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23rd Sep '17 10:58:44 AM WaterBlap
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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."
6th Sep '17 9:02:16 PM PaulA
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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.
5th Sep '17 9:42:51 AM rixion
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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.
3rd Sep '17 12:37:18 PM Daedalis
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* A minor character example in ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' when Martineau is kidnapped by Clay to aid his escape from prison.
2nd Sep '17 3:55:10 PM nombretomado
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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.
2nd Sep '17 2:06:37 PM ANTMuddle
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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.
29th Aug '17 1:51:18 AM Loekman3
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*** Mai in the BadFuture in DragonBallSuper.

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*** Mai in the BadFuture in DragonBallSuper.''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.
28th Aug '17 12:51:07 PM Trustworthy69
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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 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 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]].



** Claire Redfield who was trained by her brother Chris and even eclipsed Jill as Action Girl in her debut in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 RE2]] still has ''these'' moments. In her very first scene she is saved from the zombies by Leon the '''rookie''' cop but for the rest of the game she subverts this trope playing MamaBear to Cherry, and she manages to avoid damsel status in the final cutscene against the [[EldritchAbomination G-Creature]] (despite screaming for Leon) by finding a opening in the train. In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' Claire subverts this majorly like Jill in 3, Claire in Code Veronica is an BulletTime-happy action girl pulling some big [[Flim/TheMatrix Matrix moments]] in the opening cutscene and remains competent for most of the game despite being imprisoned in the first level. But Claire's winning streak doesn't last the whole game especially when Wesker shows up and nearly kills her or when some painfully forced RescueRomance happens with [[TheScrappy Steve Burnside]]. *** Claire's role in CG movie ''Flim/ResidentEvilDegeneration'' can ''sort of'' considered this, she along with some other survivors are trapped by zombies in a airport and she needs to be saved by Leon again the exact same way he does in ResidentEvil 2. However when Claire and little girl Rani are surrounded by zombies, Leon tosses her his handgun and Claire takes out all of them in seconds so she's still the action girl underneath, Claire is just committed to babysitting Rani like she was with Cherry.

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** Claire Redfield who was trained by her brother Chris and even eclipsed Jill as Action Girl in her debut in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 RE2]] still has ''these'' moments. In her very first scene she is saved from the zombies by Leon the '''rookie''' cop but for the rest of the game she subverts this trope playing MamaBear to Cherry, and she manages to avoid damsel status in the final cutscene against the [[EldritchAbomination G-Creature]] (despite screaming for Leon) by finding a opening in the train. In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' Claire subverts this majorly like Jill in 3, Claire in Code Veronica is an BulletTime-happy action girl pulling some big [[Flim/TheMatrix Matrix moments]] in the opening cutscene and remains competent for most of the game despite being imprisoned in the first level. But Claire's winning streak doesn't last the whole game especially when Wesker shows up and nearly kills her or when some painfully forced RescueRomance happens with [[TheScrappy Steve Burnside]].
*** Claire's role in CG movie ''Flim/ResidentEvilDegeneration'' can ''sort of'' considered this, she along with some other survivors are trapped by zombies in a airport and she needs to be saved by Leon again the exact same way he does in ResidentEvil 2. However when Claire and little girl Rani are surrounded by zombies, Leon tosses her his handgun and Claire takes out all of them in seconds so she's still the action girl underneath, Claire is just committed to babysitting Rani like she was with Cherry.
28th Aug '17 12:48:47 PM Trustworthy69
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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 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 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]].



** Yuffie and Elena gets this (optionally) in Wutai village when they captured by Don Corneo who 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.

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** 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. Turks.



* 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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* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' every playable female character (with the sole exception of Shiva in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 RE5]]) has to be saved more than once.
** 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.
*** 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.
** Claire Redfield who was trained by her brother Chris and even eclipsed Jill as Action Girl in her debut in [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 RE2]] still has ''these'' moments. In her very first scene she is saved from the zombies by Leon the '''rookie''' cop but for the rest of the game she subverts this trope playing MamaBear to Cherry, and she manages to avoid damsel status in the final cutscene against the [[EldritchAbomination G-Creature]] (despite screaming for Leon) by finding a opening in the train. In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' Claire subverts this majorly like Jill in 3, Claire in Code Veronica is an BulletTime-happy action girl pulling some big [[Flim/TheMatrix Matrix moments]] in the opening cutscene and remains competent for most of the game despite being imprisoned in the first level. But Claire's winning streak doesn't last the whole game especially when Wesker shows up and nearly kills her or when some painfully forced RescueRomance happens with [[TheScrappy Steve Burnside]]. *** Claire's role in CG movie ''Flim/ResidentEvilDegeneration'' can ''sort of'' considered this, she along with some other survivors are trapped by zombies in a airport and she needs to be saved by Leon again the exact same way he does in ResidentEvil 2. However when Claire and little girl Rani are surrounded by zombies, Leon tosses her his handgun and Claire takes out all of them in seconds so she's still the action girl underneath, Claire is just committed to babysitting Rani like she was with Cherry.
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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.
28th Aug '17 11:25:03 AM Trustworthy69
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** 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]].

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** 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]].mind along with Farnese and Schierke]].



** [[CityGirl Bulma]] despite knowing how to use a gun is needs to have her ass saved frequently. Mostly by Goku, Yamcha, Master Roshi (and later Vegeta and Trunks her husband and son)

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** [[CityGirl [[HotScientist Bulma]] despite knowing how to use a gun is needs to have her ass saved frequently. Mostly by Goku, Yamcha, Master Roshi (and later Vegeta and Trunks her husband and son)



*** Mai in the BadFuture in DragonBallSuper.



** Most Princesses in One Piece [[spoiler: except [[BadassPrincess Reiju]], Sanji's sister]] 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.

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** Most Princesses in One Piece [[spoiler: except [[BadassPrincess Reiju]], Sanji's sister]] 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]].



** However, Yorick sometimes has his moments, even in the beginning when he's useless most of the time. In one CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Yorick is the prisoner of an Israeli commander who is about to shoot down a space shuttle with two live men on board. He attacks her from behind and ruins her shot. And then he knocks her out. Despite him being locked in handcuffs which not even an escape artist like himself can get out of.



** However, Yorick sometimes has his moments, even in the beginning when he's useless most of the time. In one CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Yorick is the prisoner of an Israeli commander who is about to shoot down a space shuttle with two live men on board. He attacks her from behind and ruins her shot. And then he knocks her out. Despite him being locked in handcuffs which not even an escape artist like himself can get out of.

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** However, Yorick sometimes has his moments, even in the beginning when he's useless most Brair Rose's curse of the time. In one CrowningMomentOfAwesome, Yorick is the prisoner of an Israeli commander who is about to shoot down a space shuttle with two live men on board. He attacks falling asleep every time she pricks her from behind and ruins her shot. And then he knocks her out. Despite him being locked in handcuffs which not even an escape artist finger would seem like himself a major disadvantage until it's revealed she can get out of.make ''everybody'' around her sleep as well.



** ''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.



** 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 who's sweeping her off her feet]]. 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 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, 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 who's sweeping her off her feet]]. whose involved]]. Subverted early in the game - Cloud thinks he's teaming up with Aeris 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 Aeris 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 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.
** Yuffie and Elena gets this (optionally) in Wutai village when they captured by Don Corneo who 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.



** ''Final Fantasy VII: Last Order OVA'' plays it completely straight, with Tifa rushing after Sephiroth in revenge [[YouKilledMyFather for killing her father]] only to be cut down by Sephiroth. Tifa 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. Cloud then immediately carries Tifa to safety, [[BeautifulDreamer wakes her up]] and apologizes for being so late, but Tifa is still overjoyed he came.

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** ''Final Fantasy VII: Last Order OVA'' plays it completely straight, with One of the major complainants fans had about ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' is that Tifa rushing after Sephiroth doesn't get any massive kick ass moments like in revenge [[YouKilledMyFather for killing her father]] only the games, she does get one cool moment when she fights Loz but then is overpowered by his SuperSpeed and has to be cut down helped by Sephiroth. Tifa laments that Cloud hasn't kept his promise. [[WideEyedIdealist Zack Fair]] comes along and tries ''again''. She is however the last ally 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, [[BeautifulDreamer wakes her up]] and apologizes for being so late, but Tifa is still overjoyed he came.in the climax.
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