'''Basic Trope''': As a reward for his deeds, TheHero gets [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses the princess' hand in marriage]] and becomes heir to the kingdom.
* '''Straight''': [[TheAce Ace]] [[SavingTheWorld saves the world]] by defeating [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] [[ForTheEvulz Evulz]], and is rewarded by King Goodland with Princess Paula's hand in marriage and the knowledge that he will take the throne after Goodland passes on.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** King Goodland drops everything and abdicates on the spot when Ace returns, while Princess Paula also drops... [[DressHitsFloor everything]]... on the spot.
** Ace is a [[WalkingTheEarth wandering hero]] who has earned the right to marry all the princesses in every kingdom he visits. Hello, {{Polyamory}}!
* '''Downplayed''':
** Ace saves the princess, and the king rewards him by letting him go out on a date with her. It is not shown whether they stay together.
** Ace receives Princess Paula's hand, but is not the heir to the throne; Paula's brother is.
* '''Justified''':
** The king needs a trustworthy heir, Princess Paula and Ace have fallen in love. Therefore, with this arrangement, everybody wins!
** It was an EngagementChallenge.
** Paula and Ace had been dating, but the king refuses to wed them. Then, Paula gets kidnapped and only Ace knows how to save her, forcing the king to reluctantly recruit him. The king then agrees to wed the couple upon Paula's rescue.
* '''Inverted''':
** The princess is a {{gonk}} and Ace really ''really'' doesn't find marrying her a reward.
** For some reason, Ace receives the princess's hand after [[TheBadGuyWins failing to defeat Emperor Evulz]].
** Ace offers ''himself'' to the princess [[RescueRomance after saving her]].
* '''Gender-Inverted''': The heroine Alice is rewarded with Prince Paul's hand in marriage.
* '''Subverted''':
** Ace saves the day but King Goodland hands Paula off to [[RomanticFalseLead Lord Romand Ike Fauxlead]], [[TheDandy The Magnificent]].
** [[EvilOverlord Emperor]] [[ForTheEvulz Evulz]] [[WeCanRuleTogether makes a]] [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter counter]]-[[TheFinalTemptation offer]]...
** Ace saves the princess, but King Goodland lets his daughter decide what should be Ace's reward. For his bravery, she makes him her knight.
** Before the king offers a reward, Ace says, "Just so you know, Your Majesty, I have a girl back home."
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Lord Romand Ike Fauxlead is actually TheDragon in disguise; once he's dispatched, King Goodland is finally convinced to let Paula marry Ace.
** Lord Romand [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse conveniently dies]].
** Ace [[KeepTheReward declines the counter-offer]] and stays with Princess Paula.
** After being made her knight, Ace and Paula [[BodyguardCrush fall in love]]. Then he saves her life a second time, prompting a RescueRomance.
** Ace and the Princess wind up talking at the celebration feast, and fall in love anyway.
** By "girl", he meant a daughter.
* '''Parodied''':
** The king finds out too late that Ace [[SamusIsAGirl is a woman]]. [[LesYay Awkwardness]] [[HilarityEnsues ensues.]]
** The princess is secretly a lesbian, and does a poor job of disguising her disappointment at being Ace's prize.
** Ace is literally rewarded with the princess's [[ExactWords amputated hand]].
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''':
** Ace's reward is something else.
** There are no available princesses to marry.
** The marriage rules prevent Ace from qualifying for the match; he could be a woman in disguise.
** [[DudeWheresMyReward There is no reward.]]
* '''Enforced''': "We've got an entire line of Bridal Dreams Paula dolls to launch, so this has to end with her getting married. And, obviously, she and Ace are the OfficialCouple."
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "If you wish to marry me, sir knight, you must earn my father's trust. Slaying a couple of dragons ought to do it."
** "And the winner gets.." "The princess's hand in marriage?" "How did you know?" "Easy. It's the StandardHeroReward."
* '''Invoked''': Princess Paula or her father want to make certain the next king is suitably brave, compassionate, and skilled, and they set up trials which only such a person could overcome.
* '''Exploited''':
** Ace is actually a Emperor Evulz in disguise; he set up a reasonable facsimile of a threatening army, just enough to get the citizens of King Goodland's kingdom seriously worried, and then defeated it himself with ease to win the hand of Princess Paula. Now he's in line to inherit TheKingdom...
** Two suitors compete against each other for Princess Paula's hand in marriage. The princess deliberately trips up the one she doesn't particularly like (who also happens to be the evil one), ensuring the victory of the one she does.
* '''Defied''':
** Ace is offered the rewards but he [[KeepTheReward turns them down]].
** The king insists on giving Ace a different reward.
** The princess refuses to marry Ace.
* '''Discussed''':
** "What is this 'I deserve the princess's hand' business? You'll take this sack of gold and be satisfied."
** "I'm flattered, Your Majesty, but I have a girlfriend back home. Can't I just have some gold or something instead?"
* '''Conversed''': "Is this part of the plot supposed to be an adventure or a matchmaking service?"
* '''Implied''': At first, King Goodland refuses to wed Ace and Princess Paula. However, they are married after Ace defeats Emperor Evulz and his dragons.
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Just because Ace is a hero doesn't mean he makes a good ruler.
** Princess Paula isn't too thrilled at being forced to marry some uncultured commoner, either, hero or not.
** After King Goodland's death, he struggles to deal with a DeadlyDecadentCourt, an EvilChancellor, and his wife's distrust and disapproval.
** Heroes start to expect this, making it difficult for kingdoms without princesses to get any help at all.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** But Ace ultimately manages to reform the corrupt court, win Paula's love, and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn his happy ending]].
** Paula persuades him to put most of the power in her hands, because she is more familiar with court; then, she finds that his outside point of view often lets him see what others miss, so she relies heavily on his advice.
** Before succeeding King Goodland, Ace learns politics and trains himself to be a good ruler while bonding with Princess Paula to where they now genuinely love each other.
** Heroes can be male or female, so kingdoms with only princes can also expect help. Also, some heroes are already in a relationship or [[KeepTheReward don't want a reward]].
* '''Played For Laughs''': Ace learns that Paula was offered only because she had no chance of marrying otherwise. Then he learns that she was impossible to marry off because she is sharp-tongued and witty. He loves it.
* '''Played For Drama''':
** Ace was ''not aware'' this was being offered when he started out; he already ''has'' [[LoveInterests someone he's interested in]], and isn't sure if he wants to rule... but King Goodland has already ordered that TheHero be brought before him to receive his reward. When he [[KeepTheReward refuses the princess]], Ace is executed.
** Paula was actually in love with Lord Romand. Romand's defeat makes her resent Ace.
** Although Ace has personally slain Emperor Evulz, there remain remnant's of the Evulz regime (such as Evulz' advisor, Sir Trustmenot), who have gone into hiding since the close of the war. And although most of the population are glad to see Evulz' reign of terror come to an end, there remains a certain proportion of the country's population who were sympathetic to Evulz and wish to see his ideals come to fruition.\\
Ace was appointed by King Goodland to take the throne that he personally vacated Evulz of for the purpose of rebuilding the country into a peaceful ally. Although King Ace took measures to screen out members of the Evulz regime from his regime, he could not divine the true intentions of those who served him directly. The following year enjoyed sweeping economic reforms, a bumper crop, and an artistic renaissance. And even those who held to Emperor Evulz' ideals grew silent, as if the kingdom's prosperity had proven Evulz wrong all along.\\
11 months since Evulz died, King Ace receives a report of a rogue military faction calling itself the Dark Thorn Revolutionary Movement. DTRM has apparently been filling it's ranks with Evulz sympathizers and may be planning an attack in the future. In response, King Ace orders the DTRM disbanded, and 3 days later, he receives a report that the DTRM has scattered, although there is no longer any way to identify every member of DTRM.\\
On the one year anniversary of Evulz' defeat in combat, without warning, a never-ending stream of soldiers in black armor storm the throne room, identifying themselves as DTRM. They quickly overwhelm the royal guards. And King Ace's personal guard whisks Ace and Queen Paula to a distant safe-house.\\
While Ace tries to figure out how the Dark Thorn could still be active, the guard grabs Ace's old InfinityPlusOneSword, and explains everything that he knows. 1: The report of Dark Thorn's defeat was a forgery. 2: Dark Thorn had already infiltrated the castle. The royal staffer was among Dark Thorn's founding members. And he had little trouble putting double agents in key security positions. 3: And the personal guard finally introduced himself: [[ChekhovsGun Sir Trustmenot]]. The rest [[GoryDiscretionShot is]] [[DownerEnding history]].
Back to StandardHeroReward to collect your customary princess and kingdom, then!