Lois Lane: Normal women catch bouquets. I catch bombs.
— Lois and Clark, "We Have a Lot to Talk About"
"Marina and I have always laughed about the fact that both of us can do fencing and that sort of thing. We're the ones who bash pots over warrior's heads, instead of doing karate or whatever."
—Gates McFadden discussing her and co-star Marina Sirtis' tendency to play this role on Star Trek: The Next Generation
(While trying to rescue Jean, Bob gets captured too)
JEAN: Congratulations. You've just struck a major blow for sexual equality.
BOB: Oh. Good?
— Missing Links, The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!'
"The one being rescued doesn't get to complain! You just act the part and stand around trembling and say 'Oh, save me!"
— Ichigo Kurosaki, Bleach
"Help! I'm being, like, stolen or something!"
— Alison, Totally Rad
Jack Sparrow: William, tell me somethin'. Have you come because you need my help to save a certain distressin' damsel? Or... rather, damsel in distress? Either one...
Will Turner: No.
Jack Sparrow: Well, then you wouldn't be here, would you? So you can't be here! Q.E.D. - you're not really here!
— Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Sue: This is pretty uninspired. The Big Bad Doctor Doom kidnapping me just to lure us here to your wretched little island.
Dr. Doom: Yes, I'm so sorry to involve you in the time-worn damsel-in-distress cliche, Mrs Richards. I feel the only thing missing is the onrushing train. However, sometimes expediency outweighs originality.
— Fantastic Four 1990s series
"Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday."
— Buffy, "Once More With Feeling"
"We save April at least once a day."
— 1987 Donatello, Turtles Forever
Hercules: "Aren't you a Damsel in Distress?"
Megara: (struggling in Nessus' grip) "I'm a damsel... I'm in distress... I can handle this! Have a nice day!"