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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.
29th Oct '16 1:29:08 AM Vir
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderCats (2011)]]'', almost everyone in [[TheKingdom Thundera]] ''thinks'' young prince Lion-O isn't as worthy an heir to the throne as his adopted brother Tygra, since Tygra is AlwaysSomeoneBetter and Lion-O is viewed as eccentric for believing in the stories of "[[LostTechnology technology]]," and defending the [[FantasticRacism supposed rights]] of other, lower [[PettingZooPeople Animals]]. His refusal to conform to Thundera's [[CulturalPosturing cultural paradigm]] of MightMakesRight and [[SuperiorSpecies species dominance]] doesn't help his case either. It's only when Thundera is invaded that Lion-O is vindicated, and proves his worth.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderCats (2011)]]'', ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', almost everyone in [[TheKingdom Thundera]] ''thinks'' young prince Lion-O isn't as worthy an heir to the throne as his adopted brother Tygra, since Tygra is AlwaysSomeoneBetter and Lion-O is viewed as eccentric for believing in the stories of "[[LostTechnology technology]]," and defending the [[FantasticRacism supposed rights]] of other, lower [[PettingZooPeople Animals]]. His refusal to conform to Thundera's [[CulturalPosturing cultural paradigm]] of MightMakesRight and [[SuperiorSpecies species dominance]] doesn't help his case either. It's only when Thundera is invaded that Lion-O is vindicated, and proves his worth.
29th Oct '16 1:28:45 AM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode, ''Burns, Baby Burns'', Mr. Burns' son, Larry, is considered to inherit Mr. Burns' fortune, but has a tough time fitting in.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode, ''Burns, episode "Burns, Baby Burns'', Burns", Mr. Burns' son, Larry, is considered to inherit Mr. Burns' fortune, but has a tough time fitting in.
29th Oct '16 1:28:07 AM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', the original Mandarim set up those tests and hid the rings because he felt all his children to be the trope.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', the original Mandarim Mandarin set up those tests and hid the rings because he felt all his children to be the trope.
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