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* ''SuikodenV'' has a {{subversion}} with Princess Lymsleia. While she is held hostage for most of the game, she chooses to [[spoiler: use her authority to attempt an escape from the Godwins and in the war in the favor of LaResistance in a supposed assault on them]] rather than accept the state of affairs.

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* ''SuikodenV'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has a {{subversion}} with Princess Lymsleia. While she is held hostage for most of the game, she chooses to [[spoiler: use her authority to attempt an escape from the Godwins and in the war in the favor of LaResistance in a supposed assault on them]] rather than accept the state of affairs.



* Parodied in ''ResetGeneration'' where EVERY player tries to 'rescue' a princess from every other player.

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* Parodied in ''ResetGeneration'' ''VideoGame/ResetGeneration'' where EVERY player tries to 'rescue' a princess from every other player.
16th Jul '16 1:23:18 PM rafi
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* Lyra/Kitty from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.

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* %%* Lyra/Kitty from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.



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* Lois Lane (surprise, eh?) from ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse''. In just ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' alone, Lois has to be rescued by Superman three separate times. The first was Lex, by proxy, testing if Superman would come for her if she were in danger. The second time was Lex using her to summon Superman.
16th Jul '16 1:19:15 PM rafi
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* Comic book heroes seem to spend about half their time rescuing some girl they've been dating on-and-off for about seventy years from something each issue, from [[{{Popeye}} Olive Oyl]] to [[{{Superman}} Lois Lane]]. (Unsurprisingly, people who [[LovesMyAlterEgo Love someones alter ego]] often suffer from this trope.) Batman? Well, until a few decades ago, the one he would be constantly saving was his oft kidnapped sidekick, Robin: The Boy Hostage (aren't we all glad they toughened him up).
** See the [[http://www.superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35:batmans-not-gay-hes-not-dammit&catid=32:seduction-index&Itemid=36 infamous image]] of the JLA being told that they have doomed their love interests... except that Batman doesn't have a love interest. He has Robin. HoYay indeed.
*** At least he was smart enough not to think of Robin's real name.
** Batman ''sometimes'' has a Distressed Damsel love interest. Julie Madison and Vicki Vale in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks; Silver St. Cloud in the Seventies, and Jezebel Jet in the modern age. No, wait, scratch that last one...
* In the early days of ''{{Spider-Man}}'', 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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* Comic book heroes seem to spend about half their time rescuing some girl they've been dating on-and-off for about seventy years from something each issue, from [[{{Popeye}} Olive Oyl]] to [[{{Superman}} Lois Lane]]. (Unsurprisingly, people who [[LovesMyAlterEgo Love someones alter ego]] often suffer from this trope.) Batman? Well, until a few decades ago, )
* ComicBook/LoisLane is probably
the one he would be constantly saving was his oft kidnapped sidekick, Robin: The Boy Hostage (aren't we most famous example to the point of there are some meta jokes about it and some GenreSavvy comments. Nearly all glad they toughened him up).
** See
the [[http://www.superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35:batmans-not-gay-hes-not-dammit&catid=32:seduction-index&Itemid=36 infamous image]] version of the JLA being told that they have doomed their love interests... except that Batman doesn't have a love interest. He has Robin. HoYay indeed.
*** At least he was smart enough not
Lois (from comic to think of Robin's real name.
** Batman
cartoon and films) need to be saved often from Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}''
''sometimes'' has a Distressed Damsel love interest. Julie Madison and Vicki Vale in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks; Silver St. Cloud in the Seventies, and Jezebel Jet in the modern age. No, wait, scratch that last one...
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'',
**
In the early days of ''{{Spider-Man}}'', 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]].



* Role-reversal: Yorick in ''YTheLastMan'' is the spoilt "damsel" who has to be saved by the tougher and more experienced women around him, ActionGirl 355 in particular.

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* Role-reversal: Yorick in ''YTheLastMan'' ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' is the spoilt "damsel" who has to be saved by the tougher and more experienced women around him, ActionGirl 355 in particular.



* ''TheNewTeenTitans'': Raven, dear God in Heaven! Her being a pacifist, it kind of [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] that she'd have trouble fighting with kidnappers.

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* ''TheNewTeenTitans'': ''Comicbook/TheNewTeenTitans'': Raven, dear God in Heaven! Her being a pacifist, it kind of [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] that she'd have trouble fighting with kidnappers.



* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', Violine is regularly in need of saving, and occasionally tied up as well.

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* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Violine}}'', Violine is regularly in need of saving, and occasionally tied up as well.



* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' special, "Destination Imagination"; the plot was to save Frankie after she was kidnapped by an imaginary friend who controls a trippy world inside a toy box, but near the end it's revealed that she wasn't kidnapped at all, and that she willingly stayed with the imaginary friend to keep him company. But at the climax, when the imaginary friend has a VillainousBreakdown and becomes a monster (thanks to a verbal lashing by Mr. Herriman), the characters fight him to protect Frankie from being trapped in the imaginary world forever. However, the gang are roundly defeated by the monster, and ultimately it's Frankie who becomes the hero of the story: not only does she distract the monster so that the gang can escape the toybox -- she briefly stays behind but soon escapes on her own, thus completing the subversion -- but she chooses to free the lonely friend as well, having offered to bring him to Foster's, [[DefeatMeansFriendship where he can have all the friends in the world]].

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* Princess Aruzia for the first part of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''. She is an ActionGirl for the rest of the series.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' special, "Destination Imagination"; the plot was to save Frankie after she was kidnapped by an imaginary friend who controls a trippy world inside a toy box, movie ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman & Mr. Freeze - Subzero]]''. Yes, PluckyGirl Barbara a.k.a. Batgirl gets kidnapped, but near the end it's revealed [[ActionGirl she's so competent]] that she kicks the asses of her captors (Mr. Freeze being one of them) [[ActionSurvivor multiple times]], and would have escaped on her own just fine if it wasn't for the fact that she was in the middle of the friggin' ocean. In fact, she is probably more useful in the movie than even Batman and Robin.
* The entire episode of "Beauty Marked" in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' was made in order to ''subvert'' this as much as possible. While Danny and Tucker are under the mindset that the
kidnapped at all, and Sam needs rescuing, she managed to figure a way out just fine. It is their meddling that gets her captured again/still.
* Xandir P Whifflebottom in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is a video game character "on a neverending quest to save my girlfriend". When
she willingly stayed with the imaginary friend discovers he's gay she refuses to keep him company. But at the climax, when the imaginary friend has a VillainousBreakdown be rescued by him. Shortly afterwards his boyfriend is kidnapped and becomes he remarks "Dare I say it? I, Xandir, am on a monster (thanks never ending quest to a verbal lashing by Mr. Herriman), the characters fight him to protect Frankie from being trapped in the imaginary world forever. However, the gang are roundly defeated by the monster, and ultimately it's Frankie who becomes the hero of the story: not only does she distract the monster so that the gang can escape the toybox -- she briefly stays behind but soon escapes on her own, thus completing the subversion -- but she chooses to free the lonely friend as well, having offered to bring him to Foster's, [[DefeatMeansFriendship where he can have all the friends in the world]].save my boyfriend!".



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' is a parody of this genre, since often Penny is more capable than the guys supposed to rescue her.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' is a parody of In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' cartoon, poor Susan Richards, the Invisible Woman, would be hit with this genre, since often Penny is more capable than trope, especially in the guys supposed first season. An episode in the second season would have Sue admonish Doctor Doom for using this trope. He [[EvenEvilHasStandards apologizes for doing so,]] but explains [[PragmaticVillainy that this is the quickest, most effective way to rescue her.get what he wants.]]
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' special, "Destination Imagination"; the plot was to save Frankie after she was kidnapped by an imaginary friend who controls a trippy world inside a toy box, but near the end it's revealed that she wasn't kidnapped at all, and that she willingly stayed with the imaginary friend to keep him company. But at the climax, when the imaginary friend has a VillainousBreakdown and becomes a monster (thanks to a verbal lashing by Mr. Herriman), the characters fight him to protect Frankie from being trapped in the imaginary world forever. However, the gang are roundly defeated by the monster, and ultimately it's Frankie who becomes the hero of the story: not only does she distract the monster so that the gang can escape the toybox -- she briefly stays behind but soon escapes on her own, thus completing the subversion -- but she chooses to free the lonely friend as well, having offered to bring him to Foster's, [[DefeatMeansFriendship where he can have all the friends in the world]].



* April O'Neil in ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', at least in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first animated series]]. To the point that they can recognize her "mumbles" when she's gagged, without seeing her.
** Eventually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Shredder when Kraig suggests to Shredder to send the stone warriors Shredder made to grab April O'Neil. Shredder's response is this:
--->'''Shredder:''' Hmmmm, not a bad idea. Although we've done that at least thirty times before, but hey who's counting?
** Also lampshaded in the ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' crossover movie. The 1980s turtles stop to save April in their home dimension and explain that they save April at least once a day.
** In [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the Nick series]] April starts out as this, but as her fighting skills have been improving she's growing out of it.
* Princess Aruzia for the first part of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''. She is an ActionGirl for the rest of the series.
* Elita One gets this with her love interest Optimus Prime in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1''. To lure Optimus to his doom, the Decepticons capture Elita. However, when Optimus arrives, he [[DistressedDude gets captured himself]] and Elita first has to save him before he can manage to save her. It's pretty 50/50 with them.
* This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', when Spider-Man cheerily points out to the ungrateful buisnessman Norman Osborn that he is Spidey's very first rescue of this type. It's played straight in regards to booth LoveInterest Liz Allan, an InnocentBystander who gets used as part of a HostageForMcGuffin scenario and Mary Jane Watson, who gets trapped by the Molten Man.
** Also with [[spoiler:Gwen]] when she is kidnapped by Venom in the season 1 finale.
* The entire episode of "Beauty Marked" in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' was made in order to ''subvert'' this as much as possible. While Danny and Tucker are under the mindset that the kidnapped Sam needs rescuing, she managed to figure a way out just fine. It is their meddling that gets her captured again/still.

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* April O'Neil ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids''. Tarra, in ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', at least in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first animated series]]. To the point that they can recognize her "mumbles" when she's gagged, without seeing her.
** Eventually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Shredder when Kraig suggests to Shredder to send the stone warriors Shredder made to grab April O'Neil. Shredder's response is this:
--->'''Shredder:''' Hmmmm, not a bad idea. Although we've done that at least thirty times before, but hey who's counting?
** Also lampshaded in the ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' crossover movie.
many episodes.
*
The 1980s turtles stop to save April in their home dimension and explain that they save April at least once a day.
** In [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the Nick series]] April starts out as this, but as her fighting skills have been improving she's growing out of it.
* Princess Aruzia
WesternAnimation/CartoonNetworkGroovies short for the first part of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''. She is an ActionGirl for the rest of the series.
* Elita One gets this with her love interest Optimus Prime in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1''. To lure Optimus to his doom, the Decepticons capture Elita. However, when Optimus arrives, he [[DistressedDude gets captured himself]] and Elita first
''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' has to save him before he can manage to save her. It's pretty 50/50 with them.
* This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', when Spider-Man cheerily points out to the ungrateful buisnessman Norman Osborn that he is Spidey's very first rescue of this type. It's played straight in regards to booth LoveInterest Liz Allan, an InnocentBystander who gets used as part of a HostageForMcGuffin scenario and Mary Jane Watson, who gets trapped by the Molten Man.
** Also with [[spoiler:Gwen]] when she is
Shelly being kidnapped by Venom mutant eels and robots. She is rescued by Jabberjaw but, much to his disappointment, she isn't interested in the season 1 finale.
a RescueRomance because he's a [[InterspeciesRomance shark who smells of bait]].
* The entire Jez on an episode of "Beauty Marked" in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' was made in order to ''subvert'' this as much as possible. While Danny and Tucker are under the mindset that the kidnapped Sam needs rescuing, she managed to figure a way out just fine. It is their meddling that gets her captured again/still.''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. She quickly develops StockholmSyndrome, though.



* Esmeralda sometimes plays this role in ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicalAdventuresOfQuasimodo''.
* ''The Mighty Mightor''. Sheera, in most episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' is a parody of this genre, since often Penny is more capable than the guys supposed to rescue her.
* In the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' parody episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Isabella calls herself a "certified Damsel in Distress" (handing the boys her business card). [[spoiler: Though this later appears to be part of the ploy to earn the boy's trust so she can save her mother from Doofinshmirtz's character]].
* There were a few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' in which the girls themselves needed to be rescued (e.g., "Buttercrush," "Twisted Sister," "Stray Bullet").
* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''. One game sets up this plot with Bob as the rescuing knight and implies Dot is the distressed damsel. The subversion is that ''Enzo'' is the distressed damsel and Dot is another rescuing knight.
-->'''Enzo''': "I don't want to be a damsel in this dress!"



* Subverted in the movie ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman & Mr. Freeze - Subzero]]''. Yes, PluckyGirl Barbara a.k.a. Batgirl gets kidnapped, but [[ActionGirl she's so competent]] that she kicks the asses of her captors (Mr. Freeze being one of them) [[ActionSurvivor multiple times]], and would have escaped on her own just fine if it wasn't for the fact that she was in the middle of the friggin' ocean. In fact, she is probably more useful in the movie than even Batman and Robin.

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* Subverted ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. When is Smurfette never in need of being rescued by somebody? Only in the movie ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman & Mr. Freeze - Subzero]]''. Yes, PluckyGirl Barbara a.k.a. Batgirl gets kidnapped, but [[ActionGirl she's so competent]] that [[Film/TheSmurfs live-action movie]], where she kicks the asses is finally promoted to ActionGirl status.
* In a episode
of her captors (Mr. Freeze being one ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' called ''Fortress of them) [[ActionSurvivor multiple times]], Squallitude'', Amy is captured by Eggman and would Amy is forced to make Eggman's fortress beautiful. Sonic and co. have escaped on to save Amy.
** In the episode ''Sleeping Giant,'' after Rocky takes a liking to Sticks' singing, Sticks is captured by Rocky and she is forced to sing for Rocky. Sonic and co. have to save Sticks.
** In the episode ''Closed Door Policy,'' Sticks is captured by the frog warriors, leaving Sonic and co. to rescue Sticks.
* Talking of the Sonic series, ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', Sally also becomes this in a few episodes, most notable in "Sonic and Sally" where she had a robot take
her own just fine if it wasn't for the fact that place and where she was almost turned into a robot herself, but was rescued by Sonic JustInTime. The second season tried harder to make her Sonic's equal so this didn't happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''. Jan, in most episodes. To be fair, Jace was a DistressedDude.
* This is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', when Spider-Man cheerily points out to the ungrateful buisnessman Norman Osborn that he is Spidey's very first rescue of this type. It's played straight in regards to booth LoveInterest Liz Allan, an InnocentBystander who gets used as part of a HostageForMcGuffin scenario and Mary Jane Watson, who gets trapped by the Molten Man. Also with [[spoiler:Gwen]] when she is kidnapped by Venom
in the middle of the friggin' ocean. In fact, she is probably more useful in the movie than even Batman and Robin.season 1 finale.



* In the shows ''Tom and Jerry Kids'' and ''Droopy Master Detective'', Miss Vavoom is always getting kidnapped by [=McWolf=] or any other villain who lusts after her.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids''. Tarra, in many episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''. Jan, in most episodes. To be fair, Jace was a DistressedDude.

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* In the shows ''Tom and Jerry Kids'' and ''Droopy Master Detective'', Miss Vavoom is always getting kidnapped by [=McWolf=] or any other villain who lusts after her.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids''. Tarra, in many episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost''. Jan, in most episodes. To be fair, Jace was a DistressedDude.
Lois Lane from "WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries" as usual.



* ''The Mighty Mightor''. Sheera, in most episodes.
* Jez on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. She quickly develops StockholmSyndrome, though.
* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''. One game sets up this plot with Bob as the rescuing knight and implies Dot is the distressed damsel. The subversion is that ''Enzo'' is the distressed damsel and Dot is another rescuing knight.
-->'''Enzo''': "I don't want to be a damsel in this dress!"
* When is [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Smurfette]] never in need of being rescued by somebody? Only in the [[Film/TheSmurfs live-action movie]], where she is finally promoted to ActionGirl status.
* In the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' parody episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Isabella calls herself a "certified Damsel in Distress" (handing the boys her business card). [[spoiler: Though this later appears to be part of the ploy to earn the boy's trust so she can save her mother from Doofinshmirtz's character]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' cartoon, poor Susan Richards, the Invisible Woman, would be hit with this trope, especially in the first season. An episode in the second season would have Sue admonish Doctor Doom for using this trope. He [[EvenEvilHasStandards apologizes for doing so,]] but explains [[PragmaticVillainy that this is the quickest, most effective way to get what he wants.]]
* There were a few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' in which the girls themselves needed to be rescued (e.g., "Buttercrush," "Twisted Sister," "Stray Bullet").
* ComicBook/LoisLane from "WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries" as usual.
* In a episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' called ''Fortress of Squallitude'', Amy is captured by Eggman and Amy is forced to make Eggman's fortress beautiful. Sonic and co. have to save Amy.
** In the episode ''Sleeping Giant,'' after Rocky takes a liking to Sticks' singing, Sticks is captured by Rocky and she is forced to sing for Rocky. Sonic and co. have to save Sticks.
** In the episode ''Closed Door Policy,'' Sticks is captured by the frog warriors, leaving Sonic and co. to rescue Sticks.
* Talking of the Sonic series, ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', Sally also becomes this in a few episodes, most notable in "Sonic and Sally" where she had a robot take her place and where she was almost turned into a robot herself, but was rescued by Sonic JustInTime. The second season tried harder to make her Sonic's equal so this didn't happen.
* Xandir P Whifflebottom in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is a video game character "on a neverending quest to save my girlfriend". When she discovers he's gay she refuses to be rescued by him. Shortly afterwards his boyfriend is kidnapped and he remarks "Dare I say it? I, Xandir, am on a never ending quest to save my boyfriend!".
* Esmeralda sometimes plays this role in ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicalAdventuresOfQuasimodo''.
* The WesternAnimation/CartoonNetworkGroovies short for ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' has Shelly being kidnapped by mutant eels and robots. She is rescued by Jabberjaw but, much to his disappointment, she isn't interested in a RescueRomance because he's a [[InterspeciesRomance shark who smells of bait]].

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* ''The Mighty Mightor''. Sheera, April O'Neil in most episodes.
* Jez on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. She quickly develops StockholmSyndrome, though.
* Subverted on ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}''. One game sets up this plot with Bob as the rescuing knight and implies Dot is the distressed damsel. The subversion is that ''Enzo'' is the distressed damsel and Dot is another rescuing knight.
-->'''Enzo''': "I don't want to be a damsel in this dress!"
* When is [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Smurfette]] never in need of being rescued by somebody? Only
''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', at least in the [[Film/TheSmurfs live-action movie]], where she [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first animated series]]. To the point that they can recognize her "mumbles" when she's gagged, without seeing her.
** Eventually {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Shredder when Kraig suggests to Shredder to send the stone warriors Shredder made to grab April O'Neil. Shredder's response
is finally promoted this:
--->'''Shredder:''' Hmmmm, not a bad idea. Although we've done that at least thirty times before, but hey who's counting?
** Also lampshaded in the ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' crossover movie. The 1980s turtles stop
to ActionGirl status.
save April in their home dimension and explain that they save April at least once a day.
** In [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the Nick series]] April starts out as this, but as her fighting skills have been improving she's growing out of it.
* In the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' parody episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Isabella calls herself a "certified Damsel in Distress" (handing the boys her business card). [[spoiler: Though this later appears to be part of the ploy to earn the boy's trust so she can save her mother from Doofinshmirtz's character]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' cartoon, poor Susan Richards, the Invisible Woman, would be hit with this trope, especially in the first season. An episode in the second season would have Sue admonish Doctor Doom for using this trope. He [[EvenEvilHasStandards apologizes for doing so,]] but explains [[PragmaticVillainy that this is the quickest, most effective way to get what he wants.]]
* There were a few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' in which the girls themselves needed to be rescued (e.g., "Buttercrush," "Twisted Sister," "Stray Bullet").
* ComicBook/LoisLane from "WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries" as usual.
* In a episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' called ''Fortress of Squallitude'', Amy is captured by Eggman
shows ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' and Amy ''Droopy Master Detective'', Miss Vavoom is forced to make Eggman's fortress beautiful. Sonic and co. have to save Amy.
** In the episode ''Sleeping Giant,'' after Rocky takes a liking to Sticks' singing, Sticks is captured by Rocky and she is forced to sing for Rocky. Sonic and co. have to save Sticks.
** In the episode ''Closed Door Policy,'' Sticks is captured by the frog warriors, leaving Sonic and co. to rescue Sticks.
* Talking of the Sonic series, ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', Sally also becomes this in a few episodes, most notable in "Sonic and Sally" where she had a robot take her place and where she was almost turned into a robot herself, but was rescued by Sonic JustInTime. The second season tried harder to make her Sonic's equal so this didn't happen.
* Xandir P Whifflebottom in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is a video game character "on a neverending quest to save my girlfriend". When she discovers he's gay she refuses to be rescued by him. Shortly afterwards his boyfriend is kidnapped and he remarks "Dare I say it? I, Xandir, am on a never ending quest to save my boyfriend!".
* Esmeralda sometimes plays this role in ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicalAdventuresOfQuasimodo''.
* The WesternAnimation/CartoonNetworkGroovies short for ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' has Shelly being
always getting kidnapped by mutant eels and robots. She is rescued by Jabberjaw but, much [=McWolf=] or any other villain who lusts after her.
* Elita One gets this with her love interest Optimus Prime in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1''. To lure Optimus
to his disappointment, she isn't interested in a RescueRomance because he's a [[InterspeciesRomance shark who smells of bait]].doom, the Decepticons capture Elita. However, when Optimus arrives, he [[DistressedDude gets captured himself]] and Elita first has to save him before he can manage to save her. It's pretty 50/50 with them.
11th Jul '16 10:23:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' special, "Destination Imagination"; the plot was to save Frankie after she was kidnapped by an imaginary friend who controls a trippy world inside a toy box, but near the end it's revealed that she wasn't kidnapped at all, and that she willingly stayed with the imaginary friend to keep him company. But at the climax, when the imaginary friend has a VillainousBreakdown and becomes a monster (thanks to a verbal lashing by Mr. Herriman), the characters fight him to protect Frankie from being trapped in the imaginary world forever. However, the gang are roundly defeated by the monster, and ultimately it's Frankie who becomes [[RedheadedHero the hero of the story]]: not only does she distract the monster so that the gang can escape the toybox -- she briefly stays behind but soon escapes on her own, thus completing the subversion -- but she chooses to free the lonely friend as well, having offered to bring him to Foster's, [[DefeatMeansFriendship where he can have all the friends in the world]].

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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' special, "Destination Imagination"; the plot was to save Frankie after she was kidnapped by an imaginary friend who controls a trippy world inside a toy box, but near the end it's revealed that she wasn't kidnapped at all, and that she willingly stayed with the imaginary friend to keep him company. But at the climax, when the imaginary friend has a VillainousBreakdown and becomes a monster (thanks to a verbal lashing by Mr. Herriman), the characters fight him to protect Frankie from being trapped in the imaginary world forever. However, the gang are roundly defeated by the monster, and ultimately it's Frankie who becomes [[RedheadedHero the hero of the story]]: story: not only does she distract the monster so that the gang can escape the toybox -- she briefly stays behind but soon escapes on her own, thus completing the subversion -- but she chooses to free the lonely friend as well, having offered to bring him to Foster's, [[DefeatMeansFriendship where he can have all the friends in the world]].
8th Jul '16 12:31:23 PM Geoduck
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* Ace Rimmer (What a guy!) rescues one of these from some Nazis at the start of the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Stoke Me A Clipper".
6th Jul '16 7:15:00 PM Karxrida
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** In ''FireEmblemAwakening'' we have [[spoiler: Emmeryn, who's captured and threatened with death unless Chrom gives King Gangrel Ylisse's treasure]], Lissa's best friend Maribelle taken hostage by Gangrel for trying to call a cease and desist to the bandit attacks, Nowi the Manakete who was put on an auction block and treated like a circus animal, and [[spoiler: Noire, Tharja's daughter]] who's captured by a slave trader and held prisoner [[spoiler: until she finds a bow lying on the ground and her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide alternate self]] takes over.]]

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** In ''FireEmblemAwakening'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' we have [[spoiler: Emmeryn, who's captured and threatened with death unless Chrom gives King Gangrel Ylisse's treasure]], Lissa's best friend Maribelle taken hostage by Gangrel for trying to call a cease and desist to the bandit attacks, Nowi the Manakete who was put on an auction block and treated like a circus animal, and [[spoiler: Noire, Tharja's daughter]] who's captured by a slave trader and held prisoner [[spoiler: until she finds a bow lying on the ground and her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide alternate self]] takes over.]]
30th Jun '16 8:14:46 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "A World Called Maanerek", Sonna is captured with Torrek. While Torrek is turned back to Wanen by removing his new memories and restoring his old ones, the ship decides to use Sonna as a "tension release" by lobomotizing her and letting the men rape her. [[spoiler:Wanen, his memories not so gone as they thought, rescues her before his own escape.]]

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* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "A World Called Maanerek", "Literature/AWorldCalledMaanerek", Sonna is captured with Torrek. While Torrek is turned back to Wanen by removing his new memories and restoring his old ones, the ship decides to use Sonna as a "tension release" by lobomotizing her and letting the men rape her. [[spoiler:Wanen, his memories not so gone as they thought, rescues her before his own escape.]]
23rd Jun '16 6:18:13 AM rafi
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* In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Clarisse is pursued by the Count and one of [[TheHero Lupin]]'s priorities in this story is protecting/rescuing her.



* ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'': Murasaki, who twice found herself the target of kidnapping and/or traps. The first was when she was captured by a Fuma Ninja during her wedding, and demanded the MacGuffin in exchange for her life. The demand motivated Goemon and company to steal the vase and deliver it to the Fuma.
* ''Anime/LupinIIITheColumbusFiles'' shows an example of Fujiko being a DamselInDistress ''and'' a {{Badass}}, but without being a BadassInDistress. During the opening, she loses her memory, and her entire personality changes. She's terrified of nearly everything, and everyone is a stranger to her. When she contributed to part of her rescue via pure Muscle Memory, that also terrifies her.

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* ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
** In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Clarisse is pursued by the Count and one of Lupin's priorities in this story is protecting/rescuing her.
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''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'': Murasaki, who twice found herself the target of kidnapping and/or traps. The first was when she was captured by a Fuma Ninja during her wedding, and demanded the MacGuffin in exchange for her life. The demand motivated Goemon and company to steal the vase and deliver it to the Fuma.
* ** ''Anime/LupinIIITheColumbusFiles'' shows an example of Fujiko being a DamselInDistress ''and'' a {{Badass}}, but without being a BadassInDistress. During the opening, she loses her memory, and her entire personality changes. She's terrified of nearly everything, and everyone is a stranger to her. When she contributed to part of her rescue via pure Muscle Memory, that also terrifies her.
23rd Jun '16 6:15:52 AM rafi
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* In ''Anime/DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'', Maia is kidnapped on numerous occasions, but it's justified on grounds that Rena doesn't give her any combat or weapons training before sending her into dangerous situations. This is because her role for most of the series is basically to be live bait to lure out the bad guys, and Rena simply trusts her team to be able to rescue Maia whenever it's necessary.
* Shirayuki of ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'' occasionally falls into this category, though as a PluckyGirl she doesn't take it lying down and tends to [[DamselOutOfDistress try to do something about it herself]]. Played completely straight during the Tanburn arc, where she is [[spoiler: not only kidnapped, but then ''kidnapped from her kidnappers'']].



* In ''Manga/ABridesStory'', Mr. Smith's refusal to marry Talas out of pity meets bewilderment: Saving her is what a man ''does'', right?



* 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 jitsu 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) was crushed by boulder that almost killed Kakashi TakingTheBullet and seemly died not before making Kakashi promise he care for her (which is extra tragic as he was in love Rin while she was in love Kakashi LoveTriangle).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 He'sBack from the dead witnessed this and decides to destroy the world, this flashback is considered a real TearJerker]].

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* Naruto: Sakura Haruno eight times.
The main female
Maeda in ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is a text book example despite being male. Very commonly plots are kicked off because he gets kidnapped by a rival high school prompting the students of Cromartie to go rescue him. Though, being a comedy show, it's played for laughs and he rarely gets rescued since the protagonists will usually get lost or caught up in something else.
* In ''Anime/DaphneInTheBrilliantBlue'', Maia is kidnapped on numerous occasions, but it's justified on grounds that Rena doesn't give her any combat or weapons training before sending her into dangerous situations. This is because her role for most
of the series is basically to be live bait to lure out the bad guys, and is mostly a FauxActionGirl but has still had to have Rena simply trusts 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 team to look after herself (cutting her hair be able to prove this point) but rescue Maia whenever 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 jitsu 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) was crushed by boulder that almost killed Kakashi TakingTheBullet and seemly died not before making Kakashi promise he care for her (which is extra tragic as he was in love Rin while she was in love Kakashi LoveTriangle).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 He'sBack from the dead witnessed this and decides to destroy the world, this flashback is considered a real TearJerker]].
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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 jitsu 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) was crushed by boulder that almost killed Kakashi TakingTheBullet and seemly died not before making Kakashi promise he care for her (which is extra tragic as he was in love Rin while she was in love Kakashi LoveTriangle).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 He'sBack from the dead witnessed this and decides to destroy the world, this flashback is considered a real TearJerker]].



* In ''Manga/ABridesStory'', Mr. Smith's refusal to marry Talas out of pity meets bewilderment: Saving her is what a man ''does'', right?



* Saori Kido in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Often hir role in the story is be kidnapped or offers herself as a hostage to save her friends. Despite that she is the goddess Athena!

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* Saori Kido in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Often hir her role in the story is be kidnapped or offers herself as a hostage to save her friends. Despite that she is the goddess Athena!



* Shirayuki of ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'' occasionally falls into this category, though as a PluckyGirl she doesn't take it lying down and tends to [[DamselOutOfDistress try to do something about it herself]]. Played completely straight during the Tanburn arc, where she is [[spoiler: not only kidnapped, but then ''kidnapped from her kidnappers'']].



* Maeda in ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is a text book example despite being male. Very commonly plots are kicked off because he gets kidnapped by a rival high school prompting the students of Cromartie to go rescue him. Though, being a comedy show, it's played for laughs and he rarely gets rescued since the protagonists will usually get lost or caught up in something else.
23rd Jun '16 6:09:59 AM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Several times, the eye-candy of the series Daisy Duke was kidnapped by the bad guys, hoping to draw out her cousins Bo and Luke to attempt rescue. Rarely was Daisy in serious trouble (as Bo and Luke often easily got the upper hand), but "Daisy's Shotgun Wedding" was a notable exception; a band of mountain brothers can more than hold their own against Bo and Luke, and they are more than capable of brutally beating Daisy into bloody submission [[MaritalRapeLicense if she wouldn't cooperate]], but thankfully, the Duke boys were able to defeat these massive threats and send them to prison.
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