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18th Apr '18 11:23:45 PM Ohio9
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* Yuna in ''VideoGameFinalFantasyX'' has the ability to summon giant monsters with enough magical power to eliminate a city block, yet she still ends up getting kidnapped numerous times throughout the game. No explanation is ever provided for why she doesn't use her summoning powers to fight her abductors.

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* Yuna in ''VideoGameFinalFantasyX'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has the ability to summon giant monsters with enough magical power to eliminate a city block, yet she still ends up getting kidnapped numerous times throughout the game. No explanation is ever provided for why she doesn't use her summoning powers to fight her abductors.
18th Apr '18 11:22:07 PM Ohio9
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* Yuna in ''VideoGameFinalFantasyX'' has the ability to summon giant monsters with enough magical power to eliminate a city block, yet she still ends up getting kidnapped numerous times throughout the game. No explanation is ever provided for why she doesn't use her summoning powers to fight her abductors.
16th Feb '18 12:12:30 PM StarTropes
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* During the "Port-to-Port Killer" arc of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [[BadassIsraeli Ziva]] leaves HQ on her own to see if her boyfriend's OK...and is quickly subdued and captured. Team Gibbs manages to locate and rescue her...which keeps them occupied while P-to-P goes after his ''real'' target at NCIS.
8th Jan '18 7:02:34 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''BreathOfFire'', shortly after Ryu arrives at Winlan, the player gains control of Princess Nina as she decides to storm the lair of a powerful wizard to obtain a cure for her poisoned father (who the wizard was responsible for poisoning). Granted, she does (or rather, [[ButThouMust is forced to]]) take a pair of soldiers with her as bodyguards, but all the same, she is captured and needs to be rescued by Ryu afterwards.

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* In ''BreathOfFire'', ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', shortly after Ryu arrives at Winlan, the player gains control of Princess Nina as she decides to storm the lair of a powerful wizard to obtain a cure for her poisoned father (who the wizard was responsible for poisoning). Granted, she does (or rather, [[ButThouMust is forced to]]) take a pair of soldiers with her as bodyguards, but all the same, she is captured and needs to be rescued by Ryu afterwards.
7th Jan '18 3:21:18 AM Ohio9
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* Anna in ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'' is established a crack shot early in the film. But when Clinch Leatherwood comes to town looking for her, she suddenly loses her ability to use firearms. For the entire final act of the movie, she never attempts to use a gun in self defense. She also doesn't take advantage of an obvious opportunity to take Clinch out of the picture for good after she knocks him out with a rock. Does she then kill him or tie him up and lead the Sheriff back to him to make an arrest? Nope, she just leaves him there to wake up and continue pursuing her later.
1st Jan '18 3:48:44 AM Piterpicher
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* Starfire in ''TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''. She actually forgets that ''she can fly'' and has to be snatched out of the air mid-drop by Robin, who has no super-powers. Ironically, one fan once remarked on a forum that if such a thing ever happened she would be called out on it, as it would be an obvious ploy to attract Robin's attention. Instead it was played painfully straight.

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* Starfire in ''TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''.''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''. She actually forgets that ''she can fly'' and has to be snatched out of the air mid-drop by Robin, who has no super-powers. Ironically, one fan once remarked on a forum that if such a thing ever happened she would be called out on it, as it would be an obvious ploy to attract Robin's attention. Instead it was played painfully straight.
31st Dec '17 10:33:47 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': Dear GODS, Nancy Drew in second season:

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* ''TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': Dear GODS, Nancy Drew in second season:
21st Dec '17 4:35:23 AM rixion
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** Rinoa Heartilly of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. She foolishly goes after the Sorceress intending to bind her powers with a magic ring (a plan which admittedly could have worked had Quistis not ignored it) but ends up in a trance and attacked by Iguions. Naturally she must be saved. This is balanced out somewhat by moments of competency such as leading an attack on the prison to rescue the others and [[spoiler: gaining Sorceress powers to become a GameBreaker]].

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** Rinoa Heartilly of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. She foolishly goes after the Sorceress intending to bind her powers with a magic ring PowerNullifier (a plan which admittedly that could have worked had Quistis not ignored it) if [[spoiler:Edea weren't being possessed by another Sorceress from the future who knows the item]]) but ends up in a trance and attacked by Iguions. Naturally she must be saved. This is balanced out somewhat by moments of competency such as leading an attack on the prison to rescue the others and others, [[spoiler: gaining Sorceress powers to become a GameBreaker]].GameBreaker and saving Squall from the TimeCrash during the ending.]]
13th Dec '17 9:02:22 AM ThunderPX3
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** In ''Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'', the remake of ''Fire Emblem Gaiden'', a plot element is added whereby villains want to kidnap Celica throughout the game. Since the rest of her side of the game progresses similarly to the original version, this causes her to suddenly turn into a complete idiot every time an attempt is made to either forcibly take her or convince her it's for the Greater Good to give herself up.
30th Nov '17 9:31:24 AM hubakon1368
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* Given to all of Equestria in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'', when Nightmare Moon and her allies enslave the place without much resistance and take Luna and Celestia hostage. Naturally, the Unicornicopians have to come to the rescue.

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* [[UpToEleven Given to all of Equestria in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'', in]] ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'', when Nightmare Moon and her allies enslave the place without much resistance and take Luna and Celestia hostage. Naturally, the Unicornicopians [[DesignatedHero Unicornicopians]] have to come to the rescue.
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