Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi
If a sexual encounter occurs where the consent of one or more of the parties is coerced via a fictional plot device such as Mind Control, shapeshifter impersonation, a Love Potion or aliens, it is often treated much less seriously than if it were something classified as rape in real-life like a date rape drug or straight-up brainwashing. In many cases, it isn't even acknowledged as any kind of violation or morally dubious action, and only the audience notices something wrong. This can happen if the science-fictional element is just treated as Applied Phlebotinum to serve a specific role in the story like if the writer wants to portray a Chaste Hero hooking up without creating an Out-of-Character Moment, but fails to do a full exploration of all its implications. The audience might only realize the character was essentially raped via Fridge Logic. Can frequently occur in variants of Aliens Made Them Do It and the Bed Trick. Fridge Logic points out that Love Potions that lead to sex may fall under this. Compare Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul for manipulation that can be used in this way. Contrast Safe, Sane and Consensual as well as Free-Love Future and Ethical Slut. See also Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal.
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- Tenchi Forever is awfully sympathetic to a woman whose lonely soul just couldn't help remembering her lost love... by making his grandson Tenchi think he's married to her.
- Averted in Mahou Sensei Negima! Although a Love Potion incident early on is played for laughs, later arcs mention the rather severe problems that could arise from a magical uncontrollable love. Indeed, it is stated several times that even temporary Love Potions are actually illegal in Magical society, probably due to how effective a date rape drug they would be.
- For the same reason Love Potions are illegal in the magical society of The Familiar of Zero.
- Issue 200 of The Avengers: The rape of Ms. Marvel, which involved limbo-stranded villain Marcus kidnapping her and using Mind Control to create a fantasy romance world to seduce and impregnate Carol Danvers with himself, erase her memory and send her back with a phantom pregnancy that led to Marcus being "reborn" and aged to adulthood, and Carol falling in love with him and going back to Limbo with him, all of which the Avengers were cool with. It wasn't originally intended or perceived as squicky until much later, and Chris Claremont wrote an Author's Saving Throw of Carol returning from Limbo and calling out the Avengers for not helping her. These days it has been inverted to the point that the incident can't be referred to without calling it a rape or a violation. This was very much glossed over in the decade that followed.
- Grant Morrison used a rather comparable procedure in his Jean Grey/Scott Summers/Emma Frost triangle in New X-Men, where unethical abuse of therapists' privileges and telepathy first set up a psychic adulterous affair and a Phoenix-powered telepathic shove from Jean officially invested Scott and Emma as common-law husband and wife.
- Another problematic case was during Brand New Day, when Spider-Man and the Black Cat decided to have anonymous sex. This was preconditioned on the fact that thanks to the "Blind Spot", a techno-magic spell of forgetting enacted by Doctor Strange, Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic at Spidey's request, the Black Cat had forgotten that she knew Spider-Man's secret identity (which meant that her memories of more than twenty years' worth of continuity were seriously re-edited). She even made it clear that she would not have entered an affair with Spider-Man if she knew who he really was because she wanted to avoid the emotional involvement. But could this wish not to find out who she was sleeping with be considered truly consensual if one of the effects of the Blind Spot was to make people care about remembering that they once knew who Spider-Man was in his civilian identity but now no longer did?
- Played with in She-Hulk where Starfox is tried for rape, being accused by a married woman who came onto and had sex with him while under the influence of his psychic hormones. He is also accused of doing this to She-Hulk although it turns out he didn't. Prior to this storyline, there's not much sign that he actually uses pheromones like that and it was eventually resolved by having a reveal that Thanos had brain-damaged him so that he lost conscious control of his powers, but that he never consciously used his powers that way on anyone who wasn't already looking for a casual sex partner.
- Teen Titans:
- When Raven's powers were fully unlocked, she started subconsciously pulling Dick Grayson into shared dreams of them getting it on, except that Dick was with Starfire and he'd wake up from these dreams with the Catapult Nightmare. It was quasi-averted in the sense that Raven wasn't fully aware Dick didn't share her feelings and horrified when she found out what she was doing to him.
- Mirage arrived in the series by knocking Kory out and impersonating her so she could have Dick as her boyfriend, sex included. She was never called to account for this, even when she taunted Dick over not recognizing her in front of his teammates.
- In an issue of Spider-Man, the Chameleon pretends to be Peter Parker and has sex with Peter's roommate. The writer acknowledged it was a violation but didn't consider it "rape" and the resulting backlash led the writer to hastily Retcon it into "they were just making out" but it still left a bad taste in the fans' mouths.
- Accusations of this has been leveled at Superior Spider-Man: Issue 22, where Dr. Otto Octavius in Peter Parker's body has sex with Anna Marconi. Initially he broke up with Mary Jane because continuing Peter's relationship would eventually become rape by deceit, but the author insists that's not the case now because Anna didn't know Peter before the switcheroo happened.
- Averted in Joe Kelly's run on Deadpool, where Typhoid Mary uses a holographic image inducer to pose as his crush, Siryn. Deadpool's horror and disgust at finding out the morning after definitely isn't played for laughs, and serves as Mary crossing the Moral Event Horizon.
- In DC Super Stars #12, Superboy's identity is discovered by a new classmate named Misty, and the two quickly fall in love. It is heavily implied that Clark loses his virginity to Misty, thus playing into the story's theme of leaving childhood behind and becoming an adult (as this was ultimately the tale of how Superboy became Superman). However, at the very end of the issue, it turns out that Misty was kidnapped and "programmed" into loving Clark as part of a final test from his robotic tutor. The tutor returns Misty to her hometown and states that she won't remember Superboy's identity or her time as his girlfriend, but nobody ever stops to address how seriously screwed up it is that the robot kidnapped some random girl and then brainwashed her into having sex with Clark.
- Towards the end of Brian K. Vaughan's run on Runaways, there is a scene where Xavin impersonates Nico for the express purpose of bedding Karolina, and makes no effort to identify themselves until Karolina sees through the ruse. Under most other circumstances, it would be treated as essentially attempted rape by deception, or at the very least, a serious violation of Karolina's trust, but in-universe, it was treated as merely a romantic faux pas.
- In Batwoman, Kate Kane was for a time hypnotized into an abusive sexual relationship with the vampire Nocturna.
- In the early Sandra Bullock film Love Potion No. 9 Bullock and her platonic male friend get access to a potion that, when sprayed into someone's mouth, alters their voice to make them much more attractive to the opposite sex. Apparently the fact that it doesn't directly affect the target dodges the rape bullet in the minds of the filmmakers, since the guy uses it to have sex with an entire sorority (among other women).
- In X2: X-Men United, Mystique attempts to do this to Wolverine by shifting to look like Jean. She's on top of him and they're shedding clothes before he realizes who she truly is. Plays on All Men Are Perverts when she proceeds to turn herself into Storm and Rogue (effectively his teenager sidekick/surrogate daughter), suggesting one of them might be what he "really wants", something that visibly disgusts him. It's not quite so bad in the novelization, when Wolverine knows it's Mystique the entire time but chooses to play along for a while.
- In Enemy, both of the doubles impersonate the other one to have sex with the others' girlfriend/wife respectively.
- The comedy The Invention of Lying, plays with this trope. Set in a world where nobody (except the main character) are even capable of lying or conceiving of the idea of lying, the main character lies and tells an attractive woman the world will come to an end unless they have sex. However, when it comes time to do the deed (which would be rape by deception), he backs down and tells the woman that the world will be fine.
- In the Anita Blake series, there's a scene between Anita and Micah that is not supposed to be rape. Even though she said, "No," several times, and Micah didn't stop. Anita and Micah are destined mates because of the ardeur, which gets this sort of treatment regularly, due to forcing Anita and whoever's close to have sex, occasionally forcing rape on both parties. This scene was so controversial, in fact, that it was slightly rewritten for the paperback release.
- In addition, the series contains at least three incidences of "rape victim falls in love with their mind-controlling vampire rapist, so its okay because after all the vamps are totally hot!" One wonders what the fuck is wrong with Laurel K. Hamilton some times.
- The Formics, colloquially known as "Buggers" in Ender’s Game, are revealed near the end to have a rather Squicky reproductive process, due to their Bizarre Alien Biology. According to the last queen's memories, soon after the new queen hatches, the older queen sends a number of her specially prepared males (glorified drones) to the birthing chamber, where each of them penetrates the young queen and then promptly dies, "shuddering in ecstasy." From a human point of view, that sounds almost exactly like a little girl being gang-raped. This is arguably justified, however, by the fact that these are not humans, and sex does not have anything like the same social significance to the Hive Mind in control of each of their civilizations that it does to us; moreover, this truly is the only way they can reproduce.
- Further questions of consent are raised in the sequels, when it is revealed that not all of the male drones are born mindless; some have to be telepathically "broken" before they can enter the hive mind. The main character says something along the lines of it being a moral question to deal with after another generation or two of coexistence and learning about one another as a species, but one wonders if he would have been so cavalier if it had been a more humanoid species (such as the mammalian piggies) that systematically Mind Raped and then literally raped every male born with free will.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the use of Love Potions varies between comic and deathly serious:
- Initially, Fred and George sell love potions legally and their use is treated as funny by the story when another female student tries to give Harry one, though Ron accidentally ingests it so the reader never finds out how far things would have gone if she had been successful.
- Then it's deconstructed when Merope, Voldemort's mother, forces Tom Riddle Sr. into their relationship via a Love Potion, which Dumbedore theorizes was a preferred alternative to the unforgivable Imperius Curse to reinforce the delusion that Tom Sr. was really in love with her. And the only moral problem with this is that she's having sex with a muggle... Or so it seems, at first. However, this way of looking at the morality of her actions turn out to be limited to the views of Death Eaters and similar pure-blood advocates. Tom Sr. acts with utter revulsion once the potion wears off, and Dumbledore refers to what Merope did as enslavement by magical means. The reader is left with an impression that Voldemort's refusing to see his mother as a rapist (instead blaming his father for abandoning his son after Merope stopped giving him the potion, thinking he'd stay for the sake of their baby) is a big part of why he became so hateful toward muggles.
- Overall it seems like a consequence of the series getting Darker and Edgier. A love potion can be treated like a joke in a children's book but you start to think harder about a joke shop selling magical roofies to schoolchildren and the consequences are much more disturbing.
- Also referenced when Molly mentions that she brewed a love potion during her school years. This is a major source of Alternate Character Interpretation for her in fanfic.
- Zigzagged in the Sword of Truth series. The glamour spell, the series' equivalent of this, is seen by characters as tantamount to rape. Sorceresses who use it are either executed or expelled from the Palace of the Prophets (the Palace has a spell which slows down aging to about 10%, so there is little difference between the two for the exiles). On the other hand, the Confessors' power literally makes a person touched by it their devoted slave forever. While that's all problematic enough, it crosses into rape territory because having sex causes them to lose control of their power, Confessing whoever they do it with. This means that there were only two recorded cases of a Confessor able to have a mate who isn't forced to consent with mind control, and these cases were 3,000 years apart. Bear in mind that Confessors are on the good side, and this isn't treated as rape. Not that it is actually viewed as a good thing - it's merely the only way to promote the Confessor lines, which are essential to their legal system.
- Confession is also literally the most feared punishment in the setting, to the point that people are more prone to flee at the sight of the uniform than they are when they see a wizard coming, and most wizards are essentially walking weapons of mass destruction with 'maim' as their lowest setting. Enough people commit suicide rather than submit to confession, guilty or innocent, that it's a large practical problem for the legal system. If anything, the setting takes rape a bit _more_ seriously than real life values would actually require.
- In Dragonriders of Pern, whenever dragons mate their respective riders are irresistibly compelled to do the same. The first book even has F'lar considering that if their dragons weren't involved, his relationship with Lessa would have to be considered rape. Since it was written in 1968, there's major values dissonance going on (and that's not even getting into how much he slaps her and shakes her around to show his concern about her putting herself in harm's way).
- Generally averted in The Dresden Files, where just about all forms of supernaturally coercing sex are considered bad mojo, whether it is shapeshifting, faerie glamours, or the White Court's mental whammy. Mortals using mind control to coerce sex gets the death penalty from the White Council, though this falls under the general blanket Laws of Magic, one of which states that using magic to control minds is illegal. Love Potions technically do not count under the Laws, as the recipe used involves creating a strong aphrodisiac instead of outright mind control. Later in the series, the revelation that Luccio was only in a relationship with Harry due to being mind-controlled into doing so by the Black Council is treated as disturbing for both of them.
- The Codex Alera series, also by Jim Butcher, makes an effort to avoid this but there are still instances where people are coerced into having sex why having their arousal manipulated with Earthcrafting.
- In Hush, Hush, Patch does a number of things to Nora, including possessing her body and putting words and images in her head. These incidents range from being played for laughs to being romantic moments, even though Nora usually is disturbed or upset by them.
- In the Anna Strong Chronicles, the eponymous heroine gets raped by a vampire, who mind controls her into compliance. When she recalls the incident, she argues that because she was a willing participant (even though, you know, mind control) it couldn't have been rape.
- The House of Night:
- It's established that it's immensely pleasurable for both parties when a vampire drinks a human's blood. Early on, Zoey accidentally drinks Heath's blood, establishing a spiritual bond between them. There are several ensuing cases where Heath demands that Zoey drink his blood, even though she repeatedly tells him that she hates doing it and is disgusted by the fact that she finds blood tasty. Heath's arguments come across as very disturbing (for example, telling Zoey she really does want to do it and thus should), and he always wears down Zoey's will by cutting himself and letting her be intoxicated by the smell of his blood. These interactions are treated by Zoey as inconveniences, even though they are disturbingly similar to date rape via drugging. It also goes both ways, since Heath clearly is addicted to the pleasure of having her drink his blood, and continues to cut himself to get her to do so. The text does try to specify the difference between Zoey and Heath's relationship and the undead vampires forcibly drinking his blood later (which he describes as creepy and not like her drinking from him at all), but those situations still come across as pretty unsettling.
- This comes across in quite a few backstory relationships between humans and vampires, since the bite of a vampire tends to have a drug-like effect on humans, making it questionable exactly how consensual their long-term relationships with vampires are. For example, in Betrayed and Chosen, it's mentioned in passing that Bram Stoker became obsessed with a female vampire after she drank his blood, and went insane when she left him to devote herself to her work as High Priestess, writing Dracula in revenge. Zoey's mother, upon hearing this, comments that the whole thing sounds horrible, while Zoey yells at her for being intolerant of what apparently was treated as a perfectly healthy romance.
- Zigzagged when Stark mind-controls a fledgling and then almost rapes her. Zoey and her friends immediately condemn this as sexual assault, but as soon as Zoey decides she can redeem Stark, she walks it back to mild euphemisms like "extracurricular biting" and "not so nice past".
- Inverted and played for horror/drama in Kij Johnson's short story Spar, in which a human woman and a Starfish Alien who are stuck in the same escape pod have sex simply because there's nothing else to really do as they wait for rescue. Throughout the story the woman wonders if she's basically raping the alien as she has no way of communicating with it, let alone telling if it's really consenting or even sentient to begin with.
- Averted in the Clandestine Daze series where dopplegangers are capable of becoming other individuals both mentally and emotionally. Z knows that sleeping with his targets' significant others would be rape and is revolted at the prospect. Not the least because he has to kill them in order to assume their shape.
- The Forgotten Beasts of Eld: Sybil's mother probably didn't consent to have sex with her father, since he called her to him with magic and she's described as being afraid of him. Sybil thinks her maternal grandfather, Lord Horst of Hilt, might be unwelcoming to her given this, yet neither any characters or the text ever describe her conception as even possibly due to rape.
- In the first book of Dragonvarld, two different factions want Melisande to have a child, and neither bothers with getting her consent. One side physically attacks her, which is properly treated as villainous and horrific. However, the other side overrode her ability to choose just as effectively by drugging her, and that's treated as mere distasteful meddling. Granted, she did actually show signs of attraction to the (unwitting and also drugged) third party she was left with, but there was no indication she'd have acted on it without the potion.
- Stargate Atlantis:
- "Irresistible", where a man who gets what he wants using pheromones — and has six wives as a result — is treated far too nicely by the team, and the episode itself is mostly a comedy.
- The pheromones were affecting the team as well. After it's all been sorted, they dump him back on his original planet. The people there were furious about it.
- In "Duet", a female marine ends up sharing McKay's body by accident. After they argue a bit about who's in charge, she simply takes over after he falls asleep, takes his body for a run, then showers and sleeps naked. Later she wrests control from him to force him to kiss his girlfriend (which he'd been too shy to do), and then to kiss Dr. Beckett against the man's will. She did all this without ever asking McKay's permission, and while ignoring his protests. Again, it's a comedy episode and we're supposed to side with the woman during all of this, though both McKay and the therapist call the marine on it.
- "Irresistible", where a man who gets what he wants using pheromones — and has six wives as a result — is treated far too nicely by the team, and the episode itself is mostly a comedy.
- Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows (original series) nearly controlled Maggie Evans into thinking she was Josette and marrying him. The story doesn't treat him as an attempted rapist at all. Especially strange since the series at the time those events were occurring treated Barnabas as a very bad individual. The creators explicitly wanted Barnabas to be the most evil monster they could get onto network television. Then he proved frighteningly popular with female viewers, and the creators had the character undergo extreme Spikeification to turn him from a Big Bad into a anti-hero. This involved a metric ton of ignoring previous events.
- The curse was briefly reversed, which somehow caused his victims to forget what he'd done to them.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Deconstructed when the nerd villains "The Trio" honestly don't see the ethical implications of their plan to brainwash women into sex slaves, until the girl they victimized spells it out for them and one of them murders her as she tries to escape, providing the Moral Event Horizon for what had been played as harmless villains.
- Played straight, though, when it overlaps with Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male. For instance, consider Faith in Buffy's body having sex with Riley and compare it to, say, Warren raping Katrina using mind control.
- Played straight again with Willow and Tara. Willow uses a forgetting spell on Tara to make her forget their fight, and has sex with her while she's under this spell. She is forgiven far more easily (both by the rest of the cast and by the fanbase) than, say, Spike.
- The episode "Unexpected" of Star Trek: Enterprise. Tucker becomes pregnant when an alien tricks him into activity which would be the alien equivalent of sex, impregnating him. Played for humor because of the male pregnancy, and the fact that Tucker didn't give meaningful consent is ignored. Of course, the female alien would have had no reason to suspect that Tucker's consent to sex didn't include an understanding of the consequences, as that was just normal to her. So, if you have sex with someone not your species, without having made a study of the risks this might entails (extensive biology classes), you've consented to unknown risks. The alien is very apologetic when she finds out, and didn't think impregnation was a possibility at all. It still doesn't excuse the fact that Tucker was made fun of by the crew of the Enterprise and a crew of Klingons over it.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- In the episode "The Child", Counselor Troi is impregnated by an alien, and she gives birth to him. Troi later insists on carrying him to term, and once he's born he reveals that he only did it to explore human existence, and he may not have realized the implications of what he was doing.
- In episode "The Host", a Trill (at that time implied to have all personality in the "parasite" part rather than a shared consciousness) who was having a sexual relationship with Doctor Crusher temporarily takes possession of Riker's body (with consent) to continue diplomatic negotiations. Doctor Crusher has trouble reconciling her romantic feelings for the Trill-personality with Riker's body-but the issue of whether Riker would consent to her having sex with his body is never even mentioned.
- In the episode "First Contact," a doctor on the planet Riker is trapped on offers to help him escape on the condition that they have sex, because she's "always wanted to make love to an alien." Played for Laughs.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- It turns out that Benjamin Sisko owes his existence to this trope. A Prophet possessed a woman named Sarah and has her marry Joseph Sisko for the sole purpose of giving birth to the Prophets' Emissary-Ben. It's unclear exactly what that means in terms of Sarah's experience and level of control over her actions (it's implied she and the Prophet somehow shared their existence during this period). However, she ran from New Orleans to Australia without a word once the Prophet left (and then died in a shuttle accident), so this was clearly not a consensual event. Sisko displays his usual irritation over the Prophets' meddling, but not much more than usual. The Prophet then uses Sarah's appearance when appearing to him and acts as a motherly figure.
- At first played straight when Sisko sleeps with Mirror!Jazdia to maintain his cover as Mirror!Sisko, then called out after a delay of several episodes. Mirror!Jadzia says that if he ever touches her again... (holding a large knife to Sisko's face) "Get the point?"
- Narrowly averted, probably by Author's Saving Throw, when Sam is implied to have had sex with Ruby, a demon—but it has been established that demons possess the bodies of living people, so Sam would be a rapist. Fan backlash was immediate and soon a flashback scene was written showing that Sam refused to have sex with Ruby until she explained that her body had just flatlined in the hospital when she took it over and there was nobody else in it... which of course has Unfortunate Implications in itself. If the body is technically dead, and Sam has sex with it, doesn't that mean...
- In the episode "The French Mistake" where Sam and Dean get sent to the real world and it is implied that Sam gets intimate with his actor's wife. The Reality Subtext makes this merely amusing, but purely from an in-story perspective, Sam is a rapist.
- The episodes "Wishful Thinking" and "Trial and Error" both have a man making a woman fall in love with him with magic (a magic coin and a Deal with the Devil). In both cases, the word "rape" isn't mentioned, and the situation's only treated as "How did this guy end up with that girl?" The episode "Season 7, Time for a Wedding!" has a gender-flipped version of the same situation, with Becky basically drugging Sam into falling in love with her. When it starts to wear off on him, she knocks him out, takes his pants off, and ties him to the bed (but insists that she didn't "consummate" their "marriage" yet). It's Played for Laughs and also used to show how much of a loser Becky is... in the exact same season where it is repeatedly implied that he was raped by Lucifer in Hell and is slowly going insane from the memory of it. This show has issues.
- In Torchwood, Owen uses a love perfume to make a woman go from disgusted by him saying he just wanted her for sex to gagging for him, and when her boyfriend shows up enraged, Owen appears to use it again to get himself a threesome. This example of Date Rape is not punished (other than by having to hand in the drug) and never commented on again in the show.
- It gets worse: He was interrupted on that evening before anything really bad could happen, but given how confident he seemed about the drug's effects, he must have tested it before. One wonders how many times...
- It's not directly commented on again, but Owen apparently undergoes a complete Heel-Face Turn on the issue of rape when he is put into the mind of a rape victim two episodes later, and he is not depicted using the love perfume again.
- Jack's story in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor Dances" about waking up in bed with the jailers who were supposed to execute him after he got blindingly drunk as part of his Last Meal and blacked out is a bit iffy, too, even if he seems to view it as a pleasant memory. One can only hope they helped him escape before he propositioned them, and it wasn't about them taking advantage of their prisoner's desperate situation and drugged state.
- It is Jack Harkness we’re talking about, though.
- And that makes it okay how, exactly? He's a "slut" and therefore un-rapeable? The point was that the executioners had total power over him (like prison wardens) and that he was too intoxicated to give meaningful consent, not whether he would have wanted to have sex with these people under normal, pressure-free circumstances. No matter what he thinks about it later - if they really had sex with him while he was so drunk as to forget what exactly led up to waking up with them in bed, then the excutioners at least didn't care about his consent and are therefore rapists.
- In "The Doctor's Daughter", the Doctor's distress over having his genetic code nonconsensually stolen to produce an Opposite-Sex Clone who calls him "Dad" is put down by Donna to being "Dad Shock". The story seems to agree with her and think the Doctor should be more comfortable with the idea of being forced to father a child.
- It is Jack Harkness we’re talking about, though.
- Alternate Olivia in Fringe having sex for several weeks with Peter is rape by fraud. No one is really okay with this except Walternate though, so it's more of a subversion. Olivia apologizes to Peter for not thinking about how it affected him, and Broyles is reluctant to let Peter and Olivia read Fauxlivia's files because of "what they've been through". But initially, everyone acts like it's Olivia who's been primarily harmed in this situation, not Peter. Instead of worrying about his son's well-being, Walter immediately pressures Peter to tell Olivia what happened - as if Peter made a knowing mistake he should confess. (Imagine making a real world rape victim talk about their ordeal with no regard to his/her own feelings.) And Olivia's complaints and accusations even push Peter to apologize to her for what happened to him. Also, it's never called "rape", and Fauxlivia is forgiven quite easily once they have to work together (condsidering that seducing Peter under false pretenses was not strictly speaking necessary for her mission).
- Subverted in Battlestar Galactica, where a female humanoid robot is viciously abused and gang-raped by several human crew members of the ship she had previously served on while disguised as a human. When other humans from another ship discover that the rape of another humanoid robot was about to occur, they attack her would-be rapists, killing one of them. This leads to serious arguments between characters on the morality (or even possibility) of raping a machine.
- While Damon on Vampire Diaries often has consensual sex, he's also shown mind-whammying girls (especially Caroline) into it, drinking their blood, and then making them forget it. Including a group of college girls, in a scene meant to highlight his own angst.
- In the second season he starts "dating" Andie, heavily and repeatedly compelling her and feeding on her. One time she goes off-script when he's in a bad mood he attacks and threatens her, so even you ignore all the supernatural aspects he's a Domestic Abuser. No one appears to care about all this in the slightest. And when she dies, the show has the audacity to play it as a source of angst for him, despite her obviously being every bit as much his own victim as Stefan's. This guy is one third of the show's main love triangle.
- Averted in the short-lived Century City. One episode deals with a nanotech drug that allows a person to "ride" someone else's experiences. As the person introduced to the drug was a man about to have sex with his girlfriend, the girlfriend later brings charges of rape against the third partner, as she certainly didn't consent to him getting involved.
- In True Blood, Tommy becomes a "Skin Walker" (shape-shifter that can turn into other people) early in season 5. He uses this power to impersonate Sam and have sex with his girlfriend. This is treated pretty seriously... for about an episode. No one ever mentions the word "rape" and all is forgiven shortly afterwards.
- Bizarro on Smallville pretending to be Clark and having sex with Lana. Led to an awkward moment, but wasn't really treated as a rape.
- Probably because Bizarro couldn't have been less subtle about not being Clark if he'd murdered puppies in front of her and painted a ten foot fence with "I'm not really Clark" a hundred times using their blood. Given that she'd previously picked up on the relatively mild influence of red kryptonite in seconds, it's implied and later outright stated that she pretty much knew it wasn't him, and was just fine with this as part of her series 5 transition to full-on evil.
- In a "Freaky Friday" Flip episode of Farscape, it's to be expected that characters will effectively see each others' bodies when they change clothes. Both Aeryn and John, who have a degree of Ship Tease throughout the series, who have swapped minds, are implied to take advantage of the situation to explore their new bodies, and while both are disgusted the R word never raises its head.
- This is subverted when Grayza uses her pheromones to seduce and take advantage of Crichton. It is played VERY seriously and contributes heavily to her villain status. John actually refers to it as rape (though obliquely) during Grayza's Villainous Breakdown later in the season.
- In another episode where the crew have their minds being screwed with, Crichton is the perpetrator this time, forcing himself on Chiana. On screen, though of course the camera only shows from the waist up. This was a "repercussion" of her being a huge tease and a floozy; or at least that was the justification at the time. Once everyone was back to normal, John was absolutely disgusted with himself, although CHIANA was the one to comfort him and tell him that it wasn't some "inner demon" but the fact that people were literally not thinking like themselves. How much of it was her convincing herself of that was unsaid, but a heavy implication.
- Dollhouse deals heavily with this trope, as the show’s premise deals with brainwashed women and men called "dolls" who can be implanted with customized personalities and skill sets and are often used as sex companions for clients. Episode 6 hangs a lampshade on the issue with two storylines: one about a handler/bodyguard revealed to be raping his doll in her "blank slate” mode and asking if it's any different from when a doll is on assignment and their personality thinks they're in love with the client. The other storyline depicts a sympathetic client, a grieving widower who uses the doll to recreate a touching romantic moment with his late wife but who is still considered evil for sleeping with the doll. The dolls are all volunteers who knew what they were signing up for, but it's still rape in the sense that a programmed personality doesn't realize their feelings and desires for their partner are all manufactured.
- The deconstruction gets even stickier when another regular client who sleeps with a male doll is revealed to be one of the female higher-ups running the Dollhouse, but "breaks up" with the doll because she feels so guilty about it.
- Then there’s the subplot with Topher and Dr. Claire Saunders—when she discovers she’s really a doll implanted with her predecessor’s memories, Claire confronts Topher with the accusation that he designed her to want to sleep with him even though she hates him.
- Its also implied that at least one of them did not sign up willingly.
- This is also averted in that it's treated as one of the things that makes the Dollhouse a criminal organization that should be shut down.
- Somewhat averted on Alphas-when Nina "pushes" her ex-boyfriend into leaving his wife, it's depicted as a despicable act, and when she forces Rachel to kiss her, even though she knows that it's going to overwhelm Rachel, she's not forgiven for several episodes.
- Thoroughly averted in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Hathor", where the Goa'uld Queen Hathor rapes a brainwashed Daniel in order to get DNA to prevent immune rejection of her offspring. After everything's sorted out everyone, including Daniel, is visibly disgusted. So were the writers, who considered "Hathor" the worst episode in the series: in later episodes the characters refuse to talk about the episode's events, and that aspect of Goa'uld reproduction was quietly retconned away. Likewise, several months prior to "Secrets" Apophis impregnates the host of his queen Amaunet, which happens to be Daniel's wife Sha're who was kidnapped in the pilot. Kudos to Daniel for being horrified at what was done to her but completely unwilling to reject her.
- Mostly averted in Earth: Final Conflict with the case of Liam "Kincaid" (more accurately, Liam Beckett-Sandoval). the Kimera H'Gel was seeking a way to reproduce, but most human women couldn't handle the experience. So he overpowers Ron Sandoval (a human altered by the Taelons), takes his form and overpowers Sibohan Beckett, another Taelon-altered human. Liam is conceived from the incident, but Sandoval remembers nothing of it, and Beckett had her memory wiped shortly after Liam's birth in Resistance headquarters. Liam is fully aware he is a Child by Rape, though, and won't acknowledge his Kimera heritage any more than absolutely necessary.
- Unfortunately played straight in the form of Lili being captured by the Jaridians, and having an affair with one disguised as a human soldier. Stockholm Syndrome is implied to be a factor.
- Averted in Family Matters: Steve feels guilty about gaining Laura’s affection through a Love Potion. Even though she tells him she’s happy, even if it’s not ‘genuine’, he pours the antidote on himself so that Laura smells him and reverts to normal, thinking it was All Just a Dream.
- In Witches of East End, Eva uses a Love Potion on Killian so she can have sex with him as much as possible in order to have a baby, yet when everything is out in the open her death scene is rendered as a poignant moment where the audience is meant to sympathize with her - both Freya and Killian himself are visibly moved, and he shows no emotional trauma from the abuse. The indignation of the other characters seems to stem from Eva coercing Killian's love and taking him from Freya, with no mention of forced sex.
- Ingrid's trance state with the mandragora. This results in horror and a mini-breakdown for Ingrid, but the rest of the cast utter 'oh noes' more akin to 'what a shame' than as if she had suffered a terrible ordeal.
- The X-Files has "Small Potatoes," where a shapeshifter has seduced five women wearing a variety of faces, resulting in the birth of babies with tails. One woman he got while looking like Luke Skywalker, while the other four women were seduced while he was wearing the faces of their husbands. Although he eventually goes away on rape charges, the episode's still a fair bit more comedic than most stories focusing on a serial rapist.
- In My Own Worst Enemy, the two main characters are different personalities living in the same body. One is a superspy named Edward Albright, the the other a mild-mannered family man working a 9-to-5 office job named Henry Spivey. After the chip that regulates which personality is currently active starts to malfunction, Henry discovers Edward's existence and job. He then visits Edward's apartment and takes his Cool Car for a ride. When Edward "wakes up" and finds out what Henry has been up to, he goes to Henry's home and has sex with his wife, leaving Henry a message on his hand not to touch his stuff. Henry looks more incredulous than upset, despite the fact that it's technically rape. Then again, Edward is the original owner of the body, and Henry is the identity created as a cover. However, Henry's family is real, and his wife knows nothing about Edward. She is pleasantly surprised, however, about "Henry" being a much better lover of late. This, apparently, happens plenty of times, and Henry stops caring that his wife is, essentially, sleeping with another man. On another occasion Henry also "wakes up" while Edward was having sex with his psychiatrist.
- In the Agents Of SHIELD episode "Yes Men", Ward is mind-controlled by Lorelei, who proceeds to have sex with him. After he is rescued, Agent May (his paramour at the time) lashes out at him physically, and the other team members discuss how men are weak for not being able to resist Lorelei's enchantment.
- In Eastwick, Joanna uses her persuasion power to make a guy have sex with her. She finds out he's actually gay when his husband confronts them and it's treated as an embarrassing moment for her rather than a crime.
- Sarah Manning commits rape-by-fraud in Orphan Black when she sleeps with Paul while impersonating his dead girlfriend Beth Childs (the two women are clones and therefore identical). Though he brings it up when the truth comes out, it's never treated as an unforgivable deception and the word "rape" is avoided entirely.
- Subverted in Jake 2.0. After losing his memory in one episode, Jake still trusts/is drawn to Diane (his doctor who works for the people he thinks he should be running from) and almost sleeps with her in the next episode. She wants to but can't go through with it. In the next episode she tells him her reason was he wasn't himself and she was. (Implying he wasn't capable of giving informed consent and it would have been rape-by-fraud though the word is never used).
- Discussed and defied in Jessica Jones. Kilgrave is under the impression that because Jessica went with him "willingly", even if she was being mind-controlled by him, he didn't really rape her. She is not at all open to this interpretation.
- In the Filk Song "Banned from Argo" by Leslie Fish, in which the crew of the Enterprise get, well, banned from Argo, Nurse Chapel uses an "odd green potion guaranteed to cause Pon Farr" to take advantage of Spock. This is Played for Laughs and treated no more seriously than Scotty and Chekov's drunken parking violation.
- There's a similar case later in the song, where sentient plants engulf the house of the planetary governor and "then seduced his wife".
- In Nebulous, Paula, the Professor's Abhorrent Admirer, is revealed in the final punchline of the episode "I, Nebulous" to have given a sensual full-body massage with scented oils to Dr Clench, who had been using the Professor's body at the time. Even after she finds out the truth she seems to still be quite happy with the arrangement and the Professor's discomfort about what Clench was doing with his body is Played for Laughs.
- In the World of Warcraft comics, Katrana Prestor/Onyxia magically enthralls Varian Wrynn and sets herself up as his lover. What he thinks of it after he breaks free is never touched on, though he does get to kill her shortly afterwards, which may have helped. Closure, and all that.
- In Fallout 3, giving Angela in Rivet City some ant queen pheromones so she can seduce her celibate love interest Diego (with the end result of him getting shotgun-married and kicked out of the priesthood he aspired to) nets you positive karma, meaning it's a good act. Conversely, bringing a crate of the rare Nuka-Cola Quantum to Ronald in Girdershade, so he can impress his neighbour Sierra (who is clearly hooked on the stuff) and entice her into sleeping with him, gives you negative karma. Evidently the latter is treated as bad, bad rape despite the fact that he's not trying to coerce her (he's just trying to impress her enough to want to go along with it voluntarily, and it fails completely because she doesn't understand what he wants and he's not spelling it out for her).
- The Rivet City case is especially jarring because Diego's firm wish is to be a priest. Convincing a priest to abandon his faith by giving a woman a chemical which makes him unable to act rationally is a good act according to the devs.
- Fable II has a sidequest in which you can gather the corpse of Lady Grey for someone. Eventually it transpires that he's created a Dr. Frankenstein-like machine to bring her back to life...under a spell that forces her to fall in love with the first person she sees. The "Evil" option has you taking her for yourself, while the "Good" option is to let him have her, implying that reanimating her as a brainwashed corpse and forcing her into a relationship is not at issue.
- Averted in Elona, despite the game's wonky ideas of morality. Drugging food with a Love Potion and giving it to a companion will increase that companion's attraction level, but will also give you a hefty karma penalty. In fact, it could almost be an inversion, since doing this is worth -10 karma while getting someone drunk so that they'll sleep with you is only worth -1 karma.
- This has been stated by Word of God as a big part of the humor in Ghastlys Ghastly Comic. The artist said he's iffy about rape jokes involving realistic situations, but since nobody in real life has ever actually had their life ruined by tentacles, he feels okay joking about it. It helps that the tentacle monsters have human-level intelligence and understand things like consent, so nobody in the comic actually does get raped, outside of fantasy sequences.
- In at least one comic, it's the woman who is trying to bully the tentacle monster into a sexual encounter.
- A possible in-universe case occurs in Drowtales, where Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen has her friend Wiam Val'Jaal'darya get one of her lover Mel'arnach's eggs under false pretenses (Mel was under the impression it was for an experiment, which while technically true was still deceptive), and uses it to make their daughter Kalki without Mel knowing until years later. Of course try telling that to Snadhya's fans, or Mel'arnach for that matter, who seems to realize on some level what Snadhya did but decides to ignore the implications.
- Averted in Steve Lichman #6 (scroll down). Steve is asking Dracula for advice on how to get his girlfriend to "take it to the next level". Dracula suggests casting a glamour that will make her lust for him. Steve points out that this sounds a lot like rape, and Dracula tries convincing him otherwise. In the end, ghost cop Sgt. O'Malley clarifies things once and for all:
Sgt. O'Malley: "Steven, it's rape."
- Averted in Chakona Space when Malena uses an overdose of pheromones to get her brother (and mate) Garrek to impregnate her. Both are deeply traumatized (Malena because Garrek went feral) and Malena is ostracized to the point where she has to leave her home village. However, she is forgiven fairly quickly because: a, she didn't know that her pheromones would have that kind of effect, b, she became pregnant with triplets, and c, it was discovered that her mother had actually done the same thing to her father and was covering up her shame by kicking her out (also why she didn't know better).
- The disturbing Israeli short film Sight takes place in a world where people have a computer program called Sight implanted into their eyes that turns every task into a minigame. The story centers around a guy who is a Sight engineer. He goes on a date with a girl and uses a dating app that tells him what to say and do. When the girl realizes this she wants to leave, but he accesses her "profile," reprograms her and says "Let's try this again."
- In the Norwegian Star Wars fanfiction film The Drunken Jedi Master, the titular character uses a Jedi mind trick to make a women have sex with him. The woman's look of confused dismay on waking up with him the next morning makes it clear that she did not consent. It makes the film harder to enjoy when the main character is a rapist, though he's portrayed as morally ambiguous at best.