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9th Aug '16 1:53:06 PM Anorgil
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* JustTheFirstCitizen: Any of the above, but with a much more modest title.



See also JustTheFirstCitizen. DoNotConfuseWith the BlackMetal band Music/{{Emperor}}.

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See also JustTheFirstCitizen. DoNotConfuseWith the BlackMetal band Music/{{Emperor}}.
2nd Aug '16 10:34:41 AM JamesAustin
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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 UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} declared themselves [[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 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)[[note]]Victoria strongly considered the title of "Empress of Great Britain, Ireland and India" and officially upgrading the United Kingdom itself into an empire, but her Prime Minister, Creator/BenjaminDisraeli, convinced her that merely adding "Empress of India" to her existing title of "Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland" would be more acceptable to the public.[[/note]]; 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 UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}} declared themselves [[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 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)[[note]]Victoria strongly considered the title of "Empress of Great Britain, Ireland and India" and officially upgrading the United Kingdom itself into an empire, but her Prime Minister, Creator/BenjaminDisraeli, UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli, convinced her that merely adding "Empress of India" to her existing title of "Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland" would be more acceptable to the public.[[/note]]; 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.
25th Jul '16 1:08:00 PM Willbyr
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* ''OnePiece'' has the Four Emperors (Yonko), the four most powerful pirates in the world, and the rulers of the New World. Currently among them is Shanks, generally the nicest one and MainCharacter Luffy's childhood idol, Big Mom, a woman who doesn't give a damn about anything except her candy, [[spoiler:Blackbeard, major contender for overall series BigBad]], and Kaido, who is the closest to the actual trope in terms of being an EvilOverlord, despite not having made an official appearance yet. Former includes [[spoiler:Whitebeard, the WorldsStrongestMan, who died at the Paramount War]].

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* ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' has the Four Emperors (Yonko), the four most powerful pirates in the world, and the rulers of the New World. Currently among them is Shanks, generally the nicest one and MainCharacter Luffy's childhood idol, Big Mom, a woman who doesn't give a damn about anything except her candy, [[spoiler:Blackbeard, major contender for overall series BigBad]], and Kaido, who is the closest to the actual trope in terms of being an EvilOverlord, despite not having made an official appearance yet. Former includes [[spoiler:Whitebeard, the WorldsStrongestMan, who died at the Paramount War]].
13th Jul '16 5:23:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Ravenmark}}'', the Empire of Estellion has recently lost its beloved Emperor Sergius Corvius, kicking off a SuccessionCrisis. While the late Emperor's daughter Adrise has no desire to become Empress, Adrise's younger brother Gratian wants nothing less than that. The crisis comes from Sergius not wanting his son from ascending to the Obsidian Perch after his death, secretly grooming another successor from the numerous ranks of royal bastards. In the sequel, Empress [[spoiler:Livia Corvius]] (AKA the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Scarlet Empress]]) has become ruthless in her determination to crush her enemies, costing the Empire its allies and starting a MeleeATrois with the [[TheKingdom Commonwealth of Esotre]] (a former ally) and the newly-risen Varishah Federation (made up of former Imperial conquests and the remaining Kaysani).
13th Jul '16 5:13:34 AM ChronoLegion
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* Emperor [[OnlyOneName Grey]] in ''Literature/LineOfDelirium''. He is mostly hands-off, as far as ruling [[TheEmpire the Human Empire]], and everyone still remembers how he came to power (a high-ranking SpaceNavy officer, who disobeyed his incompetent superiors and took charge of Earth and its colonies, prevented humanity's defeat at alien hands, established the Empire, and turned it into a galactic power). He is almost two centuries old thanks to [[ResurrectiveImmortality aTan]] and has mostly lost interest in governance, preferring the individual worlds to run themselves, as long as they obey the Imperial laws. In his own palace on PlanetTerra, he exercises his prerogative to follow any planetary law in his domain he chooses. His current sexual preferences involve prepubescent teenage girls, following a certain world's practices (he treats them with respect, though, and their families reap the benefits). He does have some harsh laws, such as a strict ban on genetic engineering and cloning. He also doesn't tolerate attempts to secede from the Empire. The population of a world attempting it ended up getting brutally slaughtered by Imperial-hired mercenaries. Also, when the Shedar colonies were invaded by the Sakkra, he had the colonies undergo OrbitalBombardment, killing all the invaders and members of LaResistance (no one really blames him, though, as attempting to retake the planets would've cost many more lives). He then proceeded to exterminate all the Sakkra in the galaxy as punishment.
* In ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'', the Roman Empire [[AlternateHistory never collapsed]] and continues to dominate Europe (now known as the State). The ruler of the State is called the Possessor, although he's an Emperor in all but name. The backstory also mentions that the Redeemer (another [[TheMessiah Messiah]] sent by God after Jesus's death as a baby) became the Roman Emperor 2000 years ago, later realizing that, by doing that, he had failed God's mission.
22nd Jun '16 1:19:07 PM TheCheshireCat
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* UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, first Khagan of the Mongol Empire. The title "Khagan" can be translated as "Khan of Khans", similar to the "King of Kings" titles mentioned in the entries for Persia and Ethiopia above. Began his ruling career leading a small tribe in east Asia, died ruling the largest land empire in history. After his death the empire split into four Khanates which themselves could have been considered empires in terms of size and power, although officially there was only one Khagan to whom the other Khans were subordinate.
22nd Jun '16 12:50:23 PM ACW
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* Emperor Palpatine of ''Franchise/StarWars'' is probably the archetypical example, being an EvilOverlord, the series' main BigBad, and an incredibly powerful Sith Lord famous for blasting people with lightning.

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* [[Characters/StarWarsEmperorPalpatine Emperor Palpatine Palpatine]] of ''Franchise/StarWars'' is probably the archetypical example, being an EvilOverlord, the series' main BigBad, and an incredibly powerful Sith Lord famous for blasting people with lightning.
18th Jun '16 11:55:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' has had several emperors over three dynasties. As the game is based on East Asian myths, the emperors are usually the benevolent variety, but at least one was the EvilOverlord variety, and another was a mix of that and the Shadow Emperor style after a DemonicPossession.
* Emperor Strephon in the ''{{Traveller}}'' default time of the GURPS version is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* Queen Abrogail II of Cheliax in ''TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}''. Though she doesn't bear the title of empress, she still rules over not just Cheliax but also the neighboring lands of Nidal and Isger, who follow her edicts through puppet governments.

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* ''LegendOfTheFiveRings'' ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' has had several emperors over three dynasties. As the game is based on East Asian myths, the emperors are usually the benevolent variety, but at least one was the EvilOverlord variety, and another was a mix of that and the Shadow Emperor style after a DemonicPossession.
* Emperor Strephon in the ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' default time of the GURPS version is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* Queen Abrogail II of Cheliax in ''TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}''.''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''. Though she doesn't bear the title of empress, she still rules over not just Cheliax but also the neighboring lands of Nidal and Isger, who follow her edicts through puppet governments.
18th Jun '16 4:26:27 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* In Tarot the Major Arcana usually include the Empress (III) and the Emperor (IV). While encarnating different and opposite ideas (the Empress fecundity and feminity and the Emperor power and masculinity), they share to be represented seated in thrones holding symbols of power.
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* First the Giovanni dynasty 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 [[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.

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* First the * The Giovanni dynasty 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 [[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 Jun '16 4:25:24 PM nombretomado
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* Emperor Jagang is a ''communist'' EvilOverlord and the BigBad of the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, especially the later books in the series. [[TheProtagonist Protagonist]] Richard Rahl also rules an Empire, although he doesn't use the title himself.

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* Emperor Jagang is a ''communist'' EvilOverlord and the BigBad of the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, especially the later books in the series. [[TheProtagonist Protagonist]] Richard Rahl also rules an Empire, although he doesn't use the title himself.
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