The index of tropes about rescues: the types that exist, the ways they're enacted, and the ways they can go awry
You'll also see tropes about rescuers, those dashing heroic types doing all the hard saving work, as well as the bothersome rescuees (or their more grammatical equivalents) who got themselves In Harm's Way
in the first place.
For our purposes, a rescue is a situation in which a character in danger
is saved from it by another character. A Badass in Distress
who saves herself with no help doesn't count. Neither does the escape of a Distressed Dude
after the Villains
are suddenly crushed
by a falling bridge
—unless The Hero
deliberately toppled that bridge as a Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind
Often overlaps with Just in Time
, since the Big Damn Heroes
swooping in at the last minute is dramatic
. However, a rescue doesn't have to be last minute, and doom averted in the nick of time isn't always a rescue.