Playing With / Napoleon Delusion

Basic Trope: An insane person believes they are a famous historical figure.
  • Straight: Bob goes insane and becomes convinced he's Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Exaggerated: The entire Troperville Mental Asylum is filled with nothing but people who think they're Napoleon.
  • Downplayed: Bob goes insane and becomes convinced he's the son of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Justified: Bob was a student of French history and really interested in Napoleon, so when he snaps...
  • Inverted: In an Alternate History, Napoleon goes crazy and becomes convinced he's a humble citizen named Bob.
  • Subverted: Bob is seen wearing military uniforms, trying on various Napoleon hats, imitating a French accent...Turns out, he's just going as Napoleon for Halloween.
  • Double Subverted: Then Bob slips and hits his head, and deduces from his clothing that he must be Napoleon.
  • Parodied: Bob goes to France, tries to declare himself Emperor... And succeeds!
  • Zig Zagged: Bob slips in and out of the delusion depending on how much stress he's under, and if he's taken his meds.
  • Averted: No insane character claims the identity of any historical figure.
  • Enforced: "How do we make this character easily identifiable as crazy?" "Have him claim to be Napoleon?" "Brilliant!"
  • Lampshaded: "Hey look, the town crazy's claiming to be Napoleon. They do that a lot."
  • Invoked: A villainous psychiatrist uses hypnosis and psychological manipulation to drive Bob into the delusion that he's Napoleon.
  • Exploited: Bob is a spy tasked with infiltrating an asylum, so he pretends to be a crazy person who thinks he's Napoleon.
  • Defied: Bob works out that he cannot possibly be Napoleon—therefore, the thoughts that are telling him he's Napoleon must be being beamed into his brain by CIA satellites.
  • Discussed: "A lot of crazies think they're Napoleon, don't they?"
  • Conversed: "Hey, you ever notice that most crazies on TV claim to be Napoleon?"
  • Implied: After Bob goes insane, he starts wearing formal military clothing and the famous hat, but never declares himself Napoleon.

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