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22nd Aug '16 4:30:47 PM Vir
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* Chairman Drek from the first ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet & Clank]]'' game. Runs an organisation that may as well run the entire Blarg homeworld, not to mention is in charge of a lot of there military power. Subverted more and more during the course of the game as he keeps getting more and more prefixes until he's "Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek" despite how he's not actually gaining anything for the title promotion.
* In ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', Nines Rodriguez is very insistent that he is not a leader of the Anarchs, but just a soldier that's survived longer than any other (given that the Anarchs are, well, ''[[AnarchyIsChaos anarchists]]'', pretending otherwise would be very hypocritical). Despite this, he's obviously the de facto leader of the Anarchs in downtown L.A., since they all look to him for leadership and follow his advice.

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* Chairman Drek from the first ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 Ratchet & Clank]]'' game. Runs an organisation organization that may as well run the entire Blarg homeworld, not to mention is in charge of a lot of there their military power. Subverted {{Subverted|Trope}} more and more during the course of the game as he keeps getting more and more prefixes until he's "Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek" Drek", despite how he's not actually gaining anything for the title promotion.
* In ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', Nines Rodriguez is very insistent that he is not a leader of the Anarchs, but just a soldier that's survived longer than any other (given that the Anarchs are, well, ''[[AnarchyIsChaos anarchists]]'', pretending otherwise would be very hypocritical). Despite this, he's obviously the de facto leader of the Anarchs in downtown L.A., since they all look to him for leadership and follow his advice.
9th Aug '16 3:27:13 PM Jhonny
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Also, it's a perfect way to escape responsibility. You don't ''rule'' anything, after all; you're just "a" citizen. It can demonstrate how well you've [[BreadAndCircuses stayed attuned to the common people and their needs]], or [[BlatantLies shameless propaganda to present such an image]].

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Also, it's a perfect way to escape responsibility. You don't ''rule'' anything, after all; you're just "a" citizen. It can demonstrate how well you've [[BreadAndCircuses stayed attuned to the common people and their needs]], or [[BlatantLies shameless propaganda to present such an image]]. \n It may also be necessary to not violate tradition, the constitution or both. Say your country has a century old aversion to having a king. Well, if you are just the "hereditary first citizen" you are not a king, are you? Or your country's constitution has term limits on the presidency. Surely there AintNoRule against being "head of the national guard" forever?
9th Aug '16 3:24:59 PM Jhonny
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See also ModestRoyalty and ResaonableAuthorityFigure. Contrast TheMagnificent, IHaveManyNames and AuthorityInNameOnly.

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See also ModestRoyalty and ResaonableAuthorityFigure.ReasonableAuthorityFigure. Contrast TheMagnificent, IHaveManyNames and AuthorityInNameOnly.
9th Aug '16 2:03:09 PM Anorgil
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This is a variation of TheEmperor. He's a dictator who controls half the universe with an iron fist. No one dares to oppose him. He can order a planet destroyed and no one will so much as try to object. You will probably expect [[TheMagnificent his title]] to be [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard three pages]] of BadassBoast, probably ending with something pompous like "TheMagnificent." But no. It is short, simple, laconic and unpretentious, quite possibly little more than a job descriptor. His authority doesn't come from his title; it comes from ''[[AsskickingEqualsAuthority himself]]''.

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This is a variation of TheEmperor. He's Maybe he's a dictator who controls half the universe with an iron fist. No fist, whom no one dares to oppose him. He oppose. Maybe he can order a planet destroyed and no one will so much as try to object. You will probably expect [[TheMagnificent his title]] to be [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard three pages]] of BadassBoast, probably ending with something pompous like "TheMagnificent." But no. It "

Or maybe he is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who recognizes that blatant displays of power, even just by holding the title "Emperor", may cause unnecessary complications in the affairs of state.

Either way, his title
is short, simple, laconic and unpretentious, quite possibly little more than a job descriptor. His authority doesn't come from his title; it comes from ''[[AsskickingEqualsAuthority himself]]''.



This is TruthInTelevision, OlderThanFeudalism, and much more common in RealLife than in fiction. In the real world, it's very hard to hold on to the throne with a ZeroPercentApprovalRating; even the worst EvilOverlord would be well-advised to make sure that he's a VillainWithGoodPublicity.

See also ModestRoyalty. Contrast TheMagnificent, IHaveManyNames and AuthorityInNameOnly.

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This is TruthInTelevision, OlderThanFeudalism, and much more common in RealLife than in fiction. In the real world, it's very hard to hold on to the throne with a ZeroPercentApprovalRating; even the worst EvilOverlord would be well-advised to make sure that he's a VillainWithGoodPublicity.

fiction.

See also ModestRoyalty.ModestRoyalty and ResaonableAuthorityFigure. Contrast TheMagnificent, IHaveManyNames and AuthorityInNameOnly.
5th Aug '16 3:22:56 PM Jhonny
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* Nicaragua is ripe with this trope. Back in the 1930s, rebel leader Augusto C Sandino who had no official title whatsoever and started out with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits for an army (he borrowed his starting capital from local prostitutes) came to control half the country, until he was murdered by Anastasio Somoza, who went on to become "Head of the National Guard", and even though he (and later his two sons) were in and out of the presidency due to constitutional constraints on infinite reelection, nobody was fooled as to the true ruler of the country until the fall of Anastasio Somoza jr. in 1979. Current (as of 2016) President Daniel Ortega abolished the rule that a President cannot be reelected with the InsaneTrollLogic that this part of the constitution is unconstitutional, but he himself has stated that as a sign of feminism he has given half his power to his wife, Rosario Murillo, yet some observers say, she is really the ManBehindTheMan or in that case the woman behind the man, despite being the ''de jure'' President of jack squat. Her only official title being "Chairwoman of the Citizen's Councils" something the Sandinistas made up.

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* Nicaragua is ripe with this trope. Back in the 1930s, rebel leader Augusto C Sandino who had no official title whatsoever and started out with a RagtagBunchOfMisfits for an army (he borrowed his starting capital from local prostitutes) came to control half the country, until he was murdered by Anastasio Somoza, who went on to become "Head of the National Guard", and even though he (and later his two sons) were in and out of the presidency due to constitutional constraints on infinite reelection, nobody was fooled as to the true ruler of the country until the fall of Anastasio Somoza jr. in 1979. Current (as of 2016) President Daniel Ortega abolished the rule that a President cannot be reelected with the InsaneTrollLogic that this part of the constitution is unconstitutional, but he himself has stated that as a sign of feminism he has given half his power to his wife, Rosario Murillo, yet some observers say, she is really the ManBehindTheMan or in that case the woman behind the man, despite being the ''de jure'' President of jack squat. Her only official title being "Chairwoman of the Citizen's Councils" something the Sandinistas made up. However, for the November 2016 election the official FSLN presidential ticket is... Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. Yep, the man has his wife as his running mate.
18th Jun '16 3:54:53 PM intastiel
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* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' is a HumanoidAbomination [[LivingShadow made of darkness]] who runs multiple extensive paramilitary facilities, a huge organization of {{Super Soldier}}s, a night-unlimited arsenal, and multiple {{Reality Warp}}ing engines; and whose rogue employees are {{One Man Arm|y}}ies in themselves. He's [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep called]] The Auditor. Presumably, "Somewhere in Nevada" takes tax evasion ''very'' seriously.

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* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' is a HumanoidAbomination [[LivingShadow made of darkness]] who runs multiple extensive paramilitary facilities, a huge organization of {{Super Soldier}}s, a night-unlimited nigh-unlimited arsenal, and multiple {{Reality Warp}}ing engines; and whose rogue employees are {{One Man Arm|y}}ies in themselves. He's [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep called]] The Auditor. Presumably, "Somewhere in Nevada" takes tax evasion ''very'' seriously.
18th Jun '16 3:54:32 PM intastiel
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* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' is a HumanoidAbomination [[LivingShadow made of darkness]] who runs multiple extensive paramilitary facilities, a huge organization of {{Super Soldier}}s, a night-unlimited arsenal, and multiple {{Reality Warp}}ing engines; and whose rogue employees are {{One Man Arm|y}}ies in themselves. He's [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep called]] The Auditor. Presumably, "Somewhere in Nevada" takes tax evasion ''very'' seriously.
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10th Jun '16 11:04:30 AM Doug86
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* The title of "Führer", which UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler adopted when he became leader of the Nazi Party and elevated to a government title when they took power in Germany can be simply translated to "guide", although it is generally translated as "leader", which is more in line with fascist philosophy. Although not even nearly as ubiquitously used as Führer, Hitler also awarded himself a number of bombastic titles over the years designed specifically to invoke this trope, including "First Soldier of the German Reich", "First Worker of the New Germany", and "Supreme Judge of the German People". In something of an overlap with ModestRoyalty, Hitler's ceremonial uniform was also much more staid than you would expect from a man in the process of conquering the world. He wore a plain uniform with only the awards that he earned in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, which looks funny in contrast to, say, Goering, who {{bling|OfWar}}ed it up with silks and furs and every medal he could lay his fat hands on.

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* The title of "Führer", which UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler adopted when he became leader of the Nazi Party and elevated to a government title when they took power in Germany can be simply translated to "guide", although it is generally translated as "leader", which is more in line with fascist philosophy. Although not even nearly as ubiquitously used as Führer, Hitler also awarded himself a number of bombastic titles over the years designed specifically to invoke this trope, including "First Soldier of the German Reich", "First Worker of the New Germany", and "Supreme Judge of the German People". In something of an overlap with ModestRoyalty, Hitler's ceremonial uniform was also much more staid than you would expect from a man in the process of conquering the world. He wore a plain uniform with only the awards that he earned in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, which looks funny in contrast to, say, Goering, who {{bling|OfWar}}ed it up with silks and furs and every medal he could lay his fat hands on.
6th Jun '16 11:40:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* The {{Foundation}} series by Creator/IsaacAsimov has a series of powerful offices and personages, all distinct from one another, that match the trope exactly.

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* The {{Foundation}} Literature/{{Foundation}} series by Creator/IsaacAsimov has a series of powerful offices and personages, all distinct from one another, that match the trope exactly.
31st May '16 4:02:38 AM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', the BlueBlood customers of Kyger's have many titles; one is merely Citizen Dragur, though.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', the BlueBlood customers of Kyger's have many titles; one is merely Citizen Dragur, though.
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