Damsel in distress
Damsel in distress is an extremely common trope in fiction where a female character is in danger and needs to be saved, almost always by a male character. This trope exists in some of humanity's oldest stories.
When I was younger I had a mild appreciation with this trope and found it to be romantic. However, after seeing it played out thousands of times, I'm completely sick of it. I don't have a problem with the damsel in distress trope in principle, but I find it troubling that it is so ubiquitous in fiction. When it comes to media, I much prefer strong female characters who can solve their own problems, however, I have to admit there are plenty of books, films, and video games that I like which use this trope. However, in most cases, I think the media could be made superior if they left out this trope.
These are works which feature a damsel in distress that are important to me. For the complete list, see the damsel in distress category.
|Aladdin||1992-11-25||Film||Princess Jasmine needs to be rescued by Aladdin multiple times in the film.|
|Final Fantasy VI||1994-04-02||Video Game||Through the course of the story, every playable female character is kidnapped and needs rescuing, some multiple times.|
|Harry Potter series||1997-06-26||Fiction||Despite clearly being the best equipped, Hermione find herself needing to be rescued in several of the books. As do many of the other female characters.|
|King's Quest series||1985-??-??||Video Game||Most of the titles in the series include a damsel in distress.|
|The Legend of Zelda series||1987-08-22||Video Game||Most of Zelda games require Link to rescue the kidnapped Princess Zelda.|
|Mario series||1981-07-09||Video Game||Most of Mario games require the player to rescue a princess of some sort.|
|The Princess Bride||1973-??-??||Fiction||Princess Buttercup is the damsel in distress archetype with no useful attributes but her beauty.|