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24th Jun '16 2:23:15 AM WillBGood
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* Ironically, this pops up in ''CardGames/LegendOfTheFiveRings''. Odd for two reasons: One, the new family line had two generations before being wiped out in their entirety. And two, none of them seemed to be genetically crazy, the first emperor went nuts after being kidnapped and tainted, the next because he had way too much magical power, and the third because his sister died, and the evil of the world showed up and asked if he could join the royal court.

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* Ironically, this pops up in ''CardGames/LegendOfTheFiveRings''.''TabletopGames/LegendOfTheFiveRings''. Odd for two reasons: One, the new family line had two generations before being wiped out in their entirety. And two, none of them seemed to be genetically crazy, the first emperor went nuts after being kidnapped and tainted, the next because he had way too much magical power, and the third because his sister died, and the evil of the world showed up and asked if he could join the royal court.
24th Jun '16 2:17:21 AM WillBGood
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** The very way the royal kids are raised becomes severely detrimental to their sanity. Bring them up to specifically become sheltered, [[MoralMyopia morally myopic]], [[LackOfEmpathy empathy-free]] [[RoyalBrat Royal Brats]]; and, [[TheCaligula Caligulas]] are exactly what you'll get when they hit majority.

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** The very way the royal kids are raised becomes severely detrimental to their sanity. Bring them up to specifically become sheltered, [[MoralMyopia morally myopic]], [[LackOfEmpathy empathy-free]] [[RoyalBrat Royal Brats]]; and, {{Royal Brat}}s and [[TheCaligula Caligulas]] are exactly what you'll get when they hit majority.
16th Jun '16 6:21:30 PM nombretomado
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* [[NotBloodSiblings Zeus and Hera]] and their children in ''ThaliasMusings'', ranging from good but troubled (Apollo and Artemis) to flat-out crazy (Eris).

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* [[NotBloodSiblings Zeus and Hera]] and their children in ''ThaliasMusings'', ''Literature/ThaliasMusings'', ranging from good but troubled (Apollo and Artemis) to flat-out crazy (Eris).
10th Jun '16 8:52:59 PM karstovich2
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* Whether or not the Imperial Roman lines count is a matter of much discussion; certainly many of them were raving mad by our standards, particularly, well, [[TheCaligula Caligula]]. For an entertaining view on how insane things got, check out ''Literature/IClaudius''. How much of that was due to the Emperors being corrupted by absolute power, or due to environmental factors such as heavy metal poisoning (a sweeter wine is all well and good, but lead additives aren't going to be a health craze any time soon), or how many Emperors just seemed paranoid and vicious because that was the only way to survive as a Roman Emperor (only 29 out of 88 Byzantine Emperors died of natural causes, and at least a dozen were murdered by their own relatives), or how much of the crazy was [[YouFailHistoryForever made up]] by much later historians like Tacitus and Suetonius to serve as [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory parables]], is both debatable and debated. The Empire alternated between periods of military autocracy (where the army essentially chose the leader) and dynasties founded by relatively competent emperors that inevitably descended into murder and madness within a couple generations. A sitting emperor's smartest option was usually to adopt an heir of proven sanity and military aptitude.

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* Whether or not the Imperial Roman lines count is a matter of much discussion; certainly many of them were raving mad by our standards, particularly, well, [[TheCaligula Caligula]]. For an entertaining view on how insane things got, check out ''Literature/IClaudius''. How much of that was due to the Emperors being corrupted by absolute power, or due to environmental factors such as heavy metal poisoning (a sweeter wine is all well and good, but lead additives aren't going to be a health craze any time soon), soon--and the the Romans were big fans of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defrutum defrutum]]'', aka wine that has been boiled down into a thick sauce for use as a condiment, often produced in led kettles), or how many Emperors just seemed paranoid and vicious because that was the only way to survive as a Roman Emperor (only 29 out of 88 Byzantine Emperors died of natural causes, and at least a dozen were murdered by their own relatives), or how much of the crazy was [[YouFailHistoryForever made up]] by much later historians like Tacitus and Suetonius to serve as [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory parables]], is both debatable and debated. The Empire alternated between periods of military autocracy (where the army essentially chose the leader) and dynasties founded by relatively competent emperors that inevitably descended into murder and madness within a couple generations. A sitting emperor's smartest option was usually to adopt an heir of proven sanity and military aptitude.
10th Jun '16 8:50:45 PM karstovich2
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** The Austrian Habsburgs were restricted to "[[RoyalBlood ruling house]]" of Europe, i.e. of the ruling family of a sovereign European state[[note]](This included families that had ruled states that once were sovereign, such as the family of the Dukes of Modena (who lost their duchy to the the new Kingdom of Italy), from which sprang Zita, consort of Karl I, the last Habsburg emperor)[[/note]] if they wanted their children to inherit the throne(s).[[note]] Most imperial and royal houses followed a rule like this, one notable exception being the United Kingdom, where younger princes were encouraged to marry British noblewomen)[[/note]] This led to a falling-out between Emperor Franz Joseph and his heir-apparent, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Franz Ferdinand made the faux pas of morganatically marrying a Czech countess, whose family was not up to imperial and royal snuff, and his children by her were ineligible for the throne.

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** The Austrian Habsburgs were restricted to "[[RoyalBlood ruling house]]" of Europe, i.e. of the ruling family of a sovereign European state[[note]](This included families that had ruled states that once were sovereign, such as the family of the Dukes of Modena (who lost their duchy to the the new Kingdom of Italy), from which sprang Zita, consort of Karl I, the last Habsburg emperor)[[/note]] if they wanted their children to inherit the throne(s).[[note]] Most imperial and royal houses followed a rule like this, one notable exception being the United Kingdom, where younger princes were encouraged to marry British noblewomen)[[/note]] This led to a falling-out between Emperor Franz Joseph and his heir-apparent, heir-presumptive, Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Franz Ferdinand made the faux pas of morganatically marrying a Czech countess, whose family was not up to imperial and royal snuff, and his children by her were ineligible for the throne.
10th Jun '16 8:48:15 PM karstovich2
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** Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria wasn't the head-choppy kind of crazy but he was definitely epileptic and had a hydrocephalus. His (rather euphemistic) honorific was "the Kindly" or "the Benign" (''Ferdinand der Gütige'' in German).[[note]]After his 1848 abdication, jokers sometimes turned this into ''Gütinand der Fertige'': "Goodinand the Finished".[[/note]] He gave exactly one coherent order during his entire reign: upon being told by his cook that he could not have ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillenkn%C3%B6del Marillenknödel]]'' (a kind of Austrian sweet dumpling stuffed with whole apricots) for dessert because apricots were out of season, he famously said, "Ich bin der Kaiser und ich will Knödel!'' ("I am the Emperor, and I want dumplings!"). After being told by his chancellor [[MagnificentBastard Metternich]] that the people outside the palace were carrying out a revolution (in 1848), his answer according to urban legend was: "Yes, but are they allowed to do that?"[[note]]Incidentally, he's said to have said it in the [[GermanDialects Viennese dialect of Austrian German]], which (for German-speakers) lends to the air of amiable cluelessness.[[/note]] Since he remained childless, his disabilities did not continue down the line. Not that the line would ever have become Emperors; after the aforementioned revolution, the government convinced him to abdicate in favor of his saner and (it turns out) hypercompetent nephew Franz Joseph (who would reign until 1916).

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** Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria wasn't the head-choppy kind of crazy but he was definitely epileptic and had a hydrocephalus. His (rather euphemistic) honorific was "the Kindly" or "the Benign" (''Ferdinand der Gütige'' in German).[[note]]After his 1848 abdication, jokers sometimes turned this into ''Gütinand der Fertige'': "Goodinand the Finished".[[/note]] He gave exactly one coherent order during his entire reign: upon being told by his cook that he could not have ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillenkn%C3%B6del Marillenknödel]]'' (a kind of Austrian sweet dumpling stuffed with whole apricots) for dessert because apricots were out of season, he famously said, "Ich "''Ich bin der Kaiser und ich will Knödel!'' Knödel!''" ("I am the Emperor, and I want dumplings!"). After being told by his chancellor [[MagnificentBastard Metternich]] that the people outside the palace were carrying out a revolution (in 1848), his answer according to urban legend was: "Yes, but are they allowed to do that?"[[note]]Incidentally, he's said to have said it in the [[GermanDialects Viennese dialect of Austrian German]], which (for German-speakers) lends to the air of amiable cluelessness.[[/note]] Since he remained childless, his disabilities did not continue down the line. Not that the line would ever have become Emperors; after the aforementioned revolution, the government convinced him to abdicate in favor of his saner and (it turns out) hypercompetent nephew Franz Joseph (who would reign until 1916).
10th Jun '16 8:47:29 PM karstovich2
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** Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria wasn't the head-choppy kind of crazy but he was definitely epileptic and had a hydrocephalus. His (rather euphemistic) honorific was "the Kindly" or "the Benign" (''Ferdinand der Gütige'' in German).[[note]]After his 1848 abdication, jokers sometimes turned this into ''Gütinand der Fertige'': "Goodinand the Finished".[[/note]] After being told by his chancellor [[MagnificentBastard Metternich]] that the people outside the palace were carrying out a revolution (in 1848), his answer according to urban legend was: "Yes, but are they allowed to do that?"[[note]]Incidentally, he's said to have said it in the [[GermanDialects Viennese dialect of Austrian German]], which (for German-speakers) lends to the air of amiable cluelessness.[[/note]] Since he remained childless, his disabilities did not continue down the line. Not that the line would ever have become Emperors; after the aforementioned revolution, the government convinced him to abdicate in favor of his saner and (it turns out) hypercompetent nephew Franz Joseph (who would reign until 1916).

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** Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria wasn't the head-choppy kind of crazy but he was definitely epileptic and had a hydrocephalus. His (rather euphemistic) honorific was "the Kindly" or "the Benign" (''Ferdinand der Gütige'' in German).[[note]]After his 1848 abdication, jokers sometimes turned this into ''Gütinand der Fertige'': "Goodinand the Finished".[[/note]] He gave exactly one coherent order during his entire reign: upon being told by his cook that he could not have ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillenkn%C3%B6del Marillenknödel]]'' (a kind of Austrian sweet dumpling stuffed with whole apricots) for dessert because apricots were out of season, he famously said, "Ich bin der Kaiser und ich will Knödel!'' ("I am the Emperor, and I want dumplings!"). After being told by his chancellor [[MagnificentBastard Metternich]] that the people outside the palace were carrying out a revolution (in 1848), his answer according to urban legend was: "Yes, but are they allowed to do that?"[[note]]Incidentally, he's said to have said it in the [[GermanDialects Viennese dialect of Austrian German]], which (for German-speakers) lends to the air of amiable cluelessness.[[/note]] Since he remained childless, his disabilities did not continue down the line. Not that the line would ever have become Emperors; after the aforementioned revolution, the government convinced him to abdicate in favor of his saner and (it turns out) hypercompetent nephew Franz Joseph (who would reign until 1916).
19th May '16 11:51:01 AM MsChibi
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* Chinese emperor Shi Huang Di became ''extremely'' paranoid towards the end of his life. This is because he drank ''mercury'' every day, believing that it would make him immortal.
14th May '16 10:57:26 PM merotoker
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Kings, Emperors, High Priests, whatever you want to call it, the point is you have power. Power that belongs to your family, and your family only. Power that somehow meets Crazy. Due to random chance or, sometimes, [[HuntingAccident not-even-remotely-random]], [[EvilPrince deliberate action]], [[Literature/HarryPotter Great-Aunt Enid]] or second-cousin Dolf will end up with the royal prerogatives.

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Kings, Emperors, High Priests, whatever you want to call it, the point is you have power. Power that belongs to your family, and your family only. Power that somehow meets Crazy. Due to random chance or, sometimes, [[HuntingAccident not-even-remotely-random]], [[EvilPrince [[TheEvilPrince deliberate action]], [[Literature/HarryPotter Great-Aunt Enid]] or second-cousin Dolf will end up with the royal prerogatives.



* ''SaiunkokuMonogatari''. Where to even begin? The previous emperor of Saiunkoku deliberately pitted his sons against each other, and then exiled his former favorite, the most competent of the lot. Of the remaining five princes, all but the youngest were killed fighting each other in a SuccessionCrisis that nearly destroyed the country. The UnFavorite [[UnexpectedSuccessor youngest]] son Ryuuki became the heir. Ryuuki was none too keen on this and [[ObfuscatingStupidity feigned incompetence]] and [[BiTheWay spread rumors about his sexuality]] to make himself unpopular and get out of producing an heir. Ironically, avoiding the temptations of power and recognizing his own insufficient preparation for the throne made him the ClosestThingWeGot to a stable, responsible Emperor. Ryuuki starts to act like a real ruler after his advisors find him a consort capable of acting as a [[StayInTheKitchen privy councillor]]. Oh, and that exiled prince? Turns out he's [[HiddenBackupPrince not so exiled after all...]]

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* ''SaiunkokuMonogatari''.''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari''. Where to even begin? The previous emperor of Saiunkoku deliberately pitted his sons against each other, and then exiled his former favorite, the most competent of the lot. Of the remaining five princes, all but the youngest were killed fighting each other in a SuccessionCrisis that nearly destroyed the country. The UnFavorite [[UnexpectedSuccessor youngest]] son Ryuuki became the heir. Ryuuki was none too keen on this and [[ObfuscatingStupidity feigned incompetence]] and [[BiTheWay spread rumors about his sexuality]] to make himself unpopular and get out of producing an heir. Ironically, avoiding the temptations of power and recognizing his own insufficient preparation for the throne made him the ClosestThingWeGot to a stable, responsible Emperor. Ryuuki starts to act like a real ruler after his advisors find him a consort capable of acting as a [[StayInTheKitchen privy councillor]]. Oh, and that exiled prince? Turns out he's [[HiddenBackupPrince not so exiled after all...]]



* The Zabi family from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' put the Screwed Up in BigScrewedUpFamily. Patriarch and Sovereign Degwin is a WellIntentionedExtremist who seeks to TakeOverTheWorld in the name of his ideology. [[TheEvilPrince Eldest son Gihren]] is a [[TheSociopath psychopathic]] SocialDarwinist who could not care less about ideology and just wants to [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans increase his own power whatever the cost]]. Second son Dozle is more or less normal, but turns into an AxeCrazy [[TheBerserker berserker]] when turned loose on the battlefield. Daughter Kycilia is a cold-blooded amoral schemer who wants the throne for herself, and doesn't [[WeHaveReserves give a damn about human life]]. The only exceptions seem to be youngest son Garma, and Dozle's daughter, Mineva, who [[spoiler:is raised away from the family, after all of their respective deaths]].

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* The Zabi family from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' put the Screwed Up in BigScrewedUpFamily. Patriarch and Sovereign Degwin is a WellIntentionedExtremist who seeks to TakeOverTheWorld in the name of his ideology. [[TheEvilPrince Eldest son Gihren]] is a [[TheSociopath psychopathic]] SocialDarwinist [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist]] who could not care less about ideology and just wants to [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans increase his own power whatever the cost]]. Second son Dozle is more or less normal, but turns into an AxeCrazy AxCrazy [[TheBerserker berserker]] when turned loose on the battlefield. Daughter Kycilia is a cold-blooded amoral schemer who wants the throne for herself, and doesn't [[WeHaveReserves give a damn about human life]]. The only exceptions seem to be youngest son Garma, and Dozle's daughter, Mineva, who [[spoiler:is raised away from the family, after all of their respective deaths]].



* MarvelUniverse character of antiquity [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor the Sub-Mariner]] is both an example and a subversion. By all accounts, he rules the kingdom of Atlantis relatively well. However, he is also provably crazy: his unique Atlantean/Human physiology means that he requires both air and water to function properly, and if he goes too long without one or the other, his body chemistry drives him towards excessive rage and dangerous short-sightedness; a very dangerous thing indeed in someone strong enough to fight the Hulk to a standstill.
* Also of Marvel, {{Magneto}} and his offspring formed a ComicBook/HouseOfM in the miniseries of the same name, but in a subversion (aversion?), the royal family seemed pretty well-balanced. In the [[UltimateMarvel Ultimate line]], however, the same 'royal family' is... Well, let's just say they've got ''problems''. General explanation? Big Daddy M's crazy-genes, plus power-induced madness.
* The Neramani Royal Family of [[Franchise/XMen the Shi'ar Empire]]. Being at the head of a star-conquering alien empire is bad enough, but two of their individual members are [[TheCaligula insane sociopaths]]: Deathbird [[CainAndAbel killed her sister]], [[SelfMadeOrphan as well as her parents]], though its somewhat atributed to her atavistic mutation. Her younger brother D'Ken is a GalacticConquerer who threatened the whole universe, while [[EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses their Lilandra]], on other hand, is quite [[TheHighQueen a stable ruler]], but has tendency to get dethroned frequently. It gets much worse when Deathbird [[UnholyMatrimony marries]] [[AxCrazy the equally-deranged Vulcan]], bringing even more crazy to the family. By the [[ComicBook/WarOfKings Kree-Shi'ar War]]'s end, most royal members are dead including Lilandra, D'Ken and Vulcan while Deathbird goes missing. The Shi'ar elect [[MyCountryRightOrWrong Gladiator]], the family's bodyguard to be their Emperor instead. The siblings' uncle, who is the only surviving Neramin relative, declines the throne stating their people would riot if another Neramani was their ruler.

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* MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse character of antiquity [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor the Sub-Mariner]] is both an example and a subversion. By all accounts, he rules the kingdom of Atlantis relatively well. However, he is also provably crazy: his unique Atlantean/Human physiology means that he requires both air and water to function properly, and if he goes too long without one or the other, his body chemistry drives him towards excessive rage and dangerous short-sightedness; a very dangerous thing indeed in someone strong enough to fight the Hulk to a standstill.
* Also of Marvel, {{Magneto}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} and his offspring formed a ComicBook/HouseOfM in the miniseries of the same name, but in a subversion (aversion?), the royal family seemed pretty well-balanced. In the [[UltimateMarvel [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate line]], however, the same 'royal family' is... Well, let's just say they've got ''problems''. General explanation? Big Daddy M's crazy-genes, plus power-induced madness.
* The Neramani Royal Family of [[Franchise/XMen the Shi'ar Empire]]. Being at the head of a star-conquering alien empire is bad enough, but two of their individual members are [[TheCaligula insane sociopaths]]: Deathbird [[CainAndAbel killed her sister]], [[SelfMadeOrphan as well as her parents]], though its somewhat atributed attributed to her atavistic mutation. Her younger brother D'Ken is a GalacticConquerer who threatened the whole universe, while [[EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses their Lilandra]], on other hand, is quite [[TheHighQueen a stable ruler]], but has tendency to get dethroned frequently. It gets much worse when Deathbird [[UnholyMatrimony marries]] [[AxCrazy the equally-deranged Vulcan]], bringing even more crazy to the family. By the [[ComicBook/WarOfKings Kree-Shi'ar War]]'s end, most royal members are dead including Lilandra, D'Ken and Vulcan while Deathbird goes missing. The Shi'ar elect [[MyCountryRightOrWrong Gladiator]], the family's bodyguard to be their Emperor instead. The siblings' uncle, who is the only surviving Neramin relative, declines the throne stating their people would riot if another Neramani was their ruler.



* The Holy Grail in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' is an organization that has kept the bloodline of JesusChrist pure for around two millennia. Unfortunately, they did this via BrotherSisterIncest, generation after generation, resulting in [[UncannyValley sickly, skinny people with eyes like an anime character]]. As Herr Starr puts it, they're lucky the current (mentally retarded) descendant doesn't have antennae.

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* The Holy Grail in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' is an organization that has kept the bloodline of JesusChrist {{Jesus}} pure for around two millennia. Unfortunately, they did this via BrotherSisterIncest, generation after generation, resulting in [[UncannyValley sickly, skinny people with eyes like an anime character]]. As Herr Starr puts it, they're lucky the current (mentally retarded) descendant doesn't have antennae.



* The MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfiction, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/66500/maternal-instinct/ Maternal Instinct]] has the royal family of the Changeling Kingdom, the House of Roachanov. Although Changeling culture is primarily based off ImperialJapan, the royal family has a reputation of intermarriage amongst its members that, throughout generations has led to many physical and mental disabilites and illnesses much more similar to those of old European royalty. Queen Chrysalis appears to have dodged most of these ailments, but her daughter and heir, Crown Princess Pupa is both heavily mentally and physically disabled. Pupa, at the time of the fanfiction, is approximately the same age as the Cutie Mark Crusaders, yet she can neither walk or talk, and is treated as virtually an infant and carried around as one by her carers. She is comparable to King Charles II of Spain and Feodor I of Russia. As one commentator remarked, ''"the Changeling royalty is essentially a tour of all the screwed up monarchies of Europe."'', again ironic as the culture is primarily Japanese.

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* The MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/66500/maternal-instinct/ Maternal Instinct]] has the royal family of the Changeling Kingdom, the House of Roachanov. Although Changeling culture is primarily based off ImperialJapan, UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, the royal family has a reputation of intermarriage amongst its members that, throughout generations has led to many physical and mental disabilites disabilities and illnesses much more similar to those of old European royalty. Queen Chrysalis appears to have dodged most of these ailments, but her daughter and heir, Crown Princess Pupa is both heavily mentally and physically disabled. Pupa, at the time of the fanfiction, is approximately the same age as the Cutie Mark Crusaders, yet she can neither walk or talk, and is treated as virtually an infant and carried around as one by her carers.careers. She is comparable to King Charles II of Spain and Feodor I of Russia. As one commentator remarked, ''"the Changeling royalty is essentially a tour of all the screwed up monarchies of Europe."'', again ironic as the culture is primarily Japanese.



* The Prentiss family in ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' (known in the novel as Iselin). The novel alludes pretty frankly to [[spoiler:incest between Eleanor and her father Tyler]], and relates with equal candor at least one instance of same between [[spoiler:Eleanor and her son Raymond. While he's under mind control, no less.]] All three are driven, passionate patriots working at high levels of office -- Tyler was a diplomat, Eleanor is a Senator and Raymond is a Representative running for Vice President. Over the course of his campaign it is revealed that his mother [[spoiler:has been involved for many years in a conspiracy which began with the Congressional Medal of Honor and ends with an assassination attempt on the president-elect and, ultimately, the deaths of both Raymond and Eleanor.]]

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* The Prentiss family in ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' (known in the novel as Iselin). The novel alludes pretty frankly to [[spoiler:incest between Eleanor and her father Tyler]], and relates with equal candor at least one instance of same between [[spoiler:Eleanor and her son Raymond. While he's under mind control, no less.]] All three are driven, passionate patriots working at high levels of office -- Tyler was a diplomat, Eleanor is a Senator and Raymond is a Representative running for Vice President. Over the course of his campaign it is revealed that his mother [[spoiler:has been involved for many years in a conspiracy which began with the Congressional Medal of Honor and ends with an assassination attempt on the president-elect and, ultimately, the deaths of both Raymond and Eleanor.]]Eleanor]].



** Yuri's brother in law[=/=]cousin[=/=]successor Ezar was a relativly sane {{Chessmaster}}, but was also [[TheUnfettered ruthlessly amoral]] beyond belief. The man signed off on a pointlessly aggressive war ''he knew Barrayar would lose'' to topple his political enemies and [[OffingTheOffspring kill his own son]].

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** Yuri's brother in law[=/=]cousin[=/=]successor Ezar was a relativly sane {{Chessmaster}}, [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]], but was also [[TheUnfettered ruthlessly amoral]] beyond belief. The man signed off on a pointlessly aggressive war ''he knew Barrayar would lose'' to topple his political enemies and [[OffingTheOffspring kill his own son]].



* Present in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', in the form of the royal line of Cthol Murgos, the Urgas family, with its hereditary insanity. In sequel series ''The Mallorean'', the eventual successor to the throne is more or less sane, which makes sense, given that he's [[spoiler:not actually the son of the crazy late king, but instead the product of a brief affair between one of the king's wives and a foreign diplomat.]] That's one effective way to get the crazy genes out of the royal line.

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* Present in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', in the form of the royal line of Cthol Murgos, the Urgas family, with its hereditary insanity. In sequel series ''The Mallorean'', the eventual successor to the throne is more or less sane, which makes sense, given that he's [[spoiler:not actually the son of the crazy late king, but instead the product of a brief affair between one of the king's wives and a foreign diplomat.]] That's one effective way to get the crazy genes out of the royal line.



** The Lannisters seem to be heading the inbred-madness route too: [[spoiler: King Joffrey and his siblings Myrcella and Tommen]] are the product of BrotherSisterIncest between [[spoiler:Queen Cersei (married to King Robert, whom she hates) and her twin brother Jaime. Jaime and Cersei's parents were first cousins.]] Cersei is a paranoid schemer who eventually engineers her own downfall, and [[spoiler:Joffrey,]] her son was sadistic and unstable and had to be put down by [[spoiler:Littlefinger and the Tyrells]]. Hopefully averted with Prince Tommen and Princess Myrcella, who are both perfectly sweet children... for now.

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** The Lannisters seem to be heading the inbred-madness route too: [[spoiler: King Joffrey and his siblings Myrcella and Tommen]] are the product of BrotherSisterIncest between [[spoiler:Queen Cersei (married to King Robert, whom she hates) and her twin brother Jaime. Jaime and Cersei's parents were first cousins.]] cousins]]. Cersei is a paranoid schemer who eventually engineers her own downfall, and [[spoiler:Joffrey,]] her son was sadistic and unstable and had to be put down by [[spoiler:Littlefinger and the Tyrells]]. Hopefully averted with Prince Tommen and Princess Myrcella, who are both perfectly sweet children... for now.



* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', there once was a King by the name of Palancar who tried to wage war numerous times with the Elves, even though every invasion was a hopeless crusade. Eventually his nobles rebelled against him to end the madness and had him exiled into a valley that later inherited his name. The Protagonist and his cousin, and the village they grew up in, descended from Palancar. Paolini so far has acted like that's at least somewhat of a ''good'' thing. Then again, he's also trying to convince us that the one who's really RoyallyScrewedUp is Galby.
* Fiona Patton's [[TalesOfTheBranionRealm Branion]] series is set in a fantasy Britain where the gods take an active interest in their followers. The royal family, whose head is called the Aristok, is literally touched by the gods -- the sovereign is the avatar of the Living Flame, a deity/demon/primordial critter which is a sort of symbiotic parasite. This makes the Aristok something of a cross between a hereditary Christ-figure and the real British system of the monarch being head of the church. Not only does the Aristok have [[DivineRightOfKings divine right]], she can prove it. Unfortunately, being the physical sacred vessel-on-earth of a ''fire god'' is bad for your health. Out of forty-one monarchs, sixteen have died young, been assassinated, or committed suicide, and many of the rest went insane. Three even converted to a completely different faith, which made for real cognitive dissonance among their followers as well as themselves. Whether this system is a blessing or a curse on the royal family is clearly up in the air.
* The first two of Mervyn Peake's ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' books are, among other things, a long examination of this trope -- the Groan lineage and their staff are a bunch of depressed lunatics, their spirits both crushed and perversely sustained by the castle and its ancient, messed-up rituals. They are a sympathetic bunch though -- the melancholy and bookish Lord [[MeaningfulName Sepulchrave]] and his unloved, {{cloudcuckoolander}} daughter [[TheOphelia Fuchsia]] must surely be among the most tragic literary {{woobie}}s of the last century.

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* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', there once was a King by the name of Palancar who tried to wage war numerous times with the Elves, even though every invasion was a hopeless crusade. Eventually his nobles rebelled against him to end the madness and had him exiled into a valley that later inherited his name. The Protagonist and his cousin, and the village they grew up in, descended from Palancar. Paolini so far has acted like that's at least somewhat of a ''good'' thing. Then again, he's also trying to convince us that the one who's really RoyallyScrewedUp Royally Screwed-up is Galby.
* Fiona Patton's [[TalesOfTheBranionRealm [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm Branion]] series is set in a fantasy Britain where the gods take an active interest in their followers. The royal family, whose head is called the Aristok, is literally touched by the gods -- the sovereign is the avatar of the Living Flame, a deity/demon/primordial critter which is a sort of symbiotic parasite. This makes the Aristok something of a cross between a hereditary Christ-figure and the real British system of the monarch being head of the church. Not only does the Aristok have [[DivineRightOfKings divine right]], she can prove it. Unfortunately, being the physical sacred vessel-on-earth of a ''fire god'' is bad for your health. Out of forty-one monarchs, sixteen have died young, been assassinated, or committed suicide, and many of the rest went insane. Three even converted to a completely different faith, which made for real cognitive dissonance among their followers as well as themselves. Whether this system is a blessing or a curse on the royal family is clearly up in the air.
* The first two of Mervyn Peake's ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' books are, among other things, a long examination of this trope -- the Groan lineage and their staff are a bunch of depressed lunatics, their spirits both crushed and perversely sustained by the castle and its ancient, messed-up rituals. They are a sympathetic bunch though -- the melancholy and bookish Lord [[MeaningfulName Sepulchrave]] and his unloved, {{cloudcuckoolander}} daughter [[TheOphelia Fuchsia]] must surely be among the most tragic literary {{woobie}}s [[TheWoobie woobies]] of the last century.



* In the ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]]'' books by TamoraPierce, the Copper Isles royalty tend to have madness crop up now and then, including one Princess Josiane. A character phrases it thus: "There's bad blood in the Copper Isles kings. They birth a mad one every generation. Josiane's uncle is locked in a tower somewhere. It comes from being an island kingdom -- too much inbreeding." It turns out in further novels that it may not be just one per generation...

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* In the ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Tortall]]'' books by TamoraPierce, Creator/TamoraPierce, the Copper Isles royalty tend to have madness crop up now and then, including one Princess Josiane. A character phrases it thus: "There's bad blood in the Copper Isles kings. They birth a mad one every generation. Josiane's uncle is locked in a tower somewhere. It comes from being an island kingdom -- too much inbreeding." It turns out in further novels that it may not be just one per generation...



* The Civil Government of the planet Bellevue in TheGeneral Series is RoyallyScrewedUp in that both the current governor and his acknowledged heir are borderline clinical paranoids, and becoming less borderline all the time...

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* The Civil Government of the planet Bellevue in TheGeneral Series is RoyallyScrewedUp in that qualifies as both the current governor and his acknowledged heir are borderline clinical paranoids, and becoming less borderline all the time...



* ''Literature/AgeOfFire'': The Imperial Line of the Lavadome is ''very'' messed up. [[EvilMatriarch Tighila]] kills her own son and frames and exiles her mate's later chosen heirs, before eventually killing him too, all so that her brother [=SiDrakkon=] can become Tyr. When he does, he takes Infamina, his great-niece, as his mate, and ends up nearly bringing the Lavadome to civil war due to his [[TheCaligula refusal to do anything that doesn't satisfy his hedonism]]. This lasts until Infamina's brother [=SiMevolant=] assassinates him, [[BrotherSisterIncest takes Infamina as his own mate (and it's implied they were already having an affair)]], and proceeds to [[spoiler: play TheQuisling to [[BiggerBad the Wrymmaster's]] forces, letting them take over the Lavadome]], which causes [=RuGaard=] (an adopted member of the Imperial Line) to lead a rebellion to take [=SiMevolant=] down, becoming Tyr himself afterwards.

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* ''Literature/AgeOfFire'': The Imperial Line of the Lavadome is ''very'' messed up. [[EvilMatriarch Tighila]] kills her own son and frames and exiles her mate's later chosen heirs, before eventually killing him too, all so that her brother [=SiDrakkon=] can become Tyr. When he does, he takes Infamina, his great-niece, as his mate, and ends up nearly bringing the Lavadome to civil war due to his [[TheCaligula refusal to do anything that doesn't satisfy his hedonism]]. This lasts until Infamina's brother [=SiMevolant=] assassinates him, [[BrotherSisterIncest takes Infamina as his own mate (and it's implied they were already having an affair)]], and proceeds to [[spoiler: play TheQuisling to [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain the Wrymmaster's]] forces, letting them take over the Lavadome]], which causes [=RuGaard=] (an adopted member of the Imperial Line) to lead a rebellion to take [=SiMevolant=] down, becoming Tyr himself afterwards.






* A lot of tension surrounding the SuccessionCrisis in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is based on this trope. It's revealed in series three that the Pendragon men have a history of mental illness, one which King Uther ultimately succumbs to after his [[spoiler:arguably AxeCrazy illegitimate daughter]] betrays him and takes the throne.
* Series/GameOfThrones implies this is caused by inbreeding in the Targaryen and [[spoiler:Lannister]] family lines, in as little as one generation. The crazy rate is implied to be around 50% (as per the page quote), regardless of how long the inbreeding has been practiced.

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* A lot of tension surrounding the SuccessionCrisis in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is based on this trope. It's revealed in series three that the Pendragon men have a history of mental illness, one which King Uther ultimately succumbs to after his [[spoiler:arguably AxeCrazy AxCrazy illegitimate daughter]] betrays him and takes the throne.
* Series/GameOfThrones ''Series/GameOfThrones'' implies this is caused by inbreeding in the Targaryen and [[spoiler:Lannister]] family lines, in as little as one generation. The crazy rate is implied to be around 50% (as per the page quote), regardless of how long the inbreeding has been practiced.



** Weirdly enough, WordOfGod [[RetCon retcons this]] saying that the latter incident mentioned above is in fact [[spoiler: [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Ian_Dresari#Tyrant propaganda]] from the aforementioned Steiner ruling government, whose leader at the time was not above this or numerous other antics reaching to the MoralEventHorizon.]]

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** Weirdly enough, WordOfGod [[RetCon retcons this]] saying that the latter incident mentioned above is in fact [[spoiler: [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Ian_Dresari#Tyrant propaganda]] from the aforementioned Steiner ruling government, whose leader at the time was not above this or numerous other antics reaching to the MoralEventHorizon.]]MoralEventHorizon]].



* Nearly every [[TheClan clan]] in ''DrowTales'' could fit into this, but the Sharen are the most screwed up. Matricide, starting a civil war, and subjecting one's entire clan as well as any female summoner to demonic Tainting, is a good start for proving a case of mental imbalance. Zhor claims that [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune]] is truly insane (not just evil or ruthless, but ''insane''), and Diva knew it.
** The Sarghress clan apparently has a history of child abuse. Allegedly, Quain'ana [[spoiler: ordered her soldiers to rape her own daughter Mel'arnach]] when Mel refused to bear an heir for the clan; in turn, according to a non-canon side story, [[spoiler: Mel and Sil'lice raped their adopted sister Syphile]], and Syphile once locked Ariel (who was physically about 5 years old at the time) and Fuzzy (Ariel's cat) in a cell with no bathroom for a week, and then [[spoiler: killed Fuzzy in front of Ariel when Fuzzy bit her.]]

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* Nearly every [[TheClan clan]] in ''DrowTales'' ''WebComic/{{Drowtales}}'' could fit into this, but the Sharen are the most screwed up. Matricide, starting a civil war, and subjecting one's entire clan as well as any female summoner to demonic Tainting, is a good start for proving a case of mental imbalance. Zhor claims that [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune]] is truly insane (not just evil or ruthless, but ''insane''), and Diva knew it.
** The Sarghress clan apparently has a history of child abuse. Allegedly, Quain'ana [[spoiler: ordered her soldiers to rape her own daughter Mel'arnach]] when Mel refused to bear an heir for the clan; in turn, according to a non-canon side story, [[spoiler: Mel and Sil'lice raped their adopted sister Syphile]], and Syphile once locked Ariel (who was physically about 5 years old at the time) and Fuzzy (Ariel's cat) in a cell with no bathroom for a week, and then [[spoiler: killed Fuzzy in front of Ariel when Fuzzy bit her.]]her]].



** Add in the fact that the Heterodynes were the ones who created the Jaegers (think WW1 Germans fused with Orkz and muppets) and they were plenty messed up too. Basically, the Heterodynes bred right past crazy and back around to normal.

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** Add in the fact that the Heterodynes were the ones who created the Jaegers (think WW1 UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarI}}W1 Germans fused with Orkz and muppets) and they were plenty messed up too. Basically, the Heterodynes bred right past crazy and back around to normal.



** The entire Fire Kingdom court is evil. This includes Finn's new LoveInterest Flame Princess, though her father admits that love could turn her chaotic neutral (at the cost of an experience penalty for going against alignment). She's also CuteAndPsycho with a HairTriggerTemper, and if her emotions go out of control [[spoiler:she can ''destroy the world''.]] Her father is also a little too eager to make sure his daughter stays evil.

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** The entire Fire Kingdom court is evil. This includes Finn's new LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} Flame Princess, though her father admits that love could turn her chaotic neutral (at the cost of an experience penalty for going against alignment). She's also CuteAndPsycho with a HairTriggerTemper, and if her emotions go out of control [[spoiler:she can ''destroy the world''.]] Her father is also a little too eager to make sure his daughter stays evil.



*** The sanity of his daughter Queen Mary I (not only Britain's first ruling queen[[note]]Unless you count Matilda aka Empress Maud.[[/note]] but the original Bloody Mary) is a question historians have never settled. Her campaign to re-establish the Catholic church led to an unusually large number of brutal executions in her six-year reign and brought the country to the point of outright rebellion. Of course, the English Reformation had started as a way for her father to divorce and mistreat her mother, who was then dying of cancer, and witnessing that had a profound effect on Mary. She also may have had a hysterical pregnancy: when she married at 38 she was understandably desperate to produce an heir, as the only other surviving Tudor -- her younger half-sister [[Usefulnotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth]] -- was of questionable legitimacy and very Protestant. Mary was observed by her courtiers to show every sign of pregnancy… but a year went by and no child was born. For centuries it was assumed to be extreme wishful thinking, but the fact that she died soon after suggests it may have been cancer or some other major physical illness.
* The Habsburg dynasty of Austria, the HolyRomanEmpire, Spain, and various states in Northern Italy was excessively inbred even by the standards of late medieval European royalty, with a tendency towards mental instability as well as a distinctive underbite known as the "Habsburg lip" that got more disfiguring in later generations. The Habsburgs felt that not marrying "ruling houses" was beneath them and were also devout Catholics, meaning that a large part of German and European families were off limits after the Reformation, unless their partners were ready to convert.[[note]] This for instance was the case with Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick, mother of MariaTheresa. [[/note]] To make matters worse, after the Habsburgs split into an Austrian and a Spanish main line after Charles V/Carlos I, the two branches of the family kept trading marriage partners in order to continue to be able to inherit each other's throne should one of them die out. Marrying into the Spanish House of Trastamara in the early 16th century had been a shrewd political move to expand the family's power but a poor choice for genetic health as the pre-Reconquista Spanish houses were already pretty inbred. Even by that low bar, the Trastamaras were noted for their history of oddballs, although the number of truly crazy family members may have been overstated by their enemies.

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*** The sanity of his daughter Queen Mary I (not only Britain's first ruling queen[[note]]Unless you count Matilda aka Empress Maud.[[/note]] but the original Bloody Mary) is a question historians have never settled. Her campaign to re-establish the Catholic church led to an unusually large number of brutal executions in her six-year reign and brought the country to the point of outright rebellion. Of course, the English Reformation had started as a way for her father to divorce and mistreat her mother, who was then dying of cancer, and witnessing that had a profound effect on Mary. She also may have had a hysterical pregnancy: when she married at 38 she was understandably desperate to produce an heir, as the only other surviving Tudor -- her younger half-sister [[Usefulnotes/ElizabethI [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth]] -- was of questionable legitimacy and very Protestant. Mary was observed by her courtiers to show every sign of pregnancy… but a year went by and no child was born. For centuries it was assumed to be extreme wishful thinking, but the fact that she died soon after suggests it may have been cancer or some other major physical illness.
* The Habsburg dynasty of Austria, the HolyRomanEmpire, UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire, Spain, and various states in Northern Italy was excessively inbred even by the standards of late medieval European royalty, with a tendency towards mental instability as well as a distinctive underbite known as the "Habsburg lip" that got more disfiguring in later generations. The Habsburgs felt that not marrying "ruling houses" was beneath them and were also devout Catholics, meaning that a large part of German and European families were off limits after the Reformation, unless their partners were ready to convert.[[note]] This for instance was the case with Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick, mother of MariaTheresa. [[/note]] To make matters worse, after the Habsburgs split into an Austrian and a Spanish main line after Charles V/Carlos I, the two branches of the family kept trading marriage partners in order to continue to be able to inherit each other's throne should one of them die out. Marrying into the Spanish House of Trastamara in the early 16th century had been a shrewd political move to expand the family's power but a poor choice for genetic health as the pre-Reconquista Spanish houses were already pretty inbred. Even by that low bar, the Trastamaras were noted for their history of oddballs, although the number of truly crazy family members may have been overstated by their enemies.



** The trope's picture is a portrait of Charles II, last Habsburg King of Spain--and portraits included the period equivalent of Photoshopping, so he probably looked even worse in person. He was so severely physically ''and'' mentally disabled (he had the "Habsburg Lip" to such an extent that he could not close his mouth; that's why his tongue is poking out) that his subjects nicknamed him "El Hechizado", "The Bewitched". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Carlos_segundo80.png His family 'tree' doubles back on itself]]. Taken from TheOtherWiki: According to the medical coroner, Charles' body "[[BodyHorror contained not a single drop of blood, his heart looked like the size of a grain of pepper, his lungs were corroded, his intestines were putrid and gangrenous, he had a single testicle which was as black as carbon and his head was full of water.]]" The only non-Habsburg genes Charles had received in the last ''four'' generations were from his father's '''syphilis''', which was at that point just throwing swamp water up a backed-up sewage line. Unsurprisingly, he closed the Habsburg chapter in Spain by not perpetuating his line ([[{{Squick}} though his advisers tried to get an heir out of him]]). Charles descended from "Juana La Loca" 14 times... twice as a great-great-great grandson, and 12 times further.

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** The trope's picture is a portrait of Charles II, last Habsburg King of Spain--and portraits included the period equivalent of Photoshopping, so he probably looked even worse in person. He was so severely physically ''and'' mentally disabled (he had the "Habsburg Lip" to such an extent that he could not close his mouth; that's why his tongue is poking out) that his subjects nicknamed him "El Hechizado", "The Bewitched". [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Carlos_segundo80.png His family 'tree' doubles back on itself]]. Taken from TheOtherWiki: [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]]: According to the medical coroner, Charles' body "[[BodyHorror contained not a single drop of blood, his heart looked like the size of a grain of pepper, his lungs were corroded, his intestines were putrid and gangrenous, he had a single testicle which was as black as carbon and his head was full of water.]]" The only non-Habsburg genes Charles had received in the last ''four'' generations were from his father's '''syphilis''', which was at that point just throwing swamp water up a backed-up sewage line. Unsurprisingly, he closed the Habsburg chapter in Spain by not perpetuating his line ([[{{Squick}} though his advisers tried to get an heir out of him]]). Charles descended from "Juana La Loca" 14 times... twice as a great-great-great grandson, and 12 times further.



* This lead to the abolition of the 240-year-old RoyallyScrewedUp Nepalese monarchy in 2008. In 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra allegedly went AxCrazy and gunned down most of his relatives, including his father the King. By law, Dipendra was crowned Nepal's new king, despite being both accused of multiple murders and comatose from an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound. Dipendra quickly succumbed to his injuries and his uncle Gyanedra was crowned king despite being widely suspected of masterminding the royal family massacre. No matter whether Dipendra or Gyanedra had really done it, Nepal had made at least one mass murderer its king. When Gyanedra tried to abolish Parliament, the Nepalese decided they had had enough of this trope and voted to make peace with the [[DirtyCommunists Maoist rebels]] and declare a republic.

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* This lead to the abolition of the 240-year-old RoyallyScrewedUp Nepalese monarchy in 2008. In 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra allegedly went AxCrazy and gunned down most of his relatives, including his father the King. By law, Dipendra was crowned Nepal's new king, despite being both accused of multiple murders and comatose from an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound. Dipendra quickly succumbed to his injuries and his uncle Gyanedra was crowned king despite being widely suspected of masterminding the royal family massacre. No matter whether Dipendra or Gyanedra had really done it, Nepal had made at least one mass murderer its king. When Gyanedra tried to abolish Parliament, the Nepalese decided they had had enough of this trope and voted to make peace with the [[DirtyCommunists Maoist rebels]] and declare a republic.
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** Charles VI's madness was triggered by two traumatic events, the first possibly induced by sunstroke, the second by the notorious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal_des_Ardents "ball of the burning men"]], in which Charles himself came close to being burnt alive. And while Britons like to point the finger at Charles VI as being to blame for Henry VI's madness, it should be noted that his French offspring was not crazy, but actually seemed to have been pretty smart and rational by the standards of their day, in particular his grandson Louis XI, known as [[TheChessmaster the Universal Spider]], and his Louis's daughter Anne de Beaujeu, who very competently ruled France and won another civil war during the minority of her younger brother Charles VIII. Of course to some people the real reason for the troubles of the royal house of France until the 19th century was that Philip the Fair and his successors [[{{Curse}} had been cursed by the]] [[KnightsTemplar last Grand Master of the Knights Templar when he was burned at the stake]].

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** Charles VI's madness was triggered by two traumatic events, the first possibly induced by sunstroke, the second by the notorious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal_des_Ardents "ball of the burning men"]], in which Charles himself came close to being burnt alive. And while Britons like to point the finger at Charles VI as being to blame for Henry VI's madness, it should be noted that his French offspring was not crazy, but actually seemed to have been pretty smart and rational by the standards of their day, in particular his grandson Louis XI, known as [[TheChessmaster the Universal Spider]], and his Louis's daughter Anne de Beaujeu, who very competently ruled France and won another civil war during the minority of her younger brother Charles VIII. Of course to some people the real reason for the troubles of the royal house of France until the 19th century was that Philip the Fair and his successors [[{{Curse}} had been cursed by the]] [[KnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar last Grand Master of the Knights Templar when he was burned at the stake]].
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