Liz: Standing up? How would that even work?
Jack: You're joking, right?
Liz: [sheepishly] Yeah...
In short, when two people are having sex against a wall or other vertical surface, often spontaneously. One of the most common sex positions in films and television shows, as it can be worked into almost any setting (since almost any setting will have a wall, a tree, etc.) and avoids the need for nudity, thereby allowing the scene to pass with a lower content-censorship rating. Its spontaneous nature also makes it popular when one or both partners is cheating, or the affair is forbidden for some other reason. In Real Life this can be done, but is not as easy as it looks: holding someone up against a wall can get tiresome fast depending on the carrier's strength and endurance, and the person doing the wall-banging runs the risk of dropping their poor partner (which carries a significant risk of a self-inflicted Groin Attack).
Not to be confused with someone banging their head against a wall, or a Harvey Wallbanger (well, unless one of the participants happens to be named Harvey), or Right Through the Wall (though overlap with the latter is obviously possible), or Wallbonking (though that can end up looking like this), or firing squads. Also not related to the technique of "Wall-banging" in FPS games (which is about bullets going through walls and dealing decreased damaged to the person on the other side). Often includes Right Through His Pants.
The title is derived from Wall Banger, a page that has since joined the Permanent Red Link Club.
- Berserk: While not against a wall, Guts and Casca have sex against a tree for the better half of it.
- Don't Meddle with My Daughter!: It's how Clara ends up taking Mei's virginity. Unbeknownst to them, Clara was possessed by a phallic alien parasite that caused her to seek out fertile women. The sight of Mei's hips and hindquarters caused the parasite to respond to Clara's own pent-up sexual urges by doing Mei against the wall until Mei finally passed out from the combination of extreme pleasure and exhaustion.
- Futari Ecchi: The title couple gets to try this position in their bedroom adventures.
- Kurono and Sei do this at the end of episode 15 and beginning of episode 16 of Gantz.
- Haou Airen also has Hakuron and Kurumi doing this...but it's up against a door, and Fuoron's on the other side.
- In One Piece, a naked Nami gets pinned against the wall of the bath she's in by Absalom, who has the clear intention of raping her. It doesn't go much further, however.
- Sensual Phrase has one. It comes from the epilogue, as the married Aine and Sakuya have impromptu sex while their kid, Shion, is napping in the nearby room.
- Fine Print: Sam is shown eating out Laurel against a wall in one case.
- Between Quartermain and Nina in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, albeit against a tree.
- In Preacher when Jesse and Tulip reunite and reconcile after escaping his psychotic family (and explaining why he left her in the process). The motel manager has to ask them to calm it down; Jesse just hands him some cash and tells him not to bother them again.
- Le Scorpion: Armando takes Ansea like this when she offers herself to him in In the Name of The Son.
- Between Yorick and Beth toward the end in Y: The Last Man.
- This sex position is actually pretty popular in all kinds of hentai manga and doujins.
- In A Crown of Stars, Shinji and Asuka took a shower together a short while after their Love Confession. They didn't plan on having sex, but one thing led to another, and eventually Shinji was pinning Asuka against the bath wall while they humped each other.
- In the Slash Fic A Charmed Life Ryuk does this with Light.
- Evangelion 303: In chapter 17, Shinji and Asuka try this position, but Asuka gets pinned against their hotel room's large windowpane.
- There exists at least one Fullmetal Alchemist Yaoi doujinshi that feature Ed and Roy doing this, justified by the fact that Ed is depicted as much smaller than Roy in this particular artist's work, meaning he would be pretty easy to lift (it also uses Right Through His Pants with Roy). It's by the artist Daen. This is quite common in Daen's works.
- Sokka and Azula's sex scene in How I Became Yours. Well, more like "rock bang her" since they're outdoors, but the rock acts as a wall.
- Ringo and the Svenjaya woman Ranala have a quickie against the wall in the Svenjaya tunnels in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World. George, who's there, finds it funny, and Ranala has an Immodest Orgasm.
- Occurs between Matt and Alesha in Chapter 11 of the Law & Order: UK story Rough Justice, even though we get a Sexy Discretion Shot just as he lifts her onto the kitchen countertop.
- In a The Transformers fanfic titled Sent of Lust, Scourge does this to Arcee.
- Thousand Shinji: In a scene, Asuka mentions offhandedly that Shinji and she tried that position several times.
The bed creaked as Shinji lay down next to me, enveloping me in his arms. There were no erotic undertones to this despite all the times we had shared a bed, or the floor, or a bathtub, or a table, or a wall, or
- In another The Transformers fanfic titled A Warm Welcome, Megatron does this to the OC (Original Character) Decepticon Femme.
- In the Katawa Shoujo fic Weekend at Hisao's, Hisao does this with his girlfriend Shizune.
- In Well-Matched, West Point cadets Kate Kane and Sophie Moore have sex in a locker room shower stall, with the wall at Sophie's back.
- 28 Hotel Rooms: In their very first scene, the man and woman have sex up against the wall of a hotel room.
- American Gangster: Richie gets interrupted in one of these by a call from the morgue.
- Robin Shea (Rebecca De Mornay) in And God Created Woman 1998 gets it in a gymnasium by the contractor protagonist Billy Moran.
- Anna: Alex and Anna have sex in a tight, enclosed space with her propped up on a wall when they reunite.
- This happens between Cecelia (Keira Knightley) and Robbie (James McAvoy) in the film adaptation of Atonement when she is wearing the iconic green dress in the library. They are walked in on by child Briony, causing the major point of misunderstanding that leads to all other events unfolding.
- In one of the funniest scenes in Baby Boy, Jody is unable to sleep because his mom and her new boyfriend are having sex, rather loudly, in the other room. We see it, too - and it starts with a Wall Bang, but evolves into what can only be described as "the African Squat Fuck", across the room.
- Subverted in Basic Instinct, when Michael Douglas initially pushes Jeanne Tripplehorn against the wall. After some intense groping, he suddenly pulls her over to the couch, drapes her over it, and takes her from behind.
- In the 1989 film Blood And Sand, Juan (Chris Rydell) has sex with Dona Sol (Sharon Stone) against a tree.
- Bloodrayne: Sebastian abruptly has sex with Rayne this way (his back is up against the bars of a cell, while she braces herself by holding on), which seems like it would be pretty uncomfortable to him.
- Done spectacularly in the Dark Shadows movie where Barnabas and Angelique do it against the wall... the floor... the ceiling...
- Deadpool (2016): Wade and Vanessa's relationship starts out this way. Well, technically it starts with the skeeball game he buys 48 minutes for, but this trope is where they actually start being a couple. Vanessa actually alludes to the strength/stamina requirement by asking how long he can keep it up, only for Wade to proclaim "All year."
I love, I love, I love my calendar girl...
- In Elizabeth a lady-in-waiting gets this treatment while wearing a Pimped-Out Dress she "borrowed" from the queen. That happens to be poisoned. Hope the sex was good.
- Gangs of New York: Amsterdam and Jenny end up doing this after a round of Slap Slap Kissing.
- In The Godfather, Sonny Corleone is in the middle of one of these during his sister's wedding, of all times. With his sister's best friend and bridesmaid. While his wife is with his mother outside. (And probably fathering Vincent Mancini, Andy Garcia's character in Part III, in the process.)
- In Headhunters, Roger is banging his mistress Lotte up against the wall of her apartment just before he dumps her.
- There is a brief scene at the beginning of the film Jarhead where the protagonist wallbangs his girlfriend.
- Horns: Ig has sex with Merrin against a tree.
- Jerry Maguire has Dorothy Ray, while swooning over Jerry, imagining romantic bliss while proclaiming "whoever snagged him must be one classy babe." The movie cuts to Jerry nailing his screaming fiancee to the wall, visual shorthand for her not being "classy."
- Happens between Carrie and Brian while in bed with Early listening in on the other side in Kalifornia.
- Happens in The Joy Luck Club with the mom who later drowned her baby.
- Occurs in a shower sex scene in The Kentucky Fried Movie. The woman (Uschi Digard) is pressed up against the glass wall of the shower, so her breasts are comically squashed.
- Kiss of the Damned: Maia has sex with a man up against a wall in an alley outside a bar, before feeding on him lethally.
- Happens in The Last King of Scotland in a bit of a....well, lengthy scene. You thought you weren't gonna see James McAvoy's butt? You thought wrong, mister.
- Lord of War: Yuri Orlov, with his wife against the shower door. Actually, all sex scenes in this movie fit the trope.
- Lost and Delirious: Tori has sex with Jake against a tree (that can't feel very good, but then again she's probably only doing it to pass for straight).
- Lost Girls and Love Hotels: The last time Margaret and Kazu have sex it's with him behind her up against a wall.
- Malavita: This is how Belle and her teacher had sex after she seduced him (it's her first time too).
- A Murder of Crows: This is how Lawson has sex with his publisher.
- There is an extremely unpleasant-looking scene involving a couple screwing against a tree in The Nail Gun Massacre.
- It also happens in Out of Time when the two leads, the police chief and the wife of an abusive ex-footballer, are having sex against the bathroom door, goes through said door and then against the wall. When it's over, you see he's still wearing pants.
- In Quadrophenia, Jimmy and Steph are doing this in an alley while the big fight between the Mods and Rockers is going on.
- Yet another Sharon Stone example in The Quick and the Dead, used to symbolize the frantic nature of their sex as it's a Pre-Climax Climax. The position has an additional advantage of showing off her hot leather pants when Russell Crowe grabs her ass.
- The (more or less) clothed version happens in a deleted scene from Repo! The Genetic Opera, between Amber Sweet and Graverobber.
- Revenge (2017): In a non-consensual version, Jen is raped up against a window by Stan. Dmitri sees what is going on and chooses to ignore it.
- While it happens in Road House (1989), the relative positioning of Patrick Swayze and Kelly Lynch's bodies means that either nothing is really going on at all, or else Swayze is a very, very lucky man if you know what I mean...
- Sappho: Phil has sex with Helene up against a tree.
- Save the Date (2012): Sarah first has sex with Jonathan against the wall in her apartment.
- In Shame the protagonist has sex with a girl against a wall in an alley at night. He also has sex with another up against the window of his penthouse.
- At the beginning of The Shawshank Redemption, with Andy's wife and her lover.
- She Hate Me: Fatima and Jack have sex up against the wall for part of the time.
- Shoot 'Em Up features this at the end of the film's sole sex scene, with Smith servicing DQ against the wall while simultaneously gunning down the men sent to kill them.
- Sharon Stone and William Baldwin get a scene like this in Sliver, although it's more up against a column rather than a wall.
- Spectre. Bond pushes Lucia Sciarra up against a full-length mirror for a makeout session.
- Stealing Heaven: This is how Abelard and Héloïse have sex at one point.
- Steam: Laurie has sex with Roy while up against a desk.
- In Step Brothers, the trope is gender-inverted since it's Alice who shoves Dale up against the wall the first time. In the Unrated Edition, the trope is Played With during Christmas dinner when the wall turns out to be the door to the dining room and two accidentally burst through it, and try to pass it off as a massage. Played with again when they burst through the door a second time, albeit with Alice now facing Dale, and no one seems to notice. Even her husband, on whom she's cheating because he's abusive towards and neglectful of her, is seated at the table and seems to be none the wiser.
- Happens between Illeana (Angelina Jolie) and James (Ethan Hawke) in Taking Lives, though they eventually move onto the bed.
- Used in Thank You for Smoking. In three different rooms during the same visit.
- We Dont Live Here Anymore features not one, but two scenes of Mark Ruffalo banging Naomi Watts upright against a wall — or in the case of the first scene, an oak tree. Ow.
- Happens between two men (one of whom is Bradley Cooper) in Wet Hot American Summer.
- In Wild Tales, Romina and the chef have sex up against an air conditioning unit on the roof the hotel.
- A gag scene from The X-Files: Fight the Future has the two main actors hamming up their Almost Kiss with a passionate make-out in which Scully slams Mulder up against the wall...before they slump to the ground.
- Sharon Stone (there seems to be a pattern, here) up against a door in Year of the Gun, followed by her getting eaten out on the couch, and then taken doggie style on the bed.
- Able Team. In "Death Strike", Carl Lyons has been captured by the Unomondo organisation. When Gadgets and the Politician turn up to rescue him, thinking he's being horribly tortured, they find Lyons having sex with a nurse up against a door which his friends happen to open, causing her to knock herself out on the floor. Which is just as well as the nurse was a Unomondo agent sent to spy on him (he had been tortured, but they'd switched to more subtle methods by then).
- The expression also crops up a lot (though it's more often discussed than seen) in the Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall septology.
- According to Frank McCourt's memoir, Angela's Ashes, this was how he was conceived, and he refers to it as a "knee trembler".
- This is the content of the one and only sex scene in Atonement, as detailed lengthily and lovingly. At least the author mentions how awkward the position would be if the participants weren't the same height. The loving detail is actually due to the literate male attempting to keep his stamina up. He notices stuff like their heights and how the light falls and how uncomfortable the position might be for her (in the corner of a library on a desk) in order to keep his mind off of the sex and thus last longer.
- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Captain Belov solves the practical issues by constructing a shelf at groin height for his wife to sit on.
- Discworld: Alluded to in Night Watch; one of the Seamstresses asks Vimes if he wants a tuppenny upright. Vimes has to tell his younger self "it's a kind of donut," but even young Vimes suggests that he doesn't think that's what it really is, and "I think it's something rude."
- In Joe Ledger book Dragon Factory, Ledger and Grace do it this way under the shower. And then proceed to demolish his room with their vigorous lovemaking.
- Older Than Feudalism nonfiction example: According to the Kama Sutra, "When a man and a woman support themselves on each other's bodies, or on a wall, or pillar, and thus while standing engage in congress, it is called the 'supported congress'."
- The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Elizabeth George has Julius Caesar making love to Cleopatra VII like this and promising that he won't let her touch the ground until it's over. Interestingly for this trope, the sex in that book is never really that graphic, including in this scene.
- In the Rizzoli & Isles books, a minor character exchanges sex in this way for a place to stay/eat/money. She's mildly disgusted, especially considering the open windows. She idly wonders if the man is showing off, which increases her disgust.
- 30 Rock:
Jack: Bianca wanted it 6, 7 times a day. Always standing up.
Liz: Standing up? How would that even work?
Jack: You're joking, right?
Liz: [sheepishly] Yeah...
- In American Horror Story: Coven, Zoe walks in on Madison having Sex for Solace with Zoe's resurrected love interest Kyle this way.
- Arrow. In "Blast Radius", Thea Queen and Roy Harper discover the perils of this trope when they have sex up against the shelving in Verdant's storeroom and bring down a box of glassware on their heads, seriously cutting Roy's arm.
- Babylon Berlin: Gereon initially starts to have sex with Helga up against the wall before moving onto the floor.
- Bones: David Boreanaz did commentary on an episode: "We look so hot here - we could take our clothes off and do it against the wall." He talks about a bloody crime scene with guts up the walls and man-eating stray dogs everywhere.
- The Boys (2019):
- In "We Gotta Go Now" Homelander has sex with Stormfront up against the wall of his apartment.
- In "The Bloody Doors" Homelander and Stormfront do it up against the wall of an alley.
- In "The Last Time to Look On This World Of Lies" Butcher and Maeve have sex up against a wall, then a desk and another wall.
- In Bridgerton episode 1 in season 1, Anthony Bridgerton and his mistress, Siena Rosso, are having sex by the tree and it makes him arrives late for his sister, Daphne's, introduction to Queen Charlotte.
- Occurs in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Doublemeat Palace" between Buffy and Spike. In the alley, next to a dumpster, behind the Doublemeat Palace during Buffy's break. Classy.
- Carnival Row:
- Portia and Phila have sex up against (and on) her dresser.
- Agreus has sex with Imogen up against the wall the first time.
- Cleverman: Koen has sex with Ash up against the kitchen counter.
- Copper: Kevin and Elizabeth when their UST finally explodes in "Arsenic and Old Cake".
- Cracker. Fitz realizes the killers of a loan shark have done this when he finds long hair on the wall near the body. He then has a couple of amused detectives recreate the event.
- This Dead Like Me clip with Jewel Staite's character in a record store.
- Dates: Mia is shown having sex like this twice. First with Stephen in the alley, then David inside her flat.
- Doctor Who: Offscreen, Amy and Rory may have done this (with the ladder of a bunk-bed) when their daughter Melody/River was conceived, if a couple of joking but matching tweets from writers Steven Moffat and Neil Gaiman should be treated as Word Of God.
"I think we accidentally made that canon."
- Firefly: A scene from "Out of Gas" with Kaylee that ignores the bit about keeping the clothes on. Made even more impressive by her visually diagnosing a critical engine failure in the midst of said bang. See it here, if you're in the United States. Coincidentally, Kaylee is also played by Jewel Staite.
- Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. Ian Fleming is shown passionately Wall Banging his Girl of the Week, while his future Love Interest is being kissed and undressed by her husband and looking rather bored by the whole business. When these two meet up towards the end of the episode, it becomes a literal wall bang as a German bomb drops on them as they're making out against a hotel corridor wall. In the next episode, a German officer is having sex with a woman with her propped on the sink in a public lavatory. She looks rather uncomfortable with this position, but not as uncomfortable as the German is when someone sneaks up behind him and throws a garotte around his neck.
- Monica and Chandler of Friends have sex up against their gigantic picture window, with Monica's brother Ross having just moved in right across the street.
- In How I Met Your Mother, Ted proposes this to Stella. "It will be like a three-way: you, me and the door." To this, Stella replies "Yeah, but then it's going to be weird between me and the door tomorrow."
- In the Dark: Murphy has sex with Max up against a tree in the woods at one point.
- Kingdom (2007): Happens up against the wall of a cricket club while Simon is waiting to bat:
Simon: I'm in! I'm in!
Woman: I noticed!
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The Victim of the Week in "Delicate" has sex with her ballet teacher this way shortly before her murder.
- Lovecraft Country: Atticus and Leti had sex up against the wall with her sitting on a dresser.
- The L Word: Several times two women have sex up against a wall, and Jenny also with a guy while her back is to the side of an aquarium.
- The Night Manager: Pine and Jed have sex up against the wall in a hotel room.
- Nathan and Haley in a memorable scene on One Tree Hill. At the wedding reception of Lucas and Peyton, no less.
- The Pillars of the Earth: Tom is shown having sex with Ellen up against a wall at one point.
- Rome: Marc Antony stops his army just to have sex with a random shepherdess up against a tree (she looks rather bored, as if this sort of thing happens all the time).
- In an episode of Rush (2008) Michael and Stella do this.
- While it's not shown, an episode of Scrubs reveals that this is Dr. Cox's favorite sex position. Hilarity Ensues when Jordan offers it to him after he hurt his back earlier in the day. He cried during it.
- Billie and Brad are shown to have had sex up against a subway wall in the past, along with a couple other places..
- In the present, Brad has Billie watch while he has sex with her friend Sasha up against a wall in Sasha's apartment via FaceTime.
- The Sex Lives of College Girls: In "I Think I'm a Sex Addict" one of Nico and Kimberly's encounters during the day has the couple doing it against the wall of her room.
- She's Gotta Have It:
- Jamie's wife Cheryl is seen having sex with her boyfriend up against a window at one point when they separate.
- Nola has sex with Olu up against the wall on the headboard of his bed.
- Stargate Universe: Lt. Matthew Scott and Lt. Vanessa James are doing this in a storeroom before being interrupted by Colonel Young's radio call, in the first episode. The scene was cut during some UK broadcasts, leaving the viewer with no explanation of why Matt looks flustered when he reports for duty and far worse, causing Vanessa's later jealousy over Matt and Chloe to seem unfounded and stalkerish.
- In the Supernatural episode "Heart" (S02, Ep17), Sam slams Madison against the wall as they start pulling each other's clothes off.
- Tidelands (Netflix): In an unusual oral sex case, Augie eats out Laura Manny, who is sitting up against a window at the time.
- Benedict Cumberbatch's character did this in the first episode of To the Ends of the Earth.
- "Dirty Little Thing" by Adelitas Way
"I like it when you're watching me, you grind your teeth, I like it when we're up against the wall"
- *NSYNC's song "Up Against The Wall". During live performances of the song, the band's dancers would throw them up against speaker shaped velcro walls.
She took my hand
We never said a word at all
She starting grinding
Shorty had me up against the wall
Ask me about tomorrow
You know that I don't care at all
I just got caught up when
She had me up against the wall
- Tupac Shakur's Rather Be Your N.I.G.G.A
"Makin' love all day against the wall in the hallway"
- Ryo and Nurse Kaori from Crescendo (JP) manage to pull this in, of all places, a store's fitting room.
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, this can happen between the Inquisitor and a romanced The Iron Bull.
- Used for the sex scene between Ivan and Gian while in Ivan's safe house, near the very end of his route, in Lucky Dog 1.
- The culminating scene of Miranda's romance in Mass Effect 2 starts looking like Shepard and Miranda are going to have sex on the console, then they head for the wall, before finally settling on the floor.
- The title character in Max Payne 2 does this to Mona Sax, then later hallucinates about doing it again.
- The Neverwinter Nights module The Bastard of Kosigan has at least three possible occurrences (with Laura in the witches' cave hideout, with Diane using a tree on the way to the bandit camp, and the somewhat...thorough...make-out scene with Alex in the end of the second module). Most other sexual encounters in that series use either beds or tables.
- School Days:
- Out of Makoto's sex scenes in the original game plus the Updated Re Release, three are like this: one is with Sekai and happens in the rooftop of the school, another is with Hikari against a wall out in the open, and the remastered version adds one where he fingers Kotonoha against a love hotel wall while she gives him a handjob.
- In the sequel Cross Days, two of Yuuki's sex scenes with Ai Yamagata take place against walls: in one he does her from behind, and on the other they're facing each other.
- Out of the sex scenes in True Love Junai Monogatari, the one between the Player Character and the Hospital Hottie Misako is the one that fits the most as he does her against the wall of the school's sickbay.
- The one and only explicit sex scene in College Roomies from Hell!!! has this between Mike and April.
- Magick Chicks: Done while Faith and her boyfriend, Ash, were making out in the park. In the upper-left panel, his thumb is hooked in the waistband of her panties, pulling them and her sweat pants partway down. While the bottom-left shows him leaning further down, indicating he's pulling them off. Their lower bodies are kept out of frame, but by the final panel, he's inside her and bangs her against the tree.