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12th Jan '18 6:53:56 AM MsCC93
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*** Ariel's own daughter Melody becomes this in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' when she's transformed back into a human and Morgana locks her up in unmeltable ice. Melody's friends Tip & Dash have to save her.
28th Dec '17 6:34:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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** In the early days Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy would serve this role. Then it was notoriously subverted in the 1973 ''[[{{Spider-Man}} Amazing Spider-Man]]'' story ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'', in which archvillain the Green Goblin kidnaps Spidey's girlfriend, Spidey goes to rescue her... and she dies, turning from Gwen Stacy into [[TheGwenStacy * The* Gwen Stacy]].

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** In the early days Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy would serve this role. Then it was notoriously subverted in the 1973 ''[[{{Spider-Man}} ''[[Franchise/SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]]'' story ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'', in which archvillain the Green Goblin kidnaps Spidey's girlfriend, Spidey goes to rescue her... and she dies, turning from Gwen Stacy into [[TheGwenStacy * The* Gwen Stacy]].
27th Dec '17 1:56:56 PM Wyldchyld
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This is a type of LivingMacGuffin. ChainedToARock is an ancient form; GirlInTheTower and HypnotizeThePrincess came later. Damsels may also be BoundAndGagged or put into UnwillingSuspension, especially when [[FetishFuel it satisfies]] AuthorAppeal.

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This is a type of LivingMacGuffin. ChainedToARock is an ancient form; GirlInTheTower and HypnotizeThePrincess came later. Damsels may also be BoundAndGagged or put into UnwillingSuspension, especially when [[FetishFuel it satisfies]] satisfies AuthorAppeal.
25th Dec '17 6:40:29 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Zig-zagged. Finwick believes that Kaylana is being manipulated and misguided by the villains, possibly being held against her will, and resolves to rescue her. By sending a Dragon to abduct her and hold her hostage, requiring the villains to storm the Dragon's keep and save the damsel from the heroes.
16th Dec '17 12:48:11 PM rixion
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* In Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV, Luna is kidnapped by [[spoiler:Glauca]], though to her credit she doesn't stand by and let her rescuer do all the work.



* Being a very popular long-standing franchise, ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has many examples of this trope, like: ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Rosa]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Aerith]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Rinoa]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Garnet]]'' etc. The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI very first game]] begins with a "SaveThePrincess from rogue knight" plot, before switching to saving the crystals.

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* Being a very popular long-standing franchise, ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has many examples of this trope, like: examples: ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Rosa]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Aerith]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Rinoa]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Garnet]]'' etc. The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI very first game]] begins with a "SaveThePrincess from rogue knight" plot, before switching to saving the crystals.
16th Dec '17 12:42:13 PM rixion
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* One of the major complainants fans had about ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' is that Tifa doesn't get any massive kick ass moments like in the games, she does get one cool moment when she fights Loz but then is overpowered by his SuperSpeed and has to be helped by Cloud ''again''. She is however the last ally to help Cloud in the climax.



* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Rosa spends alot of time in the first half of the game incapacitated due to some reason or other (illness, kidnapping, etc.) She gets better in the second half though, even refusing to StayInTheKitchen when told to by Cecil toward the end ([[WhatAnIdiot a very dumb decision on Cecil's part.]]) Also, one could argue her distressed situations were nothing to be ashamed of, since one involved getting an illness with no real way to avoid it, and the other involved being captured by Kain and Golbez after they just massacred all her other party members, including Cecil, so she could hardly be expected her to beat them alone.
** ''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]] (albeit hypnotized) but Celes was introduced in a prison cell.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Aerith Gainsborough, when she is kidnapped and taken to Hojo's laboratory to be experimented on. Saving her makes up most of the BestLevelEver, so hooray! [[MasterSwordsmen Cloud]] and the gang do their best to protect her for the rest of the game until... [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Sephiroth comes in]].
** Tifa Lockhart. Despite being a badass [[BareFistedMonk melee fighting]] 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.)
*** The [[DoomedHometown Niblehiem]] FlashBack 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.
** Yuffie and Elena gets this (optionally) in Wutai village when they captured by Don Corneo who plans to choose one as his bride (Yuffie being underage doesn't help the situation) and both have to be saved by Cloud as well as the Turks.
** The in-game play at the Gold Saucer casts whichever girl Cloud is dating as the damsel, and she will [[BadBadActing ask for confirmation that she's doing it properly]]. And probably beat the stuffing out of the monster herself if Cloud starts [[HamAndCheese trying to derail the show for attention]].
** One of the major complainants fans had about ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' is that Tifa doesn't get any massive kick ass moments like in the games, she does get one cool moment when she fights Loz but then is overpowered by his SuperSpeed and has to be helped by Cloud ''again''. She is however the last ally to help Cloud in the climax.
** Rinoa Heartilly from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' was this, with [[DesignatedVictim disturbing regularity.]] She's probably the second most DistressedDamsel out of the entire ''FF'' franchise next to Rosa, which is actually saying a lot. To her credit though, she does get much better once she [[spoiler: becomes a sorceress, though she still gets taken captive by Seifer later to be held hostage by Adel, but he ''was'' holding her a weapon-point.]]
*** In reference to the spoiler point above, [[spoiler: it's important to remember that Seifer inadvertently played right into the protagonists' hands by hooking Rinoa up to Adel, since the plan was for Rinoa to absorb her powers upon Adel's defeat.]]
** Garnet from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Not counting the beginning (where she ''asks'' to be kidnapped) she has to be saved from a plant monster at the [[TheLostWoods Evil Forest]] and is later captured by Zorn and Thorn and has her Eidolons extracted.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Rosa spends alot of time in the first half of the game incapacitated due to some reason or other (illness, kidnapping, etc.) She gets better in the second half though, even refusing to StayInTheKitchen when told to by Cecil toward the end ([[WhatAnIdiot
Being a very dumb decision on Cecil's part.]]) Also, one could argue her distressed situations were nothing to be ashamed of, since one involved getting an illness popular long-standing franchise, ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' has many examples of this trope, like: ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Rosa]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Aerith]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Rinoa]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Garnet]]'' etc. The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI very first game]] begins with no real way to avoid it, and the other involved being captured by Kain and Golbez after they just massacred all her other party members, including Cecil, so she could hardly be expected her to beat them alone.
** ''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]] (albeit hypnotized) but Celes was introduced in
a prison cell.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Aerith Gainsborough, when she is kidnapped and taken to Hojo's laboratory to be experimented on. Saving her makes up most of the BestLevelEver, so hooray! [[MasterSwordsmen Cloud]] and the gang do their best to protect her for the rest of the game until... [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Sephiroth comes in]].
** Tifa Lockhart. Despite being a badass [[BareFistedMonk melee fighting]] 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
"SaveThePrincess 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 rogue knight" plot, before switching to 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.)
*** The [[DoomedHometown Niblehiem]] FlashBack 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.
** Yuffie and Elena gets this (optionally) in Wutai village when they captured by Don Corneo who plans to choose one as his bride (Yuffie being underage doesn't help the situation) and both have to be saved by Cloud as well as the Turks.
** The in-game play at the Gold Saucer casts whichever girl Cloud is dating as the damsel, and she will [[BadBadActing ask for confirmation that she's doing it properly]]. And probably beat the stuffing out of the monster herself if Cloud starts [[HamAndCheese trying to derail the show for attention]].
** One of the major complainants fans had about ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' is that Tifa doesn't get any massive kick ass moments like in the games, she does get one cool moment when she fights Loz but then is overpowered by his SuperSpeed and has to be helped by Cloud ''again''. She is however the last ally to help Cloud in the climax.
** Rinoa Heartilly from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' was this, with [[DesignatedVictim disturbing regularity.]] She's probably the second most DistressedDamsel out of the entire ''FF'' franchise next to Rosa, which is actually saying a lot. To her credit though, she does get much better once she [[spoiler: becomes a sorceress, though she still gets taken captive by Seifer later to be held hostage by Adel, but he ''was'' holding her a weapon-point.]]
*** In reference to the spoiler point above, [[spoiler: it's important to remember that Seifer inadvertently played right into the protagonists' hands by hooking Rinoa up to Adel, since the plan was for Rinoa to absorb her powers upon Adel's defeat.]]
** Garnet from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Not counting the beginning (where she ''asks'' to be kidnapped) she has to be saved from a plant monster at the [[TheLostWoods Evil Forest]] and is later captured by Zorn and Thorn and has her Eidolons extracted.
crystals.



** Penelo from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is kidapped by Ba'Gamnan's crew to lure Balthier.
16th Dec '17 3:58:10 AM Silverblade2
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** The fact that 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 Dixie Kong is very much not a damsel in distress is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by an outraged SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong.Cranky Kong.
14th Dec '17 12:56:17 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Anime/PrincessMononoke, San unfortunately got this really ''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 assassinate, 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.

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** In Anime/PrincessMononoke, San unfortunately got this really ''bad''. First she's is introduced as a infamous figure and powerful threat to Iron Town and it's leader Eboshi who she will stop at nothing to assassinate, 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.
** In Anime/SpiritedAway Chihiro at the start of the movie needs to be saved and protected by Haku [[spoiler: it turns out Haku saved her 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 inverts this 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".
** For 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 is played with though most of the movie, with Howl continuing to protect Sophie as necessary and Sophie looking after Howl throughout and ultimately giving him his heart back saving him from dying.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', [[HotScoop Roxanne Ritchi]] routinely gets kidnapped by the titular supervillain, to the point where basically [[SeenItAll no deathtrap can scare her anymore]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', [[HotScoop Roxanne Ritchi]] Ritchi routinely gets kidnapped by the titular supervillain, to the point where basically [[SeenItAll no deathtrap can scare her anymore]].
12th Dec '17 5:21:58 PM MasterN
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The nature of the distress varies. The classic damsel has been kidnapped or captured and is locked away, awaiting rescue and afraid for her life and virtue. She may also be lost or stranded in a hostile area, trapped, desperately ill, or suffering any number of terrible fates where she needs help to survive.

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The nature of the distress varies. The classic damsel has been kidnapped or captured and is locked away, awaiting rescue and afraid for her life and virtue.[[DefiledForever virtue]]. She may also be lost or stranded in a hostile area, trapped, desperately ill, or suffering any number of terrible fates where she needs help to survive.



A possible way to shake things up a bit is to give the damsel something to do besides stand around uselessly. The DamselOutOfDistress will put up a fight, which can either help or make things worse. The DefiantCaptive damsel will snarl and rage where her meeker sister would scream. There are even subversions in the line of PlayAlongPrisoner: the DecoyDamsel puts on all the appearance of this trope, but her helplessness is all for show.

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A possible way to shake things up a bit is to give the damsel something to do besides [[TheLoad stand around uselessly. uselessly]]. The DamselOutOfDistress will put up a fight, which can either help or [[NiceJobBreakingItHero make things worse.worse]]. The DefiantCaptive damsel will snarl and rage where her meeker sister would scream. There are even subversions in the line of PlayAlongPrisoner: the DecoyDamsel puts on all the appearance of this trope, but her helplessness is all for show.



This is a type of LivingMacGuffin. ChainedToARock is an ancient form; GirlInTheTower and HypnotizeThePrincess came later. Damsels may also be BoundAndGagged or put into UnwillingSuspension, especially when it satisfies AuthorAppeal.

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This is a type of LivingMacGuffin. ChainedToARock is an ancient form; GirlInTheTower and HypnotizeThePrincess came later. Damsels may also be BoundAndGagged or put into UnwillingSuspension, especially when [[FetishFuel it satisfies satisfies]] AuthorAppeal.
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