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9th Apr '17 3:02:24 PM eroock
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->''Gender Equality, Part 2 (Tifa Rule): If any female character, in a burst of anger or enthusiasm, decides to go off and accomplish something on her own without the hero, she will fail miserably and again have to be rescued.''
-->-- '''[[ConsoleRPGCliches145To168 The Grand List of Console RPG Cliches]]'''

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->''Gender Equality, Part 2 (Tifa Rule): If ->''"If any female character, in a burst of anger or enthusiasm, decides to go off and accomplish something on her own without the hero, she will fail miserably and again have to be rescued.''
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-->-- Gender Equality, Part 2 (Tifa Rule), '''[[ConsoleRPGCliches145To168 The Grand List of Console RPG Cliches]]'''
5th Apr '17 9:16:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''PlanescapeTorment'': The mastermind behind Morte's 'skullnapping' in was a being of such immense power that he could permanently kill the Nameless One, but still, with a pair of wererats? At this point in the game, Morte could solo rooms full of them.

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* ''PlanescapeTorment'': ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'': The mastermind behind Morte's 'skullnapping' in was a being of such immense power that he could permanently kill the Nameless One, but still, with a pair of wererats? At this point in the game, Morte could solo rooms full of them.
16th Mar '17 11:55:48 AM eroock
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When a writer needs to have a character put in trouble so she ( 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 ( and (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]].



Compare DamselScrappy. DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel and WorfHadTheFlu are more {{justified|Trope}} versions.

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Compare DamselScrappy.DamselScrappy and ATragedyOfImpulsiveness. DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel and WorfHadTheFlu are more {{justified|Trope}} versions.
15th Mar '17 4:08:37 PM kanemalakos
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** Somewhat justified, as the story goes to great pains to emphasize that he is a drug-addicted, traumatized and washed-up old man, almost unrecognizable as the courageous adventurer he used to be.
11th Mar '17 12:17:43 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MetroidOtherM'', when Samus encounters Ridley, she becomes terrified and is unable to fight back. Ridley easily grabs her, leaving one of her allies to begin the offensive in her stead. There are arguments over whether or not she had the distress ball at the time, since she had traumatic childhood memories regarding Ridley, but has also faced and defeated him numerous times in the past without an emotional breakdown.

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* In ''MetroidOtherM'', ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', when Samus encounters Ridley, she becomes terrified and is unable to fight back. Ridley easily grabs her, leaving one of her allies to begin the offensive in her stead. There are arguments over whether or not she had the distress ball at the time, since she had traumatic childhood memories regarding Ridley, but has also faced and defeated him numerous times in the past without an emotional breakdown.
3rd Mar '17 7:11:33 PM LadyNorbert
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* The ball gets flung at Victoria in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'' during the Winter Palace ball. Somewhat justified here, because while she's a very competent swordswoman who could normally defend herself without difficulty, the distress comes when she's unarmed, wearing a dress, and being [[spoiler:attacked by a Harlequin - some of the deadliest fighters in all of Thedas]]. Fortunately, she's got someone looking out for her.



* Sonya Blade in ''Film/MortalKombat'' goes from ActionGirl to "oh he's too strong someone save me" the second [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] gets her arm behind her back. Nevermind that she should be by far the ''toughest'' person in the group, being a professionally trained special agent compared to an actor and a disillusioned... whatever the heck Lui Kang is.

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* Sonya Blade in ''Film/MortalKombat'' goes from ActionGirl to "oh he's too strong someone save me" the second [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] gets her arm behind her back. Nevermind Never mind that she should be by far the ''toughest'' person in the group, being a professionally trained special agent compared to an actor and a disillusioned... whatever the heck Lui Kang is.



*** In the Annotated Dragonlance edition, the authors acknowledge that Laurana's character development at this point meant that it was stupid and out of character for her to do this. But they had to do it for the plot's sake, making it a perfect example of this trope.

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*** In the Annotated Dragonlance ''Annotated Dragonlance'' edition, the authors acknowledge that Laurana's character development at this point meant that it was stupid and out of character for her to do this. But they had to do it for the plot's sake, making it a perfect example of this trope.
25th Feb '17 3:29:50 PM nombretomado
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** [[EddieIzzard "Doctor, Doctor! We've landed on a new planet! It's time for me to get captur--oh, I've been captured."]]

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** [[EddieIzzard [[Creator/EddieIzzard "Doctor, Doctor! We've landed on a new planet! It's time for me to get captur--oh, I've been captured."]]
8th Feb '17 5:27:58 AM Ohio9
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* ''VideoGame/TheEndTimesVermintide'': Despite having edged weapons, the main characters are somehow rendered helpless whenever a Skaven Packmaster puts a rope around their neck. They cannot escape being caught by the packmaster and need to be saved by their companions.
13th Dec '16 8:37:30 PM Doug86
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** This may have come from ''Franchise/FireEmblem 6'', where MagicalGirl Lilina is trapped in her own castle by her enemies and locked in a room. Just like in Tana's case, as soon as Roy rescues her Lilina joins the party.

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** This may have come from ''Franchise/FireEmblem ''VideoGame/FireEmblem 6'', where MagicalGirl Lilina is trapped in her own castle by her enemies and locked in a room. Just like in Tana's case, as soon as Roy rescues her Lilina joins the party.
11th Dec '16 1:41:44 PM kataangluvr
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* Ryan, the protagonist of ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue'', is captured about three times over the course of the movie. It's mainly due to him being vital to Komodo's plans against Tao and him not knowing at martial arts (for the [[RevengeOfTheSequel first movie]] anyway).
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