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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It's not the mayor's fault that the stadium collapsed!]]'']]

->''"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 or SleazyPolitician. 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 incompetent version may be an AuthorityInNameOnly. 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 ''Film/MajorPayne''.

%%'''Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease''' We've got enough on our hands with every political ad painting the opponent as either flavor. Not to mention, it's also not nice to call RealLife mayors %%evil either.




[[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]].
* ''Anime/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.
* The Mayor in Anime/LittleWitchAcademia is mainly the Quimby type. He is more concerned about [[TheNapoleon puffing up his own ego]] and earning tourist dollars than he is with things like good sense and reason. With incontrovertible proof that both magic and witches are real, he decides to remove a rock that is specifically labelled as a [[SealedEvilInACan seal to a great evil]] to place a statue of himself. When the inevitable happens and a giant attacks his city, he blames the Witches and only backs down when he starts thinking of the tourist revenue. Even a Witch [[TooDumbToLive supporting him from a great height on her broom]] is not enough to dissuade him even when she gently tries to remind him exactly whose fault this whole fiasco is.

[[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.

[[folder: Film -- Animated]]
* Mayor Shelbourne 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 ''Film/OsmosisJones'', is as incompetent as they come. It's 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 could [[spoiler: and almost did]] kill Frank. Unsurprisingly, he is fired from his job after the incident and later accidentally ejects himself from Frank's body.
* [[spoiler:Tortoise John]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' is an Evil Mayor Pain.

[[folder: Film -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/LaFamilleBelier'', Lapidus despises deaf people and promotes industrial development, which harms the farmers.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'' directly references the below movie, as Erin calls out the New York mayor feeling the city hall obstructing their job makes him like the mayor from ''Jaws'. [[BerserkButton He gets mad at the comparison]]. (specially as he's an aversion of the trope: the mayor is just hiding his support from the populace because PlausibleDeniability [[TheWorldIsNotReady will help avoid panic]])
* Mayor Larry Vaughn in ''Film/{{Jaws}}''. He may have a point that the tourist trade from the beaches are the lifeblood of the town's economy, but order them open after being warned that there is still the danger of attacks from a man eating shark is inexcusable.
* The Mayor in ''Film/PoliceAcademy6CityUnderSiege'' is an Evil Mayor Payne, and is [[spoiler:secretly the BigBad]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* 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]].
* 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.
* Mayor Clancy in ''Literature/{{Scorpions}}''. He's demonstrably crooked and supposedly has ties to TheMafia and keeps a staff of hired {{Mooks}} on retainer. In addition, there are rumors that he has had people killed when they wouldn't sell him their land for development purposes.
* 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 the senior member of the town council, mayor included, who was in Chesters' Mill when the Dome came down.

[[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/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/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/UnderTheDome'': Big Jim Rennie is still evil in the TV adaptation.

[[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.

[[folder: Podcasts]]
* 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. She eventually falls more directly into the "incompetent" category after she becomes obsessed with "emergency press conferences," and later steps down as Mayor; her successor is [[spoiler: Dana Cardinal, that being former Night Vale Community Radio intern Dana]], who is ''much'' more level headed, but allows Winchell to stay in "government" (and indulge her obsession) as Director of Emergency Press Conferences. Of course, the Mayor of Night Vale's powers are actually pretty limited, with affairs seemingly being mostly in the hands of the City Council (which has had the same composition since the city was founded over a century ago), the vague-but-menacing government agency, and the Sheriff's Secret Police. Oh, and the [[TheHypnotoad Glow Cloud]] ([[PhraseCatcher all hail]]), if the issue involves the Night Vale School District in any way.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'''s signature MadScientist, Dr. Aeon pulls double duty as both the Wilkins and the Quimby at the same time. Since he works as a governor of a City of Villains, naturally he is evil. He serves public office as little more than a excuse to get funding for his mad experiments. So he is unapologetically evil, but while he is a decent mad-scientist he is utterly inept as a politician and his attendants/babysitters need to do the actual policy-enforcement.
* 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.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'', Mayor Hamilton Hill is still an Evil Mayor Pain and in the pocket of a crime boss, but here, [[spoiler:he's part of a triumvirate with both Carmine Falcone and [[AdaptationalVillainy Thomas Wayne]] and all three essentially ran Gotham. He also put the hit on the Wayne family.]] Harvey Dent spends the first two episodes running against him for mayor but, the whole thing goes moot when [[spoiler:the Penguin fatally shoots Hill.]]
* Mayor [=McDonough=] of Diamond City from ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' qualifies as an Evil Mayor Pain. He threw out all the city's ghouls upon first coming to power, turns a blind eye to the kidnappings and synth infiltrations that have been going on in town, and Piper Wright, the IntrepidReporter in charge of the city's only paper, even suspects him of being a synth himself. [[spoiler:She turns out to be right]].
* Mayor Scuttlebutt from the ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' series is an Incompetent Mayor Pain on the verge of being a RunningGag. While a reasonable enough official in the first game, his incompetency begins to show in ''Risky's Revenge'' when he fires Shantae from her job and later sells the town to the Ammo Baron rather than try and deal with his forces and Risky at the same time. In ''Pirate's Curse'', he would have been able to buy Scuttle Town back from the Ammo Baron...IF he hadn't spent the between-game interim eating the cheap waxy chocolates bought with the money he got for the deed. And then in ''Half-Genie Hero'', he fires Shantae ''again'' after Risky's attack leaves Main Street in flames and gives her post to Holly.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* 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]].
* Leonard Zachary of the Shanafelt City Council from ''Webcomic/TruLifeAdventures'' is this in all but title. Getting the city to restore the position of mayor is high on his list of priorities.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes''. Kurgh the Conqueror warlord and scourge of the galaxy conquers Shitropolis in his first appearance, however based on his later appearances he is a competent and dedicated mayor, doing his best to run the city efficiently.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''Literature/{{Decembersville}}'' has Chimabell, who is most definitely the evil variant.
* In the Roleplay/{{Crinoverse}} [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist King Bradley]] is the mayor of Emerald City, and corrupt and evil as all get-out.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* [[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.
* Hamilton Hill as portrayed in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' was a mild example of the incompetent type, mostly as focused on Batman specifically; he's antagonistic towards Batman despite his merits (going so far as to authorise an armed task force, albeit when it does appear that Batman has started murdering people), and could be a bit critical of Gordon's decisions. In terms of actually running the city, he's fairly decent, and often depicted presiding over improvements of the city's infrastructure.
* Vlad Masters/Vlad Plasmius eventually becomes this in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', abusing his authority to antagonize Danny.
* 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]].
* [[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.
* Mayor Spryman from ''WesternAnimation/OzzyAndDrix'' is a Quimby, a stuck-up bratty punk of a teenager that has no business being in charge of a city, though considering that Hector is a teenager it's most likely a factor of his personality that Spryman is not only mayor but acts the way he is.
* Mayor from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is so incompetent, he somehow managed to kill Navi when playing ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime 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]].
** In "Bought and Scold", Princess, another one of the girls' recurring villains, becomes mayor after buying it out from Mayor. The first thing she does is make crime legal as a way to get back at the girls.
* 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Mayor Joe Quimby provides the name for the Incompetent Mayor Pain. An outright corrupt, opportunistic, embarrassing, sleazy politician who couldn't care less for Springfield.
** Sideshow Bob briefly became mayor in "Sideshow Bob Roberts". While his general administration isn't shown as especially terrible, he abuses his power to torment the Simpsons, having Bart [[HeldBackInSchool sent back to Kindergarten]] ([[{{Unishment}} not that he minds much]]) and [[CommunityThreateningConstruction redirecting a freeway bridge over their house]]. He also ([[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat needlessly]]) [[VoteEarlyVoteOften stuffed the ballot box]].
** When Springfield briefly split into two towns over area codes, Homer was elected mayor of New Springfield and ran it into the ground in a few days. [[MayorOfAGhostTown The entire population except the Simpson family abandoned his side of town]] when he built a wall surrounding it.
* Mayor Bill Dewey from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' seems like an image-obsessed blowhard in his early appearances, but it ends up being subverted. It turns out he ''does'' actually care about the townsfolk; he views his job as putting their well-being first- and he doesn't want a riot breaking out, especially considering what the [[DestructiveSavior Crystal Gems]] tend to do to the town.
* Mayor Manx from ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' is the incompetent type- he pushes all his work on his Deputy Mayor, Callie Briggs, and is mainly concerned with getting reelected. This caused some issues in one episode when it transpires he's the descendant of a famous "[=MegaWar=] II" fighter pilot named the "Blue Manx", and the Blue Manx's old nemesis, the Red Lynx, comes back as a ghost pilot to wreak havoc and settle his old score.
* [[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.
* A lot of the problems of Griffin Rock in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' can be lain at the feet of Mayor H.B. Luskey. A lot of problems in the town stem from his ego, blame-shifting, and total ineptitude at pretty much everything he does. He's at his worst in "The Vigilant Town", where his demands that an experimental computer meant to protect the town be turned on full power, even after it demonstrates that it's willing to violate civil liberties to perform its function. [[spoiler: In Season 4, after the Rescue Bots reveal themselves as aliens, Chase runs against Luskey and wins--but Chase being TheSpock, a RulesLawyer, and a strict ByTheBookCop didn't make him any better and he resigned, with Luskey resuming the post.]]
* Mayor André Bourgeois from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is a heavily implied SleazyPolitician who frequently abuses his power to spoil his daughter [[AlphaBitch Chloe]].