Deliberately Distressed Damsel

That Alice! She seems Too Dumb to Live. She picks up the Distress Ball and, like a true Damsel Scrappy, scores on her own team with it. And worse, she seems like she's enjoying it.

While this character may look like a Damsel Scrappy at first glance, she's actually Obfuscating Stupidity. Whether she's pulling a Wounded Gazelle Gambit, or just into this sort of thing, she doesn't get captured because she's weak, she gets captured because she wants to. She may even have the skills to get out of the scrape she's in herself if necessary. If this is the case, expect her to say Let's Get Dangerous at some point.

If she's getting captured because she's into it, she may be a case of Best Her to Bed Her. Expect her not to have much regard for Safe, Sane and Consensual. If her getting captured is part of her Evil Plan, she's really a Decoy Damsel.

Compare I Surrender, Suckers, Too Kinky to Torture, Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?.


Examples:

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Alien Avengers, George Went's character's wife does this. The pair make it seem like the wife is unconscious, and ask an implied gang member if he will help. He said that since it is George's wife, after he's done with her, he can have a turn. She gets up from her feigned incapacitation and the two kill the guy. She fit this trope in that moment, because she is really a homicidal alien with a strong sense of justice instead of a weakling.
  • The Avengers reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow. Her introductory scene opens with her tied to a chair and surrounded by thugs, who are ready to torture her at behest of a rogue Russian general... then a call from her fellow Agent Coulson confirms this is just another day of work for her and she breaks out and beats them all up the minute he needs her on a different mission.
  • The short film that DEBS was based on had a team member who keeps getting kidnapped by the Big Bad to cover for their Dating Catwoman relationship.

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  • A common interpretation for Super Mario Bros.'s Princess Peach is that she lets herself get kidnapped out of boredom, or to give the brothers something to do. As shown in her own game, she's more than capable of holding her own if so inclined.
  • Alicia Pris pulls this off in Solatorobo. hiring the Sky Pirates to kidnap her, all in the hopes that the good cop Waffle will come rescue her. Unfortunately for her, Red gets there before her intended man and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Played with in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Though Zelda herself certainly doesn't choose to be kidnapped, it's later revealed that her plight was part of a plan set in motion by her previous incarnation. In her past life as the goddess Hylia, she predicted that putting her human self in danger would be a surefire way to spur Link into action.
  • Princess Garnet in Final Fantasy IX tries to invoke this trope by begging Tantalus member Zidane to kidnap her in order to escape the country. Unbeknownst to her, Tantalus was there to kidnap her anyway.

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  • A very mild version of this is when a woman will drop her handkerchief in hopes that the man in question will pick it up and return it to her. Played with in Monkey Business, where a woman drops a handkerchief in front of Zeppo, who pockets it and then drops one for her to pick up.

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