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19th May '18 4:15:04 PM darkemyst
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* When ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' villain "Dodge" realizes the fellow villains he's rounded up to humiliate Robin intend to murder the young hero and he decides he wants no part in their plans one of the others quickly informs him that if he leaves or tries to inconvenience them his family will pay the price.
9th May '18 9:27:02 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Fanfic/{{Infinity}}'' has a disturbing example. [[spoiler:Precia is forced to work for the Infinite Empire because Enlil is possessing Alicia's corpse, essentially holding her body hostage with the promise that she'll properly revive her once she gets what she wants. Played with, because [[LackOfEmpathy Enlil]] views it as a beneficial partnership and fails to understand why Precia (and the protagonists, when they find out) are so upset.]]
30th Apr '18 6:30:46 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Fangs of K'aath 2: Guardians of Light'', the villain Tzu-Khan has the good Shah Raschid's wives kidnapped. With them in his clutches, he makes contact to the Raschid through a magic mirror about how he intends to have them horrifically [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] and yet [[AndIMustScream unable to die]] unless the Shah surrenders. However, the heroic wives break free just long enough to reveal the location of the villain's army and instruct their husband both to break his mirror to cut off contact for more threats, and "Kill the bastards!" Well aware of what his wives are sacrificing sending that message, Raschid wastes no time to honour those demands. Fortunately, a combination of cunning and ThePowerOfFriendship allows the wives to not only individually escape, but to join the fight against the villain.

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* In ''Fangs of K'aath ''Literature/TheFangsOfKaath 2: Guardians of Light'', the villain Tzu-Khan has the good Shah Raschid's wives kidnapped. With them in his clutches, he makes contact to the Raschid through a magic mirror about how he intends to have them horrifically [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] and yet [[AndIMustScream unable to die]] unless the Shah surrenders. However, the heroic wives break free just long enough to reveal the location of the villain's army and instruct their husband both to break his mirror to cut off contact for more threats, and "Kill the bastards!" Well aware of what his wives are sacrificing sending that message, Raschid wastes no time to honour those demands. Fortunately, a combination of cunning and ThePowerOfFriendship allows the wives to not only individually escape, but to join the fight against the villain.
14th Apr '18 10:12:50 PM nombretomado
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* ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'': [[spoiler: Walter. In ''{{Hellsing}}'', he pulls a FaceHeelTurn which is never adequately explained. Here, the bad guys have his daughter, Maggie (imported from ''Anime/ReadOrDie''). How far he will go to keep her safe remains to be seen.]]

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* ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'': [[spoiler: Walter. In ''{{Hellsing}}'', ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', he pulls a FaceHeelTurn which is never adequately explained. Here, the bad guys have his daughter, Maggie (imported from ''Anime/ReadOrDie''). How far he will go to keep her safe remains to be seen.]]
13th Apr '18 6:20:13 AM JackG
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* ''Film/FletchLives''. Fletch confronts the BigBad with evidence of his EvilPlan, saying that his LoveInterest is ready to hand over everything he knows to the media if something happens to him.
-->'''Villain:''' You're bluffing, Fletch.
-->'''Fletch:''' No, I'm not.
-->'''Villain:''' You think you're not... but you are. ''[TheDragon drags in Fletch's girlfriend at gunpoint]''
12th Apr '18 3:00:09 PM TompaDompa
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* Probably the first film example is ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWRq2EHHFQY The Black Hand]]'' (1906), where three mobsters kidnap the daughter of a butcher in order to press him for $1,000.

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* Probably ''Film/ActOfValor'': Miller shows Christo a recording of the first film example is ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWRq2EHHFQY The Black Hand]]'' (1906), where three mobsters kidnap the latter's daughter of a butcher in order to press during his interrogation, with this implied. Then immediately subverted; he is not threatening Christo's daughter, he's just showing him his daughter to remind him of what he will lose if he doesn't cooperate and gets sent to prison for $1,000.the rest of his life. When Christo asks if Miller will leave his family alone, he emphatically replies that he would ''never'' harm Christo's family. It's a brilliant piece of subtext without a direct threat, because you know Christo was wondering how in the hell this guy got footage of his daughter.



* Anne kidnaps [[spoiler:Pierre]]'s wife Molly, and leaves a note pinned to the wall with a knife to emphasize the point in ''Film/AnneOfTheIndies''.
* Done twice in ''Film/AssassinationGames'', once with the girl in Brazil's apartment — he tells them that he doesn't care — and once with Flint's comatose wife.



* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' Lex Luthor, has [[spoiler: Lois Lane kidnapped to get Superman's attention and once Superman saves up and confronts him, Luthor reveals he knows who Superman is and has also kidnapped Martha Kent, intending to force Superman to kill Batman as part of his plan to discredit Superman. Once Batman learns what's going on, he goes and rescues Martha. Luthor's reaction is to release [[HeroKiller Doomsday]].]]
* ''Film/BestSeller''. The CorruptCorporateExecutive has the protagonist's daughter brought to him by two policemen as a demonstration of his power. He says she is free to leave with her father, as he's now demonstrated that [[WeAreEverywhere his men can reach her at any time]].



* Probably the first film example is ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWRq2EHHFQY The Black Hand]]'' (1906), where three mobsters kidnap the daughter of a butcher in order to press him for $1,000.



* In ''Film/CapricornOne'', the astronauts are told the safety of their families is contingent on their willingness to cooperate with the fake Mars landing.
* In ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'', the BigBad kidnaps Zak's father to ransom back Zak's hypertime watch.
* ''Film/CodeOfSilence'': The Comachos kidnap Diana Luna to force Sergeant Cusack to deliver mafia guy Tony Luna (Diana's father) to them. When Luna is killed along with his uncle (thus making the deal impossible, as the Colombians wanted him alive), Cusack arranges a fake hostage exchange so he can take out the whole Comacho gang single-handedly.



* In ''Film/CapricornOne'', the astronauts are told the safety of their families is contingent on their willingness to cooperate with the fake Mars landing.
* ''Film/DieHard'' plays around with this. [=McClane=]'s wife is among the hostages taken by Hans' crew, but Hans is completely unaware of this until late in the movie. And once he does find out and radios [=McClane=] to tell him about it, he can't get a hold of him because he's already fighting TheDragon.
* ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' has the villains capturing [=McClane=]'s daughter instead. Instead of even feigning that he'll cooperate, he just tells them he's going to kill them all and take her back. And when they try to emotionally manipulate him by putting her on the line with him? [[LittleMissBadass She tells her dad exactly how many bad guys are left.]]
* Speaking of [[Creator/TheCoenBrothers Coen Brothers]] films, the plot of ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' revolves around a basic plot of IHaveYourWife. [[spoiler:Just as we planned.]]
* In ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'', the BigBad kidnaps Zak's father to ransom back Zak's hypertime watch.

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* ''Film/TheConspiracy'': [[spoiler:The Tarsus Club buys Aaron's silence by threatening his wife and child.]]
* ''Film/{{Criminal}}'': Xavier forces Bill/Jericho to give him the Wormhole program by holding Jill and Emma hostage.
* In ''Film/CapricornOne'', ''Film/{{Deewaar}}'', a corrupt businessman kidnaps union leader Anand's wife and his two sons, and forces him to sign a document with conditions highly unfavourable to the astronauts are told the safety of striking workers in exchange for their families is contingent on their willingness to cooperate with the fake Mars landing.
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* ''Franchise/DieHard'':
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''Film/DieHard'' plays around with this. [=McClane=]'s wife is among the hostages taken by Hans' crew, but Hans is completely unaware of this until late in the movie. And once he does find out and radios [=McClane=] to tell him about it, he can't get a hold of him because he's already fighting TheDragon.
* ** ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' has the villains capturing [=McClane=]'s daughter instead. Instead of even feigning that he'll cooperate, he just tells them he's going to kill them all and take her back. And when they try to emotionally manipulate him by putting her on the line with him? [[LittleMissBadass She tells her dad exactly how many bad guys are left.]]
* Speaking of [[Creator/TheCoenBrothers Coen Brothers]] films, ''Film/DontSayAWord'': The villain holds the main character (Creator/MichaelDouglas)'s wife at gunshot in their home, forcing him to cooperate with him.
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plot of ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' revolves around a basic plot of IHaveYourWife. [[spoiler:Just as we planned.]]
* In ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'', the BigBad kidnaps Zak's father to ransom back Zak's hypertime watch.
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* ''Film/JackReacher'' proves himself to be clever when the female attorney he's working with is kidnapped. "You'll bounce me around to make sure I'm not followed, then walk me into an ambush and kill me." He then goes on to be the first action hero in history to not only {{def|iedTrope}}y but ''{{invert|edTrope}}'' it -- He's got all the evidence he needs, so unless ''they'' give up their location so ''he'' can come try and kill ''them'' when he is ''damn'' good and ready, he'll just cut his losses and hand everything to the FBI.



* In the Marvel ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' films, this happens to Peter Parker ''all the time''—Mary Jane is held hostage in some manner by supervillains at least ''four times''; as is Aunt May, twice; and so are quite a number of innocent civilians throughout the trilogy. In the second movie, it's done by a villain who doesn't even know that Peter is Spider-Man.



* ''Film/KillerElite''. A RetiredBadass is forced to do OneLastJob when his mentor tries fleeing with the money rather than taking on the dangerous assignment. After completing the job, he's retired to his home when he gets an unexpected phone call from his employer saying he still has to kill one more person, and implying that he has hitman's girlfriend. He rushes to her room only to find she's sleeping peacefully. Then he finds a cartridge case tucked into her hair.



* ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' sees Dr. Ben [=McKenna=] receive warning about the impending assassination of a prime minister. The people in charge of the plot try to prevent Ben from telling the police by holding his son hostage.
* InvokedTrope in ''Film/MechanicResurrection''. When Creator/JasonStatham's character saves Creator/JessicaAlba from an abusive boyfriend, he quickly realises the BigBad is trying to set up a RescueRomance in preparation for this scenario. Despite this everything about the trope gets played straight.



* ''Film/{{Shooter}}.'' The bad guys kidnap Sarah, which makes Bob realize how much he cares for her.
-->Nick Memphis: I didn't know you had a woman.
-->Bob Lee Swagger: Neither did I... until they took her.



* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Darth Vader captures and tortures the rebels with the intent of luring Luke to rescue them - and either turn him to the dark side or hand him over to The Emperor. The rebels try to warn Luke that it's a trap, [[spoiler: Leia and Chewie get away because [[HeelFaceTurn Lando has a conscience]], [[DownerEnding Han's taken prisoner by a bounty hunter, and Luke needs rescuing himself after Vader schools him in a lightsaber duel]].]]

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* In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', the Marvel ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' films, this happens to Peter Parker ''all the time''—Mary Jane is held hostage in some manner by supervillains at least ''four times''; as is Aunt May, twice; and so are quite a number of innocent civilians throughout the trilogy. In the second movie, it's done by a villain who doesn't even know that Peter is Spider-Man.
* In ''Star Wars Episode V: Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'',
Darth Vader captures and tortures the rebels with the intent of luring Luke to rescue them - and either turn him to the dark side or hand him over to The Emperor. The rebels try to warn Luke that it's a trap, [[spoiler: Leia and Chewie get away because [[HeelFaceTurn Lando has a conscience]], [[DownerEnding Han's taken prisoner by a bounty hunter, and Luke needs rescuing himself after Vader schools him in a lightsaber duel]].]]



* ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'': When the terrorists discover that Casey Ryback is taking them out one by one, they figure out that his niece is traveling with him from the passenger manifest so they can use her as bait.



* ''Film/{{Shooter}}.'' The bad guys kidnap Sarah, which makes Bob realize how much he cares for her.
-->Nick Memphis: I didn't know you had a woman.
-->Bob Lee Swagger: Neither did I... until they took her.
* ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' sees Dr. Ben [=McKenna=] receive warning about the impending assassination of a prime minister. The people in charge of the plot try to prevent Ben from telling the police by holding his son hostage.
* ''Film/ActOfValor'': Miller shows Christo a recording of the latter's daughter during his interrogation, with this implied. Then immediately subverted; he is not threatening Christo's daughter, he's just showing him his daughter to remind him of what he will lose if he doesn't cooperate and gets sent to prison for the rest of his life. When Christo asks if Miller will leave his family alone, he emphatically replies that he would ''never'' harm Christo's family. It's a brilliant piece of subtext without a direct threat, because you know Christo was wondering how in the hell this guy got footage of his daughter.
* ''Film/KillerElite''. A RetiredBadass is forced to do OneLastJob when his mentor tries fleeing with the money rather than taking on the dangerous assignment. After completing the job, he's retired to his home when he gets an unexpected phone call from his employer saying he still has to kill one more person, and implying that he has hitman's girlfriend. He rushes to her room only to find she's sleeping peacefully. Then he finds a cartridge case tucked into her hair.



* ''Film/TheConspiracy'': [[spoiler:The Tarsus Club buys Aaron's silence by threatening his wife and child.]]
* ''Film/BestSeller''. The CorruptCorporateExecutive has the protagonist's daughter brought to him by two policemen as a demonstration of his power. He says she is free to leave with her father, as he's now demonstrated that [[WeAreEverywhere his men can reach her at any time]].



* ''Film/CodeOfSilence'': The Comachos kidnap Diana Luna to force Sergeant Cusack to deliver mafia guy Tony Luna (Diana's father) to them. When Luna is killed along with his uncle (thus making the deal impossible, as the Colombians wanted him alive), Cusack arranges a fake hostage exchange so he can take out the whole Comacho gang single-handedly.
* Done twice in ''Film/AssassinationGames'', once with the girl in Brazil's apartment — he tells them that he doesn't care — and once with Flint's comatose wife.
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' Lex Luthor, has [[spoiler: Lois Lane kidnapped to get Superman's attention and once Superman saves up and confronts him, Luthor reveals he knows who Superman is and has also kidnapped Martha Kent, intending to force Superman to kill Batman as part of his plan to discredit Superman. Once Batman learns what's going on, he goes and rescues Martha. Luthor's reaction is to release [[HeroKiller Doomsday]].]]
* ''Film/JackReacher'' proves himself to be clever when the female attorney he's working with is kidnapped. "You'll bounce me around to make sure I'm not followed, then walk me into an ambush and kill me." He then goes on to be the first action hero in history to not only {{def|iedTrope}}y but ''{{invert|edTrope}}'' it -- He's got all the evidence he needs, so unless ''they'' give up their location so ''he'' can come try and kill ''them'' when he is ''damn'' good and ready, he'll just cut his losses and hand everything to the FBI.
* ''Film/{{Criminal}}'': Xavier forces Bill/Jericho to give him the Wormhole program by holding Jill and Emma hostage.
* InvokedTrope in ''Film/MechanicResurrection''. When Creator/JasonStatham's character saves Creator/JessicaAlba from an abusive boyfriend, he quickly realises the BigBad is trying to set up a RescueRomance in preparation for this scenario. Despite this everything about the trope gets played straight.
* ''Film/DontSayAWord'': The villain holds the main character (Creator/MichaelDouglas)'s wife at gunshot in their home, forcing him to cooperate with him.
* Anne kidnaps [[spoiler:Pierre]]'s wife Molly, and leaves a note pinned to the wall with a knife to emphasize the point in ''Film/AnneOfTheIndies''.
* ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'': When the terrorists discover that Casey Ryback is taking them out one by one, they figure out that his niece is traveling with him from the passenger manifest so they can use her as bait.
31st Mar '18 3:31:53 AM foxley
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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Jackdaw's Revenge", the murderer kidnaps Bunty and threatens to kill her if Father Brown does not resign from the priesthood.
29th Mar '18 7:51:52 PM KibaDoku
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': The ''only'' reason Germany and Japan didn't beat the homophobe within an inch of his life when they saw him brutalizing Italy and he threatened to make it worse if they go any closer. Not that they didn't want to. However, the moment [[AttemptedRape the homophobe was about to rape Italy]], Germany and Japan tackled him to the ground before proceeding to beat the living crap out of him. [[CurbStompBattle He didn't stand a chance]].
26th Mar '18 9:23:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'': When the terrorists discover that Casey Ryback is taking them out one by one, they figure out that his niece is traveling with him from the passenger manifest so they can use her as bait.
22nd Mar '18 4:31:08 PM OlmoJV
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* During ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', [[spoiler:Jewelius]] has the parents of Twilight Sparkle captured shortly after the Changeling invasion to be used as leverage in case [[spoiler:he loses his grip over their manipulated daughter. He uses this threat when Twilight finally realizes how evil Jewelius is, but it's soon made null when Raven Inkwell (actually a disguised Changeling) helps Twilight by releasing her parents]].
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