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[[caption-width-right:350:"There are no offensive stereotypes in the glorious [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Socialist Democratic Federated Republic]] of [[UnfortunateImplications Carbombya]]!"]]

-> ''Dear Lisa, as I write this, I am very sad. Our president has been overthrown and''
->[[[OrwellianEditor voice changes to that of a man]]]
->'''''replaced by the benevolent General Krull. All hail Krull and his glorious new regime! Sincerely, Little Girl.'''''
->-- '''TheSimpsons''', ''Cape Feare''

A SubTrope of EvilOverlord, as well as TheCaligula. The militaristic leader of a [[FictionalCountry fictional third world state or nation]] (usually [[{{Bulungi}} African]], [[BananaRepublic South American]], [[{{Ruritania}} Eastern European]] or [[{{Qurac}} Middle Eastern]]). Almost invariably rules a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny. Almost AlwaysMale.

His reign tends to be characterised by human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution, [[KangarooCourt judicial killings]], extrajudicial killings, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections nepotism]], and corruption. His political viewpoints ([[StrawmanPolitical if he even has any]]) veer towards [[DirtyCommunists Communism]], [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Fascism]], or [[CommieNazis some combination of the worst aspects of both.]] Of course, none of this will stop him from [[GloriousLeader proclaiming himself "The People's Liberator"]] or otherwise [[FakeUltimateHero billing himself as a great hero.]] He may have attended a prestigious IvyLeague or {{Oxbridge}} university in his youth, where he MajoredInWesternHypocrisy. He is often the target of American assassination attempts and rebel groups, who may or may not be figments of his own paranoia. A common feature is to have a guerrilla movement training to overthrow them. Once this happens, the general goes into hiding to train his own revolutionaries to overthrow the government, which will be just as corrupt as the old one (as seen in ''Franchise/{{Tintin}} and the Picaros''). A common twist is to make him a StrawHypocrite: he doesn't really care for his stated ideology, but uses it to cement his hold on power.

Tends to be [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed based on one or more real-life dictators,]] most commonly UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek, UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet, UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, UsefulNotes/HidekiTojo, UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco, [[Literature/TheFeastOfTheGoat Rafael Trujillo]], UsefulNotes/JosephStalin, UsefulNotes/FidelCastro, MaoZedong, [[UsefulNotes/{{Uganda}} Idi Amin]], UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi and UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein. This is often used to make an {{Anvilicious}} point about [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical said real-life dictator's policies]]. [[GodwinsLaw Surprisingly]], UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is rarely parodied in this manner, perhaps because the man himself is enough of an [[AcceptableTargets acceptable target]] (although one of his henchmen, Hermann Goering, did famously dress this way).

Usually dressed in [[BlingOfWar fancy military garb]], with a ChestOfMedals and topped with a CommissarCap. Common traits include [[BeardOfEvil facial hair]] [[BadassMustache of some sort]], [[CigarChomper cigar smoking,]] [[DemocracyIsBad a hatred of democracy,]] a [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard long list of]] [[TheMagnificent self-bestowed]] [[LargeHamTitle titles]], and [[{{Egopolis}} naming cities and monuments after himself.]] Because Generalissimos often have little political credibility but self-delusions of grandeur, they are often also called {{Tin Pot Dictator}}s.

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!!Examples

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* {{Tintin}} has encountered several of these, notably General Alcazar (although he becomes [[BlackAndGreyMorality relatively]] more heroic later) and General Tapioca.
* ''ComicBook/BenoitBrisefer'', a French comic, has one such island BananaRepublic with three generals (army, navy and air), who are constantly taking and retaking the palace from each other and declaring themselves Arch-Generalissimo or other inflated titles. Meanwhile, the dirt-poor inhabitants have grown used to all this nonsense and carry on life as usual (it helps that the soldiers are all remarkably inept, employing ATeamFiring to the fullest).
* In ''TexWiller'' one of their antagonists in a mini arc set in Mexico is basically aiming at this position, but his plans are thwarted and eventually comes back for revenge in another arc.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheExpendables''' mission is to eliminate one such general. He is ''slightly'' more sympathetic than the usual examples
* In ''TheGreatDictator'' the head of Bacteria was portrayed like this.
* In Film/TheThreeStooges' shorts making fun of Hitler ''et al.'' ("YouNaztySpy" and a sequel or two), Field Marshal Curly was like this.
* Film/JamesBond:
** ''Film/LicenceToKill'', [[http://www.universalexports.net/Movies/license-cast.shtml Hector Lopez]]. He is portrayed as more PunchClockVillain than dictator, as his country is effectively a [[PuppetKing puppet]] of TheSyndicate.
** General Medrano from ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
* [[http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Shaddam_Corrino_IV Emperor Shaddam IV]] (Jose Ferrer) in the 1984 adaptation of ''{{Dune}}''. (The Emperor in the novel was actually a [[ModestRoyalty Modest]] [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Royal Who Actually Did Something]], who happened to be on the wrong side of history.)
* BigBad's main goal in ''Film/DieHard2'' was to free a dethroned one for money.
* SachaBaronCohen's character [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Admiral General Colonel Doctor Shabazz Aladeen, Democratic President-For-Life, Invincible and All-Triumphant Commander, Chief Ophthalmologist, Brilliant Genius of Humanity, Excellent Swimmer Including Butterfly, and Beloved Oppressor and Ruthless Protector of the Precious and Expendable People of Wadiya]] from ''Film/TheDictator'' is a outrageously over the top example that makes every other example on this page look downright subtle and nuanced, [[http://www.republicofwadiya.com/biography.php as made clear in his biography]].
** A few of these are [[GeniusBonus direct references to historical dictators]], including Bashar al-Assad of Syria (an actual ophthalmologist) and Josef Stalin (who was in fact called "Brilliant Genius of Humanity").

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Mentioned by Creator/TerryPratchett in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' as "Some people are born to kingship. Some achieve kingship, or at least Arch-Generalissimo-Father-of-His-Countryship.", possibly referring to Franco.
* "Mad Dog" Branzillo of ''ASwiftlyTiltingPlanet'' rules the fictional South American country Vespugia. The plot revolves around going back in time and changing events so that Branzillo becomes a benevolent ruler instead.
* ''Literature/TheAutumnOfThePatriarch'' as the dictator (unnamed) as its protagonist.
* ''Literature/TheFeastOfTheGoat'' gives us the real-life Rafael Trujillo.

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* Parodied in an episode of ''ThirtyRock''. Elisa's (SalmaHayek) grandmother hates Jack because he bears a [[ActingForTwo striking resemblance]] to the Generalissimo, the villain of her favorite soap opera. Jack (being the President of NBC) acquires Telemundo and attempts to have the Generalissimo killed off. Unfortunately, since the show is apparently broadcast live, the actor playing the Generalissimo goes OffTheRails when the female protagonist attempts to shoot him.
-->''[subtitled in Spanish]'' "Ha! You missed! Now I shall drink this magic potion that will allow me to live forever!"
* In ''Series/MissionImpossible'', the IMF would occassionally be tasked with dealing with these. In the pilot episode, the team has to retrieve nuclear warheads being held in the hotel the Generalissimo uses as his party headquarters.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/WeirdAlYankovic is tasked with assassinating no less than two of these types in his ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-CG5w4YwOI Party in the C.I.A]]'' video. [[spoiler:But one of them ends up killing him.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* You can play as one of these in ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}''. One of the backgrounds, one of the outfits, and one of the hats are all called "Generalissimo", with the background having you take power in a military dictatorship, and the outfit and hat being a military officer's uniform with a big general's hat. To top it all off, you can put a beard on or mustache on your avatar as well. It's up to you how far you actually take this, however.
** If you don't want to make your own avatar, you can just pick a pre-made one, with predetermined traits, backgrounds, appearances, and outfits. These include real world dictators such as Fidel Castro of Cuba and Manuel Noriega of Panama.
** In the early missions of ''Tropico 4'', "Generalissimo Santana" teaches you the finer points in running a country. [[spoiler:Eventually he reveals himself to be a TreacherousAdvisor and frames you for the assassination of the US president so he can take over Tropico.]]
* StreetFighter: M. Bison
* ''[[VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany Battlefield: Bad Company 1]]'' has Zavomir Serdar, dictator of the fictional country Serdaristan. His role is mostly comic relief and TheLoad to B Company.
* General Viper in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', who rules El Nido with his Acacia Dragoons. [[spoiler:He's actually a rare heroic example; he might be authoritarian, but he's a good ruler and was only after Serge because he was being manipulated by Lynx]].
* In ''HeartsOfIron 2'', Resigned Generalissimo is one of the possible trait for the Head of State.
* Queen-for-Life Deidranna in ''Jagged Alliance 2''. You know it's gotta be bad when her own ''husband'' is the one who hires you to take her out.
* In the original ''VideoGame/BionicCommando,'' the evil dictator trying to re-activate the secret [[ThoseWackyNazis Imperial Army]] superweapon is named Generalissimo Killt in the American release of the game. He has the stereotypical dictatorial appearance, in that he dresses exactly like the aforementioned M. Bison and looks like a slightly melted [[Series/{{Brookside}} Brian Regan]], and is characterized with the expected arrogance and military fervor. [[spoiler: He also kind of gets HijackedByGanon when he gets killed off by a revived Hitler.]]
* Colonel Allende in ''RedDeadRedemption'', who perfectly fits the archetype of "Corrupt Central American military leader" as befits the adherence of the game to various kinds of Western films. John Marston plays both fields in the rebellion to try and get his target, [[spoiler: but eventually works completely against the government after Allende tries to have him executed.]]
* General Raul Grasiento, who appears in ''VideoGame/BrokenSwordII'', who has a crush on Nicole (much to her dismay), and George notes that he had all the medals in the wrong side of the chest. In a variation of the trope, he isn't the leader of his country, Quaramonte. That position belongs to his mother. [[spoiler: And in an even odder variant, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn towards the end, and helps the heroes save the day]].
* In the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' and ''MetalGear2SolidSnake'', Big Boss is this.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* [[TheSimpsons All hail Krull and his glorious new regime!]]
* Roger briefly impersonates one of these in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* ''TransformersGeneration1'' had [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Abdul_Fakkadi_(G1) Abdul Fakkadi]], Supreme Military Commander, President-for-Life, and King of Kings of the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya]] (pictured above). He is a not-so-subtle TakeThat at UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi (with his [[TheMagnificent long list of titles]] a probable reference to Idi Amin).

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[[folder: Other ]]

* After the fiasco of the 2000 Presidential election, ''TheOnion'' ran a shot of BillClinton photoshopped into a Generalissimo uniform with the title "Clinton declares Self President for Life."

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