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11th Aug '17 7:21:38 PM themisterfree
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A Sleazy Politician exemplifies the worst stereotypes of politics; they take bribes, engage in blatant hypocrisy, face constant personal scandals and are generally unpleasant people to be around. Often, they are based on caricatures of real-world politicians, or amalgams of them -- especially ones that fall into AcceptablePoliticalTargets. They tend to be shown with almost no charisma, too, which tends to make you wonder how they got elected in the first place. When taken to extremes, they will often have NoPartyGiven, though they can also be used as a StrawmanPolitical against one specific party, ideology, or against government in general. Compare the more outright and aggressively criminal CorruptPolitician. See also ObstructiveBureaucrat.

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A Sleazy Politician exemplifies the worst stereotypes of politics; they take bribes, engage in blatant hypocrisy, face constant personal scandals and are generally unpleasant people to be around. Often, they are based on caricatures of real-world politicians, or amalgams of them -- especially ones that fall into AcceptablePoliticalTargets. They tend to be shown with almost no charisma, too, which tends to make you wonder how they got elected in the first place. When taken to extremes, they will often have NoPartyGiven, though they can also be used as a StrawmanPolitical against one specific party, ideology, or against government in general. Compare the more outright and aggressively criminal CorruptPolitician. See also MayorPain (which frequently blends with this trope) and ObstructiveBureaucrat.
15th Jul '17 12:23:42 PM Kissinger113
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19th May '17 6:20:53 PM BWHComics
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* In ''Webcomic/TheLettersOfTheDevil'', Chuck Castor discusses using his late wife's death to get "sympathy votes" in the upcoming election. [[spoiler:It is also revealed later that he murdered an underage mistress and had an aide dispose of her body.]]
28th Apr '17 11:35:27 PM Vios
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Drowntown}}'', Jeremy Twisden tells a representative of Drakenberg Corporation that while he is indeed accepting their generous donations and he is indeed going to adopt policies which benefit them, these two things are ''completely'' unrelated, and he's actually a man of principle. He's not very convincing.
3rd Mar '17 5:31:09 AM Andyroid
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* As shown in the episode ''The Voting of the Doomed'', [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Zim]] is definitely a SleazyPolitician when it comes to winning the class president election.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has Richard Nixon's head.
* Tarrlok from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': As shown in the episode ''The "The Voting of the Doomed'', [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Zim]] Doomed", Zim is definitely a SleazyPolitician when it comes to winning the class president election.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has Richard Nixon's head.
head. After getting re-elected as Earth's president in "A Head in the Polls", he gets involved in all sorts of shady dealings.
* Tarrlok from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', a scheming councilman representing the Northern Water Tribe who seizes control of Republic City during the Equalist crisis in season one.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Roger Doofenshmirtz, mayor of Danville.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Roger Doofenshmirtz, mayor of Danville. Despite [[MadScientist his brother Heinz]] thinking of him as "a goody two-shoes", he's shown to be quite crafty and dishonest at times. In "The Beak", he lets Heinz be mayor for a day just so he'll take the fall for any property damage caused by Khakha Peu-Peu.
12th Oct '16 4:58:20 PM WillyFourEyes
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* Paul Atishon from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' plays this trope to the hilt. As a wannabe assemblyman with [[SmallNameBigEgo delusions of grandeur]], he spends most of his time [[TooImportantToWalk riding around in his personal campaign palanquin]] spouting typical politician platitudes, completely oblivious to the fact that [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating almost no one in Kurain Village likes him or takes him seriously]]. This is before it's learned that he's [[spoiler:accepting stolen artifacts from the kingdom of Khura'in to maintain his influence, and that he uses his influence to blackmail the legendary Phoenix Wright into working as his attorney in order to retrieve one of said artifacts, with his MysteriousBenefactor (Khura'in's [[TheSchemer scheming]] Minister of Justice) holding one of Wright's friends hostage for additional leverage]].

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* Paul Atishon from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' plays this trope to the hilt. As a wannabe assemblyman with [[SmallNameBigEgo delusions of grandeur]], he spends most of his time [[TooImportantToWalk riding around in his personal campaign palanquin]] spouting typical politician platitudes, completely oblivious to the fact that [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating almost no one in Kurain Village likes him or takes him seriously]]. This is before it's learned that he's [[spoiler:accepting stolen artifacts from the kingdom of Khura'in to maintain his influence, and that he uses his influence to blackmail the legendary Phoenix Wright into working as his attorney in order to retrieve one of said artifacts, with his MysteriousBenefactor (Khura'in's [[TheSchemer scheming]] scheming Minister of Justice) holding one of Wright's friends hostage for additional leverage]].leverage]]. Behind the façade, however, Atishon is a DirtyCoward, begging and pleading whenever things don't go his way.
12th Oct '16 4:53:18 PM WillyFourEyes
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* The Elephant from ''VideoGame/{{Payday2}}''. He has hired the titular Payday Gang for rigging an election and for framing one of his Democrats rivals (whom, admittedly, was a massive case of an AssholeVictim, but still).

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* The Elephant from ''VideoGame/{{Payday2}}''.''VideoGame/{{Payday 2}}''. He has hired the titular Payday Gang for rigging an election and for framing one of his Democrats rivals (whom, admittedly, was a massive case of an AssholeVictim, but still).
* Paul Atishon from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' plays this trope to the hilt. As a wannabe assemblyman with [[SmallNameBigEgo delusions of grandeur]], he spends most of his time [[TooImportantToWalk riding around in his personal campaign palanquin]] spouting typical politician platitudes, completely oblivious to the fact that [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating almost no one in Kurain Village likes him or takes him seriously]]. This is before it's learned that he's [[spoiler:accepting stolen artifacts from the kingdom of Khura'in to maintain his influence, and that he uses his influence to blackmail the legendary Phoenix Wright into working as his attorney in order to retrieve one of said artifacts, with his MysteriousBenefactor (Khura'in's [[TheSchemer scheming]] Minister of Justice) holding one of Wright's friends hostage for additional leverage]].
8th Aug '16 4:06:15 AM ElodieHiras
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* The Elephant from ''VideoGame/{{Payday2}}''. He has hired the titular Payday Gang for rigging an election and for framing one of his Democrats rivals (whom, admittedly, was a massive case of an AssholeVictim, but still).
6th Aug '16 9:53:19 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' gives us the self-serving mayor for Grffin Rock, H.B. Luskey. [[spoiler: A prime example of this is "Part-Time Heroes" as the events of that episode happened because he took the funds meant for a new cell phone tower and used them to buy an inflatable stadium.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' gives us the self-serving mayor for of Grffin Rock, H.B. Luskey. [[spoiler: A prime example of this is "Part-Time Heroes" as the events of that episode happened because he took the funds meant for a new cell phone tower and used them to buy an inflatable stadium.]]
26th Jul '16 9:54:48 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' gives us the self-serving mayor for Grffin Rock, H.B. Luskey. [[spoiler: A prime example of this is "Part-Time Heroes" as the events of that episode because he took the funds meant for a new cell phone tower and used them to buy an inflatable stadium.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' gives us the self-serving mayor for Grffin Rock, H.B. Luskey. [[spoiler: A prime example of this is "Part-Time Heroes" as the events of that episode happened because he took the funds meant for a new cell phone tower and used them to buy an inflatable stadium.]]
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