Created By: DracMonster on January 10, 2012 Last Edited By: DracMonster on January 28, 2012
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Rescuee Revulsion Reaction

Someone imprisoned or in peril is (at least momentarily) terrified of their rescuer.

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Can anyone think of a clever name which passes the "clarity" test?

Tentative Launch Titles: Scary Savior, Terrifying Rescuer

Launching 1/28 around noon EST

The Distressed Damsel and/or 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 the villain (who unbeknownst to them has made a Heel–Face Turn,) an Eldritch Abomination, Fluffy the Terrible, a Killer Robot... and so on.

Usually it'll only be temporary until someone fills the rescuee in on current events, although it may lead to Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like. Sometimes it'll turn out they actually are in worse danger now such as with a Villainous Rescue.

A Dark Messiah can be this on a global scale.

Compare Stockholm Syndrome, Unwanted Rescue, Embarrassing Rescue.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In Magi – Labyrinth of Magic, Aladdin's djinn Uugo tends to scare the crap out of whoever he's rescuing or protecting, what with him missing his head and all.

Comics

Film
  • In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Sarah Conor is in the middle of escaping the psychiatric ward she's confined in, when suddenly a Terminator steps out of the elevator she's waiting for. She screams and runs back toward the doctors chasing her until he holds out his hand and says Come with Me If You Want to Live.
  • Zig-Zagged in the original Shrek movie: at first, Fiona is not happy about being rescued by an ogre, but then comes to like Shrek. Then a gang of a handsome Robin Hood-wannabe attacks them, ostensibly with intent of saving Fiona from the "beast", but she dislikes him even more than she disliked Shrek. However, instead of calling for help, she dispatches all the attackers herself, leaving Shrek awed.
  • Subverted in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
    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 The Great Raid (both the film and Real Life) 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.

Literature
  • Early in The Wheel of Time, Perrin is captured by Whitecloaks and sentenced to execution. When Lan violently bursts into his tent and cuts down his guards, Perrin inadvertently tries to scream a warning to his captors.
  • In Charles Stross' The Atrocity Archives, 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.

Live-Action Television
  • In the Bones episode "The Woman in the Car", where the child Booth was rescuing was terrified until Booth told him his father's code word (Paladin).

Video Games
  • In Resident Evil 4 Ashley attacks Leon when he first comes through the door.

Western Animation
  • In an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 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.

Real Life
  • There have been many cases of kids, raised with Stranger Danger, getting lost but then hiding from their rescuers. One case had the child sighted within a couple hours, but it was a few days before the child was finally rescued, because he kept fleeing.

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 10, 2012
    Koveras
    • Zig Zagged in the original Shrek movie: at first, Fiona is not happy about being rescued by an ogre, but then comes to like Shrek. Then a gang of a handsome Robin Hood-wannabe attacks them, ostensibly with intent of saving Fiona from the "beast", but she dislikes him even more than she disliked Shrek. However, instead of calling for help, she dispatches all the attackers herself, leaving Shrek awed.
  • January 10, 2012
    Oreochan
    This trope might tend to lead Complaining About Rescues They Dont Like, if rescuee fusses over the rescue.
  • January 10, 2012
    Westrim
    In Resident Evil 4 Ashley attacks Leon when he first comes through the door.
  • January 10, 2012
    HandsomeRob
    Done in a recent episode of Star Wars The Clone Wars. Obi-wan was disguised as a slave trader, and terrified the alien he was trying to rescue until he removed his helmet.
  • January 10, 2012
    DracMonster
    Hmm.... I can't seem to edit this. Can someone else try a minor edit to the OP and see if it takes?
  • January 10, 2012
    nman
    I tried, and it doesn't seem to show. Well, not yet at least.
  • January 10, 2012
    FastEddie
    I was able to edit. Had to remove the wikiwords from the laconic, for some reason.

    By the way. See Naming A Trope.
  • January 10, 2012
    DracMonster
    Ah thanks. Yeah, title is a placeholder till I or someone else thinks of a better one.

    Edit: Finally thought of one.
  • January 25, 2012
    TBeholder
    Saved And Scared?
  • January 25, 2012
    TBTabby
    A Justice League Unlimited comic has Blue Devil suffer a Heroic BSOD 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 tellimg him that Superman actually had the same problem once, while trying to save a girl from a flaming plane wreck.
  • January 25, 2012
    GuyIncog
    • During The Great Raid (both the film and Real Life) 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.

    Compare Stockholm Syndrome?
  • January 25, 2012
    IridescentIndividual
    In the Bones episode "The Woman in the Car", where the child Booth was rescuing was terrified until Booth told him his father's code word (Paladin).
  • January 26, 2012
    Chabal2
    In one Hellblazer story, a little girl is kidnapped by a demon and kept caged inside his body. John is allowed to see her, and as he's being removed, reaches towards her yelling "We're coming to get you!" and wondering why she's backing away as far as the cage allows. Only later does he realize that what the girl saw was an indistinct shape covered in slime reaching towards her yelling "We're coming to get you!"

  • January 26, 2012
    vynsane
    • Subverted in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
      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?
  • January 27, 2012
    Antigone3
    I think your alt Scary Savior would be a better title.
  • January 27, 2012
    DracMonster
    Mmm yeah, I'm leaning towards it, except it sounds like Dark Messiah. I might forget being clever and go with Terrifying Rescuer or something.

    Gah, I wish dialogue weren't banned, Save Me From My Rescuer was so clear.
  • January 27, 2012
    IsaacSapphire
    Lit: In Charles Stross' The Atrocity Archives Mo describes being rescued from terrorist by a SWAT team thus; "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."

    BTW, I can personally attest to this being very much Truth in Television.
  • January 28, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    There has been many cases of kids, raised with Stranger Danger, getting lost but then hiding from their rescuers. One case had the child sighted within a couple hours, but it was a few days before the child was finally rescued, because he kept fleeing.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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