But then there are the ones who have absolutely no reason to even need rescuing in the first place. Take this sorry specimen, for example.
“Bernard, help! Wait for me!” she cries pitifully, while attempting to flee from a predator.
To start with, she’s a mouse.
What is a mouse? It’s a small furry animal that tends to respond to threats by running away from them. OK, so it’s not a very badass form of life.
But still, I think we’ve established that it knows how to run away.
Except for Bianca. Apparently she fails at being a rodent.
But at least she’s only the janitor, right? She’s not a trained agent or anything, so she has every reason to need to be rescued by the... wait.
(Also, have the makers of this film ever tried to run while holding hands? It’s harder than running with your hands free.)
I don’t mind the Damsel in Distress trope when it makes sense, but... wow.
If you're going to use it, make sure that it makes sense in light of the characters' personalities, professions and abilities. And that it doesn't completely violate common sense.
Is there a shred of logic in this example, of which I’m somehow unaware? Let me know if you could find it!