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** The sequel, ''The Road to Omaha'' does reveal that the imposter was soon making wild talk in public and spending millions in Church funds on the arts so the real Francis came back to resume his duties with the world none the wiser...and Hawkins still not getting a dime from it all.

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* The Creator/RobertLudlum novel ''The Road to Gandolfo'' has General Hawkins pulling off a wild plan to kidnap Pope Francis I and hold him hostage for the ransom of one dollar for every Catholic on Earth. Hawkins has Francis replaced by his cousin, an opera singer who's a dead ringer for him. Hawkins figures the ruse will hold until he gets away with Francis. After various crazy antics, the plan works as Hawkins issues the ransom demand to the Vatican. To his shock, the Vatican tells him that "the Holy Father is perfectly fine and safe" so they see no reason to pay Hawkins. Hawkins realizes that the various Vatican cardinals ''like'' this imposter as being far more "manageable" than the real Francis had been. To top it off, Francis himself enjoys being freed of the pressure and politics of the position so the entire plot was for nothing.


* A ''Series/HorribleHistories'' sketch has a Saxon woman abducted by a kidnapper and held for ransom. The husband offers to buy her back... [[ComicallySmallBribe for half a penny]], because he's legally obligated to try and buy her back. He hopes the kidnapper will reject his offer so he can remarry, but the kidnapper ends up finding the kidnapped woman so annoying he accepts the half a penny.

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* A ''Series/HorribleHistories'' sketch has a Saxon woman abducted by a kidnapper and held for ransom. The husband offers to buy her back... [[ComicallySmallBribe for half a penny]], because he's legally obligated to to, at minimum, try and buy her back. He hopes the kidnapper will reject his offer so he can remarry, but the kidnapper ends up finding the kidnapped woman so annoying he accepts the half a penny.


* Used in Creator/HarveyComics' ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' with Richie's wannabee-girlfriend, Mayda Munny. In at least one story, she's so obnoxious that the kidnappers end up paying her father to take her back.

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* Used in Creator/HarveyComics' ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' with Richie's wannabee-girlfriend, Mayda Munny. In at least one story, she's so obnoxious that the kidnappers end up [[PityTheKidnapper paying her father to take her back.back]].


* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': When Scanty and Kneesocks begin to lose their fight against Panty and Stocking, they take Brief hostage. Stocking is apathetic, and Panty is almost ''[[ItsAllAboutMe offended]]'' at the idea of putting someone else's well-being ahead of her goals. [[EvenEvilHasStandards The demon sisters are disgusted]], while Brief despairingly wishes Panty [[HeyYou would at least remember his name]]. They decide to attack Panty and Stocking instead of killing Brief, to no avail.

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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': When Scanty and Kneesocks begin to lose their fight against Panty and Stocking, they take Brief hostage. Stocking is apathetic, and Panty is almost ''[[ItsAllAboutMe offended]]'' at the idea of putting someone else's well-being ahead of her goals. [[EvenEvilHasStandards The demon sisters are disgusted]], while Brief despairingly wishes Panty [[HeyYou would at least remember his name]]. They decide to attack Panty and Stocking instead of killing Brief, to no avail. Afterward, Panty offers Brief sex as an ApologyGift, but takes it OffTheTable when he hesitates.


* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': When Scanty and Kneesocks begin to lose their fight against Panty and Stocking, they take Brief hostage. Stocking is apathetic, and Panty is almost ''[[ItsAllAboutMe offended]]'' at the idea of putting someone else's well-being ahead of her goals. [[EvenEvilHasStandards The demon sisters are offended]], while Brief despairingly wishes Panty [[HeyYou would at least remember his name]]. They decide to attack Panty and Stocking instead of killing Brief, to no avail.

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* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': When Scanty and Kneesocks begin to lose their fight against Panty and Stocking, they take Brief hostage. Stocking is apathetic, and Panty is almost ''[[ItsAllAboutMe offended]]'' at the idea of putting someone else's well-being ahead of her goals. [[EvenEvilHasStandards The demon sisters are offended]], disgusted]], while Brief despairingly wishes Panty [[HeyYou would at least remember his name]]. They decide to attack Panty and Stocking instead of killing Brief, to no avail.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "O Boyz", the Seniors kidnap a boy band (and, accidentally, Ron), hoping to extort their manager into giving Junior a singing career of his own. The band has lost its popularity lately, the singers have a lot of [[SpoiledBrat fussy demands]] contractual obligated to them, and the news coverage from the kidnapping has [[DeadArtistsAreBetter increased album sales]], so the manager is happy to be rid of them. Kim rescues them anyway.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "O Boyz", the Seniors kidnap a boy band (and, accidentally, Ron), hoping to extort their manager into giving Junior a singing career of his own. The band has lost its popularity lately, the singers have a lot of [[SpoiledBrat fussy demands]] contractual obligated to them, and the news coverage from the kidnapping has [[DeadArtistsAreBetter increased album sales]], so the manager is happy to be rid of them. Kim rescues them anyway.anyway, and they replace their manager with Rufus.

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* A Hungarian joke:
--> There is a huge gridlock on the highway. A guy stops and sees that someone is walking around knocking on the windows of the stopped cars to talk with the drivers. He then arrives to his car and knocks on the window. The driver rolls the window down and asks:
--> - Why are so many cars stopped here?
--> - The radio said that terrorists have captured the prime minister and demand a billion dollars, or they will pour gasoline on him and set him on fire. We're holding a collection.
--> - And how much do you have so far?
--> - 2000 liters or so.


** The joke's original context is in the sense of illustrating an example, as in "Speaking of (subject), take a look at the situation, with my wife as an example of (subject)."



* ''The Ransom of Red Chief'' by Creator/OHenry is almost certainly the UrExample. The main characters attempt to release their hostage, only for him to come back to them, and in the end, they have to ''pay'' his father to get him off their hands. You can read it [[http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/ohenry/bl-ohenry-ransomred.htm here]].

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* ''The Ransom of Red Chief'' by Creator/OHenry is almost certainly the UrExample. The main characters Bill Driscoll and Sam attempt to release their hostage, hostage in the hopes of gaining money from a kidnapping, only for him to come back to them, and in the end, they have to ''pay'' his father to get him off their hands. You can read it [[http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/ohenry/bl-ohenry-ransomred.htm here]].


* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "O Boyz", the Seniors kidnap a boy band (and, accidentally, Ron), hoping to extort their manager into giving Junior a singing career of his own. The band has lost its popularity lately and the singers have a lot of [[SpoiledBrat fussy demands]] contractual obligated to them, so the manager is happy to be rid of them. Kim rescues them anyway.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "O Boyz", the Seniors kidnap a boy band (and, accidentally, Ron), hoping to extort their manager into giving Junior a singing career of his own. The band has lost its popularity lately and lately, the singers have a lot of [[SpoiledBrat fussy demands]] contractual obligated to them, and the news coverage from the kidnapping has [[DeadArtistsAreBetter increased album sales]], so the manager is happy to be rid of them. Kim rescues them anyway.


* In ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'', a captive Drake attempts to escape BigBad Lazarevic by holding one of his Mooks at gunpoint. Lazarevic then gives a short speech claiming that "great men" like Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot "prevailed" because "they had the will to do what other men would not". Lazarevic then ''[[ShootTheHostage shoots the hostage himself]]''.

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* In ''VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves'', a captive Drake attempts to escape BigBad Lazarevic by holding one of his Mooks at gunpoint. Lazarevic then gives a short speech claiming that "great men" like Hitler, Stalin Stalin, and Pol Pot "prevailed" because "they had the will to do what other men would not". Lazarevic then ''[[ShootTheHostage shoots the hostage himself]]''.


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* In the third act of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', someone important to Hawke (their sibling if still alive, their love interest or closest friend otherwise) will be kidnapped. The victim isn't being held for ransom, but someone lets Hawke know what's happened so they can mount a rescue. Selecting the middle ("silly") reaction can have Hawke comment about what a pain in the ass the character in question is, and how they really don't want them back. It's a subversion in that the rescue takes place anyway, but it comes across as this trope to the confused informant.


* This his how Léodagan got engaged to Séli in ''Serie/{{Kaamelott}}''. As a young prince, Léodagan kidnapped her from a rival tribe and asked for a ransom. They paid him twice what he asked for keeping her.

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* This his how Léodagan got engaged to Séli in ''Serie/{{Kaamelott}}''.''Series/{{Kaamelott}}''. As a young prince, Léodagan kidnapped her from a rival tribe and asked for a ransom. They paid him twice what he asked for keeping her.


* Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco is investigating a kidnapping ring in Ancient Rome, and recovers a baby whose parents for some reason did not want to pay the ransom. It's Falco's mother who realises that the baby is deaf, and therefore would be regarded as a simpleton.

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* Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco is investigating a kidnapping ring in Ancient Rome, and recovers a baby whose parents for some reason did not want to pay the ransom. It's Falco's mother who realises that the baby is deaf, and therefore [[ValuesDissonance would be regarded as a simpleton.simpleton]].


* In the Dutch children's book ''Bijna-boeven'' ("almost crooks"), which resolves around two DumbCrooks trying their hands at various crimes in an attempt to be taken serious by their fellow criminals, one of their crimes involves kidnapping the son of a millionair and demanding ransom. However, the man simply responds that the kid is a brat and they can keep him. [[PityTheKidnapper The crooks then proceed to find out he's right]].

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* In the Dutch children's book ''Bijna-boeven'' ("almost crooks"), which resolves around two DumbCrooks trying their hands at various crimes in an attempt to be taken serious by their fellow criminals, one of their crimes involves kidnapping the son of a millionair millionaire and demanding ransom. However, the man simply responds that the kid is a brat and they can keep him. [[PityTheKidnapper The crooks then proceed to find out he's right]].right]].
* Literature/MarcusDidiusFalco is investigating a kidnapping ring in Ancient Rome, and recovers a baby whose parents for some reason did not want to pay the ransom. It's Falco's mother who realises that the baby is deaf, and therefore would be regarded as a simpleton.


[[spoiler:'''Les Grossman:''']] Great. Let me get this down. A hundred million... Oh, wait! I got a better idea. Instead of a hundred million, how about I send you a hobo's dick cheese? Then, you kill him. Do your thing, skin the fucking bastard. Go to town, man. Go to town! In the mean time and as usual, go fuck yourself. ''[puts phone down]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny We do not negotiate with terrorists]].

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[[spoiler:'''Les Grossman:''']] Great. Let me get this down. A hundred million... Oh, wait! I got a better idea. Instead of a hundred million, how about I send you a hobo's dick cheese? Then, you kill him. Do your thing, skin the fucking bastard. Go to town, man. Go to town! In the mean time and as usual, go fuck yourself. ''[puts phone down]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny We do not negotiate with terrorists]].terrorists.



* A Turkish film from the 1990s had a rich businessman accidentally kidnapped by would-be revolutionaries ([[AccidentalKidnapping they weren't intending to kidnap him]]. They just played along after they hit him with their car and he thought they were kidnappers). When the revolutionaries make ransom calls to various members of his family and business, they are shocked to discover that not even his mother is interested in seeing him released. The revolutionaries just let go of him instead, realizing the businessman [[ThePowerOfFriendship had been worse off than them]]. [[HumiliationConga Following his revenge on his relatives and business partner]], [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming the businessman finds the revolutionaries and thanks them in kind]].

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* A Turkish film from the 1990s had a rich businessman accidentally kidnapped by would-be revolutionaries ([[AccidentalKidnapping they weren't intending to kidnap him]]. They just played along after they hit him with their car and he thought they were kidnappers). When the revolutionaries make ransom calls to various members of his family and business, they are shocked to discover that not even his mother is interested in seeing him released. The revolutionaries just let go of him instead, realizing the businessman [[ThePowerOfFriendship had been worse off than them]]. [[HumiliationConga Following his revenge on his relatives and business partner]], [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming partner]], the businessman finds the revolutionaries and thanks them in kind]].kind.

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