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Tropes about binds, chains, cuffs, ropes, and other restraints, as well as situations in which characters are physically restrained.

Not to be confused with Self-Restraint, The Fettered, or Morality Chain; these are metaphorical restraints.


Restraint methods
  • All Webbed Up: When dealing with dangerous spiders, someone gets wrapped up in their webs.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: The classic way to kidnap someone is to get them in a burlap sack.
  • Bear Trap
  • Bound and Gagged: A character is tied up and silenced somehow.
  • Carpet-Rolled Corpse: To move a body (dead or alive), someone wraps the body up in a carpet and carries it.
  • Caught in a Snare: A trap manages to capture someone and leave them hanging in the air.
  • Chained by Fashion: Wearing chains intentionally as a fashion statement.
  • Chains of Love: A darker parallel to the Red String of Fate; a symbolic chain shows that two characters are bound to each other.
  • Dangled by a Giant: A giant character holds a tiny character by pinching the collar of their shirt between their thumb and index finger.
  • Explosive Leash: A device attached to or inside of someone that will explode if the person tries to escape.
  • Gelatinous Encasement: A character gets trapped in a mass of slime/ooze/jello.
  • Gulliver Tie-Down: A bunch of tiny people tie down their giant opponent.
  • Hand Gagging: Putting a hand over someone's mouth to silence them.
  • Handy Cuffs: When handcuffs are used to the wearer's advantage.
  • Inescapable Net: A non-lethal way to incapacitate someone—snaring them in a net they cannot break free of.
  • Jammed Seatbelts: A character is in a car and needs to get out fast, but their seatbelts are jammed and won't let them escape.
  • Knotty Tentacles: An opponent with tentacles has said tentacles tied up and knotted to incapacitate them.
  • Mummy Wrap: A mummy uses its bandages to wrap its opponent up just like them.
  • Murphy's Bed: When a bed (usually a murphy, though not always) manages to trap a character.
  • Shackle Seat Trap: A normal-looking seat is actually a trap and shackles down whoever is sitting upon it.
  • Shipped in Shackles: When a prisoner is not only delivered to a place, but is restrained in every way possible.
  • Slave Collar: To show that a character is a slave, they wear some sort of collar.
  • Sticky Situation: A character is trapped with an adhesive.
  • Summon Binding: A being summoned by Summon Magic has their actions physically and/or mentally restricted through magical means.
  • Supernormal Bindings: A character with supernatural abilities requires special, supernatural restraints.
  • Tentacle Rope: Tentacles are used to capture or trap someone.
  • Tribal Carry: Captured by unwelcoming natives, a character is tied on a pole by their wrists and feet and carried away.

Restrained characters