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6th Jan '16 5:45:56 PM colonelquaritch
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** Ancient India had several imperial dynasties stretching from the ancient Maurya and Gupta dynasties to the heavily Persian-influenced Mughal dynasty. Many of the older Emperors took on the title "Samrat" or "Ruler of all", and the Mughals took on the Persian title "Padishah" or "Badshah".
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** Ancient India had several imperial dynasties stretching from the ancient Maurya and Gupta dynasties to the heavily Persian-influenced Mughal dynasty. Many of the older Emperors during the Buddhist era took on the title "Chakravartin" or "turner of the wheel (of Dharma)" referring to an idealized universal monarch, and "Samrat" or (literally) "Ruler of all", and the Mughals took on the Persian title "Padishah" or "Badshah"."Badshah".
3rd Dec '15 10:44:37 AM Imperios
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* Many polities outside of the West, such as Ethiopia, China, Japan, and the Incas also had imperial titles.
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** Outside China, there were three more emperor dynasties in the Sinosphere: the ''Tennō'' of {{Japan}} (still reigning today) and the extremely short-lived imperial dynasty of the Korean Empire, formed in the late 19th century. No other contenders to the title were there, mostly because no-one else was bold enough to use the title that could challenge the primacy of the Chinese ''huangdi'': Japan, being an island country, was isolated from the rest of East Asia and thus could use whatever title they wanted, while Korea only declared itself an empire when China was in decline and torn by civil war. * Many polities outside of the West, such as Ethiopia, China, Japan, Europe and the Incas East Asia also had imperial titles.

** The Islamic world in general has the title of Caliph, meaning "inheritor". It was rougly comparable to the title of Emperor: it implied the bearer was a successor of Prophet Muhammad himself and thus, in theory, given right to rule over the entire Muslim community. However, from the late Middle Ages onwards, the Abbasid caliphs gradually lost power, becoming PuppetKings to other rulers. Caliphs would once again become the leading power in the Middle East during the early Renaissance, but only because the Ottoman Sultans (mentioned above) took the title for themselves.
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** The Islamic world in general has the title of Caliph, meaning "inheritor". It was rougly comparable to the title of Emperor: it implied the bearer was a successor of Prophet Muhammad himself and thus, in theory, given right to rule over the entire Muslim community. However, from the late Middle Ages onwards, the Abbasid caliphs gradually lost power, becoming PuppetKings to other rulers. Caliphs would once again become the leading power in the Middle East during the early Renaissance, but only because the Ottoman Sultans (mentioned above) took the title for themselves. After the Ottomans, the title is vacant - though the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_of_Iraq_and_the_Levant "Islamic State"]] terrorist group has tried to claim it for their leader.
3rd Dec '15 10:31:04 AM Imperios
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* The Achaemenid Persian rulers claimed the title ''Khshayathiyanam Khshayathiya'', resurrected by later dynasties as Shah-en-shah (King of Kings), and both the Persians and the Ottoman Sultans used the imperial title Padishah (later popularized in the Dune novels). * Ancient India had several imperial dynasties stretching from the ancient Maurya and Gupta dynasties to the heavily Persian-influenced Mughal dynasty. Many of the older Emperors took on the title "Samrat" or "Ruler of all", and the Mughals took on the Persian title "Padishah" or "Badshah".
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* ** The Achaemenid Persian rulers claimed the title ''Khshayathiyanam Khshayathiya'', resurrected by later dynasties as Shah-en-shah corrupted into ''Shah-en-shah'' (King of Kings), Kings). Later on, this title was changed into ''Padishah'' (Great King), used by Persian rulers as well as the Ottoman Sultans. ** The Islamic world in general has the title of Caliph, meaning "inheritor". It was rougly comparable to the title of Emperor: it implied the bearer was a successor of Prophet Muhammad himself and both thus, in theory, given right to rule over the Persians and entire Muslim community. However, from the late Middle Ages onwards, the Abbasid caliphs gradually lost power, becoming PuppetKings to other rulers. Caliphs would once again become the leading power in the Middle East during the early Renaissance, but only because the Ottoman Sultans used (mentioned above) took the imperial title Padishah (later popularized in the Dune novels). * for themselves. ** Ancient India had several imperial dynasties stretching from the ancient Maurya and Gupta dynasties to the heavily Persian-influenced Mughal dynasty. Many of the older Emperors took on the title "Samrat" or "Ruler of all", and the Mughals took on the Persian title "Padishah" or "Badshah".
10th Nov '15 5:53:06 PM nombretomado
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* The [[PresidentEvil President Charisma]], typically a leader of EagleLand, is a VillainWithGoodPublicity, who always puts on a good face for the public, but is probably a conniving ManipulativeBastard behind the scenes. A more [[TruthInTelevision realistic]] and politically-oriented emperor, he is often a TakeThat at the nation's current administration (or somebody else's). An EngineeredPublicConfession is one of his more common foes. Examples include most {{President Evil}}s, and virtually all fictional references to RichardNixon. The [[ComicBook/VForVendetta Norsefire]] leader attempted to be this, and most other [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] [[{{Expy}} expies]] will usually come off as one (in his own country, anyways).
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* The [[PresidentEvil President Charisma]], typically a leader of EagleLand, is a VillainWithGoodPublicity, who always puts on a good face for the public, but is probably a conniving ManipulativeBastard behind the scenes. A more [[TruthInTelevision realistic]] and politically-oriented emperor, he is often a TakeThat at the nation's current administration (or somebody else's). An EngineeredPublicConfession is one of his more common foes. Examples include most {{President Evil}}s, and virtually all fictional references to RichardNixon.UsefulNotes/RichardNixon. The [[ComicBook/VForVendetta Norsefire]] leader attempted to be this, and most other [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] [[{{Expy}} expies]] will usually come off as one (in his own country, anyways).
3rd Nov '15 1:28:02 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Lord Zedd, [[UnholyMatrimony with]] Rita Repulsa as his Empress.
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* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has a few villains that fit this trope: ** The first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has Rita Repulsa, who her minions frequently call her the Empress of Evil. The second season introduces Lord Zedd, [[UnholyMatrimony with]] who, in his first appearance, proclaims to be the 'Emperor of all he sees'. Later the two villains form an UnholyMatrimony. ** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' starts with Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd being chased away by the evil Machine Empire. Like the British Empire in Real Life, the monarchs of this political body, Mondo and Machina, call themselves king and queen, rather than emperor and empress. ** ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' reveals that above mentioned empires (along with a band of space pirates) are mere vassals of the DimensionLord Dark Specter, who leads the United Alliance of Evil and proclaims to be the Monarch of all Evil himself, thus also fitting type 1 of this trope. [[spoiler: Strangely enough, when Astronema takes over after Dark Specter's destruction, she is proclaimed to be the queen of all evil, rather than empress.]] ** ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' has Emperor Gruum as his Empress.BigBad and ruler over the Troobian Empire [[spoiler: until it is revealed Gruum has a ManBehindTheMan in the form of Omni the Magnificence, which is a huge godlike being rivaling Dark Specter in terms of size and power.]] ** ''Series/PowerRangersSuperMegaForce'' has Emperor Mavro of the Armada. * Many evil factions in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' are Empires. Especially in the older series. This, off course, means that these factions are led by Emperors. Examples are Emperor Aton, leading the [[Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman Tailed-People Clan Jashinka Empire]], Underground Emperor Zeba leading the [[Series/HikariSentaiMaskMan Underground Empire Tube]] and Emperor Ackdos Gill, leader of the [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Space Empire Zangyack]]
17th Oct '15 7:05:37 PM nombretomado
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The ruler of an empire [[note]]As in "a monarchy whose ruler is titled 'emperor' or 'empress'", not in the broader senses of "a political state of any government form that has an extensive territory under its centralized authority" or "a group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power".[[/note]], usually but not always TheEmpire. Historically, Emperors outranked Kings, so when you need an authority figure to convey the highest possible power and rank, you can't get any higher than making them The Emperor (unless you go to ThePope, or into the speculative realms of CelestialParagonsAndArchangels, DemonLordsAndArchdevils, and GalacticConqueror and at the most accepted highest tier, GodEmperor). The next steps down are GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, TheHighQueen, SheIsTheKing, TheGoodKing and PresidentEvil.
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The ruler of an empire [[note]]As in "a monarchy whose ruler is titled 'emperor' or 'empress'", not in the broader senses of "a political state of any government form that has an extensive territory under its centralized authority" or "a group of states or other territories that owe allegiance to a foreign power".[[/note]], usually but not always TheEmpire. Historically, Emperors outranked Kings, so when you need an authority figure to convey the highest possible power and rank, you can't get any higher than making them The Emperor (unless you go to ThePope, UsefulNotes/ThePope, or into the speculative realms of CelestialParagonsAndArchangels, DemonLordsAndArchdevils, and GalacticConqueror and at the most accepted highest tier, GodEmperor). The next steps down are GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, TheHighQueen, SheIsTheKing, TheGoodKing and PresidentEvil.

* First the Giovanni dinasty and later the Barbados one in ''TableTopGames/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. Not only Emperors (Empress in the case of the current one), concentrating on them both the political and militar powers, but also the [[ThePope heads]] of the [[CrystalDragonJesus Church of Abel]]. All but one of them can be considered to fall more or less into the benevolent category of above.
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* First the Giovanni dinasty and later the Barbados one in ''TableTopGames/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. Not only Emperors (Empress in the case of the current one), concentrating on them both the political and militar powers, but also the [[ThePope [[UsefulNotes/ThePope heads]] of the [[CrystalDragonJesus Church of Abel]]. All but one of them can be considered to fall more or less into the benevolent category of above.
11th Oct '15 8:59:51 AM Wyldchyld
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Yhwach, the King of the Quincies and the Emperor of the Wandenreich, as the BigBad of the final arc. He's a hands-on military leader, not the "isolated on the golden throne" type, so he's got the BadBoss and AxCrazy evil emperor traits in spades.
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Yhwach, the King of the Quincies and the Emperor of the Wandenreich, as the BigBad of Vandenreich, is the final arc. arc's BigBad. He's a hands-on military leader, not the "isolated on the golden throne" type, so he's got the BadBoss and who is as willing to kill his own [[BadBoss troops]] as his enemies. When he fights, he becomes an AxCrazy evil emperor traits in spades. BloodKnight. There's an indication that his soul thrives on war to keep functioning. Without the ability to absorb the souls of those he kills, he would be nothing more than a vegetable who can neither move nor has functioning senses. As a result, he incites war and violence wherever he can.
10th Oct '15 2:34:20 PM nombretomado
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* Tsar Vladimir the Conqueror in ''NikolaiDante'' is somewhere between the evil overlord and shadow emperor.
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* Tsar Vladimir the Conqueror in ''NikolaiDante'' ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante'' is somewhere between the evil overlord and shadow emperor.
27th Sep '15 3:53:28 PM HeraldAlberich
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->''No world shall be beyond my rule. No enemy shall be beyond my wrath.''
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* The Western tradition of this trope can be traced back to [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire the Emperors of Rome]], who during their reigns ruled one of the greatest empires in the world. Rulers from earlier eras (UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, the High Kings of Persia) had a similar level of power and authority, but the title of Emperor originated with [[UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Caesar Augustus]] from ''Imperator'', or "commander", as Rome had historical reasons to oppose anyone who claimed the title of King.[[note]]Augustus didn't invent the term; it had already used for some time for successful military commanders - notably, it could not be bestowed by authority, only proclaimed by a general's own soldiers - and was considered one of the highest honours in republican society. In that respect, Augustus was simply the latest of many ''imperatores''. Even he himself didn't personally attach the current sense to it, since he always claimed to be JustTheFirstCitizen, preferring the less formal title of "''princeps''" (itself a contraction of "Primus Inter Pares" which translates as "First Among Equals" and is the root of the word "Prince") or "chief" if he had to be singled out for special status. Nevertheless, it was thanks to Augusts and the tradition he established that it did acquire its modern usage, so in that sense, it did indeed originate with him.[[/note]] Similarly, the German and Russian words "Kaiser" and "Czar" are both derived from "Caesar".\\
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* The Western tradition of this trope can be traced back to [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire the Emperors of Rome]], who during their reigns ruled one of the greatest empires in the world. Rulers from earlier eras (UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, the High Kings of Persia) had a similar level of power and authority, but the title of Emperor originated with [[UsefulNotes/{{Augustus}} Caesar Augustus]] from ''Imperator'', or "commander", as Rome had historical reasons to oppose anyone who claimed the title of King.[[note]]Augustus didn't invent the term; it had already used for some time for successful military commanders - notably, commanders--notably, it could not be bestowed by authority, only proclaimed by a general's own soldiers - and soldiers--and was considered one of the highest honours in republican society. In that respect, Augustus was simply the latest of many ''imperatores''. Even he himself didn't personally attach the current sense to it, since he always claimed to be JustTheFirstCitizen, preferring the less formal title of "''princeps''" (itself a contraction of "Primus Inter Pares" which translates as "First Among Equals" and is the root of the word "Prince") or "chief" if he had to be singled out for special status. Nevertheless, it was thanks to Augusts and the tradition he established that it did acquire its modern usage, so in that sense, it did indeed originate with him.[[/note]] Similarly, the German and Russian words "Kaiser" and "Czar" are both derived from "Caesar".\\

During the Dark and Middle Ages, European rulers who called themselves "emperor" were specifically invoking the Roman Empire. The ByzantineEmpire ''was'' the Roman state so their claim was obvious, the HolyRomanEmpire laid claim to the former Roman empire in the West which (initially) they contested with Constantinople, the Russian Czars and Ottoman Sultans both claimed to be Byzantinian successors, and Serbia and Bulgaria both based it on Roman/Greek traditions. This practice continued until nearly the present day: until the mid-twentieth century, there was always at least one European ruler (and sometimes several) in power whose title invoked Caesar, Augustus, or some derivation thereof.\\
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During the Dark and Middle Ages, European rulers who called themselves "emperor" were specifically invoking the Roman Empire. The ByzantineEmpire UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire ''was'' the Roman state so their claim was obvious, the HolyRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire laid claim to the former Roman empire in the West which (initially) they contested with Constantinople, the Russian Czars and Ottoman Sultans both claimed to be Byzantinian successors, and Serbia and Bulgaria both based it on Roman/Greek traditions. This practice continued until nearly the present day: until the mid-twentieth century, there was always at least one European ruler (and sometimes several) in power whose title invoked Caesar, Augustus, or some derivation thereof.\\

Only in later eras did the title become removed from a continuation of the Roman Empire, and became used when a country was really frickin' big or powerful, prime examples being Mexico, Brazil, and [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleonic France]]. Other times it was used to make a political point: the Kings of {{Prussia}} declared themselves [[ImperialGermany German Emperors]] to make themselves higher-ranked than other German kings (like the one of Bavaria) without having to demote them; Napoleon III did it to link his regime to that of his uncle; the rulers of Austria needed a new title after the HolyRomanEmpire disappeared and didn't want to step down in rank; Queen Victoria had herself declared Empress of India to make it clear that Britain was more powerful than Germany (and because she didn't want to be outranked by her daughter, who had married the heir to the German throne); and a couple others besides. However, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Bedel_Bokassa Jean-Bédel Bokassa's]] short-lived Empire was little short of a farce.
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Only in later eras did the title become removed from a continuation of the Roman Empire, and became used when a country was really frickin' big or powerful, prime examples being Mexico, Brazil, and [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleonic France]]. Other times it was used to make a political point: the Kings of {{Prussia}} UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} declared themselves [[ImperialGermany [[UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany German Emperors]] to make themselves higher-ranked than other German kings (like the one of Bavaria) without having to demote them; Napoleon III did it to link his regime to that of his uncle; the rulers of Austria needed a new title after the HolyRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire disappeared and didn't want to step down in rank; Queen Victoria had herself declared Empress of India to make it clear that Britain was more powerful than Germany (and because she didn't want to be outranked by her daughter, who had married the heir to the German throne); and a couple others besides. However, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Bedel_Bokassa Jean-Bédel Bokassa's]] short-lived Empire was little short of a farce.

* The trope codifier in East Asia is QinShiHuangdi, the "First Emperor" of China. The word for "emperor" in Chinese and Chinese-influenced languages was first coined by QinShiHuangdi himself, by combining the two characters hitherto used for semidivine sage-kings from ancient Chinese mythologies.
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* The trope codifier in East Asia is QinShiHuangdi, UsefulNotes/QinShiHuangdi, the "First Emperor" of China. The word for "emperor" in Chinese and Chinese-influenced languages was first coined by QinShiHuangdi Qin Shi Huangdi himself, by combining the two characters hitherto used for semidivine sage-kings from ancient Chinese mythologies.

* Interesting RealLife twist on the trope: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico]]. [[AuthorityInNameOnly He wasn't really a ruling emperor]]; he was just some British guy who [[CloudCuckooLander went a little bonkers]] following a bad trading deal that left his funds in shambles. [[EnsembleDarkhorse He was enormously popular among the inhabitants of San Francisco, though]] - he got entry to the city's finest restaurants and theatres for free, had his own currency which was officially accepted by the city, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome single-handedly prevented a violent Anti-Chinese riot from breaking out]], the townsfolk rallied to get him released when he was unjustly arrested by the San Francisco Police Department, and his funeral was attended by 30,000 people at a time when San Francisco's population was 230,000. ** Most of the tales surrounding Emperor Norton are really PR ploy invented by San Francisco's businesses and citizens, however. While many businesses were happy to use Norton as a prop to accentuate the city's image for tolerance and eccentricity, the man himself was actually treated miserably most of the time. His dogs were poisoned. He was kicked out of many business establishments. He lived in a crummy room at a cheap boarding house with only shabby clothes and not much more to his name. Only his funeral, ironically, matched the hype.
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* Interesting RealLife twist on the trope: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico]]. [[AuthorityInNameOnly He wasn't really a ruling emperor]]; he was just some British guy who [[CloudCuckooLander went a little bonkers]] following a bad trading deal that left his funds in shambles. [[EnsembleDarkhorse He was enormously popular among the inhabitants of San Francisco, though]] - he got entry to the city's finest restaurants and theatres for free, had his own currency which was officially accepted by the city, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome single-handedly prevented a violent Anti-Chinese riot from breaking out]], the townsfolk rallied to get him released when he was unjustly arrested by the San Francisco Police Department, and his funeral was attended by 30,000 people at a time when San Francisco's population was 230,000. ** 230,000.\\\ Most of the tales surrounding Emperor Norton are really PR ploy invented by San Francisco's businesses and citizens, however. While many businesses were happy to use Norton as a prop to accentuate the city's image for tolerance and eccentricity, the man himself was actually treated miserably most of the time. His dogs were poisoned. He was kicked out of many business establishments. He lived in a crummy room at a cheap boarding house with only shabby clothes and not much more to his name. Only his funeral, ironically, matched the hype.

* UsefulNotes/EdwardTheFirst and his grandson UsefulNotes/Edward III were the closest pre-UK England had for Emperors as they are the only monarchs powerful enough to get the title "Arbiter of Europe". ** UsefulNotes/HenryII and UsefulNotes/Henry V had significant continental possessions as well, the latter being the ''only'' English monarch to have his claim to the throne of France legitimized in treaty.
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* UsefulNotes/EdwardTheFirst and his grandson UsefulNotes/Edward III UsefulNotes/EdwardIII were the closest pre-UK England had for Emperors as they are the only monarchs powerful enough to get the title "Arbiter of Europe". ** UsefulNotes/HenryII and UsefulNotes/Henry V UsefulNotes/HenryV had significant continental possessions as well, the latter being the ''only'' English monarch to have his claim to the throne of France legitimized in treaty.

--->''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} The Emperor Protects]]''
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12th Sep '15 6:36:11 PM nombretomado
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* In ''NinjaGaiden'', the enemies are all members of the demonic Vigoor Empire, and naturally the game's BigBad is a superdemon known only as the Vigoor Emperor.
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* In ''NinjaGaiden'', ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'', the enemies are all members of the demonic Vigoor Empire, and naturally the game's BigBad is a superdemon known only as the Vigoor Emperor.
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