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Characters from Christine Love's 2016 eroge Visual Novel Ladykiller in a Bind. Contains Spoilers, both marked and unmarked!

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The Twins

    The Beast 

AKA: The Hero

Our super-cool heroine put unfairly in way over her head.

  • Ambiguously Bi: The Beast can become this, depending on the player's choices in game and whom they choose to form a relationship with.
    • Ultimately a defied trope. Even in paths that involve her romancing men (notably with The Boy's route, and infamously with The President in a cut scene), her narration makes it very clear that she still identifies herself as a lesbian, and emphasises that she isn't interested in men; any interest she shows in them is justified as being something she views as in-character for her brother to do, or as otherwise appealing to her preferences as a queer person anyway.
    The Beast: It's not straight if they look good in a skirt.
  • Book Dumb: Her GPA sits at a shockingly low 1.0. Played with, in that she is wiser than she appears and the low grades are partly because she does she doesn't think High School really means much in the long run.
  • Butch Lesbian: Downplayed. The Beast herself is more androgynous in her appearance than overtly masculine. Her personal wardrobe does have "butch" elements to it though, like her biker jacket and heavy-duty work boots, and she uses the word to describe herself.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She gets in a few good ones at the Prince's expense.
  • Ethical Slut: She enjoys sex. A lot. But she very much makes sure her partners enjoy themselves as well and don't do anything they don't want to.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being framed as being rather stupid, she has a lot of emotional intelligence and strong opinions (for example, her speech to the Photographer about how no one really goes and runs away from home to a foreign country to escape their problems).
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: She's rather flat-chested and has androgynous facial features. This, of course, helps her to more easily masquerade as her twin brother.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A possible way to play her, especially if you want to keep your suspicion low and your votes high, leading to a few Your Approval Fills Me with Shame moments with her brother.

    The Prince 

AKA: The Brother

My twin brother, a grandiose Machiavellian piece of shit.

The one who got The Beast into this mess, and is making her narrate the story back to him. While she's tied to a chair...

  • Ambiguously Bi: The Swimmer is his ex-girlfriend, and it's pretty heavily implied that he had some kind of sexual or romantic relationship with The Boy; however, see the below trope.
  • Asexual: The Prince displays mostly disdain for the Beast's romantic pursuits and never expresses sexual attraction to anyone. It's also implied that he never had sex with The Swimmer while they were dating.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: Has elements of this in that he used to smoke cannabis with his classmate, The Boy - and that's not getting into how he's a socialist/anti-capitalist who's a member of a terrorist/revolutionary organisation, targeting his very rich father first and foremost.
    • Hidden Depths: Who would have guessed that his plans involved being an anti-capitalist who wants to start a revolution?
  • The Chessmaster: See: "grandiose Machiavellian piece of shit."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Sure, he might be one of the main cool kids in his class, but that doesn't mean his classmates are particularly found of him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: See also: "grandiose Machiavellian piece of shit." Not quite a master though, since he may get what he wants, but he's also hated for it.
  • Rich Bitch: A rare Gender Flipped example of the trope.
  • Wicked Cultured: He has a lot more cultural knowledge than the Beast does, frequently expressing exasperation at her not getting a reference.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: During the Boy's scenes, we learn that the Prince has a little black dress. The Beast also once makes a joke about him wearing her leather skirt, and he insists that he didn't try it...before adding that he wore a cute sundress instead (the Beast, for reference, doesn't own any sundresses).
    The Prince: I'm surprised you don't wear dresses, they're so comfortable! It feels really freeing.

The Classmates

    The President 

AKA: The Rival

Fuck this arrogant jerk and the high horse he rode in on.

  • Arranged Marriage: Set up for one with the Beauty. Depending on your choices, you could get her out of this arrangement.
  • Student Council President: His role.
  • Unknown Rival: It's a Lampshaded trope that he is this trope to The Prince; The Prince cares way less about the President, and their rivalry, than the President himself does.

    The Nerd 

AKA: The Lieutenant

The president of the student council's right-hand woman.

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Definitely can come across this way, although not as much as The President does.
  • Asexual: On her route, it's possible to give her her first kiss. The Beast notes just how strange and disjointed it feels, while the Nerd declares afterwards that she really doesn't get what other people like about it. In the end, the Beast helps her come to terms with her (lack of) sexuality. The achievement for finishing her route is "Aim for the Ace".
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: A lot of other characters assume this is the case with her and The President. It isn't (see above point about her asexuality); she's just deeply loyal to him.
  • No Social Skills: Very prominent in her scenario.
  • Shrinking Violet: She's is normally outspoken, except when it comes to romance.

    The Boy 

AKA: The Flower

A charmingly pure boy and an accidental heartbreaker.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Even disregarding his ulterior motives listed below, he steals The Beast's phone and tries using it to pressure The President to get together with him. Then he still behaves like a victim, which, while admittedly may not intentionally be this, can result in The Beast furiously calling him out on it despite saying he doesn't even deserve brutal honesty.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He has very delicate and feminine features, wears dresses, and is first encountered in the girl's corridor; this all leads The Beast to initially assume that he identified as a woman, before realising that the dresses are a new look and he still identifies as male.
  • Shipper on Deck: For the Prince and the Beauty.
    • Deconstructed, as he has ulterior motives for wanting the Prince to romance the Beauty - he's in love with the President, and essentially wants the Beauty to be out of the way.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He likes wearing dresses, even if the main reason is for the President to notice him. That said, he isn't wholesome at all.

    The Swimmer 

AKA: The Slut

A hedonist who always looks like she just left the pool.

  • Betty and Veronica: Is initially presented as the Veronica to the Photographer's Betty; doing the Photographer's route locks you out of her route.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dyes it, which means she owes a favor to the President for changing the rules to allow it

    The Photographer 

AKA: The Flame

A one-woman yearbook committee always seeking action.

  • Betty and Veronica: Is initially presented as the Betty to the Swimmer's Veronica; doing the Swimmer's route locks you out of her route. Subverted in that the Photographer is much more canny and dangerous than she appears to be.
  • Camera Fiend: She is this, being an apparent Instagram celebrity, and also the person in charge of the school yearbook.
  • Do You Trust Me??: A consistent theme in her route is to do with trust, and she asks this question more than once; most specifically, she asks if you'd be willing to give her all of your votes, and perform a sexual favour in order to get them back in exchange for her returning what she gave you and reward you with interest.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Your brother tells you to be wary of her, and one end of her route involves date-rape drugs.

    The Athlete 

AKA: The Bro

Dude, dude, duuuuude, like... he's just this guy, you know?

  • Dumb Jock: Lampshaded and discussed as being his main appeal to girls.
  • Kissing Cousins: Is more than happy to make moves on the Beast, even though she's his cousin (and he's well aware she's a lesbian).

    The Beauty 

AKA: The Princess

Beloved queen of the class with a secret sadistic streak.

  • Arranged Marriage: Set up for one with the President. Depending on your choices, you could get her out of this arrangement.
  • Brains and Bondage: She provides one of the most thoughtful portrayals of BDSM in games. Even if you don't have much contact with her outside the sessions, it's made clear how much planning she does.
  • Secret Keeper: Knows about the Twin Switch, and helps you remove suspicion... for a price.

    The Stalker 

AKA: The Hacker

The most shy nerd ever with the most obvious crush possible.


Other Characters

    The Maid 

AKA: The Boss

An actual adult responsible for making things actually work.

  • Almighty Janitor: She nominally has a servant position and some of the characters are rather nasty to her, but she also is in on the Prince's plan and actually the dominant force of their partnership, making her maid identity more of a cover.
  • Secret Keeper: Knows about the Twin Switch.

    The Father 

AKA: The Abuser / Laurence Sr.

He’s never lost control — the man who bought the world.


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