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15th Mar '17 6:42:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''Crusader'', an obscure PlatformGame by Creator/{{Compile}} for the {{MSX}}, is the source of the quote: "Princess has been kidnapped! You must save princess."

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* ''Crusader'', an obscure PlatformGame by Creator/{{Compile}} for the {{MSX}}, {{UsefulNotes/MSX}}, is the source of the quote: "Princess has been kidnapped! You must save princess."
1st Mar '17 4:03:58 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieVideoGameHero'', Level 2 has Barbie save a girl trapped in a tree by matching three gems.
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21st Feb '17 10:16:42 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': A major motivation for Robert's Rebellion was to recover Lyanna Stark from Rhaegar Targaryen.
26th Jan '17 10:36:52 AM Mysterion
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* ''VideoGame/{{Nefarious}}'' [[InvertedTrope inverts]] this trope. Instead of playing TheHero to save the princess, instead you're VillainProtagonist Crow, who's attempting to ''kidnap'' them.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Nefarious}}'' [[InvertedTrope inverts]] and subverts this trope. Instead of playing TheHero to save the princess, instead you're VillainProtagonist Crow, who's attempting to ''kidnap'' them. Meanwhile, Crow's usual nemesis ends the intro stage all but stating that saving the princess isn't worth the effort. [[spoiler: In both endings, Mayapple ends up saving herself - either as TheStinger, or to take over the Hero role in the TrueFinalBoss.]]
8th Jan '17 8:04:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Mars and Venus]]'' self-help books, a story is told about a knight who saves a princess from a dragon and feels validated for doing so. Then he goes off on an adventure, and she gets attacked by yet another dragon. Only this time, she tells him that the sword won't work and that he'll have to use a noose to slay the dragon. He feels discouraged at the celebratory feast, because he didn't slay the dragon on his own, [[FreudWasRight his own way]]. Then the princess gets attacked by another dragon, and this time, she tells him that he'll have to poison the dragon, which he does...and that causes him to feel even more discouraged. Later, the knight hears more screams...only they're not coming from ''his'' princess, but from ''another'' princess. He goes to rescue her, feels validated because she didn't tell him what to do and he did it by himself, his own way, and ditched the first princess to live HappilyEverAfter with this new princess. What the reader was ''supposed'' to take from this is that it's best not to tell a man how to solve his problems...and that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop a woman being too outspoken can cause men to reject her or cheat because they feel rejected/discouraged/etc.]] However, this [[{{Glurge}} little parable]] does bring up some FridgeLogic: Namely, if that first princess knows how to slay the dragon, why doesn't ''she'' slay the dragon herself?! (Also, why does she keep getting attacked by one dragon after another in the first place?)

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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Mars and Venus]]'' self-help books, a story is told about a knight who saves a princess from a dragon and feels validated for doing so. Then he goes off on an adventure, and she gets attacked by yet another dragon. Only this time, she tells him that the sword won't work and that he'll have to use a noose to slay the dragon. He feels discouraged at the celebratory feast, because he didn't slay the dragon on his own, [[FreudWasRight his own way]].way. Then the princess gets attacked by another dragon, and this time, she tells him that he'll have to poison the dragon, which he does...and that causes him to feel even more discouraged. Later, the knight hears more screams...only they're not coming from ''his'' princess, but from ''another'' princess. He goes to rescue her, feels validated because she didn't tell him what to do and he did it by himself, his own way, and ditched the first princess to live HappilyEverAfter with this new princess. What the reader was ''supposed'' to take from this is that it's best not to tell a man how to solve his problems...and that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop a woman being too outspoken can cause men to reject her or cheat because they feel rejected/discouraged/etc.]] However, this [[{{Glurge}} little parable]] does bring up some FridgeLogic: Namely, if that first princess knows how to slay the dragon, why doesn't ''she'' slay the dragon herself?! (Also, why does she keep getting attacked by one dragon after another in the first place?)
29th Dec '16 1:46:45 PM Xtifr
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* ''TowerOfTheSorcerer'', an indie puzzle game masquerading as a dungeon-crawl RPG, plays this straight, complete with the opening line [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny "A brave man is walking for to save the princess"]]. The plot from there is actually not too bad, but it's clearly an ExcusePlot, as the princess is hardly mentioned thereafter and seen only once before the endgame. Then the trope is subverted in the game's TwistEnding: [[spoiler:it turns out that it really ''was'' an ExcusePlot. The "princess" is an inanimate statue. The [[BigBad Big Bad's]] real goal was to get a sufficiently-powerful hero to the top of the tower so as to help him AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.]]
* The first Knightfall game has the protagonist literally [[ThisIsADrill drilling]] his way to Hell to save his princess girlfriend from the Devil.
* The goal in ''{{Castlequest}}'' is to rescue Princess Margarita from Groken Castle.

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* ''TowerOfTheSorcerer'', ''VideoGame/TowerOfTheSorcerer'', an indie puzzle game masquerading as a dungeon-crawl RPG, plays this straight, complete with the opening line [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny "A brave man is walking for to save the princess"]]. The plot from there is actually not too bad, but it's clearly an ExcusePlot, as the princess is hardly mentioned thereafter and seen only once before the endgame. Then the trope is subverted in the game's TwistEnding: [[spoiler:it turns out that it really ''was'' an ExcusePlot. The "princess" is an inanimate statue. The [[BigBad Big Bad's]] real goal was to get a sufficiently-powerful hero to the top of the tower so as to help him AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.]]
* The first Knightfall ''Knightfall'' game has the protagonist literally [[ThisIsADrill drilling]] his way to Hell to save his princess girlfriend from the Devil.
* The goal in ''{{Castlequest}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Castlequest}}'' is to rescue Princess Margarita from Groken Castle.
21st Nov '16 7:15:58 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* In ''[[VideoGame/DarkSouls1 Dark Souls]]'' [[BlackAndGreyMorality of all things]], while it's not the main focus of the game (or even mandatory for that matter), you can rescue Princess Dusk of the fallen kingdom of Oolacile when you find her imprisoned within a crystal golem. To show her gratitude, she teaches you a variety of the unique illusion-based spells of her kingdom. The trope was played even more straight in the 'Artorias of the Abyss' DLC adventure when you are dragged back in time to Oolacile itself, where your ultimate objective is to rescue Dusk again, this time from [[spoiler:Manus, [[EldritchAbomination Father of the Abyss]]]].
3rd Nov '16 7:16:16 PM Sar-Chasm
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* A variant occurs in ''{{VideoGame/ICO}}''. Rather than the hero fighting to get to the princess, both the hero and the princess are prisoners in the same castle, so they work to escape together. [[spoiler: Played straight near the end of the game when the queen captures Yorda and Ico goes to rescue her.]]
25th Oct '16 3:08:25 PM Geoduck
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* In one episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Ace Rimmer sky-surfs an alligator out of an exploding plane, steals a parachute from the baddie in mid-drop, and shoots up an entire base full of Nazis in order to rescue Princess Bonjella. What a guy!
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17th Oct '16 9:17:42 AM erforce
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** This was uncannily anticipated by the ending of ''MonsterParty'': [[spoiler:"But, the princess became a monster. And, more monsters followed her."]] In that case, though, it was AllJustADream...[[OrWasItADream in one country's version, at least]].

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** This was uncannily anticipated by the ending of ''MonsterParty'': ''VideoGame/MonsterParty'': [[spoiler:"But, the princess became a monster. And, more monsters followed her."]] In that case, though, it was AllJustADream...[[OrWasItADream in one country's version, at least]].



* You have to rescue your love interest in ''{{Gish}}''.

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* You have to rescue your love interest in ''{{Gish}}''.''VideoGame/{{Gish}}''.
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