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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.
12th Jan '17 10:42:06 AM MrThorfan64
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* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9868669/7/Game-of-Doctors ''Game of Doctors'' Chapter 7]] the Doctor's companion Norine is BoundAndGagged by the Petrans and held hostage for the Doctor to give up a piece of equipment, the Petran Leader threatening to shoot her in the head if the Doctor doesn't give himself up on the count of 10.
27th Dec '16 7:29:07 AM NNinja
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* In Case 3-4 of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations]]'' this trope GoneHorriblyWrong is one of the charges against your client. Jeweler's daughter have been kidnapped in exchange for a [[AMacguffinFullOfMoney precious diamond]], and falls into the river during exchange. Client escaped from prison after being found guilty of her murder. [[spoiler: Not only said girl is alive and well, but she was actually a mastermind behind the "kidnapping".]]

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* In Case 3-4 of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations]]'' ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' this trope GoneHorriblyWrong is one of the charges against your client. Jeweler's daughter have been kidnapped in exchange for a [[AMacguffinFullOfMoney precious diamond]], and falls into the river during exchange. Client escaped from prison after being found guilty of her murder. [[spoiler: Not only said girl is alive and well, but she was actually a mastermind behind the "kidnapping".]]
27th Dec '16 7:27:27 AM NNinja
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* Case 2-4 of ''[[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.]]

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* In Case 2-4 3-4 of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations]]'' this trope GoneHorriblyWrong is one of the charges against your client. Jeweler's daughter have been kidnapped in exchange 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.a [[AMacguffinFullOfMoney precious diamond]], and falls into the river during exchange. Client escaped from prison after being found guilty of her murder. [[spoiler: Not only said girl is alive and well, but she was actually a mastermind behind the "kidnapping".]]
24th Dec '16 9:42:14 AM Tron80
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* In an issue of ''{{Nodwick}}'', a pair of dragons have captured a noble knight and his retinue and demand a series of powerful artifacts for his return. After the party succeeds in making the trade and the dragons leave, the now-freed knight instantly proceeds to chew them out for their stupidity in handing the wyrms the means to cause suffering to an untold number of innocents... [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/nodwick/dungeon/ndun0010.gif enraging the party fighter and wizard into pummeling him senseless]].

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* In Franchise/{{Superman}} story ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Mongul kidnaps Comicbook/LoisLane, Comicbook/JimmyOlsen and another Superman's friend and threatens to kill them if Superman doesn't retrieve a device called the Crystal Key -which allows activate a planet-buster super-weapon- and hands over it to him.
* In an issue of ''{{Nodwick}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'', a pair of dragons have captured a noble knight and his retinue and demand a series of powerful artifacts for his return. After the party succeeds in making the trade and the dragons leave, the now-freed knight instantly proceeds to chew them out for their stupidity in handing the wyrms the means to cause suffering to an untold number of innocents... [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/nodwick/dungeon/ndun0010.gif enraging the party fighter and wizard into pummeling him senseless]].
28th Nov '16 6:17:06 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie'', Hamsterviel tries to bargain Jumba for the other experiments. But Lilo tries to intervene - and ends up captured herself.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie'', Hamsterviel Hämsterviel tries to bargain Jumba for the other experiments. But experiments, but Lilo tries to intervene - and intervene--and ends up captured herself.
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