Save me, my hero!
~ A damsel in distress' de facto catchphrase.
When rescuing a damsel, always handle with care!
~ Philoctetes teaching Hercules how to rescue a damsel in distress.
When rescuing a damsel, always handle with care! (
Please... Save me...
~ Pauline kidnapped by Cranky Kong, then known as Donkey Kong
Please! Save me! Pauline Mini-Land Mayhem
~ Princess Peach kidnapped by Bowser.
Kidnapped or Enslaved?
~ Belle and Rapunzel wondering if Vanellope is a princess.
Kidnapped or enslaved (

Damsel in Distress (also known as Distressed Damsel) is the classical beautiful and helpless maiden waiting for her hero to come and save her from the villain.

While it is a very old and still actively occurring character type, in modern times, the stereotype of damsel in distress is highly attacked by the feminists. However, the most recent damsels don't merely wait for their heroes and do try to fight for themselves, earning a more positive light. Also, many damsel in distress grow tired of being always saved by their men, and would work themselves out to become stronger.

Being a Damsel in Distress usually involves these occurrences:

Other examples are:

  • The heroine intentionally puts herself in danger, often during a war (Mulan, Pocahontas, Sage from Star Darlings, Alex, Clover and Sam from Totally Spies
  • If a country, city or world is in danger of being destroyed, the people (including the females) are in danger of dying (Sage from Star Darlings
  • A female is cursed to die, and is in danger until the spell can be either broken, tweaked or the female is in luck and survives (Snow White, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Princess Anna from Frozen,) 
  • The heroine is being attacked by a villain or animal (Belle from Beauty and the Beast)
  • The heroine is kidnapped.
  • The heroine is put in bondage by the villain or the villain's lackey at some point.

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