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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.
22nd Jul '16 9:11:17 AM DaveE
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** Other notable colonels include HunterSThompson and JohnnyDepp. Thompson also acquired the title of Doctor from the UniversalLifeChurch.

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** Other notable colonels include HunterSThompson and JohnnyDepp. Thompson also acquired the title of Doctor from the UniversalLifeChurch.Universal Life Church.
22nd Jul '16 9:10:33 AM DaveE
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** Other notable colonels include HunterSThompson and JohnnyDepp. Thompson also acquired the title of Doctor from the UniversalLifeChurch.
18th Jul '16 3:57:44 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', all of the figureheads that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Tarquin]] and [[EvilChancellor Malack]] have served under over the years. The official ruler actually changes every couple of years, but Tarquin and Malack remain the true powers. The same is apparently going on in the Western Continent's other empires, ruled by their four other old companions.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', all of the figureheads that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Tarquin]] Tarquin and [[EvilChancellor Malack]] have served under over the years. The official ruler actually changes every couple of years, but Tarquin and Malack remain the true powers. The same is apparently going on in the Western Continent's other empires, ruled by their four other old companions.
16th Jun '16 9:10:55 AM MarcusSmiter
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* Zigzagged with ''SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom'', who has legitimate authority as the ruler of Latveria, but who doesn't hold an actual doctorate despite his title. Of course, with all his power he probably gave himself one.
8th May '16 7:52:17 PM Bissek
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** Lwaxana Troi liked to introduce herself with a handful of titles; it was never explained what any of these titles ''meant'' in terms of importance. It can be assumed that they were legitimate titles but that they held only ritual significance. Deanna once said that the "sacred chalice of Riix" was a battered brass pot stored in her mother's closet. The ExpandedUniverse novels stated that the primary duty of being "Guardian of the Holy Rings of Betazed" is to take them out of a shoebox and polish them every now and then.

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** Lwaxana Troi liked to introduce herself with a handful of titles; titles, most notably Guardian of the Sacred Chalice of Riix and Keeper of the Holy Rings of Betazed; it was never explained what any of these titles ''meant'' in terms of importance. It can be assumed that they were legitimate titles but that they held only ritual significance. Deanna once said that the "sacred chalice Sacred Chalice of Riix" Riix was a battered brass moldy clay pot stored in her mother's closet. The ExpandedUniverse novels stated that the primary duty of being "Guardian Keeper of the Holy Rings of Betazed" Betazed is to take them out of a shoebox and polish them every now and then.
3rd May '16 8:14:22 AM DannWoolf
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* Mayor Doteur in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' mostly just sits around saying "uhm...well" while the Captain of the Guard and the lead carpenter argue the issue of whether they should evacuate. Though he ''does'' resolve the issue if Link wears the Couple's Mask to the meeting- whichs consists of "Screw it, the world's ending, do what you want."

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* Mayor Doteur in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' mostly just sits around saying "uhm...well" while the Captain of the Guard and the lead carpenter argue the issue of whether they should evacuate. Though he ''does'' resolve the issue if Link wears the Couple's Mask to the meeting- whichs consists of by saying "Screw it, the world's ending, do what you want."
26th Apr '16 5:31:33 PM Bissek
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* Most monarchies have been slowly transitioning towards this over the centuries, with most of the official duties of the crown being ceremonial, and the remainder being things they technically only do when the elected government asks them to do it. For example, the Monarch of England is the only person with the authority to name a Prime Minister, and has the authority to name whoever he/she chooses, whenever he/she chooses, but in practice the Monarch always selects the leader of the party or coalition of parties that controls the House of Commons, and does so only when the party leadership or control of the House of Commons changes.
19th Apr '16 1:03:39 AM konekootome
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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 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 parents]] hate him for being Japanese and donít listen to him. Suzakuís not even sure that he gets paid
16th Apr '16 10:58:24 AM konekootome
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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 future parents hate him for being Japanese and donít listen to him. Suzakuís not even sure that he gets paid
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