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5th Dec '17 4:57:30 PM LuciaNanami
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* Manaphy probably has a more complex variant of this trope than you think in ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', Despite the popular belief, Manaphy isn't technically royalty at all at all.

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* Manaphy probably has a more complex variant of this trope than you think in ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', Despite the popular belief, Manaphy isn't technically royalty at all at all. Many humans in the Pokemon world called Manaphy "Prince of the Sea", because it was a rare Pokemon.
5th Dec '17 4:45:40 PM LuciaNanami
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* Manaphy probably has a more complex variant of this trope than you think in ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', Despite the popular belief, Manaphy isn't technically royalty at all at all.
28th Nov '17 4:14:58 PM DragonQuestZ
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* In ''Franchise/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles: My Life as a King'', you play as a 10-year-old king who took the throne after his father's disappearance.

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* In ''Franchise/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles: My Life as a King'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesMyLifeAsAKing'', you play as a 10-year-old king who took the throne after his father's disappearance.
5th Nov '17 6:03:11 PM PaulA
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* Michael Karl in Creator/AndreNorton's ''The Prince Commands'' ascends to the throne of a {{Ruritania}}n kingdom at the age of eighteen. [[spoiler:When Ulrich Karl, his alleged dead cousin, shows up so that Michael Karl is not the heir, he's an even better example.]]

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* Michael Karl in Creator/AndreNorton's ''The Prince Commands'' ''Literature/ThePrinceCommands'' ascends to the throne of a {{Ruritania}}n kingdom at the age of eighteen. [[spoiler:When Ulrich Karl, his alleged dead cousin, shows up so that Michael Karl is not the heir, he's an even better example.]]
5th Nov '17 5:40:43 AM captainpat
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Makeela Riju became the Chief of the [[OneGenderRace Gerudo]] tribe after the untimely death of her mother. While her exact age is never specified, the fact that she is still a child is evidenced by comments by minor Gerudo characters, her being noticeably shorter than Link despite all adult Gerudo [[AmazonianBeauty being at least a head or two taller than him]], and by the fact that she [[GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals still plays with stuffed Sand Seals]] in her free time.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Makeela Riju became the Chief of the [[OneGenderRace Gerudo]] tribe after the untimely death of her mother. While her exact age is never specified, the fact that she is still a child is evidenced by comments by minor Gerudo characters, her being noticeably shorter than Link despite all adult Gerudo [[AmazonianBeauty being at least a head or two taller than him]], him, and by the fact that she [[GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals still plays with stuffed Sand Seals]] in her free time.
25th Oct '17 7:39:52 PM PaulA
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* Michael Karl in Creator/AndreNorton's ''The Prince Commands''. [[spoiler: When Ulrich Karl, his alleged dead cousin, shows up so that Michael Karl is not the heir, he's an even better example.]]

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* Michael Karl in Creator/AndreNorton's ''The Prince Commands''. [[spoiler: When Commands'' ascends to the throne of a {{Ruritania}}n kingdom at the age of eighteen. [[spoiler:When Ulrich Karl, his alleged dead cousin, shows up so that Michael Karl is not the heir, he's an even better example.]]
9th Oct '17 10:16:25 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series' backstory, Reman Cyrodiil, the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Second Cyrodiilic Empire, was no older than 13 when coronated. According to the in-game book ''Remanada'', he was still an ''infant''. This proved to be well-justified, as Reman was a ChildProdigy who, along with his status as TheChosenOne (having been born possessing the [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Amulet of Kings]]), quickly brought both halves of Cyrodiil back together (Colovia and Nibenay) and then the other kingdoms of Men, High Rock and Skyrim.
8th Oct '17 6:18:09 PM iroanxi
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* ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'':
** After the death of Alester Arryn, his young son Ronnel is his heir and technically King of Mountain and Vale. However, due to him being a mere child, his mother Sharra rules in his stead, as Queen Regent.
** Years before the story, when she was only fifteen, Kyra Greyjoy commanded a force of grown men on their raid to Bear Island, where she fought against Worland Mormont, the Lord of Bear Island and renowned warrior.
28th Sep '17 6:16:40 PM Pichu-kun
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* Gaara from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was elected as Kazekage of his village at some point during the time skip, after which he is shown to be 15, in fact [[spoiler: he is criticized (and even ridiculed) by some of the other kages for his age, inexperience and idealism. Its even mentioned that because of this, other leaders may refuse to take him seriously]]. [[spoiler: Though in this case, Gaara is currently proving himself WiseBeyondTheirYears as well giving the other kages [[ArmorPiercingQuestion an armor-busting inquiry]] and he's getting more respect now.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Gaara from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was elected as Kazekage of his village at some point during the time skip, after which he is shown to be 15, in fact [[spoiler: he is criticized (and even ridiculed) by some of the other kages for his age, inexperience and idealism. Its even mentioned that because of this, other leaders may refuse to take him seriously]]. [[spoiler: Though in this case, Gaara is currently proving himself WiseBeyondTheirYears as well giving the other kages [[ArmorPiercingQuestion an armor-busting inquiry]] and he's getting more respect now.]]]]
** A while later in the sequel series ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'', the Hidden Mist is ruled by a handsome teenager named Kagura.



* Played with in ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. Shushou, the Queen of Kyou, became queen at age 12 to save her ravished lands... 90 years before the story starts. And she still looks like a teenage girl, since she stopped aging after she ascended to the trone.

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* ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'':
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Played with in ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''.with. Shushou, the Queen of Kyou, became queen at age 12 to save her ravished lands... 90 years before the story starts. And she still looks like a teenage girl, since she stopped aging after she ascended to the trone.



* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', the protagonist, Yuuri Shibuya becomes the ruler of the Great Demon Kingdom at the age of fifteen.

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* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', the ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'':
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protagonist, Yuuri Shibuya becomes the ruler of the Great Demon Kingdom at the age of fifteen.






* Aragorn II, son of Arathorn, inherited the leadership of the Northern Dûnedain at the age of 2 when his father was killed by wolves in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' by Creator/JRRTolkien.
** This is especially notable given that the Kings of Gondor and Arnor and their descendants (including Aragorn) normally live for well over a century and most do not even inherit the throne until they are over 100. Aragorn became King of Arnor (a somewhat empty title) at age 2 -- which is the trope played completely straight -- but he didn't become King of Gondor as well until he was around 90 ... which is perhaps not exactly a "child", but still relatively young by Gondorian standards. He proceeded to rule the (re)combined Kingdom for another ''120 years'' after that.
* In "Guilty Pleasures," the first book in Laurel K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake Vampire Hunter' series, a cruel and tyrannical child ruler, known as Nikolaos, serves as master vampire of the city, though she is technically one-thousand-years-old.
** She reflects a villainous version of Mina Tepes, the ancient child-bodied master vampire from "Dance in the Vampire Bund" (mentioned in 'Anime')

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* Aragorn II, son of Arathorn, inherited the leadership of the Northern Dûnedain at the age of 2 when his father was killed by wolves in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' by Creator/JRRTolkien. \n** This is especially notable given that the Kings of Gondor and Arnor and their descendants (including Aragorn) normally live for well over a century and most do not even inherit the throne until they are over 100. Aragorn became King of Arnor (a somewhat empty title) at age 2 -- which is the trope played completely straight -- but he didn't become King of Gondor as well until he was around 90 ... which is perhaps not exactly a "child", but still relatively young by Gondorian standards. He proceeded to rule the (re)combined Kingdom for another ''120 years'' after that.
* In "Guilty Pleasures," the first book in Laurel K. Hamilton's 'Anita Blake Vampire Hunter' series, a cruel and tyrannical child ruler, known as Nikolaos, serves as master vampire of the city, though she is technically one-thousand-years-old. \n** She reflects a villainous version of Mina Tepes, the ancient child-bodied master vampire from "Dance in the Vampire Bund" (mentioned in 'Anime')



* Paul Atreides in ''Literature/{{Dune}}''
** His father Leto Atreides became Duke at 14 after the death of his father Paulus in a bull-ring. He rules justly and fairly.
*** His first order of business? Banish [[spoiler:his mother, who plotted to kill her husband]].

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* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'':
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Paul Atreides in ''Literature/{{Dune}}''
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** His father Leto Atreides became Duke at 14 after the death of his father Paulus in a bull-ring. He rules justly and fairly.
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fairly. His first order of business? Banish [[spoiler:his mother, who plotted to kill her husband]].



* ''TheKidWhoRanForPresident'' by DanGutman [[spoiler: is a {{Deconstruction}}; when the 12-year old protagonist wins the election, he resigns on the spot and delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to America]]:

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* ''TheKidWhoRanForPresident'' ''Literature/TheKidWhoRanForPresident'' by DanGutman [[spoiler: is a {{Deconstruction}}; when the 12-year old protagonist wins the election, he resigns on the spot and delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to America]]:



* Princess Ozma of the Literature/LandOfOz, who's roughly the same age as Dorothy (ten or thereabouts), is the benevolent dictator of what is essentially an empire made of four large countries and a city-state.

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* Princess Ozma of the Literature/LandOfOz, ''Literature/LandOfOz'', who's roughly the same age as Dorothy (ten or thereabouts), is the benevolent dictator of what is essentially an empire made of four large countries and a city-state.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' had Princess Ovelia and Prince Orinas, each set up with a regent and sent to lead troops. Ovelia was not quite 18 at the time while Orinas was 2 years old.
** Though the game kept an active calendar, and with a little [[LevelGrinding grinding,]] you could age the boy prince into his teens, twenties, or even sixties, thus [[GoodBadBugs destroying the story.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' had Princess Ovelia and Prince Orinas, each set up with a regent and sent to lead troops. Ovelia was not quite 18 at the time while Orinas was 2 years old.
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old. Though the game kept an active calendar, and with a little [[LevelGrinding grinding,]] you could age the boy prince into his teens, twenties, or even sixties, thus [[GoodBadBugs destroying the story.]]



* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' had Anduin Wrynn lead Stormwind while his father was missing in action. He was assisted by [[EvilChancellor Lady Katrana]] [[MeaningfulName Prestor]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Bolvar Fordragon]].
** Not really, while he was indeed the offical ruler everyone knew that he was more or less balantly controlled by his advisors... And Bolvar usually defered to Lady Katrana[[spoiler: until it turns out that she is Onyxia in disguise and has charmed him (the magical way) to agree always with her opinion]]. It's a classic-era storyline

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* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' had Anduin Wrynn lead Stormwind while his father was missing in action. He was assisted by [[EvilChancellor Lady Katrana]] [[MeaningfulName Prestor]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Bolvar Fordragon]].
** Not really, while
Fordragon]]. While he was indeed the offical ruler everyone knew that he was more or less balantly controlled by his advisors... And Bolvar usually defered to Lady Katrana[[spoiler: until it turns out that she is Onyxia in disguise and has charmed him (the magical way) to agree always with her opinion]]. It's a classic-era storyline



** [[spoiler: Played darkly in the Future Past DLC maps, which showcase the Bad Future. TheHero Chrom's daughter/Emmeryn and Lissa's niece Lucina (at most 20, if that) is the Exalt now, but she and her friends are fighting a hopeless war against Grima. The team must help them win said war so they can rebuild their Ylisse and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]].]]

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** [[spoiler: Played darkly in the Future Past "Future Past" DLC maps, which showcase the Bad Future. TheHero Chrom's daughter/Emmeryn and Lissa's niece Lucina (at most 20, if that) is the Exalt now, but she and her friends are fighting a hopeless war against Grima. The team must help them win said war so they can rebuild their Ylisse and [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]].]]



* Whenever Princess Zelda of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is [[PrincessesRule the sole ruler of Hyrule]], as in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'', or ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'', she is never portrayed as being any older than 17. Though in the latter two cases, she at least had some chancellor, councilors, or other advisers to help her out.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Whenever Princess Zelda of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is [[PrincessesRule the sole ruler of Hyrule]], as in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'', Tracks]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'', she is never portrayed as being any older than 17. Though in the latter two cases, she at least had some chancellor, councilors, or other advisers to help her out.out. Averted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' as Zelda is twenty when she is crowned queen.
22nd Sep '17 6:54:03 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* In ''WesternAnimation/Babar'', the title character is crowned king of the elephants after he saves them all from an evil poacher.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Babar'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'', the title character is crowned king of the elephants after he saves them all from an evil poacher.poacher, while he is still a child. In the books, he didn't become king until he was an adult.
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