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Mind Rape: Live-Action TV
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    Psychic Assaults 
  • Smallville:
    • Brainiac's favourite trick. He put both Lana and Chloe in comas that comes with excruciating agony.
    • In Blank, Chloe gets a painful but thankfully short one from Mr Grady.
    • In Commencement, Jor-El basically mind raped Lionel into become his "oracle".
    • In Identity, Chloe does this to the freak of the week. She is possessed by Brainiac.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation dealt with this trope two times and actually stressed the physical sexual elements. It happened in both times (the latter in a movie) to the half-Betazoid Counselor (and telepath) Troi, first time using corrupting a memory of her having sex with her then-boyfriend Riker into a bizarre rape scene with Riker substituted with the rapist telepath. Commander Riker and Doctor Beverly Crusher were also subjected to the mental rape by the same perpetrator in "Violations," in their case by forcing them to relive particularly painful memories with the rapist standing in for different people at different points.
    • T'Pol is subjected to this in an early episode of Star Trek: Enterprise by mind-meld with a Vulcan renegade. And it gave her Vulcan AIDS. - when the episode aired on Sky1, it was followed by an "If any of the issues in this episode have affected you..." message with the number for an AIDS helpline.
    • Star Trek: Voyager did this a number of times, without the Anvilicious rape analogy. "Persistence of Vision" was "Violations" on a shipwide scale, and the culprit responsible had nearly put the entire crew into a catatonic stupor by the time the last one or two members standing were able to stop him. Then there was the time a Maquis fanatic back home sent subliminal messages to Tuvok, which made him forcibly mind-meld with every ex-Maquis on the ship and start a takeover. Then there were the dream aliens, then there were the aliens who Brainwashed the crew into working in their factory, then there was the Lotus-Eater Machine, then there was the beacon that made people hallucinate participating in genocidenote  then there were the Hirogen making the crew think they were part of the simulated World War II they'd created as they 'hunted' them, and on and on and on. Honorable mention for the friendly Negative Space Wedgie inhabitants whose means of communication nearly drove Chakotay nuts. This crew's brains got baked so many times it's surprising that they knew up from down by the time the series ended.
    • Mirror Spock's forced Mind Probe on McCoy in the original series episode "Mirror, Mirror" came across this way for some viewers. It didn't help that McCoy appeared almost catatonic afterwards, although of course he was fine by the end of the episode.
      • The fact that mated Vulcan couples create a permanent mind-meld makes this, and all other instances of forced bondage, literally mind rape.
    • Spock himself got mind-raped by Klingon apparatus in the episode "Errand of Mercy". Again it was made worse by just how passive he was in the scene following. And considering that Vulcans value their minds above their bodies...
      • The Klingon commander's dialogue in the scene beforehand was even stuffed full of Double Entendre...
    • Picard was forced to live out someone else's life in "The Inner Light." He ended up cherishing the memory, though, so maybe this was just unexpected mental contact he really wanted.
      • As in, surprise sex he didn't know he wanted?
      • That example fits the non-consensual aspect, but lacks the element of violation that really defines the trope. To be clear, the aliens pulled a sort of Matrix on him, creating an illusionary world in which he lived a life-time and raised a family, while in reality he was knocked out for less than an hour. They certainly were doing SOMETHING to his brain, but they didn't really enter his mind or memories and their intention was anything but cruel. YMMV on the cruelty of it in the end though (consider "waking" back into a world you had come to believe was only a dream, to discover the wife and children and friends you had spent DECADES with were gone, the citizens of a long dead civilization). And then he pulls out that flute...
      • A much clearer example of mindrape happens in "The Best Of Both Worlds," where Picard is assimilated by the Borg. Apart from being forced to share his mind with trillions of other Borg, his head is also mined for the very strategies that the Federation has painstakingly devised to fight them, allowing them to crush the fleet at Wolf 359. In interviews, the writers directly likened it to rape, and it's not unwarranted; in "Family" Picard breaks down as he describes how he tried to resist and couldn't. How badly he was affected didn't fully show until Star Trek: First Contact, when it becomes clear that the experience has left him with a near-insane level of rage against the Borg.
      • In DS9 Chief O'Brian had a similar experience in "Hard Time" except with the violation component fully in force. In that episode, O'Brian was implanted with the memories of a 20 year prison term, in the course of which he killed his cell mate, who after years together had become his best friend, over a scrap of food. Needless to say, this was an "O'Brian Must Suffer" episode.
    • In "The Mind's Eye" (or: The Manchurian Candidate IN SPACE), Romulans feed La Forge horrific images through his neural implants (which normally would connect to his VISOR) in order to brainwash him into becoming their tool.
    • At the end of the original series episode "Requiem for Methuselah," Spock arguably does this to Kirk. Kirk expresses the desire to forget the love interest of the episode when things end badly, but Kirk is asleep when Spock mind melds with Kirk to make him forget.
    • In one Next Generation episode, a Ferengi gives Picard back the repaired Stargazer (Picard's first command) and then uses his Mind Rape device to force Picard to relive his victory over a Ferengi ship, causing him to use a risky but nearly unstoppable battle strategy
      • Said strategy was only unstoppable to the Ferengi in the past who had no defense against it at the time. The Enterprise D could easily have stopped it. Riker's problem was finding a way to disable the Stargazer without being forced to destroy it or suffer damage from Picard's attack.
    • Used by the Platoians in the first series episode, "Plato's Stepchildren", with the most blatant example being Parmen forcing Spock to laugh and cry.
  • An episode of The Twilight Zone featured this trope. A former Nazi commander who had escaped to Argentina came back to Germany to visit the concentration camp he was in charge of during World War II. He encounters a ghost of a man he killed who terrorizes the German with Mind Rape of what it was like to get shot, burned, hanged, etc. When the police find the German he is delirious beyond help.
  • Power Rangers Mystic Force: An emerging Sealed Evil in a Can causes Daggeron to experience his own death. (It happens, but a little differently than the flash-forward. He gets better.)
    • This is quite a big one to miss. In Power Rangers Dino Thunder Mesogog always does it to Zeltrax and Elsa so they don't betray him.
      • And at one point to his own son.
      • As far as we know, though, it causes "only" causes tremendous pain... no sign of altering/prying into emotions, memories, etc. Compare hitting someone in the head with a baseball bat. Then again, that's more likely to affect things mental than it does in Hollywood...
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor getting mind-raped:
      • Almost happened to the Doctor in "The Web of Fear". The Intelligence's plan is to draw all of the Doctor's memories from his brain, leaving him an empty shell. There's even some discussion that if he gets his mind wiped, Jamie has to promise to look after him until he learns to walk and talk again. Jamie saves him, spoiling the Doctor's plan.
      • The Second Doctor and Zoe get this in "The Krotons" when they start using their minds to power their machines. This is represented in a fairly disturbing and abstract sequence of the two of them moaning in pain through a fisheye lens.
      • The Fourth Doctor gets subjected to this by Sutekh in "Pyramids of Mars". The Doctor is clearly in excruciating pain trying to resist, and yet he forces the Doctor to kneel before him, worship him and 'debase himself' without even moving in his seat. What's more, Sutekh is clearly doing it for sport, thoroughly enjoying hurting and humiliating him, and was going to 'shred his mind' before realising he could take the Doctor's TARDIS key instead. One of the more scary and disturbing moments from the show's most scary and disturbing period.
      • In "The Brain of Morbius", the Fourth Doctor gets subjected to this by Morbius in a "mind-bending contest" that goes awry, when Morbius starts digging through his private and painful memories.
      • The Fourth Doctor simultaneously commits and is subjected to one in "The Deadly Assassin" when he ends up heading into a Cyberspace based on Goth's mind in order to assassinate him. Obviously he's invading Goth's mind, but Goth is also subjecting him to both psychological and physical (mental) torture.
      • The Fourth Doctor gets this again in a Squickily literal form in "The Invisible Enemy". A space parasite lays eggs in his brain, and the Hive Queen can control his behaviour through them.
      • "Resurrection of the Daleks" has the Fifth Doctor being mind-raped with his own memories. It doesn't help that his painful screams sound disturbingly sexual, if you read too much into it.
      • The 11th Doctor gets mind-raped by the Old God in "The Rings of Akhaten". While technically the Doctor told Grandfather to feed off of his memories, stories and feelings, the fact that it was either do that or allow Grandfather to kill millions really means the Doctor wasn't capable of giving willful consent.
    • The Doctor mind-raping other people:
      • The Fourth Doctor putting Sarah Jane into a trance, in the middle of her screaming in protest, by forcing her to gaze into his Hypnotic Eyes.
      • Without making a explicit comparison to assault, Rose Tyler points out that the TARDIS Translator Microbes were messing with her head and the Doctor hadn't asked permission.
      • The Doctor himself performs what is startlingly similar to a Mind Rape on Donna Noble in "Journey's End" to remove the Time Lord knowledge from her brain before it killed her. Unusually for the trope, this may have been justified by the fact that the mental invasion was necessary to save the target's life. The target was aware of this and nevertheless pleaded with the Doctor not to do it. Contrast with the Tenth Doctor episode The Girl in the Fireplace, where he basically does a consensual version with Madame de Pompadour, for which there is some other subtext; or the episode "The Shakespeare Code", where he gives an Elizabethan mental patient a nice soothing Mind Hug.
      • "Amy's Choice" has to be the Mind Rape episode of the first Matt Smith season. In a scenario cooked up by the Doctor's own mind, Amy has to cope with the destruction of her happily married life and Rory's death. Then she gets the fun choice of figuring out which of two crapsack realities is real. The kicker? Neither of them are.
      • In "A Christmas Carol", the Doctor alters Kazran's past while using a video feed to show it happening to his future self. This leads to Kazran being pretty seriously messed up by the episode's halfway point, since he remembers both versions of his life up to that point, while being all too keenly aware that one version was manufactured by someone who was attempting to "rewrite" his personality.
    • Others:
      • The First Doctor serial "The Sensorites" deals with a ship of humans that has been imprisoned in orbit around the Sensorites' planet, while the Sensorites torture them with telepathy whenever they feel like it for unclear reasons. Most humans aboard the ship are worn-down and stressed out from the abuse, but one in particular is mostly nonfunctional as a result of being constantly dripfed psychic terror for months, his hair has gone white from stress and his fiancée mourns his old personality as if he was dead. The Doctor is not pleased. He eventually persuades the Sensorites to restore his mind, but they note that even after the treatment he'll bear permanent psychological scars.
      • Dodo gets hypnotised by WOTAN in "The War Machines", necessitating the First Doctor to hypnotise her back to normal. Since Dodo quits afterwards, only giving a second-hand goodbye through Ben and Polly, some fans speculate (especially in light of the scene that went on between the Tenth Doctor and Donna) that the Doctor actually wiped her memory, or else influenced her to leave for her own perceived safety.
      • The first victims of Skagra's device in "Shada" - most victims are simply killed, but the first six people were left alive and so nonfunctional by the experience that they are unable to talk or care for themselves. The Doctor is eventually able to communicate with Akrotiri, one of the victims, by connecting Chris's brain to his - and Akrotiri's brain is so wrecked that the experience is excruciatingly painful for Chris (defying this trope, the Doctor tells Chris that this might happen and gets his consent first).
      • Tegan's encounter with the Mara in "Kinda" has been compared to a rape scene. Remember that Doctor Who is a family programme.
      • What the poor Ood go through when they're lobotomized and separated from their Hive Mind in "Planet of the Ood". They become empty shells who find Happiness in Slavery and have no personality of their own.
      • Much of the episode "Midnight" fits this trope, although the episode never shows what the alien does to its victim's head. One character's physical reactions after the whole thing is over don't exactly do much to dispel the idea.
      • It's revealed in "The End of Time", that the Master himself was a mind rape victim when the Time Lords retroactively planted the nonstop drumming in his head, which drove him crazy all his life, so that he could provide a way for them to escape the Time War.
      • In "Time Heist", the Teller has the ability to liquefy the brain of anyone he makes eye contact with, provided he isn't interrupted. Strangely, this doesn't kill the person, even though their head deflates; it must leave enough of the brainstem intact to keep the heart and lungs going. Being around, and absorbing, so many thoughts are slowly driving the Teller insane too, giving a rare two-way version of this trope.
  • Roswell. Half the plots after Tess entered had her mindwarping some person or other, to the extent that she ends up killing Alex by mindwarping him one too many times to get the translation to the Royal book.
  • The Stargate SG-1 episode "Unnatural Selection". Also, a slightly milder version of it occurs when human-form Replicators interrogate prisoners.
    • Done more directly by Fifth to Samantha Carter in "New Order", after escaping the incarceration she tricked him into. His insertion of his hand into the front of her brain is shown as particularly akin to forced penetration, and we are shown glimpses of the horrific imagery she is subjected to. She keeps screaming the entire time his hand is in her brain. He even moves his hand through her head during the torment, finally removing his hand from the back of her brain. By the end, she is in tears, begging him to stop. He later says that he "tortured [her] for so long" because he was angry about her betrayal.
    • This happens to the major characters on Stargate Atlantis, too. We only get to see what Sheppard is forced to experience (a scenario that ends with his suicide by Heroic Sacrifice). But it's heavily implied that what the others went through was even worse.
    Sheppard: What did they do to you?
    McKay: Torture, in ways too hideous and... intimate... to recount.
    • This also happens to Rodney, Woolsey and Sheppard in Season 5 involving an alien parasite. It's later revealed that the parasite isn't evil and the characters are controlling their own hallucinations. Turns into Fridge Horror when Woolsey imagines a beautiful woman falling in love with him and Rodney recreates a friend who tells him he's brilliant, but Sheppard hallucinates Koyla kidnapping him, taunting him, and brutally torturing him for hours on end (including cutting off his hand). It reflects horrifyingly what his state of mind was.
    John: Are you saying I tortured myself?
    Koyla: You torture yourself everyday, John.
  • Pretty much the background for Firefly's River Tam; she was tricked into going to a government-run facility known as "the Academy" where she spent three years having her brain cut apart and transformed into a psychic killing machine. Once she was rescued, she was reduced to a babbling, incoherent and at-times violent little girl who spends plenty of time crying or shaking helplessly in corners... until she's triggered, at which point she unleashes the Waif-Fu to end all Waif-Fu.
    • River also undergoes this whenever she makes contact with the mind of a Reaver. In "Bushwhacked," a man tortured by the Reavers simply wakes up and she starts screaming at the mental contact. Later on in The Movie, while Serenity is passing through the Reaver fleet, her face is locked in absolute horror as she is surrounded by the Reavers, and at the end of the movie, she is rendered catatonic and helpless by their presence as they assault the crew.
      • And then she flips to the opposite mode, and becomes an unstoppable killing machine. (The door closes on her, leaving River with the Reavers. When the door opens again, River is standing there, soaked in blood, gripping an axe and a grappling hook, with what's left of the Reavers in pieces around her. Then the Alliance troops show up...)
    • River also gets mindraped by an entire planet when she is on Miranda, and the vast numbers of people who should have been alive but aren't sends her into a screaming mental breakdown. Being The Empath sucks sometimes.
  • Maury and Matt Parkman of Heroes are actually capable of Mind Rape and both father and son have the power to force some poor SOB into a living nightmare which puts their body in a coma and their mind in...well, their worst nightmare. Maury gets the tables turned on him in a season two episode and gets trapped in his own mind by Matt.
    • There is also Sylar, who just thrives on the physical imagery of this when he forcibly violates people brains to steal their powers. His attack on the regenerating teen girl Claire Bennett particularly stands out.
      • Made even worse by the fact that he seems to have a twisted sort of respect for her because of her ability - she's "extra special" or something.
    • Noah Bennett and The Haitian interrogate an old company man by threatening to delete all of his happy memories. Including those of his dead daughter.
    Noah: "It will be like she never existed."
    • Noah Bennett had a Crowning Moment of Revenge (really, someone needs to make this) when he confronted the injured boy that had tried to rape Claire earlier in the season. The Haitian did the actual mind raping, but Bennett's line was chilling.
    Noah: "Hollow him out. Take everything."
    • Of course, all of this seems like a tumble in the hay when compared to the season 3 finale. Bennet, Angela and Matt, after finding Nathan Petrelli killed by Sylar, decide to save Nathan in a rather... unusual way... Since Sylar had absorbed pretty much all of Nathan's memories, personality habits, and so forth (since he was planning on taking his place in order to become President), Matt uses this against him. He uses his telepathy to force Sylar to completely forget that he was ever Gabriel Gray or Sylar, and forced all of Nathan's personality to the forefront. This effectively erases Sylar forever and resurrects Nathan's personality within Sylar's body (which is a perfect physical and genetic match to Nathan's due to the shape-shifting power which he had absorbed). This is effectively the culmination of Sylar's identity crisis in earlier episodes, and the ultimate comeuppance for the villain's constant ability theft and Mind Rape: having it all backfire and be used against him. The preview for next seasons also introduces plenty more possibilities for Mind Rape since it appears Sylar (or his hunger, at the very least) is Not Quite Dead. It makes you wonder why they didn't just use Claire's blood to just revive the fallen senator; Noah was brought back using that method, so it should have occurred to him...
      • Them having different blood types could explain that.
    • Sylar being Sylar, of course, his real personality seems to have lodged inside Matt's psyche, and now Sylar is mind raping Matt right back, turning his own power against him and taking over his body at the worst possible times.
      • And, in a nasty case of Kick the Son of a Bitch, Matt locks Sylar in his own worst nightmare- a world where he is completely and utterly alone. Each hour that passes in the real world is a year in the nightmare. Nice touch, Mr Nice Guy.
  • Babylon 5:
    • In the episode "Dust to Dust", G'Kar takes a drug called "dust" which allows the user to gain telepathic powers for a few hours. He uses it to invade Londo's mind and go through his memories, tormenting him about them in the process. He physically beats him up beforehand in order to subdue him, which emphasizes the similarity to actual rape. However, before G'Kar's mind-rape session is over, Kosh visits him (first as a vision of his father, then as a sort of Narn angel), and G'Kar undergoes a key change of heart. Although he is sentenced to 60 days in jail for his assault on Londo, he welcomes it, and writes a holy book.
    • Also inverted in the same episode. One Dust user is found huddled on the floor screaming that the mountain was falling on him - his Mind Rape victim evidently had some very vivid memories of being caught in an avalanche while skiing.
    • According to Lyta Alexander, somewhere on Beta Colony there is a man in an institution who spends his days and nights screaming at things only he can see, things planted in his mind by the Psi Corps as punishment for murdering telepaths. He has to be restrained lest he tear out his eyes.
    • The Shadows routinely created servants by irrecoverably altering their personalities. For example, Morden.
    • On the same token, Bester shows no qualms about mentally manipulating people to his ends. He plays Garibaldi for a puppet. After extracting him from Shadow control, he proceeds to subtly alter his personality without his knowledge. That's not the Mind Rape, though. That comes later, after he releases all the hidden memories of the incident, leaving Garibaldi to realize that he'd just betrayed his own captain and was probably going to get hell for it. On top of it, a couple of mental suggestions keep him from just shooting Bester in the head. To a guy like Garibaldi, it is mental torture of a subtle but excruciating degree. Just rectifying recent events took a lot of convincing, and it would be nearly 20 years before Garibaldi finally got payback by personally busting Bester.
    • In "Atonement", Delenn was rather brutally forced to relive some of her memories of the Earth-Minbari war. She had already been living with them for a long time, however, and was thus not broken.
    • In "Passing Through Gethsemane", a mindwiped former Serial Killer is forced to relive some of his old memories of what he'd done via the interference of a Centauri telepath. Significantly, this interference is supplemented with more mundane techniques, including what looks like bloody writing on the wall (later revealed to be a 23rd-century form of disappearing ink) and recordings of voices (ostensibly of his victims).
      • In the same episode, Lyta in turn mind-rapes the Centauri telepath in order to determine who hired him to remove the mindwipe from the killer, who was living his remaining life peacefully as a monk with no memories of his former life. She earlier threatened Londo with mind-rape, after Londo threatened to turn her in to Psi Corps if she didn't divulge what she knew about the Vorlons.
  • In The Vampire Diaries, the vampires can Mind Control the humans, which sometimes leads to this.
  • In the Torchwood episode "Adam", said Adam implants fake memories into the team by touching them. Using this to make Tosh believe they're a couple and sleep with her was bad enough, but when Ianto is onto him, Adam gleefully implants him with memories of brutally murdering women for pleasure, all the while saying he "forgot what a rush it is, feeding in the bad stuff".
    • Ianto screams and thrashes in pain, gasps for air, cries, tries to back away, and then pleads "No... Please..." He is, understandably, horribly traumatized by this (thank goodness for hypnosis and amnesia pills). He finally completely believes he is a murderer, enough to fool the best lie-detector they have.
    • As if the rape analogy isn't obvious enough here, Adam holds Ianto down and kisses him while he does all of this.
  • In Farscape, the Aurora Chair is designed to segment the layers of prisoners' minds in order to extract their memories, and judging from the all the screams of agony, the process is anything but pleasant.
    • Scarran interrogations, which involve liberal use of both mind rape and Mind Screw to drive its victims completely insane.
      • In the episode "Prayer," Scorpius actually refers to Scarran interrogations as "Mind Rape."
    • Stark, capable of transmitting memories when unmasked, attempts to pull a Mind Rape on Jool when her whining grows too much for his already frayed nerves; he's interrupted before he can get his mask off, but the statement "I will show you something that will make you cry forever!" confirms enough.
      • Done to Stark in "The Peacekeeper Wars" when John, Aeryn, and Sikozu forcibly remove his mask and make him absorb an alien's knowledge while he screams and tries to refuse. Stark, who has never been exactly sane, goes even crazier than usual for a while after this.
    • Zhaan finds herself on the receiving end of this when Tahleen decides she isn't interested in being taught how to control her violent impulses and simply rips the information out of Zhaan's mind- during the telepathic equivalent of sex, no less.
  • Glory, the Big Bad of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 5, pulls people's sanity straight out of their skull and feeds on it, leaving them as gibbering messes. Tara eventually ends up as one of her victims.
    • Later, Willow erases Tara's memories of their arguments while they're in a relationship. Repeatedly. Tara is especially upset because she remembers Glory's prior violation of her mind.
    • Not to mention, Rack from the episode "Wrecked", who basically uses Willow (and others) as some sort of telepathic crack whore. Both Rack and Willow make orgasm faces when he transfers power into her, and then tells her that she "tastes like strawberries."
  • Another Buffyverse example: In the first season finale of Angel, Cordelia has all the human suffering going on across the entire planet shoved into her mind. She winds up in a non-responsive helplessly-in-pain state in the hospital for most of the episode. When she gets better, it's caused her personality to change for the better. Cordelia had been self-absorbed and shallow, though not nearly as much as she used to be, having already undergone positive Character Development before this point.
    • In the comics Drusilia uncovers a demon that feeds on trauma, it fed on her and she becomes sane. She sets up shop where people go to her and ask for her help, and she has the demon trained so it feeds on them enough so that they still live with what they are so traumatized about, but it doesn't bother them anymore. Angel treats this as a very bad thing.
  • Hell, Justin Crowe's main power in Carnivàle indeed seems to be mind rape... At first he just uses it to make people face their past sins, induce a terrible guilt upon them and make them aware that he saw it too. But in the second season he really takes it to a whole other level; please don't force me to actually spit it out. Well, at least he shows an interesting variety of mind rape subtropes.
    • I'll spit it out, in case anyone's confused. He has his sister, Iris procure for him a constant stream of pretty, young maidservants. He seduces them using his authority as religious and political leader of New Canaan, and has so much demonically-tinged sex with them that he breaks their minds completely. We never actually see him commit these rapes, but we see Iris cleaning up the aftermath.
  • The Attic. Trust me, there's a reason you don't want to get sent there.
  • On The Listener, Charlie thinks Toby's telepathy is this, until he saves her from an actual rapist.
  • Season three of Fringe has Olivia repeatedly injected with a serum that overwrites her own memories with those of her alternate universe counterpart. It's quite disturbing watching the new memories slowly take over.
    • Season Five gives us Captain Windmark. Who mind rapes people in pretty much every episode he's been in.
  • Similar to the Ghost Rider example, a Fury in Charmed can cause any evil doer to hear the screams of his past victims.
  • On The Prisoner, Number Six is subjected to this form of torture in almost half of all the series' episodes. Perhaps the most notable examples are "The Schizoid Man," in which he is brainwashed into believing that he is actually a Village operative assigned to impersonate Number Six, and "Once Upon a Time," in which he is mentally regressed to childhood.
  • During the Goosebumps Chillogy. During "Part 3: Escape From Karlsville", Todd enters Karlsville and is later kidnapped by Karl and strapped to a table to be turned to a plastic figure since Karlsville is a model town. Karl begins taunting Todd with the thought of being turned to plastic by doing such things as asking him if he's afraid or what color he wants to be turned. Just before Todd is saved by Jessica and Matthew, Karl begins to chuckle as he tells Todd the whole process will hurt. Todd than begins to scream for Karl to stop and yell for someone to help.
  • In the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode "Tale Of The Renegade Virus", the virus attempts to take over Simon's brain via plugging himself into his hand. The scene is disturbingly reminiscent of rape.
  • In the Grimm episodes "Thanks for the Memories" and "Octopus Head", Timothy Perkal aka Lawrence Anderson aka the Gedächtnis Esser steals his victims' memories by inserting his tentacles into their brains through the backs of their skulls. The victims are usually left suffering from severe dementia.

    "Mundane" Torture 
  • During the occupation of New Caprica at the beginning of season three of Battlestar Galactica, Leoben Conoy puts an interesting twist on this trope. He gives Starbuck a perfectly normal, stable, well-ordered life - inside a jail cell. He also uses the opportunity to bring up as many images of Starbuck's abusive mother as he can manage. Oh yeah, and there's also the fact that he can resurrect himself every time Starbuck kills him.
  • Being Human had a Sylar-worthy example with Owen, Annie's ex-boyfriend and her murderer. First, he does this as he's comforting his current girlfriend, who's freaked-out because a ghost was talking to her, trying to warn her about him. Second, he denies the very existence of Annie whilst he's looking her straight in the eye with a shit-eating grin: "I don't see... anything". Then he twists the knife by admitting that he was cheating on Annie when she was still alive. Evil. She ends up in a Heroic BSOD till her roommate George pulls her out of it.
    • Annie later uses a more supernatural example to turn the tables, telling Owen "a secret only the dead know" that causes him to break down entirely.
  • Firefly: This is basically what the Alliance scientists did to River Tam before Simon rescued her. And what happened? She became an empathic Cloud Cuckoolander/One-Man Army whose warped mind eventually came back to bite the Alliance on the ass.
    • The Reavers will often convert their victims into second-hand Reavers by forcing them to watch the horrific tortures they inflict on other captives. This pushes them to a point where the only way they can survive facing that kind of madness is to become part of it.
  • What Merrit Rook puts Elliot Stabler through in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It fails, by the way.
    • Following the "Real Life" section, more than one interrogation session feels a lot like this. A good example is Elliot and Dr. Phoenix browbeating and pressuring a stressed and terrified little girl into revealing who molested her, to the point that she falsely accuses her coach to just. have. them. stop. harassing. her, which ruins the man's life and almost invalidates the whole case.. Another is Olivia bullying a mentally-ill witness into putting a temporary stop to his medical treatment to have him clear his memories enough to testify in a difficult case, which also ties with Olivia's terror of mentally-ill people; he does so, but he's so fucked up by her abusive behavior and the side-effects that he commits suicide immediately afterwards.
  • Angelus on Buffy. In the past he drove Drusilla completely insane by torturing and killing her entire family before siring her. He had other victims as well, many others, in the old days, and it's implied he did physical rape as well. When he is reawakened in the 21st century, he uses major psychological war on Buffy, Giles, and generally anybody who happens to be around. The Master aptly describes him as "the most vicious animal I have ever known" Even Spike is afraid of him, for all the mocking he gives Angel's ensouled persona.
    • In Becomming pt2 Angelus was on the verge of killing Giles, who has withstood extensive torture without revealing his knowledge of the ritual on how to destroy the world. Spike suggested that Dru play a game; she agrees, and reads Giles' mind to discover his weakness. She finally cajoles the information she wants out of Giles by hypnotizing him, so that she appears as Jenny, his dead girlfriend, in his eyes.
    • Angelus borders on Trope Codifier for "mundane" mind rape:
      • Alongside Darla, lures Vampire Hunter Daniel Holtz to an empty cabin, while Holtz is away, Angelus rapes Holtz's wife, kills his baby son, and turns his daughter into a vampire.
      • Stalks and harasses Waif Prophet Drusilla, making her believe her powers are "evil", kills her entire family and then massacres the convent she seeks refuge on.
      • Stalks Buffy and her friends, sires a friend as a "token of his love", murders Giles' love and leaves her on his bed, after setting up his apartment for a romantic night.
      • Just to mess with Angel Investigations, pulls a Iago to Gunn's Othello, with Fred as Desdemona and Wesley as Cassio.
    • The First's taunting and manipulation of Angel in "Amends". He winds up so bad-off he tries to kill himself.
      • Hell, this is pretty much all the First does itself. And It does it well. Another example: what it did to Spike in the early part of season 7. Eep.
      • It succeeded with Chloe, the potential Slayer, and tried to do so as well with Willow.
  • The MO of the serial killer "John Smith" from the Cold Case episode "The Road". He'd imprison women in an underground chamber, where months of isolation and psychological torture would essentially kill them on the inside, leaving them catatonic. Before sealing them in completely, he'd offer them a no strings attached chance to escape, but none of his victims ever took it.
    John Smith: "Once hope is gone... dying is just a formality."
  • In those episodes of The Prisoner where Number Six is not subjected to the other sort of mind rape, he will often be subjected to this sort instead. In "Hammer Into Anvil," however, he turns the tables, putting the new Number Two through it instead.
  • In Mahou Sentai Magiranger, the Hades God Cyclops, a Cold Sniper extraordinare, engages in a surprisingly mundane version of this trope; he targets the rangers one by one, stringing them along into thinking they've evaded him only to take one down, eventually causing one of two remaining rangers to experience a nervous breakdown. Cyclops exults in this, declaring that there's nothing greater than the sight of a broken mind.
  • Implied in The Sarah Connor Chronicles, when Derek was captured in the future and taken to the basement of an old house. We're not shown what happened while he was in that room, but when he came out he was visibly shaking, exhausted, and horrified. Whatever it was it was apparently related to Cameron; when he sees her later in the resistance base he immediately draws his weapon and tries to destroy her, and after travelling back in time he immediately recognized her on sight and drew a weapon on her.
  • "Chuck vs the Bullet Train" ends with Sarah having her memories erased. All of them since before the show began, if not beyond. It causes agonizing emotional and physical pain, and the montage is extremely disturbing, especially for such a lighthearted show.
  • In TeenWolf, Kate just LOVES to do this to Derek.
  • In one of his earlier (2007) appearances, John Oliver accused Stewart of "mind-f#cking" him.

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