That Alice! She seems TooDumbToLive. She picks up the DistressBall and, like a true DamselScrappy, scores on her own team with it. And worse, she seems like she's enjoying it.

While this character may look like a DamselScrappy at first glance, she's actually ObfuscatingStupidity. Whether she's pulling a WoundedGazelleGambit, or [[FetishFuel 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 [[ActionGirl have the skills to get out of the scrape she's in herself if necessary]]. [[BadassInDistress If this is the case]], expect her to say LetsGetDangerous at some point.

If she's getting captured because she's into it, she may be a case of BestHerToBedHer. Expect her not to have much regard for SafeSaneAndConsensual. If her getting captured is part of her EvilPlan, she's really a DecoyDamsel.

Compare ISurrenderSuckers, TooKinkyToTorture, ArentYouGoingToRavishMe.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Happened in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', with TomboyPrincess Maria Louise of France playing this role. [[WrongGenreSavvy It backfires]] ''[[WrongGenreSavvy spectacularly]]''.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Rukia Kuchiki in the ''Soul Society'' arc. [[spoiler: In this case, however, it's because she's ''[[DeathSeeker suicidal]]'', and wants to die to [[TheAtoner atone]] for killing her sub-captain and first love in self defense after he was possessed by a hollow. The fact circumstances have prevented her from regaining the power she lost in the first episode don't help.]]
** Orihime later tries to pull this in the Hueco Mundo arc. She's first taken as a hostage after a cruel SadisticChoice, and later she tries to act like she has joined the Arrancar to both keep herself alive while surrounded by enemies and get an opportunity to reject the Hogyoku with her powers. [[spoiler: She has even less luck than Rukia does, [[BreakTheCutie and boy does that break her]].]]
* In the first episode of ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', Tokiko leaves herself wide open, leading Kazuki to think she is just an InnocentBystander. Nope. she's an Alchemist Warrior, and she was leading the MonsterOfTheWeek into a trap.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancÚ [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of the terror she feels upon probably being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable" by the guy she loves since childhood. Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he]] [[AmazonChaser doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.
* Eiko from ''Manga/HajimeteNoAku'' tries this trope out to gain fame and fortune. She just ends up [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower scaring off]] the people who put her in distress on accident.
* In ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', Shizuru intentionally gives herself up to the invading Schwarz forces to buy Natsuki enough time to escape and get enough help to take back Garderobe.
* It's strongly implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's apparent {{Chickification}} is this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed at the almost end of TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she ''very easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a powerful DarkActionGirl who had just as easily defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* In ''AlienAvengers'', 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.
* ''Film/TheAvengers'' reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.

* In ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin Murder on the Leviathan]]'', Renata Kleber gets into trouble on purpose in hopes of starting a RescueRomance with the handsome protagonist, who seems to uphold chivalric values.
* In ''Literature/{{Twilight}},'' Bella thinks that she can [[MindLinkMates psychically connect with her ex-boyfriend]] Edward if she gets an adrenaline rush, and purposefully puts herself in near-death situations to bring them on.
* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', Cohen the Barbarian, Rincewind, and Twoflower interrupt a druidic sacrifice, in the process rescuing the maiden who was about to be sacrificed. Said maiden is extremely indignant about the rescue, protesting that if it weren't for them rescuing her she would be "having tea with the Moon Goddess by now" and that they'd just caused [[VirginSacrifice "eight years of staying in on Sunday nights"]] to go "down the drain".
* In ''{{Literature/Everworld}},'' [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] knew that someone like [[GodOfEvil Loki]] was going to come for her eventually, so she purposefully manipulated people she knew to get sucked into Everworld with her. Particularly early on she tried to [[PlayingTheVictimCard play the innocent]] MacGuffinGirl, but [[SiblingYinYang April]], [[TheSmartGuy Jalil]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Christopher]] could see through her. [[HeroicWannabe David]] had a harder time of it, though, for [[MoreThanMindControl various reasons]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A common interpretation for ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'''s Princess Peach is that she lets herself get kidnapped out of boredom, or to give the brothers something to do. As shown in [[VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach her own game]], she's [[ActionGirl more than capable of holding her own if so inclined]].
* Alicia Pris pulls this off in ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}''. hiring the SkyPirates to kidnap her, all in the hopes that the [[NiceGuy good cop]] Waffle will come rescue her. Unfortunately for her, Red gets there before her intended man and HilarityEnsues.
* Played with in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword]]''. [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' 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.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[spoiler: Jessica Ushiromiya]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi''. [[spoiler: While she ''is'' an asthmatic IllGirl, she more than once pretends to be more ill than she truly is.]]
* [[spoiler:June]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. [[spoiler:In reality, she's the DeadlyGame's creator, and coldly manipulates everyone to ensure her survival.]]

* [[ConversationalTroping Mentioned]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' to parody the DamselInDistress:
-->'''Grace:'''"[discussing why a video game princess keeps getting kidnapped] Oh, it's like foreplay to her. She's kind of evil that way."
* Zola's early appearances in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', with a generous helping of ObfuscatingStupidity.
* ''Webcomic/BlindSprings'': The plot gets kicked off when a princess gets rescued from TheFairFolk by her UnluckyChildhoodFriend. Unfortunately, princess was there to fulfill an as-yet unclear "[[DealWithTheDevil contract]]" with said Fair Folk that required, among other things, that she ''never leave the forest''. The Childhood Friend? [[UnwantedRescue Refuses to listen, physically drags her from the forest anyway, and permanently breaks her contract, effectively rendering literally centuries' worth of the Princess's work pointless]]. The result: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an even more difficult contract for the Princess, the permanent breach of their friendship, and all kinds of scorn heaped on said Friend]]. [[SarcasmMode Nice one, fella.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* GenderInverted in the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' episode "The Duelist and the Drifter" {{Adventure Town|s}} resident and habitual DistressedDude the Drifter gets [[UnwillingSuspension snagged]] on high fences [[RuleOfThree three times]], each time enlisting protagonist Lion-O's help to get down. This would be innocuous but for the fact that the Drifter possesses NotQuiteFlight, and readily exploits these encounters to offer {{Adventure Rebuff}}s and unsolicited, [[AloofAlly passive-aggressive]] advice on Lion-O's own increasing problems while elaborately feigning disinterest.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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 ''Film/MonkeyBusiness'', where a woman drops a handkerchief in front of Zeppo, who pockets it and then drops one for her to pick up.