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13th Jun '16 9:58:14 AM Kakai
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* King Llane of ''Film/WarCraft2016'' leads armies to battle, actively participates in combat and [[spoiler:refuses to escape through the Portal until as many of his subjects as possible go through.]]
11th Jun '16 1:11:22 PM VerMa
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** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', when the cloud falls, Celestia and Luna are seen entering the fray like all the pegasi. This [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140603174833/mlp/images/c/cd/Celestia_and_Luna_flying_up_to_ice_cloud_S4E24.png picture]] proves it. Twilight (attending the games in a royal capacity, complete with crown) is also about to lend assistance, but Spike makes his move before she can act.
** [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilights Kingdom Part 1]]''. Twilight spends most of the episode lamenting how she hasn't been given much to do as a princess other than "smile an wave" and unfurl a banner for some visiting dignitaries, and is especially distraught when Celestia tasks Discord over her with tracking down the escapee from Tartarus. Twilight is finally given a role at the [[{{Cliffhanger}} end of the episode]] when the other princesses inform her that [[WhamLine they must rid themselves of their magic]] to protect it from Tirek.

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** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', when the cloud falls, Celestia and Luna are seen entering the fray like all the pegasi. This [[http://img4.[[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140603174833/mlp/images/c/cd/Celestia_and_Luna_flying_up_to_ice_cloud_S4E24.net/mlp/images/c/cd/Celestia_and_Luna_flying_up_to_ice_cloud_S4E24.png picture]] proves it. Twilight (attending the games in a royal capacity, complete with crown) is also about to lend assistance, but Spike makes his move before she can act.
** [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilights Kingdom Part 1]]''. Twilight spends most of the episode lamenting how she hasn't been given much to do as a princess other than "smile an wave" and unfurl a banner for some visiting dignitaries, and is especially distraught when Celestia tasks Discord over her with tracking down the escapee from Tartarus. Twilight is finally given a role at the [[{{Cliffhanger}} end of the episode]] when the other princesses inform her that [[WhamLine they must rid themselves of their magic]] to protect it from Tirek.
2nd Jun '16 3:55:17 AM Valaraukar
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** [[BadassPrincess Princess]] [[LadyOfWar Cornelia]] is certainly one of the most prominent examples of this in the series. [[AcePilot An extraordinarily skilled Knightmare pilot on par with several of the main cast,]] and [[TheStrategist a very experienced and successful battle strategist.]] Two of her [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Establishing Character Moments]] are 1. taking out an army of HumongousMecha almost single-handedly, and 2. finding and storming a terrorist base, spearheading the operation herself. She is good enough to beat ''[[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]]'' in early episodes, and can still give him some serious headaches later on.
*** [[SarcasmMode As if she needed more badassery,]] she is shown to be very intelligent. Perhaps not to the extent of Lelouch and [[spoiler:Schneizel]], but she is able to efficiently run an entire country, garner intense loyalty and respect from her subjects, and is very skilled in predicting how other people will act [[NotSoDifferent very similarly to how Lelouch can.]] A skilled politician, strategist, and warrior: certainly a shining example of this trope.
25th May '16 10:57:24 AM TSV
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** The [[spoiler: Vinsmoke]] Family counts as well. Despite having [[spoiler: no land to rule over, they are still allowed to participate in the Reverie. They also maintain an influential role in the Underworld]], which certainly contributes to this trope.
22nd May '16 10:01:59 AM StarTropes
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** Disney/Hercules is the son of Zeus and Hera, the king and queen of the gods, and therefore a prince. He spends all of his time whupping every monster that terrorizes Greece.

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** Disney/Hercules Disney/{{Hercules}} is the son of Zeus and Hera, the king and queen of the gods, and therefore a prince. He spends all of his time whupping every monster that terrorizes Greece.
22nd May '16 10:01:03 AM StarTropes
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** Disney/Hercules is the son of Zeus and Hera, the king and queen of the gods, and therefore a prince. He spends all of his time whupping every monster that terrorizes Greece.
14th May '16 9:24:19 PM merotoker
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Due to 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.

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Due to 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 [[DecadentCourt 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.



** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': While [[EvilChancellor Sovereign]] [[NonActionBigBad Degwin Zabi]] doesn't do much beyond sit on his throne and look depressed, his children are very involved in the running of the One Year War. WellDoneSonGuy Garma leads a large chunk of the Earth Invasion Force (and in fact dies in battle fullfilling his duties), GeniusBruiser Dozle and EvilGenius Kycillia are both highly respected fleet commanders (and again, Dozle dies in battle, in his case covering the retreat of his forces), and NonActionGuy [[EvilPrince Gihren]] organises the war effort, plots overall strategy, and keeps up troop morale via RousingSpeech. Even Mineva Zabi, Dozle's daughter and heiress of Zeon, is quite active throughout ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'', though technically by this point her family had lost most of the power it once had, so her title was mostly empty.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': While [[EvilChancellor Sovereign]] [[NonActionBigBad Degwin Zabi]] doesn't do much beyond sit on his throne and look depressed, his children are very involved in the running of the One Year War. WellDoneSonGuy Garma leads a large chunk of the Earth Invasion Force (and in fact dies in battle fullfilling his duties), GeniusBruiser Dozle and EvilGenius Kycillia are both highly respected fleet commanders (and again, Dozle dies in battle, in his case covering the retreat of his forces), and NonActionGuy [[EvilPrince [[TheEvilPrince Gihren]] organises the war effort, plots overall strategy, and keeps up troop morale via RousingSpeech. Even Mineva Zabi, Dozle's daughter and heiress of Zeon, is quite active throughout ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]]'', though technically by this point her family had lost most of the power it once had, so her title was mostly empty.



** Then we have [[spoiler: Asuna, another, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much older princess]], who has been fighting next to Negi for quite a while. [[LaserGuidedAmnesia She doesn't know that she's a princess...]]]]

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** Then we have [[spoiler: Asuna, another, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld much older princess]], who has been fighting next to Negi for quite a while. [[LaserGuidedAmnesia She doesn't know that she's a princess...]]]]princess..]]]].



* 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 4.

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* In ''LightNovel/SwordPrincessAltina'', there's the TitleCharacter, [[CharacterTitle Title Character]], 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 4.



** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' there was Prince Orgene. He wasn't the most competant monarch, however. After a [[LonelyAtTheTop very lonely childhood]], he built a powerful [[DoomsdayDevice super-weapon]] simply to make himself feel important, only to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy fall victim to the Society of Light]] (''twice'', no less). [[spoiler:Fortunately, he would eventually have a happy ending, more or less.]]

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** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' there was Prince Orgene. He wasn't the most competant competent monarch, however. After a [[LonelyAtTheTop very lonely childhood]], he built a powerful [[DoomsdayDevice super-weapon]] simply to make himself feel important, only to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy fall victim to the Society of Light]] (''twice'', no less). [[spoiler:Fortunately, he would eventually have a happy ending, more or less.]]



* King Boron and Queen Baran in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole''. They rule over the tree of Ga'Hoole, but regularly teach classes to the trainee Guardians, and lead their fellows into battle.

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* King Boron and Queen Baran in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGaHoole''.''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheGuardiansTheOwlsOfGahoole''. They rule over the tree of Ga'Hoole, but regularly teach classes to the trainee Guardians, and lead their fellows into battle.



* Given that one of his RedBarons is "King of Kings," Wrestling/TripleH could be an example, as he's still wrestling to this day since his debut in the 90s and despite being in a high position of power as kayfabe CEO of WWE.

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* Given that one of his RedBarons {{Red Baron}}s is "King of Kings," Wrestling/TripleH could be an example, as he's still wrestling to this day since his debut in the 90s and despite being in a high position of power as kayfabe CEO of WWE.



* And then there are all the Royals Who Actually Do Something in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. You have Princess Katherine, who [[MamaBear actively protected the Gargoyle eggs from destruction]], and ''[[BadassPrincess shot Demona for attacking her clan]]''. Then there is Macbeth, who has spent over nine hundred years becoming one of the greatest warriors alive, and then there was the fact that [[PapaWolf he was actively involved in battles to protect his wife and son]]. And then there is KingArthur, who once he is [[KingInTheMountain woken up by Elisa]], hands Macbeth's ass to him on a platter and searches the world for his friend and mentor, Myth/{{Merlin}}.

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* And then there are all the Royals Who Actually Do Something in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. You have Princess Katherine, who [[MamaBear actively protected the Gargoyle eggs from destruction]], and ''[[BadassPrincess shot Demona for attacking her clan]]''. Then there is Macbeth, who has spent over nine hundred years becoming one of the greatest warriors alive, and then there was the fact that [[PapaWolf he was actively involved in battles to protect his wife and son]]. And then there is KingArthur, Myth/KingArthur, who once he is [[KingInTheMountain woken up by Elisa]], hands Macbeth's ass to him on a platter and searches the world for his friend and mentor, Myth/{{Merlin}}.



** Her uncle is a villainous example, actively working as the leader of the Injustice League and agent of [[BigBad the Light]] prior to [[spoiler:his arrest]]. And speaking of which, two members of the Light are royal: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Bee]] and [[EvilPrince Ocean-Master/Prince Orm]].

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** Her uncle is a villainous example, actively working as the leader of the Injustice League and agent of [[BigBad the Light]] prior to [[spoiler:his arrest]]. And speaking of which, two members of the Light are royal: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Bee]] and [[EvilPrince [[TheEvilPrince Ocean-Master/Prince Orm]].
7th May '16 12:04:18 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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5th May '16 1:13:14 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'', after pulling the sword out of the stone and being crowned king, Bear soon learns that being king means he's supposed to make decisions that help everyone solve their problems. He soon ends up with two long lines: one of supplicants waiting for advice and one with folks unhappy with the decisions he's already made. Fortunately for him, it turns out that the stone with the sword in it was broken such that anyone could easily pull out the sword. He was never supposed to be king.
16th Apr '16 3:55:19 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* On Music/{{Gloryhammer}}'s second album, ''Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards'', we have Angus [=McFife=] XIII, King of Dundee: From the song "Legend of the Astral Hammer":
-->Slashing my way through\\
An army of goblins\\
On the darkside of the moon\\
far overhead\\
Lunar dragons are swarming\\
My Hammer will be their doom\\
Angus [=McFife=] the XIII[[superscript:th]] my name\\
Scion of mighty Dundee\\
Intergalactic, great hero of steel\\
Ruler of whole galaxy![''sic'']]
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