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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.
9th Jun '16 11:39:42 PM gewunomox
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** Outside China, there were three more emperor dynasties in the Sinosphere: the ''Tennō'' (literally "Heavenly Sovereign") 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.

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** Outside China, there were three more emperor dynasties in the Sinosphere: the ''Tennō'' (literally "Heavenly Sovereign") of {{Japan}} 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.
7th Jun '16 2:03:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''{{Sten}}'' series (Bunch, C and Cole, A), the Immortal Emperor starts out as a pretty nice guy, devoted to ''laissez-faire'' capitalism, and long-forgotten recipes and skills, who only sends in the troops when the realm is genuinely threatened with instability. It helps that he has a nigh-unbreakable monopoly on [=AM2=], the fuel that the Empire runs on, and it is worth noting that someone developing/finding another source of [=AM2=] counts as a threat of destabilising the Empire. [[spoiler:And then a ''successful'' assassination attempt and a random bit of meteor damage to his Resurrection Ship turn him into a megalomaniacal despot who is not only ridiculously tyrannical, but no longer capable of supplying [=AM2=] and, more importantly, ''no longer immortal'']].

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* In the ''{{Sten}}'' ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' series (Bunch, C and Cole, A), the Immortal Emperor starts out as a pretty nice guy, devoted to ''laissez-faire'' capitalism, and long-forgotten recipes and skills, who only sends in the troops when the realm is genuinely threatened with instability. It helps that he has a nigh-unbreakable monopoly on [=AM2=], the fuel that the Empire runs on, and it is worth noting that someone developing/finding another source of [=AM2=] counts as a threat of destabilising the Empire. [[spoiler:And then a ''successful'' assassination attempt and a random bit of meteor damage to his Resurrection Ship turn him into a megalomaniacal despot who is not only ridiculously tyrannical, but no longer capable of supplying [=AM2=] and, more importantly, ''no longer immortal'']].



* Emperor Mornhaven of the ''GreenRider'' series. He's the heir to the Emperire of Arcosia, although after sailing to Sacoridia and losing contact with the Empire he declares himself Emperor of a new empire, Mornhavia.

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* Emperor Mornhaven of the ''GreenRider'' ''Literature/GreenRider'' series. He's the heir to the Emperire of Arcosia, although after sailing to Sacoridia and losing contact with the Empire he declares himself Emperor of a new empire, Mornhavia.



* In ''TheWheelOfTime'', Empress Radhanan of the Seanchan Empire is only known by name in the books, and is later [[spoiler:succeeded by her daughter, Tuon, who becomes Empress Fortuona.]] Whilst the Seanchan are antagonists, they are not evil (excepting [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil the slave trade]]), just very different.

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* In ''TheWheelOfTime'', ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Empress Radhanan of the Seanchan Empire is only known by name in the books, and is later [[spoiler:succeeded by her daughter, Tuon, who becomes Empress Fortuona.]] Whilst the Seanchan are antagonists, they are not evil (excepting [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil the slave trade]]), just very different.



* [[GodEmperor The Lord Ruler]] in ''{{Mistborn}}'' is somewhere between the EvilOverlord and Shadow Emperor types [[spoiler: until he's killed off. In the last book [[BadassBookworm Elend]] becomes Emperor, and though he tries his hardest to be a Benevolent Emperor he's very worried about following in the Lord Ruler's footseps]].

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* [[GodEmperor The Lord Ruler]] in ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' is somewhere between the EvilOverlord and Shadow Emperor types [[spoiler: until he's killed off. In the last book [[BadassBookworm Elend]] becomes Emperor, and though he tries his hardest to be a Benevolent Emperor he's very worried about following in the Lord Ruler's footseps]].



* In ''TheWitcher''-saga Emperor Emhyr var Emreis of the brutal and expansionist Nilfgaard Empire, also known as the White Flame Who Dances Upon the Barrows of His Foes, is a major antagonist in the main storyline, but develops into a more well-rounded character than his EvilOverlord reputation might suggest. He's still an amoral tyrant, but not entirely without sympathetic goals or standards.

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* In ''TheWitcher''-saga ''Literature/TheWitcher''-saga Emperor Emhyr var Emreis of the brutal and expansionist Nilfgaard Empire, also known as the White Flame Who Dances Upon the Barrows of His Foes, is a major antagonist in the main storyline, but develops into a more well-rounded character than his EvilOverlord reputation might suggest. He's still an amoral tyrant, but not entirely without sympathetic goals or standards.
6th Jun '16 5:27:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Emperor Solarius of ''OverlordII'' is of the Shadow Emperor variety, having risen from power by taking advantage of the people's fear of magic due to the plague [[spoiler:which he himself unintentionally caused]] by presenting himself as something of a DarkMessiah out to exterminate magical beings. He's never seen personally addressing his people, a duty he leaves for his ProfessionalButtKisser Marius and constantly hides behind a mask to hid the fact that [[spoiler:he's an Elf]]. His true plan however is to [[spoiler:collect all the magic from the lands to prepare for his [[AGodAmI ascension to Godhood]].]]

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* Emperor Solarius of ''OverlordII'' ''VideoGame/OverlordII'' is of the Shadow Emperor variety, having risen from power by taking advantage of the people's fear of magic due to the plague [[spoiler:which he himself unintentionally caused]] by presenting himself as something of a DarkMessiah out to exterminate magical beings. He's never seen personally addressing his people, a duty he leaves for his ProfessionalButtKisser Marius and constantly hides behind a mask to hid the fact that [[spoiler:he's an Elf]]. His true plan however is to [[spoiler:collect all the magic from the lands to prepare for his [[AGodAmI ascension to Godhood]].]]
25th May '16 8:13:21 PM Willbyr
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* The BigBad of ''Vision of Escaflowne'' is the Zaibach Empire's Emperor Dornkirk, [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy who is actually]] Sir UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton, and is currently a 200-year-old man inside a pickle jar with a telescope attached.

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* The BigBad of ''Vision of Escaflowne'' ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' is the Zaibach Empire's Emperor Dornkirk, [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy who is actually]] Sir UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton, and is currently a 200-year-old man inside a pickle jar with a telescope attached.



* Azusa Masaki Jurai, the Juraian Emperor in ''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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* Azusa Masaki Jurai, the Juraian Emperor in ''TenchiMuyo'', ''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.



* Shi Ryuuki from ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is a rare benevolent emperor and a main character of his show.
* Emperor Hotohori or Saihitei from ''FushigiYuugi'' is another example of a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Benevolent Emperor]] who genuinely cares and works for the improvement of his nation. [[spoiler:When he first visited Tamahome's house, he was surprised by the poverty he found there and is seen making a mental resolution to do something about the problem, although Tamahome was his rival in love.]] He also went to war for his country and [[spoiler: died fighting.]]

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* Shi Ryuuki from ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is a rare benevolent emperor and a main character of his show.
* Emperor Hotohori or Saihitei from ''FushigiYuugi'' ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is another example of a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Benevolent Emperor]] who genuinely cares and works for the improvement of his nation. [[spoiler:When he first visited Tamahome's house, he was surprised by the poverty he found there and is seen making a mental resolution to do something about the problem, although Tamahome was his rival in love.]] He also went to war for his country and [[spoiler: died fighting.]]
8th May '16 11:55:02 AM MsChibi
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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 or early 50's), HollywoodHomely, lecherous, and rules with an iron fist.
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