Abduction Is Love/Playing With
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Basic Trope: Kidnapping is a sign of affection.
- Straight: Bob kidnaps Alice, they eventually fall in love.
- Exaggerated: Bob put a chloroform-soaked rag in Alice's face, tied her up, unlawfully held her captive for months, and they eventually get married and live happily ever after.
- Can you say "Stockholm Syndrome" boys and girls?
- Bob and Alice just met in this way
- Inverted: Rescue Romance.
- Subverted: Bob kidnaps Alice, and she never forgives him for it, going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Double Subverted: Bob kidnaps Alice, and Alice falls in kismesis.
- Parodied: Alice and Bob met through an online kidnapping site that advertises its ability to successfully match captors and captives.
- Deconstructed: Bob kidnaps Alice and they eventually fall in love, but it's a one-sided relationship as Bob lacks any real affection for Alice.
- Reconstructed: Bob is a socially-inept Gentle Giant with a crush on Alice, and kidnaps her in an attempt to reveal his feelings for her.
- Zig Zagged: Bob kidnaps Alice, Alice falls in love, but Bob dosn't have feelings for her, so she kidnaps him to make him love her, but he falls into kismesis instead
- Averted: Bob kidnaps Alice. Later, Bob falls in love with Clara.
- Enforced: The creator of Alice and Bob is hired by one of the Harlequin lines to write "The Greek Tycoon's Kidnapped Love"
- Lampshaded: "Ah yes. Stockholm Syndrome is the ultimate matchmaker, isn't it boys and girls?"
- Invoked: Bob kidnaps Alice in order to get in her pants.
- Exploited: Alice allows herself to be kidnapped in order to seduce Bob.
- Defied: "I'll never love you! Never!" "Good. I was worried this was going to get awkward."
- Discussed: "You kidnapped me so I'd fall in love with you? Does that *ever* work outside of crappy romance novels?"
- Conversed: "Ah, she's going to fall in love with the kidnapper. Why else would they cast a handsome actor to play a criminal?"
- Played For Laughs: Ten seconds after the kidnapping, Alice is completely smitten and composing love ballads to her abductor Bob, who ranges wildly from comically over-the-top villain posturing and Tastes Like Diabetes levels of affection.
- Played For Drama: Bob's levels of aggression and level of obsessive behavior are overpowering and rape undertones abound. Alice is afraid for her safety for VERY good reasons.
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