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10th Jul '17 4:12:33 AM Michael_McManus
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[[caption-width-right:350:A genuine badass looking genuinely distressed...]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:A genuine badass looking genuinely distressed...distressed.]]
2nd Jul '17 2:07:24 PM StaroftheDawn
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In other words, TropesAreTools, and this is a good one for adding depth and humanity to a potential BoringInvincibleHero. Done well, it makes viewers appreciate the hero's customary badassery all the more. Done badly, it may leave the audience wondering if he just caught the DistressBall today. Done too often, the hero will start to lose the audience's sympathy, and his reputation as a mighty hero will seem exaggerated and undeserved. One way to avoid this is using the WorfHadTheFlu trope, in which the plot provides a specific valid reason for why the hero was captured. Perhaps he was injured, ill, emotionally traumatized, or was defeated as a result of taking on overwhelming odds in an attempt to protect others. Or he might even have [[ISurrenderSuckers let himself be captured]] '''''[[ISurrenderSuckers on purpose]]''''' in order to distract his "captors", either to give his allies time to escape, rescue a previously captured ally, try to persuade the more redeemable villains to do a HeelFaceTurn, or simply [[PlayAlongPrisoner get close enough to the villains for him to catch them off-guard]].

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In other words, TropesAreTools, and this is a good one for adding depth and humanity to a potential BoringInvincibleHero. Done well, it makes viewers appreciate the hero's customary badassery all the more. Done badly, it may leave the audience wondering if he just caught the DistressBall today. Done too often, the hero will start to lose the audience's sympathy, and his reputation as a mighty hero will seem exaggerated and undeserved. One way to avoid this is using the WorfHadTheFlu trope, in which the plot provides a specific valid reason for why the hero was captured. Perhaps he was injured, ill, emotionally traumatized, or was defeated as a result of taking on overwhelming odds in an attempt to protect others. Or he might even have [[ISurrenderSuckers let himself be captured]] '''''[[ISurrenderSuckers on purpose]]''''' in order to distract his "captors", purpose]]''''', either to give protect his allies and give them time to escape, rescue a previously captured ally, try to persuade the more redeemable villains to do a HeelFaceTurn, or simply [[PlayAlongPrisoner get close enough to the villains for him to catch them off-guard]].
2nd Jul '17 2:04:34 PM StaroftheDawn
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In other words, TropesAreTools, and this is a good one for adding depth and humanity to a potential BoringInvincibleHero. Done well, it makes viewers appreciate the hero's customary badassery all the more. Done badly, it may leave the audience wondering if he just caught the DistressBall today. Done too often, the hero will start to lose the audience's sympathy, and his reputation as a mighty hero will seem exaggerated and undeserved. One way to avoid this is using the WorfHadTheFlu trope, in which the plot provides a specific valid reason for why the hero was captured. Perhaps he was injured, ill, emotionally traumatized, or was defeated as a result of taking on overwhelming odds in an attempt to protect others. Or he might even have [[ISurrenderSuckers let himself be captured]] '''''[[ISurrenderSuckers on purpose]]''''' in order to distract his "captors", either to give his allies time to escape, try to persuade the more redeemable villains to do a HeelFaceTurn, or simply [[PlayAlongPrisoner get close enough to the villains for him to catch them off-guard]].

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In other words, TropesAreTools, and this is a good one for adding depth and humanity to a potential BoringInvincibleHero. Done well, it makes viewers appreciate the hero's customary badassery all the more. Done badly, it may leave the audience wondering if he just caught the DistressBall today. Done too often, the hero will start to lose the audience's sympathy, and his reputation as a mighty hero will seem exaggerated and undeserved. One way to avoid this is using the WorfHadTheFlu trope, in which the plot provides a specific valid reason for why the hero was captured. Perhaps he was injured, ill, emotionally traumatized, or was defeated as a result of taking on overwhelming odds in an attempt to protect others. Or he might even have [[ISurrenderSuckers let himself be captured]] '''''[[ISurrenderSuckers on purpose]]''''' in order to distract his "captors", either to give his allies time to escape, rescue a previously captured ally, try to persuade the more redeemable villains to do a HeelFaceTurn, or simply [[PlayAlongPrisoner get close enough to the villains for him to catch them off-guard]].
2nd Jul '17 1:16:07 PM StaroftheDawn
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In other words, TropesAreTools, and this is a good one for adding depth and humanity to a potential BoringInvincibleHero. Done well, it makes viewers appreciate the hero's customary badassery all the more. Done badly, it may leave the audience wondering if he just caught the DistressBall today. Done too often, the hero will start to lose the audience's sympathy, and his reputation as a mighty hero will seem exaggerated and undeserved. One way to avoid this is using the WorfHadTheFlu trope, in which the plot provides a specific valid reason for why the hero was captured. Perhaps he was injured, ill, emotionally traumatized, or was defeated as a result of taking on overwhelming odds in an attempt to protect others.

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In other words, TropesAreTools, and this is a good one for adding depth and humanity to a potential BoringInvincibleHero. Done well, it makes viewers appreciate the hero's customary badassery all the more. Done badly, it may leave the audience wondering if he just caught the DistressBall today. Done too often, the hero will start to lose the audience's sympathy, and his reputation as a mighty hero will seem exaggerated and undeserved. One way to avoid this is using the WorfHadTheFlu trope, in which the plot provides a specific valid reason for why the hero was captured. Perhaps he was injured, ill, emotionally traumatized, or was defeated as a result of taking on overwhelming odds in an attempt to protect others.
others. Or he might even have [[ISurrenderSuckers let himself be captured]] '''''[[ISurrenderSuckers on purpose]]''''' in order to distract his "captors", either to give his allies time to escape, try to persuade the more redeemable villains to do a HeelFaceTurn, or simply [[PlayAlongPrisoner get close enough to the villains for him to catch them off-guard]].
27th May '17 1:22:22 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Matilda is an example of this in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Gaiden]]. Due to everyone in that game automatically having a weapon regardless of what's in their inventory, the battle starts off with her killing the archers who are supposed to execute her, as the player begins advancing towards the fort she's captured in.
* VideoGame/BulletStorm : Trishka. In her first appearance, she viciously beats her much larger, monstrous captor to death, all while spouting venomous profanities.

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* Matilda is an example of this in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Gaiden]].''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden''. Due to everyone in that game automatically having a weapon regardless of what's in their inventory, the battle starts off with her killing the archers who are supposed to execute her, as the player begins advancing towards the fort she's captured in.
* VideoGame/BulletStorm ''VideoGame/BulletStorm'' : Trishka. In her first appearance, she viciously beats her much larger, monstrous captor to death, all while spouting venomous profanities.



* Toon Link has a history of this. He may be very badass, but if he acts without thinking or gets hit by a surprise-attack, he's quite easy to take down. Ganondorf gets him almost killed twice in the game [[spoiler:[[LittleMissBadass Tetra]] saved him both times.]] and later, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'', he loses his sword and gets caught by [[spoiler:Bellum's tentacles.]] Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Linebeck]] saves him.

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* Toon ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': The Link introduced in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has a history of this. He may be very badass, but if he acts without thinking or gets hit by a surprise-attack, he's quite easy to take down. Ganondorf gets him almost killed twice in the game [[spoiler:[[LittleMissBadass [[spoiler:and [[LittleMissBadass Tetra]] saved has to save him both times.]] and later, times]]. Later, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'', he loses his sword and gets caught by [[spoiler:Bellum's tentacles.]] tentacles]]. Surprisingly, [[spoiler:Linebeck]] saves him.
24th May '17 7:10:12 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': The black leopard after surviving the DeathTrap.
23rd May '17 11:24:58 AM gb00393
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** Ghost when he is caged. How he was moved from a trap to the cage is never explained.

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** At some point after Jon leaves him with the rest of the Watch for the fake defection, Ghost when he was captured by Karl and Rast and is caged. How he was moved from a trap to the cage is never explained.
19th May '17 11:13:46 PM Neromenian
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': The black leopard after surviving the DeathTrap.
16th May '17 11:40:11 AM AthenaBlue
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Raphael in the ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies, especially the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze second movie]] thanks to his stint working alone had him getting captured by Shredder, Tokka and Rahzar and had to be saved by his brothers before he can kick ass again. He's TheLancer, so that explains. ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', however, reverses it; even though Raphael is still TheLancer, his stint caused [[TheLeader Leonardo]] to get caught instead.
** After spending most of the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990 first film]] in captivity by Shredder, Splinter is able to eliminate him with a flick of the wrist.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''. In [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 movie]], Captain Pike is captured by Romulans, heinously tortured, and, when rescued, ''still'' manages to kill a few of his tormentors -- one literally seconds after being rescued.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** At the end of Episode V, [[TheLancer Han Solo]] is imprisoned/embedded in a chunk of carbonite. And what does he do mere hours after getting out? Kills Boba Fett. ''While he's still blind'' (Fett got better).
** And in the prequel episode II, Count Dooku and the Trade Federation manages to hold Obi-Wan, Anakin, ''and'' Padme hostage for a while; fortunately, Anakin is able to get a message to the Jedi Council first, and a strike team is able to pull a BigDamnHeroes moment to save them from a PublicExecution on Geonosis. (But things only get worse from there, [[StartOfDarkness especially for Anakin.]])
** Happens twice in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', first to Poe Dameron at the very beginning and then to [[spoiler:Rey, who actually becomes more badass ''while'' in distress as Kylo Ren [[NiceJobFixingItVillain keeps accidentally teaching her about the Force by example]]]].
* Basically the premise of ''Film/RamboIII''. Rambo gets Trautmann out of a Soviet prison in Afghanistan, and the two of them proceed to destroy half the Red Army.
* Morphius had one moment of this in the first [[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]] movie

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* Raphael ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Joseph Lynch, member of the Assassin's Brotherhood, is arrested in the ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies, especially film's prologue for the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze second movie]] thanks to his stint working alone had him getting captured by Shredder, Tokka and Rahzar and had to be saved by his brothers before he can kick ass again. He's TheLancer, so that explains. ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', however, reverses it; even though Raphael is still TheLancer, his stint caused [[TheLeader Leonardo]] to get caught instead.
** After spending most of the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990 first film]] in captivity by Shredder, Splinter is able to eliminate him with a flick of the wrist.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''. In [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 movie]], Captain Pike is captured by Romulans, heinously tortured, and, when rescued, ''still'' manages to kill a few
murder of his tormentors -- one literally seconds wife, and Abstergo presumably got their hands on him quickly after being rescued.
that.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** At the end of Episode V, [[TheLancer Han Solo]] is imprisoned/embedded in a chunk of carbonite. And what does he do mere hours after getting out? Kills Boba Fett. ''While he's still blind'' (Fett got better).
** And in the prequel episode II, Count Dooku and the Trade Federation manages to hold Obi-Wan, Anakin, ''and'' Padme
The hostage for a while; fortunately, Anakin is able to get a message to the Jedi Council first, and a strike team is able to pull a BigDamnHeroes moment to save them from a PublicExecution on Geonosis. (But things only get worse from there, [[StartOfDarkness especially for Anakin.]])
** Happens twice in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', first to Poe Dameron at the very beginning and then to [[spoiler:Rey, who actually becomes more badass ''while'' in distress as Kylo Ren [[NiceJobFixingItVillain keeps accidentally teaching her about the Force by example]]]].
* Basically the premise of ''Film/RamboIII''. Rambo gets Trautmann out of a Soviet prison in Afghanistan, and the two of them proceed to destroy half the Red Army.
* Morphius had one moment of this
in the first [[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]] movieopening sequence of ''Film/TheExpendables2'' turns out to be [[spoiler:Trench]], who is embarrassed to have found himself in that situation.
* Gretel in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'', briefly, as part of Muriel's ceremony.



* In a German movie ''Stahlnetz: PSI'' there are two girls who are best friends: PluckyGirl Micha, who also has supernatural powers (titular "PSI") and sweet girl Sandra. Micha get kidnapped, and even though she does try, she just cannot escape on her own - even her psychic powers backfire at first. Then [[spoiler: Sandra, thanks to the connection they share, gets a clue on where Micha is held, and with this hint, police finds and rescues Micha.]]
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Holmes is captured and ''brutally'' tortured by Moriarty, and has to be rescued by Watson. Afterwards, it seems that a combination of adrenaline and sheer willpower are the only things keeping him standing and conscious, but he still manages to help fight their way out. [[spoiler: Later, it turns out that he allowed himself to be captured, knowing that he would probably be tortured, in order to get close enough to pickpocket the notebook containing all the financial details of Moriarty's criminal empire.]]



* Gretel in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'', briefly, as part of Muriel's ceremony.



* The hostage in the opening sequence of ''Film/TheExpendables2'' turns out to be [[spoiler:Trench]], who is embarrassed to have found himself in that situation.
* In in the Creator/ClintEastwood film ''The Rookie'', Pulovski (Eastwood) is kidnapped and the titular rookie Ackerman (Creator/CharlieSheen) has to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] to rescue him.
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Joseph Lynch, member of the Assassin's Brotherhood, is arrested in the film's prologue for the murder of his wife, and Abstergo presumably got their hands on him quickly after that.

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* The hostage %%* Morpheus had one moment of this in the opening sequence first [[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]] movie
* Basically the premise
of ''Film/TheExpendables2'' turns ''Film/RamboIII''. Rambo gets Trautmann out of a Soviet prison in Afghanistan, and the two of them proceed to be [[spoiler:Trench]], who is embarrassed to have found himself in that situation.
destroy half the Red Army.
* In in the Creator/ClintEastwood film ''The Rookie'', Pulovski (Eastwood) is kidnapped and the titular rookie Ackerman (Creator/CharlieSheen) has to [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] to rescue him.
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Joseph Lynch, member In ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'', Holmes is captured and ''brutally'' tortured by Moriarty, and has to be rescued by Watson. Afterwards, it seems that a combination of adrenaline and sheer willpower are the only things keeping him standing and conscious, but he still manages to help fight their way out. [[spoiler: Later, it turns out that he allowed himself to be captured, knowing that he would probably be tortured, in order to get close enough to pickpocket the notebook containing all the financial details of Moriarty's criminal empire.]]
* In a German movie ''Stahlnetz: PSI'' there are two girls who are best friends: PluckyGirl Micha, who also has supernatural powers (titular "PSI") and sweet girl Sandra. Micha get kidnapped, and even though she does try, she just cannot escape on her own - even her psychic powers backfire at first. Then [[spoiler: Sandra, thanks to the connection they share, gets a clue on where Micha is held, and with this hint, police finds and rescues Micha.]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''. In [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 movie]], Captain Pike is captured by Romulans, heinously tortured, and, when rescued, ''still'' manages to kill a few of his tormentors -- one literally seconds after being rescued.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** At the end of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', [[TheLancer Han Solo]] is imprisoned/embedded in a chunk of carbonite. And, in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', what does he do mere hours after getting out? Kills Boba Fett. ''While he's still blind'' (Fett got better).
** In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Count Dooku and the Trade Federation manage to hold Obi-Wan, Anakin, ''and'' Padmé hostage for a while; fortunately, Anakin is able to get a message to the Jedi Council first, and a strike team is able to pull a BigDamnHeroes [[GunshipRescue moment]] to save them from a PublicExecution on Geonosis. (But things only get worse from there, [[StartOfDarkness especially for Anakin.]])
** Happens twice in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', first to Poe Dameron at the very beginning and then to [[spoiler:Rey, who actually becomes more badass ''while'' in distress as Kylo Ren [[NiceJobFixingItVillain keeps accidentally teaching her about the Force by example]]]].
* Raphael in the ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies, especially the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze second movie]] thanks to his stint working alone had him getting captured by Shredder, Tokka and Rahzar and had to be saved by his brothers before he can kick ass again. He's TheLancer, so that explains. ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', however, reverses it; even though Raphael is still TheLancer, his stint caused [[TheLeader Leonardo]] to get caught instead.
** After spending most
of the Assassin's Brotherhood, [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990 first film]] in captivity by Shredder, Splinter is arrested in able to eliminate him with a flick of the film's prologue for the murder of his wife, and Abstergo presumably got their hands on him quickly after that. wrist.



-->"Worst. Rescue. ''Ever.''"

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-->"Worst.--->"Worst. Rescue. ''Ever.''"



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* [[BadassAdorable Ruby]] from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' got herself captured by White Fang near the end of vol.2. To her credit she tried to fight of the attackers, and made a few attempts of escape, and when her kidnappers were distracted by her backup she used opportunity to become [[DamselOutOfDistress badass out of distress]]

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* [[BadassAdorable Ruby]] from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' got herself captured by White Fang near the end of vol.2. To her credit credit, she tried to fight of off the attackers, and made a few attempts of at escape, and when her kidnappers were distracted by her backup she used the opportunity to become [[DamselOutOfDistress badass out of distress]]distress]].



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* In ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'', Leona Gallant is {{Arrested For Heroism}} and attempts to escape by using her sex appeal on Cecil.

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* In ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'', Leona Gallant The most badass character of ''Webcomic/{{Marooned}}'' is {{Arrested For Heroism}} easily Lian. There is an entire story arc devoted to her captivity and attempts to escape by using her sex appeal on Cecil.rescue.



* Deconstructed in Webcomics/RiverPassage, as [[spoiler: Irish]] dies while in distress.
* The most badass character of ''Webcomic/{{Marooned}}'' is easily Lian. There is an entire story arc devoted to her captivity and rescue.

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* Deconstructed in Webcomics/RiverPassage, ''Webcomics/RiverPassage'', as [[spoiler: Irish]] dies while in distress.
* The most badass character of ''Webcomic/{{Marooned}}'' In ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'', Leona Gallant is easily Lian. There is an entire story arc devoted {{Arrested For Heroism}} and attempts to escape by using her captivity and rescue.sex appeal on Cecil.
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