We're all familiar with the term damsel in distress and we usually think about a female character that's tied to the train tracks by a villain with a curly-q mustache, and has to be saved by the dashing hero. I wonder where the idea first came from. We've always seen this with female characters because female damsels in distress have been around since the dawn of literature itself. However, during the mid or late 1900's, we've discovered that there are male characters that have to constantly be saved as well. What's the term for male damsel's in distress? There isn't one, even though some people I met on here like to call them "dudes in distress" or "lads in distress" because calling them damsels in distress is apparently stupid. Yes, apparently calling them a term that doesn't exist is worse than calling them by a term that does exist. But I digress. A few years ago I made a list of my top 10 biggest animated damsels in distress, which was A LOT different than this list. This time I will be including live-action characters and even video game characters. Now, not all damsels in distress are annoying. Jane from Tarzan, Meg from Hercules, and Odette from The Swan Princess were damsels in distress, but they were also very likable and interesting, plus they weren't in distress nearly as much as these characters. These are the characters you want to PUNCH IN THE FACE every time they get in trouble because they're only reason for existing is to be saved. Now I don't hate all of the characters on this list, there is one I like and one I think is okay. I'm judging this completely on how much of dumbasses in distress they are. So keep in mind this is just my opinion and if you are two certain users that are tied of me talking about this subject DON'T FREAKING READ IT AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE! Anyway, please comment but be polite. Enjoy!
10.Lois Lane (Superman)
I'm mainly basing this on the animated series and from what I've seen of her in other forms of media. She's the only character on this list that I like, but that mainly depends on what version of her. In the black and white show and the old cartoon, she's just a dimwit that needs to be saved. I've never read the comics or seen the movies, even though I've seen some clips of Man of Steel, so I can't judge that. In the animated series she is an enjoyable, smart, cynical, interesting, and three-dimensional character. However, that doesn't change the fact that she constantly has to be saved. In pretty much every episode she has to be saved by Superman. I understand that a lot of it is from stuff that she can't save herself from, but most of the time it's her fault she got into trouble. She's a reporter and tries to get the story, by any means necessary. But she's WAY over her head! She's done this TONS of times, so shouldn't she have learned by now that she shouldn't get so deep into the story because she always gets captured? I know it's to show that she's dedicated to her career, but shouldn't someone who's so smart know not to get herself into so much life-threatening trouble, or at the very least have a plan in case she does get captured? I mean, maybe she should carry a gun or pepper-spray with her, especially considering all the times she's gotten herself captured. With someone like Jane from Tarzan, it makes sense that she has to constantly be saved because she's in the jungle and is out of her element. Plus she was Tarzan's means to learn more about human-kind and served a point in her story. Lois' point of existence was just to be saved, report about it, and be Superman's love interest, nothing more. But I do admire that unlike most superhero damsel's in distress, she's more three-dimensional and smart. She's not higher because there are times that she's actually useful. I remember one episode where Superman and Supergirl were captured by the government or something, and Lois is the one who goes in and saves them. That's pretty impressive. Also, from what I've seen and heard of her in Man of Steel, she's actually really useful, despite having to be saved sometimes. She shoots an alien gun at the enemies and is even helping out during the climax. Sounds like she's pretty useful in Man of Steel, plus she's played by the gorgeous and talented Amy Adams. I also found out that for a while she was Superwoman and had some powers, how that happened I have no idea.
9.Chuckie Finster (The Rugrats)
Oh my gosh I absolutely hate this annoying, whiny little brat. The fact that he's constantly in distress is part of why I hate him. He's always getting into trouble without any effort. Tommy is constantly having to save him and if not him than Kimi. This kid just needs to take one step and he needs saving. Every time the rugrats have an adventure, he always gets into some kind of trouble where he has to be saved. Part of it is caused by him being whiny and a coward. I mean he makes Shaggy and Scooby look like Superman and Batman. He's been saved by pretty much all of the rugrats; Tommy, Kimi, Phil, Lil, Susie, and even Angelica and Dil. Angelica is the antagonist of the show and she actually saved him, that's pathetic. What's even more pathetic is that Dil, a baby that's not even a year old, actually saved him. He even got saved by Spike, a dog. He just cries and screams for someone to help him instead of doing it himself. I know he's just a toddler but Tommy can do it so he can too. I mean if he was a superhero his superpower would be crying. I know I'm probably being too harsh on him because he's just a toddler, and I'm usually lenient towards kids who constantly have to be saved. But here's the thing, for me to cut them slack, they have to be constantly saved by adults because adults are physically stronger than kids, so it makes sense that kids would have to be saved by adults. However, Chuckie is constantly be saved by kids that are younger than him, except for Susie and sometimes Angelica, but they're only a year older than him. If a little kid is constantly having to be saved by kids and not an adult, than they have absolutely NO excuse AT ALL! Chuckie especially has no excuse because he's been saved by a baby that's not even a year old, isn't potty trained, and can't even freaking walk! This pain in this ass was only there to make Tommy look good and for Tommy to save. He may be only two years old, but he's also where you think "maybe I should let him drop." The reason he's not higher is because the others have been in worse situations than him and I am cutting him some slack because he's just a toddler.
8.Prince Naveen (The Princess and The Frog)
I promise I'm not just putting him here because I hate him, he's really a huge dumbass in distress. He's been in distress more than any of the Disney Princesses. He was in trouble when he got involved with Dr. Facilier, he was put in a jar, he gets attacked by a frog eating bird, he needs saving from the alligators, he gets captured by frog hunters, he gets out thanks to Ray and tries to save Tiana but ends up needing her to save him again, he's captured by the shadows and has to be saved by Mam Odie, then captured by the shadows again, is put in a box, and is saved by Ray but captured again by Lawrence. So all together he's been in distress ten times. TEN TIMES? GEEZ not even any of the Disney Princesses were in distress that many times. So he's constantly getting saved by girl frog, an old blind lady, and a firefly. Having to be saved by a firefly is even worse than having to be saved by a mouse! I realize that he's a frog, and there for is in distressed more easily. However, Tiana is also a frog and she's capable of saving herself. When one of the frog hunters grabs her she's able to save herself, even when he throws like twenty knives she's able to avoid all of them because she's slick, resourceful, and capable of saving herself. So Naveen really has no excuse because Tiana's also is turned into a frog and has shown that she can take care of herself, Naveen is NOT. Plus, he maybe a frog, but he has to be saved by a firefly, something that's A LOT smaller and weaker than a frog. Heck, a frog can eat a firefly, so he's being saved by something that's technically part of his diet. Disney Princess films seem to have a new theme going on; the prince is constantly having to be saved by the princess and the sidekicks. Flynn and to a lesser extent, Kristoff, have to constantly be saved by the sidekicks and the princesses. With Kristoff it's not as noticeable, but with Naveen an Flynn, it's really noticeable. But Flynn has his one heroic moment by sacrificing himself for Rapunzel's freedom. Naveen doesn't do anything heroic, besides helping Tiana escape, but it's not too long until he has to be saved again, to which Tiana saves his little green ass. The reason he's not higher is because the others are just bigger dumbasses in distress.
7.Ron Stoppable (Kim Possible)
Here's a character I don't hate or dislike, I'm neutral about him. Ironic how he's here when Kim Possible is the most heroically badass character in existence. This guy is so incompetent that he constantly loses his pants. He's usually the distraction and is always getting into distress. I think Kim might need to get a new sidekick that doesn't get into distress so much. I mean all he has to do is move and he's getting captured. If Kim is ever in trouble than she can save herself and only like once or twice Rufus has to save her. Ron can't save her because every time he tries he ends up getting captured too and Rufus has to save them. So maybe Kim should fire Ron and keep Rufus. I mean a naked mole rat is actually more useful than him. He never saves the day and is as useful as a lemon with a paper-cut. This show does show a lot of amazing girl power because it creates the most badass fictional character EVER, who is actually a female character, and a girly cheerleader at that, instead of your usual tomboy that doesn't like to follow the crowd. However, it seems unbalanced because it has a male character as the decoy that has to constantly be saved. His freaking last name is STOPPABLE! You know he was meant to be the dumbass in distress of the show. Kim's name is freaking Kim Possible; take away the K and it's impossible, meaning she can do the impossible. Even without that, her last name is possible, meaning anything is possible for her. So why the hell does such an unstoppable character have the most pathetic sidekick ever? The simple answer is nepotism; he's only her sidekick because he's her best friend. Shouldn't Kim have chosen her sidekick based off actual skills? Someone who's athletic, agile, stealthy, resourceful, and knows fighting moves like her? Ron is the exact opposite of that and is probably the last person you want as your sidekick because he's completely unqualified. I mean, in one episode when it was mother's day, Kim's mom did the sidekick role for a day and she did A LOT better than Ron ever did during the entire series, except for maybe the last episode. I mean, a freaking mom, who has had absolutely NO EXPERIENCE in crime fighting, actually is more capable and does a MUCH better job than Ron, who has been at this job for years. ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS? I mean, Robin was constantly captured when he was working with Batman (because he looks like a walking bulls-eye) but at least he knew how to fight and had some kickass moments, even though Batgirl was better at it than him. It turned out that when he joined the Teen Titans and didn't look like a walking target next to Batman, he was able to show that he was capable of being badass and not having to constantly be saved. Ron on the other hand, would not be able to do the same because he has no skills in crime fighting AT ALL! He's not higher all because of the last episode, where he FINALLY has an impressive, heroic, and badass moment. He may make people laugh (not me but he does get an occasional laugh out of me) but he's a terrible sidekick.
6.Mary Jane Watson (Spider-Man)
Unfortunately, I've never read the comics and I don't remember much about the animated series, so I'm mainly going off the movies. People usually argue whether or not the old or new Spider-Man movies are better (in my opinion, the new ones blow the old ones out of the water), but everyone seems to agree that Mary Jane sucks and that Gwen Stacy is a MUCH better character. Mary Jane always has to be freaking saved in every freaking movie! That's her only purpose in the story! She's a freaking tool! She's something for Spider-Man to save, to chase, to protect, and have look at him in awe. Basically, she's only there to make Spider-Man look good. I don't remember how many times she was saved, maybe six times or something, but she is always just so useless. I remember in the second movie when she tried to help, it didn't work and ended up, I think, unconscious. Even with how horrible written she is in the movie aside, we all know what a famous damsel in distress she is. I remember one moment n the animated series where Peter reveals he's Spiderman, asks her to marry him, and she jumps off an empire state building just to see if he would catch her. WHAT THE HELL? Is she's so much of a dumbass in distress that she throws herself into danger? I mean, Gwen also had her damsel in distress moments, but she has shown that she's capable of saving herself, even if she has to be saved by Peter too. Plus she's actually useful because she comes up with scientific reasoning to help Peter defeat the villain. She's an amazingly written and interesting character that I'm sad that they killed off. But I digress. Maybe Mary Jane is better in the comics, but in the movies she's a horrible character that can't take care of herself, doesn't have her own identity, and is a pain in the ass. She does become more of a three-dimensional character in the third movie, but she just became even more annoying. Peter thinks that by keeping away from her that she'll be safe, but until she found out that Peter was Spider-Man, she had been in distress five times at that point. At least when she found out, she only got captured once, which was a HUGE improvement. So apparently all that bull crap about her being in danger if the two of them are together and if she knew his secret was unnecessary. She's so much of a dumbass in distress that she'll get captured and be in danger either way, so they might as well be together anyway. The only things good about her is the fact that she's pretty (but not beautiful, stunning, or gorgeous) and that Kirsten Dunst gives a good performance. But she's completely useless and isn't even interesting. I remember one time she has to be saved in a freaking lunchroom! Do they honestly have to protect her from her own food? She's a pathetic character and is truly a dumbass in distress. She's not higher because the others are just bigger dumbasses in distress.
5.Princess Peach (Mario)
You know you can't have a dumbass in distress list without mentioning this broad! She's the definition of a princess being held hostage by a dragon and needing a hero to save her. Shouldn't they have upped the security by now so it doesn't happen anymore? In every single game she's always getting captured and going "OH MARIO! HELP! SAVE ME!" like a dimwit. She's been captured so many times that it doesn't even bother her because in one game there's a letter where she says "Dear Mario, due to my most recent kidnapping." WHAT IS THIS, A DAY AT THE STORE FOR HER? Even when she gets captured she just keeps her stupid little smile on her face like it's nothing! She doesn't even really have her own identity and is just a plot device, something for Mario to save. I mean, look at other video game damsels in distress like Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda and Amy Rose from the Sonic games. They were both just there to be who the hero has to save, but as time went by they've developed their own defined identities and shown that they are capable of saving themselves and can kick some ass. They sometimes will go back into their damsel in distress roles, but they've come a long way since then and proven they're not damsels in distress. Princess Peach on the other hand, has not developed her own identity and her only reason for existence is to be saved. And what's even worse is that after Mario risks his life constantly to save her, this freaking bimbo just rewards him with either a kiss or a cake! THAT'S WHAT SHE CONSIDERS A PROPER REWARD FOR SAVING HER FROM DANGER? If I was Mario I would punch her in the face and tell her that she better either marry me or give me some kind of position of power! It's ironic because I used to love her as a kid but now I can't stand her! She's not higher because of three reason. First is because of Smash Brothers, where she's actually a playable character that can fight. Second is the fact that she's the main character that saves the say in the game Super Princess Peach. The game is too simplistic and has ancient visuals, but she does have some cool powers. When she's mad she can control power, when she's happy she can fly and control wind, and when she's calm she can heal herself. Unfortunately, when she's sad she cries HUGE tears, PATHETIC! But at least she actually saves the day, even if the game isn't all that great. The third reason she's not higher is because of an official comic (that's not very well-known) where Peach actually manages to escape and kick some ass while doing it. She was a total badass, which is something you'd never think of with Peach, even though she gets captured again.
4.Hubbie (The Pebble and The Penguin)
I'm surprised that he wasn't on the Nostalgia Critic's top 11 dumbasses in distress list. This guy is constantly having to be saved and he never improves. He's the protagonist and he's supposed to learn how to fight and take care of himself, so he can save his love interest from the villain. The only problem is that HE'S COMPLETELY INCAPABLE! First he's almost eaten by a leopard-seal, I will give him credit that he manages to escape without any help, which is the only time that happens. After that he needs help to escape the ship he's on, needs help to get back to Antarctica, when he decides to go on his own he has to be stopped because of a killer-whale, actually stupidly goes into a dangerous cave for fish after Rocko tells him not to, goes after his pebble when there's a freaking leopard-seal, is actually EATEN ALIVE by the leopard-seal and has to be saved by Rocko, is almost eaten by killer-whales, and during the climax almost falls to his death. He's in distress more than Marina, who's supposed to be the damsel in distress of the film. If I were her, I'd decide to rescue myself because Hubbie isn't her best chance, FAR from it! The only really heroic thing he does is kick the villain down a flight of stairs and that's it. But before that, he was getting his butt kicked by the villain. Kayley From Quest For Camelot had to be saved at the beginning but she was also just starting out and improved overtime. She's not one of the most badass characters but she improved enough to be heroic and not be considered a damsel in distress. Plus, unlike Hubbie, she was part of a group and a group that depended on each other. She had to be saved by them but there were also times where they needed to be saved by her. Garrett even needed her to hold his hand whenever they had to run because he's BLIND! Plus she's the one who defeats the villain, Hubbie does not. The villain is defeated by a falling rock, not by any of the characters. Even if the villain was to be defeated by any of the characters, it most definitely wouldn't have been by this idiot! He's not higher because the others are more pathetic.
3.Olive Oyl (Popeye)
I think this is one of the first characters ever to be tied to the railroad tracks. I don't know that for sure but it wouldn't surprise me AT ALL if it was true. How many times has this annoying little slut been in distressed? I call her a slut because she'll constantly go between Popeye and that one guy to see who she'll be with, it always depends on which one appeals to her selfish ego better. When the other guy doesn't please her, he will always force himself onto her and she'll just shout for Popeye to save her. Shouldn't she realize by now that the other guy isn't good for her and that she should always go with Popeye? Is she really that idiotic and superficial? Why are these guys even fighting over her, she's not even pretty! The show makes her out like she's Marilyn Monroe or something but she's FAR from it. A pencil has more of a figure than she does and when I first saw her I thought she was a boy. Popeye even has to fight another guy in one episode called Sinbad over Olive Oyl. This chick isn't even that hard to capture. She does try to hit the people who capture her but she has the muscle strength of a feather! She's a pathetic, ugly, annoying, selfish, superficial, pain in the ass that can't take care of herself. I'm surprised the Nostalgia Critic didn't have her in his top 11 biggest dumbasses in distress list. She's not higher because the others are just bigger dumbasses in distress.
2.Bella Swan (Twilight)
Yep, the Nostalgia Critic's number one biggest dumbass in distress only gets second place with me. Who could be a bigger dumbass in distress? Well, we'll get to that later. Do I even need to go into much detail about why she's such a dumbass in distress? She's always getting into trouble and in New Moon she actually throws herself into danger on purpose, just so her boyfriend will notice her. That's right girls, if your boyfriend leaves you just jump off a cliff to get his attention, that'll work. Sure, you might end up dead but that'll teach him. NOT! There's also a war going on all because of her and she's just fine with it, okay she does say she isn't worth it once or twice, but it doesn't take long to convince her that she is worth it. She even needs her two play girl calenders carry her around in their arms. She can't even freaking walk apparently, despite not having a problem with her legs. She's overly dependent, never fights for herself, does nothing, and will put herself in distress just so her boyfriend will save her. She only becomes capable of fighting and saving herself when she becomes a vampire, before that she's useless. To become a vampire, Edward only has one condition, for her to marry him but apparently that's a bigger commitment to her than becoming a blood-sucking beast of the night. If she had just agreed to marry him than it would have saved her all the trouble of constantly being in distress. One of the reasons she's not higher is because in Breaking Dawn Part 2, she's actually a badass because she's FINALLY a vampire. The second reason is because number one is an unbeatable dumbass in distress.
1.Princess Irene (The Princess and The Goblin)
This has got to be the weakest character in existence! I mean it doesn't really take much to capture this girl, all you have to do is use your pinky to grab her and that's all it takes. First of all she's in distress in the first few minutes of the movie and is saved by a boy who was singing. That's right, all you have to do to defeat the goblins is sing, that and step on their feet (I'm not even kidding). She's captured during the climax of the battle and what makes me mad is that she knows that she just has to sing and it'll defeat the goblins. She could've easily saved herself without any problem AT ALL! But does she? NO! She just screams like an idiot. She also needs to be saved once again when she's drowning. She gets a chance to save her love interest from the Goblin Prince and she ends up messing it up by tripping and needing to be saved again. This girl is absolutely pathetic, she's even more of a dumba** damsel in distress than Bella Swan, who actually jumped off a cliff for goodness sake. I mean I'm surprised she and her love interest didn't end up dying because this girl keeps on almost getting them killed. If she even moves slightly she'll be in distress. There's absolutely no competition! She's not even gagged when she's captured, so she is perfectly capable of singing and saving herself but she's doesn't. All I was thinking when I watched the movie was SING YOU IDIOT! Her legs aren't even tied, so she can step on the goblin's feet and save herself but she's so idiotic to actually do it. I've never seen a character who shows so little effort and is as useless as she does! She is a pathetic character that makes you actually want to let her die because she's so irritating! Princess Irene is without a doubt the biggest dumbass in distress!