->'''Catalina:''' This is the sweetest, most justified kidnapping I've ever seen.\\
'''Randy:''' How many ''have'' you seen? \\
'''Catalina:''' [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Five or so.]]
-->-- ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''

This is when a character is forcibly brought to meet someone who, as a plot twist, turns out to have no intentions beyond just having a chat, and who is often actually the kidnapped character's ally or employer. Say, for example, someone gets kidnapped at gunpoint in the middle of the night so that they can be bundled into a car and taken to a deserted warehouse to meet... their boss, who has details on their next mission.

Sometimes this has valid in-story reasons -- if secrecy is paramount, for example, it may be deemed necessary for the sake of maintaining a cover. Other times, though, it just seems to be a plot twist for the sake of a plot twist -- approaching the person peacefully would have worked just as well, but that way, we wouldn't have had all that lovely dramatic tension. Can come across as stupid if the one of defining traits of the character approached this way is an [[PersonOfMassDestruction ability to cause massive losses and damages]] -- see StupidSurrender.

In some cases, it can be a case of PoorCommunicationKills. A ScarySurpriseParty is often a specific type of this. Not to be confused with TheKindnapper, though there is some overlap.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the CLAMP manga ''{{Suki}}'' the main character is frequently used as a hostage to get money out of her rich father. Then, one of her best friends, whose family was apparently having monetary troubles, kidnapped her.
* In the beginning of the ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' Masane got kidnapped with the help of a tranquilizing gun by [[spoiler:an assistant of her would-be employer]]. Looks like a risk, given how much could go wrong [[note]]starting from the needle being simply deflected by the armor[[/note]] and that they knew there's no way to stop a Witchblade user if she would as much as panicked from waking up in an unknown place later.
* Happens to Tenma in ''{{Anime/Monster}}''.
* [[spoiler:Mrs. Bradley]] in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', who is kidnapped by [[spoiler:Roy Mustang and his subordinates]] during the Promised Day. She doesn't know quite what's going on, but once [[spoiler:her husband's own followers]] attempt to kill her and she realizes her kidnappers are actually ''protecting'' her, she only too gladly joins their cause.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Index gets "kidnapped" by Stiyl at one point to help with an official investigation. Stiyl wanted Touma to come along too, and knew he'd have an easier time of it if Touma thought Index was in trouble rather than simply asking him. Touma figures this out immediately (he knows Stiyl, of all people, would never harm Index), but still isn't too appreciative.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'': Avdol dognaps Iggy to get him to join his team. On the villains' side, [[{{Cowboy}} Hol Horse]] kidnaps [[TheSeer Boingo]] in his final chance to sabotage the heroes.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Kind of in the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' book Recap/TintinDestinationMoon. They're following an invitation that ends with them ending up in an armored car getting taken through checkpoints to what looks like a military base in what they expect is a sinister kidnapping. Actually, Professor Calculus just wants them to join him working on the moon project. Calculus is their friend, but the supervisors who send the invitation aren't, so it might not count.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', Spidey is kidnapped and held prisoner by Carol Danvers after Norman Osborn escapes prison. She later explains that it was partly to protect Spiderman, who Osborn would surely go after (and partly to try to lure Osborn back to jail).

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' has this happen to Jack Frost as a way of getting to the North Pole, thanks to Santa Claus's idea.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', Theo is kidnapped at gunpoint by the Fishes, but it was at the behest of his ex-wife, who only wants his help in securing travel papers for an illegal immigrant.
* Film/JamesBond encountered this more than once:
** The first time he meets Felix Leiter and Quarrel in ''Film/DrNo''.
** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', the director of the Japanese intelligence service (already named as an ally, and who remains an ally throughout the film) feels a need to have Bond lured down a corridor so he can fall through a trapdoor and down a chute which dumps him in a chair in the director's office. One can't help feeling that giving Bond a quiet invitation and directions to the stairs would have been less of a bother for both parties.
** ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''. After Bond saves Tracy's life, he's kidnapped by several men and taken to see crime lord Draco. It turns out that Draco is Tracy's father and wants Bond to marry her.
** ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''. After Bond knocks out two of Mr. Big's thugs, another black man approaches him with a gun...only to hand Bond an ID card that identifies him as CIA agent Harold Strutter.
** In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Lieutenant Hip doesn't seem to feel any need to inform Bond that the reason he's being arrested and taken out on a police launch to the middle of nowhere ''isn't'' so that they can dispose of him with no witnesses - it's so that he get a mission assignment from his boss, who is cleverly concealed in a shipwreck.
** In ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', [[spoiler: Bond is kidnapped by 'the dove' who is actually the BigBad's [[EnemyMine old rival]].]]
*** [[spoiler: This is also before TheReveal that Kristatos is the BigBad, at this point we believe that it is 'the dove'. It's after Bond meets him that it is cleared out.]]
** In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', Bond is brought to someone at gunpoint. A villain? No, it's his old friend Felix Leiter, who just wants to ask what's going on. Justified this time, as 007 had just shot and killed a senior KGB official in front of several dozen witnesses [[spoiler:and Leiter had no way of knowing it was being staged.]]
* In ''Film/BadCompany'' (the one with Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins), Rock's character is grabbed out of bed and kidnapped as part of a training exercise. Hopkins begins to tell him how, in that situation, his mental faculties shut down in a panic when Rock interrupts, saying he knew what was going on because he identified the agents, one through his breath, one because he could feel her breasts when she grabbed him, and one because he ''stole his wallet'' while they were grabbing him.
* Happens to the protagonist in ''Film/{{Dreamland}}''. The agents in question are very amicable about the whole thing.
* Early in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indy finds himself surrounded by several tough-looking men... and is brought to the home of prominent historian Walter Donovan, who apologizes for taking such measures before asking for Indy's help. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted when Donovan turns out to be working for the Nazis.]]

* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Time For Yesterday'', a local warlord captures an enemy priestess and proposes marriage.
* Happens to [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] in ''The Sleeping Sorceress''. He successfully fights off the attempt, then stumbles onto the person who arranged it anyway.
* Rincewind is kidnapped by the Revolutionaries in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''.
* Mel Beeby is a victim of this in the ''Literature/AgentAngel'' (aka ''Angels Unlimited'') series of books. It has been speculated this was mainly for the benefit of older readers, considering who kidnapped her.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Page quote comes from an episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', where Earl snatches his friend's mother so he can convince her to quit smoking cold turkey.
* In ''Series/BeingHumanUS'', Aidan is accosted by a group of vampires, has a bag thrown over his head, and is thrown into the back of the van to be transported to a secondary location. When they arrive, he is dragged out of the van and the bag is roughly snatched off his head. Aiden struggles the whole time until he sees who is in front of him: Kenny, the vampire Aidan sired. Kenny is confused by Aidan's trussed up state. He is exasperated at his henchmen, insisting that he only wanted them to escort Aidan safely to Kenny's headquarters '''not''' [[PoorCommunicationKills roughly kidnap him]].
* In series 8 of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor is drugged and taken by armed men. [[spoiler: Turns out it's UNIT, looking for his help.]] To be fair, the Earth is in danger at that point, and the Doctor is known to do whatever he wants.
* On ''Series/{{House}}'' Chase got kidnapped for his bachelor party and he sort of knew what was going on.
** That was so he had a handy excuse to use if his fiance complained about it. Of course, she knew exactly what was going on.
** In Season 4, House himself was basically abducted by the CIA for most of an episode, for an emergency diagnosis on a covert agent.
* Series/{{Dexter}} is also kidnapped for his bachelor party. This results in him accidentally punching his friend Masuka when he is released from the carboot, as he (and the audience) genuinely believed he had been taken by the season's BigBad, the Skinner.
* Happens on ''Series/{{Life}}'', when Crews tries to pull a NotMyDriver on Mickey Raybourne, whose bodyguard then smashes through the window and kidnaps Crews. And then Raybourne lets him go at the beginning of the next episode with an apology and an invitation for drinks.
* Subverted in the ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' episode "Elixir." Zedd is captured by a group of mercenaries, and brought, bound, to their boss...who happens to be an old friend of Zedd's, who promptly sets him free and explains he grabbed him because he heard a wizard was in town, but thought it might be one working for [[BigBad Darken Rahl]]. The subversion comes when he explains his plans to fight Rahl, which involves, essentially, magic drug trafficking. When Zedd objects, his old friend binds him again, and tries to strip him of his magic.
* In the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' Hiro ends up kidnapped by [[spoiler: employees of his father, ostensibly wanting to bring him home and end his journey, but his berating is really a SecretTestOfCharacter.]]
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the man who's stalking John through CCTV and has him kidnapped and taken to a warehouse is actually [[spoiler:Mycroft, rather than Moriarty, and his offer to pay John to spy on Sherlock is not the action of a criminal mastermind but of a loving, if creepy, older brother (who is ''also'' something of a criminal mastermind - at least, Sherlock seems to think so).]]
* Series/JonathanCreek experiences an accidental example in one episode, in which his unique talents were called upon by a senior police officer. Apparently there was a bit of a breakdown in communications, because the two officers sent to bring him to the police station were under the impression that he was actually a suspect. The inspector was most apologetic about it.
* On ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' Reese does not always have time to explain to the [=POIs=] what is going on so they often assume that the armed man who grabbed them and forced them to go with him is kidnapping them and intends to do them harm.
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Barney is kidnapped for his own bachelor party by Ted and Marshall

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Pursuit to Kadath''. While investigating the mysterious disappearance of Nils Lindstrom, the investigators are kidnapped by a group of armed men and taken to a railway car. There they meet U.S. Senator Harold Lindstrom, who wants to hire them to find his son Nils.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The start of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has the main characters trying to kidnap Garnet for their employer Cid in Lindblum, while at the same time she's trying to escape her Alexandria to reach Cid.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' has this near the beginning. Fayt is marooned on a planet, and has little hope of actually getting off of it. A few plot events later, when Fayt is facing the first boss of the game, who has a gun and can easily kill Fayt, Immune-to-phasers Cliff shows up to kidnap Fayt to take him to Maria, solving both the "stuck on a planet" and the first boss problems at the same time. Fayt had to be told repeatedly that Cliff was there to kidnap him.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': [[spoiler:In Episode 70, it turns out that Mackenzie and Brittnay turn out to have gotten taken away from the party by Trisha the episode before so that she could get them to make up.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has done this a few times. A specific example: Marge enlists Willy's help to kidnap Homer, Bart and Lisa when the latter were brainwashed by a cult.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': All that "whooping" qualifies as the speed variant. OnceAnEpisode, and regularly lampshaded.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy Neutron and his friends in the Rescue Jet Fusion special.
* Used by S.H.I.E.L.D. in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. If Nick Fury wants to have a chat with you, expect your next taxi to be one of their disguised flying cars.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Hexadecimal (post HeelFaceTurn) kidnaps Bob in the middle of an infected guardian invasion simply to chat. (She gets bored easily.)
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is introduced to [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Global Justice]] by being suddenly dropped down a trapdoor into a pneumatic tube and brought to the agency's headquarters.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* After Martin Luther came under [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Imperial]] ban by the Imperial Diet, his supporter Prince-Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony (also "his" prince since Luther was Saxon, making him a ReasonableAuthorityFigure ) had him kidnapped, reported dead and held in Wartburg Castle to keep him hidden from imperial authorities.