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The damsel in distress can fall into dangerous situations in many ways. Usually she is held prisoner by the villain, mostly bound and/or gagged, locked in a cage, etc. A damsel in distress can also get swept away by a river, chased and attacked by a monster or dangerous animal, or caught up in a natural disaster. Usually, the hero comes to her rescue, but she can also get out of these situations herself, using her own wits and skills. When the heroine gets into trouble and needs help, this can raise the stakes and/or set the plot in motion.

Examples

Animated Movies

  • Jewel: She gets kidnapped by Nigel two times and locked in a cage until Blu arrives and sets her free.
  • Merida: Although not a damsel in distress per se, Merida lands in this kind of situation in the final climax when Mor'du catches her and prepares to eat her until Elinor breaks free and charges to the rescue.
  • Ariel: In the first film, Ariel gets kidnapped by Ursula and used as a bargaining tool for King Triton.
  • Rapunzel: She gets kidnapped by Mother Gothel as a baby. In the climax, however, Gothel chains her to the wall and gags her to keep her from running away and warning Flynn Rider when comes to her rescue.
  • Kayley: She gets captured by Ruber two times in the film but manages to free herself.
  • Tiana: She gets captured by Reggie and his sons and Prince Naveen comes to her rescue.

Live Action Movies

  • Patsey: She is badly treated by Edwin Epps and his wife, but it's the scene where Epps ties her to a post and whips her savagely that really takes the cake.
  • Marion Ravenwood: Marion gets kidnapped by Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. First, she is threatened by the Gestapo agent Toht; second, she gets abducted by Rene Belloq and a band of robbers.
  • Carol Anne Freeling
  • Mary Jane Watson: MJ gets captured many times and Spider-Man needs to come to her rescue. She gets kidnapped by the Green Goblin in the first film, then by Dr. Octopus in the second film and Venom in the third film.

Anime Series

  • Yukina: she is kidnapped by the Gonzo Tarukane

Cartoon Series

  • Gosalyn Waddlemeyer: Gosalyn gets kidnapped by Taurus Bulba


Books

  • Annabeth Chase: In The Lightning Thief, Annabeth gets attacked by spiders. In The Sea of Monsters, she gets captured by Polyphemus and is about to get eaten. In The Titan's Curse, Annabeth gets kidnapped by Luke Castellan and Atlas. In The Battle of the Labyrinth, she is taken hostage by Geryon. Of course, Percy Jackson saves her life in each scene.
  • Helen Grace: She gets captured by Mulgarath and the goblins.
  • Eva Nine: In The Search for WondLa, she gets captured by Besteel and frees herself with the aid of Rovender Kitt.

Quotes

"Don't listen Herc-" - Megara before Hades ties her up and gags her with smoke before she can warn Hercules.

"Get your hands off me! Oh, help! Help!" - Miss Kitty held captive by Chula

"Stanley!" - Tina Carlyle held captive by Dorian Tyrell.

"Get it away from me! Leave me alone! Mommy! Help me, Mommy!" - Carol Anne Freeling, held captive in the dimension by the poltergeists

"Dragonfly!" -Jill Johnson screaming while falling off a building

"Somebody help! Somebody!" - Eva kidnapped by Shorty

"Uncle Gadget, help!" - Penny (Inspector Gadget) captured by Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget 2

"Hey let go of me! - Hallie kidnapped by Putties

"AAH, hey! Let go of me, let me go! Darkwing Duck is gonna crunch you like a stale corn chip!" - Gosalyn Mallard kidnapped by Taurus Bulba's pet condor, Tantalus

"Don't listen to him, Dad! - Marva Cooper captured by the Penguin

"Ahhhhh! Bubbles, help!" - Blossom and Buttercup, caught in the pincers by the giant ant

"Au Secours! Help! Help! - Madeline

"Please, just stay away from me! Stay away!"- Queen Elsa to the Duke of Weselton

"Aladdin!" - Jasmine trapped in the sand timer by Jafar.

"Mario! Luigi! Help me!" - Peach

"Mr. Fagin! Mr. Fagin, help me!" - Jenny Foxworth being grabbed by Bill Sykes.

"Oh, but I don't want to be a plant." - Dr. Rhoda Dendron, held captive by Bushroot

"Stitch!" - Lilo held hostage by Captain Gantu

"Help! Someone please help me!" - Mary Jane Watson about to fall to her death

"Let me out!" - Cinderella locked in her room by Lady Tremaine

"Simba!" - Nala about to be eaten by hyenas

"Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." - Princess Leia, in her message to Obi-Wan

"Anakin, Help Me!" - Padme Amidala, as she is dying in childbirth in Anakin's vision

"DAD, HE'S GOT ME!" - Gosalyn Mallard, getting dragged into Paddywhack's evil Jack-in-the-box

"Dimitri!" - Anastasia about to be killed by Rasputin

"Help! Somebody help!" - Vanellope von Schweetz about to die in her game

"Daddy help, help Daddy! Daddy!!!!" - Susie & Jessica Being kidnapped

"Biyomon!" - Sora Takenouchi

"Somebody help me! I'm too young and pretty to die!" - Bulma

"Ahhh! Somebody help me!" - Mimi Tachikawa

"Hey get your hands off me you creeps! I SAID LET GO!!!!!" - Maria kidnapped by Putties

"Help!" - Gosalyn Waddlemeyer, snatched up by Taurus Bulba's pet condor, Tantalus

"Help! Help, Hero! Let me out of here! Oh, oh, Hero! Hero, help! Help me!" - Thumbelina kidnapped by Mama Toad

"Get your filthy paws off me!" - Beans being grabbed by Bad Bill and his gang

"Let me go!" - Olivia captured by Fidget

"Let me go! No, Falcon! No!" - Margalo taken hostage by Falcon

"Toto! Toto, help! Toto!" - Dorothy chased by flying monkeys

"Ahh!!! Let me go! Big Bird!!" - Kimberly Ann Hart

"Stay away from us!" - Elsa Van Helsing attacked by Mr. Whiskers

"Help!!!!" - Eliza Thornberry kidnapped by poachers

"Lyle, let go of me!!!" - Ursula Stanhope kidnapped by Lyle van de Groot

"Aaahhh!!! Raven, help!" - Starfire (in Raven's body while saving Beast Boy, Robin and Cyborg from the Puppet King)

"I don't know any 'The Party'! Let me go at once! Why are you treating me like a criminal?" - Dot (in Dot in Space). (Papa Drop's answer is, "Because you are a criminal! You are guilty of the awful, horrible crime of being... square!")

"Let me go! (Adonis: 'purrs' You're fiesty.)" - Raven

"Help! The ghosts have got me!" - Misty

"Let me go! Help me!" - May

"Help me, Ash!" - Dawn

"Help me, Ash!" - Iris

"Oh no, I'm stuck! I can't move! I'm frozen! Somebody help me!" - Bulma

"Grandpa, help me! (Goku: Pan!) I can't see anything! You have to help me! Please!" - Pan

"Goku, help me!" - Chi-Chi

"Shaggy, help!" - Crystal (Scooby-Doo) about to be beheaded by Steve with a bulldozer

"Z, help me!" - Princess Bala about to be crushed under a sneaker

"Help, Po!" - Tigress

"Let me go! Let me go!" - Kimber Benton

"Ahhhhh!!!!!" - Kay Lawrence

"I trusted you and you lied to me!"- Kari

"Kermit, help me!" - Baby Piggy, captured by Animal Kong

"Let go of me! Let go!!! - Kairi

"LET ME OUT!!!! LET ME OUT OF HERE!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!! LET ME OUT!!!!" - Eloise

"HEEELLLLPPPP!" - Bubbles (PowerPuff Girls)

"Help! Punjab, help me!" - Annie in danger of falling to her death while being chased by Rooster Hannigan.

"Alan, please! You gotta help me!" - Christy Fimple held hostage by the Commando Elite

"Don't fire-spin me! Help, help, help, help!" - Misty

"FLIK!" - Dot chased by a bird

"You have to tell them to let me go." - Elsa locked in The Arendelle dungeon by Hans

*"I'll get you the money, just not that way!" - Roman Bellic

"Blossom! Help!" - Bubbles (PowerPuff Girls)

"Ripley! Ripley!!" - Rebecca "Newt" Jordan

"Slimy pig, you let me go! Stop it!" - Marion Ravenwood held prisoner by Toht and about to be dropped into the Pit of Souls.

"How dare you touch me!" - Princess Mei captured by bandits.

"Please somebody help! Ohh... (shivers) Please! Please!" - Princess Anna as she is being locked up in her room by Hans and dying from her freezing heart.

"Eric, help!" - Kitty Ko captured by Grunk

"Help! Get me out of here!" - Jessie as she is trapped in a tool box.

"Hey let me go!!!! STOP!!!!!!" Serenity being kidnapped by Rare Hunters.

"Help! Sofia!" - Oona getting kidnapped by Cedric/Sea Monnster

"Let me GO!" - Marina captured by Drake

"Jamal!" - Latika captured by Salim and Javed's henchmen

"Megamind, please come save me." Roxanne Ritchi after being tied up and filmed by Tighten.

"[to Nicky] You! It was you! Kermit was right! You're a phony. You're a phony! Yes, you are! And you know what, you can't even sing! Your voice was dubbed! Kermit." Miss Piggy after being wrongly accused as a thief and taken away to the police station.

"Help! Help!" - Kessie being blown away in a snowstorm.

"Blossom! Buttercup! Help me!" - Bubbles (PowerPuff Girls)

"No! No, let me go!" Elphaba after being captured by the wizard guards.

"INDY!!! FOR GOD'S SAKES! HELP ME! WHAT WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU?!!!" - Willie Scott who is being sacrificed to Kali by being lowered into the lava.

"Father please, don't do this". - Vexy after being locked up in a cage by Gargamel.

"Mr. Peabody! Sherman! Please do something!" Penny Peterson after be taking away by King Tut's guards.

"Aahhhh!" Alise getting kidnapped by the scullions

"Someone please help us" - Delphine in deshydratation with the others aquitians rangers.

"Somebody, please, please help me!" - Nurse Joy

"Help! Robin, help!" - Maid Marian

"Never, i will never marry you." - The princess in Jack and Beanstalk pantomime when she force to married the giant after being captured by Fleeshcreep.

"Help! This is unacceptable! Now, get it off of me! Rudy, help!" - Penny Sanchez attacked by a Wiggie

"Mickey!" - Minnie Mouse

"Come see it Darwin, I am worried about the fairy dust" - Periwinkle when she wants to show Darwin the fairy dust.

"Periwinkle!" - Tinker Bell when she go to ask Periwinkle and other winter's fairies help for save the great tree before breaking her wings in the blizzard.

"Bambi!" - Faline at the mercy of Ronno.

"Help! Kermie!" - Miss Piggie kidnapped by Doc Hopper.

"Bulletproof!" - Ashley kidnapped by Grimm Jim.

"Help! Somebody help me!" - Blackberry

"Raymond, Raymond!" - Aquamarine prisoner in her father whirl.

"Don't you dare hurt Sandy! - Annie while being kidnapped by Lady Hogbottom

"WAKE ME UP PRINCESS LUNA WAKE ME UP WAKE ME UP!!!!!!" - Sweetie Belle suffering mental distress during her nightmare

"You're gonna be in big trouble when Justforkix gets back!" - Abba at the mercy of Cryptograf.

"Oh no! Not the jump rope!" - Penny Pingleton when her mother drag her to her room for tied her with the jump rope.

"The Zoni said Talwyn is in trouble." - Clank discover Talwyn's Damsel in Distress in Zordoom.

"Please, don't let him kill me" - Pink Yoshi held in hostage by a Drug Dealer Gangster.

"Help, help! Save me!" - Daisy Duck

"(screams) Help me!!!" - Serena being attacked by Swirlix.

"(Screams) Nooo!!!" - Stephanie McMahon Forced to married the undertaker after be kidnapped by him and Paul Bearer

"Help me! booger!" - Rebecca Dawson held hostage by the tarantula people.

"Pazu!" - Sheeta being captured by Muska

" I can't swim with my hands tied. Brand!" - Andrea Carmichael being forced to walk the plank by Mama Fratelli and screaming while falling into the water.

"T-Ray that's Me Lilly, Daddy" - Lilly Owen When her father Ray grabbed her by the hairs.

"Please, I don't even know what Warp Trek is! -Store Clerk (Teen Titans) at the mercy of Control Freak

"Louis" - Frankie Hathaway taking prisoner by Officer Ghostbumps

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