'''Basic Trope''': Inheritance (money, power, etc.) is passed down from father to firstborn son.
* '''Straight''': KingBobTheNth passes his crown onto Prince Charles, even though Princess Alice is older than Prince Charles.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** KingBobTheNth dies without any heirs, even though he had ''dozens'' of daughters, so the throne ends up going to Bob's nephew, Charles, who's clearly not fit to rule a kingdom.
** King Bob's illegitimate son is prioritized over his daughters.
* '''Downplayed''':
** When it comes time to divide up the inheritance, although all of Bob's children receive ''something'', the bulk of it goes to Charles, his only son.
** The inheritance laws allow for Bob's firstborn daughter to inherit if he has no suitable male heirs.
* '''Justified''':
** KingBobTheNth's kingdom is in a NoWomansLand; women are considered unfit to rule.
** LineageComesFromTheFather
** Only men are considered [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority capable of fighting]], and thereby of occupying a position of authority.
* '''Inverted''': The power is passed down from mother to daughter (i.e. from Queen Alice to Princess Diana).
* '''Subverted''':
** KingBobTheNth dies and Prince Charles expects to crowned king, only for his dad's will to name Princess Alice as his successor because she is older.
** KingBobTheNth dies and Prince Charles 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 Alice will be Charles's ''regent'' until he is old enough to be king.
** Charla was ''originally'' male but a demon [[GenderBender transformed him into a girl]]. His father knew this as well.
* '''Parodied''': ???
* '''Zig Zagged''': The laws of succession are unclear, and thus inheritance is inconsistent. When a man dies, sometimes a daughter is passed over for her younger brother or cousin and sometimes not.
* '''Averted''':
** KingBobTheNth passes his crown to his oldest offspring--or, if he has no children, his nearest living heir--regardless of gender.
** Neither gender nor heritage is a factor for inheritance, only {{asskicking|EqualsAuthority}}.
** The country is an ElectiveMonarchy; the King's successor will be chosen by a council of nobles and may be either sex.
** The country is a republic with an elected president.
* '''Enforced''':
** The show is a historical drama, and it's a TruthInTelevision.
** The writers planned for Princess Alice to ascend to the throne, but [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executives]] argued that her more popular younger brother Prince Charles should become king instead. However, they also forbade the writers from writing Alice out of the show. Adding the rule that the firstborn son inherits the throne was the only practical way to accomplish this.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Only a prince can rule!"
* '''Invoked''': KingBobTheNth gets his FirstGrayHair and starts to think about what will happen after he's gone, knowing that he only has daughters.
* '''Exploited''': KingBobTheNth has one weakly son. His enemies target that son, knowing that all will be thrown into chaos if that boy dies.
* '''Defied''': KingBobTheNth decides he'll pass the crown onto his eldest daughter, and [[DaddysGirl teach her how to be the best queen she can possibly be]].
* '''Implied''': KingBobTheNth has two children, twins: his son Prince Charles and his daughter Princess Alice. Prince Charles is his heir. The twins' birth order is never discussed, so we can't be sure if Bob is the heir because he's firstborn, or because he's male.
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': ???
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Charles 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, Charles fumbles with his duties which has the potential to cause trouble.
** A SuccessionCrisis begins because KingBobTheNth doesn't have a son despite having a daughter who could do a good job of it.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** After Charles is crowned, his elder sisters become his advisors and they all pool their knowledge and experience together so that Charles makes the best decision.
** The oldest princess rules temporarily until she can find a man with ''some'' claim to the throne that the belligerents can agree on. "Temporarily" can last a long time under the right conditions.

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