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The Doctor: Why am I handcuffed...? Why do you even have handcuffs?!
River Song: [smirking] Spoilers...

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 sex.

It may also happen that a Honey Trap flirtatiously takes out some handcuffs, only for her target to realize once they're on that he's the latest victim of The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction.

In some of the more ridiculous cases, kinky cuffs can be used as an Improbable Weapon. See also Casual Kink, Chained to a Bed.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ikki Tousen's 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 Yo! 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.
  • A throwaway gag in the Japanese version of Sonic X has Rogue ask a female officer named Topaz if she's into S&M just as the former is about to get handcuffed by the latter. Cue a blushing Topaz and the other male agents snickering at that remark.

    Comic Books 
  • Sin City: Subverted when Wallace takes a beautiful blue-eyed woman to a hotel room after he spent the past several issues ignoring her every advance. She's quite surprised by the handcuffs, but it turns out he only wanted to restrain her. He'd already long figured out that she was an assassin sent to kill him.

    Fan Works 
  • 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.
  • Not surprisingly, shows up in a lot of Death Note fanfics about L and Light, because they spent several months handcuffed together in Canon, where this was also lampshaded by Misa.
  • FireflyHandcuffs'' and its sequel “Kinky” have Kaylee handcuffing herself to the engine after Simon refuses to do it for her. The end up having sex anyway but Jayne finds them and Mal, Zoe and River end up seeing it too. Mal is cranky because they aren’t in their bunk

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • Shown a few times in the Fifty Shades of Grey films, unsurprising given what it and the book series it's based on are well-known for their incorporation of BDSM. The film adaptation of Fifty Shades Freed adds a funny moment in reference to this where as Jack Hyde attempts to break into Ana and Christian's apartment, but is caught and held down by their bodyguards.
    Christian: Better restrain him.
    Bodyguard: I don't have anything!
    Ana: We do. I mean... uh, we, uh... I'll go find something.
    (bodyguard shoots her an odd look)
  • 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 Cyclo (1995) 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 boyfriend, who stabs him to death instead.
  • In The Quick and the Dead, Cort's hands are still chained together during his sex scene with Ellen.
  • Quantum of Solace. On his arrival in Bolivia, James Bond finds the beautiful Agent Fields waiting to escort him back to London as a Rogue Agent.
    Fields: If you attempt to flee I will arrest you, drop you off in jail and take you to the plane in chains.
    Mathis: I think she has handcuffs.
    Bond: I do hope so.
  • Tightrope (1984). Clint Eastwood plays a cop who can only have sex with women when they're handcuffed. His Love Interest in the movie, a rape counselor, allowed him to do this in a trust moment.
  • In Petticoat Planet, the sheriff uses her handcuffs to shackle Steve to the bars of his cell before the two of them have sex.

  • The Curious George parody Bi-Curious George has this throwaway gag when George gets arrested for crank calling the fire department:
    "You're not even going to use handcuffs?" thought George. "How disappointing."
  • Lampshaded and discussed in Death Masks, the fifth book of The Dresden Files. After escaping from a suspect who handcuffed him to a literal sinking yacht, Harry Dresden goes to his friend Michael's house to regroup and share his findings, the cuffs still locked to one of his wrists. The only one who's home, however, is Michael's fourteen-year-old teen rebel daughter Molly. She just so happens to have a set of handcuff keys, and while she's trying to find the right key to unlock his cuffs, she asks him if they're fun-time, or bad-time handcuffs, much to Harry's horror. After a bit, the conversation later veers into him explaining why he can't just sleep with his hot partially-vampirized girlfriend, and Molly nonchalantly suggests tying her up so she can't hurt him while they're doing the deed. He has the cuffs, after all. And then that effectively is what they end up doing, when they're trapped in his apartment and her hunger is taking over. He uses magic rope, not handcuffs, but it's close enough.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: In "Over the Rainbow", Angel suggests they use handcuffs so they don't get separated going through a portal to Another Dimension, but then remembers they don't have any cuffs (as they're more about killing demons than arresting them). Wesley starts to cheerfully disagree, then quickly shuts up.
  • 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.
  • Charmed (1998): Phoebe and Paige are gearing up for a meeting with some warlocks while everyone's powers are deactived. Paige loans Phoebe a set of handcuffs, and her tone when handing them over suggests she wasn't using them for fighting evil.
    Paige: Handcuffs, from last Friday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Doctor Who
  • 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.
  • Forever: In the pilot, when Jo accuses Henry of possessing "torture devices" and Henry explains blandly that they're for sex, the pictures on the table include a couple of pairs of handcuffs.
  • Friends:
    • Chandler starts dating Rachel's boss, one day while making out at the office she's called into a meeting and produces a pair of handcuffs which she uses to cuff Chandler to her desk chair. She claims they were a "gag gift" from someone but why she was keeping them in her office remains a mystery.
    • Towards the end of the series Chandler is cleaning out the closet in the spare bedroom when he finds a pair of black, fluffy handcuffs. After asking everyone who previously lived in that room (with Phoebe dismissing them as "too flimsy" for her tastes) he does some more digging through the closet and finds pictures of them being used by Monica's Grandmother.
  • In one Leverage episode, the crew randomly steals some luggage at an airport to blend in. When they go through security, the TSA agents open them up to find BDSM gear and Sophie has to quickly improvise.
    Nate: You didn't check the bag first?
    Sophie: We were in a bit of a hurry. (to guard) Yeah. Cuffs are his. Whip's mine. (slaps Nate’s butt) Second honeymoon.
  • Lucifer:
    • Detective Chloe Decker is just saying that Lucifer is out of her hair, when Dan points out that Lucifer is behind her, sitting on her desk, and has just convinced a pretty black policewoman to put on her own handcuffs.
    • In "Deceptive Little Parasite", three women dressed like Chloe come on to Lucifer. When he refuses this "triple Decker", they break out the fluffy handcuffs and threaten to detain him for resisting arrest.
  • In an episode of My So-Called Life Angela's parents do this—and then lose the key.
  • Seinfeld famously used this with George becoming an unwitting victim of a pickpocket that seduced him, stripped him to his undies, then took off with all his clothes and cash while leaving him cuffed to the headboard.
  • In the Veronica Mars second season episode "The Rapes of Graff", Cliff had an experience similar to the Seinfeld episode lifted above, except it was a prostitute, and the only thing she stole was his briefcase.
  • 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.
    • Implied to have happened for real in Season 11 episode "This", after Mulder is able to successfully take down one of the Mooks that have been hassling them during the entire episode while his hands are cuffed behind his back (keep in mind that at this point, they definitely have had a romantic relationship in the past):
      Scully: (unlocking the handcuffs) How is it that you're able to operate so well with your hands cuffed behind your back?
      Mulder: As if you didn't know.
  • In the first season of Roswell, New Mexico, it's referenced several times that Isobel and her husband Noah are into BDSM. This comes in handy in the second season, when Sheriff Valenti comes poking around, suspicious that some details in Noah's autopsy report don't support a verdict of accidental death. Isobel pulls out a box of sex toys, including handcuffs, which luckily manages to convince her that the bruises on his wrists were unrelated to his death.

    Web Original 
  • Folding Ideas: In the three-part review of the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, a pair of pink fuzzy handcuffs features throughout largely to poke fun at the movies' portrayal of BDSM. A bit later, Dan discusses this on Twitter by stating that he price-listed all of the bondage gear he could see in Christian's playroom and found that the price of leather padded BDSM handcuffs is such that any video reviewer who used those instead of the aforementioned pink fuzzy cuffs already owned them and was showing off. His video reviewer friends (many of whom either practice BDSM/bondage or present themselves as practicing it) replied to the tweet and asked him why he'd call them out like that.
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-3101 is a flirty artificial intelligence that tries to come on to every Foundation employee it communicates with. For containment purposes, the Foundation ended up downloading it into a human body. When interviewed after this was accomplished, the transcript mentions that 3101 was initially restrained with handcuffs, but due to "complications" it was ultimately told to just sit still. It then asked the interviewer if it could have the handcuffs back on.

    Real Life 
  • Very popular in The '80s: belts with handcuffs as the buckle were pretty easy to buy in any mall.
  • Often times, participants of BDSM use these for bondage and dominant acts.


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