History DamselInDistress / VideoGames

20th Aug '17 4:18:21 AM Kreyghun
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** The fact that the damseled characters went on to do heroic things themselves isn't a subversion of this trope, it simply means the trope isn't the only thing that defined these characters.
20th Aug '17 4:15:20 AM Kreyghun
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** ''VideoGame/{{Breath of Fire|I}}'' has Nina serve this role in her initial arc, when she's captured by the [[EvilSorcerer Karma Wizard]] while [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething looking for a cure for her father]], who said wizard poisoned. After the rescue, she never goes through it again. The first manga adaptation, however, just ''loved'' to turn her into a FauxActionGirl, even having another party member accuse her of being a [[TheLoad load]] to the rest of the group.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Breath of Fire|I}}'' has Nina serve this role in her initial arc, when she's captured by the [[EvilSorcerer Karma Wizard]] while [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething looking for a cure for her father]], who said wizard poisoned. After Later in the rescue, game, she never goes through it is separated from the party and later found in a mentally addled state, which requires curing before she can join the party again. The first manga adaptation, however, just ''loved'' to turn her into a FauxActionGirl, even having another party member accuse her of being a [[TheLoad load]] to the rest of the group.


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** Nevertheless, Marle still requires saving from the time paradox that threatens her existence. The actual queen Leene which Marle is mistaken for is obviously a damsel.
20th Aug '17 4:04:14 AM Kreyghun
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** She is kidnapped again [[spoiler: and also seduced to the Dark Side]] later in the game, in a much more dramatic turn.
20th Aug '17 4:02:13 AM Kreyghun
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' with Yuna. Who, while kidnapped three times, managed to escape on her own the first time and actually made a plan to defeat one of the BigBad's the third time (which the heroes, while pulling off an impressive BigDamnHeroes, messed up) she still escaped on her own. And the second time, she was actually being "kidnapped" by [[spoiler: Rikku]], so there wasn't any real danger, though the other characters think there is at the time.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' with Yuna. Who, while kidnapped three four times, managed to escape on her own the first time and actually made a plan to defeat one of the BigBad's the third fourth time (which the heroes, while pulling off an impressive BigDamnHeroes, messed up) she still escaped on her own. And the second and third time, she was actually being "kidnapped" by [[spoiler: Rikku]], Rikku and the Al-Bheds]], so there wasn't any real danger, though the other characters think there is at the time.


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** It's debatable whether you can call this 'averted' when it still results in the same lack of agency. After all, you don't get to play as Yuna as she rescues herself. In fact, she doesn't rescue herself at any point. While she frees herself during the first kidnapping, it' still Tidus & co that defeat the robot guarding her. And while she did have a plan to defeat the BigBad, it doesn't appear to have been very well-thought-out, and Yuna herself admits in hindsight her plan never had a chance of success.
20th Aug '17 3:52:10 AM Kreyghun
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*** Though again played painfully straight when she decides to retire her adventuring ways after she finds out she is princess Zelda, and is kidnapped shortly thereafter anyway.
15th Aug '17 1:50:21 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', Ishizu gets kidnapped near the end of the game to force the player to hand over the Millennium Items.
** Serenity is this in the Kaibaman show. It's just a show act, but you have to duel against Leichter anyway.

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* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', Ishizu gets kidnapped near the end of the game to force the player to hand over the Millennium Items.
** Serenity is this in the Kaibaman show. It's just a show act, show, but you have to duel against Leichter anyway.
23rd Apr '17 8:38:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/TalesSeries:''

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* ''Franchise/TalesSeries:''''VideoGame/TalesSeries:''
11th Apr '17 6:32:04 PM nombretomado
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* If you romance a Governor's Daughter enough in the 2004 version of ''SidMeiersPirates'', then when you next visit the port the Governor will tearfully tell you that she has been kidnapped by the Evil Colonel Mendoza and beg you to hunt him down and rescue her. (Successfully doing so leads to the opportunity to propose marriage shortly after.)

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* If you romance a Governor's Daughter enough in the 2004 version of ''SidMeiersPirates'', ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'', then when you next visit the port the Governor will tearfully tell you that she has been kidnapped by the Evil Colonel Mendoza and beg you to hunt him down and rescue her. (Successfully doing so leads to the opportunity to propose marriage shortly after.)
7th Jan '17 3:53:21 PM nombretomado
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* Flora Reinhold, Franchise/ProfessorLayton's foster daughter, gets stuck in this role in his games. In the original game of the series, she's more of a BarrierMaiden than a DistressedDamsel, but in the other two games where she appears so far, she has great aptitude for being kidnapped. She also goes missing in ''Professor Layton's London Life'', the bonus RPG packaged with some releases of ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheSpectersFlute'' [[spoiler:- but she hasn't been kidnapped. She's preparing to sacrifice herself to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Poor kid.]]

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* Flora Reinhold, Franchise/ProfessorLayton's foster daughter, gets stuck in this role in his games. In the original game of the series, she's more of a BarrierMaiden than a DistressedDamsel, but in the other two games where she appears so far, she has great aptitude for being kidnapped. She also goes missing in ''Professor Layton's London Life'', the bonus RPG packaged with some releases of ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheSpectersFlute'' ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter'' [[spoiler:- but she hasn't been kidnapped. She's preparing to sacrifice herself to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Poor kid.]]
21st Dec '16 10:03:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* Liara's establishing character moment in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' involves rescuing her from a forcefield she got herself stuck inside, fighting off a krogan battlemaster while she hides in a corner, then saving her from a collapsing volcano. To avoid confusion, and confirm her love-interest status, she then proceeds to faint once she arrives on your ship, since she spent anywhere from hours to days without food or water in extremely stressful situation. Once she's had a proper rest she reveals herself for the BadAss she really is in the next mission you take her along. [[TookALevelInBadass More so in the sequel.]]

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* Liara's establishing character moment in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' involves rescuing her from a forcefield she got herself stuck inside, fighting off a krogan battlemaster while she hides in a corner, then saving her from a collapsing volcano. To avoid confusion, and confirm her love-interest status, she then proceeds to faint once she arrives on your ship, since she spent anywhere from hours to days without food or water in extremely stressful situation. Once she's had a proper rest she reveals herself for the BadAss badass she really is in the next mission you take her along. [[TookALevelInBadass More so in the sequel.]]
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