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4th Dec '16 2:42:55 PM StarSword
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* Actually subverted in ''Literature/AngelInTheWhirlwind''. The Commonwealth of Tyre is a constitutional monarchy and therefore King Hadrian, while commander-in-chief of the military, has much less legal power than Parliament... ''in peacetime''. In wartime, however, Commonwealth law grants him absolute power, rather like the classical Greek "tyrant". This provision of the War Powers Act has never actually been activated before (because the Commonwealth has never had to declare war before), and Hadrian fully expects it to be amended after the war is over.
19th Nov '16 10:40:43 PM DustSnitch
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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}} may well deserve such nomenclature]], 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.)
12th Nov '16 1:31:34 PM nombretomado
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** Other notable colonels include HunterSThompson and JohnnyDepp. Thompson also acquired the title of Doctor from the Universal Life Church.

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** Other notable colonels include HunterSThompson Creator/HunterSThompson and JohnnyDepp.Creator/JohnnyDepp. Thompson also acquired the title of Doctor from the Universal Life Church.
7th Nov '16 9:08:21 AM dmcreif
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-->"[[BlatantLies Let's get something straight. Nucky Thompson does not run this city. I do!]]"

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-->"[[BlatantLies -->"[[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!]]"do!]]"
-->''[beat. All of the assembled reporters immediately burst into laughter]''
31st Oct '16 12:43:36 PM trixus
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* In theory Canada has the Queen/King of England as head of State and the Prime Minister is nominated by the Governor General, the monarch's appointee. Of course in practice the Governor simply nominates the party leader with the most elected deputies and the Governor is being chosen by the Queen but on the Prime Minister advice (reads: he tells her who to pick) which makes both symbolic power in the government.
31st Oct '16 12:43:36 PM trixus
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* In theory Canada has the Queen/King of England as head of State and the Prime Minister is nominated by the Governor General, the monarch's appointee. Of course in practice the Governor simply nominates the party leader with the most elected deputies and the Governor is being chosen by the Queen but on the Prime Minister advice (reads: he tells her who to pick) which makes both symbolic power in the government.

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* In theory Canada Canada has the Queen/King of England as head of State and the Prime Minister is nominated by the Governor General, the monarch's appointee. Of course in practice the Governor simply nominates the party leader with the most elected deputies and the Governor is being chosen by the Queen but on the Prime Minister advice (reads: he tells her who to pick) which makes both symbolic power in the government.
29th Oct '16 10:27:54 PM MasoTey
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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 misteatment 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 misteatment 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).
28th Oct '16 3:10:18 PM Vox
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->''"Now, despite rumors to the contrary, I did not just buy a crown at the costume palace and ask people to start calling me the King of Town. I earned my title the same way I earned a free combo meal; by purchasing one of equal or lesser value."''

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->''"Now, despite rumors to the contrary, I did not just buy a crown at the costume palace and ask people to start calling me the King of Town. I earned my title the same way I earned a free combo meal; by purchasing one of equal or lesser value. I also did not ever try to eat my own mustache. I live in yon castle, and employ a Poopsmith for reasons I don't care to disclose. And furthermore, now I'm going to eat this bowl of corn dog batter."''
23rd Oct '16 6:53:16 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* In 2005, manager...{{ahem}}, [[InsistentTerminology Goddess]] Athena gained a new client through whom she would conquer the PGWA: Passion, the champion of Southern Yugoslavia.



* Likewise Jennifer Cruz, after winning Wrestling/{{WSU}}'s Queen and King of The Ring, thankfully without the Napoleon Delusion though.

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* Likewise Just how much control Billy Blade has over Vendetta Pro Wrestling is not exactly clear, but the commission, board of directors and other officials generally treat him as a nuisance who thinks he's more important than he really is, that assaults potential business partners, harasses employees and generally creates bad PR for the company while the rest of them do the real work...although they were forced to refer to him as champion, if not owner/founder/boss, when he won their heavyweight title belt.
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Jennifer Cruz, after winning Wrestling/{{WSU}}'s Queen and King of The Ring, thankfully without the Napoleon Delusion of Booker though.
22nd Oct '16 1:39:17 PM Dragon101
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* Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada had a few of these, the most infamous to movie goers being [[Film/TheLastKingOfScotland The Last King of Scotland]]. His full title was "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular", among other dubious claims.
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