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18th Feb '17 3:26:52 AM Derkhan
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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]]]].
18th Jan '17 4:20:59 PM comicwriter
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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.
14th Jan '17 10:03:07 PM DustSnitch
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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.
13th Jan '17 8:14:52 AM Morgenthaler
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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]]
6th Jan '17 1:51:05 AM Morgenthaler
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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".
6th Jan '17 1:49:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Come to think of it, 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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* Come to think of it, this 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.
6th Jan '17 1:49:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mal, poster man of BigDamnHeroes, has to get rescued from Niska in ''{{Series/Firefly}}''. He was cracking jokes while getting metal pushed under his skin (not to mention all the dying and resuscitation).

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Mal, poster man of BigDamnHeroes, has to get rescued from Niska in ''{{Series/Firefly}}''.Niska. He was cracking jokes while getting metal pushed under his skin (not to mention all the dying and resuscitation).



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Willow toward the end of season 3, when she's starting to get her witchiness on. She's captured by [[BigBad the Mayor's]] people. She lures a vampire into attacking her so she can kill him. With a ''pencil''. She risks her life further when she goes after the Mayor's dark books and learns what the gang needs to know about [[OneWingedAngel the Ascension]]. She ''faces down Faith''. When she gets rescued, it turns out she has crucial pages about the Ascension hidden in her boot.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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Willow toward the end of season 3, when she's starting to get her witchiness on. She's captured by [[BigBad the Mayor's]] people. She lures a vampire into attacking her so she can kill him. With a ''pencil''. She risks her life further when she goes after the Mayor's dark books and learns what the gang needs to know about [[OneWingedAngel the Ascension]]. She ''faces down Faith''. When she gets rescued, it turns out she has crucial pages about the Ascension hidden in her boot.



* ''Series/DoctorWho''. 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.

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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.



* Aeryn gets kidnapped in the last season of ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. She's tied up, tortured, and almost has her baby forcibly transplanted into another woman ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Chiana, actually.]]) The team finally pulls a BigDamnHeroes rescue and next episode she's back to kicking butt and taking names.

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Aeryn gets kidnapped in the last season of ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.season. She's tied up, tortured, and almost has her baby forcibly transplanted into another woman ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Chiana, actually.]]) The team finally pulls a BigDamnHeroes rescue and next episode she's back to kicking butt and taking names.



** Come to think of it, 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.
* [[BadassNormal Arthur]] from Series/{{Merlin}} is constantly needing to be saved by Merlin, despite being one of the greatest swordsmen in the series and capable of holding off two lesser swordsmen blindfolded. It's pretty well justified by the fact that most of the threats are magical but the way Merlin got his job as Arthur's manservant was by saving his life, and after 52 episodes of this, Merlin's extremely jaded by it.

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** * Come to think of it, 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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[[BadassNormal Arthur]] from Series/{{Merlin}} is constantly needing to be saved by Merlin, despite being one of the greatest swordsmen in the series and capable of holding off two lesser swordsmen blindfolded. It's pretty well justified by the fact that most of the threats are magical but the way Merlin got his job as Arthur's manservant was by saving his life, and after 52 episodes of this, Merlin's extremely jaded by it.



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



* 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.

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* Pops up frequently on ''{{Series/Chuck}}''. ''{{Series/Chuck}}'':
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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.
6th Jan '17 1:45:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Avatar 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.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Avatar Korra]] 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.]]
6th Jan '17 1:45:21 AM Morgenthaler
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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]]
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[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Avatar 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.]]

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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]]
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** [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Avatar 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.]]



* Many of the more recent animated ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' 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.

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Many of the more recent animated ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' ''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.



* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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.

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Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Image Problem", Yumi - likely the most badass of the heroes at the time - is held captive by a Guardian while XANA sends a duplicate of her to cause trouble. (Possible the first time he used what would later be called a polymophic clone.) Eventually, Aelita and the others managed to find her, at which point she went back to the real world to deal with the impostor. (As she herself said, "This is between me and myself.")

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'':
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episode "Image Problem", Yumi - likely the most badass of the heroes at the time - is held captive by a Guardian while XANA sends a duplicate of her to cause trouble. (Possible the first time he used what would later be called a polymophic clone.) Eventually, Aelita and the others managed to find her, at which point she went back to the real world to deal with the impostor. (As she herself said, "This is between me and myself.")
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