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17th Apr '18 7:27:45 AM susaga
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17th Apr '18 7:26:28 AM susaga
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** Unfortunately, this becomes his downfall when [[spoiler:the Karishok, who is a philosophy genius but is politically duller than a Warhammer, mistakes his conspiracies as true cowardice from a PuppetKing. He decides to go French on the Viscount]].
1st Apr '18 7:14:12 AM ChronoLegion
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* Current President of UsefulNotes/{{China}} Xi Jingping followed a pretty similar career path to Stalin. He entered the Communist Party at the bottom and spent most of his life carefully cultivating an image as a party loyalist and competent administrator, but also someone who was unambitious, cautious and thoroughly bland, racking up seniority and influence until he was strong enough to make a play for the top. Apparently he was so good at being [[TheGenericGuy uncontroversial and forgettable]] that to this day people he worked with for years can barely remember him. When the Communist Party voted to put him in charge, probably assuming he would just sit quietly at his desk filling out paperwork, he immediately cast off the guise and starting purging his rivals, including the chief of China's security services. They never saw it coming.

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* Current President of UsefulNotes/{{China}} Xi Jingping followed a pretty similar career path to Stalin. He entered the Communist Party at the bottom and spent most of his life carefully cultivating an image as a party loyalist and competent administrator, but also someone who was unambitious, cautious and thoroughly bland, racking up seniority and influence until he was strong enough to make a play for the top. Apparently he was so good at being [[TheGenericGuy uncontroversial and forgettable]] that to this day people he worked with for years can barely remember him. When the Communist Party voted to put him in charge, probably assuming he would just sit quietly at his desk filling out paperwork, he immediately cast off the guise and starting purging his rivals, including the chief of China's security services. They never saw it coming. And now he has amended the constitution to remove the term limits on his presidency, effectively becoming President-for-Life.
18th Dec '17 12:38:53 AM Chabal2
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* Prince Zorzal in ''{{Manga/Gate}}'' believes himself to be this, giving off the appearance of idiocy while hiding a razor-sharp mind. His brother thinks that if this really was ever the case, Zorzal has BecomeTheMask and gone full dumbass, as evidenced by [[spoiler:assassinating their father]].
17th Dec '17 7:31:12 PM BattleMaster
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* Emperor Palpatine from ''Franchise/StarWars'' counts because he engineers the Clone Wars in order to assume power. No matter which side wins he also wins as he gets emergency powers from the Republic Senate, which he holds on to indefinitely and is also in charge of the Separatists as Darth Sidious. In his original conception, before he was introduced as the BigBad for the original trilogy in its second movie, he actually ''was'' a powerless puppet as Emperor.

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* Emperor Palpatine from ''Franchise/StarWars'' counts because he engineers the Clone Wars in order to assume power. [[XanatosGambit No matter which side wins he also wins wins]] as he gets emergency powers from the Republic Senate, which he holds on to indefinitely and is also in charge of the Separatists as Darth Sidious. In his original conception, before he was introduced as the BigBad for the original trilogy in its second movie, he actually ''was'' a powerless puppet as Emperor.
25th Oct '17 7:18:56 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Downplayed in the latter portion of [[TheEmperor Emperor]] [[TheGoodKing Uriel Septim VII]]'s reign. While he was still Emperor of Tamriel, the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Imperial Simulacrum]] severely fractured and weakened the Empire, with extreme unrest in the provinces. With his Imperial Legions [[RedshirtArmy no longer]] the fighting force [[BadassArmy they once were]], his Empire was only maintained through his [[TheChessmaster elaborate schemes]], shrewd diplomacy, and political maneuvering, up until his death which kickstarted the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]].
11th Aug '17 5:31:20 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* Emperor Uriel Septim VII from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series may count. While he was still TheEmperor, his Cyrodiil legions were nowhere near the fighting force they once were and only his elaborate schemes kept his empire from disintegrating into many local kingdoms until his death in part four.
17th Mar '17 8:09:05 AM tyouker
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* A not-uncommon strategy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', where the nobility in general are quick discount any source of power other than military force:

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* A not-uncommon strategy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', where the nobility in general which most rank-and-file nobles are quick discount any source of power other than military force:
17th Mar '17 8:08:07 AM tyouker
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* A not-uncommon strategy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':

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* A not-uncommon strategy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', where the nobility in general are quick discount any source of power other than military force:
17th Mar '17 8:05:32 AM tyouker
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** Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish uses much the same strategy. He's of the lowest possible nobility, being lord of a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a handful of peasants and some rocks, and many see the Master of Coin as just a glorified tax collector. But his financial wizardry makes him a very useful ally, and he's good at convincing people that he's just a craven opportunist who will take whatever crumbs he can get. Then he [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabs them in the back]]. And often only the savviest among them even realize he was the one who screwed them.

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** Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish uses much the same strategy. He's of the lowest possible nobility, being lord of a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a handful of peasants and some rocks, and many see the Master of Coin as just a glorified tax collector. But his financial wizardry makes him a very useful ally, and while everyone knows he's good at convincing people that he's just a craven opportunist who will take whatever crumbs he can get. Then he [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabs them in the back]]. And often dishonest, only the savviest among them even characters realize he was the one who screwed them.true heights of his ambitions or the danger posed by his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
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