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Are you here for the Mating Challenge?
—Rima, Brutal Legend
A sub-trope of What Is This Thing You Call Love?, this refers to the examples where the character is completely deprived of any hang-ups and inhibitions humans usually feel in connection with sex. This might be because they are aliens, or have No Social Skills due to an offbeat background, or live in some sort of utopian/dystopian universe. For this reason, they have no qualms about taking their clothes off in the presence of other people, and may pose a question along the lines of the trope title to anyone who they suspect of being attracted to them.
Related tropes: Good Bad Girl, Innocent Fanservice Girl, and Hooker with a Heart of Gold. As these related tropes and the examples below suggest, trope examples are usually female: as men are seen as more sexually threatening than women, a man who behaves in this manner is more likely to be seen as creepy and menacing than sexy or amusing.
Anime and Manga
- Gantz: "Let me have sex with you." "What! Are you an idiot?!" *beat* "Alright." *zip*
- Ren from DearS almost literally asks Takeya this at one point. After she sensed sexual desires from him, no less.
- The Blue Drop - Tenshi no Bokura manga starts with two middle school-age-looking kids; the dialogue basically goes like this:
Girl: I want you to have sex with me.
- In Change 123, Hibiki does this to Kobusegawa a couple times. It freaks him out a bit.
- This happens all over the place in Asobi Ni Iku Yo Both in casual talk and in spades during the mating season.
- Kuso Miso Technique gave us the infamous phrase "Yaranaika?" ("Do you want to do it?")
- In No. 6 Safu tells Shion that 'she wants his sperm" i.e. that she wants to have sex with him.
- In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex a young boy wonders how sex feels, and specifically how it feels with a cyborg. Motoko immediately offers a trial run. The boy gets shy and turns down the offer.
- This is part of Starfire's characterization as of 2011's Red Hood and the Outlaws. In the first issue, she gets bored and Roy Harper's the nearest guy at the moment, so she propositions him.
- In With Strings Attached, moments after George has a nerve-wracking encounter with the god Ardav, the priestess/employee Ma'ar says to him:
“Come sex with me.”
- Her idea of sex was closer to a mind meld.
- Saturn 3 saw Benson asking Alex, "You have a great body. May I use it?"
- Sandra Bullock's character in Demolition Man.
- Similar to the Barbarella example, this turns out to be sex via a machine, which thoroughly frustrates John Spartan.
- Happens in the movie My Stepmother Is An Alien. Of course, the stepmother in question got her ideas about human interaction from porn videos.
- An example involving an (otherwise) completely average middle aged woman in Synecdoche New York. She takes the main character, Caden Cotard, back to her apartment and suggests sex. He's a little flustered by this, but agrees. It stands out because of her matter of fact attitude towards the whole thing.
- Ghostbusters. Peter Venkmann has been trying to seduce Dana Barrett ever since he met her. He finally gets his chance after she's possessed by Zuul.
Dana: "Do you want this body?"
- A male example takes place in Earth Girls Are Easy. An alien who has recently learned English is talking to a woman in her bedroom, both taking refuge from other rowdies. She mentions the word sex.
Alien: What is "Sex"?
- John Nash in A Beautiful Mind: "I don't exactly know what I am required to say in order for you to have intercourse with me. But could we assume that I said all that. I mean essentially we are talking about fluid exchange right? So could we go just straight to the sex." He gets a drink thrown in his face, fittingly.
Charles: I particularly liked the part about "fluid exchange", it was... charming.
- Marie from Innocent Blood: 'When you are alone eternally, you live for the comfort of the senses: food, sex.' Later, when she and The Hero find themselves hiding in the same hotel room, 'Right now I need sex more than blood.'
- The Big Lebowski.
- Sleeper - Miles Monroe (Woody Allen), thawed out in 2173, is on the lam with Luna (Diane Keaton), who eventually warms to him:
Luna: Would you like to perform sex with me?
- A scene in the original script for Alien had Ripley casually stripping off in front of Captain Dallas saying "I need some release." Although the scene was used in the audition, it was never filmed.
- In Return to The Blue Lagoon, the guy mentions the outsider people that once in a while, "we mate."
- In The Cook the Thief His Wife And Her Lover, the Wife and Lover meet for the first time without saying anything, then slip off to the bathroom in order to copulate. Later, they have no qualms about making love in very public areas or being nude in front of others. It's a surreal film.
- Lenina of Brave New World. She is not unusual by any means, though; it's absolutely mundane.
- Right down to the seven-year olds. One of the reasons Bernard Marx is such a social outcast is his vague concept that there should be something special about sex, while John Savage is seen as perverted for his more extreme religious puritanicism on the subject.
- In an old Sci Fi story in Isaac Asimov magazine, a research team consisting of a male and female human, a talking humpback whale (who spoke through a translation computer) and an alien are hoping to make First Contact with an even weirder alien. At one point, the female human confides to the whale that she has made amends with the male human whom she had previously disliked. The whale's reply translates into English as "I wish you many happy copulations".
- There is this moment in Ursula LeGuin's The Dispossessed where the main character's father tells his son that he is going on vacation to "swim, and rest, and copulate with a woman named Pipar." This kind of frankness isn't unusual in their society, though.
- In Daughter of the Drow the protagonist saw her emotions messed up and the relationship with a young man growing too complex, so she tried to simplify both. It turned out that while drow may enjoy both complex courtship and raw passion they don't feel at all obliged to combine them in a single pre-defined form: she chose to, ahem, fall back to more basic protocol in a way so unambiguous that she didn't even need any words. It worked, after a fashion.
- This is one of the most apparent personality traits of a ferret-turned human in Metaplanetary by Tony Daniels. Apparently, ferrets don't get the concept of courtship, which ends up infuriating her in that few humans respond positively to such a blatant offer.
- In the Ring World series, rishathra (sex between different species of intelligent hominids) routinely occurs to seal the deal on trade or peace agreements, or just to get one's rocks off without having to worry about pregnancy.
- The Adem are like this in The Name of the Wind. They consider sex to be nothing particularly special--to the point where Kvothe's (female) teacher asks the question almost verbatim when she realizes he is Distracted by the Sexy--and hold the expression of emotion in the human voice, and especially singing and music, to be private and intimate and basically the social equivalent of sex in Aturan (read: Western) society. This, of course, causes some problems for Kvothe, who has very Aturan notions about sex but is a musician by trade.
Live Action TV
- Star Trek Voyager's Seven of Nine: "Do you wish to copulate?".
- Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The first time she slept with Xander started with her taking her dress off while his back was turned and telling him to "Please remove your clothes now." He went along with it because, hey, "still more romantic than Faith." This made it a bit harder for her to explain that she was actually interested in a relationship later on.
- Often applies to Samantha of Sex and the City, she often knows (and wants) things will head this way so will say some variant of "Lets just screw already..."
- The Big Bang Theory (Subverted): Sheldon is in teleconference with Amy's mother when he says that he would like to have sex with her daughter's vagina. All without blushing the least. Later, he asks Amy if it would be okay for her to actually copulate... followed by a Bazinga!. Subverted in that he is not uncomfortable about talking about sex, but he would never ever do it.
- Of course he will. This is TV. It may be a shark jumping moment, but it will happen.
- In Blackadder Goes Forth:
Nurse Mary: Edmund, when this war is over, do you think we might get to know each other a little better?
- An alien race in Babylon 5 used sex as a way to seal political alliances. They eventually tried to ally with Earth, with Ivanova (who was de facto ambassador at the moment) being unaware of this fact. Hilarity Ensues.
- In Farscape, the Peacekeepers are an entire society consisting of soldiers and mercenaries. As they have no home world and no civilians, sex is viewed as a means of recreation between battles, or as a mechanical act for the purpose of producing more soldiers. Children are raised in groups and may never learn who their parents are, and finding someone to "recreate" with is as simple as asking. As Aeyrn Sun is a former Peacekeeper, now in a much less restrictive environment, this becomes a plot point on several occasions.
- The Ambiguously Disordered Saga in Bron Broen at one point is shown to be feeling sexually deprived one evening after work. So she goes to a nightclub, catches a guy's eye, refuses his offer to buy her a drink, and flatly asks him "Do you want to come to my place and have sex". And after they do, horrifies him by starting up her laptop and looking at gruesome crime scene photos while still in bed with him.
- The Clans are like this in BattleTech. They don't practice marriage, and among warriors reproduction is accomplished via cloning, so sex is simply seen as something to engage in when you're not training or fighting. "Would you like to couple?" is actually used as a pickup line.
- Brutal Legend: Lita Ford's character is Rima, queen of the jungle and leader of the leather-clad tribe of women known as The Zaulia. Talking to them outside of cutscenes reveals that sexy time is their favorite time, but they always call it Mating.
- "Are you here for the Mating Challenge?"
- "Search the prisoners for potential mates!"
- Gax of Wondermark can't understand any way to initiate sex other than showing his genitals.
- Dick Figures episode Pussy Magnet has Red helping blue to improve his "game" with Pink including helping Blue with his confidence. This leads to Red pulling this trope with a random female who responds positively. This in turn leads to Blue going from to being slightly disturbed all the way to downright horrified judging by what Red is doing off screen.
- Brutally deconstructed in Metalocalypse, and Fan Disservice. Toki's internet date, Caroline, is hideous, and only wants to get pregnant, and talks about sex like it's a mechanical act just to get pregnant.
Caroline: "Keep the 15th open so you can deposit your sperm into my vagina with your penis."