05:39:33 AM Jun 2nd 2017
Why aren't there any videogame examples? I'd argue that both The Witcher 3 (what with the seemingly constant raping that the Red Baron's soldiers do) and the Tomb Raider reboot (with the attempted rape scene that caused an uproar) would both be good examples of this trope.
12:35:11 AM Dec 6th 2016
I'm completely forgetting the term for it now, but it's a German term that translates to "directors' theatre" or something like that, and it refers to the practice of taking classical works (opera, Shakespeare, etc.) and doing new productions where the setting is changed to something post-apocalyptic, or World War II, or something else stupid like that, just because True Art Is Angsty and all the other true-art nonsense... anyway, my point is, that movement is full of this, and... maybe someone could put that in the description, like, "Often found in [ that movement ]" (I know there's a page for it, I just can't remember the German phrase). But yeah... it is. (e.g. there was a production of William Tell (the opera the overture is from) in London, and there was so much of this, and blood, and other stuff like that that people actually just walked out, I think).
08:46:28 PM Jun 14th 2015
06:13:37 AM May 27th 2015
Perhaps we should expand the page to simply include wherever there is a debate on the topic? People are arguing there was a case of that in a newer episode of Game of Thrones, but someone people don't think it is.
11:52:32 AM May 27th 2015
No, "debatable" examples do not belong on wiki pages. Let's stick to the good examples.
12:04:24 PM May 27th 2015
... that said, I'm having a great deal of difficulty seeing the difference between this and Rape as Drama, especially since RAD doesn't have any examples on the page.
01:08:21 PM Jul 6th 2014
Would Avengers #200 count? As noted by Linkara in his review, in the story itself removing the brainwashing and rape from it would have made everyone's actions FAR more understandable and less Out Of Character; while it became important in later stories, in the original story itself it was just pointless.
06:56:43 PM Oct 30th 2013
Just asking, but wouldn't Batgirl: Spoiled count? First episode ends with Stephanie Brown, beaten by some thugs that she would be able to take on in the comics, who then decide to rape her until the Gotham Sirens save her. It was Gratuitous for a number of reasons, both with the fact it didn't fit the tone of Stephanie Brown's series, didn't fit with the Nolan-like presentation (guy's got issues with women but as dark as his Batman films were, no one got raped in them), anything would have fit better, the villains reason behind it made no sense (Killing a Bat won't make anyone remember you, but raping one will? How? How is that more respectful than killing her? If anything, that would give you FAR less respect since, besides that one time, even Joker doesn't rape people), and looking at it, it feels like it was just an excuse for the camera to pan over the actress' body in tight spandex which given the context of the scene just makes me want to throw up upon realizing.
07:04:51 PM Oct 30th 2013
My issue is that the Attempted Rape was pretty much the point of the episode. It's hard for it to be gratuitous when there wouldn't really be much of a work without it.
01:05:24 PM Jul 6th 2014
I completely forgot about this. Anyway... While that's true, it didn't HAVE to be an Attempted Rape. An attempt on her life or even just the severe beating she took during the fight would be enough to justify her being traumatized by the event. Given it could have easily not been rape, it falls under gratuitous.
01:15:49 AM Apr 13th 2012
This trope describes rape scenes that derail the plot or are unnecessary to the overall story, right? If that's so, why are there examples of works where rape is the plot? I wouldn't think those actually count, seeing as how removing the rape actually would affect the story and significantly alter it. One of these examples that doesn't seem to fit is Custers Revenge, because rape is literally the entire plot of the game. If that type of stuff does fall under the definition of Gratuitous Rape, then maybe somebody could add that bit to the description of the trope itself in order to avoid further confusion? I dunno, I'm just pointing stuff out. What does anyone else have to say about it?
01:24:02 PM Jun 7th 2012
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edited by DA
Whoops, didn't see this! The idea behind including them was that the rape is SO gratuitous that it's taken over the plot. "Rape Without Plot" sounded a bit Too Rare To Trope. Sadly, we really can't do much about that now, as they've apparently nixed this trope. EDIT: Actually, it looks like they've nixed ALL rape tropes!
03:43:21 AM Jul 2nd 2011
"* Plenty of it in the Death Wish movies.
- Scarcely, the rape o friends and family is Charles Bronson's motivation to kill the bad guys."