History Characters / LegendOfGalacticHeroes

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* GloriousLeader: Rose to power on promises to reform the Galactic Federation's corrupt bureaucracy. Once he had absolute power, however, he became a brutal tyrant.
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[[folder:Rudolf von Goldenbaum]]
!!Kaiser Rudolf von Goldenbaum

Founder and first ruler of the Galactic Empire. Starting his career as an officer in the Galactic Federation Armada, Goldenbaum was able to use his status and popularity as a military hero to pursue a highly successful political career, becoming the first (and, as history would later reveal, only) man to hold the offices of President and Prime Minister of the Galactic Federation simultaneously. This concentration of power in the hands of one man set the stage for an increasingly authoritarian regime, with Goldenbaum first proclaiming himself President for Life, then abolishing the Galactic Federation altogether and proclaiming himself the first Kaiser of the new Galactic Empire.

As Kaiser, Rudolf's reign was incredibly brutal, persecuting both political dissidents and ordinary citizens engaged in proscribed activities and lifestyles through the use of summary punishments, a secret police, and a heavy-handed court system. To support his rule and maintain order he delegated power to a network of trusted and exceptionally talented subordinates who would go on to form the core of the Empire's nobility. His most infamous piece of legislation was the Inferior Genes Exclusion Act, designed to "purify" the Empire by weeding out the poor, the physically and mentally handicapped, and other persons he considered inconvenient; its enforcement killed billions.

Rudolf's legacy would cast a long shadow, setting the stage for the conflict between his Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance founded by political dissidents fleeing from Goldenbaum rule.

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* CulturePolice: He was highly socially conservative, and many of his policies aimed at cracking down on "unhealthy" lifestyles and personal activities.
* FounderOfTheKingdom: Created the Galactic Empire and its ruling Goldenbaum dynasty.
* {{Irony}}: Rudolf was succeeded by his grandson through his eldest daughter, as his only son was rumored to suffer from congenital defects -- a harsh blow for a ruler so committed to genetic purity through eugenics.
* KillThePoor: Believed poverty was a symptom of genetic unfitness, and the unfit deserved to be weeded out through "the law of the jungle."
* LoopholeAbuse: Before Rudolf von Goldenbaum, no one had ever been both President and Prime Minister of the Galactic Federation at the same time due to the sheer amount of power this would have placed in the hands of one person. However, the prohibition was only customary, not legal -- hence why he was able to get away with it in the first place.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: He's an autocrat with a German name committed to enforcing brutal policies in the name of genetic purity, and his rise to power explicitly mirrors that of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's been dead for five centuries by the time the series starts, but his legacy lives on to this day. Both Yang and Reinhard are explicitly compared to Rudolf: Reinhard uses Rudolf's rise to power as a model for his own but abhors the society he created, while Yang is viewed with suspicion by the political elite of the Free Planets Alliance because he's an immensely talented and popular war hero like Rudolf was.
* TheSocialDarwinist: The Inferior Genes Exclusion Act goes without saying, but even before that he was reversing the Galactic Federation's social welfare policies on the grounds that they provided too much support for the "unfit."

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* DestructiveRomance: His relationship with Elfriede von Kohlrausch starts off ominously enough, with him catching her in his home trying to kill her and talking her into his bed apparently [[ItAmusedMe just for the hell of it]]. It ends with her [[spoiler:abandoning him as he's dying, gloating over the fact and leaving behind their newborn son]]. Given how screwed up the entire relationship is, calling it a "romance" at all is perhaps overly generous.

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* DestructiveRomance: His relationship with Elfriede von Kohlrausch starts off ominously enough, with him catching her in his home trying to kill her him and talking her into his bed apparently [[ItAmusedMe just for the hell of it]]. It ends with her [[spoiler:abandoning him as he's dying, gloating over the fact and leaving behind their newborn son]]. Given how screwed up the entire relationship is, calling it a "romance" at all is perhaps overly generous.
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* ElectiveMutism: To the extent where almost everyone of his fellow high-ranking colleagues were shocked when he finally muttered a word late in the series. It was even lampshaded by the narrator, who helpfully provided the time and date of that occurrence. His flagship is named after the Norse god Vidar, Odin's son who was famous for never speaking.

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* ElectiveMutism: ElectiveMute: To the extent where almost everyone of his fellow high-ranking colleagues were shocked when he finally muttered a word late in the series. It was even lampshaded by the narrator, who helpfully provided the time and date of that occurrence. His flagship is named after the Norse god Vidar, Odin's son who was famous for never speaking.
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* TheStoic: Has a reputation for being practically unflappable.
* TheVoiceless: To the extent where almost everyone of his fellow high-ranking colleagues were shocked when he finally muttered a word late in the series. It was even lampshaded by the narrator, who helpfully provided the time and date of that occurrence. His flagship is named after the Norse god Vidar, Odin's son who was famous for never speaking.

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* TheStoic: NervesOfSteel: Has a reputation for being practically unflappable.
* TheVoiceless: ElectiveMutism: To the extent where almost everyone of his fellow high-ranking colleagues were shocked when he finally muttered a word late in the series. It was even lampshaded by the narrator, who helpfully provided the time and date of that occurrence. His flagship is named after the Norse god Vidar, Odin's son who was famous for never speaking.
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* DestructiveRomance: His relationship with Elfriede von Kohlrausch starts off ominously enough, with him catching her in his home trying to kill her and talking her into his bed apparently [[ItAmusedMe just for the hell of it]]. It ends with her [[spoiler:abandoning him as he's dying, gloating over the fact and leaving behind their unborn son]]. Given how screwed up the entire relationship is, calling it a "romance" at all is perhaps overly generous.

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* DestructiveRomance: His relationship with Elfriede von Kohlrausch starts off ominously enough, with him catching her in his home trying to kill her and talking her into his bed apparently [[ItAmusedMe just for the hell of it]]. It ends with her [[spoiler:abandoning him as he's dying, gloating over the fact and leaving behind their unborn newborn son]]. Given how screwed up the entire relationship is, calling it a "romance" at all is perhaps overly generous.
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* DestructiveRomance: His relationship with Elfriede von Kohlrausch starts off ominously enough, with him catching her in his home trying to kill her and talking her into his bed apparently [[ItAmusedMe just for the hell of it]]. It ends with her [[spoiler:abandoning him as he's dying, gloating over the fact and leaving behind their unborn son]]. Given how screwed up the entire relationship is, calling it a "romance" at all is perhaps overly generous.
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to the Alliance Inquiry committee.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to the Alliance Inquiry committee. It ''almost'' ends with his resignation -- but before it comes to that, [[TenMinuteRetirement the committee cancels the hearing because the Empire is invading again]], meaning they need his talents once again.
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%%* StoneWall

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%%* StoneWall * StoneWall: After the Battle of Vermillion, he earns a reputation as a tenacious and unbreakable defensive commander.



%%* PornStache

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%%* PornStache* PornStache: Of the "paragon of manliness" sort; ''Legend of Galactic Heroes'' was first conceived during the style's heyday, and Mecklinger's 'stache was meant to be a visual shorthand for his CulturedWarrior status.



%%* TheStoic
* TheVoiceless: To the extent where almost everyone of his fellow high-ranking colleagues were shocked when he finally muttered a word late in the series. It was even lampshaded by the narrator, who helpfully provided the time and date of that occurrence.
** His flagship is named after the Norse god Vidar, Odin's son who was famous for never speaking.

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%%* TheStoic
* TheStoic: Has a reputation for being practically unflappable.
* TheVoiceless: To the extent where almost everyone of his fellow high-ranking colleagues were shocked when he finally muttered a word late in the series. It was even lampshaded by the narrator, who helpfully provided the time and date of that occurrence.
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occurrence. His flagship is named after the Norse god Vidar, Odin's son who was famous for never speaking.



* NervesOfSteel: Gets his artificial arm torn by a direct hit of an enemy gun and makes a calm remark, see the quote. He also stopped the unrest between Bittenfeld's and Oberstein's men just by parking his armored car between them and giving DeathGlare.

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* NervesOfSteel: Gets his artificial arm torn by a direct hit of an enemy gun and makes a calm remark, see the quote. He also stopped the unrest between Bittenfeld's and Oberstein's men just by parking his armored car between them and giving a DeathGlare.
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* BadBoss: A complex case. He's a little faster on the trigger with summary executions than his peers, but the victims we see on camera [[KickTheSonOfABitch generally deserve it]].


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* NobleDemon: Cunning and ruthless, yet he generally refrains from taking advantage of the genuinely innocent and absolutely despises those who take the EvilIsPetty approach.
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