History Main / PrisonerExchange

21st May '17 5:21:18 PM nombretomado
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* WereAlive has a case where "both sides try to screw each other" when Saul tries to coax the Mallers into exchanging [[spoiler: Lizzy]] by offering to kidnap and hand over Pegs. But when the exchange goes down the Tower folk are using Riley as a decoy and planning to ambush the Mallers, who are also using a decoy [[spoiler: who they promptly shoot to cause confusion]] and planning an ambush, [[spoiler:so they can attack the Tower while its best fighters are at the exchange.]]

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* WereAlive ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' has a case where "both sides try to screw each other" when Saul tries to coax the Mallers into exchanging [[spoiler: Lizzy]] by offering to kidnap and hand over Pegs. But when the exchange goes down the Tower folk are using Riley as a decoy and planning to ambush the Mallers, who are also using a decoy [[spoiler: who they promptly shoot to cause confusion]] and planning an ambush, [[spoiler:so they can attack the Tower while its best fighters are at the exchange.]]
9th May '17 7:08:54 PM GentlemensDame883
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* At the end of Creator/DaleBrown's novel ''Fatal Terrain'', Patrick and his comrades, who were forced to parachute out over Chinese territory after the final attack on Chinese ballistic missile silos and got captured for their trouble, are set free after the US trades some Chinese captives back.
24th Mar '17 11:34:43 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Catelyn ''tries'' to pull one off with the Lannisters Jaime for her daughters but it doesn't go over too well. Still, due to Brienne's absolute loyalty, she's still trying to retrieve Sansa and Arya.
23rd Feb '17 5:34:01 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. In "Brothers in Blood", Bolan is told to surrender in exchange for a captive. Realising Bolan won't give himself up without a guarantee, the BigBad moves into an exposed position where Bolan can shoot him, though the muzzle flash would give away Bolan's position and get him killed in turn.
23rd Feb '17 5:22:42 AM JackG
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* In ''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.

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* In ''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.Given the patriarchal society of Westeros, this is not regarded as a good exchange and the idea is rejected even by her son Robb.



* Once on ''Series/GetSmart'' KAOS kidnapped the Chief, so Control captured one of KAOS's agents to try to make a deal. KAOS captured another - back and forth until the only non-prisoners were Max and Sigfried, who arranged an exchange. KAOS got the last laugh when, during the exchange which was two big busses full of prisoners, KAOS captured the Control bus driver.

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* Once on ''Series/GetSmart'' KAOS kidnapped the Chief, so Control captured one of KAOS's agents to try to make a deal. KAOS captured another - back and forth until the only non-prisoners were Max and Sigfried, who arranged an exchange. KAOS got the last laugh when, during the exchange which was two big busses buses full of prisoners, KAOS captured the Control bus driver.
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.
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