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 DistressedDude is kidnapped by the BigBad, who gloats that Bob's rescue is impossible since NothingCanStopUsNow. But Bob has faith in [[TheHero Alice]] and says that "She Will Come For Me" in the face of danger. Sure enough, Alice shows up JustInTime for a BigDamnHeroes rescue, vindicating Bob's faith. Cue a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]] and Bob likely declaring "I knew you'd come back!" or [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike "It took you long enough!"]]

'''She Won't Come For Me:''' Bob the DistressedDude is kidnapped by the BigBad, who plans to lure [[TheHero Alice]] into a trap by telling her [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Bob]]. But maybe Alice is a {{Jerkass}} DesignatedHero who's made it clear she thinks Bob is TheLoad. Or maybe Bob is TheAtoner who's spun the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor 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 a double [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]] and Bob's shock when Alice [[ChangedMyMindKid shows up anyway]] for a BigDamnHeroes rescue, proving that Alice is really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and that Bob does have people who care about him.

She Will Come For Me often indicates a character GenreSavvy enough to be sure the hero will show up JustInTime. She Won't Come For Me is a subtrope of NothingCanSaveUsNow 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 [[DeusExMachina rocks falling from the sky]], [[CrazyEnoughToWork thinking up a daring escape plan]], and such. However, She Will/Won't Come For Me are ''not'' subversions or inversions of each other; they are equal facets of the same trope.

Like ConscienceMakesYouGoBack 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 ChangedMyMindKid when it focuses on the Kid's expectation of whether the Changing Of Mind will occur.

A guaranteed {{Tearjerker}} is to [[SubvertedTrope subvert]] this trope: a Distressed Designee believing that S/He Will Come For Me when TheHero ''doesn't'' come or [[YouAreTooLate arrives much too late]], turning the whole thing into a cruel HopeSpot with the Distressed Designee often DyingAlone. There may be versions where TheHero doesn't come and the Distressed Designee didn't expect them to, but expect that variation to be [[ShootTheShaggyDog pointless and depressing]].

Compare IWillFindYou for TheHero's perspective. See also BigDamnHeroes, ChangedMyMindKid, ConscienceMakesYouGoBack. Not to be confused with HoldingOutForAHero.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', after Alphonse [[spoiler:uses his alchemy to restore Ed's arm in [[HeroicSacrifice exchange for his own life]]]], Al tells the Truth that he knows that his brother will come for him. [[BigDamnHeroes And he does]].
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'': In the finale, Fuu is kidnapped by [[spoiler:thugs using her as bait against Mugen.]] Fuu tells them that He Won't Come For Me, you idiots, since [[spoiler:she believes [[{{Jerkass}} 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]].
* ''Manga/{{Togari}}'': The first time Itsuki is held hostage to threaten Tobe, [[YouCanKeepHer Tobe couldn't care less about her]]. The second time, [[http://i54.tinypic.com/r76r2b.jpg the now-cynical Itsuki]] is [[http://i54.tinypic.com/2qd9xj7.jpg openly scornful]] of her kidnapper, since of course Tobe Won't Come For Her. [[spoiler:And of course Tobe comes to the rescue, thanks to CharacterDevelopment]]. An excellent example of this trope, and explicitly a CallBack.
* In the second-to-last chapter of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Kagome]] thinks this pretty much verbatim when she is [[spoiler: trapped inside the [[MacGuffin Shikon no Tama]] and hears Inuyasha's voice.]]
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Both times Nia Teppelin finds herself captured, she is adamant that Simon will come for her. [[TheDeterminator And he does]].

* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4225281?view_adult=true Sweet dreams are made of this]]'' has a retroactive example: after [[spoiler:Harry]]'s [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles death and resurrection]], Molly says this.
-->"I always knew youíd come find me," she mumbled, already half asleep, and clinging to me. "I always knew."
* When the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Lord Inquisitor]] [[spoiler:is kidnapped]] in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', the first thing he says when he sees Cassandra again is that "I knew you would find me."

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'': Roxanne has been saved by Metro Man so many times she doesn't even feign concern when Megamind kidnaps her. She is shocked (and Megamind is too) when Metro Man appears to be killed by one of Megamind's {{Death Trap}}s. [[spoiler:He isn't.]]
* Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan'': 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 TimeBomb. [[spoiler:It should probably come as no surprise that Pan survives the blast and comes to the rescue.]]
* Occurs twice in ''WesternAnimation/JosephKingOfDreams''. 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 IronicEcho when an imprisoned Simeon throws out the same line after being imprisoned by Joseph.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Used to great effect when [[spoiler:Rachel and Harvey]] are kidnapped. It turns into a HopeSpot by playing straight [[spoiler:Rachel's faith to the last second that Batman Will Come For Us]], but subverting the BigDamnHeroes moment expected to follow. That juxtaposition is what makes it so sad. Even better, [[spoiler: Rachel ''knows'' that Batman is coming to save her, but he's not, because the Joker, being savvy enough to know Batman will save Rachel instead of Harvey, switches up the addresses. So Batman saves Harvey instead.]]
* ''Film/PitchBlack'': Jack says "He's not coming back, is he?" when [[spoiler:Riddick leaves Jack and Imam in the cave]]. [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] when [[spoiler:Riddick WAS going to leave them to die, but Fry convinces him otherwise. Their return prompts Jack to say, "Never had a doubt!"]]
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' has three Will Come For Me moments.
** A variation while Buttercup is held prisoner by the Man in Black.
--->'''Buttercup:''' No matter where you take me, there's no greater hunter than Prince Humperdinck. He could track a falcon on a cloudy day. He can find you.
** While Buttercup is waiting for Westley to come take her away.
--->'''Buttercup:''' Any word from Westley?\\
'''Humperdinck:''' Too soon, my angel. Patience.\\
'''Buttercup:''' He will come for me.
** A third variation, at the wedding.
--->'''Buttercup:''' ''(hearing the sounds of fighting)'' Here comes my Westley now.
** Of course in the end, Westley doesn't show up on time, causing Buttercup to almost have a HeroicBSOD: "He didn't come..." Then he shows up after all, late for the wedding but JustInTime to face Humperdinck in the bedroom.
* Chase Meridian makes a comment about Batman coming to save her in ''Film/BatmanForever''. Riddler replies that he's counting on it.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/SupermanReturns'':
-->'''Lex:''' [[GenreSavvy No, not that, the other thing. Címon, I know itís just dangling off the tip of your tongue. Let me hear it just once, please?]]
-->'''Lois:''' Superman will stop y--
-->'''Lex:''' WRONG!
* ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'': Enola is kidnapped by evil smokers, who taunt her that the surly Mariner won't rescue her: "He's not here. And he ain't coming. And no one's gonna save you." Enola retorts that "He'll Come For Me, he will," and gives a speech about the Mariner being a MemeticBadass who will kill them all in their sleep. [[spoiler:Of course the Mariner shows up and blows the smokers' base sky-high to save Enola, because [[PowerOfFriendship "She's my friend."]]]]

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice,'' Jerin Whistler has nearly thirty sisters, and [[spoiler: is married to five adult wives]]. When he is kidnapped, he is very certain that at the very least a couple of them will come to his rescue. His only angst is about being DefiledForever before this happens.
* In Literature/TheBible, the Children of Israel are certain that The Messiah Will Come For Them.
* In ''The Golem's Eye'', the second part of Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy, 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. [[spoiler: She comes.]]
* In the second book of ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', Lalasa is abducted to either disgrace Kel or keep her away from the final page exams, [[BatmanGambit 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.
* Subverted in the ''[[Franchise/BattletechExpandedUniverse [=BattleTech=]]]'' novel ''Bred for War''. Not only does the "hero" of the [[spoiler:Zurich]] subplot not come for [[spoiler:his girlfriend, who honestly believed he would]], it turns out that [[spoiler:he never intended to and instead purposefully sacrificed her to distract his enemies' attention long enough for him to take them out as he'd planned to all along.]]
* As in the film, Buttercup in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' is very confident that Westley will come to stop her wedding.
* Sparhawk, the Queen's Champion, spends the first two and a third books of the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' searching for what's needed to save Queen Ehlana from a fatal poisoning; she's being sustained by magic. The first thing she says, when she's finally able to speak to him, is that she knew he would come.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': When Cordelia is trapped in the Pylea dimension.
-->"I have friends back in LA. They're gonna come rescue me. Any time now."
* ''Series/TheATeam'':
** "Bounty": An example which involves the hero talking to another hero and not to the villain. While at Kelly's, Murdock keeps fiddling with the radio, trying to find the transmission the others will probably use to locate him. Kelly says that he should relax and that they'll find him, and Murdock replies that he knows.
** "Hot Styles": Face, having been captured by the antagonists of the week and waiting to be dumped into the ocean, tells fellow victim Rina that they just have to wait until Hannibal comes up with a plan. Sure enough, not that long thereafter, Hannibal and Murdock storm the boat to rescue the two of them.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike says it repeatedly over the Season 7 episodes ''Bring on the Night'' and ''Showtime.''
-->'''Spike:''' ''(whispering)'' [[SurvivalMantra She will come for me... She will come for me... She will come for me...]]
-->'''[[spoiler: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 ApocalypseMaiden, Glory says Buffy may indeed turn up...to kill her before she can cause the destruction of all reality.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'': "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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Amy Pond gives a speech to [[spoiler: 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. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome She saves him with a machine gun.]]
* Princess Aurora of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' tells Season 2 BigBad 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.
* ''Series/{{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 [[TakeAThirdOption sent somebody else to rescue Batgirl]].
* ''Series/{{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 ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' 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 [[YouKnowTooMuch Bill Adama destroying his spacecraft to prevent his capture]]. When Bulldog finds out about the latter, he beats Adama with a pipe.
-->'''Bulldog:''' 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. [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind 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 the season three finale of ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' [[spoiler: the villain kidnaps Miss Fisher's father, planning to [[ForcedToWatch kill her in front of him]] when she comes to the rescue. This one is a sort of balance between the two variations: Baron Fisher says she won't come because he's always been a lousy father, but it seems like he's more ''hoping'' this is true and is worried that she might come for him after all. Naturally, Phryne and Jack pull off a BigDamnHeroes moment and rescue him in the nick of time without getting hurt themselves.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/FatalFrame 2'', a flashback to [[BigBad Sae]] and Yae's attempted escape from the village shows Sae thinking this while she is in captivity.
-->'''Sae:''' Yae will come back for me... she ''will''...
* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', The Kurvaz capture Elh to use as bait to make Red [[HostageForMacGuffin turn over the medallion]], but Elh says that won't work because [[spoiler:she betrayed him, tried to sacrifice him in the Rite of Forfeit, and]] he won't come. [[spoiler:He does, though.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', when [[spoiler:the Warden (with or without Alistair) gets captured by Ser Cauthrien and taken to Fort Drakon]], you get the option to either break out yourself or wait for help. You can even specify which two party members (except for [[spoiler:Shale]]) come to break you out, even if they don't like each other... or ''you''.
* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', Elizabeth ends up getting re-captured by the Songbird and taken back to her father. Booker immediately gives chase, intent on rescuing her... [[spoiler: only for trans-dimensional hijinks to transport him to a reality where the BadFuture results of Elizabeth's capture play out: this version of Elizabeth spent months, possibly even years, insisting that Booker would eventually come for her and enduring every possible torture Comstock could devise for her in the meantime. Unknown to her, this version of Booker was killed by Songbird before he could reach her; because of this, she eventually came to believe that Booker had abandoned her and [[TheBadGuyWins gave in to her father's demands]], becoming his successor ''and'' ApocalypseMaiden. Worse still, it turns out that this sequence of events ''keeps playing out'' across dimensions - and the very reason why the PlayerCharacter edition of Booker ended up getting transported to this reality in the first place was so that BadFuture!Elizabeth could give him a means of stopping Songbird.]]
* During the CliffHanger ending to VideoGame/WindChildBlack, Alexia is imprisoned by Commander Set for aiding the Black Knight (all she did was survive his attack on a fortress), she defiantly says that her friends will break her out. She's crushed when Set informs her that her friends were all killed when the Black Knight attacked their airship. [[spoiler: Luckily, they all survived, but they're stranded with no way of getting to her until the sequel gets released.]]

* In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', as Sal is being hauled off for execution she begins fretting. [[DarkActionGirl Sue]] tells her to cut the act, saying she knows Sal is expecting [[TrueCompanions the pirates]] to save her. Sue is partially right. Sal knows the pirates will try, but she [[AwesomeByAnalysis calculated]] the odds of their success. [[DespairEventHorizon It was 0%]]. [[spoiler: She's fretting because she made a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with General Izor]] to spare them.]]
* In ''Webcomic/LsEmpire,'' Timpani is confident that her husband will come rescue her after she's kidnapped by the Pixl Queen's army, saying that they have no idea how far he'd go for her (for those not in the know, [[VideoGame/SuperPaperMario the last time she disappeared]] he went on a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum when he couldn't find her.) Subverted since Indx didn't let him come along and demanded he get some therapy after having ''another'' SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum. Timpani is rescued, but it was [[spoiler: Daisy (who had also been kidnapped)]] that rescued her.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]]: "Don't worry, Billy. [[TearJerker Captain Hammer will save us..."]]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In a ''Series/AladdinTheSeries''[=/=]''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' crossover, the kidnapped Icarus and Abu tell Hades and Jafar that Herc and Aladdin will come to save them. Unfortunately, their respective heroes [[LetsYouAndHimFight attempting a rescue]] was what the villains had in mind.
* A hero-to-hero example occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E53HeroForHire Hero for Hire]]". The first thing Doofus says to Launchpad after being saved from the Beagle Boys is that he knew Launchpad would come to rescue him.