Emperor Nicholas the Puissant
First Appearance: Schizophrenia (November 28, 2003)
Full Name: Nicholas T. Wellington
Known Aliases: Emperor Nicholas the Puissant
Status: Alive, under the control of the Alien Invaders
Height: 5' 9" (175.26 cm)
Weight: 200 lb (90.72 kg)
Distinguishing Characteristics: Glasses, freckles, characteristic cowlick, goatee, scar on his right cheek
Marital Status: Unknown, assumed single
Nicholas the Puissant is the alternate universe counterpart of Nick Wellington. He is physically identical to Nick in every way, with the exception of a goatee and a scar on his right cheek. At the beginning of the events of To Thine Own Self..., Nicholas is the ruthless, totalitarian dictator who rules the Earth of the "negaverse" with an iron fist.
"Nega-Nick", as many Faulties have dubbed him, is in many ways the mirror image of our lovable software engineer: he is cold, heartless, abusive, and flippant with the lives of others. In his rise to power, he thought nothing of orchestrating the deaths of countless enemies and innocents, although there is no evidence he personally murdered anyone. Even those he may have shared an intimate relationship with, such as Duchess Ki Oshiro, were nothing more than pawns in his constant bid for more power, and every pawn was considered expendable.
Like "Posi-Nick", the Emperor possessed many technological talents. He too is gifted with the Inventor's Gene and created his own version of the MUTEX as a torture device. However, it appears that he was not as gifted as Nick is, as he was never able to reproduce the Velociraptor power source and thus could never transport organic matter between universes. It was this limitation combined with his discovery of the GPF universe and Nick's inventions that lead the Emperor to kidnap his counterpart and force him to replicate the interdimensional transport, although with little success.
For some time, the exact fate of the Emperor was unknown. While his palace crumbled around him in the midst of a brutal alien assault, he attempted to escape his universe via the MUTEX. Nick, however, removed the guidance circuit right before it was activated, causing the Emperor to dematerialize with no set destination. His whereabouts were then largely unknown; he may have materialized into some random other universe, or he may have simply dematerialized into nothingness. As far as our heroes were concerned, however, he was dead... or at least no longer a threat.
We eventually learned that he was flung into our dimension at some unknown time and location. He spent several of the years after his arrival disguised as a janitor at a small hospital, building a new life for himself. What his motivations or plans were during this time are currently unknown. However, when Nick and Trudy were brought to his hospital, his fortunes quickly changed. Seeing an opportunity for his "ticket out o' here", he hatched an ill-conceived plan to murder Nick and take his place. This plan was thwarted when he was taken over by the very alien invaders he once fought in his home dimension. Before the aliens could remove the real Nick from the hospital to dissect him, he was beamed away by an unknown force. Taking the setback in stride, the invaders put Emperor Nicholas in Nick's place, replicating his injuries and feigning amnesia so he could complete their mysterious plans. The Emperor turned alien spy now infiltrates GPF Software with unknown plans for his unsuspecting "coworkers".
Many fans took great delight in counting off how many rules on the Evil Overlord List the Emperor consistently broke. How many can you name?
- Unknown; presumably Nick's parents, sister, and uncle have alternate analogs, but no information has been presented about them
- GPF Software (alternate version): Former employee
- His own alternate universe empire (no formal title given)
- Alien Invaders (currently under their control)