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Playing With: Prison Rape
Basic Trope: A rape that takes place in prison.
  • Straight: Bob is sent to prison and raped by his cellmate.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is sent to prison and gang-raped by everyone in his cell block the first night. Oh, and did we mention that most of the rapists are black?
  • Downplayed: Although Bob faces some sexual harassment, it doesn't go as far as rape or sexual assault.
  • Justified:
    • The cell mates were long sexually deprived...at least, that's their excuse.
    • This is a show of dominance over inmates perceived as "weak," or a form of punishment against those who committed particular crimes.
  • Inverted: Bob (the newcomer in Trope State Correctional Facility) rapes his cellmate (or a guard) the first night there.
  • Gender Inverted: Alice gets sent to prison and raped by her cellmate or a guard.
  • Subverted:
    • Some prisoners attempt to rape Bob, but Alex comes to his rescue.
    • Bob has consensual sex with his cellmate, Alex.
    • Or a conjugal visit from his wife/girlfriend.
    • It looks like Alex is going to rape Bob, but turns out he was actually flirting.
    • Bob successfully fights back against his attackers.
  • Double Subverted: Only to hold this against Bob and have his way with Bob later.
  • Parodied:
    • Some prisoners make a bet over who is going to rape Bob first, but none of them manages to succeed because the others try to sabotage it; meanwhile, Bob is oblivious to the whole thing.
    • People from outside cheer on those who they think will rape Bob... yet all they're doing is giving an honest talk with him, and are disgusted with the idea they'll rape Bob.
  • Zig Zagged: Some characters in Trope State Correctional Facility are raped (or commit rape, or both), others are not.
  • Averted: No rapes occur at TSCF. All sex is consensual.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Bob notices a new Bishounen come in, and shouts "Hey guys! Fresh meat over here!!".
  • Exploited: "Bob, this prison is full of rapists. You won't last past the first shower. That's why you should join me in trying to escape".
  • Defied:
    • The prisoners (and guards) refuse to commit rape, being disgusted by the very idea.
    • Alex tells Bob who to look out for and who not to talk to, and protects Bob while in with him.
    • Whenever a new prisoner or guard arrives, the Warden warns him that rapists will not be tolerated and that anyone caught committing rape will be summarily executed in the courtyard. The Warden also makes them watch old videos of these executions to show that he means business.
  • Discussed: "Poor Bob! How will he survive the next 15 years?!"
  • Conversed: "He'd better hope he gets parole..."
  • Implied: Shortly after his prison sentence begins, Bob begins walking with a limp and complaining of pain in his anus. He also has some... suspiciously-located bruises.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: Eventually, Bob finds someone that takes him seriously, and gets the help he needs. He eventually goes on to lead a normal (or normal-ish, depending on the length of his prison sentence) life.
  • Played For Laughs: Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male
  • Played For Drama: Rape as Drama

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