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21st Jun '16 11:34:48 PM PaulA
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* In "Literature/TheTwoBrothers", collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm, the son of a poor broom-maker rescues a princess from a dragon and marries her.
15th Jun '16 4:50:44 AM JustKnown
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* Deconstructed, like pretty much every other trope, in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': LittleMissSnarker Ruri learns that she's the long lost princess of a Lichtenstein-like {{Ruritania}}, finally meets the biological family she'd always wondered about, and promptly decides they're a bunch of idiots and wants nothing further to do with them.
12th Jun '16 4:05:57 PM nombretomado
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** A GenderFlip classic of this type, the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} "Literature/TheLordOfLornAndTheFalseSteward"; it also appears with [[TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Ozma]]

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** A GenderFlip classic of this type, the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} "Literature/TheLordOfLornAndTheFalseSteward"; it also appears with [[TheWonderfulWizardOfOz [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Ozma]]
11th Jun '16 7:31:14 AM TechPriest90
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* Qutb al-Din Aibak, founder of the Malmuk Dynasty that started the Delhi Sultanate in Northern India, was sold into slavery as a child. He eventually came into the possession of Mu'izz ad-Din Muhammad, Sultan of the larger Ghurid Empire. Quṭb was initially put in charge of royal stables or Amir-i-Akhur. Eventually, Quṭb was appointed to military command and became a general to his owner, Muʿizz al-Dīn Muḥammad. When Muʿizz al-Dīn was assassinated in 1206, Quṭb al-Dīn was his logical successor. He was still technically a slave, but he quickly obtained manumission. He married the daughter of Tāj al-Dīn Yildiz of Ghazna, one of the other principal claimants to succeed Muʿizz al-Dīn, and, by other judiciously arranged marriages, consolidated his rule.

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* Qutb al-Din Aibak, founder of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamluk_Dynasty_(Delhi) Malmuk Dynasty Dynasty]] that started the Delhi Sultanate in Northern India, was sold into slavery as a child. He eventually came into the possession of Mu'izz ad-Din Muhammad, Sultan of the larger Ghurid Empire. Quṭb was initially put in charge of royal stables or Amir-i-Akhur. Eventually, Quṭb was appointed to military command and became a general to his owner, Muʿizz al-Dīn Muḥammad. When Muʿizz al-Dīn was assassinated in 1206, Quṭb al-Dīn was his logical successor. He was still technically a slave, but he quickly obtained manumission. He married the daughter of Tāj al-Dīn Yildiz of Ghazna, one of the other principal claimants to succeed Muʿizz al-Dīn, and, by other judiciously arranged marriages, consolidated his rule.rule.
** The dynasty he founded was eventually called a Dynasty of Slaves (''Mamluk'' literally means Slave, and the dynasty was known as the ''Ghulam Garh'' - The House of Slaves) as ''every'' ruler who came after him was either a slave, [[BornIntoSlavery or the child of one.]]
8th Jun '16 9:35:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/CSLewis' ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'': [[spoiler: Shasta is Prince Cor, heir to the Archenland throne. He's a Sleeping Beauty type as he didn't know about that until the end, and only escaped from Calormen because neither he nor Bree wanted to be MadeASlave. At the end, Cor grows into TheWisePrince and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure as King Cor of Archenland.]]

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* In Creator/CSLewis' ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'': ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'': [[spoiler: Shasta is Prince Cor, heir to the Archenland throne. He's a Sleeping Beauty type as he didn't know about that until the end, and only escaped from Calormen because neither he nor Bree wanted to be MadeASlave. At the end, Cor grows into TheWisePrince and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure as King Cor of Archenland.]]



* In TheBookOfTheNewSun, Severian is a ragged apprentice who becomes the Autarch - the leader of his Commonwealth [[note]]Severian's journey to the throne is so filled with obfuscation that it's easy to forget this was promised in chapter 1 [[/note]] and by extension the representative of Mankind. Severian is low-born (but with [[EpilepticTrees hints]] of noble blood), and it turns out many of his predecessors on the throne have been of similarly obscure origins, since leadership of the Commonwealth is a pawn in the machinations of higher powers.

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* In TheBookOfTheNewSun, ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'', Severian is a ragged apprentice who becomes the Autarch - the leader of his Commonwealth [[note]]Severian's journey to the throne is so filled with obfuscation that it's easy to forget this was promised in chapter 1 [[/note]] and by extension the representative of Mankind. Severian is low-born (but with [[EpilepticTrees hints]] of noble blood), and it turns out many of his predecessors on the throne have been of similarly obscure origins, since leadership of the Commonwealth is a pawn in the machinations of higher powers.
7th Jun '16 2:20:14 PM chickenpie999
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* Qutb al-Din Aibak, founder of the Malmuk Dynasty that started the Delhi Sultanate in Northern India, was sold into slavery as a child. He eventually came into the possession of Mu'izz ad-Din Muhammad, Sultan of the larger Ghurid Empire. Quṭb was initially put in charge of royal stables or Amir-i-Akhur. Eventually, Quṭb was appointed to military command and became a general to his owner, Muʿizz al-Dīn Muḥammad. When Muʿizz al-Dīn was assassinated in 1206, Quṭb al-Dīn was his logical successor. He was still technically a slave, but he quickly obtained manumission. He married the daughter of Tāj al-Dīn Yildiz of Ghazna, one of the other principal claimants to succeed Muʿizz al-Dīn, and, by other judiciously arranged marriages, consolidated his rule.
8th May '16 1:43:16 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Ditto [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Lyngstad Anni-Frid Princess Reuss of Plauen]], better known as Frida Lyngstad, the brunette from {{ABBA}}. Her late husband's country was absorbed into the German state of Thuringia after WorldWarOne, meaning she has no real power, but it's still a long way to go from her childhood. (She was the product of her mother's affair with a German soldier during the [[WorldWarTwo occupation of Norway]], and was raised by her grandmother to protect her from [[HumansAreBastards the abuse war children received in Norway.]])

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* Ditto [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Lyngstad Anni-Frid Princess Reuss of Plauen]], better known as Frida Lyngstad, the brunette from {{ABBA}}.Music/{{ABBA}}. Her late husband's country was absorbed into the German state of Thuringia after WorldWarOne, meaning she has no real power, but it's still a long way to go from her childhood. (She was the product of her mother's affair with a German soldier during the [[WorldWarTwo occupation of Norway]], and was raised by her grandmother to protect her from [[HumansAreBastards the abuse war children received in Norway.]])
4th May '16 12:38:13 AM PaulA
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* '''Literature/{{Cinderella}} Style:''' A commoner by birth, or with only minor ties to [[BlueBlood nobility]]. Nonetheless, through hard work, perseverance, and the help of some musical animals, she'll swoop into the ball and make the prince her "husband". Other classics of this type: ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and ''[[Literature/TheBible King David]]''

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* '''Literature/{{Cinderella}} Style:''' A commoner by birth, or with only minor ties to [[BlueBlood nobility]]. Nonetheless, through hard work, perseverance, and the help of some musical animals, she'll swoop into the ball and make the prince her "husband". Other classics of this type: ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and ''[[Literature/TheBible King David]]''
3rd May '16 9:54:04 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In the ChivalricRomance ''King Horn'', Horn, [[MosesInTheBullrushes after being cast adrift in a boat as a boy]], returned to his father's kingdom to reclaim it.

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* In the ChivalricRomance ''King Horn'', Horn, [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes after being cast adrift in a boat as a boy]], returned to his father's kingdom to reclaim it.
1st May '16 4:02:13 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* It was somewhat common for Sultans and other Muslim kings to elevate their favorite concubine to a de-facto Queen status.

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* It was somewhat common for Sultans and other Muslim kings to elevate their favorite concubine to a de-facto Queen status. i.e, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suleiman_the_Magnificent Suleiman the Magnificent]]'s Slavic concubine [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxelana Roxelana]] became both his favorite consort ''and'' advisor.
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