catiche answered: look at the man on your icon. so, it’s him :D
I will start going through your answers to this question! Because you all suggested some fabulous historical figures.
So check this guy out. Mistah Napoleon, stylish motherfucker, and one of the greatest military leaders in history and emperor of France. He wasn’t even really that short, contrary to popular belief [around 5’7” (1.7 metres) or so]. This guy knew how to wear a jacket. And look, even his tights were embroidered. That is dedication to image right there. He didn’t look too shabby either; I happen to think he had a very nice strong nose. Not to mention he has the most epic and famous horse ride of any guy ever.
So Napoleon grew up learning how to run a military and in 1796, was made commander of the French army in Italy, where he forced Austria and its allies to be friends. Then he hung out in Egypt for a while, but the British were all “little man don’t you touch our Indian trade routes” so that didn’t work out too well.
Eventually he made it back to Paris where he became emperor and did cool things like oversee the centralization of government, create the Bank of France and make a civil code that he named after himself because he is that fabulous.
Then Napoleon got pretty busy with his wars. For a few years he managed to get the kids to stop fighting while papa France ruled the continent, but then in 1803 Britain threw a fit again, gathered her buddies Russia and Austria, and attacked. Britain started beating up France on the seas, so Napoleon was all like “okay plan B” and smacked down the Austro-Russian forces instead.
So during all this he got a shit ton of territory, including annexation of Prussian lands which ostensibly gave him control of Europe. The Holy Roman Empire was dissolved, Holland and Westphalia created, and Napoleon’s relatives and loyalists became leaders in Holland, Westphalia, Italy, Naples, Spain and Sweden. Little dude had taken the world by storm.
AND THEN. The Peninsular War, 1808. Things start to go downhill for him as France starts to suck again. And later he was all “hey Russia, would you mind if I just-” and Russia was like “no, get out.” As if things couldn’t get worse, in March 1814, Paris fell and Napoleon went into exile on the island of Elba. This made him pretty sad, but at least he was still an emperor. Technically. Of Elba, that is.
In March 1815 he put his badassery to the test. He escaped Elba and freaking marched onto the French capital alone. And guess what, France took him back. So then he kicked some butts for 100 days, but unfortunately The Battle of Waterloo put an end to that second reign pretty quickly. In the end, the British finally imprisoned him on the remote Atlantic island of St Helena, where he died on May 5th, 1821.
And so ends the impressive life story of Mr. Bonaparte.