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"Man’s discovery that his genitalia could serve as a weapon to generate fear must rank as one of the most important discoveries of prehistoric times, along with the use of fire, and the first crude stone axe."
Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape

Rape is one of the more difficult subjects to handle in a work of fiction, not least because (unlike, say, a gruesome and violent murder) there is a higher chance that one of the work's readers has experienced this crime first-hand. For the most part, the tropes that have been collected here describe less sensitive and sometimes downright backwards depictions of rape or harassment.


For obvious reasons, many of these tropes are considered crossing the Moral Event Horizon. Though it's sometimes used as a cheap way to make the heroes look better in comparison even if they don't fit any definition of "Hero".

Contrast Flirting and Courtship (trying to get it on with someone properly).


Alternative Title(s): Rape Tropes, Rape And Sexual Harassment Tropes