Child by Rape

A subtrope of Rape as Backstory reliant on the Inverse Fertility Law. Namely, a character is conceived through rape. Common in Fanfic, particularly among Mary Sue characters. In fiction, children conceived by rape are sometimes considered to be "tainted", especially in horror movies where they often grow up to be either deformed Bastard Bastard killers or straight up monsters. However, equally common for a fictional serial killer in the horror genre is, if they are conceived via rape, for their conception to be used as a Freudian Excuse, as if either their upbringing or the idea that the rapist somehow managed to inject evil into their DNA lead the serial killer character to murder.

Considering that Marital Rape License was pretty much Truth in Television in all patriarchal countries at some point in history, there is plenty of proof that a child by rape usually won't turn out more evil than any other child, but writers don't let that get in the way of their horror movie plot.

If the child in question is a Heroic Bastard, then expect them to fear or angst about the possibility of being tainted by their parent's crimes. Especially if the victim mistreats or refuses to love their child on the basis that That Thing Is Not My Child!. Some such children go on to avenge themselves and their victimized parent upon the perpetrator.

May be caused by Rape, Pillage, and Burn if a civilian is unfortunate enough to fall into enemy hands. A particularly ugly possible origin for a Half-Human Hybrid or Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid, especially if one parent's race is Always Chaotic Evil, which is typically a case of Human Mom Non Human Dad as well. Such children will often be subject to Half-Breed Discrimination, especially if most conceptions of this type result from rape. Some settings where this is a common occurrence will offer a Stereotype Flip: a character whose race is usually conceived in this manner is instead born to willing, loving parents who just happen to be an Odd Couple.

A variation is Medical Rape and Impregnate, wherein a woman is made pregnant through non-sexual means without her consent.

This trope itself is Truth in Television, and not just in humans. Scientists have found that in many species, males who cannot attract a willing mate will ambush a female as a last resort. Some species have a depressingly large number of males commit rape as their first resort, usually leading to an evolutionary "arms race" between males and females. Ducks are a classic example of this; if you were wondering why male mallards have such enormous cloacasnote , it's because female ducks have evolved long, branching cloacas with at least one dead end specifically in order to make forced copulation difficult and unlikely to result in conception. Some biologists have even claimed rape is an evolutionary adaption, though this view isn't accepted by most, and it remains a very controversial idea. In addition, some studies [1] suggest that, statistically, rape may have a higher probability to result in pregnancy than consensual intercourse, although why this may be remains unknown.


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  • In the Alternate History Edo Japan of Ooku: the Inner Chambers, Shogun Iemitsu raped a passing commoner girl one night just to prove he could bed a woman if he wanted to. Since his other bed partners were all teenage boys, when he died of the Red-Faced Pox a decade later, his illegitimate daughter became the only hope for keeping the Tokugawa direct line in power and avoiding a Succession Crisis civil war that would drive the country to collapse. Iemitsu's death was hidden and his daughter secretly imprisoned in Edo Castle to produce a male heir. In a second instance of this trope, she was raped and impregnated by a castle guard. Her daughter died in infancy.
  • In Blood+ Diva's children since their mother, the Big Bad, rapes and then murders their "father" Riku, Kai and Saya's little brother.
  • Vampire Hunter D is the result of a cruel game Dracula played with a mortal woman: he would rape her, impregnate her, and kill the resulting child, promising she could keep the next one. After multiple cycles of this, Dracula kept that promise, and D was born. Knowing this it's not surprising that D grew up and dedicated his life to killing vampires.
  • In the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist, Ed and Al's friend Rosé has a child by the second time they meet her. It's never stated outright, but it is very heavily implied that she was raped by at least two Amestrian soldiers.
  • Implied in regards to Yoshino and Kariya in a Bleach filler arc. She's the only Bount who can actually reproduce, according to him... and then he uses her to create new Dolls without her consent and kills her immediately afterwards.
  • In Elfen Lied, the ultimate plan of the Big Bad Chief Kakuzawa is unveiled when he introduces Lucy to her own half-brother, a Male Diclonius, Primary like herself, the result of his rape of Lucy's mother, taken captive after Lucy herself was. He wishes them to mate. Lucy's reaction is not at all surprising.
  • Hinako in Bitter Virgin has two from her step father. The first one was a still born, the second was given into adoption and taken away from her before she could see him.
  • Berserk:
    • Rosine, the Big Bad of the Lost Children Arc, is heavily implied to be the result of her mother's rape when her village was raided. This has stemmed a buttload of emotional and physical abuse coming from her father, making her a much more sympathetic villain.
    • In a zigzagged variant, Guts and Casca's child became what it is due to Femto having contaminated it with his demonic seed when he raped her during the Eclipse.
  • In Baki the Grappler, Yujiro Hanma rapes Jane, after revealing that he knew about her hidden agenda all along, resulting in Jack Xamma.
  • Words Worth: All evidence strongly suggests that Maria's daughter, Miyu, was the result of having been raped by Astral 20 years prior. Miyu's age of 18 places her around the time she would have been conceived, plus, Maria is unwed and isn't said to have been with anyone else since the incident with Astral. Further, he and Maria are believed to be the biological offspring of Pollux and his wife, also named Maria. Meaning, Maria was raped by her biological brothernote  and gave birth to their daughter/niece.
  • From The Lunacy Of Duke Venomania in the Evillious Chronicles, the titular Duke impregnates several women while he's enchanted them to believe they're madly in love with him. The result is a lot of his descendants being treated like crap for his crimes for centuries. In the same franchise, a king named Arth is magically induced to have an affair with the arc's Big Bad Prim Marlon, conceiving a little girl whose existence he never even knows about.

    Comic Book 
  • Nightmare killed Betty Ross and Bruce's unborn baby. He also raped her in her sleep to magically conceive the entity "Daydream", who is Betty's daughter that she never met.
  • Raven from Teen Titans, with the specifics depending on the version. The very first origin (written before Marv Wolfman and George Perez got their act together), Trigon took Arella, her mother, as his bride while using a human guise and didn't reveal himself until much later, making her a child of rape by fraud since Arella never would have agreed had she known what he really was. The second origin, which is generally considered to be the canon (by this point, Wolfman and Perez had long settled down in their thing), Trigon brutally raped Arella. In the latest origin (written by Geoff Johns), it used the fraud explanation, but still counts as this trope.
  • Wallflower from the New Mutants was conceived when her father used his pheromone powers (which Laurie would inherit) to seduce her mother.
    • Purple Man fell for a girl and used his powers to seduce and marry her. Purple Girl was their daughter.
  • In The Sandman, Rose Walker's mother was conceived when Desire raped her comatose mother, Unity Kincaid. This wasn't because of any sexual interest in Unity, but simply because Desire needed to have a child with her for The Plan it was trying to pull against its brother Dream. Unity remained in her coma throughout the duration of the pregnancy and birth, and for a long time afterward thought she had dreamed the entire thing.
  • In Green Arrow the villain Shado raped Oliver Queen after she shot him with an arrow and while he was delirious with fever from a medication, and reveals later that she had a son, Robert, as the result of the rape. Robert seems to be perfectly normal and not know the circumstances of his birth.
  • Batman and Talia's son, Damian Wayne, was originally explained as having been conceived when Bruce was drugged, in order to be the male heir that her father Ra's al-Ghul always wanted. There was some backlash about this, since it seemed unnecessary — while she eventually became Daddy's Little Villain, Talia used to be conflicted and had a legitimate romance with Bruce. Since the 2011 reboot, it seems to have been Ret Conned into a consensual relationship.
  • Subverted in Watchmen. After the photo shoot for the 1940s Minutemen, The Comedian attempts to rape Silk Spectre before being interrupted by Hooded Justice. They later have a consensual relationship resulting in a daughter, Laurie (aka Silk Spectre II).
  • Something similar to the Green Arrow example happens to Jack Knight when he is drugged and repeatedly raped by his enemy, The Mist, with her intention being to raise the resulting child to hate and ultimately kill Jack. Fortunately, by the last issue, it ends MUCH happier for both father and son.
  • Tom Strong was raped by Ingrid Weiss and fathered a son, Albrecht, whom she raised to be a Nazi like herself. Tom only learned all of this when Ingrid showed up with their fully indoctrinated Nazi son. It's also implied that an alien queen seduced him in the past using pheromones, meaning the present-day queen is his daughter since Tom and the present-day queen have the same hair color.
  • The title character of Nikolai Dante was conceived when Katarina was raped by Dmitri Romanov, and she almost killed him soon after birth. This rape is about the only thing that ever managed to really harm Katarina.
  • The comic Smax reveals that Jeff Smax and his twin sister Rexa were conceived when their warrior mother was raped by an ogre. A very large ogre, making this a very dark example of Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action. It was mentioned that she was unusually strong, to the point that she survived the rape, and then the pregnancy, and possibly could even have survived the birth if they had not been twins.
  • In Avatar the Last Airbender: The Search, Ursa was coerced into marrying Ozai through death threats against her lover and her entire family. The couple went on to have Zuko and Azula, who are G-rated versions of this trope since the rape is left implied by context.
  • This is how Proteus was conceived in Uncanny X-Men.
  • Lyrl Dox was conceived when Stealth raped and murdered her L.E.G.I.O.N. team mate/employer Vril.
  • In Lucifer, Jill Presto is raped and impregnated with twins by the Basanos, and is also made completely invulnerable until the pregnancy reaches term. Nevertheless, she manages to get one of them, Eikon, to die while still technically unborn. The surviving twin, Noema, later intends to cause Jill's death during childbirth, but Jill gets help and manages to communicate with Noema before the birth, the two eventually reaching a deal.
  • In Gold Digger, the hybrid dragon D'bra was conceived when the Iron Dragon Dreadwing raped his former childhood friend and first love Platinum Dragon T'mat in a successful attempt to destroy any love she still had for him.
  • Albino, his brother and his sister were conceived after their mother was gang-raped by space pirates in Alejandro Jodorowski's The Technopriests.

    Fan Fic 
  • Bai Mao, main character in The Warrior Of Love, is conceived this way.
  • Also happens in another Percy Jackson and the Olympians fanfiction called Happy Endings Only Happen In Fairytales.
  • In Another Brother, an Avatar: The Last Airbender For Want of a Nail fic, Zuko is nearly killed by Northern Tribe Waterbenders who mistake him for a Fire Nation soldier. Sokka tells them that Zuko is their half brother conceived during a Fire Nation raid. This works, but Zuko is really pissed at Sokka for it.
  • Evan Lee Tennyson is Gwen's Child by Rape in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Fan Fic Vindictive Hand Of Vengeance.
  • The Pony POV Series has an interesting spin on this. Fluttercruel, a separate entity now sharing Fluttershy's body, was born from Discord's Mind Rape of Fluttershy. While it wasn't physical rape, Discord's Mind Rape is treated with a somewhat sexual context in the story, so Fluttercruel comes off as this. Though she doesn't seem to have any problem with it, nor does Fluttershy, who considers Fluttercruel her daughter.
    • Same goes for Dark World!Fluttercruel, who, due to who she is, is actually happy she was conceived this way, as it means Discord didn't fall in love with anyone. It's finally played dead straight when Rarity and the others learn of Fluttercruel's existence. Rarity's reaction is understandable.
  • There is, apparently, a Simpsons Crack Fic out there that states that Maggie was conceived when Bart raped Lisa.
  • Laneen in the non-ectoclone Homestuck AU Hivefled may have been the child of Her Imperious Condescension and the unwilling Psiioniic. A confirmed example from the main troll gang is Karkat, who's the result of The Grand Highblood and the troll Empress raping The Signless.
  • The infamous Shinra High SOLDIER by Sephirothslave has Jenova taking control of Sephiroth's body and raping his fiancee Julia during the Wutai war. This resulted in the birth of a baby boy, Orion.
  • Joseph Regent, the protagonist of Son Of The Warp, is this, given that his mother was legally insane when she was impregnated by Tzeentch. Of course, Tzeentch is an Eldritch Abomination, and Joseph is too busy being terrified of his father to apply any sort of morality to him.
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality: Likely the case with Bellatrix Black's son Lesath Lestrange, as Voldemort "gave" her to the Lestrange brothers.
  • In one classic The Mighty Thor work, Loki manipulates a teenage girl with apparent mutant powers by convincing her that she was in fact sired by Thor during a rape. It turns out that he was telling the truth, but never let on that Thor was the one being raped (by the telepath Moondragon, who gave birth during her subsequent imprisonment in Asgard).
  • In the Card Captor Sakura Continuation Fic Shadow of the Dragon, Satome, the resident school bully at Sakura and Syaoran's school, is revealed to be one in chapter 10. His mother only sees him as a reminder of the event and thus constantly abuses him.
  • In the One Piece Alternate Universe Fic One Piece: Final Holy War, Luffy is the son of Saint Cassandra and Monkey D. Dragon, the Big Bad of the fic. This was not on a whim nor was it for carnal pleasure; Dragon did this in order to conceive a child who had the blood right to inherit the leadership of the world from both empires that had the right to claim it: the World Government and the Ancient Kingdom of the Void Century. He would then use that child as a puppet ruler so that the world may be claimed by the Ds once more.
  • In the original version of the Pretty Cure fan fic, Twilight Pretty Cure, Marina Asagi was born from her mother being raped by a notorious criminal. Thankfully, her mother went to great lengths to raise her all by herself and loves her very much. However, Marina does get bullied at school because her classmates assume that because she's the daughter of a criminal, she'll grow up to be just like him no matter what, and they don't listen even as Marina tries to convince them otherwise. After reader complaints, Marina's backstory was altered so that her father was a corrupt politician instead, to take out the Rape as Backstory element but to leave in the idea that people would bully her because her father was a criminal.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic Prison Island Break, in a variation of the normal origin angst, Silver The Hedgehog doesn't find out he is this until almost halfway through the story, and after a while he simply accepts it.
    Silver The Hedgehog: All my life I've wanted to know the truth. And it hurts. But I kind of expected it to.
  • Bad Future Crusaders has a very dark interpretation of Hearts And Hooves Day where Merrilay was conceived while Big McIntosh and Cheerilee were under the effects of the love poison. Knowing this has convinced her that emotions are "phony", turning her into a psychotic Straw Nihilist.
  • The Next Generation has this as the backstory of its main character, Yumeko Asagiri.
  • Late in Meg's Boyfriend, Jillian comments that Zack was conceived through rape, and it is mentioned by his mother as well. Subverted in the sequel, where it's revealed that Zack was conceived through a one-night stand between Valerie and Lucifer, and that Valerie made up the rape story because she didn't want her husband to learn she had knowingly cheated on him.
  • In The Monstrous Company of Thorin Oakenshield dwarves have a culture with Marital Rape License, so all dwarf protagonists are likely to be conceived in rape. However, they are too busy escaping this rape culture to angst about the circumstances of their conception, and Thorin loves Fíli and Kíli dearly even though their father is known to be a rapist, and not just the usual kind.
  • This happens in Concerning a Drifter, when we find out that, not only was she kidnapped and held against her will, but Ryuuko was also raped, resulting in four pregnancies and three miscarriages. No one was really sure if she had given birth or not but, through via a letter written to Satsuki, she reveals that she did give birth to a girl, however, while she doesn't remember too much, she states that her captors didn't let her keep her.
  • Kiryuuin Chronicles implies this with Ragyo and her two younger daughters, Ryuuko and Nui, considering that her husband was abusive and would, outside of those two pregnancies, cause her miscarriages. Regardless, she loved her children enough to entrust them to Rei as means of protecting them from the abuse.

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger's mother was a nun, raped by a hundred inmates of an insane asylum. This gave him the nickname "Bastard son of 100 maniacs".
  • The deformed killer in Humongous is a result of his mother being raped during a Labor Day cocktail party. Since she killed her rapist right afterwards, she came to see the child as a curse inflicted on her.
  • A girl is raped by Bigfoot in Night of the Demon (1980) and later gives birth to its offspring.
  • A plot point in Phenomena; an offhand mention of a nurse being attacked by a mental patient in the past resulted in the film's deformed killer.
  • The mutants in The Hills Have Eyes 2 are out to catch women for this very purpose.
  • In Johnny Belinda, Belinda is raped by a neighbor. She seems pretty happy to be pregnant with Johnny, though, and she goes full Mama Bear when her rapist tries to take the baby from her.
  • The hero in Grave Of The Vampire is an example.
  • In Dagon, everyone is a child of Dagon, whether the mother wants it or not.
  • In The Prey, the Final Girl is captured by the killer and the film ends with her giving birth to his child.
  • The title character of the Rika series is half-American, half-Japanese; her mother was raped by soldiers on leave from the Korean War.
  • Two of the cast of House of the Wolf Man come to the realization that every invited member in the house is related to each other, as their mothers were all raped by the same assailant in the past, with them as the result. Except for the Chapel twins, who were adopted.
  • In Cherry Falls, where the killer reveals he was born from the Sheriff and his friends drunkenly raping Loralee Sherman several years ago.
  • Katherine from the film Chinatown, who is revealed to be the sister and the daughter of Mrs. Mulwray. Noah Cross, their father, takes on the status of a true monster immediately following this reveal.
  • Clash of the Titans has Perseus being conceived by a Bed Trick as punishment to King Acrisius for daring to challenge the gods. Zeus disguises himself as King Acrisius and sleeps with his queen, who gives birth almost immediately. Acrisius still has it in for Perseus, even though it wasn't his fault.
  • Room has 5 year old Jack. His mother was abducted seven years ago and Jack is the product of her being raped regularly by her abductor "Old Nick". When Jack and his mother eventually escape from captivity and are reintegrated into society, it leads Jack's grandfather to reject him as he can't forget that Jack was conceived by rape.
  • American Me: It eventually is revealed that main character Santana was conceived when his mother was raped by a sailor during the 1943 Zoot Suit Riots, in which US sailors on leave clashed with Hispanic residents of Los Angeles.
  • Rob Roy: Quite possibly the case with Mary's baby, although she can't say for sure whether Rob or her rapist is the father.
  • In Monty Python's Life of Brian, Brian was born because his mother was raped (at first) by a Roman centurion named Naughtius Maximus.
  • In Splice, Dren, after changing gender from female to male, rapes her/his adoptive mother, Elsa, resulting in pregnancy.
  • In the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club, An-Mei's half-brother is a product of this.
  • Nell: It's revealed through old newspaper clippings that Nell and her sister are the result of their mother's rape.
  • The Violent Years ends with the main character giving birth to a child fathered by a man she raped at gunpoint.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road: The Splendid Angharad is pregnant with a child by rape. She was part of a harem kept by the villain. Another wife, The Dag, reveals midway through the film that she is also pregnant, though significantly earlier along.
  • Immortals: In this version of the story, Theseus wasn't Aegues' (or Poseidon's) son. Rather, he was conceived from his mother's rape by several men in her village (of course, even the original version is kind of sketchy that way).
  • Bloodrayne: According to Rayne, she was conceived by the vampire lord Kagan raping her human mother.
  • Byzantium: Eleanor, whose mother was a sex slave.
  • In A Most Wanted Man, it turns out that Isa Karpov is the result of this. His Russian father raped his mother, a fifteen-year-old Chechen girl, who died in childbirth. All this more than explains why he hates his father and identifies only as Chechen, along with being a devout Muslim (the Chechens' religion) who fought the Russians for Chechnya's independence.
  • Precious is a teenager who has had two pregnancies by her currently-deceased father. He gave her HIV, which ends up killing her in the book's sequel.

  • Inverted in The Ghost Writer. The protagonist Gerard Freeman is conceived when his mother, Phyllis Hatherley, screwed / raped Hugh Montfort, the fiance of her sister, Anne. However, it's quite ambiguous whether it's consensual or not. What's known is that Phyllis aggressively seduced Hugh, leading to their affair and Gerard's conception. And when Anne discovered this, Phyllis was naked and "on his top, riding on him".
  • In Dragonlance, Tanis Half-Elven's elven mother was raped by a human and gave birth to Tanis, who was raised by his mother's people. Both the circumstances of his conception and his biracial status make Tanis uncomfortable. For bonus angst points, he's told that his mother clung to life in the hope that her unborn baby was sired by her dead husband, and upon giving birth and discovering otherwise...
  • In A Brother's Price, the younger sisters of Balin Brindle are rumored to be actually fathered by him, on his own mothers, as his father is old and frail. The protagonists seem to think this consensual, but there is some Fridge Horror involved if you don't believe that All Men Are Perverts.
    • Averted with Trini, who was raped by her own husband, but didn't get pregnant. The rapist doesn't seem to have fathered any other children, either, except for an incestuous child with his sister/biological cousin. Having children is also the main reason why women commit rape in this universe — men are so rare that the only three options to conceive a child are a husband (to be shared by all sisters in a family), a male prostitute, or rape. The above-mentioned male rapist, on the other hand, was just a sadist, as he had more than ten wives who were smitten with him.
  • In the first part of Stephen R. Donaldson's The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the titular character rapes and impregnates one of the first people he meets in the Land, then later has to deal with his child as an adult because of the time difference between the Earth and the Land.
  • In Deep Love, after Reina is raped, she gets pregnant and has a child whom she names Ayu.
  • In Le Morte d'Arthur, Sir Tor is the child of the rape of a cowherd's wife by a knight.
    • Arthur could be considered this as well, since he was conceived under false pretenses; his father (Uther) magically disguised himself as his mother's real husband (Gorlois), who was being killed by Uther's men at the time, the sorcerous equivalent of a Bed Trick. Ygraine does marry Uther, and according to all sources that comment they were very happy, but she sure wasn't pleased when she worked out what had just happened.
    • For that matter, Sir Galahad is usually said to have been conceived when Lancelot had been enchanted into believing that Elaine was actually Guenievere, whom he was in love with. The "tainted" aspect sure doesn't apply, since he turns out to be Incorruptible Pure Pureness and the one knight worthy of gaining the Holy Grail.
    • In stories where Mordred is Arthur's inbred, illegitimate son rather than his nephew, he is conceived when either Morgan or Morgause magically disguises herself as Guinevere and sleeps with Arthur. In Le Morte D'Arthur, there is no rape or even deception; Morgause and Arthur sleep with each other willingly, knowing that it's adultery (Morgause is married) but not knowing that it's incest. The Mists of Avalon portrays the scenario as the two of them reacting like they'd both been effectively raped by Viviane, who set up the encounter as part of a religious ritual where they were both disguised and didn't bother to tell the two of them who their partner actually was until afterwards, and she seems nonplussed when they freak out about it.
  • Sir Apropos of Nothing, whose lame leg is a clue to figuring out who raped his mother.
  • In The King's Peace by Jo Walton, the protagonist falls victim to the first part of a Rape, Pillage, and Burn raid, resulting in a son with an important Destiny (it is explicitly acknowledged that the god responsible for this destiny is not very nice, and enjoys messing with people).
  • Author V. C. Andrews tends to use this trope a lot, and often as backstory.
    • Corrine in the Dollanganger Series was the result of Malcolm Foxworth raping his young stepmother Alicia.
    • The storyline of The Casteel Series is set off when Leigh is raped by her stepfather and gives birth to the heroine Heaven.
  • In the Night Huntress series, Cat's mother Justina was raped by a vampire, resulting in Cat's conception. Avenging her mother's rape and atoning for her own existence is Cat's primary motivation for killing all vampires in the first book. Later, we learn that Cat's father mind raped Justina only after the physical seduction had been completed, violating her mind and causing her to believe she'd had sex with a demon, hence she claimed to have been raped. Your mileage may vary on whether that's better or worse.
  • In the Harry Potter series, Voldemort was conceived this way. Voldemort's mother, Merope, forced a guy she was infatuated with to marry her using a Love Potion. He abandoned her and their unborn child as soon as she stopped drugging him, leaving Merope to Death by Despair and Tom to a joyless upbringing in an orphanage. Word of God states that had Merope survived to raise Tom with love, he would have turned out much differently.
  • In Christopher Moore's Fool, Pocket was assumed to be the child of a nearby town's resident crazy lady, who claimed he was a prince before dropping him off at a convent and drowning herself. A witch later grants Pocket the ability to see what really happened: Nine months before he was born, King Lear essentially forced his own brother to rape Pocket's mother.
  • A couple times in the Sword of Truth series:
    • First we learn of Richard, whose father turns out to have been the Big Bad.
    • The next book has Du Chaillu, who was kept as a slave and raped repeatedly, and has become pregnant. Richard convinces her not to abort the child.
    • Usually the case with Confessors, as the nature of their power means they try to avoid falling in love and having sex with men they love, as they can't avoid Confessing them in the throes of passion, essentially turning them into brainwashed slaves. As such, they usually confess "bad" men and use them to father and protect their children. However, as in the case of Kahlen and Dennee Amnell, their mother died when they were little, which caused their father to die of despair as well.
  • This is Saavik's backstory in the novelization of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; she's one of several children produced by Romulans raping captured Vulcans. She mentions that she doesn't even know if the rapist was her mother or her father.
    • This is also a backstory of Soleta, a character prominent in Star Trek novels. Her story is particularly tragic: her mother desperately wanted a child with her husband, but all of her pregnancies ended prematurely. Then she was raped by a rogue Romulan, became pregnant, and decided to have the child (as a gift of fate). And indeed, Soleta was the only child she managed to give birth to.
  • Clovis Holstein in the Warrior Trilogy of BattleTech novels learned early on in his life that he was the Child by Rape of Duke Aldo Le Strade. When Le Strade's actions lead directly to the near-annihilation of his entire town, Clovis demands of his allies that no one but he kills Le Strade.
  • Starling from the Farseer trilogy was raped by an Outislander invader, but aborted the child, which unfortunately left her infertile.
  • Tillu from Megan Lindholm's The Reindeer People was captured and abused by four men, after which she gave birth to Kerlew.
  • Fern from The Stone Dance of the Chameleon.
  • Need by Carrie Jones has a character outright using this phrase, though whether it's "really" rape is a matter of a brief debate. The woman consented...because she was under heavy threats to herself and her family. And then the disaster that this was supposed to avoid happened anyway. The child is Zara herself.
  • At least some of the half-human half-fae characters in The Dresden Files are the children of rape. One of them was the product of a human woman raped by a troll. In one short story, we're introduced to a Grendelkin, who can only reproduce this way, with the offspring clawing its way out of the poor "mother".
  • Elena Bothari-Jesek from the Vorkosigan Saga only learned she was the product of a rape when she finally met her mother... who promptly shot her father. A very rare case where the perpetrator is actually a sympathetic character, who carried out the rape whilst his anti-psychotic medication was being forcibly withheld by a third party and was wracked with guilt when he was lucid again.
  • The title character of Stephen King's Carrie may have been the result of marital rape, as revealed by her religious fanatic mother Margaret directly before her attempt to kill her. Carrie's mother and father, being extremely, puritanically religious, strongly disliked and were repulsed by sex; however Margaret implies that they couldn't resist no matter what and that her father raped her one night when he was drunk, which made Margaret even more ashamed when she enjoyed it. Margaret then thought that she had "a cancer of the womanly parts" until a doctor told her she was pregnant.
  • Bruce Robertson, the brutal misanthropic policeman in the Irvine Welsh novel Filth (1998), is revealed to have been conceived after his mother is raped by "The Beast".
  • Quite common in the Malazan Book of the Fallen as rape can double as a form of greeting in some cultures. One child, after being told he was a child of rape, at first misunderstood this to mean that was his father's name. Perhaps the most disturbing of such cases are the Children of the Dead Seed in the third book, Memories of Ice. The mothers were willing, the fathers were already dead...
  • In Phenomena , Sha-ra's child was born out of a case of Date Rape. Apparently, this was one of those times in fiction when a woman raping a man isn't displayed as a humorous situation.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has several examples of this.
    • Ramsay Bolton is an interesting examination of the trope, since it's pretty clear that the reason Ramsay is so awful has less to do with being conceived in a "tainted" situation and more to do with being related to/raised by someone horrible enough to go around raping people in the first place.
    • Also, Daenerys Stormborn is probably this. According to Jaime Lannister's recollections, her parents' sex life had devolved to the point that it only happened when her insane father got horny after a burning and violently abused the Marital Rape License.
    • Lollys Stokeworth's son was conceived when she was gang-raped during the Riot of Kings' Landing and her husband, Bronn, decides to name the child after his boss, Tyrion (whether or not this was intended as a slight to Tyrion is left ambiguous, though Bronn apparently wanted to name the child Tywin after Tyrion's father until Cersei vetoed it with extreme prejudice).
    • Gilly's son is almost definitely this, considering the father is also her father.
    • Had it not been aborted, Lysa Arryn and Petyr Baelish's child might have been this, since it was the result of Lysa taking advantage of Petyr being passed out drunk and later bedridden with fever to sleep with him while he thought she was someone else. "Might" because it is unclear whether she was intentionally impersonating the woman he actually loved. She appears to believe it was consensual, although she is more than a bit unhinged so that by itself doesn't prove much.
    • Franklyn Flowers claims his mother was a washerwoman who was raped by one of Lord Fossoway's sons. As a result, Franklyn hates The Fossoways.
  • In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie was conceived when her mother was raped by her schoolteacher. The mother arguably counted as an example herself, her father apparently being the plantation owner who used to own Nanny.
  • Ushahin Dreamspinner from The Sundering is the result of the rape of an Ellyl woman by a human man. He is eventually rejected by both peoples and beaten to within an inch of his life, after which he is adopted by the leader of the wolf-like Were.
  • Wicked:
    • In Son Of A Witch by Gregory Maguire, Liir, the protagonist is raped by a young Quadling girl when he is comatose. Their daughter Rain is a child by rape. At the end of the book the mother abandons their green-skinned daughter for Liir to find.
    • And in Wicked, the first book of the Wicked Years series, it's strongly implied (confirmed via the family tree in the third book) that Elphaba herself was this. She was conceived after the Wizard had her mother, Melena, drink the Miracle Elixir, and then had sex with her while she was unconscious.
  • Tsotha-lanti from Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "The Scarlet Citadel" is said to have been conceived when a dancing girl of Shadizar slept too near the pre-human ruins of Dagoth Hill and woke in the grip of a demon.
  • Queen Yrsa, mother of the title hero of The Saga of Hrolf Kraki, was conceived when her mother Queen Olof of Saxony was raped by King Helgi of Denmark.
  • In Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult, Charlotte's lawyer, Marin, is adopted and finds out that her birth mother gave her up because she was a child by rape. Marin's birth mother refuses to talk to her because she reminds her of the rape.
    • In Salem Falls by the same author, Addie's deceased daughter Chloe is revealed to be the result of a gang rape.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Gothon captured Kalak's mom and raped her before she escaped. Kalak himself is more shocked and outraged that his mother didn't abort him (as is the Leondian custom) than discovering that he's this trope.
  • Tantufi from the Dreamblood Duology is the result of a father molesting his daughter. She's kept hidden in the basement from people outside the family.
  • This drives the entire plot of Francine Rivers’ novel The Atonement Child.
  • At the end of Last Snow by Eric Van Lustbader, Annika learns that she was conceived when her mother was raped by the man who had just killed her husband. She responds by putting a bullet in the head of her "father", especially since said father had tracked her down and kidnapped her as a child, and had tried to start a sexual relationship with her when she was only 5 years old, knowing full well who she was.
  • The Alienist: The killer was the result of marital rape.
  • Corie in Summers at Castle Auburn. Though in an interesting reversal, her mother raped her father.
  • Major characters in several Dean Koontz books fit this trope, most commonly being the result of incestuous rape, such as in Whispers, Life Expectancy, The Bad Place, and What the Night Knows.
  • In Villains by Necessity, it turns out that Sam is one, via Mizzamir.
  • Máel Dúin, hero of the medieval Irish romance The Voyage of Máel Dúin, owes his existence to his father Ailill Ochair Aghra raping a young prioress during a raiding expedition.
  • In Disgrace, Lucy Lurie conceives a child after being viciously gang-raped.
  • In Fort Hope, Emma is most likely one of these. Towards the end of the book, she ends up (briefly) meeting TJ, her biological father.
  • Memer, the protagonist of Voices, was one of many children born when the Alds sacked Ansul and raped any woman they found. They have lighter skin and the Alds' characteristic blond, fuzzy hair to mark them out, and they're derisively known as "siege brats".
  • As they fight each other, Le Gérant in Never Dream of Dying tells James Bond that he is the result of his father raping a Berber girl.
  • Dahlia Sin'felle from The Neverwinter Saga (part of The Legend of Drizzt) was raped by the Shadovar battle leader Herzgo Alegni when his band raided her village, and she later gave birth to his child. When he came back to collect his son, she got back at him by throwing the boy from a cliff. The child survived the fall, and grew up to be the sorcerer Effron the Twisted, who wants revenge on her along with his father.
  • ''Tess of the d'Urbervilles contains an example of this. For added drama, the child dies young, and the priest refuses to give it a christening because it is the result of extramarital sex.
  • In the Towers Trilogy, Xhea learns from her grandmother that her mother Nerra became pregnant with her after being raped.
  • Sage Of The Noble Dead: Magiere's mother did not volunteer for Ubad's little project.
  • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld: Sybil, quite possibly, given that her father controlled her mother by magic.
  • In Kane story "Raven's Eyrie" Ionor is abducted and repeatedly raped by outlaw leader Kane. She escapes and gives birth to Klesst, who grows up knowing fully well who she is, since she shares her father's characteristic looks. Ionor hates her daughter because she is a constant reminder of her suffering and shame and is even willing to sacrifice Klesst to the demon lord Tloluvin to get her revenge. In comparison with the mother, the rapist father turns out to be a decent guy.
  • Who Fears Death: Onyesonwu.
  • In the Earth's Children series, this applies to most first generation "children of mixed spirits", the term used for those born of mixed Neanderthal (Clan) and Cro-magnon (Others) parentage. However, Ayla (herself the mother of such a child) speculates that Rydag may be a rare exception since his mother, though initially wary of the members of Lion Camp, did not show the levels of fear which Clan women usually show around the Others.
  • The half-demon Liz from Darkest Powers is rumored to be the product of this but she is uncertain.
  • The Silerian Trilogy: Zarien turns out to be one due to Kiloran's rape of his mother.
  • In Linda Castillo's The Dead Will Tell it turns out that the murderer, Ruth aka Hannah, is probably one of these, since her Amish mother Wanetta Hochstetler was abducted, raped and left for dead after a botched home invasion and robbery that resulted in the deaths of her husband and all but one of her children (though the latter's deaths turn out to have been because of an overturned lantern causing a fire), and after she was found and nursed back to health it was discovered that Wanetta was pregnant, and she never returned home or let her one living child, William, know she was still alive out of shame at what had happened to her and because he had unintentionally left the lantern that caused the fire and his mother held him responsible. Ruth maintains that her father is her mother's murdered husband, but Wanetta at least believed she was actually this trope and verbally abused her. After Wanetta dies Ruth goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the perpetrators and tracks down and murders them, and to accomplish this she goes so far as to marry William with the intent of Gaslighting him for his role in the deaths of his other siblings. It's vaguely implied she succeeds in this by telling him their true relationship which causes him to take his own life. Protagonist Kate finally causes Ruth's unbothered demeanor to crack after being caught by pointing out her resemblance the only rapist she hadn't yet killed, which normally would be a Kick the Dog moment but given everything Ruth has done comes off as Kick the Son of a Bitch instead.
  • Wings of Fire: Winter the IceWing dragon doesn't go into too much detail about it considering its demographic, but Darkstalker's NightWing mother kidnapped his IceWing father and forced him to have him in order to have the NightWings get the IceWings' animus powers. Though it turns out in the Darkstalker special edition that they were actually in love, but the IceWings assumed no prince of their tribe would ever be in love with a NightWing dragon.

    Live-Action Television 
  • Little House on the Prairie: The 1981 episode "Sylvia," where Albert's girlfriend (the 14-year-old title character) is impregnated by a masked rapist (this is contrary to the vicious gossip Mrs. Olesen spreads about the girl, claiming that Albert had gotten her pregnant.) Later, as Caroline is counseling Albert on his declaration of love for Sylvia, she asks him what she might be thinking about becoming a mother and what she'll think about the child she is now forced to bear. The episode ends tragically, with Sylvia losing the baby in her final confrontation with the rapist; she suffers a critical injury after falling from a rickety ladder while trying to escape, causing her to miscarry, and she dies shortly afterward.
  • Detective Olivia Benson in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was conceived by rape. There was a moment when it seemed like it was not the case, but then it was made clear that her father raped her mother and her mother was not lying about it.
    • A more villainous example is Darius Parker, whose mother (Fin's ex-wife) was raped by her father. While he may not have known at the time, the fact that this is the reason why his mother hated him so much that it's implied that she threatened him could explain what he became. Darius refused to believe her.
    • Also, a good few cases deal with children conceived by rape.
    • One memorable episode featured a guy conceived through rape who started committing crimes similar to his father's. His lawyer used this as evidence for an Insanity Defense, arguing he became a rapist because of some inherited genetic defect.
    • Another episode involved the team trailing a rapist some thirty years after his attacks. When Olivia talks to the daughter of one of the victims, the daughter — who previously had no idea — realizes she was the product of her mother's rape. As she and Olivia continuing talking and the investigation continues, Olivia realizes that the rapist they're tailing has similar patterns to her own mother's rapist, leading her to believe that the woman she's been talking to may be her half-sister. She's not, which disappoints Olivia a little bit.
    • Benson eventually adopts another child who was conceived by rape. Noah Benson's biological mother was raped by the sex trafficker who was holding her hostage at the time.
  • Three examples from EastEnders: the character of Donna Ludlow, who turned out to be the daughter of Kathy Beale, conceived when Kathy was raped at the age of 14; Little Mo Mitchell, who was raped in the Queen Vic, fell pregnant and decided to keep the child; and Zoe Slater, the result of Kat being raped by her uncle as a teenager.
  • Devious Maids: Opal's son Ethan.
  • Scorpius from Farscape. A good deal of his loathing towards the Scarrans stems from what they did to him and his mother.
    • Interestingly, the Scarrans tried to convince him that it was the other way around (i.e. that a Peacekeeper male raped a Scarran female).
  • Liam "Kincaid" (more accurately: Liam Beckett) from Earth: Final Conflict. The Kimera Ha'Gel, Last of His Kind, essentially goes on a spree to try and procreate. His "mates" are not able to withstand the experience. Ha'gel ends up overpowering Ronald Sandoval and Siobhan Beckett (i.e. "mating" with Beckett while possessing Sandoval's body) to produce Liam, the hero of seasons 2-4. Liam becomes increasingly "alienated" from his Kimera side and doesn't seem to acknowledge Ha'Gel any more than he absolutely has to (to the point of considering Sandoval, the show's Magnificent Bastard, to be his "real" father), and gets to tell Ha'Gel off later.
  • A Lifetime Movie of the Week called Sin And Redemption where the main character was raped and became pregnant. Her Holier Than Thou father kicks her out of the house and she moves in with her sister. The woman later marries a man she meets at her job. Turns out he's an abusive Jerk Ass. Worse still, her oldest child's kidneys have failed and needs a transplant. Hubby won't get tested. Why? Turns out he was his wife's rapist and the father of the sick child.
  • A woman in The X-Files episode "Aubrey" was raped by a serial killer, bore his child and put it up for adoption. Her grandchild ended up continuing her grandfather's work, to the letter, apparently due to genetic memory essentially making her become him.
  • In the Criminal Minds episode "Birthright", the team suspect a serial killer's son is carrying on his legacy... only to discover there's also a second son, whose mother was raped by the killer. This avoided the second part of this trope in that the child by rape, while not a stellar human being (he's a bit of a bum), isn't evil because he's known for most of his life that his father was a bad man and loved his mother for caring for him despite it. The child by marriage however...
    • In another episode, this was the unsub's motivation, though he does not succeed (the only victim he impregnates is unwilling to have an abortion, but also unwilling to carry the child, and ultimately commits suicide.)
    • The killer in "Profiling 101" was conceived through his mother's rape, after which she died giving birth to him. The horrible abuse of his cruel grandmother who resented him being born, saying he was conceived in sin and that her daughter's "womb was cursed", then helped lead him into murdering women and cutting out their uteruses.
  • One example in Strong Medicine. A matching donor could not be found for a patient, until the patient's mother informs the clinic staff that the patient's father could be a match. The father was in prison for raping the mother.
  • On All My Children, Erica Kane gave birth to her eldest daughter, Kendall Hart, after she was raped by one of her father's friends, a movie star, on her 14th birthday. Erica and her mother place Erica's baby girl for adoption with the Harts but the Harts keep the adoption a secret from Kendall, who feels displaced growing up. After she learns her lifelong idol, Erica Kane, is actually her natural mother when she finds her adoption papers, a 16-year old Kendall seeks Erica's approval and runs away to Pine Valley to meet her mother with dreams of a mother-daughter reunion. Though Erica first welcomes Kendall into her life as her daughter and she and Kendall work to develop a healthy mother-daughter relationship, much drama ensues on both parts and Kendall, proving she is her mother's daughter, follows in Erica's footsteps and becomes quite the handful as the newest little troublemaker in town. Mother and daughter experience a strained, dysfunctional, and complicated relationship during this time in the series as Kendall, hurt over being given up for adoption, cries, schemes, throws vases, and longs for Erica's approval/attention while acting out against her mother for said attention - really acting out (although Kendall has her good side too). Erica and an apologetic Kendall make peace and Erica forgives her repentant daughter for the crap she's pulled. Sarah Michelle Gellar, the first actress to play Kendall, was called the "second coming of Erica" for her popular role as Kendall but decided to leave the show in 1995 to pursue other projects. Kendall returns in 2002, played by Alicia Minshew, who portrayed Kendall until the show's finale in 2011. Kendall develops a healthier and extremely loving relationship with her mother, Erica, and sister, Bianca. In addition to being the daughter of Erica Kane, this character is also notable for launching Gellar's career, who won a Daytime Emmy for the role in 1995.
  • Chad Harris on Passions. Originally he knew his parents were from the town Harmony and eventually came to believe he was the son of wealthy white businessman Julian Crane and his black lounge singer-turned doctor Eve after he fathered a child with Eve's daughter Whitney. Later he turned out to have not committed incest with Whitney and that he was actually the son of Eve's deranged adopted sister Liz who was raped by Julian's father Alistair. Then we find out he really did have gay incest with Vincent, who turns out to be the actual son of Julian and Eve (thus Chad's half-nephew/cousin and Whitney's half brother. Vincent is also a cross-dressing intersex serial killer (no seriously this is all true) who has violently raped or tricked various of his relatives into sex including his uncle Chad, his sister Fancy and the topper is he becomes pregnant with his father Julian's baby. Yeah.
  • Christian Troy on Nip/Tuck. His mother was raped as a teenager and he was given up for adoption. His adoptive father is a pedophile who repeatedly molests Christian. Later Christian is sexually assaulted by a bisexual serial rapist. When he meets his mother after many years she refuses to see him again because he so closely physically resembles his biological father — her rapist.
  • Home and Away has a few examples, most notably Charlie's daughter Ruby (who was raised as Charlie's sister until she was 16), Ailsa's daughter Shauna (conceived when Ailsa was in prison and was raped by a guard), and Tasha's daughter Ella (from when she was drugged and raped by a member of the cult she'd joined).
  • In Neighbours, Declan Napier and Julie Robinson-Martin were both the result of rape. Izzy invoked this when she told Karl that the child he'd believed was his was really Gus's. He found out she was lying less than a day later.
  • One episode of Maury featured a woman who was convinced that her son was the product of a rape, since she'd been raped by a friend around the same time she'd had sex with her husband, so the child's paternity was in doubt. As such she neglected the child in favor of her other children, and her husband, who was disturbed by how she was acting and decided he'd love his son even if he wasn't the biological father, dragged her in to get a DNA test to settle the matter once and for all. It turns out the boy was her husband's son.
  • American Horror Story: Asylum has John Morgan, also known as John Thredson, the modern-day serial killer known as Bloody Face. Especially disturbing as his father was the original infamous Bloody Face and his mother was a lesbian who became one of his victims. When John discovered his true parentage, he decided to follow in his father's footsteps.
  • Stargate SG-1: Apophis and his queen, Amaunet, decide to create a Harsesis - a human child created by two Goa'uld hosts who naturally contains all the knowledge of the Goa'uld without needing to become a host. This is a crime in Goa'uld society, but Apophis wants a Harsesis host so badly, he and his queen don't care. Neither Apophis's host nor Amaunet's host (Sha're, Daniel's abducted wife) get any say in the matter. For the due date, Amaunet is sent into hiding so other Goa'uld cannot hunt her down, she goes to Sha're's family home, then goes into hibernation, leaving a fully conscious Sha're to have to give birth in secret - with Daniel as the midwife. As soon as the baby is born, Amaunet retakes control of Sha're and leaves - childless - with Apophis. Daniel manages to take the baby away from the Goa'uld, and the child - Shifu - ends up getting a much more beneficial fate than his tragic origins set up.
  • Hell on Wheels: Elam was conceived by his master raping Elam's mother. Another freedman says Elam shouldn't consider their former master his father, and he appears to agree.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine the Cardassian Occupation reportedly resulted in many Cardassian/Bajoran hybrids, most of which weren't voluntary.
  • In Legend of the Seeker, as in its source materials, all children of Confessors are conceived this way, as their mates have lost all free will and do as the Confessor wishes. After coming back to his senses, Kahlan's father forced her sister and her to use their powers for evil, binding their wrists if they refused. The only other living Confessor was locked in a tower all her life by her father out of fear.
  • Angel: According to Word of God, they personally believe that Billy Blim was conceived when a good demon woman was raped by an evil human man.
  • Defiance: Amanda turns out to have been raped in the past, leading to a pregnancy that she terminated.
  • Hostages: Nina Carlisle, whose mother was raped by current president Kincaid. Nina's existence is unknown to him, since her loved ones shielded her from the awful truth, and the danger it might bring.
  • In The Outer Limits (1995) episode "Dark Child", an alien abducts Laura, rapes her, then returns her to Earth, where she gives birth to a daughter, Tammy. Although deeply traumatized by the experience, Laura does her best to raise Tammy. Years later, when Tammy is a teenager, the alien returns and reveals his previous assault on Laura was a ploy to create a powerful Half-Human Hybrid to use as a weapon against humanity. Just like any deadbeat dad, the alien's attempt to get Tammy to join him fails, then mother and daughter team up and kill him.
  • Played with in House of Cards (US). When Claire is confronted in an interview with some old abortion rumors she admits to having terminated a pregnancy, but says that the father was a prominent general who raped her in college. Both the rape and the abortion took place, but with several years in-between.
  • Ray's son Chad from the second season of True Detective appears to be this, as the timing of his birth matches up with when his mother was raped, and he doesn't look anything like Ray. Ray's ex-wife spends much of the season trying to get a paternity test. In the end, it actually turns out that Chad isn't a child of rape and really is Ray's biological son, but Ray dies before finding out.
  • Sela in Star Trek: The Next Generation is the daughter of a Romulan general who captured the USS Enterprise-C and forced an Alternate Timeline version of Tasha Yar to become his mistress in exchange for him sparing the surviving crew's lives. He eventually had Tasha executed after she tried to escape with their daughter Sela. Sela takes after her father.
  • Jessica Jones: Hope became pregnant by Kilgrave, who raped her using his power.
  • Leonela's son in the Mexican telenovela Leonela was conceived that way.
  • The Shannara Chronicles: Mag, whose father lobotomized her mother to make her his "wife".
  • Game of Thrones: Although not explicitly stated, it's pretty clear Gilly's son Sam is conceived this way, along with the other children Craster fathers on his wives (especially since they're his daughters as well). No doubt he would not view it as rape.
  • Roots and its 2016 remake: Chicken George, the primary protagonist in the latter half of the miniseries, was conceived when Tom Moore (Tom Lea in The Remake) rapes Kizzy.
  • Andromeda combines this with Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi. It's even called "rape" in-universe. The species known as "The Magog" reproduce this way and only this way. In addition to being cannibals, and feeding on other sentient species, their bites can, and do, "infest" any victim they chow upon. If they don't feel like eating their victims, they can just bite them, and then simply sit back and wait for the larva to hatch and rip their way out from the inside. Surgical removal of the larva is not an option as the larva wrap themselves around vital organs and will kill the host upon any attempt to remove them by normal means. (It essentially takes bending the rules of space-time to succeed.)

    Religion and Mythology 
  • Many a demigod has been conceived by a god disguising him- or herself as the victim's spouse.
    • Zeus has to be the master of this one, often not bothering with the "spouse" part, and occasionally not even disguising himself as human.
  • Let's not even start on Loki, who gave birth to Sleipnir, an eight-legged horse, after being raped by a magic horse (he was in the form of a mare at the time).
  • In Ovid's The Metamorphosis, Pegasus was Medusa's son-by-rape by Poseidon, and formed from her blood when she was slain by Perseus. Classical Mythology is like that. Some versions add another child, Chrysaor, a golden sword-wielding giant.
  • Would you believe that in classical mythology, good King Arthur was the product of a rape? His father Uther Pendragon had a spell cast on him that made Arthur's mother Igraine think he was her husband (see the Literature section for more). In some versions, Arthur's own child is this, in tales where he is believed to have raped Morgause, though most versions claim a mutual lack of knowledge of their kinship.
  • The Book of Genesis has Dinah raped by Shechem, and several Jewish midrashim claim that she had a child. In one version the daughter was taken by angels to Egypt, adopted by Potipher and became Asenath, the eventual wife of Joseph. Another version says she had a son, Shaul; the two were taken in by Dinah's brother Simeon.
    • Some interpretations claim Goliath was the child of a gang rape.
    • Genesis also recounts the story of Lot and his daughters after they escaped Sodom minus his wife (who made the mistake of looking back and got turned into a pillar of salt for her trouble). They got him drunk to the point of unawareness before they had sex with him (which was rape) and then each had one son as a result.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The trope is Zig-Zagged by half orcs, who are often implied to be the result of male orcs raping human women after raiding or conquering a human population. 4th Edition also suggests consensual Interspecies Romance, humans being infused by the Orc god's essence, the god Kord combining the best elements of humans and orcs, and controlled breeding by an ancient hobgoblin empire. Bringing this topic up around half-orcs is a good way to get something important broken. 5th Edition's Players Handbook largely sets it aside in favour of human-orc marriage alliances, though the Monstrous Manual spends several paragraphs talking about how orcs are bloodthirsty, savage raiders before bringing up the fact that that their patron goddess Luthic demands that they mate as often and indiscriminately as possible. The dots aren't exactly hard to connect.
      • Pathfinder plays up this trope, something that the game's designers have defended as emphasizing both the Darker and Edgier nature of their setting and the innate heroism of half-orc player characters. That said, there are at least two named half-orc NPCs in two separate adventure paths who were born of Interspecies Romance: a male half-orc pirate in Skull & Shackles who was born to a human man and the female orc he befriended and helped escape, and a female half-orc paladin born to a male orc who abandoned his people's evil ways to marry a human woman.
    • Some half-elves get born this way as well, particularly in settings where humans and elves have gone to war against each other or are otherwise on hostile terms.
    • The 2nd-Edition Monster Manual implies that minotaurs breed by raping human females.
    • Hags, an all-female race, breed by raping human men, then usually kill and eat them. Female offspring are more hags; males, in the settings where they exist, are typically brutish hagspawn.
    • The undead archmage Acererak was conceived when a wizard summoned up a demon who promptly ate him and raped his serving woman. His mother tried to raise the fiendish child nonetheless and got murdered by a torch-wielding mob for her trouble, setting Acererak on his multiverse-spanning From Nobody to Nightmare path.
  • The Warcraft Expanded Universe implies that some half-orcs in this universe were conceived this way as well, and that the rapist could be of either gender/race. But unlike D&D, most orcs find the concept just as abhorrent as humans do.
  • Always a possibility for a Scion's origin in Scion; while most gods at least try to get consent, they're more than willing to perform rape-by-deception (it comes from the myths). Meanwhile, most Titanspawn have no scruples - and the all-male minotaurs only reproduce this way.

    Video Games 
  • In Suikoden II, Luca Blight's sister, Jillia, was the product of his mother being raped in front of him. This consequently sent Luca on his spiral into ax craziness.
  • Ayane from Dead or Alive, whose biological father, Raidou (the Big Bad of the first game), raped the lover of his brother Shiden.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, The leader of the Dalish Elf clan you run into turned the humans in the area into werewolves after a group of them gang-raped his daughter, after which she committed suicide when she discovered she was pregnant. (Oh, and they also murdered the mage's son.)
    • Alistair is stated to be such by his half-sister. The truth is a bit more complex and only covered in the tie-in novels: Alistair is the offspring of an affair between King Maric and an elven Grey Warden mage named Fiona. Since neither elves, mages, or Wardens are well-liked in Ferelden, and Alistair might be a threat to his half-brother Cailan's rule, covering up the truth of his heritage became very important, helped by the fact that he takes after his human parent more than his elven one.
  • In Baldur's Gate, a letter to the player character from their deceased foster father Gorion explains that they are the child of a woman he knew, and that they were conceived after Bhaal, God of Murder forced himself upon her; she died shortly after giving birth to them. It later turns out that Gorion was, to some extent, lying to them. Although the fandom generally agrees that he probably was her lover, their mother was actually a priestess of Bhaal who willingly bore his child. However, Bhaal did rape at least some women with conception in mind, since his Bhaalspawn children were all to serve as a collective Soul Jar, releasing his divine essence upon death so that he could come Back from the Dead.
  • FEAR 2, ends with Alma becoming pregnant by raping Becket while he's strapped into a machine. The baby seems to come out okay, but Beckett has deep mental scars as a result of the incident.
    • Alma is a victim of this herself, as she was subjected to Medical Rape and Impregnate by her own father in her backstory, both of her sons — the Point Man and Paxton Fettel — being conceived in this manner. Point Man himself seems well-adjusted, but Paxton is completely unhinged.
  • Garona Halforcen was retconned into this (along with being a half-orc-half-draenei) in the Warcraft universe, the daught of a draenei woman raped by a male orc. There was always some implication of this with her being half-orc in the first place, as mentioned higher up on the page, but it was only made explicit later.
  • Rayne (the title character of the BloodRayne games) spends the first game taking down bad guys for the Brimstone Society while waiting for information about the powerful vampire Kagan. She wants to punish him for the heinous crime he committed against her. His crime? Causing her to exist — she was conceived when Kagan raped her human mother. And if that wasn't bad enough, Kagan then proceeds to hunt her mother down like an animal and brutally kill her, not to mention forcing Rayne to spend her formative years constantly on the run because he tried to kill her too, for the "unforgivable sin" of "turning away from her noble vampire heritage", because despite being clinically insane as the result of Kagan's horrific rape, Rayne's mother was loving and kind.
    • Rayne finds out she has siblings in the second game because Kagan has a centuries long history of impregnating women by rape and then hunting them down like animals once the child is weaned. All purely to make certain the child is viciously brutal, powerful, loyal through a mix of gratitude and fear, and constantly vying with its siblings for supremacy. He got three out of four with Rayne. What really pisses Rayne off though? The fact that to Kagan, and this is a direct quote, "It's all so fucking bloody routine!"
  • In the Soul Series, Isabella "Ivy" Valentine is the result of this. Her father, Cervantes, raped a barmaid in order to insure that the evil blade has another host should he die, not knowing that it might find another host in Siegfried at first, resulting in Ivy having her cursed blood and adoptive parents, and deciding to never have a lover so she won't spread the curse.
  • Many fans of Mystery Case Files believe that Victor is this, being the result of his father's rape of the imprisoned nurse Rose. However, this has not been confirmed in any of the games to date.
    • Fate's Carnival suggests this is correct if you read the notes for the bobblehead collectibles ... but gives a completely different story in one of the mutoscope reels you find during the game. So who knows?
  • In Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, half-ogres (and, to a lesser degree nowadays, half-orcs) have the stigma of rape attached to their origins. The pregenerated half-orge Player Character implies he may be a result of this... But, consensual or not, the ogre was his mother. It later comes to light that a Gnomish Government Conspiracy had been 'mass-producing' half-ogres by mass abduction and rape of human women by ogres in specialised breeding facilities over several years, with the last victim apparently being Tarant's last queen.
  • Azel of Velthomer in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War is the son of Lady Cigyun's favorite maid, who was raped by Cigyun's complete prick of a husband, Lord Victor. Azel turned out to be a Nice Guy, though. (Quite possibly because his dad killed himself not long after that.)
  • Notably subverted with Gannayev-of-Dreams, your hagspawn companion in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer. Hagspawn are normally the product of a hag raping a human male. Gann's parents actually loved each other, which is the reason he's much more handsome than most hagspawn and has greater magical prowess. Then his mother's sisters forced her to kill and eat his father, driving her insane.
  • Pillars of Eternity: Maerwald, the previous Watcher, is the reincarnation of an Aedyran soldier who was fathered by a Glanfathan tribesman who raped an Aedyran settler in the War of Broken Stone. The Soldier was himself the reincarnation of his own father the Marauder, who was killed shortly afterward. And Maerwald carries both personalities in addition to his own, giving him a Split Personality.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Sayo Yasuda, also known as Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice is revealed to be this, born from Kinzo Ushiromiya forcing himself on his illegitimate daughter Beatrice II after deluding himself into believing she was the reincarnation of his mistress. By extension, Lion Ushiromiya, Sayo's Alternate Self is this as well. Finding out about this is the Start of Darkness for Sayo, and even Lion, who is much more mentally stable than Sayo, doesn't take it well.
  • In Oni Chichi (Demon Father) one and two, the "good" endings result in pregnancy. In the first novel (and the anime adaptation), the protagonist uses a powerful, and experimental, aerosol aphrodisiac upon his step-daughters, without their consent, to make them "want" sex with him. In the second novel, a car accident causes some kind neurological trauma that triggers intense lust in the protagonist towards his own biological daughters, until he snaps and outright rapes them which is documented to actually happen in reality.

  • The Order of the Stick, in keeping with its satirisation of all things D&D, briefly parodied this trope as a backstory for half-orcs — specifically, Mauve Shirt Therkla. Even Chief Grukgruk, an orc, thought it was the go-to explanation, but the stereotype was thoroughly flipped: not only was her father the human, her mother the orc, but they were so much in love, they were too sweet and romantic.
    Therkla's father: Come here, my snuggly green cutie-pie!
    Therkla's mother: *giggle!* me so in love!
    Chief Grukgruk: chief grukgruk frankly not want dwell on that very much.
    Therkla: Try growing up with it.
  • In Mob Ties, Mika conceived Kyoko-chan while in a coma after being raped by Big Bad Bengal. Her father tries to keep it a secret due to the fact that any reminder of the incident sends her into a horrible shock.
  • Alexi's son in Parallel Dementia. For once, though the mother actually cares for her child and doesn't harbor any bad feelings towards the child.
  • Becca McKay in Shadowgirls appears to believe that she was the product of a rape committed during her mother's amnesia, since her father has never come forward.

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  • In The Gamer's Alliance, Unithien and her half-brother Ildor were both conceived this way when two powerful men raped their mother Varalia.
  • Fireflare is notable for being a well-adjusted child of rape.
    • And now her wife has one on the way.
  • Inverted by Ask That Guy with the Glasses. A woman force-fed him viagra and made him have sex with her. After this he ran away because he was so scared of her batshittery. This comes out when the child grew up and asked why he left, resulting in him angrily telling the child he'll see them in hell.
  • Sometimes discussed in Protectors of the Plot Continuum with the offspring of Mary Sue characters and their victims; the modus operandi of a Mary Sue is to mind-control the target, thus rendering their consent to any sexual contact meaningless. The offspring in question are often adopted by the Protectors when the Sue is killed.

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Alternative Title(s): Child Of Rape