The Padishah Emperor was the title of the hereditary rulers of the Corrino Empire, and later the Atreides Empire, and thus the Known Universe, coming from the ancient Persian meaning "Master King". They were also known as "Emperors of the Known Universe".
The defeat of House Corrino and House Harkonnen at the hands of House Atreides and the Fremen saw Paul Atreides, as the ruler of House Atreides, become the new Emperor in 10193 AG. Theoretically, when Atreides wrested the Imperial Seat from the Corrinos, both Muad'Dib (Paul Atreides) and Leto Atreides II inherited the title of "Padishah Emperor". However, it would appear that neither of them actually used it.
Upon Alia's death and Leto's ascension, the title of Emperor took on a different meaning. Leto's formidable prescient abilities and slow transformation into a human-Sandworm hybrid saw him acquire the title God Emperor. After his death, some three and a half thousand standard years later, the title of Emperor became at most a token title, due to the political turmoil that came with the Scattering.
The title ceased to exist after the death of Leto II, when the Imperium was dissolved.
List of Known Padishah Emperors
(term of rule)
|Unknown||Shaddam Corrino I
|Rule was known primarily for the mining-out of the planet Hagal of all its jewels and minerals.|
|80||Elrood Corrino IX
??? to 10156 AG
|Penultimate Corrino Padishah. Succumbed to chaumurky.|
|81||Shaddam Corrino IV
10156 AG to 10196 AG
|Final Emperor of House Corrino and its empire. Reign was noted chiefly for the Arrakis Revolt.|
10196 AG to 10210 AG
|First Padishah Emperor of the new empire of House Atreides. Led a twelve-year jihad for most of his reign. Walked into the desert after blinded by a stone burner in the final conspiracy against him.|
|83||Leto Atreides II||Last Padishah Emperor. Crowned after the death of his aunt Regent Alia Atreides and ruled for 3,500 years as a sandworm-human hybrid, guiding humanity on the Golden Path with an iron fist.|
Behind the Scenes
Padishah is the title of Turkish rulers in Ottoman Empire. It means Master of Shah. Shah is Persian title which means King.