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[[caption-width-right:250:Kamui and Fuuma don't seem to mind the chains...]]

->''"Come to me, cover me, hold me''\\
''Together we'll break these chains of love."''
-->-- '''Music/{{Erasure}}''', "Chains Of Love"

An {{Anvilicious}} version of the RedStringOfFate, Chains of Love are often utilized in manga artwork, especially in {{Shoujo}} and Yaoi, specifically the YaoiGuys often end up in these. Used to indicate that two people are "bound" together literally and often unwillingly, perhaps suggesting that one of the two is the "old ball and chain" to the other. Often used to generate sexual tension between the chained parties that may or may not progress into SlapSlapKiss depending on the plot.

May overlap with BecauseDestinySaysSo and WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic. If used in a villainous or negative way, this often overlaps with BondageIsBad.

Alternately can be seen as bits of cloth, thorns, or in one case, ''red wires'', an amalgamation of the Chains and Red String that's possibly even ''more'' {{Anvilicious}} than the two separately.

On the non-symbolic side is the ChainedHeat plot. See also SlaveCollar.


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} is fond of using these, to the extent that it's not clear if they have a bondage fetish or simply enjoy teasing the {{Fangirl}}s.
** Kamui and Fuuma of ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' are shown several times in these, tying into the "destined" aspect to their relationship and rivalry.
** Likewise the two leads of ''Manga/LegalDrug'' appear multiple times in bondage-gear, playing up the HoYay even further.
** Sakura and Syaoran of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' are shown sporting the chains in some color pieces, and at one point ''all'' the main characters receive clothing with prominent chains.
** Heck, even their bonus arts for ''Anime/CodeGeass'' sported Lelouch and Suzaku united by chains. ''Ear chains''. More detailed examples below.
* Kaori Yuki of ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' also includes this in her art.
* As does Matsuri Hino of ''Manga/VampireKnight''.
* Literal example: in ''Manga/DeathNote'' Light and L are literally chained together during a story arc. Though GenreSavvy Misa does actually point this out, the main symbolic meaning is something else entirely.
* ''Manga/GetBackers'' [[http://www.animepaper.net/gallery/scans/Get-Backers/item62284/ sure contains]] [[http://www.animepaper.net/gallery/scans/Get-Backers/item78113/ a lot]] [[http://www.animepaper.net/gallery/scans/Get-Backers/item10129/ of this]] for a {{shounen}}.
* Happens both literally and in the artwork of ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'', though in the literal case it's used as a spell to try and immobilize the protagonists.
* Used in the second season's EndingTheme of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', with Louise mentioning taking Saito for a walk with the "chains of love" (or "leash of love", same thing). Given how she treats him normally, this is entirely unsurprising.
* Quite frequently with Lelouch and Suzaku in Code Geass art. Unsurprisingly, the characters were designed by Creator/{{CLAMP}}, who drew a lot of these pictures themselves. The artbook "Mutuality: CLAMP works in Code Geass" is full of this.
** This gets taken UpToEleven with the second season's first ending theme, which puts ''everyone'' in them (with the exception of Nunnally, who gets ribbons instead).
*** And the second one puts Lelouch and Suzaku in them again.
* ''VideoGame/MeineLiebe Weider'' puts Ludwig in chains in the OP.
* A lot of ''Manga/OkaneGaNai'' artwork includes Ayase in chains.
* This ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' gag doujinshi (from in an episode of Anime/LuckyStar) featuring... [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/OhLord.jpg Gauron and Sousuke]].
* The back cover of one volume of the manga and at least one or two other official illustrations for ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' show [[DepravedBisexual Muraki]] and [[TheWoobie Tsuzuki]] in this pose, featuring red or black ribbons or chains. Not surprising given Muraki's tastes...
* Miku becomes chained to the shinigami Sei after a near death experience in ''ShinigamiLovers''
* [[{{Shounen}} For a little change]]: [[{{Yandere}} Shouko]] [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Kirishima]] of ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' will do whatever it takes to have [[{{Tsundere}} Yuuji]] [[IronButtMonkey Sakamoto]] with her to the theaters... even if it means binding him up and applying her reluctant boyfriend a StaticStunGun for some ShockAndAwe and a twisted variant of ElectricTorture.

* In ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'', Katchoo and Francine are handcuffed together by their friends Casey and David in an attempt to make them finally work out their differences.

* There is a Western example in ''Film/The39Steps'' in which it is commented that after being handcuffed together for most of the film, it makes sense for the male and female protagonists to marry.

* Done metaphorically and maternally in Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/{{Wizard}}!''; the backglass shows Tommy's mother, Nora, with a heavy silver ball shackled to her ankle reading "Tommy."

* ''Theatre/ThePajamaGame'': In the FashionShow finale, Hines and Gladys are brought on in [[InstitutionalApparel convict-striped]] pajamas, and are revealed to be handcuffed to each other.

* ''VideoGame/PandorasTower'' has Aeron carry around a literal chain, enchanted with a lock of Elena's hair, allowing him to track her location and monitor the progress of her curse. It avoids being too ostentatious since apart from being an incredibly dangerous weapon that gets stronger with the couple's bond, [[SwissArmyWeapon it's also an exploration aid and device-activating multitool]], among other plot-driving powers.