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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''. Lord John Whorfin demands that Banzai turn over the Oscillation Overthruster or he'll kill his LoveInterest, Penny Priddy. What he doesn't know is that the Overthruster is actually in Penny's purse (she got it in an ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin moment just seconds before being captured, but has no idea what it is herself). Banzai, however, ''does'' know this, and uses the TrackingDevice in it to locate Whorfin's base and mount a rescue mission. [[spoiler:Which fails. [[DisneyDeath Momentarily.]]]]

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* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''. Lord John Whorfin demands that Banzai turn over the Oscillation Overthruster or he'll kill his LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, Penny Priddy. What he doesn't know is that the Overthruster is actually in Penny's purse (she got it in an ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin moment just seconds before being captured, but has no idea what it is herself). Banzai, however, ''does'' know this, and uses the TrackingDevice in it to locate Whorfin's base and mount a rescue mission. [[spoiler:Which fails. [[DisneyDeath Momentarily.]]]]



* In the DaleBrown novel ''Edge of Battle'', Jason Richter is threatened with the lives of some children if he doesn't give up the activation command for a [[MotionCaptureMecha CID]]. [[spoiler: He gives it up... and Zakharov not only lets him go, but also ''doesn't'' backstab him afterwards.]]

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* In the DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Edge of Battle'', Jason Richter is threatened with the lives of some children if he doesn't give up the activation command for a [[MotionCaptureMecha CID]]. [[spoiler: He gives it up... and Zakharov not only lets him go, but also ''doesn't'' backstab him afterwards.]]



* Late in ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Ganbare Goemon 3]]'', the villain Shishi Jurokubei demands the Conch Shell used to summon [[HumongousMecha Goemon Impact]] in exchange for Omitsu, the hero's LoveInterest. The exchange is made without a hitch until the hostage is revealed to actually be VillainousCrossdresser Sister Bismaru, the real Omitsu having been with Jurokubei all along.

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* Late in ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Ganbare Goemon 3]]'', the villain Shishi Jurokubei demands the Conch Shell used to summon [[HumongousMecha Goemon Impact]] in exchange for Omitsu, the hero's LoveInterest. {{Love Interest|s}}. The exchange is made without a hitch until the hostage is revealed to actually be VillainousCrossdresser CreepyCrossdresser Sister Bismaru, the real Omitsu having been with Jurokubei all along.
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The villains have captured... someone. Anyone. Usually a family member or loved one, but it really could just be the guy down the street, because the main character [[AllLovingHero loves everyone.]]

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The villains have captured... someone. Anyone. Usually a family member or loved one, but it really could just be the guy down the street, because the main character [[AllLovingHero loves everyone.]]
everyone]].



The good guys not only go through with it, it's apparent that they would in fact completely [[HonorBeforeReason honor their side of the deal.]]

But all hope is not lost, because the villain, halfway through the deal and before completely securing the [[MacGuffin super-doohickey]] will doublecross the heroes, usually [[VillainBall resulting in their defeat]] since [[ScrewTheRulesTheyBrokeThemFirst it voids the agreement]]. They ''could'' have just taken the [[MineralMacGuffin Crystal Of Ridiculous Levels Of Power]] but no, they just ''had'' to sneer at the heroes and attempt to [[AndYourLittleDogToo kill someone completely irrelevant to their goal]]. It just goes to show that man's worst enemy is often himself.

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The good guys not only go through with it, it's apparent that they would in fact completely [[HonorBeforeReason honor their side of the deal.]]

deal]].

But all hope is not lost, because the villain, halfway through the deal and before completely securing the [[MacGuffin super-doohickey]] will doublecross the heroes, usually [[VillainBall resulting in their defeat]] since [[ScrewTheRulesTheyBrokeThemFirst it voids the agreement]]. They ''could'' have just taken the [[MineralMacGuffin Crystal Of of Ridiculous Levels Of of Power]] but no, they just ''had'' to sneer at the heroes and attempt to [[AndYourLittleDogToo kill someone completely irrelevant to their goal]]. It just goes to show that man's worst enemy is often himself.



* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Saiou threatens to let Edo fall into a LavaPit unless Judai hands over the access key to a laser weapon in space. Judai complies to save Edo, then challenges Saiou to a duel for the fate of the world. Saiou points out what only the truly most [[GenreBlindness Genre Blind]] would forget: the time to make a challenge is ''before'' you hand over the PlotCoupon, not ''after''.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Saiou threatens to let Edo fall into a LavaPit unless Judai hands over the access key to a laser weapon in space. Judai complies to save Edo, then challenges Saiou to a duel for the fate of the world. Saiou points out what only the truly most [[GenreBlindness Genre Blind]] {{Genre Blind|ness}} would forget: the time to make a challenge is ''before'' you hand over the PlotCoupon, not ''after''.



* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', a beastwoman has taken all the female cast ([[AndZoidberg and Gimmy]]) hostage from a hot spring and projects an image of them in their cage with a mosaic over their naughty bits. In exchange for Kamina giving up control of Gurren, she offers to remove the mosaic from the display, [[AllMenArePerverts which Kamina immediately accepts]]. The beastwoman keeps her word, only to reveal everyone (except, of course, [[TagalongKid Gimmy]]) is wearing towels, and the Gurren was stolen while he was distracted.

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* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', a beastwoman has taken all the female cast ([[AndZoidberg ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Gimmy]]) hostage from a hot spring and projects an image of them in their cage with a mosaic over their naughty bits. In exchange for Kamina giving up control of Gurren, she offers to remove the mosaic from the display, [[AllMenArePerverts which Kamina immediately accepts]]. The beastwoman keeps her word, only to reveal everyone (except, of course, [[TagalongKid Gimmy]]) is wearing towels, and the Gurren was stolen while he was distracted.



* Inverted in ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX''. The antagonists have captured [[TheHero Garrod's]] companion and LoveInterest [[ShrinkingViolet Tiffa]], and are holding her near their newly-completed WaveMotionGun, made out of a space colony. Garrod arrives with his own WaveMotionGun, the colony-destroying Satellite Cannon, and demands her return or else he'll cripple their superweapon. [[spoiler:After a demonstration on Garrod's part, the antagonist's leader realizes his best move is to send Tiffa over. As soon as she is safe next to her soon-to-be boyfriend in the Double X, Garrod [[ILied blows it up anyway.]]]]
* Vincent takes Sharon hostage in ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' (and poisons her) to get Break to destroy Alice's memories he got from Cheshire in exchange for the antidote and her freedom. [[spoiler: He does it and true to form Vincent throws the antidote off the balcony, fortunately it's saved by Echo]]

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* Inverted in ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX''. The antagonists have captured [[TheHero Garrod's]] companion and LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} [[ShrinkingViolet Tiffa]], and are holding her near their newly-completed WaveMotionGun, made out of a space colony. Garrod arrives with his own WaveMotionGun, the colony-destroying Satellite Cannon, and demands her return or else he'll cripple their superweapon. [[spoiler:After a demonstration on Garrod's part, the antagonist's leader realizes his best move is to send Tiffa over. As soon as she is safe next to her soon-to-be boyfriend in the Double X, Garrod [[ILied blows it up anyway.]]]]
anyway]].]]
* Vincent takes Sharon hostage in ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' (and poisons her) to get Break to destroy Alice's memories he got from Cheshire in exchange for the antidote and her freedom. [[spoiler: He does it and true to form Vincent throws the antidote off the balcony, fortunately it's saved by Echo]]Echo.]]



* This drives the plot of the ''ComicBook/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' comic as Qiang Wu, a former disciple of the movie's villain Lo Pan, challenge Jack to collect the souls of Lo Pan's dead CoDragons in exchange for the lives of his kindapped friends.

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* This drives the plot of the ''ComicBook/BigTroubleInLittleChina'' comic as Qiang Wu, a former disciple of the movie's villain Lo Pan, challenge Jack to collect the souls of Lo Pan's dead CoDragons in exchange for the lives of his kindapped kidnapped friends.



* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. A couple of Dr. Totenkopf's {{Mooks}} capture Polly Perkins, Joe's LoveInterest.

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* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''. A couple of Dr. Totenkopf's {{Mooks}} capture Polly Perkins, Joe's LoveInterest.{{Love Interest|s}}.



* ''Film/HocusPocus''. The witch has Danni. Max has the potion the witches want and that they've spent the movie in pursuit of. The witch threatens Danni if Max doesn't hand over the potion, while Max threatens to smash the bottle if Danni's hurt, to which the witch replies that she will kill Danni is he does smash it. Max TakesAThirdOption: he chugs the potion himself.
-->'''Max:''' Now you have no choice! [[HeroicSacrifice You have to take]] ''[[HeroicSacrifice me]]''.
-->'''Witch:''' Thou art a fool to give up thy life for thy sister's!

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* ''Film/HocusPocus''. The witch Winifred Sanderson has Danni. Max has the potion the witches Sanderson Sisters want and that they've spent the movie in pursuit of. The witch Winifred threatens Danni if Max doesn't hand over the potion, while Max threatens to smash the bottle if Danni's hurt, to which the witch Winifred replies that she will kill Danni is he does smash it. Max TakesAThirdOption: [[TakeAThirdOption Takes a Third Option]]: he chugs the potion himself.
-->'''Max:''' Now you have no choice! [[HeroicSacrifice You have to take]] ''[[HeroicSacrifice me]]''.
-->'''Witch:'''
me.]]''
-->'''Winifred:'''
Thou art a fool to give up thy life for thy sister's!



* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Choices": The Scoobies have captured the Box of Gavrok belonging to Mayor Wilkins, while Mayor Wilkins has captured Willow. The Scoobies debate the morality of destroying the box instead of giving it to the Mayor, but agree to make the trade. Wesley, however, insists on destroying the box rather than letting Wilkins have it, but Oz then proceeds to smash the pot needed for the ritual to do so to ensure that they ''will'' trade for Willow. The Mayor does ''not'' attempt to kill Willow anyway, and releases her once he has the box. The result is that Willow is safe, but the Mayor has the box.

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "Choices": The Scoobies have captured the Box of Gavrok belonging to Mayor Wilkins, while Mayor Wilkins has captured Willow. The Scoobies debate the morality of destroying the box instead of giving it to the Mayor, but agree to make the trade. Wesley, however, insists on destroying the box rather than letting Wilkins have it, but Oz then proceeds to smash the pot needed for the ritual to do so to ensure that they ''will'' trade for Willow. The Mayor does ''not'' attempt to kill Willow anyway, and releases her once he has the box. The result is that Willow is safe, but the Mayor has the box.



* In an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', everyone in Angel Grove is kidnapped by Rita, and the Rangers must give up their power coins (making them powerless) to have them released. They comply, but Rita doesn't hold up her end of the deal. [[spoiler:Thankfully for the Rangers, she overlooked the fact that Jason didn't give her ''Tommy's'' [[ChekhovsGun old coin...]]]]

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* In an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', everyone in Angel Grove is kidnapped by Rita, and the Rangers must give up their power coins (making them powerless) to have them released. They comply, but Rita doesn't hold up her end of the deal. [[spoiler:Thankfully for the Rangers, she overlooked the fact that Jason didn't give her ''Tommy's'' [[ChekhovsGun old coin...]]]]coin]]...]]



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Cora holding Aurora hostage in exchange for the magic compass in Emma's possession. Aurora sneers at the notion that people she just met will trade something so valuable for her, but Cora is assured that Snow and Emma's inherent goodness will cause them to fold. It ends up being moot when Hook frees Aurora [[spoiler:though not before removing her heart, which is used to control her and lure the others into a trap.]]]]

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has Cora holding Aurora hostage in exchange for the magic compass in Emma's possession. Aurora sneers at the notion that people she just met will trade something so valuable for her, but Cora is assured that Snow and Emma's inherent goodness will cause them to fold. It ends up being moot when Hook frees Aurora [[spoiler:though not before removing her heart, which is used to control her and lure the others into a trap.]]]]trap]].



* In the events portrayed on ''Dawn of Victory'', by [[RhapsodyOfFire Rhapsody]], the [[PrincessClassic Princess Irene]] is captured by evil forces, who threaten to kill her unless the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Emerald Sword]] is surrendered to the evil king. Subverted: when the heroes arrive they are captured and made to watch while the Princess is raped to death by demons. One of the heroes escapes, ''sans'' Emerald Sword.

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* In the events portrayed on ''Dawn of Victory'', by [[RhapsodyOfFire Rhapsody]], Music/{{Rhapsody|OfFire}}, the [[PrincessClassic Princess Irene]] is captured by evil forces, who threaten to kill her unless the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Emerald Sword]] is surrendered to the evil king. Subverted: when the heroes arrive they are captured and made to watch while the Princess is raped to death by demons. One of the heroes escapes, ''sans'' Emerald Sword.



* ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Adventure 2}}'', where Eggman has Amy Rose held hostage and Sonic has the final (fake) Chaos Emerald in his possession. Eggman, however, correctly guesses the Emerald is a fake and promptly launches Sonic into space.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Adventure 2}}'', ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', where Eggman has Amy Rose held hostage and Sonic has the final (fake) Chaos Emerald in his possession. Eggman, however, correctly guesses the Emerald is a fake and promptly launches Sonic into space.



* This occurs during the ending of [[VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant]]. After you defeat the FinalBoss and find the [[CosmicKeystone Astral Dominae]], the ''real'' Dark Savant shows up. He's captured [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vi Dominia]], and makes the standard demand. The game ''does'' let you refuse, but if you do, [[NonStandardGameOver you die instantly]]. If you agree, he takes it and teleports away, leaving you and the girl behind, [[SequelHook setting up the sequel]].
* Case 2-4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. Shelly de Killer kidnapps Maya in order to force Phoenix to acquit Matt Engarde. [[spoiler:Of course, Phoenix has no idea that Engarde hired de Killer to kill Juan Corrida.]]

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* This occurs during the ending of [[VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant]]. After you defeat the FinalBoss and find the [[CosmicKeystone Astral Dominae]], the ''real'' Dark Savant shows up. He's captured [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vi Dominia]], and makes the standard demand. The game ''does'' let you refuse, but if you do, [[NonStandardGameOver [[NonstandardGameOver you die instantly]]. If you agree, he takes it and teleports away, leaving you and the girl behind, [[SequelHook setting up the sequel]].
* Case 2-4 of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''.''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All]]''. Shelly de Killer kidnapps Maya in order to force Phoenix to acquit Matt Engarde. [[spoiler:Of course, Phoenix has no idea that Engarde hired de Killer to kill Juan Corrida.]]



* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', Bruno kidnaps Elh to make an exchange for Red's medallion and [[spoiler:indirectly his life.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', Bruno kidnaps Elh to make an exchange for Red's medallion and [[spoiler:indirectly his life.]]life]].



* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', Abstergo captures William Miles during an ill-advised solo mission to recover a PlotCoupon. [[BigBad Vidic]] then offers a trade: Desmond's father in return for the [[{{Macguffin}} Apple of Eden]]. Desmond obliges, but not quite in the way that Vidic expects. [[spoiler:It turns out that letting a man with a LostSuperweapon walk into your office is not such a great idea]].

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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', Abstergo captures William Miles during an ill-advised solo mission to recover a PlotCoupon. [[BigBad Vidic]] then offers a trade: Desmond's father in return for the [[{{Macguffin}} [[MacGuffin Apple of Eden]]. Desmond obliges, but not quite in the way that Vidic expects. [[spoiler:It turns out that letting a man with a LostSuperweapon walk into your office is not such a great idea]].



* In ''[[Webcomic/CtrlAltDel Ctrl+Alt+Del]]'', a corporate executive abducts Lilah to force her boyfriend Ethan to surrender the crown of Wintereenmas, as he believes this will give him control over the gaming industry. Ethan complies immediately, telling Lilah she's much more important than the crown, but the cute twist comes when the gamers rebel and reinstate Ethan as the King of Wintereenmas.

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* In ''[[Webcomic/CtrlAltDel Ctrl+Alt+Del]]'', ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', a corporate executive abducts Lilah to force her boyfriend Ethan to surrender the crown of Wintereenmas, as he believes this will give him control over the gaming industry. Ethan complies immediately, telling Lilah she's much more important than the crown, but the cute twist comes when the gamers rebel and reinstate Ethan as the King of Wintereenmas.



* ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'''s [[color:purple:Imperial Guards]] and [[color:darkgreen:Sky Pirates]] quickly turn this into a GambitPileup.
** [[color:purple:Gary]] holds a fireball to [[color:darkgreen:Sal]] demanding the pirates surrender. [[color:darkgreen:Walter]] reminds him of the errors in killing the BarrierMaiden and takes back Sal.
** This gives [[color:darkgreen:Leeroy]] the idea to [[LeeroyJenkins takes his sword]] to Sal, demanding the Imperial's surrender. In response, [[color:purple:Marty]] takes [[color:darkgreen:Elly]] hostage.
** Since Elly is [[color:purple:Mary's]] LoveInterest, Mary's ClingyJealousGirl instincts kick in and the debacle dissolves into EnemyCivilWar.

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* ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'''s [[color:purple:Imperial Guards]] Imperial Guards and [[color:darkgreen:Sky Pirates]] Sky Pirates quickly turn this into a GambitPileup.
** [[color:purple:Gary]] Gary holds a fireball to [[color:darkgreen:Sal]] Sal demanding the pirates surrender. [[color:darkgreen:Walter]] Walter reminds him of the errors in killing the BarrierMaiden and takes back Sal.
** This gives [[color:darkgreen:Leeroy]] Leeroy the idea to [[LeeroyJenkins takes his sword]] to Sal, demanding the Imperial's surrender. In response, [[color:purple:Marty]] Marty takes [[color:darkgreen:Elly]] Elly hostage.
** Since Elly is [[color:purple:Mary's]] LoveInterest, Mary's {{Love Interest|s}}, Mary's ClingyJealousGirl instincts kick in and the debacle dissolves into EnemyCivilWar.



* In a Youtube video called "Blaze Goes To Disneyland," there is one scene where Eggman kidnaps Cream and offers her back if Blaze gives Eggman the Chaos Emerald. Despite Cream telling Blaze not to give the Chaos Emerald... despite Blaze demanding that Eggman put Cream down right now, Eggman, being the villian he is, threatens to throw Cream into the lake, causing Blaze to give the Chaos Emerald anyway... and Eggman runs off without giving Cream back.

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* In a Youtube [=YouTube=] video called "Blaze Goes To Disneyland," there is one scene where Eggman kidnaps Cream and offers her back if Blaze gives Eggman the Chaos Emerald. Despite Cream telling Blaze not to give the Chaos Emerald... despite Blaze demanding that Eggman put Cream down right now, Eggman, being the villian he is, threatens to throw Cream into the lake, causing Blaze to give the Chaos Emerald anyway... and Eggman runs off without giving Cream back.



* Used in ''TransformersAnimated'', with the [[JustifiedTrope justification]] that the villain making the threat plans to ''start'' with the hostages and keep up the death and destruction until he finds the MacGuffin himself. Neither party intends to honor the agreement.

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* Used in ''TransformersAnimated'', with the [[JustifiedTrope justification]] {{justifi|edTrope}}cation that the villain making the threat plans to ''start'' with the hostages and keep up the death and destruction until he finds the MacGuffin himself. Neither party intends to honor the agreement.



* ''IronManArmoredAdventures'' lampshades and justifies this trope in the season one finale when [[spoiler: Zhang holds Pepper hostage and forces Tony and Gene to retrieve the fifth Makluan Ring for him or else he will kill Pepper. Pepper responds to this with a sarcastic 'Gee, THAT'S original'. However, this allows Pepper to get close enough to Zhang to steal back other four Makluan Rings which Zhang stole from them earlier.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' Doctor Octopus pulls one of these when Spider-Man plays keep-away with the AppliedPhlebotinum Doc Ock needs to power his ArtificialLimbs. The chase leads toward [[AmusementPark Coney Island]], where Octopus realizes Spidey feels obliged to save {{Innocent Bystander}}s from the resulting chaos. [[FlawExploitation Exploiting]] this, he grabs a nearby [[DistressedDamsel damsel]] and leaves her hanging precariously from a rollercoaster to force Spider-Man to give up the power source. The damsel is actually Peter Parker's then-girlfriend (sort of) [[spoiler: Liz Allan]], though neither she nor Octopus know Spidey is Parker.

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* ''IronManArmoredAdventures'' lampshades and justifies this trope in the season one finale when [[spoiler: Zhang holds Pepper hostage and forces Tony and Gene to retrieve the fifth Makluan Ring for him or else he will kill Pepper. Pepper responds to this with a sarcastic 'Gee, THAT'S original'. However, this allows Pepper to get close enough to Zhang to steal back other four Makluan Rings which Zhang stole from them earlier.]]
earlier]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' Doctor Octopus pulls one of these when Spider-Man plays keep-away with the AppliedPhlebotinum Doc Ock needs to power his ArtificialLimbs. The chase leads toward [[AmusementPark Coney Island]], where Octopus realizes Spidey feels obliged to save {{Innocent Bystander}}s from the resulting chaos. [[FlawExploitation Exploiting]] this, he grabs a nearby [[DistressedDamsel damsel]] {{damsel|InDistress}} and leaves her hanging precariously from a rollercoaster to force Spider-Man to give up the power source. The damsel is actually Peter Parker's then-girlfriend (sort of) [[spoiler: Liz Allan]], though neither she nor Octopus know Spidey is Parker.
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* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'', BigBad Lane abducts Benji and puts him on a public place in London with a time bomb strapped to him, leaving Ethan and the rest of the team time until midnight to hand him the unlocked disk.
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* Played straight in ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', with the villain trading the hero's girlfriend for his magic ring. You expect his mentor [[TheObiWan Balthazar]] to berate him for it, but he just admits he would have done the same thing.

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* Played straight in ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'', with the villain trading the hero's girlfriend for his magic ring. You expect his mentor [[TheObiWan Balthazar]] Balthazar to berate him for it, but he just admits he would have done the same thing.
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* A SubvertedTrope in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': in Book the Tenth, where for once it's proposed by the heroes, neither they nor the villain are capable of carrying out their side of the bargain.

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* A SubvertedTrope in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': in Book the Tenth, where for once it's proposed by the heroes, [[RashEquilibrium neither they nor the villain are capable of carrying out their side of the bargain.bargain]].
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* In ''{{Ys}} IV'', Bammy confronts Adol in the Citadel and makes a bargain for him to turn over the {{Plot Coupon}}s. Refusing results in a NonStandardGameOver.
* Attempted by [[TheDragon Thrivaldi]] in ''HeroinesQuest'', but the titular heroine manages to rescue the hostage.

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* In ''{{Ys}} ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} IV'', Bammy confronts Adol in the Citadel and makes a bargain for him to turn over the {{Plot Coupon}}s. Refusing results in a NonStandardGameOver.
* Attempted by [[TheDragon Thrivaldi]] in ''HeroinesQuest'', ''VideoGame/HeroinesQuest'', but the titular heroine manages to rescue the hostage.


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* In ''VideoGame/HolyUmbrella'', Emperor Dondera traps the Princess and Saki's father in a CrystalPrison to get the KidHero to hand over the Rainbow Orb. The crystal breaks soon after.
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* Used rather nastily in ''[[TransformersArmada Armada]]''. [[spoiler: The hostage turned out to be TheMole.]] Also played straight when Megatron kidnaps Billy and Fred and holds them in exchange for the Mini-Cons.

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* Used rather nastily in ''[[TransformersArmada ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]''. [[spoiler: The hostage turned out to be TheMole.]] Also played straight when Megatron kidnaps Billy and Fred and holds them in exchange for the Mini-Cons.
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* ''Film/SharkAttack'': After a confrontation with Miles at his lab, Steven steals his research but Miles captures his female companion before they can both get away. He calls Steven and offers to deal one for the other.
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* In an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', everyone in Angel Grove is kidnapped by Rita, and the Rangers must give up their power coins (making them powerless) to have them released. They comply, but Rita doesn't hold up her end of the deal.

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* In an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', everyone in Angel Grove is kidnapped by Rita, and the Rangers must give up their power coins (making them powerless) to have them released. They comply, but Rita doesn't hold up her end of the deal. [[spoiler:Thankfully for the Rangers, she overlooked the fact that Jason didn't give her ''Tommy's'' [[ChekhovsGun old coin...]]]]
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** Also, in the first season, one of the Seven Star Assassins holds Ryo's brother hostage for his Spirit Gate Key. He was actually willing to go through with it too, until Sho said he didn't mind being sacrificed. Ryo surrendered anyway.

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** Also, in the first season, one of the Seven Star Assassins holds Ryo's Kaiser's brother hostage for his Spirit Gate Key. He was actually willing to go through with it too, until Sho said he didn't mind being sacrificed. Ryo Kaiser surrendered anyway.
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