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25th Mar '17 8:34:33 AM erforce
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* Zig-Zag from the masterpiece ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''. And voiced by [[VincentPrice the master of such characters]]. Ironically, he is actually TheDragon and not the BigBad.

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* Zig-Zag from the masterpiece ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''. And voiced by [[VincentPrice [[Creator/VincentPrice the master of such characters]]. Ironically, he is actually TheDragon and not the BigBad.
15th Mar '17 3:50:33 PM Theriocephalus
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Sometimes it's the [[TheKingdom monarch]][=/=][[PresidentEvil Head of State]] who's the EvilOverlord. And sometimes there's this trope, where instead of the Head of State being the person who has malicious intent, it's his adviser, assistant, second-in-command, or Head of Government (that is if the Head of State and Head of Government are separate positions, such as with having both a President and a Prime Minister, respectively). Most of the time he's actively scheming to discredit or usurp the throne, and may even be an agent sent for this purpose by an outside power. In other cases, he's perfectly content to be TheManBehindTheMan and keeps the ruler around primarily as the figurehead for the ignorant masses and as the fall guy if something goes wrong. He can also tend to have more actual power and real influence than the Head of State, especially in cases where the Government is a Parliamentary system or a Constitutional Monarchy.

Sometimes called The Evil (Grand) Vizier instead, in which case he will spend a lot of time [[FingerTenting tapping his fingertips together]] and calling everyone "effendi". The "Evil HighPriest" is a closely related phenomenon, with some SinisterMinister and CorruptChurch thrown in.

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Sometimes it's the [[TheKingdom monarch]][=/=][[PresidentEvil Head of State]] who's the EvilOverlord. And sometimes there's this trope, where instead of the Head of State being the person who has malicious intent, it's his adviser, assistant, second-in-command, or Head of Government (that is if the Head of State and Head of Government are separate positions, such as with having both a President and a Prime Minister, respectively). Most of the time he's actively scheming to discredit or usurp the throne, and may even be an agent sent for this purpose by an outside power. In other cases, he's perfectly content to be TheManBehindTheMan and keeps the ruler around primarily as the figurehead for the ignorant masses and as the fall guy if something goes wrong. He can also tend to have more actual power and real influence than the Head of State, especially in cases where the Government government is a Parliamentary parliamentary system or a Constitutional Monarchy.constitutional monarchy.

Sometimes called The the Evil (Grand) Vizier instead, in which case he will spend a lot of time [[FingerTenting tapping his fingertips together]] and calling everyone "effendi". The "Evil HighPriest" is a closely related phenomenon, with some SinisterMinister and CorruptChurch thrown in.



* [[KnightTemplar The Kingpriest]] in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' was unlucky enough to be stuck with ''two'' of these guys- the conniving Elven ambassador Quarath and the enigmatic EvilSorcerer Fistandantilus. The two are often contrasted, as the former is a SmugSnake who plays politics for fun and profit, while the latter is a MagnificentBastard with far more... [[AGodAmI epic]] ambitions.

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* [[KnightTemplar The Kingpriest]] in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' was unlucky enough to be stuck with ''two'' of these guys- guys -- the conniving Elven ambassador Quarath and the enigmatic EvilSorcerer Fistandantilus. The two are often contrasted, as the former is a SmugSnake who plays politics for fun and profit, while the latter is a MagnificentBastard with far more... [[AGodAmI epic]] ambitions.



* Brodrig of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/FoundationAndEmpire''. "The low-born, faithful Brodrig. Faithful because he had to be faithful, since unless he owned the fastest speed-ship in the Galaxy and took to it the day of the Emperor's death, it would be the radiation chamber the day after." Eventually the Emperor comes to distrust Brodrig and execute him. Actually, there is no indication that Brodrig's policy was different from that of Cleon - it's quite likely the Emperor used him to play GoodCopBadCop.

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* Brodrig of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/FoundationAndEmpire''. "The low-born, faithful Brodrig. Faithful because he had to be faithful, since unless he owned the fastest speed-ship in the Galaxy and took to it the day of the Emperor's death, it would be the radiation chamber the day after." Eventually the Emperor comes to distrust Brodrig and execute him. Actually, there is no indication that Brodrig's policy was different from that of Cleon - -- it's quite likely the Emperor used him to play GoodCopBadCop.



* Another comical, over-the-top example is Chancellor Trample from the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "The Road to Macadamia."

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* Another comical, over-the-top example is Chancellor Trample from the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "The Road to Macadamia."Macadamia".
11th Mar '17 12:03:34 PM nombretomado
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* Taken to ridiculous extremes in the Xbox game ''MetalWolfChaos'', where Richard Hawk, the vice president of the United States, abandons subtle evil-advisor strategies to terrorize the country in a giant robot. Necessitating the President to don his own giant robot and take it back.

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* Taken to ridiculous extremes in the Xbox game ''MetalWolfChaos'', ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'', where Richard Hawk, the vice president of the United States, abandons subtle evil-advisor strategies to terrorize the country in a giant robot. Necessitating the President to don his own giant robot and take it back.
27th Feb '17 1:06:56 PM Vox
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* Inverted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Tywin Lannister is highly competent and (though Tywin's a bit of a [[MagnificentBastard bastard]]) he is trying to do what is best for his House. Unfortunately, both of the kings Tywin serves are [[spoiler:products of incest and dangerously insane--one of them tried to burn the city down instead of letting his enemies have it, and the other is a young sociopath who is [[DisproportionateRetribution heavily into revenge]] and managed to cause a city-wide riot against the aristocracy.]]

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* Inverted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Tywin Lannister is highly competent and (though Tywin's a bit of a [[MagnificentBastard bastard]]) he is trying to do what is best for his House. Unfortunately, both of the kings Tywin serves are [[spoiler:products of incest and dangerously insane--one of them tried to burn the city down instead of letting his enemies have it, and the other is a young sociopath who is [[DisproportionateRetribution heavily into revenge]] and managed to cause a city-wide riot against the aristocracy.]]continent-spanning war through an act of [[StupidEvil pointless, idiotic malice.]]]]
15th Feb '17 3:34:41 PM LordXavius
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* ''Film/SinbadOfTheSevenSeas'' has its own Grand Vizier Jaffar, an EvilSorcerer usurping the throne from his good-natured boss.
3rd Feb '17 3:21:43 PM jameygamer
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* Emperor Palpatine from ''Film/StarWars'' starts out as a chancellor, he then rose his power as the senator via his charisma and cunning planning, known for playing both sides in the Republic and the Sith, and eventually became the Emperor of Galactic Empire after eliminating his rivals.

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* [[Characters/StarWarsEmperorPalpatine Emperor Palpatine Palpatine/Darth Sidious]] from ''Film/StarWars'' ''Film/StarWars'', a classic example. He starts out as a chancellor, senator, he then rose his power as the senator chancellor via his charisma and cunning planning, known for playing both sides in the Republic and the Sith, and eventually became the Emperor of Galactic Empire after eliminating his rivals.rivals. Palpatine has also become a popular icon of evil and the subversion of democracy.
31st Jan '17 9:39:37 PM jormis29
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* Adolf Hitler as Reichschancellor before Reichspresident Paul von Hinderburg died.
* Speaking of Nazis, Steve Bannon, chief strategist to Donald Trump. Though interestingly, the ruler is here himself actively evil, hateful and cruel, just not as competent as his advisor
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* Adolf Hitler as Reichschancellor before Reichspresident Paul von Hinderburg died.
* Speaking of Nazis, Steve Bannon, chief strategist to Donald Trump. Though interestingly, the ruler is here himself actively evil, hateful and cruel, just not as competent as his advisor
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31st Jan '17 1:02:32 AM M773982
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* Speaking of Nazis, Steve Bannon, chief strategist to Donald Trump. Though interestingly, the ruler is here himself actively evil, hateful and cruel, just not as competent as his advisor
29th Jan '17 1:07:26 PM LordNictus
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29th Jan '17 1:04:50 PM LordNictus
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Adolf Hitler as Reichschancellor before Reichspresident Paul von Hinderburg died.
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