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15th Mar '17 11:53:07 PM Monsund
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* Count Waltz of ''[[{{VideoGame/EternalSonata}} Eternal Sonata]]'' despite being only sixteen years old and looking [[TheNapolean even younger]], is a ruthless tyrant with aspirations of [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination]]. His domain of Forte is large enough that Waltz borders on RoyalBrat despite his title, nevertheless Waltz is truly evil.


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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTHeHolyWar'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'' feature the Baron class, an enemy exclusive [[TinTyrant Heavily Armored]] class that can use [[MultiMeleeMaster all physical weapons]] and [[MagicKnight most magic]]. Oddly, while most Baron classed characters are corrupt nobles or royalty, few have the title of "Baron" in the story.
3rd Mar '17 12:15:41 AM eroock
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Several of these kinds of aristocrats together form a DeadlyDecadentCourt.

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Several of these kinds of aristocrats together form a DeadlyDecadentCourt.
DecadentCourt.



** [[Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse The Lunaverse]]: Luna's refusal to be a fully assertive ruler (for fear of becoming a tyrant) has allowed the Night Court to become [[DeadlyDecadentCourt hopelessly corrupt]]. Even the nicest members scheme for position and power, and can be petty and cruel when crossed -- Night Light actually delays relief funds to Ponyville and tries to block Trixie's ascension through the Court's ranks in order to punish her for his daughter becoming a fugitive (which really was more Twilight's own fault than Trixie's).

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** [[Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse The Lunaverse]]: Luna's refusal to be a fully assertive ruler (for fear of becoming a tyrant) has allowed the Night Court to become [[DeadlyDecadentCourt [[DecadentCourt hopelessly corrupt]]. Even the nicest members scheme for position and power, and can be petty and cruel when crossed -- Night Light actually delays relief funds to Ponyville and tries to block Trixie's ascension through the Court's ranks in order to punish her for his daughter becoming a fugitive (which really was more Twilight's own fault than Trixie's).
27th Feb '17 2:33:01 PM ectostar
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If there's a Queen then she will be [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask regal]] and [[TheHighQueen respected]] or GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. Conversely, a Prince is much more likely to be TheWisePrince; compare FisherKing.

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If there's a Queen then she will be [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask regal]] and [[TheHighQueen respected]] or GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Conversely, a Prince is much more likely to be TheWisePrince; compare FisherKing.



Very prone to ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney, ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem, and ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections.

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Very prone to ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney, ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem, and ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections.
ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections



* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' when a maid is found dead in the hotel room of a Saudi prince who's on a gambling trip in Las Vegas. CSI Riley Adams suspects that the prince killed the maid for refusing his advances, and thought that [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney he'd be able to buy his way out of any trouble he got into.]] It turns out that the maid was killed [[spoiler:by another maid who she caught trying to steal the jewelry the prince was keeping in his hotel room's safe. When he finds out that the maid was murdered for trying to protect his property, the prince donates an amount of money to the maid's family equal to what the jewelry was worth, as a way of expressing his condolences and gratitude.]]

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* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' when a maid is found dead in the hotel room of a Saudi prince who's on a gambling trip in Las Vegas. CSI Riley Adams suspects that the prince killed the maid for refusing his advances, and thought that [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney he'd be able to buy his way out of any trouble he got into.]] into]]. It turns out that the maid was killed [[spoiler:by another maid who she caught trying to steal the jewelry the prince was keeping in his hotel room's safe. When he finds out that the maid was murdered for trying to protect his property, the prince donates an amount of money to the maid's family equal to what the jewelry was worth, as a way of expressing his condolences and gratitude.]]



** Flashbacks show us the nobility of Luffy's homeland, Goa Kingdom. They routinely sent out all their trash out of the city and let it pile up to the point that it became a small town unto itself, the Grey Terminal, a zone where even the ''people who lived there'' were seen as trash. When an inspection team with Celestial Dragons was scheduled to arrive, the nobles arranged to have the trash heap [[MoralEventHorizon burned to the ground]][[KillEmAll , people and all,]] in order to appeal to the Dragons. On top of this, they seemed incapable of understanding why a protagonist, who was a WhiteSheep among the nobles, who discovered this was horrified.

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** Flashbacks show us the nobility of Luffy's homeland, Goa Kingdom. They routinely sent out all their trash out of the city and let it pile up to the point that it became a small town unto itself, the Grey Terminal, a zone where even the ''people who lived there'' were seen as trash. When an inspection team with Celestial Dragons was scheduled to arrive, the nobles arranged to have the trash heap [[MoralEventHorizon burned to the ground]][[KillEmAll , ground]], [[KillEmAll people and all,]] all]], in order to appeal to the Dragons. On top of this, they seemed incapable of understanding why a protagonist, who was a WhiteSheep among the nobles, who discovered this was horrified.
20th Feb '17 11:03:03 PM Anddrix
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* Baron Karza from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse - Nemesis of the Franchise/{{Micronauts}} as well as being an expy from the toyline of that same name. Given that the title baron is at the low end of the hierarchy, one has to wonder why Karza didn't promote himself when he gained control of the Microverse. It should be noted that in the toyline, Karza was but one of several characters (along with Force Commander) below an underboss called Red Hawk and an Emperor called Magus.

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* Baron Karza from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse - Nemesis of the Franchise/{{Micronauts}} ComicBook/{{Micronauts}} as well as being an expy from the toyline of that same name. Given that the title baron is at the low end of the hierarchy, one has to wonder why Karza didn't promote himself when he gained control of the Microverse. It should be noted that in the toyline, Karza was but one of several characters (along with Force Commander) below an underboss called Red Hawk and an Emperor called Magus.
13th Feb '17 10:06:48 AM DoctorDetective
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* VideoGame/Dishonored2 introduces Duke Luca Abele of Serkonos. He forces his people to work themselves to death in the silver mines, and is the money behind the EvilSorceress who wants to take over the Empire.
5th Feb '17 1:22:05 PM starlight9
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* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': The Duchess is a sadistic vampire who happily feeds humans to her sub lover while simultaneously drinking his blood.
5th Feb '17 1:19:38 PM starlight9
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* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Prince Vladimir is the BigBad WickedCultured ManipulativeBastard.
31st Dec '16 8:27:53 PM Nyame
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** The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons (''Tenryuubito'' in Japanese), are the descendants of the Kings of twenty different kingdoms who later created the [[TheGovernment World Government.]] Unfortunately, the World Government is heavily corrupt, and not surprisingly, the World Nobles can do whatever the hell they like because they have "the blood of this world's creators", and by that definition, they are practically divine by nature. They even have slaves who they continuously mistreat, and put collar bombs around their necks. For that matter, they are allowed to take any person of the street to become their slave or another spouse. This all going on despite the fact that Slavery has been outlawed for centuries by this point and the Marines are even sent to recapture any of the Celestial Dragons' slaves that run away with none of them shown to have any problem with this. If you [[DisproportionateRetribution offend them in any way]], [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking an Admiral will be sent to deal with you.]] Interestingly, World Nobles has an in universe title of '''Saint'''. Which, in RealLife, is considered sacred and higher than any noble title. The fact that they're utter assholes and yet are considered "sacred" notes at how screwed up the One Piece populace is.

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** The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons (''Tenryuubito'' in Japanese), are the descendants of the Kings of twenty different kingdoms who later created the [[TheGovernment World Government.]] Government]]. Unfortunately, the World Government is heavily corrupt, and not surprisingly, the World Nobles can do whatever the hell they like because they have "the blood of this world's creators", and by that definition, they are practically divine by nature. They even have slaves who they continuously mistreat, and put collar bombs around their necks. For that matter, they are allowed to take any person of the street to become their slave or another spouse. This all going on despite the fact that Slavery slavery has been outlawed for centuries by this point and the Marines are even sent to recapture any of the Celestial Dragons' slaves that run away with none of them shown to have any problem with this. If you [[DisproportionateRetribution offend them in any way]], [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking an Admiral will be sent to deal with you.]] Interestingly, World Nobles has an in universe title of '''Saint'''. Which, in RealLife, is considered sacred and higher than any noble title. The fact that they're utter assholes and yet are considered "sacred" notes at how screwed up the One Piece populace is.



** Later in the story we find out Donquixote Doflamingo, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea (''Shichibukai'' in Japan) used to be one. His father gave up the title to live as a commoner. But due to the atrocious acts of the World Nobles, many of the lower class, most of whom were previous victims, wasted no time in tracking them down to dole out retribution to them despite the Doflamingo Family being one of the more ''benevolent'' nobles (save for Donquixote himself who was always a bad seed). Donquixote would try to get his title back after killing his father but the other nobles considered his family traitors and refused him. So he had to make due as a pirate, practically bribe his way into becoming a Warlord and taking over Dressrosa which his family originally ruled before moving to the "holy land" of Marjoies with the other World Nobles. While he puts on an act of being a benevolent king to the public (which started with him framing the former king to make him look like a bad guy), behind the scenes Donquixote was pretty much this trope and uses his kingdom as a front for faux Devil Fruit operation for one of the Pirate Emperors.

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** Later in the story we find out Donquixote Doflamingo, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea (''Shichibukai'' in Japan) used to be one.a world noble. His father gave up the title to live as a commoner. But due to the atrocious acts of the World Nobles, many of the lower class, most of whom were previous victims, wasted no time in tracking them down to dole out retribution to them despite the Doflamingo Donquixote Family being one of the more ''benevolent'' nobles (save for Donquixote Doflamingo himself who was always a bad seed). Donquixote Doflamingo would try to get his title back after killing his father but the other nobles considered his family traitors and refused him. So he had to make due as a pirate, practically bribe his way into becoming a Warlord and taking over Dressrosa which his family originally ruled before moving to the "holy land" of Marjoies with the other World Nobles. While he puts on an act of being a benevolent king to the public (which started with him framing the former king to make him look like a bad guy), behind the scenes Donquixote Doflamingo was pretty much this trope and uses his kingdom as a front for faux Devil Fruit operation for one of the Pirate Four Emperors.
19th Dec '16 6:02:21 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': {{Averted}} by Hizdahr zo Loraq, though Daenerys tends to view him through this lens because all Meereenese nobles used to own slaves.
19th Nov '16 10:22:39 PM DustSnitch
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One major exception: '''Dukes''' ''are usually relatively nice.'' This may be due to the fact the title was awarded to those who rose to aristocracy as war leaders. Thus, the Duke has a "grass roots" feel to it, and a {{Badass}} quality; as well, much like TheGoodCaptain, military titles are generally for good guys, with the possible exception of '''Major'''. Also, before the 18th and 19th centuries, Dukes were generally too high up the ladder of aristocracy to really have much contact with common people at all. Because of this, Dukes were not the nobles that were directly oppressing the common people, and so didn't receive quite the same stigma… especially since in some local cases, a Duke actually ran interference against a lower-ranking nobleman on behalf of the masses. Dukes (and especially '''Grand Dukes''') can be evil if the Hero is a Royal. Often a Duke is [[TheStarscream scheming to take over the throne himself]].

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One major exception: '''Dukes''' ''are usually relatively nice.'' This may be due to the fact the title was awarded to those who rose to aristocracy as war leaders. Thus, the Duke has a "grass roots" feel to it, and a {{Badass}} badass quality; as well, much like TheGoodCaptain, military titles are generally for good guys, with the possible exception of '''Major'''. Also, before the 18th and 19th centuries, Dukes were generally too high up the ladder of aristocracy to really have much contact with common people at all. Because of this, Dukes were not the nobles that were directly oppressing the common people, and so didn't receive quite the same stigma… especially since in some local cases, a Duke actually ran interference against a lower-ranking nobleman on behalf of the masses. Dukes (and especially '''Grand Dukes''') can be evil if the Hero is a Royal. Often a Duke is [[TheStarscream scheming to take over the throne himself]].



'''Chiefs''' tend to be a leader of a [[TheClan tribal community]], generally a [[BarbarianTribe barbarous one]]. They will likely be {{Badass}} because their culture insists that [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Authority must equal asskicking]] and may even have gotten their job from KlingonPromotion. Alternatively they are chief of a tribe that has acculturated itself to mundane lifestyles. In that case, expect him to wax poetic about the GoodOldWays.

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'''Chiefs''' tend to be a leader of a [[TheClan tribal community]], generally a [[BarbarianTribe barbarous one]]. They will likely be {{Badass}} badass because their culture insists that [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Authority must equal asskicking]] and may even have gotten their job from KlingonPromotion. Alternatively they are chief of a tribe that has acculturated itself to mundane lifestyles. In that case, expect him to wax poetic about the GoodOldWays.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': While the Marquise Spinneret Mindfang wasn't ''explicitly'' a villain, she [[ManipulativeBitch definitely wasn't]] [[DepravedBisexual a nice person]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath by any sense]] [[{{Badass}} of the word]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': While the Marquise Spinneret Mindfang wasn't ''explicitly'' a villain, she [[ManipulativeBitch definitely wasn't]] [[DepravedBisexual a nice person]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath by any sense]] [[{{Badass}} of the word]].word.



* {{Averted}} in ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign''. One of the party members is a Marquis, the two kings of humanity are ReasonableAuthorityFigures, and The Duke Of Newland is a {{Badass}} who responded to a call for surrender from the evil Kua-Toa by jumping off the wall of his fort onto the enemy herald.

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* {{Averted}} in ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign''. One of the party members is a Marquis, the two kings of humanity are ReasonableAuthorityFigures, and The Duke Of Newland is a {{Badass}} badass who responded to a call for surrender from the evil Kua-Toa by jumping off the wall of his fort onto the enemy herald.
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