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* ''VideoGame/Dishonored2'' has Delilah Copperspoon who usurs the throne of the Isles from her niece, Emily.

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* Prince Jewelius, one of Princess Celestia's nephews and Princess Cadance's younger cousin from ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'', an extended retelling of "A Canterlot Wedding". After he helps Twilight Sparkle to [[ForWantOfANail stop the Changeling invasion herself]], he denigrates the princesses as well as Twilight's brother and friends by telling to the public (that is still shaken by the narrowly stopped invasion) selective truths about the heroes' (all but Twilight) mistakes that let to the invasion happening. The citizens quickly believe him, allowing him to dismantle the princesses and make himself Equestria's king. [[spoiler:He's later revealed to have [[GreenEyedMonster resented Celestia and Cadance for years because he "stood in their shadows"]], [[CrimeConcealingHobby traveling a lot to find a way to usurp them]]. He allied with Queen Chrysalis to invade Equestria on Cadance and Shining Armor's wedding day, but once he decided he can gain more out of seducing Twilight Sparkle, he betrayed the Changelings by helping Twilight to stop them.]]


* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'':
** Athena manages to usurp Zeus in Olympus, with her champion's at first hesitant aid.

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** In ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'' Athena manages to usurp Zeus in Olympus, with her champion's at first hesitant aid.aid.


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** In ''ComicBook/WonderWoman2011'' Apollo takes the throne of Olympus after Zeus goes missing, only to be brutally killed by the First Born, who then takes the throne himself and starts slaughtering his subjects.


There is a rightful holder of some position of authority -- the [[RoyalBlood throne]], the presidency, the chairmanship of a company, or something else. But someone with a lesser claim, or no claim at all, in some way manages to grab the position.

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There is a rightful holder of some position of authority -- the [[RoyalBlood throne]], the presidency, the chairmanship of a company, or something else. But someone with a lesser claim, or no claim at all, in some way manages to grab the position.



The displaced and rightful holder may end up as ManInTheIronMask, NobleFugitive, TheExile. May cause a CivilWar. Often appears with TheEvilPrince, the MoleInCharge, or the EvilVizier. Frequently ends in RightfulKingReturns. For cases of outright killing the former holder see KlingonPromotion.

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The displaced and rightful holder may end up as ManInTheIronMask, NobleFugitive, TheExile. May cause a CivilWar. Often appears with TheEvilPrince, the MoleInCharge, or the EvilVizier. Frequently ends in RightfulKingReturns. For cases of outright killing the former holder holder, see KlingonPromotion.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'':
** Athena manages to usurp Zeus in Olympus, with her champion's at first hesitant aid.
** As a follow up and continuation of Athena's plan her brother Ares kills Hades and becomes the new king of the underworld. Ares seems more interested in actually taking out Poseidon, who he can't stand, but the underworld was the next step due to more practical reasons.


* Discussed in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', when Sora and his friends visit the [[Disney/TheLionKing Pride Lands]]. Nala explains that things have gotten bad since Scar took the throne, causing Sora to gain the idea on dethroning Scar and becoming the next [[AChildShallLeadThem King]] (he'd have to refuse, of course). Of course, Rafiki knows that Sora would not make a good King, much to his disappointment. Of course, they would help Simba usurp the throne, anyway. Sora also plays with this trope, considering that he's managed to dethrone other rulers [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} before]] [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid and]] [[Film/{{Tron}} after]].

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* Discussed in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', when Sora and his friends visit the [[Disney/TheLionKing Pride Lands]]. Nala explains that things have gotten bad since Scar took the throne, causing Sora to gain the idea on dethroning Scar and becoming the next [[AChildShallLeadThem King]] (he'd have to refuse, of course). Of course, Rafiki knows that Sora would not make a good King, much to his disappointment. Of course, they would help Simba usurp the throne, anyway. Sora also plays with this trope, considering that he's managed to dethrone other rulers [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} before]] [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid and]] [[Film/{{Tron}} after]].after]], and foiled [[Disney/{{Frozen}} another attempt]].


* [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E25SchoolRazePart1 "School]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E26SchoolRazePart2 Raze"]]: [[spoiler:Cozy Glow turns out to be this in a nutshell. She declared herself "Empress of Friendship", usurping Twilight's position as Princess of Friendship, and used a collection of magical artifacts to drain everypony of their magic like a magnet to send said magic to another dimension, even the other Princesses, intending to overthrow Celestia and Luna as sovereigns of Equestria itself, who, without their magic, would be powerless to stop her. However, it is {{downplayed|Trope}} in that none of the ponies treat the takeover part of her plans as being at all possible (what they take seriously is the threat that she could succeed at draining their realm of magic), since even with magic gone Cozy would still be just one little pony with naught but other students for support and a forged letter as her sole evidence that she has any authority at all.]]

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* ** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E25SchoolRazePart1 "School]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E26SchoolRazePart2 Raze"]]: [[spoiler:Cozy Glow turns out to be this in a nutshell. She declared herself "Empress of Friendship", usurping Twilight's position as Princess of Friendship, and used a collection of magical artifacts to drain everypony of their magic like a magnet to send said magic to another dimension, even the other Princesses, intending to overthrow Celestia and Luna as sovereigns of Equestria itself, who, without their magic, would be powerless to stop her. However, it is {{downplayed|Trope}} in that none of the ponies treat the takeover part of her plans as being at all possible (what they take seriously is the threat that she could succeed at draining their realm of magic), since even with magic gone Cozy would still be just one little pony with naught but other students for support and a forged letter as her sole evidence that she has any authority at all.]]

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* [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E25SchoolRazePart1 "School]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E26SchoolRazePart2 Raze"]]: [[spoiler:Cozy Glow turns out to be this in a nutshell. She declared herself "Empress of Friendship", usurping Twilight's position as Princess of Friendship, and used a collection of magical artifacts to drain everypony of their magic like a magnet to send said magic to another dimension, even the other Princesses, intending to overthrow Celestia and Luna as sovereigns of Equestria itself, who, without their magic, would be powerless to stop her. However, it is {{downplayed|Trope}} in that none of the ponies treat the takeover part of her plans as being at all possible (what they take seriously is the threat that she could succeed at draining their realm of magic), since even with magic gone Cozy would still be just one little pony with naught but other students for support and a forged letter as her sole evidence that she has any authority at all.]]

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* Showing how complicated this kind of thing can be, ''both'' sides accuse the other of (attempted) usurpation in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic II'', and not entirely without cause -- Archibald Ironfist cites that he was chosen by the royal seer, as per tradition (he was), while Roland Ironfist cites that Archibald being chosen wasn't legitimate as Archibald was only chosen after murdering several royal seers in succession, forcing Roland to flee to safeguard his life, and then using bribery and threats to force the new royal seer into choosing him as the new king (entirely true).


Fiction being fiction, this is often bad, and it's usually TruthInTelevision as well, though for different reasons. See TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone. For people who plan to usurp the villain, see TheStarscream.

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Fiction being fiction, this is often bad, and it's usually TruthInTelevision as well, though for different reasons. See TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone. For people who plan to usurp the villain, see TheStarscream.
TheStarscream. Supertrope to UsurpingSanta, when the authority figure to be overthrown is a holiday figure.

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* In ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'', the second arc of the game, G-Arc, starts when Gold Third crashes the tournament and challenges the [[PhysicalGod CPUs]] to a match just to test their powers. They didn't expect to ''win'' nor the fact that they ended up usurping the nations themselves.


* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Pony Head's sisters all want her place as heir to the throne, but their plan to do so is to have one of the sisters (Teta) fake her murder and frame Pony Head, since doing so would automatically forfeit her right to the throne.

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* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Pony Head's sisters all want her place as heir to the throne, but their plan to do so is to have one of the sisters (Teta) fake her murder and frame Pony Head, since doing so would automatically forfeit her right to the throne. According to Pony Head, such schemes happen on a regular basis, but fundamentally they all love each other.

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* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Pony Head's sisters all want her place as heir to the throne, but their plan to do so is to have one of the sisters (Teta) fake her murder and frame Pony Head, since doing so would automatically forfeit her right to the throne.

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* The main antagonists of ''Film/{{Daimajin}}'' are a group of samurai who overthrew their daimyo and now have a cruel reign.


* The backstory for the ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' games involves Baron Praxis disposing the King of Haven City and banishing him to the Wasteland, while taking over the city as a dictator. One of the plot points of ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' involves overthrowing him and putting the Prince of Haven City, a toddler [[spoiler:who happens to be a young Jak]], on the throne[[note]]it does not happen, because Young Jak is sent to the past to fulfill a StableTimeLoop, while Present Jak does not ascend as King upon Praxis' death, simply letting Ashelin become the city's governor[[/note]]. ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'' involves the disposed King as a major character [[spoiler:who dies during the climax]].

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* The backstory for the ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' games involves Baron Praxis disposing the King of Haven City and banishing him to the Wasteland, while taking over the city as a dictator. One of the plot points of ''VideoGame/JakIIRenegade'' involves overthrowing him and putting the Prince of Haven City, a toddler [[spoiler:who happens to be a young Jak]], on the throne[[note]]it does not happen, because Young Jak is sent to the past to fulfill a StableTimeLoop, while Present Jak does not ascend as King upon Praxis' death, simply letting Ashelin become the city's governor[[/note]]. ''VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander'' involves the disposed King as a major character [[spoiler:who dies during the climax]].



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