So here's what I came up with the other day:
heterosexuality / het.-only romance
kings and queens
lost ancient civilizations
magical races / species
Medieval / Renaissance type society/technology/etc.
political intrigue out the wazoo
plucky peasant kids
rigid class system
Roman Empire parallels
salty old warriors
saving the world
soul transfer / reincarnation
sorcery / black magic
swearing by gods ("Deunor's teeth!")
tragically flawed princes
tunics, tabards, breeches, etc.
warlike/scholar contrasted siblings
witch hunts and inquisitions
* Meaning that events take place which are worldwide significance (say: fate of the planet or universe) and yet only on kingdom on a whole planet is involved, which makes me wonder what other drama is going on elsewhere. Seriously, a prince, his sorcerer and a smart peasant woman are the center of the world? Really?"