History Main / ReluctantRuler

10th Apr '17 4:17:04 PM H.TorranceGriffin
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* In ''Literature/TheVorGame'', Gregor attempts to bunk off from being Emperor of Barrayar. He's mostly scared by the history of insanity in his family though.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Invoked and exploited in ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'' by the dying Emperor Ezar Vorbarra when choosing the regent for his five year old grandson (with the explicit job of both keeping little Gregor alive and handing power over when he hit the age of majority). While Admiral & Lord Vorkosigan was a widely admired and genuinely brilliant war hero, a respected member of the high nobility, known for how highly he valued his word of honor, and so forth; the deciding factor was that Aral Vorkosigan was the one man Ezar (who knew him well since Aral's childhood) was absolutely certain did not on any level ''want'' to be Emperor.
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In ''Literature/TheVorGame'', Gregor attempts to bunk off from being Emperor of Barrayar. He's mostly scared by His foster parents never figured out how to break the history facts of insanity [[TheCaligula his father's insanity]] to him, so when he found provable documentation of it in his family though.mid-20s [[InTheBlood he freaked]].
9th Apr '17 1:49:13 PM nombretomado
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* According to the SaintsRow instruction manual, Julius claimed to be this when he started leading the 3rd Street Saints, though the Stillwater Police believe he's a natural gang leader.
** The Protagonist in the sequel, SaintsRow2 however, is a subverted example, being happy with leading the Saints in Julius' place instead of just 'keeping his/her mouth shut and letting himself/herself being told what to do.' [[spoiler: He/she even outright states this when he confronts Julius, who was revealed to have rigged the boat to explode in the first game.]]

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* According to the SaintsRow ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1'' instruction manual, Julius claimed to be this when he started leading the 3rd Street Saints, though the Stillwater Police believe he's a natural gang leader.
** The Protagonist in the sequel, SaintsRow2 ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' however, is a subverted example, being happy with leading the Saints in Julius' place instead of just 'keeping his/her mouth shut and letting himself/herself being told what to do.' [[spoiler: He/she even outright states this when he confronts Julius, who was revealed to have rigged the boat to explode in the first game.]]
6th Apr '17 8:41:00 PM karstovich2
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** Meanwhile, while Cao Cao is often presented in fiction as a power hungry tyrant, he never (publicly) sought to replace the Emperor. In keeping with Confucian practice, he made a good show of humility and refusing honours. However, he did continue to eventually accept them. Whether he truly was an ambitious warlord out for what he could get away with or a humble, final hero of the Han is a question for the ages.

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** Meanwhile, while Cao Cao is often presented in fiction as a power hungry tyrant, he never (publicly) sought to replace the Emperor. In keeping with Confucian practice, he made a good show of humility and refusing honours. However, he did continue to eventually accept them.them--and frankly, after Wang Mang, you don't get the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_bestowments Nine Bestowments]] unless you (discreetly) ask for them, as a way of confirming you have enough support to take over the government if not usurp the throne. Whether he truly was an ambitious warlord out for what he could get away with or a humble, final hero of the Han is a question for the ages.
4th Apr '17 4:42:11 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', Bill Kraft is not interested in standing for office, even when urged on by his friends and allies, and is persuaded to launch his candidacy for governor only when the Kaiser writes to support this idea.
14th Mar '17 5:58:43 AM OlmoJV
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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', after [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen's]] father dies, he passes the stewardship of Gongmen City to [[SwansASwimming Lady Lianne]], Shen's former fiancé. She's not quite willing to rule the city, feeling it to be a form of betrayal towards Shen and his family, but the citizens hold a great deal of respect for [[ShoutOut the swan]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess princess]] known for her beauty and kindness. She offers the city's stewardship for the Masters' Council, but they refuse it out of respect. It's arranged that Lianne governs and rules the city, while the Masters serve as protectors and advisers. For the next twenty years [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Lianne keeps Gongmen City in the state of peace and prosperity while suffering for the past]]. She sleeps in her old guestroom instead of the rulers' bedchamber and never uses the high lord's throne, considering herself to be merely a temporary holder of the reins of power until the true ruler returns.

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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', after [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen's]] father dies, he passes the stewardship of Gongmen City to [[SwansASwimming Lady Lianne]], Shen's former fiancé.fiancée. She's not quite willing to rule the city, feeling it to be a form of betrayal towards Shen and his family, but the citizens hold a great deal of respect for [[ShoutOut the swan]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess princess]] known for her beauty and kindness. She offers the city's stewardship for the Masters' Council, but they refuse it out of respect. It's arranged that Lianne governs and rules the city, while the Masters serve as protectors and advisers. For the next twenty years [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Lianne keeps Gongmen City in the state of peace and prosperity while suffering for the past]]. She sleeps in her old guestroom instead of the rulers' bedchamber and never uses the high lord's throne, considering herself to be merely a temporary holder of the reins of power until the true ruler returns.
5th Mar '17 5:10:24 PM nombretomado
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* This is the whole reason for why the emperor from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' wants General Maximus to replace him instead of his cruel, power-hungry son Commodus. Maximus is humble, kind and doesnt want the responsibilities of power, which the emperor knows makes him a perfect ruler. Of course, this never comes to pass thanks to Commodus greed and spite.

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* This is the whole reason for why the emperor from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' wants General Maximus to replace him instead of his cruel, power-hungry son Commodus. Maximus is humble, kind and doesnt doesn't want the responsibilities of power, which the emperor knows makes him a perfect ruler. Of course, this never comes to pass thanks to Commodus greed and spite.



* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege Tale'' has Creator/JasonStatham's character [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Farmer]] turn out to be King Konreid's long-lost son Camden, whom everyone thought dead. The current heir to the throne of Ehb is the king's nephew Duke Fallow, who isn't fit to rule, to put it mildly. However, after being told the truth, neither Conreid nor Farmer are willing to believe it. Farmer is bitter about the king's army not being there to protect his wife and son from the Krug, and his only concern is freeing his wife and friends from [[EvilSorcerer Gallian]]'s clutches, the kingdom be damned. Konreid finally persuades him to reconsider after imparting on him the importance of the kingdom having a good ruler (i.e. not Fallow) and Farmer realizing that he needs the army to help him defeat Gallian.

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* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege VideoGame/DungeonSiege Tale'' has Creator/JasonStatham's character [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Farmer]] turn out to be King Konreid's long-lost son Camden, whom everyone thought dead. The current heir to the throne of Ehb is the king's nephew Duke Fallow, who isn't fit to rule, to put it mildly. However, after being told the truth, neither Conreid nor Farmer are willing to believe it. Farmer is bitter about the king's army not being there to protect his wife and son from the Krug, and his only concern is freeing his wife and friends from [[EvilSorcerer Gallian]]'s clutches, the kingdom be damned. Konreid finally persuades him to reconsider after imparting on him the importance of the kingdom having a good ruler (i.e. not Fallow) and Farmer realizing that he needs the army to help him defeat Gallian.
2nd Mar '17 6:50:14 PM infernape612
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* In ''Videogame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', Humata, the leader of Polystalia's expedition, ended up being the leader of the mission to the new alien planet precisely because he really, ''really'' didn't want to be the leader, and at the same time he was the best qualified for the entire endeavour.

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* In ''Videogame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', Humata, the leader of Polystalia's expedition, ended up being the leader of the mission to the new alien planet precisely because he really, ''really'' didn't want to be the leader, and at the same time he was the best qualified for the entire endeavour.


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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler:Hinoka]] becomes this at the end of the ''[[spoiler:Conquest]]'' route. [[spoiler:She never saw herself as queen material, but since everyone ahead of her for the title of heir apparent is ''dead'', and the only other person who can realistically take the throne is, well, ''[[ShrinkingViolet Sakura]]'', she's in no position to refuse.]]
15th Feb '17 5:22:24 PM StarTropes
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* A variation in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''--Palpatine is reluctant to accept the emergency wartime powers granted to him by the Senate. [[spoiler:No, he isn't.]]

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* A variation in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''--Palpatine is reluctant to accept the [[EmergencyAuthority emergency wartime powers powers]] granted to him by the Senate. [[spoiler:No, [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard No, he isn't.]]]]]]
10th Feb '17 11:28:57 AM TheWanderer
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* Ragnar from ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' never particularly wanted to be a ruler, he mostly just wanted to be left alone to do his own thing. Other power hungry men, however, came to fear him because he was a badass warrior whose reputation attracted followers, and he was willing to go against their edicts, so they thought Ragnar might attempt to overthrow them and tried to strike first. In every case Ragnar managed to outfight or outthink them, until at the end of the second season he becomes ''King'' Ragnar. Even so, he doesn't enjoy being a ruler and says as much on several occasions. The third and fourth season of the show seem to be deconstructing the trope, as Ragnar is constantly surrounded by ambitious enemies and [[WeAreStrugglingTogether petty disputes/betrayal among his friends]], all while being burdened by TheChainsOfCommanding, undergoing some SanitySlippage, becoming [[LonelyAtTheTop intensely lonely]] as more of his old companions die or become estranged from him, and [[DentedIron increasingly suffering from all the wounds he's picked up along the way]]. Yet he ''can't'' just step away from being king, because it would cause massive chaos, and the ambitious people who would try to take over would likely screw up everything positive Ragnar has tried to do ''and'' kill Ragnar and his entire family to make sure Ragnar and company wouldn't become a threat to their rule.

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* Ragnar from ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' never particularly wanted to be a ruler, he mostly just wanted to be left alone to do his own thing. Other power hungry men, however, came to fear him because he was a badass warrior whose reputation attracted followers, and he was willing to go against their edicts, so they thought Ragnar might attempt to overthrow them and tried to strike first. In every case Ragnar managed to outfight or outthink them, until at the end of the second season he becomes ''King'' Ragnar. Even so, he doesn't enjoy being a ruler and says as much on several occasions. The third and fourth season of the show seem to be deconstructing the trope, as Ragnar is constantly surrounded by ambitious enemies and [[WeAreStrugglingTogether petty disputes/betrayal among his friends]], all while being burdened by TheChainsOfCommanding, undergoing some SanitySlippage, becoming [[LonelyAtTheTop intensely lonely]] as more of his old companions die or become estranged from him, and [[DentedIron increasingly suffering from all the wounds he's picked up along the way]]. Yet he ''can't'' just step away from being king, because it would cause massive chaos, and Just giving the ambitious people who would try crown to take over would someone else, however, is likely screw up everything positive Ragnar has tried to do ''and'' kill result in that person killing Ragnar and all his entire family sons to make sure Ragnar and company they wouldn't become a threat to their the new king's rule.
7th Jan '17 2:53:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the ''NintendoPower'' ''[[ComicBook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast Legend of Zelda]]'' comics reveals this to be true about the King of Hyrule. Despite being a fair and competent ruler, the King's true dream was to be an adventurer like Link, but he was a prince, and a prince has to stay home and train to take up the reigns of kingship one day.

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* One of the ''NintendoPower'' ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' ''[[ComicBook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast Legend of Zelda]]'' comics reveals this to be true about the King of Hyrule. Despite being a fair and competent ruler, the King's true dream was to be an adventurer like Link, but he was a prince, and a prince has to stay home and train to take up the reigns of kingship one day.
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