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28th Apr '18 6:54:40 PM ShaiPa
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* In [[Film/ShanghaiNoon "ShanghaiKnights",]] when the heroes finally recover the Chinese imperial seal from a street urchin who sole it from them earlier in the film, some Boxer rebels take the boy, and threaten to kill him if the heroes don't hand over the seal. They do, and the boy goes free as the rebels flee into the London night.

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* In [[Film/ShanghaiNoon "ShanghaiKnights",]] "Shanghai Knights",]] when the heroes finally recover the Chinese imperial seal from a street urchin who sole it from them earlier in the film, some Boxer rebels take the boy, and threaten to kill him if the heroes don't hand over the seal. They do, and the boy goes free as the rebels flee into the London night.


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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Thanos uses this method to gather three of the Infinity Stones, [[spoiler: ransoming Thor to get the Space Stone from Loki, Nebula to get the (location of) the Soul Stone from Gamora, and Tony to get the Time Stone from Dr. Strange]].
21st Feb '18 5:34:49 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/RiseOfTheGuardians'', after Jack rejects Pitch's offer of [[WeCanRuleTogether We Could Be Feared Together]], Pitch revelas that he has Baby Tooth, and demands that Jack hands over his staff in return for her. [[spoiler:Jack does so, at which point Pitch promptly has an 'ILied' moment, snaps Jack's staff in two, and dumps Jack, Baby Tooth, and the staff down a crevasse.]]

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* In ''Film/RiseOfTheGuardians'', ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', after Jack rejects Pitch's offer of [[WeCanRuleTogether We Could Be Feared Together]], Pitch revelas that he has Baby Tooth, and demands that Jack hands over his staff in return for her. [[spoiler:Jack does so, at which point Pitch promptly has an 'ILied' moment, snaps Jack's staff in two, and dumps Jack, Baby Tooth, and the staff down a crevasse.]]
18th Feb '18 7:42:53 AM Prometheus117
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** Averted in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Sunset Shimmer dognaps Spike to lure Twilight and the Humane Five to her, but then lets him go on her own instead of offering to trade him for the Element of Magic. She sneers at the very suggestion that she might threaten to hurt him: "I'm not a monster, Twilight."
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', when it becomes apparent their powers are at a deadlock, Tirek resorts to this to get Twilight to surrender her and the Princesses' powers.

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** Averted in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Sunset Shimmer dognaps Spike to lure Twilight and the Humane Five to her, but then lets him go on her own instead of offering to trade him for the Element of Magic. She sneers at the very suggestion that she might threaten to hurt him: "I'm "[[EvenEvilHasStandards I'm not a monster, Twilight."
]]" [[spoiler:It's also a hint at her own HeelFaceTurn after she recovers from [[SuperpoweredEvilSide transforming into a fire-wielding demon]], as she's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified by her willingness to try and murder Twilight and the Humane Five]]]].
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', when it becomes apparent their powers are at a deadlock, Tirek resorts to this to get Twilight to surrender her and the Princesses' powers.powers, bringing forth the trapped and powerless Mane Six, Spike and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Discord]]. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood He was honestly surprised Twilight only agreed if he freed her old enemy Discord as well, despite Discord having betrayed them to Tirek]], [[spoiler:and it ultimately bit him in the ass because despite getting the Princess' powers, Twilight finally unlocked the MacGuffin and used its power to [[CurbStompBattle crush him, take the magic back, and send him to Tartarus]]]].
8th Feb '18 3:37:03 AM Piterpicher
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* [[TheDon Mr. Motley]] makes this offer to late into ''PerdidoStreetStation'': [[spoiler:Lin's life in exchange for the slake-moths]]. However, the resident SatisfiedStreetRat says that he's seen Motley pull this trick before, and every time, [[SubvertedTrope the hostage was dead before the demand was even made]], because there's nothing in it for him ''not'' to kill them. [[spoiler:It later turns out Motley actually ''did'' have a reason to keep Lin around (not that Lemuel would have had no way of knowing it), but it's still unlikely that he'd have kept his end of the bargain.]]

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* [[TheDon Mr. Motley]] makes this offer to late into ''PerdidoStreetStation'': ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'': [[spoiler:Lin's life in exchange for the slake-moths]]. However, the resident SatisfiedStreetRat says that he's seen Motley pull this trick before, and every time, [[SubvertedTrope the hostage was dead before the demand was even made]], because there's nothing in it for him ''not'' to kill them. [[spoiler:It later turns out Motley actually ''did'' have a reason to keep Lin around (not that Lemuel would have had no way of knowing it), but it's still unlikely that he'd have kept his end of the bargain.]]
13th Nov '17 6:00:32 PM rjd1922
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Common in videogames; the villains usually let the heroes [[GottaCatchThemAll collect the seven whatevers]] and then [[MacGuffinDeliveryService step in with a trade]]. The games will even tease you with the choice of not doing it, ButThouMust.

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Common in videogames; video games; the villains usually let the heroes [[GottaCatchThemAll collect the seven whatevers]] and then [[MacGuffinDeliveryService step in with a trade]]. The games will even tease you with the choice of not doing it, ButThouMust.
4th Nov '17 7:29:32 AM NNinja
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* In ''Film/RomancingTheStone'' the villain Ira captures Joan sister to exchange it for precious emerald. Unusually for the trope when villain gets the macguffin he releases the hostage.
1st Nov '17 7:59:26 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Luciuis tries to get Harry to hand over the prophecy for his friends' safety, however he didn't actually have any hostages yet. Later he and Bellatrix get hold of Neville and tell Harry Bellatrix says she'll torture him until Harry hands over the prophecy, like she did to Neville's parents until they lost their minds. Luckily the Order arrives shortly after they start because Neville would have never forgiven Harry if he'd handed the thing over and Harry was having a hard time seeing his friend being tortured.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Luciuis tries to get Harry to hand over the prophecy for his friends' safety, however he didn't actually have any hostages yet. Later he and Bellatrix get hold of Neville and tell Harry Bellatrix says she'll torture him until Harry hands over the prophecy, like she did to Neville's parents until they lost their minds. Luckily the Order arrives shortly after they start because Neville would have never forgiven Harry if he'd handed the thing over and Harry was having a hard time seeing his friend being tortured.
1st Nov '17 7:58:47 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Luciuis tries to get Harry to hand over the prophecy for his friends' safety, however he didn't actually have any hostages yet. Later he and Bellatrix get hold of Neville and tell Harry Bellatrix says she'll torture him until Harry hands over the prophecy, like she did to Neville's parents until they lost their minds. Luckily the Order arrives shortly after they start because Neville would have never forgiven Harry if he'd handed the thing over and Harry was having a hard time seeing his friend being tortured.
6th Oct '17 6:14:19 PM Lanes17B
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* In [[Film/ShanghaiNoon "ShanghaiKnights",]] when the heroes finally recover the Chinese imperial seal from a street urchin who sole it from them earlier in the film, some Boxer rebels take the boy, and threaten to kill him if the heroes don't hand over the seal. They do, and the boy goes free as the rebels flee into the London night.
15th Aug '17 12:36:25 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', Bandit Keith holds Ishizu hostage to force you to hand over the Millennium Items. When you then defeat him in a duel, he ups the ante and orders you to hand over your Egyptian God Cards.

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* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', Bandit Keith holds Ishizu hostage to force you to hand over the Millennium Items. When you then defeat him in a duel, he ups the ante and orders you to hand over your Egyptian God Cards.
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