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7th Oct '17 7:42:01 AM Byzantine
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For some reason Emperors have a tendency to be {{Disc One Final Boss}}es. It is very common for a villainous version to be hyped up initially, before being superseded by TheDragon either after their defeat by the heroes or after [[TheStarscream betrayal]] from in their organization. When used like this it's often for escalation purposes, the initial Emperor is often fairly normal within the setting besides his political power and ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking sometimes]]) exceptional skills, where as their successor often has far more intimidating powers at their command.

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For some reason Emperors have a tendency to be {{Disc One Final Boss}}es. It is very common for a villainous version to be hyped up initially, before being superseded by TheDragon either after their defeat by the heroes or after [[TheStarscream betrayal]] from in within their organization. When used like this it's it is often for escalation purposes, the initial Emperor is often fairly normal within the setting besides his political power and ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking sometimes]]) exceptional skills, where as their successor often has far more intimidating powers at their command.
7th Oct '17 7:41:09 AM Byzantine
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In Western media, characters known as The Emperor will almost inevitably be EvilOverlord {{Big Bad}}s. Only in historic plotlines involving the leaders of the real-life [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman Empire]] will they get any sympathetic depiction at all, and even then they're usually portrayed unflatteringly. In contrast, in China and Japan Emperors actually served as legitimate rulers for most of recorded history, and thus Eastern media (particularly Chinese wuxia films, but also occasionally anime) do have the occasional non-evil Emperor. However, if the Emperor is legitimate and non-malevolent, his role in the plot is usually purely as a background character, often serving as an [[AuthorityInNameOnly impotent]] {{foil}} to an EvilChancellor who [[TheManBehindTheMan holds the true reins of power]]; plot-significant Emperors usually serve in the role of BigBad.

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In Western media, characters known as The Emperor will almost inevitably be EvilOverlord {{Big Bad}}s. Only in historic plotlines involving the leaders of the real-life [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman Empire]] will they get any sympathetic depiction at all, and even then they're they are usually portrayed unflatteringly. In contrast, in China and Japan Japan, Emperors actually served as legitimate rulers for most of recorded history, and thus Eastern media (particularly Chinese wuxia films, but also occasionally anime) do have the occasional non-evil Emperor. However, if the Emperor is legitimate and non-malevolent, his role in the plot is usually purely as a background character, often serving as an [[AuthorityInNameOnly impotent]] {{foil}} to an EvilChancellor who [[TheManBehindTheMan holds the true reins of power]]; plot-significant Emperors usually serve in the role of BigBad.
7th Oct '17 7:39:51 AM Byzantine
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In Western media, characters known as The Emperor will almost inevitably be EvilOverlord {{Big Bad}}s. Only in historic plotlines involving the leaders of the real-life Roman Empire will they get any sympathetic depiction at all, and even then they're usually portrayed unflatteringly. In contrast, in China and Japan Emperors actually served as legitimate rulers for most of recorded history, and thus Eastern media (particularly Chinese wuxia films, but also occasionally anime) do have the occasional non-evil Emperor. However, if the Emperor is legitimate and non-malevolent, his role in the plot is usually purely as a background character, often serving as an [[AuthorityInNameOnly impotent]] {{foil}} to an EvilChancellor who [[TheManBehindTheMan holds the true reins of power]]; plot-significant Emperors usually serve in the role of BigBad.

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In Western media, characters known as The Emperor will almost inevitably be EvilOverlord {{Big Bad}}s. Only in historic plotlines involving the leaders of the real-life [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman Empire Empire]] will they get any sympathetic depiction at all, and even then they're usually portrayed unflatteringly. In contrast, in China and Japan Emperors actually served as legitimate rulers for most of recorded history, and thus Eastern media (particularly Chinese wuxia films, but also occasionally anime) do have the occasional non-evil Emperor. However, if the Emperor is legitimate and non-malevolent, his role in the plot is usually purely as a background character, often serving as an [[AuthorityInNameOnly impotent]] {{foil}} to an EvilChancellor who [[TheManBehindTheMan holds the true reins of power]]; plot-significant Emperors usually serve in the role of BigBad.
7th Oct '17 7:37:28 AM Byzantine
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The Emperor is often distinct from the EvilOverlord in that he's much more likely to be the ruler of the world, or at least the ruler of the largest and most influential country in it, instead of simply being a Sauron/Kim Jong-Il PresidentEvil cackling it up over in Latveria[=/=]{{Mordor}}land. Besides being evil, you can often expect The Emperor to be the BigBad, especially if you're in a Fantasy setting. They will frequently invoke AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, which can often make them the most dangerous man on the planet.

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The Emperor is often distinct from the EvilOverlord in that he's he is much more likely to be the ruler of the world, or at least the ruler of the largest and most influential country in it, instead of simply being a Sauron/Kim Jong-Il PresidentEvil cackling it up over in Latveria[=/=]{{Mordor}}land. Besides being evil, you can often expect The Emperor to be the BigBad, especially if you're you are in a Fantasy setting. They will frequently invoke AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, which can often make them the most dangerous man on the planet.
7th Oct '17 7:36:13 AM Byzantine
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If a ruler is known as The Emperor, it's almost a sure sign that he's an EvilOverlord. Kings, Lords, and Presidents are as likely to be good as they are to be bad, but somehow The Emperor is almost always the story's [[TheHeavy heavy]]. This is probably for the same reasons as GoodRepublicEvilEmpire.

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If a ruler is known as The Emperor, it's it is almost a sure sign that he's he is an EvilOverlord. Kings, Lords, and Presidents are as likely to be good as they are to be bad, but somehow The Emperor is almost always the story's [[TheHeavy heavy]]. This is probably for the same reasons as GoodRepublicEvilEmpire.
2nd Oct '17 9:30:05 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series features the rare Western example of a benevolent (albeit Roman-like) Emperor, who also happens to be 1) your boss in all but one of the games (in some way or another), and 2) Creator/PatrickStewart.
** He does fulfill the Shadow Emperor role in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' though, albeit in a non-evil capacity.
** Also, he's kind of the exception in-Universe too. The original Tiber Septim was (usually) nice enough, [[BerserkButton just so long as you didn't threaten his legacy, like Barenziah.]]
** In the backstory of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Titus Mede II was responsible for both leading the Empire to victory against the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] and signing the highly controversial White-Gold Concordat, a treaty that bans the worship of Talos throughout the Empire (though it is heavily hinted to be a purely political move to buy the Legion time to prepare for the inevitable next war with the Thalmor). In the game, the player only meets him [[spoiler:at the end of the Dark Brotherhood questline, where he's your target.]] He comes off as a surprisingly personable individual and remarkably calm for a man [[spoiler:facing his killer.]] When you take into consideration all the things he has done up until your meeting, the worst thing that can be said about him is that his successes are overshadowed by his failures.

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* Throughout ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series features and in the rare Western example backstory, the leaders of a benevolent (albeit Roman-like) Emperor, who also happens to be 1) your boss various Cyrodiilic Empires have held the title of Emperor. Dozens are noted throughout the series lore, and while they vary greatly in all but one personality and actions, the vast majority have leaned toward the "[[TheGoodKing benevolent]]" end of the games (in some way or another), spectrum. Some of the particularly notable examples:
** The [[FounderOfTheKingdom very first Cyrodiilic Emperor]] was St. Alessia, also known as the "Slave Queen". BornIntoSlavery during the [[AbusivePrecursors Ayleid]] rule of Cyrodiil, she escaped
and 2) Creator/PatrickStewart.
** He does fulfill
prayed to the Shadow [[OurGodsAreDifferent Aedra]] for aid. As the Ayleids were primarily [[JerkassGods Daedra]] worshipers, the Aedra answered her prayers as part of a BargainWithHeaven. They sent Alessia divine aid, both in subtle and direct ways, allowing Alessia to defeat the Ayleids and drive the survivors out of Cyrodiil. Alessia was crowned as the first Empress of Cyrodiil, declared that the religion of the Eight Divines (which worships the Aedra who sent her aid) would be the official religion of her new Empire, was "[[ClaimedByTheSupernatural imbued with Dragon Blood]]" by Akatosh (the [[DragonsAreDivine draconic]] [[TopGod chief deity]] of the Aedra), and had her soul placed in the central stone of the Amulet of Kings which symbolized Akatosh's covenant with mankind to protect Mundus (the mortal plane) from the forces of Oblivion (the Daedra). This also meant that all recognized Cyrodiilic emperors would also be {{Barrier Maiden}}s, able to perform the ritual of lighting the "Dragonfires", which limit the power and influence of the Daedric Princes within Mundus.
** Over a thousand years later, the Alessian Empire would fall apart due to religious infighting and provincial uprisings. The Ruby Throne of Cyrodiil would sit empty until Reman Cyrodiil rose to power. His father, the petty king Hrol, would be visited in a vision by the spirit of St. Alessia and Akatosh himself, with this union creating Reman. Reman was birthed from the land of Cyrodiil itself, found born atop a mound of mud the size of a small mountain with the Amulet of Kings, long since lost, in hand. He was [[AChildShallLeadThem coronated as a child]] and rose to the height of his power after defeating the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders. Though he never took the title of
Emperor role in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' though, albeit in a non-evil capacity.
himself, his lineage founded the Second Cyrodiilic Empire, which would come to dominate nearly all of Tamriel.
** Also, he's kind Following a series of assassinations, the Reman line would end, leading to the beginning of the exception in-Universe too. The original 2nd Era of Tamriellic history. During a period known as the Interregnum, Tamriel would descend into chaos with various groups vying for control. Out of this chaos came one of Tamriel's most legendary figures - Tiber Septim. He was believed to be of [[HornyVikings Nordic]] descent, but beyond that, he has several [[MultipleChoicePast highly-conflicting origin stories]] with the truth likely lost forever to history, as well as buried under centuries of [[WrittenByTheWinners Imperial propaganda]], and possibly even permanently ''changed'' following his [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence apotheosis]]. He was either born as Talos Stormcrown in Atmora or Hjalti Early-Beard in High Rock. In either case, he spent his youth in Skyrim and rose to prominence when he, at the age of 20, used [[LanguageOfMagic the Voice]] to defeat the Witchmen at Old Hroldan. He was declared "Ysmir, Dragon of the North" by the [[OldMaster Greybeards]] and then came into the service of the Colovian Petty King Cuhlecain as a General. When Cuhlecain was assassinated, Septim took over Cuhlecain's young empire. From there, he would become many things - hero, conqueror, villain - and ultimately, the Emperor of the first truly pan-Tamrielic Empire. He is said to be descended metaphysically from the Slave Queen Alessia, as well as Reman Cyrodiil. As a Dragonborn (in both senses of the word), his dynasty was one of several supernatural barriers to keep Tamriel and Oblivion distinct. Septim (possibly [[MergerOfSouls among others]]), through unclear and hotly debated means, would become the DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos after his death, becoming the Ninth Divine.
** Uriel Septim VII was the 21st Emperor of the Septim line, and the Emperor during each game from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' to his death in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''. Uriel VII was both TheGoodKing and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, genuinely caring for the people of Tamriel. Nearly everything he did as Emperor wass for the greater good of the people of Tamriel. Due to the lost strength of his legions and rampant unrest in the provinces, he has to [[TheChessmaster rely on his wit]] in order to avert multiple crises for the Empire. Uriel VII would unfortunately be [[TheKingslayer assassinated]] by the [[ApocalypseCult Mythic Dawn]] to begin the Oblivion Crisis.
** Martin
Septim was (usually) nice enough, [[BerserkButton just so long as you didn't threaten his legacy, like Barenziah.]]
** In
the backstory bastard son (and HiddenBackupPrince) of Uriel VII. He plays a major part in the events of ''Oblivion'', as a SupportingLeader and ReasonableAuthorityFigure. Ultimately, [[spoiler:he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices himself]] to end the Oblivion Crisis and to permanently seal the barrier between Oblivion and Mundus]].
** Between ''Oblivion'' and
''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Septim Empire [[VestigialEmpire severely crumbles]]. The local warlord Titus Mede is able to capture the Ruby Throne, and declares himself Emperor. Later, Mede's grandson, Titus Mede II, inherits the throne. The reformed [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]], the ancient enemy of the Cyrodiilic Empires under the leadership of the extremist [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], goes to war with Mede's Empire. Titus Mede II was responsible for both leading the Empire to victory against the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] and signing the highly controversial White-Gold Concordat, a treaty that which (among other things) bans the worship of Talos throughout the Empire (though it is heavily hinted to be a purely political move to buy the Legion time to prepare for the inevitable next war with the Thalmor). In the game, the player only meets him Dominion). Due to Talos' popularity there, Skyrim erupts into {{Civil War}} over this move. In-game, he is met [[spoiler:at the end of the Dark Brotherhood questline, where he's your target.]] He comes off as a surprisingly personable individual and remarkably calm for a man [[spoiler:facing his killer.]] When you take into consideration all the things he has done up until your meeting, the worst thing that can be said about him is that his successes are overshadowed by his failures.
1st Oct '17 10:02:08 AM nombretomado
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20th Aug '17 9:49:56 AM nighttrainfm
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* The Dalek Emperors from ''Series/DoctorWho''. [[EmperorScientist Davros]], their Kaled creator, held the title of Dalek Emperor for some time, sparking a civil war between Imperial (Davros) and Renegade factions. The most recent one showed up at the end of the 2005 series, having narrowly survived the Time War and developed a [[AGodAmI god complex]] after saving its followers from extinction.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The Dalek Emperors from ''Series/DoctorWho''.Emperors. [[EmperorScientist Davros]], their Kaled creator, held the title of Dalek Emperor for some time, sparking a civil war between Imperial (Davros) and Renegade factions. The most recent one showed up at the end of the 2005 series, having narrowly survived the Time War and developed a [[AGodAmI god complex]] after saving its followers from extinction.
14th Jul '17 7:51:54 PM nombretomado
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** In the SpinOff, [[http://fanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/Hottie_x_Supetastic_6:_March_Madness Hottie x Supetastic 6: March Madness]], Princess Jody declares herself Crowned Princess and Empress after converting the Anti-Monitor's body (from GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries) into her new throne.

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** In the SpinOff, [[http://fanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/Hottie_x_Supetastic_6:_March_Madness Hottie x Supetastic 6: March Madness]], Princess Jody declares herself Crowned Princess and Empress after converting the Anti-Monitor's body (from GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries) ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'') into her new throne.
8th Jul '17 12:39:59 PM nombretomado
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* According to TheOtherWiki England had already been technically an empire since [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_in_Restraint_of_Appeals 1533]], however the titles King and [[TheKingdom Kingdom]] were retained. It is however unknown, what effects the Acts of Union had on this…

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* According to TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki England had already been technically an empire since [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_in_Restraint_of_Appeals 1533]], however the titles King and [[TheKingdom Kingdom]] were retained. It is however unknown, what effects the Acts of Union had on this…



** As noted above, the status of the British monarchs is complicated, TheOtherWiki even has an extra article for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Emperor British Emperor]].

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** As noted above, the status of the British monarchs is complicated, TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki even has an extra article for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Emperor British Emperor]].
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