In fiction, the audience (and sometimes the hero) often doesn't just want the villain stopped
, they want to see him punished
. Often, and especially when the heroes are a little too heroic to get their hands dirty, this comes in the form of a Karmic Death
But some villains are so
villainous, so incredibly
evil, that "merely" dying seems like they're getting off just a tad too easy. For these villains, A Fate Worse Than Death
is in order. For the very worst of the worst
, we have Karmic Rape. Common
for those who are rapists themselves
, especially child molesters
Of course, many people would argue
that no one, no matter how evil, deserves rape. Due to the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment
, we're not here to take sides. What matters is that the rape is treated by the narrative and/or the characters
as a just punishment for the villain's crimes. Since Real Life
, as far as we know, lacks a narrative to pass judgment, No Real Life Examples, Please!
A subtrope of Sexual Karma
and Laser-Guided Karma
. Compare Pay Evil unto Evil
. Often implied if the villain is imprisoned
. Commonly played for laughs
, but can be portrayed seriously
. When played for laughs, often overlaps with Disproportionate Retribution
. Most examples
, but the odd Rare Female Example
pops up from time to time. Can overlap with Rape Portrayed as Redemption
if this starts the villain on the long hard road to a Heel-Face Turn
. Almost by definition comes with a heaping helping of Unfortunate Implications
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- In Karin, Bridget Brownlick is one of the masterminds behind the plan to kidnap Karin, rape, and forcibly impregnate her. When the Maka family find out about this and come to her rescue, Bridget herself ends up getting raped by Karin's brother Ren, and gets pregnant.
- In The Spider novel The Red Death Rain, the villainess is raped to death off-screen by an orangutan. Both a Karmic Rape and a Karmic Death as she had planned to do this to Nita van Sloane, in addition to killing large numbers of people with poisoned tobacco.
- In Myra Breckinridge, the titular character anally rapes a man using a strap-on dildo. This act is generally construed as teaching the man a lesson and making a statement for sexual equality. The entire work satirized sex, gender, and sexual practices.
- Zig-Zagged in The Wheel of Time:
- Mat's repeated rape at knife-point by Queen Tylin is generally Played for Laughs, and the other female characters see it as this trope until he, after much pleading for help, finally impresses the severity of the situation on them. Even after they help him, they (and the narrative) treat the situation much less seriously than they would if the genders had been reversed. Both they and the narrative are ultimately ambivalent on how much of this treatment he "deserved".
- The sexual abuse of the minor villain Galina by another woman plays this trope straight.
- Myrddraal are known for raping women, and such is considered a Fate Worse than Death on the utmost scale. If the woman survives she is usually driven mad. The Mouth of Sauron, Shaidar Haran, takes the form of a Myrddraal and twice focuses his "attention" on a female Forsaken, first Mesaana and then Graendal, as punishment for failure. In Graendal's case, she actually dies and has to be given a new body.
- In one of the SERRAted Edge novels by Mercedes Lackey, the villain of the book has been sexually molesting his daughter since she was 2 or 3. At the end of the book, he's dumped in an extradimensional prison cell with an entity that will put him through everything he did to the girl.