'''Basic Trope''': A woman either declares by oath, or is forced by law, to marry/have sex with someone that defeats her.
* '''Straight''': ActionGirl Alice has to/will only marry an ActionHero. Enter Bob, the only man who is stronger, faster, and all around more capable than her, and who bests her in combat. She marries him.
* '''Exaggerated''': Alice, a SuperpowerLottery winner, meets Bob, who is a PhysicalGod, and who not only defeats her in combat but rapes her. Her [[MagicallyBindingContract magic vow]] [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul makes her]] fall in love with him.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob only has to show his best without any quitting attitude; it does not matter whether he defeats Alice or not.
* '''Justified''':
** Alice has realized the [[OutWithABang implications]] of orgasm in those with SuperStrength, and is using 'able to beat me' as a rough way to determine if a potential love interest could survive sex with her. For greater awkwardness, her invulnerability also means that her 'nice tender lovemaking' is a normal person's 'rough sex.'
** Lovers usually share a lot of common interest, and for Alice, bodybuilding and martial artist are two of her greatest passions,so she will only marry a man who is related to those things. Being that so, if a man wants to have anything with her, he must be up to the challenge and prove himself worthy, and besides, the part after the defeat open up the posibility for many kinds of kinky followup roleplays
** It's a SecretTestOfCharacter: If they really love each other, they'll hold back enough that neither is seriously injured.
** Alice's clan insists on this rule for all it's members, in hopes that their scions [[LamarckWasRight become ever stronger.]]
* '''Inverted''':
** Unassuming [[DamselInDistress Distressed Damsel]] Alice may only marry someone that is ''more'' helpless and danger prone than she is. She meets Bob, a DistressedDude.
** After Bob bests her in combat, Alice must kill him to reclaim her honor or her clan will shun her.
* '''Gender Inverted''': ActionHero Bob vows to marry the one woman who will best him in combat. ActionGirl Alice faces off against him in combat and beats Bob. They both get married.
* '''Subverted''':
** ActionGirl Alice meets Bob, the only man who is stronger, faster, and all around more capable than her, and who bests her in combat. She refuses to obey the rule/oath and runs away from him.
** Alice is part of an AmazonBrigade clan that states that should one of them fall to a man (Bob), she's dishonored and must kill said man to restore her glory.
** Alice acts like one, but is actually a BlackWidow who uses it as a way of weeding out men who might be a danger to her and killing them at their most vulnerable.
** Alice defeats Bob… and tells him that as a consequence of being defeated, [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe he has to marry her anyway.]]
* '''Double Subverted''':
** …because [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe she was disappointed that he refused to marry her.]]
** However, Alice [[InLoveWithTheMark grew attached to Bob]], and cannot bring herself to kill him. Fortunately the clan law has an escape clause stating she can reclaim her honor by bringing him back alive and as her husband.
** Similar to above, but Alice instead reveals to Bob her FreudianExcuse and expresses regret, stating how she genuinely cared for him, starting a new life with him after getting proper help and making amends for her crimes.
** But only if he defeats her in a rematch.
* '''Parodied''':
** Alice can only have sex with men who defeat her… at strip poker!
** Alice and Bob are now a HappilyMarried BattleCouple, but Alice ''still'' insists on challenging Bob to ritual combat every time they want to have sex. This becomes a RunningGag.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Alice had a number of paramours over her lifetime, some who beat her in combat, some who didn't, and at least one who did defeat her but was so Gonk Alice refused him.
* '''Averted''':
** Alice and Bob are equally strong.
** Alice has no love interest.
** Alice falls in love with a quiet, sensitive NonActionGuy.
* '''Enforced''': The author has a thing for this kind of character.
* '''Lampshaded''': "You bested me in combat, so you can have my heart!"
* '''Invoked''': A curse is placed on Alice so that she can only be with a man if he bests her in combat first.
* '''Exploited''': Bob deliberately challenges Alice or sets up a conflict with her because he knows it's the only way of winning her.
* '''Defied''':
** Alice outright refuses to do her dating based on trial by combat.
** Bob is [[ChasteHero uninterested in sex]] and only wants the [[BloodKnight fighting part of this trope,]] and states so loudly before engaging in battle with Alice.
* '''Discussed''': "I don't think martial combat is a healthy basis for a relationship…"
* '''Conversed''': Two feminists talk about the misogynist implications of the trope.
* '''Deconstructed''': Alice is in love with Bob. Bob is in love with Alice. They can't get married because the law says she can only marry a man who defeats her: he's a wimpy {{Muggle}} and she has FullContactMagic.
* '''Reconstructed''': The law doesn't say ''what'' he has to defeat her in. [[LoopholeAbuse They agree on Tic Tac Toe.]]
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