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10th Feb '16 7:52:27 AM Prfnoff
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* Mikagami Tokiya in ''FlameOfRecca'', despite being a competent fighter and a ruthlessly efficient TheSmartGuy, actually doubles as this. He gets tied up TWICE in the series, both probably as an effect of picking up the DistressBall, or maybe because GoodIsDumb, since this happens once he lets go of his {{Revenge}} tendencies and lessened his ruthlessness. In his defense though, after all that, he goes to beat down the most feared member amongst the enemy ranks. * Done a lot to the title character of ''NatsumeYuujinchou''. He gets captured by youkai and the Matoba clan on more than one occasion. Special mention to his first encounter with the head of the Matoba clan. Natsume is abducted and told that if he [[BoundAndGagged tries to run, it will be made so that he can't run, and if he tries to yell, it'll be made so that he can't yell.]] Special mention also goes to season four, episode six, which plays with the trope before playing it straight: Natsume is trapped in a jar by an ayakashi that wishes to use him as an offering. Initially, the only issue is getting out of the jar since his guardian Nyanko-Sensei protects him, but the ayakashi does eventually make off with Natsume. [[CliffHanger The episode ends as Natsume's friend runs off trying to save him.]]
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* Mikagami Tokiya in ''FlameOfRecca'', ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', despite being a competent fighter and a ruthlessly efficient TheSmartGuy, actually doubles as this. He gets tied up TWICE in the series, both probably as an effect of picking up the DistressBall, or maybe because GoodIsDumb, since this happens once he lets go of his {{Revenge}} tendencies and lessened his ruthlessness. In his defense though, after all that, he goes to beat down the most feared member amongst the enemy ranks. * Done a lot to the title character of ''NatsumeYuujinchou''. ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. He gets captured by youkai {{youkai}} and the Matoba clan on more than one occasion. Special mention to his first encounter with the head of the Matoba clan. Natsume is abducted and told that if he [[BoundAndGagged tries to run, it will be made so that he can't run, and if he tries to yell, it'll be made so that he can't yell.]] Special mention also goes to season four, episode six, which plays with the trope before playing it straight: Natsume is trapped in a jar by an ayakashi that wishes to use him as an offering. Initially, the only issue is getting out of the jar since his guardian Nyanko-Sensei protects him, but the ayakashi does eventually make off with Natsume. [[CliffHanger The episode ends as Natsume's friend runs off trying to save him.]]
29th Jan '16 11:50:30 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* There's a lot of these in the ''FireEmblem'' series. ** ''Fire Emblem'' (a.k.a. ''Fire Emblem: The Sword of Flame'') has Nils the Bard and his Distressed Damsel sister Ninian. They ''do'' join the fight... but as Spoony Bard types (they're damn useful once you get the hang of it, though). ** Raven and Lucius' brief stunt as Distressed Dudes. When they appear in either Eliwood's or Hector's path, it's in a cell of Lyn's castle. Raven subverts the trope as he forces the guards let him go and check what goes on, becoming an enemy unit that you have to recruit with his sister Priscilla; Lucius, however, stays in the cell until a freshly recruited Raven goes to recruit ''him''. ** ''Genealogy of Holy War'' has Prince Shanan of Isaac, Ayra's nephew and protegée. Though the second part, settled 17 years in the future, shows him and his best friend Oifaye as adults who have taken [[TookALevelInBadass SEVERAL levels in badass]]. Said second part also gives us the priest Corple, held hostage [[IHaveYourWife to force his adoptive father Hannibal to work for the enemy]]. Once the issue is resolved, they both join the group. ** ''Path of Radiance'' featured the Heron Prince Reyson held hostage as a pet by a crazy noble. Ike's mercenaries are hired to rescue him. He ''would'' be a Spoony Bard if he wasn't, quite frankly, one of the most powerful utility characters in the game. He also essentially rescues ''himself'' before Ike's mercenaries arrive. ** Early on in ''Shadow Dragon'', Gordin is bound and gagged in an enemy uniform in hopes that Marth will mistakenly kill him and be branded a murderous tyrant. You can choose to rescue him. Oh, and the villain behind it even calls him "Gaggles", which is now his FanNickname. ** Subverted in ''Sacred Stones'', where Eirika is convinced that her brother Ephraim is being held captive. [[spoiler:He got away off-screen and comes back to rescue ''her'' when she comes to rescue ''him''. They proceed to team up and kick the ass of the guy whose idea it was to start those rumors.]] ** Played straight when Eirika and her company have to rescue the trapped Prince Innes along with his mercenary team in Carcino. In Ephraim's route, Knoll is scheduled to be executed before Ephraim and his troupe free him. ** [[spoiler:Prince Mildain of Etruria a.k.a.]] Elphin the Bard's backstory in ''Sword of Seals'' has him catching a HUGE DistressBall and becoming one of these, [[spoiler:after a complot against his life almost works. He's saved by the dancer Lalam and manages to go FakingTheDead, becoming the local Spoony Bard and joining Roy's group.]]
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* There's a lot of these in the ''FireEmblem'' series. ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series: ** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' (released simply as ''Fire Emblem'' (a.k.a. ''Fire Emblem: The Sword of Flame'') in the West) has Nils the Bard and his Distressed Damsel sister Ninian. They ''do'' join the fight... but as Spoony Bard types (they're damn useful once you get the hang of it, though). ** *** There's also Raven and Lucius' brief stunt as Distressed Dudes. When they appear in either Eliwood's or Hector's path, it's in a cell of Lyn's castle. Raven subverts the trope as he forces the guards let him go and check what goes on, becoming an enemy unit that you have to recruit with his sister Priscilla; Lucius, however, stays in the cell until a freshly recruited Raven goes to recruit ''him''. ** ''Genealogy The first part of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of Holy War'' War]]'' has Prince Shanan of Isaac, Ayra's nephew and protegée. Though However, the second part, settled which takes place 17 years in the future, later, shows him and his best friend Oifaye Oifey as adults who have taken [[TookALevelInBadass SEVERAL levels in badass]]. Said second part also gives us the priest Corple, Corpul, held hostage [[IHaveYourWife to force his adoptive father Hannibal to work for the enemy]]. Once the issue is resolved, they both join the main group. ** ''Path ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance'' Radiance]]'' featured the Heron Prince Reyson held hostage as a pet by a crazy noble. Ike's mercenaries are hired to rescue him. He ''would'' be a Spoony Bard if he wasn't, quite frankly, one of the most powerful utility characters in the game. He also essentially rescues ''himself'' before Ike's mercenaries arrive. ** Early on in ''Shadow Dragon'', ''[[FireEmblemAkaneia Shadow Dragon]]'', Gordin is bound and gagged in an enemy uniform in hopes that Marth will mistakenly kill him and be branded a murderous tyrant. You can choose to rescue him. Oh, and the villain behind it even calls him "Gaggles", which is now his FanNickname. ** Subverted in ''Sacred Stones'', ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'', where Eirika is convinced that her brother Ephraim is being held captive. [[spoiler:He got away off-screen and comes back to rescue ''her'' when she comes to rescue ''him''. They proceed to team up and kick the ass of the guy whose idea it was to start those rumors.]] ** *** Played straight when Eirika and her company have to rescue the trapped Prince Innes along with his mercenary team in Carcino. In Ephraim's route, Knoll is was imprisoned and scheduled to be executed before Ephraim and his troupe free freed him. ** [[spoiler:Prince Mildain of Etruria a.k.a.]] Elphin the Bard's backstory in ''Sword of Seals'' ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Binding Blade]]'' has him catching a HUGE DistressBall and becoming one of these, [[spoiler:after a complot plot against his life almost works. He's saved by the dancer Lalam Lalum and manages to go FakingTheDead, becoming the local Spoony Bard and joining Roy's group.]]group]].
23rd Jan '16 8:49:52 AM Kakai
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', Vesper seems to consider [[spoiler:Corrick]] to be this after events of chapter 9, although he himself seems to be dealing with all that happens pretty fine.
8th Jan '16 7:51:19 PM NeonFox
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* At the moment, Bucky/[[spoiler:the Winter Soldier]] is probably the most popular Distressed Dude in [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse [=MCU=]]] fanworks, but people are also fond of beating up on Tony, Clint, and Loki.
3rd Jan '16 8:11:17 PM Willbyr
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* Naoyoshi from ''{{Gamaran}}''. And rescuing him is actually one of the main plot motive of the series.
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* Naoyoshi from ''{{Gamaran}}''.''Manga/{{Gamaran}}''. And rescuing him is actually one of the main plot motive of the series.

* While he doesn't get caught ''every'' single episode... well, if there's a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Boy]] liable to get captured, that's Duo Maxwell. [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] to death by fandom via {{Wimpification}}.
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* While he doesn't get caught ''every'' single episode... well, if there's a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Wing Boy]] liable to get captured, that's Duo Maxwell. [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed to death by fandom via {{Wimpification}}.
29th Dec '15 5:59:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Slayers}}'': [[IdiotHero Gourry]] gets slapped around enough and used almost to the point of a PlotCoupon due to being both the TeamNormal and the wielder of a [[ForgottenSuperWeapon powerful sword]], but it comes to a head when Monster lord Hellmaster Fibrizo kidnaps him in the second season of the anime/eigth light novel in order to be used to provoke Lina. [[spoiler:It takes the summoning of the GuardianOfTheMultiverse to save him (and her other friends, who also get taken).]]
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* ''{{Slayers}}'': ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'': [[IdiotHero Gourry]] gets slapped around enough and used almost to the point of a PlotCoupon due to being both the TeamNormal and the wielder of a [[ForgottenSuperWeapon powerful sword]], but it comes to a head when Monster lord Hellmaster Fibrizo kidnaps him in the second season of the anime/eigth light novel in order to be used to provoke Lina. [[spoiler:It takes the summoning of the GuardianOfTheMultiverse to save him (and her other friends, who also get taken).]]
20th Dec '15 2:13:15 PM ecuvulle6267
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* [[spoiler:Peeta]] is taken hostage by the Capitol at the end of ''Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire'' and held prisoner throughout most of ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1''.
18th Dec '15 8:55:59 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "Literature/TheSnowQueen": Kay is rescued by Gerda, who, before she finds him, obtains some features of an ActionGirl. Princess Eliza does the same (though in the non-action way) to her brothers, transformed into wild swans by their stepmother. [[TheSevenBasicPlots Christopher Booker]] goes into great detail on the symbolism behind his bondage, and the symbolism inherent in the heroine coming to free him.
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* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "Literature/TheSnowQueen": Kay is rescued by Gerda, who, before she finds him, obtains some features of an ActionGirl. Princess Eliza does the same (though in the non-action way) to her brothers, transformed into wild swans by their stepmother. [[TheSevenBasicPlots [[Literature/TheSevenBasicPlots Christopher Booker]] goes into great detail on the symbolism behind his bondage, and the symbolism inherent in the heroine coming to free him.
14th Dec '15 1:24:36 AM StFan
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[[folder:General]] * SantaClaus, often leading into a SavingChristmas scenario. * Children's programing seems to have a liking for [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses a princess in charge of everything]] with her father ([[MissingMom the mother almost never mentioned]]) apparently locked away [[PutOnABus somewhere.]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Comics]] * WonderWoman's old boyfriend Steve Trevor also got into a fair share of trouble.
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[[folder:Comics]] [[folder:Comic Books]] * WonderWoman's ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': ** Wonder Woman's old boyfriend Steve Trevor also got into a fair share of trouble.

* Dick Grayson used to get captured and tied up a lot during his old ComicBook/{{Robin}} days, in order to play the {{sidekick}} in danger and get rescued by Franchise/{{Batman}}. Now, as ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, this has evolved into a tendency to end up bound and [[ShirtlessScene stripped down to his underpants]] by the {{villain}}. [[{{Fanservice}} Not that we're complaining]].
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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': ** Dick Grayson used to get captured and tied up a lot during his old ComicBook/{{Robin}} days, in order to play the {{sidekick}} in danger and get rescued by Franchise/{{Batman}}. Now, as ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}, this has evolved into a tendency to end up bound and [[ShirtlessScene stripped down to his underpants]] by the {{villain}}. [[{{Fanservice}} Not that we're complaining]].

* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}''
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* [[ComicBook/XFactor Rictor's]] first appearance in comics consisted of his being saved from the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Right]], who'd kidnapped him in order to use his powers to wreak havoc on San Francisco. Since then, in his two stints in X-Factor and his time in X-Force, he's often the go-to guy to be kidnapped.
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* [[ComicBook/XFactor Rictor's]] ''ComicBook/XFactor'': Rictor's first appearance in comics consisted of his being saved from the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Right]], who'd kidnapped him in order to use his powers to wreak havoc on San Francisco. Since then, in his two stints in X-Factor and his time in X-Force, he's often the go-to guy to be kidnapped.

* GreenLantern has been full of this since the dawn of time, but special mention goes to the New 52 run that, thus far, has been chock full of our two leads getting captured (by the Sinestro Corps, Indigo Tribe...).
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* GreenLantern ComicBook/GreenLantern has been full of this since the dawn of time, but special mention goes to the New 52 run that, thus far, has been chock full of our two leads getting captured (by the Sinestro Corps, Indigo Tribe...).

[[folder:Comic Strips]] * GreenLantern has been full of this since the dawn of time, but special mention goes to the New 52 run that, thus far, has been chock full of our two leads ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail'': Rusty's designated role, constantly getting captured (by the Sinestro Corps, Indigo Tribe...).kidnapped or trapped. [[/folder]]


[[folder:Newspaper Comics]] * ''MarkTrail'' - Rusty's designated role, constantly getting kidnapped or trapped. [[/folder]]

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8th Dec '15 4:11:15 AM GoombasAreGods
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has [[PrivateDetective Nick Valentine]] introduced this way, with the player character needing to rescue him from a group of gangsters. If you're playing a female character, he'll quip “Gotta love the irony of the reversed damsel in distress scenario.”
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has [[PrivateDetective Nick Valentine]] introduced Valentine]], who first appears being held captive by [[TheMafia Skinny Malone's gang]]. He lampshades this way, with the player character needing to if you rescue him from a group of gangsters. If you're playing as a female character, he'll quip “Gotta love player character: --> '''Nick:''' While I appreciate the irony of the reversed damsel in distress scenario.”reverse damsel-in-distress scenario...
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