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Go ahead. Take her. We don't want her back.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
KingZeal on Feb 23rd 2012 at 9:49:12 AM
Last Edited By:
InTheMirror on Mar 15th 2019 at 3:12:09 AM
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Do We Have This One?.

Usually, when The Hero or Knight in Shining Armor arrives on the scene, he's called to rescue some fair princess from some nefarious villain or beast. Then, due to the Standard Hero Reward, it's expected that he'd probably accept her hand in marriage as the two of them run off to live Happily Ever After.

Except for these damsels. They're so hideous, disfigured, or just plain nasty that most people wouldn't even want to save them. In fact, they might be happy to see them go!

Subtrope of Gonk. Frequently Played for Laughs. Sometimes, you can expect an Aesop about beauty being skin deep. Often, it will take a special type of Hero to perform a rescue (and possibly even marry her).

Male versions are rare, but do happen.


Feedback: 7 replies

Feb 23rd 2012 at 10:51:46 AM

1. We should make sure if You Can Keep Her already covers this or not.

2. If not, I'm not sure about the definition.

Feb 23rd 2012 at 11:14:01 AM

I think this trope frequently overlaps with Gonk but it's not a subtrope.

Feb 23rd 2012 at 11:44:05 AM

Done in Serious Sam 2 - one of the boss battles is against a dragon and the loser gets to keep the princess...

Feb 23rd 2012 at 11:46:12 AM

^^^ It doesn't. It overlaps though.

Feb 25th 2012 at 3:38:57 PM

There's a variant of this used as a recurring joke in The Squires Tales - basically every messenger who comes to Camelot seeking help for their distant castle magnifies the perils they face and describes the ruler's daughter as the most beautiful beauty who ever lived, seemingly expecting that the knights wouldn't care if the girl was anything less than Helen of Troy. The knights have become rather jaded by this - especially since most of them are either chaste or already spoken-for - so, since this is obviously a noob messenger from a kingdom experiencing noob problems, and there are always plenty of noob knights around who haven't yet figured this out, there's no harm in sending off the first knight who volunteers to deal with the situation. It's one of many things that makes for better stories.

In the stories we get to see, this tends to lead to problems.

Feb 25th 2012 at 4:55:31 PM

I read a version once of the fairy tail where someone had the Engagement Challenge of telling the king a neverending story in order to win a Standard Hero Reward. The hero is competing for the hand of a princess who is as kind as she is beautiful, and when he wins, he finds out that the princess is hideously ugly, and runs away as fast as he can.