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24th Dec '17 7:43:53 AM Discar
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12th Dec '17 4:59:13 PM wrestlingdog909
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* The final WhamLine of ''The Uncommon Reader'' that [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen abdicated so that she could write a book.]]
--->[spoiler: '''Queen Elizabeth''' (to her assembled cabinet): Why do you think you're all here?]]
28th Nov '17 6:10:41 PM costanton11
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* 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. 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]]

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* 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.mid 1941. 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. 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]]
28th Nov '17 6:10:03 PM costanton11
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* 79 year old King Albert II of Belgium stepped down effective 21 July 2013 in favor of his eldest child Philippe[=/=]Filip[=/=]Philipp due to health reasons. In 1953 suspected [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII collaborator]] King Leopold III abdicated in favor of Albert's elder brother [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Baudouin[=/=]Boudewijn[=/=]Balduin]] in order to avoid the outright abolition of the Belgian monarchy.

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* 79 year old King Albert II of Belgium stepped down effective 21 July 2013 in favor of his eldest child Philippe[=/=]Filip[=/=]Philipp due to health reasons. In 1953 his father suspected [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII collaborator]] King Leopold III abdicated in favor of Albert's elder brother [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Baudouin[=/=]Boudewijn[=/=]Balduin]] in order to avoid the outright abolition of the Belgian monarchy.
26th Nov '17 12:13:27 PM superkeijikun
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', Nanamo Ul Namo, the sultana of Ul'dah, becomes disillusioned at the fact that she is essentially a ruler in name only, unable to help her people while the Monetarist factions prioritized profit over the well-being of their fellow citizens. To that end, she plans to abdicate the throne, dissolving the Royalists and Monetarists and paving the way for a democratic Ul'dah. [[spoiler:Her plan, unfortunately, is halted by a Monetarist plot to assassinate her. While she survives the attempt, other pressing matters prevent her from abdicating the throne for some time.]]
22nd Nov '17 2:20:55 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): When King Elhokar goes on a rant about how he's a terrible king, he asks Kaladin what he should do. Kaladin bluntly tells him that he should abdicate in favor of his uncle Dalinar. Even in his drunk and self-pitying state, Elhokar finds that a step too far. Kaladin, it should be noted, was having an even worse day than Elhokar; normally he's not ''quite'' so blunt, and he later [[spoiler:accepts that Elhokar is at least trying, and doesn't deserve to be assassinated by one of Kaladin's subordinates]].

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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'':
When King Elhokar goes on a rant about how he's a terrible king, he asks Kaladin what he should do. Kaladin bluntly tells him that he should abdicate in favor of his uncle Dalinar. Even in his drunk and self-pitying state, Elhokar finds that a step too far. Kaladin, it should be noted, was having an even worse day than Elhokar; normally he's not ''quite'' so blunt, and he later [[spoiler:accepts that Elhokar is at least trying, and doesn't deserve to be assassinated by one of Kaladin's subordinates]].subordinates]].
** ''Literature/{{Oathbringer}}'': Adolin spends much of the book worried about his place in the world, since his father is close to abdicating control of the princedom to him. This gets worse when [[spoiler:Elhokar dies]], and Adolin realizes that [[spoiler:with his father removing himself from the line of succession and Elhokar's son too young, Adolin is going to end up as king]]. He has a discussion with Azure, a woman from another world who gave up her throne, and she says that sometimes the most responsible thing is to give up a responsibility that you know you can't handle. [[spoiler:In the end, Adolin refuses the throne, and Elhokar's older sister Jasnah ([[HeirClubForMen who was originally skipped in the line of succession]]) becomes queen]].
3rd Nov '17 2:16:27 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]:
26th Oct '17 7:36:52 AM bombadil211
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** The modern Japanese monarchy doesn't have any formal measures in place to deal with the possibility that the monarch might want to voluntarily step down. Emperor Akihito caused waves when he made a televised address containing blatant hints that he wished to abdicate in favor of his son. The Japanese government eventually passed a one-off bill that began the process of Akihito handing over responsibilities to Crown Prince Naruhito with the formal handover expected to occur in 2019.
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.
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