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Ready for Lovemaking is when a character presents him/herself in a way that shows this character is totally ready to have sex. Usually applies to ladies, but can be guys as well. Often the character is lying on a bed, but not always.

Sometimes it's in anticipation of sex, and sometimes it's outright seduction.

If it's anticipation, the likelihood of this character actually getting some is inversely proportional to the amount of time we see this character getting ready.

If it's seduction, we rarely see any preparation. We just see a seducer walk into a room, and this character is right in there. The success rate is inversely proportional to the targets's moral fiber, or the target's willpower, if this character has some other methods to enhance the seduction.

Used a lot in Sit Coms, usually played for comedy with an unsuspecting man coming home to find a sexy woman on his bed in such a pose. Having prior knowledge of the woman is optional. Having his wife or lover catching him with the seductress... less so.

Naked in Mink can be a form of this.

A Super-Trope to Sexy Coat Flashing.

Compare Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me, Go-Go Enslavement, Coy Girlish Flirt Pose (a less direct Sister Trope).

Contrast Really Gets Around, Ignore the Fanservice.

Examples of Ready for Lovemaking include:

Anime & Manga

  • Zero no Tsukaima
    • Louise did this for Saito when she was under the influence of a Love Potion.
    • She did it again with a cat girl outfit when not under control from a Love Potion... only for Saito (not knowing about any of her plans) to invite all their friends back to the hotel room. Awkward.
  • Peorth is all decked out in lingerie, lying in Keiichi's bed with a bottle of wine in an episode of Ah! My Goddess, though Keiichi somehow detects this through the wall, and manages to sneak off and stay with Belldandy. Peorth spends so long absently sipping on the wine while waiting for him that by the next time we see her she's drunk and wondering when the hell Keiichi is going to go to sleep.
  • In the anime of Urusei Yatsura, in one of the first episodes, Lum crawls into Ataru's futon and calls him to come to bed, even waving her tiger bikini in the air to prove to him that, yes, she is naked under the covers and perfectly willing to have the wedding night. Ataru refuses, instead telling her to Please Put Some Clothes On.
  • Happens a few times in The Wallflower. The first time, Kyouhei purposely does this to foil Sunako's assassination attempt on him. The others are set up by Sunako's insanely rich auntie so that Kyouhei and Sunako can "deepen their relationship".


  • "The Sleeping Danae Being Prepared to Receive Jupiter", a painting by Hendrik Goltzius.

Comic Books

  • Winnowill does this to seduce Rayek in an issue of Elf Quest. As a bonus, she's shapeshifted to an aquatic form and is lying on the sea -- ahem -- bed.
  • Kitty Pryde in Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, recovering from Cassandra Nova's Mind Screw and dealing with the potential Endofthe World As We Know It, stepped out from behind a changing room curtain, completely naked in front of Peter Rasputin. "Whoof", indeed!

Fan Works

  • A Pokémon fan comic has Dawn in the Galactic Headquarters naproom reading the "Please make sure the bed is unoccupied before getting in" sign. She turns around, and Cyrus eagerly scoots over in the bed to make room for her. Dawn's expression makes it clear he's about to be disappointed.

Films -- Live-Action

  • Samantha got in a big fight with her boyfriend after she did this in the Sex and the City movie, and he came home really late.
  • In more than one James Bond movie, he returns to his hotel room to find a naked woman waiting for him.
    • The classic example being Tatiana Romanova in From Russia with Love, who sneaks through the window of Bond's hotel room while 007 is getting ready to take a shower, and climbs into Bond's bed wearing precisely one black velvet neck ribbon and a pair of black silk stockings. (When Bond asks Tatiana if she wore anything at all when she snuck into his room, she replies, "This!", pointing to said ribbon.
    • Subverted in Die Another Day when a masseuse comes into James Bond's hotel room; pretending to feel her up, he frisks her and finds a gun, then revealing that he was being spied on by Chinese intelligence. (Bond's gotten a bit more Genre Savvy since From Russia with Love...)
    • Also subverted in For Your Eyes Only, where Bond declines the offer.
    • Used with the roles reversed in A View to a Kill, where May Day finds Bond naked in her bed.
    • Played with in Diamonds Are Forever, in which Bond comes up to his room with Plenty O'Toole, a band of mooks restrain him and drop her out the window. She lands in the hotel pool. A mook later remarks that he didn't know there was a pool. And then he goes into the bedroom to find Tiffany Case naked in the bed.
  • Since it was released in 1955, the Alfred Hitchcock comedy The Trouble with Harry couldn't show anything like this, but one character does describe it quite well:

 Jennifer: I was in the hotel room alone. I put on my best nightie. You understand?

Sam: Perfectly.

Jennifer: Although I had no true feeling for Harry, I worked myself into an enthusiasm because I thought he loved me.

Sam: Must have been hard work.

Jennifer: There was a full moon, and I sat by the window because I thought it would show off my new nightie to advantage.

Sam: Naturally.

  • In the Coneheads movie, Prymaat sets up a scenario like this after consuming mass quantities of women's magazines looking for advice on how to keep Beldar interested in her. The resultant interlude sounds (to the eavesdropping FBI dudes) like violently mating cats.
  • Mandy Moore's character tries this on her Bodyguard Crush in Chasing Liberty, but he is horrified and requests that she Please Put Some Clothes On.
  • Kirsten Dunst gets one of these scenes as the title character in the 2006 Marie Antoinette.
  • XXX. Xander Cage is offered a room for the night in Yorgi's mansion, and when he enters, he finds a woman clad in a bikini, pole dancing against one of the bedposts.

 Xander: The things I'll do for my country.

  • Played for Laughs in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, in which Indy and Willie have an argument over their Belligerent Sexual Tension. Each one is certain that the other is hot for them (and they're both right), but their egos won't allow either to "submit". Thus, they retire to their individual rooms and the audience is treated to a montage as they prepare themselves for a wild night of raunchy sex, only to (angrily) realize that neither one is biting. Then, the trope is played its straightest after Indy is almost assassinated in his room and barges into Willie's to check for another assassin, with Willie reclining on the bed, positively giddy to see a crazed Indy bursting her door down.


Live-Action TV

  • Spoofed in a Frasier episode, where Roz thinks Bulldog is being nice to her, but he does this at the end, showing he just wanted sex with her.
  • Friends
    • Monica did this for Richard: skimpy negligee, rose petals scattered on the bed, a fresh rose in her teeth, wine at the ready, the whole shebang.
    • Rachel did it for Joshua at his parents' posh townhouse. While he went elsewhere to wash up, she dressed down to her nightie and presented herself on the couch --at which point Joshua's parents came in. She tried to pass it off as the latest European fashion and even went out to dinner with them (un)dressed like that.
    • Implied just after Chandler and Monica get together -- when their relationship is still a secret. Rachel goes into Monica's room after knocking (and hearing a rather seductive "I've been waiting for you" in response) and comes out screaming a moment later. When Monica claims to have been taking a nap, Rachel replies that no one takes a nap "in that position".
    • In "The One with the Flashback", Joey gets naked when Monica invites him for lemonade.
  • In Firefly, Mal finds Saffron waiting for him in his bed. She says she's "made herself ready for" him. She has, if you can count knock-out lipstick "being ready". It doesn't end well.
  • Bree with her fur coat and red lingerie in Desperate Housewives.
  • In The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Adrian, wearing a formal black dress, attempts this on Ben, because she's trying to get pregnant again. However, he's aware of her plans, so he turns her down.
  • Will Smith in just about every scene with a female and a bed/couch in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • In Twin Peaks, Special Agent Dale Cooper returns to his hotel room to find Fille Fatale Audrey Horne naked and eager in his bed.
  • Happens in Misfits in the fourth episode, between Curtis and Alisha. Though not exactly for sex in the proper sense of the word; It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Shortly after getting back together with Oz, Willow pulls out all the stops in setting up a romantic evening with him on Christmas Eve. He declines, saying that she's not ready. He does agree to make out with her, however. They eventually make love in the Season Three finale.
    • Anya employs a more direct method -- walking into Xander's bedroom, then dropping her dress. It works.
    • Buffy-under-Xander's-accidental-Love Spell in "Bewitched, Bewildered, & Bothered" shows up in the library wearing only a (very short) raincoat and a smile. Xander knows what's going on, and heroicly resists.
  • Brooke's first introduction to Lucas in One Tree Hill involved her naked in the backseat of his car. Later on in the series, Rachel tries it as well, and the actress hired to play Brooke in a movie based on Lucas' novel pulls it on Brooke herself, to see if she got Brooke's "signature move" right. Even Owen did it to Brooke once...
  • Blair has done this twice for Chuck on Gossip Girl. Didn't work either time.
  • Doctor Who
    • Amy Pond does this at the end of "Flesh and Stone". Amy lies back on the bed as the Doctor gets an epiphany, thinking that he's submitted to her... ahem... demands. Of course, he just drags her back to the TARDIS to run off and go find her fiancé, Rory to dispel all the sexual tension.
    • Done again in "Amy's Choice". Only this time, it's the Dream Lord (a.k.a. the Doctor's dark side). Your Mileage May Vary, but it's not that nice a sight.
  • "The Naked Man" from How I Met Your Mother.
  • On Boy Meets World, Cory tries to do this for Topanga when he thinks she is finally willing to have sex with him, but Eric accidentaly walks in on him right before she shows up.
  • Babylon 5*
    • The Emperor of the Centauri grants Londo the boon of divorcing two of his three wives (All of them being arranged marriages with women he couldn't stand). At one point while he is still making up his mind on the issue, two of them, Daggair and Mariel (Who don't love him either, but would like to maintain their access to his money), enter his bedroom in lingerie and try to seduce him (His third wife, Timov, demonstrates her feelings towards him in that scene by slapping him and walking out).
    • In a later episode, the political officer assigned to Sheridan tries to get him to accept the notion of having a political officer by demonstrating that she can strip naked in the time it takes him to turn around and pour a drink.


  • The song "Pink and Velvet" off Berlin's album Count Three and Pray.

New Media

  • Deviant ART has an emoticon that's supposed to represent lust. It consists of said emoticon in a little bed, winking and indicating the empty space next to it.

Video Games

  • As in the picture, one of the endings in the Princess Maker games is a courtesan, and the third game shows this scene.
  • The initial sex scene with Anden in A Dance With Rogues has the Princess crawling into his sleeping bag nude.
  • At the end of Sexy Parodius, when the villain octopus tries to escape, he does so past a naked woman (back to the camera) in this position. The player's ship startles her, and she turns over to cover herself... crushing the octopus.

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Southern Raiders", Zuko wanders into Sokka's tent for a talk and finds Sokka half-undressed and posed seductively in a lovenest of candles and roses, obviously expecting someone else to wander in. Just before that, Zuko had bumped into Sokka's girlfriend trying to sneak into the tent. No-one seems to know how they pulled THAT off. Must have been a Censor Decoy. When we next see Sokka the following morning, he has a floral necklace for no particular reason except to indicate he got lei'd. And, assuming that Suki gave it to him, that Suki got de-flowered.
  • Futurama
    • Zapp Brannigan tries this on Leela on his first appearance. She's not impressed, and only ends up sleeping with him out of pity. Big mistake.
    • In another episode, Fry wins Leela's affection thanks to intestinal parasites that make him awesome, but then leaves to get rid of the worms to see if she really loves him, or just what they're making him. When he returns to her apartment, she's fallen asleep on the bed wearing slinky lingerie, obviously with this trope in mind..
    • In yet another episode, Edna, the Decapodian that Zoidberg is interested in, develops a crush on Fry and invites him over to her place, greeting him in this manner.
  • Spoofed in a more child-friendly manner on The Looney Tunes Show when Daffy Duck enters his room and finds Lola in this position on his bed. His reaction is to have the towel around his waist drop to the floor in justified surprise.