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->Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite,\\
Lay by all nicetie, and prolixious blushes\\
That banish what they sue for: Redeem thy brother,\\
By yielding up thy body to my will,\\
Or else he must not only die the death,\\
But thy unkindness shall his death draw out\\
To ling'ring sufferance.
-->Angelo, Theatre/MeasureForMeasure

A villain has the hero in his clutches. The only person pleading for the
hero is his wife/girlfriend. So the villain says, "I'll only release him
if you have sex with me." And now the heroine has to choose whether her
love for her husband's IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy well-being overrides
her sexual loyalty. Typically, she (or sometimes even he) will agree to
the ultimatum, but before the two of them do the deed, a
TakeAThirdOption Third Option will present itself, and the sacrifice
won't be needed after all. Except if it is used as a premise for an
erotic story.

The G-rated version of this is "[[AndNowYouMustMarryMe if you marry
me]]" instead of "if you sleep with me" although [[MaritalRapeLicense
the one tends to imply the other]]. In certain contexts this is even
more sinister, as marriage is somewhat more permanent than a one-night

When the wife/sweetheart/sister/daughter/etc. makes the offer, see

See also IHaveYouNowMyPretty and IHaveYourWife.

And yes, the trope name sounds like a [[MadLibThrillerTitle Robert
Ludlum novel]].


* In Template:Mai-Otome, [[spoiler:Tomoe does this to an imprisoned
Shizuru by lying that Natsuki has also been captured and insinuating
that she will help free both of them if Shizuru submits to her advances.
However, Shizuru received a smuggled letter from Natsuki before going
through with it, so she knew this was a lie and ended up using the event
as an opportunity to steal Tomoe's key to her cell. Whether this was
before or after the act was left ambiguous - we only see Tomoe passed
out in the bed, dressed up as a baby, while an either topless or naked
Shizuru is holding the key.]]
* The truth behind spoiler: Krauss and Natsuhi's marriage in
UminekoNoNakuKoroNi, as [[spoiler: Krauss's father Kinzou forced
Natsuhi into it as a reconciliation of her family's debts to him.]]
* Daisuke Torakura, the AssholeVictim from a DetectiveConan case,
got to marry the prettiest girl from a village near his BigFancyHouse
via this, threatening to ruin her father's business and throw the family
into destitution.
* Happens in the manwha Masca in which the demon lord refuses to
lift the spell that [[DistressedDude will kill the protagonist's beloved
mentor/potential love interest]] unless she sleeps with him.

* In Comicbook/Template:Empowered, [[spoiler: Empowered is offered the
chance to save Ninjetta and Thug Boy if she gives the villain a blowjob.
TakeAThirdOption She chooses to kick his ass.]]
* NewMutants has a surprisingly G-rated version given the
participants - MagmaMan Amara (Magma) and Mephisto. The specific
terms are that he'll let them out of Hell in exchange for "one date, no

* Inverted in MyImmortal, when HarryPotter Snape threatens to
rape Draco if Ebony doesn't kill Vampire (a.k.a. Harry Potter). Of
course, considering SoBadItsGood how [[Template:Narm it's]]
NightmareRetardant written...
* In AllHeEverWanted, AxisPowersHetalia Prussia doesn't even
wait to threaten his rival Austria's beautiful ex-wife Hungary with
raping her if she doesn't help him. As the "good" CompleteMonster he is
in the fic, he just brings her into Austria's cell and forces him to
watch as he brutally beats, rapes and tortures her "for Austria's sake".
* FanFic/AllYouNeedIsLove has a male on male example. When
[[Manga/DeathNote Light[=/=]Kira]] goes to [[EnemyMine L and Naomi
Misora for help on a pressing issue]] L wastes no time in giving this
-->L: If you're finally going to admit that you're Kira I'll have
you know that so far your various futures entail your being my
SexSlave sex slave, [[TheyWouldCutYouUp the government's sex
slave]], BedlamHouse or locked up in some mental institution. Of the
three I prefer your being my sex slave but the decision is yours.
WhyDontYouJustShootHim Or Naomi-chan could shoot you [[VForVendetta
behind the chemical shed, if that's preferable.]]
* In Lessons Learned on SesameStreet, ([[CanonDefilement yes, that
Sesame Street]]) [[spoiler:Elmo, having been subject to humiliation at
Maria's hands all day, does not pull out when she has him have sex with
her. She gets pregnant as a result of this ([[ArtisticLicenseBiology
because monster semen is supposedly 100% accurate]]), and Elmo tells her
that if she does not want him to tell her husband Luis about this, she
and her daughter will have sex with him whenever he wants]].

* In Template:Casablanca, there's a scene with a young Bulgarian couple
trying to buy passage to Lisbon from Captain Renault. He wants either an
enormous sum of money or sex with wifey. In the end, Rick helps them
raise the money by letting them win at roulette. As opposed to most
examples on this list, Captain Renault apparently always does keep his
word, and is willing to take the money if they do happen to have it.
-->Renault: I'll forgive you this time. But I'll be in tomorrow
night with a breathtaking blonde, and it will make me very happy if she
* The 1940 version of Film/TheThiefOfBagdad has a slightly coded
version: the Princess learns that her blinded love will recover his
sight the moment the villain "takes her in his arms".
* The titular VillainProtagonist of the Nazi film Jud Süß does this
to the LoveInterest of one of the film's "heroes," after which his
victim DrivenToSuicide drowns herself. This act ultimately leads to
his undoing.
* In TheTenCommandments, Dathan promises not to have Joshua executed
if Lilia agrees to be his sex slave and let everyone believe it's of her
own free will. As big a JerkAss as Dathan was, he actually upheld his
end of the bargain.
* In the ThreeHundred TheFilmOfTheBook film version, a plot is
added where Queen Gorgo is blackmailed into sleeping with TheMole in
order to gain his support in convincing the Senate to send the army to
reinforce Leonidas. TheMole brutalizes her, and accuses her of adultery
in front of the Spartan Senate to turn them against Queen Gorgo.
CrowningMomentOfAwesome She gets the last laugh by stabbing him,
while delivering a ruthless IronicEcho of the words he said before he
raped her. The knife also slits his purse, revealing the Persian gold he
was paid to turn traitor, and rallying the Senate behind Leonidas. But,
ForegoneConclusion surprisingly, not in time to save him.
* Done in SlumdogMillionaire, though somewhat strangely.
[[spoiler:Salim is pointing a gun at Jamal, threatening to kill him, and
Latika agrees to sleep with Salim to preempt Jamal's further attempts to
protect her. There was no spoken ultimatum, but all things considered,
there might as well have been.]]
* IndecentProposal serves up a variation of this. After a married
couple blow their life savings in Vegas, a wealthy businessman offers
them a million dollars if the wife will spend one night with him. The
couple make a mutual decision to accept his offer.
** The same basic setup is played for laughs in Honeymoon in Vegas.
** And parodied in Kingpin, in which three guys are involved, one of
whom is Amish. spoiler: It turns out to be AllJustADream.
** Also parodied in an episode of MadAboutYou, when guest star
Robert Redford (the businessman in the original movie) makes the same
proposal to Jamie. Instead of angst and fear, though, they are ecstatic
and happily accept.
* In the Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Otilia helps
her friend Gabita terminate her pregnancy in Ceauşescu-era Romania,
when abortion was strictly forbidden. The illegal abortionist they
locate, Mr. Bebe, eventually makes it clear that he expects both women
to have sex with him as part of his payment. (In partial defense, he had
a point that if they were caught, his punishment would have been far
more severe than theirs.)
* This happens in the remake of The Getaway with Alec Baldwin and
Kim Basinger, who play a couple (literal 'couple') of cat-burglars. The
guy had been stuck in a Mexican jail (NOT nice) for a while, and
suddenly got released. However, now a crooked cop wants him to pull
OneLastJob, and the plot starts rolling... anyway, towards the end, the
cop betrays them (of course) and in the process reveals that the female
half of the couple actually slept with him in order to get her hubby out
of prison. He's not happy, but it does work out in the end... which
makes it a rare example where it actually went through - albeit 'offscreen.'
* In CapeFear, Max Cady confronts Bowden's wife Peggy on the
houseboat and explains how he can legally get away with raping her by
describing it as one of these if she reports it. For the record,
HollywoodLaw he is incorrect and it does still count as rape.
-->Cady: You proposition me. You instead of (daughter) Nancy. And
I'll agree never to see you again, alright? Unless, of course, you want
it. And that's how you give your consent.
-->Peggy: That's not consent, it's blackmail!
-->Cady: Reasons don't make any difference, you look that up. And
as far as blackmail is concerned, you only think I'm going after
Nancy. You're just playing it safe. And your husband, he's gonna
appreciate your noble gesture, but he ain't never gonna forget it! So,
all in all...I don't think you're gonna say too much about this, are you?
** [[spoiler:Of course this was never his real intent. Propositioning
the wife was just a diversion so he could rape the daughter.]]
* In Template:Back to the Future Part III, Mad Dog drops this one on Doc
Brown and Clara; the point is for Clara to dance with Mad Dog to get him
to leave Doc alone, but it's as close to lewd as one can get in a
gingham dress. Shortly afterward he suggests she have sex with him to
cover Doc's debt.
* In the DirectorsCut of Template:Amadeus Salieri will only recommend a
job for the financially desperate Mozart if his wife agrees to sleep
with him.
** This one counts as a subversion, as she reluctantly accepts but then
Salieri immediately calls his servants and orders them to kick her out -
either he changed his mind or he just wanted to humiliate her.
** In the original play, it's also a subversion but for a different
reason: In her agreement to his terms, the wife reveals some
cringeworthy details of her sex life with obscene manchild Mozart and
Salieri is so offended/Squicked by her wording that he throws her out.
* Played for laughs in HistoryOfTheWorldPartOne: "hump/death,
* A version of this happens in the film Film/GloomySunday. Rejection
turns some guys into jerks.
* The Claim employs the IndecentProposal variation: a
world-weary prospector offers a desperate pioneer a lucrative gold claim
in exchange for the pioneer's wife and infant daughter (in this case sex
with wifey is more implied than stated outright). He accepts, and goes
on to build a prosperous mining town, but his past comes back to haunt
him when said wife and now-grown daughter return looking for financial
support after the prospector died.
* In the third PiratesOfTheCaribbean, Elizabeth agrees to go with
Sao Feng in order to save the crew of the Black Pearl, considering he
had already been eying her in the opening Singapore sequence and later
forced a kiss on her when she was on his ship.
** Of course at this point in time Sao Feng also happens to think she's
the goddess Calypso, which means that he's either assuming that all
goddesses love sex (not hard), or [[IdiotBall not assuming that she's
going to destroy his ship the second Calypso is free.]]
* Used in the movie Template:Blindness, read the example in Literature below.

* The novel Bread and Wine plays this straight. A wanted criminal is
hiding at his wife's house when the police come by. He hides on the roof
while the police search the home. When they're about to search the roof,
his wife pleads for them to stop. They are only willing to do so if she
sleeps with them, which she does.
* In the steampunk/urban faerie novel TheIronDragonsDaughter, the
protagonist goes to see a she-ogre and witch to learn about sex magic
and discovers she has shrunk her ogre husband down into a grotesque
homunculus that she keeps in a jar, in a situation that ultimately began
because of this. She bribed two police officers who were tracking him
down for a crime (she comments it might have been eating someone's dog,
but doesn't remember) with her body, figuring that, in their usual crude
fashion, he'd roar with laughter about it once they left and would be
watching and playing with himself all the while she was coupling with
the police. His disgusted reaction was the first step that saw him
dwindle into the horrible little thing she now keeps in her jar.
* Approximately one-half inverted in the novel
Literature/Template:Outlander (Cross Stitch in the UK) - it's for a
man, and the villain compelling it would much rather it be rape, as he's
a sexual sadist.
* In Template:The Hunger Games, this is more or less how [[spoiler: Finnick
began his career as a Capitol Casanova.]] Eventually, he decided that it
would be less painful just to go with it and pretend that it was his idea.
* In one of the AnitaBlake novels, the villain says he will stop
torturing the two teenage hostages if Jason (the group's pet werewolf)
has sex with his two female minions. Subverted in that Jason does
agree, and seems to be enjoying it -- until the minions start rotting.
* Played with in LoisMcMasterBujold Bujold's short story
VorkosiganSaga Labyrinth, when 'Admiral' Miles Naismith is
obliged to have sex with an eight foot tall (he is a [[SquishyWizard
physically fragile]] four-foot-nine hunchback), fanged, clawed
SuperSoldier in the hopes of keeping her from killing... herself.
** Really subverted, since Miles has a thing for very tall women,
and no problem with Taura's...uniqueness. They even have one last night
together after reaching safety. In fact, Miles and Taura apparently got
along so well after this that she was invited to his wedding and bonded
with his mother.
* In TheKiteRunner, the Russian guard will only let the truck
carrying Afghan refugees into Pakistan if he can have sex with one of
the women. Baba, the main character's father, stands up for the couple.
* Implied in Emma Bull's BoneDance, although the victim is in fact
the protagonist, PronounTrouble zie isn't in a romantic relationship
with the character whose well-being was at stake (who's female), and the
perpetrator didn't have any specific designs on the victim. He's just
opportunistic. And it's only really implied; you seriously could read it
as just a savage beating.
* A scene in DaveBarry's surprisingly dirty novel Big Trouble
featured a woman who offers herself to an armed thug if he will spare
her daughter. She is never forced to go through with it.
* There's a version in JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi where Corran
Horn has a month to heal from a fight before Leona Tavira comes to sleep
with him. She's the head of a pirate force called the Invids, and has
his wife. He's in disguise as a newly-joined pilot who happens to be
quite attractive, and who had bested her previous lover dramatically
enough that she'd had him executed. If he disagreed, she would kill him.
If he agreed, he'd be closer to her and able to find out about the
organization and where Mirax was being kept. Initially he decides to go
through with it - he'd do anything to save Mirax - but after some
reflection he realizes that WhatYouAreInTheDark pride has something
to do with it and TakeAThirdOption takes a third option.
* In the novel Template:Blindness by José Saramago, a gang of blind
inmates led by the only man with a gun takes over the quarantined
abandoned asylum, threatening the other residents, and stealing and
hoarding all the food supplies. Eventually they demand payment in
valuables, and then in women. [[spoiler:The women volunteer to go, as a
group, in order to save the lives of all the other people living there.]]
* In "L'Ingénu" by Voltaire, the title character is sent to prison
without reason and his lover, Miss Saint Yves, decides to free him.
[[spoiler:She pleads her case before a bishop who agrees in exchange
for... well, you know. She does it, and gets her man back, but dies soon
after without having told the truth]].
* Template:Ivanhoe features 2 examples of this -- de Bracy threatening to
kill Rowena's father and boyfriend if she doesn't marry him (and
WellExcuseMePrincess adjust that attitude), and Brian de
Bois-Guilbert going from trying to rape Rebecca to letting her be
executed for witchcraft unless she agrees to marry him after he saves
her. Both men meet in the hallway at one point to lament over their
utter failure with this trope. Women these days -- they just won't
cooperate like they're supposed to!
* Although Template:Dracula can put women in a trance before he bites them,
the third time he bites (and metaphorically rapes) Mina, he leaves her
completely aware and instead threatens to kill her unconscious husband
lying next to her if she resists or screams for help. ForTheEvulz?
* In the backstory of the Tide Lords novels, Arkady was given a
choice of this type by the Duke of Lebec to save her father from prison.
Unfortunately, while the Duke kept his word, Arkady's father died of
natural causes before the release order reached the prison. Unusually,
there was explicitly no sex involved in this example. The Duke was gay
in a violently homophobic culture, so he needed a wife to act as TheBeard.
* In the short story
Free Lunch
Phoebe and her mother are trying to survive in a
postapocalyptic society. A restaurant employee coerces Phoebe into
having sex with him in exchange for food, and she starts to offer sex as
payment for food every time they meet someone. When her mother finds
out, she berates Phoebe and is ashamed of her, even though the food
Phoebe got this way was all that was keeping them alive.
* In TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay, Sammy is in a gay club
when it is raided by the police. A fed offers to get him off the hook if
Sammy will have sex with him. Sammy agrees.

* Female example: In The Way We Live Now, the evil American woman
pulls one of these on Paul. She will reveal the fact that he has
previously slept with her to his fiancee if he doesn't give her one last
night. And there is no Third Option. Then again, it's hard to feel sorry
for him when all he needs is to decide to not trick a woman into
marriage on false premises.
* On an episode of TwentyFour 24, Teri Bauer offers herself to a
thug in order to prevent him from raping DamselScrappy Kim. She then
uses the opportunity to steal his cell phone and call for help.
* Series/Template:Battlestar Galactica: In the beginning of
Season 3, Ellen Tigh sleeps with a Cylon to get her husband out of jail.
He's released, but [[spoiler:it was only a test. Now that it's
established she'd do anything for him, the real condition to release him
is to have her agreeing to spying on him while he catches up with the
rebels. But as soon as her husband believes his rebel friends that she
must be spying on him, he kills her after saying he would rather still
be tortured in prison that having her spying on him. So not only did she
agree to be raped for nothing, it got her killed by the very man she
agreed to be raped for in the first place. Can't be more Greek tragedy
that that]].
** Yes it can: [[spoiler: Ellen is later [[OedipusComplex revealed to be
Cavil's mother figure]], and she created him in the image of her father.
[[Template:Squick Cavil knew all of this at the time]].]]
** And spoiler: we find out that Ellen and Tigh are both Cylons.
* On Series/Template:Farscape, there is a variation where Aeryn tells
Crais he can have anything he wants if he saves John from certain death.
He immediately jumps to the obvious.
-->' Crais: Aeryn Sun - are you offering yourself?
Aeryn: You take what you want Crais and I won't stop you.
** Also averted in that, while Crais does eventually save John, he
claims his living ship Talyn made the decision. Which he did not need to
say, since as a ship Talyn could not communicate with anyone but Crais,
and therefore Crais could have slept with Aeryn without anyone besides
him (and Aeryn) being the wiser. Later he tried to begin a normal
relationship with Aeryn.
* Parodied in the
SaturdayNightLive sketch
"[The Hangman]". The
condemned man's wife is a little too eager to screw the Hangman, but he
wants the man's grandmother.
** Another
SNL sketch (spoofing Indecent Proposal, above) has
LoveableSexManiac Bill Clinton withholding aid for Russia unless he
gets a night with Yeltsin's wife. The deal went through, but Congress
reduced the package from billions of dollars to $50.
* In the
InspectorMorse episode "Death is Now My Neighbour", one of
the female characters agrees to sleep with an Oxford Don when he
promises to give her husband the job of Master of the College if she
does. Afterwards, he laughs at her and tells her that since her husband
slept with his wife years ago, he never had any intention of letting him
be Master.
* In
Template:Buffy the Vampire Slayer
s musical episode, the villain is
a demon that can force anyone to sing and dance. He causes several
impromptu performances, which cause the victims to dance faster and
faster until they combust. During the inevitable major confrontation, he
simply forces anyone who attacks him to dance away. When they realize
kleptomaniac teenager Dawn must have stolen his summoning amulet, he
threatens to force everyone in Sunnydale to dance until they burn,
unless she returns with him to his dimension to "be his queen", as she
consented to do by activating the amulet. [[spoiler:However, Dawn told
the truth when she said she didn't summon him. Xander thought a singing
demon would be amusing. The demon looks Xander up and down and tells
them to forget it.]]
-->Dawn (singing): What I mean, I'm fifteen... so this "queen"
thing's illegal!
** Earlier, in season four, it was played for laughs between Spike and
---> Spike: Anything, will you?
---> Harmony: Oh, you mean will I have sex with you? TheDitz Sure!
* This sort-of happens on Series/RobinHood, except it's Marian
that's providing the ultimatum. Thinking that Robin is dead, she tells
Guy that she will "willingly" marry him in exchange for King Richard's
life. Guy decides to have his cake and eat it too, and tells the Sheriff
that he will help assassinate the King and then : "I will take (Marian)
by force."
* A version appears, and is then averted, in the third season of
GossipGirl. Chuck's EvilUncle uncle Jack has taken Chuck's hotel
and offers Blair that he will return it in exchange for a night with
her. After she initially refuses he sends her a dress and a note saying:
"One last chance to save your man." The whole thing turns into an
aversion of the trope, since [[spoiler:Blair does indeed go to Jack to
have sex with him in return for Chuck getting his beloved hotel back...
only to find out that Chuck was in on it the whole time and even bought
the dress Jack sent her. Need I say that Chuck was single when the
episode ended?]]
* StarTrekTheNextGeneration: In the episode "First Contact" (4x15),
Riker is being held prisoner in an alien hospital. He was sent to the
planet surgically altered to look like the native species, but they're
getting close to discovering that he's not one of them. One of the
female orderlies at the hospital offers to help him escape, but only if
he'd sleep with her, as she's never slept with an alien before. It's
never shown on screen whether he agrees to sleep with her, but she
eventually helps him escape, leaving the audience to presume.
* In Template:Hispania, Nerea discovers her fiancé Paulo is going to be
crucified, so she goes to ask Praetor Galba and tells him Paulo is her
brother, asking him to free him. Galba decides to take the chance to
finally have sex with her - which he hasn't been able to do due to
several circumstances - but before he gets her naked, Nerea blurts out
that his wife Claudia and general Marco are conspiring to kill him.
Paulo gets sent to the jail again.
* In the Template:Supernatural episode "The Monster at the End of This
Book", Lilith offers to refrain from bringing forth the Apocalypse if
Sam Winchester will have sex with her and let her kill him and his
brother afterward. Sam takes the opportunity to try to kill her.
* In War and Remembrance, in a variation Nattalie offers herself as a
last resort to a Nazi camp guard. The guard just laughs and points out
that Nattalie is not even in a position to bargain with that-but that he
just doesn't feel like it.
* Completely turned on its head in an episode of
LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit, in which a flight attendant is
accused of murdering a judge. The detectives learn that her abusive
husband is in prison, the judge is part of the parole board, and the
wife had been having sex of this kind with him for a long time. The
twist comes when [[spoiler:they ask the wife why on earth she was trying
to get the judge to let her abuser out of jail, and she reveals that she
was sleeping with him so that he would keep her husband IN jail - and
killed him when, after she'd done what he wanted, he called the parole
board and told them to let the husband go anyway.]]
* In GameOfThrones, Robb must gain access to a strategic bridge
guarded by a lord with more children than he knows what to do with. The
only way to gain safe passage is for Catelyn to betroth all five of her
children to his offspring.

* BobDylan's "Seven Curses," in which a judge offers to not hang a
girl's father in return for sex. Then he hangs the father anyway.
* Judy Collins sings "Anathea," with much the same plot. (It likely
derives from a Hungarian song and may share ancestry with ChildBallad 95
"The Maid Freed From the Gallows.")
* "Hangman, Hangman" by GreatBigSea; his brother brings money, his
sister brings... herself (and "warms [the hangman's] soul"), but the
hangman goes back on his word and executes the prisoner.
** "Gallows Pole" is a cover of the LedZeppelin arrangement of a
traditional song called "The Maid Freed From the Gallows". It's
discussed at
[the other

[[AC:Template:Opera and Template:Theater]]
* The TropeNamer is Scarpia, the chief of police in Puccini's opera
Template:Tosca. Scarpia offers to arrange a mock execution of Cavaradossi
(Tosca's lover, who has been jailed for treason) by firing squad, and
allow Cavaradossi and Tosca to safely flee the country, if Tosca will
have sex with Scarpia. BreakTheCutie Tosca agrees, but murders
Scarpia before he can rape her. Unknown to Tosca,
YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo Scarpia had secretly gone back on his word,
and Cavaradossi is actually executed by a real firing squad. In despair
and cornered by guards who had just discovered Scarpia's body,
DrivenToSuicide Tosca throws herself from the tower.
* Angelo, the villain of Theatre/MeasureForMeasure tries to extort
sex from a condemned prisoner's sister, a nun in training. Isabella
makes it quite clear that she doesn't intend to give in; besides, after
she spoiler:convinces Angelo's ex-fiancee Marianna to sex Angelo up,
Angelo proceeds to spoiler:order her brother's execution anyway,
confirming her initial suspicion that she couldn't trust a man anyway
who would propose such a deal. She also was initially sure her brother
would never want her to do such a thing and was understandably angry
when he tried to convince her to go ahead with it (like the sister in
all previous versions of the story before Shakespeare got a hold of it).
* Also used in IlTrovatore, by Count Di Luna. Who wants female lead
Leonora to marry him in exchange for the freedom of Gypsy troubadour
Manrico (who is LukeIAmYourFather his long-lost brother, but the
count has no idea.) This being opera, it ends TearJerker in tears
and one huge IronicHell.
* Toward the end of HeddaGabler, Judge Brack very ambiguously
blackmails Hedda into this, which is odd, because she seemed attracted
to him. She DrivenToSuicide shoots herself, not because she doesn't
want to sleep with him, but because she doesn't want to be forced to
do anything.
* In Jean Racine's tragedy Britannicus, Nero falls in love with
Junie. He has absolute power over her and her lover, Britannicus. Nero
tells Junie to break up with Britannicus -- and to make it convincing
enough that Britannicus does not become jealous of Nero. Otherwise, Nero
will have Britannicus killed. Junie does, but the lovers see each other
without Nero watching, and Junie explains why she was so cold. It still
ends horribly for everyone concerned.

* Kane offered to stop his torment of Matt Hardy if Hardy's girlfriend
Lita would sleep with him.
* The WWE even pulled a lesbian version of this: TheVamp Dawn Marie
agreed to break off her "relationship" with Torrie Wilson's father, Al,
if Torrie slept with her (hinting that Torrie was Dawn Marie's
intended target all along). Torrie agrees. Dawn Marie marries Al, anyway.

* Subverted in ThatMitchellAndWebbSound, where the husband tries to
persuade his wife to sleep with the moustache-twirling villain so he
won't be killed... she, of course, vehemently disagrees, as it will
dishonour her, but at the same time makes no secret of the fact that
after he's gone she'll think nothing of getting hitched to the villain.

* In GrandTheftAutoIV, [[spoiler: Niko's first girlfriend, Michelle,
is being threatened with prison by the UL Paper Company manager unless
she maintains a relationship with Niko. For most players, this will
include sexual encounters.]]
* In VideoGame/DantesInferno, Template:Satan does this to Beatrice.
** Also [[spoiler: Dante himself, in one of his many crimes during the
Crusades. A female prisoner offers to sleep with him in exchange for
setting her brother free.]] Unfortunately, she lied. [[spoiler: It
wasn't her brother, it was her HUSBAND. He murders Dante's father and
Beatrice in revenge....after killing Dante.]]
* Rather weird subversion happens in DragonAge: Origins if the
player character is female and romancing Alistair. [[spoiler: Without
going into too much detail, the Warden or Alistair will die
automatically if either kills the last boss. And they are the only ones
who can do it (in fact, it's part of the reason only they can). One of
your party, Morrigan, however offers you a way out - a ritual that
happens to involve a Grey Warden getting Morrigan pregnant, something
that the player character obviously can't if female. Which leaves
Alistair, who happens to hate Morrigan. Did I mention it's up to the
Warden to convince her boyfriend to impregnate Morrigan?]] Although not
exactly a villain, she definitely uses the 'death or sex' coercion to
make her point.
** To summarize: there is one character that uses "have sex with me or
die", but the sex bit is necessary to keep the death part from
happening, and not something she demands as payment.
* Oddly enough, used in a VisualNovel: FateStayNight. Gilgamesh
offers to let Shirou live if Saber will agree to marry him... which is
actually worse than being raped. She wouldn't care about being
raped, but considers herself at least equal in position to Gilgamesh
while he would view her as only slightly above property. Shirou lives
anyway because Saber will disappear if he dies [[spoiler:unless Saber is
bathed in the Holy Grail's ichor, which Gilgamesh notes absentmindedly
may destroy her mind]]. Oh, and then later he does try to rape her.

* Although he's not precisely a villain, Jasper apparently pulls this in
TheZombieHunters--it's part of the deal Maureen makes to get him to keep
searching for her friends, even after the 3-day cutoff after they disappear.

* Used in the
[Robin Hood
Morality Test.
** Which was used on a CharacterBlog in the DCNation universe. Master
Jansen posed this little scenario as a SecretTestOfCharacter for Connor

* Nos. 21 and 24 from TheVentureBrothers fantasize about this trope
when they discuss striking out on their own as supervillains. No. 24
imagines what it would be like to fly into the bedroom of his
arch-nemesis' girlfriend and announce "I'll spare his life, but only for
you ... sugar pants."
** "And dude, you will be having sex! SEX!"
* The FamilyGuy episode "Peterotica" has a cutaway gag of Peter
housing a "rat farm" in his basement. When the rat couple are unable to
pay him rent due to lack of crops, Peter suggests they pay him another
way, leering at Mrs. Rat. She begins to weep and unbutton her blouse.
** In the episode in which Death comes for Peter, Lois mistakenly
assumes he wants to use this trope.

G-Rated Examples:

AC:Anime and Manga
* In CandyCandy, spoiler: Neil Legan attempts to get Candy to
marry him through this. spoiler: He fails.
* In FistOfTheNorthStar Shin agrees to spare Kenshiro if his fiance
Yuria will love him. This is G-rated because although she does follow
Shin, she never actually loves him, nor does Shin ever attempt to
force Yuria to love him, hoping to make her willingly change her mind.
* In HanaNoKoLunlun, the beautiful Margot from the Germany arc is an
ImpoverishedPatrician, and a filthy rich DirtyOldMan tries to force her
into marriage. Lunlun resolves it by challenging the old man to a
Medieval-style duel and using her magical flower pin to transform
herself into a KnightInShiningArmor.

AC:Comic Books
* This used to happen frequently in SilverAge MarvelComics, especially
to Susan Storm, the Invisible Woman of the FantasticFour. In their first
encounter, Namor wrecked the FF, then offered to spare them if Sue would
marry him and become Queen of Atlantis. She accepted, but Namor became
enraged when he saw her reluctance, and stormed off. Variations on this
also occurred with Kang the Conqueror and Mole Man (boy, Sue was a hot
commodity on the supervillain marriage market!).
** Rehashed in the Ultimate Marvel version, where she kisses Namor in
exchange for him not destroying them and the city.
* [[Comicbook/Template:X-Men Kitty]] promised to stay with Caliban forever in
exchange for helping her teammates, but he later released her from that
vow after realizing she didn't love him.
** Also happened to Angel when Callisto from the Morlocks group decided
that she needed a future mate. The TV series used the same set-up but
with Cyclops instead.

* Film/Template:Beetlejuice. And Beetlejuice makes it very clear that one
implies the other (it is a TimBurton film, after all).
* Rare male version: In TheMatrix: Reloaded, Persephone refuses to
help the rebels unless Neo gives her a passionate kiss, as he would to
Trinity. Trinity is not amused.
** She does this again in the Enter the Matrix videogame with the
main character, whether you chose Ghost...GirlOnGirlIsHot or Niobe.

* In Template:A Series of Unfortunate Events, Violet is being forced to
marry Olaf (in a play so no one will object to her being so young)
because he has her sister Sunny and will kill her if she doesn't.
Although Olaf is specifically marrying her for the money and doesn't
seem to have sex in mind primarily, there are still several disturbing
innuendos: Olaf utters the quite Template:Squicky line after being foiled,
"You may not be my wife, but you are still my daughter, and--"; he
decides that he'll let her live even after he has the fortune and makes
quite a few comments on how pretty she is; he has a knife to her THIGH
under the table in the next book; and don't forget the lines, "Violet
imagined sleeping beside Count Olaf, and waking up each morning to look
at this terrible man," and Olaf saying, "Now if you'll excuse us, me and
my bride will be off to have our wedding night..." Now that's
just...wrong. Handler must have known what that would imply to his
older readers.
* ThePhantomOfTheOpera: Erik threatens to [[LoveMakesYouEvil blow up
the Opera House and everyone in it]] if Christine doesn't marry him. She
tries to kill herself, and it's not until her fiancé Raoul is dying in
Erik's DrowningPit that she vows to be Erik's "living wife" if he spares
Raoul. Unusually, it's Erik himself who introduces [[TakeAThirdOption
the third option]] by deciding IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
** However, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical and [[TheMovie movie
version]], the phantom imposes the ultimatum himself.
* In C.S. Lewis' [[Template:ChroniclesOfNarnia The Horse And His Boy]],
Prince Rabadash attempts to blackmail Queen Susan into marrying him by
holding her brothers and retinue hostage. Fortunately, they get wind of
the plan before it can be set in motion, and manage to escape.
* Template:Holes: The origin story for Kissin' Kate Barlow. The sheriff
threatens to hang Sam, a black man, for kissing Miss Katherine Barlow.
When Katherine protests, the sheriff says that if she'll kiss him, too,
he'll only run Sam out of town. She refuses and tries to run away with
Sam, but they're caught and in the process Sam is shot and killed.
Afterwards, Katherine shoots the sheriff, then puts on bright red
lipstick and kisses him. When she turns to outlawry, her calling card is
kissing the men she kills.

AC:Live Action TV
* Happens in ICarly, where somebody steals Carly's internet domain. He
would be content with just a kiss from her.

* In TheMusical the Musical version of ThePhantomOfTheOpera, he
even has a wedding dress for the occasion, and the DeathTrap scene is
changed to him trapping Raoul in his Punjab lasso and threatening to
hang him.
-->"His life is now the prize that you must earn. So, do you end your
days with me, or do you send him to his grave?"

AC:Video Games
* Comes into play in FinalFantasyVI. The party needs an airship and
Setzer will only allow them to use his in exchange for Celes' hand in
marriage. Celes manages to cheat her way out of the agreement and gets
the airship anyway.
** Specifically, the style and audacity she uses to cheat him he finds
so amusing that he pledges his life to their cause because the group's
adventures are...well, crazy.

AC:Western Animation
* In the DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney version of Disney/{{Beauty and
the Beast}}
, Gaston threatens to have Belle's father Maurice committed
unless she marries him. She [[TakeAThirdOption uses her magic mirror to
prove the existence of the Beast]] and clear her father's name.
[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Unfortunately, this also gives Gaston the
opportunity to rile the mob into a murderous frenzy at the sight of the
* In CodenameKidsNextDoor Operation KASTLE, King Sandy coerces
Numbuh 3 to marry him by threatening to dump a bunch of Rainbow Monkeys
into a vat of hot nacho cheese.
** In the first episode he appeared (Operation BEACH) he tries to marry
Numbuh 3 for real and says its okay if she's 10 years old because he's
"always liked older woman" before purring.
* Pretty much every episode of SuperFriends that Darkseid appeared
in, he offered to spare the hero of the week in exchange for Wonder
Woman becoming his fiancee.
* The SuperMarioBrosSuperShow episode "Do You Princess Toadstool
Take This Koopa...?", whose title speaks for itself.

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