Created By: CaveatNovember 14, 2011 Last Edited By: Tambov333November 19, 2011

SeatOfStatePower

Heads of state have literal seats of power that they have to sit on all day.

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When you meet the king/president/whoever you will always be brought into a large otherwise empty room where they are sitting on a high-backed chair on top of a raised dais. They will be dressed up in their finest, possibly with a literal crown & may be holding some additional badge of office (scepter, orb, etc.). Clearly this is all that the head of state does all day.
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  • November 14, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Played with in most version of the Joan Of Arc story, such as Shakespeare's Henry VI Part 1. The Dauphin of France has a meeting with Joan where he has his underling sitting on the throne but Joan knows who the real royalty is.
  • November 14, 2011
    LMage
    This seems like People Sit On Chairs
  • November 14, 2011
    Generality
    We already have Cool Chair, which includes thrones, so I think this would be redundant under that circumstance.
  • November 14, 2011
    Caveat
    From the page for "People Sit On Chairs" - "On the other hand, there are ways in which chairs can be used for a trope; perhaps we're talking about an impossibly awesome-looking chair (or a more functional Super Wheelchair); maybe it gets used for a Chair Reveal, or for the Big Bad to express his Slouch Of Villainy. All these add some sort of meaning to the "chair" in question, which makes them legitimate tropes." I feel that this falls within these guidelines. In other words, while this is a trope about sitting on a chair this is not actually People Sit On Chairs.
  • November 15, 2011
    LMage
    ^^

    If it's not People Sit On Chairs, and if a case can be made that it's prevelant enough to warrant it's own subtrope, then it's Tropeable.
  • November 15, 2011
    IronLion
    I don't think it's distinct enough from Cool Chair to be tropable. If there's something remarkable about the throne itself then it's an example of Cool Chair, and if the example is just "King Bob of Troperia sits on a throne" then it's People Sit On Chairs.
  • November 15, 2011
    jatay3
    It is distinct from Modest Royalty.

    In Real Life probably most royalty would sit on thrones all day only in special circumstances, say a lot of audiences or a special festival. After all even royal backsides can get sore.
  • November 16, 2011
    aurora369
    Royalty spending most of their workday sitting on thrones is definitely a trope. This doesn't happen in Real Life, but often found in not-very-realistic portrayals of monarchy.
  • November 16, 2011
    Clevomon
    I think maybe if they're introduced that way, it's this trope. The introduction leads to the implication that they just sit on that chair all day. It's also more prevalent in video games, where that may very well be the only thing they're shown doing.
  • November 16, 2011
    surgoshan
    Queen Elizabeth II, on those rare occasions when she's required to wear her crown, wears it at breakfast. People fortunate enough to dine with her on those occasions may find themselves surprised to confront a queen in a bathrobe and a crown. She often dresses fancy, so doesn't have to practice with her other regalia, but she doesn't often wear five pounds of gaudy metal and velvet on her head, and so has spend time accustoming herself to the weight. How often do you think she actually sits on a throne?

    And yet, in fiction, royalty are *always* on their damn thrones. They're big, square chairs made out of metal or stone or, god forbid, the remains of a mythical beast! They simply cannot be comfortable. Their hemorrhoids must be hemorroyal!
  • November 17, 2011
    Caveat
    We Already Have This One: Ermine Cape Effect. I'll remove this one after I've given everyone that posted on this one a few days to see this comment.
  • November 17, 2011
    Arivne
    ^ @Caveat I just read Ermine Cape Effect and it's entirely about clothing. It says nothing about thrones.

    The "dressed up in their finest, possibly with a literal crown & may be holding some additional badge of office (scepter, orb, etc.)" part of the description could be Pot Holed to Ermine Cape Effect, though.
  • November 17, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    ^ Since thrones are kind of a badge of office thing I'm going to take what we have for this one & re-work Ermine Cape Effect to include thrones.
  • November 17, 2011
    surgoshan
    Yeah, the presence of the throne is mentioned in Requisite Royal Regalia, I think the ruler always using it should be included in Ermine Cape Effect.
  • November 17, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    And sometimes, the point is made that royalty sit whilst everyone else stands (or on occasion, kneels). More of a badge of office, or rank having its privileges.
  • November 19, 2011
    MorganWick
    If we keep this one, this title makes me groan. People Sit On Chairs is exactly not the sort of thing we should be snowcloning.
  • November 19, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Yeah, call it Seat Of Power (which currently redirects to Cool Chair) or something of the sort.

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