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.
  • 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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