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12th Aug '16 1:32:39 AM PaulA
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* Averted in a GenreSavvy manner by Ezar Vorbarra in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. Ezar picked the one man that he ''knew'' didn't want Imperial Power to be Regent for his grandson, Prince Gregor. When Gregor finally came of age, Aral willing stepped aside from Imperial power, becoming his Prime Minister in a strictly advisory role. Aral knew that he had succeeded in raising a true Emperor on the day that Gregor went against his advice when dealing with an interstellar crisis (though Aral still found it to be something of a shock.)

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* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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Averted in a GenreSavvy manner by Ezar Vorbarra in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. Ezar Vorbarra, who picked the one man that he ''knew'' didn't want Imperial Power to be Regent for his grandson, Prince Gregor. When Gregor finally came of age, Aral willing stepped aside from Imperial power, becoming his Prime Minister in a strictly advisory role. Aral knew that he had succeeded in raising a true Emperor on the day that Gregor went against his advice when dealing with an interstellar crisis (though Aral still found it to be something of a shock.)shock).
10th Aug '16 9:05:02 PM nombretomado
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* In one of the ''{{Deryni}}'' series, the regents tamper with the King's will to increase their power, keep his first son permanently drugged until he dies, kill the second son when they discover he's plotting against them, and plan to kill the third son as soon as he provides a heir, threatening to have his wife raped if he doesn't cooperate.
* Averted in the ''[[{{Belgariad}} Mallorean]]''. The King of Drasnia dies, leaving his young son on the throne. The boy's mother becomes regent and is very careful about steadily increasing his responsibilities, so that he'll be ready once she steps down. (It helps that Belgarion, for all intents and purposes a MessianicArchetype, is practically the kid's godfather - everyone would want to take over Drasnia with just a boy-king and a woman running it, but ''nobody'' will screw with the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Godslayer]].)

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* In one of the ''{{Deryni}}'' ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' series, the regents tamper with the King's will to increase their power, keep his first son permanently drugged until he dies, kill the second son when they discover he's plotting against them, and plan to kill the third son as soon as he provides a heir, threatening to have his wife raped if he doesn't cooperate.
* Averted in the ''[[{{Belgariad}} ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} Mallorean]]''. The King of Drasnia dies, leaving his young son on the throne. The boy's mother becomes regent and is very careful about steadily increasing his responsibilities, so that he'll be ready once she steps down. (It helps that Belgarion, for all intents and purposes a MessianicArchetype, is practically the kid's godfather - everyone would want to take over Drasnia with just a boy-king and a woman running it, but ''nobody'' will screw with the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Godslayer]].)
7th Aug '16 6:12:40 AM Ragnar94
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** During Hōjō reign, the whole regency business was taken {{Up To Eleven}}, since shikken was the regent for the reigning shogun, not the emperor himself. And since shogun was kind of regent himself, this leads to a regency for a regency [[RuleOfThree for a regency]]
29th Jun '16 9:17:21 PM Teakay
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* [[UsefulNotes/RichardIII Richard III of England]] was the regent for his nephew, the infant Edward V, but eventually declared Edward a bastard and himself King.

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* [[UsefulNotes/RichardIII Richard III of England]] was the regent for his nephew, the infant twelve-year-old Edward V, but eventually declared Edward a bastard and himself King.
7th Jun '16 2:50:05 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Mara of the Acoma]] ends up as this, not entirely intentionally. At seventeen she gave up control of her family to her new husband. At nineteen she manipulated said husband into committing ritual suicide, leaving her as regent for their infant son until he became of age (At twenty five - she only became Ruling Lady at seventeen because all other heirs were dead). A few years later her son is murdered and she becomes regent for her second son. Then her second son ends up inheriting a different throne and she becomes regent for her daughter. While all evidence suggests she did intend to give up her title when her daughter became of age (Her story ended before Kasuma reached adulthood), she was acting as regent of House Acoma from the age of nineteen until she was in her mid to late fifties.

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* [[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': Mara of the Acoma]] Acoma ends up as this, not entirely intentionally. At seventeen she gave up control of her family to her new husband. At nineteen she manipulated said husband into committing ritual suicide, leaving her as regent for their infant son until he became of age (At twenty five - she only became Ruling Lady at seventeen because all other heirs were dead). A few years later her son is murdered and she becomes regent for her second son. Then her second son ends up inheriting a different throne and she becomes regent for her daughter. While all evidence suggests she did intend to give up her title when her daughter became of age (Her story ended before Kasuma reached adulthood), she was acting as regent of House Acoma from the age of nineteen until she was in her mid to late fifties.
7th Jun '16 2:49:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''TheWarlordChronicles''. Arthur is appointed regent while his nephew, Mordred, is a child, to return the throne when Mordred comes of age. Arthur [[{{Cincinnatus}} completely intends to do exactly that]], even though everyone around him insists that Mordred will be a terrible ruler. Arther [[spoiler:steps down anyway, and it turns out his friends were right]].

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* Played with in ''TheWarlordChronicles''.''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles''. Arthur is appointed regent while his nephew, Mordred, is a child, to return the throne when Mordred comes of age. Arthur [[{{Cincinnatus}} completely intends to do exactly that]], even though everyone around him insists that Mordred will be a terrible ruler. Arther [[spoiler:steps down anyway, and it turns out his friends were right]].



* In MarionZimmerBradley's ''[[Literature/{{Darkover}} Stormqueen]]'', when Allart becomes king at the end, he appoints the passed over ''emmasca'' heir Felix Hastur as his chief counselor, as Felix is likely to live two or three normal generations, and "perhaps between us we can make something like a king." It seems likely that this grew into the pattern depicted in the novels of post-Recontact Darkover, where we find an Elhalyn king left to "keep the throne warm with his royal backside, which is the most useful part of him", while the current Hastur of Hastur customarily wields all the power.

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* In MarionZimmerBradley's Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's ''[[Literature/{{Darkover}} Stormqueen]]'', when Allart becomes king at the end, he appoints the passed over ''emmasca'' heir Felix Hastur as his chief counselor, as Felix is likely to live two or three normal generations, and "perhaps between us we can make something like a king." It seems likely that this grew into the pattern depicted in the novels of post-Recontact Darkover, where we find an Elhalyn king left to "keep the throne warm with his royal backside, which is the most useful part of him", while the current Hastur of Hastur customarily wields all the power.



* This is Makina Seval's plan in ''TheAssassinsOfTamurin'' -- to put her adopted daughter on the throne and then rule the Empire "from behind the dais."

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* This is Makina Seval's plan in ''TheAssassinsOfTamurin'' ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin'' -- to put her adopted daughter on the throne and then rule the Empire "from behind the dais."
16th May '16 2:01:25 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In Fiona Patton's ''[[TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Painter Knight]]'', an EvilUncle assassinates the ruler, planning to be regent for his heir until things have calmed down and he can kill her off too. She escapes and heads for the protection of a cousin, who becomes her loyal, legitimate regent. The resulting altercation is named the Regents' War.

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* In Fiona Patton's ''[[TalesOfTheBranionRealm ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Painter Knight]]'', an EvilUncle assassinates the ruler, planning to be regent for his heir until things have calmed down and he can kill her off too. She escapes and heads for the protection of a cousin, who becomes her loyal, legitimate regent. The resulting altercation is named the Regents' War.
15th Apr '16 1:33:55 PM QueenMarine
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** Tran Thu Do started out as the Head of the Royal Guard at the Vietnamese royal court of the late 1100s. When the mentally ill Emperor Ly Hue Tong abdicated and was succeeded by his very young daughter, Ly Chieu Hoang, Tran became her regent but soon gained control of the nation by marrying her off to his nephew, who became the new emperor, marrying Hue Tong's widow and killing off the remaining members of the Ly family. Until his death, Tran remained the true power behind the throne.

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** * Tran Thu Do started out as the Head of the Royal Guard at the Vietnamese royal court of the late 1100s. When the mentally ill Emperor Ly Hue Tong abdicated and was succeeded by his very young daughter, Ly Chieu Hoang, Tran became her regent but soon gained control of the nation by marrying her off to his nephew, who became the new emperor, marrying Hue Tong's widow and killing off the remaining members of the Ly family. Until his death, Tran remained the true power behind the throne.
15th Apr '16 1:33:13 PM QueenMarine
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** Tran Thu Do started out as the Head of the Royal Guard at the Vietnamese royal court of the late 1100s. When the mentally ill Emperor Ly Hue Tong abdicated and was succeeded by his very young daughter, Ly Chieu Hoang, Tran became her regent but soon gained control of the nation by marrying her off to his nephew, who became the new emperor, marrying Hue Tong's widow and killing off the remaining members of the Ly family. Until his death, Tran remained the true power behind the throne.
24th Feb '16 9:57:44 AM nombretomado
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* Twisted around a bit in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. After Thor is banished and Odin falls into his enchanted sleep, [[TheResenter Loki]] becomes king of Asgard. While the junior novelization and some deleted scenes show this was ''not'' his original intent -- he just wanted to destroy Thor's chances of advancing ''beyond'' him, not ''overtake'' Thor, at first -- he swiftly [[JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope jumps off the slippery slope]] by doing everything he can to maintain his power, even telling Thor that Odin is dead and his banishment irrevocable, and arranging for Odin's own murder. [[spoiler:Except it turns out he didn't want Odin dead -- Loki wanted to be in a position where he could ''save'' Odin and thus be judged a better son and prince than Thor when Odin awoke, so he tricked his hated biological father Laufey into invading just so Loki could kill ''him'' before ''he'' could kill ''Odin''. Still bad, but the trope is subverted in the end -- a kind of evil version of {{Cincinnatus}}. It took a fall through a black hole [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace and the subsequent destruction of his sanity]] before [[Film/TheAvengers his next appearance]] to give Loki any real desire to rule anything...]]

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* Twisted around a bit in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. After Thor is banished and Odin falls into his enchanted sleep, [[TheResenter Loki]] becomes king of Asgard. While the junior novelization and some deleted scenes show this was ''not'' his original intent -- he just wanted to destroy Thor's chances of advancing ''beyond'' him, not ''overtake'' Thor, at first -- he swiftly [[JumpedOffTheSlipperySlope jumps off the slippery slope]] by doing everything he can to maintain his power, even telling Thor that Odin is dead and his banishment irrevocable, and arranging for Odin's own murder. [[spoiler:Except it turns out he didn't want Odin dead -- Loki wanted to be in a position where he could ''save'' Odin and thus be judged a better son and prince than Thor when Odin awoke, so he tricked his hated biological father Laufey into invading just so Loki could kill ''him'' before ''he'' could kill ''Odin''. Still bad, but the trope is subverted in the end -- a kind of evil version of {{Cincinnatus}}. It took a fall through a black hole [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace and the subsequent destruction of his sanity]] before [[Film/TheAvengers [[Film/TheAvengers2012 his next appearance]] to give Loki any real desire to rule anything...]]
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