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Roquefort: Duchess! Kittens! Watch out for the ... (Edgar traps them in a bag) sack.

Penelope: Boy, am I sleepy.

Hooded Claw: Good, it's time you hit the sack (Evil Laugh) literally!

A tactic mostly seen in Western Animation: The villain usually sneaks up behind the target and throws a large burlap sack over her head and carries her off to his hideout; this usually happens to a Distressed Damsel or Snooping Little Kid. The target is almost always female, but it can happen to male characters, just not as often.

Examples of Bag of Kidnapping include:

Anime and Manga

  • Lupin III:
    • This has happened to Fujiko Mine on a few occasions. Lupin once did it to her to prevent her from escaping with a rare diamond in a blizzard.
    • It also happened to Lupin and Zenigata when they are abducted by a training camp in Morocco.
  • Fuu is captured this way in one of the last episodes of Samurai Champloo for a prostitute smuggling ring.
  • In Bleach, Grimmjow transports Orihime this way so he can use her to heal Ichigo. Rurichiyo Kasumiōji is also captured this way.
  • In the Pokémon episode "A Friend in Deed", Jessie and James capture Pikachu this way.
    • They also do this to a Sandshrew in "The Path to the Pokémon League".
  • Government agents try to do this Robin in One Piece. Little do they know, that they actually caught her fake.
  • Discipline: Record of a Crusade
    • Leona Morimoto is abducted this way by a bunch of masked men with the intention of raping her, claiming to be sent by God to punish her for her controlling ways.

Comic Books

  • In Flash Comics #87 both Johnny Thunder and the original Black Canary (Diana Lance) are captured this way by gangsters, Johnny is thrown off a cliff while Black Canary is thrown into a dungeon.
  • In the G.I. Joe issue #21 "Silent Interlude" Storm Shadow kidnaps Scarlett this way.

Fan Fic


  • In Borat, the title character attempts to marry Pamela Anderson by shoving her in a bag and trying to run off with her, an example of "marriage by capture". He doesn't get far, but hey, he tried.
  • In Casino Royale 1967, Vesper (Ursula Andress) steps out of the casino and two waiting thugs throw a bag over her and carry her off. Evelyn (Peter Sellers) steps out a moment later looking for her.

 Evelyn [to doorman]: You haven't by chance seen a young lady in a green dress, have you?

Doorman: Now let me see, sir...would that be a lady with a black bag over her head being manhandled by two unsavory gentlemen?

  • In Barbie: The Princess and the Pauper, it is not fully shown but still implied when the villain's cronies, Nick and Nack, lure out and sneak up on Princess Anneliese with a large open sack. It is shown in full when they capture her tutor and love interest, Julien, when he confronts their boss while investigating her kidnapping.
  • In Barbie: The Pearl Princess, the villain's eel henchman Murray traps Princess Lumina in a sack after she is led onto an isolated turret, and his cronies also trap her seahorse friend Kuda before carrying them away to the castle's dungeons to be locked away.
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, Fidget the bat uses this tactic to abduct Olivia.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Kate is abducted this way while the team is in Paris. She is set free when her abductor reaches the top of the Eiffel Tower and steals her phone.
  • In Tangled, the Stabbington brothers try to use a sack to kidnap Rapunzel and make a fortune off of her. Their attempt is thwarted, however, when Mother Gothel knocks them out with a branch in a staged rescue.
  • Tactic is used in Strange Magic when Dawn is abducted by the Bog King and his goblins.
  • In Return to Never Land, Captain Hook binds and gags Jane and then stuffs her into a sack. She breaks free on her own, but is then pushed back in. She is later released after being rescued by Peter Pan.
  • In The Giant of Thunder Mountain, the villains bind and gag Ben before doing this. They then proceed to sneak out the window just before a posse shows up.
  • This method of kidnapping was used by Gonzorgo and Roderigo in Babes in Toyland when Tom Piper was kidnapped by them.
  • Groot and Rocket Raccoon momentarily kidnapped Peter Quill in a bag during Guardians of the Galaxy.

Live Action Television

  • Castle: During a CIA related episode, the CIA keeps doing this to the good guys. Apparently, the location of their underground headquarters are classified. God only knows why the CIA isn't going through normal, legal channels instead of randomly kidnapping cops of the street at gunpoint. Seriously.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: not quite, but pretty close when Jemma Simmons is sent to study an Inhuman trapped in hibernation for seven months and then again when she is forced to leave.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Happens to Dawn when she is abducted by the Puppet Minions in the Musical Episode. We don't see her actually in the sack though, as she wakes up on a pool table completely sackless.
  • Penguin and his henchmen kidnap Batman, Robin and Alfred in this fashion during an episode of the 1960's Batman series, "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin". Penguin thought he also captured Barbara Gordon this way, but his henchmen mistakenly captured a dummy.
  • The 41st episode of Swans Crossing when the baldies kidnap Gloria Booth.

Video Games

  • In Dwarf Fortress the Goblins send baby snatchers who come with a bag. So you can e.g. catch one with a cage trap on the way out, and the abducted child can be saved if dumped out of the bag soon enough.

Web Comics

  • In Girl Genius, Tarvek gets kidnapped in this fashion, which among other things delays the lead kidnapper's discovery that his minion has kidnapped the wrong person.
  • In Rescuing Dara, Dara is kidnapped in this manner.
  • Clover Firelight of Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic gets kidnapped like this at least once. And once by the local assassin guild... sort of.

Web Original

Western Animation

  • Happens in a What If episode of The Simpsons, where Willie declares himself the greatest hero in English history for capturing a wee girl (played by Lisa). It also happened to Homer in the episode "Homey the Clown".
  • On The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, the Hooded Claw does this to Penelope in at least one episode. The Bully Brothers later capture her in this fashion during another episode.
  • This has happened to Daphne of Scooby Doo a couple of times, most notably in the 1976 episode "A Menace in Venice". Scooby-Doo himself was also put into a bag by an angry mob in "To Switch a Witch". Scrappy-Doo was also kidnapped by a pirate this way in "Long John Scrappy". Weerd and Bogel tried kidnapping Vincent Van Ghoul this way in an episode of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo but were not able to get him out of the room where he was.
  • April O'Neil and Irma Langinstein were captured this way in at least one episode of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. The same thing also happened to Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello in a couple of episodes. Although this didn't officially happen to Michelangelo, Bebop and Rocksteady used a similar method to kidnap him by trapping him in a large urn.
  • A U.S. Acres segment of Garfield and Friends, "The Bo Show", has Orson's brothers capture the entire cast except for Bo this way. Bo and four other characters were later kidnapped this way in the segment "U.S. Acres: Short Story".
    • Also in the Garfield segment "The Cactus Saga" in Jon's Uncle Cactus Jake's story of his grandfather Cactus Jack, his partner The Lasagna Kid's (Garfield's grandfather) girlfriend Miss Kitty (an Arlene expy) is kidnapped in this fashion by the Leftkowitz Brothers. Odie was also kidnapped this way by a mad scientist in "Robo Odie".
  • In Gay Purr-ee, Meowrice's henchcats capture Mewsette this way after she attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge.
  • Both Babs and Buster Bunny have this done to them in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Europe in 30 Minutes".
  • In Futurama, Zap Brannigan uses this method to transport President McNeal to the Omicronians.
  • Captain Hook and Smee do this to Wendy's daughter Jane in Return to Neverland.
  • In Classic Disney Shorts, Pete has kidnapped Minnie Mouse many times this way, including the movie Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
  • Bluto has captured Olive Oyl a few times this way in Popeye.
  • Lock, Shock, and Barrel do this to the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • In the Total Drama World Tour episode "Aftermath Aftermayhem" Blainley captures Bridgette this way and mails her to Siberia so she can take over hosting duty.
  • In the Donkey Kong Jr cartoon "Double Or Nothing" Bones' cousin Lucy Belle is kidnapped this way so she won't inherit her deceased uncle's mansion, later the same guys do this to Jr and Bones to prevent them from saving her.
  • In the American Dad episode "Stan Knows Best" Stan is tired of his daughter Hayley dating Jeff so he arranges a group of mercenaries to abduct her from a party he's throwing, and they capture her with this method.
  • In Megamind, Minion throws a bag of kidnapping over Roxanne's face.
  • An episode of Disney's The Little Mermaid, "Charmed," implies this as an attempt when Ariel asks a hag-like creature to help her get home.
    • Hag: Lost and alone? Ariel: Am I ever. Can you help me find my way home? Hag: [opens a large bag] Look in my sack. Maybe there's a way home in HERE!
  • An episode of DreamWorks Dragons has this happen to Ruffnut when she is kidnapped by a pair of dragon hunters. Also happens to Hiccup when abducted by the same hunters.
  • Two instances in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic; first in the episode "Stranger Than Fan Fiction," where Caballeron's minions abduct Rainbow Dash and Quibble Pants using big burlap sacks. A second instance occurs in the episode "To Change a Changeling," where Thorax's unreformed brother, Pharynx, pulls this tactic to capture Starlight Glimmer and Trixie in the opening as he was convinced that they were intruders. He later admits to have enjoyed it, too.
  • An episode of Wild Kratts when Aviva is accidentally captured by Donita Donata's dimwitted assistant, Dabio, who mistook her for a bird of paradise because of the outfit she was wearing.
  • An episode in the final season of The Legend of Korra has Team Avatar using this to abduct Bataar Jr., the villain Kuvira's fiance, as a bargaining chip against her.
  • The heroes of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers were captured in a bag on more than one occasion.
  • Gargamel would use a bag multiple times to kidnap the Smurfs on their TV show.
  • In the Famous 5: On The Case, the villain of the week covers George with a curtain during a fight scene. After the fight is finished, he makes the curtain into a sack with her struggling inside.
  • This happens in Robotboy to Professor Moshimo in the episode 'The Legend of Brainy Yak'.
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