No one was either accusing or thinking you were a joker. Where did that come from.
I don't believe that Napoleon was afraid of Smith.
And Napoleon was neither tyrant nor renegade.
I don't see any honor at all in defending the Bourbons of Naples as they were both incompetent and degenerate.
And I would definitely not rate Smith as the best British admiral after Nelson. Collingwood was certainly a much better and reliable naval officer, as were both Cockburn and Cochrane, as well as Jervis, Pellew, and Samaurez. I suggest that you rate Smith much too highly, ignoring more capable and productive senior Royal Navy officers who were not into self-promotion as Smith was.