->''I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum -- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just as well.''
-->-- EvilOverlordList, rule #10

A BigBad brings the captured heroes to his/her lair -- and frequently the very heart of it. For bonus points, sending all the guards away so he can talk to the hero in private.

[[SarcasmMode Yeah,]] this is ''always'' a smart idea. Bring your enemy deep into the control center of your base, and dismiss the guards. There's no way he can mess things up from there...

[[ComplexityAddiction Any simpler solution seems to be out of the question]], after all, for some reason, [[IWantThemAlive the Big Bad wants them alive.]]

Compare KneelBeforeZod. When the heroes want or otherwise allow this, it's CapturedOnPurpose.

Not to be confused with BatheHerAndBringHerToMe. [[FoeYay Except when it is]].




* Ken in ''Manga/GaRei''. He even lampshades it.
-->'''Ken:''' ''(Pictures a worried princess)'' Am I the maiden in distress?
* What is [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Aizen's]] first thing to do when he kidnaps Orihime? ''Show her his ultimate weapon while also making sure they're the only two in the room!'' It doesn't take long for Orihime to decide that she will destroy it, but being held up in an unidentified part of the lair might get in the way.
* Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge: What happens when Kio is captured? He's not sent to prison, but the center of the enemy's frigging ''capitol city.'' At least in this case he's handcuffed and followed by guards.
* Hitotsukabuto does this to the boys of Cell 4 in ''Manga/ApocalypseNoToride'' after they return to the prison from the outside, zombie infested world.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Double-subverted in the ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' comic book's 'Hell-Raiser' arc- The BigBad brings the captured heroes to his spaceship's bridge, lampshades the trope, and then immediately springs his prepared DeathTrap on them, having assumed in advance that they'd make it up there sooner or later anyway. Doubly subverted in that the heroes manage to escape, and naturally, they eventually get back to the bridge and crash the ship.
* It happens to Spidey '''a lot''' in ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan

* In the last part of ''Fanfic/PrettySoldierSimpsonMoon'', a ''TheSimpsons''[=/=]''Anime/SailorMoon'' mash-up, [[BigBad Queen Beryl]] captures Lisa (who is trying to break into her base) using a force field and takes her to her throne room. Lisa correctly points out that this means she's been taken exactly where she wants to go, instead of being weakened by cold and having to fight her way through guards.

* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ANewHope'': Taking Leia on board the Death Star after she was captured, although this was necessary for Tarkin's interrogation method.
** ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'': Presumably where Luke was going to go when he met the Emperor.
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': The Emperor has Vader bring Luke to his throne room inside the new Death Star. Compounded by sending all the Emperor's [[PraetorianGuard usual guards]] out of the room. The Emperor really needs to see Luke in person to make a [[TheDragon new Sith]] of him, and plans to blast his morale by showing him the Rebel fleet getting trashed; on the other hand, that's the same young man who was responsible for wiping out the ''last'' Death Star... maybe showing him around the new one isn't such a great plan.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': After Kylo questions Rey and reports, [[BigBad Supreme Leader]] Snoke says it almost verbatim ("Bring her to me!")
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. After capturing Bond in Europe, Goldfinger has him brought to his horse ranch in the U.S., the control center for Operation Grand Slam.
** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. Bond is captured while impersonating a SPECTRE astronaut and brought to the control center on Blofeld's orders.
** ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''. Bond arranges to be captured by Blofeld on his oil rig headquarters. Blofeld has him brought into his office and later the command center.
** ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. A variation - after capturing BondGirl Major Amasova, Stromberg takes her to his headquarters, "Atlantis" to gloat over her and [[GoGoEnslavement stick her in a skimpy outfit]]. Bond later follows and saves her.
** ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. Happens to Bond and his Bond Girl, but it was probably more the henchmen's idea, since that's just where the Villain happened to be.
** ''Film/GoldenEye''. Bond, having been captured, is brought into the villain's control room. Just to make sure nothing can go wrong, this room also contains [[NoOSHACompliance copious supplies of aviation fuel and supercooled liquids]].
* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', the Borg Queen has Data brought to the heart of the ''Enterprise''. Of course, she has a little more than ''interrogation'' in mind if you know what we mean, but it all [[FakeDefector works out pretty well for the crew as a result]].
* Part of Captain America's plan to infiltrate Hydra's HQ in the ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' movie. Combines this trope with BigDamnHeroes moment when his squad crashes through the window to rescue him from Red Skull (who was about to just shoot him in the head). This of course begs the question why he didn't just come through the window ''with'' them rather than bother with a frontal assault and getting intentionally captured.


* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Downplayed by Admiral Karath and Darth Malak in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', though. (Which is [[CardCarryingVillain something of a surprise, for them]].) While the heroes did get taken onto Karath's flagship, they were dumped on the prison level, and the higher-ups went down to interrogate them. Not that it helped, naturally.
** In the Literature/XWingSeries, Isard puts Corran in her torture chambers on Coruscant, [[AuthorAppeal stripped naked]]. Though she didn't dismiss her guard, and said torture chambers were quite expansive. He only escaped when she put him with the less guarded prisoners.
** In ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'', Palpatine's at it again with Luke. [[FaceHeelTurn It works this time]] - temporarily.
** Jacen in Literature/NewJediOrder is captured by the Yuzzhan Vong and taken to Coruscant, which they have made their base.
** In ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', Ben is abducted, taken aboard the ''[[DeadGuyJunior Anakin Solo]]'', stripped to shorts, tortured, and [[GoSeduceMyArchNemesis seduced]] [[PaedoHunt by]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards Tahiri]]. It's particularly {{squick}}y when she's got her hand in his shorts, igniting his lightsaber, and calls him a "big strong Jedi".
* Happens more than once in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''; in the finale, it's part of a {{plan}} on the Animorphs' part.
* This trope is mentioned several times throughout the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series.
* In a reversal of roles, Jesus Christ in ''Literature/LeftBehind'' has Michael the archangel bring the captured Antichrist and the False Prophet before him to [[KneelBeforeZod kneel before Him and confess that He is Lord]].
* Justified in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. While Saurman ''could'' have just told the Uruk-Hai to kill the hobbits or worse, doing so would most likely lead to the discovery of the Ring Of Power, thus having them fight among themselves on who gets to keep it instead of bringing it to Isengard. Double justified since, in the animated Rankin-Bass film, that's exactly what the guards at the Torech Ungol gate did over Frodo's mithril coat. The Ring is far more valuable.
* Averted in a ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' book. When Rachel and Kirsty let themselves get captured, the goblins initially try to lock them in the dungeon rather than take then to Jack Frost. They have to trick their way into being taken to him.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Happens in the ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' episode "War Stories," where BadBoss Niska orders his men to bring Mal and Wash to the torture chamber in the heart of his space station.

* ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'': Gang leader Rodney Rathbone does this with Lucy during the "Darkness Before Dawn" arc. Jellyfish tells him what a stupid move it is.


* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni instructs Team Rocket to bring him Pikachu alive and unharmed so it can fight [=MechaMew2=]. Pikachu refuses to obey them, so Giovanni orders that Ash be captured as well.

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', when the villains capture the protagonist they throw him in "The Labyrinth", which just HAPPENS to contain the engine which keeps the floating island afloat. Apparently, the people who originally made the Labyrinth threw in enough safeguards around the Core that the villains felt they could use the Labyrinth as a prison as well. And since [[LoadBearingBoss destroying the Core is a nigh-suicidal tactic]], the villains don't expect the protagonist to attack it.
** Keep in mind that between you and the Core is a large boulder blocking your path that, without [[spoiler:Balrog's]] help, would be impassable.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' - The PC is taken to Raven Rock, the Enclave's Capitol Wasteland HQ. Although at first President Eden allows you to come up to talk, Colonel Autumn overrules his orders and wants you shot on sight. But don't worry, all your weapons and items happen to be safe and secure in an unlocked locker in your prisoner cell.
* Mostly averted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Our heroes were captured during the assassination attempt on Edea. Instead of doing all that bring him to me crap, Edea has them carted off to a very obscure in the middle of nowhere prison that is a long way away from anything alive. And THEN you get interrogated.
* Always averted in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, because getting captured and dragged before Ganondorf would deprive you of all the fun of breaking into his palace on your own. Of course, once you actually get in there, turns out he wanted you inside all along so he could kill you. Princess Zelda is usually the bait.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', if you get captured by Cauthrien after rescuing Anora you end up in Fort Drakon, which is an actual prison rather than the heart of the villain's power.


* In the "Dangerous Days" arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Hereti-Corp uses this trope. Though, in all fairness, none of the people they took prisoner had previously proven themselves to be much of a threat.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happens so often in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' that it might be an unspoken villain tradition.
* The Queen of the Crowns in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' always ''wanted'' the Rangers to come to her or be brought to her. But it's a JustifiedTrope here. The Rangers were human (or, in the case of Shane and possibly Niko, ''humanoid''), and her lair contained the machine she could use to mash them down for LifeEnergy.
* Lampshaded in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' when Leonardo Leonardo learns that people are still shopping at the Quickstop minimarket instead of his Quickerstop megamall.
-->'''Leonardo''': Bring this Quickstop to me.
-->'''Mook''': Sir, we can't do that.
-->'''Leonardo''': ''Bring it to me!''
-->'''Mook''': Sir, it's a store. How about we bring you the guys who run it?
-->'''Leonardo''': That will do - ''for now''.