"This woman has just cut, chopped, broken and burned five men beyond recognition... but no jury in America would ever convict her!"The character, or someone close to the character, has been raped. And now it's time to settle the score. It might develop into a Roaring Rampage of Revenge or Ax-Crazy vigilantism, but it might also take a far more sophisticated turn. In a way, it is an inversion of Honor-Related Abuse, making sure that it is the attacker rather than the victim who is Defiled Forever. Rape and revenge accept the premise that rape constitutes permanent destruction, but adds the idea that it's not necessarily the victim who gets destroyed. She can avert being Defiled Forever by defiling her abuser back... or maybe it will turn into a black hole where everyone is damned. In most cases, of course, the one carrying out the revenge is the victim, but not always. This Trope also covers times where a sibling, spouse, or pretty much any other close relation of the victim decides to track the rapist down. Vengeance for violation is a subset of "Crime Pursued by Vengeance," one of the Thirty Six Dramatic Situations recognized by Georges Polti. For rape as revenge, see Karmic Rape. By the way, we need to mention something really important: although many stories involve cops, judges or juries simply looking the other way, the type of pre-meditated manhunts that are standard to this trope would be seen as murder by an actual, real court of law. As a result, we must ask you No Real Life Examples, Please!
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Anime and Manga
- As the main plot, Asagami Fujino takes violent revenge on the gang of hoodlums who've repeatedly raped her in the third movie of Kara no Kyoukai.
- In Berserk, Guts took violent revenge during his childhood on a pedophilic soldier named Donovan, who raped him after his adoptive father sold the poor kid to him as a child prostitute for three silver coins. During the battle the following day, Guts followed Donovan when he ventured away from the main group and brutally killed him. In addition, his vendetta against Griffith in general after the Eclipse is greatly motivated by this, given what Griffith did to his Love Interest Casca right in front of him and how he was helpless to stop it, and it would be the last thing his right eye would ever see before being clawed out. It also doesn't help that her violation all but mirrored Guts' own traumatic childhood experience so it's no joke that this act would be the one that Guts would NEVER forgive Griffith for.
- The Attempted Rape version happens in Bitter Virgin, where Daisuke goes berserk when he catches a guy trying to rape his Love Interest Hinako who had already been a victim of sexual abuse. Hinako has to give him a Cooldown Hug to stop him.
- Suboshi tries to rape Miaka in Fushigi Yuugi because his Love Interest Yui was raped (or so she thinks), and blames it on Miaka for not answering her calls for help and obsessing over Tamahome, whom Yui also liked. In actuality, the only reason Miaka didn't help Yui was because she couldn't hear Yui from outside of the book after changing out of her school uniform.
- In Narutaru, after the infamous "test tube" incident at the hands of Aki Honda and her vicious Girl Posse, Lonely Rich Kid Hiroko Kaizuka gets her hands on one of the series' Shadow Dragons and proceeds to take violent revenge upon the Girl Posse in what proves to be her Start of Darkness. The absolute worst death of the entire rampage is reserved for Aki Honda herself, who gets raped with the Shadow Dragon's clawed finger before being ripped in half.
- And much later in the manga, another girl, Mamiko Kuri, unleashes her Shadow Dragon on several thugs who've just raped her. Although the "revenge" part may be debatable, since she didn't exactly look upset or even moved by the rape and was on her way to wipe out all humanity anyway. Oh, and all three of the mentioned rape victims are 12-13 year old girls. Yeah. Narutaru is fucked up.
- A Cruel God Reigns: Jeremy eventually gets revenge for the 6 months of sexual and physical abuse his stepfather put him through by wrecking the brakes on his car. Unfortunately, it also kills his mother and turns his life into a living hell.
- Ghost Talkers Daydream: A cabbie named Shigeura picked up a female passenger after hours, and took her to Inbanuma, with the intent to rape her. But he couldn't go through with it, so he called his friend (and co-worker), Muraoka, for advice about what to do with her. To his horror, Muraoka raped, beat, and eventually strangled her in the backseat of Shigeura's cab, despite his pleas to let the girl go. Which leads to Shigeura speeding off in a panic and committing suicide, later, at his home. When Misaki learns of this, she uses herself as bait to lure Muraoka back to Inbanuma, so their deceased spirits could exact karmic justice.
- Uchi no Musume ni Te o Dasu na!: In the "MILF of Steel", Athena is defeated by Heavy Metal, for the second time. He then spends the half of the story raping her, while gloating about the first time he and the rest of her enemies did it to her 20 years ago. But when he muses that her daughter could be his, Athena turns around in mid-coitus and tells him he's wrong. She had already given her virginity to her husband and was pregnant with his child, before the rape incident. Having set the record straight, Athena tightens her legs around his waist and uses her immense strength to crush his spine.
- Happened in Black Butler through the younger Phantomhive twin's backstory. After being gang-raped, tortured, and watching his brother die, the first thing he did was order Sebastian to massacre his captors. This gets mildly deconstructed as the violent revenge became part of his trauma, and he suffers flashbacks when witnessing similar violence.
- Saya from Blood+ has chased her sister Diva for a long time because she wanted to kill her, because Diva is a very vicious vampire. But when Diva raped Saya's adoptive brother Riku and killed him, Saya is very more determined to hunt her.
- In Future Diary Ai is lured by some of her classmates in an empty warehouse where she is to be raped by three gangsters. Her boyfriend, Marco, comes to help her but is not there in time, so one of them rapes her. When the rapist sees Marco, he pulls out a knife to attack him, but Marco kills him.
- Sword Art Online: The climax of the Fairy Dance arc is more along the lines of Attempted Rape and Revenge, but the basic principle is the same. When Sugou/Oberon has Kirito pinned down, he decides to go the extra mile to torment him by making Kirito watch as he sexually assaults Asuna, tearing her clothes off, groping her, and licking her. When giving admin privileges by Kayaba's Virtual Ghost, Kirito makes sure that Sugou's defeat at his hands is as painful and humiliating as possible, turning off the Pain Absorber to make sure every wound inflicted on Sugou's avatar would carry over to his real body before killing Oberon so brutally that Sugou is left permanently injured in real life. When Sugou later tries to attack him in real life as payback, Kirito manages to overpower him and is sorely tempted to slit Sugou's throat with his own knife, just barely stopping himself from doing so.
- In The Authority, Apollo is subdued and then raped by a member of a government-sponsored superteam given the directive to neutralize The Authority. In a later confrontation, this same super is paralyzed from the waist down by Apollo, and the last we see of him is a look of horror on his face as The Midnighter, Apollo's boyfriend, stands over him with an evil grin, holding a rusty, but operational jackhammer.
- In The Walking Dead, the Governor rapes Michonne repeatedly. As soon as she escapes, she puts him through the most terrifying torture scene of the series, but doesn't have the time to finish him off.
- At the end of Chuck Austen's heinously bad Church of Humanity arc in Uncanny X-Men, we find that this entire arc was an elaborate revenge scheme headed up by the leader of the aforementioned church, who was previously a Catholic nun who'd been raped by a priest and wanted to destroy the Catholic Church in retaliation, annihilate mutantkind just because she hated them, and set herself up as a sort of messiah to prove her importance all in one fell swoop.
- In the Batman comics, the vigilante Pagan got her start by extracting violent revenge on the men who raped her sister (who later committed suicide).
- Fables makes this Snow White's backstory. There's a damned good reason why Snow does not take kindly to anybody mentioning the Seven Dwarfs.
- Kevin Smith's Spider-Man/Black Cat miniseries controversially gave this as Black Cat's origin, via Retcon.
- X-Men: Mystique may or may not have been raped by her erstwhile lover Iceman during her time with the X-Men; apparently, he waited for her to run a bath, then got into the water system so that he was the bathwater; then he "did it" while she was in the bath. This was the reason she later betrayed the X-Men to the Marauders, and tried to steal the baby "Mutant Messiah", Hope Summers (during "Messiah Complex"); because she didn't think a group that tolerated a rapist on the team was fit to look after a child.
- In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Captain Nemo's daughter Janni (who is also Jenny Diver from The Threepenny Opera) initially runs away from her birthright as a pirate queen to work in a greasy spoon in London, where she is gang-raped by depraved, misogynistic customers. Cue the total devastation of the London waterfront when she calls in the Nautilus and takes command.
- This is part of the plot of Conqueror of the Barren Earth: after Zhengla captures Jinal, he appears to rape her, although it is not completely clear. After that, he enslaves her, until she declares her love for him. The two of them then team up to conquer the world. At the moment of their complete victory, however, she shoots and kills him. Was that for revenge, which she does claim, or because she wanted to rule alone without sharing power? Probably both. It is also an unusual example, in that her repeated declarations of love for him appear to be unfeigned, or at least not altogether insincere. When she realizes that he has not died from her gunshot, her immediate reaction appears to be relief, and she rushes to his side. When she realizes that he has only moments to live, she holds his hand and promises that she will carry on their work. She seems to have simultaneously loved him, hated him, and used him as a means to an end.
- Robyn Hood: Robyn returns to find the man that raped her, first killing his two best friends and then seemingly killing his father before confronting him. He shocks her by revealing that he had forgotten who she was and that him raping her was not even worth remembering. She drags him outside and kills him as well. When leaving, she confronts two police officers and attacks them, but realizes that although they were complicit in her rape, they are not exactly guilty either. Instead, she gets them to call the sheriff in for backup (he was partially responsible for a lack of justice in her case). She kills him and then leaves.
- Arawn: Siahm was raped by Bran after he killed her husband Dag. She immediately killed him after freeing herself.
- Batman fic The Doctors and the Nurses, They Adore Me So by Lauralot features a male example in such a way that involves magnificent badassery, squick, and no small amount of woobie-ism when the results are unsatisfying. As if Jonathan Crane's life wasn't bad enough already.
- Quite a few fan sequels to World Financial Crisis Gangbang involve this.
- In Familiar47's Invader Zim fan-series, this is part of his character Skullene's backstory: after failing to assassinate Tallest Red, she was sent to prison, where Admiral Rizz (one of the Tallest's lackeys) repeatedly raped her, for the fun of it. Eventually, she had enough, broke free during one of Rizz's "visits", killed him, and then proceeded to kill everyone else who worked in the prison, because they all knew what Rizz was doing to her and did nothing to stop him.
- Kid and Soul pull this off after what happens to Maka in the Soul Eater fanfiction Scars and Stitches.
- In the Pony POV Series 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden story, Patch ends up brainwashed by Film Critique, a Pegasus abusing the blue shard (Laughter) of the Rainbow of Light. She's put in his harem and raped repeatedly (along with the rest of his brainwashed harem) while under his spell. When she finally gets free, she responds by stealing his shard, shooting him in the leg, then locking him in a room with his now unbrainwashed harem, who hack him to pieces with swords. Her friend Melody later says (well, writes) that Critique got exactly what he deserved.
- In with the Old, Out with the New had Kano kidnap, torture, and rape Cassie Cage. Yes, Kano raped Sonya and Johnny's daughter. And it's Sonya who not only beats Kano within an inch of his life, but also avenged Cassie by killing him outright.
- In the Star Wars fic Therapy, Princess Leia shoots an Imperial prisoner in what seems like cold blood. He was a prisoner of the rebels, but they don't want to be seen as executing people without due process. People start yelling for Leia to be punished and even Luke can't understand his sister's actions. After getting her away from the crowd, though, Han coaxes Luke off for a private chat. He reveals that the man Leia shot had raped her while they were being held at Bespin. Luke is shocked and more understanding, though he doesn't completely condone her actions. Han says he would have killed the guy slowly, but Leia recognized him first. And, he says that maybe it was better that way because it let her start to put the incident behind her and move on.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
- In Act II chapter 22, Miyabi extorts Mizore for sex in exchange for sparing her mother's life, only for Miyabi to order Tsurara's execution anyway. When Dark finds out a few chapters later, he flies into an Unstoppable Rage, personally killing Miyabi and making sure his death is as painful and brutal as possible.
- In Act VI chapter 24, Gabriel flies into a similar Unstoppable Rage when Rathieal reveals what Luna went through as a Baby Factory for Babylon's army, and attacks Rathieal with everything he has. In the end, however, he's not the one to finish him off; Astreal does so with the Artimus Arrow.
Films — Live-Action
- The Brave One: After being brutalized by a gang of thugs (who also kill her boyfriend and steal her dog), the protagonist gradually turns vigilante.
- In Kill Bill, one of the "sidequests" is to murder the guy who raped her while she was in a coma. The main storyline (and the backstory of one of the antagonists) also have heavy overtones of Rape And Revenge.
- As does the movie and manga that it draws inspiration from, Lady Snowblood. The title character's mother was raped by four men who murdered her family, and she took revenge upon the first one before being caught by the police and thrown in prison. Upon the title character's birth, her mother charged her with the task of completing her vengeance by killing her other three tormentors.
- This is also the trigger event of the Joshuu Sasori series, another influence on Kill Bill. Matsu is seduced by a detective, who persuades her to go undercover in a nightclub run by Yakuza he's targeting. Then he engineers a tip-off, resulting in Matsu being captured and gang-raped, purely so he can then catch them in the act of raping her. She tried to kill him and fails, leading to her imprisonment; her desire for revenge is what keeps her going.
- The Exploitation Film Thriller: A Cruel Picture (aka They Call Her One-Eye) is about a young woman who is abducted, given heroin until she develops an addiction, and is forced to prostitute herself to some rather rough clients, getting her eye gouged out by her bastard of a pimp when she refuses one of them. She escapes her captors with the help of another prostitute, learns how to fire a gun, drive a car, and perform martial arts, allowing her to ultimately take revenge against her tormentors.
- I Spit on Your Grave is built entirely on this trope and does it quite over the top. The remake and its first sequel take things further, with its protagonists sometimes torturing their enemies before killing them.
- Wes Craven
- Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left is often compared to the above mentioned I Spit on Your Grave, as it is thematically similar. Although in this case, two girls are raped and murdered, and it's the parents of one of the girls who take vengeance. The Remake is slightly different.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): Serial killer Freddy Krueger was burned alive by the angry parents of his victims. Craven's original idea was that Freddy Krueger was a child molester/murderer, but it was too controversial for the time, thus it was changed to child murderer only instead. They did went straight with the molestation part in the reboot A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010).
- In The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and the 2006 remake both have one of the mutants, Mars, raping Brenda, one of the teen daughters of the Carter family which reinforces their hatred toward the Jupiter Clan (at least from the surviving members of the family).
- Also invoked in Scream 2 when an unmasked Ghostface Mickey Altieri taints Sidney as it seems that her mother was gang-raped by Hollywood producers, in order to turn her into his accomplice.
- Ms. 45: "A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York after dark and randomly kills men with a .45 caliber gun."-IMDB plot summary.
- The Dirty Harry movie Sudden Impact has Harry investigating a series of murders by a woman out for revenge against her rapists.
- In Gran Torino, the main character makes friends with a girl, who is later raped by gang members. He gets revenge on them by sending them to jail at the cost of his own life.
- The French film Irreversible (2002): two friends of a girl called Alex brutally kill her rapist. But they don't.
- The fantasy movie Red Sonja has this as the basic premise... with the added fantasy element of a female deity manifesting to heal the character after the violation, thus making her ready to become a hero.
- While not being the main plotline in the same way, this is also an important part of the backstory for the comic book character that the movie is built on.
- The title character of Hannie Caulder, who trained under a retired gunslinger to get revenge on three vicious outlaws who murdered her husband, one of whom raped her. After almost getting killed in taking down the first bandit due to hesitation, when she finds the second bandit, the one who raped her, she lays into him with utter rage, blasting him straight to hell.
- How about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Lisbeth Salander takes a brutal retribution against her rapist.
- However, this is a very unusual case of this trope; see below under "Literature" for details.
- Another Exploitation Film, Axe!, also features this trope as a central theme.
- Examples with male victims are Vulgar and Troma's Father's Day.
- In Descent, the main character Maya is raped at the beginning of the movie. This act was done by someone who was initially a nice guy and potential love interest. Cue the inevitable downfall of everything that was right in her world. That is, UNTIL she invites her rapist back over to her place. He thinks he's coming for a good time, but she has other plans in mind: having him tied to a bed and raped by another man while she watches with utter hatred in her eyes.
- In Braveheart, the husband of a woman raped by an English nobleman exercising Droit du Seigneur near the beginning of the film gets his chance at payback when the Scottish rebels take over the rapist's garrison. Not being, apparently, the overly subtle type, he unceremoniously smashes the guy's head in with a mace, and that's the last we hear about it.
- In Lajja, Bulwa avenges Ramdulaari's rape, as well as the Attempted Rape on his mother, by killing male followers of Sleazy Politician Gajendra.
- It's not part of the main plot, but in Pulp Fiction, Marcellus Wallace promises full payback to Zed, the man who raped him:
"What now? Let me tell you what now. I'ma call a coupla hard, pipe-hittin' niggers, who'll go to work on homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. You hear me talkin', hillbilly boy? I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'ma get medieval on your ass."
- A female on female example of this is Five Across the Eyes, where a psychotic woman tortures five teenage girls through means that include sexually humiliating them, and violating them with objects like a screwdriver and a shotgun. They avenge themselves by stabbing her to death with a screwdriver and then setting her on fire.
- In Bad Reputation, a Shrinking Violet is gang raped by Jerk Jocks at a party, then humiliated and labeled the "school slut" by a Girl Posse. After her mother and the school guidance counselor prove unsympathetic (to the point of basically blaming her), she completely snaps, and decides to get even as a Femme Fatale.
- In the 1986 Australian film Fair Game, the protagonist Jessica is hunted by three vicious kangaroo poachers. When they catch her, they "skin" her by tearing off her clothes, rape her, and tie her to their truck. Then Jessica gets pissed and turns their sadistic game around on them by setting traps to immobilize them and then killing them.
- This is a major theme in the 1987 Australian film Shame.
- Sucker Punch: Baby Doll was raped by her stepfather before she seeks revenge on all the bad males who are implied to have raped at least some of the ladies in the asylum.
- In Deliverance, Bobby is the first to agree to bury the dead rapist mainly for this reason.
- In the 1984 film Savage Streets, Brenda, one of a group of high-school girls, goes vigilante after her mute sister Heather is raped by a vicious gang who also murder her best friend Francine.
- In the finale of Cannibal Holocaust, after enduring all kinds of ugly treatment from the film crew, up to and including murder, the Yanomamo tribe finally have enough after the crew gang-rape one of their women. Their revenge on the crew is anything but pretty.
- In Teeth, Dawn's Vagina Dentata really saves her a lot of time carrying out this trope. The ending also heavily implies she's taken up being a vigilante in search of more rapists to bite.
- American Me: During a stint in Juvie, Santana is raped by another boy under threat of getting shivved. Afterwards, he immediately retaliates against his rapist and kills him with his own knife. This earns Santana notoriety, but also gets him convicted of murder and his sentence (initially for robbery) extended by years.
- The first two Death Wish movies see Paul Kersey seeking violent revenge against some vicious scum. The first movie has him going after crooks in general after his wife is killed and his daughter is raped. In the second movie, his poor daughter is raped again, just before she and his housekeeper are killed, which leads Paul to specifically go after the bastards responsible.
- The eponymous character in the Colombian movie Rosario Tijeras, has that nickname (Tijeras means scissors) because she castrated the man who raped her with a pair of scissors.
- The 1975 film Satan's Children. A teenage boy named Bobby is constantly sexually harassed by his step-sister. Later, he is gang raped by bikers. After being found by a group of local Satanic teenagers, the taunts from their leader inspire him to go on a murder spree where he shoots dead every man who raped him and dumps his step-sister with the Satanists to be crucified.
- American Mary mix with Body Horror, is about a medical student avenging her rape at the hands of a teacher using her surgery knowledge and entering the body modification black market.
- The 2017 French film Revenge has the mistress of a millionaire join him and two of his buddies on a hunting trip, where she's raped by one of them and then sent off a cliff when she threatens to notify the guy's wife about it. The mistress not only survives, but hunts down each of the scumbags in question.
- The Argentine film No Moriré Sola (I'll Never Die Alone) is about three women who run foul of some poachers after helping someone they shot on the road, and are tortured, raped and left for dead. The rest of the film has them seeking vengeance on the poachers.
- Lemon Tree Passage: The angry ghost is the spirit of a young woman who was raped and murdered; lashing out to inflict vengeance on any who come near enough.
- The General's Daughter has a more long-range version of this trope: the titular young woman was gang-raped during an exercise while she was training in West Point and her father decided to help sweep the whole thing under the rug for the sake of advancing his career. This made her snap and spent the rest of her life (and military career) secretly seducing all of her father's staff for the sake of humiliating him until he hopefully snapped, or as she called it, "an exercise in psychological warfare". Her Plot-Triggering Death was done by a member of the staff that had gone completely loony stalker, but was allowed by the general because he saw it as the only way she would stop hurting him.
- In the Hurog duology, there is a rare male example, with Garannon, who has been a Sex Slave to the king since he was about 14 years old. The rapist thinks his victim is too broken to kill him ... turns out this isn't the case. Moment of Awesome ensues.
- In Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Tess murders Alec, who deflowered her when she was young and later forced her to become his mistress to save her family from financial ruin. It's implied that, out of despair, she becomes his mistress soon after the rape (because Victorian standards would stipulate she belongs to him) until she finds the courage to leave him. Then, Tess later becomes Alec's mistress a second time to save her family and she fiercely murders him, not just to be with the husband who abandons her, but because Alec clearly wronged her.
- In Dirty Weekend, the protagonist Bella is a shy little woman who has been stalked by a predator for a while and finally snaps. Her "revenge" is of the slippery slope kind, eventually including a man who merely politely flirted with her.
- In the third book of the Twilight series Eclipse, it's implied that this trope happened to Rosalie. It's not outright stated that she was raped, but at the very least she was severely beaten and later killed the guys who did it, which included her fiancé.
- The Illustrated Guide has this as Siobhan's backstory. She was kidnapped, raped, and turned into a vampire by a Turkish vampire building a harem for himself. After her transformation into a vampire was complete, she promptly killed him and the few harem women who tried to protect him.
- In the first book of the Millennium Trilogy, one of the main plotlines is the female protagonist getting revenge on a man who had raped her. This remains one of the underlying themes in the whole trilogy, as it turns out that she had been abused during her childhood as well.
- It should be noted, though, that the instance of her being raped by Bjurman is very different from ordinary examples of this trope, in that the rape and revenge acts more as an Establishing Character Moment for Lisbeth than a storyline in itself. It has no relation to the main plot (though Bjurman's attempt at revenge helps drive the plot of the sequel), and serves little purpose beyond establishing her as a character that you really do not want to provoke, and showing how mentally resilient she is by her ability to completely move on from it once she's taken revenge. There is also a notable subversion of this trope in Harriet Vanger, who only acts in self-defense against her original rapist and flees from the second one rather than kill him, for which Lisbeth holds her in considerable contempt.
- This was a recurring theme in the stories in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress anthologies. Bradley mentions in the introduction to one volume that she was starting to get tired of them, but still included some since they clearly spoke to her target audience.
- Mercedes Lackey's Vows & Honor stories has Tarma becoming Swordsworn (a celibate warrior-priestess) to go after the bandits who murdered her entire clan, gang-raped her, and left her for dead. The first volume was published in Sword and Sorceress, and Lackey was afraid it would be rejected for following the theme, but she needn't have worried.
- In David Eddings's Regina's Song, one girl of a pair of identical twins is raped and murdered, inspiring the other to hunt down and messily murder sexual predators in her search for the man responsible.
- In Strands Of Starlight, protagonist Miriam is raped by a man whom she has just saved from the brink of death. The entire plot revolves around Miriam's thirst for vengeance and the lengths she is willing to go to in order to get it, including being transformed into an Elf, learning swordsmanship, and eventually letting her rapist live after using magic to change his personality completely.
- In Medalon, Jennifer Fallon's first book in the Demon Child trilogy, the female protagonist is repeatedly raped and forced to keep quiet about it for the sake of the man she cares about. Then, of course, her rapist decides to threaten him instead. Really. Bad. Move. Two books later, she properly gets revenge for what he did to her. By that time, she's a Physical God who became a Magnificent Bastard by taking down an entire religion, rearranging the political landscape of an entire continent, took another god to the cleaners, and still had time afterwards to set up an entirely new form of governance for her home country. Let's just say that the words Fate Worse than Death have seldom been more suitably applied by the time she's done with him.
- In Rudyard Kipling's Epitaphs of the War: 1914-1918 this chilling epitaph is written:
RAPED AND REVENGEDOne used and butchered me: another spiedMe broken — for which thing an hundred died.So it was learned among the heathen hostsHow much a freeborn woman’s favour costs.
- The climax of Is-a-Man by J.T. Edson has Annie Singing Bear taking revenge on four Mexicans who raped a member of her tribe. She kills three of them and the fourth, who shows cowardice rather than fighting her honourably, she castrates.
- From the Saga of Hrolf Kraki: King Helgi of Denmark rapes Queen Oluf of Saxony. Many years later, Helgi falls in love with Yrsa — unbeknownst to him, his own daughter with Oluf. Queen Oluf willfully waits until Helgi has married and impregnated Yrsa before revealing the truth.
- Happens several times in the Belisarius Series. Evil characters often rape women either on the spur of the moment or by making them brothel-slaves. Such people usually come to a bad end, much to the reader's satisfaction. Even the hitman Ajutasutra several times makes it clear what he thinks about pimps. In a rather "rigorous" manner...
- In The Sevenwaters Trilogy, the heroine is raped by bandits. Her six brothers are under an enchantment that allows them to wake up just one day out of the year. Unfortunately for the bandits, this happens to be that one day...
- In one of Bertram Fox's BDSM stories, The Anniversary Treat, the vengeful lady contrives to have vaginal sex with her former rapist and make it purely painful and degrading for him. (Ligatures and a prostate vibrator are involved, inter alia.) And promises they'll do it lots more.
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Oberyn Martell wanted nothing more than to kill Ser Gregor Clegane, the man who raped and murdered his sister Elia at the Sack of King's Landing. He eventually exacts his revenge years later, but at the cost of his own life.
- There's also Tyrion's backstory going in this book and A Feast for Crows. Combining this trope with Honor-Related Abuse, Lord Tywin decides to teach his son, Tyrion a "harsh lesson" because Tyrion had the gall to marry a woman Tywin did not like, for being from a "lower" house. Tywin's "theory" is that the poor woman was a whore who only married Tyrion for money and gaining the Lannister name. Tywin decides to make it true by having an entire garrison rape the woman while Tyrion is Forced to Watch, each soldier throwing her a silver coin when he's done, as apparently, a rape victim officially becomes a whore if she gets paid for it afterwards, consent be damned. Tyrion is then forced to go last, and give her a gold coin afterwards. "Because Lannisters are worth more." Tywin all but states that only a whore would give Tyrion any affection willingly. Tywin is both shocked and outraged that Tyrion spends all his time among whores afterwards. When Jaime tells Tyrion that the poor woman was not a whore, "not really" prior to the event and that the Rescue Romance that led to Tyrion's marriage was genuine, Tyrion immediately abandoned all thoughts of escape until he went and killed Tywin, personally.
- This is the driving force behind "Big Driver", a story in Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars.
- A Place of Execution: An entire town conspire to arrange the trial and execution (for a faked murder) of the man who raped all their children.
- There is an erotic novel ending up with a woman, her doctor (whom she was dating), and her male cousin (with whom she experimented when she was younger) having worked together to abduct the person who raped her and having that person at their mercy. The setup is not exactly typical, though: the rapist turns out to be the doctor's wife (who was using a strap-on).
- In John Dies at the End, Dave recounts retaliating against his bully after what's implied to be rape by stabbing his eyes out.
- Joe Pickett: What is ultimately revealed to be the motive behind the Apparently Unrelated Murders in Blood Trail.
- The climax of "Naantam, Naantam," a story from the What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse collection, plays out this way. A Powhatan witch's would-be assailant gets turned into a twisted, deformed half-wolf beast that is so utterly hideous and clearly suffering that his brother shoots him in a Mercy Kill.
- Quantum Leap: Perhaps the trope codifier in the 1991 episode "Raped." When Sam leaps into the body of a rape victim named Katie, he thinks at first he's there to help a jittery, shaken girl correct her inability to get through the trial of her attacker (an all-American hero and son of his hometown's mayor), but he soon realizes — after the (now) ex-boyfriend is still acquitted — that he's there for a very different reason. That happens when the boy, Kevin, pays Katie a "very special visit": He's pissed as hell and plans a very vicious rape in revenge, and even begins by knocking "Katie" off the porch. Unknown to him, Sam is still in her body and when he gloats and begins unzipping his pants to begin his revenge, "Katie" kicks him in the groin so hard it stuns Kevin and causes him to crash into the gazebo swing ... and when Sam regains his bearings, it is nothing short of a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Ax-Crazy attack. Sam punches the guy in the groin once again, knocking him off the gazebo, after which Sam-as-Katie screams at Kevin about how he showed her no mercy when she begged him to stop, repeatedly punching him in the head and kneeing him in the gut and groin (Kevin manages to blurt out "I'm sorry" only a couple of times) before delivering a huge knockout blow. The revenge is sweet, as it shows that Katie is determined to not let being raped defeat her or define her, and that Kevin will never again be able to attack a woman.note
- Game of Thrones: Oberyn Martell is out for vengeance against all those who had a hand in his sister Elia's rape and murder, starting with the perpetrator.
- Sansa Stark feeds Ramsay, who had raped her multiple times after their wedding, to his own dogs. Alive.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit features several cases, and has one episode entirely dedicated to a previous case — the previous victim is back, and now she's stalking her abuser.
- In Veronica Mars, Veronica tries to avenge her own rape in season one and eventually sort of succeeds at the end of two. In season three, she spends a good ten episodes trying to avenge Parker's rape.
- Discussed in NCIS when Ziva was asked what she would do if she had been raped. Being Ziva, she calmly replied that she'd torture her rapist until he cried like a baby and then she'd castrate him.
- Criminal Minds tends to make this a motive for some unsubs:
- One unsub snapped after seeing her rapists walk free and started committing murders.
- Sheila, the older sister and guardian of rape victim Lauren, goes into Knight Templar Big Sister mode by capturing and attempting to kill the group of people responsible for her sister's rape.
- "Revenge", one episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, done in both the original and the '80s reboot, had this as its setup. After a wife is raped, she identifies a man walking down the street as her rapist to her husband, who then goes out and kills him. Only moments later, he realizes he ended up killing an innocent man.
- The plot of season 5 of Dexter centers around Lumen enlisting Dexter to help off the people who raped and tortured her.
- Sweet/Vicious is founded on this, turned Up to Eleven. After realizing how difficult it is for rape victims to get justice, Jules Thomas picks up the slack on a vigilante basis, avenging not just her own assault but every other girl on her college campus. Which is to say, she beats up rapists, taunts them when they beg for mercy, and often forces them to own up to what they did, at least to her, if the authorities aren't going to do anything.
- Jules: [tracing a knife along his thigh] You scared, Will? Do you feel powerless? [presses the knife against his crotch] Do I have consent, Will? I want you to think about Beth. Think about the music you played to drown out her screaming. The tears that filled her eyes when you held her down, forced yourself into her.Will: No, please. Please. I'll do anything.[Jules slugs him]Jules: I'm sorry. I thought no meant yes. You didn't stop when she said no, did you, Will?Will: No, no, I didn't stop. I didn't. I'm so sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone. Please, I'm so sorry.Jules: If you ever do to anyone else what you did to Beth, I will be back. [stands and heads for his window] Call 911. Tell them you've been robbed and need a paramedic for your leg wound.Will: What leg wound?Jules: This. [stabs him] Don't pull that out until they get here. It's gonna get messy.
- The very title of an episode of Hunter, which has McCall being raped and Hunter being shot (after he beats up the guy) by a foreign diplomat who is protected by immunity. An incensed Hunter follows the man back to his country, kills him, and escapes.
- Renee Walker of 24 stabs her rapist 15 times with a table knife.
- The Judge, a 30-minute syndicated courtroom drama that aired in the late 1980s, had a case where the litigants — three college-aged students, a man and two women — were involved in a cycle of rape and revenge; all three claimed "he/she raped me over and over again." In the end, Judge Franklin (the show's main protagonist) was appalled and scolded them all... and was so disgusted that he refused to end the proceeding with his standard "be good to each other" tagline. (The cases on The Judge were more or less loosely based on real cases.)
- In one episode of CSI, a young woman and her boyfriend murder her entire family except her younger sister because her father repeatedly raped her for years while her mother and brothers let it happen. And he had started on her sister. Who was actually her daughter (fathered by her own father).
- The Closer has a horrible subversion in the episode "Maternal Instincts". A teenage girl becomes pregnant after having consensual sex with her boyfriend, but because her father starts being mean to her and calling her a whore and saying that she's bringing shame on the whole family when he finds out, she tells him and her brother that it was rape. Her father wants them to go to the police, but the girl refuses (you know, since her boyfriend hasn't actually done anything wrong), which makes her brother so angry that he kills the boyfriend and another boy who just happens to get in the way.
- Masters of Horror:
- "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road": A crazed Bruce beats Ellen up, ties her hands, and rapes her. She strangles him to death in retaliation.
- "Imprint": After the father raped the Woman as a child, she beat him to death when he's drunk.
- Doctor Who:
- "The Time Meddler" has Edith get raped by Horny Vikings (offscreen). Her next actions are to lead the other villagers in fighting the Vikings in revenge for it.
- "A Good Man Goes To War" has a kind of child-friendly version of this plot — Amy suffers not rape, but a very sexual act of violation when she is kidnapped, forced to give birth with no anaesthetic in front of a stranger to a child she didn't even know she was pregnant with, who is then kidnapped by switching it with an artificial human duplicate which is then killed in her arms (resulting in some Does This Remind You of Anything? imagery where Amy is in a nightgown, on her knees, sobbing uncontrollably and covered in white slime). Her friend the Doctor, her husband Rory, and her daughter River all go absolutely ballistic avenging her, assembling a massive army and leading it into battle to get her back and kill the woman responsible, and completely fail in both.
- Longmire: In "Unfinished Business", someone starts using a bow and arrow to pick off four boys who had been tried for rape and acquitted.
- Hell on Wheels: Eva finds the man who raped her badly burned in a fire, and smothers him with a handkerchief.
- Madison Montgomery in American Horror Story: Coven uses her telekinetic powers to flip a bus full of frat boys who gang raped her. Unfortunately, their alpha, who'd tried to stop the rape, is also killed.
- Oz: Prison Rape is really rampant in the setting, which turns victims into "prags", prisoners who trade in sexual favors for protection. The only reliable way for such a prisoner to regain their cred is to kill their rapist.
- Beecher gets revenge on Schillinger for all the crap he did to him, which includes rape, by knocking glass in his eye, beating him up, and crapping on him.
- James Robson becomes a prag to Wolfgang Cutler after he is kicked out of the Aryan Brotherhood, who sodomizes him with a spoon several times. Robson gets revenge by tricking Cutler into killing himself through Erotic Asphyxiation.
- Catalina (Carmen Villalobos) wants revenge against her rapist in the American-Mexican-Colombian soap opera Sin senos no hay paraiso.
- Teresa (Kate del Castillo) the eponymous La Reina Del Sur orders the death of Gato Fierros, the man who raped her and tried to kill her.
- Like in the movie, in the TV show Rosario Tijeras (María Fernanda Yépez) avenges her rape with a pair of scissors (tijeras), thus her nickname.
- CSI NY had an episode with a woman who started dealing out vigilante justice after her attacker walked free. She killed him first, then a couple of others.
- Shark: One episode features a murder case where the victim had raped the killer's daughter. Prosecutor Sebastian Stark agrees to a plea bargain because he neither hopes to convince the jury to give a harsh punishment to the killer nor does he want to.
- Cape Town: Psychologist Hanna Fortier goes after her rapists with a Broomhandle Mauser, leaving the masks they wore on the night they raped her on their corpses.
- Inspector Morse. In "The Day of the Devil", a sociopathic serial rapist escapes from prison and starts killing people. Morse discovers that the people targeted are members of the rapist's gang. Turns out the female prison psychiatrist was one of his victims (due to But for Me, It Was Tuesday he doesn't remember her) and convinced him that the other members of the gang were responsible for his original capture. She ends up giving him an unloaded gun so he'll be shot by police. When Morse asks if her revenge was worth it, she asks Morse to return the 'trophies' the rapist collected from his victims.
"When you find the owner of this ring, tell her what I did. You'll find the answer to your question there."
- The main point of Aerosmith's Murder Ballad "Janie's Got a Gun."
- And "Crow Jane" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (several times over).
- The title character of Gillian Welch's "Caleb Meyer" rapes the narrator Nellie Kane while her husband is out of town, but pays the price mid-act when she slashes his throat open with a bottle-neck.
- "Hate" by Machinae Supremacy has its narrator seeking to avenge the rape of his friend.
- The song "Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa" by De La Soul. Millie's father is raping/molesting her, but despite her pleas to her friends, no one believes her because her father is well-liked by the community. Millie gets her revenge by shooting him in cold blood...in the middle of a mall, while he's dressed up as Santa.
- The song "Lord Have Mercy" by rapper Cage features this passage:
The preacher leaves the precinct, signed papers, then prayed softAs he enters the church from the side front entrance taped offHe drops to his knees, reached to the ceiling for forgivenessIn his mind, every child's face he had inflicted his sicknessTurns to a woman crying with a gun to his lidShe pulls the trigger twice then screams "See if He forgives!"
- "Under The Moon" by the Insane Clown Posse seems to deconstruct this trope, at least from the "man helping a woman get revenge" perspective. It tells the story of a seventeen-year-old outcast (played by Violent J) and his unnamed high school sweetheart, and how the girl brought out the best in him, but how their lives were shattered when somebody attempted to rape the girl. The girl pointed out her attacker to J, who, in a rush of anger, shot the man in the head with his father's gun. He is tried and found guilty of murder, but thinks that doing the time is worth it to "equal all [her] tears", and is comforted by the girl's last words to him: They would always be together because they're both under the moon. While in prison, however, he tries to contact the girl to no avail. He writes letters and doesn't get replies, and tries to call her only to find that she changed her number. He sits in prison, alone, afraid, and slowly going insane. As his sentence drags on, he grows more violent and savage, until he's finally chained to a wall and raving. In the last few lines of the song, he gives up on the girl and her declaration of love, then proceeds to laugh maniacally until the song ends.
I'm nothing but a maggot! I'm locked away and lost!The world that doesn't want me, my dignity is tossed!And to the girl for who I feel this doom?Look here... Fuck you and the moon!!!
- Apocalyptica's "I'm Not Jesus" is another one about Pedophile Priests.
I'm not Jesus — I will not forgive!
- "Man Down" by Rihanna. Made especially evident in the video.
- "No Man's Land" by Tanya Tucker tells the story of Molly Marlo, a beautiful young woman who years ago was raped by a guy named Barney Dawson, and will have no man after what happened to her. She goes to school to become a nurse. The song closes with Barney in prison, deathly ill and in pain, happy to see the nurse arrive — until he realizes exactly who she is.
- The Frances the Mute album by The Mars Volta.
- The music video for LOLO's "Hit and Run" depicts the singer murdering a group of men one by one, in what is ultimately revealed as a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for the rape and murder of her sister.
- The song Perpetrator Emasculation by British/German metal band Venom Prison is about force feeding a rapist his own severed penis.
Mythology and Religion
- The Bible:
- In the Book of Genesis, Dinah's brothers Simeon and Levi kill Shechem (and all the men in his village) after he "lay with her by force", or "subdued her", or "violated her" after they forced all the men to circumcise themselves as punishment. Their father was not impressed note .
- In the Book of Judges, this is essentially the cause of a war. A Levite man's concubine was literally raped to death after he gave her over to a bunch of men to protect himself. When he finds her dead in the morning, he calls the tribes of Israel to war with the people of Gibeah.
- In the Books of Samuel, Absalom avenges the rape of his sister by his half-brother Amnon.
- In Mesopotamian Mythology, the gardener Shukaletuda found a gorgeous woman resting under his poplar tree, and raped her in her sleep before leaving. As the woman just happened to be Inanna, goddess of love, fertility, and warfare, she cut a swath through the land until she tracked him down, listened him begging for forgiveness, and then killed him.
- The Dungeons & Dragons setting Scarred Lands takes this trope to cosmological levels when the goddess Tanil is raped by her own father, one of the titans. Who then proceeds to stalk his daughter-granddaughter Idra. This incident is one of the reasons why the gods decide to end the reign of the titans once and for all. Tanil gets to kill her dad, but the whole ordeal gives her a permanent depression and transforms her daughter from a Chaotic Good Ethical Slut to a Chaotic Neutral with heavy overtones of being cold and calculating. The fact that the Love Goddess has ceased to be Good is one of the many traits that define this post-apocalypse fantasy setting as a Crapsack World.
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street initially wanted vengeance against Judge Turpin because after he transported him for life, the judge raped his wife, which drove her to poison herself. But as revealed at the very end of the play, and contrary to Mrs. Lovett's assertions on the matter, Lucy didn't die, but spent a good number of years going among mad people before becoming the Beggar Woman — and Sweeney only learns this after he's already killed her prior to his final vengeance on the Judge.
- William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus has this in spades.
- Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy has a variation on this: Vindice is taking revenge on the Duke for propositioning his wife, then killing her when she refused. He later finds out that the Duke raped her corpse before she was buried.
- The player character in A Dance with Rogues can decide how she wants to react to being raped, from falling for her rapist all the way through all three stages of this trope.
- In Mass Effect 2, Jack mentions she was once ambushed and gang-raped in a prison bathroom by a half-dozen prisoners and guards. She hunted them down and killed them all afterwards.
- If you ask Sapphire to reveal her real name after joining the Thieves' Guild in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, she'll tell you about how as a young woman, a band of bandits murdered her family and abducted her, how they repeatedly beat and raped her, and how, after gaining the bandits' trust, she got her hands on a dagger one night and killed them all as they slept.
- In Criminal Girls, Ran, during her elementary school years, had an encounter with a man who had been peeping on various elementary school girls. Their encounter is heavily implied to have ended in rape and has led to her hating men, assaulting them for even the slightest grievance.
- The plot of F.E.A.R. is Alma and Paxton Fettel's revenge upon her tormentors, but is observed from an outsider's perspective. Who actually turns out to be her eldest child, and brother to Fettel.
- The City Elf origin in Dragon Age: Origins has the future Warden quite likely killing a corrupt nobleman and his friends after they carry out a mass kidnapping at a wedding and rape his/her cousin. In Dragon Age II, a Kirkwall guardsman is alleged to have raped an elf girl and is subsequently killed by her brothers, who then take refuge with the Qunari.
- In Juniper's Knot, when the Fiend discovered the beaten and raped corpse of her friend, she brutalized every human in the town and then burned it to the ground.
- In Dangan Ronpa, this is what unfolds the game's third case, with Celes lying to Hifumi about Kiyotaka raping and taking photos of her, which leads to Hifumi killing Kiyotaka, just to be killed himself by Celes.