Bob is Alice's superior, and wants to employ her other talents. The thing is, Alice is not interested — maybe she already has a sweetheart, or her moral code won't allow for what Bob wants, or she's just not into him. Maybe she's asexual or just not into men. Maybe she Can't Have Sex, Ever. Bob chooses to "let her make the decision"... but not really. Technically Alice can refuse, but saying "no" may come with a whole host of nasty consequences, whereas an "okay" might gain her something or things she needs or wants. Oftentimes this is related to her and Bob's professional relationship — promotions, connections, qualifications etc. Sometimes all she can hope for is just maintaining the status quo. In general, the perpetrator's plotting would mean the victim undressing in tears and offering herself to him, but thanks to a heroic Love Interest or a nifty Deus ex Machina, it only rarely gets that far (let alone any farther). If the victim angsts too long about what she should do, the perpetrator might drop the act entirely. In a nutshell, Sexual Extortion is a form of sexual assault wherein financial and/or social threats largely replace physical violence. This trope only works if the perpetrator has some sort of leverage over the victim. Some works even portray the victim enjoying it, but this doesn't change the coercion that lies at the heart of this trope. Subtrope to Blackmail, with the defining elements of the ever-popular combination of sex and the abuse of power. Compare Scarpia Ultimatum. Compare and contrast with Sleeping Their Way to the Top and Casting Couch. In Real Life, this is known as "quid pro quo harassment". Typical flavors would be a boss/employee or a professor/student. Another variety is a police officer/petty offender. The trope was more popular before the 1960s and 1970s, when pre/extra-marital sex was a way bigger deal than today. Older Than Feudalism qualifier: Joseph and Potiphar's wife in the Bible. Subtrope of Questionable Consent. Goes hand in hand with Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny. Contrast Ethical Slut and Safe, Sane, and Consensual.
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- In Boys Love Genre Ai no Kusabi, Riki was a Sex Slave of Iason Mink and has been free for about a year. Iason then comes to claim Riki back. When Riki refuses to return and Iason has Riki's best friend Guy in "custody", Iason threatens to brainwash Guy into an Empty Shell of a sex doll unless Riki agrees to come back as his Pet.
- Another Boys Love Genre example, Sakura Gari, Souma forces Masataka to become his "lover" to pay off his brother, Takafumi's Yakuza debts.
- Phantom Quest Corp.: Corrupt museum director Mr. Nagasuki pulls this on Natsuki in Incident File 03. First, by pulling the night crew of the exhibit she was working on which was discovered by her deceased boyfriend, Narita. Then by threatening to cut off the exhibit's funding... unless she "co-operated". She almost gives in to the pressure but, thankfully, she had both Phantom Quest and Narita's ghost to protect her.
- Maken-ki!: Discussed between Usui and Takeru in chapter 38, when Ms. Aki says she'll agree to do anything they ask in exchange for keeping her secret about being a virgin. Takeru panics and asks to oil her back. Usui tells Takeru that, had it been up to him, he would've asked to bone her.
- Ralph König's Killer Condom (Kondom des Grauens) begins with this trope - underage female student hates herself for it, but chooses to let her professor have his way with her in turn for passing an exam. Luckily, the condom he picks turns out to be a genetically engineered monster that eats his dick and then crawls away, leaving him bleeding and her laughing hysterically.
- In one Batman and the Outsiders storyline, a professor tries this on a student, who refuses and tries to kill herself when threatened with having her education ruined. When GeoForce hears about it, he tries to pound the perp into gelatin, but is stopped by Superman. Batman comes through with a more ethical and lawful solution, finding some of the professor's other victims and convincing them to press charges.
- Red Ears:
- One comic features a boss who keeps getting away with demanding sexual favors from his female employees throughout his career. The last however is smart enough to blackmail him after he's done.
- Another one features a man in 1955 or so confessing to his priest that he saved a Jewish woman from the Gestapo during the war, but demanded sexual favors for giving her food and shelter. The punchline of course being that he asks the priest if he should tell her the war is over.
- The Green Hornet fanfic The Hornet's Girl plays with this trope. The narrator is an escort at a speakeasy and reluctantly agrees to "entertain" the Green Hornet after her boss threatens to fire her if she doesn't. The story takes place during the Depression and she couldn't afford to lose her job. Fortunately, the Hornet is a gentleman and politely turns her down once he sees her discomfort (it also helps that he was on a mission and wasn't interested in doing it anyway).
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act II: Rather than just stealing her first kiss as in canon, Miyabi actually forces Mizore to have sex with him in exchange for sparing her mother's life... only for Miyabi to order her mother's death almost immediately after.
- The Masks We Wear is an Alternate Universe Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic where Zuko's family was forced into exile when he was a toddler and assumed dead. Ursa raised Zuko and Azula on her own as a poor Earth Nation woman. Zuko frequently gets into trouble but always ends up scot-free. When Zuko learns what his mother had been doing in order to get him out of trouble, he's understandably horrified and furious. His sister refuses to believe him.
- In The Cheat, after the foolish heroine steals $10,000 and then has to replace it, her Faux Affably Evil neighbor offers to give her the money, if she'll have sex with him.
- The 1953 film Hilja - Maitotyttö is a classic example of Finnish rural romanticism. The main plot: evil farm owner lusts after his eponymous dairy maid Hilja, a young graduate loves her.
- In Horrible Bosses, Dale's boss Julia does this to him as part of a concerted campaign of sexual harassment. An unusual Female on Male example that isn't played strictly for laughs (though his friends aren't as sympathetic initially as he might hope, as even more unusually for the case where female on male sexual harassment is shown, she's actually fairly physically attractive).
- Disclosure is all about this, though the woman accusing her (former) boss of this was actually the one who initiated the relationship.
- 007 himself does something like this in the beginning of Thunderball. An attractive physical therapist coolly rebuffs Bond's flirtations, and is all business in her dealings with our boy James. But when she leaves Bond alone - and defenseless- in some sort of back-stretchy machine, things take a turn for the worse when an enemy comes to kill him by turning the machine on too high. The therapist comes back, apologising profusely, and begging Bond not to report her for leaving him. Bond tells her he can be convinced to keep this their little secret. Even if he didn't intend for it to come off as sexual he certainly does nothing to clear things up when she takes it that way.
- In the pre-Code 1930 movie The Silver Horde (it's about salmon fishing in Alaska, not that other Silver Horde), it's pretty much stated outright that the Hooker with a Heart of Gold female lead secures a business loan for the protagonist by sleeping with a banker.
- In Nightcrawler, in an interesting inversion, Lou blackmails Nina, his superior, for sex, knowing that without his footage on her newscast, her ratings will drop and she'll be out of a job.
- The story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife in The Bible: mentioned more or less in passing in the Genesis, but illustrated with detail in the apocryphal Testament by Joseph. Joseph was keen on following the pre-Commandments Jewish law in any case. Potiphar's wife introduced heavy threats and blackmailing into the play, finally accusing him of raping her in a fit of rage after Joseph escaped her rape attempt. Afterwards she promised to set him free from prison, where he had been sent, if he would do as she wanted.
- In Dragon Bones, the relationship between Garranon and Jakoven is eventually revealed to be this. It is implied that Fenwick of Hurog did this to the servant maids when he was alive - if he didn't outright rape them. Ward is worried that Oreg might have been victim of this, as he's a pretty slave boy, but in that case it would have been "have sex or endure the horrible pain caused by disobeying", as it's magical slavery.
- In Ragtime (novel version only), Tateh's wife is sexually abused by her boss and doesn't speak up because (Tateh being an artist) her income is what's supporting the family. When her husband finds out she's been "unfaithful" to him, he declares her dead to him and throws her out of the house.
- In Angela's Ashes, Angela is given the chance to give her poor, suffering family everything it needs...but she has to sleep with a distant relative in return.
- In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Lisbeth Salander is repeatedly molested and eventually raped by her new guardian whenever she asks for more money from her account. When he started out sexually harassing, molesting, and orally raping her, Lisbeth assumed that he was just on a power trip. However, after he violently anally rapes her, she finds out that she misjudged him in that he wasn't just on power trip, but he was a full blown sexual sadist who took advantage of his guardianship position over her (since she was declared legally incompetent).
- One story in Chicks and Chained Males makes an off-hand remark that a woman does not tell a god "No" unless she wants to end up like Cassandra.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Jon Snow was attracted to Ygritte, but he intended to stay true to his Vow of Celibacy. She blackmails him into having sex with her — defending him against those who suspect him (correctly) of being a Fake Defector by claiming he's her lover, and then when he tries to thank her, telling him that she wasn't lying: she'd only left out the fact that it hasn't started yet. Left with no choice other than to be exposed, Jon has sex with her, and becomes pretty enthusiastic over time, but this doesn't negate or justify the blackmail, and it comes off a rather like "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization.
- In The Witchlands, it's heavily implied that Corlant has made Iseult's mother sleep with him by threatening to take away her powers.
- Invoked in season 3 of The L Word, after Helena is seduced by a filmmaker whose documentary she's funding. One day, the filmmaker gets her role playing during foreplay, and gets her to pretend on camera that her support of the film is contingent upon the filmmaker having sex with her. The next day, Helena's served with a sexual harassment lawsuit; as it turns out, the relationship was a Go Seduce My Arch Nemesis plot by the filmmaker's boyfriend to squeeze money out of Helena.
- In season one of Pretty Little Liars, it is revealed that Jenna had done this to Toby. He refused to have sex with her, on the grounds that they were siblings; she countered that they were Not Blood Siblings. When he still refused, she threatened to tell their parents that he had raped her if he wouldn't consent; they both knew that she would be believed.
- Law & Order: In Season Five, The DA's office prosecute a councilman for the rape of a co-worker (which they do because they can't charge him for raping and badly injuring another woman who later died in a car accident). As it turns out, the councilman didn't rape his co-worker so much as force her to have consensual sex with him under threat of losing her job and ruining her career. Jack McCoy inventively prosecutes the councilman under a count of 'Larceny by Extortion'. The councilman gets convicted.
- JAG: In the first season episode "The Prisoner" Harm has been captured by the Chinese while sailing off the coast of Hong Kong (in 1996 before the transfer). Commander Allison Krennick has through unofficial contacts learned of Harm’s whereabouts and a Chinese traitor is willing to bring him back in exchange for political asylum in the United States. The Assistant Secretary of State is reluctant at first, but when Krennick threatens to call his wife and say that she’s his lover he quickly changes his mind.
- Crops up in an episode of Castle with a photographer who makes models sleep with him in order to get good shots. The victim of the week tried to record the photographer propositioning her so she could expose his behavior as she had no intention of cheating on her husband. Becomes even worse when it's revealed that her husband killed her because he thought she was cheating on him. On the upside, while the police can't charge the photographer with anything, they report him to the victim's manager, who has him blacklisted from the industry.
- In Sliders episode The Dream Masters one of the titular Dream Masters does this to Wade requesting sex for not tormenting her on her dreams.
- In one episode of Three's Company, Jack is harassed by his new boss. When he tells her he won't have sex with her, she fires him. When he takes her to court, the judge rules out the case because of the way Jack dresses.
- The Asshole Victim in one episode of CSI: NY was a lecherous department store manager who taped one of his assistant managers with her hands in the till. After he blackmailed her into having sex with him she thought it was just a one-time thing, but when he tried to force her she killed him in self-defense.
- In the episode Death is Now my Neighbour from Inspector Morse, the Master of one of the colleges coerces a woman to sleep with him with the promise he'll help get her husband become the new Master. However, he later reveals that he never intended to support her husband in the first place - the woman's husband had slept with the old Master's wife, and making her sleep with him was his revenge.
- In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Quark attempts to extort oo-mox (basically the Ferengi equivalent of a handjob) from female employees twice on-screen. The first employee takes the contract to Commander Sisko, who declares the relevant provision null and void on grounds of what the Hell? (More specifically, that although this may be acceptable under Ferengi and/or Cardassian law, it is illegal and therefore unenforceable in the Federation.) The second time is "Profit and Lace", where after spending a couple days as a woman Quark rescinds the demand, only for the employee to tell him it sounded like fun.
- In Wild Boys, the Morally Bankrupt Banker exorts sexual favours from the wives of clients in excgange for loans and lines of credit.
- The story of Bellerophon in Classical Mythology begins with one of these. After his exile, Bellerophon is put up at the court of Proetus, the King of Tiryns. The Queen—whose identity is disputed—tries to seduce him, but for various reasons (including Sacred Hospitality), Bellerophon refuses. The Queen claims Bellerophon raped her; bound by Sacred Hospitality not to kill Bellerophon, Proetus sends Bellerophon to his father-in-law in Lycia...and for various reasons this begins the tale of Bellerophon's labors.
- Cassandra of Classical Mythology was cursed with Cassandra Truth for refusing to have sex with Apollo. Although, this was after she already accepted his gift of for seeing the future.
- A minor character in Doonesbury is a soldier who was forced into sex by her commanding officer and is now in therapy. The strip goes surprisingly in-depth on the various psychological conflicts she's now suffering. (Notably, one of her issues is that she never directly said no to the officer, and thus feels that she consented—this is lessened to a degree when she discovers that his actions are classified as "command rape.")
- In The Broken Jug (Der zerbrochne Krug) by Heinrich von Kleist a corrupt judge makes a young woman believe her fiancé would be drafted into a dangerous military mission and offers her to get him a false medical certificate - in exchange for her having sex with him.
- In Hedda Gabler, Judge Brack attempts to blackmail Hedda into becoming his lover by revealing that he knows that she supplied the pistol Eilert used to commit suicide.
- In Measure for Measure the evil Angelo demands that Isabella sleep with him or else he'll execute her brother. She tricks him into sleeping with his own estranged fiancess Miranda instead.
- In Fallout 2 you can pressure a married mother for sex in exchange for rescuing her husband from a life of servitude in Vault City.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, residents of Vault 11 were told that they would have to send their Overseers to be executed every so often, or otherwise everyone in the Vault would be killed. Before she was elected as the final Overseer, Katherine Stone was blackmailed into performing sexual favors for members of the largest voting bloc in order to save her husband from being sacrificed (which they did anyway).
- In God of War III, Aphrodite pulls this on Kratos, refusing to help him unless he has sex with her. You can technically refuse (although let's be frank, it's hard to say "no" to Aphrodite here) but it's a But Thou Must! situation; Kratos can't progress any further in the game unless you say yes.
- You can do this in the Neverwinter Nights mod The Bastard Of Kosigan, in several places. Though in most cases, having a high Charisma score will get you a similar scene without any moral problems.
- Heck, you can pull this on an angel, even with a horrible Charisma score.
- The job interviewing scene in Plumbers Don't Wear Ties.
- In The Walking Dead, when the group infiltrates Crawford, you have to find at least two videotapes to figure out the combination on a safe. There's an optional third tape that you can find which reveals that not only was Molly living in Crawford initially, but she was bartering sex for the insulin her diabetic younger sister needed.
- The Starter Villain of Persona 5, Suguru Kamoshida, attempts to do this to Ann, offering her best friend a starting position on the school's volleyball team. And he's been pursuing her for quite a while before the protagonist begins to interfere.
- The heroes of Enchanted in the Moonlight try pulling such an ultimatum on the protagonist. Her innate power means that not only can an ayakashi become more powerful by drinking her blood, if she were to have a child with an ayakashi, the child would be exceptionally powerful as well. The five main ayakashi offer to have one of their number serve as her protector against the multitude of ayakashi that are out to kill her for her power... if in return, she agrees to bear her protector's child.
- In Iori's route of Scandal in the Spotlight negative media attention begins to threaten Iori's princely stage image and it looks like he's going to be dropped from an upcoming media event as a result, which could have lasting repercussions on his career. A sleazy producer approaches the protagonist, who blames herself for her part in the whole mess, and suggests that he could ensure that Iori is kept on for the event if the protagonist will sleep with him. She almost goes through with it... but the location the producer chooses for the assignation happens to be an unused recording booth at the studio where Revance is performing live, with predictable results.
- Subverted in an episode of The Simpsons. Moe entered a bartending competition, and the one female bartender, a beautiful buxom blonde from Los Angeles (named Titania) seemed to be winning (even though she gave a wrong answer in a Duff beer trivia contest, and her "trick pouring" consisted of jumping up and down while running the beer taps)...then it came to the drunk toss, where she was disgusted by the drunk she had to toss. She angrily turned to Duff Man, and yelled at him, "You told me if I slept with you, I wouldn't have to touch the drunk!" Duff Man replied simply, "Duff Man says a lot of things, oh yeah!" Titania stormed off and forfeited the contest.
- Family Guy:
- Subversion: After helping him recover from a broken ankle, Lois asks Death if he wouldn't mind sparing her husband. Death says sure, but "you'll have to do something for me." After a moment's indecision, Lois begins to slowly unbutton her shirt... only for Death to state that he meant that she could grab him another fruit cup from the fridge. It's unclear whether this is true or if he was just messing with her by seeing how far she'd go.
- In one Cutaway Gag Peter is the landlord to a pair of sharecropping mice and he demands sex from the mouse wife in order to keep him from evicting them from his property.
- In the fifth episode of Moonbeam City, Pizzaz is forced to sleep with the Mayor three times a week to keep the Police Department from being absorbed by the city's much more functional Fire Department.