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Playing With: False Rape Accusation
Basic Trope: Someone accuses someone else of rape, even though that person is beyond a reasonable doubt not guilty.
  • Straight: Bob is accused of raping Alice, but he didn't.
  • Exaggerated: Bob was out of the country at the time of the alleged rape.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is accused of having drugged Alice and had sex with her. He did have sex with the drugged Alice, but he wasn't the one who drugged her, and he only had sex with her because he didn't realize at the time that she was drugged.
    • Bob is accused of covertly watching Alice undress, but not of physically raping her. The Peeping Tom is actually Rob, Bob's twin brother.
    • Someone calls Bob a rapist to his face, but he never actually faces a trial.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: It is proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Bob raped Alice, but he gets off scot-free due to some Loophole Abuse.
  • Gender Inverted: Bob accuses Alice of raping him, even though she didn't do that.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is convicted of rape, and there is evidence.
    • It is quickly shown that Bob is innocent, or at least that there is insufficient evidence to prove guilt.
    • The defense puts Alice's credibility or sexual history on trial, in an attempt to paint Alice's testimony as unreliable.
    • Bob did actually rape Alice, but it happened so long ago that the statute of limitations on charges has long since passed. Unfortunately for Alice, she waited too long to press charges, out of fear or embarrassment.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The rape trial happened way back in The Seventies, before DNA evidence was really in use; Bob is cleared by DNA evidence in The Nineties and released from Prison.
    • Bob is already Convicted by Public Opinion.
    • The statute of limitations has been extended, leaving Alice just enough time to take Bob to court, but there isn't a lot of evidence left.
  • Implied: The story starts on a prison chain gang. When another prisoner asks Bob why he's here, Bob replies that he's here "because of a lying bitch."
  • Parodied:
    • Bob becomes a Memetic Molester.
    • Bob and Alice are at the movies. When Bob tries to put his arm on her shoulder, she starts screaming rape.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No rape accusations of any kind are made against Bob.
  • Enforced: Rule of Drama
  • Lampshaded: "How could a girl like her be accusing a guy like Bob of rape?!"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice is raped by a stranger in the park. He wore a condom and shaved all his pubic hair, so there isn't much in the way of forensic evidence, and Alice only saw his face for maybe two seconds.
    • Alice wakes up in Bob's bed, naked. At first, she doesn't know what happened, but then she remembers that she agreed to go home with him.
  • Exploited: Alice knows that Bob is extremely wealthy and hopes that falsely accusing him of rape will result in a successful lawsuit, gaining Alive a slice of Bob's fortune
  • Defied:
    • Alice makes it clear that she doesn't really know what the attacker looked like.
    • Alice regrets sleeping with Bob, but chalks it up to a lapse in judgment on her part, does the walk of shame back to her apartment, and moves on with her life.
    • Or Alice worries that no one would believe her (even if it was a case of date rape), and she doesn't press charges against Bob.
  • Discussed: "So, I hear Alice is accusing Bob of rape..."
  • Conversed: "That doesn't sound like Bob; I think there's more to this story."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob is quickly found innocent, but his reputation is still ruined. Alice's credibility is destroyed by having made the accusation. Meanwhile, the rapist gets away scot-free and continues to attack other women.
    • Despite being innocent, Bob is declared guilty anyway and sentenced to life imprisonment. His wife divorces him, his family disowns him, his friends abandon him, and the other prisoners refuse to say even one word to him. He falls into a depression as a result of his loneliness and dies alone and unloved, everybody believing him to be guilty.

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