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Basic Trope: A character is raped, and either the victim themselves or family/friends of the victim go and get revenge on the rapist(s).

  • Straight: Alice is raped by Bob, and she and her Knight Templar Big Brother Charles go and kill Bob.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Charles destroys every man in Bob's society.
    • Charles devotes his life to hunting the rapist all the way around the world, going well out of his way to make the guy's life utter hell.
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    • Charles tries to find a Dangerous Forbidden Technique to inflict And I Must Scream on Bob.
    • David and Elise, who barely know Alice, try to kill Bob for what he did.
    • Alice kills Bob and everybody connected to him (and the ones who actually had something to do with what happened to her get it worse than the rest).
  • Downplayed:
    • Charles beats Bob up.
    • Charles pretends to be Bob's friend, but spends a year Gaslighting him so that Bob to confesses his crime at a public gathering, in the presence of police officers.
  • Justified:
    • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
    • Charles has no faith in the justice system. Especially if Bob got Off on a Technicality.
    • Honour killing is the accepted means of dealing with such things in their society. It's Charles' duty to avenge the wrong done to his sister.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender-Inverted Trope: Bob is raped by Alice, tracks her down, and deals with her (or hires someone to do it for him, or a member of his family does such). Messily.
  • Subverted:
    • Charles says, "Mark my words, Bob will never get away with this!". What he does is have Alice and her family bring a criminal suit against Bob. They win the case.
    • When Alice and Charles find Bob, they discover that he has sincerely repented for his crime. He even turned himself in, served his time, and agreed to be chemically castrated.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob rapes Alice to death, and the night after her funeral, Alice's ghost tells Charles of this and begs him to avenge her. Charles hesitates and is indecisive throughout the story, passing up chances to kill Bob despite them being in the same proximity yet still ending or ruining the lives of Bob's friends who helped cover the rape up. When Charles finally does kill Bob, it is completely by accident.
  • Averted:
    • Charles does not seek vengeance against Bob, maybe because he knows the law will take care of Bob.
    • Alice is not raped.
    • Bob sincerely repented for the rapes he committed, and turned himself in to the authorities. Alice chose to forgive him, and implores Charles to do the same.
  • Enforced: Rule of Drama
  • Lampshaded: "I'm going to kill you for what you did to my little sister!"
  • Invoked: Bob rapes Alice and gives Charles a Post-Rape Taunt.
  • Exploited: Alice, who merely has some grudges against David, tells Charles that David has raped her.
  • Defied:
    • Bob defends himself or escapes when Charles attacks him.
    • Bob kills Charles when he learns that he knows who raped Alice.
    • Alice tells Charles not to do anything to Bob because she wants to move on and because the law will take care of Bob.
  • Discussed: Bob remarks on the bloodthirsty things his family does if any of their women are raped.
  • Conversed: Bob is a bard telling an epic about a Rape and Revenge.
  • Implied: Some days after Charles learns who raped his sister, Bob is found killed.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Obviously, can lead to a Cycle of Revenge. It may also be seen as a case of Unwanted Assistance by Alice, who maybe just wants to move on with her life.
    • This can also lead to a case of He Who Fights Monsters, with Charles exacting revenge by doing such things as murdering Bob's innocent family members, raping Bob's sister, or encouraging Prison Rape.
    • Alice hunts down and kills Bob, only to find out too late that he was innocent.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Charles decides to let the law deal with Bob, instead of doling out vigilante "justice." He lobbies for laws that impose tougher sentences for convicted rapists, and advocacy for those who have been victimized.
    • Charles promises himself that he'll retain the moral high ground. He'll try to capture Bob alive to hand him to the authorities. He'll still kill Bob if Bob somehow escapes justice, but even then, it will only be to prevent Bob from hurting others.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Charles kills Bob, then it turns out that Alice lied. The sex was in fact consensual, but in Alice's culture, nonmarital sex is punished harshly, with the only exception being for rape victims...
    • Charles kills Bob, but is afterwards arrested for murder. Since the whole point of his revenge is to protect Alice, he says nothing and gets found guilty. They give Charles the death penalty.
  • Played For Horror: A regular tale would just have Alice blow Bob's head off with a shotgun and call its quits. What is done to Bob in this story, however, is the stuff a Slasher Film is made of: he's captured and tortured for weeks on end, with no end in sight. If Bob dies, it's either because Alice and her family got bored or because he got lucky and one of the tortures finally went too far.

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