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11th Feb '16 1:43:55 PM Pichu-kun
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* At least one ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' comic goes into detail about Aquata's, the heir to the throne, grooming into being the next queen of the ocean.

** In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' the Waialiki ruling family is a chiefdom, so their duties are mostly to go and fight. Especially princess Moana. ** The ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' portion of ''Franchise/DisneyPrincess Enchanted Tales'' has Aurora in charge of the kingdom when her parents are away. She is soon overwhelmed by the difficulty of everything.

* According to their theme song, the [[Wrestling/ChrisHero kings]] of [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli wrestling]] actually had a playing card theme but the [[Wrestling/SaraDelRey Queen of Wrestling]] was adamant that they were wrestling royalty.[[/folder]] [[folder:Roleplay]] * ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Ikea, the king of tabletopia, was summoned as a boss. Not only that, but his entire army went down in three rounds. Ikea survived twice that length, then [[BadAss kidnapped the godmodder.]]
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* According to their theme song, the [[Wrestling/ChrisHero kings]] of [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli wrestling]] actually had a playing card theme but the [[Wrestling/SaraDelRey Queen of Wrestling]] was adamant that they were wrestling royalty.[[/folder]] [[folder:Roleplay]] * ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Ikea, the king of tabletopia, was summoned as a boss. Not only that, but his entire army went down in three rounds. Ikea survived twice that length, then [[BadAss kidnapped the godmodder.]]

* According to their theme song, the [[Wrestling/ChrisHero kings]] of [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli wrestling]] actually had a playing card theme but the [[Wrestling/SaraDelRey Queen of Wrestling]] was adamant that they were wrestling royalty.[[/folder]] [[folder:Roleplay]] * ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': Ikea, the king of tabletopia, was summoned as a boss. Not only that, but his entire army went down in three rounds. Ikea survived twice that length, then [[BadAss kidnapped the godmodder.]]]] [[/folder]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Royalty tends to be this more often than not, especially since the war with the Fire Nation made [[IdleRich being an idle royal]] a bad idea. Even the demure Princess Yue joins with the Moon spirit to save it. About the only royal who truly didn't fit this was the Earth Kingdom king, who was kept in the dark due to an EvilChancellor.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Royalty royalty tends to be this more often than not, especially since the war with the Fire Nation made [[IdleRich being an idle royal]] a bad idea. Even the demure Princess Yue joins with the Moon spirit to save it. About the only royal who truly didn't fit this was the Earth Kingdom king, who was kept in the dark due to an EvilChancellor.

* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': The Waialiki ruling family - they're a chiefdom, so their duties are mostly to go and fight. Especially princess Moana.

* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': The Waialiki ruling family - they're a chiefdom, so their duties [[Disney/TheLionKing source films]] are mostly to go vague on what kings do however ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' shows that it is more than just a title. Simba is shown advising over events and fight. Especially princess Moana.going to funerals.

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8th Feb '16 4:46:18 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Thor's heroics also fall under this category, leading in battle from the front. ** Odin and Frigga tend to be busy with administrative stuff and, in Frigga's case, teaching [[MedicalMonarch magical medicine.]] ** Harry himself tends to get stuck in when it comes to fighting evil, much to his family's mingled pride and despair.
25th Jan '16 7:44:00 PM Galacton
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Due to the ErmineCapeEffect, EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses, and other such tropes, there is a belief that being royalty means doing almost nothing else but, well, being royalty. Aside from all the pomp, ceremony, galas, [[DancesAndBalls balls]], [[DeadlyDecadentCourt intrigue]], and the occasional dealing with actual governing of the country, royalty just doesn't do anything else with their time. This has some TruthInTelevision, such as the court at Versailles or the Forbidden City in China, but not uniformly so. Just as often as not, royalty would actually do something worthwhile with their time. For centuries from prehistoric Mesopotamia through to the Middle Ages, kings were expected to be strong warriors to defend their holdings and inspire the people around them; in fact, "strong man who can lead the other men of the village in fighting off enemies" was probably the original meaning of kingship. Three examples are Alexander The Great, Charlemagne, and Genghis Khan, kings who gained and kept their power through their skill as generals and warriors and, in the case of the latter two, administrators. [[note]]Sadly, there are many royalty who conspired against their people in their free time. This in turn gave them greater power, so an incentive to carry that out, as well. Many of the nouveau riche, for instance, were generals and warriors who started wearing crowns and intermarrying, while taking out their competition.[[/note]]
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Due to the ErmineCapeEffect, EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses, and other such tropes, there is a belief that being royalty means doing almost nothing else but, well, being royalty. Aside from all the pomp, ceremony, galas, [[DancesAndBalls balls]], [[DeadlyDecadentCourt intrigue]], and the occasional dealing with actual governing of the country, royalty just doesn't do anything else with their time. This has some TruthInTelevision, such as the court at Versailles or the Forbidden City in China, but not uniformly so. Just as often as not, royalty would actually do something worthwhile with their time. For centuries from prehistoric Mesopotamia through to the Middle Ages, kings were expected to be strong warriors to warriors, defend their holdings holdings, and inspire the people around them; in them. In fact, "strong man who can lead the other men of the village in fighting off enemies" was probably the original meaning of kingship. Three examples are Alexander The Great, Charlemagne, and Genghis Khan, kings who gained and kept their power through their skill as generals and warriors and, in the case of the latter two, administrators. [[note]]Sadly, there are many royalty who conspired against their people in their free time. This in turn gave them greater power, so an incentive to carry that out, as well. Many of the nouveau riche, for instance, were generals and warriors who started wearing crowns and intermarrying, while taking out their competition.[[/note]]
20th Jan '16 9:52:51 AM morane
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This trope is very much TruthInTelevision, so any RealLife examples are redundant.
2nd Jan '16 6:17:50 AM Harem-author
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* In ''LightNovel/SwordPrincessAltina'', there's the TitleCharacter, Altina who is the fourth born princess of Belgaria, but there's also her older brother Basitin, and the princess of High Britannia, Elizabeth, in volume 5.
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* In ''LightNovel/SwordPrincessAltina'', there's the TitleCharacter, Altina who is the fourth born princess of Belgaria, but there's also her older brother Basitin, and the princess of High Britannia, Elizabeth, in volume 5.4.
2nd Jan '16 6:17:04 AM Harem-author
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* In ''LightNovel/SwordPrincessAltina'', there's the TitleCharacter, Altina who is the fourth born princess of Belgaria, but there's also her older brother Basitin, and the princess of High Britannia, Elizabeth, in volume 5.
29th Dec '15 5:16:43 AM Anddrix
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** SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom is a villainous example. He is the monarch of Latveria (most of the time) and there can be little doubt that he's spent most of his reign being a thorn in the side of the ComicBook/FantasticFour (and pretty much every other hero in the Marvel Universe).
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** SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom is a villainous example. He is the monarch of Latveria (most of the time) and there can be little doubt that he's spent most of his reign being a thorn in the side of the ComicBook/FantasticFour (and pretty much every other hero in the Marvel Universe).
25th Dec '15 7:56:00 PM merotoker
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** Also Princess Hisui E. Fiore, who [[spoiler: is the true mastermind behind the Eclipse Project which aims to save Fiore from a dragon apocalypse. Unfortunately, she's an UnwittingPawn as the Eclipse Project is actually what causes said apocalypse.]]
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** Also Princess Hisui E. Fiore, who [[spoiler: is the true mastermind behind the Eclipse Project which aims to save Fiore from a dragon apocalypse. Unfortunately, she's an UnwittingPawn as the Eclipse Project is actually what causes said apocalypse.]]apocalypse]].

** By technicality, [[spoiler:Vivio, as the clone of Olivie, also qualifies, as she serves as a librarian and is receiving training to be a magical girl. She'd rather forget the royalty part and wants to follow in her adopted mother's footsteps.]]
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** By technicality, [[spoiler:Vivio, as the clone of Olivie, also qualifies, as she serves as a librarian and is receiving training to be a magical girl. She'd rather forget the royalty part and wants to follow in her adopted mother's footsteps.]]footsteps]].

** And lastly, [[spoiler: Negi himself, who is a prince by virtue of being Arika's son. Like Asuna, he wasn't initially aware of his royal lineage.]]
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** And lastly, [[spoiler: Negi himself, who is a prince by virtue of being Arika's son. Like Asuna, he wasn't initially aware of his royal lineage.]]lineage]].

** And her father, Nefertari Cobra (and yes, his subjects know him as King Cobra). An unknown, shadow organization is manipulating the people into a rebellion against him? He ''refuses'' to send the royal army against his own people without knowing what's happening. When Vivi sends him info on Crocodile, he immediately mobilizes the entire army to leave the capital (where the rebels are planning to meet the army in battle) and send them against Crocodile. Crocodile [[spoiler:kidnaps him? He'd rather die, collapse the ancient burial grounds, and try to [[TakingYouWithMe take Crocodile with him]], than lead him to [[DoomsdayDevice Pluton]].]]
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** And her father, Nefertari Cobra (and yes, his subjects know him as King Cobra). An unknown, shadow organization is manipulating the people into a rebellion against him? He ''refuses'' to send the royal army against his own people without knowing what's happening. When Vivi sends him info on Crocodile, he immediately mobilizes the entire army to leave the capital (where the rebels are planning to meet the army in battle) and send them against Crocodile. Crocodile [[spoiler:kidnaps him? He'd rather die, collapse the ancient burial grounds, and try to [[TakingYouWithMe take Crocodile with him]], than lead him to [[DoomsdayDevice Pluton]].]]Pluton]]]].

** And then we have the royalty of the Ryugu Kingdom on Fishman Island. King Neptune isn't afraid to protect his subjects when the need arises, including [[spoiler:doing an underwater version of KamehameHadoken to utterly defeat the New Fishmen Pirates.]] His deceased wife Queen Otohime stopped a thief by slapping him several times and was very active in trying to promote peace between mermen and humans while making time to be a caring mother of four, a school teacher, and a rescue worker. The three princes are all {{Warrior Prince}}s and are said to be the strongest of the Nepture army, which they also lead. ** There's also [[spoiler:Donquixote Doflamingo.]] He may not look like it, but he is the king of Dressrosa. Later on, this becomes extremely notable when it's revealed that he's [[spoiler:a '''''World Noble''''', who are often noted to be anything ''but'' this.]]
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** And then we have the royalty of the Ryugu Kingdom on Fishman Island. King Neptune isn't afraid to protect his subjects when the need arises, including [[spoiler:doing an underwater version of KamehameHadoken to utterly defeat the New Fishmen Pirates.]] Pirates]]. His deceased wife Queen Otohime stopped a thief by slapping him several times and was very active in trying to promote peace between mermen and humans while making time to be a caring mother of four, a school teacher, and a rescue worker. The three princes are all {{Warrior Prince}}s and are said to be the strongest of the Nepture army, which they also lead. ** There's also [[spoiler:Donquixote Doflamingo.]] Doflamingo]]. He may not look like it, but he is the king of Dressrosa. Later on, this becomes extremely notable when it's revealed that he's [[spoiler:a '''''World Noble''''', who are often noted to be anything ''but'' this.]]this]].

* Anime/{{Windaria}}: Both WarriorPrince Roland and BadassPrincess Veronica personally lead their armies. * In ''Manga/YakitateJapan'', the royal family of Monaco intentionally send their children out to learn careers as commoners so that they may rule better. The current king learned to bake bread. ** To be fair, if he'd had the talent for it, breadmaking could have resulted in him being able to make disposable time machines.
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* Anime/{{Windaria}}: ''Anime/{{Windaria}}'': Both WarriorPrince Roland and BadassPrincess Veronica personally lead their armies. * In ''Manga/YakitateJapan'', the royal family of Monaco intentionally send their children out to learn careers as commoners so that they may rule better. The current king learned to bake bread. ** bread. To be fair, if he'd had the talent for it, breadmaking could have resulted in him being able to make disposable time machines.

** Also, her late husband Federico: cousin of the king, he was leading the fight against the Grey Ravens as a police officer and preaching for less wasting of the kingdom's money into parties and accepting the fact they were in a civil war before he went swimming and got [[SharksAreBadNews killed by a shark]]. [[spoiler:Then {{Subverted}} when it was found out he was the ''leader of the Grey Ravens'' trying to take over the country, who [[FakingTheDead faked his own death]] when his own officers proved too competent and were on the verge of unmasking him. Altea is implied to be the indirect reason the Grey Ravens failed to take over during the revolution and ''shown'' to have accidentally done the same during a later crisis (she was left comatose in a bombing. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Ginko left no survivors among the responsible]], even [[EnemyMine allying to Diabolik for the occasion]]), and was the one to unmask Federico when he returned trying to pass himself off as a hero (with Diabolik stalking her because he had also found out and wanted revenge).]]
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** Also, her late husband Federico: cousin of the king, he was leading the fight against the Grey Ravens as a police officer and preaching for less wasting of the kingdom's money into parties and accepting the fact they were in a civil war before he went swimming and got [[SharksAreBadNews [[ThreateningShark killed by a shark]]. [[spoiler:Then {{Subverted}} {{subverted|Trope}} when it was found out he was the ''leader of the Grey Ravens'' trying to take over the country, who [[FakingTheDead faked his own death]] when his own officers proved too competent and were on the verge of unmasking him. Altea is implied to be the indirect reason the Grey Ravens failed to take over during the revolution and ''shown'' to have accidentally done the same during a later crisis (she was left comatose in a bombing. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Ginko left no survivors among the responsible]], even [[EnemyMine allying to Diabolik for the occasion]]), and was the one to unmask Federico when he returned trying to pass himself off as a hero (with Diabolik stalking her because he had also found out and wanted revenge).]]

* During his brief reign as king of the planet Sakaar, [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] did a lot of things, from actively achieving peace with a group of StarfishAliens to personally helping in the reconstruction of his damaged kingdom. After the three days of peace and prosperity ended in a massive explosion, he personally led an army to Earth to do a lot of other things, which [[WorldWarHulk amounted to punching a lot of people who deserved it in the face repeatedly.]]
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* During his brief reign as king of the planet Sakaar, [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] did a lot of things, from actively achieving peace with a group of StarfishAliens to personally helping in the reconstruction of his damaged kingdom. After the three days of peace and prosperity ended in a massive explosion, he personally led an army to Earth to do a lot of other things, which [[WorldWarHulk [[ComicBook/WorldWarHulk amounted to punching a lot of people who deserved it in the face repeatedly.]]

* Lilandra, Empress/Magistrix of the Shi'ar Empire and [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Charles Xavier's]] on-again off-again love interest is found at the helm of the Shi'ar fleet's flagship or directly on the battlefield at least as often as she's seen on the throne, and even then she's [[TheChessmaster pulling more strings than a puppet-master]], trying to assure as peaceful and prosperous an existence for her empire as possible within the chaotic Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
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* ''Comicbook/XMen'': Lilandra, Empress/Magistrix of the Shi'ar Empire and [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Charles Xavier's]] Xavier's on-again off-again love interest is found at the helm of the Shi'ar fleet's flagship or directly on the battlefield at least as often as she's seen on the throne, and even then she's [[TheChessmaster pulling more strings than a puppet-master]], trying to assure as peaceful and prosperous an existence for her empire as possible within the chaotic Franchise/MarvelUniverse.

** Queen Hippolyta of Themyscira isn't above getting her hands dirty (and, in one bit of comics continuity, was Franchise/WonderWoman during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Her daughters, Diana and Donna, are more than happy to follow in their mother's footsteps, Diana as the current Wonder Woman and Donna as the first WonderGirl (now Troia). Donna's close friend (and fellow [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Titan]]) ComicBook/{{Starfire}} is also a princess, though whether or not she counts as "acting" monarchy is debatable since she's in willing exile. ** [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Maxima]] was Queen of Almerac and had a period as a superhero before pulling a HeroicSacrifice by blocking a planet destroying blast.
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** Queen Hippolyta of Themyscira isn't above getting her hands dirty (and, in one bit of comics continuity, was Franchise/WonderWoman during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Her daughters, Diana and Donna, are more than happy to follow in their mother's footsteps, Diana as the current Wonder Woman and Donna as the first WonderGirl Comicbook/WonderGirl (now Troia). Donna's close friend (and fellow [[Comicbook/TeenTitans Titan]]) ComicBook/{{Starfire}} is also a princess, though whether or not she counts as "acting" monarchy is debatable since she's in willing exile. ** [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Maxima]] was Queen of Almerac and had a period as a superhero before pulling a HeroicSacrifice by blocking a planet destroying blast.

* In FanFic/TheMasksWeWear, Zuko commands the defense of the Fire Nation Capital against the invasion during the eclipse, [[spoiler:making the invaders pay a heavy toll in blood prior to the eclipse, and all but stopping their advance during the eclipse; when Azula launches a counterattack after the eclipse with the Fire Nation Air Fleet, she is IMPRESSED by Zuko's achievements.]]
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* In FanFic/TheMasksWeWear, ''FanFic/TheMasksWeWear'', Zuko commands the defense of the Fire Nation Capital against the invasion during the eclipse, [[spoiler:making the invaders pay a heavy toll in blood prior to the eclipse, and all but stopping their advance during the eclipse; when Azula launches a counterattack after the eclipse with the Fire Nation Air Fleet, she is IMPRESSED by Zuko's achievements.]]achievements]].

* The entire gamut of royals in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic FanFic/RitesOfAscension play this straight. Princess Celestia is busy running the country, Princess Luna is busy trying to get her political power back, Prince Shining Armor leads the Royal Guard [[spoiler:and later the Night Guard]], Princess Cadence represents and fights for the underrepresented and underprivileged, and even Blueblood appears to be an important pawn for Celestia.
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* The entire gamut of royals in WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic FanFic/RitesOfAscension ''FanFic/RitesOfAscension'' play this straight. Princess Celestia is busy running the country, Princess Luna is busy trying to get her political power back, Prince Shining Armor leads the Royal Guard [[spoiler:and later the Night Guard]], Princess Cadence represents and fights for the underrepresented and underprivileged, and even Blueblood appears to be an important pawn for Celestia.

** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': The Beast qualifies, as he does rather effectively govern a large household and lands. He also fights wolves in the snow and (eventually) helps to fend off an invasion of his castle. Oh, yeah, and [[spoiler:he's [[BalefulPolymorph actually]] a prince.]]
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** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': The Beast qualifies, as he does rather effectively govern a large household and lands. He also fights wolves in the snow and (eventually) helps to fend off an invasion of his castle. Oh, yeah, and [[spoiler:he's [[BalefulPolymorph actually]] a prince.]]prince]].

** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': For a prince, Naveen sure does adapt quickly to life as a frog. Then, [[spoiler:at the end of the movie, both Tiana and Naveen play this straight, with Tiana running the restaurant of her dreams and Naveen alternating between waiting tables and performing live music.]]
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** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'': For a prince, Naveen sure does adapt quickly to life as a frog. Then, [[spoiler:at the end of the movie, both Tiana and Naveen play this straight, with Tiana running the restaurant of her dreams and Naveen alternating between waiting tables and performing live music.]]music]].

*** Not to mention, Elinor seems to be tougher than even Fergus, as she completely keeps him in line (even when he tries to express male dominance), and can stop a massive brawl of tons of badass warriors simply by her intimidating presence alone. That's ''before'' [[spoiler:she turns into a bear and whoops ass]]. And oh, yeah, [[spoiler:she kills Mordu at the end, something Fergus had been trying to do for ''years''.]]
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*** Not to mention, Elinor seems to be tougher than even Fergus, as she completely keeps him in line (even when he tries to express male dominance), and can stop a massive brawl of tons of badass warriors simply by her intimidating presence alone. That's ''before'' [[spoiler:she turns into a bear and whoops ass]]. And oh, yeah, [[spoiler:she kills Mordu at the end, something Fergus had been trying to do for ''years''.]]''years'']].

*** Not to mention, Elinor seems to be tougher than even Fergus, as she completely keeps him * The Prince in line (even when he tries to express male dominance), and can stop a massive brawl of tons of badass warriors simply by her intimidating presence alone. That's ''before'' [[spoiler:she turns into a bear and whoops ass]]. And oh, yeah, [[spoiler:she kills Mordu at the end, something Fergus had been trying to do for ''years''.]]''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfMulan''.

* ''KingArthur'' in all various film adaptations. * Lampshaded in ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' when George VI complains that he has no power as a 20th Century king, except as an inspiration for the people such as in giving public addresses, which he has no confidence doing with his stammer. However, with Lionel Logue's help, he does that role marvelously. ** He does mention that he's an officer in the Navy, implying that's what he knows and is most comfortable with. So he does have a background of doing ''something''.
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* ''KingArthur'' ''Myth/KingArthur'' in all various film adaptations. * Lampshaded in ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' when George VI complains that he has no power as a 20th Century king, except as an inspiration for the people such as in giving public addresses, which he has no confidence doing with his stammer. However, with Lionel Logue's help, he does that role marvelously. ** marvelously. He does mention that he's an officer in the Navy, implying that's what he knows and is most comfortable with. So he does have a background of doing ''something''.


* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' shows Prince Arthur to be not only the Camelot's heir apparent, but also the day-to-day commander of the kingdom's armed forces. He not only leads them in battle, but also recruits the knights and oversees their training. He also seems to be the closest thing that the kingdom has to a sheriff or chief of police. If any "crime" occurs, it's usually Arthur that's sent to investigate.
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* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' shows Prince Arthur to be not only the be Camelot's heir apparent, but also the day-to-day commander of the kingdom's armed forces. He not only leads them in battle, but also recruits the knights and oversees their training. He also seems to be the closest thing that the kingdom has to a sheriff or chief of police. If any "crime" occurs, it's usually Arthur that's sent to investigate.

* In ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', [[spoiler:Ragnar Lothbrok becomes this once he assumes the position of Earl, continuing to lead his warriors on raids.]]
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* In ''Series/{{Vikings}}'', [[spoiler:Ragnar Lothbrok becomes this once he assumes the position of Earl, continuing to lead his warriors on raids.]]raids]].

* Nearly any king or prince mentioned in myth will have long careers, primarily as warriors and/or monster-slayers. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hercules, Achilles, Theseus, Odysseus]], KingArthur, Literature/{{Beowulf}}, Solomon, all of them were royals.
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* Nearly any king or prince mentioned in myth will have long careers, primarily as warriors and/or monster-slayers. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hercules, Achilles, Theseus, Odysseus]], KingArthur, Myth/KingArthur, Literature/{{Beowulf}}, Solomon, all of them were royals.

*** In a telling case study, the one time a Khan is called out for attempting to make a political attempt to rise to an ultimate rank without proving that he has the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority warrior credentials to match]], he is [[spoiler: brutally beaten by Khan Vlad Ward, who defies the first Khan's claim in full view of the other Clan leaders. Khan Elias Crichell is executed on the spot after his failure to prove that he can kick the requisite amount of ass when Ward crushes Crichell's throat and snaps his neck the heel of his boot. None of the other Khans intervene.]]
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*** In a telling case study, the one time a Khan is called out for attempting to make a political attempt to rise to an ultimate rank without proving that he has the [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority warrior credentials to match]], he is [[spoiler: brutally beaten by Khan Vlad Ward, who defies the first Khan's claim in full view of the other Clan leaders. Khan Elias Crichell is executed on the spot after his failure to prove that he can kick the requisite amount of ass when Ward crushes Crichell's throat and snaps his neck the heel of his boot. None of the other Khans intervene.]]intervene]].

** A long line of Steiner tradition dictates that the Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth have graduated from a military academy and at least be a passable warrior. Even the soft-spoken and pacifistic Melissa Steiner was qualified as a Mechwarrior on the ''Hunchback'' she inherited from her mother, the previous Archon. Notably, Katherine Steiner Davion, ruler of the breakaway portion of the Federated Commonwealth which boasted Lyran history, was not a qualified warrior [[spoiler: until after the events of the Fedcom Civil War where she is taken into Clan Wolf and forced to adapt to their warrior's ways.]]
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** A long line of Steiner tradition dictates that the Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth have graduated from a military academy and at least be a passable warrior. Even the soft-spoken and pacifistic Melissa Steiner was qualified as a Mechwarrior on the ''Hunchback'' she inherited from her mother, the previous Archon. Notably, Katherine Steiner Davion, ruler of the breakaway portion of the Federated Commonwealth which boasted Lyran history, was not a qualified warrior [[spoiler: until after the events of the Fedcom Civil War where she is taken into Clan Wolf and forced to adapt to their warrior's ways.]]ways]].

* The entire point of the TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} Kingmaker campaign is to become this. The player characters wind up taming a wild land, establishing settlements, and then ruling it. The whole time, they must continue to defend their kingdoms from threats both external and internal, deal with any consequences of their policies, and deal with other nations. Basically, it's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' when you act personally, but similar to a 4x game when things happen to your nation.
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* The entire point of the TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}} TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Kingmaker campaign is to become this. The player characters wind up taming a wild land, establishing settlements, and then ruling it. The whole time, they must continue to defend their kingdoms from threats both external and internal, deal with any consequences of their policies, and deal with other nations. Basically, it's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' when you act personally, but similar to a 4x game when things happen to your nation.

* The main plotline of GeorgeBernardShaw's "The Apple Cart", where King Magnus thinks rings around his quarreling cabinet. When the Prime Minister tries to stop Magnus from appealing to the people over their heads, the King makes him back down by threatening to abdicate and run for office.
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* The main plotline of GeorgeBernardShaw's Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw's "The Apple Cart", where King Magnus thinks rings around his quarreling cabinet. When the Prime Minister tries to stop Magnus from appealing to the people over their heads, the King makes him back down by threatening to abdicate and run for office.

* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'': In a surpise twist, Stephanie Kane begins the series as [[DemonSlaying a cryptid hunter]] and eventually becomes one herself, when she's abducted by [[spoiler: [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/the_death_of_stephanie_kane the mothmen]]]] and chosen to become their new Queen. As such, her primary responsibilities were to help [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/age_is_a_number defend them against the Reptilians]] ''and'' to [[spoiler: [[OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace repopulate]] [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/too_many_jars their species]]]].
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* ''WebComic/VampireCheerleaders'': In a surpise surprise twist, Stephanie Kane begins the series as [[DemonSlaying a cryptid hunter]] and eventually becomes one herself, when she's abducted by [[spoiler: [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/the_death_of_stephanie_kane the mothmen]]]] and chosen to become their new Queen. As such, her primary responsibilities were to help [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/age_is_a_number defend them against the Reptilians]] ''and'' to [[spoiler: [[OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace repopulate]] [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/too_many_jars their species]]]].

* Played with in Literature/TheFateOfPaulTwister. [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Ashley Rebekah de Morgan]] is known as a [[ActionGirl member of the Royal knights]] and an agent of her father's, and when she shows up she's able to get Paul bailed out of prison... except that [[spoiler: the woman who showed up was actually an impostor, not the real Princess!]]
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* Played with in Literature/TheFateOfPaulTwister.''Literature/TheFateOfPaulTwister''. [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Ashley Rebekah de Morgan]] is known as a [[ActionGirl member of the Royal knights]] and an agent of her father's, and when she shows up she's able to get Paul bailed out of prison... except that [[spoiler: the woman who showed up was actually an impostor, not the real Princess!]]

* Played with in Literature/TheFateOfPaulTwister. [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Ashley Rebekah de Morgan]] is known as a [[ActionGirl member of the Royal knights]] ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' has Prince Wednesday and an agent of her father's, and when she shows up she's able to get Paul bailed out of prison... except that [[spoiler: the woman who showed up was actually an impostor, not the real Princess!]]King Friday.

* The title WesternAnimation/ThunderCats were members of the nobility who were expected to be competent warriors who could protect the people. Commoners who demonstrated exceptional bravery and skill in this regard could even be promoted to this rank, such as with the New [=ThunderCats=], and it was implied that Cheetara came from a similar background. (One of the not-so-DarkerAndEdgier Wildstorm comics expanded on this.) Then there was the Lord of the [=ThunderCats=], who not only wielded the Sword of Omens, but had to prove his mettle by besting each of the [=ThunderCats=] in their area of expertise and defeat his most evil foe in combat ''without'' the help of said sword. He ''wasn't'' allowed to use the Sword. He won by smashing Mumm-Ra's sarcophagus, turning him to dust. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, the casket pulled itself back together, and Mumm-Ra's voice gave this chilling line...]]
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* The title WesternAnimation/ThunderCats WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|1985}} were members of the nobility who were expected to be competent warriors who could protect the people. Commoners who demonstrated exceptional bravery and skill in this regard could even be promoted to this rank, such as with the New [=ThunderCats=], and it was implied that Cheetara came from a similar background. (One of the not-so-DarkerAndEdgier Wildstorm comics expanded on this.) Then there was the Lord of the [=ThunderCats=], who not only wielded the Sword of Omens, but had to prove his mettle by besting each of the [=ThunderCats=] in their area of expertise and defeat his most evil foe in combat ''without'' the help of said sword. He ''wasn't'' allowed to use the Sword. He won by smashing Mumm-Ra's sarcophagus, turning him to dust. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, the casket pulled itself back together, and Mumm-Ra's voice gave this chilling line...]]

* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': The first thing Queen Perdita of Vlatava does [[spoiler:after ''life-threatening heart surgery'' is tell her supervillain uncle she's revoking his title and diplomatic immunity. That is one tough kid.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': The first thing Queen Perdita of Vlatava does [[spoiler:after ''life-threatening heart surgery'' is tell her supervillain uncle she's revoking his title and diplomatic immunity. That is one tough kid.]]kid]].

* ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' has Prince Wednesday and King Friday. * The Prince in ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfMulan''.

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19th Dec '15 9:45:10 PM Discar
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Mac Guffin Girl is no longer a trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Queen Elyon thought life after her coronation would be all rest and relaxation, but after finding out she actually had to run the kingdom's affairs and deal with its problems, she began longing for the "princess" part of being queen. This all on top of her role as the [[MacGuffinGirl Heart of Meridian]], giving her powers equal to those of the main heroines combined.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Queen Elyon thought life after her coronation would be all rest and relaxation, but after finding out she actually had to run the kingdom's affairs and deal with its problems, she began longing for the "princess" part of being queen. This all on top of her role as the [[MacGuffinGirl Heart of Meridian]], Meridian, giving her powers equal to those of the main heroines combined.
7th Dec '15 11:07:13 PM HeraldAlberich
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Compare WarriorPrince, PoliticallyActivePrincess, ModestRoyalty, AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, NonIdleRich, [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Action]]. Especially prone to WhatsUpKingDude
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Compare WarriorPrince, BadassPrincess, PoliticallyActivePrincess, ModestRoyalty, AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, NonIdleRich, [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Action]]. Especially prone to WhatsUpKingDude
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