Created By: Misterian on April 8, 2014 Last Edited By: NightShade96 on July 12, 2017
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Celebrating The Heroes

An event where people hold a celebration to honor the hero(es) for their good deeds and triumphs.

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This trope is about an event where a local populace holds a celebration to honor a hero (and his/her team if he/she has any) for his good deeds and triumphs.

Compare Awesome Moment of Crowning and And Mission Control Rejoiced. Also compare Standard Hero Reward and Think Nothing of It.

There would be too many examples from Real Life to list, so No Real Life Examples, Please!

Indices: Heroes, Hero Tropes

Note: This is only for when the major heroic characters have a celebration held in their honor.

Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • Almost at the end of each One Piece arc, the Straw Hat crew (and allies if they have any) will get celebrated by the locals for solving their major problem (usually by beating the Arc Villain).

     Comic Books 

     Films — Animated 
  • While Phoebus and Esmeralda get to hold hands, Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame gets carried on the shoulders of joyful Parisians, proud of the recluse of the belltowers that defeated the haywire Judge Frollo.
  • In The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin mistakenly believes that Pooh saved Piglet from the flood, and throws him a Hero Party. Later, the 'one-hero party' is turned into a 'two-hero party' when Piglet gives his house to Owl.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • A New Hope: In the final scene, Princess Leia presides over an awards ceremony where she presents Luke, Han, and Chewbacca with medals for their efforts in destroying the Death Star.
  • Patton: At the very end the title character narrates a story about the Roman Empire version of this:
    For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning...that all glory is fleeting.
  • Wonder Woman (2017) shows celebrations at the end of World War I that has posters up to honor the heroes who died in the war.

     Literature 
  • A Christmas Carol is set in the middle of a large celebration for Yeshua bar Nazareth, a heroic preacher from Jerusalem who spoke about marriage and rose people from the dead, as a grumpy boss refuses to partake in the festivities.
  • The followers of Jesus from The Four Gospels hold a Passover feast, remembering how Moses heroically freed the Jewish people from slavery.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • The Hobbit: When the dwarves (and Bilbo) arrive in Lake-Town, Thorin announces himself as the grandson of the King under the Mountain. Remembering the legends of dwarven glory, the townspeople start a celebration of the dwarves' arrival in the expectation that they will destroy Smaug and bring wealth to Lake-Town.
    • The Return of the King: After Sauron is destroyed, Frodo and Sam are taken to the Field of Cormallen in Ithilien and receive great honors for defeating him.

     Live-Action TV 
  • In Episode 1 of Season 2 of Legend of the Seeker, Richard and his friends are celebrated big time by the kingdom for defeating Big Bad Darken Rahl. They all have fun until a new global threat appears.

     Podcasts 

     Tabletop Games 
  • In the Dungeons & Dragons module I12 Egg of the Phoenix, after the PC party retrieves the title artifact and brings it to the city of Northending, the town throws a festival celebrating the Egg's return and honoring the party members for their role in its recovery.

     Video Games 

     Western Animation 
  • Subverted in the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "Avatar Day": Aang and co. visit a town where people celebrates "Avatar Day", but it turns out to be an "avatar-hating day" because on that date their town's founder was killed by Avatar Kyoshi (who did it because said king was an evil conqueror who wants to wage war with the surrounding areas). Double subverted in the end where, after Aang and co. fend off a raid of Fire Nation troops on the town, they turn the Avatar Day into a sincere celebration.
  • The Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Out To Launch" concludes with a tickertape parade for the three human space shuttle astronauts. In fact, these people were unconscious at the time the shuttle was landing; it was the Rescue Rangers that successfully brought the damaged craft back to Earth. The plucky critters ride on the limo's front bumper, effectively siphoning their accolades.
  • Family Guy:
    • At the end of "Blind Ambition", Peter is given a medal for rescuing Horace from a fire in his bar, the scene itself being a spoof of the Star Wars scene above.
    • Brutally parodied in "Herpe the Love Sore"; when it turns out that the three bullies who have been making trouble for Peter, Quagmire and Joe throughout the episode are American soldiers about to leave for their third tour of duty, Mayor West declares a celebration in their honor.
  • In the Futurama episode "The Devil has Idle Hands", Fry and an orchestra put on a Hornucopia performance to celebrate Fry's crush, Leela.
  • One episode of Justice League Unlimited is about The Flash's Rogues Gallery trying to kill him on the day of the opening of the Flash Museum.
  • An award ceremony begins the Loonatics Unleashed episode "The Comet Cometh," in which the mayor makes a public presentation to the six heroes. The ceremony gets interrupted by a shower of small rocks, which portend the approach of a world-killer sized asteroid. Back to work, heroes.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The end of the episode "The Return of Harmony" features all the main ponies getting rewarded in an almost shot-for-shot remake of the A New Hope scene above.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In "Cat-astrophe", the Mayor declares the day to be Powerpuff Girls Day.

Community Feedback Replies: 48
  • April 8, 2014
    DAN004
    Example?
  • April 9, 2014
    Arivne
    This may involve a Tickertape Parade, which is a Sub Trope of this one.

    Film
    • Patton. At the very end the title character narrates a story about the Roman Empire version of this.
      For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning...that all glory is fleeting.

    Literature
    • The Lord Of The Rings
      • The Hobbit. When the dwarves (and Bilbo) arrive in Lake-Town, Thorin announces himself as the grandson of the King under the Mountain. Remembering the legends of dwarven glory, the townspeople start a celebration of the dwarves' arrival in the expectation that they will destroy Smaug and bring wealth to Lake-Town.
      • The Return Of The King. After Sauron is destroyed, Frodo and Sam are taken to the Field of Cormallen in Ithilien and receive great honors for defeating him.

    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons module I12 Egg of the Phoenix. After the PC party retrieves the title artifact and brings it to the city of Northending, the town throws a festival celebrating the Egg's return and honoring the party members for their role in its recovery.
  • April 9, 2014
    Koveras
    Compare Awesome Moment Of Crowning and And Mission Control Rejoiced.

    • In the Light Side ending of Knights Of The Old Republic, the entire Player Party is decorated with the highest Republican honors while the Republic troops cheer them on. In the Dark Side ending, meanwhile, the Player Character is hailed as the new Dark Lord of the Sith.
    • Both in the Republican and the Imperial storylines, the Battle for Corellia ends with the Corellian parliament cheering on the PC: for bringing Corellia back to the Republic and for claiming the planet for the Empire, respectively.
  • April 9, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • At the end of Star Wars A New Hope a huge ceremony is held where Luke & Han get medals for their roles in the destruction of the Death Star.
  • April 9, 2014
    DAN004
    I get two kinds of celebration here:
    • Avatar The Last Airbender: The Avatar Day.

    • One Piece: after almost every arc, the populace of the island the Straw Hats had saved will held a party and banquet to honor them.
  • April 9, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ that is, one is a celebration treated as a special day in a week, month or year, while the other is simply a celebration after the heroes do something major.

    Which one does it count? Maybe both?
  • April 9, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Wasn't Avatar Day the day where the Avatar was burned in effigy?
  • April 9, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ yeah, but in the end of the episode they turn it into a sincere celebration.
  • April 10, 2014
    Arivne
    Can also be a Dance Party Ending,
  • April 10, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    This was also common in old Superman stories. At one point, they threw him a parade.
  • April 10, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Needs No Real Life Examples please.

    only because it will just turn Real Life section into a long list of people celebrating "new heroes" like athletes, brave firefighters/police/etc.
  • April 10, 2014
    Larkmarn
    In an episodic work, these are very likely to be attacked.

  • June 18, 2017
    NightShade96
    Bump
  • June 18, 2017
    saz197
    The Triumph? (as in the classical Roman definition of the term)
  • June 18, 2017
    Getta
    Almost at the end of each One Piece arc, the Straw Hat crew (and allies if they have any) will get celebrated by the locals for solving their major problem (usually by beating the Arc Villain).

    Subverted in Avatar The Last Airbender: Aang and co visits a town where people celebrates "Avatar Day", but it turns out to be an "avatar-hating day" because on that date their town's founder was killed by Avatar Kyoshi (who did it because said king was an evil conqueror who wants to wage war with the surroundings). Double subverted in the end where, after Aang and co fend off a raid of Fire Nation troops on the town, they turn the Avatar Day into a sincere celebration.
  • June 19, 2017
    Koveras
    How would this be related to Kneel Before Frodo?
  • June 19, 2017
    Getta
    ^ that's about people kneeling to a specific guy.
  • June 19, 2017
    Gosicrystal
    • In Episode 1 of Season 2 of Legend Of The Seeker, Richard and his friends are celebrated big time by the kingdom for defeating Big Bad Darken Rahl. They all have fun until a new global threat appears.
  • June 19, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Also compare Drench Celebration in the case of sports.
  • June 20, 2017
    Koveras
    @Getta: So is Kneel Before Zod.
  • June 20, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ That's kneeling before a villain.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for the description? It feels a bit short.
  • June 20, 2017
    DustSnitch
    By heroes, you mean The Hero right? Because including examples other than a heroic protagonist could allow for a lot of misuse if there is a celebration for an in-universe historical or mythological figure, or if characters in-universe celebrate a real life person they consider to be a hero.

    What I'm saying is that you should change "a hero" to "The Hero" or "the heroic protagonist," whichever you prefer.
  • June 20, 2017
    Getta
    ^ nah, left it be. More encompassing that way.
  • June 23, 2017
    Gosicrystal
    Beware of "encompassing". It can lead to Square Peg Round Trope.
  • June 23, 2017
    Getta
    ^ tell me how that happens with this draft.
  • June 23, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Exactly, this is for all heroic characters, not just The Hero.
  • June 24, 2017
    NightShade96
    Is this ready to go?
  • June 24, 2017
    Getta
  • June 24, 2017
    DustSnitch
    Okay, if we're not going with The Hero, I got a few examples:

  • June 25, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ For future reference, the main namespace for Batman is the Franchise namespace.
  • June 27, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Out To Launch" concludes with a tickertape parade for the three human space shuttle astronauts. In fact, these people were unconscious at the time the shuttle was landing; it was the Rescue Rangers that successfully brought the damaged craft back to Earth. The plucky critters ride on the limo's front bumper, effectively siphoning their accolades.
  • June 30, 2017
    JoeG
    • A New Hope: In the final scene Princess Leia presides over an awards ceremony where she presents Luke, Han, and Chewbacca with medals.

    • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The end of the episode "The Return of Harmony" features all the main ponies getting rewarded in an almost shot-for-shot remake of the Star Wars scene above.
  • July 1, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    • Family Guy
      • At the end of "Blind Ambition", Peter is given a medal for rescuing Horace from a fire in his bar, the scene itself being a spoof of the Star Wars scene above.
      • Brutally parodied in "Herpe the Love Sore"; when it turns out that the three bullies who have been making trouble for Peter, Quagmire and Joe throughout the episode are American soldiers about to leave for their third tour of duty, Mayor West declares a celebration in their honor.
    • The Powerpuff Girls: In "Cat-astrophe", the Mayor declares the day to be Powerpuff Girls Day.
  • July 2, 2017
    Gamermaster
    • At the end of Pokemon X And Y's main story, the player character and their friends have a parade thrown in their honor and all receive medals.
  • July 5, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
    • While Phoebus and Esmeralda get to hold hands, Disney's The Hunchback Of Notre Dame gets carried on the shoulders of joyful Parisians, proud of the recluse of the belltowers that defeated the haywire Judge Frollo.
  • July 5, 2017
    DustSnitch
    • The Queen family from Arrow throws an annual Christmas party to celebrate the birthday of the heroic Messiah.
    • The characters from Homestuck manage to celebrate Christmas or at least exchange gifts in the tradition of honoring the birth of the heroic Messiah.
    • The Divine Comedy sees characters worshipping their heroic God.
    • The Quran exhorts readers to praise and celebrate the beautiful Creator of the Universe.
    • Wonder Woman shows celebrations at the end of World War I that has posters up to honor the heroes who died in the war.
    • The followers of Jesus from The Four Gospels hold a Passover feast, remembering how Moses heroically free the Jewish people from slavery.
    • A Christmas Carol is set in the middle of a large celebration for Yeshua bar Nazareth, a heroic preacher from Jerusalem who spoke about marriage and rose people from the dead, as a grumpy boss refuses to partake in the festivities.
    • The climax of Independence Day takes place on a day meant to celebrate the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and their dedication to democratic ideals.
    • Leslie Knope from Parks And Recreations turns nearly every occasion into a time to honor political figures she admires like Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi.
    • Meta-example, one of the fictional films portrayed in Hail Caesar sees a group of Marines dance in a bar to celebrate their role as heroic soldiers.
  • July 6, 2017
    JujuP
    Comic Book
    • Each episode of Comic Book/Asterix ends with the heroes receiving a feast to honour them.
  • July 6, 2017
    NightShade96
    There seem to be enough examples to launch this within a day.
  • July 6, 2017
    DustSnitch
    • The Triumph Of The Wills is a Nazi film about a march in celebration of their heroic leader, a few short years before he approved an industrial attempt at mass genocide.
    • Alfred from Batman Arkham City will sometimes compliment you after completing a mission, vocally celebrating the hero of Gotham.
    • One State Farm commercial has a husband excitedly complimenting the great service offered by Jake from State Farm, though his celebration is cut short when his wife mistakes his insurance hero for an adulterous woman.
  • July 6, 2017
    DustSnitch
    Sorry for the double post, but, to be clear, all seventeen examples I've written are intentionally meaningless. I wrote them to demonstrate that the broad definition could include basically anything and assumed someone would notice how poor my examples were. I mean, how is it possible that the Nazi marches of The Triumph of the Wills, the innocent holiday fun of A Charlie Brown Christmas, and the plot of the "Jake from State Farm" commercials are examples of the same trope?

    The problem is, all these ridiculous examples technically fit the trope description, because of how general it is. This either needs to be substantially narrowed or discarded.
  • July 6, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Good point. Maybe excluding the examples with religious figures will do it?

    Any other ideas would also be welcome.
  • July 6, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    As often as it might occur, it's still a narrative device. We have All Of The Other Reindeer as a diametric opposite: The Hero saves everyone's doomed tails, and they act like entitled bastards and don't even bother with a "thank you." There are also a least as many instances where The Hero does the wonderful hero-stuff, but only he and a few associates will ever know the scope and depth of it. This seems to encompass instances where doing good gets rewarded, or at least recognized. "Hooray! We're liberated!" makes a nice finish to a story, right? George Lucas demonstrably likes it.

    However, if there must be a limiting threshold, then let it be a full-on, party-hardy tickertape-and-bimbos celebration. Popping champagne in a pub with some townies isn't enough to qualify.
  • July 6, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ Fair enough. I'll remove the examples that don't qualify.

    Not sure if the Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader and The Powerpuff Girls examples qualify any more, so I commented them.
  • July 7, 2017
    DustSnitch
    ^^ You're right that having a celebration for the heroes of the story makes for good resolution, emphasis on of the story.

    This should be limited to when the celebration is for the main protagonists. If there's a minor or background heroic character getting celebrated, it shouldn't count.
  • July 8, 2017
    WildKatGirl
    In The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, Christopher Robin mistakenly believes that Pooh saved Piglet from the flood, and throws him a Hero Party. Later, the 'one-hero party' is turned into a 'two-hero party' when Piglet gives his house to Owl.
  • July 11, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • An award ceremony begins the Loonatics Unleashed episode "The Comet Cometh," in which the mayor makes a public presentation to the six heroes. The ceremony gets interrupted by a shower of small rocks, which portend the approach of a world-killer sized asteroid. Back to work, heroes.
  • July 12, 2017
    NightShade96
    If there are no objections, I'll launch in about an hour.
  • July 12, 2017
    Gosicrystal
    Relative time indications such as "in one day" or "in an hour" do not help. It's best to use absolute dates.
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