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Playing With: She Is the King
Basic Trope: A woman rules under a masculine title.
  • Straight: Alice is crowned "King" of Tropeland.
  • Exaggerated:
    • This has happened to many women before Alice; in fact, Alice's father was the first male "King" in 375 years.
    • Alice is crowned "God-Emperor, Patriarch of the Kingdom of Man".
  • Downplayed: Alice is named Troper magazine's "Man" Of The Year.
  • Justified:
    • It's a case of Loophole Abuse; Alice cannot rule as "Queen", but there is no written rule that the so-called "King" must be male.
    • The title of "King" is considered gender-neutral in Tropeland.
    • The nobles of Tropeland want to make it clear that Alice is the monarch by blood rather than by marriage.
    • Alice is very masculine in appearance and/or personality, and in Tropeland, the title denotes masculinity rather than actual gender.
  • Inverted: Bob is crowned "Queen" by marrying "King" Alice.
  • Gender Flipped: Bob became the ruler of Tropeland and is crowned "Queen".note 
  • Subverted
  • Double Subverted: The rightful heir is also a woman.
  • Parodied: King Bob looks like and sounds like a Manly Man, yet 'he' is a she'! No one knows why.
  • Zig Zagged: It looks like Alice is going to be crowned King, but it turns out that she is not a member of the royal family after all. The rightful heir is also a woman, but they crown her Queen. Why they almost crowned Alice "King" is a mystery. (Triple Subverted)
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    • "We want to include a case of Loophole Abuse somewhere on our show." "Let's have Alice become 'King' rather than 'Queen' when her father dies."
    • It was originally a non-English work, and a gender-neutral royal title is translated into English as "King". The translators didn't know that the "King" of Tropeland (whose only child is Alice) would die in the fourth book.
  • Lampshaded: "Alice can't be the king of Tropeland! She's a lady!" "Actually, she can't rule as Queen, but there's no rule requiring the 'King' to be a man."
  • Invoked: The nobles discover that Tropeland's constitution does not explicitly state that the "King" must be male. They crown Alice, the only surviving member of the royal family, to avoid a potential Succession Crisis.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Alice is next in line for the throne, but the nobles crown her Queen.
    • King Bob sets up a rule to make sure women can't take the title of king. This way, women aren't allowed to rule, period.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "They crowned her King and not Queen? Exactly how does their system work?"
  • Deconstructed: Alice being crowned "King" will likely lead to a change in the law in the future, allowing Alice's daughter, Claire, to reign as "Queen".
  • Reconstructed: The country's sytem is that "King" is specifically defined as the ruler of Tropeland, while "Queen" is the term referring to the spouse of the "King", not necessary wife. Alice's daughter, Claire, reigned as "King", with her loyal and devoted husband, Daniel, as "Queen".
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is openly a woman, but reigns under the legal fiction that she is a man.
  • Untwisted: The constitution is amended to allow a woman to reign as "Queen". However, it will not come into effect until "King" Alice dies.

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