"We used to think their leader, Muammar al-Gaddafi, President for life and, quote, Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Huge business cards) was crazy."If there's one way to impress upon the viewer the general awesomeness of a character, it's to give him the titles to show for it. Often, the first mention of a character with loads and loads of titles is, or will be closely followed by, a formal introduction or a signature of a formal letter. Another common vector for the Long List is a Badass Boast, especially if the titles were awarded for martial achievements or general badassery. Done improperly, he'll just come off as "Jimmy the Longwinded, He of Many Titles" (although this can be deliberate when the trope is Played for Laughs). This is very much Truth in Television, in that many reigning monarchs tended to possess an impressive array of titles. In the modern day, loads and loads of titles can be found on accomplished British citizens. A subtrope of Long List and The Magnificent. May be combined with Overly Long Name. Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking is likely to be involved, as the most impressive titles will generally be listed first. Compare Some Call Me "Tim", They Call Me Mister Tibbs, I Have Many Names, and Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom. Contrast Just the First Citizen, The Master and similarly styled Names to Run Away from Really Fast, where brevity is the soul of intimidation. If they also happen to announce it (or someone else does it for them) a lot then it's also a Large Ham Title.
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- President Führer King Bradley of Fullmetal Alchemist, although "King" is just his very appropriate first name. He is both president of the country and head (Führer) of the military.
- In episode 51 of Soul Eater, Asura asks Maka just who she is. She replies:
"Academy Student Maka Albarn, one-star scythemeister.
"Shibusen Spartoi Captain Maka Albarn, two-star Grigori Deathscythemeister to Soul Eater Evans.
- However, in the manga, it's a lot more complicated than that. An art book calls her "Maka Albarn, Meister to Death Scythe Soul Eater Evans. After completing her Deathscythe and joining Spartoi, it would be more like:
- Cable: Nathan Christopher Charles Dayspring Askani'son Summers. Or as Deadpool calls him, Priscilla.
- The Proximen in The Ballad Of Halo Jones acquire extra words in their names as a sign of increased status.
- In The Sandman, Dream "collects names like others collect friends". His official titles: Lord of the Dreamworld, Prince of Stories, Monarch of the Sleeping Marches, His Darkness Dream of the Endless.
- In the Sonic the Hedgehog mini-series produced by Archie Comics (Right before the main comics), Robotnik has a plaque on his desk that reads 'DR. ROBOTNIK: Supreme Dictator, Industrial Polluter, Megalomaniac...' At this point it continues on a sign on his desk's side, '...Corrupt Politician, Underhanded Reprobate, Rain Forest Ravager, Puppy Kicker, Oil Spill Coordinator, Holiday Hater, Insurance Salesman'
- Midnighter has a stock Badass Boast about his Awesomeness by Analysis skills that includes a few self-given titles ("I'm what soldiers dream of growing into. I'm what children see when they first imagine what death is like...") Eventually he gets so tired of saying it that he literally has it printed a business card. The guy at the print shop just assumes he's a wrestler and it's part of his gimmick.
- Ultra Magnus. Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord and Director of Security.
- In Don Rosa's A little something special, the bad guys made a stalling tactic out of introducing the Last of the Clan McDuck, Master of the Mississippi, Buckaroo of the Badlands, Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark, Raider of the Copper Hill, Laird of Castle McDuck, Terror of the Transvaal, Vigilante of Pizen Bluff, Dreamtime Duck of the Never-Never, King of the Klondike, Billionaire of Dismal Downs, Invader of Fort Duckburg, Sharpie of the Culebra Cut, Empire Builder from Calisota, Richest Duck in the World, Scrooge "Buck" McDuck.
- In Lady Mechanika, Commander Winter's full title is 'Lady Katherine de Winter, Countess of the St. Germaines, Bearer of the Seventh Key of the Inner Collective'.
- A Crown Of Stars: Daniel and Rayana, the divine -and very ancient- rulers of Avalon, have a very long list of titles. They sometimes enjoy enumerating them to newcomers only to see the looks on their faces:
Daniel: “Sir Daniel Joseph O’Brien, Knight of the Crown, Ranger Prime of the Imperial Rangers, Clan Lord of the O’Briens, King of Primastra, Lord of Ten Billion Suns, Ruler of the Shining Realm, His Most Cosmic Majesty, Emperor of Avalon. I am the government here. Welcome to my place. Can I get you anything?”
Rayana: “Pardon my husband’s exploitation of his myriad titles for amusement value. He likes messing with people like that sometimes. I’m Dame Rayana Kylise Hart-O’Brien, Knight Commander of the Centre for Covert Multi-Dimensional Operations, Avalon Imperial University Mistress of Musical Arcanum, Imperial Sorceress Supreme, Grand Duchess of Narya, Lady of Mothers’ Fury, Her Most Mystic Majesty, Witch Queen of Avalon. Would you like something to drink?”
Daniel: “Good to have you home, love. So hard to pull off that routine properly without you.”
- Marissa Picard: Marissa Amber Flores Picard Gordon, Princess and Heir to the Throne of the Planet Essex, Commanding Admiral of Starfleet, Titleholder of the Triple Crown, and Lord High Commander of All Kids Crews Everywhere. Did we mention that she hates titles?
- In the The Non-Bronyverse fanfic TD the Alicorn Princess, TD's full title is "Princess of Snark, Sarcasm, Education, Foal Services, and Pastries". The last one particularly irks Celestia.
- In The Assumption of Applejack -or- Appletheosis, Princess Celestia's full name, titles included, is Lady of the Dawn, Her Serene Immortal Highness of Equestria, Daughter of Harmony and Endless Light of Life, Mother and Guide of the Herd, Once-Bearer of Kindness, Laughter, and Magic, Duchess of Canterlot, Van Hoover, and Cloudsdale, Queen of the Scattered Clouds, the Very High and Very Powerful Princess Celestia.
- Similarly, Princess Luna's full name, titles included, is Lady of the Night, Her Serene Immortal Highness of Equestria, Daughter of Harmony and Conqueror of the Midnight Skies, Avenger of the Herd, Once-Bearer of Honesty, Generosity, and Loyalty, Duchess of Zebrica, Stalliongrad, and Manehatten, Queen of the Distant Isles, the Very High and Very Powerful Princess Luna.
- Navarone collects a bunch of titles over the course of Diaries of a Madman, and at one point could claim to call himself as Sir Navarone, Knight of the Lunar Order, Defender of Harmony, Royal Savior, Hero of the Changelings, and Liberator of Egypt.
- In Where Cold Winds Blow, Luna introduces Twilight to Lord Arctis as "Lady Twilight Sparkle BMg, Celestia’s personal student and Her representative, the Countess of the Everfree, the Bearer of the Element of Magic, Discordsbane and Companion to Sun and Moon", which she only remembers because it actually is written on a card. And for even more laughs, it turns out that the last two were made up by Celestia as a joke.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager fanfic Attack of the 50-Ft Half-Klingon the holodeck character played by Tom Paris is "Captain Proton: Spaceman First Class, Protector of Earth, Scourge of Intergalactic Evil, Astrogator of Action, Prince of Planeteers, Lord of the Rings of Saturn, Man of the Day After Tomorrow, and Savior of a Statistically Insignificant Percentage of the Universe".
- My Family and Other Equestrians has the way King Sombra refers to himself in the introduction of the book Blade Star reads in chapter 57: “Written by His Most Excellent Imperial Majesty, High King Sombra the Great. Sole Ruler and Emperor of the Grand Imperial Crystal Empire, and the Dominions, Territories and Dependents of the same. Commander in Chief of His Most Imperial Majesty’s Forces by Land and by Sea. First Minister of Imperial Crystal Legislature, Head of the Privy Council and High Lord of the Grand Judiciary and Star Chamber of the same. Governor of the Imperial First City of the Crystal Empire. Holder of the Glorious Crystal Heart and Master of the Forbidden Crystal Palace…” It keeps going for four pages!
Blade Star: Well, the stallion had an ego.
- To be fair, a common way to refer to royalty 1000 years ago was by adding lots of titles to them, and royalty such as the Queen of England still do that today, see the Real Life examples below.
- Ultra Fast Pony has King Lord High Commander Darkflame Steelwings the Magnificent, who is a spoof of just about all Alicorn OCs.
- Chaucer makes up several on the spot in A Knight's Tale.
"I give to you, the seeker of serenity, the protector of Italian virginity, the enforcer of our Lord God, the one, the only, Sir Ulllrrrich von Lichtenstein!"
Adhemar: And you are?
- Also, Adhemar makes a dig at William's pseudonym when they first meet.
William: Well, I am, um...
Adhemar: You've forgotten, or your name is "Sir Um"?
William: Ulrich von Lichtenstein, of Gelderland.
Adhemar: Well, I'd forget as well. What a mouthful.
- In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, during the first scene King Arthur introduces himself as: "Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon from the castle of Camelot, Defeater of the Saxons, sovereign of all England."
- In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jack Sparrow has trouble identifying the man before whom he is brought in chains.
Prime Minister Henry Pelham: You are in the presence of George Augustus, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Archtreasurer and Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, King of Great Britain and Ireland... and of you.
Captain Jack: Doesn't ring a bell...
- Note that this is a textbook rendition of George II's actual titles.
- Night at the Museum 2 show a very funny example.
Kahmunrah: They didn't call me Kahmunrah the Trustworthy! They called me Kahmunrah the Bloodthirsty! Who kills whoever doesn't give Kahmunrah exactly what he wants, in the moment that he wants it! Which... is right now! When had also better get the combination! And the tablet.Larry: That's what they called you?Kahmunrah: It was shorter in Egyptian.
- In the film of Anne of the Thousand Days, it is explained that Cardinal Wolsey actually holds more titles than King Henry.
- King Bruno the Questionable in Jabberwocky has one of these. His full title ("King Bruno the Questionable, Son of Olaf the Loud, Great-grandnephew of Emperor Otto the Bent, conqueror of Freedonia", etc.) is given by a herald who speaks so slowly that the King himself eventually gets tired of listening to his own introduction.
- In one of the short stories, Dresden is introduced as "Harry Dresden, magus, a commander of the Order of the Grey Cloak, sometime mortal Champion of Queen Mab and Esquire of the Court of Queen Titania". Even more amazing? Every single one of those titles is a major plot point.
- He's also known as the Pizza Lord.
- Gulliver's Travels: "Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue, most mighty Emperor of Lilliput, delight and terror of the universe, whose dominions extend five thousand blustrugs [about twelve miles in circumference] to the extremities of the globe; monarch of all monarchs, taller than the sons of men; whose feet press down to the centre, and whose head strikes against the sun; at whose nod the princes of the earth shake their knees; pleasant as the spring, comfortable as the summer, fruitful as autumn, dreadful as winter".
- From the Deryni works:
- His Majesty, King Kelson Cinhil Rhys Anthony Haldane, by the Grace of God, King of Gwynedd, Prince of Meara, and Lord of the Purple March
- His Royal Highness, The High and Mighty Prince Nigel Cluim Gwydion Rhys Haldane, Duke of Carthmoor and Regent of Gwynedd
- The Most High, Potent, and Noble His Grace The Duke of Corwyn, General Sir Alaric Anthony Morgan, Lord General of the Armies and King's Champion
- The Most High, Potent, and Noble His Grace The Duke of Cassan, Sir Duncan Howard McLain, Priest and Bishop
- Pyramids: His Greatness the King Pteppicymon XXVIII, Lord of the Heavens, Charioteer of the Wagon of the Sun, Steersman of the Barque of the Sun, Guardian of the Secret Knowledge, Lord of the Horizon, Keeper of the Way, the Flail of Mercy, the High-Born One, the Never-Dying King. He prefers "Teppic".
- The Fifth Elephant: Ambassador Extraordinary to Uberwald, His Excellency, His Grace Sir Samuel Vimes, Duke of Ankh-Morpork, Commander of the City Watch, King of the River, Blackboard Monitor.
- Mort: The Stealer of Souls, Defeater of Empires, Swallower of Oceans, Thief of Years, The Ultimate Reality, Harvester of Mankind, the All right, all right. I can see myself in.
- And in the same book "Queen Kelirehenna I, Lord of Sto Lat, Protector of the Eight Protectorates and Empress of the Long Thin Debated Piece Hubwards of Sto Kerrig." A reference to Queen Elizabeth, whose titles were even longer. (See Real Life below)
- Vampires tend to collect names and titles as a hobby, though we've never been privy to a full one, mostly because they take up pages.
- Rincewind simultaneously holds at least eighteen different posts at Unseen University, most of which are meaningless titles that nobody wanted; he is most commonly known as the Assistant Librarian and Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography. Ponder Stibbons holds another twelve posts, but in his case the positions are ones which involve actual work and have some importance — Ponder's many jobs mean that he reports to himself and has more votes on the university council than everyone else combined.
- From Unseen Academicals, we get Professor Macarona note Becomes an Overly Long Gag when he insists the cheerleaders use his entire title, resulting in a simple cheer that takes up more than a page.
- Averted by founder of the Agatean Empire One Sun Mirror. He was considered so awesome, he crossed the Bishonen Line of Long List titles and was known simply as One Sun Mirror. Not even his tomb gives his titles - anyone who is in a position to find his tomb is going to know who he is just from the name alone.
- Rather like Zhao Zheng, King of Qin and uniter/conqueror of China, styling himself simply "Shih Huangdi" or "First Emperor." Says it all. (He intended for all later emperors for all time to be styled Second Emperor, Third Emperor, etc., but there never was a Fourth — the Qin dynasty fell and later dynasties did not follow the practice.)
- As of Raising Steam, we have His Grace, His Excellence, His Blackboard-Monitorship, the Duke of Ankh, Commander Sir Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, Lord of Ramkin Hall, King of the River. It is mentioned at the end of the book that Vetinari has run out of titles to give him!
- Dracula: Abraham Van Helsing, M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc., etc.
- Harry Potter: Albus Pervival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Order of Merlin, First Class; Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards, Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, and Grand Sorcerer. And Chocolate Frog Card... guy. Fittingly, he seems fonder of that last one than any of the others.
- Though his titles are somewhat less illustrious, we also have Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defence League, and five-time winner of Witch Weekly's Most-Charming-Smile Award.
- The Hobbit: At one point, Bilbo makes a Badass Boast that consists of titles he claims, including Clue Finder, Webcutter, Ringwinner, Luckwearer, He Who Walks Unseen, and Barrel Rider. Long after his death, Bilbo was turned into a fairytale character known as "Mad Baggins". Tolkien was a scholar of medieval Germanic languages, a culture that used titles rather than surnames to distinguish historical figures (Olaf Skullsplitter and Njal the Burnt). Tolkien might have been suggesting that Bilbo is lapsing into the more "Norse" culture of Wilderland and starting to forget the "respectable Mr. Baggins" that he was at the start of his journey. Later in the story he comes to regret recklessly naming himself; Smaug deduces from "Barrel Rider" that he'd come from Lake-town, leading him to attack the town.
- Honor Harrington
- By the later books, the main character's full title is Admiral of the Fleet and Captain HMS Unconquered Lady Dame Honor Stephanie Alexander-Harrington KGC MC PMV SG, Duchess and Steadholder Harrington, Countess White Haven.
- Also, W.E.B. Du Havel has an unspecified amount of Ph.D.s (most of which aren't honorary), the Nobel-Shakra Prize for Human Aspiration, and the Solarian Medallion.
- Honor's boss is Elizabeth Adrienne Samantha Annette Winton, Grand Commander of the Order of King Roger, Grand Commander of the Order of Queen Elizabeth I, Grand Commander of the Order of the Golden Lion, Baroness of Crystal Pine, Baroness of White Sand, Countess of Tannerman, Countess of High Garnet, Grand Duchess of Basilisk, Princess Protector of the Realm, and, by God's grace and the will of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth III of the Star Kingdom of Manticore, and Empress Elizabeth I of the Star Empire of Manticore.note
- Happens in Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series as Arthur acquires more and more territories, and with them the titles due to their ruler. Parodied at one point when Suzy adds "Eater of the Biscuit" to the list. Master of the Lower House, Lord of the Far Reaches, Duke of the Border Sea, Commander of the Glorious Army of the Architect... Anointed Heir to the Kingdom, New Architect (Art to his friends, still eats biscuits), temporarily a Sorcerous Supernumary, 2nd Lieutenant Ray Green in the Glorious Army of the Architect, and probably a large number more.
- The King's titles in Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy stories:
"John IV, by the Grace of God, King and Emperor of England, France, Scotland, Ireland, New England and New France, King of the Romans and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Defender of the Faith." That's the short version. The long one includes a bunch of knightly orders and additional Alternate Universe name-drops (e.g. Supreme Chief of the Moqtessumid Clan).
- The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn, son of Arathorn, Chieftain of the Dúnedain of the North, King of Arnor, King of Gondor, and Lord of Andúnië (It bears mentioning that Andúnië now lies at the bottom of the sea.) Also known as Elessar Telcontar, Strider, Wingfoot, Longshanks, and Thorongil, alias Estel.
- The Reynard Cycle: His Royal Highness, Lionel the First, King of Arcasia, Duke of Arcas, Lord of Calyx, and Protector of the Realm.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: Lords and monarchs all have a long list of titles:
- Joffrey of the Houses Baratheon and Lannister, the First of his Name, King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm.
- Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lady Regnant of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Shackles and Mother of Dragons.
- Balon Greyjoy the Ninth of his Name since the Grey King, King of the Iron Islands and the North, King of Salt and Rock, Son of the Sea Wind, Lord Reaper of Pyke and Captain of the Great Kraken.
- Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, Lord Paramount of the North, Warden of the North, and Hand of the King.
- Lord Petyr Baelish, Lord of Harrenhal, Lord Paramount of the Trident, Lord Protector of the Vale and former Master of Coin.
- Most of the Northern lords tend not to have long and fancy titles, further indicating the cultural disdain toward the more courtly and knightly (Read "Frivolous") practices of the South. The Manderlys are the main exception, as they were once a southern house themselves (For example: Lord Wyman Manderly, Lord of White Harbour, Warden of the White Knife, Shield of the Faith, Defender of the Dispossessed, Lord Marshal of the Mander and a Knight of the Order of the Green Hand. Whew!).
- And of course the Big Baddy of them all: Tywin, Son of Tytos of House Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock, Lord Paramount of the Westerlands, Warden of the West, Shield of Lannisport, Savior of the City, and Hand of the King. He's probably the only character with the stones to justify their grandiose title.
- Leyton of House Hightower, Lord of the Hightower, Lord of the Port, Voice of the Oldtown, Defender of the Citadel and Beacon of the South. An then it becomes worst if we go back to the titles of the Hightower Kings of the age of heroes, according to A World of Ice and Fire; You take all these titles and you add : King of the High Tower, King of the Lighthouse, Lord of the Battle Isle, Killer of the Dragon who Lived, Warden of the Whispering Sound, Protector of the Ships of the Honeywine... Loads and Loads of titles.
- Most rulers in The Wheel of Time tends to have this kinds of titles:
- The Amyrlin seat is: "Watcher of the Seals, the Flame of Tar Valon, the Amyrlin Seat".
- While Rand is named a truly astonishing number of things, though some are carry overs from his last incarnation, Lews Therin Telamon (though not all of Lews Therin's carried over), so he is: The Dragon Reborn, Car'a'carn, the Coramoor, Lord of the Morning, Prince of the Dawn, True Defender of Light, King of Illian, and is effectively the overlord of Andor, Cairhien, Tear, Mayene... He actually sometimes intentionally introduces himself with none of them whatsoever, using simply his name or perhaps just his primary title, in a display which seems to simply intensify the effect and make people even more conscious of just how much of the Westland is under his control (answer, around halfish).
- The Queen of Andor is styled as "[Name], by the Grace of the Light, Queen of Andor, Defender of the Realm, Protector of the People, High Seat of House [Surname]".
- Lampshaded as being a predilection chiefly of the southern monarchs; the northern ones, particularly on the Borderlands, tend to avert this. Lan is this trope though (al'Lan Mandragoran, Lord of the Seven Towers, Lord of the Lakes, True Blade of Malkier, Defender of the Wall of First Fires, Bearer of the Sword of the Thousand Lakes, May He Sever the Shadow), but he almost never uses his doorstopper title.
- Prince Caspian, when Peter sends his challenge to Miraz and has to "recall to his mind the language in which he had written such things long ago in Narnia's Golden Age":
"Peter, by the Gift of Aslan, by election, by prescription, and by conquest, High King over all Kings in Narnia, Emperor of the Lone Islands and Lord of Cair Paravel, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Lion, to Miraz, Son of Caspian the Eighth, sometime Lord Protector of Narnia and now styling himself King of Narnia, Greeting."
"Edmund the Just, Duke of Lantern Waste, Count of the Western March and Knight of the Noble Order of the Table."
- And then, just to rub it in, Peter adds the almost-as-long string of titles belonging to Edmund, who is delivering the message for him:
- Emperor Mage opens with one of these about Prince Kaddar leading into a prosaic wish for his Tortallan visitors to show up so he can stop baking in the heat.
- An in-universe example of noticing it... In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Priory School, Holmes and Watson are beseeched for help by an illustrious educator. Watson comments the man's list of honors and positions looks too long for his business card. He's there on the behalf of a Duke whose only son has gone missing. Holmes checks his reference book on current nobility for the Duke and reads aloud thus: "'Holdernesse, 6th Duke. K.G., P.C.' — half the alphabet!" (note: positions were often abbreviated. So Justice of the Peace would be J.P.) "'Baron Beverly, Earl of Carston' — dear me, what a list! 'Lord Lieutenant of Hallamshire since 1900. Married Edith, Daughter of Sir Charles Appledore, 188. Heir and only child, Lord Saltire. Owns about two hundred and fifty thousand acres. Minerals in Lancashire and Wales. Address: Carston House Terrace; Holdernesse Hall, Hallamshire; Carston Castle, Bangor., Wales. Lord of Admirality, 1872l Chief Secretary of State for' — Well, well, this man is certainly one of the greatest subjects of the Crown!"
- Good Omens: The Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. Or Adam.
- Belisarius Series: While Eon's full name, Eon Bisi Dakuen, is brief, that of his father, the king of the Ethiopians, is not. The formal name: "Kaleb Ella Atsbeha, son of Tazena, Bisi Lazen, King of Axum, Himryar, Dhu Raydan, Saba, Salhen, the High Country and Yamanat, the Coastal Plain, Hadramawt, and all their Arabs, the Beja, Noba, Kasu, and Siyamo, servant of Christ".
- Rudyard Kipling in his short story "A Germ-Destroyer", describes a Viceroy of India as possessing no name, "nothing but a string of counties and two-thirds of the alphabet after them."
- The Knight and Rogue Series has "The man who's name is not Jack Bannister" who, admittedly, in neither the one who came up with that title nor using the name Jack Bannister anymore. It's mostly how Fisk refers to him.
- John Carter of Mars has numerous egotistical Evil Overlords as villains, which results in more than a few of these floating around. Particularly notable is the High Priest of the Path of Inspiration: Matai Shang, Holy Hekkador of the Holy Therns, Father of the Therns, Brother of Issus, Master of Life and Death Upon Barsoom. The self-deified Issus is supposed to have over ninety titles, though mercifully only one (Goddess of Life Eternal) is generally used.
- John Carter himself is Dotar Sojat Chieftain of the Tharks, Prince of Helium, Jeddak of Jeddaks, Warlord of Mars.
- In Animorphs, Yeerks have a name, a number, a pool and, if they're twins, an added "primary/lesser" designation. For example, Visser Three's real name is "Esplin Nine-Four-Double-Six Primary of the Sulp Niar Pool." The fact that the books always spell the numbers out doesn't help.
- The main Iskoort we meet is called "Guide, Grub of Skin-Seller, Brother of Memory-Wholesaler."
- Ketrans, too; the Ellimist's birth name is "Azure Level, Seven Spar, Extension Two, Down-Messenger, Forty-one." Nobody actually uses those kinds of names, though; like most Ketrans he invented his own name, "Toomin," while "Ellimist" was essentially his screen name.
- In Everworld the gods of Egypt are especially prone to this—Sobek won't even talk to you unless you address him as "Lord Sobek, god of the crocodiles of the Nile, called Rager, son of Seth and his consort Neith, called the nurse of crocodiles." Ra also has so many variants that a priest spends five full minutes listing them before the protagonists are led away; the priest stands there listing them anyway, because the ritual is more important than their actual presence.
- Damien Kilcannon Vryce from the Coldfire Trilogy, Knight of King Gannon's Order of the Golden Flame, Companion of the Earth-Star Ascendant, and Reverend Father of the Church of the Unification of Human Faith on Erna.
- in Tales of the Magic Land, Urfin Jus had to cut his title by half after his ministers provided a Crowning Moment of Funny trying to repeat it.
- Invoked in David Eddings' The Mallorean. Ce'nedra, wanting to get rid of an emissary so she can speak to her husband privately, announces her entrance to the room with all of her titles (Her Royal Majesty Queen Ce'Nedra of Riva, Imperial Princess of the Tolnedran Empire, Commander of the Armies of the West) and then all of Garion's titles (His Royal Majesty King Belgarion of Riva, Godslayer, Lord of the Western Sea, and Overlord of the West). The overwhelmed emissary takes his leave.
- And lampshades in the first book of the Mallorean, when Garion thinks about his various titles. King of Riva isn't too much of an issue as the Rivans are a fairly sedate people, Lord of the Western Sea isn't an issue, since fish do a good job of ruling themselves, and Godslayer wasn't going to come up all that often. It was the Overlord of the West that gave him all the headaches, since the other Alorn Kings tended to dump all their problems up the chain of command far too often.
- Mediochre Q Seth's full title is Professor Doctor Laird Sir Mediochre Quirinius Seth, PhD MusD MSc CBE OBE MIMC VC-Bar - and he also has a Grade 8 in Piano.
- In User Unfriendly by Vivian Vande Velde, dwarf characters in the Rasmussem virtual reality game introduce themselves by listing their name and title, followed by the names and titles of all their ancestors. For example, the dwarf member of the party is Feordin Macewielder, son of Feordan Sturdyaxe, grandson of Feordane Boldheart, brother to Feordone the Fearless, great-grandson of Feordine Stoutarm who served under Graggaman Maximus. After he is first introduced, the protagonist points out that this is a relatively short list of titles for a dwarf in the setting.
- In Farnham's Legend, the novelization of X: Beyond the Frontier, an Argon senator has to meet with a Paranid dignitary, whose full title is "Priest Duke first class, negotiator and assistant to the Bishop of Paranid Prime, envoy of the Pontifex Maximus Paranidia, prophet of the New Revelation in his own right, Reverend Olmancketslat."
Sen. Nan Gunnar: That is one hell of a long title.
- Champion Dog: Prince Tom is the story of a cocker spaniel who accumulates nearly every title a dog can, including tracking, obedience, and agility. His owner does end up trying to fit it all on a card at least once.
- A later book in The Lost Fleet series gives us one "His Excellency Captain Commodore First Rank Stellar Guard of the Fist of the People Earun Tavistorevas, Paramount of the Shield of Sol", commander of a small and not very impressive taskforce of warships 'guarding' the Sol system from the supposed aggression of The Alliance, who built a hyperspace gate there without securing the necessary planning permission.note He gets very tetchy when Admiral Geary shortens his title to the more manageable "Captain-Commodore Tavistorevas", and the conversation just goes downhill from there.
- Hugo Rune, the Guru's Guru, the Logos of the Aeon, the Mumbo Gumshoe, Hocus Bloke, the Lad Himself, the Re-Inventor of the Ocarina, the Perfect Master, the Cosmic Dick, the Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived, in the works of Robert Rankin.
- In Robert A. Heinlein's Double Star, we have "Willem, Prince of Orange, Duke of Nassau, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Knight Commander of the Holy Roman Empire, Admiral General of the Imperial Forces, Adviser to the Martian Nests, Protector of the Poor, and, by the Grace of God, King of the Lowlands and Emperor of the Planets and the Spaces Between."
- Implied, if thankfully not written out, in The Dinosaur Lords - Emperor Felipe's list of titles is so long, it takes a priestess solid ten minutes to go through them all. He finds it immensely funny.
- Angel: Cordelia Chase, The Venerable Monarch of Pylea, General of the Ravenous Legions, Eater of Our Enemy's Flesh, Prelate of the Sacrificial Blood Rites, and Sovereign Proconsul of Death.
- One Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch has the camera pan over an overly long name plate note reading: "Professor Sir Sir Adrian Furrows F.R.S., F.RC.S., F.R.C.P., M.D.M.S. (Oxon), M.A., Ph.D., M.Sc. (Cantab), Ph.D. (Syd), F.R.G.S., F.R.C.O.G., F.F.A.R.C.S., M.S. (Birm), M.S. (Liv), M.S. (Guadalahara), M.S. (Karach), M.S. (Edin), B.A. (Chic), B.Litt. (Phil), D.Litt (Phil), D.Litt (Arthur and Lucy), D.Litt (Ottawa), D.Litt (All other places in Canada except Medicine Hat), B.Sc.9 Brussels, Liège, Antwerp, Asse, (and Cromer)".
- From Episode Six: Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.
- Red Dwarf: Rimmer, sad pathetic weasel of a man that he is, would give his full title as Arnold J. Rimmer, BSc, SSc - in this case they stand for Bronze Swimming Certificate and Silver Swimming Certificate. This is made even worse when it's stated in one episode that he can't swim, meaning he was self-aggrandizing with forged/stolen swimming certificates, of all things!
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed." Her daughter Deanna mocks this in one episode, reminding her that, "The Sacred Chalice of Rixx is an old clay pot with mold growing inside it!"
- In the novel Star Trek: The Battle of Betazed, other Betazoid nobles are shown to have equally lengthy titles: Sark Enaran is the scion of the Fourth House of Betazed, Heir to the Blessed Books of Katara, and Holder of the Sacred Scepter of Betazed.
- Another Novel claims that this is what Betazoids have in lieu of surnames, so everyone on the planet introduces themselves like this.
- Memory Alpha's article on Worf introduces him as "Worf – son of Mogh, of the Klingon House of Martok, of the Human family Rozhenko; mate to K'Ehleyr, father to Alexander Rozhenko, and husband to Jadzia Dax; Starfleet officer and soldier of the Empire; bane of the House of Duras; slayer of Gowron; Federation ambassador to Qo'noS." Strangely, they don't seem to open any other character articles this way.
- Parodied in Kaamelott, with the meeting between Merlin and a rival wizard:
Merlin: Elias de Kelliwic'h; Great Enchanter of the North, Caller of the Caledonian Wolves, Slayer of the Dragon of Snows, Creator of the Potion of Omnipotence, Seer of...
Arthur: (interrupts) Enough! You don't need to spout off his entire resume, do you?
Merlin: It's a wizard thing; it's how we greet each other...
Elias: Merlin; Enchanter of Britain, Defeater of the Winchester Weasel, Creator of the Potion of Ingrown Nails Cure, Author of the scroll Druidism for Old Folks...
Merlin: (interrupts) Yeah, alright, alright. (to Arthur) You were right, it's gonna take forever.
- In Get Smart, Johnny Carson had a cameo as a herald announcing a princess:
Hear ye, hear ye! Announcing the arrival of her royal highness, daughter of the King of Esterhagen, Duchess of Baravia, lady in waiting to the dowager queen of Lichtenstein, heiress apparent to the Barony of Lowengrau, grand-niece to the Duke of Groustark, first cousin to the Count of Montevillio, third cousin once removed to the burgermeister of Camenbrau, the betrothed of King Charles of Caronia, her royal highness, Princess...(pauses, looks confused, leaves, then returns a few seconds later)...Marta!
- Lampshaded by Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory: "I'm Dr Sheldon Cooper, BS, MS, MA, PhD, and SCD. ... OMG, right?"
- In Crossing Jordan, when Dr. Jack Slocum takes over, the sign on his door reads "Dr. Jack Slocum, MD, PhD, JD". Lily calls it "terrifying".
- Lampshaded in the first episode of Psych: Gus learns that Shawn named his Phony Psychic detective agency "Psych" and sarcastically suggests that he call it "Hey, we're fooling you and the police department; hope we don't make a mistake and someone dies because of it." Shawn, in an extremely hilarious example of Comically Missing the Point, responds "Gus, that name is entirely too long, it would never fit on the window."
- Lampshaded by Alf Stewart in Home and Away, talking about his sister, who is a judge. "She might have a lot of letters in front of her name, but whichever way you arrange them, they still spell 'idiot'."
- Game of Thrones:
- Lampshaded by King Robert Baratheon. Lying on his deathbed and dictating his will to Ned Stark, he realises he's going to have to list the stupidly long train of titles that officially follow his name (see above: Literature: A Song of Ice and Fire), which results in this chuckle-worthy line:
Robert: I, Robert Baratheon... oh you know how it goes... appoint Eddard Stark titles, titles,...
- Later lampshaded by Littlefinger. When he becomes Lord of Harrenhal, upon learning of the other titles his arranged marriage will associate him with, Littlefinger quips "Titles do seem to breed titles."
- Played perfectly straight by Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. Unusually for this trope, these are all titles that we have actually seen Daenerys earn over the course of the series. Her titles are basically a summary of her story arc, albeit one that's a bit out of order.
- Jon Snow, to a lesser extent. Jon Snow, King in the North and the Vale, Lord of Winterfell, The Man Who Returned From The Dead, 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, and, quite possibly, Rightful King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men.
- Lampshaded by King Robert Baratheon. Lying on his deathbed and dictating his will to Ned Stark, he realises he's going to have to list the stupidly long train of titles that officially follow his name (see above: Literature: A Song of Ice and Fire), which results in this chuckle-worthy line:
- Galavant: At the end of season 1, King Richard's older brother, Kingsly, has returned from self-imposed exile, driven out Richard, and claimed his throne. When Richard's bodyguard, Gareth, is trying to explain why he let Richard escape, Richard's wife, Queen Madalena, gets tired of Kingsly and stabs him in the back. Gareth takes his place, and by the first episode of season 2 his official title has become "the guy who was with the queen when she killed the guy who was kinda the king." And everyone refers to him that way every time. By the end of the episode, Madalena lets him officially become king just to make his title easier.
- NCIS: Los Angeles: Callen gets a new NCIS ID for his badge, with his recently-discovered Russian birth name — Grisha Aleksandrovich Nikolaev Callen. Sam is impressed that they were able to fit the entire name on the card. For reference, up until that point he had answered to G. Yes, the letter.
Myths & Religion
- The Qur'an opens "In the name of Allah, the All Beneficent, The Most Merciful in Essence, The Compassionate, The Most Gracious..." and according to Islam, although there's no definitive list, there's another 95 attributes of God.
- Many religions give their god (or gods) many names; although Islam (at 99) takes the cake (the Baha'i have 100, but it's the Muslim list plus one), many other religions send God's names into double digits; this includes Judaism, where one of the most common names of God is...The Name (Ha Shem in Hebrew). Even those religions which feature more than one deity often give each deity many names and titles; for instance, Classical Mythology gives us Zeus Meilichios, Zeus Chthonios, Zeus Plousios, and so on, each referring to a different aspect of Zeus; the same is true of Athena Parthenos, Tritogeneia, Ageleia, Itonia, Athena Ergane, Athena Polias...
- Odin gets this as well, and has been referenced by over 200 names such as Allfather, Oathbreaker, The Wise One, Enemy of the Wolf, Lord of the Aesir, Friend of Wealth, One Eye, Spear Shaker, Father of Baldur, Father of Thor, Son of Borr, Flaming Eye, The Delight of Frigg, Father of Magic Songs, Masked One, Wanderer, Long Beard,God of Battle, Raven God, Battle Wolf, Terrible One, etc., etc.
- In the book of Isaiah in The Bible, a child (taken by many Christians to be a prophesy of Christ) is described as follows (NIV): "And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
- According to the Catholic Church, the titles given to Jesus and the Virgin Mary in their respective litanies:
- For Jesus: Son of the living God, splendor of the Father, brightness of eternal light, King of glory, sun of justice, Son of the Virgin Mary, most amiable, most admirable, the mighty God, Father of the world to come, angel of great counsel, most powerful, most patient, most obedient, meek and humble of heart, lover of chastity, lover of us, God of peace, author of life, example of virtues, zealous lover of souls, our God, our refuge, father of the poor, treasure of the faithful, good Shepherd, true light, eternal wisdom, infinite goodness, our way and our life, joy of Angels, King of the Patriarchs, Master of the Apostles, teacher of the Evangelists, strength of Martyrs, light of Confessors, purity of Virgins and crown of Saints
- For Mary: Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God, Holy Virgin of virgins, Mother of Christ, Mother of divine grace, Mother most pure, Mother most chaste, Mother inviolate, Mother undefiled, Mother most amiable, Mother most admirable, Mother of good counsel, Mother of our Creator, Mother of our Savior, Virgin most prudent, Virgin most venerable, Virgin most renowned, Virgin most powerful, Virgin most merciful, Virgin most faithful, Mirror of justice, Seat of wisdom, Cause of our joy, Spiritual vessel, Vessel of honor, Singular vessel of devotion, Mystical rose, Tower of David, Tower of ivory, House of gold, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of Heaven, Morning star, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians, Queen of angels, Queen of patriarchs, Queen of prophets, Queen of apostles, Queen of martyrs, Queen of confessors, Queen of virgins, Queen of all saints, Queen conceived without Original Sin, Queen assumed into Heaven, Queen of the most holy Rosary and Queen of peace.
- The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary used to be a lot longer, until the Church came in and removed all the titles that do not refer to an explicit biblical passage.
- The God of Hindu mythology have all others beat. Several of the major gods have a list of a thousand names call "sahasranamavali", which literally means 'list of a thousand names'. Of couse, no one except priests remembers the meanings of all of them.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, Gnomes, or at least the ones from Dragonlance, are said to collect names like some people collect stamps. They start out with a birth name and a family name, then get a childhood nickname, adult name, and any earned nicknames along the way. Their towns are named in a similar fashion. The capital's name is "Mount Nevermind," "nevermind" being what a human ambassador hastily interrupted with when he made the mistake of asking what the gnomes called it.
- The Celestial Bureaucracy in Exalted is made of this trope. Just for reference, terms like the "Bureau of Destiny"? Those are the unofficial names; the real name is Most Excellent Designers of Destiny and Sidereal Conjunctions, and the rest of the Bureaucracy has similarly lengthy and grandiose titles.
- Deathlords also really enjoy this. The Princess Magnificent with Lips of Coral and Robes of Black Feathers would be the stand-out, and it's small wonder she's simply referred to as Princess Birdhat by the fans.
- The Ordo Dracul in White Wolf's Vampire: The Requiem loves long and florid titles. For example: "Philosopher of the Burning Terror, Sworn of the Dying Light, Guardian of the Mountain, Kogaion of the City."
- In one of the BattleTech novels, this is deliberately done by two of the protagonists at a state event as a lead-up to a massive wedding, just to stir up some drama. One is a war hero whose brother is an elite intelligence officer for the other side, and the other is a legendary mercenary Mechwarrior officer has been in self-imposed exile for eleven years. The former, of lower military and social standing, solely gets his rank announced, to little fanfare. The latter, being famous and infamous across more than half of the known galaxy, brings the entire room to complete dead silence and stillness when his name, titles, and ranks are called out, especially considering his part in personally destroying the political intrigues of around a good fifth of the guests present.
"Baron von Arc-Royal, Member of the Order of the Tamar Tigers, Knight Defender of the Draconis March, Regimental Holder of the Order of St. George, Colonel Morgan Kell of the Kell Hounds."
- Another series of books, the Camacho's Caballeros trilogy by Victor Milan, had a recurring member of the regiment who fit this trope. Lieutenant Senior Grade Father Doctor Roberto "Call me Bob" Garcia, psychologist, sociologist, MechWarrior.
- In WARMACHINE/HORDES, there is the Farrow Warlock called "Lord Carver, Bringer of Most Massive Destruction, Esquire, the Third, Minion Farrow Warlock". It's abbreviated as "Lord Carver, BMMD, Esq. III" on his tracker/spell cards, and it still barely fits.
- Tomb Kings from Warhammer tend to accumulate these over long lives and centuries of unlife. The first and greatest of them, Settra, has a list that it takes his herald two hours to recite, usually shortened to "the Imperishable." After his fantastic showing in The End Times, fans at 1d4chan have summarized it with "Settra the Imperishable, Settra the Incorruptible, Settra Da Best."
- Archaon the Everchosen, the current Everchosen of the forces of Chaos and a strong contender for the Big Bad of the setting, has quite a few titles, with Everchosen simply being the most important. They include Lord of the End Times, Chaos Incarnate, Herald of the Apocalypse, Warlord of the forces of Chaos United, Scourge of the Empire, Destroyer of Worlds, and most recently also Exalted Grand Marshal of the Apocalypse. In a Badass Boast he once gave, he also called himself "the Anointed, the Favored Son of Chaos, the Scourge of the World.
- And let's not forget the Big Good of the setting: Emperor Karl Franz I von Holswig-Schliestein, Elector Count and Grand Prince of Reikland, Prince of Altdorf, and Count of the West March.
- In The Mikado, Pooh-Bah is: Master of the Rolls, Master of the Buckhounds, Groom of the Backstairs, First Lord of the Treasury, Solicitor, Lord Chamberlain, Attorney-General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Lord Chief Justice, Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster-General, Lord High Auditor, Archbishop of Titipu, First Commissioner of Police, Private Secretary, Groom of the Second Floor Front, Lord Mayor and Judge Ordinary. Indeed the only position in city government he does not hold is that of Lord High Executioner; his shorter title is "Lord High Everything Else." Modern productions like to add some titles, to introduce more contemporary humour. Examples would be "Director of Homeland Security" or "Husband of Elizabeth Taylor"
- In Once Upon a Mattress, Winnifred's title is "Princess of Icolmkill, Guardian of the Midgard Serpent and Warden of the Ragnorok Marsh Lily."
- Lampshaded by Joan of Arc (La Pucelle) in Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1, Act 4, Scene 7:
LUCY: But where's the great Alcides of the field,
Valiant Lord Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury,
Created, for his rare success in arms,
Great Earl of Washford, Waterford and Valence;
Lord Talbot of Goodrig and Urchinfield,
Lord Strange of Blackmere, Lord Verdun of Alton,
Lord Cromwell of Wingfield, Lord Furnival of Sheffield,
The thrice-victorious Lord of Falconbridge;
Knight of the noble order of Saint George,
Worthy Saint Michael and the Golden Fleece;
Great marshal to Henry the Sixth
Of all his wars within the realm of France?
JOAN LA PUCELLE: Here is a silly stately style indeed!
The Turk, that two and fifty kingdoms hath,
Writes not so tedious a style as this.
Him that thou magnifiest with all these titles
Stinking and fly-blown lies here at our feet.
- This is why World of Warcraft doesn't let you display more than one of the titles you've earned at a time. Otherwise, (even suppressing lesser included titles) a player could be "Associate Professor Brewmaster Ambassador <name> Jenkins the Patient, the Explorer, Guardian of Cenarius, the Astral Walker, of the Ashen Verdict, Bane of the Fallen King, the Light of Dawn, Defender of a Shattered World, Destroyer's End."
- Brawlhalla has Lord Sir Roland Somerset Montgomery, Duke of the Three Isles, Lord of Havershant, Slayer of the Bilious Dragon, Protector of the Illythians, Victor of the Siege of Alsburg, Haver of a Great Beard, Defender of the Danes, Conqueror of Guilardia, Prince of the Glorious Summer of '14, Knight of the Order of the Exalted Lion, Honorary Abbott of Canterbury Cathedral, Champion of the City of Bath, Marshall of the Eastlands, Knight of the Crimson Buckle, Admiral of the Northern Seas, etc. He's more commonly called Sir Roland, for obvious reasons.
- In Dwarf Fortress, this can happen to just about anything if they kill enough, even animals. Also in DF, when you encounter a demon in adventure mode they will give a huge list of titles, names, and deeds when they introduce themselves (before lighting you on fire and beating you to death with their elf bone crown.)
- In Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, if you do all the sidequests, the Fateless One will end up with a lot of titles. If you go by the fae tradition, every single quest chain could probably be a new one—but there are still more than a few explicit ones as well. King Wencyn of the Court of Enchantments, Archsage of the Scholia Arcana, Truesworn of the Warsworn, Champion of the House of Valor, Master of Gravehal Keep, Scion of Akara, Beckoned of Ethene, Herald of the Gods, Hero of Mel Senshir...
- You can even purchase a title for announcement purposes by officials in Ysa, to tack onto your already long list of names.
- Before the final level of Tyrian, recurrent annoying pest Captain Nob declares himself "Supreme Intergalactic Ruler of Everything Nob, Commander of Microsol Super Fleet Alpha, Leader of Everyone, Master of All, Well-Liked by Animals".
- On Noveria in Mass Effect, you find an irritating (even for a salarian) administrator named Rannadril Ghan Swa Fulsoom Karaten Narr Eadi Bel Anoleis. He apparently sees himself as the big shot in the port city where you land, but later you have the option of busting him for corruption. Long names are actually a salarian trait and they usually shorten them when dealing with other races.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: Quoting from the Dude, Where's My Respect? page, "Hello, I'm Sheogorath, god of madness, Archmage of the mages guilds, Master of the fighters guild, Listener of the Dark Brotherhood, Gray Fox of the thieves guild, Grand Champion of the Arena, The Hero of Kvatch, Savior of Bruma, Champion of Cyrodiil, and Divine Crusader. I wear the infinity plus one armor of Nigh-Invulnerability, my spells can bring doom to anything in my path, my sword will eat your soul, and I will summon a greater daedra to beat the shit out of you."
- In Skyrim, if all DLC is installed, the Dragonborn can become the Lastborn of Akatosh, slayer of Alduin, Harbinger of the Companions, Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold, Listener of the Dark Brotherhood, Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild and Nightingale of Nocturnal, Thane of each of the nine holds in Skyrim, Hero of the Stormcloaks/Imperial Legion, "Qahnariin"note , Champion of Hermaeus Mora, honorary member of House Telvanni, warrior of the Dawnguard/Lord/Lady of Clan Volkihar, and Member of the Bards' College.
- Player aside, there's also Saint Jiub the Eradicator: Hero of Morrowind and Savior of the Dunmer, who doesn't appreciate the suggestion that a shorter title might make his book catchier.
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: Leaving aside the optional joinable factions, the Nerevarine is Nerevarine and Hortator (of House Hlaalu, House Redoran and House Telvanni), Hearthfriend of the Ashlanders, Bloodskaal to the Skaal and Operative in the Blades (although that last is supposed to be secret and so not actually put on a business card). If optional joinable factions are included, this is easily doubled (to wit, Factor in the East Empire Company, Master of the Fighters Guild, Primate of the Imperial Cult, Knight of the Imperial Dragon in the Imperial Legion's Order of Ebonheart, Arch-Mage of the Mages Guild, Master Thief of the Thieves Guild, Grandmaster of the Morag Tong, Patriarch of the Tribunal Temple and either Achmagister of House Telvanni, Archmaster of House Redoran or Grandmaster of House Hlaalu).
- In Skyrim, if all DLC is installed, the Dragonborn can become the Lastborn of Akatosh, slayer of Alduin, Harbinger of the Companions, Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold, Listener of the Dark Brotherhood, Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild and Nightingale of Nocturnal, Thane of each of the nine holds in Skyrim, Hero of the Stormcloaks/Imperial Legion, "Qahnariin"note , Champion of Hermaeus Mora, honorary member of House Telvanni, warrior of the Dawnguard/Lord/Lady of Clan Volkihar, and Member of the Bards' College.
- In Crusader Kings, the players themselves tend to get titles like this, and even if you leave out the claims, they can get quite long...
Henryk Piast,King of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, Germany, Burgundy, Italy, Sweden, France and Denmark,Duke of Auvergne, Benevento, Bosnia, Barcelona, Champagne, Pecs, Pomerania, León, Modena, Upper Burgundy, Nyitra, Pomeralia, Spoleto, Upper Lorraine, Hereford, Greater Poland and Yatviags,Count of Venezia, Slupsk, Danzig, Marienburg, Kuchawy, Gnieznienskie, Poznanskie, Kaliskie, Opole, Upper Silesia, Praha, Hradec Kralove, Plzen, Cieszyn, Krakowskie, Sieradzko-Leczyckie, Plock, Sandomierskie and Sacz.
- The Warden in Dragon Age: Origins, particularly if you play as the Human Noble, can eventually get their title stylised as;
His/Her Royal-Highness Lord/Lady Cousland, Prince/ss-Consort of Ferelden, Teyrn/a of Gwaren, Arl/essa of Denerim, Arl/essa of Amaranthine, heir/ess presumptive to the Teyrnir of Highever, Warden-Commander of the Order of Fereldan Grey Wardens, Hero/ine of Ferelden.
- Cassandra Pentaghast from Dragon Age: Inquisition has both this and an Overly Long Name. note Cassandra. being Cassandra, will accompany you to the Empress's ball in Orlais and tell the page reading off her name to just skip ahead.
- Leliana, by the time of Inquisition, has a pretty extensive list of titles herself. If she was romanced in the first game by a human noble who married the monarch of Ferelden, she is identified at the Orlesian ball as "Lady Leliana, Nightingale of the Imperial Court, veteran of the Fifth Blight, mistress to the Queen/Prince-Consort of Ferelden, Seneschal of the Inquisition, and Left Hand of the Divine."
- In the Inquisition DLC Jaws of Hakkon, the eponymous group is led by a man called "Gurd Harofsen, called the Cutter, wyvern-slayer, lowlands-bane."
- The Pretenders of Dominions are assigned titles after their name dependent on a variety of factors known and unknown, including magic skills, form, and scales. So a god's full name can stretch to something like, to give an actual example, "Manvale, Lord of Fear and Trembling, King of Suicides, the One Always at the Shoulder, Guardian of the Dead, Lord of Plagues."
- In the Overlord series, the player's Evil Overlord will gain an increasing number of titles that reference specific accomplishments in the games, often varying depending on the choices they made. You only ever hear them from Quaver, though.
- Parodied in Ratchet & Clank by Chairman Drek, who incrementally adds to his title at various points throughout the game for no other reason than satisfying his own ego. In the end, he is titled 'Ultimate Supreme Executive Chairman Drek'.
- Tales of Graces: In one of the messed-up "We are..." victory skits, Hubert, Malik, and Richard each declare their full names and titles at the same time, ticking off Asbel.
Hubert: Hubert Oswell, Lieutenant of the Republic of Strahta, Intelligence Division Three!Malik: Malik Caesar, special officer of the Chancellor of the Fendel Empire and distinguished instructor!Richard: Richard of Windor, Monarch of Windor Kingdom and the eldest heir of King Ferdinand!
Anise: Ionian Sergeant Anise Tatlin Oracle Knights Fon Master Guard wins!!Guy: That's WAY too long!
- Tales of the Abyss also includes one, courtesy of Anise:
- In Umineko: When They Cry, while most witches have a single name and a simple title (Beatrice the Endless Witch, Bernkastel the Witch of Miracles, etc.), we are eventually introduced to "Featherine Augustus Aurora, Majestic Witch of Theatregoing, Drama and Spectating", who is unsurprisingly one the most ancient and powerful witches. Bernkastel and Lambdadelta just call her "Auau" though.
- Ultra Fast Pony: In "Faith to Faith", the Flim Flam Brothers attempt to gain converts to their faith in "the one true alicorn": King Lord High Commander Darkflame Steelwings, the Magnificent! As the episode goes on, it becomes increasingly obvious that Flim and Flam just made up Darkflame Steelwings, particularly when Flam says his name and title wrong.
- If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: The Emperor's Custodians earn middle names each time they do magnificent deeds. Captain-General "Kitten" has a ridiculously long list of middle names that he earned from having to do all of his unit's actual work for the last 10,000 years. It's implied to have gone on for several minutes before the audience was let in on the gag, and he only got halfway to his last name.
- Looking for Group: "I am RICHARD, Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the Bones, Emperor of the Black, Lord of the Undead, and Mayor of a little village up the coast." Later on, he adds Lord of the Dance and Mistress of Magma to his titles.
- Plus, the mayor thing actually becomes important much, much later.
- In this Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Jesus becomes Saint Jesus. And in the votey comic, he tries to become Doctor Baron Sensei Saint Jesus.
- Minnesota Jones from Irregular Webcomic! has quite a few titles, that strip being only the beginning
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures : Dan's introduction
Mab: Friend of the beer-wenches?
Dan: Hey now! I earned that title just like the rest!
- Miko of The Order of the Stick introduces herself to the Monster in the Drkness as "Miko Miyazaki, samurai of the Sapphire Guard, loyal vassal of Lord Shojo, daughter of Eyko, and paladin of the Twelve Gods of the South". The MITD comments about how hard it must be to put all that on her business cards.
- Earlier, she attempted to introduce herself to Roy the same way when asked for her name, but Roy stopped paying attention.
- Schlock Mercenary has Lota, Longshoreman of the Apocalypse, Hero of the Stationwaist, Foodlord of the Eatonrun, Portlord of the Poles, Grand Marshall, and King of the Second Age of the Free City State of Credomar. You may use pronouns, but only occasionally.
- Keep in mind that "Longshoreman of the Apocalypse" is not a title — it's his given name.
- The Vel'Sharen family of Drowtales has quite a list of official titles for themselves.
"Imperial Family of Chel'el'sussoloth, Descendants of the Val'Sharess, Voice of the Goddess, Savior of the Nine Nations, Leaders of the Lath and Ssu People, Keepers of Dragons, Defenders of Felde, Sha'shi, Dariya'ko and all the Deep Territories."
- In the comic Dolly's Playtime, the newest Villain introduces himself as "I am the Master of the Realm of Nightmare, Lord of all that strikes terror in the heart of mortals, and weaver of all your deepest fears. Most simply know me as Vereor." Dolly's response? The trope name.
- In Ozy and Millie when Ozy's dad declared their house an independent country he gave himself the title "Chief Diagonal Pumpkin Non-Hippopotamus Dragony Thingy-Dingy-Flingy Llewellyn the nineteenth". Almost certainly for comedic value.
- In Flaky Pastry it seems that when an entire long-lived species consists of aristocrats, even relative outcasts like Zintiel accumulate a list of titles that takes 15 minutes to recite.
Zintiel: "Really? You're an actual princess? I'm from a noble family too, but my title is only Viscountess of Mithlorn, Baronette of of Sylkind Forest, Substitute Duchess of Alspe, Sealholder of 17th Gate, 3rd Diva of the Guild of Song, Fallguard of the Hidden Valley..."
- And then we meet some of the royal family.
- Kill Six Billion Demons: Queen Nadia Om, the Blood Flower Imperatrix of the Gates of Fire. Bearer of the word Glory, and Goddess of the Seven Part World.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- "Call me Benjamin... Edward... Factor... III... Esquire... DDS (holds up a toothbrush).
- Also, Her Royal Duchess Diamond Persnickety, the First, Last and Only.
- Thank goodness!
- Back when Libya was the "terrorist bogeyman du jour," as the Transformers Wiki puts it, The Transformers had a Qurac named Carbombya (no, seriously.) Or rather, the Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya. Its leader, a thinly-veiled Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of leader of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi, was Supreme Military Commander, President-for-Life, and King of Kings Abdul Fakkadi.
- In the Looney Tunes short "Knight-Mare Hare", Bugs Bunny ends up in Medieval England and tussles with Sir Oh of Kay, Earl of Watercress, Sir Osis of the Liver, Knight of the Garter, and Baron of Woostercestershistershysterschustershustershirstershire.
Bugs: My, he's a big one!
- Superman: The Animated Series "Warrior Queen". Take a drink every time Maxima introduces herself by her full titles.note
- Ben 10:
- Used as a Running Gag with Emperor Milleus and his daughter Attea, whose respective lists of titles both are so ridiculously long they usually get sick of it and always interrupt whoever is listing them before they are done.
- In Alone Together, when Ben and Reinrassic III are exchanging names, Reinrassic proceeds to list all his titles, bloodlines and houses, only to be interrupted by Ben, who decides to just nickname him "Reiny".
- Kim Jong Il had over a thousand official titles, including stuff like "Guardian Deity of Earth" and "Supreme Commander at the Forefront of the Struggle Against Imperialism and the United States".
- Nicholas the Second, Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias, of Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod, Tsar of Kazan, Tsar of Astrakhan, King of Poland, Tsar of Siberia, Tsar of Tauric Chersonesos, Tsar of Georgia, Lord of Pskov, and Grand Duke of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, and Finland, Prince of Estonia, Livonia, Courland and Semigalia, Samogitia, Belostok, Karelia, Tver, Yugra, Perm, Vyatka, Bulgaria and other territories; Lord and Grand Duke of Nizhni Novgorod, Sovereign of Chernigov, Ryazan, Polotsk, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Beloozero,note . Udoria, Obdoria, Kondia, Vitebsk, Mstislavl, and all northern territories; Sovereign of Iveria, Kartalinia, and the Kabardinian lands and Armenian territories - hereditary Lord and Ruler of the Circassians and Mountain Princes and others; Lord of Turkestan, Heir of Norway, Duke of Schleswig–Holstein, Stormarn, Dithmarschen, Oldenburg, and so forth, and so forth, and so forth.
- Charles I, Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, of Dalmatia, of Croatia, of Slavonia, of Galicia, of Lodomeria, and of Illyria, King of Jerusalem, and so forth, Archduke of Austria, Grand Duke of Tuscany and of Cracow, Duke of Lorraine, of Salzburg, of Styria, of Carinthia, of Carniola and of the Bukovina, Grand Prince of Transylvania, Margrave in Moravia, Duke of Upper and Lower Silesia, of Modena, Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, of Auschwitz and Zator, of Teschen, Friuli, Ragusa and Zara, Princely Count of Habsburg and Tyrol, of Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca, Prince of Trient and Brixen, Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and in Istria, Count of Hohenems, Feldkirch, Bregenz, Sonnenberg, and so forth, Lord of Trieste, of Cattaro and of the Wendish Mark, Grand Voivode of the Voivodship of Serbia, and so forth, Sovereign of the Order of the Golden Fleece
- "His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor, Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular, King of Scotland". And yes, that last title (immortalized by a film title) was self-granted. This would be funnier if the man didn't murder upwards of 100,000 of his own people.
- One of the ur-examples is probably Naram-sin son of Sargon the Great: "King of Sumer and Akkad, Lord of the Four Corners of the Universe, God of Akkad"
- The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A. The doctorate's honorary, but the knighthood isn't note .
- Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, D.Phil., Lucasian Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
- Dave Barry spoofed this at one point with a list of titles for the British prince (Prince of Wales, Knight of the Trouser, Top of the Morning, Vice President of Marketing, and much, much more...). Another was a proposed reform of the government where any person with more than three titles on his door would be given five minutes to clear his desk.
- Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, Baroness Greenwich, Duke of Lancaster, Lord of Mann, Duke of Normandy, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Garter, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick, Sovereign of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Sovereign of the Distinguished Service Order, Sovereign of the Imperial Service Order, Sovereign of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Sovereign of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Sovereign of the Order of British India, Sovereign of the Indian Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Burma, Sovereign of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII, Sovereign of the Order of Mercy, Sovereign of the Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of the Companions of Honour, Sovereign of the Royal Victorian Order, Sovereign of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. She prefers "Lilibet".
- There's another one not included in that list, which isn't a very fancy title but is in some ways more impressive than the rest: Junior Commander in the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service.
- The above were her styles and titles upon becoming Queen. With the further development of The Commonwealth of Nations, 'Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas' has been replaced by 'the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, and Saint Christopher and Nevis'. She is also Paramount Chief of Fiji, though no longer the head of state there.
- Since the Queen is the head of state of all 16 Commonwealth Realms simultaneously, she actually has 16 separate monarchial titles, one for each country, along with the long lists of titles that come with each of those royal titles.
- Her complete list of titles is so long that, according to rumor, if she's ever late for an engagement the herald will just keep on reading them until she arrives.
- The Guinness record of number of nobility titles, however, is currently held by Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, who has "eight other ducal titles, 15 marquesal titles, 19 comital titles and is 20 times a Grandee of Spain." Full list here. She had partitioned her titles among her children, so upon her 2014 death her eldest son Carlos merely held four dukedoms, one count-dukedom, sixteen marquessates, eighteen countcies, one viscountcy, and one manorial/lordship.
- The Roman Emperors had long lists of titles, but for the distinctly practical reason that Augustus needed to keep the Senate for PR reasons, so he merely took every important office there was short of Consul.
- The Pope. As of now: His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God. There used to be a "Patriarch of the West" after "Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church", but Benedict XVI omitted it beginning in 2006, and Francis followed his lead in 2013.
- The Pope's full list of titles sounds even more formidable in Latin, it being the official language of Vatican City. In fact it would sound like an incantation for exorcism: Sua Sanctitas Papa Franciscus, Episcopus Romanus, Vicarius Christi, Successor Principis Apostolorum, Summus Pontifex Ecclesiae Universalis, Patriarcha Occidentis, Primas Italiae, Archiepiscopus et Metropolitanus Provinciae Ecclesiasticae Romanae, Princeps Sui Iuris Civitatis Vaticanae, Servus Servorum Dei.
- Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, Marquess of Wellington, Marquis of Douro, Earl of Wellington in Somerset, Viscount Wellington of Talavera, Baron Douro of Wellesley; Prince of Waterloo; Duque de Ciudad Rodrigo, Duc de Brunoy; Duque of Vittoria, Marquis of Torres Vedras, Count of Vimiero; Grandee of the First Class of Spain; Privy Councillor of the United Kingdom; Commander-in-Chief of the British Army; Colonel of the Grenadier Guards (and seven or eight other regiments); Field-Marshal of Great Britain, a Marshal of Russia, a Marshal of Austria, a Marshal of France, a Marshal of Prussia, a Marshal of Spain, a Marshal of Portugal, a Marshal of the Netherlands; Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Holy Ghost, Knight of the Golden Fleece, Knight Grand Cross of the Bath, Knight Grand Cross of Hanover, Knight of the Black Eagle, Knight of the Sword of Sweden, Knight of St. Andrew of Russia, Knight of the Annuncio of Sardinia, Knight of the Elephant of Denmark, Knight of Maria Theresa, Knight of St. George of Russia, Knight of the Crown of Rue of Saxony, Knight of Fidelity of Baden, Knight of Maximilian Joseph of Bavaria, Knight of Alexander Nevsky of Russia, Knight of St. Hermenegilda of Spain, Knight of the Red Eagle of Brandenburg, Knight of St. Januarius, Knight of the Golden Lion of Hesse-Cassel; Lord High Constable of England, Constable of the Tower of London, Constable of Dover Castle, Warden of the Cinque Ports, Chancellor of the Cinque Ports, Admiral of the Cinque Ports, Privy Councillor, Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Lord-Lieutenant of the Tower Hamlets, Ranger of St. James's Park, Ranger of Hyde Park, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Fellow of the Royal Society. Former ambassador, governor of Ireland, military governor of France, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- In 1850, Lord John Russell,note then Prime Minister of the UK, wanted Wellington's advice, but felt that he had not sufficient standing to approach the man directly. He asked Queen Victoria to speak to the Duke for him.
- Irish Ministers of State have very long titles — until 2011, Máire Hoctor was the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, the Department of Social and Family Affairs and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (with special responsibility for Services for Older People), while Conor Lenihan was Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the Department of Education and Science and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform (with special responsibility for Integration Policy).
- The Song dynasty period in Imperial China had a civil service system that made every bureaucrat like this. It shares some similarities with the "rank and commissions" system in modern military— but they have separate administrative and pay ranks, and these ranks and commissions is on top of an nominal assignment titles. Which complicate matters was that all these assignment, rank and commission titles look like titles of office, and so needs to be listed together in official documents. Other honours—such as nobles titles (which are already In-Name-Only at this time) can also be tagged on it, making the full title extremely long. For example, historian Sima Guang signed his Zizhi Tongjian with a title of 47 characters of length, which translates into: Your Faithful Servant Sima Guang, Academician of the Duanming Palace concurrently with Hanlin Academician-in-Assistance-of-Readingnote , Greater Minister of the Centernote , in commission of the Songfu Monastery, Songshan, Western Capitalnote , Piller of the Empire, First Classnote , Inaugural Earl of Henai County, with a tenure of 2,600 households of which 1,000 granted de factonote , Wearer of the Purple Robe and the Golden Sachetnote . The irony was this he was Kicked Upstairs at this point since his commission is one without duties; he merely continued with his historiography with the salary associated with his rank and "feudal aid."
- His Imperial Majesty The Sultan Süleyman I, the Sovereign of the Imperial House of Osman, Sultan of Sultans, Khan of Khans, Commander of the Faithful and Successor of the Prophet of the Lord of the Universe, Protector of the Holy Cities of Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem,Emperor of The Three Cities of Constantinople, Adrianople and Bursa, and of the Cities of Damascus and Cairo, of all Azerbaijan, of the Magris, of Barka, of Kairuan, of Aleppo, of Arabic Iraq and of Ajim, of Basra, of El Hasa, of Dilen, of Raka, of Mosul, of Parthia, of Diyar-i bekr, of Kurdistan, of Cilicia, of the Vilayets of Erzurum, of Sivas, of Adana, of Karaman, of Van, of Barbary, of Abyssinia, of Tunisia, of Tripoli, of Damascus, of Cyprus, of Rhodes, of Candia, of the Vilayet of the Morea, of the Marmara Sea, of the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and also its coasts, of Anatolia, of Rumelia, Baghdad, Greece, Turkistan, Tartary, Circassia, of the two regions of Kabarda, of Georgia, of the plain of Kypshak, of the whole country of the Tartars, of Kefa and of all the neighbouring countries, of Bosnia and its dependencies, of the City and Fort of Belgrade, of the Vilayet (District) of Serbia, with all the castles, forts and cities, of all Albania, of all Iflak and Bogdania, as well as all the dependencies and borders, and many other countries and cities would like all to know that he will soon shorten his title. He didn't like Kefa anyway.
"...Slave of God, powerful with the power of God, deputy of God on earth, obeying the commands of the Qur'an and enforcing them throughout the world, master of all lands, the shadow of God over all nations, Sultan of Sultans in all the lands of Persians and Arabs, the propagator of Sultanic laws (Nashiru kawanin al-Sultaniyye), the tenth Sultan of the Ottoman Khans, Sultan, son of Sultan, Suleyman Khan... Slave of God, master of the world, I am Suleyman and my name is read in all the prayers in all the cities of Islam."
- In all seriousness, an actual example of a formal salutation (at least in part) is as follows:
- Subverted by the current king of Sweden, whose full title is "King of Sweden".
- It used to be longer, but it was streamlined in 1973 (technically 1971, but it didn't come into effect until the death of the old monarch in 1973) to remove the bits that were excessively archaic ('King of Gothia') or no longer applicable ('King of Wendia').
- Lampshaded by King Fredrik I (1676–1751) who, upon being introduced with his full and rather long title, is reported to have turned to one of his advisors and remarked "Potz Donner, haben Wir das alles getan?" ("Bloody hell, did We do all that?")
- His Imperial Majesty Joshua Abraham Norton the First of these United States and Protector of Mexico, Saint Second Class of the Discordian Religion, Patron Saint of the Joshua Norton Cabal, Begotten Son of Eris. Pretty short relative to some actual monarchs, but none the less impressive for a man whose only qualification was being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander of the highest order. Even more impressive is the fact that his self-appointed title of Emperor was actually respected to some degree, at least in San Francisco.
- Inspired by Norton, and being the ultimate authority of their religion, many Discordians invent and award titles to themselves and others. Any given Discordian could legitimately lay claim to a number of titles limited only by their imagination and patience.
- His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir of Elsfield, Companion of the Order of Companions of Honour, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of the Militia and Naval and Air Forces of Canada.
- Ancient Romans tended toward this. Firstly, family was very important, so your full name would include your family surname, your father, and your grandfather. They were also given a generic, relatively unimportant forename at birth simply to differentiate them from their siblings until they got their other name, a cognomen that was essentially a nickname (it later became hereditary, and identified branches of a family). This is all before titles even get involved. For example, Julius Caesar was deified as "Gaius Iulius Gaii filius Gaii nepos Caesar Imperator" (Gaius Julius, Gaius' son, Gaius' grandson, Caesar the Emperor).
- Subverted by management in the US civil service: in general, the longer your job title is, the less important you are. "Secretary of the Treasury" is more important than "Secretarial Assistant to the Assistant Secretary to the Second Undersecretary of the Secretary of the Treasury"
- One notable exception was the precursor to the "Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff", Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, who served as "Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy" during World War II (the "Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy" being, of course, the President).
- Defied above all by the highest job title in the civil service: President of the United States. No fancy flourish, no secondary titles or arrangements, no additional comment about him being Leader of the Free World, Commander-in-Chief, or any other titles or degrees even if he's got a doctorate. Just "Mr. President" will suffice.
- Some people who have many degrees will suffer from this: e.g., John Doe, DDS, JD, MBA, MD, MPH or some combination of that.
- Until 1972, Danish Kings and Queens would style themselves as being By the Grace of God, King of Denmark, King of the Wends, King of the Goths, Duke of Schleswig, Duke of Holstein, Duke of Stormarn, Duke of Ditmarsh, Duke of Lauenburg, and Duke of Oldenburg.
- Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire had pretty long list of titles: Charles, by the grace of God, Holy Roman Emperor, forever August, King of Germany, King of Italy, King of all Spains, of Castile, Aragon, León, Navarra, Grenada, Toledo, Valencia, Galicia, Majorca, Sevilla, Cordova, Murcia, Jaén, Algarves, Algeciras, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, King of Two Sicilies, of Sardinia, Corsica, King of Jerusalem, King of the Western and Eastern Indies, Lord of the Islands and Main Ocean Sea, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy, Brabant, Lorraine, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, Limburg, Luxembourg, Gelderland, Neopatria, Württemberg, Landgrave of Alsace, Prince of Swabia, Asturia and Catalonia, Count of Flanders, Habsburg, Tyrol, Gorizia, Barcelona, Artois, Burgundy Palatine, Hainaut, Holland, Seeland, Ferrette, Kyburg, Namur, Roussillon, Cerdagne, Zutphen, Margrave of the Holy Roman Empire, Burgau, Oristano and Gociano, Lord of Frisia, the Wendish March, Pordenone, Biscay, Molin, Salins, Tripoli and Mechelen.
- The scary thing is he was being modest. Those were just the sovereign states he ruled and, several of them had other titles attached which he could have easily used. For instance being king of Castile also meant he was king of New Spain, Peru, Chili, and Manila. In the Netherlands, along with his regional titles, he used Emperor of Germany, Dominator in Asia and Africa, lord of the cities, towns & lands of Utrecht, Overyssel and Groningen. After Charles abdicated the throne his empire was split into two between his brother and his son.
- Technically it was never united - Charles V just inherited two separate empires.
- Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I (brother of the above mentioned Charles V) had a pretty impressive list himself: Ferdinand, by the grace of God elected Holy Roman Emperor, forever August, King in Germany, of Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Rama, Serbia, Galicia, Lodomeria, Cumania and Bulgaria, etc. Prince-Infante in Spain, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy, Brabant, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, Margrave of Moravia, Duke of Luxemburg, the Upper and Lower Silesia, Württemberg and Teck, Prince of Swabia, Princely Count of Habsburg, Tyrol, Ferrette, Kyburg, Gorizia, Landgrave of Alsace, Margrave of the Holy Roman Empire, Enns, Burgau, the Upper and Lower Lusatia, Lord of the Wendish March, Pordenone and Salins, etc. etc
- His son Maxamillion II was later elected leader of The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. This added the titles King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania, Lord of Russia, Prussia, Mazovia, Samogitia, Kiev, Wolyn, Podlachia, and Livonia, to his father’s already impressive style.
- When Philip II took the throne of Spain his full title was: By the Grace of God Most Catholic King of all Spains, King of Castile, Aragon, Leon, England, France, Ireland, both Sicilies, Jerusalem, , Hungary, Dalmatia, Croatia, Navarra, Granada, Toledo, Valencia, Galicia, Majorca, Sevilla, Sardinia, Cordova, Corsica, Murcia, Jaen, the Algarves, Algeciras, Gibraltar, the Islands of Canary, the Western and Eastern Indies, the Island and Mainland of the Ocean sea, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy, Lotharingia, Brabant, Limburg, Luxembourg, Gelderland, Milan, Athens, Neopatria, Count of Habsburg, Barcelona, Flanders, Tyrol, Artois, Burgundy Palatine, Hainaut, Holland, Zeeland, Namur, Zutphen, Roussillon, Cerdagne, Prince of Swabia, Margrave of the Holy Roman Empire, Oristano, Goceano, Lord of Biscay, Molina, Frisia, Salins, Mechelen, the cities, towns & lands of Utrecht, Overyssel, Groningen, Dominator in Asia, Africa, Defender of the Faith
- After his wife Mary I died, he dropped King of England, France, and Ireland from his title, as those lands were now under the dominion of her sister Elizabeth I. However, after he inherited Portugal he received several new ones King of Portugal, the Algarves, of either side of the sea in Africa, Lord of Guinea and of Conquest, Navigation, and Commerce of Ethiopia, Arabia, Persia, and India, etc.
- The last Holy Roman Emperor and first Austrian, Emperor Francis II (and I), holds many distinctions. This includes being the only dual emperor note and the grandfather of four Emperors note . During his long rein his style included the following titles: His Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty, By the grace of God elected Roman Emperor, always August, hereditary Emperor of Austria; King in Germany, of Jerusalem, Hungary, Bohemia, Lombardy, Venetia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia, Lodomeria, and Illyria; Archduke of Austria; Duke of Burgundy, Lorraine, Venetia, Salzburg, Würzburg, Franconia, Styria, Carinthia and Carniola; Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow; Grand Prince of Transylvania; Margrave of Moravia; Duke of Brabant, Limburg, Luxembourg, Gelderland, Württemberg, the Upper & Lower Silesia, Milan, Mantua, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla, Oswiecin, Zator, Calabria, Bar, Montferrat, Cieszyn; Sandomir, Masovia, Lublin, Auschwitz, Teschen, Friule, Ragusa and Zara; Prince of Swabia, Charleville, Eichstädt, Passau, Trent, Brixen, Lindau, Berchtesgaden and Mergentheim; Princely Count of Habsburg, Flanders, Tyrol, Hainaut, Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca and of the Tirol; Margrave of the Holy Roman Empire, of Burgau, the Upper and Lower Lusatia, Pont-à-Mousson, Nomeny and in Istria; Landgrave in Breisgau, in the Ortenau, Nellenburg; Count of Namur, Provence, Vaudémont, Blâmont, Zutphen, Saarwerden, Salm, and Falkenstein, Montfort, Hohenems, the Upper & Lower Hohenberg, Bregenz, Feldkirch, Sonnenberg, Rothenfels, Blumeneck, Hofen; Lord of the Lands of Volhynia, Podlachia, Brzesz, Triest, Kotor, Freudenthal, Eulenberg, Wendish March, Mechelen Verona, Vicenza, Padua; President of the German Confederation.
- Having a long or “Grand Title” was somewhat common for leaders in the German states until the early 19th century. For example some members of the Holy Roman Empires last Electoral College were:
- Frederick I of Württemberg went by the titles: By the grace of God, King of Württemberg; Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire; Sovereign Duke in Swabia, of Teck; Duke of Hohenlohe; Landgrave of Tübingen, Nellenburg; Prince of Mergentheim, Ellwangen, Zweifalten, Aulendorf, Buchau, Waldburg, Baldern, Ochsenhausen, Neresheim; Count of Montbéliard, Gröningen, Limpurg, Gaildorf, Sontheim, Schmiedelfeld, the Upper Sontheim, Montfort, Tettnang, Hohenberg, Biberach, Schelklingen, Eglofs, Heggbach; Overlord of the Lordships of Aulendorf, Scheer-Friedberg, Roth, Baindt, Isny; Lord of Altdorf, Leutkirch, Heidenheim, Justingen, Krailsheim, the Danubian cities, of Ulm, Rothweil, Heilbronn, Hall, Adelmannsfelden, Wiblingen, Wiesensteig;
- Maximilian IV Joseph of Bavaria, also went by several titles: By the grace of God, King of Bavaria; Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire; Count-Palatine of the Rhine; Duke in the Upper & Lower Bavaria, the Upper Palatinate, Franconia, Kleve, Berg; Prince of Bamberg, Würzburg, Augsburg, Freising, Passau; Prince & Lord of Kempten; Landgrave of Leuchtenberg; Princely Count of Mindelheim; Prince of Mörs; Margrave of Bergen-op-Zoom; Count of Valdenz, Sponheim, the Mark, Ravensberg, Rappoltstein Ottobeuren, Helfenstein; Lord of Ravenstein, Hohenack Ulm, Rothenburg, Nördlingen, Schweinfurt, Wettenhausen, Roggenburg, Ursberg, Elchingen, Söflingen, Irsee, Memmingen, Ravensburg, Wangen, Kaufbeuren, Buchhorn, Leutkirch, Bopfingen;
- Frederick William III of Prussia was one of the most powerful members and had a large list of titles: By the grace of god, King of Prussia; Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire; Margrave of Brandenburg; Sovereign & Supreme Duke of Silesia & of the County of Klodzko; Grand Duke of the Lower Rhine, Poznan; Sovereign Prince of Orange, Neuchâtel, Valangin;Duke in Gelderland, of Saxony, Angaria, Wesphalia, in Gelderland, of Magdeburg, Kleve, Jülich, Berg, Szczecin, Pomerania, the Kashubians, the Wends, of Mecklenburg, Krosno; Burgrave of Nuremberg above & below the Mountains; Landgrave of Thuringia; Margrave of the Upper & Lower Lusatia; Prince of Rügen, Hildesheim, Paderborn, Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Kamien, the Wends, Schwerin, Ratzeburg, East Frisia, Mörs, Eichsfeld, Erfurt, Essen, Quedlinburg, Elten; Count of Hohenzollern; Princely Count of Henneberg; Count of Ruppin, the Mark, Ravensberg, Hohenstein, Tecklenburg, Schwerin, Lingen; Lord of the Lands of Rostock, Ravenstein, Stargard, Werden, Limpurg, Lauenburg, Bytow, Arlay, Breda;
- Charles Frederick of Baden ruled for a over 70 years and held the titles: Grand Duke of Baden; Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire; Margrave of Hochberg; Duke of Zähringen; Count-Palatine of the Rhine; Landgrave of Breisgau, Sausenberg, Ortenau, Nellenburg; Prince of Bruchsal, Ettenheim, Konstantz, Heitersheim; Count of Sponheim, Eberstein, Odenheim, Gengenbach, Salem, Petershausen; Overlord & Hereditary Lord of Fürstenberg, Baar, Stühlingen, Heiligenberg, Hausen, Möskirch, Hohenhöwen, Wildenstein, Waldsberg, Leiningen, Mosbach, Miltenberg, Amorbach, Dürn, Bischofsheim, Hartheim, Lauda, Klettgau, Thengen, Krautheim, Wertheim, Neidenau, Billigheim, Hagnau; Lord of Rötteln, Badenweiler, Hohengeroldseck, Lahr, Mahlberg, Lichtenau, Reichenau, Öhningen, Kehl;
- In 1697 the Elector of Saxony Frederick Augustus was elected leader of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He merged the two styles (which are borderline this trope on their own) together and became known as: King of Poland; Prince-Elector of the Holy Roman Empire; Grand Duke of Lithuania, Russia, Prussia, Mazovia, Samogitia, Kiev, Wolyn, Podolia, Podlachia, Livonia, Smolensk, Severia, Chernigov; Duke of Saxony, Jülich, Kleve, Berg, Angaria, Westphalia;Langrave of Thuringia; Margrave of Misnia, the Upper & Lower Lusatia Burgrave of Magdeburg; Princely Count of Henneberg; Count of the Mark, Ravensberg, Barby, Hanau; Lord of Ravenstein;
- The first Kaiser William the Great unified Germany and created the German Empire. As you might expect he went by several titles: His Imperial and Royal Majesty William the First, by the Grace of God, German Emperor and King of Prussia; Margrave of Brandenburg; Sovereign & Supreme Duke of Silesia & of the County of Klodzko; Grand Duke of the Lower Rhine, Poznan; Duke of Saxony, Angaria, Wesphalia, in Gelderland, of Magdeburg, Bremen, Kleve, Jülich, Berg, Szczecin, Pomerania, Lüneburg, Holstein & Schleswig, the Kashubians, the Wends, Lauenburg, of Mecklenburg, Krosno; Burgrave of Nuremberg; Landgrave of Hesse, Thuringia; Margrave of the Upper & Lower Lusatia; Prince of Orange, Neuchâtel, Valangin; Prince of Rügen, East Frisia, Paderborn, Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Osnabrück, Hildesheim, Verden, Kamien, Fulda, Nassau, the Wenden, Schwerin, Ratzeburg, Mörs, Eichsfeld, Erfurt; Count of Hohenzollern; Princely Count of Henneberg; Count of Ruppin, the Mark, Ravensberg, Hohenstein, Tecklenburg, Schwerin, Lingen, Sigmaringen,Veringen, Pyrmont; Lord of Frankfort, the Lands of Rostock, Stargard, Lauenburg, Bytow, Haigerloch, Werstein; President of the North German Confederation
- The pretender to the throne of Portugal is His Royal Highness the very August and Most Serene Prince Dom Duarte Pio João Miguel Gabriel Rafael de Bragança, by succession of his August Father, His Royal Highness the Prince Dom Duarte Nuno and his cousin, of Glorious Memory, the King the Lord Dom Manuel II, the Unfortunate, and by virtue of the present interregnum, Prince Royal of Portugal, 25th Duke of Braganza, 22nd Duke of Guimarães, 24th Marquis of Vila Viçosa, 29th Count of Ourém, 26th Count of Arraiolos, 26th Count of Neiva, 26th Count of Faria and 22nd Count of Guimarães. The third of his name as representative of the Kings of Portugal. Grand Master of the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa and Grand Master of the Order of Saint Michael of the Wing.
- Mendeleev (the creator of the periodic table) was a member of over a hundred academies and other organizations. They says that he once saw an edited draft of his article signed with his full list of titles and degrees. He laughed and stated "You can't print it like that - it's longer than the Emperor's title". See above for that one...
- The Most Noble Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount and Baron Nelson, of the Nile and of Burnham Thorpe in the County of Norfolk, Baron Nelson of the Nile and of Hilborough in the said County, Knight of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Vice Admiral of the White Squadron of the Fleet, Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the Mediterranean, Duke of Bronté in the Kingdom of Sicily, Knight Grand Cross of the Sicilian Order of St Ferdinand and of Merit, Member of the Ottoman Order of the Crescent, Knight Grand Commander of the Order of St Joachim.
- Compared to those, the titles of Napoleon I were rather brief: His Imperial and Royal Majesty, Napoléon, by the Grace of God and the Constitutions of the Republic Emperor of the French, King of Italy, Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine, Mediator of the Helvetic Confederation. Considering that he practically ruled the entirety of Europe (and, thus, considering the time period, the world) except for Britain at the height of his reign, this is very modest.
- Well, he organized his conquests as France was reorganized during the Revolution : with départements and no care for whatever feudal entities there might be. Plus he didn't go by some old dynastic heritage to claim, so he could keep it simple. It should be well noted that most of the above royals use completely fictitious, old dubious claims or overblown titles for the sake of making it longer. The King of Jerusalem bit is famous for it. For example the kings and queens of England had King of France in the bunch until the 19th century, and they still use Duke of Normandy, even if the Duchy of Normandy is made of three islands. (Again, in total fairness, the Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom, and finding another title to fit would probably end up more ridiculous.)
- Part of the Standard Inscription of Ashurnasipal II, an Assyrian king (meaning that it shows up on every monument bearing his name):
Palace of Ashurnasirpal, priest of Ashur, favorite of Enlil and Ninurta, beloved of Anu and Dagan, the weapon of the great gods, the mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria; son of Tukulti-Ninurta, the great king, the mighty king, king of Assyria, the son of Adad-nirari, the great king, the mighty king of Assyria; the valiant man, who acts with the support of Ashur, his lord, and has no equal among the princes of the four quarters of the world; the wonderful shepherd who is not afraid of battle; the great flood which none can oppose; the king who makes those who are not subject to him submissive; who has subjugated all mankind; the mighty warrior who treads on the neck of his enemies, tramples down all foes, and shatters the forces of the proud; the king who acts with the support of the great gods, and whose hand has conquered all lands, who has subjugated all the mountains and received their tribute, taking hostages and establishing his power over all countries.I am Ashurnasirpal, the celebrated prince, who reveres the great gods, the fierce dragon, conqueror of the cities and mountains to their furthest extent, king of rulers who has tamed the stiff-necked peoples, who is crowned with splendor, who is not afraid of battle, the merciless champion who shakes resistance, the glorious king, the shepherd, the protection of the whole world, the king, the word of whose mouth destroys mountains and seas, who by his lordly attack has forced fierce and merciless kings from the rising to the setting sun to acknowledge one rule.
- German academic titles don't supersede each other, but stack in descending order; though this is only done on formal occasions. 'Professor [name]' becomes 'Herr Professor Doktor Doktor Doktor Honoris Causa Multiplex [name]', for example. The more formal the occasion, the more titles listed.
- At the height of his power, Hermann Göring was President of the Reichstag, Minister President of the Free State of Prussia, Reichminister of Economics, Reichminister of Aviation, Reichminister of Forestry, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, and Reichsmarschall of the Greater German Reich. He had one last title at the end of his life: Defendant Number One at the Nuremberg Trials.
- According to The Disaster Artist, Tommy Wiseau was the founder, president, CEO, treasurer, legal department, brand manager, administrative assistant (under the pseudonym of "John"), phone answerer, and mail opener of Wiseau Films.
- One would think that a recently establishednote and smallnote monarchy such as that of the Netherlands would have a reasonably modest title. One would be mistaken:
Bij de Gratie Gods, Koning der Nederlanden, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg, Markies van Veere en Vlissingen, Graaf van Katzenellnbogen, Vianden, Diez, Spiegelberg, Buren, Leerdam en Culemborg, Burggraaf van Antwerpen, Baron van Breda, Diest, Beilstein, de stad Grave, het Land van Cuyk, IJsselstein, Cranendonck, Eindhoven, Liesveld, Herstal, Waasten, Arlay en Nozeroy, Erf- en Vrijheer van Ameland, Heer van Borculo, Bredevoort, Lichtenvoorde, Het Loo, Geertruidenberg, Klundert, Zevenbergen, Hooge en Lage Zwaluwe, Naaldwijk, Polanen, Sint-Maartensdijk, Soest, Baarn, Ter Eem, Willemstad, Steenbergen, Montfort, St. Vith, Bütgenbach, Niervaart, Daasburg, Turnhout en Besançon
- In Germany and Austria, it is very possible for ordinary citizens with a wide range of academic degrees to have them legally put into their passports, business cards, driver's licenses, and other official documents, and to insist on being addressed as such. With the educational and legal system in the EU changing all of that, it's going to become more uncommon in the far future, but before the Lisbon Treaty (and even up until now), one can still meet, for example a Prof. Mag (FH). Müller, B.A., M.A., PhD. The Austrian armed forces extends this by honoring both military rank and academic title. It's quite possible for a Lance Corporal (Gefreiter - abbreviated Gfr.) to have an academic title and to insist upon being called that (and referring to himself as that when making a report) at all times, even to and by his superiors who do not possess any academic rank.
- The full birth name of actor Alexander Siddig is Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi.
- The full list of titles of the king of Italy a large number of titles. Due to the length (they held the world record) they never used it (they cut off after the first few and add an et al.). Anyway, we'll report the list of Umberto II, the one with the shortest list (after dropping three of his father's titles):
Sua maestà Umberto II, per grazia di Dio e per volontà della Nazione, Re d'Italia, Re di Sardegna, Re di Cipro, di Gerusalemme e di Armenia, duca di Savoia, principe di Carignano, principe di Piemonte, principe di Oneglia, principe di Poirino, principe di Trino, principe e vicario perpetuo del Sacro Romano Impero, principe di Carmagnola, principe di Montmélian con Arbin e Francin, principe balì del ducato di Aosta, principe di Chieri, principe di Dronero, principe di Crescentino, principe di Riva di Chieri e Banna, principe di Busca, principe di Bene, principe di Bra, duca di Genova, duca di Monferrato, duca d'Aosta, duca del Chiablese, duca del Genevese, duca di Brescia, duca di Piacenza, duca di Carignano Ivoy, marchese di Ivrea, marchese di Saluzzo, marchese di Susa, marchese di Ceva, marchese del Maro, marchese di Oristano, marchese di Cesana, marchese di Savona, marchese di Tarantasia, marchese di Borgomanero e Cureggio, marchese di Caselle, marchese di Rivoli, marchese di Pianezza, marchese di Govone, marchese di Salussola, marchese di Racconigi, con Tegerone, Migliabruna e Motturone, marchese di Cavallermaggiore, marchese di Marene, marchese di Modane e di Lanslebourg, marchese di Livorno Ferraris, marchese di Santhià, marchese di Agliè, marchese di Barge, marchese di Centallo e Demonte, marchese di Desana, marchese di Ghemme, marchese di Vigone, marchese di Villafranca, conte di Moriana, conte di Ginevra, conte di Nizza, conte di Tenda, conte di Romont, conte di Asti, conte di Alessandria, conte del Goceano, conte di Novara, conte di Tortona, conte di Bobbio, conte di Soissons, conte dell'Impero Francese, conte di Sant'Antioco, conte di Pollenzo, conte di Roccabruna, conte di Tricerro, conte di Bairo, conte di Ozegna, conte delle Apertole, barone di Vaud e del Faucigny, alto signore di Monaco e di Mentone, signore di Vercelli, signore di Pinerolo, signore della Lomellina e Valle Sesia, nobil homo patrizio veneto, patrizio di Ferrara