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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: 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", 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)
  • Averted:
    • There are plenty of males to choose a king from.
    • Alice is crowned Queen.
  • 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.
    • 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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