Roaring Rampage of Rescue

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
Bryan Mills, Taken

When a loved one has been kidnapped by the Big Bad or his mooks, sometimes the protagonist has no time or inclination for negotiation. In this case expect them to utilise their skills, experience, determination and connections to go to any lengths in order to rescue said loved one. Without a doubt, copious amounts of violence and mayhem will ensue. Expect them to be fueled either by Unstoppable Rage or Tranquil Fury. Their drive to save their loved one will almost necessarily make them The Determinator. May involve a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.

If the loved one is a child, then the rescuing is probably being done by a Mama Bear or Papa Wolf, or the Badass in a Badass and Child Duo. Can also be prompted by a I Have Your Wife call from the Big Bad. If it is a love interest, they are probably a Damsel in Distress. May overlap with Roaring Rampage of Revenge if the goal is to both rescue the loved one and inflict punishment on those who kidnapped them.

Subtrope of Big Damn Heroes.


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    Comic Books 
  • In Fall Out Toy Works, the Toymaker mass produces a pack of toy robots (with weapons and jetpacks!), calls for help from old friends, and storms Baron's zeppelin base to get one of his robots, Tiffany back.
  • Sin City: Wallace of Hell and Back goes on one of these when Esther, the woman he saves from suicide, is kidnapped.
    • And then there's Silent Night, where Marv gets to be a little girl's knight in shining armor, rescuing her from some sex traffickers. Needless to say, they get what's coming to them.

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown Of Stars: Winthrop turned Asuka into his plaything and flew with her to Germany, forcing Shinji to remain in Boston especifically because he wanted to avoid the teenager went berserker and tried to rescue her.
  • Advice And Trust: Several times. If you capture one of the pilots, his/her friends will not leave you alone until you die.
    • When Leliel swallowed Asuka whole and imprisoned her inside its body Shinji went berserker. He shattered the Agenl's body into pieces, the whole time roaring: "GIVE HER BACK!"
    • Bardiel hijacked the Eva Hikari was piloting, locking her inside the giant robot. Shinji, Asuka and Rei managed to get her out of it; then Shinji and Asuka beat it up and Asuka stabbed it over and again until it died.
  • The Child of Love: Subverted. When Misato reveals Shinji his father has taken Asuka away, Shinji loses his nerve for a moment, wanting running away and pretending it was not happening. However Misato reminded him he was supposed to protect Asuka and not to run away, and he recovered his courage and joined the rescue party to storm the base, save Asuka and kick Gendo's butt.
  • HERZ: Averted. When Misato informs Asuka that Shinji has been kidnapped by SEELE, her first impulse was to run off and trash wildly to find her husband, but she struggled to control herself because she knew it was part of SEELE's plan.
  • Last Child of Krypton: When Asuka was trapped by Leliel inside its one-dimensional body, Shinji flew inside the alternate dimension, fought back Leliel's mind-raping nightmares, found Asuka and when he confronted Leliel he simply said: "Burn" before setting the alien monster afire with his heat vision.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: When Shinji was kidnapped by a terrorist organization, Asuka went very, very mad. She searched, found and stormed into their headquarters, trashed everybody in there and pummelled the leader for daring to hurt and badmouth Shinji.
  • Thousand Shinji: When Shinji woke up from a coma Rei explained Asuka was in a coma after being Mind Raped and Misato had been locked down in a cell. Shinji decided he would rescue both women and would kill anyone stood in the way.

    Film - Animated 
  • The climax of Despicable Me.
  • The main plot of The Triplets of Belleville. In this case the Roaring Rampage is carried out by three ancient ex- cabaret singers, a fat old dog, and a short, round woman who will not be stopped by bodyguards or oceans or Mafia.

    Film - Live Action 
  • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Sir Lancelot intercepts a distress message sent by an unwilling groom from Swamp Castle, and then proceeds to slaughter a good chunk of the wedding guests while mounting a rescue mission.
  • Aliens : Ripley and Newt.
  • Commando has Arnie rescuing his daughter, in true Papa Wolf fashion.
  • Cowboys and Aliens: Embarked on after several of the main characters' loved ones are captured by the aliens and taken away.
  • Frantic: A Roman Polanski thriller that has Harrison Ford stopping at nothing to rescue his kidnapped wife.
  • Gorgo : Gorgo's mother only starts her rampage through London to save her kidnapped son, making this a rare example where the monster is the one doing the rescue.
  • Iron Eagle is also essentially about this trope, with the kicker being that its a son rescuing his father, in a fighter jet.
  • Live Free or Die Hard has the bad guys kidnapping McClane's daughter and hence he embarks on one of these.
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight has a former CIA assassin turning Mama Bear to rescue her daughter.
  • The Return of the King:
    • Sam fought a Giant Spider to save Frodo from being Eaten Alive.
    • Sam goes on one to save Frodo from the tower of Cirith Ungol. Because the orcs have mostly wiped themselves out, he doesn't do much rampaging, but the rescue is still intact.
  • Man on Fire would be a subversion. He starts on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, assuming the girl is already dead. Once he learns she's actually alive, he calms down and complies with the kidnapper.
  • The Matrix: Neo and Trinity's use of guns—lots of guns (and one bomb, and one helicopter...)—mowing down mook after mook (including a few Agents, temporarily), to save their leader, Morpheus.
  • The Man From Nowhere: Yes, Tae-Sik does this literally at the final battle.
  • Predator opens up with one of these: Arnie's crack commando team is called in to rescue two missing cabinet ministers, who are suspected to be held hostage by a rebel force. The trope is played with in that both of them are actually CIA, and the team had been lied to about their identities; both are already dead as well, and though he was hoping to rescue them the agent who set the team up quickly admits that he mainly wanted Arnies' unit to destroy the rebel base and kill all the soldiers in a pre-emptive strike. They do exactly that, but another way its played with is that they mistakenly believe the rebels skinned the previous team alive and strung them up, making this a Roaring Rampage of Revenge as well- except, of course, the culprit behind the skinning was actually the Predator, so the rebels were Mis-blamed twice.
  • Taken: The entire premise of the plot is a Papa Wolf setting out to rescue his daughter from a sex slave ring. That page quote above? He's not even remotely kidding.
  • Underworld Awakening starts with Selene escaping from unknown captors and setting out to rescue Michael in this fashion. Instead, she finds a girl who turns out to be her and Michael's daughter and tells her that Michael is dead. Then the girl is kidnapped, so Selene sets on a Roaring Rampage Of Rescue to save her, in process learning that Michael is not dead, after all, and has, in fact, escaped on his own while she was rescuing the girl.
  • Taxi Driver: To rescue Iris, Travis Bickle shoots his way through several lowlifes (including Iris's pimp).
  • The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998 movie): When Scully is kidnapped in an attempt to manipulate Mulder, little does the series Big Bad Syndicate know that Mulder is getting her back and will take out anything and anyone that stands in his way.

  • The Dumai Wells sequence in the The Wheel of Time.
  • Changes from The Dresden Files revolves around Harry going on one of these to rescue his and Susan's daughter. He sells his freedom to the fae and effectively commits genocide against red court vampires to do it.
    • Also the assault on Winter led by Charity Carpenter.
  • The Ramayana: Essentially the entirety of the plot once the demon king Ravana kidnaps Rama's wife Sita, starting a war in the process. Makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.
  • Belgariad/Malloreon: Barak in bear form rips through Salmissra's palace in the second novel of the Belgariad after Salmissra kidnaps Garion. Midway through the Malloreon, Garion chops his way through Ashaba to rescue his son. (Subverted because Geran was never there, it was an illusion cast because Zandramas is fond of mindscrewing people.) One could argue the next-to-the-last fight scene in "Seeress of Kell" would count as well, though Garion is as much interested in revenge on Zandramas as anything else.
  • The Vorkosigan Saga has Cordelia Vorkosigan embarking on one of these when a civil war puts her baby (in a high-tech incubator) in danger. Then she goes to the capitals, ends the war and kills the usurper, almost by herself. Brings back his head to her husband to boot.
  • Lisbeth in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when Mikel is captured at the end by Martin.
  • When Kate Daniels is captured by the rakshasas, Curran and the rest of the shifters embark on one to rescue her.
  • After her fiance Jerin is kidnapped, the Princess Ren of A Brother's Price pretty much goes all out on one of these, though she's cool headed enough to insist that her sisters stay home to guard their little sisters and mothers, since if she and they are killed the country is pretty much screwed.
  • Buck Williams in the Left Behind book Armageddon was ready to go on this when his wife Chloe was captured by the Global Community, but Rayford and the Tribulation Force contingent in San Diego had to talk him down and let God handle her fate.
  • In Steppe, the hero Alp's wife is kidnapped by the leader of an enemy tribe. He responds by leading his clan and two allied clans to war to rescue her. Truth in Television; the setting is a historical recreation game, and Alp is playing the character Temujin better known as Genghis Khan, who really did go to war to rescue his wife from his enemies.

    Live Action TV 
  • In Being Human (UK) George and Annie go off on one of these near the end of Season 1, and then Mitchell and McNair do one for George in Season 3.
  • Chuck: Sarah in "Chuck Versus the Phase Three" when Chuck gets kidnapped. Chuck in the season 4 finale when Sarah is poisoned.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Bad Wolf":
      The Doctor: I'm gonna rescue her, I'm gonna save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet, and then, I'm gonna save the Earth, and then just to finish off, I'm gonna wipe EVERY LAST STINKING DALEK OUT OF THE SKY!
      Dalek: But you have no weapons, no defences, no plan!
      The Doctor: Yeah. And doesn't that scare you to death. Rose?
      Rose: Yes, Doctor?
      The Doctor: I'm coming to get you.
    • The entire premise of "A Good Man Goes to War" is the rescue of Amy and Rory's baby.
    • And "The Time of the Doctor" takes this trope to the ultimate extreme: the Doctor rescues the entire Time Lord race by battling all of the worst enemies he's ever accrued across his 1100 year-plus life through twelve incarnations for 900 years.
  • Firefly: When Mal is captured by Niska in "War Stories," the entire crew comes together (including Wash, who was the other guy captured and was rescued by Zoe) and engages in a Storming the Castle assault.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Into the Fire", General Hammond asks for volunteers to rescue SG-1, but is stopped by every available member of Stargate Command stepping forward to volunteer. He picks out the best of the best and sends them off to rescue SG-1. And it is awesome.
    • And again in "Stronghold", this time with the rest of SG-1 and several other teams going off to rescue Teal'c from Ba'al.
      Landry: Teal'c is family. I don't like people screwing with my family.
      Mitchell: We're with you, sir.
      Landry: Let's bring him home.
  • Inspector Lynley's response to his partner Barbara Havers' capture in a pub by an armed madman is a full tactical assault squad. Which is, incidentally, the only reason he doesn't go barging in there, unarmed and unprotected, to rescue her himself. Even then, it's all they can do to keep him out of the line of fire.
  • Subverted in Chinese Paladin, after Ah Nu makes a Deal with the Devil. Her parents, friends, and love interest assemble to storm the mountain and rescue her...but only results in the villain ordering her mother, a supposedly-celibate priestess, arrested for adultery.
  • 24 famously had this arc used for its first season with Jack attempting to rescue his wife and daughter during the first half of the season. Additionally, the first quarter of Day 4 focuses on Jack attempting to do everything in his power to rescue the Secret of Defense James Heller (his boss) and Heller's daughter Audrey (his girlfriend).
    • Jack winds up on the receiving end of rescue from Renee Walker and the FBI in the seventh season finale when they attempt to save him from a rogue Tony Almeida and Alan Wilson.
    • Though he wasn't physically rescuing anybody, in Season 6, Jack still saved lives when he successfully took on Abu Fayed and his men [[single-handed One-Man Army]] to retrieve the nukes that Fayed was gonna use on LA.
  • Boardwalk Empire's third season finale, Margate Sands, features Richard Harrow going on a truly epic rampage in which he kills at least ten of Rosetti's men, in order to retrieve Tommy (the young son of his best friend). The last of Rosetti's men makes the mistake of putting a gun to Tommy's head. It does him no good whatsoever.
  • Mac on CSI: NY when Christine was taken. Several guys get roughed up, at least one person gets shot,and Mac plays Russian Roulette with one-though it's later revealed he never put the bullet into the revolver's chamber, he only pretended to.
  • JAG: In the the episode "Going after Francesca", while in Italy, Chegwidden's daughter has been kidnapped and he essentially does a Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right with Harm by procuring weapons through Navy channels under the false pretense that they are meant for "target practice".
  • In Princess Returning Pearl, Yong Qi, Er Kang and Er Tai storm into jail complete with a fake imperial decree (the faking of which is punishable by death) ordering the guards to release Xiao Yan Zi, Zi Wei and Jin Suo. When their bluff was seen through, cue badass battle to rescue their lady-loves from jail. Also Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right.
  • In the 2013 Dracula series, Renfield is kidnapped and tortured for information. After sunset, when Grayson is finally able to go out to find him, the results (for the captors) are not pretty.
  • In season 2 of Arrow, Thea is kidnapped by Slade. Oliver lays an epic beatdown on the unfortunate goons holding her captive. It's such a roaring rampage that he possibly shoots to kill at 1:46.

    Roleplaying Games 

  • Hawke during the "All That Remains" storyline quest in Dragon Age II.
    Snarky!Hawke: I'm sorry to interrupt this lovely student-teacher reunion but WHERE IS MY MOTHER?!
    • In Dragon Age: Origins as well, you get to go on one during your origin story if you're playing a City Elf.
  • The final act of Mass Effect 2 is this, if the player chooses to go through the Omega-4 relay to save his/her crew. Also, you could consider Garrus's, Tali's, and Thane's recruitment missions and Miranda's, Mordin's, and Tali's loyalty missions to be this as well.
    • Although once you find Tali's father dead, her loyalty mission becomes a Roaring Rampage of Revenge instead...
    • The Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC is all about this:
    Liara: I've spent two years plotting revenge. Now I have the chance to make it a rescue.
  • Nier goes on one after The Shadowlord kidnaps Yonah. It's actually half this, half Roaring Rampage of Revenge, considering the five-year Time Skip in between, spent entirely by murdering the fuck out of Shades.
  • Shirou during Heaven's Feel route, even his death can't stop him from saving Sakura. (In the Normal end.)
  • In Stranglehold, the events of the game can be considered both one of these and a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for Tequila, particularly near the end where Billie, Tequila's wife, has been killed by Jerry on Wong's orders and Wong has kidnapped Teko, Tequila's daughter, and is intent on doing the same to her as his own revenge upon Tequila.
  • The majority of BioShock 2 is Subject Delta going on this to save Eleanor from Sofia Lamb. When they meet up, they become a Badass Family.
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • Grand Theft Auto III had this on the final mission where Maria is taken hostage by Catalina in Shoreside Vale. At first, Claude was willing to give half a million dollars for her freedom, but it turned out it was a trap. However, he managed to chase Catalina on a helicopter (with Maria) heading to Liberty City's dam. Once the player gets there, Claude starts a massive kill spree on the Colombian Cartel goons and destroyed Catalina's helicopter with a rocket launcher. In the end, Claude gets Maria alive. Not that it matters, though.
    • The "Hostile Negotiation" mission in Grand Theft Auto IV is this, with Niko laying waste to a whole building full of mooks and showing the Big Bad that, "NO ONE...fucks with...MY FAMILY!"
  • Subverted in Duke Nukem Forever - by the time Duke finds the abducted Holsom Twins (and several other Babes), they've been impregnated by alien spawn, and Duke must either put them out of their misery or do nothing and let the aliens explode out of their bodies. Duke does NOT take this well.
  • In Asura's Wrath, one of Asura's main motivations is to find his daughter, save her, and give a merciless beatdown to 'anyone' who gets in his way. By then end of the game no deity is left standing and Asura is about to go on another if the true ending is any indication.
  • The last two stages of Black★Rock Shooter: The Game. To make it worse, the girl BRS is desperate to rescue is kind of an unapologetic Jerk Ass not to mention that said girl has double-crossed her earlier.
  • In [PROTOTYPE], Alex Mercer brings his game-spanning Roaring Rampage of Revenge to a screeching halt to rescue his younger sister when she's kidnapped by Elizabeth Greene. He stops caring about the progression of The Virus or his fight with Blackwatch, and spends several missions doing nothing but buzzsawing through anything that stands in the way of Dana's safety. The distinction from his usual behaviour is very slight but crucial.
    Alex: You took my sister! I'M GONNA END YOU!
    • In Prototype2, when Alex has the protagonist's daughter kidnapped, James is so furious, his anger actually stops being detrimental and helps to fuel his stand-off against the final boss.
  • Kratos of all people goes on one of these in Ghost of Sparta. He finds out that his brother Deimos was kidnapped by the Gods when they were kids, and is being tortured by Thanatos, the God of Death.
  • Despite their child friendly look, this trope fuels practically every Mario game ever. Peach is kidnapped and Mario spends the rest of the game literally crushing or incinerating everyone that stands in his path. Usually it involves decimating the population of numerous Koopa affiliated lands or even planets and no environmental obstacle that exists can stop him. He will capture castles, bring down airships and even destroy planet sized monsters to get the job done.
  • This is what Snow and Lightning think they embark on in the beginning of Final Fantasy XIII. Turns out that rushing in blindly after the kidnapped Serah isn't gonna cut it by a wide margin. To put this into perspective: they find Serah after an hour of gameplay; actually saving her takes the other 49, most of which is spent running away and not knowing what to do next.
  • A possible sidequest in Golden Sun is going to rescue Ivan's foster-father, who is being held for ransom in the local Wretched Hive. Amusing because Ivan is pretty mellow otherwise, but absolutely furious when his family (or even his foster-family) is at stake.
    • Also subverted in that it's a Stealth Mission- there are some guards you can battle, and some you have to, but the majority will simply kivck you out of the fortress if they see you.
  • In Wing Commander II, Spirit mentions having dreams of this after her fiance was captured by the Kilrathi. The closest she gets is an attack on a traitor held space station.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword features Link, saving his Implied Love Interest and childhood friend, Zelda, after Ghirahim kidnaps her near the end. He goes through a horde of monsters, the demon lord himself and finally rescues her soul from what is essentially Satan all to be reunited with her.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic, the protagonist storms the Star Forge and wipes out most of the Sith army on their way to rescue Bastila, who'd been abducted and brainwashed by Darth Malak.
  • The first Bloody Roar did this rather literally, as Uriko, the kidnapped girl and final boss, is the daughter of Mitsuko, one of the playable characters (who can transform into a large and powerful boar-woman). The second game reverses it Uriko is playable (though with weakened powers) and Mitsuko gets kidnapped.
  • The last third of Half-Life 2 can be viewed as one. Specifically, Gordon Freeman gets Tired of Running, singlehandedly assaults the super-secure Combine prison (and indirectly destroys it), starts a worldwide rebellion and, again singlehandedly, pwns his way up the Citadel to rescue captured Eli Vance and later Alyx.
  • Lee in The Walking Dead goes through one in Chapter 5, hacking his way through a herd of Walkers to rescue Clementine from the Stranger.
  • Final Fantasy X has two to save Yuna, the first from the the Al Bhed at the Blitzball championship, the second from getting wedded to Seymour.
  • PAYDAY 2 has one in the Hoxton Breakout heist, at least in the first part. The PAYDAY gang, with help from various contacts they've made, finally bust out Hoxton during a falsified prison transfer, and the heist sees the gang take on the FBI in a street-by-street full-out battle to get their friend back safely.

    Western Animation 
  • King Claudus from ThunderCats (2011) successfully attempted this when he went to rescue his friend "General Panthro". Subverted rather quickly, and cruelly.
  • The robot chicken in Robot Chicken himself in the 100th episode, also goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge over the mad scientist who created him, for kidnapping his wife and subjecting her to the same torture that he went through.

    Web Original 
  • Chakona Space gives us Neal Foster, who has done this at some point in the past. The resulting carnage and body count lead one of his adopted cubs to revile him for quite a few years afterward.