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Mishima: But yesterday, he called Suzui out of the blue. She didn't make any mistake or anything... Mr. Kamoshida seemed really irritated that day, so it must've been... worse than usual...
Ryuji: He didn't... That son of a bitch...!

Implied Rape is when the word "rape" is never uttered but it is implied to have happened.

This is mostly done with the use of certain words and phrases, like "violated" or "defiled" or the behavior and actions of a person such as acting distant, shaken, or insane.

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It's most often seen in a work in which they can't say the word, like a kid's show.

Another possible reason why the word rape is never said is that the perpetrator may actually be the protagonist of the work. Since Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil, the audience is not going to root for a rapist.

The trope can still occur even if the rape obviously happened but for one reason or another, the word is still not said.

Compare Never Say "Die" and The Body Parts That Must Not Be Named. May be accompanied by a Rape Discretion Shot.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The English translations of Jojos Bizarre Adventure always use euphemisms like "assaulted" or "stolen innocence" whenever rape is brought up as a plot point (like to Polnareff's sister in Part 3, or to the unnamed woman Mista saves in Part 5).
  • Chris Yukine from Senki Zesshou Symphogear. It's heavily implied that she was sexually abused when she was being trafficked around; when Genjuro offers to help her, she bitterly asks him if he wants to become her pimp. In Episode 8 she tells Miku that "they didn't stop, even when I said it hurt", which could refer to her experiments or something worse.

    Comic Book 
  • Mark Millar's first arc on The Authority sees an analogue of Captain America called the Commander rape a couple of nurses and Apollo. However, all that's shown is Hornet, one of his teammates and an analogue for The Wasp, going "He's not actually going to do them, is he?" about the nurses (and Tank Man, another teammate and analogue of Iron Man confirming the Commander is) and adjusting his belt afterward with Apollo. It's also implied that Midnighter, Apollo's lover, was going to use a jackhammer to return the favor to the Commander. It should also be noted that the first bit was due to DC's interference as the Hornet's dialogue originally did ask if the Commander was going to rape the nurses.note 
  • The Batman Adventures Annual #1 has a bit where The Scarecrow, who created a new identity to teach again, went after a college boy who's implied to have raped his favorite student. The closest it comes to saying "rape" was Crane saying to the boy "when she tried to push [him] away."
  • While Identity Crisis makes it clear that Dr. Light forced himself on Sue Dibny, the word "rape" is never used in that story itself.
  • Joker featured a scene where, after meeting about Jonny Frost's ex-wife Shelly and learning about his meeting with Two-Face, the Joker is shown adjusting his pants and Shelly curled up into the fetal Position and crying, the implication clear.
  • In Runaways, Klara was a child bride before the Runaways rescued her, having been subjected to "marital duties". Even Molly, the youngest of the group, quickly figures out what that means.
  • X-Men:
    • Rogue was once captured by Genoshans with a mutant being able to turn off her Touch of Death powers. While they never used rape, it was implied that she was molested. The experience was so traumatizing that she let the Carol Danvers psyche take over to cope.
    • During Legion Quest (the prologue to Age of Apocalypse), an amnesiac Legion tried to use his own psychic powers to pull a Bed Trick on Gabrielle Haller (his own mother) and by the time Charles and Erik got to her, her clothes are ripped up and she's crying.

    Eastern European Animation 
  • Gypsy Tales: In "The Gypsy Woman and the Devil", the devil, shapeshifted into a handsome man, kisses the gypsy woman Vudina and removes some of her clothes against her will, and it's implied, but not explicitly stated that he rapes her since the show is partly aimed for children. She clearly doesn't enjoy what the devil does to her and she thinks of her own starving children while she's enduring it.
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    Fan Fics 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: By eliding over the thought and just calling it "that", when Ami realizes what's going on, with an Inverted Near-Rape Experience in "A Deal with the Devil (DARK)", by the assaulted stopping it, instead of the assaulter. :
    He had no problem with torture [...] Lack of experience [...] left most of his victims dead before any desirable results could be achieved. [...] Hmm, what could he do that wouldn't cause too much damage? He snorted at the thought. Him, worried about causing too much damage. Then he had a bright idea. She was a female, so...
    "A stupid choice. I see you need some more 'convincing'."
    [...]
    Oh no. No! No! NO! Not that! Ami froze in horror as she felt the chill of the dungeon air on the exposed skin of her chest. I wish I had died instead! I wish I was a real Keeper and knew how to get out of this situation! Having barely finished the panicked thought, she felt a surge of energy from the dungeon heart, as if she had just re-affirmed their connection. The next moment, she was gone.

    Film—Animation 
  • In My Life as a Zucchini, Simon mentions how Alice's dad was a really bad man. While it's very clear he physically abused her considering her scar, her quiet and withdrawn nature suggests he may have done more than just hit her.

    Film—Live Action 
  • In Back to the Future, Marty's last ditch effort to get his parents together is to stage a Date Rape Averted in which George will rescued Lorraine from Marty. However, Marty only ever says "taking advantage".
  • The Charge at Feather River: While never explicitly stated, Anne McKeever's comments indicate that she has been raped by her Cheyenne captors and no longer feels fit to rejoin white society.
  • Forrest Gump: When Forrest is telling the nurse about how he and Jenny were best friends in elementary school, he recounts the time he visited her house, and she asked him to help her hide in the cornfield from her father. Forrest then wonders why she disliked her father so much since he was a loving man who was always "hugging and kissing" Jenny and her sisters. Later, when Jenny briefly comes back after giving up her hedonistic life, she throws rocks at her old abandoned house, and breaks down crying, though Forrest doesn't know what exactly happened in that house, he knows it's bad. After Jenny dies, he pays for her father's house to be bulldozed, as he knows that it only brought her bad memories, though he still didn't know why.
  • In Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence, mistaken for an Arab (due to wearing Arabic clothing), is captured by the Turks in Derra and brought in front of their commander. It's never explicitly said (even in euphemisms) what exactly happened to him, but the way that Lawrence is examined (even being forced to undress) when he's brought in, the brief shot of the Turkish commander partially undressed, and the extent to which he's emotionally destroyed by the experience all suggest that it was more than just a beating that took place.note 
  • M: The serial child killer specifically seeks out female children, and the police specifically seek out a male victim. When discussing the child murder victims, a policemen notes, "You know what state we find them in after that."
  • Outrage: Ann is chased down an alley and raped. The word "rape" is never used in the movie, only variations on "attack" or "assault". It is however perfectly obvious—the Thousand-Yard Stare, the way she freaks out when her boyfriend touches her—that Ann was raped.
  • Summer of '84: The Cape May Slayer is heavily implied to rape his victims before killing them. The word is never mentioned, but they are mostly all teen boys, he stalks and fantasizes about murdering them for a while maybe years in Davey's case, and when Davey and the others break into his Torture Cellar near the end of the film, it's set up to look like a childhood bedroom. Plus, the older teenager who got abducted at the start of the film (and so has been held captive for at least days, but probably weeks), is still alive down there, although injured and very traumatized, which further suggests that he's probably a rapist.

    Literature 
  • The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires skirts the line with James. While he explicitly rapes Slick near the end of the novel, he prefers to bleed kids or young teenagers, which involves biting them on the inner thigh. But it's never answered if he sexually abuses the children.
  • Tess Of The Durbervilles is a well-known example that's Older Than Television and, at the time, was quite shocking. Tess falls asleep in the middle of a foggy forest, Alec comes across her... the next thing we know, Tess is pregnant, shunned by those around her, and ashamed at having been Defiled Forever.
  • The Wheel of Time: As punishment for having been captured by the heroes, Moghedien is imprisoned by the sadistic Humanoid Abomination Shaidar Haran. It's left offscreen but involves harsh lessons in "obedience", leaves her badly bruised, and would, in her opinion, have driven other women insane. Word of God confirmed that he raped her, "among other things".

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents: In "Revenge", a husband goes out to avenge the rape of his wife who went insane. However, the word itself is never muttered.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the William Hartnell episode "The Time Meddler", the Doctor and his companions arrive in Northumbria in 1066. Edith, a woman they meet, is attacked by a pair of Viking raiders and is next seen in a clear state of trauma.
    • In "The Next Doctor", there are subtle hints that Miss Mercy Hartigan was raped in the past which would explain her misandry. Word of God would later confirm she was raped.
      Hartigan (to The Doctor): And who are you, Sir? Another man come to assert himself against me in the night?
  • Farscape: When reunited with John at the start of season 4, Chiana rather strongly implies she was raped during the Party Scattering that took place at the end of season 3.
  • In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dennis has a strategy in which he puts a girl in a situation that forces her to have sex with him and she won't say no because of the "implication". While portrayed as very creepy, this is never once referred to as rape through intimidation. Dee also has her own version of the "implication" that has her threatening her dates of False Rape Accusation unless they have sex with her. But she never uses the word rape.
  • Justified: Quarles is a Serial Killer of young men, and he's shown undressing prior to torturing them (which is actually only visually conveyed as physical torture). What he does is never described as rape, except that other characters suggest he has a "thing" for young men, heavily implying that there is a sexual element to it.
  • Legion season two: David alters Syd's memories to keep her from falling out of love with him, and the two have sex (raising all kinds of consent issues). When she confronts him, she obviously feels raped but states it as "You drugged me and had sex with me," instead of using the word.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: In "The Return Of The Archons", the brainwashed population of Beta III all seemingly go violently insane for the twelve hours of "Festival"; this includes numerous women being grabbed and carried away by nearby men, including one named Tula whom the Enterprise landing party had just met. The following morning, after Festival ends, Tula is severely distraught and is shown being comforted by her father, Reger. Not long after, the landing party, accompanied by Reger, encounters the man in the street and they cheerfully greet each other as if nothing has happened; an Enterprise crew member, clearly shocked, tells Reger "Your daughter. That's the man." This was about as far as a prime-time TV show could go in the 1960s, but it's pretty clear what was being implied.

    Video Games 
  • Arcanum: Cynthia Boggs, an inmate of the Isle of Despair penal colony, claims that the guards do horrible things to her whenever she gets caught trying to escape, but breaks down in tears before she can tell you exactly what they are.
  • Conquests of the Longbow: A Sherrif's man arrests a peasant woman for not paying her taxes and threatens to "take payment in other than coin". If you save her, she'll defend Robin Hood at his trial later and praise him for saving her from "the most hideous fate a woman can suffer".
  • Cyberpunk 2077: In Act Two of the plot, Evelyn goes missing and the player has to go on a long series of quests to find them. When they finally do, Evelyn is basically in a vegetative state and unresponsive. It's revealed that the people who hired her for the heist earlier attacked her cybernetic mind and fried it. Later on, Evelyn's friend Judy also digs through Evelyn's memories and finds evidence that Woodman, Evelyn's former boss at the "dollhouse" she worked in, kept the vegetative Evelyn for some time and did terrible things to her. It's implied that the reason Evelyn's mind deteriorated so badly that her condition wouldn't improve no matter what anyone did was a combination of both the mechanical damage to her computer brain in addition to the trauma of what Woodman did to her.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • In earlier games, the Daedric Prince of corruption, domination, and cruelty, Molag Bal, was also known as "The King of Rape" after a very gruesome and heinous assault on a woman named Lamae — who would later become known as the first vampire.
    • Later games, such as Skyrim and Online later stopped using the word "rape" implicitly. In Online, Lamae and others use the words "ravaged", "defiled" and "mutilated" to describe what Molag Bal did to her, with the horrifying implication that those words are just as accurate descriptors for what was actually done to her. In Dawnguard, female Vampire Lord Serana explains that the process of becoming a Vampire Lord is different for men and women. For women, the process is a horrific, humiliating, and traumatic act of "defilement" that she refuses to elaborate upon.
  • In Far Cry 3, Bambi "Buck" Hughes, the crass, callous Australian mercenary, tells Jason Brody that I Have Your Friend Keith, and he's unsubtle about the type of horrific things he's doing to him. The first time they meet, Buck makes a cruel joke about Keith trying to scream through a gag, then he repeatedly excuses himself meeting Jason in between Fetch Quests to "visit" Keith. When Jason finally finds the rare Chinese knife that Buck made him search for, he goes downstairs to find Keith visibly sobbing and traumatized, with a bloody handprint on his white shirt, saying that he "can't take anymore". He then pleads with Jason to get him out of there, right before Buck shows up and cheerfully declares that he's going to "show his appreciation for (Jason)... proper, like a man should". At that point, you can tell what Buck's done to Keith without the need of seeing it for yourself.
  • In Final Fantasy VII, we see that Don Corneo regularly auditions who will be his wife of the day and from the scenes we see when he abduct a crossdressed Cloud into his room, he made pictures so he will punish them for saying "no" before he jumps on "her", no doubt about to screw his "lady" before Cloud kicked him away. As for the leftovers? He sends them to his men so they can have their fun time, clearly being excited at having more ladies to entertain themselves.
  • In Ghost of Tsushima, when Jin and Yuna infiltrate the Mamushi farm in order to decapitate them, the latter is shown to visibly shudder and refuse to go any further which contrasts her usual brave demeanor. She even recalled their breath and hands on them. This is also implied to have happened with her Taka when they're under the Black Wolf's captivity.
  • There is a scene in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords in which Kreia A.K.A Darth Traya is shown being beaten mercilessly by Darth Nihilus and Darth Scion. The latter throws her against a wall and she says that she "suffered... indignities." The flashback happens when she explains to The Exile how her connection to the force was cut, but the implication is there.
  • Mortal Kombat:
  • Persona 5: Kamoshida's actions towards his female students is only called "sexual harassment". Sae uses "violations" when describing his crimes at the beginning. It's all but stated that he raped Shiho. When Ann refused to have sex with him, he called Shiho into his office and she tried to kill herself the next day. Shadow Kamoshida tells Ann that he had Shiho take her place when she didn't sleep with him.
  • Sadie Adler from Red Dead Redemption 2 is implied to have been raped by the members of the O'Driscoll gang who took control of her homestead and murdered her husband. She's clearly severely traumatized when the Van Der Linde gang rescue her and never tells anyone exactly what they did to her, but her trauma transforms her into a Blood Knight Dark Action Girl whose hatred for the O'Driscolls often gets the better of her and leads to her bringing trouble upon herself and those around her.
  • Trevor of Grand Theft Auto V is implied to be raping Floyd while he's staying in his condo, as a scene upon selecting Trevor to play shows him beside Floyd in bed, who's bawling and apologizing to his absent fiancee.

    Web Original 
  • Can You Spare a Quarter?: The story seldom uses the word "rape" to refer to what men do to the kid Jamie but words like "violated" are used to refer to what happens to Jamie at home.
  • SCP Foundation: We don’t know what Procedure 110-Montauk involves, but we do know the following: it’s designed to cause severe emotional distress; only D-Class personnel are allowed to carry it out; SCP-231-3 was Driven to Suicide when the Foundation first started performing it on her; the Overseer’s letter describes it as horrible and brutal; and it was originally devised by a “satanic sex cult”.

    Western Animation 
  • Bojack Horseman
    • It's been implied that Sarah Lynn was molested by her bear stepfather since she was able to tell the taste of a piece of bear fur.
    • "Hank After Dark" is about a late-night host who's done something to eight of his former assistants. His specific behavior is never described beyond vaguely mentioning "allegations," but given the discussions of misogynistic abuse, the nervous demeanor of his current assistant, and the plot being heavily based on the then-recent Bill Cosby rape allegations, it's all but confirmed to be sexual abuse.
  • In Braceface, Sharon ends up drunk at a party before being saved by her brother. When she gets reprimanded by her father, he mentions how girls in that state end up being taken advantage of by guys.
  • Superman: The Animated Series: In the two-part series finale "Legacy", Superman is brainwashed by Darkseid and turned into his loyal servant. Darkseid's Female Furies are shown to be very hands-on with Clark, including a few scenes that imply he and Lashina were having a sexual relationship. Given Superman's altered state of mind at the time, any relationship between the two would be non-consensual.
  • In Wonder Woman (2009), Hippolyta has a son with Ares. However, her description of him "forcing the child on her" gives the impression it was not the result of consensual sex.

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