|“||If you follow me, she dies.||„|
|~ Thrax to the police while kidnapping Leah Estrogen.|
|“||Mr. Fox, we have your son. If you ever want to see him alive again, get the cuss over here on the ASAP. Nobody's going to get it.||„|
|~ Franklin Bean's ransom note after kidnapping Kristofferson Silverfox.|
In any story, there comes a time when the villain captures or kidnaps someone (usually the hero, heroine, or someone he/she cares about). He or she does it for these reasons:
- To use as bait or lure the hero/heroine into his/her trap.
- To use as a slave.
- To demand a ransom.
- To demand someone's obedience.
- In the case of the heroine, to marry against her will.
- To feed or sacrifice to a god or a monster.
- To force the police not to follow him or her.
- In the case of predators or monsters, to devour someone.
Not all villains can do that, but when the antagonist abducts or captures someone, it can quite raise the stakes. Noteworthy examples are alien abductions, Captain Hook's kidnapping of the Darling children, and Lo Pan capturing Miao Yin and Gracie Law to marry/wed and sacrifice.
- The Kidnapper on TV Tropes.