: A woman rules under a masculine title.
- Straight: Alice is crowned "King" of Tropeland.
- Exaggerated: Alice is crowned "God-Emperor, Patriarch of the Kingdom of Man".
- Downplayed: Alice is named Troper magazine's "Man" Of The Year.
- 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", perhaps after marrying "King" Alice.
- Subverted: Alice is not the rightful heir to the throne.
- Double Subverted: The rightful heir is also a woman.
- Parodied: ???
- 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)
- There are plenty of males to choose a king from.
- Alice is crowned Queen.
- "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: ???
- Alice is next in line for the throne, but the nobles crown her Queen.
- Women aren't allowed to rule, period.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: "They crowned her King and not Queen? Exactly how does their system work?"
- Played For Laughs: Alice is openly a woman, but reigns under the legal fiction that she is a man.
- 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".
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. All hail King Alice!