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** At the end of [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E11CallToAction "Call to Action"]], Kanan is captured by the Empire. He spends the [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E12RebelResolve next episode]] being tortured by Tarkin and the Inquisitor. In the season finale, [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E13FireAcrossTheGalaxy "Fire Across the Galaxy"]], the rest of the ''Ghost'' crew stage a rescue mission, and Kanan [[spoiler:winds up defeating the Inquisitor in a duel,]] resulting in the destruction of the Star Destroyer he was being held on.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Brienne when she's tossed into the bear pit in Season 3.
** Ghost when he is caged. How he was moved from a trap to the cage is never explained.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', because KryptoniteIsEverywhere and it has an even stronger effect on young Clark (in the early seasons he couldn't even crawl away from it), he ends up needing to be rescued, by his parents, [[BlackBestFriend Pete]], Lana, [[ForegoneConclusion Lois]], but mostly [[PlatonicLifePartners Chloe]]. In a particularly heartwarming/tear jerking scene, Clark admits this to an unconscious Chloe.
-->'''Clark''': You're the best friend and ally I could have had, Chloe. The truth is, you saved me more than I could have ever saved you.
** He then proceeds to [[spoiler:[[TooDumbToLive wipe all her]] [[MoralDissonance memories of his secret]].]]
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
** Mal, poster man of BigDamnHeroes, has to get rescued from Niska. He was cracking jokes while getting metal pushed under his skin (not to mention all the dying and resuscitation).
** Inverted with River, who started off as a DistressedDamsel being protected by the rest of the crew. [[WaifFu We]] [[AxeCrazy know]] [[BadassAdorable how]] [[OneManArmy that]] [[LadyOfWar turns]] [[YouShallNotPass out.]].
* Basically every character in ''Series/StargateSG1'' has this happen to them at some point or another:
** [[MajorlyAwesome Samantha Carter]] is kidnapped by a dying millionaire, who found out about her time as host to an alien symbiote and hopes to dissect her in order to learn how it affected her physiology. She spends much of the episode trying to rescue herself (with escalating badassery), but is eventually saved by the rest of the team. This, however, doesn't diminish her badassness one bit.
** [[ColonelBadass Jack O'Neill]] gets his turn at this when he's captured by Ba'al and repeatedly tortured to death over the course of the episode. He continues to wisecrack at Ba'al during the process, though he was clearly starting to run out of endurance near the end. The rest of the team manages to [[EnemyMine persuade a mutual enemy]] to assist in attacking Ba'al's base, allowing Jack to escape.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Teal'c]] gets captured by Heru'ur's forces and is continuously tortured by one of his underlings. Despite this, Teal'c refuses to acknowledge the Goa'uld as gods. This causes the man who betrayed him in the first place to make a HeelFaceTurn and assist him in escape. (The same character shows up later as a determined LaResistance fighter, clearly inspired by Teal'c's defiance.)
** [[AdventurerArchaeologist Daniel Jackson]] is captured and tortured by Honduran rebels while on a mission to find an important alien device that, as it turns out, had been left on Earth. Because Daniel has gone through a lot and and TakenALevelInBadass by this time, he handles the treatment spectacularly and manages to make an escape, but not before his more sheltered colleague breaks down and tells everything. Fortunately Jack had already been sent to rescue them and gets there as they are running from the crazed rebels ([[ItMakesSenseInContext and a zombie]]).
** Moving on to ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', John Sheppard, as badass as O'Neill, seems to be the go-to guy for getting into distress. On one notable occassion he gets captured by his arch-nemesis Acastus Kolya and tortured by having a captive [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]] continuously drain his life force. Eventually, Sheppard makes a deal with the Wraith, and they break out. The Wraith shows himself to be honorable by returning Sheppard's life force (and more). Also, this Wraith? It's Todd, himself a badass, so this trope works for him too. Other episodes have John crippled by alien bugs, trapped in a time-locked planet, held prisoner by space travellers and held hostage and/or tortured by the Genii a few more times, while his co-leader Elizabeth makes several [[{{SadisticChoice}} sadistic choices]] with his life on the line. To his credit he suffers through all of them with snark and escape attempts aplenty.
* One of the latter episodes of ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'' puts [[TheChick Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink]] into this situation when she's trapped inside a book, tied up and the book containing her is about to be burned. She broke from her bonds on her own, then gets put into a cage, but finally destroyed the source of the book's illusion source, destroying the book and getting out on her own. To some, that episode became quite the fan favorite (for a show at the age) and her CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Brienne when she's tossed into the bear pit in Season 3.
** Ghost when he is caged. How he was moved from a trap to the cage is never explained.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', because KryptoniteIsEverywhere and it has an even stronger effect on young Clark (in the early seasons he couldn't even crawl away from it), he ends up needing to be rescued, by his parents, [[BlackBestFriend Pete]], Lana, [[ForegoneConclusion Lois]], but mostly [[PlatonicLifePartners Chloe]]. In a particularly heartwarming/tear jerking scene, Clark admits this to an unconscious Chloe.
-->'''Clark''': You're the best friend and ally I could have had, Chloe. The truth is, you saved me more than I could have ever saved you.
** He then proceeds to [[spoiler:[[TooDumbToLive wipe all her]] [[MoralDissonance memories of his secret]].]]
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
** Mal, poster man of BigDamnHeroes, has to get rescued from Niska. He was cracking jokes while getting metal pushed under his skin (not to mention
On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', almost all the dying and resuscitation).
** Inverted with River, who started off as a DistressedDamsel being protected by the rest of the crew. [[WaifFu We]] [[AxeCrazy know]] [[BadassAdorable how]] [[OneManArmy that]] [[LadyOfWar turns]] [[YouShallNotPass out.]].
* Basically every character
MainCharacters are taken prisoner or trapped in ''Series/StargateSG1'' has this happen to them a dangerous situation at some point or another:
** [[MajorlyAwesome Samantha Carter]] is kidnapped by a dying millionaire, who found out about her time as host to an alien symbiote
point, no matter how badass they are, and hopes to dissect her they usually need at least a little outside help in order to learn how it affected her physiology. She spends much of escape.
* ''{{Series/Batman}}'' often had
the episode trying to rescue herself (with escalating badassery), but is eventually saved by the rest of the team. This, however, doesn't diminish her badassness one bit.
** [[ColonelBadass Jack O'Neill]] gets his turn at this when he's
titular hero and Robin get captured by Ba'al and repeatedly tortured to death over the course of the episode. He continues to wisecrack at Ba'al during the process, though he was clearly starting to run out of endurance near the end. The rest of the team manages to [[EnemyMine persuade a mutual enemy]] to assist in attacking Ba'al's base, allowing Jack to escape.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Teal'c]] gets captured by Heru'ur's forces and is continuously tortured by one of his underlings. Despite this, Teal'c refuses to acknowledge the Goa'uld as gods. This causes the man who betrayed him
in the first place to make a HeelFaceTurn and assist him part of episodes, just so in escape. (The same character shows up later as a determined LaResistance fighter, clearly inspired by Teal'c's defiance.)
** [[AdventurerArchaeologist Daniel Jackson]] is captured and tortured by Honduran rebels while on a mission to find an important alien device that, as it turns out, had been left on Earth. Because Daniel has gone through a lot and and TakenALevelInBadass by this time, he handles
the treatment spectacularly and manages to make an escape, but not before his more sheltered colleague breaks down and tells everything. Fortunately Jack had already been sent to rescue them and gets there as next week we'd see how they are running from the crazed rebels ([[ItMakesSenseInContext and a zombie]]).
** Moving on to ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', John Sheppard, as badass as O'Neill, seems to be the go-to guy for getting into distress. On one notable occassion he gets captured by his arch-nemesis Acastus Kolya and tortured by having a captive [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]] continuously drain his life force. Eventually, Sheppard makes a deal with the Wraith, and they break out. The Wraith shows himself to be honorable by returning Sheppard's life force (and more). Also, this Wraith? It's Todd, himself a badass, so this trope works for him too. Other episodes have John crippled by alien bugs, trapped in a time-locked planet, held prisoner by space travellers and held hostage and/or tortured by the Genii a few more times, while his co-leader Elizabeth makes several [[{{SadisticChoice}} sadistic choices]] with his life on the line. To his credit he suffers through all of them with snark and
escape attempts aplenty.
* One
at the beginning of the latter episodes of ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'' puts [[TheChick Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink]] into this situation when she's trapped inside a book, tied up and the book containing her is about to be burned. She broke from her bonds on her own, then gets put into a cage, but finally destroyed the source of the book's illusion source, destroying the book and getting out on her own. To some, that episode became quite the fan favorite (for a show at the age) and her CrowningMomentOfAwesome.next part.



** In "Crush," Spike and Drusilla taser Buffy, who is then chained up along with Drusilla as part of Spike's plan to choose a love interest (and which one gets to live). It goes wrong and Buffy fights off Drusilla while in chains, until Spike helps.

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** In "Crush," "Crush", Spike and Drusilla taser Buffy, who is then chained up along with Drusilla as part of Spike's plan to choose a love interest (and which one gets to live). It goes wrong and Buffy fights off Drusilla while in chains, until Spike helps.helps.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** At the end of "The Longest Night", Derek Morgan is blindsided by the [=UnSub=] and bound with duct tape, allowing the [=UnSub=] to kidnap Ellie Spicer. The team, thus, must rescue Morgan from the Spicer house before they can continue with the investigation.
** It may not be the conventional way to do it, but "Profiler, Profiled" saw Morgan being sent to jail on a tip by the episode's [=UnSub=], forcing the team to investigate in order to secure his release.
** Hotch was also beaten in a fight by Foyet in "Nameless, Faceless" and tortured with multiple non-fatal stabbings.
* Pops up frequently on ''{{Series/Chuck}}'':
** Chuck, Casey and Sarah all take turns in distress throughout the series, needing to be rescued by one or more or the others. In the season 3 finale, ''all three'' are taken by [[spoiler: Shaw]], leaving [[spoiler: Ellie, Morgan and Devon]] to save them.
** Frequently happens with guest stars as well, since many play other spies working with the team and manage to get in trouble either on their own, or with another member of the team.
* One of the latter episodes of ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'' puts [[TheChick Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink]] into this situation when she's trapped inside a book, tied up and the book containing her is about to be burned. She broke from her bonds on her own, then gets put into a cage, but finally destroyed the source of the book's illusion source, destroying the book and getting out on her own. To some, that episode became quite the fan favorite (for a show at the age) and her CrowningMomentOfAwesome.



** The Doctor in "The Last of the Time Lords". Released from bondage and within five minutes has completely owned the Master and undone the events of the previous year.
** This happens again in "The End Of Time":
--> "Worst. Rescue. ''Ever.''"
** In "the Pandorica Opens", the Doctor is trapped in the ultimate prison - the titular Pandorica. It takes Rory (with, admittedly, some help from a future Doctor) to break him out.
** In "Let's Kill Hitler, the Doctor is dying slowly and painfully after being poisoned by [[spoiler: River Song]]. She then has to rescue Amy and Rory, as the Doctor is too weak to do it himself. [[spoiler: After he dies, she brings him back by sacrificing all her remaining regenerations.]]
** The Doctor is again incapacitated in "the Name of the Doctor" when the Great Intelligence enters his tomb and [[spoiler: scatters himself throughout the Doctor's timeline]]. It is now Clara's turn to save him by [[spoiler: jumping into the Doctor's timestream herself]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Happens to Harm in the climax of "Déjà Vu" when he's attacked in his apartment.
* From ''Series/RobinHood'': the titular character has been captured and is dangling over a snake pit, getting beaten around the abdomen by Guy of Gisborne, who is alternatively mocking him and demanding to know who the mysterious Night Watchman is. Robin just smiles, knowing full well what's going to happen, and answers Guy's question by saying: "I don't know who the Night Watchman is. But when I see him, I'll give him a kiss." Two seconds later, the Night Watchman turns up to save his ass. And yeah, in case you haven't guessed the obvious, the Night Watchman is [[spoiler:Maid Marian]].

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** The Doctor in "The Last [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords".Lords"]]. Released from bondage and within five minutes has completely owned the Master and undone the events of the previous year.
** This happens again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End Of Time":
--> "Worst.
of Time"]]:
-->"Worst.
Rescue. ''Ever.''"
** In "the "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens The Pandorica Opens", Opens"]], the Doctor is trapped in the ultimate prison - -- the titular Pandorica. It takes Rory (with, admittedly, some help from a future Doctor) to break him out.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler, Hitler"]], the Doctor is dying slowly and painfully after being poisoned by [[spoiler: River Song]]. She then has to rescue Amy and Rory, as the Doctor is too weak to do it himself. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After he dies, she brings him back by sacrificing all her remaining regenerations.]]
** The Doctor is again incapacitated in "the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor" Doctor"]] when the Great Intelligence enters his tomb and [[spoiler: scatters [[spoiler:scatters himself throughout the Doctor's timeline]]. It is now Clara's turn to save him by [[spoiler: jumping [[spoiler:jumping into the Doctor's timestream herself]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Happens to Harm in the climax of "Déjà Vu" when he's attacked in his apartment.
* From ''Series/RobinHood'': the titular character has been captured and is dangling over a snake pit, getting beaten around the abdomen by Guy of Gisborne, who is alternatively mocking him and demanding to know who the mysterious Night Watchman is. Robin just smiles, knowing full well what's going to happen, and answers Guy's question by saying: "I don't know who the Night Watchman is. But when I see him, I'll give him a kiss." Two seconds later, the Night Watchman turns up to save his ass. And yeah, in case you haven't guessed the obvious, the Night Watchman is [[spoiler:Maid Marian]].
herself]].



* This is the only trope that can explain why Lady Emily Merchant of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' can kick all kinds of dinosaur and terror bird ass yet can also get kidnapped/put in mortal danger about four times within seven episodes.
** Happens to Abby in 2x04, when she is taken by the mers. After Cutter gets her out of her "cell" she proceeds to kick a mer in the face.
* In the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode "Foul Play in the Sky", Kimberly is going for a flight with her uncle Steve. Rita sees this as an opportunity to kill Kimberly, and has Squatt and Baboo spike Steve's soda with a delayed-effect sleeping potion. Kimberly spends several minutes stuck on the plane, but with Alpha's help makes a CrashCourseLanding and then saves her friends and ''single-handedly kills the MonsterOfTheWeek''. In "Power Ranger Punks" she and Billy are confined to cages for most of the episode after Baboo spiked their fruit juice with a personality-deforming potion. Eventually they're cured, but Billy gets swallowed by the Terror Toad just like the others. Kimberly proceeds to free them and then kill the monster.
* This tends to happen in the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise ''a lot''. Usually it's the SixthRanger who ends up saving the others when this happens, but ''not always''. Every Ranger gets ADayInTheLimelight (usually several) and this sort of situation is usually how it occurs.

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* This is ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
** Mal, poster man of BigDamnHeroes, has to get rescued from Niska. He was cracking jokes while getting metal pushed under his skin (not to mention all
the only trope that dying and resuscitation).
** Inverted with River, who started off as a DistressedDamsel being protected by the rest of the crew. [[WaifFu We]] [[AxeCrazy know]] [[BadassAdorable how]] [[OneManArmy that]] [[LadyOfWar turns]] [[YouShallNotPass out.]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Brienne when she's tossed into the bear pit in Season 3.
** Ghost when he is caged. How he was moved from a trap to the cage is never explained.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''- when Patricia gets kidnapped by the villian, she still manages to keep being the strong character she is and does everything she
can explain why Lady Emily Merchant of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' can kick all kinds of dinosaur and terror bird ass yet can also get kidnapped/put in mortal danger about four times within seven episodes.
** Happens
to Abby in 2x04, escape, from leaving a clue behind when she is was taken by to trying to knockout the mers. After Cutter gets her out of her "cell" she proceeds to kick a mer in the face.
* In the ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode "Foul Play in the Sky", Kimberly
villian. Despite this, it is going for a flight with her uncle Steve. Rita sees this as an opportunity to kill Kimberly, and has Squatt and Baboo spike Steve's soda with a delayed-effect sleeping potion. Kimberly spends several minutes stuck on the plane, but with Alpha's help makes a CrashCourseLanding and then saves her friends and ''single-handedly kills the MonsterOfTheWeek''. In "Power Ranger Punks" she and Billy are confined who end up rescuing her. (After two of them have to cages for most be saved themselves after a first failed rescue attempt). Immediately following her rescue Patricia goes on to furiously blackmail one of the episode after Baboo spiked their fruit juice with a personality-deforming potion. Eventually they're cured, but Billy gets swallowed by teachers into telling the Terror Toad just like the others. Kimberly proceeds secret about her missing friend.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Happens
to free them and then kill the monster.
* This tends to happen
Harm in the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise ''a lot''. Usually it's the SixthRanger who ends up saving the others climax of "Déjà Vu" when this happens, but ''not always''. Every Ranger gets ADayInTheLimelight (usually several) and this sort of situation is usually how it occurs.he's attacked in his apartment.



* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''- when Patricia gets kidnapped by the villian, she still manages to keep being the strong character she is and does everything she can to escape, from leaving a clue behind when she was taken to trying to knockout the villian. Despite this, it is her friends who end up rescuing her. (After two of them have to be saved themselves after a first failed rescue attempt). Immediately following her rescue Patricia goes on to furiously blackmail one of the teachers into telling the secret about her missing friend.
* ''{{Series/Batman}}'' often had the titular hero and Robin get captured in the first part of episodes, just so in the next week we'd see how they escape at the beginning of the next part.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** At the end of "The Longest Night", Derek Morgan is blindsided by the [=UnSub=] and bound with duct tape, allowing the [=UnSub=] to kidnap Ellie Spicer. The team, thus, must rescue Morgan from the Spicer house before they can continue with the investigation.
** It may not be the conventional way to do it, but "Profiler, Profiled" saw Morgan being sent to jail on a tip by the episode's [=UnSub=], forcing the team to investigate in order to secure his release.
** Hotch was also beaten in a fight by Foyet in "Nameless, Faceless" and tortured with multiple non-fatal stabbings.
* Pops up frequently on ''{{Series/Chuck}}'':
** Chuck, Casey and Sarah all take turns in distress throughout the series, needing to be rescued by one or more or the others. In the season 3 finale, ''all three'' are taken by [[spoiler: Shaw]], leaving [[spoiler: Ellie, Morgan and Devon]] to save them.
** Frequently happens with guest stars as well, since many play other spies working with the team and manage to get in trouble either on their own, or with another member of the team.
* The entire cast of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', really. Especially with their propensity for being kidnapped (as El and Peter thoughtfully lampshade in [[spoiler: Shoot the Moon.]]
--> Really, they all take turns being in distress and being badass about it. [[spoiler: Neal and Peter both in too many episodes to count {Neal alone is kidnapped in Bottlenecked, Under the Radar, and Checkmate while Peter is kidnapped in Payback, Under the Radar, and Shoot the Moon. Then there's El being kidnapped in Checkmate and Shoot the Moon, Sara being taken hostage in Pulling Strings, Jones being taken hostage in On Guard...} And all of them play a large role in their own escape. Not to mention Diana, who doesn't even get to the point of distress in her hero shots.]]

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* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''- This tends to happen in the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise ''a lot''. Usually it's the SixthRanger who ends up saving the others when Patricia this happens, but ''not always''. Every Ranger gets kidnapped by ADayInTheLimelight (usually several) and this sort of situation is usually how it occurs.
** In
the villian, she still manages to keep being ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode "Foul Play in the strong character she Sky", Kimberly is going for a flight with her uncle Steve. Rita sees this as an opportunity to kill Kimberly, and does everything she can to escape, from leaving has Squatt and Baboo spike Steve's soda with a clue behind when she was taken to trying to knockout delayed-effect sleeping potion. Kimberly spends several minutes stuck on the villian. Despite this, it is plane, but with Alpha's help makes a CrashCourseLanding and then saves her friends who end up rescuing her. (After two of them have and ''single-handedly kills the MonsterOfTheWeek''. In "Power Ranger Punks" she and Billy are confined to be saved themselves after a first failed rescue attempt). Immediately following her rescue Patricia goes on to furiously blackmail one cages for most of the teachers into telling episode after Baboo spiked their fruit juice with a personality-deforming potion. Eventually they're cured, but Billy gets swallowed by the secret Terror Toad just like the others. Kimberly proceeds to free them and then kill the monster.
* This is the only trope that can explain why Lady Emily Merchant of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' can kick all kinds of dinosaur and terror bird ass yet can also get kidnapped/put in mortal danger
about four times within seven episodes.
** Happens to Abby in 2x04, when she is taken by the mers. After Cutter gets
her missing friend.
out of her "cell" she proceeds to kick a mer in the face.
* ''{{Series/Batman}}'' often had From ''Series/RobinHood'': the titular hero and Robin get character has been captured in the first part of episodes, just so in the next week we'd see how they escape at the beginning of the next part.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** At the end of "The Longest Night", Derek Morgan is blindsided by the [=UnSub=]
and bound with duct tape, allowing the [=UnSub=] to kidnap Ellie Spicer. The team, thus, must rescue Morgan from the Spicer house before they can continue with the investigation.
** It may not be the conventional way to do it, but "Profiler, Profiled" saw Morgan being sent to jail on
is dangling over a tip by the episode's [=UnSub=], forcing the team to investigate in order to secure his release.
** Hotch was also
snake pit, getting beaten in a fight around the abdomen by Foyet in "Nameless, Faceless" Guy of Gisborne, who is alternatively mocking him and tortured with multiple non-fatal stabbings.
* Pops up frequently on ''{{Series/Chuck}}'':
** Chuck, Casey
demanding to know who the mysterious Night Watchman is. Robin just smiles, knowing full well what's going to happen, and Sarah all take answers Guy's question by saying: "I don't know who the Night Watchman is. But when I see him, I'll give him a kiss." Two seconds later, the Night Watchman turns in distress throughout the series, needing to be rescued by one or more or the others. In the season 3 finale, ''all three'' are taken by [[spoiler: Shaw]], leaving [[spoiler: Ellie, Morgan and Devon]] up to save them.
** Frequently happens with guest stars as well, since many play other spies working with
his ass. And yeah, in case you haven't guessed the team and manage to get in trouble either on their own, or with another member of obvious, the team.
* The entire cast of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', really. Especially with their propensity for being kidnapped (as El and Peter thoughtfully lampshade in [[spoiler: Shoot the Moon.]]
--> Really, they all take turns being in distress and being badass about it. [[spoiler: Neal and Peter both in too many episodes to count {Neal alone
Night Watchman is kidnapped in Bottlenecked, Under the Radar, and Checkmate while Peter is kidnapped in Payback, Under the Radar, and Shoot the Moon. Then there's El being kidnapped in Checkmate and Shoot the Moon, Sara being taken hostage in Pulling Strings, Jones being taken hostage in On Guard...} And all of them play a large role in their own escape. Not to mention Diana, who doesn't even get to the point of distress in her hero shots.]][[spoiler:Maid Marian]].



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder and Scully tended to pass the DistressBall between them. They occasionally managed to get themselves out of it, but far more often had to save each other.
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', almost all the MainCharacters are taken prisoner or trapped in a dangerous situation at some point, no matter how badass they are, and they usually need at least a little outside help in order to escape.

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* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', because KryptoniteIsEverywhere and Scully tended to pass it has an even stronger effect on young Clark (in the DistressBall between them. They occasionally managed early seasons he couldn't even crawl away from it), he ends up needing to get themselves be rescued, by his parents, [[BlackBestFriend Pete]], Lana, [[ForegoneConclusion Lois]], but mostly [[PlatonicLifePartners Chloe]]. In a particularly heartwarming/tear jerking scene, Clark admits this to an unconscious Chloe.
-->'''Clark''': You're the best friend and ally I could have had, Chloe. The truth is, you saved me more than I could have ever saved you.
** He then proceeds to [[spoiler:[[TooDumbToLive wipe all her]] [[MoralDissonance memories of his secret]].]]
* Basically every character in ''Series/StargateSG1'' has this happen to them at some point or another:
** [[MajorlyAwesome Samantha Carter]] is kidnapped by a dying millionaire, who found out about her time as host to an alien symbiote and hopes to dissect her in order to learn how it affected her physiology. She spends much of the episode trying to rescue herself (with escalating badassery), but is eventually saved by the rest of the team. This, however, doesn't diminish her badassness one bit.
** [[ColonelBadass Jack O'Neill]] gets his turn at this when he's captured by Ba'al and repeatedly tortured to death over the course of the episode. He continues to wisecrack at Ba'al during the process, though he was clearly starting to run
out of it, endurance near the end. The rest of the team manages to [[EnemyMine persuade a mutual enemy]] to assist in attacking Ba'al's base, allowing Jack to escape.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Teal'c]] gets captured by Heru'ur's forces and is continuously tortured by one of his underlings. Despite this, Teal'c refuses to acknowledge the Goa'uld as gods. This causes the man who betrayed him in the first place to make a HeelFaceTurn and assist him in escape. (The same character shows up later as a determined LaResistance fighter, clearly inspired by Teal'c's defiance.)
** [[AdventurerArchaeologist Daniel Jackson]] is captured and tortured by Honduran rebels while on a mission to find an important alien device that, as it turns out, had been left on Earth. Because Daniel has gone through a lot and and TakenALevelInBadass by this time, he handles the treatment spectacularly and manages to make an escape,
but far not before his more often sheltered colleague breaks down and tells everything. Fortunately Jack had already been sent to save each other.
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', almost all
rescue them and gets there as they are running from the MainCharacters are taken prisoner or crazed rebels ([[ItMakesSenseInContext and a zombie]]).
** Moving on to ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', John Sheppard, as badass as O'Neill, seems to be the go-to guy for getting into distress. On one notable occassion he gets captured by his arch-nemesis Acastus Kolya and tortured by having a captive [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Wraith]] continuously drain his life force. Eventually, Sheppard makes a deal with the Wraith, and they break out. The Wraith shows himself to be honorable by returning Sheppard's life force (and more). Also, this Wraith? It's Todd, himself a badass, so this trope works for him too. Other episodes have John crippled by alien bugs,
trapped in a dangerous situation at some point, no matter how badass they are, time-locked planet, held prisoner by space travellers and they usually need at least held hostage and/or tortured by the Genii a little outside help in order to escape.few more times, while his co-leader Elizabeth makes several [[{{SadisticChoice}} sadistic choices]] with his life on the line. To his credit he suffers through all of them with snark and escape attempts aplenty.



* The entire cast of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', really. Especially with their propensity for being kidnapped (as El and Peter thoughtfully lampshade in [[spoiler:"Shoot the Moon"]]).
** Really, they all take turns being in distress and being badass about it. [[spoiler: Neal and Peter both in too many episodes to count {Neal alone is kidnapped in Bottlenecked, Under the Radar, and Checkmate while Peter is kidnapped in Payback, Under the Radar, and Shoot the Moon. Then there's El being kidnapped in Checkmate and Shoot the Moon, Sara being taken hostage in Pulling Strings, Jones being taken hostage in On Guard...} And all of them play a large role in their own escape. Not to mention Diana, who doesn't even get to the point of distress in her hero shots.]]
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder and Scully tended to pass the DistressBall between them. They occasionally managed to get themselves out of it, but far more often had to save each other.



* In one ''WesterAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode Harley Quinn had kidnapped Batman, with the intent to kill him in a vat of piranhas, to woo the Joker. Batman convinces Harley to show the Joker just how well she's done, because the piranhas would leave no evidence. She does so, but much to her surprise, he flies into a tizzy about [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Batman being HIS to defeat]], and, after punishing Harley for her insubordination (by ''[[DestinationDefenestration tossing her out a window]]''), frees Batman to finish the job himself. Batman ''planned for this exact reaction'' - he explains on the page image for BatmanGambit.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Static is sent forty years into the future, where he helps [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Batman's successor]] rescue another superhero [[spoiler: his future self.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** Batman is captured by ComicBook/LexLuthor's Injustice Gang, and held captive for the majority of the episode while the rest of the league tries to find Luthor. He spends the whole time playing the gang's members against each other and undermining their trust. When the League does show up and everything's going to hell, Joker tries to take the opportunity to finally off Batman... who is no longer restrained, and reveals he could've gotten out whenever he wanted, but stuck around to keep an eye on things.
** Brainiac's assault on Apokolips, in which Darkseid requests the League's help is revealed to be a trap for Superman, and he is captured at Brainiac's asteroid base. Brainiac intends to use Superman to become a living being...while Darkseid is revealed to have to his own designs for Brainiac in the search for the Anti-Life Equation. Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman and Batman in tow with Orion work to free Superman and escape the asteroid base.
** It happens to the entire League in "Secret Society" - apparently - courtesy of Grodd's team of villains. Their escape (leading to the epic battle at the end) was the result of [[spoiler: J'onn J'onzz disguising himself as Clayface during the initial fight; the villains had actually grabbed the ''real'' Clayface, and didn't realize that the one they were dealing with was an imposter until it was too late.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': TJ is prone to this. Notably in 'Prince Randall' when he is 'arrested' and beaten until he collapses. (Offscreen). The moment he's released, the guy is leading the gang and putting the rightful king on the throne...''while covered in bruises and unable to walk''. And this is a nine year old kid!

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* In one ''WesterAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode Harley Quinn had kidnapped Batman, of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Jake is [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of Haley getting an interview with the intent to kill him in a vat of piranhas, to woo the Joker. Batman convinces Harley to prominent magical TV show and so spikes her water with a powder that makes her powers go mildly haywire, meant to culminate with her powers failing completely. However during filming, she ends up attacked and because of the Joker just how well power failure, is unable to fight off her attacker, resulting in her kidnapping. A [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilt-stricken]] Jake goes after the kidnapper. [[spoiler:[[BrokenAce After she's done, because the piranhas would leave no evidence. She does so, but much to her surprise, he flies into a tizzy about [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Batman being HIS to defeat]], and, after punishing Harley for her insubordination (by ''[[DestinationDefenestration tossing her out a window]]''), frees Batman to finish the job himself. Batman ''planned for this exact reaction'' - he explains on the page image for BatmanGambit.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Static is sent forty years into the future, where he helps [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Batman's successor]] rescue another superhero [[spoiler: his future self.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** Batman is captured by ComicBook/LexLuthor's Injustice Gang, and held captive for the majority of the episode while the rest of the league tries to find Luthor. He spends the whole time playing the gang's members against each other and undermining their trust. When the League does show up and everything's going to hell, Joker tries to take the opportunity to finally off Batman... who is no longer restrained, and
rescued, Haley reveals he could've gotten out whenever he wanted, but stuck around to keep an eye on things.
** Brainiac's assault on Apokolips, in which Darkseid requests the League's help is revealed to be a trap for Superman, and he is captured at Brainiac's asteroid base. Brainiac intends to use Superman to become a living being...while Darkseid is revealed to have to his own designs for Brainiac in the search for the Anti-Life Equation. Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman and Batman in tow with Orion work to free Superman and escape the asteroid base.
** It happens to the entire League in "Secret Society" - apparently - courtesy of Grodd's team of villains. Their escape (leading to the epic battle at the end) was the result of [[spoiler: J'onn J'onzz disguising himself as Clayface during the initial fight; the villains had actually grabbed the ''real'' Clayface, and didn't realize
that the one they were dealing with was an imposter until prank powder wore off around the time of her kidnapping and it was too late.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': TJ is prone to this. Notably in 'Prince Randall' when he is 'arrested' and beaten until he collapses. (Offscreen). The moment he's released, the guy is leading the gang and putting the rightful king on the throne...''while covered in bruises and unable to walk''. And this is a nine year old kid!
her own fear that locked up her powers.]] She's sincerely grateful that Jake [[BigBrotherInstinct came after her]].]]



** Then there is the entire "The Blue Spirit" episode where Aang is being held hostage. Until he's rescued by [[spoiler: Zuko]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Korra [[spoiler: gets [[PeoplePuppets kidnapped]] by Tarrlok and locked up in a metal box. Long story short, Amon and his minions showed up, Amon [[CurbStompBattle took care]] of Tarrlok, and sent Lieutenant to electrocute the box to knock her out so they could take her with them. What did she do? Used her wrist wraps to hang on to the bars on the top of the box to avoid electrocution, pretended that he knocked her out, and utterly kicked their arses in the moment they opened the box, then escaped Amon himself. This is after she spent roughly a night and a day in that box, without anything to eat or drink.]]
** She also gets kidnapped by Zaheer and his gang in "The Terror Within" after she and Naga were tranqulized with shirshu darts. If it weren't for [[EvilDetectingDog Pabu]], they would have gotten away. And for the rest of the fight scene, Korra stays mostly unconscious until she gets rescued.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'':
** Many of the more recent animated ''Scooby Doo'' features have upgraded Daphne from the standard DistressedDamsel of the original and earlier works, following the first live-action movie's portrayal by Creator/SarahMichelleGellar of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fame.
** Believe it or not, in one of the ''original'' episodes of that show where Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin guest stared, ''they'' had to be rescued, after being tricked into falling into a deep pit with glass-like smooth walls that were impossible to climb on their own. (Of course, given that two ''real'' villains, the Joker and the Penguin were the culprits this time, rather than some crook in a monster suit, it's understandable.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', MemeticBadass Race Bannon does wind up captured or otherwise in trouble quite a few times. This is because the creative team meant to empower the kids a bit more [[TagalongKid than they were in]] classic ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Twilight Sparkle is the main cast's BadassBookworm who is also one of the most powerful magic users in the show, but in ''The Stare Master'', she was [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by a [[FeatheredFiend cockatrice]] which left [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] to protect the kids she was babysitting and save Twilight.
** Princess Celestia is this in both the series pilot and the Season 2 finale. She's generally acknowledged to be the BigGood of the series, but is missing during Nightmare Moon's attack and [[spoiler: defeated by the queen of the changelings]] (shown on screen), respectively, leaving it to Twilight and friends to deal with the threat. (Not counting Discord here as he's less a personal threat and more a global disaster with a sick sense of humor; everypony is ''equally'' helpless against him until the {{plot coupon}}s finally come together at the end of "The Return of Harmony".)
*** Also in the season 2 finale, inverted with Princess Cadance: she needed rescuing first, ''then'' establishes herself as badass.

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** Then there is the entire "The Blue Spirit" episode where Aang is being held hostage. Until he's rescued by [[spoiler: Zuko]]
Zuko]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Korra
''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has [[spoiler: gets [[PeoplePuppets kidnapped]] Captain America]] get captured by Tarrlok and locked up in a metal box. Long story short, Amon and his minions showed up, Amon [[CurbStompBattle took care]] of Tarrlok, and sent Lieutenant to electrocute the box to knock her out Skrulls so they could take her replace him with them. What did she do? Used her wrist wraps to hang on to the bars on the top of the box to avoid electrocution, pretended that he knocked her out, and utterly kicked their arses in the moment they opened the box, then escaped Amon himself. This is after she spent roughly a night and a day in that box, without anything to eat or drink.]]
** She also gets kidnapped by Zaheer and his gang in "The Terror Within" after she and Naga were tranqulized with shirshu darts. If it weren't for [[EvilDetectingDog Pabu]], they would have gotten away. And for the rest of the fight scene, Korra stays mostly unconscious until she gets rescued.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'':
** Many of the more recent animated ''Scooby Doo'' features have upgraded Daphne from the standard DistressedDamsel of the original and earlier works, following the first live-action movie's portrayal by Creator/SarahMichelleGellar of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fame.
** Believe it or not, in one of the ''original'' episodes of that show where Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin guest stared, ''they'' had to be rescued, after being tricked into falling into a deep pit with glass-like smooth walls that were impossible to climb on their own. (Of course, given that two ''real'' villains, the Joker and the Penguin were the culprits this time, rather than some crook in a monster suit, it's understandable.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', MemeticBadass Race Bannon does wind up captured or otherwise in trouble quite a few times. This is because the creative team meant to empower the kids a bit more [[TagalongKid than they were in]] classic ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Twilight Sparkle is the main cast's BadassBookworm who is also one of the most powerful magic users in the show, but in ''The Stare Master'', she was [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by a [[FeatheredFiend cockatrice]] which left [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] to protect the kids she was babysitting and save Twilight.
** Princess Celestia is this in both the series pilot and the Season 2 finale. She's generally acknowledged to be the BigGood of the series, but is missing during Nightmare Moon's attack and
duplicate. [[spoiler: defeated by Cap]] refuses to let the queen Skrulls' treatment of him in prison break his spirit, and he eventually leads the changelings]] (shown on screen), respectively, leaving it to Twilight other prisoners in a riot and friends to deal with escape.
* One Creator/CartoonNetwork promotional commercial has WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls break into
the threat. (Not counting Discord here as he's less a personal threat and more a global disaster with a sick sense of humor; everypony is ''equally'' helpless against him until the {{plot coupon}}s finally come together at the end of "The Return of Harmony".)
*** Also in the season 2 finale, inverted with Princess Cadance: she needed rescuing first, ''then'' establishes herself as badass.
LegionOfDoom's headquarters to rescue Wonder Woman ''and'' Aquaman.



* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', all three of the main heroes at the time (Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin) get captured by Cadmus; it takes Robin approximately two minutes to break them out, [[{{Determinator}} while getting shocked the entire time]].
--> ''"Luckily Batman isn't here - he'd have my head for taking so long."''
* Ardeth Bay in ''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'' episode 'The Dark Medjai'.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has [[spoiler: Captain America]] get captured by Skrulls so they could replace him with a duplicate. [[spoiler: Cap]] refuses to let the Skrulls' treatment of him in prison break his spirit, and he eventually leads the other prisoners in a riot and escape.

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* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
**
In one ''WesterAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode Harley Quinn had kidnapped Batman, with the first intent to kill him in a vat of piranhas, to woo the Joker. Batman convinces Harley to show the Joker just how well she's done, because the piranhas would leave no evidence. She does so, but much to her surprise, he flies into a tizzy about [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Batman being HIS to defeat]], and, after punishing Harley for her insubordination (by ''[[DestinationDefenestration tossing her out a window]]''), frees Batman to finish the job himself. Batman ''planned for this exact reaction'' - he explains on the page image for BatmanGambit.
** In an
episode of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', all three of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Static is sent forty years into the main heroes at the time (Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin) get future, where he helps [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Batman's successor]] rescue another superhero [[spoiler: his future self.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
*** Batman is
captured by Cadmus; it takes Robin approximately two minutes to break them out, [[{{Determinator}} ComicBook/LexLuthor's Injustice Gang, and held captive for the majority of the episode while getting shocked the rest of the league tries to find Luthor. He spends the whole time playing the gang's members against each other and undermining their trust. When the League does show up and everything's going to hell, Joker tries to take the opportunity to finally off Batman... who is no longer restrained, and reveals he could've gotten out whenever he wanted, but stuck around to keep an eye on things.
*** Brainiac's assault on Apokolips, in which Darkseid requests the League's help is revealed to be a trap for Superman, and he is captured at Brainiac's asteroid base. Brainiac intends to use Superman to become a living being...while Darkseid is revealed to have to his own designs for Brainiac in the search for the Anti-Life Equation. Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman and Batman in tow with Orion work to free Superman and escape the asteroid base.
*** It happens to
the entire time]].
--> ''"Luckily Batman isn't here - he'd have my head for taking so long."''
* Ardeth Bay
League in ''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'' episode 'The Dark Medjai'.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has
"Secret Society" - apparently - courtesy of Grodd's team of villains. Their escape (leading to the epic battle at the end) was the result of [[spoiler: Captain America]] get J'onn J'onzz disguising himself as Clayface during the initial fight; the villains had actually grabbed the ''real'' Clayface, and didn't realize that the one they were dealing with was an imposter until it was too late.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1979}}'': This happens surprisingly often to Flash, although he always escapes before too much time has elapsed, usually inspiring a SlaveRevolt against the bad guys on the way out.
* Happens to Duke in ''both'' of the first two [[FiveEpisodePilot Five Episode Miniseries]] of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe.'' The second time, Snake Eyes is
captured along with him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', MemeticBadass Race Bannon does wind up captured or otherwise in trouble quite a few times. This is because the creative team meant to empower the kids a bit more [[TagalongKid than they were in]] classic ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Korra [[spoiler: gets [[PeoplePuppets kidnapped]]
by Skrulls Tarrlok and locked up in a metal box. Long story short, Amon and his minions showed up, Amon [[CurbStompBattle took care]] of Tarrlok, and sent Lieutenant to electrocute the box to knock her out so they could replace him take her with a duplicate. [[spoiler: Cap]] refuses them. What did she do? Used her wrist wraps to let hang on to the Skrulls' treatment bars on the top of him the box to avoid electrocution, pretended that he knocked her out, and utterly kicked their arses in prison break the moment they opened the box, then escaped Amon himself. This is after she spent roughly a night and a day in that box, without anything to eat or drink.]]
** She also gets kidnapped by Zaheer and
his spirit, gang in "The Terror Within" after she and he eventually leads Naga were tranqulized with shirshu darts. If it weren't for [[EvilDetectingDog Pabu]], they would have gotten away. And for the other prisoners in a riot and escape.rest of the fight scene, Korra stays mostly unconscious until she gets rescued.



%%* Ardeth Bay in ''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Dark Medjai".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Twilight Sparkle is the main cast's BadassBookworm who is also one of the most powerful magic users in the show, but in ''The Stare Master'', she was [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by a [[FeatheredFiend cockatrice]] which left [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] to protect the kids she was babysitting and save Twilight.
** Princess Celestia is this in both the series pilot and the Season 2 finale. She's generally acknowledged to be the BigGood of the series, but is missing during Nightmare Moon's attack and [[spoiler: defeated by the queen of the changelings]] (shown on screen), respectively, leaving it to Twilight and friends to deal with the threat. (Not counting Discord here as he's less a personal threat and more a global disaster with a sick sense of humor; everypony is ''equally'' helpless against him until the {{plot coupon}}s finally come together at the end of "The Return of Harmony".)
*** Also in the season 2 finale, inverted with Princess Cadance: she needed rescuing first, ''then'' establishes herself as badass.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': TJ is prone to this. Notably in 'Prince Randall' when he is 'arrested' and beaten until he collapses. (Offscreen). The moment he's released, the guy is leading the gang and putting the rightful king on the throne...''while covered in bruises and unable to walk''. And this is a nine year old kid!
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'':
** Many of the more recent animated ''Scooby Doo'' features have upgraded Daphne from the standard DistressedDamsel of the original and earlier works, following the first live-action movie's portrayal by Creator/SarahMichelleGellar of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fame.
** Believe it or not, in one of the ''original'' episodes of that show where Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin guest stared, ''they'' had to be rescued, after being tricked into falling into a deep pit with glass-like smooth walls that were impossible to climb on their own. (Of course, given that two ''real'' villains, the Joker and the Penguin were the culprits this time, rather than some crook in a monster suit, it's understandable.)
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E01TheHolocronsOfFate "The Holocrons of Fate"]]: [[spoiler:Maul]] ends up capturing Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper and holding them hostage to force Kanan and Ezra to give him [[spoiler:the Sith holocron]]. They attempt to escape, but are foiled. Ultimately, Kanan rescues them from being executed by the perpetrator's droids.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E03HerasHeroes "Hera's Heroes"]]: Hera and Ezra are captured by Thrawn during an attempt to retrieve a family heirloom from the Syndulla house. They don't break out themselves, but Hera ''does'' arrange their escape -- by taking advantage of the Imperials ignoring [[RobotBuddy Chopper]].
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E04TheLastBattle "The Last Battle"]]: Zeb is forced to play the role of the hostage in a war game set up by the droid general Kalani, leader of a Separatist holdout. He spends the time snarking at him.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E19ZeroHour "Zero]] [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII Hour"]]: [[spoiler:Kallus]] gets unmasked as the ReverseMole and held captive on the bridge of the ''Chimaera'', ForcedToWatch Thrawn's attack on the rebels. He manages to arrange his escape by [[IShallTauntYou taunting]] Governor Pryce until she orders him ThrownOutTheAirlock, giving him an opportunity to overpower his guards and make for an escape pod.



* One Cartoon Network promotional commercial has WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls break into the LegionOfDoom's headquarters to rescue Wonder Woman ''and'' Aquaman.
* Happens to Duke in ''both'' of the first two [[FiveEpisodePilot Five Episode Miniseries]] of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe.'' The second time, Snake Eyes is captured along with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1979}}'': This happens surprisingly often to Flash, although he always escapes before too much time has elapsed, usually inspiring a SlaveRevolt against the bad guys on the way out.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Jake is [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of Haley getting an interview with a prominent magical TV show and so spikes her water with a powder that makes her powers go mildly haywire, meant to culminate with her powers failing completely. However during filming, she ends up attacked and because of the power failure, is unable to fight off her attacker, resulting in her kidnapping. A [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilt-stricken]] Jake goes after the kidnapper. [[spoiler:[[BrokenAce After she's rescued, Haley reveals that the prank powder wore off around the time of her kidnapping and it was her own fear that locked up her powers.]] She's sincerely grateful that Jake [[BigBrotherInstinct came after her]].]]

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* One Cartoon Network promotional commercial has WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls break into the LegionOfDoom's headquarters to rescue Wonder Woman ''and'' Aquaman.
* Happens to Duke in ''both'' of
In the first two [[FiveEpisodePilot Five Episode Miniseries]] of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe.'' The second time, Snake Eyes is captured along with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Flash Gordon|1979}}'': This happens surprisingly often to Flash, although he always escapes before too much time has elapsed, usually inspiring a SlaveRevolt against the bad guys on the way out.
* In one
episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Jake is [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of Haley getting an interview with a prominent magical TV show and so spikes her water with a powder that makes her powers go mildly haywire, meant to culminate with her powers failing completely. However during filming, she ends up attacked and because ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', all three of the power failure, is unable to fight off her attacker, resulting in her kidnapping. A [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilt-stricken]] Jake goes after the kidnapper. [[spoiler:[[BrokenAce After she's rescued, Haley reveals that the prank powder wore off around main heroes at the time of her kidnapping (Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin) get captured by Cadmus; it was her own fear that locked up her powers.]] She's sincerely grateful that Jake [[BigBrotherInstinct came after her]].]]takes Robin approximately two minutes to break them out, [[{{Determinator}} while getting shocked the entire time]].
--> ''"Luckily Batman isn't here - he'd have my head for taking so long."''
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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 ''StreetsOfRage 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 ''StreetsOfRage ''Streets of Rage Remake'' puts him back into full throttle action.
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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 the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', [[TheAce Ehiru]] is the best Gatherer around and a very capable fighter with remarkable self-control, but because of his unwavering devotion to Hananja's law he is easily manipulated by the Prince and finds himself completely out of his waters outside the Hetawa, the temple district. While Ehiru is plagued by visions due to a lack of dreamblood it falls to his apprentice Nijiri to make sure his mentor keeps a grasp on reality, as well as to [[spoiler:free the two of them from the prison when Ehiru eventually gives in and becomes a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Reaper]]]].
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* The very first issue of ''Comicbook/StreetFighter Unlimited'' ends with a splash page of a BoundAndGagged Chun-Li, who has been captured by Vega.
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** A couple times Naruto, while undeniably BadAss as the series wore on, would get himself in trouble and need the help of his friends to break him out and let him go Kyuubi.

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** A couple times Naruto, while undeniably BadAss badass as the series wore on, would get himself in trouble and need the help of his friends to break him out and let him go Kyuubi.
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* ''{{Mistborn}}'' has Vin get captured twice: Once by Steel Inquisitors, and once by [[spoiler: Yomen, when he slams the door to what is more-or-less a bomb shelter behind her]]

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* ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' has Vin get captured twice: Once by Steel Inquisitors, and once by [[spoiler: Yomen, when he slams the door to what is more-or-less a bomb shelter behind her]]
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* In one WesterAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries episode Harley Quinn had kidnapped Batman, with the intent to kill him in a vat of piranhas, to woo the Joker. Batman convinces Harley to show the Joker just how well she's done, because the piranhas would leave no evidence. She does so, but much to her surprise, he flies into a tizzy about [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Batman being HIS to defeat]], and, after punishing Harley for her insubordination (by ''[[DestinationDefenestration tossing her out a window]]''), frees Batman to finish the job himself. Batman ''planned for this exact reaction'' - he explains on the page image for BatmanGambit.

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* In one WesterAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries ''WesterAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode Harley Quinn had kidnapped Batman, with the intent to kill him in a vat of piranhas, to woo the Joker. Batman convinces Harley to show the Joker just how well she's done, because the piranhas would leave no evidence. She does so, but much to her surprise, he flies into a tizzy about [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Batman being HIS to defeat]], and, after punishing Harley for her insubordination (by ''[[DestinationDefenestration tossing her out a window]]''), frees Batman to finish the job himself. Batman ''planned for this exact reaction'' - he explains on the page image for BatmanGambit.



* In one episode of AmericanDragonJakeLong, Jake is [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of Haley getting an interview with a prominent magical TV show and so spikes her water with a powder that makes her powers go mildly haywire, meant to culminate with her powers failing completely. However during filming, she ends up attacked and because of the power failure, is unable to fight off her attacker, resulting in her kidnapping. A [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilt-stricken]] Jake goes after the kidnapper. [[spoiler:[[BrokenAce After she's rescued, Haley reveals that the prank powder wore off around the time of her kidnapping and it was her own fear that locked up her powers.]] She's sincerely grateful that Jake [[BigBrotherInstinct came after her]].]]

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* In one episode of AmericanDragonJakeLong, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Jake is [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of Haley getting an interview with a prominent magical TV show and so spikes her water with a powder that makes her powers go mildly haywire, meant to culminate with her powers failing completely. However during filming, she ends up attacked and because of the power failure, is unable to fight off her attacker, resulting in her kidnapping. A [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilt-stricken]] Jake goes after the kidnapper. [[spoiler:[[BrokenAce After she's rescued, Haley reveals that the prank powder wore off around the time of her kidnapping and it was her own fear that locked up her powers.]] She's sincerely grateful that Jake [[BigBrotherInstinct came after her]].]]
6th Jan '17 1:50:31 AM Morgenthaler
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** As this show is a WorldOfBadass and everyone has been in distress and needed to be saved at least once, you could call it a WorldOfBadass [[BadassInDistress In Distress]]. Even Merlin had to be rescued in ''Tears of Uther Pendragon'' and ''Servant of Two Masters''.

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** As this show is a WorldOfBadass and everyone has been in distress and needed to be saved at least once, you could call it a WorldOfBadass [[BadassInDistress In Distress]]. Even Merlin had to be rescued in ''Tears "Tears of Uther Pendragon'' Pendragon" and ''Servant "Servant of Two Masters''.Masters".
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