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Basic Trope: A character is grieving, so they have sex with another character.

  • Straight: Bob is grieving over the loss of his father, and so Alice has sex with him.
  • Exaggerated: Every potential combination of lovers at the funeral pairs off and starts getting it on.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob are already in a relationship, but she makes the sex that night extra special because she knows he's hurting and she wants to make him feel better.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is lonely and grieving, so Alice figures the best way to distract him is through sex.
    • Losing his father leads to Bob being convinced he's alone, so Alice proves that he's not.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob normally have sex every night, but they abstain the night after Bob's dad's funeral.
    • Alice and Bob have sex to celebrate good news—a promotion, for example, or Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: But the next time she sees Bob, she takes him into the bedroom.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob makes up an overwrought sob story to get Alice in the sack, and it works.
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    • Bob discovers the sandwich he ordered has no mustard and becomes mildly annoyed so Alice cheers him up with sex even though she's a devout christian virgin and is in love with somebody else.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob pours his heart out to Alice. She responds by hugging him and giving him a (clothed) shoulder to cry on.
  • Enforced: The executives want Alice and Bob to hook up this season, but they're stuck in the middle of a dark season about mourning, so they do this to shoehorn the sex in.
  • Lampshaded: Alice and Bob have sex following a personal tragedy, and afterwards Bob says "And to think, we never would have had sex if we weren't feeling emotionally vulnerable."
  • Invoked:
    • Charlie—a Shipper on Deck—causes Bob to suffer a tragedy with the plan that he will seek out Alice for comfort.
    • Bob tells Alice his troubles with the hope that she will comfort him with sex.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob goes around making up sob stories so he can engage women in one-night stands, leaving them afterwards.
    • Alice wants nothing more than a baby, so she offers sex to men who aren't in their right minds.
  • Defied:
    • After Bob pours his heart out to Alice, she says "I'm very sorry to hear that. By the way, if you thought I'd console you in that way, you're mistaken, bub."
    • After a tragedy, Bob pours his heart out to Alice, she moves over and starts kissing him. He pushes her away.
    • Alice has had a crush on Bob for ages. After a tragedy, Bob pours his heart out to Alice, then kisses her. Alice is tempted, but decides not to, because he's vulnerable and not thinking straight.
  • Implied: Alice is comforting a grieving Bob. She kissed him, and the music makes clear this is a very intimate scene… and then the episode ends. Did They or Didn't They?
  • Discussed: Bob and Alice notice that Charlie and Dana have sex following a tragedy, and talk with each other about what motivates people in situations like that.
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Bob are both grieving and feeling very vulnerable. They have sex in that state of mind. Later on, they both decide it was a bad idea.
    • Or Alice and/or Bob have sex in response to grieving...only to feel either emptiness or digust towards themselve afterwards feeling that the sex did nothing.
  • Reconstructed: Alice and Bob were already interested in having sex before Bob's father died. The sex serves as a reminder that people still love him, and combined with the endorphin flood, it actually makes Bob feel better.

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