Created By: Earnest on December 31, 2009
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Match Maker Quest

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The Player Character has overcome incredible odds, defeated mighty enemies, and accomplished exciting quests. But none prepared him/her for... the Match Maker Quest!

An NPC (or three) are down on their luck in the love department, and can't seem to get that special someone to notice them. They're so desperate and mopey and apathetically resigned to their doomed loveless future that they will spill their guts about these troubles to the first stranger to cross their paths (That means you). Rather than find a solution themselves, they will ask you to do something for them, usually involving a Fetch Quest for some engagement gift, dowry, or plain old bling to impress their partner. Other times, it suffices for you to use your prodigious dialogue screen channeled charisma to convince their love to love them back.

Depending on the game, you may find yourself in the situation where you're fixing up everyone's love life but your own. Of course, some game developers like to play with this trope and include options for you to sabotage this burgeoning love or outright steal them from the quest giver. Occasionally, the match is already made and the quest centers on getting the parents to let them marry or helping them set up a life for themselves.

This usually results in completing a missing link in the Chain of Deals, or dropping some unique loot.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • December 31, 2009
    Soiyer

    Example

    • In the game Dragon Age, the player has the option to complete the quest "Cammen's Lament" where they must help a young Dalish elf named Cammen woo his love, Gheyna, who refuses to marry him because he is yet to become a full-fledged hunter.
  • January 1, 2010
    Vree
    I wonder if we have a trope for characters playing Cupid? Just to expand the range of examples a bit.
  • January 1, 2010
    Earnest
    NPCupid? ^_^
  • January 1, 2010
    random surfer
  • January 2, 2010
    Dhavaer
    In Fallout 3 you can help Angela Staley catch the eye of Diego. Also, Ronald Laren would like The Nuka-Cola Challenge to be this, but it doesn't work out that way.
  • January 2, 2010
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, you have to help two painfully shy NP Cs (who are too shy to even say hello to each other, even though they see each other every day) get together. This involves showing them pictures of each other.
  • January 3, 2010
    Superior
    • In Fable, you can bring together a boy and a girl who previously met at a party, by bringing his love letter to her(or claim that the letter is yours, and get the girl. )

    • In Knights Of The Old Republic, there is a Romeo and Juliet plot on Dantooine, that the player character can turn into a massacre, or a happy ending.
  • January 3, 2010
    jojabar
    In Tales Of Phantasia, if you do one of these quests near the beginning, you can meet the one of couple's descendants in the future.
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