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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 wreck up the place! Woahahahahaha!!"''
-->-- '''President Richard Nixon's Head''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

A CorruptPolitician with far more success than most. 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.]] If it's a super''hero'' who rules a country, see PresidentSuperhero. If the supervillain not only rules over others, but rules ''because'' of their superpowers, see SuperSupremacist.

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.

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''. Both are the TropeNamers though.

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, no matter how tempting it may seem, Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[spoiler:Führer 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 Manga/BloodyMonday (Season Two) President Adams seems to do this, only he's just more of a {{Jerkass}} than someone that's genuinely evil.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' is a different flavour of this, being a WellIntentionedExtremist, AntiVillain, and DarkMessiah.
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' has Reiji Takatori, whose first act on being voted in as Prime Minister is to institute civilian curfews and martial law.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* There's a Franchise/{{Superman}} arc in which ComicBook/LexLuthor became President of the United States.
** 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 ([[DamnedByFaintPraise or less]]) 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.
** ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' has a [[http://www.shortpacked.com/toynewsi/sp-tni229.png great deal of fun]] with this one from time to time.
** Played with in ''ComicBook/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. He's still a ruthless egotistical sociopath though- he comes to power after promising (correctly) that he could fix the devastated economy of the United States...which had been following an economic formula ''he'' devised. Near the end he implies that a great deal of the story was part of a master plan to TakeOverTheWorld and get rid of Superman all along. Still, Lex's [[AmericaTakesOverTheWorld Global United States]] is depicted as an unambiguous utopia. So much so that [[spoiler:it produced a human being as great as Kal-L in the far future.]]
* ComicBook/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 [[ComicBook/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.
** Technically he's the King of Latveria not the President. He still becomes President of the United States though.
* In the Wolverine BadFuture story ''ComicBook/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.)
* ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, archenemy of the Comicbook/XMen, 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]].
* Also from the Marvel universe, Baron Zemo (the younger), who for a time was in charge of Bagalia, an underground nation (literally and figuratively- it's in a cavern and most citizens are super villains).
* Mystique and Sabertooth from ComicBook/XMen were the de facto rulers of Madripoor for a time; they bought the rights from Madame Hydra in ''All-New X-Men''.
* Flag-Smasher, an anti-nationalist terrorist, was ironically installed as the president of Rumekistan for a time. He's eventually assassinated and replaced by [[ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool Cable]], who between this and creating his own island nation Providence is seen as a President Evil by a good portion of the globe.
* In ''ComicBook/{{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 ruthless 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.
* ComicBook/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. 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". [[FridgeLogic 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' ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' run, America got a Secretary of Defense called [[MeaningfulName Dell]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Rusk]] [[spoiler: The ComicBook/RedSkull, yes that's an anagram]]. Who gassed large parts of the country with the Crimson Mist virus.
* President Leland [=McCauley=] in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' (postboot version) turned out to be immortal supervillain Ra's Al Ghul in disguise.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'':
** The atomic war that originated the 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), another who gained dementia and began some horrific policies ([=McGruder=]), and 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).
** Inverted in ''Fall of Deadworld''. There's a U.S. President leading LaResistance against the new Chief Judge, who is an OmnicidalManiac.
* 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 Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} Europe, and really of the whole ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational, 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, ComicBook/NormanOsborn was like this from the ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' to the ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}'' storylines.
** Norman Osborn managed to become (de facto) President of the U.S. in the ''ComicBook/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 ''ComicBook/{{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 ''ComicBook/FreddyVsJasonVsAsh: The Nightmare Warriors''. One of his stated 'policies' was an ambitious program of "No Child Left Alive".
* 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.
* ''ComicBook/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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Zombo}}'':
** Creator/DonaldTrump is president of Earth, and when he isn't an unholy spawn of George Bush and Ronald Reagan, he runs the planet like ''Series/TheApprentice''. Also, he [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals shredded a puppy]].
** There's also Shadow President Jason Van Satan. [[CardCarryingVillain It's all right there in the name]].
* In ''ComicBook/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
* ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}'': U.S. President Walter Sheridan is the head of a conspiracy in the upper levels of the U.S. government that eliminates his brother, President William Sheridan in order to establish a totalitarian regime over the United States with him as its new Commander-in-Chief. While his treachery is explicit in the comics, it is left ambiguous in the video game based on it.
* ''ComicBook/WeirdScience'' had a story where "Allie the Alligator," a puppet on a kids' show called "Kookie, Fan and Allie," encourages parents to elect him president by writing his name in on their ballots. The two mainstream candidates are so unelectable that the majority of voters rebel against them, write in Allie's name and elect him. Discombobulated beyond measure, Congress holds hearings on what to do. They summon the man who puppeteers Allie to appear, intending to make him president. Then comes the kicker: [[spoiler:"Allie" is no puppet. He's a puppet-sized alien who's grafted himself onto the puppeteer's arm. And now that he's been elected president, his compatriots slither out of lakes and rivers and graft themselves onto Congress's collective arms to put down a measure to "unelect" Allie.]]
* In the two-issue miniseries ''ComicBook/{{Ruins}}'', the President of the United States is Charles Francis Xavier, who is [[AdaptationalVillainy a far cry from the benevolent leader of the X-Men he was in standard continuity]]. He wages war on Genosha and has also imprisoned and mutilated many mutants.
* ''ComicBook/DastardlyAndMuttley'': After exposure to [[GreenRocks Unstabilium]], the President whacks Senator Braynard with a mallet.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The President of the United States is the last foe Vash fights in Fanfic/ChristianHumberReloaded.
* Crops up ''very'' often in ''Webcomic/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.
* Ganondorf is this in both {{Fanfic/The Great Desert}} a Legend of Zelda AU, and {{Fanfic/National Anthem}} a ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' AU. Both are by the author Shadsie.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'': Lord/President Business combines this with CorruptCorporateExecutive.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/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]])
* In ''Film/TheDeadZone'', Johnny Smith (played by Creator/ChristopherWalken) shakes the hand of politician Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) and foresees 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]] [[Series/TheWestWing Sheen as the wise, principled President Jed Bartlet]]
* 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 (who went unnamed, but was based heavily on [[MoralGuardians Jerry Falwell]]) got elected by saying that the earthquake that destroyed Los Angeles was [[TheScourgeOfGod God's punishment for that city's sin and decadence]], and actually managed to get the Constitution amended to stay PresidentForLife. His first act after that? Move the capital to his hometown (Lynchburg, VA).
* 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.
* ''Film/TheHidden'': Alluded to but never realized. Towards the end, the evil alien who has been going on a mass-murdering rampage throughout Los Angeles throughout the entire film, takes over the body of a U.S. Senator. He announces that he wants to become President.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'':
** President Coriolanus Snow, the overseer of the corrupt Capitol government that created and runs the child-murdering spectacle of the title, commits an insane number of atrocities all in the name of keeping his power. In the first book Snow tortures Seneca Crane because Katniss and Peeta, without his interference at all, figured out how to survive The Hunger Games together and beat the system. In the second book, Catching Fire, he has the Quarter Quell's rules changed to having two previous Hunger Games winners from each district compete, simply out of spite. He has Katniss's friends tortured or murdered to break her confidence, even forcing her to watch Cinna's beating before the Quarter Quell. Katniss and Peeta got off lucky however as most other Hunger Games winners, Finnick Odair included, were forced by Snow to prostitute themselves out to other Capitol residents. In the final book Mockingjay, [[spoiler:Snow firebombs Katniss's home in District 12 and later tries to frame President Coin. He authorizes the painful brainwashing of multiple citizens, one of whom, Peeta, has had his mental faculties destroyed for months, which will affect the way he processes events for life. Possibly his most heinous action occurs during the war between District 13 and the Capitol, where he offers innocent Capitol children shelter in his home only to use them as human shields to protect himself.]]
** [[spoiler: President Alma Coin of District 13 turns out to be just as bad, killing Capitol children in a FalseFlagOperation to finalize Snow's defeat, declaring herself "[[PresidentForLife interim President indefinitely]]" and preparing to put Capitol children through their own Hunger Games as retribution, before Katniss puts her down.]]
* The poster for ''Film/OmenIIITheFinalConflict'' 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. It seems to be his long-term ambition though; he mentions running for Senator within two years.
* 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]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': [[BigBad Palpatine]] was one of these as [[TheFederation Chancellor]]. It is generally implied that, to the public at large as well as to the Jedi and the Senate, Palpatine is an excellent Chancellor -- friendly, experienced, competent, professional, diplomatic and wise -- who just happened to inherit a Republic that is rife with corruption and on the verge of civil war. Secretly, though, he is Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith, the instigator of much of this corruption and the ''mastermind'' behind the impending civil war and controlling both factions in public and private, which gives him an excuse to turn the Republic into a ''de facto'' dictatorship for reasons of "galactic security", then provoking the Jedi into attempting to arrest or kill him in order to carry out a purge against their Order, install himself as Emperor, and establish the evil, totalitarian Galactic Empire. The Expanded Universe delves deeper into his evil while Chancellor and implies or outright shows him (usually as Sidious) arranging assassinations, ordering atrocities, framing innocent parties, manipulating and corrupting people, and committing a laundry list of other crimes in pursuit of his sinister agenda
* In 1993's ''Film/SuperMarioBros'', Koopa has become President of the Mushroom Kingdom.
* ''Film/TimeRunner'': The World President [[TheyLookLikeUsNow turns out to be one of the aliens]] who have been plotting the conquest of Earth for decades.
* ''Film/TheHitmansBodyguard'' has Vladislav Dukhovich, the deposed dictator of Belarus, who committed ethnic cleansing and casual murder of both political enemies and critics of his regime. The whole plot of the movie is trying to get a key witness to the Hague in time to testify against Dukhovich in court.
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'' [[spoiler: the President of the United States is willing to let millions of drug users around the world die just so he could say he won the war on drugs. This includes people that only tried a drug ''once'', people using marijuana for medicinal purposes, ''children'' born addicted because their mothers used while pregnant, and ''his own Chief of Staff'', who only started using to keep up with the president's demanding workload. As soon as the Kingsmen release the antidote, the Chief of Staff exposes his crimes and gets him impeached and arrested.]]
* ''Film/VForVendetta'': Chancellor Adam Sutler is the totalitarian leader of the Norsefire Party that rules a post-apocalyptic Britain, elected into power after engineering a [[FalseFlagOperation biochemical attack and take credit for creating a cure]].

* In ''Literature/ChristianNation'', President Steve Jordan upon his inauguration suspends the U.S. Constitution in favor of the enforcement of the Fifty Blessings, turning America into a Christian theocracy and using the military to enforce all the states to obey.
* Senor Steel, the president-dictator of Blanca Grande in the Franchise/DocSavage novel ''The Freckled Shark''.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/IfThisGoesOn'', part of his ''Future History'' sequence, President Nehemiah Scudder proclaimed himself "First Prophet" and imposed a Christian theocratic dictatorship at some point between 2013 and 2016.
* 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..
* ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' has President John Winston Hammer of the [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]], who orders a devastating strike on the unsuspecting [[LostColony Lost Colonies]], hoping that such a show of force (and the millions of people killed by nuclear blasts) would force the colonies to recognize the military superiority of the Earth Alliance and allow unrestricted flow of immigrants from the overpopulated Earth. Instead of a quick victory, the colonists resist, and the quick strike turns into a devastating war lasting several decades across dozens of systems and ends with the colonies emerging as the victors.
%%* 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.
%%* Despite appearing only briefly, the President in ''Film/JasonX: Death Moon'' is quite obviously a lunatic.
* In the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series, Nicolae Carpathia starts out as the president of UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}, and moves on to become Secretary-General of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations (later called the Supreme Potentate of the Global Community). He's TheAntiChrist
* In the world of ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', in the year 2033, the world will have to endure Russian President Victor Zolnerovich, one of the founders of [[EvilInc Tresisda]] and a heavy supporter of Neo-Nazism, not to forget that he's really a [[spoiler: [[RoboticReveal a clone robot AI]]]]. There's also possibly German Chancellor Norvak, or at least this is what Marian thinks.
* In ''Literature/ParableOfTheTalents'' by Creator/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.]]
* President Charles Lindbergh in Creator/PhilipRoth's ''Literature/ThePlotAgainstAmerica'', who begins a process of creating an atmosphere of hate and persecution towards Jews [[spoiler: and who may or may not have been a Nazi puppet]].
* In the ''Literature/PresidentsVampire'' series, the [[AncientConspiracy Shadow Company]] would ''love'' to install one of these, to aid their plans of taking over the United States and destroying the world. In ''Red, White, and Blood'', they reach out to President Curtis' running opponent, Governor Seabrook, to try and recruit him to their cause, since he seems likely to win. [[spoiler: And at the end of the book, Vice-President Wyman, who worked for the Company until they cut him loose, kills Curtis, allowing him to take over.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' did this a lot. One story arc featured 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]].
** A book in another story arc ended with [[EldritchAbomination Abeloth]] becoming president and the Sith in partial control of the Senate.
* ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' has Jake Featherston, President of the Confederate States of America, and thinly veiled UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler analogue, who attempts a genocide of the CSA's black population.
* In one of the ''Literature/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.)

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* U.S. President Charles Logan and Russian President Yuri Suvarov from ''Series/TwentyFour''.
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' features Dante and Cage Wallace, respectively son and grandson of the then-sitting US President when the nukes fell. They have been overseeing the creation of [[TheDreaded Reapers]] to keep the Grounders distracted and wary about travelling in the area of Mount Weather, and if that isn't enough, flooding the area with acid fog too. Along with that has been the use of Grounders as HumanResources for their blood, and a long-term plan to manipulate the teenage survivors of the dropship to join the Mount Weather gene pool. When that falls through, Cage launches a coup and orders the forcible removal of bone marrow from the Ark teenagers, even though the method used would kill them.
* ''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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Mavic Chen of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan"]] is the democratically-elected head of the Solar System, and also colluding with the Daleks to take over the Universe.
** Rassilon of Gallifrey is the classic one. Returns with a vengeance in [[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], as an OmnicidalManiac who was planning to destroy the universe so that he could AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. He's appropriately played by Creator/TimothyDalton.]]
*** In ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', Rassilon is an EvilutionaryBiologist who prevented species from existing because of the possibility they might eclipse the power of the Time Lords.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime "The Invasion of Time"]], the Fourth Doctor himself becomes this for all of Gallifrey. It rather confuses his old teacher Borusa. (And it's all a ruse, of course.)
** [[spoiler:In [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "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.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon "Aliens of London"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World War Three"]]: 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "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.]]
** [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDASDarkEyes3E4RuleOfTheEminence "Rule of the Eminence"]] has Walter Vincent, the Grand Administrator of Earth. The Doctor thinks he's the Master, but he turns out to be a construct created by the Master from Molly's memory of her father Patrick O'Sullivan. He is the trigger which brings the minds of humanity under the Master's control.
* 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.").
* John Tomarchio in ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', who establishes the dissident Allied States of America west of the Mississippi River after the United States is split in two in the aftermath of the nuclear attacks that annihilated America's major cities. Under a benevolent guise, he serves as part of a highly corrupt corporate conspiracy to seize control of the nation by means of the nuclear strikes, which would serve to fuel the outbreak of a second American civil war against the legitimate U.S. government.
* ''Series/TheLastShip'' has President Peng of China, the BigBad of Season 3. Having [[KlingonPromotion climbed to power over his superiors' corpses]] during the height of the [[ThePlague Red Flu pandemic]], he now intends to bring about [[TheEmpire China's total domination of Asia]] in the post-plague world by [[spoiler: use of a chemical weapon that nullifies the cure for the Red Flu, enabling it to wipe out whole nations that he can then conquer]].
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In "The Washingtonians", [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade George Washington]] became a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] madman after he was forced to eat some of his men during a harsh winter. He started regularly killing and eating people (including several members of his own administration), [[ChildEater ate children]] and made household items out of their bones and skin, and was apparently intent on founding the United States as a "cannibal republic". A reporter claims that Washington's monstrousness was covered up by his followers.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', "Decompression", 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. Oh, and she didn't really save him. She just gave him a few minutes to find out the truth before putting him right back in mid-air to splatter on the ground]].
* Governor James Devlin of ''Series/{{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.
* Evil Governor Colonel Montoya from ''Series/QueenOfSwords''.
* In ''Series/ReadAllAboutIt'', Dunedon, the evil ruler of Trialveron, is also secretly Don Eden, mayor of our heroes' home town on Earth.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' features Jackson Davis, an usurper President who launched an internal coup at the US Government's hideout in Guantanamo. For about fifteen years, he remained at the helm masterminding a plot to retake the United States from the successor states which rose after the Blackout.
* A 4th season episode of ''Series/{{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.
* In a couple of ''Series/{{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.]]
* Various alternate realities in ''Series/StargateSG1'' where Senator Kinsey managed to become President.
* Lucifer, Satan himself, possesses the President in season 12 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. It lasts all of one episode, but he was giving some thought to pardoning Charles Manson.
* ''Series/{{NTSFSDSUV}}'': The bad guy in one episode turns out to be the President of Mexico, who was trying to steal the American Space Program so that Mexico could have one of its own.

* 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."

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In Scientology doctrine, Xenu was elected as the "supreme ruler" of the Galactic Confederacy, and apparently he was doing so poorly that they were about to "un-elect" him, but not before he killed most of the population by freezing them and blowing them up with hydrogen bombs in volcanoes.

[[folder:Print Media]]
* [=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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Lord Recluse of ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains''. Indeed, most of ''[=CoV=]'' takes place in Recluse's country, the Rogue Isles.
* John Adams in ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/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.
** Vice President Calvin Samson in ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction Conviction]]'', who serves a clandestine terrorist network named Megiddo and is complicit in the Third Echelon conspiracy to assassinate President Caldwell and supplant her with himself and effectively establish a terrorist-backed regime; he would've been this had the plot actually succeeded.
* ''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]].
* 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 ''VideoGame/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'.
* Pandak "Baby" Panay in ''VideoGame/JustCause2'' 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.
* 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 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', 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 ''VideoGame/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 they're less sociopathic as a president than as a gang leader, though, at least if their only presidential initiative shown (either "Fuck Cancer" or solving world hunger depending on what the player chooses) is any indication.
* ''VisualNovel/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.]] ]]
* In the ''Heroes Rise'' trilogy from Creator/ChoiceOfGames, the last two games feature President Victon (he is the mayor of [[CityOfAdventure Millennium City]] in the first game), who gets himself elected on the platform of [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals Powered]] regulation and the support of the rapidly-rising [[AntiMagicalFaction Meek movement]] (as in, "the meek shall inherit the Earth"). Once in power, he proceeds to force all [[UpToEleven Infini]]-Powered heroes to submit to PowerNullifier treatments and works with the Meek to develop a device that will permanently de-Power everyone. Oh, and he also orders public executions of the Powered criminals he deems too dangerous to rehabilitate. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. [[spoiler:He is perfectly willing to risk the lives of millions of people for political purposes, gets the PlayerCharacter's parents framed for murder, works with a cabal to get an Infini-Powered ex-criminal to lose control of his powers on live TV, among many other crimes]].
* President Walter Sheridan is implied to be this in ''VideoGame/{{XIII}}'' in the game's cliffhanger ending, making him the leader of the conspiracy within the U.S. government that saw the murder of ''his own brother'' to secure his own ascension to the Presidency. We may never know for sure as the sequel never came to be.
* U.S. President Noah Grace is this in the ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}'' series, having established a totalitarian regime over the United States in an alternate history where he unseats FDR and suppresses freedom of speech and of the press nationwide. On top of that, he must defend the U.S. from the alien Chimera who have overrun the rest of the world abroad. Although fully committed to defending his nation and even committing troops to a ruined Western Europe, he was willing to go so far as to negotiate a surrender of the rest of the world's nations with the alien species in order to secure only America's safety.
* David Jefferson Adams in ''VideoGame/ShatteredUnion'', who after being elected President of the United States proves extraordinarily corrupt as his first term is defined by martial law, domestic terrorism, a suppression of civil liberties, and open violation of the Constitution as the government effectively rigs the next election in favor of Adams. His false victory is met with open outrage by the American public, and ultimately a foreign conspiracy to cripple the U.S. takes advantage of the political tensions sowed by Adams to destroy the federal government; a subsequent nuclear attack leaves Adams dead and paves the way for the splintering of the continental United States through the secessionist sentiment provoked by his rule.
* ''Mr.President!'' on Steam is about saving the United States president [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Ronald Rump"]] from repeated assassinations, despite increasingly justifiable reasons for doing so as he transforms America into a post-apocalyptic Nazi state and starts TWO WORLD WARS. [[spoiler:Eventually, the player character snaps out of it and uses a time machine to kill his boss]].
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Masayoshi Shido, a CorruptPolitician who is [[spoiler:the secret head of TheConspiracy to turn Tokyo into an authoritarian dictatorship. Thankfully for Japan, he's thwarted [[SpannerInTheWorks by several wrenches]], but it really goes to show that his populist appeal coinciding with the rise of nationalism in today's world makes his rise a [[AdultFear very frightening - and very possible - reality.]]]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In the final arc of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', [[spoiler:King Radical, the BigBad, successfully overthrows the U.S. government]].
* Subverted in [[http://beta.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=070620 this]] ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/{{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 UsefulNotes/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 ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. He's stolen tax dollars to finance his best friend's wedding (just to prove he can) and invaded New Jersey. In a later 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. Ironically, he once tried to run for president, but gave up because the people started ''agreeing'' with his crazy policies, thereby making it no fun anymore.
-->'''Zexion:''' I will kill anyone who supports death panels!\\
'''The people:''' YAAAAAAAAAY!\\
'''Zexion:''' The hell is the matter with you people?
* ''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!"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': In [[MadScientist Dr. Insano]]'s debut, he somehow managed to win the Presidential election in a landslide victory. It was a merciless parody of Sorceress Edea in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' becoming a country's leader despite openly despising her own subjects and burning the legitimate President of the country alive. For extra hilarity, a lot of fans told Noah that they'd vote for Dr. Insano if they could. When he incredulously asked them why, the response was "[[CardCarryingVillain Because he's honest]]".
* Supervillain Lord Paramount of the Literature/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 ''Literature/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.]]
* In the novel ''Literature/AGirlWhoBroughtDownTheWorld'', Christopher Winnifred Vega [[note]]a CaptainErsatz of [[Webcomic/{{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.
* Dictator Pickles from WebAnimation/AlfredsPlayhouse is Alfred's SplitPersonality whom wishes only to take revenge on reality after being sexual abuse and abandoned as a child. In the ''Rise of Alfred Alfer'', he is seen forcing Alfred to try and become dictator over [[BrandX Burrito Bell]]. He is also portrayed as [[VillainousFriendship being friends with]] famous dictators Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and also Lavrentiy Beria.
* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'':
** In the second election battle, UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump promises to be one if elected, claiming that he'll run the country like he runs a casino-"more police and less Latinos"-and to create jobs tearing down mosques.
** A number of historical tyrants have made appearances as villains, including UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, UsefulNotes/JosephStalin, UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, UsefulNotes/ShakaZulu, UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, UsefulNotes/IvanTheTerrible, and UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat.
* In the AlternateHistory ''WebOriginal/ZhirinovskysRussianEmpire'', the RealLife ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky comes to power in the former Soviet Union and turns it into a fascist quasi-federation, unleashing a decade of international conflict.
* President [[spoiler:Donald Rumsfeld]] in the AlternateHistory ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'' is, in his psychotic obsession with right-wing, anarcho-capitalist and anti-communist rhetoric, probably one of the most horrifying examples of this trope ever conceived. Let's list his atrocities, shall we?:
** His extreme free-market policies sees him [[PrivateMilitaryContractors privatising the US military]], leading to US soldiers being given woefully substandard equipment and [[spoiler:being sent to their deaths in a catastrophic failed invasion of Cuba]]. He also even goes so far as to [[spoiler:''give the standing order for all wounded US soldiers to be executed by their officers to avoid paying the healthcare bill to save them'']]. This last crossing of the MoralEventHorizon is so horrifying it leads to pretty much everybody in his administration to finally turn on him.
** When his [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate cronies]] buy up the Hollywood film studios, he uses them to turn the film industry into a PropagandaMachine which vilifies historical figures that he hates, such as calling FDR a communist.
** He encourages [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic "Liberty Battalions"]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName to burn any books critical of his free-market economic policies and "disappear" any like-wise celebrities and political enemies]]. Between this and the last one, large swaths of American academia, the arts, and the entertainment industry flee to Canada and the UK.
** He establishes a permit system to restrict interstate travel, which is officially done to stop the free travel of criminals and terrorists, but is really about compiling a database on everyone's movements for political purposes.
** He allows employers to slash ''all wages in half across the board'' under the cover of investing the other half in the stock market, and removes all forms of workers' rights and social welfare, leading to unbearable poverty and terrible working conditions for working-class Americans, akin to serfdom and sharecropping. He also only enforces regulations just to attack businesses and media networks that oppose him.
** He alienates nearly all of his allies (resulting in NATO being disbanded) with the notable exception of the two dictatorial and genocidal states of South Africa and Israel (which he champions as bastions of freedom). He supports [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles terrorism in Northern Ireland]] to "punish" the British for voting in a Labour government.
** Not only does he resort to blatant electoral fraud to be re-elected for his second term, he also ''attempts to make himself president for life''. In fact, he privately admits to wanting to tear up the Constitution and strip US citizens of every constitutional right except the right to bear arms.
** He bullies state governments into accepting his policies, [[spoiler: and later, when Pete [=McCloskey=] is re-elected as California's governor, he tries to annul the election in favor of his handpicked stooge, and impeaches the Supreme Court justices who ruled against overturning the election results]]. This pushes California, Hawaii, and Idaho into seceding from the union.
** He wants to have all homosexuals imprisoned, [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain comparing them to pedophiles.]]
** He shuts down the nascent civilian Internet before it can get off the ground, all in the name of "national security".
** He removes every single environmental regulation, and even pushes to have concern for the environment declared a mental disorder. When the nascent threat of GlobalWarming is brought up to him, he sees it as a good thing that will extend the growing season, and so he actively defends coal pollution.
** He tries to ''weaponize AIDS''.
** [[EvilIsPetty He conspires to fill Earth's orbit with waste just to make things difficult for the Russian space program]].
** And believe it or not, he's '''nothing''' compared to [[spoiler: Douglas Coe]]. How bad is he? [[spoiler: Under his command, Congress is destroyed (literally), DC has many of its historic landmarks demolished to make way for [[MonumentOfHumiliationAndDefeat monuments to himself and Jesus]], and the US is transformed into a totalitarian theocracy, complete with the 10 commandments added into the constitution. By 1990, the country has descended into a second civil war, with [[DividedStatesOfAmerica entire regions of states declaring independence]]. To crush any attempted invasions or resistance movements, Coe fully embraces the use of ''nuclear weapons''.]] It's enough to get the Ku Klux Klan, the Black Panthers, and the Jewish Defense League to ''[[EnemyMine join forces]]'' against him.
* In ''Literature/NoW'', a series of events leads to [[spoiler: Rick Santorum]] becoming President in 2005, and he immediately goes about turning the United States into a theocratic dictatorship. Laws are passed banning video games or television shows with even the slightest hint of adult content, and persecuting the LGBT community. Muslim-Americans are scapegoated for the actions of Islamic terrorists, and later rounded up into internment camps "for their protection". Right-wing and anti-Muslim governments around the world are backed by force (including covertly trying to bring about RegimeChange in Israel to avoid peace with Palestine). And most tellingly, anyone who publicly disagrees with the administration (politicians and civilians alike) tend to wind up either dead, arrested on trumped up charges, or disappeared.
* One of the timelines visited in ''Literature/AnExaminationOfExtraUniversalSystemsOfGovernment'' features Edward Butler, a living embodiment of the worst traits of libertarians, objectivists, and the Tea Party movement, who nuked several major cities in the Middle East, including Mecca and Medina, tried to ban Islam, and suspend ''habeas corpus''. This resulted in an uprising that led to Butler fleeing to Guantanamo Bay with [[TheRemnant what was left of his loyalists]], where he essentially become an American version of North Korea's Kim family. He rules this tiny state with an iron fist, and has an arsenal of nuclear ballistic missiles to prevent anyone from taking him out.
** In the "Liberty Now Has A Country" timeline, Joe [=McCarthy=] became President after Richard Nixon (who won the 1960 Presidential elections) and began persecuting civil rights groups, the Democratic Party, and anyone suspected of being a "communist". He was shortly after succeeded by J. Edgar Hoover, who was senile and unstable and ruled the country not any different from an Eastern European regime. Hoover was eventually overthrown within a span of six months.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Not technically president, but "his dishonor" the Mayor from ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'' 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 ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': Scrooge faces several President Evils in the course of the series:
** In "Three Ducks of the Condor", Scrooge argues with and fights the descendant of a conquistador, Walking Slowly. Using a coin from the Treasure of the Golden Suns, he masquerades as a high priest and rules the superstitious peasants in and around an isolated plateau high in the Andes. Walking Slowly loses his power over the natives when he loses his coin.
** In "Sphinx for the Memories", Scrooge faces the corrupt High Priest (and ruler) of [[{{Qurac}} Garbabble]], an ancient civilization in the remote Egyptian desert. The priest - a parody of Peter Lorre, is deposed at the end when his double dealing is brought to light.
** In "The Duck in the Iron Mask", the greedy Count of [[{{Ruritania}} Monte Dumas]] imprisons Scrooge, Launchpad and his nephews. It turns out the Count is really the EvilTwin of Scrooge's old friend, the rightful count and the eponymous Duck in the Iron Mask.
** In "The Duck Who Would Be King", the corrupt leader of Toupee (yet another high priest!) is deposed by Scrooge and company. The priest throws his lot in with bandits to retake power, but is foiled.
** Finally, in "Allowance Day", the corrupt leader of "The BananaRepublic", General Chiquita, tries to steal away Scrooge's Banana Bran Flakes factory. The General also tries to execute Scrooge and Fenton Crackshell via cannon squad. While Scrooge wins in the end (and keeps the factory), the General remained in power becoming something of a KarmaHoudini. One hopes that the US government took note of the near execution of one of her leading citizens, and deposed of El Presidente soon thereafter!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Parodied in "When Aliens Attack", 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]].
** 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 the 60th president who was apparently a brutal alien warlord. His chair is surrounded by a pile of human skulls and he is eating a human. The people of Earth apparently do not care who they elect.
* 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.]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In the Justice Lords' reality, Lex Luthor becoming President sparked a chain of events that got [[TheHeart Flash]] killed and put the planet on the verge of nuclear war. After Lord! Superman executed Luthor, the Lords turned the planet into a GildedCage police state.
-->'''Lord! Superman:''' ''(in the Oval Office)'' Even ''this'' wasn't enough for you, was it? You had to have it all.
** In the Cadmus arc, "our" Luthor makes his own bid for the Presidency, leading many to fear that similar events will play out. The Question tries to [[ShootTheDog kill Luthor]] to preserve Superman's reputation. [[spoiler:Luthor then pummels the Question with his new superpowers, gloating 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/{{Metalocalypse}}:
** Floridian Governor Kip Slaughter, in ''any other show'', would avert this and be the OnlySaneMan, but because he ''dared'' suggest that Nathan didn't deserve a state holiday because he was a disgrace, the people of Florida quickly regarded him as this trope and killed him.
** When Nathan Explosion was elected governor of Florida, 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The aliens Kang and Kodos impersonate UsefulNotes/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.
** The episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts" had Sideshow Bob running for mayor of Springfield. His campaign discredits Quimby by saying that Quimby released the three-times attempted murderer Sideshow Bob.
* Baron Ünderbheit, a CaptainErsatz for Doctor Doom in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', rules over the [[{{Mordor}} Barony of Ünderland]], which is apparently located adjacent to Michigan.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': The first presidential election of the Citadel of Ricks sees the election of [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGunman Evil]] [[EvilDoppelganger Morty]]]]. Time will tell exactly how his presidency goes, but it's telling that the final scene of the episode in question ends on [[spoiler:a slow zoom out past a field of Rick and Morty corpses [[DramaticSpaceDrifting slowly drifting away]] from the Citadel after being [[ThrownOutTheAirlock ejected from the airlocks]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': [[SadistTeacher Fourth Grade Teacher Mr. Garrison]] becomes President of the United States on a platform of [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil fucking all the immigrants to death.]]
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