I Alone May Distress Her
It's bad form to mess with another villain's damsel.
Rolling Updates Possible Alternate Titles: That's MY Damsel You're Distressing, Exclusive Damseling Rights, Never Kidnap Another Villain's Damsel, One Villain Per Damsel, Go Distress Your Own Damsel Even among the baddies, there are unwritten rules and lines that should not be crossed lest you draw the ire of your fellow rogues. High on that list of no-nos is going after another villain's damsel. This typically results in a villain versus villain throwdown that may not end well for the interloper. Compare The Only One Allowed to Defeat You, Villainous Rescue, and possibly Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work. The audience and the heroes may view the interloper's defeat as a case of Asshole Victim or Kick the Son of a Bitch if they're substantially nastier than the series' regular villain.
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- In the Mario Bros Franchise, it's not unheard of for Bowser Koopa to take this attitude when it comes to Peach.
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