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16th Apr '16 1:49:57 AM MsChibi
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* In ''Film/SnowDay'', Wayne is being held hostage by Snowplow Man. Meanwhile, the protagonists have Trudy, Snowplow Man's right-hand raven.
17th Jan '16 4:01:01 PM MoPete
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* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' has several of these. The most infamous one is when Xiahou Shang is exchanged for Chen Shi at Mt. Ding Jun. While the exchange is taking place, Huang Zhong shoots Xiahou Shang in the back, which enrages Xiahou Yuan to the point of charging into battle. [[BatmanGambit Which is exactly what Huang Zhong wanted.]]



* A prisoner swap opens the Battle of Mt. Ding Jun in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 4''. Wei's Xiahou Shang is traded for Shu's Chen Shi. The two slowly walk towards each other across an open field while observed by generals from both sides, but the moment one passes the other, both break out into a run for their own lines. That appears to be the cue that the prisoner exchange is over, as arrows start flying from both sides immediately afterwards. This curtly concludes the cease fire and leads directly to the battle itself.

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* A prisoner swap opens the Battle of Mt. Ding Jun in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 4''.4'', based on the same scene from ''Romance of the Three Kingdoms''. Wei's Xiahou Shang is traded for Shu's Chen Shi. The two slowly walk towards each other across an open field while observed by generals from both sides, but the moment one passes the other, both break out into a run for their own lines. That appears to be the cue that the prisoner exchange is over, as arrows start flying from both sides immediately afterwards. This curtly concludes the cease fire and leads directly to the battle itself.
16th Jan '16 6:01:27 AM LondonKdS
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* There is a complicated example in ''Series/RobinOfSherwood''. The Sheriff of Nottingham captures Much the Miller's Son, but at the same time the Sheriff's nephew Martin is kidnapped and held to ransom by another outlaw. Robin has to rescue Martin from the other outlaw and then exchange him for Much. The actual exchange goes pear-shaped when the Sheriff tries to have Robin and Much ambushed immediately afterwards, which disgusts Martin so much that he leaves again with Robin.
15th Jan '16 4:14:07 PM LondonKdS
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* This became a regular event during the wars between the Byzantine Empire and the Abbasid Caliphate in the 8th to 10th centuries. The parties would meet every few years to swap prisoners, often at the River Lamos.
19th Dec '15 6:16:19 PM Discar
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Usually the captured member of the other team is no ordinary {{Mook}}. He may be someone who is important to the villain in some way, someone he [[MoralityPet cares about]] or [[MacGuffinGirl needs]] in order to fulfill his EvilPlan, otherwise the other side would not bother with trying to get him back. Heroes usually don't need this kind of motivation to rescue a captive comrade, as they generally need less of a reason to save people. A MessianicArchetype may risk both his life and the chance of giving up whatever advantage he may have had, coupled with letting a villain go free, in order to save a total stranger, although it's just as likely that the captive will be someone close to the hero in order to facilitate drama.

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Usually the captured member of the other team is no ordinary {{Mook}}. He may be someone who is important to the villain in some way, someone he [[MoralityPet cares about]] or [[MacGuffinGirl [[LivingMacGuffin needs]] in order to fulfill his EvilPlan, otherwise the other side would not bother with trying to get him back. Heroes usually don't need this kind of motivation to rescue a captive comrade, as they generally need less of a reason to save people. A MessianicArchetype may risk both his life and the chance of giving up whatever advantage he may have had, coupled with letting a villain go free, in order to save a total stranger, although it's just as likely that the captive will be someone close to the hero in order to facilitate drama.
12th Dec '15 8:43:10 PM nombretomado
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* There's a form of this in the XWingSeries book ''Wedge's Gamble''. There is an Imperial prison which Rogue Squadron can access, and a corrupt warden who will make deals. The prison has Rebels and scum of the galaxy, the latter group being the one that gives the warden more trouble. Said warden will let the Rogues retrieve some Rebels, but only if they also take some of that scum, too; namely members of Black Sun, a criminal empire which has dissolved. Little does he know that the Rogues are there for the scum so said scum can be recruited in a labyrinthine plot - the Rebels are just a nice bonus.

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* There's a form of this in the XWingSeries Literature/XWingSeries book ''Wedge's Gamble''. There is an Imperial prison which Rogue Squadron can access, and a corrupt warden who will make deals. The prison has Rebels and scum of the galaxy, the latter group being the one that gives the warden more trouble. Said warden will let the Rogues retrieve some Rebels, but only if they also take some of that scum, too; namely members of Black Sun, a criminal empire which has dissolved. Little does he know that the Rogues are there for the scum so said scum can be recruited in a labyrinthine plot - the Rebels are just a nice bonus.
30th Nov '15 10:52:29 AM godzillavkk
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The exchange often involve both sides facing each other across a wide open area. Each captive walks toward the other, they pass by each other in the center and proceed on to their own group. [[TakeItToTheBridge Often takes place on a bridge]], since it marks the only crossing point of a natural barrier, such as a river or chasm, [[BorderCrossing where two territories would typically be divided]]. It also gives both sides a clear view of each other as well as of the hostages in case anyone tries anything funny (providing there is no OminousFog), and can be symbolic for the hostages making their journey home.

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The exchange often involve both sides parties facing each other across a wide open area.area, with armed soldiers present or hidden in case the other party tries something. Each captive walks toward the other, they pass by each other in the center and proceed on to their own group. [[TakeItToTheBridge Often takes place on a bridge]], since it marks the only crossing point of a natural barrier, such as a river or chasm, [[BorderCrossing where two territories would typically be divided]]. It also gives both sides a clear view of each other as well as of the hostages in case anyone tries anything funny (providing there is no OminousFog), and can be symbolic for the hostages making their journey home.
7th Nov '15 5:36:34 PM nombretomado
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* RedDeadRedemption uses this. Norman Deek is being traded for the ShipTease, and surprisingly enough, they don't want the prisoner back.

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* RedDeadRedemption ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' uses this. Norman Deek is being traded for the ShipTease, and surprisingly enough, they don't want the prisoner back.
2nd Oct '15 4:10:48 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Sometimes happened during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. with captured spies, most famously across the Glienicke Bridge.
** In 1962, KGB agent Rudolf Abel was swapped for American pilot Gary Powers Jr. (who had been captured after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the USSR.
* The 2010 swap of ten [[DeepCoverAgent Russian agents]] captured in the US for four people held in Russia.
* Done ''en masse'' during the days of WoodenShipsAndIronMen where there were regular truce ships going back and forth carrying prisoners. The two sides kept regular tabs on each other's debit and credit. Sometimes this would break down mid-war, for instance when one side decided that the enemy was running out of manpower and needed to be squeezed harder. Like other such customs, aspects of this hung on as late as WorldWarII, though it was mostly disabled prisoners who were exchanged.
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* Sometimes happened during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. with captured spies, most famously across the Glienicke Bridge. For example, in 1962, KGB agent Rudolf Abel was swapped for American pilot Gary Powers Jr. (who had been captured after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the USSR.
* The 2010 swap of ten [[DeepCoverAgent Russian agents]] captured in the US for four people held in Russia.
* Done ''en masse'' during the days of WoodenShipsAndIronMen where there were regular truce ships going back and forth carrying prisoners. The two sides kept regular tabs on each other's debit and credit. Sometimes this would break down mid-war, for instance when one side decided that the enemy was running out of manpower and needed to be squeezed harder. Like other such customs, aspects of this hung on as late as WorldWarII, though it was mostly disabled prisoners who were exchanged.
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25th Sep '15 1:02:10 PM KevinKlawitter
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* Film/BridgeOfSpies is based on the Abel/Powers exchange described under TruthInTelevision below.
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