Playing With / Distressed Dude

Basic Trope: A male character is held captive.
  • Straight: The bandits trap Bob in a net, and his party members Alive and Charlie have to bust into the camp to get him out.
  • Exaggerated:
    • All the men in the kingdom are captured by a sorceress, and Princess Alice has to organize enough women to rescue them.
    • Right after being rescued, Bob is captured again, after the party turn their back for one second.
  • Downplayed: Bob, the Big Guy, is targeted by a Zerg Rush because of his size, and Alice and Charlie have to fight with him to keep him from being overwhelmed.
  • Justified:
    • Hostage or ransom value.
    • He's a scientist working on vital medical advances, which means the enemy want him, and also that he could not possibly keep up the training necessary to fight off even one trained soldier.
    • He suffered crippling injuries to his arms and legs, and is lucky he can walk, even; his captors picked him because escape would be difficult.
    • He was blinded while rescuing other captives; the captors want revenge, and he hasn't been trained to operate blind.
  • Gender Inverted: Damsel in Distress
  • Subverted:
    • When Alice and Charlie get to where Bob is held, he betrays them and reveals he was working with the bandits to lure them into captivity.
    • After being kidnapped, it is revealed that Bob is really a girl in disguise.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The bandits' wizard had enchanted him—and several others; when Bob breaks the spell, they greatly outnumber the bandits who had joined voluntarily, and overwhelm them.
    • It turns out Bob is in disguise as a boy because he identifies as one. Bob actually is a boy, albeit a trans boy.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Depending on the episode, either one of the guys is being captured, or they are saving the day.
  • Averted: The Big Bad tries to capture Bob when he's alone. A beatdown ensues.
  • Enforced: "Bob looks like the Boring Invincible Hero—let's have him captured to take him down a peg."
  • Lampshaded: "Seriously, Bob? How many times are you going to have to have your girlfriend come rescue you?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • The bandits took Bob alive to draw his party after him.
    • Prince Bob let the bandits take him alive in order to rouse the king's fury, after the king has been ignoring the way they prey on peasants.
  • Defied: Bob is carefully guarded prevent any kidnappings.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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