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27th Sep '16 2:56:54 AM Ramona122003
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Frieza is a [[AxCrazy violent]] tyrant who readily kills his own men when he's in a foul mood, but [[SanitySlippage he really falls off the deep end]] after his defeat to Goku. When he's rebuilt into a cyborg, he rushes to Earth with his dad to get revenge, and is killed by Future Trunks. When he's revived, instead of listening to his men who beg him to leave the Super Saiyan alone and rebuild his failing empire, he ignores them and devotes all his remaining resources to invading Earth. Although he last longer against Goku and Vegeta thanks to his four months of training, he's killed again in the end, and what is left of his empire also [[NiceJobFixingItVillain dies on Earth]].
9th Sep '16 10:05:39 AM Morgenthaler
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[[TropeNamer Named]] for what is probably history's best known whack-job, [[TheRomanEmpire Roman]] [[TheEmperor emperor]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus]], better known as UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (''Little Boots'', his childhood nickname); remembered for talking to statues, locking granaries, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens declaring war on Neptune]] (and "winning", then commanding his soldiers to collect seashells as war-prizes), [[CaligulasHorse making his horse a consul]], and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick boning his sisters]]. The veracity of some of these claims is in question, but the reputation persists. [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} See here]] for all the details.

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[[TropeNamer Named]] for what is probably history's best known whack-job, [[TheRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman]] [[TheEmperor emperor]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caligula Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus]], better known as UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} (''Little Boots'', his childhood nickname); remembered for talking to statues, locking granaries, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens declaring war on Neptune]] (and "winning", then commanding his soldiers to collect seashells as war-prizes), [[CaligulasHorse making his horse a consul]], and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick boning his sisters]]. The veracity of some of these claims is in question, but the reputation persists. [[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} See here]] for all the details.
3rd Sep '16 1:23:34 AM GoblinCipher
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** Lies spread by [[DirtyCommunists Commie]] [[{{Mutants}} Mutant]] [[TheMole Traitors]]. Friend Computer is flawless and all-knowing, and works tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens of Alpha Complex. Will the citizen who wrote the above entry please report to the nearest Termination Booth. Further, all citizens who read this Commie Mutant Traitor propaganda are declared to be irreversibly contaminated, and are to report for termination at once. Please note, failure to report for termination is grounds for immediate termination. Have a nice day-cycle!
27th Aug '16 1:28:11 AM thatmadork
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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.
15th Aug '16 6:21:48 AM Andyroid
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** A ''less'' tame example is Discord, a [[ReformedButNotTamed former]] EvilOverlord who ruled Equestria a long ago in a reign of chaos and suffering. He's what happens when a crazy psycho with RealityWarper abilities is in charge.
** In her second appearance Trixie becomes this thanks to an ArtifactOfDoom, turning Ponyville into an empire without Celestia (who at the time was performing royal duties in a far-off location) there to stop her. It was also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity making her more insane by the moment]], to the point she spent half the episode being pulled around in a chariot without wheels because she ''didn't trust wheels.''

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** A ''less'' tame example is Discord, a [[ReformedButNotTamed former]] EvilOverlord who ruled Equestria a long ago in a reign of chaos and suffering. He's what happens when a crazy psycho with RealityWarper abilities and [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor a twisted sense of humor]] is in charge.
** In her second appearance in "Magic Duel", the Great and Powerful Trixie becomes this thanks to an ArtifactOfDoom, turning Ponyville into an empire without Celestia (who at the time was performing royal duties in a far-off location) there to stop her. It was also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity making her more insane by the moment]], to the point she spent half the episode being pulled around in a chariot without wheels because she ''didn't trust wheels.''



* The Czar of Balzac from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' was obsessed with making his tiny nation trendy, no matter how ridiculous this made his citizens.

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* The Czar of Balzac from the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' episode "The Emperor's New Joe" was obsessed with making his tiny nation trendy, no matter how ridiculous this made his citizens.citizens.
* Princess Boo-Boo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freaktown}}'' is the bratty, bossy ruler of Sweetlandia who wants to make Freaktown as cutesy and saccharine as the rest of her domain.
14th Aug '16 6:26:06 PM PaulA
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* LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Barrayaran Empire]] had a Mad Emperor Yuri about a generation before the Vorkosigan series starts.
** They've also had Prince Serg, who would certainly have qualified, had he not... [[DeadlyEuphemism conveniently died]]... before succeeding to the throne.
** Also, there is a widely-mentioned historical case where a Count Vortala [[CaligulasHorse did appoint his horse, Midnight, as his heir]], but there is no indication that Vortala was either crazy, or evil. He just did it as a TakeThat to his previous heir, whom he was having an argument with.
--->Specifically, "If a horse's ass can be a Count, why not the whole horse?"

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* LoisMcMasterBujold's [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** The
Barrayaran Empire]] Empire had a Mad Emperor Yuri about a generation before the Vorkosigan series starts.
** They've also had Prince Serg, who Serg would certainly have qualified, had he not... [[DeadlyEuphemism conveniently died]]... before succeeding to the throne.
** Also, there There is a widely-mentioned historical case where a Count Vortala [[CaligulasHorse did appoint his horse, Midnight, as his heir]], but there is no indication that Vortala was either crazy, or evil. He just did it as a TakeThat to his previous heir, whom he was having an argument with.
--->Specifically,
with. "If a horse's ass can be a Count, why not the whole horse?"
10th Aug '16 7:09:44 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The Prophet of Regret is a milquetoast who ''regrets'' an affair and being blackmailed by the Prophet of Truth.

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** The Prophet of Regret is a milquetoast who ''regrets'' an affair hot-headed, stubborn, and impetuous; the only thing he ''ever'' regrets is being blackmailed by the Prophet of Truth.
10th Aug '16 7:06:49 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Franchise/{{Halo}}'s Covenant Prophets tend to fall in this category, especially the main trio. They know the whole Covenant thing is a load of crap. They just want to genocide humans because the humans are inheritors of [[{{Precursors}} the Forerunners]], and proof that the Forerunners were physical beings and thus proof that their religion is all lies. Truth really stands out, by the end he's clearly a complete psychopath. The [[WordOfGod canon]] scientific name for the Prophet species is Latin for "Worms of Treachery." Also, what the main three Prophets are [[MeaningfulName Prophets ''of'']]:

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* Franchise/{{Halo}}'s ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] Covenant Prophets tend to fall in this category, especially the main trio. They trio in the original trilogy. The Hierarchs in particular know the whole Covenant thing is a load of crap. They just want to genocide humans because the humans are inheritors of [[{{Precursors}} the Forerunners]], and proof that the Forerunners were physical beings and thus proof that their religion is all lies. Truth really stands out, as by the end he's clearly a complete psychopath. The [[WordOfGod canon]] scientific name for the Prophet species is Latin for "Worms of Treachery." Also, what the main three Prophets are [[MeaningfulName Prophets ''of'']]:



** The Prophet of Mercy is a psychopath who killed his own lover when she got pregnant, because having a child right then would be politically inconvenient.

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** The Prophet of Mercy is a psychopath merciless fanatic who killed his own lover when she got pregnant, because having a child right then would be politically inconvenient.himself [[spoiler:ends up being shown no mercy by Truth]].
8th Aug '16 8:47:37 AM TheNerevarine
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* [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Death Queen]] in ''ComicBook/LadyDeath'' lives up to her name very well. After dethroning Lady Death and taking control of her dark domain, her unstable and unpredictable rule forces ''demons'' to form LaResistance. She turned into an OmnicidalManiac as the story progressed, at first wanted to resort to an DoomsdayDevice to kill any "miscreants", but after the machine is destroyed by the heroes, she combines enough arcane power that she effectively [[AGodAmI becomes a goddess]], organizing an all-out invasion of every corner of the domain, even destroying friendly settlements that provided resources to her armies!
5th Aug '16 8:07:03 AM ChronoLegion
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* The Centauri Republic's insane emperor Cartagia from ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]''. He even sets his planet on a path he knows will probably end with it [[spoiler:[[EarthShatteringKaboom blown into little pieces]]]] because he thinks it'll make a fitting ceremony for [[AGodAmI his ascension to godhood]]. [[spoiler: In the end, soon-to-be Prime Minister Londo and his associates assassinate him.]]

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* The Centauri Republic's insane emperor Cartagia from ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]''. He even sets his planet on a path he knows will probably end with it [[spoiler:[[EarthShatteringKaboom blown into little pieces]]]] because he thinks it'll make a fitting ceremony for [[AGodAmI his ascension to godhood]]. [[spoiler: In the end, soon-to-be Prime Minister Londo and his associates assassinate him.]]]] The sad irony is that Cartagia was believed to be an ineffectual puppet, whom Lord Refa hoped to use as a figurehead for his control over the Republic. At one point, Cartagia shows Londo his secret room, filled with heads of his "enemies" (mostly, those who disagreed with him or just got on his bad side), which he lovingly maintains and talks to.
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