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4th Mar '17 4:03:18 PM nombretomado
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* Gladiator of the Shi'Ar Imperial Guard in MarvelComics. He serves the ruler of the Shi'ar Empire, whether that's [[TheEvilPrince D'Ken]], [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lilandra]] or [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Deathbird]]. Eventually, [[TheCaligula Vulcan]] proves too much for him, and following Vulcan's death, [[spoiler: he reluctantly takes the role of Emperor himself]].
* Gateway, an Aborigine who appeared in ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''. He spent most of his time in quiet meditation, but he also had the power to open portals, and would do so for ''anyone'' who requested it, no questions asked.

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* Gladiator of the Shi'Ar Imperial Guard in MarvelComics.Creator/MarvelComics. He serves the ruler of the Shi'ar Empire, whether that's [[TheEvilPrince D'Ken]], [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lilandra]] or [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Deathbird]]. Eventually, [[TheCaligula Vulcan]] proves too much for him, and following Vulcan's death, [[spoiler: he reluctantly takes the role of Emperor himself]].
* Gateway, an Aborigine who appeared in ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''.''ComicBook/XMen''. He spent most of his time in quiet meditation, but he also had the power to open portals, and would do so for ''anyone'' who requested it, no questions asked.
12th Jan '17 3:08:39 PM DragonAtma
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* In China's [[ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Three Kingdoms]] period, Chen Deng was known for serving Tao Qian, then Liu Bei, then Lu Bu, then Cao Cao. Yes, some people think that four unrelated rulers indicates ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. But there's another way of looking at it: he first served Governor Tao Qian of Xu, then his successor Governor Liu Bei of Xu, then the unreliable Lu Bu (who had seized control of Xu), and finally Cao Cao, who ruled multiple provinces (and conquered Xu). As a bonus, his father Chen Gui also served with him -- and, before the four, he served the Han Empire (which, naturally, incldued Xu!).

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* In China's [[ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Three Kingdoms]] period, Chen Deng was known for serving Tao Qian, then Liu Bei, then Lu Bu, then Cao Cao. Yes, some people think that four unrelated rulers indicates ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. But there's another way of looking at it: he first served Governor Tao Qian of Xu, then his successor Governor Liu Bei of Xu, then the unreliable Lu Bu (who had seized control of Xu), and finally Cao Cao, who ruled multiple provinces (and conquered Xu). As a bonus, his father Chen Gui also served with him -- and, before the four, he Chen Gui served the Han Empire (which, naturally, incldued included Xu!).
12th Jan '17 3:07:11 PM DragonAtma
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* In China's [[ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu Three Kingdoms]] period, Chen Deng was known for serving Tao Qian, then Liu Bei, then Lu Bu, then Cao Cao. Yes, some people think that four unrelated rulers indicates ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. But there's another way of looking at it: he first served Governor Tao Qian of Xu, then his successor Governor Liu Bei of Xu, then the unreliable Lu Bu (who had seized control of Xu), and finally Cao Cao, who ruled multiple provinces (and conquered Xu). As a bonus, his father Chen Gui also served with him -- and, before the four, he served the Han Empire (which, naturally, incldued Xu!).
22nd Nov '16 7:25:04 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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Compare ProfessionalButtKisser. Related to IFightForTheStrongestSide and MyCountryRightOrWrong.

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Compare ProfessionalButtKisser. Related to IFightForTheStrongestSide IFightForTheStrongestSide, JustFollowingOrders, and MyCountryRightOrWrong.
26th Sep '16 3:57:21 PM eroock
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->''And this is law, I will maintain''

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->''And ->''"And this is law, I will maintain''



->''I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!''

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->''I will be the Vicar of Bray, Sir!''Sir!"''
10th Sep '16 11:12:45 PM SirRed
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* Anastas Mikoyan, a Soviet public servant and politician who started his career under Lenin, survived Stalinism from beginning to end, went through Khruschev's reforms and survived a coup against him and finished his career under Leonid Brezhnev. There was even a saying about him: ''From Ilyich (''Lenin'') to Ilyich (''Brezhnev'') without cardiac arrest and paralysis (От Ильича до Ильича без инфаркта и паралича) (Ot Ilyicha do Ilyicha bez infarkta i paralicha''). It helps that he was always more of a technocrat [[VetinariJobSecurity working the essential state functions]], leaving ''the politicking'' to the others, and, being an Armenian, [[SlaveToPR he was a display case]] of the Soviet Union's self-professed interntionalism and multiculturalism.

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* Anastas Mikoyan, a Soviet public servant and politician who started his career under Lenin, survived Stalinism from beginning to end, went through Khruschev's reforms and survived a coup against him and finished his career under Leonid Brezhnev. There was even a saying about him: ''From Ilyich (''Lenin'') to Ilyich (''Brezhnev'') without cardiac arrest and paralysis (От Ильича до Ильича без инфаркта и паралича) (Ot Ilyicha do Ilyicha bez infarkta i paralicha''). It helps that he was always more of a technocrat [[VetinariJobSecurity working the essential state functions]], leaving ''the politicking'' to the others, and, being an Armenian, [[SlaveToPR he was a display case]] of the Soviet Union's self-professed interntionalism internationalism and multiculturalism.
5th Sep '16 6:14:40 AM DarkStorm
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* A curious inversion happens in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}''. Mum-Rah is a servant of four evil entities called the Ancient Spirits of Evil, and gains his powers from them. However, as Snarf discovered, these four beings will grant the same powers to ''anyone'' who enters the burial chamber and requests it. (Possibly they have a weird sense of humor or are capable of outright betrayal, but then, they ''are'' evil.)

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* A curious inversion happens in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}''. Mum-Rah Mumm-Ra is a servant of four evil entities called the Ancient Spirits of Evil, and gains his powers from them. However, as Snarf discovered, these four beings will grant the same powers to ''anyone'' who enters the burial chamber and requests it. (Possibly they have a weird sense of humor or are capable of outright betrayal, but then, they ''are'' evil.)
5th Sep '16 6:13:33 AM DarkStorm
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* In the now-closed MMO ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', Ghost Widow is bound to the material plane by her loyalty to [[EvilEmpire Arachnos]] as an organization. As long as the organization exists in some form, she cannot be permanently banished. This doesn't mean she's loyal to anyone specific in the organization. In fact, she's often treated as a borderline AntiVillain who openly dislikes her CoDragons Captain Mako and Black Scorpion and only pays lipservice to [[BigBad Lord Recluse]] himself.
17th Jul '16 6:41:35 PM lavendermintrose
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[[AC: Anime and Manga]]
* Inverted in ''Anime/{{K}}'' - Clansmen seem to be loyal to their Kings specifically, not to the position. In the prequel novels, when Reisi Munakata Awakened as the Blue King, several members of the old Blue King's Clan didn't want to follow him and ended up causing him trouble. Likewise, when the [[spoiler: Gold]] King dies, his Clan disbands.
** Inverted the most with Kuroh Yatogami, a [[{{Samurai}} Clansman]] to the late Colorless King, who sent Kuroh to find and kill his successor, should the successor turn out to be evil.
** Played somewhat straight with the [[spoiler: Red]] Clan, who follow their new King after their old one dies - more of an aversion, though since [[spoiler: Anna]] had been one of the previous King's closest Clansmen.
28th Jun '16 4:49:13 PM JacobTehGreat
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* A good RealLife example was the French statesman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talleyrand Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord]]. He was a bishop under Louis XVI, held various posts in the governments of the French revolutionary period from 1789, was UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte's Foreign Minister and was then brought back to be Foreign Minister after 1815 when Napoleon had been defeated and the Bourbon monarchs had returned. He is famously quoted as saying: "Regimes may fall and fail, but I do not." He achieved this by making sure he always backed the stronger side, even when this involved blatantly betraying his current employer. Napoleon once called him "shit in silk stockings, probably after they had a political split over the Peninsular War. He wasn't as bad as all that, and he was quite talented, which just as much as his flexible principles is why everybody kept hiring him as senior staff. He got a worsened rap in England after ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' got popular--the series has a really nasty villain based on him.

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* A good RealLife example was the French statesman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talleyrand Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord]]. He was a bishop under Louis XVI, held various posts in the governments of the French revolutionary period from 1789, was UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte's Foreign Minister and was then brought back to be Foreign Minister after 1815 when Napoleon had been defeated and the Bourbon monarchs had returned. He is famously quoted as saying: "Regimes may fall and fail, but I do not." He achieved this by making sure he always backed the stronger side, even when this involved blatantly betraying his current employer. Napoleon once called him "shit in silk stockings, stockings," probably after they had a political split over the Peninsular War. He wasn't as bad as all that, and he was quite talented, which just as much as his flexible principles is why everybody kept hiring him as senior staff. He got a worsened rap in England after ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' got popular--the series has a really nasty villain based on him.
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