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Basic Trope: Character becomes a Damsel in Distress because they did something stupid that could have been avoided.

  • Straight: Alice got overconfident and tried to take on Dastardly Dirk and a couple of his flunkies. They swiftly defeated her and took her prisoner.
  • Exaggerated: Alice was captured after foolishly trying to take on Dirk and his entire gang all at once.
  • Downplayed: Alice only took on Dirk; and while she put up a decent fight, Dirk got the better of her, knocked her out cold, and had her tied to a chair by the time she regained consciousness.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is supremely overconfident in her abilities and/or thinks she's got something to prove.
    • Dirk and his gang are WAY more dangerous opponents than what Alice is used to dealing with. In fact, she's damn lucky they didn't just kill her on the spot.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice escaped from captivity because Dirk and/or his goons made the rookie mistake of not tying her up tight enough.
    • Alice was able to defeat and capture Dirk because he erroneously assumed he could be beaten by a girl.
  • Subverted: Alice sees Dirk and his gang across the street. She whips out her cellphone and calls Bob for back up.
  • Double Subverted: ...But then she gets impatient and tries to take on Dirk and his goons without Bob. It ends as you'd expect.
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