Ah, a romantic evening! Lighted candles, soft music, one person (usually the woman, though the proliferation of the Yandere trope has resulted in increased chances of a male character being subjected to it) tied up and possibly gagged...
This trope normally follows these conventions:
- The forced date is an entirely innocent attempt by one party (with terrible social skills) to relate to someone he loves. In this case, the offending party (and it is usually a guy doing the tying up) probably won't be able to put together what's wrong with that situation.
- The abductor turns violent if confronted, though may not harm his victim even if she attacks him.
- Conversely, the date may presage bad things for the tied-up partner, either death or rape (maybe repeatedly).
- The date is simply a chance to toy with a mortal enemy.
- The victim's friends are racing to find her, and will teach the guy a violent lesson... even if the abductor genuinely means no harm, and a good sit down and chat (preferably with a good psychologist) would be far more effective in the long run.
Note: The victim doesn't need to be tied up, but must be held captive.
- Kate Beaton plays this for laughs in Strange Tales II #1: "A Distraction" (aka Kraven Goes to the Prom).
- Golden Eyes' "dinner date" with German officer Hugo Von Schwatzenburg in the World War I serial "Golden Eyes" and Her Hero "Bill" - after the Germans shell Golden Eyes' ambulance, Von Schwatzenburg captures her, takes her back to the German field camp, and has her dolled up in looted French evening wear. He's convinced she'll fall in love and throw herself at him if he plies her with enough champagne and jewelry: in reality, Golden Eyes is playing coy while trying to come up with a plan to escape both Von Schwatzenburg and the German trenches.
- FoxTrot had a series of comics where Jason reluctantly agreed to be Eileen Jacobson's buddy during a field trip to the science museum in exchange for a foil Charizard card. Throughout the trip Jason keeps trying to escape, but is thwarted by Eileen and their teacher. Played the straightest in the planetarium, where Eileen has him handcuffed to his seat so he doesn't try to bolt the moment the lights go down.
- Robin Series: After her return from the dead Stalker with a Crush Darla Aquista shows up at Tim's new house and decides that his girlfriend's death means they're dating. Tim then has to leave the house with her for an untold period of time (at least a day, at most three) to protect his "uncle" from the superpowered delusional threat and she never realizes what she's doing, even thinking Tim is going to willingly have sex with her after she killed someone right in front of him. She lets him "have some space" to recover from the shock of what she's done but makes it clear she considers it an eventuality that he will come crawling back to her and is only dealt with by Shadowpact's intervention.
- In The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan, Twilight drags Nova out into Trottingham on a casual event where two best friends can hang out in a completely platonic manner and keeps him from scurrying back to their room via a leash spell. She's only holding captive because he's attempting to punish himself for screaming at her at one point, as once Nova starts to actually enjoy himself, she drops it.
- The Many Dates of Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom Western Animation, TV Series, and Comic Books.): An unintentional example, but Katie Kaboom from Animaniacs makes Danny go on another date with her when she runs into him at a carnival and Danny is too terrified of her monstrous transformation when angered to say no. Though it doesnt stop him from running away from her the first chance that he gets.
- The Joker and Vicki Vale, in Batman (1989).
- Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!: A recently released psychiatric patient kidnaps an actress in order to make her fall in love with him. He believes his destiny is to marry her and father her children.
- Type 4 in Van Helsing, in which Dracula takes Anna to his masquerade ball and forces her to dance with him while waiting for Van Helsing to arrive. No ropes used, but it's clear he's using some kind of mind control or muscle control.
- The premise of the film P2 revolves around this idea. After refusing to join a security guard named Thomas for a small Christmas dinner, Angela is kidnapped by him, chained to a chair, and forced to dine with him. She escapes shortly afterwards, and the action moves to the underground parking lot she's trapped in. It is later revealed that Thomas had been watching and stalking Angela for some time and seems to have developed affections for her. He even goes so far as recording himself dressing her.
- Happens in the Spanish film The Last Circus.
- After Marion is kidnapped in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Belloq tries to be civil, bringing her a nice dress and then talking to her over wine; unfortunately, the far less civil Toht comes in and breaks this up.
- The Aussie horror film The Loved Ones is about a teenage girl, with help from her dad, kidnapping her high school crush so that she can have the perfect prom with him.
- Darkness has a coerced dinner with Lili in the 1985 film Legend (1985).
- Dr. Lecter does this with Clarice Starling in Hannibal. Clarice is free, but drugged. It doesn't help when Lecter starts cutting open the skull of his other guest and eating his brain.
- In The Mahabharata, the naga princess Ulupi kidnaps Arjuna and drags him to her den at the bottom of the river, where she then propositions him. Even though she's a total stranger, Arjuna finds this sexy for some reason and acquiesces.
- Criminal Minds:
- One episode focuses on a killer who treats his victims to a romantic evening complete with rose petals, though they're not tied down. He means no harm until they turn him down once they reach the bathtub part of the date. The rest fits to a T, though.
- In another episode, a guy was stalking a woman and ended up kidnapping her. One scene shows them sitting at a table and talking, until the woman raises her hands and it's revealed that she's tied up.
- Sos Mi Vida provides a male example. Incapable to get the love of Martín Quesada, and on the run from the law for attempting to kill Esperanza, Barbara kidnapped Martín and tied him to a bed... and attempted to begin a romantic setting. Martín resists until Esperanza comes to the rescue.
- Battlestar Galactica (2003): Starbuck is held captive by Leobin during New Caprica's occupation. It's a nice house and all, and she does kill her captor, but he's a Cylon and just comes back the next day (or earlier), but it doesn't really help her escape since it's still essentially a military prison on the other side of the door. He eventually convinces her to stop even violently murdering him by bringing in a child that she can't risk hurting or getting hurt in further violence.
- Heroes has an incredibly creepy example between Eric (who can move other people like puppets) and Meredith.
- Frontier Circus: Don Diego does this to Naomi in "Naomi Champagne": staging a romantic dinner for her that she has no choice but to attend.
- Jonathan Coulton's "Skullcrusher Mountain": a Mad Scientist, having kidnapped the Damsel in Distress and brought her back to his secret lair, is trying to have a civilized dinner with her while wooing her with his mad science. For some unexplicablenote reason it doesn't seem to be working.
- A variation, the narrator of "Collector" by YAPOOS kidnaps someone, shuts them in the trunk of her car and eventually brings them to her basement as "punishment" for rejecting her love. She says she'll give them anything they want except their freedom.
- A creepy take on this can be found in Terrence McNally's Sweet Eros. The typical staging features soft candlelight, fine music ... and a young woman who's been bound to a chair and gagged, by a young man obsessively searching for his perfect lover. His bizarre efforts to win her affection, even as he's cutting her clothes off and preparing to rape her, create a surreal and uncomfortable atmosphere. It's made even stranger as she appears to return the "affection" in the end, though it may be up to the director and audience to decide how free her choice was.
- In X-Men: Evolution, Jean Grey is held captive by the Blob, who thinks she's his girlfriend. He falls into type 1, though ends up violent.
- In The Simpsons, Patty and Selma have been known to engage in this (for example, a tech guy who was lured over to "fix" their television).
Patty: We have a gentleman caller.Tech Guy: Hey, this TV ain't broke. It's just been unplugged. What th-[Patty slams the door shut.]
- The same thing when they kidnapped Richard Dean Anderson.
- Family Guy: Meg does this to Brian when she falls for him.
- In Teen Titans, Killer Moth threatens the city with destruction unless Robin takes Killer Moth's Bratty Teenage Daughter, Kitten, to the prom. Robin complies, much to his chagrin. (In truth, Kitten is doing this to make her true boyfriend, Fang, jealous; while it partially works — he comes crawling back to her apologizing for whatever fight they had — both of them and her dad still wind up in jail.)
- One Pepé Le Pew cartoon ends with Penelope shackled to him, desperately trying to saw herself free. All Played for Laughs, of course.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mad as a Hatter", Jervis Tetch tries to win his co-worker Alice's heart after her recent breakup. She is charmed by Jarvis but mistakes his romantic overtures as attempts to cheer her up and she later reconciles with her boyfriend. Jarvis then uses his Mind Control technology on her and takes her on a "date" at a Wonderland-themed amusement park.
- Poor Lois got this twice in: Superman: The Animated Series
- In the episode where Bizarro first appears, he asks Lois out before his body starts to suffer from clone degeneration (and thus still resembles Superman). When his body and mental capacities start badly degenerating, he remembers asking her out, so he decides to simply grab her, then break into a restaurant to keep the date. This technically makes it the type 1 example, as he honestly believes he's holding up a promise, even though Lois likely objects.
- She was also kidnapped and "invited" for dinner by Toyman, although this was neither Type 1 nor 2; her written hypothesis of his motivations in the Daily Planet was completely wrong, and he wanted to explain his actual motivations, possibly so she could print them later.
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, when Beezy is under the influence of a Love Sweater meant for Jimmy, he drags Heloise on a date, and ends up wrapping her in a straitjacket to enjoy a candlelight dinner.
- The Ice King does this on occasion with a princess since he's trying to woo them, but always fails.
- The Fairly OddParents!: when Timmy's parents ignored his birthday for Chip Skylark, he wishes for the worst nonlethal thing to happen to him, which is: he is trapped by Vicky. But Timmy soon gets to know Chip, and realizes he's really an ok guy, and decided to free him from Vicky's clutches.
- In the Futurama episode "Bend Her," Bender implies that he's done this before, though not (necessarily) in a romantic context:
Bender: ...Just once I'd like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn't bound and gagged. Is that so much to ask?