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Basic Trope: The Damsel in Distress is offended that the bad guy(s) didn't want to molest her. Nearly always played for laughs.

  • Straight: Bob's men bursts into Alice's room. They don't rape her. "What," she cries, "am I not pretty enough?"
  • Exaggerated: "What? I'm totally helpless and Charles isn't here to save me. Are you absolutely sure you don't want to ravish me? No? Hmm... Oh dear, I just tore my dress open. Whatever will I do? These nasty people should ravish me for sure now... *beat* Oh, for crying out loud! Do me!... *sniffs* *cries* DON'T LOOK AT ME!"
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is relieved that Bob's men didn't ravish her but feels a slight, embarrassing twinge of offense at the idea that they didn't find her appealing enough.
    • Alice is annoyed that the men on the street don't ogle her, though she would have set her guards on them if any of them had even moved toward her.
    • Bob has a sense of morals going against rape. When Alice is shown to be consenting and actually interested, he does the tango with her.
    • Throughout Alice and Bob's relationship Bob is surpised by the lack of intimacy. When he finally expresses this, Alice tells him he "could have taken me whenever you wanted to".
  • Justified:
    • Alice has taken a vow of chastity (which she hates), so the only way she can ever have sex without losing her honour is if she is to be forced. When Bob's troops raid the palace, she is dismayed to find that they believe that Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil.
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    • Bob gave them strict orders not to touch her for some other reason, and made it very clear what would happen to whoever dared disobey him...
    • Bob's men are really attractive. At least, to Alice.
    • Alice knows that if Bob and his men aren't raping her? That means she's being taken for a worse fate...
  • Inverted:
    • "No," says Alice, "I won't be ravished by you." Bob groans with dismay. "I was looking forward to that! Am I really that ugly?"
    • "Thank heavens, I was afraid for a moment that you'd respect me."
    • Alice "rapes" Bob's men, and they're flattered by it.
    • Alice is actually flattered that they aren't going to rape her because she doesn't want them to see her as weak.
    • Bob makes lewd advances towards Alice, and she makes it clear she's not interested. "Why?" says Bob, offended. "Am I not handsome enough?"
    • Bob charges toward Alice, who just stands there. Bob stops and asks, "Aren't you going to run?"
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  • Gender Inverted: Alice sends an Amazon Brigade who pillage the palace and take no notice of Bob, much to his chagrin.
  • Subverted: As Bob and his men finish raiding the palace, Bob cries out, "I nearly forgot!" and pins Alice to the floor...
  • Double Subverted: ...turns out he just wanted to make it easier for his men to remove Alice's jewellery.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is a Gonk who is actually trying to "get raped" by Bob's men, who respond to her advances with a combination of fear and disgust.
    • Alice asks if the men are going to pin her down and take her in such exaggerated detail that it becomes an Imagine Spot, but every single one of Bob soldiers is Camp Gay and considers women unattractive.
    • Alice strips naked as soon as Bob's Mooks enter the room and throws herself at them while they do what they were there to do in the first place, taking no notice of her at all.
    • The men go towards Alice, who quickly draws a handgun: "If you even touch me, you're dead!" They comply and walk away - "What, am I not pretty enough for you?!" They step forward - "Hands off!" They step back - "You think I'm that unappealing?!" Et cetera.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice complains that Bob and his men didn't try to rape her, but when any of the men try to make a move on her (consented or not) she gets angry or scared.
  • Averted: Alice is relieved that Bob's men don't ravish her.
  • Enforced: The author wanted to show that the bad guys aren't that bad and or that the Alice is that stupid and vain.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Wait, am I really angry that I didn't get raped?"
    • "What?! Do you want us to rape you?! Even we are above doing that!"
    • "Boss, does it count as rape if she's literally asking for it?"
  • Invoked: Bob drip-feeds Alice stories via her servants that it's wonderful to be ravished. He then organises a raid on the palace and goes on to Exploit (q.v.) this trope.
  • Exploited: Bob orders his men to leave Alice untouched, in order to make her feel insecure about her beauty.
  • Defied:
    • Waiting for Bob's men to burst into the room, Alice's sister explains to her in no uncertain terms that being ‘ravished’, as Alice dreamily calls it, is not nice, not a compliment, and not to be invited.
    • Alice's sister tells her that if someone rapes you it's probably because they want to feel powerful and see you as vulnerable and therefore an easy target, not because they actually think you're pretty.
  • Discussed: "We'll have rescued Alice by the end of the day, and I don't think she's in much danger of being ravished...matter of fact, that might offend her a bit!"
  • Conversed: "You'd think that Alice wouldn't really mind not being molested. Silly book, this."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice has a lighthearted view of sex. After she asks, Bob's men do rape her, and she quickly finds out that encouraging them wasn't a good idea.
    • The reason Alice wasn't relieved was because she thought she'd be able to fight them off anyways, so it won't make much of a difference, only to realize she was wrong the hard way.
    • Alice has self-esteem issues and doesn't realize that for some rapists, it's more about domination and vulnerability than actual attractiveness. When they do rape her, she wonders why she doesn't feel pretty.
    • Bob's men have different standards of beauty than her and find what she'd find ugly attractive and vice versa. So in a way, she should be flattered they don't find her attractive.
    • Alice sees sex as a tool for manipulation and a way to gain power. She wants to distract Bob's men with her body until the police arrive, and is dismayed when she finds it doesn't work.
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