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14th Oct '17 2:05:47 AM iroanxi
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* ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'': Leonard, who is a supreme swordsman, able to hold his own against [[MemeticBadass Samuel Harrington]], finds himself in distress in the early Chapter 5, when he is wounded and tied up by the corrupt city guard of Oldtown. [[spoiler: [[Main/BigDamnHeroes Luckily for him, Samantha and Sasha come to the rescue not long afterwards]].]]
13th Oct '17 8:00:34 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Matilda is an example of this in ''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.

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* Matilda is an example of this in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden''.''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake ''Fire Emblem Echoes'' have the local LadyOfWar, Mathilda.
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. If she survives the stage, she will be one of the best Paladins in the whole game.
*** Zeke is a badass BlackKnight who is being ForcedIntoEvil by the GeneralRipper Jerome, who's holding Zeke's girlfriend and partner Tatiana hostage. The group must both defeat the VainSorceress Nuibaba and free Tatiana if the player wants to get Zeke on their side.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', Eliwood's father Elbert is the most powerful Paladin in Pherae, but has been missing from before Eliwood and Hector entered the plot. It turns out to be this, as he's been captured by Nergal who has sacrificing him to get his LifeEnergy among his plans. [[spoiler: While Elbert ''is'' rescued by Eliwood and Co., he soon dies from his injuries - [[DyingMomentOfAwesome but not before almost killing Nergal]].]]
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', during Xander and Charlotte's supports, the WarriorPrince Xander can be caught off-guard by a Faceless when he doesn't hae his CoolSword handy. If this happens, the CuteBruiser Charlotte takes action and ''kills the Faceless with her bare hands'', [[AmazonChaser much to Xander's awe.]]
1st Oct '17 2:28:16 AM SpaceKABOOM
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* Adam, one of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'', is captured by Mr. X in ''Streets of Rage 2''. He's not playable in the third game, but shows up in a BigDamnHeroes cutscene near the beginning of the final stage. The fangame ''Streets of Rage Remake'' puts him back into full throttle action.

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* Adam, one of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'', is captured by Mr. X in ''Streets of Rage 2''. He's not playable in the third game, but shows up in a BigDamnHeroes cutscene near the beginning of the final stage. The fangame ''Streets of Rage Remake'' ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRageRemake'' puts him back into full throttle action.
24th Sep '17 8:57:03 AM lillolillo
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* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'' Franchise/WonderWoman and her daughter Fury are captured by [[TheDragon Badra]] and later freed by Power Girl.
12th Sep '17 4:06:03 PM Maven
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* In ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', the collective heroes believe ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had been captured by Neron so he could obtain his soul. [[spoiler:Turns out Supes wasn't even on the ''planet'' -- he was completely off-world in a different storyline.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', the collective heroes believe ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had been captured by Neron so he could obtain his soul. [[spoiler:Turns out Supes wasn't even on the ''planet'' -- he was completely off-world in a different storyline.]] (Neron was, in fact, after Captain Marvel's soul - arguably the only superhero ''more'' pure and innocent than Supes.)]]
20th Aug '17 6:53:48 PM Tropemaster849
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* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'': Olimar was able to take on several monsters and other things when he got stuck on PNF-404 in the first two game. In the third, he needs to be saved by the Koppi crew.
18th Aug '17 1:43:35 PM LadyNorbert
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* Quaker Oats turned this into a sweepstakes called "Save the Cap'n" by putting Cap'n Crunch in trouble during a series of commercials, where he was captured by the Soggies. Over the course of the advertising campaign, viewers had to use clues provided by a hotline to identify which door and which key was needed, then send in an entry form with the correct answers to be eligible to win prizes. And meanwhile, the storyline was being shown in the commercials themselves, concluding with the Cap'n escaping in an epic battle. (Well, epic [[RuleOfFunny cartoonish battle.]])

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* Quaker Oats turned this into a sweepstakes called "Save the Cap'n" by putting Cap'n Crunch in trouble during a series of commercials, where he was captured by the Soggies. Over the course of the advertising campaign, viewers had to use clues provided by a hotline to identify which door and which key was needed, then send in an entry form with the correct answers to be eligible to win prizes. And meanwhile, Meanwhile, the storyline was being shown in the commercials themselves, concluding with the Cap'n escaping in an epic battle. (Well, epic [[RuleOfFunny cartoonish battle.]])



* In FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire, there is Cid, who got captured by [[spoiler: Khamja]].

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* In FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire, ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'', there is Cid, who got captured by [[spoiler: Khamja]].



* FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi: Ami might not be invincible- she needs her minions to break her out of the Dark God's realm- but the second time, it was because ''three'' had teamed up on her. She regularly leads her troops from the front, and fights on par with the worst deamons of the ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' world. The hero GuileHero approach to problemsolveing means even things she can't handle head-on can be overcome.... even if it means she needs a little help from her [[EliteArmy hordes of minions]].

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* FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi: ''FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': Ami might not be invincible- invincible - she needs her minions to break her out of the Dark God's realm- realm - but the second time, it was because ''three'' had teamed up on her. She regularly leads her troops from the front, and fights on par with the worst deamons of the ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' world. The hero GuileHero approach to problemsolveing means even things she can't handle head-on can be overcome.... even if it means she needs a little help from her [[EliteArmy hordes of minions]].



* The [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Lord Inquisitor]] is taken captive in the latter third of ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', mostly to use as live bait for the Lady Inquisitor.



* In Sarah Monette's ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'', particularly in the first book ''Melusine'', Mildmay is the resident badass, but at one point he gets locked in a farm cellar and [[spoiler: has to get rescued by the guy he's rescuing]]. His brother, Felix, is usually a pretty badass wizard himself, but when his skills are counteracted in ''Melusine'' and later in ''Corambis'', he variously gets mind-raped, really raped, magic-robbed, driven temporarily insane, half-drowned by vigilantes, dragged through a gauntlet, charged with treason, locked in prison and later a madhouse, threatened with death by burning, and, to top it all off, given a TraumaticHaircut. Some more than once.

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* In Sarah Monette's ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'', particularly in the first book ''Melusine'', Mildmay is the resident badass, but at one point he gets locked in a farm cellar and [[spoiler: has to get rescued by the guy he's rescuing]]. His brother, Felix, is usually a pretty badass wizard himself, but when his skills are counteracted in ''Melusine'' and later in ''Corambis'', he variously gets mind-raped, {{mind rape}}d, really raped, magic-robbed, driven temporarily insane, half-drowned by vigilantes, dragged through a gauntlet, charged with treason, locked in prison and later a madhouse, threatened with death by burning, and, to top it all off, given a TraumaticHaircut. Some more than once.



* Beren in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is captured by Sauron; his [[ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl extraordinary empowered lover]] frees him, and he resumes kicking ass with her help.

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* Beren in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is captured by Sauron; his [[ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl extraordinary extraordinarily empowered lover]] frees him, and he resumes kicking ass with her help.



** Can happen to the player character in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. You don't ''have'' to wait around to be rescued, but some of the funniest cutscenes in the game occur if you do. Of course, the more stubborn, proud or simply skilled players will likely never go to that point unless they intentionally lose to ThatOneBoss.

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** Can happen to the player character in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. You don't ''have'' to wait around to be rescued, but some of the funniest cutscenes in the game occur if you do. Of course, the more stubborn, proud proud, or simply skilled players will likely never go to that point unless they intentionally lose (or surrender) to ThatOneBoss.ThatOneBoss.
*** It happens again in the DLC ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', when the Warden-Commander and their entire party are captured by the Architect. Although ''he'' means them no harm, his lackeys are another story, and the Commander has to run around to find the other three and help them escape from the silverite mines where they're all being held. Unlike the situation in the base game, this particular incident cannot be avoided.


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** This ''doesn't'' happen to the Inquisitor in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', but it does happen to an entire unit of Inquisition soldiers. Word comes from a soggy location called the Fallow Mire that an Avvar chieftain's son has taken the soldiers hostage because he wants to fight the Inquisitor. One of the other Avvar, a friendly one who wants no quarrel with the Inquisition, observes that the soldiers put up an extremely skillful fight before they were taken.
15th Aug '17 12:14:20 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', because the Millennium Puzzle is taken, Yami Yugi ends up captured, and the plot centers on getting it back to call him out. He drops the DistressBall fast when he's rescued.

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* In ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'', because the Millennium Puzzle is taken, Yami Yugi ends up captured, and the plot centers on getting it back to call him out. He drops the DistressBall fast when he's rescued.
10th Aug '17 10:58:16 AM Ohio9
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** Leia in ''Film/ANewHope'' certainly qualifies. She's captured by the Empire in the opening and held prisoner until freed by Han and Luke.
** Luke Skywalker needs to be rescued at least once in every movie of the original trilogy. In ''Film/ANewHope'', he's saved from the sand people by Obi-Wan, and later by Han during the X-Wing attack on the Death Star. In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han finds him in the Hoth Tundra and manages to save him from freezing to death. In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', only Vader's intervention stops him from being killed by the Emperor.
10th Aug '17 10:11:55 AM Ohio9
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' Celes can be one of your team's most elite warriors if you put enough investment into her. But in order to get her to join your party, Locke first needs to bust her out of an Imperial prison. Later in the game, there is also an incident where you have to stop a bad guy from dropping a large weight on her head while she's performing at an opera.
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