I am looking for a word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands. It might be an archetypal name of some sort, as well as a freshly coined word. It would be perfect to have a tinge of irony in it, although it is not necessary.

  • "Puppeteer" or "Godfather" Jan 22, 2015 at 18:25
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    Commander, Judge, Police officer, guide, captor, matchmaker... what's your context?
    – Jim
    Jan 22, 2015 at 18:43
  • -1: More context would be certainly helpful. Are you writing an essay or report? Is this just merely out of curiosity? If so, what sparked the question?
    – Jimi Oke
    Jan 22, 2015 at 22:27
  • Lord and Master? Have we made oaths of fealty? Perhaps Archon, that's an old enough term to survive some ironic abuse: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archon Jan 22, 2015 at 22:50
  • Zeus..
    – user98955
    Jan 22, 2015 at 23:59

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One possibility is master. Among the several definitions, Collins lists

a person who has complete control of a situation

This obviously has heavy historical connotations, especially in cultures that have allowed slavery.

A somewhat more archaic term is overlord

One in a position of supremacy or domination over others. American Heritage


string-puller: A person who is in control of events or other people’s actions.


maybe puppet master or svengali will work for you.


"Liege" or "liege lord", it is a term that means your feudal lord, the one to whom you have sworn fealty an to whom you owe allegiance.


Maybe "to be the one who calls the shots", even if it doesn't really mean that he specifically controls you as a person, but in a broader sense that he has the whole situation under control, that he is the one in charge


Organ grinder - and you're the monkey.


In The Wanderer, metod (sometimes spelled metud) looms ominously in this sense. Clark-Hall gives 'fate; Creator, God, Christ'.

It's probably no longer a word. Nor new coinage. But still.


Not one word, but handy idioms:

I am at your mercy. You've got me by the balls. You call the shots.


possibly Caiaphas -


in the rigged trial section of the article you find the following snippets:-

Caiaphas took on the usually incompatible roles of chief judge and prosecuting lawyer.

which suggests he has your fate in his hands.

the irony is that:-

The trial went wrong for Caiaphas. He needed to prove that Jesus had threatened to destroy the Temple, which would have been both treason and an offence against God. But the witnesses couldn't agree on what Jesus had said. So that charge failed.

but maybe you should also consider


in the section political implications

Caiaphas' legal position was to establish that Jesus was guilty not only of blasphemy but of an act of sedition and prompted Roman execution.

In the Arts section:-

To Dante he is synonymous with hypocrisy.

but there is also:-

He is portrayed pulling Pontius Pilate's strings by trying to influence him into passing the death sentence against Jeshua in The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov.

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