Do We Have This One?
? It would be a Super Trope
to several other pages, and a trope in its own right.
Zounds! The Protagonist
has been struck down or captured! The Big Bad
has commenced his Evil Gloating
contest with The Dragon
! The Hero
's panicked reaction?
, who will watch over my Protectorate
, or Little Dog
This Super Trope
covers any situation where a character with someone or something to protect is rendered unable to do so by injury; oncoming death; or restraint or capture. Acquiring or destroying the Protectorate
may be the entire reason the guardian character was targeted, or it may be a side effect which concerns him more than his own fate.
This can also be a psychological problem, where after a few Near Villain Victories
and a Hannibal Lecture
or two, the character believes he is no longer capable or worthy of watching over his charge, since Evil Only Has to Win Once
, give him a hug
and tell him He Is Not Alone
, please? Thanks, much better
Note that simply having the Protectorate
captured is not by itself this, the guardian must be rendered (or think he is) unable to do anything about it, at least temporarily.
Because defending the weak or innocent is one of the most basic storytelling tools, this is a very widespread Super Trope
that intersects with many others. It is the Darkest Hour
of Mama Bear
, Papa Wolf
, the Guardian Entity
, and the Knight in Shining Armor
(and may transform him into a Failure Knight
.) Pages that are either Sub Tropes
or very often paired with this include but are not limited to: I Have Your Wife
, Forced to Watch
, You Said You Would Let Them Go
, I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure
, Hostage Situation
, and... well.. almost every single trope listed on I Have Your Index
I'll fold in subtrope pages and examples once Im sure we dont have it.