: 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.
- Inverted: The power is passed down from mother to daughter (i.e. from Queen Alice to Princess Annie).
- Double Subverted:
- But she can never marry, lest the crown be passed onto her new husband.
- But only until Prince Billy is old enough to rule on his own.
- Even though Princess Annie is three years older than Prince Charlie.
- Parodied: ???
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: See "Reconstructed"
- Enforced: Truth in Television
- Lampshaded: "Only a prince can become a king!"
- 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: May lead to wars and chaos that could easily be prevented if the crown were passed onto a daughter. Also, "has a penis" doesn't necessarily automatically mean "is a competent ruler."
- The crown is passed onto the oldest child, regardless of gender.
- Alternatively, leaders are chosen by merit and/or by vote, rather than by lineage.
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