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8th May '16 10:51:27 AM azul120
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The solution is to raise one of the [[LostOrphanedRoyalty King's children as a commoner]] far away, without knowledge of their SecretLegacy. The idea being that they'll be [[KingIncognito safe in anonymity]], and they may even be able to be trained or schooled in a way that spares them from becoming snobby and [[ModestRoyalty brings them closer to commoners.]] The HiddenBackupPrince isn't always created intentionally. The kid may be a bastard child and hidden to cover up their father's indiscretions, a twin who is sent away to avoid complicated succession rivalries, or is somehow kidnapped or separated unintentionally.[[note]]In many cases historically, illegitimate children were specifically excluded from inheriting.[[/note]]

Of course, if the HiddenBackupPrince is resentful and [[ReallyRoyaltyReveal finds out about their heritage]] they may decide to ''be'' the cause that wipes out the royal family. Nothing like going from RichesToRags to motivate spite. Usually though, the HiddenBackupPrince will know nothing of their heritage yet somehow get involved in the plot regardless.

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The solution is to raise one of the [[LostOrphanedRoyalty King's children as a commoner]] far away, without knowledge of their SecretLegacy. The idea being that they'll be [[KingIncognito safe in anonymity]], and they may even be able to be trained or schooled in a way that spares them from becoming snobby and [[ModestRoyalty brings them closer to commoners.]] The HiddenBackupPrince hidden backup prince isn't always created intentionally. The kid may be a bastard child and hidden to cover up their father's indiscretions, a twin who is sent away to avoid complicated succession rivalries, or is somehow kidnapped or separated unintentionally.[[note]]In many cases historically, illegitimate children were specifically excluded from inheriting.[[/note]]

Of course, if the HiddenBackupPrince hidden backup prince is resentful and [[ReallyRoyaltyReveal finds out about their heritage]] they may decide to ''be'' the cause that wipes out the royal family. Nothing like going from RichesToRags to motivate spite. Usually though, the HiddenBackupPrince hidden backup prince will know nothing of their heritage yet somehow get involved in the plot regardless.



For the sake of keeping things simple, this trope will cover both intentionally and unintentionally creating a HiddenBackupPrince. Cases such as involuntary separation (through chance or enemy schemes) count. This trope can also be in play even if the royal family isn't killed off-- the HiddenBackupPrince exists as a fail safe, regardless of if it's called into use by the plot.

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For the sake of keeping things simple, this trope will cover both intentionally and unintentionally creating a HiddenBackupPrince.hidden backup prince. Cases such as involuntary separation (through chance or enemy schemes) count. This trope can also be in play even if the royal family isn't killed off-- off -- the HiddenBackupPrince hidden backup prince exists as a fail safe, regardless of if it's called into use by the plot.



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*** After [[spoiler:the death of King in the North Robb Stark with no known children]], both Bran and Rickon Stark (thought dead) and Jon [[spoiler: Stark (formerly Jon]] Snow, [[spoiler: legitimized by royal decree]] are {{Hidden Backup Prince}}s. [[spoiler:Bran is travelling North of the Wall and looks unlikely to ever return as he is becoming a greenseer. However his youngest sibling Rickon is in hiding in the North and some of the Northern nobility are planning to restore him to rule of Winterfell.]]
*** Meanwhile, Theon Grejoy is a HiddenBackupPrince [[spoiler: after his father King of the Iron Isles Balon Greyjoy dies and, Theon being presumed dead, his uncle Euron takes over.]]

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*** After [[spoiler:the death of King in the North Robb Stark with no known children]], both Bran and Rickon Stark (thought dead) and Jon [[spoiler: Stark (formerly Jon]] Snow, [[spoiler: legitimized by royal decree]] are {{Hidden Backup Prince}}s.hidden backup princes. [[spoiler:Bran is travelling North of the Wall and looks unlikely to ever return as he is becoming a greenseer. However his youngest sibling Rickon is in hiding in the North and some of the Northern nobility are planning to restore him to rule of Winterfell.]]
*** Meanwhile, Theon Grejoy is a HiddenBackupPrince hidden backup prince [[spoiler: after his father King of the Iron Isles Balon Greyjoy dies and, Theon being presumed dead, his uncle Euron takes over.]]
29th Apr '16 3:00:01 AM KizunaTallis
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* A series of [[SuccessionCrisis Succession Crises]] in the realm of Westeros in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have left more [[HiddenBackupPrince Hidden Backup Princes and Princesses]] than anyone knows what to do with. Matters stem from the collapse of the Targaryen dynasty, which had ruled Westeros for nearly 300 years before it was overthrown and supplanted by a new royal house, the Baratheons. King Robert I Baratheon sired 16 bastard children, but no trueborn heirs. His officially recognized children and heirs were not actually his, but the products of incest between his wife and her twin brother. After their parentage is made public knowledge, their claim to the throne is disputed, but the royal army is the strongest force in the Seven Kingdoms, so they maintain their grip on power [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking the old fashioned way]]. But waiting in the wings are even more potential successors with blood ties to the Targaryen royal family, including the two surviving children of the last Targaryen king, and their nephew: the eldest surviving son of their older brother (the former Targaryen heir apparent),who had been thought to be dead (and who might be an impostor). It turns out that [[spoiler:after the Targaryen royal family was overthrown and the last scions were cast into exile, some Targaryen loyalists spirited away the late prince's son as a back-up, in case something should happen to the publicly known Targaryens. Things get complicated when the back-up prince makes himself known and launches an invasion ''before'' the last public Targaryen makes her move]]. However, it is a popular fandom theory [[spoiler:that he is actually descended from the Blackfyres, the family of a legitimized King's bastard Daemon Blackfyre, who have made numerous attempts to take the Iron Throne but have died out in the '''male''' line.]]

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* A series of [[SuccessionCrisis Succession Crises]] in the realm of Westeros in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have left more [[HiddenBackupPrince Hidden Backup Princes hidden backup princes and Princesses]] princesses than anyone knows what to do with. Matters stem from the collapse of the Targaryen dynasty, which had ruled Westeros for nearly 300 years before it was overthrown and supplanted by a new royal house, the Baratheons. King Robert I Baratheon sired 16 bastard children, but no trueborn heirs. His officially recognized children and heirs were are not actually his, but the products of incest an incestuous affair between his wife Cersei and her twin brother.brother Jaime. After their parentage is made public knowledge, their claim to the throne is disputed, but the royal army is the strongest force in the Seven Kingdoms, so they maintain their grip on power [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking the old fashioned way]]. But waiting in the wings are even more potential successors with blood ties to the Targaryen royal family, including the two surviving children of the last Targaryen king, king (Daenerys and Viserys), and their nephew: the nephew Aegon (the eldest surviving son of their older brother (the and former Targaryen heir apparent),who apparent Rhaegar),who had been thought to be dead (and who might be an impostor). It turns out that [[spoiler:after the Targaryen royal family was overthrown and the last scions were cast into exile, some Targaryen loyalists spirited away the late prince's son Aegon as a back-up, backup, in case something should happen to the publicly known Targaryens. Things get complicated when the back-up prince makes Aegon reveals himself known and launches an invasion ''before'' the last public Targaryen Daenerys makes her move]]. However, it is a popular fandom theory [[spoiler:that he is actually descended from the Blackfyres, the family of a legitimized King's bastard Daemon Blackfyre, who have made numerous attempts to take the Iron Throne but have died out in the '''male''' line.]]
5th Mar '16 2:51:03 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', [[spoiler:Jill Mastrano is an illegitimate heiress to the dying royal Dragomir family, who gets acknowledged in the finale of the series. Saving the family from near-extinction and losing its political rights. She herself had no idea of her status as she was raised in secrecy]]. A backup plan from Eric Dragomir.

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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', [[spoiler:Jill Mastrano is an illegitimate heiress to the dying royal Dragomir family, family who gets acknowledged in the finale of the series. Saving series, in the process aving the family from near-extinction and losing its political rights. She herself had no idea of her status as she was raised in secrecy]]. A backup plan from Eric Dragomir.
26th Jan '16 3:02:07 AM BigKlingy
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* Princess Elincia of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' was brought up in secret this way, ready to assume the throne should everyone else die, because her parents were afraid of a succession conflict caused by her uncle already having been declared the successor when she was born.

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* Princess Elincia of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' was brought up in secret this way, ready to assume the throne should everyone else die, because her parents were afraid of a succession conflict caused by her uncle already having been declared the successor when she was born. Pelleas was similarly raised as one for Daein... [[spoiler: though he really ''was'' just some random commoner: TheEvilGenius Izuka manipulated him and his mother into ''thinking'' he was the long-lost prince so he could control the country through a puppet king. Since Ashnard's son was abandoned as a baby and his mother hadn't seen him in over 15 years, all he had to do was find a suitable orphan. Pelleas [[GoMadFromTheRevelation doesn't take it well when he finds out.]]]]
21st Dec '15 10:34:05 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/TheEmpressGame'', Kayla and her brother Corinth are the only survivors of the massacre of the Ordochian royal family, and are in hiding. [[spoiler:Only it turns out they're ''not'' the only survivors, because the others were secretly captured alive for Dolan to use in his experiments]].
7th Nov '15 10:55:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''KingRalph'' after the entire British Royal Family is wiped out in a photography accident Ralph is found working as a lounge singer in Las Vegas and recruited to be the new King of England. He didn't know he was related to the monarchy at all - he's a royal bastard, his grandfather having been a Duke and his grandmother a hotel maid. [[spoiler: The same is true of Sir Cedric]].

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* In ''KingRalph'' ''Film/KingRalph'' after the entire British Royal Family is wiped out in a photography accident Ralph is found working as a lounge singer in Las Vegas and recruited to be the new King of England. He didn't know he was related to the monarchy at all - he's a royal bastard, his grandfather having been a Duke and his grandmother a hotel maid. [[spoiler: The same is true of Sir Cedric]].
26th Sep '15 4:50:40 AM MrThorfan64
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* A series of [[SuccessionCrisis Succession Crises]] in the realm of Westeros in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have left more [[HiddenBackupPrince Hidden Backup Princes and Princesses]] than anyone knows what to do with. Matters stem from the collapse of the Targaryen dynasty, which had ruled Westeros for nearly 300 years before it was overthrown and supplanted by a new royal house, the Baratheons. King Robert I Baratheon sired nearly 30 bastard children, but no trueborn heirs. His officially recognized children and heirs were not actually his, but the products of incest between his wife and her twin brother. After their parentage is made public knowledge, their claim to the throne is disputed, but the royal army is the strongest force in the Seven Kingdoms, so they maintain their grip on power [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking the old fashioned way]]. But waiting in the wings are even more potential successors with blood ties to the Targaryen royal family, including the two surviving children of the last Targaryen king, and their nephew: the eldest surviving son of their older brother (the former Targaryen heir apparent),who had been thought to be dead (and who might be an imposter). It turns out that [[spoiler:after the Targaryen royal family was overthrown and the last scions were cast into exile, some Targaryen loyalists spirited away the late prince's son as a back-up, in case something should happen to the publicly known Targaryens. Things get complicated when the back-up prince makes himself known and launches an invasion ''before'' the last public Targaryen makes her move]].

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* A series of [[SuccessionCrisis Succession Crises]] in the realm of Westeros in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have left more [[HiddenBackupPrince Hidden Backup Princes and Princesses]] than anyone knows what to do with. Matters stem from the collapse of the Targaryen dynasty, which had ruled Westeros for nearly 300 years before it was overthrown and supplanted by a new royal house, the Baratheons. King Robert I Baratheon sired nearly 30 16 bastard children, but no trueborn heirs. His officially recognized children and heirs were not actually his, but the products of incest between his wife and her twin brother. After their parentage is made public knowledge, their claim to the throne is disputed, but the royal army is the strongest force in the Seven Kingdoms, so they maintain their grip on power [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking the old fashioned way]]. But waiting in the wings are even more potential successors with blood ties to the Targaryen royal family, including the two surviving children of the last Targaryen king, and their nephew: the eldest surviving son of their older brother (the former Targaryen heir apparent),who had been thought to be dead (and who might be an imposter).impostor). It turns out that [[spoiler:after the Targaryen royal family was overthrown and the last scions were cast into exile, some Targaryen loyalists spirited away the late prince's son as a back-up, in case something should happen to the publicly known Targaryens. Things get complicated when the back-up prince makes himself known and launches an invasion ''before'' the last public Targaryen makes her move]]. However, it is a popular fandom theory [[spoiler:that he is actually descended from the Blackfyres, the family of a legitimized King's bastard Daemon Blackfyre, who have made numerous attempts to take the Iron Throne but have died out in the '''male''' line.]]



*** After [[spoiler:the death of King in the North Robb Stark with no known children]], both Bran and Rickon Stark (thought dead) and Jon [[spoiler: Stark (formerly Jon]] Snow, [[spoiler: legitimized by royal decree]] are {{Hidden Backup Prince}}s.

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*** After [[spoiler:the death of King in the North Robb Stark with no known children]], both Bran and Rickon Stark (thought dead) and Jon [[spoiler: Stark (formerly Jon]] Snow, [[spoiler: legitimized by royal decree]] are {{Hidden Backup Prince}}s. [[spoiler:Bran is travelling North of the Wall and looks unlikely to ever return as he is becoming a greenseer. However his youngest sibling Rickon is in hiding in the North and some of the Northern nobility are planning to restore him to rule of Winterfell.]]



*** Lord of the Dreadfort Roose Bolton's bastard son Ramsay Snow invokes this by murdering his true-born half-brother. Roose isn't fooled for an instant, but arranges to have Ramsay legitimized anyway rather than father an heir on his second wife and risk his house being subject to misrule by [[AChildShallLeadThem a child lord]] or a RegentForLife.

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*** Lord of the Dreadfort Roose Bolton's bastard son Ramsay Snow invokes this by murdering his true-born half-brother. Roose isn't fooled for an instant, but arranges to have Ramsay legitimized anyway rather than father an heir on his second third wife and risk his house being subject to misrule by [[AChildShallLeadThem a child lord]] or a RegentForLife.
3rd Sep '15 6:53:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in ''StarOfTheGuardians'' by MargaretWeis. Dion Starfire is hidden away ''because'' he's the only remaining heir to the throne, the remainder of the Blood having been killed during a coup staged by the current government, a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny. The series begins because TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive.

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* Inverted in ''StarOfTheGuardians'' ''Literature/StarOfTheGuardians'' by MargaretWeis. Dion Starfire is hidden away ''because'' he's the only remaining heir to the throne, the remainder of the Blood having been killed during a coup staged by the current government, a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny. The series begins because TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive.



* The entire plot of ''TheFalsePrincess'' by Eilis O'Neal, where the main character finds out at the beginning she was a decoy so that the real princess could be hidden away and protected.
* This is crossed with ChangelingTale in ''TrylleTrilogy''. Wendy is a troll princess swapped with a human child in order to make sure that the evil Vittra trolls don't kill her.

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* The entire plot of ''TheFalsePrincess'' ''Literature/TheFalsePrincess'' by Eilis O'Neal, where the main character finds out at the beginning she was a decoy so that the real princess could be hidden away and protected.
* This is crossed with ChangelingTale in ''TrylleTrilogy''.''Literature/TrylleTrilogy''. Wendy is a troll princess swapped with a human child in order to make sure that the evil Vittra trolls don't kill her.
18th Aug '15 10:43:22 PM sorako
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* In ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfNewSisterDevil'', Mio learns she's the daughter of the demon king after he's killed off, and a hostile demon faction is intent on finding and killing her. He had her hidden away to live the life of a normal human up to that point. Once Basara also learns of this, he reconsiders having kicked them out of his house after they tried to brainwash him into leaving.

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* In ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfNewSisterDevil'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'', Mio learns she's the daughter of the demon king after he's killed off, and a hostile demon faction is intent on finding and killing her. He had her hidden away to live the life of a normal human up to that point. Once Basara also learns of this, he reconsiders having kicked them out of his house after they tried to brainwash him into leaving.
18th Aug '15 10:43:05 PM sorako
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* In ''LightNovel/ShinmaiMaouNoTestament'', Mio learns she's the daughter of the demon king after he's killed off, and a hostile demon faction is intent on finding and killing her. He had her hidden away to live the life of a normal human up to that point. Once Basara also learns of this, he reconsiders having kicked them out of his house after they tried to brainwash him into leaving.

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* In ''LightNovel/ShinmaiMaouNoTestament'', ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfNewSisterDevil'', Mio learns she's the daughter of the demon king after he's killed off, and a hostile demon faction is intent on finding and killing her. He had her hidden away to live the life of a normal human up to that point. Once Basara also learns of this, he reconsiders having kicked them out of his house after they tried to brainwash him into leaving.
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