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    Bandage Girl is Meat Boy's damsel in distress girlfriend in the 2008 indy game Meat Boy and again in the 2010 game Super Meat Boy. She is captured at the beginning of each game and has to be rescued. Bandage Girl also has her own hidden playable levels available once the main Super Meat Boy storyline is complete in which she must save Meat Boy. She handles identically to her boyfriend making her a female version of the male hero. #msmalecharacter #damselindistress #retrosexism

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