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* Normally one of ''Series/{{Ezel}}'''s most sensible characters, Azad takes the ball and runs with it in the season two's "Lives Unlived"[[labelnote:tr]]"Yaşanmamış Hayatlar"[[/labelnote]], where she insists on meeting Bade in person over an issue that (while concerning) doesn't exactly require immediate action. Despite her status as a high-value target, she leaves the safehouse and is [[spoiler:subsequently captured by Kenan to be used as leverage against her father]].


* Sonya Blade in ''Film/MortalKombat'' goes from ActionGirl to "oh he's too strong someone save me" the second [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] gets her arm behind her back. Never mind that she should be by far the ''toughest'' person in the group, being a professionally trained special agent compared to an actor and a disillusioned Shaolin Monk.

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* Sonya Blade in ''Film/MortalKombat'' ''Film/MortalKombatTheMovie'' goes from ActionGirl to "oh he's too strong someone save me" the second [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] gets her arm behind her back. Never mind that she should be by far the ''toughest'' person in the group, being a professionally trained special agent compared to an actor and a disillusioned Shaolin Monk.


Such acts may include wandering into a dark alley at night while alone, separating from the main group due to anger at one or more of the team members, GoingForTheBigScoop, losing a fight against opponents that are well below her skill level, trying to take on the BigBad one on one, deliberately taking on way too many enemies single-handedly, or not listening (or listening, for that matter) to TheHero suggesting she WaitHere. It also includes [[TooDumbToLive not having the sense]] to kick the villain [[GroinAttack in the nuts]] when he tries to [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grab her upper arm]]. It can also play a role in her actions (or lack of them) after being captured, such as [[CardboardPrison being detained in an area with little or no security]] and failing to take advantage of obvious opportunities to escape.

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Such acts may include wandering into a dark alley at night while alone, separating from the main group due to anger at one or more of the team members, GoingForTheBigScoop, losing a fight against opponents that are well below above her skill level, trying to take on the BigBad one on one, deliberately taking on way too many enemies single-handedly, or not listening (or listening, for that matter) to TheHero suggesting she WaitHere. It also includes [[TooDumbToLive not having the sense]] to kick the villain [[GroinAttack in the nuts]] when he tries to [[StandardFemaleGrabArea grab her upper arm]]. It can also play a role in her actions (or lack of them) after being captured, such as [[CardboardPrison being detained in an area with little or no security]] and failing to take advantage of obvious opportunities to escape.

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*** Parodied in YGOTAS, in one episode, Kaiba stated that he has been kidnapped for about the 50th time that month during a flashback. In another episode, there was a montage of Mokuba being kidnapped, which has happened at the very least 2,042 times in total. Kaiba then considers keeping him on a leash.


* Lin Bei Fong in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' loses to the Lieutenant after attacking the electricity-wielding villain with her metal cables (when she also has access to master-level [[DishingOutDirt Earthbending]] and has done quite well [[GrievousHarmWithABody just throwing mooks at each other]]. This takes her out of the fight... [[spoiler: which allows the Airbending Kids a BigDamnHeroes CrowningMomentOfAwesome]].

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* Lin Bei Fong in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' loses to the Lieutenant after attacking the electricity-wielding villain with her metal cables (when she also has access to master-level [[DishingOutDirt Earthbending]] and has done quite well [[GrievousHarmWithABody just throwing mooks at each other]]. This takes her out of the fight... [[spoiler: which allows the Airbending Kids a BigDamnHeroes CrowningMomentOfAwesome]].moment]].


** Sarah Jane is relatively independent and strong for a Classic companion but gets hit with this hard in "The Ark in Space", where she gets hypnotised, put into SuspendedAnimation, gets revived by the men, [[NeutralFemale spends most of the rest of the story wandering around passively while the boys handle the plot]], and then caps it off by having a claustrophobia freakout which the Doctor snaps her out of by calling her a 'stupid girl'. Since the whole show had undergone a {{Retool}}, Creator/ElisabethSladen was scared that this would be [[DamselScrappy the permanent new angle for Sarah's character]], and her misery at having to do it is visible in the performance ("maybe it's Sarah feeling upset," she justified on the DVD commentary).

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** Sarah Jane is relatively independent and strong for a Classic companion but gets hit with this hard in "The Ark in Space", where she gets hypnotised, put into SuspendedAnimation, [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]], gets revived by the men, [[NeutralFemale spends most of the rest of the story wandering around passively while the boys handle the plot]], and then caps it off by having a claustrophobia freakout which the Doctor snaps her out of by calling her a 'stupid girl'. Since the whole show had undergone a {{Retool}}, Creator/ElisabethSladen was scared that this would be [[DamselScrappy the permanent new angle for Sarah's character]], and her misery at having to do it is visible in the performance ("maybe it's Sarah feeling upset," she justified on the DVD commentary).


** Actually, strike that, that only happened in the Tower of Heaven arc. In the Oracion Seis arc which happened afterward, she grew out of this phase, and ''even came to Jellal's rescue!''


* Yuna in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has the ability to summon giant monsters with enough magical power to eliminate a city block, yet she still ends up getting kidnapped numerous times throughout the game. No explanation is ever provided for why she doesn't use her summoning powers to fight her abductors.


* Yuna in ''VideoGameFinalFantasyX'' has the ability to summon giant monsters with enough magical power to eliminate a city block, yet she still ends up getting kidnapped numerous times throughout the game. No explanation is ever provided for why she doesn't use her summoning powers to fight her abductors.

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* Yuna in ''VideoGameFinalFantasyX'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has the ability to summon giant monsters with enough magical power to eliminate a city block, yet she still ends up getting kidnapped numerous times throughout the game. No explanation is ever provided for why she doesn't use her summoning powers to fight her abductors.

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* Yuna in ''VideoGameFinalFantasyX'' has the ability to summon giant monsters with enough magical power to eliminate a city block, yet she still ends up getting kidnapped numerous times throughout the game. No explanation is ever provided for why she doesn't use her summoning powers to fight her abductors.

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* During the "Port-to-Port Killer" arc of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [[BadassIsraeli Ziva]] leaves HQ on her own to see if her boyfriend's OK...and is quickly subdued and captured. Team Gibbs manages to locate and rescue her...which keeps them occupied while P-to-P goes after his ''real'' target at NCIS.


* In ''BreathOfFire'', shortly after Ryu arrives at Winlan, the player gains control of Princess Nina as she decides to storm the lair of a powerful wizard to obtain a cure for her poisoned father (who the wizard was responsible for poisoning). Granted, she does (or rather, [[ButThouMust is forced to]]) take a pair of soldiers with her as bodyguards, but all the same, she is captured and needs to be rescued by Ryu afterwards.

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* In ''BreathOfFire'', ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', shortly after Ryu arrives at Winlan, the player gains control of Princess Nina as she decides to storm the lair of a powerful wizard to obtain a cure for her poisoned father (who the wizard was responsible for poisoning). Granted, she does (or rather, [[ButThouMust is forced to]]) take a pair of soldiers with her as bodyguards, but all the same, she is captured and needs to be rescued by Ryu afterwards.

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* Anna in ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'' is established a crack shot early in the film. But when Clinch Leatherwood comes to town looking for her, she suddenly loses her ability to use firearms. For the entire final act of the movie, she never attempts to use a gun in self defense. She also doesn't take advantage of an obvious opportunity to take Clinch out of the picture for good after she knocks him out with a rock. Does she then kill him or tie him up and lead the Sheriff back to him to make an arrest? Nope, she just leaves him there to wake up and continue pursuing her later.


* Starfire in ''TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''. She actually forgets that ''she can fly'' and has to be snatched out of the air mid-drop by Robin, who has no super-powers. Ironically, one fan once remarked on a forum that if such a thing ever happened she would be called out on it, as it would be an obvious ploy to attract Robin's attention. Instead it was played painfully straight.

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* Starfire in ''TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''.''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''. She actually forgets that ''she can fly'' and has to be snatched out of the air mid-drop by Robin, who has no super-powers. Ironically, one fan once remarked on a forum that if such a thing ever happened she would be called out on it, as it would be an obvious ploy to attract Robin's attention. Instead it was played painfully straight.

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