History Main / AbdicateTheThrone

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]].]]
25th Apr '17 11:42:15 AM ChronoLegion
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* 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.

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* 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. In fact, she abdicates her entire line, forcing the British government to look elsewhere for an eligible heir.
19th Apr '17 5:05:21 PM TheNerevarine
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* His son [[UsefulNotes/PedroII Dom Pedro II]] was also forced to abdicate the Brazilian crown in a highly unusual situation: after implementing [[SlaveLiberation abolition of slavery]] he had lost the support of the rich and wealthy class, who began pushing for a Republican government to replace the Empire. Pedro II did not resist, as he himself grew tired of ruling for over 50 years (he was crowned as [[AChildShallLeadThem a 14-year old]]) and so the Republic was established in a practically bloodless coup, despite him having the full support of both the people and the recently freed slaves (who equated the monarchy with freedom for his role in the abolition) who did not wish to see him deposed.
19th Apr '17 7:36:36 AM kazokuhouou
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* 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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