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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.
9th Aug '17 6:11:00 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' has both Ryoko and Ayeka in the [=OAVs=]. When Kagato arrived, his first action was to make Ryoko go BrainwashedAndCrazy and then take her hostage; Tenchi, Mihoshi, Ryo-ohki and Ayeka go to rescue her. Then, after [[spoiler: he almost kills Tenchi and Ryoko gets free as a result]], Kagato captures Ayeka and [[spoiler: tries to brainwash her into revealing the Jurai Family secrets]], but is refused at the last moment. Meanwhile, [[spoiler:Mihoshi finds and releases ''another'' BadassInDistress... Washu, whom Kagato has kept prisioner in a PocketDimension.]]

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' has both Ryoko and Ayeka in the [=OAVs=]. When Kagato arrived, his first action was to make Ryoko go BrainwashedAndCrazy and then take her hostage; Tenchi, Mihoshi, Ryo-ohki and Ayeka go to rescue her. Then, after [[spoiler: he almost kills Tenchi and Ryoko gets free as a result]], Kagato captures Ayeka and [[spoiler: tries to brainwash her into revealing the Jurai Family secrets]], but is refused at the last moment. Meanwhile, [[spoiler:Mihoshi finds and releases ''another'' BadassInDistress... Washu, whom Kagato has kept prisioner in a CrystalPrison hidden inside a PocketDimension.]]
3rd Aug '17 3:18:17 AM tiiger
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* The first proper mission in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 2'' involves coming to mobster Vladimir Lem's rescue when his mansion is invaded by rival Vinnie Gognitti and his mooks.
10th Jul '17 4:12:33 AM Michael_McManus
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10th Jul '17 4:12:32 AM Michael_McManus
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[[caption-width-right:350:A genuine badass looking genuinely distressed...]]

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

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