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17th Jan '18 2:15:56 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The third ''Soldiers of Barrabas'' (a HeroesRUs series by Jack Hild) novel had enemies of Nile Barrabas from his Vietnam days kidnapping his girlfriend and saying "You've got 48 hours before we kill her. Come and get her." The BigBad thinks his jungle fortress surrounded by booby traps and ambushes will take care of Barrabas and his men, but they kill an ambush squad and infiltrate up their hidden retreat path, which is free of booby traps. Even so the girlfriend only escapes with her life because TheDragon is GenreSavvy enough not to execute her as ordered, knowing Barrabas would spend the rest of his life hunting him down.

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* The third ''Soldiers of Barrabas'' (a HeroesRUs series by Jack Hild) novel had enemies of Nile Barrabas from his Vietnam days kidnapping his girlfriend and saying "You've got 48 hours before we kill her. Come and get her." The BigBad thinks his jungle fortress surrounded by booby traps and ambushes will take care of Barrabas and his men, but they kill an ambush squad and infiltrate up their hidden retreat path, which is free of booby traps. Even so the girlfriend only escapes with her life because TheDragon is GenreSavvy enough not to doesn't execute her as ordered, knowing Barrabas would spend the rest of his life hunting him down.



* ''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.]]

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* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has the villain going for Scott's [[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} [[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]], 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.]]



* 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]]".

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* 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 "[[FauxAffablyEvil Jen's great, really great]]. [[FauxAffablyEvil great. It'd be such a shame to see her raped]]".
9th Jan '18 9:29:00 PM Fireblood
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** Mulder makes it very clear very early on in the series that the only way to hurt him is to hurt Scully, and that he'll [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl go to great lengths to get her back.]] So, Scully falls victim to this quite a lot. But as the bad guys quickly figure out, this never has the desired effect. If anything, it makes Mulder even more resistant to dealing with them and he [[TookaThirdOption gets her back his way.]] Plus the RoaringRampageOfRevenge that goes along with this. This trope makes up about half of the 1998 movie ''Fight the Future.''

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** Mulder makes it very clear very early on in the series that the only way to hurt him is to hurt Scully, and that he'll [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl go to great lengths to get her back.]] So, Scully falls victim to this quite a lot. But as the bad guys quickly figure out, this never has the desired effect. If anything, it makes Mulder even more resistant to dealing with them and he [[TookaThirdOption gets her back his way.]] Plus the RoaringRampageOfRevenge that goes along with this. This trope makes up about half of the 1998 movie ''Fight ''[[Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture Fight the Future.''Future]]''.


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* ''{{Series/Vikings}}'': Erlendur tries to coerce Torvi into killing Bjorn by threatening her son, who is in the custody of his people. She [[TheDogBitesBack kills Erlendur instead]] though.
21st Dec '17 7:20:17 PM Lopiny
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** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies:'' [[spoiler:Bobby Fulbright]] ''claims'' that his family being held hostage is what made him work for [[spoiler:the phantom, the BigBad of the game as a whole]] in order to throw off accusations of being him. But it turns out to be BlatantLies, as when asked to specify who got taken hostage he utterly messes up his planned reactions and audibly starts deciding which answer would get the most pity.
18th Dec '17 6:01:35 AM JoieDeCombat
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'' did this in the last case, only with the hero's beloved assistant Maya rather than his significant other.
** In the last case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2'', [[spoiler: Blaise Debeste has his henchmen kidnap Judge Courtney's son to have her declare Patricia Roland "Not Guilty". However, his henchmen were [[IdiotBall morons]] who mistakenly kidnapped Sebastian, Blaise's son, instead of John. Then the BigBad comes along and kidnaps John anyway so that Edgeworth would investigate the missing evidence for Roland's trial, which Blaise disposed of.]]
** In the last case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', [[spoiler:[[DesignatedVictim Maya]] gets kidnapped ''again'' to have Phoenix ensure that Paul Atishon can claim the Founder's Orb. This leads to him getting in a civil case against Apollo over a dispute for the Orb. Apollo gets Phoenix out of working for an obviously criminal client by proving that the kidnapper needs Maya alive and cooperative, and thus wouldn't hurt a single hair on her head.]]



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', every chapter, Monobear provides the students with an artificial "motive" to entice them to kill one another. I Have Your Wife, or at least a variation of it, plays out as the "motive" of chapter 1: Monobear shows each student videos of something horrible happening to either their friends or loved ones (Makoto Naegi's family caught in an earthquake, Sayaka Maizono's idol group disbanding and everyone forgetting about her, Mondo Oowada's gang breaking up, something bad happening to Leon Kuwata's baseball team, etc.). Monobear teases the students with the possibility that the situations on the videos might be real, so wouldn't it be a good idea for a student to commit murder, "graduate" from the school, and thus be able to go find out? The student who finally takes Monobear up on that is [[spoiler: Sayaka, but it doesn't work because when she tries to kill Leon, Leon successfully defends himself, and then kills ''her''.]]
** And he later uses it again [[spoiler: while holding Sakura Oogami's beloved dojo hostage and forcing her to be TheMole. She only gets out of the deal via ''[[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]]''.]]


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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'' did this in the last case, only with the hero's beloved assistant Maya rather than his significant other.
** In the last case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth 2'', [[spoiler: Blaise Debeste has his henchmen kidnap Judge Courtney's son to have her declare Patricia Roland "Not Guilty". However, his henchmen were [[IdiotBall morons]] who mistakenly kidnapped Sebastian, Blaise's son, instead of John. Then the BigBad comes along and kidnaps John anyway so that Edgeworth would investigate the missing evidence for Roland's trial, which Blaise disposed of.]]
** In the last case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', [[spoiler:[[DesignatedVictim Maya]] gets kidnapped ''again'' to have Phoenix ensure that Paul Atishon can claim the Founder's Orb. This leads to him getting in a civil case against Apollo over a dispute for the Orb. Apollo gets Phoenix out of working for an obviously criminal client by proving that the kidnapper needs Maya alive and cooperative, and thus wouldn't hurt a single hair on her head.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', every chapter, Monobear provides the students with an artificial "motive" to entice them to kill one another. I Have Your Wife, or at least a variation of it, plays out as the "motive" of chapter 1: Monobear shows each student videos of something horrible happening to either their friends or loved ones (Makoto Naegi's family caught in an earthquake, Sayaka Maizono's idol group disbanding and everyone forgetting about her, Mondo Oowada's gang breaking up, something bad happening to Leon Kuwata's baseball team, etc.). Monobear teases the students with the possibility that the situations on the videos might be real, so wouldn't it be a good idea for a student to commit murder, "graduate" from the school, and thus be able to go find out? The student who finally takes Monobear up on that is [[spoiler: Sayaka, but it doesn't work because when she tries to kill Leon, Leon successfully defends himself, and then kills ''her''.]]
** And he later uses it again [[spoiler: while holding Sakura Oogami's beloved dojo hostage and forcing her to be TheMole. She only gets out of the deal via ''[[DrivenToSuicide killing herself]]''.]]
* Poor Grace in ''VisualNovel/HavenfallIsForLovers'' ends up used as a hostage against the player character and her LoveInterest as often as not.
** In Diego's season two, [[spoiler:Antonio]] threatens Grace in order to compel the protagonist to cooperate with his "game" against Diego.
** In Razi's route Grace seems to have initially been just a victim of opportunity, but as soon as [[spoiler:Jonas]] realizes that the protagonist is Razi's weakness, he's more than willing to use Grace as leverage against both of them.
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17th Dec '17 5:06:16 AM DesiredUsernameTaken
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In one episode of Season 1, [[{{Jerkass}} Mr. Cat]] takes Quack Quack, to whom Kaeloo is a ParentalSubstitute, as a hostage so she'll pay him money. It turns out that she doesn't have any [[RunningGag because of the ongoing economic crisis]]. Mr. Cat then threatens to shoot Kaeloo if Quack Quack doesn't pay him, which also fails because Quack Quack doesn't have any money. Mr. Cat is subsequently punished by Kaeloo for what he did.
16th Dec '17 1:27:39 PM Eievie
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16th Dec '17 1:27:10 PM Eievie
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28th Nov '17 11:59:24 PM ultimomant
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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': In several versions, Baroness Paula von Gunther is only working for the Nazis because they are holding her daughter Gerta hostage. When Wonder Woman rescues Gerta, Paula happily defects to the good guys.
28th Nov '17 8:56:57 PM 20person
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* ''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]]. His status was put in jeopardy after [[spoiler:Sabine kills Imperial Viceroy Gar Saxon and starts another Mandalorian civil war. The rebels end up having to rescue him from a public execution in the beginning of Season 4]].

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* ''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]]. His status was put in jeopardy after [[spoiler:Sabine kills Imperial Viceroy Gar Saxon and starts another Mandalorian civil war. The She and the rebels end up having to rescue him from a public execution in the beginning of Season 4]].
28th Nov '17 7:27:23 PM 20person
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* ''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]]. His status was put in jeopardy after [[spoiler:Sabine kills Imperial Viceroy Gar Saxon and starts another Mandalorian civil war. They end up having to rescue him from a public execution in the beginning of Season 4]].

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* ''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]]. His status was put in jeopardy after [[spoiler:Sabine kills Imperial Viceroy Gar Saxon and starts another Mandalorian civil war. They The rebels end up having to rescue him from a public execution in the beginning of Season 4]].
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