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19th May '16 5:13:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is the case to the U.S. president in ''Film/GabrielOverTheWhiteHouse'', leading to a [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] scene where the Mafia does a drive-by shooting at the White House footsteps.

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* This is the case to the U.S. president in ''Film/GabrielOverTheWhiteHouse'', leading to a [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] scene where the Mafia does a drive-by shooting at the White House footsteps.
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* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', the president (played by Kevin James) is friendly with his high school friend Sam, to the point of letting him in his room unguarded. Sam also refers to the Secret Service by their first names.


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* This is the case to the U.S. president in ''Film/GabrielOverTheWhiteHouse'', leading to a [[{{Narm}} Narmtastic]] scene where the Mafia does a drive-by shooting at the White House footsteps.
* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', the president (played by Kevin James) is friendly with his high school friend Sam, to the point of letting him in his room unguarded. Sam also refers to the Secret Service by their first names.
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19th May '16 5:13:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', the kingdom of Arendelle normally had an open-door policy with its citizens, but its doors ended up being closed for several years to try to hide Princess Elsa's [[AnIcePerson ice powers]]. The plot is kick-started when the doors are opened again for Elsa's coronation ceremony.
** And the ''Anna & Elsa'' spin-off books portray Elsa as a humble, down-to-earth queen who often leaves the palace and mingles with the commoners. And that's not even mentioning [[FriendToAllLivingThings Anna]].

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* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', the kingdom of Arendelle normally had an open-door policy with its citizens, but its doors ended up being closed for several years to try to hide Princess Elsa's [[AnIcePerson ice powers]]. The plot is kick-started when the doors are opened again for Elsa's coronation ceremony.
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ceremony. And the ''Anna & Elsa'' spin-off books portray Elsa as a humble, down-to-earth queen who often leaves the palace and mingles with the commoners. And that's not even mentioning [[FriendToAllLivingThings Anna]].
19th May '16 5:12:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* The short-lived comedy ''ThatsMyBush'' parodied the UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush presidency as a standard DomCom, which included giving George a [[DropInCharacter next door neighbor who drops in]] OnceAnEpisode. Made doubly ridiculous by the fact that the real White House is completely fenced in, with no residential buildings on its immediate vicinity.

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* The short-lived comedy ''ThatsMyBush'' ''Series/ThatsMyBush'' parodied the UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush presidency as a standard DomCom, which included giving George a [[DropInCharacter next door neighbor who drops in]] OnceAnEpisode. Made doubly ridiculous by the fact that the real White House is completely fenced in, with no residential buildings on its immediate vicinity.
8th May '16 9:28:43 AM DannWoolf
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** There was a time when anyone could walk up to the front door of the White House and knock. Exactly when this stopped is up to some debate - during the Civil War or During World War II, but the fact is you once could. Probably didn't mean the president would see you, though.

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** There was a time when anyone could walk up to the front door of the White House and knock. Exactly when this stopped is up to some debate - during the Civil War or During World War II, but the fact is you once could. Probably didn't mean the president would see you, though.
7th May '16 6:24:39 PM sgamer82
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* Studiously {{averted}} in ''TheWitcher3WildHunt''. Not only is security around Emperor Nemhyr tight, but Geralt is forced to [[BatheHerAndBringHerToMe bathe and shave before being granted audience at Emhyr's request]].

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* Studiously {{averted}} in ''TheWitcher3WildHunt''. ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt''. Not only is security around Emperor Nemhyr tight, but Geralt is forced to [[BatheHerAndBringHerToMe bathe and shave before being granted audience at Emhyr's request]].request]].
* Asgore, King of All Monsters, is built up throughout ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' as the final boss, the one who you have to get past in order to escape the monster populated Underground. However, as you approach his castle, you see notes telling you exactly where to find him and inviting anyone with any concerns to come and talk to him.
12th Apr '16 12:58:44 PM Eievie
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[[caption-width-right:350:Some people, like Getafix, know how to behave in front of a Queen. Others... don't.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Some people, like Getafix, know how to behave in front of a Queen. Others... Others… don't.]]



In RealLife, access to royal families is usually tightly controlled, and in most cases commoners, unless they are friends with royal family members, are not allowed to have extended interaction with royals outside of formal events. Not in fantasy, though. In fantasy, Farmer Joe can go into the royal palace and give King Richard their secret handshake and a slap on the ass and say "What's up, King Dude?" RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething tend to do this more than others, since they're already active anyway and "actually doing something" more often than not entails working with common folk.

The reason for this trope is probably the fact that, in ancient times, rulers of small clans and chiefdoms were often referred to as "kings." Later on, such as in the Renaissance, these stories were modified to better fit then-modern times (i.e. with bigger kingdoms and more powerful kings)... but they forgot to edit the part about the farmer visiting his "king."

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In RealLife, access to royal families is usually tightly controlled, and in most cases commoners, unless they are friends with royal family members, are not allowed to have extended interaction with royals outside of formal events. Not in fantasy, though. In fantasy, Farmer Joe Alice can go into the royal palace and give King Richard KingBobTheNth their secret handshake and a slap on the ass and say "What's up, King Dude?" RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething tend to do this more than others, since they're already active anyway and "actually doing something" more often than not entails working with common folk.

The reason for this trope is probably the fact that, in ancient times, rulers of small clans and chiefdoms were often referred to as "kings." Later on, such as in the Renaissance, these stories were modified to better fit then-modern times (i.e. with bigger kingdoms and more powerful kings)... kings) but they forgot to edit the part about the farmer visiting his "king.""



In fiction, however, it's rather common for ''anyone'' -- nobles, farmers, merchants, bribers, and military chaps alike -- to be able to waltz into the palace with few or no repercussions. Many [=RPGs=] actually require players to consult the king before the adventure proper begins.

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In fiction, however, it's rather common for ''anyone'' -- nobles, ''anyone''--nobles, farmers, merchants, bribers, and military chaps alike -- to alike--to be able to waltz into the palace with few or no repercussions. Many [=RPGs=] actually require players to consult the king before the adventure proper begins.
19th Feb '16 10:25:54 AM trebl900
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* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', the president, played by Creator/KevinSmith is friendly with his high school friend Sam, to the point of letting him in his room unguarded. Sam also refers to the Secret Service by their first names.

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* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', the president, played president (played by Creator/KevinSmith Kevin James) is friendly with his high school friend Sam, to the point of letting him in his room unguarded. Sam also refers to the Secret Service by their first names.
15th Jan '16 10:36:44 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Hotohori in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' [[spoiler: and later his son Boushin]], actually relishes this due to loneliness although his advisors discourage it.

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* Hotohori in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' [[spoiler: and later his son Boushin]], actually relishes this due to loneliness although his advisors discourage it.



* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', the main character is invited to the palace for stopping a thief. The princess gestures with her hand, Louise tells him to take her hand in lips. Saito kisses her instead because that's what Japanese manga said to do. HilarityEnsues (said princess is too sheltered to take offense).
14th Jan '16 1:35:29 PM hamza678
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* ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', the president, played by Creator/KevinSmith is friendly with his high school friend Sam, to the point of letting him in his room unguarded. Sam also refers to the Secret Service by their first names.



** The Green Knight from SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight takes it one step further and rides his horse straight into the main hall during a feast.

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** The Green Knight from SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight takes it one step further and rides his horse straight into the main hall during a feast.



* Fflewddur Fflam in the PrydainChronicles was king of a country so small you could walk across the whole thing in a single day. Children would often play games and sports in his throne room because of ease of access, and they knew that he was far more likely to join in their games then shoo them out of the castle.

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* Fflewddur Fflam in the PrydainChronicles Literature/PrydainChronicles was king of a country so small you could walk across the whole thing in a single day. Children would often play games and sports in his throne room because of ease of access, and they knew that he was far more likely to join in their games then shoo them out of the castle.



* Subverted in VorkosiganSaga. While the main characters refer to the emperor informally they are closely related. Armsmen have close access but not informal access.
* Played with in the {{Dragaera}} novels. Technically, any citizen of the Empire can seek an audience with the Empress at a certain time each week; in practice, her guards and bureaucrats make the process of requesting such an audience so intimidating and bothersome that most commoners back off and leave long before they get near her. Likewise, while it's possible for any citizen to communicate with the Empress psychically, peasants are never taught ''how'' to do so, and other social classes are warned that she might use the Imperial Orb to destroy their minds if they contact her for any reason ''she'' doesn't consider worthy of her time.

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* Subverted in VorkosiganSaga.Literature/VorkosiganSaga. While the main characters refer to the emperor informally they are closely related. Armsmen have close access but not informal access.
* Played with in the {{Dragaera}} Literature/{{Dragaera}} novels. Technically, any citizen of the Empire can seek an audience with the Empress at a certain time each week; in practice, her guards and bureaucrats make the process of requesting such an audience so intimidating and bothersome that most commoners back off and leave long before they get near her. Likewise, while it's possible for any citizen to communicate with the Empress psychically, peasants are never taught ''how'' to do so, and other social classes are warned that she might use the Imperial Orb to destroy their minds if they contact her for any reason ''she'' doesn't consider worthy of her time.



Featured on two separate occasions in the original ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'':

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Featured *Featured on two separate occasions in the original ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'':
8th Jan '16 5:20:25 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''SpiderRiders'': The citizens of Arachna do this all the time with Prince Lumen.

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* ''SpiderRiders'': ''Anime/SpiderRiders'': The citizens of Arachna do this all the time with Prince Lumen.
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