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"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
Bryan Mills, Taken

When a loved one has been kidnapped by the Big Bad or his Mooks, sometimes the protagonist has no time or inclination for negotiation. In this case expect them to utilise their skills, experience, determination and connections and go to any lengths in order to rescue said loved one. Without a doubt, copious amounts of violence and mayhem will ensue. Expect them to be fueled either by Unstoppable Rage or Tranquil Fury. Their drive to save their loved one will almost necessarily make them The Determinator. May involve a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner.

If the loved one is a child, then the rescuing is probably being done by a Mama Bear or Papa Wolf, or the Badass in a Badass and Child Duo. Can also be prompted by an I Have Your Wife call from the Big Bad. If it is a love interest, they are probably a Damsel in Distress (or a Distressed Dude). May overlap with Roaring Rampage of Revenge if the goal is to both rescue the loved one and inflict punishment on those who kidnapped them.


Subtrope of Big Damn Heroes.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • When little merkid Myuu from Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest is kidnapped by slavers, they make the mistake of putting Hajime Nagumo, the guy who originally found her, on a wanted poster along with a ransom note on the wall demanding that one of his friends, the rabbit girl Shia, be brought to them. Hajime and his party's response is a ruthless and throrough wiping out of the entire gang of slavers, culminating in the killing of the slavers' leader with three bullets to the head, the rescue of Myuu and everyone else they've enslaved, and the destruction of all the slavers' bases of operations.
  • In Attack on Titan, Mikasa Ackerman is prone to these whenever anyone attempts to kidnap her foster brother, Eren. She's even gone so far as to threaten her True Companions, making it clear that she will kill anyone that gets in her way. Armin seems to be the only one capable of restraining her, and then only just barely.
  • The Conviction Arc from Berserk is pretty much one gigantic one of these, as Guts learns that Casca has gone away following his two-year vendetta against Griffith following the Eclipse. Knowing that he fucked up big-time in leaving her behind, Guts stops at absolutely nothing to save her, tearing through everyone and everything that dares to try to do her harm — be they monsters, cultists, or even a fanatical high inquisitor and his followers — with everything he has.
    • Guts also roars and rampages during the course of the Griffith rescue arc, though much of that roaring and rampaging comes after he and the Hawks find him and learn just what kind of state he's in following his year's worth of torture. It does not end pretty for either the guy responsible for torturing Griffith, or for any Midland guardsman standing between Guts and the way out.
  • Black Lagoon: So you have to this great idea - kidnap Garcia Lovelace for an extortion racket against his father's dwindling influence and power! Not bad. There's just one tiny obstacle in that plan: Roberta, the head maid of the Lovelace family and the Bloodhound of Florencia. Start fucking praying.
  • Rin Asano of Blade of the Immortal. Throughout the series, Rin is essentially somewhere between The Cutie, Distressed Damsel, and The Load. In fact, the entire story began basically because she hired badass Immortal Samurai Manji to protect her. Throughout the series, Rin gains an inverted Bodyguard Crush and slowly falls in love with Manji. In a later arc, Manji is captured by the shogunate and completely vanishes, prompting Rin to go "Let's Get Dangerous!." For the rest of the arc, Rin becomes a force of absolute destruction against anything standing between her and her man. She takes such a level in badass that Manji fails to recognize her when they're reunited.
  • In Bleach this was the driving motive for Ichigo and his friends during the Soul Society and Arrancar arcs, rescuing Rukia from execution by Soul Society in the former and Orihime from captivity in Hueco Mundo in the latter.
  • Kazuki of Fafner in the Azure: Dead Aggressor flies into a rage when his ahem best friend Soushi is kidnapped by a Festum. Sadly, it doesn't work.
    Kazuki: Give him back! Give me back Soushi!
  • Roy Mustang goes on a one-man one of these in Fullmetal Alchemist, when two of his most loyal subordinates are endangered during a covert operation. He risks the entire mission by tearing across town to save their lives. His Number Two, Riza Hawkeye, thanks him for saving her by calling him an idiot for doing so; of course, being Riza, she gets away with this.
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure has this trope prominently featured in episode 42. Cure White is captured by the Seeds of Darkness and trapped in a zone where the darkness will consume her. Cure Black's response to this is really something behold.
  • Inuyasha: Sesshoumaru's storming of Hell to save his Morality Pet Rin.
  • Lupin III goes on one of these to rescue Clarice in The Castle of Cagliostro, assisted by Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko, and none other than his Friendly Enemy Inspector Zenigata (with the whole of Interpol at his command.)
  • The title character of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS provides an absolutely spectacular example when Vivio is kidnapped, curb-stomping everyone that gets in between her and her daughter. And her daughter, too.
  • One Piece: Luffy on several occasions, notably in Arlong Park (on Nami's behalf), Enies Lobby (for Nico Robin), and Marineford (to interrupt his brother Ace's execution). Expect him to yell (either yelling the Arc Villain's name, or just plain yelling), perform at least one Foe-Tossing Charge accompanied by a Gum-Gum Gatling, and seriously kick ass in general.
  • Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0: When Zeruel eats and assimilates Unit-00, Shinji attacks it in a scene that starts out paralleling the fight from Neon Genesis Evangelion... up until Shinji's eyes glow red and Unit-01 Awakens into a divine being, curb-stomps Zeurel, absorbs Rei's soul into herself along with Zeruel's body, and kicks off the Third Impact in the process.
    Shinji: I want Rei... GIVE HER BACK!
  • Rebuild World: There is an incident that plays out differently in the Web Serial Novel and Light Novel versions: Akira storming the fortress of a powerful slum gang due to Sheryl being used as The Bait by Viola to make Akira trigger a Mob War between the two biggest gangs on behalf of a Government Conspiracy to eradicate them.
    • In the Web Novel version, it’s a half Roaring Rampage of Revenge which serves to make it a sort of Hope Spot for the one he’s rescuing, and Akira also fights with The Rival Katsuya for the first time due to Katsuya protecting the girl who pickpocketed him.
    • In the Light Novel version, it’s 100% a rescue with said significant character being replaced with another gang boss, all due to Executive Meddling (or rather editor meddling) to make the story Lighter and Softer by not having Akira kill the young girl who pickpocketed him.
  • Saiyuki has the "overlaps with Roaring Rampage of Revenge" version courtesy of Hakkai, then still named Gonou, who single-handedly killed at least 1000 demons in the process of rescuing his sister/lover Kanan. Then Kanan kills herself before his eyes, since she had been gangraped and forcibly impregnated, and everything goes further downhill.
  • A scary version in Steel Angel Kurumi. After Nakahito's kidnapped, Kurumi, Saki and Karinka storm the School's floating fortress. However, being away from Nakahito is slowly turning Kurumi into her Brainwashed and Crazy Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs:
  • Inugami from Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest. After his arch-nemesis Haguro kidnaps their teacher Aoshika (who is the only person that Inugami really cares about) and subjects her to hours and hours of horrible gang rape at the hands of himself and his men just to piss Inugami off enough to lure him out of seclusion Inugami is conflicted with the traumatizing events and the feelings that he has toward Aoshika. He eventually accepts and declares that he loves her and from that point on, the story snowballs into his dramatic mission to save her from Haguro's clutches. It works, thought at a very high price.

    Comic Books 
  • Bob Saetta goes on one in Back to Brooklyn to save his family.
  • In Fall Out Toy Works, the Toymaker mass produces a pack of toy robots (with weapons and jetpacks!), calls for help from old friends, and storms Baron's zeppelin base to rescue one of his robots, Tiffany.
  • Sin City:
    • Wallace of Hell and Back goes on one of these when Esther, the woman he saves from suicide, is kidnapped.
    • And then there's Silent Night, where Marv gets to be a little girl's knight in shining armor, rescuing her from some sex traffickers. Needless to say, they get what's coming to them.
  • The Invisible Terror: A lab assistant goes after international mercenaries who kidnapped his dad boss' kids.
  • The Green Knight: A superhero blasts his way through a vampire's servants to rescue a young lad.
  • Wonder Man (Fox): A radio mechanic busts up a tinpot dictatorship to save his boss's daughter.
  • In a Batman: Black and White story, Batman begins following a trail of especially horrible murders committed with a hatchet. He manages to find out every victim was at one point an Arkham inmate, and identifies the last victim in time to catch the killer - Arnold Wesker, the Ventriloquist. It turns out the rampage was actually this trope — he had been attacked at Arkham and Scarface torn apart by the other inmates. When offered Scarface's head, the last missing piece, Wesker immediately mellows out to his usual milquetoast persona, submits to the annoyed Scarface's complaints and meekly awaits to be sent back to Arkham.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: Several times. If you capture one of the pilots, his/her friends will not leave you alone until you die.
    • When Leliel swallowed Asuka whole and imprisoned her inside its body Shinji went berserk. He shattered the Angel's body into pieces, the whole time roaring: "GIVE HER BACK!"
    • Bardiel hijacked the Eva Hikari was piloting, locking her inside the giant robot. Shinji, Asuka and Rei managed to get her out of it; then Shinji and Asuka beat it up and Asuka stabbed it over and again until it died.
  • In All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird, when the Lord Inquisitor is captured by the enemy, a portion of the inner circle pulls out all the stops to get him back. They're pretty sure that it's a trap - that he's being used as bait to lure his Distaff Counterpart - but they refuse to let that stop them.
  • The Child of Love: Subverted. When Misato reveals Shinji his father has taken Asuka away, Shinji loses his nerve for a moment, wanting nothing more than to run away and pretend it was not happening. However, Misato reminded him he was supposed to protect Asuka and not to run away, and he recovered his courage and joined the rescue party to storm the base, save Asuka and kick Gendo's ass.
  • Child of the Storm: Harry and his friends, under the direction of Doctor Strange, assault HYDRA's base to rescue Tony, Steve and Bruce - also, to retrieve Mjölnir.
    • In the sequel, the Avengers, with a few others, such as Wanda Maximoff, Jack O'Neill, and Alison Carter, assault the Red Room's base to get Harry and Carol back. It's a Curb-Stomp Battle for the good guys, but it...doesn't go quite as intended.
    • These seem to run in the family: Alison recalls going on one of these when Jack was captured and tortured during Desert Storm, while Peggy Carter went on one when Alison was kidnapped by the Red Room-and, it's implied, unleashed one heck of an arse-kicking.
  • BJ goes on one of these in Cinderjuice when his beloved Morality Chain is abducted. Considering that the abduction was preceded by a painful attempt at Break Her Heart to Save Her, he is really not happy.
  • A Crown of Stars: Winthrop turned Asuka into his plaything and flew with her to Germany, forcing Shinji to remain in Boston specifically because he wanted to avoid the teenager going berserk and trying to rescue her.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: The moment the homophobe was about to rape Italy, Germany and Japan tackled him to the ground before proceeding to beat the living crap out of him. He didn't stand a chance.
  • Jayne Cobb isn’t known for being the most caring guy, but when he and Kaylee are caught in the Firefly fic Helpless, Kaylee is raped, and Jayne’s gets mad. He has to carry Kaylee because she’s too weak to stand, but still manages to clobber a number of guards and shoot a few as he makes his way out. It’s referred to once as “the Cobb juggernaut”.
  • HERZ: Averted. When Misato informs Asuka that Shinji has been kidnapped by SEELE, her first impulse was to run off and trash wildly to find her husband, but she struggled to control herself because she knew it was part of SEELE's plan.
  • In the Star Wars fic "Important Information", Han gets kidnapped and tortured. Luke, Leia, and Chewie storm the place and take out whoever they have to in order to get Han out of there.
  • Last Child of Krypton: When Asuka was trapped by Leliel inside its one-dimensional body, Shinji flew inside the alternate dimension, fought back Leliel's mind-raping nightmares, found Asuka and, when he confronted Leliel, simply said, "Burn" before setting the alien monster afire with his heat vision.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: When Shinji was kidnapped by a terrorist organization, Asuka got very, very mad. She searched, found and stormed into their headquarters, trashed everybody in there and pummeled the leader for daring to hurt and badmouth Shinji.
  • Thousand Shinji: When Shinji woke up from a coma, Rei explained that Asuka was in a coma after being Mind Raped and Misato had been locked down in a cell. Shinji decided he would rescue both women and would kill anyone stood in the way.

    Films — Animated 
  • Milo leads his friends and the Atlanteans on one of these to save Princess Kida during the climax of Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
  • The climax of Despicable Me has Gru storming Vector's lair to rescue the girls.
  • Happens on a seriously epic scale in The Powerpuff Girls Movie. The girls return to earth from their self-exile in outer space because they realize the Professor (their father/creator) is in danger. However, they don't know where he is or which member of Mojo Jojo's enormous, overpowered primate army has him. What's worse is that they're quickly overwhelmed by all of the other townspeople that need saving. The solution? Once they realize they can use their superpowers to physically fight the monkeys and apes, they beat the everliving crap out of every last one of them because it's the fastest way to find and rescue the Professor while also saving everyone else as well. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite go according to plan because Mojo Jojo figures out what they're doing from a distance and escapes the scene with the unwilling Professor in tow. By the time the girls realize this and storm his lair, the villain is already using their father as a Human Shield, which brings their rampage to a literal screeching halt. They still save him in the end, of course.
  • Prince Phillip in Sleeping Beauty, with the help of the three good fairies, must go on this against everything Maleficent throws at him in order to get to Aurora.
  • The main plot of The Triplets of Belleville. In this case, the Roaring Rampage is carried out by three ancient ex-cabaret singers, a fat old dog, and a short, round woman who will not be stopped by bodyguards or oceans or Mafia.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 2019: After the Fall of New York: A post-apocalyptic mercenary is hired by the remnants of the US government to rescue the last fertile woman on Earth, and must blast through mutants and a fascist occupying force to do so.
  • Hardcore Henry: Shortly after the protagonist, Henry, wakes up from a coma and finds that a scientist who claims to be his wife, named Estelle, has given him a new cyborg body to recover from having his old body brutalized and ripped apart, Estelle is kidnapped by a powerful psychic named Akan, who plans to make more cyborgs like Henry to take over civilization. Henry, resolves to use his new superhuman strength, death-defying parkour, and whatever weapon he can get his hands on or make himself, to get her back. It's extremely worth noting that this movie is shot in first-person perspective, and Henry has no speaking ability since there was no time to implant a voice box into his throat before his wife was taken, all contributing to this movie being a massive love letter to the first person shooter genre of video games.
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass: Alice and her friends set out on one of these to Salazen Grum, where they've realized the Hatter's family has been held captive for years. Unfortunately, they all get captured themselves in the process.
  • Aliens : Ripley and Newt.
  • Android Cop: Two cops blast their way through a crime-ridden section of the city to rescue the mayor's daughter. They end up having to rampage some more to protect her from the government conspiracy.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Batman's rescue of Martha Kent towards the climax, unleashing hell on Lex Luthor's mooks first with the Batwing's weapons, then tearing through them inside the warehouse. He's not related to her and doesn't know her personally, but amending for what he nearly did to Superman and preventing him from suffering the same kind of loss as him [Bruce] proves just as strong a motivation.
  • The Black Godfather: J.J. and his mob declare violent war on the heroin gang they've been struggling with all movie when they kidnap his girlfriend.
  • Blindman: A blind mercenary blasts his way through a bandit gang to rescue 50 mail-order brides. He also rescues a Mexican general kidnapped by the same men, but he's mostly interested in the brides.
  • Breaker! Breaker! : When a CB call goes out to rescue J.D., every trucker in a 50-mile radius descends on Texas City and ends up leveling the place. (J.D. is saved more due to the distraction the destruction provided, than their direct actions.),
  • Commando has Arnie rescuing his daughter, in true Papa Wolf fashion.
  • Cowboys & Aliens: Embarked on after several of the main characters' loved ones are captured by the aliens and taken away.
  • Jim Gordon goes through this in The Dark Knight when Harvey Dent is savagely and permanently disfigured because of the corrupt cops in Gordon's unit who he tried to warn him about, and then goes missing when the hospital he's in has been destroyed. Gordon's line about saving Dent is easily the most desperate line in the film:
    Gordon: NO!!! There's no time! We have clear shots! Dent is in there with them! We have to save Dent! I HAVE TO SAVE DENT!!!
  • Die You Zombie Bastards!: A Serial Killer goes superhero and slashes his way across the globe to save his wife from a zombie-making supervillain.
  • Frantic: A Roman Polański thriller that has Harrison Ford stopping at nothing to rescue his kidnapped wife.
  • Gorgo : Gorgo's mother only starts her rampage through London to save her kidnapped son, making this a rare example where the monster is the one doing the rescue.
  • Iron Eagle is also essentially about this trope, with the kicker being that its a son rescuing his father, in a fighter jet.
  • Lavalantula: A washed-up actor blasts his way through a giant fire spider invasion to save his ex-wife and son.
  • Lethal: An intelligence agent fighting the Russian Mob over government documents decides It's Personal after they kidnap her sister.
  • Owen from Let Me In is regularly mistreated and beaten by three classmates. When one day they go so far that they really want to mutilate or drown him, the vampire Abby arrives, who brutally kills the bullies to save Owen.
  • Live Free or Die Hard has the bad guys kidnapping McClane's daughter and hence he embarks on one of these.
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight has a former CIA assassin turning Mama Bear to rescue her daughter.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Sam does it twice.
  • The Losers (1970): A biker gang is hired to rescue a prisoner of war. He's actually a diplomat there willingly to negotiate, and the events of the film ruined the negotiation.
    • Nam Angels, an unrelated film, has the exact same premise, except its a former Nazi in the area instead of the Viet Cong themselves. This time it goes much better.
  • Man on Fire would be a subversion. He starts on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, assuming the girl is already dead. Once he learns she's actually alive, he calms down and complies with the kidnapper.
  • The Matrix: Neo and Trinity's use of guns—lots of guns (and one bomb, and one helicopter...)—mowing down mook after mook (including a few Agents, temporarily), to save their leader, Morpheus.
  • The Man from Nowhere: Yes, Tae-Sik does this literally at the final battle.
  • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Sir Lancelot intercepts a distress message sent by an unwilling groom from Swamp Castle, and then proceeds to slaughter a good chunk of the wedding guests while mounting a rescue mission.
  • Oblivion (1994): Zack goes on one after his girlfriend is kidnapped by the outlaws he's fighting against.
  • Predator opens up with one of these: Arnie's crack commando team is called in to rescue two missing cabinet ministers, who are suspected to be held hostage by a rebel force. The trope is played with in that both of them are actually CIA, and the team had been lied to about their identities; both are already dead as well, and though he was hoping to rescue them the agent who set the team up quickly admits that he mainly wanted Arnie's unit to destroy the rebel base and kill all the soldiers in a pre-emptive strike. They do exactly that, but another way its played with is that they mistakenly believe the rebels skinned the previous team alive and strung them up, making this a Roaring Rampage of Revenge as well- except, of course, the culprit behind the skinning was actually the Predator, so the rebels were Mis-blamed twice.
  • The Shaw Brothers film, The Rescue (1971), which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: a group of Ming-dynasty warriors banding together to rescue a captured Minister from a fortress swarming with Mongol soldiers. They ultimately fails, but the Minister, moments before his death, wrote a "Song of Uprightness" in a scroll to be given to the Final Girl heroine, who then escapes and delivers said scroll to the patriots, inspiring them to continue fighting for a good cause.
  • Taken: The entire premise of the plot is a Papa Wolf setting out to rescue his daughter from a sex slave ring. That page quote above? He's not even remotely kidding.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except: While the heroes are mostly motivated by their leader's Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the cult that killed his girlfriend and her dad, they are also trying to rescue a bunch of people the cult is planning to kill.
  • Underworld: Awakening starts with Selene escaping from unknown captors and setting out to rescue Michael in this fashion. Instead, she finds a girl who turns out to be her and Michael's daughter and tells her that Michael is dead. Then the girl is kidnapped, so Selene sets on a Roaring Rampage Of Rescue to save her; while doing so, she learns that Michael is not dead after all, and has in fact escaped on his own while she was rescuing the girl.
  • Taxi Driver: To rescue Iris, Travis Bickle shoots his way through several lowlifes (including Iris's pimp).
  • The War Lord: The whole purpose of the Frisian siege of the tower is to rescue the leader's young son from the Normans led by Chrysagon, no matter how many men they lose at it.
  • Wizards of the Demon Sword: A wandering swordsman is hired to rescue the keeper of a magical artifact from an Evil Sorcerer.
  • The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998 movie): When Scully is kidnapped in an attempt to manipulate Mulder, little does the series Big Bad Syndicate know that Mulder is getting her back and will take out anything and anyone that stands in his way.
  • Zombie Wars: A group of post-apocalyptic soldiers blast their way through a zombie-run slave camp to rescue one of their own.

  • In An Outcast in Another World, Rob and Orn'tol's Dungeon Crawl to rescue the rest of the trainees involves murdering hundreds of enemies, most of them with fire, and killing the last and final one with two arrows piercing through its eyes and out the other end. Rob and Keira's rescue of the civilians during the defense of the Village involves taking on a giant monster significantly stronger than them and beating it into a bloody pulp.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Changes revolves around Harry going on one of these to rescue his and Susan's daughter. He sells his freedom to the fae and effectively commits genocide against Red Court vampires to do it.
    • Also the assault on Winter led by Charity Carpenter.
  • The Ramayana: Essentially the entirety of the plot once the demon king Ravana kidnaps Rama's wife Sita, starting a war in the process. Makes this trope Older Than Feudalism.
  • The Belgariad: Barak in bear form rips through Salmissra's palace in the second novel after Salmissra kidnaps Garion. Midway through the Malloreon, Garion chops his way through Ashaba to rescue his son. (Subverted because Geran was never there, it was an illusion cast because Zandramas is fond of mindscrewing people.) One could argue the next-to-the-last fight scene in "Seeress of Kell" would count as well, though Garion is as much interested in revenge on Zandramas as anything else.
  • Vorkosigan Saga: Cordelia Vorkosigan embarks on one of these in Barrayar when a civil war puts her baby (in a Uterine Replicator) in danger. Then she goes to the capitals, ends the war, and kills the usurper, almost all by herself — and then she brings back his head to her husband to boot.
  • Millennium Series: Lisbeth in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when Mikel is captured at the end by Martin.
  • Kate Daniels: When Kate is captured by the rakshasas, Curran and the rest of the shifters embark on one to rescue her.
  • In the first Night Huntress book, the Big Bad kidnaps Cat's mother as bait. Cat and Bones show up and extremely wreck some shit. All the bad guys are dead by the end of it.
  • After her fiancé Jerin is kidnapped, Princess Ren of A Brother's Price pretty much goes all out on one of these, though she's cool headed enough to insist that her sisters stay home to guard their little sisters and mothers, since if she and they are killed the country is pretty much screwed.
  • Buck Williams in the Left Behind book Armageddon is ready to go on this when his wife Chloe is captured by the Global Community, but Rayford and the Tribulation Force contingent in San Diego are able to talk him down and convince him to let God handle her fate.
  • In Steppe, the hero Alp's wife is kidnapped by the leader of an enemy tribe. He responds by leading his clan and two allied clans to war to rescue her. This is Truth in Television; the setting is a historical recreation game, and Alp is playing the character Temujin (better known as Genghis Khan), who really did go to war to rescue his wife from his enemies.
  • In the first Splinter Cell novel, Sam Fisher's daughter is kidnapped by terrorists who try to use her to force Sam to surrender. After Sam helps the U.S. Military destroy the terrorists' super weapon, he goes on one of these at the small hideout where they are holding her.

    Live Action TV 
  • 24 famously had this arc used for its first season with Jack attempting to rescue his wife and daughter during the first half of the season. Additionally, the first quarter of Day 4 focuses on Jack attempting to do everything in his power to rescue the Secret of Defense James Heller (his boss) and Heller's daughter Audrey (his girlfriend).
    • Jack winds up on the receiving end of rescue from Renee Walker and the FBI in the seventh season finale when they attempt to save him from a rogue Tony Almeida and Alan Wilson.
    • Though he wasn't physically rescuing anybody, in Season 6, Jack still saved lives when he successfully took on Abu Fayed and his men single-handed to retrieve the nukes that Fayed was gonna use on LA.
  • In season 2 of Arrow, Thea is kidnapped by Slade. Oliver lays an epic beatdown on the unfortunate goons holding her captive. It's such a roaring rampage that he possibly shoots to kill at 1:46.
  • in the season 2 finale, final scene, of What We Do in the Shadows (2019) Guillermo saves Nandor, Nadja, and Laszlo from the vampiric counsel, slaying a theater full of vampires.
  • The A-Team, "Deadly Manuevers". Not having the option of calling in the police, Hannibal goes after the mercenaries who kidnapped his team himself. He ties the stick of a jeep so that it will drive over the explosives as a distraction, cuts through the roof, and kicks in the door to the room where the others are being held.
  • In Being Human (UK) George and Annie go off on one of these near the end of Season 1, and then Mitchell and McNair do one for George in Season 3.
  • In the first episode of Black Lightning (2018), the title character's daughters are kidnapped by the 100. Cue one very angry superhero coming out of retirement, donning a brand new suit and curb-stomping anyone in his path.
  • Boardwalk Empire's third season finale, Margate Sands, features Richard Harrow going on a truly epic rampage in which he kills at least ten of Rosetti's men, in order to retrieve Tommy (the young son of his best friend). The last of Rosetti's men makes the mistake of putting a gun to Tommy's head. It does him no good whatsoever.
  • Subverted in Chinese Paladin, after Ah Nu makes a Deal with the Devil. Her parents, friends, and love interest assemble to storm the mountain and rescue her... but only results in the villain ordering her mother, a supposedly-celibate priestess, arrested for adultery.
  • Chuck: Sarah in "Chuck Versus the Phase Three" when Chuck gets kidnapped. Chuck in the season 4 finale when Sarah is poisoned.
  • Mac on CSI: NY when Christine is taken. Several guys get roughed up, at least one person gets shot, and Mac plays Russian Roulette with another - though it's later revealed he never put the bullet into the revolver's chamber, he only pretended to.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Bad Wolf":
      The Doctor: I'm gonna rescue her, I'm gonna save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet, and then I'm gonna save the Earth, and then, just to finish off, I'm gonna wipe EVERY LAST STINKING DALEK OUT OF THE SKY!
      Dalek: But you have no weapons, no defences, no plan!
      The Doctor: Yeah. And doesn't that just scare you to death. Rose?
      Rose: Yes, Doctor?
      The Doctor: I'm coming to get you.
    • The entire premise of "A Good Man Goes to War" is the rescue of Amy and Rory's baby.
    • And "The Time of the Doctor" takes this trope to the ultimate extreme: the Doctor rescues the entire Time Lord race by battling all of the worst enemies he's ever accrued across his 1100 year-plus life through twelve incarnations for 900 years.
  • In the NBC's 2013 Dracula series, Renfield is kidnapped and tortured for information. After sunset, when Grayson is finally able to go out to find him, the results (for the captors) are not pretty.
  • Firefly: When Mal is captured by Niska in "War Stories", the entire crew comes together (including Wash, who was the other guy captured and was rescued by Zoe) and engages in a Storming the Castle assault.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Robert Baratheon's entire rebellion was fueled by his desire to rescue Lyanna Stark.
    • Yara sets out to find Theon and kill his captors, but it's quickly subverted. When she finds him, Theon is brainwashed to the point that he doesn't even want to be rescued, and Ramsay shows up and butchers most of her men before forcing her to flee.
  • Inspector Lynley's response to his partner Barbara Havers' capture in a pub by an armed madman is a full tactical assault squad. Which is, incidentally, the only reason he doesn't go barging in there, unarmed and unprotected, to rescue her himself. Even then, it's all they can do to keep him out of the line of fire.
  • Since the very start of season two of Into the Badlands, Sunny's sole mission was to be reunited with Veil and their newborn child. Once he learned that the Widow had sold Veil out and she was forced to marry Quinn, it only fueled Sunny more, even knowing how dangerously outnumbered he'd be.
  • JAG: In "Going after Francesca", while in Italy, Chegwidden's daughter has been kidnapped and he essentially does a Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! with Harm by procuring weapons through Navy channels under the false pretense that they are meant for "target practice".
  • In Princess Returning Pearl, Yong Qi, Er Kang and Er Tai storm into jail complete with a fake imperial decree (the faking of which is punishable by death) ordering the guards to release Xiao Yan Zi, Zi Wei and Jin Suo. When their bluff was seen through, cue badass battle to rescue their lady-loves from jail. Also Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Into the Fire", General Hammond asks for volunteers to rescue SG-1, but is stopped by every available member of Stargate Command stepping forward to volunteer. He picks out the best of the best and sends them off to rescue SG-1. And it is awesome.
    • And again in "Stronghold", this time with the rest of SG-1 and several other teams going off to rescue Teal'c from Ba'al.
      Landry: Teal'c is family. I don't like people screwing with my family.
      Mitchell: We're with you, sir.
      Landry: Let's bring him home.

    Roleplaying Games 

    Video Games 
  • Seen at least once in each Dragon Age game:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, you get to go on one during your origin story if you're playing a City Elf. If you're playing a female City Elf, it overlaps with Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
      • Also in Origins, this is an option for resolving the quest "Captured!" in which the Warden (of any background) is imprisoned in Fort Drakon. The player can elect to have the Warden break out by themselves, or they can select two party members to stage one of these.
    • In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, the Warden-Commander undertakes one at the behest of a nobleman whose daughter has been kidnapped. Learning that the Hero of Ferelden has come to kick the kidnappers' asses causes one of them to jump off a cliff.
    • Hawke goes on one of these during the "All That Remains" storyline quest in Dragon Age II. Tragically, they're too late.
      Snarky!Hawke: I'm sorry to interrupt this lovely student-teacher reunion but WHERE IS MY MOTHER?!
      • In the final act, the quest "Best Served Cold" is about other characters essentially forcing Hawke to perform one in order to save their sibling, love interest, or closest friend.
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, the Inquisitor and party must stage one of these for a group of Inquisition soldiers who have been taken prisoner in the Fereldan swamplands. They've been taken prisoner for the precise purpose of forcing the Inquisitor to do this.
  • In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the B-Support scene between Hubert and Edelgard reveals that Hubert attempted one when Edelgard was taken to Faerghus by her uncle, arguably to keep her safe from rising problems in the Empire. Hubert was devastated that Edelgard was taken away and he started running after her, from the south-western Adrestian Empire to the north-western Kingdom of Faerghus, all while avoiding and defeating the soldiers his father sent after him to get him home. Hubert was only 10 years old and the time and, while he failed at his attempted rescue, he did manage to make it to three days worth of a journey before being returned home.
  • The final act of Mass Effect 2 is this, if the player chooses to go through the Omega-4 relay to save his/her crew. Also, you could consider Garrus's, Tali's, and Thane's recruitment missions and Miranda's, Mordin's, and Tali's loyalty missions to be this as well.
    • Although once you find Tali's father dead, her loyalty mission becomes a Roaring Rampage of Revenge instead...
    • The Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC is all about this:
    Liara: I've spent two years plotting revenge. Now I have the chance to make it a rescue.
  • Metro Exodus let's you play through almost the entire game without killing most human enemies. Except when Miller leads Artyom and Anna right into the trap of the Cannibal Clan that lives in the Yamantau bunkers. Miller and Artyom get saved in the last moment by Sam and Idiot, but Anna has already been taken away to be checked for disease before getting butchered. What follows is one of the biggest scenes of carnage in the series as four heavily armed elite soldier fight their paths through hundreds of deranged lunatics mostly armed with axes and no protection.
  • Nier goes on one after The Shadowlord kidnaps Yonah. It's actually half this, half Roaring Rampage of Revenge, considering that the five-year Time Skip in between is spent entirely murdering the fuck out of Shades.
  • Shirou during Heaven's Feel route, even his death can't stop him from saving Sakura. (In the Normal end.)
  • In Stranglehold, the events of the game can be considered both one of these and a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for Tequila, particularly near the end where Billie, Tequila's wife, has been killed by Jerry on Wong's orders and Wong has kidnapped Teko, Tequila's daughter, and is intent on doing the same to her as his own revenge upon Tequila.
  • The majority of BioShock 2 is Subject Delta going on this to save Eleanor from Sofia Lamb. When they meet up, they become a Badass Family.
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • Grand Theft Auto III has this in the final mission where Maria is taken hostage by Catalina in Shoreside Vale. At first, Claude was willing to give half a million dollars for her freedom, but it turned out it was a trap. However, he managed to chase Catalina on a helicopter (with Maria) heading to Liberty City's dam. Once the player gets there, Claude starts a massive kill spree on the Colombian Cartel goons and destroyed Catalina's helicopter with a rocket launcher. In the end, Claude gets Maria alive. Not that it matters, though.
    • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has several missions where CJ tears through several opponents to rescue Big Smoke, his brother Sweet and others.
    • The "Hostile Negotiation" mission in Grand Theft Auto IV is this, with Niko laying waste to a whole building full of Russian mobsters to save Roman and showing the Big Bad that "NO ONE fucks with my family!"
    • Two missions in Grand Theft Auto V center around this premise: "Fresh Meat", where Franklin has to find and shoot his way through the meat processing plant where Michael is being held by the Chinese mob before he's put through the grinder, and "Lamar Down", where all three protagonists team up to save Lamar from the Ballas.
  • Subverted in Duke Nukem Forever - by the time Duke finds the abducted Holsom Twins (and several other Babes), they've been impregnated by alien spawn, and Duke must either put them out of their misery or do nothing and let the aliens explode out of their bodies. Duke does NOT take this well.
  • In Asura's Wrath, one of Asura's main motivations is to find his daughter, save her, and give a merciless beatdown to 'anyone' who gets in his way. By then end of the game no deity is left standing and Asura is about to go on another if the true ending is any indication.
  • The last two stages of Black★Rock Shooter: The Game. To make it worse, the girl BRS is desperate to rescue is kind of an unapologetic Jerkass not to mention that said girl has double-crossed her earlier.
  • In [PROTOTYPE], Alex Mercer brings his game-spanning Roaring Rampage of Revenge to a screeching halt to rescue his younger sister when she's kidnapped by Elizabeth Greene. He stops caring about the progression of The Virus or his fight with Blackwatch, and spends several missions doing nothing but buzzsawing through anything that stands in the way of Dana's safety. The distinction from his usual behaviour is very slight but crucial.
    Alex: You took my sister! I'M GONNA END YOU!
    • In Prototype2, when Alex has the protagonist's daughter kidnapped, James is so furious, his anger actually stops being detrimental and helps to fuel his stand-off against the final boss.
  • Kratos of all people goes on one of these in God of War: Ghost of Sparta. He finds out that his brother Deimos was kidnapped by the Gods when they were kids, and is being tortured by Thanatos, the God of Death.
  • Despite their child-friendly look, this trope fuels practically every Super Mario Bros. game ever. Peach is kidnapped and Mario spends the rest of the game literally crushing or incinerating everyone that stands in his path. Usually it involves decimating the population of numerous Koopa affiliated lands or even planets, and no environmental obstacle that exists can stop him. He will capture castles, bring down airships and even destroy planet sized monsters to get the job done.
  • This is what Snow and Lightning think they embark on in the beginning of Final Fantasy XIII. Turns out that rushing in blindly after the kidnapped Serah isn't gonna cut it by a wide margin. To put this into perspective: they find Serah after an hour of gameplay; actually saving her takes the other 49, most of which is spent running away and not knowing what to do next.
  • A possible sidequest in Golden Sun is going to rescue Ivan's foster-father, who is being held for ransom in the local Wretched Hive. It's amusing because Ivan is pretty mellow normally, but absolutely furious when his family (or even his foster-family) is at stake.
  • In Wing Commander II, Spirit mentions having dreams of this after her fiancé was captured by the Kilrathi. The closest she gets is an attack on a traitor held space station.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Link does this repeatedly - first to save the children kidnapped from his home village, then later to save the dying Midna, then later still to save the possessed Zelda.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword features Link saving his Implied Love Interest and childhood friend, Zelda, after Ghirahim kidnaps her near the end. He goes through a horde of monsters, takes on the Demon Lord himself, and finally rescues her soul from what is essentially Satan - all to be reunited with her.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic, the protagonist storms the Star Forge and wipes out most of the Sith army on their way to rescue Bastila, who'd been abducted and brainwashed by Darth Malak.
  • The first Bloody Roar did this rather literally, as Uriko, the kidnapped girl and final boss, is the daughter of Mitsuko, one of the playable characters (who can transform into a large and powerful boar-woman). The second game reverses it — Uriko is playable (though with weakened powers) and Mitsuko gets kidnapped.
  • The last third of Half-Life 2 can be viewed as one. Specifically, Gordon Freeman gets Tired of Running, single-handedly assaults the super-secure Combine prison (and indirectly destroys it), starts a worldwide rebellion and, again single-handedly, pwns his way up the Citadel to rescue a captured Eli Vance and later Alyx.
  • Lee in The Walking Dead goes through one in Chapter 5, hacking his way through a herd of Walkers to rescue Clementine from the Stranger.
  • Final Fantasy X has two to save Yuna, the first from the the Al Bhed at the Blitzball championship, the second from getting wedded to Seymour.
  • PAYDAY 2 has one in the Hoxton Breakout heist, at least in the first part. The PAYDAY gang, with help from various contacts they've made, finally bust out Hoxton during a falsified prison transfer, and the heist sees the gang take on the FBI in a street-by-street full-out battle to get their friend back safely.
  • Starcraft II Heart Of The Swarm: Kerrigan's main goal is to take down Mengsk for killing her man Jim Raynor (among other misdeeds); but when she learns that Jim is alive and is merely imprisoned, she takes a detour to save him, with just as much vigor and bloodthirst as before.
  • This is likely to be the Dovahkiin's response in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim if someone important to him/her is kidnapped. With the addition of the Hearthfire DLC, the Dragonborn's spouse may be abducted by the forces of a bandit leader called Rochelle the Red; the Dawnguard DLC, meanwhile, adds the possibility of the spouse or another friend being kidnapped by a coven of vampires.
  • Professor Layton embarks on one of these in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, when the Big Bad kidnaps his adopted daughter. Until he deals with that particular situation, everything else is very much a secondary concern.
  • The main action of Bayonetta 2 has Bayonetta mounting a rescue mission into the very heart of Inferno in order to save the soul of Jeanne, who was dragged off after saving her from a renegade demon, taking down both angels and demons along the way. And there is absolutely no mercy from Bayonetta when she finally faces down Alraune, the demon who has laid claim to Jeanne's soul.
  • Mystic Warriors: The titular group won't take kindly to one of their own being victimized, you know. Just ask Skull Corp.
  • Red Dead Redemption II: When little Jack Marston is kidnapped by the Braithwaite family, this not only garners a Papa Wolf response from John and Arthur but the whole gang as well, who drop everything and storm the Braithwaite mansion to get Jack back. This involves torching the place to the ground, gunning down the Evil Matriarch's sons, and leaving her to run back into the burning building. They do find out that Jack's been taken to Angelo Bronte, and once Bronte keeps his word and gives Jack back to the gang, everyone in the gang celebrates.
  • Heat Signature some missions, whether for hire or personal, require the player to rescue a captive from an enemy ship. These can be done non-lethally, but if a player chooses it is very possible to kill 40 guards to save a client or loved one.
  • Resident Evil Village is the story of Ethan Winters tearing through terrifying monsters to rescue his daughter Rose.
  • From Riku's visit to The World That Never Was on, Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] is basically just his Roaring Rampage of Rescue to save Sora from becoming Xehanort's vessel.
  • Total War: Warhammer III: The main campaign mechanic for Order based factions is to storm through the Hell Gate Portal Network that opens periodically, and free the Sealed Good in a Can bear god Ursun from the realms of Chaos, while Chaos forces compete to absorb his power.
  • Pick a side-scrolling beat 'em up from the late 80s to mid 90s and any plot is likely to be this: From Double Dragon (Rescue Marian) to Final Fight (Rescue Jessica) to Bad Dudes (Rescue "President Ronnie"). Even some of Konami's legendary multi-player brawlers were in on this plot: The Simpsons (Rescue Maggie) plays it 100% straight. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game and X-Men (1992) keep going after you've made the rescuenote 
  • The first half of Max Payne 3 centers around several such rampages. In the first chapter, Max proves his worth as a private security guard and rescues both his principal Rodrigo and Rodrigo's wife Fabiana by gunning down their kidnappers. During the second chapter the same kidnappers try to take Fabiana and her sister Giovanna. Max only manages to save the latter, so he spends the fifth and seventh chapters killing his way through the Comando Sombra and a few other favela gangs to get to her.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Daughter for Dessert, even though Amanda isn’t being held captive, the protagonist breaking into Cecilia’s hotel room to confront the two of them has shades of this.
  • When the protagonist of Double Homework finds Dennis in Johanna’s bed with both of them in their underwear, it doesn’t matter what damning information Dennis has on him: he grabs Dennis and throws him out the window. And when he realizes that Dennis made a soft landing and is running away, he gives chase and beats the crap out of him.

    Web Original 
  • Discussed in AsteroidQuest, when Hok violently disapproves of kidnapping members of two militarily powerful families.
    Hok: I'm pretty sure you underestimate just how uncool Rokoa and Pilon can be about stealing their significant others.
  • Chakona Space gives us Neal Foster, who has done this at some point in the past. The resulting carnage and body count lead one of his adopted cubs to revile him for quite a few years afterward.
  • When Blitzo and Moxxie of Helluva Boss are captured by a demon-hunting agency known as D.H.O.R.K.S. in Episode 6, Millie and Loona have to go to the human world to rescue them, and leave a bloody wake of their agents behind them.

    Western Animation 
  • King Claudus from ThunderCats (2011) successfully attempted this when he went to rescue his friend "General Panthro." Subverted rather quickly, and cruelly.
  • The robot chicken in Robot Chicken himself in the 100th episode, also goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge over the mad scientist who created him, for kidnapping his wife and subjecting her to the same torture that he went through.
  • In Beetlejuice, expect this to be the title character's response any time his Morality Chain Lydia is abducted - often followed by a Roaring Rampage of Revenge once she's safely out of the way.
  • Buck Tuddrussel saves Otto from being attacked by a group of baboons in one episode of Time Squad.
  • Any time Steven is captured in Steven Universe, there's a good chance that the Crystal Gems are going to show up and have something to say about it. Ronaldo found this out the hard way when he kidnapped Stevennote  only to have all three Crystal Gems blast a huge hole in his wall. Considering that he's an ordinary, out-of-shape teenager and they're immortal space aliens with magic powers, it goes about as well for him as you'd expect until Steven intervenes.
  • DC Showcase: Catwoman: Catwoman is busting up the Human Traffickers because they kidnapped her friend Holly Robinson.
  • The Owl House:
    • In "Agony of a Witch", Lilith kidnaps Luz and uses her as a hostage to get Eda to join the Emperor's Coven with her. Eda shows up without any of her silliness and snark, and proceeds to beat the absolute snot out of Lilith in a magic battle. Lilith only wins because she endangers Luz as a distraction multiple times, and because Eda's curse slowly saps her magic over the course of the battle.
    • In "Clouds on the Horizon", Kikimora grabs Hunter (actually Luz in disguise) and prepares to fly off with him. Willow promptly summons a tidal wave of vines with herself in the center that utterly dwarfs Kikimora in her Mini-Mecha, and launches several gigantic vines at her, only stopped by Kikimora using Hunter as a meat shield.

    Real Life 
  • The British expedition to Abyssinia in 1868 was ordered with the intent of liberating British missionaries and government representatives after they were imprisoned by The Caligula Emperor Tewodros of Abyssinia and used as hostages in an attempt to force the British to help him out. Overlaps with Roaring Rampage of Revenge as another of its objectives was to depose and kill Tewodros as punishment for his actions. It was successful on both counts, with the hostages being recovered alive and Tewodros being overthrown and Driven to Suicide.