This thread collates scholarly history discussion of how the Civ VI leaders and/or civs are portrayed vis-a-vis history (with some fun historical facts thrown in), and with scholarly links, relevant YouTube links for music, etc. Hyperlinks lead to posts in this thread analyzing the historicity of those leaders, as well as related Civ VI-related controversies (in the case of Seondeok, for example). In bold are leaders I or other contributors plan to tackle in the future. Feel free to reserve a leader to discuss in a post with citations/analysis. Alexander (Aka plastic Disney's Hercules) Amanitore (She actually does appear that large in relief carvings) Barbarossa (Inaccurate plate armor, speaks majestic archaic German) Catherine de Medici (Unjustly controversial for being the Italian-born de facto ruler of France during one of its most turbulent periods, speaks French and Italian!) Chandragupta Maurya (Dislikes neighbors, considers them smelly) Cleopatra (Historically, she was fatter and less physically attractive, but no less charming, and indeed liked powerful military leaders) Curtin (John) (Vigorous public speaker who has a habit of making a stride forward, also portrayed ingame) Cyrus (the widely-loved warrior king portrayed ahistorically as a deceitful surprise attacker) Eleanor of Aquitaine (leads England and France with a courtly romance focus) Gandhi (speaks English and Hindi and looks vaguely Gollum-like) Gilgamesh ("Gilgabro") Analyzed as the representative of Sumer(ia) by Civfanatics poster Zaarin Gitarja (aka Dyah Gitarja, whose real name was much, much longer) Gorgo (Potentially visually based on a certain 300 movie portrayal) Harald Hardrada (OMG the Christian Viking who is portrayed as a pagan) Hojo Tokimune (Triforce, physical appearance based on a TV drama series portrayal) Jadwiga (The saint, and the king) Jayavarman VII (Bald or not bald? Also, he likes offering spider meat) Kristina (The controversial Swedish queen who admits in-game she never much cared for power) Kupe (the legendary moana-citing mana-focused man) Lady Six Sky (the ritualistic warrior queen) Lautaro (He's a teenager, don't lust after him too much please) Mansa Musa (History's richest man) Matthias Corvinus (city-levying Raven King based clearly on a Constantine-based bust) Montezuma I (He of the Over-Feathered Skimpy Garb) Mvemba a Nzinga (Afonso I, enthusiastic convert to Catholicism) Pachacuti (The robust earth-shaker rocks the Earth with his mountain focused food-driven empire) Pedro II (Aardman Animations-like, and oddly dislikes those who like Great People as he did historically) Pericles (Analysis of this weak-armed Solon-esque imposter will be a personal delight) Peter (Hello Captain Hook--ok, fine, he actually looks like the real Peter and has a historically fitting agenda) Philip II (The fanatical Catholic ruler, here with less solemnity and more charm) Poundmaker (Controversial for his physical appearance and for a Cree tribesman complaining he was not consulted; however, his distant family members loved making the music for him with Geoff Knorr) Qin Shi Huangdi (Ruthless in real life, he works his workers hard on Ancient Wonders in the game) Robert Bruce (Bad voice-acting for the real Braveheart) Roosevelt (Teddy) (Underwent plastic surgery to appear more like the vigorous man he was historically, only leader to have a historical portrait appear in his First Look video) Saladin (A good portrayal of a Civ leader, albeit without focusing too much on his military abilities. He did indeed wear silk robes and say many of the things he says in-game, however) Seondeok (A leader controversial for her physical appearance, and also because of her history--ironically she faced a rebellion because she was female in her time, and faced controversy from a vocal minority of Koreans because of that too) Shaka (Physical appearance based on a TV drama portrayal) Simon Bolivar (El Libertador, does he look like he matches the paintings of him?) Tamar (Dislikes foreigners, likes walls. Essentially, one of Trump's wives, if we believe they share his views) Tomyris (The Massagetae queen is somewhat ahistorically in Civ VI the queen of the "Scythians", and we know little about her, with much being drawn largely from Herodotus' one account of Cyrus' death, though her agenda, "Backstab Averse" is ahistorical in that she never had a Surprise War declared on her) Trajan (Looks like Julius Caesar from Asterix, in-game and historically loved buildings) Victoria ("We are Not Amused", but has an achievement named "We Are Amused") Wilfrid Laurier (Bilingual Canadian with good manners) Wilhelmina (The adorable Dutch queen who spoke powerfully on radio) Discussion is welcome, but please don't argue with each other over history (and if you do disagree re: the historicity of a particular aspect, please do so politely and with citations, lest the moderators lock the topic).