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24th Apr '17 7:26:40 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' does this with the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN Secretary-General]] in Season 1, who is repeatedly mentioned, but never makes an on-screen appearance. Subverted as of Season 2, when he finally appears.

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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' does this with the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN Secretary-General]] in Season 1, who is repeatedly mentioned, but never makes an on-screen appearance. Subverted as of Season 2, when he finally appears. At the same time, however, Season 2 does give a new example in the form of the Martian Prime Minister, who is likewise repeatedly mentioned but has yet to make a physical appearance.
9th Feb '17 2:11:53 PM astaroth911
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* In the first chapter of ''HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' we are introduced to the "Muggle Prime Minister" of the UK. He is never named, although, with the scene being set in 1996, his [[RealLife]] counterpart would have been Sir John Major.
9th Feb '17 2:11:10 PM astaroth911
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*In the first chapter of ''HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' we are introduced to the "Muggle Prime Minister" of the UK. He is never named, although, with the scene being set in 1996, his [[RealLife]] counterpart would have been Sir John Major.
8th Feb '17 12:22:09 AM jamespolk
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Note: this is '''only''' for when the political leader is supposed to be a real historical person--FDR, Margaret Thatcher, whoever. If the leader is a fictional character, it's one of the other tropes for never-seen characters, like HeWhoMustNotBeSeen, TheFaceless, or TheGhost.
2nd Feb '17 6:02:58 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' does this with the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN Secretary-General]], who is repeatedly mentioned, but never makes an on-screen appearance.

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* ''Series/TheExpanse'' does this with the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN Secretary-General]], Secretary-General]] in Season 1, who is repeatedly mentioned, but never makes an on-screen appearance.appearance. Subverted as of Season 2, when he finally appears.
23rd Jan '17 8:38:12 PM merotoker
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** Played with for the US Presidents. While their faces are never fully seen, there are subtle cues that hint to who they actually are, such as with UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt in the UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 strips.

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** Played with for the US Presidents. While their faces are never fully seen, there are subtle cues that hint to who they actually are, such as with UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt in the UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII strips.



* In ''ComicBook/ThorVikings'', the President's voice is heard discussing the fallout of [[NukeEm a nuke]] being dropped in New York to stop the [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie viking zombies]]. He is depicted as oblivious and incompetent, unable to tell that Washington might be affected given the short distance between the two cities and complains that nobody told him about this little fact. Its evident which president is this, given who was serving office at the time of the comic's publishing and the [[Creator/GarthEnnis author's]] [[TakeThat opinion of him]].

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* In ''ComicBook/ThorVikings'', the President's voice is heard discussing the fallout of [[NukeEm a nuke]] being dropped in New York to stop the [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot viking zombies]]. He is depicted as oblivious and incompetent, unable to tell that Washington might be affected given the short distance between the two cities and complains that nobody told him about this little fact. Its evident which president is this, given who was serving office at the time of the comic's publishing and the [[Creator/GarthEnnis author's]] [[TakeThat opinion of him]].



* The ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon used a generic president. The practice was {{lampshaded}} by whomever was meeting/kidnapping him and always introducing himself with "I'm one of those generic presidents they use to keep cartoons from becoming dated."
* The {{Droopy}} cartoon ''Droopy's Good Deed'' used this at the end, after Droopy's character, a Boy Scout, had won a visit with the President. Droopy lampshaded this after TheUnreveal with the page quote above. This also subverted MGM cartoons' tendency towards surprise live-action cameos at the time.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon used a generic president. The practice was {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by whomever was meeting/kidnapping him and always introducing himself with "I'm one of those generic presidents they use to keep cartoons from becoming dated."
* The {{Droopy}} WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} cartoon ''Droopy's Good Deed'' used this at the end, after Droopy's character, a Boy Scout, had won a visit with the President. Droopy lampshaded this after TheUnreveal with the page quote above. This also subverted MGM cartoons' tendency towards surprise live-action cameos at the time.



* The ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' {{OVA}} has an unnamed fictional US president in two episodes. He spends most of his time on screen cringing, and caps off both appearances by wetting himself (though on both occasions with good reason; first the White House is getting blown up by a flying man shooting electricity, the second because the US fleet just had [[NoSell no effect]] on a weapon about to destroy the world).

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* The ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' {{OVA}} {{O|riginalVideoAnimation}}VA has an unnamed fictional US president in two episodes. He spends most of his time on screen cringing, and caps off both appearances by wetting himself (though on both occasions with good reason; first the White House is getting blown up by a flying man shooting electricity, the second because the US fleet just had [[NoSell no effect]] on a weapon about to destroy the world).



* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': Director Galloway is explicitly described as President Obama's National Security Advisor and repeatedly states that he's acting on behalf of the president. He spends the whole film making bad decisions and butting heads with the military, making himself a StrawmanPolitical of President Obama's defense policies.

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* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': Director Galloway is explicitly described as President Obama's National Security Advisor and repeatedly states that he's acting on behalf of the president. He spends the whole film making bad decisions and butting heads with the military, making himself a StrawmanPolitical [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]] of President Obama's defense policies.



* In ''TheJeffersons'' (season 4, George and Jimmy) President [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Carter]] was invited by George Jefferson to stay at his house.

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* In ''TheJeffersons'' ''Series/TheJeffersons'' (season 4, George and Jimmy) President [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Carter]] was invited by George Jefferson to stay at his house.



* In an episode of ''TheFlintstones'', Fred dreams of teaching a prehistoric version of LBJ (and some of his Cabinet) "The Twitch. "

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* In an episode of ''TheFlintstones'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Fred dreams of teaching a prehistoric version of LBJ (and some of his Cabinet) "The Twitch. "
28th Nov '16 9:36:42 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Two games later, you do meet him in person... and then blow his head off after terrorists finally succeed at infecting the White House.
*** That is President Adam Benford who turned into a zombie. President Graham was the president before Adam Benford.
28th Nov '16 9:33:12 PM justpassingby
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*** That is President Adam Benford who turned into a zombie. President Graham was the president before Adam Benford.



*** That is President Adam Benford who turned into a zombie. President Graham was the president before Adam Benford.

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*** That is President Adam Benford who turned into a zombie. President Graham was the president before Adam Benford.
28th Nov '16 9:32:24 PM justpassingby
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*** That is President Adam Benford who turned into a zombie. President Graham was the president before Adam Benford.
17th Nov '16 7:04:32 PM FF32
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* A photograph of Ronald Reagan was prominently displayed in the NORAD command room in ''War Games.'' (Probably there because it's TruthInTelevision - US federal government buildings usually display a photograph of the current President, as with the French example below - but admirers of the "Gipper" have accused the movie of Anviliciously cutting away to his picture every time the Defcon alert was raised.)

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* A photograph of Ronald Reagan was prominently displayed in the NORAD command room in ''War Games.''Film/WarGames.'' (Probably there because it's TruthInTelevision - US federal government buildings usually display a photograph of the current President, as with the French example below - but admirers of the "Gipper" have accused the movie of Anviliciously cutting away to his picture every time the Defcon alert was raised.)
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