* This is OlderThanFeudalism, dating back at least to the Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda.
** The story of Hesione and Heracles is very similar to that of Perseus and Andromeda. However, Deianeira, another woman in Heracles' [[ChickMagnet adventurous]] life, subverts it by [[GreenEyedMonster taking matters in her hands]] shortly after the rescue.
** Eurydice is in a classic DistressedDamsel situation. Unfortunately, [[NonActionGuy Orpheus]] does [[TooDumbToLive not come up]] to expectations.
** Subverted with Helen of Troy, who is anything but innocent in what happens to her.
* In ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'', Sita is a crown example.
* In Celtic mythology (''{{Mabinogion}}''), Branwen finds herself in this position. Subverted with Deirdre, who voluntarily put herself in the situation which was considered as distress by her fiance.
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