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10th Sep '17 6:36:15 PM DrOO7
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* In a ''Literature/NancyDrew'' Files book ''Hit & Run Holiday'', Nancy and the girls are being held prisoner by the villain. When one of her henchmen shows up, they're naturally terrified that he's hear to kill them, until they and the reader get the UndercoverCopReveal.
11th Aug '17 11:11:43 AM Julia1984
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': At one point, while [[TheDrifter drifting]] around the Earth Kingdom in Season 2, Zuko defends a poor village from the "soldiers" (re: gang of thugs left behind after the army left to fight in the war) who have been "protecting" (re: bullying and robbing) them and saves a young boy they kidnapped. The townspeople cheer him on until he's forced to Firebend during the fight and reveals his true identity as Prince of the Fire Nation. They stand with TorchesAndPitchforks at the ready as they watch him leave, and when Zuko tries to give the boy back the knife Zuko gave him earlier, the boy and his mother are both terrified of him.
1st May '17 10:22:08 AM AthenaBlue
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The DistressedDamsel and/or [[DistressedDude Dude]] is sitting in their cell with head in hands, or hanging by a thread from a cliff, when suddenly, the door is broken down, or a head peeps over the cliff edge. Joy turns to terror as he or she realizes it's TheDragon (who unbeknownst to them has made a HeelFaceTurn,) an EldritchAbomination, FluffyTheTerrible, a KillerRobot... and so on.

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The DistressedDamsel and/or [[DistressedDude Dude]] is sitting in their cell with head in hands, or hanging by a thread from a cliff, when suddenly, the door is broken down, or a head peeps over the cliff edge. Joy turns to terror as he or she realizes it's TheDragon (who unbeknownst to them has made a HeelFaceTurn,) HeelFaceTurn), an EldritchAbomination, FluffyTheTerrible, a KillerRobot... and so on.



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* In ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'', Chris's car gets a flat, leaving her stranded on the side of the expressway. She is understandably frightened when a huge truck pulls up behind her and a hulking figure with a HookHand gets out. But this turns out to be tow-truck driver "Handsome" John Pruitt, who offers her a free tow to Dawson's Garage.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Spider-Man tries to save a boy from a burning car, and has to take off his mask to prove that he's not a monster.
* During ''Film/TheGreatRaid'' (both the film and RealLife) some of the prisoners did not recognize the uniforms of their rescuers, and had to be coaxed out of their huts. One even hid until after the raid was over.
* ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' subverts it:
-->'''Princess Leia:''' Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?\\
'''Luke Skywalker:''' Huh? Oh! The uniform... ''[removes helmet]'' I'm Luke Skywalker, I'm here to rescue you.\\
'''Leia:''' You're who?



* Subverted in ''Star Wars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''.
--> '''Princess Leia''': Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?
--> '''Luke Skywalker''': Huh? Oh! The uniform... I'm Luke Skywalker, I'm here to rescue you.
--> '''Leia''': You're who?
* During ''Film/TheGreatRaid'' (both the film and RealLife) some of the prisoners did not recognize the uniforms of their rescuers, and had to be coaxed out of their huts. One even hid until after the raid was over.
* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Spider-Man tries to save a boy from a burning car, and has to take off his mask to prove that he's not a monster.
* In ''Film/AdventuresInBabysitting'', Chris's car gets a flat, leaving her stranded on the side of the expressway. She is understandably frightened when a huge truck pulls up behind her and a hulking figure with a HookHand gets out. But this turns out to be tow-truck driver "Handsome" John Pruitt, who offers her a free tow to Dawson's Garage.



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* In Charles Stross' ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive'', Mo describes being rescued from terrorists by a SWAT team:
-->''You ever had two guys point assault rifles at your head, so close you could see the grooves on the inside of the barrels? You just lie there very still and try very hard not to look threatening.''
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Ren initially thinks Eldest Whistler's flying tackle is an attack on her (she thinks Eldest is aware of just ''how'' close Ren and Eldest's unmarried brother Jerin had gotten the night before, and in this society, ''would'' react violently to this event). Turns out Eldest was knocking Ren clear of a trap that would have killed her.



* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'': In ''Wyvern's Spur'', an old adventurer told the stories of Cole Wyvernspur. One of the stories was about the carpenter's daughter who refused the mad red wizard and then was kidnapped and imprisoned by him. Cole who jumped to the rescue "looked so fierce when he arrived that Bette mistook him for one of Yawataht's minions and smacked him on the head with a hammer". In another Cole entered a hydra's lair unarmed and when he left a hour later, the monster was "everywhere" -- in pieces. [[spoiler:He was turned into a ''big'' wyvern.]]



* In Charles Stross's ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive'', Mo describes being rescued from terrorists by a SWAT team:
-->''You ever had two guys point assault rifles at your head, so close you could see the grooves on the inside of the barrels? You just lie there very still and try very hard not to look threatening.''
* In ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Wywern's Spur]]'' an old adventurer told the stories of Cole Wyvernspur. One of the stories was about the carpenter's daughter who refused the mad red wizard and then was kidnapped and imprisoned by him. Cole who jumped to the rescue "looked so fierce when he arrived that Bette mistook him for one of Yawataht's minions and smacked him on the head with a hammer". In another Cole entered a hydra's lair unarmed and when he left a hour later, the monster was "everywhere" -- in pieces. [[spoiler:He was turned into a ''big'' wyvern.]]



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Ren initially thinks Eldest Whistler's flying tackle is an attack on her (she thinks Eldest is aware of just ''how'' close Ren and Eldest's unmarried brother Jerin had gotten the night before, and in this society, ''would'' react violently to this event). Turns out Eldest was knocking Ren clear of a trap that would have killed her.



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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', this is Cass' reaction in "Night of the Doctor" upon realising what species the Eighth Doctor is from. Despite not fighting in the Time War himself (thus far), his [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen people's actions]] have damaged their reputation [[FallenHero so badly]] that [[spoiler: Cass elects to ''die'' rather than be saved by a Time Lord]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night of the Doctor"]], this is Cass' reaction in "Night of the Doctor" upon realising what species the Eighth Doctor is from. Despite not fighting in the Time War himself (thus far), his [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen people's actions]] have damaged their reputation [[FallenHero so badly]] that [[spoiler: Cass elects to ''die'' rather than be saved by a Time Lord]].






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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Obi-wan is disguised as a slave trader, and the alien he's trying to rescue is terrified of him until he removes his helmet.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter'', Blanka rescues a drowning Japanese businessman. Upon seeing his savior, the man yells "Kaibutsu!" ("Monster!") and flees. This is part of Blanka's ongoing characterization of identity struggle caused by his forced mutation (the cartoon draws from the plot of the ''Film/StreetFighter'' film).
* There were many a time when one of the WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} would rescue someone only for the person they rescue to run away from them screaming.



* There were many a time when one of the WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} would rescue someone only for the person they rescue to run away from them screaming.




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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In [[Recap/StarWarsTheCloneWarsS4E12SlavesOfTheRepublic "Slaves of the Republic"]], Obi-Wan is disguised as a slave trader, and the alien he's trying to rescue is terrified of him until he removes his helmet.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter'', Blanka rescues a drowning Japanese businessman. Upon seeing his savior, the man yells "Kaibutsu!" ("Monster!") and flees. This is part of Blanka's ongoing characterization of identity struggle caused by his forced mutation (the cartoon draws from the plot of the ''Film/StreetFighter'' film).



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** Mike Wasdin, a SEAL sniper, recounts a story how a team he was on saw a child whose foot was gangrenous was beyond local help, but not modern medicine. His team couldn't reveal their location, so they bust into the kid's house in ''Mogadishu'' in the middle of the night, rounded up every terrified occupant at gunpoint, put them on the ground and bound their hands and eyes, then treated the kid before releasing everyone in the house. The next night, the inhabitants calmly went along with it. The third night, they left out what meager tea and food they could spare for the team.

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** Mike Wasdin, a SEAL sniper, recounts a story how a team he was on saw a child whose foot was gangrenous foot was beyond local help, but not modern medicine. His team couldn't reveal their location, so they bust into the kid's house in ''Mogadishu'' in the middle of the night, rounded up every terrified occupant at gunpoint, put them on the ground and bound their hands and eyes, then treated the kid before releasing everyone in the house. The next night, the inhabitants calmly went along with it. The third night, they left out what meager tea and food they could spare for the team.
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27th Apr '17 12:02:02 PM FordPrefect
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* A fully suited up [[EmergencyServices firefighter]] can be very scary to children if they aren't prepared ahead of time, which has lead to some children hiding from their rescuer. [[ClassTrip Field trips]] and open houses at the fire station include introducing kids to a firefighter in the whole kit to help avert this.

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* A fully suited up [[EmergencyServices firefighter]] can be very scary to children if they aren't prepared ahead of time, which has lead led to some children hiding from their rescuer. [[ClassTrip Field trips]] and open houses at the fire station include introducing kids to a firefighter in the whole kit to help avert this.
29th Dec '16 10:33:40 PM Xtifr
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* In Charles Stross's ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchives'', Mo describes being rescued from terrorists by a SWAT team:

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* In Charles Stross's ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchives'', ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchive'', Mo describes being rescued from terrorists by a SWAT team:
29th Dec '16 9:18:00 AM Xtifr
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* In Charles Stross's ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'', Mo describes being rescued from terrorists by a SWAT team:

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* In Charles Stross's ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'', ''Literature/TheAtrocityArchives'', Mo describes being rescued from terrorists by a SWAT team:
13th Nov '16 4:22:59 PM nombretomado
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* A ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' comic has Blue Devil suffer a HeroicBSOD when he tries to save a child who's too scared of his demonic appearance to go with him. Dr. Fate tries to cheer him up by telling him that ''{{Superman}}'' actually had the same problem once, while trying to save a girl from a flaming plane wreck.

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* A ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' comic has Blue Devil suffer a HeroicBSOD when he tries to save a child who's too scared of his demonic appearance to go with him. Dr. Fate tries to cheer him up by telling him that ''{{Superman}}'' actually had the same problem once, while trying to save a girl from a flaming plane wreck.
28th Oct '16 1:53:35 PM nombretomado
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* In DCTheNewFrontier, Franchise/{{Batman}} terrifies a boy he's attempting to rescue from a doomsday cult, prompting his change in appearance and demeanour from his DarkerAndEdgier [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] version to his LighterAndSofter [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] one.

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* In DCTheNewFrontier, Franchise/{{Batman}} terrifies a boy he's attempting to rescue from a doomsday cult, prompting his change in appearance and demeanour from his DarkerAndEdgier [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] version to his LighterAndSofter [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] one.
24th Oct '16 11:46:56 AM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'', the protagonist Duane saves a woman from [[spoiler:[[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch10/ch10_104.html the jaws]] of a gigantic construct of First Silver and tortured flesh]]. Unfortunately for her, he's TheUndead and quite thoroughly decomposed, so being in his arms is less than comforting.
17th Sep '16 7:31:00 PM WillKeaton
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* There were many a time when one of the WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} would rescue someone only for the person they rescue to run away from them screaming.
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