YMMV: Technic History
- Complete Monster: These are rare in Anderson's works, but one shows up in the story, The Rebel Worlds, a Flandry story. Imperial Governor Aaron Snelund gets a title and position by becoming the emperor's lover. He then manipulates the drunken sot into posting him to some out of the way sector, where Snelund swiftly becomes a cross of the worst parts of Caligula and Vlad the Impaler. For example, he punishes one alien village for not obeying him swiftly enough by impaling the village's children and forcing their parents to watch for the three days it takes them to die. Snelund caps off his career by pissing off the Imperial admiral of his sector by kidnapping the man's beloved wife so he can rape and torture her.
- Magnificent Bastard: Aycharaych. No question he is a bastard. He is willing to do anything to undermine the Empire including exploiting local religions to cause a holy war and is prepared to shed the blood of millions. At the same time, he is a charming, cultured, Warrior Poet, and he is willing to go on ops himself as well as risking the lives of others.