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20th Aug '16 9:53:00 AM nombretomado
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* Laurana from ''{{Dragonlance}}'' gets passed this in ''Dragons of Spring Dawning'', when, after having been previously shown to be a brilliant military leader, she suddenly accepts without question a message from her ArchEnemy, Kitiara Uth Matar, claiming that their [[LoveTriangle mutual love]], Tanis Half-Elven, is with Kitiara but has been mortally wounded and wants to see Laurana before he dies. Laurana believes the message even though Kitiara: has an obvious motive to want to harm Laurana; provides no proof Tanis is even with her much less that he is dying; and requires Laurana to come to the meeting site without any guards. Laurana's friends Flint Fireforge and Tasslehoff Burrfoot even try to warn her that the message is obviously SchmuckBait, but Laurana is absolutely certain she can trust Kitiara, so she goes to the meeting site without taking any precautions and is promptly betrayed and captured and ends up having to be rescued by Tanis.

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* Laurana from ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' gets passed this in ''Dragons of Spring Dawning'', when, after having been previously shown to be a brilliant military leader, she suddenly accepts without question a message from her ArchEnemy, Kitiara Uth Matar, claiming that their [[LoveTriangle mutual love]], Tanis Half-Elven, is with Kitiara but has been mortally wounded and wants to see Laurana before he dies. Laurana believes the message even though Kitiara: has an obvious motive to want to harm Laurana; provides no proof Tanis is even with her much less that he is dying; and requires Laurana to come to the meeting site without any guards. Laurana's friends Flint Fireforge and Tasslehoff Burrfoot even try to warn her that the message is obviously SchmuckBait, but Laurana is absolutely certain she can trust Kitiara, so she goes to the meeting site without taking any precautions and is promptly betrayed and captured and ends up having to be rescued by Tanis.



* Subverted in ''[[TheWarGods Wind Rider's Oath]]''. We get the classic setup: the female lead heads off to confront the BigBad on her own, and gets trapped by a spell cast by the Big Bad, who [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty details what is in store for the female lead]]. Meanwhile, the male lead hears about what she's planning, and charges off to play BigDamnHero. At this point, the BigBad [[OhCrap discovers]] that [[PlayAlongPrisoner coercion spells don't work]] against [[ThePaladin champions of the Light]]. [[OneManArmy Single-handed]] (well, [[DualWielding two-handed]]) clearing of the villain's lair ensues, and the male lead shows up [[RedundantRescue just in time to be dragooned into cleaning up the mess]].

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* Subverted in ''[[TheWarGods ''[[Literature/TheWarGods Wind Rider's Oath]]''. We get the classic setup: the female lead heads off to confront the BigBad on her own, and gets trapped by a spell cast by the Big Bad, who [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty details what is in store for the female lead]]. Meanwhile, the male lead hears about what she's planning, and charges off to play BigDamnHero. At this point, the BigBad [[OhCrap discovers]] that [[PlayAlongPrisoner coercion spells don't work]] against [[ThePaladin champions of the Light]]. [[OneManArmy Single-handed]] (well, [[DualWielding two-handed]]) clearing of the villain's lair ensues, and the male lead shows up [[RedundantRescue just in time to be dragooned into cleaning up the mess]].
17th Jul '16 4:13:14 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[MysteriousWaif Azura]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is normally more than capable of protecting herself, but there are still occasions where she finds herself held hostage or in need of rescue. It's justified, though--she gets targeted ''specifically'' because her powers are a threat [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy and the enemy wants to remove her from the equation before she can use them]]. Like Tana and Lilina, she proves [[SpannerInTheWorks just how right]] [[BadassInDistress the enemy was to be worried]] whenever the Avatar rescues her.

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** [[MysteriousWaif Azura]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is normally more than capable of protecting herself, but there are still occasions where she finds herself held hostage or in need of rescue. It's justified, though--she gets targeted ''specifically'' because her powers are a threat [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy and the enemy wants to remove her from the equation before she can use them]].them. Like Tana and Lilina, she proves [[SpannerInTheWorks just how right]] [[BadassInDistress the enemy was to be worried]] whenever the Avatar rescues her.
14th Jun '16 8:11:33 PM MagBas
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When a writer needs to have a character put in trouble so she ([[UnfortunateImplications and it's almost always]] a [[DamselInDistress "she"]]) can be rescued, they will sometimes have characters act in ways that serve the needs of the plot rather than their own characterization or common sense, up to and including the character acting TooDumbToLive. This is generally considered sloppy or outright bad writing, although [[TropesAreTools there are exceptions]].

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When a writer needs to have a character put in trouble so she ([[UnfortunateImplications ( and it's almost always]] always a [[DamselInDistress "she"]]) can be rescued, they will sometimes have characters act in ways that serve the needs of the plot rather than their own characterization or common sense, up to and including the character acting TooDumbToLive. This is generally considered sloppy or outright bad writing, although [[TropesAreTools there are exceptions]].
18th May '16 11:07:29 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''FlameOfRecca'' Mikagami Tokiya picked this up, ''twice'', despite his status as "the most cruel" of Hokage and one of the more efficient and intelligent fighters. First, in Sealed Lands arc. After completely ousting Mokuren and Mikoto in a 2-on-1 fight, without chance of recovery, he's pitted against Aoi, who completely overwhelm him stats-wise, even if he has recovered. The result is very obvious, he completely lost it and was later crucifixed and used as a hostage. And then in SODOM arc, he was forced to pick up another ball ''for comic relief'', where he fails to notice a drugged teacup and then was in turn... strapped into a mechanism, whereas people with ''less intelligence'' like [[TheBigGuy Domon]] slips out of it (in his defense though, his perverted tendencies saved him), and after being pulled out of it, Mikagami was rained with taunts like "So much being [[TheSmartGuy the genius]]!"\\

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* ''FlameOfRecca'' ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' Mikagami Tokiya picked this up, ''twice'', despite his status as "the most cruel" of Hokage and one of the more efficient and intelligent fighters. First, in Sealed Lands arc. After completely ousting Mokuren and Mikoto in a 2-on-1 fight, without chance of recovery, he's pitted against Aoi, who completely overwhelm him stats-wise, even if he has recovered. The result is very obvious, he completely lost it and was later crucifixed and used as a hostage. And then in SODOM arc, he was forced to pick up another ball ''for comic relief'', where he fails to notice a drugged teacup and then was in turn... strapped into a mechanism, whereas people with ''less intelligence'' like [[TheBigGuy Domon]] slips out of it (in his defense though, his perverted tendencies saved him), and after being pulled out of it, Mikagami was rained with taunts like "So much being [[TheSmartGuy the genius]]!"\\
29th Apr '16 1:06:17 AM Ohio9
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* In ''Film/DespicableMe2'', Lucy gets captured by El Macho almost effortlessly, despite her well established status as an ActionGirl.
27th Apr '16 6:15:17 AM Ohio9
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Compare DamselScrappy. DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel is a more {{justified|Trope}} version.

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Compare DamselScrappy. DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel is a and WorfHadTheFlu are more {{justified|Trope}} version.
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27th Apr '16 6:10:10 AM Ohio9
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Such acts may include wandering into a dark alley at night while alone, separating from the main group due to anger at one or more of the team members, GoingForTheBigScoop, losing a fight against opponents that are well below her skill level, trying to take on the BigBad one on one, deliberately taking on way too many enemies single-handedly, or not listening (or listening, for that matter) to TheHero suggesting she WaitHere. It also includes [[TooDumbToLive not having the sense]] to kick the villain [[GroinAttack in the nuts]] when he tries to [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grab her upper arm]]. It can also play a role in her actions (or lack of them) after being captured, such as [[CardboardPrison being detained in an area with little or no security]] and failing to take advantage of numerous opportunities to escape.

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Such acts may include wandering into a dark alley at night while alone, separating from the main group due to anger at one or more of the team members, GoingForTheBigScoop, losing a fight against opponents that are well below her skill level, trying to take on the BigBad one on one, deliberately taking on way too many enemies single-handedly, or not listening (or listening, for that matter) to TheHero suggesting she WaitHere. It also includes [[TooDumbToLive not having the sense]] to kick the villain [[GroinAttack in the nuts]] when he tries to [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grab her upper arm]]. It can also play a role in her actions (or lack of them) after being captured, such as [[CardboardPrison being detained in an area with little or no security]] and failing to take advantage of numerous obvious opportunities to escape.
27th Apr '16 6:09:33 AM Ohio9
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* Akane Tendo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. The girl was first shown beating up fifty-odd armed attackers on a daily basis and was called Champion of her Martial-Arts School. Yet on more than one occasion, she gets kidnapped by opponents, far, ''far'' [[OvershadowedByAwesome beyond her level]], and acts like a complete ingenue (one kidnapper tied her up with ''pantyhose'' for pete's sake!) Of course, once the immediate threat is absent, she does her damnedest to try to escape.

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* Akane Tendo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. The girl was first shown beating up fifty-odd armed attackers on a daily basis and was called Champion of her Martial-Arts School. Yet on more than one occasion, she gets kidnapped by opponents, far, ''far'' [[OvershadowedByAwesome beyond her level]], and acts like a complete ingenue (one kidnapper tied her up with ''pantyhose'' for pete's sake!) Of course, once sake!). In both Ranma 1/2 movies, she spends the immediate threat is absent, she majority of screen time in captivity waiting for Ranma to save her, and does her damnedest to try to escape.not attempt an escape or do anything make his job easier, despite never being tied up, locked up, or seriously restrained in any way.
27th Apr '16 6:03:39 AM Ohio9
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Such acts may include wandering into a dark alley at night while alone, separating from the main group due to anger at one or more of the team members, GoingForTheBigScoop, losing a fight against opponents that are well below her skill level, trying to take on the BigBad one on one, deliberately taking on way too many enemies single-handedly, or not listening (or listening, for that matter) to TheHero suggesting she WaitHere. It also includes [[TooDumbToLive not having the sense]] to kick the villain [[GroinAttack in the nuts]] when he tries to [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grab her upper arm]].

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Such acts may include wandering into a dark alley at night while alone, separating from the main group due to anger at one or more of the team members, GoingForTheBigScoop, losing a fight against opponents that are well below her skill level, trying to take on the BigBad one on one, deliberately taking on way too many enemies single-handedly, or not listening (or listening, for that matter) to TheHero suggesting she WaitHere. It also includes [[TooDumbToLive not having the sense]] to kick the villain [[GroinAttack in the nuts]] when he tries to [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grab her upper arm]].
arm]]. It can also play a role in her actions (or lack of them) after being captured, such as [[CardboardPrison being detained in an area with little or no security]] and failing to take advantage of numerous opportunities to escape.
26th Apr '16 6:08:36 PM Ohio9
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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Sango picks this up a few times, seemingly to give Miroku a chance to show his heroism and devotion to her. The most notable case is in episode 131, where she gets mad at Miroku, runs off to find him, and gets captured (by a bunch of unskilled mind-controlled human drones) without putting up any resistance, resulting in her getting possessed by a demon egg and an epic battle (in the next episode) with Miroku where he fights to free her from demon control.

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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Sango picks this up a few times, seemingly to give Miroku a chance to show his heroism and devotion to her. First there was the incident in Mt. Hakurai where she gets knocked out by her own weapon after Kagura blows it back at her, despite having plenty of time to catch it (since it's a boomerang, this is what she normally does) or get out of the way (she was partially distracted by seeing Kohaku, but that's no excuse). The most notable case is in episode 131, where she gets mad at Miroku, runs off to find him, and gets captured (by a bunch of unskilled mind-controlled human drones) without putting up any resistance, resulting in her getting possessed by a demon egg and an epic battle (in the next episode) with Miroku where he fights to free her from demon control. Then there was the incident near the end of episode 161, where she gets captured by a lowly demon that was never depicted as a serious threat up to that point.
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