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19th Nov '16 7:30:09 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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* Since being raised to a Grand Duchy, Luxembourg has like the Netherlands seen more monarchs retire than die 'in harness'[[note]](being in a personal union with the Netherlands had relatively little to do with it, since that ended after only three rulers)[[/note]]. Adolphe (having inherited in 1890 when he was well into his 70s) and Guillaume IV reigned for life, but since then? Marie-Adélaïde [[LesCollaborateurs abdicated under a cloud]] after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI when she was not quite 25 (1919), her kid sister Charlotte was pushing 70 when she quit 19 years after returning home with the exiled government after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (1964), and the latter's son Jean handed things over to his son Henri in 2000 at the age of 79.
13th Nov '16 7:36:33 PM scipio22
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*** After decades of consolidating power in Sengoku-era Japan, Ieyasu Tokugawa was officially appointed Shogun in 1603. After just two years he abdicated and passed on the shogunate to his son to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Though he officially retired, Ieyasu still had power until his death in 1616.
13th Nov '16 5:38:29 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]].
9th Nov '16 2:32:57 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/CountToTheEschaton Count To A Trillion]]'', Menelaus [[DreamingTheTruth realizes]] that this is one possible solution to Blackie's dilemma -- but he won't do it.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/CountToTheEschaton Count To A Trillion]]'', Menelaus [[DreamingTheTruth realizes]] that this is one possible solution to Blackie's dilemma -- but he won't do it.
30th Oct '16 2:25:48 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Mage Winds'' trilogy of ''HeraldsOfValdemar'', Princess Elspeth abdicates her position as Heir in favor of her two younger half-siblings, reasoning that, as the first Herald-Mage in centuries and the only one currently ''trained'' to use magic, she will be obligated to take on duties that will be far too dangerous for the Heir.

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* In the ''Mage Winds'' trilogy of ''HeraldsOfValdemar'', ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'', Princess Elspeth abdicates her position as Heir in favor of her two younger half-siblings, reasoning that, as the first Herald-Mage in centuries and the only one currently ''trained'' to use magic, she will be obligated to take on duties that will be far too dangerous for the Heir.
18th Oct '16 12:29:23 PM portaljumper339
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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.

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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.)
17th Oct '16 1:28:37 AM Hanz
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* In ''VideoGame/Dark Souls'' 2 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.

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* In ''VideoGame/Dark Souls'' 2 ''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.
5th Sep '16 3:00:08 PM Cantido
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* In ''VideoGame/Dark Souls'' 2 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.
3rd Sep '16 10:22:39 AM Lightflame
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Pinestar, leader of [=ThunderClan=], left the Clan to become a kittypet (house cat) near the end of his life. (This is also one of the motivations behind his son, [[BigBad Tigerstar]]'s hatred of kittypets.)
4th Aug '16 4:25:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/{{Election}}'', Tammy Meltzer basically calls the election a sham, and announces the first thing she will do if elected is ''dismantle student government'' so they don't have to sit through another meeting. She moves from people jeering at her before the speech, to thunderous applause of most of the student body.
* In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', the villain, Pascal Sauvage, needs the Queen to abdicate. She initially refuses, but relents when one of her corgis is held at gunpoint.
* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2: Royal Engagement'' has Mia's grandmother stepping down from the throne so Mia can be queen now that she's 21 years old and graduated from college.

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* In ''Film/{{Election}}'', Tammy Meltzer basically calls the election a sham, and announces the first thing she will do if elected is ''dismantle student government'' so they don't have to sit through another meeting. She moves from people jeering at her before the speech, to thunderous applause of most of the student body.
* In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', the villain, Pascal Sauvage, needs the Queen to abdicate. She initially refuses, but relents when one of her corgis is held at gunpoint.
* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2: Royal Engagement'' has Mia's grandmother stepping down from the throne so Mia can be queen now that she's 21 years old and graduated from college.
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* As an adaptation of ''Theatre/KingLear'', this naturally is what starts off the plot of Creator/AkiraKurosawa's epic ''{{Film/Ran}}''.
* The main protagonist in ''Film/{{Vikingdom}}'' is a Norse king who dies in combat and in his dying breath passes the crown to his younger brother. [[BackFromTheDead He is resurrected shortly after]], but instead of reclaiming his throne back, he decided to live as a hermit in the wilds for the next decade.


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* In ''Film/{{Election}}'', Tammy Meltzer basically calls the election a sham, and announces the first thing she will do if elected is ''dismantle student government'' so they don't have to sit through another meeting. She moves from people jeering at her before the speech, to thunderous applause of most of the student body.
* In ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'', the villain, Pascal Sauvage, needs the Queen to abdicate. She initially refuses, but relents when one of her corgis is held at gunpoint.
* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2: Royal Engagement'' has Mia's grandmother stepping down from the throne so Mia can be queen now that she's 21 years old and graduated from college.
* As an adaptation of ''Theatre/KingLear'', this naturally is what starts off the plot of Creator/AkiraKurosawa's epic ''{{Film/Ran}}''.
* The main protagonist in ''Film/{{Vikingdom}}'' is a Norse king who dies in combat and in his dying breath passes the crown to his younger brother. [[BackFromTheDead He is resurrected shortly after]], but instead of reclaiming his throne back, he decided to live as a hermit in the wilds for the next decade.
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