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13th Jan '18 7:44:38 PM nombretomado
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* King George V in ''TheKingsSpeech''.

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* King George V in ''TheKingsSpeech''.''Film/TheKingsSpeech''.
17th Nov '17 9:34:00 PM LinTaylor
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** ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'' turns this into BookEnds, with Graham himself taking the role of the ailing king. While there is a debate over which of his grandchildren will inherit the throne, it mostly falls by the wayside because both kids are more concerned about the idea that their beloved grandfather is going to die soon.
14th Oct '17 3:41:10 AM Kinitawowi
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The King, TheEmperor, or the high commander has become terminally ill, but lingers on his deathbed for weeks or months. His loyal retainers stand vigil at his side, mourning the loss of their leader and dreading the moment of his death... or are they? Is seems the anticipated power vacuum has kicked off furious machinations among the members of the court. Heirs and aspirants to the throne are collecting as many supporters as they can beg, bribe or threaten. There may even be whispers of CivilWar.

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The King, TheEmperor, or the high commander has become terminally ill, but lingers on his deathbed for weeks or months. His loyal retainers stand vigil at his side, mourning the loss of their leader and dreading the moment of his death... or are they? Is It seems the anticipated power vacuum has kicked off furious machinations among the members of the court. Heirs and aspirants to the throne are collecting as many supporters as they can beg, bribe or threaten. There may even be whispers of CivilWar.
20th Sep '17 2:04:07 PM dustyham
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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.

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* Occurs in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' at the end of halfway through the first book, book when [[spoiler: King Robert Robert]] is dying after being gutted by a boar he was hunting]] while hunting and as he lies dying [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen his wife wife]] immediately sets her plot in motion starts plotting to secure the throne in for [[TheCaligula her son]] but is opposed by TheGoodChancellor (who knows that [[spoiler: ([[MamasBabyPapasMaybe but the queen's children [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe are not his]]) ]] son.her husband's]])]], setting off the SuccessionCrisis and CivilWar that fills subsequent novels.
18th Jul '17 3:24:59 PM WillKeaton
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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's death in 1952 was very much like this, as even as his magnates surrounded his bedside they were plotting against each other, but particularly everyone was terrified of his police chief Lavrentiy Beria. When Stalin finally expired, Beria sprung forward, making sure he was the first to kiss Stalin's hand, an act one historian called the equivalent of "wrenching a dead King's ring off his finger," before sweeping out of the room and triumphantly calling for his car. Historians to this day debate whether it was Beria who had actually poisoned Stalin. One magnate said to another, "He's off to seize power," and they all quickly followed after him, calling for their own limousines.

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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's death in 1952 was very much like this, as even as his magnates surrounded his bedside they were plotting against each other, but everyone was particularly everyone was terrified of his police chief Lavrentiy Beria. When Stalin finally expired, Beria sprung forward, making sure he was the first to kiss Stalin's hand, an act one historian called the equivalent of "wrenching a dead King's ring off his finger," before sweeping out of the room and triumphantly calling for his car. Historians to this day debate whether it was Beria who had actually poisoned Stalin. One magnate said to another, "He's off to seize power," and they all quickly followed after him, calling for their own limousines.
18th Jul '17 3:23:44 PM WillKeaton
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* In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the Emperor of Mankind has been on life support for ten thousand years, while all around him the "High Lords" politic and scheme. In this case there's no question of succession -- if he ever finishes dying the entire Imperium will probably collapse and die -- but otherwise it fits this trope to a tee.

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* In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' the Emperor of Mankind has been on life support for ten thousand years, while all around him the "High Lords" politic and scheme. In this case there's no question of succession -- if he ever finishes dying the entire Imperium will probably collapse and die -- but otherwise it fits this trope to a tee.
30th Jun '17 5:32:38 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's death was very much like this, as even as his magnates surrounded his bedside they were plotting against each other, but particularly everyone was terrified of Beria. When Stalin finally expired, Beria sprung forward, making sure he was the first to kiss Stalin's hand, an act one historian called the equivalent of "wrenching a dead King's ring off his finger," before sweeping out of the room and triumphantly calling for his car. Historians to this day debate whether it was Beria who had actually poisoned Stalin. One magnate said to another, "He's off to seize power," and they all quickly followed after him, calling for their own limousines.
** Later this resulted in everyone joining forces agaist Beria; Khruschev and Bulganin, two of the less pro-Stalinist magnates won with help of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the Soviet Union's top military commander (of questionable competence as a strategist, but with exactly zilch political ambition).

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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin's death in 1952 was very much like this, as even as his magnates surrounded his bedside they were plotting against each other, but particularly everyone was terrified of his police chief Lavrentiy Beria. When Stalin finally expired, Beria sprung forward, making sure he was the first to kiss Stalin's hand, an act one historian called the equivalent of "wrenching a dead King's ring off his finger," before sweeping out of the room and triumphantly calling for his car. Historians to this day debate whether it was Beria who had actually poisoned Stalin. One magnate said to another, "He's off to seize power," and they all quickly followed after him, calling for their own limousines.
** Later this resulted in everyone joining forces agaist ''against'' Beria; Nikita Khruschev and Nikolai Bulganin, two of the less pro-Stalinist magnates won with help of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the Soviet Union's top military commander (of questionable competence as a strategist, but with exactly zilch political ambition).ambition). Beria himself was executed in 1953.
30th Jun '17 5:26:26 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* This trope is vital in ''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]].\\
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And later [[spoiler: the one who actually reigns is Kail's half brother Arnuwanda, who then makes Kail his succesor. Few later, he ''does'' die and that kicks off ''another'' succesion crisis...]]

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* This trope is vital in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory''. ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'':
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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; long. Problem is, 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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supporters]].
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And later [[spoiler: the one who actually reigns is Kail's half brother Arnuwanda, who then makes appoints Kail as his succesor. Few later, he ''does'' die and that kicks off ''another'' succesion crisis...]]
13th Jun '17 11:37:41 PM jormis29
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* ''{{Exalted}}'' has an interesting variation; the Scarlet Empress is merely missing, rather than dying, and speculation among her Dynasty includes factors not only related to the possibility of her confirmed death but also of her potential entirely healthy return (which would include her easily resuming control of the empire's superweapon network).

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has an interesting variation; the Scarlet Empress is merely missing, rather than dying, and speculation among her Dynasty includes factors not only related to the possibility of her confirmed death but also of her potential entirely healthy return (which would include her easily resuming control of the empire's superweapon network).
10th Jan '17 11:47:35 AM dustyham
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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Marcus Aurelius isn't literally on his deathbed, but knows he's old and dying, and so names the hero his heir. This, combined with telling his psychotic son before telling anyone else who could confirm it, leads to him passing the deathbed stage and going straight to [[KilledOffForReal all the way dead]].

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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Marcus Aurelius isn't literally on his deathbed, but knows he's old and dying, and so names the hero his heir. This, combined with telling his [[TheCaligula psychotic son son]] before telling anyone else who could confirm it, leads to him passing the deathbed stage and going straight to [[KilledOffForReal [[TheEvilPrince all the way dead]].


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* When Henry VI of England fell into a catatonic stupor for 16 months in 1453-54, a power struggle broke out between his French wife Margaret of Anjou and his cousin Richard, Duke of York, over control of the government, which sparked an escalating feud even Henry's sudden recovery couldn't quell, effectively creating a SuccessionCrisis while he was still alive that eventually devolved into the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses.
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