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15th Jul '17 10:07:42 AM JackG
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* Spoofed in ''How To Be A Villain'' by Neil Zawacki, when the author suggests that not actually existing might be a possible strategy for a BigBadWannabe. Everyone's afraid of you, but as no-one knows where you are they can't kill you either.
30th May '17 1:53:09 AM eschlowx
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* Discussed in ''Literature/BattleRoyale''. As Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada discuss the nature of the totalitarian Greater East Asian government, Kawada suggests that the head of the government, known as the Leader to the public, may just be a figurehead, with the true power lying elsewhere. However, there's no indication given of whether or not this is true.
19th Apr '17 1:28:39 AM eschlowx
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* In ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Alice's newly-found [[BigBadFriend best friend Yoriko Tajima]] not only the immortal, telepathic Boss of the Organization, but she has also been using her powers to rule Japan from the shadows since World War II.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'', it turns out Alice eventually discovers that [[spoiler:Alice's newly-found [[spoiler:her new-found [[BigBadFriend best friend Yoriko Tajima]] is not only the immortal, telepathic Boss of [[TheSyndicate the Organization, Organization]], but that she has also been using her powers to rule Japan from the shadows since World War II.]]
19th Apr '17 1:26:23 AM eschlowx
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:the society within the walls is ruled by one. The Fritz royal family were actually puppets, and the true royal family is House Reiss, led by King Rod Reiss, Krista's (AKA Historia Reiss) biological father]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'', it turns out that [[spoiler:Alice's newly-found [[BigBadFriend best friend Yoriko Tajima]] not only the immortal, telepathic Boss of the Organization, but she has also been using her powers to rule Japan from the shadows since World War II.]]
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:the society within the walls is ruled by one. The Fritz royal family were actually puppets, [[PuppetKing puppets]], and the true royal family is House Reiss, led by King Rod Reiss, Krista's (AKA Historia Reiss) biological father]].
9th Apr '17 7:09:07 PM nombretomado
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* The Principal in the ''SchoolRumble'' manga.

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* The Principal in the ''SchoolRumble'' ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' manga.
8th Apr '17 1:35:17 PM nombretomado
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* Malkariss in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series only communicates by speaking to TheDragon Nadaz through his statue, refusing to let anyone see him directly. [[spoiler:When we find out what he actually looks like, he turns out to be weak and crippled, making him TheManBehindTheCurtain.]]

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* Malkariss in the ''{{Redwall}}'' ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' series only communicates by speaking to TheDragon Nadaz through his statue, refusing to let anyone see him directly. [[spoiler:When we find out what he actually looks like, he turns out to be weak and crippled, making him TheManBehindTheCurtain.]]
31st Mar '17 4:06:28 PM nombretomado
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* For years many people suspected that OsamaBinLaden was already dead and his terrorist organization was controlled by others. This was proven wrong in 2011 when US troops stormed his compound in Pakistan and killed him.

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* For years many people suspected that OsamaBinLaden UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden was already dead and his terrorist organization was controlled by others. This was proven wrong in 2011 when US troops stormed his compound in Pakistan and killed him.
16th Mar '17 10:42:21 AM nombretomado
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* Despot in ''TheNamelessMod'' is never seen, doesn't use an avatar when he [=PMs=] people and leaves everything to his second in command Ghand, but as he is a CloudCuckooLander things fall to the de facto second in command, King Kashue.

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* Despot in ''TheNamelessMod'' ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'' is never seen, doesn't use an avatar when he [=PMs=] people and leaves everything to his second in command Ghand, but as he is a CloudCuckooLander things fall to the de facto second in command, King Kashue.
12th Mar '17 5:48:12 PM kome360
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* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': No one in TheEmpire has actually ''seen'' the Emperor, not even the Darths on the Dark Council. He does have a network of "voices" and "hands" - avatars who have sacrificed their very existences to providing him a public face. That doesn't stop the Empire from their fanatic loyalty. Too bad it's completely misplaced as he's an omnicidal nut who doesn't give a damn about his empire ''or'' anything but wiping out everything in the universe but himself.\\
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At the end of the Jedi Knight class quest, [[spoiler: the Knight confronts and "kills" the Emperor himself. The Emperor persists as a Force ghost, as powerful Sith are wont to do.]] Then, in ''Shadow of Revan'', [[spoiler: Revan himself plans to reincarnate the Emperor and kill him properly this time -- except that, while he's successful at the first part, the second is beyond his abilities. The Emperor had deluded Revan into believing he could kill him; what if anything actually ''can'' has yet to be seen.]] The upshot of this is, [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Dark Council is in charge]] [[RegentForLife for all practical purposes]]. The ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'' expansion reveals why the Emperor hasn't been seen in centuries: [[spoiler:he was busy forming another empire under another identity that comes out of nowhere to conquer both the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic.]]

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* ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': No one in TheEmpire has actually ''seen'' the Emperor, not even the Darths on the Dark Council. He does have a network of "voices" and "hands" - avatars who have sacrificed their very existences to providing him a public face. That doesn't stop the Empire from their fanatic loyalty. Too bad it's completely misplaced as he's an omnicidal nut who doesn't give a damn about his empire ''or'' anything but wiping out everything in the universe but himself.\\
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himself.
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At the end of the Jedi Knight class quest, [[spoiler: the Knight confronts and "kills" the Emperor himself. The Emperor persists as a Force ghost, as powerful Sith are wont to do.]] Then, in ''Shadow of Revan'', [[spoiler: Revan himself plans to reincarnate the Emperor and kill him properly this time -- except that, while he's successful at the first part, the second is beyond his abilities. The Emperor had deluded Revan into believing he could kill him; what if anything actually ''can'' has yet to be seen.]] The upshot of this is, [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Dark Council is in charge]] [[RegentForLife for all practical purposes]]. The ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'' expansion reveals why the Emperor hasn't been seen in centuries: [[spoiler:he was busy forming another empire under another identity that comes out of nowhere to conquer both the Sith Empire and the Galactic Republic.]]]]
** In the end, we never get to see his true face. BUT, in Knights Of The Eternal Throne, we do get to see his father, so we now have enough data to make a calculated guess.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'': The overlord of TheEmpire, Kyros, is an enigma to almost everyone. Male characters tend to portray them as female, female characters tend to portray them as male (unless they're lesbians), and the ones who do know say ''not telling is funnier''. Whatever they are, they might be alien.
21st Dec '16 7:21:55 AM Mhazard
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May not exist at all, or could be dead. TheManBehindTheCurtain is also possible. Overlaps with NoOneSeesTheBoss, which deals with the overarching conspiracy surrounding our mystery person.

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May [[TheMan not exist at all, all]], or could be dead.DeadAllAlong, or [[EldritchAbomination not even human]] [[CosmicHorrorReveal to begin with]]. TheManBehindTheCurtain is also possible. Overlaps with NoOneSeesTheBoss, which deals with the overarching conspiracy surrounding our mystery person.
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