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23rd Apr '17 9:23:40 AM nombretomado
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* Queen Clothilde in Creator/MercedesLackey's reworking of ''SwanLake'' (''Literature/TheBlackSwan'') intends to 'dispose of' her son Siegfried after he marries and conceives an heir.

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* Queen Clothilde in Creator/MercedesLackey's reworking of ''SwanLake'' ''Theatre/SwanLake'' (''Literature/TheBlackSwan'') intends to 'dispose of' her son Siegfried after he marries and conceives an heir.
31st Mar '17 3:24:41 AM Doug86
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** A particularly peculiar one occurred during the Warring States period, in the State of Qin. King Zhaoxiang of Qin's mother had been regent for him and used her position to grant vast fiefs to her brothers; as a result, Zhaoxiang remained under his mother's thumb after he officially became ruling king. However, a hardheaded fellow by the name of Fan Sui--who had previously been an official in the rival state of Wei before being run out of town most unceremoniously[[note]]He had been beaten nearly to death by his drunken rivals at court and then dumped in a latrine[[/note]]--convinced Zhaoxiang to run his mother and uncles out of town, conquer Wei, and start Qin on a giant war of conquest. Zhaoxiang's great-grandson was a fellow named Zhao Zheng...better known as QinShiHuangdi.

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** A particularly peculiar one occurred during the Warring States period, in the State of Qin. King Zhaoxiang of Qin's mother had been regent for him and used her position to grant vast fiefs to her brothers; as a result, Zhaoxiang remained under his mother's thumb after he officially became ruling king. However, a hardheaded fellow by the name of Fan Sui--who had previously been an official in the rival state of Wei before being run out of town most unceremoniously[[note]]He had been beaten nearly to death by his drunken rivals at court and then dumped in a latrine[[/note]]--convinced Zhaoxiang to run his mother and uncles out of town, conquer Wei, and start Qin on a giant war of conquest. Zhaoxiang's great-grandson was a fellow named Zhao Zheng...better known as QinShiHuangdi.UsefulNotes/QinShiHuangdi.
21st Feb '17 10:06:14 AM gb00393
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* Cersei Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', as detailed above under Literature. Later subverted in that, while she deliberately put her son on the throne with the intention of being this trope, she quickly found him less controllable than she expected. Then when [[spoiler: he dies and Tommen takes the throne]], she tries again only to be pushed out by his wife and later the Faith Militant. [[spoiler: Cersei eventually foregoes the 'regent' part altogether and claims the throne herself after she blows up the wife and the Faith Militant, leading to Tommen's suicide.]]

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* Cersei Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', as detailed above under Literature. Later subverted in that, while she deliberately put her son Joffrey on the throne with the intention of being this trope, trope (which probably would have been an improvement over him ruling in his own right) she quickly found him less controllable than she expected. Then when [[spoiler: he dies and Tommen takes the throne]], she tries again only to be pushed out by his wife and later the Faith Militant. [[spoiler: Cersei eventually foregoes the 'regent' part altogether and claims the throne herself after she blows up the wife and the Faith Militant, leading to Tommen's suicide.]]
19th Feb '17 7:28:09 PM Wbender14
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* UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria believed that she had only by the grace of God avoided a RegentForLife. When she was seventeen and recovering from typhoid fever, her mother's "friend" Sir John Conroy tried to make her sign a document stating that her mother, and through her Conroy, would rule in her place ''even after she turned eighteen''. Victoria had the presence of mind to refuse to sign the document, and it's unlikely that Parliament would have consented to such an agreement, but it was only her accession as Queen at eighteen that stopped Conroy from repeatedly pressing her to make him her regent. In fact, her entire life before her ascension as Queen was designed to make her this. She was raised under the Kensington System, which was a strict and elaborate set of rules designed by her mother and Conroy to make her weak and dependent.

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* UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria believed that she had only by the grace of God avoided a RegentForLife. When she was seventeen and recovering from typhoid fever, her mother's "friend" Sir John Conroy tried to make her sign a document stating that her mother, and through her Conroy, would rule in her place ''even after she turned eighteen''. Victoria had the presence of mind to refuse to sign the document, and it's unlikely that Parliament would have consented to such an agreement, but it was only her accession as Queen at eighteen that stopped Conroy from repeatedly pressing her to make him her regent. In fact, her entire life before her ascension as Queen was designed to make her this. She was raised under the Kensington System, which was a strict and elaborate set of rules designed by her mother and Conroy to make her weak and dependent.dependent, which thankfully did not work.
19th Feb '17 7:26:59 PM Wbender14
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* UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria believed that she had only by the grace of God avoided a RegentForLife. When she was seventeen and recovering from typhoid fever, her mother's "friend" Sir John Conroy tried to make her sign a document stating that her mother, and through her Conroy, would rule in her place ''even after she turned eighteen''. Victoria had the presence of mind to refuse to sign the document, and it's unlikely that Parliament would have consented to such an agreement, but it was only her accession as Queen at eighteen that stopped Conroy from repeatedly pressing her to make him her regent.

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* UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria believed that she had only by the grace of God avoided a RegentForLife. When she was seventeen and recovering from typhoid fever, her mother's "friend" Sir John Conroy tried to make her sign a document stating that her mother, and through her Conroy, would rule in her place ''even after she turned eighteen''. Victoria had the presence of mind to refuse to sign the document, and it's unlikely that Parliament would have consented to such an agreement, but it was only her accession as Queen at eighteen that stopped Conroy from repeatedly pressing her to make him her regent. In fact, her entire life before her ascension as Queen was designed to make her this. She was raised under the Kensington System, which was a strict and elaborate set of rules designed by her mother and Conroy to make her weak and dependent.
21st Dec '16 4:01:17 PM Observance
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* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'': The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork is in theory running the city until the RightfulKingReturns (the last king having been executed for his crimes by an OliverCromwell stand-in) and in a ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' ShoutOut, the Patrician's chair is just next to the actual throne. Until Vetinari, the Patricians were all incompetent, self-indulgent, sleazy and power-grubbing types for whom assassination was considered a natural cause of death. When the true king does return, [[spoiler:it turns out he's perfectly happy leaving the city to Vetinari while he stays in the Watch]].

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* ''{{Literature/Discworld}}'': The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork is in theory running the city until the RightfulKingReturns (the last king having been executed for his crimes by an OliverCromwell stand-in) and in a ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' ShoutOut, the Patrician's chair is just next to the actual throne. Until Vetinari, the Patricians were all incompetent, self-indulgent, sleazy and power-grubbing types for whom assassination was considered a natural cause of death. When the true king does return, [[spoiler:it turns out he's perfectly happy leaving the city to Vetinari while he stays in the Watch]]. Also, [[spoiler:the throne is just gold foil over wood, which is itself so rotten it would probably collapse if anyone tried sitting on it.]]
2nd Dec '16 11:24:07 PM OgreProdigy
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* The Byzantine Empress [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Eirene]] started out as regent for her son... then, when he got too old to be kept under control, had him blinded and killed and took power in her own right, disarming the army so it wouldn't replace her (which, incidentally, let the Abbasid Caliph conquer large parts of the empire) and trying (largely unsuccessfully) to negotiate alliances with western powers as a military substitute. She was the first ruling empress the Byzantines ever had, and they never had another one.
27th Nov '16 1:16:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Prince Caspian]]'' -- the central plot in the movie, as well as the book.

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* ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Prince Caspian]]'' %%* ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' -- the central plot in the movie, as well as the book.



* Miraz in ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Prince Caspian]]'' started out as "Lord Protector" or some other title and slowly took on the title of king by disposing of anyone at Court opposed to him. He raised the true heir, his brother's son Caspian, as his own heir... until he had a son of his own, prompting Caspian to flee the proceeding murder plot.
* Queen Clothilde in MercedesLackey's reworking of ''SwanLake'' (''Literature/TheBlackSwan'') intends to 'dispose of' her son Siegfried after he marries and conceives an heir.

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* Miraz in ''[[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Prince Caspian]]'' ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' started out as "Lord Protector" or some other title and slowly took on the title of king by disposing of anyone at Court opposed to him. He raised the true heir, his brother's son Caspian, as his own heir... until he had a son of his own, prompting Caspian to flee the proceeding murder plot.
* Queen Clothilde in MercedesLackey's Creator/MercedesLackey's reworking of ''SwanLake'' (''Literature/TheBlackSwan'') intends to 'dispose of' her son Siegfried after he marries and conceives an heir.
16th Oct '16 11:05:54 AM nombretomado
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* This was the plan of both Duke Larg and Lord Goltanna in FinalFantasyTactics: kill their enemy's preferred candidate as heir (Orinas in Larg's case, Ovelia in Goltanna's case), rush their respective heir in the position of Queen/King, then rule Ivalice as regent.

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* This was the plan of both Duke Larg and Lord Goltanna in FinalFantasyTactics: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'': kill their enemy's preferred candidate as heir (Orinas in Larg's case, Ovelia in Goltanna's case), rush their respective heir in the position of Queen/King, then rule Ivalice as regent.
10th Oct '16 9:28:59 PM Teakay
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', after the death of King Cailan, Loghain names himself regent for his daughter, the adult and perfectly competent Queen Anora. Some of his men are already calling him King Loghain, and he's having a crown made for himself. When Anora contacts the player character, she claims that her father and his ally Arl Howe are conspiring to bump her off as well. [[spoiler:Subverted in her case -- he's ''shocked'' that she thought she was in danger from him]].
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