Capture Backfire Gambit
The captors don't know what they're in for!


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When one, some, or all the members of a heroic or villainous side are captured, sometimes it was part of the plan all along. Other times it isn't, but the captives will make use of those improvisational skills and whip the captors in due time!

The Capture Backfire Gambit is where the captive(s) have the captor right where they want them!

One or more members of one side may willingly surrender themselves in order to get inside the enemy base, maybe with something of a Wounded Gazelle Gambit for extra style points.

Someone may want to wreak havoc on The Authorities in some way, and they purposely let themselves be caught. All part of a Kansas City Shuffle, perhaps? Or maybe they intend to be a Poisonous Captive.

An advancing army has captured an enemy base with perhaps astonishing ease and have declared victory over their foes, and have taken a number of enemy combatants as prisoner.

The next phase of the captives' plan might be to be poisonous captives.

Compare Assimilation Backfire, Playing Possum, Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Could be an umbrella trope for the afore mentioned tropes as well as others.

Related: Get Into Jail Free, Play-Along Prisoner,

This trope is not Trojan Prisoner, which involves the "captors" being on the same team as the "captive" as a ploy to getting inside the opponent's base. No, this trope is actually allowing oneself to be captured by the opposing team, as part of a plan to beat them.

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  • Star Trek: Voyager episode "Unimatrix Zero". Janeway's epic plan to take down the Borg collective involves getting herself and two crewmates assimilated.


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