About this site

Bits of Tropes vs Women is a special tumblr created by Feminist Frequency to catalog some examples, images and screenshots of video games that use the Damsel in Distress trope. The collection is ongoing and intended to help demonstrate the history and scope of this trope as a recurring pattern in the medium.

Plus, you might just find some interesting bits of classic video game nostalgia here. We will continue to add examples (and other tropes) as we move forward with this project. Stay tuned!

DEFINITION: As a trope the damsel in distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male hero, usually providing an incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest.

Note: Check the tags for more info on each game posted.