Well, there are a couple things wrong with this trope including being a snowclone, having an ambiguous name and too much overlapping with Badass in Distress
, so I left it as 'needs help.' Okay, first, it's clearly another Badass
snowclone and we're trying to get rid of those where it isn't appropriate. Second, the name implies that the damsel is a badass for being a damsel or something. Third, there's nothing that really differentiates this from Badass in Distress
. Both tropes say they're about a character who is normally badass that is now a damsel.
Thus, I suggest we rework this trope and name it something clearer. I've seen the suggestion that Badass Damsel
is really about a character who appears to be your standard Damsel in Distress
but fights against captivity in some manner rather than passively waiting for rescue, even if their attempts amount to nothing. That seems like a good starting place to me.