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"Save me, my hero!"
—A damsel in distress's de facto catchphrase


"Get away from me. Help!"
Cynder captured by the Ape Army


Damsel in Distress (or 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 actual 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.


The Damsel in Distress can fall into dangerous situations in many ways.:

  • held prisoner and/or captured by a villain
  • being chased by mean monsters and angry and/or hungry dangerous animals
  • caught up in natural disasters
  • swept away by a river

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