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Visual Novel / Ladykiller in a Bind

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My Twin Brother Made Me Crossdress As Him And Now I Have To Deal With A Geeky Stalker And A Domme Beauty Who Want Me In A Bind!! or Ladykiller in a Bind is an eroge Visual Novel developed by Christine Love. It was released in 2016 on Humble Bundle and in 2017 on Steam.

The Beast is a motorcycle-riding, leather jacket-wearing, sex-addicted butch lesbian with a reputation for being quite the heartbreaker. However, she's not doing well at school, so her very rich daddy might take her bike away. Her Half-Identical Twin Brother, the Prince, is a Manipulative Bastard who's on top of the social pile at his Elaborate University High. He'll help her out, for a price — his class is going on a fancy one-week cruise, and he wants her to infiltrate the cruise disguised as him, and win a popularity contest in his place.

Winning the contest is a bit of a daunting task for the Beast, as her brother is (rightfully) known as quite the notorious douche amongst his peers. This means she will have to do a lot of legwork to swing some votes in his favor, but she must at same time careful not to raise too much suspicion by acting overly nice or kind — as this would be seen as rather out of character for him — lest she be exposed as an imposter, and spend the rest of the cruise locked in the cargo hold. At the same time, though, there are plenty of hot young women along on the cruise; who is to say that the Beast cannot try to get to know some of them a bit more intimately?

Lots of sex ensues.

This game contains examples of:

  • Arranged Marriage: The Beauty is being set up in a marriage of convenience with the President. Depending on your choices, you can get her out of this arrangement.
  • Bitch Slap: The Beauty slaps the Beast often, since she's a domme.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Subverted. The game presents BDSM (for the most part) as a healthy, enjoyable thing. Some of the people who practice it are arguably bad folk, but not because of their kinks. The game even starts with disclaimers emphasizing the importance of consent and power exchange.
  • Brains and Bondage: The Beauty is something of an intellectual. Her sub, the Beast, isn't at all.
  • But Thou Must!: The first choice you get is one that will get the player stuck in a loop unless they either wait for another option to appear, or not click the first option at all.
  • Cast Full of Gay: A large number of characters is somewhere in the LGBTQA spectrum.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The Beast, especially towards the President and the Prince, both whom get on her nerves easily.
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: Sometimes, the best way to avoid suspicion and/or get what you want is the meanest.
  • Femme Fatale: A good number of the characters use their sex appeal to further their agendas, including the protagonist.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Epilogue C has one in the form of blurred text on the background when the Maid narrates how the first AI came to be, reads "Are you sure I can just type whatever in here? I really don't think the blur effect is going to be enough tbh so it's probably going to be legible and people can tell this is modern linux and not an actual P&P-18 terminal or w/e. well if you can read this, it's the Maid's fault not mine lol"
  • Gag Censor: When playing on censored mode, the sex scenes will feature the involved characters wearing tacky Christmas pullovers instead of being nude.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: The Boy refuses to swear, except for one instance.
    The Beast: Are you fucking with me?
    The Boy: ...Yes, I am fucking with you.
  • Grey-and-Gray Morality: No one is completely innocent or evil. For example: our main character is capable of some pretty messed up actions, and her brother, while being a Machiavellian piece of shit, is not that wicked either.
  • How We Got Here: The opening scene is the Prince requesting the Beast to relay everything she did while on the cruise.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Downplayed with the Maid. Even though she is the brains of the plan, the Prince is the more proactive of the two.
  • Manipulative Bastard: It might as well be Manipulative Bastard: The Game. Everyone wants something, everyone manipulates people to get it. The popularity contest just makes it more visible and the social capital more tangible.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Beast and the Boy, respectively. Bonus points for both being crossdressers.
  • Multiple Endings: As befitting of a visual novel.
  • No Name Given: Every single character. When a character is introduced, the player has a choice of using the default or alternate title to call them by (e.g. "the Athlete" or "the Bro"), or entering your own title. The only exception is the twins' father, whose name is revealed near the very end (and, by proxy, is implied to be the Prince's name as well). Epilogue C reveals the Beast's full name via her high school report card.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Being Half-Identical Twins aside, part of what makes the Twin Switch difficult for the Beast is the huge difference in the twins' core personalities: the Prince is shown to be a callous (and generally more celibate) Magnificent Bastard who happens to be very well-educated, while the Beast is shown (and implied by most available choices) to be an affable (and extremely flirtatious) Naïve Newcomer who is also failing many of her classes.
    • This is lampshaded by the Athlete; he can tell with just one look that the Beast isn't the Prince and thinks it's downright hilarious that she has everyone else on the ship fooled. This is likely because they're cousins and they've known each other since they were kids.
  • Polyamory: Depending on the player's choices, the Beast can end up with both the Beauty and the Stalker.
  • The Reveal: What the Prince was up to with the Twin Switch, and the actual scope of his plans.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Paraphrased in the game upon booting up. Also pretty heavily emphasized by the Beauty, who will put the Beast through all manner of physical and emotional abuse, but also insists on stopping everything to care for her at the first indication that she's gone too far and actually risked harming her sub.
  • Shared Universe: With Digital: A Love Story, another of Christine Love's works.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: The Beast is the shining example of this trope.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Expect pretty much all of the characters to engage in this at some point. The Beast, being our First-Person Smartass, gets the most opportunities to engage in this.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Stalker, true to her moniker. The Boy's less savoury moments have shades of this as well.
  • Student Council President: There is one in the story who serves as The Rival, aptly nicknamed either The President or The Rival by default.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Beast is prone to giving these, mainly to the President and the Boy.
  • Twin Switch: The plot is kicked off by the Prince cajoling the Beast into doing this for him. Of course, there is the added challenge that the two of them have different genders.
  • Twin Theme Naming: Lillian and Laurence, also known as the Beast and the Prince, respectively.
  • The Unfavorite: The Beast is her father's least favorite child. The Prince, on the other hand, doesn't care about his approval.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Our hero...ine, the Beast is this. And so is the Boy, but we find that out fairly early on too.
    • Comments made during The Boy's route also imply that The Prince is this tope too.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When the Beast pulls off some of the more intricate schemes, her brother will compliment her. She is not happy about it...