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25th Jul '16 1:03:32 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': While Celestia and Luna are fairly well-guarded, Twilight lives in the town library (at least until [[spoiler: said library is destroyed]]) and regularly goes about her business in Ponyville normally to the point that it's actually a pretty rare occasion when someone actually ''does'' treat her with the reverence you'd expect a princess to get. Her friends and their families in particular seem to mostly ignore the fact that she's technically royalty and treat her like anybody else. It's [[JustifiedTrope justified]] here, as most ponies already knew her before her coronation, and she's not really inclined to make them treat her differently.
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7th Jul '16 2:51:40 PM Discar
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* Studiously {{averted}} in ''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]].

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* Studiously {{averted}} in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt''. Not only is security around Emperor Nemhyr Emhyr tight, but Geralt is forced to [[BatheHerAndBringHerToMe bathe and shave before being granted audience at Emhyr's request]].
11th Jun '16 7:43:26 AM smalltime
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* In ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', Mulan hugs the Emperor after he gives her a gift, prompting Yao to ask whether she's allowed to do that.
4th Jun '16 1:36:09 AM rmctagg09
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* Played to a lesser extent in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''; Link needs to sneak past extensive security just to reach Zelda, and only sees what is presumably the royal audience chamber through a window (which Zelda herself apparently has to spy through). Darunia also bars himself off until a royal messenger arrives, although he apparently has an open door policy at all other times. The Great Deku Tree seems like he's ''supposed'' to be like this, but Mido arbitrarily won't let Link through. Played straight with King Zora.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', Link is able to just waltz into the mayor's office during an important town meeting, and his wife's audience room (where she just kind of assumes that he's an investigator that she sent for). There's a receptionist who seems like she's supposed to control visitors, but she seems pretty disinterested.
** The Deku Scrubs normally avert this. [[FantasticRacism They won't let humans enter their palace at all]], and even Link as a scrub is only allowed to enter because it's a special occasion.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Played to a lesser extent in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''; Link needs to sneak past extensive security just to reach Zelda, and only sees what is presumably the royal audience chamber through a window (which Zelda herself apparently has to spy through). Darunia also bars himself off until a royal messenger arrives, although he apparently has an open door policy at all other times. The Great Deku Tree seems like he's ''supposed'' to be like this, but Mido arbitrarily won't let Link through. Played straight with King Zora.
* ** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', Link is able to just waltz into the mayor's office during an important town meeting, and his wife's audience room (where she just kind of assumes that he's an investigator that she sent for). There's a receptionist who seems like she's supposed to control visitors, but she seems pretty disinterested.
** *** The Deku Scrubs normally avert this. [[FantasticRacism They won't let humans enter their palace at all]], and even Link as a scrub is only allowed to enter because it's a special occasion.
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.
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