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* StandardizedLeader: Claudius was never really one of the greatest leaders of Rome, but many historians agree that at the very least, he was not incompetent as an Emperor. He certainly wasn't, compared to the late rule of Caligula.

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* StandardizedLeader: Claudius was never really one of the greatest leaders of Rome, in his dynasty he would be the second greatest after Augustus, but many historians agree that at the very least, he was not incompetent as an Emperor. He certainly wasn't, compared to the late rule of Caligula.


* StandardizedLeader: Claudius was never really one of the greatest leaders of Rome, but many historians agree that at the very least, he was not incompetent as an Emperor. He certainly wasn't, compared to the later rule of Caligula.

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* StandardizedLeader: Claudius was never really one of the greatest leaders of Rome, but many historians agree that at the very least, he was not incompetent as an Emperor. He certainly wasn't, compared to the later late rule of Caligula.

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* StandardizedLeader: Claudius was never really one of the greatest leaders of Rome, but many historians agree that at the very least, he was not incompetent as an Emperor. He certainly wasn't, compared to the later rule of Caligula.

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* AlmightyJanitor: During his nephew Caligula's reign, Claudius was appointed Consul to the Senate and was left in charge of administration. So when Claudius became Emperor, he was already experienced with the job of running the Empire, he was just higher up in the hierarchy.


* {{Sadist}}: Other Roman Emperors, one of them having been his own nephew and predecessor Caligula, took part in GladiatorGames. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''
** Granted, Pliny the Elder's account claims the whale managed to sink one of the ships attacking it, so it wasn't entirely one-sided.

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* {{Sadist}}: Other Roman Emperors, one of them having been his own nephew and predecessor Caligula, took part in GladiatorGames. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''
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''' Granted, Pliny the Elder's account claims the whale managed to sink one of the ships attacking it, so it wasn't entirely one-sided.one-sided and moving it into an arena would have been impossible for the time.


* {{Sadist}}: Other Roman Emperors took part in GladiatorGames. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''

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* {{Sadist}}: Other Roman Emperors Emperors, one of them having been his own nephew and predecessor Caligula, took part in GladiatorGames. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''

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* HiddenDepths: Before becoming Emperor, he wrote several histories, one of which was censored by the Imperial Family for being too truthful. Though people thought he would be a poor Emperor, he turned out to be probably the best Julio-Claudian Emperors after Augustus. Though admittedly that isn't saying much.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Whether he actually was as dumb as his mother and nephew claimed or was ObfuscatingStupidity is the subject of much debate among historians. As is the degree to which he was manipulated by his wives and the freedmen who formed his most trusted advisers.


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** Granted, Pliny the Elder's account claims the whale managed to sink one of the ships attacking it, so it wasn't entirely one-sided.


* BlackWidow: His death was often believed to be by poison or {{poison mushroom}}, and his wife [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrippina_the_Younger Agrippina]] is often believed to be responsible. Why would she do such a thing? So her son (and hence, Claudius' adopted son) {{Nero}} can become Emperor.

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* BlackWidow: His death was often believed to be by poison or {{poison mushroom}}, and his wife [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrippina_the_Younger Agrippina]] is often believed to be responsible. Why would she do such a thing? So her son (and hence, Claudius' adopted son) {{Nero}} UsefulNotes/{{Nero}} can become Emperor.


UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}'s uncle and UsefulNotes/{{Tiberius}}' nephew, unexpectedly becoming emperor at age 51 after [[DeadlyDecadentCourt escaping the murders of his family]]. Is famous for [[Series/IClaudius a certain TV Series]], and for conquering Britain. Surviving his murderous family and eventually obtaining the imperial throne due to his ObfuscatingStupidity, he had a fairly successful reign. Poisoned by his wife (and niece) in 54, and succeeded by his adoptive son {{Nero}}.

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UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}'s uncle and UsefulNotes/{{Tiberius}}' Tiberius' nephew, unexpectedly becoming emperor at age 51 after [[DeadlyDecadentCourt escaping the murders of his family]]. Is famous for [[Series/IClaudius a certain TV Series]], and for conquering Britain. Surviving his murderous family and eventually obtaining the imperial throne due to his ObfuscatingStupidity, he had a fairly successful reign. Poisoned by his wife (and niece) in 54, and succeeded by his adoptive son {{Nero}}.
UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* ObfuscatingStupidity: His most famous trait.
* ProperlyParanoid
* {{Sadist}}
** Other Roman Emperors took part in GladiatorGames. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* ObfuscatingStupidity: His most famous trait.
* ProperlyParanoid
* {{Sadist}}
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{{Sadist}}: Other Roman Emperors took part in GladiatorGames. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''


{{Caligula}}'s uncle and {{Tiberius}}' nephew, unexpectedly becoming emperor at age 51 after [[DeadlyDecadentCourt escaping the murders of his family]]. Is famous for [[Series/IClaudius a certain TV Series]], and for conquering Britain. Surviving his murderous family and eventually obtaining the imperial throne due to his ObfuscatingStupidity, he had a fairly successful reign. Poisoned by his wife (and niece) in 54, and succeeded by his adoptive son {{Nero}}.

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{{Caligula}}'s UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}}'s uncle and {{Tiberius}}' UsefulNotes/{{Tiberius}}' nephew, unexpectedly becoming emperor at age 51 after [[DeadlyDecadentCourt escaping the murders of his family]]. Is famous for [[Series/IClaudius a certain TV Series]], and for conquering Britain. Surviving his murderous family and eventually obtaining the imperial throne due to his ObfuscatingStupidity, he had a fairly successful reign. Poisoned by his wife (and niece) in 54, and succeeded by his adoptive son {{Nero}}.



** Other Roman Emperors took part in {{Gladiator Games}}. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''
* WordOfDante: That the modern, academic consensus on Claudius matching what Robert Grave depicted in IClaudius, particularly the whole idea of him ObfuscatingStupidity, is actually the result of a re-evaluation of the source material sparked by the popularity of Graves' novel and the subsequent mini-series.

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** Other Roman Emperors took part in {{Gladiator Games}}.GladiatorGames. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''
* WordOfDante: That the modern, academic consensus on Claudius matching what Robert Grave depicted in IClaudius, ''Literature/IClaudius'', particularly the whole idea of him ObfuscatingStupidity, is actually the result of a re-evaluation of the source material sparked by the popularity of Graves' novel and the subsequent mini-series.

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** Other Roman Emperors took part in {{Gladiator Games}}. What would weak, old Claudius do? '''[[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown Fight against a stranded orca]].'''


{{Caligula}}'s uncle and {{Tiberius}}' nephew, already an older man when he became emperor. Is famous for [[Series/IClaudius a certain TV Series]], and for conquering Britain. Surviving his murderous family and eventually obtaining the imperial throne due to his ObfuscatingStupidity, he had a fairly successful reign. Poisoned by his wife (and niece) in 54, and succeeded by his adoptive son {{Nero}}.

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{{Caligula}}'s uncle and {{Tiberius}}' nephew, already an older man when he became emperor.unexpectedly becoming emperor at age 51 after [[DeadlyDecadentCourt escaping the murders of his family]]. Is famous for [[Series/IClaudius a certain TV Series]], and for conquering Britain. Surviving his murderous family and eventually obtaining the imperial throne due to his ObfuscatingStupidity, he had a fairly successful reign. Poisoned by his wife (and niece) in 54, and succeeded by his adoptive son {{Nero}}.

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{{Caligula}}'s uncle and {{Tiberius}}' nephew, already an older man when he became emperor. Is famous for [[Series/IClaudius a certain TV Series]], and for conquering Britain. Surviving his murderous family and eventually obtaining the imperial throne due to his ObfuscatingStupidity, he had a fairly successful reign. Poisoned by his wife (and niece) in 54, and succeeded by his adoptive son {{Nero}}.

* ActionSurvivor: He managed to survive the deadly maze of conspiracies and backstabbings that was the Julio-Claudian family, in no small part due to his ObfuscatingStupidity. The imperial family ripped itself apart, and nobody bothered to kill "Claudius the Idiot" until he was the last man standing (well, crouching behind a curtain).
* BlackWidow: His death was often believed to be by poison or {{poison mushroom}}, and his wife [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrippina_the_Younger Agrippina]] is often believed to be responsible. Why would she do such a thing? So her son (and hence, Claudius' adopted son) {{Nero}} can become Emperor.
* BreadAndCircuses: Massively expanded during Claudius' reign, and the main reason for his ''huge'' popularity with the plebs.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* ObfuscatingStupidity: His most famous trait.
* ProperlyParanoid
* {{Sadist}}
* WordOfDante: That the modern, academic consensus on Claudius matching what Robert Grave depicted in IClaudius, particularly the whole idea of him ObfuscatingStupidity, is actually the result of a re-evaluation of the source material sparked by the popularity of Graves' novel and the subsequent mini-series.

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