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It's bad form to mess with another villain's damsel.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
MarcusImpudite on Apr 16th 2018 at 11:57:48 AM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Apr 20th 2018 at 9:31:20 PM
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Possible Alternate Titles: That's MY Damsel You're Distressing, Exclusive Damseling Rights, Never Kidnap Another Villain's Damsel, One Villain Per Damsel, Go Distress Your Own Damsel

Even among the baddies, there are unwritten rules and lines that should not be crossed lest you draw the ire of your fellow rogues. High on that list of no-nos is going after another villain's damsel. This typically results in a villain versus villain throwdown that may not end well for the interloper.

Compare The Only One Allowed to Defeat You, Villainous Rescue, and possibly Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work. The audience and the heroes may view the interloper's defeat as a case of Asshole Victim or Kick the Son of a Bitch if they're substantially nastier than the series' regular villain.


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  • In the Mario Bros Franchise, it's not unheard of for Bowser Koopa to take this attitude when it comes to Peach.

Feedback: 12 replies

Apr 16th 2018 at 1:49:33 PM

No examples?

Edit: The one example you added is a Zero Context Example.

Apr 16th 2018 at 4:35:22 PM

What's with people using empty folders? Just so it looks crowded or something?

Apr 16th 2018 at 9:49:51 PM

I brainstormed a couple of alternative names.

  • One Villain Per Damsel
  • Go Distress Your Own Damsel

Apr 16th 2018 at 11:12:35 PM

@Miss_Desperado: Thank you kindly.

Apr 17th 2018 at 5:31:55 AM

We've got a pretty good trope here, though we definitely need examples.

Apr 17th 2018 at 9:43:42 PM

If you're trying to fool people into thinking there are more examples, you're not fooling anyone. But if you think you need the folders for the future, then you need to render the empty folders invisible. If you don't know how to render empty folders invisible, use two of these % signs...

Apr 17th 2018 at 10:44:06 PM

"A villain kidnapping another villain's damsel" sounds like a very rare scenario to me...

Apr 18th 2018 at 7:10:46 AM

Damsels are not automatically in distress. There is also Damsel Errant, who gives missions.

Apr 18th 2018 at 2:13:45 PM

^ The word damsel tends to be associated with the distressed thing. For example, we also have Decoy Damsel, so I feel we don't need to add the word distress.

Apr 20th 2018 at 9:31:20 PM

Hello, is OP still watching this draft?