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21st Jan '16 5:00:10 AM Ohio9
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* Kagome from Manga/Inuyasha has to deal with more then a fair share of kidnappings. This can be somewhat justified on grounds that she starts the series as a normal teenager with no combat training who is thrust in a world where she constantly faces life-threatening situations.

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* Kagome from Manga/Inuyasha ''Manga/InuYasha'' has to deal with more then a fair share of kidnappings. This can be somewhat justified on grounds that she starts the series as a normal teenager with no combat training who is thrust in a world where she constantly faces life-threatening situations.
21st Jan '16 4:59:28 AM Ohio9
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* Kagome from Manga/Inuyasha has to deal with more then a fair share of kidnappings. This can be somewhat justified on grounds that she starts the series as a normal teenager with no combat training who is thrust in a world where she constantly faces life-threatening situations.
** Rin probably personifies this trope more then any other character in the series, though this makes sense as a normal small child with no fighting skills who travels with a demon lord who has many powerful enemies.
21st Jan '16 4:41:36 AM Ohio9
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* Miaka from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. Despite being the main protaganist of the series, she ends up needing to be rescued from wild animals, bandits, the BigBad, and just about anything else that a human being might concievably need rescuing from.
14th Sep '15 1:08:22 PM Lyner
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* Iwai from TheSeveringCrimeEdge is doomed to this. She's small, weak, has little experience in the real world, and she's surrounded by serial killers with unbreakable super-weapons who can have any wish granted if they kill her. One could even argue that the organization that'd kept her for much of her life deliberately arranged her lifestyle to make her into a DID, since they love nothing more than gruesome crimes and moving stories like a hero rescuing a princess. That said, she does have some steel in her even if she can do little to fight back. One enemy who's obsessed with authority and power has Iwai nearly raped by several men, gets her beloved to attack her, then tries some mild torture when she finally reaches them. Despite everything, Iwai just stares at her enemy with defiant hate in her eyes, refusing to break under the torment.
12th Aug '15 9:58:56 AM sgamer82
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* In ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'', Mr. Smith's refusal to marry Talas out of pity meets bewilderment: Saving her is what a man ''does'', right?

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* In ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'', ''Manga/ABridesStory'', Mr. Smith's refusal to marry Talas out of pity meets bewilderment: Saving her is what a man ''does'', right?
3rd Aug '15 11:58:49 PM sgamer82
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* Shirayuki of ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' occasionally falls into this category, though as a PluckyGirl she doesn't take it lying down and tends to [[DamselOutOfDistress try to do something about it herself]]. Played completely straight during the Tanburn arc, where she is [[spoiler: not only kidnapped, but then ''kidnapped from her kidnappers'']].

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* Shirayuki of ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'' occasionally falls into this category, though as a PluckyGirl she doesn't take it lying down and tends to [[DamselOutOfDistress try to do something about it herself]]. Played completely straight during the Tanburn arc, where she is [[spoiler: not only kidnapped, but then ''kidnapped from her kidnappers'']].
28th May '15 10:04:05 AM cillianflood
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* Maeda in ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is a text book example despite being male. Very commonly plots are kicked off because he gets kidnapped by a rival high school prompting the students of Cromartie to go rescue him. Though, being a comedy show, it's played for laughs and he rarely gets rescued since the protagonists will usually get lost or caught up in something else.
25th Apr '15 10:26:02 AM rafi
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* Saori Kido in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Often hir role in the story is be kidnapped or offers herself as a hostage to save her friends. Despite that she is the goddess Athena!
21st Apr '15 6:51:28 AM rafi
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* Lyra/Kitty from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.



* Lyra/Kitty from ''Anime/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.


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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Nico Robin twice.
** Most of Enies Lobby is a RescueArc where the Straw Hats are fighting the CP9 to save Robin. However, her status as a damsel in distress is justified by the fact that she willingly let herself get captured. She felt she had to die, so she surrendered to the World Government. Plus, although she was bound with Seastone by the time she regained the will to live, she still tried her best to escape, and the only reason she failed was because Spandam kept using Funkfreed to keep her in line. She started fighting back the moment she was freed from the Seastone.
** The second time was when [[spoiler:Bartholomew Kuma]] blasted her to Tequila Wolf, where [[spoiler:she was forced to work as a slave]]. But in this case, she [[spoiler:was saved by Revolutionaries more or less instantly]] and was not bound with [[KryptoniteFactor Seastone]] anyway, making her status as "distressed" questionable at best.
21st Apr '15 6:45:59 AM rafi
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* Shirayuki of ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' occasionally falls into this category, though as a PluckyGirl she doesn't take it lying down and tends to [[DamselOutOfDistress try to do something about it herself]]. Played completely straight during the Tanburn arc, where she is [[spoiler: not only kidnapped, but then ''kidnapped from her kidnappers'']].



** Rukia Kuchiki gets to be the Damsel in Distress in the Soul Society arc, despite the fact that she was a bit of an ActionGirl in previous episodes.[[spoiler:She agreed to go because she knew she'd be executed for giving her powers to a human... and Rukia ''[[SuicideByCop wanted to die]]'' in the first place]]. Despite her QuicklyDemotedWoman status, it could be argued that Rukia was actually just a BadassInDistress... for a ''really'' long time. The anime spoofs her DID gig [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edku5gnLceE&NR=1 here]].

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** Rukia Kuchiki gets to be the Damsel in Distress in the Soul Society arc, despite the fact that she was a bit of an ActionGirl in previous episodes.[[spoiler:She agreed to go because she knew she'd be executed for giving her powers to a human... and Rukia ''[[SuicideByCop wanted to die]]'' in the first place]]. Despite her QuicklyDemotedWoman status, it could be argued that Rukia was actually just a BadassInDistress... for a ''really'' long time. The anime spoofs her DID gig [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edku5gnLceE&NR=1 here]].



* Rachel from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', at least twice. Pretty bad track record for a girl who wanted to climb the Tower by herself. Then again, [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel she's learnt a few things or two]].

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* Rachel from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', at least twice. Pretty bad track record for a girl who wanted to climb Both in ''Anime/BurstAngel'''s anime and manga, this is the Tower by herself. Then again, [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel she's learnt a few things or two]].official duty of Meg. And [[BerserkButton invariably Jo goes tilt]] every time the thing happens.



* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': Given the number of times that Fuu ends up getting kidnapped, she made a good investment in saving the two male leads to be her bodyguards. Considering how most of the kidnappings were all just random encounters, you wonder why she wasn't more concerned with separating from them. This was lampshaded in an old "Anime Insider" magazine, which featured a match-up pitting Fuu against [[Manga/ExcelSaga Excel and Hyatt]] in an eating contest. On her stats, Fuu's pet peeve is listed as "getting kidnapped."
* Parodied in ''Manga/TheDevilKingIsBored'' when the titular Devil King kidnaps a kingdom's princess because he's, well, bored, and thinks that fighting some heroes would be fun. He even places a portal to hell in the middle of a populated town. With a sign above it that says "Portal to Hell."
* Subverted regularly in ''Anime/SonicX'', most notably with the episode ''Young Girls Jungle Trap'' where the female characters are captured multiple times -- and get out of it entirely by themselves multiple times, too.
* Subverted in ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', where it becomes clear over time that Sara is just pretending to be Robotnik's hostage.
* Both in ''Anime/BurstAngel'''s anime and manga, this is the official duty of Meg. And [[BerserkButton invariably Jo goes tilt]] every time the thing happens.



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// Instead of a RescueArc, Kallen's time as a Prisoner Of War is used as ''CharacterDevelopment''. She not only interacts with Nunnally and sees a different side of Lelouch through her, but also gets to [[UnstoppableRage punch Suzaku]] ''while wearing said frilly, cleavage heavy dress'', which makes Suzaku [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realize he is]] JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
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// She ends up in a mini-TraumaCongaLine version of this as not long after the battle over Tokyo comes to its disastrous conclusion, during which she was finally freed from her imprisonment, she ends up back in distress again, as she tries to defend Lelouch, who she has been used to bait into a betrayal from her fellow Black Knights. Her comrades [[PunishedForSympathy accuse her of being under Lelouch's geass]]. When he realizes Schneizel is behind this, it takes Lelouch [[ShooTheDog shooing her off]] with a fake admission to using them all in order to save her.

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** Instead of a RescueArc, Kallen's time as a Prisoner Of War is used as ''CharacterDevelopment''. She not only interacts with Nunnally and sees a different side of Lelouch through her, but also gets to [[UnstoppableRage punch Suzaku]] ''while wearing said frilly, cleavage heavy dress'', which makes Suzaku [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realize he is]] JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
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JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. She ends up in a mini-TraumaCongaLine version of this as not long after the battle over Tokyo comes to its disastrous conclusion, during which she was finally freed from her imprisonment, she ends up back in distress again, as she tries to defend Lelouch, who she has been used to bait into a betrayal from her fellow Black Knights. Her comrades [[PunishedForSympathy accuse her of being under Lelouch's geass]]. When he realizes Schneizel is behind this, it takes Lelouch [[ShooTheDog shooing her off]] with a fake admission to using them all in order to save her.her.
* Aura's kidnapping is the [[SaveThePrincess drive]] behind most of volume 2 and 3 of ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', however, being a PluckyGirl she doesn't act overly distressed about it or her impending execution, [[spoiler: and when Ayace finally shows up to rescue her, her reaction is: "[[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike You're late!]]"]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'',
** [[spoiler: Winry is taken "hostage" by the military after Ed and Al discover the truth about the homunculi. Although Winry has no idea, if Ed and Al do something the government doesn't like, then the powers-that-be will kill her. To save her, they end up north, near Briggs, and enlist the unlikely help of Scar, the man who'd murdered her parents, by pretending to have him kidnap her. Granted, the fake kidnapping part of the plan was Winry's own idea, so she half rescued ''herself''...]]
** This dirty little trick was played off on Roy and Riza as well: [[spoiler:the same situation was setup with Riza, to make sure Roy didn't act up. However, she's more of a BadassInDistress here because despite being a hostage, she knows it isn't fazed by it in the slightest. She remains courageous to the point where she can confront Selim Bradley about his secret identity as the homunculus Pride, and then use her position as a hostage to ''prevent him from killing her on the spot''.]]
* In the later ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' novels, ActionGirl Kaname turns into an extreme Damsel in Distress. She may have more or less given up for a while after the events of Continuing On My Own, but it's only a temporary thing, and it's not that long before she starts to regain some of her old vigor and determination. [[spoiler:After that she ends up being more or less mind controlled by Sophia aka the First Whispered Ever, but that's a bit of a different matter.]]
* ''Future Diaries''
** Averted with Yuno Gasai since she's quite the {{Yandere}} ActionGirlfriend and so far she's only been whacked counted times with the DistressBall. After she gets hit with it, she's very likely to pull a [[HesBack She's Back]] and recover soon.
** Exploited with [[spoiler: Tsubaki Kasugano aka the 6th]], who [[spoiler: ''[[DecoyDamsel pretends]]'' [[DecoyDamsel to be one]] so she can gain Yukiteru's trust via TheDulcineaEffect and keep him away from Yuno.]]
* Lampshaded in ''Anime/GunXSword'' when Van asks Wendy "Why do you keep getting caught?" (As it happens, she keeps getting in trouble because she's not afraid to mouth off to the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] . . . which usually pisses off said villain.)
* Nao from the ''Manga/LiarGame'' starts off as this, extremely naive and crying whenever someone who she put her trust in (even if she shouldn't) deceived her and always relying constantly on Akiyama to help her. But she [[TookALevelInBadass matured]] and now, she's quite a force to be reckoned with, using her honest character to trick others, even deceiving [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] Yokoya and Akiyama on separate occasions without either of them realizing it until afterwards.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': Clarisse, Murasaki, Fujiko ([[BadassInDistress sometimes]])... The character trope was used back in the Manga, and is expected to occur. There's one in pretty much every Lupin movie or TV special, in fact. See the DamselInDistress/AnimatedFilms page.



* Lyra/Kitty from ''Anime/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Subverted in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', as a part of the TwistEnding of the first season. [[spoiler:The girls ''thought'' that [[BarrierMaiden Princess Emeraude]] was the Damsel in Distress. She actually had the power to break through Zagato's prison all the time... but didn't do it because she was in love with him since they met. And because she was the ''real'' BigBad. Who summoned the girls [[ICannotSelfTerminate to KILL her]], and Zagato kidnapped her to ''save'' her from them]]. The problem was solved in the end. [[TearJerker Very dramatically.]]



* Invoked in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. [[WrongGenreSavvy Maria Louise]] ''really'' wants to play the Damsel part so her KnightInShiningArmor George De Sand will come to her rescue, so she gets Domon to [[BatmanGambit help her plan her own kidnapping so he can fight George]], who refused to duel with Domon per HonorBeforeReason motifs. It backfires ''spectacularly''. [[spoiler:Not only does the ''far'' more GenreSavvy George deduce their plan ''right from the start'', but he also delivers a "WhatTheHellHero" speech to Maria as he and Domon fight. Maria and Rain Mikamura barely escape with their lives from the battlefield and, as punishment, Maria is [[PutOnABus sent back to Neo France]] until the Neo Hong Kong arc.]]
* [[PluckyGirl Relena Peacecraft]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' is ''falsely'' accused [[DieForOurShip by her]] [[RonTheDeathEater detractors]] of being one. Since she's an ActualPacifist she never fought her way out guns blazing, but she wasn't a DamselScrappy either, actually trying to [[TalkingYourWayOut talk down her captors]] in the three instances where she's in enemy hands throughout the anime (by Romefeller late in the TV show, White Fang near the end, and Mariemaia's in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'') even showing her GuileHero chops by turning the first instance into a '''massive''' payoff. She once even dissuaded Heero from killing or harming her ''with words alone.''



* Generally played straight in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' with Akane Tendō. Two plotlines in the 38-volume manga (and two of {{the movie}}s) involve her BoundAndGagged and in need of rescue. A good number of the other girls fall prey to this throughout the series, and the entire female cast winds up like this in the second tie in movie. Ranma himself holds the DistressBall (both in male and female forms) more than once and needs someone from his harem to rescue him.

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* Generally played straight in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' with Akane Tendō. Two plotlines in the 38-volume manga (and two In ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'', Mr. Smith's refusal to marry Talas out of {{the movie}}s) involve pity meets bewilderment: Saving her BoundAndGagged and in need of rescue. A good number of the other girls fall prey to this throughout the series, and the entire female cast winds up like this in the second tie in movie. Ranma himself holds the DistressBall (both in male and female forms) more than once and needs someone from his harem to rescue him. is what a man ''does'', right?



* Invoked in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. [[WrongGenreSavvy Maria Louise]] ''really'' wants to play the Damsel part so her KnightInShiningArmor George De Sand will come to her rescue, so she gets Domon to [[BatmanGambit help her plan her own kidnapping so he can fight George]], who refused to duel with Domon per HonorBeforeReason motifs. It backfires ''spectacularly''. [[spoiler:Not only does the ''far'' more GenreSavvy George deduce their plan ''right from the start'', but he also delivers a "WhatTheHellHero" speech to Maria as he and Domon fight. Maria and Rain Mikamura barely escape with their lives from the battlefield and, as punishment, Maria is [[PutOnABus sent back to Neo France]] until the Neo Hong Kong arc.]]
* In the later ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' novels, ActionGirl Kaname turns into an extreme Damsel in Distress. She may have more or less given up for a while after the events of Continuing On My Own, but it's only a temporary thing, and it's not that long before she starts to regain some of her old vigor and determination. [[spoiler:After that she ends up being more or less mind controlled by Sophia aka the First Whispered Ever, but that's a bit of a different matter.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', as a part of the TwistEnding of the first season. [[spoiler:The girls ''thought'' that [[BarrierMaiden Princess Emeraude]] was the Damsel in Distress. She actually had the power to break through Zagato's prison all the time... but didn't do it because she was in love with him since they met. And because she was the ''real'' BigBad. Who summoned the girls [[ICannotSelfTerminate to KILL her]], and Zagato kidnapped her to ''save'' her from them]]. The problem was solved in the end. [[TearJerker Very dramatically.]]
* In the second arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna is still trapped in cyberspace in a different game under control of a domineering GameMaster. While said GameMaster has had months to wear her down and use his admin privileges to stop any plot she devises, the contrast between her hardcore ActionGirl persona in the first arc and the helpless damsel in the second was taken poorly by some fans.
* Nia generally fits this role in the third and final arc of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The third was justified because she was BrainwashedAndCrazy. [[spoiler:Once she snaps out of this with the help of Simon however, she fits this trope to a T.]]

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* Invoked Generally played straight in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''. [[WrongGenreSavvy Maria Louise]] ''really'' wants to play the Damsel part so her KnightInShiningArmor George De Sand will come to her rescue, so she gets Domon to [[BatmanGambit help her plan her own kidnapping so he can fight George]], who refused to duel ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' with Domon per HonorBeforeReason motifs. It backfires ''spectacularly''. [[spoiler:Not only does Akane. Two plotlines in the ''far'' more GenreSavvy George deduce their plan ''right from the start'', but he also delivers a "WhatTheHellHero" speech to Maria as he 38-volume manga (and two of {{the movie}}s) involve her BoundAndGagged and Domon fight. Maria and Rain Mikamura barely escape with their lives from the battlefield and, as punishment, Maria is [[PutOnABus sent back to Neo France]] until the Neo Hong Kong arc.]]
* In the later ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' novels, ActionGirl Kaname turns into an extreme Damsel
in Distress. She may have more or less given up for a while after the events need of Continuing On My Own, but it's only a temporary thing, and it's not that long before she starts to regain some of her old vigor and determination. [[spoiler:After that she ends up being more or less mind controlled by Sophia aka the First Whispered Ever, but that's a bit of a different matter.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', as a part
rescue. A good number of the TwistEnding of the first season. [[spoiler:The other girls ''thought'' that [[BarrierMaiden Princess Emeraude]] was fall prey to this throughout the Damsel in Distress. She actually had the power to break through Zagato's prison all the time... but didn't do it because she was in love with him since they met. And because she was the ''real'' BigBad. Who summoned the girls [[ICannotSelfTerminate to KILL her]], and Zagato kidnapped her to ''save'' her from them]]. The problem was solved in the end. [[TearJerker Very dramatically.]]
* In the second arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna is still trapped in cyberspace in a different game under control of a domineering GameMaster. While said GameMaster has had months to wear her down and use his admin privileges to stop any plot she devises, the contrast between her hardcore ActionGirl persona in the first arc
series, and the helpless damsel entire female cast winds up like this in the second was taken poorly by some fans.
* Nia generally fits this role
tie in movie. Ranma himself holds the third DistressBall (both in male and final arc of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The third was justified female forms) more than once and needs someone from his harem to rescue him.
* Deconstructed in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Many shows have DID girls who go through Hell and back, but remain sweet and nice and without many psychological marks
because she was BrainwashedAndCrazy. [[spoiler:Once she snaps many writers won't know what to do. ''Utena'' points out that in RL, people of both genders stuck in these roles will ''stop'' being "pure" and "sweet" and start acting more passive-aggressive and manipulative, if they're forced into situations where they can't seize direct power. This is ''very'' obvious in the cases of Shiori Takatsuki (looks sweet and gentle and demure, but is very malicious and has horrible self-esteem since her "best friend" Juri is a beautiful and strong LadyOfWar), Kozue Kaoru (repeatedly gets herself in trouble and flirts/sleeps with other guys to catch the attention of her twin older brother and "prince", Miki), and ''specially'' [[spoiler: Anthy Himemiya (once performed a huge sacrifice, paid the price by both suffering immense physical pain and becoming a passive figure as the Rose Bride, ultimately became a mix of BrokenBird and [[TheDragon puppet]] to her ManipulativeBastard brother Akio a.k.a. Dios aka End of the World) and Utena Tenjou (she's ''not'' one since the beginning, but her insecurities and naiveté more than once play quite a part into shoving her close to the "role")]] This is not to say that BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, or that it's stupid to be remain nice after a tragedy. It's just pointing out a general trend: if weakness is imposed on people, it ''will'' bring consequences.
* Done twice in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', once to [[AnIcePerson Mizore]] through an ArrangedMarriage, once to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Moka]] for being a LivingMacGuffin. In [[SplitPersonality Moka's]] case, it's actually both
this with and BadassInDistress, depending on which of her personalities we're talking about.
* Naru Osaka of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' needs to be saved from a Monster of
the help of Simon however, she fits this trope Week attack fairly regularly, to a T.]]the point where it gets frequently lampshaded in FanFiction.



* ''Manga/FutureDiaries''
** Averted with Yuno Gasai since she's quite the {{Yandere}} ActionGirlfriend and so far she's only been whacked counted times with the DistressBall. After she gets hit with it, she's very likely to pull a [[HesBack She's Back]] and recover soon.
** Exploited with [[spoiler: Tsubaki Kasugano aka the 6th]], who [[spoiler: ''[[DecoyDamsel pretends]]'' [[DecoyDamsel to be one]] so she can gain Yukiteru's trust via TheDulcineaEffect and keep him away from Yuno.]]
* Nao from the ''Manga/LiarGame'' starts off as this, extremely naive and crying whenever someone who she put her trust in (even if she shouldn't) deceived her and always relying constantly on Akiyama to help her. But she [[TookALevelInBadass matured]] and now, she's quite a force to be reckoned with, using her honest character to trick others, even deceiving [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] Yokoya and Akiyama on separate occasions without either of them realizing it until afterwards.
* [[PluckyGirl Relena Peacecraft]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' is ''falsely'' accused [[DieForOurShip by her]] [[RonTheDeathEater detractors]] of being one. Since she's an ActualPacifist she never fought her way out guns blazing, but she wasn't a DamselScrappy either, actually trying to [[TalkingYourWayOut talk down her captors]] in the three instances where she's in enemy hands throughout the anime (by Romefeller late in the TV show, White Fang near the end, and Mariemaia's in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'') even showing her GuileHero chops by turning the first instance into a '''massive''' payoff. She once even dissuaded Heero from killing or harming her ''with words alone.''
* Akiko Aoshika from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''. Haguro tries to invoke this trope with Ryuuko, but she points out that Inugami isn't interested in her.
* Lyra/Kitty from ''Anime/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Deconstructed in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Many shows have DID girls who go through Hell and back, but remain sweet and nice and without many psychological marks because many writers won't know what to do. ''Utena'' points out that in RL, people of both genders stuck in these roles will ''stop'' being "pure" and "sweet" and start acting more passive-aggressive and manipulative, if they're forced into situations where they can't seize direct power. This is ''very'' obvious in the cases of Shiori Takatsuki (looks sweet and gentle and demure, but is very malicious and has horrible self-esteem since her "best friend" Juri is a beautiful and strong LadyOfWar), Kozue Kaoru (repeatedly gets herself in trouble and flirts/sleeps with other guys to catch the attention of her twin older brother and "prince", Miki), and ''specially'' [[spoiler: Anthy Himemiya (once performed a huge sacrifice, paid the price by both suffering immense physical pain and becoming a passive figure as the Rose Bride, ultimately became a mix of BrokenBird and [[TheDragon puppet]] to her ManipulativeBastard brother Akio a.k.a. Dios aka End of the World) and Utena Tenjou (she's ''not'' one since the beginning, but her insecurities and naiveté more than once play quite a part into shoving her close to the "role")]] This is not to say that BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, or that it's stupid to be remain nice after a tragedy. It's just pointing out a general trend: if weakness is imposed on people, it ''will'' bring consequences.

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* ''Manga/FutureDiaries''
** Averted with Yuno Gasai since she's quite
''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': Given the {{Yandere}} ActionGirlfriend and so far she's only been whacked counted number of times with that Fuu ends up getting kidnapped, she made a good investment in saving the DistressBall. After she gets hit with it, she's very likely to pull a [[HesBack She's Back]] and recover soon.
** Exploited with [[spoiler: Tsubaki Kasugano aka the 6th]], who [[spoiler: ''[[DecoyDamsel pretends]]'' [[DecoyDamsel
two male leads to be one]] so she can gain Yukiteru's trust via TheDulcineaEffect and keep him away from Yuno.]]
* Nao from
her bodyguards. Considering how most of the ''Manga/LiarGame'' starts off as this, extremely naive and crying whenever someone who she put her trust in (even if she shouldn't) deceived her and always relying constantly on Akiyama to help her. But she [[TookALevelInBadass matured]] and now, she's quite a force to be reckoned with, using her honest character to trick others, even deceiving [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] Yokoya and Akiyama on separate occasions without either of them realizing it until afterwards.
* [[PluckyGirl Relena Peacecraft]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' is ''falsely'' accused [[DieForOurShip by her]] [[RonTheDeathEater detractors]] of being one. Since she's an ActualPacifist she never fought her way out guns blazing, but
kidnappings were all just random encounters, you wonder why she wasn't a DamselScrappy either, actually trying to [[TalkingYourWayOut talk down her captors]] in the three instances where she's in enemy hands throughout the anime (by Romefeller late in the TV show, White Fang near the end, and Mariemaia's in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'') even showing her GuileHero chops by turning the first instance into a '''massive''' payoff. She once even dissuaded Heero more concerned with separating from killing or harming them. This was lampshaded in an old "Anime Insider" magazine, which featured a match-up pitting Fuu against [[Manga/ExcelSaga Excel and Hyatt]] in an eating contest. On her ''with words alone.''
stats, Fuu's pet peeve is listed as "getting kidnapped."
* Akiko Aoshika from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''. Haguro tries in ''LightNovel/ShonenOnmyouji'' gets her moment when a group of demons kidnap her in order to invoke this trope with Ryuuko, but she points out that Inugami isn't interested in her.
* Lyra/Kitty from ''Anime/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Deconstructed in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Many shows have DID girls who go through Hell and back, but remain sweet and nice and without many psychological marks because many writers won't know what
use her blood to do. ''Utena'' points out that in RL, people of both genders stuck in these roles will ''stop'' being "pure" and "sweet" and start acting more passive-aggressive and manipulative, if they're forced heal their master, as well as lead Masahiro into situations where they can't seize direct power. This is ''very'' obvious a trap. Of course in the cases of Shiori Takatsuki (looks sweet and gentle and demure, end either Masahiro or Akiko would have been enough to heal their master, but is very malicious and Masahiro has horrible self-esteem since her "best friend" Juri some pretty steller spiritual powers in terms of combat so is a beautiful and strong LadyOfWar), Kozue Kaoru (repeatedly gets herself in trouble and flirts/sleeps with other guys to catch the attention of her twin older brother and "prince", Miki), and ''specially'' [[spoiler: Anthy Himemiya (once performed a huge sacrifice, paid the price by both suffering immense physical pain and becoming a passive figure as the Rose Bride, ultimately became a mix of BrokenBird and [[TheDragon puppet]] to her ManipulativeBastard brother Akio a.k.a. Dios aka End of the World) and Utena Tenjou (she's ''not'' one since the beginning, but her insecurities and naiveté more than once play quite of a part into shoving her close to threat.
** She was pretty much asking for it really. She followed Masahiro out at night, despite
the "role")]] This is not to say fact that BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil, or Masahiro had specifically directed her to stay in her room so she could be protected by the spiritual barrier his grandfather had erected.
* Subverted in ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', where it becomes clear over time
that it's stupid Sara is just pretending to be remain nice after a tragedy. It's just pointing Robotnik's hostage.
* Subverted regularly in ''Anime/SonicX'', most notably with the episode ''Young Girls Jungle Trap'' where the female characters are captured multiple times -- and get
out a general trend: if weakness is imposed on people, of it ''will'' bring consequences.entirely by themselves multiple times, too.



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'',
** [[spoiler: Winry is taken "hostage" by the military after Ed and Al discover the truth about the homunculi. Although Winry has no idea, if Ed and Al do something the government doesn't like, then the powers-that-be will kill her. To save her, they end up north, near Briggs, and enlist the unlikely help of Scar, the man who'd murdered her parents, by pretending to have him kidnap her. Granted, the fake kidnapping part of the plan was Winry's own idea, so she half rescued ''herself''...]]
** This dirty little trick was played off on Roy and Riza as well: [[spoiler:the same situation was setup with Riza, to make sure Roy didn't act up. However, she's more of a BadassInDistress here because despite being a hostage, she knows it isn't fazed by it in the slightest. She remains courageous to the point where she can confront Selim Bradley about his secret identity as the homunculus Pride, and then use her position as a hostage to ''prevent him from killing her on the spot''.]]
* Naru Osaka of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' needs to be saved from a Monster of the Week attack fairly regularly, to the point where it gets frequently lampshaded in FanFiction.
* Lampshaded in ''GunXSword'' when Van asks Wendy "Why do you keep getting caught?" (As it happens, she keeps getting in trouble because she's not afraid to mouth off to the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] . . . which usually pisses off said villain.)
* Aura's kidnapping is the [[SaveThePrincess drive]] behind most of volume 2 and 3 of ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', however, being a PluckyGirl she doesn't act overly distressed about it or her impending execution, [[spoiler: and when Ayace finally shows up to rescue her, her reaction is: "[[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike You're late!]]"]]
* Done twice in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', once to [[AnIcePerson Mizore]] through an ArrangedMarriage, once to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Moka]] for being a LivingMacGuffin. In [[SplitPersonality Moka's]] case, it's actually both this and BadassInDistress, depending on which of her personalities we're talking about.
* Shirayuki of ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' occasionally falls into this category, though as a PluckyGirl she doesn't take it lying down and tends to [[DamselOutOfDistress try to do something about it herself]]. Played completely straight during the Tanburn arc, where she is [[spoiler: not only kidnapped, but then ''kidnapped from her kidnappers'']].
* In ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'', Mr. Smith's refusal to marry Talas out of pity meets bewilderment: Saving her is what a man ''does'', right?
* Akiko in Shonen Omnyouji gets her moment when a group of demons kidnap her in order to use her blood to heal their master, as well as lead Masahiro into a trap. Of course in the end either Masahiro or Akiko would have been enough to heal their master, but Masahiro has some pretty steller spiritual powers in terms of combat so is more of a threat.
** She was pretty much asking for it really. She followed Masahiro out at night, despite the fact that Masahiro had specifically directed her to stay in her room so she could be protected by the spiritual barrier his grandfather had erected.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': Clarisse, Murasaki, Fujiko ([[BadassInDistress sometimes]])... The character trope was used back in the Manga, and is expected to occur. There's one in pretty much every Lupin movie or TV special, in fact. See the DamselInDistress/AnimatedFilms page.
* In ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Anzu falls into this role more than once and is kidnapped, brainwashed, possessed, or has her life endangered by nearly all of the villains in the series. This even carries over to spin-offs, such as ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', where she's kidnapped by Yako to be the vessel for Pegasus's resurrection, and ''VideoGame/YuGiOhForbiddenMemories'', where Seto kidnaps her pre-incarnation, Teana. However, in a bit of an out-of-character moment, she invokes the trope once to lure out Dark Yugi in one of the manga's early chapters, putting herself in danger with the Playing Card Bomber.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'' has a maiden from a village who is chosen as a sacrifice to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

to:

* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'',
** [[spoiler: Winry is taken "hostage" by
the military after Ed and Al discover the truth about the homunculi. Although Winry has no idea, if Ed and Al do something the government doesn't like, then the powers-that-be will kill her. To save her, they end up north, near Briggs, and enlist the unlikely help second arc of Scar, the man who'd murdered her parents, by pretending to have him kidnap her. Granted, the fake kidnapping part of the plan was Winry's own idea, so she half rescued ''herself''...]]
** This dirty little trick was played off on Roy and Riza as well: [[spoiler:the same situation was setup with Riza, to make sure Roy didn't act up. However, she's more
''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna is still trapped in cyberspace in a different game under control of a BadassInDistress here because despite being a hostage, she knows it isn't fazed by it in the slightest. She remains courageous to the point where she can confront Selim Bradley about his secret identity as the homunculus Pride, and then use her position as a hostage to ''prevent him from killing her on the spot''.]]
* Naru Osaka of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' needs to be saved from a Monster of the Week attack fairly regularly, to the point where it gets frequently lampshaded in FanFiction.
* Lampshaded in ''GunXSword'' when Van asks Wendy "Why do you keep getting caught?" (As it happens, she keeps getting in trouble because she's not afraid to mouth off to the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]] . . . which usually pisses off
domineering GameMaster. While said villain.)
* Aura's kidnapping is the [[SaveThePrincess drive]] behind most of volume 2 and 3 of ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', however, being a PluckyGirl she doesn't act overly distressed about it or
GameMaster has had months to wear her impending execution, [[spoiler: and when Ayace finally shows up to rescue her, her reaction is: "[[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike You're late!]]"]]
* Done twice in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', once to [[AnIcePerson Mizore]] through an ArrangedMarriage, once to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Moka]] for being a LivingMacGuffin. In [[SplitPersonality Moka's]] case, it's actually both this and BadassInDistress, depending on which of her personalities we're talking about.
* Shirayuki of ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' occasionally falls into this category, though as a PluckyGirl she doesn't take it lying
down and tends use his admin privileges to [[DamselOutOfDistress try to do something about it herself]]. Played completely straight during stop any plot she devises, the Tanburn arc, where she is [[spoiler: not only kidnapped, but then ''kidnapped from contrast between her kidnappers'']].
* In ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'', Mr. Smith's refusal to marry Talas out of pity meets bewilderment: Saving her is what a man ''does'', right?
* Akiko in Shonen Omnyouji gets her moment when a group of demons kidnap her in order to use her blood to heal their master, as well as lead Masahiro into a trap. Of course
hardcore ActionGirl persona in the end either Masahiro or Akiko would have been enough to heal their master, but Masahiro has some pretty steller spiritual powers in terms of combat so is more of a threat.
** She was pretty much asking for it really. She followed Masahiro out at night, despite
first arc and the fact that Masahiro had specifically directed her to stay in her room so she could be protected by the spiritual barrier his grandfather had erected.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': Clarisse, Murasaki, Fujiko ([[BadassInDistress sometimes]])... The character trope was used back
helpless damsel in the Manga, and is expected to occur. There's one in pretty much every Lupin movie or TV special, in fact. See the DamselInDistress/AnimatedFilms page.
second was taken poorly by some fans.
* In ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Anzu falls into Nia generally fits this role more than once and is kidnapped, brainwashed, possessed, or has her life endangered by nearly all of the villains in the series. This even carries over to spin-offs, such as ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', where she's kidnapped by Yako to be the vessel for Pegasus's resurrection, third and ''VideoGame/YuGiOhForbiddenMemories'', where Seto kidnaps her pre-incarnation, Teana. However, in a bit final arc of an out-of-character moment, ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The third was justified because she invokes the trope once to lure was BrainwashedAndCrazy. [[spoiler:Once she snaps out Dark Yugi in one of the manga's early chapters, putting herself in danger this with the Playing Card Bomber.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'' has a maiden from a village who is chosen as a sacrifice
help of Simon however, she fits this trope to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon.a T.]]


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* Parodied in ''Manga/TheDevilKingIsBored'' when the titular Devil King kidnaps a kingdom's princess because he's, well, bored, and thinks that fighting some heroes would be fun. He even places a portal to hell in the middle of a populated town. With a sign above it that says "Portal to Hell."
* Rachel from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', at least twice. Pretty bad track record for a girl who wanted to climb the Tower by herself. Then again, [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel she's learnt a few things or two]].
* Akiko Aoshika from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest''. Haguro tries to invoke this trope with Ryuuko, but she points out that Inugami isn't interested in her.
* In ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Anzu falls into this role more than once and is kidnapped, brainwashed, possessed, or has her life endangered by nearly all of the villains in the series. This even carries over to spin-offs, such as ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', where she's kidnapped by Yako to be the vessel for Pegasus's resurrection, and ''VideoGame/YuGiOhForbiddenMemories'', where Seto kidnaps her pre-incarnation, Teana. However, in a bit of an out-of-character moment, she invokes the trope once to lure out Dark Yugi in one of the manga's early chapters, putting herself in danger with the Playing Card Bomber.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'' has a maiden from a village who is chosen as a sacrifice to the Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
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