A Rescue Trope with the Distressed Damsel/Dude invoking the likelihood of rescue by a specific person or small group. She Will Come For Me is the most basic version, followed by variations.
The Distressed Damsel/Dude has usually been kidnapped but that's not required—s/he can fall down a well, be waiting for the Hero at a rendezvous point, whatever, and the principle is the same.
She Will Come For Me:
Bob the Distressed Dude
is kidnapped by the Big Bad
, who gloats that Bob's rescue is impossible since Nothing Can Stop Us Now
. But Bob has faith in Alice
and says that "She Will Come For Me" in the face of danger. Sure enough, Alice shows up Just in Time
for a Big Damn Heroes
rescue, vindicating Bob's faith. Cue Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
and Bob likely declaring "I knew you'd come back!"
or "It took you long enough!"
She Won't Come For Me:
Bob the Distressed Dude
is kidnapped by the Big Bad
, who plans to lure Alice
into a trap by telling her I Have Your Bob
. But maybe Alice is a Jerkass Designated Hero
who's made it clear she thinks Bob is The Load
. Or maybe Bob is The Atoner
who's spun the Heel-Face Revolving Door
so many times he doesn't think that he deserves to be saved. Either way, Bob declares that he's useless as a hostage, since She Won't Come For Me. Cue double Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
and Bob's shock when Alice shows up anyway
for a Big Damn Heroes
rescue, proving that Alice is really a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
and that Bob does have people who care about him.
She Will Come For Me often indicates a character Genre Savvy
enough to be sure the hero will show up Just in Time
. She Won't Come For Me is a subtrope of Nothing Can Save Us Now
in which the character despairs of rescue by a specific person (or small group of people), rather than despairing of being saved in general by rocks falling from the sky
, thinking up a daring escape plan
, and such. However, She Will Come / She Won't Come For Me are not
subversions or inversions of each other; they are equal facets of the same trope.
Like Conscience Makes You Go Back
MUST contain the rescuer characters "stopping on their way and realizing they have to (go back to the rescue)," She Will/Won't Come For Me MUST contain the Distressed characters invoking the likelihood of rescue by someone specific
: they will argue about it with the Bad Guy, discuss it with their fellow Distressed Designees, or even just think about it in their internal monologue. She Will/Won't Come For Me can overlap with Changed My Mind, Kid
when it focuses on the Kid's expectation of whether the Changing Of Mind will occur.
A guaranteed Tearjerker
is to subvert
this trope: a Distressed Designee believing that S/He Will Come For Me when The Hero doesn't
come or arrives much too late
, turning the whole thing into a cruel Hope Spot
with the Distressed Designee often Dying Alone
. There may be versions where The Hero
doesn't come and the Distressed Designee didn't expect them to, but expect that variation to be pointless and depressing
Compare I Will Find You
for The Hero
's perspective. See also Big Damn Heroes
, Changed My Mind, Kid
, Conscience Makes You Go Back
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Anime and Manga
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, after Alphonse uses his alchemy to restore Ed's arm in exchange for his own life, Al tells the Truth that he knows that his brother will come for him. And he does.
- Samurai Champloo: In the finale, Fuu is kidnapped by thugs using her as bait against Mugen. Fuu tells them that He Won't Come For Me, you idiots, since she believes Mugen won't risk his life for her. Cue CMOH and Fuu's shock when Mugen shows up and tosses away his weapons to save her.
- Togari: The first time Itsuki is held hostage to threaten Tobe, Tobe couldn't care less about her. The second time, the now-cynical Itsuki◊ is openly scornful◊ of her kidnapper, since of course Tobe Won't Come For Her. And of course Tobe comes to the rescue, thanks to Character Development. An excellent example of this trope, and explicitly a Call Back.
- In the second-to-last chapter of Inuyasha, Kagome thinks this pretty much verbatim when she is trapped inside the Shikon no Tama and hears Inuyasha's voice.
- Both times Nia Teppelin finds herself captured, she is adamant that Simon will come for her. And he does.
Films — Animated
- Megamind: Roxanne has been saved by Metro Man so many times she doesn't even feign concern when Megamind kidnaps her. She (and Megamind) is shocked when Metro Man appears to be killed by one of Megamind's Death Traps. He isn't.
- Disney's Peter Pan: Wendy assures the boys that "Peter Pan will save us" from Captain Hook, who then explains to her his plan to kill him with a Time Bomb. It should probably come as no surprise that Pan survives the blast and comes to the rescue.
- Occurs twice in Joseph King Of Dreams. Firstly, when Joseph tells the Ishmaelite slavers who pull him out of the well ďMy brothers will come for me!Ē (and subsequently subverted when they do show up, but it isnít to rescue him). Secondly, in an Ironic Echo when an imprisoned Simeon throws out the same line after being imprisoned by Joseph.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Bible, the Children of Israel are certain that The Messiah Will Come For Them.
- In The Golem's Eye, the second part of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Nathaniel has Kitty's childhood friend Jacob as hostage in order to lure and arrest her. Jacob informs him she would never come to save him, as they were inseparable as children but they've not seen each other for years. She comes.
- In the second book of Protector of the Small, Lalasa is abducted to either disgrace Kel or keep her away from the final page exams, whichever Kel picks. Kel chooses to rescue her, and Lalasa says that she kept herself from going completely mad with fear with the knowledge that Kel would come.
- Angel: When Cordelia is trapped in the Pylea dimension.
"I have friends back in LA. They're gonna come rescue me. Any time now."
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Spike says it repeatedly over the Season 7 episodes Bring on the Night and Showtime.
'The First Evil (taking the form of Buffy): ... No I won't.
- When held captive by Glory, Dawn insists repeatedly that Buffy is going to save her. As Dawn is an Apocalypse Maiden, Glory says Buffy may indeed turn up...to kill her before she can cause the destruction of all reality.
- The Adventures of Superman: "Don't worry. Superman will save us!" OK, not a direct quote, but c'mon, they did it at least once every other episode. Jimmy, Lois, Perry, or Inspector Henderson would be in a trap or some kind of predicament but be confident that Supes would rescue them.
- Doctor Who:
- Amy Pond gives a speech to her newborn daughter about how Rory will come for her. He does.
- When they're about to kill him, the Silence taunt Rory by telling him Amy will let him die alone. She saves him with a machine gun.
- Princess Aurora of Once Upon a Time tells Season 2 Big Bad Cora the "won't come for me" version when Cora announces her plan to trade the captive Aurora for the magic compass her companions possess.
- Batman: Catwoman once held Batgirl captive to lure Batman out of the way. Batgirl said he'd not save her because stopping Catwoman would be a priority. Batman sent somebody else to rescue Batgirl.
- Teen Wolf has a non-romantic variant. When Stiles is captured by the werewolf hunters, he tells them that Scott will come for him.
"He knows my scent. It's pungent."
- Subverted in Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined) episode "Hero". Bulldog escapes from a Cylon basestar where he's been held prisoner since before the war, after taking part in an illegal mission into Cylon space that ended with Bill Adama destroying his spacecraft to prevent his capture. When Bulldog finds out about the latter, he beats Adama with a pipe.
All those years... You know what I kept telling myself? What stupid, frakked-up dream I held onto? I kept thinking: Just hang in there, Bulldog. Bill Adama's coming. He won't leave you to rot in here, not him. He won't leave a man behind.
Just hold on. But you weren't coming. You didn't think I was alive. You weren't even hoping I was alive!
- In Dubious Company, as Sal is being hauled off for execution she begins fretting. Sue tells her to cut the act, saying she knows Sal is expecting the pirates to save her. Sue is partially right. Sal knows the pirates will try, but she calculated the odds of their success. It was 0%. She's fretting because she made a deal with General Izor to spare them.