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21st Apr '17 6:45:30 AM erforce
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* While he begins as the celebrated heir to the throne, Film/{{Thor}} becomes/demonstrates-himself-as an inadequate inheritor through his arrogance and rashness in attacking the Frost Giants. The rest of the movie is his path back to worthiness.

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* [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel]]'s ''Thor'':
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While he begins as the celebrated heir to the throne, Film/{{Thor}} becomes/demonstrates-himself-as an inadequate inheritor through his arrogance and rashness in attacking the Frost Giants. The rest of the movie is his path back to worthiness.
21st Apr '17 5:49:08 AM Steven
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* Princess Zelda was considered to be this by her people in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' due to her not being able to awaken the powers that slept within her soul. Along with the pressure her father had already put on her to awaken those powers, hearing the public make fun of her behind her back only made Zelda more tense. [[spoiler: Only when Link was on the brink of death was Zelda able to awaken her powers. By that point, Calamity Ganon had already destroyed most of Hyrule.]]
8th Mar '17 5:23:38 PM Jisu
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* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Franziska von Karma accuses Edgeworth of disgracing her father's family name due to his losses at the hands of Phoenix Wright. She's flummoxed when he doesn't care about the insult, since he's had CharacterDevelopment and learned there were more important things than a perfect winning streak. And because [[spoiler: von Karma was a murderer who killed Edgeworth's father and tried to get him accused of murder]], but that issue is never really brought up.

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* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'', Franziska von Karma accuses Edgeworth of disgracing her father's family name due to his losses at the hands of Phoenix Wright. She's flummoxed when he doesn't care about the insult, since he's had CharacterDevelopment and learned there were more important things than a perfect winning streak. And because [[spoiler: von [[spoiler:von Karma was a murderer who killed Edgeworth's father and tried to get him accused of murder]], but that issue is never really brought up.



** This is how [[spoiler: [[BigBad Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in]]]] is defeated in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit Of Justice]]''. [[spoiler: It's a legal requirement that the Queen of Khura'in be a Medium capable of channelling the spirit of the Holy Mother, the founder of the Khura'in country and religion, which Ga'ran can [[PhonyPsychic not]]. Not only does this remove her as queen, ending a CivilWar but it also ends decades of MiscarriageOfJustice as any laws she introduced, including the Defence Culpability Act, are declared null and void]].

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** This is how [[spoiler: [[BigBad Ga'ran Sigatar Khura'in]]]] is defeated in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice Spirit Of Justice]]''. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's a legal requirement that the Queen of Khura'in be a Medium capable of channelling the spirit of the Holy Mother, the founder of the Khura'in country and religion, which Ga'ran can [[PhonyPsychic not]]. cannot]]. Not only does this remove her as queen, ending a CivilWar CivilWar, but it also ends decades of MiscarriageOfJustice as any laws she introduced, including the Defence Culpability Act, are declared null and void]].



** Only in one route though. In the other two, [[spoiler:Shinji loses big time to Shirou instead, after Sakura gave Rider to him]]. And, of course, [[spoiler:Sakura has spent the last eleven years being horrifically abused by ''both'' of them, so she's hardly won either...]].

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** Only in one route route, though. In the other two, [[spoiler:Shinji loses big time to Shirou instead, after Sakura gave Rider to him]]. And, of course, [[spoiler:Sakura has spent the last eleven years being horrifically abused by ''both'' of them, so she's hardly won either...]].



* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', wealthy head of the Ushiromiya family Kinzo is dying. His heir, Krauss has made several bad investments and lost a lot of money. The second oldest, Eva, is intelligent and ambitious, but not very personable and is border line crazy. The third oldest, Rudolf, is just a womanizer. The youngest, Rosa has an illegitimate daughter. So what does he do to remedy the situation? Teach them to be better heirs? [[AbusiveParents No]]. [[spoiler:Because he's been dead for over a year before the series begins anyway. In [=EP7=], an AlternateTimeline shows who Kinzo ''would'' have considered his ideal inheritor: [[AmbiguousGender Lion]], the child of his [[ParentalIncest unholy union]] with his illegitimate daughter, who he gave to Krauss and Natsuhi to raise as their own.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', wealthy head of the Ushiromiya family Kinzo is dying. His heir, Krauss Krauss, has made several bad investments and lost a lot of money. The second oldest, Eva, is intelligent and ambitious, but not very personable and is border line borderline crazy. The third oldest, Rudolf, is just a womanizer. The youngest, Rosa Rosa, has an illegitimate daughter. So what does he do to remedy the situation? Teach them to be better heirs? [[AbusiveParents No]]. [[spoiler:Because he's been dead for over a year before the series begins anyway. In [=EP7=], an AlternateTimeline shows who Kinzo ''would'' have considered his ideal inheritor: [[AmbiguousGender Lion]], the child of his [[ParentalIncest unholy union]] with his illegitimate daughter, who he gave to Krauss and Natsuhi to raise as their own.]]


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* Haruka in ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' is this to her BigScrewedUpFamily, [[spoiler:who declared that the child of the "criminal" (read: the son-in-law they had thrown in jail when he attacked them in the name of protecting his wife and [[MarryThemAll co-husband]]) couldn't be the family heir. Kanata, the other twin, was declared by a series of tests to be the "better" child and became the heir]]. However, [[spoiler:despite Haruka spending her entire life thinking Kanata had the easy life, Kanata was ''also'' this, belted when she was anything less than perfect and constantly under suspicion of being the "bad one" herself. Learning this and the fact that Kanata was forced to treat her so cruelly by the family under threat that they'd kill both sisters leads Haruka to reluctantly realize that there is no good or bad one and a DaddyDNATest won't make the extended family love them.]]
4th Feb '17 3:15:32 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Sam ended up in the Night's Watch because his father considered him this.
** Lord Tywin views Tyrion as a celestial condemnation and openly tells his youngest son that lawful heir or not, neither gods nor men will make him heir to Casterly Rock.
** This is Renly's justification for attempting to take the throne instead of Stannis or Joffrey.
** Stannis considers Renly, who has never fought for anything, an inadequate inheritor for their ancestral home of Storm's End, which Stannis withstood TheSiege to hold.
** Tywin is an undisputed master of the game of thrones but he is getting older and none of his children or grandchildren are perceived as his equal (though Tyrion probably is). Davos uses this argument to persuade the Iron Bank allow Stannis a small loan just to hedge their bets.
28th Jan '17 2:26:58 AM CountDorku
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* This is a brewing problem in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'''s nation of Breland. The king is wise and has achieved great things, but he's also ''[[CoolOldGuy old]]'', and none of his heirs are anywhere near worthy to take on the position. There is a significant republican movement...but its main backer is LawfulEvil and expects it to make ''him'' effectively the next king.


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* The CentralTheme of ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' is that ''none'' of the inheritors or would-be inheritors to various legacies you encounter are worthy, from the nobles who've abandoned their duty to the descendant of old gods who has transformed himself into a cannibalistic goo horror.
20th Jan '17 8:50:42 AM BeerBaron
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* In the ''Francise/TotalWar'' series, you typically have a Faction Leader and a Faction Heir. When the Faction Leader dies, the Heir is promoted and the game assigns a new Heir for your faction. (Often the new Leader's eldest son or younger brother.) Unfortunately, this may not always be the best person for the job. Some games, such as ''[[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome]]'', allow you to manually change your Faction Heir at the cost of some influence to the former Heir in the form of the "Disinherited" trait. Others, like ''[[VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar Medieval II]]'', do not allow you to manually switch your Heir, presumably for historical accuracy. If the game decides that your Faction Heir is going to be that greedy, incompetent governor in the middle of nowhere instead of your kickass, utterly loyal and upright general, your only option is to have your Faction Heir killed via UriahGambit and [[LuckBasedMission hope the game selects a better one]].
26th Dec '16 7:59:47 PM PaulA
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* In the re-imagined ''Series/FlashGordon'' series, [[MagnificentBastard Ming]] views his daughter Aura as this, believing that she is too soft to rule Mongo. In his mind, Mongo can only be ruled by an iron fist covered by a velvet glove. In one episode, Aura ends up unintentionally causing Ming to be put into a temporary coma. When Ming wakes up, he's mad that he's still alive. After all, a capable and ambitious leader would have ensured that Ming wouldn't wake up. As such, Aura is unworthy. In the final episode, as Ming is being led to the gas chamber, he looks at his teary-eyed daughter (who was part of the coup and ordered Ming's execution) and tells her he can be finally proud of her.

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* In the re-imagined ''Series/FlashGordon'' series, ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' series:
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[[MagnificentBastard Ming]] views his daughter Aura as this, believing that she is too soft to rule Mongo. In his mind, Mongo can only be ruled by an iron fist covered by a velvet glove. In one episode, Aura ends up unintentionally causing Ming to be put into a temporary coma. When Ming wakes up, he's mad that he's still alive. After all, a capable and ambitious leader would have ensured that Ming wouldn't wake up. As such, Aura is unworthy. In the final episode, as Ming is being led to the gas chamber, he looks at his teary-eyed daughter (who was part of the coup and ordered Ming's execution) and tells her he can be finally proud of her.
21st Dec '16 4:38:02 AM DragonAtma
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* In the [[ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Three Kingdoms]] period, Tao Qian recognized that his sons were incapable and that only Liu Bei (yes, the same Liu Bei that founded Shu) would have a chance of holding off Cao Cao; after his death, his advisors arranged for Liu Bei to succeed him.



24th Nov '16 12:05:35 PM nombretomado
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* Dr. Evil and his son Scott in the ''AustinPowers'' films. Dr. Evil is rather disappointed that his son doesn't want to follow in his footsteps, though Scott was heading in that direction in the second movie and becomes a near copy of his father in the third.[[spoiler: The irony is that by that point [[strike:Dr. Evil]] "Dougie" had [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]]]].

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* Dr. Evil and his son Scott in the ''AustinPowers'' ''Film/AustinPowers'' films. Dr. Evil is rather disappointed that his son doesn't want to follow in his footsteps, though Scott was heading in that direction in the second movie and becomes a near copy of his father in the third.[[spoiler: The irony is that by that point [[strike:Dr. Evil]] "Dougie" had [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]]]].
30th Oct '16 3:22:09 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the story told of the founding of the country of Valdemar says that its first king, although confident in his son's ability to succeed the throne and rule well, feared that sooner or later one of his descendents would fall into this trope. That fear led him to pray to every god he knew of for a solution, a prayer answered by the arrival of the first three [[BondCreatures Companions]] and the quick adoption of a law requiring that the country's monarch must also be Chosen by a Companion in order to be eligible for the throne.

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* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the story told of the founding of the country of Valdemar says that its first king, although confident in his son's ability to succeed the throne and rule well, feared that sooner or later one of his descendents would fall into this trope. That fear led him to pray to every god he knew of for a solution, a prayer answered by the arrival of the first three [[BondCreatures Companions]] and the quick adoption of a law requiring that the country's monarch must also be Chosen by a Companion in order to be eligible for the throne.
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