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For some reason, dragons just have an attraction to princesses. Maybe royal blood tastes better. [[VirginPower Maybe virgins taste better]]. Maybe they want someone to talk to. Maybe it's just a status symbol (EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses even applies to a DragonHoard). Whatever the reason, they tend to show up in each other's company.[[note]]In the Indo-European mythologies where this started, the dragon/serpentine monster usually abducts the princess to make her his wife, so the status symbol interpretation is hopefully the more correct one.[[/note]]

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For some reason, dragons just have an attraction to princesses. Maybe royal blood tastes better. [[VirginPower Maybe virgins taste better]]. Maybe they want someone to talk to. Maybe it's just a status symbol (EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses even applies to a DragonHoard).(EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses, after all). Whatever the reason, they tend to show up in each other's company.[[note]]In the Indo-European mythologies where this started, the dragon/serpentine monster usually abducts the princess to make her his wife, so the status symbol interpretation is hopefully the more correct one.[[/note]]


->''Cimorene left in disgust and went out to the castle garden. She was very discouraged. It looked as if she were going to marry the prince of Sathem-by-the-Mountains whether she wanted to or not.\\
"I'd rather be eaten by a dragon," she muttered.\\
"That can be arranged," said a voice from beside her left slipper.''

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->''Cimorene ->''"Cimorene left in disgust and went out to the castle garden. She was very discouraged. It looked as if she were going to marry the prince of Sathem-by-the-Mountains whether she wanted to or not.\\
"I'd 'I'd rather be eaten by a dragon," dragon,' she muttered.\\
"That 'That can be arranged," arranged,' said a voice from beside her left slipper.''"''



For some reason, dragons just have an attraction to princesses. Maybe royal blood tastes better. [[VirginPower Maybe virgins taste better.]] Maybe they want someone to talk to. Maybe it's just a status symbol (EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses even applies to a DragonHoard). Whatever the reason, they tend to show up in each other's company.[[note]]In the Indo-European mythologies where this started, the dragon/serpentine monster usually abducts the princess to make her his wife, so the status symbol interpretation is hopefully the more correct one.[[/note]]

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For some reason, dragons just have an attraction to princesses. Maybe royal blood tastes better. [[VirginPower Maybe virgins taste better.]] better]]. Maybe they want someone to talk to. Maybe it's just a status symbol (EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses even applies to a DragonHoard). Whatever the reason, they tend to show up in each other's company.[[note]]In the Indo-European mythologies where this started, the dragon/serpentine monster usually abducts the princess to make her his wife, so the status symbol interpretation is hopefully the more correct one.[[/note]]



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* ''{{Film/Dragonslayer}}'' (1981). A kingdom chooses which virginal young woman will be sacrificed to a dragon by drawing lots. When Princess Elspeth learns that the King has made sure her name is never included in the lottery, she rigs it so that her name is chosen, and voluntarily goes to the dragon. Unfortunately she pays the price for her honesty and is eaten by the dragon's babies.
* ''Series/Merlin1998'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Queen Mab, who convinces King Vortigern that the only way to keep his tower from collapsing is by sacrificing his hostage Nimue - who while not ''technically'' a princess, [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible is the daughter of a high-ranking lord]] - to the Great Dragon.

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* ''{{Film/Dragonslayer}}'' ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'' (1981). A kingdom chooses which virginal young woman will be sacrificed to a dragon by drawing lots. When Princess Elspeth learns that the King has made sure her name is never included in the lottery, she rigs it so that her name is chosen, and voluntarily goes to the dragon. Unfortunately she pays the price for her honesty and is eaten by the dragon's babies.
* ''Series/Merlin1998'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} by Queen Mab, who convinces King Vortigern that the only way to keep his tower from collapsing is by sacrificing his hostage Nimue - who while not ''technically'' a princess, [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible is the daughter of a high-ranking lord]] - to the Great Dragon.



* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' it's mentioned that noble dragons prefer to eat females of noble blood because they taste better. (On the other hand, this being a Discworld book, there has to be a little bit of parody. There's no actual ''princesses'' in Ankh-Morpork; the closest is its richest woman, Lady Sybil. And people who want to offer Lady Sybil to a dragon are [[SilkHidingSteel not going to have an easy time of it.]] Nor are the poor souls whose idea was to ask Vetinariís aunt.)

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* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' it's mentioned that noble dragons prefer to eat females of noble blood because they taste better. (On the other hand, this being a Discworld book, there has to be a little bit of parody. There's no actual ''princesses'' in Ankh-Morpork; the closest is its richest woman, Lady Sybil. And people who want to offer Lady Sybil to a dragon are [[SilkHidingSteel not going to have an easy time of it.]] it]]. Nor are the poor souls whose idea was to ask Vetinariís aunt.)



-->'''Bowser:''' I will kidnap the princess again and again until I get it right, and nobody can stop me! Losing isn't an option, and neither is giving up!

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-->'''Bowser:''' -->'''Bowser''': I will kidnap the princess again and again until I get it right, and nobody can stop me! Losing isn't an option, and neither is giving up!


** Andromeda was nearly fed to the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent sea dragon]] Cetus to punish her mother. Luckily Perseus happened to be passing by.

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** Andromeda was nearly fed to the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent sea dragon]] Cetus to punish her mother. mother, who had bragged that Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids. (A bad move, since [[TheLordOfTheSea Poseidon]] was married to one.) Luckily Perseus happened to be passing by.by and agrees to kill the monster in exchange for Andromeda's hand in marriage.


* Defiled in ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', while the dragon may occasionally kidnap the duchess for a LeaveYourQuestTest, depending on your affinity with the others, it is more often for him to pick AnythingThatMoves.

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* Defiled Defied in ''VideoGame/DragonsDogma'', while the dragon may occasionally kidnap the duchess for a LeaveYourQuestTest, depending on your affinity with the others, it is more often for him to pick AnythingThatMoves.


* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' it's mentioned that noble dragons prefer to eat females of noble blood because they taste better. (On the other hand, this being a Discworld book, there has to be a little bit of parody. There's no actual ''princesses'' in Ankh-Morpork; the closest is its richest woman, Lady Sybil. And people who want to offer Lady Sybil to a dragon are [[SilkHidingSteel not going to have an easy time of it.]]

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* In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' it's mentioned that noble dragons prefer to eat females of noble blood because they taste better. (On the other hand, this being a Discworld book, there has to be a little bit of parody. There's no actual ''princesses'' in Ankh-Morpork; the closest is its richest woman, Lady Sybil. And people who want to offer Lady Sybil to a dragon are [[SilkHidingSteel not going to have an easy time of it.]]]] Nor are the poor souls whose idea was to ask Vetinariís aunt.)


* ''Series/Merlin1998'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Queen Mab, who convinces King Vortigern that the only way to keep his tower from collapsing is by sacrificing his hostage Nimue - who while not ''technically'' a princess, [[TropesAreFlexible is the daughter of a high-ranking lord]] - to the Great Dragon.

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* ''Series/Merlin1998'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Queen Mab, who convinces King Vortigern that the only way to keep his tower from collapsing is by sacrificing his hostage Nimue - who while not ''technically'' a princess, [[TropesAreFlexible [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible is the daughter of a high-ranking lord]] - to the Great Dragon.

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* Inverted in Chinese Mythology, where dragons are more likely to rape ''middle aged men''. No, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_themes_in_Chinese_mythology#Supernatural_encounters seriously]].


For some reason, dragons just have an attraction to princesses. Maybe royal blood tastes better. [[VirginPower Maybe virgins taste better.]] Maybe they want someone to talk to. Maybe it's just a status symbol (EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses even applies to a DragonHoard). Whatever the reason, they tend to show up in each other's company.[[note]]In the indo-european mythologies where this started, the dragon/serpentine monster usually abducts the princess to make her his wife, so the status symbol interpretation is hopefully the more correct one.[[/note]]

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For some reason, dragons just have an attraction to princesses. Maybe royal blood tastes better. [[VirginPower Maybe virgins taste better.]] Maybe they want someone to talk to. Maybe it's just a status symbol (EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses even applies to a DragonHoard). Whatever the reason, they tend to show up in each other's company.[[note]]In the indo-european Indo-European mythologies where this started, the dragon/serpentine monster usually abducts the princess to make her his wife, so the status symbol interpretation is hopefully the more correct one.[[/note]]


** A later book in the series also establishes that the stereotype of dragons eating princesses is untrue (which makes sense, given that the first book explains that there aren't enough princesses to go around). The first book also lampshades the StandardHeroReward aspect with one character speculating that it's surprising that more princesses aren't voluntarily working for dragons, since it pretty much guarantees a good marriage.

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** A later book in the series also establishes that the stereotype of dragons eating princesses is untrue (which makes sense, given that the first book explains that there aren't enough princesses to go around). The first book also lampshades the StandardHeroReward aspect with one character speculating that it's surprising that more princesses aren't voluntarily working for dragons, since it pretty much guarantees a good marriage.marriage, although another surmises that part of the reason most don't is that their life expectancy drops significantly if the dragon happens to lose its temper.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Dragons'' has some material on using sacrifice-survivors as characters.


Related to SaveThePrincess, DamselInDistress, IHaveYouNowMyPretty, occasionally to VirginSacrifice.

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Related to SaveThePrincess, DamselInDistress, IHaveYouNowMyPretty, MonsterMisogyny, occasionally to VirginSacrifice.


** The game also explores the motives for kidnapping royalty, including "loneliness and interesting conversation" standing out from the more traditional answers.

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** The game also explores the motives for kidnapping royalty, including "loneliness "It's all about companionship and interesting good conversation" standing out from the more traditional answers.

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** The game also explores the motives for kidnapping royalty, including "loneliness and interesting conversation" standing out from the more traditional answers.


* ''Series/Merlin1998'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Queen Mab, who convinces King Vortigern that the only way to keep his tower from collapsing is by sacrificing his hostage Nimue - who while not ''technically'' a princess, is the daughter of a high-ranking lord - to the Great Dragon.

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* ''Series/Merlin1998'': [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Queen Mab, who convinces King Vortigern that the only way to keep his tower from collapsing is by sacrificing his hostage Nimue - who while not ''technically'' a princess, [[TropesAreFlexible is the daughter of a high-ranking lord lord]] - to the Great Dragon.



* There's a Brodignabian Bards song "Do Virgin's Taste Better than those Who Are Not?" that asks the question of why dragons kidnap maidens... it turns out yes, they do taste better.

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* There's a Brodignabian Bards song "Do Virgin's Taste Better than those Who Are Not?" that asks the question of why dragons kidnap maidens... it turns out yes, they do taste better.


For some reason, dragons just have an attraction to princesses. Maybe royal blood tastes better. [[VirginPower Maybe virgins taste better.]] Maybe they want someone to talk to. Maybe it's just a status symbol (EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses even applies to a DragonHoard). Whatever the reason, they tend to show up in each other's company.

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For some reason, dragons just have an attraction to princesses. Maybe royal blood tastes better. [[VirginPower Maybe virgins taste better.]] Maybe they want someone to talk to. Maybe it's just a status symbol (EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses even applies to a DragonHoard). Whatever the reason, they tend to show up in each other's company.
company.[[note]]In the indo-european mythologies where this started, the dragon/serpentine monster usually abducts the princess to make her his wife, so the status symbol interpretation is hopefully the more correct one.[[/note]]

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