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22nd May '17 3:55:55 PM Eievie
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15th May '17 4:02:05 PM jormis29
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* The TV Christmas movie ''Holiday In Handcuffs'' has this happen, with the kidnapper in question being [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Melissa Joan Hart.]]

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* The TV Christmas movie ''Holiday In Handcuffs'' has this happen, with the kidnapper in question being [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch Melissa Joan Hart.]]Creator/MelissaJoanHart.
29th Apr '17 7:32:15 PM Pegase
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* In BDSM culture there's a mental state called "subspace". Basically, subspace is a temporary state of Stockholm Syndrome where the submissive partner is extremely susceptible to any suggestion on the part of the dominant partner.
** Of course, this version is a deliberate, predetermined goal between two consenting adults rather than a response to being kidnapped or imprisoned.

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* In BDSM culture there's a mental state called "subspace". Basically, subspace is a temporary state of Stockholm Syndrome where the submissive partner is extremely susceptible to any suggestion on the part of the dominant partner.
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partner.[[note]] Of course, this version is a deliberate, predetermined goal between two consenting adults rather than a response to being kidnapped or imprisoned. [[/note]]
29th Apr '17 7:28:41 PM Pegase
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**Of course, this version is a deliberate, predetermined goal between two consenting adults rather than a response to being kidnapped or imprisoned.
24th Apr '17 9:05:57 PM NegiSpongie
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Sons of Mars", Magic Man has a tiny manticore trapped in a bottle which Finn and Jake free at the end of the episode. By the time of the episode "You Forgot Your Floaties", the Tiny Manticore is back in Magic Man's house because in his own words, "was given some kind of hostage syndrome". He breaks out of when Finn gives him an inspiring (albeit unintelligible) speech.
6th Apr '17 10:13:35 PM genisgone
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** Arguably, [[TheEmpath Will]] and [[TheCorrupter Hannibal's]] series-long slow-burn romance altogether, what with Hannibal being a manipulative serial killer and all.
29th Mar '17 10:26:05 AM fearlessnikki
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* Despite how it looks to some, ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is an aversion. Belle agrees to stay with Beast to save her father, but she doesn't obey his orders, later decides her promise isn't worth how dangerous he is and tries to leave, and even after Beast saves her she isn't putting up with his behavior. It's only ''after'' he starts being nice and considerate, but like a person instead of her captor, that she warms up to him. Yet even then, she still misses her father, and leaves when Beast finally lets her. Interestingly, Creator/EmmaWatson heard about the accusations around the time she was being scouted for the role of Belle for the LiveActionAdaptation, and by her own admission she looked into them thoroughly before signing on.

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* Despite how it looks to some, ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is an aversion. Belle agrees to stay with Beast to save her father, but she doesn't obey his orders, later decides her promise isn't worth how dangerous he is and tries to leave, and even after Beast saves her she isn't putting up with his behavior. It's only ''after'' he starts being nice and considerate, but like a person instead of her captor, that she warms up to him. Yet even then, she still misses her father, and leaves when Beast finally lets her. Interestingly, Creator/EmmaWatson heard about the accusations around the time she was being scouted for the role of Belle for the LiveActionAdaptation, and by her own admission she looked into them thoroughly before signing on. Lindsay Ellis discusses it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syYCO0QVkZo here]].



* Gender Flipped example in ''Film/FiveBrandedWomen'', where the German soldier held captive by the country girls-turned-Partisans in Yugoslavia appears to develop feelings for Mira, his captor. [[spoiler: He ends up trying to flee while she gives birth]].



* A non-romantic example in ''Film/TheMagdaleneSisters''. Margaret finds the laundry's back gate left open and walks out, even stopping a man on the road for a lift. However she decides not to get back in and returns to the laundry. Viewers have debated over whether or not this is loyalty to the other women (she was taking care of the unstable Crispina) or fear of the outside world.

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* A non-romantic example in ''Film/TheMagdaleneSisters''. Margaret finds the laundry's back gate left open and walks out, even stopping a man on the road for a lift. However she decides not to get back in and returns to the laundry. Viewers have debated over whether or not this is loyalty to the other women (she was taking care of the unstable Crispina) or fear of the outside world. Given that she'd seen another escapee physically dragged back into the laundry by her family, it's entirely possible she felt she had nowhere else to go.


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* ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' has a moment where [[spoiler: Chris rapes Cathy]] in a fit of desperation. Afterwards she says she could have stopped him if she wanted to, and they end up [[spoiler: beginning a full blown incestuous relationship]] in subsequent books.


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* Amy Studt's video for "Under The Thumb" has her holding a man captive in her house and it looks like she's trying to make him love her. She lets him go by the end of the video, subverting the trope.
14th Mar '17 1:01:46 PM margdean56
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* OlderThanFeudalism: It's suggested in Homer's ''Literature/{{Iliad}}'' that Helen of Troy, after being kidnapped by Paris in an act that triggered UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar, got pretty comfortable in Troy after a while. Of course, the fact that Paris could kidnap her was due to the fact that he was the most handsome man of the time himself, probably helped. It's never explicitly stated, but there is one scene in which a Greek soldier actually considers killing Helen, believing her to be one of the enemy now.

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* OlderThanFeudalism: It's suggested in Homer's ''Literature/{{Iliad}}'' that Helen of Troy, after being kidnapped by Paris in an act that triggered UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar, got pretty comfortable in Troy after a while. Of course, the fact that Paris could kidnap her was due to the fact that he was the most handsome man of the time himself, himself probably helped.helped him kidnap her in the first place. It's never explicitly stated, but there is one scene in which a Greek soldier actually considers killing Helen, believing her to be one of the enemy now.



* Done intentionally in John Ringo's "Literature/CouncilWars" series. The lead villain, known as Paul, sets up a harem where he keeps kidnapped young women, for the express purpose of breaking them and inducing Stockholm Syndrome. The repeated rapes and hopeless nature of life in the harem inevitably take their toll on the captives. This is even explained during a short story at the end of "Emerald Sea". It is partially averted in the character of Megan, Paul's latest victim. Despite falling in love with him, she ends up killing him partway through "Against the Tide", in a particularly brutal and grisly manner.

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* Done intentionally in John Ringo's "Literature/CouncilWars" ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series. The lead villain, known as Paul, sets up a harem where he keeps kidnapped young women, for the express purpose of breaking them and inducing Stockholm Syndrome. The repeated rapes and hopeless nature of life in the harem inevitably take their toll on the captives. This is even explained during a short story at the end of "Emerald Sea".''Emerald Sea''. It is partially averted in the character of Megan, Paul's latest victim. Despite falling in love with him, she ends up killing him partway through "Against ''Against the Tide", Tide'', in a particularly brutal and grisly manner.



* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has the damane. Women channelers (a.k.a. sorceresses) are captured by the Seanchan Empire, collared with a device that doesn't allow them to do any kind of channeling (and even anything) without their handler allowing it. It's a FateWorseThanDeath for the women channelers raised in cultures where they are allowed to roam free and are even admired and feared. But some captured do develop an attachment to it (attachment meaning completely assuming whatever identity the handler wants them to have, resisting capture, and being terrified and traumatized if set free). Although that is more a case of actively breaking the spirit of the captured women and turning them into obedient puppets, more like pets or tools than human beings. FateWorseThanDeath indeed. This trope is averted rather [[MoralEventHorizon horribly]] with Rand's capture by the hands of Elaida's Tower embassy. There is not exactely identification or sympathy with his captors/tormenters on his part.
* Winnie from ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'' was kidnapped by the Tucks, but grew to love them all the same. To be fair, they never intended to harm her and were very kind they just needed to explain the situation to her properly, and were more than willing to take her home once they had done so. Could also be a case of LimaSyndrome for the Tucks, though they never saw her as a hostage in the first place.
* In ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', decades before the Stockholm bank robbery occurred, Christine falls in love with Erik after he kidnaps her, drugs her, and locks her in his house for 2 weeks -- all this after 3 months of him acting as her MailerDaemon and gradually growing more verbally abusive and aggressive. Raoul is saddened but not the least bit surprised that she loves a man she's (understandably) terrified of, and Christine comes to her senses long enough to tell Raoul to take her away from Erik once and for all NoMatterHowMuchIBeg.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has the damane. Women channelers (a.k.a. sorceresses) are captured by the Seanchan Empire, collared with a device that doesn't allow them to do any kind of channeling (and even anything) (or anything else) without their handler allowing it. It's a FateWorseThanDeath for the women channelers raised in cultures where they are allowed to roam free and are even admired and feared. But some captured do develop an attachment to it (attachment meaning completely assuming whatever identity the handler wants them to have, resisting capture, and being terrified and traumatized if set free). Although that is more a case of actively breaking the spirit of the captured women and turning them into obedient puppets, more like pets or tools than human beings. FateWorseThanDeath indeed. This trope is averted rather [[MoralEventHorizon horribly]] with Rand's capture by the hands of Elaida's Tower embassy. There is not exactely exactly identification or sympathy with his captors/tormenters on his part.
* Winnie from ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'' was kidnapped by the Tucks, but grew to love them all the same. To be fair, they never intended to harm her and were very kind - they just needed to explain the situation to her properly, and were more than willing to take her home once they had done so. Could also be a case of LimaSyndrome for the Tucks, though they never saw her as a hostage in the first place.
* In ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', decades before the Stockholm bank robbery occurred, Christine falls in love with Erik after he kidnaps her, drugs her, and locks her in his house for 2 two weeks -- all this after 3 three months of him acting as her MailerDaemon and gradually growing more verbally abusive and aggressive. Raoul is saddened but not the least bit surprised that she loves a man she's (understandably) terrified of, and Christine comes to her senses long enough to tell Raoul to take her away from Erik once and for all NoMatterHowMuchIBeg.
11th Mar '17 11:39:18 AM nombretomado
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** An {{inverted|Trope}} instance occurs between ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and ''MetalGearSolid4''. [[spoiler:''[=MGS=]'' has Meryl tricking, pummeling, and stripping Johnny, taking her captor's uniform as a disguise, but by ''[=MGS4=]'' they're on the same side and end up marrying by the prologue.]] In other words, a twist of this and LimaSyndrome has ''the captor falling for his [[LoveAtFirstPunch hostage-turned-captor]].''

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** An {{inverted|Trope}} instance occurs between ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and ''MetalGearSolid4''.''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots''. [[spoiler:''[=MGS=]'' has Meryl tricking, pummeling, and stripping Johnny, taking her captor's uniform as a disguise, but by ''[=MGS4=]'' they're on the same side and end up marrying by the prologue.]] In other words, a twist of this and LimaSyndrome has ''the captor falling for his [[LoveAtFirstPunch hostage-turned-captor]].''
6th Mar '17 2:00:28 PM Yukianesa
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Kind of what the Chaos god Nurgle does to his devotees. He corrupts their minds and infects them with all sorts of disgusting, deforming diseases, and yet they adore him.
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