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->Oh, I'm quite tired of this lunatic
->Why must we suffer 'cuz the mayor's sick?
-->-- '''Music/{{Rasputina}}''', "The Mayor"

Mayor Pain ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a trope about mayors who inflict grief upon the inhabitants of their cities]]) usually comes in two different flavors, depending on the question: Is s/he evil or simply unable?

* The Evil Mayor Pain ([[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer The Wilkins]]): Wickedness over incompetence. The mayor does a relatively good work with the town and can even be a [[AffablyEvil pleasant person]], yet he or she has a secret EvilPlan to carry out, or more easily is AWolfInSheepsClothing. This is the kind of mayor that [[GratuitousItalian puts the "sin" in "sindaco".]]
* The Incompetent Mayor Pain ([[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons The Quimby]]): Incompetence over wickedness. The mayor is openly incompetent and his/her actions are clearly due to a lack of judgment. On a darker note, this incompetence could cause (or have already caused) various disasters.

This Trope usually overlaps with CorruptPolitician. Related to PresidentEvil (which applies on a way larger scale). Expect some [[PermanentElectedOfficial Permanent Elected Officials]] to fulfill this trope. No wonder if he (or she) gets elected in a TownWithADarkSecret, especially if ridden by SunnydaleSyndrome. If this is an UltimateAuthorityMayor, things aren't getting well for the town. The typical character, especially if he or she is an Evil Mayor Pain, who belongs to the LawfulEvil alignment.

Not to be confused with the movie ''MajorPayne''.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* An Orange Islands ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' episode had [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Mayor_of_Trovitopolis one of these.]] When a mystery creature is wandering the sewers on his island, he intends to kill it rather than capture it, as he's worried its existence will affect his status as mayor. [[spoiler:Turns out it was his Bulbasaur he abandoned as a child. Poor thing was still happy to see him]].
* ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': the mayor of Daten City is [[spoiler:Corset, a powerful demon with a [[BondageIsBad BDSM fetish]]. Definitely the Wilkins type.]]
* Mr. Heartland from ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' is an Evil Mayor Payne, and a VillainWithGoodPublicity ''and'' a DevilInPlainSight. While only TheDragon during the time he's mayor (the first season) he proves worse than the apparent BigBad of that season.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Hamilton Hill from the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics was an Evil Mayor Pain; a competent politician, but completely in the pocket of crime boss Rupert Thorne. He was succeeded in office by Armand Krol, who was an Incompetent Mayor Pain.
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanEarthOne'', Mayor Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin in the regular timeline) is Mayor of Gotham. He's also a crime boss who uses a SerialKiller named The Birthday Boy as his own personal hitman, supplying him with teenaged girls as payment.
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[[folder: Film]]
* The Mayor in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' starts off as just a jerk, but once the food starts falling, he will do anything to keep it coming, since his town is now getting notoriety and he is quite a glutton. He ends up pushing Flint to keep making the food, even when told it's not safe. And when the inevitable happens, [[NeverMyFault he quickly shifts the blame to Flint.]]
* Mayor Phlegmming in ''WesternAnimation/OsmosisJones'', is as incompetent as they come. Its his idiotic decisions that are the reason why Frank is such a slob and he cares more about his re-election than the lethal threat that would [[spoiler: and almost did]] kill Frank.
* [[spoiler:Tortoise John]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' is an Evil Mayor Pain.
* The Mayor in [[spoiler: ''[[Franchise/PoliceAcademy Police Academy 6]]'']] is an Evil Mayor Payne, and is [[spoiler:secretly the BigBad]].
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Big Jim Rennie from ''Literature/UnderTheDome'' definitely qualifies as the evil variant, though his title is "councilman" rather than "mayor". He's still essentially the acting mayor as he's apparently the only member of the town council, mayor included, who was in Chesters' Mill when the Dome came down.
* Governor Grice from the Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''For The Emperor'' is incompetent, [[spoiler:except that he's really an evil [[EldritchAbomination genestealer]] [[HalfHumanHybrid hybrid]] (the Evil Mayor Pain) who is [[HanlonsRazor disguising his treason as mere incompetence]].]]
** As there's no evidence he has any personal planning or administrative skills, and Grice's personal and family histories must be consistent, he probably really ''is'' an incompetent governor. They show up a lot in the setting, and tend to stay in place until they impede somebody important who can have them killed.
* In ''Literature/AfterTheGoldenAge'', the protagonist discovers evidence linking the mayor to the perpetrators of a crime wave in Commerce City. [[spoiler:He turns out to be a supervillain]].
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has Mayor Richard Wilkins III, who provides the name for the Evil Mayor Pain. On the outside, he's a [[AffablyEvil polite]], organized and rather efficient politician. The truth, however, is that he plans to undergo the Ascension to become [[ScaledUp a demonic snake]]. He also planned to use this new condition [[WellIntentionedExtremist to bring order to the town.]]
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': Victor Lang, Gabrielle's husband for the first half of season 4.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Regina Mills, aka The Evil Queen, is definitely the evil version.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': Clark Preston from "A Thin Line" was going to become one, [[spoiler: had the BAU not found out about the murders he had planned.]]
* [[Series/UnderTheDome Big Jim Rennie]] is still evil in the TV adaptation.
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[[folder: Music]]
* "The Mayor" by Music/{{Rasputina}} revolves around a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin mayor]] described as a lunatic paranoid.
* In the final verse of "The Shadow Government" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants, the narrator finds the mayor "stealing his junk", and ends up [[PunkInTheTrunk stuffed into the trunk of the mayor's car]] when he tries to stop him.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* In the ''VideoGame/SimCity'' series of games, [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential the players themselves]] can easily invoke this, due to the whole UltimateAuthorityMayor aspect giving you control of natural disasters and {{Alien Invasion}}s.
* Mayor [[PunnyName Roger C. Hole]] from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'' is hopelessly corrupt, and winds up getting killed by a member of a gang he was being paid to harass. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Donald Love]] later tries to be this, but loses in the election to [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII Miles O'Donovan]].
* The mayor of [[QuirkyTown Teufort]] in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is definitely a Mayor Evil, [[FauxAffablyEvil acting completely friendly]] while he charges [[PunchClockVillain the Spy and the Scout]] not for the crimes they've actually committed, [[TheChessmaster but as scapegoats for the awful things he's done as mayor]]. [[spoiler: He's actually a Mayor Incompetent, as he did all those things because [[ObliviouslyEvil he's literally too stupid to know they were wrong]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1'', city alderman Richard Hughes plans to become this by [[spoiler: tricking the PlayerCharacter into killing the previous mayor and others, but is KilledOffForReal himself]]. In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' his wife actually becomes this, even going so far as to hire the leader of a powerful criminal organization to [[EvilIsPetty spray fecal matter at]] [[MegaCorp Ultor]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext properties around town]].
-->'''[[AllCheeringAllTheTime Cheerleaders]]:''' [[RhymesOnADime It's okay, we won't lose,]] [[SleazyPolitician we'll just cheat like Mayor Hughes!]]
** Averted in [[VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird the third game in the series]]. Monica Hughes is no longer mayor of [[ViceCity Stilwater]], and the mayor of [[WretchedHive Steelport]], [[spoiler: [[AsHimself Burt Reynolds]]]], is a pretty nice guy.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Leonard Zachary of the Shanafelt City Council from [[TruLifeAdventures TRU-Life Adventures]] is this in all but title. Getting the city to restore the position of mayor is high on his list of priorities.
* Albus Ivory of ''Webcomic/ColourWheel'' is an interesting mix of the Evil and Incompetent variants. He enacts crazy plans to take over the city, even though he's already the mayor; these plans are ridiculous, ineffectual, overly complex, easily thwarted, and cause massive damage to the city. And in one case, [[http://colourwheelcomic.com/comic/page-42/ possibly every city on the coastline.]]
* In ''[[Webcomic/DarylAndSusie Daryl and Susie]]'', Daryl the dragon has a town in his head, run by an Evil Mayor Pain (based loosely on the Mayor from ''Buffy''). This Mayor incessantly tries to get Daryl upset, for doing so makes monsters appear from Daryl's head, and collaborates with Daryl's arch-nemesis Aosoth [[spoiler: before becoming TheStarscream]].
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* In the Roleplay/{{Crinoverse}} [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist King Bradley]] is the mayor of Emerald City, and corrupt and evil as all get-out.
* ''Literature/{{Decembersville}}'' has Chimabell, who is most definitely the evil variant.
* Mayor Pamela Winchell from ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''. She's a strange mix of both the "evil" variant and "incompetent" variant, although she's not stupid and it's difficult to peg her as out and out evil. Given the way she's described, it seems more like she's just totally insane.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Mayor Joe Quimby from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' provides the name for the Incompetent Mayor Pain. An outright corrupt, opportunistic, embarrassing, sleazy politician who couldn't care less for Springfield.
** Sideshow Bob may count as the evil variant during his brief time as mayor.
* Creator/AdamWest would be the Incompetent Mayor Pain in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
** One episode had Lois manage to replace him as Mayor, only to become an evil variant. At the end of the episode, she pulls a WhatHaveIDone moment and promptly [[StatusQuoIsGod hands the office back over to West]].
* Vlad Masters/Vlad Plasmius eventually becomes this in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom,'' abusing his authority to antagonize Danny.
* Mayor from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is so incompetent, he somehow managed to kill Navi when playing Ocarina of Time. It's safe to assume that the ''real'' mayor of Townsville is his much smarter assistant, Sarah Bellum.
** The episode ''Impeach Fuzz'' sees him temporarily replaced by Fuzzy Lumpkins, [[RoguesGallery a recurring villain]].
* After the events of the first season finale of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', Mayor Jones is a definite Evil Mayor Pain. In that one episode we learn that [[spoiler:he moved to Crystal Cove only to look for treasure, blackmailed the original Mystery Inc. into leaving, double-crossed Professor Pericles, dressed up as the Freak of Crystal Cove, and to top it off, concealed the true identity of Fred's real parents while raising him as his own son.]]
* [[spoiler: Clay Puppington]] from ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', the town of Hill Valley is governed by Mayor Johnny "The Mayor" Bledsoe, a masked wrestler (talks like an American pro wrestler, wears a luchador mask with a nice suit). He's a good balance of evil and incompetence, like all authority figures in the series.
* [[NoNameGiven The Mayor]] of ''WesternAnimation/TomGoesToTheMayor'', who is so impossibly incompetent that he crosses a line and borders on being the evil kind of this trope.
* [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep The Mayor]] from ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'' is plain [[CardCarryingVillain card-carrying evil]]. In fact, we only ever see him doing evil things, rather than actually, you know, mayoring.
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