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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.
25th Aug '17 4:05:40 AM jormis29
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* {{Earthdawn}} sees the leader of the globe-spanning Theran Empire being named the First Governor instead of "emperor." However, this is an EnforcedTrope -- one of the founders of Thera summoned several massive earth elementals to create a Sphinx statue that would sit outside the First Governor's palace, watching him for signs of corruption (including making Thera into an empire), and would go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge at its discretion. Not taking up the Name of Emperor is a safeguard against that, even though Thera essentially HAS become TheEmpire. They also make sure to make the expansive First Governor's Mansion mostly invisible from the outside, though it's unlikely such a powerful magical construct would be fooled.
* A slight variation occurs in ''{{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.
* The Tau from ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}}'' apparently have a dozen words for variations on "First among equals". The Ethereals especially are just one of five equal castes, and ''definitely'' not a ruling class of any kind.

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* {{Earthdawn}} ''TabletopGame/{{Earthdawn}}'' sees the leader of the globe-spanning Theran Empire being named the First Governor instead of "emperor." However, this is an EnforcedTrope -- one of the founders of Thera summoned several massive earth elementals to create a Sphinx statue that would sit outside the First Governor's palace, watching him for signs of corruption (including making Thera into an empire), and would go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge at its discretion. Not taking up the Name of Emperor is a safeguard against that, even though Thera essentially HAS become TheEmpire. They also make sure to make the expansive First Governor's Mansion mostly invisible from the outside, though it's unlikely such a powerful magical construct would be fooled.
* A slight variation occurs in ''{{Exalted}}''; ''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.
* The Tau from ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' apparently have a dozen words for variations on "First among equals". The Ethereals especially are just one of five equal castes, and ''definitely'' not a ruling class of any kind.
23rd Aug '17 10:42:34 AM GrammarNavi
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** Note that while it's common to call the Soviet leader "Premier" in the English-speaking world, this is a journalistic invention and has very little in common with the real power structure of the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion: for example, an actual Prime Minister almost never held much of a political power there, it mostly being a technocratic managerial position. Soviet two-headed political structure pretty much ensured that the guy with a real power always was the Party boss, but he never was an ''official'' head of state this honor for the most of the Soviet history belonged to the President of Supreme Soviet (or its Presidium[[note]]The general Supreme Soviet being very large and staffed with part-time deputies, it only convened once a year at most, leaving a small standing body the Presidium fulfilling the necessary responsibilities in between of conventions.[[/note]] in some periods), a head of the Soviet Parliament.

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** Note that while it's common to call the Soviet leader "Premier" in the English-speaking world, this is a journalistic invention and has very little in common with the real power structure of the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion: [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]]: for example, an actual Prime Minister almost never held much of a political power there, it mostly being a technocratic managerial position. Soviet two-headed political structure pretty much ensured that the guy with a real power always was the Party boss, but he never was an ''official'' head of state this honor for the most of the Soviet history belonged to the President of Supreme Soviet (or its Presidium[[note]]The general Supreme Soviet being very large and staffed with part-time deputies, it only convened once a year at most, leaving a small standing body the Presidium fulfilling the necessary responsibilities in between of conventions.[[/note]] in some periods), a head of the Soviet Parliament.
27th Jul '17 9:26:20 AM Linda58
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-->'''Sisko:''' How about "Dominion puppet"?
2nd Jul '17 2:34:02 AM Psyclone
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-->'''Sisko''': Still calling yourself 'Gul'? I'm surprised you haven't promoted yourself back to legate by now.

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-->'''Sisko''': Still calling yourself 'Gul'? I'm surprised you haven't promoted yourself back to legate Legate by now.
2nd Jul '17 2:33:20 AM Psyclone
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2nd Jul '17 2:33:13 AM Psyclone
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* In ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' we have "the Governor". An important title, sure, but still relatively unassuming for someone as AxCrazy and despotic as him. Back when still pretending to be a nice guy, he claims that his men proposed calling him "President" but he turned it down, since he always wanted to be Governor.
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5th Jun '17 8:39:19 AM AFP
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** The title of "Pope" is an example as well, being derived from the Greek word for "Father", the traditional title for any Catholic priest.
18th May '17 3:33:43 PM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': 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").
** 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.
** Would-be king of Europa Martellus claims that this was the Baron's biggest mistake, saying that if he had crowned himself Emperor, all of the nobles would have gladly followed him. Refusing the title was refusing to play the game, an insult the noble houses couldn't forgive.
** Which he already planned for, since it's been all-but-confirmed that [[spoiler:his son is Skifander royalty]].
** The von Mekkans are seneschals of Heterodyne Lords, and this responsibility includes running the city of Mechanicsburg. They are heads of the shadow government since Wulfenbach conquered the city, but their only ''official'' title is "Doom Bell Ringer." To give an idea just ''how'' humble this title is-- the Doom Bell is ''automated.'' (This is not to mention that it never rings when there's no Heterodyne in residence.)
*** Vanamonde, the current Seneschal, doesn't even seem to have an office, as he prefers to do all of his work at his favorite coffee shop.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Baron Klaus Wulfenbach:
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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 those of you unfamiliar with noble titles, this is like the Chief of Naval Operations insisting on being called "Ensign").
** *** 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.
** *** Would-be king of Europa Martellus claims that this was the Baron's biggest mistake, saying that if he had crowned himself Emperor, all of the nobles would have gladly followed him. Refusing the title was refusing to play the game, an insult the noble houses couldn't forgive.
** Which he already planned for, since it's been all-but-confirmed
forgive. It's unclear if he's right, but it turns out that [[spoiler:his Klaus had a plan for that too--[[spoiler:his son is Skifander royalty]].
royalty, on his mother's side]].
** The von Mekkans are seneschals of Heterodyne Lords, and this responsibility includes running the city of Mechanicsburg. They are heads of the shadow government since Wulfenbach conquered the city, but their only ''official'' title is "Doom Bell Ringer." To give an idea just ''how'' humble this title is-- the Doom Bell is ''automated.'' (This is not to mention that it never rings when there's no Heterodyne in residence.)
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) Vanamonde, the current Seneschal, doesn't even seem to have an office, as he prefers to do all of his work at his favorite coffee shop.
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