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* ''Film/Shazam2019'': Shazam and Freddy see a mugger trying to pull a woman's purse away from her, so Shazam runs up at super speed and tackles the man. Then he finds out that a second before he did that, the woman had already sprayed mace into the man's eyes.


** Most versions start with Touma attempting to rescue Mikoto from a group of thugs. Mikoto is probably capable of [[OneManyArmy soloing small armies]]. The anime version subverted this, having Touma try to rescue ''the thugs'' from Mikoto.

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** Most versions start with Touma attempting to rescue Mikoto from a group of thugs. Mikoto is probably capable of [[OneManyArmy [[OneManArmy soloing small armies]]. The anime version subverted this, having Touma try to rescue ''the thugs'' from Mikoto.


* Most versions of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' start with Touma attempting to rescue Mikoto from a group of thugs. Mikoto is probably capable of soloing small armies. The anime version subverted this, having Touma try to rescue the thugs from Mikoto. Aureolus Izzard devoted three years of his life to try to find a way to save Index's life. Then he finally comes out of his seclusion and tries to implement his plan only to find that Touma had already saved her. He got ''really'' upset and [[CrazyJealousGuy tried to kill Touma]].

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''
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Most versions of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' start with Touma attempting to rescue Mikoto from a group of thugs. Mikoto is probably capable of [[OneManyArmy soloing small armies. armies]]. The anime version subverted this, having Touma try to rescue the thugs ''the thugs'' from Mikoto. Mikoto.
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Aureolus Izzard devoted three years of his life to try to find a way to save Index's life.life after he failed to find a way to prevent her from having her memories erased while he was her guardian. Then he finally comes out of his seclusion and tries to implement his plan only to find that Touma had already saved her. He got ''really'' upset and [[CrazyJealousGuy tried to kill Touma]].


* In Creator/CarlBarks' final story ''Horsing Around With History'', Scrooge confidently brings the Trojan Horse into his money bin right before WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}} and the boys, back outside, realize the Beagle Boys have been spying on them and must have been hiding inside the Horse. They hurry to warn Uncle Scrooge...only to find him holding the Beagle Boys at cannon-point, having realized something was up because [[GenreSavvy finding the Horse was too easy]].

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* In Creator/CarlBarks' final story ''Horsing Around With History'', Scrooge confidently brings the Trojan Horse into his money bin right before WesternAnimation/{{Donald|Duck}} and the boys, back outside, realize the Beagle Boys have been spying on them and must have been hiding inside the Horse. They hurry to warn Uncle Scrooge...only to find him holding the Beagle Boys at cannon-point, having realized something was up because [[GenreSavvy finding the Horse was too easy]].easy.

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* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'': Comic #260: "The Captive Princess" shows [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Princess Peach]] successfully managing to escape from Bowser's castle on her own. Ultimately subverted, however, when she overhears Mario yelling that he's come to save the Princess, goes to investigate, and then accepts Mario's rescue, despite the fact that she had just escaped on her own.

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* Early in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', Ryu and Nina are travelling a steep cliff. Nina falls, and Ryu immediately jumps to her aid, descending like a pro from several landings until one mid-jump where he realizes Nina is ''flying'' (she has wings); the shock was apparently too much for him that Ryu {{Face Fault}}s the rest of the way to the ground. When Nina joins Ryu shortly afterward, she quickly apologizes for not telling him about her wings.


* In a ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' dream sequence, Goldie is kidnapped by the Beagle Boys, and manages to beat most of them and rescue herself. However, when she realizes Scrooge is coming to save her, she ups and pretends to still be in danger just for a RescueRomance. Well...this ''is'' Scrooge's fantasy...

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* In a ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' dream sequence, Goldie is kidnapped by the Beagle Boys, and manages to beat most of them and rescue herself. However, when she realizes Scrooge is coming to save her, she ups and pretends to still be in danger just for a RescueRomance. Well...this ''is'' Scrooge's fantasy...

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* In ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'', this trope shows up in the [[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Grovyle]] Connection Orb mission. Your objective is to rescue a shiny Celebi in a dungeon. Upon encountering her, Grovyle points out Celebi is strong enough to not be troubled by such a dungeon, making a rescue mission unnecessary. Celebi actually ''pretended'' to be in trouble so that Grovyle would rescue her and cause RescueRomance, but [[ChasteHero it completely flew over Grovyle's head]].

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-->'''Akima''': Well, well, well, if it isn't the Captain. What kept you?


* [[Literature/TheExecutioner Mack Bolan]] charges into a house full of terrorists, only to find his girlfriend April Rose is holding them all at gunpoint. She quips that it's just like a man to leave the cleaning up to a woman.

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* In "Flesh Wounds", [[Literature/TheExecutioner Mack Bolan]] charges into a house full of terrorists, only to find his girlfriend April Rose is holding them all at gunpoint. She quips that it's just like a man to leave the cleaning up to a woman.


* In the Sci-Fi ''Series/FlashGordon'', Flash insists on finding and rescuing Dale from becoming Ming's latest courtesan as soon as he is sprung from jail. He is met, halfway there, by Dale who had escaped to rescue ''him''.

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* In the Sci-Fi ''Series/FlashGordon'', ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'', Flash insists on finding and rescuing Dale from becoming Ming's latest courtesan as soon as he is sprung from jail. He is met, halfway there, by Dale who had escaped to rescue ''him''.


** In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E07StealthStrike season 2, episode 7]], when Ezra gets captured, the troopers don't even manage to get him into his cell before he escapes, recollects his lightsaber, and disarms all of them. He tosses them in the cell that was meant for him, then stuns the next two stormtroopers who came around the corner. [[DressingAsTheEnemy Except those two were Kanan and Rex, coming to rescue him]].

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** In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E07StealthStrike season 2, episode 7]], when Ezra gets captured, the troopers don't even manage to get him into his cell before he escapes, recollects his lightsaber, and disarms all of them. He tosses them in the cell that was meant for him, then stuns the next two stormtroopers who came come around the corner. [[DressingAsTheEnemy Except those two were Kanan and Rex, coming to rescue him]].

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** In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E07StealthStrike season 2, episode 7]], when Ezra gets captured, the troopers don't even manage to get him into his cell before he escapes, recollects his lightsaber, and disarms all of them. He tosses them in the cell that was meant for him, then stuns the next two stormtroopers who came around the corner. [[DressingAsTheEnemy Except those two were Kanan and Rex, coming to rescue him]].
--->'''Kanan:''' You shot us! I can't believe you shot us!
** In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E02TheAntillesExtraction season 3, episode 2]], after Sabine, Wedge, and Hobby get captured by Pryce, Wedge and Hobby are put in another cell, while Sabine goes through interrogation from Pryce. Wedge tries to think of a plan to save Sabine, but, of course, she breaks herself out and goes to save them instead.
--->'''Wedge:''' Sabine! Uh, we were coming to rescue you!\\
'''Sabine:''' That's cute.

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* Lampooned six ways from Sunday in ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' - Dan Backslide is getting the everloving ''tar'' kicked out of him by Dora even while she screams for help from Tom, Dick, and Larry, [[PityTheKidnapper eventually yelling for them himself]].


* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', after Quill and Gamora are captured by Yondu, Quill manages to talk them out of risk. Cue Rocket, Drax and Groot attacking the ship to rescue the two.

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* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', after Quill and Gamora are captured by Yondu, Quill manages to talk them out of risk.executing them. Cue Rocket, Drax and Groot attacking the ship to rescue the two.

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