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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 face, rolled eyes, clenched teeth, and foretold by naughty words and sweat. Is sometimes featured/parodied in Orgasmic Combat.

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 and 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 and Chong's Los Cochinos.

  • 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 a 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 

  • Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball. NSFW.
  • Bruce Willis in Color of Night.
  • David Abbott in Crawlspace
  • Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct
  • Tony Leung in The Lover
  • Almost all the male characters in Waiting to Exhale.
  • Jensen Ackles in a wonderful scene in the movie Devour.
  • Sean William Scott in Road Trip, due to a very... special medical inspection.
  • Kevin Kline in A Fish Called Wanda, accompanied by an extremely goofy smile.
  • Parodied by Christian Slater in Pump Up the Volume.
  • In Munich the main character does a silent version while having sex with his wife, but since he's having flashbacks to earlier events in the movie it's not especially sexy and comes off as more disturbing.
  • Done up to eleven by the eponymous lead in MacGruber. The main character's expressions during sex are arather disturbing series of piggish and odd grunts.
  • Bernie (William H. Macy) in The Cooler.
  • Forty Shades of Blue has one with Michael James (Darren Burrows) while doing it with Laura (Dina Korzun).
  • The Center of the World has Richard Longman (Peter Sarsgaard) doing it with Florence (Molly Parker) by the end of the movie with this trope.
  • In Baby Boy, during Jody and Yvette's sex scene, his orgasm is a few soft grunts compared to her almost bringing the roof down.
  • The first Levottomat film (a series of sex-related dramas out of Finland) inverts this slightly with a scene that begins just as a guy climaxes; he's virtually silent about it, but the woman lets out a single grunt instead.
  • In Frida, we have a rare scene in which the woman is dominant and the the man is making the noises. Kahlo's first boyfriend grunts loudly and nearly screams as they have sex in a closet during a house party, so she has to cover his mouth.
  • The Young Monk in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring when he loses his virginity to The Girl.
  • Gender-inverted in Cold Mountain where it's a woman who says, "He's going to hump me until I grunt." We don't hear if she's a moaner or a grunter though.
  • The Cockswell Academy founder statue grunts and pants when the foreign language teacher Mona Lott does a striptease near the end of Loose Screws.
  • Clapet, the Big Bad butcher of Delicatessen does a pretty epic and hilarious one that makes everyone in the hotel stunned.


     Live Action TV 
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...")
  • 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.
  • Male characters orgasming in The Tudors tend to do this a lot.
  • 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.
  • Trevor from MTV's Pets does this often while doing his favourite activity.
  • Done various times in the short lived softcore series Nightcap.
  • 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 Alesha's rape, Matt 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 upon hearing her assailant let out one of these as he violates her.

  • 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 one of the endings in Far Cry 3. Then he dies.
  • The Player Characters of the Five Nights In Anime games have hilariously cartoonish moans whenever receiving Death by Sex at the hands of the lusty enemies.
  • Duke Nukem3d: the titular Duke during the ending does some pretty loud grunts with a babe who wanted some more action. Thankfully it's not shown.

     Web Comics 
  • 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 Silva Gunner 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.
  • 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


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