Playing With: Heir Club for Men

Basic Trope: Inheritance (money, power, etc.) is passed down from father to firstborn son.
  • Straight: King Bob the Nth passes his crown onto Prince Billy, even though there is at least one princess who is older than Prince Billy.
  • Exaggerated: King Bob the Nth dies without any heirs, even though he had dozens of daughters, so the throne ends up going to Bob's half-brother, Charlie, who's clearly not fit to rule a kingdom.
  • Downplayed: When it comes time to divide up the inheritance, although all of Bob's children receive something, the bulk of it goes to Billy, his oldest son.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: The power is passed down from mother to daughter (i.e. from Queen Alice to Princess Annie).
  • Subverted:
    • King Bob the Nth dies and Prince Charlie expects to crowned king, only for his dad's will to name Princess Anne as his successor because she is older.
    • King Bob the Nth dies and Prince Charlie is crowned, but "he" turns out to be crossdressing princess Charla and her father knew this before he died and designated his heir.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Further into the will, the late king specifies that Princess Anne will be Charlie's regent until he is old enough to be king.
    • Charla was originally male but a demon transformed him into a girl. His father knew this as well.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: King Bob the Nth dies and his children are each crowned in their turn. Sometimes a girl is passed over for her younger brother or cousin and sometimes not.
  • Averted:
    • King Bob the Nth passes his crown onto his oldest child, who happens to be Princess Annie.
    • Queen Alice takes over after King Bob the Nth dies.
    • Neither gender nor heritage is a factor for inheritance.
  • Enforced: The show is a historical drama and the writer wants it to be Truth in Television.
  • Lampshaded: "Only a prince can rule!"
  • Invoked: King Bob the Nth gets his First Gray Hair and starts to think about what will happen after he's gone, knowing that he only has daughters.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: King Bob the Nth decides he'll pass the crown onto his eldest daughter, and teach her how to be the best queen she can possibly be.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Charlie is crowned king despite being the youngest of the royal children because he is the only male. However, "has a penis" doesn't translate into "is a competent ruler." Thus, Charlie fumbles with his duties which has the potential to cause trouble.
    • A Succession Crisis begins because King Bob the Nth doesn't have a son despite having a daughter who could do a good job of it.
  • Reconstructed:
    • After Charlie is crowned, his siblings, regardless of their gender become his advisors and they all pool their knowledge and experience together so that Charlie makes the best decision.
    • The oldest princess rules temporarily until she can find a man with some claim to the throne that the beligerents can agree on. "Temporarily" can last a long time under the right conditions.


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