Villainous Overview

Captures & Kidnapping

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.


(Jewel is flying away as Nico and Pedro follow her) (Pedro: Jewel! Jewel!) (Nico: Wait up!) (Jewel is sobbing after her argument with Blu when suddenly, without warning, Nigel swoops down grabs around her throat!) Going somewhere, pretty bird? (Jewel: Oh, yeah. I was just on my way to CLAW YOUR EYES OUT!) (Jewel breaks out of her captor's grip and they fight. Pedro and Nico notice this and their eyes widen with terror. Nigel snatches Jewel's legs in his talons.) Temper, temper. Now come along, my dear. We're going to a parade. And EVERYBODY loves a parade. (He laughs maniacally, dragging the struggling Jewel with him.) (Jewel: Let GO of me!) (Pedro: Hey! Get back here! Ain't nobody mess with a friend of Pedro! I ain't havin' it! It's on!) (he starts punching the air) (Nico: What are you on? Did you see the talons on that guy?) (Pedro: Talons? Maybe it's on next time. [they turn and fly away[ RAFEEEE!) (Nico: Blu! Help!) (Pedro: Help!)
~ Nigel bird-napping Jewel to lure Blu into his trap.
You're comin' with me, boy! (Cody: My mom'll call the rangers!) Oh, no! Not the Rangers, what'll I do? What'll I do?! Don't let your mom call the Rangers, please! (Joanna laughs McLeach flings Cody's backpack into the water, where the crocodiles attack it) "My poor baby boy got eaten by the crocodiles, boo-hoo-hoo!" (chuckles, as he grabs Cody) Let's go, boy! (Cody: HELP! HELP!)
~ Percival C. McLeach kidnapping Cody to get him to reveal giant eagle Marahute's location
(Fagin: Hey, guess what?) (Jenny turns around.) (Fagin: I found a little lost kitten! I don't know, take a look!) (Fagin opens up his hands to reveal Oliver.) (Fagin: Maybe he's yours.) (Jenny, excited: OLIVER!) (Oliver jumps into Jenny's arms and she hugs him.) (Jenny: Oliver, oh, my little...) (Fagin smiles with joy but suddenly, a rumble is heard. He gasps.) (Fagin: Sykes! [Sure enough, it's Sykes' car, and Fagin waves his arms to stop him. ]Sykes! Sykes! I was gonna--[Charging towards him like an angry rhino, Sykes' car spins Fagin around, tangling him up in an anchor rope.] Hey, hey! What're you doing?!) (Sykes suddenly opens the car door and grabs Jenny by the arm!) (Jenny: Let me go!) (Jenny screams in terror. Sykes tosses Oliver out the window.) (Fagin: No, no! Wait! You can't do this!) Keep your mouth shut. Consider our account closed! (Sykes drives away, taking Jenny with him.)(Fagin: Wait! Stop! Time out!)
~ Bill Sykes kidnapping Jenny for ransom.
(Manny, Sid, Diego and Granny have finally arrived at the continent, but no one is there. Manny closes his eyes in despair) (Peaches: [in distance] Dad!) (Manny: Wait, did you hear that?) (Diego: Manny, I think--) (Manny: No, I heard something! I heard it!) (As they draw closer, a shadow is shown in the fog) (Diego: Is that--?) (Manny: Peaches? THERE SHE IS!) (Peaches: Dad!) (Manny: We're coming, sweetie! Don't move!) (Peaches: Daddy!) (Manny: Peaches!) (Suddenly, without warning, Captain Gutt emerges from the fog and grabs Peaches, holding a dagger to her throat!) Welcome home, Daddy! (Peaches: LET GO OF ME!) (Manny gasps in horror.) What are the odds? We were just talking about you! You like the new ship? I call her Sweet Revenge! (Silas: And look here! We've got the catch du jour!) (Ellie is tied up with vines to the mast of Gutt's ship.) (Manny: Ellie!) (Ellie: I'm alright! (glares at Gutt) Let my daughter go!) (Gutt laughs.) (Manny: It's OK. He wants me, and he's gonna get me.) (Diego: Huh?) (He notices a weak Shira struggling to her feet.) Sacrificing yourself for your daughter! How touching! How predictable. Now come and get her! (Flynn & Raz lay down a plank bridge for Manny to cross to the next ship.) (Raz: G'day, mate!) (Flynn: Remember us? We're the bad guys!) (Manny: Alright, let them go!) (Gutt chuckles darkly) I don't think so. You destroyed everything I had! I'm just returning the favor. (Manny: NO!) (Manny tries to charge at Gutt, but the crew rapidly lassoes him up.) I warned you...''
~ Captain Gutt taking Manny's family hostage, stating that the mammoth took everything he had and the wicked captain intended to do the same.

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