The Kingslayer
Someone who committed Regicide (or Magnicide)
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A character, for one reason or another, kill the King, the Emperor, the President, that one powerful guy whose position has massive mystique and glamor and charisma attached to it, no matter how badly they chose to use it. Usually the one to kill him is of the Praetorian Guard or someone equally close and trusted. However, it doesn't need to be a betrayal: it could perfectly be an absolutely lawful execution after a fair trial. It won't matter to the people. He or she has slain a King.

Expect them to Never Live It Down, and carry this moniker or a variation thereof for all their lives, if they don't get executed for it.

Examples:

Film

Literature
  • The Trope Namer is Jaime Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire. He killed an evil, mad king, through Back Stab. He did a lot of good to the realm. No-one will let him forget it, though.
  • Discworld. "Old Stoneface" Vimes, ancestor of the current Vimes, chopped the King's head after he was sentenced to death by a tribunal for his horrific crimes. He was the only one with the balls to do it. He was later executed, his body getting the Osiris treatment. His bad reputation was so powerful, his descendants many generations later are still being bugged about it.
  • In The Silmarillion, the dwarven jewelsmiths who killed the great elven king Thingol. It started the whole Elves Versus Dwarves shtick in the whole of Middle-Earth (and, after that, in many other fantasy universes that ripped the Elves Versus Dwarves shtick from Professor Tolkien). Now that is a regicide with repercussions!
  • Kvothe, the protagonist of The Kingkiller Chronicle, alludes in the telling of his story that this happened (but as a trilogy in progress, we won't find out how until the third book comes out.) Some regard him as a hero. some as a miscreant, but whatever public opinion, he had a role in starting a war and is living under a false identity.

Live-Action TV

Tabletop RPG
  • Traveller edition MegaTraveller. Archduke Dulinor personally murders Emperor Strephon in an attempt to seize the Iridium Throne, which causes the Third Imperium to dissolve into civil war.

Theatre
  • William Shakespeare
    • Macbeth. Macbeth murders King Duncan in order to become king himself.
    • Hamlet. Hamlet's father King Hamlet is murdered by Claudius, and Hamlet later murders King Claudius.
    • Julius Caesar. Caesar is assassinated by Brutus, Cassius and the other conspirators.

Video Games

Western Animation

Real Life
  • U.S. Presidents and the man who assassinated them
  • Special mention to James Earl Ray who shot Martin Luther King Jr. He was a King literally In Name Only but still a powerful guy with charisma.
  • Red October. Yakov Yurovsky and his firing squad, who executed Emperor Nicholas II and the rest of the Russian royal family.


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