Papa Wolf: Fan Fic
Ah! My Goddess
- From the fic Ah! Archfall: you can do what you like to Jago, but you insult or threaten Lind, their unborn child or either of his Archs, and the very least he'll do is beat you senseless. And if you force him to summon Papa Jupiter to do it, he WILL kill you.
- Corporal Levi in My Child, to his and Mikasa's unborn child. In order to save the child from dying in childbirth, Levi makes a deal with the demon that has been hounding him the whole story to sell his soul for their safety. The baby is born healthy and safe, but Levi is dragged to hell to be tortured by the demon for all eternity in exchange. However, the knowledge that his son Rivahn is safe is the only thing that keeps him from regretting it.
- Avengers fanfiction has a ton of examples where Hulk gets mighty protective over Clint/Hawkeye, but none more so than Big Green Guardian Angel. The biggest scene in the one-shot was when Clint, after accidentally exposing the scars on his torso, explains that he got them as a kid, causing Banner to Hulk out right then and there. As if that wasn't "aww" eliciting enough, Hulk stopped his rampage enough to trace Clint's scars, whimper a little, and proceed to destroy everything in sight as a result of his rage.
- Hawkeye becomes this to a de-aged agent Coulson in this story.
- Loki, of all people, becomes this to his adopted daughter in the fic Mischief, Lies, and Other Hazards of Parenting and its sequel, Thor's Days. In the first he practically bolts to the park where she's having her birthday party when he thinks its being attacked by Dr. Doom (it wasn't), and in the second he almost snaps her scout leader's neck when she's injured due to said scout leader's incompetence (Tony intervened that time). And then in one chapter, Natasha comes to him and makes a hint that Clint might go near the girl. Loki's response is scary.
Loki: I will, however, show no mercy to anyone, and by anyone I mean your dear Agent Barton, who chooses to strike at me through her.Natasha: So if Clint takes Kara, you'll kill him?Loki: Has my dear brother ever told you how he and I would sneak into the orchards of the goddess Idunn when we were children? Those apples, which I was so very good at stealing, grant whoever eats them a very long, very resilient life. If your little friend does anything to Kara, I will find a way into Asgard and strip Idunn's orchard bare. I'll cram them down his throat and save enough for you, so you can watch as I torture him for eternity. No matter how much either of you beg me to kill him, he'll live through every length of gut ripped through his flesh, every severed limb, and every drop of acid spilling into his eye. Now is my meaning clear?
- In the fic "Back To The Future Prequel", Marty is kidnapped by a vengeful enemy of Doc's, who throws him into an icy lake to drown. Doc subdues the physically bigger enemy and swims two hundred feet to save Marty.
- From Batman fic Antidote for the Poison, Jason Todd in a rare moment of brotherly concern is furious when he finds out that some drug dealer had injected Tim Drake with a dangerous amount of heroin as an attack against Batman.
"You took my little brother, tied him up, pumped him full of heroin, and left him to die in this shit hole. Now I ask you: do you think I have the slightest bit of remorse about cutting you open and letting your guts decorate the floor?"
- Pretty much every fanfic that has Batman/Bruce Wayne adopting a child has at least once instance where the child gets in trouble and Batman will come to the child's rescue.
- In Growing Family, Jeremie reacts violently to his and Aelita's daughter Anya's request of going to Lyoko and when Odd muses on teaching her to be a troublemaker, threatens to leave him in virtual limbo if he corrupts Anya. Odd reacts with appropriate terror.
- Tony Stark becomes this to his adopted son Harry in the Harry Potter/Iron Man crossover fanfic Harry Potter And The Invincible Technomage. It is also demonstrated that many of the heroes feel this way toward their allies' children.
- Thor gets a Crowning Moment of Awesome (that doubles as Crowning Moment of Funny) when the Ministry of Magic tries to take Harry away from Tony: Thor breaks in and calmly warns the Wizengamot that voting for taking Harry away would cause Thor to tear down the building and break every single bone of every member of the Ministry. Harry then gets him to amend it into only tearing down the building and breaking the bones of everyone who voted yes (the rest of the Ministry people are innocent, and the Aurors that would try and fail to stop him are merely doing their job). The Wizengamot promptly vote to leave Harry with Tony.
- Harry shows tendencies towards this in The Wizard in the Shadows, with generally whatever has been stupid enough to push the Berserk Button of hurting his friends being fried or straight up vaporised and a crater the size of a soccer pitch being left behind.
- Child Of The Storm has a number of these, most notably Thor. He has so far terrified the Dursleys and only narrowly restrained himself from incinerating them (because what Tony had planned was more humiliating and excruciatingly painful), Snape, explaining exactly who he is, what he is capable of and what he will do if Snape even looks the wrong way at Harry and sent Gravemoss running for his life with one shot after Thor caught up with him (because Gravemoss had orchestrated Harry's kidnapping by the Disir. While Harry managed to Indy Ploy his way out of trouble, Thor was Not Pleased). Gravemoss, bear in mind, is a Physical God who had previously killed Sif with minimal effort she got better, regarded losing an arm as a mild annoyance (he grew it back) and tanked Harry Dresden's Death Curse, which had blasted him over 500 miles from Paris to the North Sea, as well as being a mystical powerhouse on par with Loki. Thor sent him running.
- Odin. He may have made mistakes, but holy crap, you do not want to be in Thanos' shoes when the Allfather catches up to him, not after what happened to Loki (while Loki's madness was his own and, as acknowledged by Loki himself, his responsibility, Thanos was not exactly kind to him).
- The Avengers in general are this to Harry. Loki does not take kindly to the thought of his nephew being interfered with, warning Albus Dumbledore that while he, Loki, notes and approves of his plans, he had better tread carefully where Harry is concerned. Clint treats Harry like a little brother and when he's kidnapped, says that he wants to teach Harry to shoot. And he will. With a practical demonstration. And the Hulk... well. He likes Harry. As Bruce puts it, 'We will find Harry. And Hulk will smash.'
- Albus Dumbledore is this to his students. Hurt one of them and you will find out why this man is the most powerful wanded wizard on the planet.
- Magneto. He loves his daughter and while he is nominally good, he is an Omega Class mutant and everyone with a brain is absolutely terrified of him.
- We don't know much about Stephen Strange. But one of the things we do know is that when the White Council came for Wanda, whose magic and powers had been going haywire, after they judged her too dangerous to live, he challenged them to a duel. All of them. This is an organisation numbering about two thousand Wizards, the most powerful 1% of wandless practitioners on the planet, led by the seven members Senior Council, all centuries old, any one of whom can do fun things like pull satellites out of orbit and drop them on your house with pinpoint precision or stonewall an army of Red Court vampires and Outsiders with a single on the fly ward. Combined, they are a bona fide hyperpower and less a collective of magical beings, more a force of nature. And they backed the hell down. One does not mess with the student of the Sorcerer Supreme.
- When Coulson recruits Harry Dresden to track down the veidrdraugar and their Master, Harry is reluctant because he knows very well that he's out of his depth - one of these creatures nearly ripped Loki's throat out, after all, and their Master is an Omega Class threat, never mind the Darkhold, which said Master possesses. Then he finds out that they killed children and takes the case, harshly telling his apprentice Bruce Wayne to get out (because said apprentice is a bit too nosy for their own good and would end up dead or worse if they got involved). Dresden does not tolerate children being hurt or put in danger.
- A few chapters later, Gravemoss utterly dismisses Dresden and rips out Sif's heart with his bare hand. Harry responds by unleashing his Death Curse. This is under Paris. A few moments later, a vast column of fire about a thousand feet high erupts over the Paris skyline and Gravemoss lands in the North Sea, somewhere off the east coast of Britain. And as a bonus, he incinerates several dozen of the veidrdraugr as a side effect.
- Even Lucius Malfoy counts. He is as evil as they come, a fully fledged Magnificent Bastard who has a somewhat Dalek like attitude to muggles (though he considers torturing them to be beneath him) and murdered Harry's maternal grandparents in cold blood. But as Baron Von Strucker found out, threatening his wife and son is the last thing you will ever do.
- In the Ultimate Re Imaginings, Clint is this towards Joey as he once nearly killed the boy's actual father for putting him in the hospital and breaking his arm when Joey had been twelve.
- John Winchester in Supernatural/The Matrix Hunting Series part 3 - Hunting and Saving. He kills three vampires to save a little boy called Tom Anderson, thinking that he'd never be able to live with himself if he let the vamps live to kill more kids. That if he did it'd be like watching them kill Dean and Sam while he watched and he'd never let that happen.
- Do not mess with Dante's children in Dante's Night at Freddy's or its sequel. He will gouge a carousel out of the ground and drop it on you if he can't find anything bigger.
- In the Crack Fic A Charmed Life after learning that Shinigami can die, Light becomes one for Ryuk much to his Shinigami's amusement.
- In A Cure for Love Matt is one for V and Mello and Light is one for L:
Matt: I know you're Kira or whatever... this is me impressed. Doesn't change the fact that if you start any funny business with her, I'll shoot you through the fucking wall. I'm quicker than you and your little Diary of Death. OK?
Light: It was you, wasn't it? You fucking tried to kill him!V: I'm sorry, Light.Light: Not going to cut it, V. I thought that you didn't want to kill L.V: I don't.Light: If you touch him, I'll kill you. I'll kill all of you.
- Light/Kira becomes this for L and the Wammy's Kids in the Death Note fic I Won't Say:
Light: I will also keep the Death Note where I can reach it whenever I need to, because I will need that power to protect you and our orphans. But... would you, and could you, perhaps, consider... combining Kira and L's powers?L: What, as in, 'Quit killing, or I'll set Kira on you'?Light: Yeah, pretty much like that.
- AU Devil May Cry fic "Like Father, Like Son" has Dante exhibiting his demonically-protective side when he finds his son Nero injured courtesy of a police officer with temper problems, and when Nero is later threatened by members of the mafia. The second time Nero gets threatened by the son of a mafia head, a partial Devil Trigger sends the man leaving with tail between legs. And when Dante finds the demon Baul, who had all but put Nero near Death's door... Cue Unstoppable Rage and Roaring Rampage of Revenge with a dash of There Is No Kill Like Overkill.
- Roy DeSoto in this fic series. In one of the fics, he readily battles with a bear to protect his young son and John Gage. And though John is like a little brother to him, there's also an element of parent-child love in their relationship, and it's even lampshaded by Roy's son that Roy acts like a parent protecting his young when someone tries to hurt John-which happens quite often during the series.
- In Never Had A Friend Like Me, Norm gets rather attached to his current master, an eight-year old Shrinking Violet named Amanda who couldn't make a selfish wish if she tried. Anti-Cosmo and the Head Pixie put her in danger as collateral damage during a revenge plot against Timmy. Norm doesn't take it well. He ends up trapping the anti-fairies and pixies under butterfly nets, giving them a clear outline what it means to tick off a powerful magical entity with no limitations on what he's allowed to do, and trapping their entire species in their home world with no way to return to Earth or Fairy World without outside help. And made it clear that this was being merciful because Amanda wouldn't like what he wanted to do to them.
- Before that moment, he had given Amanda's emotionally Abusive Parents a terrible flu for making Amanda cry on Christmas.
- Helena's father in Frozen Hearts. While he fell into despair and alcoholism after losing his job at the castle as part of the staff reduction to keep Elsa's powers secret, he springs into action to protect his daughter from someone who tries to take advantage of her, and Helena recalls that at that point, he seemed to be his old self again. Unfortunately, he gets fatally stabbed in the process.
- The most common idea for parental Roy/Ed fanfics.
- In Harry's New Home, Snape will go to any lengths to protect his ward Harry, even if it included breaking rules or facing the Dark Lord and Dumbledore (if necessary) to do it. For that matter, Dumbledore does not like seeing any of his students harmed in any way, especially if it's Harry. His Berserk Button was pressed when he found out Umbridge used a Blood Quill on Harry and in the prequel, he gave a casual warning to Snape who earlier in a fit of rage slapped Harry. All in a cheerful tone and a benign smile.
"You do understand that if you ever, ever again strike a student in so brutal a fashion, you will not survive the night, correct?"
- In 3 Slytherin Marauders if you try and hurt Harry, Snape will end you... that is if Tom doesn't do it first.
- In response to the kink fill "Finacial Crisis Gangbang" where most of the main cast rapes America, "Use Your Fist Not Your Mouth is a AU fic where England and France not only not participate in it, but fight off his attackers to stop it from happening.
- The fic Warden portrays Tinkerbull (a tiny winged-bull creature) as this. It was inspired by someone pointing out how strange it was that Tinkerbull could survive on Alternia.
- Both Mr. Squall, Mr. Parr, and Chomper the Tyrannosaurus rex in Rise of the Galeforces. Subverted and later inverted for Chomper's case, though, when his protectiveness of his fellow rexes costs him his eye - but also makes his own children angry enough to horribly slaughter the Big Bad.
- The Shrouded Path has Terra, who forces his way into Silent Hill's Otherworld to protect Ven. Later on, when he learns his friends have been captured by the Big Bad, he immediately storms the place where they're being held and takes on the entire Order at once. He quickly one-ups this by beating the Order's God to a pulp.
- Skinner, Nemo, and Jekyll all have a tendency in this direction in The Private Diary Of Elizabeth Quatermain. Jekyll has (eventually) his adopted son, Nemo has his foster daughter, and Skinner has both his niece and his love interest.
- Spyro from The Legend of Spyro: A New Dawn is pretty protective of his adopted egg, just like Cynder, but a much bigger Papa Wolf is Ember's father, Blaze. When the Warden has Ember overpowered in their battle, Blaze blasts him, despite the Warden's collar inflicting debilitating pain on any of the cursed slaves who attacks or touches him in anyway. Once the Warden's collar is destroyed and the curse is broken, Blaze tears through the cage holding him and an entire mob of Warrior Gargoyles to get his claws in the Warden.
The Warden: Uh oh...
- In Lord of the Rings fanfics such as An Eye For An Eye or The Roots of Evil, it is a sure way to trigger Legolas's Berserk Button is by hurting Aragorn in any way, shape or form. It is the same with his older adopted brothers Elladan and Elrohir, who must have gotten it from their father Elrond. All four elves have no hesitation to resort to killing anyone who dared lay a hand on Aragorn. And those times when they found that Aragorn was tortured and near death ... well, to say it did not go well with those people is putting it lightly.
- In the AU fic Knocked Up, Megamind saves a pregnant Roxanne from an extremist group intending to do their unborn child harm. And then, after the baby is born...
Megamind: If anyone harms even a single hair on my daughter's head, or has a clear intention to do her, or her mother, harm, they will be obliterated with whatever weapon I can get my hands on quickest.
- It should be noted that Megamind is a former supervillain.
- Discord's Father in the Pony POV Series, Havoc, Anthropomorphic Personification of Mass Hysteria, is an odd case. He's an Abusive Parent, and He'll mock his children if they get beaten up by people defending themselves from them. However, any who harm them unprovoked will know His wrath.
- As shown in the 7 Dreams/Nightmares side stories, Sweetheart's husband Teddy was this. When some corporate thugs tried to harm their family in order to intimidate their friends out of activating the world changing spell, he put them all in the hospital. And after the disaster caused by said spell failing, he fought off a group of smirughs that attacked the family when they were seeking refuge.
- Lord Tydal in The God Squad takes Papa Wolf to the extreme. Tydal tells his group about how he raised Celestia and Luna when they were babies, after their Mother (the creator of all things) dumped them on him. When Commander Hurricane and the pegasi army march up to Tydal's Keep, demanding the foals, Tydal tells Hurricane that two other armies (these being unicorns and earth ponies) beat him there. Tydal then reveals hundreds of severed heads then delivers this speech:
“Celestia and Luna are my sisters and under my protection. Three times Equestria has come to my door… the next time I see a flick of a pony’s tail my army will march upon your pathetic little country and I will raze it to the ground. Your stallions will be slaughtered, your mares used for our pleasure and your foals sold as slaves. I will burn your forests and salt the earth so nothing will grow again. I will burn the skies and cover the lands in darkness. I will personally come to your little Cloudsdale and I will rip it down from its high perch and crush it under my hooves. And only when this is all done will I finally come for you and your fellow rulers… and then your agony will begin. I will visit death upon you a thousand times and still not let my brother the Reaper claim your souls. That is only a taste of what I will do if you EVER THREATEN MY LITTLE SISTERS AGAIN! So… in a word Commander… run."
- Tydal gets another one in The God Squad's sequel, "Equestria's Most Wanted". After giving up violence and becoming a pacifist, he is seconds away from achieving full enlightenment... only for Celestia to scream "DADDY!" when she is attacked. Tydal instantly breaks his vow and brutally murders her attacker, then warns an entire asylum that he is going to destroy them if they come near his girls again.
- Reality Checks Nyxverse: Twilight's Love Interest, Ink Spot, becomes this to Nyx by the time he and Twilight get married. Best exemplified when he fights off Tirek to protect her, and later warns Discord — in all seriousness — that if Tirek's rampage, which is to blame on Discord's actions, have permanently harmed Nyx in any way, he won't need his magic to tie Discord's neck into a knot.
- The Life Of A Wanted Changeling: Bugze may be an unlucky, clumsy, and unskilled changeling, but threaten his daughter Nightshade and he's capable of delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to anypony from platoons of Royal Guard to Princess Celestia herself
- Orochimaru of all people is one in the Fanfic called A Father's Wrath. In this story he is Naruto's father instead of Minato. On the lighter side he cares deeply for his son and his actions including joining Akatsuki and forming the Sound Village is to protect him and has found a source of Redemption. But threatening Naruto is the fastest way for him to remind you that he wasn't called The Snake Sannin for nothing. Just ask Hidan.
- Naruto in Win Some, Lose Some, a collection of one-shots. Naruto's warning when Kurenai, Hanabi, Ebisu, and Konohamaru find out about his (adoptive) daughter basically amounts to "If you tell anyone about my daughter, I'll kill you. If anyone tries to harm her, I'll kill them. If anyone kills her, I'll burn Konoha to the ground." Turned Up to Eleven because the Nanabi is sealed within her, meaning the Kyuubi is protecting her too.
- Daiki from Destiny Is A Hazy Thing is this for Naruto. One scene has him tampering with Naruto's seal to allow him, Naruto and the Kyuubi to talk with his real parents. He promptly spends several minutes slowly brutalizing Minato's soul.
- The Second Try: Shinji, like his wife Asuka, is very protective of his post-Third-Impact family, though he keeps his cool better than Asuka...most of the time. Anyway hurt her or their daughter Aki... And. You. Will. Die. You'll not even see it coming. The MP-Evas learnt this the hard way.
- One Piece's Muzzled shows a moment where Zoro literally resorts to biting Marines (after having his swords taken away and his hands tied) who tried to separate him and the kidnapped Usopp and Nami to trap Luffy.
- Even more awesome than it sounds given his fighting style. His bites break bones.
- Silver, from Pokémon: The Great Adventure. The man is mercilessly protective toward Ash in particular and doesn't think twice before jumping at Mewtwo's throat for petrifying him. As the Legendaries say: "It's safer to attack a baby Kangaskhan in his mother's pouch than a kid Silver took under his wings". Did we mention he is a very old Ancient and an Ice Aura Master?
- While it was established in the prequel books that Pitch was a Papa Wolf, the story Guardian of Light takes it Up to Eleven. While he starts out as an evil version of this trope early on, it eventually gets to the stage where he jumps off a cliff just to save his daughter, Helen.
- In another story by the same author, called Lullabies, the Bennett children are orphaned and the Guardians adopt them. Then, one night, Pitch pays a visit. Bunny, who is guarding them, immediately gets into a fighting stance.
Bunny: You take one step towards these little nippers, and I'll rip you apart where you stand.
- Light of the Snow Red Village is an AU fanfic that answers the question, what if Kenshin and Tomoe had a child? After Tomoe is killed much later in the timeline due to treachery from his superiors, Kenshin takes to wandering with his daughter Hikari. Throughout the story Kenshin is fiercely protective of her well being and happiness, even going so far barring her from learning kenjutsu (he later allows it, after it's pointed out by another character that it's hypocritical of him while he carries a sword himself). Following some adventures they eventually end up in Tokyo at the Kamiya Dojo, where the manga timeline begins. Currently incomplete, but it's a great story nonetheless.
- Siegfried Schnee and Andreas Arc are very protective of their children, Weiss and Jaune respectively. Siegfried went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and deposed his father as CEO of the Schnee Dust Company after he caught wind that he abused Weiss, specifically.
- Taiyang Xiao Long and Ysengrim Belladonna, Yang and Blake's fathers, are also this.
- Sleepwalker is deeply torn by angst and loneliness over his being exiled from his home dimension of the Mindscape and trapped in Rick Sheridan's mind. He doesn't have any doubt at all about one thing, though. If you threaten Rick Sheridan or any of Sleepwalker's other close human friends, you are in for a world of hurt.
Spock was utterly expressionless, eyes devoid of anything but pure ice. That in itself was scary, because [the security team] knew that no one was as pure cool Vulcan as their Vulcan when he was restraining the urge to kill someone.
- Anyone who hurts or upsets the de-aged Kirk can expect to face Vulcan wrath. This includes crew members. When a visitor hauls Kirk up by his shirt, Spock reacts with cold fury.
- Kirk himself becomes more and more protective of his crew as he gets older, culminating in his saving them from the Klingons in one of the final chapters.
- Kirk (empowered by Khan's blood) in That Was A Good Fight. When a shapeshifting alien vampire thing threatened his crew, and specifically, Spock, they had to clean what remained of the creature out of the floor tiles.
- The fic Safe and Sound has a couple of examples:
Spock: (through a forced mind-meld) You hurt my bondmate. You threatened my child.
- Khan is the most prominent. Like in the film, he is this to his crew, and is prepared to kill Dr. Korby in the most painful way possible upon discovering that the man killed all but five members of his crew. He later nearly does carry it out after his surrogate daughter, Lucille, is taken by the man. Said surrogate daughter is able to convince him not to.
- Spock gets a moment towards the end of the story. Korby kidnaps a pregnant Uhura too, and when Spock sees Korby hit her, he attacks him in rage.
- McCoy also has a moment when trying to take back his daughter, Joanna, from his crazy ex-wife. "Once you took everything from me, including her...and hell, I'm not letting you take her again!"
- Kirk to his crew, and Lucille. Note that in this story, he's empowered by augment blood.
- Spock again in the fic Written in the Stars, at least the Prime version. The Prime Fem!Kirk explains that when she was pregnant, she was taken hostage by the people of Gideon (TOS episode "The Mark of Gideon"). Lesson to be learnt: Don't kidnap a Vulcan's pregnant mate. It will not end well.
- In Supernatural's Deterioration of Reason, OC!Gabriel was already shown to be a protective big brother over Castiel and his Berserk Button is if any harm comes to Castiel. But when the demon Belial, who had kidnapped and tortured Castiel, implied that he did something else to Castiel, not only does Gabriel go into Tranquil Fury, but it's revealed that God Himself has had enough.
There was no way for the overwhelming wrath of God to be made evident through mere behavior. The archangel was no longer responding to the demon's mocking himself for the light that surrounded his already blinding form had no place on the conceptualized wavelength of mortal comprehension; it was the response of an incensed Father to the torture and ridicule of one of his sons, it was the vengeful mark of the Lord Himself.
- In Supernatural's Crossing the Line, John Winchester kills a human being for the first time because it was heavily implied said person had molested/sexually assaulted a ten-year-old Sam.
- In the Team Fortress 2 fic Paternal, the RED Spy becomes this to the BLU Scout, protecting him from the Administrator's henchmen at all costs and even facing down the Administrator herself to keep him safe. Discussed by the BLU Engineer in Chapter 26 after Heavy and Pyro express wishes to kill the Administrator's Spy for sexually assaulting Scout:
Engineer: Sorry, boys, but I think Red's earned the right to kill that son-of-a-bitch. I don't know if any of you are fathers, but I know that if someone had hurt my daughter, I'd take him out back and shoot his brains out for even touching her. I'm sure Red wants to do the same thing to Bane for what that snake did to his son.
- Exploited by the Administrator, who knows that the RED Spy has a doomsday device activation code that she gave him many years ago when they were dating and which, in turn, is actually on a pair of dog tags that the RED Spy gave to the BLU Scout when he was little. After BLU Scout shows his father the tags, her plan changes shape: capture Scout and use him as a bargaining tool in exchange for the tags, knowing that the RED Spy will stop at nothing to ensure his son's safety.
- Optimus Prime and Ratchet in Things We Don't Tell Humans. Optimus is a fan of children, and Elita puts off telling him about how badly Quicksilver was treated because she knows he'll react badly (he does, and it's a little terrifying). Ratchet tries to pick a fight with a general who dismisses Prowl as just a numbers guy.
- Ironhide is implied to be one (and seems to have adopted Sam and Carly). So is Tom Banachek, if the Autobots' dread of telling Tom and Dana about Faust's "capture" is anything to go by.