Mona's Mum was crying and her face was all red, but she wasn't thinking about anything much. Her dad had the same creepy crawly things in his mind that he ALWAYS has. Money, and tied-up women, and all the different kinds of drugs he sells. Yeuk.
The use of a character's interest in BDSM (or similar) to reinforce the idea that they're evil, probably because of the Cold-Blooded Torture
them as creepy and hideously unsexy
can also ramp up the "ick" factor.
Some media dress their villains up in "S&M gear" in order to make them Stripperific
(because they're villains
, after all), and don't actually have them engage in BDSM. Depending on context, Bondage Is Bad
is often a subtrope of Sex Is Evil
, Evil Is Sexy
, or both. If played straight, it's often reinforced with hints of Putting on the Reich
or whatever. A woman dressed as a Dominatrix
will often be portrayed as a villain in fiction—or at least a violent type—for this reason.
Compare Too Kinky to Torture
, where someone is so tough that torture gets them off, and Combat Sadomasochist
. Contrast Safe, Sane and Consensual
, Casual Kink
and the Obligatory Bondage Song
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- Gauron from Full Metal Panic! is into BDSM. He's shown in the novels to have a thing for erotic asphyxiation (as he strangles the female scientist in Khanka, and they both enjoy it). And numerous times, he's described to get off when he makes others "submit" to him and "break their will." The author even jokingly lampshades how Gauron is into S&M—in an episode of Lucky Star (that the author had a hand in), there's a doujinshi for Full Metal Panic shown, with Gauron molesting a chained up and bound Sousuke. To further follow this trope, seeing how he's the domineering aggressive one, he's a dangerous serial killer lunatic that should be feared.
- Many villains in Violence Jack wear S&M gear as regular clothes and like to capture, tie up, and sexually torture any female character they can get their hands on. This is especially prevalent in the Harlem Bomber arc, where the villains have their own S&M dungeon to make captured girls into sex slaves. Plus, the woman who runs it, Rose, is a Whip It Good Psycho Lesbian dominatrix who rapes a girl's friend in front of her as a way to desensitize her to sex. The Big Bad of the series, Slum King, also has two quadruple amputee sex slaves that he keeps on leashes and treats like dogs.
- Air Gear: Arthur is a Depraved Homosexual masochist who displays sexualized behavior towards his antagonist Agito. He also frequently releases heart marks whenever he's reveling in the feeling of pain.
- Episode 20 of Black Butler features Sebastian chained to the wall and being whipped by an evil angel decked out in S&M gear and describing the excruciating sweetness of the pain being inflicted upon him.
- Katsuragi of Sakura Gari ties Masataka up with rope before raping him, uses physical force on Masataka if he pisses him off, and tortures him by whipping him.
- Legend of the Blue Wolves: Captain Continental uses bondage on Jonathan, beats him up, and whips him, when attempting to force him to sexually submit to him. Jonathan refuses so the Continental simply ties him up again and rapes him. In the beginning of the movie he also whips a subordinate for not addressing him as "sir" before engaging in sexual activities with him.
- Monochrome Factor: Kou, in the anime adaptation, is implied to have a bit of a bondage fetish, present for no other reason than to creep Aya out after she beats him up and he begs for more.
- In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, this is played straight with Big Bad Corset, who has a corset he tightens up and is a Combat Sadomasochist. Subverted with Garterbelt, who explicitly practices self-flagellation and is Corset's rival of sorts. Likely played straight with Stocking, who throughout the series likes it kinky and at the ass-end of the series becomes a villain.
- Many of the phantoms in Tokko are shown wearing bondage gear like ball gags and leather masks.
- Somewhat averted with Combat Sadomasochist Gamagoori from Kill la Kill and his three-star uniform, which has a heavy BDSM motif and builds strength the more he's hit (with very sexual overtones.) However, even though he's a villain, he's defined more by his Noble Demon status and Undying Loyalty to Satsuki, and even the uniform and methods of using it are explained in the context of disciplining himself to set an example to the rest of the student body (Ryuko is still creeped out by it, though.)
- In the Impel Down arc of One Piece, Sadi-Chan is one of the worst examples of this Trope. Her devil-themed Dominatrix outfit along with the whip gives the image, and she is clearly the most sadistic member of the prison staff, using bondage methods as Cold-Blooded Torture on the inmates, often to death.
- In Nymphomaniac, BDSM will make a woman find her lost sexuality... but also obsess over her master so that she neglects her child and leaves her husband.
- The Cenobites from the Hellraiser films. This was made during the height of the '80's disapproval of bondage, and writer/director Clive Barker is very interested in the transgressive.
- In the Cheech and Chong film The Corsican Brothers, The Evil Fuckaire (yes, that really is the name of the villain in this movie) is not only flamboyantly gay, he's also into whips and chains.
- Xenia Onatopp from Golden Eye was really into S&M. And crushing men's chests with her thighs.
- In The Man Who Knew Too Little, Wallace Ritchie encounters a septuagenarian dominatrix and immediately assumes she's Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin, the "evil lady torturer". Subverted though in that she isn't. The actual Dr. Kropotkin is completely normal looking and unassuming.
- In The General's Daughter, Campbell's sexual practices are quickly used to establish that she had become mentally unhinged before her death. Brenner can't even stand to look at the tapes she shot, stating that it couldn't be the same women he met a few days ago.
- Little Shop of Horrors has Orin, Audrey's abusive boyfriend and a psychopathic sadist. It is heavily implied that he acts as a dominant in a BDSM relationship with her. There's also a silly masochist played by Bill Murray, used as a humorous foil to Orin.
- In Ichi the Killer, Kakihara is a masochist with a dominating personality, while Ichi is a sadist with a submissive personality. Both are batshit crazy murderers.
- The rapist pawn shop owner and police officer in Pulp Fiction have a "gimp" in their basement.
- In the horror-comedy Waxwork, the Marquis de Sade is counted among "the most evil people who ever lived"; the heroine ends up in a light bondage scenario with whips and chains which she seems to enjoy, but after being rescued by the hero it's implied that she was brainwashed.
- One of Sol's high ranking henchmen in Doomsday is a gimp.
- The Pet, an Author Tract about human trafficking, depicts modern day slavers as closely connected to the BDSM community.
- Played for laughs with Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman in High Anxiety.
- Used in the the movie The Cell; it just so happens that every woman in the 'menagerie' is stuck in what are real life kinks (doll play, pony play, medical play, statue fetish)....in the mind of a sociopathic serial killer.
- Played for laughs in Eurotrip when Cooper visits a legal brothel while in Amsterdam. It turns out to be a place that specializes in BDSM, and Cooper is forced into kinky sex acts because he can't pronounce the outrageously long safety word.
- Joe in Student Services is the closest that the film gets to a villain and two of his two scenes of assault on Laura involve forcing her into bondage situations.
- Bondage and domination are the focus of R100 which plays with the trope. This surreal dark comedy plays its S&M sequences for weirdness and dark comedy. The dominatrixes are villains, but the main hero is an unabashed masochist who is treated sympathetically.
- Alasdair Gray: A lot of his work involves deeply flawed and often unsympathetic protagonists who are also sado-masochists. The flaw and the kink may or may not be related, but they're usually both there. One novel features a character who claims to be a "rational sadist", which apparently means his ideal partner is not a masochist but a weaker sadist—someone who wants to hurt him but can't. The word "consensual" never comes up.
- The Culture: There's some hints of this.
- Dragonquest: Rannelly is horrified to find bondage marks on Kylara's wrist, courtesy of Meron. Kylara herself thinks about their respective tastes. As anyone who's read this book knows, these are two of the more villainous characters in the book.
- East of Eden: In this story by John Steinbeck, Kate, who works at a whorehouse, starts using chains and whips and razors on her "customers." This is coming from the same lady who killed both of her parents, shot her husband, and left her twin babies after telling her husband that he should throw them in a well.
- How NOT to Write a Novel: Advises against this trope, citing its Unfortunate Implications.
- Island in the Sea of Time: Doctor Hong in this story by SM Stirling. After Nantucket is transported into the Bronze Age she is just a doctor with an S&M fetish (admittedly one that has been declared persona non grata at every pain club on the East Coast) that becomes the chief physician of William Walker's renegade empire-building islanders. Once Walker has used his twentieth century know-how to obtain power for himself she begins to torture people for fun. She eventually claims to be an avatar of the goddess Hecate and begins a cult dedicated to mass torture as a form of sacrifice to the gods (although it also teaches useful medical knowledge). In addition to torture for religious and recreational purposes she also has some practical uses for her skills, such as castrating slaves to make them more docile.
- Mercedes Lackey: Run—relentlessly, inexorably—into the ground in the oeuvre of this author. Any faint taste for a manner of lovemaking that involves physical restraint, power, or trust leads inevitably to sorcerous torture and blood sacrifice, usually of children.
- Notable examples: Mornelithe Falconsbane in the Mage Winds trilogy uses restraints, rape, and inventive torture (mental, emotional, physical) to Mind Rape his victims into his obedient slaves and spies (one description is their very bodies are puppeted by him into a new persona... while the real person is bound, gagged and screaming while watching this occur) and the German porn shop owner in Burning Water, who at least shows very real callousness when he didn't check that a sub had a rubber/latex allergy and caused her death from anaphylactic shock.
- Mage Wars: Subverted Trope in this trilogy, Black Gryphon and White Gryphon specifically. one of the protagonists, kestra'chern Amberdrake, is implied to have extensive knowledge of BDSM techniques, even going so far in White Gryphon as to call one of the villains an "amateur" for restraining himself and another character incorrectly (restraining for looks than function, using silk ropes that slide very easily). Also, several of Lackey's works have a message of tolerance and acceptance for all walks of life, so long as they do not cause undue harm to others.
- Neuromancer: In this William Gibson story, Peter Riviera can't get off sexually unless he's betraying his partners. So he dates girls in oppressive regimes, makes sure they turn political, then turns them in to the secret police and watches as they are tortured. The book makes it sound like he's evil because of his sexual preferences, no mention made of perhaps roleplaying betrayal ethically instead (although to be fair, Riviera is a drug-addled psychopath). Also, Molly's experience killing someone as a meat puppet prostitute. Although the implication is that Molly herself killed only the john who has been using her to carve up women for his amusement (after the meat bop shop discovered she was using her earnings to pay for her combat cybernetics, particularly after she got the finger blades). Any previous victims were the result of the meat bop using Grand Theft Me as their MO for their hookers. (Not a bad deal, if you can stand it, and they play straight with you. Your brain actually sleeps through the whole thing.)
- Night Huntress: Inverted Trope in this series. The hero Bones blindfolds the heroine Cat and ties her wrists to the headboard. She has multiple Immodest Orgasms and makes him promise to do everything again next time before she falls asleep.
- The Otherworld (Women of the Otherworld): Repeatedly in this series by Kelly Armstrong. In No Humans Involved, one of the earlier suspects is the leader of a BDSM cult thingy, and the main character admits that she believes sadists indulge in BDSM as a substitute for rape. Though she isn't proven right, she isn't proven wrong either. In Personal Demon, Carlos Cortez, is established as a nasty piece of work by his interest in BDSM.
- Outlander: In this series, Captain John Randall definitely fits this trope to a "T." A Depraved Bisexual (who leans more towards the Depraved Homosexual side), he apparently can't get excited unless he's beating up or torturing the person he's trying to rape. Or unless he's having Foe Yay with Jamie. According to Dougal, he appears to be in sheer bliss and acts like a guy who's crushing on a girl when he finds the possibility of being able to whip Jamie.
- The Player of Games: The protagonist reacts to porn involving bondage with surprise/unfamiliarity, seemingly implying it doesn't exist in the Fetish-Fuel Future Culture, and sees it as indicating cruelty and inequality. Note that the culture producing this porn also has scenes of rape and torture televised (although like the bondage porn, it's on censored TV only available to the country's leaders).
- Sword of Truth: Plays this straight with the Mord-Sith, who use bondage and torture extensively, on their victims and on each other. (They function as one of the first book's Big Bad's groups of high-level minions, and later perform such functions as being the hero's bodyguards and, on at least one occasion, executioners.)
- Ties That Bind: Averted Trope. Guy Baldwin takes the stand that bondage is actually good.
- Weathercock: Averted Trope, where the protagonist Dominic is struggling against his 'evil' sadistic desires. He considers BDSM, but notes that the only problem is that kink is consensual, whereas he needs his victims to be unwilling if he is to get off.
- In Gabriel's Inferno, Julie and Paul both are disgusted by the fact that one of their professors engages in BDSM. While the professor does do some very unethical things such as trying to seduce both of them at different points, they treat the practice of BDSM itself as something unhealthy and completely incompatible with having a loving romance with another. Gabriel also seems to hold this view, treating the period of time he was in a relationship with that professor as a natural result of him acting unhealthily to avoid lapsing back into drug addictions, essentially describing it as the lesser of two evils.
- Shelton Benjamin's Smackdown valet, Shaniqua, was revealed to be a dominatrix but this really didn't come into play until she switched from his valet to manager of the Basham Bros, who were totally submissive to her and Shaniqua started attacking their opponents with "The Magic Stick". Tazz and Earnest Miller were about their only supports, not even Shelton approved.
- Iron Curtain has Miss Hildret, a stage director from East Berlin who carries around a crop and gets turned on by torture. She is open to inserting a few more gags into the play, having quite the collection herself.
- You wouldn't think this would come up in a parody game based around raising slaves, but Slave Maker has bondage being a sex act frowned upon by both major religions, hits your slave's Morality stat when practiced and requires a high Obedience score to do. To be fair, the game's creator isn't big on the harder sex acts, so this is probably a matter of personal preference than anything else.
- One of the many reasons No More Heroes' Travis considers Bad Girl a "perverted killer" is her extensive use of gimps. For batting practice.
- In the sequel Travis meets up with Cloe Walsh, an assassin bound inside a container. She is possibly the most utterly evil assassin in the game (considering that she seems to have more control over herself than Matt Helms while still being just as sadistic), and one of the first things Travis says to her is "You're lucky I don't have a bondage kink."
- Fable II has a touch of this. If your character is evil, then the off-screen sex scenes include lines such as "Do as you're told!"
- In Phantasmagoria 2 Therese coerces Curtis into coming to a BDSM club with her and then repeatedly has kinky sex with him. While Curtis enjoys it (albeit with a small Freudian Excuse), Therese herself is a totally psycho stalker.
- Brutal Legend has the Tainted Coil faction as the game's villains. They're demons decked up in S&M outfits, and their emperor Doviculus wears what is essentially a gimp mask.
- Bondage Queen is one of the possible Evil endings in the Raising Sim game, Princess Maker 2. Achieving this one is heavily frowned upon, although it doesn't stop people from doing it, of course. It is in the same vein as Crime Boss, High Class Prostitute, and Princess of Darkness.
- About three quarters of the enemies in Bloodrayne 2 (turned vampires are decked out in bondage gear, the minions in the first level are masochists according to combat dialogue, most other minions practice body modification, etc.), the last quarter being Eldritch Abominations.
- Cain in Galerians fits the "villain who dresses in S&M wear, but doesn't actually engage in it" bill. Probably because he looks fourteen... and is technically even younger than that.
- Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part 2 has the entire last level take place in Twilight Lady's mansion turned S&M dungeon.
- Leisure Suit Larry's "bad" characters tend to be into BDSM (Mama Bimbo being a particularly chilling example), although in Magna Cum Laude, one of the three endings has the young Larry Lovage get such a relationship.
- The Dark Mistresses in Dungeon Keeper, but "Evil Is Good".
- Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project has killer robot dominatrices as enemies with regular or electric whips. Also averted by the fact that Duke Nukem himself is into BDSM.
- In Max Payne, we have the nightclub Ragnarok: where we have, among other things, BDSM, animal sacrifice, and other violent occult activities.
- Ivy of Soulcalibur fame is a subversion: She is introduced into the series as a cackling bitch who wears a damn-near bondage harness to fights and wields a whip sword, and all of her voice clips are dripping with innuendo, but in her storyline, she's a Knight Templar redeemer who is trying to destroy Soul Edge so that it can't destroy the world.
- Not to mention that she's also a Chaste Hero because Soul Edge is in her blood and she does not want to pass this on.
- Voldo is frequently depicted in Stripperific, vaguely bondage-y outfits, and though he's more of a neutral force, he's considered by many to be very, very creepy and straight out of the Uncanny Valley.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater's Colonel Volgin is into BDSM, torture and electrocution, and he also happens to be one of the most malicious characters in the Metal Gear canon. Also an example of Depraved Bisexual.
- Although where Volgin's interests lie are not really true BDSM, but more that Volgin simply gets off on causing pain and suffering.
- Silver Mantis from City of Heroes turned to villainy to support her piercing habit.
- Catalina in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is technically on the protagonist's side, but she's also one of the craziest characters in the game. When she drags him into her cabin for a good time (involving a whip and a rack—we don't see what goes on inside the cabin), he winds up screaming for her to stop (with no success.) (This is Played for Laughs, and he probably had it coming after all the stuff you've been having him do.)
- Chie's Shadow from Persona 4 is a hooded dominatrix armed with a whip. Contrast that with her heroic Persona form, which is basically a badass Bruce Lee Clone.
- Somewhat justified in Chie's Shadow being a representation of Chie's unhealthily domineering relationship with Yukiko.
- Postal 2 features regular NPCs in gimp suits, along with their own club. After being kidnapped by rednecks, you also get to wear one.
- Saints Row: The Third allows bondage costumes as one of the styles for your gang. Considering the Boss is quite the Villain Protagonist, this trope comes into play.
- Girls with Slingshots plays the trope straight with Candy (a Jerk Ass sadist) and subverts it with Clarice (a professional dom on the weekends who would like to be a librarian).
- In anti-HEROES, the webcomic's Doublethink premise make this trope played straight and yet simultaneously averted as Casual Kink. The Official Couple is apparently into this, but considering she's a thiefling and he's a necromancer with Heroic Comedic Sociopath traits...
- In Erfworld, Wanda's treatment of Jillian early in the story blurs if not obliterates the line between a BDSM session and serious interrogation by torture. Admittedly, the fact that all injuries heal every turn already blurs the distinction between controlled pain and real injury.
- Collar 6 more or less averts this as a whole due to the nature of the entire planet; however, an example still exists with Mistress Butterfly, who takes the kink and rams it Up to Eleven. She's not called the sadist from hell for nothing.
- Funnily enough, the only people seen to have "vanilla" sex, Evita and Michael Kappel, are the villains.
- Sunstone averts this completely. Word of God has stated that the comic exists to show healthy BDSM relationships accurately and educate people on the falsehood of this trope.
- Also deconstructed, as the comic acknowledges this popular view of BDSM,, and also looks at how BDSM can realistically go wrong when people let it go to their heads or don't give it the needed prior planning.
- Our Home Planet has Queen, an evil mercenary clearly supposed to evoke the dominatrix figure.
- Riley of The Guild is an over-the-top stereotype of an FPS Gamer suffering from Testosterone Poisoning (despite being a woman). This extends to being an abusive dominant in her relationship with Zaboo.
- 4chan's /tg/ board averts this with their homebrew Dungeons & Dragons deity, Ardarvia the Iron Maiden, whose domains are BDSM and love. She is Lawful Good, and her followers tie themselves up, or even amputate their own limbs, as a sacrifice for her. The religion goes so far as to include the concept of Safe, Sane and Consensual as one of the cornerstones of the faith.
- Subverted and inverted in the Chakona Space stories, foxtaur society generally disapproves of male-on-female bondage, since vixens are supposed to be the stronger sex (no word on how other sex combinations are treated). But after Garrek is pheromonally raped by his sister he finds it very therapeutic to tie up a four-breasted vixen and mount her repeatedly, consensually of course.
- ReBoot: When Megabyte rebuilds Hexadecimal, he gives her what looks like a black leather corset and other dominant clothes. He then keeps her as a tightly restrained prisoner, and it's revealed that she could have escaped whenever she wanted to but "likes being tied up". The characters are both villains, of course. And siblings.
- FernGully: In the Villain Song "Toxic Love", the villain Hexxus alludes to S&M with the lyrics "Hit me one time / Hit me twice / Oh! Ah! Ohhh! / Well, that's rather nice..."
- Surprisingly enough, when Abis Mal brainwashes Jasmine to evil in an episode of Aladdin, she dresses up like a textbook dominatrix complete with whip.
- Eska from The Legend of Korra seems like she's into bondage from what is seen from her "betrothal necklace".