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: Bob rapes Alice for seemingly no reason. It has nothing to do with the story, and is never mentioned again.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob'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 Bob raping Alice over and over again.
  • Downplayed: Bob does not sexually assault Alice, but he does something that symbolizes rape, such as stealing something from her and bragging about it. Despite this, there was still no reason for him to do it.
  • Justified: Bob lives in a socially backward society which doesn't look on rape as being especially evil.
  • Inverted:
    • The rape scene was written first, and an unrelated plot was slapped on.
    • Coitus Ensues, a pointless but consensual sex scene.
  • Subverted: Bob 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: Bob 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:
    • Bob just kills Alice.
    • Bob uses non-sexual methods to get information out of Ted, such as waterboarding.
    • Bob's Face-Heel Turn is handled in a more in-character manner, such as kicking Fido.
    • Bob never suffers Character Derailment.
  • Enforced:
    • The story is a satire of rape culture and sexual Double Standards.
    • The story is a satire of misogyny in fiction.
    • The author wants to show that Bob 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 Bob 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.
    • Bob was never supposed to rape Alice, but the scene was shoved in there to get an R-rating.
    • Bob 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 the authors heroes are anything but heroes.
  • Lampshaded: As Bob 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?"
  • Invoked: Bob 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 Bob 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.
  • Discussed: When Bob 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 Bob rapes Alice, Greg the Angry Critic shouts, "Well it sure has been a whole ten minutes since somebody was raped for no reason!"
  • Implied: Bob pins down Alice out of the blue, and the scene fades to black as we hear Alice screaming.
  • Deconstructed:

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