->''"Now that brings me to the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem Liberal Party.]] During the last few days, I gather that there have been some ill-natured jokes about [[AnimalMotifs their new symbol]], a bird... Politics is a SeriousBusiness, and one should not lower the tone unduly, so I will say only this of the Liberal Democrats' new symbol and the party it symbolizes: [[Creator/MontyPython This is an ex-parrot...]] AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent."''
-->--'''UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher''', Conservative Party Conference, 1990[[note]]She actually knew next to nothing about the sketch, didn't find it funny when it was shown to her and, before making that speech, asked "This Monty Python - is he one of us?" But it is a nice quote.[[/note]]
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* Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado not only fought SOPA / Protect IP, but is an avid ''LeagueOfLegends'' player who [[http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?p=19572246#post19572246 posts on the official forums]]. (He claims he's partial to Anivia and Maokai, for those who are curious.)
* Taro Aso, former Prime Minister of Japan, is a fan of ''RozenMaiden''. Otaku have nicknamed him "Rozen Aso" and claim him as one of their own, and this is referenced in ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei''.
** His opponent and successor at the post, Yukio Hatoyama, [[http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2009/09/25/pm-hatoyama-huge-fan-of-ecchi-manga/ reportedly is quite the fan of manga and anime]], mentioning ''{{Is}}'' as a personal favorite.
** During Takaaki Mitsuhashi's 2010 campaign for the House of Councillors, he cosplayed as Gendo Ikari.
** Junichiro Koizumi. Huge Music/ElvisPresley and Music/XJapan fanboy. To the degree of using "Forever Love" as background music for several political campaign ads for the Liberal Democratic Party during the 2001 elections.
*** And now [[TheLegendOfKoizumi he saves the world with MAHJONG!]]
*** He also voiced Ultraman King in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' movie ''Series/UltraGalaxyMegaMonsterBattle''. His son and successor of his position in the LDP, Shinjiro Koizumi also count, as he was the one who convinced his father to do the voicing. That is one awesome father-son combination.
** Considering the Japanese as a whole, it's likely that most positions in the government are filled with otaku of one level or another.
* American President UsefulNotes/BarackObama has demonstrated a deep familiarity with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', joked [[http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/10/candidates_get.html at the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner]] about [[{{Superman}} being sent by his father Jor-El to save the planet Earth]], apparently dressed as a wizard to take his daughters to a midnight release of a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, and according to [[http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog=8269#8273 a possibly apocryphal report on tor.com]] is familiar enough with Internet memes to make ''ZeroWing'' jokes. You just '''know''' if he ever gets in a war, something '''will''' be called "Operation All Your Base Are Belong To US." He also collects ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' comics; in fact, he is reputedly a collector of the mylar-bag-and-backboard, never read'em stripe. This has been escalated and expanded on [[http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6928399.html here]].
** [[http://blog.wired.com/geekdad/2008/11/5-signs-preside.html Wired has several more examples.]]
** The Spider-Man Obama crossover thing.
** It was also pretty well publicized that he and Michelle bought their daughters a {{Wii}} for Christmas. Poking fun at his failed attempt at bowling during the campaign, he joked that he was much better at Wii Sports Bowling than real life. Gamers everywhere rejoiced -- well, [[StopHavingFunGuys except those too-"hardcore"-for-Wii gamers]].
*** During Obama's visit to Poland at the end of May 2011, Prime Minister Donald Tusk gave him the collector's edition of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' as a gift.
** When he met Creator/LeonardNimoy, he greeted him with the [[Franchise/StarTrek Vulcan hand salute]].
** In a National News Conference about Health Care, Obama argued one of his points by talking about comparing costs for "[[Film/TheMatrix A red pill and a blue pill]]."
** John Hodgman had a whole [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7OPByRGDY speech]] on this.
** There's also that [[http://www.newsweek.com/id/167755/page/6 Newsweek behind-the-scenes special]] (misquoted at the bottom of the first paragraph) where he was observed by one of their reporters making his wife roll her eyes at a joke about her belt having [[Franchise/StarTrek dilithium crystals]] on it.
** And then there's him [[http://www.windycitizen.com/files/3926925767_76a554dc62.jpg wielding a frigging LIGHTSABER]] on the White House lawn in a photo-op for the Olympics.
** And he appeared in a ''Series/MythBusters'' episode where they try to make the solar powered death ray work for the third time. The stated goal of the appearance is to encourage science and technology education.
*** Speaking of death rays... Obama named Stephen Chu Secretary of Energy. Chu is known for his strong critic of fossil fuels, for the Nobel Prize he earned for cooling atoms with laser: the US president hired the inventor of the [[{{Metroid}} Ice Beam]] to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment fight against Global Warming]]
** Michelle herself; she was the salutatorian of her high school. Although she pales in comparison to Barack's nerdiness, that's still pretty nerdy.
** He's also familiar with the Vlogbrothers and Nerdfighteria.
** During a press conference on military technology he jokingly admitted they were [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77pnVFLkUjM building Iron Man]]
* Speaking of heads of state, Obama isn't the only one -- King Abdullah II of Jordan is an acknowledged fan of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and guest-starred on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' when he was still a prince. Later, when Creator/MichaelBay was going to film ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Revenge of the Fallen]]'' in Jordan, he ordered 38 military helicopters to transport the equipment to Petra, allowing the film crew those overhead shots of the same ruins that appeared in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Turns out His Majesty is a big fan of ''{{Transformers}}'' and loves the franchise.
** King Abdullah has recently announced the creation of a [[http://www.royaltyinthenews.com/2011/08/06/king-abdullah-ii-invests-in-star-trek-theme-park/ Star Trek theme park]] to be built in his country, which he will be funding.
** Abdullah follows his father Hussein in this regard. Hussein heavily encouraged Hollywood films to shoot in Jordan, including ''LawrenceOfArabia'' and ''Mohammed: Messenger of God'', providing considerable logistical support and military extras. He actually met his second wife (Abdullah's mother) while she worked on the ''Lawrence'' film crew.
* Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime minister of Norway and lined up to be the next secretary general of NATO, is a gamer. He specifically likes games like ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' and ''TotalWar'' because it involves building a society. It also involves killing lots of people. Should the Finns and the Swedes be watching their borders?
* Although it's probably a stretch to describe her as a geek or a nerd (or political, for that matter), Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly a big fan of ''Series/DoctorWho''. She's also a WrenchWench (or at least she was during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII).
** MichaelGrade was the only BBC controller to have never been knighted. Michael Grade is also the man most people consider to be responsible of the cancellation of the classic series. Take from that what you will.
** She's also a techie; at an age (born in ''1926'') where many people have long since stopped keeping pace with new technology, she is an avid [=BlackBerry=] user. Let the speculation as to whether she and Obama exchanged private numbers begin!
** And in the 1970s, she sent what's considered to be the first email in the UK...
*** When Obama first met with her, he considered an iPod to be an appropriate gift for her -- and she already had one.
**** It's not just that: the iPod was ''her'' idea, as she had mentioned that hers was a generation or two out of date.
** She also enjoys [[http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2008/01/queen-elizabeth/ playing ''Wii Bowling'']].
** It was ''her'' idea to televise her coronation (television then having only one channel that went off the air by the evening and still not as popular as radio), which gained popularity by the coronation.
* Elizabeth's son and heir Charles is, if anything, an even bigger nerd than his mother. Among other things, he is, as Prince of Wales, the highest ranking noble Creator/MontyPython fan.
** More significant he is also a major fan of TheGoonShow to the point of making [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfhC587Wiik fan film]] (and doing a very creditable Bluebottle impersonation).
* The late former Senator Ted Stevens was known to be a huge comic book nerd and often wore a Hulk tie on the Senate floor.
* Queen Margaretha II of Denmark is a major ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' fan, and has illustrated several editions of the Danish translation. She also studied archaeology when she went to uni, and remains an avid amateur archaeologist.
* Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont is a huge ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fan. In fact, he lent his voice to an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and had a cameo in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight, and Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w96uPYrkAE#t=0m36s (here he is in TDK)]]. He gets props for donating the money he earned from those gigs to the Montpelier public library.
** He ''requested'' the cameo spots.
* Kim Jong Il, according to rumors, loved all kind of genre movies. He even ordered a South Korean director kidnapped to make them. Okay, so he's half "one of us", half "one of the Film/JamesBond villains". He actually loves all the Bond films, except (surprise, surprise) ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
** It wasn't so much that he liked Film/JamesBond, as much as he actually thought they were, one way or another, ''real''.
** Kim Jong Il is also said to have been a huge fan of Creator/ElizabethTaylor, MichaelJackson and DaffyDuck cartoons.
** His son and sucessor, Kim Jong Un, [[http://www.nesn.com/2011/12/kim-jong-ils-son-and-likely-successor-kim-jong-un-loves-michael-jordan-and-basketball.html is a huge fan of basketball, Michael Jordan, and a video gamer]]. [[FlatWhat What?]]
*** Basketball, the NBA in general and Michael Jordan in particular were quite popular with kids in Switzerland during the early-to-mid 90s.
* Former Vice President Al Gore is a member of the MST3k Information Club.
** And an avowed fan of Music/FrankZappa, stating so on the congressional record during the PMRC hearings, and a clip of the statement was used by Zappa himself in an audio collage on the hearings.
*** Oh, and he's also had a couple guest appearances on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Although how much of that is nerdity and how much is the fact that his daughter is one of the writers is uncertain.
* Chuck Grassley, Republican Senator from Iowa, is a Japonophile who used GratuitousJapanese to imply that the people responsible for the mortgage crisis should [[SuicideIsPainless take the honourable samurai way out.]]
* Senator and former presidential candidate John [=McCain=] is a fan of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' and appeared in an uncredited split-second cameo as a CTU suit.
** He's also said on-record that his favorite superhero is Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** In a speech on the floor of the Senate, [=McCain=] used a rather stiff reference to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' to criticize some fellow Republicans for, as he saw it, playing at being heroes. The kicker was when one that he named, former Senate candidate Sharon Angle, responded in kind and took being called a Hobbit as a badge of honor.
* Alan Grayson, in reference to Dick Cheney, [[http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/12/grayson-to-cheney-stfu.php recently said]] "On the Internet there's an acronym that's used to apply to situations like this. It's called STFU."
** He recently [[http://www.bigshinyrobot.com/reviews/archives/29059 sent out a fundraising email]] based entirely around how the recent ''GreenLantern'' film could have been better if it had included an iconic exchange from the Dennis O'Neil/Neal Adams run on the comic.
* The current Russian Prime Minister (and former President) Dmitry Medvedev is a fan of classical HardRock (DeepPurple, Music/BlackSabbath, and Music/LedZeppelin, among others), which is geeky nowadays... especially in [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Mother Russia, where even geeks are badass]].
* Radicial Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, best known for being a pain in the ass to the US in Iraq, received the derisive nickname "Mullah Atari" in seminary because he was gaming when he should have been studying.
* Martin Luther King, Jr. was a fan of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', and [[http://scifiwire.com/2010/01/the-true-story-of-how-dr.php even convinced Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols not to quit the show.]]
** King, however, was less interested in ''Star Trek'' and more in the fact that she was cast in a role that had her as an equal among her crew in a job that wasn't a stereotype.
* Walter Mondale is a fan of ''Creator/MontyPython''.
* Lee Teng-Hui, the first native Taiwanese to become president of said country and later its first democratically-elected leader, is quite the "Japanophile", along with ''many'' men and women of his generation, having graduated with honors from Kyoto University and volunteered for the Japanese Army in 1944. Geekier, he's a known otaku and after his retirement, cosplayed as the hawkish principal (with a similar military background to his own) from ''Sakigake!! Otokojuku'' to promote Japanese cinema and the show.
** By the way, this was [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII one of many reasons]] why the Chinese and Taiwan mainlanders hated him.
* Libertarian leaning Republican congressman Ron Paul has compared neo-conservatives to Orcs for their aggressive foreign policy. He has also made references to a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic book where Batman rescues the work of von Mises from the Nazis.
** And according to ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' he has a zeppelin that he uses to duel with Creator/CoryDoctorow and can [[{{Pokemon}} evolve]] into [[{{Tron}} Tron Paul]] complete with light cycle [[http://xkcd.com/497/ .]]
* Rick Snyder, Republican governor of Michigan, is a huge fan of ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Series/MythBusters'', ''Series/GoodEats'', and classic rock. He even calls himself a nerd in his own campaign tagline.
** With a resume like that, he naturally won the election.
* Uday and Qusay Hussein were apparently such huge ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans that they based some of the helmets on Imperial helmets.
** On the American side, the military regularly makes ''Franchise/StarWars'' allusions. There are projects codenamed "X-wing" and "Death Star." Many soldiers are [[VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando Fandalorians]], to the point of units getting tattoos that say "''vode an''".
*** Common in many western militaries. During the late 80s-early 90s, the one show guaranteed to fill a television lounge on a Canadian base? The newest episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* Paul Deprat the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Delprat#The_Principality_of_Wy Prince of Wy]] [[http://principalityofwy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Principality-of-Wy-with-rabbit-and-brush2.jpg painted]] the MoeAnthropomorphism representing his "land" in AxisPowersHetalia.
** [[PromotedFanboy It's canon now.]] Guy must be happy.
** Not only that... [[http://principalityofwy.com/principality-of-wy-promotes-world-peace/ "There is no line on the www that has made Wy more proud than 'One Of Us: Prince Paul Of Wy' on Axis Powers TV Tropes'."]] He's a Troper. And very, very awesome.
* Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shown his side for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCbVw03zEyU singing and playing the piano.]] He's also a Trekkie.
** A fair bit of that public display of artistry was done in response to Mr. Harper's public defamatory statements about Canadian artists during the 2008 campaign. In other words, he's trying his best to look like OneOfUs.
* The late Jack Layton, the former leader of the Canadian Official Opposition, as well as his wife and fellow member of parliament Olivia Chow, were both Trekkies. [[http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2009/05/where-no-ndp-leader-has-gone-before.html Yes, that is indeed him at a Trekkie convention. In a custom-tailored Starfleet uniform.]]
* The First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, a self-described Star Trek "obsessive," was awarded an honourary membership of the Starfleet fan organisation in 2010.
* Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, arch-conservative politician, activist, pundit, and Presidential candidate, spends much of his free time [[http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/004/232ydhpo.asp reading spy novels and reviewing them on Amazon]]. A somewhat tame example, but a lot more than you'd expect from a 67-year-old Southerner. And never let it be said that his reviews are half-assed; at one point, he was an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Amazon Top 500 Reviewer]].
** In addition to reviewing books, he also writes them. Not just the typical political punditry books, either, but best-selling [[http://www.amazon.com/Gettysburg-Novel-Civil-Newt-Gingrich/dp/0312987250/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4 Civil War]] AlternateHistory novels. It's about as close to FanFiction as can be without quite going over.
** He is obsessed with dinosaurs. During his campaign for the Republican nomination for president in the 2012 election, he said that those who would benefit from his policies were "people who like dinosaurs." [[http://gawker.com/5770683/newt-gingrich-reminisces-about-his-fake-loaned-t+rex-skull There was a cast was made from a T-Rex skull from the Smithsonian mounted in his office during his time as Speaker of the House.]]
** Newt is also known to be a huge Star Wars and sci-fi buff. So much so that when the History Channel did a documentary about the literary and mythical themes of Star Wars, Newt was one of the {{BigNameFan}}s who appeared throughout the documentary giving commentary about his favorite aspects of the saga.
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar wrote fan fiction about Hercules (the Superman of his day) in his youth.
* Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has [[http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/08/did_herman_cain_know_he_was_qu.html quoted]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' in debates and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jV_11_q6Hc and his announcement of dropping out of the campaign]] (where he did actually mention it was from ''Pokémon''), and his 9-9-9 plan [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/13/herman-cain-999-sim-city_n_1008952.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false may have been inspired by]] ''VideoGame/SimCity''. Whether he's a nerd or just has a nerd in the family he's soaked this stuff in from is uncertain, however, and an interview where he seemed to say that Superman used Kryptonite like Batman used gadgets would make the latter seem more probable.
* AlfredTheGreat was a prince from a semi-civilized country where almost every noble was a JerkJock by inclination. He studied classical literature, wrote about theology, and sent many a savage plundering Northman to his doom. He was a [[BadassBookworm nerd with a sword]].
* Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli, best known for ''ThePrince'', used to [[{{Cosplay}} dress up in a toga]] and pretend to be a Roman, imagining himself in the Roman Senate and other surprisingly nerdy things for a man with a MagnificentBastard reputation.
* DavidCameron is a big fan of ''{{Spooks}}''.
* On a darker note, AdolfHitler was also a huge film buff who enjoyed Creator/{{Disney}} movies and whose favourite film was ''Film/KingKong''.
** Or, according to some reports, ''Lives of a Bengal Lancer'', which involves a handful of white people defeating hordes of Bengalis and upholding imperial rule. [[SarcasmMode Apparently he liked it for the soundtrack...]]
* In 2012, the German Pirate Party experienced a huge wave of popularity and won seats in several state parliamants. Started as a protest movement against outdated copyright laws and inadequate handling of information technology by politics, it consists of a great number of young academics and engineers, making it the quintessential Nerd Party. Which is not helped at all by the fact that one of its most prominent members, Christopher Lauer, is a highly gifted physicist and historian of science and technology who is affected by [=ADD=]. But there's a good chance that he's invited to talk shows and interviews because of that fact.
** Their Berlin faction also has [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12/berlin-parliaments-pirate-party-calls.html Ponytime]].
* A 2012 candidate for the Maine state senate [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mHsdFijn3Bc was actually attacked]] [[NewMediaAreEvil by her opponent for playing]] VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft. When she won, she promptly linked to a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mHsdFijn3Bc familiar theme]] on her Facebook page.
* In Britain, Labour MP Tom Watson is a huge fan of video games, like Batman Arkham City and Halo. He's also a fan of Creator/MarkHamill.
* Republican Congressman and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is well known to be a huge nerd. He's an eager policy wonk who geeks out about policy details relating to the mathematics of the federal deficit and other issues, making him one of the best known math geeks in Congress.
** Ryan is also on record calling ''MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' his favorite movie, and Radiohead as his favorite band.
* Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R) is an obsessive fan of BruceSpringsteen. Like world's biggest fan level of obsessive. Since the two of them have opposite politics, all of Christie's attempts to reach out to the Boss have sunk like a lead balloon. At least until Hurricane Sandy, when Springsteen gave a few shoutouts to the Governor. Reports have it that the squeeing could be heard from New York to Baltimore.
* In 2003, San Jose publication The Wave administered the [[Film/BladeRunner Voight-Kampff test]] [[http://www.onlisareinsradar.com/archives/001698.php on San Francisco's current Mayoral candidates]]. Generally, the candidates were confused but willing to go along with it... Only Tom Ammiano actually recognized it as being from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* It's probably not surprising that Edward Snowden (the person who linked the NSA documents detailing American intelligence data collection) is a computer geek, given his profession. It's perhaps more notable that he is a serious fan of [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/us/for-snowden-a-life-of-ambition-despite-the-drifting.html?hp anime and role-playing video games]].
* Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is a fan of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' - due to the circumstances of her removal from office, there were jokes going around about her re-enacting it in the workplace.
* King Philippe II of Spain was a huge fan of HieronymusBosch and kept a painting of him near his bedside.
* Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito was a LaurelAndHardy fan and owned a private copy of one of their films.
** BenitoMussolini was also a LaurelAndHardy fan, as was JosephStalin.
* JosephStalin was a fan of JamesCagney, Creator/CharlieChaplin, Tarzan movies and LaurelAndHardy. Despite seeing westerns as American propaganda he enjoyed watching them. Yet, when he heard Creator/JohnWayne was a staunch anti-communist he planned to have him murdered. Nikita Kruschev personally made sure that Stalin's daft order wasn't carried out. Kruschev also told John Wayne this when he visited the U.S.A. in 1959.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush is a huge fan of ''Series/FawltyTowers''. During the Gulf War (1991) he used to watch episodes to relax from ongoing stress.
* As the above quote already explained, UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher wasn't a fan of Creator/MontyPython. But she did enjoy ''Series/YesMinister'' and ''Series/YesPrimeMinister'' so much that she actually wrote a sketch for herself and the two main actors to perform during a meeting.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and most Nazi members were more than a little obsessed with the music of RichardWagner. They watched all his operas and enjoyed the German folkloric themes in the stories. That Wagner himself was an antisemite might have also contributed to this fandom.
** Tragically, playing Wagner now has [[SongsToInvadePolandTo unfortunate implications]], owing to the Nazi Party's love for his work.
* Nazi propagandist JosephGoebbels was a huge film fan and especially liked GoneWithTheWind and Disney's SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs. It's said that Hitler himself also liked Disney cartoons and some supposedly hand drawn drawings of Disney characters by Hitler have surfaced, but their authenticity has not been confirmed. Hitler and Goebbels' fondness for Snow White can be easily explained though: it was a fairy tale that the German BrothersGrimm collected.

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