Created By: Earnest on March 14, 2012 Last Edited By: Megaptera on April 1, 2013
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Throne Made Of X

A throne made of unusual materials.

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A throne is a symbol of wealth and power, like anything else used by royalty. If you want to make an extra special point about what kind of ruler you are or what your kingdom is like, one way to do it is to make your throne out of some kind of notable material that shows everyone what you're made of by showing them what you sit on. Does your land have great and coveted natural resources? Sit on a piece of it. Do you have countless beautiful slaves? Sit on a few of them. Are you a conqueror of many kingdoms? Sit on a throne made of your enemies' weapons, or worse.

See Cool Chair for non-royal versions of this trope.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • Thor: Vikings. When the Big Bad Harald Jaekelsson sets up shop at the top of the Empire State Building, he uses a throne made of bone.

Fan Fiction
  • Shinji And Warhammer 40 K: As befits the whole "Shinji steadily and unwillingly becoming an Expy of the God Emperor of Mankind" motif, those who follow him give him a throne made of the skull of the Third Angel (it's the page's picture, even). Those who made the thing kind of forgot to check if the Angel wasn't Not Quite Dead, though...
  • In the D&D/Harry Potter fanfic "Harry Potter And The Natural 20", the D&D wizard Milo looked into the Mirror of Erised and saw himself with power to dwarf the gods, on a throne composed of epic artifacts.

Film

Game Shows
  • The TBS game show King of the Nerds has the winner sit on the Throne of Games, a parody of the HBO series Game of Thrones (and of the titular throne in that series). The throne is made up of various game components.

Literature
  • In Heralds of Valdemar, the throne of the Eastern Empire was made from the personal weapons of many, many, lesser rulers conquered by the Empire.
  • The Iron Throne in A Song of Ice and Fire doesn't sound all that unusual until you learn that it's made out of swords, lightly blunted and forged into a chair. Yes, it's uncomfortable; that's the point.
  • A statue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows showed a wizard and a witch sitting on thrones made of muggle bones. Though, frankly, I don't see how anyone could tell the difference between a muggle's bones and a wizard's bones.
  • In The Wheel of Time, the Forsaken Graendal is fond of decorations showing contorted in acts of carnal acrobatics. She is especially fond of a chair carved entirely with such figures.
  • Frank Herbert's Dune series.
    • In the first novel the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV has a throne made out of Hagal quartz ("blue-green translucency shot through with streaks of yellow fire").
    • In the 2nd novel Dune Messiah Emperor Paul Atriedes uses a throne made out of Hagar emerald. "Hagar" was probably Herbert misremembering "Hagal", and "emerald" could have been derived from "blue green quartz". In other words, this may have been the same throne Shaddam IV used.
  • There's also Tad Williams's series The Dragonbone Throne which has, fittingly, a throne made out of dragon bones.
  • In the Warrior Cats series, when Tigerstar declares himself leader of both RiverClan and ShadowClan, he has his cats build him the "Bonehill" - a pile of prey bones to sit on so that when he's up there he can look down on everyone else.
  • The Ruby Throne of Melnibone from The Elric Saga, which true to its name is carved from a single massive ruby.
  • Discworld gives us... guess what?... oh yes, a subversion. The Golden Throne of Ankh-Morpork appears to be made of gold, but in fact it's just painted wood, and rotten wood to boot (that's why no one tries to sit on it anymore, it'll collapse).
  • The Big Bad of Deathworld 2 has a throne made from rocket-burned recoilless rifles, acquired when he drove off a previous expedition to the planet.
  • In Journey to the West , the goddess Guanyin makes a throne out of swords and later halbeards to imprison the Red Boy.

Real Life
  • According to the Omnicidal Maniac page, Zhang Xianzhong had a throne made of the severed ears and feet of his enemies.

Tabletop Games
  • TSR's board game Divine Right. A Minarian Legends column in Dragon magazine #50 had a picture of the Goblin king Ockwig's throne, which was made of the horns of mountain goats.

Video Games
  • Artifact thrones in Dwarf Fortress can potentially be made out of anything, from bone to turtle shell to solid diamond.
  • Emperors of the Third Imperium in Traveller sit on an Iridium Throne.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 76
  • March 14, 2012
    Azaram
    'A throne made of molten lead' would be more like a puddle than a throne, I think, but I remember seeing mention of ones made of red hot iron. And there's always Warhammer40k's "SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE"...
  • March 14, 2012
    Earnest
    I was actually thinking it would be like a fountain of lead that pours over a diamond stone chair, but I see your point.

    Titles with numbers usually need to be wrapped in curly brackets.
  • March 14, 2012
    MyTimingIsOff
    Needs A Better Title. We don't use "trope" as a placeholder anymore.
  • March 14, 2012
    KTera
    • Artifact thrones in Dwarf Fortress can potentially be made out of anything, from bone to turtle shell to solid diamond.
  • March 14, 2012
    aurora369
    Emperors of the Third Imperium in Traveller sit on an Iridium Throne.
  • March 15, 2012
    Antigone3
    Literature: the throne of the Eastern Empire was made from the personal weapons of many, many, lesser rulers conquered by the Empire.
  • March 15, 2012
    MetaFour
    • In The Dark Tower, the Crimson King has a throne made of human skulls.
  • March 15, 2012
    Koveras
    The Frozen Throne from the Warcraft franchise? It's made of ice (or something).
  • March 15, 2012
    elwoz
    The Iron Throne in A Song Of Ice And Fire doesn't sound all that unusual until you learn that it's made out of swords, lightly blunted and forged into a chair. Yes, it's uncomfortable; that's the point.
  • March 15, 2012
    IronLion
  • March 15, 2012
    cygnavamp
    A statue in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows showed a wizard and a witch sitting on thrones made of muggle bones. Though, frankly, I don't see how anyone could tell the difference between a muggle's bones and a wizard's bones.
  • March 15, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ If there is at least one strong differentiating element (in this case being made of out unusual materials), then it's a Sub Trope.
  • March 15, 2012
    pawsplay
    I think this is overly specific. We don't need a separate trope for every physical detail in which a chair can be cool. Most cool chairs are probably made of a notable material.
  • March 15, 2012
    thewriter
    How about Throne Together as a title?
  • March 15, 2012
    Telcontar
    [up] Love it, but it could be mistaken for people co-ruling very closely.
  • March 15, 2012
    Generality
    I agree that this is covered by Cool Chair.
  • March 15, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Again, there is a strong differential element. That is what is covered under Sub Trope.
  • March 15, 2012
    abk0100
    This has 2 big differences from Cool Chair. It's a throne, and it's made of something weird. Having a trope as broad as Cool Chair basically requires that it have subtropes.
  • March 15, 2012
    Generality
    Cool Chair obviously includes thrones, and specifically (though not distinctly) mentions strange compositions in the description. I'm not convinced this is necessary, but in the interest of fleshing it out in case such a separation is warranted, I'll add some thoughts.

    Regarding the Harry Potter example above, the thrones are made not of bones but of tiny struggling Muggles, contorted painfully into the collective form of a chair for the witch and wizard. Keep in mind this is a statue, and the imagery is symbolic.

    • Also symbolic: in The Wheel Of Time, the Forsaken Graendal is fond of decorations showing contorted in acts of carnal acrobatics. She is especially fond of a chair carved entirely with such figures.

    I can't find it now, but at one time a trope image showed Martian Manhunter on a throne of Oreos. Probably didn't happen in canon, but definitely using the idea.
  • March 16, 2012
    Arivne
    Comic Books
    • Thor: Vikings. When the Big Bad Harald Jaekelsson sets up shop at the top of the Empire State Building, he uses a throne made of bone.

    Literature
    • Frank Herbert's Dune series.
      • In the first novel the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV has a throne made out of Hagal quartz ("blue-green translucency shot through with streaks of yellow fire").
      • In the 2nd novel Dune Messiah Emperor Paul Atriedes uses a throne made out of Hagar emerald. "Hagar" was probably Herbert misremembering "Hagal", and "emerald" could have been derived from "blue green quartz". In other words, this may have been the same throne Shaddam IV used.

    Video Games
    • In Diablo 3, the boss Andariel the Maiden of Anguish owns a bone throne.
  • March 16, 2012
    Stratadrake
  • March 16, 2012
    Routerie
    Bone Throne may well deserve its own trope.

    I'm less confident though about this one (Various Thrones).
  • March 18, 2012
    Arivne
    Film

    Tabletop Games
    • TSR's board game Divine Right. A Minarian Legends column in Dragon magazine #50 had a picture of the Goblin king Ockwig's throne, which was made of the horns of mountain goats.
  • March 18, 2012
    TropeEater
    I'm new here, but I've been reading this wiki for a long time, or at least long enough to know that using the word "Trope" as a place holder in a title is frowned upon here. (Hypocritical Humor not intended)

    I second "Thematic Throne".
  • March 18, 2012
    aurora369
    Seconding Thematic Throne too.
  • March 18, 2012
    Ryuuma
    The Mighty One Eye from The Thief And The Cobbler has a throne made of scantly dressed slavegirls.
  • March 18, 2012
    SharleeD
    • Zerika's throne in Phoenix is carved of black onyx with gold trim. Very impressive, but also very hard, necessitating a discreet black cushion on the seat.
  • March 18, 2012
    abk0100
    What about just Themed Throne?

    Thematic Throne sounds like it's describing the trope "throne used as a thematic device."
  • March 18, 2012
    dalek955
    • The Big Bad of Deathworld 2 has a throne made from rocket-burned recoilless rifles, acquired when he drove off a previous expedition to the planet.
  • March 18, 2012
    UseYourDelusion
    There's also Tad Williams's series The Dragonbone Throne which has, fittingly, a throne made out of dragon bones.
  • March 19, 2012
    Chabal2
    According to the Omnicidal Maniac page, Zhang Xianzhong had a throne made of the severed ears and feet of his enemies.
  • March 19, 2012
    pawsplay
    So what makes these thrones different from cool chairs? Is there a special way of sitting on a throne or something, or does the material or theme come into play?
  • March 19, 2012
    Generality
    It seems to me this trope is just about a throne's unusual composition, rather that a more broad thematic design. The title should reflect that.
  • March 19, 2012
    aurora369
  • March 19, 2012
    Ghilz
  • March 20, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • I seem to recall a throne made of something for the King in Disney's Recess but I don't recall what it was made of.
  • May 2, 2012
    aurora369
    Bumpity bump!
  • May 2, 2012
    Dawnwing
    Does this one count?

    • In the Warrior Cats series, when Tigerstar declares himself leader of both RiverClan and ShadowClan, he has his cats build him the "Bonehill" - a pile of prey bones to sit on so that when he's up there he can look down on everyone else. and to lead Clan meetings from.
  • May 4, 2012
    aurora369
    I think it does.
  • May 4, 2012
    captainsandwich
    I think i have seen this in YKTTW before. it might be still on the website, if you find it you might get examples. if you find it delete it while your at it. we don't need 2 YKTTW for the same trope
  • May 4, 2012
    aurora369
    It's the same old YKTTW, necrobumped from oblivion.
  • May 8, 2012
    Ryuuma
    • In Journey To The West , the goddess Guanyin makes a throne out of swords and later halbeards to imprison the Red Boy.
  • May 8, 2012
    aurora369
    Looks like Earnest doesn't want to keep it up to date. Anyone can contact him and ask permission for making this Up For Grabs?
  • May 8, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ Earnest hasn't posted in this thread since the day he first added it, March 14. It will automatically become Up For Grabs (as stated on that page) on May 14th, 6 days from now.
  • May 20, 2012
    aurora369
    Okay, so right now I, aurora369 of Eurasia, proclaim this YKTTW to be mine!
  • May 21, 2012
    Earnest
    You have my blessing; I've put this guy on the backburner for the above comment that this is covered by Cool Chair, but considering breadth of the examples a Sub Trope does seem in order.
  • May 21, 2012
    elwoz
    It just occurred to me that Discworld contains an example: Ankh-Morpork's kings used to sit on a "Golden Throne," and despite there not having been a king for some time, the throne is still there. But it's not actually made of gold, it's just painted wood. Because Ankh-Morpork is far too mercantile to leave that much valuable gold sitting around gathering dust for long.
  • May 21, 2012
    Dawnwing
    Looks like the Warrior Cats example was just copy-pasted without the same source I had.... it's Literature/WarriorCats, not Main, and RiverClan and ShadowClan need the [= =] things around them because they're not WikiWords.
  • May 23, 2012
    aurora369
    So the Discworld example is a subversion.
  • May 23, 2012
    elwoz
    ^ Well, yeah. This is Discworld we're talking about here.
  • May 23, 2012
    acrobox
    Can we change the name to like Themed Throne or Unusual Throne. The X of Y name seems unnecessarily grammatically awkward.
  • May 23, 2012
    acrobox
  • May 25, 2012
    aurora369
    Okay.
  • May 28, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    The Ruby Throne of Melnibone from The Elric Saga, which true to its name is carved from a single massive ruby.
  • January 7, 2013
    dalek955
    • Dionne from Precocious has a throne of bones in her clubhouse. She probably got the bones from a craft store, of course, but still.
  • January 7, 2013
    zarpaulus
    Would the God-Emperor of Man's Golden Throne count?
  • January 7, 2013
    MrRuano
    Contrary to popular opinion, Khorne's Skull Throne is not actually a throne made of skulls, but those skulls of slain champions and worthy foes to the blood god actually sit as a pile on top of which Khorne's actual throne, a seat made of brass with a forge that makes weapons for his followers, is situated.
  • January 7, 2013
    StarSword
    Tabletop Games:
  • January 9, 2013
    DragonOfGold
    The thrones of the Olympians gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus in Ancient Greek Mythology were made of, for example - a seashell with a swandown cushion for Aphrodite.
  • January 10, 2013
    aurora369
    YKTTW Bump. A little more examples and I'll start rewriting it.
  • January 10, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • Warhammer40000: The God-Emperor of Mankind's Golden Throne is a massive machine that keeps his rotting carcass somewhat alive and powers the Astronomicon using his psychic essence and that of thousands of sacrificed psykers.
  • January 10, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Toilets are usually made from porcelain, and are sometimes jokingly refered to as thrones. Ta-da! :D
  • January 11, 2013
    Chabal2
    40K also has the Throne of Judgement, the personal ride of Inquisitor Karamazov made from a Space Marine Dreadnought chassis.
  • January 18, 2013
    elwoz
    This seems done to me.
  • January 18, 2013
    aurora369
    Okay, I'm preparing for my exams and really don't have time. Sorry. Please someone launch this.
  • January 18, 2013
    Mozgwsloiku
    Also in Warhammer 40000, Konrad Kurze apparently had a throne made of living people fused together with magic.
  • January 19, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Fanfic example: Shinji and Warhammer 40K: people who follow Shinji create a throne for him out of the remains of the Third Angel's skull.

    This comes back to bite the cast in the ass, though, as the Third Angel was Not Quite Dead...
  • March 31, 2013
    aurora369
    bump-o
  • March 31, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    The title Custom Themed Throne (or anything with "theme" in it) makes me think of thrones with a theme associated with the empire their occupants govern, such as:

    • The Dragon Throne: Imperial China
    • The Peacock Throne: Persia (the Shah)
    • The Chrysanthemum Throne: Imperial Japan
    • The Lion Throne: Tibet (the Dalai Lama)
    etc.

    Throne Of Unusual Materials or Throne Of Exotic Materials would actually reflect what you're driving at better.
  • March 31, 2013
    JonnyB
    The TBS game show King Of The Nerds has the winner sit on the Throne of Games, a parody of the HBO Series Game Of Thrones (and of the titular throne in that series). The throne is made up of various game components.
  • March 31, 2013
    Megaptera
    Has anyone claimed this since aurora369 said "please someone launch this"? I'm going to break that stuff out into categories, it shouldn't have been hatted the way it is.

    Can we use X in titles as a placeholder? I would call this Throne Made Of X, like X Meets Y or Die Hard On An X.
  • March 31, 2013
    Megaptera
    Crap, I'm sorry, Aurora, I just hijacked your trope. D: I thought your last post had been months ago, but it was, like, today. Uh, ignore me, put it back the other way if you want.
  • March 31, 2013
    TomWalpertac2
    In his Apprentice Adept series, Piers Anthony described the unicorn herd stallion's throne as being made entirely out of the horns of... unicorns.
  • March 31, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Fan Works example: Shinji And Warhammer 40 K: As befits the whole "Shinji steadily and unwillingly becoming an Expy of the God Emperor of Mankind" mofit, those who follow him give him a throne made of the skull of the Third Angel (it's the page's picture, even).

    Those who made the thing kind of forgot to check if the Angel wasn't Not Quite Dead, though...
  • March 31, 2013
    Tiiba
    In the D&D/Harry Potter fanfic Harry Potter And The Natural 20, the D&D wizard Milo looked into the Mirror of Erised and saw himself with power to dwarf the gods, on a throne composed of epic artifacts.
  • March 31, 2013
    aurora369
    It is Up For Grabs. Megaptera or anyone else is free to categorize and launch it.
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