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This is a trope where someone rescues somebody else, usually from a long way away, by teleporting. They don't just teleport to where they're being held and bust them out; they go right to where the person is, grab them, and then teleport out with them. It can also be done other ways, such as the rescuee being teleported from far away, or a rescuer arriving on foot to give the rescuee a Warp Whistle to allow him/her to escape. The exact execution isn't important (it could be technological, magical, or somewhere in the middle; the crucial element is that the teleportation is the direct means of the rescuing.

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This may require removal of Teleport Interdiction. If done poorly, can result in a Tele-Frag. It may use instantaneous teleportation or a portal. It can be initiated by a Warp Zone or Warp Whistle. May involve the use of Flash Step.

A sister trope of Weaponized Teleportation, and can be a Sub-Trope of Teleport Spam. Often the rescuer is a Reality Warper.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • After Tien busts Cell's attempt to absorb Android 18, Cell retaliates. Fortunately for Tien, Goku uses his Instant Transmission technique to teleport there, grab Tien (and Piccolo, who was also there) and (since Goku knows he isn't powerful enough to fight Cell yet) quickly teleport to a safe place.
    • The Supreme Kai saves Goku, Vegeta, Mr. Satan, and Dende from Buu's energy ball by teleporting them to the World of the Kais. Unfortunately, he couldn't save Gohan, Goten, Trunks, Piccolo, and the others who died when the Earth exploded.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Universe, this is part of Sidewinder's stock in trade. When he founded the Serpent Society, one of the perks he promised members was that he could free them if they got arrested. He was shown doing this in Captain America, teleporting into a jail cell, grabbing the imprisoned member, and teleporting out.
  • Happens to Hal Jordan in Justice: after he is teleported by the villains so far outside the known universe that no Green Lantern ring, including his own, would help him get back, the Phantom Stranger eventually locates and teleports him back to Earth, because magic.
  • In Blue Beetle (2006), Jaime has to give up his chance to escape the Reach's station in time to ensure that its self-destruct can't be shut down. Fortunately, Booster Gold never runs out of time—he appears from a portal and pulls Jaime out just as the last second counts down.
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    Fan Works 
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager fanfic "The Flux of Mortal Things", Seven finds himself in a Literal Cliffhanger, holding onto B'Elanna with one hand and an overhead pipe with the other. B'Elanna starts to slip out of her hand, so Seven orders an emergency beam-out and deliberately lets go, trusting the transporter to catch both of them. Seven was the only one who had a commbadge, so B'Elanna couldn't do this herself.
  • The Dragon Ball Z Abridged take on Goku rescuing Tien and Piccolo adds Goku forgetting that he could teleport.
    Gohan: No! We CAN'T just let him die like this! You gotta save him!
    Goku: But I can't get him in time! There's no way I could move fast enough to grab him, get out, and—
    [beat]
    [Goku teleports]
    Gohan: Did-did he just remember he can do that?
    Mr. Popo: Your father's an idiot.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In X2: X-Men United, the X-jet is damaged by an Air Force fighter's missile and Rogue falls out of the plane. Nightcrawler teleports out to catch her, then teleports back. He also rescues the children imprisoned at Stryker's base later in the same film (probably more efficient than breaking down the door or blasting the lock).
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country has a rare instance of the rescue coming at exactly the wrong moment, as the jailer of Rura Penthe is just about to tell Kirk and McCoy who was really responsible for Chancellor Gorkon's assassination:
      Jailer: Since you're all going to die anyway, why not tell you? His name is
      [Kirk and McCoy are beamed away]
      Kirk: Dammit to hell! Of all the... Son of a... Couldn't you have waited two seconds?
      Spock: Captain?
      Kirk: He was just about to explain the whole thing!
      Chekov: You want to go back?
      McCoy: Absolutely not!
      Kirk: [whispering] It's cold.
    • Star Trek (2009):
      • Kirk and Sulu are falling from a great height down to the surface of Vulcan. The transporter tech is having trouble getting a lock on them. Chekov then rushes to the transporter room and manages to beam them out moments before the splat.
      • Later, he tries to do the same to Spock and the Vulcan High Council, as the planet is imploding around them. He manages to get them, except for Spock's mother, who falls into a crevasse moments before.
      • Finally, at the climax, Scotty manages to perform a simultaneous beam-out from two different locations (Spock from the Jellyfish and Kirk and Pike from the Narada).
    • In Star Trek Beyond this is used twice. First it is used to save Spock and Bones just before they get killed by a few of the drone ships, later it is used to rescue the rest of the crew from Krall's compound.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Dobby Apparates to his former home of Malfoy Manor after he learns Harry, Ron and Hermione have been imprisoned there and Apparates the trio as well as Luna Lovegood, Garrick Ollivander and Griphook to safety.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Albus Dumbledore's brother Aberforth had most of Sirius' mirror (Harry had a shard of it and got the occasional glimpse of someone he couldn't quite identify and who looked like the then-deceased Albus Dumbledore). When Harry, Ron and Hermione were caught by the snatchers and taken to Malfoy Manor, Aberforth is able to have Dobby Apparate into the manor and rescue them, as well as Luna Lovegood, Dean Thomas, the goblin Griphook and the wand expert Ollivander.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gordon the teleporter rescues several people this way. He does it for Raina at the end of "Aftershocks" when she's surrounded by SHIELD troops, and for Skye at the end of "One Door Closes".
  • Happens in almost every episode of Blake's 7, usually Just in Time too. Averted however in "Orbit" when Avon and Vila are in a shuttle struggling to reach escape velocity, and Dayna suggests teleporting over with a couple of teleport bracelets and rescuing them. She's told it's too difficult to teleport between two fast-moving points.
  • Doctor Who: Done multiple times, often involving the Doctor summoning the TARDIS to himself. In "Doomsday", Rose and the Doctor are trying to close an interdimensional breach, thereby sucking the warring Daleks and Cybermen off of Earth and into the void. Rose loses her grip and falls into the void, but the Alternate Universe version of her father transports from the alternate universe, catches her, and transports back as the breach closes.
  • An episode of The Flash (2014) starts with Peek-A-Boo busting her boyfriend out of prison with her teleportation abilities. She makes it a point of first turning on the light in the car, since she has to be able to see where she's teleporting.
  • Star Trek: Voyager
    • In "False Profits", Chakotay and Paris convince the primitive local population to strap their "Sages" (actually, Ferengi) to poles and set them ablaze in order for them to ascend, as per their poem. As the Ferengi are about to burn, Voyager beams them out, making it look like they really did ascend.
    • In "Darkling", Kes and the Doctor fall off a cliff, but Voyager transports them in mid-fall.
  • Supernatural:
    • In the season 5 episode "Abandon All Hope...", Sam and Dean are captured by the Devil himself while he's performing a sacrificial ritual to raise the Pale Horseman from his slumber. Their angel friend Castiel (who had been previously captured and escaped) teleports to where they're being held, to teleport them away from the danger zone.
    • Castiel rescues Dean just as Zachariah is about to do something nasty to him in "The End".
    • Castiel does it again in season six, whisking Sam and Dean away just as the building they're in explodes. He knew somebody was after them and was apparently keeping tabs.

    Music 
  • Banned from Argo mentions having to beam up the captain as the police close in and the doctor after he's taken to jail.
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    Podcasts 
  • A variant occurs in The Fallen Gods thanks to Mishakal's intervention teleporting the party to a temple of Palandine when they're about to be attacked by a mother Black Dragon.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Monster of the Week, the Divine's move "Angel Wings" lets them instantly teleport to any person they know well and then back to any location they've visited before, taking one or two other people with them.

    Video Games 
  • Dawn of War II: Losing a mission due to all heroes being downed at the same time results in a game over screen reading Emergency Extraction, allowing you to keep all the wargear and experience you'd acquired.
  • StarCraft: In both games, Protoss Zealots disappear when killed, since their armor contains an emergency teleporter that instantly warps them back to Aiur (or their home base) when destroyed. Other troops like Dragoons and Immortals aren't so lucky (being grievously wounded Zealots in a battlesuit) and suffer Final Death.
  • A few times in Mega Man Zero, when Zero has to rescue someone, he'll go to a stage, run towards them and then gives them a teleport beacon so the Mission Control can teleport them to base.
  • Golden Sun: Alex uses his short-range Teleport Spam to rescue Saturos after his first boss fight goes wrong, preventing the heroes from finishing him off (whether they actually would kill him off is discussed by the villains, who escape just after).
  • In Final Fantasy IV, Rosa saves everyone from a Collapsing Lair by casting the Teleport spell, in a nice bit of Gameplay and Story Integration. (Granted, the cutscene version manages to take them many miles, while the usual one just gets you to the dungeon entrance.)
  • Done in reverse in Final Fantasy VI when Kefka ambushes the heroes at the Magitek Research Facility. Rather than teleporting the party out, Celes uses it on Kefka (as well as herself) so that the others can escape.
  • In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Julius did this twice for Ishtar and Arione when the two were defeated at one point in the game.
  • In the Soviet campaign of the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Soviet troops capture Albert Einstein, and in order to use him a Trick-and-Follow Ploy, they bug Einstein and spread the rumor that they're about to execute him. The Allies extract Einstein directly by teleporting him with the Chronosphere, the bug promptly cluing the Soviet high command on its location.
  • In Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, Maxim the hero is trapped in the collapsing Ancient Tower after defeating Gades and saving the kingdom of Parcelyte from destruction. He resigns himself to death and collapses, when the mysterious prophet Iris unexpectedly teleports in behind him and warps him back to Parcelyte, although she doesn't rematerialise with him, leaving the reason for his unexpected survival unknown to everyone.
  • Near the beginning of Tales of Phantasia, Cress and Mint are saved from recently-released Dhaos curbstomping them by Morrison teleporting them to the past. They later return to that exact same moment, more than ready to defeat Dhaos.
  • In FTL: Faster Than Light, you can use your teleporter to save the crew of a spaceship stumbling shieldlessly through an Asteroid Thicket. With an upgraded teleporter you can also infiltrate a friendly slaver ship to rescue any slaves they might hold. Regardless of your succes though, the slaver will turn on you if you try that.

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    Web Original 
  • In The Salvation War, Michael once rescues Uriel this way using a Heavengate.
  • Reflets d'Acide:
    • Zarakai summons Roger the Bartender and his wife after sensing they were in danger, threatened by Alia-Aenor, teleporting them out of trouble.
    • Happens a second time later, when Alia-Aenor uses Zarakai's ring to summon and immediately unsummon Roger to escape Hell, where she was trapped by Belial.

    Western Animation 
  • In Avengers, Assemble!, Iron Man tries to make a Heroic Sacrifice by using the last of the power in his armor to manually push Ultron into the Sun. Luckily for him, Thor suddenly teleports in to take him back to Earth.

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