* 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 DamselInDistress situation. Unfortunately, Orpheus does 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 (''Literature/{{Mabinogion}}''), Branwen finds herself in this position. Subverted with Deirdre, who voluntarily put herself in the situation which was considered as distress by her fiancÚ.
* Downplayed in the legend of [[Myth/SaintGeorge St. George and the Dragon]] (a tale that has otherwise many parallels with the myth of Perseus and Andromeda): The princess is delivered to the dragon and saved by St. George, but she is not [[ChainedToARock physically constrained]], does not ask for help, and there is no [[RescueRomance romance between the princess and George]], nor does the king [[StandardHeroReward offer her up in marriage.]]
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