Evil States of America

When finding a real life evil in the world, what would you expect? Nazis? Commmunists? Islamic Terrorists? The British? These are the often answers given by Americans.

Very few realize that Americans, the one powerful nation that equals (or at least equalED) the previous enemies can also be bad guys. They often are when it comes to the political, economic, and military level. Many times, they would be Well-Intentioned Extremists or Knight Templar with Grey and Grey Morality.

May involve America Takes Over the World and Oppressive States of America. On a smaller, but more governmental level, see CIA Evil, FBI Good. See also Eagleland.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In the manga of Bokurano, America is portrayed to be nation that threatens Japan. Some characters even wonder if they would invade, using Zearth's battles as an excuse. Subverted as the Americans haven't done anything yet.
  • Code Geass averts this with Britannia. The Americas are the "Homeland", but the series takes place in an Alternate History where the American Revolution failed. They stayed as American colonies until the British Isles fell, making them the new homeland.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The American Empire is depicted as being imperialistic (invading Central and South American countries) and committing war crimes. In the original series, American Empire CIA officers try to manipulate Batou into killing a former Imperial naval officer to cover up U.S. war crimes. In the 2nd GIG it launches a nuclear missile at Dejima, which would have killed all of the refugees living there.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED gives us the Atlantic Federation, a fictional nation made up of about all the Americas, with the intent on exterminating the Coordinators.

Film Animated

Film Live Action
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier: While the first film had the Captain punching out German HYDRA soldiers, the sequel has him fighting his own home nation, with HYDRA having infiltrated the American government and intelligence agencies, and building itself up again from the ashes with American recruits.

Literature
  • In the second Illuminatus! trilogy, Schrodinger's Cat, Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea introduce "Unistat", an alternative-universe and somewhat more malevolent version of the USA.
  • In The Laundry Files, while the Laundry, the British occult spy agency is definitely morally ambiguous, the American equivalent, the Black Chamber, is consistently shown as evil in its methods and goals.
  • Played with in Nineteen Eighty-Four. The story is set in dystopian Britain, but Oceania is primarily an American-based superstate. The other two superstates (successors of Russia and China) are just as totalitarian and imperialistic, however.

Live-Action TV
  • In The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "The Invaders" we see a backwoods woman being attacked by tiny aliens. The Twilight Zone Twist is that the story is taking place on another planet inhabited by giants and the "tiny aliens" are NASA astronauts.

Video Games
  • Magical Cannon Wars features the US, most specifically the Pentagon, to be behind the whole conflict.
  • The Big Bad of Modern Warfare 2 turns out to be an American General Shepherd, who starts World War III out of patriotism and the desire to restore U.S. dominance over the world.
  • Zig-Zagged in the fourth game of Time Crisis, where Americans are both the main protagonists and antagonists.
  • The United States in Fallout seemed to be a friendly, patriotic utopia full of wholesome families and cheerful optimism. However, it gradually transformed into a corrupt, jingoistic, Orwellian police state who saw nothing wrong with imprisoning their own citizens and experimenting on them. Corrupt corporate executives were in power everywhere, safety regulations were pretty much nonexistent, radioactive food was approved for stores, and the nation gladly invaded Mexico and later annexed Canada just to seize their resources. As the situation dragged on, riots from angry Americans lead to the government even opening fire on their own people with military-grade weapons. With a nuclear war as a real threat, they approved the construction of 122 Vaults to shield the civilian population. However, this was just a cover story, since the vaults were actually designed to subject their residents to cruel and sadistic experiments to see how people in enclosed environments react. And even after the Great War, the scattered remnants of the government survived, seeking to regain their power by killing off all the wastelanders so they can repopulate.
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