The Emperor/Empress is the sovereign of the Jade Empire.
Emperors and Empresses
- Sagacious Tien - Founder and first Emperor of the Jade Empire.
- Yan Shun - Quelled a rebellion against his rule with Sagacious Tien's staff Tien's Justice.
- Yu Baosi - Used the magical stones from the Valley of the Sprightly Stones to create the Imperial Palace.
- Zhu Fu - Former student of the Black Leopard School, who moved the school to the Imperial City during his reign.
- Zian - Known as Mad Emperor Zian. He became a Red Minister.
- Fong - Emperor who died without an heir. The Jade Empire became fractured and divided, leading to years of war for the contested throne.
- Yuan XI - Emperor known for taming the southern marshlands of the Jade Empire.
- Sun Lin
- Sun Jin
- Sun Hai - the Emperor during the events of the first stage Jade Empire game.
- Sun Li The Glorious Strategist - the Emperor during final stages of the Jade Empire game.
Possible Emperors and Empresses
Who takes the throne after Sun Li's defeat depends on whether a Closed Fist path was taken and whether or not Silk Fox is alive.
- Sun Lian the Heavenly Lily (she will become Empress unless she is killed)
- The Player (if he/she romanced Silk Fox or kills her and followed the Closed Fist ending)
- Dawn Star (if the Player romanced her and followed the Closed Fist ending)
- Sky (Imperial consort, if the Player romanced him and followed the Closed Fist ending).