->''Her smile vanish when she looks into his eyes\\
All his sweet promises crumble to dust\\
She doesn't want to see this greed in his eyes\\
But her weak protest dries up in his lies ''
->- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4WeCXl2Gnw "Black Wedding"]] by Music/{{Blutengel}}

Only a few decades ago, it was legal for a man to rape his wife (or for a wife to rape her husband for that matter). Sweden was the first country to explicitly criminalize it in 1965, and it has only been illegal in all fifty US states since ''1993''. Fifty-three countries around the world still don't consider it a crime.

In some old patriarchal systems, a woman belonged first to her father (or closest living male relative if the father was dead) and then to her husband. The same logic was applied long after women were no longer literally considered property — the offense of rape, for example, was considered less an injury to the woman and more an injury to the man she "belonged" to. Once she married — and [[ArrangedMarriage in some systems]] she could be married without her consent to any man, even if it were someone she despised or had never met — her husband was understood to have an unconditional, legal, and "moral" right to her body. It gets even creepier when the bride is [[OldManMarryingAChild underage]].

There are two basic ways in which this can come into play as a trope:

* Type A is when a character or group of characters clearly are guided by this kind of morality, but this is not portrayed in a positive light. On the contrary, it is used to define them as villainous or at least severely flawed. In contemporary works, all examples of this trope can be safely assumed to be Type A unless otherwise noted.
* Type B is when the narrative itself buys into the morality: It is portrayed as if the woman had it coming for denying her husband his marital rights. However, she still doesn't enjoy it: If the wife seems to be happy with the forceful sex afterward, then it's [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization an entirely different trope]], and if they agreed on it in advance, then it's [[CasualKink yet another trope]]. This Type B of the trope typically only comes up in older works.

Statutory rape is not automatically included in this trope: OldManMarryingAChild overlaps with this trope ''if and only if'' the marriage is consummated ''and'' the girl is indicated to be traumatized or unwilling. This distinction is included because some people [[TorchesAndPitchforks feel very offended]] when the marriages of historical persons get judged by contemporary standards and thus summarily defined as rape. '''[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease No Real Life examples, please]]''': Include only media examples, and stick to how the relationship is portrayed in that particular work.

Also likely to overlap with other forms of ArrangedMarriage. On occasion (though not necessarily), this trope overlaps with LieBackAndThinkOfEngland, where sex is just another chore instead of something done for mutual pleasure.

This is a drama trope. For cases where abusive partners are played for FetishFuel, see BastardBoyfriend and BastardGirlfriend. The social structure supertrope RomanticizedAbuse overlaps in cases where such a structure is played for drama ''and'' FetishFuel.

Compare NoWomansLand, StockholmSyndrome, and DateRape.

Though this trope has unfortunately been TruthInTelevision for virtually all of human history, and still endures in numerous cultures today, [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease please don't add real life examples]].


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* In ''AyashinoCeres'', Mikagi, Ceres' once kind and gentle husband [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity who became warped]] after she gave him [[TouchedByVorlons a supernatural power boost]], was seen ripping off her clothes and was [[RapeDiscretionShot heavily implied to have raped her]], since afterward Ceres is seen half naked on the floor crying.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''FutariEcchi''. Akira claims that a man has the right to get on top of his wife whenever he wishes, and even cites the law saying that rape as a crime does not exist between married couples. His wife, Sanae, is quick to point out that this law was changed recently, and the narration adds that this law only existed in the first place due to misinterpretation of rights.

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* When the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' had an adventure in 1907 New York, they met [[PunnyName Klara Prast]], a preteen mutant girl both physically and sexually abused by her much older husband. The story arc ended with her leaving him to go back to the present with the kids, and she was on the team for the remainder of the series.

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* Inverted and discussed example in ''What is Love?'' where Hinata wonders if having sex with a passed out Naruto is okay. She goes through with it, repeatedly telling herself: "It's okay. We're married."
* Hinted at during the ''Rumpelstiltskin'' retelling ''The Dressmaker Queen''.
* Many ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fics assume that Leopold raped Regina. There have been some implications to this in the series, but it has yet to be confirmed or denied.
* Discussed and averted in ''FanFic/{{Strings}}'', Korra worries that after being kidnapped and forcibly married to Tarrlok that he would do this to her. Despite his {{Jerkass}} nature and his DomesticAbuse, Tarrlok never does this and only has sex with Korra when ''she'' initiates it after he made his HeelRealization and made amends with her.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''{{Quills}}'': Dr. Royee-Collard's first night with his young bride, who was raised in a convent. He rips off her nightgown while she is pretending to be asleep and tells her that it's her duty to give him whatever he wants. It is also heavily implied that he's a back-door kind of guy.
* The movie ''Film/{{Osama}}'' ends with the main character, a female child, getting married off to a man old enough to be her grandfather or even her grandfather's father. The scene right before the last scene is on the wedding day, focusing on how terrified the girl is and how much the other wives hate their husband. The very last scene is at night, showing the old man happy and content, performing the holy cleansing ritual that he had earlier in the movie taught a class of young boys that every good man is supposed to do after he has bedded his wife.
* In the 1993 movie ''[[WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt What's Love Got to Do With It?]]'', Ike Turner pulls a type A.
* ''GoneWithTheWind'' features a scene of Rhett Butler complaining that he doesn't get sex from his wife Scarlett followed by him roughly picking her up and running up to the bedroom with her while she attempts to fight him off. The next morning she has a big smile on her face, singing the suitably Victorian lyric "She wept with delight when he gave her a smile / And trembled with fear at a frown."
** This scene is a strong contrast to its counterpart in the book. There, Rhett goes out of his way to make Scarlett ''enjoy'' sex; the book clearly states that she has never gotten anything out of it before. In the morning, she is overcome with shame.
* ''TheDuchess'' where Georgiana Cavendish is raped by his husband, Duke of Devonshire, for being too angry. She stand with him and his mistress until the end of the movie.
* In ''Film/{{Marnie}}'' Sean Connery's character blackmails Marnie into marrying him and then commits this trope on their honeymoon cruise, despite initially appearing to respect her wishes.
* ''Film/CallHerSavage'' has Larry the dirtbag summon Nasa under the pretense that he's dying (in fact he appears to be suffering an attack of insanity, probably from syphillis), and try and rape her, citing the License. She hits him over the head with an end table. Type A.

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* In ''ClanOfTheCaveBear'', when men make "the signal", women are expected to drop everything and prepare for a sexual encounter. The Signal is generally done only with one's mate but can be done with any female if the need is much upon the male. When Broud does it to Ayla it's only because he knows she doesn't like it but may not disobey. Ayla is shocked to learn that other females like sex and even invite it, trying to get their mates to make the signal.
* Hest and Alisa's marriage in [[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Dragon Keeper]] is explicitly stated to be this.
* ''TheBelgariad'' sort of skirts the two with protagonist Barak and his wife Merel, but ultimately seems to fall closer to side B. Their marriage was {{arranged|Marriage}}, but Barak wanted it while she did not. In the first book, we're told on his return to the city he had his way with her although she was unwilling. Barak is ashamed for what he did, but his wife is portrayed as shrewish and shallow, doing all in her power to make him unhappy (like denying him access to their daughters, who he loves). Those who talk about the situation largely reserve their sympathy for Barak, and no one ever suggests he didn't have the perfect right to do as he did. She becomes pregnant as a result of his unwanted advances, and the son she bears winds up healing their marriage and making her more [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality sympathetic to and towards the protagonists]].
* In the Jodi Picoult novel ''HandleWithCare'' Sean rapes Charlotte, all the while telling her that he loves her, because he is trying to show her that [[ItMakesSenseInContext words don't always make actions any better.]]
* Generally accepted as normal in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Cersei complains about Robert getting drunk and demanding his "rights".
** Subverted with Tyrion, who declines to do this with his [[ArrangedMarriage reluctant wife]] [[spoiler: Sansa]]. It's expected of him to bed and impregnate his new wife whether she wants to or not (or, to be more specific, whether either of them wants to or not). Although clearly attracted to her, Tyrion outright refuses and says he won't touch her until she wants him to.
** Then there's Ramsay Bolton, though what he does is shown, and implied to be much worse, to go far beyond what even someone who fully supported this tradition would consider acceptable.
** Daenerys clearly expects it on her wedding night, but Khal Drogo is surprisingly considerate and arouses her to the point that she consents. Following that night, however, Dany complains that Drogo simply flips her over and goes to town whenever he's in the mood. After receiving some tips on lovemaking, her relationship becomes more equal both in and out of the bedroom.
* In ''TobaccoRoad'', Lov contemplates getting Jeeter's help to tie Pearl in bed, since she hasn't given him any children (or absolutely anything else). Fortunately for Pearl, nothing of the sort happens to her before she runs away.
* In ''{{Carrie}}'', [[ChildByRape the titular character was conceived in this manner]]. Her mother is a Christian fundamentalist, as was her father when he was alive. For a while, they were so hardline about it that they weren't having sex, but then Carrie's father raped her mother while he was drunk. From what we can discern from the story as Mrs. White tells it, [[TheSeventies especially the time in which it was published]], Mrs. White doesn't call it rape because it was her husband [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization and also because she enjoyed it]].
** Then again, it can also be argued that Mrs White is so deranged by her religious fanaticism as to make her an UnreliableNarrator.
* The Madasans of ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' follow this. They serve as a regular source of bad guys. And worse, the Masadan [[CorruptChurch religion]] doesn't even [[NoWomansLand recognize the concept of rape]].
* One short scene in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''The Courtship of Princess Leia'' features Teneniel Djo explaining to Isolder that she's within her rights to do this to him, but she isn't going to. Isolder isn't entirely sure how to respond (especially since he's a prince, back on his own world). Oddly enough they ''do'' have feelings for each other, although they're both pursuing other partners at the time.
* ''Literature/TheForsyteSaga'': Soames Forsyte is madly in love with his wife Irene and he absolutely adores her, but she never reciprocated his feelings. Eventually she has an affair with a young architect and wants to leave their marriage. Desperately trying to secure her for himself, he rapes her.
* ''The Alienist'': The cold and strict Mrs. Dury couldn't stand her husband touching her. Mr. Dury tries pleading with her, arguing about her duties and his needs as a husband, then finally snaps and rapes her.
* There's a version of this in ''Literature/TheThornBirds'', when Luke takes Meggie with absolutely zero consideration for the fact that she's a virgin, as well as completely ignorant as to matters of sex (her mother never bothered to explain anything to her and she had no older sisters or girlfriends who could have). When she screams in pain as he enters her, his only response is to snap at her to "shut up and lie still".
* This happens to Beatrice, the poor female protagonist of Simona Ahrnstedt's Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}. After being pressured into marrying the heinous villain Rosenschiöld, who's like forty years older than her and treats women like dirt, she suddenly panics on the wedding night and says no. But not only does he rape her, he even has the nerve to go into a rage after finding out that she wasn't a virgin. Let's just say that nobody missed him after he died a couple of days ...
* In the novel Literature/MySweetAudrina by Creator/VCAndrews, the main character is resistant to her husband. The next morning after he ''rapes her unconscious'' he says she enjoyed it after a while. While the character, ([[spoiler: who was gang-raped as a child and brainwashed to forget about it]]), doesn't enjoy it, she stays because she's been in love with the man since she was a child. It gets worse from there.
* Count Kalliovski threatens this to poor helpless Sido in ''Literature/TheRedNecklace''.

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* ''Divorce Court'': The 1980s version was one of the first courtroom dramas to have an episode where the husband was accused of raping his wife in a marital setting. A few pre-trial scenes showed the attorneys talking about how this case could test the strength of the then-new marital rape laws as grounds for divorce. Throughout the episode, the husband – who already was accused of being increasingly abusive throughout the marriage – steadfastly denied that the encounter in question was anything but consensual, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Finally, after his wife's attorney grills him on the stand and threatens to have him charged with perjury, the man finally breaks down and admits he was trying to regain the passion that once existed in the marriage. Judge William B. Keene doesn't buy it for a second and orders him held over for criminal processing.
* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'': One of the darkest episodes in the entire run was "Daisy's Shotgun Wedding," where Daisy is kidnapped by the Beaudrys, a sociopathic, misogynic backwoods family intending to turn her into their sex slave; it is the dumbest but most vile, evil of the two brothers – the mammoth-sized Milo – who will be primarily responsible for having sex with Daisy. And it is of course with knowledge that the Beaudrys plan to rape Daisy as brutally as possible – plus use her as their slave and be otherwise mean, vicious and cruel to her in general – that has Bo, Luke, Boss and Rosco racing against time to stop an imminent ShotgunWedding.
* This came up in an early episode of ''{{Casualty}}'', which publicised that this was technically still on the books in England and Wales until 1991. Scotland, with its different legal system, has always held it to be illegal.
* In the ''[[Series/NorthAndSouthUS North and South]]'' miniseries, the hero's LoveInterest is married off to an abusive man who rapes her, among other things. Being the openly evil villains they are, her husband and his friends consider this to be nothing more than his marital rights. Of course, the hero disagrees.
* ''Series/{{Brookside}}'' features a storyline where Rachel Jordach is forced to have sex by her husband and the reaction of the bigoted character Ron Dixon is to say "he can't have raped her he's her husband".
* ''Series/BarneyMiller'' has an episode where a woman comes into the police station distraught and says she's been raped. The husband, and, to a great extent, Barney, don't understand what the big deal is, assuming that it would be impossible for a rape to happen inside a marriage, since marriage implies a loving relationship and a greater sense of "consent". The District Attorney, a woman, and Lt. Dietrich, *do* understand the gravity of the situation (and just how wrong the rape was), and the husband's lawyer, though agreeing with Linden and the husband, wants the case to go ahead because he wants the fame associated with it. Dietrich, Lt. Harris and the DA spend the rest of the episode explaining how classless the husband was and how he needs to treat women with more respect. [[spoiler:The episode ultimately concludes by treating the incident as if it was "just another marriage disagreement", with the husband agreeing with Harris that he was just uncouth and was just clueless about how to treat women properly ([[FridgeLogic which raises the question about how he got married in the first place]]), learning, through the experience, just how to do it properly, causing his wife to forgive him and drop the whole matter]]. Perhaps the only reason why the episode works is due to ValuesDissonance (social inequity, though improving, still had quite a bit of work to do when the episode aired in 1978)- it's doubtful now that such a scenario, with society's greater understanding of the real impact of rape, even in marriage, could be played for laughs today.
* This is the reason why ''Series/MadMen'' fandom nicknamed Joan Holloway's fiancée and eventual husband "Doctor Rapist".
* An episode of ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: Special Victims Unit]]'' deals with a cop raping his wife after she throws a frying pan at his head (not that there's a justification for either). The cop, of course, claims it was consensual (and the wife says so as well at one point), while his precinct buddies simply say that it's not rape if it's your wife. The [=SVU=] cops go after him, after a bit of bickering, and Benson makes reference to the 1993 law. Note that while the jury finds him not guilty, ADA Cabot calls it a partial victory as she was the ''first one'' to get it past the Grand Jury. She hopes this will pave the way for future ADA's.
* ''Series/TheBorgias'' depicts Lucrezia's husband raping her on a regular basis and claiming it as his right.
** This trope is further examined with the marriage of Gioffre Borgia and Sancia of Aragon- except it's genderswapped, with Sancia disrobing and climbing into bed on top of her alarmed (and very young-''12 years old'' in RealLife) husband before he can protest...
* The focus of several ground-breaking SoapOpera plots, such as ''Series/GuidingLight'' (Roger and Holly) and ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' (Jack and Kayla). True to form, both men insisted that since the women were their wives that they were completely entitled to have sex with them and there was no rape. Jack did later acknowledge he'd done the wrong thing, following his HeelFaceTurn.
** ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' had a similar storyline with Blair and Victor, though it was more morally ambiguous: it happened off-camera, but basically they had been having a fight which turned into sex as per [[BelligerentSexualTension usual TV conventions]]. Apparently Blair never directly said no, so Victor''assumed'' it was consensual, but afterward she regarded it as a rape.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** This happens in the first episode, where Khal Drogo rapes Daenerys on their wedding night-it's made all the worse when he reveals that despite not having spoken the Common Tongue all episode, he knows full-well what "no" means. Drogo continues to rape Daenerys in the second episode until she finally has a servant girl (a former prostitute) teach her how to enjoy sex (and teach Drogo that there are positions other than doggie-style). She also learns a few words in Dothraki in order to convince Drogo that she's not refusing sex but merely wants to show him something else. This trope wasn't present in [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the book]]'s depiction of this event, in which Drogo doesn't force her but instead they have some intimate moments involving [[ItMakesSenseInContext hair-braiding]], and he gets her consent before having sex, in a scene that was surprisingly tender given his reputation and the language barrier.
** Later {{averted}} with Sansa and Tyrion. Sansa fully expects to have to consummate her marriage with Tyrion even though she REALLY doesn't want to, but Tyrion promises he won't share her bed until she wants him to, even if that never happens.
* The incident of marital rape in the 1967 BBC adaptation of ''Literature/TheForsyteSaga'' was made reasonably explicit (for the time) and caused some controversy.
* One of the cases in ''Series/BostonPublic'' involved a young girl who was going to be forced to marry and consummate the marriage.
* ''TheTudors'': George Boleyn resents his arranged marriage to Jane Rochford, so he takes her maidenhood quite violently on their wedding night.[[note]]Though it might have been a different kind of maidenhood, seeing as it was from behind, and he was already having an affair with a male court musician. Either way: yikes.[[/note]]
* On ''{{Series/Salem}}'' Mary claims that George Sibley did this to her. The flashbacks we see appear to confirm it.
* Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman: The titular character's sister Marjorie implies this about her husband, saying that he "insisted on his right to my bed".

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[[folder: Music ]]

* ''Music/{{Blutengel}}'': One of the ways to interpret the song "Black Wedding" - see page quote.
* Implied in the song ''Mother's Little Helper'' by Music/TheRollingStones. The lyrics suggest that the protagonist's addiction to Valium is at least in part to her husband not taking no for an answer in bed.

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* A Hadith [[note]] Hadiths are reports of statements or actions by Muhammad, or things approved of by him, they are considered to be essential supplements to and clarifications of Literature/TheQuran. Though how important the Hadith is varies in different versions of Islam.[[/note]] hints at this trope. A husband can demand sex at any time ''whatsoever'' and his wife should come immediately no matter what she is doing or whether she wants it or not. If she refuses or even leaves his bed, angels will curse her, though it should be pointed out that the wife is not obligated to have sex but is merely recommended to.
* Notably averted in Literature/TheBible as Paul states that ''The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.'' in 1 Corinthians 7:4, strongly implying that marital relationships are to be consensual.
** Either that or it's [[TheSameButMore this trope but more]] - both spouses have the license, should they want to invoke it.
** One popular passage used to justify marital rape is in Ephesians 5:22: ''Wives, submit to your husbands.'' However, there's also the flip side in verse 25: ''Husbands, love your wives as Christ so loved the church.'' (A love which, we remind you, went as far as accepting torture and death for the sake of the other.) The entire passage (v.22-33) goes into both statements in more detail.
** In a sick twist in which rape is the CAUSE of marriage, Deuteronomy 22:28-29 makes it clear that if a man rapes a non-betrothed virgin, he is forced to pay her father fifty silver pieces and marry her, and none is allowed to divorce (forced StockholmSyndrome for the woman), less merciful passages (Deuteronomy 22:23-24) make the rape victim a punishable criminal instead of a bride.

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* Taken to the illogical extreme in ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' where not only can a man rape his wife, but any male of age in the village is welcome, and is likely, to join in. Then after its all said and done the woman is likely to be punished for being raped, with [[SerialEscalation more rape]].

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* Implicit, [[IntentionalValuesDissonance and fitting for the time period]], in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings''. Marriages are merely political arrangements, often between complete strangers, to produce children, and typically do so regardless of the couple's opinion of one another.
** Falling in love with your spouse is a separate event which only fires off sometimes. The lucky couples who get it also get a fertility boost, because they're having sex a lot more often. Unloving couples only do it for the duty of producing heirs.
** Pretty much guaranteed to be what happens if a character's wife has the "Homosexual" trait.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In one ComicBook/ChickTract called "[[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1054/1054_01.asp The Little Bride]]", the marriage between Aisha and Muhammad is used to condemn Islam, highlighting that she was only 6 when they got engaged and only 9 when they got married. The tract draws the conclusion that Muhammad was a pedophile rapist. (Other portrayals, such as ''The Jewel of Medina'', avert this trope.)
* In ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' this turns out to be the norm in [[spoiler:Laura's]] homeland in the Puritan Territories, and it's stated that [[http://collar6.com/2011/collar-6-211 men get to have their way with the woman of their choice in the hopes of conceiving a male]] because of a severe gender imbalance, and [[spoiler:Laura's]] father had a harem of sixty three women. This is contrasted with the consensual BDSM of the main setting.


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