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24th Apr '17 11:30:54 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', Altair saves countless Distressed Damsels (and some Distressed Abbots and Islamic Scholars as well) from the city guards, and is rewarded by their family/students helping him escape from Mooks. Despite this happening in the middle of a city, [[ApatheticCitizens nobody seems to react at all to the attempted abductions and rapes happening right in front of them]].
** They're in Medieval cities in the state of war, and the would-be rapists and murderers are exactly the people stationed to keep the peace, and are the only ones with decent weapons and armour around. TruthInTelevision, unfortunately.

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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'', Altair saves countless Distressed Damsels (and some Distressed Abbots and Islamic Scholars as well) from the city guards, and is rewarded by their family/students helping him escape from Mooks. Despite this happening in the middle of a city, [[ApatheticCitizens nobody seems to react at all to the attempted abductions and rapes happening right in front of them]].
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them]]. [[Note]] They're in Medieval cities in the state of war, and the would-be rapists and murderers are exactly the people stationed to keep the peace, and are the only ones with decent weapons and armour around. TruthInTelevision, unfortunately. [[/note]]
23rd Apr '17 2:12:37 PM nombretomado
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11th Apr '17 6:34:10 PM nombretomado
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* Deconstructed in VideoGame/GuiltyGear, where Dizzy is more powerful than her guardians, Testament, Johnny and Ky. The "rescuing" is more like [[PowerIncontinence calming her down when her power goes out of control.]] Dizzy herself is a NaiveEverygirl who [[ActualPacifist hates violence with passion]], so the experience of unintentionally attempting to kill people [[BreakTheCutie is traumatizing.]] If you listen to her in-game quotes, it seems that [[BlessedWithSuck her enormous powers inflicts physical pain to her]]. And the few times she snaps? [[BewareTheNiceOnes She SNAPS]] (like the AlternateUniverse from the CD dramas [[spoiler: in which she succeeds her mother Justice and destroys the world]], or the Midnight Carnival ending in which [[spoiler: she horribly kills I-No [[TheDogBitesBack when she abuses her a bit too much.]].]] In short, Dizzy needs no rescue from others... ''but from herself.''

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* Deconstructed in VideoGame/GuiltyGear, ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', where Dizzy is more powerful than her guardians, Testament, Johnny and Ky. The "rescuing" is more like [[PowerIncontinence calming her down when her power goes out of control.]] Dizzy herself is a NaiveEverygirl who [[ActualPacifist hates violence with passion]], so the experience of unintentionally attempting to kill people [[BreakTheCutie is traumatizing.]] If you listen to her in-game quotes, it seems that [[BlessedWithSuck her enormous powers inflicts physical pain to her]]. And the few times she snaps? [[BewareTheNiceOnes She SNAPS]] (like the AlternateUniverse from the CD dramas [[spoiler: in which she succeeds her mother Justice and destroys the world]], or the Midnight Carnival ending in which [[spoiler: she horribly kills I-No [[TheDogBitesBack when she abuses her a bit too much.]].]] In short, Dizzy needs no rescue from others... ''but from herself.''



* If you romance a Governor's Daughter enough in the 2004 version of ''SidMeiersPirates'', then when you next visit the port the Governor will tearfully tell you that she has been kidnapped by the Evil Colonel Mendoza and beg you to hunt him down and rescue her. (Successfully doing so leads to the opportunity to propose marriage shortly after.)

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* If you romance a Governor's Daughter enough in the 2004 version of ''SidMeiersPirates'', ''VideoGame/SidMeiersPirates'', then when you next visit the port the Governor will tearfully tell you that she has been kidnapped by the Evil Colonel Mendoza and beg you to hunt him down and rescue her. (Successfully doing so leads to the opportunity to propose marriage shortly after.)
8th Apr '17 10:07:33 AM nombretomado
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* The [[DistressBall normally competent]] Lord of the Supreme Council of ''TheQuestportChronicles'', winds up as [[spoiler:her sister]]'s prisoner. [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike She's not happy]] [[UnwantedRescue to be rescued]].

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* The [[DistressBall normally competent]] Lord of the Supreme Council of ''TheQuestportChronicles'', ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'', winds up as [[spoiler:her sister]]'s prisoner. [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike She's not happy]] [[UnwantedRescue to be rescued]].
4th Apr '17 12:19:25 AM mouschilight
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26th Mar '17 8:52:43 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lyanna was kidnapped by Rhaegar. At least that's the accepted story.
23rd Mar '17 12:37:34 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In OracleOfSeasons, Din plays this role pretty straight forward, while in the game's counterpart, OracleOfAges, Nayru is possessed by Veran (to be fair, she does help Link and Ralph escape from Queen Ambi). Zelda, if you linked your game, plays this trope very straight twice through OracleOfAges. First by Vire, second by Twinrova.

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** In OracleOfSeasons, ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Seasons]]'', Din plays this role pretty straight forward, while in the game's counterpart, OracleOfAges, ''Oracle of Ages'', Nayru is possessed by Veran (to be fair, she does help Link and Ralph escape from Queen Ambi). Zelda, if you linked your game, plays this trope very straight twice through OracleOfAges.''Oracle of Ages''. First by Vire, second by Twinrova.



** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', she also acts as the [[{{Mentors}} mentor]] by [[ItWasHisSled secretly]] being Sheik.
*** Played painfully straight when she reveals her identity near the end of the game and ''immediately'' gets kidnapped.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', she also acts as the [[{{Mentors}} mentor]] by [[ItWasHisSled secretly]] being Sheik.
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Sheik. However, it's played painfully straight when she reveals her identity near the end of the game and ''immediately'' gets kidnapped.



*** In the sequel, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'', she spends the first half of the game AWOL and the second half as a statue just to make sure she had a reason not to be kicking ass by Link's side.

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*** ** In the sequel, ''Wind Waker'' sequel ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'', she Tetra spends the first half of the game AWOL and the second half as a statue just to make sure she had a reason not to be kicking ass by Link's side.



** Taken to an extreme in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', where Zelda manages to be kidnapped despite being a controllable character for almost the whole game. Her spirit actively teams up with Link and assists her own rescue. [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged much?]]
*** And yet is still able to actively assist Link in combat, including the final boss fights.

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** Taken [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] to an extreme in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', where Zelda manages to be kidnapped despite being a controllable character for almost the whole game. Her spirit actively teams up with Link and assists in her own rescue. [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged much?]]
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rescue, to actively assist the point of actually fighting alongside Link in combat, including (including against the final boss fights.bosses).



** It's common in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' to be forced to rescue allies who are in danger as part of the gameplay, but there are notable storyline examples. The ''Ocarina of Time'' arc starts by informing us that Princess Ruto has been kidnapped, and she falls into a trap from which you must save her in the next level. Agitha is saved early in the ''Twilight Princess'' arc, and the villain specifically sends enemies to capture her again later. And a massive part of the conflict at Gerudo Valley involves saving a stranded Lana. Oddly, despite disappearing after the first stage of the game, Zelda is ''never'' captured at any time in the story, though this is hardly a surprise when [[LateArrivalSpoiler Sheik is the third playable character you unlock]].

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** Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', where [[spoiler:Zelda's the one who's been keeping Calamity Ganon sealed inside Hyrule Castle with her for the last 100 years; Link's less her rescuer and more her ''backup'']].
** It's common in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' to be forced to rescue allies who are in danger as part of the gameplay, but there are notable storyline examples. The ''Ocarina of Time'' arc starts by informing us that Princess Ruto has been kidnapped, and she falls into a trap from which you must save her in the next level. Agitha is saved early in the ''Twilight Princess'' arc, and the villain specifically sends enemies to capture her again later. And a massive part of the conflict at Gerudo Valley involves saving a stranded Lana. That said, all of the above-mentioned ladies are also {{Action Girl}}s who get to kick plenty of ass. Oddly, despite disappearing after the first stage of the game, Zelda is ''never'' captured at any time in the story, though this is hardly a surprise when [[LateArrivalSpoiler Sheik is the third playable character you unlock]].
22nd Mar '17 6:24:08 AM Amppelix
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** ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' Team Ninja turned previous badass super babe [[ActionGirl Samus Aran]] into squealing waifu with literally DaddyIssues who actually has to be saved by some burly SpaceMarines in the middle of the game this caused immense anger among the long time fans of series, for [[CharacterDerailment ruining a beloved character]]. And is the one of the reasons we won't Samus outside Smash Bros for while.
24th Feb '17 7:50:44 PM dsneybuf
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19th Feb '17 3:02:16 PM Magnustheinexplicable
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* In ''Literature/ThePerilsOfEnhancegirl'', this happens to virtually every female character constantly. As the title may indicate, that's rather an intended aspect of the series.
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