At issue:Bondage Is Bad has no strict guidelines on what it covers, and presently includes examples based on costumes, dialogue, the perceived attitudes of the authors, and other things. It is also being used as a platform for attacking works deemed to portray it in an unacceptable way. Three tropes have been suggested; these names are not final.
- BDSM Is Evil: The practice itself is actively (read: not just if you look at it a certain way) portrayed as base and immoral.
- Bad Guy Likes Bondage: A villain is shown to have an interest in BDSM.
- Bondage Themed Baddie: A villain has a BDSM theme or motif.