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Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?

"I was raised Catholic. I was never molested as a child, and frankly, I'm a little bit insulted. Wasn't I pretty enough?"
Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher

The barbarians are past the gate, up the stairs, and standing over the hero's incapacitated body. The pure, virtuous, virgin damsel is now helpless against what is sure to be a lewd, ravishing, and depraved assault against her purity. In desperation, she grasps the nearest blunt object, determined to protect her maidenhood with every ounce of her strength. The barbarians leer at her, coming closer and closer. There are too many of them, and she closes her eyes, preparing to feel the grip of one of their dirty, grimy paws on her flawless skin.

Then...

Nothing happens.

The damsel opens her eye to see the barbarian horde taking interest in something completely different. Maybe it's Yet Another Baby Panda. Maybe someone cued the flying pigs, and the barbarians have just got to take a look at this. Maybe they're all gay or just plain not interested in her that way. Whatever the reason, the barbarians make it clear that they have no interest in the damsel whatsoever.

Her reaction: incredulous at best, downright insulted at worst. And who wouldn't be: damsels put a lot of effort into being pure and fair, and it's offensive to blow up castles, slay tons of palace guards, and break apart all of that furniture, just to ignore the goods once you get there.

Basically, any time a female in a story is ignored or passed over in a situation that would seem to suggest that she was about to become the target of some kind of sexual assault before the trope came into play, and she becomes angry about it, even though logic would dictate that she would be pleased with this turn of events. Apparently the woman feels insulted that she is seemingly not attractive enough to be the target of such actions, thus warranting indignation.

This trope is usually sexual in nature, though variants can include non-sexual examples of victimization. Similarly, though the would-be victim is usually female, males can be targeted, though their would-be aggressors are more likely to be male, or use one of the non-sexual variants.

If it's the hero who's refusing to ravish the heroine, this can overlap with Above the Influence or Not Distracted by the Sexy. If it's a villain, it may be because Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil and Even Evil Has Standards. Especially irritating if the series has been complaining that All Men Are Perverts; then complains when this happens. Sister Trope to Why Isn't It Attacking? and Too Kinky to Torture.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In an episode of Samurai Champloo, Fuu believes she is to be the "prize" in a duel between two brothers battling to succeed their father's dojo (they had both commented on how absolutely cute something was while looking in her direction). When the duel is over, the two brothers approach Fuu as though they're going to glomp her, only to become preoccupied with her flying squirrel. Fuu is pissed.
    Fuu: Why would they need to go to the red light district when they have me around?
  • In Dragon Ball, Bulma is in the hands of Lord Pilaf. Lord Pilaf wants to know where the last Dragon Ball is and he promises to do "humiliating" things to her should she say no. Instead of what Bulma is fearing, he instead blows her a kiss. This is enough to freak out Pilaf's underlings (kissing is a really big deal in Japanese culture), but all Bulma has to say is, "That's all?" She then proceeds to describe what she thought Pilaf would do the way things were going (involving a lot of censor bars in the manga) and which proceeds to thoroughly squick Pilaf out: "AAAUGH! What a diseased mind! H-how can you even stand to THINK of such hideous things?!" Pilaf decides to dump her back into the dungeon with Goku and the others before deciding to knockout-gas them in order to find the Dragon Ball in question. (The French version of the anime has Pilaf Breaking the Fourth Wall by protesting that it is a kid's show, and they can't show such things.)
  • The first episode of Lost Universe has a variant. Millie's on the auction block, the bidding's about to begin, and the auctioneer announces that bidding will start at 10 credits, a pittance. Millie is quite annoyed at this.
  • Played with in Cavalier of the Abyss. An Overprotective Dad saying: "Aren't you gonna ravish my daughter?"
  • Plays into Asuka's characterization in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Though the scene is only in the director's cut, her original Establishing Character Moment was throwing herself at Kaji with her shirt unbuttoned, effectively asking him to ravish her, but he steadfastly ignores her. As the infamous Mind Rape scene shows, one of her issues with Shinji is his lack of assertiveness in regard to women, and especially in regards to her as a woman. The attention of others is crucial to her self-image, but even though she emphasizes her availability by displaying her sexuality, Shinji is just both too shy to do anything and too socially inept to understand most of her Hint Dropping. Their disastrous kiss further disappoints her because he doesn't hold her. The "this is the impenetrable wall of Jericho" statement, which implies that she was daring him to try something, also went over Shinji's head.
  • In The World God Only Knows, demon Hakua challenges protagonist Keima to a board game, under his condition that the loser must do anything the winner desires. After each loss, Hakua pleads "I know I said anything... But not anything! Just not anything, okay!" Keima, however, only wants to ask questions about his situation and his partner demon Elsea. Hakua finally lashes out at him: "Aren't you even a tiny bit interested in me!?"
  • A minor example in Genshiken: after a shopping trip in an early episode Kasukabe warns Kousaka not to peek at her as she changes clothes. Totally absorbed in a video game and barely paying attention, Kousaka mumbles his agreement. Incensed at his lack of interest, she yells, "I'm SERIOUS! DON'T!"
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
    • The resident Ms. Fanservice, Kimura is ostensibly quite angered when fanservice naturally happens to her (her catchphrase is "I'll sue you!"), but on a couple of occasions, she gets furiously angry when no-one pays attention to the fanservice she provides.
    • Another case is the Gonk girl who places heavily photoshopped pictures of herself online. The characters are listing their annoyances, and she says it's when creepy people ask her for pictures of her cosplaying. A guy seeing her remarks that he's not interested.
  • Slayers
    • Lina Inverse is just about to get attacked by a troll, when it scoots itself over to go after a nearby waitress instead. Not exactly being ravished, but the implication is there...
      Gourry: I guess even a troll knows a cute girl when it sees it.
    • Played straight in the japanese edition. A group of henchmen captures Lina, one suggests they should rape her, but everyone refuses for some reasons. A werewolf says he just finds human girls incredibly ugly, and Lina is seriously pissed. She did realize that complaining would be a bad idea, though.
  • In the first episode of Soul Eater, Spirit at first accuses the title character of having designs on his daughter, Maka, but then when Soul rudely denies having any interest in her, Spirit starts acting like a Pervert Dad and lists his daughter's "qualities".
  • In the Ranma ½ manga, during the "Little Hawaii" story, a bunch of male students from Fūrinkan are infected by the "Aloha virus" thanks to the Principal's latest ploy. This makes them act like "honeymooner tourists in Hawaii", the dream of any Japanese. Thus they begin assaulting Female!Ranma, Akane and Ukyō to make them their "wives"... but they twice ignore Hinako-sensei since she looks like a little girl. She feels quite insulted by that.
  • Mild variant employed in Maicchingu Machiko Sensei (Studio Pierrot, 1981). Resident trouble-maker Kento frequently flips his classmates' skirts to embarrass them. Token fat girl Hiromi patiently awaits her turn, but when Kento passes her by, she's so furious she pounds his head into the pavement.
  • Played with in Freezing. Sattelizer L Bridget has a difficult backstory. As a result, she isn't trusting at all. She Hates Being Touched and Does Not Like Men (Or Women, for that matter). At one event, she gets really drunk, and Kazuya, the one man she does like, takes her back to her room. At her inebriated request, he unzips the back of her dress and removes her stockings, but he doesn't go farther than that. When she wakes up, she's a bit freaked out by what he could have done, but a little bit disappointed that he didn't, even wondering if she's not his type. Turns out she is.
  • CLANNAD teases with a scene where resident Tsundere Kyou and Tomoya both get locked in an equipment storage shed. At first she's quite upset that this happened (apparently because of a spell cast on him right before this scene), but then goes into full blown dere-dere mode when Tomoya yells that he'll take care of it, says its his first time too, and tells her to turn around while he takes his shirt off. Then it turns out he just did that in order to lift the spell (also taught to him right before the scene), and the door opens right away, as another student opens it from the outside.
  • Patlabor: Invoked by Noa, of all people, in the "Red Labor Landing" episode where she and Asuma end up having to share a hotel room while they're on assignment. She frets over it in the furo and waits 'til he's asleep before turning in. But when he "awakes" and creeps toward her futon, she braces herself for the inevitable... except he completely ignores her and goes for her snack bag. Noa becomes outraged and clocks him. Though it's unclear whether she was upset that he tried to swipe her chips, or because he passed up a perfect opportunity to cop a feel!
  • In Strike The Blood, Asagi is briefly possessed by the soul of an alchemist with No Nudity Taboo with a penchant to walk around naked or half-naked. Asagi later wakes up in Kojou's bed half-dressed and becomes emotional and teary-eyed over what she thinks may have happened. An embarrassed Kojou explains that he didn't do anything to her, and nothing happened. When he finally convinces her, she tells him, "You're useless."

    Arts 
  • There's an English caricature where young women are offering themselves to invaders to rape them but leave their mother alone, and the mother speaks up to the effect that she won't be left out. There's a similar joke with Rene's mother-in-law in 'Allo 'Allo!.

    Comedy 
  • The stand-up routine from Louis CK's HBO special Chewed Up.
  • There's actually a "Yo Mamma" joke that lampshades this: "Yo Mamma so ugly, when robbers broke into her house, she yelled "rape" and the robbers yelled NO!"
  • A Dave Allen sketch features vikings doing what vikings are known for: "Plunder and rape! Plunder and rape!" Until a damsel appears... it doesn't help she's about 80 years old. Cue to the horns of the viking leader going instantly limp... "Plunder! Plunder!"

    Comic Books 
  • In volume 1 of Empowered, the eponymous heroine is captured by a robot "Pimpotron" that scans her to see if she's worthy of a galactic harem. After deciding her butt was too big, it leaves her behind. She is clearly more devastated by the insult than relieved at her good fortune.
  • In What If? v2 #16, a crossover between Wolverine and Marvel's version of Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja is beaten by Wolverine and essentially gives up and waits for him to rape her, but he walks away, disgusted by the idea and saying "Sorry, darlin', that ain't my style." Sonja is both perplexed and slightly insulted, so she follows him. (For some reason, she had never even considered the possibility that her eventual defeat would come at the hands of someone who wasn't interested.) It's only after their next meeting that he warms up to her, and she eventually becomes his queen. Since this story is in an Alternate Reality setting it's not certain if the "real" Sonja would have reacted this way.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey has several times used the milder version "Aren't you going to inappropriately flirt with me? You're a soldier!" And it even did "Aren't you going to inappropriately flirt with my sister? You saying she's not pretty enough?"

    Fan Works 
  • People Lie has Hinata wonder why Naruto doesn't take advantage of her whenever they're together. Both are comfortable enough to be naked in front of each other. Naruto even knows how she feels and reciprocates, plus he is not so subtle with his leering at her even when she teases him.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has a guy-on-guy example: when Zarbon emphatically denies doing anything to Vegeta while he was unconscious, Vegeta goes from "relieved" to "offended" surprisingly quickly.
    Vegeta: Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious?
    Zarbon: What? No! God, no!
    Vegeta: Oh thank GOD, I j— wait, what do you mean by that? Am I not good enough for you?
  • Parodied in Cleolinda Jones' The Phantom of the Opera in 15 Minutes:
    The Phantom: Go, both of you! Forget me! Be happy!
    Christine: But you still have plenty of time to let him go or kill him or whatever! And carry me off somewhere! They'll never find you in here! You could ravish me and everything and no-one would be able to stop you. You could totally get away with it!
  • Referenced in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality: "She began to wonder if Professor Snape was taking her to the real dungeons that she'd heard rumors of, the true dungeons of Hogwarts that had been sealed off to all but faculty; and if maybe Professor Snape did terrible things down there to innocent helpless young girls but that was probably just wishful thinking on her part."
  • The Redwall fanfic Cullin' of the Fold; the Parody Sue heroine feels neglected when her vermin captors' expressing their disgust at the mere idea of raping her turns into an argument between them. Turns out they have no problem at all with cooking and eating her, though.
  • The Typical Gundam SEED Destiny has two girls doing this to Athrun in one chapter. And it's hardly different from the original material. Because both girls desperately want to have sex with Athrun.
  • One sketch on Sanity Not Included featured Psylocke being scared that Shuma-Gorath was going to rape her, but he doesn't. When she asks why, he asks why would he want to do such a thing, and if he wanted to have sex he'd have sex with his own species. And then she tries to force herself onto him...
  • Misa to L in Kira Sweetheart:
    Misa: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY LIGHT?! LET ME OUT OR I'LL SCREAM!
    L: Misa Amane...
    Misa: You're going to rape me too now, aren't you?
    L: No Misa, unlike someone I could name I've never forced myself on anyone... especially not the mentally challenged...
    Misa: Wha—So now you're calling me stupid?!
    L: Yes. And even if you were willing and could give consent... I don't find you the least bit attractive.
    (the blonde made a miffed, disbelieving sound as if she found the notion that someone could resist her buxom charms utterly inconceivable)
    Misa: Wha—why the hell not?!
    L: You're very annoying.
  • One Axis Powers Hetalia fic showed Russia going around to everyone else and demanding they explain what sex is to him. Prussia had spent his forty years behind the Berlin Wall convinced that Russia was going to rape him, and was very annoyed to find out that nobody had bothered to tell him that Russia didn't even know how.
  • Variation in Hivefled: Equius is a poorly-closeted masochist and happily joined the armada expecting to be physically and verbally beaten into doing better. His mentor is nothing but nice to him, leaving him confused and disappointed. Cut to said mentor drinking with his friends, talking about how funny it is to see Equius' face when he doesn't get hit or yelled at, and betting on how long it'll take before he starts intentionally breaking things to get negative attention. Turns out very unfortunately, however, when Gamzee messages Equius to complain that his own mentor is touching him; Equius assumes Gamzee is bragging. He's not.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic AU fic King of Chaos, when Discord abducts Rarity to make Twilight's wedding dress, she initially assumes that he abducted her to ravish her. She's very disappointed when he shows disgust at the idea.
  • A Discworld fic builds on a canonical mention of an epic battle at Lawke's Drain to create a backstory of an epic war in Howondaland fought largely by a sort of Welsh soldier. A White Howondalandian woman is captured by Zulu warriors and dragged before the Paramount King. She has been brought up to believe all Black Howondalandians turn into slavering monsters if they get a white woman in their grasp. She is very put out when the King roars with laughter and tells her white women are too thin, bony, and pale for his tastes. "And anyway, why should a Zulu warrior rape when our own women are both beautiful and willing?" She is then tormented by being treated with extreme respect and courtesy during her time as a hostage.

    Films — Animation 
  • This is what happens pretty much exactly in Disney's Oliver & Company when Dodger breaks into Georgette's room, though it's not outright stated what she thinks he's going to do, she is quite offended when he says he's not after her.
  • Somewhat inverted in the Ralph Bakshi film Fire and Ice. Near the end, damsel in distress Teegra is brought into the throne room of the big bad, Nekron, by his mother Juliana. Juliana tells him that she has done this specifically so he can breed with Teegra. Nekron first refuses, at which point Teegra asks if they cannot even be friends for the sake of peace. Nekron embarks on a "screw you" rant, during which he states that he finds the idea of peace and mating with Teegra (who by all reasonable standards fits the attractive female sterotype) to be repulsive, eventually throwing her in the dungeon.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In an early Little Big Man scene where the narrator/protagonist is first captured by the Cheyenne, his sister is shown worrying and complaining about what all these natives might be planning for her in the strange language they're speaking and saying "They're going to rape me for sure!" As time passes and nothing happens to her, however, we see that they're planning no such thing, and that she's actually getting rather annoyed because no one's paying very much attention to her at all. She at least sees some humour in the situation when she finds out that it's because the Cheyenne, unfamiliar with women wearing short hair, thought she was a man.
  • In the comedy western The Villain, Ann-Margret keeps hinting that Arnold Schwarzenegger's character should do this, but the Chaste Hero keeps missing the point. Eventually she's so annoyed she hooks up with the title Villain instead.
  • A rather dark twist on it happens in Erik the Viking when Erik refuses to rape a village woman, only to be chewed out by her about "Why not?" He decides to go ahead with it, but is unable to, erm, complete the deed... after talking a little while, another barbarian breaks in and tries to rape her, but by this time Erik is rather fond of her, so he tries to rescue her and accidentally runs her through with his sword, earning a sarcastic "Thanks for saving me from a fate worse than death..." before she dies and haunts him for the rest of the movie. Nice guys apparently DO finish last, at least during the Viking era.
  • Zig-Zagged and Played for Laughs in the made-for-TV movie The Girl, the Gold Watch, & Everything in which the somewhat pretty (but not as attractive as the female lead) Wilma Farnham is clearly a bit starved for male attention as she starts off accusing the hero Kirby Winter of always wanting to take advantage of her and yet it becomes clear in subsequent scenes that this is more her wishful thinking than anything else. Throughout the rest of the story, the villains' goons manage to kidnap her and her friends several times (they keep escaping) and she also accuses the goons of wanting to take advantage of her while engaged in the same wishful thinking. Finally, after yet another rescue from a captivity in which they'd kept her subdued with drugs, Wilma rather hopefully asks Kirby and his new Southern girlfriend Bonny Lee whether those goons were having their way with her while she was in that helpless state and Bonny, realizing what she really wants to hear, just tells her "You plumb wore those poor boys out!" Wilma then pretends outrage even though she's obviously relieved to be told somebody finally noticed her.
  • A mild case of this occurs in The Mexican, where Julia Roberts' character is kidnapped. She asks her kidnapper, fearfully, if he's going to rape her, to which he replies "Not likely." Not surprisingly, later on, she asks him what he meant by that and whether she's attractive enough to be raped. He explains that rape is about hate, not attraction. The real reason is he's gay.
  • A Running Gag in A Chinese Torture Chamber Story is that no one will sleep with the flat-chested Maid. This reaches its apex (and maximizes her frustration) when even a roving rapist turns her down.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, during a daring escape scene in London, Jack Sparrow ends up in a cart with a very proper-looking older lady. He just stares at her for a moment and suddenly starts nibbling her earlobe before darting off, prompting a "What, is that all I get?" from the woman. Then it turns out he stole her earring.. That scene is made even better by the fact that the very posh lady in question is none other than Dame Judi Dench.
  • Maverick:
    Maverick: Now, it's time for you to do a little something that I want.
    Annabelle: How dare you! I am a lady. Not in a million years! Not if you were a hundred years old, not if I was a hundred years old—
    Maverick: Shut up! I don't want to go to bed with you, lady.
    Annabelle: Why not?
  • In Cheechand Chongs Next Movie, Chong and Cheech's cousin "Red" (played by Cheech), break into a hotel room to get back his luggage, being held by the hotel for not paying hs bill. Problem is they broke into the wrong room, with a man and woman starting to play "games." As soon as she sees them, she starts seductively saying things as "Get Away from Me, Now!"
  • After the window Sir Rodney has entered through turns out to belong to Désirée Dubarry's boudoir in Don't Lose Your Head:
    Sir Rodney: Now, don't start screaming, please.
    Désirée: Why, what are you going to do to me?
    Sir Rodney: Nothing!
    Désirée: Well, that settles it. (screams)
  • In Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I, King Louis blackmails Madamoiselle Rimbaud into having sex with him so that her father can be pardoned from prison. Later on in the movie, King Louis is replaced by his doppelgänger, Jaques, the Garcon du Piss, in anticipation of the impending French Revolution. Rimbaud, completely unaware of the ruse, enters his chambers, rips open her dress, and begs him to ravish her. Jaques' response? "Gee, thanks, but I just ate."
  • Tracy from The Philadelphia Story was offended that Mike didn't take advantage of her while she was passed out drunk.
    Tracy: Was I so unattractive or forbidding or something?

    Literature 
  • A totally believable, not at all funny, Played for Drama variant occurs in Because I Am Furniture. Through free verse poetry, the narrator describes how her father physically abuses her entire family and sexually abuses her sister... and ignores the narrator. She eventually breaks down and begins brokenly describing how she's jealous of her abused siblings, because they get some sort of attention some their parents. Being completely ignored and dismissed is even worse than abuse to her.
  • A similar situation possibly occurs in Tender Is the Night. Nicole was sexually abused by her father when she was young, and is mentally troubled as a result, but her sister was not, and yet she also has some fairly serious issues. Whether these are directly connected to her mixed feelings about why her father abused Nicole rather than her is unclear; the family was pretty dysfunctional anyway, so it could just be that.
  • Discworld
    • In the novel Mort, when he comes to Ysabell's room in the middle of the night, she adjusts her nightgown to show more cleavage and tells him, "I hope that you have not forced your way in here in order to take advantage of your position in this household." (He works for her father.) He tells her that she's overflowing and to put something more sensible on.
    • In The Fifth Elephant, Sam Vimes (who isn't wearing pan- er, trousers at the time) meets three women living alone in a house in the woods, who ask him "Are you here to ravish us?" When he replies that he's being chased by werewolves, they ask "Will that take all day?"
    • In Unseen Academicals, Glenda, while being carried by a crowd is at first glad she was wearing her most protective undergarments. This happiness went away when she realized nobody tried anything anyway.
    • Variation in Jingo when the women of Ankh-Morpork are trying to encourage the men to go to war:
      Older Woman: What will you do when the Klatchians are ravishing us in our beds?
      Nobby: I'd say that'd be jolly brave of the Klatchians.
  • "The Private Life of Genghis Khan", by Douglas Adams. In what may be a subversion, the trope here comes in play not because the captive wanted to be raped but because she finds it much harder to deal with Genghis' strange behaviour, believing it to be particularly cruel form of To the Pain and wishes he would just get on with it.
  • In the first Gor book, Tarl doesn't ravish the woman he kidnaps and she accuses him of not being a real warrior. She is, however, grateful when he later saves her from being raped.
  • In Sommerset Maugham's story The Vessel of Wrath, a missionary's old maid sister has to work with Ginger Ted, a seedy Remittance Man / convict to help fight an epidemic. At one point, they are alone together for a night and she thanks him afterward for not taking advantage of her. His initial reaction is disgust at the thought that he would have any sexual interest in her.
  • In Louis L Amour's The Walking Drum, the main character Kerbouchard and Comtesse Suzanne, one of the many women he comes across, this time in sort of helping her escape a plot to marry her off so her inheritance (a strategically important castle) can be stolen, are incognito in Kiev as brother and sister, meaning they must share a room at an inn. She defiantly tells him that she has a dagger and will kill him if he tries anything. Kerbouchard, who had no intentions of the sort, teases her about it, getting her even more worried, and then simply goes to sleep, knowing that while he's having a peaceful night's sleep, she'll be lying awake all night worrying and wishing he'd at least try so she could get some sleep. And yes, she's a little insulted in the morning that he didn't even consider it.
  • The Pyrates: Donna Melliflua Etcetera is prepared to kill herself (or her maid) rather than submit to a fate worse than death but is momentarily baffled and offended when she realises Avery intends to do nothing of the sort despite the fact that she is a beautiful young Spanish noblewoman.
  • In Farley Mowat's The Dog Who Wouldn't Be, the protagonist looses his dog Mutt in the house of a Crazy Cat Lady Old Maid at night. He notes that the screaming from within was something "a pack of Sabines, in full cry, could scarcely have bettered" but that it had a certain hopeful, yearning note to it, too.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire, A Storm of Swords: Among the wildlings, kidnapping and raping a woman is essentially their version of courting. When Jon attacks a group of wildlings and can't find it in himself to kill the woman, he lets her go. Later, she will not stop trying to sleep with him. Turns out she's summarily pissed off that he didn't rape her like he was supposed to, although she gets her way, big time, eventually. She has to save his life to do it, though. Twice. It's our version of taking a woman out to a lovely dinner and not so much as kissing her at the door. And it turns out that if a woman doesn't like her kidnapper, she slits his throat.
  • After her Arranged Marriage, Siri in Warbreaker is expected every night to prostrate herself naked before the God King and wait until he effectively rapes her. After several nights of waiting and him doing nothing more than watch her, Siri feels a little indignant at his disinterest. She does recognise the flawed logic though.
  • Gone with the Wind: In the book version, during the siege of Atlanta, Scarlett expresses her fear of the Yankees to Rhett, who guesses she's talking about rape, and laughs at her. He tells her the Yankees aren't fiends and mocks at the way delicately nurtured and pure-minded Southern ladies think. Scarlett is embarrassed because she knows he's right—lately, all the women in town had been scaring each other with horrible stories about Yankee soldiers raping defenseless Southern women. Of course, their relationship being what it is, she doesn't admit to him that he's right.
  • Hostile Takeover (Shwartz): CC grumpily (and drunkenly) ponders the fact that Space Marine Marc Davidoff had failed to make any inappropriate advances toward her, despite their ongoing, unacknowledged UST.
    "He hadn't even tried to kiss her. Not that he should, seeing as she was engaged. And not that she wanted him to. But he hadn't even tried."
  • The orb of Xaraz, second novel in Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk verse, has the whole party hiding into the "filles pompoms" (ridiculous word-for-word translation of "pompom girl") locker room. The girls are really offended not to get raped.
  • In The Seven Realms Series, Princess Raisa is kidnapped by notorious gang leader Hanson "Cuffs" Alister halfway through the first book. After he drags her into his hideout, she expects some kind of ravishing. However, she is dismayed to learn that he kidnapped her for the sheer hell of it, and only wants to get some sleep. This eventually leads to them teaming up.
  • In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the Green Knight Sir Bertilak's wife lies down in Gawain's bed and tries to seduce him. At one point she says he is strong enough that he could just take her if he wanted, though the concept offends him greatly. This is actually part of a Secret Test of Character that is set up by the Green Knight himself.
  • The Dresden Files: A Deconstruction occurs in Cold Days, showing how screwed up someone would have to be to seriously think this.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Not exactly "ravishing", but in one episode of Frasier, Roz — who has an active sex life — tells Frasier in annoyance that she's been flirting with a handsome guy she's seen sitting behind her at a few recent basketball games, but he hasn't made any moves towards her. Roz goes so far as to worry about whether there's something disfiguring about the back of her head that he's seeing which is putting him off. Frasier points out that he could be married, gay, or even — shock horror — going to a basketball game to actually watch the game, and not to try and score with the ladies.
  • The trope quote appears verbatim in The Professionals episode "Where the Jungle Ends". To force information out of a corrupt government man, Bodie informs him that his schoolgirl daughter has been kidnapped and is currently being held hostage outside in the team's car. The little dear proves to be horribly precocious, and demands to know whether Doyle, sitting with her in the vehicle, is "going to ravish me", as she believes this to be what happens in such situations from the bodice-rippers that she's read. Doyle, however, is thankfully far too nice a chap to do so, and the two finally end up sharing a bar of chocolate instead.
  • Blackadder
    • In the first episode of the first season, Edmund's mother, upon hearing that Henry Tudor has won the battle of Bosworth resigns herself to being ravished by the conquering troops. When it turns out that Henry lost and the "enemy forces" that Edmund is panicking over is his father returning, she says wearily to her husband:
      The Queen: So, I suppose now you want to ravish me?
      King Richard: Yes, yes. In a moment. The woman's insatiable...
    • In the third season, Blackadder becomes a highwayman in order to scrape together some cash. He accosts a nobleman and his pregnant, mother-killing, junkie of a daughter, who cheerfully suggests that Blackadder have his way with her. He requests a kiss, but is otherwise uninterested. Baldrick then invokes this trope and gets a kiss as well.
  • This trope appears in an episode of Dexter when a female Victim of the Week asks Dexter if he's going to rape and murder her. After she does this twice, he snaps: "What's with you and rape? No-one's raping anybody!"
  • In the British sitcom Game On, Mandy's ex-boyfriend escapes from prison and arrives at the flat. He has a gun. He asks Mandy to have sex with him but she refuses because she is currently on a vow of celibacy. She says to him "but if you point your gun at me and tell me you'll shoot me if I say no, then I'll have to." He says "I'd never do that to you." Then she repeats what she said in a more flirtatious way and he agrees. He passes the gun to her to hold as he's tying her up.
  • In the '70s version of The Hollywood Squares, this was one of the common topics of Rose Marie questions.
    Peter Marshall: In a recent PARADE magazine article, it was stated that a woman being attacked should yell out two words. First she should yell "Help!", what should she then yell?
    Rose Marie: "More!"

    Peter Marshall: Rose, studies indicate that women are attacked one night of the week much more than any other. Which night is it?
    Rose Marie: With my luck, tonight.
  • This sums up Jenna Maroney's character in 30 Rock, one particular episode involves her long-term stalker deciding to stop being a creep. She is extremely outraged, because stalkers are a symbol of celebrities' fame. She confronts him and orders him to stalk her again.
  • In a episode of Arrested Development Lindsay visits her dad in prison, expecting racy attention from the criminals, only to find the prisoners aren't interested. She then visits again in more sluttier outfits, to no avail. It turns out to be subverted, as her dad was paying off every single inmate to not bother her and eventually begs her to stop visiting him, as it's driving him to bankruptcy. It's one of the show's many awkwardly touching family moments.
  • In a DVD exclusive mini-episode between the Doctor Who episodes "Flesh & Stone" and "Vampires of Venice", the Doctor says the reason he has companions is so he can see the wonder of the universe through their (much younger) eyes. A rather miffed Amy Pond asks if that's the only reason he brought her along. The Doctor quietly points out that there are worse reasons, whereupon Amy snorts and says, "I was certainly hoping so!"
  • Barney Miller
    • In an episode, the female Detective Wentworth and the drag-wearing Detective Wojo are in the park trying to catch muggers. When a would-be rapist elbows her aside to get at the very masculine-looking Wojo, Wentworth is obviously miffed and, upon returning to the squadroom, bares her midriff and hikes up her skirt almost to her hips before going back out.
    • In another episode, a female cop (Sgt Scofield) goes undercover to a dentist who's been molesting his female clients. When she goes through the procedure unmolested, she's upset — not that she failed to bust him, but that he apparently didn't find her attractive enough. (Later he's arrested by someone else. When he sees Scofield, he explains that he never molests patients on their first appointment — but he had scheduled her for a follow-up.)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • This gets truly bizarre in the episode "Who are You". Faith had switched bodies with Buffy, and in a bid to mess with her and her friends seeks out Riley. Faith offers Buffy's body to him, trying to steer him towards messed up sex games with costumes, bull whips, the sort of thing she teased Spike about. Instead Riley is so gentle with her Faith initially reacts with anger, then confusion, then she gets scared and freaks out.
    • Also played for laughs in the episode "As You Were", in which Buffy's fighting a vampire, but when he gets too close and smells her, he notices her smell. She justifies it by saying she works at the Doublemeat Palace, to which he decides not to bite her after learning about that... which, of course, prompts her anger.
    • Another strange example, with more of a metaphorical ravishing than a literal one: Spike attempts to eat Willow, but unbeknownst to him he's been newly outfitted with a Restraining Bolt and can't bite her. She is very upset and thinks there must be something wrong with her.
  • A variation occurs in an episode of Oliver Beene; Jerry and Charlotte are invited to dinner with a couple in another apartment, who they spy with another couple and realise that they swing. They spend the whole evening awkwardly trying to avoid insinuations and figure out how to politely express disinterest, only for the couple to say goodnight without incident, causing the two to angrily wonder what's wrong with them.
  • Played seriously in an episode of Cracker where a killer's spree is motivated by the fact that she was only one of her family not molested by her father.
  • In Kaamelott, King Arthur is tricked by his father-in-law Léodagan, while they conquer a village, into having to respect the tradition, which involves raping The Chief's Daughter. Not very fond of this, he finds out however that said daughter, Aelis (who's not the eldest daughter, but convinced the latter that it was her turn) is quite psyched up for the deed and expecting it eagerly. Arthur tries to negotiate with Aelis for her to pretend he raped her without doing so, but she insists. He ends proposing to bring her home as a mistress, and she's interested... but nonetheless, she almost threatens to rape him.
    Arthur: I'm warning you: I'm going to scream.
  • Babylon 5: More like "Aren't You Going to Sexually Harass Me?", but, at one point Sheridan barges into Ivanova's room early in the morning, waking her up, boyishly happy about a great idea he's come up with. He tells her to hurry up and "come and see", and she points out she needs to change out of her rather slinky silk nightgown she's currently wearing. Sheridan then says, with complete 100% sincerity, that he didn't notice she wasn't properly dressed, which leads to this hilarious little exchange:
    Ivanova: Thanks, I'll just— wait a minute, what do you mean, "you didn't notice"? What am I, chopped flarn? I mean, OK, granted, I don't have any interest in you, you don't have any interest in me, but if you're gonna come barging in here in the middle of the night, the least thing you could say is, "Nice outfit, Ivanova," and then go on a tear.
    Sheridan: Oh. Uh. (in a completely unconvincing tone) Nice outfit, Ivanova.
    Ivanova: You are such a... (walks off, grumbling under her breath)
  • Howard's mom on The Big Bang Theory wants to know "Who's there? Are you a sex criminal?!" And she'll be disappointed if it's her son at the door!
    Howard: Nobody wants to do that to you, Ma!
  • A non-sexual variant appears in Seinfeld. One episode features a cult that masquerades as a carpet cleaning company in order to brainwash its customers into joining. George hires them to clean his carpet because they're so cheap, thinking he can beat the brainwashing. He is very insulted when they just clean his carpet, bill him, and leave without even attempting to brainwash him. Later in the episode, he sees that they've brainwashed Mr. Wilhelm (who now goes by "Tanya"), and explodes at them.
    George: Him you brainwashed?! What's he got that I don't have?!
    Cult Member: (shrugs)
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: In the episode "Charlie Got Molested", Mac was upset because he wasn't molested as a child, but a less attractive child was. He didn't understand why his coach didn't find him 'molestable' enough.

    Music 
  • In 50 Cent's "Ski Mask Way", the narrator is a drugged-out stickup man that laughs off one his victims who thought he wanted to rape her.

    Theater 
  • From the first act of Camelot:
    Guinevere: I suppose you're going to throw me to the ground and have your way with me!
    Arthur: No! Of course not!
    Guinevere Well, why not?
  • Annie Get Your Gun: Dolly prepares herself to be ravished (even shouting "Molest me, violate me, ravish me!" when caught) as punishment for tampering with Annie's guns. While Charlie does not take her up on the offer, he does comment on how attractive she is and they basically end up together at the end.
  • Millie brings this up to the man she's trying to seduce in Thoroughly Modern Millie:
    Millie: He took her by force and she liked it!

    Video Games 
  • The book Thief of Virtue in The Elder Scrolls games tells of a wealthy but bored baroness, and a handsome dashing thief out to steal one of the baron's treasures. Subverted because while the thief initially had no intention to, the baroness presented the question as a suggestion, and that she'd help him escape if he obliged her.
    Now, it should be noted at this point that Ravius was noted for his handsome looks, and the Baroness by her plainness. Both of these facts were immediately recognized by each of the pair. "Dost thou come to plunder my virtue?" asked the lady, all a tremble.

    Web Comics 
  • In the webcomic Prelude, a boy tries to trick Lilith into kissing him by acting injured so she would give him CPR. She came to the decision that since no-one else was around, it was all up to her — and that he was going to die. Upon realization that he's not hurt at all after he asks her if she knows CPR, she becomes indignant and he quickly explains that he wanted her to kiss him for a bet, not for a crush or anything, to which she replied, "Why not?"
  • Anathema: Where a girl has just been kidnapped by the enemy's army and is held at the enemy leader's private chambers... but that's it (it is their best defended room, after all). She asks him repeatedly if he's going to abuse her, and is deeply angered at his repeated negatives because she has a curse that makes every man she sleeps with die afterwards. Gets darker in the inversion when it turns out that said curse will cause extreme amounts of stress by inducing nerve-wrecking simultaneous pleasure and pain until she has awkward-weird sex with a woman. So in a subsequent issue, she has to beg the captive she just saved to be ravished by her.
  • The first strip of Ghastly's Ghastly Comic is like this (see the page pic), although the lady's reason here is different: she doesn't feel insulted to be overlooked by the tentacle monster, she just has a very strong tentacle rape fetish.
  • This is what happens when Bootsie's brother loses her to Collin in a poker game in Friendly Hostility. When Collin tells her he's not going to rape her, Bootsie starts flirting, evidently hoping it's okay if she's consenting. Eventually Collin rants at her about how he's in a monogamous relationship with Fox, he's not interested in women at all, she's underage, and "at most, we're friends. Get it? Friends." Bootsie is, however, overjoyed by this, and hugs him, sobbing about how she hasn't had a new friend in a very long time.
  • The Order of the Stick
    • Non-sexual example: wizard Vaarsuvius is quite insulted that a brain-eating monster finds the brain of the fighter Roy tastier than his/hers.
    • Likewise, when the Monster of the Darkness finds out that Lantern Archons can beam "rays of light" that could dissipate the magical darkness he's stuck in, he begs the both of them to hit him, which ultimately freaks out the two celestials.
      MitD: No, really, smack me around with your illuminating mojo. I want to be lit up finally!
      Lantern Archon: (whispering) This guy is wigging me out.
      MitD: You can zap me right in the face, I'll be all flatfooted and everything. I just want to be lit up!
      Lantern Archon #1: Um, yeah, so, we have to go take care of this... thing.
      Lantern Archon #2: Yeah, hu, this thing we were supposed to take care of. Over there. Away from here.
      MitD: Please?? It's OK if it hurts, I don't mind!
      Lantern Archon #1: Run!
      Lantern Archon #2: Get away, you masochistic freak!
    • In the same vein, Haley's nemesis Crystal is offended when Belkar declines to kill her (leaving this to Haley).
      Belkar: Ten minutes ago, I would've happily ganked someone else's personal nemesis without thinking twice. It would have been a hilarious anticlimax — plus, you know, murder. Which is always a nice perk. But I'm doing this whole "team player" thing, and that means not fulfilling someone else's narrative role. In other words, it's Haley's job to kill you, not mine.
      [...]
      Crystal: Well FINE! I don't need you to kill me! I know lots of people waiting to kill me! Maybe I'll call one of them!
  • Featured in a strip of Dubious Company. There is the strong implication that she is the racoon that has been attacking him for most of the comic.
  • In a strip of Girly, Winter impulsively offers a crowd of strangers Otra's body for information on her missing glasses:
    Otra: You should still at least try to think before you speak!... and why is nobody interested!?
  • A minor example from Loserz from the slightly homophobic Carrie, after her best friend Jessica is revealed to be a lesbian.
    Carrie: So um... you're not gonna start... hitting on me now or anything like that, are you?
    Jessica: Relax Carrie, you're not my type.
    (beat panel)
    Carrie: Why the hell not?? I'm totally hot!
  • Nerf NOW!!: in a Poker Night at the Inventory comic, Engie-tan runs out of money and attempts to make the rest of her bets strip-poker-style. As she unzips her jumpsuit, the Heavy, not understanding where she's going with this, thinks she's actually trying to bet the jumpsuit itself and refuses the wager.
  • Girl Genius
  • Downplayed in Sinfest, Monique is annoyed by a man who passes her without checking her outand then enraged by one who does check her out.
  • Eerie Cuties got it Played for Laughs with vampire bites. Both with Chloe and Tiffany. In the latter case, blush, speaking with hearts and visible disappointment are here because Tiff already was fed upon by Layla once and knows exactly how this feels.
  • Chelsie Warner of Concession is a prepubescent child suffering from bipolar-induced hypersexuality, and is very offended when the creepy guy in the van who offers her candy on Halloween turns out to actually be distributing candy.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Sarah is upset at Elliot's passive attitude in their official relationship, to the point of never taking any initiative in doing anything with Sarah.
    Sarah: ...And even with me calling almost all the shots, we're still virgins! ...How loudly did I just say that?
  • In Matchu's Space Cops subplot, Lala and Wheezy capture and tie up Famine, believing her to be an alien in disguise. Famine asks if they're going to probe her and gets angry when they say no.
    Famine: BULLSHIT! You got me all tied up and helpless, dude! What are you fucking waiting for, a cigar?
  • Displayed in a comic (NSFW) about the young Batu Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan himself, when he's given a Kipchak princess for his harem who's so forward (explaining that she hasn't gotten laid in half a year since her husband died) that he gets scared off and she pretty much rapes him herself.
  • The following exchange from Chugworth Academy:
    Kiyoshi: I don't know what you're so worked up about...
    Sally: Oh I don't know! Maybe because a couple of old men might have been molesting me in my sleep!
    Kiyoshi: I doubt it
    Sally: You doubt it?! Hey! Are you saying that I'm too ugly for old men to want to abuse me?!
    Kiyoshi: I'm just pretty sure they're gay...

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons
    • In an episode, Marge is kidnapped by a biker gang so she can act as their housekeeper. She asks if they were going to violate her in any way, to which they reply that not only were they not going to violate her, but they didn't find her sexually attractive at all. (Despite the fact that they did see the rather risqué picture of her that Homer had put in a biker magazine.) Marge half-heartedly replies that this is a good thing, she guesses, clearly insulted at the bikers' statement.
    • In a similar vein (but a non-sexual example) during a "Treehouse of Horror" episode, Homer offers to sacrifice himself to brain hungry zombies in order to buy his family some time to escape. The zombies knock on Homer's hollow skull, and move on. Homer frowns and crosses his arms, indignant.
    • In "Rednecks and Broomsticks", when a bunch of hillbillies pull guns on Moe, he says he expects they're going to violate him now. When the hillbillies complain that this is a nasty stereotype and that they have no intention of violating him, Moe rides off complaining about how he thought they had a connection and how they'd never know what they missed.
  • Almost exactly like this, in The Penguins of Madagascar Kowalski is hugely offended when the apparently zombified Skipper tries to eat Rico's brain.
  • Family Guy
    • When Lois gets kidnapped and then held hostage by Mel Gibson, she asks fearfully: "What are you going to do with me?" But Gibson just ignores her. Then, in a more sultry voice, "What are you going to do with me?"
    • In another episode, the Griffins' house gets broken into by robbers, and Meg is left alone with them. When she asks if they're going to have their way with her and they freak out, she persists and by the end of the episode, Meg's the one being charged for sexual harassment.
      Meg: (jumping on top of a robber) Come on— I'M PRETTY!
      Robber: [yells for help]
  • A Looney Tunes cartoon with Bugs Bunny parodying the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood has a very rushed Big Bad Wolf tossing Granny out of her house. Granny says, "Land Sakes! Ain't-ya going to eat me?"
  • The Venture Bros.: This seems to be a thing with Dr. Girlfriend, whose attempts at seducing Brock always fail since he believes she's a transsexual. In one episode, Brock Samson is rampaging through the Monarch's base. He breaks into a bedroom, and finds Dr. Girlfriend in a nightgown on the bed.
    Dr Girlfriend: You're here to take advantage of me, aren't you? Well, be quick about it! (throws off sheets)
    Brock: To be honest, I never really thought about it.
    Dr. Girlfriend: Well why not?
    Brock: Just didn't.
    Dr. Girlfriend: Well, I'm not gonna beg.
  • Captain Hero of Drawn Together "drugs" himself with a candy, fakes passing out, and gets annoyed when the others don't try to take advantage of him.
    Captain Hero: (supposedly unconscious) Are you guys gonna f**k me or what?
  • American Dad!
    • Stan fakes an armed robbery in his home so that anti-gun advocate Hayley will have to use a gun to rescue Stan and his wife Francine. After the incident, Francine (who was not aware of the hoax) thanks Hayley for saving her from being raped by the attacker. When Hayley asks how Francine knew the man was planning to rape her, she replies, "I just assumed," then responds to Hayley's perceived skepticism by asking, "What? You think I'm not rapable?" Later, when she gets a chance to confront the attacker, she hits him and states, "You missed out, buddy!"
    • Also in "the Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls" Roger is offended when a serial killer doesn't want to cut off his head and rape his body. It Makes Sense in Context (the killer does this to attractive women, Roger is dressed as a woman and prides himself on the quality of his disguises).
  • South Park
    • "Towelie": The military is destroying all towels to stem the threat poised by Towelie. In one scene, the military rushes in and snatches the towel off of Mr. Garrison while he's showering. He cries out, "Oh, all right, have your way with me, you sick freaks!"... and is immensely disappointed when they leave once the towel's destroyed.
    • This is a bit of a runner with Mr. Garrison. In another episode he finds himself in a prison cell with Chef and tells him, "I warn you, Chef. Don't even THINK about having your way with me here in this prison cell." In another, he returns home to angrily confront his father about the damage it did to his self-esteem that his father never attempted to molest him as a child (because he thinks his father not molesting him means he never actually loved him).
    • Mel Gibson is parodied as a lunatic in the episode "The Passion of the Jew", where he tries to provoke the people around him to either torture or molest him.
      Gibson: You! You would all love to torture me, wouldn't you!? OK, fine. See what you can fit in there, I can take it!
  • In the premiere episode of Bob's Burgers, Bob sends his son to serve a guy who appears to be a child molester because his son is "heavy" and therefore won't be molested. His son protests indignantly, "Heavy kids can get molested!"
  • Robot Chicken
    • A sketch with a bunch of teenagers (Scooby-Doo) looking around an old mansion. The two guys are subsequently raped by the "Rape Ghost". One ugly heavy girl isn't and this upsets her because she actually wants it.
      Big Girl: Oh no, I hope the Rape Ghost doesn't get me!
      (beat)
      Big Girl: Aw...
    • Featured in another sketch, with a couple of prison inmates.
      Inmate #1: So... aren't you gonna rape me tonight?
      Inmate #2: I have a headache. Leave me alone.
      Inmate #1: Fine.
  • In his first cartoon, Sick, Sick Sidney, Sidney The Elephant is scared of being captured by a safari, but when he finds out that the safari isn't looking for elephants, Sidney is indignant and demands to be captured.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire, the gang learn that the vampire is planning to kidnap a maiden who is pure of heart to be his bride, shortly before Fred gets a text from Daphne that she's been kidnapped. Velma spends a second muttering that she's pure of heart too, and how come no-one ever kidnaps her?
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has a PG variant. After Aang is kidnapped by pirates, Sokka complains that he isn't good enough to be kidnapped, before they throw a net over him too.
  • In King of the Hill, when Luanne stays at Boomhauer's for a few days, she immediately assumes he's using it as a pretext for sex, and tries, though rather half-heartedly, to turn him down, and is confused when Boomhauer leaves a blanket and pillow on the couch and goes to bed.


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