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25th May '18 9:11:28 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Why not do an episode where your badass [[AllUpToYou finds himself in the role]] usually reserved for the DamselInDistress? Kidnap him, make him desperately ill or injured, or otherwise put him in a situation where he cannot single-handedly resolve the plot and your audience can enjoy watching him wait for the kind of rescue he usually provides for the rest of the cast. See? Your other characters can get ADayInTheLimelight and fans of your hero will recognize that he's NotSoInvincibleAfterAll...

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Why not do an episode where your badass [[AllUpToYou finds himself in the role]] usually reserved for the DamselInDistress? DamselInDistress or DistressedDude? Kidnap him, make him desperately ill or injured, or otherwise put him in a situation where he cannot single-handedly resolve the plot and your audience can enjoy watching him wait for the kind of rescue he usually provides for the rest of the cast. See? Your other characters can get ADayInTheLimelight and fans of your hero will recognize that he's NotSoInvincibleAfterAll...
25th May '18 9:08:54 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'''s Mikagami Tokiya is at first noted as not only the smartest of the Hokage, he's also the cruelest and most ruthless. However, he suffers two cases of being captured, first being defeated by Aoi and is used as a hostage to lower Recca's morale and stays unconscious until rescued, but he later makes it up by forcing Hiruko, who was on the same level of Aoi, into a draw. Then he gets hit AGAIN when BigBadWannabe Marie managed to drug him by luck and strap him into a contrapment, waiting for Domon and Recca to rescue him and rained with taunts and ridicule. Just so they make sure they didn't think of him [[BadassDecay decayed]], he is pitted against his master Meguri Kyouza, who [[BadassGrandpa even on deathbed instills fear on both Aoi and Hiruko and could've beaten Kurei if it wasn't for the deathbed tidbits]]... and Mikagami outsmarts and comes out victorious against him.

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* ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'''s Mikagami Tokiya is at first noted as not only the smartest of the Hokage, he's also the cruelest and most ruthless. However, he suffers two cases of being captured, first being defeated by Aoi and is used as a hostage to lower Recca's morale and stays unconscious until rescued, but he later makes it up by forcing Hiruko, who was on the same level of Aoi, into a draw. Then he gets hit AGAIN when BigBadWannabe Marie managed to drug him by luck and strap him into a contrapment, waiting for Domon and Recca to rescue him and rained with taunts and ridicule. Just so they make sure they didn't think of him [[BadassDecay decayed]], he is pitted against his master Meguri Kyouza, who [[BadassGrandpa [[OldMaster even on deathbed instills fear on both Aoi and Hiruko and could've beaten Kurei if it wasn't for the deathbed tidbits]]... and Mikagami outsmarts and comes out victorious against him.
18th May '18 3:12:14 AM AwSamWeston
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* ''Film/GleahanAndTheKnavesOfIndustry:'' [[spoiler:Gleahan, the resident badass, gets captured. This kicks the third act into gear.]]
24th Apr '18 3:35:15 AM Tyk5919
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* ''ARG/ILoveBees'' (a ''VideoGame/Halo2'' ARG): ActionGirl Jan James becomes one when gangster Thin Kinkle kidnaps her.


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* In ''Literature/GirlsOnFilm'', Hardestadt Delac is kidnapped and held prisoner by [[BigBad Rich Jacobs]] for a large portion of the story. If it hadn't been for his partner Erin, it's unlikely he ever would've escaped.
* ''ARG/ILoveBees'' (a ''VideoGame/Halo2'' ARG): ActionGirl Jan James becomes one when gangster Thin Kinkle kidnaps her.
16th Apr '18 12:51:12 PM bitemytail
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* In ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', while Zelda is typically the DamselInDistress, in this game she has been fighting Ganon non-stop for 100 years. She's finally beginning to lose the battle as the game begins, so she needs you for backup.

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* In ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', while Zelda is typically the DamselInDistress, in this game she has been fighting Ganon non-stop for 100 years. She's finally beginning to lose the battle as the game begins, so she needs you for backup.
15th Apr '18 11:43:42 AM Someoneman
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** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Johnny Cage is captured by D'Vora about halfway through the game and spends the rest of it wrapped up in a cocoon [[AndIMustScream (with her grubs chewing on his face)]] before being rescued by his daughter at the climax.

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** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Johnny Cage is captured by D'Vora about halfway through the game and spends the rest of it wrapped up in a cocoon [[AndIMustScream (with her grubs chewing on his face)]] face) before being rescued by his daughter at the climax.
22nd Mar '18 12:15:46 AM Chariset
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In most cases the badass genuinely does need the help of others, but occasionally his allies fail to save him despite their best efforts. When that happens, expect the badass to summon some heroic resolve, break free on his own, and [[RescueReversal save his would-be saviors.]] Perhaps he wasn't all that helpless -- he just needed the surge of adrenaline that he felt when he saw his friends in trouble. If the badass is a villain or even debatable antihero, there's generally no rescue attempt at all; instead of escaping, the character simply survives the execution and immediately murders everyone.

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In most cases the badass genuinely does need really can't get out of the help of others, situation without help, but occasionally his allies fail to save him despite their best efforts. When that happens, expect happens (especially if the badass sees his friends in trouble), expect him to summon some call up an extraordinary amount of heroic resolve, break free on his own, and [[RescueReversal save his would-be saviors.]] Perhaps he wasn't all that helpless -- he just needed the surge of adrenaline that he felt when he saw his friends in trouble. If the badass is a villain or even debatable antihero, there's generally no rescue attempt at all; instead of escaping, the character simply survives the execution and immediately murders everyone.
5th Mar '18 12:23:12 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Subverted in ''SuikodenTierkreis''. [[LadyOfWar Chrodechild]] gets captured by [[spoiler:the Mage Lord]], and Asad rushes in to SaveThePrincess... only to discover that she knocked her captor out once he dismissed his guards, then ran for it.

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* Subverted in ''SuikodenTierkreis''.''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis''. [[LadyOfWar Chrodechild]] gets captured by [[spoiler:the Mage Lord]], and Asad rushes in to SaveThePrincess... only to discover that she knocked her captor out once he dismissed his guards, then ran for it.
4th Mar '18 12:06:34 AM darkemyst
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* Tarvek finds himself to be chronically kidnapped due to the political climate after the time skip in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. He hasn't lost his guile or fighting abilities however, he's just often outnumbered or facing characters who outclass ''all'' of the protagonists and he manages to turn the situation around to his benefit in the end.



* Deconstructed in ''Webcomics/RiverPassage'', as [[spoiler: Irish]] dies while in distress.

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* Deconstructed in ''Webcomics/RiverPassage'', ''Webcomic/RiverPassage'', as [[spoiler: Irish]] dies while in distress.
1st Mar '18 8:37:35 AM zehirmann666
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* In the Hearthfire DLC of VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim, your spouse might have been abducted when you were away. But potential spouses include an experienced archer with lycanthropy, a woman expelled by the companions for being "too hot-blooded" and a vampire lord so old she asked "Empire? What... what empire?".
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