shown in a number of sex scenes which are pretty gratuitous (but non-explicit). Few of them are really necessary to show with such detail (not that many viewers will complain).
  • Das Boot: At the same time Carla is hiding there in her house, Simone allows Forster in, they're talking softly, and then the next thing we see him having sex with her. We don't hear just what is said leading up to this, and Simone doesn't look happy when Carla sees them. It's left ambiguous if Simone submitted to his advances because it would let her learn more from his Gestapo operations, or didn't feel able to refuse him. As she's a lesbian (who's involved with Carla, in fact) her motive likely isn't actual attraction obviously.
  • Dates:
    • Mia and Stephen impulsively have sex in the alley.
    • Mia and David later have sex in her flat, right after he made a point of insulting her.
    • Jenny and Christian are shown talking on their date, then it cuts to them finishing up having sex in bed.
  • Whether accurate or not, Game of Thrones became heavily associated with this trope in the early seasons, to the point that the sex was always the first thing most online comedians would parody about it. Indeed, there were several scenes where the sex is clearly front and center, and plot-relevance was an afterthought to just barely keep it out of this trope. The showrunners realized they were developing a reputation and dialed back the nookie in the last three seasons. The show itself parodied this trope in the final season when Bronn was having a threesome with two prostitutes...who spent the entire time conversing with each other about the war and their favorite clients getting killed/mangled, all while doing him, which completely killed his mood.
  • Good Omens (2019): Like in the book, Anathema and Newt rather abruptly have sex, with basically no buildup prior to this. Justified however, because she's acting on her ancestor's prophecies, who predicted they would do it.
  • Guerrilla: Marcus stumbles on Dhari having sex with Eliette in Belgium when before this they were barely even shown as interacting with each other.
  • Hightown: Jackie picks up a number of women (plus her ex once) and is then shown having sex with them in pretty gratuitous scenes.
  • Played for Laughs in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In The Gang's movie "Lethal Weapon 5" the plot stops so the evil casino owner (played by Frank) can have a long, drawn-out sex scene with his girlfriend. To the Show Within a Show audience watching the film, it's this trope. To us (and to The Gang) it's clear that the sex scene was only there so Frank could get it on with the actress (a prostitute he hired specifically for the sex scene). Yes, Frank was really having sex with her.
  • Happens repeatedly in the first few episodes of Jessica Jones (2015). Made even more ridiculous by Jessica not appearing to have undressed at all for any of the scenes for her and Luke Cage's Destructo-Nookie. There's also an awkward oral sex scene with Trish Walker and Will Simpson in the middle of the season. Has resulted in some Broken Base as the show's defenders claim the amount of sex is appropriate for the story, while others disagree. Some defenders of the series are upset by the fact that most media coverage of the series has focused on the sexual content rather than on the Kilgrave plot, despite it being a relatively small part of the overall storyline. This reportedly includes Krysten Ritter, who at one point was quoted as being tired of constantly being asked about the sex scenes.
  • Kiss Me First: Leila decides to have sex with Jonty without really any buildup beforehand, and especially as until then she'd been heavily implied as having a shared attraction with Tess. She later almost has sex with Kyle too, just after having met him, but backs out. It's possible she's trying to fill a void this way.
  • Magnificent Century: Why were Hatice and İbrahim going at in the baths? To de-stress after an awful day? Who knows. But for a show that is usually tamer, it certainly seems to come out of nowhere.
  • NOS4A2: Early in the series, Maggie is sorting books in her library when a woman her age walks in to ask for a book. One cut later, and that woman is eating Maggie out in a scene that serves no purpose other than to establish Maggie's sexual orientation, which a later episode does again, only much better. It's then subverted when the two are interrupted before Maggie can finish.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Lithia", Major Mercer has sex with Miranda and then Ariel with really no buildup. Justified though as Mercer is the only man either has ever seen, and they're naturally fascinated. It's possibly implied too that in their society sexual mores are more relaxed.
  • Outlander: Like with many Starz shows, there's a lot of gratuitous sex scenes. While some make sense in the plot, the level of explicitness can't really be called anything except fanservice. This is not only done with the leads either-some of the minor characters get into it too.
  • Spoofed in Season 46 (2020-21) of Saturday Night Live in a filmed sketch called "Lesbian Period Drama", poking fun at the prevalent tropes of the titular genre in films like Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Ammonite. The skit specifically lampoons the extended, multi-positional Coitus Ensues scene from Ammonite:
    Female trailer narrator: Two hours of excruciating tension all building up to a sex scene so graphic you'll think, "Oh, right, a man directed this".
    Ex-lover (Kate McKinnon): Hey gals, it's 1840, I don't think [that position] has been invented yet.
  • Sex/Life: The series shows many sex scenes which might ordinarily be covered with a sexy discretion shot, though one supposes it's somewhat to be expected from the title.
  • She's Gotta Have It: The series has plenty of sex scenes, of varying explicitness, which aren't strictly necessary. However, probably few will complain.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand does not bother with subtext at all. They just show people going at it. A lot. Scenes that would on most shows end with the Dress Hits Floor, instead progress to full-on, borderline hardcore sex. This is not limited to named characters. Fanservice extras are often shown having sex (in rebel camps, brothels, upscale cocktail parties, etc...) in order to introduce an erotic element into scenes that would otherwise just be fighting or talking.

    Print Media 
  • MAD parodied this in issue #132, which had an article on Academy Awards for sexual elements in films. One of the categories was "Best Director for a Sex Scene that Was Created Out of Nowhere". One of the nominees was a sex scene during a debate in the UN General Assembly.

    Video Games 
  • Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's 6 Days a Sacrifice featured a sex scene between Theo and Janine, a woman he had no romantic tension with at all in the second half of the game. Also, they do it while Theo is covered head-to-toe in bandages due to massive injury. This is what ends up getting Janine killed, as Theo "tainted her with his darkness." Yahtzee would go on to say the awkwardness of that scene wasn't meant to be romantic or sexy; it was meant to show how fucked up things had gotten by that point. However, Yahtzee also admitted this had more to do with his own hang-ups about romance and sex than anything else, and that if he had the opportunity to make the game again he'd just straight up show Janine raping Theo to get the point across more clearly.
  • AI Dungeon 2 can be a little quick to push fanservice on folks; sometimes with seemingly random actions leading to intercourse with just about anyone.
  • The A Dance with Rogues module features many of these. But, of course, despite the many possibilities to do this, every sexual relation is optional.
  • Some of the sex scenes in Dragon Age: Origins. While most of the Romance Sidequests have plenty of buildup in the relationship, Morrigan in particular will proposition the player once their Relationship Values is high enough (that is to say, not very high at all). This can lead to a very sudden shift in your relationship, as Morrigan could have been angrily disapproving of a story decision one moment, and seducing you into having sex in the middle of camp the next. The Optional Sexual Encounter the player can have with Isabela is this as well, albeit Played for Laughs... especially if it turns into a three/foursome.
  • Both sex scenes in Fahrenheit: The first one being an optional encounter where, if you play your cards just right when your ex-girlfriend drops by at your apartment (play your guitar for her and then kiss her), she and Lucas will have sex together. The second one, however, is much more egregious: Right before the very finale of the game, Lucas and Carla lie on a mattress together for what could very well be their last night together before the Earth becomes covered with ice, while Carla wishes the two could have met under better circumstances... and then Carla decides that she loves Lucas and they fuck. Yes, the previous sentence is basically the only indication that the two have any sort of sexual tension between one another. Also, Lucas is technically dead during the second one. Carla even mentions how cold his skin is shortly beforehand. Sexy!
  • Fallout: New Vegas:
  • A couple of missions in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony are interrupted by apparently random sex scenes involving Luis. One, occurring near the end of the game, is part of a cut scene and can be skipped, but while playing the "Club Security" side-quest, Luis is occasionally required to interrupt his work in order to rendezvous with the club's (female) head of security for some one-on-one.
  • Fahrenheit's successor, Heavy Rain, contains an optional one near the end: with only hours left to save the life of his only son, Ethan Mars can opt to take a break and sleep with Madison Paige despite his many devastating injuries, the obvious waste of time, and little to no previous romantic chemistry between the two.
  • In L.A. Noire, Cole Phelps, of all people, decides to have an affair with Elsa, one of the witnesses to a high-profile narcotics homicide case. Not only is he a married man with two young kids, but it comes almost out of the blue too (aside from a series of mysterious foreshadowing cutscenes of Phelps attending Elsa's performances, the two had a total of two conversations, one of which was a police interrogation). This, in ironic karma, kicks off a domino of hurt for him which sees him demoted, publicly humiliated and sued for adultery. After even his wife kicks him out, the first thing he does is go back to his lover for a second round.
  • Leather Goddesses of Phobos uses this for its sex scenes. As it can be played on multiple explicitness settings, ranging from "tame" to "lewd", they kind of had to use this so the "tame" players wouldn't miss too much. Frequently what they miss is a single sentence.
  • A minor sidequest in Mass Effect involves doing a favor for a high-class consort. As a reward, the consort gives Shepard a trinket and a few words of inspiration based on Shepard's past. If Shepard expresses dissatisfaction with the reward, the consort and Shepard have sex regardless of Shepard's gender and without input from the player.
  • This was one of the most notorious on the long list of things wrong with Ride to Hell: Retribution. Every female character the 'hero' encounters abruptly stops to have sex with him (fully clothed and with unmoving faces), even those immediately just rescued from rape or domestic abuse.
  • Two of the three introductory sequences for The Secret World have no sexual content whatsoever. Players who chose to join the Dragon, however, are sent upstairs at a hotel to complete their indoctrination ...and, with very little warning, receive oral sex from a strange woman (whether they are male or female, and with no option to refuse it), which somehow induces post-cognitive visions. Notably, the Dragon never do anything like this anywhere else, this is the game's only sex scene, and it never becomes important again.
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories has Harry and Dahlia very randomly having sex on the boat near the end of the game with little build-up. Even Harry seems surprised it's happening (though he doesn't really complain). Sure, there were hints that she and Harry had been together/at least interested in each other, and there was a sequence where it was implied they may have been married during one branch of reality, but Harry himself shows little to no interest in her throughout the game and, most of the time, is genuinely confused as to who she is and why she knows him.
  • Thief (2014) was controversial with fans of the longstanding franchise because of a mission where Garrett has to infiltrate a brothel. Aside from encountering a number of topless women, to complete the mission Garrett must spy on a guy having sex with a prostitute in order to spot a code. Unlike some sexual content in games, this cannot be skipped and - to make matters worse - the sounds of the couple having sex are clearly audible for quite a distance. While the concept of encountering people having sex in a brothel isn't "coitus ensues", the fact there is no game-related reason to show it is - the room in question could just as easily have been empty.
  • The Witcher 2 in The Rose of Remembrance quest. After fighting off some bandits in a rose garden, Geralt and Triss fall through the ground and find themselves trapped in a forgotten pretty Elven bathhouse. They decide to take a bath together. Initially seems to go for a Sexy Discretion Shot, but later as the scene changes to someone explaining an Elven love legend surrounding the garden, it cuts back and forth between him and Geralt and Triss's sex scene.

    Visual Novels 
  • Daughter for Dessert has a sex scene between protagonist and Olivia. The latter is a one-shot character who fixes the broken jukebox, sleeps with the protagonist “because [he’s] a good person,” and is never heard from again in the story.

  • Magick Chicks: Alluded to between Faith and her boyfriend, Ash, when they meet in the park, presumably to discuss what happened at the pool party.note  Except the discussion came after they did.
  • The Rock Cocks has at least one sex scene per chapter. Track 5 has three going concurrently, between Steg and Suria, Seth and Georgie, and Redd, Rei and Meg.
  • Vampire Cheerleaders has it happen more than once:
    • The first time being near the end of the very first chapter, after Lori failed to silence Leonard for threatening to expose her and the rest of "A-Squad" as vampires. So she resorted to Plan "BC": which was to buy his silence by having all of A-Squad f*ck his brains out. It worked.
    • During the "Adventures in Space... and Time?!" arc in vol.4, Leonard and co. end up at Lemuria, where they were supposed to be bathing in preparation for the evening banquette. But Suki was horny and decided to have a quickie with Leonard, right there in the hot spring, since they were already naked.
    • Earlier in the same vol., she wound up on the receiving end immediately after getting an unexpected Reunion Kiss from Zoe. She was so overcome with emotion, that she tackled Suki to the ground and humped her leg in front of everyone at the amusement park, 'til she hit the Big 'O'!
  • Everyday Heroes: In the flashback scenes of "The Talk" arc, Mr. Mighty and Jane (who, at this point, are confirmed to not even kissed yet) are talking at MM's apartment. As a sign of his trust in her, he shares with her one of the heroes' biggest secrets (a power-suppressing drug that even knowing about would be invaluable to her villainous contacts), even going so far as to give her a sample. The moment moves MM to pour his heart out to her, culminating in a marriage proposal. That moves Jane to say yes, but not before popping the suppression pill into his mouth.
    Jane: You can make an honest woman out of me tomorrow.

    Western Animation 


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Scoping the Scenery

Shortly after crash-landing on Oroboris, Julie scans the planet, and stumbles across two lizard-like alien creatures in the midst of getting it on.

They stop their lovemaking upon noticing Julie, and scatter when she opens fire against a bug-like creature she thought was much bigger than it actually was, due to it appearing on her visor.

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