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12th Sep '16 6:20:57 AM AnnieLeonhardts
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** Jaehaerys Targaryen I, widely agreed in-universe to be one of the best, if not the best, kings of Westeros, also formed one with his sister-wife Alysanne, who was known as "Good Queen Alysanne". While she was by-law just his consort, she had just as much of an impact as he did, and was one of his most trusted advisers. In-story, she is credited with breathing new life into the Night's Watch organization and convinced Jaehaerys to outlaw [[DroitDuSeigneur "the right of first night".]]

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** Jaehaerys Targaryen I, widely agreed in-universe to be one of the best, if not the best, kings of Westeros, also formed one with his sister-wife Alysanne, who was known as "Good Queen Alysanne". While she was by-law just his consort, she had just as much of an impact as he did, and was one of his most trusted advisers. adviser. In-story, she is credited with breathing new life into the Night's Watch organization and convinced convincing Jaehaerys to outlaw [[DroitDuSeigneur "the right of first night".]]
12th Sep '16 6:17:57 AM AnnieLeonhardts
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* A couple of instances in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The Sea Folk have the Mistress of the Ships (always female political leader) and the Master of the Blades (always male millitary leader)- which takes precedence depends on whether the Sea Folk are currently at peace or war. Among the [[ProudWarriorRace Aiel]], male clan chiefs are the political and millitary leaders while female shaman-types called Wise Ones are the spiritual leaders- as it's not unknown for a clan chief to marry a Wise One, this trope sometimes results. Finally, in Tarabon the King handles external affairs and the Panarch (highest-ranked noblewoman) handles internal ones, though they're not neccessarily married (both are elected independantly from among the nobility following the death or downfall of their predeccessor).

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* A couple of instances in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The Sea Folk have the Mistress of the Ships (always female political leader) and the Master of the Blades (always male millitary leader)- which takes precedence depends on whether the Sea Folk are currently at peace or war. Among the [[ProudWarriorRace Aiel]], male clan chiefs are the political and millitary military leaders while female shaman-types called Wise Ones are the spiritual leaders- as it's not unknown for a clan chief to marry a Wise One, this trope sometimes results. Finally, in Tarabon the King handles external affairs and the Panarch (highest-ranked noblewoman) handles internal ones, though they're not neccessarily necessarily married (both are elected independantly from among the nobility following the death or downfall of their predeccessor).predecessor).


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** Jaehaerys Targaryen I, widely agreed in-universe to be one of the best, if not the best, kings of Westeros, also formed one with his sister-wife Alysanne, who was known as "Good Queen Alysanne". While she was by-law just his consort, she had just as much of an impact as he did, and was one of his most trusted advisers. In-story, she is credited with breathing new life into the Night's Watch organization and convinced Jaehaerys to outlaw [[DroitDuSeigneur "the right of first night".]]
14th Aug '16 5:59:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra, as portrayed in ''Film/NicholasAndAlexandra''. They are really bad at it (see Real Life below).
* This is the case in ''Film/ThreeHundred''. Leonidas depends heavily on Gorgo and even, at one point, seems to ask her permission to throw a Persian messenger in a well. Fact is, we see Gorgo. That is more than can be said of Leonidas' co-king who would be (historically speaking) ruler along side him.

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* Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra, as portrayed in ''Film/NicholasAndAlexandra''. They are really bad at it (see Real Life below).
* This is the case in ''Film/ThreeHundred''. Leonidas depends heavily on Gorgo and even, at one point, seems to ask her permission to throw a Persian messenger in a well. Fact is, we see Gorgo. That is more than can be said of Leonidas' co-king who would be (historically speaking) ruler along side him.
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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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* Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra, as portrayed in ''Film/NicholasAndAlexandra''. They are really bad at it (see Real Life below).
* This is the case in ''Film/ThreeHundred''. Leonidas depends heavily on Gorgo and even, at one point, seems to ask her permission to throw a Persian messenger in a well. Fact is, we see Gorgo. That is more than can be said of Leonidas' co-king who would be (historically speaking) ruler along side him.
* In a bit of an odd example, the ruling couple of Denmark in ''Film/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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* Belgarion and Ce'Nedra of Riva, and Korodullin and Mayaserana of Arendia from the ''{{Belgariad}}''.

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* Belgarion and Ce'Nedra of Riva, and Korodullin and Mayaserana of Arendia from the ''{{Belgariad}}''.''Literature/{{Belgariad}}''.



* Eugenides and Irene in ''TheQueensThief'' series.

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* King Arthur and Queen Guinevere as of the end of series four of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' and throughout season five.

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* King Arthur and Queen Guinevere as of the end of series four of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' and throughout season five.



* A variant in ''TheLegendOfKorra:'' after the death of [[EvilPrince their father]], siblings [[CreepyTwins Desna and Eska]] rule the Northern Water Tribe together. Though there ''is'' still [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed a scene]] with some IncestSubtext...

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* A variant in ''TheLegendOfKorra:'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra:'' after the death of [[EvilPrince their father]], siblings [[CreepyTwins Desna and Eska]] rule the Northern Water Tribe together. Though there ''is'' still [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed a scene]] with some IncestSubtext...
14th Aug '16 5:58:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[FanFic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans Things We Don't Tell Humans]]'', Optimus Prime and Elita-One, as well as Megatron and Nightbird, are this. Despite Optimus and Megatron being the ones with the Matrix/official title, their consorts are held as equal (or at least, equally capable) ruling partners. It's Elita who takes over as leader of the Autobots in the [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge Arc]], rather than Prowl, his second-in-command.

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* In ''[[FanFic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans Things We Don't Tell Humans]]'', Optimus Prime and Elita-One, as well as Megatron and Nightbird, are this. Despite Optimus and Megatron being the ones with the Matrix/official title, their consorts are held as equal (or at least, equally capable) ruling partners. It's Elita who takes over as leader of the Autobots in the [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge Arc]], rather than Prowl, his second-in-command.

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* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Manwë and Varda, the King and Queen of [[PhysicalGod the Valar]].

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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]].

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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]].

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10th Aug '16 9:05:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Deryni}}'': This seems to be Kelson's plan for Araxie in ''King Kelson's Bride'', as it had been for Rothana in ''The Quest for Saint Camber''. Since things with Rothana [[CartwrightCurse didn't pan out]], and since Araxie is also a Haldane by birth, Kelson suggests triggering the Haldane potential in her as it has already been done in himself. Araxie is not averse to the idea and enters into thoughtful speculation on the matter; no Haldane has ever been Queen of Gwynedd before, and it isn't known if a female Haldane could have her potential triggered (or even that she carries it).

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* ''{{Deryni}}'': ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'': This seems to be Kelson's plan for Araxie in ''King Kelson's Bride'', as it had been for Rothana in ''The Quest for Saint Camber''. Since things with Rothana [[CartwrightCurse didn't pan out]], and since Araxie is also a Haldane by birth, Kelson suggests triggering the Haldane potential in her as it has already been done in himself. Araxie is not averse to the idea and enters into thoughtful speculation on the matter; no Haldane has ever been Queen of Gwynedd before, and it isn't known if a female Haldane could have her potential triggered (or even that she carries it).
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'':
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** 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.
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