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Basic Trope: A prince plots against his family to free his own way to the throne.

  • Straight: Prince Bob schemes to murder his father and two elder brothers to gain the throne.
  • Exaggerated: Card-Carrying Villain Duke Bob, 23rd in line for the throne, personally murders the twenty-two people in his way, along with their female relatives, even though it's a medieval fantasy and women can't be crowned even in theory.
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  • Downplayed: Prince Bob rules in everything but name and keeps his father and brothers in exile, however, he doesn't want to murder them.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • King Bob schemes to get rid of his younger brothers because he feels they're usurping his power.
    • Bob is the staunchest supporter of his father and brothers.
    • Bob kills people to keep his father or brother in power.
  • Gender Inverted: Princess Alice plots to kill her male relatives to gain the throne.
  • Subverted:
    • Prince Bob is The Mole in a real conspiracy plot.
    • Bob isn't a prince — he's an Evil Chancellor and only styles himself as royalty before strangers.
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    • It turns out the reason Prince Bob tried to kill his family is because he was under the influence of The Corruption. After Faye purifies him, he goes back to his old self.
    • Prince Bob schemes for the throne...however, he wants to free his people from his tyrannical father.
    • Prince Bob's father and brothers were abusive and cruel to him, constantly treating him like a servant and threatening exile if he tries to fight back. Nobody feels sorry for them, and Edelgard even admits that they had it coming.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Bob is Obviously Evil, going "Mwahahahaa" and kicking puppies all the time - and The Good King still treats him as a loving brother and doesn't heed any warnings about him.
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  • Zig-Zagged: Sometimes Prince Bob is on his relatives' sides and sometimes not, depending on the political climate.
  • Averted: There are no princes.
  • Lampshaded: "Are you sure this baby won't become a backstabbing traitor in twenty-five years?"
  • Defied: The king is careful to maintain a good relationship with the princes.

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