This woman is a rapist
, or Domestic Abuser
. Her abusiveness makes her sexy
, just like her male counterpart
. Like him, she is based on the Rule of Sexy
She is more likely than her male counterpart to be a temporary sexual encounter rather than a long-term girlfriend. And while the victim of a Bastard Boyfriend
tends to come across as a lovable Woobie
or sexy Love Martyr
, some stories with a Bastard Girlfriend make her victims come across as deserving whatever they get
, or that sexual acts done by females don't really count
. There's also sometimes a naive attitude that such a thing can never happen for real anyway
Abusively sexy women often come off as one of three character types that are distinct but too specific
to have pages of their own:
- An Abusively Sexy Lady is classy, high status, and often Wicked Cultured kind of Brains and Bondage. She is likely to be beautiful...and this can be part of the justification for her heinous acts.
- An Abusively Sexy Bitch is tacky and trashy, and may border on Abhorrent Admirer. This kind of character can be ugly, at least by hollywood standards.
- An Abusively Sexy Girl is a teenager rather than a mature adult (or sometimes even younger, in Rule of Funny-type works). Ironically, her hotness is excused and made more socially acceptable by her abusiveness, since it underscores that she is most definitely "not getting exploited". It may also mean that, since the girl's very young and thus likely to be immature/unexperienced, either she doesn't seem to truly understand the horrid psychological effects of her abuse, or she has been taught to believe that it's okay to treat men that way (Maybe by other women).
In any variation, she may be a Manipulative Bitch
. If she gets called out on her actions, don't be surprised if she pulls a Wounded Gazelle Gambit
to get "rescued" from her victim
One type of Romanticized Abuse
, and thus a subtrope of Fanservice
: sexual abuse not
designed to be sexy and appealing is not
Also, it's not a matter of personal preference: when adding or editing examples that you personally don't consider sexy, please abstain from snarky comments about the authors/actors.
In many cases, also a subtrope of Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male
. Compare and
contrast Casual Kink
as well as Safe, Sane and Consensual
, for characters who live out BDSM fantasies and
show the kind of ethical restraint needed in Real Life
. Fictional characters who do not show such restraint are usually not intended to send a message that Bondage Is Bad
Also compare to Dominatrix
, who keeps the "abuse" strictly consensual and in the bedroom. Contrast Domestic Abuser
and Unsexy Sadist
. Strongly related to All Women Are Doms All Men Are Subs
. May involve a Henpecked Husband
, particularly in the Awful Wedded Life Dom Com
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Anime and Manga
- Shampoo in Ranma ½. She often doesn't hesitate to transform herself into a cat while clearly knowing Ranma is deeply scared of cats, and doesn't care treating Mousse miserably.
- Early Haruhi Suzumiya. Using false incrimination as a means of blackmail for exclusively material gains is pretty despicable.
- Athena of Hayate the Combat Butler used to teach Hayate with kicks to the gut (he complained), when he had to be able to support her for the rest of her life when they were both around 6 years old. Athena is of the ASB variety, who does get better and shows Hidden Depths (in her case, she's a girl driven into almost complete despair for being trapped in a Gilded Cage, and later, is the victim of Demonic Possession).. But her haters love to ignore it for the sake of Ship-to-Ship Combat.
- Haruka Hasegawa from Moyashimon constantly pummels Misato and Kawahama for being slackers or otherwise annoying her. However, while Misato and Kawahama both consider her hot, they're turned off and intimidated by her bad temper.
- Mio of MM! intentionally plays this role towards Tarou in order to help him deal with his Masochism "problems" (though it doesn't seem to be far from her standard self). Mio physically and verbally abuses him in every way possible as a sort of "Shock Treatment".
- In Tiger & Bunny, Karina's sponsors like to play her Blue Rose superhero persona up as a sexy dominatrix. Being a relatively normal teenage girl in reality, she's not exactly comfortable with this.
- Practically the entire plot of Domina no Do!. Hikari, the main female lead, was raised with two very rich parents who are also into BDSM, and who make no effort whatsoever to hide this, even from their young children. This has colored her entire outlook on life — for example, she once offered let the main male lead kiss her foot to cheer him up, and is flabbergasted when he reacted poorly.
- Araragi's relationship with Senjogahara in Bakemonogatari. She verbally abuses him often and threatens physical violence or even death if the thought of cheating crosses his mind. At the start of the sequel series she kidnapped and tortured him as her way of trying to protect him from her Arch-Nemesis. It's implied she found enjoyment in his torture.
- She actually said that she was very tolerant of cheating, but if so much as the thought of making it serious crossed his mind she would kill him and whoever he was cheating on her with. So... he can sleep around so long as he has actual romantic feelings for her and only her?
- In a chapter of the manga Torikago Gakyuu, one of the characters wins a contest to have a date with his favorite model. Except, he's too shy to actually go through with it, so he gets protagonist Mikage to take her out for him while he watches. Mikage gets the surprise of his life when the model puts a collar and leash on him and forces him to walk on all fours and eat from the floor. Turns out, the model isn't actually a Dominatrix; it's just her image. At the end, it's revealed that she was extremely uncomfortable treating Mikage that way.
- Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai has both Yozora Mikazuki and Sena Kashiwazaki. In Yozora's case, her tongue is sharp and her flyswatter swift, but she has a good heart buried underneath all of the jerkassery; in Sena's, she truly thinks stepping on someone is a kind of reward since her fanboys approve of it and fails to understand Kodaka's dismay at the idea, though she largely ceases making such offers as time goes on.
- In Pondus, Jocke used to have a horrible love-life before he found Camilla. Sometimes, he found a sexy woman instead of the regular flood of Abhorrent Admirers, but he usually ended up getting tortured by her rather than having a good time.
- Emma Frost, the White Queen of X-Men fame, is made of this trope, including rampant patchwork apologism.
- Pictured above, Mistress Mary, an alternate version Mary Marvel who also happens to be a Dominatrix. She takes great joy in beating up Guy Gardner (the guy pictured).
- Judith Snodgrass-Fessbeggler of Saving Silverman is older, taller, smarter than her naive boyfriend (the "Silverman" of the title) and she bullies him into changing all of his personal habits, and makes life hell for his two friends, as well. Through it all, Silverman never stops loving Judith; after the two buddies kidnap her, stash her in a basement, and tell Silverman that she died, he is inconsolable and builds a shrine to her memory.
- The librarian in Tomcats. The Jerk Ass protagonist seduces her, believing her to be a frail and naive little woman who he can use for sex (by pretending to care for her and want to become her boyfriend) and then discard. She turns out to be a crazy sadist with no interest whatsoever in playing Safe, Sane and Consensual. So is her Grandma.
- When the Jerkass realizes his friend may well be on his way to date her, it's played for laughs that he doesn't warn him.
- Gloria in Wedding Crashers has her methods: first, scare the shit out of him by acting crazy, then tie him up against his will and rape him. Of course, he eventually learns to like it, and their relationship seamlessly develops into normal roleplaying.
- Haley in Hard Candy pulls off a lot of nonconsensual sexual sadism against Jeff.
- In Psycho Beach Party, Chicklet's second personality is one of these, screaming at men for sex, and organises one of them to wear a corset, writes "Ann Bowman was here" in scars on his bum, and spanks him.
- In Slave World, most female aristocrats qualify with Lady Isobel being the most prominent example. It should be noted that her attitude of cheerfully taking whatever she want without even wanting the partner to consent is what make one of the main characters fall in love with her in the first place.
- Estella of Great Expectations is molded into becoming one by Miss Havisham.
- Zsadist's mistress in "Lover Awakened" beats and rapes him (he is the vampire equivalent of a young teen at the time) and permits her other enslaved males to rape him too. She keeps him chained to a pallet in a dungeon holding cell, on his back, ready for 'use' at all times. Then she can't understand why he'd rather starve to death than submit to her.....
Live Action Television
- Amanda of the new Nikita, Division's resident Torture Technician.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Vampire Willow and pretty much every other female vampire who doesn't get staked within an episode is this. (Okay, not Harmony.)
- Faith especially, who (at the absolute nadir of her sanity) holds a protesting Xander down in her bed, and seems entirely undecided about whether she's going to rape him, murder him, or both.
- Even Buffy herself with Spike in Season 6. Buffy actually breaks down crying when she discovers she didn't come back wrong, as it means that all the twisted things she's been doing for the past few months can't be blamed on some 'demon' part of her.
- Spike gives as good as he gets though, given Buffy's the only human he can be violent with at this point without the chip punishing him so it's less this trope and more Destructive Romance.
- Grayza is an interesting case. Her treatment of Crichton is played as a major aversion of Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male.
- On the season two episode of Titus, Christopher goes to the funeral of his ex-girlfriend, Noelle, who, despite her verbal and physical abuse, he stayed with because "the booty was great".
- Lila in S2 of Dexter. Completely abuses her position as addiction sponsor with Dexter and even sets her own apartment on fire when she senses she's losing his attention in favour of Rita and the kids. Acts the doe-eyed damsel in distress when it suits her, but turns violent when thwarted, and is definitely the aggressor in any sexual relationships she indulges in. After Dexter leaves her, she engages in rough sex with Angel, dopes herself with Rohypnol, and files rape charges, telling Dexter she'll drop the charges if he takes her back.
- The Evil Queen in Once Upon a Time: after finding out he let Snow White live, she strips the Huntsman of his free will and keeps him as a Sex Slave, promising to kill him if he ever tries to escape.
- Katherine Pierce from The Vampire Diaries fulfils this to Stefan in 1860s.
- Long-running soap opera Coronation Street gives us the relationship between hapless gentle nice guy Tyrone Dobbs, and the megabitch from Hell Kirsty. Even deep into pregnancy she routinely beat him up (Kirsty is an ex-policewoman so it can be taken as read she knows how to deliver a deniable beating to a suspect). She has smashed up his mementos of his loved foster-parents, forced him out of a job he loves, has repeatedly smashed a big heavy door into his head, and goes psycho at any perceived or imagined infidelity.here, the ex-policewoman refreshes her delivering-a-beating-to-a-suspect-with-a-truncheon skills. In the eyes of the world, however, she is the perfect wife and mother...
- Drow society in Dungeons & Dragons runs on this trope. The race is comprised completely of sadists, but women rule. Women of noble houses have the right to take any man they want — consent doesn't enter into the equation. Men can be put to death for refusing advances.
- Both the Valsharess and Evil Aribeth have shades of this in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark.
- Vice in The King of Fighters.
- Juri Han from Street Fighter IV. Sexy, fearless, powerful, Ax-Crazy, ambitious, smart, and very domineering towards people of both genders. One of her ultras even has her briefly stopping the brutal Curb-Stomp Battle she's giving to her victim, to sensually caress his/her face (while upside down), before finishing them off.
- Iris Heart in Hyperdimension Neptunia. Let's just say she loooooooves abusing enemies a bit too much. And let's not get started on her being clingy on her own allies.
- Actually, let's. In her first scene, Iris Heart gets a protracted Establishing Character Moment when she put her own allies through an extended S&M begging routine (not even a case of Does This Remind You of Anything?, that's exactly what it is) before handing over the artifacts that will save everyone's lives.
- Jack is one of the romance options in Mass Effect 2, and completely different to any other in the series, if not any BioWare game. Unlike Ash, Liara, Tali, Kelly or any way you can play Fem!Shep, Jack is a Jerkass, especially if you're male (and thus eligible to romance her.) A casual sex scene is available early on, and going for it will stop the romance cold and eliminate any further character development. Try and show that you're caring and she becomes even more of a bitch in an effort to drive you away. She has an excuse for her bad attitude - torturous lab experimentation from when she was an infant, including conditioning to find violence pleasurable, and frequent sexual assaults, betrayals and imprisonment - but the player could be forgiven in assuming that she needs a counsellor rather than a romantic relationship.
- Zaboo's girlfriend in season three of The Guild.
- Whateley Universe: Envy's mother, the supervillainess Strega, who has a specialty in mind control and love charm magics. The hot blonde in the kitchen in "Envy and the Gilded Cage"? An FBI field agent captured by Strega, mind-controlled, raped, and turned into The Mole.
- PeeJee and Aubrey in Something Positive used to put their friends in hospital on a regular basis and sought out random strangers to assault when they got bored of that. Usually, they preferred to attack men, but they had no qualms against violence towards their fellow women. Both seem to have settled down somewhat recently, though. Rarely in the comic do men harm women, and usually, they got called out for it, but, admittedly, Davan did beat the two up with his cat once. Kim outdid them all, though, when she raped an unconscious Davan. He seemed remarkably calm about this, but then Davan remains astonishingly detached in a lot of situations.
- Vriska. Her method of seducing Tavros involves paralyzing him, making fun of his disabilities and building his house so that it is physically impossible for him to navigate, and then uses Mind Control to force him to love her. And after all that she murders him simply for having the guts to stand up to her.
- Snowman/The Black Queen (both versions), particularly in her interactions with Jack Noir/Spades Slick. Very often, she abuses him in various ways, including putting a cigarette holder in his eye, removing an arm with a whip, forcing him into various costumes in the kids' section, and having a particularly violent "hate snog" with him. It's even flat-out said that they have a blackrom thing going.
- Marquise Spinneret Mindfang has Non-Mammal Mammaries and is a psychopathic, murderous pirate queen whose Establishing Character Moment is using mind control to have sex with a female slave in front of her rival. She's been humbled quite sharply by the time she meets her actual destined paramour, however.
- This perfectly sums up Callie on Ugly Americans. Her relationship with the show's main character, Mark, basically involves breaking into his bedroom whenever she's in the mood to jump his bones and/or brutally torture him. In the first episode, she writes "See you in Hell" on his bedroom wall in his blood, and the wall is still stained whenever his room is seen in later episodes. Mark puts up with it because she's hot and it's sex. Of course, she's a succubus and literally from Hell, so it's possible she doesn't know how to be gentle. She's been working on not being like that.