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27th Sep '17 11:39:20 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the title of Potentate serves as a somewhat legal and accepted version of this with the Cyrodiilic Empires. To note:

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the title of Potentate serves as a somewhat legal and accepted version of this with the Cyrodiilic Empires. To note:''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''



** Empress Katariah (the sole non-human to hold the Imperial throne) officially became this not long after becoming Empress -- her marriage to Pelagius the Mad was arranged by Pelagius' father specifically ''because'' she was a shrewd and capable politician that could help cover for Pelagius' eccentricities, and right from the coronation most actual power was held by Katariah and the Elder Council, but by the two year mark of Pelagius' reign his madness had become too publicly apparent, and Katariah was officially granted regency, holding it until Pelagius' death (at which point she assumed the throne and ruled in her own right in what is widely recorded as one of the most prosperous, peaceful periods of the Septim Empire).
** Following [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion the Oblivion Crisis]], Ocato of Firsthold became Potentate (only after, according to records, [[TheCreon exhausting efforts to find a sufficiently acceptable imperial heir]]), and by all accounts was well on his way to stabilizing the Empire... only to be assassinated by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] in a (successful) attempt to destabilize the Empire to make way for the rebirth of the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] under their rule.

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** Empress Katariah (the (A [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmeri]] Duchess, the sole non-human to hold the Imperial throne) throne during the Septim dynasty) officially became this Empress-Regent not long after becoming Empress -- her marriage to [[TheCaligula Pelagius the Mad Mad]] was arranged by Pelagius' father specifically ''because'' she was a shrewd and capable politician that could help cover for Pelagius' eccentricities, and right from the coronation most actual power was held by Katariah and the Elder Council, but Council. However, by the two year mark of Pelagius' reign reign, his madness had become too publicly apparent, and Katariah was officially granted regency, holding it until Pelagius' death (at which point she assumed the throne and ruled in her own right in what is widely recorded as one of the most prosperous, peaceful periods of the Septim Empire).
** Following [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion the Oblivion Crisis]], Ocato of Firsthold became Potentate (only after, according to records, [[TheCreon exhausting efforts to find a sufficiently acceptable imperial heir]]), and by all accounts was [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure well on his way to stabilizing the Empire...Empire]]... only to be assassinated by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] in a (successful) attempt to destabilize the Empire to make way for the rebirth of the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] under their rule.
27th Sep '17 10:59:41 AM BeerBaron
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* The title of Potentate serves as something like this in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', although it has only shown up in history books. Originally the Potentates were the Akaviri chief adviser to the Reman dynasty of emperors, but after the last close scion of the Reman line was assassinated (possibly on the orders of the Potentate at the time) the Potentates declared the Second Era and took up imperial authority but not the imperial ''title'', remaining Potentates and initially suggesting it might be temporary if a proper imperial heir could be agreed upon by the nobility (it never was; the Akaviri Potentate was ended with the assassination of the second ruling Potentate and his heirs, ushering in an interregnum). By the Third Era, Potentate had become a reserve title allowed by the Elder Council Charter if no imperial heir could be agreed upon in the event of the line of succession being disrupted, allowing the High Chancellor of the Council to take up most imperial authority as Potentate. After [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion the Oblivion Crisis]], Ocato of Firsthold became Potentate (according to records after exhausting efforts to find a sufficiently acceptable imperial heir), and by all accounts was well on his way to stabilising the Empire... only to be assassinated by the Thalmor for standing in their way.
** Empress Katariah (the sole non-human to hold the Imperial throne) officially became this not long after becoming Empress -- her marriage to Pelagius the Mad was arranged by Pelagius' father specifically ''because'' she was a shrewd and capable politician that could help cover for Pelagius' eccentricities, and right from the coronation most actual power was held by Katariah and the Imperial parliament (the Elder Council), but by the two year mark of Pelagius' reign his madness had become too publicly apparent, and Katariah was officially granted regency, holding it until Pelagius' death (at which point she assumed the throne and ruled in her own right in what is widely recorded as one of the most prosperous, peaceful periods of the Septim Empire).

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* The In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, the title of Potentate serves as something like a somewhat legal and accepted version of this in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', although it has only shown up in history books. Originally the Potentates were the Akaviri chief adviser to the Reman dynasty of emperors, but after the last close scion of the Reman line was assassinated (possibly on the orders of the Potentate at the time) the Potentates declared the Second Era and took up imperial authority but not the imperial ''title'', remaining Potentates and initially suggesting it might be temporary if a proper imperial heir could be agreed upon by the nobility (it never was; the Akaviri Potentate was ended with the Cyrodiilic Empires. To note:
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the assassination of Emperor Reman Cyrodiil III, last in the second ruling Potentate Reman line, his [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] advisor, Versidue-Shaie, (who quite possibly played a part in the assassination, as well as the previous death of the Crown Prince) took up Imperial authority (but not the title of Emperor) and declared it to be the 2nd Era of Tamriellic history. Following his heirs, ushering in an interregnum). By assassination, his son, Savirien-Chorak, then took the Third Era, title. The two ruled for over 400 years (the Akavari are apparently LongLived) at the start of the 2nd Era until Savirien-Chorak was also assassinated. Some time after this, (by no later than the 3rd Era) Potentate had become a reserve title allowed by the Elder Council Charter if no imperial heir could be agreed upon in the event of the line of succession being disrupted, allowing the High Chancellor of the Council to take up most imperial authority as Potentate. After [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion the Oblivion Crisis]], Ocato of Firsthold became Potentate (according to records after exhausting efforts to find a sufficiently acceptable imperial heir), and by all accounts was well on his way to stabilising the Empire... only to be assassinated by the Thalmor for standing in their way.
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** Empress Katariah (the sole non-human to hold the Imperial throne) officially became this not long after becoming Empress -- her marriage to Pelagius the Mad was arranged by Pelagius' father specifically ''because'' she was a shrewd and capable politician that could help cover for Pelagius' eccentricities, and right from the coronation most actual power was held by Katariah and the Imperial parliament (the Elder Council), Council, but by the two year mark of Pelagius' reign his madness had become too publicly apparent, and Katariah was officially granted regency, holding it until Pelagius' death (at which point she assumed the throne and ruled in her own right in what is widely recorded as one of the most prosperous, peaceful periods of the Septim Empire).Empire).
** Following [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion the Oblivion Crisis]], Ocato of Firsthold became Potentate (only after, according to records, [[TheCreon exhausting efforts to find a sufficiently acceptable imperial heir]]), and by all accounts was well on his way to stabilizing the Empire... only to be assassinated by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] in a (successful) attempt to destabilize the Empire to make way for the rebirth of the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]] under their rule.
24th Sep '17 11:42:42 AM nombretomado
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* Averted in the ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} Mallorean]]''. The King of Drasnia dies, leaving his young son on the throne. The boy's mother becomes regent and is very careful about steadily increasing his responsibilities, so that he'll be ready once she steps down. (It helps that Belgarion, for all intents and purposes a MessianicArchetype, is practically the kid's godfather - everyone would want to take over Drasnia with just a boy-king and a woman running it, but ''nobody'' will screw with the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Godslayer]].)
** Played straight in the {{Belgariad}} with the Warders of Riva, who have been waiting for their king for several hundred years. Like the Stewards of Gondor, they are hereditary regents, though unlike Denethor, the last one welcomes back his king. One of his sons, on the other hand, was so enraged at seeing his father's power be usurped he tried to kill Garion.

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* Averted in the ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} Mallorean]]''.''Literature/TheMalloreon''. The King of Drasnia dies, leaving his young son on the throne. The boy's mother becomes regent and is very careful about steadily increasing his responsibilities, so that he'll be ready once she steps down. (It helps that Belgarion, for all intents and purposes a MessianicArchetype, is practically the kid's godfather - everyone would want to take over Drasnia with just a boy-king and a woman running it, but ''nobody'' will screw with the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Godslayer]].)
** Played straight in the {{Belgariad}} ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' with the Warders of Riva, who have been waiting for their king for several hundred years. Like the Stewards of Gondor, they are hereditary regents, though unlike Denethor, the last one welcomes back his king. One of his sons, on the other hand, was so enraged at seeing his father's power be usurped he tried to kill Garion.
5th Sep '17 7:13:54 AM LordInsane
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** Empress Katariah (the sole non-human to hold the Imperial throne) officially became this not long after becoming Empress -- her marriage to Pelagius the Mad was arranged by Pelagius' father specifically ''because'' she was a shrewd and capable politician that could help cover for Pelagius' eccentricities, and right from the coronation most actual power was held by Katariah and the Imperial parliament (the Elder Council), but by the two year mark of Pelagius' reign his madness had become too publicly apparent, and Katariah was officially granted regency, holding it until Pelagius' death (at which point she assumed the throne and ruled in her own right in what is widely recorded as one of the most prosperous, peaceful periods of the Septim Empire).
2nd Aug '17 4:19:21 PM gb00393
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* Cersei Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', as detailed above under Literature. Later subverted in that, while she deliberately put her son Joffrey on the throne with the intention of being this trope (which probably would have been an improvement over him ruling in his own right) she quickly found him less controllable than she expected. Then when [[spoiler: he dies and Tommen takes the throne]], she tries again only to be pushed out by his wife and later the Faith Militant. [[spoiler: Cersei eventually foregoes the 'regent' part altogether and claims the throne herself after she blows up the wife and the Faith Militant, leading to Tommen's suicide.]]

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* Cersei Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', as detailed above under Literature. Later subverted in that, while she deliberately put her son Joffrey on the throne with the intention of being this trope (which probably would have been an improvement over him ruling in his own right) she quickly found him less controllable than she expected.expected, which was one of the reasons why she progressively turned against Joffrey with each passing episode. It was her own damn fault for being a moron, but still. Then when [[spoiler: he dies and Tommen takes the throne]], she tries again only to be pushed out by his wife and later the Faith Militant. [[spoiler: Cersei eventually foregoes the 'regent' part altogether and claims the throne herself after she blows up the wife and the Faith Militant, leading to Tommen's suicide.]]
14th Jul '17 7:22:15 PM LordInsane
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* The title of Potentate serves as something like this in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', although it has only shown up in history books. Originally the Potentates were the Akaviri chief adviser to the Reman dynasty of emperors, but after the last close scion of the Reman line was assassinated (possibly on the orders of the Potentate at the time) the Potentates declared the Second Era and took up imperial authority but not the imperial ''title'', remaining Potentates and initially suggesting it might be temporary if a proper imperial heir could be agreed upon by the nobility (it never was; the Akaviri Potentate was ended with the assassination of the second ruling Potentate and his heirs, ushering in an interregnum). By the Third Era, Potentate had become a reserve title allowed by the Elder Council Charter if no imperial heir could be agreed upon in the event of the line of succession being disrupted, allowing the High Chancellor of the Council to take up most imperial authority as Potentate. After [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion the Oblivion Crisis]], Ocato of Firsthold became Potentate (according to records after exhausting efforts to find a sufficiently acceptable imperial heir), and by all accounts was well on his way to stabilising the Empire... only to be assassinated by the Thalmor for standing in their way.
10th Jun '17 3:09:42 PM nombretomado
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* And after WorldWarOne, Miklos Horthy declared himself regent of the Hungarian kingdom. Although the old Habsburg family is still around, the country never got a king again.

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* And after WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Miklos Horthy declared himself regent of the Hungarian kingdom. Although the old Habsburg family is still around, the country never got a king again.
8th Jun '17 7:56:20 AM Jake
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* All the leaders of the CAS in Webcomic/{{SSDD}} are called ''Acting'' First Advisor to honor Norman Gates. This is also because Gates isn't actually dead and is thus still First Advisor.

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* All the leaders of the CAS in Webcomic/{{SSDD}} are called ''Acting'' First Advisor to honor Norman Gates. This is [[spoiler: And also because Gates isn't actually dead and is thus still First Advisor.dead.]]
16th May '17 9:42:05 AM nombretomado
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* The only regency in the history of TsaristRussia was when Anna Ioannovna the Bloody's heir Ivan VI was still a one year old. The child's mother, Princess Anna Leopoldovna, was appointed regent. However this didn't last long; the baby tsar was deposed by a palace revolution led by Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat who reasonably thought she has a better claim on the throne. After being deposed, Ivan grew up in prison and lived there until the time of UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat, when some not very bright Guards officer had an idea to put Ivan back on the throne and become a chancellor; both were executed.

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* The only regency in the history of TsaristRussia UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia was when Anna Ioannovna the Bloody's heir Ivan VI was still a one year old. The child's mother, Princess Anna Leopoldovna, was appointed regent. However this didn't last long; the baby tsar was deposed by a palace revolution led by Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat who reasonably thought she has a better claim on the throne. After being deposed, Ivan grew up in prison and lived there until the time of UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat, when some not very bright Guards officer had an idea to put Ivan back on the throne and become a chancellor; both were executed.
5th May '17 7:03:15 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': In "The Malefic Hopscotch Grid", Iznogoud plans to use the titular grid to turn the Caliph into a kid so he can rule Baghdad as a regent.
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