Bound And Gagged: Live-Action TV

aka: Live-Action TV
  • 24: This will frequently happen to characters like Damsel Scrappy. Kim Bauer, daughter of Jack Bauer, was captured, bound, and gagged by the bad guys no less than three times over the course of the series (including by one Faux Mole). And once more in the video game, to boot.
  • The Avengers: Emma Peel. Routinely. The only times she ever seems remotely put out by this is when it looks like a related Death Trap might go off while she's still, ah, indisposed.
  • Batman (1960's): The episode "Catwoman's Dressed to Kill". Catwoman orders an already bound Batgirl to be gagged to stop her backtalk.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Occasionally happens. Dawn, Buffy, Spike and others are get tied a few times throughout the series.
  • Burn Notice: Features an interesting variation, in which Fiona willingly gets this treatment, and stuffed in a trunk, to convince the villain of the week that Michael is a dangerous criminal. Several minor characters have been similarly tied up as bait in one of Michael's plans as well. And then there's Mike pretending to be a crack addict, letting Sam tie him up and pretend to torture him.
  • Castle: One episode sees the main character being bound and gagged by his daughter to see how he can escape for a book idea. Said daughter takes the chance to empty his wallet to go shopping.
  • Criminal Minds features many UnSubs who do this to their victims. On the main character side, we have Morgan ("Our Darkest Hour"/"The Longest Night"), Reid (three times), Hotch ("LDSK"), Prentiss ("Minimal Loss"/"Lauren") and Blake ("The Replicator").
  • CSI: Subverted in one episode where there was an apparent robbery of priceless antiques with the guard bound with a long length of duct tape. However Gil Grissom's first clue that the robbery was as a fake was when he discovered that by the position of the tied up guard and nearby fixtures, the evidence strongly suggested that the guard tied himself up.
  • CSI NY: Did it with Christine,Mac's girlfriend, in 'Seth and Apep',the NY half of the crossover where she was kidnapped.
  • Dexter: His playmates are mostly bound and gagged when he's having his... fun with them.
  • Doctor Who:
    • This happens to one of the Doctor's companions seemingly every other episode.
    • Romana gets tied up about five times in "The Androids of Tara," which must surely be some sort of record.
    • Rose gets bound in three of the first four episodes of series two of the new series. She is bound by Cassandra in "New Earth," then Chained to a Rock in "Tooth And Claw" to be eaten by the werewolf, then is bound to a torture rack in "The Girl In The Fireplace."
    • Adric and Turlough also got tied up, so at least the writers weren't being sexist.
    • Happens to the Doctor himself in "The Caves of Androzani," Part 3.
    • And in "The End of Time," Part 2: "Worst Rescue Ever!"
    • The Third Doctor is bound and gagged in Day Of The Daleks, as is Jo Grant.
    • Jack gets chained up during "The Last of the Time Lords"
  • Elementary did this most notably in "A Giant Gun, Filled With Drugs" to the daughter of one of Sherlock's old friends.
  • Firefly: It didn't feature a whole lot of gagging, it did feature a lot of binding, particularly toward the show's resident Damsels In Distress, River and Kaylee. As a point of irony, by the time of the Big Damn Movie, River's newfound lethality allowed her to slip out of most of the binding she would have faced earlier in the series.
  • Fringe: In the episode, "August" (which reveals the existence of more than one Observer), an Observer kidnaps Christine Hollis and has her bound and gagged for most of the episode at a motel.
  • Gosei Sentai Dairanger: Early in the episode, Zhangliao captures Daigo, Kazu and Lin and ties them on three poles and gives each of them a gag.
  • Jonathan Creek: In "The Sinner and the Sandman", Jonathan finds two people bound, gagged and tied to chairs, and unties them. Unfortunately for him, they are a pair of burglars the real householders had overpowered and tied up to await the police.
  • Justified:
    • Quarles likes to bind and torture male hustlers. In "The Man Behind the Curtain," Sammy Tonin mentions the rentboy back in Detroit whom Quarles left in a coma, an incident that played a role in Quarles' exile to Kentucky. Several episodes show Brady gagged, nearly naked, and bound to a bed in Quarles house before Quarles presumably kills him. At the end of "Guy Walks into a Bar," Donovan is shown bound and gagged in a bathroom as a naked Quarles approaches.
    • In "For Blood or Money", Clinton leaves both the manager of his halfway house and his mother-in-law bound and gagged in the string of crimes he commits while attempting to get to his son's 12th birthday.
  • Lost: The season 2 finale saw Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley bound and gagged by the Others, though the gags were largely unnecessary.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Dot, Aunt Prudence and Mr Butler are gagged and tied to chairs by a killer who is waiting in ambush for Phryne in "Death at the Grand".
  • The Monkees: This happened a number of times.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: In "Convalescence", Mrs Kitchen is kept bound and gaged while the criminals search her house for the missing loot.
  • NCIS: At one point or another, Jenny, Ziva, Paula Cassidy, EJ and Palmer all end up this way, not always with the gagging. It should be noted that while those are mostly female names on the list, the show does not have a Fetish Fuel or Distressed Damsel bent. It seems to be mostly coincidence.
  • Orphan Black: Alison has Donnie not only tied to a chair and gagged but blindfolded prior to trying to torture out of him whether he is her monitor or not.
  • Papiny Dochki: Maria is caught by guards, tied, and gagged.
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder: In the Crossover Episode with Power Rangers Ninja Storm, the Ninja Rangers are called on by their mentor, who tells them of the return of their Big Bad, then gives them the power discs for their morphers. However, these discs brainwash the three and it turns out the mentor was the Big Bad in disguise. As for where the real mentor was, he was Bound and Gagged somewhere nearby and out of view.
  • Revolution: In Episode 4, Charlie Matheson gets captured by Ray Kinsey, and ends up bound and gagged.
  • The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
    • Sarah spends almost an entire episode like this in the back of a guy's van. One wonders why he bothered with the gag at all, since every time she woke up with it on she just pulled it off.
    • Also, earlier in the series, Charlie's wife is kidnapped by Cromartie and bound and gagged in an old abandoned house.
    • Sarah's tied up by Cromartie in the episode Mr. Ferguson is Ill Today. And in the first season, Dr. Silberman ties James Ellison up and sets the house on fire to kill him.
  • Scorpion: Happens to Cabe's ex-wife Rebecca when she is kidnapped in "Rogue Element".
  • Veronica on Sir Arthur Conan Doyles The Lost World, despite being an Action Girl who grew up in the jungle, is subjected to this more than anyone else in the series.
  • Sherlock: In the second episode, John and Sarah are kidnapped by Chinese gangsters and tied up, though only Sarah is gagged. Later in the second series, a CIA agent is bound and gagged with duct tape by Sherlock after he attacks Sherlock's landlady.
  • She Spies: Uses ropes and gags for its frequently-captured main characters. The show's mood is so light-hearted as to be downright corny.
  • Smallville:
    • This occurs, but they seem to like convenient unconsciousness better. Plus, the bad guys usually need the captive to talk so the gagged part is rarer.
    • Chloe gets a straight one in Checkmate though, and Clark rescues her in an epic Bullet Time Stop Motion Lighting scene.
  • Sonny with a Chance: Played for Laughs, with the titular character bound and gagged by the studio manager's selfish daughter for not taking her to see Chad.
    Sonny: How come you didn't notice I was tied up!?
    Tawni: I don't know? How come you didn't notice my new nail polish? It's a two-way strike, Sonny.
    • It happens to Chad, Nico, Grady, and Tawni in another episode.
  • Supernatural:
    • In the episode "Hunted", you would be forgiven for thinking that Dean like this was the main attraction, considering as most of the pictures released/trailers shown have him tied up. Guess they know who their audience is.
    • And when Castiel had duct-tape over his mouth in "Changing Channels", livejournal icons of the scene popped up almost instantly.
    • Supernatural also has its fair share of girls tied up, either needing to be rescued by the heroes, or having been tied up by the heroes because they are monsters or possessed by demons.
  • Teen Wolf: The hunters seem to like this method a lot, seeing as how Chris had himself and Allison bound up and gagged as a training exercise and Gerard did this to Erica and Boyd once they'd been captured.
  • Tom Turbo: An example of fantastical fare from Germany. This is a series about a talking bicycle and the random kids who help it solve mysteries, has someone tied up in more than half the episodes. That someone could be anyone from an adult who needs rescuing to one of the main child characters. Or both at the same time.
  • Top Gear: Clarkson is bound and gagged to a tree so May can make fun of... er, review the Ford GT in peace. Clarkson later gets revenge by locking May in the trunk of his own car.
  • Uchuu Keiji Sharivan: The villains captured four young girls. Those girls were blindfolded, tied each other, and placed in the cliff. The villains threaten to kill them if Sharivan interfere their plan.
  • Unnatural History: A fond approach for the Villains of the Week.
  • VR Troopers: Kaitlin, the Action Girl, was captured, bound, and gagged as bait to lure her friends into a Death Trap.
  • Warehouse 13: Happens to Artie of all people in the Season 1 finale. The gag is a NUKE that MacPherson put in his mouth.
  • White Collar: Happens to Neal in season 4. Needless to say it resulted in much fangirling.