Abusively Sexy


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In fiction, abuse can fun. Even sexy. The victims are fictional anyway, and only real people have real rights.

People who would never enjoy horrors committed against real people can often enjoy the suffering of fictional individuals, and many authors fully take this into account. Abusively Sexy is abuse played for Fetish Fuel. This can happen on four levels:

  1. Civilization: A Planet of Hats or particulary grim Fetish-Fuel Future.
  2. Organization: A religious cult, criminal network or whatever fills the role.
  3. Couple: A husband and wife may be sweet and respectful towards each other, sharing their mutual hobby of torturing someone else.
  4. Individual: This level is covered by the gendered subtropes Abusively Sexy Bastard and Abusively Sexy Bitch. Putting individual characters as example in the supertrope should only be done if the character is a of unknown gender or a genderless shapeshifter/alien/whatever.

The husband and wife of an Abusively Sexy couple should normally only be mentioned here in the supertrope - it's redundant to also mention them in the gendered subtropes, unless they also have individual adventures where they are effectively single or in another relationship with a different dynamic. For individuals who represent a civilization or an organization, it's a matter of whether they act as individuals, as representatives, or both.

When combined with Evil Is Sexy, or any other of the Evil Tropes, Abusively Sexy is likely to lead to Draco in Leather Pants. However, the Abusively Sexy group or person is not necessarily portrayed as evil at all.

Note that abuse played for Fetish Fuel is rarely played only for Fetish Fuel. It is often a mix of Fetish Fuel, High Octane Nightmare Fuel, Fetish Retardant, Nausea Fuel and so on, and the Fetish Fuel component is sometimes calculated to maximize the horror value.

A stock trait of Horny Devils. Contrast Safe, Sane and Consensual. Contrast Hollywood Masochism, since the Abusively Sexy behavior is clearly abusive - however, as the stories progress, Abusively Sexy have a tendency to shift over into becoming Hollywood Masochism instead. There can also be some overlap regarding physical safety and such.

Examples

Comic Books
  • The second and third issue of Lou Kagan's Perils of Penelope features a religious cult which religious doctrine seem to be limited to the ideas that pain is spiritual and that brainwashing people by tying them up and spanking them is the best way to get new converts. These cultists are the Designated Villains of a quite weak Excuse Plot.

Film
  • The Hellraiser movies have this as a component, creeping most viewers out even further. "We have such sights to show you".

Literature
  • Slave World covers all four levels. On the civilization level, the entire slaveworld is this kind of grim Fetish-Fuel Future. On the otganization level, the army of England is designed to maintain social order by turning uppity serfs into Sex Slave cyborgs. On the couple level, Prince Samuel and Lady Isobel has this as their mutual hobby. On the individual level, most aristocrats qualify for the appropriately gendered trope.
  • Most civilizations on Gor seem to be built with this as one of their basic premises.
  • Most novels by Marquis De Sade (the guy who "sadism" is named after) stays strictly in Abusively Sexy territory, being about unrestrained sadism rather then mutual sadomasochism. It's all played for Fetish Fuel and political satire about how hypocritical, oppressive and unjust the socioeconomic system really was.

Live-Action TV
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit sometimes go for having their cake and eat it too, denouncing the horrors of sexual abuse by displaying it in almost pornographic details. One episode named "slaves" revels in the details oh how a young romanian woman has been imprisoned, brainwashed and used as sextoy by an american couple. Lots of neatly presented details about the horrors she endured makes for a strange mix of Fetish Fuel and Nausea Fuel. Surprisingly, the detectives let the wife off the hook in exchange for selling out her husband, in spite of the fact that she murdered the girls aunt without even informing her husband about it afterwards.

Music
  • Several of Blutengels songs go along these lines - often on a gender-neutral and structural level, talking about the lifestyles of vampires in general rather then about the actions of individual vampires.

Tabletop Games
  • In the old World of Darkness game Vampire: The Masquerade supplement Ghouls: Fatal Addiction, The Camarilla was played straight as this kind of oganization. The theme of playing the social structure between Vampires and Ghouls as Abusively Sexy is hinted in the core rulebook as well as many other supplements, but it's much more blatant in "Ghouls". (In this setting, a "ghoul" is a human who drinks vampire blood. The blood makes her superhumanly strong, make her stop aging, let her heal faster and increases her sexual urges, but it also enslaves her under the Vampire's will.)
  • The new World of Darkness book Possessed is based on the seven deadly sins, and the "lust" part is designed for creating characters (of either gender) who are Abusively Sexy.
  • Book Of The Dead, one of the new World of Darkness books for Sineater and Mage, is about realms of the dead. One of them is a very friendly place called Oppia, that offer a abundance of food and Sex Slaves. Of course, it's very easy to break a rule and get enslaved yourself. Some of the slaves chose to remain slaves after they served the term of their punishment.

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