Created By: Requiem on March 20, 2009
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Differentiated from an ordinary Hostage Situation in that the hostage taker and the hostage are one and the same. Double points if the person in question is pointing a gun at their own head. Do we have this one? Would be made exceptionally hilarious with the application of Kill Us Both

Blazing Saddles- When the town reacts violently to the idea of a black sheriff, the memorable "Back off or this nigger gets it!" sequence ensues.

The Eighth Doctor, in the TV Movie

Zaphod Beeblebrox- "As my first act as president, I hereby kidnap the president."

John Q- A borderline case, in that his death would actually accomplish something.
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  • March 20, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    A recent Criminals Minds had the criminal try this. Also, an old SNL skit spoofing Lethal Weapon had Mel Gibson stick a gun in his own mouth whenever one of his requests was denied. It even worked over the radio.
  • March 20, 2009
    Known Unknown
    Will does this in the first Pirates Of The Caribbean movies. Until Barbossa is told who he is, however, it only really leaves him and his men confused.
  • March 20, 2009
    Alucard
    Higuchi in Death Note, after having been cornered as the current Kira did this to keep himself from being caught. At some point he realized it was hopeless and tried to pull the trigger. Watari sniped it out of his hands.
  • March 20, 2009
    PkMARIO
    Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh
  • March 21, 2009
    Medinoc
    John Crichton, when faced with enemies that Want Him Alive.

    Can we give an honorable mention for the protagonists of Code Lyoko once holding Aelita hostage?
  • March 21, 2009
    Medinoc
    Actually, we may have two separate tropes here: One where the baddies want the hostage alive, and one where it's just plain funny...
  • March 21, 2009
    NeeNee
    Plain funny? I remember Yugi collapsing in tears after Kaiba pulled that stunt.

    But I see you point. In one case, it's about bad guys who need the hostage for something, and in the second case, it about heroes who are too morally, er, moral to drive their opponent to death, yes?
  • March 21, 2009
    Madrugada
    This isn't about characters threatening to kill themselves. It's about characters taking themselves hostage to control other characters actions. It's not "do this or I will kill myself", it's "Do this or I will kill my hostage" but there is no hostage to kill and the character has no intention of really killing himself.
  • March 21, 2009
    RobinZimm
  • March 21, 2009
    ShayGuy
    I think I've YKTTWed this before. How do I look for my active YKTTWs again?
  • March 22, 2009
    Madrugada
    ^^Do a YKTTW search (the lower search box on this page) on a word or phrase you know you used.

    Edit: Yours was using a serious threat of suicide to coerce someone else into doing what the threatener wants.

    it's here
  • March 24, 2009
    ShayGuy
    I thought there was a way to show all my active ones at once...
  • March 29, 2009
    NeeNee
    This isn't about characters threatening to kill themselves. It's about characters taking themselves hostage to control other characters actions. It's not "do this or I will kill myself", it's "Do this or I will kill my hostage" but there is no hostage to kill and the character has no intention of really killing himself.

    What's the difference?
  • March 29, 2009
    Madrugada
    They are pretending that the hostage is a different person, and they have no intention of killing themselves.

    Watch this clip from BlazingSaddles: this trope starts at about 3:40 in.
  • March 30, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • March 30, 2009
    Pom Rania
    Read about this in a William Thomas book; I think I have it at home, so I'll try to post it later.
  • March 30, 2009
    Durazno
    The Whoopi Goldberg movie Jumping Jack Flash has this, too.
  • March 30, 2009
    NeeNee
    So the Death Note example doesn't count? And the Yu-Gi-Oh "if you don't stop your attack I'll fall to my death" doesn't either?

    If that's not what you're looking for, the description needs some drastic clarification, because I think most examples so far are this.

    That being said, do we have a trope for people threatening to kill themselves?
  • March 30, 2009
    Haven
    Has there ever been a case where they actually go through with it, aside from the Death Note example?

    In Burn Notice, Michael does this in the first season finale.

    In Code Geass, Lelouch once did this to force C.C. to cooperate with him.

    Played with in an issue of the John Byrne Superman reboot: Batman needs his help with a case, but neither trust the other, so Batman says that he has a bomb tied to an innocent civilian that'll go off if Superman gets too close to him. After they beat the villain together, Batman says the "innocent civilian" was actually himself.
  • April 1, 2009
    Sofos
  • April 2, 2009
    Frank75
    An old joke about Austrians:

    A man comes into a bank (in Germany), holding a gun to his head. "I have a hostage! Give me the money!" The bank teller: "Let me guess: You want it in Schillings?" (Old Austrian currency before the Euro)
  • August 4, 2009
    Gemmifer
    bump
  • December 14, 2009
    JackButler
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