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06:14:56 PM Jun 11th 2017
Can the trope "Mind Rape" be renamed? Rape is a serious offense and the word should only be used for situations that are actually rape. Harming a person's mind is not rape. By that logic, punching someone in the face or brainwashing them is rape. That is not rape, of course. Words have meaning and they need to be used properly. Calling things "rape" that are not rape is callous and insulting to the many victims of sexual assault. Suggested possible changes: Mind Assault, Mind Battery, etc.
11:09:16 AM Nov 12th 2017
edited by MichaelKatsuro
Nobody's saying that harming somebody's mind actually is a form of rape. The trope name is meant metaphorically. "Words have meaning and they need to be used properly." Yeah, but metaphors don't constitute improper use of words. You might as well say that calling somebody a sexist pig is wrong because being sexist doesn't change one's species.

And one might say that comparing mental torture to rape diminishes the agony of rape, but the thing is, many of the trope examples really are as horrible to suffer through as rape. One doesn't diminish rape by comparing it to something that's equally agonizing (or even worse).
08:50:29 PM Apr 7th 2015
I hate this trope! I wish it was never invented.
04:45:56 PM Aug 21st 2014
It seems this trope is suffering some serious Trope Decay. The trope page and Laconic says "painful mental assault", but in other places it's basically used as "any non-consensual mental contact". Should this go to the Trope Repair Shop?
01:15:06 AM Aug 22nd 2014
That will not help. In these cases, removing the improper usages is the best thing to do.
12:22:01 AM Aug 8th 2012
Mind rape as described here is often very painful, and sometimes caused by a telepath. Does anyone know of a related trope (or more examples) in which the telepath enters the victim's mind just to cause pain? Or causes pain just by looking at them?
07:37:37 AM Sep 26th 2013
That'd qualify as this trope, with the former being a pure example and the latter being part of a general Brown Note effect.
04:32:27 PM Jun 8th 2012
edited by IceSickle
The page seems to be blocked, or broken, or... something. I just get this text displayed: "We do not want a page on this topic. It does not meet our content policy." Anyone know what's happened?
08:21:43 PM Jun 8th 2012
It's part of a general cleanup of stuff on the Wiki, which apparently now includes Rape Tropes.

Now, since this isn't strictly a rape trope, I suspect the page will be renamed and put back up in due time. You can join in the discussion on the forums.
12:46:26 AM Jun 19th 2012
Does it need to be renamed? It is a trope after all, and the name is very fitting and appropriate in many cases. This clean up seems to be going over board.
02:30:34 AM Jun 19th 2012
^It was forced by Google, which pays for 30% of the Wiki. We are trying to get it done. For your relief, I have saved the entire source of this page and subpages.

Also, such questions should be asked in the TV Tropes Fora, not in a discussion page
01:33:29 PM Jun 28th 2012
Aaaaand... it's back, at least on my computer.
01:58:26 PM Jun 28th 2012
Stuff has now been at least partially sorted; it's back for everyone. There are threads in the fora with more information.
03:20:34 PM Apr 2nd 2012
edited by Stoogebie
Would talking someone to death about anime (a la weeaboo) count for this trope? Or for that matter, anything?
06:17:05 PM May 20th 2012
edited by FarseerLolotea
No, that's a Breaking Lecture...which, IMO, needs to be kept separate. A Breaking Lecture that's treated like Mind Rape (that is, a violation of the character's mental autonomy) should be considered an exaggerated example of the former trope.
11:29:47 AM Dec 12th 2011
Should what Discord did in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic be considered an example? Seriously, half the examples on this list are less severe than what he did and most of the people I've talked to consider it such. If not the psychic part, then he most certainly did the mundane to Applejack, Pinkie Pie, and Rainbow Dash.
11:53:25 AM Oct 5th 2011
Please stop referring to Discord's mind control attacks in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as Mind Rape. He just brainwashed them; Mind Rape is WAY more serious
05:48:07 PM Dec 2nd 2011
How so? I don't see your point. Unless you've discussed this somewhere else, you need to give more justification than just "it's not that serious". I don't know if you're a mod or something who has that right, but if not, there needs to be a bit more discussion on this one before we ban it entirely, as a LOT of people still consider it as such.
04:41:00 PM Sep 27th 2011
I see the exact same example appear twice in each category, oh and big surprise, it's an example shoehorned from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Which category is it gonna be?
11:21:06 AM Nov 17th 2010
I was wondering. When Phoebe and Paige of "Charmed" used a potion against Darryl to take out his soul against his will, is that mind rape?
05:06:37 AM Apr 5th 2012
Idk... I mean, he's an Extreme Doormat and eventually he finally loeaves the sister for good and they don't understand why. But he's not actually shown with any PTSD like symptoms.
09:31:58 PM Oct 5th 2010
Why was Asuka's quote removed? Just curious, but I thought it should be kept there
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