Playing With / Gratuitous Rape

Basic Trope: An unnecessary rape scene is shoehorned into a work with little to no relevance to the plot, often due to bad writing.
  • Straight: Barry Badperson rapes Alice for seemingly no reason. It has nothing to do with the story, and is never mentioned again.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Barry's personality does a complete 180 and he rapes Alice for no reason. He also forces himself upon Carol, Dave, Elliot, Fido, and anybody else in the vicinity. After he's had his way with Anything That Moves, he goes after inanimate objects.
    • The original plot is forgotten about and becomes nothing but Barry raping Alice over and over again.
  • Downplayed: Barry does not sexually assault Alice, but he does something that symbolizes rape, such as stealing something from her and bragging about it or forcing her kiss on him. Despite this, there was still no reason for him to do it.
  • Justified:
    • Barry lives in a socially backward society which doesn't look on rape as being especially evil.
    • Barry became Brainwashed and Crazy (or possessed, or was given Psycho Serum) courtesy of Emperor Evulz who forced Barry upon Alice because he wanted to frame him as an insane, dangerous beast. Or simply For the Evulz. (A lame explanation but still...)
  • Inverted:
    • The rape scene was written first, and an unrelated plot was slapped on. See Porn with Plot.
    • Coitus Ensues, a pointless but consensual sex scene.
  • Subverted: Barry pins Alice to the floor, and then shoots her in the face.
  • Double Subverted: ...But then he forces himself on her corpse for no reason.
  • Parodied: It's an Aristocrats joke.
  • Zig Zagged: Barry Badperson captures Alice and pins her to the ground, but then kills her by stabbing her. Bob then captures Ted and pins him to the ground too, only to threaten to gouge his eyes out if he doesn't tell him where the Unobtainium is.
  • Averted:
    • Barry Badperson just kills Alice.
    • Barry uses non-sexual methods to get information out of Ted, such as waterboarding.
    • Barry's Face–Heel Turn is handled in a more in-character (and subtle) manner, such as kicking Fido.
    • Barry never suffers Character Derailment in the first place.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: As Barry Badperson pins Alice down, she says, "You're going to rape me out of the blue like that? That's awful Out of Character for you! Are we in a bad fanfic or something?"
  • Invoked: Barry tells himself that in order to be a real villain, he has to start raping people, even if there's no good reason for doing so.
  • Exploited: When Barry tries to rape Alice, she stabs him with a Chastity Dagger. Then she says she's watched enough Exploitation Films to know what was coming next.
  • Defied:
    • The author refuses to put any rape scenes in his/her story, unless there is a good reason for them.
    • Or even further, the author doesn't include sex scenes at all, settling on a Sexy Discretion Shot or something like that even for consensual intercourses.
  • Discussed:
    Carol, upon Barry's order: "You want me to bring that captive girl before you naked? Excuse me, but when did you become such a sex maniac? Y'know, if I were you, I'd rather shoot her in the head at point-blank right away."
  • Conversed:
    Greg the Angry Critic: "So Barry just raped Alice out of left field... Well it sure has been a whole ten minutes since somebody was raped for no reason!"
  • Implied: Barry pins down Alice out of the blue, and the scene fades to black as we hear Alice screaming.
  • Deconstructed:

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