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26th Aug '16 8:12:22 PM Apocrypha
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*** [[MysteriousWaif Princess Azura's]] romantic supports often invoke the trope... but in several of them, ''[[BadassPrincess she]]'' is the one to the rescue. On one hand she helps Hinata to get away from a Nohrian spy that had tricked him before, [[FromDressToDressing patches up Saizo's wounds]] when he gets hurt helping her, and exorcises a demon that was about to attack Silas; on the other, Subaki protects her from hitmen and [[spoiler:Arthur]] once rescued her from guards years ago. She also has a mutual rescue with the Avatar on ''Conquest''; he saves her from soldiers that had captured and were going to execute her, and she later repays the favor by protecting him from assassins in their support chain.

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*** [[MysteriousWaif Princess Azura's]] romantic supports often invoke the trope... but in several of them, ''[[BadassPrincess she]]'' is the one to the rescue. On one hand she helps Hinata to get away from a Nohrian spy that had tricked him before, [[FromDressToDressing patches up Saizo's wounds]] when he gets hurt helping her, and exorcises a demon that was about to attack Silas; on the other, Subaki protects her from hitmen and [[spoiler:Arthur]] once rescued her from guards years ago. She also has a mutual rescue with the Male Avatar on ''Conquest''; he saves her from soldiers that had captured and were going to execute her, and she later repays the favor by protecting him from assassins in their support chain.



*** While [[WarriorPrince Prince Xander]] is not exactly a DistressedDude, in his A support with [[TheFakeCutie Charlotte]] he's taken by surprise by a Faceless [[DistressBall at a time when he doesn't have a weapon handy.]] Charlotte runs in, tears the Faceless off him, and ''beats it to death with her bare hands''. This changes [[AmazonChaser Xander's impression of Charlotte]] for the better, and if one more support talk is pursued, they get married.
*** Downplayed in the GoldenPath: Xander's brother [[BlackMage Prince Leo]] can score this with the aforementioned Sakura when he kills a SmugSnake mage that had kidnapped her ''and'' later can marry her if their support chain, but the incident isn't even mentioned in their specific talks.

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*** While [[WarriorPrince Prince Xander]] is not exactly a DistressedDude, in his A support with [[TheFakeCutie Charlotte]] he's taken by surprise by a Faceless [[DistressBall at a time when he doesn't have a weapon handy.]] Charlotte runs in, tears the Faceless off him, and ''beats it to death with her bare hands''. This changes [[AmazonChaser Xander's impression of Charlotte]] for the better, and if one more support talk is pursued, they get married.
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*** Downplayed in the GoldenPath: Xander's brother [[BlackMage Prince Leo]] can score this with the aforementioned Sakura when he kills a SmugSnake mage that had kidnapped her ''and'' later can marry her if their support chain, her, but the incident isn't even ever mentioned in their specific talks.support chain.
26th Aug '16 5:07:41 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** This is how Isshin and Masaki met and got together. [[spoiler: When Isshin interferes with Aizen's latest hollowfication experiment, Aizen sabotages Isshin's chances of killing the hollow. Masaki kills the hollow, saving Isshin's life but inadvertently suffering a fatal hollow infection in the process. Isshin's decision to save her right back meant he had to sacrifice his shinigami power to do so.]]

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** This is how Isshin and Masaki met and got together. [[spoiler: When Isshin interferes with Aizen's latest hollowfication experiment, Aizen sabotages Isshin's chances of killing the hollow. hollow, and as a result Isshin is ''severely'' wounded. Masaki jumps in and kills the hollow, saving Isshin's life but inadvertently suffering a fatal hollow infection in the process. Isshin's decision to save her right back meant he had to sacrifice his shinigami power to do so.]]
** One of Ichigo's strongest motivations is to protect his loved ones, and two of these persons are girls not related to him: Rukia, the ActionGirl who gave him his powers at first, and Orihime, his BarrierWarrior friend. Each girl gets abducted for different reasons, and each time Ichigo pulls a RoaringRampageOfRescue for her. [[spoiler: The one he marries is Orihime.
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* Subverted in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'''s ''Episode Zero'' manga, where [[spoiler: Middie Une falls in love with No-name aka the future Trowa Barton after he rescues and recruits her into their mercenary group, but she ''still'' betrays the band.]]

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* Subverted in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'''s ''Episode Zero'' manga, where [[spoiler: Middie Une falls in love with No-name aka the future Trowa Barton after he rescues and recruits her into their mercenary group, but she ''still'' betrays the band.band to protect and feed her family.]]



** It's played straight as well with another OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Kobayashi and Shiratori]]. [[spoiler: As children, he supported her when she stood up to shoplifters. As adults, he is one of the persons who protects her when she's targeted by a murderer because s{{he knows too much}} (complete with a DeclarationOfProtection), and him giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the culprit that sounded ''exactly'' like the one he gave to the shoplifters is what [[FirstGirlAfterAll makes her remember that he was the boy from their past]].]]

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** It's played straight as well with another OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Kobayashi and Shiratori]]. [[spoiler: As children, he supported her when she stood up to shoplifters. As adults, he is one of the persons who protects her when she's targeted by a murderer because s{{he knows too much}} (complete with a DeclarationOfProtection), and him giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the culprit that sounded almost ''exactly'' like the one he gave to the shoplifters is what [[FirstGirlAfterAll makes her remember that he was the boy from their past]].]]



** And we also have all the instances in which Inuyasha and Kagome rescue each other through the whole story, starting with Kagome unsealing Inuyasha from the tree that Kikyou pinned him against so he can fight off the Centipede Woman. It even got lampshaded at the start, when Kagome talked her way out of the Thunder Brothers killing her via making them believe that Inuyasha was her boyfriend and would come for her later so it was ''not'' in their best interests to murder her.
** Occationally happens between Miroku and Sango as well.

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** And we also have There are all the instances in which Inuyasha and Kagome rescue each other through the whole story, starting with Kagome unsealing Inuyasha from the tree that Kikyou pinned him against so he can fight off the Centipede Woman.Woman about to kill her. It even got lampshaded at the start, when Kagome talked her way out of the Thunder Brothers killing her via making them believe that Inuyasha was her boyfriend and would come for her later so it was ''not'' in their best interests to murder her.
** Occationally Occasionally happens between Miroku and Sango as well.



** While Utena at first mostly intended to duel Saionji for for being cruel to Wakaba, winning their duel let her 'win' ''another'' girl he mistreats: Anthy, the Rose Bride. Whom she pretects from anyone who wants to possess and harm her, [[spoiler: including her once-kind-and-now-abusive brother and the BigBad, Akio. And including HERSELF, in a sense]]. And it turns out [[spoiler: this was a sort-of Invokedtrope, since Akio was so smart that he arranged for [[DecoyDamsel Anthy]] to be in vulnerable positions to fire up Utena's BullyHunter side and bring her into the duels.]]

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** While Utena at first mostly intended to duel Saionji for for being cruel to Wakaba, winning their duel let her 'win' ''another'' girl he mistreats: Anthy, the Rose Bride. Whom she pretects from anyone who wants to possess and harm her, [[spoiler: including her once-kind-and-now-abusive brother and the BigBad, Akio. And including HERSELF, in a sense]].sense, since she did it more in self-interest than to genuinely help Anthy.]]. And it turns out [[spoiler: this was a sort-of Invokedtrope, since Akio was so smart that he arranged for [[DecoyDamsel Anthy]] to be in vulnerable positions to fire up Utena's BullyHunter side and bring her into the duels. She's devastated when she finds out, then realises that she also was selfish to Anthy and resolves to ''truly'' aid her.]]



* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Mikasa's undying devotion and implied romantic feelings for Eren seem to stem from how he saved her life when they met.

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Mikasa's undying devotion and implied romantic feelings for Eren seem to stem from how he saved her life when they met. Mikasa's parents had just been murdered and she was at th mercy of the killers, then Eren showed up and killed ''them'', and as a corollary Eren's mother took Mikasa into the Jaeger family.



* ''Manga/MyLoveStory'' starts when Takeo saves Yamato from a man on the train. It's LoveAtFirstSight and they start dating soon afterwards.

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* ''Manga/MyLoveStory'' starts when Takeo saves Yamato from a man on the train. It's LoveAtFirstSight and they start dating soon afterwards.afterwards, though Takeo at first thinks that Yamato would fall for his best friend. [[spoiler: Later it turns out he had met Yamato ''[[FirstGirlAfterAll years before]]''.]]



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' doesn't lack examples, either. [[WhiteMage Azama]] can potentially have this with two women: [[SubordinateExcuse his lady-of-liege]] [[TomboyPrincess Princess Hinoka]] (whom he found badly injured in the mountains and nursed back to health, which is why he serves under her in the first place) and [[spoiler: [[GlacierWaif Effie]]]] in the third path (theirs is a mutual rescue, since they met when she shielded him from an enemy attack, and [[AfterActionPatchUp he healed her injuries]] at least three times.)

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' doesn't lack examples, either. [[WhiteMage Azama]] can potentially have this with two women: [[SubordinateExcuse [[BodyguardCrush his lady-of-liege]] [[TomboyPrincess Princess Hinoka]] (whom he found badly injured in the mountains and nursed back to health, which is why he serves under her in the first place) and [[spoiler: [[GlacierWaif Effie]]]] in the third path (theirs is a mutual rescue, since they met when she shielded him from an enemy attack, and [[AfterActionPatchUp he healed her injuries]] at least three times.)



*** The above mentioned Saizo is not only rescued by Azura, but also by [[ShrinkingViolet Princess Sakura.]] He's very seriously injured in their C support and Sakura walks on him about to pass out from pain and blood loss, so she promptly heals his wounds and then helps him get away from the ones who attacked him.
*** While [[WarriorPrince Xander]] is not exactly a DistressedDude, in his A support with [[TheFakeCutie Charlotte]] he's taken by surprise by a Faceless [[DistressBall at a time when he doesn't have a weapon handy.]] Charlotte runs in, tears the Faceless off him, and ''beats it to death with her bare hands''. This changes [[AmazonChaser Xander's impression of Charlotte]] for the better, and if one more support talk is pursued, they get married.

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*** The above mentioned Saizo is not only rescued by Azura, but also by [[ShrinkingViolet Princess Sakura.]] He's very seriously injured in their C support and Sakura walks on him about to pass out from pain and blood loss, so she promptly heals his wounds and then helps him get away from the ones who attacked him.
him. [[spoiler: And in the GoldenPath, she's one of the two persons (the other being his brother Kaze) to stop him from commiting MurderSuicide with the Avatar.]]
*** While [[WarriorPrince Prince Xander]] is not exactly a DistressedDude, in his A support with [[TheFakeCutie Charlotte]] he's taken by surprise by a Faceless [[DistressBall at a time when he doesn't have a weapon handy.]] Charlotte runs in, tears the Faceless off him, and ''beats it to death with her bare hands''. This changes [[AmazonChaser Xander's impression of Charlotte]] for the better, and if one more support talk is pursued, they get married.married.
*** Downplayed in the GoldenPath: Xander's brother [[BlackMage Prince Leo]] can score this with the aforementioned Sakura when he kills a SmugSnake mage that had kidnapped her ''and'' later can marry her if their support chain, but the incident isn't even mentioned in their specific talks.
*** If Kaze and a Female Avatar obtain an A support before Chapter 15 of ''Birthright'', he saves the two from falling down a huge cliff [[spoiler: (and if they ''don't'' have said A support, he pulls an HeroicSacrifice)]]. If they get an S support ''after'' that, it can be easily seen as this trope.
14th Aug '16 1:30:18 PM nombretomado
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* Recent chapters of ''DNAngel'' have hinted at a romance between [[spoiler:Satoshi and Risa]] after he saves her from a deadly fall.

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* Recent Later chapters of ''DNAngel'' ''Manga/DNAngel'' have hinted at a romance between [[spoiler:Satoshi and Risa]] after he saves her from a deadly fall.
3rd Aug '16 4:35:07 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Ariel saves Eric from drowning, who falls in love with her voice. Then he saves her.

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** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': Ariel saves Eric from drowning, who falls in love with her voice. Then he saves her.her from being disintegrated by Ursula.
3rd Aug '16 4:33:47 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10724053/1/Code-Geass-The-Prepared-Rebellion-V2 Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion]]'', Lelouch and C.C. start a relationship after he saves her from captivity and torture.
8th Jul '16 7:53:24 PM HeraldAlberich
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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' Original trilogy went all over the board with this trope. [[DressingAsTheEnemy Han & Luke]] rescue Leia. Shortly thereafter, [[TrashLanding Leia saves Han & Luke]] (and Chewie). Luke and Leia then seem to be playing the trope as straight as an arrow (the "for luck" kiss, the scene before Luke boards his X-Wing, Leia's clear distress at Luke's communications, etc) Then [[BigDamnHeroes Han returns]] and saves Luke, and by extension everybody on Yavin 4. In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han and Leia are constantly helping each other during their RelationshipUpgrade. Finally in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', it's Leia who saves Han twice.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' Original trilogy went Trilogy goes all over the board with this trope. In ''Film/ANewHope'', [[DressingAsTheEnemy Han & Luke]] rescue Leia. Shortly thereafter, [[TrashLanding Leia saves Han & Luke]] (and Chewie). Luke and Leia then seem to be playing the trope as straight as an arrow (the "for luck" kiss, the scene before Luke boards his X-Wing, X-wing, Leia's clear distress at Luke's communications, etc) Then [[BigDamnHeroes Han returns]] and saves Luke, and by extension everybody on Yavin 4. In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han and Leia are constantly helping each other during their RelationshipUpgrade. Finally in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', it's Leia who saves Han twice.



* Examined with some care in the ''LordPeterWimsey'' series; Lord Peter falls in LoveAtFirstSight with Harriet Vane, rescues her from wrongful imprisonment and hanging...and she bluntly declines his proposal. It takes four years before she's ready to have a relationship with him.

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* Examined with some care in the ''LordPeterWimsey'' ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'' series; Lord Peter falls in LoveAtFirstSight with Harriet Vane, rescues her from wrongful imprisonment and hanging...and she bluntly declines his proposal. It takes four years before she's ready to have a relationship with him.



* In ''Literature/DresdenFiles'', [[spoiler:Charity]]'s BackStory is that [[spoiler:her future husband Michael]] rescued her from a dragon.
** Also, Harry assumes that [[spoiler:their daughter Molly]]'s crush on him is due to a combination of this and LikeParentLikeSpouse.
-->"Your dad fights monsters. I fight monsters. Your dad rescued your mom from a dragon. I rescued you from Arctis Tor. Seeing the pattern here?"

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* In ''Literature/DresdenFiles'', ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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[[spoiler:Charity]]'s BackStory is that [[spoiler:her future husband Michael]] rescued her from a dragon.
** Also, Harry assumes that [[spoiler:their daughter Molly]]'s crush on him is due to a combination of this and LikeParentLikeSpouse.
-->"Your --->'''Harry:''' Your dad fights monsters. I fight monsters. Your dad rescued your mom from a dragon. I rescued you from Arctis Tor. Seeing the pattern here?"here?



--->'''Glenda:''' That's no basis for a relationship! A polite thank you would have sufficed!"

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--->'''Glenda:''' That's no basis for a relationship! A polite thank you would have sufficed!"sufficed!



* In ''[[TheSquiresTales The Ballad of Dinadan]]'' everyone who knows Dinadan and Brangienne and how they met thinks that they should be this. Instead they are each others [[TheNotLoveInterest Not Love Interests]], fully admitting that they would probably make each other miserable.

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* In ''[[TheSquiresTales ''[[Literature/TheSquiresTales The Ballad of Dinadan]]'' everyone who knows Dinadan and Brangienne and how they met thinks that they should be this. Instead they are each others [[TheNotLoveInterest Not Love Interests]], fully admitting that they would probably make each other miserable.



--->'''Sally:''' W... why Percy! That wasn't a real fight at all! It was a fake! You fixed it!
--->'''Percy:''' Upon my honour, if you were a boy I'd bash you good and proper!
--->'''Sally:''' Forget I'm a girl.
--->'''Percy:''' ''snarls''
--->(He goes down three times and gets up twice.)

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--->'''Sally:''' -->'''Sally:''' W... why Percy! That wasn't a real fight at all! It was a fake! You fixed it!
--->'''Percy:'''
it!\\
'''Percy:'''
Upon my honour, if you were a boy I'd bash you good and proper!
--->'''Sally:'''
proper!\\
'''Sally:'''
Forget I'm a girl.
--->'''Percy:''' ''snarls''
--->(He
girl.\\
'''Percy:''' ''[snarls]''\\
''[He
goes down three times and gets up twice.)]''



* The 1934 Creator/CLMoore story "Shambleau" -- generally acknowledged as epoch-making in the history of ScienceFiction -- turns this trope upside down. The story begins when space adventurer Literature/NorthwestSmith sees a "sweetly-made girl" pursued by a lynch mob, intent on killing her. He intervenes to save her. This seems an obvious prelude to a Rescue Romance - but it turns out that she was not a girl nor a human being at all, but a disguised alien creature, predatory and highly dangerous. Soon, Smith himself needs rescuing and barely escapes with his life. The mob which wanted to lynch her had a point, after all...

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* The 1934 Creator/CLMoore story "Shambleau" -- generally "Shambleau"--generally acknowledged as epoch-making in the history of ScienceFiction -- turns ScienceFiction--turns this trope upside down. The story begins when space adventurer Literature/NorthwestSmith sees a "sweetly-made girl" pursued by a lynch mob, intent on killing her. He intervenes to save her. This seems an obvious prelude to a Rescue Romance - but Romance--but it turns out that she was not a girl nor a human being at all, but a disguised alien creature, predatory and highly dangerous. Soon, Smith himself needs rescuing and barely escapes with his life. The mob which wanted to lynch her had a point, after all...



* Parodied by Creator/AgathaChristie in "[[Literature/ParkerPyneInvestigates The Case of the Discontented Soldier]]". The title character rescues a young woman who has been kidnapped by criminals who think she holds the key to a lost treasure, they fall in love and live a long and contented life together -- and unbeknownst to either of them the whole thing was a set-up to bring them together. There's a scene where the two architects of the scenario are discussing its progress, and one wonders if they're laying on the adventure clichés too thick; the other assures him that the clichés serve to unconsciously reassure the targets because events are proceeding as fiction has taught them to expect.

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* Parodied by Creator/AgathaChristie in "[[Literature/ParkerPyneInvestigates The Case of the Discontented Soldier]]". The title character rescues a young woman who has been kidnapped by criminals who think she holds the key to a lost treasure, they fall in love and live a long and contented life together -- and together--and unbeknownst to either of them the whole thing was a set-up to bring them together. There's a scene where the two architects of the scenario are discussing its progress, and one wonders if they're laying on the adventure clichés too thick; the other assures him that the clichés serve to unconsciously reassure the targets because events are proceeding as fiction has taught them to expect.expect.
* In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Ben Kenobi saves Annileen Calwell and her daughter from a runaway dewback in their first meeting. They also happen to get along quite well, especially since neither of them has allowed him/herself to have much fun in the past. They naturally grow closer over the course of the book, BigDamnHeroes introduction aside. [[spoiler:Alas, it's not to be--Ben, besides holding to Jedi tenets of nonattachment, can't allow his secret guardianship of Luke Skywalker to be revealed to anyone, so he arranges to send her and her family off-planet.]]
4th Jul '16 8:37:14 PM Adept
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* In GKChesterton's ''The Return of Don Quixote'', Monkey is in fact reluctant to press his suit because he rescued the father of a ''very'' loyal daughter, and feels it's taking advantage of it. (They do end up married.)

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* In GKChesterton's Creator/GKChesterton's ''The Return of Don Quixote'', Monkey is in fact reluctant to press his suit because he rescued the father of a ''very'' loyal daughter, and feels it's taking advantage of it. (They do end up married.)
26th Jun '16 10:21:55 AM nombretomado
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* When meeting two of the three possible female romantic interests in ''BaldursGate 2'', you end up rescuing them (twice, in the case of one of them...) the third? She was sent to help you.

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* When meeting two of the three possible female romantic interests in ''BaldursGate 2'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', you end up rescuing them (twice, in the case of one of them...) the third? She was sent to help you.
25th Jun '16 11:48:32 AM nombretomado
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* Hilariously played in the BattleForWesnoth campaign Elvish Dynasty RPG, in which the human empire has a law on the books that if a dragon who holds a princess captive is slain the princess and the dragonslayer are considered married. Even if the dragonslayer happens to be [[LesYay the queen of the elves]].

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* Hilariously played in the BattleForWesnoth ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth'' campaign Elvish Dynasty RPG, in which the human empire has a law on the books that if a dragon who holds a princess captive is slain the princess and the dragonslayer are considered married. Even if the dragonslayer happens to be [[LesYay the queen of the elves]].
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