Created By: Chabal2 on September 9, 2013 Last Edited By: Chabal2 on October 4, 2013
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Medical Majesty

Royalty have healing powers.

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(Alternate name: Royal Touch)

In many works featuring royalty, the king (or queen) has the power to heal the sick, whether as part of their duties to their people or as confirmation of their divine right to rule, based on the supposed ability of French kings to do this in Real Life. See also Healing Hands.

A subtrope of Royals Who Actually Do Something and Royalty Super Power.

Needs a Better Description.


Examples

Literature
  • Lord of the Rings. Aragorn is accepted as king of Gondor when he uses his medical knowledge (acquired as a Ranger) after the battle of Minas Tirith.
    For it is said in old lore: 'The hands of the king are the hands of a healer.' And so the rightful king could ever be known."
  • A Study in Emerald. Queen Victoria is able to ease the narrator's constant pain from a wound he received from an Eldritch Abomination in Afghanistan. Of course, in this verse, Victoria is herself an Eldritch Abomination, one of those who emerged from the sea, triumphed over mankind, and ruled over it for thousands of years.
  • Discworld
    • Parodied in Guards! Guards!: when a group of royalists start claiming the King will right all wrongs, Vimes demands to know what wrongs the people of Ankh-Morpork are suffering. Someone comes up with "premature baldness", and another instantly replies "Ah, kings can cure that, you know."
    • Similarly in Lords and Ladies, Nanny Ogg says kings are a bit magical because they can cure dandruff.

Tabletop Games
  • Warhammer 40,000. The God Emperor of Mankind's throne is a holy place, and as such pilgrims hoping for healing come to Terra by the million, most of them dying of old age while still waiting in line.

Video Games
  • The protagonists of Dragon Quest V and Dragon Quest VI learn several healing spells before they learn of their royal status.
  • Chrono Trigger. Marle the Rebellious Princess is the party's first healer, but before long she's outclassed.
  • Warcraft III. Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron, starts the game as a paladin and a strong healing spell. Even after his Face–Heel Turn to Death Knight, he still has a healing spell (though it now heals undead and hurts the living).
  • In most of the Ultima games, Lord British will heal the Avatar.
  • The Princes/Princesses in Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City have skills that can heal as well as increase stats. You can also subclass a Monk (and vice-versa) for them to have more direct healing skills.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Ur-Example: The kings of France were said to be able to heal the sick (originally sufferers of scrofula, but sometimes other diseases as well) via Healing Hands followed by the sign of the cross. The practice ceased in the 18th century.

Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • September 9, 2013
    Koveras
  • September 9, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    In Super Mario RPG, Princess Peach's "Group Hug" move restores health to the entire team.
  • September 9, 2013
    Alucard
    Does nobility count? Konoka Konoe in Mahou Sensei Negima comes from an ancient bloodline of great healers, and it's reflected in her place on the team as The Medic.
  • September 10, 2013
    littlemissmuffet
  • September 10, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Zero Context Example.

    Don't just write examples in the form: "Character X belongs in the royalty and has healing powers". Those are the requirements for the character to qualify for this trope, so that much is just obvious and results in an example with the information value of zero.
  • September 11, 2013
    Ryusui
    Touch Of The King seems like an appropriate name for this trope.
  • September 11, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work titles, added media group labels.
  • September 11, 2013
    kjnoren
    I think the trope needs to be more than just being a king and being a healer. There should be a clear one-way indication here in that being the king is what gives the power to heal.

    I second Touch Of The King.
  • September 11, 2013
    DAN004
    I kinda think it doesn't have to be the king, pretty much anyone in royalty line should. And Touch Of The King can mean different things (the touch of King Midas definitely doesn't heal anyone :P)
  • September 11, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I agree. The Midas touch was the first thing that Touch Of The King brought to my mind.
  • September 11, 2013
    kjnoren
    Healing Touch Of The King?

    Just having a healer king is just X and Y happening in the same person; I think the implication that the king IS a healer due to simply being the king is a more worthwhile trope.
  • September 11, 2013
    m8e
    ^That's to narrow, and i'm not seeing any reason why it would need to be "one way". Someone with healing powers could become a royal because of it. Someone who's royal could have healing powers due to being royal(in the genes, or have free time to learn.) or they could have an Amplifier Artifact, and so on.
  • September 12, 2013
    Ryusui
    Interestingly, The Other Wiki refers to this more broadly as the Royal Touch.
  • September 14, 2013
    kjnoren
    ^^ The thing is that I want there be to a causal connection between healing and royalty. If there is no causal then, then it's just that the same character happens to be both X and Y, which only is interesting if it's a Trope In Aggregate.

    Simply calling it the Royal Touch here is probably a bad idea, since it makes it possible that it's used for Everything Is Stylier With Kings or similar.
  • September 15, 2013
    Snicka
    I think Medical Majesty is a witty title. The name Royal Touch should be mentioned in the description, and be a redirect, though.
  • September 15, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Agree.
  • September 15, 2013
    arbiter099
    In most of the Ultima games, Lord British will heal the Avatar.
  • September 15, 2013
    DaibhidC
    • Discworld
      • Parodied in Guards Guards: when a group of royalists start claiming the King will right all wrongs, Vimes demands to know what wrongs the people of Ankh-Morpork are suffering. Someone comes up with "premature baldness", and another instantly replies "Ah, kings can cure that, you know."
      • Similarly in Lords And Ladies, Nanny Ogg says kings are a bit magical because they can cure dandruff.
  • September 15, 2013
    MonaNaito
    Compare and contrast the Fisher King trope, in which a good king can literally heal the land he rules.
  • September 17, 2013
    kjnoren
    No, the Fisher King doesn't heal the land, he expresses the state of the land, and vice versa. This is arguably similar to this trope, though, in its purest form.

    For that matter, I can't say I like Medical Majesty at all, since Majesty is more of an adjective than a noun. My brain tries to complete the trope name and fails.

    I still favour Healing Touch Of The King or Healing Royal Touch.
  • September 19, 2013
    Synchronicity
  • September 19, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    The Princes/Princesses in Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City Have skills that can heal as well as increase stats. You can also Subclass a Monk (and vice-versa) for them to have more direct Healing Skills.
  • September 22, 2013
    DAN004
    It needs to be clear that whether one of these count of this trope, or both:
    • One where someone in the royalty line studied medicine (mundane version)
    • one where someone in the royalty line has a special power of Healing Hands (supernatural version)
  • September 28, 2013
    m8e
    Also compare to Benevolent Mage Ruler.
  • September 28, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    The line from The Lord Of The Rings should be the page quote.

    I like Medical Majesty or Medical Monarch fine. Most of the others seem overly wordy. The Hands Of The King might be good (it's better than Touch Of The King, anyway). And if it's already known as The Royal Touch, that's one to seriously consider.
  • October 4, 2013
    BlueIceTea
    Er, bump?

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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