History Main / AuthorityInNameOnly

23rd Nov '17 12:41:58 PM Andrzej
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** This is PlayedWith in the {{Novelization}} where it's spelled out that Euphemia may be a figurehead, but she's a remarkably ''accomplished'' figurehead. Due to Cornelia's tendency to dump all the social appearances required of the Viceroy on Euphemia, like galas, inauguration ceremonies, charity events and the like, Euphemia soon became TheFace of the Britannian government. That together with her non-discriminatory nature, and actions like {{Knighting}} an Honorary Britannian (i.e. Japanese) man, made Euphemia very popular among the Japanese, which took a lot of popular support away from the Black Knight. Later on, her good rep also helped to sell the idea of the [[spoiler:Special Administrative Zone]] to the population, a political gesture that could have spelled the end of the Black Knights and forcing Lelouch to plot his half-sister's downfall -- [[spoiler:something that [[WhamEpisode backfired]] [[PowerIncontinence horribly]] [[GoneHorriblyRight right]].]]

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** This is PlayedWith in the {{Novelization}} where it's spelled out that Euphemia may be a figurehead, but she's a remarkably ''accomplished'' figurehead. Due to Cornelia's tendency to dump all the social appearances required of the Viceroy on Euphemia, her little sister, like galas, inauguration ceremonies, charity events and the like, Euphemia soon became TheFace of the Britannian government. That together with her non-discriminatory nature, and actions like {{Knighting}} an Honorary Britannian (i.e. Japanese) man, a Japanese man), made Euphemia very popular among the Japanese, which took a lot of popular support away from the Black Knight.Knights. Later on, her good rep also helped to sell the idea of the [[spoiler:Special Administrative Zone]] to the population, a political gesture that could have spelled the end of the Black Knights and forcing Lelouch to plot his half-sister's downfall -- [[spoiler:something that [[WhamEpisode backfired]] [[PowerIncontinence horribly]] [[GoneHorriblyRight right]].]]
23rd Nov '17 12:35:57 PM Andrzej
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** This is PlayedWith in the {{Novelization}} where it's spelled out that Euphemia may be a figurehead, but she's a remarkably ''accomplished'' figurehead. Due to Cornelia's tendency to dump all the social appearances required of the Viceroy on Euphemia, like galas, inauguration ceremonies, charity events and the like, Euphemia soon became TheFace of the Britannian government. That together with her non-discriminatory nature, and actions like {{Knighting}} an Honorary Britannian (i.e. Japanese) man, made Euphemia very popular among the Japanese, which took a lot of popular support away from the Black Knight. Later on, her good rep also helped to sell the idea of the [[spoiler:Special Administrative Zone]] to the population, a political gesture that could have spelled the end of the Black Knights and forcing Lelouch to plot his half-sister's downfall -- [[spoiler:something that [[WhamEpisode backfired]] [[PowerIncontinence horribly]] [[GoneHorriblyRight right]].]]
13th Nov '17 7:01:39 PM DarkStorm
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* ''VideoGame/WestOfLoathing'' features Emperor Norton, loosely based on the historical figure. This version is a full-on villain, albeit a mostly-ineffective one.
3rd Nov '17 9:17:47 PM Kazmahu
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* Jennifer Evans, one of the winners from the third ''Series/MyKitchenRules'', is labelled as "Princess" in the show, but in no way does she actually hold any position of power and authority.

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* Jennifer Evans, one of the winners from the third ''Series/MyKitchenRules'', is labelled as "Princess" in the show, but in no way does she actually hold any position of power and authority. [[note]]"Princess" in Australian slang is a way of calling someone high-maintenance or a primmadonna.[[/note]]
3rd Nov '17 11:03:49 AM Kazmahu
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** This isn't that far removed from how many ships operated back in the day. The captain was a strong leader with the final say in all things, but it was the quartermaster who managed daily rations and made sure everything that needed doing was adequately done.


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* Due to complications involving a farming co-operative's tax dispute and the government simply forgetting to file certain paperwork (seriously), a small area of land in Australia has technically seceded from the nation and become Terra Nullius technically owned by the co-operative, making the area a literal CompanyTown. The board members of the co-op have total authority there, although with a relatively tiny spit of farmland to their name there's not much to be done with it. While they have printed their own currency (mostly as a joke) it's valued 1:1 with the Australian dollar, which is also accepted there. The Australian government likes to pretend this never happened, having quietly changed the long-obsolete law that allowed it, and treats the area as a single corporate entity that doesn't pay taxes.
27th Oct '17 8:19:28 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptQKhjn0HF8&index=94&list=WL Let's get something straight. Nucky Thompson does not run this city. I do!]]"
-->''[beat. All of the assembled reporters immediately burst into laughter]''

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-->"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptQKhjn0HF8&index=94&list=WL Let's get something straight. Nucky Thompson does not run this city. I do!]]"
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do!]]"\\
''[beat; all
of the assembled reporters immediately burst into laughter]''



--> '''Tywin:''' Any man who must say "I am the king" is no true king.
--> ''And shortly after to Tyrion.''
--> '''Tywin:''' You're a fool if you think that boy is the most powerful man in the seven kingdoms.

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--> '''Tywin:''' --->'''Tywin:''' Any man who must say "I am the king" is no true king.
--> ''And
king.\\
''(and
shortly after to Tyrion.''
-->
Tyrion)''\\
'''Tywin:''' You're a fool if you think that boy is the most powerful man in the seven kingdoms.



--> '''Cersei:''' I'm the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
--> '''Jaime:''' Three kingdoms, at best. I'm not sure you understand how much danger we're in.

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--> '''Cersei:''' --->'''Cersei:''' I'm the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
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Kingdoms.\\
'''Jaime:''' Three kingdoms, at best. I'm not sure you understand how much danger we're in.
25th Sep '17 12:02:19 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' the Earth King [[AllthereInTheManual came to power at age four]], so naturally his advisers handled most of the government work. Unfortunately, one of them, [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]], manipulated events so that the Earth King remained ignorant and powerless even after he reached adulthood. He eventually reasserts his influence, [[spoiler:only for his capital to be quickly conquered by [[BadassPrincess Azula]]]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' the Earth King [[AllthereInTheManual came to power at age four]], so naturally his advisers handled most of the government work. Unfortunately, one of them, [[EvilChancellor Long Feng]], manipulated events so that the Earth King remained ignorant and powerless even after he reached adulthood. He eventually reasserts his influence, [[spoiler:only for his capital to be quickly conquered by [[BadassPrincess Azula]]]].Azula]].
23rd Sep '17 12:08:07 PM Lanes17B
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* Although Patrick acted like a bigshot in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "Rule of Dumb," after it was revealed he inherited a throne, every walks away wondering why they let themselves be talked into giving their stuff to Patrick once Squidward told them that Patrick had no real authority to demand tribute.
23rd Aug '17 5:12:49 PM ANTMuddle
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Authority In Name Only is when someone claims to hold a title, but that title is a sham. Either it is a purely symbolic function with no actual power, or the title itself is made up, and it has no genuine authority over its "subjects". As such, most characters of this trope have no one (except for the occasional YesMan or ProfessionalButtKisser) who actually respects their non-existent authority. May often be referred to as the Pretender to the Throne.

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Authority In Name Only is when someone claims to hold a title, but that title is a sham. Either it is a purely symbolic function with no actual power, or the title itself is made up, and it has no genuine authority over its "subjects". As such, most characters of this trope have no one (except for the occasional YesMan or ProfessionalButtKisser) who actually respects their non-existent authority. May often be referred to as the Pretender to the Throne.
Throne or claim he's StillTheLeader.



Another important point about your average one of these - as long as you don't do anything to shake their delusions of authority too badly, they'll be so busy enjoying said delusions of authority that you can put them through all sorts of mistreatment real people wouldn't even begin to take. So even if nobody likes them, they can be useful to have around as sort of a idiocy sink (like a heat sink, but for stupidity).

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Another important point about your average one of these - as long as you don't do anything to shake their delusions of authority too badly, they'll be so busy enjoying said delusions of authority that you can put them through all sorts of mistreatment real people wouldn't even begin to take. So even if nobody likes them, they can be useful to have around as sort of a idiocy sink (like a heat sink, or {{hate sink}}, but for stupidity).
17th Aug '17 4:57:25 PM Ezclee4050
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** Similarly, Music/ElvisPresley's manager Colonel Tom Parker's title was an honorary one for the Louisiana State Militia, given to him for helping out with Jimmie Davis' successful campaign for governor in 1944.
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