Created By: chelonianmobile on April 24, 2012

Narrow Escape Rape As Comedy

Rape is funny if it doesn't actually happen.

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Needs a Better Title. Linked to Black Comedy Rape, except that the rape doesn't actually happen to the characters. Either it's just a comment made by them, or something else is mistaken for rape, or someone is nearly raped but gets out of it (possibly via Groin Attack, which is a comedy trope in itself).

Examples:
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, Italy makes an Innocent Innuendo-filled phone call which leads Germany to believe Italy's brother is raping him, while actually they just got their hair tangled together.
  • Something*Positive; the Redneck Trees originally show up as an entirely fictional concept within the characters' RPG. The humour comes mostly from Mike's expression as Peejee describes the scene to the group. Later, Mike is actually attacked by a guy in a tree suit who gets carried away and nearly actually does rape him, but Mike is saved by Peejee.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • April 24, 2012
    lebrel
    Description is Downplayed Trope of Black Comedy Rape. The APH example is Not What It Looks Like (perhaps we could use a trope for Not What It Sounds Like ... which is a page that exists but is something completely different, blargh).
  • May 2, 2012
    Tigirl
    In Ouran High School Host Club, Mori-Senpai (pretends) that he is going to rape Haruhi. Not sure if this is comedy as she proceeds to tell him why she was doing this. Made funny however as Tamaki walks in with Mori on top of Haruhi.
  • May 3, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    In The IT Crowd Douglas pesters Jen for a whole series before putting Rohypnol in her drink, presumably to rape her. It doesn't work, and he ends up locked in a room with Moss and Roy. In a later episode we find out that he only chased them a bit and kissed Moss and that all three of them got a pitifully small amount of money from suing him because their lawyer sucked. This is all Played For Laughs.
  • May 3, 2012
    ScanVisor
    May I suggest the title Narrowly Escaped Rape As Comedy? And to make it easy we could request a link that allows people to blue-text for the trope with NERAC?
  • May 3, 2012
    Astaroth
    Does this qualify as a real life example?

    The Darwin Awards once gave an award to a potential rapist who tried to force a woman to perform oral sex on him, and got his testicles bitten off for his troubles.
  • May 3, 2012
    peccantis
    ^ I'm pretty sure RL examples will be forbidden, this being a rape trope and all.
  • May 3, 2012
    ayjazz
    No Lewdness No Prudishness: Be careful on how we handle this trope...
  • May 3, 2012
    Omeganian
    The Prison Rape example from the third Naked Gun? (Drebin has infiltrated a prison, and a big scary prisoner throws a bar of soap in the shower and tells him to pick it up. Drebin does... but not before he's had metal underpants appear seemingly from nowhere.)
  • May 3, 2012
    StevenT
  • May 3, 2012
    Hello999
  • May 3, 2012
    spongeboy1985
    In Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger episode 3 Nobuo is nearly raped three times by the Monster Of The Week Kabukichōmesugurohyoumonchou in a hilarious manner
  • May 3, 2012
    cathstuart
    Man I'm getting sick of all the attempts to shoehorn in new ways of having Rape As Comedy pages...
  • May 4, 2012
    TheHandle
    ^Nonsense. It exists in mainstream media, it can and should be troped.

    • The entire plot of The Dover Boys of Pimento University revolves around this trope. Amusingly enough, the automaton-like female protagonist acts absolutely horrified, pounding the door for rescue, even while she offhandedly and effortlessly beats Dan Backslide to a bloody pulp. Then when the rescuers arrive, everyone acts as if he wasn't already beaten to a pulp, and "bravely" challenge him to a three-on-one fistfight, where they beat him bloody some more. Then they ride into the sunset. It's fairly surreal.
    • Any comedy featuring a Dastardly Whiplash who uses the classic "marry me or I'll tie you to the traint tracks" plot. Being coerced into marriage is rape, especially in an era where you had Marital Rape License.
    • Many, many, many of Popeye's stories follow the following plot: Popeye loses to Bluto (or was it Brutus?) in courtship for Olive, Bluto goes away with Olive and at first acts really nice to her, then starts getting more and more sexually aggressive, until Olive, terrorized, calls Popeye for help. Popeye eats his spinachs, kicks Brutus' ass, and Rescue Romance ensues.

    About picking up the soap, don't these guys ever think of squatting?

    And it's not a downplayed trope if the trope doesn't actually happen.

  • May 4, 2012
    Vidor
    Film

    In Animal House, Pinto is about to make it with Clorette when she passes out drunk. He is sorely tempted to have sex with her anyway--by a literal devil on his shoulder--but the angel on his other shoulder makes him think better of it.
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