pink, gendered anatomy, flowers, disparate genderization // Bandage Girl is Meat Boy's damsel in distress girlfriend

Cadillac II (Square Deal) for Game Boy on the Game Boy Crammer Podcast #25

blue boy // ECO Fighters

inverse gender signifiers // Legion

rather subtle gender segregation // B.C. Kid

ribbon // Valkyria Chronicles

Jennifer Tate is the main playable protagonist of the 2004 PS2 game Primal. The plot follows Jennifer's quest searching for her boyfriend through a series of demonic realms. Her appearance/figure is very similar to Lara Croft. The character is voiced by Hudson Leick (Callisto from Xena: Warrior Princess). The game has been praised for balancing "stereotypical tough girl and genuine emotion". It was re-released for PS3 in 2012. #femaleprotagonist

equal genderization: top hat, tie, blue and ribbon, pink // Pettan Pyu

Princess Peach is one of the most recognizable damsel in distress in video game history. She has been kidnapped dozens of time including in the games; Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, New Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2. Only in the DS game Super Princess Peach does she save Mario. Other then in spin-off games she is only playable in the NES game Super Mario 2. #damselindistress #smurfette

disparate stylization, red // Mr.Kougar

Princess Daisy is the damsel in distress from the 1989 Game Boy game Super Mario Land. She is kidnapped by the tyrannical alien Tatanga (in order to marry her) and she must be saved by Mario. Daisy has not appeared in any other Mario platform adventure game but has been a playable character in various sports and party game spin-offs. After the rescue Daisy kisses Mario and takes him back to her castle. #damselindistress #womenasreward

girl looks confused while the boys are getting shit done, hair pokes out of mask, but otherwise fairly non-gendered depiction // original X-Men

Ashley Graham from the game Resident Evil 4. She is both a damsel in distress and the sexy sidekick at various points in the game. #damselindistress #sexysidekick

disparate stylization // Battletoads (arcade flyer)

Krystal is the Damsel in Distress in the 2002 Nintendo Game Cube title Star Fox Adventures. She is trapped in a crystal up until the end when she is rescued by Fox McCloud. Ironic, considering that she was originally intended to be the protagonist. In later games she replaces Peppy Hare to become the only main female star fighters in the crew of four. #damselindistress #loveinterest #smurfette

Another example of the "retro-style" resurgence of the damsel in distress trope in modern video games. This image is from the 2010 game Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem for the Nintendo DS. It is the 4th games in the verses series. #damselindistress #retrosexsim #helphelpsaveme

pink, flower // Rune Factory, Violet

Betilla the Fairy is one of the many sexualized damsel in distress "Nymphs" in the game Rayman Origins who you must rescue - each time you save one of them they grant you a new power. She also appears in earlier Raman games. #sexualization #sexism #damselindistress

Coco is the younger sister of Crash in the Crash Bandicoot video game series. She first appeared in the 1997 playstation game Crash Bandicoot 2. She often plays a key role in Crash's adventures building gadgets or tagging along as the sidekick and is playable in a few games. Coco is the classic smurfette character in most games and is the damsel in distress many times throughout the series. #femalecharacter #sidekick #damselindistress #msman #smurfette