Created By: Glucharina on July 8, 2012 Last Edited By: Morgenthaler on July 12, 2016
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Super Supremacist

A superpowered individual who believe that superpowered individuals should rule over normal ones.

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"I tried so hard to be there for you. To serve you. I tried so hard to make sense of you and what you needed from me. I wanted to be there. I wanted to serve. But then it occurred to me. I asked myself the incredibly obvious question: why am I so much more than you? Why are you so small and I am so much more? I then realized that I am not your servant. I am your king."
Supershock, Powers

Usually supervillains don't care about who is superpowered and who is not. They just use their abilities to commit crimes or Take Over the World for egotistical reasons. This guy, however, is specifically motivated to get power so those like him would rule, not just for himself.

This is a bad guy with superpowers who believes that this gives them the right to rule over non-supers. The motives of such a villain may be that of a Social Darwinist who believes superpowers to be the ultimate example of Might Makes Right, or someone who thinks non-supers should be ruled "for their own good". They may even see supers as a nascent Master Race or take after a certain racial demagogic party when the author wants to make the implications especially transparent. May develop a literal god complex as well.

Obviously, this sort of villain is a manifestion of Beware the Superman.

The Opposite Trope to Pro-Human Transhuman, a superpowered individual who considers themselves equal to Muggles.

A Sub-Trope of Fantastic Racism. Sister Trope to Transhuman Treachery and Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!. Contrast Muggle Power for the inverse of non-supers seeing themselves as superior to supers. See also Smug Super, when someone with superpowers merely uses them to gloat.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Most of the villains in Tiger & Bunny are militant NEXT, militant anti-NEXT or one being manipulated by the other. The Big Bad is a subversion; he wanted to improve the public image of NEXT initially, but he did evil things when he stopped caring about that and went after more money and power.
  • One Piece: Both Arlong and Hody Jones believe that fishmen like them should rule over humans because they're stronger. Arlong is shown ruling a village of humans, while Jones fully intents on making every human subservient to fishmen, starting from terrorizing the 4-yearly meeting between national leaders in the verse to make the strength of fishmen known.

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men: The mutants usually have to deal with Fantastic Racism directed at themselves by humans, but some mutants conversely believe that Homo Superior was designed to rule over regular humans.
    • Magneto, from his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, believes that humans rightly fear mutants because mutants are their evolutionary replacements. Depending on the Writer, he believes that fear and prejudice are a product of their innate inferiority and that the inherent diversity within the mutant species would allow them to overcome said prejudices if freed from humanity's chains. He is unable to see the irony in how being a mutant supremacist makes him no better than a human supremacist. (But again, this depends on the writer.)
    • Apocalypse is Magneto's philosophy taken to an even more frightening conclusion. Apocalypse not only believes that humans are obsolete, but also that there is no room for mutants who lost the Superpower Lottery and got Blessed with Suck. To Apocalypse, survival of the fittest is all that matters, which means that there is no difference between a Muggle and a weaksauce mutant. Both equally deserve extinction.
  • The Incredible Hulk: The Hulk himself is this trope, as the "Banner" portion of his mind is typically portrayed as the side that drives him to save and protect humans. Absent of Banner, Hulk absolutely hates humans (and many other species, such as Human Aliens) and finds them puny and not worth his time. In the Bad Future of Future Imperfect, this mentality eventually led to him becoming The Maestro, a superhuman despot.
  • Marvel Universe: The High Evolutionary is constantly fiddling with genetics in an attempt to breed a race superior to humanity.
  • All-Star Superman contains a pair of Kryptonians who wish to rule over humanity.
  • Dungeon: The Early Years: A professor of magic started a complicated plot in which he mind-controlled important people around the city and fathered children with their bodies, granting him an army of brainwashed magic-capable servants. He seemed to be on the Well-Intentioned Extremist side (as Horus put it, "if you cannot make kings into philosophers, then philosophers should be kings"). One night, he ordered the children to kill their parents, but was foiled at the last minute by a repentant Horus (who'd figured out his own son was among them).
  • The Boys: The Homelander's plot to get out from under Vought's thumb involved seizing power and ruling over humanity (supers already viewing humanity as nothing but an endless reservoir of victims). Complicated by the fact that he was gaslit by his clone into complete psychosis, leading to his breakdown at being ordered around by a non-powered human.
  • Superman: Superman constantly gets this attitude in dark alternate universes. Examples include Superman: Red Son, in which his capsule lands in the USSR instead of the USA and he becomes a communist dictator; The Multiversity: Mastermen, in which his capsule lands in Third Reich Germany and he becomes a Nazi dictator; Injustice: Gods Among Us and its comic spin-offs, in which he goes a bit off after the Joker kills Lois Lane; Kingdom Come, in which he goes a bit off after the Joker kills Lois Lane; and the Justice League "Justice Lords" arc, in which he goes a bit off after losing his temper and killing Lex Luthor.
  • Powers has a Superman Captain Ersatz named Supershock who gets to the point of being so disconnected from other sentient beings and fed up with humanity that he develops a god complex and decides it's time for him to impose/enforce his own personal order on the world.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Incredibles:
    • Inverted by the Big Bad's plan. Syndrome plans to sell all his inventions that make him equal to superheroes, so that "everyone will be super! And when everyone's super... no one will be."
    • Bonus features on the supers reveal that superhero Gamma Jack believed this.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Gellert Grindelwald from Harry Potter planned a revolution in order to establish the wizards' power over the muggle world. Even Dumbledore bought into these ideas for a while, though his motive was a personal one: his sister was tormented by a group of Muggle boys, which had tragic consequences for all his family, and he believed that this sort of regime is the only way to prevent such things from ever happening again.

    Live Action TV 
  • Alphas: Red Flag/Stanton Parish, the main antagonist from season 1, believes that war between superhumans and normal humans is inevitable and that the superheroes deserve to win. Its more morally complex than usual, however, as it is finally revealed that he believes there would be No Place for Me There and his true intent is to convince the leader of the heroes, Dr. Rosen, to take over after he's exterminated the normal humans and rule as a genuinely benevolent leader. Rosen is not impressed.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Some Space Marines get into this mindet via Might Makes Right, being vastly superior to standard humans in every way and thus asking why they should fight and die for them. Falling to Chaos is not the inevitable outcome, but it's a common fate.

    Video Games 
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt: your commanding officer Asimov is revealed to be this, with him claiming that Adepts, himself included, shall rule over the world and Kill All Humans. Our hero - an Adept himself - disagrees with the idea.

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Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • July 8, 2012
    Bisected8
    • Most of the villains in Tiger And Bunny are militant NEXT, militant anti-NEXT or one being manipulated by the other. The Big Bad is a subversion; he wanted to improve the public image of NEXT initially, but he did evil things when he stopped caring about that and went after more money and power.
  • July 8, 2012
    DmM
    A variation in Harry Potter: unlike Voldemort, who wanted to subjugate Muggles and saw them as legitimate targets for hunting/randomised slaughter, Gellert Grindleweld ( and briefly Albus Dumbledore) believed that wizards should rule Muggles "For The Greater Good" of both.
  • Shouldn't it be "Super Supremest?" I think this covered by Fantastic Racism and What Measure Is A Non Super anyway.
  • July 8, 2012
    Earnest
  • July 8, 2012
    planswalker
    can someone explain to me how this is different from What Measure Is A Non Super and Fantastic Racism? I think it might be distinct, I'm just not seeing it.
  • July 8, 2012
    DmM
    @planswalker: As I understand it, it's not Fantastic Racism, it's simply the belief that exceptionally gifted humans (ie; wizards, metahumans, etc.) should use their powers to rule mankind. Generally they either dress this up as being beneficial to everyone/their fellow supers, or generally believe this to be the case. Am I right in thinking this?
  • July 11, 2012
    FruityOatyBars
    Indirect Active Transport - it's "supremacist" with analogy to, for example, "white supremacist."
  • July 11, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    [Film - Animation
    • Bonus features on the supers of The Incredibles reveal that superhero Gamma Jack believed this.
      • Inverted by the Big Bad's plan. Syndrome plans to sell all his inventions that make him equal to superheroes, so that "everyone will be super! And when everyone's super... no one will be."
  • July 11, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Sounds like it is kin to The Magocracy.
  • July 11, 2012
    DmM
    ^ Good call. I reckon it might be a sister trope
  • July 11, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV

    Rewrote the description because the language seemed a little off.

    Usually, supervillains care less about who is superpowered and who is not than about their own ability to use what they have to commit villainous deeds. This character, however, is motivated by oportunities for obtaining power not for just himself, but to put others like himself in power over Muggles and other "lesser" beings.

    See Muggle Power for the exact opposite.

    Examples:

    Webcomics: Web Original:
  • May 12, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    I fail to see how this is distinct enough from Fantastic Racism.
  • May 12, 2016
    StarSword
    ^I think it's a subtrope. Fantastic racism is everything from <insert fantastic creature> supremacism to speculative versions of classism (e.g. Fantastic Caste System-related, like Bajoran artists being superior to laborers under the djarras in Star Trek Deep Space Nine) to "guy just hates particular nonhuman species". This is a specific variety where a superpowered individual believes having superpowers gives him the right to rule Muggles.
  • May 12, 2016
    KingZeal
    The Magneto example is Zero Context Example, as is, so here's an expansion:

    • Magneto, from his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, believes that humans rightly fear mutants because mutants are their evolutionary replacements. Depending On The Writer, he believes that fear and prejudice are a product of their innate inferiority and that the inherent diversity within the mutant species would allow them to overcome said prejudices if freed from humanity's chains. He is unable to see the irony in how being a mutant supremacist makes him no better than a human supremacist. (But again, this depends on the writer.)

    • Apocalypse is Magneto's philosophy taken Up To Eleven and to an even more frightening conclusion. Apocalypse not only believes that humans are obsolete, but also that there is no room for mutants who lost the Superpower Lottery and got Blessed With Suck. To Apocalypse, survival of the fittest is all that matters, which means that there is no different from a Muggle and a weaksauce mutant. Both equally deserve extinction.

    • The Incredible Hulk: The Hulk himself is this trope, as the "Banner" portion of his mind is typically portrayed as the side that drives him to save and protect humans. Absent of Banner, Hulk absolutely hates humans (and many other species, such as Human Aliens) and finds them puny and not worth his time. In the Bad Future of Future Imperfect, this mentality eventually led to him becoming The Maestro, a superhuman despot.

    • Marvel Universe: The High Evolutionary is constantly fiddling with genetics in an attempt to breed a race superior to humanity.
  • May 12, 2016
    DAN004
    Compare Master Race
    • One Piece: Both Arlong and Hody Jones believe that fishmen like them should rule over humans because they're stronger. Arlong is shown ruling a village of humans, while Jones fully intents on making every human subservient to fishmen, starting from terrorizing the 4-yearly meeting between national leaders in the verse to make the strength of fishmen known.
  • May 13, 2016
    Koveras
  • May 13, 2016
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
      • Add the word "Examples".
      • Namespaced work names.
      • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.

    Red Flag is also a Zero Context Example and has been marked as such (ZCE). It needs more information about how it fits the trope.
  • May 13, 2016
    DAN004
    Let me ask the dreaded question of "who's managing this".
  • May 13, 2016
    JustTroper
    • Gellert Grindelwald from Harry Potter planned a revolution in order to establish the wizards' power over the muggle world. Even Dumbledore bought into these ideas for a while, though his motive was a personal one: his sister was tormented by a group of Muggle boys, which had tragic consequences for all his family, and he believed that this sort of regime is the only way to prevent such things from ever happening again.
  • May 27, 2016
    DAN004
    Can this be broadened to "fantastic supremacist"?
    • Azure Striker Gunvolt: your commanding officer Asimov is revealed to be this, with him claiming that Adepts, himself included, shall rule over the world and Kill All Humans. Our hero - an Adept himself - disagrees with the idea.
  • May 28, 2016
    MiinU
    The Legend of Korra entry isn't an example. Tarrlok was a corrupt politician, not a supremicist.

    Amon is as close as you'll get, except he was revealed to be a hypocrite. His revolution turned out to be a sham, he was just on a power trip and planned to rule over benders and non-benders alike.
  • May 28, 2016
    Chabal2
    • Warhammer 40 K: Some Space Marines get into this mindet via Might Makes Right, being vastly superior to standard humans in every way and thus asking why they should fight and die for them. Falling to Chaos is not the inevitable outcome, but it's a common fate.
    • Dungeon The Early Years: A professor of magic started a complicated plot in which he mind-controlled important people around the city and fathered children with their bodies, granting him an army of brainwashed magic-capable servants. He seemed to be on the Well Intentioned Extremist side (as Horus put it, "if you cannot make kings into philosophers, then philosophers should be kings"). One night, he ordered the children to kill their parents, but was foiled at the last minute by a repentant Horus (who'd figured out his own son was among them).
    • The Boys: The Homelander's plot to get out from under Vought's thumb involved seizing power and ruling over humanity (supers already viewing humanity as nothing but an endless reservoir of victims). Complicated by the fact that he was gaslit by his clone into complete psychosis, leading to his breakdown at being ordered around by a non-powered human.

  • May 28, 2016
    MajinAkuma
  • May 28, 2016
    zarpaulus
    ^ Could be a subtrope of Social Darwinist, debatable on Ubermensch
  • May 28, 2016
    DAN004
    Uber Mensch is a trope about moral standing (that is, "I stand by my own thoughts"). This is... something unrelated.
  • May 28, 2016
    zarpaulus
    I would say Pro Human Transhuman is the opposite rather than Muggle Power.
  • July 11, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Since it seems the OP has forgotten about this one, I'll take up sponsorship.

    Expanded the description and added all examples up to here. Removed the Korra one for being misuse. Alphas needs context, otherwise it'll have to be removed as well.
  • July 11, 2016
    LondonKdS
    Superman constantly gets this attitude in dark alternate universes. Examples include Superman Red Son, in which his capsule lands in the USSR instead of the USA and he becomes a communist dictator; The Multiversity :Mastermen, in which his capsule lands in Third Reich Germany and he becomes a Nazi dictator; Video Game Injustice Gods Among Us and its comic spin-offs, in which he goes a bit off after the Joker kills Lois Lane; Kingdom Come, in which he goes a bit off after the Joker kills Lois Lane; and the Justice League "Justice Lords" arc, in which he goes a bit off after losing his temper and killing Lex Luthor.
  • July 11, 2016
    LondonKdS
    Explaining Alphas: in Alphas the Big Bad, Stanton Parish, believes that war between superhumans and normal humans is inevitable and that the superheroes deserve to win. Its more morally complex than usual, however, as it is finally revealed that he believes there would be No Place For Me There and his true intent is to convince the leader of the heroes, Dr. Rosen, to take over after he's exterminated the normal humans and rule as a genuinely benevolent leader. Rosen is not impressed.
  • July 11, 2016
    TheWanderer
    • Powers has a Superman Captain Ersatz named Supershock who gets to the point of being so disconnected from other sentient beings and fed up with humanity that he develops a god complex and decides it's time for him to impose/enforce his own personal order on the world. (Note: might make a good page quote)
      I tried so hard to be there for you. To serve you. I tried so hard to make sense of you and what you needed from me. I wanted to be there. I wanted to serve. But then it occurred to me — I asked myself the incredibly obvious question: why am I so much more than you? Why are you so small and I am so much more? I then realized that I am not your servant. I am your king. ... You anger me. You confuse me. And I will have no more of it. No more. I have control over your life. I have control over your existence. I always have. You will live the way I want you to live. You will be the way I want you to be. And I will bathe in the blood of those who dare to contradict me.
  • July 11, 2016
    DAN004
    These may not count, though if you say so, I'd like to know why.
    • Played with by Mega Man X's Sigma. He doesn't just see Reploids like himself as superior to humans, he believes that humans are a major obstacle for Reploids to grow to their potential. Per his word, "evolution requires sacrifice".
    • Also played with by Elpizo in Mega Man Zero. He wants to Kill All Humans and make a world for Reploids ("don't you think it would be paradise?!") but he does it not out of belief of superiority of Reploids, but because of his paranoia about being labeled Maverick by the human society (i.e "defective" in a more figurative meaning) and be scrapped because of something he did by complete accident in his backstory.
  • July 12, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Added the examples above, thanks. Added the quote ^^ as the page quote, but shortened it a bit to get to the core.

    ^ The first maybe, the second I don't think so. How are "Reploids" superhuman?
  • July 12, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ Reploids are Ridiculously Human Robots who are specs-wise stronger than average human being.
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