Come with Me If You Want to Live
"Come with me if you want to live!"Alice has found herself in a sticky situation. Maybe the Mooks are closing in, or even worse, the Big Bad himself. She's on the wrong end of a Run or Die battle, and running isn't working out too well. Enter Bob — whom Alice may have never met before — with a speedy getaway at the ready. Bob could be a guy on a horse, in a car, on a motorcycle, a wilderness expert, or even a made-of-iron cyborg Stone Wall. This is distinguished from The Cavalry because the unexpected rescuer is (a) mostly introduced in this fashion, having only been briefly seen or mentioned before; (b) helping the hero escape, not reinforcing the hero; (c) often introduced in this fashion in order to leave it open ended whether he's a good guy, bad guy or something in between. All of these factors mean that it's likely to occur much earlier in the plot than the arrival of The Cavalry. Subtrope of Herald.
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Anime and Manga
- In Highschool of the Dead, the first thing Takashi does upon witnessing Teshima's zombification is run back to his class and get Rei out of there. He's met with some resistance, but Hisashi, who apparently figured out that Takashi wouldn't behave the way he just did unless it was a life-or-death situation, calmly brings her outside so Takashi can explain the situation to her while they're making a run for it.
- Booster Gold and Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) once pull this while rescuing one of their old comrades in a Bad Present; Ted says the line and Booster protests: "Hey! You said I could say it!"
- Saya in Deadly Class is introduced this way, arriving on a motorcycle.
- Also done in Ultimate Spider-Man during the "Ultimatum" event by Kitty Pryde.
- Occurs in The Ultimates 3 #4.
- In the first IDW Comics Transformers mini-series, Ratchet introduces himself to the traditional MacGuffin-carrying human sidekick with "If you want to live, come with me."
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, Kang the Conqueror of all people pulls this on the title characters.
- After making a very dramatic entrance in the 2013 run of Young Avengers, Noh-Varr tells the heroes "Come with me if you want to be awesome."
Films — Animation
- Finding Nemo has the variant, "Hop inside my mouth if you want to live." (It Makes Sense in Context.) Especially when it's a pelican rescuing Dory and Nemo's father from greedy seagulls.
- The Lego Movie parodies the trope, along with many others, making the line "Come with me if you wanna not-die."
- In Spirited Away, Haku asks this of Chihiro when she first enters the spirit world.
Films — Live-Action
- In '71, a young boy offers to lead Gary back to his barracks.
"Come on, I'll take you back to your barracks. It's up to you.. what else are you going to do?"
- "Come with me if you want to live", said in this context, is one of the iconic lines from the Terminator franchise, occurring once in every movie as well as in the pilot of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. At one point it's implied that John Connor established this as a codephrase for "I'm from the future and I'm on your side". However people in the past are supposed to guess that...
- It does seem to make sense as a codephrase in Terminator 2: Judgment Day in convincing Sarah Connor that the T-800 is there to help her.
- Happens in many James Bond films. For example, in You Only Live Twice Bond is escaping from the Osato Chemicals building when Aki drives up beside him and tells him to "Get in!"
- TRON: Legacy, involving a light-cycl-um, 4-wheel-drive, fits the trope to a tee when Flynn Jr. is rescued from the game grid by a masked Quorra.
- Subverted in The Mask. As Stanley Ipkiss is fleeing the police, Peggy Brandt pulls up in her car and tells him to get in... only to get taken to Dorian's hideout.
- Saito in Inception pulls up in car in Kenya and rescues Dom from the absurdly vindictive assassins from a rival corporation. Saito is also a former victim of Dom's mind-hacking who turned the tables on Dom and hired him, so this is a "friend or foe" example.
Dom: You had me tracked too?
Saito: Protecting my investment.
- Knowing. The children who were chosen by the angelic aliens to relocate to another, Garden of Eden-like, planet are actually the only ones who survive the apocalypse in the end. Unless some Mind Control is at work here, from the way the children calmly accept their destiny and let themselves be beamed up, it can be assumed that they were told what is about to happen, and offered this choice beforehand.
- Rath does this to Electra in Assassins.
- Subverted in Marathon Man, in a rescue attempt.
- Slight variation in Snakes on a Plane: "Do as I say, and you live."
- Aragorn's introduction in The Lord of the Rings is a particularly slow-moving version of this trope (since his method of escape is "be a wilderness expert" rather than something like "drive a fast car"). This is more true in the film, where they leave Bree right away; although it's heavily implied in the book that the hobbits wouldn't survive the night without him.
- Another "wilderness expert" example is the Mohican rescue in Last of the Mohicans (1992 film version).
"We're movin' outta here, fast. Unless you all's'd rather wait for the next Huron war party to come along."
- In Casper the 1995 movie, Casper puffs out his chest Arnold-style and says this to Kat before he flies her away.
- Achmed does this to Rhapsody in the book Rhapsody.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a partial example, since Arthur Dent knows Ford Prefect quite well, but doesn't know he's an alien with the only means of escaping earth until he shows up with a towel and a signaling device.
- Wizard's First Rule, the first book of the Sword of Truth series, has a variation. It's the main protagonist who introduces himself to the newly-introduced character in this manner rather than the other way around. And he's also a wilderness expert.
- In Twilight, Edward rescuing Bella from the would-be-rapists in Port Angeles:
Headlights suddenly flew around the corner, the car almost hitting the stocky one, forcing him to jump back toward the sidewalk. I dove into the road — this car was going to stop, or have to hit me. But the silver car unexpectedly fishtailed around, skidding to a stop with the passenger door open just a few feet from me.
"Get in," a furious voice commanded.
- Early in A Brother's Price, Jerin sees a scarred woman with What Beautiful Eyes who kisses him before vanishing into the crowd. Later he is kidnapped, and the scarred woman is among the kidnappers, assuring him that she'll help. When he gets free and escapes on horseback, she catches up and pulls him on to her horse, much to his dismay. But she does help, telling him he'll get back to his wives with his honor intact. He does, since his rescuer turns out to be one of his wives, but he hasn't yet met this one.
- In Murderes, Déaspor and the Wizard warn the Caurns to come with them immediately because they were no longer safe where they were. This doesn’t work very well: the mother dies and Aucasis, the daughter is captured by the Dark Ones.
- Invoked by name in the conspiracy noir Get Blank, though the Man in Black rescuer uses the rather more bizarre phrasing, "Enter my conveyance if you wish to retain molecular consistency!"
- Used almost word-for-word in the Relativity story "Master Blankard's Pawn". (It's phrased more as an invitation, though: "We're leaving. You can come with if you want to live.")
- Spoofed on Community, during the paintball war episode. "Come with me if you don't want paint on your clothes."
- In the Due South episode "Spy vs. Spy", one-off character Pike does this twice, rescuing both Fraser and Kowalski on separate occasions.
- The Middleman has an example complete with Terminator Shout-Out in its Mirror Universe episode — mirror-Pip makes his first appearance rescuing Wendy from the mirrored version of her apartment in his car, saying the iconic line.
- In Doctor Who, the Doctor tends to do this a lot.
- The Ninth Doctor meets Rose this way, saying only "Run!" before dragging her off through a series of basement corridors and an elevator that can be conveniently sealed via sonic screwdriver.
- He gives this speech to a minor character in "Bad Wolf", after escaping from a Deadly Game of "Big Brother", promising that if she came with him he'd protect her. He fails in the next episode.
- "The Fires of Pompeii": He saves a family from Pompeii's destruction from landing in their living room as the eruption occurs, holding out his hand as ethereal light streams from behind him, saying "Come with me."
- Eureka's Fargo uses the line as a Terminator Shout-Out in the episode "Momstrosity".
- Glenn's introduction in The Walking Dead is this. It's the same way in the comic, too.
- Nikita uses this a fair bit when foiling assassinations. Her mole in Division is not able to find out about these operations until the last minute so Nikita gets there just barely ahead of the assassins (sometimes she is late).
- Chuck: Chuck's mom says this line to him, fittingly, since she is played by Linda Hamilton, who originally played Sarah Connor in the Terminator films.
- Linda Hamilton also portrays Pilar in Defiance, where she says this to Nolan in the season 3 episode "Broken Bough".
- Inverted in the Stargate SG-1 season 5 episode "Desperate Measures", with a completely villainous variant. Colonel Frank Simmons says this basically word-for-word to the Goa'uld possessing Adrian Conrad — after having put a couple of bullets from behind into the protagonist, Colonel O'Neill.
- Parodied in the Supernatural episode "Party On, Garth", nerdy hunter Garth yells this while trying to rescue a Victim of the Week, however said victim can't see the invisible Shojo that's coming after him and just thinks Garth is crazy.
- In the pilot of Alias, Sydney gets rescued in this way by her father. She already knew him (naturally), but this is the first time she learns that he too is a spy...
- In the Season 4 opener of Lost, Locke almost says this trope word for word when trying to convince the survivors to take shelter in The Barracks because the people from the freighter intend to harm them.
If you wanna live, you need to come with me.
- Harriet showing up to rescue KT, Eddie, and Willow in House of Anubis while the trio were surrounded by sinners.
- In the first episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles Cameron, a normal teenage girl, says this to John Connor as he's being attacked by a Terminator. It turns out she's a Terminator herself, but a good one sent by his older self from the future to protect him.
- Darkly subverted in season 4 of Teen Wolf, in an episode's Cold Opening in which Garrett drives by a female werewolf who's being hunted by Violet and yells at her this trope; seeing no other option to escape, she gets in Garrett's car. He then comments he couldn't believe she fell for that before stabbing her to death with wolfsbane.
- Shadowrun adventure Harlequin. The PCs are on a mission when things go haywire, with corporate police closing in from all directions. A van pulls up beside them and the driver says "So, are you guys going my way or would you rather stick around and wait for your new friends to catch up with us?"
- Hollow Earth Expedition supplement Secrets of the Surface World. Used by Erich Reinhardt in the adventure "Prisoner of the Reich" to get the PCs to go with him when they're attacked by Nazis.
- Exalted: Due to the way Abyssal Exalted works, this is the standard operating procedure of recruiting new Death Knights. Technically though, you're no longer "alive" in the normal sense after you take the Black Exaltation.
- Your introduction to Elanee in Neverwinter Nights 2.
- Every ending of the various Origin chapter versions in Dragon Age: Origins. The player character is rescued by Duncan out of a threatening situation and more or less reluctantly joins the Grey Wardens. With the possible exception of the Mage origin (if the player sides with Irving and betrays Jowan), all of them will result in the death of the player character without agreeing to join Duncan.
- Perfect Dark spins a dark twist on the Terminator mythos when the primary agent of the Skedar "Mr. Blonde" infiltrates the dataDyne headquarters, planting a bomb and killing everyone except the CEO Cassandra De Vries. Blonde disarms her gun and informs her "Go to the helipad, if you want to live". The subversion is that its not for her own safety, but ultimately to be brought to "Skedar Justice" aboard the mothership. The overall effect is heightened by some remarkably Terminator-esque music, sans the hopeful tone in the original piece.
- Inverted in Borderlands. One of the taunts for the Bandit-Traps is "Come with me if you want to die."
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Hadvar, a legionnaire and born-and-raised Nord is the hand-holder through the starter dungeon. Helps compensate for the fact that the Legion just (mistakenly) almost executed you, as he tried (although failed) to convince the others to let you go... before all hell breaks loose when a dragon shows up on the scene.
- You get two characters that fit this trope in the opening quest; Hadvar and Ralof, a Stormcloak rebel who you shared a wagon with on the way to your execution. When the dragon attacks, you first run off with Ralof, then with Hadvar after you get separated, and moments later you and Hadvar run into Ralof again, and you have the choice of following either one. Interestingly enough, both credit you with saving their lives during the starter dungeon; while they're this trope up until you're freed of your binds, once you're free to fight you're more than pulling your weight.
- In Team Fortress 2, Soldier gets a new line with his robot costume: "Come with me if you want to live... with me... in my apartment... I need a roommate."
- In Resident Evil 2, Leon tries persuading Ben, who is in jail, with, "Look, if you wanna live, then you're gonna have to leave with me," when Ben thinks he's safe from monsters, unaware that Leon is "the only cop left alive" in the police department.
- TRON 2.0: Like the TRON: Legacy example above (and probably inspired it, despite being Alternate Continuity), Jet is able to escape the Game Grid when his opponent Mercury blasts her way out and orders him to follow.
- In Mass Effect, Commander Shepard is often fond of this form of rescue, though his/her introductions to Liara, Tali, and Jack are the best examples.
- Miranda's appearance at the end of the tutorial level in the second game resembles this.
- Jeremy in Fatal Hearts shows up in his car to provide a convenient escape from certain sticky situations the protagonist gets into. It's the player's choice whether to take it or not.
- Australian Special Agent Alura McCall gives James Bond such a rescue in Nightfire.
- Episode Thirty of One Hundred Yard Stare has Avery tell Bowie to come with her rather than return to his house after being escaping from the Antibody Squad.
- Somewhat Played for Laughs at the very end of the first Season of Warp Zone Project. The character that gets told the line is immortal, but is still escaping A Fate Worse Than Death thanks to the unexpected savior who's none other than a time-travelling duplicate of the protagonist who, last thing the audience knew, had gotten turned into a zombie.
- In Justice League, Aquaman said this almost word to word to Solomon Grundy.
- The Fairly OddParents: said by Jorgen von Strangle in the Wishology Trilogy.
- In "No Substitute for Crazy", Denzel Crocker lost his job as an elementary school teacher and became a crossing guard. The teacher who replaced him at Dimmsdale Elementary School revealed herself as an even more menancing fairy hunter than him. Crocker helped Timmy telling him to cross the street if he wants to live.
- The Disney animated series of Hercules does this as a Shout-Out to Terminator. Hercules is on the run from his Stalker with a Crush Yandere shapeshifting, clay golem girlfriend (It Makes Sense in Context; the episode's plot is based on Pygmalion) who has more than a passing resemblance to the T-1000. Cassandra turns up in a chariot and utters this trope.
- Arcee tries not to do this in the first episode of Transformers Prime with Jack, but is forced to anyways when her pursuers split up and one goes after him.
- In the Drawn Together Terminator-inspired plot, the future version of Camp Gay Xandir says "Come on me if you want to live," while rescuing Wooldoor (whose happy children's show brought on the idyllic "gay future"). "Don't you mean 'Come with me?'" "Why, what'd I say?"