* Stories like "Literature/SleepingBeauty", "Literature/{{Bluebeard}}", "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}", "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" and "Literature/SnowWhite" are often this, because the heroines are actually not in a position to do anything when their rescuers arrive... other than stay in their comatose state. Even though the POV is theirs and not the PrinceCharming's, the role is the same.
** "Rapunzel" is actually an inversion - the prince does not rescue Rapunzel, he just gets her pregnant, and later on it is her tears that cure his blindness. Also in "Little Red Riding Hood" the eponymous character is too young and the grandmother too old to be really considered a damsel in distress and that the story originally ended unhappily, getting two endings tacked on later (first the wolf being killed by the passing huntsman, later the cutting-open and revelation that the Little Red Riding Hood and granny had survived).
* In "Literature/TheGooseGirl", the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] is under the power of the servant who took her place and turned her into a goose-girl until the king figures out a way to get her tell her story without breaking her promise not to. (GenderFlip version in the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} "Literature/TheLordOfLornAndTheFalseSteward", Child #271)
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/goosegirl/stories/maidenpearls.html The Maiden from whose Head Pearls fell on combing herself]]", the heroine is thrown into the sea and is rescued by a fisherman.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/armlessmaiden/stories/biancabella.html Biancabella and the Snake]]", Biancabella has [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence her hands cut off and her eyes gouged out]], and is driven into exile from her husband. The snake, being her friend, restores her eyes, hands, and ultimately her place.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/babayaga/tales/koshcheideathless.html The Death of Koshchei the Deathless]]", Marya Morevna is carried off by Koshchei the Deathless, and Prince Ivan must rescue her.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/babayaga/tales/frogtsarevna.html The Frog-Tsarevna]]", after Prince Ivan stupidly burns his wife's frog skin, she is in the power of Baba Yaga and he must go on TheQuest to rescue her.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/60twobrothers.html The Two Brothers]]" and "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/079.htm The Three Princes and their Beasts]]", the hero saves the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] from the dragon.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/69jorinde.html Jorinde and Joringel]]", Jorinde is turned into a nightingale by a WickedWitch and held captive by her.
* In "Literature/TheBlueMountains", the hero must suffer a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown for three nights to free the heroine.
* Also in "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/threeprincesseswhiteland.html The Three Princesses of Whiteland]]".
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/swanmaiden/stories/soriamoriacastle.html Soria Moria Castle]]", the three princesses are held prisoner by three trolls and the hero must kill the trolls to rescue them.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/swanmaiden/stories/serbian.html The Golden Apple Tree and the Nine Peahens]]", a dragon carries off the queen and her husband must rescue her.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/stories/youngslave.html The Young Slave]]", the heroine is the illegitimate niece of a lord, whose wife finds her in enchanted sleep and, in a [[GreenEyedMonster fit of jealousy]], beats her, knocking loose the comb that had kept her asleep, and turns her into a slave, abusing her so severely she [[DrivenToSuicide thinks of killing herself]]. One day, her uncle hears her lamenting her woes and saves her.
* Similarly in "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/books/portugual/pedroso/maidenwithrose.html The Maiden with the Rose on her Forehead]]", where the uncle's wife also burns the poor girl all over with a red-hot iron to make her ugly.
* In "Literature/{{Prunella}}", Prunella is a WickedWitch's prisoner and she assigns {{Impossible Task}}s; only with the help of the witch's son does she survive.
* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/075.htm The Grateful Prince]]", the king {{promise}}s his baby to an ogre, and so takes a peasant girl and leaves his son with peasants. The ogre takes the girl and leaves, but the boy, on growing up, decides he can't possibly live on such a sacrifice and goes to rescue her.
* In ''Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges'', the heroine is transformed into a bird.
* In ''Literature/SoriaMoriaCastle'', the princesses are captives of trolls.
* In ''Literature/TsarevichPetrAndTheWizard'', the hero's MissingMom. Also the three princesses he meets while searching for her.
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