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A person ''nearly'' rapes another person. The first person then takes a step back, goes into MyGodWhatHaveIDone mode, and reacts with horror. They often run from the scene. Basically, it's the realization that "If I keep going now, I will have raped this person." In return, the near-rape victim is always badly shaken, but often forgives their attacker later because they had the self-control to stop. Forgiveness is a lot less likely in RealLife.

This trope also covers other My-God-I-am-nearly-a-rapist situations, such as drunk people stepping back just in time, grudgingly paying attention when your partner says no, or realising that maybe your rough consensual sex is getting a bit ''too'' rough and taking a deep breath for a minute.

Keep in mind that this is not about remorse or guilt after the act, but the attacker must stop of their own free will (although a degree of persuasion on behalf of the potential victim is allowed), not as a result of being fought off or somebody else stopping them. Contrast DateRapeAverted, AttemptedRape, DudeShesLikeInAComa.



* Used loosely in a British cautionary advert where a young teen watches himself through a glass window as he forces sex on his struggling girlfriend, at that point convinced she wants it. The teen is banging on the glass, crying, and shouting "You're raping her!" at his other self, who cannot hear. The advert ends with the warning, "If you could see yourself..."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Done twice virtually identically by Rumiko Takahashi, in the one-shot ''Fire Tripper'' and in a very early episode of ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku''. In both cases, the male lead is very drunk and basically tries to pull the old ''Gone with the Wind'' sweep her up and carry her to his room bit. In neither case was the relationship at that level at the time; both female leads are a mixture of scared, worried, (slightly) touched and quite angry. In both cases our boy passes out before things get too scary, which frees the object of his "affection" to get really annoyed/angry/disgusted. Both times, our hero remembers nothing about the incident the next morning, which ''really'' gets them in trouble.
* Also happens in ''Anime/{{Simoun}}''. In this case, the woman about to commit rape is forgiven by the victim, and they later begin their relationship anew as close friends.
* A poignant scene like this happens in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'': [[spoiler:Upon hearing Oscar choosing to live as a man in the navy, her ward Andre, who at this point is going blind due to an injury, tries to rape her. It's when he rips Oscar's shirt off and she starts crying that he stops. He even [[AllLoveIsUnrequited confesses his feelings]] for her after that.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' when [[spoiler: Kyouya pretends he's about to rape Haruhi to teach her that bad things could happen to her if she acts recklessly. She doesn't buy his act and calls his bluff]].
* Subverted in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' when a character nearly rapes his fiancee but stops not because of a MyGodWhatHaveIDone revelation, but because he simply decides to pick up where he left off after they're lawfully married. However, it's never clearly stated whether he actually succeeded or not the first time around.
* At one point in the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' manga, [[spoiler: Guts almost rapes Casca due to the strain of constantly fighting the monsters that are drawn to the their brands and watching over Casca in her [[CuteMute post-Eclipse state]] (which isn't made any easier seeing as Guts is [[HeartBrokenBadass desperate for Casca's emotional and physical intimacy]], adding that she also [[InnocentFanserviceGirl gets indecent a lot]]). His stress and desires eventually gets to be too much for Guts, and he almost succumbs to his [[EnemyWithin inner Beast]]. Luckily Guts stops himself before things go any further, but not before physically attacking her and the emotional damage inflicted on Casca is done.]]
* In the second ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' {{OVA}}, [[spoiler:Miaka was almost raped by Tasuki, who was being manipulated by a villain. He stops when she starts crying.]]
* This happens in the ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' episode "Domyoji Tsukasa Snaps". When Makino starts crying during their ForcefulKiss, Domyoji stops.
* Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo: After being screwed by a ReincarnationRomance-slash-GenderBender leaving him loving someone who now sees him solely as a best friend, Rune partners with the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment of]] [[GreenEyedMonster Jealousy]] and attempts to rape Yamato so that Yamato will love him back. He stops at the last minute though, realising he's too attached to Yamato to really go through with something horrible just to sate his own jealousy.
* The main character in ''Manga/MysteriousGirlfriendX'' acts this way after he gets a bit carried away after his girlfriend gave him permission to touch her breast seen [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/my_mysterious_girlfriend_x/v04/c021/10.html here]].
* In ''Moe Kare'', Arata brings a--nearly unconscious--drunk Hikaru to his apartment. He has her in his bed, mostly undressed, before realizing that he doesn't want her to cry the next morning.
* This happens to main character of ''Manga/AfterSchoolNightmare'', Mashiro, an intersex boy with female genitals, when Sou attacks and strips him, intending to rape him to "prove" he is a girl. When Sou taunts him, telling him he's "nothing like a real guy", Mashiro replies that if a real man is someone willing to hurt anyone to get what they want, then Mashiro really isn't one. Taken aback, Sou lets Mashiro go.
* In ''NyotaiKa'' DoggedNiceGuy Makoto, tired of lavishing his money and attention on women who don't reciprocate, attracts a goddess' attention when he wishes he could be a woman so someone would pay attention to him for a change. Unfortunately, after the goddess grants his wish and makes him a woman Makoto learns that the grass actually isn't greener on the distaff side when his very first date decides he's going to get sex in exchange for his money and attention and is not going to take no for an answer.
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': In episode 4, Tanukichi begins receiving love letters from a possible stalker. So he and Ayame decide to lure them out by leaving a note on the door saying [[DidntThinkThisThrough it was unlocked and that he reciprocated.]] When [[spoiler: Anna]] sees the note inviting her in, she takes it as a love confession and assumes they wanted [[DoYouWantToCopulate the same thing.]] So she binds Tanukichi, then strips him and herself, but doesn't go further than making out with him[[note]]she didn't know what else to do, since her parents never taught her about intercourse[[/note]]. Ayame walks in at that moment, causing [[spoiler: Anna]] to become flustered with embarrassment, gather her clothing, and leave.
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'': A vacation episode has a pair of guys sneak into Aoi's room to take advantage of her, while she's sleeping. Minutes later, they leave the room stunned after finding out [[{{transgender}} she]] had ''[[UnsettlingGenderReveal a penis.]]'' Aoi was a male patrol officer who "went native," while working [[DisguisedInDrag undercover]] to catch would-be muggers and [[TheChikan rapists]].

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/XMen'', during her time with the X-Men, Mystique may (or may not) have been raped by her erstwhile lover Iceman (he allegedly did it while she was in the bath; he waited for her to run a bath, then got into the water system so that he WAS the bathwater); this would explain why she later betrayed the X-Men to the Marauders AND why she tried to steal baby Hope Summers (during "Messiah Complex"); not because she wanted the power that she could obtain from her, but because she didn't feel that a group that tolerated a rapist on the team was fit to look after a baby.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' Kurogane pins down Syaoran and threathens to rape him after the latter expresses disappointment that [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe nothing happened when they were drunk]]. He backs off when he sees that Syaoran is terrified of him.
* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''Retribution'' this very nearly happens to Anna, thanks to Hans. It comes out of nowhere, is brief, and then hardly mentioned at all throughout the rest of the fic. For the reader, the suddenness of it can be jarring and interrupt the flow of the story.
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/TheDarkSideOfInnocence'', James is given a drug by Giovanni that makes him aggressive. The drug increases his desires towards Jessie however he has enough will to stop himself from hurting her.
* In the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfic ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak'' Shadow breaks into the infirmary during the riot arc and threatens to rape Amy, but is talked down by her in a scene that echoes Shadow and Amy's ARK scene in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', concluding with him breaking down in tears. Then more convicts turn up and Amy admits she can't talk them all down at once.

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%% * The classic Creator/StudioGainax example isn't ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'', but ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise''. Especially jarring because the guy is otherwise a [[WhatTheHellHero good guy and hero]], and the girl (even if she's a {{Deconstruction}} of the MessianicArchetype) doesn't care about it by the next scene, even using PolitenessJudo on his apology attempt.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the [[TheMovie film version]] of ''Literature/TheSheik'', the male protagonist intends to rape his female counterpart, but when he oversees her crying and praying he doesn't actually go through with it.
* In the second film of the ''Samurai Trilogy'', Miyamoto Musashi nearly forces himself on his ScreamingWoman / NeutralFemale love interest, Otsu. She doesn't want it, and Musashi carries on well past the point where its clear she doesn't want it. He catches himself before he actually does it, though. He is so ashamed and disgusted with himself that (after running away from Otsu) he quietly says "I renounce the love of women" and walks off into sunset (and the credits), marking his CharacterDevelopment from an ArrogantKungFuGuy to a zen MartialPacifist.
* In ''Film/DonJuanDemarco'', the title character relates a tale where [[SexSlave he's sold to the lusty Sultana Gulbeyaz.]] He resists her overtures, and for a few seconds she seems prepared to use violent means (a knife at his throat) to force his cooperation. But then she opts to try tactile persuasion instead (it works.)
* In the pre-[[UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode Hays Code]] drama ''She Had to Say Yes'', Loretta Young's character is nearly raped by her boyfriend when he suspects she's a "loose woman". After she stops resisting and asks if that's all she means to him, he stops himself. Then, not only does she forgive him, [[ValuesDissonance she ends up offering herself to him in the end]].
* In ''Film/EdenLog'', the man almost rapes [[spoiler:the botanist]] when he hallucinates that they are making love. He pulls back when he realizes what is actually happening.
* In ''Film/WithnailAndI'', Uncle Monty is about to force himself on the protagonist, before the protagonist lies and claims to be in a secret relationship with Withnail, which causes Monty to have a sudden attack of conscience.
%% * Both the German and American versions of ''The Experiment'' feature guards, drunk with power, about to commit rape.
* A variation is used in ''Film/SchindlersList''. Nazi Captain Amon Goeth develops a creepy infatuation for his Jewish maid, and makes an abortive attempt to force himself on her while she's standing motionless and frightened in a wet shirt. He stops himself, but not on any moral grounds; he accuses her of "seducing him" because he considers her an inferior, and beats her senseless instead.
* In ''Film/{{Siberiade}}'', Phil grabs Nastya, rips her dress apart, and throws her down on the hay in the barn. Then he seems to come to his senses, and walks out. She gathers up her clothes and leaves.
* In ''Film/WithinOurGates'', a white man is about to rape a black woman when he sees a distinctive scar on her chest and realizes that she is [[SurpriseIncest his long-lost daughter]].


* ''The Storm and the Splendor'' has such a scene, although Rud makes it clear soon afterward that he has a ''very'' loose definition of "willing."
* In P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', [[spoiler: Ganth]], half-crazy, almost rapes his seven-year-old daughter [[spoiler: Jame]], before he realizes what he's about to do and runs from her. The memory of this is told in flashbacks in book 4, ''To Ride a Rathorn'', and in the short story collection ''Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry''.
%% * In Nathaniel West's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'', Tod fantasizes about raping Faye and nearly does so at the campsite with Earle and Miguel.
* This happens at least once in ''The Last of the T'En'', where the main male character is once possessed by something evil and nearly rapes the heroine, but realizes what he's doing and stops 'himself' from doing it, and also in a rather dodgy scene in her bedroom. Both times he says, "I'm not really like that," or some variation of the theme...
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** A very drunk Sandor Clegane pins Sansa Stark down on her bed and makes her sing him a song. He leaves before going any farther, but later admits to her little sister that he had indeed intended to rape Sansa and possibly regrets not doing so. Making things more complex is the fact that Sandor had previously [[RescueRomance saved Sansa from a mob]] [[AttemptedRape intent on raping her during a riot]], and the fact that Sansa seems to like her memory of this incident.
** And again with Sansa and Tyrion. Only after making her strip does he realize that going through with it would be rape. Since this all takes place in the CrapsackWorld of Westeros, him ''not'' taking his (twelve-year-old) wife by force is seen as a magnanimous gesture rather than simply coming to his senses.
* Svidrigailov nearly rapes Dunya in ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment''.
* Marino almost rapes Scarpetta in one of Patrica Cornwell's later books. Because he's under the influence of some strange drug at the time, Kay forgives him. No one else (including Marino himself) does the same after and several subsequent books bring it up, usually when someone is trying to discredit Marino or imply Kay goes too easy on him.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike nearly raping Buffy, probably assuming her protests are part of another round of aggressive and forceful sex play.
** Creepier version in "Consequences", when Faith almost rapes Xander, then stops herself - opting just to kill him instead.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will tries to trick his girlfriend into bed after she tells him she wants to be celibate until marriage by setting up a fake wedding ceremony for the two of them. He later backs down after the guilt sets in.
%% * George and Bree in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''.
%% * ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s Luke and Laura fit this.
* In the first season of ''Series/SugarRush'', Kim is so desperate to bed Sugar that she even considers date-raping her, going so far as to invite Sugar over for the evening and preparing a huge stash of pills with which she intends to use to drug Sugar. However, she spends the whole episode debating to herself whether what she's doing is right or wrong, and eventually decides against it, feeling horribly guilty.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' in Season 15, serial rapist/murderer William Lewis nearly rapes Olivia Benson twice. The first time he is interrupted (and thus not the trope), but the second time he changes his mind at the last possible moment; he anticipates Olivia trying to resist his assault and when she remains mute and refuses to resist his advances, he is displeased and backs off. [[spoiler:Although Lewis decides not to rape her, what he decides to do next proves to be just as traumatic.]]
* On ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', Todd is literally this close to raping his wife Blair (he's infuriated at having discovered that she lied to him about being pregnant to get him to marry her and to get her hands on his money) when he looks down at her and sees not her face, but that of his previous victim.
%% * In ''Series/TheBletchleyCircle'', Lucy is used as bait to try and draw out the killer. Unfortunately, all they snag is a garden variety rapist.
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** A drunken [[spoiler: Shane]] nearly forces himself on [[spoiler: Lori]] in "TS-19", until her resistance makes him stop and think about what he was doing.
** In "The Dead Come Knocking", the Governor forces [[spoiler:Maggie]] into a ShamefulStrip and forces her down as if to rape her. When she makes clear that it won't break her, he stops.
* Happens to Ophelia in the fifth episode of ''Series/SweetVicious'' when she uses herself as [[TheBait bait]] to try and catch [[MonsterOfTheWeek Landon]]. Even though she escaped from it unscathed, it still left her badly traumatized.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Kahlan almost has sex with Richard when he's been [[{{Brainwashed}} Confessed]] and commanded to be with her. She changes her mind at the last minute though, realizing that it's wrong.

* Another of Shakespeare's comedies, ''Theatre/PericlesPrinceOfTyre'', has a 15-year-old girl kidnapped by pirates and sold to a brothel. Clients pay to have their way with her but she is so virtuous, they repent and become upstanding, respectful citizens.
* Shakespeare's comedic ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona'' nearly ends in tragedy when one of the titular gents decides in a fit of frustration that he'll force his beloved (who is in love with the other gent) to love him by raping her. Gent #2 shows up and talks him down before anything happens.
* Gérard in Umberto Giordanoís ''Andrea Chénier'' has been obsessed with Maddalena since childhood, and after he comes into power, he tracks her down for about an act and a half. When she comes to him for help, he tries to rape her. Just as she [[ScarpiaUltimatum resigns to her fate for her belovedís sake]], he stops, moved, and decides to help her and Chénier instead. Heís too late and Chénier and Maddalena, who decides to share his fate, are executed, but she forgives Gérard and they part as friends.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'', Heat forcefully kisses Sera but stops when he sees her tears. To Heat's credit, [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove he hasn't a clue what he's doing.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
%% * [[spoiler: Ryo]] in ''VisualNovel/CrescendoEienDatoOmotteItaAnoKoro'' or not, depending on what choice the player makes.
* During one chapter of ''VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo'', [[spoiler:Kuze tries to rape Mizuki to make her want to stay away from him. He doesn't go through with it at the very last minute, but it scares her pretty badly; Kuze becomes disgusted with himself shortly afterward, and gets a karmic heart attack while {{wangst}}ing]].
* The ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' VisualNovel, several times. At one point, a glimpse into Arc's own mystic eyes switches Shiki into Rape Mode. If you don't immediately stop when given the option, you suffer an unrelated KarmicDeath not long after. Shiki also nearly (or actually) rapes Kohaku, depending on the route. Like with the above example, actually going through results in a KarmicDeath.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nicole}}'': As far as [[LoveInterest Love Interests]] go, a variation occurs toward the end of [[spoiler:Jeff]]'s route; in this case, it's not a sudden realization of what he's doing, but rather [[spoiler:that he never intended to do it in the first place. He just wanted to make Nicole hate him by scaring the hell out of her. Not that it makes it much ''better'', but at least the intent was never there -- no matter how she reacts, he'll back down. Hell, the best way to shut him up is to ''dare him to do it'', which gives a +5 boost to the relationship[[note]][[DoNotTryThisAtHome THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED IN REAL LIFE]][[/note]]. The implication is that as much as he ''wanted'' to scare her off, what he ''needed'' was to hear that she knew him well enough to know that it was all bullshit]]. Still, the scene is genuinely creepy and frightening and ''wrong'' on every level, and it's played that way. Nicole shivers when he first touches her and she realizes what he's doing, but it's from nerves, not any kind of enjoyment or desire. At no point during the scene does she feel anything besides fear [[spoiler:and, once she realizes his true intent, ''severe annoyance'' and anger]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/SurvivalOfTheFittest''
** Subverted with Adam Reeves, who gets the 'MyGodWhatHaveIDone' moment, then decides to ''[[MoralEventHorizon keep going]]''. That more or less cemented what an utter bastard he is.
** J.R. Rizzolo's torture of Laeil Burbank ''almost'' starts out with a rape scene, but then Riz decides it'd be a better idea to [[EyeScream cut out her eye instead]]. This was due to Riz' handler planning a rape scene, but deciding at the last minute that he wasn't up for it.
* ''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'': PPC exorcisms in rapefics almost always happen just in the nick of time to prevent the rape, for reasons of dramatic tension. The rapist characters tend to react with horror upon realising what the badfic was making them do.
* Music/{{Vocaloid}}'s song "Cantarella" featured this.
** The original tale has Kaito spike a cup of wine and gets Miku to drink it and pass out. In some versions, he then attempts to rape her but stops when the sight of her brings up their childhood memories together, followed by her waking up and telling him she loves him, waking up and killing him, or never waking up at all due to overdose or poisoning.
** In other versions, Miku was either awakened early or never drugged. In these versions, Kaito corners her and hesitates or at least ties her up before the scene pans away.
** There are yet other versions with Gakupo in place of Kaito or both replaced by Len and Rin respectively.

%% No real life examples on rape tropes. Seriously.