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16th Apr '17 6:44:01 AM LordGro
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* [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Oedipus]] saves Thebes from the Sphinx by correctly answering the RiddleOfTheSphinx. As a reward, he is given the crown of Thebes and the hand of Queen Jocasta in marriage. [[ParentalIncest It goes horribly wrong.]]
* [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimms']] "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses" plays this perfectly straight, though most them don't feature ''quite'' so many possible spouses to pick from. And usually the youngest princess is the choice -- but not here; the soldier declares that since he's not young himself, he will marry the oldest.
** Some versions of the tale soften things by having the youngest princess fall in love with the hero herself and saves him from being tricked into drinking a love potion by her sisters.
* Creator/JosephJacobs's "Literature/KateCrackernuts" is a [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] variation of the "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses", where the main character agrees to watch an ailing prince over night. She discovers that his illness is created by TheFairFolk making him dance all night and she manages to haggle with his parents to increase her reward from a peck of silver to the prince himself. She even manages to score ''another'' prince for her sister out of it.
* Creator/JosephJacobs's "Literature/MollyWhuppie" having two older sisters, and the king three sons, she laid claim to three standard rewards, one for each of them.
* "Literature/JesperWhoHerdedTheHares" -- the king tries to wiggle out of it and fails.
* Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe's "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/dapplegrim.html Dapplegrim]]" -- the king tries to wiggle out of it and fails.

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* In Myth/GreekMythology:
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[[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Oedipus]] saves Thebes from the Sphinx by correctly answering the RiddleOfTheSphinx. As a reward, he is given the crown of Thebes and the hand of Queen Jocasta in marriage. [[ParentalIncest It goes horribly wrong.]]
** Taken to an extreme in a myth where King Thespius promises his daughter to Heracles if the hero will hunt a lion plaguing Thespiae. Thing is, Thespius had ''fifty'' daughters, and the hunt took fifty days, so Heracles slept with a different princess each night. [[BabiesEverAfter They all wind up pregnant with his children.]] Of course, in some versions, [[IWantGrandkids that was the whole point.]]
* [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Grimms']] In the fairy tales of Creator/TheBrothersGrimm:
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"Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses" plays this perfectly straight, though most them don't feature ''quite'' so many possible spouses to pick from. And usually the youngest princess is the choice -- but choice--but not here; the soldier declares that since he's not young himself, he will marry the oldest.
** Some versions
oldest. Other variants of the this tale type soften things by having the youngest princess fall in love with the hero herself and saves him from being tricked into drinking a love potion by her sisters.
** "Literature/TheBraveLittleTailor" pretty much bluffs his way to the kingdom and the girl, though the princess and her father both try to wiggle out of it when they secretly learn of his low class. He gets to keep the goods with another bluff that leaves every soldier in the kingdom too afraid to do anything against him, thus leaving the king and princess with no way to get rid of him.
** In "Literature/IronHans", when the prince is revealed after he saved the kingdom at war, he asks for the princess instead of modestly waiting to be offered. The king comments on the boldness, but since he's a prince, they are agreeable.
** In "Literature/TheGoldenGoose", the youngest son gets to marry the princess because he made her laugh.
** In "Literature/TheGoldMountain", the nameless hero marries a princess and becomes King of the Gold Mountain after breaking the curse that turned her into a snake and drove everyone else from the castle. Unusually, there is no father or old King in the story to give her away.
** In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", a princess is due to become the next maiden sacrificed to a dragon, and the king promises that the man who saves her will get her hand in marriage and be king after his death.
** In "Literature/GodfatherDeath", a king announces that whowever will heal his only daughter from her mortal sickness will get her in marriage and inherit the kingdom.
* Creator/JosephJacobs's In the fairy tales of Creator/JosephJacobs:
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"Literature/KateCrackernuts" is a [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] variation of the "Literature/TheTwelveDancingPrincesses", where the main character agrees to watch an ailing prince over night. She discovers that his illness is created by TheFairFolk making him dance all night and she manages to haggle with his parents to increase her reward from a peck of silver to the prince himself. She even manages to score ''another'' prince for her sister out of it.
* Creator/JosephJacobs's ** "Literature/MollyWhuppie" having two older sisters, and the king three sons, she laid claim to three standard rewards, one for each of them.
* "Literature/JesperWhoHerdedTheHares" -- ** In "The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener", the king tries to wiggle out of it makes the offer, but the young gardener carries off a princess from elsewhere on his journey. At the end, his TalkingAnimal companion, a fox, demands that his head be cut off, and fails.
when it is done, becomes a prince, and indeed the brother of the princess who was carried off. The king marries his daughter to this prince, and his sister marries the young gardener.
* Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe's In the Norwegian fairy tales of Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe:
** The Norwegian folk hero Espen Askeladd, who features in dozens of different fairy tales across the country, commonly wins "the princess and half the kingdom" as a reward for his heroic deeds.
** In
"[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/dapplegrim.html Dapplegrim]]" -- Dapplegrim]]", the king tries to wiggle out of his promise and fails.
** In "Literature/TrueAndUntrue", True is promised the princess and kingdom if he cures her.
** In "Literature/TheSevenFoals", whoever watches the king's seven foals all day will marry the princess and receive half the kingdom.
* In the fairy tales of Creatort/AndrewLang:
** In "Literature/JesperWhoHerdedTheHares",
the king tries to wiggle out of it and fails.fails.
** In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/jackbeanstalk/stories/dragontricked.html How the Dragon Was Tricked]]", the hero laid claim to the princess and kingdom after her father had been eaten by the dragon he demanded the hero bring back.



* In "[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/jackbeanstalk/stories/dragontricked.html How the Dragon Was Tricked]]", the hero laid claim to the princess and kingdom after her father had been eaten by the dragon he demanded the hero bring back.
* "Literature/TheBraveLittleTailor" pretty much bluffs his way to the kingdom and the girl, though the princess and her father both try to wiggle out of it when they secretly learn of his low class. He gets to keep the goods with another bluff that leaves every soldier in the kingdom too afraid to do anything against him, thus leaving the king and princess with no way to get rid of him.
* The Norwegian folk hero Espen Askeladd, who features in dozens of different fairy tales across the country, commonly wins "the princess and half the kingdom" as a reward for his heroic deeds.
* In ''Literature/IronHans'', when the prince is revealed after he saved the kingdom at war, he asks for the princess instead of modestly waiting to be offered. The king comments on the boldness, but since he's a prince, they are agreeable.
* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's ''Literature/TheGoldenGoose'', the youngest son gets to marry the princess because he made her laugh.
* In ''Literature/TheGoldMountain'' also by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, the nameless hero marries a princess and becomes King of the Gold Mountain after breaking the curse that turned her into a snake and drove everyone else from the castle. Unusually, there is no father or old King in the story to give her away.
* In Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe's ''Literature/TrueAndUntrue'', True is promised the princess and kingdom if he cures her.
* In Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe's ''Literature/TheSevenFoals'', whoever watches the king's seven foals all day will marry the princess and receive half the kingdom.
* In Creator/JosephJacobs's ''The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener'', the king makes the offer, but the young gardener carries off a princess from elsewhere on his journey. At the end, his TalkingAnimal companion, a fox, demands that his head be cut off, and when it is done, becomes a prince, and indeed the brother of the princess who was carried off. The king marries his daughter to this prince, and his sister marries the young gardener.
* Taken to an extreme in Myth/GreekMythology, where King Thespius promises his daughter to Heracles if the hero will hunt a lion plaguing Thespiae. Thing is, Thespius had ''fifty'' daughters, and the hunt took fifty days, so Heracles slept with a different princess each night. [[BabiesEverAfter They all wind up pregnant with his children.]] Of course, in some versions, [[IWantGrandkids that was the whole point.]]
* In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, a princess is due to become the next maiden sacrificed to a dragon, and the king promises that the man who saves her will get her hand in marriage and be king after his death.
31st Mar '17 9:07:37 AM haxxr
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*Surprisingly averted in ''{{VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild.}}'' Zelda [[spoiler:hated Link at first, and contributed to her feelings of inferiority. While you do save her and possibly end up in a relationship, it formed naturally and through genuine love.]]
31st Mar '17 8:29:14 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' {{Backstory}}, particularly for that of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Lord Indoril Nerevar gets this. He starts out as a caravan guard belonging to an irrelevant minor house, but rises to unite the Chimer (later Dunmer) people and forms an EnemyMine with the rival [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] in order to save Morrowind from the invading [[HornyVikings Nords]]. He marries Ayem (later the [[PhysicalGod Goddess]] Almalexia), who was a high priestess belonging to Great House Indoril. (About as close as it gets to a princess for the Chimer.) Interestingly, [[MaidenNameDebate he took Almalexia's house name of Indoril]] upon getting married.
28th Mar '17 2:51:46 PM Doctor_Heaven
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[[BrickJoke Now, where's my future bride?]]
27th Mar '17 10:13:57 AM Rhodes7
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* In ''Literature/TheGoldMountain'' also by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, the nameless hero marries a princess and becomes King of the Gold Mountain after breaking the curse that turned her into a snake and drove everyone else from the castle. Unusually, there is no father or old King in the story to give her away.
13th Mar '17 8:56:15 AM Allronix
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** The [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone second game]] is about Graham's quest to ''find'' a suitable wife - at last once he rescues her from Hagatha. King Graham met Valanice for the first time when he entered the tower to rescue her. Within ''minutes'' the two were married. At least the FanRemake makes it do Valanice was [[MindlinkMates watching Graham all along]] so that she knew what kind of a guy he was.
** Third game? [[AvertedTrope Averts it wonderfully]]. Yes, Alexander-Gwydion manages to defeat the wizard that held him captive, escape from the pirates who got him to Daventry, and rescue the princess, but said princess is his long-lost ''sister.''

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** The [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone second game]] is about Graham's quest to ''find'' a suitable wife - at last once he rescues her from Hagatha. King Graham met Valanice for the first time when he entered the tower to rescue her. Within ''minutes'' the two were married. At least the FanRemake makes it do so Valanice was [[MindlinkMates watching Graham all along]] along from her enchanted coma]] so that she knew what kind of a guy he was.
** Third game? [[AvertedTrope Averts it wonderfully]]. Yes, Alexander-Gwydion manages to defeat the wizard that held him captive, escape from the pirates who got him to Daventry, and rescue the princess, princess by slaying a dragon (all with UtilityMagic), but said princess is his long-lost ''sister.''
13th Mar '17 8:54:57 AM Allronix
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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', uses this trope, but like all fairy tale tropes, then have a tendency to [[PlayingWithATrope have some fun with it]].

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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', uses this trope, but like all fairy tale tropes, then have a tendency they tend to [[PlayingWithATrope have some fun with it]].
13th Mar '17 8:53:41 AM Allronix
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** [[BadassPrincess Rosella]] and [[DistressedDude Edgar]] in [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella The fourth game]] and [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride seventh game]] [[ZigZaggingTrope bounce this trope around like a pinball]]. First, Lolotte is all set to execute Rosella, but her [[adopted by kidnapping and transmogrified into]] ugly, green, hunchbacked son Edgar [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege intervenes]] to keep her from doing so, by stating he has a crush on her. After Rosella completes Lolotte's tasks, the wicked fairy pills a nasty subversion where the evil queen will marry Rosella to Edgar, which leads to a NonStandardGameOver unless you stop her. But Edgar turns out to be GoodAllAlong, and smuggles Rosella the key to escape. Rosella ends up killing Lolotte to save Genesta, Genesta changes him [[spoiler: back into his ''true'' form]] as a [[SuddenlySuitableSuitor handsome Fairy prince]], and Edgar [[InvertedTrope inverts it]] by offering ''himself'' as the StandardHeroReward. Rosella has to turn him down because she needs to save her dad, and Edgar is saddened, but understands, and that's when the fourth game ends. But come the seventh game? Edgar has gotten kidnapped, brainwashed and transformed ''again'' and is working for his wicked aunt, believing he is the King of the Trolls. In his confused and morally compromised state, he inadvertently kidnaps Rosella (with Valanice jumping in behind before the portal shuts), transforms ''her'' into a troll, and tried to pull AndNowYouMustMarryMe. Rosella is less than amused, escapes, finds out what's ''really'' going on, goes back to save ''him,'' and reunites him with his parents. ''Wisely'', Edgar asks not for marriage, but a proper courtship, which she agrees to. Both ''TheSilverLining'' and the Telltale Games sequels state that TheyDo.

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** [[BadassPrincess Rosella]] and [[DistressedDude Edgar]] in [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella The fourth game]] and [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride seventh game]] [[ZigZaggingTrope bounce this trope around like a pinball]]. First, Lolotte is all set to execute Rosella, but her [[adopted [[spoiler: adopted by kidnapping and transmogrified into]] ugly, green, hunchbacked son Edgar [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege intervenes]] to keep her from doing so, by stating he has a crush on her. After Rosella completes Lolotte's tasks, the wicked fairy pills a nasty subversion where the evil queen will marry Rosella to Edgar, which leads to a NonStandardGameOver unless you stop her. But Edgar turns out to be GoodAllAlong, and smuggles Rosella the key to escape. Rosella ends up killing Lolotte to save Genesta, Genesta changes him [[spoiler: back into his ''true'' form]] as a [[SuddenlySuitableSuitor handsome Fairy prince]], and Edgar [[InvertedTrope inverts it]] by offering ''himself'' as the StandardHeroReward. Rosella has to turn him down because she needs to save her dad, and Edgar is saddened, but understands, and that's when the fourth game ends. But come the seventh game? Edgar has gotten kidnapped, brainwashed and transformed ''again'' and is working for his wicked aunt, believing he is the King of the Trolls. In his confused and morally compromised state, he inadvertently kidnaps Rosella (with Valanice jumping in behind before the portal shuts), transforms ''her'' into a troll, and tried to pull AndNowYouMustMarryMe. Rosella is less than amused, escapes, finds out what's ''really'' going on, goes back to save ''him,'' and reunites him with his parents. ''Wisely'', Edgar asks not for marriage, but a proper courtship, which she agrees to. Both ''TheSilverLining'' ''VideoGame/TheSilverLining'' and the Telltale Games sequels state that TheyDo.
13th Mar '17 8:39:56 AM Allronix
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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', uses this trope, but like all fairy tale tropes, then have a tendency to [[PlayingWithATrope have some fun with it]]. ** [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown The first game]] has Graham gain the crown (but no princess since there is none).

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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', uses this trope, but like all fairy tale tropes, then have a tendency to [[PlayingWithATrope have some fun with it]]. it]].
** [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown The first game]] has Graham gain the crown (but no princess since there is none).
13th Mar '17 8:39:23 AM Allronix
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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', but not in a standard way. [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown The first game]] has Graham gain the crown (but no princess since there is none). [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella The fourth game]] has a nasty subversion where the evil queen will marry Rosella to her son, which leads to a NonStandardGameOver unless you stop her (whereupon it's revealed that the son is actually a pretty good guy after all, and understands that Rosella needs to save her dad before she can even think of a relationship). The good ending of [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow the sixth game]] does have Alexander receiving the full StandardHeroReward from Cassima's [[spoiler:resurrected]] parents (though if you fail at that aspect, he still gets to marry his TrueLove).
** At least Alexander and Cassima had met previously. King Graham met Valanice for the first time when he entered the tower to rescue her. Within ''minutes'' the two were married.

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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', uses this trope, but not in like all fairy tale tropes, then have a standard way. tendency to [[PlayingWithATrope have some fun with it]]. ** [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown The first game]] has Graham gain the crown (but no princess since there is none). [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella none).
**
The fourth [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone second game]] has a nasty subversion where the evil queen will marry Rosella is about Graham's quest to ''find'' a suitable wife - at last once he rescues her son, which leads to a NonStandardGameOver unless you stop her (whereupon it's revealed that the son is actually a pretty good guy after all, and understands that Rosella needs to save her dad before she can even think of a relationship). The good ending of [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow the sixth game]] does have Alexander receiving the full StandardHeroReward from Cassima's [[spoiler:resurrected]] parents (though if you fail at that aspect, he still gets to marry his TrueLove).
** At least Alexander and Cassima had met previously.
Hagatha. King Graham met Valanice for the first time when he entered the tower to rescue her. Within ''minutes'' the two were married. At least the FanRemake makes it do Valanice was [[MindlinkMates watching Graham all along]] so that she knew what kind of a guy he was.
** Third game? [[AvertedTrope Averts it wonderfully]]. Yes, Alexander-Gwydion manages to defeat the wizard that held him captive, escape from the pirates who got him to Daventry, and rescue the princess, but said princess is his long-lost ''sister.''
** [[BadassPrincess Rosella]] and [[DistressedDude Edgar]] in [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella The fourth game]] and [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride seventh game]] [[ZigZaggingTrope bounce this trope around like a pinball]]. First, Lolotte is all set to execute Rosella, but her [[adopted by kidnapping and transmogrified into]] ugly, green, hunchbacked son Edgar [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege intervenes]] to keep her from doing so, by stating he has a crush on her. After Rosella completes Lolotte's tasks, the wicked fairy pills a nasty subversion where the evil queen will marry Rosella to Edgar, which leads to a NonStandardGameOver unless you stop her. But Edgar turns out to be GoodAllAlong, and smuggles Rosella the key to escape. Rosella ends up killing Lolotte to save Genesta, Genesta changes him [[spoiler: back into his ''true'' form]] as a [[SuddenlySuitableSuitor handsome Fairy prince]], and Edgar [[InvertedTrope inverts it]] by offering ''himself'' as the StandardHeroReward. Rosella has to turn him down because she needs to save her dad, and Edgar is saddened, but understands, and that's when the fourth game ends. But come the seventh game? Edgar has gotten kidnapped, brainwashed and transformed ''again'' and is working for his wicked aunt, believing he is the King of the Trolls. In his confused and morally compromised state, he inadvertently kidnaps Rosella (with Valanice jumping in behind before the portal shuts), transforms ''her'' into a troll, and tried to pull AndNowYouMustMarryMe. Rosella is less than amused, escapes, finds out what's ''really'' going on, goes back to save ''him,'' and reunites him with his parents. ''Wisely'', Edgar asks not for marriage, but a proper courtship, which she agrees to. Both ''TheSilverLining'' and the Telltale Games sequels state that TheyDo.
** In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' ends with Graham making an ally of Princess Cassima, who was held captive by he same wizard that kidnapped his family, and the ending stating that Prince Alexander gets hit with LoveAtFirstSight. The GoldenEnding ending of [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow the sixth game]] does have Alexander receiving the full StandardHeroReward from Cassima's [[spoiler:resurrected]] parents (though if you fail at that aspect, he still gets to marry his TrueLove [[spoiler: while he and Cassima become King and Queen of the Land of the Green Isles]]).
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