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* Whenever Stephanie is kidnapped by the Robbie Rotten in ''Series/LazyTown'', this command is used, one of which had Sportacus forcing Robbie to let her go.

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* Whenever Stephanie is kidnapped by the Robbie Rotten in ''Series/LazyTown'', this command is used, one of which had Sportacus forcing Robbie to let her go.


* Whenever Stephanie is kidnapped by the Robbie Rotten in ''Series/LazyTown'', this command is used, one of which had Sportacus forcing the Robbie to let her go.

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* Whenever Stephanie is kidnapped by the Robbie Rotten in ''Series/LazyTown'', this command is used, one of which had Sportacus forcing the Robbie to let her go.


* Whenever Stephanie is kidnapped by the "evil dude" in ''Series/LazyTown'', this command is used, one of which had Hulk Hogan forcing the "evil dude" to let her go.

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* Whenever Stephanie is kidnapped by the "evil dude" Robbie Rotten in ''Series/LazyTown'', this command is used, one of which had Hulk Hogan Sportacus forcing the "evil dude" Robbie to let her go.


* "WesternAnimation/DangerMouse On The Orient Express" starts off with DM Penfold on holiday in Venice where the Grand Canal is disrupted with a highway construction in progress. Penfold is plucked from the ground by a crane hook operated by Baron Greenback's henchman Stiletto. As DM intervenes, he and Stiletto fight for control of the crane hook, which catapults Penfold out of the frying pan and into the fire--Baron Greenback's hideout.

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* "WesternAnimation/DangerMouse On The Orient Express" starts off with DM and Penfold on holiday in Venice where the Grand Canal is disrupted with a highway construction in progress. Penfold is plucked from the ground by a crane hook operated by Baron Greenback's henchman Stiletto. As DM intervenes, he and Stiletto fight for control of the crane hook, which catapults Penfold out of the frying pan and into the fire--Baron Greenback's hideout.


'''Penfold:''' Oh, thanks ever so-- (''aerial shot; he is held over a pillar with concrete filling in the opening'')\\

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'''Penfold:''' Oh, thanks ever so-- (''aerial shot; he is held over a pillar support beam with concrete filling in the opening'')\\


'''Penfold:''' Oh, thanks ever so--\\ (''aerial shot; he is held over a pillar with concrete filling in the opening'')\\

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'''Penfold:''' Oh, thanks ever so--\\ so-- (''aerial shot; he is held over a pillar with concrete filling in the opening'')\\


'''Penfold:''' Oh, thanks ever so--\\ (''aerial shot; he is held over a pillar with concrete filling in the opening'')
'''Stiletto:''' Right in-a de cement!

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'''Penfold:''' Oh, thanks ever so--\\ (''aerial shot; he is held over a pillar with concrete filling in the opening'')
opening'')\\
'''Stiletto:''' Right in-a de cement!cement! Da Baroni knew he could-a [[IncrediblyLamePun count on your support!]]


* Done for laughs by ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} in a cartoon where Bluto crosses him with Olive using a Popeye marionette. Popeye gets wise, knocks out Bluto and uses ''him'' as a marionette. Bluto is mainuplated into threatening to slit Olive's throat with a knife when the sailor intervenes.
-->'''Popeye:''' [[{{Spoonerism}} Unhand that swine, you girl...]]I mean, unhand that girl, you swine!

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* Done for laughs by ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} "WesternAnimation/DangerMouse On The Orient Express" starts off with DM Penfold on holiday in a cartoon Venice where Bluto crosses him with Olive using a Popeye marionette. Popeye gets wise, knocks out Bluto and uses ''him'' as a marionette. Bluto the Grand Canal is mainuplated into threatening to slit Olive's throat disrupted with a knife when highway construction in progress. Penfold is plucked from the sailor intervenes.
-->'''Popeye:''' [[{{Spoonerism}} Unhand that swine,
ground by a crane hook operated by Baron Greenback's henchman Stiletto. As DM intervenes, he and Stiletto fight for control of the crane hook, which catapults Penfold out of the frying pan and into the fire--Baron Greenback's hideout.
-->'''Penfold:''' Put me down!\\
'''Stiletto:''' Sure I put-a
you girl...]]I mean, unhand that girl, you swine!down!\\
'''Penfold:''' Oh, thanks ever so--\\ (''aerial shot; he is held over a pillar with concrete filling in the opening'')
'''Stiletto:''' Right in-a de cement!


-->'''Popeye:''' [[{{Spoonerism}} Unhand the swine, you girl...]]I mean, unhand that girl, you swine!

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-->'''Popeye:''' [[{{Spoonerism}} Unhand the that swine, you girl...]]I mean, unhand that girl, you swine!

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* Done for laughs by ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} in a cartoon where Bluto crosses him with Olive using a Popeye marionette. Popeye gets wise, knocks out Bluto and uses ''him'' as a marionette. Bluto is mainuplated into threatening to slit Olive's throat with a knife when the sailor intervenes.
-->'''Popeye:''' [[{{Spoonerism}} Unhand the swine, you girl...]]I mean, unhand that girl, you swine!


* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3'', Dante catches Lady's ankle when she's falling off the tower. She orders him to let her go, and he asks if she even thought that through. She makes him let go by shooting him, then stops her fall with a BladeBrake.

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* In ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 3'', ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3'', Dante catches Lady's ankle when she's falling off the tower. She orders him to let her go, and he asks if she even thought that through. She makes him let go by shooting him, then stops her fall with a BladeBrake.


-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman, as Joker tries to drop [[ItMakesSenseInContext his kid sidekick]] off a ledge.''

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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman, ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', as Joker tries to drop [[ItMakesSenseInContext his kid sidekick]] off a ledge.''
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This happens so reliably that asking a villain to let a dangling hostage go, without being very specific, probably qualifies you as GenreBlind. Even so, this trope is almost always played [[UndeadHorseTrope completely straight]]. We can only conclude that the sight of a hostage held in the air is the hero's cue to grab the IdiotBall. Typically, the hostage will survive, but it may require a very well timed BigDamnHeroes moment, or just plain luck.

Variations can occur, as particularly cunning villains may find other, less obvious ways to turn a demand that a hostage be released into a request to kill them. [[AntiHero Antiheroes]] have their own [[DarkerAndEdgier special]] variation, where they [[HighAltitudeInterrogation hold a bad guy over a ledge to get information]], and then, when the bad guy demands he be let go... well, you know the rest. Sometimes, someone's plea to let them go starts at a survivable drop and quickly turns negatory once they get higher up.

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This happens so reliably that asking a villain to let a dangling hostage go, without being very specific, probably qualifies you as GenreBlind. Even so, this trope is almost always played [[UndeadHorseTrope completely straight]]. We can only conclude that the sight of a hostage held in the air is the hero's cue to grab the IdiotBall. Typically, the hostage will survive, but it may require a very well timed BigDamnHeroes moment, moment or just plain luck.

Variations can occur, as particularly cunning villains may find other, less obvious ways to turn a demand that a hostage be is released into a request to kill them. [[AntiHero Antiheroes]] have their own [[DarkerAndEdgier special]] variation, where they [[HighAltitudeInterrogation hold a bad guy over a ledge to get information]], and then, then when the bad guy demands he be let go... well, you know the rest. Sometimes, someone's plea to let them go starts at a survivable drop and quickly turns negatory once they get higher up.


* Referenced and defied in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12180569/1/Where-I-Reign Where I Reign]]''. [[Manga/{{Magi}} Hakuei]], who is currently [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Arba, is able to break through the possession enough to see what is happening outside her mind, and is horrified to see Arba holding her younger brother Hakuryuu over the ocean by his throat. She starts to invoke this trope, but then is GenreSavvy enough to stop herself.

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* Referenced and defied in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12180569/1/Where-I-Reign Where I Reign]]''. [[Manga/{{Magi}} Hakuei]], who is currently [[GrandTheftMe possessed]] by Arba, is able to break through the possession enough to see what is happening outside her mind, and is horrified to see Arba holding her younger brother Hakuryuu over the ocean by his throat. She starts to invoke this trope, but then is GenreSavvy enough to stop stops herself.









* Webcomic/SidekickGirl is GenreSavvy enough to know not to say this, but [[TheDitz Illumina]] isn't, as seen [[http://sidekickgirl.net/2008/01/23/dr-wright-iii/ here]].

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* Webcomic/SidekickGirl is GenreSavvy enough to know knows not to say this, but [[TheDitz Illumina]] isn't, doesn't, as seen [[http://sidekickgirl.net/2008/01/23/dr-wright-iii/ here]].



* Happens twice in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan2000''. The first time this trope is played completely straight; Action Man demands Professor Gangrene lets Rikkie go while the former threatens to throw the later out of the airship. Gangrene is more than happy to comply with this request. The second time, when Quake threatens to throw Fidget into a lava pit, Action Man [[GenreSavvy is more careful with his choice of words]] and specifically demands he puts her down safely on the ground. Not that it stops Quake from throwing her into the pit anyway.

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* Happens twice in the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan2000''. The first time this trope is played completely straight; Action Man demands Professor Gangrene lets Rikkie go while the former threatens to throw the later out of the airship. Gangrene is more than happy to comply with this request. The second time, when Quake threatens to throw Fidget into a lava pit, Action Man [[GenreSavvy is more careful with his choice of words]] words and specifically demands he puts her down safely on the ground. Not that it stops Quake from throwing her into the pit anyway.

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* ''Film/TheHotRock'': When Dortmunder is conducting a HighAltitudeInterrogation on Greeberg by having Chicken hold him over an elevator shaft, Abe says that Dortmunder doesn't have the guts to go through with it. Dortmunder tells Chicken to put him down, and Chicken probably drops Greenburg down the shaft.

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