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* The would-be victim of ''Film/DialMForMurder'', Margot, invokes this trope and neatly [[OffTheRails turns the villain's entire script on its head.]] When the hired killer pins her down and begins strangling her to death, she manages to desperately grab at a pair of scissors.... which she rams as hard as she can into his back. Made especially impressive by the fact that Margot is ''not'' a badass, but manages to survive anyway.

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* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' {{Prequel}} book ''The Andalite Chronicles'' kicks off as the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Andalites]] Elfangor and Arbron board a [[TheGreys Skrit Na]] ship that just left Earth. There they meet [[ActionGirl Loren]], a teenage abductee who was in the process of threatening her captors with a Dracon beam. (The other prisoner, [[TheQuisling Chapman]], was cowering.)


* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': when Venom attacks Rio at her workplace to try and find Spider-Man, Miles arrives to fight him [[CurbStompBattle only to start losing badly]]. Rio ''immediately'' grabs a fallen security guard’s gun and opens fire on Venom to get him away from her son... [[ShootingSuperman but it does absolutely nothing]]. [[spoiler:Then Venom, still dominating the battle, gets annoyed with her shooting and ''stabs her with his CombatTentacles''. Miles turns the fight around and defeats him just in time for his mother to die in his arms.]] Badass Damsel or not, [[RealityEnsues Rio was still a normal human caught in the middle of a battle between superhuman beings]].

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Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': when Venom attacks Rio at her workplace to try and find Spider-Man, Miles arrives to fight him [[CurbStompBattle only to start losing badly]]. Rio ''immediately'' grabs a fallen security guard’s gun and opens fire on Venom to get him away from her son... [[ShootingSuperman but it does absolutely nothing]]. [[spoiler:Then Venom, still dominating the battle, gets annoyed with her shooting and ''stabs her with his CombatTentacles''. Miles turns the fight around and defeats him just in time for his mother to die in his arms.]] Badass Damsel or not, [[RealityEnsues Rio was still a normal human caught in the middle of a battle between superhuman beings]].beings]].
** ''ComicBook/AllNewUltimates'': Spider-Man is trying to defeat the villains before the building collapses, and Bombshell helps to dispatch one of them. He told her not to stay behind, that she has to run, and she replies that she was saving his lame Spider-butt.

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* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': when Venom attacks Rio at her workplace to try and find Spider-Man, Miles arrives to fight him [[CurbStompBattle only to start losing badly]]. Rio ''immediately'' grabs a fallen security guard’s gun and opens fire on Venom to get him away from her son... [[ShootingSuperman but it does absolutely nothing]]. [[spoiler:Then Venom, still dominating the battle, gets annoyed with her shooting and ''stabs her with his CombatTentacles''. Miles turns the fight around and defeats him just in time for his mother to die in his arms.]] Badass Damsel or not, [[RealityEnsues Rio was still a normal human caught in the middle of a battle between superhuman beings]].


* Angel from ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' She is so effectively resistant to Mok's will that she escapes his clutches, has to be forcibly recaptured and dragged back and finally shackled on stage ''and'' hooked up to Mok's keyboard to make her sing at all.

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* Angel from ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule''. She is so effectively resistant to Mok's will that she escapes his clutches, has to be forcibly recaptured and dragged back and finally shackled on stage ''and'' hooked up to Mok's keyboard to make her sing at all.



*** PlayedWith in ''Film/TheLastJedi''. Rey gets herself captured and tortured by [[spoiler: Snoke]], but, at the end of the day, it's her own fault for [[LeeroyJenkins throwing herself into a situation that she didn't fully understand.]] And she puts up an [[TheDeterminator impressive fight]] that earns her some VillainRespect, but pretty quickly learns that she is in VERY deep over her head. She does get rescued by a male character, specifically [[spoiler: Kylo Ren, but as soon as Snoke is out of the picture, Rey works with Kylo to fight their way out, until she refuses to join him, and escapes the rest of the way on her own.]]

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*** PlayedWith [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Film/TheLastJedi''. Rey gets herself captured and tortured by [[spoiler: Snoke]], but, at the end of the day, it's her own fault for [[LeeroyJenkins throwing herself into a situation that she didn't fully understand.]] And she puts up an [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} impressive fight]] that earns her some VillainRespect, but pretty quickly learns that she is in VERY deep over her head. She does get rescued by a male character, specifically [[spoiler: Kylo Ren, but as soon as Snoke is out of the picture, Rey works with Kylo to fight their way out, until she refuses to join him, and escapes the rest of the way on her own.]]



** ''Franchise/JohnCarterOfMars'' Dejah Thoris is a Living [=MacGuffin=] textbook DamselInDistress in most of the stories she's featured in, but she's always portrayed as brave, intelligent, and willing to make sacrifices for the benefit of others. It's mentioned occasionally that when she's in a situation where fighting would actually do some good (i.e. when she's not hopelessly outnumbered) she ''can'' fight pretty well, it's just that that sort of thing never seems to come up in the books, so the smart thing is to bide her time and wait.

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** ''Franchise/JohnCarterOfMars'' In ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' Dejah Thoris is a Living [=MacGuffin=] textbook DamselInDistress in most of the stories she's featured in, but she's always portrayed as brave, intelligent, and willing to make sacrifices for the benefit of others. It's mentioned occasionally that when she's in a situation where fighting would actually do some good (i.e. when she's not hopelessly outnumbered) she ''can'' fight pretty well, it's just that that sort of thing never seems to come up in the books, so the smart thing is to bide her time and wait.



* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Many times. For example, in "Baroness Von Gunther" Wonder Woman is bound by chains that are [[BadassBoast "unbreakable...even by elephants"]]. The chains don't last long against the Amazon Princess, [[OhCrap much to the bad guy's dismay]]. In "The Last of the Two Dollar Bills", Wonder Woman's bracelets are taken and she's locked in a cell. She breaks the lock in two with her bare hands then [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy disarms and overpowers]] [[{{Mooks}} the guard]]. Bonus points in the same episode to Steve Trevor, the series' designated DistressedDude, for disarming the bomb that the [[BigBad Nazi spy]] left behind to kill him.

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* ''Series/WonderWoman'': ''Series/{{Wonder Woman|1975}}'': Many times. For example, in "Baroness Von Gunther" Wonder Woman is bound by chains that are [[BadassBoast "unbreakable...even by elephants"]]. The chains don't last long against the Amazon Princess, [[OhCrap much to the bad guy's dismay]]. In "The Last of the Two Dollar Bills", Wonder Woman's bracelets are taken and she's locked in a cell. She breaks the lock in two with her bare hands then [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy disarms and overpowers]] [[{{Mooks}} the guard]]. Bonus points in the same episode to Steve Trevor, the series' designated DistressedDude, for disarming the bomb that the [[BigBad Nazi spy]] left behind to kill him.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has [[LoveInterests Dana]] [[SpoiledSweet Tan]]; the few times she's a DamselInDistress for more than a minute, she fights back. When kidnapped by a StalkerWithACrush, she tricks him into leaving her alone and tries to escape through the sewers. When Batman is overcome by giant rats while rescuing her, she [[ImprovisedWeapon creates a torch out of flotsam lying around]] and successfully drives the rats off of him. In TheMovie, she almost gets away from the Joker who grabs her; unfortunately, she gives him so much trouble [[spoiler:that instead of kidnapping her, he tries to kill her by throwing off the balcony]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has [[LoveInterests Dana]] [[SpoiledSweet Tan]]; the few times she's a DamselInDistress for more than a minute, she fights back. When kidnapped by a StalkerWithACrush, she tricks him into leaving her alone and tries to escape through the sewers. When Batman is overcome by giant rats while rescuing her, she [[ImprovisedWeapon creates a torch out of flotsam lying around]] and successfully drives the rats off of him. In TheMovie, she almost gets away from the Joker who grabs her; unfortunately, she gives him so much trouble [[spoiler:that instead of kidnapping her, he tries to kill her by throwing her off the balcony]].

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*** PlayedWith in ''Film/TheLastJedi''. Rey gets herself captured and tortured by [[spoiler: Snoke]], but, at the end of the day, it's her own fault for [[LeeroyJenkins throwing herself into a situation that she didn't fully understand.]] And she puts up an [[TheDeterminator impressive fight]] that earns her some VillainRespect, but pretty quickly learns that she is in VERY deep over her head. She does get rescued by a male character, specifically [[spoiler: Kylo Ren, but as soon as Snoke is out of the picture, Rey works with Kylo to fight their way out, until she refuses to join him, and escapes the rest of the way on her own.]]


* In a sidestory of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodline'', Yellow is taken hostage by a Team Rocket cell based on Five Island, to use as bait for Red so they can steal his Pokémon. [[DefiantCaptive She refuses to let her captors scare her]], [[FireForgedFriends and by befriending a captured Rattata]], she breaks out and even manages to come to Red's rescue later when he's cornered by the Rocket Admin.

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* In a sidestory of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodline'', ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Yellow is taken hostage by a Team Rocket cell based on Five Island, to use as bait for Red so they can steal his Pokémon. [[DefiantCaptive She refuses to let her captors scare her]], [[FireForgedFriends and by befriending a captured Rattata]], she breaks out and even manages to come to Red's rescue later when he's cornered by the Rocket Admin.

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* In a sidestory of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodline'', Yellow is taken hostage by a Team Rocket cell based on Five Island, to use as bait for Red so they can steal his Pokémon. [[DefiantCaptive She refuses to let her captors scare her]], [[FireForgedFriends and by befriending a captured Rattata]], she breaks out and even manages to come to Red's rescue later when he's cornered by the Rocket Admin.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheWeave'', NaiveEverygirl Tally gets attacked by a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent wolf fairy]] -- she maces him with a load of pepperspray, which turns out to be effective, and runs for it.


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', [[SpiritedYoungLady Maria]] doesn't take kindly to being taken captive by bandit king Chakal. She ends up breaking free of his clutches and joining the fight alongside her childhood friends Manolo and Joaquin.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', [[SpiritedYoungLady Maria]] Maria doesn't take kindly to being taken captive by bandit king Chakal. She ends up breaking free of his clutches and joining the fight alongside her childhood friends Manolo and Joaquin.


* Creator/JonathanCoulton: The princess in "The Princess Who Saved Herself". She overpowers a ''dragon'' who attacks, then makes friends with him and they end up in a band together.

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* Creator/JonathanCoulton: Music/JonathanCoulton: The princess in "The Princess Who Saved Herself". She overpowers a ''dragon'' who attacks, then makes friends with him and they end up in a band together.

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* Creator/JonathanCoulton: The princess in "The Princess Who Saved Herself". She overpowers a ''dragon'' who attacks, then makes friends with him and they end up in a band together.


* [[TheProtagonist Cecile de Troyes]] from ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy''. She's seventeen and slight of build, but she is also intelligent, clever, has an older brother who taught her how to pick locks with a hairpin - not to mention a powerful witch, which means that more often than not she can get out of trouble on her own.
* [[TheProtagonist Lara]] from ''TheBridgeKingdomArchives'' is assumed by everyone to be a typical woman from her own nation of Maridrina, that is meek, timid and good only for bedding and raising children. However, she is a [[TrainingFromHell trained]] fighter and spy and even comes to her husband Aren's rescue more than once.

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[[TheProtagonist Cecile de Troyes]] from ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy''. She's seventeen and slight of build, but she is also intelligent, clever, has an older brother who taught her how to pick locks with a hairpin - not to mention a powerful witch, which means that more often than not she can get out of trouble on her own.
* ** [[TheProtagonist Lara]] from ''TheBridgeKingdomArchives'' ''Literature/TheBridgeKingdomArchives'' is assumed by everyone to be a typical woman from her own nation of Maridrina, that is meek, timid and good only for bedding and raising children. However, she is a [[TrainingFromHell trained]] fighter and spy and even comes to her husband Aren's rescue more than once.


* ''Film/BatmanForever'' gave audiences Dr. Chase Meridian (Creator/NicoleKidman), who could be seen as an AuthorsSavingThrow for the female lead in the first ''Film/{{Batman}}'': the straight-up DamselInDistress (Vicki Vale). This becomes clear when Bruce Wayne pays her a visit and becomes concerned when he hears feminine gasps and grunts coming from her office. Thinking she's being attacked and finding the door locked, he kicks it in - only to find that Dr. Meridian was just practicing her boxing skills with a punching bag. (To compound Bruce's embarrassment, Chase then makes a sarcastic comment about how he'll now have to buy her a new door.) Later on, when she and Bruce are being attacked by Two-Face's gang, Chase punches out one of the {{Mooks}} when he tries to grab her - although she is taken hostage moments later.

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* ''Film/BatmanForever'' gave audiences Dr. Chase Meridian (Creator/NicoleKidman), who could be seen as an AuthorsSavingThrow for the female lead in the first ''Film/{{Batman}}'': ''Film/{{Batman|1989}}'': the straight-up DamselInDistress (Vicki Vale). This becomes clear when Bruce Wayne pays her a visit and becomes concerned when he hears feminine gasps and grunts coming from her office. Thinking she's being attacked and finding the door locked, he kicks it in - only to find that Dr. Meridian was just practicing her boxing skills with a punching bag. (To compound Bruce's embarrassment, Chase then makes a sarcastic comment about how he'll now have to buy her a new door.) Later on, when she and Bruce are being attacked by Two-Face's gang, Chase punches out one of the {{Mooks}} when he tries to grab her - although she is taken hostage moments later.

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* [[TheProtagonist Lara]] from ''TheBridgeKingdomArchives'' is assumed by everyone to be a typical woman from her own nation of Maridrina, that is meek, timid and good only for bedding and raising children. However, she is a [[TrainingFromHell trained]] fighter and spy and even comes to her husband Aren's rescue more than once.

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