"See I wanna know
Give me, give me all your love
If you can't hold on
Then baby, baby don't save me now
(If your love isn't strong)
Baby, don't save me now"
—Haim, "Don't Save Me"
"Normal women catch bouquets. I catch bombs."
Mei Ling: But still, don't you think it's romantic? I mean, to have a guy who's always there for you?
Snake: If he was smart, he'd tell her to stop getting kidnapped.
Mei Ling: ...You don't get a lot of dates, do you, Snake?
(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
"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!"
Oh dear... Here we go again... I can't believe I'm kidnapped again. Mario and Toadsworth must be worried sick. Again.
— Princess Peach, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
"None of this is because you want it. You had what you wanted, before that damnable Red Arremer swooped down to take her. Your armor sitting there, mere feet away, crumbled in a post-coital heap as she was stolen. Now you have no choice but this endless forward march. No second thoughts or hesitations, compelled by lust or duty not to avert your eyes, you march on, up these horrific towers, pushing desperately for an unnecessary redemption."
Snow: Wait, Belle, Zelena never froze you when she was crazy monologuing and creepily feeling my baby bump. Why didnít you do anything to stop her? Everyone else tried.
Belle: Everyone else got frozen or turned into a flying monkey. Every time I go up against the villains, I get locked up, knocked unconscious or shot. At this point, Iím just trying to stay alive.
— Fanfiction blog OUAT Conversations
"I dream of a world where Maya Fey can walk down a street without being accused of murder."
— Blogger Tenouttaten