History Main / RegentForLife

18th Dec '15 7:16:06 PM DragonAtma
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Alas, poor Sima Zhong!
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** Sima Yan (founder of the Jin dynasty and reuniter of the Three Kingdoms period) declared his eldest son, Sima Zhong his heir. Unfortunately, everyone except Sima Yan saw that Sima Zhong was highly developmentally disabled and required a RegentForLife. The Jin dynasty would be crippled by the War of Eight Princes (over who would be "regent"), and when Sima Zhong was poisoned at the age of 48, he still had the mind of a 5-year-old.
8th Dec '15 1:21:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''KingsQuestVI'' plays this one straight. Alhazred connived his way into the king's trust and became TheVizier, [[spoiler: then arranged for one of his pals to kidnap and enslave the princess, getting the only heir to the throne out of the way. followed by murdering the king and queen, then claiming they "died of grief."]] Since the kingdom is more or less a confederacy of lesser island kingdoms [[spoiler: he arraged for his genie to swipe treasures from each island, then spread lies that ''other'' islands were responsible, deftly playing on the prejudice of each island]], followed by grounding the only means of mundane transport between the islands so they couldn't communicate with each other, much less scheme against him. Even the Princess's return wasn't an issue. He just [[spoiler: imprisoned her, covered it by invoking a dated tradition]], and declared AndNowYouMustMarryMe. Only the blind luck and determination of the [[SpannerInTheWorks Prince]] [[GuileHero of]] [[BadassFamily Daventry]] exposed ''any'' of it.
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* ''KingsQuestVI'' ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' plays this one straight. Alhazred connived his way into the king's trust and became TheVizier, [[spoiler: then arranged for one of his pals to kidnap and enslave the princess, getting the only heir to the throne out of the way. followed by murdering the king and queen, then claiming they "died of grief."]] Since the kingdom is more or less a confederacy of lesser island kingdoms [[spoiler: he arraged for his genie to swipe treasures from each island, then spread lies that ''other'' islands were responsible, deftly playing on the prejudice of each island]], followed by grounding the only means of mundane transport between the islands so they couldn't communicate with each other, much less scheme against him. Even the Princess's return wasn't an issue. He just [[spoiler: imprisoned her, covered it by invoking a dated tradition]], and declared AndNowYouMustMarryMe. Only the blind luck and determination of the [[SpannerInTheWorks Prince]] [[GuileHero of]] [[BadassFamily Daventry]] exposed ''any'' of it.
11th Nov '15 4:20:10 PM nombretomado
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* [[RiftwarCycle 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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* [[RiftwarCycle [[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.
9th Nov '15 2:37:42 PM Adept
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* [[GodSaveusFromTheQueen Nakia]] of ''AnatoliaStory'' is a rather interesting variant. She starts off as Tawananna, which makes her the second-most powerful person in the kingdom. After her husband dies of illness, she becomes the dowager queen and the throne passes to her stepsons. She continues to wield power and remain untouchable for her various crimes thanks to a combination of magic, [[BattleButler Uhri]], and her status as a princess of Babylon (any time Kail or Yuri get close to exposing her, she threatens to see it as an insult worthy of having Babylon go to war with Hattusa). She also [[spoiler:feeds her own son Black Water to brainwash him into complying with her various schemes to put him on the throne, when he makes it clear he won't cooperate.]] Later in the series, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Nefertiti basically kept power after her own husband's death by taking advantage of how weak-willed the next pharaoh was. At one point, Yuri and her friends have to lead a full-scale riot to the Egyptian capital to get the pharaoh to overrule Nefertiti and have her release Ramses (who Nefertiti was ''really'' enjoying torturing.]]
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* [[GodSaveusFromTheQueen Nakia]] of ''AnatoliaStory'' ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' is a rather interesting variant. She starts off as Tawananna, which makes her the second-most powerful person in the kingdom. After her husband dies of illness, she becomes the dowager queen and the throne passes to her stepsons. She continues to wield power and remain untouchable for her various crimes thanks to a combination of magic, [[BattleButler Uhri]], and her status as a princess of Babylon (any time Kail or Yuri get close to exposing her, she threatens to see it as an insult worthy of having Babylon go to war with Hattusa). She also [[spoiler:feeds her own son Black Water to brainwash him into complying with her various schemes to put him on the throne, when he makes it clear he won't cooperate.]] Later in the series, [[spoiler:it's revealed that Nefertiti basically kept power after her own husband's death by taking advantage of how weak-willed the next pharaoh was. At one point, Yuri and her friends have to lead a full-scale riot to the Egyptian capital to get the pharaoh to overrule Nefertiti and have her release Ramses (who Nefertiti was ''really'' enjoying torturing.]]
1st Nov '15 12:57:49 AM Llygodenfawr
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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- intent -- he just wanted to destroy Thor's chances of advancing ''beyond'' him, not ''overtake'' Thor, at first- 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- 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- 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...]]
31st Oct '15 10:29:15 PM Llygodenfawr
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If King Bob had the foresight (or the time) to chose a regent before his death, he might have appointed a close relative or a senior churchman, hoping their family ties or religious obligations would stop them from intriguing against the true heir. But this seldom works. Nor does appointing a regency council instead of a single person: that just adds [[DeadlyDecadentCourt vicious internal politics]] to the mix.
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If King Bob had the foresight (or the time) to chose choose a regent before his death, he might have appointed a close relative or a senior churchman, hoping their family ties or religious obligations would stop them from intriguing against the true heir. But this seldom works. Nor does appointing a regency council instead of a single person: that just adds [[DeadlyDecadentCourt vicious internal politics]] to the mix.
4th Sep '15 5:12:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[HistoryMarchesOn It was once thought]] that Hatshepsut fit this trope. Until very recently most historians believed that she had maliciously kept the throne from her stepson Thutmose III for thirty years, only allowing him to control the Army while she ran everything else. When she died, the story went, Thutmose immediately destroyed or covered up all of her monuments in an attempt to erase his wicked stepmother from the historical record. Recently, however, it's been discovered that Thutmose didn't destroy any of her monuments until decades after her death, and other historians have pointed out that if Thutmose hadn't liked Hatshepsut being in power he could have disposed of her the day he reached adulthood, since ''he controlled the Army''. It's now suspected that Thutmose and Hatshepsut were ''friends and allies'' who ruled together peacefully, Thutmose conducting Egypt's many military campaigns while Hatshepsut stayed at home and dealt with the domestic matters that the budding YoungConqueror Thutmose didn't care about. As for her name being defaced off her monuments, many historians believe that Thutmose's successor [[GloryHound Amenhotep II]] simply wanted to take credit for building them himself.
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* [[HistoryMarchesOn [[DatedHistory It was once thought]] that Hatshepsut fit this trope. Until very recently most historians believed that she had maliciously kept the throne from her stepson Thutmose III for thirty years, only allowing him to control the Army while she ran everything else. When she died, the story went, Thutmose immediately destroyed or covered up all of her monuments in an attempt to erase his wicked stepmother from the historical record. Recently, however, it's been discovered that Thutmose didn't destroy any of her monuments until decades after her death, and other historians have pointed out that if Thutmose hadn't liked Hatshepsut being in power he could have disposed of her the day he reached adulthood, since ''he controlled the Army''. It's now suspected that Thutmose and Hatshepsut were ''friends and allies'' who ruled together peacefully, Thutmose conducting Egypt's many military campaigns while Hatshepsut stayed at home and dealt with the domestic matters that the budding YoungConqueror Thutmose didn't care about. As for her name being defaced off her monuments, many historians believe that Thutmose's successor [[GloryHound Amenhotep II]] simply wanted to take credit for building them himself.
23rd Aug '15 10:24:45 AM nombretomado
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* [[TheBaroness Haman Khan]] is Mineva Lao Zabi's regent in ''ZetaGundam'' and ''GundamZZ''. While the princess is nominally the leader of Axis-Zeon, Haman is the one who's really in charge and acts as Mineva's EvilChancellor, commander-in-chief of her armed forces, and dictator of Axis in all but name. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:it's not even been the real Mineva sitting on the throne since the end of ''Zeta'', and that Haman has had her replaced with a BodyDouble who's incapable of doing anything but parrotting Haman's orders. This was actually one of the nicer things Haman ever did, as it allowed Mineva to grow up with some semblance of a normal childhood. It's suggested that Char's calling her out on treating Mineva that way in ''Zeta'' was a factor in her deciding this.]]
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* [[TheBaroness Haman Khan]] is Mineva Lao Zabi's regent in ''ZetaGundam'' ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' and ''GundamZZ''.''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ''. While the princess is nominally the leader of Axis-Zeon, Haman is the one who's really in charge and acts as Mineva's EvilChancellor, commander-in-chief of her armed forces, and dictator of Axis in all but name. It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:it's not even been the real Mineva sitting on the throne since the end of ''Zeta'', and that Haman has had her replaced with a BodyDouble who's incapable of doing anything but parrotting Haman's orders. This was actually one of the nicer things Haman ever did, as it allowed Mineva to grow up with some semblance of a normal childhood. It's suggested that Char's calling her out on treating Mineva that way in ''Zeta'' was a factor in her deciding this.]]
19th Aug '15 10:07:35 PM Greenygal
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* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[{{Lyra}} Shadow Magic]]'', the rulership of Alkyra is [[FindersRulers dependent on the possession of a magical crown]]. When the crown is lost, the country is officially ruled for generations by regents, though in practice they're puppet rulers and power actually resides among the lords. When the crown is found and a young mage uses it to save the country from an invading army, the regent promptly abdicates and acknowledges her as the new queen.
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* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[{{Lyra}} Shadow Magic]]'', ''Literature/ShadowMagic'', the rulership of Alkyra is [[FindersRulers dependent on the possession of a magical crown]]. When the crown is lost, the country is officially ruled for generations by regents, though in practice they're puppet rulers and power actually resides among the lords. When the crown is found and a young mage uses it to save the country from an invading army, the regent promptly abdicates and acknowledges her as the new queen.
5th Aug '15 2:36:15 PM Greenygal
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* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[{{Lyra}} Shadow Magic]], the rulership of Alkyra is [[FindersRulers dependent on the possession of a magical crown]]. When the crown is lost, the country is officially ruled for generations by regents, though in practice they're puppet rulers and power actually resides among the lords. When the crown is found and a young mage uses it to save the country from an invading army, the regent promptly abdicates and acknowledges her as the new queen.
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* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[{{Lyra}} Shadow Magic]], Magic]]'', the rulership of Alkyra is [[FindersRulers dependent on the possession of a magical crown]]. When the crown is lost, the country is officially ruled for generations by regents, though in practice they're puppet rulers and power actually resides among the lords. When the crown is found and a young mage uses it to save the country from an invading army, the regent promptly abdicates and acknowledges her as the new queen.
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