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15th Sep '17 1:24:49 AM PlanetEatingWarlord
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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic]]: Despite the fact that alicorns are essentially [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] in this universe, they are almost always swiftly taken out of the battle in order for the Mane 6 to swoop in and save the day. This is especially infamous in the case of Princess Celestia, who, despite supposedly being the most powerful alicorn, as well as the ruler of all Equestria, is usually the first to go down. Such as in "A Canterlot Wedding", where she is defeated and subdued by Chrysalis, and "Princess Twilight Sparkle", where she and Princess Luna (who is also handed the DistressBall) [[MakesSenseInContext get abducted by the Everfree Forest]] and end up as DamselsInDistress for most of the two-parter.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic]]: [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]]: Despite the fact that alicorns are essentially [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] in this universe, they are almost always swiftly taken out of the battle in order for the Mane 6 to swoop in and save the day. This is especially infamous in the case of Princess Celestia, who, despite supposedly being the most powerful alicorn, as well as the ruler of all Equestria, is usually the first to go down. Such as in "A Canterlot Wedding", where she is defeated and subdued by Chrysalis, and "Princess Twilight Sparkle", where she and Princess Luna (who is also handed the DistressBall) [[MakesSenseInContext get abducted by the Everfree Forest]] and end up as DamselsInDistress for most of the two-parter.
15th Sep '17 1:24:09 AM PlanetEatingWarlord
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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic]]: Despite the fact that alicorns are essentially [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] in this universe, they are almost always swiftly taken out of the battle in order for the Mane 6 to swoop in and save the day. This is especially infamous in the case of Princess Celestia, who, despite supposedly being the most powerful alicorn, as well as the ruler of all Equestria, is usually the first to go down. Such as in "A Canterlot Wedding", where she is defeated and subdued by Chrysalis, and "Princess Twilight Sparkle", where she and Princess Luna (who is also handed the DistressBall) [[MakesSenseInContext get abducted by the Everfree Forest]] and end up as DamselsInDistress for most of the two-parter.
** Taken UpToEleven in "To Where And Back Again", [[spoiler: where Chrysalis and the changelings somehow manage to capture and replace all 5 alicorns, as well as the Mane 6 and Shining Armour, leaving it up to [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Starlight, Trixie, Discord and Thorax]] to save the day.]]
** Rainbow Dash gets this in "Daring Done". Despite being a pretty good fighter, she makes no effort to protect herself from Caballeron's goons and ends up having to be saved by Pinkie Pie and Daring Do.
12th Jul '17 5:33:41 PM Dravencour
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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. 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 Liu 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. 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 Liu Kang is.disillusioned Shaolin Monk.
24th Jun '17 4:10:04 PM Statzkeen
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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. 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.

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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. 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 Liu Kang is.
1st May '17 9:17:50 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TransformersAnimated'', episode 2, Prowl, TheLancer of the team, tells Optimus Prime that there's only one person he trusts. Himself. He promptly gets sucked into a nanite monster and almost killed were it not for his teammates. In fact, despite him being the best fighter of the team, Prowl catches the Distress Ball quite a few times in the series, usually after trying to do something alone. Maybe it's trying to send him a message?

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* In ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', episode 2, Prowl, TheLancer of the team, tells Optimus Prime that there's only one person he trusts. Himself. He promptly gets sucked into a nanite monster and almost killed were it not for his teammates. In fact, despite him being the best fighter of the team, Prowl catches the Distress Ball quite a few times in the series, usually after trying to do something alone. Maybe it's trying to send him a message?
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.
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