If your friend is injured and can't go to hospital, why not make hospital come to you? Kidnap a doctor and force him to treat your friend. This plot can be seen from both sides. The doctor may be a protagonist and his kidnappers are bad guys, most likely criminals. Or the hero may be the kidnapper because he is on the run from the law (perhaps he is a Vigilante Man in distress) and can't get help officially. Patient-Doctor relationship adds additional complexity to the story. The doctor may suffer Conflicting Loyalties: on one side, he has to report his actions (specially if he's treating a gunshot injury), but on the other, the Hippocratic Oath would require him to help as best as he can. Being outside a hospital may make things more complicated, as the doctor does not have access to his regular tools and may have to resort to a lot of MacGyvering to compensate. And, of course, there's also the risk that the criminals may decide to Leave No Witnesses once the doctor has outlived his usefulness. Compare Back-Alley Doctor, for doctors who are not dragged into this situation, but actually work that way in a regular basis. A Kidnapped Scientist is similarily kidnapped by the bad guys to make the science work that the bad guys do not understand.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- It happened at least once in Monster, sorta. The protagonist is a doctor - a surgeon, at that - but he's also on the run from the law due to being framed as a serial killer. Thus, he sometimes wind up working as a Crime Doctor of sorts, including situations like these.
- Also, I'm pretty sure it's happened to BlackJack a few times. I definitely remember some mobsters forcing their way into his remote clinic and threatening to kill him unless he fixed their boss's gunshot-wound.
- In the Batman comics, Dr Thomas Wayne (father of Bruce Wayne) was once kidnapped away from a masquerade party to treat the wounds of gangster Lew Moxon.
- The The Indian in the Cupboard series has an unusual variant—the eponymous cupboard can bring plastic figures to life by transporting real people through time. When some of the people transported this way are injured, Omri uses the cupboard to animate a hospital nurse and a WW1 combat medic to treat their wounds.
- Owlsight: Ghost Cat clan came to Valdemar in search of the legendary Valdemaran Healers for their sick children, and were prepared to kidnap some if other methods of getting a Healer to accompany them didn't work. Several Healers get into an argument over whether Healer's Oath demands they head off to the Ghost Cat encampment despite the risk of kidnapping.
- Storm from the Shadows: During the post-Battle of Monica standoff, Monican authorities demand Terekhov let them evacuate "ill" personnel from a space station. Terekhov suspects this is a bluff, but doesn't want to send a medical team to the station — even if the illness is real, the Monicans are certain to take the Manticoran doctors prisoner.
- In Darth Bane, Bane and Zannah each force a renowned healer, Caleb, to tend to Bane at various times with threats to his family. In Bane's case, he spares Caleb's life afterwards expecting he may need the healer's services again, but Zannah kills Caleb as part of a ruse to make the Jedi think the Sith are finally gone for good.
- In Lost, The Others kidnap Jack in hopes of getting him to operate on a tumor in Ben's spine.
- In Sanctuary, group of criminals kidnapped Dr. Will Zimmerman and forced him to treat their boss. Not a wise choice, by the way
- In an episode of Firefly, Simon, their doctor, is kidnapped by a village on a rural planet to tend their people and live their forever. He isn't very happy about it.
- Prison Break: After the "Fox River 8" escape the titular penitentiary, T-Bag gets his hand cut off when he cuffs himself to Michael. He later takes a veterinarian hostage to force him to stitch it back on despite the man's protests that he's trained to treat animals, not people. T-Bag kills him when he's finished anyway.
- In Fallout: New Vegas this is one possible solution to a quest, useful if your character's own medical skills are too low.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Paging the Crime Doctor", Leslie Thompkins is kidnapped to perform an emergency surgery on Rupert Thorne.
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