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.
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.
Needs a Better Title
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Drowtales, growing up in the top - ranking noble families in the Sharen and Sarghress clans is no picnic.