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* Naoyoshi from ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}''. And rescuing him is actually one of the main plot motive of the series.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Mamoru Chiba, a.k.a. Tuxedo Kamen started off as helpful and slightly badass, but after he and Usagi entered into a relationship, the poor guy descended rapidly into Distressed Dude territory. This also had some [[TheWorfEffect Worf Effect]] crossover just because the most common method of the villains to demonstrate their evil was to chuck the powerless guy in the tuxedo across the room and make off with him... or, in at least two cases, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy reprogram him]].
** The [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] tried to reduce this effect by giving him useful powers, and he took care of a few villains by himself, but he'd still get kidnapped/killed/brainwashed whenever the plot needed to kick up the drama a few notches. [[spoiler:The Stars manga storyline even started off with Galaxia ''effortlessly'' killing the poor kid in front of Usagi.]]
* Mikagami Tokiya in ''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 ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. 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.]]
** Slightly justified in that Natsume isn't necessarily ''weak'' - he's actually pretty strong for a non-exorcist human, and the fact that nearly ''everyone'' wants him (no, [[EventheGuysWantHim not like that!]]) leads to him getting kidnapped quite often. That he can scatter ayakashi just by ''punching'' them is considered quite impressive. Still doesn't save him from this trope, though.
* ''{{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).]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': [[OvershadowedByAwesome Kazuma Kuwabara]] in the Sensui arc.
* Kaito Doumoto of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' should really stop going overseas for surfing tournaments. The first time, he was kidnapped by [[spoiler:his long-lost brother]] Gackto, had his power almost stolen and got used to blackmail Lucia. The second time, he had [[LaserGuidedAmnesia his memory wiped]] by Michel and was used to draw Lucia out of hiding and blackmail her again. Thankfully, though she may be TheDitz, she's smarter than that.
* Genjyo Sanzo of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' gets abducted and restrained by baddies quite often in the anime. Doesn't stop him from being a badass, though. Then again, his original counterpart from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' got this treatment way more than ''Saiyuki'' Sanzo, without being badass the rest of the time to make up for it.
** Not that that's hard given his original counterpart was pretty much a complete wuss compared to Saiyuki's loud, violent, arrogant, chain smoking, gambling, foul mouthed, violent version who on average threatens to kill his companions at least twice a chapter. Oh and did I mention foul mouthed and violent?
* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' once got held captive by his fellow mages who wanted to turn him into an ermine and deport him to the Magic World for failing to maintain TheMasquerade. He managed to get out of his cell, but his TrueCompanions (mostly {{Action Girl}}s) had to bust into the enemy base to get him out.
* In one arc of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, [[spoiler:Death the Kidd seems to be playing this role after a CollectorOfTheStrange decides to add him to his collection. He manages to break out by himself, but only after a fight with Black Star which snaps him out of insanity.]]

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* Naoyoshi from ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}''. Shokupanman, frequently, in ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}''. And rescuing him is actually by frequently, I mean all the time, by everyone. Even though he's also a superhero and one of the main plot motive of the series.
PowerTrio.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Mamoru Chiba, a.k.a. Tuxedo Kamen started off as helpful and slightly badass, but after he and Usagi entered into a relationship, the poor guy descended rapidly into Distressed Dude territory. This also had some [[TheWorfEffect Worf Effect]] crossover just because the most common method of the villains to demonstrate their evil was to chuck the powerless guy in the tuxedo across the room and make off with him... or, in at least two cases, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy reprogram him]].
** The [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] tried to reduce this effect by giving him useful powers, and he took care of a few villains by himself, but he'd still get kidnapped/killed/brainwashed whenever the plot needed to kick up the drama a few notches. [[spoiler:The Stars manga storyline even started off with Galaxia ''effortlessly'' killing the poor kid in front of Usagi.]]
* Mikagami Tokiya in ''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 ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. 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.]]
** Slightly justified in that Natsume isn't necessarily ''weak'' -
Eren from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Whenever he's actually pretty strong for a non-exorcist human, and the fact that nearly ''everyone'' wants him (no, [[EventheGuysWantHim not like that!]]) leads to him getting kidnapped quite often. That he can scatter ayakashi just by ''punching'' them is considered quite impressive. Still doesn't save him separated from this trope, though.
* ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'': [[IdiotHero Gourry]]
[[AmazonianBeauty Mikasa]] or [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]], he gets slapped around enough eaten or kidnapped, sometimes both.
** Jean, for all his budding leadership qualities, has shades of this. He's been saved by Connie, Annie, Marco,
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).]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': [[OvershadowedByAwesome Kazuma Kuwabara]] in the Sensui arc.
* Kaito Doumoto of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' should really stop going overseas for surfing tournaments. The first time, he was kidnapped
thrice by [[spoiler:his long-lost brother]] Gackto, had his power almost stolen and got used to blackmail Lucia. The second time, he had [[LaserGuidedAmnesia his memory wiped]] by Michel and was used to draw Lucia out of hiding and blackmail her again. Thankfully, though she may be TheDitz, she's smarter than that.
* Genjyo Sanzo of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' gets abducted and restrained by baddies quite often in the anime. Doesn't stop him from being a badass, though. Then again, his original counterpart from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' got this treatment way more than ''Saiyuki'' Sanzo, without being badass the rest of the time to make up for it.
** Not that that's hard given his original counterpart was pretty much a complete wuss compared to Saiyuki's loud, violent, arrogant, chain smoking, gambling, foul mouthed, violent version who on average threatens to kill his companions at least twice a chapter. Oh and did I mention foul mouthed and violent?
* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' once got held captive by his fellow mages who wanted to turn him into an ermine and deport him to the Magic World for failing to maintain TheMasquerade. He managed to get out of his cell, but his TrueCompanions (mostly {{Action Girl}}s) had to bust into the enemy base to get him out.
* In one arc of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, [[spoiler:Death the Kidd seems to be playing this role after a CollectorOfTheStrange decides to add him to his collection. He manages to break out by himself, but only after a fight with Black Star which snaps him out of insanity.]]
Armin.



%%* Poor, ''poor'' Keiki from ''TheTwelveKingdoms''...

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%%* Poor, ''poor'' Keiki * Furuichi from ''TheTwelveKingdoms''...''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' was kidnapped twice during the manga, both times used as bait to lure Oga into a trap. As the best friend of the main character and being the only one with zero fighting skills, this was bound to happen.
* Yuki from ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' often qualifies. Most of the time, the other characters are protecting or saving him.
* Ciel of ''Manga/BlackButler'' is quite the [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]], but he's also a scrawny thirteen-year-old with athsma, and winds up having to be saved rather a lot, usually by his BattleButler Sebastian [[spoiler: or his [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage fiancée]] [[LittleMissBadass Elizabeth]]]].
* Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Revy at one point makes a sarcastic quip when his latest kidnapper turns out to be a Japanese high-school girl.



* Mokuba Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "Mokuba was supposed to be there with me, but he had been kidnapped for the fiftieth time that week so his seat was empty."]]
*** LittleKuriboh even saw fit to put together a '''''montage''''' of a few scenes in which he was kidnapped.
--->'''Kaiba ''[thinking]'':''' Hmm. Perhaps I should consider keeping him on a leash.
** Astonishingly averted in ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', where nobody even ''considers'' grabbing the kid.
* [[TheAce Portgas D. Ace]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is ''definitely'' this trope. Except that his younger brother Luffy is the one rescuing him, not a girl. [[spoiler:Luffy succeeded in freeing him. Unfortunately, it was in vain as soon Ace took a lava punch from Admiral Akainu to save Luffy and actually ''[[NotQuiteSavedEnough died]]''.]]
** Trafalgar Law goes through this in the Dressrosa arc. He gets knocked out, bound in [[KryptoniteFactor seastone chains]], and interrogated by the arc's BigBad. The Luffy rescues him...but doesn't have a key for the chains, so he has to ''carry'' Law all over the island, through multiple battles, until they finally get the key and Law can participate again.
* Kyrie from ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', so many times it's not funny. It's to be noted that he has the potential to defend himself but he never does.
* Tragic from ''Mythic Quest'' is threatened in exchange for Aramusha's good behavior so often that the one time someone claims to have [[IHaveYourWife kidnapped her]], he knows they're bluffing, because ''that's not how things work''. Usually this is just an excuse to have Tragic and Aramusha agree not to use their GameBreaker powers for the duration of a fight, but once John is actually kidnapped and Anaya has to go rescue him.
* 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. {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed to death by fandom via {{Wimpification}}.
* Ciel of ''Manga/BlackButler'' is quite the [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]], but he's also a scrawny thirteen-year-old with athsma, and winds up having to be saved rather a lot, usually by his BattleButler Sebastian [[spoiler: or his [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage fiancée]] [[LittleMissBadass Elizabeth]]]].
* Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Revy at one point makes a sarcastic quip when his latest kidnapper turns out to be a Japanese high-school girl.
* Alviss of ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', in the anime.
* Taki from ''Manga/{{Yellow}}'' gets this a bit, although it happens to Goh at least once.



* Mikagami Tokiya in ''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.
* Azusa Mizutani from ''Manga/GakuenOuji'' is this in the beginning of the manga. The female lead had to rescue him twice from being gangraped by all the crazy, horny girls at their school.
* Naoyoshi from ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}''. And rescuing him is actually one of the main plot motive of the series.



* Lawrence sometimes takes this part in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf''. In both arcs of the first season, Holo has to save his butt (or the business deal at hand) by returning to her true form, a giant wolf, and kicking around lots of thugs. The situations in the second season are a bit more complicated, however.
* Shokupanman, frequently, in ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}''. And by frequently, I mean all the time, by everyone. Even though he's also a superhero and one of the PowerTrio.
* Yuki from ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' often qualifies. Most of the time, the other characters are protecting or saving him.
* Yuuen from ''Manga/WildRock'' is small, weak, and looks like a girl, and basically helpless against most giant [[PrehistoricMonster prehistoric animals]]. Luckily for him Emba's the opposite.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Yeah, Shinji's a pretty easy target who cries and whines compared to his two female companions (a StoicWoobie and FieryRedhead). Yet he deserves mention for one episode where he takes charge, gets in trouble, and screams for help from the main female characters.
* Subverted in episode 88 of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. The Amazon sisters ''say'' that they're holding Ranma captive, but it turns out that they simply gave him a meal to keep him busy.
* Honoka Takamiya from ''Manga/WitchCraftWorks''. Interestingly more damsel-er than most.
* [[PrinceCharming Mytho]] in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. ExtremeDoormat due to his lack of a heart, with ChronicHeroSyndrome thanks to the nature of the story he came from, and a [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magical Girlfriend]]? WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
* Oz from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' was being one twice. First when he was captured by the Baskervilles in the Lutwidge Academy, and then he was saved by Elliot. Second was in Yura’s Mansion, and Gil goes to rescue him (Elliot happened to be in the rescue team too). Oh, and he didn’t show much of a resistance in both incident, especially the first one.
* Eren from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Whenever he's separated from [[AmazonianBeauty Mikasa]] or [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]], he gets eaten or kidnapped, sometimes both.
** Jean, for all his budding leadership qualities, has shades of this. He's been saved by Connie, Annie, Marco, and thrice by Armin.
* Goto in ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'' becomes one [[spoiler: near the end to lure Masayoshi into a final confrontation with Haiji. He managed to get out from his cuffs.]]

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* Lawrence sometimes takes this part in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf''. In both arcs of the first season, Holo has to save his butt (or the business deal at hand) by returning to her true form, a giant wolf, and kicking around lots of thugs. The situations in the second season are a bit more complicated, however.
* Shokupanman, frequently, in ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}''. And by frequently, I mean all the time, by everyone. Even though he's also a superhero and one of the PowerTrio.
* Yuki
Arslan from ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' often qualifies. Most of the time, the other characters are protecting or saving him.
* Yuuen from ''Manga/WildRock'' is small, weak, and looks like a girl, and basically helpless against most giant [[PrehistoricMonster prehistoric animals]]. Luckily for him Emba's the opposite.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Yeah, Shinji's a pretty easy target who cries and whines compared
needs someone, usually Daryun, to his two female companions (a StoicWoobie and FieryRedhead). Yet he deserves mention for one episode where he takes charge, gets in trouble, and screams for come help from the main female characters.
* Subverted in episode 88 of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. The Amazon sisters ''say'' that they're holding Ranma captive, but it turns out that they simply gave
him a meal to keep him busy.
* Honoka Takamiya from ''Manga/WitchCraftWorks''. Interestingly more damsel-er than most.
* [[PrinceCharming Mytho]] in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. ExtremeDoormat due to his lack of a heart, with ChronicHeroSyndrome thanks to the nature of the story he came from, and a [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magical Girlfriend]]? WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
* Oz from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' was being one twice. First when he was captured by the Baskervilles in the Lutwidge Academy, and then he was saved by Elliot. Second was in Yura’s Mansion, and Gil goes to rescue him (Elliot happened to be in the rescue team too). Oh, and he didn’t show much of a resistance in both incident, especially the first one.
* Eren from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. Whenever he's separated from [[AmazonianBeauty Mikasa]] or [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]], he gets eaten or kidnapped, sometimes both.
** Jean, for all his budding leadership qualities, has shades of this. He's been saved by Connie, Annie, Marco, and thrice by Armin.
* Goto in ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'' becomes one [[spoiler: near the end to lure Masayoshi into a final confrontation with Haiji. He managed to
get out from of being cornered/attacked by the enemy. Justified in that he is young and inexperienced and while he can hold his cuffs.]]own in a fight, he is frequently targeted because he is the prince with [[LivingMacGuffin a price on his head]].



* Furuichi from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' was kidnapped twice during the manga, both times used as bait to lure Oga into a trap. As the best friend of the main character and being the only one with zero fighting skills, this was bound to happen.

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* Furuichi from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' once got held captive by his fellow mages who wanted to turn him into an ermine and deport him to the Magic World for failing to maintain TheMasquerade. He managed to get out of his cell, but his TrueCompanions (mostly {{Action Girl}}s) had to bust into the enemy base to get him out.
%%* Alviss of ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', in the anime.
* Kaito Doumoto of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' should really stop going overseas for surfing tournaments. The first time, he
was kidnapped twice during the manga, both times by [[spoiler:his long-lost brother]] Gackto, had his power almost stolen and got used as bait to lure Oga into blackmail Lucia. The second time, he had [[LaserGuidedAmnesia his memory wiped]] by Michel and was used to draw Lucia out of hiding and blackmail her again. Thankfully, though she may be TheDitz, she's smarter than that.
* While he doesn't get caught ''every'' single episode of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''... well, if there's
a trap. As boy liable to get captured, that's Duo Maxwell. {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed to death by fandom via {{Wimpification}}.
* Tragic from ''Mythic Quest'' is threatened in exchange for Aramusha's good behavior so often that
the best friend of one time someone claims to have [[IHaveYourWife kidnapped her]], he knows they're bluffing, because ''that's not how things work''. Usually this is just an excuse to have Tragic and Aramusha agree not to use their GameBreaker powers for the main duration of a fight, but once John is actually kidnapped and Anaya has to go rescue him.
* Done a lot to the title
character of ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. He gets captured by {{youkai}} and being 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 one issue is getting out of the jar since his guardian Nyanko-Sensei protects him, but the ayakashi does eventually make off with zero fighting skills, Natsume. [[CliffHanger The episode ends as Natsume's friend runs off trying to save him.]]
** Slightly justified in that Natsume isn't necessarily ''weak'' - he's actually pretty strong for a non-exorcist human, and the fact that nearly ''everyone'' wants him (no, [[EventheGuysWantHim not like that!]]) leads to him getting kidnapped quite often. That he can scatter ayakashi just by ''punching'' them is considered quite impressive. Still doesn't save him from
this trope, though.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Yeah, Shinji's a pretty easy target who cries and whines compared to his two female companions (a StoicWoobie and FieryRedhead). Yet he deserves mention for one episode where he takes charge, gets in trouble, and screams for help from the main female characters.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Portgas D. Ace is ''definitely'' this trope; an entire war is done to save him from the Marine. Except that his younger brother Luffy is the one rescuing him, not a girl. [[spoiler: Luffy succeeded in freeing him. Unfortunately, it
was in vain as soon Ace took a lava punch from Admiral Akainu to save Luffy and actually ''[[NotQuiteSavedEnough died]]''.]]
** Trafalgar Law goes through this in the Dressrosa arc. He gets knocked out,
bound in [[KryptoniteFactor seastone chains]], and interrogated by the arc's BigBad. The Luffy rescues him...but doesn't have a key for the chains, so he has to happen.''carry'' Law all over the island, through multiple battles, until they finally get the key and Law can participate again.
* Oz from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' was being one twice. First when he was captured by the Baskervilles in the Lutwidge Academy, and then he was saved by Elliot. Second was in Yura’s Mansion, and Gil goes to rescue him (Elliot happened to be in the rescue team too). Oh, and he didn’t show much of a resistance in both incident, especially the first one.
* [[PrinceCharming Mytho]] in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. ExtremeDoormat due to his lack of a heart, with ChronicHeroSyndrome thanks to the nature of the story he came from, and a [[DarkMagicalGirl Dark Magical Girlfriend]]? WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong
* Subverted in episode 88 of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. The Amazon sisters ''say'' that they're holding Ranma captive, but it turns out that they simply gave him a meal to keep him busy.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Mamoru Chiba, a.k.a. Tuxedo Kamen started off as helpful and slightly badass, but after he and Usagi entered into a relationship, the poor guy descended rapidly into Distressed Dude territory. This also had some [[TheWorfEffect Worf Effect]] crossover just because the most common method of the villains to demonstrate their evil was to chuck the powerless guy in the tuxedo across the room and make off with him... or, in at least two cases, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy reprogram him]].
** The [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] tried to reduce this effect by giving him useful powers, and he took care of a few villains by himself, but he'd still get kidnapped/killed/brainwashed whenever the plot needed to kick up the drama a few notches. [[spoiler:The Stars manga storyline even started off with Galaxia ''effortlessly'' killing the poor kid in front of Usagi.]]
* Shun in ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. Though he's not completely incapable of fighting, Ikki routinely bails him out of tough battles. Note this becomes routine only in the filler episode of the anime and in non-canon movies where he is subject to AdaptationalWimp.
* Genjyo Sanzo of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' gets abducted and restrained by baddies quite often in the anime. Doesn't stop him from being a badass, though. Then again, his original counterpart from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' got this treatment way more than ''Saiyuki'' Sanzo, without being badass the rest of the time to make up for it.
** Not that that's hard given his original counterpart was pretty much a complete wuss compared to Saiyuki's loud, violent, arrogant, chain smoking, gambling, foul mouthed, violent version who on average threatens to kill his companions at least twice a chapter. Oh and did I mention foul mouthed and violent?
* Goto in ''Anime/SamuraiFlamenco'' becomes one [[spoiler: near the end to lure Masayoshi into a final confrontation with Haiji. He managed to get out from his cuffs.]]
* Kyrie from ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', so many times it's not funny. It's to be noted that he has the potential to defend himself but he never does.
* ''SeraphOfTheEnd'' gives this role to Mika and especially Yuu. Both state how they want to rescue/save the other and its lampshaded by Ferid. Ferid calls Yuu by the TermsOfEndangerment "precious princess", "lovely Yuu-chan", and "precious angel". Mika makes it his life goal to save Yuu from the vampires/humans out to use him and carries him in a BridalCarry a couple times. There's even fanart of Mika dressed as a prince carrying Yuu who's dressed as a princess.
* ''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).]]
* In one arc of the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, [[spoiler:Death the Kidd seems to be playing this role after a CollectorOfTheStrange decides to add him to his collection. He manages to break out by himself, but only after a fight with Black Star which snaps him out of insanity.]]
* Lawrence sometimes takes this part in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf''. In both arcs of the first season, Holo has to save his butt (or the business deal at hand) by returning to her true form, a giant wolf, and kicking around lots of thugs. The situations in the second season are a bit more complicated, however.



* Arslan from ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' often needs someone, usually Daryun, to come help him get out of being cornered/attacked by the enemy. Justified in that he is young and inexperienced and while he can hold his own in a fight, he is frequently targeted because he is the prince with [[LivingMacGuffin a price on his head]].
* Azusa Mizutani from ''Manga/GakuenOuji'' is this in the beginning of the manga. The female lead had to rescue him twice from being gangraped by all the crazy, horny girls at their school.
* ''SeraphOfTheEnd'' gives this role to Mika and especially Yuu. Both state how they want to rescue/save the other and its lampshaded by Ferid. Ferid calls Yuu by the TermsOfEndangerment "precious princess", "lovely Yuu-chan", and "precious angel". Mika makes it his life goal to save Yuu from the vampires/humans out to use him and carries him in a BridalCarry a couple times. There's even fanart of Mika dressed as a prince carrying Yuu who's dressed as a princess.
** Chapter 46 has this with [[DepravedBisexual Ferid]] showing up. He drives up in his car and holds out his hand to Mika and Yuu, with a flirtatious look and teasingly saying "I heard you two were being attacked by a dangerous vampire so I came to your rescue. Come take a ride with me. I'll save you." He plays mind games with Yuu and Mika throughout the chapter, and when Yuu turns into a demon to attack Ferid for [[spoiler: showing them Akane's head]] Ferid tells Mika he's "worried for the poor guy (Yuu)" because he's says Yuu could turn into a full demon. He also teasingly requests for Crowley to save him from demon!Yuu and calls himself a "delicate flowr". He states he has an antidote to cure Yuu and tells Shinoa "Let us go rescue dear Yuu." Mika is adamant to keep Ferid from getting near Yuu and says "I won't let you have your way with him!" Ferid smiles and says he just wants to help Yuu. Mika says he's not going to let Ferid touch him. Crowley engages Mika in a fight while Ferid states cheerfully [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty "Now precious Yuu is all mine."]] Ferid approaches Yuu and blushes saying "Wow! [[ShesAllGrownUp Haven't you grown]] into the [[{{Bishonen}} cute one]]! Your demon is on the verge of rampage yet you still have [[WhatBeautifulEyes such clear and beautiful eyes.]] Now wonder you are the extra special guinea pig." He then lifts Yuu's face by his chin and gets close saying "Perhaps before I heal you I'll take a little sip of your blood." Yuu asks if there's something in it for him if he allows Ferid to suck his blood. Ferid says he got the curse surpresent from Guren and it's the same one he takes. Yuu demands Ferid tells him everything he knows and Ferid smiles, covers Yuu's mouth with his hand, says "Oh, you ''are'' cute" and bites him while gripping his shoulder and hand. He then "cures" Yuu of his advancing demon curse while holding him close and leaning his head on Yuu's shoulder.

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* Arslan %%* Poor, ''poor'' Keiki from ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' often needs someone, usually Daryun, to come help ''Manga/TheTwelveKingdoms''...
* Yuuen from ''Manga/WildRock'' is small, weak, and looks like a girl, and basically helpless against most giant [[PrehistoricMonster prehistoric animals]]. Luckily for
him get out of being cornered/attacked by Emba's the enemy. Justified in that he is young and inexperienced and while he can hold his own in opposite.
* Honoka Takamiya from ''Manga/WitchCraftWorks''. Interestingly more damsel-er than most.
* Taki from ''Manga/{{Yellow}}'' gets this
a fight, he is frequently targeted because he is the prince bit, although it happens to Goh at least once.
* Mokuba Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh''
** [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "Mokuba was supposed to be there
with [[LivingMacGuffin a price on his head]].
* Azusa Mizutani from ''Manga/GakuenOuji'' is this in the beginning of the manga. The female lead
me, but he had to rescue him twice from being gangraped by all the crazy, horny girls at their school.
* ''SeraphOfTheEnd'' gives this role to Mika and especially Yuu. Both state how they want to rescue/save the other and its lampshaded by Ferid. Ferid calls Yuu by the TermsOfEndangerment "precious princess", "lovely Yuu-chan", and "precious angel". Mika makes it his life goal to save Yuu from the vampires/humans out to use him and carries him in a BridalCarry a couple times. There's even fanart of Mika dressed as a prince carrying Yuu who's dressed as a princess.
** Chapter 46 has this with [[DepravedBisexual Ferid]] showing up. He drives up in his car and holds out his hand to Mika and Yuu, with a flirtatious look and teasingly saying "I heard you two were being attacked by a dangerous vampire so I came to your rescue. Come take a ride with me. I'll save you." He plays mind games with Yuu and Mika throughout the chapter, and when Yuu turns into a demon to attack Ferid for [[spoiler: showing them Akane's head]] Ferid tells Mika he's "worried
been kidnapped for the poor guy (Yuu)" because he's says Yuu could turn into a full demon. He also teasingly requests for Crowley fiftieth time that week so his seat was empty."]]
*** LittleKuriboh even saw fit
to save put together a '''''montage''''' of a few scenes in which he was kidnapped.
--->'''Kaiba ''[thinking]'':''' Hmm. Perhaps I should consider keeping
him from demon!Yuu and calls himself on a "delicate flowr". He states he has an antidote to cure Yuu and tells Shinoa "Let us go rescue dear Yuu." Mika is adamant to keep Ferid from getting near Yuu and says "I won't let you have your way with him!" Ferid smiles and says he just wants to help Yuu. Mika says he's not going to let Ferid touch him. Crowley engages Mika leash.
** Astonishingly averted
in a fight while Ferid states cheerfully [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty "Now precious Yuu is all mine."]] Ferid approaches Yuu and blushes saying "Wow! [[ShesAllGrownUp Haven't you grown]] into ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', where nobody even ''considers'' grabbing the [[{{Bishonen}} cute one]]! Your demon is on kid.
* Kuwabara in
the verge Sensui arc of rampage yet you still have [[WhatBeautifulEyes such clear and beautiful eyes.]] Now wonder you are ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' where id kidnapped by the extra special guinea pig." He then lifts Yuu's face by BigBad that want his chin and gets close saying "Perhaps before I heal you I'll take a little sip power of your blood." Yuu asks if there's something in it for him if he allows Ferid to suck his blood. Ferid says he got the curse surpresent from Guren and it's the same one he takes. Yuu demands Ferid tells him everything he knows and Ferid smiles, covers Yuu's mouth with his hand, says "Oh, you ''are'' cute" and bites him while gripping his shoulder and hand. He then "cures" Yuu of his advancing demon curse while holding him close and leaning his head on Yuu's shoulder.cut dimensional barrier.
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* ''Las Momias De Guanajuanto'' involves the kidnapping of Mil Máscaras and The Blue Demon by a {{mummy}} named Satan and Wrestling/ElSanto is to the rescue!
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* A recurring trope in the {{Deryni}} books:

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* A recurring trope in the {{Deryni}} Literature/{{Deryni}} books:
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* Alviss of ''{{MAR}}'', in the anime.

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* Alviss of ''{{MAR}}'', ''Manga/{{MAR}}'', in the anime.
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* Rakion Kalsa in ''ChaosFighters: Chemical Warriors-RAKSA''.

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* Rakion Kalsa in ''ChaosFighters: ''Literature/ChaosFighters: Chemical Warriors-RAKSA''.
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* ''SeraphOfTheEnd'' gives this role to Mika and especially Yuu. Both state how they want to rescue/save the other and its lampshaded by Ferid. Ferid calls Yuu by the TermsOfEndangerment "precious princess", "lovely Yuu-chan", and "precious princess". Mika makes it his life goal to save Yuu from the vampires/humans out to use him and carries him in a BridalCarry a couple times. There's even fanart of Mika dressed as a prince carrying Yuu who's dressed as a princess.

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* ''SeraphOfTheEnd'' gives this role to Mika and especially Yuu. Both state how they want to rescue/save the other and its lampshaded by Ferid. Ferid calls Yuu by the TermsOfEndangerment "precious princess", "lovely Yuu-chan", and "precious princess".angel". Mika makes it his life goal to save Yuu from the vampires/humans out to use him and carries him in a BridalCarry a couple times. There's even fanart of Mika dressed as a prince carrying Yuu who's dressed as a princess.
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* Donkey Kong himself is captured in the second and third iterations of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry,'' and Diddy Kong is in the third. Dixie Kong is never captured (at least in the Donkey Kong games, she is in Mario Super Sluggers)making her one of Nintendo's straightest examples of an ActionGirl.

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* Donkey Kong himself is captured in the second [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry2DiddysKongQuest second]] and third [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble third]] iterations of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry,'' and Diddy Kong is in the third. Dixie Kong is never captured (at least in the Donkey Kong ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' games, she is in Mario ''Mario Super Sluggers)making Sluggers'') making her one of Nintendo's straightest examples of an ActionGirl.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' episode "Do Unto Brothers", Zidgel, Midgel, and Fidgel get captured by Cavitus.
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* [[spoiler: Shane]] from "VisualNovel/AsagaoAcademyNormalBootsClub" claims to have been one at one time.
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* Lee in the ''Literature/SmokeAndShadows'' trilogy by TanyaHuff. In this case, he's Tony's Mary Jane. Lee gets ''very'' tired of being the damsel by book 3. Also in the fourth book of the ''Literature/BloodBooks'', Henry, the vampire is captured and held prisoner by mad scientists and it is up to Vicky and Mike to rescue him. In the fifth book it is Mike who is captured and bound, but since he is rescued by two vampires, I do not know if that would count.

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* Lee in the ''Literature/SmokeAndShadows'' trilogy by TanyaHuff.Creator/TanyaHuff. In this case, he's Tony's Mary Jane. Lee gets ''very'' tired of being the damsel by book 3. Also in the fourth book of the ''Literature/BloodBooks'', Henry, the vampire is captured and held prisoner by mad scientists and it is up to Vicky and Mike to rescue him. In the fifth book it is Mike who is captured and bound, but since he is rescued by two vampires, I do not know if that would count.
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