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13th Jan '17 6:41:52 AM Morgenthaler
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** Chief Judge [[MeaningfulName Cal]] in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story "The Day The Law Died" (collected as ''Judge Caligula'') is, as the name suggests, closely based on the Emperor (even being drawn to resemble Creator/JohnHurt in ''Series/IClaudius''). [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula]] (allegedly) made his horse a senator; Cal made his goldfish Deputy Chief Judge. Caligula demanded grandiose building projects; Cal expected the citizens to build a mile high wall around Mega-City One in a week. He also argued with deceased former Chief Judges, preserved his execution victims in vinegar, and sentenced the ''[[OmnicidalManiac entire city]]'' to death ''twice''. At least the mile-high wall actually helped protect the city later on.

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** ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
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Chief Judge [[MeaningfulName Cal]] in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story "The Day The Law Died" (collected as ''Judge Caligula'') is, as the name suggests, closely based on the Emperor (even being drawn to resemble Creator/JohnHurt in ''Series/IClaudius''). [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula]] (allegedly) made his horse a senator; Cal made his goldfish Deputy Chief Judge. Caligula demanded grandiose building projects; Cal expected the citizens to build a mile high wall around Mega-City One in a week. He also argued with deceased former Chief Judges, preserved his execution victims in vinegar, and sentenced the ''[[OmnicidalManiac entire city]]'' to death ''twice''. At least the mile-high wall actually helped protect the city later on.on.
*** Subverted however with the version of Judge Cal who shows up in "Helter Skelter". He's from an AlternateUniverse where he actually killed Judge Dredd and has been the tyrannical ruler of Mega-City One for over 20 years, precisely because unlike his mainstream counterpart he wasn't insane (just evil), allowing him to make more rational choices. He's still indicated to be a BadBoss though.
5th Jan '17 8:46:46 PM Liangnui
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* Were he to achieve his goal of taking over Fishman Island, Hodi Jones would easily be this - his immediate plans would be to slaughter anyone on the island who wants to live in peace with [[FantasticRacism humans]], followed by going to a council of kings with the intended purpose of murdering them all.
* Eneru/Enel from the Skypiea Arc could fit this as well. No regard for others, carelessly strikes down anyone with a dissenting opinion, an AGodAmI complex, goes even more batshit insane when someone he can't instantly beat beats his ass? Yup. He's as bad as any World Noble ever was.

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* ** Were he to achieve his goal of taking over Fishman Island, Hodi Hody Jones would easily be this - his immediate plans would be to slaughter anyone on the island who wants to live in peace with [[FantasticRacism humans]], followed by going to a council of kings with the intended purpose of murdering them all.
* ** Eneru/Enel from the Skypiea Arc could fit this as well. No regard for others, carelessly strikes down anyone with a dissenting opinion, an AGodAmI complex, goes even more batshit insane when someone he can't instantly beat beats his ass? Yup. He's as bad as any World Noble ever was.
31st Dec '16 12:44:57 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/BarbariansRising'' doesn't feature Caligula himself, but it does have Valentinian III during the Attila/Geiseric segment. He's incompetent as a ruler but still wants to rule, and as a result is paranoid that ''everyone'' is plotting to usurp him since they keep going behind his back (mostly to protect Rome, but his sister is just power-hungry and is manipulated by Geiseric). [[spoiler:This leads to him murdering General Aetius after Aetius defeats Attila and then having his mother, the actual mastermind in the family, executed. He's assassinated afterwards by troops loyal to Aetius, but the damage is done.]]



--> ''I listen not to sympathy''
--> ''Whilst ruler of this land''
--> ''Withdraw your feeble aches and moans''
--> ''Or suffer smite from this, my hand!''

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--> ''I listen not to sympathy''
-->
sympathy''\\
''Whilst ruler of this land''
-->
land''\\
''Withdraw your feeble aches and moans''
-->
moans''\\
''Or suffer smite from this, my hand!''
30th Dec '16 4:24:57 PM gb00393
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** Karl Tanner's reign at Craster's Keep involves a great deal of violence and debauchery.
8th Dec '16 1:25:11 PM FrolloBaggins
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* There is UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} himself, who appears in the guise of Jay Robinson in ''Film/TheRobe'' (1953) and ''Film/DemetriusAndTheGladiators'' (1954) and of Malcolm [=McDowell=] in (what else?) ''Caligula'' (1979).

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* There is UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} himself, who appears in the guise of Jay Robinson in ''Film/TheRobe'' (1953) and ''Film/DemetriusAndTheGladiators'' (1954) and of Malcolm [=McDowell=] in (what else?) ''Caligula'' ''{{Film/Caligula}}'' (1979).
17th Nov '16 2:10:58 AM BNSF1995
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** King of Ooo, after he usurped the Candy Kingdom throne from Princess Bubblegum, was this in spades. He [[NeverMyFault always blamed his shortcomings on other people]], made the Banana Guards wear wigs resembling his hair, have Finn and Jake wear clunky, weird-looking armor, and was willing to send his subjects to their deaths in battle against the Cloud Monster.
11th Nov '16 6:19:15 AM GnomeTitan
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*** Crayak, before he became [[EldritchAbomination something that could not be properly described in English,]] just wanted to ''[[OmnicidalManiac destroy all other life he came across]], [[ForTheEvulz just for fun]].'' [[CosmicHorror Now…]]

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*** Crayak, before he became [[EldritchAbomination something that could not be properly described in English,]] just wanted to ''[[OmnicidalManiac destroy all other life he came across]], [[ForTheEvulz just for fun]].'' [[CosmicHorror Now…]]Now…]]



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us both King Aerys II "The Mad" Targaryen and King Joffrey Baratheon (who knew a 13-year-old could be that psychotic?). The former was the worst king that Westeros ever had, and a powerful 300-year old dynasty was overthrown because of his insane actions. Bonus points for [[BodyguardBetrayal being killed by one of his bodyguards]]. The latter's reckless, childish cruelty and love of ordering executions resulted in a continent-wide civil war. Ironically, if Joffrey's father actually was who he says he was then Joffrey would be distantly related to Aerys[[note]]via his supposed father's paternal grandmother being a Targaryen, and ''far'' more indirectly by House Baratheon being an illegitimate cadet branch of House Targaryen, going back to Aegon I's bastard brother Orys.[[/note]], but Joffrey was actually fathered by [[BrotherSisterIncest his mother's twin brother]] and his grandparents were KissingCousins, so this streak of insanity [[NotMeThisTime for once]] genetically has nothing to do with the Targaryens. Thankfully, to date his siblings Tommen and Myrcella have shown no signs of following his path despite identical lineage.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us both ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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King Aerys II "The Mad" Targaryen and King Joffrey Baratheon (who knew a 13-year-old could be that psychotic?). The former was the worst king that Westeros ever had, and a powerful 300-year old dynasty was overthrown because of his insane actions. Bonus points for [[BodyguardBetrayal being killed by one of his bodyguards]]. The latter's
** King Joffrey Baratheon's
reckless, childish cruelty and love of ordering executions resulted results in a continent-wide civil war. Ironically, if Joffrey's father actually was who he says he was then Joffrey would be distantly related to Aerys[[note]]via his supposed father's paternal grandmother being a Targaryen, and ''far'' more indirectly by House Baratheon being an illegitimate cadet branch of House Targaryen, going back to Aegon I's bastard brother Orys.[[/note]], but Joffrey was actually fathered by [[BrotherSisterIncest his mother's twin brother]] and his grandparents were KissingCousins, so this streak of insanity [[NotMeThisTime for once]] genetically has nothing to do with the Targaryens. Thankfully, to date his siblings Tommen and Myrcella have shown no signs of following his path despite identical lineage.



* The ruling Urga line of Cthol Murgos in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' [[RoyallyScrewedUp all reliably go insane before late middle age]]. Taur Urgas is said to execute people for stepping on his shadow and encourages his sons to kill each other so the strongest one could claim the throne; when the king of Algaria kills him, he turns completely animalistic in his death throes. Urgit, his successor in the ''Mallorean'', survived to that point by stealing a key to the treasury and hiring assassins; he's actually sane, if a DeadpanSnarker, but that's because [[spoiler:he's not Taur Urgas's son at all - his mother had an affair with Silk's father, and he was the result. Thankfully for Cthol Murgos, the Urga bloodline has died out.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'':
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The ruling Urga line of Cthol Murgos in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' [[RoyallyScrewedUp all reliably go insane before late middle age]]. Taur Urgas is said to execute people for stepping on his shadow and encourages his sons to kill each other so the strongest one could can claim the throne; when the king of Algaria kills him, he turns completely animalistic in his death throes. throes.
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Urgit, his successor in the ''Mallorean'', survived to that point by stealing a key to the treasury and hiring assassins; he's actually sane, if a DeadpanSnarker, but that's because [[spoiler:he's not Taur Urgas's son at all - his mother had an affair with Silk's father, and he was the result. Thankfully for Cthol Murgos, the Urga bloodline has died out.]]
9th Oct '16 5:52:55 PM redandready45
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* In another Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story, ''Literature/TwilightOfTheRedTsar'', UsefulNotes/Joseph Stalin survives the stroke that killed him in 1953. [[EvilCripple Confined to a wheel chair]], the man lives to unleash another reign of terror upon Russia, sending many apparatchiks, including loyal followers like [[spoiler: Molotov and Khrushchev]] to torture and death, and turning the Doctor's Plot into a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName pogrom against Russia's Jews]], [[spoiler: and later ethnically cleanses Russia of Baltic and Caucasian people. Just before his death, he obliterates the People's Republic of China in a brutal war, complete with nuclear weapons and poison gas]].

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* In another Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story, ''Literature/TwilightOfTheRedTsar'', UsefulNotes/Joseph Stalin UsefulNotes/JosefStalin survives the stroke that killed him in 1953. [[EvilCripple Confined to a wheel chair]], the man lives to unleash another reign of terror upon Russia, sending many apparatchiks, including loyal followers like [[spoiler: Molotov and Khrushchev]] to torture and death, and turning the Doctor's Plot into a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName pogrom against Russia's Jews]], [[spoiler: and later ethnically cleanses Russia of Baltic and Caucasian people. Just before his death, he obliterates the People's Republic of China in a brutal war, complete with nuclear weapons and poison gas]].
9th Oct '16 5:51:53 PM redandready45
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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.

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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''']].
* In another Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom story, ''Literature/TwilightOfTheRedTsar'', UsefulNotes/Joseph Stalin survives the stroke that killed him in 1953. [[EvilCripple Confined to a wheel chair]], the man lives to unleash another reign of terror upon Russia, sending many apparatchiks, including loyal followers like [[spoiler: Molotov and Khrushchev]] to torture and death, and turning the Doctor's Plot into a [[ANaziByAnyOtherName pogrom against Russia's Jews]], [[spoiler: and later ethnically cleanses Russia of Baltic and Caucasian people. Just before his death, he obliterates the People's Republic of China in a brutal war, complete with nuclear weapons and poison gas]].
9th Oct '16 3:26:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* King Kel in ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog''



* Chief Judge [[MeaningfulName Cal]] in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story "The Day The Law Died" (collected as ''Judge Caligula'') is, as the name suggests, closely based on the Emperor (even being drawn to resemble Creator/JohnHurt in ''Series/IClaudius''). [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula]] (allegedly) made his horse a senator; Cal made his goldfish Deputy Chief Judge. Caligula demanded grandiose building projects; Cal expected the citizens to build a mile high wall around Mega-City One in a week. He also argued with deceased former Chief Judges, preserved his execution victims in vinegar, and sentenced the ''[[OmnicidalManiac entire city]]'' to death ''twice''. At least the mile-high wall actually helped protect the city later on.

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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'':
%%** King Kel in ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog''
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Chief Judge [[MeaningfulName Cal]] in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story "The Day The Law Died" (collected as ''Judge Caligula'') is, as the name suggests, closely based on the Emperor (even being drawn to resemble Creator/JohnHurt in ''Series/IClaudius''). [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula]] (allegedly) made his horse a senator; Cal made his goldfish Deputy Chief Judge. Caligula demanded grandiose building projects; Cal expected the citizens to build a mile high wall around Mega-City One in a week. He also argued with deceased former Chief Judges, preserved his execution victims in vinegar, and sentenced the ''[[OmnicidalManiac entire city]]'' to death ''twice''. At least the mile-high wall actually helped protect the city later on.on.
** ''ComicBook/{{Aquila}}'': Emperor Nero (who is incidentally the TropeNamer's nephew) is a total lunatic who spends most of his time having people tortured and crucified by the thousands to end his boredom.
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