History Main / AbdicateTheThrone

20th Sep '17 9:27:55 AM Theriocephalus
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Sister Trope to OfferedTheCrown -- which is what happens when the king (or someone else) chooses his successor rather than leaving it to the default. Can sometimes happen when the RightfulKingReturns and the current ruler wants to get out with his neck intact. May result in VetinariJobSecurity if the abdication causes such turmoil that the people want their old king back.

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Sister Trope to OfferedTheCrown -- OfferedTheCrown, which is what happens when the king (or someone else) chooses his successor rather than leaving it to the default. Can sometimes happen when the RightfulKingReturns and the current ruler wants to get out with his neck intact. May result in VetinariJobSecurity if the abdication causes such turmoil that the people want their old king back.



* The absolute first thing that [[spoiler:Hikaru]] does after becoming ruler of Cephiro in the second season of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' is abolish the monarchy. Since [[spoiler:she]] had been present when the previous ruler had [[spoiler:been DrivenToSuicide by the emotional strain of having to continuously care for everyone and everything equally without caring for any single person or thing as an individual - including herself - or else the bits she doesn't care for will start falling apart]], you can understand why.

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* The absolute first thing that [[spoiler:Hikaru]] does after becoming ruler of Cephiro in the second season of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' is abolish the monarchy. Since [[spoiler:she]] had been present when the previous ruler had [[spoiler:been DrivenToSuicide by the emotional strain of having to continuously care for everyone and everything equally without caring for any single person or thing as an individual - -- including herself - -- or else the bits she doesn't care for will start falling apart]], you can understand why.



** Caine waltzed in and took over, but left after the end of ''Gone''. Sam then took over for ''Hunger'', and then got tired of the responsibility and gave the leadership to the Town Council in ''Lies'', run by Astrid. That turned out to be a disaster, so Sam returned as of ''Plague''. Sam then left again for the Lake Tramonto settlement at the end, so Caine came back and became the absolute ruler of Perdido Beach. That works for a little while, but only until ''Light'' - Sam and Caine both leave to look for Gaia, so Edilio becomes the final Mayor of Perdido Beach, and actually maintains that position until the barrier comes down.

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** Caine waltzed in and took over, but left after the end of ''Gone''. Sam then took over for ''Hunger'', and then got tired of the responsibility and gave the leadership to the Town Council in ''Lies'', run by Astrid. That turned out to be a disaster, so Sam returned as of ''Plague''. Sam then left again for the Lake Tramonto settlement at the end, so Caine came back and became the absolute ruler of Perdido Beach. That works for a little while, but only until ''Light'' - -- Sam and Caine both leave to look for Gaia, so Edilio becomes the final Mayor of Perdido Beach, and actually maintains that position until the barrier comes down.



* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' - In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", Conan is [[BuyThemOff offered freedom and gold]] if he will do this.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' - In Tolkien's Legendarium, the Kings of Númenor normally abdicate in favor of their heir well before 'laying down their lives' (ie: voluntarily dying). This is because as Númenóreans don't get diseases and live for hundreds of years, their sons would be old men by the time they die, so it became tradition to abdicate when their heir reached his full manhood. It is a sign of moral deterioration when they cease doing this.
** 3,000 years after the fall of Númenor, their distant relative/descendant Aragorn restores this tradition as High King of Arnor and Gondor, abdicating the throne to his son Eldarion before voluntarily dying.

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* ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' - -- In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", Conan is [[BuyThemOff offered freedom and gold]] if he will do this.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' - ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
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In Tolkien's Legendarium, the Second Age, the Kings of Númenor normally abdicate abdicated in favor of their heir well before 'laying "laying down their lives' lives" (ie: voluntarily dying). This is because as Númenóreans don't didn't get diseases and live lived for hundreds of years, their sons would be old men by the time they die, died, so it became tradition to abdicate when their heir reached his full manhood. It is a sign of the kingdom's moral deterioration when they cease doing this.
** 3,000 years after the fall of Númenor, their distant relative/descendant descendant Aragorn (who is the last heir of the royal house of Gondor, in turn descended from a cadet branch of the royal house of Númenor) restores this tradition as High King of Arnor and Gondor, abdicating the throne to his son Eldarion before voluntarily dying.



* ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'' - Oedipus at the end of his play has to abdicate after discovering [[ItWasHisSled he murdered his father and married his mother]]. The resulting power vacuum this leaves results in war, the deaths of his sons, and the plot of ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}''.

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* ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'' - ''Theatre/OedipusTheKing'': Oedipus at the end of his play has to abdicate after discovering [[ItWasHisSled he murdered his father and married his mother]]. The resulting power vacuum this leaves results in war, the deaths of his sons, and the plot of ''Theatre/{{Antigone}}''.



* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' some Martian Principalities have ways of doing this without losing face, such as deliberately losing a duel to a 'challenger'.

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* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' some Martian Principalities have ways of doing this without losing face, such as deliberately losing a duel to a 'challenger'."challenger".



* An upcoming feature in ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis'' 4.

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* %%* An upcoming feature in ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis'' 4.



* In Chapter 49 of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', Vala'drielle decides to abdicate the leadership of the Kyorl'solenurn to Anahid. Played with in that the position was always rightfully Anahid's, but Valla'drielle had been appointed before Anahid could properly claim it by the Judicators, who at this point are almost all dead.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'':
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In Chapter 49 of ''{{Webcomic/Drowtales}}'', 49, Vala'drielle decides to abdicate the leadership of the Kyorl'solenurn clan to Anahid. Played with in that the position was always rightfully Anahid's, but Valla'drielle had been appointed before Anahid could properly claim it by the Judicators, who at this point are almost all dead.



* In ''WebComic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'', after [[spoiler: Usagi becomes Sailor Cosmos and ascends to godhood]] Endymion relinquishes his claim to the throne to take Helios's place as priest of Elysion, so Helios could be with Chibiusa.

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* In ''WebComic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'', ''Webcomic/SailorMoonCosmosArc'', after [[spoiler: Usagi becomes Sailor Cosmos and ascends to godhood]] Endymion relinquishes his claim to the throne to take Helios's place as priest of Elysion, so Helios could be with Chibiusa.



* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', [[ItMakesSenseInContext despite being next in line as alpha of the Adventurers' Island T-Rex pack]], Rex knew that this would conflict with his duties to Dino Attack Team, and so Abdicated the Throne in favor of letting Chompy, his oldest sibling, rule in his stead.

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* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', [[ItMakesSenseInContext despite being next in line as alpha of the Adventurers' Island T-Rex T. rex pack]], Rex knew that this would conflict with his duties to Dino Attack Team, and so Abdicated the Throne in favor of letting Chompy, his oldest sibling, rule in his stead.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a semi-example: on two occasions, [[TheMentor Iroh]] has a chance to challenge his brother, [[BigBad Ozai]], to be Fire Lord: right after their father's death (the audience knows for a fact that the father wanted Iroh to succeed him), and during the final battle at the end of the series. Both times he refuses: the first time most likely because he's still [[HeroicBSOD devastated by the death of his son]], and later because he feels Ozai's son, [[TheAragorn Zuko]], should be Fire Lord instead.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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semi-example: on two occasions, [[TheMentor Iroh]] has a chance to challenge his brother, [[BigBad Ozai]], to be Fire Lord: right after their father's death (the audience knows for a fact that the father wanted Iroh to succeed him), and during the final battle at the end of the series. Both times he refuses: the first time most likely because he's still [[HeroicBSOD devastated by the death of his son]], and later because he feels Ozai's son, [[TheAragorn Zuko]], should be Fire Lord instead.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Betrothed", it is revealed that Starfire is the crown princess of her planet, Tamaran, as she was in the comics. After agreeing to an arranged marriage (a Tamaranian custom, as she is quick to inform Robin of), finding out that her husband is [[spoiler: a slimy, flatulent {{Eldritch Abomination}}]], that the whole marriage was [[spoiler: engineered by her criminal older sister, Blackfire, who seized the throne and agreed to trade Starfire to the blob people for a MacGuffin to boost her powers]], and finally [[spoiler: taking the throne back from Blackfire by force and banishing her from the planet]], Starfire [[spoiler: abdicates the throne and gives the crown to her male nanny, Galfore, "the hands that raised her when she was very small". Doubles as {{Crowning Moment of Heartwarming}}]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Betrothed", it is revealed that Starfire is the crown princess of her planet, Tamaran, as she was in the comics. After agreeing to an arranged marriage (a Tamaranian custom, as she is quick to inform Robin of), finding out that her husband is [[spoiler: a slimy, flatulent {{Eldritch Abomination}}]], that the whole marriage was [[spoiler: engineered by her criminal older sister, Blackfire, who seized the throne and agreed to trade Starfire to the blob people for a MacGuffin to boost her powers]], and finally [[spoiler: taking the throne back from Blackfire by force and banishing her from the planet]], Starfire [[spoiler: abdicates the throne and gives the crown to her male nanny, Galfore, "the hands that raised her when she was very small". Doubles as {{Crowning Moment of Heartwarming}}]]Heartwarming}}]].
23rd Aug '17 9:42:30 AM kazokuhouou
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** The SuccessionCrisis that threatened to brew during Ienari's reign ended when Ienari abdicated in favor of the son of his choice.
7th Aug '17 11:53:00 AM SSJMagus
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* Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope in almost 600 years to resign (the church does not refer to it as an "abdication", but many others do).

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* Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope in almost 600 years to resign (the church does not refer to it as an "abdication", but many others do). And the first in 900 years to resign voluntarily rather than at the point of a sword.
12th Jul '17 10:32:48 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' and beyond, the First Flame that keeps the universe alive is referred to as a throne, both literally and metaphorically. Each time a hero rises up to become the Lord of the world, they must sacrifice themselves to that throne. Dark Souls 2 is a story of King Vendrick, who refused to take that throne, while Dark Souls 3 requires the player hunting down previous lords who have wandered away from their thrones. To the credit of the Lords of Cinder from 3, two of them (The Abyss Watchers and Yhorm the Giant) had gone mad due to the Abyss in the former case and the destruction of his homeland in the latter, while Aldrich is a ChatoicEvil BlobMonster dedicated to his Age of the Deep and Lorian and Lothric are loathe to go back due to how much it cost them the first time (Lothric lost his kingdom for naught and had to see his brother suffer for him, while Lorian sacrificed his mind and body taking the brunt of the Flame's might in Lothric's stead.)

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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' and beyond, the First Flame that keeps the universe alive is referred to as a throne, both literally and metaphorically. Each time a hero rises up to become the Lord of the world, they must sacrifice themselves to that throne. Dark Souls 2 is a story of King Vendrick, who refused to take that throne, while Dark Souls 3 requires the player hunting down previous lords who have wandered away from their thrones. To the credit of the Lords of Cinder from 3, two of them (The Abyss Watchers and Yhorm the Giant) had gone mad due to the Abyss in the former case and the destruction of his homeland in the latter, while Aldrich is a ChatoicEvil an evil BlobMonster dedicated to his Age of the Deep and Lorian and Lothric are loathe to go back due to how much it cost them the first time (Lothric lost his kingdom for naught and had to see his brother suffer for him, while Lorian sacrificed his mind and body taking the brunt of the Flame's might in Lothric's stead.)
30th Jun '17 8:20:34 PM Doug86
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* ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'': Some lions wanted to depose their King because their food reserves (read: game) were running low. The King wouldn't mind abdicating except that it wasn't allowed. He had to die before a new King rose. He instead tricked Sylvester into switching places with him. (Which was posible thanks to PaperThinDisguise) [[spoiler:The food was eventually found inside the cave of a lion who planned to [[TheUsurper usurp the throne]] but decided the current King wasn't all that bad when compared to Sylvester]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'': Some lions wanted to depose their King because their food reserves (read: game) were running low. The King wouldn't mind abdicating except that it wasn't allowed. He had to die before a new King rose. He instead tricked Sylvester into switching places with him. (Which was posible thanks to PaperThinDisguise) [[spoiler:The food was eventually found inside the cave of a lion who planned to [[TheUsurper usurp the throne]] but decided the current King wasn't all that bad when compared to Sylvester]].
30th Jun '17 7:23:00 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', [[spoiler:if Pelleas is still alive, he abdicates the Daein throne to Micaiah. Justified since 1. his claim to the throne, that he was the prior king Ashnard's long-lost orphan, was a lie (albeit one that he himself genuinely believed) and 2. he proved to be a weak-willed HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who blindly trusted the EvilChancellor Izuka and let him play him like a cheap kazoo, which nearly led to the complete annihilation of Daein.]]

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', [[spoiler:if Pelleas is still alive, he abdicates the Daein throne to Micaiah. Justified since 1. his claim to the throne, that he was the prior king Ashnard's long-lost orphan, was a lie (albeit one that he himself genuinely believed) and 2. despite his good intentions, he proved was... well, completely unfit to actually be a weak-willed HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who blindly trusted the EvilChancellor Izuka and let him play him like a cheap kazoo, King, which nearly led to the complete annihilation of Daein.Daein [[BreakTheCutie and pretty much destroyed his life]]. Since Micaiah is [[TheHighQueen much better cut for the job]], Pelleas chooses to stay around but as one of her advisors, which fits him much better.]]
15th Jun '17 9:42:11 AM Adeon
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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', [[spoiler:the Queen of Andor secretly abdicates her throne in favor of her daughter, [[DamselScrappy Elaine]], after being forced to abandon her nation.]] It contributes nothing to the plot -- [[spoiler:Elaine]] still has to deal with a SuccessionCrisis -- but it adds a little bit of secret justice to the cause, from the reader's point of view, anyway.

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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', [[spoiler:the Queen of Andor secretly abdicates her throne in favor of her daughter, [[DamselScrappy Elaine]], after being forced to abandon her nation.]] It contributes nothing to the plot (since everyone thinks she's dead anyway) -- [[spoiler:Elaine]] still has to deal with a SuccessionCrisis -- but it adds a little bit of secret justice to the cause, from the reader's point of view, anyway.
10th Jun '17 12:02:36 AM KYCubbie
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** This is probably why Britain is just about the only country where any talk of abdication is considered a bad thing. Elizabeth II is currently pushing 90, far older than everyone below, and has no intentions whatsoever of abdicating. We should also note that Elizabeth remembers Edward VIII's abdication, as she was not only alive at the time (she was 10) but made acutely aware of the fact that this was why she was Queen (her father was Edward's younger brother, who never expected or wanted to be king and quite possibly died before his time because of it), or at least why she was Queen in 1952 rather than, say, sometime in the 1970s. Most sources indicate that she was not entirely happy with the circumstances that led to her eventual accession.

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** This is probably why Britain is just about the only country where any talk of abdication is considered a bad thing. [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Elizabeth II II]] is currently pushing past 90, far older than everyone below, and has no intentions whatsoever of abdicating. We should also note that Elizabeth remembers Edward VIII's abdication, as she was not only alive at the time (she was 10) but made acutely aware of the fact that this was why she was Queen (her father was Edward's younger brother, who never expected or wanted to be king and quite possibly died before his time because of it), or at least why she was Queen in 1952 rather than, say, sometime in the 1970s. Most sources indicate that she was not entirely happy with the circumstances that led to her eventual accession.



* Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated in favor of her daughter Juliana in 1948. Decades later (in 1980), Juliana did the same for her daughter Beatrix; who in turn has stepped down in favor of her son Willem-Alexander as of April 2013. Considering Willem I's abdication in 1840 (like Edward VIII, there was a woman involved), far more post-Napoleonic Dutch monarchs have stepped down than died in office and this may safely be considered a tradition.

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* Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated in favor of her daughter Juliana in 1948. Decades later (in 1980), Juliana did the same for her daughter Beatrix; who in turn has stepped down in 2013 favor of her son Willem-Alexander as of April 2013.Willem-Alexander. Considering Willem I's abdication in 1840 (like Edward VIII, there was a woman involved), far more post-Napoleonic Dutch monarchs have stepped down than died in office and this may safely be considered a tradition.



* Charles V of Spain retired to a Monastery when he was tired of being TheEmperor-not to be a monk, for he continued to live in unmonastic luxury. Rather because the area also made a rather decent ad-hoc villa and perhaps because he liked the company of monks more then that of courtiers.

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* Charles V of Spain retired to a Monastery monastery when he was tired of being TheEmperor-not to be a monk, for he continued to live in unmonastic luxury. Rather because the area also made a rather decent ad-hoc villa and perhaps because he liked the company of monks more then that of courtiers.



* Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope in almost 600 years to resign (the church does not refer to it as an "abdication", but many others do.)

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* Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope in almost 600 years to resign (the church does not refer to it as an "abdication", but many others do.)do).



* Effective 19 June 2014, 76 year old [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Carlos_I_of_Spain King Juan Carlos of Spain]] has officially handed the reins over to his son [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felipe_VI_of_Spain Felipe (VI)]].
* Subverted with Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. In the final stages of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the German government were fearing revolution could break out, as the German people might be inspired by the Russian revolution against the tsar. Therefore, they made the announcement the Kaiser abdicated the throne, in favor of a new German republic. Unfortunately for Wilhelm, this happened without his permission. When he heard the news at his retreat in Belgium, he knew everything was lost. Fearing for his life as his home-country might hand him over to the allies to be tried, Wilhelm fled to the neutral Netherlands to live out the rest of his days there.[[note]]He finally died in late 1940. To the enormous relief of the then German administration who were uncomfortably aware that he would be a creditable figurehead, with a lot of support in the armed forces, should he ever decide to resume the role of Kaiser. Thich made him a credible alternative leader to Hitler, something for a fragmented opposition to unite behind. Fortunately for the Nazis, Wilhelm preferred the Diocletian option of obscure retirement.[[/note]]

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* Effective 19 June 2014, 76 year old then-76-year-old [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Carlos_I_of_Spain King Juan Carlos of Spain]] has officially handed the reins over to his son [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felipe_VI_of_Spain Felipe (VI)]].
* Subverted with Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. In the final stages of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the German government were fearing revolution could break out, as the German people might be inspired by the Russian revolution against the tsar. Therefore, they made the announcement the Kaiser abdicated the throne, in favor of a new German republic. Unfortunately for Wilhelm, this happened without his permission. When he heard the news at his retreat in Belgium, he knew everything was lost. Fearing for his life as his home-country might hand him over to the allies to be tried, Wilhelm fled to the neutral Netherlands to live out the rest of his days there.[[note]]He finally died in late 1940. To the enormous relief of the then German administration who were uncomfortably aware that he would be a creditable figurehead, with a lot of support in the armed forces, should he ever decide to resume the role of Kaiser. Thich This made him a credible alternative leader to Hitler, something for a fragmented opposition to unite behind. Fortunately for the Nazis, Wilhelm preferred the Diocletian option of obscure retirement.[[/note]]
22nd May '17 12:26:20 PM infernape612
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** Also happens in ''[[GoldenPath Revelation]]'' path, since [[spoiler: the Avatar's best friend Azura has the greater claim to the Vallite throne than the Avatar him/herself, being the true princess rather than the child of a usurper. She decides to pass the Kingdom over to them, though, unless the Male Avatar marries her; in that case, he gains the throne by marriage [[RulingCouple and they rule together]].]]

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** Also happens in the ''[[GoldenPath Revelation]]'' path, since [[spoiler: the Avatar's best friend Azura has the greater claim to the Vallite throne than the Avatar him/herself, being the true princess rather than the child of a usurper. She decides to pass the Kingdom over to them, though, unless the Male Avatar marries her; in that case, he gains the throne by marriage [[RulingCouple and they rule together]].]]
21st May '17 11:26:43 AM infernape612
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', [[spoiler:if Pelleas is still alive, he abdicates the Daein throne to Micaiah. Justified since 1. his claim to the throne, that he was the prior king Ashnard's long-lost orphan, was a lie (albeit one that he himself genuinely believed) and 2. he proved to be a weak-willed HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who blindly trusted the EvilChancellor Izuka and let him play him like a cheap kazoo, which nearly led to the complete annihilation of Daein.]]



** In the ''Birthright'' route, [[spoiler: after Xander's death in the war, his half-sister Camilla was next in line for the throne. However, she chose to abdicate and leave the throne to her younger brother Leo; it's implied that she feels she [[TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone isn't cut to be the Queen]], whereas [[TeenGenius Leo]] ''[[SorcererKing is]]''.]]
** Also happens in [[spoiler: the ''[[GoldenPath Revelation]]'' path, since the Avatar's best friend Azura has the greater claim to the Vallite throne than the Avatar him/herself, being the true princess rather than the child of a usurper. She decides to pass the Kingdom over to them, though, unless the Male Avatar marries her; in that case, he gains the throne by marriage [[RulingCouple and they rule together]].]]

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** In the ''Birthright'' route, [[spoiler: after Xander's death in the war, his half-sister Camilla was is next in line for the throne. However, she chose chooses to abdicate and leave the throne to her younger brother Leo; it's implied that she feels she [[TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone isn't cut to be the Queen]], whereas [[TeenGenius Leo]] ''[[SorcererKing is]]''.]]
** Also happens in [[spoiler: the ''[[GoldenPath Revelation]]'' path, since [[spoiler: the Avatar's best friend Azura has the greater claim to the Vallite throne than the Avatar him/herself, being the true princess rather than the child of a usurper. She decides to pass the Kingdom over to them, though, unless the Male Avatar marries her; in that case, he gains the throne by marriage [[RulingCouple and they rule together]].]]
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