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9th Sep '17 1:22:15 PM JM1982
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If she's getting captured because she's into it, she may be a case of BestHerToBedHer. Expect her not to have much regard for SafeSaneAndConsensual. If her getting captured is part of her EvilPlan, she's really a DecoyDamsel.

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If she's getting captured because she's into it, she may be a case of BestHerToBedHer. Expect her not to have much regard for SafeSaneAndConsensual. If her getting captured is part of her EvilPlan, she's really a DecoyDamsel.
DecoyDamsel. If she is a protagonist, she may be letting herself get captured as part of TheInfiltration. Alternately, if she's BruceWayneHeldHostage, she may pretend to be a HystericalWoman in order to convince the villains to let her go, before she comes back in her more heroic guise.
3rd Sep '17 6:26:40 AM Robbyn
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* Happened in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', with TomboyPrincess Maria Louise of France playing this role. [[WrongGenreSavvy It backfires]] ''[[WrongGenreSavvy spectacularly]]''.

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* Happened in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with TomboyPrincess Maria Louise [[spoiler:Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of France playing this role. [[WrongGenreSavvy It backfires]] ''[[WrongGenreSavvy spectacularly]]''.Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of the terror she feels upon probably being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable" by the guy she loves since childhood. Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he]] [[AmazonChaser doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.



* Both Kamanosuke and Anastasia have used this trick in ''Manga/Brave10''.



* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler:Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of the terror she feels upon probably being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable" by the guy she loves since childhood. Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he]] [[AmazonChaser doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler:Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears It's strongly implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident Mai Shiranui's apparent {{Chickification}} is this, since she witnessed in wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed at the almost end of TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of ''very easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a powerful DarkActionGirl who had just as easily defeated [[CallBack the terror she feels upon probably being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable" by same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the guy she loves since childhood. Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he]] [[AmazonChaser doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.second TV special.]]



* It's strongly implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's apparent {{Chickification}} is this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed at the almost end of TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she ''very easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a powerful DarkActionGirl who had just as easily defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]

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* It's strongly implied Happened in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's apparent {{Chickification}} is this, since she wants ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', with TomboyPrincess Maria Louise of France playing this role. [[WrongGenreSavvy It backfires]] ''[[WrongGenreSavvy spectacularly]]''.
* Used twice by Shampoo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
** Maomolin tried
to invoke TheDulcineaEffect force Shampoo to become his wife a couple of times. Shampoo could have easily dealt with him on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved own, but preferred to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed at play the almost end of TheMovie: when DamselInDistress role to make Ranma protect her.
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the normally VERY badass Terry Pink and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and Link arc, she ''very easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a powerful DarkActionGirl who had just as easily defeated [[CallBack frees herself from their kidnapping, beats them up, and forces them to stick to the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]role of kidnappers so she can still be rescued by Ranma.
22nd Aug '17 2:37:57 PM TargetmasterJoe
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* ''Webcomic/Blindsprings'': The plot gets kicked off when a princess gets rescued from TheFairFolk by her UnluckyChildhoodFriend. Unfortunately, the princess was there to fulfill an as-yet unclear "[[DealWithTheDevil contract]]" with said Fair Folk that required, among other things, that she ''never leave the forest''. The Childhood Friend? [[UnwantedRescue Refuses to listen, physically drags her from the forest anyway, and permanently breaks her contract, effectively rendering literally centuries' worth of her work pointless]]. The result: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an even more difficult contract for the Princess, the permanent breach of their friendship, and all kinds of scorn heaped on said Friend]]. [[SarcasmMode Nice one, fella.]]

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* ''Webcomic/Blindsprings'': ''Webcomic/{{Blindsprings}}'': The plot gets kicked off when a princess gets rescued from TheFairFolk by her UnluckyChildhoodFriend. Unfortunately, the princess was there to fulfill an as-yet unclear "[[DealWithTheDevil contract]]" with said Fair Folk that required, among other things, that she ''never leave the forest''. The Childhood Friend? [[UnwantedRescue Refuses to listen, physically drags her from the forest anyway, and permanently breaks her contract, effectively rendering literally centuries' worth of her work pointless]]. The result: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an even more difficult contract for the Princess, the permanent breach of their friendship, and all kinds of scorn heaped on said Friend]]. [[SarcasmMode Nice one, fella.]]
22nd Aug '17 2:36:54 PM TargetmasterJoe
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** Rukia Kuchiki in the ''Soul Society'' arc. [[spoiler: In this case, however, it's because she's ''[[DeathSeeker suicidal]]'', and wants to die to [[TheAtoner atone]] for killing her sub-captain and first love in self defense after he was possessed by a hollow. The fact circumstances have prevented her from regaining the power she lost in the first episode don't help.]]

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** Rukia Kuchiki in the ''Soul Society'' arc. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In this case, however, it's because she's ''[[DeathSeeker suicidal]]'', and wants to die to [[TheAtoner atone]] for killing her sub-captain and first love in self defense self-defense after he was possessed by a hollow.Hollow. The fact circumstances have prevented her from regaining the power she lost in the first episode don't help.]]



* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of the terror she feels upon probably being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable" by the guy she loves since childhood. Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he]] [[AmazonChaser doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler: Elizabeth [[spoiler:Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of the terror she feels upon probably being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable" by the guy she loves since childhood. Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he]] [[AmazonChaser doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.



* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff / ComicBook/BlackWidow. Her introductory scene opens with her tied to a chair and surrounded by thugs, who are ready to torture her at behest of a rogue Russian general... then a call from her fellow Agent Coulson confirms this is just another day of work for her and she breaks out and beats them all up the minute he needs her on a different mission.

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* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff / ComicBook/BlackWidow. Her introductory scene opens with her tied to a chair and surrounded by thugs, who are ready to torture her at behest of a rogue Russian general... then a call from her fellow Agent Coulson confirms this is just another day of work for her and she breaks out and beats them all up the minute he needs her on a different mission.



* ''Webcomic/BlindSprings'': The plot gets kicked off when a princess gets rescued from TheFairFolk by her UnluckyChildhoodFriend. Unfortunately, princess was there to fulfill an as-yet unclear "[[DealWithTheDevil contract]]" with said Fair Folk that required, among other things, that she ''never leave the forest''. The Childhood Friend? [[UnwantedRescue Refuses to listen, physically drags her from the forest anyway, and permanently breaks her contract, effectively rendering literally centuries' worth of the Princess's work pointless]]. The result: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an even more difficult contract for the Princess, the permanent breach of their friendship, and all kinds of scorn heaped on said Friend]]. [[SarcasmMode Nice one, fella.]]

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* ''Webcomic/BlindSprings'': ''Webcomic/Blindsprings'': The plot gets kicked off when a princess gets rescued from TheFairFolk by her UnluckyChildhoodFriend. Unfortunately, the princess was there to fulfill an as-yet unclear "[[DealWithTheDevil contract]]" with said Fair Folk that required, among other things, that she ''never leave the forest''. The Childhood Friend? [[UnwantedRescue Refuses to listen, physically drags her from the forest anyway, and permanently breaks her contract, effectively rendering literally centuries' worth of the Princess's her work pointless]]. The result: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an even more difficult contract for the Princess, the permanent breach of their friendship, and all kinds of scorn heaped on said Friend]]. [[SarcasmMode Nice one, fella.]]
23rd Mar '17 10:33:40 PM jamespolk
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* In ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin Murder on the Leviathan]]'', Renata Kleber gets into trouble on purpose in hopes of starting a RescueRomance with the handsome protagonist, who seems to uphold chivalric values.

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* In ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin Murder on the Leviathan]]'', ''Literature/MurderOnTheLeviathan'', Renata Kleber gets into trouble on purpose in hopes of starting a RescueRomance with the handsome protagonist, who seems to uphold chivalric values.
23rd Mar '17 12:45:51 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Played straight in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild]]''. [[spoiler:Zelda may have been trapped inside Hyrule Castle for the past 100 years, but that's because she's been busy keeping Calamity Ganon sealed up with her.]]

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** Played straight in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild]]''.''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]''. [[spoiler:Zelda may have been trapped inside Hyrule Castle for the past 100 years, but that's because she's been busy keeping Calamity Ganon sealed up with her.]]
23rd Mar '17 12:45:34 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Played with in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword]]''. [[spoiler:Though Zelda herself certainly doesn't choose to be kidnapped, it's later revealed that her plight was part of a plan set in motion by her previous incarnation. In her past life as the goddess Hylia, she predicted that putting her human self in danger would be a surefire way to spur Link into action.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Played with in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword]]''. [[spoiler:Though Zelda herself certainly doesn't choose to be kidnapped, it's later revealed that her plight was part of a plan set in motion by her previous incarnation. In her past life as the goddess Hylia, she predicted that putting her human self in danger would be a surefire way to spur Link into action.]]
** Played straight in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild]]''. [[spoiler:Zelda may have been trapped inside Hyrule Castle for the past 100 years, but that's because she's been busy keeping Calamity Ganon sealed up with her.
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28th Jan '17 5:03:43 PM Wyldchyld
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While this character may look like a DamselScrappy at first glance, she's actually ObfuscatingStupidity. Whether she's pulling a WoundedGazelleGambit, or [[FetishFuel just into this sort of thing,]] she doesn't get captured because she's weak, she gets captured because ''she wants to''. She may even [[ActionGirl have the skills to get out of the scrape she's in herself if necessary]]. [[BadassInDistress If this is the case]], expect her to say LetsGetDangerous at some point.

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While this character may look like a DamselScrappy at first glance, she's actually ObfuscatingStupidity. Whether she's pulling a WoundedGazelleGambit, or [[FetishFuel just into this sort of thing,]] thing, she doesn't get captured because she's weak, she gets captured because ''she wants to''. She may even [[ActionGirl have the skills to get out of the scrape she's in herself if necessary]]. [[BadassInDistress If this is the case]], expect her to say LetsGetDangerous at some point.
11th Jan '17 3:27:10 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'': Charlotte is a perfectly capable warrior, but she pretends to be helpless so she can trick a rich man into saving and falling for her.



* [[spoiler:June]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. [[spoiler:In reality, she's the DeadlyGame's creator, and coldly manipulates everyone to ensure her survival.]]

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* [[spoiler:June]] [[spoiler: Akane aka June]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. [[spoiler:In reality, she's the DeadlyGame's creator, and coldly manipulates everyone to ensure her survival.]]
5th Jan '17 3:32:52 AM anza_sb
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* In episode 17 of ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'', Nora repeatedly tries to stage herself being attacked by a Grimm creature in hopes that Ren will save her. It doesn't work: the first two times she's saved by Sun and Yang instead, while the third time has Ren see she has it under control and leave.
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