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->''"Computers may be twice as fast as they were in 1973, but the average voter is as drunk and stupid as ever. The only one who's changed is me. I've become more bitter and, let's face it, crazy over the years. And when I'm swept into office, I'll sell our children's organs to zoos for meat, and I'll go into people's houses at night and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking wreck up the place!]] [[EvilLaugh Woahahahahaha!!]]"''
-->-- '''President Richard Nixon's Head''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

This supervillain doesn't just have an ElaborateUndergroundBase, they have their own ''country'', often a {{Ruritania}}, BananaRepublic, or {{Qurac}}. Just like the EvilOverlord, but with an international scope. This affords them so many resources and so much power that the heroes often [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption are never able to truly beat them]].

Usually, the heroes aren't fighting against the country ''itself'', apart from the occasional loyal citizen who's been turned into a SuperSoldier. Their beef is strictly with the villain, and the country is usually just a convenient plot device.

The villain's leaderly reputation varies between VillainWithGoodPublicity and ZeroPercentApprovalRating. Sometimes, the heroes go into the country and foment [[LaResistance a rebellion]] to get the villain kicked out; naturally, this often leads to someone ''even worse'' stepping up (as with HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct) and an EnemyMine storyline to [[ResetButton restore the status quo]]. Or, the "oppressed masses" are actually GullibleLemmings who ''like'' their leader, and might not be oppressed at all!

See also TheCaligula, which is this trope turned UpToEleven, ''sans'' the Democracy. [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent A Different sort of President.]] Not to be confused with [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Hoss Delgado]]'s appearance in the fictional [[ShowWithinAShow video game within a show]] ''President Evil,'' or with the actual video game series ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''.

In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, and TheHighQueen. The next steps down are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, ShelteredAristocrat, WarriorPrince, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes. The next step up is TheEmperor.

If the president evil has the same name as a real life president or is an {{Expy}} of a real life president, then this is {{Demonization}}.

For very obvious reasons, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[spoiler:Fuhrer King Bradley is a homunculus.]] When Colonel Roy Mustang tries to expose him to top military brass, he gets a shocker: [[spoiler:most of them were already in on it. The entire country of Amestris was founded by Father and the homunculi. Bradley was a human chosen to be the country's ruler and injected with the Philosopher's Stone to make him a homunculus.]]
* In ''Steel Ball Run'' (Part 7 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'') the president, Funny Valentine (yes, that is his name), is a corrupt, morally devoid lunatic who somehow still manages to be a VillainWithGoodPublicity (probably the American flag scar). Among other things, he uses government funds to secretly hire criminals and lackeys for his dirty work and he obviously has some sort of plan for ultimate power that involves using said lackeys to get [[UpgradeArtifact "Saint Parts"]] for him. Oh, and he tried to rape a 14 year-old girl in one scene. He wasn't sure she was 14 years-old, but attempted none the less.
** His skills as a politician and a speaker can't be denied though. He even managed to momentarily convince the main character of the justness of his cause.
* In BloodyMonday (Season Two) President Adams seems to do this, only he's just more of a {{Jerkass}} than someone that's genuinely evil.
* ''GundamSEED'' has Patrick Zala, a GeneralRipper who is elected chairman of ZAFT and proceeds to lead his nation into a genocidal war. Chairman Gillbert Durandal, ZAFT's leader in ''GundamSEEDDestiny'' is a different flavour of this, being a WellIntentionedExtremist, AntiVillain, and DarkMessiah.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The trope name is taken from the Franchise/{{Superman}} arc in which SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor became President of the United States, which is most likely a play on the title of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series.
** It's actually more of a multi-arc crossover -- he remains president for several years, and becomes more involved in the rest of the DC continuity (for example, framing [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] for murder in a lengthy arc in ''that'' comic). Surprisingly, though, he's not any more evil than usual; he's no more corrupt or power mad than when he was a regular CorruptCorporateExecutive. The only time he really snaps is a relatively short arc in ''[[ComicBook/SupermanBatman Superman/Batman]]'' where he tries to frame Superman for a Kryptonite comet heading to Earth, and then loses it -- this is what gets him impeached. Going on a killing spree with your old Apokoliptian powersuit will do that.
** [[WalkyVerse Shortpacked]] has a [[http://www.shortpacked.com/toynewsi/sp-tni229.png great deal of fun]] with this one from time to time.
** Subverted in ''SupermanRedSon'', after Luthor had succeeded in killing Superman(not really), he becomes the new US President, and succeeds in creating a golden age for the world.
* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, archenemy of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', is probably the best-known, ruling Latveria, an archetypical {{Ruritania}}. He's been deposed a couple times, but always manages to get back in.
** In the 2099 series of comics, Doctor Doom became President Evil when he managed to become President of the United States. Though in that series, he was the HERO compared to the soulless evil corporations he was fighting.
*** And he was succeeded by a President who was ''worse'' than the corporations. For added irony, this drug-addicted psychopath claimed to be [[CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]].
** Though whether he's actually an evil ruler and not just a ruler who happens to be evil changes from time to time, and depending on the incarnation. In some versions he's generally a very good ruler, bringing his country peace and technological advancements, where the people are truly happy. In others it's basically a PoliceState where HappinessIsMandatory. Granted, one that actually works still a step up from the corrupt, brutal, crapsack PoliceState it was ''before'' Doom cleaned it up.
* In the Wolverine BadFuture story OldManLogan , the Marvel villains have taken over and Red Skull is the President. (Though technically he only rules a fourth of America, with three other major villains each having their share.)
* {{Magneto}}, archenemy of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, ruled the island of Genosha for a while, transforming it into a haven for mutants, until it was destroyed by Cassandra Nova.
** It's worth noting that, unlike most of Doctor Doom's enemies, the X-Men have never paid much attention to international boundaries or legitimate governments, and when Magneto headed back towards the crazy end of his personal sanity scale they didn't hesitate to invade the country, attack him in his capital and stab him to near-death.
** FromBadToWorse in ''House of M'': Ruling from Genosha, Magneto's power extended over most of the world, though he allowed his dubious allies (such as a [[TheStarscream Starscream wannabe]] Dr. Doom and ''friggin' Apocalypse'') to keep control over their own little corners. He was actually a fine ruler to that reality's mutant majority, [[FantasticRacism though the humans weren't as lucky]].
* In ''{{Promethea}}'', several hundred howling demons possess the mayor of New York, a highly ineffectual man with a SplitPersonality or forty. The net result is that the demons displace the personalities and go on to create a popular series of public works (including legalizing devil worship and pentagram shaped buildings), which actually ''raises'' his approval rating.
** "'All shall kiss my smouldering hoof', said the Mayor in a statement yesterday."
** "Minority groups cheered the Mayor's statement that he would bring 'A new era of blackness' to the city..."
* Philip Nolan Voigt in Marvel's ComicBook/TheNewUniverse, a paranormal who can duplicate any other paranormal's powers, only better, uses his abilities to become President. [[note]][[Series/{{Heroes}} Sound familiar?]][[/note]] Also, Voigt tries to intimidate an IntrepidReporter by threatening his elderly mother.
* BlackAdam as the leader of Khandaq, though that all came crashing down in ''52''.
* During the '80s, when tensions with Iran were still high after the hostage crisis, the Joker from Franchise/{{Batman}}, who'd just killed Jason Todd in Africa, was chosen to serve as Iran's UN representative, thus giving him diplomatic immunity. I'll repeat that: ''Iran made The Joker a diplomat.'' This was later {{retcon}}ned so that it was {{Qurac}}, a (fictitious) terrorist state, that gave The Joker diplomatic immunity.
** And then they did it again in the early 2000s, as part of a plot to nuke New York City.
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'': Spider's problems get a whole lot worse once The Smiler becomes president. The Secret Service stalks his filthy assistants, assassins start crawling up his butt, and his stories get killed for reasons of "national security." He's able to give as good as he gets...
** The Beast, his predecessor, isn't much better. He is, by all accounts, a venal, selfish bastard, and the main reason he's called "the Beast" is because Spider nicknamed him that and it stuck (to the point that even the guy's ''kids'' call him that). However, despite being a prime President Corrupt he's ultimately shown to be an aversion of this trope: The Beast never goes after Jerusalem personally (unlike The Smiler) and is show to have political beliefs -- they're just horribly lazy and selfish ones that essentially boils down to "if more than half of the people in the U.S. have a roof over their head and a meal, I've done my job."
* Around the time of the Watergate scandal, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica discovered that the head of the terrorist organization known as the Secret Empire was in fact "a high-ranking government official" (i.e. President Nixon). He was sufficiently horrified by this that he temporarily abandoned the Captain America identity, calling himself "Nomad". It's not clear what Nixon was supposed to have meant to accomplish by running a conspiracy to take over the U.S.A.
** During an arc on Geoff Johns' Avengers run, America got a Secretary of Defense called [[MeaningfulName Dell]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Rusk]] [[spoiler: The RedSkull, yes that's an anagram]]. Who gassed large parts of the country with the Crimson Mist virus.
*** Dell Rusk led to quite a bit of FanDumb and/or UnfortunateImplications because the story ran around 2003 or 2004 and he shared the same initials as the ''actual'' Secretary of Defense at the time, Donald Rumsfeld, but come on, it really is [[spoiler: an anagram for "red skull"]], so there's not much else they could have used. "Led Lurks", perhaps.
*** Also a factual mistake. A cabinet officer of any position, nevermind DOD, is vetted by the press, and subject to huge scrutiny, often by members of the President's own party. The storyline indicated that no one knew much about 'Dell Rusk', and no one even gets to be discussed for nomination without getting their x-rays x-rayed. It would be easier for DR to have gotten in as VP, because the POTUS nominee alone chooses that. Even allowing for comics' corruption and government, the system would have to be hentai-level compromised for DR to get in as Defense Secretary.
* President Leland [=McCauley=] in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' (postboot version) turned out to be immortal supervillain Ra's Al Ghul in disguise.
* The atomic war that originated the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' mythos came around because President "Bad" Bob Booth stole an election, went around seizing the resources of foreign countries, and then ''openly'' announced he was going to start nuclear war with ''everyone'' if they didn't shut up. And then started it. (In "fairness", he thought America's nuclear screens would keep it safe from retaliation. ''They didn't.'')
** The Judges took over America and have since had one active supervillain for a Chief Judge (Cal), one who gained dementia and began some horrific policies ([=McGruder=]), and currently one who is a puppet for Shady Interests (Francisco); every other Chief Judge has carried out some morally questionable acts in the name of protecting Mega-City One, from foreign regime changes (Hershey) to ''deliberately starting a riot'' so they could have an excuse to beat up on a pro-democracy march (Silver).
** The office of Mayor of Mega-City One isn't exempt from evil either, with examples including a {{greed}}y, [[VillainousGlutton gluttonous]] wannabe-king (Amalfi), and an unrepentant serial killer (PJ Maybe).
* The leader(s) of Bialya, a fictional country in the DC Universe. Always some kind of homicidal whackjob who got the position by offing the previous leader. Oddly, this doesn't seem to have stopped even after Black Adam kills most Bialyans.
** The ArchEnemy of the JusticeLeague Europe, and really of the whole JusticeLeague International, the Queen Bee, was the ruler of Bialya.
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. The President of the U.S. even ''confesses'' to being a shill for big business. The Authority, who has had a long history of taking down dictators, depose ''him.'' Things go okay for a while, until The Midnighter figures out it's all heading south and fast. Unfortunately, the only way to stop it is to [[spoiler: let D.C. explode. Boom.]]
* Mark Waid's ''ComicBook/{{Empire}}'' details what happens when a Doctor Doom-esque villain actually succeeds in taking over the planet.
* Though not exactly a President, NormanOsborn was like this from the SecretInvasion to the {{Siege}} storylines.
** Norman Osborn managed to become (de facto) President of the U.S. in the ''EarthX'' series, after the Absorbing Man destroyed Washington, D.C. Although strictly speaking, his title was illegal--he simply assumed power without an election--most people were willing to go along with it rather than starve. Curiously, he does relatively little harm before the mind-controlling Skull usurps power and kills him.
** Now Osborn is considered a criminal by the general public once again following the Siege.
* In the ''{{Marvel 1602}}'' series, we see a brief shot of the modern world, where second-string supervillain the Purple Man has been elected President of the United States of America (presumably using his mind control powers).
* [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] actually names himself president after decimating Washington DC in ''FreddyVsJasonVsAsh: The Nightmare Warriors''.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Elektra}}: Assassin'', the Beast manages to get Ken Wind elected president, but Elektra thwarts the plan with her psychic powers and ninja skills.
* ''MonsterPlus'' has World President Mark Darke, who, if the name isn't helping you get it, authorized the creation of EVLI Eye squadrons to handle dissidents.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Zombo}}'', Donald Trump is president of Earth, and when he isn't an unholy spawn of George Bush and Ronald Reagan, he runs the planet like ''TheApprentice''. Also, he [[KickTheDog shredded a puppy]].*
* In ''CaptainBritain'', Mad Jim Jaspers is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom... and also a RealityWarper whose powers drive him completely insane. He becomes a supervillain in two different {{Alternate Universe}}s and leads campaigns to wipe out the world's metahuman population so he can play with the world undisturbed
* ''ThePhantom'': During TheNineties Lamanda Luaga, the sympathetic president of the Phantom's homeland Bengali, lost an election and was replaced by Kigali Lubanga, power-hungry madman, possible sorcerer and VillainWithGoodPublicity.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The President of the United States is the last foe Vash fights in Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded.
* Crops up ''very'' often in AxisPowersHetalia fanfiction. Evil presidents and other 'bosses' in the near future are frequently used as either the villains themselves, or as the man behind the man, forcing the otherwise decent [[MoeAnthropomorphism nations]] to do evil things.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Apparently, the people in Creator/JohnCarpenter's CrapsackWorld future in the ''Escape From...'' film series can'''not''' get a good president. In ''[[Film/EscapeFromNewYork ...New York]]'', he was a scheming little crook, and ''[[Film/EscapeFromLA ...LA]]'' had an outright religious psychotic.
** The second guy actually managed to get the Constitution amended to stay president for life. His first act after that? Move the capital to his hometown (Lynchburg, VA).
* The poster for ''TheFinalConflict'' makes it seem like [[AntiChrist Damien]] becomes President of the United States. [[CoversAlwaysLie He doesn't]]; he ''does'' become the Ambassador to the Court of St. James though.
* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' [[spoiler:Zartan manages to disguise himself and take the place of the President.]] In ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' he even puts Cobra banners on the White House, since Cobra is now the "official" ruler of America.
* In ''Film/TheDeadZone'', Johnny Smith (played by ChristopherWalken) shakes the hand of politician Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) and forsees that he will become president who, in a moment of megalomania ("YOU are not the voice of the people! I AM THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE!"), orders a nuclear strike, thus destroying the world. [[HilariousInHindsight This scene is pretty funny to those who mainly know]] [[TheWestWing Sheen as the wise, principled President Jed Bartlet]]
* [[BigBad Palpatine]] of ''Franchise/StarWars'' was one of these as [[TheFederation Chancellor]]. It was just a stepping stone to becoming Emperor.
* In ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'', [[spoiler: Albert Wesker]] is the president of the United States (or what's left of it). Slightly subverted in that he's united with his former enemies to [[EnemyMine take on a common foe]].
* In 1993's ''Film/SuperMarioBros'', Koopa has become President of the Mushroom Kingdom.
* ''BobRoberts'' becomes one at the [[DownerEnding end of the movie]], after spending the whole movie revealing how corrupt and extremist he is (to the point of [[spoiler: faking an assassination attempt to win sympathy votes and pin the blame on a journalist trying to expose him, which ends with the journalist getting shot and killed, presumably by one of Roberts' {{Loony Fan}}s]])
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' Voldemort manages to [[spoiler:take control over the Ministry of Magic and all of wizarding England by placing Imperius Curses over some officials, murdering others, and placing Death Eaters and sympathizers of his cause in positions of power]]. This allows him to (without much resistance, thanks to the previous Ministers) [[spoiler: enact what would end up as a pureblood regime.]] However, Voldemort never seems interested in becoming Minister of Magic himself.
** There were several attempts at justification in-story, mostly of the "Direct Parallels To Nazi Germany" variety. Voldemort and his most infamous Death Eaters [[spoiler:stayed in the shadows, so mostly semi-legit followers/not-necessarily-enemies like Umbridge were the public face of the DE government; the general wizarding public were lied to as to what was really being done to half-bloods and muggle-borns, and those that did suspect the truth were either too scared to act (remembering Voldemort at his height, 20 years earlier) or were otherwise neutralized (like they attempted to do with the Weasleys).]]
* In the ''LeftBehind'' series, Nicolae Carpathia starts out as the president of Romania, and moves on to become Secretary-General of the UN (later called the Supreme Potentate of the Global Community). He's TheAntiChrist.
* President Lindbergh in Philip Roth's ''ThePlotAgainstAmerica''.
* [=GamePro=] Magazine used "President Evil" during the April Fools issue (with a zombie version of Abe Lincoln on the cover) a few months after VideoGame/ResidentEvil first came out.
* In one of the ''WildCards'' books, Puppetman runs for president. (This is a man who controls people's minds to make them commit mayhem, just so that he can get off on their emotions, for crying out loud.)
* Senor Steel, the president-dictator of Blanca Grande in the DocSavage novel ''The Freckled Shark''.
* President Snow of Literature/TheHungerGames definitely qualifies.
** [[spoiler:President Coin of District 13]] in ''Mockingjay.'' As bad as President Snow is, you can at least always count on him to keep his word.
* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse does this a lot. The current story arc features a retired Imperial Admiral as president. [[PunchClockVillain Not so bad]], until you remember that she oversaw the construction of the Death Star, the enslavement of genius children to build it, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the bombardment of several pacifist planets]].
** [[spoiler: And the most recent book in the current story arc ends with [[EldritchAbomination Abeloth]] becoming president and the Sith in partial control of the Senate.]]
* Despite appearing only briefly the President in ''JasonXDeathMoon'' is quite obviously a lunatic.
* The ''PresidentsVampire'' novel ''Red, White and Blood'' revolves around a plot by the Shadow Company to kill President Curtis and replace him with one of their pawns. [[spoiler: The plan fails, but when the president [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse confronts the vice-president]] about the vice-president's part in the plot, the vice-president murders him, thus becoming president.]]
* ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' has Jake Featherston, President of the Confederate States of America, and thinly veiled AdolfHitler analogue, who attempts a genocide of the CSA's black population.
* In ''[[ParableOfTheSower Parable of the Talents]]'' by OctaviaButler, President Jarrett is an member of the evangelical Christian sect Christian America. He scapegoats non-Christians (and Christians of other denominations) for all that is wrong with America and puts them in [[ANaziByAnyOtherName concentration camps.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* U.S. President Charles Logan and Russian President Yuri Suvarov from ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.
* In ''ReadAllAboutIt'', Dunedon, the evil ruler of Trialveron, is also secretly Don Eden, mayor of our heroes' home town on Earth.
* Nathan Petrelli [[spoiler:/Sylar]] of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' becomes the U.S. Prez in the alternate future presented in "Five Years Gone", and tries to enact a program to kill off all the superpowered people in the world (except himself. Because "I can fly. I'm hardly dangerous.").
* ''DoctorWho'':
** Rassilon of Gallifrey is the classic one. Returns with a vengeance in [[spoiler: "The End of Time", as an OmnicidalManiac who was planning to destroy the universe so that he could AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. He's appropriately played by TimothyDalton.]]
** In "The Invasion Of Time", the Fourth Doctor himself becomes this for all of Gallifrey. It rather confuses his old teacher Burosa. (And it's all a ruse, of course.)
** In "The Five Doctors", Borusa, now himself Lord President of Gallifrey, seeks to manipulate the Doctor's first five incarnations into recovering Time Lord founder Rassilon's fabled secret of immortality for himself so that he might rule Gallifrey forever.
** In Series 1 of the new show, a Slitheen wearing the skin of a mid-level politician manages to become Acting Prime Minister by offing the real one and being the highest ranking elected official around during a time of crisis. Presumably he would have been replaced as soon as the panic subsided, but it gives the Slitheen all the time in power they need to spark a nuclear war and destroy the earth. This allows a very capable and sweet woman named Harriet Jones to become the new Prime Minister. However, the Doctor deposes Harriet Jones after she goes too far (in his opinion) during the next alien invasion a season later. She was supposed to be Prime Minister of the UK for three consecutive terms and lead the Golden Age of Britain. With the Doctor having altered her timelime, we instead get two absolute monsters:
*** Series 3: The first replacement for Harriet Jones. [[spoiler: The Master, posing as Mr. Saxon, gets himself elected as Prime Minister of Great Britain, and promptly uses his authority to gas the Cabinet, declare the Doctor and his friends fugitives, arrest Martha Jones' family, make fun of/assassinate the US President, take over the world and generally act like a MagnificentBastard.]] In the end, it is [[spoiler: time-reverted, except for the deaths of the U.S. President and the British Cabinet. Ouch]]. In "The End of Time", [[spoiler: he conquers the world by transforming all of humanity into carbon copies of himself, consequently making him president of every single country at once.]] Even [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges]] this himself: "I'm President! President of the United States! Look at me! Financial solution... deleted!".
*** ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'': The second replacement for Harriet Jones. Prime Minister Green. True, the whole leadership of the government reluctantly goes along with the plan of [[spoiler: handing ten percent of the world's children over to the 456]], but they didn't really have any choice, and they're shown to take no enjoyment from crossing this MoralEventHorizon. However, at the end of the miniseries, when the 456 have just barely been defeated in time, Green proves himself to be truly morally corrupt by [[spoiler: gleefully announcing how he plans to blame everything on the Americans. This proves to be the last straw for his cabinet, and they blackmail him into standing down.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': President Clark assassinates the previous president, under whom he served as vice president, and from there initiates an Iron-fisted regime that brooks no disagreement with him, particularly the crew of the main series setting who were actively working to expose his crimes and bring him down. His final act as president before offing himself is to set all {{Kill Sat}}s in Earth's orbit to fire at the planet. Luckily, the good guys manage to stop them in time.
* Various alternate realities in ''Series/StargateSG1'' where Senator Kinsey managed to become President.
* Evil Governor Colonel Montoya from ''Series/QueenOfSwords''.
* In a couple of ''{{Smallville}}'''s {{Bad Future}}s, [[ManipulativeBastard Lex Luthor]] is shown to either be President, or running for it, as a very intimidating ManInWhite with a RedRightHand.
** In the DistantFinale, set in 2018, [[spoiler:Lex has just been elected. Uh-oh.]]
* A 4th season episode of ''{{Sliders}}'' ("California Reich") has a man, Governor Schick, running for President with a very good chance of winning... until the heroes expose the truth behind his "Repatriation Center" concentration camps. The guy's platform? "America for Americans" (a meaningless slogan for a nation of immigrants) and plans to deport anyone whose genes don't match with his ideal American, even if your great-great-grandparents were born in the U.S. That essentially means "anyone non-white". Somehow, he manages to impose this rule on his own state and ship countless people off to camps... and then they get turned into mindless drones called "Eddies" as cheap labor.
* Governor James Devlin of ''{{Oz}}''. On a show wall-to-wall with scumbags (it's set in a prison, after all), one of the worst is the guy on the outside campaigning on a "law and order" platform.
* In an episode of ''TheOuterLimits'', a time traveler approaches a presidential candidate and warns him that his loss in the upcoming election will pave the way for one of these. As she continues to win him over, she eventually convinces him that his staff will sabotage his chances of winning, and that he needs to jump from the plane and leave them all to die (she'll protect him with her future-tech). He complies, and she's true to her word. [[spoiler:Then she reveals ''he'' is the President Evil she spoke of, having gambled that he would be self-centered enough to save his own hide at the expense of everyone else. The plane will be fine, and he's just ensured that his political career is tarnished beyond recovery.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* King Geedorah, alter ego of rapper Daniel Dumile. His methods of dealing with dissenters are expounded upon in the song "The Fine Print": The short version is, he has their heads cut off and mounted on pikes in the middle of town square, where the peasants will throw rocks at the heads for weeks until vultures eventually devour them. As he says, "Maybe ''then'' they'll know the right words to speak out loud, at home, in the world, or in the streets."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lord Recluse of ''[[CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]''. Indeed, most of ''[=CoV=]'' takes place in Recluse's country, the Rogue Isles.
* John Adams in ''{{Conduit 2}}''. [[http://kotaku.com/#!5769409/why-former-us-president-john-adams-is-a-major-video-game-villain Yes, as in the 2nd U.S. President.]] [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy He's an alien spy]], which is why he's still alive and scheming despite being set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* Kombayn Nikoladze from the first ''SplinterCell'' game, president of Georgia, is using ethnic cleansing to seize neighboring Azerbaijan's oil, and later attacks the U.S. with information warfare when they try to stop him.
** His successor is only marginally better, quickly turning on his allies when it proves convenient.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' did it, too, with Solidus Snake - ex-President of the United States. The 'ex' part was the all important part, though. He was more a traditional baddie who happened to have once been President. The Patriots were a better example - [[spoiler: the [[ThePlan man plotted and often elaborate plan]]-loving council which secretly ruled the United States since about the 1970's, and have plans for world domination. It really gets bad when all the Patriots are either dead, in a coma, a vegetable, or actively trying to stop the rogue AI they created from trying to take over the world]]
** From ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', we have [[spoiler: a President Evil-to-be: Senator Armstrong]].
* TheDragon of ''CallOfDuty 4'', Khaled al-Asad, becomes the President of an [[{{Qurac}} unnamed Middle-Eastern country]] via a violent coup and then goes on a spree to "liberate" the rest of the Middle East until the United States steps in to stop him.
* In the console version of ''VideoGame/RainbowSix 3'', the BigBad turns out to be the President of Venezuela, who is secretly the mastermind behind terrorist attacks on the U.S. by seemingly Middle Eastern groups.
* Richard Hawk in ''MetalWolfChaos'' an [[EvilChancellor evil]] ''[[EvilChancellor vice]]''[[EvilChancellor -president]] turned president after he overthrows his running mate in a military coup d'etat. As for his 'evil' credentials during his actual tenure as president... Geez... ''Where do we '''start?''''' 'The giant mechanical spider he sent rampaging through Manhattan', possibly. Or nerve-gassing Chicago. Or executing Metal Wolf sympathysers... and their family... and their friends... and their acquaintances if they don't fess up (complete with [[RedEyesTakeWarning evil-eyed Lady Liberty]] on the ultimatum commercial). Or turning the White House into a missile-launching and armoured fortress and renaming it the 'Fight House'.
** ''[[SayMyName RICHAAAAAARD!!!]]''
* Pandak "Baby" Panay in the second ''JustCause'' game holds Panau in his grip with a massive military junta.
* The fourth ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]'' adventure game episode of the first season, aptly titled ''"Abe Lincoln Must Die"'', sees the titular freelance police up in arms against an evil Abraham Lincoln. Or, in this case, a massive statue of Abraham Lincoln brought to life, who then tries to run for president. The only way to defeat him is for Max to become a President Evil himself, a position he still keeps afterwards. In the third season, it is strongly implied that Max has used dirty means to ensure that he keeps his office.
** Max manages to remain the President even after he [[spoiler: sells the United States to]] Canada.
** For a while, there was a promotional website called [[http://web.archive.org/web/20080429054910/www.maxforpresident.org/ maxforpresident.org]], which contained a Donate button (not working on the Wayback Machine) which claimed to syphon dollars donated to organisations like [[{{Myst}} the D'ni Restoration Council]], [[VideoGame/GrimFandango The Communist Party of Rubacava]], [=eBay=], [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland The Melee Island Bureau of Tourism]] and Sam's Wallet into Max's funds. His fundrasing goals were things like jaunty hats for his Secretary of State, spinning rims for the [=DeSoto=], a girlfriend for his pet goldfish Mr. Spatula, an $254 Executive Box of tissues and 'recovery of Presidential email password'.
*** And then Mr. Spatula becomes Vice-President Evil and tries to off Max, accidentally getting himself killed.
* The [[BigBad Big Bads]] of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' are President Evils, focused on cleansing the post-apocalyptic world of any dangerous mutants. Given that, under their standards, the vast majority of the irradiated planet's surface-dwelling population would qualify as a dangerous mutant, including most of the good guys, this is obviously not a fun plan. Subverted by President Tandi and [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Kimball]] of the NCR, though Kimball is a jingoistic imperialist.
* Andrew Ryan of ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' is the president/founder/king of Rapture.
* Subverted with {{Final Fantasy VIII}}, Vinzer Deling, president of the (mostly portrayed as) antagonistic Galbadian nation is made out to be the Big bad when the plot kicks off, only to be killed very early on by his [[TheDragon Dragon, Edea]].
* Karasov in ''RepublicTheRevolution''. He rules [[{{Ruritania}} Novastrana]] with an iron fist, siphons money from the national stock exchange, uses his political and military power to imprison and/or murder his enemies, is above the law and he damn well knows it. [[spoiler:Until the [[RebelLeader man whose parents he arrested]] ten years ago comes back to [[LaResistance lead a revolt]].]]
* The Purple Tentacle from ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'' manages to become POTUS and then enslave all the humanity.
* In VideoGame/SaintsRowIV, The Boss has gone from criminal kingpin/mass murderer to the President of the United States. More impressive is the fact that the Boss might not even be American (either being British or French). It's implied that she's less sociopathic as a president than as a gang leader, though, at least if her only presidential initiative shown (either "Fuck Cancer" or solving world hunger depending on what the player chooses) is any indication.
* ''AceAttorneyInvestigations'' 2 has Teikun O, the president of the Republic of Zheng-Fa, a DirtyCoward who [[spoiler: orchestrated a fake assassination attempt on himself in a futile attempt to salvage his waning popularity.]] Then, much later in the game, we learn that [[spoiler: he's actually a body double who pulled a KillAndReplace on the ''real'' president and took over the country, and was planning to kill several others to cover it up. Of course, by the time you find that out, [[PayEvilUntoEvil someone else already killed him.]] [[AssholeVictim He will not be missed.]] ]]
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* Subverted in [[http://beta.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070620 this]] ''SluggyFreelance'' strip, where the president who's secretly a centuries old wizard who enslaved people's souls isn't actually that bad.
-->'''President Kesandru:''' Living hundreds of years changes you. I used to toy with people, destroy people, all with the selfish goal of untold wealth and power. Now I want to help people, to make up for past deeds. Take steps to make this a better place for everyone ... while ''still'' attaining untold wealth and power.
-->'''Torg:''' Politics. It's like having evil cake and eating it too!
* In ''{{Narbonic}}'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Mell's future self]] becomes President in the comic's BadFuture. She did this so that she could [[spoiler: send a message to the past explaining how to avert the future. The process of sending the message to the past [[PoweredByAForsakenChild physically destroys her world]] in the process, [[OmnicidalManiac much to her glee]].]]
* ''Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle'' featured an [[AIIsACrapshoot evil android]] named Hypnotron whose CompellingVoice fueled a villain-organized run for the Presidency, but ultimately failed because, as a newly-built android, he's too young to legally be President. A later storyline had him succeed in disguising himself as GeorgeWBush and taking over America, using his powers to alter the world in subtle ways until a few heroes and villains catch on and fight back.
* Zexion was elected governor of Pennsylvania in ''AnsemRetort''. So far, he's stolen tax dollars to finance his best friend's wedding (just to prove he can) and invaded New Jersey. (Granted, he's only a lesser office, not President. ''Yet.'')
** In a more recent season, he sold New Mexico back to Mexico for the right of all US citizens to have [[LatinLover sexy Latino names]]. His is Guillermo del Zexiero lo Marquis.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has [[Music/InsaneClownPosse Violent Jay and Shaggy 2 Dope]] elected co-presidents of the United States. They promptly use their power for evil.
* In ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'' Dionne makes a ''campaign platform'' out of promising to be one of these when running for class president.
-->"Those who support me will be exalted. Those who do not will be destroyed. The minority is irrelevant. They have no voice. I can and will take from them and give to the strong. It's majority rule!"
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* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment President Dr. Insano]]
** This was Dr. Insano's ''debut'' on the Spoony Experiment; he was a merciless parody of Sorceress Edea in Final Fantasy VIII becoming a country's leader despite openly despising her own subjects and burning the legitimate President of the country alive.
* Supervillain Lord Paramount of the WhateleyUniverse has his own country [[{{Ruritania}} Wallachia]].
** And supervillain Gizmatic (now King Wilkins) has his own country, the Caribbean island now known as Karedonia.
* Both of the presidents featured in the e-novel EHUDPreludeToApocalypse are evil, although one is more of the corrupt old polititian kept aloft by corrupt advisers type, while the other is definetly a terrible, terrible human being, even before getting elected.
* General [=MacArthur=] becomes this in the ''Literature/{{Reds}}'' AlternateHistory, with a healthy side of GeneralRipper.
* In the AlternateUniverse WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic is shown in the 2010 Christmas special ''[[ItsAWonderfulPlot You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard]]'', [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] is shown to have become the evil president of the United States, blowing up Canada and publicly executing Tom Green. To be fair, [[HumansAreBastards it's what the people wanted.]]
** Debateable, as its possible Canada really had become an evil nation even worse than Nazi Germany in this alternate future.
* In the novel ''Literature/AGirlWhoBroughtDownTheWorld'', Christopher Winnifred Vega [[note]]a CaptainErsatz of [[{{Sonichu}} Christian Weston Chandler]][[/note]] is made President of the US thanks to a massive conspiracy. In due time, he ravages the entire world in an attempt to bring in a girl he had fallen in love with years ago who had no interest in him.
* Naturally, AdolphHitler in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''.
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* Baron Ünderbheit, a CaptainErsatz for Doctor Doom in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', rules over the [[{{Mordor}} Barony of Ünderland]], which is apparently located adjacent to Michigan.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', in which it is mentioned that during the 27th century, a supervillain was elected governor of New York. During his term, he stole all the major world monuments and [[RushmoreRefacement put his face on Mount Rushmore]] (which he also stole).
** And more "currently" on the show, there's Earth President Richard M. Nixon's Head, who needs no explanation to people familiar with [[TruthIntelevision actual American history]].
*** But nobody can be elected more than twice. [[LoopholeAbuse Exactly! No body can!]]
** In the same episode where Nixon gets elected, there's a side discussion about the first robot president, John Quincy Adding Machine, who "struck a chord with the voters when he pledged not to go on a killing spree." "But, like most politicians, he promised more than he could deliver. "
** A Lincoln-style monument depicts a president (in the sixties I think) who was apparently a brutal alien warlord. His chair is surrounded by a pile of human skulls. The people of Earth apparently do not care who they elect.
*** What does this have to do with "people"?
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', student council president Jimmy [=McGarfield=] revealed at the end of his debut appearance that he was in allegiance with the adults instead of the kids. At the end of his next appearance, he was sent to prison, leaving Numbuh 1 confident that he would take his place, only to find out that the [[CreepyChild Delightful Children From Down the Lane]] had in fact bought the election and become president(s) themselves.
* The text above warned you not to confuse this trope with the moment in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' where Mandy plays a video game titled ''President Evil'', but in fact, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin it DOES features evil presidents.]] ''[[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombified evil presidents.]]''
* Technically only Governor Evil, but when Nathan Explosion was elected governor of Florida in ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', Florida ended up decimated and abandoned due to his rampant disregard for life. Crime was up, the economy was in the tank, etc. He ''did'' try to help Florida by putting on a concert, but that ended up summoning a hurricane. The funniest part? He's ''still'' regarded as the greatest governor Florida ever had.
* Not technically president, but "his dishonor" the Mayor from ''ActionLeagueNow'' can qualify for this. He does everything from kidnapping children, stealing priceless artwork, melting his chief nuclear safety adviser, causing massive train wrecks (he wanted the insurance money), unleashing ancient mummy curses, taking out NFL quarterbacks, and trying to blow up Washington D.C., all complete with a huge grin on his face, and evil pointed eyebrows. But despite all his acts of villainy, he's never removed from office.
* In ''TheSimpsons'', the aliens Kang and Kodos impersonate BillClinton and Bob Dole during the 1996 election, figuring one of them would be elected. When Homer reveals the truth, the aliens claim that American citizens have to vote for one of them anyway and voting for a third party would be pointless. The ending of the episode shows that Kang has been elected President, and he proceeds to enslave humanity and forcing them to build monuments. Homer claims it's not his fault, as he voted for Kodos.
** Another episode had Sideshow Bob running for mayor of Springfield. His campaign discredits Quimby by saying that Quimby released the three-times attempted murderer Sideshow Bob.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' had an alternate reality where the president of the US was LexLuthor. But it may be up to discussion who was the real president evil there, if Lex Luthor, or the Justice League that made a coup d'état and killed him in the process. It may be [[AlternateUniverse an alternate universe]], it may be Lex Luthor the one [[GullibleLemmings voted by the people]], but [[MyCountryRightOrWrong it's still America]]! In the mainstream universe, the Question tries to [[ShootTheDog kill Luthor]] to prevent him from becoming president evil too. [[spoiler:Luthor then pummels the Question with his new superpowers. He remarks that becoming president would cause him to ''lose'' power. He freely admits that he ran a fake campaign [[EvilIsPetty "just to tick Superman off."]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'': Lord/President Business combines this with CorruptCorporateExecutive.
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