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Basic Trope: Dragons like to kidnap princesses or be offered them as a Virgin Sacrifice.

  • Straight:
    • Draco the dragon kidnaps Princess Mary and carries her off to his lair. Only Sir George may save her.
    • Draco the dragon is terrorizing the kingdom, and a desperate King John sacrifices Princess Mary to appease him, presumably before Sir George turns up, slays the dragon and frees her at the last minute.
  • Exaggerated: Draco the dragon carries off every female member of the royal family, and has a vast collection of princesses from all over the world as part of his Dragon Hoard.
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  • Downplayed: Draco the dragon kidnaps the first high-status girl he gets his claws on. He's not picky about princesses, just no peasants.
  • Justified:
    • Draco is a very picky dragon and only eats high-status victims (possibly as they're better-fed). Also, female victims are weaker and resist less.
    • Draco wants a princess to add to his "collection."
    • Draco is in fact an Evil Sorcerer who can assume dragon form, and now that he has her...
    • Dragons love gold. Princesses are rich and important enough for him to demand a hefty ransom.
    • The princess is also a dragon, and he's taking her off to elope, despite the king of dragons saying their love is forbidden.
  • Inverted:
    • Princess Mary captures Draco and makes him her pet dragon (or her mount).
    • Princess Mary hunts dragons as game.
  • Gender Inverted: Draco the dragon carries off Sir George to his lair. Only Princess Mary can save him.
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  • Subverted: Draco makes as if to carry off Princess Mary... then takes one of the maids.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Then drops the maid and comes back for the princess.
    • Or he wasn't fooled. He knew the princess and maid switched clothes as soon as they saw him coming.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Draco isn't interested in Princess Mary.
    • Draco kidnaps/eats an ordinary peasant girl.
  • Enforced: The producers need a way to give Sir George a Save the Princess reason for his quest, or else the Standard Hero Reward won't feel earned.
  • Lampshaded: "Why is it always a princess who needs to be sacrificed to the dragon? Won't the housemaid do?"
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  • Invoked: Princess Mary lets herself be kidnapped in order to escape an unwanted marriage.
  • Exploited: Sir George uses the kidnapping as a way of marrying into the royal family and improve his status.
  • Defied:
    • Draco attempts to carry off Princess Mary... but she kills him with a well-aimed crossbow bolt.
    • Or sends her personal guard to do it for her.
    • Or is forewarned and hires a professional dragon-slayer who works strictly for money.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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