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1That Alice! She seems TooDumbToLive. She picks up the DistressBall and, like a true DamselScrappy, scores on her own team with it. And worse, she seems like she's enjoying it.²²While this character may look like a DamselScrappy at first glance, she's actually ObfuscatingStupidity. Whether she's pulling a WoundedGazelleGambit, or just into this sort of thing, she doesn't get captured because she's weak, she gets captured because ''she wants to''. She may even [[ActionGirl have the skills to get out of the scrape she's in herself if necessary]]. [[BadassInDistress If this is the case]], expect her to say LetsGetDangerous at some point.²²If she's getting captured because she's into it, she may be a case of BestHerToBedHer. Expect her not to have much regard for SafeSaneAndConsensual. If her getting captured is part of her EvilPlan, she's really a DecoyDamsel. If she is a protagonist, she may be letting herself get captured as part of TheInfiltration. Alternately, if she's BruceWayneHeldHostage, she may pretend to be a HystericalWoman in order to convince the villains to let her go before she comes back in her more heroic guise. ²²Compare ISurrenderSuckers, TooKinkyToTorture, ArentYouGoingToRavishMe²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Manga/BlackButler'' deconstructs this trope with [[spoiler:Elizabeth "Lizzie" Middleford]]. The attitudes of Victorian society and her fears that NoGuyWantsAnAmazon coming from an incident she witnessed in her early years result in her hiding her talent as a MasterSwordsman [[spoiler: and LittleMissBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]] ]] ''and'' living in constant fear that her fiancé [[spoiler: Ciel Phantomhive]] would reject and hate her if he knew the truth. In the process of [[ObfuscatingStupidity hiding her talents and pretending to be clueless]], the poor girl's self-esteem suffers and she [[DistressBall even places herself at great risk]], out of the terror she feels upon probably being seen as "uncute" and "undesirable" by the guy she loves since childhood. Once [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend the truth comes out]] and she learns [[UnderstandingBoyfriend he]] [[AmazonChaser doesn't mind]] marrying a LadyOfWar, she's noticeably more confident.²* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':²** Rukia Kuchiki in the ''Soul Society'' arc. [[spoiler:In this case, however, it's because she's ''[[DeathSeeker suicidal]]'', and wants to die to [[TheAtoner atone]] for killing her sub-captain and first love in self-defense after he was possessed by a Hollow. The fact that circumstances have prevented her from regaining the power she lost in the first episode don't help.]]²** Orihime later tries to pull this in the Hueco Mundo arc. She's first taken as a hostage after a cruel SadisticChoice, and later she tries to act like she has joined the Arrancar to both keep herself alive while surrounded by enemies and get an opportunity to reject the Hogyoku with her powers. [[spoiler: She has even less luck than Rukia does, [[BreakTheCutie and boy does that break her]].]]²* Both Kamanosuke and Anastasia have used this trick in ''Manga/Brave10''.²* It's strongly implied in the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' anime that Mai Shiranui's apparent {{Chickification}} is this, since she wants to invoke TheDulcineaEffect on her crush Andy because he's either [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl too shy/reserved to openly show his feelings for her]] or [[MarriedtoTheJob too focused on training to pay attention to her.]] [[spoiler: Confirmed at the almost end of TheMovie: when the normally VERY badass Terry and Joe are [[BadassInDistress disabled]] by the enemy in a HostageSituation, [[FieryRedhead Mai]] [[LetsGetDangerous immediately decides to fight back]] [[BattleCouple alongside Andy]] and she ''very easily'' [[CurbStompBattle defeats her rival]] [[BrokenBird Panni]], a powerful DarkActionGirl who had just as easily defeated [[CallBack the same guy that held Mai hostage]] in the second TV special.]]²* Eiko from ''Manga/HajimeteNoAku'' tries this trope out to gain fame and fortune. She just ends up [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower scaring off]] the people who put her in distress on accident.²* Darkness from ''LightNovel/KonoSuba'' keeps ''trying'' to be one of these, because she has [[TooKinkyToTorture a massive kink for being captured and subjected to all kinds of horrible fates where she can suffer nobly (and erotically) like a brave heroine should]], to the point where she actively refers to things like that as "play", but she comes on way too strong too fast and just turns the villains off. Babbling on about her elaborately-detailed fantasies right in front of them when they've only just met isn't exactly the best strategy, especially when it causes the people around them to start thinking horrible things about her would-be paramour.²* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Shizuru intentionally gives herself up to the invading Schwarz forces to buy Natsuki enough time to escape and get enough help to take back Garderobe.²* Happened in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', with TomboyPrincess Maria Louise of France playing this role. [[WrongGenreSavvy It backfires]] ''[[WrongGenreSavvy spectacularly]]''.²* Used twice by Shampoo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.²** Maomolin tried to force Shampoo to become his wife a couple of times. Shampoo could have easily dealt with him on her own but preferred to play the DamselInDistress role to make Ranma protect her.²** During the Pink and Link arc, she easily frees herself from their kidnapping, beats them up, and forces them to stick to the role of kidnappers so she can still be rescued by Ranma.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Strips]]²* During their run in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'', the party in ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' at one point 'rescued' a princess from a dragon who was not only [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth such a royal pest that the dragon practically dumped her in the party's lap]], but turned out to have gotten 'kidnapped' willingly in order to [[RescueRomance get rescued by a handsome prince]]. She was none too happy that a RagtagBunchOfMisfits (and non-royal ones, at that!) showed up first, and even [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Piffany]] is so annoyed by her insufferableness that she begins rethinking her vow of nonviolence.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* ''[[FanFic/BurnTheWitchMiraculousLadybug BURN THE WITCH!]]'': Lila [[BelievingTheirOwnLies convinces herself]] that the only reason Hawkmoth is permitting Witch Hunter to go on such a rampage is because he's setting up a trap for Ladybug of this nature. After all, ''surely'', she's far too ''valuable'' to him as a partner-in-crime for him to just... let her be burned at the stake for ''real'', right?!²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* In ''AlienAvengers'', George Went's character's wife does this. The pair make it seem like the wife is unconscious, and ask an implied gang member if he will help. He said that since it is George's wife after he's done with her, he can have a turn. She gets up from her feigned incapacitation and the two kill the guy. She fit this trope in that moment because she is really a homicidal alien with a strong sense of justice instead of a weakling.²* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' reveals that this is a favorite tactic of Natasha Romanoff[=/=]ComicBook/BlackWidow. Her introductory scene opens with her tied to a chair and surrounded by thugs, who are ready to torture her at behest of a rogue Russian general...then a call from her fellow Agent Coulson confirms this is just another day of work for her and she breaks out and beats them all up the minute he needs her on a different mission.²* The short film that ''Film/{{DEBS}}'' was based on had a team member who keeps getting kidnapped by the BigBad to cover for their DatingCatwoman relationship.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* In ''Literature/MurderOnTheLeviathan'', Renata Kleber gets into trouble on purpose in hopes of starting a RescueRomance with the handsome protagonist, who seems to uphold chivalric values.²* In ''Literature/{{Twilight}},'' Bella thinks that she can [[MindLinkMates psychically connect with her ex-boyfriend]] Edward if she gets an adrenaline rush, and purposefully puts herself in near-death situations to bring them on.²* In ''Literature/TheLightFantastic'', Cohen the Barbarian, Rincewind, and Twoflower interrupt a druidic sacrifice, in the process rescuing the maiden who was about to be sacrificed. Said maiden is extremely indignant about the rescue, protesting that if it weren't for them rescuing her she would be "having tea with the Moon Goddess by now" and that they'd just caused [[VirginSacrifice "eight years of staying in on Sunday nights"]] to go "down the drain".²* In ''{{Literature/Everworld}},'' [[TokenEvilTeammate Senna]] knew that someone like [[GodOfEvil Loki]] was going to come for her eventually, so she purposefully manipulated people she knew to get sucked into Everworld with her. Particularly early on she tried to [[PlayingTheVictimCard play the innocent]] LivingMacGuffin, but [[SiblingYinYang April]], [[TheSmartGuy Jalil]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Christopher]] could see through her. [[HeroicWannabe David]] had a harder time of it, though, for [[MoreThanMindControl various reasons]]. ²* ''Literature/UrbanDragon'': Arkay's main source of income involves pretending to be a ditsy ingenue for would-be sexual predators, beating them within an inch of their lives, and robbing them blind.²* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Aes Sedai MagicalSociety members take a [[MagicallyBindingContract magically binding Oath]] never to harm humans with their powers except in defense of their own lives -- such as when they deliberately wade into the battlefield until they feel threatened enough for the Oath to let them start slinging fireballs.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:LiveActionTV]]²* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'': In "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S4E1TheFlashReborn The Flash Reborn]]", Iris deliberately offers herself as a hostage to the "Samuroid", hoping that her being in danger will snap the mentally-unstable Barry out of it. It works. [[CameBackStrong And how!]] ²* Neal Caffrey pulls a male version in the PilotEpisode of ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Long story short, Neal has been let out of prison in order to help the FBI catch an art forger known as The Dutchman. If he fails, he goes back to prison to finish out his sentence. He and Agent Burke have ID'ed The Dutchman and found his base of operations, but they don't have probable cause to carry out a search. Neal gets around this by getting himself captured by The Dutchman's {{Mooks}}, knowing that this will take him outside of the two-mile radius afforded by his tracking anklet, setting it off and giving the FBI an excuse to raid the base.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* A common interpretation for ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'''s Princess Peach is that she lets herself get kidnapped out of boredom, or to give the brothers something to do. As shown in [[VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach her own game]], she's [[ActionGirl more than capable of holding her own if so inclined]]. ²* Alicia Pris pulls this off in ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}''. hiring the SkyPirates to kidnap her, all in the hopes that the [[NiceGuy good cop]] Waffle will come rescue her. Unfortunately for her, Red gets there before her intended man and HilarityEnsues.²* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':²** Played with in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword]]''. [[spoiler:Though Zelda herself certainly doesn't choose to be kidnapped, it's later revealed that her plight was part of a plan set in motion by her previous incarnation. In her past life as the goddess Hylia, she predicted that putting her human self in danger would be a surefire way to spur Link into action.]]²** Played straight in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]''. [[spoiler:Zelda may have been trapped inside Hyrule Castle for the past 100 years, but that's because she's been busy keeping Calamity Ganon sealed up with her.]]²* Princess Garnet in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' tries to invoke this trope by begging Tantalus member Zidane to kidnap her in order to escape the country. Unbeknownst to her, Tantalus was there to kidnap her anyway.²* A mission in ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' involves a request from [[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers a Grovyle to rescue a Shiny Celebi]]. When you finally find that Celebi, she states she pretended to be in trouble in the dungeon so that she can cause RescueRomance with [[ChasteHero Grovyle]]... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint whose sole response is that she's strong enough to have no trouble in that dungeon]].²* In ''VideoGame/ThePKGirl'', Cassie is kidnapped by thugs in the beginning. She admits after you rescue her that she could easily have escaped and taken care of her attackers herself, but she didn't because being rescued was more fun.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Visual Novels]]²* [[spoiler: Jessica Ushiromiya]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. [[spoiler: While she ''is'' an asthmatic IllGirl, she more than once pretends to be more ill than she truly is.]]²* [[spoiler: Akane aka June]] in ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors''. [[spoiler:In reality, she's the DeadlyGame's creator, and coldly manipulates everyone to ensure her survival.]] ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* [[ConversationalTroping Mentioned]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' to parody the DamselInDistress:²-->'''Grace:'''"[discussing why a video game princess keeps getting kidnapped] Oh, it's like foreplay to her. She's kind of evil that way."²* Zola's early appearances in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', with a generous helping of ObfuscatingStupidity.²* ''Webcomic/{{Blindsprings}}'': The plot gets kicked off when a princess gets rescued from TheFairFolk by her UnluckyChildhoodFriend. Unfortunately, the princess was there to fulfill an as-yet unclear "[[DealWithTheDevil contract]]" with said Fair Folk that required, among other things, that she ''never leave the forest''. The Childhood Friend? [[UnwantedRescue Refuses to listen, physically drags her from the forest anyway, and permanently breaks her contract, effectively rendering literally centuries' worth of her work pointless]]. The result: [[NiceJobBreakingItHero an even more difficult contract for the Princess, the permanent breach of their friendship, and all kinds of scorn heaped on said Friend]]. [[SarcasmMode Nice one, fella.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* In episode 17 of ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'', Nora repeatedly tries to stage herself being attacked by a Grimm creature in hopes that Ren will save her. It doesn't work: the first two times she's saved by Sun and Yang instead, while the third time has Ren see she has it under control and leave.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* GenderInverted in the ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' episode "The Duelist and the Drifter." {{Adventure Town|s}} resident and habitual DistressedDude the Drifter gets [[UnwillingSuspension snagged]] on high fences [[RuleOfThree three times]], each time enlisting protagonist Lion-O's help to get down. This would be innocuous but for the fact that the Drifter possesses NotQuiteFlight, and readily exploits these encounters to offer {{Adventure Rebuff}}s and unsolicited, [[AloofAlly passive-aggressive]] advice on Lion-O's own increasing problems while elaborately feigning disinterest.²* Spoofed in ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'', when Pucca's best friend Ching (a CuteBruiser) tries to stage several dangerous situations to attract the attention of her crush Abyo - and not even a single one works. [[spoiler: And then it's subverted: when Abyo ends up in trouble and Ching saves him, he's revealed to be an AmazonChaser.]]²* In ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies1984'', Piggy would always cast herself as the classic fairy tale princess or damsel-in-distress, helplessly trapped by the villain, in the games the babies imagined so that her hero "Kermy" could rescue her... and then things would go south, so she'd have to step up, say, "Gimme that stupid sword!", and beat the bad guys herself, acting very annoyed the whole time ([[BreakingTheFourthWall "Can you believe this?"]]).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* A very mild version of this is when a woman will drop her handkerchief in hopes that the man in question will pick it up and return it to her. Played with in ''Film/MonkeyBusiness'', where a woman drops a handkerchief in front of Zeppo, who pockets it and then drops one for her to pick up.²[[/folder]]²----


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