->''"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?" Also, the [[Creator/JohnCleese man who actually first uttered the line "This is an ex-parrot"]] has actually been one of the most prominent confirmed supporters of the Liberal Democrats more or less since their foundation. But it is a nice quote.[[/note]]

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[[folder:Regular politicians and government officials]]
* US Democrat and former US Vice President UsefulNotes/AlGore is a member of the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheatre3000 MST3k Information Club]]. He is also 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, available on ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention''. Gore also had a couple of 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. But he did include a clip of ''Futurama'' in his environmental and Academy Award winning documentary ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth''.
* US Democrat and senator of Vermont Patrick Leahy is a huge ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fan. In fact, at his own request, 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 Montpellier public library.
* US Democratic politician, former Senator of Minnesota and former US Vice President Walter Mondale is a fan of ''Creator/MontyPython''.
* US Democrat and Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado not only fought SOPA / Protect IP, but is an avid ''VideoGame/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.)
* Former US 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.
* Canadian social democratic politician Jack Layton, once 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 and leader of the Scottish National Party 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 UsefulNotes/NewtGingrich, arch-conservative Republican 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 Franchise/StarWars 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. He also made the comment that ''"Star Wars proves that there is real evil in the world and that it can be defeated"'', which you can either consider to be funny, ironic, hypocritical or a tad disturbing.
* 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.
* US 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. He is also on record calling ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' his favorite movie, and Music/{{Radiohead}} as his favorite band.
* US Republican and Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R) is an obsessive fan of Music/BruceSpringsteen. Like world's biggest fan level of obsessive. Since the two of them have opposite politics (Springsteen is a well-known liberal Democrat, and was a prominent supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 run), 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 for his efforts to get assistance for the devastated Jersey Shore.[[note]]This did show a degree of political courage on Christie's part--the national Republican Party at that time wasn't too keen on providing that assistance, and Christie, who clearly had his eyes on the 2016 presidential nomination already (and hadn't been fatally undermined by "Bridgegate" yet), was putting himself at risk of validating right-wing accusations of being a RINO by asking for federal appropriations.[[/note]] 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 US Democratic politician and gay rights activist Tom Ammiano actually recognized it as being from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* 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 [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} evolve]] into [[{{Tron}} Tron Paul]] complete with light cycle [[http://xkcd.com/497/ .]]
* Rick Snyder, US Republican and 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.
* US Republican politician and Governor of Utah John Huntsman is a fan of Music/CaptainBeefheart.
* British Conservative MP Mike Weatherley is a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' player, as best shown when [[http://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2014/jul/24/thieves-world-warcraft-real-prisons-tory-mike-weatherley?CMP=fb_gu he sparked a debate about whether the theft of in-game items, paid for with real money, counted as an actual crime]].
* US Republican and Senator of Alaska Ted Stevens was known to be a huge comic book nerd and often wore a Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk tie on the Senate floor.
* 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.]]
* US Republican, Senator of Arizona 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. His favorite movie is ''Film/VivaZapata'', because, as he told it: "It's a heroic tale of a person who sacrificed everything for what he believed in and there's some of the most moving scenes in that movie that I've ever seen."
* US Democrat politician 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 ''Film/GreenLantern'' film could have been better if it had included an iconic exchange from the Dennis O'Neil/Neal Adams run on the comic.
* It's probably not surprising that Edward Snowden (the man 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]].
* Italian politician and novelist Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli, best known for ''Literature/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.
* Nazi propagandist UsefulNotes/JosephGoebbels was a huge film fan and especially liked ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' and Disney's ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. It has been 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. Also all American movies were banned in Nazi occupied Europe after the war started, so politics and ideology still came before everything else. Hitler and Goebbels' fondness for ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' can be easily explained though: it was a fairy tale that the German Creator/TheBrothersGrimm had collected.
* Former ([[DirtyOldMan due to a very unfortunate incident]]) [=IMF=] Chairman Dominique Strauss Kahn is a [[SmartPeoplePlayChess champion chess player]] and he owns an iPad. [[RunningGag Which he uses mostly to play chess]].
** In a 1992 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' British Conservative Party politician Norman Tebbit choose music by Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky, Music/GiuseppeVerdi, Music/GustavHolst, Creator/AndrewLloydWebber, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven and Music/FrankSinatra as his favorites. He was also, despite being mercilessly mocked on the show, a fan of ''Series/SpittingImage''.
*** Two other British politicians who liked ''Series/SpittingImage'' despite being regular [[ButtMonkey targets in the program]] were Labour politician Roy Hattersley and British Conservative Party politician Edwina Currie, who was Minister of Health (1986-1988) under Thatcher. They both appeared in a lot of interviews and documentaries about the show. Hattersley grow very fond of his puppet, despite being portrayed of having a mouth like a birdbath. In Currie's case her love for the show is understandable. Her portrayal as an evil vampire actually made her more notable to the British public. Also bear in mind that many high profile celebrities, including the British Royal Family and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, absolutely despised the show, so Tebbit, Hattersley and Currie at least showed some sense of comedy.
* Curitiba City Hall often makes references to movies, video games and cartoons when posting news on its [[https://www.facebook.com/PrefsCuritiba Facebook page]].
* Both former US Secretary of State UsefulNotes/HenryKissinger and former US President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord and his wife Betty once appeared as a special guest in a 1983 episode of ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''.
* British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock appeared in a music video by comedienne Tracey Ullman: "My Guy's Mad At Me". During a 1998 broadcast of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' he named Music/GiuseppeVerdi, Georges Bizet, Music/JohannesBrahms, Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, Music/JohnLennon and Dory Previn among his favorite music.
* US Republican politician and former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney cited ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' as his two favorite movies of all time on his Facebook page.
* US Republican politician and former Vice President UsefulNotes/DanQuayle named ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' his favorite movie, because "it reminded me of my time in school." Which is a strange thing to say considering Ferris actually skips school for most of the story.
* US Republican politician and Senator of Pennsylvania Rick Santorum favors ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' as his favorite picture.
* Flamboyant mayor of London Boris Johnson was a guest in a 2006 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' where he choose music by Music/TheBeatles, Music/BookerTAndTheMGs, Music/JohannSebastianBach, Music/TheRollingStones, Music/JohannesBrahms, Music/VanMorrison, Music/TheClash and Music/LudwigVanBeethoven as his favorites to take with him to a deserted island.
* Former British Conservative Party leader William Hague guest starred on a 2001 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' where he choose music by Music/FryderykChopin, Music/EdwardElgar, Bryn Terfel, Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Scott Hamilton, Gene Harris, Walking Tim and Music/FrankSinatra as his favorite records.
* In a 1971 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' British politician Glenda Jackson choose music by Music/JohannSebastianBach, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Music/IgorStravinsky, Music/AntoninDvorak, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Music/EllaFitzgerald and Music/DmitriShostakovich, with her favorite book "Persuasion" by Creator/JaneAusten. She appeared again on the show in 1998 when she choose music by Music/IkeAndTinaTurner, Music/IgorStravinsky, Music/ElvisPresley, Music/JohnAdams, Music/DmitriShostakovich, Music/BenjaminBritten, Music/StevieWonder and Michael Tippett as her favorite records.
* In a 1989 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' controversial British Conservative Party politician Enoch Powell, known for his 1968 anti-immigrational "Rivers of Blood" speech choose music by Music/JosephHaydn, three pieces by Music/LudwigVanBeethoven and four pieces by Music/RichardWagner.
* Labour politician Tony Benn choose music by Music/RalphVaughanWilliams, Music/JohannSebastianBach, Flanders & Swann, Music/FelixMendelssohn, Music/JoanBaez, Mahalia Jackson, Roy Bailey, Stephen Benn in a 1989 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' and "Das Kapital" by Creator/KarlMarx as his favorite book.
* US Republican politician Rudolph Giuliani, who famously was major of New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, regularly appeared on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' playing a cab driver complaining about New York and uttering the line "Friggin' Giuliani". He seems to like TV shows, as he played himself in episodes of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', ''Series/MadAboutYou'', ''Dellaventura'', ''Eddie'', ''Cosby'', "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child", ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and ''Hannity''. Together with UsefulNotes/TonyBlair he is thus far the only politician to ever accept a guest spot on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', more specifically in the episode "Stop Or My Dog Will Shoot". He is also a big fan of {{Opera}} [[http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/rudolph-giuliani-opera-lover/]]. Giuliani also played himself in comedy movies like ''Film/AngerManagement'' (2003). He also once performed in drag as Creator/MarilynMonroe at the Inner Circle dinner on March 8, 1997. Alongside actress Creator/JulieAndrews. We are NOT making this up: [[http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18108978/ns/politics-decision_08/t/rudy-giuliani-dress-will-voters-care/#.VXZdbEZ5WM8]]
* French far right politician Jean-Marie [=LePen=] reportedly loved the comic strip "Super Dupond" by Jacques Lob, Creator/{{Gotlib}}, Alexis and Jean Solé. The series is about a stereotypical chauvinist and xenophobic FrenchJerk fighting for everything French. [[MisaimedFandom [=LePen=] clearly didn't understand]] the comic strip was meant to be a {{Satire}} of such people. Disgusted by his approval the creators eventually terminated the series.
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[[folder:Prime Ministers]]
* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite movie was ''Film/ThatHamiltonWoman''.
* British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/HaroldMacmillan was a ComicBook/{{Tintin}} fan.
* In a 1988 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/EdwardHeath choose music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Music/FranzSchubert, Richard Strauss, "If I Were A Rich Man" from ''Film/FiddlerOnTheRoof'', Music/EdwardElgar, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Music/AntoninDvorak and Music/FelixMendelssohn and a book about impressionist painters to take with him to a deserted island.
* In a 1987 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' British PM UsefulNotes/JamesCallaghan choose Fats Waller, Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Music/FryderykChopin, Creator/BobNewhart, Hubert Parry, Joseph Canteloube, Music/JohannSebastianBach as his favorite music and ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' by Creator/LeoTolstoy as his favorite novel to take with him to a deserted island.
* 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 Paul Eddington (Jim Hacker) and Nigel Hawthorne (Sir Humphrey) to perform during a meeting. Also note that not everybody who worked on that show liked the association with Thatcher. One of the writers Jonathan Lynn said afterwards: "We would congratulate the prime minister on taking her rightful place in the field of situation comedy." In a 1978 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'', a year before she became PM, Thatcher choose music by Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Music/AntoninDvorak, Music/GiuseppeVerdi, Bob Newhart, Irene Dunne, Music/FelixMendelssohn, Saint-Preux and Pietro Mascagni.
* When UsefulNotes/JohnMajor guest starred on ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' in 1992 he choose music by Music/GeorgeGershwin, June Bronhill, Music/TheSupremes, Gaetano Donizetti, a performance of Popper by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, John Arlott, Music/EdwardElgar and Music/FrankSinatra in duet with Music/CountBasie as his favorite.
* UsefulNotes/TonyBlair was part of a student rock band, Ugly Rumors, during his youth making him thus far the only British Prime Minister with a rock 'n' roll background. He is also a fan of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and managed to voice himself in the episode ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E4TheReginaMonologues The Regina Monologues]]'', making him also one of the few politicians along with Rudolph Giuliani, to land a guest spot on this show. He also described ''Series/CoronationStreet'' as "one of his favorite programmes", though his late mother-in-law Pat Phoenix played the character Elsie Tanner on the show so it's not that surprising. In a 1996 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' he choose music by Ezio, Music/ClaudeDebussy, Music/TheBeatles, Music/BruceSpringsteen, Music/SamuelBarber, Music/RobertJohnson, Music/{{Free}} and Music/JohnWilliams as his favorites to bring with him to a deserted island. As his favorite novel he choose ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' and as his luxury item a guitar.
* When UsefulNotes/GordonBrown was a guest in ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' in 1996 he choose music by John Goss & Edward Caswall, Music/JohannSebastianBach, Music/TheBeatles, Kenna Campbell, Runrig, George Fenton & Jonas Gwangwa, Music/KirstyMacColl and a rendition of "Jerusalem" by Hubert Parry as his favorite music.
* British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/DavidCameron is a big fan of ''Series/{{Spooks}}''. In a 2006 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' he choose music by Creator/BennyHill, Music/BobDylan, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/{{Radiohead}}, Music/FelixMendelssohn, Music/TheSmiths, Music/{{REM}} and Music/TheKillers as his favorites to take with him to a deserted island.
* Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime minister of Norway and incumbent secretary general of NATO, is a gamer. He specifically likes games like ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' and ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' because it involves building a society. It also involves killing lots of people. Should the Finns and the Swedes be watching their borders?
* 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.
* 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 ''Manga/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.
* 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.
* Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene collected political cartoons which depicted him. He even used them as illustrations in his memoires.
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[[folder:Presidents]]
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar wrote fan fiction about Hercules (the Superman of his day) in his youth.
* UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle:
** ''My only international rival is ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''.
** Albert Uderzo and Creator/ReneGoscinny of ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' once heard that De Gaulle had named all the members of his cabinet after Asterix characters during a meeting. They had heard this first hand from one of the politicians. Later however the minister in question denied the story in the strongest possible terms.
* Chinese President UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek became a ComicBook/{{Tintin}} fan after he read ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus]]'' and was inspired by Hergé's stance against the Japanese occupation of China in the 1930s in this story. He invited Creator/{{Herge}} to visit China, but the artist only managed to get there after Chiang Kai Shek had already passed away.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and most Nazi members were obsessed with the music of Music/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 [[MusicToInvadePolandTo unfortunate implications]], owing to the Nazi Party's love for his work.
** Hitler also enjoyed watching movies. His favourite films were ''Film/KingKong1933'' and ''Film/LivesOfABengalLancer'', which involves a handful of white people defeating hordes of Bengalis and upholding imperial rule. [[SarcasmMode Apparently he liked it for the soundtrack...]]
** As most Germans of his age he was also a huge fan of Creator/KarlMay. He enjoyed his CowboysAndIndians stories and read them whenever he felt despair. He even recommended the books to his military staff and praised May's "tactical finesse and circumspection". Ironically enough, most of May's stories feature pacifist messages and preach racial tolerance, something that Hitler obviously ignored in his policies.
* Kim Jong Il, dictator of North Korea, was a huge film fan and had a collection of thousands and thousands of movies. He loved films starring Creator/ElizabethTaylor and enjoyed the ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck'' franchise. The only Bond film he didn't like was (surprise, surprise) ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (where North Korean terrorists are the villains).
** The tyrant was also a huge fan of Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. So much even that he ordered the kidnapping of a South Korean director to direct a Godzilla-esque monster movie for him: ''Film/{{Pulgasari}}''.
** Kim Jong Il is also said to have been a huge fan of Music/MichaelJackson, Music/BarbraStreisand and Music/ElvisPresley.
** His son and successor, 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 player Dennis Rodman was even a personal guest of the dictator in 2013.
* Iraqi dictator UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein was a huge fan of ''Film/TheGodfather''. He enjoyed the message that "family comes before everything else." [[http://www.monitor.net/monitor/0304a/copyright/godfathersaddam.html]]
** Uday and Qusay Hussein were apparently such huge ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans that they based some of the helmets on Imperial helmets.
* Yugoslavian president UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito was a Creator/LaurelAndHardy fan and owned a 35mm copy of one of their films: ''"Busy Bodies"''.
** Italian dictator UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini was also a Creator/LaurelAndHardy fan. He particularly liked ''"The Devil's Brother"'' (also known as ''"Fra Diavolo"''), as it was set in Italy. Mussolini even met their producer Hal Roach in Hollywood .
* 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.
* In a fan mail letter by [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel]] from August 1962 Laurel mentions that Tito, French president Vincent Auriol and Prince Harold of Denmark liked to watch Laurel & Hardy films, but expressed doubt if Hitler or Stalin ever saw them? (Note: Stalin did and he was a fan.)
* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/JosefStalin was a fan of Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/CharlieChaplin, Literature/{{Tarzan}} movies and Creator/LaurelAndHardy. Despite seeing westerns as American propaganda he also enjoyed watching them. Yet, when he heard Creator/JohnWayne was a staunch anti-communist he planned to have him murdered. UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev personally made sure that Stalin's daft order wasn't carried out. Khrushchev also told Creator/JohnWayne this when the politician visited the U.S.A. in 1959. Stalin's favorite movie of all time was the 1938 comedy "Volga-Volga". UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev wrote in his memoires that Stalin mockingly compared him to one of the characters in this picture.
* During his 1959 US visit Soviet leader UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev wanted to visit Disneyland, but his request was refused because US security advisors could not guarantee his safety. This made him so angry that it almost caused a diplomatic crisis!
* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev was a huge fan of American Westerns. In particular, he loved ''Series/TheRifleman'' and met its star Chuck Connors on several occasions. During Brezhnev's 1973 visit to the US, Connors even presented the Premier with two Colt .45s he'd used on his show ''Series/{{Branded}}''. Apparently he also loved ''Film/DirtyHarry''.\\
There are a few surviving photos of Brezhnev hunting with said Colts in a quasi-cowboy attire.
* Soviet leader UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev named his policy of letting Eastern European countries decide for themselves whether they wanted communism or democracy his ''My Way'' doctrine, after Music/FrankSinatra. This was an initiative suggested by his Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduard Shevernadze. [[http://io9.com/gorbachev-tried-to-get-george-bush-to-spoil-who-killed-1659756725 He also tried to get]] UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush to reveal [[Series/TwinPeaks who killed Laura Palmer]]. When Reagan and Gorbachev first met in Reykyavik in 1987 they apparently took the time to talk about Reagan's past in Hollywood and movies in general, besides political issues alone.
* Russian president UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin is a Music/TheBeatles fan. This has given Music/PaulMcCartney the advantage to put pressure on Putin by writing him a personal letter in 2013 for the release of 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists to be released from prison. This are Macca's actual lines: “Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for Music/TheWhiteAlbum, back when it wasn’t fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: “Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it’s good to be back home.” Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?” Since June 2014 the prisoners have been released, though it's not clear whether this was the result of Paul's letter sent in November 2013.
* The current Russian Prime Minister (and former President) Dmitri Medvedev is a fan of classical HardRock (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlackSabbath, and Music/LedZeppelin, among others), which is geeky nowadays... especially in [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Mother Russia, where even geeks are badass]].
* Czech President Václav Havel was a huge Music/FrankZappa and Music/VelvetUnderground fan. During the Cold War, when Havel was still a poet and playwright, all subversive music was banned, which may also explain his admiration for their music. After Havel's inauguration he made Zappa his Cultural Ambassador of Czechoslovakia and invited him to visit his country! He also said that ''Music/BongoFury'' was his favorite Zappa album.
* Hungarian President Árpád Göncz translated ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Farmer Giles'' of Ham into Hungarian. He also submitted a statement of appreciation of Tolkien to The Centenary Conference 1992 and said "Lord of the Rings" "serves as a positive role model in our dehumanized world as well as an exciting lecture […] it helped transform our world into one smiling global village”.
* US President UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt loved Creator/LaurelAndHardy and his favorite movie was ''"I'm No Angel"'' with Creator/MaeWest.
* US President UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy was a huge fan of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' books. ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' was selected as the second Bond film because Kennedy listed it in his top 10 favorite books. [[TearJerker It was the last film he'd ever see]]. Surprisingly enough, his favorite movie was reportedly ''Film/RomanHoliday''.
* US President UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson listened a lot to Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's ''Music/BridgeOverTroubledWater'' during the final post-presidential years of his life. It cheered him up whenever he felt down.
* US President UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's favorite movie was ''Film/{{Patton}}'', which he watch over and over again and urged his associates to see it too. He also owned a copy of Music/ArloGuthrie's ''Music/AlicesRestaurant''. He was such an avid moviegoer that [[http://www.amazon.com/Nixon-Movies-Book-about-Belief/dp/0226239683 a whole book's been written analyzing his taste in films]]. He also appeared in a few episodes of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' delivering the memorable line "Sock it to ''me''?"
* US President UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter is such a fan of poet Creator/DylanThomas that he even recorded a special audio message for tourists who visit the poet's birthplace.
* US President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was a huge movie fan, which shouldn't surprise anyone, given the fact that he was a former Hollywood actor. He frequently referenced movies in his speeches (''Film/DirtyHarry, Film/BackToTheFuture, Franchise/{{Rambo}}'',...) and even based his Star Wars defense program on the movie ''Film/StarWars''.
** For those interested: here is a long list of all the films he and his wife Nancy watched in the White House (though what they thought of them isn't mentioned) [[http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/reference/filmsviewed.html]]
** When he saw ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', [[ActuallyPrettyFunny he was so amused]] by the scene where [[ItWillNeverCatchOn Doc Brown in 1955 scoffs at the idea of Reagan being president by 1985]] that he told the projectionist to replay the scene. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He got approached to play the mayor of 1885 Hill Valley]] in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part III]]'', and ''was'' interested before his aides declined for him.
* US President UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush is a huge fan of ''Series/FawltyTowers''. During the Gulf War (1991) he used to watch episodes to relax from ongoing stress.
* US president UsefulNotes/BillClinton loved ''Film/HighNoon''. He screened it a record 17 times in the White House. Interestingly enough, other US Presidents like UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan were also big fans.
** Clinton is an avid reader, as according to friends and family, he is working on at least two books at one time. He named ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' by Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez his favorite novel of all time. During his presidency he made sure that Marquez, who was denied a visa to the USA for more than 30 years, was allowed to be a guest in the country again.
** Reportedly, after watching ''Film/AirForceOne'', [[TheRedStapler Clinton wanted an escape pod]] like the one [[spoiler:seemingly]] used in the film for the actual Air Force One.
* US President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush liked war movies like ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' and ''Film/BlackHawkDown'', but according to a May 2001 article in "The Atlantic" his favorite movie of all time was ''Film/FieldOfDreams'', because it "made him cry, reminding him of playing catch in the back yard with [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush his father]] —a pretty fair ballplayer himself once."
* US 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]]
** Obama's favorite films are ''Film/TheGodfather I and II'': ''"Three not that much. That saga -- I love that movie. ...I think my favorite has to be, the opening scene of the first Godfather... It sets the tone for the whole movie."''
** 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 WebVideo/{{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]]
** And Obama is a fan of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'' too since he was 10 years old.
** When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=35&v=KL3FvAwJyEs Obama suggested that Americans, especially the young people, thank Japan]] for "all the things we love from Japan: karate, karaoke, {{Manga}}, and {{Anime}}, and, of course, emojis."
* Dictator UsefulNotes/IdiAmin of Uganda was fond of Creator/WaltDisney cartoons, though he liked other animation just as much. After he was driven out of his country in 1979 several reels of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons were found in his palace.
* PLO leader Yasser Arafat also enjoyed watching ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' because he [[DavidVersusGoliath felt sympathy towards the mouse defeating an aggressor ten times his size]].
* Spanish dictator UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco's favorite movie was "Nobleza Baturra", a 1935 Spanish musical drama film noted for [[CallToAgriculture its folkloric setting and rural atmosphere.]]
* Irish President Mary Robinson was once a guest on ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' where she choose music by Music/GiacomoPuccini, Music/JosephHaydn, Music/BobDylan, Music/JoanBaez, Music/EdithPiaf and Luke Kelly as her favorite musical artists.
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* English medieval king UsefulNotes/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]].
* Philippe II of Spain collected paintings by Creator/HieronymusBosch and even had one near his bedside.
* Former King Juan Carlos of UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} is a radio amateur and [[BadassBiker motorcyclist]].
* 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 ''Franchise/{{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 ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' and ''Film/MohammadMessengerOfGod'', providing considerable logistical support and military extras. He actually met his second wife (Abdullah's mother) while she worked on the ''Lawrence'' film crew.
** The late King Hussein was also an enthusiastic aviator, and personally had a hand in the founding of the nation's first aerobatic display team.
** King Hussein was also an avid ham radio operator, callsign JY1.
* [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen 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).
** Michael Grade was the only BBC controller to have never been knighted. 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. 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. In the 1970s she sent the first email in the UK. She also enjoys [[http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2008/01/queen-elizabeth/ playing ''Wii Bowling'']]. 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. Let the speculation as to whether she and Obama exchanged private numbers begin!
** She has also owned an iPad [[http://nypost.com/2011/05/09/queen-elizabeth-ii-buys-ipad/ from 2011]] to present day.
** She is also a Music/TheBeatles fan from the first hour. In 1965 the band were also the first music artists to receive a MBE medal.
* Prince Charles is, if anything, an even bigger nerd than his mother. Since his youth he has been a major fan of ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' to the point of making [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfhC587Wiik fan film]] (and doing a very creditable Bluebottle impersonation). Apart from that he is also the highest ranking noble Creator/MontyPython fan. He also went to visit Creator/PeterJackson in New Zealand and got to see the first Film/TheHobbit movie before the rest of the world did.
* According to Creator/StephenFry's 2014 memoires Princess Diana was a huge fan of ''Series/SpittingImage''. When Prince Charles and Princess Diana were leaving Fry's house after tea one day, the Princess stayed behind for a second and whispered in Fry's ear: "Sorry to leave early, but secretly I'm quite glad. "Spitting Image" is on tonight – I want to watch it in my room. They hate it of course, but I absolutely love it." [[note]] "Spitting Image" was a satirical puppet show lampooning celebrities, among which the British Royal Family. Fun fact: even Di herself wasn't spared, showing that she at least had a sense of self deprecating humour. [[/note]]
* Prince William is also a fan of ''Literature/TheHobbit''. According to Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins in the film adaptation), who met the prince, his knowledge about the novel is amazing.
* Elisabeth Bowes-Lyon, aka ''The Queen Mum'', watched ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' a lot. During the ''Who shot J.R.?'' mystery she even met actor Larry Hagman (J.R.) and told him: 'I am not going to ask you who shot you'. Hagman replied: 'I wouldn't say, not even to you, your majesty'." In 2011 her record collection was made public. Among the music she listened to were Montana Slim, {{Ska}}, Creator/NoelCoward, the soundtracks of ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' and ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' and comedy records by [[Radio/HancocksHalfHour Tony Hancock]] and Radio/TheGoonShow. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/8379979/The-Queen-Mothers-regal-taste-in-music.html]]
* 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.
* King Baudouin and his brother, the later king Albert II of Belgium, learned Dutch by reading ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''. Interestingly enough the comic strip's creator Marc Sleen is thus far the only Belgian comic strip artist to ever have been knighted.
* The Japanese Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Hirohito}} loved Disney cartoons. He visited Disneyland during his official visit to the United States and received a copy of his personal favorite Disney cartoon ''Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion'' as a gift. After his death Hirohito was buried wearing a WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse watch.
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* A copy of ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInTibet Tintin in Tibet]]'' was once given to the Dalai Lama. He was also photographed reading it. He in return awarded ComicBook/{{Tintin}} with the Truth of Light Award, for making a significant contribution to the public's understanding of Tibet.
* Pope John Paul II was a soccer player during his youth. His enthusiasm for the sport never waned. In 2004 he met members of the Polish National Football Team and told goal keeper Jerzy Dudek that he was fan of them. He is also the only pope to ever been made a Honorary Harlem Globetrotter, which happened when the sports team visited the Vatican in 2000. John Paul II is also the first pope to officially release a music album. In 1999 a CD was made, "Abbŕ Pater" (1999), which samples quotes from his speeches over liturgic music. The man was also a huge fan of the German TV detective series ''Series/{{Derrick}}''.
* Pope Francis is a huge fan of Creator/JRRTolkien (himself a devout Catholic). He has even used ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' in his theology writings. Pope Francis is also a HUGE soccer fan, and his favorite Argentinian team is San Lorenzo de Almagro -- they attributed their 2014 win in the Copa Libertadores to him, and later met up with them in the Vatican itself.
* 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.
* Reverend and Afro-American civil rights activist 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.]], since she was cast in a role that had her as an equal among her crew in a job that wasn't a stereotype.
* Northern Irish reverend and activist Ian Paisley was guest in a 1988 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' where most of the music he choose was religious choir music, except for a rendition of "Danny Boy" by Robert White and "Bound for Texas Land" by the Killycoogan Accordion Band.
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[[folder:Other]]
* The American 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''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZi4JxbTwPo The state legislature of Oregon once rick-rolled their state.]]
* Field Marshal [[{{UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel}} Erwin Rommel]] was an amateur mechanic during his teenage years, dismantled and repaired motorcycles and even built a (hardly) flyable glider. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He hoped to become an engineer when he grew up]].
* During her 2012 appearance on ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi choose music by Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Johann Pachelbel, Music/AntoninDvorak, Music/TheBeatles, Music/JohnLennon, Bilat Pyan Than, Mya Gyi and Music/TomJones as her favorites to take with her to a deserted island.
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