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Damsel In Distress:
: Discussed in The Order of the Stick this strip: Haley is in trouble and Elan wants to rush off to rescue her. However, Durkon stops him, explaining that she is able to take care of herself. And that he is not. If he try to rescue her, he will just get himself killed, and that would make her very sad once she gets back on her own. Elan is forced to leave Haley to her fate. And yes, she does save herself. And Belkar. And Roy's corpse, so it can be resurrected later.
( CHEVALIER hosted here) : Princess Faere in this fantasy adventure is a great example.
Turned on its head in , by the character of 8-Bit Theater Princess Sara. Sara, through countless kidnapping attempts at the hands of countless villains, has apparently gained enough knowledge and experience to become a competent villain in her own right. She even tries to help Garland, her latest kidnapper, in his battle against the Light Warriors. Sadly, Garland isn't nearly as good at the whole "being a villain" thing as she is. " ... but if something's worth doing, then it worth doing right."
Gleefully mocked (if not outright subverted) in , where (lead character) Karn's mother (a White Mage) scolds neophyte White Mage, Lumi, for (among other things) "not being taught how to be kidnapped properly."
Adventurers And in another strip, where Karashi is kidnapped, and has already freed herself and made it back to camp by the time Drecker finds the note left by the kidnapper and announces that they have to rescue her.
Possibly the ultimate aversion in Super Stupor, a supervillain tries to kidnap a superhero's wife, and she brings him to tears, then maims him with a garbage disposal. The hero visits him in hospital, and the villain says he fears for the hero's own safety.
"Painted Black" arc. Grace becomes one when she's captured while infiltrating Damien's base. She doesn't stay that way for long, and actually ends up being the one to defeat Damien after he gets her El Goonish Shive really, really mad.
In Scully is perpetually Damsel in Distress, the fact that she doesn't particularly like, up to the point where "Time for: Scully in Peril!" became a Monster of the Week Running Gag.
has Zola, who was a Girl Genius professional Damsel in Distress. She recently tried to trade up to something better, but failed, badly.
: This arguably happens twice to Taylor in the first chapter. First when she wants to escape her initial situation, and again after she believes she's out of dodge. Luckily Cecil and Giancarlo manage to track her down and save her (again.)
Ronin Galaxy This happens yet again to Taylor, and Rin in the second chapter. The latter gender-swapping the role.
And again in the third chapter with Leona.
: Chatin and Cilke during Campus Safari, The Cyantian Chronicles though they're not the type to be held long.
Genderswapped with Sora in .
Ansem Retort Parodied in the short story starting Nerf NOW!! here. For fantasy princesses it should be a Family Business, you see.
And another turn: Peach dreams of being the heroine of her own game. Zelda dreams of being the heroine of her own game. Bayonetta, who is the heroine of her game, wants to be the one who gets rescued instead. And have a good dress.
: Less so than Bob and George Distressed Dude, since there are fewer female characters. At one point, Protoman deduces Roll is in trouble because she's the only female around. Though others have appeared since.
: Rosa, after she is captured by Andrius The Pocalypse even though she has already been transformed into a Also in the scene 26 of chapter 2 called Zompire. Damsel in Distress, the heroes save a girl from vampires.
She is not actually in distress. Wooden Rose: Starts with Nessa taking a spill from her horse in the middle of a wintery woods, and twisting her ankle.
The Phoenix Requiem: When Jonas abducts Anya to make her go riding, he declares he could persuade the authorities that he was rescuing a damsel in distress.
Footloose I do not want to see you grow up as some blond idiot damsel in distress. which is frankly the way you're headed.
Roza a plea
In , Kyri defeats the bad guy Endstone to drop, unconscious, in the midst of a horde of dinosaurs. Jon reacts swiftly.
In , the Thistil Mistil Kistil slave Hedda is threatened with Human Sacrifice and drugged to keep her compliant.
In the Fake Action Prologue of Chapter 2 of , The Specialists Lady Liberty is taken hostage.
has Peonie as the recipient of the frequent kidnapping card. Although it wasn't the first or the last time, it seems that Exiern Evil Sorcerer Faden was the nastiest as she complained "I was really scared this time". She hasn't managed to stop other people targeting her for an abduction yet though, and Tiff can generally tell what time it is by whether Peonie has been kidnapped yet or not.
In , Erstwhile the heroine is turned into a flower, and needs her husband to save her.
In , Sinfest Slick sees an unhappy Monique and refers to her as a damsel in distress.
In , Pacificators Larima got kidnapped so often, her team are sick of it.
In , Dragon Mango Mango thinks contemptuously of the idea of a princess in distress in this day and age. Meanwhile, a princess has vanished.
Cucumber Quest In , Faux Pas when Penny recounts meeting the cutest boy, that he helped her hide from the fox adds to her parents' anxiety about the romantic possibility.