As we all know tropes are part of every story, and they’re basically storytelling tools that can be used in every way under the sun, including being played straight. And we all have our favorites.
Personally, I’m a sucker for the Power of Love/Friendship/Empathy/Willpower idea, that allows the hero(es) to prevail through their obstacles thought love/friendship/etc. I also love a good happy ending, if that counts.
What are some of your favorite tropes played straight?
Character walks into a bar/location of choice and everyone goes quiet and stares at him. It’s overplayed but I always found it super cool and it even made me buy a trench-coat and start chewing toothpicks. I was laughed at a lot.
I would combine @FairyGodfeather’s and @Cecilia_Rosewood’s ideas, and have a cute prince rescued by a dashing knight… (I do also like the Power of Friendship , as I’m sure anyone familiar with my WIP will tell you.)