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, Ted, 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.
    • 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:
    • The story is a satire of supposed rape culture and sexual Double Standards.
    • The story is a satire of misogyny in fiction.
    • The author wants to show that Barry was Evil All Along, but the only thing s/he can come up with to illustrate this is a rape scene, even though it will make no sense in context.
    • The author has Barry suddenly rape Alice in order to hammer it into the audience's heads that they're supposed to hate Bob.
    • Rape scenes are the author's thing, and s/he inserts them into every work, even if there's no need for one.
    • Barry was never supposed to rape Alice, but the scene was shoved in there to get an R-rating.
    • Barry had a reason for raping Alice, but Executive Meddling caused that reason to be removed. Somehow, the scene stayed in.
    • The author is trying to make Bob as vile as possible in order to distract from the fact that his/her heroes are anything but heroes.
  • 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: When Barry orders Carol to Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me, Carol asks why he doesn't just kill Alice instead.
  • Conversed: When he sees the scene where Barry rapes Alice, Greg the Angry Critic shouts, "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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