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"I ain't never heard of a one-time rapist."
We all know that Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
. So what's the only thing worse than a rapist? A Serial Rapist.
As the name would indicate, a Serial Rapist is a character who commits (or attempts to commit) three or more rapes, with a cooling off period in-between. The reasons for their actions may vary. Perhaps they suffer from some form of sexual dysfunction, and can only achieve gratification through the infliction of sexual violence on others. Perhaps they feel they have been wronged by the opposite sex, and are trying to gain their "revenge". Perhaps they have a psychological need to dominate others. Or perhaps they are just a psychopath
, for whom sexual violence is simply another outlet for their antisocial tendencies. Irrespective of motivations, expect this character to be one of the most vile in the setting
The Serial Rapist is usually male and his victims are usually female, but there are exceptions. Male/female, female/male, male/male, and female/female violence are all possible, particularly given the existence of the Depraved Homosexual
and Depraved Bisexual
tropes. Adult/child and adult/teen predation is also common, given our fears of paedophiles
, and serial rapists of this nature are considered especially
vile. Might overlap with Serial Killer
if he/she kills their victims after the fact. Given the generally squicky
nature of the topic, Serial Rapists feature less frequently in police shows than Serial Killers, but they are still a relatively common occurence, and will usually evoke revulsion and disgust from the rest of the cast — including other villains
Compare/contrast their pathological cousins, the Serial Killer
. Liable to be a Sadist
. See also Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
and sometimes Murderers Are Rapists
(when those who've killed people are also depicted as having raped them.)
Anime & Manga
- Wyald from Berserk is introduced raping and murdering a veritable truckload of women. He later tries to rape Casca, while in the form of a gigantic gorilla monster. Seeing him castrated by Guts is very satisfying.
- The Jinki Extend manga, makes Kalis Norman into a Psycho for Hire who specializes in psychologically breaking female pilots by raping them.
- Shira from Blade of the Immortal is a depraved Serial Killer and violent Blood Knight with no empathy for anyone who focuses only on his own pleasure. Shira is especially fond of raping women while he's cutting them and does this to several luckless ones who cross his path over the series. Not exactly choosy in regards to partners, Shira also sexually abuses a young boy named Renzo, keeping Renzo enslaved to him by promising to hunt down the killer of Renzo's father.
- From the manga Basilisk, we have the Big Bad Tenzen Yakushiji, an evil ninja of the Iga Clan. Tenzen usurps control of the Iga clan from his naive leader Oboro and attempts to rape her before being interrupted. Later on, Tenzen attempts to rape a ninja named Kagero of the Iga's enemies, the Koga clan, after pretending to be her ally. When he captures Kagero, Tenzen tortures her for sport, then tries to rape Oboro in front of her for a kick.
- In The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls, the corrupt Daimyo Kato Akinari and his pet psycho squad, the Seven Spears of Aizu, love to abuse their power with women. Akinari abducts and rapes countless women, before giving them to the Spears to rape and torture for pleasure when he's finished.
- In Legend of the Blue Wolves, Captain Continental is implied to be this — it's fairly unlikely that Jonathan was his first victim.
- Junior Roark of Sin City is a serial rapist who targets children. Also a serial killer, Junior's focus is on making them scream so he can get aroused. When he encounters the hero who once castrated him, Junior brags how he's going to rape and kill the one girl Hartigan defended years ago, telling him "they've all screamed! Dozens of them, maybe even a hundred!"
- Hawley Griffin of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in addition to being a ruthless snake and traitor, used his invisibility to violate as many women as he could. Prior to his recruitment by the team, Griffin was hiding in a girls' home, where he was thought by the students (including Pollyanna) to be the Holy Spirit. This is Played for Laughs.
- Willy Pete of Empowered is an incredibly monstrous example of this. A fire elemental who was once a human being, Willy Pete has raging, wild desires — sexual and otherwise. However, since humans are too fragile for him, he targets superpowered beings so he can both rape and eat them since they're strong enough to take it.
- Junior of Secret Six is a hideously disfigured, sadistic, and murderous crime boss. Junior, in addition to countless other crimes has, by her own admission, "forced relations, men and women" and shows no sign of ever stopping her depravities.
- Dr. Arthur Light of DC Comics was turned into this in Identity Crisis when it was revealed he violated the Elastic Man's wife Sue Dibny. Since then, Light has been a threat to every woman he'd come across with rape being his primary fascination in life. When he was caught and killed by The Spectre, he'd been preparing to rape three women he'd caught and dressed as the female members of the Teen Titans.
- In Marvel's Alias, Zebediah Kilgrave, the Purple Man, uses his mind control powers for the worst possible means. Kilgrave takes control of women who catch his fancy, mentally dominating them into sleeping with him while getting a sick thrill out of it.
- In Daredevil, Larry Cranston, the third Mister Fear, became one after he discovered that by altering the chemical makeup of his fear gas, he could use it to induce desire instead of terror. He's regularly seen sleeping with multiple women, all of whom have been drugged into it.
- In Watchmen, Rorschach's first victim after the passing of the Keene Act was a serial rapist.
- One of the most vile foes of Wonder Woman is Dr. Psycho, a Depraved Dwarf who specializes in deadly mind control. With his sickening sexual appetites, Psycho dominates the minds and bodies of women he encounters and delights in degrading them however he can.
- Shadow of the Dragon: Ryujin Satome, the resident school bully at Sakura's school, is stated in chapter 19 to have raped at least seven girls.
- Hivefled's villains take it to extremes, to the point that their final victim and only escapee is now being followed by the ghosts of two thousand, four hundred and sixty previous victims.
- Stans from Predators is implied to be one, bragging about how when he gets home he's going to "snort so much cocaine, and rape some fine bitches." It's Played for Laughs in this case, and we never find out if he'd actually follow through.
- Con Air gives us the inmate Johnny 23 (played by Danny Trejo), named for his twenty-three counts of rape. Cyrus "the Virus" Grissom, the resident Big Bad, despises him, making a point of telling him to keep it in his pants when around the only female guard, or "you jump out of this plane." He boasts to said female guard, "They'd call me Johnny 600 if they knew the truth", and later tries to attack her, leading to a very well-deserved beatdown from Cameron Poe.
- In the sex comedy Video Vixens, a film-within-the-film, an X-rated Dragnet parody, involves a serial rapist who is actually identical twins; one would go out raping while the other is seen in public doing something mundane as an alibi. The next night they'd switch places. (Yes, despite the description, it's a comedy.)
- The Big Bad of the Slasher Movie Eyes of a Stranger is a serial rapist who also kills his victims, whose activities are investigated by the main character. Unfortunately, he turns out to be her neighbour, and he starts targeting her blind sister.
- In The Incubus, the terrorizer of a small town who attacks women isn't just any serial rapist, it's a demon summoned by a cult.
- Kiss The Girls features as its main villain a serial rapist known as "Casanova", who kidnaps numerous women to form a captive harem so he can break their minds down through endless torture and rape.
- The major reveal in Gothika is that Miranda's late husband Doug and Sherrif Ryan were a duo of serial rapists/killers who kidnapped numerous women to molest them repeatedly and force them to do whatever they wanted.
Live Action TV
- The Survivor's Club has both David Price and Ron Viggio. David is a serial rapist and murderer of children, who was imprisoned before the series began. Viggio is a serial rapist of adult women, who asks for David's help in devising a foolproof way to prey on women; they settle on leaving another man's DNA at each of the crime scenes, framing him for Viggio's rapes.
- Given its medieval setting, there's a fair amount of rape in A Song of Ice and Fire, and many soldiers and civilians alike have a distressingly casual attitude towards the topic. That said, there are still those who stand out, including Gregor Clegane, Ramsay Bolton, and most disgustingly, Rorge, all of whom are sexual sadists in peace and wartime.
- Many, many villains in Sword of Truth, but especially Darken Rahl, Emperor Jagang, and Demmin Nass. Darken is known to take any woman who catches his fancy and the series' hero was fathered by his rape on a woman. Jagang is a serial rapist who keeps a harem of sex slaves, most forced to be with him. Demmin Nass is especially nasty, as his victims are young boys.
- We learn in the third book of Protector of the Small that Vinson of Genlith is one, which comes as little surprise considering how he behaved in book two. He raped two citywomen and beat a third (which is obliquely referenced as 'the rapes last winter' resulting in a new, aggressive commander for the local Goddess temple). When he enters the Chamber of the Ordeal for his knighthood, it spits him out and inflicts some Laser-Guided Karma by forcing him to endure all the injuries he inflicted as well as confessing before the royal court.
- William Hamleigh, the Big Bad of the medieval romance The Pillars of the Earth, is a brutal lord who is sexually impotent with willing women. He can only get aroused through sexual brutality, either beating up prostitutes first, or else by rape. He discovers this when he rapes heroine Aliena as revenge for her turning him down as a husband. After this, he gets a taste for rape. His wife betrays him in disgust after being on the receiving end of his rather basic attention.
- Bernard Cornwell has portrayed several of these in his many historical fiction novels.
- Obadiah Hakeswill of the Sharpe series is a brutal, corrupt British sergeant who uses his position to elicit sexual favors from the wives of soldiers he has lined up for flogging. He also preys on any women he can find when he can, becoming the leader of a group of brigands who favor pillaging and raping their way across Spain.
- Sir Martin of Azincourt is a corrupt priest who takes advantage of being the local lord's brother to get away with whatever he wants. Martin routinely violates women and begins the novel by raping a 'heretical' girl named Sarah and having her throat slit after. Later in the book, he attempts to rape the hero's lover after catching her outside of the titular fields.
- Criminal Minds has had more than its fair share of these, of whom the most notable and prolific include Karl "The Fox" Arnold, Billy "The Prince of Darkness" Flynn, and the Piano Man.
- Law & Order: SVU, as a show dealing with sex crimes, has had a sizable number of these over the years as well. A particularly stomach-churning one was a man who would rape his victims based on their menstrual cycles so that they would conceive and have his children.
- Cracked has an episode featuring a serial rapist who breaks into homes and assaults women while using a nannycam to record his activities. He eventually makes the mistake of attacking a triathlete and recieves the beating of his life when she comes at him with a baseball bat.
- Lie to Me has an episode with a serial rapist who blinded his victims so that they could not identify him after the fact. He had a protege who picks up where he left off, even marrying one of the victims so that he could be closer to his master's work.
- Justified certainly implied this to be the case with Hestler Jones and Jimmy Earl Deen, a pair of statutory rapists who appear in Season 1 and Season 2 respectively. It's not until the third season, however, that we get a definite example in Robert Quarles, a Detroit mobster who is also a serial kidnapper, abuser, rapist, and murderer of male prostitutes. This stems from his own hideous childhood, wherein his father pimped him out to male clients; much of what Quarles does comes off as an attempt to process what was done to him.
- The Carver from Nip/Tuck is a masked rapist who seeks out those who are beautiful, viewing beauty as a 'curse on the world.' The Carver drugs them to paralyze them but leave them conscious and aware before raping them — men and women alike — and scarring their faces after.
- Cold Case had oneshot villain Mike Delaney, the most popular guy at his college who could have any woman he wanted and yet still felt the need to force himself on others. He's the episode's victim, and when the police learn precisely what kind of person he was, they outright tell his killer to plead self-defense.
- Jordan Chase and his followers, the Barrel Girl Gang, from Dexter season five combine this with being Serial Killers. He and his group capture, torture, and rape women for months before finally disposing of them in barrels, hence their name. Notably, unlike other Big Bads from the series, who are usually given something to humanize them, the show treats Chase and his accomplices like pure evil scum. Strangely, Chase himself by all indications didn't even directly participate in the nightmarish gang rapes that he orchestrated himself; instead, he seemed to get off on the power he had over people by goading his buddies to brutalize his gang's victims and mentally torment the girls about how they were about to die.
- The Blue Bloods episode "Re-Do" has Dick Reed, who is also a Serial Killer. He likes to beat his victims while he's raping them, and then kill them afterwards. He got caught when one of his victims escaped between the rape and the murder, but by the episode has gotten Off on a Technicality. At the end of the episode, he tries to do his usual M.O. on Erin, the D.A. who convicted him, but is fatally interrupted by her father Frank.
- A flashback to Lucas's time in prison shows us the Albino, a Depraved Homosexual sadist inmate who likes to rape young New Meat prisoners. He specifically targets Lucas because he is being paid to do so by the mob boss Lucas betrayed.
- Sanchez is a MMA champion fighter who initially has consensual sex with a waitress but does not stop when she protests his roughness. He ends up beating her bloody and then raping her. Comments by his manager imply that this has happened numerous times before and each time the manager paid off the victims so they keep silent.
- CSI: New York:
- D.J. Pratt, who combined this with Serial Killer. He made a game of not leaving enough evidence to get caught, and the surviving victim wouldn't testify. But when he attacked ex-CSI Aiden Burn, it got personal and Aiden left enough evidence to nail him.
- The "Crossroads"/"Means to an End" two-parter has John Curtis, who escaped justice the first time around because an employee at the FBI crime lab Jo Danville used to work at screwed up the DNA test. He raped and beat two women that we know of, one of them the daughter of a senator, and the crime lab tech who let him escape was so consumed with guilt that he tried to frame Curtis for rape number three. Then Curtis tries it on Jo when she finds the second victim, but she shoots him dead.
- Several villains on The Shield:
- There's Armadillo Quintero, a serial rapist Mexican drug lord who first raped a teacher at his juvenile school when he was a child. Armadillo rapes women for revenge towards others, including a 12-year-old girl who testified against him.
- An especially vile rapist in season 3 was one who targeted only elderly women as a power trip.
- In Veronica Mars, Mercer Hayes selects college girls with his accomplice, who sets it up for him to drug random girls at the local parties, creating a panic on the campus. He rapes the girls and shaves their heads afterwards just to humiliate them further. His reasoning amounts to "getting into a girl's pants the normal way takes too long".
- In the In the Heat of the Night episode "Rape", Chief Gillespie gets a hunch that Steven Ainslee, who raped Virgil's wife Althea as the Crime of the Week, has done it before—the particulars of the crime strike him as having experience behind them. He's right, and it turns out to be key to convincing Ainslee's wife to break the alibi she gave him.
- In the backstory of Theo Bell in Vampire: The Masquerade, before becoming a vampire, Theo grew up on a plantation in Antebellum-Era United States. Theo would often witness Master Bell arriving at the slave quarters at night to 'pump some white blood' into the slaves, with Theo's mother and sisters being frequent victims.
- Bann Vaughan Kendells from Dragon Age: Origins is a serial rapist of elven women, despite, or perhaps because of, being so bigoted against them that he doesn't even consider them real people. In the City Elf Warden origin story, he'll abduct the entire female half of the Warden's wedding party, including the Warden herself if female. He not only succeeds in killing one and raping the Warden's cousin, Shianni, but he'll also try to bribe the Warden to let him keep the other girls for the rest of the night. A dialogue branch also reveals Vaughan has a reputation for this, once raping an elven maid then dumping her body by the docks.
- From Fallout: New Vegas, there's Cook-cook, a Fiend leader, who has a penchant for raping women then burning them alive afterwards. He raped Corporal Betsy and raped and disfigured Pretty Sarah. Even two slavers who sold him a family were disgusted by him, as he didn't even wait until they had left before "enjoying" his purchase, starting with the young boy. Also Clanden, a seemingly normal man working for the Omertas, who secretly makes Snuff Films of him torturing and raping prostitutes that the Omertas provide for him.
- Ronald Taylor from Mass Effect 2, who turned the female members of his marooned crew into a harem of unwilling Sex Slaves for himself and his officers after forcing them to partake of toxic food that caused memory loss and neural decay. This, as well as the other horrible things he did upon letting his power go to his head, was what earned him the hatred of his son Jacob during his loyalty mission.