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The Grunting Orgasm

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Some things can't be un-seen. Or un-heard.

AKA the male orgasm.

While women situate themselves between The Modest Orgasm and The Immodest Orgasm, due to the Double Standard, males are usually not shown climaxing on screen/panel. Or it's very brief.

But not always.

When a male is shown experiencing a particularly intense climax, he generally can't control himself either and utters grunting sighs and growls instead of the more typically female yelps and squeals. It can go up to an utter scream, but that's rare. It is often accompanied with a gritty or silly face, rolled eyes, clenched teeth, and foretold by naughty words and sweat. Is sometimes featured/parodied in Orgasmic Combat.

In the event that a man attempts to fake this, expect his partner to be unconvinced.

Compare/Contrast The Modest Orgasm and The Immodest Orgasm. Can be Truth in Television, though it is sometimes exaggerated in fiction to make the hero seem macho.


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    Anime & Manga 

  • The man in the other car having sex with a woman, whom Man asks for a crowbar to get his friends out of the trunk, in "Pedro And Man At The Drive-Inn" from Cheech & Chong's Los Cochinos.
  • A comedian once said a woman's orgasm sounds like she's climbing stairs ("pant, pant, gasp, pant..."), whereas a man's orgasm sounds like he's falling down stairs ("Oh shi-ooh-ah-erg-ah...")

  • Played for laughs in Strangers in Paradise during a sex scene between Chuck and Rachel. Chuck's grinding away while Rachel lies there bored.
  • The second volume of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has a sex scene between Mina Harker and Allan Quartermain which shows him grunting a bit. Mina also seems to be having an immodest orgasm as she wails.
    • Hawley Griffin, the sociopathic Invisible Man, is introduced in the series moaning Oh Goddd! while raping a female student of a correctional academy.
  • The sex scene between Barry and Claudette in issue 2 of Friday The 13th: Pamela's Tale:
  • The wolfman Kill from The Incal is introduced doing a big howl while doing it with a human woman.

    Fan Fiction 


  • The title character of Sabriel overhears one in the next room of an inn.
  • A common theme in Alexei Kremzar's books, including Educating Sarah.
  • Simona Ahrnstedt combines this with The Immodest Orgasm in her sex scenes. And she's got plenty of them.
  • At the low end of the grunting scale, in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, "Billy made a noise like a small, rusty hinge. He had just emptied his seminal vesicles into Valencia."
  • In The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy the elder Mr. Shandy believes the quality of the (male) orgasm determines the quality of the offspring. He is approaching a great climax with his wife when she deflatingly asks him if he remembered to wind up the clock, a household chore in those days. He forever after blames the resulting paltry dribble for his son Tristram being such a disappointment. The book was written in 1759.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Fellow Travelers:
    • During Christmastime, Hawkins Fuller performs fellatio on his lover Tim Laughlin, and the latter grunts when he orgasms.
    • In 1957, Tim is the "giving" partner when he and Hawk are engaged in anal sex, and the former muffles his orgasm by biting and sucking on the latter's shoulder while groaning in pleasure.
  • On one episode of Frasier, Lilith and Frasier happen to both go to the same summer weekend retreat with their dates. Believing that Lilith is having sex in the next room, Frasier starts leaping up and down on his bed making certain noises. He takes the silence he's met with as a sign that Lilith is enjoying herself even more. In reality, she's out having a stroll, and she walks in as he's getting into it. To add to his embarrassment, his girlfriend walks in, too.
  • Done many, many times in Game of Thrones (Tyrion Lannister is introduced during one), and one of Theon Greyjoy's makes him look like he is being electrocuted.
  • Two short instances in Glee features the character Finn do this TWICE, each time VERY noticeable to the audience by his expression and his grunts and groans. This, however, isn't as big as other examples, usually just down to a couple of "oh"s and finally a grunt when he unsuccessfully tries to stop it.
  • Frank in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets his own entire gratuitous sex scene in Lethal Weapon 5 (as his demand for funding the movie). No one else enjoyed that scene.
  • Law & Order: UK. As the detectives and prosecutors watch the tape of CP Alesha Philips' rape, DS Matt Devlin stands as far away as possible and turns his back (he's in love with her). Unfortunately, he can still hear everything and visibly cringes when her assailant lets out one of these.
  • Trevor from MTV's Pets does this often while masturbating.
  • Done various times in the short lived softcore series Nightcap.
  • Several years ago, Saturday Night Live did a parody of the Herbal Essences commercials, with "Herbal Essences" for men. A bunch of men in a court room, washing their hair, and making grunting noises. Here is a newer version of this...
  • Male characters orgasming in The Tudors tend to do this a lot.

  • Parodied by Eminem in a skit on The Slim Shady LP.
  • Such grunts form a (ridiculous) part of the intro to Elastica's "Line Up". (It's a song about groupies, so it's totally appropriate, guys)
  • "Hot Shot", by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, could be read as some hammering Wham, a strangled Bam, and a very perfunctory Thank You Ma'am.
  • Heard in Rammstein's "Rein Raus"
  • The Stranglers' Peaches has a fairly unambiguous bit towards the end where singer Hugh Cornwell gets, me er, overcome by all the comely ladies in bikinis he is ogling on the beaches. On stage he even mimed masturbation, to make it clear to those who hadn't got the idea what the grunting noises betokened.
  • The rhythmic male and female grunts in Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love" seem to indicate this.
  • The voice constantly panting "undercover" near the end of Alan O'Day's "Undercover Angel" also suggests this.

    Video Games 
  • Jason Brody has one in the bad ending of Far Cry 3. Then he dies.
  • The Player Characters of the Five Nights in Anime games have hilariously cartoonish moans whenever receiving Out with a Bang at the hands of the lusty enemies.
  • Duke Nukem 3D: the titular Duke during the ending does some pretty loud grunts with a babe who wanted some more action. Thankfully it's not shown.
  • Similar to FNIA, Only Cans has the talking soda cans make hilariously cartoonish moaning, hissing, and fizzing sounds when the player spritzes them.

  • Ménage à 3: Male responses in the comic's numerous sex scenes vary, but some occasionally make some noise. Notably, Gary's first time involves a very audible "virginnnnGhhggnnn", to Kiley's shock. (Strip #539, December 15, 2011, NSFW.)
  • Sandra on the Rocks: Pierre's first time with Sandra produces some fairly restrained but audible moans of "Oh Sandra". What neither of them know, unfortunately, is that they have witnesses at that moment — and Eloise isn't going to take this scene well.

    Web Original 
  • Subverted in the "Thanksgiving" episode of The Damn Few. Sealy's (off-screen) falsetto barks and squeals top out in an ecstatic, "mmmmmmmI'matopsecretNavySEAL!!!!!"
  • Subverted by The Nostalgia Critic. Whenever he reenacts an orgasm (and trust us, he's done it a lot), there's no grunts involved, just high-pitched gasping and squealing. But then the character is pretty girly anyway.
  • Also subverted with SiIvaGunner infamous meme character Loud Nigra, who does a very, very loud and overly long scream when he's orgasming.
  • The infamous Shrek is Love Shrek is Life incarnation of the epynomous ogre has the tendency of letting out a mighty roar when he reaches his climax. Can also be considered a rare male example of The Immodest Orgasm.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Vegeta during the hysterical scene in episode 34 where he and Bulma conceives Trunks. Complete with Galick Gun.
    • Other episodes indicate this is the case for other (every?) male characters, such as a non-canon scene between Future Gohan and Bulma with a Masenko, Goku and Chi-Chi with a Kamehameha while conceiving Goten, or Krillin with a Scatter Bullet that destroys the Krillin Owned Counter.
  • Zabuza (also voiced by Lanipator) at the beginning of episode 6 of Naruto The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show.

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Alternative Title(s): Grunting Orgasm


Jeanne and Vanitas

Jeanne's blood cravings continue to get worse, and she feels like she won't be able to be herself after a certain point, fearing she'll hurt her master Luca. Upon seeing her tears, Vanitas promises to kill her if she ever gets out of control. Keep in mind, this scene comes right after Jeanne sucks his blood in a very sexually charged manner, complete with Vanitas making loud moaning noises.

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