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15th Jan '17 11:57:01 AM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/RogueStar'', Molly Zaldiver ends up captured by the newly-born rogue star which has absorbed her lover, Cliff Hawk, and somehow ended up with feelings for her it doesn't quite understand. Andy Quamodian, who is also in love with her, spends a large part of the book trying find a way to rescue her from a creature of such unimaginable power.
7th Jan '17 3:53:08 PM nombretomado
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* Flora Reinhold, Franchise/ProfessorLayton's foster daughter, gets stuck in this role in his games. In the original game of the series, she's more of a BarrierMaiden than a DistressedDamsel, but in the other two games where she appears so far, she has great aptitude for being kidnapped. She also goes missing in ''Professor Layton's London Life'', the bonus RPG packaged with some releases of ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheSpectersFlute'' [[spoiler:- but she hasn't been kidnapped. She's preparing to sacrifice herself to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Poor kid.]]

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* Flora Reinhold, Franchise/ProfessorLayton's foster daughter, gets stuck in this role in his games. In the original game of the series, she's more of a BarrierMaiden than a DistressedDamsel, but in the other two games where she appears so far, she has great aptitude for being kidnapped. She also goes missing in ''Professor Layton's London Life'', the bonus RPG packaged with some releases of ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheSpectersFlute'' ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter'' [[spoiler:- but she hasn't been kidnapped. She's preparing to sacrifice herself to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Poor kid.]]
2nd Jan '17 12:50:07 PM phylos
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Sakura Haruno eight times. The main female of the series and is mostly a FauxActionGirl but has still had to have her ass saved regularly by Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi and Rock Lee. Sakura does decides at one point that she is saved too often and swears to look after herself (cutting her hair to prove this point) but it's sadly short lived as she loses her DesignatedGirlFight with Ino Yamanaka. Things get better for Sakura as gets her BadassTeacher Tsunade and learns cool new jutsu that would qualify her for ActionGirl if she didn't still be need to rescued, due to her Sakura chasing after the dangerous Anithero Sasuke (who the most past of the series couldn't care less about her) in true LoveMakesYouDumb fashion.
** Rin Kakashi's deceased team mate had to be rescued by him in a flashback but at a tragic loss... [[spoiler: Obito (Kakashi other team mate) pushed Kakashi out of the way of a boulder [[TakingTheBullet and was crushed himself]] and seemly died not before making Kakashi promise he care take care of Rin (which is extra tragic as he was in love Rin [[LoveTriangle but she was in love Kakashi]]).The promise was broken for Rin died later when a "tailed beast" was put in her and she jumped in front of Kakashi's Chidori (lightning hand attack) technically committing suicide, Obito [[HesBack came back from the dead]] and witnessed this and decides to destroy the world, this flashback is considered a real TearJerker]].
** [[spoiler: Naruto's deceased [[ActionMom mom]] [[FieryRedHead Kashina]] was able to look after herself for the most part, but was still sought after due to her unique charaka and was captured and saved by her future husband Minato and fell in love with him in true RescueRomance style. Her second kidnapping at the hands of Tobi is more justified as she's just given birth and is weak from having a [[EnemyWithin Nine Tailed demon fox]] trying to burst out of her Minato saves her again and drops her off with their baby to fight Tobi himself. In Naruto: Road to Ninja movie we see Kushina more badass action-side]].

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Sakura Haruno eight times. is remembered for this, specially during Part One. The main female one time when rescuing her was an actual plot point was during Sasuke and Naruto's fight with Gaara, who was slowly choking her to death.
** Naruto's parents [[RescueRomance fell in love]] when he rescued her from kidnappers
of the series and is mostly a FauxActionGirl but has still had to have her ass saved regularly by Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi and Rock Lee. Sakura does decides at one point that she is saved too often and swears to look after herself (cutting her hair to prove this point) but it's sadly short lived as she loses her DesignatedGirlFight with Ino Yamanaka. Things get better for Sakura as gets her BadassTeacher Tsunade and learns cool new jutsu that would qualify her for ActionGirl if she didn't still be need to rescued, due to her Sakura chasing after the dangerous Anithero Sasuke (who the most past of the series couldn't care less about her) in true LoveMakesYouDumb fashion.
Hidden Cloud village.
** Rin Nohara, Kakashi's deceased team mate had to be rescued by him in a flashback but at former teammate, was a tragic loss... [[spoiler: Obito (Kakashi other team mate) pushed aversion. By the time Kakashi out of the way of a boulder [[TakingTheBullet and was crushed himself]] and seemly died not before making Kakashi promise he care take care of Rin (which is extra tragic as he was in love Rin [[LoveTriangle but made it to where she was in love Kakashi]]).The promise was broken for Rin died later when a "tailed beast" was put in was, rescuing her and would only have made things worse and, as such, she jumped in front of Kakashi's Chidori (lightning hand attack) technically committing suicide, Obito [[HesBack came back from the dead]] and witnessed this and decides chose to destroy the world, this flashback is considered a real TearJerker]].
** [[spoiler: Naruto's deceased [[ActionMom mom]] [[FieryRedHead Kashina]] was able to look after herself for the most part, but was still sought after due to her unique charaka and was captured and saved by her future husband Minato and fell in love with him in true RescueRomance style. Her second kidnapping at the hands of Tobi is more justified as she's just given birth and is weak from having a [[EnemyWithin Nine Tailed demon fox]] trying to burst out of her Minato saves her again and drops her off with their baby to fight Tobi himself. In Naruto: Road to Ninja movie we see Kushina more badass action-side]].
die instead.
24th Dec '16 12:11:42 PM nombretomado
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* Aouda in Verne's ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''. She then shows more than a glimpse of an ActionGirl, though.

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* Aouda in Verne's ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''. She then shows more than a glimpse of an ActionGirl, though.
22nd Dec '16 9:43:39 PM MemeMaster
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22nd Dec '16 4:50:18 AM McSkywalker
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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, 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]].

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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, 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.



** 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.
18th Dec '16 3:22:35 PM DustSnitch
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* Aversion: In ''Film/TheProposition'', this role is occupied by the retarded younger brother. Obviously, there is no RescueRomance. At the end, however, [[spoiler: Charlie still has to rescue the police captain's wife from being raped and killed, although the captain himself - despite being [[BadAss Ray Winstone]] - is also being threatened, though not with rape.]]

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* Aversion: In ''Film/TheProposition'', this role is occupied by the retarded younger brother. Obviously, there is no RescueRomance. At the end, however, [[spoiler: Charlie still has to rescue the police captain's wife from being raped and killed, although the captain himself - despite being [[BadAss Ray Winstone]] Winstone - is also being threatened, though not with rape.]]



* Liara's establishing character moment in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' involves rescuing her from a forcefield she got herself stuck inside, fighting off a krogan battlemaster while she hides in a corner, then saving her from a collapsing volcano. To avoid confusion, and confirm her love-interest status, she then proceeds to faint once she arrives on your ship, since she spent anywhere from hours to days without food or water in extremely stressful situation. Once she's had a proper rest she reveals herself for the BadAss she really is in the next mission you take her along. [[TookALevelInBadass More so in the sequel.]]

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* Liara's establishing character moment in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' involves rescuing her from a forcefield she got herself stuck inside, fighting off a krogan battlemaster while she hides in a corner, then saving her from a collapsing volcano. To avoid confusion, and confirm her love-interest status, she then proceeds to faint once she arrives on your ship, since she spent anywhere from hours to days without food or water in extremely stressful situation. Once she's had a proper rest she reveals herself for the BadAss badass she really is in the next mission you take her along. [[TookALevelInBadass More so in the sequel.]]
10th Dec '16 3:57:48 AM pinkdalek
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** FinalFantasy VII Last Order OVA plays it completely straight with Tifa with her rushing after Sephiroth in revenge [[YouKilledMyFather for killing her father]] only to be cut down by Sephy himself, causing 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 stabs him from behind, Cloud then immediately carries Tifa to safety and [[BeautifulDreamer gently wakes her up]] and having touching reunion where Cloud apologizes for being so late but Tifa is still overjoyed he came.
*** Also worth noting that the in-game play at the Golden Saucer during the date scene plays with this trope, complete with an evil dragon.

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** FinalFantasy VII 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]].
** ''Final Fantasy VII:
Last Order OVA OVA'' plays it completely straight straight, with Tifa with her rushing after Sephiroth in revenge [[YouKilledMyFather for killing her father]] only to be cut down by Sephy himself, causing Sephiroth. Tifa to lament laments 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 stabs him from behind, behind. Cloud then immediately carries Tifa to safety and safety, [[BeautifulDreamer gently wakes her up]] and having touching reunion where Cloud apologizes for being so late late, but Tifa is still overjoyed he came.
*** Also worth noting that the in-game play at the Golden Saucer during the date scene plays with this trope, complete with an evil dragon.
came.
10th Dec '16 3:53:14 AM pinkdalek
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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** ''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 Serphiroth comes in]].
** Tifa Lockhart, yes despite being badass [[BareFistedMonk melee fighting]] ActionGirl Tifa is still one of these at certain points in FF7. whether it's the [[DoomedHometown Ninblehiem incident]], Don Corneo's place or Sephiroth comes to ruin everybody's day. Hell 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 longs as it's Cloud [[RescueRomance whose sweeping her off her feet]]. Other times Tifa is more capable to of saving herself like when's trapped in the gas chamber in Junon and brakes out and escapes on the Highwind.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
''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/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 Serphiroth Sephiroth comes in]].
** Tifa Lockhart, yes despite Lockhart. Despite being a badass [[BareFistedMonk melee fighting]] ActionGirl Tifa is still one of these at certain points in FF7. whether it's the [[DoomedHometown Ninblehiem incident]], Don Corneo's place or Sephiroth comes to ruin everybody's day. Hell ActionGirl, Tifa's whole relationship with Cloud is based on ThePromise he'll come rushing to save her when she's in trouble trouble, so she is a willing damsel so longs long as it's Cloud [[RescueRomance whose who's sweeping her off her feet]]. Other times Subverted early in the game - Cloud thinks he's teaming up with Aeris 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 Aeris end up helping with her plan. Subverted more dramatically much later, when Tifa is more capable to of ends up heroically saving Cloud when he's in trouble, rather than the other way around. She's also able to save herself like when's trapped when she is being executed in the a gas chamber in Junon and brakes out and escapes 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 the Highwind.her being able to save herself, does.)



** 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 the example below, which is actually saying a lot (though it doesn't speak highly of her [[DamselScrappy character]]). 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.]]

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** 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 the example below, Rosa, which is actually saying a lot (though it doesn't speak highly of her [[DamselScrappy character]]). 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 ''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.
8th Dec '16 7:58:27 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheCrimsonShadow'': {{Subverted}}. Luthien goes off to rescue Siobhan from slavery, only to learn she's ''quite'' capable of caring for herself, sneaking out of her master's house regularly.
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