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** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': Cinderella is locked in her room by Lady Tremaine in the third act and the mice bring up the key needed to unlock the door.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Aurora falls into an enchanted sleep after pricking her finger on the spinning wheel while hypnotized by Maleficent, and Phillip's final battle (with assistance from the Three Good Fairies) against Maleficent is to save her.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Ariel is trapped by Ursula at the bottom of a vortex in the climax before Eric plows into Ursula with a ship.
* However non of these princesses were in actual danger. For example, Snow and Aurora were only under spells.
*** Ariel's own daughter Melody becomes this in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' when she's transformed back into a human and Morgana locks her up in unmeltable ice. Melody's friends Tip & Dash have to save her.

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** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': Cinderella is locked in her room by Lady Tremaine in the third act and the mice bring up the key needed to unlock the door.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': Aurora falls into an enchanted sleep after pricking her finger on the spinning wheel while hypnotized by Maleficent, and Phillip's final battle (with assistance from the Three Good Fairies) against Maleficent is to save her.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Ariel is trapped by Ursula at the bottom of a vortex in the climax before Eric plows into Ursula with a ship.
* However non of these princesses were in actual danger. For example, Snow and Aurora were only under spells.
*** Ariel's own
Ariel's daughter Melody becomes this in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaidIIReturnToTheSea'' when she's transformed back into a human and Morgana locks her up in unmeltable ice. Melody's friends Tip & Dash have to save her.


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* ComicBook/LoisLane is probably the most famous damsel in distress, and in almost all versions (comics, cartoon, films) needs to be saved frequently by Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. It '''very rarely happens''' to Kara, though, and when it does, it is because she has been overpowered by someone like ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} or she is playing along, and she hardly ever needs to be saved.


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* ''ComicBook/MarvelMysteryComics'', which started in 1939, operates approximately half on this trope. The damsels are more likely women of the week than romantic interests, and sometimes don't even have names.
** The Angel is a world-wandering costumed vigilante with no specific purpose, so seeing a random woman in danger is always a good way to get him involved in a plot. The woman in the second story was in danger because she had something someone wanted. The one in the third was kidnapped off the street to be a HumanSacrifice.
** The woman in the third Human Torch story is literally ChainedToARailway.
** In the second [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] story, it isn't the hero being spurred to action, but the police, as Namor kidnapped and almost killed a woman (because he didn't realize humans couldn't breathe water).


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* ComicBook/LoisLane is probably the most famous damsel in distress, and in almost all versions (comics, cartoon, films) needs to be saved frequently by Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. It '''very rarely happens''' to Kara, though, and when it does, it is because she has been overpowered by someone like ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} or she is playing along, and she hardly ever needs to be saved.

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* However non of these princesses were in actual danger. For example, Snow and Aurora were only under spells.


* Mariah Wong of Fanfic/BeyBlade.


* Lola Bunny at the end of this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAB-zHpcmag UK advert for Walkers Crisps]].

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* Lola Bunny at the end of this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAB-zHpcmag UK advert for Walkers Crisps]].Crisps.]]


If the kidnapper in question is particularly nasty, expect an IHaveYouNowMyPretty situation to occur. If the character does not become a DamselScrappy but still is constantly captured, they are a DesignatedVictim. Compare with DisposableWoman, where a [[WeHardlyKnewYe barely-developed character]] is killed off for EmotionalTorque, but forgotten not long afterwards.

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If the kidnapper in question is particularly nasty, expect an IHaveYouNowMyPretty situation to occur. If the character does not become a DamselScrappy but still is constantly captured, they are a DesignatedVictim. Compare with DisposableWoman, where a [[WeHardlyKnewYe barely-developed character]] is killed off for EmotionalTorque, but forgotten not long afterwards.
afterwards. Common for a CagedBirdMetaphor to be used.


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* Stories like "Literature/SleepingBeauty", "Literature/{{Bluebeard}}", "Literature/{{Rapunzel}}", "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" and "Literature/SnowWhite" are often this, because the heroines are actually not in a position to do anything when their rescuers arrive... other than stay in their comatose state. Even though the POV is theirs and not the PrinceCharming's, the role is the same.
** "Rapunzel" is actually an inversion - the prince does not rescue Rapunzel, he just gets her pregnant, and later on it is her tears that cure his blindness. Also in "Little Red Riding Hood" the eponymous character is too young and the grandmother too old to be really considered a damsel in distress and that the story originally ended unhappily, getting two endings tacked on later (first the wolf being killed by the passing huntsman, later the cutting-open and revelation that the Little Red Riding Hood and granny had survived).
* In "Literature/TheGooseGirl", the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] is under the power of the servant who took her place and turned her into a goose-girl until the king figures out a way to get her tell her story without breaking her promise not to. (GenderFlip version in the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} "Literature/TheLordOfLornAndTheFalseSteward", Child #271)
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/goosegirl/stories/maidenpearls.html The Maiden from whose Head Pearls fell on combing herself]]", the heroine is thrown into the sea and is rescued by a fisherman.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/armlessmaiden/stories/biancabella.html Biancabella and the Snake]]", Biancabella has [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence her hands cut off and her eyes gouged out]], and is driven into exile from her husband. The snake, being her friend, restores her eyes, hands, and ultimately her place.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/babayaga/tales/koshcheideathless.html The Death of Koshchei the Deathless]]", Marya Morevna is carried off by Koshchei the Deathless, and Prince Ivan must rescue her.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/babayaga/tales/frogtsarevna.html The Frog-Tsarevna]]", after Prince Ivan stupidly burns his wife's frog skin, she is in the power of Baba Yaga and he must go on TheQuest to rescue her.
* In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, and "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/079.htm The Three Princes and their Beasts]]", collected by Creator/AndrewLang, the hero saves the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] from the dragon.
* In "Literature/JorindeAndJoringel", Jorinde is turned into a nightingale by a WickedWitch and held captive by her.
* In "Literature/TheBlueMountains", the hero must suffer a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown for three nights to free the heroine.
* Also in "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/threeprincesseswhiteland.html The Three Princesses of Whiteland]]".
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/swanmaiden/stories/soriamoriacastle.html Soria Moria Castle]]", the three princesses are held prisoner by three trolls and the hero must kill the trolls to rescue them.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/swanmaiden/stories/serbian.html The Golden Apple Tree and the Nine Peahens]]", a dragon carries off the queen and her husband must rescue her.
* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sleepingbeauty/stories/youngslave.html The Young Slave]]", the heroine is the illegitimate niece of a lord, whose wife finds her in enchanted sleep and, in a [[GreenEyedMonster fit of jealousy]], beats her, knocking loose the comb that had kept her asleep, and turns her into a slave, abusing her so severely she [[DrivenToSuicide thinks of killing herself]]. One day, her uncle hears her lamenting her woes and saves her.
* Similarly in "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/books/portugual/pedroso/maidenwithrose.html The Maiden with the Rose on her Forehead]]", where the uncle's wife also burns the poor girl all over with a red-hot iron to make her ugly.
* In ''Literature/{{Prunella}}'', Prunella is a WickedWitch's prisoner and she assigns {{Impossible Task}}s; only with the help of the witch's son does she survive.
* In "[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/075.htm The Grateful Prince]]", the king {{promise}}s his baby to an ogre, and so takes a peasant girl and leaves his son with peasants. The ogre takes the girl and leaves, but the boy, on growing up, decides he can't possibly live on such a sacrifice and goes to rescue her.
* In ''Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges'', the heroine is transformed into a bird.
* In ''Literature/SoriaMoriaCastle'', the princesses are captives of trolls.
* In ''Literature/TsarevichPetrAndTheWizard'', the hero's MissingMom. Also the three princesses he meets while searching for her.
* "The Yellow Dwarf" has Princess Toutebelle, who gets kidnapped by the titular dwarf on the day she was to marry the King of the Gold Mines. The King tries to rescue her, but the dwarf kills him, and she [[DeathByDespair dies of a broken heart]].
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If the kidnapper in question is particularly nasty, expect an IHaveYouNowMyPretty situation to occur. If the character does not become a DamselScrappy but still is constantly captured, they are a DesignatedVictim. Compare with DisposableWoman.

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If the kidnapper in question is particularly nasty, expect an IHaveYouNowMyPretty situation to occur. If the character does not become a DamselScrappy but still is constantly captured, they are a DesignatedVictim. Compare with DisposableWoman.
DisposableWoman, where a [[WeHardlyKnewYe barely-developed character]] is killed off for EmotionalTorque, but forgotten not long afterwards.


* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/69jorinde.html Jorinde and Joringel]]", Jorinde is turned into a nightingale by a WickedWitch and held captive by her.

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* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/69jorinde.html Jorinde and Joringel]]", "Literature/JorindeAndJoringel", Jorinde is turned into a nightingale by a WickedWitch and held captive by her.


* The female lead in ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'', it doesn't help that she's [[VirginityMakesYouStupid innocent to the point of stupidity]] either.

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* The female lead in ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'', ''Film/Legend1985'', it doesn't help that she's [[VirginityMakesYouStupid innocent to the point of stupidity]] either.



* Princess Leia from ''StarWars'' manages to be this and simultaneously an ActionHeroine. However she is something of a subversion because her plea for help was not a plea for a rescue but rather a plea to get the plans to the Death Star to Bail Organa on Alderaan. She wasn't expecting a rescue at all (and the guys didn't plan to do it either).

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* Princess Leia from ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' manages to be this and simultaneously an ActionHeroine. However she is something of a subversion because her plea for help was not a plea for a rescue but rather a plea to get the plans to the Death Star to Bail Organa on Alderaan. She wasn't expecting a rescue at all (and the guys didn't plan to do it either).

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-->'''Roxanne:''' Can one of you punch my frequent kidnappings card?\\
'''Megamind:''' You of all people know we discontinued that promotion.


For the GenderFlip, see DistressedDude. See also DistressBall, StandardFemaleGrabArea, DeterminedWidow, IHaveYourWife, SaveThePrincess, HostageMacGuffin. If the girl is actually ''faking'' this for her own benefits, depending on her purposes she's either a DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel or a DecoyDamsel. A damsel who rescues herself is a DamselOutOfDistress who probably used an ImprovisedWeapon. If she has a strong spirit despite captivity then he/she is a DefiantCaptive. If the hero leaves the damsel in distress (for the moment), that's DelayingTheRescue. See also TheCaptivityNarrative for a plot based on this.

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For the GenderFlip, see DistressedDude. See also DistressBall, StandardFemaleGrabArea, DeterminedWidow, IHaveYourWife, SaveThePrincess, HostageMacGuffin. If the girl is actually ''faking'' this for her own benefits, depending on her purposes she's either a DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel or a DecoyDamsel. A damsel who rescues herself is a DamselOutOfDistress who probably used an ImprovisedWeapon. If she has a strong spirit despite captivity then he/she is a DefiantCaptive. If the hero leaves the damsel in distress (for the moment), that's DelayingTheRescue. If the hero tries to rescue them even though they don't need rescuing, then TheVictimMustBeConfused. See also TheCaptivityNarrative for a plot based on this.


* Comic book heroes seem to spend about half their time rescuing some girl they've been dating on-and-off for about seventy years from something each issue, from [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} Olive Oyl]] to [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Lois Lane]]. (Unsurprisingly, people who [[LovesMyAlterEgo Love someones alter ego]] often suffer from this trope.)

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* Comic book heroes seem to spend about half their time rescuing some girl they've been dating on-and-off for about seventy years from something each issue, from [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} Olive Oyl]] to [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Lois Lane]]. (Unsurprisingly, people who [[LovesMyAlterEgo Love someones someone's alter ego]] often suffer from this trope.)



* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. It '''very rarely happens''' to Kara, though, and when it does, it is because she has been overpowered by someone like Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} or she is playing along, and she hardly ever needs to be saved.

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** In the early days Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy would serve this role. Then it was notoriously subverted in the 1973 ''[[Franchise/SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]]'' story ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'', in which archvillain the Green Goblin kidnaps Spidey's girlfriend, Spidey goes to rescue her... and she dies, turning from Gwen Stacy into [[TheGwenStacy * The* Gwen Stacy]].
** Also subverted, in a different way, by Mary Jane Watson after her marriage to Peter. Whenever she's confronted by obsessive stalkers, she (almost) always manages to escape on her own, without any help from her super-powered husband. Even more subverted by the fact that, more often than not, ''Mary Jane'' is the one who bails out Spider-Man whenever one of his opponents has the upper hand in a fight.
*** Even before their marriage, when Mary Jane was witness to a Spidey fight going poorly, she'd often brazenly distract or sabotage the bad guy, relying on her charm and wit to save her from the dangerous consequences.
** Even ''Aunt flippin' May'' has taken out bad guys. When (fairly) recently the Chameleon had assembled a group of Spider-Bad guys to go after Peter Parker (This is just before Civil War, natch) the Chameleon himself disguised himself as Peter to go and kidnap Aunt May. Aunt May opens the door, and lets her nephew in, and gives him some tea and biscuits while she has to finish her knitting [[spoiler: before revealing that she drugged the fucking tea cause she'd recognize her beloved nephew anywhere and Chameleon obviously was an impostor, holding up "GOTCHA" written across the sweater she just made in a]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome knitted moment of awesome]].
* In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Comicbook/LexLuthor and Comicbook/DoctorOctopus kidnap Comicbook/LoisLane and Mary Jane Watson and admit openly that they are bait to lure the heroes into their trap. Both women are understandably pissed off about it.
* Franchise/WonderWoman in her defense '''It rarely happens''' and is usually because of some stronger magic [[DePower de-powering]] her or cosmic asshole pulling some tricks. In the early days Diana is often seen bound and gagged in her comics (thanks to her creator being a bondage fetish) but this subverted as she's the one who breaks herself free which, which was incidentally at the time an allegory for the slavery of Africans.

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** In the early days days, Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy would serve this role. Then it was notoriously subverted in the 1973 ''[[Franchise/SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]]'' ''Amazing Spider-Man'' story ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'', in which archvillain the Green Goblin kidnaps Spidey's girlfriend, Spidey goes to rescue her... and she dies, turning from Gwen Stacy into '''the''' [[TheGwenStacy * The* Gwen Stacy]].
** Also subverted, in a different way, by Mary Jane Watson after her marriage to Peter. Whenever she's confronted by obsessive stalkers, she (almost) always manages to escape on her own, without any help from her super-powered husband. Even more subverted by the fact that, more often than not, ''Mary Jane'' is the one who bails out Spider-Man whenever one of his opponents has the upper hand in a fight.
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fight. Even before their marriage, when Mary Jane was witness to a Spidey fight going poorly, she'd often brazenly distract or sabotage the bad guy, relying on her charm and wit to save her from the dangerous consequences.
** Even ''Aunt flippin' May'' has taken out bad guys. When (fairly) recently the Chameleon had assembled a group of Spider-Bad guys to go after Peter Parker (This (this is just before Civil War, natch) the Chameleon himself disguised himself as Peter to go and kidnap Aunt May. Aunt May opens the door, and lets her nephew in, and gives him some tea and biscuits while she has to finish her knitting [[spoiler: before [[spoiler:before revealing that she drugged the fucking tea cause she'd recognize her beloved nephew anywhere and Chameleon obviously was an impostor, holding up "GOTCHA" written across the sweater she just made in a]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome knitted moment of awesome]].
* In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Comicbook/LexLuthor ''ComicBook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', ComicBook/LexLuthor and Comicbook/DoctorOctopus ComicBook/DoctorOctopus kidnap Comicbook/LoisLane ComicBook/LoisLane and Mary Jane Watson and admit openly that they are bait to lure the heroes into their trap. Both women are understandably pissed off about it.
* Franchise/WonderWoman in Franchise/WonderWoman:
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her defense '''It defense, '''it rarely happens''' and is usually because of some stronger magic [[DePower de-powering]] her or cosmic asshole pulling some tricks. In the early days days, Diana is often seen bound and gagged in her comics (thanks to her creator being a bondage fetish) but this subverted as she's the one who breaks herself free which, which was incidentally at the time an allegory for the slavery of Africans. Africans.



* ''Comicbook/TheNewTeenTitans'': Raven, dear God in Heaven! Her being a pacifist, it kind of [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] that she'd have trouble fighting with kidnappers.

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* ''Comicbook/TheNewTeenTitans'': ''ComicBook/TheNewTeenTitans'': Raven, dear God in Heaven! Her being a pacifist, it kind of [[JustifiedTrope makes sense]] that she'd have trouble fighting with kidnappers.



* Subverted with Jadina from [[ComicBook/LesLegendaires Les Légendaires]]; her typical SpoiledSweet attitude, natural clumsyness and the fact she's a princess seems to make her designed for this role, and [[TheHero Danael]] even mentionned she has been this at least once; however, she never falls into that role, and actually ''is'' the one saving her friends most of the time, sometimes even doing so when weakened. This reaches its paroxysm in Book 14, where [[spoiler:after she got temporary depowered and had her friends saving her, but still saves her friends from the new BigBad Abyss, who none of her friend could even scratch. And all of this while still depowered. Wow.]]

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* Subverted with Jadina from [[ComicBook/LesLegendaires Les Légendaires]]; [''ComicBook/LesLegendaires''; her typical SpoiledSweet attitude, natural clumsyness and the fact she's a princess seems to make her designed for this role, and [[TheHero Danael]] even mentionned mentioned she has been this at least once; however, she never falls into that role, and actually ''is'' the one saving her friends most of the time, sometimes even doing so when weakened. This reaches its paroxysm in Book 14, where [[spoiler:after she got temporary depowered and had her friends saving her, but still saves her friends from the new BigBad Abyss, who none of her friend could even scratch. And all of this while still depowered. Wow.]]



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* ''FanFic/TalesOfTheEmperasque'' has Isha, Eldar fertility and life goddess, kept in prison by Nurgle. Her rescue is the first SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome of many.

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* ''FanFic/TalesOfTheEmperasque'' ''Fanfic/TalesOfTheEmperasque'' has Isha, Eldar fertility and life goddess, kept in prison by Nurgle. Her rescue is the first SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome of many.



* Discussed in ''FanFic/FateReachOut'':
-->"Well then," Yosuke smiled. "Now we have a plan; Emiya fights, Teddie supports, I investigate, and Satonaka…" he paused as he stared at the lone girl of their party. "Well, try not to get kidnapped, alright?"\\

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-->"Well then," Yosuke smiled. "Now we have a plan; Emiya fights, Teddie supports, I investigate, and Satonaka…" Satonaka..." he paused as he stared at the lone girl of their party. "Well, try not to get kidnapped, alright?"\\



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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', especially in a scene where Robin Hood and his Merry Men try to "rescue" Fiona from the ogre they believe has kidnapped her, only to have her rebuff him and beat up all his men in a combination of styles from ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Film/TheMatrix''.

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[[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', the first movie, especially in a scene where Robin Hood and his Merry Men try to "rescue" Fiona from the ogre they believe has kidnapped her, only to have her rebuff him and beat up all his men in a combination of styles from ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''Film/TheMatrix''.



** Sheeta in Anime/CastleInTheSky needs her [[ReallyRoyaltyReveal secretly royal]] butt saved frequently by everyone from Pazu to Sky Pirates and killer robots. She only subverts this twice, once while escaping on a train where she saves Pazu from Dola's boys with a shovel inciting the line "''That's one strong girl''" and when she makes a deal with the BigBad so that Pazu is freed while she remains the Damsel. Should be noted her rescues do make some of the most exciting points in the movie.
** Anime/MyNeighborTotoro: Mei at the end of the movie when she runs off alone, it gets so dire the neighboring farmers believe she drowned in the river. Satsuki, Mei's older sister, retrieves her with the help of Totoro.
** Anime/PorcoRosso, Porco has to win the [[HighAltitudeBattle dog-fight]] against his old rival Curtis otherwise the main female character Gina will have to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe marry]] Curtis.
** In Anime/PrincessMononoke, San is introduced as an infamous figure and powerful threat to Iron Town and it's leader Eboshi who she will stop at nothing to assassinate, but then she's knocked out by Ashitaka the hero and rescued from the town. Subverted later when San saves Ashitaka from bleeding to death despite initially being ready to kill him, only stopping when Ashitaka reveals he had saved het since she's "so beatiful". But sadly then it's played straight again as San is swallowed up by the demon boar and Ashitaka has to pull her out, for the titular character San is ironically the one who is most frequently in need of rescue.
** In Anime/SpiritedAway Chihiro at the start of the movie needs to be saved and protected by Haku [[spoiler: it turns out Haku saved her even earlier than that as a river spirit during a flood when she was a toddler]]. The rest of the movie inverts this since she learns to be independant and save her parents. Hell Hayao Miyazaki got the idea for the movie when he witnessed his grand daughter being a "lazy bum".
** For Anime/HowlsMovingCastle, at the start of the film Sophie is saved from being harassed by soldiers by Howl despite him also being pursued himself by the Witch of the Waste causing Sophie to promptly [[RescueRomance fall in love]] with him. This trope is played with through most of the movie, with Howl continuing to protect Sophie as necessary and Sophie looking after Howl throughout and ultimately giving him his heart back saving him from dying.

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** Sheeta in Anime/CastleInTheSky ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'' needs her [[ReallyRoyaltyReveal secretly royal]] butt saved frequently by everyone from Pazu to Sky Pirates and killer robots. She only subverts this twice, once while escaping on a train where she saves Pazu from Dola's boys with a shovel inciting the line "''That's one strong girl''" and when she makes a deal with the BigBad so that Pazu is freed while she remains the Damsel. Should be noted her rescues do make some of the most exciting points in the movie.
** Anime/MyNeighborTotoro: ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'': Mei at the end of the movie when she runs off alone, it gets so dire the neighboring farmers believe she drowned in the river. Satsuki, Mei's older sister, retrieves her with the help of Totoro.
** Anime/PorcoRosso, ''Anime/PorcoRosso'': Porco has to win the [[HighAltitudeBattle dog-fight]] against his old rival Curtis otherwise the main female character Gina will have to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe marry]] Curtis.
** In Anime/PrincessMononoke, ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', San is introduced as an infamous figure and powerful threat to Iron Town and it's its leader Eboshi who she will stop at nothing to assassinate, but then she's knocked out by Ashitaka the hero and rescued from the town. Subverted later when San saves Ashitaka from bleeding to death despite initially being ready to kill him, only stopping when Ashitaka reveals he had saved het since she's "so beatiful". But sadly then it's played straight again as San is swallowed up by the demon boar and Ashitaka has to pull her out, for the titular character San is ironically the one who is most frequently in need of rescue.
** In Anime/SpiritedAway ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Chihiro at the start of the movie needs to be saved and protected by Haku [[spoiler: it Haku. [[spoiler:It turns out Haku saved her even earlier than that as a river spirit during a flood when she was a toddler]]. The rest of the movie inverts this since she learns to be independant and save her parents. Hell Hayao Miyazaki got the idea for the movie when he witnessed his grand daughter being a "lazy bum".
** For Anime/HowlsMovingCastle, ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', at the start of the film Sophie is saved from being harassed by soldiers by Howl despite him also being pursued himself by the Witch of the Waste causing Sophie to promptly [[RescueRomance fall in love]] with him. This trope is played with through most of the movie, with Howl continuing to protect Sophie as necessary and Sophie looking after Howl throughout and ultimately giving him his heart back saving him from dying.



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* In ''Film/{{Annie 2014}}'', [[spoiler:Annie is kidnapped by her fake parents and sent on a car chase with them during the climax]].

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* Lois Lane (surprise, eh?) from ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse''. In just ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' alone, Lois has to be rescued by Superman three separate times. The first was Lex, by proxy, testing if Superman would come for her if she were in danger. The second time was Lex using her to summon Superman.
** Lex also kidnaps [[spoiler: Martha Kent]] to blackmail Superman into fighting Batman.

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Lois Lane (surprise, eh?) from ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse''.eh?). In just ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' alone, Lois has to be rescued by Superman three separate times. The first was Lex, by proxy, testing if Superman would come for her if she were in danger. The second time was Lex using her to summon Superman.
** Lex also kidnaps [[spoiler: Martha [[spoiler:Martha Kent]] to blackmail Superman into fighting Batman.



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** They tried to play it less straight in ''Film/SpiderMan2''. After Spidey gets knocked down in the climax, [[RescueReversal M.J. picks up a steel beam and tries to sneak up on Doctor Octopus]] (Doc Ock, [[GenreSavvy learning from his earlier encounter with Aunt May]], [[OffhandBackhand brushes her aside]]).

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** They tried to play it less straight in ''Film/SpiderMan2''. After Spidey gets knocked down in the climax, [[RescueReversal M.J. picks up a steel beam and tries to sneak up on Doctor Octopus]] (Doc Ock, [[GenreSavvy [[TaughtBy Experience learning from his earlier encounter with Aunt May]], [[OffhandBackhand brushes her aside]]).



* [[ReconstructedTrope Reconstructed]] in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie. They point out that while, yes, Daphne did get kidnapped a lot, she never let that discourage her from joining the gang in their latest mystery. She's also GenreSavvy enough to have [[TookALevelInBadass studied martial arts]] so that she is eventually able to look after herself.

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* [[ReconstructedTrope Reconstructed]] in the ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' movie. They point out that while, yes, Daphne did get kidnapped a lot, she never let that discourage her from joining the gang in their latest mystery. She's also GenreSavvy enough to have [[TookALevelInBadass studied martial arts]] so that she is eventually able to look after herself.

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