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This is a reference for all aspiring directors, animators and fiction writers out there. Staring Marisu as The Damsel.

How do you use this chart?

Well, the chart shows the various levels of helplessness of the damsel relative to the kind of restraints she's in.
The more effective the restraints -> the greater the degree of helplessness -> the greater the suspension of disbelief -> the better the scene -> the better the fiction -> the greater the praise you'll receive -> the more money you'll get -> the better you'll feel about yourself.

The more realism, drama or believability you want, the further along the chart you should go, with preference for the last 2-3 states.

While i think the picture is all you need, i've taken the liberty of writing out the states in a completely neutral way so as to help you decide which state is best for your DID scene.

Enjoy!

7th state - Completely restrained (hands and feet together behind back; hogtied and gagged). This is the best and most believable kind of restraint. Only the best writers and directors use this state. ... maybe that intimidates you? But if you want to be the best...

6th state - Completely bound and gagged (hands behind back, legs tied, gagged, additional rope to discourage struggling). Being the best is too intimidating for you. This is your compromise. Only the most perfectionist of audience members will fault you too severely. But appealing to ~80% is good enough, right? That's a solid 'B' in most academic circles. Enjoy your career of mediocrity.

5th state - Completely bound (hands behind back, ropes to discourage struggling). You're lazy and or cheap and don't feel like putting in the work. You put in the minimum amount of effort and you shall reap the minimum amount of reward - just like the job you had as a teenager. Alternatively, the damsel is only temporarily restrained, and you're moving your way to states 6 or 7.

4th state - Hands behind back only. You believe in letting the audience's imagination "fill in the details". That's why you write lousy dialog, lousy action and, and yes, even lousy DID scenes. Maybe you're making this for small children or it's just a paycheque. Who'm i to judge? Like the vast majority of people, i'm probably not even in your audience.

3rd state - Arms at side. You are writing a cartoon for young children and/or your Damsel In Distress has been 'captured' by animals or small children or herself in a purely comedic scene that isn't meant to be good. Or even passable.

2nd state - Hands in front. You don't care. At all. Perhaps you're trying to get fired or you're between brain hemorrhages. Either way, no serious creative type should ever use this unless they want to live a life full of shame and regret.

1st state - Completely free. This isn't a DID scene. It's on here for context only. If you attempt to use this state in seriousness, yikes!


And with this tool, you too, can make great works of fiction that inspire millions and bring yourself fame and fortune. No need to thank me, hollywood - the increased quality of DID scenes will be thanks enough. Enjoy your illustrious career as a creative type, my friend, and continue to live the dream!

About the pic: I was going to put this on my website only, but i feel like it'd be useful here, too. Maybe i'll put it up on didcomcs as well in the future.

And if this still doesn't fill your daily dose of Marisu, you can find another comic here: didcomics.com/comic/marisu/mar…
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:iconwiredlittleprincess:
wiredlittleprincess Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018
This is grate. I used this for how tightly I get tied up.
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TMason Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
An excellent use for it.
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wiredlittleprincess Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018
I think so too. Excellent pice of work. For some reason my wife has me tied up like in numbers 5 and 6. Bindings fit for a princess.
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nin09 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018
A ranking system for distress. This is great.:) (Smile)

6 and 7 are my favorite. 
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TMason Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
I see you have an eye for quality DID scenes.
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nin09 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Yeah, I like to keep the level really high!:) (Smile) 
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HanSolo14 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018
Would a gag improve the 4th state?
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:icontmason:
TMason Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
A gag can improve any state.
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DiDRulez Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
Love stages 1, 2 and 3 because of how her sleeves looks specially stage 3 and love the rope work, love stage 4
because of how her sleeves look with rope and love stages 5, 6 and 7 because Marisu is all tied up :love:.
And also love how her outfit looks with the black socks
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:icontmason:
TMason Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
I think you might have a fetish for rolled up sleeves :P
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:icondidrulez:
DiDRulez Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
I do usually on how they look like I have a fetish for penny gadget's pants hems
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PinkestBalloon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Any of them are fine by me.
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:icontmason:
TMason Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Even State 1!?
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:icontgib117:
TGIB117 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
3rd state is a favorite of mine, assuming your use way more rope and a gag. But there's never a wrong way to rope up Marisu
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:icontmason:
TMason Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Arms at side, eh? I guess there's fans for every state. ;)
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TGIB117 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I'm also a fan of leaving Marius to reduce that meter on her own
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Topologist Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
Sorry to bang on again about my particular kink, but
"State 8 (State 7 plus blindfold): Now the damsel is completely helpless, unable to even locate those pesky scissors. This also sorts out the merely good actresses from the great ones, as the latter can continue to emote even with their eyes covered!" :)
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:icontmason:
TMason Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
:P

This isn't about kink here. It's about producing quality fiction. And yes, even the actress has to rise to the occasion!
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PokeCaptor11 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
A scale I never knew I needed but I love, but there are so many variations, how can I be sure where my DID scenes fit in? Would chairs fit in the 6th or 7th state? Is the mythical 8th state real?
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:icontmason:
TMason Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
What's in that 8th state?

I think a chair tie can work into this. It's just an extra prop.

Are her hands in front of her (tied to arms of char?) State 2.
Are her hands at her sides? State 3
Are her hands behind her, but no extra rope? State 4
Are her hands behind her back and the chair and extra ropes? State 5

Etc. :)
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PokeCaptor11 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Who knows. Straightjackets, magical encasements with no knots, sealed bindings, webbing, could be anything.

Thanks for clearing that up. :)
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birdman9999 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2018
Cool idea! I'm actually a big fan of states 2 and 4 (and yes, I am in between brain hemorrhages, thank you), especially 2. I think that, contrary to your message here, more minimalistic bondage can actually be more exciting for some people. I don't know why, though. I'm a total sucker for hands-in-front ties :)
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TMason Featured By Owner Edited Sep 17, 2018
:P

Well, to each his own. I'm glad at least some people enjoy the hands in front ties. Personally i dislike 'em. Especially when it's a CID and the dude is the one with his hands behind and the girl has her hands in front. That's just.... no! Angered 
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birdman9999 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Haha, I love that we can be so picky about these things, but no two people are exactly the same.
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shadow280 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
Hahaha, I cracked up reading those descriptions. I most certainly agree with the analysis you have performed though. We all need to strive for greatness.
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TMason Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Who wants to be known for mediocre (or worse!) writing? no one.
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WarioNumberOne Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
A lot of these people could use a second tutorial on gags, too.  I can't even count the number of movies/cartoons/TV shows/etc. where a single strip of tape or loosely-tied cloth is all it takes to completely silence someone.
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TMason Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Often times, no gag at all.

But really, if they're not even bothering to tie the girl up, it's hardly surprising they'd bother to gag her, too.
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doouche Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
Feels like forever since we've gotten an update from you, good to see your art once more!
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:icontmason:
TMason Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
I do try and post every week. But sometimes i miss a week or two :(
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PackersFan2 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist
I love it! Such a creative idea
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TMason Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Thanks.

Really, it's a chart that's long overdue for hollywood.
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PackersFan2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist
You're right! They need it! 
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