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** Prison guards [[WeHaveReserves are usually considered expendable]] in the event of a kidnapping, so they make poor hostages in the event of a riot or an attempted breakout. Visitors of maximum-security facilities are also obligated [[TheyKnewTheRisks to sign a waiver in which they accept in writing]] that the federal government will ''not'' negotiate for their safety if they are taken hostage before being allowed entry, which leaves them in the same place.

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** Prison guards [[WeHaveReserves are usually considered expendable]] in the event of a kidnapping, so they make poor hostages in the event of a riot or an attempted breakout. Visitors of maximum-security facilities are also obligated [[TheyKnewTheRisks to sign a waiver in which they accept in writing]] that the federal government will ''not'' negotiate for their safety if they are taken hostage before being allowed entry, which leaves them in the same place.place (you can see Music/{{Metallica}} getting this explained to them at the beginning of their music video for ''St. Anger'', as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ajl1ABdD8A can be seen here]]).

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* The kidnappers in "The Snatching of Bookie Bob" by Creator/DamonRunyon successfully get a $25,000 ransom for him. Unfortunately for them, they spent their time waiting for the payment gambling with Bob, and end up owing him $50,000.


* Creator/TerryPratchett's Nac Mac Feegle, a race of belligerent, six-inch tall, red-haired, kilt-wearing blue men (also known as pictsies) were rumoured to have been thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk and disorderly. This trope is even more perfectly exemplified in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', the third book featuring them, where they [[spoiler:accompany the young man Roland to the Underworld to rescue the goddess Summer. Roland gets across the river Styx by paying [[TheGrimReaper Death]] the classical two pennies, but when he retrieves Summer and wants to cross back the other way, Death demands another six pence, which Roland doesn't have. However, when the Feegles say that if Roland stays, they're obligated to stay with him, the ferryman quickly changes his mind and lets them go.]]
** Also, there's a wonderfully cool scene in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', where Granny Weatherwax is about to march off into the woods after the Magpyrs. Mightily Oates (a visiting Omnian priest quite unaware of [[NeverMessWithGranny Granny's reputation]]) asks the villagers:

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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Nac Mac Feegle, a race of belligerent, six-inch tall, red-haired, kilt-wearing blue men (also known as pictsies) were rumoured to have been thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk and disorderly. This trope is even more perfectly exemplified in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', ''Literature/{{Wintersmith}}'', the third book featuring them, where they [[spoiler:accompany the young man Roland to the Underworld to rescue the goddess Summer. Roland gets across the river Styx by paying [[TheGrimReaper Death]] the classical two pennies, but when he retrieves Summer and wants to cross back the other way, Death demands another six pence, which Roland doesn't have. However, when the Feegles say that if Roland stays, they're obligated to stay with him, the ferryman quickly changes his mind and lets them go.]]
** Also, there's a wonderfully cool scene in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', In ''Literature/CarpeJugulum'', where Granny Weatherwax is about to march off into the woods after the Magpyrs. Mightily Oates (a visiting Omnian priest quite unaware of [[NeverMessWithGranny Granny's reputation]]) asks the villagers:



** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', [[MuggingTheMonster a gang takes Angua (a werewolf) hostage]]. Their injuries are reported as [[TooDumbToLive "self-inflicted"]].

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** In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', ''Literature/FeetOfClay'', [[MuggingTheMonster a gang takes Angua (a werewolf) hostage]]. Their injuries are reported as [[TooDumbToLive "self-inflicted"]].



* In Creator/SimonGreen's ''Blue Moon Rising'', Prince Rupert arrives at a dragon's lair only to find a dragon who desperately wants to be rid of an aggressive, tomboyish, ''loud'' princess who was sent to it to die. When asked later [[spoiler:why the dragon is helping them]], Rupert answers that he rescued it from a princess.

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* In Creator/SimonGreen's ''Blue Moon Rising'', Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Literature/BlueMoonRising'', Prince Rupert arrives at a dragon's lair only to find a dragon who desperately wants to be rid of an aggressive, tomboyish, ''loud'' princess who was sent to it to die. When asked later [[spoiler:why the dragon is helping them]], Rupert answers that he rescued it from a princess.


* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Ruthless Tommy" featured Tommy being kidnapped by two criminals who mistakenly believe him to be the child of a billionaire (due to them getting their ''actual'' target's house address wrong). Tommy proceeds to act in his usual manner and promptly destroys their hideout. By the end of the episode, the exasperated crooks apologize frantically and return Tommy back to the Pickles ''before they even realized he was missing''.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Ruthless Tommy" featured Tommy being kidnapped by two criminals who mistakenly believe him to be the child of a billionaire (due to them getting mixing up their ''actual'' target's house address wrong).address). Tommy proceeds to act in his usual manner and promptly destroys their hideout. By the end of the episode, the exasperated crooks apologize frantically and return Tommy back to the Pickles ''before they even realized he was missing''.


* On ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', a pair of kidnappers are abducting the teenage daughters of a rich private school for ransom. The cops are thrown to find their bodies in a van and figure their latest victim must have gotten lucky and gotten away. As it happens, the "schoolgirl" is actually a North Korean spy who had been posing as a teenager to get closer to the influential kids at the school. Too late, they realized they were dealing with a very lethal agent.

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* On ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', a pair of kidnappers are abducting the teenage daughters of a rich private school for ransom. The cops are thrown to find their bodies in a van and figure their latest victim must have gotten lucky and gotten away. As it happens, the "schoolgirl" is actually a North Korean spy who had been posing as a teenager to get closer to the influential kids at the school. a local Army Intelligence officer. Too late, they her captors realized they were dealing with a very lethal agent.

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* On ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', a pair of kidnappers are abducting the teenage daughters of a rich private school for ransom. The cops are thrown to find their bodies in a van and figure their latest victim must have gotten lucky and gotten away. As it happens, the "schoolgirl" is actually a North Korean spy who had been posing as a teenager to get closer to the influential kids at the school. Too late, they realized they were dealing with a very lethal agent.


* In ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'', Polta and the Backdraft Group have kidnapped Leena. While he calmly attempts to negotiate, Leena can be heard in the background shouting down her kidnappers and harassing them. Polta stops talking twice, once to order them to restrain her and another after asking "excuse me a minute", when she threw something that hit him in the face. He leaves the video call to stop her, and returns visibly beaten and disheveled, but successful at least.

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* In ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'', Polta and the Backdraft Group have kidnapped Leena. While he calmly attempts to negotiate, Leena can be heard in the background shouting down her kidnappers and harassing them. Polta stops talking twice, once to order them to restrain her and another after asking "excuse me a minute", when she threw something that hit him in the face. He leaves the video call to stop her, her and returns visibly beaten and disheveled, but successful at least.



* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'': This is the Fifth Doctor's reaction when he disovers that Peri has been abducted by kidnappers who have mistaken her for Queen Anne in ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho038TheChurchAndTheCrown The Church and the Crown]]''.

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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'': This is the Fifth Doctor's reaction when he disovers discovers that Peri has been abducted by kidnappers who have mistaken her for Queen Anne in ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho038TheChurchAndTheCrown The Church and the Crown]]''.



'''Celestial:''' No. Really. You're ☠☠☠☠. We've taken a year of you. We're taking you back to that orbiting trashcan you call a planet. And dumping you there. ... You're turning away from us. We are speaking to you and you're turning away from us. This is exactly the kind of ☠☠☠☠ we're taking about here.

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'''Celestial:''' No. Really. You're ☠☠☠☠. We've taken a year of you. We're taking you back to that orbiting trashcan you call a planet. And dumping you there. ... You're turning away from us. We are speaking to you and you're turning away from us. This is exactly the kind of ☠☠☠☠ we're taking talking about here.



** In ''Recap/AsterixTheGladiator'', Cacofonix is captured by a Roman prefect to give to Caesar as a gift. The suffering of the kidnappers only increases on their journey as they spend more and more time with Cacofonix's singing which however ends up giving them a much more effective threat that the whip for the galley slaves who promise to do their best if this inhuman torture stops, which it does in the old-fashioned way. And as for Caesar he doesn't deserve pity either, as he is not the one guarding Cacophonix's cell but rather some poor soul of a legionary.

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** In ''Recap/AsterixTheGladiator'', Cacofonix is captured by a Roman prefect to give to Caesar as a gift. The suffering of the kidnappers only increases on their journey as they spend more and more time with Cacofonix's singing which however ends up giving them a much more effective threat that the whip for the galley slaves who promise to do their best if this inhuman torture stops, which it does in the old-fashioned way. And as for Caesar Caesar, he doesn't deserve pity either, as he is not the one guarding Cacophonix's cell but rather some poor soul of a legionary.



** Abdullah, the son of Emir Kalish Ezab, is a SpoiledBrat and an absolute terror who constantly pulls painful pranks on his captors, even when he's actively held at gunpoint by Dr Mueller. This also leads to the villains capture, as Mueller tries to shoot himself with the gun Abdullah gave him to avoid capture, but it turns out to be a squirt gun full of ink.

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** Abdullah, the son of Emir Kalish Ezab, is a SpoiledBrat and an absolute terror who constantly pulls painful pranks on his captors, even when he's actively held at gunpoint by Dr Dr. Mueller. This also leads to the villains villain's capture, as Mueller tries to shoot himself with the gun Abdullah gave him to avoid capture, but it turns out to be a squirt gun full of ink.



-->''Stanley'': I'm thinking of something orange. Something orange. Give up? It's an orange!

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-->''Stanley'': --->''Stanley'': I'm thinking of something orange. Something orange. Give up? It's an orange!



* ''Film/AStraightforwardBoy''is a 1929 short film about two kidnappers who grab a Japanese boy, only to send him back after the boy proves way too irritating.

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* ''Film/AStraightforwardBoy''is ''Film/AStraightforwardBoy'' is a 1929 short film about two kidnappers who grab a Japanese boy, only to send him back after the boy proves way too irritating.



* The now-out-of-print children's picture book ''Literature/TheBaronsBooty'' is about a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain nefarious but soft-hearted]] [[AristocratsAreEvil Wicked Baron]] who kidnaps a nobleman's dozen-or-so young daughters while gloating in rhyme about the ransom he plans to demand for them. The children turn out to be cute, but demanding, and the kind-hearted baron is worn down trying to keep them happy. To his shock, the girls' father declares that he is rather enjoying his break from them and sees no reason to take them all back. The baron ends up bankrupting himself bribing the father to let him return the kids.
* In Creator/SimonGreen's ''Blue Moon Rising'', Prince Rupert arrives at a dragons lair only to find a dragon who desperately wants rid of an aggressive, tomboyish, ''loud'' princess who was sent to it to die. When asked later [[spoiler:why the dragon is helping them]], Rupert answers that he rescued it from a princess.

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* The now-out-of-print children's picture book ''Literature/TheBaronsBooty'' is about a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain nefarious but soft-hearted]] [[AristocratsAreEvil Wicked Baron]] who kidnaps a nobleman's dozen-or-so young daughters while gloating in rhyme about the ransom he plans to demand for them. The children turn out to be cute, cute but demanding, and the kind-hearted baron is worn down trying to keep them happy. To his shock, the girls' father declares that he is rather enjoying his break from them and sees no reason to take them all back. The baron ends up bankrupting himself bribing the father to let him return the kids.
* In Creator/SimonGreen's ''Blue Moon Rising'', Prince Rupert arrives at a dragons dragon's lair only to find a dragon who desperately wants to be rid of an aggressive, tomboyish, ''loud'' princess who was sent to it to die. When asked later [[spoiler:why the dragon is helping them]], Rupert answers that he rescued it from a princess.



** His dialogue implies he's long since stopped ''trying'' to kidnap children; first he legally changed his name to Herman to make his name easy to guess (it never worked), then he tried moving out away from everybody. People still find him, and keep managing to talk him into spinning more straw into gold, and he always gets stuck with more children. The children themselves are generally well-behaved, and he does like children and takes good care of them - it's the ''situation'' which is unfortunate.

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** His dialogue implies he's long since stopped ''trying'' to kidnap children; first he legally changed his name to Herman to make his name easy to guess (it never worked), then he tried moving out away from everybody. People still find him, him and keep managing to talk him into spinning more straw into gold, and he always gets stuck with more children. The children themselves are generally well-behaved, and he does like children and takes good care of them - it's the ''situation'' which is unfortunate.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' presents a nonantagonistic version: [[DaChief Garibaldi]] arrests [[IronWoobie G'Kar]] for assaulting [[AntiVillain Londo Mollari]] (long story). Some time later, Garibaldi notes that a petition was passing around because the station population thought Garibaldi's men were torturing G'Kar. What was ''actually'' happening was that G'Kar was [[HollywoodToneDeaf singing to pass the time]]. [[SubvertedTrope But that wasn't what got him out early.]] Instead, the station was about to go under martial law and Garibaldi needed his security out on the beat, not guarding an otherwise model prisoner.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' presents a nonantagonistic version: [[DaChief Garibaldi]] arrests [[IronWoobie G'Kar]] for assaulting [[AntiVillain Londo Mollari]] (long story). Some time Sometime later, Garibaldi notes that a petition was passing around because the station population thought Garibaldi's men were torturing G'Kar. What was ''actually'' happening was that G'Kar was [[HollywoodToneDeaf singing to pass the time]]. [[SubvertedTrope But that wasn't what got him out early.]] Instead, the station was about to go under martial law and Garibaldi needed his security out on the beat, not guarding an otherwise model prisoner.



* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': Celia Hodes is kidnapped by her daughter and her boyfriend the rebel leader. They intend to ransom her, but no one is interested. They then plan to sell off her organs for cash, but find out she's had chemotherapy so no one will want them. Celia then "makes herself useful" e.g. by organizing the rebels' firearms, but manages to provoke a fight between her daughter and the rebel leader, breaking up their relationship. The daughter leaves, and the rebel leader lets Celia go.

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* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': Celia Hodes is kidnapped by her daughter and her boyfriend the rebel leader. They intend to ransom her, but no one is interested. They then plan to sell off her organs for cash, cash but find out she's had chemotherapy so no one will want them. Celia then "makes herself useful" e.g. by organizing the rebels' firearms, but manages to provoke a fight between her daughter and the rebel leader, breaking up their relationship. The daughter leaves, and the rebel leader lets Celia go.



* The ''Stanley Baxter's Playhouse'' episode "Two Desperate Men" is "The Ransom of Red Chief" [[SettingUpdate in 1930s Perthshire]]. They finally decide they have to return him when he tries to drive their car, and nearly crashes it. [[spoiler: The father takes the car as part of the anti-ransom, and the story ends with them walking to Glasgow.]]

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* The ''Stanley Baxter's Playhouse'' episode "Two Desperate Men" is "The Ransom of Red Chief" [[SettingUpdate in 1930s Perthshire]]. They finally decide they have to return him when he tries to drive their car, car and nearly crashes it. [[spoiler: The father takes the car as part of the anti-ransom, and the story ends with them walking to Glasgow.]]



* In a comical skit in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', Nanaly Fletch imagines herself being a DamselInDistress. Then Loni Dunamis offers to be her KnightInShiningArmor... because he pities any villains that kidnaps Nanaly for her tomboy-ness. Cue to the [[KnuckleCracking bonecrusher]].

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* In a comical skit in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'', Nanaly Fletch imagines herself being a DamselInDistress. Then Loni Dunamis offers to be her KnightInShiningArmor... because he pities any villains that kidnaps kidnap Nanaly for her tomboy-ness. Cue to the [[KnuckleCracking bonecrusher]].



* ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'' had the nieces and nephew of King Xerxes, who are portrayed as extremely close-knit and with a nasty temper. When Bruno kidnaps the youngest, the other two offers the sum Bruno demanded in exchange to every cutthroat and lowlife in Rothland to hunt down the kidnapper. Hell, even their ''parents'' openly pity the kidnapper more than they fear for their childs safety.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' once had the crew [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2001-02-03 greeted at a volcano cave by a dragon]], with great relief. He's sick and tired of the nagging princess he's kidnapped, who keeps insisting he do things like "put the seat down"... on the volcano. Said princess turns out to be so annoying that in the following month's issue, even Piffany, cleric with [[IncorruptiblePurePureness endless goodness and purity]] wants to kill her.

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* ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'' had the nieces and nephew of King Xerxes, who are portrayed as extremely close-knit and with a nasty temper. When Bruno kidnaps the youngest, the other two offers offer the sum Bruno demanded in exchange to for every cutthroat and lowlife in Rothland to hunt down the kidnapper. Hell, even their ''parents'' openly pity the kidnapper more than they fear for their childs child's safety.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' once had the crew [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2001-02-03 greeted at a volcano cave by a dragon]], with great relief. He's sick and tired of the nagging princess he's kidnapped, who keeps insisting he do does things like "put the seat down"... on the volcano. Said princess turns out to be so annoying that in the following month's issue, even Piffany, a cleric with [[IncorruptiblePurePureness endless goodness and purity]] wants to kill her.



** Yakko and Dot challenge [[TheGrimReaper Death]] [[ChessWithDeath at checkers]] to bring Wakko back to life, with their lives at stake. Death exploits ExactWords so he can take all three of them (they asked to "be with their brother again") -- but then he realizes he'll have to host the three loons in the underworld for all eternity, and he lets them go. In other episodes, they get {{Dracula}} and {{Satan}} to let them go for the same reason. They subvert their own pattern in a later episode, as this ''fails'' to work on an [[DrillSergeantNasty Army drill sergeant]]; he just assigns them to worse duties. [[spoiler: That is, until he can finally stand it no longer, goes insane, and becomes a camp counselor.]]

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** Yakko and Dot challenge [[TheGrimReaper Death]] [[ChessWithDeath at checkers]] to bring Wakko back to life, with their lives at stake. Death exploits ExactWords so he can take all three of them (they asked to "be with their brother again") -- but then he realizes he'll have to host the three loons in the underworld for all eternity, and he lets them go. In other episodes, they get {{Dracula}} and {{Satan}} to let them go for the same reason. They subvert their own pattern in a later episode, as this ''fails'' to work on an [[DrillSergeantNasty Army drill sergeant]]; he just assigns them to worse duties. [[spoiler: That is, is until he can finally stand it no longer, goes insane, and becomes a camp counselor.]]



** Baloo's pal Louie has an aunt who, in "The Ransom of Red Chimp", is abducted by Don Karnage... and proceeds to drive him up the wall when she [[AbhorrentAdmirer develops a crush on him]]. At the time of abduction, Karnage demands thousands in ransom. By the time Baloo and Louie arrive to "rescue" Louise, the ransom has dropped to five bucks, and when it turns out that Louie didn't bring his wallet, Karnage pays ''him'' five bucks to take her.

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** Baloo's pal Louie has an aunt who, in "The Ransom of Red Chimp", is abducted by Don Karnage... and proceeds to drive him up the wall when she [[AbhorrentAdmirer develops a crush on him]]. At the time of the abduction, Karnage demands thousands in ransom. By the time Baloo and Louie arrive to "rescue" Louise, the ransom has dropped to five bucks, and when it turns out that Louie didn't bring his wallet, Karnage pays ''him'' five bucks to take her.



(''A gust of wind blows the the ransom note out of Stu's hands and [[LaserGuidedKarma covers one of the crook's head, causing him to crash into a hydrant, and send both of them flying headfirst into the back window of a police car]].'')
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' had Jane attempting to get her drivers license. [[WomenDrivers Her driving was so awful]] that when a bank robber hijacked her and forced her to be his getaway car, her instructor pitied ''him''.

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(''A gust of wind blows the the ransom note out of Stu's hands and [[LaserGuidedKarma covers one of the crook's head, causing him to crash into a hydrant, and send both of them flying headfirst into the back window of a police car]].'')
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' had Jane attempting to get her drivers driver's license. [[WomenDrivers Her driving was so awful]] that when a bank robber hijacked her and forced her to be his getaway car, her instructor pitied ''him''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' episode "The World According to LARP", the demon warlord Maret told [[SurroundedByIdiots his two moronic henchmen]] to nab June, but they nabbed her teenage brother Dennis himself. Unfortunately for Maret, Dennis (who tends to drive even June up the wall) thought it was all part of his {{LARP}} group, and his ranting gave Maret a bigger migraine worse than any of the armies, sorcerers, and dimensional hordes he had ever vanquished. (Eventually, he did get what he wanted - the [[ArtifactOfDoom Goblet of Nesteer]] - from him, only for June to show up [[FromBadToWorse and beat him senseless]].)

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' episode "The World According to LARP", the demon warlord Maret told [[SurroundedByIdiots his two moronic henchmen]] to nab June, but they nabbed her teenage brother Dennis himself. Unfortunately for Maret, Dennis (who tends to drive even June up the wall) thought it was all part of his {{LARP}} group, group and his ranting gave Maret a bigger migraine worse than any of the armies, sorcerers, and dimensional hordes he had ever vanquished. (Eventually, he did get what he wanted - the [[ArtifactOfDoom Goblet of Nesteer]] - from him, only for June to show up [[FromBadToWorse and beat him senseless]].)



** Prison guards [[WeHaveReserves are usually considered expendable]] in the event of kidnapping, so they make poor hostages in the event of a riot or an attempted breakout. Visitors of maximum-security facilities are also obligated [[TheyKnewTheRisks to sign a waiver in which they accept in writing]] that the federal government will ''not'' negotiate for their safety if they are taken hostage before being allowed entry, which leaves them in the same place.

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** Prison guards [[WeHaveReserves are usually considered expendable]] in the event of a kidnapping, so they make poor hostages in the event of a riot or an attempted breakout. Visitors of maximum-security facilities are also obligated [[TheyKnewTheRisks to sign a waiver in which they accept in writing]] that the federal government will ''not'' negotiate for their safety if they are taken hostage before being allowed entry, which leaves them in the same place.



* This is one variant of the legend of Archimedes' death. When Syracuse was under siege by the Romans, they sent a single soldier to find and secure Archimedes, since his genius was far too valuable to let him get killed in the battle. The soldier found him working on a geometry problem, and he barely even acknowledged the soldier's presence. The soldier got extremely frustrated and ended up killing Archimedes out of spite. (Another version of the legend states that the soldier didn't know the man was Archimedes, and killed him because he refused to answer when he asked about Archimedes' whereabouts.)

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* This is one variant of the legend of Archimedes' death. When Syracuse was under siege by the Romans, they sent a single soldier to find and secure Archimedes, since his genius was far too valuable to let him get killed in the battle. The soldier found him working on a geometry problem, and he barely even acknowledged the soldier's presence. The soldier got extremely frustrated and ended up killing Archimedes out of spite. (Another version of the legend states that the soldier didn't know the man was Archimedes, Archimedes and killed him because he refused to answer when he asked about Archimedes' whereabouts.)


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' sequel, Clavius, an EvilSorcerer, kidnaps Queen Uberta, who manages to redecorate the dungeon, get good food and get the Clavius' minion Knuckles confused enough to follow ''her'' orders instead of his. She also keeps complaining about how it's her birthday. She doesn't even stop when Clavius turns her into a bunch of different animals.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' sequel, ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess: Escape from Castle Mountain'': Clavius, an EvilSorcerer, kidnaps Queen Uberta, who manages to redecorate the dungeon, get good food and get the Clavius' minion Knuckles confused enough to follow ''her'' orders instead of his. She also keeps complaining about how it's her birthday. She doesn't even stop when Clavius turns her into a bunch of different animals.


** In ''Recap/AsterixTheGladiator'', Cacofonix is captured by a Roman prefect to give to Caesar as a gift. The suffering of the kidnappers only increases on their journey as they spend more and more time with Cacofonix's singing. Slightly averted in that the Prefect at least was intelligent enough to have him simply tied up and gagged.
** In ''Recap/AsterixInSpain'', Romans try to get a village of Iberians to surrender by holding the chief's son Pepe hostage. Pepe is, of course, a BrattyHalfPint who drives the Roman soldiers guarding him up the wall, and is little better when Asterix and Obelix offer to take him home to his father.

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** In ''Recap/AsterixTheGladiator'', Cacofonix is captured by a Roman prefect to give to Caesar as a gift. The suffering of the kidnappers only increases on their journey as they spend more and more time with Cacofonix's singing. Slightly averted in singing which however ends up giving them a much more effective threat that the Prefect at least was intelligent enough whip for the galley slaves who promise to have him simply tied up and gagged.
do their best if this inhuman torture stops, which it does in the old-fashioned way. And as for Caesar he doesn't deserve pity either, as he is not the one guarding Cacophonix's cell but rather some poor soul of a legionary.
** In ''Recap/AsterixInSpain'', Romans try to get a village of Iberians to surrender by holding the chief's son Pepe hostage. Pepe is, of course, a BrattyHalfPint who drives the Roman soldiers guarding him up the wall, complicated by the fact that Julius ordered for no abuse or punishment against the child ([[PragmaticVillainy in order to better indoctrinate him]]) and is little better when Asterix and Obelix offer to take him home to his father.


* ''Series/TheNanny'':
-->'''Maxwell:''' (''paraphrased'') Ms. Fine, the bank robber drove off with your mother as a hostage!\\
'''Fran:''' Oh that poor man!

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* ''Series/TheNanny'':
-->'''Maxwell:''' (''paraphrased'') Ms. Fine,
''Series/TheNanny'': From the end of "The Bank Robber":
-->'''Val:''' The
bank robber drove off with took [[JewishMother your mother as a hostage!\\
'''Fran:''' Oh that
mother]]!
-->'''Fran:''' Oh, my God! That
poor man!


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* [[spoiler:Charlotte]] is pitiful enough when [[spoiler:she]] kidnaps Cyndi as [[spoiler:a reflection of her self-hatred and hatred for her abusive mother]] in ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie''. Then Cyndi [[spoiler:talks her into slitting her own throat]].

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* [[spoiler:Charlotte]] is pitiful enough when [[spoiler:she]] ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'' had the nieces and nephew of King Xerxes, who are portrayed as extremely close-knit and with a nasty temper. When Bruno kidnaps Cyndi as [[spoiler:a reflection of her self-hatred the youngest, the other two offers the sum Bruno demanded in exchange to every cutthroat and hatred lowlife in Rothland to hunt down the kidnapper. Hell, even their ''parents'' openly pity the kidnapper more than they fear for her abusive mother]] in ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie''. Then Cyndi [[spoiler:talks her into slitting her own throat]].their childs safety.



* The current page image as of June 2014 is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Wonderita]] from ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', making life difficult for recurring villain [[OnlySaneMan Hitlerella]]. (And that was [[http://nonadventures.com/2014/01/11/fountain-of-truth/ not the only time it happened.]])
* ''BrunoTheBandit'' had the nieces and nephew of King Xerxes, who are portrayed as extremely close-knit and with a nasty temper. When Bruno kidnaps the youngest, the other two offers the sum Bruno demanded in exchange to every cutthroat and lowlife in Rothland to hunt down the kidnapper. Hell, even their ''parents'' openly pity the kidnapper more than they fear for their childs safety.

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* The current page image as of June 2014 is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Wonderita]] from ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', making life difficult for recurring villain [[OnlySaneMan Hitlerella]]. (And that was [[http://nonadventures.com/2014/01/11/fountain-of-truth/ not the only time it happened.]])
* ''BrunoTheBandit'' had the nieces and nephew of King Xerxes, who are portrayed as extremely close-knit and with a nasty temper. When Bruno ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'': [[spoiler:Charlotte]] is pitiful enough when [[spoiler:she]] kidnaps the youngest, the other two offers the sum Bruno demanded in exchange to every cutthroat Cyndi as [[spoiler:a reflection of her self-hatred and lowlife in Rothland to hunt down the kidnapper. Hell, even their ''parents'' openly pity the kidnapper more than they fear hatred for their childs safety.her abusive mother]]. Then Cyndi [[spoiler:talks her into slitting her own throat]].


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* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', a pair of North Korean infiltrators drop Major Burns off on the road. In the brief conversation that ensues, they explain that they don't need a hostage anymore, he's driving them crazy, they're not in the mood to torture him, and he should go back to the 4077th because it's the best thing he can do "to help our side."
** A few seasons later, Major Winchester hires a North Korean spy as a houseboy. In one of his last communications to his people, the spy replies "And in regard to kidnapping Major Winchester for questioning, forget it. He is one big jerk."
* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Bill Compton is forced to turn the teenaged [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Jessica]] [[FieryRedhead Hamby]] into a vampire, as punishment for staking Longshadow. It is implied that the vampires think this will be agonizing torture to Jessica...[[BaitAndSwitch until she realizes]] that this means she'll no longer under the thumb of her ultra-religious and abusive father, at which point she becomes insufferable. Bill and Eric at first pass her back and forth to get rid of her. She does eventually get better, but it's amazing nobody shoved her out in daylight before her attitude improved.
* ''Series/TheNanny'':
-->'''Maxwell:''' (''paraphrased'') Ms. Fine, the bank robber drove off with your mother as a hostage!\\
'''Fran:''' Oh that poor man!
* ''Series/FantasyIsland'' had a B-plot that involved two kidnappers trying to ransom Tattoo. He and Mr. Roarke are both quite familiar with the Red Chief story, referred to above, and Tattoo is roughly child-sized...
* The protagonists of ''Series/HogansHeroes'' were technically [=POWs=], but this Trope could apply a lot. In fact, in one episode, Col. Hogan made a public announcement over a radio (giving support to the German army that was obviously sarcasm) that even got Hitler's attention. Hitler's orders were: "If this man ever tries to escape, LET him!"
* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': Celia Hodes is kidnapped by her daughter and her boyfriend the rebel leader. They intend to ransom her, but no one is interested. They then plan to sell off her organs for cash, but find out she's had chemotherapy so no one will want them. Celia then "makes herself useful" e.g. by organizing the rebels' firearms, but manages to provoke a fight between her daughter and the rebel leader, breaking up their relationship. The daughter leaves, and the rebel leader lets Celia go.

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* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', a pair of North Korean infiltrators drop Major Burns off on the road. In the brief conversation that ensues, they explain that they don't need a hostage anymore, he's driving them crazy, they're not On ''Series/TheATeam'', in the mood to torture him, and he should go back to the 4077th because it's the best thing he season 3 episode "Bounty", resident lunatic Murdock is [[BadassInDistress abducted by bounty hunters]] thinking they can do "to help our side."
** A few seasons later, Major Winchester hires a North Korean spy as a houseboy. In one of his last communications
use him to his people, the spy replies "And in regard to kidnapping Major Winchester for questioning, forget it. He is one big jerk."
* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Bill Compton is forced to turn the teenaged [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Jessica]] [[FieryRedhead Hamby]] into a vampire, as punishment for staking Longshadow. It is implied that the vampires think this will be agonizing torture to Jessica...[[BaitAndSwitch until she realizes]] that this means she'll no longer under the thumb of her ultra-religious and abusive father, at which point she becomes insufferable. Bill and Eric at first pass her back and forth to get rid of her. She does eventually get better, but it's amazing nobody shoved her out in daylight before her attitude improved.
* ''Series/TheNanny'':
-->'''Maxwell:''' (''paraphrased'') Ms. Fine, the bank robber drove off with your mother as a hostage!\\
'''Fran:''' Oh that poor man!
* ''Series/FantasyIsland'' had a B-plot that involved two kidnappers trying to ransom Tattoo. He and Mr. Roarke are both quite familiar with the Red Chief story, referred to above, and Tattoo is roughly child-sized...
* The protagonists of ''Series/HogansHeroes'' were technically [=POWs=], but this Trope could apply a lot. In fact, in one episode, Col. Hogan made a public announcement over a radio (giving support to the German army that was obviously sarcasm) that even got Hitler's attention. Hitler's orders were: "If this man ever tries to escape, LET him!"
* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': Celia Hodes is kidnapped by her daughter and her boyfriend the rebel leader. They intend to ransom her, but no one is interested. They then plan to sell off her organs for cash, but
find out she's had chemotherapy so no one will want them. Celia then "makes herself useful" e.g. by organizing the rebels' firearms, but team. He manages to provoke a fight between her daughter and the rebel leader, breaking up drive them crazy before they even get back to their relationship. The daughter leaves, and the rebel leader lets Celia go.hideout.



* This happens in an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', but it's unique in that the victim ''{{in|vokedTrope}}tentionally'' tries to drive the abductor nuts. Lord Zedd gets the idea of making Kimberly his queen, so orders Goldar to kidnap her and use a spell of mind control. The first part is successful, but the spell doesn't work for some reason; so Kimberly pretends it does, doing a rather good impression of Rita, which reminds Goldar only too well how bad a temper she has. He doesn't let Kimberly go (although it is hinted he wants to), but the act does distract him long enough for Billy to find them.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''; the team gates into a museum and ends up taking a security guard (and a bunch of guests) hostage until they can find a way to gate out. When the security guard has made himself into enough of a pest, Mitchell simply duct tapes his mouth shut.
-->'''Mitchell:''' Should have thought of that sooner.

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* This happens in an episode ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Pompeii"]], Donna is abducted by the Sibylline Sisterhood while the Doctor's back is turned. When he shows up to rescue her, neither of them are very concerned about the fact that Donna was about to become a HumanSacrifice (mainly for blasphemy, but also for being, well, ''Donna'').
* On ''Series/Dynasty2017'', Fallon is abducted and quickly drives her kidnappers nuts by complaining about them only asking for $15 million for her, cutting her hair into bangs and complaining about her surroundings like
it's unique in a hotel. And ''then'', they also net Fallon's step-mother Cristal so the two women bitch at each other constantly.
* ''Series/FantasyIsland'' had a B-plot
that involved two kidnappers trying to ransom Tattoo. He and Mr. Roarke are both quite familiar with the victim ''{{in|vokedTrope}}tentionally'' tries Red Chief story, referred to drive above, and Tattoo is roughly child-sized...
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': The robbers in "The Great Train Robbery" who abduct Mrs [=McCartney=] and Lady Felecia to cover their getaway soon regret it. The two women are soon directing their behaviour and dictating
the abductor nuts. Lord Zedd gets the idea of making Kimberly his queen, so orders Goldar to kidnap her and use a spell of mind control. The first part is successful, but the spell doesn't work for some reason; so Kimberly pretends it does, doing a rather good impression of Rita, which reminds Goldar only too well how bad a temper she has. He doesn't let Kimberly go (although it is hinted he wants to), but the act does distract him long enough for Billy to find them.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''; the team gates into a museum and ends up taking a security guard (and a bunch of guests) hostage until they can find a way to gate out. When the security guard has made himself into enough of a pest, Mitchell simply duct tapes his mouth shut.
-->'''Mitchell:''' Should have thought of that sooner.
ransom note.



* On ''Series/TheATeam'', in the season 3 episode "Bounty", resident lunatic Murdock is [[BadassInDistress abducted by bounty hunters]] thinking they can use him to find the team. He manages to drive them crazy before they even get back to their hideout.
* One episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'' had Murphy get kidnapped by a group of activists who wanted more publicity for their cause. She eventually annoyed them to the point where they let her go (The fact that everyone they tried to announce her kidnapping to either thought Murphy was pranking them or decided YouCanKeepHer didn't help).
* On ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'', in the season 3 episode "Kimmy Steps On A Crack," aspiring cult-leader Gretchen turns out to have kidnapped a bunch of teenage boys to keep as "child brides." While they are less rumbunctious than most examples on this list, and just sort of [[GuysAreSlobs messy, lazy and useless,]] the result is still this trope, as Gretchen finds herself spending all her time cooking for them, cleaning up after them, and generally acting like their mother.



* On ''Series/Dynasty2017'', Fallon is abducted and quickly drives her kidnappers nuts by complaining about them only asking for $15 million for her, cutting her hair into bangs and complaining about her surroundings like it's a hotel. And ''then'', they also net Fallon's step-mother Cristal so the two women bitch at each other constantly.

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* On ''Series/Dynasty2017'', Fallon is abducted and quickly drives her kidnappers nuts by complaining about them only asking for $15 million for her, cutting her hair into bangs and complaining about her surroundings like it's The protagonists of ''Series/HogansHeroes'' were technically [=POWs=], but this Trope could apply a hotel. And ''then'', they also net Fallon's step-mother Cristal so lot. In fact, in one episode, Col. Hogan made a public announcement over a radio (giving support to the two women bitch at each other constantly. German army that was obviously sarcasm) that even got Hitler's attention. Hitler's orders were: "If this man ever tries to escape, LET him!"



* ''Series/FatherBrown'': The robbers in "The Great Train Robbery" who abduct Mrs [=McCartney=] and Lady Felecia to cover their getaway soon regret it. The two women are soon directing their behaviour and dictating the ransom note.

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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', a pair of North Korean infiltrators drop Major Burns off on the road. In the brief conversation that ensues, they explain that they don't need a hostage anymore, he's driving them crazy, they're not in the mood to torture him, and he should go back to the 4077th because it's the best thing he can do "to help our side."
** A few seasons later, Major Winchester hires a North Korean spy as a houseboy. In one of his last communications to his people, the spy replies "And in regard to kidnapping Major Winchester for questioning, forget it. He is one big jerk."
* This happens in an episode of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', but it's unique in that the victim ''{{in|vokedTrope}}tentionally'' tries to drive the abductor nuts. Lord Zedd gets the idea of making Kimberly his queen, so orders Goldar to kidnap her and use a spell of mind control.
The robbers in "The Great Train Robbery" first part is successful, but the spell doesn't work for some reason; so Kimberly pretends it does, doing a rather good impression of Rita, which reminds Goldar only too well how bad a temper she has. He doesn't let Kimberly go (although it is hinted he wants to), but the act does distract him long enough for Billy to find them.
* One episode of ''Series/MurphyBrown'' had Murphy get kidnapped by a group of activists
who abduct Mrs [=McCartney=] and Lady Felecia to cover wanted more publicity for their getaway soon regret it. The two women cause. She eventually annoyed them to the point where they let her go (The fact that everyone they tried to announce her kidnapping to either thought Murphy was pranking them or decided YouCanKeepHer didn't help).
* ''Series/TheNanny'':
-->'''Maxwell:''' (''paraphrased'') Ms. Fine, the bank robber drove off with your mother as a hostage!\\
'''Fran:''' Oh that poor man!
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''; the team gates into a museum and ends up taking a security guard (and a bunch of guests) hostage until they can find a way to gate out. When the security guard has made himself into enough of a pest, Mitchell simply duct tapes his mouth shut.
-->'''Mitchell:''' Should have thought of that sooner.
* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Bill Compton is forced to turn the teenaged [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Jessica]] [[FieryRedhead Hamby]] into a vampire, as punishment for staking Longshadow. It is implied that the vampires think this will be agonizing torture to Jessica...[[BaitAndSwitch until she realizes]] that this means she'll no longer under the thumb of her ultra-religious and abusive father, at which point she becomes insufferable. Bill and Eric at first pass her back and forth to get rid of her. She does eventually get better, but it's amazing nobody shoved her out in daylight before her attitude improved.
* On ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'', in the season 3 episode "Kimmy Steps On A Crack," aspiring cult-leader Gretchen turns out to have kidnapped a bunch of teenage boys to keep as "child brides." While they
are soon directing less rumbunctious than most examples on this list, and just sort of [[GuysAreSlobs messy, lazy and useless,]] the result is still this trope, as Gretchen finds herself spending all her time cooking for them, cleaning up after them, and generally acting like their behaviour mother.
* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': Celia Hodes is kidnapped by her daughter
and dictating her boyfriend the rebel leader. They intend to ransom note.her, but no one is interested. They then plan to sell off her organs for cash, but find out she's had chemotherapy so no one will want them. Celia then "makes herself useful" e.g. by organizing the rebels' firearms, but manages to provoke a fight between her daughter and the rebel leader, breaking up their relationship. The daughter leaves, and the rebel leader lets Celia go.

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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': The robbers in "The Great Train Robbery" who abduct Mrs [=McCartney=] and Lady Felecia to cover their getaway soon regret it. The two women are soon directing their behaviour and dictating the ransom note.


** In "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven", Stewie kidnaps the entire cast of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' so he can spend time with them. They quickly get on Stewie's nerves, annoying him and complaining about trivial things, and piss him off to the point that before he sends them home, he dishes out a ''[[TheReasonYouSuchSpeech blistering]]'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speech]].

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** In "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven", Stewie kidnaps the entire cast of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' so he can spend time with them. They quickly get on Stewie's nerves, annoying him and complaining about trivial things, and piss him off to the point that before he sends them home, he dishes out a ''[[TheReasonYouSuchSpeech ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech blistering]]'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speech]].


-->'''Stewie''': [[PunctuatedForeEmphasis This. Was. Exhausting. This whole experience. Was absolutely.]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Exhausting]]''. You people have '''[[DarthWiki/RuinedForever ruined]]''' ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' for me. You are absolutely the most insufferable group of jackasses that I have EVER had the misfortune of spending an extended period of time with. I hope you all [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] '''''DIE'''''.

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-->'''Stewie''': [[PunctuatedForeEmphasis [[PunctuatedForEmphasis This. Was. Exhausting. This whole experience. Was absolutely.]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Exhausting]]''. You people have '''[[DarthWiki/RuinedForever ruined]]''' ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' for me. You are absolutely the most insufferable group of jackasses that I have EVER had the misfortune of spending an extended period of time with. I hope you all [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] '''''DIE'''''.

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