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[[caption-width-right:325:[[http://nonadventures.com/2006/10/14/enter-the-dragon-slayer/ Hmm, I wonder why.]]]]

->''"Frail? You? Serra, you have no need of any escort to protect you. Even the most hardened criminal would flee in terror after five minutes in your company."''
-->-- '''Erk''', '''''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'''''

The single most powerful deterrent to kidnapping in all fiction, (and certainly in the mundane category), is to be so annoying that the kidnapper requires an active force of will to keep their sanity. What makes them annoying isn't important. In truly bizarre cases, the kidnappers can be annoyed because their victim insists on being [[AllLovingHero kind, upbeat, and forgiving]] even through torture. The point is, nobody wants to be around them and that ransom note looks increasingly unimportant as compared to the promise of not having to deal with the AnthropomorphicPersonification of "damned pest" day in and day out.

This can lead to an especially awkward situation when it turns out that the extortee [[YouCanKeepHer doesn't want the hostage back]]. Expect much comedy to abound in this scenario, in part because a sufficiently vicious kidnapper would not get in this situation in the first place. Foiled by niceness once again, it seems.

This trope is a fairly old one. O. Henry's famous example "The Ransom of Red Chief" executes this trope using a pair of kidnappers (and a particularly bratty kid as the "hero") back in 1910, and there are stories, jokes, and folk tales [[OlderThanPrint going back to the Middle Ages and beyond]] of someone who escapes damnation because the Devil Himself doesn't want to deal with her (and it was almost ''always'' [[DoubleStandard a her]], because [[ValuesDissonance the Middle Ages were like that]]).

It's fairly common for this trope to be [[InvokedTrope invoked]] if the captive is particularly GenreSavvy or [[GuileHero cunning]].

Compare TooSpicyForYogSothoth. Contrast PoisonousCaptive. If you pity the kidnappers because they're about to get their asses kicked by the kidnappee, then that's MuggingTheMonster. Also compare DefiantCaptive, who is more 'uncooperative' than simply 'annoying'.

Not to be confused with StockholmSyndrome, in which the kidnappee develops pity/amicability with the kidnapper; Contrast LimaSyndrome, in which the kidnapper actually starts to ''like'' or feel sympathy for the victim.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''AxisPowersHetalia'', Germany, America, England, and France have ALL, on separate occasions, tried to hold Italy prisoner. It never works out.
** Germany has recently taken Italy prisoner. Germany, bored out of his mind and furious that Italy doesn't even want to escape, is pushed to the limit when Italy starts singing Germany a song. The song starts out as complimentary, but it then starts to insult Germany's attitude, food, "scary tourists" and overly abrasive girls. Italy is shipped back home in a box before he is even finished singing.
** One time, Germany shipped Italy home in a box. The Allies shipped Italy back to Germany ''twice'', once after America captured him (although they were willing to keep him like a dog until he insulted [[LethalChef England's cooking]], at which point America immediately decided not to keep him), then again after France captured him. Both times, the box had 'FUCK' written on it, in big, bold letters.
* In ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'', Polta and the Backdraft Group have kidnapped Leena. While he calmly attempts to negotiate, Leena can be heard in the background shouting down her kidnappers and harassing them. Polta stops talking twice, once to order them to restrain her and another after asking "excuse me a minute", when she threw something that hit him in the face. He leaves the video call to stop her, and returns visibly beaten and disheveled, but successful at least.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The MarvelUniverse robot character Machine Man (Aaron Stack) was nudged toward sentience by the alien Celestials at his creation. Years later, they abducted him and took him into space. They then returned him to Earth with little explanation for their actions. Suffering from self-esteem issues, Aaron claims they returned him because they thought he was boring and obnoxious.
** A flashback in ''{{Nextwave}}'' (which [[UnreliableNarrator may or may not be real]]) has the Celestials telling Aaron that he's a loser. Complete with L on the forehead. And they mock him further when he {{Wangst}}s about it.
--->'''Celestial:''' Aaron Stack, you who were called Machine Man. You have travelled with us for three hundred and sixty cycles by your reckoning of time. There is now something we have to tell you. You are total ☠☠☠☠.\\
'''Aaron:''' ... What?\\
'''Celestial:''' No. Really. You're ☠☠☠☠. We've taken a year of you. We're taking you back to that orbiting trashcan you call a planet. And dumping you there. You're turning away from us. We are speaking to you and you're turning away from us. This is exactly the kind of ☠☠☠☠ we're taking about here.
* In the {{DCU}}, {{Lobo}}, Karnevil and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker have all been kicked out of hell at one point or another. Lobo for throwing wild parties and causing massive damage to demons and property, Karnevil for annoying/freaking out the demons by constantly pointing out better torture methods, and the Joker for being the Joker.
* Features in a ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story, where a criminal kidnaps a woman for ransom after she frees him in the mistaken belief that SocietyIsToBlame. Of course, she's so saccharinely annoying that he's soon begging to be taken to prison just to get away from her.
* Happens a few times in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' stories.
** In ''Recap/AsterixTheGladiator'', Cacofonix is captured by a Roman prefect to give to Caesar as a gift. The suffering of the kidnappers only increases on their journey as they spend more and more time with Cacofonix's singing.
** In ''Recap/AsterixInSpain'', Romans try to get a village of Iberians to surrender by holding the chief's son Pepe hostage. Pepe is, of course, a BrattyHalfPint who drives the Roman soldiers guarding him up the wall, and is little better when Asterix and Obelix offer to take him home to his father.
* There has been at least one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story wherein Alfred is kidnapped by thugs with ambitions towards the Wayne trust fund. Unfortunately for them, Alfred is generally portrayed as a RetiredBadass with shades of BattleButler.
* [[TheFlash Impulse]] #50: ''Impulse Agent of the Bat''. Bart is drawn into a Batman/Joker conflict and the combination of his SuperSpeed and [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny short attention span]] prove to be [[EveryoneHasStandards too annoying for The Joker.]]
-->'''Joker''' ''(writing a poem)'': Tell me, speedy... [[http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/icon_uk/11800056/441776/original.jpg What rhymes with "obnoxious irritating fleet-footed superbrat?"]]
-->'''Impulse''': [[BeatPanel ...]]
-->'''Impulse''': [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder No it doesn't!]]
* In the first arc of the ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic]]'' comics, Chrysalis gives the Mane 6 three days to find and rescue the Cutie Mark Crusaders, partly because that's when the CometOfDoom will be in position, but mostly because she's ''already'' starting to get annoyed by their constant chatter and cutie mark obsession.
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': While she isn't thrown out, Bianca Castafiore's stay in a San Theodoran prison is very stressful on the guards, who keep coming out of her cell with spaghetti on their heads because it wasn't cooked to her liking. When she is rescued by Tintin and the revolutionaries, she wants to break into song, which is met by a hasty "No! No!" by Captain Haddock and the San Theodoran officer.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7005713/1/The-Ransom-at-the-Redhorn the Ransom At The Redhorn]]'' explores the situation where Elrond's wife Celebrían (daughter of Galadriel) is taken prisoner by Orcs. The canon tells us unspecified torments were suffered in the Orc-Den. But, as Thranduil Oropherion Redux points out, the reality of who ''suffered'' torments and who ''inflicted'' the torments might be rather different. It is noticeable Elrond was not in much of a hurry to get his wife back.
* A good portion of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesIIIDoubleTrouble'' is Calvin and Hobbes annoying Chill (his kidnapper). Rupert and Earl exploit this in order to kill Calvin.
* In ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'':
** What happens when [[CloudCuckoolander Meme]] is imprisoned in the AU arc.
** Also what happens to the poor, poor, [[TakeThat MAFIAA]]-serving mons tasked with taking Dintel to more or less the in-universe version of Hell. It ends up with them ''kicking him out of there''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' sequel, the villain, an EvilSorcerer, kidnaps Queen Uberta, who manages to redecorate the dungeon, get good food and get the sorcerer's minion confused enough to follow ''her'' orders instead of the sorcerer's. She also keeps complaining about how it's her birthday. She doesn't even stop when the sorcerer turns her into a bunch of different animals.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* In Music/WeirdAlYankovic's movie ''Film/{{UHF}}'' janitor/uber-popular children's show host Stanley Spadowski drives his Mafia captors crazy with his inane guessing games and loud rendition of the theme from ''{{Series/Bonanza}}''
** To give an example as to how inane the guessing games were, Stanley was trying to get them to play I-Spy... [[CloudCuckooLander while he was blindfolded]].
* Even the ''Film/DennisTheMenace'' movie did this when Dennis was kidnapped.
* The main character in ''HighStrung'' spends most of the film complaining about whatever is within his view (it's not exactly great cinema). At the end, he is dragged away by Death (played by JimCarrey), who eventually lets him go because he complains so much.
* ''NoDepositNoReturn'' -- again, the kidnapees are child terrors.
* ''RuthlessPeople'' is all about this trope (and YouCanKeepHer too).
* ''Film/BabysDayOut'' has three bumbling kidnappers [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter completely unable to keep one baby corraled]], with [[AmusingInjuries hilariously painful results]]. The baby isn't ''trying'' to hurt anyone, he's just going about his adventure. It's the kidnappers themselves who are getting into trouble.
* French movie ''Le Grand Chef'' is an adaptation of ''The Ransom of Red Chief''. You do the math.
* ''TheMummyReturns'', too, couldn't resist dragging this one out. [[TheSimpsons ("Are we there yet?" "No." "Are we there yet?" "No." "Are we there yet?" "NO!")]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In [[http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/o_henry/3/ "The Ransom of Red Chief"]], the titular "Red Chief" (what the kid calls himself in his first game, CowboysAndIndians) is so bad, that the ''kidnappers'' had to pay a ransom to his father to take him back! Totally understandable, as the kid was no mere BrattyHalfPint, but rather both a MotorMouth and a precocious MagnificentBastard- one memorable scene involves one of the kidnappers being ambushed in his sleep and nearly scalped with his own knife.
* The short story "A Good Boy" by Desmond Warzel references "The Ransom of Red Chief" by name. The titular boy turns out to be a lot more than just an annoyance, though...
* Creator/{{Saki}}'s "The Disappearance of Crispina Umberleigh" inverts this trope by having the kidnap victim be odious enough that the kidnappers successfully extract eight years' worth of ransom from her family by threatening to ''return her.'' [[spoiler: Even though, as it turns out, they don't actually have her.]]
* Creator/TerryPratchett's Nac Mac Feegle, a race of belligerent, six-inch tall, red-haired, kilt-wearing blue men (also known as pictsies) were rumoured to have been thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk and disorderly. This trope is even more perfectly exemplified in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', the third book featuring them, where they [[spoiler:accompany the young man Roland to the Underworld to rescue the goddess Summer. Roland gets across the river Styx by paying [[TheGrimReaper Death]] the classical two pennies, but when he retrieves Summer and wants to cross back the other way, Death demands another six pence, which Roland doesn't have. However, when the Feegles say that if Roland stays, they're obligated to stay with him, the ferryman quickly changes his mind and lets them go.]]
** Also, there's a wonderfully cool scene in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', where Granny Weatherwax is about to march off into the woods after the Magpyrs. Mightily Oates (a visiting Omnian priest quite unaware of [[NeverMessWithGranny Granny's reputation]]) asks the villagers:
-->'''Oates:''' Aren't you going to stop her? There are ''monsters'' in that forest!
-->'''Villagers:''' So why should we care what happens to a bunch of monsters? That's Granny Weatherwax, that is.
** In ''Discworld/{{Feet of Clay}}'', [[MuggingTheMonster a gang takes Angua (a werewolf) hostage]]. Their injuries are reported as [[TooDumbToLive "self-inflicted"]].
* The now-out-of-print children's picture book ''TheBaronsBooty'' is about a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain nefarious but soft-hearted]] [[AristocratsAreEvil Wicked Baron]] who kidnaps a nobleman's dozen-or-so young daughters while gloating in rhyme about the ransom he plans to demand for them. The children turn out to be cute, but demanding, and the kind-hearted baron is worn down trying to keep them happy. To his shock, the girls' father declares that he is rather enjoying his break from them and sees no reason to take them all back. The baron ends up bankrupting himself bribing the father to let him return the kids.
* In SimonGreen's ''Blue Moon Rising'', Prince Rupert arrives at a dragons lair only to find a dragon who desperately wants rid of an aggressive, tomboyish, ''loud'' princess who was sent to it to die. When asked later [[spoiler:why the dragon is helping them]], Rupert answers that he rescued it from a princess.
* In a Polish poem, ''Pani Twardowska'', the Devil comes to [[DealWithTheDevil claim the soul of a wizard]], Sir Twardowski, after he visits Rome [[NoManOfWomanBorn (accidentally, an inn Twardoski just happens to visit is called "Rome")]]. There was, however, a part of the deal that allowed Twardowski to give the Devil three last tasks, and failing one would result in breaking the deal. The first task is to build a cathedral from various absurd materials like Jews' beards and in an impossibly short time, which the Devil manages. The second is to bathe in holy water, which he, very reluctantly, forces himself to. The third task is to live with Mrs. Twardowska. The Devil gives up.
* In the ''EnchantedForestChronicles'', Herman the dwarf is really tired of helping [[Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}} girls spin straw into gold and then claiming their firstborn children along with a share of the cash]]. It's not that he doesn't like the children, it's just that they're expensive to feed, forcing him to run the same dodge all over again to get more money.
* ''Literature/JenniferTheJerkIsMissing'' has a group of kidnappers who can't stand their 8-year-old charge, even when she's tied to a chair, due to her constant complaining and mocking.
-->'''Kidnapper:''' That kid's driving me nuts! I'm restraining myself all the time! I keep wanting to bust her in the chops every time she opens that big mouth of hers!
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' one Yeerk is practically driven ''insane'' by his own host. Said host constantly recited ''HenryV'', so when the yeerk finds the [[TimeTravel Time Matrix]] the first thing he does with it is kill the inspiration for that play, just to silence him.
* In the ''{{Narnia}}'' book ''Voyage of the Dawn Treader'', Eustace is such a miserable person to be around that the slave-dealers who kidnap the crew cannot sell him and try, without success, to give him away for free.
* Happened in the novel ''Jimmy The Kid'' (a sequel to ''TheHotRock'') by Donald Westlake, and the movie based on the book.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's short story "Helping Freddie" (later rewritten for the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' series as "Fixing It for Freddie"), a young UpperClassTwit comes up with a ZanyScheme to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin help his friend Freddie]], whose fianceé has broken up with him. He kidnaps a small boy who he thinks is the fianceé's cousin, intending for Freddie to bring the kid home and play the hero. Then the boy turns out to be unrelated to the fianceé, and [[ComedicHero our hero]] is stuck with him for the rest of the story.
--> ''By Jove, you know, till I started to tramp the place with this infernal kid, I never had a notion it would have been so deuced difficult to restore a child to its anxious parents. It's a mystery to me how kidnappers ever get caught.''
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' combines this one with EnfanteTerrible in "[[Recap/AngelS01E14IveGotYouUnderMySkin I've Got You Under My Skin]]": after discovering a young boy is [[DemonicPossession possessed by a demon]], Angel Investigations exorcises it and then tracks its physical form down to kill it... a fate the demon welcomes, as the little boy was so evil by himself that the demon found himself trapped in a [[HappyPlace hellish mindscape]] for years.
* In ''Series/{{Mash}}'', a pair of North Korean infiltrators drop Major Burns off on the road. In the brief conversation that ensues, they explain that they don't need a hostage anymore, he's driving them crazy, they're not in the mood to torture him, and he should go back to the 4077th because it's the best thing he can do "to help our side."
** A few seasons later, Major Winchester hires a North Korean spy as a houseboy. In one of his last communications to his people, the spy replies "And in regard to kidnapping Major Winchester for questioning, forget it. He is one big jerk."
* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Bill is forced to turn a terrified teenaged girl as punishment for protecting Sookie. It is implied that the vampires think this will be agonizing torture to the girl, but as soon as she realizes that she's no longer under the thumb of her ultra-religious and abusive father, she becomes insufferable. Bill and Eric pass her back and forth to get rid of her. (She does eventually get better, but it's amazing nobody shoved her out in daylight before her attitude improved.)
* ''TheNanny'':
-->'''Maxwell:''' (paraphrased) Ms. Fine, the bank robber drove off with your mother as a hostage!
-->'''Fran:''' Oh that poor man!
* ''FantasyIsland'' had a B-plot that involved two kidnappers trying to ransom Tattoo. He and Mr. Roarke are both quite familiar with the Red Chief story, referred to above, and Tattoo is roughly child-sized...
* The protagonists of ''Series/HogansHeroes'' were technically [=POWs=], but this Trope could apply a lot. In fact, in one episode, Col. Hogan made a public announcement over a radio (giving support to the German army that was obviously sarcasm) that even got Hitler's attention. Hitler's orders were: "If this man ever tries to escape, LET him!"
* ''{{Weeds}}'': Celia Hodes is kidnapped by her daughter and her boyfriend the rebel leader. They intend to ransom her, but no one is interested. They then plan to sell off her organs for cash, but find out she's had chemotherapy so no one will want them. Celia then "makes herself useful" e.g. by organizing the rebels' firearms, but manages to provoke a fight between her daughter and the rebel leader, breaking up their relationship. The daughter leaves, and the rebel leader lets Celia go.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' presents a nonantagonistic version: [[DaChief Garibaldi]] arrests [[IronWoobie G'Kar]] for assaulting [[AntiVillain Londo Mollari]]. Some time later, Garibaldi notes that a petition was passing around because the station population thought Garibaldi's men were torturing G'Kar. What was ''actually'' happening was that G'Kar was [[HollywoodToneDeaf singing to pass the time]]. [[SubvertedTrope But that wasn't what got him out early.]] Instead, the station was about to go under martial law and Garibaldi needed his security out on the beat, not guarding an otherwise model prisoner.
* This happens in an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', but it's unique in that the victim ''[[InvokedTrope intentionally]]'' tries to drive the abductor nuts. Lord Zedd gets the idea of making Kimberly his queen, so orders Goldar to kidnap her and use a spell of mind control. The first part is successful, but the spell doesn't work for some reason; so Kimberly pretends it does, doing a rather good impression of Rita, which reminds Goldar only too well how bad a temper she had. He doesn't let Kimberly go (although it is hinted he wanted to), but the act does distract him long enough for Jason to find them.
* Subverted in an episode of Series/StargateSG1; the team gates into a museum and ends up taking a security guard (and a bunch of guests) hostage until they can find a way to gate out. When the security guard has made himself into enough of a pest, Mitchell simply duct tapes his mouth shut.
-->'''Mitchell''': Should have thought of that sooner.
* On GeneralHospital, after being kidnapped by goons working for her husband's enemies, Laura Spencer proceeded to drive them crazy with her mood swings, demands, and cravings--she was 5-6 months pregnant--then [[EvenEvilHasStandards genuinely began to worry them]] by complaining of abdominal pains. Her husband burst in to save her just as one of them decided to relent and release her, at which point it turned out she'd been faking everything.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The old Irish song "Killieburne Brae" is about a loud and annoying woman who is dragged off to hell, then terrorizes the demons there in all kinds of colourful ways. She is eventually sent back to her husband, with the moral that "women are worse than the men/when they go down to hell they are truant again."
** "Scolding Wife" doesn't go so far, but does include the line:
-->''And if the Devil would take her, I'd thank him for his pain''
** HeatherDale covered this song under the title "The Farmer's Curst Wife"
* HeatherAlexander performed a similar song, "The Devil and the Farmer's Wife."
--> "Now I've been a devil for most o' me life, but I ne'er was in Hell 'til I met with your wife."
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One ''PiranhaClub'' story arc had [[BadAssGrandma Mother]] [[WhenEldersAttack Packer]] being kidnapped. [[HilarityEnsues Much asskicking ensued]].
* The [[{{Doonesbury}} Red Rascal's]]'s been captured by terrorists who had just googled a certain EarWorm.
-->'''Red Rascal:'''...Friday. Gettin' down on Friday! Everybody's lookin' forward to the weekend!
-->'''Terrorist 1:''' Aggg...
-->'''Terrorist 2:''' No! No more!
* An old ''BloomCounty'' strip features Bill the Cat [[ItMakesSenseInContext being traded to the Soviets in a prisoner exchange]], causing one character to remark "Even [[DirtyCommunists the Russians]] don't deserve that!"
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Happened more than once with [[CloudCuckoolander Sub-Lieutenant]] [[CaptainCrash Phillips]] in ''TheNavyLark''. He was kidnapped several times, and virtually every time the Troutbridge crew had to be forced to take him back for reasons of either annoyance or if he cooperated with his kidnappers he ended up doing more damage to them than armed opposition would have.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The play ''Bones'' by Peter Straughen is made of this trope - although in a fun variant, instead of being annoying, the 'kidnappee' ([[LondonGangster Reg Kray]]) is just a dangerous, badass gangster, and something of a MagnificentBastard who soon has his kidnappers either terrified or practically in love with him.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In a comical skit in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', Nanaly Fletch imagines herself being a DistressedDamsel. Then Loni Dunamis offers to be her KnightInShiningArmor... because he pities any villains that kidnaps Nanaly for her tomboy-ness. Cue to the [[KnuckleCracking bonecrusher]].
* Used in ''SeriousSam 2'', where the literal dragon, after kidnapping the hilariously ugly princess, decided to surrender her to Sam without a fight; he refuses, and they fight over who has to take her. Sam wins and agrees to take her if he can also take the magic artifact he was after.
* ''FireEmblem'' provides the page quote. An example of this trope doesn't actually '''occur''' in the game, but, given [[{{Tsundere}} Ser]][[GenkiGirl ra's]] [[WellExcuseMePrincess personality]], it becomes quickly apparent why [[DeadpanSnarker Erk]] would come to this conclusion about her.
* In a bit of background conversation in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', an old soldier and his wife reminisce about the time she was kidnapped by barbarians, and the soldier describes how he was beside himself until they brought her back with an apology. His wife comments that their leader still sends her a bundle of hides every year.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'', a sidequest involves rescuing a merchant's son from kidnappers. The catch? The son is a yama, a race of 10-foot-tall powerhouses (and said son is one of the larger ones), and the three kidnappers are qsiti, a race of 2-foot-tall reptilian creatures, with knives that would barely scratch the yama's skin. Rush even says something to the effect of "Which one of them actually needs help?"
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Done [[http://www.ansemretort.org/ansemretort/index.html?comic=567 here]] in ''AnsemRetort''.
* [[spoiler:Charlotte]] is pitiful enough when [[spoiler:she]] kidnaps Cyndi as [[spoiler:a reflection of her self-hatred and hatred for her abusive mother]] in ''PennyAndAggie''. Then Cyndi [[spoiler:talks her into slitting her own throat]].
* ''{{Nodwick}}'' once had the crew [[http://nodwick.humor.gamespy.com/nodwick/dragon/nodwick07.html greeted at a volcano cave by a dragon]], with great relief. He's sick and tired of the nagging princess he's kidnapped, who keeps insisting he do things like "put the seat down"... on the volcano. Said princess turns out to be so annoying that in the following month's issue, even Piffany, cleric with [[IncorruptiblePurePureness endless goodness and purity]] wants to kill her.
* The current page image as of June 2014 is [[CloudCuckoolander Wonderita]] from ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', making life difficult for recurring villain [[OnlySaneMan Hitlerella]]. (And that was [[http://nonadventures.com/2014/01/11/fountain-of-truth/ not the only time it happened.]])
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6IeASZZf1c Both]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_h9isVGcE8 times]] that TheAnnoyingOrange got kidnapped by [[{{Saw}} Jigsaw]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
** Yakko and Dot challenge [[TheGrimReaper Death]] [[ChessWithDeath at checkers]] to bring Wakko back to life, with their lives at stake. Death exploits ExactWords so he can take all three of them (they asked to "be with their brother again") -- but then he realizes he'll have to host the three loons in the underworld for all eternity, and he lets them go. In other episodes, they get {{Dracula}} and {{Satan}} to let them go for the same reason. They subvert their own pattern in a later episode, as this ''fails'' to work on an [[DrillSergeantNasty Army drill sergeant]]; he just assigns them to worse duties. [[spoiler: That is, until he can finally stand it no longer, goes insane, and becomes a camp counselor.]]
** One episode features something [[TastesLikeDiabetes so horrible]], even the Warner siblings can't deal with it: [[CaptainErsatz Baloney]] [[Series/BarneyAndFriends the Dinosaur]]. Even dropping multiple anvils on him only gains them a temporary respite.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "The Whole Idea", an inventor finally tires of his stereotypically shrewish wife's nagging and drops her down one of the "portable holes" he'd invented. It apparently leads all the way to FireAndBrimstoneHell, as there's a burst of flame and then a mopey-looking demon appears, hauling her out by the collar of her blouse and asking the inventor, "Isn't it bad enough down here without ''her''?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' had this happen twice in the episode "Let's Nab Oprah". In an attempt to kidnap Oprah from a book signing, the bumbling duo Gin Rummy and Ed Wuncler III accidentally kidnap Maya Angelou. They have to dump her out of the van after she starts repeatedly kicking Gin Rummy. The two try again by breaking into Oprah's studio, but they end up going into Creator/BillCosby's dressing room instead. They decide to cut their losses and just kidnap ''him'', but he's so annoying they have to let him go fifteen minutes later.
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs''. A scientist allows himself to become the hostage of the evil Raptors, but not before hinting his plan to the heroes by making reference to [[http://www.literaturecollection.com/a/o_henry/3/ "The Ransom of Red Chief"]]. Unfortunately, his plan backfires and he instead learns a valuable lesson.
* In the Characters/BugsBunny cartoon "[[WesternAnimation/BugsAndThugs Bugs and Thugs]]", Bugs is kidnapped by a pair of gangsters. He drives them so crazy that when the police arrive, the criminals beg the cops to arrest them to get them away from him.
** The same gag is used in the earlier "Racketeer Rabbit".
*** Locking the baddies in a stove, ''turning the gas on'', and then throwing a match in to explode it is really a whole new level of "driving crazy".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToons'' episode "Take Elmyra Please", Elmyra's father invents an environmentally friendly fuel and a rival fuel company kidnaps Elmyra for ransom so they can get the fuel's formula. Elmyra is oblivious bcause she believes the hideout is a TV studio for her own show and tortures the henchmen by making them do dangerous or humiliating segments. In the end, the henchmen surrender and disclose information about their boss because they want to get away from her.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'':
** In the episode "Molly Coddled", [[CheerfulChild Molly]], dressed as her hero [[ShowWithinAShow Danger Woman]], is kidnapped by two gangsters, whom she repeatedly [[LittleGirlsKickShins kicks in the shins]] and raises a ruckus over until help arrives. This defense technique [[spoiler: is also used by her against the antagonist, smooth talking Covington, in a getaway earlier in the episode.]]
** Baloo's pal Louie has an aunt who, in "The Ransom of Red Chimp", is abducted by Don Karnage... and proceeds to drive him up the wall when she [[AbhorrentAdmirer develops a crush on him]].
* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' Dee-Dee was given to a trio of visiting aliens by Dexter, but after Dexter changed his mind and went to rescue her, the aliens were more than happy to give her up, since she caused so much havoc on their ship.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam And Max]]'' cartoon, [[LoonyFan Lorne's]] first episode ''The Friend For Life'' features him kidnapping the Mad Thespian, who begs and pleads to be arrested due to Lorne's psychotic obsession with impressing Sam and Max.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' was once returned from Davey Jones' locker because the Flying Dutchman couldn't stand to have Spongebob around.
** The Flying Dutchman also enslaved [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick, but it turns out they were ''HORRIBLE'' minions. Unfortunately, the Flying Dutchman realized that they'd make better dinner than slaves.
** Not to mention "[=SpongeBob=] Meets the Strangler", where the Tattletale Strangler would rather be in prison than trying to strangle [=SpongeBob=] for ratting him out.
** And in another episode where Krabs [[LostHimInACardGame lost SpongeBob in a card game]] to Plankton. By the end of it, Plankton paid Krabs to take him back.
* In an episode of the ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' cartoon series, Melody ends up kidnapped by "the Evil Eye" and is put under MindControl. Unfortunately for the Evil Eye, Melody is TheDitz and is completely useless as a minion - she even responds to commands with "Yes, Mustard" instead of "Yes, Master".
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' featured Tommy being kidnapped by two criminals who mistakenly believe him to be the child of a billionaire. Tommy proceeds to act in his usual manner and promptly destroys their hideout. By the end of the episode, the exasperated crooks apologize frantically and return the baby to Stu, [[AdultsAreUseless who apparently doesn't give this matter a second thought.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' had Jane attempting to get her drivers license. [[WomenDrivers Her driving was so awful]] that when a bank robber hijacked her and forced her to be his getaway car, her instructor pitied ''him''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' episode "The Ransom Of Eddie Spencer" has [[BigBad Prime Evil]] kidnapping the titular character, who manages to wreck Prime Evil's lair because he is such a screw-up. Prime Evil ends up pleading with the other heroes to take him back, even promising to call off the horde of thunder ghosts he's unleashed on the city if they do. (And he does.)
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', "The Great Rainbow Caper": Danny and Surprise are held for ransom by the Gizmonks, two MadScientist monkeys who want to get their paws on the Rainbow of Light so they can study it. Danny manages to flatter the Gizmonks into letting them out of their cage, then he and Surprise proceed to screw with their inventions, free their test animals, and generally make a mess of the Gizmonks' lab. The episode ends with the Gizmonks fleeing their ruined lab and begging Megan to take the hostages back.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this happen in the episode "A Dog and Pony Show", when Rarity gets kidnapped by a pack of Diamond Dogs who seek to exploit her ability to find gems and put her to work digging them up and hauling them around. She proceeds to drive them up the wall with her whining, crying and complaints. When Rarity's friends come to her rescue, the Dogs are all too willing to let Rarity leave, ''with'' all the gems she'd found for them. Turns out Rarity was [[GuileHero doing it]] [[InvokedTrope on purpose]], too.
** We find out later that Rarity is a CuteBruiser and probably ''could'' have kicked their flanks if she's ''wanted'' to, she just chose to whine her head off and annoy them into letting her go.
* A ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' short revolved around [[MadScientist Dr. Scientist]] snatching up Cerbee and trying to experiment on him. However, he quickly proved to be so energetic the doc couldn't handle him.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Burglars break into the Griffin house and take Meg hostage. By the time the family is rescued, Meg has been charged with sex crimes against the burglars.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', the title character's friend Perfuma is captured by the evil Horde. Hordak first demands that She-Ra surrender herself in exchange for Perfuma's release, but [[TheMentor Lighthope]] urges her not to agree to his demands. This proves good advice. Perfuma then proceeds to annoy everyone (especially the audience) with her sing-songy voice, decorate the evil lair with flowers, and even coerce the Horde-Troopers into dancing (in a ''conga line''). Hordak quickly changes his demands, saying She-Ra can have her back if she simply comes to get her. She still heeds Lighthope's advice, and eventually, by the ends of the episode, he ''begs'' She-Ra to take her back, paying the rebels three months' worth of supplies in return.
* A recurring plot in ''TheDreamstone'' involved Amberley getting kidnapped by the Urpneys, and spending the entire duration of her capture [[BrattyHalfPint verbally]] and [[CuteBruiser physically]] thrashing them. In the pilot, Zordrak has to [[TakenForGranite turn her into stone]] just to keep her quiet.
* [[DastardlyWhiplash Dan Backslide]] from the Creator/ChuckJones-directed [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short ''TheDoverBoys'' manages to lock Dora in his shack, but every time he attempts to approach her from here, she violently lobs him into the opposite wall... [[DamselFightAndFlightResponse All while she's banging on the door calling to be rescued by Tom, Dick and Larry.]] Eventually, after she escapes on her own, it's ''Dan'' who crying for them to save him.
* Happened in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' when Professor Dementor captured Kim's cousin Larry.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' episode "The Girl Who Loved Powerglide", the Decepticons kidnap a girl named Astoria in an attempt to learn her father's formula. She drives them crazy with her constant whining, being TheJinx, and tearing the place apart.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' featured the Count ending up held for ransom (after some mix-up about sending a ransom note ''before'' the actual kidnapping) and inadvertently driving the abductors crazy by showing off his alleged musical skills.
* One episode of the original ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' had Shredder kidnap a teenage girl who was the young president of an explosives firm (he wanted their recipe for a powerful explosive). She refused to talk, so he tries to use a device that reads thoughts and emotions in an attempt to extract the recipe out of her. The girl, however, was an extreme brat who overloaded the machine with incessant complaints. Subverted in that she was eventually threatened with force to divulge, so she spills, but in the chaos of the Turtles rescuing her, there was no time to test it, allowing the girl to get away with one last insult: [[ILied she had given the wrong recipe]].
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* A surprising number of people who were kidnapped by organ harvesters in Brazil have been released voluntarily by their kidnappers unharmed. At least once, it was because the woman kidnapped screamed so loud for so long that the guard forcibly threw her out.
* Doesn't work on the police, so don't bother trying. (They'll just beat you to a pulp, lawsuits be damned.)
** Prison guards are usually considered expendable in the event of kidnapping, so they make poor hostages in the event of a riot or an attempted breakout.
* News headline: [[http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/04/22/%E2%80%98every-praise%E2%80%99-kidnapper-releases-10-year-old-who-won%E2%80%99t-stop-singing-gospel-song ‘Every Praise’: Kidnapper Releases 10-Year-Old Who Won’t Stop Singing Gospel Song]]
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