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17th Jul '16 9:21:34 AM Ninjabot
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** Ice King skirts around this as his status as crazy ruler of the ice kingdom started being undercut by his transition to TragicVillain.
11th Jul '16 7:29:50 PM karstovich2
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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...

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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.
10th Jul '16 10:42:47 AM JustinCognito
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* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has the Silver Fangs, the "ruling tribe" of werewolves, who, thanks to inbreeding with the royal houses of Europe, have an increasing tendency to be off their rockers.

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* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has the Silver Fangs, the "ruling tribe" of werewolves, who, thanks werewolves. Their tribal weakness is a tendency towards mental illness, a trait that has been ascribed to everything from a punishment laid down by Luna to inbreeding with the royal houses of Europe, have an increasing tendency to be off their rockers.Europe.
10th Jul '16 6:34:15 AM HotHead1987
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* General Sharpclaw in ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures''.
8th Jul '16 12:05:30 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' loves this trope. About half the domains are ruled by Caligulas (even if they're not the actual dark lord). Some examples include Othmar Bolshnik, who's on the brink of declaring himself king of a nation that withholds the title of "king" for their mythical religious ruler; Ivan Dilisnya, a paranoid opera fanatic who sends suspected enemies, actors who displease him, and anyone else he has a problem with to his Play Room; and Vlad Drakov, who seems to be the creators' attempt to put UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler and Hitler in a blender and see what comes out.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' loves this trope. About half the domains are ruled by Caligulas (even if they're not the actual dark lord). Some examples include Othmar Bolshnik, who's on the brink of declaring himself king of a nation that withholds the title of "king" for their mythical religious ruler; Ivan Dilisnya, a paranoid opera fanatic who sends suspected enemies, actors who displease him, and anyone else he has a problem with to his Play Room; and Vlad Drakov, who seems to be the creators' attempt to put UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler and Hitler in a blender and see what comes out. Subverted with Essan the Mad of Vechor; he's clearly bat-shit crazy and his subjects ''know'' it, but they seem to ''like'' him.
7th Jul '16 9:08:02 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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** Indeed, [[RoyallyScrewedUp the whole Targaryen dynasty]] had this trope going on multiple times along the way, to the point that a saying went that when Targaryens were born the gods flipped a coin: half of them were either good or competent rulers and the other half were Caligulas, with Aerys merely being the one who took it too far. Of Aerys' children, his son Rhaegar and daughter Daenerys were sane[[note]]though in her case that's for now[[/note]], while his other son Viserys was the next Caligula-to-be. The dynastic tradition of BrotherSisterIncest might have had something to do with this, to the point that Daenerys' great-grandfather (who married a non-Targaryen) intended to end this practice and was quite displeased when his children copied his MarryForLove decision but married ''each other'' and then forced their own children, the aforementioned Aerys and Rhaella, into this themselves.

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** Indeed, [[RoyallyScrewedUp the whole Targaryen dynasty]] had this trope going on multiple times along the way, to the point that a saying went that when Targaryens were born the gods flipped a coin: half of them were either good or competent rulers and the other half were Caligulas, with Aerys merely being the one who took it too far. Of Aerys' children, his son Rhaegar and daughter Daenerys were sane[[note]]though in her case that's for now[[/note]], are of questionable sanity, while his other son Viserys was the next Caligula-to-be. The dynastic tradition of BrotherSisterIncest might have had something to do with this, to the point that Daenerys' great-grandfather (who married a non-Targaryen) intended to end this practice and was quite displeased when his children copied his MarryForLove decision but married ''each other'' and then forced their own children, the aforementioned Aerys and Rhaella, into this themselves.
7th Jul '16 9:05:46 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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Due to their continuing close proximity to the Caligula, members of the court ([[DeadlyDecadentCourt decadent]] or [[StandardRoyalCourt otherwise]]) will be the primary targets of his fits of rage. Nobody within reach is safe from him, whether they be nobles, servants, bureaucrats, foreign ambassadors, or even members of his own family. The Caligula is very definitely a BadBoss. With any luck, thanks to TheStarscream[=/=]ReliableTraitor[=/=]LaResistance, a conspiracy will eventually develop to [[DeadlyEuphemism remove the crazy sovereign from his post... permanently]].

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Due to their continuing close proximity to the Caligula, members of the court ([[DeadlyDecadentCourt decadent]] or [[StandardRoyalCourt otherwise]]) will be the primary targets of his fits of rage. Nobody within reach is safe from him, whether they be nobles, servants, bureaucrats, foreign ambassadors, or even members of his own family. The Caligula is very definitely a BadBoss. With any luck, thanks to TheStarscream[=/=]ReliableTraitor[=/=]LaResistance, TheStarscream[=/=]LaResistance, a conspiracy will eventually develop to [[DeadlyEuphemism remove the crazy sovereign from his post... permanently]].
8th Jun '16 7:53:21 PM Prfnoff
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* King Zephiel in ''[=FE6=]'' is pretty far off the handle, too. After all, the most seriously disturbing facial expression in [=FE7=] is Zephiel's mad gaze at the end of the epilogue...and this is a game whose BigBad has a MadEye with a [[GoodScarsEvilScars nasty scar]] over it. Yeah, he's seriously wacked... and the saddest thing is that [[UsedToBeASweetKid he wasn't always like that]].



** Mad King Ashnard, SocialDarwinist villain of ''FireEmblem: Path of Radiance''. In order to be crowned king, [[MoralEventHorizon he orchestrated a plague that wiped out a large amount of his country's population]] to get rid of the many nobles who were ahead of him in the line of succession. Notable for attempting to start a worldwide conflict and release a dark god on the world [[ForTheEvulz just because he felt like it]]. After touching an amulet that was established to drive most humans into a mindless killing rage, his personality remained unchanged, the implication being that he couldn't possibly become any worse than he already was. Interestingly enough, he wasn't considered to be a bad ruler by the common people of Daein, largely due to his policy of awarding high-level positions to anyone of sufficient skill.

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** King Zephiel in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Binding Blade]]'' is pretty far off the handle. After all, the most seriously disturbing facial expression in ''Blazing Sword'' is Zephiel's mad gaze at the end of the epilogue...and this is a game whose BigBad has a MadEye with a [[GoodScarsEvilScars nasty scar]] over it. Yeah, he's seriously wacked... and the saddest thing is that [[UsedToBeASweetKid he wasn't always like that]].
** Mad King Ashnard, SocialDarwinist villain of ''FireEmblem: ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance''.Radiance]]''. In order to be crowned king, [[MoralEventHorizon he orchestrated a plague that wiped out a large amount of his country's population]] to get rid of the many nobles who were ahead of him in the line of succession. Notable for attempting to start a worldwide conflict and release a dark god on the world [[ForTheEvulz just because he felt like it]]. After touching an amulet that was established to drive most humans into a mindless killing rage, his personality remained unchanged, the implication being that he couldn't possibly become any worse than he already was. Interestingly enough, he wasn't considered to be a bad ruler by the common people of Daein, largely due to his policy of awarding high-level positions to anyone of sufficient skill.
7th Jun '16 12:50:40 PM maximsk
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** Indeed, [[RoyallyScrewedUp the whole Targaryen dynasty]] had this trope going on multiple times along the way, to the point that a saying went that when Targaryens were born the gods flipped a coin: half of them were either good or competent rulers and the other half were Caligulas, with Aerys merely being the one who took it too far. Of Aerys' children, his son Rhaegar and daughter Daenerys were sane[[note]]though in her case that's for now[[/note]], while his other son Viserys was the next Caligula-to-be. The dynastic tradition of BrotherSisterIncest might have had something to do with this, to the point that Daenerys' great-grandfather (who married a non-Targaryen) intended to end this practice and was quite displeased when his children copied his MarryForLove decision but married ''each other'' and then forced their own children, the aforementioned Aeyrs and Rhaella, into this themselves.

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** Indeed, [[RoyallyScrewedUp the whole Targaryen dynasty]] had this trope going on multiple times along the way, to the point that a saying went that when Targaryens were born the gods flipped a coin: half of them were either good or competent rulers and the other half were Caligulas, with Aerys merely being the one who took it too far. Of Aerys' children, his son Rhaegar and daughter Daenerys were sane[[note]]though in her case that's for now[[/note]], while his other son Viserys was the next Caligula-to-be. The dynastic tradition of BrotherSisterIncest might have had something to do with this, to the point that Daenerys' great-grandfather (who married a non-Targaryen) intended to end this practice and was quite displeased when his children copied his MarryForLove decision but married ''each other'' and then forced their own children, the aforementioned Aeyrs Aerys and Rhaella, into this themselves.
28th May '16 9:44:08 AM Gamermaster
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** For reference, when the Straw Hats went to rescue Hachi's mermaid friend from being sold into slavery, one of the "nobles" decided to shoot random people for no reason other than the thought occurred to him. And everyone -- meaning everyone, including the people who normally wouldn't stand for such insanity -- were shocked beyond words when Luffy blasted the bastard with his Gum Gum Pistol.

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** For reference, when the Straw Hats went to rescue Hachi's mermaid friend from being sold into slavery, one of the "nobles" decided to shoot random people for no reason other than the thought occurred to him. And everyone -- meaning everyone, including the people who normally wouldn't stand for such insanity -- were shocked beyond words when Luffy blasted punched the bastard with his Gum Gum Pistol.in the face.
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