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22nd Oct '17 9:23:51 AM ZimFan89
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** He's not the king, but Robert Arryn, a six-year-old who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "''bad men fly''" (people he doesn't like being thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] as his chief counselor...although it seems that Littlefinger has made him ''less'' of a brat, teaching him to respect his inferiors at least a ''little'' bit. [[spoiler: Though, with Littlefinger being executed at the end of Season 7, there's a chance.]]

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** He's not the king, but Robert Arryn, a six-year-old who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "''bad men fly''" (people he doesn't like being thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] as his chief counselor...although it seems that Littlefinger has made him ''less'' of a brat, teaching him to respect his inferiors at least a ''little'' bit. [[spoiler: Though, with Littlefinger being executed at the end of Season 7, there's a chance.]]



** He's not the king, but Robin Arryn[[note]]a renamed Robert Arryn[[/note]], a [[AgeLift twelve-year-old]] who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "''bad men fly''" (people he doesn't like be thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] as his chief counselor...

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** He's not the king, but Robin Arryn[[note]]a renamed Robert Arryn[[/note]], a [[AgeLift twelve-year-old]] who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "''bad men fly''" (people he doesn't like be thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] as his chief counselor... [[spoiler: Though, with Littlefinger being executed at the end of Season 7, there's a chance he can get better.]]
22nd Oct '17 6:20:02 AM HeyFella
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* [[BigBad King]] SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}} from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' comes off this way in the [=RPGs=]. But he's [[AFatherToHisMen not this way]] in other games.

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* [[BigBad King]] SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}} [[Characters/SuperMarioBrosBowser Bowser]] from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' comes off this way in the [=RPGs=]. But he's [[AFatherToHisMen not this way]] in other games.
13th Oct '17 4:39:06 PM EnchantedCoalition
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* Anybody who has ever played ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' for more than five minutes knows that [[TheEvilPrince Prince Luca Blight]] may even dwarf [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula himself]] in the AxCrazy psycho department. This is a man who [[MoralEventHorizon had his country's equivalent of the Boy Scouts murdered to restart a pointless war]], and when burning entire towns to the ground [[ForTheEvulz for the hell of it]], would round up, torture, and slaughter every single villager one by one ''personally'' while [[EvilLaugh laughing merrily]] with a [[SlasherSmile smile on his face]]. Deconstructed when [[spoiler:shortly after he becomes the king, his own subordinates help the heroes ambush him as they know that he is too insane to be trusted with so much power.]]

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* Anybody who has ever played ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' for more than five minutes knows that [[TheEvilPrince Prince Luca Blight]] may even dwarf [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula himself]] in the AxCrazy psycho department. This is a man who [[MoralEventHorizon had his country's equivalent of the Boy Scouts murdered to restart a pointless war]], and when burning entire towns to the ground [[ForTheEvulz for the hell of it]], would round up, torture, and slaughter every single villager one by one ''personally'' while [[EvilLaugh laughing merrily]] with a [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]] [[SlasherSmile smile on his face]]. Deconstructed when [[spoiler:shortly after he becomes the king, his own subordinates help the heroes ambush him as they know that he is too insane to be trusted with so much power.]]
9th Oct '17 12:15:49 PM BeerBaron
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** The series' backstory feature an example in Emperor Pelagius the Mad. Born Thoriz Pelagius Septim, he briefly ruled the Third Tamriellic Empire from 3E 145 to 3E 153. Infamous for his eccentricities, he certainly lived up to his nickname. He suffered from extreme weight and [[MoodSwinger mood]] fluctuations, and tried to hang himself at the end of a royal ball. He insisted on his palace always being [[NeatFreak kept clean]] and (perhaps apocryphally) was said to defecate on the floors to keep his servants busy. He would only communicate with the [[LizardFolk Argonian]] ambassador in grunts and squeaks, believing it to be the Argonian language. He'd frequently strip naked in public and, toward the end of his life, would attack and bite visitors. After his madness became too publicly apparent, he was declared unfit to rule and his wife by arranged marriage, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmeri]] former Duchess of Vvardenfell, Katariah, took over as [[RegentForLife Empress Regent]]. (The only non-human to rule the Third Empire.) Pelagius was institutionalized and died only a few years later, but his legacy as the Mad Emperor lives on.

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** The An example from the series' backstory feature is Reman Cyrodiil, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Second Tamriellic Empire. [[AChildShallLeadThem Coronated as a child]], history records Reman as a scary, at times psychotic, and violently decadent ruler. How decadent? He made Sanguine, [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[FunPersonified Debauchery]] and [[TheHedonist Hedonism]], so uncomfortable ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards that he left Reman]]''. However, unlike many examples of the trope, [[BunnyEarsLawyer Reman was also an incredibly skilled and successful leader]]. Starting as something of a ChildProdigy, Reman first reunited the two halves of Cyrodiil (Colovia and Nibenay), and then the other kingdoms of Men (High Rock and Skyrim). Later, he successfully defeated the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders and absorbed the survivors into his [[RisingEmpire fledgling proto-empire]], where they would serve him as [[CadreOfForeignBodyguards a foreign]] PraetorianGuard. Though Imperial dogma [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade typically leaves out or whitewashes his negative traits]], he is (justifiably) remembered as one of the greatest rulers in Cyrodiilic history.
** Another backstory
example in is Emperor Pelagius the Mad. Born Thoriz Pelagius Septim, he briefly ruled the Third Tamriellic Empire from 3E 145 to 3E 153. Infamous for his eccentricities, he certainly lived up to his nickname. He suffered from extreme weight and [[MoodSwinger mood]] fluctuations, and tried to hang himself at the end of a royal ball. He insisted on his palace always being [[NeatFreak kept clean]] and (perhaps apocryphally) was said to defecate on the floors to keep his servants busy. He would only communicate with the [[LizardFolk Argonian]] ambassador in grunts and squeaks, believing it to be the Argonian language. He'd frequently strip naked in public and, toward the end of his life, would attack and bite visitors. After his madness became too publicly apparent, he was declared unfit to rule and his wife by arranged marriage, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmeri]] former Duchess of Vvardenfell, Katariah, took over as [[RegentForLife Empress Regent]]. (The only non-human to rule the Third Empire.) Pelagius was institutionalized and died only a few years later, but his legacy as the Mad Emperor lives on.
7th Oct '17 4:41:44 PM Sparkysharps
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** LightNovel spinoff {{Literature}}/FateStrangeFake adds Richard the Lionheart to the list. Far more interested in playing the hero of a ChivalricRomance than actually being a good king, Richard wound up dragging his kingdom into expensive, bloody, and ultimately pointless wars as a misguided attempt to chase the legend of his idol, King Arthur. Richard himself seems quite aware of this, even admitting that Prince John was entirely justified in his attempted coup against him.

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** LightNovel spinoff {{Literature}}/FateStrangeFake ''FateStrangeFake'' adds Richard the Lionheart to the list. Far more interested in playing the hero of a ChivalricRomance than actually being a good king, Richard wound up dragging his kingdom into expensive, bloody, and ultimately pointless wars as a misguided attempt to chase the legend of his idol, King Arthur. Richard himself seems quite aware of this, even admitting that Prince John was entirely justified in his attempted coup against him.
7th Oct '17 4:40:45 PM Sparkysharps
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** The spin off games, ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' and ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' feature two others from history, {{UsefulNotes/Nero}} in the former and {{UsefulNotes/Caligula}} himself in the latter. The former is obsessed with being loved by her ([[GenderFlip yes, her]]) subjects and while an AttentionWhore and very arrogant, she apparently intended well and was very popular with the common people but not the nobles. Her uncle Caligula, on the other hand, is stated to have been driven mad by the affections of the Moon in this universe and is implied to be a ReluctantMonster who wants the Grail to cure his insanity.

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** The spin off spinoff games, ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' and ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' feature two others from history, {{UsefulNotes/Nero}} in the former and {{UsefulNotes/Caligula}} himself in the latter. The former is obsessed with being loved by her ([[GenderFlip yes, her]]) subjects and while an AttentionWhore and very arrogant, she apparently intended well and was very popular with the common people but not the nobles. Her uncle Caligula, on the other hand, is stated to have been driven mad by the affections of the Moon in this universe and is implied to be a ReluctantMonster who wants the Grail to cure his insanity.insanity.
** LightNovel spinoff {{Literature}}/FateStrangeFake adds Richard the Lionheart to the list. Far more interested in playing the hero of a ChivalricRomance than actually being a good king, Richard wound up dragging his kingdom into expensive, bloody, and ultimately pointless wars as a misguided attempt to chase the legend of his idol, King Arthur. Richard himself seems quite aware of this, even admitting that Prince John was entirely justified in his attempted coup against him.
5th Oct '17 12:38:10 PM BeerBaron
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* A somewhat more humorous example of the trope is referenced in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s back story, detailed in the in-game book ''The Madness of Pelagius''. Pelagius was given an amulet that drained his sanity over the years (this part only shows up in in-universe semi-fictional works. More scholarly works back up the madness, just not why he was mad). Early on, his weight would shift alarmingly from overweight to anorexic. He was known to have locked foreign princes and princesses in his room with him until their countries threatened to wage war, but his madness became much more noticeable when he stripped naked during a speech. This was ''before'' being crowned emperor. When an Argonian diplomat came to Tamriel, Pelagius insisted on speaking in what he believed to be its "natural language:" Grunts and squeaks. The book mentions him ordering his servants to clean the palace early in the morning; he is said to have defecated upon the floor to give them something to do, but this is described as "probably apocryphal." After he began to bite and attack visitors to the palace, he was moved to an asylum, his last act on Earth being to outlaw death. On his deathbed. This is a borderline example, since he didn't actually rule the empire.
** ''The Elder Scrolls'' also has Sheogorath, appropriately the god of madness. He features heavily in ''Oblivion'''s ExpansionPack, where the player can visit his realm. Though not nearly as dangerous or unpredictable as other Caligulas, Sheogorath does have his eccentricities, including going into a rant about cheese while briefing his champion on a mission, making burning dogs fall from the sky, alternating randomly between happy and violently threatening, and [[spoiler:having a SplitPersonality: the expansion pack's Big Bad]].
*** He is also implied to have several personalities and random, semi-frequent bouts of more specific neuroses, such as hypochondria. And anyone who grows facial hair is to be executed. Because only the Lord Sheogorath is allowed to grow a beard, obviously.
*** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', it's shown that Pelagius' mind is the vacation spot of Sheogorath. When the player stumbles upon it, Sheogorath actually [[PetTheDog tasks you with curing Pelagius' madness]] by [[EnemyWithin strengthening his self-confidence]], [[YourWorstNightmare ridding his night terrors]] and [[EvilMatriarch conquering his fear of his mother]].

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* A somewhat more humorous ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The series' backstory feature an
example of the trope is referenced in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s back story, detailed in the in-game book ''The Madness of Pelagius''. Emperor Pelagius was given an amulet that drained the Mad. Born Thoriz Pelagius Septim, he briefly ruled the Third Tamriellic Empire from 3E 145 to 3E 153. Infamous for his sanity over the years (this part only shows eccentricities, he certainly lived up in in-universe semi-fictional works. More scholarly works back up the madness, just not why he was mad). Early on, to his nickname. He suffered from extreme weight and [[MoodSwinger mood]] fluctuations, and tried to hang himself at the end of a royal ball. He insisted on his palace always being [[NeatFreak kept clean]] and (perhaps apocryphally) was said to defecate on the floors to keep his servants busy. He would shift alarmingly from overweight to anorexic. He was known to have locked foreign princes and princesses in his room only communicate with him until their countries threatened the [[LizardFolk Argonian]] ambassador in grunts and squeaks, believing it to wage war, but be the Argonian language. He'd frequently strip naked in public and, toward the end of his life, would attack and bite visitors. After his madness became much more noticeable when too publicly apparent, he stripped naked during a speech. This was ''before'' being crowned emperor. When an Argonian diplomat came declared unfit to Tamriel, rule and his wife by arranged marriage, the [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmeri]] former Duchess of Vvardenfell, Katariah, took over as [[RegentForLife Empress Regent]]. (The only non-human to rule the Third Empire.) Pelagius insisted on speaking in what he believed to be its "natural language:" Grunts was institutionalized and squeaks. The book mentions him ordering died only a few years later, but his servants to clean legacy as the palace early in the morning; he is said to have defecated upon the floor to give them something to do, but this is described as "probably apocryphal." After he began to bite and attack visitors to the palace, he was moved to an asylum, his last act on Earth being to outlaw death. On his deathbed. Mad Emperor lives on.
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This is a borderline example, since he didn't actually rule the empire.
** ''The Elder Scrolls''
also has applies to Sheogorath, appropriately the god [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of madness. He features heavily in ''Oblivion'''s ExpansionPack, where the player can visit his realm. [[MadGod Madness]]. Though not nearly as dangerous or unpredictable as other Caligulas, Sheogorath does have his eccentricities, including going into and being a ''god'', his rare bouts of violence are all the more ''[[AxeCrazy dangerous]]''. As a sampling of his actions throughout the series, he has [[ColonyDrop thrown a rogue moon at a city]], caused burning dogs fall from the sky, gone on a rant about cheese while briefing his champion on a mission, making burning dogs fall from has had people killed for growing facial hair, and has had mortals killed/maimed/psychologically tortured to win bets against the sky, other Daedric Princes.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion heavily features Sheogorath, with it taking place in his eponymous [[EldritchLocation Daedric]] [[FisherKingdom realm]]. He acts as the expansion's BigGood, while still
alternating randomly between being happy and violently threatening, and [[spoiler:having a SplitPersonality: the expansion pack's Big Bad]].
*** He
threatening. [[spoiler:He is also implied revealed to have several personalities and random, semi-frequent bouts of more specific neuroses, such as hypochondria. And anyone who grows facial hair is to be executed. Because only a LiteralSplitPersonality, with his other half being the Lord Sheogorath is allowed to grow a beard, obviously.
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expansion's ''BigBad'']]. As part of saving his realm, he [[spoiler:passes the [[AGodIsYou mantle of Sheogorath]] onto the [[PlayerCharacter Champion of Cyrodiil]]]].
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In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', it's shown that Pelagius' mind is the vacation spot of Sheogorath. When the player stumbles upon it, Sheogorath ([[spoiler:strongly implied to be the player character from ''Oblivion'']] actually [[PetTheDog tasks you with curing Pelagius' madness]] by [[EnemyWithin strengthening his self-confidence]], [[YourWorstNightmare ridding his night terrors]] terrors]], and [[EvilMatriarch conquering his fear of his mother]].
7th Sep '17 5:56:29 PM ZimFan89
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* In the AlternateHistory(.com) story ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', the Lesser Mao is a depraved maniac who takes control of China and turns the country into a giant Pol Pot-style killing field. Imagining himself as the second UsefulNotes/QinShiHuangdi and surrounding himself with the Terracotta Army statues is just the ''start'' of his madness. [[spoiler: When his troops rise up against his lunacy, he obliterates them- and the ''entire Kwangsi region'' - with '''a nuclear bomb''']].

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* In the AlternateHistory(.com) Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'', the Lesser Mao is a depraved maniac who takes control of China and turns the country into a giant Pol Pot-style killing field. Imagining himself as the second UsefulNotes/QinShiHuangdi and surrounding himself with the Terracotta Army statues is just the ''start'' of his madness. [[spoiler: When his troops rise up against his lunacy, he obliterates them- and the ''entire Kwangsi region'' - with '''a nuclear bomb''']].


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* Yet another Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story, ''Literate/AMorePersonalUnion'', has the revolutionary known as Red Tiger, upon installing himself as the Emperor of China. Aside from the [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]] he and his followers partake in, his first decree is to start purging all "enemies of the people", which he defines as nobles, bureaucrats, scholars, and ''[[InsaneTrollLogic people who wear shoes]]''. It gets worse from there, with {{Kangaroo Court}}s and torture for said "criminals", starting a side war with Korea [[TheUriahGambit just to kill off his own allies]], and intentionally infecting people with smallpox and unleashing them in areas of the country he doesn't directly control.
31st Aug '17 3:42:34 AM Ilya_Rysenkov
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** He's not the king, but Robert Arryn, a six-year-old who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "''bad men fly''" (people he doesn't like being thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] as his chief counselor...although it seems that Littlefinger has made him ''less'' of a brat, teaching him to respect his inferiors at least a ''little'' bit.

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** He's not the king, but Robert Arryn, a six-year-old who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "''bad men fly''" (people he doesn't like being thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got [[TheChessmaster Littlefinger]] as his chief counselor...although it seems that Littlefinger has made him ''less'' of a brat, teaching him to respect his inferiors at least a ''little'' bit. [[spoiler: Though, with Littlefinger being executed at the end of Season 7, there's a chance.]]
18th Aug '17 8:56:48 AM VisitorAlex
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* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', as expected from a [[{{Sadist}} sadistic]], AxCrazy PsychopathicManChild [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] MadeOfEvil. Not only commits carnage and genocide on a regular basis, he is more than willing to welcomes a lot of criminals and gangsters in his BadFuture, a surprisingly disturbing {{dystopia}}.
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