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16th Jun '18 2:41:38 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In season 3 it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler: [[BlackSheep Queen Eclipsa's]] daughter [[NonhumanHumanoidHybrid Meteora]] was rejected by Eclipsa's ex-husband [[FantasticRacism for being half-monster]] and was switched with a peasant girl named Festivia by the Magical High Commission. This means the ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld still-living]]) Meteora is the legitimate heir to Mewni's crown. And while Meteora would've probably grown to be a good queen if raised as one, as-is she's become cruel villain who wishes to "[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge reclaim]]" her throne by [[YourSoulIsMine stealing the souls]] [[MayorOfAGhostTown of all her subjects]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In season 3 it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler: [[BlackSheep Queen Eclipsa's]] daughter [[NonhumanHumanoidHybrid Meteora]] was rejected by Eclipsa's ex-husband [[FantasticRacism for being half-monster]] and was switched with a peasant girl named Festivia by the Magical High Commission. This means the ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld still-living]]) Meteora is [[ReallyRoyaltyReveal the legitimate heir to Mewni's crown. crown]]. And while Meteora would've probably grown to be a good queen if raised as one, as-is she's become a cruel villain who wishes to "[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge reclaim]]" her throne by [[YourSoulIsMine stealing the souls]] [[MayorOfAGhostTown of all her subjects]].]]
13th Jun '18 4:29:04 PM thatother1dude
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* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': the Fire Nation seems to have a system where the firstborn is the heir, but the reigning Fire Lord is allowed to pass him over if he chooses. [[HeelFaceTurn Zuko]], who is [[VillainousVirtues honorable even when he is a villain]], is [[BigBad Ozai]]'s oldest child, but eventually gets rejected in favor of his psychotic sister, [[TheSociopath Azula]], forcing him to challenge her for the throne in the finale.
** Azula herself is also an example of this: despite being named the rightful heir to the throne by her father, it becomes apparent ''very'' quickly that as good a commander as she might be, she is ''not'' cut out to be a leader off the battlefield.

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* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': the The Fire Nation seems to have a system where the firstborn is the heir, but the reigning Fire Lord is allowed to pass him over if he chooses. [[HeelFaceTurn Zuko]], who is [[VillainousVirtues honorable even when he is a villain]], is [[BigBad Ozai]]'s oldest child, but eventually gets rejected in favor of his psychotic sister, [[TheSociopath Azula]], forcing him to challenge her for the throne in the finale.
** Azula herself is also an example of this: despite being named the rightful heir to the throne by her father, it becomes apparent ''very'' quickly that as good a commander as she might be, she is ''not'' cut out to be a leader off the battlefield.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In season 3 it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler: [[BlackSheep Queen Eclipsa's]] daughter [[HalfHumanHybrid Meteora]] was rejected by Eclipsa's ex husband [[FantasticRacism for being half-monster]] and was switched with a peasant girl named Festivia by the Magical High Commission, meaning that every mewman ruler since then (including Star herself) has been illegitimate]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In season 3 it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler: [[BlackSheep Queen Eclipsa's]] daughter [[HalfHumanHybrid [[NonhumanHumanoidHybrid Meteora]] was rejected by Eclipsa's ex husband ex-husband [[FantasticRacism for being half-monster]] and was switched with a peasant girl named Festivia by the Magical High Commission, meaning that every mewman ruler since then (including Star herself) has been illegitimate]].Commission. This means the ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld still-living]]) Meteora is the legitimate heir to Mewni's crown. And while Meteora would've probably grown to be a good queen if raised as one, as-is she's become cruel villain who wishes to "[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge reclaim]]" her throne by [[YourSoulIsMine stealing the souls]] [[MayorOfAGhostTown of all her subjects]].]]
25th May '18 10:35:39 PM KaisertheGreat
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** In [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]], after spending the first chapter getting the "legitimate" heir on the throne of Daein ([[spoiler: Pelleas]]), he turns out to be a kindhearted person... but very, ''very'' unfit for reigning, plus easily manipulated for the purpose of creating a world war. [[spoiler:But in a subversion, Pelleas ''isn't'' really the real heir in the end, and the "legitimate" heir (Soren) never finds out. After Pelleas either reveals that he's not the legitimate heir or is tragically killed, depending on the path the player takes through the story, Daein winds up being run by the person who was actually the legitimate heir of the ''neighboring'' country of Begnion, Micaiah; she did find out the truth, but her ChildProdigy little sister Sanaki had been running the place pretty well, and she considered Daein her home more than Begnion. And if Pelleas is alive, he's said to [[AbdicateTheThrone have willingly leaft the throne to Micaiah]] to become one of her advisors, [[EarnyourHappyEnding a "work" that fits him much better than actually being the King]].]]

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** In [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]], after spending the first chapter getting the "legitimate" heir on the throne of Daein ([[spoiler: Pelleas]]), he turns out to be a kindhearted person... but very, ''very'' unfit for reigning, plus easily manipulated for the purpose of creating a world war. [[spoiler:But in a subversion, Pelleas ''isn't'' really the real heir in the end, and the "legitimate" heir (Soren) never finds out. After Pelleas either reveals that he's not the legitimate heir or is tragically killed, depending on the path the player takes through the story, Daein winds up being run by the person who was actually the legitimate heir of the ''neighboring'' country of Begnion, Micaiah; she did find out the truth, but her ChildProdigy little sister Sanaki had been running the place pretty well, and she considered Daein her home more than Begnion. And if Pelleas is alive, he's said to [[AbdicateTheThrone have willingly leaft left the throne to Micaiah]] to become one of her advisors, [[EarnyourHappyEnding a "work" that fits him much better than actually being the King]].]]
28th Apr '18 3:38:33 PM Valiona
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* It's implied that this trope is the reason [[spoiler: Princess Camilla]] abdicated her claim to the throne in the ''Birthright'' route of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'': she believed herself to be this compared to [[spoiler: her TeenGenius younger brother, Prince (now King) Leo.]]

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* It's implied that this trope is the reason [[spoiler: Princess Camilla]] [[AbdicateTheThrone abdicated her claim to the throne throne]] in the ''Birthright'' route of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'': she believed herself to be this compared to [[spoiler: her TeenGenius younger brother, Prince (now King) Leo.Leo, since their older brother Xander is now dead.]]
24th Mar '18 9:25:17 AM ultimomant
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In season 3 it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler:the daughter of [[BlackSheep Queen Eclipsa's]] daughter [[HalfHumanHybrid Meteora]] was rejected by Eclipsa's ex husband [[FantasticRacism for being half-monster]] and was switched with a peasant girl named Festivia by the Magical High Commission, meaning that every mewman ruler since then (including Star herself) has been illegitimate]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In season 3 it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler:the daughter of [[spoiler: [[BlackSheep Queen Eclipsa's]] daughter [[HalfHumanHybrid Meteora]] was rejected by Eclipsa's ex husband [[FantasticRacism for being half-monster]] and was switched with a peasant girl named Festivia by the Magical High Commission, meaning that every mewman ruler since then (including Star herself) has been illegitimate]].
13th Mar '18 7:49:58 AM Kaiseror
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In season 3 it's [[TheReveal revealed]] that [[spoiler:the daughter of [[BlackSheep Queen Eclipsa's]] daughter [[HalfHumanHybrid Meteora]] was rejected by Eclipsa's ex husband [[FantasticRacism for being half-monster]] and was switched with a peasant girl named Festivia by the Magical High Commission, meaning that every mewman ruler since then (including Star herself) has been illegitimate]].
12th Mar '18 12:03:06 AM Snowsky
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** Tyrion Lannister spends much of the second book trying to make the kingdom a better place despite Joffrey. Joffrey's regent, Tyrion's sister Queen Cersei, is no better, and Tyrion actually resorts to drugging her with a laxative to keep her out of his way for a day. When their father Tywin shows up to take his place as Hand of the King and ''de facto'' regent, he may be a grade-A {{Jerkass}}, but his PragmaticEvil approach still makes him a far sight better for the realm than Joffrey.

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** Tyrion Lannister spends much of the second book trying to make the kingdom a better place despite Joffrey.Joffrey, a sadistic RoyalBrat who executes and tortures people for his own enjoyment. Joffrey's regent, Tyrion's sister Queen Cersei, is no better, and Tyrion actually resorts to drugging her with a laxative to keep her out of his way for a day. When their father Tywin shows up to take his place as Hand of the King and ''de facto'' regent, he may be a grade-A {{Jerkass}}, but his PragmaticEvil approach still makes him a far sight better for the realm than Joffrey.



--> '''Ser Davos''': A king protects his people, or he's no true king at all.
*** Stannis then responds by travelling to the Wall and saving the Night's Watch, in marked contrast to the Lannisters, who try and influence the Night's Watch election, Tywin even mentioning the Wildlings getting past the Wall might help their cause.
** In the backstory, the supporters of Daemon Blackfyre in the Blackfyre Rebellion saw King Daeron II ("Daeron the Good") as this. They were believers in AsskickingEqualsAuthority and preferred a warrior-king to the bookish Daeron.
** Daeron's father Aegon was also an example of this. He's historically known as "The Unworthy" due to his penchant for hedonism, petty cruelty, and just incompetent in general. Unfortunately, his younger brother Aemon the Dragonknight had become a knight of the Kingsguard, taking him out of the line of succession. Ironically Aegon's father Viserys II was a very competent ruler who had served as Hand for his brother and nephews... but it is suspected his son poisoned him a year after Viserys succeeded to the throne.

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--> '''Ser -->'''Ser Davos''': A king protects his people, or he's no true king at all.
*** ** Stannis then responds by travelling to the Wall and saving the Night's Watch, in marked contrast to the Lannisters, who try and influence the Night's Watch election, Tywin even mentioning the Wildlings getting past the Wall might help their cause.
** In the backstory, the supporters of Daemon Blackfyre in the Blackfyre Rebellion saw King Daeron II ("Daeron the Good") as this. They were believers in AsskickingEqualsAuthority and preferred a warrior-king to the bookish but good-hearted Daeron.
** Daeron's father Aegon IV was also an example of this. He's historically known as "The Unworthy" due to his penchant for hedonism, [[ReallyGetsAround promiscuity]] (he boasted of having slept with ''900'' women), petty cruelty, and just incompetent incompetency in general. Unfortunately, his better-loved younger brother Aemon the Dragonknight had become a knight of the Kingsguard, taking him out of the line of succession. Ironically Ironically, Aegon's father Viserys II was a very competent ruler who had served as Hand for his brother and nephews... nephews...but it is suspected his son poisoned him a year after Viserys succeeded to the throne.
1st Feb '18 9:11:02 AM Ruddigore
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** In this case it was really probably more of a no-win situation, since even leaving aside the gender issue, neither Stephen nor Matilda was a particularly nice person, nor did they really possess the temperament to make for particularly good rulers.

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** In this case it was really probably more of a no-win situation, since even leaving aside the gender issue, neither Stephen nor Matilda was a particularly nice person, nor did they really possess the temperament to make for particularly good rulers. There was another reason a lot of the Anglo-Norman nobility objected to Matilda: she was married to Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou, the original Plantagenet. Normandy and Anjou had a long-standing and extremely bitter rivalry with one another; the Counts of Anjou were generally demonised throughout Europe as having demonic ancestry (as Bernard of Clairvaux is reputed to have put it, "from the devil they came and to the devil they will go"). At the time, few in Norman-dominated England could stomach the prospect of Geoffrey acting as her consort or - in the worst case scenario - becoming effective King through Matilda.
13th Jan '18 7:46:50 PM nombretomado
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* This is exactly what happened to King Edward VIII of England. He was always meant to be the king, as the oldest son, and his brother Albert was very much in favour of that particular line of succession.[[note]]On the other hand, their ''father'' George V was ''not'' in favour of it, and explicitly wrote that he hoped that his elder son would ''never marry or have children'' to ensure both Albert and Albert's [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen elder daughter Elizabeth]] would have a clear line to the throne.[[/note]] As things turned out, though, Edward VIII was absolutely, positively determined to marry outside of the acceptable social circle, and to a widely-rumored-to-be Nazi sympathizer during the prelude to World War II, no less. Edward's determination to flout the accepted rules and standards of the throne meant that he could not be king, not in the eyes of the Parliament, and not in the eyes of the people. Faced with this pressure, he abdicated his throne to his brother Albert, who reigned as George VI, which caused [[TheKingsSpeech a whole host of problems for Britain's new leader.]]

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* This is exactly what happened to King Edward VIII of England. He was always meant to be the king, as the oldest son, and his brother Albert was very much in favour of that particular line of succession.[[note]]On the other hand, their ''father'' George V was ''not'' in favour of it, and explicitly wrote that he hoped that his elder son would ''never marry or have children'' to ensure both Albert and Albert's [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen elder daughter Elizabeth]] would have a clear line to the throne.[[/note]] As things turned out, though, Edward VIII was absolutely, positively determined to marry outside of the acceptable social circle, and to a widely-rumored-to-be Nazi sympathizer during the prelude to World War II, no less. Edward's determination to flout the accepted rules and standards of the throne meant that he could not be king, not in the eyes of the Parliament, and not in the eyes of the people. Faced with this pressure, he abdicated his throne to his brother Albert, who reigned as George VI, which caused [[TheKingsSpeech [[Film/TheKingsSpeech a whole host of problems for Britain's new leader.]]
26th Nov '17 3:39:27 PM StFan
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* In ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', Prince Einon is a spoiled brat of a prince that thinks making war is fun. The first time he tries to participate in such an endeavor, during a peasant uprising, he almost dies; the result of this is that he's gifted with half the heart of a dragon. During the same peasant uprising, his father (a similarly nasty piece of work, especially to judge by the novelization of the film) is killed, making Einon a spoiled juvenile brat of a king with half a dragon's heart. He's functionally immortal so long as the dragon with whom he shares a heart remains alive, he's got the political power of the kingship allowing him to do pretty much anything he wants, and he grows up to become a full-blown sadist who happily cracks down even harder on the peasantry and personally abuses almost everyone around him. The alternative ruler would have been his mother, the kind-hearted and sympathetic queen, but she just ''had'' to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero save her child]]. [[spoiler:She quickly realizes what a mistake this was, and spends a large part of the next several years trying to [[SpannerInTheWorks undermine his worst plans]], up to and including hiring dragon slayers to hunt down his benefactor.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'', Prince Einon is a spoiled brat of a prince that thinks making war is fun. The first time he tries to participate in such an endeavor, during a peasant uprising, he almost dies; the result of this is that he's gifted with half the heart of a dragon. During the same peasant uprising, his father (a similarly nasty piece of work, especially to judge by the novelization of the film) is killed, making Einon a spoiled juvenile brat of a king with half a dragon's heart. He's functionally immortal so long as the dragon with whom he shares a heart remains alive, he's got the political power of the kingship allowing him to do pretty much anything he wants, and he grows up to become a full-blown sadist who happily cracks down even harder on the peasantry and personally abuses almost everyone around him. The alternative ruler would have been his mother, the kind-hearted kindhearted and sympathetic queen, but she just ''had'' to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero save her child]]. [[spoiler:She quickly realizes what a mistake this was, and spends a large part of the next several years trying to [[SpannerInTheWorks undermine his worst plans]], up to and including hiring dragon slayers to hunt down his benefactor.]]
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** In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', Tomjon, the true heir to the throne of Lancre, has no interest in becoming king and wants to become an actor instead. The witches put Verence up as an alternative, claiming that he is Tomjon's half-brother, which is true. They see no need to point out that their shared father wasn't the previous king but his Fool - the Queen got lonely while the king was fooling around with the peasant girls.
** ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' introduces Carrot, who's the rightful heir to the throne, but believes that the Patrician would do a better job and is perfectly happy to work as Captain of the watch.
*** In later books, Carrot demonstrates he's not entirely Wrongful when he uses the implication of his Rightfulness to push the Patrician in certain directions.

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** In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', Tomjon, the true heir to the throne of Lancre, has no interest in becoming king and wants to become an actor instead. The witches put Verence up as an alternative, claiming that he is Tomjon's half-brother, which is true. They see no need to point out that their shared father wasn't the previous king but his Fool - -- the Queen got lonely while the king was fooling around with the peasant girls.
** ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' introduces Carrot, who's the rightful heir to the throne, but believes that the Patrician would do a better job and is perfectly happy to work as Captain of the watch.
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* A RealLife example from English history would be [[TheHouseOfNormandy King Stephen]], who usurped the throne from his cousin Matilda, the rightful heir, because as a woman she was regarded as incompetent to rule by the standards of the time (the 1100s). ValuesDissonance, anyone?

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* A RealLife example from English history would be [[TheHouseOfNormandy [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfNormandy King Stephen]], who usurped the throne from his cousin Matilda, the rightful heir, because as a woman she was regarded as incompetent to rule by the standards of the time (the 1100s). ValuesDissonance, anyone?



* In 1830, King Charles X of France was overthrown by riots throughout Paris. He declared his 10-year-old grandson Henry to now be King Henry V, with his distant cousin Louis Philippe, the Duke of Orléans, as Regent. However, Henry was still too closely linked to Charles for many revolutionaries to handle, so as a compromise, when the Duke of Orléans went over to the French National Assembly in Paris in his role as Regent they proclaimed him to be King instead. The Orléans claim was problematic for the Bourbons since his father, Philippe Egalite, voted for the death of the King UsefulNotes/LouisXVI, his own cousin (and would himself later be executed during the ReignOfTerror).
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] by the Dutch King William III (r. 1849-1890), who was essentially the rightful heir to the wrong ''throne''. After the 1848 revolutions that occurred across Europe, his father [[KingBobTheNth King William II]], who was fearing for the survival of the dynasty, had reluctantly agreed to a sweeping political reform that massively curtailed the powers of the monarch in favor of the elected body of representatives in Parliament. William III was strongly opposed to this, since he wanted to rule as an absolute monarch like his grandfather [[KingBobTheNth King William I]]. It took many years to convince him to even accept his role, kicking and screaming all the way, but he proved a notoriously prickly person who flouted protocol all the time, earning him the nickname "King Gorilla".

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* In 1830, King Charles X of France was overthrown by riots throughout Paris. He declared his 10-year-old grandson Henry to now be King Henry V, with his distant cousin Louis Philippe, the Duke of Orléans, as Regent. However, Henry was still too closely linked to Charles for many revolutionaries to handle, so as a compromise, when the Duke of Orléans went over to the French National Assembly in Paris in his role as Regent they proclaimed him to be King instead. The Orléans claim was problematic for the Bourbons since his father, Philippe Egalite, Égalité, voted for the death of the King UsefulNotes/LouisXVI, his own cousin (and would himself later be executed during the ReignOfTerror).
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} by the Dutch King William III (r. 1849-1890), who was essentially the rightful heir to the wrong ''throne''. After the 1848 revolutions that occurred across Europe, his father [[KingBobTheNth King William II]], who was fearing for the survival of the dynasty, had reluctantly agreed to a sweeping political reform that massively curtailed the powers of the monarch in favor of the elected body of representatives in Parliament. William III was strongly opposed to this, since he wanted to rule as an absolute monarch like his grandfather [[KingBobTheNth King William I]].I. It took many years to convince him to even accept his role, kicking and screaming all the way, but he proved a notoriously prickly person who flouted protocol all the time, earning him the nickname "King Gorilla".



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