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->''"Somehow, I feel comfortable here."''
-->-- '''Captain Kathryn Janeway''' (trying out someone else's Cool Chair), ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''

Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs all the time, but this one is awfully cool.

In Ye Olden Times, they called it a throne, and there was usually a King on it. Or a Queen. Or a princess, for [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses some reason]]. Or [[OrcusOnHisThrone some dude named Orcus]]. Nowadays, the CorruptCorporateExecutive and [[TheDon Mob Boss]] use the swiveling chairs behind the desks of their penthouse offices to much the same effect.

More futuristic versions can include buttons on the armrest, which can help TheCaptain take a memo if there aren't any BridgeBunnies around. Alternatively, if it belongs to the BigBad (in [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black leather]], natch), any built-in controls will probably have to do with the [[BadBoss tidy]] [[YouHaveFailedMe disposal]] of [[TheBlofeldPloy underlings]].

Other fiendish uses for the Couch of Villainy ([[EvilLaugh muah-ha-ha!]]) include practicing your SlouchOfVillainy and, naturally, the ChairReveal.

Villains and roguish heroes of the [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] or [[AncientArabia Middle]] [[{{Qurac}} Eastern]] [[ArabianNightsDays persuasion]] will often be surrounded by [[PaidHarem scantily-clad women]] fanning them and feeding them [[GrapesOfLuxury grapes]].

Cool Chairs will always be thematically appropriate. You will never find [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lord Azazel the Befouler]] brooding atop his dread throne of plush cushions, and conversely you'll will never see [[TheCaptain Captain]] [[AwesomeMcCoolName Jake McHero]] reclining on a seat made of iron [[SpikesOfVillainy spikes]] and [[AtopAMountainOfCorpses human tibias]]. In TheSixties, ''the'' Cool Chair was [[http://www.eero-aarnio.com/8/Objects/Ball_Chair.htm Eero Aarnio's Ball Chair.]]

People who have their own Cool Chairs tend to be (understandably) attached to them; should some irreverent interloper put his seat in your seat, feel free to declare: ThisIsMyChair.

A subtrope of this is the ''Hovering'' Cool Chair, often found in video games and more fantastic works of fiction. Hovering Cool Chairs are also sometimes weaponized--machine guns, rockets, and lasers pop out of it to attack the villain's enemies--especially when also functioning as a SuperWheelChair. This may serve as a way to introduce a BossBattle with a mastermind-type villain without resorting to AuthorityEqualsAsskicking. SwivelChairAntics is another SubTrope.

On occasion, the Chair may serve as an escape pod for the villain to [[VillainExitStageLeft make his getaway]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Major from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has a cool chair that is on an elevated platform in the zeppelin. It hides a surprise weapon too.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'': England tries to trick America into sitting on the "Infamous 'Sit and You Die' Busby Stoop Chair. Its evil doesn't stand a chance against Russia's, though, so it's not as cool as it could be.
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'':
** Masaru's hovering chair, complete with bubble dome.
** While we're at it, the concrete throne at the Olympic Stadium made a better Cool Chair for Tetsuo than anything else he could have sat on.
* The wheelchair in the last episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' is revealed to be a cool chair because [[spoiler:it contains a hidden gun in one arm, a stick of dynamite in the other, and more dynamite stashed under the seat, all in place to lay a last resort final blow on a weakened Mugen. It still isn't enough to kill him]].
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Great Demon King Piccolo's giant chair is decorated with skulls and looks like it is made out of bone-like materials. Toriyama later uses that chair as the basic for designs like God's spaceship and the Namekian buildings. The Grand Elder has the same chair as Great Demon King Piccolo's sans the skull decoration.
** Freeza's "bubble car", as the [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged abridged series]] humorously puts it. Officially referred to as a "flying vehicle".
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': While Franken Stein's rolling desk chair may look mundane, a frightful power is contained within.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': All the oversized chairs in this work have achieved their very own parody CargoShip fandoms.
** Aizen seems to have a fetish for oversized chairs. When meeting with the Espada, the chairs at his conference table are all inexplicably many feet taller than they should be and are shaped like works of modern art. His own 'throne' is a couch that so huge it very nearly dwarfs the dais it sits upon. Aizen looks tiny when sat on it.
** The chair Aizen is bound to when imprisoned in Muken is extremely large and made out a substance that makes it almost invincible. When Aizen attempts to use Kidou #90 to break the chair and gain his freedom, the chair isn't even scratched. All he can do is admire its construction. The chair became a MemeticBadass because of that, being dubbed as "Chair-kun" by the fans.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Rakshata, creator of the Guren and Japan's other [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frames]], has a Cool Couch upon which she's often lounging. It's even on the bridge of the Black Knights' battleship in the second season, prompting fan jokes about it being a mini-Knightmare.
* In ''Manga/MiyukiChanInWonderland'', Humpty-Dumpty is portrayed as a sexy woman in one of those egg-chairs, presiding over an erotic chess game.
* In ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'', Dilandau has a throne, despite not being a monarch.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', Mello has a zebra-print sofa. However, while Mello thinks it's cool, most of the fans view it as tacky, or StylisticSuck at best.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Metron from DC has another hovering Cool Chair.
* ComicBook/{{Thanos}} of Titan has had three "Space Thrones" made, each capable of generating a powerful, nearly impenetrable forcefield, energy-beam weapons capable of automatic targeting and firing, a teleportational device, a tractor beam emitter, and engines capable of transporting the craft through separate dimensions and realities, powerful sensor arrays, and an advanced computer system.
** Interestingly enough, Jim Starlin originally conceived Thanos as an {{Expy}} of the above-mentioned Metron. Editor Roy Thomas said he should base the character on {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} instead. Thanos hover thrones are possibly a nod to the originally intended reference.
* [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ06/DisplayOQ06.html?page=22 Savah's chair]] in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' has a cool psychic light display behind it, but it's not nearly as ostentatious as [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ11/DisplayOQ11.html?page=24 Lord Voll's (later Winnowill's) throne]].
* ''Comicbook/XMen'': Professor X once had a high-tech hovering chair given to him by the Shi'ar.
** And Whiz Kid can turn any object of sufficient mass into any device he can imagine. His wheelchair being the closest thing at hand, it's been turned into a rocket-powered one-man tank on several occasions. Sadly, he's among the CListFodder to be depowered at the end of ''ComicBook/HouseOfM''.
* The Mekon, arch-villain of the ''ComicStrip/DanDare'' comics, crouched on a flying throne shaped like half a lemon.
* The comics adaptation of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' shows us the command chair on the ''Chimera'', the Star Destroyer that Grand Admiral Thrawn picked as his flagship. It's this massive thronelike thing made out of slabs.
* Every member of the ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica has a chair in the roundtable, however credit for Cool Chair would have to go to the Atom, who has a hovering cool chair that's just his size.
* The throne of the Raven kingdom in ''ComicBook/{{Scion}}'' [[http://milehighcomics.com/cgi-bin/backissue.cgi?action=fullsize&issue=72297437488%2011 is pretty awesome]].
* ''ComicBook/{{MODOK}}'' ''is'' his awesome hoverchair.
* In the ComicBook/MarvelUniverse, Satan's throne in Hell is an aversion. It looks like it was cobbled together (badly) with a bunch of wooden planks and nails. It does have an impressively tall back though. The various demon lords and arch devils such as Mephisto, some of whom even claim to be Satan themselves, hold councils around the throne. None dare claim it, for fear of being torn apart by the others.
* Brianna Diggers in the comic ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' built the "Lay-Z-Boy [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom]]", a high-tech recliner with [[GatlingGood gatling gun]] armrests. Unfortunately for her, she didn't pay attention to the placement of all the guns' parts, and ended up with a lap full of hot shell casings when she used it.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Deputy Chief Judge Jura Edgar, head of the Public Surveillance Unit (the Justice department's "FBI") sits in a hovering wheelchair, hence her nickname," J. Edgar Hover": the character is based on a curious amalgam of J. Edgar Hoover, Margaret Thatcher, and......The Mekon!
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'':
** Gredinald's throne (later Wis). Turns out to be a potent magical artifact too.
** Haazheel Thorn's throne is a massive crystalline beast with SpikesOfVillainy that makes the [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Iron Throne]] look friendly.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* There's [[http://www.jimunwin.com/extra/incrediblechairs/ an entire website]] dedicated to the chairs of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''. Lord Chen is admiring the throne, saying how his father promised it would one day be his. GilliganCut to his gorillas [[KickTheDog chucking the throne out the window]] and plonking Chen's cannon in its place.
* Jafar in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has a throne that's basically [[SlouchOfVillainy a couch]] with a giant carving of a cobra's head above it and more cobras for the legs. He also [[GoGoEnslavement chains Princess Jasmine to it.]] Of course, the original throne of the sultan of Agrabah was pretty cool too, having an elephant carving.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMansionsOfTheGods'': Caesar's throne has a massive golden eagle statue on it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' is full of them.
** The Jedi Council hold their meetings in a tower, where each member gets a nice looking chair that you could almost swear was built specifically for them. Sometimes, when some of the members are away, they even fill their chairs via hologram communication.
** And sometimes Yoda even uses a hover-chair.
** And let us not forget the Emperor's cool chair while we're at it.
** In Episode I, we get a scene of Viceroy Gunray on a "mechno-throne", a cool chair that walks around on four legs - very, very slowly....
** Also in Episode I, Darth Sidious uses the "mechno-throne" as a hologram projector. Let me recap: he is sitting on a throne that walks around on its own power. And he is a hologram at the time. Is [[EvilIsCool Evil cool]] or what?
** Anakin's pod racing rival Sebulba had a special chair custom-made to accommodate his odd anatomy comfortably; it, along with his two ''very'' expensive twin Twi'lek slave girls was his way of rubbing his wealth in everyone else's face.
** Don't forget Vader's cool chair in his meditation chamber. It's unique in that, rather than being the typical throne, it's low enough that Vader has to cross his legs when sitting in it.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
** " ... One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne / In the Land of {{Mordor}} where the Shadows lie." Subverted somewhat in that Sauron is [[NoOneSeesTheBoss never seen on his throne]]. Doubly so in TheMovie, where Sauron is portrayed as a giant FacelessEye made out of fire, making a Cool Chair fairly useless--you know, what with him not having a butt and everything. However! This arguably gives Sauron the coolest chair of them all, as ''his'' chair routinely spawns gargantuan legions of horrifying abominations of pure twisted evil and is the tallest tower in the whole of Middle-earth! Can ''your'' chair do that??
** [[TheDragon Saruman's]] spiky black chair in a throne room made of spiky obsidian (film only). Creator/ChristopherLee described it as "a great place to throw a really classy party, but not too comfortable to sit in."
** And let's not forget the Steward of Gondor's seat (book and film), a plain black chair below and to one side of the ([[RegentForLife permanently]] [[KingInTheMountain unoccupied]]) [[RightfulKingReturns throne]].
* Those egg chairs from ''Film/MenInBlack'' may be a subversion of this. They LOOK cool, but are horribly uncomfortable and it's almost impossible to write while sitting in one. Of course, that was the point -- the written exam was a SecretTestOfCharacter; the real test was to see which, if any, of their candidates realized that they were in a situation which was singularly unsuited to writing properly; noticed that there was a useful flat surface in the middle of the room; and go ahead and used that flat surface, even if it made that horrible screeching noise.
* In the first ''Film/ChroniclesOfNarnia'' film, the White Witch's throne of ice is a Cool Chair--literally. The four thrones at Cair Paravel toward the end of the film are also quite spiff.
* Parodied in the ''Film/AustinPowers'' series, where Dr. Evil's Cool Chair keeps malfunctioning, or he just doesn't know how to work it.
* Doctor Doom is seen briefly in ''Film/FantasticFour: Rise of the Silver Surfer'' sitting in a rotating chair with LCD screens on its armrests in a room where the walls are covered with larger monitors. Shame so little of it was shown, as it looked rather cool.
* The Riddler's throne from ''Film/BatmanForever'' might be a subversion of this.
* Creator/PatrickStewart's role as Charles Xavier in ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' turned a wheelchair of all things into a freakin' cool chair. Those brain probes he uses for mass mind-readin' can't hurt the look, either.
* In ''The Stuntman'' movie, the director character has a hovering cool chair (suspended by a crane) he uses to pop in and out of scenes.
* The new ''Film/StarTrek'' film features an awesome captain's chair.
-->'''Spock''': Outofthechair.
* Xerxes's gigantic throne in ''Film/ThreeHundred'', which is the size of a small house, is carried around by no fewer than 100 slaves, and is lavishly decorated with statues, ivory, and gold.
* In ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum: Battle of the Smithsonian'', the villain steals a pretty sweet looking couch to use as a throne.
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' had this scene where Snake, feeling uncertain of what to do next, picks a chair out of post-apocalyptic rubble and briefly sits on it to rest. As plain as the chair might've been, he looked [[MundaneMadeAwesome chill and cool enough]] that this was among the scenes that got echoed in the sequel, ''Film/EscapeFromLA''.
* Thranduil's antlered throne in ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'' which is carved from stone and an impressive part of the architecture in his main hall.
* The Architect's high-backed black leather chair in ''Film/TheMatrix'', dead-center in a room full of screens.

* In the second ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book, Opal Koboi had a hovering chair.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' story "Bridle and Saddle" (AKA "The Mayors"), a ruler had a glowing chair that could float due to its shielded nuclear motor.
* In ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', the Emperor's throne was a "massive chair carved from a single piece of Hagal quartz". In ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' this is changed to "Hagar emerald" (probably a typo). The aborted 1975 film version of Dune would have had the [[http://www.ghostofaflea.com/archives/Harkonnen%20Chair.jpg Harkonnen Capo Chair,]] designed by Creator/HRGiger of ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' fame.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Silver Chair]] from ''Literature/TheSilverChair'', which apart from looking cool has the magical ability to completely brainwash its occupant for 23 hours a day, and keep him imprisoned for the remaining one.
* Literature/NeroWolfe has a desk chair in his office that is custom-built (under his own supervision, of course) to accommodate his great bulk. The springs are designed to support up to 500 pounds, and are so stiff that Wolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin can barely get the chair to tilt backward when he sits in it. There's also the red leather chair in his office that's reserved for his client (or Inspector Cramer). If it's a story where Wolfe has multiple clients, the one he considers most important gets the red leather chair; if it's one with no paying client, it goes to the person Wolfe is more or less working for. In any case, the person who gets the red leather chair is virtually never the guilty party.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** The Iron Throne is intentionally CoolButInefficient. Aegon the Conqueror took the swords of all the defeated lords of Westeros and forged them with dragonfire into a scary but still very sharp throne, saying that a king should never sit easy. Kings often cut themselves on the throne, and legend states that it has killed at least one of them (thought that king may have been DrivenToSuicide and impaled himself on the throne).
** The populace seems to think that it might be magical and harm only bad kings. Joffrey gets stuck with it when he's at his most arrogant and bratty after the Battle of Blackwater (and goes crying to Mommy). Also, Jaime mentions that Mad King Aerys always has scabs from sitting on the Iron Throne. Both, of course, are awful rulers, so the assumption is that the throne is rejecting them. Of course, it could also just have been a really bad idea to create a chair out of swords.
** It features quite prominently in [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Game_of_Thrones_Iron_Throne_HBO_promo_01_1452.jpg promos]] for the [[Series/GameOfThrones television series]].
** In truth,
* The Eastern Empire from Mercedes Lackey's later ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' also features a throne of blades, except it's all the personal weapons of every leader the entire line of Emperors has conquered in ''hundreds of years'' of history. They've also been completely melted down before being added to the throne, so there's no risk of injury if you lean back incautiously.
* Somewhat subverted in ''Garfield's PET FORCE'', a series of short young-adult novellas written by Jim Davis, in which ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}, Odie, Nermal, Arlene and Pooky are sucked into the universe of a comic book starring characters conveniently similar to them. The planet they end up on is a monarchy, and the king is...Jon Arbuckle. Since being royalty can do little to change the fact that he's still fundamentally Jon, he's had the traditional throne replaced with a recliner upholstered in naugahyde, chosen on the basis that stains wipe right off.
* The throne of Kinakuta in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}''. It looks like a chair designed by a Scandinavian with twin degrees in engineering and semiotics and given a blank cheque. When the Sultan sits in it, you ''know'' who's in charge here.
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dragonbone Chair]] of the first novel in Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series.
* ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' Prince Xizor has a chair that [[KingpinInHisGym strengthens his muscles for him]] and tells him sycophantic nothings, although it always pronounces his name "Sheezor", much to his annoyance.
* The titular Ravenor of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels has his Cool Chair Life support Prison, complete with Psi boosters, Communication jamming and intercept equipment and hidden machine guns.
** A tagalong in one of the books even privately refers to him as 'The Chair'.
* William Albacastle / Willy Pete, authorial character of the Creator/WhiteWolf ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' supplement ''Iteration X'' and a major character in the novel ''Judgement Day'' by Bruce Baugh has a damn cool chair. The fact he's a technophillic quadrapalegic who uses waldoes to build telepresence drones and whose motorized wheelchair houses treads, robotic arms, and Hades knows what else gives him a good excuse to have one.
* Again, the Steward of Gondor's seat in ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]'' is a plain black chair below and to one side of the ([[RegentForLife permanently]] [[KingInTheMountain unoccupied]]) [[RightfulKingReturns throne]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Patrician Vetinari's seat at the foot of the steps leading up to the long-unoccupied solid gold throne of Ankh-Morpork [[spoiler: which the book ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' reveals is actually fake, made of wood and so rotten that it would crumble should anyone attempt to sit in it]].
** Literature/{{Discworld}} addresses this idea again in ''The Fifth Elephant'', with the Scone of Stone: revered seat "cushion" of the Low King of the dwarfs.
*** If "cushion" is really the right word for a baked good the consistency of stale granite.
** When Lord Snapcase (not-yet Homicidal Lord Snapcase) replaces his successor Mad Lord Winder, the first thing he does is ask if the chair [[SwivelChairAntics swivels]]. The secretary responds he can get a skilled swiveler first thing in the morning.
* In David Eddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Brand, the hereditary Rivan Warder, has a seat below the empty throne of the Rivan King. This is actually a reference, unintentional or not, to Denethor, Steward of Gondor in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', who sits on a plain wooden chair beneath the Gondorian throne (on the third step I believe)
* The chair in the courtroom of the Wizengamot in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has chains that, depending on the occupant, may coil up and tie him or her to it. It seems to only do it if the occupant is perceived to be potentially dangerous; in the Death Eater trials Harry sees in the Pensieve, it chains up several Death Eaters, but when Harry himself comes to sit in it in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', it lets him alone.
* The Chairmaker in ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'' [[spoiler:makes a chair out of his step-sister's bones, whom he murdered.]] Nobody sits on it though.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Number 2's Ball Chair in ''Series/ThePrisoner''. The desk it faced had several phones and a set of controls.
* Rygel used a hovering throne-sled in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
* TheCaptain's chairs on TheBridge in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series and movies, starting with Captain Kirk's. Best described in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocTeNGrT5r8 this awful fanfic]].
** It's ColorCodedForYourConvenience, as well: a Federation chair is done in soothing shades of beige, whereas Klingon furniture is all made from black leather and bolted-together slabs of iron. But the Klingons like it that way.
** According to Creator/WilWheaton, the chair was so cool that, by unspoken consensus, no ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' cast or crew member ever sat upon it unless 1) they were Creator/PatrickStewart or 2) [[YouAreInCommandNow the script specified it]]. (Visiting celebrities got to do whatever they wanted, of course.)
** There's a delicious source of {{Narm}} in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', where the BigBad's Cool Chair is a ''literal'' Couch Of Villainy. A big comfy red one. On a ultra-high-tech, stainless-steel Bridge. It ''really'' doesn't work, as seen [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/images/3/34/Sona_bridge.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20050818051107&path-prefix=en here]]. (Perhaps the problem is that he isn't doing a a SlouchOfVillainy on it...)
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Singularity", the crew become obsessed with trivial nonsense due to SpaceMadness, and engineer Trip Tucker went nuts trying to design the Ultimate Captain's Chair with interactive status displays, secondary helm control, inertial micro-dampers and cup holder (but apparently NoSeatBelts). Ironically when everyone goes back to normal, Trip realises the chair is just one centimeter too high.
-->'''Trip:''' I know you don't think this chair is important, but you're wrong. What's the most critical component on this ship? The main computer? The warp reactor? Uh-uh, it's the crew. And the most important member of the crew is the Captain. He makes life and death decisions every day and the last thing he needs to be thinking in a critical situation is, 'Gee, I wish this chair wasn't such a pain in the ass!'
* Referenced a few times in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. One episode that stands out is where Worf has to play the role of captain to fool some 80-year-old Klingons fresh out of stasis that the Klingon Empire controls the Federation. After succeeding, Riker asks him how if felt being captain. Worf's response is thus: "Comfortable chair."
** Made all the more hilarious by the fact that he spent most of his run on TNG standing, save for when he served at the front consoles periodically during the first season. At least he got to sit down on the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Defiant]]'', though, either at tactical or in the [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact captain's chair]].
** Worf actually had his own Cool Chair in his quarters. It's a real chair, too: a Stokke Garden chair designed by Peter Opsvik in 1985.
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Rachel buys a new armchair. It's really, ''really'' nice. So nice, in fact, that Joey deliberately breaks his leather Barcalounger in a desperate attempt to be allowed to sit in it. Twice (long story...).
* Franchise/StargateVerse
** The Ancient control chairs (a.k.a. [[FanNickname Recliner of Doom]]) in ''Series/StargateSG1'' and onwards launch {{Macross missile massacre}}s [[UnusualUserInterface on command from the sitter's thoughts]], but if and only if the sitter has a particular gene. In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the Ancient Control Chair allows people with the Ancient Gene to ''fly'' the entire City.
** ''SG-1'' gets a Cool Chair too in the form of General Hammond's chair. In "Proving Ground," Daniel [[spoiler:(who is currently the leader of a fake alien incursion for a [[TrainingAccident training exercise]])]] gets to sit at the desk and revels in how comfortable it is. In "Prometheus Unbound", Hammond returns to the SGC to recruit Daniel for the latest flight to Atlantis. When Jack asks him if he misses the chair and wants it back, Hammond says yes... and has the chair shipped to his office in Washington. That must be a damn comfy chair. Possibly a reference to something his actor Creator/DonSDavis said in an interview. When asked if he could play any other role in the show, who would it be, he replied, "I'd be my own damn role. I have the best chair on the set."
** Daniel's control chair in his [[EmperorScientist secret underground bunker]] in [[AllJustADream "Absolute Power"]] also definitely counts. It's on a cantilever, at least one of its armrests is a control panel, and it has a DeflectorShield, making it [[ImmuneToBullets immune to shooting from a 9mm pistol]].
** In ''Series/StargateUniverse'', after discovering the bridge of ''Destiny'', you can bet practically everyone is having an internal [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee moment of squee]] when they first sit in the Captain's chair.
* Let's not forget Baltar's infamous swivelling chair in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}''. Though how he got up there in the first place is beyond me.
* Averted on the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. As part of the design of the 2003 mini-series, the writers and producers attempted to avoid as many of the standard stylings of typical TV SpaceOpera. Commander Adama and Colonel Tigh always stand in CiC. Some folks think they didn't really think it all the way through...
* Having been crippled, Davros, the creator of the Daleks and recurring villain in ''Series/DoctorWho'', has his lower body encased in a cool chair by the time of his initial appearance in Genesis of the Daleks and retains it in later appearances.
** There's also the high-backed green throne used by the eponymous individual in "The Keeper of Traken."
* The Thinking Chair from ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues''.
* The Frank Lloyd Wright chairs in the council chambers on ''Series/BabylonFive'', and the command chair on the ''White Star''-class ships. One of the buttons on the latter was programmed, at the battle of Corianna VII, to detonate 500 Megaton thermonuclear mines. Can you get any cooler?
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' has Cassius trying to convince Brutus that the cool chair Caesar has ordered for the forum is actually a throne and indicative of a thirst for power. Brutus claims that "thrones are usually more decorative. That is decidedly plain and chair-like."
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Ducky and [=DiNozzo=] quickly snap photos of each other sitting in the President's chair on Air Force One.
* The Diary Room chair on ''Series/BigBrother''. Not particularly cool as a chair, but very definitely shorthand for "Draaaaaaaa-mah! is about to occur!"
* Dad Anyfamily's mobile (as in [[TimTaylorTechnology gasoline-powered]]) chair from ''Series/{{Roundhouse}}''. It comes equipped with a TV, a propane grill, a cooler, and even brake lights.
* The black leather chair contestants sat in on the game-show ''Series/{{Mastermind}}''. It was considered so cool that it was once kidnapped and held for ransom; the original is now in the house of Magnus Magnusson's daughter.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Iron Throne which was forged from the swords of Aegon the Conqueror's defeated enemies, although by all accounts it's not very comfortable to sit on.
--> '''Varys:''' Ugly, don't you think?
--> '''Baelish:''' Yet it has a certain appeal.
** Subverted by Daenerys' simple bench in Meereen. However it's balanced by the impressive throne room, which makes an equally impressive chair unnecessary.
* After the death of a colleague, Booth on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' goes on and on about how much he wants the man's chair. Others wonder if perhaps this is his way of coping with grief, but Booth insists it really is just about a cool chair.
* On ''Series/{{Revenge}}'', Victoria's lounge chair "throne" is so iconic to the series that when events forced her to get rid of it (it got badly stained), it received a memorial title card at the end of the episode. Later, when she commits suicide by blowing up Grayson Manor, she gets the chair back to sit in as she dies.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' had a recurring couple of art dealers, Nuni and Nuni Schoener (played respectively by Fred Armisen and Creator/MayaRudolph), furnish their apartment with various unusual chairs, which they usually find more comfortable than their guests do. One sketch took this trope literally, when the wife showed off an armchair made out of ice.

* In ''Pinball/FlashGordon,'' the throne of Ming the Merciless fills the entire upper playfield.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** [[MemeticMutation SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!]] Khorne (he of BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! fame) sits on a massive throne of brass in the center of his fortress, which sits on a mountain of skulls in a lake of blood. Skulls taken and blood spilled by his warriors end up in the pile/lake, representing how his power waxes and wanes with the other three Chaos gods'.
** The Emperor's Golden Throne might count too, despite the fact that it's not so much a chair, than an elaborate life support device the size of a large building. Apparently the part where the Emperor's body lies does look somewhat like a throne, though.
** There is also Inquisitor Lord Karamazov's Throne of Judgement, which is essentially a Space Marine Dreadnought with a chair top.
* [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs10/i/2006/080/e/3/The_Scarlet_Throne_by_MelUran.jpg The Scarlet Throne]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is an elaborate thing made from magical jade of each colour carved into the shapes of the Five Elemental Dragons in a protective and deferential pose to the sitter, and has been the main symbol of the authority of the most powerful person in the world for 700 years. It's also a powerful magical artifact, and possesses at least some degree of consciousness: When the current regent seated himself upon it, the heads opened their mouths, hissed at him, and pulled back in a pre-striking pose. He hasn't dared enter the throne room since. You know you suck as a ruler when your own seat of office hates you.
* ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has the [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Wyrmskull_Throne Wyrmskull Throne]], a throne made from the skulls of four dragons slain by the ancient dwarven king Taark Shanat.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh:'' Elshadoll Shekhinaga is Nephilim using Apoqliphoth Killer as a throne, after forcing it into her servitude.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A golden throne, studded with platinum and decorated with dragon bones, and carved with the glorious feats of the town's ruler, doesn't even get near how awesome chairs and thrones (as all furniture) can become in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': Dr. Robotnik has various incarnations of his signature Eggmobiles, which manage a trifecta of Cool Chair, cockpit of sundry [[BossBattle Boss Battling]] machines, and omnivehicle escape pod. So enamored is he with his flying chair that it's rare to see him actually standing.
* We never see her sit in it, but Azala in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has a throne made of bones in Tyranno Palace. Choosing to sit in it causes the character doing so to give an EvilLaugh.
* Some ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games have a ''sidequest'' centered around finding and sitting in Cool Chairs.
** ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow]]'' has a soul you can collect which, when equipped, will regenerate health at a fairly generous rate whenever you're sitting down-be it in a Cool Chair, a few boards and dowels barely held together with glue, or a crate.
** The chair interactions typically involve characters who are somehow related to Dracula, who is rarely seen outside his throne room. In fact, his monster form at the end of ''Symphony of the Night'' was literally just his throne with arms and grotesque shapes growing out of it.
* The Frozen Throne of the Lich King in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games - a chair magically carved out of glacial ice, which doubles as Ner'zhul's phylactery. There's also a place called the Throne of Kil'Jaeden, but it's not an actual throne. Whether the Legionlord has an actual Cool Chair remains to be seen, as surely no self-respecting demon lord would go without an obsidian throne covered in skulls and spikes.
** Several Cool Chairs can be found in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', usually in various throne rooms. Kel'thuzad has a particularly cool looking one, which is sadly somewhat wasted, as he's a semi-incorporeal lich and doesn't have the necessary bodyparts (like ''everything below his torso'') to actually sit on it.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** High-ranking Covenant Prophets glide on gravity thrones, which have DeflectorShields and can shoot lasers. Normally Master Chief vs. an old man wouldn't be much of a fight, so it's a good thing the Cool Chair fixes that.
** Every Covenant Shipmaster has his own on the bridge of his ship. It's a fairly simple gravity throne, without any of the Prophets' offensive attachments, but the simple fact that Elites like Rtas 'Vadum and Thel 'Vadam direct planetwide destruction from them is enough to make them cool.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' one of Morigan's victory poses has her conjure up a throne made of ''bats'' which actually levitates.
* Sebastian Krist has one in ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad''.
** Sebastian Krist's chair is so cool that it comes with ''built-in rocket launchers''.
* There's one of these that Bowser usually sits on in the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' series, with a clear example of such a sinister spike-covered throne found in the ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' Bowser mini games.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'''s Leon Kennedy finds a Cool Chair while venturing into the final areas of the game. You even get an action command to sit it in, Dracula style (Doing so will reveal a collectible).
* Organization XIII of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has an entire circular meeting room with no less than thirteen cool chairs for each member of the Organization. Each one is raised to ridiculous heights on top of a plain white tower, and they seem built for people who are about ten feet tall (less of a problem when you can teleport). Since all the elevations vary depending on rank, it's amazing that they manage to have meetings without having to shout at each other to be heard. Naturally Xemnas, being the leader, has the highest chair.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape's'' evil genius simian antagonist Specter is seldom seen without his levitating chair. In the first game, he even fights the first half of the final battle in it. It doesn't appear to have any weapons of its own, but it does teleport and apparently give him mind-control beam and energy blast attacks, so it's pretty cool.
* ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'' - Occasionally you can come across a throne. Sitting in it can net you something nice...or something horrible.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Dist has a cool flying chair.
* The thrones of the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins ruler of Ferelden]], and the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Viscount of Kirkwall]]. The Viscount's throne comes complete with a beer mug sitting on the arm. For 10 years.
* A MemeticMutation of a {{mondegreen}} from ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' resulted in meme-art of a ''Rocket Lawn-chair".
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': The Normandy SR-2's pilot chair is so spiffy that Joker has a Nerdgasm over it. Given that he's got a bone disease that requires him to spend most of his time sitting, his reaction is justified.
** The Illusive Man's chair is impressive if only for its elegant simplicity. There's a reason why, in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', he gets annoyed when [[spoiler: Shepard sits in it.]]
* In Wii version ''VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob'', the emperor sits on a rather slimy throne which is has several heads very much alive.
* Kristoph Gavin in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' gets a very expensive looking cool chair [[spoiler:in prison.]] Chairs, nail polish and reading are his only hobbies, and given the circumstances, this means he's doing quite well for himself.
* Algol of [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur 4 and 5]] sits in his throne during his pre-battle cutscene, and can both sit in it and [[ImprobableWeaponUser WIELD it]] (admittedly telekinetically) during actual gameplay.
* ''VideoGame/MapleStory'': You can earn increasingly cool-looking chairs to sit down in and restore HP and MP.
* Nine of them in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. The thrones of the Jarls come with a RecliningReigner animation, and the royal throne in Solitude has the prim and proper upright animation. There are also several of them in ancient ruins, usually filled with fearsome [[OurWightsAreDifferent Draugr]] bosses.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' series has many forms of this trope.
** There's the fancy thrones which Sirrus and Achenar used in the first game.
** Gehn owns half a dozen button-studded chairs in ''VideoGame/{{Riven}}''.
** Sirrus' Spider Throne really fits this trope in VideoGame/MystIVRevelation.
* The ''Journeyman Project'' has an unusual variant: A couch, the Hi-Rez 4D Environ system.
* [[BigBad Master Albert]] from ''VideoGame/MegaManZXAdvent'' has one when the protagonist confronts him. [[OneWingedAngel And then it turns into a giant, three-headed mechanical dragon]], kicking off the the first part of the FinalBattle.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowGatOutOfHell'' gives the Armchair-A-Geddon, an armchair that floats and is equipped with dual [[GatlingGood Gatling guns]] and [[HomingProjectile heat-seeking missiles]]. It represents, amongst the [[SevenDeadlySins Seven Deadly Weapons]], [[LazyBum Sloth]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', you can collect various styles of thrones from which you issue judgment on prisoners.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Doctor Doom is given a floating, metallic throne for his intro and outro sequences, as well as his Level 3 Hyper Combo. If defeated by Tron Bonne, she'll happily claim it as part of her winnings.
* Kleese from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' has his Battle Throne, MK. 1, a hovering high tech chair that he prefers to ride around and deploy his gadgets from rather than walk and get his hands dirty.
* [[CoolHouse Player-owned houses]] in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' can be outfitted with furnished throne rooms. The fanciest ones can be crafted from bones, crystal, or for optimum snazz and MoneySink efficiency, demonic magic stone.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Lord Shojo from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a Cool Chair that [[spoiler: contains a ''tear in the fabric of the universe'']].
* The lack of a cool chair is the reason the bug of ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}''. [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/chair-of-doom/ could never be a super villain.]]
* King Samrick's throne in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' may not be set on a dias or under a baldachin but it doesn't need such added decorations to make it more impressively large as it is [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/1050 easily bigger than a house]], [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gilded]], with red upholstery and a tail hole for comfort.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' all [[StarfishAliens Nemesite]] chairs have narrow backs for wings, tail-holes, and four armrests. Bob finds them uncomfortable, but Molly and Galatea, who ''have'' tails, heartily approve of them.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Fly, Pupa!!!!!!!! [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004265 Flyyyyyyyy!]]
* ''Webcomic/TheBrickTestament'' gives {{Satan}} a particularly nice throne [[http://www.thebricktestament.com/revelation/children_to_be_killed_as_warning/rv02_12-13.html here]].
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'' story, the protagonists were hired to fetch a pillow from a deceased wizard's mansion; Yeagar took a fancy to an Elysium Barcalounger, a fancy chair that had ivory mead cupholders, a Footrest of Pediatric Joy, and Stuffing of Plushiness covered by Upholstery of Mighty Massage. Not believing their employer's warning that [[DontTouchItYouIdiot everything in the house except the pillow was trapped, cursed, or both]], he [[TooDumbToLive convinced Nodwick to pick it up]], and... Well, what happened to them was hidden by a GoryDiscretionShot, but Artax needed a ''squeegee'' to collect their remains before Piffany could use healing magic to restore them.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'': Dr. Horrible has a big, giant overstuffed [[http://www.librarything.com/pics/drhorrible.jpg chair]] in his laboratory. It's a bit too gaudy to be a proper EvilOverlord chair, which makes it probably an AffectionateParody. Plus, meta-wise, the chair belonged to the person in whose home they filmed the Billy shots. "The chair really is that big," Whedon was quoted as saying. "We did not bring a chair increaser."
* The online program ''Habbo Hotel'' has the throne. Unfortunately, to obtain such an item means you have to scam it, trade for it or... gulp... buy it.
* Considering how much WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic talks about it in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', his rocket chair must have been really awesome, even if it's never seen on-screen. He claims it could levitate using science.
* In WebVideo/TheGreatWar, host Indy Neidell answers questions from viewers from the rather extravagantly named "Chair of Wisdom". In actual fact, it appears to be little more than an old but comfortable armchair.
* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "[[Recap/StrongBadEmailE162TheChair the chair]]", Strong Bad goes shopping for a new place to sit while he checks emails. One of Bubs' offerings is the "Styleron Ecochair", an impractically-fancy piece of designer furniture that resembles a solid plastic bean-bag chair, or "a giant albino doggy-doody" as Strong Bad puts it. Strong Bad instead settles on "Le Restige", a classy high-backed chair with Corinthian leather lining and a "sweat-pants button". Unfortunately, the chair's back almost completely obscures the screen of his computer, and the sweat-pants button malfunctions and puts ''way'' too many pairs of sweat-pants on Strong Bad at once.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Villains with a preference for high technology (and occasionally heroes, too) often use a ''hovering'' Cool Chair, which can move them around their screen-covered command-center without the inconvenience of getting up and walking. I recall an episode of the old SpiderMan animated series, when J. Jonah Jameson is 'invited' up to SHIELD's Helicarrier, and we get the ChairReveal on Nick 'The Pirate' Fury. He's sitting in some sort of awesome, electric, hovering chair. Just to underline the [[RuleOfCool "These guys have loads of cool stuff"]] point
** In another episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Norman Osborn hired Spencer Smythe to create the Spider Slayer, the terms of their deal included Norman financing the development of a hover chair for Smythe's son. In the end of the episode, Spencer was believed dead and his son, blaming Spidey, Osborn, Jameson and Eddie Brock for that, agreed to work for the Kingpin, who provided him with a hover chair.
** Professor X in the 90's ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon had a hoverchair (because he had it in the comics at the time, though the cartoon doesn't explain where he got it, and presumably it was easier to animate).
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Mr. Burns offers to use his influence to get Homer into college to actually get his nuclear physics degree, saying "I have a chair on the admissions board of Springfield University". His "chair" turns out to be a giant throne with devils carved into it, skulls for the handrests, and two attack dogs chained to it.
** Stephen Hawking's wheelchair from the same show. It could fly and was loaded with more tools than InspectorGadget.
* Professor Farnsworth from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' pilots a flying, armed Laz-E-Boy when they are pushed back to 1940's Roswell.
** [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Hedonism Bot]] ''is'' a Cool Chair.
* The InspirationallyDisadvantaged Felix Renton from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has a wheelchair with a hover system and retractable CombatTentacles. It was built by his mother, a cybertechnology expert who moved into town to work at the space center with Kim's father. In his second appearance, the bad guys steal it, causing Shego to remark that EvenEvilHasStandards.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** [[RealityWarper Discord]] fashions himself quite an evil-looking throne - a dark gray and deep red color scheme, a stylized skull shape with pointed teeth at the top, and a huge pair of antlers sprouting from the skull for added demonic imagery - and plops it right in the middle of Ponyville so that he can observe [[RealityIsOutToLunch the chaos he's wrought]] firsthand.
** The Crystal Empire's castle has one, unsurprisingly, made of {{Power Crystal}}s. [[spoiler:During TheDarkTimes, SorcerousOverlord King Sombra rigged it to trigger a hidden portal to his private chambers.]]
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]'', the four princesses each have their own elaborate thrones at the Games, emblazoned with stylized renditions of their cutie marks. This is similar to the VIP seating for the heads-of-state at the Olympics, including the leader of the host nation.
** In the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler:Queen Chrysalis is revealed to have a massive throne with an AntiMagic FieldPowerEffect (that only allows Changeling magic to be used) over her entire domain.]]
* BigBad Megabyte in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' had a hovering Cool Chair. Of course, sitting in it required him to ''take his legs off'' to attach himself to it. He often had one of his Mooks polishing his legs while using his chair.
-->'''Matrix''' [[MindScrew (rebooted as Megabyte)]]: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Could you pass me my legs.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. [[KibblesAndBits Bulkhead's kibble.]]
** When Megatron was still in pieces, Professor Sumdac used ''Megatron's hand'' as a chair.
*** And after Megatron rebuilt himself and captured Professor Sumdac:
-->'''Megatron:''' I trust you're comfortable in your ''chair?''
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', episode "Trials of the Demon", a demon lord who is banished to his own personal pocket dimensional prison turns out to have a giant stone throne covered in spikes in there. Keep in mind that he's the only being in the entire prison, so you have to imagine: at some point he had to have formed a throne himself from the rocks just because a demon lord's gotta have a throne.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Earth King has an ornate throne worked into an absolutely enormous wall fashioned in the likeness of a badgermole, and covered in what appears to be gold and jade. Firelord Sozin had a golden throne before a similar wall worked with a golden dragon and surrounded by fiery cressets. After he crosses the MoralEventHorizon this is replaced with what seems to be a simpler seat... that's hidden behind a wall of flames in an otherwise unlit hall.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': A [[ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum temporarly smart Beezy]] makes a chair that can TimeTravel.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' Thundera's [[TheGoodKing Good King]] Claudus has a high-backed golden throne with cat's head armrests (appropriate to a {{Catfolk}} [[KingOfBeasts monarch]]) and royal blue cushions. BigBad SorcerousOverlord Mumm-Ra later sees fit to commandeer it after he's succesfully laid [[TheSiege siege]] to Thundera.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Throne Thrones]]. Duh.
** Special mention to [[http://hua.umf.maine.edu/China/HistoricBeijing/Forbidden_City/images/06supremehallthrone_4699w.jpg Imperial]] [[https://irenetravelogue.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/dsc_2196.jpg Chinese]] [[http://www.aimlessrambling.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/5-taiping-presidential-palace.jpg thrones,]] which lean closer to works of architecture than pieces of furniture.
** The Mughal [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peacock_Throne Peacock Throne]] was so blinged out it cost ''twice as much as the Taj Mahal''.
* The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedia_gestatoria sedia gestatoria]]'' used by UsefulNotes/ThePope has to be [[http://www.pepik.net/fotky/papamobil/papanositka.jpg seen to be believed.]]
* Real-life example: the term "chairman" comes from a time when all the members of a committee, save for the most important one, had to sit on benches. The most important one got a chair, which, when everyone else is sitting on benches, seems pretty cool all by itself.
** In the British House of Commons, only the Speaker has a chair. Everyone else sits on benches. Historically, the Speaker was not allowed to leave the chamber all day while the House was in session, so the chair used to be flanked by curtains and functioned as a toilet. When necessary, the Speaker could draw the curtains, lift the seat and do his business without ever disrupting the session. It no longer functions as a commode but apparently the sewer system underneath still exists...
*** The Speaker of Canada's House of Commons also gets a big fancy chair, minus the built-in toilet. Unlike Britain, everyone else also gets a chair, but they're rather basic compared to the Speaker's chair. In addition, the Canadian Senate actually has ''three'' thrones, one for the Speaker, and two more behind it for the monarch/governor general and his/her spouse (generally only used when Parliament is being opened or the King/Queen is visiting Parliament).
** The "chairman" of the British House of Lords (formerly the Lord Chancellor, now the Lord Speaker) does ''not'' get an actual chair but rather sits on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolsack Woolsack]], which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a (large, square) red sack full of wool. Originally, this signified the importance of wool to England's economy; however, the sack was destroyed when the Houses of Parliament were bombed in UsefulNotes/TheHomeFront, and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, it was replaced with a new sack stuffed with wool from all over UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealth (representing Commonwealth unity and, one supposes, the ongoing love affair between English-speakers and wool). Despite the absence of a back or arms (it does have a small backrest), it's apparently quite comfortable.
** There's also a Judges' Woolsack, another (much longer) wool-filled cushion right in front of and below it, where the Law Lords--Britain's highest judicial authority until they were moved to the new [[UsefulNotes/BritishCourts Supreme Court of the United Kingdom]] in late 2009--sat during the State Opening of Parliament (although any Lord may sit on it during normal session); the Justices of the Supreme Court continue to sit on the Judges' Woolsack during the State Opening (Supreme Court Justices are still formally Lords, but are barred from sitting or voting while they serve).
** The one cool true chair in the Lords Chamber is the monarch's throne, from which he/she gives the Speech every State Opening of Parliament--and unlike the Judges' Woolsack, if you're not supposed to be sitting in it but sit in it anyway, you ''will'' get in trouble.
* The old-school [[https://www.chesterfields1780.com/ Chesterfield]] chairs and sofas are among the most recognisable upper class furniture, familiar from every SmokyGentlemensClub in fiction, ever.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Stool The Golden Stool of the Akan people]] is so cool (and so revered by their culture) that they were [[SillyReasonForWar willing to resort to violence]] [[BerserkButton to keep the British governor from sitting on it]]. ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Golden_Stool Seriously]]. And even though that war broke the Ashanti Empire, they still chalk that one up as a win because no Brit ever sat on the stool.)
* The long-running TV show [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim%27ll_Fix_It Jim'll Fix It]] featured a large chair for Jimmy Savile with concealed compartments that would open when he pressed the right button. When Tom Baker and K9 were on the show K9 said it was pleased to meet "Mr Savile and Chair". ([[HarsherInHindsight Known in retrospect to be]] BlatantLies, but the Doctor ain't risking Reapers.)
* The Atlantis resort and watermark in the Bahamas gives us [[http://albanykid.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/bahamas-atlantis-girl-on-golden-throne-1.jpg The Golden Throne]], a seat that guests are free to sit in (one at a time... [[http://images.travelpod.com/users/bellavita/1.1241994300.the-atlantis-throne.jpg normally)]] and take pictures in for free.
* The "thrones" occupied by mall Santas tend to be fairly impressive to look at, at least to the small children who come to sit on his lap.
* [[http://tankchair.net/store/tank-chair-store Tank Chair.]] Yes, it is a real thing.
* [[http://www.dump.com/transformshalloween/ These]] [[http://thegrue.com/mini-dr-who-rides-around-on-his-tardis-wheelchair/ parents]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming turned]] their kids' wheelchairs into cool chairs -an ice cream truck and a Tardis!
* If you've got about [=USD 10,000=], you can buy [[http://www.suck.uk.com/products/villainchair/ this.]]