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Basic Trope: Someone gets kidnapped by non-human beings from another world.

  • Straight: Alice gets beamed up into a flying saucer by space aliens.
  • Exaggerated: Many people are captured during an alien invasion of Earth.
  • Downplayed: Alice is stopped and held up by aliens for a very brief time.
  • Justified: Aliens are abducting humans for any of the possible reasons:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • It turns out that Alice's captors are humans.
    • Alice wasn't abducted by aliens, the whole experience was all some kind of dream, hallucination, or an elaborate hoax.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is kidnapped by aliens... except the story takes place on the aliens' home planet, which technically means that Alice is the alien in this situation.
  • Averted: Nobody is abducted by aliens.
  • Enforced: There has been increased public interest in sci-fi movies about space aliens.
  • Lampshaded: "And what are they going to do to me next? Give me an anal probe?"
  • Invoked: Alice is tired of life on Earth, so she seeks out contact with beings from beyond the stars.
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  • Exploited: Alice takes some pictures from inside the ship in order to prove the existence of aliens and become famous.
  • Defied: Alice evades an attempted abduction when she suddenly encounters aliens.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice doesn't tell anyone about this story, for fear of being labelled as a liar or a crazy person.
    • Turns out the actual abduction wasn't sanctioned by the aliens' superiors, who admonish them for treating Alice so poorly just because she isn't a member of their species, as well as poor scientific practice of having no control group.
  • Reconstructed: Alice at least tells her family, who all believe her.
  • Played For Laughs: The aliens have rather frivolous or ridiculous intentions in mind for their prisoners; also see Parodied above.
  • Played For Drama: Being kidnapped by strange, creepy, inhuman, and possibly dangerous beings would understandably horrify the victim.
  • Played For Horror:
  • Implied: Alice has suddenly disappeared before or after a strange UFO sighting.

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