Playing With: Abduction Is Love

Basic Trope: Kidnapping is a sign of affection.
  • Straight: Bob kidnaps Alice, they eventually fall in love.
  • Exaggerated: Bob put a chloroform-soaked rag in Alice's face, tied her up, unlawfully held her captive for months, and they eventually get married and live happily ever after.
  • Downplayed: Bob fears that the authorities are coming after him. He convinces Alice - without threatening- to come along as a hostage. In gratitude, he treats her like a guest.
  • Justified:
    • Can you say "Stockholm Syndrome" boys and girls?
    • Bob and Alice just met in this way
    • Bob is forced to do this in order to prevent Alice from getting killed.
    • An exaggerated form of All Girls Want Bad Boys is in play.
    • Alice was going to be forced into an Arranged Marriage, even though she much prefers Bob. So they both agree she gets kidnapped, and can get away from the forced marriage.
  • Inverted: Rescue Romance.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob kidnaps Alice, and she never forgives him for it, going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • Alice only pretends to fall for him to drop his guard. She escapes or kills him.
  • Double Subverted: Bob kidnaps Alice, and Alice falls in The Power of Hate.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice and Bob met through an online kidnapping site that advertises its ability to successfully match captors and captives.
    • Alice keeps Bob in her attic, and all their dialogue is full of erotically-themed Foe Romance Subtext.
    • Bob is so crazy about Alice that he kidnaps her, but then finds her company so annoying or boring that he sets her free. Double points if she's now fallen for him, so he has to chase her away.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob kidnaps Alice, Alice falls in love, but Bob dosn't have feelings for her, so she kidnaps him to make him love her, but he falls into The Power of Hate instead
  • Averted:
    • Bob kidnaps Alice. Later, Bob falls in love with Clara.
    • Bob kidnaps Alice. Later, Alice falls in love with David.
    • Bob kidnaps Alice, and neither one falls in love.
    • Bob does not kidnap Alice.
  • Enforced: The creator of Alice and Bob is hired by one of the Harlequin lines to write "The Greek Tycoon's Kidnapped Love".
  • Lampshaded: "Ah yes. Stockholm Syndrome is the ultimate matchmaker, isn't it boys and girls?"
  • Invoked: Bob kidnaps Alice in order to get in her pants.
  • Exploited: Alice allows herself to be kidnapped in order to seduce Bob.
  • Defied: "I'll never love you! Never!" "Good. I was worried this was going to get awkward."
  • Discussed: "You kidnapped me so I'd fall in love with you? Does that *ever* work outside of crappy romance novels?"
  • Conversed: "Ah, she's going to fall in love with the kidnapper. Why else would they cast a handsome actor to play a criminal?"
  • Implied: Bob kidnaps Alice, and the next time we see them, they are married.
  • Deconstructed: Bob kidnaps Alice and they eventually fall in love, but it's a one-sided relationship as Bob lacks any real affection for Alice.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is a socially-inept Gentle Giant with a crush on Alice, and kidnaps her in an attempt to reveal his feelings for her.
  • Played For Laughs: Ten seconds after the kidnapping, Alice is completely smitten and composing love ballads to her abductor Bob, who ranges wildly from comically over-the-top villain posturing and Tastes Like Diabetes levels of affection.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's levels of aggression and level of obsessive behavior are overpowering and rape undertones abound. Alice is afraid for her safety for VERY good reasons.

I'm only taking you back to Abduction Is Love because of my deep abiding affection for you. You'll understand in time.