- befriending them
- fucking them
- trading with them
- murdering them.
But just because I'm ready to despise his stupid plot lines doesn't stop some of his stories from going beyond the pale. And that's where character rape comes in.
"I think volunteering to heal critically injured people is noble and all that but there are plenty of things you could do with your powers that would rake in the cash.”
Gaian character by Gaian author, dismissing saving lives of random strangers as "and all that" and explicitly "not necessary".
"I was too focused on being a hero.”
The Gaian author rapes the Moralist character into saying this, which sounds as credible as making a psychopath say "you're right and I was wrong, I'll give up killing in favor of friendship".
Also, the Gaian attitude towards heroing is that it's a lark and needs to be augmented with jokes and comedy and parody and other ridiculous crap to make it fun.
Or ... money. Money makes the world go round, cause ... circle. Worship the circle!
“I hadn’t even thought of that. I guess being a hero is more complicated than I thought,”
This is the character that canonically thinks through EVERYTHING. But Gaian money-making schemes are always more important than saving lives thus not thinking about them is a sin. Whereas canonically the character would be more likely to frown and say "people are dying while you clown around" since you know, they fucking are!
'He would have rather not remembered the time he’d turned a hot girl down for a date because he’d had to tinker in the lab, especially since he’d been so distracted that he hadn’t actually gotten any work done anyways.'
Gaian makes a sexless RWA asshole think this, because to a Gaian, sex is obviously more important than a career. That and memory is fungible, only happy memories deserve to be remembered.
So, who rapes characters the least? Well, it's certainly not those who believe in cutting corners or that the ends justify the means. Or that cartoons contain full-fledged characters.