->''"Her smile vanishes 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"]], '''Music/{{Blutengel}}'''

It was once legal in the Western world 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:

* '''Character-Based''' 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 character-based unless otherwise noted.
* '''Narrative-Based''' 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 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. RomanticizedAbuse overlaps in cases where such a structure is played for drama ''and'' FetishFuel.

Compare NoWomansLand, StockholmSyndrome, and DateRape.

AndNowYouMustMarryMe is the more child-friendly equivalent, but still carries the implication of this trope.

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]]. [[noreallife]]



[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/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 ''Manga/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.
* It was obvious in ''MyHeroAcademia'' that this happened to Shouto's [[AnIcePerson mother]], who was forced to marry [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Endeavor]] and repeatedly give birth until he's got a kid with [[ComboPlatterPowers the right power combination]] (a.k.a. [[ChildByRape Shouto]]). The sheer trauma of going through such order, plus living in the same house with her rapist and seeing Shouto's face with his fire power despite still loving her son eventually caused the poor woman to snap and permanently scar the child's face with boiling water.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' Played with in later scenes between Torso and Mutsuki. When Torso finally manages to kidnap his crush Mutsuki in chapter 64 and declares they are getting married right before showing him how he cut his legs and arms off with a ring on his finger and he dressed Mutsuki in a white dress too.
*** In order for a marriage to be fully legal it has to be consummated...Considering his earlier scenes with him and his sexual obsession and longing of Mutsuki who's to say he didn't [[MaritalRapeLicense sexually violate Mutsuki in any way to consummate the "marriage" with his "bride"]]? Also, remember how he freaked out when Mutsuki glared at him and didn't accept his compliments after bringing him a flower crown? He states that Mutsuki better become more affectionate towards him as they are a man and woman (Mutsuki's body is biologically female) alone in the same place so he says Mutsuki ''has no choice'' but to love him. He's later shown sharing a makeshift bed with his "bride" and says he only hurts Mutsuki out of love for him which causes Mutsuki to cry and think about how he is cursed to be abused and used by men.

[[folder: Comic Book ]]
* 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.
* A rather somber case combines this with PrisonRape in ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': since it was illegal in fundamentalist Iran to execute virgins, and since people believed virgins can't go to hell, a female convict is married off to a member of the SecretPolice and promptly raped by her 'husband' before being executed. Then, to hammer the point home, a pittance of a dowry is sent to her family. This happening to a person they knew, plus fears that it could happen to Marjane, was one of ''many'' reasons Marjane's family sent her to Austria.
* ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'': Subverted when Deirdre becomes Arawn's wife by right of conquest after he murdered her husband and took over his kingdom. Naturally she despises him and pushes away when he tries making a move. Arawn rips her dress and attempts to force himself on her, but he refrains from doing so as he prefers that she gave her consent. She eventually does after rejecting him for a few weeks.


[[folder: Fanfic ]]
* 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, or at least that the marriage was deeply unhappy, but it has yet to be confirmed or denied. (Although the fact that Regina's main complaint is that he ignored her for most of their marriage in favour of paying attention to his daughter Snow, and that Leopold was still so completely hung up on his late wife that his only motive for remarrying was to give Snow a mother-figure to look up to would seem to suggest otherwise.)
* 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.
* This trope is implied in ''Fanfic/KiryuuinChronicles'', in the sense that Ragyou had become pregnant by her abusive husband multiple times (she carrying two to term) implies that their relations were not consensual.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12314753/1/The-Price-of-Victory The Price of Victory]]'' by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/1816754/sbmcneil sbmcneil]], Ginny is married off to Draco due to family debts. He fathers three children, despite them both hating each other. Lucius even stated he will be whoring Ginny out. Thankfully, he was killed in a raid before he could start, and Draco, for all his [[DomesticAbuse abuse]] and infidelity, never saw a point in... sharing.

[[folder: Film ]]

* ''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 ''Film/WhatsLoveGotToDoWithIt'', Ike Turner.
* ''Film/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.
* ''Film/TheDuchess'' where Georgiana Cavendish is raped by her husband, the Duke of Devonshire, for having an affair and daring to call him out on his own mistress. This results in pregnancy, and the son he's always wanted...
* 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 syphilis), and try and rape her, citing the License. She hits him over the head with an end table.
* The backstory to ''Film/SeparateTables'' reveals that Tom tried to exercise the Marital Rape License after Ann withheld sex from him to mess with his head. It's portrayed as a dysfunctional relationship from both sides.
* ''Film/TheBarrettsOfWimpoleStreet'': Edward Moulton-Barrett has an [[IncestSubtext unnatural fixation]] on his daughter Elizabeth. During his VillainousBreakdown at the end, he strongly implies--at least as far as [[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode 1934 censorship allowed]]--that all of his children after Elizabeth, totaling eight, resulted from Edward raping his wife.
--> "You my eldest child were born of love, only love. But the others, long before they came, love died out and fear took its place. Fear--and all because I saw the right and did it. Not that she ever opposed me, ever once."


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Trini is raped by her husband Keifer, who then convinces her older sister that "she provoked him", and gets off with no punishment at all. Also includes double standards, as her raping him wouldn't have been seen as so easily forgivable, but if he had raped some random woman he would at least have gotten punished for adultery. When he dies some time after the incident, he is not missed.
* In ''Literature/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.
** Note that the Clan are not homo sapiens, and their physiology directly dictates a number of gender roles that would be inappropriate in our societies; it takes a great deal of inventiveness and willpower for a Clan female to even conceive of disobeying the order of a male, and it's strongly implied that obeying "the signal" is not so much a social construct as a literal biological imperative. When Ayla discusses her rape with her Clan mother, said Clan woman is completely incapable of understanding the idea of not having sex because you don't want to, and in later books Ayla herself has to be taught what "rape" is.
* Hest and Alisa's marriage in [[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Dragon Keeper]] is explicitly stated to be this.
* ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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 it, in part because she's so young.
** 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 ''Literature/DragonBones'' this is accepted as normal, with Ward recalling that when his mother was drugged, his father didn't rape her quite so often. (He says "come to her bed" but it's pretty clear that those visits were not wanted). None of the heroes think it's ''right'' to do that, (Ward's father is universally acknowledged to have been a jerk and abuser) but they don't consider making a law against it, either, this being a patriarchal, medieval fantasy setting, and [[StatusQuoIsGod it would be anachronistic]]. The good guys just don't ''use'' the marital rape license.
* 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.
* 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 in 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''.
* In ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', after [[spoiler:Harry]] agrees to become Mab's knight consort, the first thing she does is have sex with him. [[spoiler:Harry]] bears with it because he needs Mab's help [[spoiler:to save his daughter's life]], but his consent is clearly coerced.
* In ''The Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'', Gunther has to physically overpower Brunhild and rape her in order to consummate the marriage. When he can't do so, he secretly has Siegfried, in an invisibility cloak, tie her up first. Suspicions that Siegfried actually went the whole way ([[ValuesDissonance which would obviously be really bad]]) end up provoking the cycle of murder and revenge that fills the second half of the story.
* Occasionally, some of the villainous husbands in the average Creator/DanielleSteel novel apply this to their wives. And disturbingly enough, one of the ''heroic'' husbands displays this towards his wife on one occasion. His demeanor is playful and cajoling, but the bottom line is, she declines his advances and he ignores her refusal. In a classic demonstration of Steel's frequent DoubleStandard regarding her "good" and "bad" characters, this is never portrayed as wrong, and worse yet, implied that she deserves this because she's been cheating on him.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''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 bound over for trial on the charge.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': One of the darkest episodes in the entire run was "Daisy's Shotgun Wedding", where Daisy is kidnapped by the Beaudrys, a sociopathic, misogynistic 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 ''Series/{{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.
* ''Film/TheBurningBed'' : Although it's talked about and not shown, we're told during the last courtroom sequence that the only reason Francine gave in to Mickey was she knew he'd beat her if she refused.
* 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.
** This trope was discussed in the episode ''Persona'', after Olivia and Craigen hear Linnie's story ([[spoiler: that her name was actually "Carolyn" and that she was arrested because she shot her husband six times after he raped her]]), the latter says "Marital rape wasn't made a crime until 1984. Nowadays, we wouldn't even charge her, it'd be ruled self-defense."
** In one episode, the team meets a woman who's so [[ConditionedToAcceptHorror broken by childhood abuse that she doesn't seem to view anything her husband does to her as wrong]]. While the major focus is tracking down the pedophiles who are still circulating the pictures her childhood abuser published, they do at one point arrest the husband, walking all over this trope. Kragen says "Let's see if we can get him to admit to what he doesn't believe is a crime," Amaro chats with him and says "Let's be honest, some of the things you do might be considered rape," and the husband himself says "That's the beauty of it. You can't rape a wife." We never see him again after this conversation.
* ''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 gender-swapped, 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.
*** This is also heavily implied with Blair's marriage to Asa. When she tells her mother that she's pregnant, she admits that she's lying in the hopes that "he'll leave me alone."
** Also on ''Series/{{Passions}}'', Alistair repeatedly forces himself on wife Theresa, and is stated to have done the same thing with wife Katherine.
** ''Series/GeneralHospital'': Alan and Monica prepare to make love to solidify their reconciliation following her adultery. Unfortunately, his demeanor gradually made her more and more fearful and repulsed until it turned into an example of this trope.
*** Audrey suffered this at the hands of husband Tom (she managed to divorce him and marry her true love Steve). Sadly, this is how their son was conceived. 30-something years later when her granddaughter Elizabeth was raped, it brought back the terrible memories
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** This happens in the first episode, "Winter is Coming", 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 [[spoiler: Sansa]] and Tyrion in "Second Sons". [[spoiler: 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.
** Played fully straight between [[spoiler: Ramsay Bolton]] and [[spoiler: Sansa Stark]] when he brutally rapes her on their wedding night in "Unbent, Unbowed and Unbroken". As shown in "The Gift" one episode later, he doesn't stop this, keeping her as a GirlInTheTower and aggressivey and forcefully raping her every night to the point that she has bruising all along her arms (and probably also in many places we can't see).
* 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.
* ''Series/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".
* ''{{Series/Tyrant}}'': Jane, an American Muslim who joined the Army of the Caliphate, is referred to as "comforting" her husband Faisal, but replies "in America we call that rape." This is one of the factors (plus the cold-blooded killings that the Army carries out) convincing her to flee.
* Subverted [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] in ''Series/{{Galavant}}''. When Galavant finds out that the evil King Richard ([[IneffectualSympatheticVillain theoretically evil, anyway]]) hasn't slept with his wife, he awkwardly asks if he didn't... ''insist''.
-->'''Richard:''' I'm not an animal. I mean, sure, I'll kidnap a woman and force her to marry me, but after that I'm all about a woman's rights. I'm a modern, 13th century man.
* Even more creepy than usual in ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. Ra's Al Ghul forces his daughter Nyssa to marry his chosen heir [[spoiler: Oliver]]. When Nyssa objects to bearing a child, Ra's dismisses her complaints stating that she will do as ordered and have no more say in the matter than her mother had.
** This is par for the course for Ra's in his comic book incarnation as well. Talia is definitely attracted to [[{{Franchise/Batman}} The Detective]], but Ra's attitude towards this is mainly "how nice for you; that will make your task easier."
* On ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'' Patti asks Cindy whether she feels she has to have sex with Lenny. Cindy just shrugs and says he’s her husband.
* Almost happens on ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' between [[spoiler: Quinn and Veil]]. Earlier in the episode, [[spoiler: Quinn decides to make Henry, Veil's infant son by Sunny, his legal heir [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe by making her his second wife]]. Of course, it's very clear that he's also using the marriage to gain the extra perk of having sexual access to Veil, [[VillainousCrush since he has always had a weird infatuation with her since season one]]. [[ForcedMarriage After the marriage]] and Quinn takes Veil to their bedchamber, he more or less presumes to assault her while Veil hesitantly tries to slit his throat before he can consummate the marriage. The only thing that stops the act is when Lydia, Quinn's first wife, barges in with news that [[RoaringRampageOfRescue Sunny is alive and is coming to kill Quinn]].]]


[[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 due to her husband not taking no for an answer in bed.


[[folder: Mythology and Religion ]]

* 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.
** The verse 2: 223 of ''Literature/TheQuran'' "Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will." also has been interpreted as a rape license. It should be noted that this is not the only interpretation of this verse, however.
* Literature/TheBible:
** 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, implying that marital relationships are to be consensual. Some interpret this as [[TheSameButMore this trope but more]] -- both spouses have the license, should they want to invoke it. Similarly, a 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 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.
** The Old Testament had laws dealing with rape and marriage, but the situation was a bit complicated due to cultural differences:
*** Deuteronomy 22:28-29 says that if a man rapes a non-betrothed virgin, he is forced to pay her father fifty silver pieces and marry her, and is not allowed to divorce her. However, this is more of a ShotgunWedding situation: marriage can be refused by the father (Exodus 22:17), as it was a patriarchal society in ancient times, but the rapist cannot refuse. It is likely that they would usually agree to marriage, though, since rape victims usually had a very hard time finding a husband, and women usually had trouble supporting themselves without one. Virginity was highly valued, and unmarried women may have been forced to sell themselves into slavery or prostitution to survive. This law would ensure that she would have a means of sustenance available if she chose to do so (even though that would mean marrying her rapist).
*** Also, the word translated 'rape' also refers to seduction, and is more suited to placing the blame and subsequent penalty upon the man, even if the intercourse was consensual. If she is already married to someone else, it is treated as adultery; otherwise, he must pay her a generous dowry (roughly five years' worth of a middle-class wage, at the time) which she keeps whether she accepts the marriage or not. This also downplays the "will I have a hard time finding a husband" and the "can I support myself without a husband" problems, as there were men willing to marry a woman with a good fortune, and women in that culture (even married) were allowed to own property, inherit wealth, and transact with merchants (when married, even apart from their husbands). The sexual intercourse was seen as an offense to her right of self-determination, and the generous dowry and offer of marriage a recompense.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* 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]].


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* 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.


[[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.


[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', the characters [[PlayingHouse play house]], with Kaeloo as the mother and Mr. Cat as the father. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar At one point when the two are alone, he suggestively rubs his groin against hers, lies on top of her and turns out the lights, stating that he is "exercising his marital rights".]] Fortunately, nothing happens.
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