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23rd Mar '17 3:33:45 PM Steven
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** Mifillia in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is seen as this by most players due to her not fighting back with her mythril knife when she was captured twice (first by TheEmpire and the second being an Ascian with immense magical strength) and that she also doesn't do anything beyond playing politics with the city-state leaders and telling the player character what to do next.



* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'': Slippy Toad. A player could be haunted for YEARS with the ear-piercing refrains of "Fox! Help me!!!" or "Fox! Get this guy off me!!!" If it weren't for his unbelievable mechanical ability, the Star Fox team would have probably pushed him out an airlock after his first mission.
27th Feb '17 3:16:26 AM pinkdalek
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** Terra in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', though in her case it's more due to CharacterDerailment from her original personality to fit this character type, than due to the number of times she needs to be saved. While she's often victimised and mixed-up in the original, she becomes confident as soon as it becomes clear that Edgar sees her as a person, and more confident still once she regains her memories, and often finds time for teasing Sabin and showing open enjoyment about fighting the Empire. In ''Dissidia'', Kefka's menace takes on an IHaveYouNowMyPretty tone, her personality becomes much more negative and serious, and she is constantly rescued by male characters for their benefit or getting lectured by Cloud ([[FakeMemories of all people]]) about the importance of knowing who you really are.

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** Terra in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', though in her case it's more due to CharacterDerailment from her original personality to fit this character type, than due to the number of times she needs to be saved. While she's often victimised and mixed-up in the original, she becomes confident as soon as it becomes clear that Edgar sees her as a person, and more confident still once she regains her memories, and often finds time for teasing Sabin and showing open enjoyment about fighting the Empire. In ''Dissidia'', Kefka's menace takes on an IHaveYouNowMyPretty tone, her personality becomes much more negative and serious, and she is constantly rescued by male characters for their benefit or getting lectured by Cloud ([[FakeMemories of all people]]) about the importance of knowing who you really are. The fact that Terra is the [[TheSmurfette only woman]] of Cosmos' Warriors [[{{Chickification}} doesn't make this seem any more classy]]; the remake mitigated this somewhat by altering Terra's dialogue as much as the recordings allowed and adding some other female characters to soften the UnfortunateImplications.
27th Jan '17 4:26:17 AM StFan
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* One of the reasons why Akane Tendo from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is considered by some to be a BaseBreakingCharacter is the fact that, sometimes, she comes off as one of these. It's not that she gets kidnapped a lot (in fact, Ranma Saotome himself is actually kidnapped more frequently than she is), but she does get into trouble frequently, often because of her own issues (temper tantrums, pride and blind distrust of Ranma/trust of her enemies, mainly), and usually ends up contributing nothing positive to the experience. The very earliest examples of this are the [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics and Martial Arts Figure Skating]] stories.
* Molly from the Creator/DiC English dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon''. Her horrible accent, combined with how she gets attacked by the MonsterOfTheWeek in almost every episode of the first season, makes her much more annoying than her original character.

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* One of the reasons why Akane Tendo Tendō from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is considered by some to be a BaseBreakingCharacter is the fact that, sometimes, she comes off as one of these. It's not that she gets kidnapped a lot (in fact, Ranma Saotome himself is actually kidnapped more frequently than she is), but she does get into trouble frequently, often because of her own issues (temper tantrums, pride and blind distrust of Ranma/trust of her enemies, mainly), and usually ends up contributing nothing positive to the experience. The very earliest examples of this are the [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics and Martial Arts Figure Skating]] stories.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
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Molly from the Creator/DiC English dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon''.of . Her horrible accent, combined with how she gets attacked by the MonsterOfTheWeek in almost every episode of the first season, makes her much more annoying than her original character.



* ComicBook/{{Empowered}} has a very sturdy reputation as this in-universe, as a "[[ButtMonkey D-list superchica prone to capture and bondage]]", despite the fact that when the villains she faces upgrade from obnoxious, but not very harmful pervs to actual threats to the safety of her friends and/or the world, she is [[TheHero one of the most effective and powerful]] heroes (and a good battlefield leader even), [[TookALevelInBadass especially in the later stories]]. She is growing increasingly effective against the pervs too.
** It was finally revealed that she let the harmless pervs tie her up because [[spoiler:they had a tendency to forget she was there and start gossipping about more powerful villains' secrets.]]
* Franco-Belgian comic book ''Kid Paddle'' and its spin-off ''Game Over'' give us the [[EveryOneCallsHimBarkeep Princess]], a videogame DamselInDistress who always has to be rescued by her PintSizedPowerHouse barbarian boyfriend. The Princess is so stupid and common sense-lacking that most of the time, she ends up getting herself and/or the [[EveryOneCallsHimBarkeep Little Barbarian]] killed, generally in a [[EpicFail particularly]] [[TooDumbToLive stupid way]]. Good thing NegativeContinuity is in full effect, as they are videogame characters...

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* ComicBook/{{Empowered}} has a very sturdy reputation as this in-universe, as a "[[ButtMonkey D-list superchica prone to capture and bondage]]", despite the fact that when the villains she faces upgrade from obnoxious, but not very harmful pervs to actual threats to the safety of her friends and/or the world, she is [[TheHero one of the most effective and powerful]] heroes (and a good battlefield leader even), [[TookALevelInBadass especially in the later stories]]. She is growing increasingly effective against the pervs too.
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too. It was finally revealed that she let the harmless pervs tie her up because [[spoiler:they had a tendency to forget she was there and start gossipping gossiping about more powerful villains' secrets.]]
* Franco-Belgian comic book ''Kid Paddle'' and its spin-off ''Game Over'' give us the [[EveryOneCallsHimBarkeep Princess]], a videogame video-game DamselInDistress who always has to be rescued by her PintSizedPowerHouse PintSizedPowerhouse barbarian boyfriend. The Princess is so stupid and common sense-lacking that most of the time, she ends up getting herself and/or the [[EveryOneCallsHimBarkeep Little Barbarian]] killed, generally in a [[EpicFail particularly]] [[TooDumbToLive stupid way]]. Good thing NegativeContinuity is in full effect, as they are videogame video-game characters...



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* Olive Oyl from ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}''. Much more so in the cartoons, ''especially'' the Famous/Paramount Studios ones.
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* Even Bond girls from the Film/JamesBond movies are not immune, despite trying to help more than once. Such as [[Film/AViewToAKill Stacy Sutton]]... seriously woman, ''ChristopherWalken'' was able to [[WhatAnIdiot sneak up]] [[TooDumbToLive on you]] in a ''zeppelin''. And the [[CuteButCacophonic screeching]]...

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* Even Bond girls from the Film/JamesBond movies are not immune, despite trying to help more than once. Such as [[Film/AViewToAKill Stacy Sutton]]... seriously woman, ''ChristopherWalken'' ''Creator/ChristopherWalken'' was able to [[WhatAnIdiot sneak up]] [[TooDumbToLive on you]] in a ''zeppelin''. And the [[CuteButCacophonic screeching]]...



* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** Bella Swan pretty much epitomizes this trope, even commenting in her own narrative that "I guess my brain will never work right. At least I'm pretty." Add in the fact that she can't seem to get out of ''any'' scrape without the intervention of a male, you've got one of the most textbook examples of this trope EVER.
** Alice Cullen just sums it up: [[LampshadeHanging "I have never seen anyone more prone to life-threatening idiocy."]]

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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
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''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella Swan pretty much epitomizes this trope, even commenting in her own narrative that "I guess my brain will never work right. At least I'm pretty." Add in the fact that she can't seem to get out of ''any'' scrape without the intervention of a male, you've got one of the most textbook examples of this trope EVER.
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EVER. Alice Cullen just sums it up: [[LampshadeHanging "I have never seen anyone more prone to life-threatening idiocy."]]



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* ''{{Matlock}}'': Charlene Matlock, who almost every episode gets herself into some sort of trouble by trying to investigate/snoop around alone and either Ben or Tyler need to come to her rescue.

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* ''{{Matlock}}'': ''Series/{{Matlock}}'': Charlene Matlock, who almost every episode gets herself into some sort of trouble by trying to investigate/snoop around alone and either Ben or Tyler need to come to her rescue.



** The dislike isn't just because she was useless when not in sickbay - it was because she was useless outside sickbay ''and'' the writers [[CreatorsPet shoehorning her into as many episodes as possible]] and [[MarySue even having two characters fall in love with her]] so we'd realize we are supposed to love her too, as if they thought they could ''bludgeon'' the audience with her until they surrendered and decided they may as well like her. (The writers have [[WordOfGod admitted to doing this.]]) Didn't work.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Chloe, who was - like Jennifer Keller on ''Atlantis'' - the LoveInterest for two different guys. Unlike Keller, however, Chloe had virtually ''no'' useful purpose whatsoever. Luckily, this is averted later in the series when she starts learning some useful skills, and also becomes [[spoiler: temporarily CursedWithAwesome by an alien infection that gives her super powers.]]

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** The dislike isn't just because she was useless when not in sickbay - -- it was because she was useless outside sickbay ''and'' the writers [[CreatorsPet shoehorning her into as many episodes as possible]] and [[MarySue even having two characters fall in love with her]] so we'd realize we are supposed to love her too, as if they thought they could ''bludgeon'' the audience with her until they surrendered and decided they may as well like her. (The writers have [[WordOfGod admitted to doing this.]]) Didn't work.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Chloe, who was - -- like Jennifer Keller on ''Atlantis'' - -- the LoveInterest for two different guys. Unlike Keller, however, Chloe had virtually ''no'' useful purpose whatsoever. Luckily, this is averted later in the series when she starts learning some useful skills, and also becomes [[spoiler: temporarily CursedWithAwesome by an alien infection that gives her super powers.]]



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* Olive Oyl from ''{{Popeye}}''. Much more so in the cartoons, ''especially'' the Famous/Paramount Studios ones.

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* Olive Oyl One of the most annoying was Sharmell Sullivan, 1991 Miss Black America and the wife (both [[{{Kayfabe}} on-screen]] and [[RealitySubtext off]]) of former Wrestling/{{WCW}} great Wrestling/BookerT. Beginning in 2005, Sharmell accompanied Booker to all his matches dressed "beauty queen" style in a fashionable gown and tiara, and sometimes petticoats as well. Her only purpose when she and Booker were {{face}}s seemed to be getting menaced by her husband's {{heel}} opponents (including Wrestling/KurtAngle, who notoriously [[DudeNotFunny threatened to rape her]]). While Sharmell was capable of giving some of the weaker villains a good slap across the face from ''{{Popeye}}''. Much time to time, for the most part she was reduced to shrieking "BOOK-ERRR!" until her husband could come in to save her. After the pair's FaceHeelTurn (and especially after Booker became "King Booker"), Sharmell became more so in of a FauxActionGirl (with a bit of the cartoons, ''especially'' AlphaBitch thrown in). At the Famous/Paramount Studios ones.2006 ''[=WrestleMania=]'' she even joined Booker in a handicap match against The Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} - but the pair lost when Boogey grabbed Sharmell and shoved a handful of worms down her throat!
* Wrestling/VickieGuerrero as well, with a side order of MilesGloriosus to boot. As General Manager of ''Friday Night [=SmackDown=]'', Vickie would boss around all the fan favorites in her obnoxiously whiny voice and generally act like a bitch... until someone like Wrestling/TheUndertaker would threaten her, and Vickie would turn into a cowardly ScreamingWoman who was helpless until her love interest of the moment could come rushing to her rescue. She eventually did [[TookALevelInBadass Take a Level in Badass]] and even wrestles occasionally, but at heart she remained a man-hungry MrsRobinson [[CasanovaWannabe Wannabe]] who pouts when she doesn't get her way and still screams all the time (particularly when her newest boyfriend, Wrestling/DolphZiggler, is losing a match).



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* One of the most annoying was Sharmell Sullivan, 1991 Miss Black America and the wife (both [[{{Kayfabe}} on-screen]] and [[RealitySubtext off]]) of former Wrestling/{{WCW}} great Wrestling/BookerT. Beginning in 2005, Sharmell accompanied Booker to all his matches dressed "beauty queen" style in a fashionable gown and tiara, and sometimes petticoats as well. Her only purpose when she and Booker were {{face}}s seemed to be getting menaced by her husband's {{heel}} opponents (including Wrestling/KurtAngle, who notoriously [[DudeNotFunny threatened to rape her]]). While Sharmell was capable of giving some of the weaker villains a good slap across the face from time to time, for the most part she was reduced to shrieking "BOOK-ERRR!" until her husband could come in to save her. After the pair's FaceHeelTurn (and especially after Booker became "King Booker"), Sharmell became more of a FauxActionGirl (with a bit of the AlphaBitch thrown in). At the 2006 ''[=WrestleMania=]'' she even joined Booker in a handicap match against The Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} - but the pair lost when Boogey grabbed Sharmell and shoved a handful of worms down her throat!
* Wrestling/VickieGuerrero as well, with a side order of MilesGloriosus to boot. As General Manager of ''Friday Night [=SmackDown=]'', Vickie would boss around all the fan favorites in her obnoxiously whiny voice and generally act like a bitch....until someone like Wrestling/TheUndertaker would threaten her, and Vickie would turn into a cowardly ScreamingWoman who was helpless until her love interest of the moment could come rushing to her rescue. She eventually did [[TookALevelInBadass Take a Level in Badass]] and even wrestles occasionally, but at heart she remained a man-hungry MrsRobinson [[CasanovaWannabe Wannabe]] who pouts when she doesn't get her way and still screams all the time (particularly when her newest boyfriend, Wrestling/DolphZiggler, is losing a match).
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* ''CiemWebcomicSeries''. One of Denny Levens' basic purposes is to give Candi someone to constantly protect/rescue.
* The idiot damsel in the trope image is Zola from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Not a true example, as while she started out appearing to be a picture-perfect DamselScrappy it was later revealed she was in reality a DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel and an antagonist hiding her true ambitions and skills by appearing to be a useless ball of fluff. But until the reveal she sure had to get rescued. A lot.

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* ''CiemWebcomicSeries''.''Webcomic/CiemWebcomicSeries''. One of Denny Levens' basic purposes is to give Candi someone to constantly protect/rescue.
* The idiot damsel in the trope image is Zola from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Not a true example, as while she started starts out appearing to be a picture-perfect DamselScrappy DamselScrappy, it was is later revealed she was in reality a DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel and an antagonist hiding her true ambitions and skills by appearing to be a useless ball of fluff. But until the reveal reveal, she sure had has to get rescued. A lot.



** Also {{ComicBook/Bucky}}, but well before [[ComicBook/CaptainAmericaWinterSoldier he was brought back]] by Creator/EdBrubaker having taken a ''massive [[TookALevelInBadass level in badass]].
---> [[http://www.superdickery.com/buckys-true-purpose-revealed/ I'm starting to think]] that Bucky must have a tracer planted on him that allows Captain America to track down these hidden enclaves of enemy combatants. That's the only possible use I can think of for a sidekick who's only contribution to the war is to get captured every month...

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** Also {{ComicBook/Bucky}}, ComicBook/{{Bucky|Barnes}}, but well before [[ComicBook/CaptainAmericaWinterSoldier he was brought back]] by Creator/EdBrubaker having taken a ''massive [[TookALevelInBadass level in badass]].
---> [[http://www.--->[[http://www.superdickery.com/buckys-true-purpose-revealed/ I'm starting to think]] that Bucky must have a tracer planted on him that allows Captain America to track down these hidden enclaves of enemy combatants. That's the only possible use I can think of for a sidekick who's only contribution to the war is to get captured every month...
15th Jan '17 4:31:44 AM TheBushranger
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[[caption-width-right:350:Also now she wants to [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill his girlfriend]].]]
31st Dec '16 7:25:56 PM nombretomado
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* Rosie in ''FossilFighters'' seems to exist solely to get kidnapped a lot, and to have various other [[ButtMonkey humorous problems]] befall her. It wouldn't seem quite so bad if she and the hero weren't getting StrangledByTheRedString. [[spoiler: You, however, can eventually choose to deny the red string and ToyShip yourself with ActionGirl alien Duna if you want.]]

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* Rosie in ''FossilFighters'' ''VideoGame/FossilFighters'' seems to exist solely to get kidnapped a lot, and to have various other [[ButtMonkey humorous problems]] befall her. It wouldn't seem quite so bad if she and the hero weren't getting StrangledByTheRedString. [[spoiler: You, however, can eventually choose to deny the red string and ToyShip yourself with ActionGirl alien Duna if you want.]]
14th Dec '16 11:41:11 AM KingZeal
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* Colette Brunel from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Despite that she does get better after a little while (and that technically, [[spoiler:Mithos]] can kidnap almost ''ANYONE'' at the end, except Kratos[[note]]If Kratos is Lloyd's soulmate, Mithos kidnaps Colette and dismissively says that Kratos never understood him[[/note]]), some people dislike her for this. It's especially egregious because early in the game she's granted angel powers, which includes SuperStrength, SuperSenses, wings and unlocks light-based techniques, yet Colette getting kidnapped or sick takes up a large chunk of the game and she often hands over the decision-making to [[TheUnchosenOne Lloyd]].

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* Colette Brunel from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Despite that she does get better after ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', protecting whom is the entire point of the game and becomes a little while (and that technically, [[spoiler:Mithos]] can kidnap almost ''ANYONE'' major plot point at the end, except Kratos[[note]]If Kratos is Lloyd's soulmate, Mithos kidnaps Colette and dismissively says that Kratos never understood him[[/note]]), some people dislike her for this. It's end when she's kidnapped (although it can potentially be anyone) by the BigBad. Fans especially egregious dislike it because early in the game she's on, Colette is granted angel powers, which includes SuperStrength, SuperSenses, wings [[PowerGivesYouWings wings]] and unlocks [[LightEmUp light-based techniques, techniques]], yet Colette getting kidnapped or sick takes up a large chunk of the game and she often hands over the decision-making to [[TheUnchosenOne Lloyd]].
14th Dec '16 11:36:25 AM TheLuckyCat
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* Colette Brunel from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Despite that she does get better after a little while (and that technically, [[spoiler:Mithos]] can kidnap almost ''ANYONE'' at the end, except Kratos[[note]]If Kratos is Lloyd's soulmate, Mithos kidnaps Colette and dismissively says that Kratos never understood him[[/note]]), some people dislike her for this.

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* Colette Brunel from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Despite that she does get better after a little while (and that technically, [[spoiler:Mithos]] can kidnap almost ''ANYONE'' at the end, except Kratos[[note]]If Kratos is Lloyd's soulmate, Mithos kidnaps Colette and dismissively says that Kratos never understood him[[/note]]), some people dislike her for this. It's especially egregious because early in the game she's granted angel powers, which includes SuperStrength, SuperSenses, wings and unlocks light-based techniques, yet Colette getting kidnapped or sick takes up a large chunk of the game and she often hands over the decision-making to [[TheUnchosenOne Lloyd]].
2nd Dec '16 4:24:15 AM RaZorwire
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* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Chloe, who was - like Jennifer Keller on ''Atlantis'' - the LoveInterest for two different guys. Unlike Keller, however, Chloe had virtually ''no'' useful purpose whatsoever.

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* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Chloe, who was - like Jennifer Keller on ''Atlantis'' - the LoveInterest for two different guys. Unlike Keller, however, Chloe had virtually ''no'' useful purpose whatsoever. Luckily, this is averted later in the series when she starts learning some useful skills, and also becomes [[spoiler: temporarily CursedWithAwesome by an alien infection that gives her super powers.]]
21st Nov '16 10:56:56 PM CatcherInTheWry
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** Also [[TheScrappy Scrappy Doo]], due to his idiotic tendency to pick fights with guys about ten times his size. Shaggy and Scooby usually always have to pull him away before he gets himself hurt or killed. He even steps just out of hiding spots Scooby & Shaggy are still in to do it thus compromising everyone's safety, so he's essentially a traitorous snitch.
14th Nov '16 12:22:31 PM rafi
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** Kimberly Bauer, former {{Trope Namer|s}}, has an annoying habit of getting TrappedByMountainLions, wandering around [[VaporWear bra-less]] in wifebeaters around potential rapists, and doing everything in her power to anger men with guns. Kim is sometimes known as "Bathroom-Break Bauer", due to a nearly-unbroken string of kidnappings, confinements and hostage-takings, which make it possible to take a bathroom break whenever she's on screen without missing anything truly important. The writers have admitted, in essence, that she can't be killed off because Jack has already lost [[spoiler:Teri, his wife]] and it would destroy him. Jack also says this much late in Season 7, when [[spoiler:the only way to save his life puts Kim at risk of losing hers]].
** [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070121 This]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip shows the Damsel Scrappy in action, in the context of a ''24'' parody.
** Then in the final season, Kim finally kicked this to the curb. She managed to get out without being kidnapped, and she sent Jack off to do his thing.



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Maya.

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** Kimberly Bauer, former {{Trope Namer|s}}, has an annoying habit of getting TrappedByMountainLions, wandering around [[VaporWear bra-less]] in wifebeaters around potential rapists, and doing everything in her power to anger men with guns. Kim is sometimes known as "Bathroom-Break Bauer", due to a nearly-unbroken string of kidnappings, confinements and hostage-takings, which make it possible to take a bathroom break whenever she's on screen without missing anything truly important. The writers have admitted, in essence, that she can't be killed off because Jack has already lost [[spoiler:Teri, his wife]] and it would destroy him. Jack also says this much late in Season 7, when [[spoiler:the only way to save his life puts Kim at risk of losing hers]].
** [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070121 This]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip shows the Damsel Scrappy in action, in the context of a ''24'' parody.
** Then in the final season, Kim finally kicked this to the curb. She managed to get out without being kidnapped, and she sent Jack off to do his thing.
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