'''Basic Trope''': People into bondage are portrayed as philosophical/intellectual.
* '''Straight''':
** Mistress Alice, a {{Dominatrix}}, is brilliant and philosophical.
** Betty is a CuteBookworm and is submissive.
** Charlie is studious and enjoys work, and is submissive.
** Dante is a college literature professor and keeps whips and {{Slave Collar}}s in his bedroom closet.
* '''Exaggerated''': Mistress Alice isn't an ordinary dominatrix, but also an OmnidisciplinaryScientist with an ImprobablyHighIQ (possibly the highest among human race). And she uses [[ReedRichardsIsUseless her technological expertise (almost exclusively)]] [[MisappliedPhlebotinum to create mind-boggling BDSM machines]]!
* '''Downplayed''': Alice's sex life is suggested to involve a bit of light bondage, and she's college-educated and fairly bookish. She's neither a dungeon mistress nor a [=PhD=], though.
* '''Justified''':
** She became a dominatrix to put herself through law school.
** Mistress Alice likes the psychology behind it all.
* '''Inverted''': Mistress Alice is TheDitz.
* '''Subverted''': Alice becomes a {{Dominatrix}} to put herself through law school, but discovers that she isn't into it, and quits the job.
* '''Double Subverted''':...Because she wants to Dom for love, not money.
* '''Parodied''': All the high IQ society talks about is bondage.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Alice likes BSDM. She is noted as an amazing computer tech. But she then fumbles with a computer. Actually, the personal settings were odd. Not that it helped when they got changed. But that's because the data she needs is in a random place, so it just looked like Alice was stumbling around.
* '''Averted''':
** CasualKink or BondageIsBad
** Alice is not into bondage.
* '''Enforced''':
** The Author is into bondage and is frustrated with BondageIsBad stories.
** Or alternatively, the author wants to present [[AntiIntellectualism intelligence as bad]] by having an smart character who's into BDSM in a story with a BondageIsBad theme.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Do you keep the bullwhip behind the [=PhD=]?"
* '''Invoked''': "We need somebody who is smart but also has a sexual notability."
* '''Exploited''': The villain uses BSDM in order to get the smart one to work for them by displaying an apparent comfort to them.
* '''Defied''': Alice is smart, but the only reason she has the mask is to scare people, she really dislikes unnecessary pain.
* '''Discussed''': "So you're into some pretty kinky stuff, then? Why is it always the smart ones?" "That's actually the subject of my thesis!"
* '''Conversed''': "How come kinky characters are always either evil or these total ivory-tower intellectual types?"
* '''Deconstructed''': Because of her intelligence and bondage fetish, Mistress Alice has trouble finding friends or romantic partners, and feels doubly isolated.
* '''Reconstructed''': Until she finds Slave John, who is just as intelligent as she is.
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''*whip crack*'' Back to BrainsAndBondage.
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