Playing With / Medals for Everyone

Basic Trope: The cast are all rewarded for their efforts after defeating the villain.
  • Straight: The King awards Alice, Bob, Claire and Dan Knighthoods for slaying his traitorous general.
  • Exaggerated: The King grants Bob Alice's hand in marriage and names Alice and Bob his successors, appoints Claire as the new head of his army and grants Dan's request to form an alliance with his homeland.
  • Downplayed: The king announces a one-off public holiday in celebration and makes Alice, Bob, et al guests of honour at a feast.
  • Justified: Well, the king would look pretty bad if he wasn't seen to reward the people who saved his kingdom (and announcing his heir had found herself a consort would be a pretty big deal anyway).
  • Inverted: Alice, Bob, Claire and Dan are publicly sent off on their quest by the king to make it clear that they're working on his authority.
  • Subverted:
    • The King thanks Alice, Bob, Claire and Dan... Then gives them a paltry (but not unreasonable) sum of money for their efforts and tells them to push off.
    • Everyone gets rewarded at the ceremony, except Claire, who is not even mentioned in the King's speech, and made to sit at the paupers' table.
  • Double Subverted: ...As a Secret Test of Character to ensure that they truely are worthy of knighthoods by humbly accepting their payment and moving on.
  • Parodied: Everyone requests (and is given) extremely basic rewards with massive fanfare.
  • Zig Zagged: Some of the cast members are rewarded publicly, others just take their package and scram.
  • Averted: The heroes agree their price with the king, take it on completing their quest and move on.
  • Enforced: The studio demanded that everyone be knighted as a Sequel Hook.
  • Lampshaded: "Just pay you? When I have such a perfect opportunity to show off some heroes to my subjects? Wait right there while I call in my emergency honour guard and party planner and contact the town crier! Do we still have that red carpet? What about the brass band?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Dan came from an enemy nation and took part in the quest so he could use the ceremony to assassinate the king.
  • Defied: The heroes can't stand ceremonies and just ask to be paid.
  • Discussed: "The traitor is dead, your majesty." "Perfect! We'll hold a ceremony to reward you tomorrow."
  • Conversed: "Ooo, is this the bit where the king gives them all their rewards?"
  • Deconstructed: The ceremony is largely so that the king can get away with not paying the heroes too much money (they wouldn't want to be seen publicly haggling for a better reward at a ceremony, after all).
  • Reconstructed: The recognition from the King (and the 100% Heroism Rating that comes with it) is priceless anyway, even if it didn't cost the king himself a penny.
  • Played For Laughs: The situation is as described under "averted", except the king's rather insistent about giving them medals that they don't need nor want.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Dan and Claire didn't make it. Alice and Bob silently mourn them in the ceremony.
    • The The Dragon to the Big Bad turns up for one last assault and turns the occasion into a Ballroom Blitz.

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