Video Game: Cute Knight

A princess or a pauper? It's all up to you!

You're an orphan of unknown past, just turned 18, which means the orphanage throws you out to make your own way in the world. Conveniently, nearby is a town full of job opportunities, skill-training classes, a dungeon packed with monsters and treasure, and a mysteriously-missing princess.

You have three years to make something of yourself before receiving an ending based on the skills you've built up and the actions you've taken.

Cute Knight is a life/dating game by Hanako Games. Its sequel is Cute Knight Kingdom.

This game provides examples of:

  • Ambadassador: The "Royal Knight" ending consists of becoming a member of the Praetorian Guard, dying of boredom, and asking for something to do, which results in this.
  • Art Evolution: The Deluxe version includes a complete revamp of the Ending pics with a much improved art style. For comparison, the old artwork for the "Slacker" ending vs. the new one. None of the other pictures got this treatment, however, leading to pretty jarring Art Shifts.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The "Best" ending is made of this. Not only does the Protagonist have to kill enough monsters to get a high sin rating, then redeem herself and convince the princess to do so as well, she also has to win either the Magic or Combat Tournament. This all results in prince Kirelan stepping down and letting the Protagonist, The Ace she is, take the throne.
  • Battle Couple: If the MC is good at fighting, has high XP, and works a lot as a bouncer, she will eventually marry the Weapons instructor, Shane, becoming a "Warrior Wife". The two are said to go adventuring together when they're not teaching students how to fight.
  • Babies Ever After: Many of the endings that involve a wedding make mention of the protagonist's children.
  • Black Knight: Subverted. The Black Knight is not particularly sinister, and is simply a royal guard and jousting champion. Beating him nets you the Royal Guard ending and his role as the Jousting Champion and aforementioned Royal Guard.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Zig-zagged like crazy. Two of the possible endings for the PC are to either marry Prince Kirelan or take her royal position as his sister, Princess Alexandra. But it turns out she's not really Alexandra, she's just faking. But then it turns out that she IS a princess by blood after all, she's Alexandra's older sister. But THEN you realise that it's okay, because Kirelan's adopted!
  • Canon Name: Although the main character's name is customisable, she is officially named "Michiko".
  • Celibate Heroine: Several of the endings have the MC vow to never marry, such as the "Slacker", "Druid" and "Nun" endings.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Losing a battle generally just kicks you out of the dungeon.
  • Downer Ending: Most of the endings usually have the MC be somewhat content with what she gets in life, even if she's not always completely satisfied, but there is some exception:
    • The "Oops" ending, where you die after a failed experiment you did with the Crafting instructor.
    • If the MC fails to achieve anything, and is sinful at that, she will end up as a miserable beggar.
  • Happily Adopted: If you agree to become "sisters" with Rose, the Magic Instructor's daughter, the instructor would eventually offer to adopt the MC as her daughter and they live happily as a family.
  • Happily Ever After: The goal of the game, and there's a startling variety of ways to achieve it! (Many of which subvert the standard trope by not involving a wedding at all.)
  • Item Crafting: Some of the best equipment can only be made, not bought.
  • Lazy Bum: One of the special endings "The Slacker" can be achieved by having the MC do nothing but sleep for a few days straight.
  • Loan Shark: Having a lot of money, charisma and mathematics skill would lead to the MC becoming a banker. If she also have high sin points in addition to the aforementioned skills, the ending page would mention that she is a viscous loan shark.
  • Magic Knight: The "Hero" ending requires the MC to master the weapon, fighting and magic skills.
  • Outlaw Couple: In the Deluxe edition, the "Queen of Thieves" ending is given an expansion in which the PC can end up together with Jareth, the thief who introduced the PC to a life of crime in the first place, and the two will make legend as the King and Queen of Thieves.
  • The Professor: If the PC spends most of her three years attending the college classes, she will decide to pursue her life in the academics field and works as one of the University's teachers.
  • Rags to Royalty: In three of the endings, the PC either takes the place of the missing princess or marries the Prince or learns about her true origin as the eldest daughter of the King.
  • Rebellious Princess: The TRUE Princess Alexandra, whom the MC encounters in the slums had ran away from home and done a lot of "sinful" deeds that she was stuck in the slums and was forced to live her life picking through trash.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: The "Partners" ending has the MC form an Adventure Duo with Lisa the Librarian, and the two girls are said to never marry, because they prefer each other's company to a man's.
  • Prince and Pauper: The player quickly finds out that the princess of the kingdom has mysteriously disappeared. Turns out, the PC looks suspiciously like said princess. However, the PC is not the missing princess - at least, not that missing princess!
  • Shout-Out: The "Partners" ending is a gleeful and affectionate riff on Xena: Warrior Princess, right down to a direct quote from the opening sequence. The protagonist even gets a leather skirt and a devoted, literary girlfriend...Lisa the Librarian!
  • Socialite: One of the endings for the charming PC.
  • Switched at Birth: Played with. Prince Kirelan was swapped with the royal family's oldest child at birth, but it wasn't mutual. The excess baby was not given to the other family, but instead dumped in an orphanage - becoming the PC.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: If you commit enough "sinful" acts, the magical barrier designed to keep monsters in the dungeon will affect you as well! Finding this out is required to advance some plotlines.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The PC has pink hair, just like the missing princess.