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* '''Enforced''': RuleOfDrama

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* '''Enforced''': RuleOfDrama'''Enforced''':
** RuleOfDrama
** "Society today agrees that rape is a horrible thing, but I believe people should also be made aware that falsely accusing people of being rapists is equally as awful."

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** Alice uses the threat of making such an allegation to make Bob [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse "an offer he can't refuse"]].


** Bob is quickly found innocent, but his reputation is still ruined. Alice's credibility is destroyed by having made the accusation. Meanwhile, the rapist gets away scot-free and continues to attack other women.

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** Bob is quickly found innocent, but his reputation is still ruined. Alice's credibility is destroyed by having made Alice becomes a celebrity as she holds the accusation.victim narrative, claiming that Bob is a rapist who 'got away with it' and using it to propel herself into public office on the platform of 'judicial overhaul'. Meanwhile, the rapist gets away scot-free and continues to attack other women.


** Alice's culture is very [[NoWomansLand misogynistic]], and believes rape is about lust and sexuality, not power or anger. A woman who claims she was raped is almost never believed, or is thought to have [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming "deserved it" somehow]], such as by going to a certain place, or behaving or dressing a certain way. Or that AllWomenAreLustful, and that therefore the notion of a woman not wanting or not enjoying sex is absurd. Or that a woman who [[HollywoodHomely doesn't conform to that society's beauty standards]] in some way(s) should be "grateful" that a man would even give her the time of day, let alone have any kind of sex with her. Or she would only be believed if she was a [[TheIngenue demure, passive, and modestly-dressed asexual virgin]] beforehand...and even if she ''was'', good luck trying to convince anyone of that.

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** Alice accuses Bob and all his friends of gang-raping her, even though none of them went anywhere near her.


* '''Deconstructed''': When Alice is exposed as a lying fraud, Dave (an actual rapist) uses her story to turn public sympathy against his accuser Carol and [[KarmaHoudini ride public opinion all the way to an acquittal]].

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* '''Deconstructed''': '''Deconstructed''':
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When Alice is exposed as a lying fraud, Dave (an actual rapist) uses her story to turn public sympathy against his accuser Carol and [[KarmaHoudini ride public opinion all the way to an acquittal]].acquittal]].
** When Alice is exposed as a lying fraud, Dave rapes her for real and counters her accusations by claiming that she's CryingWolf again.

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** Alice has a psychotic disorder and delusionally believes that Bob raped her.


* '''Deconstructed''': When Alice is exposed as a lying fraud, Dave (an actual rapist) uses her story to turn public sympathy against his accuser Carol and [[KarmaHoudini ride public opinion all the way to an acquittal]].



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** Previously a rapist was able to get acquitted, and went on the commit more crimes. The embarrassment the case caused the police and courts makes them extra wary of accused rapists claiming to be innocent.

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** Previously a rapist was able to get acquitted, and went on the to commit more crimes. The embarrassment the case caused the police and courts makes them extra wary of accused rapists claiming to be innocent.


* '''Implied''': The story starts on a prison chain gang. When another prisoner asks Bob why he's here, Bob replies that he's here "because of a lying bitch."



* '''Deconstructed''': ???

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* '''Deconstructed''': ???'''Implied''': The story starts on a prison chain gang. When another prisoner asks Bob why he's here, Bob replies that he's here "because of a lying bitch."



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** Alice is looking for attention, or money, or sympathy, or whatever else she might gain.
** Alice's memories have been scrambled and/or partially blotted out by trauma, and that makes her look and sound like she's lying even though she's not. It also doesn't help that she wants to move on with her life, rather than [[BrokenBird spend the rest of it sobbing in her room]].
** Alice's culture is very [[NoWomansLand misogynistic]], and believes rape is about lust and sexuality, not power or anger. A woman who claims she was raped is almost never believed, or is thought to have [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming "deserved it" somehow]], such as by going to a certain place, or behaving or dressing a certain way. Or that AllWomenAreLustful, and that therefore the notion of a woman not wanting or not enjoying sex is absurd. Or that a woman who [[HollywoodHomely doesn't conform to that society's beauty standards]] in some way(s) should be "grateful" that a man would even give her the time of day, let alone have any kind of sex with her. Or she would only be believed if she was a [[TheIngenue demure, passive, and modestly-dressed asexual virgin]] beforehand...and even if she ''was'', good luck trying to convince anyone of that.


** Bob angrily confronts Alice over something she did, and physically grabs her when she tries to leave. When Alice sees a bystander approaching, she pulls down her shirt so that person [[NotWhatItLooksLike will get the wrong impression]].



* '''Inverted''': It is proven ''beyond a reasonable doubt'' that Bob raped Alice, but he [[KarmaHoudini gets off scot-free]] due to some LoopholeAbuse.

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* '''Inverted''': It is proven ''beyond beyond a reasonable doubt'' doubt that Bob raped Alice, but he [[KarmaHoudini gets off scot-free]] due to some LoopholeAbuse.



* '''Subverted''': Bob is able to convince the jury, judge, and public that he is an innocent man, but he is actually guilty.
* '''Double Subverted''': Alice is lying, because she was not able to get him convicted in court, she settles for getting him ConvictedByPublicOpinion.

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* '''Subverted''': '''Subverted''':
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Bob is able to convince the jury, judge, and public that he is an innocent man, but he is actually guilty.
** Bob's defense tells him they have evidence to help him, leading the audience to think the might have proof the he is innocent. It turns out they have Alice's [[SlutShaming sexual history]], which the plan to present before the court in an attempt to paint Alice's testimony as unreliable.
** Bob states that if did rape Alice, why didn't she contact the police. It turns out he actually is guilty, but it happened so long ago that the StatuteOfLimitations on charges has long since passed. Unfortunately for Alice, she waited too long to press charges, out of fear or embarrassment.
* '''Double Subverted''': Subverted''':
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Alice is lying, because she was not able to get him convicted in court, she settles for getting him ConvictedByPublicOpinion. ConvictedByPublicOpinion.
** Bob's lawyer clarifies that it's not just the fact that Alice had numerous intimate partners, he has proof that at multiple occasions she threatened to accuse them of rape, and he can get them to testify to that fact.



* '''Zig Zagged''': Alice accuses Bob of raping her, but it turns out that he didn't. Then Bob really does rape her, but everyone thinks that [[CryingWolf she's lying again]].

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* '''Zig Zagged''': Zagged''':
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Alice accuses Bob of raping her, but it turns out that he didn't. Then Bob really does rape her, but everyone thinks that [[CryingWolf she's lying again]].again]].
** Alice accuses Bob of rape, which is a lie. Bob states he is innocent, then adds that Alice threatened to make accusations if he didn't sleep with her. This part also turns to be untrue, making Bob just as much of a false accuser as Alice.



** Alice worries that no one would believe her (even if it ''was'' a case of date rape), and she doesn't press charges against Bob.

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** Alice worries that no one would believe her (even her, even if it ''was'' was a case of date rape), rape, and she doesn't press charges against Bob.



** Despite being innocent, Bob is [[KangarooCourt declared guilty anyway]] and sentenced to life imprisonment. His wife divorces him, his family disowns him, his friends abandon him, and the other prisoners refuse to say even one word to him. He falls into a depression as a result of his loneliness and [[DyingAlone dies alone and unloved]], [[DownerEnding everybody believing him to be guilty]].

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** Despite being innocent, Bob is [[KangarooCourt declared guilty anyway]] and sentenced to life imprisonment.imprisonment without parole. His wife divorces him, his family disowns him, his friends abandon him, and the other prisoners refuse to say even one word to him. He falls into a depression as a result of his loneliness and [[DyingAlone dies alone and unloved]], [[DownerEnding everybody believing him to be guilty]].


* '''Exaggerated''': There is indisputable evidence that not only did Bob not rape Alice, but in fact Bob and Alice were never even on the same continent.

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* '''Exaggerated''': '''Exaggerated''':
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There is indisputable evidence that not only did Bob not rape Alice, but in fact Bob and Alice were never even on the same continent.continent.
** Both Alice and Bob accuse each other of rape.



** Bob is accused of [[ThePeepingTom covertly watching Alice undress]], but not of physically raping her. ThePeepingTom is actually Rob, Bob's twin brother.

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** Bob is accused of [[ThePeepingTom covertly watching Alice undress]], but not of physically raping her. ThePeepingTom is when it actually Rob, was Bob's twin brother.brother Rob.



** Bob did pester Alice into having sex with him, but Alice lied when claiming he used drugs or physical force.



** Or her OverprotectiveDad finds out and does the accusing, seeing as he can't see how [[ShesAllGrownUp his little angel-princess]] could ''possibly'' have a sexual side.

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** Or her OverprotectiveDad finds out and does the accusing, seeing as he can't see how [[ShesAllGrownUp his little angel-princess]] could ''possibly'' possibly have a sexual side.



** Previously a rapist was able to get acquitted, and went on the commit more crimes. The embarrassment the case caused the police and courts makes them extra wary of accused rapists claiming to be innocent.



* '''Subverted''':
** Bob is convicted of rape, and there is evidence.
** It is quickly shown that Bob is innocent, or at least that there is insufficient evidence to prove guilt.
** The defense puts Alice's credibility or [[SlutShaming sexual history]] on trial, in an attempt to paint Alice's testimony as unreliable.
** Bob did actually rape Alice, but it happened so long ago that the StatuteOfLimitations on charges has long since passed. Unfortunately for Alice, she waited too long to press charges, out of fear or embarrassment.
** Bob was only able to prove his innocence because a seemingly compassionate man named Dave encouraged him and told him his own tale of being falsely accused. However, it is soon learned that while Bob is innocent, Dave actually was a rapist.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** The rape trial happened way back in TheSeventies, before DNA evidence was really in use; Bob is cleared by DNA evidence in TheNineties and released from {{Prison}}.
** Bob is already ConvictedByPublicOpinion.
** The StatuteOfLimitations has been extended, leaving Alice just enough time to take Bob to court, but there isn't a lot of evidence left.

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* '''Subverted''':
**
'''Subverted''': Bob is convicted of rape, able to convince the jury, judge, and there is evidence.
** It is quickly shown
public that Bob he is innocent, or at least that there an innocent man, but he is insufficient evidence to prove guilt.
** The defense puts Alice's credibility or [[SlutShaming sexual history]] on trial, in an attempt to paint Alice's testimony as unreliable.
** Bob did
actually rape Alice, but it happened so long ago that the StatuteOfLimitations on charges has long since passed. Unfortunately for Alice, she waited too long to press charges, out of fear or embarrassment.
** Bob was only able to prove his innocence because a seemingly compassionate man named Dave encouraged him and told him his own tale of being falsely accused. However, it is soon learned that while Bob is innocent, Dave actually was a rapist.
guilty.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** The rape trial happened way back in TheSeventies, before DNA evidence was really in use; Bob is cleared by DNA evidence in TheNineties and released from {{Prison}}.
** Bob is already ConvictedByPublicOpinion.
** The StatuteOfLimitations has been extended, leaving
Subverted''': Alice just enough time is lying, because she was not able to take Bob to get him convicted in court, but there isn't a lot of evidence left.she settles for getting him ConvictedByPublicOpinion.



* '''Lampshaded''': "How could a girl like ''[[DepravedBisexual her]]'' be accusing a guy like ''[[CelibateHero Bob]]'' of rape?!"

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* '''Lampshaded''': "How could a girl like ''[[DepravedBisexual her]]'' [[DepravedBisexual her]] be accusing a guy like ''[[CelibateHero Bob]]'' [[CelibateHero Bob]] of rape?!"



** Or Alice worries that no one would believe her (even if it ''was'' a case of date rape), and she doesn't press charges against Bob.

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** Or Alice worries that no one would believe her (even if it ''was'' a case of date rape), and she doesn't press charges against Bob.



* '''Deconstructed''':

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* '''Played For Drama''':



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** Alice is a {{Jerkass}} who hates Bob and is GenreSavvy enough to know that accusing him of rape is the best way to destroy him.

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** Alice is a {{Jerkass}} who hates Bob and is GenreSavvy enough to know knows that accusing him of rape is the best way to destroy him.


** Bob did actually rape Alice, but it happened so long ago that the statute of limitations on charges has long since passed. Unfortunately for Alice, she waited too long to press charges, out of fear or embarrassment.

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** Bob did actually rape Alice, but it happened so long ago that the statute of limitations StatuteOfLimitations on charges has long since passed. Unfortunately for Alice, she waited too long to press charges, out of fear or embarrassment.



** The statute of limitations has been extended, leaving Alice just enough time to take Bob to court, but there isn't a lot of evidence left.

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** The statute of limitations StatuteOfLimitations has been extended, leaving Alice just enough time to take Bob to court, but there isn't a lot of evidence left.

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