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A common character in TheNineties, this President [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking kicks ass consistently and thoroughly]]. Oftentimes, he's far more a {{Badass}} than his entire Secret Service detail combined. This particular detail is often {{justified|Trope}} by [[HandWave declaring]] that, before elected to office, he [[RetiredBadass was a decorated military hero]], as there are several real-world cases (see below). In fiction few leaders outside of the United States have been placed into this role. [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething King Action]], however, is fairly common, as in the past it was an explicit part of the King's duty to be a battlefield leader. Note connections with {{Eagleland}}.

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A common character in TheNineties, this President [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking kicks ass consistently and thoroughly]]. Oftentimes, he's far more a {{Badass}} badass than his entire Secret Service detail combined. This particular detail is often {{justified|Trope}} by [[HandWave declaring]] that, before elected to office, he [[RetiredBadass was a decorated military hero]], as there are several real-world cases (see below). In fiction few leaders outside of the United States have been placed into this role. [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething King Action]], however, is fairly common, as in the past it was an explicit part of the King's duty to be a battlefield leader. Note connections with {{Eagleland}}.



The direct opposite of President Action; this President is just the hapless target of whatever assassination attempt, kidnap attempt, assaulted-by-ninjas attempt, blackmail attempt, or otherwise evil conspiracy the bad guys have planned. Often has [[EvilChancellor an evil deputy]] or [[GovernmentConspiracy members of his own government]] gunning for him/her. Can have elements of the other Presidents attached to him (for example, [[LetsGetDangerous becoming President Action out of necessity at the last minute]]), but President Targets are often [[FlatCharacter ciphers]], with little information provided about them other than their status as President -- which means they might as well have a ''big'' target sign on their backs. This President basically exists for countless {{action hero}}es to answer this question: Are ''you'' [[{{Badass}} a bad enough dude]] to rescue the president? Sometimes, it's the President's daughter who [[DamselInDistress gets kidnapped]].

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The direct opposite of President Action; this President is just the hapless target of whatever assassination attempt, kidnap attempt, assaulted-by-ninjas attempt, blackmail attempt, or otherwise evil conspiracy the bad guys have planned. Often has [[EvilChancellor an evil deputy]] or [[GovernmentConspiracy members of his own government]] gunning for him/her. Can have elements of the other Presidents attached to him (for example, [[LetsGetDangerous becoming President Action out of necessity at the last minute]]), but President Targets are often [[FlatCharacter ciphers]], with little information provided about them other than their status as President -- which means they might as well have a ''big'' target sign on their backs. This President basically exists for countless {{action hero}}es to answer this question: Are ''you'' [[{{Badass}} a bad enough dude]] dude to rescue the president? Sometimes, it's the President's daughter who [[DamselInDistress gets kidnapped]].



The "NiceGuy" President. This President isn't nearly the {{Badass}} that President Action is, and is often a bit older, but is often a decent, honourable, and kind man who treats his position, aides, and country with great respect and dignity. Often takes the role of the ReasonableAuthorityFigure. A President Personable needs to watch out, however, since the EvilChancellor is usually waiting in the wings (often as a scheming Vice President or deputy), the GovernmentConspiracy is often gunning straight at them, and they can easily end up as President Target.

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The "NiceGuy" President. This President isn't nearly the {{Badass}} badass that President Action is, and is often a bit older, but is often a decent, honourable, and kind man who treats his position, aides, and country with great respect and dignity. Often takes the role of the ReasonableAuthorityFigure. A President Personable needs to watch out, however, since the EvilChancellor is usually waiting in the wings (often as a scheming Vice President or deputy), the GovernmentConspiracy is often gunning straight at them, and they can easily end up as President Target.



->''"Remember- you are only President...for life."

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->''"Remember- you are only President...for life.""''



* ComicBook/BlackPanther, King of Wakanda in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, was already King Action by benefit of being a superhero in his original appearances. Over the last several years, he's ascended to King CanonSue, so thoroughly {{Badass}} that by using simple wrestling moves he can have Heralds of Galactus wincing in pain (though to be fair, he used similar technology Doom used on the Silver Surfer in the past, but some fans tend to forget that), and defeating Mephisto by willingly ''giving'' him his soul (his soul belongs to the Panther God and he wouldn't let Mephisto take it) .

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* ComicBook/BlackPanther, King of Wakanda in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, was already King Action by benefit of being a superhero in his original appearances. Over the last several years, he's ascended to King CanonSue, so thoroughly {{Badass}} badass that by using simple wrestling moves he can have Heralds of Galactus wincing in pain (though to be fair, he used similar technology Doom used on the Silver Surfer in the past, but some fans tend to forget that), and defeating Mephisto by willingly ''giving'' him his soul (his soul belongs to the Panther God and he wouldn't let Mephisto take it) .



* In the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'', there's a couple of them. The president at the start of the series is somewhat of a minor President Strawman, but becomes President Action towards the end of ''When the Devil Dances''. In his [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome CMoA]], he engages (along with his Secret Service and Marine guardians) [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] emergi

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* In the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'', there's a couple of them. The president at the start of the series is somewhat of a minor President Strawman, but becomes President Action towards the end of ''When the Devil Dances''. In his [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome CMoA]], he engages (along with his Secret Service and Marine guardians) [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] emergiemerging from a lander that came down near a human refugee camp he was visiting. His successor falls into the President Minority (woman) category, with more than a touch of President Strawman, with a strong aversion to using nuclear weapons (not entirely unjustified, given that nukes used by the Chinese didn't do more than delay the PRC's ultimate destruction, while poisoning the land for hundreds of years).
* Creator/DaveBarry promised in ''Dave Barry Turns 40'' that he would be a President Buffoon if elected:
-->I can hear you saying, "Oh yeah, Mr. Smartass? Well, what kind of leader would ''you'' be?" The answer is, I'd be a terrible leader. I'd be such an inadequate leader that within a matter of days the United States would rank significantly below Belize as a world power. But at least I'd try to be an ''interesting'' leader.
* In ''Literature/WhyNotMe'', Al Franken portrayed himself as a Corrupt President Playboy and [[AdamWesting much more of a jerk than he really is]].
* ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''. One guess as to what kind of president this is.
* The ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy:
** The unnamed President believes himself to be the President Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between President Buffoon and President Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
** The unnamed General Secretary of the Soviet Union believes himself to be the Premier Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between Premier Buffoon and Premier Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
** The unnamed Chairman believes himself to be the Chairman Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between Chairman Buffoon and Chairman Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
* Given that the political side in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books often eclipses its [[MilitaryScienceFiction military half]], it's no wonder that the books are chock-full of various heads of governments, running the whole gamut.
** Manticore during the series run have had one Queen and three Prime Ministers:
*** Elizabeth III is Queen Iron, due to being TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask since her teens,
*** Duke Cromarty, her uncle and the first series' PM was a PM personable and ReasonableAuthorityFigure,
*** Baron High Ridge was a poster boy for PM Corrupt and SleazyPolitician, while
*** Baron [[ShoutOut Grantville]] is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure again.
** Haven swung even wider:
*** Hereditary President Harris of old Legislaturalist regime was a Personable President Target -- largely ineffective and harmless,
*** His successor, Chairman Pierre was, despite his tyrannical rule, more of a Scheming President Iron, being the WellIntentionedExtremist that he was, while ''his'' successor, Chairman Saint-Just was simply a tyrant and largely a President Strawman.
*** After their next -- and final -- revolution, President [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Eloise]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality Pritchart]] is clearly a President Iron, bent on returning Haven back on the right path, but she is also a President Personable in that she treats her (non-idiot) subordinates with respect, listens to what they have to say, and ''will'' admit she's wrong when she actually is.
** And this list may go [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters on, and on, and on]]...
* Johnny Gentle, the President of the United States in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', is a former lounge singer and rabid germophobe who campaigns on making for a "neater, tighter America," and founds the [[FunWithAcronyms Clean US Party]] to get elected. His solution to the supposed dirtiness of America is to blast all the country's waste off the planet; when that proves to be too expensive, he sections off much of New England and Upstate New York as a gigantic toxic waste dump (with gigantic Lucite walls), hands it all over Canada, and forms the [[FunWithAcronyms Organization of North American Nations]] to make the whole thing work. Definitely a combination of President Buffoon and President Lunatic.
* In the ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'' series, the president of Balboa before he was tossed out in the next election was a President Corrupt.
* In a variant not listed above, the president from ''Literature/SnowCrash'', while technically a President Corrupt, probably ought to rate as a President ''Loser'': he holds office at a time when federal authority has diminished so catastrophically that nearly all of the current United States has been sold off to extraterritorial corporations. Upon meeting him, Y.T. doesn't even have a clue who he is, or care once he tells her.
* Zaphod Beeblebrox was chosen as President of the galaxy in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' specifically ''because'' he's a natural for President Buffoon (with a side order of Playboy, Scheming and Personable), so as to distract attention away from anyone holding genuine authority.
* Although a senator rather than a president, Evangel [=McDowell=] of the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' is a President Action. He helps fight off a horde of zombies and organize the survivors.
* The book ''{{Literature/Contact}}'' features a fairly personable President Minority; she is a woman and it's implied that she is not the first woman to have that office. She is a minor character, though she has a brief point-of-view section mentioning her husband, and the protagonist rather cynically thinks that worse people have been in office.
* ''Democracy: An American Novel'', written in 1880, may be the first work to depict a fictional U.S. president. The President's full name is never stated, but it's briefly mentioned that his first name is Jacob. He's a President Corrupt and President Buffoon, mostly based on UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant.
* In the Literature/LeftBehind book series, the current President at the time of the Rapture is Gerald Fitzhugh, a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who welcomes Nicolae Carpathia to the White House with open arms. However, he is rather uncertain about the idea of giving Carpathia and the United Nations (that would soon become the Global Community) control over the nations by letting him broker a deal with Israel to allow licensed use of Chaim Rosenzweig's synthetic fertilizer formula for seven years in exchange for peace for Israel, although due to Carpathia's brainwashing he ends up going along with it. After seeing his power as president being diminished by the new one-world government being put in place, Fitzhugh attempts to side with right-wing militia groups in order to wrest control of the United States and other free nations from Carpathia's grasp, only to be killed when Washington, D.C. was firebombed in a retaliatory attack.
* Creator/GregBear's ''The Forge of God'' shows the President (along with a significant part of the rest of the population) transforming into a wibbling President Lunatic of the religious variety under the stress of knowing that the world is about to end and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Ultimately though this is of little consequence precisely because there is nothing anyone can do about it and going mad is as good a way of passing what little time remains as any.
* President Lawrence Thurston of the Literature/{{Emberverse}}'s United States of Boise is President Action and President Iron: he's an ex-Army Ranger who leads both his country and its armed forces, and is implacable in his goal of reestablishing the USA as a governing entity. Becomes a President Target, thanks to the actions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and Thurston's own son, Martin. Martin, who succeeds his father thanks to a bit of {{Patricide}}, is another President Action as well as President Corrupt; he becomes President Evil when the evil force behind the CUT decides it's time to establish just who is actually serving whom.
* President Cowley in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' is a President Scheming Focus-Group, who'll say whatever makes him popular. Initially elected on anti-Stepping sentiment, he later becomes acclaimed (at least on Datum Earth) for the American Aegis, which claims all Stepwise counterparts of the US as part of the country. Following [[spoiler: the eruption of Datum Yellowstone]], however, his focus shifts to rallying people through the disaster, which is a natural fit for his oratory skills. Hardened cynic Mac calls him "just a soapbox Joe, but...damn, he's good."
* During his time as Grand Administrator of the Solar Empire, ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' is clearly a President Action -- with unfortunate forays into President Sue territory on occasions when the narration overemphasizes the supposedly horrible consequences of his no longer personally running the ship of state or when it's hinted (with the most outright statement admittedly coming from a soldier being interrogated by hostile aliens at the time) that despite all challenges he keeps getting honestly democratically reelected ''every time'' in the end for all the centuries said empire exists. He keeps the action tendencies later in the series, but while his necessarily well-established political credentials and experience keep him involved in that game his relevance in that arena is toned down to more reasonable "one-of-a-kind elder statesman" levels.
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* ''Series/CommanderInChief'' starred Geena Davis as a Minority President (with a side order of President Iron and President Personable), and a very competent one at that. Noteworthy that while her status as the first female President got plenty of mention, in practice her status as the first independent President (i.e. no party affiliation) since George Washington proved more important.
* President Jed Bartlet in ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a President Personable. He's also been accused from some quarters (particularly right-wing) of being a liberal President Strawman, and his staff occasionally view him as a President Sue, but he presents enough well-rounded CharacterDevelopment, deep-seated character flaws and contrary opinions to avoid falling into this trap.
** He was supposed to be a President Invisible, or nearly so, when the series began. But Martin Sheen is awfully good at what he does.
** He also showed moments of being a President Buffoon in the first season. His first mention was of him riding a bicycle into a tree, and in a later episode he comes into the Oval Office loopy on medication and can't remember any of his staff's names.
** He is also President Target, being wounded in one assassination attempt and having his youngest daughter kidnapped on another occasion.
** President Matt Santos is a President Minority. Probably the first of what will presumably be a long list of that character type to be intentionally based off of UsefulNotes/BarackObama. The writers actually talked to David Axelrod for characterization help.
*** Extremely notable for being based on Barack Obama after the latter's 2004 convention speech. As in, [[LifeImitatesArt before Obama collected a dime for 2008]].
** British Prime Minister Maureen Graty of the same series is firmly an Iron Prime Minister, launching a full-scale war over the terrorist shooting of a British plane.
** Bartlet's first VP, John Hoynes, was a Vice President Scheming who eventually had to resign when it was revealed that he was a Vice President Playboy as well. His replacement, Robert Russell, was a mild Vice President Buffoon.
*** "Bingo Bob" Russel was a GenreSavvy VP Buffoon, as he recognized that his ties to mining companies could paint him as a VP Scheming if his opponents took him more seriously.
* U.S. President Arthur Winters in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Sound of Drums'' is something of a President Buffoon -- although technically, he's only a President-''Elect''.
** Mr. Saxon in the same episode is a Lunatic [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister Evil]] hiding behind a facade of Buffoonery. He's also [[spoiler:the Master, and thus an Alien Prime Minster Evil]] too.
** Arthur Winters appears to be a thinly veiled President Unmodified based on then-President George W. Bush, playing up the widespread European perception of Bush as an arrogant, overbearing cowboy-type. (The Master [[spoiler:has him disintegrated]].) Two years later, in "The End of Time," they dispensed with the veil and referred to President Obama by name.
** Harriet Jones on ''Series/DoctorWho'' starts as a Prime Minister Personable. She pushes for improved hospital care in her constituency and would prefer to remain working for her constituents. However, by the time of ''The Christmas Invasion'', she's become firmly an Iron Prime Minister and a thinly veiled Margaret Thatcher analogy, who will override the US, UN and several secret organisations and blow up a retreating spaceship.
** Also from ''Series/DoctorWho'', Queen Victoria became Queen Action in "Tooth and Claw," when she shot the leader of the evil monks.
*** Liz-10 is the bloody Queen, mate. Basically, she rules.
** In ''The Five Doctors'' Lord President Borusa is President Corrupt if not President Evil, what with grabbing five versions of the Doctor along with their companions and enemies, including the Master, and dropping them in the Death Zone so they can steal the secret of immortality for him, and attempting to frame his Chancellor for it.
** [[spoiler: Lord President Rassilon]] in "The End of Time" is most definitely President Evil. Saxon pales in comparison.
*** Particularly as [[spoiler: The Master is revealed to have gone mad because of Rassilon's machinations to escape the Time Locked Time War]].
** The Doctor himself is elected Lord President of Gallifrey multiple times, usually he makes a break for it before they can get him into the office though. However, in "Hell Bent" he quite blatantly abuses the position in an attempt to [[spoiler: save Clara, potentially breaking the timeline]]. And earlier in "Death in Heaven" UNIT temporarily made the Doctor President of Earth as part of their new protocols for combating alien invasions, during his brief term he was most definitely President Action.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' had Prime Minister Jerkass Brian Green. He spends the entire 4-5-6 incident making his most loyal civil servant take bullets for him, to the point of [[spoiler: forcing him to sacrifice his own children, which drives him to commit suicide.]] When the whole incident is finally cleared up, he says he feels "lucky" because his reputation has not been marred. Also President Corrupt.\\
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Fortunately, in his last appearance of the miniseries, it's strongly implied that [[spoiler: the [[TheStarscream Home Secretary]] is going to blackmail him into standing down so that she can take over]].
* President Paul Hollister, played by Beau Bridges in ''10.5'', is a President Personable.
* Jim Hacker of ''[[Series/YesMinister Yes, Prime Minister]]'' tends to be a Personable Prime Minister Focus Group, easily swayed by his Cabinet Secretary [[TheBarnum Humphrey Appleby]], although he can develop a very strong Iron streak when he feels his moral integrity is threatened--or thinks he can get an advantage over Sir Humphrey out of it.
* President David Palmer of ''Series/TwentyFour'' was President Personable who had a habit of being a President Target every now and then. [[spoiler:And he succumbs to it in season five]]. President Charles Logan was PresidentEvil with a bit of ObfuscatingStupidity at first.
** Palmer was also the first black President Minority, at least on a well-known scale. It's mentioned a bit in Season One, but becomes utterly irrelevant (as it should be) after then.
** Palmer had a tendency to stray into President Mary Sue territory occasionally.
*** President Allison Taylor looks like a sweet, middle-aged lady (she is, after all, played by Cherry Jones). '''Do not let this fool you.''' President Taylor ''will not budge'' once she has made up her mind about something... she's an IronLady and thus President Iron personified.
---->'''President Taylor:''' "I want that sonofabitch ''found''."
** And now President Hassan of [[HollywoodAtlas Kamistan]] has gotten in on the action, mostly as President Target but now edging into [[spoiler:President Action territory after ''saving Jack Bauer.'']]
* Francis Urquhart in the ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'' trilogy of books and TV serials is a Prime Minister Corrupt.
* Francis "Frank" Underwood in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' is President Corrupt who masquerades as a President Personable.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s President Henry Hayes is a President Personable, replacing an Invisible President in season 7. Of course his [[spoiler:first]] VP is the resident CorruptPolitician and corporate stooge, (ex-Senator) Kinsey.
** Hayes is also a President Iron. This shows most when he confronts [[spoiler:a holographic projection of Anubis]].
* Randall Winston from ''Series/SpinCity'' is definitely a Buffoon Mayor. The only reason New York City runs is because of HypercompetentSidekick Mike Flaherty.
* Reginald J. Priest in Season Four of ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' is a viciously presented Corrupt President Buffoon.
** He borders on PresidentEvil at times (such as nuking countries that piss him off and letting the plant aliens eat Japan), but that is to be expected when you remember that he's [[{{Satan}} Prince's]] puppet.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has four presidents, though one appears only in a flashback by Roslin on account of getting nuked.
** President Laura Roslin is mostly President Iron except for brief forays into religious zeal that briefly make her President Lunatic as far as Commander Adama is concerned.
** President Gaius Baltar is most of the less positive forms on this list at one time or another. And President Personable, which makes it worse.
** Acting President Lee Adama is a President Action.
* Prime Minister [=McLaughlin=] at the beginning of the Canadian mini-series ''[=H2O=]'' is Prime Minister Target, as the series starts with his mysterious death. He is succeeded by his son, Tom, who is Prime Minister [[spoiler:Corrupt, flirting with Evil]].
** There is also a President Minority
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had almost all of these variants during its run, including:
** President Iron: the female Earth Alliance president from In the Beginning, [[spoiler:as well as Sheridan]]
** President Target: [[spoiler:Luis Santiago, Sheridan, and Delenn in her roles as both ISA VP and president.]]
** President Evil: [[spoiler:William Morgan Clark]]
** President Jesus: [[spoiler:First almost played straight, but then averted with Sheridan during the fifth season]]
** President Mary Sue: [[spoiler:Definitely Sheridan.]]
** And that's not counting heads of state other than actual Presidents...
* The ''[[Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew Taming of the Shrew]]'' segment of ''Shakespeare Retold'' had Katherine as a MargaretThatcher-esque Conservative politician who at the end of the show becomes Prime Minister. Presumably, she would be a Prime Minister Iron, although oddly, she also seemed to be slightly Prime Minister Personal.
* In the spinoff of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'', the eponymous Cory is living in the White House because his father got a job as head chef. The president is President Buffoon and President Minority, as he is Latino.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has had a few variants:
** In the dystopian future of "Five Years Gone," Nathan Petrelli [[spoiler:in reality, Sylar]] was President Evil, not to mention President Action when he felt like it.
** The current president in the main timeline, first seen in the Volume Three finale, is President Minority (he's black). Interestingly, while the episode was aired after Obama won the 2008 election, it was probably filmed, and Michael Dorn almost certainly cast as the President, late in the campaign, when Obama's victory was likely, but far from certain. He hasn't actually been given a name, though some fans call him President [[Franchise/StarTrek Worf]].
*** In the Volume Four finale, he's President Target, as Sylar, who has gained the power of VoluntaryShapeshifting, plans to kill him and take his place.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' has two [[InvisiblePresident invisible PMs]], at least one of whom is also Unmodified (Tom Davis is pretty obviously UsefulNotes/GordonBrown). The other one went almost totally unmentioned, but given the circumstances, is also more or less Unmodified (for UsefulNotes/TonyBlair).
** There was yet another invisible PM in series 4 (which it took place after a general election and change of government) - probably a more or less Unmodified version of David Cameron.
* ''Series/TheEvent'' features a President Minority in U.S. President Elias Martinez (played by Blair Underwood), who is Cuban.
* In an episode of ''Series/TimeTrax'', the time-traveling hero saves the life of an African-American senator whom he knows will one day become a President Minority.
* President Johnny Cyclops in ''Whoops Apocalypse'' is a President Buffoon; a former film star who has actually been lobotomised. The British PM, Kevin Pork, is a Prime Minister Lunatic who believes he's Franchise/{{Superman}} (probably a dig at UsefulNotes/HaroldMacmillan's "Supermac" nickname).
** Cyclops does sometimes seem to show some good sense, in contrast to everybody elses insanity, in which case he slides more towards President Focus Group.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' is a case of Our Mayors Are Different. Starting in season 2, Carter Poole is a Mayor Minority/Mayor Personable twofer.
* President Dale Gilchrist of ''Series/SixteenHundredPenn'' seems to be a President Personable. However, we hear little about actual politics, since the show is a DomCom about his relationship with his family.
* Vasiliy from ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'' is an idealistic, devoted and honest president, who lives with his parents, rides a bicycle to work (when he doesn't take a bus) and overall thinks and acts as a regular person.
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* Dunkelzahn of ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' fame is this trope crossed with OurDragonsAreDifferent. Let that sink in a bit. As a great dragon, he was powerful enough to change reality through force of will, but he was keenly interested in humanity, running charities, humanitarian organizations and even a talk show. He eventually ran for ''president'' and got in before dying ten hours later, breaking numerous records including largest president, oldest president, only president born before the Christian era, and shortest presidential term.
** His immediate predecessor, and possibly others before, were both President Corrupt and President Scheming, having gotten into office via the rigged "Remote-Vote" system, the exposure of which resulted in impeachment and an immediate special election.
* Randel Portman from Creator/WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' was an explicitly realistic superhero who entered the US presidential elections as the Democratic Party's candidate. His bid was presented in a pretty realistic manner: his failings, a track record in politics that could be charitably described as "minor grass-roots experience" (not to mention obvious political jabs his opponents could and would make about a novice running on sheer star power and media glitz) were all well represented. Given that this was a setting teeming with inhumanly intelligent, charismatic, beautiful or canny super-powered "novas" the world over (Russia was ran from behind the scenes by a nova Minister of the Treasury whose inhuman intelligence had enabled him to formulate a plan that catapulted the whole country out of The Second Great Depression: many Americans were mentioned as telling pollsters that "they'd prefer a nova president with a superior intellect"), Portman was definitely an Average Joe candidate who simply happened to have supernatural powers that made him a great fireman, and a personality that made him personally very likable. The game line suggested he went on to win the Presidency, but was silent on how his term in office turned out.
* One previewed test run for the Burn Legend setting in ''Shards of the TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Dream'' used Richard Nixon (and his counterpart from another universe) as equal parts President Action and President Evil. It concluded with our universe's Nixon using [[OneWingedAngel Demon Emperor Shintai]] and kicking the other's backside.
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* John P. Wintergreen, main character of the musical ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'', presents himself to his party bosses as "nominated by the people, absolutely my own master, and ready to do any dirty work the committee suggests." He becomes something of a President Buffoon once he's elected (with the backing of corrupt political operatives and a campaign based on ThePowerOfLove). His Vice-President, Throttlebottom, is a non-entity acknowledged by nobody until he reminds them who he is (which he has to do quite often).
* Franklin D. Roosevelt in ''I'd Rather Be Right'' was predominantly a President Personable, trying to think up a way to balance the budget that the Supreme Court wouldn't disallow. He could also dance, unlike the RealLife FDR but like George M. Cohan (who played him).
* In ''Music/{{Evita}}'' Juan Perón shows certain elements of President Buffoon. In the musical number [[CrowdSong "A New Argentina"]], he expresses a desire to retire from politics and live the easy life in Paraguay. He is quickly shut down by his scheming wife, Eva, who convinces him to run for president.
* Not a president, but the Governor from ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'' deserves a mention for how ''gleeful'' he is about being a President Focus Group / President Scheming hybrid. Just listen to his OneSceneWonder song, "Sidestep".
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* In what is '''definitely''' the most utterly insane version on this list, President Michael Wilson in ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' is a ''completely'' [[RefugeInAudacity over-the-top]] President Action who spends the game in a heavily-armed HumongousMecha yelling SoBadItsGood one liners and blowing up about half of the United States (killing ''lots'' of people in the process) in an attempt to rescue the remaining half from his [[EvilChancellor Evil Vice President]] (who, of course, is ''also'' in a HumongousMecha). Seriously, mere words [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Genl242_ZU8 cannot do this justice]].
** '''[[SayMyName MICHAELLLLL!!!]]'''
*** '''[[SayMyName RICHAAAAAARD!!!]]'''
* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]: Abe Lincoln Must Die!'' had a President Buffoon who turned out to be [[spoiler:literally a puppet]]. He's replaced by ''Max'', of all living things, who is the definition of President Lunatic.
** Max mixes in a lot of President Action since he still rides around town with Sam and solves crimes.
** Max is also President Corrupt since he abuses his power as much as he can in order to advance the story.
*** He starts a [[spoiler:civil war between the Dakotas]] to obtain emergency powers and access to the War Room and its missiles. He then blows up Antarctica and Krypton (if the missile ever gets there).
*** Later Max [[spoiler:sells the US to Canada]] to get one of Bosco's inventions thus making him essentially President Traitor.
*** The Secret Service has contingency plans for when Max goes "really bad". The second most probable scenario is Max turning into an EldritchAbomination and rampaging through New York.
* George Sears (aka. Solidus Snake) from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is something of a President Action and President Corrupt -- he's running his own conspiracy to kill the conspirators. Then a player-controlled {{Tykebomb}} comes after him, and he's dual-wielding high frequency blades in some kind of power suit...
** President Johnson from the same series is more of a President Target then anything, though he does have overtones of President Corrupt.
* President Jacobi from ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' [[spoiler:turns out to be President ActionGirl]].
* President John Henry Eden from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is an uncommon combination of both PresidentEvil and [[AffablyEvil President Personable]], having an impeccably polite manner and delivering morally uplifting "talks" on his radio station to the people of the Capital Wasteland in the vein of FDR's fireside chats, promising to bring back America's glory days and deliver its inhabitants from despair. Of course, he neglects to mention his ultimate plan for doing this would result in [[spoiler:nearly everyone in the Capital Wasteland dying]]. He also has something of a [[EvilChancellor treacherous Second-in-Command]] in the form of Colonel Augustus Autumn who, while not ultimately as sinister, is also much less [[AffablyEvil affable]].
** Colonel Autumn is really more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist. For instance, the reason he is rebelling against President Eden is because he DOESN'T want everyone in the wasteland to die.
* President Aaron Kimball of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a warhawk President Iron as well as a President Target during a mission where he appears to make a speech. Depending on which path you're on, the player is tasked with either protecting him or assassinating him.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', you have President Shinra, a President Evil before becoming a President Target, and his son Rufus, who is simultaneously a President Evil and a President Action, before becoming an [[TheAtoner atoner]] President MagnificentBastard.
** ''Technically'' they're only presidents of an electric company. Said electric company basically runs the world, but still.
*** The highest-ranking government official you meet, the Mayor of Midgar, is a Mayor Ineffectual. Shinra doesn't even bother to ''pretend'' to respect him, and he's openly under their thumb. He helps you out just to stick it to the man.
* 'Mr. President' from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' and ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' is a President Target.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has two characters as examples. The first is a PresidentEvil, Galbadian President Vinzer Deling. The second is Estharian president [[spoiler: Laguna Loire]], who fits several of the subtropes. He's a subversion of President Buffoon. Prior to his being revealed as the President, the game portrays him as awkward, dimwitted, and reckless. However, he seems to be doing quite well as president. He's also President Action [[spoiler: (You get to control him for several portions in the game, and he wields a machine gun, his theme is even called "The Man With The Machine Gun")]], he's also a pretty nice guy once you finally meet him, making him President Personable as well. He's also[[spoiler: the main character's father]].
* In ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 2'', Crypto has risen to the presidency of the United States, allowing the player to control a combination PresidentEvil and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking President Action]]. Mwahahahaha!!!
* President Howard "Screw 'Em All!" Ackerman of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' pretty much epitomizes the concept of President Iron along with President Lunatic/President Evil. His solution to illegal immigration? ''Attack dogs!'' His position on serving special interests? None; he's too busy serving the Commies a steaming platter of ''shame'', with a side order of ''suck it!'' Vote for Ackerman, ''if you want to live.'' His hatred for the Soviets leads him to try and use superweapons (not nukes; they haven't been invented thanks to the eradication of Albert Einstein from the timeline) to obliterate the USSR from a secret base in Mount Rushmore after the rest of the Allies are readying a cease-fire with them, [[spoiler:though he turns out to be right not to trust them.]]. Then again, his militant attitude is due to the fact that [[spoiler:he's a Japanese Cyborg Spy sent to make the Allies more aggressive towards the Soviets.]]
** This game also includes the rare non-American President Action, as the Japanese Emperor personally takes to the field in his HumongousMecha.
* President Orwen from ''VideoGame/FrontMission: Gun Hazard'' definitely qualifies as a ''President Personable''; he's a genuine nice guy, but gets screwed over by his subordinates early on. Orwen doesn't go down without a fight though, and has a ''President Badass'' moment when he rams the truck he's driving into [[EvilChancellor Ark Hellbrand's]] [[RealRobotGenre Wanzer]], forcing Ark to retreat.
* The unnamed President in ''VideoGame/GhostSquad'' is President Target, and ''high-fives'' you the second time you rescue him.
* The unnamed President in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' is both President Minority (being black) and President Target, with the ''intense'' mission where you sneak aboard Air Force One to save him before the plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, at which point you must rescue him ''again'' and kill the clone the villains made to be more agreeable to their plans. He could also be described as President Suicidal, what with his bizarre habit of running right in front of you when you're firing a submachine gun.
* Two examples in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'': President Gabriel of the [[FloatingContinent floating]] military nation of Zepp, who took power in the successful staging of a coup-d-état; and the President of a nation [[spoiler:implied to be a heavily-weakened United States of America]], who is a young girl and a puppet of [[TheSyndicate The Assassin's Guild]].
** As of ''Xrd'', you can add a third one: none other than [[spoiler:Chipp Zanuff]], who runs a minor nation he founded himself.
* President Richter Karst of the Republic of Bastok in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' is President Jerkass. [[spoiler: At least until you so later missions and find out that he isn't that much of a {{Jerkass}}. He has a (very) gruff persona, but did a lot for the citizens of Bastok that few people actually know about.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'''s zombie level that takes place in the Pentagon ("Five") makes [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy President Kennedy]] a President Action via the player. As the level can be 4-player co-op, it also allows for a Cuban President Action (Fidel Castro), a Secretary of Defense Action (Robert [=McNamara=]), and a Presidential Candidate/Future President Action (UsefulNotes/RichardNixon).
* President Baelheit in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'' is a blatant President Evil despite being a President Personable as well. Despite being the villain for the entirety of the game, [[spoiler:you still can't stop him from being fairly elected because the people of his home continent love him so much.]]
* President Dylan Paradine of Strahta in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is a President Personable with shades of President Action. He travels in casual clothes to personally see the developments in his country, and refuses to be manipulated by the interests of the elite.
* The FinalBoss of the online TowerDefense game ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/yellowbouncyball/planet-juicer Planet Juicer]]'' is Barack Obama, in a tank, throwing grenades. A definite President Action.
* Captain Qwark in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One'' is the galactic president, having been elected between this game and ''A Crack In Time''. As a playable character, he's President Action, but the game starts with an attempt by [[MadScientist Dr. Nefarious]] to kill him, making Qwark President Target. And through it all, he's President Buffoon.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', The Boss is now a combination of President Action and President Evil who now has to fight off an alien invasion with the help of newly-gained superpowers. At other points, they are President Buffoon (making "pew pew" noises while using a sniper rifle on lookout duty), President Jerkass (50% of your past time with Pierce is, supposedly, spent insulting him "all in good fun"), President Playboy (you can have casual sex with something like six of your teammates and one of your first orders was to install stripper poles in the White House), President Iron (never backing down though the heavens fall), a tiny bit of President Personable (always loyal to a member of the crew), a generous dose of President Lunatic (many of the actions taken during the game are not the decisions of a sane person), and potentially a dash of President Minority (depending on character creation and a few choices during the game, you can be the first bisexual, mixed-race female French President of America). Basically, you are any of the options listed at the top of the page that either improve, or are neutral towards, your ability to kill stuff and wreak havoc.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, the United States of America is now the United North American States (the result of a merger with Canada and Mexico.) It seems to be even more dysfunctional than its predecessor, with President Enrique Aguilar being assassinated in 2176, and President Christopher Huerta suffering a stroke in 2184 that left him legally dead for 90 minutes. This results in a heated battle over succession when Huerta's brain functions are successfully transferred to a computer - Huerta's supporters claim that he's still alive inside the computer, and his detractors claim that what currently passes as Huerta is essentially a VI, and Huerta himself is dead. Shepard can agree with either faction during a filler conversation in the third game, but the conversation implies that most North Americans fall into the "Huerta is dead" camp.
* President Skye Holloway in ''VideoGame/{{Bombshell}}'' is President Target, getting kidnapped at the start of the game, as well as President Minority, being female. [[BadassInDistress She's also a President Action]], having a military background and the EyepatchOfPower to show for it. She gets to prove it, too, once freed.
* The Osean president Vincent Harling in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' walks the line between President Personable and President Target. He is introduced as one of the game's few {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s, whose calm and reasonable encouragement helps a rookie pilot land their plane safely, but [[spoiler:in end of the same mission, he is secretly captured by the NebulousCriminalConspiracy's agents and spends half of the game imprisoned until you break him out during the final missions. After that he assumes the BigGood position until the end of the campaign.]]
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* President Robertson in ''VisualNovel/QueensGambit'' is a President Personable, a likable and reasonable man whose policies have the best interests of the country in mind. In Tom Walker's route, he's also a President Target: TheConspiracy contracts [[spoiler:the player character, codename Shield,]] to assassinate him because his reforms stand to interfere with their goals. [[spoiler:When Shield does an end run around actually killing Robertson via creative interpretation of her mission orders, the unamused Triumvirate blows her cover to the news media and sends another less ethically-inclined agent to finish the job.]]
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* ''Webcomic/KillroyAndTina'' has Jesse Ventura as a President Action who doesn't need Secret Service protection, he kicks down walls and takes his cabinet to strip clubs. A one-off joke that later became a plot point, especially when Dubya seemingly declares himself president and challenges him to a fight for the title.
* In one of the worlds visited by the cast of ''Webcomic/StrangeCandy'', Sarah Palin is a bizarre Sailor Moon parody and the US is threatened by [[BearsAreBadNews Robotic Bears]]. As you would expect, the President is basically Creator/StephenColbert as he appears in his TV show, a President Buffoon which is completely incompetent and was, according to Palin, elected because he makes people laugh.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush is a classic President Buffoon.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has President Allosaurus, who mainly roars and eats people.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has a standard figure for the president of the United States (sometimes in practice representing all humanity). He's an older black guy with glasses, but his personality isn't really set between comics, since they all tell a variety of different stories/jokes, so he can fit various other types aside from President Minority.
* ''[[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcninja Dr. McNinja]]'' has President Maria Funkhouser, who is a combination of President Action and President Minority. Action, due to sporting an EyepatchOfPower, piloting a giant mech (and mentioning she always wanted one), and taking down three of mind controlled secret service guards. Minority, due to being a woman and AmbiguouslyBrown.
* In ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', President Lucius Roman (the Modern Arc incarnation of Emperor Lucius) is President Scheming. [[spoiler: Arthur]] is President Personable Iron Geek.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'', the President of the United States is Elizabeth (Liz) R. Dudley. A combination of President Minority and President Iron. Brian does some consultation for her on occasion though extremely under the table since Dudley considers him [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/06022011/ "political poison."]]
* ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' has Olive Romarin as a President {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. (Also, President Minority, identified as [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/thorn-explains-ethnic-groups/ Ceannis' first Getsunan president]] in [[AllThereInTheManual a Sunday infodumping strip]]). Unlike a President Buffoon, she has a record of successfully doing good things, but tends to lose track of which things she's done, has to be reminded when it's an election year, and can get sidetracked by dessert.
-->'''President Romarin:''' I organized the control of the Kudzu problem, meaning the mage named Kudzu who got all murder-y up in the northeast, and the control of the kudzu problem, meaning the invasive plant that tried to overgrow half of the gulf coast. Also! I have a specialty pie named after me! Can any of my opponents say that?
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* At one point in ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' (specifically, as an ImagineSpot during a review of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' where Sorceress Edea, despite being feared for her powers, somehow gets elected into office) , Dr. Insano is elected president. Three guess as to which one he is. He even lampshades this in his inaugural address:
-->"I even used my real name! You voted for guy named ''Dr. Insano''!!! What the hell is wrong with you people?"
** His platform includes: building a giant sawblade to cut Canada off at the top and then attach it to Australia, forcing the zombified corpses of political dissidents to fight to the death for his amusement, replacing the entire US population with robots, and turning [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuicideGirls the Suicide Girls]] into his own personal harem. Also, Fu Manchu was his running mate. He won by a landslide.
* [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} "Optimus Prime]] for President" returns 145,000 hits on Website/{{Google}}. Like the aforementioned Franchise/{{Superman}}, he's disqualified, having been born on Cybertron, not in the US. Would be counted as President Action (with the {{BFG}} to back it up).
** He ''could'' argue that given [[DeathIsCheap he died, and was later reborn]], with said rebirth usually happening in the US, he counts as being born there.
** In some continuities, mainly those closest to the original Generation 1, he may qualify due to the Constitution's given exception to the natural-born-citizen rule for persons living in the US at the time the Constitution was signed, given that he was living (albeit unconscious) on US soil for millions of years before the Constitutional Convention.
* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' portrays UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln as a President Action, interrupting the battle for Obama VS Romney just to bitchslap them both. So is Theodore Roosevelt, who got fed up with the lack of ERB over the summer and threatened Peter and [=LLoyd=] to come out with an official schedule or he'll carve his face out of Mount Rushmore and beat them with his own stony chin. Speaking of Obama VS Romney, he is portrayed as a President Jerkass and President Playboy. Obama responds to his insults about his parents by saying that it might get crazy, if the White House has a first, second, and a third lady! [[PresidentEvil Take a wild guess]] as to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's role.
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* Possibly the ''ultimate'' President Action -- a cartoon called ''Super President'' featured an ''actual superhero'' as the President of the United States.
* Curiously, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' casts Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in the role of a US President Buffoon -- curiously, because they already ''have'' an Arnie parody (Rainer Wolfcastle) who could just as easily have been put in the role to make the same joke and point (and possibly make it in a less-obvious fashion as well).
** It was also odd because while it fits the parody, it doesn't exactly fit the governor we all know and love. A TakeThat, perhaps? Matt Groening is supposedly a friend of Phil Angelides (who ran against Arnie in 2006).
*** The film took a long time to make, and they specifically chose someone who could never be President for the role, since they didn't want to run the risk of the film being outdated in the event that there was a different person in the actual White House when the film finally was released.
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon('s head in a jar) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is an Evil Scheming Corrupt Lunatic Gargantuan Cyborg President. In his own words:
-->'''Nixon:''' Computers may be twice as fast as they were in 1973, but your average voter is still as drunk and stupid as ever. The only thing that's changed is me. I've become bitter and, lets face it, crazy over the years, and once I'm swept into office I'll sell our children's organs to zoos for meat, and I'll break into people's houses at night and wreck up the place! Mwahahahahahaha!!
** In the episode Decision 3012, Senator (and later [[spoiler: for about five seconds]] President) Chris Travers is President Personable to a level bordering on President MarySue. He's the OnlySaneMan and an AllLovingHero, who manages to get pretty much everyone except the villains on his side and would have been able to fix all the world's problems with ease. Sadly, [[spoiler: he only gets to be President for about five seconds before being destroyed by a time paradox; he's actually a time traveller who came back to stop Nixon from destroying the world, since he accomplished that by being elected he no longer had a reason to go back.)]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', you have [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] [[InkSuitActor playing]] "[[AlterEgoActing himself]]" as a president buffoon, who attempts to make contact with a robotic probe by playing a kickass keyboard solo, puts {{Big Red Button}}s for launching nukes and making coffee next to each other, and tries to take out a 50-story alien robot with [[ShootingSuperman a handgun.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', the League visits a mirror universe where their heroes are bad guys, and their villains, good guys. The president in this world is Slade Wilson, also known in the main universe as frikkin' ''Deathstroke the Terminator''.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "A Better World", the AlternateUniverse where Luthor became PresidentEvil briefly showed his replacement: an incredibly meager President Focus Group that bends to the Justice Lords' every order (his only objection to keeping elections from being held was that they were a tradition ''like football and Macey's parade''), who Justice Lord Superman likely personally appointed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', one episode has world leaders of multiple nations including Malaysia, Japan and the United States all become President Targets and replaced with EvilTwin cyborg copies who turn national landmarks into crazy and dangerous theme park attractions.
* President Man from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} a mix of President Buffoon and President Lunatic]].
** Considering the [[CrapsackWorld setting]] of the series, this is probably the best they could hope for.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' -- The MIB are forced to break cover and work with the government during the GrandFinale. The US President is female (President Minority) and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure (President Personable).
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama made a cameo (voiced by Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson) in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In a couple of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cold opens, the president is just some random guy whoever's meeting him doesn't recognize. The "president" then explains that he's just a ''generic president'' animated shows use so they don't show their age as time goes by.
* The president, for some strange reason in the 1988 ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Mundane Voyage," is Abraham Lincoln.
* We never see a presidential figure in the ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "The Statue Of Liberty Caper" because he is surrounded by Secret Service agents at his Oval Office desk. We can only hear his mumbling, which his Service charges translate in government-ese.
-->'''D.M.:''' Thank you, Mr. President...uh, nice to have almost met you!
* Richard Nixon, as he appears in the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'', is just as big of a President Evil as he is in ''Futurama'', if not even worse-- he spends almost all of his time plotting out insidious ways to screw over the black community, as well as Black Dynamite himself, whom he considers his sworn nemesis. He concocts a scheme to frame the black community for the death of Music/ElvisPresley, thus giving him an excuse to eradicate them with [[NukeEm the N-Bomb]], which nearly succeeded if not for the King's tendency to slip into random comas.
** Actually Nixon makes it clear he doesn't hate the black community in particular, he mostly just hates Black Dynamite himself.
-->'''Kissinger''': Is it really that important to have the whole black community on drugs?
-->'''Nixon:''' Of course not. I could give a damn about the black community and its mama. This is about Black Dynamite! He thinks he's so black and dynamite.
* The President of Outer Space in ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' is President Buffoon. When Dodgers claims he was late for a meeting because he was attending his grandmother's funeral, and I.Q. High points out Dodgers's grandparents have been dead for centuries and only an idiot would believe that, the President offers his condolences.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Sir Lord Quentin Trembly III, Esq., the 8-and-a-half President of the United States, as a solid President Lunatic; elected by a landslide (as in all the other candidates were crushed by a literal landslide), he proceeded to outlaw pants, declare war on pancakes, and appointed babies to the Supreme Court. He was deposed and replaced by UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, and the government did their best to make Trembly an {{Unperson}}. [[spoiler: He later went on to found Gravity Falls, only to be deposed again before encasing himself in peanut brittle in an attempt to live forever. He succeeded and was freed by the Mystery Twins]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' had an episode where Ben's FutureBadass Ben 10,000 mentionned having been president of Earth for a short while during an alien invasion, probably as President Action. He ended up stepping down, and his cousin Gwen took over.
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has an episode showing a future where [[LovableRogue Argit]], of all people, had become the president. Knowing the character, he was almost certainly President Corrupt.
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The President is female and/or from a minority background, ethnic or otherwise. How much her or his or her minority background is mentioned depends on the plot and whether anyone feels like invoking ''Theater/{{Othello}}''. Resemblance to UsefulNotes/BarackObama (in works made in 2009 or later) is somewhat common if the minority background is specifically being of African/Black ethnicity. Resemblance to MargaretThatcher is surprisingly rare.[[note]]It should be noted that black Americans overwhelmingly support Obama, while Thatcher was loathed by many British women as she was no friend to feminism, among other things.[[/note]] Any resemblance to Creator/BenjaminDisraeli UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli is even rarer. Sometimes used to depict a setting TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in Zeerust-y sci-fi works. Now that it's actually happening, it should be interesting to see how it'll turn out.



* In the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'', there's a couple of them. The president at the start of the series is somewhat of a minor President Strawman, but becomes President Action towards the end of ''When the Devil Dances''. In his [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome CMoA]], he engages (along with his Secret Service and Marine guardians) [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] emerging from a lander that came down near a human refugee camp he was visiting. His successor falls into the President Minority (woman) category, with more than a touch of President Strawman, with a strong aversion to using nuclear weapons (not entirely unjustified, given that nukes used by the Chinese didn't do more than delay the PRC's ultimate destruction, while poisoning the land for hundreds of years).
* Creator/DaveBarry promised in ''Dave Barry Turns 40'' that he would be a President Buffoon if elected:
-->I can hear you saying, "Oh yeah, Mr. Smartass? Well, what kind of leader would ''you'' be?" The answer is, I'd be a terrible leader. I'd be such an inadequate leader that within a matter of days the United States would rank significantly below Belize as a world power. But at least I'd try to be an ''interesting'' leader.
* In ''Literature/WhyNotMe'', Al Franken portrayed himself as a Corrupt President Playboy and [[AdamWesting much more of a jerk than he really is]].
* ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''. One guess as to what kind of president this is.
* The ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy:
** The unnamed President believes himself to be the President Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between President Buffoon and President Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
** The unnamed General Secretary of the Soviet Union believes himself to be the Premier Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between Premier Buffoon and Premier Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
** The unnamed Chairman believes himself to be the Chairman Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between Chairman Buffoon and Chairman Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
* Given that the political side in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books often eclipses its [[MilitaryScienceFiction military half]], it's no wonder that the books are chock-full of various heads of governments, running the whole gamut.
** Manticore during the series run have had one Queen and three Prime Ministers:
*** Elizabeth III is Queen Iron, due to being TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask since her teens,
*** Duke Cromarty, her uncle and the first series' PM was a PM personable and ReasonableAuthorityFigure,
*** Baron High Ridge was a poster boy for PM Corrupt and SleazyPolitician, while
*** Baron [[ShoutOut Grantville]] is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure again.
** Haven swung even wider:
*** Hereditary President Harris of old Legislaturalist regime was a Personable President Target -- largely ineffective and harmless,
*** His successor, Chairman Pierre was, despite his tyrannical rule, more of a Scheming President Iron, being the WellIntentionedExtremist that he was, while ''his'' successor, Chairman Saint-Just was simply a tyrant and largely a President Strawman.
*** After their next -- and final -- revolution, President [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Eloise]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality Pritchart]] is clearly a President Iron, bent on returning Haven back on the right path, but she is also a President Personable in that she treats her (non-idiot) subordinates with respect, listens to what they have to say, and ''will'' admit she's wrong when she actually is.
** And this list may go [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters on, and on, and on]]...
* Johnny Gentle, the President of the United States in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', is a former lounge singer and rabid germophobe who campaigns on making for a "neater, tighter America," and founds the [[FunWithAcronyms Clean US Party]] to get elected. His solution to the supposed dirtiness of America is to blast all the country's waste off the planet; when that proves to be too expensive, he sections off much of New England and Upstate New York as a gigantic toxic waste dump (with gigantic Lucite walls), hands it all over Canada, and forms the [[FunWithAcronyms Organization of North American Nations]] to make the whole thing work. Definitely a combination of President Buffoon and President Lunatic.
* In the ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'' series, the president of Balboa before he was tossed out in the next election was a President Corrupt.
* In a variant not listed above, the president from ''Literature/SnowCrash'', while technically a President Corrupt, probably ought to rate as a President ''Loser'': he holds office at a time when federal authority has diminished so catastrophically that nearly all of the current United States has been sold off to extraterritorial corporations. Upon meeting him, Y.T. doesn't even have a clue who he is, or care once he tells her.
* Zaphod Beeblebrox was chosen as President of the galaxy in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' specifically ''because'' he's a natural for President Buffoon (with a side order of Playboy, Scheming and Personable), so as to distract attention away from anyone holding genuine authority.
* Although a senator rather than a president, Evangel [=McDowell=] of the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' is a President Action. He helps fight off a horde of zombies and organize the survivors.
* The book ''{{Literature/Contact}}'' features a fairly personable President Minority; she is a woman and it's implied that she is not the first woman to have that office. She is a minor character, though she has a brief point-of-view section mentioning her husband, and the protagonist rather cynically thinks that worse people have been in office.
* ''Democracy: An American Novel'', written in 1880, may be the first work to depict a fictional U.S. president. The President's full name is never stated, but it's briefly mentioned that his first name is Jacob. He's a President Corrupt and President Buffoon, mostly based on UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant.
* In the Literature/LeftBehind book series, the current President at the time of the Rapture is Gerald Fitzhugh, a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who welcomes Nicolae Carpathia to the White House with open arms. However, he is rather uncertain about the idea of giving Carpathia and the United Nations (that would soon become the Global Community) control over the nations by letting him broker a deal with Israel to allow licensed use of Chaim Rosenzweig's synthetic fertilizer formula for seven years in exchange for peace for Israel, although due to Carpathia's brainwashing he ends up going along with it. After seeing his power as president being diminished by the new one-world government being put in place, Fitzhugh attempts to side with right-wing militia groups in order to wrest control of the United States and other free nations from Carpathia's grasp, only to be killed when Washington, D.C. was firebombed in a retaliatory attack.
* Creator/GregBear's ''The Forge of God'' shows the President (along with a significant part of the rest of the population) transforming into a wibbling President Lunatic of the religious variety under the stress of knowing that the world is about to end and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Ultimately though this is of little consequence precisely because there is nothing anyone can do about it and going mad is as good a way of passing what little time remains as any.
* President Lawrence Thurston of the Literature/{{Emberverse}}'s United States of Boise is President Action and President Iron: he's an ex-Army Ranger who leads both his country and its armed forces, and is implacable in his goal of reestablishing the USA as a governing entity. Becomes a President Target, thanks to the actions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and Thurston's own son, Martin. Martin, who succeeds his father thanks to a bit of {{Patricide}}, is another President Action as well as President Corrupt; he becomes President Evil when the evil force behind the CUT decides it's time to establish just who is actually serving whom.
* President Cowley in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' is a President Scheming Focus-Group, who'll say whatever makes him popular. Initially elected on anti-Stepping sentiment, he later becomes acclaimed (at least on Datum Earth) for the American Aegis, which claims all Stepwise counterparts of the US as part of the country. Following [[spoiler: the eruption of Datum Yellowstone]], however, his focus shifts to rallying people through the disaster, which is a natural fit for his oratory skills. Hardened cynic Mac calls him "just a soapbox Joe, but...damn, he's good."
* During his time as Grand Administrator of the Solar Empire, ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' is clearly a President Action -- with unfortunate forays into President Sue territory on occasions when the narration overemphasizes the supposedly horrible consequences of his no longer personally running the ship of state or when it's hinted (with the most outright statement admittedly coming from a soldier being interrogated by hostile aliens at the time) that despite all challenges he keeps getting honestly democratically reelected ''every time'' in the end for all the centuries said empire exists. He keeps the action tendencies later in the series, but while his necessarily well-established political credentials and experience keep him involved in that game his relevance in that arena is toned down to more reasonable "one-of-a-kind elder statesman" levels.
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* ''Series/CommanderInChief'' starred Geena Davis as a Minority President (with a side order of President Iron and President Personable), and a very competent one at that. Noteworthy that while her status as the first female President got plenty of mention, in practice her status as the first independent President (i.e. no party affiliation) since George Washington proved more important.
* President Jed Bartlet in ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a President Personable. He's also been accused from some quarters (particularly right-wing) of being a liberal President Strawman, and his staff occasionally view him as a President Sue, but he presents enough well-rounded CharacterDevelopment, deep-seated character flaws and contrary opinions to avoid falling into this trap.
** He was supposed to be a President Invisible, or nearly so, when the series began. But Martin Sheen is awfully good at what he does.
** He also showed moments of being a President Buffoon in the first season. His first mention was of him riding a bicycle into a tree, and in a later episode he comes into the Oval Office loopy on medication and can't remember any of his staff's names.
** He is also President Target, being wounded in one assassination attempt and having his youngest daughter kidnapped on another occasion.
** President Matt Santos is a President Minority. Probably the first of what will presumably be a long list of that character type to be intentionally based off of UsefulNotes/BarackObama. The writers actually talked to David Axelrod for characterization help.
*** Extremely notable for being based on Barack Obama after the latter's 2004 convention speech. As in, [[LifeImitatesArt before Obama collected a dime for 2008]].
** British Prime Minister Maureen Graty of the same series is firmly an Iron Prime Minister, launching a full-scale war over the terrorist shooting of a British plane.
** Bartlet's first VP, John Hoynes, was a Vice President Scheming who eventually had to resign when it was revealed that he was a Vice President Playboy as well. His replacement, Robert Russell, was a mild Vice President Buffoon.
*** "Bingo Bob" Russel was a GenreSavvy VP Buffoon, as he recognized that his ties to mining companies could paint him as a VP Scheming if his opponents took him more seriously.
* U.S. President Arthur Winters in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Sound of Drums'' is something of a President Buffoon -- although technically, he's only a President-''Elect''.
** Mr. Saxon in the same episode is a Lunatic [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister Evil]] hiding behind a facade of Buffoonery. He's also [[spoiler:the Master, and thus an Alien Prime Minster Evil]] too.
** Arthur Winters appears to be a thinly veiled President Unmodified based on then-President George W. Bush, playing up the widespread European perception of Bush as an arrogant, overbearing cowboy-type. (The Master [[spoiler:has him disintegrated]].) Two years later, in "The End of Time," they dispensed with the veil and referred to President Obama by name.
** Harriet Jones on ''Series/DoctorWho'' starts as a Prime Minister Personable. She pushes for improved hospital care in her constituency and would prefer to remain working for her constituents. However, by the time of ''The Christmas Invasion'', she's become firmly an Iron Prime Minister and a thinly veiled Margaret Thatcher analogy, who will override the US, UN and several secret organisations and blow up a retreating spaceship.
** Also from ''Series/DoctorWho'', Queen Victoria became Queen Action in "Tooth and Claw," when she shot the leader of the evil monks.
*** Liz-10 is the bloody Queen, mate. Basically, she rules.
** In ''The Five Doctors'' Lord President Borusa is President Corrupt if not President Evil, what with grabbing five versions of the Doctor along with their companions and enemies, including the Master, and dropping them in the Death Zone so they can steal the secret of immortality for him, and attempting to frame his Chancellor for it.
** [[spoiler: Lord President Rassilon]] in "The End of Time" is most definitely President Evil. Saxon pales in comparison.
*** Particularly as [[spoiler: The Master is revealed to have gone mad because of Rassilon's machinations to escape the Time Locked Time War]].
** The Doctor himself is elected Lord President of Gallifrey multiple times, usually he makes a break for it before they can get him into the office though. However, in "Hell Bent" he quite blatantly abuses the position in an attempt to [[spoiler: save Clara, potentially breaking the timeline]]. And earlier in "Death in Heaven" UNIT temporarily made the Doctor President of Earth as part of their new protocols for combating alien invasions, during his brief term he was most definitely President Action.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' had Prime Minister Jerkass Brian Green. He spends the entire 4-5-6 incident making his most loyal civil servant take bullets for him, to the point of [[spoiler: forcing him to sacrifice his own children, which drives him to commit suicide.]] When the whole incident is finally cleared up, he says he feels "lucky" because his reputation has not been marred. Also President Corrupt.\\
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Fortunately, in his last appearance of the miniseries, it's strongly implied that [[spoiler: the [[TheStarscream Home Secretary]] is going to blackmail him into standing down so that she can take over]].
* President Paul Hollister, played by Beau Bridges in ''10.5'', is a President Personable.
* Jim Hacker of ''[[Series/YesMinister Yes, Prime Minister]]'' tends to be a Personable Prime Minister Focus Group, easily swayed by his Cabinet Secretary [[TheBarnum Humphrey Appleby]], although he can develop a very strong Iron streak when he feels his moral integrity is threatened--or thinks he can get an advantage over Sir Humphrey out of it.
* President David Palmer of ''Series/TwentyFour'' was President Personable who had a habit of being a President Target every now and then. [[spoiler:And he succumbs to it in season five]]. President Charles Logan was PresidentEvil with a bit of ObfuscatingStupidity at first.
** Palmer was also the first black President Minority, at least on a well-known scale. It's mentioned a bit in Season One, but becomes utterly irrelevant (as it should be) after then.
** Palmer had a tendency to stray into President Mary Sue territory occasionally.
*** President Allison Taylor looks like a sweet, middle-aged lady (she is, after all, played by Cherry Jones). '''Do not let this fool you.''' President Taylor ''will not budge'' once she has made up her mind about something... she's an IronLady and thus President Iron personified.
---->'''President Taylor:''' "I want that sonofabitch ''found''."
** And now President Hassan of [[HollywoodAtlas Kamistan]] has gotten in on the action, mostly as President Target but now edging into [[spoiler:President Action territory after ''saving Jack Bauer.'']]
* Francis Urquhart in the ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'' trilogy of books and TV serials is a Prime Minister Corrupt.
* Francis "Frank" Underwood in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' is President Corrupt who masquerades as a President Personable.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s President Henry Hayes is a President Personable, replacing an Invisible President in season 7. Of course his [[spoiler:first]] VP is the resident CorruptPolitician and corporate stooge, (ex-Senator) Kinsey.
** Hayes is also a President Iron. This shows most when he confronts [[spoiler:a holographic projection of Anubis]].
* Randall Winston from ''Series/SpinCity'' is definitely a Buffoon Mayor. The only reason New York City runs is because of HypercompetentSidekick Mike Flaherty.
* Reginald J. Priest in Season Four of ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' is a viciously presented Corrupt President Buffoon.
** He borders on PresidentEvil at times (such as nuking countries that piss him off and letting the plant aliens eat Japan), but that is to be expected when you remember that he's [[{{Satan}} Prince's]] puppet.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has four presidents, though one appears only in a flashback by Roslin on account of getting nuked.
** President Laura Roslin is mostly President Iron except for brief forays into religious zeal that briefly make her President Lunatic as far as Commander Adama is concerned.
** President Gaius Baltar is most of the less positive forms on this list at one time or another. And President Personable, which makes it worse.
** Acting President Lee Adama is a President Action.
* Prime Minister [=McLaughlin=] at the beginning of the Canadian mini-series ''[=H2O=]'' is Prime Minister Target, as the series starts with his mysterious death. He is succeeded by his son, Tom, who is Prime Minister [[spoiler:Corrupt, flirting with Evil]].
** There is also a President Minority
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had almost all of these variants during its run, including:
** President Iron: the female Earth Alliance president from In the Beginning, [[spoiler:as well as Sheridan]]
** President Target: [[spoiler:Luis Santiago, Sheridan, and Delenn in her roles as both ISA VP and president.]]
** President Evil: [[spoiler:William Morgan Clark]]
** President Jesus: [[spoiler:First almost played straight, but then averted with Sheridan during the fifth season]]
** President Mary Sue: [[spoiler:Definitely Sheridan.]]
** And that's not counting heads of state other than actual Presidents...
* The ''[[Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew Taming of the Shrew]]'' segment of ''Shakespeare Retold'' had Katherine as a MargaretThatcher-esque Conservative politician who at the end of the show becomes Prime Minister. Presumably, she would be a Prime Minister Iron, although oddly, she also seemed to be slightly Prime Minister Personal.
* In the spinoff of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'', the eponymous Cory is living in the White House because his father got a job as head chef. The president is President Buffoon and President Minority, as he is Latino.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has had a few variants:
** In the dystopian future of "Five Years Gone," Nathan Petrelli [[spoiler:in reality, Sylar]] was President Evil, not to mention President Action when he felt like it.
** The current president in the main timeline, first seen in the Volume Three finale, is President Minority (he's black). Interestingly, while the episode was aired after Obama won the 2008 election, it was probably filmed, and Michael Dorn almost certainly cast as the President, late in the campaign, when Obama's victory was likely, but far from certain. He hasn't actually been given a name, though some fans call him President [[Franchise/StarTrek Worf]].
*** In the Volume Four finale, he's President Target, as Sylar, who has gained the power of VoluntaryShapeshifting, plans to kill him and take his place.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' has two [[InvisiblePresident invisible PMs]], at least one of whom is also Unmodified (Tom Davis is pretty obviously UsefulNotes/GordonBrown). The other one went almost totally unmentioned, but given the circumstances, is also more or less Unmodified (for UsefulNotes/TonyBlair).
** There was yet another invisible PM in series 4 (which it took place after a general election and change of government) - probably a more or less Unmodified version of David Cameron.
* ''Series/TheEvent'' features a President Minority in U.S. President Elias Martinez (played by Blair Underwood), who is Cuban.
* In an episode of ''Series/TimeTrax'', the time-traveling hero saves the life of an African-American senator whom he knows will one day become a President Minority.
* President Johnny Cyclops in ''Whoops Apocalypse'' is a President Buffoon; a former film star who has actually been lobotomised. The British PM, Kevin Pork, is a Prime Minister Lunatic who believes he's Franchise/{{Superman}} (probably a dig at UsefulNotes/HaroldMacmillan's "Supermac" nickname).
** Cyclops does sometimes seem to show some good sense, in contrast to everybody elses insanity, in which case he slides more towards President Focus Group.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' is a case of Our Mayors Are Different. Starting in season 2, Carter Poole is a Mayor Minority/Mayor Personable twofer.
* President Dale Gilchrist of ''Series/SixteenHundredPenn'' seems to be a President Personable. However, we hear little about actual politics, since the show is a DomCom about his relationship with his family.
* Vasiliy from ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'' is an idealistic, devoted and honest president, who lives with his parents, rides a bicycle to work (when he doesn't take a bus) and overall thinks and acts as a regular person.
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* Dunkelzahn of ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' fame is this trope crossed with OurDragonsAreDifferent. Let that sink in a bit. As a great dragon, he was powerful enough to change reality through force of will, but he was keenly interested in humanity, running charities, humanitarian organizations and even a talk show. He eventually ran for ''president'' and got in before dying ten hours later, breaking numerous records including largest president, oldest president, only president born before the Christian era, and shortest presidential term.
** His immediate predecessor, and possibly others before, were both President Corrupt and President Scheming, having gotten into office via the rigged "Remote-Vote" system, the exposure of which resulted in impeachment and an immediate special election.
* Randel Portman from Creator/WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' was an explicitly realistic superhero who entered the US presidential elections as the Democratic Party's candidate. His bid was presented in a pretty realistic manner: his failings, a track record in politics that could be charitably described as "minor grass-roots experience" (not to mention obvious political jabs his opponents could and would make about a novice running on sheer star power and media glitz) were all well represented. Given that this was a setting teeming with inhumanly intelligent, charismatic, beautiful or canny super-powered "novas" the world over (Russia was ran from behind the scenes by a nova Minister of the Treasury whose inhuman intelligence had enabled him to formulate a plan that catapulted the whole country out of The Second Great Depression: many Americans were mentioned as telling pollsters that "they'd prefer a nova president with a superior intellect"), Portman was definitely an Average Joe candidate who simply happened to have supernatural powers that made him a great fireman, and a personality that made him personally very likable. The game line suggested he went on to win the Presidency, but was silent on how his term in office turned out.
* One previewed test run for the Burn Legend setting in ''Shards of the TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Dream'' used Richard Nixon (and his counterpart from another universe) as equal parts President Action and President Evil. It concluded with our universe's Nixon using [[OneWingedAngel Demon Emperor Shintai]] and kicking the other's backside.
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* John P. Wintergreen, main character of the musical ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'', presents himself to his party bosses as "nominated by the people, absolutely my own master, and ready to do any dirty work the committee suggests." He becomes something of a President Buffoon once he's elected (with the backing of corrupt political operatives and a campaign based on ThePowerOfLove). His Vice-President, Throttlebottom, is a non-entity acknowledged by nobody until he reminds them who he is (which he has to do quite often).
* Franklin D. Roosevelt in ''I'd Rather Be Right'' was predominantly a President Personable, trying to think up a way to balance the budget that the Supreme Court wouldn't disallow. He could also dance, unlike the RealLife FDR but like George M. Cohan (who played him).
* In ''Music/{{Evita}}'' Juan Perón shows certain elements of President Buffoon. In the musical number [[CrowdSong "A New Argentina"]], he expresses a desire to retire from politics and live the easy life in Paraguay. He is quickly shut down by his scheming wife, Eva, who convinces him to run for president.
* Not a president, but the Governor from ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'' deserves a mention for how ''gleeful'' he is about being a President Focus Group / President Scheming hybrid. Just listen to his OneSceneWonder song, "Sidestep".
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In what is '''definitely''' the most utterly insane version on this list, President Michael Wilson in ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' is a ''completely'' [[RefugeInAudacity over-the-top]] President Action who spends the game in a heavily-armed HumongousMecha yelling SoBadItsGood one liners and blowing up about half of the United States (killing ''lots'' of people in the process) in an attempt to rescue the remaining half from his [[EvilChancellor Evil Vice President]] (who, of course, is ''also'' in a HumongousMecha). Seriously, mere words [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Genl242_ZU8 cannot do this justice]].
** '''[[SayMyName MICHAELLLLL!!!]]'''
*** '''[[SayMyName RICHAAAAAARD!!!]]'''
* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]: Abe Lincoln Must Die!'' had a President Buffoon who turned out to be [[spoiler:literally a puppet]]. He's replaced by ''Max'', of all living things, who is the definition of President Lunatic.
** Max mixes in a lot of President Action since he still rides around town with Sam and solves crimes.
** Max is also President Corrupt since he abuses his power as much as he can in order to advance the story.
*** He starts a [[spoiler:civil war between the Dakotas]] to obtain emergency powers and access to the War Room and its missiles. He then blows up Antarctica and Krypton (if the missile ever gets there).
*** Later Max [[spoiler:sells the US to Canada]] to get one of Bosco's inventions thus making him essentially President Traitor.
*** The Secret Service has contingency plans for when Max goes "really bad". The second most probable scenario is Max turning into an EldritchAbomination and rampaging through New York.
* George Sears (aka. Solidus Snake) from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is something of a President Action and President Corrupt -- he's running his own conspiracy to kill the conspirators. Then a player-controlled {{Tykebomb}} comes after him, and he's dual-wielding high frequency blades in some kind of power suit...
** President Johnson from the same series is more of a President Target then anything, though he does have overtones of President Corrupt.
* President Jacobi from ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' [[spoiler:turns out to be President ActionGirl]].
* President John Henry Eden from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is an uncommon combination of both PresidentEvil and [[AffablyEvil President Personable]], having an impeccably polite manner and delivering morally uplifting "talks" on his radio station to the people of the Capital Wasteland in the vein of FDR's fireside chats, promising to bring back America's glory days and deliver its inhabitants from despair. Of course, he neglects to mention his ultimate plan for doing this would result in [[spoiler:nearly everyone in the Capital Wasteland dying]]. He also has something of a [[EvilChancellor treacherous Second-in-Command]] in the form of Colonel Augustus Autumn who, while not ultimately as sinister, is also much less [[AffablyEvil affable]].
** Colonel Autumn is really more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist. For instance, the reason he is rebelling against President Eden is because he DOESN'T want everyone in the wasteland to die.
* President Aaron Kimball of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a warhawk President Iron as well as a President Target during a mission where he appears to make a speech. Depending on which path you're on, the player is tasked with either protecting him or assassinating him.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', you have President Shinra, a President Evil before becoming a President Target, and his son Rufus, who is simultaneously a President Evil and a President Action, before becoming an [[TheAtoner atoner]] President MagnificentBastard.
** ''Technically'' they're only presidents of an electric company. Said electric company basically runs the world, but still.
*** The highest-ranking government official you meet, the Mayor of Midgar, is a Mayor Ineffectual. Shinra doesn't even bother to ''pretend'' to respect him, and he's openly under their thumb. He helps you out just to stick it to the man.
* 'Mr. President' from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' and ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' is a President Target.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has two characters as examples. The first is a PresidentEvil, Galbadian President Vinzer Deling. The second is Estharian president [[spoiler: Laguna Loire]], who fits several of the subtropes. He's a subversion of President Buffoon. Prior to his being revealed as the President, the game portrays him as awkward, dimwitted, and reckless. However, he seems to be doing quite well as president. He's also President Action [[spoiler: (You get to control him for several portions in the game, and he wields a machine gun, his theme is even called "The Man With The Machine Gun")]], he's also a pretty nice guy once you finally meet him, making him President Personable as well. He's also[[spoiler: the main character's father]].
* In ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 2'', Crypto has risen to the presidency of the United States, allowing the player to control a combination PresidentEvil and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking President Action]]. Mwahahahaha!!!
* President Howard "Screw 'Em All!" Ackerman of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' pretty much epitomizes the concept of President Iron along with President Lunatic/President Evil. His solution to illegal immigration? ''Attack dogs!'' His position on serving special interests? None; he's too busy serving the Commies a steaming platter of ''shame'', with a side order of ''suck it!'' Vote for Ackerman, ''if you want to live.'' His hatred for the Soviets leads him to try and use superweapons (not nukes; they haven't been invented thanks to the eradication of Albert Einstein from the timeline) to obliterate the USSR from a secret base in Mount Rushmore after the rest of the Allies are readying a cease-fire with them, [[spoiler:though he turns out to be right not to trust them.]]. Then again, his militant attitude is due to the fact that [[spoiler:he's a Japanese Cyborg Spy sent to make the Allies more aggressive towards the Soviets.]]
** This game also includes the rare non-American President Action, as the Japanese Emperor personally takes to the field in his HumongousMecha.
* President Orwen from ''VideoGame/FrontMission: Gun Hazard'' definitely qualifies as a ''President Personable''; he's a genuine nice guy, but gets screwed over by his subordinates early on. Orwen doesn't go down without a fight though, and has a ''President Badass'' moment when he rams the truck he's driving into [[EvilChancellor Ark Hellbrand's]] [[RealRobotGenre Wanzer]], forcing Ark to retreat.
* The unnamed President in ''VideoGame/GhostSquad'' is President Target, and ''high-fives'' you the second time you rescue him.
* The unnamed President in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' is both President Minority (being black) and President Target, with the ''intense'' mission where you sneak aboard Air Force One to save him before the plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, at which point you must rescue him ''again'' and kill the clone the villains made to be more agreeable to their plans. He could also be described as President Suicidal, what with his bizarre habit of running right in front of you when you're firing a submachine gun.
* Two examples in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'': President Gabriel of the [[FloatingContinent floating]] military nation of Zepp, who took power in the successful staging of a coup-d-état; and the President of a nation [[spoiler:implied to be a heavily-weakened United States of America]], who is a young girl and a puppet of [[TheSyndicate The Assassin's Guild]].
** As of ''Xrd'', you can add a third one: none other than [[spoiler:Chipp Zanuff]], who runs a minor nation he founded himself.
* President Richter Karst of the Republic of Bastok in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' is President Jerkass. [[spoiler: At least until you so later missions and find out that he isn't that much of a {{Jerkass}}. He has a (very) gruff persona, but did a lot for the citizens of Bastok that few people actually know about.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'''s zombie level that takes place in the Pentagon ("Five") makes [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy President Kennedy]] a President Action via the player. As the level can be 4-player co-op, it also allows for a Cuban President Action (Fidel Castro), a Secretary of Defense Action (Robert [=McNamara=]), and a Presidential Candidate/Future President Action (UsefulNotes/RichardNixon).
* President Baelheit in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'' is a blatant President Evil despite being a President Personable as well. Despite being the villain for the entirety of the game, [[spoiler:you still can't stop him from being fairly elected because the people of his home continent love him so much.]]
* President Dylan Paradine of Strahta in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is a President Personable with shades of President Action. He travels in casual clothes to personally see the developments in his country, and refuses to be manipulated by the interests of the elite.
* The FinalBoss of the online TowerDefense game ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/yellowbouncyball/planet-juicer Planet Juicer]]'' is Barack Obama, in a tank, throwing grenades. A definite President Action.
* Captain Qwark in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One'' is the galactic president, having been elected between this game and ''A Crack In Time''. As a playable character, he's President Action, but the game starts with an attempt by [[MadScientist Dr. Nefarious]] to kill him, making Qwark President Target. And through it all, he's President Buffoon.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', The Boss is now a combination of President Action and President Evil who now has to fight off an alien invasion with the help of newly-gained superpowers. At other points, they are President Buffoon (making "pew pew" noises while using a sniper rifle on lookout duty), President Jerkass (50% of your past time with Pierce is, supposedly, spent insulting him "all in good fun"), President Playboy (you can have casual sex with something like six of your teammates and one of your first orders was to install stripper poles in the White House), President Iron (never backing down though the heavens fall), a tiny bit of President Personable (always loyal to a member of the crew), a generous dose of President Lunatic (many of the actions taken during the game are not the decisions of a sane person), and potentially a dash of President Minority (depending on character creation and a few choices during the game, you can be the first bisexual, mixed-race female French President of America). Basically, you are any of the options listed at the top of the page that either improve, or are neutral towards, your ability to kill stuff and wreak havoc.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, the United States of America is now the United North American States (the result of a merger with Canada and Mexico.) It seems to be even more dysfunctional than its predecessor, with President Enrique Aguilar being assassinated in 2176, and President Christopher Huerta suffering a stroke in 2184 that left him legally dead for 90 minutes. This results in a heated battle over succession when Huerta's brain functions are successfully transferred to a computer - Huerta's supporters claim that he's still alive inside the computer, and his detractors claim that what currently passes as Huerta is essentially a VI, and Huerta himself is dead. Shepard can agree with either faction during a filler conversation in the third game, but the conversation implies that most North Americans fall into the "Huerta is dead" camp.
* President Skye Holloway in ''VideoGame/{{Bombshell}}'' is President Target, getting kidnapped at the start of the game, as well as President Minority, being female. [[BadassInDistress She's also a President Action]], having a military background and the EyepatchOfPower to show for it. She gets to prove it, too, once freed.
* The Osean president Vincent Harling in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' walks the line between President Personable and President Target. He is introduced as one of the game's few {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s, whose calm and reasonable encouragement helps a rookie pilot land their plane safely, but [[spoiler:in end of the same mission, he is secretly captured by the NebulousCriminalConspiracy's agents and spends half of the game imprisoned until you break him out during the final missions. After that he assumes the BigGood position until the end of the campaign.]]
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* President Robertson in ''VisualNovel/QueensGambit'' is a President Personable, a likable and reasonable man whose policies have the best interests of the country in mind. In Tom Walker's route, he's also a President Target: TheConspiracy contracts [[spoiler:the player character, codename Shield,]] to assassinate him because his reforms stand to interfere with their goals. [[spoiler:When Shield does an end run around actually killing Robertson via creative interpretation of her mission orders, the unamused Triumvirate blows her cover to the news media and sends another less ethically-inclined agent to finish the job.]]
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* ''Webcomic/KillroyAndTina'' has Jesse Ventura as a President Action who doesn't need Secret Service protection, he kicks down walls and takes his cabinet to strip clubs. A one-off joke that later became a plot point, especially when Dubya seemingly declares himself president and challenges him to a fight for the title.
* In one of the worlds visited by the cast of ''Webcomic/StrangeCandy'', Sarah Palin is a bizarre Sailor Moon parody and the US is threatened by [[BearsAreBadNews Robotic Bears]]. As you would expect, the President is basically Creator/StephenColbert as he appears in his TV show, a President Buffoon which is completely incompetent and was, according to Palin, elected because he makes people laugh.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush is a classic President Buffoon.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has President Allosaurus, who mainly roars and eats people.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has a standard figure for the president of the United States (sometimes in practice representing all humanity). He's an older black guy with glasses, but his personality isn't really set between comics, since they all tell a variety of different stories/jokes, so he can fit various other types aside from President Minority.
* ''[[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcninja Dr. McNinja]]'' has President Maria Funkhouser, who is a combination of President Action and President Minority. Action, due to sporting an EyepatchOfPower, piloting a giant mech (and mentioning she always wanted one), and taking down three of mind controlled secret service guards. Minority, due to being a woman and AmbiguouslyBrown.
* In ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', President Lucius Roman (the Modern Arc incarnation of Emperor Lucius) is President Scheming. [[spoiler: Arthur]] is President Personable Iron Geek.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'', the President of the United States is Elizabeth (Liz) R. Dudley. A combination of President Minority and President Iron. Brian does some consultation for her on occasion though extremely under the table since Dudley considers him [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/06022011/ "political poison."]]
* ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' has Olive Romarin as a President {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. (Also, President Minority, identified as [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/thorn-explains-ethnic-groups/ Ceannis' first Getsunan president]] in [[AllThereInTheManual a Sunday infodumping strip]]). Unlike a President Buffoon, she has a record of successfully doing good things, but tends to lose track of which things she's done, has to be reminded when it's an election year, and can get sidetracked by dessert.
-->'''President Romarin:''' I organized the control of the Kudzu problem, meaning the mage named Kudzu who got all murder-y up in the northeast, and the control of the kudzu problem, meaning the invasive plant that tried to overgrow half of the gulf coast. Also! I have a specialty pie named after me! Can any of my opponents say that?
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* At one point in ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' (specifically, as an ImagineSpot during a review of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' where Sorceress Edea, despite being feared for her powers, somehow gets elected into office) , Dr. Insano is elected president. Three guess as to which one he is. He even lampshades this in his inaugural address:
-->"I even used my real name! You voted for guy named ''Dr. Insano''!!! What the hell is wrong with you people?"
** His platform includes: building a giant sawblade to cut Canada off at the top and then attach it to Australia, forcing the zombified corpses of political dissidents to fight to the death for his amusement, replacing the entire US population with robots, and turning [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuicideGirls the Suicide Girls]] into his own personal harem. Also, Fu Manchu was his running mate. He won by a landslide.
* [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} "Optimus Prime]] for President" returns 145,000 hits on Website/{{Google}}. Like the aforementioned Franchise/{{Superman}}, he's disqualified, having been born on Cybertron, not in the US. Would be counted as President Action (with the {{BFG}} to back it up).
** He ''could'' argue that given [[DeathIsCheap he died, and was later reborn]], with said rebirth usually happening in the US, he counts as being born there.
** In some continuities, mainly those closest to the original Generation 1, he may qualify due to the Constitution's given exception to the natural-born-citizen rule for persons living in the US at the time the Constitution was signed, given that he was living (albeit unconscious) on US soil for millions of years before the Constitutional Convention.
* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' portrays UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln as a President Action, interrupting the battle for Obama VS Romney just to bitchslap them both. So is Theodore Roosevelt, who got fed up with the lack of ERB over the summer and threatened Peter and [=LLoyd=] to come out with an official schedule or he'll carve his face out of Mount Rushmore and beat them with his own stony chin. Speaking of Obama VS Romney, he is portrayed as a President Jerkass and President Playboy. Obama responds to his insults about his parents by saying that it might get crazy, if the White House has a first, second, and a third lady! [[PresidentEvil Take a wild guess]] as to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's role.
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* Possibly the ''ultimate'' President Action -- a cartoon called ''Super President'' featured an ''actual superhero'' as the President of the United States.
* Curiously, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' casts Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in the role of a US President Buffoon -- curiously, because they already ''have'' an Arnie parody (Rainer Wolfcastle) who could just as easily have been put in the role to make the same joke and point (and possibly make it in a less-obvious fashion as well).
** It was also odd because while it fits the parody, it doesn't exactly fit the governor we all know and love. A TakeThat, perhaps? Matt Groening is supposedly a friend of Phil Angelides (who ran against Arnie in 2006).
*** The film took a long time to make, and they specifically chose someone who could never be President for the role, since they didn't want to run the risk of the film being outdated in the event that there was a different person in the actual White House when the film finally was released.
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon('s head in a jar) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is an Evil Scheming Corrupt Lunatic Gargantuan Cyborg President. In his own words:
-->'''Nixon:''' Computers may be twice as fast as they were in 1973, but your average voter is still as drunk and stupid as ever. The only thing that's changed is me. I've become bitter and, lets face it, crazy over the years, and once I'm swept into office I'll sell our children's organs to zoos for meat, and I'll break into people's houses at night and wreck up the place! Mwahahahahahaha!!
** In the episode Decision 3012, Senator (and later [[spoiler: for about five seconds]] President) Chris Travers is President Personable to a level bordering on President MarySue. He's the OnlySaneMan and an AllLovingHero, who manages to get pretty much everyone except the villains on his side and would have been able to fix all the world's problems with ease. Sadly, [[spoiler: he only gets to be President for about five seconds before being destroyed by a time paradox; he's actually a time traveller who came back to stop Nixon from destroying the world, since he accomplished that by being elected he no longer had a reason to go back.)]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', you have [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] [[InkSuitActor playing]] "[[AlterEgoActing himself]]" as a president buffoon, who attempts to make contact with a robotic probe by playing a kickass keyboard solo, puts {{Big Red Button}}s for launching nukes and making coffee next to each other, and tries to take out a 50-story alien robot with [[ShootingSuperman a handgun.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', the League visits a mirror universe where their heroes are bad guys, and their villains, good guys. The president in this world is Slade Wilson, also known in the main universe as frikkin' ''Deathstroke the Terminator''.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "A Better World", the AlternateUniverse where Luthor became PresidentEvil briefly showed his replacement: an incredibly meager President Focus Group that bends to the Justice Lords' every order (his only objection to keeping elections from being held was that they were a tradition ''like football and Macey's parade''), who Justice Lord Superman likely personally appointed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', one episode has world leaders of multiple nations including Malaysia, Japan and the United States all become President Targets and replaced with EvilTwin cyborg copies who turn national landmarks into crazy and dangerous theme park attractions.
* President Man from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} a mix of President Buffoon and President Lunatic]].
** Considering the [[CrapsackWorld setting]] of the series, this is probably the best they could hope for.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' -- The MIB are forced to break cover and work with the government during the GrandFinale. The US President is female (President Minority) and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure (President Personable).
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama made a cameo (voiced by Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson) in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In a couple of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cold opens, the president is just some random guy whoever's meeting him doesn't recognize. The "president" then explains that he's just a ''generic president'' animated shows use so they don't show their age as time goes by.
* The president, for some strange reason in the 1988 ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Mundane Voyage," is Abraham Lincoln.
* We never see a presidential figure in the ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "The Statue Of Liberty Caper" because he is surrounded by Secret Service agents at his Oval Office desk. We can only hear his mumbling, which his Service charges translate in government-ese.
-->'''D.M.:''' Thank you, Mr. President...uh, nice to have almost met you!
* Richard Nixon, as he appears in the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'', is just as big of a President Evil as he is in ''Futurama'', if not even worse-- he spends almost all of his time plotting out insidious ways to screw over the black community, as well as Black Dynamite himself, whom he considers his sworn nemesis. He concocts a scheme to frame the black community for the death of Music/ElvisPresley, thus giving him an excuse to eradicate them with [[NukeEm the N-Bomb]], which nearly succeeded if not for the King's tendency to slip into random comas.
** Actually Nixon makes it clear he doesn't hate the black community in particular, he mostly just hates Black Dynamite himself.
-->'''Kissinger''': Is it really that important to have the whole black community on drugs?
-->'''Nixon:''' Of course not. I could give a damn about the black community and its mama. This is about Black Dynamite! He thinks he's so black and dynamite.
* The President of Outer Space in ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' is President Buffoon. When Dodgers claims he was late for a meeting because he was attending his grandmother's funeral, and I.Q. High points out Dodgers's grandparents have been dead for centuries and only an idiot would believe that, the President offers his condolences.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Sir Lord Quentin Trembly III, Esq., the 8-and-a-half President of the United States, as a solid President Lunatic; elected by a landslide (as in all the other candidates were crushed by a literal landslide), he proceeded to outlaw pants, declare war on pancakes, and appointed babies to the Supreme Court. He was deposed and replaced by UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, and the government did their best to make Trembly an {{Unperson}}. [[spoiler: He later went on to found Gravity Falls, only to be deposed again before encasing himself in peanut brittle in an attempt to live forever. He succeeded and was freed by the Mystery Twins]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' had an episode where Ben's FutureBadass Ben 10,000 mentionned having been president of Earth for a short while during an alien invasion, probably as President Action. He ended up stepping down, and his cousin Gwen took over.
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has an episode showing a future where [[LovableRogue Argit]], of all people, had become the president. Knowing the character, he was almost certainly President Corrupt.
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* In the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'', there's a couple of them. The president at the start of the series is somewhat of a minor President Strawman, but becomes President Action towards the end of ''When the Devil Dances''. In his [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome CMoA]], he engages (along with his Secret Service and Marine guardians) [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] emerging from a lander that came down near a human refugee camp he was visiting. His successor falls into the President Minority (woman) category, with more than a touch of President Strawman, with a strong aversion to using nuclear weapons (not entirely unjustified, given that nukes used by the Chinese didn't do more than delay the PRC's ultimate destruction, while poisoning the land for hundreds of years).
* Creator/DaveBarry promised in ''Dave Barry Turns 40'' that he would be a President Buffoon if elected:
-->I can hear you saying, "Oh yeah, Mr. Smartass? Well, what kind of leader would ''you'' be?" The answer is, I'd be a terrible leader. I'd be such an inadequate leader that within a matter of days the United States would rank significantly below Belize as a world power. But at least I'd try to be an ''interesting'' leader.
* In ''Literature/WhyNotMe'', Al Franken portrayed himself as a Corrupt President Playboy and [[AdamWesting much more of a jerk than he really is]].
* ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''. One guess as to what kind of president this is.
* The ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy:
** The unnamed President believes himself to be the President Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between President Buffoon and President Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
** The unnamed General Secretary of the Soviet Union believes himself to be the Premier Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between Premier Buffoon and Premier Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
** The unnamed Chairman believes himself to be the Chairman Iron, but in actuality he's straddling the line between Chairman Buffoon and Chairman Lunatic in his incessant drug addiction and willingness to start a nuclear war over a tiny Pacific island possibly going Communist.
* Given that the political side in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books often eclipses its [[MilitaryScienceFiction military half]], it's no wonder that the books are chock-full of various heads of governments, running the whole gamut.
** Manticore during the series run have had one Queen and three Prime Ministers:
*** Elizabeth III is Queen Iron, due to being TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask since her teens,
*** Duke Cromarty, her uncle and the first series' PM was a PM personable and ReasonableAuthorityFigure,
*** Baron High Ridge was a poster boy for PM Corrupt and SleazyPolitician, while
*** Baron [[ShoutOut Grantville]] is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure again.
** Haven swung even wider:
*** Hereditary President Harris of old Legislaturalist regime was a Personable President Target -- largely ineffective and harmless,
*** His successor, Chairman Pierre was, despite his tyrannical rule, more of a Scheming President Iron, being the WellIntentionedExtremist that he was, while ''his'' successor, Chairman Saint-Just was simply a tyrant and largely a President Strawman.
*** After their next -- and final -- revolution, President [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Eloise]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality Pritchart]] is clearly a President Iron, bent on returning Haven back on the right path, but she is also a President Personable in that she treats her (non-idiot) subordinates with respect, listens to what they have to say, and ''will'' admit she's wrong when she actually is.
** And this list may go [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters on, and on, and on]]...
* Johnny Gentle, the President of the United States in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest'', is a former lounge singer and rabid germophobe who campaigns on making for a "neater, tighter America," and founds the [[FunWithAcronyms Clean US Party]] to get elected. His solution to the supposed dirtiness of America is to blast all the country's waste off the planet; when that proves to be too expensive, he sections off much of New England and Upstate New York as a gigantic toxic waste dump (with gigantic Lucite walls), hands it all over Canada, and forms the [[FunWithAcronyms Organization of North American Nations]] to make the whole thing work. Definitely a combination of President Buffoon and President Lunatic.
* In the ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'' series, the president of Balboa before he was tossed out in the next election was a President Corrupt.
* In a variant not listed above, the president from ''Literature/SnowCrash'', while technically a President Corrupt, probably ought to rate as a President ''Loser'': he holds office at a time when federal authority has diminished so catastrophically that nearly all of the current United States has been sold off to extraterritorial corporations. Upon meeting him, Y.T. doesn't even have a clue who he is, or care once he tells her.
* Zaphod Beeblebrox was chosen as President of the galaxy in ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' specifically ''because'' he's a natural for President Buffoon (with a side order of Playboy, Scheming and Personable), so as to distract attention away from anyone holding genuine authority.
* Although a senator rather than a president, Evangel [=McDowell=] of the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' is a President Action. He helps fight off a horde of zombies and organize the survivors.
* The book ''{{Literature/Contact}}'' features a fairly personable President Minority; she is a woman and it's implied that she is not the first woman to have that office. She is a minor character, though she has a brief point-of-view section mentioning her husband, and the protagonist rather cynically thinks that worse people have been in office.
* ''Democracy: An American Novel'', written in 1880, may be the first work to depict a fictional U.S. president. The President's full name is never stated, but it's briefly mentioned that his first name is Jacob. He's a President Corrupt and President Buffoon, mostly based on UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant.
* In the Literature/LeftBehind book series, the current President at the time of the Rapture is Gerald Fitzhugh, a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who welcomes Nicolae Carpathia to the White House with open arms. However, he is rather uncertain about the idea of giving Carpathia and the United Nations (that would soon become the Global Community) control over the nations by letting him broker a deal with Israel to allow licensed use of Chaim Rosenzweig's synthetic fertilizer formula for seven years in exchange for peace for Israel, although due to Carpathia's brainwashing he ends up going along with it. After seeing his power as president being diminished by the new one-world government being put in place, Fitzhugh attempts to side with right-wing militia groups in order to wrest control of the United States and other free nations from Carpathia's grasp, only to be killed when Washington, D.C. was firebombed in a retaliatory attack.
* Creator/GregBear's ''The Forge of God'' shows the President (along with a significant part of the rest of the population) transforming into a wibbling President Lunatic of the religious variety under the stress of knowing that the world is about to end and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Ultimately though this is of little consequence precisely because there is nothing anyone can do about it and going mad is as good a way of passing what little time remains as any.
* President Lawrence Thurston of the Literature/{{Emberverse}}'s United States of Boise is President Action and President Iron: he's an ex-Army Ranger who leads both his country and its armed forces, and is implacable in his goal of reestablishing the USA as a governing entity. Becomes a President Target, thanks to the actions of the Church Universal and Triumphant and Thurston's own son, Martin. Martin, who succeeds his father thanks to a bit of {{Patricide}}, is another President Action as well as President Corrupt; he becomes President Evil when the evil force behind the CUT decides it's time to establish just who is actually serving whom.
* President Cowley in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' is a President Scheming Focus-Group, who'll say whatever makes him popular. Initially elected on anti-Stepping sentiment, he later becomes acclaimed (at least on Datum Earth) for the American Aegis, which claims all Stepwise counterparts of the US as part of the country. Following [[spoiler: the eruption of Datum Yellowstone]], however, his focus shifts to rallying people through the disaster, which is a natural fit for his oratory skills. Hardened cynic Mac calls him "just a soapbox Joe, but...damn, he's good."
* During his time as Grand Administrator of the Solar Empire, ''Literature/PerryRhodan'' is clearly a President Action -- with unfortunate forays into President Sue territory on occasions when the narration overemphasizes the supposedly horrible consequences of his no longer personally running the ship of state or when it's hinted (with the most outright statement admittedly coming from a soldier being interrogated by hostile aliens at the time) that despite all challenges he keeps getting honestly democratically reelected ''every time'' in the end for all the centuries said empire exists. He keeps the action tendencies later in the series, but while his necessarily well-established political credentials and experience keep him involved in that game his relevance in that arena is toned down to more reasonable "one-of-a-kind elder statesman" levels.
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* ''Series/CommanderInChief'' starred Geena Davis as a Minority President (with a side order of President Iron and President Personable), and a very competent one at that. Noteworthy that while her status as the first female President got plenty of mention, in practice her status as the first independent President (i.e. no party affiliation) since George Washington proved more important.
* President Jed Bartlet in ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a President Personable. He's also been accused from some quarters (particularly right-wing) of being a liberal President Strawman, and his staff occasionally view him as a President Sue, but he presents enough well-rounded CharacterDevelopment, deep-seated character flaws and contrary opinions to avoid falling into this trap.
** He was supposed to be a President Invisible, or nearly so, when the series began. But Martin Sheen is awfully good at what he does.
** He also showed moments of being a President Buffoon in the first season. His first mention was of him riding a bicycle into a tree, and in a later episode he comes into the Oval Office loopy on medication and can't remember any of his staff's names.
** He is also President Target, being wounded in one assassination attempt and having his youngest daughter kidnapped on another occasion.
** President Matt Santos is a President Minority. Probably the first of what will presumably be a long list of that character type to be intentionally based off of UsefulNotes/BarackObama. The writers actually talked to David Axelrod for characterization help.
*** Extremely notable for being based on Barack Obama after the latter's 2004 convention speech. As in, [[LifeImitatesArt before Obama collected a dime for 2008]].
** British Prime Minister Maureen Graty of the same series is firmly an Iron Prime Minister, launching a full-scale war over the terrorist shooting of a British plane.
** Bartlet's first VP, John Hoynes, was a Vice President Scheming who eventually had to resign when it was revealed that he was a Vice President Playboy as well. His replacement, Robert Russell, was a mild Vice President Buffoon.
*** "Bingo Bob" Russel was a GenreSavvy VP Buffoon, as he recognized that his ties to mining companies could paint him as a VP Scheming if his opponents took him more seriously.
* U.S. President Arthur Winters in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Sound of Drums'' is something of a President Buffoon -- although technically, he's only a President-''Elect''.
** Mr. Saxon in the same episode is a Lunatic [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister Evil]] hiding behind a facade of Buffoonery. He's also [[spoiler:the Master, and thus an Alien Prime Minster Evil]] too.
** Arthur Winters appears to be a thinly veiled President Unmodified based on then-President George W. Bush, playing up the widespread European perception of Bush as an arrogant, overbearing cowboy-type. (The Master [[spoiler:has him disintegrated]].) Two years later, in "The End of Time," they dispensed with the veil and referred to President Obama by name.
** Harriet Jones on ''Series/DoctorWho'' starts as a Prime Minister Personable. She pushes for improved hospital care in her constituency and would prefer to remain working for her constituents. However, by the time of ''The Christmas Invasion'', she's become firmly an Iron Prime Minister and a thinly veiled Margaret Thatcher analogy, who will override the US, UN and several secret organisations and blow up a retreating spaceship.
** Also from ''Series/DoctorWho'', Queen Victoria became Queen Action in "Tooth and Claw," when she shot the leader of the evil monks.
*** Liz-10 is the bloody Queen, mate. Basically, she rules.
** In ''The Five Doctors'' Lord President Borusa is President Corrupt if not President Evil, what with grabbing five versions of the Doctor along with their companions and enemies, including the Master, and dropping them in the Death Zone so they can steal the secret of immortality for him, and attempting to frame his Chancellor for it.
** [[spoiler: Lord President Rassilon]] in "The End of Time" is most definitely President Evil. Saxon pales in comparison.
*** Particularly as [[spoiler: The Master is revealed to have gone mad because of Rassilon's machinations to escape the Time Locked Time War]].
** The Doctor himself is elected Lord President of Gallifrey multiple times, usually he makes a break for it before they can get him into the office though. However, in "Hell Bent" he quite blatantly abuses the position in an attempt to [[spoiler: save Clara, potentially breaking the timeline]]. And earlier in "Death in Heaven" UNIT temporarily made the Doctor President of Earth as part of their new protocols for combating alien invasions, during his brief term he was most definitely President Action.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' had Prime Minister Jerkass Brian Green. He spends the entire 4-5-6 incident making his most loyal civil servant take bullets for him, to the point of [[spoiler: forcing him to sacrifice his own children, which drives him to commit suicide.]] When the whole incident is finally cleared up, he says he feels "lucky" because his reputation has not been marred. Also President Corrupt.\\
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Fortunately, in his last appearance of the miniseries, it's strongly implied that [[spoiler: the [[TheStarscream Home Secretary]] is going to blackmail him into standing down so that she can take over]].
* President Paul Hollister, played by Beau Bridges in ''10.5'', is a President Personable.
* Jim Hacker of ''[[Series/YesMinister Yes, Prime Minister]]'' tends to be a Personable Prime Minister Focus Group, easily swayed by his Cabinet Secretary [[TheBarnum Humphrey Appleby]], although he can develop a very strong Iron streak when he feels his moral integrity is threatened--or thinks he can get an advantage over Sir Humphrey out of it.
* President David Palmer of ''Series/TwentyFour'' was President Personable who had a habit of being a President Target every now and then. [[spoiler:And he succumbs to it in season five]]. President Charles Logan was PresidentEvil with a bit of ObfuscatingStupidity at first.
** Palmer was also the first black President Minority, at least on a well-known scale. It's mentioned a bit in Season One, but becomes utterly irrelevant (as it should be) after then.
** Palmer had a tendency to stray into President Mary Sue territory occasionally.
*** President Allison Taylor looks like a sweet, middle-aged lady (she is, after all, played by Cherry Jones). '''Do not let this fool you.''' President Taylor ''will not budge'' once she has made up her mind about something... she's an IronLady and thus President Iron personified.
---->'''President Taylor:''' "I want that sonofabitch ''found''."
** And now President Hassan of [[HollywoodAtlas Kamistan]] has gotten in on the action, mostly as President Target but now edging into [[spoiler:President Action territory after ''saving Jack Bauer.'']]
* Francis Urquhart in the ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'' trilogy of books and TV serials is a Prime Minister Corrupt.
* Francis "Frank" Underwood in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' is President Corrupt who masquerades as a President Personable.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s President Henry Hayes is a President Personable, replacing an Invisible President in season 7. Of course his [[spoiler:first]] VP is the resident CorruptPolitician and corporate stooge, (ex-Senator) Kinsey.
** Hayes is also a President Iron. This shows most when he confronts [[spoiler:a holographic projection of Anubis]].
* Randall Winston from ''Series/SpinCity'' is definitely a Buffoon Mayor. The only reason New York City runs is because of HypercompetentSidekick Mike Flaherty.
* Reginald J. Priest in Season Four of ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' is a viciously presented Corrupt President Buffoon.
** He borders on PresidentEvil at times (such as nuking countries that piss him off and letting the plant aliens eat Japan), but that is to be expected when you remember that he's [[{{Satan}} Prince's]] puppet.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' has four presidents, though one appears only in a flashback by Roslin on account of getting nuked.
** President Laura Roslin is mostly President Iron except for brief forays into religious zeal that briefly make her President Lunatic as far as Commander Adama is concerned.
** President Gaius Baltar is most of the less positive forms on this list at one time or another. And President Personable, which makes it worse.
** Acting President Lee Adama is a President Action.
* Prime Minister [=McLaughlin=] at the beginning of the Canadian mini-series ''[=H2O=]'' is Prime Minister Target, as the series starts with his mysterious death. He is succeeded by his son, Tom, who is Prime Minister [[spoiler:Corrupt, flirting with Evil]].
** There is also a President Minority
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had almost all of these variants during its run, including:
** President Iron: the female Earth Alliance president from In the Beginning, [[spoiler:as well as Sheridan]]
** President Target: [[spoiler:Luis Santiago, Sheridan, and Delenn in her roles as both ISA VP and president.]]
** President Evil: [[spoiler:William Morgan Clark]]
** President Jesus: [[spoiler:First almost played straight, but then averted with Sheridan during the fifth season]]
** President Mary Sue: [[spoiler:Definitely Sheridan.]]
** And that's not counting heads of state other than actual Presidents...
* The ''[[Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew Taming of the Shrew]]'' segment of ''Shakespeare Retold'' had Katherine as a MargaretThatcher-esque Conservative politician who at the end of the show becomes Prime Minister. Presumably, she would be a Prime Minister Iron, although oddly, she also seemed to be slightly Prime Minister Personal.
* In the spinoff of ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'', ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'', the eponymous Cory is living in the White House because his father got a job as head chef. The president is President Buffoon and President Minority, as he is Latino.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has had a few variants:
** In the dystopian future of "Five Years Gone," Nathan Petrelli [[spoiler:in reality, Sylar]] was President Evil, not to mention President Action when he felt like it.
** The current president in the main timeline, first seen in the Volume Three finale, is President Minority (he's black). Interestingly, while the episode was aired after Obama won the 2008 election, it was probably filmed, and Michael Dorn almost certainly cast as the President, late in the campaign, when Obama's victory was likely, but far from certain. He hasn't actually been given a name, though some fans call him President [[Franchise/StarTrek Worf]].
*** In the Volume Four finale, he's President Target, as Sylar, who has gained the power of VoluntaryShapeshifting, plans to kill him and take his place.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' has two [[InvisiblePresident invisible PMs]], at least one of whom is also Unmodified (Tom Davis is pretty obviously UsefulNotes/GordonBrown). The other one went almost totally unmentioned, but given the circumstances, is also more or less Unmodified (for UsefulNotes/TonyBlair).
** There was yet another invisible PM in series 4 (which it took place after a general election and change of government) - probably a more or less Unmodified version of David Cameron.
* ''Series/TheEvent'' features a President Minority in U.S. President Elias Martinez (played by Blair Underwood), who is Cuban.
* In an episode of ''Series/TimeTrax'', the time-traveling hero saves the life of an African-American senator whom he knows will one day become a President Minority.
* President Johnny Cyclops in ''Whoops Apocalypse'' is a President Buffoon; a former film star who has actually been lobotomised. The British PM, Kevin Pork, is a Prime Minister Lunatic who believes he's Franchise/{{Superman}} (probably a dig at UsefulNotes/HaroldMacmillan's "Supermac" nickname).
** Cyclops does sometimes seem to show some good sense, in contrast to everybody elses insanity, in which case he slides more towards President Focus Group.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'' is a case of Our Mayors Are Different. Starting in season 2, Carter Poole is a Mayor Minority/Mayor Personable twofer.
* President Dale Gilchrist of ''Series/SixteenHundredPenn'' seems to be a President Personable. However, we hear little about actual politics, since the show is a DomCom about his relationship with his family.
* Vasiliy from ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'' is an idealistic, devoted and honest president, who lives with his parents, rides a bicycle to work (when he doesn't take a bus) and overall thinks and acts as a regular person.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Dunkelzahn of ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' fame is this trope crossed with OurDragonsAreDifferent. Let that sink in a bit. As a great dragon, he was powerful enough to change reality through force of will, but he was keenly interested in humanity, running charities, humanitarian organizations and even a talk show. He eventually ran for ''president'' and got in before dying ten hours later, breaking numerous records including largest president, oldest president, only president born before the Christian era, and shortest presidential term.
** His immediate predecessor, and possibly others before, were both President Corrupt and President Scheming, having gotten into office via the rigged "Remote-Vote" system, the exposure of which resulted in impeachment and an immediate special election.
* Randel Portman from Creator/WhiteWolf's ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' was an explicitly realistic superhero who entered the US presidential elections as the Democratic Party's candidate. His bid was presented in a pretty realistic manner: his failings, a track record in politics that could be charitably described as "minor grass-roots experience" (not to mention obvious political jabs his opponents could and would make about a novice running on sheer star power and media glitz) were all well represented. Given that this was a setting teeming with inhumanly intelligent, charismatic, beautiful or canny super-powered "novas" the world over (Russia was ran from behind the scenes by a nova Minister of the Treasury whose inhuman intelligence had enabled him to formulate a plan that catapulted the whole country out of The Second Great Depression: many Americans were mentioned as telling pollsters that "they'd prefer a nova president with a superior intellect"), Portman was definitely an Average Joe candidate who simply happened to have supernatural powers that made him a great fireman, and a personality that made him personally very likable. The game line suggested he went on to win the Presidency, but was silent on how his term in office turned out.
* One previewed test run for the Burn Legend setting in ''Shards of the TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Dream'' used Richard Nixon (and his counterpart from another universe) as equal parts President Action and President Evil. It concluded with our universe's Nixon using [[OneWingedAngel Demon Emperor Shintai]] and kicking the other's backside.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* John P. Wintergreen, main character of the musical ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'', presents himself to his party bosses as "nominated by the people, absolutely my own master, and ready to do any dirty work the committee suggests." He becomes something of a President Buffoon once he's elected (with the backing of corrupt political operatives and a campaign based on ThePowerOfLove). His Vice-President, Throttlebottom, is a non-entity acknowledged by nobody until he reminds them who he is (which he has to do quite often).
* Franklin D. Roosevelt in ''I'd Rather Be Right'' was predominantly a President Personable, trying to think up a way to balance the budget that the Supreme Court wouldn't disallow. He could also dance, unlike the RealLife FDR but like George M. Cohan (who played him).
* In ''Music/{{Evita}}'' Juan Perón shows certain elements of President Buffoon. In the musical number [[CrowdSong "A New Argentina"]], he expresses a desire to retire from politics and live the easy life in Paraguay. He is quickly shut down by his scheming wife, Eva, who convinces him to run for president.
* Not a president, but the Governor from ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'' deserves a mention for how ''gleeful'' he is about being a President Focus Group / President Scheming hybrid. Just listen to his OneSceneWonder song, "Sidestep".
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* In what is '''definitely''' the most utterly insane version on this list, President Michael Wilson in ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' is a ''completely'' [[RefugeInAudacity over-the-top]] President Action who spends the game in a heavily-armed HumongousMecha yelling SoBadItsGood one liners and blowing up about half of the United States (killing ''lots'' of people in the process) in an attempt to rescue the remaining half from his [[EvilChancellor Evil Vice President]] (who, of course, is ''also'' in a HumongousMecha). Seriously, mere words [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Genl242_ZU8 cannot do this justice]].
** '''[[SayMyName MICHAELLLLL!!!]]'''
*** '''[[SayMyName RICHAAAAAARD!!!]]'''
* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]: Abe Lincoln Must Die!'' had a President Buffoon who turned out to be [[spoiler:literally a puppet]]. He's replaced by ''Max'', of all living things, who is the definition of President Lunatic.
** Max mixes in a lot of President Action since he still rides around town with Sam and solves crimes.
** Max is also President Corrupt since he abuses his power as much as he can in order to advance the story.
*** He starts a [[spoiler:civil war between the Dakotas]] to obtain emergency powers and access to the War Room and its missiles. He then blows up Antarctica and Krypton (if the missile ever gets there).
*** Later Max [[spoiler:sells the US to Canada]] to get one of Bosco's inventions thus making him essentially President Traitor.
*** The Secret Service has contingency plans for when Max goes "really bad". The second most probable scenario is Max turning into an EldritchAbomination and rampaging through New York.
* George Sears (aka. Solidus Snake) from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is something of a President Action and President Corrupt -- he's running his own conspiracy to kill the conspirators. Then a player-controlled {{Tykebomb}} comes after him, and he's dual-wielding high frequency blades in some kind of power suit...
** President Johnson from the same series is more of a President Target then anything, though he does have overtones of President Corrupt.
* President Jacobi from ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' [[spoiler:turns out to be President ActionGirl]].
* President John Henry Eden from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is an uncommon combination of both PresidentEvil and [[AffablyEvil President Personable]], having an impeccably polite manner and delivering morally uplifting "talks" on his radio station to the people of the Capital Wasteland in the vein of FDR's fireside chats, promising to bring back America's glory days and deliver its inhabitants from despair. Of course, he neglects to mention his ultimate plan for doing this would result in [[spoiler:nearly everyone in the Capital Wasteland dying]]. He also has something of a [[EvilChancellor treacherous Second-in-Command]] in the form of Colonel Augustus Autumn who, while not ultimately as sinister, is also much less [[AffablyEvil affable]].
** Colonel Autumn is really more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist. For instance, the reason he is rebelling against President Eden is because he DOESN'T want everyone in the wasteland to die.
* President Aaron Kimball of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a warhawk President Iron as well as a President Target during a mission where he appears to make a speech. Depending on which path you're on, the player is tasked with either protecting him or assassinating him.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', you have President Shinra, a President Evil before becoming a President Target, and his son Rufus, who is simultaneously a President Evil and a President Action, before becoming an [[TheAtoner atoner]] President MagnificentBastard.
** ''Technically'' they're only presidents of an electric company. Said electric company basically runs the world, but still.
*** The highest-ranking government official you meet, the Mayor of Midgar, is a Mayor Ineffectual. Shinra doesn't even bother to ''pretend'' to respect him, and he's openly under their thumb. He helps you out just to stick it to the man.
* 'Mr. President' from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' and ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' is a President Target.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has two characters as examples. The first is a PresidentEvil, Galbadian President Vinzer Deling. The second is Estharian president [[spoiler: Laguna Loire]], who fits several of the subtropes. He's a subversion of President Buffoon. Prior to his being revealed as the President, the game portrays him as awkward, dimwitted, and reckless. However, he seems to be doing quite well as president. He's also President Action [[spoiler: (You get to control him for several portions in the game, and he wields a machine gun, his theme is even called "The Man With The Machine Gun")]], he's also a pretty nice guy once you finally meet him, making him President Personable as well. He's also[[spoiler: the main character's father]].
* In ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 2'', Crypto has risen to the presidency of the United States, allowing the player to control a combination PresidentEvil and [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking President Action]]. Mwahahahaha!!!
* President Howard "Screw 'Em All!" Ackerman of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' pretty much epitomizes the concept of President Iron along with President Lunatic/President Evil. His solution to illegal immigration? ''Attack dogs!'' His position on serving special interests? None; he's too busy serving the Commies a steaming platter of ''shame'', with a side order of ''suck it!'' Vote for Ackerman, ''if you want to live.'' His hatred for the Soviets leads him to try and use superweapons (not nukes; they haven't been invented thanks to the eradication of Albert Einstein from the timeline) to obliterate the USSR from a secret base in Mount Rushmore after the rest of the Allies are readying a cease-fire with them, [[spoiler:though he turns out to be right not to trust them.]]. Then again, his militant attitude is due to the fact that [[spoiler:he's a Japanese Cyborg Spy sent to make the Allies more aggressive towards the Soviets.]]
** This game also includes the rare non-American President Action, as the Japanese Emperor personally takes to the field in his HumongousMecha.
* President Orwen from ''VideoGame/FrontMission: Gun Hazard'' definitely qualifies as a ''President Personable''; he's a genuine nice guy, but gets screwed over by his subordinates early on. Orwen doesn't go down without a fight though, and has a ''President Badass'' moment when he rams the truck he's driving into [[EvilChancellor Ark Hellbrand's]] [[RealRobotGenre Wanzer]], forcing Ark to retreat.
* The unnamed President in ''VideoGame/GhostSquad'' is President Target, and ''high-fives'' you the second time you rescue him.
* The unnamed President in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' is both President Minority (being black) and President Target, with the ''intense'' mission where you sneak aboard Air Force One to save him before the plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, at which point you must rescue him ''again'' and kill the clone the villains made to be more agreeable to their plans. He could also be described as President Suicidal, what with his bizarre habit of running right in front of you when you're firing a submachine gun.
* Two examples in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'': President Gabriel of the [[FloatingContinent floating]] military nation of Zepp, who took power in the successful staging of a coup-d-état; and the President of a nation [[spoiler:implied to be a heavily-weakened United States of America]], who is a young girl and a puppet of [[TheSyndicate The Assassin's Guild]].
** As of ''Xrd'', you can add a third one: none other than [[spoiler:Chipp Zanuff]], who runs a minor nation he founded himself.
* President Richter Karst of the Republic of Bastok in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' is President Jerkass. [[spoiler: At least until you so later missions and find out that he isn't that much of a {{Jerkass}}. He has a (very) gruff persona, but did a lot for the citizens of Bastok that few people actually know about.]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'''s zombie level that takes place in the Pentagon ("Five") makes [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy President Kennedy]] a President Action via the player. As the level can be 4-player co-op, it also allows for a Cuban President Action (Fidel Castro), a Secretary of Defense Action (Robert [=McNamara=]), and a Presidential Candidate/Future President Action (UsefulNotes/RichardNixon).
* President Baelheit in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos Origins'' is a blatant President Evil despite being a President Personable as well. Despite being the villain for the entirety of the game, [[spoiler:you still can't stop him from being fairly elected because the people of his home continent love him so much.]]
* President Dylan Paradine of Strahta in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is a President Personable with shades of President Action. He travels in casual clothes to personally see the developments in his country, and refuses to be manipulated by the interests of the elite.
* The FinalBoss of the online TowerDefense game ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/yellowbouncyball/planet-juicer Planet Juicer]]'' is Barack Obama, in a tank, throwing grenades. A definite President Action.
* Captain Qwark in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One'' is the galactic president, having been elected between this game and ''A Crack In Time''. As a playable character, he's President Action, but the game starts with an attempt by [[MadScientist Dr. Nefarious]] to kill him, making Qwark President Target. And through it all, he's President Buffoon.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', The Boss is now a combination of President Action and President Evil who now has to fight off an alien invasion with the help of newly-gained superpowers. At other points, they are President Buffoon (making "pew pew" noises while using a sniper rifle on lookout duty), President Jerkass (50% of your past time with Pierce is, supposedly, spent insulting him "all in good fun"), President Playboy (you can have casual sex with something like six of your teammates and one of your first orders was to install stripper poles in the White House), President Iron (never backing down though the heavens fall), a tiny bit of President Personable (always loyal to a member of the crew), a generous dose of President Lunatic (many of the actions taken during the game are not the decisions of a sane person), and potentially a dash of President Minority (depending on character creation and a few choices during the game, you can be the first bisexual, mixed-race female French President of America). Basically, you are any of the options listed at the top of the page that either improve, or are neutral towards, your ability to kill stuff and wreak havoc.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, the United States of America is now the United North American States (the result of a merger with Canada and Mexico.) It seems to be even more dysfunctional than its predecessor, with President Enrique Aguilar being assassinated in 2176, and President Christopher Huerta suffering a stroke in 2184 that left him legally dead for 90 minutes. This results in a heated battle over succession when Huerta's brain functions are successfully transferred to a computer - Huerta's supporters claim that he's still alive inside the computer, and his detractors claim that what currently passes as Huerta is essentially a VI, and Huerta himself is dead. Shepard can agree with either faction during a filler conversation in the third game, but the conversation implies that most North Americans fall into the "Huerta is dead" camp.
* President Skye Holloway in ''VideoGame/{{Bombshell}}'' is President Target, getting kidnapped at the start of the game, as well as President Minority, being female. [[BadassInDistress She's also a President Action]], having a military background and the EyepatchOfPower to show for it. She gets to prove it, too, once freed.
* The Osean president Vincent Harling in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' walks the line between President Personable and President Target. He is introduced as one of the game's few {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s, whose calm and reasonable encouragement helps a rookie pilot land their plane safely, but [[spoiler:in end of the same mission, he is secretly captured by the NebulousCriminalConspiracy's agents and spends half of the game imprisoned until you break him out during the final missions. After that he assumes the BigGood position until the end of the campaign.]]
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* President Robertson in ''VisualNovel/QueensGambit'' is a President Personable, a likable and reasonable man whose policies have the best interests of the country in mind. In Tom Walker's route, he's also a President Target: TheConspiracy contracts [[spoiler:the player character, codename Shield,]] to assassinate him because his reforms stand to interfere with their goals. [[spoiler:When Shield does an end run around actually killing Robertson via creative interpretation of her mission orders, the unamused Triumvirate blows her cover to the news media and sends another less ethically-inclined agent to finish the job.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/KillroyAndTina'' has Jesse Ventura as a President Action who doesn't need Secret Service protection, he kicks down walls and takes his cabinet to strip clubs. A one-off joke that later became a plot point, especially when Dubya seemingly declares himself president and challenges him to a fight for the title.
* In one of the worlds visited by the cast of ''Webcomic/StrangeCandy'', Sarah Palin is a bizarre Sailor Moon parody and the US is threatened by [[BearsAreBadNews Robotic Bears]]. As you would expect, the President is basically Creator/StephenColbert as he appears in his TV show, a President Buffoon which is completely incompetent and was, according to Palin, elected because he makes people laugh.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush is a classic President Buffoon.
* ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' has President Allosaurus, who mainly roars and eats people.
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has a standard figure for the president of the United States (sometimes in practice representing all humanity). He's an older black guy with glasses, but his personality isn't really set between comics, since they all tell a variety of different stories/jokes, so he can fit various other types aside from President Minority.
* ''[[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcninja Dr. McNinja]]'' has President Maria Funkhouser, who is a combination of President Action and President Minority. Action, due to sporting an EyepatchOfPower, piloting a giant mech (and mentioning she always wanted one), and taking down three of mind controlled secret service guards. Minority, due to being a woman and AmbiguouslyBrown.
* In ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', President Lucius Roman (the Modern Arc incarnation of Emperor Lucius) is President Scheming. [[spoiler: Arthur]] is President Personable Iron Geek.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'', the President of the United States is Elizabeth (Liz) R. Dudley. A combination of President Minority and President Iron. Brian does some consultation for her on occasion though extremely under the table since Dudley considers him [[http://rhapsodies.wpmorse.com/comic/06022011/ "political poison."]]
* ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' has Olive Romarin as a President {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. (Also, President Minority, identified as [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/thorn-explains-ethnic-groups/ Ceannis' first Getsunan president]] in [[AllThereInTheManual a Sunday infodumping strip]]). Unlike a President Buffoon, she has a record of successfully doing good things, but tends to lose track of which things she's done, has to be reminded when it's an election year, and can get sidetracked by dessert.
-->'''President Romarin:''' I organized the control of the Kudzu problem, meaning the mage named Kudzu who got all murder-y up in the northeast, and the control of the kudzu problem, meaning the invasive plant that tried to overgrow half of the gulf coast. Also! I have a specialty pie named after me! Can any of my opponents say that?
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* At one point in ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' (specifically, as an ImagineSpot during a review of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' where Sorceress Edea, despite being feared for her powers, somehow gets elected into office) , Dr. Insano is elected president. Three guess as to which one he is. He even lampshades this in his inaugural address:
-->"I even used my real name! You voted for guy named ''Dr. Insano''!!! What the hell is wrong with you people?"
** His platform includes: building a giant sawblade to cut Canada off at the top and then attach it to Australia, forcing the zombified corpses of political dissidents to fight to the death for his amusement, replacing the entire US population with robots, and turning [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SuicideGirls the Suicide Girls]] into his own personal harem. Also, Fu Manchu was his running mate. He won by a landslide.
* [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} "Optimus Prime]] for President" returns 145,000 hits on Website/{{Google}}. Like the aforementioned Franchise/{{Superman}}, he's disqualified, having been born on Cybertron, not in the US. Would be counted as President Action (with the {{BFG}} to back it up).
** He ''could'' argue that given [[DeathIsCheap he died, and was later reborn]], with said rebirth usually happening in the US, he counts as being born there.
** In some continuities, mainly those closest to the original Generation 1, he may qualify due to the Constitution's given exception to the natural-born-citizen rule for persons living in the US at the time the Constitution was signed, given that he was living (albeit unconscious) on US soil for millions of years before the Constitutional Convention.
* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' portrays UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln as a President Action, interrupting the battle for Obama VS Romney just to bitchslap them both. So is Theodore Roosevelt, who got fed up with the lack of ERB over the summer and threatened Peter and [=LLoyd=] to come out with an official schedule or he'll carve his face out of Mount Rushmore and beat them with his own stony chin. Speaking of Obama VS Romney, he is portrayed as a President Jerkass and President Playboy. Obama responds to his insults about his parents by saying that it might get crazy, if the White House has a first, second, and a third lady! [[PresidentEvil Take a wild guess]] as to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's role.
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* Possibly the ''ultimate'' President Action -- a cartoon called ''Super President'' featured an ''actual superhero'' as the President of the United States.
* Curiously, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' casts Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in the role of a US President Buffoon -- curiously, because they already ''have'' an Arnie parody (Rainer Wolfcastle) who could just as easily have been put in the role to make the same joke and point (and possibly make it in a less-obvious fashion as well).
** It was also odd because while it fits the parody, it doesn't exactly fit the governor we all know and love. A TakeThat, perhaps? Matt Groening is supposedly a friend of Phil Angelides (who ran against Arnie in 2006).
*** The film took a long time to make, and they specifically chose someone who could never be President for the role, since they didn't want to run the risk of the film being outdated in the event that there was a different person in the actual White House when the film finally was released.
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon('s head in a jar) in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is an Evil Scheming Corrupt Lunatic Gargantuan Cyborg President. In his own words:
-->'''Nixon:''' Computers may be twice as fast as they were in 1973, but your average voter is still as drunk and stupid as ever. The only thing that's changed is me. I've become bitter and, lets face it, crazy over the years, and once I'm swept into office I'll sell our children's organs to zoos for meat, and I'll break into people's houses at night and wreck up the place! Mwahahahahahaha!!
** In the episode Decision 3012, Senator (and later [[spoiler: for about five seconds]] President) Chris Travers is President Personable to a level bordering on President MarySue. He's the OnlySaneMan and an AllLovingHero, who manages to get pretty much everyone except the villains on his side and would have been able to fix all the world's problems with ease. Sadly, [[spoiler: he only gets to be President for about five seconds before being destroyed by a time paradox; he's actually a time traveller who came back to stop Nixon from destroying the world, since he accomplished that by being elected he no longer had a reason to go back.)]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', you have [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] [[InkSuitActor playing]] "[[AlterEgoActing himself]]" as a president buffoon, who attempts to make contact with a robotic probe by playing a kickass keyboard solo, puts {{Big Red Button}}s for launching nukes and making coffee next to each other, and tries to take out a 50-story alien robot with [[ShootingSuperman a handgun.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', the League visits a mirror universe where their heroes are bad guys, and their villains, good guys. The president in this world is Slade Wilson, also known in the main universe as frikkin' ''Deathstroke the Terminator''.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "A Better World", the AlternateUniverse where Luthor became PresidentEvil briefly showed his replacement: an incredibly meager President Focus Group that bends to the Justice Lords' every order (his only objection to keeping elections from being held was that they were a tradition ''like football and Macey's parade''), who Justice Lord Superman likely personally appointed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', one episode has world leaders of multiple nations including Malaysia, Japan and the United States all become President Targets and replaced with EvilTwin cyborg copies who turn national landmarks into crazy and dangerous theme park attractions.
* President Man from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} a mix of President Buffoon and President Lunatic]].
** Considering the [[CrapsackWorld setting]] of the series, this is probably the best they could hope for.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' -- The MIB are forced to break cover and work with the government during the GrandFinale. The US President is female (President Minority) and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure (President Personable).
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama made a cameo (voiced by Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson) in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
* In a couple of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cold opens, the president is just some random guy whoever's meeting him doesn't recognize. The "president" then explains that he's just a ''generic president'' animated shows use so they don't show their age as time goes by.
* The president, for some strange reason in the 1988 ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse'' episode "Mundane Voyage," is Abraham Lincoln.
* We never see a presidential figure in the ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' episode "The Statue Of Liberty Caper" because he is surrounded by Secret Service agents at his Oval Office desk. We can only hear his mumbling, which his Service charges translate in government-ese.
-->'''D.M.:''' Thank you, Mr. President...uh, nice to have almost met you!
* Richard Nixon, as he appears in the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'', is just as big of a President Evil as he is in ''Futurama'', if not even worse-- he spends almost all of his time plotting out insidious ways to screw over the black community, as well as Black Dynamite himself, whom he considers his sworn nemesis. He concocts a scheme to frame the black community for the death of Music/ElvisPresley, thus giving him an excuse to eradicate them with [[NukeEm the N-Bomb]], which nearly succeeded if not for the King's tendency to slip into random comas.
** Actually Nixon makes it clear he doesn't hate the black community in particular, he mostly just hates Black Dynamite himself.
-->'''Kissinger''': Is it really that important to have the whole black community on drugs?
-->'''Nixon:''' Of course not. I could give a damn about the black community and its mama. This is about Black Dynamite! He thinks he's so black and dynamite.
* The President of Outer Space in ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' is President Buffoon. When Dodgers claims he was late for a meeting because he was attending his grandmother's funeral, and I.Q. High points out Dodgers's grandparents have been dead for centuries and only an idiot would believe that, the President offers his condolences.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Sir Lord Quentin Trembly III, Esq., the 8-and-a-half President of the United States, as a solid President Lunatic; elected by a landslide (as in all the other candidates were crushed by a literal landslide), he proceeded to outlaw pants, declare war on pancakes, and appointed babies to the Supreme Court. He was deposed and replaced by UsefulNotes/WilliamHenryHarrison, and the government did their best to make Trembly an {{Unperson}}. [[spoiler: He later went on to found Gravity Falls, only to be deposed again before encasing himself in peanut brittle in an attempt to live forever. He succeeded and was freed by the Mystery Twins]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' had an episode where Ben's FutureBadass Ben 10,000 mentionned having been president of Earth for a short while during an alien invasion, probably as President Action. He ended up stepping down, and his cousin Gwen took over.
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has an episode showing a future where [[LovableRogue Argit]], of all people, had become the president. Knowing the character, he was almost certainly President Corrupt.
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* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn superstar and five-time ultimate smackdown wrestling champion is a strange mix of President Buffoon and President Personable. He lives in a future where the idiots have outbred intelligent people, thus leaving only the morons to march (and destroy) the planet. He is a complete moron by modern standards, but likeable and charismatic (in a BoisterousBruiser sort of way), willing to listen to his advisers, and clearly more well-spoken than most people in the future.

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* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn superstar and five-time ultimate smackdown wrestling champion is a strange mix of President Buffoon and President Personable. He lives in a future where the idiots have outbred intelligent people, thus leaving only the morons to march (and destroy) the planet. He is a complete moron by modern standards, but likeable and charismatic (in a BoisterousBruiser sort of way), willing to listen to his advisers, advisors, and clearly more well-spoken than most people in the future.
9th Jul '16 3:17:32 AM Koveras
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* The Osean president Vincent Harling in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' walks the line between President Personable and President Target. He is introduced as one of the game's few {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s, whose calm and reasonable encouragement helps a rookie pilot land their plane safely, but [[spoiler:in end of the same mission, he is secretly captured by the NebulousCriminalConspiracy's agents and spends half of the game imprisoned until you break him out during the final missions. After that he assumes the BigGood position until the end of the campaign.]]
25th Jun '16 5:30:45 PM nombretomado
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* At other times in the Marvel Universe, the President just happens to be whoever's in office at the time, with varying degrees of any of the above-mentioned stereotypes. In Uncanny X-Men alone, we see UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter (during the Dark Phoenix Saga), UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan (in follow-on stories to DaysOfFuturePast), and George H.W. Bush (in X-Men #1). In a discussion board thread, Creator/ChrisClaremont, talking about how his new X-Men Forever simultaneously follows on from X-Men #1 yet is set in 2009, essentially said "[[MST3KMantra Assume that the gent sitting in the White House was always Barack Obama, or perhaps George W. Bush, depending on when exactly the story takes place]]." One assumes that this also includes the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp fact that there was still a Soviet Union in X-Men #1...]] Yeah, Marvel's sliding timeline probably causes more trouble than it's worth.

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* At other times in the Marvel Universe, the President just happens to be whoever's in office at the time, with varying degrees of any of the above-mentioned stereotypes. In Uncanny X-Men alone, we see UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter (during the Dark Phoenix Saga), UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan (in follow-on stories to DaysOfFuturePast), ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast), and George H.W. Bush (in X-Men #1). In a discussion board thread, Creator/ChrisClaremont, talking about how his new X-Men Forever simultaneously follows on from X-Men #1 yet is set in 2009, essentially said "[[MST3KMantra Assume that the gent sitting in the White House was always Barack Obama, or perhaps George W. Bush, depending on when exactly the story takes place]]." One assumes that this also includes the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp fact that there was still a Soviet Union in X-Men #1...]] Yeah, Marvel's sliding timeline probably causes more trouble than it's worth.
8th Jun '16 2:17:16 PM skythief
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* President Skye Holloway in ''VideoGame/{{Bombshell}}'' is President Target, getting kidnapped at the start of the game, as well as President Minority, being female. [[BadassInDistress She's also a President Action]], having a military background and the EyepatchOfPower to show for it. She gets to prove it, too, once freed.
1st Jun '16 1:16:38 PM nighttrainfm
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* President Cowley in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' is a President Scheming Focus-Group, who'll say whatever makes him popular. Initially elected on anti-Stepping sentiment, he later becomes acclaimed (at least on Datum Earth) for the American Aegis, which claims all Stepwise counterparts of the US as part of the country. Mac calls him "just a soapbox Joes. But, damn, he's good."

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* President Cowley in ''Literature/TheLongEarth'' is a President Scheming Focus-Group, who'll say whatever makes him popular. Initially elected on anti-Stepping sentiment, he later becomes acclaimed (at least on Datum Earth) for the American Aegis, which claims all Stepwise counterparts of the US as part of the country. Following [[spoiler: the eruption of Datum Yellowstone]], however, his focus shifts to rallying people through the disaster, which is a natural fit for his oratory skills. Hardened cynic Mac calls him "just a soapbox Joes. But, Joe, but...damn, he's good."
31st May '16 9:57:28 AM GlassRain
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The President is bedding attractive women -- or men -- to whom he or she is not married. Although the trope may overlap with President Corrupt (who, amongst his other sins, is usually getting some on the side as well), a President Playboy might be an otherwise perfectly decent, honorable and satisfactory leader who [[MrViceGuy just has trouble keeping it in his pants]].

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The President is bedding attractive women -- or men -- to whom he or she is not married. Although the trope may overlap with President Corrupt (who, amongst among his other sins, is usually getting some on the side as well), a President Playboy might be an otherwise perfectly decent, honorable and satisfactory leader who [[MrViceGuy just has trouble keeping it in his pants]].



* Merkin Muffley in ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb]]'' is no Jack Kennedy. President strawman for the most part. Played by Peter Sellers, he has plenty of caricaturesque moments, some taken the extreme during the ridicule phone call with his Russian counterpart. The man is compassionate and softspoken, but he comes off as weak, which is underscored by his baldness, poor eyesight and voice, affected by a cold in some scenes. To his credit, he's able to shut down Turgidson's gung-ho suggestions and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who takes the right decisions. These HiddenDepths are modelled after Adlai Stevenson's.

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* Merkin Muffley in ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb]]'' is no Jack Kennedy. President strawman for the most part. Played by Peter Sellers, he has plenty of caricaturesque moments, some taken the extreme during the ridicule phone call with his Russian counterpart. The man is compassionate and softspoken, soft-spoken, but he comes off as weak, which is underscored by his baldness, poor eyesight and voice, affected by a cold in some scenes. To his credit, he's able to shut down Turgidson's gung-ho suggestions and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who takes the right decisions. These HiddenDepths are modelled after Adlai Stevenson's.



* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn superstar and five-time ultimate smackdown wrestling champion is a strange mix of President Buffoon and President Personable. He lives in a future where the idiots have outbred intelligent people, thus leaving only the morons to march (and destroy) the planet. He is a complete moron by modern standards, but likeable and charismatic (in a BoisterousBruiser sort of way), willing to listen to his advisors, and clearly more well-spoken than most people in the future.

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* In ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn superstar and five-time ultimate smackdown wrestling champion is a strange mix of President Buffoon and President Personable. He lives in a future where the idiots have outbred intelligent people, thus leaving only the morons to march (and destroy) the planet. He is a complete moron by modern standards, but likeable and charismatic (in a BoisterousBruiser sort of way), willing to listen to his advisors, advisers, and clearly more well-spoken than most people in the future.



*** Baron High Ridge was a posterboy for PM Corrupt and SleazyPolitician, while

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* ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' has Olive Romarin as a President {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. (Also, President Minority, identified as [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/thorn-explains-ethnic-groups/ Ceannis' first Getsunan president]] in [[AllThereInTheManual a Sunday infodumping strip]]). Unlike a President Buffoon, she has a record of successfully doing good things, but tends to lose track of which things she's done, has to be reminded when it's an election year, and can get sidetracked by dessert.
-->'''President Romarin:''' I organized the control of the Kudzu problem, meaning the mage named Kudzu who got all murder-y up in the northeast, and the control of the kudzu problem, meaning the invasive plant that tried to overgrow half of the gulf coast. Also! I have a specialty pie named after me! Can any of my opponents say that?
13th May '16 3:03:04 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Beast]]" is a full-blown President Corrupt (who does resemble Nixon quite a bit). He is mild compared to his replacement Gary Callahan, known as "The Smiler", who is a PresidentEvil and then some (and who, sans SlasherSmile, looks surprisingly like TonyBlair). The differences can best be summed up by their usage of the quote "If the president of the United States does it, it can't be a crime." (a reworking of "If the President does it it isn't illegal"; an actual Nixon quote) during their final interviews with Spider -- The Beast uses it in black humor, while Callahan says it with utter conviction.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Beast]]" is a full-blown President Corrupt (who does resemble Nixon quite a bit). He is mild compared to his replacement Gary Callahan, known as "The Smiler", who is a PresidentEvil and then some (and who, sans SlasherSmile, looks surprisingly like TonyBlair).UsefulNotes/TonyBlair). The differences can best be summed up by their usage of the quote "If the president of the United States does it, it can't be a crime." (a reworking of "If the President does it it isn't illegal"; an actual Nixon quote) during their final interviews with Spider -- The Beast uses it in black humor, while Callahan says it with utter conviction.



** The Muggle Prime Minister seen at the beginning of the sixth book was Minister Focus Group. His InnerMonologue was pretty much devoted to "What will the voters think?" Believed by some to be a parody of TonyBlair, whom Creator/JKRowling is said to be not fond of. His mannerisms are also reminiscent of [[Series/YesMinister Jim Hacker]], enough to be considered a ShoutOut if deliberate.

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** The Muggle Prime Minister seen at the beginning of the sixth book was Minister Focus Group. His InnerMonologue was pretty much devoted to "What will the voters think?" Believed by some to be a parody of TonyBlair, UsefulNotes/TonyBlair, whom Creator/JKRowling is said to be not fond of. His mannerisms are also reminiscent of [[Series/YesMinister Jim Hacker]], enough to be considered a ShoutOut if deliberate.
3rd May '16 2:00:56 AM PaulA
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** ''ComicBook/{{Multiversity}}'' briefly mentions Earth-47, a world that's basically TheSixties incarnate, where Prez is an ''immortal'' President who finances that Earth's major super-team, the Love Syndicate.

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** ''ComicBook/{{Multiversity}}'' ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'' briefly mentions Earth-47, a world that's basically TheSixties incarnate, where Prez is an ''immortal'' President who finances that Earth's major super-team, the Love Syndicate.
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