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13th May '16 12:45:47 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriforceHeroes'' parodies the trope utterly in that, while Princess Styla is in fact safe in her own castle, the peril she has to be saved from is a cursed onesie that she is stuck in. [[DenserAndWackier Yeah...]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriforceHeroes'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes'' parodies the trope utterly in that, while Princess Styla is in fact safe in her own castle, the peril she has to be saved from is a cursed onesie that she is stuck in. [[DenserAndWackier Yeah...]]
9th Mar '16 8:09:05 PM Prfnoff
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* This is the initial premise of ''{{Eversion}}''. [[spoiler:The endings will make you wish you hadn't saved her.]]

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* This is the initial premise of ''{{Eversion}}''.''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}''. [[spoiler:The endings will make you wish you hadn't saved her.]]


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* ''VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBusterBustsLoose'' parodies this in the introduction to the "SpaceOpera" final stage:
-->'''Buster''': I'll fight the evil empire army all by myself. While I'm doing that I'll also manage to save Princess Babs.\\
''(Babs Bunny walks on)''\\
'''Buster''': Wait a minute, Princess Babs? You mean I have to rescue you again?!\\
'''Babs''': That's right.\\
'''Buster''': Well hurry up then. The show's getting ready to start.\\
'''Babs''': Okay. Time for me to get captured.
27th Feb '16 7:08:07 PM Steven
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** Averted in ''Yoshi's Safari'' where Princess Peach isn't kidnapped at all and serves to deliver Mario and Yoshi the news that her friends King Fret and Prince Pine were captured by Bowser and Jewelry Land's jewels were stolen.
21st Feb '16 9:18:03 PM MsChibi
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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Mars and Venus]]'' self-help books, a story is told about a knight who saves a princess from a dragon and feels validated for doing so. Then he goes off on an adventure, and she gets attacked by yet another dragon. Only this time, she tells him that the sword won't work and that he'll have to use a noose to slay the dragon. He feels discouraged at the celebratory feast, because he didn't slay the dragon on his own, [[FreudWasRight his own way]]. Then the princess gets attacked by another dragon, and this time, she tells him that he'll have to poison the dragon, which he does...and that causes him to feel even more discouraged. Later, the knight hears more screams...only they're not coming from ''his'' princess, but from ''another'' princess. He goes to rescue her, feels validated because she didn't tell him what to do and he did it by himself, his own way, and ditched the first princess to live HappilyEverAfter with this new princess. What the reader was ''supposed'' to take from this is that it's best not to tell a man how to solve his problems...and that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop a woman being too outspoken can cause men to reject her or cheat because they feel rejected/discouraged/etc.]] However, this {{Glurge}} does bring up some FridgeLogic: Namely, if that first princess knows how to slay the dragon, why doesn't ''she'' slay the dragon herself?! (Also, why does she keep getting attacked by one dragon after another in the first place?)

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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Mars and Venus]]'' self-help books, a story is told about a knight who saves a princess from a dragon and feels validated for doing so. Then he goes off on an adventure, and she gets attacked by yet another dragon. Only this time, she tells him that the sword won't work and that he'll have to use a noose to slay the dragon. He feels discouraged at the celebratory feast, because he didn't slay the dragon on his own, [[FreudWasRight his own way]]. Then the princess gets attacked by another dragon, and this time, she tells him that he'll have to poison the dragon, which he does...and that causes him to feel even more discouraged. Later, the knight hears more screams...only they're not coming from ''his'' princess, but from ''another'' princess. He goes to rescue her, feels validated because she didn't tell him what to do and he did it by himself, his own way, and ditched the first princess to live HappilyEverAfter with this new princess. What the reader was ''supposed'' to take from this is that it's best not to tell a man how to solve his problems...and that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop a woman being too outspoken can cause men to reject her or cheat because they feel rejected/discouraged/etc.]] However, this {{Glurge}} [[{{Glurge}} little parable]] does bring up some FridgeLogic: Namely, if that first princess knows how to slay the dragon, why doesn't ''she'' slay the dragon herself?! (Also, why does she keep getting attacked by one dragon after another in the first place?)
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21st Feb '16 9:17:29 PM MsChibi
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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Mars and Venus]]'' self-help books, a story is told about a knight who saves a princess from a dragon and feels validated for doing so. Then he goes off on an adventure, and she gets attacked by yet another dragon. Only this time, she tells him that the sword won't work and that he'll have to use a noose to slay the dragon. He feels discouraged at the celebratory feast, because he didn't slay the dragon on his own, [[FreudWasRight his own way]]. Then the princess gets attacked by another dragon, and this time, she tells him that he'll have to poison the dragon, which he does...and that causes him to feel even more discouraged. Later, the knight hears more screams...only they're not coming from ''his'' princess, but from ''another'' princess. He goes to rescue her, feels validated because she didn't tell him what to do and he did it by himself, his own way, and ditched the first princess to live HappilyEverAfter with this new princess. What the reader was ''supposed'' to take from this is that it's best not to tell a man how to solve his problems...and that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop a woman being too outspoken can cause men to reject her or cheat because they feel rejected/discouraged/etc.]] However, this {{Glurge}} does bring up some FridgeLogic: Namely, if that first princess knows how to slay the dragon, why doesn't ''she'' slay the dragon herself?! (Also, why does she keep getting attacked by one dragon after another in the first place?)
14th Feb '16 8:18:11 AM Prfnoff
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* "The Prince Gilgamesh wore golden armor and attacked monsters to save Ki in TheTowerOfDruaga." In this case though, Ki (pronounced "Kai") is not actually a "princess" per se, she's a shrine maiden in service to the goddess Ishtar (who lends her name to the game's sequel, "The Return of Ishtar").

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* "The Prince Gilgamesh wore golden armor and attacked monsters to save Ki in TheTowerOfDruaga.VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga." In this case though, Ki (pronounced "Kai") is not actually a "princess" per se, she's a shrine maiden in service to the goddess Ishtar (who lends her name to the game's sequel, "The Return of Ishtar").



* ''PrincessTomatoInTheSaladKingdom''. The princess to be rescued (by a heroic cucumber) is the one in the title.

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* ''PrincessTomatoInTheSaladKingdom''.''VideoGame/PrincessTomatoInTheSaladKingdom''. The princess to be rescued (by a heroic cucumber) is the one in the title.
18th Dec '15 10:24:18 PM h00pla
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* In ''VideoGame/SonicCD'', Sonic's mission is to save Amy from Dr. Robotnik and Metal Sonic. Many feminist writers like Anita Sarkeesian have lumped Amy in with other well-known gaming damsels-in-distress, not realizing (or choosing to ignore) that she actually hasn't needed to be saved in any other games in the series, besides one part of ''VideoGame/SonicRiders: Zero Gravity''. In fact, she's much more often been a playable character, sometimes saving others.

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* In ''VideoGame/SonicCD'', Sonic's mission is to save Amy from Dr. Robotnik and Metal Sonic. Many feminist writers like Anita Sarkeesian have lumped Amy in with other well-known gaming damsels-in-distress, not realizing (or choosing to ignore) that she actually hasn't needed to be saved in any other games in the series, besides one part of ''VideoGame/SonicRiders: Zero Gravity''. In fact, she's much more often been a playable character, sometimes saving others.
14th Dec '15 2:53:56 PM Discar
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* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' has ThePresidentsDaughter as a hostage of the bad guys who must be rescued.

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* ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' has ThePresidentsDaughter the President's daughter as a hostage of the bad guys who must be rescued.
9th Dec '15 10:04:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* The goal of ''[[AntarcticAdventure Penguin Adventure]]'' is to find a golden apple to restore the health of the penguin princess. Because of GuideDangIt, it's easier to get the bad ending in which she dies.

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* The goal of ''[[AntarcticAdventure ''[[VideoGame/AntarcticAdventure Penguin Adventure]]'' is to find a golden apple to restore the health of the penguin princess. Because of GuideDangIt, it's easier to get the bad ending in which she dies.
20th Nov '15 8:37:34 PM Mhazard
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YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle can also be a part of these games.

Occasionally, the damsel [[DecoyDamsel might not be genuinely innocent]]...

Once in a rare while, the villain will decide to HypnotizeThePrincess and [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe marry her]].

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YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle can also be a part of these games.

games. Occasionally, the damsel [[DecoyDamsel might not be genuinely innocent]]...

innocent]]. Once in a rare while, the villain will decide to HypnotizeThePrincess and [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe marry her]].



** Played with in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', one of the maiden you need to save [[spoiler: [[DecoyDamsel turns out to be the leader of a brigand, Blind The Thief]].]]

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** Played with in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', one of the maiden maidens you need to save [[spoiler: [[DecoyDamsel turns out to be the leader of a brigand, Blind The Thief]].]]
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