Why am I handcuffed... why do you even have handcuffs?! River:
Handcuffs work well in keeping someone from strangling or punching you, as a form of restraint. In a sense, it counts as a form of submission, since the wearer isn't really in a position to escape, particularly if they're cuffed from behind or to a bedroom stall.
Therefore, it makes for a great fashion choice! However, a Custom Uniform of Sexy
with handcuffs isn't always indicative that the wearer is submissive. You could be a Dominatrix
and still wear handcuffs as a means to further stimulate your image. If taken to its logical extreme, the cuffs themselves are used for
In some of the more ridiculous
cases, Kinky Cuffs
can be used as an Improbable Weapon
. See also Casual Kink
Anime and Manga
- Ikkitousens' Ryomou Shimei keeps a pair of cuffs on her, which she uses for trapping opponents in kinky submission holds... for her at least.◊
- Agito the Unison Device from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS wears large (unconnected) handcuffs as part of her skimpy combat outfit. Goes rather well with her new master, namely, Signum, a dominant woman with a Whip Sword.
- In another logical extreme variant, a Hentai called Nee Chanto Shiyou You had the resident Onee-sama used these on the main character, twice, and in both times as a form of rape. He tried the same to her in between her first and second 'attacks', but it seemed to give her even more incentive to try it out on him again.
- In the fanfic This Means War, Harry makes all the Weasley brothers dance YMCA in front of the school, their parents, and the girlfriends. Bill wears the policeman's uniform with the handcuffs. Fleur responds most positively.
- Subverted in-universe in the remake of Cape Fear starring Robert De Niro. De Niro's character, Max Cady, seduces a woman at a bar and takes her to his house to have sex with him. Given that we know that he was in prison for raping a 16 year old girl and that the story he tells the woman about having been in prison for defending a woman at a political protest, we know that he's up to no good when he pulls out a pair of handcuffs and puts them on her. However, she thinks that this is a straight example of this trope until he then beats her up and rapes her.
- In the 1987 Affectionate Parody of Dragnet, Joe Friday has to pick up his partner Pep Streebek from his house where he's playing "Good Cop, Bad Cop" with his girlfriend, a motorcycle cop. Friday has to wait until she removes the handcuffs from Streebek's wrists before he can go with him.
- Innocent Blood. When Friendly Neighborhood Vampire Marie decides to have sex with undercover cop Joe Gennaro, she allows him to cuff her hands behind her back so she can't harm him. During sex she vamps out and breaks the cuffs, but just continues having sex without killing him.
- Subverted in a Vietnamese movie in which a prostitute is shown dancing with handcuffs. A client buys her and beats her up, then offers her pimp money to forget the matter. Unfortunately the pimp is the woman's brother, who stabs him to death instead.
- In an episode of My So-Called Life Angela's parents do this—and then lose the key.
- Dexter: Debra Morgan used the logical extreme variant; these were used on one of her boyfriends, to keep him from doing anything harmful to her.
- The X-Files: Agent Dana Scully used them to trick a fake Mulder, actually a Man in Black and Area 51 employee, when these two switched bodies "Freaky Friday" Flip style. The fake Mulder was trying to seduce Scully and caused a lot of problems to the real Mulder.
- Cracker. DCI Wise walks in on Friz feeling up DS Jane Penhaligon's legs while she's wearing her own handcuffs. When they realise the boss is watching, they jump up and Jane makes a clumsy attempt to slip them off her wrists unobtrusively.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- In "Band Candy" Buffy says they'll need something with which to tie Ethan up. Joyce traumatizes her daughter as she shyly produces a pair of handcuffs which she and Giles took from a police officer earlier, before some implied sex on the hood of the police car.
- In the Season Six episode "Dead Things" after another fervent bout of rough sex Spike offers Buffy handcuffs and asks, "Do you trust me?" Buffy replies, "Never". The next day she's acting unusually cheerful despite her chronic depression and rubbing her wrists in a tell-tale manner.
- In the 1990's Australian TV series Fire, "Grievous" Fazio boasts of having just asked a Fair Cop on a date, and notes with approval that handcuffs will undoubtedly be involved in any sex.
- Very popular in The Eighties: belts with handcuffs as the buckle were pretty easy to buy in any mall.