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* In the Daria fanfic 'Emancipation', Daria [[DefiedTrope defies this trope]] when she goes to buy her sister a chicken dinner, and a guy attempts to mug her right in front of the restaurant. Before anyone inside can do anything - not to mention the mugger - Daria goes momentarily AxCrazy as she takes her Doc Martens to each of his knees and then kicks him in the face... ''leaving a perfect print of her boot's sole on his forehead''.
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*A staple of theScream series. Ghostface is regularly knocked down by the female victims he is chasing, but they never capitalize on it and he almost always ends up catching/killing them.


Of course it would never occur to her to [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown continue hitting him while he is down]] to make sure he would not recover.

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Of course it would never occur to her to [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown [[OnceIsNotEnough continue hitting him while he is down]] to make sure he would not recover.


* In the movie ''Film/TheWatcher'', the only person who bothered to fight back against David Allen Griffin (the SerialKiller and KeanuReeves' character) was the homeless girl, who smacked him ''hard'' in the head with her boombox and runs. Unfortunately, just as according to this trope, it hardly fazes him much, and he's after her, managing to chase her down and kill her.

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* In the movie ''Film/TheWatcher'', the only person who bothered to fight back against David Allen Griffin (the SerialKiller and KeanuReeves' Creator/KeanuReeves' character) was the homeless girl, who smacked him ''hard'' in the head with her boombox and runs. Unfortunately, just as according to this trope, it hardly fazes him much, and he's after her, managing to chase her down and kill her.


* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys," where DistressedDamsel [[UncannyValleyGirl Dora]] beats [[DastardlyWhiplash Dan Backslide]] to a pulp [[OffhandBackhand while calling for the Dover Boys to save her.]] Before long, [[PityTheKidnapper both of them are begging to be saved from each other]].

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys," where DistressedDamsel [[UncannyValleyGirl Dora]] beats [[DastardlyWhiplash Dan Backslide]] to a pulp [[OffhandBackhand while banging on the door and calling for the Dover Boys to save her.]] Before long, [[PityTheKidnapper both of them are begging to be saved from each other]].
** It's also worth noting that the door she's banging on is [[TooDumbToLive locked from the inside.]]


* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Sookie does this to Rene in the first season. She tries to shoot him with a shotgun, only to find he's preemptively removed the ammo. She clubs him once, then runs away instead of loading, [[TooDumbToLive tossing ''her only weapon'' into the bushes as she runs.]]

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* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Sookie does this to Rene in the first season. She tries to shoot him with a shotgun, only to find he's preemptively removed the ammo. She clubs him once, then runs away instead of loading, [[TooDumbToLive tossing ''her her only weapon'' weapon into the bushes as she runs.]]



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* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Sookie does this to Rene in the first season. She tries to shoot him with a shotgun, only to find he's preemptively removed the ammo. She clubs him once, then runs away instead of loading, [[TooDumbToLive tossing ''her only weapon'' into the bushes as she runs.]]


* An especially egregious instance is the first time Miaka gets cornered alone in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. When it dawns on her that she's in another world, away from any legal consequences for hooliganism, she proceeds to singlehandedly mop the floor with an entire street gang and nearly run away… Until one of them reaches up from the ground to [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grab her ankle, paralyzing her]]. From that point on, she's Tamahome's DamselInDistress par excellence.

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* An especially egregious instance is the first time Miaka gets cornered alone in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. When it dawns on her that she's in another world, away from any legal consequences for hooliganism, she proceeds to singlehandedly mop the floor with an entire street gang and nearly run away… Until one of them reaches away. Unfortunately, reality catches up from the ground to [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grab with her ankle, paralyzing her]]. From that point on, when she's Tamahome's DamselInDistress par excellence.
nabbed and needs an assist from Tamahome.


* A GenderFlip happens in [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie]] ''{{Misery}}''.

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* A GenderFlip happens in [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie]] ''{{Misery}}''.''{{Film/Misery}}''.


* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "TheDoverBoys," where DistressedDamsel [[UncannyValleyGirl Dora]] beats [[DastardlyWhiplash Dan Backslide]] to a pulp [[OffhandBackhand while calling for the Dover Boys to save her.]] Before long, [[PityTheKidnapper both of them are begging to be saved from each other]].

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "TheDoverBoys," "WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys," where DistressedDamsel [[UncannyValleyGirl Dora]] beats [[DastardlyWhiplash Dan Backslide]] to a pulp [[OffhandBackhand while calling for the Dover Boys to save her.]] Before long, [[PityTheKidnapper both of them are begging to be saved from each other]].


* When Olive Oyl is held captive by a gang of cowboys, she manages to hit the leader on the head...and keeps hitting him while hystairically crying for {{Popeye}}. When Popeye finishes beating up the rest of the gang and comes for her, he has to tell Olive to calm down or she'll end up killing the boss.

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* When Olive Oyl is held captive by a gang of cowboys, she manages to hit the leader on the head...and keeps hitting him while hystairically hysterically crying for {{Popeye}}. When Popeye finishes beating up the rest of the gang and comes for her, he has to tell Olive to calm down or she'll end up killing the boss.


A girl got cornered by the villain, he is about to kill her, and there is no escape. Suddenly she catches him off-guard and smacks him in the head with a heavy object. He will collapse to the ground and she will run to the door. Somehow, despite the fact that realistically he should have at least a minor concussion, he would recover quickly enough to catch her just before she would reach the door.

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A girl got cornered by the villain, he is about to kill her, and there is no escape. Suddenly she catches him off-guard and smacks him in the head with a heavy object. He will collapse to the ground and she will run to the door. Somehow, despite the fact that realistically he should have at least a minor concussion, he would will recover quickly enough to catch her just before she would reach reaches the door.


* ''RunawayJury'': Marlee hit the guy twice and, when he still catches her before she manages to escape, she stabbed his leg with a piece of wood.
* Best subversion ever: the kidnapping scene from ''RushHour'' in which the girl manages to frustrate and bruise much of the abduction team before they finally subdue her and stuff her into a van.

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* ''RunawayJury'': ''Film/RunawayJury'': Marlee hit the guy twice and, when he still catches her before she manages to escape, she stabbed his leg with a piece of wood.
* Best subversion ever: the kidnapping scene from ''RushHour'' ''Film/RushHour'' in which the girl manages to frustrate and bruise much of the abduction team before they finally subdue her and stuff her into a van.


* Another severe subversion occurs in the ending of ''DeathProof''. [[spoiler: The girls go back to finish the job.]]

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* Another severe subversion occurs in the ending of ''DeathProof''.''Film/DeathProof''. [[spoiler: The girls go back to finish the job.]]


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* Mary Jane does this to the Chameleon in a {{Spider-Man}} comic, but subverted in that she does keep hitting him.
** Calie Liddell, in ''[[GrimmFairyTales Return to Wonderland]] #3,'' does much the same thing to the Mad Hatter, though her beating goes much farther. She even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.

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* Mary Jane does this to the Chameleon in a {{Spider-Man}} ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic, but subverted in that she does keep hitting him.
** * Calie Liddell, in ''[[GrimmFairyTales ''[[ComicBook/GrimmFairyTales Return to Wonderland]] #3,'' Wonderland]]'' #3, does much the same thing to the Mad Hatter, though her beating goes much farther. She even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.
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