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Played straight, this trope often turns into a nasty StrawVulcan where handing the [=MacGuffin=] over is ''obviously the wrong choice'', succeeding only by sheer dumb luck. If it succeeds at all. In ''Series/SuperSentai'', for instance, the villain is likely to blow up a few buildings afterwards, but [[ThrowawayCountry who cares]]? The [[NominalImportance hostage with a human face]] is saved.

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Played straight, this trope often turns into a nasty StrawVulcan where handing the [=MacGuffin=] over is ''obviously the wrong choice'', succeeding only by sheer dumb luck. If it succeeds at all. In ''Series/SuperSentai'', ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', for instance, the villain is likely to blow up a few buildings afterwards, but [[ThrowawayCountry who cares]]? The [[NominalImportance hostage with a human face]] is saved.


* In ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', whichever villains correspond to your chosen main character will kidnap the Faerie in a bid to get the [[spoiler:Mana Sword]]. In a rare twist, ''all'' of the villains keep their part of the bargain and return the Faerie unharmed.

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* In ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', ''VideoGame/TrialsOfMana'', whichever villains correspond to your chosen main character will kidnap the Faerie in a bid to get the [[spoiler:Mana Sword]]. In a rare twist, ''all'' of the villains keep their part of the bargain and return the Faerie unharmed.


Played straight, this trope often turns into a nasty StrawVulcan where handing the [=MacGuffin=] over is ''obviously the wrong choice'', succeeding only by sheer dumb luck. If it succeeds at all. In ''SuperSentai'', for instance, the villain is likely to blow up a few buildings afterwards, but [[ThrowawayCountry who cares]]? The [[NominalImportance hostage with a human face]] is saved.

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Played straight, this trope often turns into a nasty StrawVulcan where handing the [=MacGuffin=] over is ''obviously the wrong choice'', succeeding only by sheer dumb luck. If it succeeds at all. In ''SuperSentai'', ''Series/SuperSentai'', for instance, the villain is likely to blow up a few buildings afterwards, but [[ThrowawayCountry who cares]]? The [[NominalImportance hostage with a human face]] is saved.


Fortunately, not all heroes are ''[[HeroBall that]]'' [[HeroBall stupid]]. [[FakinMacGuffin If there's a decoy MacGuffin kicking around, they might be able to pass that off as the real one.]] If you have a particularly GenreSavvy protagonist or an AntiHero, most often time's they'll subvert this trope by throwing the item in the air or threatening to destroy it anyway, causing the villain to panic and make a mistake. They can even avert this trope altogether by [[ShootTheHostageTaker just shooting the villain]] or [[RashEquilibrium destroying said item on the spot]].

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Fortunately, not all heroes are ''[[HeroBall that]]'' [[HeroBall stupid]]. [[FakinMacGuffin If there's a decoy MacGuffin kicking around, they might be able to pass that off as the real one.]] If you have a particularly GenreSavvy savvy protagonist or an AntiHero, most often time's they'll subvert this trope by throwing the item in the air or threatening to destroy it anyway, causing the villain to panic and make a mistake. They can even avert this trope altogether by [[ShootTheHostageTaker just shooting the villain]] or [[RashEquilibrium destroying said item on the spot]].



** The villains try to use this scheme to push [[AllLovingHero Ramza]] into handing over the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Zodiac Stones]] and the Germonik Scriptures. [[spoiler:[[GenreSavvy He sees through this enough]] to negotiate a compromise and only hands over the Scriptures. Unfortunately, this plus the two Zodiac Stones the villains already had eventually proves to be just ''barely'' enough when push comes to shove...]]

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** The villains try to use this scheme to push [[AllLovingHero Ramza]] into handing over the [[AppliedPhlebotinum Zodiac Stones]] and the Germonik Scriptures. [[spoiler:[[GenreSavvy He [[spoiler:He sees through this enough]] enough to negotiate a compromise and only hands over the Scriptures. Unfortunately, this plus the two Zodiac Stones the villains already had eventually proves to be just ''barely'' enough when push comes to shove...]]


-->--'''Sun Tzu''', ''Literature/{{The Art of War|SunTzu}}''

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-->'''Wesley:''' Now, hold on. We can deal with this rationally. We have something you want. You have something we want.\\

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-->'''Wesley:''' --->'''Wesley:''' Now, hold on. We can deal with this rationally. We have something you want. You have something we want.\\



** Subverted ''and'' played straight in the old story ''The Daleks' Master Plan''. The first time it happens, the Doctor [[TakeAThirdOption goes for the third option]] and gives the Daleks a fake [=MacGuffin=] so he can get the TARDIS back. The second time this tropes plays out straight, but only because for once the Doctor's IndyPloy didn't come off right.
** Subverted in "Terror of the Autons", where the Master says that if the Doctor doesn't return the Master's dematerialisation circuit, he'll kill Jo. The Doctor is about to give the Master his own TARDIS' dematerialisation circuit (which is broken), but Jo fails to realise this is what he's doing, panics and gives the Master a bunch of information in the hope he'll change his plan.

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** Subverted ''and'' played straight in the old story ''The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan''.Plan"]]. The first time it happens, the Doctor [[TakeAThirdOption goes for the third option]] and gives the Daleks a fake [=MacGuffin=] so he can get the TARDIS back. The second time this tropes plays out straight, but only because for once the Doctor's IndyPloy didn't come off right.
** Subverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons "Terror of the Autons", Autons"]], where the Master says that if the Doctor doesn't return the Master's dematerialisation circuit, he'll kill Jo. The Doctor is about to give the Master his own TARDIS' dematerialisation circuit (which is broken), but Jo fails to realise this is what he's doing, panics and gives the Master a bunch of information in the hope he'll change his plan.plan.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E10TheBattleOfRanskoorAvKolos "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"]]: The villain, [[spoiler:Tzim-Sha]], murders one of Paltraki's crew and tells him to return the MacGuffin, a mysterious crystal, before lightfall if he wants the other two alive and in one piece.



* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'' episode "Nevermore" [[BigBad MacPherson]], [[spoiler:after manipulating Pete and Myka into being the MacguffinDeliveryService, holds Myka's parents hostage for the Poe artifact. He holds up his end of the deal after getting the artifact]].



* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': In "Nevermore", [[BigBad MacPherson]], [[spoiler:after manipulating Pete and Myka into being the MacguffinDeliveryService, holds Myka's parents hostage for the Poe artifact. He holds up his end of the deal after getting the artifact]].



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-->--'''Sun Tzu''', ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''

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-->--'''Sun Tzu''', ''Literature/TheArtOfWar''
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* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Noland gives Guile Hideout the translated Jirachi report in order to save Anabelle's life, thus allowing Guile to nearly flood the world with a magically wished-up Kyogre.

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* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', Noland gives Guile Hideout the translated Jirachi report in order to save Anabelle's life, thus allowing Guile to nearly flood the world with a magically wished-up Kyogre.



* SEGAís web series to promote ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' ''Plus'', ''Sonic Mania Adventures'', has Metal Sonic do this in episode 4. Near the end of the episode, Metal Sonic takes Ray under his clutches, and will only give him back if Mighty gives Metal Sonic the Chaos Emerald that Mighty has. Mighty canít attack because Ray might get hurt in the process, so Mighty decides he has no choice but to give the Chaos Emerald to Metal Sonic so that Ray will be unharmed.

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* SEGAís web series to promote ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' ''Plus'', ''Sonic Mania Adventures'', ''WebAnimation/SonicManiaAdventures'', has Metal Sonic do this in episode 4. Near the end of the episode, Metal Sonic takes Ray under his clutches, and will only give him back if Mighty gives Metal Sonic the Chaos Emerald that Mighty has. Mighty canít attack because Ray might get hurt in the process, so Mighty decides he has no choice but to give the Chaos Emerald to Metal Sonic so that Ray will be unharmed.


* SEGAís web series to promote ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' ''Plus'', ''Sonic Mania Adventures'', has Metal Sonic do this in episode 4. Near the end of the episode, Metal Sonic takes Ray under his clutches, and will only give him back if Mighty gives Metal Sonic the Chaos Emerald that Mighty has. Mighty canít attack because Ray might get hurt in the process, so Mighty decides he had no choice but to give the Chaos Emerald to Metal Sonic so that Ray will be unharmed.

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* SEGAís web series to promote ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' ''Plus'', ''Sonic Mania Adventures'', has Metal Sonic do this in episode 4. Near the end of the episode, Metal Sonic takes Ray under his clutches, and will only give him back if Mighty gives Metal Sonic the Chaos Emerald that Mighty has. Mighty canít attack because Ray might get hurt in the process, so Mighty decides he had has no choice but to give the Chaos Emerald to Metal Sonic so that Ray will be unharmed.

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* SEGAís web series to promote ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' ''Plus'', ''Sonic Mania Adventures'', has Metal Sonic do this in episode 4. Near the end of the episode, Metal Sonic takes Ray under his clutches, and will only give him back if Mighty gives Metal Sonic the Chaos Emerald that Mighty has. Mighty canít attack because Ray might get hurt in the process, so Mighty decides he had no choice but to give the Chaos Emerald to Metal Sonic so that Ray will be unharmed.


* In [[Film/ShanghaiNoon "ShanghaiKnights",]] when the heroes finally recover the Chinese imperial seal from a street urchin who sole it from them earlier in the film, some Boxer rebels take the boy, and threaten to kill him if the heroes don't hand over the seal. They do, and the boy goes free as the rebels flee into the London night.

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* In [[Film/ShanghaiNoon "ShanghaiKnights",]] "Shanghai Knights",]] when the heroes finally recover the Chinese imperial seal from a street urchin who sole it from them earlier in the film, some Boxer rebels take the boy, and threaten to kill him if the heroes don't hand over the seal. They do, and the boy goes free as the rebels flee into the London night.


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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Thanos uses this method to gather three of the Infinity Stones, [[spoiler: ransoming Thor to get the Space Stone from Loki, Nebula to get the (location of) the Soul Stone from Gamora, and Tony to get the Time Stone from Dr. Strange]].


* In ''Film/RiseOfTheGuardians'', after Jack rejects Pitch's offer of [[WeCanRuleTogether We Could Be Feared Together]], Pitch revelas that he has Baby Tooth, and demands that Jack hands over his staff in return for her. [[spoiler:Jack does so, at which point Pitch promptly has an 'ILied' moment, snaps Jack's staff in two, and dumps Jack, Baby Tooth, and the staff down a crevasse.]]

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* In ''Film/RiseOfTheGuardians'', ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', after Jack rejects Pitch's offer of [[WeCanRuleTogether We Could Be Feared Together]], Pitch revelas that he has Baby Tooth, and demands that Jack hands over his staff in return for her. [[spoiler:Jack does so, at which point Pitch promptly has an 'ILied' moment, snaps Jack's staff in two, and dumps Jack, Baby Tooth, and the staff down a crevasse.]]


** Averted in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Sunset Shimmer dognaps Spike to lure Twilight and the Humane Five to her, but then lets him go on her own instead of offering to trade him for the Element of Magic. She sneers at the very suggestion that she might threaten to hurt him: "I'm not a monster, Twilight."
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', when it becomes apparent their powers are at a deadlock, Tirek resorts to this to get Twilight to surrender her and the Princesses' powers.

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** Averted in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Sunset Shimmer dognaps Spike to lure Twilight and the Humane Five to her, but then lets him go on her own instead of offering to trade him for the Element of Magic. She sneers at the very suggestion that she might threaten to hurt him: "I'm "[[EvenEvilHasStandards I'm not a monster, Twilight."
]]" [[spoiler:It's also a hint at her own HeelFaceTurn after she recovers from [[SuperpoweredEvilSide transforming into a fire-wielding demon]], as she's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified by her willingness to try and murder Twilight and the Humane Five]]]].
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', when it becomes apparent their powers are at a deadlock, Tirek resorts to this to get Twilight to surrender her and the Princesses' powers.powers, bringing forth the trapped and powerless Mane Six, Spike and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Discord]]. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood He was honestly surprised Twilight only agreed if he freed her old enemy Discord as well, despite Discord having betrayed them to Tirek]], [[spoiler:and it ultimately bit him in the ass because despite getting the Princess' powers, Twilight finally unlocked the MacGuffin and used its power to [[CurbStompBattle crush him, take the magic back, and send him to Tartarus]]]].





* [[TheDon Mr. Motley]] makes this offer to late into ''PerdidoStreetStation'': [[spoiler:Lin's life in exchange for the slake-moths]]. However, the resident SatisfiedStreetRat says that he's seen Motley pull this trick before, and every time, [[SubvertedTrope the hostage was dead before the demand was even made]], because there's nothing in it for him ''not'' to kill them. [[spoiler:It later turns out Motley actually ''did'' have a reason to keep Lin around (not that Lemuel would have had no way of knowing it), but it's still unlikely that he'd have kept his end of the bargain.]]

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* [[TheDon Mr. Motley]] makes this offer to late into ''PerdidoStreetStation'': ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'': [[spoiler:Lin's life in exchange for the slake-moths]]. However, the resident SatisfiedStreetRat says that he's seen Motley pull this trick before, and every time, [[SubvertedTrope the hostage was dead before the demand was even made]], because there's nothing in it for him ''not'' to kill them. [[spoiler:It later turns out Motley actually ''did'' have a reason to keep Lin around (not that Lemuel would have had no way of knowing it), but it's still unlikely that he'd have kept his end of the bargain.]]


Common in videogames; the villains usually let the heroes [[GottaCatchThemAll collect the seven whatevers]] and then [[MacGuffinDeliveryService step in with a trade]]. The games will even tease you with the choice of not doing it, ButThouMust.

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Common in videogames; video games; the villains usually let the heroes [[GottaCatchThemAll collect the seven whatevers]] and then [[MacGuffinDeliveryService step in with a trade]]. The games will even tease you with the choice of not doing it, ButThouMust.

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* In ''Film/RomancingTheStone'' the villain Ira captures Joan sister to exchange it for precious emerald. Unusually for the trope when villain gets the macguffin he releases the hostage.

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