02:08:32 PM Dec 11th 2013
Removed, as this doesn't seem to be about troping the Historical-Domain Character of Ludwig II, but incorrectly using tropes as biographical information.
Toxic Friend Influence: Politicians at the time thought this of Wagner.
Übermensch: He had his own ideas about this.
While Rome Burns: He had a tendency to go fantasize in his castle in the country, while his nation was in various wars.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: When he began his reign.
The Woobie: He was this towards the end of his life.
Tropes frequently associated with King Ludwig:
- Ambiguously Gay: There are theories.
- Born in the Wrong Century: He built castles in the Late 1800's. Thought he was the reincarnation of Parsifal, Lohengrin, and the Last 4 Louis's of France.
- Break the Cutie: He started out well loved and eager to be king. Dirty political dealings happen. He ended up exiled under a mental health watch and "drowned".
- The Chains of Commanding: He didn't like politics and he didn't like war, but it was his inheritance.
- Cryptic Conversation: His most famous quote was "I wish to remain an eternal enigma to myself and others."
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: As his cousin Elizabeth of Austria said: "The King was not mad; he was just an eccentric living in a world of dreams."
- Escapist Character: Not himself, but he liked to Cosplay as his favorite Opera heroes.
- Everyone Is Related: His Mom was a Prussian Princess and his cousin was Empress of Austria. The Seven Weeks War was uncomfortable for him.
- The Exile: At the end of his life, he was sent to a homely castle on an island, never to return.
- Fan Nickname: "Da Kini"note ("the dear little King").
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: His father took the King's job so seriously that he worked to death.
- I Kiss Your Hand: The only romantic relation he had with his engagement partner Sophie.
- Ideal Hero: What he wanted to be/Thought he was.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: He found most other nobles boring, and only liked Richard Wagner. After Wagner died, it he shut himself in completely.
- Intergenerational Friendship: When they met he was 18 and Wagner was in his fifties. They were the best of friends.
- Large and in Charge: He was 193cm (6ft 4in) tall and also had impressive physical strength which he honed through sports.
- Loners Are Freaks: The Bavarian public did not think well of his solitary getaways.
- Mad Dreamer: He was the Dream King, after all.
- Misery Builds Character: His dad ordered that his children should never be fed until sated.
- Mood-Swinger: Especially in his love life.
- Mr. Imagination
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: His last night with Wagner, before Wagner died, was all annoyances and arguments.
- No Social Skills
- Not Good with People: Type 1- He liked horses better.
- Not Helping Your Case: Much political change was happening, he was building Castles.
- The Perfectionist: Everything, Castles to Opera, had to be just so for the magic to work.
- Properly Paranoid: Incurably Paranoid was one of the things the doctors found to exile him for. He "drowned" three days later.
- Shrouded in Myth: Some people see him this way.
- Silly Walk: He developed one later in his life, while trying to imitate Louis the Fourteenth.
- Team Switzerland: He would flee to Switzerland, so that he did not have to deal with his country's wars.
- The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: After being relieved of his position, he "drowned" in Starnberg Lake, together with his personal doctor (who had previously co-conspired with the scheming statesmen). The Guglmänner, a Brotherhood of Funny Hats and an ancient Bavarian Royalist/Loyalist Sect are the main defenders of this trope. And well yes, there are some pieces that do not fit together, making their concern maybe just a tat realistic. Just take a look at them on the Conspiracy Theories page.note
10:36:40 PM Apr 21st 2012
Isn't "mad king" rather ironic considering that other kings wanted to Rape Pilage And Burn and all he wanted to do was relive childhood fairytales?