Monday, February 29, 2016

Damsel In Distress part 2

In the second part of the Damsel In Distress series we are shown some different ways that the damsel in distress trope has been changed in today's games to make them "edgier".  We are told about the Woman in the Refrigerator, where the game uses a woman's death in order to give the character the motivation he needs to go, find the bad guys and  take his revenge.  Then there is the Damsel in the Refrigerator, which is a combination of the Damsel in Distress and the Woman in the Refrigerator.  The example given to describe this trope is that the main characters wife/girlfriend is killed and her soul is taken to hell, so the main character must go to hell and fight to get her soul back.  Lastly, there is the trope where before the main character reaches his damsel, she has either been brutally beaten, tortured, or turned into a monster.  This trope usually ends with the damsel asking the main character to kill her and put her out of her misery or, in cases where she was turned into a monster, kill her before she kills him.  All of these different tropes are ways of showing unnecessary violence against women in order to motivate the main character to take revenge.


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