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7th Jun '17 4:58:18 AM OldBen
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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'', this is what [[spoiler: Celica aka Princess Anteze of Zofia]] turns out to actually be.

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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'', this is what [[spoiler: Celica aka Princess Anteze Anthiese of Zofia]] turns out to actually be.
6th Jun '17 9:10:44 AM Kafkesque
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* [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover George I]] was head of state for a duchy/electorate in the Holy Roman Empire with only a distant family connection to [[UsefulNotes/JamesTheFirst James I]] through his mother... and then Parliament passed the Act of Settlement, disqualifying Catholics from taking the throne and removing no less than ''56'' people from the line of succession who had been ahead of George.[[note]]Though he didn't actually take the throne until about 13 years after the Act was passed due to it being occupied at the time.[[/note]]
8th May '17 5:47:59 PM sgamer82
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* In the second season of Anime/AldnoahZero, [[spoiler: Asseylum's illegitimate half-sister [[IllGirl Princess]] [[BodyDouble Lemrina]] is this for the Martian Empire. She is largely unknown to Vers society and confined to the Moon base just in case the Vers military needs someone who can activate Aldnoah in a pinch. It's a position she greatly resents.]]

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* In the second season of Anime/AldnoahZero, ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', [[spoiler: Asseylum's illegitimate half-sister [[IllGirl Princess]] [[BodyDouble Lemrina]] is this for the Martian Empire. She is largely unknown to Vers society and confined to the Moon base just in case the Vers military needs someone who can activate Aldnoah in a pinch. It's a position she greatly resents.]]]]
* In ''Manga/TalesOfWeddingRings'', Krystal, a princess from another world, is raised on earth under the name of Hime by her wizard guardian posing as her grandfather. Hime knows who she really is and knows she must return one day to fulfill her duty. Her childhood friend, Sato, ends up following her when she returns, which begins the plot.
29th Apr '17 8:05:22 AM Luigifan
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So you have a setting with a monarchy, or where heredity is somehow important (say SuperpowerfulGenetics are in effect), and the entire royal / SuperFamilyTeam are under constant threat of being killed in a surprise attack by their enemies. Sure they'll fail 99% of the time, and most royal families have a SpareToTheThrone to [[HeirClubForMen ensure there's a someone to inherit]], but what to do in case they somehow wipe out ''everyone'' in the line of succession ([[TheEvilPrince who isn't evil]])? EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce after all.

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So you have a setting with a monarchy, or where heredity is somehow important (say SuperpowerfulGenetics are in effect), and the entire royal / SuperFamilyTeam are under constant threat of [[RulingFamilyMassacre being killed killed]] in a surprise attack by their enemies. Sure Sure, they'll fail 99% of the time, and most royal families have a SpareToTheThrone to [[HeirClubForMen ensure there's a someone to inherit]], but what to do in case they somehow wipe out ''everyone'' in the line of succession ([[TheEvilPrince who isn't evil]])? EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce after all.



* In ''Anime/Acca13TerritoryInspectionDept'', [[spoiler: Jean Otus]] is revealed to be this - which the kingdom badly needs, because [[RoyalBrat no one likes Prince Schwan]]. [[spoiler: Jean's mother, the second princess, faked her death to be with her love, but some people did keep tabs on her and her children]].

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* In ''Anime/Acca13TerritoryInspectionDept'', [[spoiler: Jean Otus]] is revealed to be this - which the kingdom badly needs, because [[RoyalBrat no one likes Prince Schwan]]. [[spoiler: Jean's [[spoiler:Jean's mother, the second princess, faked her death to be with her love, but some people did keep tabs on her and her children]].



* Inverted in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. The crown prince was a boy named Tendou, and in order to protect his life [[spoiler: from one of the concubines, who wanted ''her'' son, Hotohori, on the throne]], his father sent him to [[PrincessInRags live as a commoner]], with the intention of bringing him back to the royal family when the heat was off. Which never happened. [[spoiler: Ironically, Tendou's ex-girlfriend Houki ends up being taken to be part of the RoyalHarem, and ends up marrying Hotohori, who looks just like Tendou.]]

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* Inverted in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. The crown prince was a boy named Tendou, and in order to protect his life [[spoiler: from [[spoiler:from one of the concubines, who wanted ''her'' son, Hotohori, on the throne]], his father sent him to [[PrincessInRags live as a commoner]], with the intention of bringing him back to the royal family when the heat was off. Which never happened. [[spoiler: Ironically, [[spoiler:Ironically, Tendou's ex-girlfriend Houki ends up being taken to be part of the RoyalHarem, and ends up marrying Hotohori, who looks just like Tendou.]]
24th Apr '17 1:58:17 PM wuggles
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** [[spoiler: Jon Snow could be considered this trope in two ways: despite being Ned Stark's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] as far as anyone knows, at the end of season 6, Jon is his only living son and ends up being chosen as King of the North, while he spent years in the Night's Watch at the Wall. Additionally, the show confirms the fan theory that Jon is secretly the son of Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister, and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, thus making him the ''last male Targaryen left in Westeros'' so a Backup Prince for the Iron Throne as well.]]

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** [[spoiler: Jon Snow could be considered this trope in two ways: despite being Ned Stark's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] as far as anyone knows, at the end of season 6, Jon is his only living son and ends up being chosen as King of the North, while even though he spent years in the Night's Watch at the Wall. Additionally, the show confirms the fan theory that Jon is secretly the son of Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister, and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, thus making him the ''last male Targaryen left in Westeros'' so a Backup Prince for the Iron Throne as well.]]
22nd Apr '17 9:47:29 AM GlitteringFlowers
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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.]]]]

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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. born (plus he was very, ''very'' beloved by the population). The uncle, Lord Renning, ultimately supported Elincia's bid to the throne and she became Queen, but not before [[spoiler: he was BrainwashedAndCrazy by the MadScientist Izuka]].
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Pelleas was similarly raised as one for Daein... [[spoiler: though he really ''was'' just some random commoner: TheEvilGenius Izuka the aforementioned [[TheEvilGenius Izuka]] manipulated him and his mother Almedha 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. orphan, and Pelleas suited in since he bore the mark of a spirit charmer. Understandably, poor Pelleas [[GoMadFromTheRevelation doesn't take it well when he finds out.]]]]]]]]
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'', this is what [[spoiler: Celica aka Princess Anteze of Zofia]] turns out to actually be.
15th Apr '17 4:19:07 PM Jake
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* The ''Literature/CodexAlera'' novels use a variation on the same general theme; the only son of [[TheHighKing the First Lord]] was killed in battle as a young man, creating a looming SuccessionCrisis... [[spoiler:Except that the young prince had fallen in love with a woman of ''very'' minor nobility and modest means, and of whom his father would not have approved. They were married in haste and in secrecy, and not long after the young prince died, his wife gave birth to a son.]] The InternalReveal of all this at the end of the fourth volume is quite something to behold.
13th Apr '17 9:44:34 AM JoeMerl
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* {{Invoke}} in ''Literature/TheMagids'' by Diana Wynne Jones: the Koryfonic Empire, which spans multiple magical worlds, has all of the emperor's children raised by someone else to avoid rebellion and succession problems. The novel actually opens with the Emperor executing one of his sons for finding out the truth. Of course, this winds up ''creating'' succession problems when the Emperor is assassinated, with the Empire thrown into chaos as the protagonist, Rupert, tries to track down at least one of the heirs. (Some of whom are in our world and at least one of whom [[InterspeciesRomance isn't fully human]].)

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* {{Invoke}} {{Invoked}} in ''Literature/TheMagids'' by Diana Wynne Jones: the Koryfonic Empire, which spans multiple magical worlds, has all of the emperor's children raised by someone else to avoid rebellion and succession problems. The novel actually opens with the Emperor executing one of his sons for finding out the truth. Of course, this winds up ''creating'' succession problems when the Emperor is assassinated, with the Empire thrown into chaos as the protagonist, Rupert, tries to track down at least one of the heirs. (Some of whom are in our world and at least one of whom [[InterspeciesRomance isn't fully human]].)
13th Apr '17 9:42:48 AM JoeMerl
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* {{Enforced}} in ''Literature/TheMagids'' by Diana Wynne Jones: the Koryfonic Empire, which spans multiple magical worlds, has all of the emperor's children raised by someone else to avoid rebellion and succession problems. The novel actually opens with the Emperor executing one of his sons for finding out the truth. Of course, this winds up ''creating'' succession problems when the Emperor is assassinated, with the Empire thrown into chaos as the protagonist, Rupert, tries to track down at least one of the heirs. (Some of whom are in our world and at least one of whom isn't fully human.)

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* {{Enforced}} {{Invoke}} in ''Literature/TheMagids'' by Diana Wynne Jones: the Koryfonic Empire, which spans multiple magical worlds, has all of the emperor's children raised by someone else to avoid rebellion and succession problems. The novel actually opens with the Emperor executing one of his sons for finding out the truth. Of course, this winds up ''creating'' succession problems when the Emperor is assassinated, with the Empire thrown into chaos as the protagonist, Rupert, tries to track down at least one of the heirs. (Some of whom are in our world and at least one of whom [[InterspeciesRomance isn't fully human.human]].)
10th Apr '17 3:18:52 PM mercydracyel
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** [[spoiler: Bran and Rickon Stark could be considered this, since most people assume that Theon Greyjoy killed both of them when he took over Winterfell, and after the Boltons take over. However, Ramsay Bolton is GenreSavvy enough to know this and kills Rickon after holding him hostage (and, as far as anyone knows, Bran is dead). Jon Snow could be considered this trope in two ways: despite being Ned Stark's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] as far as anyone knows, at the end of season 6, Jon is his only living son and ends up being chosen as King of the North, while he spent years in the Night's Watch at the Wall. Additionally, the show confirms the fan theory that Jon is secretly the son of Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister, and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, thus making him the ''last male Targaryen left in Westeros'' so a Backup Prince for the Iron Throne as well.]]

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** [[spoiler: Bran and Rickon Stark could be considered this, since most people assume that Theon Greyjoy killed both of them when he took over Winterfell, and after the Boltons take over. However, Ramsay Bolton is GenreSavvy enough to know this and kills Rickon after holding him hostage (and, as far as anyone knows, Bran is dead). ]]
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Jon Snow could be considered this trope in two ways: despite being Ned Stark's [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]] as far as anyone knows, at the end of season 6, Jon is his only living son and ends up being chosen as King of the North, while he spent years in the Night's Watch at the Wall. Additionally, the show confirms the fan theory that Jon is secretly the son of Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister, and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, thus making him the ''last male Targaryen left in Westeros'' so a Backup Prince for the Iron Throne as well.]]
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