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* In ''WesternAnimation/PrincessNatasha'', the royal family of Zoravia undertake secret missions to keep the country safe. And it is is obvious fromNatasha's conversations with her parents that being monarch of Zoravia is not a ceremonial position.

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** Minor example in the episode "Jack and the Spartans", the Spartan King is not only their king, but leads their army against the invading robot horde.
** In the VillainEpisode "The Princess and the Bounty Hunters", there was Princess Mira, not just a princess but a DarkActionGirl and bounty hunter. (And without a doubt, the most GenreSavvy of the group who had gathered to ambush Jack.)

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** Minor example in the episode "Jack and the Spartans", the Spartan King is not only their king, but leads their the Spartan army against the invading robot horde.
** In the VillainEpisode "The Princess and the Bounty Hunters", there was is Princess Mira, not just a princess but a DarkActionGirl and bounty hunter. (And without a doubt, the most GenreSavvy of the group who had gathered to ambush Jack.)


* In ''WesternAnimation/princessNatasha'', the royal family of Zoravia undertake secret missions to keep the country safe. And it is is obvious fromNatasha's conversations with her parents that being monarch of Zoravia is not a ceremonial position.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/princessNatasha'', ''WesternAnimation/PrincessNatasha'', the royal family of Zoravia undertake secret missions to keep the country safe. And it is is obvious fromNatasha's conversations with her parents that being monarch of Zoravia is not a ceremonial position.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/princessNatasha'', the royal family of Zoravia undertake secret missions to keep the country safe. And it is is obvious fromNatasha's conversations with her parents that being monarch of Zoravia is not a ceremonial position.


* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': La Familia are the only ones able to maintain the Ring Drive technology which enables FTL travel. However, this is because they inflict DisproportionateRetribution on anyone who tries to steal the secrets of how it works. The Drive is what gives the Family their political power, and they're not about to let anyone else get their hands on it.
** This means that ''every'' Ring Drive ship has a chief engineer on it who is related (fairly closely) to the Emperor of all mankind. It also means that if you're in the family ... well, hope you like engineering; the limiting factor how many ships the Empire has appears to be the number of family members there are to run them. You'll also be drafted young; the protagonists' ship has a 15-year-old Chief Engineer ... he's not some kind of wunderkind technological genius, he's just what was available. [[spoiler:It's also been fairly strongly hinted that he may have a more legitimate claim to the throne than the current Emperor does. (The current Emperor's claim is essentially that he was right there when the former Emperor died. Like RIGHT there right there, and at least metaphorically holding a bloody knife.)]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': La Familia are the only ones able with access to maintain the Ring Drive technology which enables FTL travel. However, travel.[[note]]However, this is because they inflict DisproportionateRetribution on anyone who tries to steal the secrets of how it works. The Drive is what gives the Family their political power, and they're not about to let anyone else get their hands on it.
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it.[[/note]] This means that ''every'' Ring Drive ship has a chief engineer on it who is related (fairly closely) to the Emperor of all mankind. It also means that if you're in the family ... well, hope you like engineering; the limiting factor how many ships the Empire has appears to be the number of family members there are to run them. You'll also be drafted young; the protagonists' ship has a 15-year-old Chief Engineer ... he's not some kind of wunderkind technological genius, he's just what was available. [[spoiler:It's also been fairly strongly hinted that he may have a more legitimate claim to the throne than the current Emperor does. (The current Emperor's claim is essentially that he was right there when the former Emperor died. Like RIGHT there right there, and at least metaphorically holding a bloody knife.)]]



** It may be because royalty are theoretically supposed to be the healthiest and most competent in their fields. They would get the best (and most) food, be trained by the best instructors, and there's nothing like your king/queen/prince(ss) leading you themselves for a confidence boost.
** Alternatively, as is often the point of Erfworld, that's how it works ''because that's how it works''. Where actual physical and mental differences are imbued by virtue of how many schmuckers are spent to pop you, it could lead to some pretty one-sided situations; consider Charlie's premium package in regards to his Archons.


* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': La Familia are the only ones able to maintain the Ring Drive technology which enables FTL travel. However, this is because they inflict DisproportionateRetribution on anyone who tries to steal the secrets of how it works.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Drive}}'': La Familia are the only ones able to maintain the Ring Drive technology which enables FTL travel. However, this is because they inflict DisproportionateRetribution on anyone who tries to steal the secrets of how it works. The Drive is what gives the Family their political power, and they're not about to let anyone else get their hands on it.


** This means that ''every'' Ring Drive ship has a chief engineer on it who is related (fairly closely) to the Emperor of all mankind. It also means that if you're in the family ... well, hope you like engineering; the limiting factor how many ships the Empire has appears to be the number of family members there are to run them. You'll also be drafted young; the protagonists' ship has a 15-year-old Chief Engineer ... he's not some kind of wunderkind technological genius, he's just what was available.

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** This means that ''every'' Ring Drive ship has a chief engineer on it who is related (fairly closely) to the Emperor of all mankind. It also means that if you're in the family ... well, hope you like engineering; the limiting factor how many ships the Empire has appears to be the number of family members there are to run them. You'll also be drafted young; the protagonists' ship has a 15-year-old Chief Engineer ... he's not some kind of wunderkind technological genius, he's just what was available. [[spoiler:It's also been fairly strongly hinted that he may have a more legitimate claim to the throne than the current Emperor does. (The current Emperor's claim is essentially that he was right there when the former Emperor died. Like RIGHT there right there, and at least metaphorically holding a bloody knife.)]]


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* In the movie adaptation of ''Film/TheHobbit'', Thorin Oakenshield, the King Under the Mountain, is trying to take back his home with the help of twelve other dwarves, a Wizard, and a Hobbit. Fíli and Kíli count as well, as they are Thorin's nephews and heirs. Hell, most of the company is somehow related to Thorin.

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* In the movie adaptation of ''Film/TheHobbit'', Thorin Oakenshield, the King Under the Mountain, is trying to take back his home with the help of twelve other dwarves, a Wizard, and a Hobbit. Fíli and Kíli count as well, as they are Thorin's nephews and heirs. Hell, most of the company is somehow related to Thorin. Thorin is indeed a royal who does something, though for most of the story (and indeed most of his life) he hasn't had the opportunity to be a royal who does ''nothing'', since his kingdom is under the control of an occupying power. He's only "King Under the Mountain" in the same way that, say, Charles de Gaulle was President of France in 1943.


** Baron Klaus Wulfenbach is often shown resolving disputes and coming up with schemes. He's also one of the best combatants in the series, leading some of his armies' assaults personally and out-swordfighting [[ActionGirl Zeetha]]. His disproportionate title comes up several times -- he could have declared himself Emperor Klaus I as well, and the fact that he didn't is one of the indications he's not a straight EvilOverlord character. Royalty has ''rules'' the Wulfenbachs see [[MightMakesRight no reason to follow]], and the royals resent Klaus' rule partly because he comes from a minor house, which is an important factor in the willingness of the Fifty Families to recognize a new Storm King.

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** Baron Klaus Wulfenbach is often shown resolving disputes and coming up with schemes. He's also one of the best combatants in the series, leading some of his armies' assaults personally and out-swordfighting [[ActionGirl Zeetha]]. His disproportionate title comes up several times -- he could have declared himself Emperor Klaus I as well, and the fact that he didn't is one of the indications he's not a straight EvilOverlord character. Royalty has ''rules'' the Wulfenbachs see [[MightMakesRight no reason to follow]], and the royals nobles resent Klaus' rule partly because he comes from a minor house, which is an important factor in the willingness of the Fifty Families to recognize a new Storm King.


* Nobles in ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' study magic and perform experiments. The general impression is that if a war really did break out, they'd be ready for it, but since war is so unlikely, they're ready for governing and magic. Except [[RichBitch Alassa]] and [[ParentalObliviousness Lettie,]] but they're shallow and need {{ThereAreNoTherapists therapy}}.

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* Nobles in ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' study magic and perform experiments. The general impression is that if a war really did break out, they'd be ready for it, but since war is so unlikely, they're ready for governing and magic. Except [[RichBitch Alassa]] and [[ParentalObliviousness Lettie,]] but they're shallow and need {{ThereAreNoTherapists therapy}}.[[ThereAreNoTherapists therapy]].


* Nobles in ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' study magic and perform experiments. The general impression is that if a war really did break out, they'd be ready for it, but since war is so unlikely, they're ready for governing and magic. Except [[RichBitch Alassa]] and [[ParentalObliviousness Lettie,]] but they're shallow and need {{thera|reNoTherapists}}py.

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* Nobles in ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' study magic and perform experiments. The general impression is that if a war really did break out, they'd be ready for it, but since war is so unlikely, they're ready for governing and magic. Except [[RichBitch Alassa]] and [[ParentalObliviousness Lettie,]] but they're shallow and need {{thera|reNoTherapists}}py.{{ThereAreNoTherapists therapy}}.


* Nobles in ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' study magic and perform experiments. The general impression is that if a war really did break out, they'd be ready for it, but since war is so unlikely, they're ready for governing and magic.
** Except [[RichBitch Alassa]] and [[ParentalObliviousness Lettie,]] but they're shallow and need {{therea|reNoTherapists}}py.

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* Nobles in ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' study magic and perform experiments. The general impression is that if a war really did break out, they'd be ready for it, but since war is so unlikely, they're ready for governing and magic.
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magic. Except [[RichBitch Alassa]] and [[ParentalObliviousness Lettie,]] but they're shallow and need {{therea|reNoTherapists}}py.{{thera|reNoTherapists}}py.


* Writing at a time when monarchs were expected to actually run things and lead in battle, and when they'd also recognized the PR benefits of seeming competent and smart, Creator/WilliamShakespeare routinely gives us very active and sometimes competent monarchs. Indeed, kings in his plays who seek to duck out of their practical responsibilities, such as Theatre/KingLear or Theatre/HenryVI, may well trigger chaos and tragedy.
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* Most player-controlled royals in the Roleplay/GamingSteveUniverse.

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* One of the classes in the ''Podcast/CoolKidsTable'' game ''Here We Gooooo!'' is Princess, so this is built into the system. The campaign itself has Princess Crania and Prince Dario Mario (who is technically a Plumber class, but still royalty because of his parents) helping save the Soda Pop Kingdom.



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* One of the classes in the ''Podcast/CoolKidsTable'' game ''Here We Gooooo!'' is Princess, so this is built into the system. The campaign itself has Princess Crania and Prince Dario Mario (who is technically a Plumber class, but still royalty because of his parents) helping save the Soda Pop Kingdom.
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* ''Myth/KingArthur'' in all various film adaptations.


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