Created By: ParadiscaCorbasiSeptember 10, 2011 Last Edited By: ParadiscaCorbasiMarch 20, 2012

Disadvantage Of Youthful Royalty

Youthful royalty get ordered around just like ordinary non-royal youth.

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When a young person inherits or discovers they are royalty, or sometimes The Chosen One, the people around them begin treating them reverently and respectfully.

At first.

But as time goes on, everyone goes back to treating them like the kid they were before the discovery. If they do something silly, the adults will reprimand them. If they decline to do something an adult wants, the adult will command them to do it anyway, leaving out any of the "your highness" or "your majesty" honorifics.

Truth In Television, to a degree anyway. Historically, kings who have not achieved majority are de jure under the care of and de facto under the rule of their chancellors/regents.

Usually Played For Laughs, as kids in positions of power are still young and the adults know best.

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Examples:

Literature
  • Harry Potter suffers this. When he first enters the wizarding community, everybody is murmuring about him being the Boy Who Lived, and treating him reverently. Thanks to Rita Skeeter, though, people begin treating him like his fame has gone to his head.
  • In The Chronicles Of Narnia, Prince Caspian. By the rules of sucession, he should have been king at the start of the second book, but instead, his uncle rules in his place as lord regent.

Live Action TV
  • Pair Of Kings: the twins get yelled at by Mason to go straight to their room. They protest "We're kings. You can't talk to us like that!" Mason simply puts his hands on his hips and scowls at them. They acquiesce, muttering about how it's a good thing they were going to their room already.
  • Young Blades: Young King Louis is ordered about by his mother and the Cardinal.

Western Animation
  • Thundercats (2011)
    • Panthro refused to acknowledge Lion-O as king at all, thinking him unworthy as compared to his father. After Lion-O proves himself in the old warrior's eyes, when asked to allow Lion-O to drive the Thunder Tank, Panthro smirkily replies, "Not a chance. [Beat] Your Highness."
    • After Lion-O returns from a long trip for supplies, in which he also learned a valuable lesson, the other 'Cats demand to know what took him so long. This is a partially justified example, as Tygra, who is older, and adopted, resents that Lion-O got the throne and he did not. He has always smirkily teased Lion-O and did not change that once Lion-O inherited the crown.
  • Aang suffered this problem from friends and strangers alike in Avatar The Last Airbender, though his was a justified example -- many people were angry that the Avatar had been missing for 100 years, letting the war continue unabated.
  • A fairly dark example in "The Princess and the Po" in Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness. The Princess is ordered into slavery.

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Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • September 11, 2011
    SKJAM
    • Kamichu the protagonist wakes up one morning to discover she's a kami (spirit or small "g" god) with divine powers. But outside of official worship times, she has all the responsibilities and lack of respect of a normal junior high student.
  • September 11, 2011
    MorganWick
    The way you wrote the response in the first Thundercats example, I got a very different impression of what he was saying...
  • September 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Truth In Television, to a degree anyway. Historically, kings who have not achieved majority are de jure under the care of and de facto under the rule of their chancellors/regents.

    • Young Blades: Young King Louis is ordered about by his mother and the Cardinal.
  • September 11, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Literature:
    • In The Chronicles Of Narnia, Prince Caspian. By the rules of sucession, he should have been king at the start of the second book, but instead, his uncle rules in his place as lord regent.

    Not sure if this counts or if it's just Royally Screwed Up:

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  • March 17, 2012
    Omeganian
    About the Drowtales, that's how The Dark Elf Trilogy pictures Drizzt's first years - especially the age of 10-16, when he is a "prince page", busy with cleaning work and not allowed to raise his eyes from the floor.
  • March 17, 2012
    chimel23
    Merlin Arthur Pendragon. Arthur got ordered around by Uther right up 'til Uther died.
  • March 17, 2012
    captainpat
    How does Harry Potter count? He's not royalty
  • March 17, 2012
    jatay3
    Gregor in the early part of Vorkosigan Saga, quite sensibly. The first time he is shown giving an order in his own right is in Vor game. Aral obeys even though he thinks his order foolhardy because The Emperor has to start giving orders some time.
  • March 17, 2012
    atheywa
    King Miraz of Prince Caspian killed his older brother and took the throne. Caspian's only disadvantage is being too young to remember that he is the rightful king. It should be cut.

    After his first day at Hogwarts Harry got treated just like anyone else and there should be a separate trope for non-royalty The Chosen One anyway.
  • March 17, 2012
    captainsandwich
    In Adventure Time when PB is becomes younger, do to loosing some of her 'flesh', she looses authority. don't remember if she gets bossed around though
  • March 17, 2012
    hcobb
    PB gets tossed in jail by the new tyrant.

    How about Elf Princess Lolita of the Stars? She's a princess and a low ranking officer. So even though she commands a small scout ship, her usual missions are diplomatic, which rely on her royal blood to let her deal with planetary level officials.
  • March 19, 2012
    Koveras
    • In Seekers Of The Sky, Marcus, an official bastard prince, reveals that he received just about as much special treatment at the court as servant's children. They did let him into restricted libraries, though...
  • March 20, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    @captainpat The Chosen One also has the same problem. And I'd disagree that Harry got treated like anyone else even after Hogwarts. Dumbledore sure didn't treat him the same as everyone else. Neither did Snape.

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