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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })The downside of any hereditary monarchy is that every so often the throne is inherited by someone completely out of their gourd. Maybe it's the fault of that lead-lined plumbing, or those mercury-laced medicinal elixirs, or maybe it's genetic (in which case you're in some deep trouble). Whatever the cause, the sovereign is still given the full power and support of the state despite their obvious insanity, with inevitably disastrous consequences.
The Caligula will be wildly irrational, violently moody, extremely debauched, will never tolerate being told anything they don’t want to hear, and are probably afflicted with a god complex. In short they will be a Psychopathic Manchild with the power of life or death over everyone whom they can reach. They may be a sexual deviant, or they might take pleasure in the pain and suffering they cause. They may indulge in renaming cities or even the entire country after themself or throwing out increasingly ridiculous decrees with brutal punishments in store for anyone who breaks them. Whatever form the madness takes, one thing is certain: to do anything the Caligula finds displeasing is to inevitably be dragged off to a grisly death or worse. Of course, any number of things might trigger their rage, and they might even decide on a whim to punish those who have not done anything at all. And while all of this is going on, the land over which the Caligula rules is rapidly going down the drain due to their neglect. Here in particular, they have a decided advantage over most other crackpots when it comes to messing things up: they can start wars. Be it for the perceived personal glory or their obsession with perceived enemies, the Caligula's country will probably be in a constant state of war.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })Due to their continuing close proximity to the Caligula, members of the court (decadent or otherwise) will be the primary targets of their fits of rage. Nobody within reach is safe from them, whether they be nobles, servants, bureaucrats, foreign ambassadors, or even members of their own family. The Caligula is very definitely a Bad Boss. With any luck, thanks to The Starscream and/or La Résistance, a conspiracy will eventually develop to remove the crazy sovereign from his post... permanently.
This is not limited to sovereign heads of state. The Caligula can be anyone wielding great power within an organization while being completely nuts. Modern psychology has shown that the corporate business structure, if emphasizing financial profit to the detriment of anything else, can be especially prone to the appearances of individuals displaying at least a majority if not all of The Caligula's traits (so long as the person seeking profits is a psychopath, which is what the book seems to be saying.)
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })Named for what is probably history's best known whack-job, Roman emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as Caligula (Little Boots, his childhood nickname); remembered for talking to statues, locking granaries, declaring war on Neptune (and "winning", then commanding his soldiers to collect seashells as war-prizes), making his horse a consul, and boning his sisters. (Though the veracity of some of these claims is in question, the reputation persists. See here for all the details.)
In terms of the ranks of Authority Tropes, the tropes that are equal are The Good Chancellor, Evil Chancellor, Standard Royal Court and Decadent Court. The next step down is The Brigadier. The next steps up are The Evil Prince, Prince Charming, Prince Charmless, Sheltered Aristocrat, Warrior Prince, The Wise Prince, and all Princess Tropes.
Compare:
President Evil, Just as insane, but voted into power.
Royally Screwed Up, Where pervasive insanity runs in the monarch's family.
Tyrant Takes the Helm, where the Reasonable Authority Figure gets replaced by, well, a tyrant.
Contrast:
The Wonka, another type of mad authority figure whose madness makes him more competent as opposed to more destructive.
Psycho Supporter, who has the same personality traits but is usually on the opposite end of the authority hierarchy.
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Zant from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess plays this trope to a T. After forcing Midna into exile, he proclaimed himself the new ruler of the Twili, only to be soundly rejected by them. Being the power hungry man that he is, he didn't take it well, and turned to Ganondorf in order to enslave his own people against their will.
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In Hivefled Her Imperious Condescension manages to be even crazier than she is in Homestuck canon due to her habit of kidnapping and raping teenagers for fun with The Grand Highblood and keeping one guy she has a crush on wired into her spaceship so she can continue torturing him and even had a child with him that she later forced into Parental Incest with because they "looked so cute together." What's even more disturbing is that she makes the case that her relationship with The Grand Highblood has actually reined in her Caligula tendencies, meaning she could be even worse.
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Adventure Time has Xergiok and Lemongrab. Xergiok is a sadistic, cruel, jerkass leader who delights in spanking his subjects and intimidating them. Lemongrab is a bit of a more sympathetic example—he isn't evil, but he certainly is inexperienced (at being a ruler, AND at being alive) and has anger issues, which eventually leads to everyone in the candy kingdom being sent to the dungeon.
Ice King skirts around this as his status as crazy ruler of the ice kingdom started being undercut by his transition to Tragic Villain.
King of Ooo, after he usurped the Candy Kingdom throne from Princess Bubblegum, was this in spades. He always blamed his shortcomings on other people, made the Banana Guards wear wigs resembling his hair, have Finn and Jake wear clunky, weird-looking armor, and was willing to send his subjects to their deaths in battle against the Cloud Monster.
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Belgariad:
The ruling Urga line of Cthol Murgos all reliably go insane before late middle age. Taur Urgas is said to execute people for stepping on his shadow and encourages his sons to kill each other so the strongest one can claim the throne; when the king of Algaria kills him, he turns completely animalistic in his death throes.
Urgit, his successor in the Mallorean, survived to that point by stealing a key to the treasury and hiring assassins; he's actually sane, if a Deadpan Snarker, but that's because he's not Taur Urgas's son at all - his mother had an affair with Silk's father, and he was the result. Thankfully for Cthol Murgos, the Urga bloodline has died out.
Urgit does seem a bit unstable at first, though more flippant than bloodthirsty, but that is because he is very well aware of the 'all reliably go insane before late middle age' rule. If you know you'll descend into insanity soon enough, why bother? As soon as he learns why his mother is so insistent the Urga curse won't affect him, he quickly drops the flippancy and becomes an effective ruler.
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Harold Shand, anti-hero of the classic 1980 British gangster movie The Long Good Friday. He begins as a competent mob boss with grand ambitions, who nonetheless seems sane and grounded. After a series of mysterious and violent incidents chip away at his criminal empire, he gradually falls apart; by the end of the film he has slit the throat of his most trusted lieutenant, alienated his most valuable business partners, and had his fellow gang bosses strung up on meat hooks. It all ends badly.
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Aku from Samurai Jack, as expected from a sadistic, Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Man Child demon Made of Evil. Not only commits carnage and genocide on a regular basis, he is more than willing to welcome a lot of criminals and gangsters in his Bad Future, a surprisingly disturbing dystopia.
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Summer Crowns has the Tattered Prince after he conquers Pentos, at which point he runs a Kangaroo Court day and night, slaughtering the magisters for laughs and distributing their holdings amongst his followers.
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In Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne, the Orlesian usurper Meghren, who is given control of Ferelden by The Emperor, really hates being stuck in this "backwater" part of the Orlesian Empire. As such, he forces the Ferelden nobles to go out of their way to please him... and then randomly executes a few just for kicks. He doesn't care about ruling the land and only wants to get back into the Emperor's good graces so that he will be allowed to return to the Orlesian capital.
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Stephen in Terror Island, who somehow managed to be elected Czar of Geography City, largely wields his power to sentence innocent people to indentured labor at Jame's restaurant and to attempt to force Sid to buy groceries. His successor Blueteen isn't much better, sending people to prison (including himself) for attending parades. Not only that, but the parade was actually only supposed to be for stuntmen. Why? Because he had just solved the problem of Jame's stuntman no longer being bound by law to him for jaywalking by telling Jame to just hire him.
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Hela, on the other hand, plays this trope completely serious. As soon as she takes control of Asgard (by slaughtering their entire army by herself no less), she begins a reign of terror upon her kingdom to recover the Bifrost sword so she can re-start her campaign of conquest of all realms in existence. She is so bad that nobody really likes her, outside of her undead minions (who are beholden to her will), the only one who willingly follows her is Skurge, who is scared witless of her.
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Loki spends about five days as this trope in Thor and Loki: Blood Brothers, before swiftly being brought down by The Chains Of Command and realizing that he and Thor were cosmically manipulated into their Cain and Abel roles and deciding to abandon his throne if it means they can be friends again. Unfortunately, it's too late for that.
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Barbarians Rising doesn't feature Caligula himself, but it does have Valentinian III during the Attila/Geiseric segment. He's incompetent as a ruler but still wants to rule, and as a result is paranoid that everyone is plotting to usurp him since they keep going behind his back (mostly to protect Rome, but his sister is just power-hungry and is manipulated by Geiseric). This leads to him murdering General Aetius after Aetius defeats Attila and then having his mother, the actual mastermind in the family, executed. He's assassinated afterwards by troops loyal to Aetius, but the damage is done.
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The rewrite of Sonic X: Dark Chaos depicts the Prophet Muhammad (yeah, that one) as a sadistic demagogue with a penchant for slaughtering infidels and pedophilia. The background material expands on him; he tried to irrigate fields with vats of human blood, ordered every dog in the universe to be strangled because one barked at him, and invaded a galaxy based on the commands of a palm tree. It's rather telling that many characters - including his own Muslim followers - fear him more than they fear Maledict and the Demons. Even Jesus and the Angels consider him The Friend Nobody Likes and are planning on quietly assassinating him the first chance they get.
Beelzebub is a more straight example; though he isn't a monarch, his Psychopathic Manchild personality and disturbing sexual fetishes make him this trope. He's despised by pretty much all the other Demon leadership - even Maledict thinks his cruelty goes too far, but keeps him around for his sheer intelligence.
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King Hamdo of Now and Then, Here and There is a petty, raging tyrant who expends his armies of enslaved Child Soldiers at will. His first scenes involve strangling his cat when it upsets him, and then having the child protagonist tortured for hours and hours on end.
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The Fire Emblem games contain a number of them, usually as antagonists.
King Zephiel in The Binding Blade is pretty far off the handle. After all, the most seriously disturbing facial expression in Blazing Sword is Zephiel's mad gaze at the end of the epilogue...and this is a game whose Big Bad has a Mad Eye with a nasty scar over it. Yeah, he's seriously wacked... and the saddest thing is that he wasn't always like that.
Unlike many Caligulas, however, Zephiel is ruthlessly competent. It's just a shame that his goal is the subjugation of humanity by dragons.
Mad King Ashnard, Social Darwinist villain of Path of Radiance. In order to be crowned king, he orchestrated a plague that wiped out a large amount of his country's population to get rid of the many nobles who were ahead of him in the line of succession. Notable for attempting to start a worldwide conflict and release a dark god on the world just because he felt like it. After touching an amulet that was established to drive most humans into a mindless killing rage, his personality remained unchanged, the implication being that he couldn't possibly become any worse than he already was. Interestingly enough, he wasn't considered to be a bad ruler by the common people of Daein, largely due to his policy of awarding high-level positions to anyone of sufficient skill.
Deconstructed massively by Fire Emblem Awakening's King Gangrel, since his tyrannical and cruel actions (including his Sadistic Choice on Chrom, which will lead Emmeryn to go the Heroic Suicide way in front of the Ylissean and Plegian armies cause his soldiers to defect en masse, and by the time he's fought he is pretty much on his own. And later, after he's recruited through Spot-Pass, we learn what made Grangrel such an ass, as well as how deeply he regrets it.
Garon of Fire Emblem Fates wasn't always like this, but is said to have Stopped Caring after he saw his numerous wives squabble over the succession to the throne and murder each other and his children. After that he began executing people on the spot for no apparent reason (even in front of his youngest daughter) kidnapped The Avatar, Kamui/Corrin, as a baby and raised him or her in near isolation, then when they grew up sent them on multiple suicide missions and tried to get one of his sons (and the Avatar's adopted sibling) to kill them. The plot of the game is based around his desire to invade the peaceful kingdom of Hoshido and kill their queen due to the troubles in his own country. It's eventually revealed that the Garon seen during the game is actually his reanimated corpse being controlled by Anankos, and the real guy was nothing like this.
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King Bull Sparra in Redwall.
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Eugenesis has Galvatron, who spends most of his time either just sitting on his throne not doing anything, or having hundreds of troops killed for non-existent plots to poison his drinks. It's mentioned that before he came back from wherever it was he'd been, the Decepticons under Soundwave had almost taken back all of Cybertron. The only reason they don't get rid of Galvatron now is because he's Galvatron.
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AJ Lee had been thoroughly driven out of her mind by Daniel Bryan, so Vince McMahon decided to give her a stint as Raw's general manager, likely because he thought it would be funny or something. But TV Tropes wants you to know it never called her crazy because it would rather not wrestle Kane.
AJ might not belong here because, whatever else you could say about her - that she's rude, annoying, manipulative, and not mentally fit to run a hot dog stand - it's a stretch to call her "evil." She's still clearly the face in all her altercations with heel characters, if not with fellow face characters, and is more a Psychopathic Womanchild than anything else. Instead, the Caligula figure here is once again Vince McMahon, who willingly put this will-o'-the-wisp in charge just to boost Monday Night Raw ratings.
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The cast of BloodStorm is nearly completely composed of megalomaniacs, all of them fighting to become the High Emperor and thus be true Caligulas. Take your pick: the pyromaniac warlord, the ice-blooded king with a superiority complex, a Hive Mind that tortures people for fun, an Amazon hoping to eliminate the entire male gender, the radioactive mutant that intrudes on the contest, the vengeance-obsessed cyborg smuggler, or the spoiled princess/assassin. The only good character enters the contest to get everyone to stop listening to the paranoid nuts and actually start fixing the planet.
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Horrible Histories has several, including the trope namer himself.
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King Oswald Thorn of Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 is more commonly known as "Mad King Thorn". As the second-born he was not expected to inherit, but did so anyway by murdering first his brother and then his father. Drought and high taxes left the people impoverished and on the verge of starvation while Thorn hosted sumptuous feasts for his courtiers. He fed people to animals for his own amusement, chopped off both hands of anyone suspected of theft, executed anyone who spoke against him, and on at least one occasion had an entire village's population skinned alive. Of his eight wives, he killed at least four personally. Thorn's reign came to an abrupt end when an enraged mob stormed the castle and murdered him. After being very "creative" with his body, it was dismembered and sealed in several boxes which were hidden through Kryta for fear he might one day return.
Even Oswald was fed up with his son, Bloody Prince Edrick. While Oswald did everything For the Lulz, Edrick killed for the thrill of murder and lacked the sense of humor which made the Mad King popular as a spirit. Their relationship was tense and only made worse by Edrick's tendencies to commit pointless atrocities at the worst times. Edrick eventually tried to overthrow his father by slaughtering an entire village and laying the blame on Oswald, hoping to rally the peasants to his cause. Oswald found out and had his son sealed in a sarcophagus with the intention of releasing him once he'd learned his lesson, only for the mob riled up by Edrick to storm the castle. Oswald left Edrick sealed away and had all references to his name erased from the library as a final insult.
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Chancellor Valorum in Darths & Droids. The annotation explains that they wanted to make him more interesting than in the movie version, who was bland and boring. Consequently, he becomes a maniac who praises the droid army for overthrowing their human oppressors, urges people to replace their bodies with cyborgs, and demands that all shall "Kneel Before Valorum!" His getting voted out of office makes a lot more sense now.
And he turned out to be General Grievous. It makes so much sense.
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The Sorcerer King Abalach-Re in Dark Sun is pretty obviously based on the actual Caligula.
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Gjallarhorn of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is pretty much this but applied to The Federation. It's ruled by corrupt aristocrats who will eliminate anything in their path, no matter how insignificant. Corruption is rampant to the point that having anyone with a modicum of decency and morality is a rarity, and they even fully condone lesser rights for Martians and colonists so that they're easier to oppress. They even murder Tekkadan kids with glee in their attempts to kill one publicly-known young woman advocating for Martian rights. It gets worse to the point that season 2's Big Bad had to reform and restructure Gjallarhorn both out of necessity from all other ruling parties being killed and out of sheer efficiency's sake due to the ruthless chaos and suppression just making everything worse.
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Atop the Fourth Wall: Lavidian Scarn, who believes he's inherently better than commoners and the rabble below him and has overseen massacres of innocent people and feels no remorse whatsoever; when Linkara calls him out on it, he thinks those people should have gladly bowed to him instead of resisting. These are just a few of reasons why he's a deposed king.
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In the backstory of Naruto, the Fourth Mizukage, Yagura, led the Hidden Mist Village during the years of the Bloody Mist, where half of each graduating class was required to murder the other half in cold blood, one of the village's most famous ninja lead a failed coup, an entire Cipher Division being cut down by their own bodyguard was considered proper procedure, and Kisame (the aforementioned bodyguard) even told Yagura to his face that the latter would have him eliminated at some point. Apparently, people thought highly of Yagura, which could be true, because either Madara Uchiha or Tobi/Obito was mind controlling him the entire time. The fact that Yagura was being controlled by the Akatsuki leader has become public knowledge in the Mist Village, as numerous characters have blamed Akatsuki for the Bloody Mist years.
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In "The Hour of the Dragon," Valerius fits this trope perfectly: his drunken revelry, sexual violence and senseless slaughter was so extensive that his co-conspirators had to step in, to stop him from running the kingdom into the ground.
In Robert E. Howard's original story, Valerius does this deliberately, in order to ruin the realm, because he knows You Have Outlived Your Usefulness is coming, and wants Taking You with Me so his co-conspirators won't profit.
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In Lord of War Andre Baptiste Sr. has elements of the character type, but it's an arguable case as he doesn't have clear control over his country, fighting a civil war.
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Loved And Lost: After Prince Jewelius overthrows his aunts Princess Celestia and Luna by using the events of "A Canterlot Wedding" to destroy their reputations as well as those of Shining Armor and Twilight's friends (he tries the same with his cousin Princess Cadance, but isn't very successful), he proclaims himself "Holy King Jewelius I". At first he's a Villain with Good Publicity thanks to his mask of sanity, but he's ultimately proven to be a sociopath who delusionally regards his reign to be superior to that of the princesses and can't stand it when ponies think about them favourably. He imposes raised taxes and trading prohibitions on the entire town of Ponyville because he hated some comments made by Twilight's friends, and willfully focuses on hunting down the fugitive heroes at the expense of preparing against a new Changeling invasion even though the fugitives have become the public's smallest concern at that point and Queen Chrysalis has a personal score to settle with him. He gets engaged to Twilight Sparkle in hopes of getting powerful continuers for his legacy, but he admits that if he discovered an even more powerful unicorn mare, he'll get rid of Twilight through a staged accident. He eventually leads his army (most of which is composed of released convicts he hired to replace the murdered Royal Guards who stayed loyal to the princesses) to wipe out Ponyville's inhabitants along with all the heroes as the ultimate statement of his rulership, even though unlike him, none of his chief minions are okay with this. When one of his guards questions the extremeness of such an act, Jewelius throws him out of the throne room's window. Oh, and he demotes Prince Blueblood to his personal servant and replaces the banners that depict Celestia and Luna's symbol with those that depict a proud-looking illustration of himself.
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Paranoia is a Tabletop Game based solely on being controlled by a Caligula named "Friend Computer."
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Galvatron from Transformers: Generation 1. Spending the time between the movie and season three in a lava pit turned him from the Megatron-but-competent of the movie to... uh... the way we all remember him being. He blasted more of his own troops in his rages than Autobots in battle, and at one point, some other Decepticons told his right hand bot Cyclonus that if something didn't change, they were going to deal with both of them. Too bad no Decepticon civil war ever materialized.
Straxus from the comics is even worse. His Animated counterpart, however, is played for laughs on a fan-run formspring page.
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A milder Caligula appears in v2 of Open Blue, Count Marcus Veneto, who even made his horse his war advisor, in a Shout-Out to the Trope Namer. The 'milder' comes from the fact that he's trying to get his act together. It's implied that this change of heart is the result of Men In Black being sent by two allied empires to intimidate him into doing so. Suffice to say, that hasn't stopped him from requesting an Amazon Brigade for his personal guard and naming them the Killer Bunny Assassination Squad.
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The player of Hamurabi can be compared to Caligula if he starves enough of his citizens.
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The title character of King Rollo is a benign, downplayed example. He never does anything malicious — in fact, he never does anything at all besides play with his toys and move from place to place in a silly manner. The show's very young target audience doesn't need to concern itself with the effect Rollo's reign has on his kingdom, but older viewers are free to infer what they will.
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Dilbert: Dogbert, who is usually The Barnum, gets like this whenever he gains any sort of personal power, making decisions purely For the Evulz. For example, his most lasting contribution from his several turns as CEO of Dilbert's company was hiring Catbert: Evil Director of Human Resources, who was retained simply because his Faux Affably Evil attitude toward employees amused Dogbert.
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This is a concern raised about Maeve in Cold Days. If her mother Mab is killed, then Maeve will inherit the mantle of Queen of Winter. Harry begins to realize just how bad this would be when he starts learning more about Mab's job: The Winter Court's army outnumbers that of the Summer Court by a huge margin, and could probably take over all of Faerie if their Queen willed it. However, the vast majority of Winter's troops are stationed at the Outer Gates, where they are constantly holding off a siege by the Outsiders. If the Outsider army ever got in, they'd destroy reality, and Mab isn't crazy enough to sacrifice reality in favor of her own personal goals. Maeve, however, probably is.
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The Prophet's House Quintology loves this trope, featuring the deranged twenty something dictator Anora, as well as her nephew/husband Anaias (who's even worse).
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In the New Jedi Order, Supreme Overlord Shimrra of the Yuuzhan Vong is loony even by the standards of his bloodthirsty subjects, prone to killing failed (or just annoying) subordinates in creative ways, laughing uproariously while overseeing executions and even declaring war on the gods themselves (when there's still a very real and present war with the New Republic going on, for context), among other strange and cruel actions. Got a head start at the age of seven, when he practiced for future Caligula-hood by murdering his own twin brother. At least some of the weirdness is the result of his being under the control of The Man Behind the Man, who is brilliant but also insane; some of it is his real personality, and some of it is the result of the two of them fighting for control as said puppetmaster's attention starts wandering late in the war. But in any case, Harrar sums it up thusly: "Shimrra hates the sound of reasoned words."
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In the first Assassins Creed, Majd Addin is the Token Evil Teammate of the Templars, since while the rest are Well Intentioned Extremists, the better world they are striving for means nothing to him, only the rush of power and the kill. Probably best described by himself when confronted about his misdeeds:
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The Law of Purple: Silver is the king of a planet called Caligula and yes, he's a very bad king.
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The Czar of Balzac from the Rocko's Modern Life episode "The Emperor's New Joe" was obsessed with making his tiny nation trendy, no matter how ridiculous this made his citizens.
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One character defeated by the villainous Queen Chrysalis in the My Little Pony: FIENDship Is Magic spinoff series is named Emperor Incitatus, the ruler of Trot (Troy), and shown as self-obsessive and narcissistic as Caligula was said to be. These traits were used to assure his downfall.
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Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion heavily features Sheogorath, with it taking place in his eponymous Daedric realm. He acts as the expansion's Big Good, while still alternating randomly between being happy and violently threatening. He is also revealed to have a Literal Split Personality, with his other half being the expansion's Big Bad. As part of saving his realm, he passes the mantle of Sheogorath onto the Champion of Cyrodiil.
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King Croacus in Super Paper Mario. Justified that he was driven insane by poisoning.
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The Emperor in Soul Hunter, which is very liberally based on the end of the Shang Dynasty, listed in the Real Life section below.
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Discworld throws a few examples at us:
There was King Gurnt the Stupid of Lancre, whose attempt at training an aerial attack force of armored ravens never got off the ground.
Duke Felmet, also of Lancre, might have been stable before he gained the throne through regicide, but afterwards he would regularly try to remove the blood from his hands via sandpaper or cheese grater and be surprised that this only generated more.
His wife is even worse, being nothing more than a card carrying Social Darwinist sociopath.
Ankh-Morpork has had its share of unbalanced rulers as well, like King Ludwig the Tree, who once issued a royal proclamation on the need to develop a new type of frog and thought up the city motto "Quanti Canicula Ille In Fenestra" (which is pseudo-Latin for "How much is that doggy in the window?"), and King Lorenzo the Kind, who was "very fond of children". King Lorenzo was the last straw; after his execution, Ankh-Morpork became a republic, led by the Patrician — although actually it was more like the nobles appointed one of their number to wield power. By the time of the books, the Council chooses the Patrician and includes nobles and Guild leaders. Safe to say there is no electing in the modern sense going on. Some of the Patricians weren't much better:
Homicidal Lord Winder turned Ankh-Morpork into a police state out of paranoia.
The aptly named Psychoneurotic (sometimes merely Mad) Lord Snapcase — who, in a Shout-Out to Caligula, made his horse a councilor. (Although it apparently wasn't a bad one compared to the others: a vase, a heap of sand, and three people who had been beheaded.)
The Agatean Emperor in Interesting Times, who is liable to order people tortured to death or rewarded based upon the slightest whim (since no one ever dared to tell him that this is wrong).
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In Remnants Tamara's baby. It was damaged by whatever they were exposed to on the journey over, and grew up quickly into a monster, who led humans and then some of the aliens.
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Kuzco from The Emperor's New Groove is one example where The Caligula in question is the Main Character, although he's spoiled, feckless and self-absorbed rather than outright insane. He gets better. The film implies that his being in the trope at the start of the movie was due to Yzma's influence when he was growing up. Yzma plays the trope straight. After throwing him off the throne, she became all the things of a stereotypical Caligula, especially outright madness — like decorating the entire palace in hot pink and electric purple!
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Minecraft: Story Mode: Aiden wants to be this in Episode 5, by hurling spawn eggs everywhere and ordering people around. Jesse puts a rather prompt end to this charade.~
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General Sharpclaw in Star Fox Adventures.
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Cross Vickie Guerrero and you can kiss both your dignity and your balls goodbye. —>Excuse me!!!
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The events of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie would never have happened if Neptune hadn't been such a terrible king whose incompetence and tyranny Plankton could exploit. Even when Bikini Bottom has become Planktopolis, the guy's only concern is finding a way to cover his bald spot.
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King Brian the Wild, in a section of Monty Python and the Holy Grail which was cut from the final script — but incorporated into the computer game.
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General Mikiel of both the 1989 and 2014 Strider, the leader of the still-Communist Kazakh Federation, though only a Puppet King to his lord, Grandmaster Meio. In the classic game he's such an oppressive and corrupt dictator that his reckless government has not only left the country in economic ruin, but pushed the populace to rise against him in the form of a ressistance army that plunged Eurasia into civil war. In fact, all this mismanagement is what made the Striders give Hiryu the mission to eliminate Grandmaster Meio in the first place.
In the 2014 retelling he's even worse: now he's constantly speaking over the city's speakers to remind citizens of the punishment for crimes such as rebelling against Meio, fiddling with technology, breaking curfew, even disembarking slowly from the subway. Most notably, he spent a huge sum of money and resources in building a giant Cool Tank that's Awesome, but Impractical, since no one except himself can actually drive it. And why he build it? Because he wanted one for his collection of weaponry.
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In Clive Barker's Jericho (by Clive Barker), the hedonistic Governor Cassus Vicus was banished to the very edges of the Roman Empire by Caligula himself.
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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: During Dr. Robotnik's frequent (frequent like once-an-episode) conquests and efforts to expand the outskirts of his one-man (and multi-robotic) nation to include just a small nearby community, the first thing that he usually does as the self-appointed ruler of his new slaves is to order them to build a giant statue of him if this any indication about his priorities. His mission in the world is to give people more... of him.
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Most of the gods portrayed in the series Everworld fit this description perfectly. Almost every god that the main characters encounter, regardless of what mythology they originate from, has an utterly apathetic regard for life in general (being gods and all) and shows a certain degree of sadism, though some of them (especially Neptune) are simply bat-shit insane.
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In Skyrim, it's shown that Pelagius' mind is the vacation spot of Sheogorath. When the player stumbles upon it, Sheogorath (strongly implied to be the player character from Oblivion actually tasks you with curing Pelagius' madness by strengthening his self-confidence, ridding his night terrors, and conquering his fear of his mother.
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Don Lopez de Meruel, the Dictator of Santa Barbara in Odtaa. He's overthrown by a rebellion shortly after he proclaims himself God and announces that henceforth no other religion shall be permitted in Santa Barbara.
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 Literature: Odtaa
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Queen Himiko from the Dawn arc of Phoenix, who then dooms her kingdom by exiling her Brother when he finally tells her enough is enough.
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 Manga: Phoenix
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Count Waltz from Forte of Eternal Sonata is a power-hungry maniac who kills his own citizens by having them drink mineral power to gain magic powers and turn them into soldiers. His ambition is to conquer neighboring country Baroque and eventually gain limitless power.
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King Jeffrey in Dragomirs Diary is a moody, capricious, fickle ruler who constantly changes the laws in his castle to suit his bizarre whims. Jeffrey is enough of a jerk that the only visible path into his castle, a bridge called the Neck, has been rigged with a horrifying buzzsaw trap that will cut up anybody he deems dangerous - but because the Neck is constantly clogged with guts, it tends to go off whether Jeffrey wants it to or not. Yet he won't have it removed...
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 Literature: Dragomirs Diary
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Exalted: Anyone who gets a Terrestrial or Celestial Exaltation will behave this way due to the death-curse from the creator-gods they murdered, but the Solar Exalted take the proverbial cake.
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The Maestro Delphine of Last Exile.
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King Harkinian in some of the Zelda CDI YouTube Poops, arguably to the point of rivaling canon characters like Zant and Majora in terms of sheer insanity. This is a man who:
Went on a drunken roadtrip in his new Toyota Hybrid and trashing said car not 24 hours after getting it.
Got high off of Reese's Pieces.
Tried to pay an expensive telephone bill by selling Link on eBay.
Shares an incestuous relationship with his daughter Zelda.
Makes traitors engage in various, degrading acts in order to receive a pardon, only to laugh at them at the end.
Freaked out at the possibility of getting killed while aiding Duke Onkled, sending Link to do the job instead.
Shot Link in the gut when asked if he (Link) could play his (King) Nintendo Wii.
Responded to one of Link's practical jokes using bazookas (that shot out hamburgers), missiles and a Kill Sat.
Lost his shit when Gwonam said there was no dinner left, killing and maiming anyone within a 500 yard radius.
Went travelling the world in order to convince people to eat his feces.
When he couldn't go to Gamelon 'for the hell of it', spent the rest of the day saying 'Mah boi' over and over again.
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The Valerian sovereign in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-. According to a letter of distress, he starts indiscriminately murdering people and having their corpses dumped in the Sinners' Valley in his "fits of insanity." Then, after he believes that everyone else in Valeria is dead, he jumps in himself and commits suicide in front of Yuui. The Valerian people chalk his insanity up to the curse of the twins.
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 Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- (Manga)
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The Nostalgia Critic during Kickassia. Once he takes over and gets ahold of power, he uses it solely to entertain himself and threaten the lives of others if they do anything to endanger his hold on it.
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In Dragon Age: Origins:
It's mentioned that the Grey Wardens were originally exiled from Ferelden after a failed coup lead by Warden-Commander Sophia Dryden against King Arland, when the other nobles begged her to depose him for being completely out of his mind. Avernus mentions having attended a feast where Arland nonchalantly presented the Teyrn of Highever's head on a platter, as a warning to the other rebellious nobles.
During the Arl of Redcliffe questline, Connor Guerrin has shades of this, due to being under the influence of a Desire Demon.
Vaughn Kendalls from the City Elf origin. A brutish, unrepentant rapist and murder, who's allowed to get away with terrorising the Elves in Denerim due to being the son of the local Arl. That is, until the City Elf finally has enough.
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Christian Weston Chandler plays this trope to the hilt as the Mayor of CWCville in Sonichu. He enacts all sorts of bizarre laws that treat smoking as being as heinous as rape and murder, he brutally slaughters anyone who tries to stop him from doing whatever he wants, and his will is enforced by what is essentially a multicolored hedgehog Gestapo who according to Word of God enjoy full immunity from the law. His civic policy decisions are equally as insane-in Sonichu: The Animated Series, he ordered that the CWCville waterworks circulate orange soda pop instead of water, which leads to fires continually breaking out all over the city.
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The King of The King and the Clown is based on the Korean ruler Yeonsangun of Joseon. In the film he is ruthless and erratic in his behavior, but also very cultured and rather sympathetic at times, with loads of Freudian Excuse.
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Meet High Lord Kalarus from Codex Alera: exploited his people for every speck of wealth, perfected discipline collars, tried to overthrow the First Lord by allying with Alera's oldest enemies, and when that failed, tried to take the entire country with him. Not a nice guy, and a few legionnaires short of a cohort.
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2000 AD:
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The "Gentleman With the Thistle-down Hair" from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell both in his dealings with humans and management of his kingdom in Faerie. Which is, admittedly, pretty common among faeries.
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King Candy from Wreck-It Ralph, who rules the world of Sugar Rush. He can be seen as somewhat kooky, but a respected authority figure, as he actually participates in (and always wins) the daily races. After an initial burst of temper, he reasons with Ralph and explains his point of view in a way that makes sense. But his hideously single-minded campaign of vengeance against one homeless little kid signifies deeper issues. In reality King Candy is actually Turbo, an arrogant racer from the 80's arcade game Turbo Time. As Turbo, he went into the game's mainframe, removed Vanellope's data and everyone's memories of her, and adopted the persona King Candy.
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King Zephiel in The Binding Blade is pretty far off the handle. After all, the most seriously disturbing facial expression in Blazing Sword is Zephiel's mad gaze at the end of the epilogue...and this is a game whose Big Bad has a Mad Eye with a nasty scar over it. Yeah, he's seriously wacked... and the saddest thing is that he wasn't always like that.
Unlike many Caligulas, however, Zephiel is ruthlessly competent. It's just a shame that his goal is the subjugation of humanity by dragons.
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Garon of Fire Emblem Fates wasn't always like this, but is said to have Stopped Caring after he saw his numerous wives squabble over the succession to the throne and murder each other and his children. After that he began executing people on the spot for no apparent reason (even in front of his youngest daughter) kidnapped The Avatar, Kamui/Corrin, as a baby and raised him or her in near isolation, then when they grew up sent them on multiple suicide missions and tried to get one of his sons (and the Avatar's adopted sibling) to kill them. The plot of the game is based around his desire to invade the peaceful kingdom of Hoshido and kill their queen due to the troubles in his own country. It's eventually revealed that the Garon seen during the game is actually his reanimated corpse being controlled by Anankos, and the real guy was nothing like this.
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Anybody who has ever played Suikoden II for more than five minutes knows that Prince Luca Blight may even dwarf Caligula himself in the Ax-Crazy psycho department. This is a man who had his country's equivalent of the Boy Scouts murdered to restart a pointless war, and when burning entire towns to the ground for the hell of it, would round up, torture, and slaughter every single villager one by one personally while laughing merrily with a sadistic smile on his face. Deconstructed when shortly after he becomes the king, his own subordinates help the heroes ambush him as they know that he is too insane to be trusted with so much power.
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Thor: Ragnarok has two separate examples (ironically, not including former candidate Loki, who turns out to be a peaceful, Renaissance sort of ruler while posing as Odin, albeit neglectful of maintaining Asgard's police presence in other realms):
The Grandmaster is a Laughably Evil example, as he is presented as an hilarious Cloud Cuckoolander that rules over an planet with iron fist, forcing people to fight in the arena and executing those who displease him with a melting ray. Needless to say, Loki considers him a "lunatic" though to be fair, the Grandmaster has been ruling Sakaar for ages which implies that he is at least competent enough to stay in power. The post-credit scene shows he was deposed by revolutionaries.
Hela, on the other hand, plays this trope completely serious. As soon as she takes control of Asgard (by slaughtering their entire army by herself no less), she begins a reign of terror upon her kingdom to recover the Bifrost sword so she can re-start her campaign of conquest of all realms in existence. She is so bad that nobody really likes her, outside of her undead minions (who are beholden to her will), the only one who willingly follows her is Skurge, who is scared witless of her.
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Scar in The Lion King Adventures, just as in the film. He even becomes so power-crazed that Hago kills him.
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Wiseguy's Mel Profitt is a billionaire Arms Dealer and drug smuggler who suffers from bipolar disorder and severe paranoia. He's given to sudden manias (in one episode, he forces the protagonist to join him for batting practice at 3 o'clock in the morning so he can rant about his plans to buy an MLB franchise) and weird obsessions (he believes that everyone from Virginia is either a CIA or FBI agent, and has had people killed on that basis in the past). In the end, he completely self-destructs when he convinces himself that a Caribbean strongman he's in business with has put a voodoo hex on him.
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Mortal Kombat's Shao Kahn. He cares about nothing but holding absolute power, driven by an ambition based solely on ego and a lust for conquest and power. He even promoted infighting and competition amongst his minions in a "divide and rule" policy to the point where the Centaur and Shokan races went to war with one another to curry his favor (and thus gain more power), and as long as he holds absolute power he doesn't really care about laws beyond "what Shao Kahn feels like" and how his people live their day to day lives, though it tends to be pretty miserable, desperate and violent thanks to how sadistic and brutish he is.
Come Mortal Kombat X he is replaced by Mileena Khanum, who claims she's Shao Kahn's heir after his death. This is dubious as she's a clone of his adopted daughter, and it gets worse from there. She continues Shao Kahn's militarization, came this close to having half the Outworld characters executed, and refused to ally with Earthrealm when Netherrealm (which is literally Hell) started making moves against both. She was eventually deposed by Kotal Kahn, and while Kotal has problems his main focus is rebuilding Outworld after years of Shao and Mileena's neglect.
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Sin City's Roark Junior, a.k.a. That Yellow Bastard, would have been this if he was able to inherit his family's political power. He was an insane and violent sexual deviant who preyed on kids... and was being groomed as a future US president before he met his end.
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Dwarf Fortress: dwarf nobles have a tendency to sentence dwarves to "hammerings" (usually fatal, but not always) when their mandates are not met.
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Come Mortal Kombat X he is replaced by Mileena Khanum, who claims she's Shao Kahn's heir after his death. This is dubious as she's a clone of his adopted daughter, and it gets worse from there. She continues Shao Kahn's militarization, came this close to having half the Outworld characters executed, and refused to ally with Earthrealm when Netherrealm (which is literally Hell) started making moves against both. She was eventually deposed by Kotal Kahn, and while Kotal has problems his main focus is rebuilding Outworld after years of Shao and Mileena's neglect.
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Emperor Ganishka in Berserk, who is literally a demon and has an ego so big that he attempts to defy God. He has a nasty temper, and is Ax-Crazy enough that his subordinates fear his wrath. This gets taken Up to Eleven when he reincarnates himself as an unholy monstrosity that makes the most horrifying Apostles look cute and towers over the city of Windham, becoming so drunk on power that he tramples his own soldiers like ants.
The King of Midland, after making a Face–Heel Turn and losing his sanity. He diverts the entire resources of his country towards destroying Griffith and the Band of the Hawk, even when the country begins to suffer from plague and famine, so that the country falls to the Kushan invasion afterwards.
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Stargate SG-1: "Lifeboat" has Daniel accidentally end up sharing his body with multiple consciousnesses from a crashed ship. One of them is their ruling Sovereign, who definitely comes across as one of these.
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In the prequels, Vladimir Harkonnen's brother (Rabban and Feyd's father) is weird because he isn't like that.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Already unstable following the Heel Face Turns of Mai and Ty Lee at the Boiling Rock, Princess Azula falls quickly into paranoia and fits of rage after Ozai promotes her to Fire Lord, banishing servants and guardsmen from the country in droves and hallucinating about her Missing Mom, Princess Ursa.
It doesn't help that Ozai made himself the Phoenix King when he crowned Azula, effectively making her position as Fire Lord meaningless. So while she would rule the Fire Nation, Ozai would rule the world.
The Earth Queen from The Legend of Korra undoes all the good things her father from the previous series has done for Ba Sing Se. Stuff she does include overtaking her people so that they lived in squalor while she lives in luxury and raising an airbending army by imprisoning them. When she becomes one of the only people in either series to explicitly be murdered, nobody, in-universe or out, mourned her.
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The Baron in Spiky-Haired Dragon, Worthless Knight is as much of a Caligula as he can be without pissing off higher-level nobles and fellow barons, which is still a lot, especially to the title character (the knight, not the dragon).
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Eric Bischoff was WCW's Caligula, was WWE's Caligula when McMahon chose to step out of the spotlight, and then TNA's Caligula during the Immortal angle.
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice: The Big Bad is one, as Queen Ga'ran turned the Kingdom of Khura'in into what in essence is a Police State, where Kangaroo Courts are used to imprison and execute defendants and their attorneys, thanks to the Defense Culpability Act. Even Phoenix and Apollo are appalled at the kingdom's downright corrupt and toxic legal system, as there were countless false convictions in Khura'in due to the genocide of defense attorneys. In short, many of the attorneys who previously practiced in Khura'in were arrested and executed for aiding their clients, with those still remaining forming an organized rebellion against the Big Bad. Ga'ran even rewrites Khura'inese law a few times at her whim during the final trial to put the defense at a disadvantage, all so that they'll be executed on the spot for defying her authority. Of course, the Defense Culpability Act is what's keeping Ga'ran in power, and she's the reason why lawyers are seen as trash in that country; the law basically gave her a blank check to pervert the legal system at her whims, including but not limited to silencing any potential dissenters or political enemies. All because she staged an assassination attempt on the previous queen to frame a renowned lawyer and elevate herself as the new queen after illegally overthrowing her sister. Because she was the de facto queen of Khura'in, she was also the de facto head of the religion of Khura'inism and perverted it into a Corrupt Church. She actually isn't fit to rule the kingdom, as she can't channel spirits unlike her sister. Even her Praetorian Guard turns on her once she's revealed to be a Phony Psychic. In a nutshell, Ga'ran is nothing but a completely insane and paranoid loon who slowly deluded herself that she was the Holy Mother whom she tried to channel.
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Rocket Age has Grand Admiral of Jupiter Sebastian Alexander Leopold von Hapsburg I, the mouthpiece of the Europans. The Grand Admiral keeps a harem of kidnapped woman of all races and species, indulges his every whim and constantly threatens Earth from Demarcation Point 1.
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Halo's Covenant Prophets tend to fall in this category, especially the main trio in the original trilogy. The Hierarchs in particular know the whole Covenant thing is a load of crap. They just want to genocide humans because the humans are inheritors of the Forerunners, and proof that the Forerunners were physical beings and thus proof that their religion is all lies. Truth really stands out, as by the end he's clearly a complete psychopath. The canon scientific name for the Prophet species is Latin for "Worms of Treachery." Also, what the main three Prophets are Prophets ''of'':
The Prophet of Truth is a blackmailer. He blackmailed the other two into take power alongside him, and blackmailed his way into power in the first place. He's also a Consummate Liar and a total psychopath. He's more than competent at politics, as he makes a few pretty bad calls military wise which, as Rtas' Vadum points out; completely screws over the fleet's opportunity to thwart the Chief's assassination of Regret because he always disliked Regret and uses the assassination to gain more power.
The Prophet of Regret is hot-headed, stubborn, and impetuous; the only thing he ever regrets is being blackmailed by the Prophet of Truth.
The Prophet of Mercy is a merciless fanatic who himself ends up being shown no mercy by Truth.
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Yggdrasil in Tales of Symphonia: Because his sister was killed, he's striving for an age of lifeless beings, thus misinterpreting his sister's wish of a world freed of discrimination and tyrannizing the world. Even when his own sister - temporarily resurrected - tells him how wrong his plans are, he refuses to listen, thinking she's rejecting him, and simply goes crazy.
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Aquila: Emperor Nero (who is incidentally the Trope Namer's nephew) is a total lunatic who spends most of his time having people tortured and crucified by the thousands to end his boredom.
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The Scarlet Empress: Tsar Peter III is given to playing with toy soldiers, and marching his Prussian guards around indoors when it rains. His brief time as tsar seems to be a carnival of misrule, with endless proclamations, and Cossack stormtroopers going around raping and stealing. Peter is also shown taking a potshot out of his window with a rifle and killing a guard, For the Evulz.
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Bendy and the Ink Machine: Joey Drew's insistence on using the Ink Machine does nothing but cause trouble for his employees, and they only stay with them because he writes their checks. It's also hinted that he isn't really using the Ink Machine for animation, but for some kind of rituals and human experimentation.
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Traveller: Emperor Cleon III, the last known descendant of the Third Imperium's founder, was known for resolving disagreements within his cabinet by shooting the most vocal ones. Within a year he was assassinated by the Imperial Moot, who then codified the "Right of Assassination" in law.
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King Bohan in Heavenly Sword is a particularly Hammy example.
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Pagan Min of Far Cry 4 is a former Triad drug lord who took over the kingdom of Kyrat and declared himself ruler of it, and it rapidly becomes clear that he is not a good ruler. Among his many atrocities and war crimes he arbitrarily declared candles illegal and their use punishable by death, kidnapped a celebrity chef and then executed the poor guy after Ajay bails on their dinner at the beginning of the game (apparently thinking the Crab Rangoons not being up to par was the reason he ran off, rather than, you know, Pagan kidnapping him as soon as he entered the country and shooting up his bus) and even once you learn that he got far worse after the murder of his daughter, Lakshmana he himself admits that was just an excuse to keep doing what he wanted.
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The Red King, main villain of the Planet Hulk storyline, fits this trope to a T.
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Final Fantasy VI: Kefka! He was already stark raving nuts when he was serving as the Emperor's Dragon. But when he got hold of the power of the gods and bumped off the Emperor, he got even worse.
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Apparently, the Heterodyne family of Girl Genius tends this way, judging by the utter relief expressed by citizens of Mechanicsburg when Agatha shows concern for their safety.
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There is a new Caligula in town; his name is John Laurinaitis.note Executive Vice President of Talent and Permanent General Manager of Raw and Smackdown.
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Werewolf: The Apocalypse has the Silver Fangs, the "ruling tribe" of werewolves. Their tribal weakness is a tendency towards mental illness, a trait that has been ascribed to everything from a punishment laid down by Luna to inbreeding with the royal houses of Europe.
Black Tooth, a Simba (werelion) king among the Bastet, was a brutal ruler who waged a genocidal campaign against the Ajaba (werehyenas).
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Wonder Woman: Marion Mariposa from “Screaming Javelins” is wildly irrational, violently moody, very intolerant of being told anything he doesn't want to hear, and in control of a micronation, submarines and his mercenaries. He infiltrates the US by sky diving, kidnaps Olympic athletes in an attempt to gain popularity for his own micronation, Mariposalia, and his Arch-Enemy is not Wonder Woman, but IADC agent Diana Prince
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In the "Story of Evil" by mothy, Rilianne is initially depicted as this: she revels in luxury while her subjects are starving, and when the man she loves falls for a green-haired girl, she orders the death of all girls with green hair. Later songs and the novel make her a bit more morally nuanced: her selfish behaviour is largely caused by her acceding to the throne as an immature teenager, her murder of the green-haired women was because she was insane with jealousy, and she sincerely loves her twin brother who lets himself be executed in her place when she is deposed.
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Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Star’s alleged great-times-ten grandmother Queen Solaria is recorded in history as being a wonderful All-Loving Hero. In reality, she was a total lunatic whose hatred of monsters reached psychotic levels. She created an army of horrific mutants to aid in her crusades and tried to create a spell called “Annihilation”, which would’ve killed every single monster in existence . Fortunately, she died before she could complete it, and her daughter Eclipsa was sane enough to make sure it stayed incomplete.
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Komodo in Warriors of Virtue certainly qualifies.
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That episode of I Am Weasel where he and Cloud Cuckoolander I.R. Baboon switched brains. The now deranged Weasel uses his influence to mess up the world (though he thinks he's making it better). Baboon convinced him however to go on forced retirement before he could do more damage.
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Visser Three from Animorphs fits this trope like a glove. In the main series he's an Ax-Crazy Evil Overlord who executes subordinates at the drop of a hat, meets every threat that comes his way with overwhelming force, and due to being the only Andalite-Controller and having a bastion of Eldritch Abomination morphs is a Physical God by the definitions of this series. The prequel Chronicles books show his backstory as a quite sane and capable Manipulative Bastard who climbed from obscurity by studying the Andalites when no one else would. This study led to his obsession with becoming the first Yeerk to infest an Andalite, a goal he eventually reaches. Once he hits that high mark, there's nowhere else to go but down. The Animorphs often conspire to keep him in charge of the invasion, as his leadership makes the Yeerks less effective.
Crayak, before he became something that could not be properly described in English, just wanted to destroy all other life he came across, just for fun. Now…
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BattleTech: At least one member of each of the Great Houses has played this role.
The most infamous of them all is Stefan Amaris of House Amaris, who instigated the Amaris Coup and brought an end to the Star League. Most members of the Houses are known for being paranoid, sadistic and power hungry, and Stefan is the universe's equivalent of Hitler. His entire House was executed for his treason.
Romano Liao was known for her bloody purges and assassinations out of spite. Which caused much resentment and plots to kill her from within the House, even her son Sun-Tzu had a plan in progress when she was killed by her sister Candace Allard-Liao in reprisal for the assassination of her husband.
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Radiant Historia's King Victor was by all accounts pretty bad, to the point that his son and his brother actively rebelled against him, but he has nothing on the stuff his second wife pulled once she gained the throne. Queen Protea managed in only a few years to turn the country into a police state where dead bodies littering the alleys are a common sight and half the population is starving to death, while she spends her time lounging around the palace and ogling choir boys. Then, when La Résistance gets uppity, she has the entire city lit on fire.
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Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: While she was never officially declared the queen of the chronofly kingdom, Falla Cii fits the bill in several ways. She's an absolute sociopath who only cares about herself and her own power, and sought to become queen so she could go on to become a warmonger and take over the entire world. In fact, her parents passed her over as queen in favor of Luna for this very reason: because she was too focused on the power to actually use it properly. Luna even tells her as such point-blank in Act IV, remarking that if Falla had become queen, her rule would have run their kingdom into the ground and wiped out their race. Ironically, Falla did exactly that when she found out that she was being passed over; she was so outraged at being passed over that she destroyed the entire kingdom and their entire species, declaring that if she can't be queen, then no one will be.
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Like Conan, Red Sonja has come up against her fair share of mad kings. Unlike Conan, most of them attempted to imprison her in their harems. Bad move.
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The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, arguably. Adaptations have played it up even more.
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Clair Leonelli of Heat Guy J. This (more than the fact that he's only 19 years old) is the reason the other Mafia higher-ups are reluctant to let him assume the role of Vampire.
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Swan, the villainous record producer of Phantom of the Paradise. Though he styles himself as an Affably Evil manipulator, almost every single decision he makes in the film is made on a whim: his employees are hired, fired or reassigned on the flimsiest of reasons, he imprisons his stars in torturously ironclad contracts, rewrites the Phantom's music to cater to his own eccentric tastes, and orders his fiancée assassinated at his wedding for the sake of publicity. Worse still, not only is he in complete control of the music industry, he's also immortal.
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The Roman Emperor Commodus as depicted in Gladiator and The Fall of the Roman Empire. Commodus wasn't as bad in real life as he was in either film, but he still wasn't the sort of monarch you'd take home to mother — he was know to believe that he was reincarnation of Hercules, and as a result he cared very little for his administrative duties. He once walked into the Senate with a severed ostrich head, fought as a gladiator in the arena, and is best-known for ending the "Five Good Emperors". Dissatisfied members of the Senate had him eventually assassinated by paying his wrestling buddy to strangle him in the bath.
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The Elder Scrolls
An example from the series' backstory is Reman Cyrodiil, founder of the Second Tamriellic Empire. Coronated as a child, history records Reman as a scary, at times psychotic, and violently decadent ruler. How decadent? He made Sanguine, Daedric Prince of Debauchery and Hedonism, so uncomfortable that he left Reman. However, unlike many examples of the trope, Reman was also an incredibly skilled and successful leader. Starting as something of a Child Prodigy, Reman first reunited the two halves of Cyrodiil (Colovia and Nibenay), and then the other kingdoms of Men (High Rock and Skyrim). Later, he successfully defeated the Akaviri invaders and absorbed the survivors into his fledgling proto-empire, where they would serve him as a foreign Praetorian Guard. Though Imperial dogma typically leaves out or whitewashes his negative traits, he is (justifiably) remembered as one of the greatest rulers in Cyrodiilic history.
Another backstory example is Emperor Pelagius the Mad. Born Thoriz Pelagius Septim, he briefly ruled the Third Tamriellic Empire from 3E 145 to 3E 153. Infamous for his eccentricities, he certainly lived up to his nickname. He suffered from extreme weight and mood fluctuations, and tried to hang himself at the end of a royal ball. He insisted on his palace always being kept clean and (perhaps apocryphally) was said to defecate on the floors to keep his servants busy. He would only communicate with the Argonian ambassador in grunts and squeaks, believing it to be the Argonian language. He'd frequently strip naked in public and, toward the end of his life, would attack and bite visitors. After his madness became too publicly apparent, he was declared unfit to rule and his wife by arranged marriage, the Dunmeri former Duchess of Vvardenfell, Katariah, took over as Empress Regent. (The only non-human to rule the Third Empire.) Pelagius was institutionalized and died only a few years later, but his legacy as the Mad Emperor lives on.
This also applies to Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Though not nearly as dangerous or unpredictable as other Caligulas, Sheogorath does have his eccentricities, and being a god, his rare bouts of violence are all the more dangerous. As a sampling of his actions throughout the series, he has thrown a rogue moon at a city, caused burning dogs fall from the sky, gone on a rant about cheese while briefing his champion on a mission, has had people killed for growing facial hair, and has had mortals killed/maimed/psychologically tortured to win bets against the other Daedric Princes.
Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion heavily features Sheogorath, with it taking place in his eponymous Daedric realm. He acts as the expansion's Big Good, while still alternating randomly between being happy and violently threatening. He is also revealed to have a Literal Split Personality, with his other half being the expansion's Big Bad. As part of saving his realm, he passes the mantle of Sheogorath onto the Champion of Cyrodiil.
In Skyrim, it's shown that Pelagius' mind is the vacation spot of Sheogorath. When the player stumbles upon it, Sheogorath (strongly implied to be the player character from Oblivion actually tasks you with curing Pelagius' madness by strengthening his self-confidence, ridding his night terrors, and conquering his fear of his mother.
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A Song of Ice and Fire:
King Aerys II "The Mad" Targaryen was the worst king that Westeros ever had, and a powerful 300-year old dynasty was overthrown because of his insane actions. Bonus points for being killed by one of his bodyguards.
King Joffrey Baratheon's reckless, childish cruelty and love of ordering executions results in a continent-wide civil war. Ironically, if Joffrey's father actually was who he says he was, then Joffrey would be distantly related to Aerys,note via his supposed father's paternal grandmother being a Targaryen, and far more indirectly by House Baratheon being an illegitimate cadet branch of House Targaryen, going back to Aegon I's bastard brother Orys but Joffrey was actually fathered by his mother's twin brother and his grandparents were Kissing Cousins, so this streak of insanity, for once, has nothing to do with being related to the Targaryens. Thankfully, his siblings Tommen and Myrcella have shown no signs of following his path despite identical lineage.
Indeed, the whole Targaryen dynasty had this trope going on multiple times along the way, to the point that a saying went that when Targaryens were born the gods flipped a coin: half of them were good or competent rulers and the other half were Caligulas, with Aerys merely being the one who took it too far. Of Aerys' children, his son Rhaegar and daughter Daenerys are of questionable sanity, while his other son Viserys was the next Caligula-to-be. The dynastic tradition of Brother–Sister Incest might have had something to do with this, to the point that Daenerys' great-grandfather (who married a non-Targaryen) intended to end this practice and was quite displeased when his children copied his Marry for Love decision but married each other and then forced their own children, the aforementioned Aerys and Rhaella, into this themselves.
There is Cersei as Queen Regent, as well. Not quite as bad as her son when it comes to the pointlessly petty bonkers though (not like that's particularly hard). Although... she is currently being far more effective at ruling spectacularly badly, mainly thanks to being a drunk, spoiled and narcissistic adult on the throne.
He's not the king, but Robert Arryn, a six-year-old who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "bad men fly" (people he doesn't like being thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got Littlefinger as his chief counselor...although it seems that Littlefinger has made him less of a brat, teaching him to respect his inferiors at least a little bit.
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The World Government of One Piece appears to fall into this, although not the Marines protecting it. The World Government itself is incredibly corrupt and brutal, being major patrons of the mostly pirate-run slave trade and using the Marines for acts of mass butchery to silence those that found out their dirty secrets or could threaten them. The "nobility" of this world is even worse, as the upper-middle class will cheerfully burn an occupied city to the ground to make things look neater for a World Noble's visit and claim it's the poor people's fault for being too stupid to be born nobles. The highest social class are so batshit insane that they wear air bubbles to prevent themselves from breathing the same air as commoners and regularly murder anyone they encounter over the very pettiest gripes.
For reference, when the Straw Hats went to rescue Hachi's mermaid friend from being sold into slavery, one of the "nobles" decided to shoot random people for no reason other than the thought occurred to him. And everyone — meaning everyone, including the people who normally wouldn't stand for such insanity — were shocked beyond words when Luffy punched the bastard in the face.
Villains who actually work for them is a case-by-case basis. For example, most of the antagonists in the Impel Down arc are just as Axe-Crazy and sadistic as any noble, with the notable exception of Magellan, the Big Bad of the arc; he was the closest anyone in the prison came to an Anti-Villain and a Reasonable Authority Figure, despite being loyal to his employers.
Spandam is certainly this to the CP9 and everyone at Enies Lobby. Despite being weaker than Coby when Luffy first met him, he somehow got to be the leader of a major Marines stronghold and treats everyone, subordinate and pirate alike, like they were gum on the bottom of his shoe in addition to reveling in his power to make the Buster Call, even after accidentally making it. What really sealed it, though, was telling everyone over the loudspeaker his plan to leave them all to be destroyed by the Buster Call while he hightailed it to a safe distance.
Were he to achieve his goal of taking over Fishman Island, Hody Jones would easily be this - his immediate plans would be to slaughter anyone on the island who wants to live in peace with humans, followed by going to a council of kings with the intended purpose of murdering them all.
Eneru/Enel from the Skypiea Arc could fit this as well. No regard for others, carelessly strikes down anyone with a dissenting opinion, an A God Am I complex, goes even more batshit insane when someone he can't instantly beat beats his ass? Yup. He's as bad as any World Noble ever was.
A childlike queen who just wants to create a nation where all races of the world can live in peace, accompanied by cheerful sentient objects. How could this go wrong? By having said queen, Charlotte Linlin AKA Big Mom, be a giant-sized sociopath who switches between a somewhat reasonable schemer, an oversized brat with the power of two armies (her pirate army and herself being a One-Man Army) and an uncontrollable berserker who murders everything that gets in her way. She has everyone who lives in her kingdom pay pieces of their SOULS (effectively reducing their lifespan) so she can put them into inanimate objects and bring them to life as her homies, threatens people by saying she'll chop off a loved one's head and send it to them in a box, holds extravagant tea parties where she plans to kill certain guests and have everybody dance on their corpses and eat cake. And to top it all off, she's one of the worst mothers in anime, frequently berating, beating and occasionally killing her 85 children. God Save Us from the Queen! indeed.
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King Steve from 8-Bit Theater is a Black Comedy Cloud Cuckoo Lander. One of the least dangerous things he has done was betting the office of King in a poker game. He lost the game to a piece of string..."whom" he then assassinated by cutting it in two with scissors when no one else was near.
Babies are what his shoes are made of. They tend to rot, however, so he has to get new ones "Fresh daily."
One if his frequent "elections" simply gave the population the choice of either King Steve as supreme ruler, or to get a sword in the head. 52% of the survey population died.
Another time, he set up a snow cone stand. This might sound mundane at first, but the Light Warriors noticed something strange about the aforementioned snow-cones, leading to this exchange:
He also thinks that he invented inventing, started a war to force pacifism on the elves, and was once told he had news and enthusiastically asked "does it involve cupcakes?" and decided he didn't care when the answer was no, thinks he designed his castle to be four hundred years old, and apparently knew what a robot version of himself was saying even after the robot exploded. If he isn't a ditz then nobody is. Did we mention that he is unable to tell the difference between his daughter and his Beleaguered Assistant Left-Hand-Man Gary? (In case you were wondering, his right-hand-man is a coffee stain called Rodney.)
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Roberto is depicted as one in Futurama: Bender's Game, having sent his entire army out to wage war on scallops, but sunk the ships wiping them out.
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Went travelling the world in order to convince people to eat his feces.
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In A Brief History of Equestria, it is shown that while most of the founders of Equestria were Flanderized in the Hearth's Warming Eve pageant, Chancellor Puddinghead, on the other hand, was toned down, elected via youth vote and managed to get killed shortly after Hearth's Warming in a stupid dare. Among many, many, other things like appointing her pet parrot to her cabinet, which it retained even after it died.
On the other hand Commander Sullamander, Hurricane's predecessor, was less the humorous type and more the savage dictator type, who in her last years formed a Cult of Personality around herself. General Wind Whistler was able to lead roughly two-thirds of the pegasus military against her when the coup came, since she was that hated.
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Mega Man Zero: The first game's Big Bad who made a recurrence in Zero 3, Copy-X, was intended to be a hero for Neo Arcadia in place of X and is esteemed as such by the humans for making Neo Arcadia a paradise, who believe that he is the original X. It's a shame that in order to do that, he decided the easiest thing to do was to genocide reploids on even the flimsiest excuses for being Mavericks in order to conserve energy and resources.
Also, in the same series, we have Dr. Weil in Zero 3 and 4, known in history for starting the Elf War, which resulted in the annihilation of a large percentage of humans and reploids and the creation of the Crapsack World the series takes place in, and he's incredibly insane. This resulted in him being sentenced to exile in the wastelands he created in an undying mechanical body. Once he succeeded the Neo Arcadia throne after sabotaging Copy X Mk. II and blaming it on Zero, he started to oppress both Reploids and humans because he believed they deserved to be punished for banishing him out into the world he created. It got so bad that in Zero 4, some human refugees (who were brave enough) fled from Neo Arcadia to get away from him, and Weil retaliated by attempting to destroy Area Zero, - the only other habitable place left on Earth - forcing all humans to live under his oppression. Even his Dragon, Craft, realized how insane he was that he fired Ragnarok on Neo Arcadia in a (failed) attempt to kill Weil.
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Randall Flagg from The Stand barely remembers most of his own life, is prone to childish fits of anger, and doesn't even seem to understand his own motivations; he just seems driven by some instinct or outside force to cause as much mayhem and destruction as he possibly can. And he may or may not be the devil.
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Aboshan, Cephalid Emperor of Magic: The Gathering's Odyssey Cycle. Ruler of the ocean; paranoid lunatic.
Lord Konda, emperor of the greatest nation of Kamigawa. In his mad desire for immortality to rule his kingdom forever, he steals That Which Was Taken, which single-handedly begins the Kami war. The flavor texts of many cards paint a vivid picture of his descent into madness.
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Wheatley from Portal 2 becomes Drunk with Power after taking over GLaDOS's body. He stuffs GLaDOS's consciousness in a potato and punches both her and Chell down an elevator shaft, into Old Aperture. When they return to the top layer of the facility, Wheatley explains that he has to perform tests, as when he does, he gets a feeling of extreme euphoria, and if he doesn't, he gets an "itch" that slowly becomes unbearable. As a result of this itch, he gains a Hair-Trigger Temper and a complete disregard for Chell's wellbeing. Combine that with his complete disregard for the nuclear core which'll melt down if it doesn't get vented properly, and he's probably the most dangerous villain of both games.
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Kruger would have become this if he actually succeeded in taking over Elysium.
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Ravenloft loves this trope. About half the domains are ruled by Caligulas (even if they're not the actual dark lord). Some examples include Othmar Bolshnik, who's on the brink of declaring himself king of a nation that withholds the title of "king" for their mythical religious ruler; Ivan Dilisnya, a paranoid opera fanatic who sends suspected enemies, actors who displease him, and anyone else he has a problem with to his Play Room; and Vlad Drakov, who seems to be the creators' attempt to put Vlad the Impaler, Ivan the Terrible, and Hitler in a blender and see what comes out.
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Implied in an Oglaf strip where two princes have been forced into arranged marriages by their father... with a pig and a withered corpse. One prince comments that there should be a rule that you should be forced to abdicate the throne when you start doing things like that.
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Barbarella: The Black Queen is confirmed to have more than a few screws loose before we even see her. When Barbarella is in the Labyrinth, Prof. Ping explains to her that the reason the Labyrinth's prisoners eat orchids for sustenance, when they are supposedly difficult to cultivate and expensive, is because the Black Queen is amused by resenting the expenses of feeding them. Go figure.
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Admiral General Aladeen from The Dictator. Among other things, the guy has his own men executed for the most trivial reasons such as his nuclear missile program head not having made the missile pointy or one of his men accidentally blocking him on a staircase (though it turns out his executioners are rebels and everyone he has ordered killed is alive and living in New York), he hosted his own "Aladeen Games" where he won every single event (one event shown being a race where he shoots the other athletes in the leg and has the finishing line carried forward to break it) and changed a large percentage of the words in the language in his country to "Aladeen"...including contradictory words like "positive/negative" and "open/closed", causing immense confusion. All Played for Laughs, naturally.
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The spinoff games, Fate/EXTRA and Fate/Grand Order feature two others from history, Nero in the former and Caligula himself in the latter. The former is obsessed with being loved by her (yes, her) subjects and while an Attention Whore and very arrogant, she apparently intended well and was very popular with the common people but not the nobles. Her uncle Caligula, on the other hand, is stated to have been driven mad by the affections of the Moon in this universe and is implied to be a Reluctant Monster who wants the Grail to cure his insanity.
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Kino's travels in Kino's Journey takes her to a country ruled by one such leader. Vistors are immediately imprisoned and enslaved, with their only chance for freedom being a life-or-death gladiatorial tournament that will also grant them the power to enact a new law if they win. When Kino does well enough in the tournament to be granted a personal audience with the king, he's revealed to be a schizophrenic lunatic.
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The Age of Fire series has SiDrakkon, a lazy and hedonistic dragon never gets off his tailvent unless it's to fight. When he eventually becomes Tyr, his refusal to actually do anything related to leadership brings the Lavadome to the brink of civil war, and the last time we see him before SiMevolant assassinates him, he's in his bath, ranting about how everything that isn't silver is corrupt and impure.
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The Alternate Universe version of Biff Tannen in Back to the Future Part II. Using the Gray's Sports Almanac he obtained from his future self, he wins an insane amount of money from gambling, which he uses to become mayor and buy off the police, turning Hill Valley into a lawless Vice City.
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Game of Thrones:
King Joffrey is an inbred sadist and an idiot who quickly shapes up into this after taking the throne and publicly murders babies and tortures/kills prostitutes and then wonders why everyone hates him in spite of being their king. The notion that people don't automatically love him is completely alien to him. He is also responsible for a civil war because he wanted to see Ned Stark's head cut off. He also looks uncannily like the Mad Emperor himself. One of his lines from the Season 3 finale is rather telling:
He's not the king, but Robin Arrynnote a renamed Robert Arryn, a twelve-year-old who still literally suckles his mother's teat and likes to watch "bad men fly" (people he doesn't like be thrown from the top of his mountain keep), is the hereditary heir to the title of Lord of the Vale and Warden of the East, essentially putting the keeping of one fourth of the kingdom in his care. And now he's got Littlefinger as his chief counselor... Though, with Littlefinger being executed at the end of Season 7, there's a chance he can get better.
A certain saying claimed that upon the birth of a Targaryen the gods flip a coin, with Aerys II and Viserysnote technically Viserys III being father-son examples of the proverbial coin landing on the side that isn't "greatness". Thankfully, Viserys' exile after his father's death limited the extent to which he could embody this trope, while Aerys II was very much this - he was known as "The Mad King" and apparently had a penchant for killing people in nasty ways.
Karl Tanner's reign at Craster's Keep involves a great deal of violence and debauchery.
At the end of season 6, Cersei Lannister burns down a significant portion of Kings Landing to wipe out all her enemies in one fell swoop before crowning herself Queen and intending to start another inbred royal line with her brother Jaime. When the new Targaryen-Stark alliance presents her with evidence of the undead army planning to invade the Seven Kingdoms, she pledges to aid their war effort but is really planning to let the continent go to hell and hope that she'll survive it.
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The Almighty Tallest of Invader Zim have tendencies as such, being perfectly happy to put their subjects under such events as Probing Day, where they make Invaders do ridiculous things to entertain them or else suffer a pummeling (pushing some buttons that lead to said Invaders getting beat up by their own technology). The entire principle of destroying a planet to build a parking garage or food court also says something about them.
They also tried to kill their best invader just for being short.note and ugly They order everyone to retreat from battle just because of their snacks being lost, and once even punished someone by shooting them out of the airlock. Security threw out the wrong person by accident. Their response? Apathy.
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In 13 Assassins, Lord Naritsugu is the Shogun's little brother, and uses his position to commit all manner of horrific atrocities, such that his house's vassals start committing seppuku in protest. The main conflict of the movie is that the Shogun wants him killed without dishonouring their house.
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Gilgamesh in Fate/stay night. So freaking bad. The prequel reveals that he's so batshit crazy irresponsible that he might as well be a Starfish Alien as far as Saber is concerned. And as in the original epic also royally pissed off his own people when he invoked Droit du Seigneur on the women of his kingdom, to the point that the Gods answered their prayers in the form of Enkidu, who beat the snot out of him before they eventually became friends. Subverted with the Caster variant in Fate/Grand Order, which is an Older and Wiser (though no less arrogant) version of him that is a very capable king to his people.
Saber's kingdom collapsed because of this popular perception of her. Saber tried to become the perfect king, ruling fairly and without hesitation while mercilessly crushing any enemy, even if it required the sacrifice of some villages. While her most trusted knights believed she was a good king, her apparent lack of emotion and compassion alienated most of her subjects and resulted in multiple civil wars.
The spinoff games, Fate/EXTRA and Fate/Grand Order feature two others from history, Nero in the former and Caligula himself in the latter. The former is obsessed with being loved by her (yes, her) subjects and while an Attention Whore and very arrogant, she apparently intended well and was very popular with the common people but not the nobles. Her uncle Caligula, on the other hand, is stated to have been driven mad by the affections of the Moon in this universe and is implied to be a Reluctant Monster who wants the Grail to cure his insanity.
Light Novel spinoff Fate/strange fake adds Richard the Lionheart to the list. Far more interested in playing the hero of a Chivalric Romance than actually being a good king, Richard wound up dragging his kingdom into expensive, bloody, and ultimately pointless wars as a misguided attempt to chase the legend of his idol, King Arthur. Richard himself seems quite aware of this, even admitting that Prince John was entirely justified in his attempted coup against him.
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Kirby of the Stars, King Dedede has a castle which has his face all over the place, the only thing he ever does is find ways to take advantage of the cappies, and orders monsters from the truly nightmarish evil corporation to make everyone miserable, or just to beat Kirby.
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The SpongeBob SquarePants special "Whatever Happened to SpongeBob?" has an amnesiac SpongeBob finding himself in a city under the tyranny of a greaser gang who outlawed bubbles just because they have the potential to cause harm. In the end they turn out to have been Properly Paranoid when the city (somehow) collapses into chaos only a few hours after SpongeBob's bubble laws were put into practice.
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Warhammer 40,000
More than a few planetary lords probably fit into this category, but special mention must be made of High Lord Goge Vandire, who in the 36th millennium managed to take control of both the Imperium's Administratum and Ecclesiarchynote by means of first installing an incompetent and weak minded Ecclesiarch and then having him executed for being incompetent and weak willed before declaring himself Ecclesiarch, beginning the Reign of Blood. Vandire was notoriously paranoid and ordered the deaths of millions and the destruction of entire worlds due to real or imagined plots against him. He eventually developed a phobia of light and took to wandering the darkened corridors of the Imperial Palace while muttering to himself, and was ultimately killed by his all-female cadre of bodyguards to end the devastating civil war. In the four thousand years since then, the Imperium has all but destroyed itself waging penitent crusades to atone.
The Daemon Prince Fulgrim went from being the most cultured Primarch to an unspeakably cruel and selfish tyrant. His excesses triggered a war with other Chaos Marines which shattered his legion into a few warbands.
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Common among the clan leaders in Drowtales, doubling as Royally Screwed Up in a lot of cases.
Kharla'ggen Vel'Vlozress is monstrously powerful and extremely insane, and has a hobby of turning living people into living dolls and altogether has the mental capacity of a young child and no real sense of morality. Despite this she does get a few Pet the Dog moments with her adopted sister, Kiel'ndia (who, despite Kharla being the one who turned her mother into a puppet, seems to get that Kharla doesn't really understand and thus doesn't blame her) and it's suggested that if left alone she wouldn't be so bad. It also says something that Kiel flat out panics when she realizes that Kharla has been introduced to sex via Khaless, meaning that dolls and toys likely won't be able to satisfy her any longer and so to quote Kiel "We're all fucked. Literally."
Among the Sharen clan, all of whom could qualify at some level, Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen develops into this over the course of the story. It's not so much that she's crazy like Kharla so much as extremely brutal, exerting what her own sisters call "maniacal" control over her family to the point that after her sister Sil'lice was exiled she executed members of her own family for sympathizing with her, and brutally executes one of her own relatives after fails her for the last time, and he knew what was going to happen. She also was part of a plot to kill her own mother, and was the one who sealed the deal by sealing her in her throne room to die, and covered it up by using a Body Double for public function and masterminds the idea of Dari'yako, a Penal Colony where commoners are sent, and her use of a slave army made of conscripted commoners that turns most of the population against her.
To quote from Zhor, Snadhya'rune is the truly rightful heir to the empire of the entire Drow race, and would be the undisputed ruler were she not completely insane. Her latest plan involves poisoning her enemies with a lethal fungal disease, and evolving the fungus so that the only ones who can survive the disease are tainted. Her ultimate goal is to TAINT EVERYONE ALIVE. And she uses speech craft and her own insanity to pose this as a good thing, right in front of her entire collection of potential allies, all while using one of her minion's Compelling Voice powers to make everyone Kneel Before Zod apparently just for the ego trip. It's also strongly implied that she's a legitimate, actual sociopath.
And becomes official in the clusterfuck that is Chapter 46: At first, she presents herself as peaceful tyrant... but then she gets one order disobeyed and gets stabbed. She proceeds to go apeshit over a flesh wound - she's a hemophobiac, fear of blood - so her first response is to scream in complete fury, racially denounce the lower class, and murder all the assassins and allies within a ten yard radius, and might well have leveled her own palace if she hadn't been stopped by Mel. Later, she declares Kalki, her firstborn daughter, to be a faulty tool and used a magic grenade in her crown to slowly rip her to shreds without batting an eye. Yikes.
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He also exhibits some of these characteristics in the 1989 movie, such as when he appears at the Gotham City 200th Anniversary Parade seated on a throne (in Real Life an actual throne, donated by the King of Sweden). He also, like Nero (see below), fancies himself a Mad Artist, although his "masterpieces" are mostly just vandalized or outright destroyed works by other artists or human victims whose faces he has perversely scarred. He even has one of his Mooks carry around a boombox playing a song whose first verse announces: "All hail the new king in town!"
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In the Dark Empire arc of the Star Wars comic lines, Palpatine became this after his first resurrection. Although he was definitely not a good person prior to his first death in Return of the Jedi, he at least was sane enough to actually succeed in his plans and manipulate factors in his favor. Afterwards, he's become just yet another insane, megalomaniacal tyrant. (His increased insanity was heavily implied to be the direct result of transferring his spirit into clones.)
It also probably didn't help that said clones were being sabotaged by one of his guards to genetically break down.
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Darksiders II has Argul the Deposed King, the previous ruler of the Realm of the Dead who was considered a beast too mad to be on the throne that his own lieutenant, the Lord of Bones, led a coup to dethrone him. Apparently, he suffered bouts of insanity about an coming darkness and that the Horsemen would come to destroy him. Despite his relative importance to the backstory, he is an minor boss that Death fights as part of an optional quest.
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Judge Dredd:
Chief Judge Cal in the story "The Day The Law Died" (collected as Judge Caligula) is, as the name suggests, closely based on the Emperor (even being drawn to resemble John Hurt in I, Claudius). Caligula (allegedly) made his horse a senator; Cal made his goldfish Deputy Chief Judge. Caligula demanded grandiose building projects; Cal expected the citizens to build a mile high wall around Mega-City One in a week. He also argued with deceased former Chief Judges, preserved his execution victims in vinegar, and sentenced the entire city to death twice. At least the mile-high wall actually helped protect the city later on.
Subverted however with the version of Judge Cal who shows up in "Helter Skelter". He's from an Alternate Universe where he actually killed Judge Dredd and has been the tyrannical ruler of Mega-City One for over 20 years, precisely because unlike his mainstream counterpart he wasn't insane (just evil), allowing him to make more rational choices. He's still indicated to be a Bad Boss though.
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Julian: Gallus was always a bit of a sociopath, but he goes downhill fast once made Caesar. Libanius comments that much of what he did copied Caligula and Nero, as if he deliberately studied Roman history to find new atrocities to commit.
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In Blackadder II, Queen Elizabeth I is an example of this trope Played for Laughs.
King George III gets the same treatment in series III.
Subverted with King Richard the IV in series I, while very crazy and very blood-thirsty, he's actually a successful and prosperous king.
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A tame example occurs in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Hearth's Warming Eve". Pinkie Pie's character in the pageant about the foundation of Equestria is Chancellor Puddinghead, leader of the earth pony tribe and clearly a few apples short of a bushel. She was apparently an elected official, but it's a bit of a mystery why anyone would vote for her; it's possible that the various hardships brought about by the extended winter drove the earth ponies to desperation, as hinted at by the quote below.
A less tame example is Discord, a former Evil Overlord who ruled Equestria a long ago in a reign of chaos and suffering. He's what happens when a crazy psycho with Reality Warper abilities and a twisted sense of humor is in charge.
In her second appearance in "Magic Duel", the Great and Powerful Trixie becomes this thanks to an Artifact of Doom, turning Ponyville into an empire without Celestia (who at the time was performing royal duties in a far-off location) there to stop her. It was also making her more insane by the moment, to the point she spent half the episode being pulled around in a chariot without wheels because she didn't trust wheels.
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Doctor Who:
"The Romans" portrays Nero in this fashion.
BOSS, the Big Bad computer pulling the strings in "The Green Death", is definitely more than a little bit loony, particularly as he counts down to launching his plan for global conquest.
The Doctor indulges in some Super Dickery by pretending to be this in "The Invasion of Time", feigning power-madness and bullying his underlings into feeding him jelly babies.
"The Parting of the Ways": The Daleks are described as having gone mad from hiding in the "dark space" for centuries, and the Dalek Emperor seems to be the maddest of them all.
The Master in Series 3, who under the alias of Harold Saxon became Prime Minister, despite still being as mad as ever, if not more so.
John Simm had actually played Caligula in a made-for-TV miniseries in 2004, with copious amounts of ham (oh yes). Later, Simm has been quoted as saying that Caligula was just a dress rehearsal for the Master, and that he partially based his performance on Caligula.
Luke Rattigan in "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky", who, in addition to being an Insufferable Genius, is quickly revealed to be The Quisling conspiring with the Sontarans to wipe out humanity, with the sole exception of himself and a few chosen intellectuals who will serve as breeding stock as they colonise the planet "Castor 36", aka "Earth.2" or "Rattigan's World". His ultimate Heel–Face Turn only comes after the Sontarans reveal that they had no intention of honouring the deal and the planet itself never existed, leading him to teleport up to the ship with a bomb simply to spite them.
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The Pharaoh comes off this way in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. His biggest moment is when he recalls "Slavemas", which is described as like Christmas, but he's the only one who gets presents, and all the presents are slaves. When Thief King Bakura tries to subvert this, the Pharaoh ends up declaring that Slavemas will now be celebrated every day.
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The Conversion Bureau: Many iterations of TCB!Princess Celestia portray her as a deranged tyrant who commits genocide against entire species.
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Vath from AdventureQuest Worlds. He enslaved the dwarves, making them work without food, water, or even weapons. He's a lousy dictator, believing that their weakness and hunger was fine with him and not even caring if they starve to death as long as they forge enough Chaos Gemeralds for him to use to hatch the Rock Roc.
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King Leoric of Khanduras from the Diablo series was once a just and noble king, but was driven mad by Diablo's attempt to take him over. When his Evil Chancellor, Archbishop Lazarus, kidnapped his youngest son Albrecht to be made a vessel for Diablo, Leoric lost it completely and fell into this trope's territory, having many people tortured and executed, up to and including his own queen, out of paranoia, an event that would come to be known in Tristram as "the Darkening." Leoric was slain by the captain of his army, Lachdanan, who could no longer bear to see his people suffer under his liege's madness. Unfortunately for Lachdanan, his knights, and Tristram, the story did not end there.
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Vince McMahon has been portrayed as the ultimate Caligula in Professional Wrestling. Like the phrase "Don't Cross The Boss". If you do, you might be forced into a handicap match with the Wrestling Monster and or Power Stable of the week, have to join Vince McMahon's 'Kiss My Ass' club or simply be told that "You're fired!!!!"
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Terror the mastiff mix from Survivor Dogs cruelly beats up the dogs in his own pack for even the slightest hint of doubt about him and the "Fear Dog". It's soon revealed that the pack will fight for Terror because they're scared of him. But once Lick kills him, a new leader rises in his place: Twitch.
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Guard Duck from Pearls Before Swine. During his brief reign as Mayor he used the city's funds to get revenge on his "enemies list", built a giant statue of himself, and saw All the President's Men as an instruction book on how to run the city.
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King Koo-Koo, the ruler of Loony Land in Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure, is a textbook example of this - even by the standards of his realm. The only thing in existence he seems to care about is his frustration at being extremely short, which he is determined to fix by granting himself endless opportunities to laugh at other people (since laughing makes him swell up to the size of a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon). To this end, he has his Dragon, the crazed knight Sir Leonard Loony, play all kinds of practical jokes on anyone who visits his court (and even keeps an entire wagon full of cream pies on hand for Pie in the Face gags), all the while making his courtiers laugh so hysterically that over time they have degenerated into zany robotic monstrosities. He ultimately crosses the Moral Event Horizon when, in his bid to become the largest being who ever lived, he has a giant squid-monster who is his friend entertain him by trying to literally tickle all the good guys to death.
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Ask King Sombra presents Sombra as this instead of his depiction in the show. He's pretty dang nuts. In fact, most of the occurrences in the blog are simply him hallucinating after his defeat at the hooves of the mane six, which reduced him to a horn (Coffee Talk is trapped with him). Except the the ghost monster. That was actually Luna. His Enemy Within, however, is pretty much how he was depicted in the show proper.
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Porky Minch from MOTHER 3. He passes himself off as a great hero, despite corrupting the once vibrant world into an industrial wasteland, and using anything and anyone he can get his hands on as his personal playthings. At the end, he reveals his plans to awaken the Dark Dragon and destroy what is left of civilization, all for a quick laugh.
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The Hunger Games has President Snow, who shares numerous historic parallels with the despised Roman emperor Nero. And also President Coin, who is so bad that Katniss chooses to assassinate her when she is supposed to kill President Snow.
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In Star Wars Paranormalities Trilogy, we are given Masochus, easily the most unhinged of the Valkoran leaders. For starters, he skinned himself down to the bone (only retaining some connective, vital and sensory organs; and he's still alive), and he's done similar things (such as for experiments) to other Valkoran soldiers just because he could. He also compulsively hates everything and everyone just to stay alive. This is deconstructed in his backstory as a former Sith Lord, as this behavior got him exiled from the Sith Empire after killing too many civilians and soldiers alike for his own amusement. In the present day of the main story, Emperor Valkor doesn't mind his insanity as long as it isn't too counterproductive to his long-term goals (and Masochus is actually one of his closest supporters), but even then, the majority of the Valkoran Empire still hates his guts.
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The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade centers around four French aristocrats who use their vast wealth and power to have sixteen young teenagers kidnapped. They lock themselves in a secluded castle with those teenagers, their own daughters, four old prostitutes, eight massively endowed men, and the four ugliest old women they can find. Over the next four months, they have the "ultimate in orgies" - they rape, torture, dismember, and murder all but a few of those guests. The film adaptation of this story, which replaces the aristocrats with Italian Fascists, is widely regarded to be one of the most sickening films ever made.
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Fruits Basket: While not actually royalty, Akito plays this role as head of the Sohma family (complete with an unhealthy dose of A God Am I). Akito gets better, unlike the standard Caligula.
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The Earth Queen from The Legend of Korra undoes all the good things her father from the previous series has done for Ba Sing Se. Stuff she does include overtaking her people so that they lived in squalor while she lives in luxury and raising an airbending army by imprisoning them. When she becomes one of the only people in either series to explicitly be murdered, nobody, in-universe or out, mourned her.
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Makihisa Tohno of Tsukihime was the head of a major business but also deeply troubled due to his demonic blood causing bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Every girl in his manor has deep psychological scars from differing forms of abuse while Shiki is the last survivor of the Nanaya clan, kidnapped and mind-wiped into being a member of the Tohno after Makihisa killed the rest of them and only spared the boy out on a whim because of amusement that he shared a name with his son.
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Monica Mancuso on Las Vegas. The Montecito's other owners have ranged from reasonable (Gavin Brunson) to friendly (Casey Manning) to aloof but thoughtful (AJ Cooper), but Mancuso gradually devolved into outright megalomania during her stay.
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Yet another AlternateHistory.com story, A More Personal Union, has the revolutionary known as Red Tiger, upon installing himself as the Emperor of China. Aside from the cannibalism he and his followers partake in, his first decree is to start purging all "enemies of the people", which he defines as nobles, bureaucrats, scholars, and people who wear shoes. It gets worse from there, with Kangaroo Courts and torture for said "criminals", starting a side war with Korea just to kill off his own allies, and intentionally infecting people with smallpox and unleashing them in areas of the country he doesn't directly control.
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Aedenoid Hynkel from The Great Dictator, a parody of Hitler who even dances with a globe of the world as he thinks of becoming 'Emperor of the World'.
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Conan the Barbarian came up against mad and corrupt kings with some regularity, but the most notable of these was King Numedides, who Conan overthrew to become king of Aquilonia. Numedides regularly had men and women flayed alive for minor transgressions; indeed, when Conan was imprisoned in his tower, Numedides executed a dancer who Conan liked and ordered a scrap of her flesh tossed in Conan's cell. Conan immediately recognized whom it belonged to because of the dancer's many tattoos. As well, in order to become immortal, Numedides enlisted the services of the Evil Sorcerer Thulandra Thuu; together, they sacrificed young women in order for Numedides to bathe in their blood.
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Ruber from Quest for Camelot is just a rogue knight, but he aims to become this trope after reclaiming the Excalibur and overthrowing Arthur.
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Viva Caligula from the Adult Swim web site is built around being a crazy tyrant and killing everyone you meet in creatively horrible ways.
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Lord Dimwit Flathead, the most well-known (and infamous) ruler of the Great Underground Empire in the Zork series, was particularly known for his excess - a coronation ceremony that took thirteen years to organize and carry out, the 3000-gated Flood Control Dam #3 (which served absolutely no purpose whatsoever), the creation of a subterranean desert mountain in a cave below his castle, and a 98% tax rate (and on the day of his death he proposed to adopt all his subjects and cut off their allowance to raise taxes to 100%) instituted to pay for such grand civic works. His last work was to be the creation of a new continent shaped in his likeness. Fortunately for mapmakers, he died before the project could be started.
With the possible exception of Wurb, the last Flathead king, Dimwit's successors were arguably worse. They kept the 98% tax rate, but rather than spending it on massive construction projects, they spent it on extravagant parties and long vacations for the royal family.
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Richard from Looking for Group seems to be this with the town he is mayor of. However his citizens don't mind it since they are already dead.
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Gihren Zabi of Mobile Suit Gundam, is one of the rare Lawful Evil examples. A soulless Evil Prince who has no problems murdering his father to seize power, framing his sister for trying to assassinate him, using Weapons Of Mass Destruction to butcher civillian populations, or subverting the entire war effort in the name of his Social Darwinist agenda, Gihren is the de facto Big Bad of the series, and frightens even the other members of his Big, Screwed-Up Family. He's less overtly crazy than many examples, but makes up for it with his total Lack of Empathy and emotionless psychopathy.
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Deconstructed massively by Fire Emblem Awakening's King Gangrel, since his tyrannical and cruel actions (including his Sadistic Choice on Chrom, which will lead Emmeryn to go the Heroic Suicide way in front of the Ylissean and Plegian armies cause his soldiers to defect en masse, and by the time he's fought he is pretty much on his own. And later, after he's recruited through Spot-Pass, we learn what made Grangrel such an ass, as well as how deeply he regrets it.
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By the events of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, King Radovid, the ruler of Redania, one of the last surviving kings of the Northern Realms since Letho's regicides, and one of the game's main antagonists, has fallen into something of a rut. He often gibbers unintelligible nonsense about chess, war and murder to himself, and he orders the local Corrupt Church to engage in tortures, pogroms and executions of mages within his kingdom. At the start of his reign, Novigrad was a prosperous city with 200 known magic users residing inside it's walls, but this number gets reduced to only about 30 survivors who manage to hide in Triss' Underground Railroad and eventually flee on a boat to Kovir with the help of Geralt. Played With in that outside his murderous psychosis, he's quite a skilled strategist and politician, able to unite the North under him and beat the Nilfgaardian empire to a standstill and eventually win the war if he isn't assassinated - this is Truth in Television as many insane individuals have occasional periods of mental stability among outbreaks of irrationality.
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Dragon Ball Z: Freeza is a violent tyrant who readily kills his own men when he's in a foul mood, but he's otherwise coldly logical and calculating. That is, until he falls off the deep end when he is defeated by Goku. When he's rebuilt into a cyborg, he rushes to Earth with his dad to get revenge, and is killed by Future Trunks. When he's revived, instead of listening to his men who beg him to leave the Super Saiyan alone and rebuild his failing empire, he ignores them and devotes all his remaining resources to invading Earth. Although he lasts longer against Goku and Vegeta thanks to his four months of training, he's killed again in the end, and what is left of his empire also dies on Earth.
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Scar in The Lion King. He wasn't the one in line to inherit the throne but unsurped it through intrigue, his ambition, megalomania and ruthlessness. While he didn't become completely ridiculous, since he's less delusional or psychotic than many other examples, he did start acting like a overgrown, whiny child who was only concerned about everyone remembering who's in charge, instead of governing or taking any responsibility seriously.
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Two-Spear in ElfQuest. Winnowill, too.
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In Barry Hughart's The Story of the Stone, the infamous Laughing Prince committed all sorts of horrors on the peasants in his valley, some of them in pursuit of immortality, some just because he was crazy. He was named for his cheerful, laughing demeanor and charming little dance step. Li Kao diagnoses him as brain-damaged from repeated consumption of a mercury-laced "elixir of life."
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In the Merlin (1998) series, King Uther became this shortly before his death.
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At least as portrayed in the 1632 series, Charles I of England seems to qualify. The Stuart monarchs in general were firm believers in the divine right of kings; they were also generally pretty feckless as rulers. 1632 Charles has heard what will happen to him and is lashing out at his future enemies. True to form, he's messing it up (he's driven his historical best supporter into working with Cromwell, who's still alive, if on the run). Odds are the English Civil War will come early in this world. This makes him a particularly incompetent Caligula.
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The Centauri Republic's insane emperor Cartagia from Babylon 5. He even sets his planet on a path he knows will probably end with it blown into little pieces because he thinks it'll make a fitting ceremony for his ascension to godhood. In the end, soon-to-be Prime Minister Londo and his associates assassinate him. The sad irony is that Cartagia was believed to be an ineffectual puppet, whom Lord Refa hoped to use as a figurehead for his control over the Republic. At one point, Cartagia shows Londo his secret room, filled with heads of his "enemies" (mostly, those who disagreed with him or just got on his bad side, one is implied because he had coughing fits), which he lovingly maintains and talks to.
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Mogeko Castle has Moge-ko, a deranged sadistic hedonistic narcissistic cannibalistic rapist as a tyrant who rules over the fourth floor of the Mogeko Castle, who leaves the floors resident Mogeko's as broken shells simply by being on the same floor as her. Anyone, human or Mogeko, who Moge-ko gets her hands on is utterly screwed, as being killed quickly is the best fate they can receive.
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Emperor Vorios the False, AKA the Mad Emperor from WildStar. Managed to drive this universe's version of Rome into the toilet—and the Dominion was complete with unstoppable military force, wide-reaching territory, and almost infinite resources!
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Autarch Sulepis of Shadowmarch has it all - bizarre behavior, tyrannical style of rule, unhealthy fondness for recreational inflicting of pain and designs on godhood which fall spectacularly flat when the god he's trying to enslave proves less than cooperative.
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From Gravity Falls there's Quentin Trembley, the unknown 8 1/2 President of the United States. Elected by a landslide (as in the other candidates were literally buried by one), he proceeded to ban pants, declare war on pancakes, and appoint babies to the Supreme Court. He was eventually deposed, replaced by William Henry Harrison, and all evidence of his term stricken from the national record. He ended up founding Gravity Falls, being deposed again and finally encasing himself in peanut brittle, in an attempt to live forever - which, amazingly enough, worked.
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Vampire: The Requiem: in first edition, the Ventrue clan. While it's possible for other clans to go Caligula, 9 times out of 10 it's a Ventrue. This is because they not only have lordly instincts, but their clan weakness is a tendency to easily pick up Derangements if they fall down the Karma Meter. So if a Ventrue Prince has to make the hard choices, and is able to rationalize them away, the crazy's going to start to leak through sooner or later...
The Ventrue have dozens of bloodlines, all based on this concept. Just want to be a crazy? Try the Malkovians. Creepy obsessive shut-ins? Malocusians. Sadistic gluttons? Macellarius. Ventrue supremacists with overhanging racist/nativist tendencies? Deucalion. Crazed worshipers of divine architecture? The Architects of the Monolith. In fact, in a possible creation myth explained in Mythologies, Caligula was, in fact, the first Gangrel. Julius Caesar was the first Ventrue. Bullshit, yes, but a very clever Lampshade Hanging about the Julii clan.
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 Literature: The Stolen Throne / int_3bde8aa7
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 Literature: The Wolf-Sisters / int_3bde8aa7
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 Vorkosigan Saga / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 What Madness Is This / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Literature: Will of Heaven / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 A More Personal Union / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist A Songof Ice And Fire / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Ashes And Dust / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Black Sigil / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Ceville
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 Changing Planes / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Congo Wars
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 Darkness Series / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Diver Down
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 Emperor Caligula
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 Himekishi Lilia
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 Himekishi Lilia / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 John Hurt
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 Kingdom Paf / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Knights Kingdom 2 / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Lord of War / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Mario 4812 Liked Tropes 3 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist your profile
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 My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 New Jedi Order / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Not in Front of the Parrot / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Notable Swedish Monarchs
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 Nullmetal Alchemist / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Contributor's Page make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Paireon
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 Pointless Civic Project
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 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist 8-Bit Theater / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Caligula's Horse make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist
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 Sakura Tange
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 Shadowmarch / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Shaka Zulu
seeAlso
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 Star Trek: Vulcan's Heart / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Star Trek Vulcans Soul / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Sten / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Suikoden II / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Black Pearl of Pharazion / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Boleyn Inheritance / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Day of the Triffids / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Dogs of War / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Last Chancers / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Last King of Scotland
seeAlso
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 The Last King of Scotland / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist The Rift War Cycle / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Saga Of The Noble Dead / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Six Wives Of Henry VIII / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 There Will Be Blood / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Tsarist Russia
seeAlso
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 Uncle Claudius
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 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist VOCALOID / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 War Of Kings / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Warren Harding
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 Prophet's House / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Manga: Level E / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Manga: Phoenix / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Shigurui (Manga) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Manga: Shina Dark / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Manga: The Yagyu Ninja Scrolls / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Manhwa: Vagrant Soldier Ares
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 Sabaton (Music) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Esquarium (Roleplay) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Roleplay: Final Fantasy Infinity
seeAlso
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 Roleplay: House Of Cards RP / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Roleplay: Open Blue
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 Roleplay: Warrior Cats RPG
seeAlso
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 Series: Ancient Rome The Rise And Fall Of An Empire / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Californication / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Horrible Histories / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Las Vegas / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Red Dwarf / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Robin Hood / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Rome / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 The Caesars / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Wonder Woman (1975) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Xena: Warrior Princess / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Citadels (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Dark Sun (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Legend of the Five Rings (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Tabletop Game: Magi-Nation / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Mystara (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Numenera (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Old World of Darkness (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Paranoia (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Rocket Age (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 7th Sea: The East (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 The Dark Eye (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Warhammer (Tabletop Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 A Man for All Seasons (Theatre) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 King Lear (Theatre) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Macbeth (Theatre) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Richard III (Theatre) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Wicked (Theatre) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 AdventureQuest Worlds (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Video Game: Asherons Call / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Video Game: Bahamut Lagoon / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Video Game: Choice of Games / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Video Game: Clive Barker's Jericho / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Diablo (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Video Game: Diver Down
seeAlso
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 Donkey Kong 64 (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Dwarf Fortress (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Video Game: Fire Emblem Tellius / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Hamurabi (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Heroes of the Storm (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Homeworld (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Video Game: Little King's Story / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Medieval II: Total War (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Minecraft: Story Mode (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Mogeko Castle (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Video Game: Nekro
seeAlso
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 Pathologic (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Red Dead Redemption (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Rome: Total War (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Super Paper Mario (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Wing Commander: Privateer (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Videogame: AdventureQuest Worlds / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Clive Barker's Jericho (Video Game) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Visual Novel: Sekien No Inganock / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Extra Credits (Web Animation) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 X-Ray & Vav (Web Animation) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Web Video: Final Fantasy XII Abridged
seeAlso
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 Gundam Abridged (Web Video) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Kickassia (Web Video) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Web Video: My Little Pony: The Mentally Advanced Series / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 DokiDoki CheckMate (Webcomic) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 8-Bit Theater (Webcomic) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Looking for Group (Webcomic) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Webcomic: Reptilis Rex / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Webcomic: The Law of Purple / int_3bde8aa7
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 Rejected Princesses (Website) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Ten Thousand Rads (Website) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Æon Flux / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Dragons: Riders of Berk / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 George of the Jungle / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Western Animation: King Rollo
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 Western Animation: The Jungle King
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 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Western Animation: X-Men / int_3bde8aa7
type
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 Aloha (Fanfic) / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Everworld / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 The Hour of the Dragon / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 The Scarlet Pimpernel / int_52aa0c4a
type
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 Young Dracula / int_52aa0c4a
type
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