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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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26th Jul '16 11:19:45 PM Karxrida
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* ''FanFic/FireEmblemFatesAftermath'': Azura decides that she's not cut out for being the queen of Valla due to her aversion of socializing and lack of charisma, so she tells Corrin that he can have the throne.
24th Jul '16 9:57:40 PM M84
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* In the season six finale of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Tommen [[spoiler:falls into despair after the Great Sept of Baelor is destroyed in a wildfire explosion]]. He realizes that he had failed as a king. Once he is alone, he quietly removes his crown and leaves it behind for whoever is foolish enough to want it. [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide Then he calmly walks out the window]].]]
10th Jul '16 11:42:51 PM Clendy82
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** For much of Japanese history, the Emperor's "rule" was a fiction; Shoguns and other lords for centuries ruled large swaths of Japan (albeit in the Emperor's name) while the Emperor himself was more often seen as a [[PriestKing religious leader and icon]] than a temporal ruler. Indeed, so much of the Emperor's time was spent on rituals that were, in honesty, so repetitive and boring that they didn't leave much time for actual rulership. Many times, an Emperor would abdicate in favor of a pubescent child who would go through the rituals because the adults told him to, who would then be allowed to abdicate himself sometime in his late teens or early twenties to a well earned retirement so that he could do something productive with his life.
25th Jun '16 7:50:02 PM Apocrypha
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** Also happens in [[spoiler: the ''[[GoldenPath Revelations]]'' 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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** Also happens in [[spoiler: the ''[[GoldenPath Revelations]]'' path, since The 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]].]]
25th Jun '16 3:56:32 PM Kelothan
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* An upcoming feature in ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis'' 4.
31st May '16 1:23:50 AM Doug86
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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/WorldWarTwo 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 suspected [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo [[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.



* Subverted with Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. In the final stages of 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.

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* Subverted with Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. In the final stages of WorldWarI, 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.
30th May '16 2:04:24 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* In the ''Birthright'' route of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' [[spoiler: after Xander's death Camilla was next in line for the throne. However, she chose to abdicate, leaving the throne to her younger brother Leo.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'':
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In the ''Birthright'' route of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' route, [[spoiler: after Xander's death in the war, his half-sister Camilla was next in line for the throne. However, she chose choose to abdicate, leaving abdicate and leave the throne to her younger brother Leo.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 Revelations]]'' 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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* This happened repeatedly in Japanese history. Reigning emperors would rule for a few years, get tired of the endless rituals they were required to perform, and retire in favor of a son to live in luxury and actually wield ''more'' power than the current Emperor. Sometimes there would be three or four such retired Emperors around, [[GambitPileup all of them running their own schemes]].

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* This happened repeatedly in Japanese history. Reigning emperors would rule for a few years, get tired of the endless rituals they were required to perform, and retire in favor of a son to live in luxury and actually wield ''more'' power than [[PuppetKing the current Emperor. Emperor.]] Sometimes there would be three or four such retired Emperors around, [[GambitPileup all of them running their own schemes]].
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