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When the phrase "tinpot dictator" is literal.

{{Evil Overlord}}s have the tendency to fight in full plate armor, even in settings where that doesn't actually make sense. Their armor usually has plenty of SpikesOfVillainy and is ColorCodedForYourConvenience in black. Usually, [[TheFaceless it conceals their face]] to make them appear more mysterious and menacing. Often upgraded to PoweredArmor or a full-body prosthesis/life support system in more advanced settings.

In fantasy settings, this is the standard look for the BlackKnight. However, that doesn't always mean that an overlord of this type is solely a physical fighter. He might also be an EvilSorcerer that made the [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy wise]] choice of donning armor to offset his [[SquishyWizard main weakness]]. Besides, they are almost always LargeAndInCharge so it's normal to see them as evil {{Magic Knight}}s.

SpikesOfVillainy and a BadassCape are commonly used accessories.

See also AnimatedArmor. Contrast ChromeChampion

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!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is naturally filled with villians (and some heroes) in this style.
** Probably the most notable one is the legendary High King Gaiseric, also known as the Skull King for his preferred helmet style. In an interesting subversion, if he and the Skull Knight are one and the same person as most fans believe, he became a good guy ([[GreyAndBlackMorality relatively speaking]]) after becoming undead.
* Master Hades of the Grimoire Heart guild from ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* TheVoiceless TokenEvilTeammate Akryung from ''TowerOfGod''.
* [[spoiler:Prince/King Kaito]] from ''MurderPrincess''.
* Wapol from ''OnePiece'' had a ship called "The Tin Tyrant" but Don Krieg fits the bill better albeit without a helmet.
* Yuki Judai of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' fits this trope in full, as his standard clothing during the Genocidal Overlord phase becomes a black, full-body armor, heavily accessorized with sharp spikes, jewels, a flowing red cape and a helmet which fully covers his face when the visor is lowered -- as can be seen [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_adQb7RO71Jc/R1EHHgn3LQI/AAAAAAAACf4/UXfr6P81xSU/s1600-R/HaouJudai.jpg here]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DoctorDoom in the MarvelUniverse.
** Apocalypse in some interpretations.
** Although less armored (and evil, at least on a good day) than most, Magneto also qualifies.
** Cable's evil clone Stryfe.
*** [[spoiler: And now [[FaceHeelTurn Cable]].]]
* There was a [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Zod]] who wore a pink suit of armor. Err. Red. Totally Red. Manly Red.
** It ''should'' be red, thematically, seeing as he's both a Communist and takes his power from red suns.
** The ''other'' PostCrisis, pre-InfiniteCrisis Zod (like the Communist Zod, possibly wiped from existance as a result of InfiniteCrisis) wore a black suit of armour with SpikesOfVillainy.
* Master Menace from ''SquadronSupreme''.
* Darth Krayt from ''StarWarsLegacy'' is a bit of a subversion as the armor is a part of him [[spoiler:it's Yuuzhan Vong armor]].
** To clarify, it is [[spoiler: A collection of crustaceans that have bonded to his skin to provide lightsaber-proof armor at the expense of unending agony as they attempt to digest him. Darth Bane wore similar armor, but not of Vong origin.]].
* ''GIJoe'': COBRA Commander, in the middle of the [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel Marvel Comics run]] where he always wore his battle-armour. [[spoiler:It had the side benefit of concealing the fact he was [[ManInTheIronMask an imposter]].]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Lord Marshal of the Necromongers in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' is rather nostalgic for a space conqueror, forgoing any sort of conventional or futuristic outfit for a plate armor suit that he never takes off, only removing his helmet from time to time. Most of his followers are no different, presumably because of their martial society.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Sauron, but he is only described in armor in the movies; in the book, he's simply described as "A Terrible Dark Lord", "an image of malice and hatred made visible". His master Morgoth is described as wearing black armor in combat (though outside of it, at least his hands and face are left uncovered).
** The Witch-King is something in between this and AnimatedArmor, since he's a disembodied undead spirit and needs the armor as a surrogate body, to manipulate objects.
* From ''Franchise/StarWars'', the Sith in general are likely to be this; many of them were famous for their unique suits of armor. Darth Vader is probably the most obvious example, if not the TropeCodifier: he was most likely inspired by the Witch King of Angmar and Sauron, Doctor Doom, and armoured samurai from Japanese films, but he is probably the most famous example in popular culture. Vader's armor also doubles as a life support system, stemming from injuries he sustained in an old battle with Obi-Wan.
** To a lesser extent, Darth Revan from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.
** Mandalore, leader of the Mandalorians, in pretty much any era (although they also qualify as {{Blood Knight}}s, seeing how they take joy in battle). Yuuzhan Vong love their living crab-armor, too, although the [[BigBad Supreme Overlord]] doesn't bother with it.
* The Silver Samurai from ''Film/TheWolverine'' sports a suit of silver-colored armor, [[spoiler: in this case a suit of PoweredArmor.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Being set in a medieval society, most of the lords in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' wear heavy and elaborate plate armor when they go into battle. The Boltons' may be the most sinister, as its designed to look like a flayed man. And they are ''bastards''.
* In the original ''DragonLance'' trilogy, all of the Dragon Highlords had ceremonial plate armor with elaborate helmets. Verminaard actually fought in his. [[spoiler:It backfired, as he had no peripheral vision in the armor, and when he suddenly lost his cleric powers, he was killed shortly afterwards.]]
* In ''TheSilmarillion'', Morgoth takes to dressing like this after fleeing Valinor with the Silmarils.
** Sauron is usually portrayed like that too by the artists.
* Obould Many-Arrows from the ''ForgottenRealms'' books wears a spiked suit of black plate armor that's nearly impenetrable. They even used a spell to give him a transparent visor on his helmet so he wouldn't have vulnerable eye holes. Though, when he took the armor off, he got really dangerous.
* The "evil" emperor in Journey of the Catechist wears full plate armor. Ironically, not only is he a powerful sorcerer who doesn't need it for protection, its used entirely to hide his appearance, which he considers ugly.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the first few seasons of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Apophis wore the same armor his Jaffa had, [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority only golden]]. In later seasons he eschews in favors of robes.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Chaos Lords from ''WarhammerFantasy'' usually wear heavy plate armour decorated with loads of spikes and symbols of Chaos. Chaos Lords and Sorcerers from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' wear PoweredArmor (or even heavier Terminator armour) decorated with loads of spikes and symbols of Chaos, as well as... er... [[{{Squick}} trophies]].
** In fact at one point the mark of a true Chaos Warrior was being granted Chaos Armor, which ''fused'' to their skin, could never be removed, and if damaged would grow back.
** Ork Warlords have a habit of turning up wearing mega armour, which makes them Rusty Iron, Tin, Ceramite, Adamantium, And Rubber Tyrants.
** Dark Eldar Archons usually wear heavy armor in the style of the [[EliteMooks Incubi]], instead of the [[LatexSpaceSuit form-fitting constructions]] worn by most of their warriors.
** Dark Elf Dreadlords usually wear heavy plate armor, and in some cases don't show their faces often.
** The ruler of the dark elves Malekith has to wear armor all the time. After the Flame of Asuryan [[BoltOfDivineRetribution opinioned]] that he was unworthy of becoming the Phoenix King he's needed a suit of magical armor to give his ruined body strength.
* The Armored Megalomaniac archetype in ''MutantsAndMasterminds'', as well as the somewhat more specific example of Evil!Daedalus from Anti-Earth in the Freedom City sample setting.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' gives us the First and Forsaken Lion, an ancient, tyrannical ghost empowered by [[EldritchAbomination the dead makers of Creation]] to go out and kill everything. He's a master warlord and strategist in a gigantic suit of armor. Not that he has much choice, as he was welded into it as punishment for his first major screw up.
** One of the signature Abyssals, Falling Tears Poet, is clad in heavy armour, wields a [[DropTheHammer really big hammer]], and is approximately the size of a bus. Bear in mind that one of the potential end arcs for the Abyssals is to overthrow and replace the Deathlords.
* The unofficial Lord of the Rings tabletop game ''Ambarquenta'' encourages this by ruling that metal contains Morgothian element and thus gets in the way of casting good wizardry and good-ish sorcery, but does not hamper evil sorcery and necromancy in any way.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''FinalFantasy'' series' more medieval installments love this trope, as seen at the top of the page.
** Garland in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''. (although his characterization in Dissidia is more similar to that of a BloodKnight)
** Emperor Mateus Palamecia in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', although he doesn't have a helmet, he certainly has a golden and violet suit of armor.
** Golbez in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
*** Lampshaded by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Gilgamesh]] in Dissidia:
---->''"You really outta [[RobeAndWizardHat dress the part]] if you're a wizard."''
** Exdeath in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. Being a shapeshifter (And a [[WhenTreesAttack sapient tree]]), it's unclear if he wears a suit of armour, or if that's simply the form he chooses to take.
** All the Judges in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', but especially Gabranth.
** The [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII fal'Cie]] play with this, since they appear to be ''made of'' tin.
** The Garlean generals in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV Final Fantasy XIV]]'' all dress like this. Unlike a number of examples here, their armor tends to be functional on top of the form - Gaius van Baelsar, for example, seems to have a number of gizmos, like a gauntlet-gun, installed in his armor.
* All of the eponymous Overlords in the ''{{Overlord}}'' series.
* Ganondorf from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has been seen in armor quite a few times, but never covers his head.
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Onox]] wears full armor and a helmet covering all but his SlasherSmile. [[spoiler:He's a {{Dracolich}} underneath]].
* Sarevok in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
* Death's Hand in ''JadeEmpire'' is [[TheDragon the Emperor's right hand man]], who had his departed soul bound to a black suit of armour. Master Li declares that "That is the armour of a man who knows no remorse, no pity." The irony is that [[spoiler: said armour originally belonged to [[EvilMentor Master Li]].]]
* The Magic Emperor [[spoiler: Ghaleon]] in ''{{Lunar}}'', notable in that he seems to wear it because [[GenreSavvy he knows]] [[CardCarryingVillain that villains are supposed to wear it]].
* Magruder in ''Gun''. The reason, [[HandWave kinda]], that he's completely unharmed by any of your weapons and has to be taken down by other means.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'': Surprisingly, Justice is this as well, since the drama [=CDs=] state that she wears it to protect her frail figure. The hair on the armor, though, is her real hair.
** It's SpiritualSuccessor, ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' follows a similar trend with Hakumen, who combines this with being a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Samurai Robot]] Unlike Justice however, Hakumen's armor houses his soul rather than his body. His original body was too broken to be of any further use, hence the upgrade.
* In the first game of ''Lightning Warrior Raidy'', one of the bosses is this. This hides the fact that [[spoiler: inside, [[SamusIsAGirl it's a girl]].]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series, Arthas fits this trope quite well.
** Deathwing as well, despite being a dragon. Unlike the other dragons which run around basically naked, Deathwing has elementium plates grafted onto his body. His body is slowly wasting away due to his vast power, and the plating is basically holding his body together.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}: The Fallen Lords'', Balor wears armor in combat, which is probably all the time. Given the game's heavy Tolkien influences, this is pretty fitting.
* Nightmare from the ''SoulCalibur'' games, depending on the game, either wears or ''is'' [[AnimatedArmor an awesome suit of azure armor]].
* Standard fare for the more physically inclined ''FireEmblem'' {{Big Bad}}s and higher enemies. Many of these have a very powerful unique class; some of the most memorable examples are [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Hardin]], [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Zephiel]], and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius the Black Knight]]. [[spoiler:One is ''finally'' fully playable in the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening thirteenth installment]], namely the Conqueror [[BadassGrandpa Walhart]].]]
* All of the male Sinistrals in ''{{Lufia}}''.
* In the ''TheWitcher'', the BigBad first appears [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic unhelmed, presumably to make better use of his charisma]], then passes for a MagicKnight for a time, and then subverts the helmet trope when his TrueColors show.
* OdaNobunaga [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade fits this trope perfectly]] in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', complete with SpikesOfVillainy.
* Xemnas from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' gets this form during the first and third stages of the final battle with him. He spends both fights [[SlouchOfVillainy slouching]] in the control chair of a spaceship, using his powers to fight. It turns out to be the Keyblade Armour of Master Xehanort, his ''original'' original incarnation.
* Mordekaiser from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' rules over... something and is constantly seen wearing armor. It's strongly believed that whatever's under that suit, it isn't anything friendly. His (noncanon) Pentakill Mordekaiser skin removes the armor covering his torso, but he is still [[TheFaceless wearing his helm]].
* Lord Deimos from ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge'' fits too, seeing as he's encased in blood red armor and we never see any part of him outside of it. He even has the BFS and SpikesOfVillainy
* Frank Horrigan from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' is a 12-foot tall, PoweredArmor version of this. The Roman-themed Legate Lanius from VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas is the more traditional version.
-->'''Legate Lanius''': We shall see how brave you are when you are nailed to the walls of Hoover Dam, your body facing West so you may watch your world die.
* Loghain in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is arguably an aversion, while he does run around in full plate armor it appears to be standard, ordinary, off-the-shelf full plate and is silver instead of black. Of course the armor was taken from another TinTyrant who occupied his nation.
** Knight-Commander Meredith in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has got normal-looking plate armor as well.
** [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Revenant Revenants]], who are part of many BonusBoss fights (including [[ThatOneBoss Gaxkang]]) in both games, sport this look. They command other undead, and use MindOverMatter to pull your GlassCannon party members towards them. Revenants come into being when a Pride Demon (the most powerful kind) takes DemonicPossession of a corpse, and [[CuriosityKilledtheCast most are found after the player disturbs]] graves, a TomeofEldritchLore, or touches BloodMagic vials.
* Saren in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has creepy-looking armor that looks like it has Geth parts fused to it. [[spoiler:They aren't fused to the armor, ''they're part of him'']].
** [[spoiler:The Reapers are all gigantic spacecraft, and thus have got pretty tough black shells.]]
* Gandohar in ''TwoWorlds I'' and II.
* Tell the Demon Sovereign from ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic: Dark Messiah'' that Sauron is suing.
* The [[BossInMookClothing Black Knights]] from ''DarkSouls'' are completely covered in their huge, tough black armor [[spoiler: and that's all that's left of them]]. Also Havel the Rock, though his armor is actually incredibly heavy carved rock.
* Heinrich, the final boss in ''ReturnToCastleWolfenstein''. He doesn't have a helmet.
* Dark Lord Gaol in ''KidIcarusUprising''. It turns out that the armor is actually used to ''control'' Gaol[[spoiler:, who was a captured spy [[SamusIsAGirl and is actually a woman]]. After defeating her, she makes a HeelFaceTurn and learns to control the armor herself.]]
* The Nemesis in ''Blood Omen: LegacyOfKain''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* No one in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is this, but Agatha's fashion clank thinks Gil [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080509 should be]]!
* General Tarquin in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', complete with SpikesOfVillainy and [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience dark colors]]. Very shortly after his introduction, though, he removes the helmet for the [[DramaticUnmask dramatic reveal of his identity]].
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', where the pun of this trope is brought to its extreme [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-02-28 after the events of Credomar]]. [[spoiler: LOTA, a robotic longshoreman built from the remains of a ruined tank, is naturally covered head to toe in heavy armor. LOTA is then voted in as sole ruler of the colony after the battle over food supplies.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* All Shredders in the 2003 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series.
* Metallus in HannaBarbera's ''SpaceGhost''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Crocker becomes such a tyrant during TheMovie, despite being ridiculously skinny.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': Hannibal Bean has a MobileSuitHuman themed after this. He's rarely seen using it though.
* Megabyte in ''ReBoot'' is a borderline example. His body ''is'' his full metal armor. Though on one occasion Dot calls him a "blue tin coward" when Megabyte didn't show up in a battle.
* Megatron in ''{{Transformers}}'', being the leader of an army of [[KillerRobot Killer Robots]], qualifies. Tarantulas even calls the WesternAnimation/BeastWars incarnation one on one occasion.
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