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** Most little girls in series have be rescued from the men & monsters who usually have [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty less than pure intentions for them]] Casca in youth was saved from a rapey nobleman by [[ChessMaster Griffith]] (horribly ironic later). Village girl Jill and little witch Schierke were protected by Guts and both of them became DaddysGirl(s) towards him. Griffith's medium [[PsychicChildren Sonia]] was saved by in almost the same way as Casca (but with more slavery) and is also in danger from the monster warriors that make up Griffith's army. Though Sonia is unbearably cheerful, worshiping Griffith as the messiah (when he is anything but) so her actually dying would be no big loss.

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** Little girls like Jill and Schierke, saved by Guts in PappaWolf fashion.
** Most little girls women in series general in Berserk have to be rescued from the men [[AllMenAreRapists men]] & monsters [[MarsNeedsWomen Monsters]] who usually have [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty less than pure intentions for them]] them. Casca in youth was saved from a rapey nobleman by [[ChessMaster Griffith]] (horribly ironic later). Village girl Jill and little witch Schierke were protected by Guts and both of them became DaddysGirl(s) towards him. Griffith's medium [[PsychicChildren Sonia]] was saved by in almost the same way as Casca (but with more slavery) and is also in danger from the monster warriors that make up Griffith's army. Though Sonia is unbearably cheerful, worshiping Griffith as the messiah (when he is anything but) so her actually dying would be no big loss.



*''Anime/DeltoraQuest''
** [[JungleGirl Jasmine]] though she started off as a subversion saving Lief and MasterSwordsmen Barda from the Wennbar and annoyingly bragging about how they'd helpless without her afterwards. Jasmine still gets in plenty of trouble and needs the Lief, Barda or [[RebelLeader Doom]] [[spoiler: her dad]] to pull her out of trouble. She gets plenty of kick ass moments and even wins the [[TournamentArc Rithmere games]] (though her opponent let her win) is competent for the most part. But this winning streak does not hold up for most of the series as she is quickly overpowered by the stronger monsters and is even used a HumanShield by a [[ShapeShifting Ol]] against Lief.
*** It's fair to point out in the books she is captured far less.
** [[AlphaBitch Neridah]] often act helpless to fool lovesick boys (like Lief) into her trap but then actually gets captured for real later on and angry screams that the heroes aren't so eager to help her. Many fans wish she had died like in the books.



* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'':[[JungleGirl Jasmine]] though she started off as a subversion saving [[FarmBoy Lief]] and [[MasterSwordsmen Barda]] from the Wennbar and annoyingly bragging about how they'd helpless without her afterwards. Jasmine still gets in plenty of trouble and needs the Lief, Barda or [[RebelLeader Doom]] [[spoiler: her dad]] to pull her out of trouble. She gets plenty of kick ass moments and even wins the Rithmere games (though her opponent let her win) is competant for the most part. But this winning streak does not hold up for most of the series as she is quickly overpowered by the stronger monsters and is even used a HumanShield by a [[ShapeShifting Ol]] when fighting Lief, knowing he wouldn't dream of hurting her.
** It's fair to point out in the books she is captured far less.
** [[AlphaBitch Neridah]] often act helpless to fool lovesick boys (like Lief) into her trap but then actually gets captured for real later on and angry screams that the heroes aren't so eager to help her. Many fans wish she had died like in the books.

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* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'':[[JungleGirl Jasmine]] though she started off as a subversion saving [[FarmBoy Lief]] and [[MasterSwordsmen Barda]] from the Wennbar and annoyingly bragging about how they'd helpless without her afterwards. Jasmine still gets in plenty of trouble and needs the Lief, Barda or [[RebelLeader Doom]] [[spoiler: her dad]] to pull her out of trouble. She gets plenty of kick ass moments and even wins the Rithmere games (though her opponent let her win) is competant for the most part. But this winning streak does not hold up for most of the series as she is quickly overpowered by the stronger monsters and is even used a HumanShield by a [[ShapeShifting Ol]] when fighting Lief, knowing he wouldn't dream of hurting her.
** It's fair to point out in the books she is captured far less.
** [[AlphaBitch Neridah]] often act helpless to fool lovesick boys (like Lief) into her trap but then actually gets captured for real later on and angry screams that the heroes aren't so eager to help her. Many fans wish she had died like in the books.
Yoko more than once.



* Franchise/WonderWoman in her defense '''It rarely happens''' and is usually because of some stronger magic depowering her or cosmic asshole pulling some tricks. One time in ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' Russian Batman was able to capture her [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame using her lasso against her]] but after Russian Superman pleaded with her to save him, Wonder Woman broke her lasso and knocked down Batman easily. But this was a bad thing as breaking her lasso cut her powers in half and permanently damaged her... Whoops.

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* Franchise/WonderWoman in her defense '''It rarely happens''' and is usually because of some stronger magic depowering [[DePower de-powering]] her or cosmic asshole pulling some tricks. In the early days Diana is often seen bound and gagged in her comics (thanks to her creator being a bondage fetish) but this subverted as she's the one who breaks herself free which, which was incidentally at the time an allegory for the slavery of Africans.
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One time in ''ComicBook/SupermanRedSon'' Russian Batman was able to capture her Diana by [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame using her lasso against her]] but after Russian Superman pleaded with her to save him, Wonder Woman broke her lasso and knocked down Batman easily. But this was a bad thing as breaking her lasso cut her powers in half and permanently damaged her... Whoops.



* Creator/StudioGhibli, happens a quite a lot. Though it was subverted in the first Ghibli production Anime/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind the titular Heroine can completely look after herself to the point where the male LoveInterest is the one who gets the RescueRomance. However the following females leads aren't as lucky.
** Sheeta in Anime/CastleInTheSky needs her [[ReallyRoyaltyReveal secretly royal]] butt saved frequently by everyone from Pazu to Sky Pirates and killer robots. She only subverts this twice, once while escaping on a train where she saves Pazu from Dola's boys with a shovel inciting the line "''That's one strong girl''" and when she makes a deal with the BigBad so that Pazu is freed while she remains the Damsel. Should be noted her rescues, do make some of the most exciting points in the movie.
** Anime/MyNeighborTotoro Mei at the end of the movie when she runs off alone, it's gets so dire the neighboring farmers believe she drowned in the river. Satsuke Mei's older sister retrieves her with the help of Totoro.
** Anime/PorcoRosso, Porco has to win the [[HighAltitudeBattle dog-fight]] against his old rival Curtis otherwise the main female character Gina will have to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe marry]] Curtis.
** Anime/PrincessMononoke, San this ''bad''. First she's introduced as a infamous figure and powerful threat to Iron Town and it's leader Eboshi who she will stop at nothing to kill, but then she's knocked out by Ashitaka the hero and rescued from the town. Subverted later when San saves Ashitaka from bleeding to death despite initially ready to kill him only stopping when Ashitaka reveals he had save since she's "so beatiful". But sadly then it's played straight again as San is swallowed up the demon boar and Ashitaka has to pulled her out, for the titular character San is ironically the one who is most frequently in need of rescue.
** Anime/SpiritedAway Chihiro at the start of the movie needs to be saved and protected by Haku [[spoiler: it turns out Haku saved even earlier than that as a river spirit he saved during a flood when she was a toddler]]. The rest of the movie is subversion since she learns to be interdependent and save her parents. Hell Hayao Miyazaki was got the idea for the movie when he witnessed his grand daughter being a "lazy bum".
** Anime/HowlsMovingCastle, at the start of the film Sophie is saved from being harassed by soldiers by Howl despite him also being pursed himself by the Witch of the Waste causing Sophie to promptly [[RescueRomance fall in love]] with him. This trope subverted and averted though most of the movie, with looking after Howl throughout and ultimately giving him his heart back saving him from dying.



*** If Elizabeth is this in the first movie, then Will must be as well, because he ends up having to be rescued from the ''exact same situation''. She manages to instigate his rescue despite being marooned on a deserted island, and then actively fights alongside him in the final battle.



** If Elizabeth is this in the first movie, then Will must be as well, because he ends up having to be rescued from the ''exact same situation''. She manages to instigate his rescue despite being marooned on a deserted island, and then actively fights alongside him in the final battle.

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** If Elizabeth is this in Syrena the first movie, then Will must be as well, because he ends up having to be rescued mermaid from the ''exact same situation''. She manages to instigate his rescue despite being marooned on a deserted island, and then actively fights alongside him in the final battle.[[PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]] is saved more times than cartoon Little Mermaid.



* ''Film/IT1990'' Bill's wife Audra is captured by the titular monster and is put in a comatose state, even after the surviving [[TheTeam/Losers's Club]] save her she remains motionless and shocked due to seeing It's [[EldritchAbomination true form]]. Bill returns his wife to normal by using the the power of his bike Sliver.
** ''Film/IT2017'' [[spoiler: Beverly just after knocking her [[PevertDad awful father]] is captured by Pennywise and is taken to the sewer ensuring the rest of the boys to chase to come to her rescue. Some fans were pissed Beverly is seemly relegated to damsel in distress, when in the books and the original TV Miniseries she never is put in that position. But this opinion false as it's revealed to be a subversion in the 2017 version, as Pennywise ''only'' takes Beverly as bait to lure Bill and the others. Plus he can't even eat her since [[ImNotAfraidOfYou she's not afraid of him]] really Bev is far more physically competent than her book and 1990 counterpart since she is the first one to actually damage Pennywise]].



** Cordelia was this when she was on the show. Not so much after she moved to ''Angel''.

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** Cordelia was this when she was in her time on the show. Not so much after she moved to ''Angel''.Buffy.



* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s "A Hole in the World", Fred tries to fight her status as DistressedDamsel:

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** Cordelia in the first episode, though amusingly she realizes she is going in danger only seconds before it happens, being alone in a house with a man whose obviously a vampire. Most of season 1 and 2 she's not really combative though she gradually becomes more and more ''action girly'', finishing off three respective villains when they push her BerserkButton. By the time season 3 she is half demon and is the most magically powerful member of the group leaving her damsel status in the dust.[[spoiler This a tragic subversion as Cordelia's power is actually coming from [[EldritchAbomination Jasmine]] who is possessing her]]. Her last appearance in in season 5 she back to action girl status [[spoiler: then she dies]].
** Fred aka Winifred is the Damsel more frequently than Cordelia, first she's trapped as a slave in a Pylea the demon dimension and then she's nearly executed before being saved by Angel causing her to fall in unrequited love with him. Fred does gets a bit better throughout the episodes and becomes a crack shot with a gun like Wesley.
In ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s "A Hole in the World", Fred tries to fight her status as DistressedDamsel:



** The gang takes off to save her anyway.

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** The gang takes off to save her anyway.anyway,[[spoiler: this turns out to be tragic as they [[KillTheCutie cannot save Fred]] without killing thousands]].



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' Terra and Celes despite them being key female protagonists had to be saved by Locke on two different occasions early in the game. Terra at least started off gun blazing in her Magitek Armor (albeit hypnotized) but Celes was introduced in a prison cell.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' Terra and Celes despite them being key female protagonists had to be saved by Locke on two different occasions early in the game. Terra at least started off gun blazing in her [[MiniMecha Magitek Armor Armor]] (albeit hypnotized) but Celes was introduced in a prison cell.



*** The [[DoomedHometown Niblehiem]] FlashBack initially averts this with Tifa and then completely plays it straight, with Tifa rushing after Sephiroth in revenge [[YouKilledMyFather for killing her father]] only to be cut down by Sephiroth which causes Tifa to lament that Cloud hasn't kept his promise. [[WideEyedIdealist Zack Fair]] comes along and tries to help her out but Tifa tells him to buzz off since he brought Sephiroth to the village ([[UnwantedRescue and he isn't Cloud]]). After Sephiroth has dealt with Zack too, he has a little [[EvilGloating gloat moment]]... Before Cloud comes in and stabs him. Cloud then immediately carries the unconscious Tifa to safety. In the [[Anime/LastOrderFinalFantasyVII OVA]] Cloud actually [[BeautifulDreamer wakes Tifa up]] and apologizes for being so late, but Tifa is just overjoyed he came.

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*** The [[DoomedHometown Niblehiem]] FlashBack initially averts this with Tifa and then completely plays it straight, with Tifa rushing after Sephiroth in revenge [[YouKilledMyFather for killing her father]] only to be cut down by Sephiroth which causes Tifa to lament that Cloud hasn't kept his promise. [[WideEyedIdealist Zack Fair]] comes along and tries to help her out but Tifa tells him to buzz off since he brought Sephiroth to the village ([[UnwantedRescue and he isn't Cloud]]). After Sephiroth has dealt with Zack too, he has a little [[EvilGloating gloat moment]]... Before Cloud comes in and stabs him. Cloud then immediately carries the unconscious Tifa to safety. In the [[Anime/LastOrderFinalFantasyVII OVA]] Cloud actually [[BeautifulDreamer wakes Tifa up]] and apologizes for being so late, but Tifa is just overjoyed he came.
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This set-up is plausible if the damsel in distress is a beloved character, but can be very jarring if the audience fails to see what's so valuable about the damsel and why the rest of the cast should drop everything to go to her rescue. Some damsels are so annoying that the audience [[DamselScrappy wouldn't mind seeing them dead]]; others end up in trouble in a way that just screams CharacterDerailment. This is particularly dangerous for the resident ActionGirl who will seem [[{{Chickification}} suddenly weak and helpless]] if her stint as a damsel isn't properly justified -- if the moment is bad enough, she can be demoted to FauxActionGirl. On the other hand, anyone can have a bad day; perhaps she just had a moment of BadassInDistress after being thrown a DistressBall.

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This set-up is plausible if the damsel in distress is a beloved character, but can be very jarring if the audience fails to see what's so valuable about the damsel and why the rest of the cast should drop everything to go to her rescue. Some damsels are so annoying that the audience [[DamselScrappy wouldn't mind seeing them dead]]; others end up in trouble in a way that just screams CharacterDerailment. This is particularly dangerous for the resident ActionGirl ActionHeroine who will seem [[{{Chickification}} suddenly weak and helpless]] if her stint as a damsel isn't properly justified -- if the moment is bad enough, she can be demoted to FauxActionGirl. On the other hand, anyone can have a bad day; perhaps she just had a moment of BadassInDistress after being thrown a DistressBall.



** Rukia Kuchiki gets to be the Damsel in Distress in the Soul Society arc, despite the fact that she was a bit of an ActionGirl in previous episodes (and after her rescue).[[spoiler:She agreed to go because she knew she'd be executed for giving her powers to a human... and Rukia ''[[SuicideByCop wanted to die]]'' in the first place]]. Despite her QuicklyDemotedWoman status, it could be argued that Rukia was actually just a BadassInDistress... for a ''really'' long time.

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** Rukia Kuchiki gets to be the Damsel in Distress in the Soul Society arc, despite the fact that she was a bit of an ActionGirl could fight in previous episodes (and after her rescue).[[spoiler:She agreed to go because she knew she'd be executed for giving her powers to a human... and Rukia ''[[SuicideByCop wanted to die]]'' in the first place]]. Despite her QuicklyDemotedWoman status, it could be argued that Rukia was actually just a BadassInDistress... for a ''really'' long time.



** Casca plays all three tropes: Damsel in Distress, ActionGirl and then sadly FauxActiongirl. It also doesn't help the majority of villains who capture her also want to [[RapeAsDrama get in her pants]] (even in her childhood '''Egh'''). [[BloodKnight Guts]] is the man who saves the most often and his first rescue of her is the reason why [[RescueRomance she fell in love with him]] since no man had ever shed so much blood for her before. Casca is still given plenty of badass moments and even brings down [[HarmlessVillain Adon]] but after the Eclipse [[spoiler: where all her friends are killed and she is raped by the man she once loved and her baby with Guts is corrupted]]. Casca becomes completely helpless and needs to be protected by Guts constantly, hell the whole Conviction arc was nothing but a RescueArc, and even the [[EnemyWithin Beast of Darkness]] in Guts tries to get him to kill Casca or let her die. But Guts simply cannot forgo his love and will throw himself after her, Casca is not completely gone as her old self still lives in subconscious and will [[BerserkButton activate]] when she is sexually attacked. [[spoiler: Casca is on the mend now as the elf king (queen) Hanafubuku explores [[MentalWorld Casca's]] mind along with Farnese and Schierke]].

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** Casca plays all three tropes: Damsel in Distress, ActionGirl ActionHeroine and then sadly FauxActiongirl. It also doesn't help the majority of villains who capture her also want to [[RapeAsDrama get in her pants]] (even in her childhood '''Egh'''). [[BloodKnight Guts]] is the man who saves the most often and his first rescue of her is the reason why [[RescueRomance she fell in love with him]] since no man had ever shed so much blood for her before. Casca is still given plenty of badass moments and even brings down [[HarmlessVillain Adon]] but after the Eclipse [[spoiler: where all her friends are killed and she is raped by the man she once loved and her baby with Guts is corrupted]]. Casca becomes completely helpless and needs to be protected by Guts constantly, hell the whole Conviction arc was nothing but a RescueArc, and even the [[EnemyWithin Beast of Darkness]] in Guts tries to get him to kill Casca or let her die. But Guts simply cannot forgo his love and will throw himself after her, Casca is not completely gone as her old self still lives in subconscious and will [[BerserkButton activate]] when she is sexually attacked. [[spoiler: Casca is on the mend now as the elf king (queen) Hanafubuku explores [[MentalWorld Casca's]] mind along with Farnese and Schierke]].



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', when [[{{Tsundere}} Kallen]] is captured and becomes a hostage for 1/3 of the season, Lelouch is swearing to rescue her. She is then put in a plexi-glass cage and given [[GoGoEnslavement a frilly, cleavage heavy dress]]. Kallen is by far the show's number one ActionGirl, Lelouch's personal bodyguard and one of the deadliest pilots in the CG universe, thus [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome she re-affirms all three facts within moments of being rescued]]. ** Instead of a RescueArc, Kallen's time as a Prisoner Of War is used as ''CharacterDevelopment''. She not only interacts with Nunnally and sees a different side of Lelouch through her, but also gets to [[UnstoppableRage punch Suzaku]] ''while wearing said frilly, cleavage heavy dress'', which makes Suzaku [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realize he is]] JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. She ends up in a mini-TraumaCongaLine version of this as not long after the battle over Tokyo comes to its disastrous conclusion, during which she was finally freed from her imprisonment, she ends up back in distress again, as she tries to defend Lelouch, who she has been used to bait into a betrayal from her fellow Black Knights. Her comrades [[PunishedForSympathy accuse her of being under Lelouch's geass]]. When he realizes Schneizel is behind this, it takes Lelouch [[ShooTheDog shooing her off]] with a fake admission to using them all in order to save her.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', when [[{{Tsundere}} Kallen]] is captured and becomes a hostage for 1/3 of the season, Lelouch is swearing to rescue her. She is then put in a plexi-glass cage and given [[GoGoEnslavement a frilly, cleavage heavy dress]]. Kallen is by far the show's number one ActionGirl, female warrior, Lelouch's personal bodyguard and one of the deadliest pilots in the CG universe, thus [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome she re-affirms all three facts within moments of being rescued]]. ** Instead of a RescueArc, Kallen's time as a Prisoner Of War is used as ''CharacterDevelopment''. She not only interacts with Nunnally and sees a different side of Lelouch through her, but also gets to [[UnstoppableRage punch Suzaku]] ''while wearing said frilly, cleavage heavy dress'', which makes Suzaku [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realize he is]] JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. She ends up in a mini-TraumaCongaLine version of this as not long after the battle over Tokyo comes to its disastrous conclusion, during which she was finally freed from her imprisonment, she ends up back in distress again, as she tries to defend Lelouch, who she has been used to bait into a betrayal from her fellow Black Knights. Her comrades [[PunishedForSympathy accuse her of being under Lelouch's geass]]. When he realizes Schneizel is behind this, it takes Lelouch [[ShooTheDog shooing her off]] with a fake admission to using them all in order to save her.



* In the later ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' novels, ActionGirl Kaname turns into an extreme Damsel in Distress. She may have more or less given up for a while after the events of Continuing On My Own, but it's only a temporary thing, and it's not that long before she starts to regain some of her old vigor and determination. [[spoiler:After that she ends up being more or less mind controlled by Sophia aka the First Whispered Ever, but that's a bit of a different matter.]]

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* In the later ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' novels, ActionGirl Kaname turns into an extreme Damsel in Distress. She may have more or less given up for a while after the events of Continuing On My Own, but it's only a temporary thing, and it's not that long before she starts to regain some of her old vigor and determination. [[spoiler:After that she ends up being more or less mind controlled by Sophia aka the First Whispered Ever, but that's a bit of a different matter.]]



** Nami the resident GoldDigger and navigator of the "Strawhats Pirates" has been kidnapped and rescued more times than anyone on board the crew (even more than Usopp and Chopper) she is abducted usually because of her good looks and her superior navigation skills. Nami is normally rescued by the three strongest males on the crew Luffy, Zoro and Sanji (frequently) and only learned how to defend herself in the Alabasta arc where she given a weapon by Usopp a storm summoning [[WeatherControlMachine lighting rod]] called "Clima tact" turning her into a ActionGirl for a lot of fights fights, but she continues to be kidnapped anyway, turning her into a FauxActionGirl at best.

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** Nami the resident GoldDigger and navigator of the "Strawhats Pirates" has been kidnapped and rescued more times than anyone on board the crew (even more than Usopp and Chopper) she is abducted usually because of her good looks and her superior navigation skills. Nami is normally rescued by the three strongest males on the crew Luffy, Zoro and Sanji (frequently) and only learned how to defend herself in the Alabasta arc where she given a weapon by Usopp a storm summoning [[WeatherControlMachine lighting rod]] called "Clima tact" turning her into a ActionGirl for a lot of fights fights, [[{{Xenafication}} fighter,]] but she continues to be kidnapped anyway, turning her into a FauxActionGirl at best.



** Most Princesses in One Piece are kidnapped or are frequently in danger. Vivi acknowledges that she isn't strong but still tries her best to save her county, [[spoiler:Rebecca due to a promise she made to her mother and her father [[OverprotectiveDad Kyros]] making sure she doesn't bloody her hands ''ever'' teaches her DeadlyDodging but this doesn't hold up when [[BigBad Domflamingo]] comes in to ruin Rebecca's day.]] And [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid Shirahosh]] gets captured throughout the Fishman island arc but in end gets a ability to [[TheBeastMaster control sea kings]] and is apparently one of the [[LostSuperweapon ancient weapons]] so she's not quite helpless but still acts like it for the majority of the time. [[spoiler: Even Reiju, Sanji's older sister seemed like the only princess who was gonna [[BadassPrincess avert]] this trope gets shot by Pudding half way though the arc and then held at gunpoint during the climax, Reiju does get a kick-moment before getting overpowered by Big Mom and needed to be saved by Luffy and Sanji]].

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** Most Princesses in One Piece are kidnapped or are frequently in danger. Vivi acknowledges that she isn't strong but still tries her best to save her county, [[spoiler:Rebecca due to a promise she made to her mother and her father [[OverprotectiveDad Kyros]] making sure she doesn't bloody her hands ''ever'' teaches her DeadlyDodging but this doesn't hold up when [[BigBad Domflamingo]] comes in to ruin Rebecca's day.]] And [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid Shirahosh]] gets captured throughout the Fishman island arc but in end gets a ability to [[TheBeastMaster control sea kings]] and is apparently one of the [[LostSuperweapon ancient weapons]] so she's not quite helpless but still acts like it for the majority of the time. [[spoiler: Even Reiju, Sanji's older sister seemed like the only princess who was gonna [[BadassPrincess [[DamselOutOfDistress avert]] this trope gets shot by Pudding half way though the arc and then held at gunpoint during the climax, Reiju does get a kick-moment before getting overpowered by Big Mom and needed to be saved by Luffy and Sanji]].



* In the second arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna is still trapped in cyberspace in a different game under control of a domineering GameMaster. While said GameMaster has had months to wear her down and use his admin privileges to stop any plot she devises, the contrast between her hardcore ActionGirl persona in the first arc and the helpless damsel in the second was taken poorly by some fans.

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* In the second arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna is still trapped in cyberspace in a different game under control of a domineering GameMaster. While said GameMaster has had months to wear her down and use his admin privileges to stop any plot she devises, the contrast between her hardcore ActionGirl persona in the first arc and the helpless damsel in the second was taken poorly by some fans.



* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'':[[JungleGirl Jasmine]] though she started off as a subversion saving [[FarmBoy Lief]] and [[MasterSwordsmen Barda]] from the Wennbar and annoyingly bragging about how they'd helpless without her afterwards. Jasmine still gets in plenty of trouble and needs the Lief, Barda or [[RebelLeader Doom]] [[spoiler: her dad]] to pull her out of trouble. She gets plenty of kick ass moments and even wins the Rithmere games (though her opponent let her win) is a ActionGirl for the most part. But this winning streak does not hold up for most of the series as she is quickly overpowered by the stronger monsters and is even used a HumanShield by a [[ShapeShifting Ol]] when fighting Lief, knowing he wouldn't dream of hurting her.

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* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'':[[JungleGirl Jasmine]] though she started off as a subversion saving [[FarmBoy Lief]] and [[MasterSwordsmen Barda]] from the Wennbar and annoyingly bragging about how they'd helpless without her afterwards. Jasmine still gets in plenty of trouble and needs the Lief, Barda or [[RebelLeader Doom]] [[spoiler: her dad]] to pull her out of trouble. She gets plenty of kick ass moments and even wins the Rithmere games (though her opponent let her win) is a ActionGirl competant for the most part. But this winning streak does not hold up for most of the series as she is quickly overpowered by the stronger monsters and is even used a HumanShield by a [[ShapeShifting Ol]] when fighting Lief, knowing he wouldn't dream of hurting her.



* Role-reversal: Yorick in ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' is the spoilt "damsel" who has to be saved by the tougher and more experienced women around him, ActionGirl 355 in particular.

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* Role-reversal: Yorick in ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' is the spoilt "damsel" who has to be saved by the tougher and more experienced women around him, ActionGirl 355 in particular.



* Michelle, the little badger from ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', inhales a poisonous gas and falls ill. Thus, it's up to her friends Edgar, Russel, and Abigail to find the herbs to heal her. Her damsel status stands in a bit of contrast to Abigail, an ActionGirl who fights an owl while trying to save her.

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* Michelle, the little badger from ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', inhales a poisonous gas and falls ill. Thus, it's up to her friends Edgar, Russel, and Abigail to find the herbs to heal her. Her damsel status stands in a bit of contrast to Abigail, an ActionGirl who fights an owl while trying to save her.



** ''Anime/LupinIIITheColumbusFiles'' shows an example of Fujiko being a DamselInDistress ''and'' a ActionGirl, but without being a BadassInDistress. During the opening, she loses her memory, and her entire personality changes. She's terrified of nearly everything, and everyone is a stranger to her. When she contributed to part of her rescue via pure Muscle Memory, that also terrifies her.

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** ''Anime/LupinIIITheColumbusFiles'' shows an example of Fujiko being a DamselInDistress ''and'' a ActionGirl, ActionHeroine, but without being a BadassInDistress. During the opening, she loses her memory, and her entire personality changes. She's terrified of nearly everything, and everyone is a stranger to her. When she contributed to part of her rescue via pure Muscle Memory, that also terrifies her.



** Ditto for Elizabeth Swann in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]], except the feminist-friendly parts were ''added by the actress herself''. Said actress gets a much more [[ActionGirl fitting role]] in the sequels.

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** Ditto for Elizabeth Swann in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film]], except the feminist-friendly parts were ''added by the actress herself''. Said actress gets a much more [[ActionGirl [[{{Xenafication}} fitting role]] in the sequels.



* Princess Leia from ''StarWars'' manages to be this and simultaneously an ActionGirl. However she is something of a subversion because her plea for help was not a plea for a rescue but rather a plea to get the plans to the Death Star to Bail Organa on Alderaan. She wasn't expecting a rescue at all (and the guys didn't plan to do it either).

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* Princess Leia from ''StarWars'' manages to be this and simultaneously an ActionGirl.ActionHeroine. However she is something of a subversion because her plea for help was not a plea for a rescue but rather a plea to get the plans to the Death Star to Bail Organa on Alderaan. She wasn't expecting a rescue at all (and the guys didn't plan to do it either).



* Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily (who is an interesting case, as she is also BadassPrincess) to ''PeterPan''.
* Aouda in Verne's ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''. She then shows more than a glimpse of an ActionGirl, though.

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* Wendy Darling, Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily (who is an interesting case, as she is also BadassPrincess) part of a warrior tribe) to ''PeterPan''.
* Aouda in Verne's ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''. She then shows more than a glimpse of an ActionGirl, though.



* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' put every character, male and female, hero and villain, into such a situation--notably John, who is captured and [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] at the end of the first season and is rescued by Aeryn (with help), and Aeryn, who is captured and tortured at the end of the final season and is rescued by John (with help). This makes sense, as she is the ActionGirl at the start of the show, and while he's not quite an action hero by the end he has [[TookALevelInBadass gotten badass enough]] to return the favor.
* Subverted (a bit) in ''Series/DoctorWho'' (notorious for women who needed rescuing from bug-eyed monsters at every cliffhanger) with Jo Grant (UNIT assistant to the Third Doctor) who was a trained spy/escapologist, and thus was the one who freed the Doctor when they were captured. (Lampshaded also by Sarah Jane Smith when she rescues the Doctor from a cell in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion]]" and quips: "This time I'm saving you!" She'd also done it in the first episode she was in, ''The Time Warrior''.) Jo Grant was originally conceived as an [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel-type]] ActionGirl but they cast Creator/KatyManning after her somewhat ditzy audition, a classic example of the difference between what the producers say they want and [[TheDitz what they actually want]].

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' put every character, male and female, hero and villain, into such a situation--notably John, who is captured and [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] at the end of the first season and is rescued by Aeryn (with help), and Aeryn, who is captured and tortured at the end of the final season and is rescued by John (with help). This makes sense, as she is the ActionGirl ActionHeroine at the start of the show, and while he's not quite an action hero by the end he has [[TookALevelInBadass gotten badass enough]] to return the favor.
* Subverted (a bit) in ''Series/DoctorWho'' (notorious for women who needed rescuing from bug-eyed monsters at every cliffhanger) with Jo Grant (UNIT assistant to the Third Doctor) who was a trained spy/escapologist, and thus was the one who freed the Doctor when they were captured. (Lampshaded also by Sarah Jane Smith when she rescues the Doctor from a cell in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion]]" and quips: "This time I'm saving you!" She'd also done it in the first episode she was in, ''The Time Warrior''.) Jo Grant was originally conceived as an [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel-type]] ActionGirl ActionHeroine but they cast Creator/KatyManning after her somewhat ditzy audition, a classic example of the difference between what the producers say they want and [[TheDitz what they actually want]].



** Princess Peach Toadstool has been kidnapped too many times to count. And yet she's [[PowerCreepPowerSeep perfectly capable of kicking butt]] in such games as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'', ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', ''VidoeGame/SuperMario3DLand'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', and the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series. [[WMG/SuperMarioBros Go figure]]. Adaptations sometimes try to turn her into an ActionGirl, but her tendency to get kidnapped is such a major part of the ''Mario'' tradition that it becomes very hard to omit or work around. In recent games such as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and its [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 sequel]], the tables have been turned and Bowser's kidnapping of Peach does more damage to him than her, as Peach being in Bowser's clutches leads him to be defeated again by Mario.

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** Princess Peach Toadstool has been kidnapped too many times to count. And yet she's [[PowerCreepPowerSeep perfectly capable of kicking butt]] in such games as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'', ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', ''VidoeGame/SuperMario3DLand'', ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', and the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series. [[WMG/SuperMarioBros Go figure]]. Adaptations sometimes try to turn her into an ActionGirl, avert it, but her tendency to get kidnapped is such a major part of the ''Mario'' tradition that it becomes very hard to omit or work around. In recent games such as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and its [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 sequel]], the tables have been turned and Bowser's kidnapping of Peach does more damage to him than her, as Peach being in Bowser's clutches leads him to be defeated again by Mario.



** The fact that [[ActionGirl Dixie Kong]] is very much not a damsel in distress is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by an outraged SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong.

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** The fact that [[ActionGirl Dixie Kong]] Kong is very much not a damsel in distress is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by an outraged SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong.



** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' Terra and Celes despite them being key female protagonist and ActionGirl(s) had to be saved by Locke on two different occasions early in the game. Terra at least started off gun blazing in her Magitek Armor (albeit hypnotized) but Celes was introduced in a prison cell.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' Terra and Celes despite them being key female protagonist and ActionGirl(s) protagonists had to be saved by Locke on two different occasions early in the game. Terra at least started off gun blazing in her Magitek Armor (albeit hypnotized) but Celes was introduced in a prison cell.



** Tifa Lockhart. Despite being a badass [[BareFistedMonk melee fighting]] ActionGirl, Tifa's whole relationship with Cloud is based on ThePromise he'll come rushing to save her when she's in trouble, so she is a willing damsel so long as it's Cloud [[RescueRomance whose involved]]. Subverted early in the game - Cloud thinks he's teaming up with Aerith to save her from the sexual predator Don Corneo, but when he gets in touch with her it turns out she has it all under control and he and Aerith end up helping with her plan. Subverted more dramatically much later, when Tifa ends up heroically saving Cloud when he's in trouble, rather than the other way around. She's also able to save herself when she is being executed in a gas chamber, with a bit of indirect assistance from Weapon, while Barret's plan to save her doesn't work. (Cait Sith's plan, which relied on her being able to save herself, does.)

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** Tifa Lockhart. Despite being a badass [[BareFistedMonk melee fighting]] ActionGirl, ActionHeroine, Tifa's whole relationship with Cloud is based on ThePromise he'll come rushing to save her when she's in trouble, so she is a willing damsel so long as it's Cloud [[RescueRomance whose involved]]. Subverted early in the game - Cloud thinks he's teaming up with Aerith to save her from the sexual predator Don Corneo, but when he gets in touch with her it turns out she has it all under control and he and Aerith end up helping with her plan. Subverted more dramatically much later, when Tifa ends up heroically saving Cloud when he's in trouble, rather than the other way around. She's also able to save herself when she is being executed in a gas chamber, with a bit of indirect assistance from Weapon, while Barret's plan to save her doesn't work. (Cait Sith's plan, which relied on her being able to save herself, does.)



** Though not entirely subverting to this trope, somewhat the RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lamia Loveless fell into this trope in ''OG Gaiden''. After all her whole [[ActionGirl ass kicking and dramatic development]] back in ''[=OG=] 2'', her story in ''[=OG=] Gaiden'' involves her getting kidnapped and needs to be rescued TWICE (even our resident damsel needs to be rescued once this time). First she's kidnapped by the Bartolls, all while just being in the wrong place in the wrong time, stripped naked and be somewhat {{brainwashed}} to fight her allies. She was almost saved... but suddenly, the villains managed to snatch her back after the player has to [[CliffHanger wait for 6 months to see if she's dead or alive]], and brainwash her AGAIN. So much that it takes a [[HeelFaceTurn former badass enemy turned good]] to save her completely. Once she's completely saved, she returns being a formidable girl in battlefield (and that even depends whether the player wants to use her or not), though her story arc was over at that point.

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** Though not entirely subverting to this trope, somewhat the RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lamia Loveless fell into this trope in ''OG Gaiden''. After all her whole [[ActionGirl [[TookALevelInBadass ass kicking and dramatic development]] back in ''[=OG=] 2'', her story in ''[=OG=] Gaiden'' involves her getting kidnapped and needs to be rescued TWICE (even our resident damsel needs to be rescued once this time). First she's kidnapped by the Bartolls, all while just being in the wrong place in the wrong time, stripped naked and be somewhat {{brainwashed}} to fight her allies. She was almost saved... but suddenly, the villains managed to snatch her back after the player has to [[CliffHanger wait for 6 months to see if she's dead or alive]], and brainwash her AGAIN. So much that it takes a [[HeelFaceTurn former badass enemy turned good]] to save her completely. Once she's completely saved, she returns being a formidable girl in battlefield (and that even depends whether the player wants to use her or not), though her story arc was over at that point.



* Kyrie, Nero's LoveInterest from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' is one of these, in contrast with Dante's demon hunting ActionGirl partners.

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* Kyrie, Nero's LoveInterest from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' is one of these, in contrast with Dante's demon hunting ActionGirl partners.



** Jill Valentine the series's primary [[ActionGirl female protagonist]] is not free from this, in her debut she nearly gets killed by zombie hounds before Chis and Wesker save her. In Spencer Estate proper she still needs her male colleagues to pull her put trouble, Barry saves from becoming a [[RunningGag ''Jill Sandwich'']] when she gets trapped by a DescendingCeiling. The majority of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3'' subverts this greatly with Jill being the main protagonist, though she is saved by Carlos when the Nemesis manages to infect her. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations'' also subverts this as Jill is the one trying to find and rescue Chris for half of the game, also the prologue to ResidentEvil 5 "''Lost in Nightmares''" she's the one who saves Chris from Wesker by performing a HeroicSacrifice spearing Wesker out of a window. Unfortunately the damsel comes backs as Jill is dying and Wesker decides to strip her down and put her in a test tube and experiment on her as the [[BestServedCold ultimate]] revenge against Chris.

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** Jill Valentine the series's primary [[ActionGirl [[TheHero female protagonist]] is not free from this, in her debut she nearly gets killed by zombie hounds before Chis and Wesker save her. In Spencer Estate proper she still needs her male colleagues to pull her put trouble, Barry saves from becoming a [[RunningGag ''Jill Sandwich'']] when she gets trapped by a DescendingCeiling. The majority of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3'' subverts this greatly with Jill being the main protagonist, though she is saved by Carlos when the Nemesis manages to infect her. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations'' also subverts this as Jill is the one trying to find and rescue Chris for half of the game, also the prologue to ResidentEvil 5 "''Lost in Nightmares''" she's the one who saves Chris from Wesker by performing a HeroicSacrifice spearing Wesker out of a window. Unfortunately the damsel comes backs as Jill is dying and Wesker decides to strip her down and put her in a test tube and experiment on her as the [[BestServedCold ultimate]] revenge against Chris.



* Tawna in the original ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot1996''. Coco, though more prominently an ActionGirl, takes the role a handful of occasions later on.

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* Tawna in the original ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot1996''. Coco, though more prominently an ActionGirl, active herself, takes the role a handful of occasions later on.



* Although mostly an ActionGirl herself, there have been incidents in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games where Carmelita Fox needed to be saved. This is lampshaded in [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the fourth game]] when [[DistressedDude Sir Galleth]] believes that a woman's role in combat is to be saved... and he was once rescued by Carmelita herself, much to his embarrassment.

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* Although mostly an ActionGirl able to take care of herself, there have been incidents in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games where Carmelita Fox needed to be saved. This is lampshaded in [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the fourth game]] when [[DistressedDude Sir Galleth]] believes that a woman's role in combat is to be saved... and he was once rescued by Carmelita herself, much to his embarrassment.



*** Averted most prominently with [[spoiler: Naoto]], whose skills as an ace detective make her definite ActionGirl material. [[spoiler: Plus, there's the whole matter of her struggles with her gender identity.]]

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*** Averted most prominently with [[spoiler: Naoto]], whose skills as an ace detective make her definite ActionGirl ActionHeroine material. [[spoiler: Plus, there's the whole matter of her struggles with her gender identity.]]



* ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'': Chatin and Cilke during Campus Safari, [[ActionGirl though they're not the type to be held long]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'': Chatin and Cilke during Campus Safari, [[ActionGirl [[DamselOutOfDistress though they're not the type to be held long]].



* Zigzagged in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire''. [[BadassPrincess Daisy]] (who was kidnapped due to a case of mistaken identity) manages to break out of her cell and proceeds to wreak havoc in her captor's base until she's recaptured (though it took an entire squadron {{Zerg Rush}}ing her to do so). Ultimately, someone else had to rescue her from a DeathTrap, but she immediately used the weapon she gained in the process to go rescue another DamselInDistress and take down the BigBad.

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* Zigzagged in ''Webcomic/LsEmpire''. [[BadassPrincess [[TomboyPrincess Daisy]] (who was kidnapped due to a case of mistaken identity) manages to break out of her cell and proceeds to wreak havoc in her captor's base until she's recaptured (though it took an entire squadron {{Zerg Rush}}ing her to do so). Ultimately, someone else had to rescue her from a DeathTrap, but she immediately used the weapon she gained in the process to go rescue another DamselInDistress and take down the BigBad.



* Princess Aruzia for the first part of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''. She is an ActionGirl for the rest of the series.
* Subverted in the movie ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman & Mr. Freeze - Subzero]]''. Yes, PluckyGirl Barbara a.k.a. Batgirl gets kidnapped, but [[ActionGirl she's so competent]] that she kicks the asses of her captors (Mr. Freeze being one of them) [[ActionSurvivor multiple times]], and would have escaped on her own just fine if it wasn't for the fact that she was in the middle of the friggin' ocean. In fact, she is probably more useful in the movie than even Batman and Robin.

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* Princess Aruzia for the first part of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''. She is an ActionGirl for the rest of the series.\n
* Subverted in the movie ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman & Mr. Freeze - Subzero]]''. Yes, PluckyGirl Barbara a.k.a. Batgirl gets kidnapped, but [[ActionGirl [[DamselOutOfDistress she's so competent]] that she kicks the asses of her captors (Mr. Freeze being one of them) [[ActionSurvivor multiple times]], and would have escaped on her own just fine if it wasn't for the fact that she was in the middle of the friggin' ocean. In fact, she is probably more useful in the movie than even Batman and Robin.



* Ashi from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Season 5 is an interesting case; normally a straight ActionGirl, she discovers in the penultimate episode that she is Aku's biological daughter. Aku takes full advantage of this, mutating her into a demon while her good self remains trapped and fully aware for Jack to try and save.

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* Ashi from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' Season 5 is an interesting case; normally a straight ActionGirl, [[PintsizedPowerhouse brawler]], she discovers in the penultimate episode that she is Aku's biological daughter. Aku takes full advantage of this, mutating her into a demon while her good self remains trapped and fully aware for Jack to try and save.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. When is Smurfette never in need of being rescued by somebody? Only in the [[Film/TheSmurfs live-action movie]], where she is finally promoted to ActionGirl status.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. When is Smurfette never in need of being rescued by somebody? Only in the [[Film/TheSmurfs live-action movie]], where she is finally promoted to ActionGirl status.movie]].
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* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''The Book of Atrix Wolfe'', Saro is trapped in a spell, rendered TheSpeechless, and [[FallenPrincess ends up]] a SculleryMaid in CinderellaCircumstances.

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* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''The Book of Atrix Wolfe'', ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', Saro is trapped in a spell, rendered TheSpeechless, and [[FallenPrincess ends up]] a SculleryMaid in CinderellaCircumstances.
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* PlayedForLaughs in Episode 87 of ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'', when Keyleth notes that she technically counts as one in order to get [[spoiler:[[IJustWantToBeBadass Taryon]]]] to help her during a fight with some pirates.
-->'''Keyleth:''' In this moment, I am a damsel and I am in distress. So cross it off, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!]] Come on!
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* {{Discussed}} by Blog/WorstMuse: "Your protagonist is just a little too perfect? Maybe consider making her adorably clumsy and in need of frequent rescue."
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* Princess Cassima in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'' and more so in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' is a damsel in distress. She is held captive by the wizard Mordak in V and in VI, is actually kept inside a tower by the GrandVizier [[Creator/HPLovecraft Alhazred]] for a plot to marry her.

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* Princess Cassima in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'' and more so in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' is a damsel in distress. She is held captive by the wizard Mordak in V and in VI, is actually kept inside a tower by the GrandVizier [[Creator/HPLovecraft Alhazred]] Alhazred for a plot to marry her.
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Cat Burglar Nami over a dozen times (and even more if you count the movies) and Nico Robin twice.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Cat Burglar Nami over a dozen times (and even more if you count the movies) and Nico Robin twice.''Manga/OnePiece'':



** Most of Enies Lobby is a RescueArc where the Straw Hats are fighting the [[ProfessionalKiller CP9]] to save Robin. However, her status as a damsel in distress is justified by the fact that she willingly let herself get captured. She felt she had to die, so she surrendered to the World Government. Plus, although she was bound with Seastone by the time she regained the will to live, she still tried her best to escape, and the only reason she failed was because Spandam kept using Funkfreed to keep her in line. She started fighting back the moment she was freed from the Seastone.

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** Most of Enies Lobby is a RescueArc where the Straw Hats are fighting the [[ProfessionalKiller CP9]] to save Robin. However, her status as a damsel in distress is justified by the fact that she willingly let herself get captured. She felt she had to die, so she surrendered to the World Government. Plus, although she was bound with Seastone by the time she regained the will to live, she still tried her best to escape, and the only reason she failed was because Spandam kept using Funkfreed to keep her in line. She started fighting back the moment she was freed from the Seastone.



** Most Princesses in One Piece [[spoiler: except are kidnapped or are frequently in danger. Vivi acknowledges that she isn't strong but still tries her best to save her county, Rebecca due to a promise she made to her mother and her father [[OverprotectiveDad Kyros]] making sure she doesn't bloody her hands ''ever'' teaches her DeadlyDodging but this doesn't hold up when [[BigBad Domflamingo]] comes in to ruin Rebecca's day. And [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid Shirahosh]] gets captured throughout the Fishman island arc but in end gets a ability to [[TheBeastMaster control sea kings]] and is apparently one of the [[LostSuperweapon ancient weapons]] so she's not quite helpless but still acts like it for the majority of the time. [[spoiler: Even Reiju, Sanji's older sister seemed like the only princess who was gonna [[BadassPrincess avert]] this trope gets shot by Pudding half way though the arc and then held at gunpoint during the climax, Reiju does get a kick-moment before getting overpowered by Big Mom and needed to be saved by Luffy and Sanji]].

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** Most Princesses in One Piece [[spoiler: except are kidnapped or are frequently in danger. Vivi acknowledges that she isn't strong but still tries her best to save her county, Rebecca [[spoiler:Rebecca due to a promise she made to her mother and her father [[OverprotectiveDad Kyros]] making sure she doesn't bloody her hands ''ever'' teaches her DeadlyDodging but this doesn't hold up when [[BigBad Domflamingo]] comes in to ruin Rebecca's day. day.]] And [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Mermaid Shirahosh]] gets captured throughout the Fishman island arc but in end gets a ability to [[TheBeastMaster control sea kings]] and is apparently one of the [[LostSuperweapon ancient weapons]] so she's not quite helpless but still acts like it for the majority of the time. [[spoiler: Even Reiju, Sanji's older sister seemed like the only princess who was gonna [[BadassPrincess avert]] this trope gets shot by Pudding half way though the arc and then held at gunpoint during the climax, Reiju does get a kick-moment before getting overpowered by Big Mom and needed to be saved by Luffy and Sanji]].



*** Jill's role in Resident Evil 5 as whole is hybrid of Damsel and DarkActionGirl as she's Wesker's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and Nina William's esque [[ProfssionalKiller super assassin]] however she's also brainwashed and in need of rescuing, Chris manages to snap her out of Wesker's control and she even provides firepower against Wesker in the final battle though she doesn't get to fight Wesker herself which disappointed a good chunk of fans. To make matters worse the last we hear of Jill she's hospitalized and bored.

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*** Jill's role in Resident Evil 5 as whole is hybrid of Damsel and DarkActionGirl as she's Wesker's [[TheDragon Dragon]] and Nina William's esque [[ProfssionalKiller [[ProfessionalKiller super assassin]] however she's also brainwashed and in need of rescuing, Chris manages to snap her out of Wesker's control and she even provides firepower against Wesker in the final battle though she doesn't get to fight Wesker herself which disappointed a good chunk of fans. To make matters worse the last we hear of Jill she's hospitalized and bored.



** Ashley Graham from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' . Made all the more hilarious by how she was shown to want ''very'' much to give [[MrFanservice Leon]] a SmoochOfVictory (and a lot more than just a smooch) for rescuing her at the end... only for Leon to reject her and make sure she knows that he is ''not'' interested.

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** Ashley Graham from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' .''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Made all the more hilarious by how she was shown to want ''very'' much to give [[MrFanservice Leon]] a SmoochOfVictory (and a lot more than just a smooch) for rescuing her at the end... only for Leon to reject her and make sure she knows that he is ''not'' interested.
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* A minor character example in ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' when Martineau is kidnapped by Clay to aid his escape from prison.
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* The [[CanonDiscontinuity non]]-{{Capcom}} developed ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' sequel, ''Strider Returns'', has this as its main plot, sending the game's protagonist to rescue his darling Lexia.

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* The [[CanonDiscontinuity non]]-{{Capcom}} non]]-Creator/{{Capcom}} developed ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' sequel, ''Strider Returns'', has this as its main plot, sending the game's protagonist to rescue his darling Lexia.
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For the GenderFlip, see DistressedDude. See also DistressBall, StandardFemaleGrabArea, DeterminedWidow, IHaveYourWife, SaveThePrincess, HostageMacGuffin. If the girl is actually ''faking'' this for her own benefits, depending on her purposes she's either a DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel or a DecoyDamsel. A damsel who rescues herself is a DamselOutOfDistress. If she has a strong spirit despite captivity then he/she is a DefiantCaptive. If the hero leaves the damsel in distress (for the moment), that's DelayingTheRescue. See also TheCaptivityNarrative for a plot based on this.

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For the GenderFlip, see DistressedDude. See also DistressBall, StandardFemaleGrabArea, DeterminedWidow, IHaveYourWife, SaveThePrincess, HostageMacGuffin. If the girl is actually ''faking'' this for her own benefits, depending on her purposes she's either a DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel or a DecoyDamsel. A damsel who rescues herself is a DamselOutOfDistress.DamselOutOfDistress who probably used an ImprovisedWeapon. If she has a strong spirit despite captivity then he/she is a DefiantCaptive. If the hero leaves the damsel in distress (for the moment), that's DelayingTheRescue. See also TheCaptivityNarrative for a plot based on this.
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