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28th Apr '16 3:41:48 PM FordPrefect
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* Juan Carlos I of Spain. Handpicked by the infamous dictator Francisco Franco to succeed him. During Franco's rule he seemed to be a loyal supporter and destined to continue Franco's policies. All the insiders believed it would be business as usual after Franco was dead. Once Franco was in the ground and Juan had become King of Spain and received the absolute power of his predecessor, he voluntarily used that power to turn Spain into a constitutional monarchy with a Westminster-style Parliament, knowingly and willingly reducing himself to a figurehead in the process. And ''then'', he personally browbeat the officers who attempted a coup to return to the good old Franco days into submission.

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* Juan Carlos I of Spain. Handpicked by the infamous dictator Francisco Franco to succeed him. During Franco's rule he seemed to be a loyal supporter and destined to continue Franco's policies. All the insiders believed it would be business as usual after Franco was dead. Once Franco was in the ground and Juan had become King of Spain and received the absolute power of his predecessor, he voluntarily used that power to turn Spain into a constitutional monarchy with a Westminster-style Parliament, knowingly and willingly reducing himself to a figurehead in the process. And ''then'', he personally browbeat into submission the officers who attempted a coup to return to the good old Franco days into submission.days.



* Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (lit. "Father of Turks") was an officer in the Turkish military who parlayed his victories against Allied forces (especially at Gallipoli) and during the course of Turkey's post-war border clashes with The Etente (chiefly France, but also Britain) and her somewhat ruthless no-holds-barred war with Greece (which involved cheery ethnic cleansing like that seen in Smyrna) he became Turkey's Generalissimo. After the wars were concluded he made the country semi-democratic, making himself the first Prime Minister and first Speaker of Parliament - but he gave up those titles in just a few years. Though he remained President (a ceremonial role) for the rest of his life, his role in politics limited to a sort of 'oversight' function (to root out unconstitutional or corrupt politicans) that the Turkish Military continues to oversee to this day in the spirit of 'Kemalism'. The military has executed four coups to this end (1960, '71, '81, and '97), but they've always handed all power back to democratically-elected representatives within a few years and the idea of the military actually running the country would be unthinkable. The potential for another miliary coup is credited by some for keeping the currently-ruling Islamic party from interfering with Turkey's tradition of secular government. Turkish votes very nearly made Ataturk the "Man of the Century" in a [[http://www.time.com/time/time100/time100poll.html Time poll]] for the same title.

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* Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (lit. "Father of Turks") was an officer in the Turkish military who parlayed his victories against Allied forces (especially at Gallipoli) and during the course of Turkey's post-war border clashes with The Etente (chiefly France, but also Britain) and her somewhat ruthless no-holds-barred war with Greece (which involved cheery ethnic cleansing like that seen in Smyrna) he became Turkey's Generalissimo. After the wars were concluded he made the country semi-democratic, making himself the first Prime Minister and first Speaker of Parliament - but he gave up those titles in just a few years. Though he remained President (a ceremonial role) for the rest of his life, his role in politics limited to a sort of 'oversight' function (to root out unconstitutional or corrupt politicans) politicians) that the Turkish Military continues to oversee to this day in the spirit of 'Kemalism'. The military has executed four coups to this end (1960, '71, '81, and '97), but they've always handed all power back to democratically-elected representatives within a few years and the idea of the military actually running the country would be unthinkable. The potential for another miliary military coup is credited by some for keeping the currently-ruling Islamic party from interfering with Turkey's tradition of secular government. Turkish votes very nearly made Ataturk the "Man of the Century" in a [[http://www.time.com/time/time100/time100poll.html Time poll]] for the same title.
28th Apr '16 3:39:11 PM FordPrefect
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** Fittingly, Scipio's main political opponent (and the guy who kept Hannibal at bay until Scipio defeated him) Fabius: he was bestowed the title of ''dictator'' and used it to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts launch a guerilla campaign]] [[BoringYetPractical that, in spite of being impopular, kept Hannibal's army in check and at one point came close to destroy it]], when his term expired and the Senate refused to renovate it he dutifully left, and [[DarkestHour after Cannae]] he resume the campaign and set things up so that Hannibal would be unable to march on Rome while slowly losing his support. He was never reappointed ''dictator'', but he didn't need it.

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** Fittingly, Scipio's main political opponent (and the guy who kept Hannibal at bay until Scipio defeated him) Fabius: he was bestowed the title of ''dictator'' and used it to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts launch a guerilla campaign]] [[BoringYetPractical that, in spite of being impopular, kept Hannibal's army in check and at one point came close to destroy it]], destroying it]]; when his term expired and the Senate refused to renovate it he dutifully left, and [[DarkestHour after Cannae]] he resume resumed the campaign and set things up so that Hannibal would be unable to march on Rome while slowly losing his support. He was never reappointed ''dictator'', but he didn't need it.
28th Apr '16 3:36:09 PM FordPrefect
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Why? Because the king knows this knight is a man of honor and also loves his family more than he loves power. He will use this power only for when it is needed, and no longer. It is true. Once the kingdom is saved, that knight abdicates his power and goes home to his family.

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Why? Because the king knows this knight is a man of honor and also loves his family more than he loves power. He will use this power only for when it is needed, and no longer. It is true.And he's right. Once the kingdom is saved, that knight abdicates his power and goes home to his family.
23rd Apr '16 12:48:23 PM EDP
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** Fittingly, Scipio's main political opponent (and the guy who kept Hannibal at bay until Scipio defeated him) Fabius: he was bestowed the title of ''dictator'' and used it to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts launch a guerilla campaign]] [[BoringYetPractical that, in spite of being impopular, kept Hannibal's army in check and at one point came close to destroy it]], when his term expired and the Senate refused to renovate it he dutifully left, and [[DarkestHour after Cannae]] he resume the campaign and set things up so that Hannibal would be unable to march on Rome while slowly losing his support. He was never reappointed ''dictator'', but he didn't need it.
18th Apr '16 10:06:13 AM Willbyr
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Compare TheLastDJ (the character has the same integrity but often far less power or freedom).

Contrast RegentForLife, UnfitForGreatness.

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Compare TheLastDJ (the character has the same integrity but often far less power or freedom).

freedom). Contrast RegentForLife, UnfitForGreatness.



* In ''YuYuHakusho'', [[spoiler:after Yuusuke inherits one-third of the Makai from his ancestor Raizen, the first thing he does is talk the other two world leaders into agreeing to a tournament-style election system to replace the warring monarchies. He participates because he's required to, does not win, and promptly goes home to his girlfriend.]]
* Lelouch vi Britannia from ''CodeGeass'', in a way. Soon after he [[spoiler:[[TakeOverTheWorld conquered the entire world]], he organized his own SuicideByCop and gracefully left the scene]]. While he was on it, he also ensured that nobody would ever be able to do what he did, which is a good thing if you think about it. Of course, in this case, only a few people on Earth knew his real intentions, while the rest saw him as just another DiabolicalMastermind.

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* In ''YuYuHakusho'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', [[spoiler:after Yuusuke inherits one-third of the Makai from his ancestor Raizen, the first thing he does is talk the other two world leaders into agreeing to a tournament-style election system to replace the warring monarchies. He participates because he's required to, does not win, and promptly goes home to his girlfriend.]]
* Lelouch vi Britannia from ''CodeGeass'', ''Anime/CodeGeass'', in a way. Soon after he [[spoiler:[[TakeOverTheWorld conquered the entire world]], he organized his own SuicideByCop and gracefully left the scene]]. While he was on it, he also ensured that nobody would ever be able to do what he did, which is a good thing if you think about it. Of course, in this case, only a few people on Earth knew his real intentions, while the rest saw him as just another DiabolicalMastermind.
5th Apr '16 3:46:14 AM Gallimaufry
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* In ''Lietature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', Zaphod Beeblebrox notes that the President of the Universe election apparently involved scanning his brains for any actual desire to hold the position - and if found, would have dropped him on the curb with only the clothes on his back and two stumps where his heads used to be. Evidently they believe that anyone who actually want the job would be a great risk.

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* In ''Lietature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', Zaphod Beeblebrox notes that the President of the Universe election apparently involved scanning his brains for any actual desire to hold the position - and if found, would have dropped him on the curb with only the clothes on his back and two stumps where his heads used to be. Evidently they believe that anyone who actually want the job would be a great risk.
5th Apr '16 3:45:56 AM Gallimaufry
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* In ''Lietature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', Zaphod Beeblebrox notes that the President of the Universe election apparently involved scanning his brains for any actual desire to hold the position - and if found, would have dropped him on the curb with only the clothes on his back and two stumps where his heads used to be. Evidently they believe that anyone who actually want the job would be a great risk.
24th Jan '16 6:52:49 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. He's the single most powerful man on Earth, and in various alternate universes (and on SupermanTheAnimatedSeries) the writers have shown that he could take over the world... if he ''wanted'' to. However, Superman, being raised as an idealist by the Kents, believes in using his powers to help the little guy. On multiple occasions, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Lex Luthor and Darkseid have both expressed a complete inability to understand this ideal]], as they are both power-hungry. Superman's decision to use his powers to help others and his refusal to seize power is the reason why the Justice League members pretty universally consider Clark to be someone they can all believe in, and the reason why most citizens of the DCU Earth consider Superman to be their world's greatest hero.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. He's the single most powerful man on Earth, and in various alternate universes (and on SupermanTheAnimatedSeries) ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'') the writers have shown that he could take over the world... if he ''wanted'' to. However, Superman, being raised as an idealist by the Kents, believes in using his powers to help the little guy. On multiple occasions, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Lex Luthor and Darkseid have both expressed a complete inability to understand this ideal]], as they are both power-hungry. Superman's decision to use his powers to help others and his refusal to seize power is the reason why the Justice League members pretty universally consider Clark to be someone they can all believe in, and the reason why most citizens of the DCU Earth consider Superman to be their world's greatest hero.
18th Jan '16 3:39:19 PM StFan
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* {{Superman}}. He's the single most powerful man on Earth, and in various alternate universes (and on SupermanTheAnimatedSeries) the writers have shown that he could take over the world...if he ''wanted'' to. However, Superman, being raised as an idealist by the Kents, believes in using his powers to help the little guy. On multiple occasions, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Lex Luthor and Darkseid have both expressed a complete inability to understand this ideal]], as they are both power-hungry. Superman's decision to use his powers to help others and his refusal to seize power is the reason why the Justice League members pretty universally consider Clark to be someone they can all believe in, and the reason why most citizens of the DCU Earth consider Superman to be their world's greatest hero.
** Batman once noted, "It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then he shoots fire from the skies, and it is difficult not to think of him as a god... and how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to ''him''."

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* {{Superman}}.Franchise/{{Superman}}. He's the single most powerful man on Earth, and in various alternate universes (and on SupermanTheAnimatedSeries) the writers have shown that he could take over the world... if he ''wanted'' to. However, Superman, being raised as an idealist by the Kents, believes in using his powers to help the little guy. On multiple occasions, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Lex Luthor and Darkseid have both expressed a complete inability to understand this ideal]], as they are both power-hungry. Superman's decision to use his powers to help others and his refusal to seize power is the reason why the Justice League members pretty universally consider Clark to be someone they can all believe in, and the reason why most citizens of the DCU Earth consider Superman to be their world's greatest hero.
** Batman once noted, "It -->'''Batman:''' It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then he shoots fire from the skies, and it is difficult not to think of him as a god... and how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to ''him''."



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* Disscused in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', where Harvey Dent explicitly compares Batman to the Roman elected dictators and instantly gets called out by Rachel, who says that such a system eventually led to powerful men appointing ''themselves'' dictators and eventually Julius Caesar and the death of anything resembling representative government in Rome.
** Later in the movie [[spoiler: Batman hands the power to tap into peoples' cell phones to Lucius Fox, knowing that his objections to the methodology would mean that it was ONLY used in dire emergencies.]]

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* Disscused in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', where Harvey Dent explicitly compares Batman to the Roman elected dictators and instantly gets called out by Rachel, who says that such a system eventually led to powerful men appointing ''themselves'' dictators and eventually Julius Caesar and the death of anything resembling representative government in Rome.
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Rome. Later in the movie [[spoiler: Batman hands the power to tap into peoples' cell phones to Lucius Fox, knowing that his objections to the methodology would mean that it was ONLY used in dire emergencies.]]



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The EvilOverlord section describes [[ManipulativeBastard Senator Palpatine]] to a T. Not only does he create a lack of confidence in Chancellor Velorum (positioning himself as his replacement), he also organizes the entire Clones Wars (orchestrating the manufacture of both droids and clones for their respective sides), empowering himself with the power to enact Martial Law eventually merging the Separatists and the Republic into a massive Empire where he is the Emperor. The list goes on...

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The EvilOverlord section describes [[ManipulativeBastard Senator Palpatine]] to a T. Not only does he create a lack of confidence in Chancellor Velorum (positioning himself as his replacement), he also organizes the entire Clones Wars (orchestrating the manufacture of both droids and clones for their respective sides), empowering himself with the power to enact Martial Law eventually merging the Separatists and the Republic into a massive Empire where he is the Emperor. The list goes on...



* Loki in ''{{Film/Thor}}'' manages to be an ''evil'' version of this trope (though if anyone could make one of the most inherently noble tropes evil...). While at first it looks like he's aiming to be RegentForLife, his entire plan only fully formulates after he's been handed power on a plate- secretly ''create'' a crisis by making a deal with the enemies of Asgard, avert said crisis in a highly visible fashion by backstabbing said enemies and eliminating their entire planet, and then gracefully step down again with a new reputation as a devoted son and a hero of the realm when his father awakes. [[spoiler:He gets a fall through a black hole and the subsequent destruction of his already fragile sanity in return for his trouble, leading to his return in ''{{Film/The Avengers}}'' as a newly minted, glassy-eyed [[TakeOverTheWorld world conqueror.]] ]]

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* Loki in ''{{Film/Thor}}'' ''Film/{{Thor}}'' manages to be an ''evil'' version of this trope (though if anyone could make one of the most inherently noble tropes evil...). While at first it looks like he's aiming to be RegentForLife, his entire plan only fully formulates after he's been handed power on a plate- plate -- secretly ''create'' a crisis by making a deal with the enemies of Asgard, avert said crisis in a highly visible fashion by backstabbing said enemies and eliminating their entire planet, and then gracefully step down again with a new reputation as a devoted son and a hero of the realm when his father awakes. [[spoiler:He gets a fall through a black hole and the subsequent destruction of his already fragile sanity in return for his trouble, leading to his return in ''{{Film/The Avengers}}'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' as a newly minted, glassy-eyed [[TakeOverTheWorld world conqueror.]] ]]



* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga series, Aral Vorkosigan was appointed regent for the child emperor, and a lot of people expected him to appoint himself emperor at some point. Instead, he ceded power to the emperor when he came of age and even donated a small fortune out of his own pocket to charity, so he'd leave the position of regent with the same level as wealth as he had when he was appointed. He did subsequently become Prime Minister rather than just going home, but not to keep power, only in order to have something to do (because retirement and Aral Vorkosigan Do Not Mix).
* In the Literature/HonorHarrington novels, the WorthyOpponent Admiral Theisman overthrows the tyrannical government and kills the dictator as soon as he gets a chance, effectively giving himself absolute power. The admiral then ensures that elections are held and eventually joins the new government as Secretary of War.
** He's also Chief of Naval Operations. He's noble, not an idiot. Being both the civilian and military head of the Navy means he can make sure there isn't another coup.
** At the same time, the new president's political opponents know of Theisman's preference for the rule of law and know that he would never act against them in an illegal manner.
* Mildly subverted in ''WarAndPeace'', in that the Russian emperor Alexander ''did not want'' Kutuzov to become Field Marshal during Napoleon's invasion, and many aristocrats in his court maneuvered behind Kutuzov's back to have him ousted after the danger was past. Kutuzov just liked to read novels though.

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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' series, Aral Vorkosigan was appointed regent for the child emperor, and a lot of people expected him to appoint himself emperor at some point. Instead, he ceded power to the emperor when he came of age and even donated a small fortune out of his own pocket to charity, so he'd leave the position of regent with the same level as wealth as he had when he was appointed. He did subsequently become Prime Minister rather than just going home, but not to keep power, only in order to have something to do (because retirement and Aral Vorkosigan Do Not Mix).
* In the Literature/HonorHarrington ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, the WorthyOpponent Admiral Theisman overthrows the tyrannical government and kills the dictator as soon as he gets a chance, effectively giving himself absolute power. The admiral then ensures that elections are held and eventually joins the new government as Secretary of War.
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War. He's also Chief of Naval Operations. He's noble, not an idiot. Being both the civilian and military head of the Navy means he can make sure there isn't another coup.
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coup. At the same time, the new president's political opponents know of Theisman's preference for the rule of law and know that he would never act against them in an illegal manner.
* Mildly subverted in ''WarAndPeace'', ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', in that the Russian emperor Alexander ''did not want'' Kutuzov to become Field Marshal during Napoleon's invasion, and many aristocrats in his court maneuvered behind Kutuzov's back to have him ousted after the danger was past. Kutuzov just liked to read novels though.



* In ''TheWarlordChronicles'', rather than being a King, [[Myth/KingArthur Arthur]] is a warlord sworn to safeguard the realm and the throne until his nephew Mordred comes of age and becomes King. Arthur is just fine with this, since he [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to live a normal life]] and is happy to step aside. [[spoiler:The series takes a dark route with this. Although most of the world's misery is caused by the overly ambitious types like Cerdic, Sansum, Lancelot, and multiple other kings and princes, the fact that Arthur never takes the throne for himself (even after seeing how AxCrazy Mordred is) undoes all of his efforts]].
* These people are called Ubars on Literature/{{Gor}}. Because of the extreme Gorean devotion to their honor codes Ubars almost always step down and those who fail to do so are usually killed by the army.
** With one exception, Marlenus of Ar, who was loved by his army and people and remained Ubar perpetually.

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* In ''TheWarlordChronicles'', ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'', rather than being a King, [[Myth/KingArthur Arthur]] is a warlord sworn to safeguard the realm and the throne until his nephew Mordred comes of age and becomes King. Arthur is just fine with this, since he [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to live a normal life]] and is happy to step aside. [[spoiler:The series takes a dark route with this. Although most of the world's misery is caused by the overly ambitious types like Cerdic, Sansum, Lancelot, and multiple other kings and princes, the fact that Arthur never takes the throne for himself (even after seeing how AxCrazy Mordred is) undoes all of his efforts]].
* These people are called Ubars on Literature/{{Gor}}. Because of the extreme Gorean devotion to their honor codes codes, Ubars almost always step down and those who fail to do so are usually killed by the army.
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army. With one exception, exception: Marlenus of Ar, who was loved by his army and people and remained Ubar perpetually.



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* ''{{Suikoden}} [[SuikodenI I]]'' and ''[[SuikodenII II]]'' are both examples of this. In the first, the Hero leads a [[LaResistance popular uprising]] to overthrow TheEmpire, and after it succeeds, he's offered the position of President of the newly formed Republic. In the sequel, you can find him in a small border town... fishing. One of his lieutenants has taken the role of President of Toran. Hero 2 potentially follows his example: I believe one of the possible endings actually has him taking up the mantle of the reformed Jowston Alliance, but the Best Ending has him turn away from the power, instead leaving power to his strategist and heading off to go WalkingTheEarth with his sister and best friend.
** In ''SuikodenIV'', the ruler of Obel, Lino En Kuldes, gives your hero a seal proving his authority and willingly serves under your command. This gets thrown in his face during the events at [[spoiler: Na-Nal, where their chief mocks Lino and flat-out states he has no power anymore]]. However, he doesn't take back the seal until [[spoiler: you're ready to liberate Obel, at which point he breaks out the kingly robes and gives the enemy fleet his '[[HesBack I'm Back]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Bitches]]' speech.]]
*** ''[[SuikodenTactics SuikodenTactics/Rhapsodia]]'', however, has Lino indicating that he plans to name Hero 4 as his permanent successor. [[spoiler:Neither of them realize that [[LukeIAmYourFather the hero is actually Lino's son]], who was presumed to have died at sea as a young child, and thus was always supposed to be his successor.]]
** Interestingly enough, in ''SuikodenV'', it's the other way around. The 'Bad' ending has you leaving the kingdom you just helped save, while the Best Ending has you staying there to take up the mantle of Supreme General of the Armies, to protect the kingdom from any future dangers.
*** The queen was also a [[AChildShallLeadThem 10-year old girl]] who had no intentions of getting married any time soon, [[spoiler:especially after she was forcibly married to the enemy general that pretty much controlled everything himself, effectively making her a ruler in name only]].
*** The practice of making the Queen's husband the commander of the Queen's Knights was abolished. From that point onward the position is to be filled on the basis of merit, and the Prince was established by this point as both a great military leader and absolutely loyal to Falena, both qualities that seem to be in short supply. [[spoiler: Plus, it's implied in the last cutscene that Lyon serves either as co-leader or second-in-command of the Queen's Knights and that she and the Prince either are or will end up married.]]

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* ''{{Suikoden}} [[SuikodenI I]]'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'':
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and ''[[SuikodenII ''[[VideoGame/SuikodenII II]]'' are both examples of this. In the first, the Hero leads a [[LaResistance popular uprising]] to overthrow TheEmpire, and after it succeeds, he's offered the position of President of the newly formed Republic. In the sequel, you can find him in a small border town... fishing. One of his lieutenants has taken the role of President of Toran. Hero 2 potentially follows his example: I believe one of the possible endings actually has him taking up the mantle of the reformed Jowston Alliance, but the Best Ending has him turn away from the power, instead leaving power to his strategist and heading off to go WalkingTheEarth with his sister and best friend.
** In ''SuikodenIV'', ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'', the ruler of Obel, Lino En Kuldes, gives your hero a seal proving his authority and willingly serves under your command. This gets thrown in his face during the events at [[spoiler: Na-Nal, where their chief mocks Lino and flat-out states he has no power anymore]]. However, he doesn't take back the seal until [[spoiler: you're ready to liberate Obel, at which point he breaks out the kingly robes and gives the enemy fleet his '[[HesBack I'm Back]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Bitches]]' speech.]]
*** ''[[SuikodenTactics SuikodenTactics/Rhapsodia]]'', ** ''[[VideoGame/SuikodenTactics Suikoden Tactics/Rhapsodia]]'', however, has Lino indicating that he plans to name Hero 4 as his permanent successor. [[spoiler:Neither of them realize that [[LukeIAmYourFather the hero is actually Lino's son]], who was presumed to have died at sea as a young child, and thus was always supposed to be his successor.]]
** Interestingly enough, in ''SuikodenV'', ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', it's the other way around. The 'Bad' ending has you leaving the kingdom you just helped save, while the Best Ending has you staying there to take up the mantle of Supreme General of the Armies, to protect the kingdom from any future dangers.
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dangers. The queen was also a [[AChildShallLeadThem 10-year old girl]] who had no intentions of getting married any time soon, [[spoiler:especially after she was forcibly married to the enemy general that pretty much controlled everything himself, effectively making her a ruler in name only]].
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The practice of making the Queen's husband the commander of the Queen's Knights was abolished. From that point onward the position is to be filled on the basis of merit, and the Prince was established by this point as both a great military leader and absolutely loyal to Falena, both qualities that seem to be in short supply. [[spoiler: Plus, it's implied in the last cutscene that Lyon serves either as co-leader or second-in-command of the Queen's Knights and that she and the Prince either are or will end up married.]]



* In the ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion ''Cataclysm'', Thrall steps down as Warchief of the Horde in order to resume his shaman studies and figure out what's going with Azeroth's elementals, and he names Garrosh Hellscream in his place. This was a very controversial move, since Thrall is very well-liked, both by in-game politicians and by players, while Garrosh is the complete opposite.

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In the ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion ''Cataclysm'', Thrall steps down as Warchief of the Horde in order to resume his shaman studies and figure out what's going with Azeroth's elementals, and he names Garrosh Hellscream in his place. This was a very controversial move, since Thrall is very well-liked, both by in-game politicians and by players, while Garrosh is the complete opposite.



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* Similarly, in ''Series/BabylonFive'', [[spoiler:John J. Sheridan]] was elected President of the new "[[TheFederation Intersteller Alliance]]" after he helped depose Morgan Clark, the fascist President of Earth. The new Earth president made him resign in exchange for amnesty, so the alien representatives voted him into office to keep him on the station.
-->'''G'Kar''': [rapidly] Do you want to be President?\\
'''[[spoiler:John]]''': ...Yes?\\
'''G'Kar''': Then put your hand on the book and say I do.\\
'''[[spoiler:John]]''': I do.\\
'''G'Kar''': Fine, done, let's eat.
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