Created By: Glucharina on July 8, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on May 13, 2016

Super Supremacist

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

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Usually supervillains don't care about who is superpowered and who is not. He just use whatever he got to commit crimes. This guy, however, motivated by getting power so those like him would rule, not just for himself. Compare Muggle Power for exactly opposite.


Examples

Comic Books
  • Magneto is probably most known example. - ZCE

Live-Action TV
  • Red Flag from Alphas - main antagonists from season 1. - ZCE

Western Animation
  • Tarrlok from The Legend of Korra has shade of this, abusing non-benders for being non-benders.
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  • 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.
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