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* ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'': The vampires hail from Spanish nobility and all of them, both the [[EvilVsEvil Molinas and Y Cera's minions]], are depraved monsters.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Raptors}}'': The vampires hail from Spanish nobility and all of them, both the [[EvilVsEvil [[EvilVersusEvil Molinas and Y Cera's minions]], are depraved monsters.


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** The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons (''Tenryuubito'' in Japanese), are the descendants of the Kings of twenty different kingdoms who later created the [[TheGovernment World Government]]. To try and give you an idea of how messed up they are... imagine what the typical aristocrat would be like after hailing from 700 years of being revered as a living deity and explicitly told that no rules apply to them--their in-universe title is '''Saint''', which, in RealLife, is considered higher than any normal noble title. To say they are corrupt to the core is, frankly, an understatement. The World Nobles are allowed to kill and maim people on a whim, live in obscene luxury supported by taxes extorted from the nations allied to the World Government, and [[AGodAmI totally believe their own hype of being living gods]]. Despite the fact that slavery is illegal everywhere else in the One Piece world, they openly keep slaves, thinking nothing of abusing them to death for convenience or even amusement, and can abduct people off of the street on a whim to a life of slavery. And nobody ''dares'' lift a finger in retaliation because, [[DisproportionateRetribution not only can they hill on a whim]], but anyone who strikes a World Noble is immediately the target of a [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking Navy Admiral]], one of the most powerful fighters in the World Government's pocket, who is duty-bound to eliminate the assailant with extreme prejudice.

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** The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons (''Tenryuubito'' in Japanese), are the descendants of the Kings of twenty different kingdoms who later created the [[TheGovernment World Government]]. To try and give you an idea of how messed up they are... imagine what the typical aristocrat would be like after hailing from 700 years of being revered as a living deity and explicitly told that no rules apply to them--their in-universe title is '''Saint''', which, in RealLife, is considered higher than any normal noble title. To say they are corrupt to the core is, frankly, an understatement. The World Nobles are allowed to kill and maim people on a whim, live in obscene luxury supported by taxes extorted from the nations allied to the World Government, and [[AGodAmI totally believe their own hype of being living gods]]. Despite the fact that slavery is illegal everywhere else in the One Piece world, they openly keep slaves, thinking nothing of abusing them to death for convenience or even amusement, and can abduct people off of the street on a whim to a life of slavery. And nobody ''dares'' lift a finger in retaliation because, [[DisproportionateRetribution not only can they hill kill on a whim]], but anyone who strikes a World Noble is immediately the target of a [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking Navy Admiral]], one of the most powerful fighters in the World Government's pocket, who is duty-bound to eliminate the assailant with extreme prejudice.


It might have been an early way to appeal to the masses, or just due to the way [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] tended to look down on the general public. But it was then and is now ''really'' popular to cast [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] as villains. A variety of MeaningfulTitles exist--people with feudal titles are very commonly evil. Popular titles are '''Count'''[[note]]in Britain, they're guaranteed to be foreign, since the equivalent local rank is Earl — probably because in the Medieval Accent it [[CountryMatters sounded kind of unfortunate]][[/note]], and '''Baron''' — two titles which are rarely seen on a good guy. (Oddly enough, a '''Countess''' has a better-than-even chance of being a decent woman.[[note]]And Britain ''does'' have Countesses, it's the female equivalent of an Earl.[[/note]]) And though it doesn't show up a great deal, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast you should break out in a cold sweat]] when you meet a '''Viscount'''. Unless it's Viscount [[MemeticBadass Horatio Nelson]]. Or [[Franchise/Tarzan Viscount Greystroke.]] Interestingly, both counts and barons are fairly common titles among Continental Europeans, but rare among the English, which may suggest a regional bias in which aristocrats are cast as villains.

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It might have been an early way to appeal to the masses, or just due to the way [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] tended to look down on the general public. But it was then and is now ''really'' popular to cast [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] as villains. A variety of MeaningfulTitles exist--people with feudal titles are very commonly evil. Popular titles are '''Count'''[[note]]in Britain, they're guaranteed to be foreign, since the equivalent local rank is Earl — probably because in the Medieval Accent it [[CountryMatters sounded kind of unfortunate]][[/note]], and '''Baron''' — two titles which are rarely seen on a good guy. (Oddly enough, a '''Countess''' has a better-than-even chance of being a decent woman.[[note]]And Britain ''does'' have Countesses, it's the female equivalent of an Earl.[[/note]]) And though it doesn't show up a great deal, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast you should break out in a cold sweat]] when you meet a '''Viscount'''. Unless it's Viscount [[MemeticBadass Horatio Nelson]]. Or [[Franchise/Tarzan Viscount Greystroke.]] Interestingly, both counts and barons are fairly common titles among Continental Europeans, but rare among the English, which may suggest a regional bias in which aristocrats are cast as villains.


It might have been an early way to appeal to the masses, or just due to the way [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] tended to look down on the general public. But it was then and is now ''really'' popular to cast [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] as villains. A variety of MeaningfulTitles exist--people with feudal titles are very commonly evil. Popular titles are '''Count'''[[note]]in Britain, they're guaranteed to be foreign, since the equivalent local rank is Earl — probably because in the Medieval Accent it [[CountryMatters sounded kind of unfortunate]][[/note]], and '''Baron''' — two titles which are rarely seen on a good guy. (Oddly enough, a '''Countess''' has a better-than-even chance of being a decent woman.[[note]]And Britain ''does'' have Countesses, it's the female equivalent of an Earl.[[/note]]) And though it doesn't show up a great deal, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast you should break out in a cold sweat]] when you meet a '''Viscount'''. Unless it's Viscount [[MemeticBadass Horatio Nelson]]. Interestingly, both counts and barons are fairly common titles among Continental Europeans, but rare among the English, which may suggest a regional bias in which aristocrats are cast as villains.

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It might have been an early way to appeal to the masses, or just due to the way [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] tended to look down on the general public. But it was then and is now ''really'' popular to cast [[BlueBlood aristocrats]] as villains. A variety of MeaningfulTitles exist--people with feudal titles are very commonly evil. Popular titles are '''Count'''[[note]]in Britain, they're guaranteed to be foreign, since the equivalent local rank is Earl — probably because in the Medieval Accent it [[CountryMatters sounded kind of unfortunate]][[/note]], and '''Baron''' — two titles which are rarely seen on a good guy. (Oddly enough, a '''Countess''' has a better-than-even chance of being a decent woman.[[note]]And Britain ''does'' have Countesses, it's the female equivalent of an Earl.[[/note]]) And though it doesn't show up a great deal, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast you should break out in a cold sweat]] when you meet a '''Viscount'''. Unless it's Viscount [[MemeticBadass Horatio Nelson]]. Or [[Franchise/Tarzan Viscount Greystroke.]] Interestingly, both counts and barons are fairly common titles among Continental Europeans, but rare among the English, which may suggest a regional bias in which aristocrats are cast as villains.


Other titles generally have a more neutral feel to them — '''Earls''' tend to be good but quite elderly and senile, while it is rare to see a '''Marquess''' in anything other than a particularly faithful historical adaptation. '''Baronets''' were quite often villains in both Victorian {{Melodrama}} and Wodehousian comedy (not to mention the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''), probably due to the fact that baronetcies could be more or less openly bought, indicating that the character is not only NouveauRiche, but also [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]] and seeking to rise beyond his station (the worst social sin in Victorian Britain). '''Queens'''/'''Kings''' have an equal chance of being good, evil, or anywhere inbetween. And, of course, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With]] '''[[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princesses]]''' [[SubvertedTrope (or is it?)]].

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Other titles generally have a more neutral feel to them — '''Earls''' tend to be good but quite elderly and senile, while it is rare to see a '''Marquess''' in anything other than a particularly faithful historical adaptation. '''Baronets''' were quite often villains in both Victorian {{Melodrama}} and Wodehousian comedy (not to mention the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''), probably due to the fact that baronetcies could be more or less openly bought, indicating that the character is not only NouveauRiche, but also [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitious]] and seeking to rise beyond his station (the worst social sin in Victorian Britain). '''Queens'''/'''Kings''' have an equal chance of being good, evil, or anywhere inbetween. And, of course, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With]] '''[[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princesses]]''' [[SubvertedTrope (or is it?)]].
'''Princesses''' [[GoodPrincessEvilQueen are more likely than not]] to be [[PrincessProtagonist good]].



* ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'': The clueless duo winds up in medieval times, and tries to save two [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Royal English Babes]] from their tyrannical father, who wants them to marry "Royal Ugly Dudes". Unfortunately, they barely make it out alive after meeting him, but [[TheMentor Rufus]] manages to get the princesses out later.

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* ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'': The clueless duo winds up in medieval times, and tries to save two [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses [[GratuitousPrincess Royal English Babes]] from their tyrannical father, who wants them to marry "Royal Ugly Dudes". Unfortunately, they barely make it out alive after meeting him, but [[TheMentor Rufus]] manages to get the princesses out later.



* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', the aristocracy of Gallia is comprised of nothing but evil assholes, including its mostly noble officers and the prime minister. The only exception is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Cordelia]]. The protagonists of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'' do include a few heroic aristocrats, but the antagonists are Gallian rebels led by racist reactionary nobles.

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* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', the aristocracy of Gallia is comprised of nothing but evil assholes, including its mostly noble officers and the prime minister. The only exception is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses [[GoodPrincessEvilQueen Princess Cordelia]]. The protagonists of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'' do include a few heroic aristocrats, but the antagonists are Gallian rebels led by racist reactionary nobles.


** The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons (''Tenryuubito'' in Japanese), are the descendants of the Kings of twenty different kingdoms who later created the [[TheGovernment World Government]]. Unfortunately, the World Government is heavily corrupt, and not surprisingly, the World Nobles can do whatever the hell they like because they have "the blood of this world's creators", and by that definition, they are practically divine by nature. They even have slaves who they continuously mistreat, and put collar bombs around their necks. For that matter, they are allowed to take any person of the street to become their slave or another spouse. This all going on despite the fact that slavery has been outlawed for centuries by this point and the Marines are even sent to recapture any of the Celestial Dragons' slaves that run away with none of them shown to have any problem with this. If you [[DisproportionateRetribution offend them in any way]], [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking an Admiral will be sent to deal with you.]] Interestingly, World Nobles has an in-universe title of '''Saint''', which, in RealLife, is considered sacred and higher than any noble title. The fact that they're utter assholes and yet are considered "sacred" notes at how screwed up the populace is.

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** The World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons (''Tenryuubito'' in Japanese), are the descendants of the Kings of twenty different kingdoms who later created the [[TheGovernment World Government]]. Unfortunately, the World Government is heavily corrupt, To try and not surprisingly, the World Nobles can do whatever the hell give you an idea of how messed up they are... imagine what the typical aristocrat would be like because they have "the blood after hailing from 700 years of this world's creators", being revered as a living deity and by explicitly told that definition, they are practically divine by nature. They even have slaves who they continuously mistreat, and put collar bombs around their necks. For that matter, they are allowed no rules apply to take any person of the street to become their slave or another spouse. This all going on despite the fact that slavery has been outlawed for centuries by this point and the Marines are even sent to recapture any of the Celestial Dragons' slaves that run away with none of them shown to have any problem with this. If you [[DisproportionateRetribution offend them in any way]], [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking an Admiral will be sent to deal with you.]] Interestingly, World Nobles has an them--their in-universe title of is '''Saint''', which, in RealLife, is considered sacred and higher than any normal noble title. To say they are corrupt to the core is, frankly, an understatement. The World Nobles are allowed to kill and maim people on a whim, live in obscene luxury supported by taxes extorted from the nations allied to the World Government, and [[AGodAmI totally believe their own hype of being living gods]]. Despite the fact that they're utter assholes slavery is illegal everywhere else in the One Piece world, they openly keep slaves, thinking nothing of abusing them to death for convenience or even amusement, and yet are considered "sacred" notes at how screwed up can abduct people off of the populace is.street on a whim to a life of slavery. And nobody ''dares'' lift a finger in retaliation because, [[DisproportionateRetribution not only can they hill on a whim]], but anyone who strikes a World Noble is immediately the target of a [[AuthorityEqualsAssKicking Navy Admiral]], one of the most powerful fighters in the World Government's pocket, who is duty-bound to eliminate the assailant with extreme prejudice.


* ''ComicBook/TheFurtherAdventuresOfIndianaJones'': The BigBad in the "Trail of the Golden Guns" is Count Alexander Salkovich who, despite being a nobleman is now partnered with the [[DirtyCommies Bolshevik government]] who provide him with troops in exchange for his keeping the Ukranian Cossacks suppressed. His theft of the eponymous golden guns from an American museum brings Indiana Jones into his orbit.

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* ''ComicBook/TheFurtherAdventuresOfIndianaJones'': The BigBad in the "Trail of the Golden Guns" is Count Alexander Salkovich who, despite being a nobleman is now partnered with the [[DirtyCommies Bolshevik government]] who provide him with troops in exchange for his keeping the Ukranian Ukrainian Cossacks suppressed. His theft of the eponymous golden guns from an American museum brings Indiana Jones into his orbit.



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* ''ComicBook/TheFurtherAdventuresOfIndianaJones'': The BigBad in the "Trail of the Golden Guns" is Count Alexander Salkovich who, despite being a nobleman is now partnered with the [[DirtyCommies Bolshevik government]] who provide him with troops in exchange for his keeping the Ukranian Cossacks suppressed. His theft of the eponymous golden guns from an American museum brings Indiana Jones into his orbit.


* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': Duke Otho von Braunschweig nukes two million innocent people. Before that he is the type of man to treat his people like cattle, rather than human beings.

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* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': Duke Otho von Braunschweig is the single most evil character in a series with GreyAndGrayMorality. He treats his people like cattle, launches a civil war because his daughter whom he can manipulate was not made ruler, and eventually [[spoiler:[[NukeEm nukes two million innocent people. Before that he is the type of man to treat his people like cattle, rather than human beings.people]]]].


%%* ''Manga/MaiOtome'': Grand Duke Nagi. [[BigBad Oh, so evil]]. [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Just look at that hair!]]%%None of this is context.

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%%* ''Manga/MaiOtome'': * ''Anime/MaiOtome'': Grand Duke Nagi. [[BigBad Oh, so evil]]. Nagi Dai Artài is the BigBad who, like many evil Dukes, [[TheUsurper seeks to take the throne of Windbloom for himself]] and uses the terrorist group Schwarz to help him do so. He is also [[EnfanteTerrible a little boy]] with [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Just look at that hair!]]%%None of white/cyan hair]]. In the [[Manga/MaiOtome manga]], he plays the same role but, unlike his FauxAffablyEvil anime version, is more openly a {{Jerkass}} about it, [[spoiler:and [[AdaptationalHeroism this one]] is context.actually a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who sacrifices himself to save the heroes]].


One major exception: '''Dukes''' ''are usually relatively nice.'' This may be because the title was awarded to those who rose to aristocracy as war leaders. Thus, the Duke has a "grass roots" feel to it, and a badass quality; as well, much like TheGoodCaptain, military titles are generally for good guys, with the possible exceptions of '''[[InsaneAdmiral Admiral]]''' and '''Major'''. Also, before the 18th and 19th centuries, Dukes were generally too high up the ladder of aristocracy to really have much contact with common people at all. Because of this, Dukes were not the nobles that were directly oppressing the common people, and so didn't receive quite the same stigma… especially since in some local cases, a Duke actually ran interference against a lower-ranking nobleman on behalf of the masses. Dukes (and especially '''Grand Dukes''') can be evil if the Hero is a Royal. Often a Duke is [[TheStarscream scheming to take over the throne himself]].

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One major exception: '''Dukes''' ''are usually relatively nice.'' This may be because the title was awarded to those who rose to aristocracy as war leaders. Thus, the Duke has a "grass roots" feel to it, and a badass quality; as well, much like TheGoodCaptain, military titles are generally for good guys, with the possible exceptions of '''[[InsaneAdmiral Admiral]]''' and '''Major'''. Also, before the 18th and 19th centuries, Dukes were generally too high up the ladder of aristocracy to really have much contact with common people at all. Because of this, Dukes were not the nobles that were directly oppressing the common people, and so didn't receive quite the same stigma… especially since in some local cases, a Duke actually ran interference against a lower-ranking nobleman on behalf of the masses. Dukes (and especially '''Grand Dukes''') can be evil if the Hero is a Royal. Often a Duke is [[TheStarscream [[TheUsurper scheming to take over the throne himself]].



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* In ''Literature/ShadowOfTheConqueror,'' before [[CommieLand the Dawn Empire]], Hamahra was ruled by an aristocracy evil enough to murder Daylen's entire family after he started a revolution against them.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'': Downplayed; the Duke of Weasel Town ('''[[RunningGag WESELTON!]]''') is very greedy, planning to exploit the riches of Arendelle and willing to use assassination as a means to an end. However, his concerns are genuine (after all, he is trapped by an endless winter and they are at risk of freezing to death), and when he sees Prince Hans despairing [[spoiler:over the "loss of Anna" (though he's really faking it)]], he shows genuine sympathy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'': Downplayed; the Duke of Weasel Town ('''[[RunningGag WESELTON!]]''') is very greedy, planning to exploit the riches of Arendelle and willing to use assassination as a means to an end. However, his concerns are genuine (after all, he is trapped by an endless winter and they are at risk of freezing to death), and when he sees Prince Hans despairing [[spoiler:over the "loss of Anna" (though he's really faking it)]], he shows genuine sympathy.



* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Weselton of ''Frozen'' is made a baron instead of a duke due to this trope.

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* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Weselton of ''Frozen'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'' is made a baron instead of a duke due to this trope.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'': The BigBad, [[spoiler:[[TheEvilPrince Prince Hans of the Southern Isles]]]], turns out to be a [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] JerkAss who was planning to seize control of Arendelle by [[FalseSoulmate faking his romance with Anna]] so she could unwittingly hand over the kingdom to him on a silver platter after "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident staging a little accident]]" for Elsa. Knowing what an idiotic fool Anna is, he chooses to use her as an UnwittingPawn to his scheme, seeing that Elsa was a bit too reclusive to approach.]]


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Frozen|2013}}'': The BigBad, [[spoiler:[[TheEvilPrince Prince Hans of the Southern Isles]]]], turns out to be a [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] JerkAss who was planning to seize control of Arendelle by [[FalseSoulmate faking his romance with Anna]] so she could unwittingly hand over the kingdom to him on a silver platter after "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident staging a little accident]]" for Elsa. Knowing what an idiotic fool Anna is, he chooses to use her as an UnwittingPawn to his scheme, seeing that Elsa was a bit too reclusive to approach.]]



Don't even get us started on '''[[TheEmperor Emperors]]''' or '''[[EvilChancellor Chancellors]]'''. Good luck finding a '''Marquis''', though (though there's at least [[Creator/MarquisDeSade one infamous example]] of such).

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Don't even get us started on '''[[TheEmperor Emperors]]''' or '''[[EvilChancellor Chancellors]]'''. Good luck finding a '''Marquis''', though (though there's at least [[Creator/MarquisDeSade one infamous example]] of such).
Chancellors]]'''.

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