After sharing the MTV Geek - Supernatural By Numbers article, Det_Coverdale wondered if anyone out there had compiled stats on how many times Sam and Dean had been bound by captors, or each other!  When the answer was no, Det_Coverdale went to work and came up with the whole detailed breakdown by episode and season!  Here's my quirky little way of presenting such...statistics.  Warning, it might trigger feelings of naughtiness, perversion, or perhaps the need for a cold shower afterward.  Please forgive me and my very evil mind.  

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Every one in a while, we like to get crazy here at the Winchester Family Business and overanalyze certain statistical trends.  If there is one true occupational hazard with Sam and Dean Winchester, it’s that they have this knack for always finding trouble.  There are plenty of bad guys out there with some ropes or cuffs handy that jump on the chance to bind them and show them who's in charge.  Um, I mean, tie them down real tight so they can’t get away, and then have their way with them.  No, no, not have their way, I’m talking about making sure Sam and Dean can’t fight back when bad things are done to them.  Eek, not that either, I mean... how about some pictures to explain my point?
 
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Number of times Sam has been restrained:  37

You see, it’s purely some evil villain getting hard...I mean making it hard for Sam and Dean to prove how truly wicked they are.  The villain I mean, not Sam and Dean.  Here, maybe more photos will show you what I'm trying to say.

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Number of times Dean has been restrained:  28 

You see?  It's just simple domination...I mean maintaining control...I mean, uh-  For example, law enforcement too love throwing around their authority, making sure Sam and Dean don’t get the upper hand.  They always have those handcuffs handy to keep those boys in line.

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Number of times the brothers have been cuffed:

Dean - 10

Sam - 8

There are even times when Sam and Dean cuffed have each other (Wait, in a non-sexual way of course!  We all know they don't swing that way).

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Number of times Dean has tied/cuffed Sam:
 5

Number of times Sam has tied/cuffed Dean: 1


Then there's the multiple ways that villains use to keep those Winchesters down.  The most common choice is rope.  Often it's the nice thick kind, that should make escape kind of easy, but strangely it usually works against our heroes.  It also seems to be the preferred choice for keeping Sam down more than Dean.  I guess it works on freakishly tall guys.

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Number of times the brothers have been bound by rope:  

Dean - 12

Sam - 19

So what is the point I'm trying to make with all these statistical facts?  Here’s some supporting graphs.  

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I said GRAPHS, not GRAPHIC!  You know, how many episodes by season Sam and Dean have been restrained by ropes, chains, cuffs, shackles, leather straps, maybe some strange things like electrical cords, cobwebs, ski boots...

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It's amazing how Sam and Dean's job keeps them so tied up.  Good thing they're big boys that can take it.  Like this:   

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Number of Times Bound by Other (not cuffs or rope):

Dean - 5

Sam - 12
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Number of times both Sam and Dean have been restrained in the same episode: 12 
 
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 Number of times in the whole series Dean and Sam have been gagged:

 Dean - 1

 Sam - 2







So you see, we're just sharing simple statistics on the number of times Sam and Dean have been tied up and forced to take it.  Wait, that didn't come out right.  It's harmless fun with facts!  Curious about the total breakdown by Episode?  We'd be remiss if we didn't have all the details.




Episode 

Character

Device

By Whom

Season One Pilot 

Dean

Cuffs 

By Police  



Wendigo 

Dean

Bound (rope) 

By Wendigo  



Skin 

Dean(once) & Sam(twice)

Bound (rope) 

By Shapeshifter  



Scarecrow 

Dean

Bound (rope) 

By The Locals  



The Benders 

Dean

Cuffs

By Cop

 

Dean Bound (rope) By the Benders


Shadow 

Dean & Sam 

Bound (rope) 

By Meg  

Season Two Bloodlust 

Sam

Bound (rope); Gagged 

By Vampires  
  The Usual Suspects 

Dean

Cuffs 

By police (for majority of episode)  



Hunted 

Dean

Bound (rope); Gagged 

By Gordon  



Born Under A Bad Sign 

Sam

Bound (rope) 

By Dean and Bobby  



Folsom Prison Blues 

Dean & Sam 

Cuffs

By Police/Corrections  




What Is And What Should Never Be

Dean 

Bound (rope) 

By Djinn  

Season Three Bad Day At Black Rock  Sam 

Bound (duct tape) 

By Kubrick  




A Very Supernatural Christmas               

Dean & Sam


Bound (rope) 

By Pagan Gods  



Dream A Little Dream Of Me 

Sam

Bound (rope) 

By Jeremy  



Jus In Bello 

Dean & Sam 

Cuffs 

By Police  



Ghostfacers 

Sam 

Bound (rope) 

By spirit (Dagget)  



Long Distance Call

Sam

Bound (electrical cord)

By Crocotta



Time Is On My Side Sam Bound (leather straps) By Doc Benton 
  No Rest For The Wicked Dean Bound (chains and hooks) By Hell

Season Four Monster Movie

Dean

Bound (metal bars)

By Shapeshifter                           



Criss Angel is A Douchebag

Dean & Sam 

Bound (noose - Dean, metal shackles - Sam)

By Charlie



Jump The Shark

Sam

Bound (rope & straps)

By Ghouls



When the Levee Breaks

Sam

Bound (straps); 

By Alistair (dream)

    Sam

Cuffs and chains By Bobby and Dean

Season Five Good God Y'All

Sam

Bound (rope)

By Rufus



The End

Dean

Cuffs 

By Future Dean



Fallen Idols

Dean & Sam 

Bound (rope) 

By Leshi



Changing Channels

Dean & Sam 

Bound (ski boots)

By Trickster



Sam, Interrupted

Sam

Bound (leather straps)

By Wraith



Swap Meat

Sam

Bound (rope)

By teenagers 



My Bloody Valentine

Sam

Cuffs 

By Dean



Point Of No Return

Dean

Cuffs 

By Sam

Season Six You Can't Handle The Truth

Dean & Sam

Bound (rope)

By Veritas



Family Matters

Sam

Bound (rope)

By Dean



Caged Heat

Dean & Sam

Bound (rope)

By Meg



Appointment in Samarra

Sam

Cuffs

By Dean & Bobby



Unforgiven

Dean & Sam 

Bound (cobwebs)

By Arachne

    Sam Cuffs

By Sheriff

  And Then There Were None Sam Bound (zip ties) By Rufus, Bobby & Dean
Season Seven

Meet The New Boss

Sam

Bound (chain around neck) 

By Hallucination



Defending Your Life

Dean

Bound (chains)

By Osiris



Slash Fiction

Sam

Cuffs

By Police



Season 7, Time For A Wedding

Sam

Bound (rope); Gagged

By Becky



Adventures In Babysitting

Sam

Bound (rope)

By Vetala



Time After Time After Time

Dean

Cuffs 

By Police



Repo Man

Dean

Bound (rope)

By Jeffrey



The Born-Again Identity

Sam

Bound (leather straps)

By Hospital

Season Eight Citizen Fang

Dean

Cuffs

By Martin



As Time Goes By

Dean & Sam

Cuffs

By Henry





Sam

Bound (rope)

By Abaddon



Freaks and Geeks Sam

Bound (rope)

By Victor


The stats don't lie! In the end, a little bondage never hurt Sam and Dean.  As a matter of fact, they're kind of better for it.  Or maybe that's us.    

A massive, big thanks to Det_Coverdale for putting all these stats together and fueling my wicked creativity in this point of Hellatus where I'm desperate for material and not afraid to push boundaries. 

Comments  

novi
# novi 2013-09-27 09:22
Hope, in S9 the boys will tie into it again!
Thank you so much for the laugh, puns + pictures = the best!
nightsky
# nightsky 2013-09-27 12:49
Sam really gets the short end of the stick, every time! (wait, did that sound right?) Add time spent locked in a cage (Benders + Hell) and I sure wouldn't want to be Sam!

Superwiki will be proud of you!
Alice
# Alice 2013-09-27 13:20
I don't know, I think I've hit a new low. :lol:
st50
# st50 2013-09-27 13:29
Does it make me a bad person if I say I enjoyed this article?
Wink, wink, say no more.....
But Please, Carver, continue to show us more.... :oops:
suzee51
# suzee51 2013-09-27 15:10
M-m-m-m . . . bondage and Winchester men . . . now that's the stuff of dreams.

Thank you, Alice, for proving how much fun statistical study truly can be. Think I will be doing my own "research" tonight in my dreams!
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# E 2013-09-27 15:16
Well..... (fans self) Let me start by saying that "We Were Robbed!!, Robbed, I say" in season 8 anyway only 6%? It seems like the banner bondage years were 3, 5 and 7.

Maybe you could add in Sam in a cage in Benders; not the normal type bondage by Winchester standards, but the boy WAS restrained....

And shouldn't Dean bound by chains in Hell count? (No Rest for the Wicked)....
E
# E 2013-09-27 15:17
Oops... meant to mention that I loved this article.. it had me laughing out loud!
digyd
# digyd 2013-09-27 16:21
That. was. awesome. Can't figure out how to concentrate now. Sigh.
KELLY
# KELLY 2013-09-27 17:51
Great article. I love scientific pursuits. I'm sure we're all better for having this knowledge. I appreciate the hours of labor(ed breathing) to must have taken to collect the data. How you suffered.
Far Away Eyes
# Far Away Eyes 2013-09-27 17:55
And to think they say stats aren't fun. What a fun treat.
KG_SPN
# KG_SPN 2013-09-27 18:52
Thanks Alice :lol:

I think I was about to do something important before reading this article, lol. Very distracted now.

I have a challenge for you, Alice (or Det_Coverdale). How many times have Sam and Dean been restrained by demons (without physical bondage)? ;-)

Also, I'd like to know how many times Sam has almost been strangled to death? It seems like every second episode someone has their hands around his throat (even an electrical cord on one occasion). Dean would also have some stats here, but I suspect Sammy (unfortunately, for him) wins this one :sigh:
det_coverdale
# det_coverdale 2013-09-27 19:15
Thanks, Alice, for turning my stats into a fun article. With SPN, it's all about being a liiittle wicked.

And I did entertain recording strangling and cage stats but, then again, where do you stop? Winchesters can cause you to get a little carried away. :-)
Alice
# Alice 2013-09-27 20:12
Okay, I ran this by a jury (fine - it was my family at dinner). The cage, while most intriguing, doesn't not count. He's trapped, not bound. However, Dean on chains and hooks in "No Rest For The Wicked?" Hell yeah that should be there! So, I've re-adjusted the stats to include, and even threw the photo in the ideal spot.

With so many episodes, I knew something was bound to be missed. Hee, I made a pun.
Alice
# Alice 2013-09-27 20:13
However, if you want to see a picture of Sam in a cage, I'll oblige!

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# m 2013-09-28 01:21
http://www.winchesterbros.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=949&pid=248560#top_display_media
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# m 2013-09-28 01:23
http://www.winchesterbros.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=248560&fullsize=1


Does this count?
Scullspeare
# Scullspeare 2013-09-28 14:49
Poor boys.... They've been through the wringer, haven't they?.

Most impressive knot-work award goes to Jump the Shark; whenever I see the opening shot of Sam tied to the table by the ghouls, and the camera lingers on the knot-work around the table leg, I think, "Damn - those ghouls (and the crewmember who tied them) know what they're doing." ;-)

One more for your list: In 6.16 (And Then There Were None), Dean binds Sam's hands with one of those plastic twist-lock ties police use when they think he may have that Khan-worm thingy (technical term :lol: ) in his ear. I've often wondered why they don't use those ties more often; it seems like without a knife, they'd be the toughest to get out of. Or maybe they don't use them because of that ;-)

Thanks for a fun read.
Alice
# Alice 2013-09-29 00:38
Oops. Forgot about And Then There Were None too! I've adjusted the stats accordingly. Thanks so much Scullspeare for pointing that out!
Sylvie
# Sylvie 2013-10-02 10:30
Wow, Sam certainly gets tied up a lot!!!! Love it. :oops: A little Winchester bondage can go a long way to make my day sooooo much better. Thanks. :-*