History Main / RulingCouple

1st Jul '16 2:14:24 PM MsChibi
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Most rulers have spouses and many have mistresses (or "misters", historically ''cicisbeos'') as well. However, often only one of the couple exercises rule and the other is merely to decorate the palace, provide heirs, seal alliances and entertain the king.

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Most rulers have spouses [[HotConsort spouses]] and many have mistresses [[TheMistress mistresses]] (or "misters", [[SpearCounterpart "misters"]], historically ''cicisbeos'') as well. However, often only one of the couple exercises rule and the other is merely to decorate the palace, provide heirs, seal alliances and entertain the king.
20th Jun '16 9:25:57 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** While the Female Human Noble is the only one able to become ''officially'' the Queen, the other Female Wardens can opt to become the unofficial HotConsort for [[spoiler: Alistair]] if he remains single, or his mistress if he's married to Anora, .
** Male Human Nobles have the option to marry Anora and set themselves up as the new RulingCouple of Ferelden, making the Warden her HotConsort.

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** While the Female Human Noble is the only one able to become ''officially'' the Queen, the other Female Wardens can opt to become the unofficial HotConsort for [[spoiler: Alistair]] if he remains single, or his mistress if he's married to Anora, .
Queen Anora.
** Male Human Nobles have the option to marry the aforementioned Anora and set themselves up as the new RulingCouple of Ferelden, making the Warden her HotConsort.



** Happens automatically in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''--Chrom automatically becomes Exalt in Chapter 11, and marries whichever of his [[LoveInterest Love Interests]] he has the most support points with. They are stated to be a good match for the country, and aren't afraid to [[BattleCouple step out onto the battlefield again]].[[note]]Unless he marries the Village Maiden, which only happens if he has no support points with anyone at all. In that case she only shows up once before vanishing from the game forever.[[/note]]
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: when the player finishes the ''Revelation'' path, the Avatar is crowned as the King or Queen of Touma. If said Avatar is married, his/her consort are specifically said to double as the new sovereign's NumberTwo and, in Azura's case, advisor.]]

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** Happens automatically in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''--Chrom ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''--Prince Chrom automatically becomes Exalt in Chapter 11, and marries whichever of his [[LoveInterest Love Interests]] he has the most support points with. [[DorkKnight the]] [[WhiteMage most]] [[TomBoy support]] [[ShrinkingViolet points]] [[PlayerCharacter with.]] They are stated to be a good match for the country, and aren't afraid to [[BattleCouple step out onto the battlefield again]].[[note]]Unless he marries the Village Maiden, which only happens if he has no support points with anyone at all. In that case she she, who is not a warrior or healer but a GirlNextDoor, only shows up once before promising to take care of little Lucina and vanishing from the game forever.[[/note]]
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler: when the player finishes the ''Revelation'' path, the Avatar is crowned as the King or Queen of Touma.the reborn Kingdom of Valla. If said Avatar is married, his/her consort are specifically said to double as the new sovereign's NumberTwo and, in Azura's case, advisor.]]
12th Jun '16 1:45:26 PM KizunaTallis
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' portrays King Renly Baratheon and Queen Margaery Tyrell (who got very little focus in the books) as an example of this. Margaery is Renly's [[TheBeard Beard]], since his real lover is her brother Loras, but she's also his ambitious LadyMacbeth (jointly with Loras--a Ruling OneTrueThreesome, perhaps?), his [[TheGoodChancellor counsellor]], his [[SlaveToPR spin doctor]] and his guarantee of support from her wealthy and powerful family. (Renly himself is rightfully the SpareToTheThrone, and needs all the legitimate power he can get). When we see them holding an informal court, they're sitting in two equally prominent thrones. [[spoiler:We never get to see what they would have been like as true rulers due to Renly's death, but as of season three Margaery is busy getting her hooks into her new fiancée, King Joffrey.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' portrays King Renly Baratheon and Queen Margaery Tyrell (who got very little focus in the books) as an example of this. Margaery is Renly's [[TheBeard Beard]], since his real lover is her brother Loras, but she's also his ambitious LadyMacbeth (jointly with Loras--a Ruling OneTrueThreesome, perhaps?), his [[TheGoodChancellor counsellor]], his [[SlaveToPR spin doctor]] and his guarantee of support from her wealthy and powerful family. (Renly himself is rightfully the SpareToTheThrone, and needs all the legitimate power he can get). When we see them holding an informal court, they're sitting in two equally prominent thrones. [[spoiler:We never get to see what they would have been like as true rulers due to Renly's death, but as of season three Margaery is busy getting her hooks into her new fiancée, King Joffrey.]]
When Joffrey himself is killed via poisoning, she's married off to his younger brother Tommen, and they are on the road to being something close to this]].
30th May '16 4:39:22 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* After the second book in ''TheSwordOfTruth'' series, the hero, Richard Rahl, ascends to his hereditary title as ruler of the D'Haran Empire. Two books later, he marries Kahlan Amnell, the Mother Confessor (basically, the ruler of a race of women that can permanently brainwash anyone just by touching them) and become, ostensibly, the most powerful husband and wife duo in the world. While Richard is undoubtedly the more active and usually the more dominant of the two, the two are practically equals, with people sworn to serve Richard also sworn to serve Kahlan and vice-versa. There are not many moments in the story where the two are allowed to rule as a partnership (almost every time they get together, they're torn apart or one is taken out of commission via Diabolus Ex Machina), but there are smatterings of it here and there.

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* After the second book in ''TheSwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' series, the hero, Richard Rahl, ascends to his hereditary title as ruler of the D'Haran Empire. Two books later, he marries Kahlan Amnell, the Mother Confessor (basically, the ruler of a race of women that can permanently brainwash anyone just by touching them) and become, ostensibly, the most powerful husband and wife duo in the world. While Richard is undoubtedly the more active and usually the more dominant of the two, the two are practically equals, with people sworn to serve Richard also sworn to serve Kahlan and vice-versa. There are not many moments in the story where the two are allowed to rule as a partnership (almost every time they get together, they're torn apart or one is taken out of commission via Diabolus Ex Machina), but there are smatterings of it here and there.
6th May '16 9:00:16 AM Piando
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* All over the place in ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** In ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]'', if Prince Roy of Pherae marries Princess Lilina of Ostia, they unite their territories and rule as equals.
** In FireEmblemTheSacredStones, if either Ephraim of Renais or Innes of Frelia marry L'Arachel, they become this since L'Arachel is the heiress of the Theocracy of Rausten by her own birthright. It can also happen if Ephraim marries Innes's sister Tana or Innes marries Ephraim's sister Eirika, as both men are their country's crown prince.
** In ''[[FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', if Elincia and Geoffrey, or [[spoiler:Micaiah and Sothe]], max out their support rank, then the epilogue states that said couple are fantastic rulers who lead their kingdoms into a golden age.

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* All over the place in ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** In ''[[FireEmblemElibe ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]'', if Prince Roy of Pherae marries Princess Lilina of Ostia, they unite their territories and rule as equals.
** In FireEmblemTheSacredStones, VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones, if either Ephraim of Renais or Innes of Frelia marry L'Arachel, they become this since L'Arachel is the heiress of the Theocracy of Rausten by her own birthright. It can also happen if Ephraim marries Innes's sister Tana or Innes marries Ephraim's sister Eirika, as both men are their country's crown prince.
** In ''[[FireEmblemTellius ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', if Elincia and Geoffrey, or [[spoiler:Micaiah and Sothe]], max out their support rank, then the epilogue states that said couple are fantastic rulers who lead their kingdoms into a golden age.
21st Apr '16 2:27:48 PM WillKeaton
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* In a bit of an odd example, the ruling couple of Denmark in ARoyalAffair are the queen and the king's physician, who are carrying on the titular affair and manipulating the cruel, mentally ill king to pass the laws and reforms they want to improve the country. It works, until some of the more conservative members of the court catch on and inform the king... And he's fine with it.

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* In a bit of an odd example, the ruling couple of Denmark in ARoyalAffair ''ARoyalAffair'' are the queen and the king's physician, who are carrying on the titular affair and manipulating the cruel, mentally ill king to pass the laws and reforms they want to improve the country. It works, until some of the more conservative members of the court catch on and inform the king... And he's fine with it.
23rd Feb '16 8:21:29 AM 20person
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**Although information from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' suggests that it was a combination of this trope and HeirInLaw, since the queen inherited Arendelle in her own right.
9th Feb '16 7:44:46 AM Philweasel
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' also has sibling co-rulers with [[PrincessesRule Princesses]] [[TheHighQueen Celestia]] and [[CreepyGood Luna]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' also has sibling co-rulers with [[PrincessesRule Princesses]] [[TheHighQueen Celestia]] and [[CreepyGood Luna]]. This unfortunately went a bit wrong in the backstory when Luna grew jealous at how everyone liked her sister better, in the present day Celestia still seems to be the effective ruler with Luna more often seen out [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Doing]] [[DreamWalker Stuff.]]
20th Dec '15 4:30:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheSilmarillion'': Manwë and Varda, the King and Queen of [[PhysicalGod the Valar]].

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* ''TheSilmarillion'': ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Manwë and Varda, the King and Queen of [[PhysicalGod the Valar]].
8th Dec '15 10:24:41 PM Overanalyzer
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** In the backstory, Aegon the Conqueror and his [[BrotherSisterIncest sisters/wives]], Visenya and Rhaenys, functioned as this.
** Princess Nymeria and Prince Mors Martell were crowned together when they defeated the other Dornish kings.
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