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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': Back in the Golden Age when Diana really tried to keep a secret identity Diana "Prince" got taken hostage fairly regularly, sometimes by Diana's own design such as when she wanted to be taken with an injured ComicBook/SteveTrevor when the bad guys nabbed him, and sometimes due to Diana Prince's position meaning Axis spies hoped to glean some useful Allied intelligence from her or force her superiors to do so in order to save her. It never worked out well for those who took her hostage.


* In one of the ''Night of the Podcast/{{Red Panda|Adventures Red Panda}}'' comics, Professor Zombie takes a group of socialites hostage to lure out the Red Panda--including the Red Panda's alter ego, August Fenwick.

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* In one of the ''Night of the Podcast/{{Red Panda|Adventures Red Panda}}'' Panda|Adventures}}'' comics, Professor Zombie takes a group of socialites hostage to lure out the Red Panda--including the Red Panda's alter ego, August Fenwick.



* In ''[[Fanfiction/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'', [[HardLight Lightmaster]] captures a group of Empire State University students in order to force Sleepwalker to fight him. Rick Sheridan, [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Sleepwalker's human host]], provokes Lightmaster into knocking him and the other students out with light bursts, allowing him to release Sleepwalker while also covering Sleepy's emergence into the physical world.
* In ''[[Fanfiction/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'', [[AnIcePerson Blizzard]] takes [[TheHero Mary Jane Watson]] and a group of other bank customers hostage in order to force a criminal rival to come fight him. Mary Jane pretends to be a HystericalWoman, tricking Blizzard into letting her go to give his message to the police. She does this, but then comes back to confront Blizzard as Spider-Woman.

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* In ''[[Fanfiction/UltimateSleepwalker ''[[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'', [[HardLight Lightmaster]] captures a group of Empire State University students in order to force Sleepwalker to fight him. Rick Sheridan, [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Sleepwalker's human host]], provokes Lightmaster into knocking him and the other students out with light bursts, allowing him to release Sleepwalker while also covering Sleepy's emergence into the physical world.
* In ''[[Fanfiction/UltimateSpiderWoman ''[[FanFic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'', [[AnIcePerson Blizzard]] takes [[TheHero Mary Jane Watson]] and a group of other bank customers hostage in order to force a criminal rival to come fight him. Mary Jane pretends to be a HystericalWoman, tricking Blizzard into letting her go to give his message to the police. She does this, but then comes back to confront Blizzard as Spider-Woman.


* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': A gang leader wants to prove himself by taking down the Green Arrow, so he decides to draw him out by kidnapping mayor Oliver Queen... who is secretly the Green Arrow.
-->'''Oliver Queen:''' Listen, the Green Arrow is not coming... I have it on pretty good authority that he's tied up right now.

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''Series/{{Arrow}}'': A gang leader wants to prove himself by taking down the Green Arrow, so he decides to draw him out by kidnapping mayor Oliver Queen... who is secretly the Green Arrow.
-->'''Oliver --->'''Oliver Queen:''' Listen, the Green Arrow is not coming... I have it on pretty good authority that he's tied up right now.now.
** ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'': Variant. L Corp is attacked while Kara is with Lena, who doesn't know Kara is Supergirl. Lena insists on sticking with Kara to "keep her safe," leaving Kara no time to slip away and become Supergirl. She spends most of the episode taking out the bad guys while doing a rather terrible job of pretending it's all just luck. She catches a hail of bullets, pretends to trip, and throws the bullets at the bad guys as she falls. Then she takes out another group with a superpowered sneeze and stops a ten-ton door with her foot.

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* ''ComicBook/AllNewUltimates'': Spider-Man was discovered sneaking in a drug dealing, and all the gangs are trying to kill him. Lana is there as well, as Poey's girlfriend, but can't help Spider-Man without revealing that she's bombshell.

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** Subverted in that the person behind tossing Bruce into Arkham City (Hugo Strange), KNOWS Bruce Wayne is Batman, and knows he will immediately get his equipment and start prowling around as Batman as soon as he's released into the facility. He also releases Deadshot into the facility, and specifically tasks him with killing Bruce Wayne first, and then Batman (knowing that Deadshot will never find Bruce Wayne due to him being masked up, basically sending Deadshot on a snipe hunt). The whole thing is a ploy to keep both Batman and the criminals in there, so his real plan of obliterating all the criminals with missile strikes can happen.

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** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', [[spoiler:Hush]] takes Lucius Fox hostage and demands Bruce Wayne to be brought to him by Batman. [[spoiler:Batman just decides to unmask himself on the spot, prompting a ThisCannotBe reaction from Hush, as it completely negates his "[[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Bruce Wayne never had to fight for anything"]] argument.]]


* ''Film/BatmanForever'' - when Two-Face threatens to detonate a bomb at a circus, killing everyone there unless Batman shows up. Two-Face actually points out that he wouldn't be surprised if Batman ''is'' in the wealthy and well-to-do audience. It turns out Bruce Wayne is in the audience ''and'' willing to reveal himself. He stands up and yells "I'm Batman," but no one can hear him because everyone is screaming in panic. He then tries to push his way down and either stop the bomb or give himself up ''in his civilian identity.''


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* ''Film/BatmanForever'' - when Two-Face threatens to detonate a bomb at a circus, killing everyone there unless Batman shows up. Two-Face actually points out that he wouldn't be surprised if Batman ''is'' in the wealthy and well-to-do audience. It turns out Bruce Wayne is in the audience ''and'' willing to reveal himself. He stands up and yells "I'm Batman", but no one can hear him because everyone is screaming in panic. He then tries to push his way down and either stop the bomb or give himself up ''in his civilian identity''.


-->'''Oliver Queen:''' Listen, the Green Arrow is not coming... I have it on pretty good authority that he's tied up right now.\\

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* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'': This happened to Diana several times. The first time was in "Anschluss '77", when Fritz Gerlich captured Diana and Steve knew she was captured. She was faced with escaping the death trap, making Gerlich think she had been killed, and reuniting with Steve so he'd know she was alive without revealing her [[SecretIdentity secret identity]]. [[spoiler:She succeeded.]]


* In all three movies in Sam Raimi's ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' Peter Parker is targeted in some manner by a villain who wants to track down Spider-Man.

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* In all three movies in Sam Raimi's ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'' Peter Parker is targeted in some manner by a villain who wants to track down Spider-Man.Spider-Man (although this trope only really applies in the second film, as the Goblin and Venom were both aware that Peter was Spider-Man when they went after him while Doctor Octopus just used Peter to 'pass on a message').



* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': has an odd example in that the employees of SD 6 are being held hostage. Most of SD 6 don't know that they are the bad guys. Dixon, Sydney, Jack and Vaughn work together to free everybody.

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* ''Series/{{Alias}}'': has an odd example in that the employees of SD 6 are being held hostage. Most of SD 6 don't know that they are the bad guys. Dixon, Sydney, Jack and Vaughn work together to free everybody.everybody, while Sydney has to hide the fact that she has Vaughn's help (as well as the fact that Vaughn's there in the first place) or risk exposing her double agent status.





[[caption-width-right:347:Franchise/{{Batman}} would love to help, but [[IncrediblyLamePun he's a little tied up]] at the moment...]]

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Normally, Captain Heroic would happily comply, be there in ''three'' minutes, and beat the crud out of said bad guys. But there's only one problem - it just so happens that Captain Heroic ''is'' one of the hostages, he's just present in his [[SecretIdentity "civilian" identity]].

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Normally, Captain Heroic would happily comply, be there in ''three'' minutes, and beat the crud out of said bad guys. But there's only one problem - it just so happens that Captain Heroic ''is'' one of the hostages, he's just present in his [[SecretIdentity "civilian" identity]].



* The eighth episode of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' had Nene's job (AD Police Headquarters) get attacked by a villain trying to draw the Knight Sabers out.
* A curious inversion happens in ''Anime/{{Moldiver}}'', during the episode with the space shuttle. Machinegal tries to steal the shuttle and takes the crowd hostage, and dares Moldiver to stop him. This is because he thinks Moldiver is in the crowd -- specifically looking at an old student of his and a close friend of Hiroshi who looks just like you'd think Moldiver would look without a suit. Except he's not Moldiver, Hiroshi just modeled its physique after him because he wanted to look buff. So the villain, the poor guy's date, and the crowd want him to transform and try to save the day, while he tries to convince everyone he's ''not'' the superhero.



* A curious inversion happens in ''Anime/{{Moldiver}}'', during the episode with the space shuttle. Machinegal tries to steal the shuttle and takes the crowd hostage, and dares Moldiver to stop him. This is because he thinks Moldiver is in the crowd -- specifically looking at an old student of his and a close friend of Hiroshi who looks just like you'd think Moldiver would look without a suit. Except he's not Moldiver, Hiroshi just modeled its physique after him because he wanted to look buff. So the villain, the poor guy's date, and the crowd want him to transform and try to save the day, while he tries to convince everyone he's ''not'' the superhero.
* The eighth episode of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' had Nene's job (AD Police Headquarters) get attacked by a villain trying to draw the Knight Sabers out.



* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': played with in the episode "Mortal." Clark Kent and his family are held hostage by three Meteor Freaks, who know Clark has superpowers, and want him to use his superpowers to help them, or they'll kill the Kents. Except what they don't know is that Clark has been BroughtDownToNormal. So instead of saving the day while still hiding the fact he has superpowers, he's got to save the day by ''pretending to have'' superpowers.
* An episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had Clark held hostage along with Lois and a wounded Lex Luthor.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. In "Breakpoint", Robert [=McCall=] is held hostage when a terrorist group attacks a wedding reception he's at. [=McCall=] is unarmed so must resort to various {{Improvised Weapon}}s.







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* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. In "Breakpoint", Robert [=McCall=] is held hostage when a terrorist group attacks a wedding reception he's at. [=McCall=] is unarmed so must resort to various {{Improvised Weapon}}s.
* An episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had Clark held hostage along with Lois and a wounded Lex Luthor.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': played with in the episode "Mortal". Clark Kent and his family are held hostage by three Meteor Freaks, who know Clark has superpowers, and want him to use his superpowers to help them, or they'll kill the Kents. Except what they don't know is that Clark has been BroughtDownToNormal. So instead of saving the day while still hiding the fact he has superpowers, he's got to save the day by ''pretending to have'' superpowers.



* An ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episode parodying ''Batman'' even had this. The Jokester (Alvin) kidnaps Brice Wayne (Simon) and Nicki Nale (Brittany) and threatens to kill them unless Batmunk brings him the toy he's been trying to steal. Fortunately, loyal butler Happy (Theodore) takes on the role himself for this.



* An ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' episode parodying ''Batman'' even had this. The Jokester (Alvin) kidnaps Brice Wayne (Simon) and Nicki Nale (Brittany) and threatens to kill them unless Batmunk brings him the toy he's been trying to steal. Fortunately, loyal butler Happy (Theodore) takes on the role himself for this.



* Inverted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'', where the main villain, Iron Klaw, is the one held hostage. To elaborate, one of his minions decided to attack a party he was holding in his civilian identity of Count van Rani, so throughout the episode he repeatedly had to switch between identities, as to keep being on top. He tried to hide it, but a random reporter accidentally discovered it, and promptly blabbed to the Joe team, setting up for the season finale.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' (2003), Peter Parker finds himself among a group of hostages in a TV studio held by ex-KGB terrorists and volunteers to be cameraman so they can put forth their demand. The catch, of course, is that they want Spider-Man in person.



** In "Gorizilla", Hawk Moth begins to suspect Adrien is Cat Noir, so he transforms Adrien's bodyguard and sets him on the teen, hoping Adrien will transform to save himself. Adrien is able to fake out Gorizilla by having a LooneyFan act as a stand-in so he can sneak away and become Cat Noir. In a rare case, Adrien had no idea how close Hawk Moth came to figuring him out.
* Inverted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'', where the main villain, Iron Klaw, is the one held hostage. To elaborate, one of his minions decided to attack a party he was holding in his civilian identity of Count van Rani, so throughout the episode he repeatedly had to switch between identities, as to keep being on top. He tried to hide it, but a random reporter accidentally discovered it, and promptly blabbed to the Joe team, setting up for the season finale.

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** In "Gorizilla", Hawk Moth begins to suspect Adrien is Cat Noir, so he transforms Adrien's bodyguard and sets him on the teen, hoping Adrien will transform to save himself. Adrien is able to fake out Gorizilla by having a LooneyFan LoonyFan act as a stand-in so he can sneak away and become Cat Noir. In a rare case, Adrien had has no idea how close Hawk Moth came to figuring him out.
* Inverted In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' (2003), Peter Parker finds himself among a group of hostages in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'', where the main villain, Iron Klaw, is the one a TV studio held hostage. To elaborate, one of his minions decided to attack a party he was holding in his civilian identity of Count van Rani, so throughout the episode he repeatedly had to switch between identities, as to keep being on top. He tried to hide it, but a random reporter accidentally discovered it, by ex-KGB terrorists and promptly blabbed volunteers to the Joe team, setting up for the season finale. be cameraman so they can put forth their demand. The catch, of course, is that they want Spider-Man in person.



* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': In "Fallen Comrades", Megatron threatens to shoot two tigers unless the Maximals hand over the stasis pod with the protoform inside. What Megatron didn't realize was that one of the tigers ''was'' the protoform he was looking for, namely Tigatron.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': In "Fallen Comrades", Megatron threatens to shoot two tigers unless the Maximals hand over the stasis pod with the protoform inside. What Megatron didn't realize was that one of the tigers ''was'' the protoform he was looking for, namely Tigatron.

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* In another Batman comic, Poison Ivy took over a charity cruise that Bruce Wayne was attending with a pair of gigantic plant monsters. Bruce was only a hostage briefly, however; he got out of the situation immediately by making a "foolish" attack on the monsters and getting swatted overboard, where he was free to change into his Batman outfit.

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* PlayedWith in ''Spectacular Spider-Man'' #19, where a mastermind-type villain, Lightmaster, has deduced from a previous encounter that Spider-Man ''must'' be a student at Empire State University. He has the Enforcers take a bunch of hostages to call out Spider-Man, who easily defeats them. One student, Hector Aayla, himself the super hero the White Tiger, remains behind when the hostages flee in case Spider-Man needs help. So when Hector leaves the diner, alone, and no one saw Spider-Man enter, Lightmaster assumes this trope is in play and in the next issue kidnaps Hector to reveal his identity to the world.

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