A superpowered individual who believe that superpowered individuals should rule over normal ones.
"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."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.
— Supershock, Powers
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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.
- 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
Films — Live-Action
- This is the general attitude of the Sith (adepts of The Dark Side of The Force) in Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe, and Star Wars Legends. This is perhaps most succinctly summed up by Desann, the Big Bad of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast:
"The Force is not a shield to protect the useless—but is, in reality, a weapon to empower the worthy."
- 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.
- In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic this is a common motivation for the Big Bad of the month. Usually, even the "bad guys" in the comic are Harmless Villains at worst, but many if not most of the leaders of the various factions think their people should be in charge. Thus, on the rare occasion that one leader decides to actually do something about it, some combination of Heroes, Hero Antagonists , and Harmless Villains end up working together to stop things from getting completely out of hand.
- In Orion's Arm, early "transapients" were split on what they thought the proper relationship between themselves and humans ought to be. Eventually, G.A.I.A. resolved the crisis by beating the lesser AIs at their own game and exiling everyone that refused to cooperate.
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