History Main / JustTheFirstCitizen

11th May '18 9:24:41 AM Divra
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* In ''[[Literature/TheLaundryFiles The Annihiliation Score]], Mo mentions reporting to an Assistant Undersecretary at her briefing at the Department of the Interior, and points out that this is not a junior flunky but "a frighteningly senior civil servant".
2nd May '18 6:28:25 AM Medinoc
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*** He also uses this to rub everyone's noses in the fact that yes, they're princes and dukes and whatnot, and according to their rules of succession he wasn't eligible to assume the title even of Baron Wulfenbach ([[AllThereInTheManual due to]] [[spoiler: being the patched-together and reanimated remains of three Wulfenbach brothers killed in a lab accident]], but an illegitimate heir to a minor house was the one who ended the Long War which was destroying Europa.

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*** He also uses this to rub everyone's noses in the fact that yes, they're princes and dukes and whatnot, and according to their rules of succession he wasn't eligible to assume the title even of Baron Wulfenbach ([[AllThereInTheManual due to]] [[spoiler: being the patched-together and reanimated remains of three Wulfenbach brothers killed in a lab accident]], accident]]), but an illegitimate heir to a minor house was the one who ended the Long War which was destroying Europa.
24th Apr '18 5:33:00 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Ponder Stibbons, who wields more-or-less absolute power over the University by virtue of being the [[BeleagueredAssistant only one who ever does any work]], doesn't actually have a title ''at all'' - at least not one that explains his power. His power ultimately stems from holding seventeen staff positions simultaneously, each of which has an unimportant title associated with it.

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** Ponder Stibbons, who wields more-or-less absolute power over the University by virtue of being the [[BeleagueredAssistant only one who ever does any work]], doesn't actually have a title ''at all'' - at least not one that explains his power. His power ultimately stems from holding seventeen staff positions simultaneously, each of which has an unimportant title associated with it. This went completely unnoticed until he called attention to it himself to stop a wizard civil war from igniting in an emotionally charged moment, and afterwards the wizards decided something needed to be done to reduce his power... so they asked Ponder to deal with it.
9th Apr '18 4:47:04 PM Tamfang
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*** This although she has a pretty good claim to the High Kingship of the Noldor; in fact her only rival for the title would be her son-in-law ...

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*** This although she has a pretty very good claim to the High Kingship of the Noldor; in fact her only rival for the title would be her son-in-law ...
9th Apr '18 4:45:34 PM Tamfang
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* A variant occurs in ''Film/{{Downfall}}''. After Eva Braun marries Hitler an officer briefly stumbles over what to call her, since they never bothered to come up with a title for the wife of a Fuhrer. She tells him to just call her "Frau Hitler".

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* A variant occurs in ''Film/{{Downfall}}''. After Eva Braun marries Hitler an officer briefly stumbles over what to call her, since they never bothered to come up with a title for the wife of a Fuhrer. She tells him to just call her "Frau Hitler".''Frau Hitler''.



* To some extent, the Stewards of Minas Tirith in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Though they aren't the kings, they control the city much as a king would and in fact the Steward Denethor of "Return of the King" didn't want to give up his title because of the power.

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* To some extent, the Stewards of Minas Tirith in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Though they aren't the kings, they control the city much as a king would. Aragorn would have a harder time claiming the long-vacant kingship if not for the suicide of Denethor, the last Ruling Steward, the death in battle of his first son and in fact the Steward Denethor of "Return near-death of the King" didn't want to give up his title because of the power.second.



*** This although she has a pretty good claim to the High Kingship of the Noldor; in fact her only rival for the title would be her son-in-law ...



* Likewise, in King's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, John Farson is a warlord who accumulates a significant enough force to bring down Gilead, one of In-World's few remaining stable states. Farson is referred to in-universe by the title, "The Good Man."

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* Likewise, in King's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, John Farson is a warlord who accumulates a significant enough force to bring down Gilead, one of In-World's few remaining stable states. Farson is referred to in-universe by the title, title "The Good Man."



* In Creator/JamesBlish's MissionToTheHeartStars, the Hegemon of Malis objects to even being addressed as "your excellency". "Hegemon" is sufficient.

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* In Creator/JamesBlish's MissionToTheHeartStars, the Hegemon of Malis objects to even being addressed as "your excellency". "Hegemon" ''Hegemon'' is sufficient.



* Subverted in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. In his role as leader of the Asha'man, Mazrim Taim takes the title "M'Hael", which literally just means "leader" in the Old Tongue,something that doesn't seem that impressive. However, taken without specifications, it carries the implication that he leads ''everyone and everything'', making it a rather grandiose title after all. [[spoiler: After Taim gets promoted to [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Forsaken]] in the last book, he actually changes his ''name'' to M'Hael]].

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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. In his role as leader of the Asha'man, Mazrim Taim takes the title "M'Hael", ''M'Hael'', which literally just means "leader" in the Old Tongue,something Tongue, something that doesn't seem that impressive. However, taken without specifications, it carries the implication that he leads ''everyone and everything'', making it a rather grandiose title after all. [[spoiler: After Taim gets promoted to [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the Forsaken]] in the last book, he actually changes his ''name'' to M'Hael]].



* Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo: Mike Stearns goes through a handful of official titles, but they are mostly (at least to the ears of his 17th century contemporaries) relatively negligible. Prime Minister of the United States of Europe (before he - intentionally - loses reelection), a mere general among many in the army of Gustav Adolph of Sweden - the people however only refer to him as "the Prince of Germany" - a funny title for an erstwhile Union organizer from Appalachia. "Prince" also directly derives from the Latin Word "princeps", the title the TropeNamer Augusts wanted to be referred to and the German word for it - Fürst - Does not sound like "first" merely by coincidence.

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* Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo: Mike Stearns goes through a handful of official titles, but they are mostly (at least to the ears of his 17th century contemporaries) relatively negligible. Prime Minister of the United States of Europe (before he - intentionally - loses reelection), a mere general among many in the army of Gustav Adolph of Sweden - the people however only refer to him as "the Prince of Germany" - a funny title for an erstwhile Union organizer from Appalachia. "Prince" ''Prince'' also directly derives from the Latin Word "princeps", ''princeps'', the title the TropeNamer Augusts wanted to be referred to and to; it's no accident that the German word for it - Fürst - Does not sound it, ''Fürst'', sounds like "first" merely by coincidence."first".



* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', [[UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi Nakamura]] took on the title Kanpaku after uniting all Japan under his rule. It just means "Chief Advisor," since he was supposed to be the chief advisor for the [[PuppetKing Emperor]]. After [[BlatantLies retiring]], he took on the title "Taiko," a term used for retired kanpaku, and continued ruling Japan until his death.

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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', [[UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi Nakamura]] took on the title Kanpaku ''Kanpaku'' after uniting all Japan under his rule. It just means "Chief Advisor," since he was supposed to be the chief advisor for the [[PuppetKing Emperor]]. After [[BlatantLies retiring]], he took on the title "Taiko," a term used for retired kanpaku, ''Taiko'' (meaning 'retired kanpaku'), and continued ruling Japan until his death.



** After Gul Dukat takes over the Cardassian government, he retains the title "Gul", roughly equivalent to a colonel or navy captain:

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** After Gul Dukat takes over the Cardassian government, he retains the title "Gul", ''Gul'', roughly equivalent to a colonel or navy captain:



* A slight variation occurs in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''; while the Scarlet Empress herself has the usual fancy titles, her Dynasty is a different matter. Although being a member of one of the Great Houses confers significant opportunities for and possession of power as a matter of course, there are no titles that automatically come with it (and even the titles one gains from taking actual positions in government are fairly humble; "Senator", "Satrap" "Minister", etc.). The heads of each House are some of the most powerful people in the Realm, but are known merely by their personal names.

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* A slight variation occurs in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''; while the Scarlet Empress herself has the usual fancy titles, her Dynasty is a different matter. Although being a member of one of the Great Houses confers significant opportunities for and possession of power as a matter of course, there are no titles that automatically come with it (and even the titles one gains from taking actual positions in government are fairly humble; "Senator", "Satrap" "Minister", Senator, Satrap, Minister, etc.). The heads of each House are some of the most powerful people in the Realm, but are known merely by their personal names.



* The titular hero of ''Theatre/{{Lohengrin}}'' refuses the title of "Duke of Brabant" in favor of the more functional "Protector." (In Wagner's original script the title was "Leader" -- "Fuhrer" -- but that is usually changed these days for obvious reasons.)

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* The titular hero of ''Theatre/{{Lohengrin}}'' refuses the title of "Duke of Brabant" in favor of the more functional "Protector." (In Wagner's original script the title was "Leader" -- "Fuhrer" ''Führer'' -- but that is usually changed these days for obvious reasons.)



** The SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' largely averts this either with non-stated titles or fairly big titles (e.g. Commander Rejinaldo Leonardo Pedro Bolivar de Alencar-Araripe, General Vadim Petrovich Kozlov). However, Samatar Jama Barre of the People's African Union prefers that his people call him Kubwa Mjomba ("great uncle" in Swahili). Naturally, this helps to inspire great loyalty for their leader.

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** The SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'' largely averts this either with non-stated titles or fairly big titles (e.g. Commander Rejinaldo Leonardo Pedro Bolivar de Alencar-Araripe, General Vadim Petrovich Kozlov). However, Samatar Jama Barre of the People's African Union prefers that his people call him Kubwa Mjomba ''Kubwa Mjomba'' ("great uncle" in Swahili). Naturally, this helps to inspire great loyalty for their leader.



** Also in New Vegas, played for laughs in the case of Tabitha. As a crazed Super Mutant who controls the "State of Utobitha" (AKA Black Mountain), her self-appointed title is "Best Friend Tabitha".

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** Also in New Vegas, played for laughs in the case of Tabitha. As a crazed Super Mutant who controls the "State State of Utobitha" (AKA Utobitha (a.k.a. Black Mountain), her self-appointed title is "Best Friend Tabitha".



* Ulfric Stormcloak in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is effectively the ruler of half the province of Skyrim at the start of the game and can potentially rule over ''all of it'' after the Civil War questline is completed. Yet, his official title is that of "Jarl" (the ruler of a single hold) instead of High King. He insists on being referred like that because he wants to wait the moot to [[ElectiveMonarchy officially elect]] him as High King, as per tradition.

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* Ulfric Stormcloak in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is effectively the ruler of half the province of Skyrim at the start of the game and can potentially rule over ''all of it'' after the Civil War questline is completed. Yet, his official title is that of "Jarl" ''Jarl'' (the ruler of a single hold) instead of High King. He insists on being referred like that because he wants to wait the moot to [[ElectiveMonarchy officially elect]] him as High King, as per tradition.



*** Despite reluctantly controlling most of Central and Eastern Europe, [[EmperorScientist Klaus Wulfenbach]] seems content with the lowly title of Baron (for those of you unfamiliar with noble titles, this is like the Chief of Naval Operations insisting on being called "Ensign").

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*** Despite reluctantly controlling most of Central and Eastern Europe, [[EmperorScientist Klaus Wulfenbach]] seems content with the lowly title of Baron (for Baron. For those of you unfamiliar with noble titles, this is like the Chief of Naval Operations insisting on being called "Ensign").Lieutenant; in most systems of nobility it's not the absolute lowest title, but it's close.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' provides a [[ChaoticNeutral somewhat less villainous]] example with Oberon, whose sole title is "''Lord'' of Avalon," even though for all intents and purposes he's a PhysicalGod who rules [[TheFairFolk the Third Race]] as king. His sense of egalitarianism seems especially odd, since as a rule [[SmugSuper he's not exactly humble]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' provides a [[ChaoticNeutral somewhat less villainous]] example with Oberon, whose sole title is "''Lord'' Lord of Avalon," Avalon, even though for all intents and purposes he's a PhysicalGod who rules [[TheFairFolk the Third Race]] as king. His sense of egalitarianism seems especially odd, since as a rule [[SmugSuper he's not exactly humble]].



* Dolf in ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' does this when he creates a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName National]] [[FunnyAnimal Crows]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Party]] and uses it to seize power in Great Waterland, in a clear satire of the rise and fall of Nazism. Like Hitler's "Führer", he demands that others refer to him exclusively as "The President" or "President Dolf". Note that he does this in a country that has apparantly been a monarchy for many hundreds if not more years, and where this title doesn't seem to have been widely if at all used prior to Dolf's adoption of it.

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* Dolf in ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' does this when he creates a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName National]] [[FunnyAnimal Crows]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Party]] and uses it to seize power in Great Waterland, in a clear satire of the rise and fall of Nazism. Like Hitler's "Führer", ''Führer'', he demands that others refer to him exclusively as "The President" or "President Dolf". Note that he does this in a country that has apparantly been a monarchy for many hundreds if not more years, and where this title doesn't seem to have been widely if at all used prior to Dolf's adoption of it.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', although Long Feng had worked very hard to be RegentForLife over Ba Sing Se and the Earth Kingdom, he retained the simple title of "Grand Secretariet".

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', although Long Feng had worked very hard to be RegentForLife over Ba Sing Se and the Earth Kingdom, he retained the simple title of "Grand Secretariet".Grand Secretariat.



* Hank Scorpio in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is the an evil corporation executive and a supervillain that ultimately [[spoiler:takes over the East Coast of the United States]], but he claims to dislike being called "boss" or anything that elevates him above others, so he insists his [[FirstNameBasis employees call him by his first name]].

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* Hank Scorpio in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is the an evil corporation executive and a supervillain that ultimately [[spoiler:takes over the East Coast of the United States]], but he claims to dislike being called "boss" Boss or anything that elevates him above others, so he insists his [[FirstNameBasis employees call him by his first name]].



* 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. 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.
** 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 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.
* When the Zand dynasty ruled Persia, they never actually used the title of "Shah", instead styling themselves as ''Vakil e-Ra'aayaa'' (Advocate of the People or People's President).
* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags]] this trope. For all his power, all the control, all the spy networks and the state he built, he was simply the General Secretary of the Communist Party; his rivals during his rise to power jokingly called him "Comrade Card-Index", as the official role of the General Secretary in the early party was keeping the membership rolls. [[note]]Because of Stalin's use of this trope, the de facto leader during the history of the U.S.S.R. was always the person filling this post, regardless of whether or not that person was also the Premier.[[/note]] Someone stated that a title that would reflect his ''real'' power would have to be something like "Pope of the Communist church; Czar of Russia; CEO of Soviet Inc." In addition, he also allowed himself to be called simply "Vozhd" (leader/boss/chief) after his fiftieth birthday celebration in 1929, and was given the title "Generalissimus" (the highest possible military rank), although he never wore the insignia. On the other hand, years before becoming General Secretary he changed his birth name from Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili to the Russian equivalent of [[AwesomeMcCoolname Joe Steel]]. During his personality cult he also accepted an immense number of grandiose titles, including "Coryphaeus of Science", "Father of Nations", "Brilliant Genius of Humanity", "Great Architect of Communism", "Gardener of Human Happiness", and many more.

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* TropeNamer: The first Roman Emperors called themselves simply "The First" (''Princeps'', from which the word "Prince" ''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" ''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. 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," commander, 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"). ‘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"), ‘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.
** Augustus himself adopted the title as Rome's last king, Lucius Tarquinus Superbus ("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 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.
* When the Zand dynasty ruled Persia, they never actually used the title of "Shah", ''Shah'', instead styling themselves as ''Vakil e-Ra'aayaa'' (Advocate of the People or People's President).
* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags]] this trope. For all his power, all the control, all the spy networks and the state he built, he was simply the General Secretary of the Communist Party; his rivals during his rise to power jokingly called him "Comrade Card-Index", as the official role of the General Secretary in the early party was keeping the membership rolls. [[note]]Because of Stalin's use of this trope, the de facto leader during the history of the U.S.S.R. was always the person filling this post, regardless of whether or not that person was also the Premier.[[/note]] Someone stated that a title that would reflect his ''real'' power would have to be something like "Pope of the Communist church; Czar of Russia; CEO of Soviet Inc." In addition, he also allowed himself to be called simply "Vozhd" ''Vozhd'' (leader/boss/chief) after his fiftieth birthday celebration in 1929, and was given the title "Generalissimus" ''Generalissimus'' (the highest possible military rank), although he never wore the insignia. On the other hand, years before becoming General Secretary he changed his birth name from Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili to the Russian equivalent of [[AwesomeMcCoolname Joe Steel]]. During his personality cult he also accepted an immense number of grandiose titles, including "Coryphaeus of Science", "Father of Nations", "Brilliant Genius of Humanity", "Great Architect of Communism", "Gardener of Human Happiness", and many more.



* The United States "President" (i.e. "the one who presides") was originally conceived as one of those, and the title had previously been mostly used for chairmen of committees. The style of the King was "By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, Prince-Elector of Hannover, Duke of Brunswick" and is addressed as "Your Majesty". The longest title the President gets is "the President of the United States" and is generally addressed merely as "Mister President".

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* The United States "President" (i.e. "the one who presides") was originally conceived as one of those, and the title had previously been mostly used for chairmen of committees. The style of the King was "By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, Prince-Elector of Hannover, Duke of Brunswick" and is he was addressed as "Your Majesty". The longest title the President gets is "the President of the United States" and is generally addressed merely as "Mister President".



** The German title "Kanzler" (often translated as chancellor) did not originally mean "head of the government" either. The term originated in the medieval period derived from Latin cancellarius and initially described a glorified clerk. And as a matter of fact, the German federal chancellor (Bundeskanzler or in case of a woman holding that office Bundeskanzlerin) is ''not'' the first citizen. In the official order of protocol the Bundespräsident is the undisputed number one, with the number two being either the President of the parliament or the President pro tempore of the Bundesrat (the upper chamber made up of appointed representatives of UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland; the position of president pro tempore rotates among the heads of the sixteen states) and the Bundeskanzler being somewhere down the line. As a further emphasis how "unimportant" the office of Bundeskanzler is, their official residence, the Bundeskanzleramt in Berlin is both lower and within viewing distance of the parliament (Bundestag). Given however, that the Bundeskanzler almost always has the support of the majority of the Bundestag, and is often the leader of one of the major parties, the real power is usually reversed.

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** The German title "Kanzler" ''Kanzler'' (often translated as chancellor) did not originally mean "head of the government" either. The term originated in the medieval period derived from Latin cancellarius and initially described a glorified clerk. And as a matter of fact, the German federal chancellor (Bundeskanzler or in case of a woman holding that office Bundeskanzlerin) is ''not'' the first citizen. In the official order of protocol the Bundespräsident is the undisputed number one, with the number two being either the President of the parliament or the President pro tempore of the Bundesrat (the upper chamber made up of appointed representatives of UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland; the position of president pro tempore rotates among the heads of the sixteen states) and the Bundeskanzler being somewhere down the line. As a further emphasis how "unimportant" the office of Bundeskanzler is, their official residence, the Bundeskanzleramt in Berlin is both lower and within viewing distance of the parliament (Bundestag). Given however, that the Bundeskanzler almost always has the support of the majority of the Bundestag, and is often the leader of one of the major parties, the real power is usually reversed.



* 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/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.
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Before him]] we have UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, who started out calling himself "Duce del Partito Fascista", meaning "Leader of the Fascist Party". "Duce" itself was just a fancy way to say "leader" (coming from the Latin "[[PretentiousLatinMotto dux]]", from which also the Italian "duca" and its English equivalent "duke" are derived), before his use of it ruined the title in the eyes of most Italians. As for the titles he used to rule, he was merely the "President of the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Italy", or Prime Minister for short (officially the king was still in charge, and had the power to dismiss him... As he actually did in 1943), and, during the German occupation, he was the "Duce e Capo del Governo", "Leader and Chief of the Government". After the conquest of Ethiopia, however, he gave himself a couple of bombastic titles, changing his title as chief of the Fascist Party into "Leader and Founder of the Empire" and appointing himself as "First Marshall of the Empire" together with the king (a move to put the prime minister, that is himself, on the same rank of the king in the military chain of command).

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* The title of "Führer", ''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 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/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.
** [[OlderThanTheyThink Before him]] we have UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, who started out calling himself "Duce ''Duce del Partito Fascista", Fascista'', meaning "Leader of the Fascist Party". "Duce" ''Duce'' itself was just a fancy way to say "leader" (coming from the Latin "[[PretentiousLatinMotto dux]]", ''[[PretentiousLatinMotto dux]]'', from which also the Italian "duca" ''duca'' and its English equivalent "duke" ''duke'' are derived), before his use of it ruined the title in the eyes of most Italians. As for the titles he used to rule, he was merely the "President of the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Italy", or Prime Minister for short (officially the king was still in charge, and had the power to dismiss him... As he actually did in 1943), and, during the German occupation, he was the "Duce ''Duce e Capo del Governo", "Leader Governo'' (Leader and Chief of the Government".Government). After the conquest of Ethiopia, however, he gave himself a couple of bombastic titles, changing his title as chief of the Fascist Party into "Leader and Founder of the Empire" and appointing himself as "First Marshall of the Empire" together with the king (a move to put the prime minister, that is himself, on the same rank of the king in the military chain of command).



* The original [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] state, the Caliphate, was one of these: "Caliph" comes from the Arabic word "''Khalifah''", which is Arabic for "successor" (to the Prophet, that is). Ruling an empire that stretched from Spain to Central Asia, the Caliph was constantly reminded that he was just a half-decent replacement for the plain illiterate orphan who had founded the religion.

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* The original [[UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} Muslim]] state, the Caliphate, was one of these: "Caliph" comes from the Arabic word "''Khalifah''", which is Arabic for ''khalifah'' meaning "successor" (to the Prophet, that is). Ruling an empire that stretched from Spain to Central Asia, the Caliph was constantly reminded that he was just a half-decent replacement for the plain illiterate orphan who had founded the religion.



*** A common title used by Muslim rulers- up to and including the Ottoman Sultans at the height of their power- was "Slave of God" or some variation thereof.

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*** A common title used by Muslim rulers- rulers - up to and including the Ottoman Sultans at the height of their power- power – was "Slave of God" (''abd-allah'') or some variation thereof.thereof. (All those Arabic names that begin with ''Abd''? They all mean 'slave of [some synonym for God]', e.g. ''Abd al-Rahim'' = Slave of the Merciful One.)



** The title of "Pope" is an example as well, being derived from the Greek word for "Father", the traditional title for any Catholic priest.
** Another name for the pope is "Pontifex" - builder of bridges.

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** The title of "Pope" ''Pope'' is an example as well, being derived from the Greek word for "Father", the traditional title for any Catholic priest.
** Another name for the pope is "Pontifex" - ''Pontifex'', builder of bridges; that's a relic of an office of the Roman Republic, whose job was to bless bridges.



* "King" at its root means "offspring of a family" -- that it was of RoyalBlood, a ''good'' family, is implied, but it comes from the same root as "kin". "Queen" at its root means "woman."

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* "King" ''King'' at its root means "offspring of a family" -- that it was of RoyalBlood, a ''good'' family, is implied, but it comes from the same root as "kin". "Queen" ''kin''. ''Queen'' at its root means "woman."
26th Mar '18 3:14:24 PM Owlorange1995
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* In ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', [[UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi Nakamura]] took on the title Kanpaku after uniting all Japan under his rule. It just means "Chief Advisor," since he was supposed to be the chief advisor for the [[PuppetKing Emperor]]. After [[BlatantLies retiring]], he took on the title "Taiko," a term used for retired kanpaku, and continued ruling Japan until his death.
25th Mar '18 9:41:18 AM TheNerevarine
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* Hank Scorpio in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is the an evil corporation executive and a supervillain that ultimately [[spoiler:takes over the East Coast of the United States]], but he claims to dislike being called "boss" or anything that elevates him above others, so he insists his [[FirstNameBasis employees call him by his first name]].
12th Mar '18 5:04:16 PM Ulkomaalainen
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** Another name for the pope is "Pontifex" - builder of bridges.
12th Mar '18 1:00:28 PM Ulkomaalainen
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** Also in New Vegas, played for laughs in the case of Tabitha. As a crazed Super Mutant who controls the "State of Utobitha" (AKA Black Mountain), her self-appointed title is "Best Friend Tabitha".



* Played for laughs in the case of Tabitha in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. As a crazed Super Mutant who controls the "State of Utobitha" (AKA Black Mountain), her self-appointed title is "Best Friend Tabitha".
7th Mar '18 9:23:48 AM Schol-R-LEA
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* While there is disagreement on this point, one theory (popularized by ''ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse'') about the ritual anointing of kings in ancient Judea was that it was derived from the Egyptian practice of anointing (placing or pouring sanctified oil on the head) of royal governors. The theory holds that this was meant to reinforce in the king's mind that he was only acting as The Lord's governor.
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