Created By: MarcusImpudite on April 16, 2018 Last Edited By: Arivne on April 20, 2018

I Alone May Distress Her

It's bad form to mess with another villain's damsel.

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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.

Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • April 16, 2018
    No examples?

    Edit: The one example you added is a Zero Context Example.
  • April 16, 2018
    What's with people using empty folders? Just so it looks crowded or something?
  • April 16, 2018
    I brainstormed a couple of alternative names.
    • One Villain Per Damsel
    • Go Distress Your Own Damsel
  • April 16, 2018
    @Miss_Desperado: Thank you kindly.
  • April 17, 2018
  • April 17, 2018
    We've got a pretty good trope here, though we definitely need examples.
  • April 17, 2018
    One ZCE, stock phrase title...yeah, no. Bombing.
  • April 17, 2018
    If you're trying to fool people into thinking there are more examples, you're not fooling anyone. But if you think you need the folders for the future, then you need to render the empty folders invisible. If you don't know how to render empty folders invisible, use two of these % signs...
  • April 17, 2018
    "A villain kidnapping another villain's damsel" sounds like a very rare scenario to me...
  • April 18, 2018
    Damsels are not automatically in distress. There is also Damsel Errant, who gives missions.
  • ^ The word damsel tends to be associated with the distressed thing. For example, we also have Decoy Damsel, so I feel we don't need to add the word distress.
  • April 20, 2018
    Hello, is OP still watching this draft?