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13th Sep '16 7:29:24 PM WillKeaton
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* Kevin Baugh, President of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Molossia Molossia]]. Here, there's an interesting twist: Molossia is incredibly small, consisting primarily of various properties owned by Baugh, meaning that not a lot of competence is required. Still, he does his best to cultivate good relations with the United States, which completely surrounds Molossia, sending them "aid" every April 15[[note]] For those who don't get the joke, that's the annual due date for US income tax payments [[/note]]. [[Webvideo/{{Kickassia}} Unfortunately, none of this protects him from film invasion.]]

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* Kevin Baugh, President of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Molossia Molossia]]. Molossia.]] Here, there's an interesting twist: Molossia is incredibly small, consisting primarily of various properties owned by Baugh, meaning that not a lot of competence is required. Still, he does his best to cultivate good relations with the United States, which completely surrounds Molossia, sending them "aid" every April 15[[note]] For 15.[[note]]For those who don't get the joke, that's the annual due date for US income tax payments [[/note]]. payments.[[/note]] [[Webvideo/{{Kickassia}} Unfortunately, none of this protects him from film invasion.]]
12th Sep '16 11:14:08 AM Hanz
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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Gunther Arcanus is an undead necromancer who is so admired - and feared - by the other Forsaken that they credit him as a Lich (which is a title in the game) even though he isn't one. Of course, Gunther [[{{Badass} may well deserve such nomenclature]], seeing as he was able to break free of the Lich King's control via nothing but his own willpower. Complete the quest where you convince him to join the other Forsaken and he may well become their ''actual'' leader, given how he says he plans to teach them necromancy. (Indeed, if Necromancer ever becomes an actual class, he'd likely be a central NPC for it.)

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Gunther Arcanus is an undead necromancer who is so admired - and feared - by the other Forsaken that they credit him as a Lich (which is a title in the game) even though he isn't one. Of course, Gunther [[{{Badass} [[{{Badass}} may well deserve such nomenclature]], seeing as he was able to break free of the Lich King's control via nothing but his own willpower. Complete the quest where you convince him to join the other Forsaken and he may well become their ''actual'' leader, given how he says he plans to teach them necromancy. (Indeed, if Necromancer ever becomes an actual class, he'd likely be a central NPC for it.)
10th Sep '16 5:52:48 PM dmcreif
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* ''Film/LicenceToKill'' shows that Franz Sanchez is the true dictator of Isthmus, and the guy who has the title of "El Presidente" is just a figurehead. Lampshaded when Sanchez reminds him, "[[ImpliedDeathThreat You're only president for life]]".
10th Sep '16 5:50:52 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'': Ed Bader is the Mayor of Atlantic City. On paper, that is. Everyone knows he's just Nucky Thompson's puppet, and laugh at his attempts to appear otherwise.
-->"[[BlatantLies Let's get something straight. Nucky Thompson does not run this city. I do!]]"
24th Aug '16 4:32:50 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Gunther Arcanus is an undead necromancer who is so admired - and feared - by the other Forsaken that they credit him as a Lich (which is a title in the game) even though he isn't one. Of course, Gunther may well deserve such admiration, seeing as he was able to break free of the Lich King's control via nothing but his own willpower. Complete the quest where you convince him to join the other Forsaken and he may well become their ''actual'' leader, given how he says he plans to teach them necromancy. (Indeed, if Necromancer ever becomes an actual class, he'd likely be a central NPC for it.)

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Gunther Arcanus is an undead necromancer who is so admired - and feared - by the other Forsaken that they credit him as a Lich (which is a title in the game) even though he isn't one. Of course, Gunther [[{{Badass} may well deserve such admiration, nomenclature]], seeing as he was able to break free of the Lich King's control via nothing but his own willpower. Complete the quest where you convince him to join the other Forsaken and he may well become their ''actual'' leader, given how he says he plans to teach them necromancy. (Indeed, if Necromancer ever becomes an actual class, he'd likely be a central NPC for it.)
24th Aug '16 4:31:34 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Gunther Arcanus is an undead necromancer who is so admired - and feared - by the other Forsaken that they credit him as a Lich (which is a title in the game) even though he isn't one. Of course, Gunther may well deserve such admiration, seeing as he was able to break free of the Lich King's control via nothing but his own willpower. Complete the quest where you convince him to join the other Forsaken and he may well become their ''actual'' leader, given how he says he plans to teach them necromancy. (Indeed, if Necromancer ever becomes an actual class, he'd likely be a central NPC for it.)
8th Aug '16 12:02:10 PM LinusEitname
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* ''Webcomic/{{Nukees}}'' has King Luca. At the start of the comic, nobody is sure what he is king of, just that he wears a crown and a fur-lined cape and insists that he be called King Luca. Eventually, his backstory is revealed, and [[spoiler:he does actually own a tiny kingdom of sorts: a tiny tract of land with a swingset on it next to the orphanage he grew up on]].
3rd Aug '16 6:04:56 PM ReaderAt2046
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* As Emperor Lelouchís personal Royal Guard and knight, Suzaku in ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' is second to the Emperor in authority. In practice Suzaku has no power whatsoever as everyone thatís not Lelouch, his sisters, Jeremiah and his [[KidFromTheFuture future parents]] hate him for being Japanese and donít listen to him. Suzakuís not even sure that he gets paid

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* As Emperor Lelouchís personal Royal Guard and knight, Suzaku in ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' is second to the Emperor in authority. In practice Suzaku has no power whatsoever as everyone thatís not Lelouch, his sisters, Jeremiah and his [[KidFromTheFuture future parents]] hate him for being Japanese and donít listen to him. Suzakuís not even sure that he gets paidpaid.
* The Elements of Harmony fall under this trope in the first season of FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse, since the exact nature of their position in the Night Court hierarchy is never defined. This is fixed at the end of the season finale, when Princess Luna officially decrees that the Bearers of the Elements of Harmony (both current and any future) will hereafter hold the rank of Knights of the Realm, with all powers and privileges appertaining thereunto. In addition, they also get the Right Of Approach, which means that if they want to talk to the Princess, ''only'' the Princess can turn them away. Her secretaries, her staff, her Night Guards, they have to let them see her.
26th Jul '16 9:17:53 PM ultimomant
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* In the season four finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight feels this way, being a princess with no actual royal duties.

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* In the season four finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Twilight Sparkle feels this way, being a princess with no actual royal duties. By the end of the finale, she gains her important duties.
22nd Jul '16 10:42:25 PM Divra
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* Lord Mishima of ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'' is nominally the undisputed ruler of the Mishima corporation, and as such one of the six most powerful people in existence. In reality, he's been KickedUpstairs to being Mishima's representative in The Cartel, with all important corporate decisions being made by one of his children, and the only ones who actually obey him are his ten-thousand or so personal retainers.

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* Fire Lord Mishima Ozai of ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'' is nominally the undisputed ruler of the Mishima corporation, and as such one of the six most powerful people in existence. In reality, he's been KickedUpstairs to being Mishima's representative in The Cartel, with all important corporate decisions being made by one of and even there doesn't actually have any power to negotiate since his children, and immediate subordinates, the Lord Heirs, will ignore any deal he makes they don't like. The only ones people who actually obey him are his ten-thousand or so personal retainers.
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