open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- "Iron Mace" Alvida from One Piece deludes herself into believing that she is a Bastard Girlfriend. However, she later averts it through use of the Sube Sube no Mi (Slip Slip Fruit) - becoming that for real.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: In the first arc, Dio forcefully kisses Erina almost as soon as he meets her. Now: remember how many Forceful Kisses exist in the anime? Remember how many times this starts a ship instead of sinking it? And remember how Dio is quite easy on the eyes? Good. With all this in mind, what exactly does Erina do in response? Rinse her mouth with the muddy water into which Dio dropped her.
- Kagerou Shoukiin of Inu × Boku SS. Appearance wise he's a Bishounen, but he's such a hammy Attention Whore about his S&M obsession that it's impossible to take him seriously.
- Kagari Izuriha from Black★Rock Shooter is incredibly controlling of her friend Yomi and guilts her into isolating herself socially in order to solely be with her out of a misguided idea that Yomi was somehow responsible for the accident that crippled her. Her behavior is presented as repulsive, but unlike most examples she actually gets over it.
- The Sandman:
- In one issue during the Brief Lives arc, one ancient guy remembers Marquis de Sade this way. The narrator uses this in part of portraying the character as Really 700 Years Old. First, he describes how the character is thinking about a movie he saw last night, a horror movie featuring De Sade as an athletic Romanticized Abuser villain. Then he describes the character remembering the real De Sade he used to know, a frail and obese little man who wrote obsessively about acts he never dared to perform.
- The Serial Killer convention also has this trope in effect, and makes it apply to those whose crimes are not specifically sexual in nature as well as those whose are. All of them are shown to be rather pathetic individuals who kill, rape and torture largely for reasons relating to their own self-image, and when Morpheus takes away their fantasies and delusions and leaves them to see themselves as they truly are, they realise that they are this trope despite their pretensions.
Films — Live-Action
- In the film Death and the Maiden, the main character is somewhat unstable because she was tortured and raped in prison, and discovers at the end that her rapist was a meek little man who really loved his work, because he at last had the chance to be with any woman he wanted without having to beg her.
- In Spaceballs, Dark Helmet, a failed Evil Overlord has a scene where he drifts into this trope while he plays with his dolls, acting out a scenario where the heroine falls in love with him because he has kidnapped her and realizes how exquisitely evil he is. He really doesn't want his subordinates to know that he does this. Again.
- Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thornes contains a illustrated list of dominant and submissive archetypes to stay the hell away from. Most of the dominants on that list fit this trope, especially the self-proclaimed "True Master".
- In Slave Jade, the villain is a wannabe BDSM dominant who fails to understand the difference between how sadomasochism works in fiction and in real life. Ironically, his victim is a beautiful submissive masochist who was even in love with him at first - his dreams of being her "Master" would have come true for him if he had just known how to handle it. Instead, she ends up shooting him, getting him locked up in jail, and then moves on to find herself a master who knows what the hell he's doing.
- Both villains of the book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are this trope personified. As they abuse women sexually, they try really hard to construct themselves as manly or powerful, and they both fail miserably at that. The original title of the novel in question is "Men Who Hate Women", a line that is used in the story: Mikael Blomkvist, the male hero, is shocked to learn about the horrible crimes the villain has done. Lisbeth Salander, the female hero, dismisses the whole thing as the villain simply being "one of those men who hate women".
- The detectives in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit love invoking this trope, using it to taunt suspects. Sometimes also played straight by the narrative itself. One such character was a mildly mentally-disabled man who was very ashamed of never having managed to meet a woman. He read some bondage porn, and failed to see the difference between real BDSM and the list of Common Hollywood Sex Traits. Tragedy ensues as he becomes "a real man."
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the trio of nerds try way too hard to be cool. When they go into the area of sexualized Mind Control, all they accomplish is coming across as major creeps and getting called out on it by victims and protagonists alike.