Playing With / Marital Rape License

Basic Trope: A husband or wife rapes their spouse.
  • Straight: Bob tries to initiate sex with his wife Alice, but for whatever reason(s), she is not in the mood. When she turns him down, he scowls, picks her up, throws her on the bed, rips her clothes off and has his way with her.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob rapes Alice to death.
    • Bob rapes Alice several times.
    • Every married man in the work does this.
    • Alice's parents force her to marry Bob, knowing his predatory tendencies, and tell her she will "never have a choice in the bedroom."
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob molests Alice.
    • Bob presses her limits, but never technically forces her.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob have consensual marital sex.
    • Bob rapes everyone except his wife.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice gave in to Bob's advances because she felt pressured. She worried that if she failed to fulfill her wifely duty, even just this once, Bob would cheat on her or divorce her.
    • Alice initially is interested in Bob's roleplay games, but his increasingly aggressive behavior outside of the bedroom makes her feel that Bob is no longer acting under a persona but really wants to hurt her.
    • Bob feels entitled to sex with Alice because of her status as his girlfriend or fiancée.
  • Parodied: Bob kisses Alice all of the sudden, and she overreacts as if he had raped her.
  • Zig Zagged: The consensuality between the two remained ambiguous.
  • Averted:
    • Bob never rapes Alice.
    • Alice and Bob don't have sex at all.
    • Alice clearly consented to Bob.
    • It was clear right from the beginning that they are doing roleplay and it was Safe, Sane, and Consensual.
    • Alice and Bob are not married, and not in a romantic relationship with each other.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: All Men Are Perverts, especially Bob. He married Alice thinking he would be within his rights to sleep with her whenever he wanted.
  • Exploited: Alice uses this as a way to threaten and control Bob.
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides to give sex a chance.
    • When Alice turns down Bob's sexual advances that night, Bob feels disappointed, but accepts it and just goes to bed, watches some TV, or has A Date with Rosie Palms instead; he doesn't rape Alice or coerce her into sex.
    • Bob doesn't make sexual advances towards Alice that night in the first place, either because he isn't in the mood, or can tell she isn't in the mood, or both.
    • Alice trains to become stronger than Bob, so there's no way in hell he could even try to rape her without getting a broken arm in the process.
    • Alice gets the help she needs, and files for divorce from Bob. (If she takes him to trial, in this case, he is found guilty of a crime and punished accordingly.) If she decides to pursue romance again, she makes sure that her new guy has nothing but the utmost respect for her and her wishes and treats her well.
  • Discussed: "Is it considered rape if you're married?"
  • Conversed: "Why do men always get away with rape on this show? That would never happen in Real Life."
  • Implied: Alice and Bob are shown to be in an unhealthy relationship, and Alice covers herself constantly when she is near him.
  • Deconstructed:


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