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15th Oct '16 5:36:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sergio Leone's ''A Fistful Of Dollars''.
* In the JohnWoo movie ''A Better Tomorrow'', an exchange between BigBad Ah Shing (who the first protagonist, Sung Tse Ho, has captured) and Ho's little brother Sung Tse Kit (the other protagonist, who Shing's {{mooks}} have at gunpoint) sets off the final battle of the movie.

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* Sergio Leone's ''A Fistful Of Dollars''.
''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''.
* In the JohnWoo Creator/JohnWoo movie ''A Better Tomorrow'', ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'', an exchange between BigBad Ah Shing (who the first protagonist, Sung Tse Ho, has captured) and Ho's little brother Sung Tse Kit (the other protagonist, who Shing's {{mooks}} have at gunpoint) sets off the final battle of the movie.



* In ''[[{{Redwall}} Mattimeo]]'', the Redwallers capture General Ironbeak's three magpies, who are his only way of getting supplies, and trade them for the three Redwall hostages. Unfortunately, Ironbeak is smart enough to use the PrisonerExchange as a cover while he sends his troops to steal as much food as they can from Redwall.

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* In ''[[{{Redwall}} ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} Mattimeo]]'', the Redwallers capture General Ironbeak's three magpies, who are his only way of getting supplies, and trade them for the three Redwall hostages. Unfortunately, Ironbeak is smart enough to use the PrisonerExchange as a cover while he sends his troops to steal as much food as they can from Redwall.



* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' Catelyn suggests trading Jaime Lannister for her daughters, whom she supposes are being held hostage by the Lannisters. It doesn't go through.

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Catelyn suggests trading Jaime Lannister for her daughters, whom she supposes are being held hostage by the Lannisters. It doesn't go through.
15th Oct '16 5:35:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in an early episode of TheSandbaggers. The hero's girlfriend has been captured in East Germany and everyone agrees to a trade. [[spoiler: He has a sniper [[ShootTheHostage shoot her down]] when she's halfway across so that the trade cannot take place.]]

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* Subverted in an early episode of TheSandbaggers.''Series/TheSandbaggers''. The hero's girlfriend has been captured in East Germany and everyone agrees to a trade. [[spoiler: He has a sniper [[ShootTheHostage shoot her down]] when she's halfway across so that the trade cannot take place.]]



* In VideoGame/CovertAction, this option is available to players that get captured. You can opt to wait a several hours to escape instead.

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* In VideoGame/CovertAction, ''VideoGame/CovertAction'', this option is available to players that get captured. You can opt to wait a several hours to escape instead.



* Subverted in WesternAnimation/AmericanDad, where, back during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, Stan is being traded for a Soviet agent. As they pass each other, he takes the opportunity to extol the virtues of America, and all the things the Soviet is leaving behind. In response, the Soviet puts his arm around Stan and starts talking about GloriousMotherRussia, while leading him back to the Soviet side where he is promptly grabbed by the Soviets again, as the Americans can only FacePalm as they watch.
* At the end of the ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode "The Crepes of Wrath", Albanian child spy Adil Hoxha is exchanged for an American child spy.

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* Subverted in WesternAnimation/AmericanDad, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where, back during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, Stan is being traded for a Soviet agent. As they pass each other, he takes the opportunity to extol the virtues of America, and all the things the Soviet is leaving behind. In response, the Soviet puts his arm around Stan and starts talking about GloriousMotherRussia, while leading him back to the Soviet side where he is promptly grabbed by the Soviets again, as the Americans can only FacePalm as they watch.
* At the end of the ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Crepes of Wrath", Albanian child spy Adil Hoxha is exchanged for an American child spy.
15th Oct '16 5:34:30 AM Morgenthaler
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GenreSavvy good guys or [[AntiHero Anti Heroes]] may realize this and never intend to make a trade with the villain in the first place, or both sides may have the intention of screwing each other over, in which case the hostages themselves rarely have any say in the matter and may end up on the worse end of the deal.

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GenreSavvy Cunning good guys or [[AntiHero Anti Heroes]] may realize this and never intend to make a trade with the villain in the first place, or both sides may have the intention of screwing each other over, in which case the hostages themselves rarely have any say in the matter and may end up on the worse end of the deal.



* Season 2 of the 2010 ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' saw a hostage exchange between Team Nikita and Division. Thanks to [[MagnificentBastard Percy]] being half the exchange, [[GenreSavvy Nikita]], and the show's GambitPileup (there's ''four'' factions playing) tendencies, the whole thing goes to hell. Only Team Nikita comes out ahead.

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* Season 2 of the 2010 ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' saw a hostage exchange between Team Nikita and Division. Thanks to [[MagnificentBastard Percy]] being half the exchange, [[GenreSavvy Nikita]], Nikita, and the show's GambitPileup (there's ''four'' factions playing) tendencies, the whole thing goes to hell. Only Team Nikita comes out ahead.
15th Oct '16 5:34:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Happens without incident in the mini-series ''Series/{{V}}: The Final Battle'', when the BigBad Diana exchanges Donovan's son for one of her own men. Of course, Diana has no reason to stop the exchange because she's "[[{{Brainwashed}} converted]]" Donovan's son into becoming her spy.

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* Happens without incident in the mini-series ''Series/{{V}}: ''[[Series/{{V 1983}} V: The Final Battle'', Battle]]'', when the BigBad Diana exchanges Donovan's son for one of her own men. Of course, Diana has no reason to stop the exchange because she's "[[{{Brainwashed}} converted]]" Donovan's son into becoming her spy.
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.
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