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Basic Trope: Someone who holds a position, possibly made-up, that has no authority or power.

  • Straight: Bob is the self-proclaimed "Emperor of the Neighborhood". He tries to boss his neighbors around, but he holds no actual power.
  • Exaggerated: Bob calls himself the "Supreme Dictator of the Universe".
  • Downplayed: Bob's self-proclaimed title is "Acting Ruler of the Neighborhood".
  • Justified: Bob is a Cloud Cuckoolander.
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  • Inverted: Bob is legally the king of Tropeland, but his country is controlled by rebels.
  • Subverted: Bob's title turns out to be real.
  • Double Subverted: This is a lie made up by Bob's prankster neighbor, Charles.
  • Parodied: Bob claims to be "King of the French Republic" and wears a silly costume.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is not taken very seriously, but now and then he reveals that he has real authority.
  • Averted: No made-up positions are shown to exist.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded: "Why do you insist on calling yourself Emperor? No one's ever going to follow the crazy rules you made up."
  • Invoked: Bob wants to boss his friends around, so he makes up a title and hopes that some of them will fall for it.
  • Exploited: Bob attempts to make Alice marry him.
  • Defied: Charles locks Bob into a closet, preventing him from imposing his made-up rules on the neighborhood.
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  • Discussed: "No, I really am the Emperor. I certainly didn't make it up just so I could make the neighborhood kids stop playing in front of my house."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: David obeys Bob's every command; he's either Too Dumb to Live, or just playing along as part of Bob's act.
  • Deconstructed: Bob makes his claims to the wrong person, and ends up arrested by the repressive government of his country.
  • Reconstructed: The dictator of Bob's country thinks that it's Actually Pretty Funny, and pardons him.

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