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    Psychic Assaults 
  • Hero on villain example: In The Crow, Eric Draven can experience the sensations and memories of others through touch. When he picks up from Officer Albrecht what his fiancee Shelly went through before she died (thirty hours of surgery and intensive care), he's staggered by it all — though he recovers, as he's already undead and probably quite insane from a certain point of view. He also demonstrates another ability — to transfer the things he knows through touch, which he uses to full retributive effect on the final target of his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Big Bad Top Dollar, whose orders were responsible for Shelly getting raped and beaten to death, and Eric himself being gunned down. Top Dollar, who while evil is quite alive and mostly sane, proves to be unable to stand "thirty hours of pain," all in one shot...
  • In Star Trek VI, of all places, Spock's mind-meld with Valeris definitely comes close to this trope, and it's really uncomfortable to watch. The only saving grace being that it is made obvious Spock is almost equally affected by his actions; self inflicted Mind Rape, anyone?
    • The Novelization, recognizing the implications of Spock's act, first explicitly declares a forced mind meld to fall into this category and then explains that Spock didn't force her, he mentally convinced her of the seriousness of the situation and she gave in willingly. Which, uh, doesn't explain the screaming at the end.
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996): Captain Picard's transformation into Locutus of Borg from the episode The Best of Both Worlds seems to have left him with violent nightmares, paranoia, isolation and depression. His mercy killing towards a potential Borg victim and his own desire for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against their species imply this. When he goes home to Earth to visit his family, he tearfully admits to how much it traumatized him, especially being forced to use his skills and knowledge as a Starfleet captain against his own people. His conversation with the Borg Queen pretty much confirms it.
    • In Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Deanna Troi is literally mind raped by the villain who invades her mind when she and Riker are about to do the business. That wasn't the first time this happened to poor Troi. One episode of TNG features an alien passenger aboard the Enterprise mind raping the crew in the figurative sense, but he mindrapes Troi in the literal sense, and fairly graphically. The act is even flat out referred to as "a form of rape" at one point, in case anyone didn't quite get the implications..
  • Of the Brown Note variety in Star Trek Into Darkness. When Spock is fighting Khan, he briefly mind melds with him. Whether Spock just transferred his feelings of grief and rage or did something else, Khan lets go of him and stumbles around a bit before regaining his feet. It's also possible that, given Khan was attempting to physically crush his skull at the time, Spock was sharing the physical pain he was experiencing at the time.
  • Samara Morgan from The Ring has a history of Mind Rape, though not always intentional. Her biological mother tried to drown her shortly after giving birth because she claims Samara "told her to". She caused her adoptive mother terrifying visions for years and was forced to live in a barn, where the horses got a taste of it and ran themselves off a cliff to get away. Fast forward to her killing years, where she apparently Mind Rapes her victims enough to literally scare them to death. Any witnesses get enough second-hand Mind Rape to end up as blank-staring mental patients. Lastly, the scene from The Ring Two, where Samara (possessing Aiden) mind-rapes (or perhaps mind-tricks) a doctor into suicide. Oh, and her video's pretty fucked up, too.
  • Repeatedly happens in Scanners. The movie starts with the hero accidentally doing this to somebody.
  • Event Horizon was full of mind rape of the rescue crew by the hellish entities that came from another dimension - which is worse than what most of you would imagine as "Hell" - via their deepest guilt, and causing several members of the crew to go insane, with one of them ripping out his eyes, mutilating himself and vivisecting a crewmate. Another one of the crewmembers who accidentally fell into the portal and was pulled back out after a moment went temporarily insane and tried to throw himself out of an airlock, telling the rest of the crew that "if you had seen what I've seen, you wouldn't try to stop me."
  • In The Lawnmower Man, there are two instances of mind rape by the protagonist/villain, Jobe. One is when he takes his girlfriend Marie into cyberspace and they try to make love; he loses control of his powers and ends up accidentally mind-raping her instead, leaving her catatonic. The second time is when Jobe, who's now both more in control of his growing powers and becoming more villainous, psychically unleashes a "Lawnmower Man" inside the head of a bully, purposely rendering him catatonic as well.
  • Jake does this to Rango upon meeting him causing him to go on a quest to find himself.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • X2: X-Men United: The backstory of Col. Stryker involves his telepathic son, Jason, mind-raping him and his wife with hallucinations so horrific that the wife took a power drill to her temple to get the images out.
    • X-Men: First Class: Emma Frost uses her telepathy to bring out Erik's traumatic memories of being tortured by Sebastian Shaw as a child in Auschwitz.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: Charles suffers this torture thrice: the first is being mind-controlled by Apocalypse through Cerebro, the second is during Apocalypse's near-successful Grand Theft Me attempt, and the third is during their mental battle. The sexual assault subtext is blatant; Xavier—a Pretty Boy and a mild form of Fanservicenote  who gets several downplayed Female Gaze shotsnote —is pushed down and cuffed to a slab against his will before his mind, body and soul are violated, and he screams "GET OUT!!!" multiple times, which reinforces the metaphor that he's a victim who can't fight off his attacker. After Charles is freed from Apocalypse's pyramid, the latter behaves like an obsessed stalker who is desperate to possess the body of his prey. Apocalypse later beats Xavier to a pulp on the astral plane, which leaves Charles crawling and covered in blood, and his mind almost dies. There is an I Have You Now, My Pretty vibe when Apocalypse forcibly shoves his severely injured, but still beautiful-looking captive down to the floor and gloats, "You're mine now." Professor X in the Alternate Timeline is thus a survivor of a brutal and violent figurative rape.
  • In Push, Cassie lures her Evil Counterpart, the Triad Watcher, into getting sneak attacked by a Wiper, who wipes out her entire memory of her family and knocks her unconscious. And Cassie is supposed to be one of the heroes.
    • Really any of the "Pushers" in this movie could qualify, consider how many peoples' memories they rewrite or how the actions they force people to do directly. Kira, to escape a team of Division agents pushes one to think he has a brother that the other killed. The agent sees his partner brutally murder his "brother" and shoots his partner dead. Even after he realized he was pushed, he still remembered growing up together with his brother and still felt the grief and shock of his death.
  • In The Avengers, Loki uses his staff to mind control Hawkeye, Erik Selvig, and a few other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Later, when Hawkeye discusses the experience, his description has heavy shades of this.
    • Loki also does a variation of this to the Black Widow when she attempted to interrogate him. Using information gleaned from his thrall, he taunted her about trying to atone for all of her past crimes, capping it off with threatening to have a brainwashed Clint torture her to death before releasing him from the mind control to realize what he'd done before killing him as well.
    • Later in the sequel, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch does the same to the Avengers, implanting horrible visions in their minds, beginning with Tony Stark who is well known to suffer from PTSD, having had a very public PTSD incident in IM3, and later this leads to the creation of the main villain and then the rest of the Team, leaving them numb, desperate and confused.
  • In a deleted scene from Dogma, Azrael subjects Bethany to a vision of what Hell is like thanks to mankind's need to be punished. The script describes it as "ten seconds... of the most fucked up and disturbing imagery that can be crammed into 240 frames of film." Afterward, Bethany convulses uncontrollably from the mental trauma.
  • The title character in Tamara does this to nearly everyone she touches, but special mention goes out to what she does to Roger, forcing him to experience what it's like being Buried Alive (in graphic detail), and to Keisha, exploiting her insecurity over her body by making her imagine that she's literally vomiting her guts out.
  • Pitch to Jack in Rise of the Guardians. His power is finding out what a person's fear is, and he uses this to psychologically torment Jack.
  • Taken to its most literal extreme in Dredd with Judge Anderson, who's psychic, and Kay. Since her abilities are always on, he tries to get to her by imagining himself actually raping her. She smacks him with her gun to make him knock it off. Later, during their Battle in the Center of the Mind, he tries it again. This time, however, Anderson is ready and changes the experience somewhat. Not only does he reveal what she wants to know, when it's all over he's pissed himself.
    Anderson: You're not the only one who can play mind games.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 movie The Ark of Truth, Daniel, Vala, and Tomin are tortured by the Priors of the Ori. The Ori appear to be chanting and using their psychic powers to reduce the good guys to weeping messes.
  • In End of Days, Satan screws with Jericho by forcing him to relive the murder of his wife and child in a home invasion he wasn't there to stop.
  • Undercover Brother. Undercover Brother (who is black) must infiltrate Multinational Inc., a corporation controlled by The Man's white supremacist organization. To do this, he must become familiar with white culture in order to fit in. Smart Brother uses a technique he calls "Caucasiavision" on Undercover Brother: using electronic goggles to make him watch film about white society. After watching for a while, Undercover Brother freaks out.
    Undercover Brother: Make it stop! Make it stop! I see white people. It's too much! Too much! Caucasian overload! Caucasian overload! Caucasian overload! That's too much white for one brother to take.

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