I Have You Now, My Pretty

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Soon you will learn to appreciate me.

(Touches Quorra's hair and smells her.)

"I've got something very special in mind for you."
Clu, Tron: Legacy

Want a quick and easy way to show what a vile, evil scumbag your villain is? Well, you could have him/her abuse a cute little animal—or have him/her sexually molest the helpless Damsel In Distress or momentarily disabled Action Girl or Dude in Distress when she/he is at his/her mercy. This can include Terms of Endangerment, unwanted kisses, licking, sniffing, groping, Traumatic Haircut, dressing him/her in skimpy clothing, or even out-and-out trying to rape her/him—though this last one is usually stopped before it gets too far, as the hero generally shows up in time to rescue her/him or she/he finally gets the chance to regain advantage. In shows with a historical/fantasy setting, it can also include attempts to force the heroine/hero into marriage.

This trope is used for two purposes: to emphasize how utterly depraved the villain is, and/or to add a sense of urgency to the hero's efforts to rescue his true love. In the meantime, expect her/him to react with either angry defiance (possibily involving brandishing a Chastity Dagger) or silent, shuddering disgust (no one ever seems to play along in the hope of avoiding more serious harm). Bonus points if the villain is grotesquely ugly/deformed and has a habit of snarling things like "Aha! I have you now, my pretty!" Another stock phrase, which seems to be more popular with Mooks, is "I like a girl with spirit!"

This trope has been a staple of movies ever since the early days of cinema, but it's a lot older than that. There are several examples in Shakespeare's works—most notably, of course, The Rape Of Lucrece, and others going back to Ramayana. Almost always involves a male villain and female victim; the few gender-reversed or same-sex examples tend to play it for comic effect, with some exceptions in Boys Love series and Slash Fics where it's treated as a fodder for easy Wangst and hurt comfort. (Or Fetish Fuel, in some cases.)

An alternative to this trope involves a villain not performing this action even when the opportunity obviously presents itself. This can prove an obvious follow-up to showing a villain as being either a Worthy Opponent or prepping them for a Heel Face Turn. In either case, the heroine might not be relieved at his disinterest. Heck, she may even be offended.

Compare the Scarpia Ultimatum. A Gilded Cage may be employed to "sweeten the deal" for the captive, or the villain may use mind control to get her to cooperate quickly. Something like this is usually on the mind of anyone who orders his Evil Minions to Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me.

See also: Villain Ball, And Your Little Dog, Too.

No Real Life Examples, Please

Examples of I Have You Now, My Pretty include:


Anime and Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Skip Beat!: Reino to Kyoko.
  • Black Bird: Misao Harada is tied up and encased behind a magic barrier while an evil Tengu gloats about being able to ravish her.
  • Hellsing: The vampire preacher planned on raping Seras Victoria before killing her, since she was a virgin and he didn't want an "equal" vampire. Fortunately Alucard steps in before it gets to that, although the preacher gets a few good gropes in for effect.
    • Alucard almost literally namedrops this trope to Rip Van Winkle when he corners her.
    • In the first anime, a Lesbian Vampire character by the name of Bubbancy (actually a corruption of a Baobhan sith) tricks the entire Hellsing organization, save Seras and Alucard, into thinking that she is Integra's sister, Laura (a reference to Carmilla). She undresses Integra, attempts to drink her blood, and even bites and licks her chest, after which Integra realizes that she has no sister; shortly afterward, Bubbancy is dispatched by Alucard.
  • Outlaw Star: Harry's hacking attempts on Melfina.
  • In The Prince of Tennis, Keigo Atobe attempts to force An Tachibana to go into a date with him, despite her trying to slap him away. Momoshiro and Kamio had to play against Atobe's companion Kabaji to bail her out.
  • Ask Dr. Rin has Tokiwa who kidnaps Meirin, though he's possessed, freezes her in place and attempts to kiss her on more than one occasion.
  • Gender Flipped on, to no surprise, Sailor Moon, with Queen Beryl and Mamoru. Also a straight example in the next season with Prince Diamond and Sailor Moon.
  • Dr. Muraki from Yami no Matsuei did the Yaoi Guys version of this to a disturbing extent. He was fond of stalking Tsuzuki, touching his pretty hair and committing Mind Rape on him. He once actually raped Tsuzuki's partner Hisoka, as revealed in flashbacks.
  • Mukotsu from Inuyasha paralyzes and abducts Kagome and is about to "make her his wife" before being interrupted by someone unexpected.
  • In X 1999, Fuuma reveals himself as Kamui's fate bound enemy, binds and tortures Kamui, murders his own sister and Kamui's childhood sweetheart; and since it was obviously not enough, he then licks Kamui's neck. It was hot, too.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew: Kish, Ichigo's Stalker with a Crush, finally kidnaps her near the end. It doesn't go well for him, as her boyfriend and Mysterious Protector chases after, awakens to his true power and beats him into letting her go. He also pulled a Forceful Kiss on her, generally makes advances on her, and calls her by Terms of Endangerment.
  • In Märchen Awakens Romance, the villain Phantom attempts to kiss a bishounen named Alviss not just once, but twice, and molests him in another episode (Ho Yay anyone?)
  • Mai-Otome has a Schoolgirl Lesbians variant, with Tomoe doing this to Shizuru. She wasn't the one who did the kidnapping, but she pins down and forces herself onto her captive with intentions of forcing her into an Otome contract.
  • In Shaman King, when Big Bad Hao confronts Anna Kyouyama and her group as they cross the USA to reach for Yoh and his Five-Man Band, at some point Anna tries to slap him. He catches her hand and comments on how spunky and worthy of marrying the Shaman King she is. Anna's response? * SLAP* (with her other hand). Hao is pleased, anyway.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima: Another Les Yay variant happens with Tsukuyomi and Setsuna. Of course, Setsuna managed to save herself... after taking massive and highly intentional Clothing Damage from Tsukuyomi's blade. The scene was popular enough that it's going to be put on the cover of vol 25 (in both a censored and uncensored version).
  • Haruhi does this to Mikuru on a regular basis. This is often played for laughs. Kyon usually prevents it from going too far, though.
    • Oddly the future version of Mikuru seems to remember these times with nostalgia and affection. Makes you wonder....
  • Genkaku from Deadman Wonderland, to lure the Scar Chain members over, takes Karako and Shiro hostage and makes it very clear that he'll have his soldiers rape them if they don't come to save them. Yes, his soldiers, not him. He's too busy getting a hard-on thinking about Nagi.
  • Shoei Jinnai of Desire Climax is a textbook example of this and Rape Is Love at the start of Desire Climax, especially at the first party scene.
  • At the end of Berserk, Griffith, as his very first act after his transformation into the fifth member of the Godhand, Femto, does this to Casca in the second act during the Eclipse that qualifies as crossing the Moral Event Horizon (the first being the sacrifice of his men that made the above transformation possible), escalating into out-and-out rape as Guts tries to get free of the jaws of the monster that's got hold of his arm and eventually has to chisel it off with a broken sword.
    • Several more men have tried Attempted Rape on Casca as well, before and after the Eclipse. And then there's when the Great Goathead tried to make her his "bride".
  • Played straight then subverted in Hayate Cross Blade, when Meiko traps Yukari in an armlock and pins her to the ground, forcing her to watch as their respective partners duke it out. Later, Yukari breaks free and manages to help her partner land the decisive blow.
  • Parodied in an early episode of Dragon Ball when Pilaf threatens to "do something perverted" to Bulma if she doesn't tell him where the last Dragon Ball was. It turns out that his idea of something terribly perverted was blowing a kiss at her (kissing is considered rather big in Japanese culture). Bulma is unimpressed and proceeds - to Pilaf's utter horror - to go into detail about what she expected him to do.
  • One Piece
    • Absalom kidnaps and attempts to marry Nami (after spying on her in the shower no less). This promptly causes Sanji to go into an Unstoppable Rage, while Luffy merely comments on how brave the guy must be to want to marry her.
    • The Big Bad of movie 2 tries something similar to her, though he lacks the foresight to sedate her.
    • Blackbeard recently did this to Jewelry Bonney. He said that she was too weak to join his crew, but she could stay if she became his woman. Her response? A kick to Blackbeard's face.
  • Strawberry Panic: Hikari has fallen in love with her older classmate Amane. However, as a result, she is stalked, harassed, and almost raped twice by a Psycho Lesbian duo who want to get Amane to join the Etoile Election by threatening to harm her.
  • Gauron's "interactions" with Sōsuke from Full Metal Panic!! are full of the same-sex version of this. One such instance is Season 1's showdown between Gauron and Sōsuke. Gauron's sudden grappling of Sōsuke's mecha starts looking suspiciously like he's raping him. Not to mention thick white liquid that starts dripping down on his face while he's grinning and calling Sōsuke "Honey". If one were to look deeper into it, in the novels, a very probable explanation is that Gauron is subliminally (or maybe not so subliminally) enacting out exactly what he wants to do -- raping Sōsuke. In the novels, there is an instance where he very graphically describes to Sōsuke how much he has wanted to kill him, drag his corpse out of the AS and then fuck it.
    • Gauron's the king of this trope. Pretty much every single interaction he has with anyone has rapist vibes to it. In the novels, Kaname finds out that "that creepy, disgusting man" stripped her naked for the experiments, which made her writhe in disgust (coupled with how, later, he calls her "Kana-chan", something only her best friend Kyoko calls her). And then there's his manhandling of Tessa, where he makes it clear that he'll do "X-Rated things unsuitable for minors to see to this cute little captain" if they don't obey. And after she heads off one of his attempts at attacking a submarine, he handcuffs her, pulls her by her hair, gets close to her face, and tells her with a rapeface that he's "really mad", but that he'll "punish her" instead of killing her. When she acts defiant towards him, it "pleased him from the bottom of his heart," exclaims, "Ohhh, she's cute!" and proceeds to jokingly ask the Mithril traitors if they're sure they want to leave, since this place seems like a nice place to work. And last but not least, there's how it's canon that he's obsessively in love with Sōsuke (ever since the latter was twelve years old) when he literally did a double take the first time he saw Sōsuke and parked his jeep. He then told the younger Sōsuke, "Why don't you come to my camp? There's food, ammunition, and AS parts there." (Which sounds suspiciously like a "There's candy over in my van, little boy" scenario.) Knowing Gauron, it's highly doubtful that his plans were anything pure and kindhearted. Of course, Sōsuke refuses, and Gauron spends the next five years unable to forget the "beautiful" boy.
    • Then there's Leonard's crush on Kaname and how he plants a Forceful Kiss on her, surprising and humiliating her.
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn: Tsuna's battle with Mukuro came across as this when Mukuro started mentioning how much he "wanted Tsuna's body" (so he could possess it and cause a conflict within the mafia but still), how through his ultimate technique Tsuna would "become his", suddenly grabbing Tsuna from behind and resting his chin on Tsuna's shoulder while whispering into his ear. Also if you replay that part in the anime where he grabs Tsuna from behind, head-butts him, and pulls him back up by the arms to rest his chin on Tsuna's shoulder it looks like he's raping Tsuna.
    • Also, consider how during Glo Xinia's fight with Chrome he grabbed her hard enough to cause her pain, kept getting in her face, and told her things like: "You seem to like being touched by men. Your blushing cannot betray your desires." "Give me MORE!" (after hearing her screams of pain) and "It's time to eat... that ring and you!" It's hinted he might've done something to her had Mukuro not shown up, allowing her time to escape. Also, when fighting Mukuro he comes out with this line: "Is that girl so precious to you? Then I'm going to take my share of such a precious girl right before your eyes! This could just be the best situation, don't you think? My appetite for that girl just keeps getting better!" and "Don't worry Chrome, I will take good care of you for MUKURO TO SEE!"
    • Julie Katou expressed interest in Chrome, commented on her cuteness and in chapter 298 he kidnaps her, telling her they have "date plans". And later on he outright tells Tsuna that Chrome's "sleeping in my bed, looking like a little angel." He also finds her to be "so damn cute" and in chapter 309 Chrome awakens in his bed, he enters the room, offers her a change of clothes, gets onto the bed with her, grabs her face, gets real close and asks if she needs help changing. He then says they should "get to know each other, real nice".
  • Bleach: In the manga, Nnoitra sticks two of his fingers in Orihime's mouth to prevent her from screaming when forcing her to watch his subordinate Tesla beat up Ichigo. He also refers to her as "pet-sama" and was hinted to have intentions of wanting to rape her.
    • Orihime tends to get this a lot in that arc. Her scene with Loly and Menoly positively reeks of the same-sex version of this.
  • Paprika: In one scene Osanai holds Paprika captive. Some brief fondling occurs and then the man pushes his hand under her skin and withdraws the naked secret-identity of Paprika ( Dr. Atsuko Chiba), but before further molesting can take place his boss tries to kill Paprika/ Chiba.
  • Played painfully straight in Souten Kouro with Zhang Rang and Shui Jing.
  • Zatch Bell has a scene where Eido grabs Suzume (who struggles to pull away) and decides that she will be his new girlfriend, but he is easily defeated when Kiyomaro figures out how to use the spellbook to protect her.
  • Played with in Naruto when Filler Villain Fuka corners Naruto a few times and tries to administer the Kiss of Death to him so as to steal some of his chakra. She also made some rather suggestive comments such as "let's have a hot kiss", "we're going to have a lot of fun together", and the like.
  • Nearly happens to Hatsumi in Hot Gimmick when Azusa lures her to a secluded place and tries to have his friends gang-rape her. Fortunately, Ryoki saves her, though he forces a kiss on her immediately after the act.
    • Ryoki himself basically tries to rape and/or assault Hatsumi several times, but is always thwarted by a third person walking in on them.
  • Quite frequently happens to Ayase in Okane ga Nai.
  • Black Butler II does this with Alois towards Ciel. And during their fight at one point Claude comes up on Sebastian from behind and holds him close caressing him.
  • Soul Eater: Giriko's fight with Maka had vibes of this sort. He was a bit too touchy-feely and it's heavily implied he was planning on raping her before killing her.
  • The English dub of Digimon; Myotismon says this near word for word after Kari surrenders to him, all while getting a Shout-Out in, in the process: "I've got you my pretty, and your little cat too."
  • This is Prince Lotor's plan for Princess Allura in both GoLion and the Americanized Voltron.
  • The Count tries to do to Jeudi in Honoo no Alpen Rose. Several times.
  • Reimei no Arcana: Caesar to Nakaba in Chapter 1. Gouda to Nakaba and Lemilia in Chapter 22, though this turns out to be subverted as the guys arrive to rescue them only to find that Nakaka got Gouda drunk and already saved Lemilia and herself.
  • Rune of Karakuridouji Ultimo almost does this to Yamato in chapter 21.
  • In the Boys Love Genre Ai no Kusabi, Badass Biker Riki is on the receiving end of this many times from Iason Mink who kidnapped Riki to make him into his Sex Slave.
  • Vampire Knight: After noticing Yuki's resemblance to her adoptive mother Juri, Yuki's "uncle" Rido (who was in love with Juri) changed his plans from devouring her to keeping her as a substitute for Juri.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Nakago to Miaka.
  • Yunoki to Hino of Kiniro no Corda.
  • Peach Girl: Momo fights off Kairi's older brother Ryo when he makes advances on her. Sae gets a taste of her own medicine in the form of an obese rapist whom Momo saves her from before he can rape her. Also, Momo rescues Sae again when she is being forced to participate in a porno film. And on the beach in one episode Touji saves Momo from a guy who wanted to date her.
  • In episode 11 of season 3 of Zero no Tsukaima Louise is almost subject to this by Barron Miscor, a obese perverted guy who has a thing for flat chests but Tiffania and Saito rescue her. He tries to attack her again afterwards but Louise puts her foot up making him slam into it and fall to the ground. And in the first season Siesta is almost subjected to this by a guy buying her as his personal maid but Saito rescues her. Also, Wardes wants to marry Louise for his goals because he's interested in her power and tries to brainwash her into marrying him but fails, and in episode 2 of the fourth season you get the feeling that Joseph was about to rape Louise for a second when he said she was gonna "lose her honor" then you see his robe lowering and how he kneels in front of her while she's tied up on the ground and touches her face...
  • Code Geass has a moment when Kallen has been captured, and one of her captors comments on how beautiful she is, and then says (in the dub) that while she clings to life he can "do anything he has a whim for, to [her] body". (In the sub he says that her life is all that matters, and that "As long as you live, what happens to your body...").
    • Note that another of her captors gave her the gentle version during her whole captivity. This guy had a crush on her (even before her captivity), and he wanted to help her negotiate her freedom if she switched side (keep in mind both side see themselves as the good ones, except maybe the one who wanted to rape her).
    • Mau's first meeting with Shirley has definite vibes of this, though in fact his interest in her is not sexual. Raping her mind, on the other hand...
      • Strangely, Mau's interactions with C.C., in the infamous chainsaw scene, does not come across as this, despite the fact that his interest is sexual this time. This is probably because he truly loves her, (albeit in a very Yandere-ish way) and in any case he is behaving too crazily by this point to act in the manner usual for this trope.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Saionji's behavior towards Anthy. Also, Akio's towards lots of people most notably towards Anthy and Utena.
  • Sugou's behavior towards Asuna in episode 24 of Sword Art Online.


Comics[edit | hide]

  • Back in the Golden Age, it used to be very common for the supervillain to have designs on the token superheroine. In the old Fantastic Four comics, Susan almost got forcibly married to Namor, Kang the Conqueror, or Mole Man every other issue.
    • In Ultimate Fantastic Four, Namor refused to return to the ocean and stop destroying New York until Sue kissed him and meant it—in front of Reed. Since Namor clearly had the upper hand and wasn't going to be removed by force, Sue is forced to go along with it. Interesting in that it's hinted at Sue and Namor have been rather... snuggly at times in other continuities.
  • B-list supervillain Graviton primarily uses his incredible, Magneto-level powers to chase after the ladies. In one memorable storyline, he leads a group of supervillains and masterminds the capture of the West Coast Avengers... so he can mack on Tigra.
  • In the controversial Identity Crisis comic miniseries, Doctor Light (no, not him) was revealed to be a rapist, having done this to Sue Dibny, wife of Elongated Man.
  • Empowered occasionally frequently skirts this. The most explicit example involved half a page of the title character being stripped by someone rambling about his desire... only for the next page to show the (less-than-attractive) fellow in Emp's SpyBattlesuit.

Empowered: (thinking) Image... scarred onto forebrain... scarred....


Films -- Animation[edit | hide]

  • Beauty and the Beast: Pretty much anytime Gaston is around Belle he makes aggressive advances on her and tries to blackmail her into marrying him. The entire "coerced marriage" theme is pretty much a literary fig leaf for lust and rape.
    • The film's battle scene includes a man ripping the feathers from the sultry feather duster in another rape metaphor. Her candelabra boyfriend doesn't take this well, and gives the jerk what's coming to him.
  • Aladdin: After taking over Agrabah, Jafar dresses Jasmine in a red harem outfit, forces her to wait on him, and tries to wish for her "to fall desperately in love with me." Unfortunately for Jafar, that's one of the three things a Genie will not do, but Jasmine plays along in order to distract him so he won't catch Aladdin stealing back Genie's lamp.
  • Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and even sniffs Esmerelda's hair while he has her captive. And then he gets one of Disney's most epic villain songs of all time. Different from most in that he's ashamed of his lust for Esmerelda and wants her dead so she'll stop tempting him, and his rampant lust is explicit, unlike other Disney films.
  • Rothbart from The Swan Princess does this: in his One-Winged Angel form he kidnaps Odette (and leaves her father and presumably others in the caravan to die) and places a curse on her that turns her into a swan during daylight hours and moonless nights. The only way she can get him to lift the curse is by marrying him.
  • Appears briefly in |Hercules when Meg is "negotiating" with the river guardian. "I like 'em fiery!"
  • Occurs in Kung Fu Panda 2 where Shen does this briefly to Tigress after she and rest of the Furious Five were captured and Po was believed to be dead.

Shen: (leans in close to her face and strokes it) You are going to be part of something beautiful.
Tigress: (bares her teeth and growls at him)

  • In Rango, Jake creepily licks Beans' cheek when he's partially strangling her.
  • The Adventures Of Tom Thumb And Thumbelina: The Mole King kidnaps Thumbelina and tries to force her to marry him.
  • In Fantasia the jack in the box to the ballerina. The soldier saves her.


Films -- Live-Action[edit | hide]

  • In Van Helsing Dracula has absolutely no problem molesting Anna while the audience waits for Van Helsing to make his big damn entrance.
  • In A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Kreuger invokes this trope repeatedly. There's his murder of Tina in the first film, his antics with Nancy in the first and third films, his killing of an asthmatic girl by sucking her life out with a kiss in the third film, and him kissing and trying to rape Lori in Freddy VS Jason.
  • Alec Trevelyan (a.k.a. Janus), licks the cheek and later kisses his hostage Natalya in the James Bond movie GoldenEye. He later taunts Bond by telling him that she tastes like strawberries.
    • Also seen in The Spy Who Loved Me. After Stromberg has taken Anya to Atlantis (his headquarters), he has her dressed in a revealing outfit and tied up in his study to wait for him. In fact this has been seen in a LOT of Bond movies, like On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Blofeld makes advances to Tracy after taking her prisoner), Dr. No (Honey is led away by the guards and Dr. No taunts Bond about what they will do to her), etc.
    • In You Only Live Twice baddie Helga Brandt has Bond tied up in her cabin and, in fact, says "I've got you now." Bond quips "Well, enjoy yourself!"
  • Parodied in Spaceballs. Shortly after Dark Helmet has captured the Princess, see the top of his helmet and hear him saying "So Princess! I finally have you in my clutches! To have my way with you, the way I want to!" As the camera moves down, however, we see that he is playing with action figures of all the primary characters of the film.
  • In Re-Animator the undead villain kidnaps the hero's girlfriend and subjects her to a visual pun. "I've always admired your beauty," has never sounded creepier.
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi has Jabba The Hutt dress Princess Leia up in slave gear for his amusement. Quite why a non-gendered (they breed by asexual reproduction) slug-beast-thing would do so is never explained. The outdated Star Wars Encyclopedia suggests that Jabba is somehow jealous of the agility and grace possessed by humanoids. Another source posits that he does it to make his humanoid servitors envious of the power he has over what they desire. Still another claims that he's just weird that way. It's the Expanded Universe, so it doesn't have to make sense. Of course, we all know the real reason.
    • In Alison's Han Solo trilogy, Jabba makes note of another female's "excellent, well-muscled shoulders" and that she'd make an excellent dancing girl. So that might be another clue.
    • In the Expanded Universe, there seems to be an implication that Jabba is considered some sort of deviant for his proclivities toward humanoid dancing girls. What that says about the fact that most other Hutts in the EU are shown the same way is really up to you.
  • Ivan Korshunov kisses and strokes the cheek of the First Daughter in Air Force One, causing her mother to recoil in disgust. Does not help that Korshunov is played by Gary Oldman, and that the First Daughter is established as being 12 years old.
  • David Lo Pan of Big Trouble in Little China gleefully notes after capturing Gracie Law: "This one has fire, as well!" Also, he's planning to marry both of the heroes' would-be girlfriends, as he plans to kill one of them in order to meet the demands of the ceremony, and then live out his fleshly lusts with the other one.
  • In a rare semi-subversion, the heroine of Once Upon a Time in the West goes along with this in order to save her life, even pretending to like it.
  • Parodied (of course) in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Rottingham tries this with Marian, but she's wearing an enormous metal chastity belt. He then tries using various tools to open the belt, to no effect, before Robin shows up and rescues her.
    • Like most of Men in Tights, the scene is a parody of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, where the Sheriff attempts to rape Marian in front of the wedding altar in order to consummate their Shotgun Wedding before Robin arrives.
  • Otis in House of 1000 Corpses not only forces a kiss on tied-to-a-chair Mary, but later licks the cheek of bound-and-gagged Denise while wearing a mask made out of her father's face. Denise is delirious enough to think at first that he is her dad.
  • Richie from Murder by Numbers pulls this a bit on poor Cassie, going from unwanted flirting and complimenting her wardrobe to trapping her in her car and responding when she starts beating on him that this must be how she treats all her guys. Apparently he reminds her strongly of her abusive ex-husband, a fact that made her suspect him in the first place, which would in real life probably get her politely taken off the case. He also licks her face during their last scene together.
  • 28 Days Later: The good guys finally reach the base and other survivors, only to find that the soldiers there plan to force Hannah and Selena into being their sex slaves and are about to rape them before being interrupted by a zombie attack. This is most definitely a case of this in every which way -- from forcing the girls to play dress-up in the late lady of the house's clothes for the soldier's benefit and telling them to behave, to the disturbingly zealous harassment some of the soldiers deal out. Granted, the soldiers were (ostensibly) only trying to repopulate England, but still... the scene is just plain squicky.
  • The Avengers 1998. Sir August (Sean Connery) was practically drooling over Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) after he captured her and tied her down. It didn't help that Connery is 40 years older than Ms. Thurman.

Emma Peel: Just the two of us?
Sir August: Yes, like spoons in a drawer.
Emma Peel: Perhaps I could help you, if I knew what you wanted.
Sir August: The only thing I want... is you.

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Having already established the Kid (Redford) as a likable protagonist, the movie throws the audience a curve ball by serving up what initially appears to be a rape scene. It turns out that Kid and his girlfriend are just roleplaying.
  • Though not a kidnapping until much later in the film, The Joker's advances on Rachel in The Dark Knight could qualify as a light form of this. It was creepy too. What with the Joker sauntering up to Rachel and circling around her once like a vulture. He even sneaks behind her and leans into her neck a bit like he was smelling her.
    • Extra creepy when you remember that he's Heath Ledger and she's Maggie Gyllenhaal, sister of Jake.
    • On a related note, The Joker in the 1989 Batman film also pulls this on Vicki Vale, and it's sort of implied in Batman Forever that the Riddler wants to do this to Chase Meridian.
  • Despite discovering that she was responsible for his near-fatal injury, which started the main plotline off, Einon in Dragonheart attempts to seduce Kara after imprisoning her, even offering her marriage. Thankfully, she stabs him in the shoulder and later manages to escape.
    • She's not so lucky in the novelization of the film, unfortunately. Before she can escape the castle, Einon rapes Kara at least once and later forcibly kisses her in front of Bowen during the confrontation scene.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean, Barbossa sends Pintel to inform Elizabeth that she'll be dining with the captain, and that he requests she wear a red dress. If she should refuse she is to dine with the entire crew—naked. This is done mostly so that Barbossa can mess with her head.
    • In At World's End, Elizabeth is taken to Captain Sao Feng's chambers where they talk for a bit before he plants a violent kiss on her. An explosion soon interrupts him.
  • Subverted in the French movie Taxi 3, when the Idiot Hero/Butt Monkey cop is captured by the Big Bad woman, played by Bai Ling. She "tortures" him by giving something to him with her mouth while he's married and want to be faithful.
  • In Plunkett and Macleane, General Chance acts this way towards Rebecca who, of course, hates his guts.
  • Jackson Rippner in Red Eye to some extent. "Thanks for the quickie." It's definitely the feeling the writers were aiming for, and gains Rippner a whole new level of Complete Monster Fridge Horror once you realize that Lisa has been sexually assaulted in the past, and he is intentionally triggering her.
  • Peter Pan (2003 version): There were vibes of this sort from Captain Hook towards Wendy.
  • Terminator 2 has the creepy mental hospital warden licking Sarah Connor's cheek.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark: After Marian is captured by the Nazis, Belloq is very affectionate with her and even gives her a beautiful dress to wear.
  • Played with in Street Fighter: while Bison has Chun Li as his prisoner, he does not outright molest her, but tries to seduce her the old-fashioned way: a pretty dress, a nice and comfy lounge (if you forget the bone chandeliers), and ambient music. This could be almost touching if Chun Li didn't take this opportunity to properly beat the crap out of him.
  • In Harry Potter, Scabior, the head Snatcher in Deathly Hallows tries this after he captures Hermione, calls her "My lovely" and sniffs her hair. The actor Nick Moran told Entertainment Weekly they cut out a line where he said "You're going to be my favorite."
  • In Tron: Legacy, Clu acts this way towards Quorra when he captures her, touching her hair and saying that he has "something special" in mind for her.
  • Sucker Punch: Blue, the Big Bad, acts in a sexually threatening way towards the women in his brothel in order to control them, and considers them his property. His obession with the main heroine, Baby Doll, ultimately leads him to try to rape her—twice.
  • Daredevil: Even though his job was to kill her, which he did, Bullseye seemed to enjoy his time with Elektra more than he should. Wolf whistling, hitting her while hitting on her and tries to kiss her before gutting her, but succeeds in the Director's Cut. He even speaks to her in a love manner while holding her face so close to his.
  • Your Highness: Villain Lazar licks the face of Damsel in Distress Belladonna when he abducts her from her wedding to the heroic Fabious. His evil plan basically involves raping her during the mystical joining of two moons in order to produce a dragon, but the heroes kill him before he can actually do the deed.
  • Back to The Future: Biff frequently makes unwanted advances on Lorraine, tries to rape her in 1955, and wants to marry her (he eventually succeeds in marrying her in the timeline he creates in Part II).
  • The Haunted Mansion: Gracey to Sara.
  • In Time after Fortis and his gang have trapped Will and Sylvia, he sits rather close to her on the couch, and strokes her cheek with his gun, then after challanging Will to a duel, he says he'll take her, and then take her time.
  • In Girl with a Pearl Earring (as well as the book version) Van Ruijven's Attempted Rape of Griet.


Literature[edit | hide]

  • Kushiel's Avatar: Taken to its most brutal extreme in Jacqueline Carey's novel. The Markagir of Darsanga, a deranged psychopath, systematically rapes and murders a harem of slaves. The heroine, a natural masochist who also happens to be the most successful prostitute and spy in her kingdom, is chosen to infiltrate the harem expressly because she is the only person who can endure this mistreatment long enough to rescue a captive child prince. Ultimately, she kills the Markagir by stabbing him in the heart with a hatpin while he is trying to strangle her to death.
  • Played almost straight in Bujold's Shards of Honor. While in the process of being taken prisoner, the heroine Cordelia winds up in the clutches of the severely unbalanced admiral Vorrutyer, who has restraints built into his bed, an abiding interest in the Marquis de Sade, and a tendency to monologue—and who, yes, admires her spirit—but who doesn't take more than a bored, clinical interest in her until he realizes she's his ex-boyfriend's fiancee.
  • Jarlaxle, a charming but self-absorbed and mercenary dark elf from Salvatore's Drizzt Do'Urden novels, has Catti-brie Battlehammer captive. He caresses her hair, but goes no further, being the kind of person who much prefers to seduce rather than force. Then he arranges things for her to escape and save Drizzt, who's been captured by his employer. He's funny like that.
  • In the last book in the Prydain Chronicles, The High King. The outlaw Dorath threatens to rape Princess Eilonwy and have her raped by his fellows "until she is a match for a swineherd." A variation in that Dorath never states precisely what it is he intends to do to her; only says he intends to "remove her charms." The dialogue is written just vaguely enough that the book's younger readers only know that Eilonwy is in danger, without knowing the specifics that might traumatize them. Older readers can ferret out Dorath's meaning for themselves, as Eilonwy did.
  • The Doctor Who Expanded Universe novels of Terrance Dicks began to display a slightly alarming tendency in almost every novel to place the Doctor's companions in a position where they were threatened with rape by one of the bad guys, to the point where it really became more than a little disturbing. Not just for the obvious reasons or because it was every single time, but because his writing style hadn't really changed from his popular Doctor Who adaptations for children, meaning that it was almost like reading a children's book where the heroine was pretty openly threatened with rape at every opportunity.
  • In The Silmarillion, when Beren and Luthien reach Morgoth's throneroom in the bowels of Angband, Morgoth's captivation by Luthien's beauty helps buy her enough time to sing him to sleep and steal back one of the titular Silmarils.
  • In Wyrd Sisters, Magrat is accosted and held by a palace guard, who tells her "I like a girl with spirit." The author lampshades this mercilessly, and goes on to say that the guard was incorrect, as it turned out.
    • In Carpe Jugulum, Agnes asks a vampire vampyre guard if they can skip all the "I like a girl with spirit" stuff and just go to the bit where she knees him in the groin. The answer is no.
  • In Outlander, this is Black Jack Randall's freaking m.o., when he's not being a remorseless sadistic bastard elsewhere. He treats the heroine like this at every opportunity—and this is also how he treats her husband. His other prisoners don't get this courtesy.
  • The protagonist of Typewriter in the Sky, having fallen into a swashbuckler novel and found himself cast as a villain, originally attempts merely to seduce the heroine of the story-within-a-story. When the editor complains that he's not evil enough, an abrupt rewriting has him fulfilling this trope instead -- much to his distaste.
  • Used in the story-within-a-story of What Writers Go Through (also known as The Author's Ordeal) by Isaac Asimov. The second-person individual writing said story-within-a-story makes certain to rush through it, so the reader won't have time to remember that the aliens threatening this are reptilians and would presumably have no interest in sex with a human.
  • The Rigante series by David Gemmell features a rather nasty version of this in which the hero's rather feisty love interest is imprisoned and repeatedly raped. By the time the hero finally manages to rescue her, she's suicidally depressed, is furious at the hero for not rescuing her earlier and at herself for needing to be rescued at all, and swears herself to a life of grim celibacy to overcome her shame. She seems to improve—a bit—as the series continues, with indications that although she'll never fully recover, she might at least be able put it behind her and get on with her life.
  • Flashman's Lady has a rare gender-reversed example not played comically at all: but then, the woman involved, Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar, is a completely genocidal tyrant.
  • In one of the sequels of The Princess Diaries, Mia writes a paper on the history of Genovia, explaining that the creation of the principality came about through the actions of her direct ancestor. This first Princess of Genovia had been the daughter of the local lord; said lord was murdered during an invasion and his daughter forcibly wed to the leader of the invading forces, whom she in turn murdered in his sleep on their wedding night. Mia notes that her ancestress may have been spurred to act by "having been forced to drink wine out of her father's skull during the wedding feast." Subverted in that in truth she copied this from a 1961 movie staring Jack Palance.
  • Prince Xizor, in Shadows of the Empire, tries to seduce Leia while keeping her in his palace. He'd been tempting her with talk about supporting the Rebellion, but he was never even considering that, and tried to keep her from leaving. She gets back at him.
  • In the Harry Potter books, Fenrir Greyback is just an altogether creepy character with horrific subtext, but in Deathly Hallows he begs Bellatrix to let him have Hermione after making some creepy comments to her. Later on, he has to be pulled off of Lavender Brown.
  • This trope is the mainstay of all early gothic novels, i.e. the damsel in the villain's spooky castle. Earliest examples were The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Castle of Otranto. Gothic novels were all basically the same until Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, increasing their intellectual depth about a hundred fold.
  • Used in the climax of the Sherlock Holmes story The Solitary Cyclist.
  • Played straight in The Reckoning, when Liam corners Chloe in the woods. To distract him from Derek, who is in the middle of Changing from werewolf to human—and thus vulnerable—not far away from them, Chloe tells him that Derek is off dealing with Ramon, who has actually already been defeated. Liam proceeds to be a grade-A creeper and tell her that they should have some fun while Derek and Ramon are busy tearing each other to shreds. Lucky for her, Derek ruins this by finishing his Change and accidentally killing Liam after a long and difficult tussle.
  • In Conn Iggulden's Emperor books, Cornelius Sulla keeps summoning Cornelia to his presence after being declared dictator of Rome, primarily because she's the wife of Julius Caesar. He starts off just groping her in The Gates of Rome, but proceeds to eventually rape her while her baby daughter cries beside her in The Death of Kings.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, when Sansa is at Joffrey's mercy in King's Landing, he orders her to look her best for him, harasses her (groping her breasts and pinching her nipples) and humiliates her by ordering his knights to tear off her clothes in front of everybody. There's also Donella Hornwood who was forced to marry the Bastard of Bolton and name him her heir and, after she'd been raped to consummate their marriage, thrown into a tower to starve to death.
  • In the Dresden Files Lord Raith tries this on Murphy, but Murphy being Murphy it doesn't quite go as he planned.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian novel The Hour of the Dragon, why Countess Albiona is awaiting execution—she refused.
    • In "A Witch Shall Be Born", Constantius, before imprisoning Taramis on the orders of her Evil Twin Salome, takes "a little—ah—amusement first." Cue the Scream Discretion Shot.
  • Codex Alera: Brencis Kalarus Minoris tries this on Action Girl Amara when he captures her in the fifth book, putting a discipline collar on her to make her a mindless slave with the express intention of bedding her, watching while another slave washes her, and even helping undress her. Fortunately, Amara and her husband Bernard had a back-up plan in case this very thing happened, and Amara kills him before he really tries anything.
  • In Mariel of Redwall there are brief hints of this when Mariel is captured, with the searats making snarky comments about "A warrior maid, eh?" However, the real example is Gabool's behaviour towards, of all things, the stolen church bell. He walks around it, licking and nibbling it, and tells it to "Speak to me, pretty, we must get to know each other."
  • An unusual example, as both characters are male and the intent is clearly psychological torture rather than pleasure on the part of the villain: In the Deryni books, Wencit of Torenth forcefully kisses Derry while he's got him chained up in a dungeon, in order to drive home his complete powerlessness. The scene is written like a rape, and things get worse from there. Not sexually, but there are a lot of ways to break someone's spirit...
  • In Mary Gentle's Grunts!, Ashnak does this with Magda; at least in appearance. He's pretending he's interrogating her and uses the phrase "Now, my prisoner" at one point; but he's really concealing their consensual sexual relationship from the rest of his orcs (during the Siege at Nin-Edin, anyway).


Live-Action TV[edit | hide]

  • The Dukes of Hazzard: Carried out in the dark comic-toned episode "Daisy's Shotgun Wedding," where the nefearious Beaudry clan seeks a bride for the dim-witted man-mountain of the group (played by Richard Moll). As can be derived from the episode title, the hapless bride is Daisy, with the Beaudrys kidanpping her in the light of day and intending to drive her across state lines to marry her—and avoid prosecution by their long-running rivals, Boss Hogg and Rosco. The episode ends with Bo and Luke's Just in Time rescue.
  • Happened once in Supernatural when a possessed Sam started coming onto fellow Hunter Jo. Jo seeing through to possessed Sam tried to fight him off but possessed Sam knocked her out. The scene afterwards implied that he was going to rape her but instead he tied her up and Mind Rape her instead by telling her the story of how her dad died. Supernatural is dark enough and it doesn't need rape to make a point
  • True Blood: Done so often to Sookie that one can make a drinking game of it. However Tara being held captive by Franklin in Season 3 is considered disturbing to the point that you had to cheer for Tara giving him the biggest "The Reason You Suck" Speech that broke Franklin, to the point that he ended up crying, as a result. Also Jason killing him afterwards
  • American Gothic: A disturbing inversion of this occurs. Not only is there no hero in sight to show up and save Gail from sexual ravishment by Magnificent Bastard Sheriff Buck—since Dr. Crower a) is absolutely clueless about what is developing between them b) has his own problems and c) is never even implied to have any interest in Gail other than as a friend—but Gail actually wants it. (Because, of course, Evil Is Sexy and Evil Feels Good.) The fact she is willing, overcome by her desires, and unable to resist Buck, however, does not stop the scene in question from being depraved: it takes place in a garden replete with unsettling statuary, and the Discretion Shot used throughout is downright surreal, with imagery that switched from Symbolism to Mind Screw territory.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Doppelgangland", vampire Willow (from an Alternate Universe) briefly does this to ordinary Willow (who ends up getting out of it by shooting her with a tranq gun). It's played more for comedy than horror, though.
    • In the Musical Episode Dawn steals the talisman used to summon the singing demon Sweet, who naturally assumes that she's the one who conjured him.

Sweet: You brought me down into this town / So when we blow this scene / Back we will go to my kingdom below / And you will be my queen.
Dawn: No, you see / you and me / Wouldn’t be very regal.
Sweet: I’ll make it real, girl.
Dawn: What I mean / I’m fifteen / So this queen thing's illegal.

"You're my wife now."

  • In the Heroes Volume Four finale, Sylar, pulls one of these on Claire. Subverted in the he apparently had no intention to rape her, he just used his telekinesis to make her body pour up wine and have a drink with him as he did his Evil Gloating. Toying with a victim is very Sylar... he just gets down the killing more quickly than this with his other victims (it's different with Claire since she can't die—he'd already taken her power, in fact.)
    • In Volume Five, he kissed her while holding her captive with telekinesis. He also tried to convince her why they were meant for each other.
    • He also kissed Angela while holding her. Yes, it works even if she's not so pretty.
    • Eric Doyle also pulled this on Meredith by using his power to restrain her and force her to dine with him.
  • When The Monkees did a Pirate episode, at one point a door is opened and Peter Tork is shown struggling with an attractive young woman. He actually uses the "I like a wench with spirit" line, just before she slaps him and the door closes again.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Sharaz Jek's advances towards a very uncomfortable Peri in The Caves of Androzani are incredibly creepy.
    • The Borad has designs on the nubile Peri a few stories later, in Timelash.
    • Happened to Barbara Wright, too, in the sixties, no less.
    • Hinted at in "Amy's Choice", when the Dream Lord traps Amy, the Doctor, and Rory between dream and reality. At one point, Amy is alone with the Dream Lord on the TARDIS as the Doctor and Rory try to survive on their own in the other dream. The Dream Lord uses this opportunity to royally creep out both Amy and the audience.

Dream Lord: Poor Amy. He always leaves you, doesn't he? Alone in the dark. Never apologizes.
Amy: He doesn't have to.
Dream Lord: That's good. Because he never will. And now he's left you with me. Spooky old not-to-be-trusted me. (vanishes and reappears in an open-shirted, red-sashed outfit) Anything could happen.

      • This is made so very much creepier when we find out who the Dream Lord really is. He's the Doctor, or at least his dark side. As if it wasn't creepy enough to begin with.
    • There is a moment in "The Stolen Earth" when Davros says of the captured Rose Tyler "She is mine, Doctor, to do with as I please."
  • Buck Rogers: The villian Princess Ardala has the goal of making Buck Rogers her consort, most definitely including sex. It's often implied that Buck would take the sex if it didn't include marriage.
  • Once Upon a Time: When The Huntsman refuses to carry out the Evil Queen's dirty work in assassinating Snow White, she invokes a magic spell to remove his heart and put it in her collection. She then orders her mooks to take him to her bedchamber. Even in the "real" world, the Huntsman was forced to be her Sex Slave. And after he figured out who he was and what had been done to him Regina kills him by destroying the heart she kept in her secret vault.
  • In Rizzoli and Isles Hoyt's preying on his victims, most notably to Jane, is uncomfortably reminiscent of rape. Hell, he even threatens to rape Maura at one point.


Music[edit | hide]

  • This is the entire main theme of "Skullcrusher Mountain", by Jonathan Coulton. The villain/protagonist's henchman Scarface has brought him a "pretty thing" and he's trying to impress her, with really bad results. Technically she's free to go, but, well, this mountain is covered with wolves...
  • "Margaret in Captivity" has a line like this from the heroine's captor: "Don't hold out for rescue / None can hear your call / 'Till I have wrest and wrecked you / Behind these fortress walls."


Myths & Religion[edit | hide]

  • Older Than Feudalism: The Shotgun Wedding variety is very common in Hindu mythology, occurring in both Ramayana and Mahabharata (though averted in the former as Sita resists and thus remains pure). The Go-Go Enslavement type is also narrowly averted in the Mahabharata when Draupadi is lost by her husband in a bet (you read that correctly) and the winner, his cousin, tries to have her stripped. He fails, however, due to the gods' protection.


Theater[edit | hide]

Judge Turpin: How sweet you look in that light muslin gown...


Video Games[edit | hide]

  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni: A rare Gender Flipped version of this occurs in episode six when Erika forces Battler into marrying her after she has effectively locked his mind inside his own closed room. Complete with spit-lubed, too-small, internally spiked wedding ring that she forces upon the victim, while all the while, he's crying about how much it hurts. While doing so, she also tells him to his face that she plans to actually rape him regularly and even put a mirror on the ceiling so that he has to watch her do it.
  • Admiral Vigoro attempts to pull this on Aika during your imprisonment in the Grand Fortress in Skies of Arcadia. Being violently rebuffed and subsequently beaten by her only makes things worse. And when Vyse, Aika's best friend and The Hero of the game, rescues her, his reaction is more of amusement than pissed off. Luckily the only thing Vigoro actually managed to do was annoy Aika.
  • Haunting Ground: Riccardo intends on taking Fiona for himself and impregnating her so that he can be 'reborn'. He practically namedrops this trope to her later in the game when he has her captive in the water tower. "You are mine. I OWN YOU." Lorenzo also acts this way when Fiona encounters him for the first time.
  • Final Fantasy X: Seymour's marriage to Yuna, while also working on a political and evil-plot-furthering level, most definitely had some squicky elements of this in it, not the least of which the fact that he's technically dead at the time - showcased in the kiss scene.
  • While not in game, the novelization of Final Fantasy II has an illustration of the Emperor with a captive Princess Hilda which implies this trope.
  • In the Monkey Island series, forcing Governess Elaine into marriage is LeChuck's primary motivation for everything. The trope is averted in that Elaine is perfectly well capable of taking care of herself and outsmarts LeChuck on several occasions during his attempts, often with Guybrush's blunderings dealing the zombie pirate the deathblow (or ruining Elaine's plan. Or, frequently, one first and then the other).
    • Also averted in Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4 when a weakened De Singe chases and corners Guybrush's Poxed hand at the Vaycaylian Wind Control Device and says, "Aha! I have you now, my pretty!" before the hand pushes him into the device with a Wilhelm Scream.
  • It's implied in Super Mario Bros. that Bowser attempts to get Peach to marry him during his kidnapping attempts. However, in games where we actually see the Princess in captivity, Bowser does very little in the way of wooing.
    • In Super Paper Mario, they do in fact get married, though Peach is under an enchantment at the time and the ceremony is against her will. Throughout the remainder of the game, Bowser insists on referring to her as his wife and behaves in a relatively chivalrous fashion (for Bowser), even sacrificing himself at one point to save her and the brothers.
    • In Paper Mario he does keep her in her own room (as opposed to being locked in a dungeon like the other party guests) and offers to grant any wishes she wants (that he approves of) with the Star Rod. Luckily when Peach found his diary it was written like that of a 14-year-old schoolboy who is jealous of the school's most popular boy for having the most popular girl for a girlfriend—Mario's the popular boy and Peach's the popular girl, so it probably didn't extend to that.
    • In the Mario anime 'Super Mario Bros - The Great Mission to rescue Princess Peach', Bowser kidnaps Peach with the explicit intention of marrying her, and Mario's job is to save her before they can marry on friday the 13th. He succeeds in this aim, but Peach ends up marrying Canon Foreigner Prince Haru - to the annoyance of most Mario Bros fans.
  • In Heavenly Sword, the main character, Nariko, is captured by the main villain, King Bohan. Confronting her in her cell, he slowly taps his crotch armour in front of her face, before outright asking her for sex, describing her as "pretty" and stating that he believes life is "all about having fun." However, it goes no further after she responds with a threat to kill him.
  • Volgin in Metal Gear Solid 3, being a shameless Complete Monster with his single redeeming trait being that he tortures and kills people who hurt his boyfriend, does this to EVA - and to Naked Snake, after tying him up. His comment about Snake's appearance changes depending on how many injuries the player has suffered - high numbers of injuries get an impressed comment about how a lesser man would be dead, but low numbers causes him to gush about Snake's 'beautiful' body.
  • Attempted by some of the sicker villains in the Fire Emblem games, but it never goes all the way.
    • Sword of Seals: Narshen intends to do this with Clarine. Rutger rescues her.
    • Blazing Sword: Marquess Laus wants to do this with Priscilla. The player sends a unit to rescue her from a village and recruit her.
    • The Sacred Stones: Gheb plans to do this with Tana. Ephraim rescues her.
      • Valter really wanted to do this with Erika. He never got the chance, but it was his wish.
    • Path of Radiance: Oliver has "plans" for Reyson, whatever that may be. Ike rescues him.
    • In Genealogy of Holy War, it's implied that it did go all the way in Bramsel's case with Lynn / Leilia:
      • (after Ares left Darna to fight Celice and his army)

Jabarro: Aless, why would you of all people get wrapped up in a girl like that? Well, it's all behind us now, so I suppose we can let it rest.
Ares: What's that supposed to mean?
Jabarro: Heheh... Well, right about now I'd imagine Bramsel is...
Ares: How could... How could you know that and not tell me, Jabarro!?

      • (after Ares comes back to Darna and fights Bramsel)

Ares: Bramsel! Return Lynn / Leilia!!
Bramsel: You're too late! Right about now, she's already... heheheh...
Ares: Y--you! I won't forgive this!!

      • (after Ares frees Lynn / Leilia)

Ares: Lynn / Leilia, are you alright?
Lynn / Leilia: ... I wish I could say so. Fortunately someone from the liberation army rescued me.

  • The final battle of Project Origin involves Alma doing this to Beckett while he is strapped down to the chair in the telesthetic amplifier. The scene in question is less about showing that Alma is monstrous but rather played up for horror and tragedy, as being an emotionally and mentally stunted child whose whole life was pretty much one long nightmare, Alma doesn't know of any other way to express her attraction to Beckett.
  • World of Warcraft: After Keristrasza kills Saragosa, Malygos forces her to become his new consort.
  • Blaze Union opens with a morbidly obese fifty-year-old nobleman and his soldiers attempting to kidnap an eleven-year-old little girl to sell her as a sex slave. They get as far as hauling her out the door before the party arrives to beat the living crap out of them.
  • Caster to Saber, Fate/stay night, while trying to make Saber her Servant. She puts Saber in a hanging position in a white dress. Thankfully Shirou and Rin arrive in time.
    • Also, Ilya to Shirou in Fate.
  • In Indiana Jones and The Emperor's Tomb, Marshall Kai captures Mei Ying, keeps in her in a bird cage and then sacrifices her to the demon Kong Tien, who possesses her just in time for a boss fight.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic there is a scene where Darth Malak is torturing the captive Bastila in order to turn her to The Dark Side. He also strokes her cheek and tries to seduce her.
  • Togainu no Chi: Akira falls victim to this in many a bad end and at least two actual routes. Generally, no one kicks down doors to save him, poor kid.
  • In The Legend of Zelda Four Swords, the sorcerer Vaati abducts Princess Zelda with the explicit intention of making her his bride.
  • Implied in the Dragon Age II quest "Dissent" by Ser Alrik when threatening Ella with making her Tranquil that he intends to use her as a sex slave.
    • There's also vibes of this in the "Alone" quest.
  • In Dragon Age:Origins, Jarvia, the Orzammar crime lord will say this when attacking a female PC: "Kill them - but keep the pretty one alive. I have plans for her."
    • Also in the Dwarf Commoner Origin, the previous crime lord makes lewd comments about your character's sister and gives permission to some of the gang members to rape her.
    • This is featured in the City Elf Origin, especially if you're a female elf. Poor Shianni...
  • This trope is the first reason Makoto's bad ending in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is legendary for its badness. It quickly gets much worse from there, so be sure to grab a gallon before viewing the BlazBlue Tear Jerker page for more details.


Web Comics[edit | hide]

  • Damien threatens to do this to Grace in this El Goonish Shive strip. It's also later revealed that Damien wanted to produce offspring with Grace... and while not necessarily his own, it's very probable.
  • Gender-inverted in Order of the Stick, with Vain Sorceress Samantha ordering her troup of bandits to kidnap men she finds attractive. When Elan learns of this as he's about to escape, he turns back with flowers and chocolate. After all, it's the Bard's duty to let himself be seduced by seduce female villains.
  • Rikshakar crosses the Moral Event Horizon the second time he tries this in Drowtales and kidnaps Ariel to make her his wife and makes it very clear that he intends to continue the family line, as it would. Unfortunately for him, Karma is a bitch and he gets killed by Discordia soon after Ariel makes her escape and badly wounds him (note that said retaliation also left him with a large amount of blood near his groin, just for extra humiliation).
    • Extra squick points in that Ariel is a little girl and the physical equivalent of seven years old when this happens. The re-done chapter 4 also has him attempt to lure her into his bed (the original version was completely different and made later events look out-of-character for Rik).
  • Subverted hard in Van Von Hunter. When the Flaming Prince announces his intentions to Sidekick about making her his bride, she gets all excited because it means she gets to be a princess.
  • Starfighter: Cain's interactions with Abel have this vibe. Except he's the Love Interest. Then again, he might actually be doing it deliberately...


Web Original[edit | hide]

  • Doug Walker appears to have a thing for this, as The Nostalgia Critic gets it all the time and Ask That Guy With The Glasses has done it to other people. A few examples:
    • Critic getting manhandled by the Game Heroes in their Hostage Video when he was terrified enough already.
    • Sage stroking Ask That Guy's face and telling him he's being good during the Hostile Show Takeover.
    • Chick fondling Critic when he'd succumbed to her chloroforming.
    • Ask That Guy lifting an unconscious Ma-Ti's shirt and tracing a finger down his spine.
    • The crowd beating on Critic for not liking Howl's Moving Castle holding him down and biting/strangling him constantly.
  • You shall make an excellent queen for Gorzo The Mighty.


Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • Totally Spies! Happened once to Alex and to Clover way too many times to count.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot has the one-shot character Little Acorn in the episode "Puppet Bride" do something of the sort to Jenny, trying to force her to marry him. Thankfully her mother manages to save her and stands up against Little Acorn once and for all, after being antagonized by him for so long in the past.
    • Also Queen Vexus tends to fall into this slightly once she succeeds to capturing Jenny.
  • Teen Titans uses Slade, Raven, and a symbolic rape in "Birthmark". Drawing on the comic books, some fans assume the real thing happened off-screen between Slade and Terra in "Aftershock".
  • Gog-Ma-Gog in Korgoth of Barbaria is seen menacing a scantily-clad blonde in a hanging cage in his hideout when Korgoth comes to meet with him. Though with Go-Ma-Gog being as flabby, wimpy, and flamboyant as he is, it's played for laughs.
  • Parodied in the Adventure Time pilot. Pen asks the Ice King why he's always kidnapping girls—the Ice King answers that he's going to make one marry him. Pen's reponse:

"That's -- STUPID!"

    • This is continued in the television series.
  • Parodied in Venture Brothers episode "Love Bheits": sadistic overlord Ünderbheit captures the Ventures and Brock and falls in love with Dean (who is dressed in Princess Leia's slavegirl outfit for a costume contest), believing him to be a girl. He invites him to dinner and pressures him into marriage. The wedding is carried through, but is rendered void when Dean is revealed to be male.
    • In another episode Brock stumbles upon Dr. Girlfriend in her bedroom while rampaging around The Monarch's flying cocoon-base, and she expects him to ravish her.
  • Gargoyles: Thailog's first appearance has him tenderly stroking Elisa's face while calling her "my dear" after chaining her to the wall. Considering he included her DNA in the genetic makeup of his perfect mate Delilah... no comment.
    • Angela gets this from everyone—no exaggeration. Sevarius runs his fingers creepily through her hair when she's unconscious, Thailog gives her a look when he meets her that clearly says "I want to hit that like a ton of bricks," and even Xanatos strokes her chin while complimenting Goliath on his lovely daughter... Thailog's example is extreme squick when you realize that he's biologically identical to Angela's father.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: King Sandy tries to force Numbuh 3 to marry him twice.
  • In the last season of Superfriends (when it was called The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians), Darkseid is a Stalker with a Crush, positively obsessed with getting Wonder Woman to marry him. As Seanbaby points out, "That's why we hated his creepy ass so much. Lex Luthor tried to kill us and make us his slaves, but at least he wasn't a date rapist."
  • Galaxy Rangers pulled a gender-inverted version. The Queen is beside herself with delight when she finally captures Zachary in "Psychocrypt". The most innocent interpretation ends with a hell of a case of Mind Rape. Fanon speculated that the Queen wasn't past the other kind. Some of Chris Rowley's comments on the matter did not help.
  • Vampyro from Wakfu chooses to kidnap Evangelyne for her beauty after spying on her through mirrors—though if he's interested in her body, it's to allow the Demoness sealed in his ring (whom he's in love with) to take it over. But before even doing that, he puts Eva in a revealing dress.
    • Evangelyne seems to attract the type, since she later catches the eye of a pirate captain, who also tries to abduct her.
  • The Legend of Zelda: This is a recurring theme of the cartoon version, in which Ganon openly states that he intends to make Zelda his queen once he conquers Hyrule. Several episodes mention or focus on his obsession with her; one, "A Hitch in the Works," has him kidnap her and (almost successfully) hypnotize her into marrying him.
  • Relating to the anime example above, both of the American sequel series to the original Voltron, Voltron The Third Dimension and Voltron Force, involve Prince Lotor continually attempting to capture Princess Allura and make her marry him.
  • Pirates of Dark Water: Ioz is captured by a captain of a ghost pirate-crew, who chains him up so that he would stay on the ship long enough to become a ghost himself. To spend the time she muses if not to make Ioz her new First Mate
  • Something like this happens in one episode of the Muppet Babies from Gonzo to Miss Piggy, though it obviously stays in PG territory since it's a kid show.
  • In the Popeye cartoons, Bluto frequently does this to Olive.
  • In the short "Plane Crazy" Mickey Mouse (he's a Jerkass in this short) forcefully kisses Minnie a few times to her disgust.
  1. This actually was an intended plot point for the movie, but the directors eventually decided that sexual harassment was just a little too mature for young audiences. This concept evaded the Disney execs years later, however, when it came time to produce The Hunchback of Notre Dame.