Tropes vs. Women, a video series that looks at recurring stereotypes of female characters in video games, has released its first video in the series after being funded on Kickstarter last summer (the project received $158,922 of its requested $6,000 goal). 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 character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest.
Princess Zelda (ゼルダ姫, Zeruda-hime) is the name of a fictional character in The Legend of Zelda series of video games by Nintendo. The name has applied to many female members of Hyrule's royal family, which includes several distinct characters in Hyrule legend.
Though she is the eponymous character, the player controls the protagonist, Link. Similar to the Mario-rescues-Peach story in Nintendo's Super Mario game series, Zelda is usually kidnapped or imprisoned by Ganon (Ganondorf), though Zelda usually plays a more prominent role in the story than Peach, oftentimes aiding Link either directly or indirectly in his quest against Ganondorf. In some games, she appears as one of the sages. In others, she displays other magical powers.