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A character grabs and carries another away from an oncoming dangerous situation.

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Proposed By:
HeroGal2347 on Feb 28th 2018 at 8:12:11 PM
Last Edited By:
HeroGal2347 on Mar 10th 2018 at 4:18:08 PM
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Something dangerous is going down. Maybe your arch-nemesis has gotten the upper hand on your group of True Companions. Maybe the dead have decided to rise. Maybe a disaster like a fire or a Super-Persistent Predator is coming your way. Whatever the reason, you need to beat a retreat posthaste. But there's a problem — your traveling companion. Perhaps they're too furious at the threat to run. Perhaps they're too petrified to move. Maybe they would run, but they're smaller or more injured and couldn't keep up with you. So you do the only thing you can — you grab them and carry them with you.

This can happen with any number of different characters — a pair of Heterosexual or Platonic Life-Partners, a hero and their Love Interest, an adult hero and a Kid Hero — and involve any method of carrying. In cases where the "rescuee" wants to stay and fight, this might involve Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like. Related to No One Gets Left Behind. If the "danger" is the upcoming ground, it's probably Catch a Falling Star.


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     Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach
    • Anime episode #43. Uryu Ishida and Orihime Inoue meet the Soul Reaper Makizo Aramaki, who realizes that they are intruders in the Soul Society. When Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi arrives and threatens Uryu and Orihime, Uryu orders Aramaki to get Orihime to safety or be shot by one of Uryu's arrows. Orihime refuses and wants to stay and fight, but Aramaki grabs her and takes her away.
    • Anime episode #54. After rescuing Rukia Kuchiki from execution, Ichigo Kurosaki throws her to Renji Abarai and tells him to protect her. Renji turns and runs away from the assembled Soul Reaper captains, carrying Rukia with him.
  • In Sword Art Online, Sinon gets ambushed and paralysed by Death Gun who is about to shoot her dead. Kirito then pulls a Big Damned Heroes, throwing a smoke screen grenade to get rid of Death Gun, before he swoops in and carries Sinon away and escaping on a quadbike.

     Comic Books 
  • In more than one of the original DuckTales comics, Launchpad picks Scrooge up and runs away with him when the situation gets too dangerous, often when his boss would be too stubborn to do so.

     Film - Animated 
  • Robin Hood: While he and Little John break everyone out of jail and try to make a getaway for Sherwood Forest, Robin notices a rabbit child trying to catch up to them with guards close behind. He runs back in to get her, but the gate is lowered before he can get out, so he slips her to Little John through the bars before attempting to escape.
  • In Toy Story 3, Spanish Buzz swings Jessie into his arms and runs with her during the conveyor belt scene. It's just one of the many instances of Ship Tease they receive in the movie.
  • In the climax of Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph grabs Vanellope and carries her with him as he tries to escape Sugar Rush. The problem is, Vanellope is glitched and she can't leave the game, so as hard as Ralph tries, he can't take her to safety.

     Literature 
  • In The Hobbit, while escaping through the Goblin tunnels, Bilbo had trouble keeping up, so each of the dwarves take turns on carrying him.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: The Fifth Doctor carries Peri in his arms to escape to the TARDIS when the caves of Androzani was about to blow up.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Apple", Kirk picks up Spock after he's been struck by lightning and carries him on his shoulders until he finds Dr. McCoy to take a look at the second-degree burns Spock received.
  • Voyagers!: In the opening and at the end of the first episode, Bogg picks up Jeff and runs away with him when the situation in the part of the time stream they jump into gets very dangerous very fast.

     Video Games 
  • In XCOM 2 you can evacuate unconscious or critically injured soldiers by having a healthy soldier carry them to the Skyranger.

     Western Animation 
  • DuckTales (1987), "Super DuckTales": Gizmoduck tells Scrooge and Launchpad to get back to the ship and take off; he'll fight the robot aliens and meet up with them later with Scrooge's Money Bin. Scrooge refuses to leave without his money, so Launchpad grabs him and runs.
  • In the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Out of Time", Susan sees Dr. Doom retgone Reed and charges him furiously. Ben is forced to pick her up under his arm and retreat.
  • House of Mouse: In the short "Donald's Halloween Scare", Donald does a Wild Take in which his ghost flies out of him and runs away. Donald is too scared to move, so his ghost grabs him.
  • Scooby-Doo:

Feedback: 15 replies

Feb 28th 2018 at 8:42:23 PM

  • In XCOM 2 you can evacuate unconscious or critically injured soldiers by having a healthy soldier carry them to the Skyranger.

Mar 1st 2018 at 2:04:54 AM

  • Justice League:
    • In "Starcrossed", Batman manually guides the Watchtower during its Colony Drop onto the invading aliens' base until he passes out from the heat. Superman manages to enter the Watchtower and pull Bats' unconscious ass out just as the station begins to fall apart.
    • Much later, in "Dark Heart", the Batwing is destroyed by attacking aliens mid-air, forcing Batman to bail out without a parachute. Superman manages to catch him just a few meters above the ground and carries him to safety.

Mar 1st 2018 at 1:33:35 AM

Anime and Manga

  • Bleach
    • Anime episode #43. Uryu Ishida and Orihime Inoue meet the Soul Reaper Makizo Aramaki, who realizes that they are intruders in the Soul Society. When Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi arrives and threatens Uryu and Orihime, Uryu orders Aramaki to get Orihime to safety or be shot by one of Uryu's arrows. Orihime refuses and wants to stay and fight, but Aramaki grabs her and takes her away.
    • Anime episode #54. After rescuing Rukia Kuchiki from execution, Ichigo Kurosaki throws her to Renji Abarai and tells him to protect her. Renji turns and runs away from the assembled Soul Reaper captains, carrying Rukia with him.

Mar 1st 2018 at 3:56:49 PM

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure this trope qualifies for instances in which a person has to go into a dangerous situation and grab someone as opposed to the situation finding them and them grabbing the person, which would invalidate one of the proposed examples and one of the ones already in the YKTTW.

Mar 3rd 2018 at 6:57:19 PM

Films - Animated

  • Robin Hood: While he and Little John break everyone out of jail and try to make a getaway for Sherwood Forest, Robin notices a rabbit child trying to catch up to them with guards close behind. He runs back in to get her, but the gate is lowered before he can get out, so he slips her to Little John through the bars before attempting to escape.

Western Animation

  • House Of Mouse: In the short "Donald's Halloween Scare", Donald does a Wild Take in which his ghost flies out of him and runs away. Donald is too scared to move, so his ghost grabs him.

Mar 3rd 2018 at 9:01:41 PM

A character carrying a person is not a trope, it is People Sit In Chairs. If there's a trope here, it should have something to do with plot structure, characterization, themes, or fantasy elements.

Mar 3rd 2018 at 9:25:35 PM

^ It's not merely a person carrying a person; it's a situation where one character sees danger coming and grabs another to get them to safety. It's like how Bridal Carry isn't just about the carry; it's about the emotional connotations.

Mar 4th 2018 at 8:17:57 PM

Adding to the Scooby Doo example, this was a Running Gag involving Scrappy Doo: he would always try to fight the Monster Of The Week only for Scooby or Shaggy to pick him up in the midst of their escape.

Mar 5th 2018 at 6:08:46 AM

Doctor Who: The fifth doctor carried Peri in his arms to escape to the TARDIS when the caves of Androzani was about to blow up.

Mar 5th 2018 at 7:46:14 PM

Thanks for the examples. Does anyone have any thoughts about the name? I can't help thinking there must be something better, but I can't think of it.

Mar 6th 2018 at 1:33:43 AM

Mar 7th 2018 at 6:41:25 PM

Would something like Crisis Carrier be too hard to understand?

Mar 7th 2018 at 10:46:19 PM

^ I would not realize that Crisis Carrier was about grabbing someone and carrying them out of danger.

Mar 10th 2018 at 3:30:19 PM

  • In Sword Art Online, Sinon gets ambushed and paralysed by Death Gun who is about to shoot her dead. Kirito then pulls a Big Damned Heroes, throwing a smoke screen grenade to get rid of Death Gun, before he swoops in and carries Sinon away and escaping on a quadbike.

  • In The Hobbit, while escaping through the Goblin tunnels, Bilbo had trouble keeping up, so each of the dwarves take turns on carrying him.

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