A trope in which it is stated, shown, or implied that detainees may be sexually assaulted while in prison (usually by fellow prisoners but sometimes by their captors).note It is used in a number of ways:
- A device for scary violence and revenge scenes in stories with prison settings.
- A threat for nasty law officers to menace prisoners with during interrogation scenes. ("You know what they'll do to a Pretty Boy like you, son?")
- An Establishing Character Moment moment carried out by a prisoner or an evil warden to show how evil and threatening they are.
- An extra (or ironic) punishment for the particularly depraved. Even "good" characters may gloat at the thought of villains receiving their comeuppance in this way, especially if said villains were rapists themselves. A Pariah Prisoner (such as a sexual offender, a snitch, or an ex-cop) might be the victim of a prison rape. note
- A source of jokes, often featuring huge criminals wearing eyeshadow or other indicators of queerness.
- A joke at the expense of queer stereotypes, implying that they would enjoy it.
- And of course an excuse for statements of mock concern, like the ever-popular "Don't drop the soap."
- A source of fears and hangups for characters who think they may be in danger of incarceration (may be played straight or for laughs).
- A dark, past trauma that blights the lives of ex-convicts.
- One of many reasons someone might vow that they're Never Going Back to Prison.
- An anti-drug PSA in the early 90s featured a first-person viewpoint of the arrested drug user, ending with a prison inmate who simply blows a kiss to his new cellmate.
- A similar one regarding illegal guns: "The worst part of being convicted on a firearms offense is you don't get to keep the gun with you when you meet your new cellmate."
- There's also this print ad◊ from the Montana Meth Project, in 2009.
- The German equivalent of the RIAAnote did a scare ad with two new arrivals being leered at by two older inmates, one of them commenting that his future bitch has the cuter ass. Yes, the German media industry believes that pirating music and films should be punishable by rape (or, at least, makes extremely unfunny jokes about this kinda stuff). Let's just say the ads were not received favorably...
- This is increasingly the attitude in the United States towards these types of ads as well, as critics have noted that officials seem to treat rape as part of the punishment, instead of, you know, a problem that prison officials need to be cracking down on. Needless to say, such an institutionalized punishment would be in violation of a small thing called the U.S. Constitution...
- There was a 7-Up ad where the guy was making his pitch in a prison. He drops a can at one point and says "I'm not picking that up." And "that's enough being friends." as the cameraman pulls away while a bearded prisoner puts an arm around him.
- In Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, the prison doctor Sasaki engages in this quite often, and will scheme with the warden to kill off anyone who finds out.
- In one arc of Black Lagoon, Janet Bhai (a.k.a. Greenback Jane from the earlier Carnival of Killers arc from the manga) suggests she might make a pass on Rock if Revy didn't care for her always banging Benny's brains out. Revy's reaction is not to make a death threat as would be expected of someone hitting Revy's Berserk Button about Rock in general, but to say this, which sheds some rather unsettling light on Revy's prison experience and makes for a really creepy scene.
- Infinite Ryvius: Implied when Criff and Michelle are imprisoned after the coup in episode 16. While nothing explicit is shown, there are a few lines of suggestive dialogue and it is seen that Michelle is shackled up with her legs spread.
- In the prison arc in Basara, it's treated partially as lack of women, but mostly as a simple business transaction about power and dominance.
- In Alice In Jails, Victor "comforts" Firo about going to Alcatraz with the knowledge that, what with looking so young and feminine, he'll probably be quite popular there.
Victor: Well, what if I told you you'd be popular inside? You're pretty enough I wager you'd be a minor celebrity there in a matter of days. Then again, I suppose the warden over there has things locked down tight enough that nothing like that would really happen, so you don't have to worry.
Firo: ...Noah, mind if I kill your boss?
- In Devil May Cry: The Animated Series it's strongly hinted that the warden of Devil's Prison gets up to this with the inmates. He also makes sexual advances on Dante, who puts him in his place.
- In Legend of the Blue Wolves, Captain Continental ties Jonathan up like a prisoner and rapes him.
- One-Punch Man: Pri-Pri Prisoner apparently has a problem with this. Can't hold back with so many handsome evildoers, you see. Or handsome men in general, which is why he imprisoned himself in the first place (breaking out if he needs to fight). If you're good enough and you land in his prison, he'll let you out with just a smooch, thankfully.
- Let's not forget the reference of this in Sonic X with this infamous line:
Rouge: I hope we share a cell.
- Happens to Ash, the protagonist in Banana Fish. The anime is vague about the extent in which he's abused, but the manga confirms that he was gang-raped by three prisoners. It's mostly due to him being young and rather feminine.
- Chris Rock has a bit in Bring the Pain describing an HBO special about prison life. The interviewer is talking to a drug dealer who makes would-be purchasers "toss his salad." The interviewer asks why: "When a man's sucking your dick, he can pretend it's something else. If he's eatin' ass, he knows it's ass." Rock goes on to make a few follow-up jokes on the subject of prison rape.
- Yakov Smirnov: "We have homosexuals in Russia, but none of them gay. Punishment for homosexual in Soviet Russia is ten year locked up in prison with other men... but there is five year waiting list."
- Richard Pryor in his stand up comedy movie "Live on the Sunset Strip" talks about filming Stir Crazy with Gene Wilder in a real Arizona state penitentiary. Surrounded by real hardened convicts, Wilder asked Richard, "What do you think they'd do to us if we were here, Rich?" Pryor responded: "Fuck us." Wilder protested: "I'm not homosexual!" Richard: "Homosexual ain't got nothin' to do with it! They don't fuck you cuz you like it! They fuck you to see that look on yo' face!"
- Jeff Dunham:
Peanut: You'd get your ass sent to jail! And trust me, you would not do good in jail.
Jeff: Why not?
Peanut: [deep voice] C'mere, puppet boy. Make yer daddy talk.
- Northern English musical comedian Mike Harding references this possibility in his Strangeways Hotel monologue and song about Manchester's fearsome prison.
- Christopher Titus alludes to this with a Gag Echo from the start of the set, in which he described being taken away by the police for slapping his then-girlfriend once after she'd punched him in the face five times.
Titus: I'm 6'2", I'm tan, I'm blonde, I'm wearing white pants... I'm a very pretty man!
- Happens to Wilson Fisk (years before he becomes The Kingpin) in Punisher Max. Five guys and 3 weeks in the prison infirmary. That said, it was back when he was just a small-time thug and it was one of the reasons behind his taking a level in bad-ass.
- Once Fisk gets out of jail, he finds the thug's wife and has her gang-raped by the filthiest hobos he can find, taking pictures all the while, which he sends to the thug. Thug goes nuts, kills a guard in his escape, and goes home to find Fisk waiting with a gun. Establishing Character Moment for Fisk. When Frank is in the same jail, one inmate named Big Jesus is riling up the others to attack Frank (they all chicken out) and eventually gets put in the cell next to him. Then he reveals he did all this to bust Frank out of prison so he'd kill Fisk (Fisk's rapist being Big Jesus' brother). It works and they escape... up until Frank shoots him.
- When Kingpin went to jail in a mainstream Daredevil arc by Ed Brubaker, The Enforcers are sent into the showers to do him in in a way it seems to invoke this. ...Kingpin beats them up.
- This has become almost a Dead Horse Trope in Hellblazer:
- During the story about the Devil's Confession, there is reference to a young hippie being "buggered eleven times on his first night inside," which prompted his attempted suicide.
- During the Son of Man Story Arc, John Constantine and Chaz Chandler are pursued by a huge demon called a "fuckpig", supposedly the act of rape given form. John comments that, as the creature is sexually aggressive, massively endowed, and black in color (coal-black, as it happens), this experience could represent prison-rape anxiety. Even though the story was set in London and it's usually U.S. prisons that are depicted as controlled by violent black gangs. He's pretty obviously joking, anyway, as he follows up the comment with "I said it was very Freudian, Chas. I didn't say it actually meant anything."
- In the story arc Hard Time, John is incarcerated in an Oz-like prison in the Deep South where he is sexually menaced by a Scary Black Man named Traylor. John later magically causes a rioting mob of prisoners to see Traylor as a Hot Black Chick and gang-bang him (John's a '90s Anti-Hero; he doesn't have to be nice).
- The villain of The Authority's "Earth Inferno" story arc is an evil magician who has spent decades in prison, and rather banally says he has been raped by almost every guard in the prison. Once he escapes, he travels back in time and molests one of the heroes as a teenager as part of his battle strategy.
- When Spider-Man ally Joe "Robbie" Robertson gets jailed by the machinations of Tombstone, the hulking inmate Bruiser decides that Robbie will become his "very close friend". In an immediate backpedal/Author's Saving Throw, it's quickly revealed/retconned that Bruiser has only platonic friendship in mind since Robbie reminds him of his brother, along with hasty denials in the letter column. But that's not what was ''very'" clearly implied in the original scene.
- Spidey villain, third rank villain mind, Tombstone was being pestered by Kangaroo in prison. Tombstone set it up so that Kangaroo got stuck in a wall chasing him. Then three big burly inmates show up, and... yeah.
- Also, when Black Cat was finally arrested and sent to prison, it was not-too-subtly implied the other inmates had a "thing" for her.
- The Punisher had a Christmas Special backup where the perp he's chasing has vowed not to go back to prison due to his prior experiences there. Since the Punisher has promised not to kill on Christmas (that year), he drugs the guy and turns him over to the cops, saying "Learn to sleep with one eye open". The Punisher does this while dressed as Santa Claus, just to make it even more disturbing.
- Gina experiences the rare Distaff Counterpart in Gold Digger, complete with soap-dropping. She remembers not to bend over to pick it up, but kneeling in a women's prison isn't much better. However, the inmates who attempted to molest her crash into a large inmate while chasing after her. The pissed off woman proceeds to violently rape all three of them at once.
- though judging by how she acts towards Barbara in the library, it seems clear that something happened...
- The "don't drop the soap" gag was used in the mini-series Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, where recently incarcerated Corrupt Corporate Executive Warren White finds The Joker in the same shower area as him. The panicked Warren indeed drops the soap... only for the Joker to politely hand it back to him and chew him out verbally for using stock frauds to take other people's kids' college funds.
- It's later implied he becomes Two-Face's prison bitch, although they only show him flipping his coin for him while Two-Face recovers from a hand injury. Disturbingly, becoming the bitch of a member of Batman's Rogues Gallery for protection is actually suggested to him by a member of the infirmary staff, who euphemistically refers to it as a "Super Villain Team-Up".
- Killer Moth was apparently the laughing stock in prison for being apprehended by Batgirl, and implies this happened to him as a result.
- Or at least that's what somebody claiming to be him says. Two pages later, Babs tells him Killer Moth is locked up in Arkham, and looks nothing like him (or even human).
- One of the viewpoint characters in 100 Bullets is sent to prison at one point. He promptly rapes and kills his cellmate just to make it clear to the other prisoners what sort of man they're dealing with.
- In Starman, during the space quest arc, the characters are sent to a space prison, one huge alien starts taking an interest in Jack. Jack rhetorically asks what the big guy's deal is, and when Mikaal starts to answer, interrupts him with "Yeah, I've seen Oz."
- Combined with Marital Rape License (yes, that trope) in Persepolis: since it's illegal in fundamentalist Iran to execute virgins, and out of a belief that virgins can't go to hell, a female convict is quickly married off to a member of the Secret Police and raped by her 'husband' to take her virginity before being executed. Then, to hammer the point home, a pittance of a dowry is sent to her family. This happening to a person they knew, coupled with the fear that it could happen to Marjane, is one of many reasons Marjane's parents send her to Austria.
- Kaijumax has Zonn pulling the closest kaiju equivalent to this trope by stabbing Electrogor in the head with an ovipositor and laying an egg inside it.
- Played with in Bloom County, where Opus the penguin is sent to jail for a misinterpreted compliment, with one or more massive hungry prisoners regarding him with adoration...
- Strongly implied in one Between the Lines strip showing a tooth looking at another one who just dropped his toothpaste in a prison shower.
- In a Dilbert story arc, Dogbert is picked up by the dog catcher and sent to the pound. In the dog pound, he shares a cell with a camp-looking poodle and is seen with a worried look on his face.
Dogbert: So what did you do to get sent here, buddy?
Poodle: Nothing. My owner sent me here. He just didn't think a pit bull should dress like this.
- Almost happens to Dale Arden on one occasion in the old Flash Gordon comics, only the attempt is by a prison official rather than a fellow prisoner. While in Mingo City incognito, she and Zarkov get caught up in a mass arrest by Ming's secret police who are searching for Flash, and while they are locked up in the prison, Dale is spotted in her cell by its evil overlord Hong, who then arranges for her to be taken to his office for "questioning". Fortunately Flash, who has staged a prison break-in with a band of rebels, comes to her rescue in the nick of time and disposes of the despicable warden with his fists.
- None Piece: Luffy can't go back to prison, his butthole can't take that kind of abuse!
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
- Nappa claims that this happened to Vegeta.
Nappa: I'm Nappa. And this is Vegeta. He was a prison—
Vegeta: Shut the hell up, Nappa!
Vegeta: Goddamn it, Nappa!
- Which is referring to the incident on Planet Arlia. Vegeta and Nappa were thrown into prison, and one of their fellow inmates started talking about how he was going to "violate Vegeta and sell him for a cigarette". Vegeta would have none of that. Unfortunately, Nappa introduced Vegeta as a "Prison Bitch" twice simply ''because'' they were in prison, as short as it was.
- Nappa claims that this happened to Vegeta.
- Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged had Tifa threaten Cloud into remaining onboard with AVALANCHE with the implication that if he doesn't (remember: he helped blow up Mako Reactor No.1), he'll be hauled off to jail and cohabilitate with "four dudes". Cloud rips into Tifa over it eight episodes later.
- Subverted in Mega Man Dies at the End, when Dr. Wily begs not to be taken back to prison because of the things that go on in the showers... namely, the soap there dehydrates his skin. Double Subversion when he mentions being raped immediately afterwards.
- Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic Prison Island Break takes place almost entirely in a prison. Sexual assault and rape happens to lots of characters. It is written graphically and dramatically.
- Many fans of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang assume main character Harry Lockhart was raped in prison. In-fic, it is sometimes this that keeps Harry/Perry from happening.
- In Jak II, it's assumed that Erol raped Jak during the two year Time Skip in the opening cutscene to the point of being Fanon. Presumably to top off two years of torture and experimentation made explicit in the video game itself.
- Star Trek
- Nobody Dies gives Iruel, the Computer Virus Angel, much more screen time and is Promoted to Complete Monster. Instead of being deleted, he gets locked into Magi-00, which is where the Ree live. More specifically, he's locked into a computer program. The name of said program? "Prison Shower." All of the fans on the message board agreed that it was fitting.
- At Alvan An The Chipmunks 3 The Second Squeakuel, villain Ian Hawk (who raped and tortured one of the Chipettes earlier in the story) ends up in prison and meets his cellmate: Big Bubba, who asks him if he wants to be "the husband or the wife". Ian ends up spending the rest of his life as "Big Bubba's Bitch"... until Modurn Warfare 3 The Dead Rise, where Big Bubba decapitates and eats him after a Zombie Apocalypse.
- In All You Need Is Love, it is frequently implied that L did this to Light during his incarceration.
- John Gage is framed for drug smuggling while in Mexico and jailed in the Emergency! fic "The Prisoner'', and gets this more than he cares to remember.
- According to Amoridere and as stated in The Warden's Lover (an NSFW sidestory from her perspective), Yukari had endured this at the warden's hands, during the events of Gensokyo 20XXII.
- Done repeatedly to the bully Todd Iainuzzi in the Beavis and Butt-Head fanfiction "Deep Metal" after he gets on the bad side of Harry Sachz, who's a very big man with a very short fuse.
- The Kung Fu Panda fanfic That's Why They Call It the Present has this happen off-screen to Tai Lung while he was in Chor-Gom. Considering Vachir was voiced by Michael Clarke Duncan, with all that implies, it was a rather unfortunate development. The fact this implies homosexuality on the part of the rapists, and that it isn't clear which part (the act, or their orientation) is being disapproved of by the other characters, mars an otherwise excellent story. The author later clarified her disapproval of rape, not homosexuality. (As well she might, since she is also the author of quite a few Slash Fics.)
- This is in fact something of a Fandom-Specific Plot when it comes to Tai Lung's time in prison, whether as a means of eliciting sympathy for the victim or a form of Laser-Guided Karma.note One of the few fics to explicitly go out of its way to avert this, A Different Lesson, still uses every other form of Cold-Blooded Torture imaginable. It can be done well, with both this fic and "Present" handling the topic and the general Prison tropes sensitively, realistically, and with the proper gravitas and respect, but the prevalence of them in Kung Fu Panda stories is...rather uncomfortable.
- Referenced in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, at the end of the commentary special with Kaiba and Joey.
Kaiba: That's it — get off my property, mutt!
Joey: Or what — you're gonna sic your Blue-Eyes White Dragon on me? "Oh, no, a big scary holographic monster's gonna eat me! Oh, whatever will I do?"
Kaiba: No, I'll just have you arrested. And you know what happens to cute blonds in the Big House...
- In Alternate History, Zhao likes "interrogating" female captives. Sokka uses this to his advantage when he brings Yue and her sister Katara to him as a distraction. Unfortunately, Zhao was talking to Zuko at the time and Zuko recognizes Katara as a free woman he saw a few days prior.
- Chrysanthemums: Cilan and his two brothers are beaten and raped by guards while awaiting their executions. The guards do not get away with it. For their crimes, they're also publicly executed in front of the triplets.
- Fairy Without Wings: It is mentioned once or twice every two or three story arcs.
- Just as the Oracion Seis and Jellal are about to be taken to prison, Cobra warns Jellal he should not drop the soap.
- When Hibiki is taken away for an unspecified purpose (to him), his friend Eve tells him to not drop the soap. Jenny luckily notices it isn't what they think.
- Audrey Belladonna apparently sold her cellmate for cigarettes, which causes the annoyed warden to tell a guard to find the cellmate following the raping sounds.
- Farewell to Life the Way We Knew It: Subverted. After being jailed, some of the guards try to take Jetta to another room, but her friend Roxy beats them up.
- The last few chapters of The Queen of Hearts reveal that, 20 years ago, Elsa and Anna's mother Queen Matilda was imprisoned during a war with the Southern Isles. She was tortured and raped by the king, which resulted in Hans.
- With Pearl and Ruby Glowing uses the Fridge Horror of the Disney Ducks Comic Universe original backstory for Glomgold, in which Scrooge gets him arrested in South Africa. The authors note that's probably a significant part of why it was changed for the reboot show. Elsewhere in the fic, inmates are assaulted by both other prisoners and corrupt officers.
- Subtly referenced in Puss in Boots.
Humpty Alexander Dumpty: You got any idea what they do to eggs in prison? I'll tell you this. It ain't over easy.
- However, later, we learn that Humpty just shared a cell with an old man chained to the wall, thus this line could be just an effort to further guilt-manipulate Puss.
- Referenced in Toy Story 3, when Hamm and Rex come up with a distraction for Evil Buzz.
Hamm: Hey! What do you think you're doing? I told you, keep your hands off of my stuff!
Rex: Make a move, porky!
- In An Innocent Man, James Rainwood tolerates regular bullying and beatings from Jingles, only to finally stab him to death in a bathroom stall when Jingles threatened to rape him.
- In the original RoboCop (1987), the villain Emil expresses his relief that nobody "popped" his "cherry" while he was in prison for a brief time.
- Ruthless People. Barbara taunts captor Ken with it.
Barbara: [whistles] Nice butt. That's what they'll say.
Ken: I beg your pardon?
Barbara: Nice butt. That's what they'll say on your first day, in the men's club.
Ken: The men's club?
Barbara: Mmm. The San Quentin Country Club. With a cute little rear end like that, you'll be the belle of the ball. Your dance card'll be filled every day. You'll be so popular, making all kinds of new, close friends. Big, ugly, hairy friends! Not that you'll ever see what they look like, 'cause you'll be facing the other way.
Ken: You're very good at this. You should write children's books.
- Similarly, the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue in Mallrats has the Jerk Jock, who liked to "screw girls in a very uncomfortable place", have the same thing happen to him. But he didn't get sent to the back of a Volkswagen.
- Office Space famously used this as the protagonists' primary motivation to hide their crime. To clarify, the place they'd rather stay out of is "federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison".
"Hey Peter man, watch your cornhole in there!"
- The Shawshank Redemption: At one point, the warden threatens to throw Andy in with the "perverts and the sodomites". Andy is actually a victim of prison rape earlier on, before the warden found his use for the former accountant for dubious accounting purposes and put him with a tamer population (along with his chief rapist being brutally beaten to warn off the rest).
- In The Rock, Sean Connery's character jokes that fighting the rogue soldier on Alcatraz is better than his regular day "reading philosophy and avoiding gang rape in the washroom." Though this is apparently less of a problem, in recent times. "I musht be looshing my shex appeal."
- This actually happens to Norm MacDonald's character (the main character) in Dirty Work. After a short scene of him discussing what happens to guys in prison with his friend, they show him walk from off-screen, buttoning his pants, and talking about how disgusting and rude his fellow inmates are.
Mitch: You fellas have a lot of growing up to do, I'll tell you that. Ridiculous. Completely ridiculous. Can you believe these characters? Way out of line. Way out of line. Have a good mind to go to the warden about this. You know what hurts the most is the... the lack of respect. You know? That's what hurts the most. Except for the... Except for the other thing. That hurts the most. But the lack of respect hurts the second most.
- Subverted in Let's Go to Prison, where Scary Black Man Barry actually woos Nelson with toilet-made Merlot and a romantic environment in his cell. They eventually become life partners.
- The Dragon in Road House taunts Dalton during their big fight by revealing to him that "I used to fuck guys like you in prison!" Then Dalton rips his throat out.
- This is the most memorable plot point in the 1978 movie Midnight Express, which is about an American who tries to smuggle drugs out of Turkey and winds up in a truly brutal prison. The horrors of American "kids" being brutalized in foreign prisons in various ways became a common trope in news stories for decades after this movie came out. Ironically, American prisons have developed such a reputation for brutality over the years that foreign travelers are warned about them. And so the circle of life continues.
- The Steven Seagal movie Fire Down Below ends with Seagal disabling the main bad guy with one shot instead of killing him because he wants the bad guy to meet the "new friend" who is going to share his cell in prison. Given Seagal's general description of the "new friend" in question, one can make a pretty good guess about what's in store for the villain once he arrives...
- Seagal pretty much says the same thing in Hard to Kill. But then no one ever accused Steven Seagal movies of an overabundance of originality.
- American History X has a truly ironic and distressing part focusing on this.
- Edward Norton's character in 25th Hour is so worried about this that he spends the movie trying to convince his best friend to beat his face before he goes to prison. He hopes that arriving looking dangerous will save him.
- The Butterfly Effect features a brutal prison rape scene involving Ashton Kutcher's character and the Aryan Brotherhood. He gives them a Groin Attack, as it was a ploy to get back a diary that he needed to continue his time travels.
- A little Joey Lawrence movie called Tequila Body Shots gives this as the consequence of landing in Mexican prison. Fortunately, or unfortunately if you prefer, Joey Lawrence does not end up in Mexican prison. Joey's love interest's psycho ex-boyfriend, however...
- Happens in Scum, which takes place in a borstal. The greenhouse rape scene is horrific.
- In There's Something About Mary, Ted (Ben Stiller) was falsely accused of murder (which was actually done by an escaped mental patient). Before he was released, we see a large inmate lying next to Ted in bed, which implied that he was about to be raped when the policemen interrupted.
- Referenced in Reservoir Dogs, when Nice Guy Eddie described a white inmate, who upon being released from prison, was talking like a black man (though Tarantino being Tarantino, "black man" wasn't the term Eddie used) because "all that black semen been shooting up his butt, backed up into his brain and coming out of his mouth."
- In a Black Comedy Rape example, one of the Fletch movies sees the title character in a prison cell with a big guy who curtly says "bend over" when Fletch asks his name.
- In The Ten, the story for "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife" is a Black Comedy Rape take on this.
"I can't look at you without fantasizing about shoving you up against a wall in the laundry room, and punching you in the mouth... And then raping you. Without your consent, of course." "That's what makes it rape, right?" "That's what makes it rape."
- In Puff, Puff, Pass, one of the protagonists keeps being shocked that everyone else but him takes it for granted that Andy Dufresne was raped off-screen in The Shawshank Redemption. (Granted, in the original novella, he was.)
- The Made-for-TV Movie The Rape of Richard Beck about the eponymous police officer who doesn't have a whole lot of sympathy for female rape victims until an escaped prisoner who overpowers him does something, and, well, you can guess what happens from the title of the movie. A bit of Black Comedy occurs when a rape counselor comes to see him, who, of course, is a woman...
- Sleepers. The entire movie is hinged on this, made even more terrible by the fact that the brutalized parties are underage boys and the perpetrators are guards. At juvenile prison (apparently Truth in Television — see the bottom of the page).
- Referenced in the Joe Pesci classic, My Cousin Vinny, in the scene when the accused first meet their new lawyer. No rape actually occurs, but they clearly enjoy keeping the joke alive.
- One of many reasons why Richard and Justin (particularly Justin) don't want to get caught in Murder by Numbers. Particularly disturbing when the Cruel Twist Ending does implicitly result in Justin going to prison, alone and without his more domineering best friend there for support. Fridge Logic renders this even more unpleasant, as Justin's actor is the baby-faced and somewhat short Michael Pitt.
- The plot of Jailbait (not to be confused with the Ed Wood film or the 2014 film starring Sara Malakul Lane) centers on another Michael Pitt character, Randy, getting raped in prison by his cellmate.
- American Me has at least two scenes portraying prison rape, including an especially disturbing one where the Mexican prison gang rapes the son of Italian crime boss, and one where the main character is raped in juvie hall. Thanks to Dawson Casting, though the actors involved were over 18.
- The following exchange from Inside Man:
Dalton Russell: A week from now I'll be sucking on pina coladas in a hot tub with six girls named Jennifer and Tina.
Det. Keith Frazier: A week from now you're going to be in a prison shower with two guys named Jack and Jose, and that thing you're sucking on? It's not a pina colada.
- Murphy's Law (1986). Charles Bronson starts a fight with the female car thief he's handcuffed to by implying she'll enjoy her upcoming prison sentence. "The first time, the dykes will have to hold you down, but soon you'll get to like it."
- Referenced and subverted in The Siege. When FBI Agent Hubbard (played by Denzel Washington) arrests the female CIA Agent Kraft (Annette Benning), he half-jokingly/half-seriously threatens to send her to the infamous New York prison on Rikers Island if she doesn't co-operate with him, and asks if Kraft knows what some of the other women in there will do to her. Kraft responds by pretending to be Too Kinky to Torture, as she just licks her lips and goes "Mmm... yum." That pretty effectively disarms Hubbard's threat and leaves him at a bit of a loss as to how to respond.
- The New Guy has Luther explain to Dizzy the parallels between prison and high school. "Bad food; high fences; the sex you want, you ain't getting; the sex you're getting, you don't want."
- The ending of Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects, where Duke, the main bad guy of the movie, is Hoist by His Own Petard following his imprisonment for his sexual crimes against children.
Crowe: Now that's justice.
- In the Where Are They Now ending of National Lampoon's Animal House, it says that Greg Marmalard became a Nixon White House aide and was "raped in prison in 1974".
- Referenced in the Sandra Bullock movie 28 Days: Jasper reassures his girlfriend that rehab is a preferable alternative to prison because, "You never hear about anyone getting raped by a plunger in rehab."
- Used way too hilariously in the third The Naked Gun movie. Drebin has infiltrated a prison, and a big scary prisoner throws a bar of soap in the shower and tells him to pick it up. Drebin does... but not before he's had metal underpants appear seemingly from nowhere.
- Drives the plot of the prison drama Fortune and Men's Eyes.
- Frequently referenced in Half Baked; the main characters need to raise money to bail their friend out of jail, because his "butthole is in constant jeopardy".
- Strangely absent from I Love You Phillip Morris. While it is vaguely referenced as something that happens to "blond-haired, blue-eyed queers in the yard", sexual acts seem to be largely consensual in the prison. Giving someone a blowjob in exchange for favors seems to be "your choice," and the only sex that is shown is between Steven and Phillip, who are very obviously gay and in love.
- In the wild-west Zombie Apocalypse film Undead or Alive, prison rape is threatened by Cletus when he informs Luke and Cletus that they're going to be horse-whipped after being arrested by Sheriff Claypool.
Cletus: They'll leave you hangin' on the rail. You ain't even gonna know who it is comin' up behind you to take a dig at your dirt-mine. But don't worry, when it's my turn I'll be sure to whisper somethin' real sweet...
Elmer: (sighing) This day is turning out terrible!
- In Rock N Rolla, Handsome Bob has just confessed his romantic feelings towards One Two on the eve of a possible five years in prison.
Handsome Bob: It's fine, it's fine. Five years, you know, I don't know if I can handle it.
One Two: I don't know what I was thinking, Bob. I mean, there's nothing wrong with being a poof or being a gay, or whatever it is you call it, I don't know. I mean, there's gonna be plenty of your lot in there. You'll probably love it.
- In the 2003 movie In Hell, minor character Billy gets subjected to this every night as soon as he arrives at the prison. It's definitely NOT played for laughs, and in fact the first time it happens it's pure Nightmare Fuel.
- The Experiment. But come on, you could tell.
- Implied in Strange Brew:
Doug: Those big cons are gonna love you, eh?
Bob: What do you mean?
Doug:: You're a cute little guy. They're gonna be lovin' you from dawn until dusk, eh?
Bob: Where are you gonna be?
Doug: I'll be in the cafeteria, selling smokes.
- The 1978 documentary Scared Straight! shows some youth offenders being talked to by long-term prisoners telling them how bad prison is, trying to scare them straight. One of the topics is prison rape.
- The Dark Knight Rises:
- A female example - one of the reasons Talia Al-Ghul became so messed up was because she saw her mother captured and raped to death by a group of prisoners who escaped their cells, began a riot, and broke into Talia and her mother's own cell.
- Also implied to be the reason a police officer is initially worried about keeping Selina Kyle in the men's prison. It's subverted when she's shown breaking the hand of a prisoner making lewd comments at her, which is used by another officer to indicate that she can handle herself just fine.
- Played for laughs in Walking Tall (2004), as Chris and Ray joke that this is the villain's probable fate.
Ray: I bet he's blowing on somebody's dice right now.
- The hero learns Kung Fu from a scary old mentor deliberately to avoid this in Big Stan.
- In ...And Justice for All, this is what drives wrongly convicted Jeff over the edge.
- In Minority Report, Anderton entrusts the surgery for his eyes (to avoid detection) to a back alley surgeon. Just before going under anesthesia, the surgeon reveals that Anderton had put him in prison. He mentions spending time in the library to avoid this trope, but couldn't avoid the showers forever.
- Death Warrant: When Burke first enters his own cell, his bunk mate threatens to rape him. The muscular Burke, unimpressed, quickly shows him who's boss by beating him up. They become buddies afterwards.
- This happens to Jimmy in Reefer Madness: The Musical when he is sent to prison for killing Mary. Like everything else in the movie, this is Played for Laughs and blamed on marijuana.
- Almost happens to Moses (Adam Sandler) in Bulletproof while placed in a holding cell with a large punk who takes an uncomfortable interest in him (with Sandler pleading while struggling, "Hey, man, don't do what I think you're gonna do, 'cause neither of us is gonna enjoy it."). Fortunately for Moses, he is whisked away by a cop with a deal, which he accepts.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, while incarcerated at the Kyln, Peter Quill is molested by a large blue inmate who gloats about what he plans to do to the "new meat." Groot and Rocket quickly step in to place Quill under their protection by publicly and painfully taking out his would-be rapist.
- Cyberjack: Mentioned as a throwaway line by Nassim when he's trying to figure out Nick's identity.
Nassim: Nick James... Nick... Nick... I used to fuck a guy in prison called Nick. No wait, that was Nick Jones.
- Scary Movie: When Cindy apologizes to Bobby in the school cafeteria for getting him locked up overnight because she believed him to be the killer, a big burly prisoner walks into frame and thanks Bobby for the "company".
- Shot Caller: On his first night in prison, Jacob is witness to the gang rape of another inmate.
- Repeatedly referred to in the second Deuce Bigalow movie, with the final footnote telling the viewer that the Serial Killer "achieved his dream of becoming a man-whore. In prison. Against his will."
- Batman & Robin ends with a both Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze sharing the same cell. As previously Ivy betrayed Freeze and tried to kill his wife Freeze's makes clear that he's going to make Ivy suffered a lot for the rest of their sentence, and although only implied, there seem to be a certain lecherousness in the way he says so and how he approaches her, which in retrospective has some Unfortunate Implications.
- Female example in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. While Geum-ja is in prison, she interacts with a woman known as "the Witch" who forces other inmates to have sex with her. The rape scene is very much played for drama, and Geum-ja secretly poisons the Witch to avenge her victims.
- Jailbait (2014): Anna suffers this from other inmates. It's portrayed as endemic to the prison, including by the warden, who coerces many inmates into sex in return for favors.
- Controversial scene (cut from many broadcasts) in Born Innocent (1974), when three inmates ambush Linda Blair in the showers and give her the business with a plunger handle.
- Referenced in Backstreet Dreams, with Manny refusing to risk arrest for fear of becoming someone's "little girl."
- The Escapist: Threatened at, and later carried out on, Lacey, leading to him attempting suicide.
- In Son of a Gun, Dave is initially sexually abusing JR's cellmate. After the cellmate attempts suicide and winds up in the hospital, Dave switches his attention to JR. Dave and his gang drag JR into a bathroom and are about to rape him when Lynch, Sterlo and Merv show up and haul them off.
- Implied in this Scare 'Em Straight joke against drug abuse: Two psychologists are running a bet who can keep more juvenile drug offenders out of trouble. So, P#1 is having them dudes for a stern talk, and success, 10% less repeated offenders who were in his program. P#2: "So how did you do it?" "Well, I simply drew two circles, one big, one small, and pointed to the big circle: 'This is your brain BEFORE you took drugs...'" "Meh. Can do better." And P#2 is giving them *his* talk. Whoa! 90% stay clean forever! P#1 is dumbfounded. "How did *you* do it?" "Well, I simply drew two circles, one big, one small, and pointed to the small circle: 'This is your asshole BEFORE you went to prison...'"
- A woman is in a prison shower, when a massive Butch Lesbian comes up to her and asks "With or without spit?" The woman figures that whatever is about to happen to her, it'll hurt less with a lubricant, says "with." The other woman then yells across the shower "Hey, Spit! This girl wants a threesome!"
- The Pope of Greenwich Village; Faced with prison, the character Paulie complains "I ain't a big, tough guy. I go to jail and some big, militant nigger's gonna grab me in the showers and stuff it up my ass." (Paulie's choice of words, not ours!)
- The Illuminatus! trilogy. The appearance of Harry Coin is greeted with "It's safe to assume that anyone you meet in prison is a homosexual" and sure enough, Harry wants to bugger his new cellmate before they've even been introduced. Of course, like much of the books, this whole scene is subverted, double-subverted, and triple-subverted not long after.
- A standard element to make horror stories more horrific yet. In Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, the narrator muses over the topic of prison gangrape, admitting that it had happened to him, observing that it happens to the story's protagonist Andy Dufresne, and making it sound like it happens to nearly everyone in Shawshank prison.
- Discussed in King's The Stand as to the reason why Trash Can Man's mother and stepfather (the sheriff) couldn't send him to juvenile hall for his arson activities without leaving with a "size eleven asshole".
- A particularly nasty version of prison rape plays a significant part in the brilliant and repulsive short story I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes, by Douglas Clegg.
- In the Dale Brown novel Storming Heaven, the male terrorist villain Henri Cazaux was arrested by U.S. soldiers on a base in Belgium as a teenager and repeatedly raped by them over two days. Needless to say, this provides him with plenty of motivation to hate the United States and also decide he will never be caught alive.
- The most horrifying instance of rape in the Outlander series (occurring in the first book, nonetheless, set in the mid-18th century) takes place in prison but is not precisely prison rape, more of a version of the Scarpia Ultimatum where both parties are male. Claire, the female love interest (from the 1940s — it's a long story) is... about as disturbed as one would expect, as the rape comes at the hands of a particularly sadistic villain. The same villain is implied to have been doing so for some time now to his other captives, at least one of whom commits suicide after.
- Oh yeah, and said villain is distantly related to — and looks exactly like — Clare's first husband.
- A Clockwork Orange has a few references to this — the teenage Villain Protagonist Alex makes offhand mentions to several cellmates in prison early on fighting over who gets to have him, which probably wouldn't have ended well. Later, Alex leads the fatal attack on a new sexually abusive cellmate.
- In the earlier chapters of A Prisoner Of Birth, set in, well, prison, gang rape is referenced as the usual fate for gay prisoners... usually followed by being ripped limb from limb. One gay character we meet is only spared from this because good barbers are difficult to come by. And one of the guys the main character gets his revenge on for falsely incriminating him — a slightly Camp Gay soap opera actor — implicitly has prison rape to look forward to as part of his karmic comeuppance.
- Used by Mercedes Lackey in one of her Burning Wheels titles, where the stepfather had spent years abusing his stepdaughter, giving her multiple personality syndrome as a defense mechanism. Once the elves caught him, he was placed in an extra-dimensional space, with something large which began using the same lines he'd used, just before the scene cut away.
- In the first Jack Reacher novel, Reacher winds up in the worst part of a prison along with a yuppie named Hubble. This trope was subverted when Reacher nearly kills the leader of a gang in his cell, as well as several Aryans in the showers.
- A Joseph Wambaugh short story had a cop constantly worrying that his crazy partner's "unorthodox" style of law enforcement would get them both sent to prison, where he, the sane one, was certain he'd be repeatedly raped. His anxiety about this, and his over-the-top references to how stretched-out he expected his anus to get, were played for laughs.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Not exactly prison, but the orderlies at the Pendleton insane asylum love to give patients showers. They always check the patient's temperature at the same time they shower the patient, and they go down to Miss Ratched beforehand to get a rectal thermometer and a bottle of Vaseline. She admonishes them to use the minimum amount of Vaseline necessary, but they take the whole bottle inside with them, and they turn up the water pressure till the noise makes it impossible to hear anything that's going on inside...
- In Patriot Games, Sean Miller is nearly gang raped by several other inmates, only to be rescued by a cop assigned to keep an eye on him. Miller repays the cop by shooting him in the stomach so he will die slowly and agonizingly.
- A rather dark joke (of the "blink and you'll miss it" variety) in The Fifth Elephant, as Vimes tries to talk Lady Sybil out of making him wear a formal "duke outfit" that includes red tights to an important function: "Duke's a military title, dear. No soldier would ever wear tights to a battlefield. Not if he thought there was any chance of him being taken prisoner, anyway."
- Not at all played for humour in Snuff, when Vimes tells a character he'd much rather be in the police cells than the Tanty, because if he goes down on his knees, it'll only be to pray.
- Played for Laughs in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, where Bridget is imprisoned in Thailand for unwittingly smuggling drugs and is groped/molested by other women in her cell. She ends up having to bribe them to leave her alone by giving them her Wonderbra, but consoles herself by thinking she is safe because at least she still has underpants.
- The Danielle Steel novel "Malice" nearly plays out a female version of this. The protagonist is in jail for having murdered her sexually abusive father (nobody believed her, thanks to his pillar of the community standing). A group of violent prisoners take her from her cell and are very close to assaulting her when she's rescued by her cellmate.
- An example with women is Played for Laughs in A Confederacy of Dunces. After Lana Lee is arrested on a charge of distributing pornography, she ends up sharing a cell with Betty, Frieda, and Liz — arrested for assault. It's heavily implied that, being pretty good-looking, Lana doesn't last very long before the three lesbians go after her.
- Another example with women: in Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow Comes, Tracy Whitney gets gang-raped by her three cellmates the first night and loses her baby as a result.
- It's unclear whether or not Angel ever did suffer prison rape in the Charlie Parker Series, but the threat of it at least almost drove him to suicide, and led to Parker (an NYPD detective at the time) arranging to have the prisoner threatening him killed.
- In the Archer Mayor novel Chat, the rape of Andy Griffis while he was in prison was part of what eventually drove him to suicide, and what's even worse is that he only wound up in jail because he was talked by his father into taking the fall for his scumbag older brother Dan for a robbery Dan committed, out of a belief that since Andy was the White Sheep of his family, they would go easy on him, only to wind up in front of a judge who threw the book at him. No one in the story treats the rape as anything less than a horrific act of violence.
- Help I Am Being Held Prisoner: Harry is warned to steer clear of a group called "The Joy Boys" for this reason, at least until he has Phil's gang as protectors.
- Oz has many instances of this, realistically portrayed and very disturbing. Rather perversely, many of the rapes perpetrated on this show are said to be against cast and crew that show up late to work.
- Prison Break tends to suggest it more than actually give raping scenes, but it's obvious Fox River has lots of this instances.
- This is what happens to Tweener. Initally stalked by T-Bag (his previous bitch having committed suicide), until Michael puts a stop to it. Then later on, Captain Bellick threatens to have him "up for sale" to any prisoner looking for a "bitch" if he doesn't snitch on Michael. Tweener's snitching proves fruitless, so Bellick puts him in a cell with the sex criminal Avocado who immediately rapes him.
- The teenage boy who T-Bag received as a 'gift' from his Aryan brothers. T-Bag raped the boy repeatedly until he committed suicide.
- It's implied that Bellick is raped in his first day in a Panamanian prison. Karma is a bitch.
- It doesn't actually happen to Michael (well at least as far as we know), but T-Bag repeatedly threatens to rape him throughout the series.
- Sons of Anarchy explicitly shows two characters being raped in prison. The first is Big Otto in season 5 at the hands of his guards, thanks to Lee Toric's attentions; the second is Juice Ortiz in season 7 twice, once by Tully and once as a gang-rape by the minions of the mob boss he had just killed. His acceptance is the worst part.
- Two and a Half Men:
- In one episode Berta (the family's housekeeper) brings Prudence, her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, to Charlie's house so she can keep an eye on her while she works. At one point, Prudence flirts with Charlie but Charlie, obviously fearing this trope, immediately backs off:
Charlie: I'm sorry Prudence. I mean you're very nice and pretty, but in prison, so am I.
- Also mentioned in the episode written by the CSI writers. An investigator implies this will happen to Charlie if he gets sent to prison. He says he will try to prevent it by taping his butt closed. The investigator tells him that never helps. Charlie then has an Imagine Spot of himself getting raped in prison.
Rapist: I love it when it's gift-wrapped.
- In one episode Berta (the family's housekeeper) brings Prudence, her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, to Charlie's house so she can keep an eye on her while she works. At one point, Prudence flirts with Charlie but Charlie, obviously fearing this trope, immediately backs off:
- The Young Ones:
Rick: Mike! You bastard! I can't go to prison! I'm too pretty! I'll be raped!
- Spared from being Black Comedy Rape because it's so clearly Rick's unjustified belief that he's good-looking that's being poked fun at.
- "Oh, no! I killed a hippy. I'll go to prison, and be raped in the shower by Mr Big, who's in with the wardens."
- Averted in Porridge, where, while sexual tensions and possible assaults are touched upon, they are not dwelt upon, and the main homosexual character, Lukewarm, is a harmless Pet Homosexual. Prison Rape is much rarer in the UK penal system — that's not to say it doesn't happen, but there's a lot less of it about. This is at least partially because the gang culture in UK prisons is less pronounced.
- In The Man Show, Adam Carolla gets arrested for sexually harassing 2 women at a restaurant before a cop catches him and throws him in federal prison next to his cellmate, a big black man who then invokes this trope.
Prisoner: (to Adam) Give it to me! Give it to me Sugar Bitch! Ha ha ha!
- Arrested Development:
"In prison I just had to lie there and take it. Here, I have to lie there and give it."
- In the third season George Bluth complains about being under house arrest with his wife (after having spent most of the first two seasons incarcerated):
- In the same episode, George gives a speech to troubled youth about life in prison in order to scare them straight (i.e. off of drugs or gangs or whatever), but ends up describing prison rape to a group of gay youth who are expecting to be scared straight (i.e. into becoming heterosexuals). Needless to say, they are excited by the prospect of sweaty groping in the dark by buff men.
- It's also made fun of when Lindsay visits her father in prison during a previous season and he's explaining why he wants her to stop coming:
George Sr.: I'm paying thousands of dollars in Krugerrands.
George Sr.: Gold Krugerrands. Your mother snuck them in here, stuffed them in energy bar wrappers to keep me from getting strangled in the shower or worse.
George Sr.: In a way.
- In one first season episode, George Michael is revealed to have watched an episode of Oz as a small child (having confused it for The Wizard of Oz), and is terrified of visiting his grandfather in prison as a result.
- Life On Mars:
- The penultimate episode in Series 2 has DCI Gene Hunt, now a murder suspect, complain to Sam Tyler, his DI, "You're not the one who's going to have to knit himself a new arsehole after 25 years of aggressive male affection in prison showers!"
- In #2.5, Gene Hunt says "I hope he's sharing the cell with a nice big smiley bloke called Honeysuckle."
- Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere had the pair going to prison and Paddy constantly worried about getting "bummed" while saying that Max has nothing to worry about. Despite Paddy's previous... encounter during an earlier episode, nothing of the sort happens, but in their attempts to seem like tough guys to make people keep their hands off them they attack the flamboyant Pepe, "girlfriend" of Raymond the Bastard who essentially owns that wing of the prison. It is largely implied that if Max and Paddy do not agree to Raymond's terms, rape shall be their punishment. Luckily the pair are bailed out before it comes to that.
- Without a Trace. The agents occasionally like to taunt suspects with the possibility of this happening to them. In one episode, Jack Malone essentially threatens a crippled boy with being sent to prison and resultant Prison Rape unless he tells him where he's put the missing person of the week.
- Red Dwarf:
- In one episode the cast is sent to prison, largely because of the backstabbing of Rimmer. In the first non-flashback set in the prison, Lister dumps a vial of the "sexual magnetism virus" on Rimmer, and the episode ends as all the inmates start groping him.
- At the start of the Back In the Red saga, Rimmer shows his credentials on his re-introduction.
Lister: (ref. to his sentence) Two years without sex...
Rimmer: You hope.
- Veronica Mars is truly all over the place with rape; one of the running gags in the first season, when one of the Arcs is Veronica trying to find out who raped her, is mocking someone who's heading to adult prison with a pronouncement of "Community soap."
- In the Firefly episode "The Message", a corrupt Alliance cop by the name of Womack intimidates a post official, one of Mal's friends, into betraying him using graphic threats of prison rape.
Lt. Womack: You are an ugly-looking little quim, you know that? So you have to be asking yourself, ugly as you are, how repulsive-looking the guy that's gonna make you his little woman is gonna be. Hmm? I mean, prison is a lonely place. You sure as a hundred moons ain't gonna be pitching.
- This happens to Chato in the NBC miniseries Kingpin. Unusually, he's actually raped by the guards.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
- An episode of entitled "Fallacy" deals with a pre-operative transgender fighting not to be sent to prison because she fears the men there will rape her. She's sent to jail and ends up in critical care by the end of the episode, having been brutally gang raped by the other inmates - and destined to keep suffering through this for the rest of her sentence. Oddly, at no point does anyone but her seem to realize that she presents a ridiculously large target for this.
- In the generally so-bad-it's-good "Wildlife" episode, Stabler and Fin intimidate a rapper named "Gots Money" by rolling a pair of dice, implying that if he goes to prison his cellmate will do the same and then rape him a number of times corresponding to the dice roll.
Stabler: Looky here! I "gots" an eleven!
- A similar episode had a prison rape victim driven to be a serial rapist, going around in his van, snatching men off the street, and raping them. Like the above example, the interviewed a group of lifers who owned "her."
- A recent episode sees the return of a date rapist who upon being caught, Elliot and Olivia bragged about how he was going to end up a prison bitch that gets passed around. Although they were mostly trying to scare him, the prisoners really do end up using him just like Olivia and Elliot say they would, resulting in him believing they deliberately set him up. Understandably, he's pissed.
- An earlier episode, "Taken", had a man raped and killed in prison after he was falsely accused of raping a 17-year-old girl by a family of con artists. To make matters worse Cragen had made a joke about it earlier in the episode saying that "if there is any karma, Ramsay won't be doing much sitting down in Riker's." Hearing the guy plead to John Munch earlier in the episode was heartbreaking, and at the end, he seemed to be the only one in the cast to consider the possibility the guy was innocent until the con artist admitted that he was just a patsy.
- While not actually a prison, a minor was raped while in a mental health facility when his defense convinced the court that his rape of his teacher was caused by some sort of faulty brain set up. The kid's rapist then excused himself of the crime by claiming to have the exact same thing. Unlike most cases, however, something was actually done about it, though it was most likely due to the fact that the kid was still legally a minor.
- There was one episode where they had a teen suspect. Currently in the precinct's holding cell was a man arrested for molesting boys who was only too happy to play along with Stabler when he threatened the boy with leaving the two of them alone together, even though they would have been in full view of other officers.
- A more sensitive take comes in the episode "Undercover", in which Olivia goes undercover in a women's prison to find and expose a guard who's been raping inmates. He's eventually taken down, though not before he tries to rape Olivia while she's posing as a prisoner.
- Although it's rarely a plot point in the flagship show, this is a favorite taunt or threat for the detectives (and sometimes even the prosecutors) to bring up when interrogating a particularly nasty, annoying, smug, stubborn, or otherwise unlikeable suspect / defendant.
- From season 5's "Performance" (about a points-for-sex club that might have led to a rape)
McCoy: How many points do you think you'll be worth in prison?
- An episode involved a kid who received prison for some incredibly minor crime, but was so traumatized by the repeated gang rapes that he came out a killer. As is common in such cases, when McCoy goes to interview the Aryan Brotherhood lifers that abused him, they refer to the victim as "she."
- And in another episode where the defendant reveals that a prison guard had turned her into his Sex Slave and that she had him killed because she couldn't put up with it anymore.
- Alluded to on Law & Order: UK, as Matt and Ronnie gang up on a reluctant witness who won't reveal where the perp that they're looking for is hiding out:
Matt: Have you ever been in a prison, Kyle? (turns to Ronnie) Who's that bloke we nicked, Ron? Big fella doing ten years for armed robbery in Ashbridge. (turns back to Kyle) Eats nice young boys like you for breakfast.
Ronnie: Oh, no, he don't eat them, Matt, he—
Matt: Yes, Ron, I think we got the picture.
- General Hospital:
- Young Michael Corinthos reveals reveals that he was raped when he was in prison temporarily. The show treated it very seriously in a similar manner to the way it previously handled the traumatic rape of female characters like Liz Webber. The storyline was lauded by several critics as powerful particularly since Michael was a legacy character the shows fans had watched grow up.
- Liz herself, when confronting her attacker, taunted him about going to prison, "and maybe then, you'll learn something about rape."
- The Young and the Restless:
- A cellmate makes several lewd advances to the wrongly jailed Nick, who was released before anything could happen.
- While imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit (ironic, given the many despicable things he DID do), Kevin was beaten up by his fellow inmates. While he wasn't raped, there was still an air of Does This Remind You of Anything? about the whole sequence.
- One Life to Live: When Powell, Todd, and Zach are sent to prison for gang-raping Marty Saybrooke, ringleader Todd taunts Powell, who had turned them in, with the likelihood that this would happen to him (it didn't).
- The Bold and the Beautiful: While in a mental hospital for her various crimes, Sheila gets beaten up by two other prisoners. Their unpleasant appearance and demeanor, plus the way Sheila acts afterwards—taking a Shower of Angst—are clearly meant to imply that they sexually assaulted her as well. Even if not, the whole sequence still gives off a Does This Remind You of Anything? vibe.
- Supernatural only alluded to it in "Folsom Prison Blues" — Dean gets a taunt when they arrive, he makes a joke and acts like it was directed at Sam.
- Shown in the British series The Governor. Like Oz, it is realistically portrayed and very disturbing.
- Nip/Tuck managed to take the jackpot without even showing anything. All it took was two words - "anal retread." That's the type of operation a former inmate blackmails a surgeon into performing on him for free. The patient claims what happened to him wasn't gay - it was about surrendering. During the operation, the surgeon doesn't forget to turn on "How Deep Is Your Love" and mention how loose his patient's anus is.
- The X-Files:
- Fox Mulder uses this as an interrogation technique in "Terma": You want to know about anarchy? You dont tell me where that other bomb is and Ill make sure you spend your prison time on your bigoted hands and knees putting a big smile on some convicts face.
- A rare female example in (the highly flippant and self-parodic) episode "Bad Blood": Mulder tries to convince Scully she might be a co-defendant, and to stick with his story that the man he stabbed in the chest was a vampire.
"Prison, Scully. Your cellmate's nickname is gonna be Large Marge. She's gonna read a lotta Gertrude Stein..."
- In another self-parodic episode, "Jose Chung's From Outer Space," Mulder explicitly threatens a seemingly-uncooperative rape suspect with rape in prison.
- Probably unsurprisingly, theres at least one comment about this made in reference to Langly of the Lone Gunmen. Byers, Frohike and Langly, before they truly became the Gunmen, have been put in jail in connection with a break-in and shootout at a warehouse. Frohike, needling Langly, says: You know, with that long blonde hair, youll be the first one in here that gets traded for cigarettes. Im gonna be laughing my ass off.
- Mentioned in the Canadian comedy show Just for Laughs, in a sketch about Canadian-American relations:
"We're bigger, and we're on top. If we were in prison, they'd be our bitch!"
- Spoken by Rick Mercer, referencing a similar rant on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
- Alluded to in an episode of Pushing Daisies in which Ned is arrested on suspicion of murder.
Emerson: This might be a sweeping generalization but I don't think an attractive man who bakes pies for a living should spend any amount of time in prison.
- In one episode Phoebe quells an argument between Rachel and Monica by grabbing their ears and forcing them both to their knees. She then comments that if they were in prison, Monica and Rachel would be her bitches.
- Also referenced when a tailor molests Chandler, and Joey says that's how you're measured for trousers and Ross replies: "Yeah in prison!"
- Also implied when Phoebe thinks they're all going to end up in prison and wishes relatively effeminate Chandler, 'good luck', He looks freaked out, and you can see both Monica automatically moving closer to him and Joey reassuringly patting him on the shoulder.
- The Wire:
- Mentioned several times. At one point a young character freaks out, because he's heard that there's a gang war going on at Juvie and "guys are getting raped!"
- When Omar is framed for a murder and briefly incarcerated in season four, he comes under immediate attack from most of the other inmates on the basis of having robbed many of them before, being homosexual, and having a five-figure bounty on his head. When one of them tries to stab him, he manages to disarm him and, before returning the favor, kisses his ear and tells him, "It's a shame we didn't have more time together; we could have made us a couple of babies." Apart from serving to terrify the man, this is possibly a callback to season one, where Stinkum reports that when Bird jailed with Omar, he had a "whole stable of boys" at his beck and call.
- A rare female example in Weeds, when an imprisoned Celia complains that her cellmate wants her to be her "special friend."
- Battlestar Galactica (2003). The crew of Pegasus gang-rape their Cylon prisoner Gina, initially in an attempt to break her resistance to interrogation and later just because they like it. The same thing nearly happens (does happen, in the extended version) to Athena until Helo and Tyrol intervene.
- In one episode, Niles declares that his bone structure is too fine for him to go to prison.
- In another, upon finding out that the boy who bullied him as a child ("He used to call me "Shorts In The Shower" boy!") is in prison, Niles smugly sips his coffee and queries, "Well, who's wearing shorts in the shower now?"
- Although not explicitly rape, Bad Girls has a scene of decrotching where a new girl has drugs forcibly removed from aforementioned place by other inmates.
- In one episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nick tried to set a stoner kid straight by putting him a holding room with a lot of large, hardened criminals and noting how "popular" he'll be in prison. The criminals were more than happy to play along.
- Averting this trope is subtly implied to be why Horatio (CSI: Miami) stopped off at a barbershop on his way to turn in a teenage prisoner, so the youth (who's his illegitimate son) can have his long hair shaved back to an un-girlish crewcut.
- British sketch comedy series Swingers featured the 'gay men enjoy prison' version, played for laughs: one ongoing storyline features a British man locked up in a foreign country who has obviously been enjoying whatever's been going on with his attractive young Latin cellmate. In fact, he's having so much fun he confesses to the crime he's been falsely accused of and to several other crimes...which comes back to bite him in the ass, as he learns soon after that his cellmate's violent older brother is being transferred to the same prison and is planning to do unpleasant things to the man who's been 'corrupting' his brother.
- On an episode of Reno 911! Deputy Junior tells a very detailed and graphic story to a horrified group of kids visiting the jail about a Mormon kid being brutally gang raped in one of the cells.
- The IT Crowd:
Moss: I can't go to jail, Roy! They'll rape the flip out of me!
- In an episode of Smallville, Lois laughingly speculates that a young quarterback is making up his story of not remembering committing a crime because he wants to avoid "playing 'tight end'" for the local penitentiary.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Mentioned in "I Only Have Eyes For You". Buffy is pissed about a jock who murdered his girlfriend, and rather than forgiving him like she is told will lift the curse cites he deserves "sixty years of breaking rocks and making special friends with Roscoe the weightlifter."
- In "Earshot" Buffy was about to suggest this as Jonathan's fate if he were to commit mass murder.
- In "Who Are You" she (well Faith) says there'll be some Big Bertha to give her attention in prison.
- "Chaos Bleeds" has Faith mention that she had to ward off prison rape when she chose to pay her debt to society.
- Katrina's last words (apart from "get off me!") in "Dead Things" are "I'm gonna make sure you get locked up for this, then we'll see how you like getting raped!".
- And when in prison Johnathan and Andrew discuss the possibility of this happening to them. They're stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place, as the other option (before the Scoobies help them escape) involves Willow killing them.
- In the Angel spin-off, Team Angel have to break into a vault to steal a magical artifact and Fred comments, "We're still working on a plan, but so far, it involves being sent to prison and becoming somebody's bitch." Used as a Brick Joke when Fred later whimpers, "Please, let my cellmate be gentle."
- Threatened on Las Vegas to the point of it being a Running Gag.
- Wiseguy. A woman asks Vinnie how he survived 18 months in a federal pen — Vinnie claims he "married the toughest guy there and he fought off all the others". Hilariously averted when corrupt media mogul Winston Newquay is locked in a cell, and a Scary Black Man twice his size crawls out from under the bunk and starts to take off his shirt...only to start auditioning himself to Newquay with an air-guitar rendition of "Soul Man". The episode ends on them singing a duet.
- Saturday Night Live:
- In the recurring skit "Scared Straight" Keenan Thompson (often joined by the Host of the Week) talks to some teens about the dangers of going to prison, most of which involves prison rape.
- One of the "Roxbury Brothers" skits had the titular characters getting thrown in prison after basically assaulting a woman at a dance club—surrounding her and bouncing her back and forth between them (this is a repeated occurrence in these sketches) Two of the brothers are taken out of the cell while the remaining one is surrounded by the other prisoners, who proceed to toss him around just as he and his brothers did the woman. It's played for laughs, of course, but it's pretty obvious what this represents.
- One skit features Jerry Seinfeld going to Oz in a parody of both that show and his own. In a version of Seinfeld's "The Contest'' episode, Jerry makes a bet with O'Reilly, Schillinger, and Augustus on who can go the longest without committing male rape. They all lose, including Jerry!
- In the NBC made-for-tv movie Born Innocent, Linda Blair plays a fourteen-year-old runaway who, while in a girl's detention center, is gang-raped in the shower with a plunger handle. On screen. In 1974.
- In one Whose Line Is It Anyway? scenes from a hat skit, they got "bad songs to sing in prison."
Wayne: (Broadway style) "Whose the slightly effeminate one? That's me!"
Brad: (funk style) "Who dropped the soap?... Who dropped the soap?"
- This is alluded to in The Golden Girls (of all places). When Dorothy and Stan are threatened with legal action from the IRS (it was Stan's fault) and he is worried about going to prison, Dorothy angrily tells him. "I want you to go to prison, Stan. And I hope a six-foot tall, bald convict named 'Bubba' chooses you as his girlfriend!" In another episode, after Miles reveal to Rose that he used to be an accountant for a mobster, he reveals that he turned state's evidence in order to avoid going to prison, and presumably, dealing with this trope.
- Criminal Minds:
- Comes up once in a blue moon as an interrogation technique, most often delivered by Morgan who (due to his backstory) has no problem telling child molesters exactly what the general population does to their kind.
- Also joked about in an early episode:
Reid: Is this legal?
Garcia: No. We'll both go to prison and you'll be somebody's bitch.
- Murder, She Wrote has this be attempted once (possibly twice in the past) in "Tainted Lady". Surprisingly, it's subverted (police officer on prisoner). Sheriff Hays had locked up Ellen, a woman 10+ years younger than him and a woman accused of theft and murder, and tried to rape her both when she was in her late teens and again in her 30's-40's.
- An episode of Cagney & Lacey has an 18 year old boy sent to Riker's Island penitentiary on a minor charge who ends up getting raped there. His parents sue the city.
- In one episode a prisoner is brought into the hospital, having been injured in a fight. It soon becomes obvious, via the location of his injuries, that he was raped.
- Played for laughs in an episode where Carter is arrested. His Scary Black Man cellmate approaches him, undoing his pants, declaring, "I've got something for you" Carter screams in panic. . .and the guy reveals a sore on his leg that's been bothering him—Carter had mentioned that he was a doctor.
- Breaking Bad:
- Walter White's lawyer Saul has a line about how a young man in prison will "get his rectum resized YAY big", with a hand signal for a cylindrical hole.
- When Walt at one point toys with the idea of having Jesse Pinkman arrested for some minor offence to get him off the streets Saul reacts with a hesitant: "I don't know, Pinkman in prison? I'm picturing it...", and Walt quickly amends he meant a juvenile detention center.
- Boardwalk Empire: Subverted in the 5th season. Gillian, now in an insane asylum, promises the very butch female ward (who is staring at her naked) "what she wants" in exchange for a favor. The ward gets her alone... then we find out that "what she wants" is actually some of Gillian's sexy dresses from before she was incarcerated.
- In the third season of the French crime drama Braquo, Prosecutor Vanderbeck implies that he was subject to what he calls "these inconveniences", adding that he thought his old age should have protected him. He uses this as a bargaining chip with Roxanne: he's ready to give her information about Vogel's sister if she transfers him in a privileged district.
- In an episode of Malcolm in the Middle, Reese is sent to prison as part of a Scared Straight program, and singled out by Cole Train to recieve a lecture on life in prison, beginning with "Let me tell you, cupcakes, what your first day of being here will be like" and ending with "And don't expect no flowers afterwards."
- Walker, Texas Ranger:
- The titular character walks into an interrogation room and tells the prisoner "If you don't tell me what I want to know, I'm going to put the word out that you like guys with big—". It cuts to the outside of the room at that point and we never hear what word he used, but the preceding words and the guy's reaction make it obvious what he was getting at.
- Also, when Alex is imprisoned. A sleazy defendant who she was prosecuting taunts her father and Walker about her "learning new skills" while in jail. The men's reaction is precisely what you'd expect from a woman's father and boyfriend. She is in fact attacked at one point, and while not a rape, the scene does give off this vibe
- Strong Medicine: After Lu is raped, her friend Peter tries to comfort her and claims to know how she feels. Lu angrily tells him, "Unless you've spent some serious time in the joint, I don't think so!"
- Averted in The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon Cooper - a character who might otherwise be thought to be vulnerable - is briefly imprisoned. Thrown into a holding cell, he is appraised by the other inmates in a way that he is oblivious to and which might not augur well if played for drama. Instead, Sheldon glares at the big, hard, tough looking con in the place nearest the door and says "You're in my spot". Figuring he's in the presence of a real maniac psycho who is throwing down a challenge, the tough-looking con surrenders the spot. Sheldon is unmolested.
- Orange Is the New Black:
- Subverted, as sex between inmates seen on the show is consensual. Discussed during "Bora Bora Bora" when the guards and inmates giving the tour pretend it's common, and also when Alex plays with Pennsatucky's fears of this.
- This is played for laughs when several of the prisoners are participating in a scared straight program, trying to frighten a group of adolescent delinquents into better behavior by telling them terrifying stories about life in prison. When protagonist Piper Chapman just happens to walk in on the group while on her way to use the bathroom, the other prisoners, trying to scare a particularly hardened delinquent, threaten to leave her with Chapman, describing her as a notorious lesbian rapist. It's funny because their description is so at odds with Chapman's real personality, and real reputation.
- There's also an episode in which Vause threatens to do this to Pennsatucky, although, from the way Vause phrases it, she makes it seem as though the real threat is that Pennsatucky, who has, shall we say, old-fashioned attitudes toward homosexuality, will enjoy it so much that she will turn gay.
- It's also subverted with Daya and Bennett. Their relationship is portrayed as entirely consensual, even though legally it's considered rape since an inmate can't consent to sex with a CO. This is why even though Daya seduced Mendez, he ended up in prison for rape.
- On the other hand, Mendez routinely trades drugs for sex, and attempts to pressure Sophia into this in exchange for hormones when the doctors cut her prescription off. Morello is terrified of him for this exact reason, and Diaz takes advantage of the popular opinion of Mendez to seduce him and then claim he raped her to cover up her pregnancy.
- In season 3 Pensatucky is raped by Coates in the prison van.
- What happens to Porfirio Cisneros at the end of the Mexican telenovela Infames.
- A very important plot point is Andrés' rape in prison in the Argentinian TV show Historias de sexo de gente común.
- In Arthur And George, a fairly loose adaption of Julian Barnes' historical novel Arthur And George, there's a plotpoint of Arthur (Arthur Conan Doyle) witnessing the supposedly harmless and wrongfully convicted George Eldalji meeting with a (fictional) dangerous criminal who was the inspiration for Moriarty. When confronted, George discusses how he was subjected to sexual abuse by the guards in the form of what was called a "dry bath" (essentially a cavity search) and when he attempted to fight back, was thrown down a flight of stairs. The other inmate (the dangerous criminal) witnessed this and used his influence to get the guards to leave Edalji alone. Doyle questions with a raised eyebrow what the other inmate expected in return, and Edalji reveals that he started teaching the guy to read and has continued to do so now that both are out of prison.
- In Blake's 7 the new second in command of a prison ship is caught trying to intimidate Jenna, a female prisoner, into sex. He's told to "be discrete".
- Prior to the start of the Street Justice series, main character Grady spent several years in prison, where he had to fight off numerous attackers during his incarceration. It's how he developed his fighting ability which he later utilizes during the series' run.
Adam: [having just seen Grady beat up some thugs] That prison must've had some martial arts program.
Grady: Actually, the instructors weren't so hot, but they did know how to motivate a guy.
Adam: Yeah, like how?
Grady: Nightly showers.
- Hinted at in The Red Green Show. During one round of the Possum Lodge Word Game, Red has to get former convict Mike Hammer to say the word "slip". With time running out, he offers the hint that it's something people are afraid will happen to them in the shower. Mike asks "At home or in prison?".
- In one episode of The Sentinel, Jim infiltrates a prison as an inmate. In the showers, another inmate announces he'll have his ass whether Jim wants it or not, but his target being Jim, all he gets is a beatdown.
- The House writers like this one, as the second season first episode has House and company treat a convict and both House and Chase get teased with it, Foreman's out convict brother cheerfully says he was barely raped at all, and season 8 has House drop a remark about being raped in jail (it being House, it's unclear to what degree this was serious).
- In one episode when the team were treating a former Mafioso who had decided to testify against the mob, they suspect (correctly) that he may have hepatitis C, which he could only have caught through drug use or gay sex. When the man's brother reacts very badly to the suggestion, House points out another possibility — he may have caught it from being raped in prison. This is actually BS, though, and House knows it — nobody is stupid enough to rape a Mafioso.
- Ghost Adventures: When the paranormal investigators learn that some of the Moundsville State Penitentiary inmates grabbed another inmate in the prison's shower and gang-raped him to death, the investigators send poor Aaron into the shower alone to be bait for the ghosts of the rapists. Not wanting to purposefully provoke the perpetrators, Aaron tries to get activity from the victim's ghost instead by offering his sympathies.
- On the "tasteless joke" front, the last track on The Offspring's Splinter album is "When You're In Prison," a guide to avoiding prison rape in the form of a '40s-style ballad. Complete with cheerful chorus of female voices at the end.
- Similarly, the song "Date Rape" by Sublime tells a story of a man who rapes a girl he meets in a bar, goes to jail, and is in turn raped himself, in a sort of poetic justice. The singer says in the end that he can't really find it in himself to feel sorry for him after what he did. For bonus points the music video casts porn star Ron Jeremy as both the judge and the prison rapist.
- The Bob & Tom Show song "Prison Bitch", which is rendered hideously funny by its spot-on mimicry of a doo-wop love ballad — if you've heard another such song, ever, in your life, you can perfectly predict the melody — contrasted with the horrid content of the lyrics: "You're not like all the others, too bad they had to die!"
- Tom also has an annoying habit (among many) of working a prison sodomy crack into nearly every crime news story.
- My Chemical Romance have a song called "You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison." The title says it all, and the song features verses about being in prison along with the chorus "We're just two men as God had made us." Screaming and distorted vocals in the song give it a dark tone. The version from the Life On the Murder Scene EP has Gerard starting the song off by explaining it as being the story of a "beautiful boy who done went to jail". Just in case there was any hint of doubt.
- Bowling for Soup's video of "The Bitch Song" involves the band being sent to prison, with all that that and the song title implies (the song itself, however, is about the singer's girlfriend).
- In the song "I Won't be Home for Christmas," the narrator is sent to prison and molested if not outright raped.
- Megadeth's 1992 song "Captive Honour" tells the story of an arrogant protagonist who is sent to prison and...well...finds out for himself that he's not as tough as he thought he was.
"Inside the big house his nightmare unfolds
Before he got there, his manpussy was sold
Black blanket welcome, this tough guy's now a bitch
Praying for death, it can't be worse than this."
- Nirvana's "Rape Me." The singer in this case is playing a victim of everyday non-prison rape, but the "I'm not the only one" line is directed at her attacker; he'll get his when he gets to jail. Or maybe Hell.
- Rich Hall's character, Otis Lee Crenshaw (a country and western singing former convict), begins one of his songs with the intro "Y'know, prison rape has always gotten kinda a bad name." (the song is called "He almost looks like you.")
- On the Frank Zappa album Joe's Garage, the protagonist Joe is "plooked" in prison during the song "Keep it Greasey." "Dong Work for Yuda," the preceding song, sings of Joe's rapist's generous gifts in the genitals department, just so the audience knows how awful Joe's going to have it.
- The tool song "Prison Sex" is a subversion. You'd think the subject is about this, given the title, but Word of God is it's about child abuse (more specifically how being abused as a child makes the viewpoint character take it out on someone else in turn) and the "prison" is metaphorical.
- Used as a throwaway joke in one of the Gorillaz interviews, as they discuss Murdoc's jail time in Mexico.
- Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message" contains a rather serious take on the subject, referring to a man who goes to prison, then becomes an "undercover fag" with his manhood being taken. Finally, the man commits suicide.
- The Bloodhound Gang's "I Hope You Die" describes how the subject of the song will hopefully go to prison for (accidental) vehicular homicide, and be put in the same cell as someone called Bowling Ball Bag Bob:
What happens next is all a blur / But you remember that "fist" can be a verb.
And when you finally regain consciousness / You're bound and gagged in a wedding dress.
And the prison guard looks the other way / 'Cause he's the guy you flipped the bird the other day.
- Slick Rick's "The Moment I Feared" plays this for Black Comedy. after at least a good two days worth of a Humiliation Conga, Rick gets busted for both drug and murder charges, and is explicitly gang raped at the end of the song:
This was the moment I feared...
"Turn around nigga (HAHAHAHA) Spread your cheeks"
This was the moment I feared...
"UHH, AOWWHWHWAA! STOP STOP! AHAOWWHAHAOOHO"
- WWE surprisingly did this in 1991. They shot and aired a vignette with The Mountie in prison as a man with a gay lisp asks him if he likes the feeling of leather against his skin.
- David Mamet:
- Subverted in "A Gulag Mouse", where Anastasia is forced by the other inmates into "visiting the guard shack" to trade sex for food, but it is eventually revealed that she kills the guard and steals his gun to make an escape attempt instead.
- Joked about in the song "The Big Doll House" from Hairspray. When Edna complains about needing a conjugal visit in jail the matron advises her to "just drop the soap in the big doll house."
- Almost occurs in Skies of Arcadia during Vyse's second entry (i.e. imprisonment) in the Grand Fortress; Aika is harassed and about to be raped by the admiral Vigoro; thankfully Vyse and Gilder show up in time. The implications of rape were heavily toned down in the English localization of the game.
- Grand Theft Auto:
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City had a reference to it.
Umberto Robina: You have proved yourself, man. You got big cojones.
Tommy Vercetti: Well thank you, Umberto. Nobody's said that to me since I left jail.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- When C.J.'s brother Sweet, who gets thrown in prison following Smoke and Ryder's betrayal, people keep C.J. in line by threatening to have this down to Sweet. Mike Toreno threatens to give Sweet a new cellmatenamed "Horse Cock Harry" give them a big tube of lube. Tenpenny suggests that Sweet could end up on a Ballas' cellblock "getting in touch with his feminine side" if C.J. doesn't follow orders.
- The game also has another example with O.G. Loc, a petty criminal whose first order of business after getting out of prison is finding the guy who raped him and killing him, with Carl's assistance. This
- Early when Sweet calls Carl, Sweet talks about other inmates attempting to "jump him."
- Grand Theft Auto IV:
- Protagonist Niko Bellic mentions during a conversation that while he did spend time in Eastern European prisons, the whole prison bitch thing is a specifically American feature of incarcerated life. Which... probably isn't entirely accurate, at least not in Russia. In fact, it might very well be universal, as it's pretty much Older Than anything you care to name.
- Early on, during the "The Master and The Molotov" mission, Mikhail Faustin implies that he protected Dimitri Rascalov from being raped in prison.
Mikhail Faustin: You think Dimitri would have survived prison without me? He'd just be some prison queen, had I not been there. Meat for some gym monkey!
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City had a reference to it.
- The would-have-been Gizmondo Killer App Colors, a Wide Open Sandbox GTA-clone, presented prison rape as an option after the player gets arrested: To get out, the player can pay anywhere between $20,000 and $7,000, or just let the fat, bearded inmate sodomize him so that you'll be sent to the infirmary where he can escape.
- There are rumors that a GTA-style Judge Mathis game is in production where the player will get to experience the joy of prison rape. See this page.
- It's never explicitly mentioned in The Suffering, although there was a minor lampshading when an inmate tells Torque "You don't know what you're missing!" There was also another NPC who reveals that he's gay after you find the corpse of an inmate he was looking for, and there's a bloody bar of soap in the bathroom.
- Mass Effect 2:
- If you wander into the Citadel bar Men's restroom, female ex-convict Jack will talk about a time she was jumped in the prison restroom and gang-raped. She hunted them down and killed them all afterwards.
- One of the inmates at Purgatory will imply this in an optional conversation:
"They'll take everything, your smokes, your clothes, your... pride. I haven't showered in months."
- In Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, Looten Duke does not want to share a jail cell with Blisterz Booty again, because he has "dignity".
- Referred to in Fallout: New Vegas - if you visit the NCR Correctional Facility with Straight Gay companion Arcade Gannon, the (former) inmates mention they used to trade men like him.
- After you rescue Oleg in Saints Row: The Third, Pierce comments that the last time a giant naked man offered to help him, it didn't end well.
- Earlier on when Shaundi asks "Are you trying to get us all jail time?" To which Josh Birk freaks out citing "I don't wanna be somebody's bitch!"
- A more subtle one in Saints Row 2, where one of the whiteboards for in the prison guard's staff room says "Don't drop the soap."
- In Alice: Madness Returns, Alice threatens Bumby with this: "In prison, some half-wit bruiser will make you his sweetheart!"
- Someone tries this on Vito in Mafia II. Vito responds by (justifiably) beating the crap out of him.
- In PAYDAY 2, Hoxton mentions this offhand as the crew are breaking him out of prison. According to him, Thursdays are particularly dangerous.
Hoxton: Two words: fucking Kinky Night.
- In Dark Elf Historia, failing certain quests results in Fraylia being framed for major crimes and sent to prison. One of the first things she endures is being thrown in lockup with a bunch of male inmates, with precisely the results you'd expect, and a cursory look around the prison dorms shows that she's not the only one getting this treatment.
- Randal's Monday: Threatened in the prison chapter, but things do not end well for those who threatened it.
- In World of Warcraft, Millhouse Manastorm mentions that his time imprisoned in Tempest Keep taught him two very important lessons: survival, and how to hold your soap.
- In Lucky Dog 1 if the player fails to break out of prison in Giulio's route, this is the bad ending. Giulio and Luchino are transferred to separate prisons, Bernardo is murdered and Ivan leaves for another gang — making the CR:5 powerless/broken in the prison, leaving Gian absolutely helpless and he gets taken as a sex toy by the rival gang.
- Implied to be the case in Danganronpa V3's Salmon Team bonus mode. One of the options you have when bringing Ryoma to the gym is asking Ah, maybe we should take off our clothes...? His response? Stop. I'm having flashbacks from prison.
- One of Raimi's Awesome Moments in Broken Saints Chapter 19, Act 3: he threatens Mars with sending fake child pornography to the FBI from Mars' e-mail account, saying he'll smile at thinking of what the prison boys are gonna do to that scumbag...
- Napster Bad: In the original Flash short, Lars Ulrich warns the viewers that sharing illegal MP3 files will get you locked up in jail and gang-raped.
- In Umlaut House once displayed the reason Rick was paroled. Forcibly.
Rick: Oh dear! I have dropped the soap, and shall have to bend far, far, over to pick it back up again!
- Not shown, but discussed in this and this Loserz strip.
- In this strip of the Magic: The Gathering webcomic UG Madness, Dominic ends up in jail and his cellmate makes him...play Yu-Gi-Oh!. Which, to the characters of the comic, is probably just as bad as rape.
- Kevin Lee of Sexy Losers in this strip. He is very gay and also a bit of a masochist so the other prisoners decide not to rape him after all.
- Kharisma in a female example in this Something*Positive. It's only implied, and that vaguely, but many still rejoiced in seeing her punished in any way.
- 8-Bit Theater: Played for laughs in this episode
- Questionable Content: Marten is too pretty to go to prison.
- In a VG Cats strip we have the creators of Katamari Damacy going on trial because it is assumed that they were partaking in the use of illegal substances while making the game. Leo, the judge, is playing his game in excitement before realizing that the term 'roll a Katamari' can sound a lot like a slang term for doing drugs, which leads to this dialogue:
Leo: Ooooh... "Roll a Katamari". Heh, that's pretty clever.
The Prince: So can I go home now?
Leo: No, no, no. It's soap on a rope for you.
- In The Order of the Stick, Thog states he's "too pretty for jail." Also the gem, "nale tell thog, don't drop soap."
- In Least I Could Do it was a running gag here,here, and here
- Played for laughs in this User Friendly strip.
- Ménage à 3: When Gary is afraid that Yuki will turn him in for accidentally molesting her, he says to Dillon: "Just remember me fondly as I get butt-raped daily in jail."
- Narrowly avoided in String Theory, to Schtein's relief.
- Spoof war-story-in-pictures Bumrape Island began as a craggy-jawed epic about a lone Australian soldier's escape from a sadistic Japanese prison camp. After selective editing with a ballpoint pen and tippex, it became an unforgettable account of one plucky Aussie's escape from a lot of camp Japanese with a yen for anal rape.
- Used as a threat in Dead West, as the narrator and his friend were mistaken as spies. The sheriff says if they fess up, he might let the "lady" spend the night at his house; if they don't, he will chain up Gervas in a solitary cell and put the Porcelain Doctor together with the other prisoners. Gervas understands the threat, but the Porcelain Doctor is oblivious, and declines the offer. Averted with the fact that after he had been put together with the murderers, he easily fought them off, and Gervas breaks out of his own cell to pluck his friend out of trouble. Then they decide to stay in prison after all (breaking out would be a crime), so they leave the beaten guys in their relocked cell, and return to Gervas' slightly better one. They are still sleeping there when the real sheriff returns.
- Shadow of the Templar:
- In this web-published novel series, Mike makes this comment regarding Farraday being released from jail:
Mike: For one thing, I bet his asshole's hanging a little looser.
- Also referenced to by Simon when he tries to persuade Jeremy to hand back the Morning Star to him:
Simon: Probably you'll be fending off all the large sweaty men who want you to call them "daddy." Put it down! Now!
- In this web-published novel series, Mike makes this comment regarding Farraday being released from jail:
- Tails of the Bounty Hunter has multiple scenes in the final chapter revealing what all of the five major villains are doing now that they've been incarcerated. Fittingly, Gobor Grizzer, who was a Serial Rapist, is raped in prison.
- Featured in the disclaimer on certain kinds of NSFW original fiction on the 'net: Anyone acting out such scenarios in "real life" can look forward to many unproductive years getting it up the butt by a fellow convict in their local prison.
- The video Big Gay Bubba, in which the titular Bubba sings about raping his fellow inmates.
- In Brows Held High, Oancitizen happily jokes about prison rape in several videos (such as his video for Pinocchio), which is significant because he repeatedly voices his disdain for other rape jokes and other Dude, Not Funny! subjects.
- In Your Chonny's Judge Judy parody after the Plaintiff constantly interrupt the judge:
Judge: Quiet! Or I'll put you in contempt!
Plaintiff: What's contempt?
Judge: I don't know... But I'll make sure you get raped!
- A simple story about getting a functioning lightsaber in the mail somehow leads to promises of brutal vengeance: "I'm gonna make sure you guys get locked up in a *raping* jail!"
- A Running Gag with the SomeOrdinaryGamers Deep Web Exploration series, which advises viewers not to do anything illegal over the deep web unless they want to become Bubba's new cell-mate.
- During the Game Grumps' playthrough of Sonic Boom:
Danny: [quoting from the game] "Let's see what a thousand years in prison will do to you!" [normal conversation] I dunno... Bet there's a lot of buttsex. [beat; as the game character] "Thousand years of buttsex!"
- During Martyn's Let's Play of The Escapists he opts to clear his inventory by getting rid of some items. Unfortunately he decided to get rid of a bar of soap (since he had two of them) while he was standing in the shower, quickly leading him to remark that he Didn't Think This Through with the Unfortunate Implications.
Martyn: No, no, no, no, no no no. Let's just go to lunch and forget that ever happened.
- The Pop Culture Detective explores how common jokes about men being sexually assaulted, the most common being prison rape jokes, are here.
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: Implied as common during the Scare 'Em Straight tour of a prison in the 1984 episode "Busted." (Many of the inmates at the prison make graphic comments about wanting to get it on with the Fat Albert gang.) One shot actually showed a closeup of a cell with a big inmate gloating over a despairing tearful smaller inmate.
- The Powerpuff Girls has this implied to happen to Mojo more than once;
- He is looked at by an inmate with a creepy smile (implied sexually, although this is more a kind of double meaning) by the ending of "Cootie Gras". Not to mention the Narrator commenting, "Love is in the air, can you just smell it?"
- A similar scene happens to him in "Monkey See Doggy Two", only as Mojo is turned into a dog and sent to the pound, with another dog.
- In the 10th anniversary/final episode special "Powerpuff Girls Rule!" had one last shout-out to this running gag, as a fellow prisoner embraces Mojo much to Mojo's dismay.
- On Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko's car is placed in impound. Rocko's car calls Rocko from the impound. Another car comes up behind Rocko's car. It then cuts to Rocko who hears prison rape noises over the phone. Then when Rocko goes down to bail out his car, the guard mentions that the other vehicles call him "Fancy Fenders."
- The Critic. After having a meltdown on the set of his show while reviewing the atrocious Ghost Chasers 3, which included indecent exposure and telling L.A. street gangs to go murder the studio executives, Jay is sent to jail for 30 days, where it's implied this happens to him with his burly cellmate. It's then subverted when it turns out the prisoner is the most considerate relationship Jay's ever had (it's never revealed whether or not the prisoner actually raped him or not).
Prisoner: I got you some popcorn, extra butter, just the way you like it.
Jay: You know, this is the best relationship I've ever had!
- The Boondocks:
- Tom DuBois is shown to suffer an extreme (and irrational) phobia of going to prison and getting raped there; this stems from watching a prison movie with a graphic rape scene when he was a little kid, which partly explains why he's such a straight-laced, law-abiding citizen (and also a prosecutor who ironically, has presumably sent other men to the fate he fears so much). On the downside, his wife Sarah is (sexually) frustrated by all of his constant anxiety.
- In "A Date with the Health Inspector" and "A Date with the Booty Warrior", Tom winds up seeing the inside of a jail twice (in the former episode, he was wrongly detained and questioned by the police for a crime he didn't commit; and in the latter one, he was chaperoning several boys on a Scare 'Em Straight field trip to a local prison). And in both instances, he worries about the possibility of almost getting anally raped (the latter time was justified, because there really was a rapist who was out to get him). But thankfully, he comes out of both misadventures with his ass intact.
- Family Guy:
- Subverted in the pilot, when Peter is sent to jail for fraud, he says on his first day: "All of the rumors about dropping the soap are true!" He then goes on to say: "You can't hold onto that thing to save your life. It was slipping all over the place." This is of course followed by two prisoners pointing and laughing at Peter for his inability to hang onto the soap.
- Subverted again in "One If by Clam, Two If by Sea"; after being framed for arson of a British pub, many of the inmates are commenting that they intend to rape Peter. Peter, however, is taking all of the comments as compliments, appearing to be completely unaware of their intent, until he says, "they are going to be bummed to know I'm not gay but everyone is so nice here".
- Played for laughs in "Airport '07", where Peter mentions that he's so happy Quagmire got his job as a pilot back that he doesn't even mind that he got raped in federal prison, where he was sent for hijacking a plane.
- Subverted in "Fast Times At Buddy Cianci Jr. High", when Lois worries about Chris being sent to prison because she's seen Oz and knows what goes on in prison showers. Cut to a scene of prisoners happily singing a parody of "The Wonderful Land of Oz" while soaping each others' backs in a completely chaste manner.
- After Meg gets back from prison she has apparently learnt all about prison rape and she calmly steps into the shower with her naked father, and rapes him with a loofah to assert her dominance.
- They did a gag about the "real" ending of Dirty Dancing where Baby's parents sent Johnny to jail and he is lustfully licked by his cellmate while "Hungry Eyes" plays.
- It's also played straight in two parodies of The Shawshank Redemption:
- Another gag had Mr. Magoo note he can't go to prison because they'll rape him and he won't see it coming.
- Played horrifyingly straight in an episode of The Cleveland Show where Cleveland is put in prison for a murder he didn't commit, and the rest of the episode revolves around Freight Train, Junior, and Rollo solving the murder (Freight Train moonlights as a detective novelist and plans to turn the mystery into a story). Cut to 14 months later at the book release party where Donna suddenly remembers that they forgot to get Cleveland released! It then cuts to Cleveland, crying and putting on makeup in his jail cell while singing "What A Wonderful World" in a shaky, traumatized voice.
Cleveland: I'm never gonna be the same...
- The Simpsons:
- One odd variation is the occasional suggestion that a homosexual character would enjoy prison for this reason. For example, on one episode, there is a comment about Smithers "taking quickly" to a Turkish prison, and at the end of the remake of The In-Laws, one of the heroes comments that the flamboyant villain is going to "love" prison.
- Also hinted at in a throwaway joke in "The Bob Next Door", when Sideshow Bob tells Bart about how he stole his cellmate's identity (it wasn't pretty) to break out of prison: The cellmate asked Bob why he kept measuring his face with a caliper, to which Bob replied "Just passing the time." The cellmate then remarked "I guess it beats what the last guy did."
- When Krusty was working an awards show and Bob won the award, he sneered at Krusty (from a live feed from the prison), "This is one more than you'll ever win!" Krusty shot back, "Just don't drop that thing in the shower, Bob!"
- In their retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, Homer is sent to prison and has Burns as his cellmate. Burns gives him an escape route and a map to his treasure. When Homer asks why Burns is helping him, he explains he wants to know he had at least one friend in his life and he also wants to make up for the fact that while Homer slept, Burns violated him repeatedly.
- One episode of Clone High had Gandhi being accidentally incarcerated. He was very nervous about prison rape, especially because the other inmates kept ominously referring to the shower. When they finally cornered him for his 'initiation', it was completely innocent, of the 'three cheers' variety. They then listened, sympathetically, as he discussed his grief over the death of Ponce de Leon. It was hilarious. When this is revealed, one inmate says "Damn, boy! What'd you think we were going to do? Make LOVE to you?" And then they all laugh, except for one guy who just keeps creepily staring at Gandhi...
- This was frequently implied to happen to the title character's father on the Canadian cartoon Kevin Spencer during his frequent trips to the slammer.
- Despite its setting and Cast Full of Gay, Superjail! doesn't invoke this as often as you'd think it would. In fact, two gay inmates are among the few recurring prisoners — and their sex is nothing if not consensual. However, this is an off-screen mention by one of them asking, "how do you not watch a shower rape?"
- Implied to have happened to Doctor Rockso in Metalocalypse: a guard finds him shaking and huddling in his cellmate's sleeping arms.
- Parodied in The Venture Bros. The Monarch wakes up in prison to find that he was about to be raped by King Gorilla (an actual gay gorilla). However, King admits he couldn't go through with it; Monarch reminds him too much of a girl. To make the scene even more bizarre, Monarch then realizes that he's not even in his own cell. Apparently, King Gorilla has enough pull with the guards to bring his "dates" over to his place.
- In the 90's Looney Tunes short "Carrotblanca", at the end Yosemite Sam is thrown in jail and a dopey-looking prisoner suddenly gains a pair of eyelashes and smiles at him in a lustful way and Sam yells for help.
- SpongeBob SquarePants:
- When SpongeBob tries to get Gary to take a bath (disguised as a treasure chest), he says that the soap is dubloons and tells him not to drop them (while winking).
- Implied at the end of "Patrick! The Game" to soon happen to Squidward when he's put in the back of a police truck with a burly prisoner.
- An episode of Code Monkeys where the cast (including the girls) gets sent to prison, named "Rapeville State Penitentiary". No one actually gets raped, despite their taking bets on who will be violated first.
- Frequent topic on Robot Chicken.
- "Bop It. . . Or Else" has a "Bop It" inexplicably issuing a series of commands that end in assassinating a politician, then continue with the kid's testimony about who made him do it ("Zip it!"), and the Bop It toy in a jail cell with this clearly indicated to be forthcoming. ("Damn it!")
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Implied in the episode "The Boiling Rock", when Sokka, disguised as a guard, sneaks into his girlfriend Suki's cell and makes kissy faces at her... before removing his disguise. Appropriately, Suki knocks him on his butt. In the same episode, the warden implies that this could happen to Zuko if the other prisoners find out his true identity as well.
- Azula's notorious "favourite prisoner" comment (which, it should be noted, was in reference to Suki). There is no possible way that the writers were unaware of the implications of that, and the animators and voice actor went with it in the delivery.
- One episode has Aang thrown in jail for a crime Avatar Kyoshi committed, under the Insane Troll Logic that his past self did it, so he was somehow responsible. While Katara and Sokka go to clear his name, there's a shot of Aang in prison, where a group of huge, tough-looking convicts talk about how they think Aang's going to get along really well with them. Cue cut to a different scene. When the episode gets back to Aang, we see that the convicts have, indeed, become friends with him and are kindly giving him relationship advice about his crush on Katara.
- Rick and Morty
- Double Subverted in the episode "Meeseeks and Destroy". When Rick and Morty are being tried in giant court on murder charges, Rick mentioned that if somebody dropped the soap in giant prison that it'd land on their heads and crush their spines, and that it would be real easy to rape them after that.
- "You know what they do to third-dimensional lifeforms in Time Prison? Same thing they do in regular prison, only forever!"
- At the end of the Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Terrible Trio", when we see Warren Lawford, aka the Fox, put into a prison cell this is the implication of what's to come given a sinister amused grin given by his new rather burly cellmate. Especially ironic since the last we saw of Lawford, he was bragging about how his rich family would get him off scot-free.
- Subverted in an episode of the Earthworm Jim cartoon. Jim, through a series of events as outlandish as they are hilarious, finds himself in prison without his supersuit. When he is introduced to his cellmate, Walter, the man reaches for Jim with an amourous grin...before using Jim as dental floss. And judging by Jim's screams, it is not pleasant.
- CatDog hinted at this trope at the end of the episode "CatDog Catcher". Rancid Rabbit ends up incarcerated after spending the episode jailing everyone in Nearburg for not owning a license for their species (all just so he'd have enough gold coins to bathe in). He has a burly cellmate standing behind him who grabs him from off-screen as the episode irises out.
- Beavis and Butt-Head had an episode where Todd is hiding at the duo's house, and being the Ungrateful Bastard that he is, when they call him from jail (after getting beaten up by the cops and arrested for obstruction of justice because they wouldn't say where Todd was), he just tells them "don't drop the soap". They don't get raped, but instead end up in the same cell as two other gang members who hate Todd and proceed to beat them up again.
- Legends of Chamberlain Heights:
- Parodied in the season 2 finale when the three main characters end up in jail for armed robbery (they didn't do it, but confess anyway in the hopes of attracting women). After being transferred from juvie to regular prison, rape becomes a serious concern, and each character finds some way of fitting in; most notably, Jamal discovers that the gay clique in the prison AREN'T gay, none of them are, they just act that way because if someone WANTS gay sex, it's no challenge for the rapists. Jamal immediately joins their side and starts acting as Camp Gay as possible.
Rapist: Now, who wants this dick?
Jamal: Me! Dicks dicks dicks dicks!!
Rapist: Ew, fucking slut! [leaves]
- Also, during visiting hours, Grover's big brother Montrel tells him that if he does get raped and doesn't tell anyone about it, it never happened. He also assumes Grover called him over there because he DID get raped and now wants to marry his rapist.
- Parodied in the season 2 finale when the three main characters end up in jail for armed robbery (they didn't do it, but confess anyway in the hopes of attracting women). After being transferred from juvie to regular prison, rape becomes a serious concern, and each character finds some way of fitting in; most notably, Jamal discovers that the gay clique in the prison AREN'T gay, none of them are, they just act that way because if someone WANTS gay sex, it's no challenge for the rapists. Jamal immediately joins their side and starts acting as Camp Gay as possible.
- Oh Yeah! Cartoons, of all things, referenced this in the short "Earth to Obie", where Obie's imagination sequence of being in jail for his cereal addiction at one point has an inmate heard calling Obie "sweet cheeks" and making kissy sounds.