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Basic Trope: A very influential and powerful character employs personal guards of exotic origin to showcase his wealth.

  • Straight: Emperor Evulz has an elite Praetorian Guard composed of Catay warriors.
  • Exaggerated: Each member of his guard are from distinct foreign countries.
  • Downplayed: His guards are technically native of his domain, but belong to a extremely remote location that is effectively alien to the rest of their civilization, it might as well belong to another country.
  • Justified: Fearing that his countrymen would likely turn on him because of his oppressive rule, he enlists foreigners from distant lands not under his control because they have no stake in the rebellion and would place his safety above anything else.
    • The position of the emperor's personal guards is one of prestige, and Evulz is trying to curry favor with Catay by giving Catayan citizens such an honor.
    • The court is infamous for its politicking and infighting. The guards of Catay don't care about what official of what house get some honor - just that they get paid and aren't given suicidal odds.
  • Inverted: Evulz' own native Guard deserts him to take up service with his Catayan relative, Fitz-Evulz, whom they consider a worthier candidate for the throne.
  • Subverted: His guards are in reality natives of Evulz's country that were sent to Catay and train.
  • Double Subverted: That turns out to be propaganda - Evulz's simply retcons his foreign guards as always having been citizens.
  • Parodied: Its not just his each member of his Praetorian Guard that are from distinct foreign origins, but his entire building staff are from several distant parts all around the world. And all of them are stereotyped too.
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  • Averted: Evulz employs only his countrymen to guard him.
  • Enforced: The writers want to add some diversity in the show.
  • Lampshaded: "Look at my finest guardians, they aren't bound by any sense of patriotism or service to the nation, only to me. And that is what is more important".
  • Invoked: The country's constitution states that only foreigners are allowed to serve as bodyguards.
  • Exploited: Evulz goes Equal-Opportunity Evil to improve his PR.
  • Defied: Evulz doesn't trust any outsiders, fearing they would spy on him.
  • Discussed: "We should be careful with Evulz' bodyguards, these are not like the rest of his army and have a few tricks we are probably not prepared for".
  • Conversed: Have you seen those warriors from Catay? They have curved swords. Curved swords.
  • Implied: Evulz's bodyguards have Asian features and their origins aren't brought up, but they clearly stand out from the rest of the citizens and don't talk a whole lot.
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  • Desconstructed: The Catay warriors are in fact serving as The Mole for their nation to spy on Emperor Evulz, while masquerading as his bodyguards.
  • Reconstructed: They are in fact Reverse Mole to Evulz who uses them to keep an eye out for outsiders. You didn't think someone in his position would trust anyone blindly regardless of origin?
  • Played For Drama: The Catay warriors face prejudice from Evulz's court for being outsiders and aren't particularly well-liked by the populace for protecting a tyrant. As a result, they have a hard time adapting to the country they live in.
  • Played For Laughs: The Catay enter a Fish out of Water situation where they run into all kinds of wacky situations because of cultural differences.

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