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Basic Trope: Situations where it is uncertain consent is given, or where consent is given on shaky grounds.

  • Straight:
    • Alice and Bob meet In Da Club, and after he buys her a few drinks, Alice agrees to go home with Bob. Alice is too drunk to think coherently, but she has sex with Bob anyway. The next morning, Alice doesn't remember anything.
    • 14-year-old Alice agrees to sleep with her 24-year-old "boyfriend" Bob, even though she is underage.
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    • Bob is the casting director for Primetime Soap, and Alice is auditioning for the lead female role. Bob is taken with Alice and tells her she must sleep with him if she wants the part. Alice really wants this role, so she agrees to have sex with Bob, even though she normally wouldn't look at him twice.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob are in some kind of Unequal Pairing, though it's obvious that they actually do care for one another.
  • Justified:
    • Alcohol and other drugs (including Love Potions) impair judgment and inhibitions. Alice might normally have said no to Bob's advances, but she was too impaired to really think straight.
    • Alice wants something from Bob, or wants to please him so he'll stay with her or be with her.
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    • Alice is underage; she really lacks the emotional maturity and rational thinking ability for something as serious as sex.
    • Alice thinks she's with Bob, but she is actually with Charles who disguised himself as Bob in order to have sex with Alice.
    • Alice is mentally disabled or ill; she lacks the necessary awareness to give (or not give) consent.
    • Rape by Proxy
  • Inverted: In a region with Orange And Blue Morality, Alice and Bob must exactly state "I would like to have sex with you" for it to be considered consent.
  • Subverted: Alice agrees to have sex with Bob, and everything seems ok.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then for some reason Alice wants to stop, but Bob doesn't.
    • It turns out Alice just wanted Bob to like her, or worries that Bob will cheat or leave if she doesn't "put out," and is just going along to get along.
  • Parodied: Bob thinks he got a drunken Alice to questionably consent, but he was pretty drunk too. When he wakes up in the morning, "Alice" turns out to be a store mannequin.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob have clearly consensual sex.
    • It's clear-cut rape, and portrayed as such.
  • Enforced: Rule of Drama
  • Lampshaded: "Drunk yes isn't the same as sober yes."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: ??
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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