A theme I've always enjoyed is where, in whatever story, you have a character who's introduced as some sort of 'action girl'(as defined by tvtropes.org), and fights alongside the hero, but is quickly shown to be ineffectual in actual, high stakes combat, and quickly gets defeated and captured and requires the hero's help to get free, maybe multiple times, because she's just not up to scratch. In other words she's a damsel trying(and failing) to be a heroine. While I know a lot of people here are interested in genuinely tough, capable heroines get toppled(I certainly get into this also, but it's in a slightly different category than the content of this post), I'm talking about so-called heroines who repeated get captured and generally owned by the enemy, to an extent that they might as well realize they can't contribute anything toward the fight against evil XD If the 'heroine' is particularly cocky/arrogant about her supposed abilities, only to be completely owned on the battlefield, it's even better. Check out 'Faux Action Girl' on TVTropes for a good idea of what I'm talking about(while this refers to instances in which it's internally inconsistent within the given plot, it's similar to what I mean): Main/Faux Action Girl - Television Tropes & Idioms There's another flavor of this where a genuine 'Action Girl' who more than holds her own is quite successful all the way up until a climactic battle, where the enemy bests her, and almost defeats her for good, when a male character swoops in and saves her at the last second, making her into a damsel who needed outside help. This happened a think a few times to Buffy over the course of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where she almost got overrun by vampires, or almost done in by a villain, only to have Angel swoop in and save the day. Always gets me going :P The key element here being that the heroine would have certainly been decisively defeated and would have failed at whatever high stakes goal she had, except that she got saved by someone else. Anyway, my question to you is, do you relate to any of the above, and do you get into the dynamic of either a ineffectual 'heroine' getting repeatedly owned and shown to be a damsel, or a genuine heroine made into a damsel through some means, or really anything involving the theme outlined in the title to this post? Cheers!