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- In Fullmetal Alchemist, after Alphonse uses his alchemy to restore Ed's arm in exchange for his own life, Al tells the Truth that he knows that his brother will come for him. And he does.
- Samurai Champloo: In the finale, Fuu is kidnapped by thugs using her as bait against Mugen. Fuu tells them that He Won't Come For Me, you idiots, since she believes Mugen won't risk his life for her. Cue CMOH and Fuu's shock when Mugen shows up and tosses away his weapons to save her.
- Togari: The first time Itsuki is held hostage to threaten Tobe, Tobe couldn't care less about her. The second time, the now-cynical Itsuki◊ is openly scornful◊ of her kidnapper, since of course Tobe Won't Come For Her. And of course Tobe comes to the rescue, thanks to Character Development. An excellent example of this trope, and explicitly a Call Back.
- In the second-to-last chapter of Inuyasha, Kagome thinks this pretty much verbatim when she is trapped inside the Shikon no Tama and hears Inuyasha's voice.
- Both times Nia Teppelin finds herself captured, she is adamant that Simon will come for her. And he does.
Films — Animated
- Megamind: Roxanne has been saved by Metro Man so many times she doesn't even feign concern when Megamind kidnaps her. She (and Megamind) is shocked when Metro Man appears to be killed by one of Megamind's Death Traps. He isn't.
- Disney's Peter Pan: Wendy assures the boys that "Peter Pan will save us" from Captain Hook, who then explains to her his plan to kill him with a Time Bomb. It should probably come as no surprise that Pan survives the blast and comes to the rescue.
- Occurs twice in Joseph: King of Dreams. Firstly, when Joseph tells the Ishmaelite slavers who pull him out of the well “My brothers will come for me!” (and subsequently subverted when they do show up, but it isn’t to rescue him). Secondly, in an Ironic Echo when an imprisoned Simeon throws out the same line after being imprisoned by Joseph.
Films — Live-Action
- The Dark Knight: Used to great effect when Rachel and Harvey are kidnapped. It turns into a Hope Spot by playing straight Rachel's faith to the last second that Batman Will Come For Us, but subverting the Big Damn Heroes moment expected to follow. That juxtaposition is what makes it so sad. Even better, Rachel knows that Batman is coming to save her, but he's not, because the Joker, being savvy enough to know Batman will save Rachel instead of Harvey, switches up the addresses. So Batman saves Harvey instead.
- Pitch Black: Jack says "He's not coming back, is he?" when Riddick leaves Jack and Imam in the cave. Zigzagged when Riddick WAS going to leave them to die, but Fry convinces him otherwise. Their return prompts Jack to say, "Never had a doubt!"
- The Princess Bride has three Will Come For Me moments.
- A variation while Buttercup is held prisoner by the Man in Black.
Buttercup: No matter where you take me, there's no greater hunter than Prince Humperdinck. He could track a falcon on a cloudy day. He can find you.
- While Buttercup is waiting for Westley to come take her away.
Buttercup: Any word from Westley?
Humperdinck: Too soon, my angel. Patience.
Buttercup: He will come for me.
- A third variation, at the wedding.
Buttercup: (hearing the sounds of fighting) Here comes my Westley now.
- Of course in the end, Westley doesn't show up on time, causing Buttercup to almost have a Heroic B.S.O.D.: "He didn't come..." Then he shows up after all, late for the wedding but Just in Time to face Humperdinck in the bedroom.
- A variation while Buttercup is held prisoner by the Man in Black.
- Chase Meridian makes a comment about Batman coming to save her in Batman Forever. Riddler replies that he's counting on it.
- Lampshaded in Superman Returns:
Lex: No, not that, the other thing. C’mon, I know it’s just dangling off the tip of your tongue. Let me hear it just once, please?Lois: Superman will stop y—Lex: WRONG!
- Waterworld: Enola is kidnapped by evil smokers, who taunt her that the surly Mariner won't rescue her: "He's not here. And he ain't coming. And no one's gonna save you." Enola retorts that "He'll Come For Me, he will," and gives a speech about the Mariner being a Memetic Badass who will kill them all in their sleep. Of course the Mariner shows up and blows the smokers' base sky-high to save Enola, because "She's my friend."
- In A Brother's Price Jerin Whistler has nearly thirty sisters, and is married to five adult wives. When he is kidnapped, he is very certain that at the very least a couple of them will come to his rescue. His only angst is about being Defiled Forever before this happens.
- In The Bible, the Children of Israel are certain that The Messiah Will Come For Them.
- In The Golem's Eye, the second part of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Nathaniel has Kitty's childhood friend Jacob as hostage in order to lure and arrest her. Jacob informs him she would never come to save him, as they were inseparable as children but they've not seen each other for years. She comes.
- In the second book of Protector of the Small, Lalasa is abducted to either disgrace Kel or keep her away from the final page exams, whichever Kel picks. Kel chooses to rescue her, and Lalasa says that she kept herself from going completely mad with fear with the knowledge that Kel would come.
- Subverted in the BattleTech novel Bred for War. Not only does the "hero" of the Zurich subplot not come for his girlfriend, who honestly believed he would, it turns out that he never intended to and instead purposefully sacrificed her to distract his enemies' attention long enough for him to take them out as he'd planned to all along.
- Angel: When Cordelia is trapped in the Pylea dimension.
"I have friends back in LA. They're gonna come rescue me. Any time now."
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Spike: (whispering) She will come for me... She will come for me... She will come for me...'The First Evil (taking the form of Buffy): ... No I won't.
- Spike says it repeatedly over the Season 7 episodes Bring on the Night and Showtime.
- When held captive by Glory, Dawn insists repeatedly that Buffy is going to save her. As Dawn is an Apocalypse Maiden, Glory says Buffy may indeed turn up...to kill her before she can cause the destruction of all reality.
- The Adventures of Superman: "Don't worry. Superman will save us!" OK, not a direct quote, but c'mon, they did it at least once every other episode. Jimmy, Lois, Perry, or Inspector Henderson would be in a trap or some kind of predicament but be confident that Supes would rescue them.
- Doctor Who:
- Amy Pond gives a speech to her newborn daughter about how Rory will come for her. He does.
- When they're about to kill him, the Silence taunt Rory by telling him Amy will let him die alone. She saves him with a machine gun.
- Princess Aurora of Once Upon a Time tells Season 2 Big Bad Cora the "won't come for me" version when Cora announces her plan to trade the captive Aurora for the magic compass her companions possess.
- Batman: Catwoman once held Batgirl captive to lure Batman out of the way. Batgirl said he'd not save her because stopping Catwoman would be a priority. Batman sent somebody else to rescue Batgirl.
- Teen Wolf has a non-romantic variant. When Stiles is captured by the werewolf hunters, he tells them that Scott will come for him.
"He knows my scent. It's pungent."
- Subverted in Battlestar Galactica (2003) episode "Hero". Bulldog escapes from a Cylon basestar where he's been held prisoner since before the war, after taking part in an illegal mission into Cylon space that ended with Bill Adama destroying his spacecraft to prevent his capture. When Bulldog finds out about the latter, he beats Adama with a pipe.
Bulldog: All those years... You know what I kept telling myself? What stupid, frakked-up dream I held onto? I kept thinking: Just hang in there, Bulldog. Bill Adama's coming. He won't leave you to rot in here, not him. He won't leave a man behind. Just hold on. But you weren't coming. You didn't think I was alive. You weren't even hoping I was alive!
- In the season three finale of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries the villain kidnaps Miss Fisher's father, planning to kill her in front of him when she comes to the rescue. This one is a sort of balance between the two variations: Baron Fisher says she won't come because he's always been a lousy father, but it seems like he's more hoping this is true and is worried that she might come for him after all. Naturally, Phryne and Jack pull off a Big Damn Heroes and rescue him in the nick of time without getting hurt themselves.
- In Fatal Frame 2, a flashback to Sae and Yae's attempted escape from the village shows Sae thinking this while she is in captivity.
Sae: Yae will come back for me... she will...
- In Solatorobo, The Kurvaz capture Elh to use as bait to make Red turn over the medallion, but Elh says that won't work because she betrayed him, tried to sacrifice him in the Rite of Forfeit, and he won't come. He does, though.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, when the Warden and Alistair are captured by Ser Cauthrien and taken to Fort Drakon, you get the option to either break out yourself or wait for help—and you can specify which two party members (except for Shale) come to break you out, even if they don't like each other... or you.
- Towards the end of Bioshock Infinite, Elizabeth ends up getting re-captured by the Songbird and taken back to her father. Booker immediately gives chase, intent on rescuing her... only for trans-dimensional hijinks to transport him to a reality where the Bad Future results of Elizabeth's capture play out: this version of Elizabeth spent months, possibly even years, insisting that Booker would eventually come for her and enduring every possible torture Comstock could devise for her in the meantime. Unknown to her, this version of Booker was killed by Songbird before he could reach her; because of this, she eventually came to believe that Booker had abandoned her and gave in to her father's demands, becoming his successor and Apocalypse Maiden. Worse still, it turns out that this sequence of events keeps playing out across dimensions - and the very reason why the Player Character edition of Booker ended up getting transported to this reality in the first place was so that Bad Future!Elizabeth could give him a means of stopping Songbird.
- In Dubious Company, as Sal is being hauled off for execution she begins fretting. Sue tells her to cut the act, saying she knows Sal is expecting the pirates to save her. Sue is partially right. Sal knows the pirates will try, but she calculated the odds of their success. It was 0%. She's fretting because she made a deal with General Izor to spare them.
- In L's Empire Timpani is confident that her husband will come rescue her after she was kidnapped by the Pixl Queen's army, saying that they have no idea how far he'd go for her (for those not in the know, the last time she disappeared he went on a Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum when he couldn't find her.) Subverted since Indx didn't let him come along and demanded he get some therapy after having another Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum. Timpani is rescued, but it was Daisy (who had also been kidnapped) that rescued her.