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Playing With / The Wrongful Heir to the Throne

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  • Played Straight: Prince Evulz is the first in line to the throne after his father, King Lee D. Ar, dies from natural causes.
  • Exaggerated: At the time of Lee D. Ar's death, his empire controlled the entire continent, and Lee D. Ar had set himself up to basically be a god, and the same privileges are extended to Evulz.
  • Downplayed: Evulz makes his villainous intentions really clear. However, the position he's inheriting isn't that powerful.
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  • Justified: Evulz isn't the direct heir, but his place in succession is actually an Uriah Gambit by the previous king, who secretly declared war on another nation, wanting the only member of Evulz's clan who might have a remote claim to the throne out of the way.
  • Inverted: Evulz is actually the perfect heir to the throne, and manages to bring his kingdom to prosperity.
    • Evulz is seen as the perfect heir to the throne...but he ends up inheriting the wrong one. He was Switched at Birth
  • Subverted:
    • The Wise Prince
    • Evulz is seen as somewhat incompetent, but with a bit of training, turns out to be a good ruler
  • Double Subverted:
    • Evulz is smart, but he's also Faux Affably Evil
    • It turns out that the parts that he was seen as somewhat incompetent at were actually where he was the most skilled at; he's even worse at the parts no one else could see on the surface.
  • Averted: Evulz is seen as the worst possible heir to the throne. Mainly due to the fact that he has no interest in ruling, and explicitly gave up his right to the throne.
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  • Defied: Evulz is seen as a horrible choice for the throne. Which is why his father explicitly states that Evulz is not the next in line.

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