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11th Jan '18 2:23:34 PM DustSnitch
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* The [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Benevolent]] [[TheGoodKing Emperor]]. Usually located in East-Asia ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture or an equivalent]]), the wise king is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin benevolent]] (if usually distant from the heroes and their struggle) leader, who sides with the heroes when he finally shows up, and acts more as a promoted spiritual guide or priest than pure authority. They are the BigGood and/or GreaterScopeParagon of the story. The few western examples will just be an expansion of the wise RoyalBlood "True King". The Emperors of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' and ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' are prime examples. A President Charisma may be confused for this before TheReveal.

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* The [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Benevolent]] [[TheGoodKing Emperor]].TheGoodKing. Usually located in East-Asia ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture or an equivalent]]), the wise king is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin benevolent]] (if usually distant from the heroes and their struggle) leader, who sides with the heroes when he finally shows up, and acts more as a promoted spiritual guide or priest than pure authority. They are the BigGood and/or GreaterScopeParagon of the story. The few western examples will just be an expansion of the wise RoyalBlood "True King". The Emperors of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' and ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' are prime examples. A President Charisma may be confused for this before TheReveal.
29th Dec '17 3:12:09 PM MasterN
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At the same time, 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 It is very common for a villainous version to be hyped up initially, before being superseded by TheDragon [[DragonThierFeet after their defeat by the heroes]] and/or after [[TheStarscream betrayal]] from within their organization. When used like this it is often for escalation purposes, as the initial Emperor is often fairly normal within the setting besides his political power and ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking sometimes]]) exceptional skills, wheras their successor [[DragonInChief often has far more intimidating powers at their command]].

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At the same time, 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 [[DragonThierFeet [[DragonTheirFeet after their defeat by the heroes]] and/or after [[TheStarscream betrayal]] from within their organization. When used like this it is often for escalation purposes, as the initial Emperor is often fairly normal within the setting besides his political power and ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking sometimes]]) exceptional skills, wheras their successor [[DragonInChief often has far more intimidating powers at their command]].



Of course, just because the trope is titled "The '''Emperor'''" doesn't preclude the existence of actual '''[[DistaffCounterpart Empresses]]''', as some of the examples in both fiction and RealLife illustrate. [[WomenAreWiser An Empress is likely to be depicted more sympathetically than an Emperor]], often incorporating elements of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask (if mature) or the less-frivolous Princess tropes (if youthful).

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Of course, just because the trope is titled "The '''Emperor'''" doesn't preclude the existence of actual '''[[DistaffCounterpart Empresses]]''', as some of the examples in both fiction and RealLife illustrate. [[WomenAreWiser An Empress is likely to be depicted more sympathetically than an Emperor]], often incorporating elements of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask (if mature) or the less-frivolous Princess tropes PrincessTropes (if youthful).
29th Dec '17 3:10:54 PM MasterN
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If a ruler is known as The Emperor, it is almost a sure sign that 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.

The Emperor is often distinct from the EvilOverlord in that 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 are in a Fantasy setting. They will frequently invoke AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, which can often make them the most dangerous man on the planet.

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 are 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.

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 within their organization. When used like this 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.

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If a ruler is known as The Emperor, it is almost a sure sign that 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]]. a villain of some sort. This is probably for the same reasons as GoodRepublicEvilEmpire.

The
GoodRepublicEvilEmpire. Though, the Emperor is often distinct from the EvilOverlord in that 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 are in a Fantasy setting. They will frequently invoke AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, which can often make them the most dangerous man on the planet.

In At the same time, 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 [[DragonThierFeet after their defeat by the heroes]] and/or after [[TheStarscream betrayal]] from within their organization. When used like this it is often for escalation purposes, as the initial Emperor is often fairly normal within the setting besides his political power and ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking sometimes]]) exceptional skills, wheras their successor [[DragonInChief often has far more intimidating powers at their command]].

This villainous depiction is ubiquitous in
Western media, characters known as The Emperor will almost inevitably be EvilOverlord {{Big Bad}}s. media. 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 are usually portrayed as incompetent or otherwise 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 [[TheManInFrontOfTheMan holds the true reins of power]]; plot-significant Emperors usually serve in the role of BigBad.

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 within their organization. When used like this 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.
BigBad.



* The EvilOverlord, a very standard BigBad (often complete with SpikesOfVillainy and ShouldersOfDoom), is essentially a cliché bully who, despite having no real diplomatic or political skills, has attained his position through [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority strength or special combat skills]]; if this is seen as too oafish, a very powerful EvilSorcerer or EmperorScientist, who still lacks subtlety, will suffice. Expect him to abuse his followers, intimidate his subordinates, [[TinTyrant wear battle-armor all the time]], and be [[LargeAndInCharge built like a tank]]. The LegionsOfHell and most AlwaysChaoticEvil races are this guy's {{mooks}}. A GeneralRipper, if significantly promoted, is a more intelligent derivative of this type.
* The [[TrueFinalBoss Shadow Emperor]] is an extremely powerful form of The Emperor, who rules from [[ManBehindTheMan behind-the-scenes]] with much [[Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli Machiavellian scheming]], delegating much of his powers, and almost always has a [[HiddenAgendaVillain hidden agenda]]. Though they are usually not as physical as {{Blood Knight}}s like the EvilOverlord, they will probably have hidden magic or PsychicPowers. [[Franchise/StarWars Emperor Palpatine]] (who was originally President Charisma) and [[Anime/CodeGeass Charles zi Britannia]] are prime examples. Of all these types, the Shadow Emperor will be the most likely to try and obtain {{immortality}}. He's likely to be TheGhost for at least the first part of the story, usually operating through {{Mooks}} or TheDragon.
* 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 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).
* The [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Benevolent]] [[TheGoodKing Emperor]]. Usually located in East-Asia ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture or an equivalent]]), the wise king is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin benevolent]] (if usually distant from the heroes and their struggle) leader, who sides with the heroes when he finally shows up, and acts more as a promoted spiritual guide or priest than pure authority. The few western examples will just be an expansion of the wise RoyalBlood "True King". The Emperors of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' and ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' are prime examples. A President Charisma may be confused for this before TheReveal.

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* The EvilOverlord, a very standard BigBad (often complete with SpikesOfVillainy and ShouldersOfDoom), is essentially a cliché bully who, despite having no real diplomatic or political skills, has attained his position through [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority strength or special combat skills]]; if this is seen as too oafish, a very powerful EvilSorcerer or EmperorScientist, [[ObviouslyEvil who still lacks subtlety, subtlety]], will suffice. Expect him to [[VillainousDemotivator abuse his followers, intimidate his subordinates, subordinates]], [[TinTyrant wear battle-armor all the time]], and be [[LargeAndInCharge built like a tank]]. The LegionsOfHell and most AlwaysChaoticEvil races are this guy's {{mooks}}. A GeneralRipper, if significantly promoted, is a more intelligent derivative of this type.
* The [[TrueFinalBoss Shadow Emperor]] is an extremely powerful form of The Emperor, who rules from [[ManBehindTheMan behind-the-scenes]] with much [[Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli Machiavellian scheming]], delegating much of his powers, and almost always has a [[HiddenAgendaVillain hidden agenda]]. Though they are usually not as physical as {{Blood Knight}}s like the EvilOverlord, they will probably have hidden magic or PsychicPowers. [[Franchise/StarWars Emperor Palpatine]] (who was originally a President Charisma) and [[Anime/CodeGeass Charles zi Britannia]] are prime examples. Of all these types, the Shadow Emperor will be the most likely to try and obtain {{immortality}}. He's likely to be TheGhost for at least the first part of the story, usually operating through {{Mooks}} or TheDragon.
* 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 [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets the nation's current administration 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 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).
* The [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Benevolent]] [[TheGoodKing Emperor]]. Usually located in East-Asia ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture or an equivalent]]), the wise king is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin benevolent]] (if usually distant from the heroes and their struggle) leader, who sides with the heroes when he finally shows up, and acts more as a promoted spiritual guide or priest than pure authority. They are the BigGood and/or GreaterScopeParagon of the story. The few western examples will just be an expansion of the wise RoyalBlood "True King". The Emperors of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' and ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' are prime examples. A President Charisma may be confused for this before TheReveal.



Of course, just because the trope is titled "The '''Emperor'''" doesn't preclude the existence of actual '''[[DistaffCounterpart Empresses]]''', as some of the examples in both fiction and RealLife illustrate. An Empress is likely to be depicted more sympathetically than an Emperor, often incorporating elements of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask (if mature) or the less-frivolous Princess tropes (if youthful).

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Of course, just because the trope is titled "The '''Emperor'''" doesn't preclude the existence of actual '''[[DistaffCounterpart Empresses]]''', as some of the examples in both fiction and RealLife illustrate. [[WomenAreWiser An Empress is likely to be depicted more sympathetically than an Emperor, Emperor]], often incorporating elements of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask (if mature) or the less-frivolous Princess tropes (if youthful).
19th Dec '17 5:27:36 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Frieza, having spent his entire life at the top of a galaxy-spanning empire, likes to refer to himself as "emperor of the universe" while posturing. His briefly-seen father, by contrast, is exclusively referred to as ''King'' Cold.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
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Frieza, having spent his entire life at the top of a galaxy-spanning empire, likes to refer to himself as "emperor of the universe" while posturing. His He's very much the EvilOverlord type, with his diplomatic skills amounting to "do what and I say and ''maybe'' I won't kill you and destroy your entire planet."
** Frieza's
briefly-seen father, by contrast, is exclusively referred to as ''King'' Cold. Cold.
19th Dec '17 5:24:30 PM nighttrainfm
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* Azusa Masaki Jurai, the Juraian Emperor in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', is an interesting case. In the anime he is somewhat of a jerk, [[AllThereInTheManual but actually]] leans to the Benevolent Emperor category, and is a kind of [[TheDitz a ditz]], easily controlled by his mother-in-law, for whom he still keeps an immense crush, despite being HappilyMarried (twice). You see, [[RoyallyScrewedUp Juraian royalty]] are indeed one BigScrewedUpFamily.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Frieza, having spent his entire life at the top of a galaxy-spanning empire, likes to refer to himself as "emperor of the universe" while posturing. His briefly-seen father, by contrast, is exclusively referred to as ''King'' Cold.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'':
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Azusa Masaki Jurai, the Juraian Emperor in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Emperor, is an interesting case. In the anime he is somewhat of a jerk, [[AllThereInTheManual but actually]] leans to the Benevolent Emperor category, and is a kind of [[TheDitz a ditz]], easily controlled by his mother-in-law, for whom he still keeps an immense crush, despite being HappilyMarried (twice). You see, [[RoyallyScrewedUp Juraian royalty]] are indeed one BigScrewedUpFamily.
16th Dec '17 10:39:15 AM Anduryen
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** Outside China, there were four more emperor dynasties in the Sinosphere: the ''Tennō'' (literally "Heavenly Sovereign") of UsefulNotes/{{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. The monarchs of Vietnam (especially those who had gave invaders from China a good beat) zig-zagged this by proclaiming themselves "emperors" while accepting the title of king from China as the formal recognition of sovereignty and diplomatic relation. There was also the short-lived [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_of_Vietnam Empire of Vietnam]] propped up by the Japanese during UsefulNotes/{{WorldWarII}}.

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** Outside China, there were four more emperor dynasties in the Sinosphere: the ''Tennō'' (literally "Heavenly Sovereign") of UsefulNotes/{{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. The monarchs of Vietnam (especially those who had gave invaders from China a good beat) zig-zagged this by proclaiming themselves "emperors" while accepting the title of king from China as the formal recognition of sovereignty and diplomatic relation. There was also the short-lived [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_of_Vietnam Empire of Vietnam]] propped up by the Japanese during UsefulNotes/{{WorldWarII}}.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
29th Nov '17 7:11:45 PM Vilui
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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 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).

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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 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 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).



** He has a {{Foil}} in the form of the Kutou Emperor. Where Hotohori is young, ''very'' handsome, [[ChasteHero chaste]], and does his best to rule with fairness and kindness, the Kutou Emperor is (relatively) old (maybe in his late 40's or early 50's), HollywoodHomely, lecherous, and rules with an iron fist.

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** He has a {{Foil}} in the form of the Kutou Emperor. Where Hotohori is young, ''very'' handsome, [[ChasteHero chaste]], and does his best to rule with fairness and kindness, the Kutou Emperor is (relatively) old (maybe in his late 40's 40s or early 50's), 50s), HollywoodHomely, lecherous, and rules with an iron fist.
16th Nov '17 2:17:29 PM kiwisson
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* Anaander Mianaai from ''Literature/AncillaryJustice''. He's not ''evil'', exactly, but he does oversee the aggressive militaristic expansion of his multi-system [[TheEmpire empire]] to create a buffer zone for the [[BigDumbObject Dyson's Sphere]] at its center and he has no problem with turning people into meat puppets for his ships' AIs. Oh, and he oversees everything personally by using [[HiveMind thousands of linked identical clone bodies]] and [[BodyBackupDrive has been alive for a few thousands years]].

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* Anaander Mianaai from ''Literature/AncillaryJustice''. He's She's not ''evil'', exactly, but he she does oversee the aggressive militaristic expansion of his her multi-system [[TheEmpire empire]] to create a buffer zone for the [[BigDumbObject Dyson's Sphere]] at its center center, and he she has no problem with turning people into meat puppets for his her ships' AIs. Oh, and he she oversees everything personally by using [[HiveMind thousands of linked identical clone bodies]] and [[BodyBackupDrive has been alive for a few thousands years]].
31st Oct '17 10:21:19 AM fgenzo159
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* In ''Film/{{Hero}}'', the Emperor of China fills an ambivalently antagonistic role. The heroes of the story want to kill him due to the losses they suffered in his war to unify the five kingdoms into a single country (they were from the four losing kingdoms), but ultimately the main character decides to spare the Emperor's life since unifying the kingdoms is the only way to stop them from constantly fighting each other and thus bring peace. Regardless, midway through the film a failed assassination fight scene shows the Emperor is perfectly capable of matching a master swordsman blow-for-blow.

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* In ''Film/{{Hero}}'', the Emperor of China fills an ambivalently antagonistic role. The heroes of the story want to kill him due to the losses they suffered in his war to unify the five kingdoms into a single country (they were from the four losing kingdoms), but ultimately and because they consider him as a tyrant. Ultimately the main character decides to spare the Emperor's life life, since unifying the kingdoms is the only way to stop them from constantly fighting each other and thus bring peace. Regardless, midway through the film a failed assassination fight scene shows the Emperor is perfectly capable of matching a master swordsman blow-for-blow.
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.
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