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26th Jun '16 6:54:21 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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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]].
19th Jun '16 9:33:53 AM Prfnoff
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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.
30th May '16 8:47:43 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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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.
7th May '16 3:51:47 AM Morgenthaler
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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.
20th Mar '16 9:51:13 PM burstkiller
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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...]]]]
20th Mar '16 4:31:04 PM MajinAkuma
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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.
8th Feb '16 3:43:51 AM Morgenthaler
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-->--'''Sun Tzu''', ''TheArtOfWar''

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-->--'''Sun Tzu''', ''TheArtOfWar''
''Literature/TheArtOfWar''
19th Jan '16 10:27:52 AM Ohio9
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* Used in the first ''VideoGame/VandalHearts''; interestingly, the team is saving a known traitor.
14th Jan '16 2:43:48 PM Ohio9
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* ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'': Ash and his team are forced to trade the Royal Ring in exchange for their captured companion Kira. Unsurprisingly, the baddies take the ring and attempt to kill Kira anyway, but she is successfully rescued upon completion of the level.

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* ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'': Ash and his team are forced to trade the Royal Ring in exchange for their captured companion Kira. Unsurprisingly, the baddies take the ring and attempt to kill Kira anyway, but she anyway. Kira is successfully rescued upon completion of the level.level, but they get to keep the ring.
14th Jan '16 2:39:40 PM Ohio9
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* ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'': Ash and his team are forced to trade the Royal Ring in exchange for their captured companion Kira. Unsurprisingly, the baddies take the ring and attempt to kill Kira anyway, but she is successfully rescued upon completion of the level.
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