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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.
12th Aug '17 3:40:22 AM azbyc15243
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* In the sixth volume of ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'', the heroes and villains are fighting over three artifacts: the Founder's Map, the Diamond Master Key and the Golden Treasure Chest. Kyousuke's group has the first two, while Bridesmaid has the third and has also kidnapped the Meinokawa sisters. They offer to trade the two of them for the remaining two artifacts. [[spoiler:Kyousuke's group lay traps in the zoo where the hostage exchange takes place, allowing them to rescue the sisters without handing the artifacts over.]]
8th Aug '17 4:09:42 PM fruitstripegum
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* Occurs twice in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin'':
** First, Red Rackham forces Sir Francis Haddock to give him the treasure the Unicorn is carrying in exchange for his men's lives, only to go back on his word and kill them anyway.
** Later, [[spoiler: his descendant]] Sakharine threatens to drown Haddock and Snowy if Tintin doesn't give him the scrolls.
29th Jul '17 12:16:57 PM nombretomado
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* In the first ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' (the {{NES}} one), Jaquio makes Ryu give him the Demon Statue that will let him summon the Ancient Demon; or else he would kill "the girl." (Irene, but Ryu at this point [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl didn't even know her name.]]) Naturally the Demon is summoned, but fortunately Ryu kills the Demon anyways.

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* In the first ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' (the {{NES}} UsefulNotes/{{NES}} one), Jaquio makes Ryu give him the Demon Statue that will let him summon the Ancient Demon; or else he would kill "the girl." (Irene, but Ryu at this point [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl didn't even know her name.]]) Naturally the Demon is summoned, but fortunately Ryu kills the Demon anyways.
27th Apr '17 12:49:46 PM Steven
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*** In addition, since [[TheChick Garnet]] is a magic user and [[TheHero Zidane]] isn't, the player will probably put Zidane in the party going after the plot coupon and leave Garnet in the hostage party, fulfilling the "hostage is the hero's lover" variant of this trope.

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*** In addition, since [[TheChick Garnet]] is a magic user and [[TheHero Zidane]] isn't, the player will probably put Zidane in the party going after the plot coupon and leave Garnet in the hostage party, fulfilling the "hostage is the hero's lover" variant of this trope.
17th Mar '17 7:16:53 AM TudorRose
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* In the ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Histories]]'' book ''Thomas'', the evil Dahrem Ruhar threatens to kill the temple maiden Neltemi unless Mulligan hands over the ninth fragment of [[GodOfEvil Sarpedon's]] egg. Mulligan is ready to comply, but [[spoiler:Neltemi [[HeroicSacrifice stabs herself]] with Dahrem's blades so he won't have to make the choice and can escape.]]

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* In the ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Histories]]'' book ''Thomas'', the evil Dahrem Ruhar threatens to kill the temple maiden Neltemi unless Mulligan hands over the ninth fragment of [[GodOfEvil Sarpedon's]] egg. Mulligan is ready to comply, but [[spoiler:Neltemi [[HeroicSacrifice stabs herself]] with Dahrem's blades [[PoisonedWeapons poisoned blades]] so he won't have to make the choice and can escape.]]
17th Mar '17 7:15:58 AM TudorRose
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* In the ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Histories]]'' book ''Thomas'', the evil Dahrem Ruhar threatens to kill the temple maiden Neltemi unless Mulligan hands over the ninth fragment of [[GodOfEvil Sarpedon's]] egg. Mulligan is ready to comply, but [[spoiler:Neltemi [[HeroicSacrifice stabs herself]] with Dahrem's blades so he won't have to make the choice and can escape.]]
14th Feb '17 10:59:42 AM Smeagol17
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Played straight, this trope often turns into a nasty StrawVulcan where handing the [=MacGuffin=] over is ''obviously the wrong choice'', succeeding only by sheer dumb luck. If it succeeds at all. In ''SuperSentai'', for instance, the villain is likely to blow up a few buildings afterwards, but [[ThrowawayCountry who cares]]? The [[InfantImmortality hostage with a human face]] is saved.

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Played straight, this trope often turns into a nasty StrawVulcan where handing the [=MacGuffin=] over is ''obviously the wrong choice'', succeeding only by sheer dumb luck. If it succeeds at all. In ''SuperSentai'', for instance, the villain is likely to blow up a few buildings afterwards, but [[ThrowawayCountry who cares]]? The [[InfantImmortality [[NominalImportance hostage with a human face]] is saved.
1st Feb '17 2:08:24 PM ChaoticNovelist
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A variation on the HostageSituation and PutDownYourGunAndStepAway.



See also FriendOrIdolDecision and IHaveYourWife. This can be the beginning of an UnhandThemVillain.

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This trope is a variation on the HostageSituation and is similar to PutDownYourGunAndStepAway.See also FriendOrIdolDecision and IHaveYourWife. This can be the beginning of an UnhandThemVillain.



* ''Film/HocusPocus''. Winifred Sanderson has Danni. Max has the potion the Sanderson Sisters want and that they've spent the movie in pursuit of. Winifred threatens Danni if Max doesn't hand over the potion, while Max threatens to smash the bottle if Danni's hurt, to which Winifred replies that she will kill Danni is he does smash it. Max [[TakeAThirdOption Takes a Third Option]]: he chugs the potion himself.

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* ''Film/HocusPocus''. Winifred Sanderson has Danni. Max has the potion the Sanderson Sisters want and that they've spent the movie in pursuit of. Winifred threatens Danni if Max doesn't hand over the potion, while Max threatens to smash the bottle if Danni's hurt, to which Winifred replies that she will kill Danni is he does smash smashes it. Max [[TakeAThirdOption Takes a Third Option]]: he chugs the potion himself.


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*''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': The Templars kidnap the Prince of Granada to get the Sultan, an ally of the Assassins, to turn over the Apple of Eden.
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