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11th Jun '16 6:32:14 PM nombretomado
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* In the backstory of TanyaHuff's ''Sing the Four Quarters'', the young princess-protagonist wants to become a bard. Against her older brother's wishes (he wants to marry her off to a neighboring monarch) she asks her father on his deathbed to release her from her royal obligations. He does so, and the moment he dies her brother banishes her.

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* In the backstory of TanyaHuff's Creator/TanyaHuff's ''Sing the Four Quarters'', the young princess-protagonist wants to become a bard. Against her older brother's wishes (he wants to marry her off to a neighboring monarch) she asks her father on his deathbed to release her from her royal obligations. He does so, and the moment he dies her brother banishes her.
26th Feb '16 3:47:37 PM Menshevik
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* The deathbed of [[LetatCestMoi King Louis XIII]] is a classic example as the courtiers and his devious brother Gaston of Orléans were wondering whether first minister Cardinal Mazarin would manage to retain his position (in the end, the answer was yes) and who would become the regent during the successor's minority (Louis' widow, Anne of Austria). The deathbed is also well remembered because St. Vincent of Paul was on hand to lend his spiritual support and for the exchange that occurred when the five-year-old Dauphin was brought to see his dying father:
--->'''Louis XIII:''' What is your name?
--->'''Dauphin:''' UsefulNotes/LouisXIV.
--->'''Louis XIII:''' Not yet, not yet...
24th Feb '16 8:06:38 AM 20person
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* Occurs in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' at the end of the first book, when [[spoiler: King Robert is dying after being gutted by a boar he was hunting]] and his wife immediately sets her plot in motion to secure the throne in for her [[spoiler: ([[MamasBabyPapasMaybe but not his]]) ]] son.
24th Feb '16 7:53:14 AM 20person
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** Though sometimes regencies can last for years or even decades, forcing the player to watch helplessly as their regent undoes everything they worked for.
** Somewhat subverted if you pick a decent (read unambitious) regent in advance who can hold on to their position.
17th Feb '16 3:09:09 PM HeraldAlberich
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* In the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 3}}'', Fiona's father, the king of Far Far Away, is on his deathbed (in frog form), and is trying to get a message about an heir to the throne to Shrek and Fiona. He seems to die three times before [[IncrediblyLamePun croaking]] out the end of the message, then finally dying.
* Kicks off the plot in ''Film/{{Stardust}}''. The King of Stormhold summons his four remaining sons to his deathbed, watches approvingly as one of them kills another, and tells the three who are left that he's sending his magical ruby flying off into the land and whoever finds it is his heir. He expires immediately, with an earlier line implying that he was keeping himself alive through sheer willpower.

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* In the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 3}}'', ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', Fiona's father, the king of Far Far Away, is on his deathbed (in frog form), and is trying to get a message about an heir to the throne to Shrek and Fiona. He seems to die three times before [[IncrediblyLamePun croaking]] out the end of the message, then finally dying.
* Kicks off the plot in ''Film/{{Stardust}}''. The King of Stormhold summons his four remaining sons to his deathbed, watches approvingly as one of them kills another, and tells the three who are left that he's sending his magical ruby flying off into the land and [[GameBetweenHeirs whoever finds it is his heir.heir]]. He expires immediately, with an earlier line implying that he was keeping himself alive through sheer willpower.
17th Feb '16 11:39:44 AM HeraldAlberich
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* Kicks off the plot in ''Film/{{Stardust}}''.

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* Kicks off the plot in ''Film/{{Stardust}}''. The King of Stormhold summons his four remaining sons to his deathbed, watches approvingly as one of them kills another, and tells the three who are left that he's sending his magical ruby flying off into the land and whoever finds it is his heir. He expires immediately, with an earlier line implying that he was keeping himself alive through sheer willpower.
1st Jan '16 11:06:20 PM nombretomado
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* The end of [[SocietyForCreativeAnachronism Cariadoc of the Bow's]] first 'William Marshal' poem take place at the deathbed of King Henry II.

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* The end of [[SocietyForCreativeAnachronism [[UsefulNotes/SocietyForCreativeAnachronism Cariadoc of the Bow's]] first 'William Marshal' poem take place at the deathbed of King Henry II.
3rd Nov '15 9:44:08 AM Willbyr
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* A major part of the second season of ''{{Slayers}}''. The king of Saillune is an old man (Who never actually appears on screen), and various members of the Royal Family are trying to kill off Prince Philionel, the Heir Apparent so that they can claim the throne.
* This trope is vital in AnatoliaStory. The male lead Prince Kail Mursili is one of the biggest candidates to succeed his father, King Suppilinuma of the Hitite Empire, who is not expected to live for long; Kail's WickedStepmother Nakia is desperately trying to install her own child Juda in the throne and won't stop at ''anything'' to do so. In comes Yuri, the female lead, who becomes Kail's lover ''and'' [[GuileHero one of his strongest supporters]].\\

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* A major part of the second season of ''{{Slayers}}''.''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. The king of Saillune is an old man (Who never actually appears on screen), and various members of the Royal Family are trying to kill off Prince Philionel, the Heir Apparent so that they can claim the throne.
* This trope is vital in AnatoliaStory.''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. The male lead Prince Kail Mursili is one of the biggest candidates to succeed his father, King Suppilinuma of the Hitite Empire, who is not expected to live for long; Kail's WickedStepmother Nakia is desperately trying to install her own child Juda in the throne and won't stop at ''anything'' to do so. In comes Yuri, the female lead, who becomes Kail's lover ''and'' [[GuileHero one of his strongest supporters]].\\
20th Sep '15 11:44:47 PM Stealth
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* This is basically what the entire [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Eight_Princes War of the Eight Princes]] in the Chinese Jin dynasty boiled down to: eight princes as well as several members of the Imperial court vying for the regency over the developmentally disabled second Emperor Hui of Jin, born Sima Zhong. The eight princes, all relatives of the Sima clan, battled each other intermittently from 291 to 307--the net result was several dead members of the Sima clan, two dead empresses, and quite a number of dead ministers, and one Sima Yue as the eventual winner for a few years.
9th Sep '15 6:23:17 AM Elfkaiser
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* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', the Holy Knights of Liones cover up their coup by saying that King Baltra Liones had fallen ill and become bedridden.



* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown''.

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* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown''.In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown'', the main catalyst for the eponymous quest is that King Edward of Daventry is near death without an heir. He thus sends Sir Graham to reclaim the kingdom's three stolen treasures before he dies with the promise that he'll reward the knight with his kingdom.
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