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A long table full of Doctor Who girls, going "I wasn't a screamer." And of course we ALL were! Because that was essentially what the role was.
Janet Fielding on fan conventions, "Snakedance" audio commentary

None of this is because you want it. You had what you wanted, before that damnable Red Arremer swooped down to take her. Your armor sitting there, mere feet away, crumbled in a post-coital heap as she was stolen. Now you have no choice but this endless forward march. No second thoughts or hesitations, compelled by lust or duty not to avert your eyes, you march on, up these horrific towers, pushing desperately for an unnecessary redemption.

There's Mr. Big. I think his name is "Roland" or something like that. Anyway...He's like, "Billeh! I got yo' gurr-friend, ah guarantee Imma gonna take 'er back to mah estate n' make 'er mah bitch 'til you come on down 'dere n' beat up mah henchmen, mm hmm, an' I got a helicoptah."

Luke Skywalker and his deadbeat dad [spoiler alert] get to swing their glowsticks around like inter-generational ravers; Han Solo runs around like he's just noticed that his gun has turned into a giant hairy spider; and what does Leia get? She can put up a shield. Oh, have mercy, Your Grace. But I suppose if they'd have given her a power based what she did in the films, then they'd have had to have come up with something themed around constantly being captured and getting her jugs out.

Everybody laments how Colin Baker was put in a truly awful position by Doctor Who. There is no disputing that. However, Nicola Bryant suffered just as much. She spent her time on the show being objectified and ogled and taken advantage of. Peri’s primary function on the show was to serve as eye candy that could be put in peril...Indeed, the fact that Peri is routinely treated as nothing but a sex object is even treated as a joke here. Discussing an old dying warlord, she notes, 'Beams that kill weren’t the only thing he had on his mind. Dirty old warlord. Glad we left that place when we did.' She is so used to the objectification that she seems visibly relieved when Sil refers to her as the Doctor’s 'revoltingly ugly assistant.' At least she doesn’t have to worry about Sil, then.
Darren Mooney on Doctor Who, "Mindwarp"

Despite how well done this episode is … there is a nagging issue I can’t ignore: It is a clear example of why the superhero girlfriend needs to evolve. Since the resurgence in superhero films and shows kicked off by Batman Begins, the superhero girlfriend continues to be written in the same troubling ways that plague her comic-book counterparts. She can be accomplished, but not so much to diminish the stature of the masked man who saves her on a nightly basis. She can be intelligent, but not smart enough to deduce that the hero who consistently comes to her aid is her good friend in disguise. She’s said to be dynamic, but rarely shown as such. She’s the emblem of goodness and love, but rarely elevated into becoming her own human being. Since she’s more symbol than person, she becomes more valuable when in danger, or actually dead. As a result, the archetype is rarely well-written enough that actresses like Candice Patton can demonstrate their talents. So much of this season has been about Iris’s death and how such a tragedy would affect everyone around her. But Iris herself has not been an active participant in this story line.

If you can't hold on
Then baby, baby don't save me now
(If your love isn't strong)
Baby, don't save me now
Haim, "Don't Save Me"

Yeah, Mario's back
Out to save that crazy Princess Daisy
By now he's sick of this
Princess fake-out bullshit

"Normal women catch bouquets. I catch bombs."
Lois Lane, Lois & Clark ("We Have a Lot to Talk About")

"Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday."
Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More With Feeling"

"We save April at least once a day."
1987 Donatello, Turtles Forever

"Why is she always the one getting kidnapped? I'm the princess!"
Amalia Sheran Sharm, Wakfu

"Aahh, help me! I'm being kidnapped by a fictional character!"
Gosalyn Mallard, Darkwing Duck

Mei Ling: But still, don't you think it's romantic? I mean, to have a guy who's always there for you?
Snake: If he was smart, he'd tell her to stop getting kidnapped.
Mei Ling: ...You don't get a lot of dates, do you, Snake?

"The one being rescued doesn't get to complain! You just act the part and stand around trembling and say 'Oh, save me!'"
Ichigo Kurosaki, Bleach

"Help! I'm being, like, stolen or something!"
Alison, Totally Rad

"William, tell me somethin'. Have you come because you need my help to save a certain distressin' damsel—or rather, damsel in distress?—Either one."

Sue: This is pretty uninspired. The Big Bad Doctor Doom kidnapping me just to lure us here to your wretched little island.
Dr. Doom: Yes, I'm so sorry to involve you in the time-worn damsel-in-distress cliche, Mrs Richards. I fear the only thing missing is the onrushing train. However, sometimes expediency outweighs originality.
Fantastic Four 1990s series

Hercules: Aren't you a Damsel in Distress?
Megara: (struggling in Nessus' grip) I'm a damsel... I'm in distress... I can handle this! Have a nice day!

"Oh dear... Here we go again... I can't believe I'm kidnapped again. Mario and Toadsworth must be worried sick. Again."

"Groo — damsel in distress. You know the drill."
Angel, "The Price"

Snow: Wait, Belle, Zelena never froze you when she was crazy monologuing and creepily feeling my baby bump. Why didn’t you do anything to stop her? Everyone else tried.
Belle: Everyone else got frozen or turned into a flying monkey. Every time I go up against the villains, I get locked up, knocked unconscious or shot. At this point, I’m just trying to stay alive.
— Fanfiction blog OUAT Conversations

"I dream of a world where Maya Fey can walk down a street without being accused of murder."
— Blogger 'Tenouttaten

Roxanne: Can one of you punch my frequent kidnappings card?
Megamind: You of all people know we discontinued that promotion.


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