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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).
3rd Dec '16 3:52:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Buffy Summers from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" season 9 comic. She is supposed to be this great Vampire Slayer, yet almost every time we see her, she is defeated, humiliated, kidnapped, or betrayed. She always needs rescue and she can't do anything right. First she got drugged and her body is stolen from her. In issue 2 she lost a fight with a single zompire and she must be rescued by Severin. In issue 4 she was lured into a trap by Severin and must be rescued by detective Dowling. Then, in issue 7, she got her arm torn off by a single zompire. Later, in issue 9, she is kidnapped, and in issue 10 must be saved by Spike, Andrew, and Spike's cockroaches. In issue 11, she fails to stop an assassination attempt; fortunately, this was just a drill. Then in issue 12, she is almost smothered to death by a tentacle monster and must be rescued by Kennedy. In the very next issue, she is defeated by Elder Koh who cut her face. In issue 16, she got owned three times in a row by single zompire. Finally, in issue 18, she had to fight Severin, a guy who almost killed her before. Severin is a human who draws powers from supernatural beings but can be hurt with a gun, and instead of using a gun on him, Buffy decides to fight him with her superpowers.

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* Buffy Summers from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" "ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer" season 9 comic. She is supposed to be this great Vampire Slayer, yet almost every time we see her, she is defeated, humiliated, kidnapped, or betrayed. She always needs rescue and she can't do anything right. First she got drugged and her body is stolen from her. In issue 2 she lost a fight with a single zompire and she must be rescued by Severin. In issue 4 she was lured into a trap by Severin and must be rescued by detective Dowling. Then, in issue 7, she got her arm torn off by a single zompire. Later, in issue 9, she is kidnapped, and in issue 10 must be saved by Spike, Andrew, and Spike's cockroaches. In issue 11, she fails to stop an assassination attempt; fortunately, this was just a drill. Then in issue 12, she is almost smothered to death by a tentacle monster and must be rescued by Kennedy. In the very next issue, she is defeated by Elder Koh who cut her face. In issue 16, she got owned three times in a row by single zompire. Finally, in issue 18, she had to fight Severin, a guy who almost killed her before. Severin is a human who draws powers from supernatural beings but can be hurt with a gun, and instead of using a gun on him, Buffy decides to fight him with her superpowers.
3rd Dec '16 3:51:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', Lucy gets captured by El Macho almost effortlessly, despite her well established status as an ActionGirl.
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* In ''Film/DespicableMe2'', Lucy gets captured by El Macho almost effortlessly, despite her well established status as an ActionGirl.
3rd Dec '16 3:50:41 AM Morgenthaler
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If the Ball is handed once too often to an otherwise [[ActionGirl competent and talented]] female character, it can lead to her {{Chickification}} and possibly becoming a FauxActionGirl if she never returns to her pre-Ball {{Badass}} self. On the other hand, tossing the distress ball back and forth between both sides of a BattleCouple allows for all the cuteness of a RescueRomance without the weakness.

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If the Ball is handed once too often to an otherwise [[ActionGirl competent and talented]] female character, it can lead to her {{Chickification}} and possibly becoming a FauxActionGirl if she never returns to her pre-Ball {{Badass}} badass self. On the other hand, tossing the distress ball back and forth between both sides of a BattleCouple allows for all the cuteness of a RescueRomance without the weakness.
6th Nov '16 4:09:41 PM pinkdalek
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** CastSpeciation sometimes leads to a character picking up the ball - for instance, Barbara didn't have the easiest ride of it early on thanks to her rather more melancholic personality than Ian, but since Susan was the DistressedDamsel she didn't get captured or enslaved more than any of the other characters and she generally wormed her way out of it herself - the one time she did get caught specifically and need to be rescued ("The Reign of Terror") was when the story partnered her up with Susan. As soon as Susan leaves and gets a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in the form of a PluckyGirl who was better as a comical character than a damsel, Barbara gets a [[{{Chickification}} whole string of serials where she gets captured specifically for Ian or the Doctor to rescue her]].

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** CastSpeciation sometimes leads to a character picking up the ball - for ball. For instance, Barbara didn't have the easiest ride of it early on thanks to her rather more melancholic personality than Ian, on, but since Susan was the DistressedDamsel DistressedDamsel, she didn't get captured or enslaved more than any of the other characters and she generally [[DamselOutOfDistress wormed her way out of it herself - the when she did]]. The one time she did get caught specifically and need to be rescued ("The Reign of Terror") by the Doctor was when the story partnered her up with Susan. Susan ("The Reign of Terror"). As soon as Susan leaves and gets a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in the form of a PluckyGirl who was better as a comical character than a damsel, Barbara gets a [[{{Chickification}} whole string of serials where she gets captured specifically for Ian or the Doctor to rescue her]].her]].
** Sarah Jane is relatively independent and strong for a Classic companion but gets hit with this hard in "The Ark in Space", where she gets hypnotised, put into SuspendedAnimation, gets revived by the men, [[NeutralFemale spends most of the rest of the story wandering around passively while the boys handle the plot]], and then caps it off by having a claustrophobia freakout which the Doctor snaps her out of by calling her a 'stupid girl'. Since the whole show had undergone a {{Retool}}, Creator/ElisabethSladen was scared that this would be [[DamselScrappy the permanent new angle for Sarah's character]], and her misery at having to do it is visible in the performance ("maybe it's Sarah feeling upset," she justified on the DVD commentary).
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]]!"\\
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