->"''My thoughts ran to Rousseau and Swinburne, both masochists, both geniuses, suffering their mistresses' cruel lashes even as they cried out for perfect enlightenment. Perhaps the body is not our being's basest part after all. Perhaps it is the royal road to knowledge.''"
-->-- '''Presley Abbott''', ''The Oxford Girl''

In fiction, people who enjoy UsefulNotes/{{BDSM}} have a tendency to be intellectuals. Possibly because [=BDSM=] tends to be more about the psychological mind games than just the ropes and spankings.[[note]]This correlation may have some truth, [[http://gloria-brame.com/therapy/bdsmsurveyresults.html one survey]] found 20% of practitioners have post-graduate education.[[/note]] In a similar vein, coming up with creative ways to employ the various paraphernalia involved can be attractive to those with a technical or mechanical bent i.e. TheEngineer. Thus, an interest in [=BDSM=] can be used to underscore the character's intellectual side - making this trope a mostly "positive stereotype" likely to be used on protagonists and other sympathetic characters.

However, it can also be used as a way to establish a villain as WickedCultured. This easily drifts into the BondageIsBad kind of UnfortunateImplications, unless counterexamples are provided or the SafeSaneAndConsensual trope comes into play.

In some works, Brains And Bondage will take the form of waxing poetic about pain, submission and/or power psychology. In some {{Anti Intellectual|ism}} works, it will instead be used as a blunt tool to make intellectuals look [[BondageIsBad bad]] by invoking prejudice [[AbominationAccusationAttack to make them seem "abnormal"]].

See also CasualKink. Contrast with BondageIsBad, which is the portrayal of bondage and bondage-themed characters in a negative light. %%It's in TRS at the moment, but the trope as it is right now is a contrast to this article.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Nana of ''NanaToKaoru'' is an [[TheAce ace]] - she's on the student council, athletic, beautiful and a top student. When [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Kaoru's]] mother confiscates his bondage stuff and hands it to her for safekeeping -- well, we won't spoil it. Suffice to say she finds that bondage clears her head like nothing else because she can step outside what everyone ''thinks'' she should be, and as a result her grades go up. Brains + bondage = More brains?
** And Tachibana, the sex shop owner and [[spoiler:personal slave to Kaoru's favorite author]], went to graduate school at Todai, the most prestigious university in Japan.
* [[HotWitch Ruby]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is TheSmartGuy of the [[TrueCompanions Newspaper Club]], has extensive knowledge of various monsters and forms of magic, is a capable strategist, works as the direct assistant to the school's board chairman, and is a blatant masochist who compares tying herself up [=BDSM=]-style to winding the phone cord around your finger when you're bored.
* Laki Olietta from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is a very CuteBookworm. To everybody's surprise, her bedroom is a TortureCellar.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* At one point, it's casually mentioned that the Riddler's female henchmen (henchwomen?) used to work in a [=BDSM=] club.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'', the character Lady Lys tends toward philosophical musing when it comes to pain.
** For the record, she is a demon and pain harvested from human souls and refined into a powder-like substance is a powerful narcotic for her kind; it's both the main currency and the most common form of recreation in Hell - the actual torture is just a job for most demons.
* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/GlobalFrequency'' the organization's MIT physics consultant provides a situational analysis while still wearing his gimp mask.
* When [[NoNameGiven 355]] sends Yorick for therapy in ''YTheLastMan'' it turns out that the process is an extended [=BDSM=] session with the therapist.
* In ''SinCity'', most of the female assassins of the Colonel's Guild are into S&M in one form or another. They are all very intelligent, battle savvy women. One of them is a genetics expert.
* The Beef Boys from ''[[{{Wildcats}} Wildcats 3.0]]'' are never seen without their bondage gear, and the one who speaks (the other always has a ball gag when seen) is very intellectual.
* Mildly inverted with Grimbor (the Chainsman), an adversary of the Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}; he is a brilliant man so long as it comes to restraints and bondage, but dumb in any other way; it reminds one of an ''idiot savant''.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter''
** There is at least one LiveJournal community devoted to [[Literature/HarryPotter Snape]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/severusbound/profile bondage fic]].
** Similarly, a LiveJournal-based Hermione shipfic fest used the tagline "beauty and brains and a fetish for chains!"
** Almost any ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic where Hermione suddenly "develops" over the summer. [[SarcasmMode Evidently, acquiring boobs also makes her a sex maniac with a love of bondage]].
* There's an awful lot of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fic in which [[HotScientist Mohinder]] is involved in [=BDSM=], mostly as a sub.
* A recent fanfic reinvention of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' features as science officer a Professor Polly Partridge, who... Well, just YES.
* This is not an uncommon characterization for ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s Engineer in FanFic.
** Not to mention [[FourEyesZeroSoul the]] [[MadDoctor Medic]].
* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'': [[IHaveManyNames Morning/Fallen/Rainbow]] [[CombatMedic Glory]] is this, with her marefriend [[IdiotHero Blackjack]] as sub.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Edward from ''{{Secretary}}'' is an educated, successful lawyer who finds himself transitioning from the titular Secretary's boss to her dominant partner.
* Severin in ''Film/{{Shortbus}}'', an educated, sympathetic woman who enjoys S&M.
* Annie Savoy from ''Film/BullDurham'' reveals in one scene that in her day job she's an English prof at a community college. She's very given to quoting famous poets, and the first night she and Nuke Laloosh were together they didn't even have sex: she just tied him to the bed and read Creator/WaltWhitman to him all night. [[spoiler:When she and Crash Davis ''finally'' get together it turns out she also likes being on the receiving end.]]
* Judy Bernly, the brainy secretary of ''Film/NineToFive'', is perceived to be into this by her ex-husband Dick when he catches her in the bedroom with her boss Frank Hart while she, Doralee, and Violet were holding him hostage.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''GravitysRainbow'' includes a character expounding on the virtues of "sado-anarchism."
* ''The End of Mr. Y'' has a measure of it. The heroine is every bit the brainy academic stereotype... and she likes to be bound during sex. Kinky.
* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' is made of this trope. Terre D'Ange is by and large highly accepting of any sexual kinks, and while there's less talk among the general public about the S&M practices, they're also considered sacred. This view is magnified exponentially by the main character, who experiences pain as pleasure (the mark of her patron god). She is a high class prostitute, and engages in a wide range of masochistic sexual encounters. Many of these are portrayed as loving, cleansing, or just downright fun. The negative [=BDSM=] scenes are a result of true malice on the part of her client, and are portrayed as perversions of the kink, rather than the entirety of it. Moreover, Phedre is extremely intelligent, and the books often wax philosophical on the nature of pain, pleasure, and sexuality.
* Tarl Cabot of ''Literature/{{Gor}}'' was a university professor on Earth and clearly an AuthorAvatar as the author John "Norman" Lange got his Ph. D. in philosophy from Princeton and teaches ethics at CUNY.
* Vishous of the ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'' is a sexual dominant. It's not until the end of his book that he allows himself to be the one tied up and caned.
* ''Literature/{{Accelerando}}'' states that [=BDSM=] is more popular than traditional sex in the near future timeline, as there's less chance of pregnancy or disease.
* The KGB informant Professor Lyko in ''Literature/TheManFromBarbarossa'' is into S/M, specifically to being pelted by oranges by his mistress.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Dr. Chase from ''Series/{{House}}'' is a brilliant surgeon who turns out to know the {{dominatrix}} whom one patient has been seeing - they used to hang out at the same [=BDSM=] club.
* Lady Heather on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' appears to be an intellectual match for Grissom, eventually getting a degree in psychology.
* Abby on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
** As well as another case where the boyfriend was suspected, until he was found tied and gagged. Quite the alibi.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' the victim is a doctoral student who was a dominatrix. Her boss at the dungeon was a former lawyer.
** Also, Beckett occasionally implies this, mostly to mess with Castle. And the first of the {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed ''Nikki Heat'' novels has a SexyDiscretionShot away from one of these between the leads.
** In the fifth season, at least one episode has implied that [[spoiler: both Castle and Beckett have a taste for this in the bedroom.]]
* Chuck and Blair are considered to be the most intelligent characters in ''GossipGirl'', and they have a ''lot'' of fun.
* Dr. Charlotte Lewis, Sawyer and (hinted) Dr. Juliet Burke in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
** In the [[spoiler:fifth]] season, Juliet is living in the village with her live-in boyfriend Lafleur [[spoiler:who is actually Sawyer undercover]]. One evening they get a unwelcome visitor [[spoiler:who has found evidence that there's something wrong with Lafleur/Sawyer]]. Lafleur beats him up and asks Juliet to get some ropes to [[BoundAndGagged pacify]] him. Without hesitation, she turns to the bedroom. Of course. Where else would she be keeping the ropes?
** In episode eight of the sixth season, Sawyer is on a date with Dr. Charlotte Lewis. When she says she's an archaeologist he asks her if she's like Indiana Jones. When she says yes, he asks her if she have a whip. She smiles and says "maybe". One minute later into the episode they are naked in bed. Charlotte says "Wow. Not bad, considering we didn't have that whip", and Sawyer replies "Bring it next time". Both lines said while cuddling, and said in a very friendly tone of voice.
* Worf and Dax in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' frequently end up in medical during the middle of the night with dislodged limbs and broken bones. While Worf is more of a highly traditional ProudWarriorRaceGuy, Dax is a scientist with literally several lifetimes of experience first, and treats Klingon martial arts just as a sport. It's not explicitly said how they did it, but they certainly like it rough.
** A lot of Klingons enjoy the rough stuff. On the same morning after Worf and Dax's first night together, Quark and Grillka also showed up in the infirmary with similar injuries. Data even once mentioned that in Klingon culture a broken clavicle during sex is considered a blessing on the future marriage.
*** But that's OK really because Klingons have a spare set of clavicles ([[FridgeLogic don't ask how that works]]) along with redundant spares for almost everything, up to and including higher brain function - it's when they get involved with another species that problems occur.
* In the ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' episode "A Spy in the House of Love", Echo is first shown imprinted with a dominatrix personality, and waxes philosophical to Boyd that it's about trust rather than pain.
* Implied in ''Series/DoctorWho'' with the Doctor and Dr. River Song.
--> '''Doctor''': Why would you even ''have'' handcuffs?
--> '''River Song''': [[CatchPhrase Spoilers!]]
** Especially the WAY she says it. Wow.
* Probably skating the line here, but in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' you have WickedCultured MagnificentBastard Scorpius who ''really'' has a thing for black leather and masochistic tendencies. Yes ''that'' way. However, this being ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', there are a ''lot'' of very intelligent people/aliens enjoying ''really'' kinky stuff. There is a reason it's been described as an American man's descent into the Australian [=BDSM=] scene.
** Scorpius isn't a stretch at all. The first and only time Scorpius and Sikozu are...intimate...onscreen involves Sikozu sitting on Scorpy's lap while he wraps a rope around her neck. Yeah.
** In the episode "Crackers Don't Matter," the mental clone of Scorpius implanted in Crichton's brain (ItMakesSenseInContext), which had been previously encouraging him to slaughter his shipmates, advises him instead to tie [[MsFanservice Chiana]] up and "save her for dessert."
* Hinted at in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' with [[TheSmartGuy Wesley]], who has EncyclopaedicKnowledge of demonology. In episode 2.20, we get the following exchange (while researching how to keep together while going through a dimensional portal):
--> '''Angel:''' "What, we handcuff ourselves together? Who do we know that has handcuffs?"
--> '''Wesley:''' "Well, I--" ''(pauses and looks uncomfortable)'' "--wouldn't know."
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', a modern day version of the Literature/SherlockHolmes canon, [[FemmeFatale Irene Adler]] is a dominatrix who caters to the rich and powerful, using her "access" to gain sensitive material for blackmail and leverage. She's also, in every [[WorthyOpponent sense]] [[BatmanGambit of the word]], the only one to ever [[OutGambitted beat]] Sherlock Holmes, and much more thoroughly than in the original story.[[spoiler: For a while, at least.]]
--> '''Sherlock:''' A power-play with the most powerful family in Britain. Now that ''is'' a dominatrix. Ooh, this is getting rather fun, isn't it?
* Across the pond, Sherlock himself is an example in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''.
--> '''Joan Watson:''' There was a woman leaving just as I got here - did she get you high?
--> '''Sherlock:''' To about six feet. ''(takes his belt off a ladder with handcuffs dangling from it)''
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[[folder: {{Music}}]]
* The full 18 minute version of Music/VioletUK's ''Blind Dance,'' as it's an ethereal, lyrically beautiful exploration of sex and sexuality while being a GothicMetal song about [=BDSM=] sex from the submissive's perspective.
* ''Blue And Blind'' from Music/VioletUK which is a reflective piece through the lens of craving submission in sex.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VagrantStory'': It's not quite clear ''why'', but about half of the cast is walking around in [=BDSM=] gear. And spouting faux-Shakespearian dialogue.
* A throwaway line from ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' hints that Elaine (typically the franchise's OnlySaneMan) enjoys being tied up (but not for too long, or else she gets cranky).
* Kinzie Kensington of [[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird the third]] ''SaintsRow'' game, who was a FBI computer analyst and hints that she is a regular at a [=BDSM=] club that even squicks out the main character. Pierce even points out the leather dominatrix mask she keeps in her hacker cave, and pokes the Boss with a ''[[GagPenis 3-foot dildo]]''.
* In VideoGame/TheWitcher2, when visiting Philippas home, one can find the archmage whipping her naked apprentice on her bed.
* Though she hasn't had any sex, Gaige from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' is probably the kinkiest and flirtiest of the playble cast, complete with a pair of handcuffs. She's also the smartest, being able to build giant floating death robots and cyborg arms that can smash concrete with the tools in her backyard shed.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Caster from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. She's a [[SquishyWizard mentally powerful yet physically weak mage]] who gets off on seeing [[spoiler: Saber]] tied up and tortured.
* [[spoiler:[[StudentCouncilPresident Shizune Hakamichi]]]] of KatawaShoujo uses bondage on Hisao in her first sex scene. Her disability comes into play, as [[spoiler:[[ShutUpKiss if Hisao's hands are tied, he can't sign]].]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* While not overly philosophical, Sixx from ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'', is a very intelligent and successful hotel tycoon.
* TheFaceless necromancer from ''Webcomic/AntiHeroes''.
* Clarice of ''GirlsWithSlingshots'' works in a porn store, is a [[http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws157/ dominatrix on the weekends]] and has a [[http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws-1159/ Master's in Library and Information Science]].
* Equius in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is a play on this, as he has a submission fetish and a love of breathplay, as well as a ridiculously flowery vocabulary and an interest in building robots.
* Ally, the main dominatrix in ''{{Webcomic/Sunstone}}'', made her money being a software developer and computer programmer, and the rest of the cast aren't slouches either in the intelligence department. Given the general level of thought that's involved in creating and maintaining the illusion while at the same time keeping the person safe, it's clear that [=BDSM=] is a smart people's game.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18559_6-famous-geniuses-you-didnt-know-were-perverts.html?wa_user1=2&wa_user2=Sex&wa_user3=article&wa_user4=moreon This list]] is not restricted to bondage specifically, but it is notable.
* WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses, while evil, is however intelligent and has advocated the use of leashes, handcuffs and many other kinky things.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is a GeniusDitz and has big things for masochism, humiliation and strong, dominating women.
** Speaking of dommy ladies, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's a parodied BrainyBrunette and has told anyone bitching about how ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' being not like the Greek myths to "stick a ballgag in your mouth and sit in the corner".
* Sharon, a mechanic from ''DarwinsSoldiers'' casually mentions dreaming about [[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=7319&view=findpost&p=9246742 handcuffs]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Frylock on ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', though the "bondage" part only comes up in one or two episodes.
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