A stereotype of portraying an unmarried female who needs to be saved.
Snow White(Show White and the seven Dwarfs), Sleeping Beauty(Sleeping Beauty), Princess Zelda(The Legend of Zelda, The Adventures of Link, A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, the Oracle Series, Four Swords), Princess Peach Toadstoal(some of the Mario games) and etc.
any female in need of aid
is a damsel in distress along with most of the disney princesses
A usually beautiful, virginal, virtuous, and hopelessly passive
young woman constantly in need of rescue by the dashing hero. She is portrayed as rather asexual
and usually a foil for the assertive
but dangerously seductive femme fatale
While the damsel in distress makes appearances in many folk stories dating back to Antiquity
and features in a few fairy tale
s, this passive heroine does not seem to make regular appearances until the Victorian
era; the Middle Ages
were idealized as a time of pre-industrial innocence and the Victorians projected their ideals of men and women onto their Medieval ancestors; the Industrial Revolution
was in full swing and women, displaced from farms and entering the middle class
, lost some autonomy
over their lives and became more ornamental
, more dependent
on their husbands.
Damsels in distress are often shown tied to railroad t...
She wants you to bail her out of every situation. You may offer her advice instead, but she'd rather just have your money. She is never satisfied with any situation, and usually nitpicks until the situation is ridiculously out-of-control.
Person A: Dude, ______ is having a really rough time. Maybe we should help her out.
Person B: <SMACK> Bitch! Don't fall for that #$*^T! She's just pulling a "Damsel-in-distress!"
whininy bitch in need of a smacking.
damn that damsel in distress needs to stfu.