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For a villain, there are many ways to get to the hero, to really make him hurt. One popular way is through his loved ones, and one of the most effective methods is to violate his love interest and then gloat about it to him. They might kill her or him after, if they want to be especially cruel.

Compare/contrast with It's Not Rape If You Enjoyed It, where the victim does like it, whereas this is just the villain lying for the sake of being a total prick. One variation has the villain not directly engaging in the act himself, but instead orders his lieutenant(s) to carry out the deed, with the same obvious end-result. Not always, but usually done with male villain/male hero/female victim. Frequently provokes Unstoppable Rage and/or Extreme Melee Revenge.

Related to Evil Gloating and Would You Like to Hear How They Died? Usually a very good way to push the Relative Button.

This trope does not need Real Life examples.

Examples of Post-Rape Taunt include:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books


  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic Difficult To Fight Against Anger, after raping Tara, Warren Mears taunts Willow by telling her, "You know, I don't think your girlfriend is all the way gay." This is completely intentional.
  • Endgame by Tara O'Shea, the first-known Galaxy Rangers fanfic on the web, used this.
  • Gender-reversed a couple of times in The Shadow Chronicles, first with a spider demon taunting Akane about what she'd done to Ranma and later with a succubus taunting Sailor Moon about what she'd done to Tuxedo Mask.
  • In Cori Falls's "The Power That's Inside," while Jessie isn't actually raped, she reacts to a Traumatic Haircut as though she was. When Meowth goes to fight for her and James's honor against the Scythers who gave her the haircut, the lead Scyther invokes this trope.


  • In The Devil's Advocate: "Well, on a scale of 1 to 10? 10 being the most depraved act of sexual theatre known to man, 1 being your average Friday night run-through at the Lomaxes' household? I'd say, not to be immodest, Mary Ann and I got it on at about...SEVEN!"
  • In The Film of the Book of The Crow, Tin-Tin taunts Eric aka the title character, whose girlfriend Shelly was raped by him and his friends before they killed them both. BOY, does he comes to regret these words.
  • In Gladiator, Commodus tells Maximus that his wife "moaned like a whore" while Commodus's men raped her. Interestingly, Unstoppable Rage didn't ensue. Doesn't mean Maximus didn't kill him when he got the chance, though.
  • Highlander - Centuries after he rapes her, the Kurgan taunts Macleod that this is the reason his wife never told him about it.
  • Kickboxer does this trope slightly less subtle. "Good fuck." This is in reference to Kurt Sloane's girlfriend Mylee, whom Tong Po had beaten and raped a few days before the big fight.
  • In Rob Roy Archibald Cunningham rapes Robert Roy MacGregor's wife, who avoids telling her husband for fear that he will do something reckless to avenge her honor. Rob does eventually find out, and when he's captured by Cunningham they have the following conversation:

 Robert Roy McGregor: You're a thief, a murderer and a violator of women.

Archibald Cunningham: Aah... I had hoped you'd come to me long since on that score.

Robert Roy McGregor: If I had known earlier you would have been dead sooner.

Archibald Cunningham: I will tell you something, to take with you. Your wife was far sweeter forced than many are willing. And truth put to it, I think not all of her objected...


 Trevelyan: Lovely girl. Tastes of strawberries.

Bond: I wouldn't know.

Trevelyan: I would.

  • Also from Bond, in Licence to Kill, Dario and his men taunt Felix Leiter with news of their murder of his new wife Della, among other things telling him, "We gave her a nice honeymoon," implying that they raped her before killing her. Then they feed Felix to a shark.
  • In The Crow, Shelly's rapist Tintin does this in front of her boyfriend Eric. Since Eric is pretty much Back From the Dead and Hell-bent on revenge, it's a BAD idea.


  • In The Jester by James Patterson, one of the antagonists pulls this on the hero, whose wife was kidnapped while he was participating in the crusades.
  • In the Outlander series, evil Depraved Bisexual Captain John Randall loves doing this to Jamie. He tries to make Jamie think that he raped his sister, as well as his wife. Despite the fact that it was later revealed that, in both cases, he was incapable of getting himself sufficiently hard to do that. Why would he do that? Because he's in love with Jamie, and in his messed up mind, he loves seeing Jamie hate him.
  • In Roald Dahl's short story The Great Switcheroo the protagonist Vic entices his friend into a mutual Bed Trick so they can sleep with each other's wives. They go to great lengths to make sure the wives don't find out, wearing each other's cologne, discussing their bedtime routine, technique and so on. Vic is dismissive of his friend's technique, but is crushed the next morning when his wife tells him that she had never really enjoyed sex until last night.
  • In Adam Cadre's Ready Okay, Carver Fringie claims this about Peggy.
  • In Shards of Honor, Ges Vorrutyer attempts this, but makes a serious misjudgement of which lieutenant to use.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Euron Greyjoy raped Victarion's wife and claimed it was consensual, in order to force Victarion to kill her under Ironborn law.

  Euron: She came to me wet and willing. It seems Victarion is big everywhere but where it matters.

  • A minor villain in The Destroyer believes that it is not only a man's right, but in fact his duty and obligation to have sex with women whenever he can, regardless of what they feel about it. He even boasts that he's "shown a few lesbians what they're missing out on".
  • In The Wheel of Time, Eamon Valda tries to provoke Galad by gloating about how he raped Galad's stepmother.

 Valda: She was the best ride I ever had, and I hope to ride her again someday.


Live Action TV

  • An episode of Brimstone did this. The hero had to send his wife's rapist back to Hell.
    • This is also the main reason Zeke was in Hell in the first place. He tracked down his wife's rapist. The guy bragged about it. Zeke opened fire.
  • Invoked a couple of times on Robin Hood between Guy, Marian and Robin. Guy never actually does manage to deflower Marian; but after their coersive engagement Guy tells Robin: "I'll laugh every time I..." (interrupted by Robin's punch) and then later says: "I'll think of you when I take her to the marriage bed."
  • On Heroes, Sylar possesses Matt Parkman's body and sleeps with his wife. He later brags that she enjoyed Sylar's version more than she ever enjoyed Matt's.
  • Done in an episode of Cold Case, when a father tracked down and confronted the pedophile who had abducted his son, and again, when the younger brother of a rape victim confronted the rapist.
  • On The Shield, Vic seduces Lt. Kavanaugh's ex-wife (for whom he still carries a major torch), just to get in Kavanaugh's head. Kavanaugh learns about it first from her. Vic merely twists the knife when confronted.

  Vic: [whispering in Kavanaugh's ear] Your ex-wife's pussy... tastes like sweet, sweet butter.

  • In the Criminal Minds episode "Paradise," the Un Sub asks one of his victims if she's ever wondered what it's like to be with a real man right before he rapes her in front of her unconscious husband. Then he taunts them both about the husband's "weakness" for being unable to protect the wife.

Video Games

  • In the elf campaign of Heroes of Might and Magic IV, the hero's rival steals his bride and uses sorcery to get her to be his willing wife, in every way. When confronted, he gloats that he will always be her first. Luckily, the hero uses a magical mirror to reverse the spell, although she still remembers all that's happened.
  • In Killer 7 not explicitly stated, but heavily implied by Curtis Blackburn to his former partner Pedro Montana about his wife. Subverted in that Pedro isn't really a good guy.
  • A rather unique (but no less depressing) example occurs in A Dance With Rogues. The protagonist is a female, and it is her who ends up being a victim of rape; immediately afterwards, the rapist laughs at her pain and callously taunts her. Later, this man (who she is forced to work with as an ally) makes contant jabs at her, spreading nasty lies and making snide comments all over the place in regards to what he did to her.
  • In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Jabarro does this to imply that the dancer Lene (or her Expy Laylea) has been raped by Lord Bramsel of Darna. (It's not clear in-story if he actually managed to, but it IS pretty plausible considering the circumstances). Problem is, he does it to the face of Lene's companion and prospective boyfriend Ares aka the local Black Knight, and it pisses him off enough to immediately defect to Seliph's army to rescue her.