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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton His Imperial Majesty Norton I, Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico.]] The Emperor was the very definition of awesome, and so naturally citizens of San Francisco loved this character, and even provided for him. (When one police officer was concerned about his mental health, the Chief of Police vouched for Norton, saying, "that he had shed no blood; robbed no one; and despoiled no country; which is more than can be said of his fellows in that line".)

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton His Imperial Majesty Norton I, Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico.]] The Emperor was the very definition of awesome, and so naturally citizens of San Francisco loved this character, and even provided for him. (When one police officer was concerned about his mental health, health and recommended he be institutionalized, the Chief of Police vouched for Norton, saying, "that he had shed no blood; robbed no one; and despoiled no country; which is more than can be said of his fellows in that line".)


** Turns that [[spoiler:Nunnally]], when appointed as ''Viceroy'', has even less power than Euphemia had as sub (note that she is the same age Euphie was at that point). Gino even has to remind Lohmeyer who is supposed to be Viceroy.

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** Turns that [[spoiler:Nunnally]], when appointed as ''Viceroy'', has even less power than Euphemia had as sub (note that she is the same age Euphie was at that point). Gino even has to remind Lohmeyer Lohmeyer, ostensibly said Viceroy's personal assistant, of who is supposed to be Viceroy.



%% * Mayor Pirkle of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' fame.

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%% * Mayor Pirkle of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' fame.fame not only lets a kid handle the problem of the Sharks, but also hands Ness the key to the shack on the condition that Ness not hold him responsible for anything that happens there.



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* Both the Mayor, "Fitzy" Fitzgerald, and the police officers, Davis and Karen, qualify for this in ''Series/CornerGas''. Davis at one point comments that practically everyone in town has at least one unpaid parking ticket and that's it's "no big deal"; by the time of TheMovie, they don't even bother to issue tickets anymore.


** This is actually true of most Commonwealth Realms (Commonwealth nations that recognize the British monarch as their head of state). However, Canada did it first--it's the oldest (and biggest, in every sense) Commonwealth Realm.[[note]]Unless you count the UK itself as a Commonwealth Realm, in which case Canada is second-oldest and second-biggest in every sense, but that's another story.[[/note]]

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** This is actually true of most Commonwealth Realms (Commonwealth nations that recognize the British monarch as their head of state). However, Canada did it first--it's the oldest (and biggest, in every sense) Commonwealth Realm.[[note]]Unless you count the UK itself as a Commonwealth Realm, in which case Canada is second-oldest and second-biggest in every sense, sense except land area, but that's another story.[[/note]]


** This is actually true of most Commonwealth nations that recognize the British monarch as their head of state.

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** This is actually true of most Commonwealth Realms (Commonwealth nations that recognize the British monarch as their head of state.state). However, Canada did it first--it's the oldest (and biggest, in every sense) Commonwealth Realm.[[note]]Unless you count the UK itself as a Commonwealth Realm, in which case Canada is second-oldest and second-biggest in every sense, but that's another story.[[/note]]


* Mayor Dotour in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' mostly just sits around saying "uhm...well" while the Captain of the Guard and the lead carpenter argue the issue of whether they should evacuate. Though he ''does'' resolve the issue if Link wears the Couple's Mask to the meeting... by saying "Screw it, the world's ending, do what you want." It is heavily implied that his wife, Madame Aroma, is considered a bigger authority than [[HenpeckedHusband Dotour himself]].

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* Mayor Dotour in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' mostly just sits around saying "uhm...well" while the Captain of the Guard and the lead carpenter argue the issue of whether they should evacuate. Though he ''does'' resolve the issue if Link wears the Couple's Mask to the meeting... by saying "Screw it, the world's ending, do what you want." It is heavily implied that his wife, Madame Aroma, is considered a bigger authority than [[HenpeckedHusband Dotour himself]].himself]], to the point that if the issue isn't solved before the third day, Chief Carpenter Mutoh convinces Dotour to not cancel the carnival by threatening to get Madame Aroma involved.


* Principal Victoria in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' often appears as something of a figurehead compared to Mr. Mackay, who seems to handle most of South Park elementary's rule-making and discipline. She almost never appears without him standing close by, in fact.

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* Principal Victoria in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' often appears as something of a figurehead compared to Mr. Mackay, Mackey, who seems to handle most of South Park elementary's rule-making and discipline. She almost never appears without him standing close by, in fact. This is averted when she is replaced by [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC Principal]].

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* In ''Literature/IOwnTheRacecourse'' by Patricia Wrightson, Andy is conned into believing he has bought the local racecourse. While his friends try to work out how to break this to him, the employees at the course take pity on him and humour him; pretending that he is their boss.


* King Uther in the first few episodes of the fourth season of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' is still king in name, but Arthur and to a lesser extent, Agravaine as TheMole, are calling the shots since Uther is broken and half mad.

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* King Uther in the first few episodes of the fourth season of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' is still king in name, but Arthur and to a lesser extent, Agravaine as TheMole, are calling the shots since Uther is broken and half mad.

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* ''Fanfic/BequeathedFromPaleEstates'': [[spoiler:Theon Greyjoy has been Lord of the Iron Islands since at least the end of ThePlague, but everyone in Westeros, including him, were completely unaware of it, because no one thought to check the region over after the Iron Islands ceased all communication with the rest of the continent. This is partly because Theon's title is effectively ''meaningless'' -- ThePlague took out one third of the population (including Balon and Asha Greyjoy), inciting the smallfolk and thralls into revolt. All that's left is a group of small warring states, who are more likely to kill Theon than accede to his claim on the Seastone Chair]].


* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh 3's StalkerWithACrush King Sandy isn't king of anything. In fact, it's very likely that he and his three cousins simply CannotTellFictionFromReality. Saying that he's only a pretend king is a good way to press him BerserkButton, though.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Numbuh 3's StalkerWithACrush King Sandy isn't king of anything. In fact, it's very likely that he and his three cousins simply CannotTellFictionFromReality. Saying that he's only a pretend king is [[BerserkButton a good way to press cheese him BerserkButton, though.off]], though ("''The '''King''' does '''not''' pretend!!''".

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* ''Fanfic/TheRavensPlan'': Robert Baratheon. While he's still the ''official'' king of Westeros, only the Crownlands and the Stormlands still respect his authority after the Remembering. Everyone else has pledged themselves to House Targaryen, more specifically Jon, making him both the rightful and ''actual'' king. The only holdout is Dorne, who's not inclined to side with either side thanks to Elia Martell, and is currently too embroiled in their own internal CivilWar to be anyone's concern. And since everyone is avoiding contact with King's Landing, Robert is ''completely unaware of this''. He doesn't even become aware of Jon's existence until one of Hoster Tully's bannermen secretly betrays him, and by that point there's no hope of him swaying any of the other kingdoms back to his side.


* A balance of this is struck in the Empire of Azir in Literature/Edgedancer. Lift is in Tashikk, and when the local government gets word from the Emperor to follow her instructions they do so, even when her orders include referring to her as "[[BigEater Your Pancakefullness]]". Right up until a massive storm unexpectedly rolls in and they ignore Lift to deal with the disaster. It seems that for the most part the local government will follow the Emperors orders as long as said orders aren't interfering with something they consider more immediately important.

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* A balance of this is struck in the Empire of Azir in Literature/Edgedancer.''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}''. Lift is in Tashikk, and when the local government gets word from the Emperor to follow her instructions they do so, even when her orders include referring to her as "[[BigEater Your Pancakefullness]]". Right up until a massive storm unexpectedly rolls in and they ignore Lift to deal with the disaster. It seems that for the most part the local government will follow the Emperors Emperor's orders as long as said orders aren't interfering with something they consider more immediately important.important.
* ''Literature/TheFifthSeason'': It's common knowledge that the Yumenescene [[TheEmpire Emperor]] is ruled by the capital city's Leader caste and that the emperor is a figurehead -- almost literally, since the imperial quarters are in a gaudy amber sphere atop the capitol building. Several characters refer to the ancient days of the Empire, when the Emperor had real power.

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