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16th Jun '16 8:26:24 PM nombretomado
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** Likewise Marvel's {{Thanos}}, whom is an Expy of Darkseid, was the eldest son to the planet Titan's leader and was banished for his crimes. Years later he would return to devastate Titan and rule it with an iron fist until he was defeated by Earth's heroes during his first encounter with the cosmic cube.

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** Likewise Marvel's {{Thanos}}, ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, whom is an Expy of Darkseid, was the eldest son to the planet Titan's leader and was banished for his crimes. Years later he would return to devastate Titan and rule it with an iron fist until he was defeated by Earth's heroes during his first encounter with the cosmic cube.
17th May '16 5:41:07 PM LadyNorbert
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* Otwani in ''Film/{{Sheena}}''. He is a modern example as the film is set in then present day Africa. He has his brother Jabalani assassinated so he can become king.
* Prince Humperdink from ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.

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* Otwani in ''Film/{{Sheena}}''. He ''Film/{{Sheena}}'' is a modern example as the film is set in then present day Africa. He has his brother Jabalani assassinated so he can become king.
* Prince Humperdink from ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.''Film/ThePrincessBride'', although he doesn't fit the trope entirely straight. He has no intention, either in the film or [[Literature/ThePrincessBride the book]], of killing his father or doing anything else to get him out of the way. (In fact, in the book he's shown to be quite disillusioned to learn that his father is dying, because it means he has to get married and actually deal with the matters of ruling; he'd rather spend his time hunting.) He only actually falls into the Evil Prince slot when [[spoiler:he comes up with the plan to kill his wife and frame a rival kingdom for it, giving him the excuse he's always wanted to conquer them]].



* Princess Eleanor of the short-lived British drama ''Series/ThePalace'' is an ultra rare female example. Within the (fictional, and unnamed) [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily British royal family]] depicted on the show she is the older sister of the new King, Richard IV. She doesn't stoop to violence, but she clearly has no qualms about forcing her brother to abdicate through scandal and political crisis.

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* Princess Eleanor of the short-lived British drama ''Series/ThePalace'' is an ultra rare female example. Within the (fictional, and unnamed) [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily British royal family]] depicted on the show show, she is the older sister of the new King, Richard IV. She doesn't stoop to violence, but she clearly has no qualms about forcing her brother to abdicate through scandal and political crisis.



--> '''Arthas''': [[FaceHeelTurn Succeeding you,]] [[SelfMadeOrphan father]].

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--> '''Arthas''': [[FaceHeelTurn Succeeding you,]] [[SelfMadeOrphan father]].Father]].
6th Apr '16 10:45:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Yellow Bastard from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' fits this trope [[UpToEleven and then some]]. As the son of a sadistic United States Senator and heir to the most powerful (and evil) family in Basin City, Roark Junior has ''carte blanche'' to do whatever the hell he feels like with impunity -- [[{{Squick}} including preying on children.]]
6th Apr '16 10:44:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Yellow Bastard from ''SinCity'' fits this trope [[UpToEleven and then some]]. As the son of a sadistic United States Senator and heir to the most powerful (and evil) family in Basin City, Roark Junior has ''carte blanche'' to do whatever the hell he feels like with impunity -- [[{{Squick}} including preying on children.]]

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* The Yellow Bastard from ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' fits this trope [[UpToEleven and then some]]. As the son of a sadistic United States Senator and heir to the most powerful (and evil) family in Basin City, Roark Junior has ''carte blanche'' to do whatever the hell he feels like with impunity -- [[{{Squick}} including preying on children.]]
1st Apr '16 11:48:38 AM Btmmaine
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** Also played straight with [[spoiler: Unalaq]] in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra''.

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** Also played straight with [[spoiler: Unalaq]] in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra''.''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
1st Apr '16 11:35:14 AM Btmmaine
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** Also played straight with [[spoiler: Unalaq]] in ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra''.
5th Mar '16 9:47:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lanny from ''PairOfKings''; presumably a prince, because he was to have been king before Boomer and Brady came along.

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* Lanny from ''PairOfKings''; ''Series/PairOfKings''; presumably a prince, because he was to have been king before Boomer and Brady came along.



* An episode of ''{{Space 1999}}'' had aliens kidnap Maya to extract her brain cells for their leader's bid for immortality. The prince was less than pleased about this, so he helped foil the king's plan before trying to become immortal himself.

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* An episode of ''{{Space ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' had aliens kidnap Maya to extract her brain cells for their leader's bid for immortality. The prince was less than pleased about this, so he helped foil the king's plan before trying to become immortal himself.



* Many, ''many'' characters in Creator/WilliamShakespeare, but Claudius (''{{Hamlet}}''), Macbeth (''Macbeth'') and Richard, Duke of Gloucester (''Richard III'') are the three most prominent. Don John from ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' might count as well, although he's more interested in messing with the life of his brother than taking power (during the play -- he's said to have rebelled ''before'' the play). About half of the examples in other media come from works that are, to a greater or lesser extent, based on these villains.

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* Many, ''many'' characters in Creator/WilliamShakespeare, but Claudius (''{{Hamlet}}''), (''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''), Macbeth (''Macbeth'') and Richard, Duke of Gloucester (''Richard III'') are the three most prominent. Don John from ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' might count as well, although he's more interested in messing with the life of his brother than taking power (during the play -- he's said to have rebelled ''before'' the play). About half of the examples in other media come from works that are, to a greater or lesser extent, based on these villains.
1st Mar '16 7:31:19 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Prince Nana, an Ashanti Prince who claims to rule with an iron fist and takes tax money from Ghana in order to fund his machination in Wrestling/RingOfHonor. However, this stream of revenue was cutoff in 2008.[[/folder]]

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* Prince Nana, an Ashanti Prince who claims to rule with an iron fist and takes tax money from Ghana in order to fund his machination in Wrestling/RingOfHonor. However, this stream of revenue was cutoff in 2008.2008.
* Prince Kanu of Arochukwu Nigeria, who is often trying to make wrestlers of the Southwest US into his "property" by goading or blackmailing them into signing ridiculous contracts.
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23rd Feb '16 6:32:28 PM LadyNorbert
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A common subtrope is to have the Evil Prince as [[CainAndAbel the younger brother]] to the king, who tends to be his [[TheGoodKing polar opposite]]. This usually means the king is [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter too good-hearted]] to see [[DevilInPlainSight his brother's true nature]], with bad results for the children of the king once he is gone (Evil Princes tend to make {{Evil Uncle}}s).

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A common subtrope is to have the Evil Prince as [[CainAndAbel the younger brother]] to the king, who tends to be his [[TheGoodKing polar opposite]]. This usually means the king is [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter too good-hearted]] to see [[DevilInPlainSight his brother's true nature]], with bad results for the children of the king once he is gone (Evil (since Evil Princes tend to make {{Evil Uncle}}s).



* Prince Michael in ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen''. He believes himself to be the rightful heir to the Southern Isles instead of his older brother king Friedrich and schemes to overthrow him in a way that would make him the king. He also has no qualms about sending eleven-year-old girl to what's almost certainly her death. To most of the outsiders, though, he appears to be WisePrince.

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* Prince Michael in ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen''. He believes himself to be the rightful heir to the Southern Isles instead of his older brother king Friedrich Friedrich, and schemes to overthrow him in a way that would make him the king. He also has no qualms about sending eleven-year-old girl to what's almost certainly her death. To most of the outsiders, though, he appears to be WisePrince.



* Prince Leopold from ''Film/TheIllusionist'', who is based on Prince Rudolph of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Prince Rudolph committed a murder-suicide in his hunting lodge; his body was found with a number of bullets in it indicating that there was a palace cover-up and that TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch. Given that, after his death, Franz Ferdinand became heir, things might have turned out ''better'' had Rudolph gained the throne.

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* Prince Leopold from ''Film/TheIllusionist'', who is based on Prince Rudolph of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Prince Rudolph committed a murder-suicide in his hunting lodge; his body was found with a number of bullets in it it, indicating that there was a palace cover-up and that TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch. Given that, after his death, Franz Ferdinand became heir, things might have turned out ''better'' had Rudolph gained the throne.



* Commodus, from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', though he had something of an excuse--his father, rather than passing on emperorship to him, as had become commonplace (at least in the world of the movie--in Imperial Rome, it was relatively common for an Emperor to choose an adoptive heir as opposed to a blood one; look at Julius, Augustus and Marcus Aurelius himself), was going to give it to Maximus, who in turn was going to use it to put power back into the hands of the Senate and restore the Republic.

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* Commodus, from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', though he had something of an excuse--his excuse. His father, rather than passing on emperorship to him, as had become commonplace (at [[note]](at least in the world of the movie--in Imperial Rome, it was relatively common for an Emperor to choose an adoptive heir as opposed to a blood one; look at Julius, Augustus and Marcus Aurelius himself), himself)[[/note]], was going to give it to Maximus, who in turn was going to use it to put power back into the hands of the Senate and restore the Republic.



* ''Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge'' portrays George III's son, The Prince of Wales, in this manner. Whether or not it's TruthInTelevision is debatable.

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* ''Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge'' portrays George III's son, The the Prince of Wales, in this manner. Whether or not it's TruthInTelevision is debatable.



* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' has a bunch of evil princes; most notably [[MarkStrong Septimus]].
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. Loki shows all signs of being the evil prince, who wants his brother and father out of the way so that he can have the throne except for one thing..... he doesn't want the throne. He never intended for Thor to be banished to Earth or for Odin to fall into the Odinsleep, but they did and the throne just dropped into his hands.

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* ''Film/{{Stardust}}'' has a bunch of evil princes; princes, most notably [[MarkStrong Septimus]].
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. Loki shows all signs of being the evil prince, who wants his brother and father out of the way so that he can have the throne throne, except for one thing..... thing: he doesn't ''doesn't'' want the throne. He never intended for Thor to be banished to Earth or for Odin to fall into the Odinsleep, but they did and the throne just dropped into his hands.



* Princess Eleanor of the short-lived British drama ''Series/ThePalace'' is an ultra rare female example. Within the (fictional, and unnamed) [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily British royal family]] depicted on the show she is the older sister of the new King, Richard IV. She doesn't stooped to violence, but she clearly has no qualms about forcing her brother to abdicate through scandal and political crisis.

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* Princess Eleanor of the short-lived British drama ''Series/ThePalace'' is an ultra rare female example. Within the (fictional, and unnamed) [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily British royal family]] depicted on the show she is the older sister of the new King, Richard IV. She doesn't stooped stoop to violence, but she clearly has no qualms about forcing her brother to abdicate through scandal and political crisis.



* That most luscious of Evil Princes Dirk Blackpool of the short lived ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors''.

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* That most luscious of Evil Princes Princes, Dirk Blackpool of the short lived ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors''.



* Bhelen of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' arranges to have his older brother Trian killed and his other sibling (the PC, if they've chosen the Dwarf Noble Origin) blamed for the murder and exiled to the Deep Roads. He is also implied to have poisoned his father, blackmails half of the nobles into choosing him, uses false evidence to discredit his opponent (who was his father's choice for heir), and attempts to launch a coup if his bid for the throne fails. [[spoiler:Interestingly, picking him as king is better for the dwarves in the long run as Bhelen imposes social reforms and opens Orzammar to human trade, which with some help from Ferelden leads to the darkspawn being pushed far back and several lost Thaigs recovered. He eventually dissolves the DeadlyDecadentCourt altogether and rules as a tyrant with support from the lower classes.]]

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* Bhelen of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' arranges to have his older brother Trian killed and his other sibling (the PC, if they've chosen the Dwarf Noble Origin) blamed for the murder and exiled to the Deep Roads. He is also implied to have poisoned his father, blackmails half of the nobles into choosing him, uses false evidence to discredit his opponent (who was his father's choice for heir), and attempts to launch a coup if his bid for the throne fails. [[spoiler:Interestingly, picking him as king is better for the dwarves in the long run run, as Bhelen imposes social reforms and opens Orzammar to human trade, which with some help from Ferelden leads to the darkspawn being pushed far back and several lost Thaigs recovered. He eventually dissolves the DeadlyDecadentCourt altogether and rules as a tyrant with support from the lower classes.]]



* As a female example - in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' not 1, not 2, but 3 Sharen princesses worked together to overthrow their Queen and Mother. [[spoiler: However she was LeftForDead, organized it in a way that they NeverFoundTheBody, assuming NoOneCouldSurviveThat. Said Queen escaped via GrandTheftMe and is biding her time [[HesJustHiding by hiding]].]]

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* As a female example - in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' not 1, not 2, but 3 Sharen princesses worked together to overthrow their Queen and Mother. [[spoiler: However However, she was LeftForDead, organized it in a way that they NeverFoundTheBody, assuming NoOneCouldSurviveThat. Said Queen escaped via GrandTheftMe and is biding her time [[HesJustHiding by hiding]].]]



* Prince Vince, in the ''WesternAnimatnion/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon, is a benign and friendly individual who is quite fond of both Beetlejuice and Lydia. In ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes'', however, he's been recast in this role, and is absolutely determined to make Betelgeuse's afterlife as nightmarish as he can. It has yet to be revealed exactly why he hates the AntiHero so much.



** Played straight with the current Fire Lord, Ozai, who killed his father [[spoiler: (or had his wife kill him)]] and then usurped his older brother Iroh as heir. However, also ''averted'', in that Ozai's daughter Princess Azula, is not only one of few Evil Princesses, she consistently proves herself [[DaddysGirl loyal to her father]] at significant risk to her life and cheerfully passes up golden opportunities to usurp him. Whether she was acting out of actual affection, habitual/conditioned obedience, or simple disinterest in taking the throne herself ''yet'' is a matter of debate among fans.
*** At show's end, it is plain that Azula loves her father as much as her screwed-up mind is capable of loving anyone. Not only that, [[spoiler: she gets the one reward every BastardUnderstudy wants, the crown. She ''was'' to be crowned Fire Lord Azula, until Zuko came back to dish out some destiny-cooked justice on her]]. She could have had it all if her best friends betraying her didn't [[VillainousBreakdown seriously shake her]]. However, [[spoiler: the title and position of Fire Lord was summarily reduced to something between a hollow gesture and a bad joke by her father assuming the position of [[AGodAmI Phoenix King]] and going forth to [[MoralEventHorizon remove the Earth Kingdom from the map]]]] and Azula knew it.

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** Played straight with the current Fire Lord, Ozai, who killed his father [[spoiler: (or had his wife kill him)]] and then usurped his older brother Iroh as heir. However, also ''averted'', in that Ozai's daughter Princess Azula, is not only one of few Evil Princesses, she consistently proves herself [[DaddysGirl loyal to her father]] at significant risk to her life and cheerfully passes up golden opportunities to usurp him. Whether she was acting out of actual affection, habitual/conditioned obedience, or simple disinterest in taking the throne herself ''yet'' is was a longtime matter of debate among fans.
*** At show's end, it is plain that Azula loves her father as much as her screwed-up mind is capable of loving anyone. Not only that, [[spoiler: she gets the one reward every BastardUnderstudy wants, the crown. She ''was'' to be crowned Fire Lord Azula, until Zuko came back to dish out some destiny-cooked justice on her]]. She could have had it all if her best friends betraying her didn't [[VillainousBreakdown seriously shake her]]. However, [[spoiler: the title and position of Fire Lord was summarily reduced to something between a hollow gesture and a bad joke by her father assuming the position of [[AGodAmI Phoenix King]] and going forth to [[MoralEventHorizon remove the Earth Kingdom from the map]]]] - and Azula knew it.



* Prince John, as tradition dictates, in IvanhoeTheKingsKnight.

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* Prince John, as tradition dictates, in IvanhoeTheKingsKnight.''IvanhoeTheKingsKnight.''
1st Feb '16 12:22:51 PM Vox
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A common subtrope is to have the Evil Prince as [[CainAndAbel the younger brother]] to the king, who tends to be his [[TheGoodKing polar opposite]]. This usually means the king is too good-hearted to see [[DevilInPlainSight his brother's true nature]], with bad results for the children of the king once he is gone (Evil Princes tend to make {{Evil Uncle}}s).

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A common subtrope is to have the Evil Prince as [[CainAndAbel the younger brother]] to the king, who tends to be his [[TheGoodKing polar opposite]]. This usually means the king is [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter too good-hearted good-hearted]] to see [[DevilInPlainSight his brother's true nature]], with bad results for the children of the king once he is gone (Evil Princes tend to make {{Evil Uncle}}s).
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