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19th Feb '18 7:57:11 AM Andyroid
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* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "[[Recap/StrongBadEmailE162TheChair the chair]]", Strong Bad goes shopping for a new place to sit while he checks emails. One of Bubs' offerings is the "Styleron Ecochair", an AwesomeButImpractical piece of designer furniture that resembles a solid plastic bean-bag chair, or "a giant albino doggy-doody" as Strong Bad puts it. Strong Bad instead settles on "Le Restige", a classy high-backed chair with Corinthian leather lining and a "sweat-pants button". Unfortunately, the chair's back almost completely obscures the screen of his computer, and the sweat-pants button malfunctions and puts ''way'' too many pairs of sweat-pants on Strong Bad at once.

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* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "[[Recap/StrongBadEmailE162TheChair the chair]]", Strong Bad goes shopping for a new place to sit while he checks emails. One of Bubs' offerings is the "Styleron Ecochair", an AwesomeButImpractical impractically-fancy piece of designer furniture that resembles a solid plastic bean-bag chair, or "a giant albino doggy-doody" as Strong Bad puts it. Strong Bad instead settles on "Le Restige", a classy high-backed chair with Corinthian leather lining and a "sweat-pants button". Unfortunately, the chair's back almost completely obscures the screen of his computer, and the sweat-pants button malfunctions and puts ''way'' too many pairs of sweat-pants on Strong Bad at once.
4th Feb '18 4:56:23 AM Andyroid
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* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "[[Recap/StrongBadEmailE162TheChair the chair]]", Strong Bad goes shopping for a new place to sit while he checks emails. He settles on "Le Restige", a classy high-backed chair with Corinthian leather lining and a "sweat-pants button". Unfortunately, the chair's back almost completely obscures the screen of his computer, and the sweat-pants button malfunctions and puts ''way'' too many pairs of sweat-pants on Strong Bad at once.

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* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "[[Recap/StrongBadEmailE162TheChair the chair]]", Strong Bad goes shopping for a new place to sit while he checks emails. He One of Bubs' offerings is the "Styleron Ecochair", an AwesomeButImpractical piece of designer furniture that resembles a solid plastic bean-bag chair, or "a giant albino doggy-doody" as Strong Bad puts it. Strong Bad instead settles on "Le Restige", a classy high-backed chair with Corinthian leather lining and a "sweat-pants button". Unfortunately, the chair's back almost completely obscures the screen of his computer, and the sweat-pants button malfunctions and puts ''way'' too many pairs of sweat-pants on Strong Bad at once.
13th Jan '18 5:12:17 AM erforce
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* Creator/PatrickStewart's role as Charles Xavier in ''Film/XMen'' turned a wheelchair of all things into a freakin' cool chair. Those brain probes he uses for mass mind-readin' can't hurt the look, either.

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* Creator/PatrickStewart's role as Charles Xavier in ''Film/XMen'' ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' turned a wheelchair of all things into a freakin' cool chair. Those brain probes he uses for mass mind-readin' can't hurt the look, either.
12th Jan '18 9:22:10 AM TheGreatConversation
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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': "...One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne // In the Land of {{Mordor}} where the Shadows lie..." Subverted somewhat in that Sauron is [[OrcusOnHisThrone never seen on his throne]]. Doubly so in TheMovie, where Sauron is portrayed as a giant, FacelessEye made out of fire, making a Cool Chair fairly useless. You know, what with him not having a butt and everything.
** However! Realize that in fact Sauron has the coolest chair of them all, as his chair routinely spawns gargantuan legions of horrifying abominations of purest, twisted evil and is the tallest tower in the whole of middle-earth! He RULES this trope!!
** Also, [[TheDragon Saruman's]] spiky black chair in a throne room made of spiky obsidian (film only). Creator/ChristopherLee described it as "a great place to throw a really classy party, but not too comfortable to sit in."
** Let's not forget the Steward of Gondor's seat (book and film), a plain black chair below and to one side of the ([[RegentForLife permanently]] [[KingInTheMountain unoccupied]]) [[RightfulKingReturns throne]].

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': "...''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
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One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne // / In the Land of {{Mordor}} where the Shadows lie...lie." Subverted somewhat in that Sauron is [[OrcusOnHisThrone [[NoOneSeesTheBoss never seen on his throne]]. Doubly so in TheMovie, where Sauron is portrayed as a giant, giant FacelessEye made out of fire, making a Cool Chair fairly useless. You useless--you know, what with him not having a butt and everything.
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everything. However! Realize that in fact This arguably gives Sauron has the coolest chair of them all, as his ''his'' chair routinely spawns gargantuan legions of horrifying abominations of purest, pure twisted evil and is the tallest tower in the whole of middle-earth! He RULES this trope!!
Middle-earth! Can ''your'' chair do that??
** Also, [[TheDragon Saruman's]] spiky black chair in a throne room made of spiky obsidian (film only). Creator/ChristopherLee described it as "a great place to throw a really classy party, but not too comfortable to sit in."
** Let's And let's not forget the Steward of Gondor's seat (book and film), a plain black chair below and to one side of the ([[RegentForLife permanently]] [[KingInTheMountain unoccupied]]) [[RightfulKingReturns throne]].



* ''Film/WildWildWest'' (1999) movie. Dr. Loveless' wheelchair had a built-in gun and could turn into a 4-legged mini-mecha.
* In the first ''Film/ChroniclesOfNarnia'' film, the White Witch's throne of ice was a Cool Chair -- literally. The four thrones at Cair Paravel toward the end of the film were quite spiff.

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* ''Film/WildWildWest'' (1999) movie. Dr. Loveless' wheelchair had a built-in gun and could turn into a 4-legged mini-mecha.
* In the first ''Film/ChroniclesOfNarnia'' film, the White Witch's throne of ice was is a Cool Chair -- literally. Chair--literally. The four thrones at Cair Paravel toward the end of the film were are also quite spiff.


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* The Architect's high-backed black leather chair in ''Film/TheMatrix'', dead-center in a room full of screens.
12th Jan '18 9:06:17 AM TheGreatConversation
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In Ye Olden Times, they called it a throne and there's usually a King in it. Or a Queen. Or a princess, for [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses some reason]]. Or sometimes, [[OrcusOnHisThrone some dude named Orcus]]. The CorruptCorporateExecutive and [[TheDon Mob Boss]] love their swivelling chairs behind the desk of their penthouse office, with much the same effect.

More modern versions can include buttons on the armrest, which can help TheCaptain take a memo if any BridgeBunnies aren't around. Alternatively, The BigBad will have one of these (in [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black leather]], natch) and any built-in controls will probably have to do with the [[BadBoss tidy]] [[YouHaveFailedMe disposal]] of [[TheBlofeldPloy underlings]].

Other fiendish uses for the Couch of Villainy ([[EvilLaugh muah-ha-ha!]]) include practicing your SlouchOfVillainy, and naturally, the ChairReveal.

Villains and roguish heroes of the [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] or [[AncientArabia Middle]] [[{{Qurac}} Eastern]] [[ArabianNightsDays persuasion]] will often be surrounded by [[PaidHarem scantily-clad women]] fanning him and feeding him [[GrapesOfLuxury grapes]].

Cool Chairs will always be thematically appropriate. You will never find [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lord Azazel the Befouler]] brooding atop his dread throne of plush cushions, and conversely you'll will never see [[TheCaptain Captain]] [[AwesomeMcCoolName Jake McHero]] reclining on a seat made of iron [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]] and [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses human tibias]]. In TheSixties, ''the'' Cool Chair was [[http://www.eero-aarnio.com/8/Objects/Ball_Chair.htm Eero Aarnio's Ball Chair.]] People who have their own Cool Chairs (understandably) tend to be attached to them; should some irreverent interloper put his seat in your seat, feel free to declare: ThisIsMyChair.

A subtrope of this is the ''Hovering'' Cool Chair, often found in video games and more fantastic works of fiction. Hovering Cool Chairs are also sometimes weaponized - machine guns, rockets, and lasers pop out of it to attack the villain's enemies- especially when also functioning as a SuperWheelChair. This may serve as a way to introduce a BossBattle with a mastermind-type villain without resorting to AuthorityEqualsAsskicking. SwivelChairAntics is another SubTrope.

Also, on occasion, the chair may serve as an escape pod for the villain to [[VillainExitStageLeft make his getaway]].

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In Ye Olden Times, they called it a throne throne, and there's there was usually a King in on it. Or a Queen. Or a princess, for [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses some reason]]. Or sometimes, [[OrcusOnHisThrone some dude named Orcus]]. The Nowadays, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and [[TheDon Mob Boss]] love their swivelling use the swiveling chairs behind the desk desks of their penthouse office, with offices to much the same effect.

More modern futuristic versions can include buttons on the armrest, which can help TheCaptain take a memo if there aren't any BridgeBunnies aren't around. Alternatively, The if it belongs to the BigBad will have one of these (in [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black leather]], natch) and natch), any built-in controls will probably have to do with the [[BadBoss tidy]] [[YouHaveFailedMe disposal]] of [[TheBlofeldPloy underlings]].

Other fiendish uses for the Couch of Villainy ([[EvilLaugh muah-ha-ha!]]) include practicing your SlouchOfVillainy, and SlouchOfVillainy and, naturally, the ChairReveal.

Villains and roguish heroes of the [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] or [[AncientArabia Middle]] [[{{Qurac}} Eastern]] [[ArabianNightsDays persuasion]] will often be surrounded by [[PaidHarem scantily-clad women]] fanning him them and feeding him them [[GrapesOfLuxury grapes]].

Cool Chairs will always be thematically appropriate. You will never find [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lord Azazel the Befouler]] brooding atop his dread throne of plush cushions, and conversely you'll will never see [[TheCaptain Captain]] [[AwesomeMcCoolName Jake McHero]] reclining on a seat made of iron [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]] and [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses human tibias]]. In TheSixties, ''the'' Cool Chair was [[http://www.eero-aarnio.com/8/Objects/Ball_Chair.htm Eero Aarnio's Ball Chair.]] ]]

People who have their own Cool Chairs tend to be (understandably) tend to be attached to them; should some irreverent interloper put his seat in your seat, feel free to declare: ThisIsMyChair.

A subtrope of this is the ''Hovering'' Cool Chair, often found in video games and more fantastic works of fiction. Hovering Cool Chairs are also sometimes weaponized - machine weaponized--machine guns, rockets, and lasers pop out of it to attack the villain's enemies- especially enemies--especially when also functioning as a SuperWheelChair. This may serve as a way to introduce a BossBattle with a mastermind-type villain without resorting to AuthorityEqualsAsskicking. SwivelChairAntics is another SubTrope.

Also, on On occasion, the chair Chair may serve as an escape pod for the villain to [[VillainExitStageLeft make his getaway]].
23rd Dec '17 11:41:00 AM nombretomado
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** The "chairman" of the British House of Lords (formerly the Lord Chancellor, now the Lord Speaker) does ''not'' get an actual chair but rather sits on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolsack Woolsack]], which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a (large, square) red sack full of wool. Originally, this signified the importance of wool to England's economy; however, the sack was destroyed when the Houses of Parliament were bombed in TheBlitz, and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it was replaced with a new sack stuffed with wool from all over UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealth (representing Commonwealth unity and, one supposes, the ongoing love affair between English-speakers and wool). Despite the absence of a back or arms (it does have a small backrest), it's apparently quite comfortable.

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** The "chairman" of the British House of Lords (formerly the Lord Chancellor, now the Lord Speaker) does ''not'' get an actual chair but rather sits on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolsack Woolsack]], which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a (large, square) red sack full of wool. Originally, this signified the importance of wool to England's economy; however, the sack was destroyed when the Houses of Parliament were bombed in TheBlitz, UsefulNotes/TheHomeFront, and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it was replaced with a new sack stuffed with wool from all over UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealth (representing Commonwealth unity and, one supposes, the ongoing love affair between English-speakers and wool). Despite the absence of a back or arms (it does have a small backrest), it's apparently quite comfortable.
22nd Dec '17 11:42:18 PM JackG
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** Subverted by Daenerys' simple bench in Meereen.

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** Subverted by Daenerys' simple bench in Meereen. However it's balanced by the impressive throne room, which makes an equally impressive chair unnecessary.
22nd Dec '17 11:38:53 PM JackG
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Singularity", the crew become obsessed with trivial nonsense due to SpaceMadness, and engineer Trip Tucker went nuts trying to design the Ultimate Captain's Chair with interactive status displays, secondary helm control, inertial micro-dampers and cup holder (but apparently NoSeatBelts).
-->"I know you don't think this chair is important, but you're wrong. What's the most critical component on this ship? The main computer? The warp reactor? Uh-uh, it's the crew. And the most important member of the crew is the Captain. He makes life and death decisions every day and the last thing he needs to be thinking in a critical situation is, 'Gee, I wish this chair wasn't such a pain in the ass!'"

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Singularity", the crew become obsessed with trivial nonsense due to SpaceMadness, and engineer Trip Tucker went nuts trying to design the Ultimate Captain's Chair with interactive status displays, secondary helm control, inertial micro-dampers and cup holder (but apparently NoSeatBelts).
-->"I
NoSeatBelts). Ironically when everyone goes back to normal, Trip realises the chair is just one centimeter too high.
-->'''Trip:''' I
know you don't think this chair is important, but you're wrong. What's the most critical component on this ship? The main computer? The warp reactor? Uh-uh, it's the crew. And the most important member of the crew is the Captain. He makes life and death decisions every day and the last thing he needs to be thinking in a critical situation is, 'Gee, I wish this chair wasn't such a pain in the ass!'"ass!'
19th Dec '17 9:27:07 PM angie710
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* In ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'', Dilandau has a throne, despite not being a monarch.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Mello has a zebra-print sofa. However, while Mello thinks it's cool, most of the fans view it as tacky, or StylisticSuck at best.
15th Dec '17 6:42:06 PM angie710
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* In ''Manga/MiyukiChanInWonderland'', Humpty-Dumpty is portrayed as a sexy woman in one of those egg-chairs, presiding over an erotic chess game.
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