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->'''Ben Rogers:''' Say, do we kill the women, too?\\
'''Tom Sawyer:''' Well, Ben Rogers, if I was as ignorant as you I wouldn't let on. Kill the women? No; nobody ever saw anything in the books like that. You fetch them to the cave, and you're always as polite as pie to them; and by and by they fall in love with you, and never want to go home any more.
-->-- ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''

A form of MeetCute, where two characters who inevitably end up becoming friends/comrades/lovers first meet in this ''very'' [[ClickHello uncordial way]]. One of the characters, normally through a misunderstanding, ends up taking the other character hostage/kidnapping them. Their interactions are normally [[ComedicSociopathy played for comedy]], with plenty of snarking and arguing. If they're together for a while, it's expected that somewhere along the line, the hostage ends up developing feelings for and grows attached to their kidnapper, seeing signs that the kidnapper is not all bad. Whether or not initially they are on opposing sides depends, but it normally ends with either one of them defecting to the "correct" side.

If it's more on the side of romance instead of plain friendship, expect a point where the kidnapper lets the captive go, only for the captive to often [[StockholmSyndrome decide to stay with the kidnapper]]. This can occasionally seem [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]], since people often forget the most important factor in a Stockholm relationship -- the act interpreted by the captive as kindness.

The implications of this frequently make it an UnequalPairing.

Compare AbductionIsLove when the kidnapping is done for the [[SexSlave purpose of mating]] and romance ensues nonetheless. Contrast RescueRomance and BodyguardCrush.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not about matches made in the capital of Sweden]], though this trope can still apply over there.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is how [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Italy and Germany]] meet in one of the first episodes of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Germany captures Italy, and Italy, who is shown as a [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey Pasta Eating Surrender Monkey]], is perfectly fine with that. Italy gets StockholmSyndrome. Then, in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he comes back and wants to be on Germany's side this time…
** A [[WildMassGuessing WMG]] subverted example is of [[GentleGiant Sweden]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Norway]]. Historically, Sweden even before losing Finland was [[StalkerWithACrush adamant of gaining Norway]] and many times tried to [[IfICantHaveYou attack as a means of assimilation]]. He indirectly succeeded too when Denmark was forced to give up Norway and Sweden refusing to comply to Norway's LoopholeAbuse. Their relationship got better only to eventually become an averted case of ThisMeansWar nearing the end of the [[ArrangedMarriage union]].
** Another interesting case is Sweden (again, how appropriate) and Finland, in a strange inversion as Sweden is trying to be kind but Finland keeps interpreting his actions as malice. Ends up played somewhat straight since despite being (accidentally?) kidnapped as Sweden's "wife" Finland seems to end up liking him anyway.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Guts and Farnese first meet in this sort of fashion, and their interactions are ''highly'' amusing. When they first meet, Farnese was a section leader of the [[CorruptChurch Holy Iron Chain Knights]], and she was assigned to capture and kill the Black Swordsman (Guts). Guts ends up temporarily taking her hostage (only to get shot and then captured by Farnese's group). Later, in order to escape, he ends up kidnapping and holding her hostage ''again'', this time with more funny and amusing interactions between the two of them than the previous time (including a moment where he threatens to "burn her ass" if the soldiers don't make way). During this time period, her future [[PrecociousCrush infatuation]] and admiration of him is foreshadowed and hinted at. Of course, it wouldn't be ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' if that foreshadowing didn't take the form of Farnese being possessed by an evil spirit, straddling Guts {{BFS}} naked, and urging him in a very {{Squick}}ily sexual manner to slice her in half with it… ''slowly''.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': How Rock joined the Lagoon Company. The fact that his former employers decided that [[HeKnowsTooMuch he knew information that might be inconvenient if it got out]] and tried to kill him really helped.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Al first meets with Greed and his chimera underlings by being kidnapped by them. Granted, he never really becomes ''friends'' with Greed, but… Greed (and ''especially'' his underlings) are portrayed as being pretty sympathetic and not actually all ''that'' evil. And their interactions were hilarious. All in all, they actually treated Al pretty decent for a hostage captive. And in the end, Al definitely bonded with and liked the two underlings Dorochet and Martel. Which made [[spoiler:their deaths [[TearJerker all the more tragic]]]].
* In ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', the series is pretty much jump-started by Albert getting kidnapped by Peppo and the gang she's a part of and held hostage for ransom. They later develop a mutual crush on each other while he's in captivity, although Albert's crush [[spoiler: ceases when he finds out that "she" is a ''he'']]. They still stay friends, though.
* The main romance in ''Manga/HaouAiren'' is this, except it's played for FanService and {{melodrama}} instead of humor, with naive high-schooler Kurumi getting kidnapped ([[RomanticizedAbuse among other things]]) by Triad boss BastardBoyfriend Hakuron after [[RescueRomance she saved him from bleeding to death in the streets of Tokyo]].
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': At least kidnapping ''was'' Hayate's original plan. Having always been a Messiah-esque, wonderful little boy, he ends up [[DeusAngstMachina getting taken advantage of]] to the point where he gets ''fed up'' with optimistic ideas. He decides to finally "become a devil" and do something evil to get money. So he sets his sights on kidnapping Nagi, the rich little {{Ojou}}. Only… at every opportunity to do something evil, he [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain ends up going back to his selfless, old habits, and treats her ]]''[[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain very]]'' [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain nicely]]. To the point where his declaration that he wants to "run away with her (by kidnapping her)" causes her to misunderstand that he's confessing that he wants to elope with her. And she ''liked'' it…
* In the {{manhwa}} ''The Kidnapping of Minja Jo's Boyfriend'', Park Jun-Sook is the rival female gang leader of Minja Jo. To get even with her, Park Jun-Sook decides to kidnap Minja Jo's boyfriend. However, due to a misunderstanding, she accidentally ends up kidnapping a [[{{Bishonen}} beautiful]] delinquent from school, Junghoon Son (who has absolutely nothing to do with the entire thing). Of course, they end up [[HilarityEnsues having a bunch of hilarious interactions and misunderstandings]], but end up falling in love (even before the misunderstanding is cleared up).
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Natsumi enters into the plot with a naked Kotarou behind her and a few inches from digging his claws into her neck ([[NotWhatItLooksLike stop thinking those dirty thoughts]]), Kotarou was just scared after passing out and waking in a strange room. Anyway, guess who Natsumi later gets a crush on, who Kotarou forms a [[FirstKiss Pactio]] with, and [[spoiler:who the only two characters to have the name of their spouse confirmed in the epilogue are]]?
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo''. It ends badly for Fuu and her captor.
* This is a major plot point of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi''.
* Zig-zagged in ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: the Inner Chambers''. Abbot Arikoto is held prisoner, forced to violate his priestly vows via ScarpiaUltimatum, and presented to the half-mad Shogun Iemetsu as a bedtoy… only to find out that said Shogun is a teenage girl who is as much a prisoner and in many ways even more of a victim than he is.
* The modus operandi of ''many'' yuki-onna in the ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' universe when it comes to finding a compatible mate.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' meets her LoveInterest ''and'' her best friend this way; they were both [[PunchClockVillain punch clock villains]] who were already bored of the gig anyway.
** The [[LargeHam Caged]] [[AffablyEvil Demonwolf]] might be going through a bit of this as well. He's stuck on Emp's coffee table and can't do a thing about it, but still counts all the people he's trapped with as [[TrueCompanions friends]]; if [[VitriolicBestBuds begrudgingly so]].
* [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] and Glittering Goldie in Creator/CarlBarks' "Back to the Klondike." Barks himself couldn't believe what he'd implied after Disney's censors pointed it out to him and fully understood why they initially censored the story. Creator/DonRosa, on the other hand, went into even more details about the month Scrooge held Goldie captive working on his gold claim in "[[ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck The Prisoner of White Agony Creek]]," even adding a DestructoNookie scene. [[MemeticMutation Ya know, for kids!]]

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" has a nice inversion, because it's the Beast who changes its behavior, not his captive. This is more a parable of Arranged Marriage than a kidnapping.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/TheTranslationInBlood'' Hannah Shepard (Commander Shepard's mother, assuming the [[MultipleChoicePast Spacer background]]) and Councilor Sparatus met when he captured her during the Occupation of Shanxi. The two gradually grow friendlier and fall in love.
* [[AntiHero L]] and OriginalCharacter [[IntrepidReporter Erin's]] relationship is based on this trope in ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury''. Although there is [[UnresolvedSexualTension some tension]] between them, they don't progress any further than [[VitriolicBestBuds friendship]], [[CannotSpitItOut if that.]] [[spoiler:Being as smart as he is he was probably aware of this [[UnequalPairing and all]] [[MoreThanMindControl it implied]], because he ends up [[ShooTheDog chasing]] [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer her]] [[KickTheMoralityPet away]] [[HeroicSacrifice after the case closes]] so that he can [[DyingAlone die alone]], [[BreakTheCutie despite her insisting that she stay with him.]]]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/CannonballRun'': Burt Reynolds kidnaps Farrah Fawcett
* ''Film/TheChase'': Charlie Sheen kidnaps Kristy Swanson
* ''Film/ExcessBaggage'': Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro, though the kidnapping is accidental.
* ''Film/KingKong'', or at least the versions where she falls in love with the ape-- i.e. all but the original.
* ''Film/ALifeLessOrdinary'', with Ewan [=McGregor=] kidnapping Cameron Diaz.
* Something of this sort happens in ''Film/NationalTreasure'' with Abigail Chase ending up tagging along with Nicholas Cage.
** Ben (Cage) never ''actually'' kidnaps Abigail. It's his ''rival'' Ian (played by Sean Bean) who kidnaps her in an attempt to steal the Declaration of Independence in her possession ([[spoiler: actually a decoy Ben gave her when she confronted him after he stole the real one]]). However Ian only manages to hold her hostage for all of about five minutes of a chase scene before Ben succeeds in rescuing her and getting away. After safely escaping Ian, Ben immediately lets Abigail go. She only stays with him because he ''doesn't'' release the [[spoiler: real]] Declaration of Independence to her, and she insists on going where it goes. By the time Ben and Abigail are taken hostage ''again'' at the end of the film, they're already well on their way towards a relationship. So arguably, this situation falls more accurately under RescueRomance.
* In the ''Film/{{Hitman}}'' movie, 47 initially kidnaps Nika, stuffs her in the trunk with a dead body, drives across Russia with her in there, pulls her out of a restaurant by her hair, and threatens to torture and kill her. She seems strangely attracted to him. It blends with RescueRomance and BodyguardCrush as the body was of the man sent to kill ''her'', and the final scene shows how he killed another Agent sent to kill her. Despite her interest, 47 rejects her advances. It should be noted that he is typically believed to be {{Asexual}}.
* ''Film/OutOfSight'': Jennifer Lopez is a cop who gets abducted trying to prevent the escape of a jail inmate played by George Clooney. They get to spend quality time stuck together in the trunk of a car, and mutual attraction ensues.
* Non-romantic example: in ''A Perfect World'', Kevin Costner plays a jail inmate who escapes and takes a little boy hostage. Gradually they develop a father-child relationship, to the point where the boy voluntarily stays with him.
* Frank Martin (Creator/JasonStatham) and Lai Kwai (Shu Qi) in ''Film/TheTransporter''. He delivers her to the bad guys in a bag (letting her out at one point, causing her to nearly escape), and goes back to dole out some revenge when they try to blow him up with his car for breaking the agreement. Frank takes Lai with him (while she's bound) after she snuck into his getaway car. She repays him with sexual favors for this. Since he's also responsible for rescuing her, it kinda blends with RescueRomance, but also {{Guile Hero}}ine, as Frank and other characters accuse her of manipulating him into dismantling her father's human transportation operation.
* In the movie ''Film/TheRunningMan'' (starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger), right in the beginning, while Richard is a fugitive who escaped from labor camp, he goes to his brother's apartment. There, he finds Amber Mendez, who is the current tenant there. Richard ends up kidnapping her, and was planning to go to Hawaii. Their interactions are played for laughs, though she ends up managing to alert airport security before his plan works. Later, however, she ends up getting captured and forced to participate in the "Running Man" show, where she ends up realizing that Richard ''isn't'' a bad guy, and becomes his official love interest.
* A friendship version of this is found in ''Film/RuthlessPeople'', where the poor, young couple Sandy and Ken kidnap millionaire Danny [=DeVito=]'s wife (Bette Midler), hoping to hold her hostage for ransom (since [=DeVito=] had conned them out of their savings and stole Sandy's fashion ideas). Of course, it turns out that [=DeVito=] wants his wife dead, since he has a new flame that he's having an affair with. It turns out that Sandy and Ken are actually insanely nice people, and [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain have the hardest time pretending to be villainous kidnappers]]. Bette Midler, being the loud-mouthed, violent and bossy woman, ends up being more aggressive and scarier than them. Later, she ends up seeing what gentle and kind people they are, and they end up becoming friends, joining together to bring down her evil husband.
* It's not a romantic example, but this kind of situation going ''horribly wrong'' is the basic plot of the Korean movie ''Film/SympathyForMrVengeance''. [[spoiler:Deaf guy and his communist girlfriend tries to kidnap boss' daughter to get money to buy his sister a new kidney. The kid is extremely cute and everything seems to go fine… until the kid drowns accidentally, which sets the boss off on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. In the end, it's a KillEmAll ending]].
* Creator/PedroAlmodovar's ''Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!'' could be described as being MADE of this trope. Antonio Banderas kidnaps a depressed and 'uptight' actress and refuses to let her go until she 'loosens up' and 'joyfully' falls in love with him. It's all for her own good, of course. The disturbing thinking behind this concept is what differentiates this trope from the psychological phenomenon of StockholmSyndrome.
* [[spoiler: Elektra and Renard]] in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' are a villainous version of this. [[spoiler: He kidnapped her, and she seduced him when her father wouldn't pay the ransom. It is strongly implied that Elektra is ultimately just using Renard to fulfil her own evil agenda, meaning she was a PoisonousCaptive and he a JerkassWoobie; Renard may even realize this, but since he is dying anyway, he'll take what he can get. She quite openly intends to find another man (possibly just as another lovestruck pawn) once Renard has sacrificed himself to carry out her scheme, and she teases Renard (and Film/JamesBond himself) that it might even be ''Bond''.]]
* In the movie ''Film/{{Red}}'', Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) has developed a relationship over the phone with a young insurance agent. Unfortunately he's a retired CIA agent and when he's put on a wet team's hit list, has to kidnap her in order to save her life. As she points out, it wasn't the first date she had in mind. And she thought he'd have hair. Notably, the kidnapping doesn't improve their relationship, it nearly destroys it. It's only when she realize that Frank is right and there really are people trying to kill them that it starts to improve.
* A serious example in ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. The protagonist takes a random woman hostage so he can have a place to hole up that isn't connected to him. She ends up sleeping with him. Though the movie does try to explain her psychological reasons for doing so, one can't help thinking it's more a case of StockholmSyndrome than anything else. Unlike other examples however, she leaves him before the end of the movie, implying it was more in the nature of a dangerous fling with a stranger than anything else.
* ''Film/ThePet'': Phillip and Mary/GG's relationship has elements of this.
* ''Film/{{Buffalo 66}}'' depicts a man kidnapping Creator/ChristinaRicci in order to fool his parents into thinking he has a girlfriend. She warms up to him quickly, which may invoke this trope. Then again, he proves to be mostly harmless almost immediately and she is more or less free to go once his parents meet her so she may just have genuinely liked him.
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'': Tristan initially chains up Yvaine, a fallen star, against her will and forces her to come with him back to the Wall so he can present her as a gift to Victoria. But they gradually fall in love on the journey back instead.
** Although the hostage part does seem to be intended as temporary at the start -- he offers her the last of a magical candle so she can go back to the sky, after he shows her to Victoria.
* ''Film/InTime'': Will kidnaps Sylvia and they end us as lovers (and partners in crime).
* ''Film/TheBigHit'': Melvin develops protective feelings and then a romantic attraction to Keiko, the girl he helped kidnap. Keiko eventually returns the feelings, and they ride off into the sunset together by the end.
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'': Briseis and Achilles, in a more serious version of this trope.
* Played with at the end of ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' when Kate Fuller asks if she can go with Seth Gecko to [[WretchedHive El Ray]] -- she's [[FinalGirl lost everyone else in her family]], so their kidnapper is the only person she has left. Fortunately EvenEvilHasStandards, so Seth refuses to bring her along.

* Literature/ArtemisFowl meets his eventual closest friend Holly Short when he kidnaps her to ransom her for gold.
* Melody and Marcos in ''Tennis Shoes and the Feathered Serpent'', by Chris Heimerdinger.
* This is how Bourne and Marie meet in ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Identity]]'' novel. She then attempts to escape to the custody of the men after him, which… [[AttemptedRape doesn't go as she'd planned]], and Bourne [[RescueRomance has to rescue her]].
* This is much of the plot of ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'': the hero sees a falling star with the girl he loves, and vows to bring it back for her. However, the star turns out to be a real person…
* In so much as the book ''has'' a plot, ''The Mathematics of Oz'' covers this.
* Non-romantic example from the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. When Kungas met Shakuntala for the first time he was her jailor. Of course this was helped a lot by the fact that the first thing he did before taking her into custody was to carve into tidbits some fellow soldiers who were acting in a [[AttemptedRape somewhat undisciplined manner]] toward her.
* Aral and Cordelia in ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', though it's a borderline case as the actual ''violence'' was perpetuated by a third party without Aral's knowledge or approval and the two of them were forced to [[EnemyMine team up]] and [[DieHardOnAnX die hard on an alien planet]].
* In Jennifer Fallons' ''Literature/TideLords Quartet'' series, the heroine is kidnapped by the prisoner she's escorting. She'd decided to let him loose in order to prove that he was delusional and not the all-powerful god he thought he was. Turned out she was wrong.
* Opal and Devlen in ''Literature/IxiaAndSitia''. The guy possessed the body of her boyfriend and slept with her, kidnapped her, and tortured her. But it's okay, he was an addict at the time!
* Kinda weird version in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Final Frontier'' (not '''''The''' Final Frontier'', but rather the one by Diane Carey): Jim Kirk's father, George, meets and befriends Romulan field-primus t'Cael Zaniidor Kilyle this way. First, the Federation knows nothing about the Romulans at this time, and assumes them to be reptilian. George arranges to meet with the Romulan's commander on a little planet/moon. When he gets there, he sees a "Vulcan" sitting between two helmeted guards, and assumes a hostage situation. So he grabs t'Cael, fends the guards off with his phaser, gets them to cover, and then hands t'Cael a second phaser in case he needs it, ignoring any possible threat from t'Cael (turning his back to watch for the guards) and leaving t'Cael utterly flabbergasted.
-->''Kidnapped, protected, and now given a weapon?''
** They become teammates and eventually friends after [[spoiler:an officer back on the ship disobeys orders and fires on the planet in an attempted assassination.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSacredArtOfStealing'' a suave criminal mastermind kidnaps cool cop Angelique De Xavia, and when she accidentally says, "I wish you'd been there to tell me that when I got up this morning" he responds, politely, he wishes the same thing.
* Part of the backstory to ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' involves the Whistlers, a band of soldier-spy TrueCompanions calling themselves sisters, kidnapping a prince and taking him home with them, much to his dismay. Since not long after that that entire side of the prince's family was executed for treason, he decided there wasn't much point to going back. Later such 'husband raids' became illegal.
** He did grow fond of his initially involuntary wives, who did their best to treat him well and keep him as happy as they could.
* Candayce thinks this is what's going on in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'', when her Leptoceratops admirers abduct her away from the company of the other kids-in-dinosaur-bodies. She soon finds it's closer to an attempt at a RescueRomance -- they admire her, and thought she was addled or being kept as food for [[TyrannosaurusRex Mike]] or something.
* In ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'' it's notable that when the Red Vixen kidnaps Rolas, she's more attracted to him than vice-versa. [[spoiler:Until he starts dating her true identity.]]
* In ''Literature/HeartOfSteel'', {{cyborg}} MadScientist Alistair captures Julia when she and her boyfriend are scuba divign off the coast of Shark Reef Isle where Alistair lives. Alistair is instantly smitten with her and wants to keep her, showering her with gifts and other luxuries. However, it takes a while for Julia to see the man under the metal, a process sped up when one of Alistair's creations (Julia's boyfriend-turned cyborg) goes rampant and tries to kill them both, spurring Alistair to protect her.
* In ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', Marian puts MLK through ColdBloodedTorture to artificially induce S. Syndrome using Lövheim Psychology and turn him into her little pet slave.
* Pretty much the premise of ''Stolen'' (along with the Australian outback).
* ''Literature/AlexisCarew: Mutineer'': Imprisoned by culturally French Hanoverese naval forces after [[spoiler:HMS ''Hermione'''s mutineers sail her to the Berry March (Alsace-Lorraine [-InSpace-])]], Alexis befriends Lieutenant Delaine Thiebaud while arranging better treatment for the crew (who, not being officers, cannot give parole and be housed in the town), and falls in love with him. [[spoiler:He later provides evidence exonerating her of the mutiny at CourtMartial and showing the extenuating circumstances, and in ''The Little Ships'' she seeks him out to gain the Berry March fleet's help against Hanover and loses her virginity with him.]]
* This must be what Cohen's relationship with Bethany, in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' looks like from her perspective; ''he'' thinks it's a RescueRomance, and the fact it was an UnwantedRescue is entirely irrelevant.
* Kinda-sorta in Stephanie Laurens' ''The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae''. The titular earl ''does'' kidnap Angelica Cynster, but she had already set her sights on him as her future husband, ''and'' he only truly keeps her captive long enough to explain why he kidnapped her in the first place (long story short: trying to save his [[UsefulNotes/BonnieScotland clan]] from his insane mother's EvilPlan). She quickly agrees to help him and the rest of the novel is the two of them working together to thwart his mother's scheme, falling in love all the while.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' begins with the Doctor basically kidnapping Barbara and Ian.
** Most of his companions start as being accidentally whisked away, particularly the ones who accidentally wandered in the TARDIS.
** The First Doctor is also a victim of LimaSyndrome, as he eventually warms up to the idea of having his companions around, and recruit new ones when the first ones leave.
* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "The D.B. Cooper Job," it's revealed that [[spoiler:D.B. Cooper eventually married the stewardess he used as a mouthpiece when he hijacked her plane]].
* Ziggzagged in ''Series/OnceUponATime'': This universe has a version of Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast where Rumplestiltskin is the beast. He lets her go and she wasn't going to come back, but does so to see if TrueLovesKiss does revert him to human. It turns out that they do have true love, but the spell doesn't work due to Rumple's cowardice. Their budding relationship goes south very quickly when Belle mentions that she heard of the rumor from a woman on the road… who happens to be [[MagnificentBastard Regina]]. Regina herself actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope while manipulating Belle into attempting to depower Rumple. However, this trope is averted by season two when Belle has more equal footing in the relationship.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'': Maria and Michael's BelligerentSexualTension started up when he stole her car, with her in it. Lampshaded in the series finale:
-->'''Michael''': The moment I kidnapped you and stole your car I knew you were the girl for me.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/CommunityS4E03ConventionsOfSpaceAndTime episode S4E03 Conventions Of Space And Time]] the guest star Toby tries this on Abed. He doesn't really get it right.
-->'''Abed''': You have to let me out!\\
'''Toby''': No, not until Stockholm syndrome sets in.
* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' has this in "The Planets Aligned", where a young girl was kidnapped for eight years and suffers Stockholm Syndrome, and behaves in an affectionate manner to her capturer. It's also played seriously, in that the relationship has warped her terribly.
* On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Emily and Zander's relationship began with him kidnapping her--he was desperate to escape capture for a murder he'd been falsely accused of. They began to bond during the ordeal when she learned why he had taken her and she ended up losing her virginity to him.
* ''Series/NewTricks'': In "Trust Me", UCOS investigates a missing person case originally believed to be a kidnapping that probably ended in murder. However, when they discover the missing woman, she turns out to be married to her 'kidnapper' and the two have a child together. It turns out that the kidnapper had originally snatched the woman as part of an ill-thought out plan of revenge against the woman's mother. However, the woman hated her mother and been thinking about running away, so just went along with him. The two of them fell in love and got married.

* ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' is pretty much this trope personified; he makes her his prisoner and torments her until she falls in love with him. Though some would say that he makes her his prisoner and uses several techniques that are still used today for ''"interrogation" (read: torture) and brainwashing'' until he breaks her spirit.
* ''Theatre/{{Aida}}''. The story starts with the eponymous heroine being taken as a slave by her eventual lover.
* "Theatre/TheDesertSong". The heroine Margot falls in love with the hero this way.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'': No one intended to summon Rozalin, but once they had she was bound to help them find Zenon. Not doing so, or stopping searching for Zenon altogether would kill either Rozalin or Adell respectively. Forced cooperation -> mutual understanding and goal -> love.
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' (and the [[Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime movie]]) starts out with the Prince's army taking Farah prisoner, but with their ending up in love.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard 2}}'', where [[TheHero Nowe's]] first real experience with Manah is taking and holding her captive. In the brief conversation that follows, ''she'' turns ''his'' entire worldview upside down, and he defects the army to join her rebellion and eventually become her LoveInterest immediately after her escape.
* In ''VideoGame/EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest'', the plot revolves around Monkey, who has been fitted with a SlaveCollar by hacker girl Trip so they can communicate, and to force him to help her cause. Before the final battle, when Trip takes the SlaveCollar off so he can be free, Monkey tells her to put it back on.
* This is a way to see General Camus and Princess Nyna's StarCrossedLovers bond in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemArchanea'' games. From [[StockholmSyndrome Nyna's part]], she admits that she first hated him because he was part of the group that killed her family (although not directly responsible) and then during their small time together when she was his country's captive as a political prisoner, she develops very strong romantic feelings for him. From [[LimaSyndrome Camus' part]], he reciprocates her feelings and puts his knighthood on the line to take her to an allied kingdom before she can be executed; this causes him to lose a lot of influence in his kingdom, but he stubbornly refuses to abandon his king, even when Nyna begs him to side with the League.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'' Geoffrey was kidnapped by Janus and his ransom never paid. They have a child together now.
* ''Webcomic/OtherPeoplesBusiness'': [[spoiler: Colin and Leon of Friendly Hostility]] meet through [[spoiler: admittedly failed carjacking]].
* In the ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' strip [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/hostage-taker-heartbreaker/ "Hostage-taker/Heartbreaker,"]] the narrator muses about this trope.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/85646400e1/hostage-a-love-story-with-zachary-quinto "HOSTAGE: A love story"]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', this happened between two characters whose mere acquaitance is a spoiler for the webseries and novel versions of the story: [[spoiler:Master Zen and Nazetrîme. The player behind Master Zen is an escaped prisonner and ended up hiding in a house that belonged to Nazetrîme's player. When the player behind Nazetrîme came home, Master Zen's tied her up to keep from being discovered. Stockholm syndrome hit Nazetrîme's player at some point and she turned out to be a regular player of the MMORPG in which the story is set. Meanwhile, Master Zen was trying to start a new guild with his ex-cellmate and a woman he befriended while in jail, and was a player short for this to be possible. The two became the franchise's first OfficialCouple (or at least one-way crush) barring a TheNotLoveInterest situation involving one of the protagonists and one of the top players.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Cheryl rapidly becomes sexually attracted to Pam after the latter takes her hostage during a coke-fueled rampage, though she just as rapidly loses interest after said rampage finally comes to an end. It's worth noting that this is entirely in character for Cheryl, who has admitted that she is sexually aroused by violence and abuse, particularly when it's directed at her.