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A character is kidnapped and told that [[Main/BlackMail something nasty will happen]] unless they go somewhere. It turns out to be a SurpriseParty. An elaborate Main/PracticalJoke. Subtrope of FriendlyScheming; also often a subtrope of KidnappedByAnAlly.

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A character is kidnapped and told that [[Main/BlackMail something nasty will happen]] unless they go somewhere. It turns out to be a SurpriseParty. An elaborate Main/PracticalJoke. Subtrope Often the end game of FriendlyScheming; also often a subtrope of KidnappedByAnAlly.


* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': In "Candidate for Crime", having just murdered his campaign manager, the murderer sneaks into his own home and flicks off several lights, plunging his wife into the dark. He then sneaks up behind her and [[HandGag claps his hand over her mouth]]. Then the lights turn on and guests yell surprise. The whole thing was a surprise party he organised as part of his alibi.

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* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': In "Candidate for Crime", having just murdered his campaign manager, the murderer sneaks into his own home and flicks off several lights, plunging his wife into the dark. He then sneaks up behind her and [[HandGag [[HandGagging claps his hand over her mouth]]. Then the lights turn on and guests yell surprise. The whole thing was a surprise party he organised as part of his alibi.


* In the third ''Main/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game's fifth case, [[spoiler: Main/ButtMonkey Larry Butz has a crush on the defendant, Iris. However, he's so bad at writing love notes that his request to her to come see him in the middle of the night for a romantic excursion is taken instead as blackmail, especially since Larry believes Iris has a secret love for him. Iris took this "secret" to mean something different and much more plot-relevant, however...]]

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* In the third ''Main/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game's fifth case, [[spoiler: Main/ButtMonkey Larry [[spoiler:Larry Butz has a crush on the defendant, Iris. However, he's so bad at writing love notes that his request to her to come see him in the middle of the night for a romantic excursion is taken instead as blackmail, especially since Larry believes Iris has a secret love for him. However, Iris took this "secret" to mean something different and much more plot-relevant, however...plot-relevant...]]


* The ''Series/TwoTwisted'' episode "Finding Frank" has a security guard's colleague disappearing and calling out desperately over his walkie-talkie. When the guard goes to find him it turns out to be a [[ScarySurpriseParty surprise retirement party]] but goes terribly wrong when the nervous guard overreacts, firing his gun when the lights come on, killing his wife. [[spoiler:But as the guard is being led away, he drops a bit of paper that his colleague picks up. It's an invitation to the party with the exact time, location and everything, showing that the guard knew all along and used the party to kill his wife, framing it as accident. It's even better when you know the actor who plays the guard played a putt-upon ExtremeDoormat in his most famous role.]]* Done memorably on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when Richard Castle, laid up in a wheelchair with a broken leg, [[RearWindowInvestigation is convinced he witnessed a murder in the apartment across the street]]. Beckett, growing fed up with Castle insisting he saw a murder, goes to the apartment, only to have the tenant grab her and pull a knife on her before the lights go out. Castle meets Esposito and Ryan outside the apartment and charges in...just as the lights turn on to reveal the surprise party.

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* The ''Series/TwoTwisted'' episode "Finding Frank" has a security guard's colleague disappearing and calling out desperately over his walkie-talkie. When the guard goes to find him it turns out to be a [[ScarySurpriseParty surprise retirement party]] but goes terribly wrong when the nervous guard overreacts, firing his gun when the lights come on, killing his wife. [[spoiler:But as the guard is being led away, he drops a bit of paper that his colleague picks up. It's an invitation to the party with the exact time, location and everything, showing that the guard knew all along and used the party to kill his wife, framing it as accident. It's even better when you know the actor who plays the guard played a putt-upon put-upon ExtremeDoormat in his most famous role.]]* ]]
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Done memorably on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when Richard Castle, laid up in a wheelchair with a broken leg, [[RearWindowInvestigation is convinced he witnessed a murder in the apartment across the street]]. Beckett, growing fed up with Castle insisting he saw a murder, goes to the apartment, only to have the tenant grab her and pull a knife on her before the lights go out. Castle meets Esposito and Ryan outside the apartment and charges in...just as the lights turn on to reveal the surprise party.


* ''Series/TwoTwisted'' episode "Finding Frank" has a security guard's colleague disappearing and calling out desperately over the walkie-talkie. When the guard goes to find him, it turns out to be a surprise retirement party but goes terribly wrong when the nervous guard over reacts firing his gun when the lights come on, killing his wife [[spoiler:but as the guard is being led away he drops a a bit of paper that his colleague picks up. It's an invitation to the party with the exact time, location, everything showing that the guard [[SubvertedTrope knew all along and used the party to kill his wife]] framing it as accident. It's even better when you know the actor who plays the guard played a put-upon ExtremeDoormat in his most famous role.]]
* Done memorably on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when Richard Castle, laid up in a wheelchair with a broken leg, [[RearWindowInvestigation is convinced he witnessed a murder in the apartment across the street]]. Beckett, growing fed up with Castle insisting he saw a murder, goes to the apartment, only to have the tenant grab her and pull a knife on her before the lights go out. Castle meets Esposito and Ryan outside the apartment and charges in...just as the lights turn on to reveal the surprise party.

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* The ''Series/TwoTwisted'' episode "Finding Frank" has a security guard's colleague disappearing and calling out desperately over the his walkie-talkie. When the guard goes to find him, him it turns out to be a [[ScarySurpriseParty surprise retirement party party]] but goes terribly wrong when the nervous guard over reacts overreacts, firing his gun when the lights come on, killing his wife [[spoiler:but wife. [[spoiler:But as the guard is being led away away, he drops a a bit of paper that his colleague picks up. It's an invitation to the party with the exact time, location, everything location and everything, showing that the guard [[SubvertedTrope knew all along and used the party to kill his wife]] wife, framing it as accident. It's even better when you know the actor who plays the guard played a put-upon putt-upon ExtremeDoormat in his most famous role.]]
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]]* Done memorably on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when Richard Castle, laid up in a wheelchair with a broken leg, [[RearWindowInvestigation is convinced he witnessed a murder in the apartment across the street]]. Beckett, growing fed up with Castle insisting he saw a murder, goes to the apartment, only to have the tenant grab her and pull a knife on her before the lights go out. Castle meets Esposito and Ryan outside the apartment and charges in...just as the lights turn on to reveal the surprise party.


* The film ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}'' starts out with a girl being kidnapped, gagged and thrown in the trunk of a car. Eventually her high school buudies throw open the trunk and shout "Surprise!". Unfortunately, they find that she choked to death on the jawbreaker one of them stuck in her mouth before gagging her.

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* The film ''Film/{{Jawbreaker}}'' starts out with a girl being kidnapped, gagged and thrown in the trunk of a car. Eventually her high school buudies buddies throw open the trunk and shout "Surprise!". "Surprise!" Unfortunately, they find that she choked to death on the jawbreaker one of them stuck in her mouth before gagging her.



* ''Series/TwoTwisted'' episode "Finding Frank" has a security guard's colleague disappear and calls out desperatly over the walkie-talkies. When the guard goes to find him it turns out to be a surprise retirement party but goes terribly wrong when the nervous guard over reacts firing his gun when the lights come on, killing his wife [[spoiler: but as the guard is being led away he drops a a bit of paper that his colleague picks up. It's an invitation to the party with the exact time, location, everything showing that the guard [[SubvertedTrope knew all along and used the party to kill his wife]] framing it as accident. It's even better when you know the actor who plays the guard played a set-upon ExtremeDoormat in his most famous role.]]

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* ''Series/TwoTwisted'' episode "Finding Frank" has a security guard's colleague disappear disappearing and calls calling out desperatly desperately over the walkie-talkies. walkie-talkie. When the guard goes to find him him, it turns out to be a surprise retirement party but goes terribly wrong when the nervous guard over reacts firing his gun when the lights come on, killing his wife [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but as the guard is being led away he drops a a bit of paper that his colleague picks up. It's an invitation to the party with the exact time, location, everything showing that the guard [[SubvertedTrope knew all along and used the party to kill his wife]] framing it as accident. It's even better when you know the actor who plays the guard played a set-upon put-upon ExtremeDoormat in his most famous role.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' Arnold and Gerald over hear two guys who they believe are attempting to take out Mr Green, but it was all a huge surprise party for him. Or is it...?

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' Arnold and Gerald over hear overhear two guys who they believe are attempting to take out Mr Green, but it was all a huge surprise party for him. Or is it...?

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* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Mordecai and Rigby considered doing this for Skip's birthday party since he didn't want to celebrate his birthday, though they decided not to risk the legalities of it and went with a regular surprise party.


* Taking this to rather an extreme level, ''Series/MacGyver'' gets taken at knife-point by a disguised Jack Dalton to a birthday party.

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* Taking this to rather an extreme level, ''Series/MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver1985'' gets taken at knife-point by a disguised Jack Dalton to a birthday party.party in "Friends".



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* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': In "Candidate for Crime", having just murdered his campaign manager, the murderer sneaks into his own home and flicks off several lights, plunging his wife into the dark. He then sneaks up behind her and [[HandGag claps his hand over her mouth]]. Then the lights turn on and guests yell surprise. The whole thing was a surprise party he organised as part of his alibi.


* Series/{{Forbrydelsen}} begins like this, as Lund's colleagues fake an entire murder scene just to let her find her farewell present in the most dramatic manner possible.

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* Series/{{Forbrydelsen}} ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}'' begins like this, as Lund's colleagues fake an entire murder scene just to let her find her farewell present in the most dramatic manner possible.




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* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': In "Uncertainty Rules", a college student is abducted by a two men in scary clown masks who force a gun into his mouth. It turns out to be a squirt gun filled with tequila, and the two clowns are his friends who are dragging him out to celebrate his 21st birthday. However, the party goes horribly wrong.


** Played with in "Surprise". The Computer Science teacher, Jenny Calendar, whom the audience has just learned has a hidden agenda, intercepts Buffy on her way to a meeting with Giles, and tells Buffy he's asked her to take Buffy to meet him elsewhere. The audience is led to believe that Jenny is up to no good, but it turns out she's just taking Buffy to her surprise party.
** Buffy is railroaded under threat of fire-breathing demons to her surprise 19th birthday party.

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** Played with in "Surprise". The Computer Science teacher, Jenny Calendar, whom the audience has just learned has a hidden agenda, intercepts Buffy on her way to a meeting with Giles, and tells Buffy he's asked her to take Buffy to meet him elsewhere. The audience is led to believe that Jenny is up to no good, but it turns out she's just taking Buffy to her surprise party.
party. Though as Buffy runs into some vampires on the way, it's something of an inverted trope.
-->''(Buffy crashes through the window and dusts a vampire.)''
-->'''Cordelia:''' ''(leaping up from hiding)'' Surprise!
-->'''Oz:''' Actually, that pretty much sums it up.
** Just as she's about to have sex with her boyfriend Riley, Buffy is railroaded under threat of fire-breathing demons to her surprise 19th birthday party.


* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab2021}}'' episode "Der Dieb". What annoyed Quinn was not only the abuse they put him through to get him to the party, but also the fact that it wasn't actually his birthday.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab2021}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' episode "Der Dieb". What annoyed Quinn was not only the abuse they put him through to get him to the party, but also the fact that it wasn't actually his birthday.



* The ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdman'' "Deadomutt" two-parter where they framed Harvey for murder and let him spend five years in prison.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdman'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Harvey Birdman|AttorneyAtLaw}}'' "Deadomutt" two-parter where they framed Harvey for murder and let him spend five years in prison.


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* A short variant occurs in ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Curse of Chalion]]'': On a leisurely ride in the countryside, Cazaril and the princess he's working for are surprised by a band of robbers who turn out to be mostly young nobles meeting them for an unexpected picnic. The bit that scares Cazaril, a veteran of several wars, is how close he came to killing some of those idiots before he caught on.
* Harry [[Literature/DresdenFiles Dresden]] gets a party thrown by [[spoiler: Maeve]]. Unfortunately, besides being a sign of respect for Harry, it's also [[spoiler: a multi-layered attempt on his life.]]

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* A short variant occurs in ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Curse of Chalion]]'': ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'': On a leisurely ride in the countryside, Cazaril and the princess he's working for are surprised by a band of robbers who turn out to be mostly young nobles meeting them for an unexpected picnic. The bit that scares Cazaril, a veteran of several wars, is how close he came to killing some of those idiots before he caught on.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry [[Literature/DresdenFiles Dresden]] Dresden gets a party thrown by [[spoiler: Maeve]]. [[spoiler:Maeve]]. Unfortunately, besides being a sign of respect for Harry, it's also [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a multi-layered attempt on his life.]]
life]].


* On "Titus", Christopher Titus remembers (in a flashback) the surprise party for an uncle. As the lights came up and people started to yell surprise he started shooting. Then he realized what it was and said "Aw, you guys."

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* On "Titus", ''Series/{{Titus}}'', Christopher Titus remembers (in a flashback) the surprise party for an uncle. As the lights came up and people started to yell surprise he started shooting. Then he realized what it was and said "Aw, you guys."


* In ''TigerAndBunny'', Tiger did this for Barnaby involving [[spoiler: Karina, Antonio, Nathan and Keith]] as a robbery gang. Tiger's plan hilariously failed when they accidentally come across a real gang.

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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Tiger did this for Barnaby involving [[spoiler: Karina, Antonio, Nathan and Keith]] as a robbery gang. Tiger's plan hilariously failed when they accidentally come across a real gang.

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