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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', Maleficent pulls this on King Mickey, kidnapping Queen Minnie in order to try to get him to hand over the datascape. Her plans are thwarted by the timely intervention of [[spoiler:Lea]].
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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': A recurring trope, played most often with Boss Hogg and his wife, Lulu. As Lulu was overweight and homely, her being kidnapped averted the usual "damsel in distress" convention of a stark-raving beauty being kidnapped often because the criminals knew that Boss held Lulu dear to his heart and that they could exploit this to get him to give in to their demands.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Theon is kept as a ward/hostage at Winterfell for a decade to prevent his father Balon from rebelling against the Iron Throne again. This is a completely acceptable part of Westerosi society.
** Sansa and Jaime counteract each other's value for this trope. Neither side will harm their prisoner for fear of the consequences to their loved one.
** Cersei takes Ros (mistaking her for his mistress) as hostage in "The Prince of Winterfell" to mollify her fears that Tyrion is plotting a UriahGambit for Joffrey in the coming battle.
* Practically a weekly event on the ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' TV show. Evil immortals really like to lure Mac in with this one.



* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has a rare case of the ''hero'' doing this: Clarke threatens to kill Cage's father unless he releases the captive Sky People. [[spoiler:He doesn't, and she follows through on her threat.]]
* ''Series/AgathaRaisin'': In "Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet", the killer abducts Agatha's cat Podge and threatens to kill him if Agatha does not stop her nosing about.
* In the Season One finale for ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Cybertek manages to recruit several people to participate in their cyborg program with an "incentive" program, the incentive being, "Do as we say and your wife/husband/kids may survive." [[spoiler: Garrett also has Mike Peterson's son hostage, forcing Peterson to serve HYDRA as Deathlok. When Skye reveals to Peterson that his son is safe, Peterson turns on Garrett.]]



* Happens in ''{{Series/Arrow}}'', with Count Vertigo kidnapping Felicity and then calling Oliver from her phone. He then threatens to kill her if he doesn't surrender and allow himself to be killed. Oliver shows up at the required place, but isn't willing to get himself killed, so the Count almost kills Felicity. [[BerserkButton A very angry Oliver kills him before he can hurt her.]]
** Oliver himself pulls it by [[spoiler: kidnapping Diggle's wife [[ActionMom Lyla]]]] during his [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn turn as a member of the League of Assassins]]]].
* ''Series/{{Badger}}'': Wilf is abducted in "The Price of a Daughter".



* ''Series/BreakoutKings'': In "Queen of Hearts", Lilah Tompkins escapes from prison by claiming to have had an accomplice kidnap a guard's son, and threatening to kill him unless the guard cooperates. She shows the guard a photo of his son on a mobile phone in order to convince him [[spoiler:She was bluffing, but the guard had no way of knowing that.]]



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'', the Teller is coerced into working for the bank because they have its mate chained up in the private vault.

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* In Happens to Mac when Christine is kidnapped in ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' 'Seth and Apep'. It's actually a relief to Mac in one sense - hearing Christine's voice proved that the ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[FingerInTheMail severed tongue]] Mac was sent earlier was not Christine's and that she was still okay.
* Also happens in an
episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'', of ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}''. A man is forced into participating in the robbery of the bank truck he drives, which results in the death of his partner, because his younger sister is being held hostage. [[spoiler:As it turns out, his sister is ''in on it'' and in fact came up with the plot because she knew this trope would work on her big brother.]]
* ''Series/DCIBanks'': In "Bad Boy", Banks' daughter Tracey is kidnapped in an attempt to get him to remove a gun being held in the evidence store.
* ''{{Series/Delete}}'': General Overson is coerced into helping the AI by its threat to kill his daughter, who has a heart implant which it can hack. After he gets it removed, Overson immediately stops helping the AI, which then kills him.
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': In "Lucky Numbers", the wife of a lottery winner is kidnapped, with the kidnapper demanding 50,000 pounds.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist "Time Heist"]],
the Teller is coerced into working for the bank because they have its mate chained up in the private vault.



* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': A recurring trope, played most often with Boss Hogg and his wife, Lulu. As Lulu was overweight and homely, her being kidnapped averted the usual "damsel in distress" convention of a stark-raving beauty being kidnapped often because the criminals knew that Boss held Lulu dear to his heart and that they could exploit this to get him to give in to their demands.
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' after [[ProfessionalKiller Moran]] helps Holmes take down two of Moriarty's minions, Moriarty sends him a coded message reading "Moran, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes you never told me you had a sister]]. She dies or you do. Your choice. M." Moran bashes his own head in.
** Sherlock's former drug dealer steals a lot of money from some very bad people and they kidnap his daughter to get it back. The man already spent the money so he goes to Sherlock for help.
** Moriarty kidnaps the child of a Greek businessman and forces him to kill the son of a prominent Macedonian politician. The idea was to cause a major political rift between the two countries and then cash in through a currency manipulation scheme.
** Some of Moriarty's former henchmen kidnap [[spoiler: Moriarty's daughter]] to force the mother to transfer over valuable property to them. It ends up being a very bad idea and when a pissed off Moriarty catches up to them; one of the kidnappers willingly goes to his death because otherwise Moriarty would go after ''his'' family.
** A group of French mobsters kidnap [[spoiler:Joan Watson]] so that Sherlock and Mycroft obtain valuable information for them.



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "Objects in Space". The bounty hunter Jubal Early tries to force Simon at gun point to either reveal where River is or help him capture her. Simon would rather die than betray his sister, so Jubal points out that Simon's smart enough to play along with a view to taking advantage of any slip-up Jubal might make. Simon remains unimpressed so he then reveals that he has captured Kaylee (Simon's UnresolvedSexualTension LoveInterest) and will rape her to death if Simon doesn't comply. At this point, Simon takes the "seeking advantage" option.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Theon is kept as a ward/hostage at Winterfell for a decade to prevent his father Balon from rebelling against the Iron Throne again. This is a completely acceptable part of Westerosi society.
** Sansa and Jaime counteract each other's value for this trope. Neither side will harm their prisoner for fear of the consequences to their loved one.
** Cersei takes Ros (mistaking her for his mistress) as hostage in "The Prince of Winterfell" to mollify her fears that Tyrion is plotting a UriahGambit for Joffrey in the coming battle.
* Practically a weekly event on the ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' TV show. Evil immortals really like to lure Mac in with this one.



* In ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', this was done in the Accel movie. Akiko is kidnapped by the Commander Dopant, who believes that killing her will cause Ryu to become consumed by vengeance and "cleanse" the city of evil. The plan fails due to Ryu being [[LoveRedeems changed by Akiko's love]], and he instead takes down Commander Dopant as Kamen Rider Accel.



* Spoofed in a ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' skit, were the bad guys keep doing this to the hero, ending with "I have your ''goldfish!''"

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* ''Series/MadamSecretary'': Russian Foreign Minister Anton Gorev and the [=McCords=] make this a DefiedTrope in season 2. When Russian President Ostrov dies in "The Doability Doctrine", Gorev tells them to look after his daughter Olga, who was one of Henry's students at Georgetown. In "The Long Shot", Maria Ostrova tries to have her abducted by Russian Intelligence as leverage during her power grab, but Henry, having been warned by his mole Captain Petrov, gets there first.
* Spoofed in a ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' skit, were skit where the bad guys keep doing this to the hero, ending with "I have your ''goldfish!''"''goldfish!''"
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': A recurring aspect of many episodes, where the villain uses a loved one to coerce a victim into doing his bidding.
** In "The Wall", the villain kidnaps the daughter of a key negotiator in order to sabotage a set of diplomatic talks.
** In "The Bunker," a missile scientist works for an enemy state because they have captured his wife.



* This trope is the reason why the human rights commission agent in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' uncharacteristically attempted to kill the defected sister of the Sudanese dictator in transit before she could testify against her brother: A French CEO kidnapped his wife and daughter, and he threatened to have them killed if he didn't assassinate her.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Hostage", a gang of villains abduct Purdey and hold her hostage to ensure Steed's compliance.
* In one episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', a surgeon's spouse is covered by a sniper to force the surgeon to 'accidentally' kill a high-profile patient while he's on the operating table. What makes this invocation so noteworthy is that it is one of the first examples (possibly ''the'' first on network television) of this trope being used on a same-sex couple.
** Also, Finch faked his death to his fiancee, Grace, specifically so she wouldn't be endangered by this trope. [[spoiler:It turns out not to matter for [[TheSociopath Root]], who cheerfully informs him that Grace thinks she's a children's book author, and he can either help her with her scheme or... she can go [[DeadlyEuphemism get coffee]] with Grace.]]
** Used against [[AffablyEvil Elias]], of all people, by [[StrawNihilist Dominic]]. [[spoiler:In chasing him down, Dominic's gang manage to shoot and capture [[TheDragon Scarface]]. The rest of the episode is a conflict between Reese, who is trying to get Elias out alive because he is a more palatable candidate than Dominic for leader of New York's organised crime, and Elias, who [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes is willing to turn himself over to Dominic for the chance they'll let Scarface go free]].]]
* In the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Emperor Gruumm reveals that he has Doggie Kruger's long-thought-dead wife Isinnia in his possession.



* Done by the villain in the ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' episode "My Own Worst Enemy" is order to ensure the cooperation of an importer.



* An inversion in BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. In "The Great Game", Moriarty strapped bombs to people Sherlock had never met and gave him a time limit to solve several mysterious crimes. Sherlock was mostly dispassionate towards the hostages and only cooperated because he found the mysteries amusing. When the final victim was [[spoiler: [[HeterosexualLifePartner John Watson]]]], however, Sherlock no longer found the game fun and attempted to appease Moriarty with valuable government information. [[spoiler: Which turned out not to be Moriarty's object after all!]]
** In the final episode of series two, John, Mrs. Hudson, and Lestrade are threatened, but ''especially'' John. Sherlock has to fake his death for all of them.
** And John gets captured and thrown in a bonfire in Season 3 episode 1.
** And ''both'' Mary and John are being screwed with by Magnussen.



* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' plays with this. Sura isn't exactly kidnapped, she's captured and sold as a slave, but Batiatus promises Spartacus to search for her, buy her and reunite them in exchange for Spartacus behaving well. When Spartacus, after some minor hiccups, behaves and is victorious in the arena, Batiatus is true to his word, buys Sura and brings her to the ludus. [[spoiler: Then he orders her killed right before they reunite, so she dies in Spartacus' arms.]]



* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has the villain going for Scott's [[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} best friend]] Stiles instead of his girlfriend, when [[spoiler: Gerard takes Stiles because he knows that's the best way to hurt Scott. Playing with the trope, Gerard doesn't give Scott a chance to bargain for Stiles's safety or [[{{GenreSavvy}} the opportunity to rescue him]], just beats Stiles within an inch of his life and then releases him as a warning for Scott to back down before he hurts him again.]]
--> [[spoiler: Gerard: You have a knack for creating a vivid picture, Mr. Stilinski. Let me paint one of my own. Scott McCall finds his best friend bloodied and beaten to a pulp. How does that sound now?]]



* This is a favourite tactic of [[TheConspiracy The Network]] in ''Series/{{Utopia}}'' for blackmailing people by reminding them they can get to their loved ones at any time. "[[AffablyEvil Jen's great, really great]]. [[FauxAffablyEvil It'd be such a shame to see her raped]]".



* An inversion in BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. In "The Great Game", Moriarty strapped bombs to people Sherlock had never met and gave him a time limit to solve several mysterious crimes. Sherlock was mostly dispassionate towards the hostages and only cooperated because he found the mysteries amusing. When the final victim was [[spoiler: [[HeterosexualLifePartner John Watson]]]], however, Sherlock no longer found the game fun and attempted to appease Moriarty with valuable government information. [[spoiler: Which turned out not to be Moriarty's object after all!]]
** In the final episode of series two, John, Mrs. Hudson, and Lestrade are threatened, but ''especially'' John. Sherlock has to fake his death for all of them.
** And John gets captured and thrown in a bonfire in Season 3 episode 1.
** And ''both'' Mary and John are being screwed with by Magnussen.
* This trope is the reason why the human rights commission agent in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' uncharacteristically attempted to kill the defected sister of the Sudanese dictator in transit before she could testify against her brother: A French CEO kidnapped his wife and daughter, and he threatened to have them killed if he didn't assassinate her.
* Done by the villain in the ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' episode "My Own Worst Enemy" is order to ensure the cooperation of an importer.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', this was done in the Accel movie. Akiko is kidnapped by the Commander Dopant, who believes that killing her will cause Ryu to become consumed by vengeance and "cleanse" the city of evil. The plan fails due to Ryu being [[LoveRedeems changed by Akiko's love]], and he instead takes down Commander Dopant as Kamen Rider Accel.
* In the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', Emperor Gruumm reveals that he has Doggie Kruger's long-thought-dead wife Isinnia in his possession.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "Objects in Space". The bounty hunter Jubal Early tries to force Simon at gun point to either reveal where River is or help him capture her. Simon would rather die than betray his sister, so Jubal points out that Simon's smart enough to play along with a view to taking advantage of any slip-up Jubal might make. Simon remains unimpressed so he then reveals that he has captured Kaylee (Simon's UnresolvedSexualTension LoveInterest) and will rape her to death if Simon doesn't comply. At this point, Simon takes the "seeking advantage" option.
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' plays with this. Sura isn't exactly kidnapped, she's captured and sold as a slave, but Batiatus promises Spartacus to search for her, buy her and reunite them in exchange for Spartacus behaving well. When Spartacus, after some minor hiccups, behaves and is victorious in the arena, Batiatus is true to his word, buys Sura and brings her to the ludus. [[spoiler: Then he orders her killed right before they reunite, so she dies in Spartacus' arms.]]
* ''Series/BreakoutKings'': In "Queen of Hearts", Lilah Tompkins escapes from prison by claiming to have had an accomplice kidnap a guard's son, and threatening to kill him unless the guard cooperates. She shows the guard a photo of his son on a mobile phone in order to convince him [[spoiler:She was bluffing, but the guard had no way of knowing that.]]
* Happens to Mac when Christine is kidnapped in ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' 'Seth and Apep'. It's actually a relief to Mac in one sense - hearing Christine's voice proved that the [[FingerInTheMail severed tongue]] Mac was sent earlier was not Christine's and that she was still okay.
* Also happens in an episode of ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}''. A man is forced into participating in the robbery of the bank truck he drives, which results in the death of his partner, because his younger sister is being held hostage. [[spoiler:As it turns out, his sister is ''in on it'' and in fact came up with the plot because she knew this trope would work on her big brother.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', a surgeon's spouse is covered by a sniper to force the surgeon to 'accidentally' kill a high-profile patient while he's on the operating table. What makes this invocation so noteworthy is that it is one of the first examples (possibly ''the'' first on network television) of this trope being used on a same-sex couple.
** Also, Finch faked his death to his fiancee, Grace, specifically so she wouldn't be endangered by this trope. [[spoiler:It turns out not to matter for [[TheSociopath Root]], who cheerfully informs him that Grace thinks she's a children's book author, and he can either help her with her scheme or... she can go [[DeadlyEuphemism get coffee]] with Grace.]]
** Used against [[AffablyEvil Elias]], of all people, by [[StrawNihilist Dominic]]. [[spoiler:In chasing him down, Dominic's gang manage to shoot and capture [[TheDragon Scarface]]. The rest of the episode is a conflict between Reese, who is trying to get Elias out alive because he is a more palatable candidate than Dominic for leader of New York's organised crime, and Elias, who [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes is willing to turn himself over to Dominic for the chance they'll let Scarface go free]].]]
* This is a favourite tactic of [[TheConspiracy The Network]] in ''Series/{{Utopia}}'' for blackmailing people by reminding them they can get to their loved ones at any time. "[[AffablyEvil Jen's great, really great]]. [[FauxAffablyEvil It'd be such a shame to see her raped]]".
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' after [[ProfessionalKiller Moran]] helps Holmes take down two of Moriarty's minions, Moriarty sends him a coded message reading "Moran, [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes you never told me you had a sister]]. She dies or you do. Your choice. M." Moran bashes his own head in.
** Sherlock's former drug dealer steals a lot of money from some very bad people and they kidnap his daughter to get it back. The man already spent the money so he goes to Sherlock for help.
** Moriarty kidnaps the child of a Greek businessman and forces him to kill the son of a prominent Macedonian politician. The idea was to cause a major political rift between the two countries and then cash in through a currency manipulation scheme.
** Some of Moriarty's former henchmen kidnap [[spoiler: Moriarty's daughter]] to force the mother to transfer over valuable property to them. It ends up being a very bad idea and when a pissed off Moriarty catches up to them; one of the kidnappers willingly goes to his death because otherwise Moriarty would go after ''his'' family.
** A group of French mobsters kidnap [[spoiler:Joan Watson]] so that Sherlock and Mycroft obtain valuable information for them.
* Happens in ''{{Series/Arrow}}'', with Count Vertigo kidnapping Felicity and then calling Oliver from her phone. He then threatens to kill her if he doesn't surrender and allow himself to be killed. Oliver shows up at the required place, but isn't willing to get himself killed, so the Count almost kills Felicity. [[BerserkButton A very angry Oliver kills him before he can hurt her.]]
** Oliver himself pulls it by [[spoiler: kidnapping Diggle's wife [[ActionMom Lyla]]]] during his [[spoiler: [[FaceHeelTurn turn as a member of the League of Assassins]]]].
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': A recurring aspect of many episodes, where the villain uses a loved one to coerce a victim into doing his bidding.
** In "The Wall", the villain kidnaps the daughter of a key negotiator in order to sabotage a set of diplomatic talks.
** In "The Bunker," a missile scientist works for an enemy state because they have captured his wife.
* In the Season One finale for ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Cybertek manages to recruit several people to participate in their cyborg program with an "incentive" program, the incentive being, "Do as we say and your wife/husband/kids may survive." [[spoiler: Garrett also has Mike Peterson's son hostage, forcing Peterson to serve HYDRA as Deathlok. When Skye reveals to Peterson that his son is safe, Peterson turns on Garrett.]]
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has a rare case of the ''hero'' doing this: Clarke threatens to kill Cage's father unless he releases the captive Sky People. [[spoiler:He doesn't, and she follows through on her threat.]]
* ''Series/MadamSecretary'': Russian Foreign Minister Anton Gorev and the [=McCords=] make this a DefiedTrope in season 2. When Russian President Ostrov dies in "The Doability Doctrine", Gorev tells them to look after his daughter Olga, who was one of Henry's students at Georgetown. In "The Long Shot", Maria Ostrova tries to have her abducted by Russian Intelligence as leverage during her power grab, but Henry, having been warned by his mole Captain Petrov, gets there first.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has the villain going for Scott's [[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} best friend]] Stiles instead of his girlfriend, when [[spoiler: Gerard takes Stiles because he knows that's the best way to hurt Scott. Playing with the trope, Gerard doesn't give Scott a chance to bargain for Stiles's safety or [[{{GenreSavvy}} the opportunity to rescue him]], just beats Stiles within an inch of his life and then releases him as a warning for Scott to back down before he hurts him again.]]
--> [[spoiler: Gerard: You have a knack for creating a vivid picture, Mr. Stilinski. Let me paint one of my own. Scott McCall finds his best friend bloodied and beaten to a pulp. How does that sound now?]]
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Hostage", a gang of villains abduct Purdey and hold her hostage to ensure Steed's compliance.
* ''{{Series/Delete}}'': General Overson is coerced into helping the AI by its threat to kill his daughter, who has a heart implant which it can hack. After he gets it removed, Overson immediately stops helping the AI, which then kills him.
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': In "Lucky Numbers", the wife of a lottery winner is kidnapped, with the kidnapper demanding 50,000 pounds.
* ''Series/{{Badger}}'': Wilf is abducted "The Price of a Daughter".
* ''Series/AgathaRaisin'': In "Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet", the killer abducts Agatha's cat Podge and threatens to kill him if Agatha does not stop her nosing about.
* ''Series/DCIBanks'': In "Bad Boy", Banks' daughter Tracey is kidnapped in an attempt to get him to remove a gun being held in the evidence store.



-->'''Vader''': Find and kill General Kota. If you refuse, the woman dies. You will return to me and give yourself to The Dark Side. If you resist, she dies. And when your training is complete, you will hunt down and execute the rebel leaders. If you FAIL, SHE DIES!

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-->'''Vader''': -->'''Vader:''' Find and kill General Kota. If you refuse, the woman dies. You will return to me and give yourself to The Dark Side. If you resist, she dies. And when your training is complete, you will hunt down and execute the rebel leaders. If you FAIL, SHE DIES!



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]] has a case of I Have Your ''[[GenderFlip Husband]]'' -- [[spoiler:it's revealed that Sabine's father is being held on Mandalore as a hostage in all but name in order to ensure Clan Wren's cooperation.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]] has a case of I Have Your ''[[GenderFlip Husband]]'' -- [[spoiler:it's revealed that Sabine's father is being held on Mandalore as a hostage in all but name in order to ensure Clan Wren's cooperation.]]
19th Feb '17 8:47:32 PM AthenaBlue
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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. After using size-altering crystals to capture Dipper and Mabel, Lil' Gideon calls their Grunkle Stan to demand the Mystery Shack's deed in exchange for their safety. However, Stan doesn't believe the twins are in danger.
-->'''Stan:''' Oh yeah. This has gotta be your worst plot yet. I saw them playing in the yard a few minutes ago. They're fine.
-->'''Gideon:''' I have them in my possession! You don't believe me? I will text you a photo!
-->'''Stan:''' ...Text me a photo? Now you're not even speaking English! ''(Hangs up)''
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama Kim Possible: So The Drama]]'', Dr. Drakken uses Kim's new boyfriend Eric as a hostage. [[spoiler:Subversion: Eric is a synthodrone working for Drakken to distract Kim and ultimately bait her into a trap.]]
* Inverted in Season 4 ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' when [[spoiler: the heroes kidnap [[BigBad Kuvira's]] fiance in an attempt to get her to leave Republic City alone, threatening to keep them apart forever if she doesn't back down. Kuvira decides to ShootTheHostage instead.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', the MadScientist kidnaps the Robot Chicken's wife once he learns that he has escaped from his laboratory, forcing him to battle all the original Robot Chicken characters in order to get to him.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Homer, Lenny, and Carl are waiting for Mr. Burns to leave the parking lot. The mailman talks with Mr. Burns a bit in regards to skydiving (which is not what they wanted to see, as they really wanted to leave). Homer then gets the idea of tricking him into leaving by calling him by claiming that he kidnapped his wife... and then changing it to his brother, and then to his dog, and despite it being a fairly obvious deception, the mailman still fell for it.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]] has a case of I Have Your ''[[GenderFlip Husband]]'' -- [[spoiler:it's revealed that Sabine's father is being held on Mandalore as a hostage in all but name in order to ensure Clan Wren's cooperation.]]



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Homer, Lenny, and Carl are waiting for Mr. Burns to leave the parking lot. The mailman talks with Mr. Burns a bit in regards to skydiving (which is not what they wanted to see, as they really wanted to leave). Homer then gets the idea of tricking him into leaving by calling him by claiming that he kidnapped his wife... and then changing it to his brother, and then to his dog, and despite it being a fairly obvious deception, the mailman still fell for it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', the MadScientist kidnaps the Robot Chicken's wife once he learns that he has escaped from his laboratory, forcing him to battle all the original Robot Chicken characters in order to get to him.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. After using size-altering crystals to capture Dipper and Mabel, Lil' Gideon calls their Grunkle Stan to demand the Mystery Shack's deed in exchange for their safety. However, Stan doesn't believe the twins are in danger.
-->'''Stan:''' Oh yeah. This has gotta be your worst plot yet. I saw them playing in the yard a few minutes ago. They're fine.
-->'''Gideon:''' I have them in my possession! You don't believe me? I will text you a photo!
-->'''Stan:''' ...Text me a photo? Now you're not even speaking English! ''(Hangs up)''
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama Kim Possible: So The Drama]]'', Dr. Drakken uses Kim's new boyfriend Eric as a hostage. [[spoiler:Subversion: Eric is a synthodrone working for Drakken to distract Kim and ultimately bait her into a trap.]]
* Inverted in Season 4 ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' when [[spoiler: the heroes kidnap [[BigBad Kuvira's]] fiance in an attempt to get her to leave Republic City alone, threatening to keep them apart forever if she doesn't back down. Kuvira decides to ShootTheHostage instead.]]
31st Jan '17 3:57:46 PM Anddrix
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* In the ''Series/EmeraldCity'' episode "Science and Magic", the Wizard forces a local rebel to denounce magic by threatening his pregnant daughter with death.

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* In the ''Series/EmeraldCity'' episode [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E4ScienceAndMagic "Science and Magic", Magic"]], the Wizard forces a local rebel to denounce magic by threatening his pregnant daughter with death.
27th Jan '17 9:20:18 PM LadyNorbert
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* The ''Film/{{Firewall}}''-esque LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Kidnapping]]'' has Judd Nelson kidnap a bank employee's daughter (and her babysitter, who they promptly kill when she tries to escape with the kid) to get her to give them access to a specific safe-deposit box.

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* The ''Film/{{Firewall}}''-esque LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Kidnapping]]'' has Judd Nelson kidnap a bank employee's daughter (and her babysitter, who whom they promptly kill when she tries to escape with the kid) to get her to give them access to a specific safe-deposit box.



* The movie ''Film/{{Ransom}}'' is a complete subversion of this trope. Instead of paying the ransom for his son, he offers the amount of 2 million bucks to anyone who can find and rescue his son instead, because he assumes his son is either 1. already dead, or 2. the kidnappers have no intention of returning his son anyway.

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* The movie ''Film/{{Ransom}}'' is a complete subversion of this trope. Instead of paying the ransom for his son, he offers the amount of 2 million bucks to anyone who can find and rescue his son instead, because he assumes either 1. his son is either 1. already dead, or 2. the kidnappers have no intention of returning his son anyway.



* Franchise/DocSavage gives this as the reason why he doesn't form relationships. That hasn't stopped people from speculating that the 1930's hero has [[HoYay other reasons...]].

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* Franchise/DocSavage gives this as the reason why he doesn't form relationships. That hasn't stopped people from speculating that the 1930's 1930s hero has [[HoYay other reasons...]].



** What turns it into FridgeHorror is when she realizes that [[spoiler:Snow insisting that she convinces him that her feelings for Peeta are genuine had nothing to do with quenching the riots in Panem, as Katniss originally thought, and everything to do with this trope. Being no idiot Snow knows that Peeta's value to him is in direct proportion to how much Katniss cares about him. Unfortunately for Peeta Snow figures out that Katniss is in love with him before she herself realizes it.]]

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** What turns it into FridgeHorror is when she realizes that [[spoiler:Snow insisting that she convinces him that her feelings for Peeta are genuine had nothing to do with quenching quelling the riots in Panem, as Katniss originally thought, and everything to do with this trope. Being no idiot idiot, Snow knows that Peeta's value to him is in direct proportion to how much Katniss cares about him. Unfortunately for Peeta Peeta, Snow figures out that Katniss is in love with him before she herself realizes it.]]



* In ''Theatre/OedipusAtColonus'', Creon, knowing Oedipus is necessary for victory, forcefully abducts Oedipus' daughters (on whom he is completely dependent) to get him to come. Fortunately Theseus intervenes.

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* In ''Theatre/OedipusAtColonus'', Creon, knowing Oedipus is necessary for victory, forcefully abducts Oedipus' daughters (on whom he is completely dependent) to get him to come. Fortunately Fortunately, Theseus intervenes.



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''; After using size-altering crystals to capture Dipper and Mabel, Lil' Gideon calls their Grunkle Stan to demand the Mystery Shack's deed in exchange for their safety. However, Stan doesn't believe the twins are in danger.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''; ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. After using size-altering crystals to capture Dipper and Mabel, Lil' Gideon calls their Grunkle Stan to demand the Mystery Shack's deed in exchange for their safety. However, Stan doesn't believe the twins are in danger.



* During the Spanish Civil War, the Republicans, (no, not those republicans), captured the son of José Moscardó e Ituarte, the Nationalist commandant during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_the_Alc%C3%A1zar Siege of Alcázar.]] The Republican forces called Moscardó on the telephone, and demanded he surrender or they would kill his son. Moscardó asked to speak to his son, who he told; [[ScrewYourUltimatum "Commend your soul to God and die like a patriot,]] shouting [[SayYourPrayers 'Long live Christ King']] and 'Long live Spain.'" His son's reply? [[DefiantToTheEnd "That, I can do."]]

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* During the Spanish Civil War, the Republicans, (no, not those republicans), captured the son of José Moscardó e Ituarte, the Nationalist commandant during the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_the_Alc%C3%A1zar Siege of Alcázar.]] The Republican forces called Moscardó on the telephone, and demanded he surrender or they would kill his son. Moscardó asked to speak to his son, who whom he told; told: [[ScrewYourUltimatum "Commend your soul to God and die like a patriot,]] shouting [[SayYourPrayers 'Long live Christ King']] and 'Long live Spain.'" His son's reply? [[DefiantToTheEnd "That, I can do."]]
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Theon is kept as a ward/hostage at Winterfell for a decade to prevent his father Balon from rebelling against the Iron Throne again. This is a completely acceptable part of Westerosi society.
** Sansa and Jaime counteract each other's value for this trope. Neither side will harm their prisoner for fear of the consequences to their loved one.
** Cersei takes Ros (mistaking her for his mistress) as hostage in "The Prince of Winterfell" to mollify her fears that Tyrion is plotting a UriahGambit for Joffrey in the coming battle.
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* In the ''Series/EmeraldCity'' episode "Science and Magic", the Wizard forces a local rebel to denounce magic by threatening his pregnant daughter with death.
11th Jan '17 10:16:13 AM Ambaryerno
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* Protecting her family from this is why Comicbook/{{X 23}} sent her aunt and cousin into hiding at the end of ''Target: X''. Kimura eventually tracks them down anyway, and although she at first considered killing them out of spite, she ultimately plays the trope straight and decides to use them as leverage to force Laura to submit to her in ''Comicbook/AllNewWolverine''. Considering it's [[AxCrazy Kimura]], it's highly unlikely she'll hold up her end no matter what Laura does.
10th Jan '17 6:44:07 PM nombretomado
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* The ''LoadingReadyRun'' episode "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/loadingreadyrun/3327-Ransom Ransom]]" took it to its illogical extreme. The villain kidnaps the hero's girlfriend and calls him with the demands. The hero counters by kidnapping the villain's henchmen. The villain escalates by kidnapping the hero's mother which the hero counters by capturing the villain's deaf brother. All this takes place in the span of five minutes with the hero and villain still engaged in the original phone conversation. The villain tries to end things by kidnapping the hero but the hero responds by kidnapping the villain (while still tied up in the villain's lair).

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* The ''LoadingReadyRun'' ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' episode "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/loadingreadyrun/3327-Ransom Ransom]]" took it to its illogical extreme. The villain kidnaps the hero's girlfriend and calls him with the demands. The hero counters by kidnapping the villain's henchmen. The villain escalates by kidnapping the hero's mother which the hero counters by capturing the villain's deaf brother. All this takes place in the span of five minutes with the hero and villain still engaged in the original phone conversation. The villain tries to end things by kidnapping the hero but the hero responds by kidnapping the villain (while still tied up in the villain's lair).
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*In ''ComicBook/BackToBrooklyn'', Paul Saetta kidnaps his brother Bob's family with the implication he will murder Bob's young son Michael if Bob crosses him.
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