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Come on, Babe, it's your lucky day

Shut your mouth, we're gonna do it my way

C'mon, Baby, don't you be afraid

If it wasn't for Date Rape, I'd never get laid!
—Sublime, of course.

This trope (which is sadly common in real life, reflected in fiction), is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A woman, or more rarely a man, is out on a date with a person who seems nice and normal... until they force themselves on the victim, either by drugs or by violence.

See also Date Rape Averted for when a hero steps in.

No Real Life Examples, Please

Examples of Date Rape include:

Fan Works

  • Happens to Stacy in the Daria fic "The Emancipation of Stacy Rowe," when her too-good-to-be-true boyfriend drugs her and has his way with her while she's passed out.


  • Happened to the protagonist of the first Trilogy of Terror segment.
  • This fuels the plot of the Left In Darkness movie, where the young girl Cecilia is given a cup with drugged beer and raped, however she dies shortly after her dose and wakes up in limbo. At one point in the movie she does manage to knock a cup of drugged beer away from her friend despite being in limbo.


  • Swordspoint: In The Privilege of the Sword, Artemisia Fitz Levi goes to a somewhat disreputable ball with her fiance, they end up in a secluded corner, and before she knows what's happening enough to protest, he's taking her virginity. He doesn't seem to consider this rape at all, and blames her for the fact that it even happened.
  • Not a "date" in the usual sense, but this happens to Jensen in Pillars of Creation, the seventh book in the Sword of Truth series. Her inner monologue makes it clear she isn't at all comfortable with what her suitor is doing, but she's unable to bring herself to stop him.

Live Action TV

  • Veronica Mars: Veronica is roofied during a frat party and raped by someone present (she doesn't find out who for quite a long time).
  • A violent, rather than drugged, example would have happened in Heroes if Brody had succeeded in raping Claire before accidentally killing her. It is also very heavily implied that he is a serial date rapist, who covers himself by spreading rumours about how his victims are sluts.
  • An episode of Cold Case focuses on the 1982 murder of the popular college student Mike Delaney. The suspects include four women (Tessie, Melinda, Karin and Regie) who he pulled this on (alongside several others, including a girl who was Driven to Suicide); they had confronted him right before he was killed... The killer was Tessie's younger brother Jimmy, back then a preteen, who took his sister's gun after she threw it away few after the confrontation, and killed the guy after he taunted him and the women. The case was ruled as "justifiable homicide".

Manga and Anime

  • A disturbingly large amount of Hentai manga and dōjinshi plots. Often employs Victim Falls For Rapist and It's Not Rape If You Enjoyed It.
  • An episode of Hell Girl dealt with a boy who learned that the girl he had a crush on was about to be roofied and raped by her boyfriend and another guy. The boy goes to Hell Girl to send the rapists to hell but is ultimately rejected and the girl is raped. It turns out the next day that the girl sent her boyfriend to hell afterwards, and the boy takes it upon himself to kill the other one.


  • Sublime's "Date Rape", a fast-paced and cheery song about a guy who practices date rape, gets arrested, and then suffers Prison Rape.
  • Warren Zevon's "Excitable Boy" includes the verse "He took little Suzie to the Junior Prom / Then he raped her and killed her, then he took her home".

Web Original

  • The Nostalgia Critic got roofied and raped on his prom night. Played for Laughs, obviously, but has he ever given us happy backstory?
  • On her in-character facebook, The Nostalgia Chick finally got a date with Todd in the Shadows. Most people would feel bad if their crush drank the night away and ignored them (which he did), but she was just excited about his judgment being blurred.