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->''"They were no colonists; their administration was merely a squeeze, and nothing more, I suspect. They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force--nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others. They grabbed what they could get for the sake of what was to be got. It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale, and men going at it blind--as is very proper for those who tackle a darkness. The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much."''
-->-- '''Marlow''', ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''

This is an imperialist or colonialist man who has just come to take advantage of the natives with a friendly smile and a rifle on his shoulder. He only cares about winning a quick buck at everyone else's expense and exploiting the poor natives since he is convinced his race/culture is superior. Since he is either rich and powerful or in the middle of nowhere where nobody can hear your screams, he becomes the king of the place. He is likely to be ChasedByAngryNatives either when declaring such dominion or somewhere else along the line.

The character was originally depicted as Western European (usually from Britain, Spain, France or Germany) but people from {{Eagleland}} joined the group later. If this is the case, expect some WhiteMansBurden excuse for his actions (which usually consists of taking over a place, exploiting the natives and the land, then leaving the place as an economic waste after the natives get fed up and kick him out). Two places you stand a good chance of seeing a non-white version of this trope are Chinese and Korean (both north and south, but mostly north) depictions of the Japanese, especially during the years of [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese imperialism]]. Chinese communists may also be portrayed this way in western films about Tibet.

It's fairly common in works from Africa, India, Ireland, Latin America and China since those are places where Imperialism hit hardest. It's also a stereotypical Soviet villain.

An evil version of the GentlemanAdventurer. The racial opposite is MightyWhitey and the ideological one is DirtyCommunists. Will likely be good friends with the EgomaniacHunter (who may serve as TheDragon), if he isn't one himself in his spare time.


[[folder: Anime ]]

%%* The American on the HotSpringsEpisode in ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''.
* "Francisco Xavier" from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', who claims to be a descendant of the original Xavier, the Navarrese (Basque) monk who brought Christianity to Japan (and other parts of Asia, especially within the Portuguese Empire). His constant condescension and firearms that are impressive by ''today'''s standards mark him as a Western-style villain... [[spoiler:until it's revealed that he's actually a Japanese guy who was taking advantage of the Christian underground for his own profit.]]
* Leonard Apollo from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', all the way. His racism is just so... incredible but compared with Mr.Don, he's nothing.
* Judging by the trailer, it's unquestionably the light in which the antagonists will be portrayed in the upcoming Indonesian anime-style film ''{{Battle Of Surubaya}}'' (about the Indonesian War of Independence from the Dutch in 1945-1950 and a famous battle involving the British forces who were allied with Holland.)


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Quite a number of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' villains are European (usually British) exploiters in China, India and the Middle East, including:
** Colonel Sponz exploits the president of [[BananaRepublic San Theodoros]] making the entire county a puppet of [[{{Ruritania}} Borduria]]. The last time Tintin visited San Theodoros [[ComicBookTime in the 1930's]] they were on the verge of war with a neighboring nation under the interest of a foreign oil company while an arms dealer was selling arms to both sides.
** Pretty much every policeman or government official associated with the [[ViceCity Shanghai International Settlement]] in ''The Blue Lotus" is represented as corrupt and racist.
* The real villain of the African arc in ''ComicBook/{{Hitman}}'' is Martindale, a racist American arms dealer who is propping up a bloodthirsty dictator for business purposes while selling him overpriced and shoddy weapons.


[[folder: Animated Films ]]

* The arrogant Clayton in Franchise/{{Disney|AnimatedCanon}}'s ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' is this trope combined with an EgomaniacHunter, and played by Creator/BrianBlessed, no less.
* John Ratcliffe in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' was a [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real guy]] who got a HistoricalVillainUpgrade courtesy of Creator/{{Disney}}. The real Ratcliffe was more of a chump than a villain and was ultimately tortured to death by the Powhatan tribe. By contrast, the movie portrays him as a comically repugnant, gold-obsessed warmonger who gets sent back to be punished in England at the end of the movie.
* Hideously caricatured imperialists cannibalize China in Soviet animator Yuri Merkulov's paper stop-motion film of 1925, ''China in Flames''.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Leon Rom from ''Film/TheLegendOfTarzan'' seeks to bring a massive belgian army into the Congo to take over.
* Andy Osnard from ''Film/TheTailorOfPanama'' is a British MI6 agent sent to Panama to recruit agents to gather intelligence and protect British trade interests through the canal. However, Andy has his own agenda and, after he discovers Harry's past, sees the perfect opportunity to recruit a new agent and extort money from the British government. In the end, he ends up fomenting a revloution that threatens to destabilise all of Panama.
* Colonel Kurtz from ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', who actually started out as an idealist but has been driven mad by the jungles of Vietnam.
* Many characters in ''Film/TheMilagroBeanfieldWar'', but especially Kyril Montana, played by Christopher Walken.
%%* Clark Nelson in ''Film/{{Mothra}}''.
%%* Cornelius Hatcher from ''Film/TheRundown''
%%* El Gringo in the Mexican film ''Herod's Law''
* Chinese martial arts movies set between the late 1800s and mid 1900s often have EvilBrit versions of this (see for instance ''The Legend of Drunken Master'' and ''Film/IpMan''). Depending on the date of the setting, the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese]] will play this role instead of or in addition to the Europeans.
* The title character in ''His Majesty O'Keefe'', played by Burt Lancaster, is one of these, an American sea captain who cheats and cons and gets himself named king of the island of Yap in his zeal to take over the island's copra trade. He's a little bit nicer than the usual example of the trope, being opposed to slavery and racism, but he still seems to view it as his sovereign right to take what he wants from the island, whether the natives want to go along or not. He eventually is shown the error of his ways...[[ValuesDissonance and becomes a]] MightyWhitey [[ValuesDissonance instead]].
* Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot of ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'', who plan to use their British military training and a supply of smuggled arms to take over the tribes of Kafiristan (now a part of Afghanistan).
* Colonel Bockner of the Imperial German Schutztruppe in the 1985 version of ''Film/KingSolomonsMines''.
* The human-hunting Van Pelt in ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. In the animated series, his counterpart is the German hunter Herr Von Richter.
* The South Pacific slave trader Ben Pease in ''Film/NateAndHayes'', and, to a lesser extent, the German navy personnel who employ him in order to use slave labour to establish island coaling stations for their navy.
* The British military officers who orchestrate a fictional occupation of Mongolia in the Russian Civil War setting of Vselovod E. Pudovkin's 1928 Soviet propaganda film ''Film/StormOverAsia''. They attempt to consolidate their hold on the country by proclaiming the film's fur-trapper protagonist as the direct heir of Genghis Khan and establishing a puppet monarchy.
* The sadistic and genocidal Italian fascist occupiers of 1920s-30s Libya in ''Film/{{Lion of the Desert}}''.
* The British are portrayed as behaving like this during the Boer War in the 1941 Nazi propaganda film ''Ohm Kruger''. While in RealLife considerable controversy was stirred up by the British treatment of Boer civilians during this war, it doesn't take a genius to detect the bitter irony of a Nazi propaganda film attacking a foreign enemy for putting people in concentration camps.
* Several of the British colonialists in ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'' (1982) are depicted this way, mostly by drawing upon real historical examples, such as the infamous Amritsar Massacre of 1919. Perpetrator General Reginald Dyer is depicted as utterly uncomprehending of the moral consequences of his actions when put before a tribunal because of them.
* Independent film ''Film/{{Amigo}}'' (2010), one of the very few fictional works about the Philippine-American War, has this in the form of warmongering Colonel Hardacre (played by Creator/ChrisCooper). His subordinates also display this to varying degrees, although many of them are portrayed more sympathetically.
* Another Philippine-American War example in the American generals in the {{Biopic}} ''Film/HeneralLuna'' (2015). Ironically, they're not as destructive to the Filipino Revolutionaries' cause as ''[[WeAreStrugglingTogether the revolutionary leaders themselves]]''.
* ''Film/BlackAndWhiteInColor'': Pretty much all the white people in Fort Coulais. They have nothing but contempt for the locals and treat them as subhuman. When they go off to attack the German outpost they make the natives carry them in litters. Later, they kidnap natives and enslave them into their little army.
* ''Film/{{Indochine}}'': None of the colonists in French Indochina come off well, but the ones trapping Vietnamese peasants into slavery are the worst.
* ''Film/WhiteShadowsInTheSouthSeas'': Evil white colonialists exploit the natives of Polynesia, befouling their islands with grubby trading posts, pushing the natives into making highly dangerous dives for pearls, and cheating them by giving them worthless trinkets in return for said priceless pearls.
--> "But the white man, in his greedy trek across the planet, cast his withering shadow over these islands....and the business of 'civilizing' them to his interests began...."
* ''Film/EmbraceOfTheSerpent'': We don't actually see any, unless the crazed monk raising a little compound of religious zealots counts. But their damage is everywhere. In one scene Manduca stumbles across a little rubber farm with buckets collecting the sap from the rubber trees—and a little graveyard. Then a slave who is missing an arm comes dashing into the grove to collect the rubber sap.
* ''Film/ThePagan'': Slater is the standard-issue white racist and ruthless exploiter of the natives. He takes advantage of Henry's naivete to get his coconuts for free. He later gives Henry some disingenuous advice to "borrow money from the bank" to stock his store. Slater owns the bank. He forecloses.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* Kurtz from ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''--actually all the agents of the Belgians in the Congo, who are engaged in unspeakable cruelty and violence in the process of harvesting rubber from the jungle. Kurtz takes it UpToEleven when he goes mad and starts putting heads on spikes and such.
%%* Basically all of the Farang Phalanx in ''Literature/TheWindupGirl''.
* The racist, drunken, EgomaniacHunter Míster Danger from ''Literature/DonaBarbara''. While Bárbara, the main villain of the book, has a FreudianExcuse for her actions, he enjoys his [[MoralEventHorizon horrible acts]] just because he's bored. By the end of the book, when he realizes that now he CantGetAwayWithNuthin, he just flees away from the place.
* [[Literature/{{Molesworth}} Basil Fotherington-Thomas]] in Creator/KimNewman's AlternateHistory novella ''Literature/TeddyBearsPicnic'', where he has become his world's equivalent of Colonel Kurtz.
* While Creator/GeorgeOrwell's 1934 novel ''Literature/BurmeseDays'' is intended to be a round condemnation of the whole institution of British colonialism (in this case in Burma), most of the imperialists are depicted as more arrogant, indolent or imbecilic rather than evil. The one unambiguously horrid example is the timber company manager (and '''very''' PoliticallyIncorrectVillain) Ellis, whose every utterance is a string of vile racial slurs directed at the Burmese, and who is so consumed by hatred of them that he unceasingly expresses his desire for the opportunity to torture/slaughter them all.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/ThingsFallApart''. The book depicts the Igbo and several African tribes like them slowly having their unique cultures replaced by the encroaching European Christian colonists. Many colonists [[MightyWhitey look down upon the unconverted Igbo]], viewing them as savages. However it's shown that the Igbo have [[GrayAndGreyMorality just as]] [[ValuesDissonance many flaws]] as the Christian settlers and a great many tribespeople who convert do so willingly, unable to stomach the Igbo lifestyle anymore. The TragicHero, Okonkwo, refuses to accept that most colonists are simply [[NotSoDifferent flawed humans following their beliefs like the Igbo]] and also refuses to accept that the Igbo have any flaws. [[spoiler: In the end, it becomes clear to Okonkwo that the Igbo culture he's been so obsessed with is gone and the people have moved on. Unable to comprehend or accept the changing world, he quietly goes home and [[DrivenToSuicide hangs himself]].]]
* Played with in ''Literature/MaleRising''. The story is set in an alternate Africa with conservative and reformist ideologies taking root just before European colonization. As a result, the European colonial empires had a more nuanced view of the continent and responded accordingly, from sending good-natured officers to hiring greedy concessionaires. The African peoples themselves became influenced with the outside world in turn, with some of them creating their own empires and [[BecomingTheMask becoming colonial masters themselves]].
* One of the main themes in ''Literature/TheGodEaters''. The story is set in a world where the Eskarans, a major power, have conquered many nations, slowly destroying their culture and imposing Eskaran religious doctrines.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

%%* Adam from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho ''humans often play this role.
** In "The Mutants", an episode intended as a critique of Apartheid, the Marshal oppresses the natives of Solos, hunting them down, and intends to change the atmosphere of the planet so it is breathable to humans but not the Solonians.
** "Kinda" downplays this with the human explorers being over-confident, misguided, exploitative, and finally raving nuts, but not premeditatedly evil.
** ''Planet of the Ood'' shows that the humans have [[WeWillUseManualLabourInTheFuture enslaved the Ood]] by [[spoiler:placing a force field round the HiveMind]].
* The original point of ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' was to show what it's like to be on the receiving end of a WhiteMansBurden scenario. The Taelons -- and Da'an in particular -- genuinely believe they can elevate mankind, and that they've conquered us for our own good. Naturally humanity doesn't see it that way. Later seasons [[CompletelyMissingThePoint forgot about this]] and made the Taelons just outright evil.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Brutus Jones in Eugene O'Neill's play ''Theatre/TheEmperorJones'' is a rare dark-skinned example. He goes from stowaway to Emperor in two years, and puts on the "fuss and glory part" of being Emperor while ruthlessly robbing the natives of their wealth. He intends to flee by the time the natives are ready to overthrow him, which comes sooner than he expected.
* The ''Theatre/MrsHawking'' play series: in part IV, ''Gilded Cages'', the presence of the English in Singapore is depicted this way.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* A major theme of ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' is the damage Earthlings have been doing to the other planets and peoples of the solar system. The Nazis and their Italian Allies might be the most obvious with their death camps, but it is undeniable that every super power and even independent group is doing the same to some degree.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has an Infernal Duke nicknamed "The Vicious Guest" who is the patron of colonists and explorers, and whose sacred animal, symbolic of his attitudes, is a parasitic cuckoo bird.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Sir Roderick Ponce Von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard, from ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', otherwise known as "The Outlander". He washed up on the coast of the empire and attempts to "educate" the "backward" culture.
** This being ''Jade Empire'', you get the chance to prove your culture's worth, first in a heated debate, then by kicking the living excrement out of him. He is however honorable enough that he'll acknowledge his [[GracefulLoser defeat gracefully]] and will even offer up his rifle as a reward.
* Caesar puts a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] spin on this trope in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Coming from the New California Republic (the setting's closest equivalent to a modern civilization), he settles among the primitive tribes east of the Colorado River and uses his superior education in military tactics, marksmanship, political science, and chemistry to conquer them and forge them into a personal army.
** Invoked with the Sneering Imperialist perk, which gives you a damage bonus to tribals, raiders and other lowly characters as well as giving you some unique dialog options in the Honest Hearts DLC, most prominently the chance to get Joshua Graham to execute Salt-Upon-Wounds.
-->'''Courier:''' Joshua, put a cap in General Gobbledigook here.
* Several quests from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' shows the Dwarven Explorer's league coming to occupied tauren land, dismissing the natives as [[FantasticRacism stupid bullmen]], and killing them so as excavate their land. Perhaps the most notable was in Bael Modan in the Barrens.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

%%* Looten Plunder, and to a lesser extend Hoggish Greedly, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|and the Planeteers}}''.
* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' FlashbackTwist where Peter becomes one for a group of ''Mexican mice''.
** What's even stranger is that he demands [[{{Fetish}} the wife of one of the mice]] in a ScarpiaUltimatum.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' parody listed above was surely a reference to a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes classic where Daffy Duck plays this imperialist role to Speedy Gonzales and some other Mexican mice.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'', Captain Hook, in an attempt to attract sufficient "civilization" to Neverland (to ease his ongoing ennui as a man of culture exiled to a wilderness by his obsession with remaining there until Pan is killed), declares Neverland to be annexed to UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire and attempts to literally crown himself its viceroy. This is not particularly outrageous when you consider all the technical pirates, from Sir Francis Drake to "Rajah" Brooke of Sarawak, who were regarded as servants of the British crown and who on occasion personally annexed territories on its behalf. Of course Hook's heavily armed crew are on standby in the event of anyone raising objections to his decree.