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5th Feb '18 3:19:29 AM TheJJBL
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** Ocelot himself manages to become the most [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4}} powerful man in the world]] [[spoiler:by taking control of every weapon in the world]] using his GoP system. Yet he never takes any kind of rank or title, only ever being referred to by his codename.
3rd Feb '18 6:31:48 AM TheJJBL
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* In ''Franchise/MetalGear'' Naked Snake goes through a lot of organisations as their leader, first is the [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker}} MSF (Military Sans Frontiers)]], then the [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV}} Diamond Dogs]] which is basically a beefed up version, both situated on oil rigs out at sea. Then he goes on to be in charge of [[{{VideoGame/MetalGear}} Special Operations Foxhound]] and [[spoiler: a large military fortress on the southern tip of Africa]], and then his own nation of [[{{VideoGame/MetalGear2}} Zanzibar Land]]. Throughout all of this he takes no military or political rank, simply being known as Big Boss.

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* In ''Franchise/MetalGear'' Naked Snake goes through a lot of military organisations as (most of them an NGOSuperPower)as their leader, first is the Mercenary outfit [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker}} MSF (Military Sans Frontiers)]], Frontiers)]] [[spoiler: until it's blown up]], then the [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV}} Diamond Dogs]] which is basically a beefed up version, version of the previous organisation, both situated on oil rigs out at sea. Then he goes on to be in charge of [[{{VideoGame/MetalGear}} Special Operations Foxhound]] FOXHOUND]] and [[spoiler: a large military fortress on the southern tip of Africa]], Africa known as [[ArcWords Outer Heaven]]]], and then [[spoiler: his own nation of [[{{VideoGame/MetalGear2}} Zanzibar Land]].Land]]]]. Throughout all of this he takes no military or political rank, simply being known as Big Boss.
3rd Feb '18 6:23:30 AM TheJJBL
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* In ''Franchise/MetalGear'' Naked Snake goes through a lot of organisations as their leader, first is the [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker}} MSF (Military Sans Frontiers)]], then the [[{{VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV}} Diamond Dogs]] which is basically a beefed up version, both situated on oil rigs out at sea. Then he goes on to be in charge of [[{{VideoGame/MetalGear}} Special Operations Foxhound]] and [[spoiler: a large military fortress on the southern tip of Africa]], and then his own nation of [[{{VideoGame/MetalGear2}} Zanzibar Land]]. Throughout all of this he takes no military or political rank, simply being known as Big Boss.
22nd Jan '18 12:36:29 PM Anorgil
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** Augustus himself adopted the title as Rome's last king, Lucius Tarquinus Superbus ("Superbus" being historically interpreted as meaning "the Arrogant"), had de-legitimized the concept of a monarchy to the Romans by being a huge tosser (for a modern day example, Americans would never accept a king due to their memory of King George III). Augustus [[TropeNamer merely invented a new, euphemistic term]] and ruled like a king anyway.

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** Augustus himself adopted the title as Rome's last king, Lucius Tarquinus Superbus ("Superbus" being historically interpreted as meaning "the Arrogant"), had de-legitimized the concept of a monarchy to the Romans by being a huge tosser (for a modern day example, analogy, Americans would never accept a king due to their memory of King George III). Augustus [[TropeNamer merely invented a new, euphemistic term]] and ruled like a king anyway.
29th Nov '17 4:54:14 PM Bissek
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* TropeNamer: The first Roman Emperors called themselves simply "The First" (''Princeps'', from which the word "Prince" is derived, originally from the historical honorary title ''Princeps Senatus'', that is, the person allowed to speak first, which by the late Republic evolved into a post not unilke the modern Speaker position), after the example of [[UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Augustus]]. The title "Caesar" was of course taken from UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar but only applied later to the ruler (mainly because the head of the Caesar family was the guy in charge for a century, starting with Julius and ending with Nero, so people got in the habit of believing that 'Caesar' meant the person in charge). Augustus was more of a puppetmaster than an explicit dictator (unlike Caesar) given (in the end) a dozen individual powers by the senate. I.e. he was ''de facto'' Emperor (''Imperator'', which itself means "General," not king), but ''de jure'' just "the first citizen" and the first speaker of the Senate. To paraphrase Augustus' own words 'he had no more power than any other magistrate but exceeded all in authority'. The very concept of the Roman Empire being something separate from the preceding Roman Republic was, [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith contrary to how it's often thought of in in modern times]], a very gradual process, and it took a while before the Emperors were seen as ''officially'' royal rather than simply the de facto rulers. Indeed, the standard periodization of the Roman Empire terms the period from 27 BCE (when Augustus came to power) until 235 CE (after the end of the Severan Dynasty precipitated the Crisis of the Third Century) the "Principate", characterized by the conscious efforts of the Emperors to retain the illusion of continued republican rule, and thus emphasis on the Emperor merely being ''princeps''. After the Crisis of the Third Century (at the accession of Diocletian in 284), the Empire became the openly monarchical "Dominate" (from the Latin ''dominus'', "lord"). Even when the Dominate came, it was a little while before the Emperors began to take on the trappings of monarchy or refer to themselves (loosely) as "kings"; even in UsefulNotes/TheByzantineEmpire, whose Emperors were called ''Basileus'' (Greek for "King"), the Imperial position still had many of the structures of the Roman Republican offices, including acclamation by the people, Senate, and Army, and an expectation that--unlike most other monarchies--if the sitting Emperor was incompetent or unpopular, one of those three groups could legitimately remove him.

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* TropeNamer: The first Roman Emperors called themselves simply "The First" (''Princeps'', from which the word "Prince" is derived, originally from the historical honorary title ''Princeps Senatus'', that is, the person allowed to speak first, which by the late Republic evolved into a post not unilke the modern Speaker position), after the example of [[UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Augustus]]. The title "Caesar" was of course taken from UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar but only applied later to the ruler (mainly because the head of the Caesar family was the guy in charge for a century, starting with Julius and ending with Nero, so people got in the habit of believing that 'Caesar' meant the person in charge).charge. The name actually derived from the Latin word for "hairy", which is a name they probably got as a joke, as baldness ran in the family). Augustus was more of a puppetmaster than an explicit dictator (unlike Caesar) given (in the end) a dozen individual powers by the senate. I.e. he was ''de facto'' Emperor (''Imperator'', which itself means "General," not king), but ''de jure'' just "the first citizen" and the first speaker of the Senate. To paraphrase Augustus' own words 'he had no more power than any other magistrate but exceeded all in authority'. The very concept of the Roman Empire being something separate from the preceding Roman Republic was, [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith contrary to how it's often thought of in in modern times]], a very gradual process, and it took a while before the Emperors were seen as ''officially'' royal rather than simply the de facto rulers. Indeed, the standard periodization of the Roman Empire terms the period from 27 BCE (when Augustus came to power) until 235 CE (after the end of the Severan Dynasty precipitated the Crisis of the Third Century) the "Principate", characterized by the conscious efforts of the Emperors to retain the illusion of continued republican rule, and thus emphasis on the Emperor merely being ''princeps''. After the Crisis of the Third Century (at the accession of Diocletian in 284), the Empire became the openly monarchical "Dominate" (from the Latin ''dominus'', "lord"). Even when the Dominate came, it was a little while before the Emperors began to take on the trappings of monarchy or refer to themselves (loosely) as "kings"; even in UsefulNotes/TheByzantineEmpire, whose Emperors were called ''Basileus'' (Greek for "King"), the Imperial position still had many of the structures of the Roman Republican offices, including acclamation by the people, Senate, and Army, and an expectation that--unlike most other monarchies--if the sitting Emperor was incompetent or unpopular, one of those three groups could legitimately remove him.
26th Oct '17 12:24:30 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', the BlueBlood customers of Kyger's have many titles; one is merely Citizen Dragur, though.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', the BlueBlood customers of Kyger's have many titles; one is merely Citizen Dragur, though.
22nd Oct '17 1:48:21 AM CH4S
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_of_Bouillon Godfrey of Bouillon]] was the ''de facto'' first king of the [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem]], but refused the title, believing that only Christ could truly be called king of Jerusalem. Instead, he used the title [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Jerusalem "Defender of the Holy Sepulchre"]]. His successors were less scrupulous and did refer to themselves as kings. This is somewhat comparable to how today's Saudi monarchs proudly claim the title [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custodian_of_the_Two_Holy_Mosques خادم الحرمين الشريفين‎‎]] (Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques/Servant of the Two Noble Sanctuaries/Protector of the Two Holy Cities - depends how you translate it) but not "King of Mecca".

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_of_Bouillon Godfrey of Bouillon]] was the ''de facto'' first king of the [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem]], but refused the title, believing that only Christ could truly be called king of Jerusalem. Instead, he used the title [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Jerusalem "Defender of the Holy Sepulchre"]]. There was also the issue of him being unmarried and without known children. His successors were less scrupulous and did refer to themselves as kings.
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This is somewhat comparable to how today's Saudi monarchs proudly claim the title [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custodian_of_the_Two_Holy_Mosques خادم الحرمين الشريفين‎‎]] (Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques/Servant of the Two Noble Sanctuaries/Protector of the Two Holy Cities - depends how you translate it) but not "King of Mecca".
22nd Oct '17 1:46:04 AM CH4S
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* Godwin of Bouillon was the ''de facto'' first king of the [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem]], but refused the title, believing that only Christ could truly be called king of Jerusalem. Instead, he used the title "Defender of the Holy Sepulcher." His successors were less scrupulous and did refer to themselves as kings.

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* Godwin [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godfrey_of_Bouillon Godfrey of Bouillon Bouillon]] was the ''de facto'' first king of the [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem]], but refused the title, believing that only Christ could truly be called king of Jerusalem. Instead, he used the title [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Jerusalem "Defender of the Holy Sepulcher." Sepulchre"]]. His successors were less scrupulous and did refer to themselves as kings. This is somewhat comparable to how today's Saudi monarchs proudly claim the title [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custodian_of_the_Two_Holy_Mosques خادم الحرمين الشريفين‎‎]] (Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques/Servant of the Two Noble Sanctuaries/Protector of the Two Holy Cities - depends how you translate it) but not "King of Mecca".
31st Aug '17 2:17:08 PM Malady
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* [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. Gordon Freeman's crimes have rendered him Anti-Citizen One.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] {{Inver|tedTrope}}sion in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. Gordon Freeman's crimes have rendered him Anti-Citizen One.



* In AllodsOnline, Yasker, the ruler and archmage of the Empire, is styled simply "Leader". Not Emperor, not even Archmage.

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* In AllodsOnline, ''VideoGame/AllodsOnline'', Yasker, the ruler and archmage of the Empire, is styled simply "Leader". Not Emperor, not even Archmage.



* Played straight in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. In [[MirrorUniverse Multifaria,]] the BigBad, [[spoiler: Shadow Destroyer]], is called "Citizen Harmon".

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* Played straight in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline''. In [[MirrorUniverse Multifaria,]] the BigBad, [[spoiler: Shadow [[spoiler:Shadow Destroyer]], is called "Citizen Harmon".
25th Aug '17 6:24:47 PM nombretomado
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** TheNewRussia is a presidential republic, but during the Medvedev presidency, the guy in power was still Prime Minister UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin. Not because he was the Prime Minister, but because he was UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin. Since then, he's back to being President, since the Russian constitution only has a limit on the number of ''consecutive'' terms in office. Basically, he can fairly easily be President for 2 terms, then put a puppet in his place for a term, and get "re-elected" after that.

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** TheNewRussia UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia is a presidential republic, but during the Medvedev presidency, the guy in power was still Prime Minister UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin. Not because he was the Prime Minister, but because he was UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin. Since then, he's back to being President, since the Russian constitution only has a limit on the number of ''consecutive'' terms in office. Basically, he can fairly easily be President for 2 terms, then put a puppet in his place for a term, and get "re-elected" after that.
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