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* In ''FanFic/TowardsTheSun'' Zuko was thrown in a dark, small jail when he was captured after his post-eclipse HeelFaceTurn. Ozai had Zuko jailed instead executed with the implication that he wanted Zuko to waste away and die in jail. [[EvilIsPetty And to be able to gloat to Zuko's face.]] Ty Lee and Mai attempted to break Zuko out of jail but failed. Ultimately it was Zuko's jailers who release him to take throne. Zuko was the only royal left after Ozai's defeat and capture by the Avatar and [[SanitySlippage Azula going insane.]]


* Aversion: The Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II (the guy who took Constantinople) realized that having siblings around to challenge the throne was not a good thing for the ruler and the kingdom so he not only recommended fratricide, he legalized it (on a royal level) and put together a framework to deal with troublesome siblings. It was only removed during the later periods of the empire and overall, it is generally considered a success (though it had the unfortunate side-effect of making said siblings mentally unstable and paranoid).

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* Aversion: The Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II (the guy who took Constantinople) realized that having siblings around to challenge the throne was not a good thing for the ruler and the kingdom so he not only recommended fratricide, he legalized it (on a royal level) and put together a framework to deal with troublesome siblings. It was only removed during the later periods of the empire and overall, it is generally considered a success (though it had the unfortunate side-effect of making said siblings mentally unstable and paranoid). Of course, towards the end it was a straight example as the Sultan's siblings were confined to the harem (which were closer to royal family living quarters than brothel in RealLife) for life rather than killed outright.


* The legend of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_in_the_Iron_Mask Man in the Iron Mask]] was based on actual records found from Bastille. There are a lot of theories regarding the Man's identity, but very little information remains of the real events. What has been discovered is that the Iron Mask itself was an exaggeration - the mask was just silk, and the Man probably wore it voluntarily. A fair amount of evidence points to his having been an insignificant figure [[HeKnowsTooMuch whose knowledge was dangerous]], not he himself. You will not find that in any of the legends.

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* The legend of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_in_the_Iron_Mask Man in the Iron Mask]] was based on actual records found from Bastille. There are a lot of theories regarding the Man's identity, but very little information remains of the real events. What has been discovered is that the Iron Mask itself was an exaggeration - the mask was just silk, and the Man probably wore it voluntarily. A fair amount of evidence points to his having been an insignificant figure [[HeKnowsTooMuch whose knowledge was dangerous]], not he himself.himself [[note]]Which ironically would make him much like another Dumas character, ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''[[/note]]. You will not find that in any of the legends.

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(if you're looking for the novel, see ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'')


* Ivan VI Antonovich Romanov, an [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Emperor of Russia]]. Crowned when he was one year old, after his great-aunt Empress Anna Ioannovna the Bloody died. Deposed by Elizabeth of Russia, who thought that, as the daughter of UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat, she has a better claim to the throne, one year later. Grew up in prison, understandably strange and lacking in education, but knowing well who he was. One disgruntled, plotting Guards officer in UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat's times tried to free Ivan Romanov and reinstate him on the throne. It ended in both Ivan and the guardsman killed.

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* Ivan VI Antonovich Romanov, an [[UsefulNotes/TsarTsarAutocrats Emperor of Russia]]. Crowned when he was one year old, after his great-aunt Empress Anna Ioannovna the Bloody died. Deposed by Elizabeth of Russia, who thought that, as the daughter of UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat, she has a better claim to the throne, one year later. Grew up in prison, understandably strange and lacking in education, but knowing well who he was. One disgruntled, plotting Guards officer in UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat's times tried to free Ivan Romanov and reinstate him on the throne. It ended in with both Ivan and the guardsman killed.

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' has a rare example where there's an entirely justified reason why the usurper keeps the original ruler alive. [[spoiler: Ga'ran took the throne by faking the assassination of her sister, Amara, and framing Amera's husband for it so she would hide her identity and become Ga'ran's prisoner voluntarily. She couldn't simply kill Amara because in the Kingdom of Khura'in, only spirit mediums can become queen, and unbeknownst to the general population Ga'ra can't channel spirits. So she needs Amara around to perform a TwinSwitch whenever a channelling is required.]]
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}} & Obelix Take On Caesar'', Julius Caesar is locked in an iron mask and thrown into a dungeon by the traitorous Detritus.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}} & Obelix Take On Caesar'', ''Film/AsterixAndObelixTakeOnCaesar'', Julius Caesar is locked in an iron mask and thrown into a dungeon by the traitorous Detritus.Detritus. The Gauls encounter the masked Caesar while escaping from the Roman camp, and bring him along. Only when they're back in the village do they discover whom exactly they just rescued.


* In ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'', Headmaster Grimm's brother Giles is stowed away in the basement of the school. According to the trailer, he's actually trapped down there, and considering the Headmaster's antagonism toward the Rebels before they even ''do'' anything, that wouldn't be surprising.

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* In ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'', ''Toys/EverAfterHigh'', Headmaster Grimm's brother Giles is stowed away in the basement of the school. According to the trailer, he's actually trapped down there, and considering the Headmaster's antagonism toward the Rebels before they even ''do'' anything, that wouldn't be surprising.


* ''Le Masque de fer'' (1962) is a French swashbuckling film. A lighthearted take on the novel, it stars Jean Marais as an old and [[LargeHam hammy]] D'Artagnan.

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* ''Le Masque de fer'' ''Film/{{The Iron Mask|1962}}'' (1962) is a French swashbuckling film. A lighthearted take on the novel, it stars Jean Marais Creator/JeanMarais as an old and [[LargeHam hammy]] D'Artagnan.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': A very tragic example for [[spoiler:Sanji]]. [[spoiler:When Sanji was just 8 years old, his father, Judge, extremely displeased with how Sanji was born a "dud" despite receiving the same physical/psychological alterations as his quadruplet brothers in utero, had his son thrown in the dungeons with an iron mask on his face and pubically declared dead so the Vinsmokes could start over with a "clean slate". Fortunately, his older sister, Reiju, freed him and helped him run away to the East Blue]].


* In ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers The Vicomte De Bragelonne]]'' by Creator/AlexandreDumas ''père'' ({{Trope Namer|s}}), King Louis XIV has a twin brother who is kept in the Bastille -- by their mother, the dowager queen -- to avoid the possibility that he might usurp the throne. To make sure that the guards do not get the wrong idea, the man is placed in a secure part of the prison and forced to wear an iron mask to conceal his identity. This is based on accounts of a real prisoner in the Bastille (among other prisons) forced to wear a mask. His identity was never revealed. This also subverts expectations as [[spoiler: the attempt fails, unlike in all its myriad adaptions]]

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* In ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers The Vicomte De Bragelonne]]'' ''Literature/TheVicomteDeBragelonne'' by Creator/AlexandreDumas ''père'' ({{Trope Namer|s}}), King Louis XIV has a twin brother who is kept in the Bastille -- by their mother, the dowager queen -- to avoid the possibility that he might usurp the throne. To make sure that the guards do not get the wrong idea, the man is placed in a secure part of the prison and forced to wear an iron mask to conceal his identity. This is based on accounts of a real prisoner in the Bastille (among other prisons) forced to wear a mask. His identity was never revealed. This also subverts expectations as [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the attempt fails, unlike in all its myriad adaptions]]adaptions]].


* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' has "The Duck In The Iron Mask". Scrooge visits his old friend Count Roy, who rules a small kingdom, to find that his twin brother Ray has usurped the throne. Roy, in the obvious role, explains that he never told Scrooge about his brother [[MyGreatestFailure because he felt responsible for his brother's disappearance]].

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* Disney's ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' has "The Duck In The Iron Mask". Scrooge visits his old friend Count Roy, who rules a small kingdom, to find that his twin brother Ray has usurped the throne. Roy, in the obvious role, explains that he never told Scrooge about his brother [[MyGreatestFailure because he felt responsible for his brother's disappearance]].


* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' Zoom has a man in an iron mask kept in a prison cell on Earth-2. The man is later revealed to be Jay Garrick the Flash of Earth 3 as well as the doppelganger of Barry's father.

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Zoom has a man in an iron mask kept in a prison cell on Earth-2. The man is later revealed to be Jay Garrick Garrick, the Flash of Earth 3 3, whose name Zoom "borrowed" while pretending to be a hero as well as a sick joke. The mask also hides ''another'' big reveal: he's the Earth 3 doppelganger of Barry's father.


* Subverted in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth''; part of the enchantments on the Rahl bloodline make that an unfortunate necessity. Any Rahl who isn't an absurdly powerful wizard is actually a "[[AntiMagic Pristinely Ungifted]]" whose propagation threatens the existence of the world. That's not to say that all Rahls kill their children so as to save the rest of their world. Richard runs into most of the survivors over his adventures, with various levels of emotional scarring and insanity, possibly deconstructing this trope by showing what those behind the iron masks would actually be like growing up in their father's country.
** [[spoiler: Drefan]] Rahl thinks he's this, but turns out to be delusional and possibly ''possessed''.

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* Subverted in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth''; part of the enchantments on the Rahl bloodline make that an unfortunate necessity. Any Rahl who isn't an absurdly powerful wizard is actually has a chance of being a "[[AntiMagic Pristinely Ungifted]]" whose propagation threatens the existence of the world. That's not to say that all Rahls kill their children so as to save the rest of their world. Richard runs into most of the survivors over his adventures, with various levels of emotional scarring and insanity, possibly deconstructing this trope by showing what those behind the iron masks would actually be like growing up in their father's country.
** [[spoiler: Drefan]] Rahl thinks he's Drefan and Oba]] Rahls think they're this, but turns both turn out to be delusional and possibly ''possessed''.


Sometimes this is justified on the grounds that shedding RoyalBlood has side-effects, or that the land [[FisherKing will suffer]] if the rightful king dies.

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Sometimes this is justified on the grounds that shedding RoyalBlood has side-effects, or that the land [[FisherKing will suffer]] if the rightful king dies.
dies. Non-magically speaking, it could be that EvenEvilHasLovedOnes and the Evil Prince is not evil enough to turn into a new [[CainAndAbel Cain]] or the rightful ruler voluntarily went into exile as part of a deal and IGaveMyWord because EvenEvilHasStandards.

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