President Evil

But he seemed like such a nice guy during the election!

"Computers may be twice as fast as they were in 1973, but the average voter is as drunk and stupid as ever. The only one who's changed is me. I've become more bitter and, let's face it, crazy over the years. And when I'm swept into office, I'll sell our children's organs to zoos for meat, and I'll go into people's houses at night and wreck up the place! Woahahahahaha!!"
President Richard Nixon's Head, Futurama

This supervillain doesn't just have an Elaborate Underground Base, they have their own country, often a Ruritania, Banana Republic, or Qurac. Just like the Evil Overlord, but with an international scope. This affords them so many resources and so much power that the heroes often are never able to truly beat them.

Usually, the heroes aren't fighting against the country itself, apart from the occasional loyal citizen who's been turned into a Super Soldier. Their beef is strictly with the villain, and the country is usually just a convenient plot device.

The villain's leaderly reputation varies between Villain with Good Publicity and 0% Approval Rating. Sometimes, the heroes go into the country and foment a rebellion to get the villain kicked out; naturally, this often leads to someone even worse stepping up (as with Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act) and an Enemy Mine storyline to restore the status quo. Or, the "oppressed masses" are actually Gullible Lemmings who like their leader, and might not be oppressed at all!

See also The Caligula, which is this trope turned Up to Eleven, sans the Democracy. A Different sort of President. Not to be confused with Hoss Delgado's appearance in the fictional video game within a show President Evil, or with the actual video game series Resident Evil.

In terms of the ranks of Authority Tropes, the tropes that are equal are God Save Us from the Queen!, The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask, and The High Queen. The next steps down are The Evil Prince, Prince Charming, Prince Charmless, Sheltered Aristocrat, Warrior Prince, The Wise Prince, and all Princess Tropes. The next step up is The Emperor.

If the president evil has the same name as a real life president or is an Expy of a real life president, then this is Demonization.

For very obvious reasons, No Real Life Examples, Please!


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, Fuhrer King Bradley is a homunculus. When Colonel Roy Mustang tries to expose him to top military brass, he gets a shocker: most of them were already in on it. The entire country of Amestris was founded by Father and the homunculi. Bradley was a human chosen to be the country's ruler and injected with the Philosopher's Stone to make him a homunculus.
  • In Steel Ball Run (Part 7 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) the president, Funny Valentine (yes, that is his name), is a corrupt, morally devoid lunatic who somehow still manages to be a Villain with Good Publicity (probably the American flag scar). Among other things, he uses government funds to secretly hire criminals and lackeys for his dirty work and he obviously has some sort of plan for ultimate power that involves using said lackeys to get "Saint Parts" for him. Oh, and he tried to rape a 14 year-old girl in one scene. He wasn't sure she was 14 years-old, but attempted none the less.
    • His skills as a politician and a speaker can't be denied though. He even managed to momentarily convince the main character of the justness of his cause.
  • In Bloody Monday (Season Two) President Adams seems to do this, only he's just more of a Jerkass than someone that's genuinely evil.
  • Gundam SEED has Patrick Zala, a General Ripper who is elected chairman of ZAFT and proceeds to lead his nation into a genocidal war. Chairman Gillbert Durandal, ZAFT's leader in Gundam SEED Destiny is a different flavour of this, being a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Anti-Villain, and Dark Messiah.
  • Weiß Kreuz has Reiji Takatori, whose first act on being voted in as Prime Minister is to institute civilian curfews and martial law.

    Comic Books 
  • There's a Superman arc in which Lex Luthor became President of the United States.
    • It's actually more of a multi-arc crossover — he remains president for several years, and becomes more involved in the rest of the DC continuity (for example, framing Bruce Wayne for murder in a lengthy arc in that comic). Surprisingly, though, he's not any more evil than usual; he's no more (or less) corrupt or power mad than when he was a regular Corrupt Corporate Executive. The only time he really snaps is a relatively short arc in Superman/Batman where he tries to frame Superman for a Kryptonite comet heading to Earth, and then loses it — this is what gets him impeached. Going on a killing spree with your old Apokoliptian powersuit will do that.
    • Shortpacked has a great deal of fun with this one from time to time.
    • Played with in Superman: Red Son, after Luthor had succeeded in killing Superman(not really), he becomes the new US President, and succeeds in creating a golden age for the world. He's still a ruthless egotistical sociopath though- he comes to power after promising (correctly) that he could fix the devastated economy of the United States...which had been following an economic formula he devised. Near the end he implies that a great deal of the story was part of a master plan to Take Over the World and get rid of Superman all along.
  • Doctor Doom, archenemy of the Fantastic Four, is probably the best-known, ruling Latveria, an archetypical Ruritania. He's been deposed a couple times, but always manages to get back in.
    • In the 2099 series of comics, Doctor Doom became President Evil when he managed to become President of the United States. Though in that series, he was the HERO compared to the soulless evil corporations he was fighting.
      • And he was succeeded by a President who was worse than the corporations. For added irony, this drug-addicted psychopath claimed to be Steve Rogers.
    • Though whether he's actually an evil ruler and not just a ruler who happens to be evil changes from time to time, and depending on the incarnation. In some versions he's generally a very good ruler, bringing his country peace and technological advancements, where the people are truly happy. In others it's basically a Police State where Happiness Is Mandatory. Granted, one that actually works still a step up from the corrupt, brutal, crapsack Police State it was before Doom cleaned it up.
    • Technically he's the King of Latveria not the President. He still becomes President of the United States though.
  • In the Wolverine Bad Future story Old Man Logan , the Marvel villains have taken over and Red Skull is the President. (Though technically he only rules a fourth of America, with three other major villains each having their share.)
  • Magneto, archenemy of the X-Men, ruled the island of Genosha for a while, transforming it into a haven for mutants, until it was destroyed by Cassandra Nova.
    • It's worth noting that, unlike most of Doctor Doom's enemies, the X-Men have never paid much attention to international boundaries or legitimate governments, and when Magneto headed back towards the crazy end of his personal sanity scale they didn't hesitate to invade the country, attack him in his capital and stab him to near-death.
    • From Bad to Worse in House of M: Ruling from Genosha, Magneto's power extended over most of the world, though he allowed his dubious allies (such as a Starscream wannabe Dr. Doom and friggin' Apocalypse) to keep control over their own little corners. He was actually a fine ruler to that reality's mutant majority, though the humans weren't as lucky.
  • In Promethea, several hundred howling demons possess the mayor of New York, a highly ineffectual man with a Split Personality or forty. The net result is that the demons displace the personalities and go on to create a popular series of public works (including legalizing devil worship and pentagram shaped buildings), which actually raises his approval rating.
    • "'All shall kiss my smouldering hoof', said the Mayor in a statement yesterday."
    • "Minority groups cheered the Mayor's statement that he would bring 'A new era of blackness' to the city..."
  • Philip Nolan Voigt in Marvel's The New Universe, a paranormal who can duplicate any other paranormal's powers, only better, uses his abilities to become President. note  Also, Voigt tries to intimidate an Intrepid Reporter by threatening his elderly mother.
  • Black Adam as the leader of Khandaq, though that all came crashing down in 52.
  • During the '80s, when tensions with Iran were still high after the hostage crisis, the Joker from Batman, who'd just killed Jason Todd in Africa, was chosen to serve as Iran's UN representative, thus giving him diplomatic immunity. I'll repeat that: Iran made The Joker a diplomat. This was later retconned so that it was Qurac, a (fictitious) terrorist state, that gave The Joker diplomatic immunity.
    • And then they did it again in the early 2000s, as part of a plot to nuke New York City.
  • Transmetropolitan: Spider's problems get a whole lot worse once The Smiler becomes president. The Secret Service stalks his filthy assistants, assassins start crawling up his butt, and his stories get killed for reasons of "national security." He's able to give as good as he gets...
    • The Beast, his predecessor, isn't much better. He is, by all accounts, a venal, selfish bastard, and the main reason he's called "the Beast" is because Spider nicknamed him that and it stuck (to the point that even the guy's kids call him that). However, despite being a prime President Corrupt he's ultimately shown to be an aversion of this trope: The Beast never goes after Jerusalem personally (unlike The Smiler) and is show to have political beliefs — they're just horribly lazy and selfish ones that essentially boils down to "if more than half of the people in the U.S. have a roof over their head and a meal, I've done my job."
  • Around the time of the Watergate scandal, Captain America discovered that the head of the terrorist organization known as the Secret Empire was in fact "a high-ranking government official" (i.e. President Nixon). He was sufficiently horrified by this that he temporarily abandoned the Captain America identity, calling himself "Nomad". It's not clear what Nixon was supposed to have meant to accomplish by running a conspiracy to take over the U.S.A.
    • During an arc on Geoff Johns' Avengers run, America got a Secretary of Defense called Dell Rusk The Red Skull, yes that's an anagram. Who gassed large parts of the country with the Crimson Mist virus.
      • Also a factual mistake. A cabinet officer of any position, nevermind DOD, is vetted by the press, and subject to huge scrutiny, often by members of the President's own party. The storyline indicated that no one knew much about 'Dell Rusk', and no one even gets to be discussed for nomination without getting their x-rays x-rayed. It would be easier for DR to have gotten in as VP, because the POTUS nominee alone chooses that. Even allowing for comics' corruption and government, the system would have to be hentai-level compromised for DR to get in as Defense Secretary.
  • President Leland McCauley in Legion of Super-Heroes (postboot version) turned out to be immortal supervillain Ra's Al Ghul in disguise.
  • Judge Dredd:
    • The atomic war that originated the mythos came around because President "Bad" Bob Booth stole an election, went around seizing the resources of foreign countries, and then openly announced he was going to start nuclear war with everyone if they didn't shut up. And then started it. (In "fairness", he thought America's nuclear screens would keep it safe from retaliation. They didn't.)
    • The Judges took over America and have since had one active supervillain for a Chief Judge (Cal)—two if you count Judge Death when he usurped the post during Necropolis, another who gained dementia and began some horrific policies (McGruder), and one who is a puppet for Shady Interests (Francisco); every other Chief Judge has carried out some morally questionable acts in the name of protecting Mega-City One, from foreign regime changes (Hershey) to deliberately starting a riot so they could have an excuse to beat up on a pro-democracy march (Silver).
    • The office of Mayor of Mega-City One isn't exempt from evil either, with examples including a greedy, gluttonous wannabe-king (Amalfi), and an unrepentant serial killer (PJ Maybe).
  • The leader(s) of Bialya, a fictional country in the DC Universe. Always some kind of homicidal whackjob who got the position by offing the previous leader. Oddly, this doesn't seem to have stopped even after Black Adam kills most Bialyans.
  • The Authority. The President of the U.S. even confesses to being a shill for big business. The Authority, who has had a long history of taking down dictators, depose him. Things go okay for a while, until The Midnighter figures out it's all heading south and fast. Unfortunately, the only way to stop it is to let D.C. explode. Boom.
  • Mark Waid's Empire details what happens when a Doctor Doom-esque villain actually succeeds in taking over the planet.
  • Though not exactly a President, Norman Osborn was like this from the Secret Invasion to the Siege storylines.
    • Norman Osborn managed to become (de facto) President of the U.S. in the Earth X series, after the Absorbing Man destroyed Washington, D.C. Although strictly speaking, his title was illegal—he simply assumed power without an election—most people were willing to go along with it rather than starve. Curiously, he does relatively little harm before the mind-controlling Skull usurps power and kills him.
    • Now Osborn is considered a criminal by the general public once again following the Siege.
  • In the Marvel 1602 series, we see a brief shot of the modern world, where second-string supervillain the Purple Man has been elected President of the United States of America (presumably using his mind control powers).
  • Freddy Krueger actually names himself president after decimating Washington DC in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors.
  • In Elektra: Assassin, the Beast manages to get Ken Wind elected president, but Elektra thwarts the plan with her psychic powers and ninja skills.
  • Monster Plus has World President Mark Darke, who, if the name isn't helping you get it, authorized the creation of EVLI Eye squadrons to handle dissidents.
  • In Zombo, Donald Trump is president of Earth, and when he isn't an unholy spawn of George Bush and Ronald Reagan, he runs the planet like The Apprentice. Also, he shredded a puppy.*
  • In Captain Britain, Mad Jim Jaspers is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom... and also a Reality Warper whose powers drive him completely insane. He becomes a supervillain in two different Alternate Universes and leads campaigns to wipe out the world's metahuman population so he can play with the world undisturbed
  • The Phantom: During The Nineties Lamanda Luaga, the sympathetic president of the Phantom's homeland Bengali, lost an election and was replaced by Kigali Lubanga, power-hungry madman, possible sorcerer and Villain with Good Publicity.
  • XIII: U.S. President Walter Sheridan is the head of a conspiracy in the upper levels of the U.S. government that eliminates his brother, President William Sheridan in order to establish a totalitarian regime over the United States with him as its new Commander-in-Chief. While his treachery is explicit in the comics, it is left ambiguous in the video game based on it.

    Fan Fiction 

  • Apparently, the people in John Carpenter's Crapsack World future in the Escape From... film series cannot get a good president. In ...New York, he was a scheming little crook, and ...LA had an outright religious psychotic.
    • The second guy actually managed to get the Constitution amended to stay president for life. His first act after that? Move the capital to his hometown (Lynchburg, VA).
  • The poster for The Final Conflict makes it seem like Damien becomes President of the United States. He doesn't; he does become the Ambassador to the Court of St. James though.
  • In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Zartan manages to disguise himself and take the place of the President. In G.I. Joe: Retaliation he even puts Cobra banners on the White House, since Cobra is now the "official" ruler of America.
  • In The Dead Zone, Johnny Smith (played by Christopher Walken) shakes the hand of politician Greg Stillson (Martin Sheen) and forsees that he will become president who, in a moment of megalomania ("YOU are not the voice of the people! I AM THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE!"), orders a nuclear strike, thus destroying the world. This scene is pretty funny to those who mainly know Sheen as the wise, principled President Jed Bartlet
  • Palpatine of Star Wars was one of these as Chancellor. It was just a stepping stone to becoming Emperor.
  • In Resident Evil: Retribution, Albert Wesker is the president of the United States (or what's left of it). Slightly subverted in that he's united with his former enemies to take on a common foe.
  • In 1993's Super Mario Bros., Koopa has become President of the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • Bob Roberts becomes one at the end of the movie, after spending the whole movie revealing how corrupt and extremist he is (to the point of faking an assassination attempt to win sympathy votes and pin the blame on a journalist trying to expose him, which ends with the journalist getting shot and killed, presumably by one of Roberts' Loony Fans)

  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Voldemort manages to take control over the Ministry of Magic and all of wizarding England by placing Imperius Curses over some officials, murdering others, and placing Death Eaters and sympathizers of his cause in positions of power. This allows him to (without much resistance, thanks to the previous Ministers) enact what would end up as a pureblood regime. However, Voldemort never seems interested in becoming Minister of Magic himself.
    • There were several attempts at justification in-story, mostly of the "Direct Parallels To Nazi Germany" variety. Voldemort and his most infamous Death Eaters stayed in the shadows, so mostly semi-legit followers/not-necessarily-enemies like Umbridge were the public face of the DE government; the general wizarding public were lied to as to what was really being done to half-bloods and muggle-borns, and those that did suspect the truth were either too scared to act (remembering Voldemort at his height, 20 years earlier) or were otherwise neutralized (like they attempted to do with the Weasleys).
  • In the Left Behind series, Nicolae Carpathia starts out as the president of Romania, and moves on to become Secretary-General of the United Nations (later called the Supreme Potentate of the Global Community). He's The Antichrist.
  • President Charles Lindbergh in Philip Roth's The Plot Against America.
  • GamePro Magazine used "President Evil" during the April Fools issue (with a zombie version of Abe Lincoln on the cover) a few months after Resident Evil first came out.
  • In one of the Wild Cards books, Puppetman runs for president. (This is a man who controls people's minds to make them commit mayhem, just so that he can get off on their emotions, for crying out loud.)
  • Senor Steel, the president-dictator of Blanca Grande in the Doc Savage novel The Freckled Shark.
  • President Snow of The Hunger Games definitely qualifies.
    • President Coin of District 13 in Mockingjay. As bad as President Snow is, you can at least always count on him to keep his word.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe does this a lot. The current story arc features a retired Imperial Admiral as president. Not so bad, until you remember that she oversaw the construction of the Death Star, the enslavement of genius children to build it, and the bombardment of several pacifist planets.
    • And the most recent book in the current story arc ends with Abeloth becoming president and the Sith in partial control of the Senate.
  • Despite appearing only briefly the President in Jason X Death Moon is quite obviously a lunatic.
  • The President's Vampire novel Red, White and Blood revolves around a plot by the Shadow Company to kill President Curtis and replace him with one of their pawns. The plan fails, but when the president confronts the vice-president about the vice-president's part in the plot, the vice-president murders him, thus becoming president.
  • Timeline-191 has Jake Featherston, President of the Confederate States of America, and thinly veiled Adolf Hitler analogue, who attempts a genocide of the CSA's black population.
  • In Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler, President Jarrett is an member of the evangelical Christian sect Christian America. He scapegoats non-Christians (and Christians of other denominations) for all that is wrong with America and puts them in concentration camps.
  • The History of the Galaxy has President John Winston Hammer of the Earth Alliance, who orders a devastating strike on the unsuspecting Lost Colonies, hoping that such a show of force (and the millions of people killed by nuclear blasts) would force the colonies to recognize the military superiority of the Earth Alliance and allow unrestricted flow of immigrants from the overpopulated Earth. Instead of a quick victory, the colonists resist, and the quick strike turns into a devastating war lasting several decades across dozens of systems and ends with the colonies emerging as the victors.
    • Interestingly, after Hammer's death halfway through the war, the EA military brass decides to continue the war instead of suing for peace.

    Live Action TV 
  • U.S. President Charles Logan and Russian President Yuri Suvarov from 24.
  • In Read All About It, Dunedon, the evil ruler of Trialveron, is also secretly Don Eden, mayor of our heroes' home town on Earth.
  • Nathan Petrelli /Sylar of Heroes becomes the U.S. Prez in the alternate future presented in "Five Years Gone", and tries to enact a program to kill off all the superpowered people in the world (except himself. Because "I can fly. I'm hardly dangerous.").
  • Doctor Who:
    • Mavic Chen of "The Daleks' Master Plan" is the democratically-elected head of the Solar System, and also colluding with the Daleks to take over the Universe.
    • Rassilon of Gallifrey is the classic one. Returns with a vengeance in "The End of Time", as an Omnicidal Maniac who was planning to destroy the universe so that he could Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. He's appropriately played by Timothy Dalton.
    • In "The Invasion Of Time", the Fourth Doctor himself becomes this for all of Gallifrey. It rather confuses his old teacher Borusa. (And it's all a ruse, of course.)
    • In "The Five Doctors", Borusa, now himself Lord President of Gallifrey, seeks to manipulate the Doctor's first five incarnations into recovering Time Lord founder Rassilon's fabled secret of immortality for himself so that he might rule Gallifrey forever.
    • In Series 1 of the new show, a Slitheen wearing the skin of a mid-level politician manages to become Acting Prime Minister by offing the real one and being the highest ranking elected official around during a time of crisis. Presumably he would have been replaced as soon as the panic subsided, but it gives the Slitheen all the time in power they need to spark a nuclear war and destroy the earth. This allows a very capable and sweet woman named Harriet Jones to become the new Prime Minister. However, the Doctor deposes Harriet Jones after she goes too far (in his opinion) during the next alien invasion a season later. She was supposed to be Prime Minister of the UK for three consecutive terms and lead the Golden Age of Britain. With the Doctor having altered her timelime, we instead get two absolute monsters:
      • Series 3: The first replacement for Harriet Jones. The Master, posing as Mr. Saxon, gets himself elected as Prime Minister of Great Britain, and promptly uses his authority to gas the Cabinet, declare the Doctor and his friends fugitives, arrest Martha Jones' family, make fun of/assassinate the US President, take over the world and generally act like a Magnificent Bastard. In the end, it is time-reverted, except for the deaths of the U.S. President and the British Cabinet. Ouch. In "The End of Time", he conquers the world by transforming all of humanity into carbon copies of himself, consequently making him president of every single country at once. Even acknowledges this himself: "I'm President! President of the United States! Look at me! Financial solution... deleted!".
      • Torchwood: Children of Earth: The second replacement for Harriet Jones. Prime Minister Green. True, the whole leadership of the government reluctantly goes along with the plan of handing ten percent of the world's children over to the 456, but they didn't really have any choice, and they're shown to take no enjoyment from crossing this Moral Event Horizon. However, at the end of the miniseries, when the 456 have just barely been defeated in time, Green proves himself to be truly morally corrupt by gleefully announcing how he plans to blame everything on the Americans. This proves to be the last straw for his cabinet, and they blackmail him into standing down.
  • Babylon 5: President Clark assassinates the previous president, under whom he served as vice president, and from there initiates an Iron-fisted regime that brooks no disagreement with him, particularly the crew of the main series setting who were actively working to expose his crimes and bring him down. His final act as president before offing himself is to set all Kill Sats in Earth's orbit to fire at the planet. Luckily, the good guys manage to stop them in time.
  • Various alternate realities in Stargate SG-1 where Senator Kinsey managed to become President.
  • Evil Governor Colonel Montoya from Queen of Swords.
  • In a couple of Smallville's Bad Futures, Lex Luthor is shown to either be President, or running for it, as a very intimidating Man in White with a Red Right Hand.
    • In the Distant Finale, set in 2018, Lex has just been elected. Uh-oh.
  • A 4th season episode of Sliders ("California Reich") has a man, Governor Schick, running for President with a very good chance of winning... until the heroes expose the truth behind his "Repatriation Center" concentration camps. The guy's platform? "America for Americans" (a meaningless slogan for a nation of immigrants) and plans to deport anyone whose genes don't match with his ideal American, even if your great-great-grandparents were born in the U.S. That essentially means "anyone non-white". Somehow, he manages to impose this rule on his own state and ship countless people off to camps... and then they get turned into mindless drones called "Eddies" as cheap labor.
  • Governor James Devlin of Oz. On a show wall-to-wall with scumbags (it's set in a prison, after all), one of the worst is the guy on the outside campaigning on a "law and order" platform.
  • In an episode of The Outer Limits (1995), "Decompression", a time traveler approaches a presidential candidate and warns him that his loss in the upcoming election will pave the way for one of these. As she continues to win him over, she eventually convinces him that his staff will sabotage his chances of winning, and that he needs to jump from the plane and leave them all to die (she'll protect him with her future-tech). He complies, and she's true to her word. Then she reveals he is the President Evil she spoke of, having gambled that he would be self-centered enough to save his own hide at the expense of everyone else. The plane will be fine, and he's just ensured that his political career is tarnished beyond recovery. Oh, and she didn't really save him. She just gave him a few minutes to find out the truth before putting him right back in mid-air to splatter on the ground.
  • John Tomarchio in Jericho, who establishes the dissident Allied States of America west of the Mississippi River after the United States is split in two in the aftermath of the nuclear attacks that annihilated America's major cities. Under a benevolent guise, he serves as part of a highly corrupt corporate conspiracy to seize control of the nation by means of the nuclear strikes, which would serve to fuel the outbreak of a second American civil war against the legitimate U.S. government.
  • Masters of Horror: In "The Washingtonians", George Washington became a cannibalistic madman after he was forced to eat some of his men during a harsh winter. He started regularly killing and eating people (including several members of his own administration), ate children and made household items out of their bones and skin, and was apparently intent on founding the United States as a "cannibal republic". A reporter claims that Washington's monstrousness was covered up by his followers.

  • King Geedorah, alter ego of rapper Daniel Dumile. His methods of dealing with dissenters are expounded upon in the song "The Fine Print": The short version is, he has their heads cut off and mounted on pikes in the middle of town square, where the peasants will throw rocks at the heads for weeks until vultures eventually devour them. As he says, "Maybe then they'll know the right words to speak out loud, at home, in the world, or in the streets."

    Video Games 
  • Lord Recluse of City of Villains. Indeed, most of CoV takes place in Recluse's country, the Rogue Isles.
  • John Adams in Conduit 2. Yes, as in the 2nd U.S. President. He's an alien spy, which is why he's still alive and scheming despite being set Twenty Minutes into the Future.
  • Kombayn Nikoladze from the first Splinter Cell game, president of Georgia, is using ethnic cleansing to seize neighboring Azerbaijan's oil, and later attacks the U.S. with information warfare when they try to stop him.
    • His successor is only marginally better, quickly turning on his allies when it proves convenient.
    • Vice President Calvin Samson in Conviction, who serves a clandestine terrorist network named Megiddo and is complicit in the Third Echelon conspiracy to assassinate President Caldwell and supplant her with himself and effectively establish a terrorist-backed regime; he would've been this had the plot actually succeeded.
  • Metal Gear did it, too, with Solidus Snake - ex-President of the United States. The 'ex' part was the all important part, though. He was more a traditional baddie who happened to have once been President. The Patriots were a better example - the man plotted and often elaborate plan-loving council which secretly ruled the United States since about the 1970's, and have plans for world domination. It really gets bad when all the Patriots are either dead, in a coma, a vegetable, or actively trying to stop the rogue AI they created from trying to take over the world
  • The Dragon of Call of Duty 4, Khaled al-Asad, becomes the President of an unnamed Middle-Eastern country via a violent coup and then goes on a spree to "liberate" the rest of the Middle East until the United States steps in to stop him.
  • In the console version of Rainbow Six 3, the Big Bad turns out to be the President of Venezuela, who is secretly the mastermind behind terrorist attacks on the U.S. by seemingly Middle Eastern groups.
  • Richard Hawk in Metal Wolf Chaos an evil vice-president turned president after he overthrows his running mate in a military coup d'etat. As for his 'evil' credentials during his actual tenure as president... Geez... Where do we start? 'The giant mechanical spider he sent rampaging through Manhattan', possibly. Or nerve-gassing Chicago. Or executing Metal Wolf sympathysers... and their family... and their friends... and their acquaintances if they don't fess up (complete with evil-eyed Lady Liberty on the ultimatum commercial). Or turning the White House into a missile-launching and armoured fortress and renaming it the 'Fight House'.
  • Pandak "Baby" Panay in the second Just Cause game holds Panau in his grip with a massive military junta.
  • The fourth Sam & Max adventure game episode of the first season, aptly titled "Abe Lincoln Must Die", sees the titular freelance police up in arms against an evil Abraham Lincoln. Or, in this case, a massive statue of Abraham Lincoln brought to life, who then tries to run for president. The only way to defeat him is for Max to become a President Evil himself, a position he still keeps afterwards. In the third season, it is strongly implied that Max has used dirty means to ensure that he keeps his office.
    • Max manages to remain the President even after he sells the United States to Canada.
    • For a while, there was a promotional website called, which contained a Donate button (not working on the Wayback Machine) which claimed to syphon dollars donated to organisations like the D'ni Restoration Council, The Communist Party of Rubacava, eBay, The Melee Island Bureau of Tourism and Sam's Wallet into Max's funds. His fundrasing goals were things like jaunty hats for his Secretary of State, spinning rims for the DeSoto, a girlfriend for his pet goldfish Mr. Spatula, an $254 Executive Box of tissues and 'recovery of Presidential email password'.
      • And then Mr. Spatula becomes Vice-President Evil and tries to off Max, accidentally getting himself killed.
  • The Big Bads of Fallout 2 and Fallout 3 are President Evils, focused on cleansing the post-apocalyptic world of any dangerous mutants. Given that, under their standards, the vast majority of the irradiated planet's surface-dwelling population would qualify as a dangerous mutant, including most of the good guys, this is obviously not a fun plan. Subverted by President Tandi and Kimball of the NCR, though Kimball is a jingoistic imperialist.
  • Andrew Ryan of BioShock is the president/founder/king of Rapture.
  • Subverted with Final Fantasy VIII, Vinzer Deling, president of the (mostly portrayed as) antagonistic Galbadian nation is made out to be the Big bad when the plot kicks off, only to be killed very early on by his Dragon, Edea.
  • Karasov in Republic: The Revolution. He rules Novastrana with an iron fist, siphons money from the national stock exchange, uses his political and military power to imprison and/or murder his enemies, is above the law and he damn well knows it. Until the man whose parents he arrested ten years ago comes back to lead a revolt.
  • The Purple Tentacle from Day Of The Tentacle manages to become POTUS and then enslave all the humanity.
  • In Saints Row IV, The Boss has gone from criminal kingpin/mass murderer to the President of the United States. More impressive is the fact that The Boss might not even be American (either being British or French). It's implied that they're less sociopathic as a president than as a gang leader, though, at least if their only presidential initiative shown (either "Fuck Cancer" or solving world hunger depending on what the player chooses) is any indication.
  • Ace Attorney Investigations 2 has Teikun O, the president of the Republic of Zheng-Fa, a Dirty Coward who orchestrated a fake assassination attempt on himself in a futile attempt to salvage his waning popularity. Then, much later in the game, we learn that he's actually a body double who pulled a Kill and Replace on the real president and took over the country, and was planning to kill several others to cover it up. Of course, by the time you find that out, someone else already killed him. He will not be missed.
  • In the Choice of Games trilogy consisting of Heroes Rise, The Hero Project and HeroFall, the latter two games features President Victon (he is the mayor of Millennium City in the first game), who gets himself elected on the platform of Powered regulation and the support of the rapidly-rising Meek movement (as in, "the meek shall inherit the Earth"). Once in power, he proceeds to force all Infini-Powered heroes to submit to Power Nullifier treatments and works with the Meek to develop a device that will permanently de-Power everyone. Oh, and he also orders public executions of the Powered criminals he deems too dangerous to rehabilitate. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. He is perfectly willing to risk the lives of millions of people for political purposes, gets the Player Character's parents framed for murder, works with a cabal to get an Infini-Powered ex-criminal to lose control of his powers on live TV, among many other crimes.
  • President Walter Sheridan is implied to be this in Video Game/XIII in the game's cliffhanger ending, making him the leader of the conspiracy within the U.S. government that saw the murder of his own brother to secure his own ascension to the Presidency. We may never know for sure as the sequel never came to be.
  • U.S. President Noah Grace is this in the Video Game/Resistance series, having established a totalitarian regime over the United States in an alternate history where he unseats FDR and suppresses freedom of speech and of the press nationwide. On top of that, he must defend the U.S. from the alien Chimera who have overrun the rest of the world abroad. Although fully committed to defending his nation and even committing troops to a ruined Western Europe, he was willing to go so far as to negotiate a surrender of the rest of the world's nations with the alien species in order to secure only America's safety.
  • David Jefferson Adams in Shattered Union, who after being elected President of the United States proves extraordinarily corrupt as his first term is defined by martial law, domestic terrorism, a suppression of civil liberties, and open violation of the Constitution as the government effectively rigs the next election in favor of Adams. His false victory is met with open outrage by the American public, and ultimately a foreign conspiracy to cripple the U.S. takes advantage of the political tensions sowed by Adams to destroy the federal government; a subsequent nuclear attack leaves Adams dead and paves the way for the splintering of the continental United States through the secessionist sentiment provoked by his rule.

  • Subverted in this Sluggy Freelance strip, where the president who's secretly a centuries old wizard who enslaved people's souls isn't actually that bad.
    President Kesandru: Living hundreds of years changes you. I used to toy with people, destroy people, all with the selfish goal of untold wealth and power. Now I want to help people, to make up for past deeds. Take steps to make this a better place for everyone ... while still attaining untold wealth and power.
    Torg: Politics. It's like having evil cake and eating it too!
  • In Narbonic, it is revealed that Mell's future self becomes President in the comic's Bad Future. She did this so that she could send a message to the past explaining how to avert the future. The process of sending the message to the past physically destroys her world in the process, much to her glee.
  • The Japanese Beetle featured an evil android named Hypnotron whose Compelling Voice fueled a villain-organized run for the Presidency, but ultimately failed because, as a newly-built android, he's too young to legally be President. A later storyline had him succeed in disguising himself as George W. Bush and taking over America, using his powers to alter the world in subtle ways until a few heroes and villains catch on and fight back.
  • Zexion was elected governor of Pennsylvania in Ansem Retort. So far, he's stolen tax dollars to finance his best friend's wedding (just to prove he can) and invaded New Jersey. (Granted, he's only a lesser office, not President. Yet.)
    • In a more recent season, he sold New Mexico back to Mexico for the right of all US citizens to have sexy Latino names. His is Guillermo del Zexiero lo Marquis.
  • Homestuck has Violent Jay and Shaggy 2 Dope elected co-presidents of the United States. They promptly use their power for evil.
  • In Precocious Dionne makes a campaign platform out of promising to be one of these when running for class president.
    "Those who support me will be exalted. Those who do not will be destroyed. The minority is irrelevant. They have no voice. I can and will take from them and give to the strong. It's majority rule!"

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  • Baron Ünderbheit, a Captain Ersatz for Doctor Doom in The Venture Bros., rules over the Barony of Ünderland, which is apparently located adjacent to Michigan.
  • Parodied in an episode of Futurama, in which it is mentioned that during the 27th century, a supervillain was elected governor of New York. During his term, he stole all the major world monuments and put his face on Mount Rushmore (which he also stole).
    • And more "currently" on the show, there's Earth President Richard M. Nixon's Head, who needs no explanation to people familiar with actual American history.
    • In the same episode where Nixon gets elected, there's a side discussion about the first robot president, John Quincy Adding Machine, who "struck a chord with the voters when he pledged not to go on a killing spree." "But, like most politicians, he promised more than he could deliver. "
    • A Lincoln-style monument depicts a president (in the sixties I think) who was apparently a brutal alien warlord. His chair is surrounded by a pile of human skulls. The people of Earth apparently do not care who they elect.
      • What does this have to do with "people"?
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, student council president Jimmy McGarfield revealed at the end of his debut appearance that he was in allegiance with the adults instead of the kids. At the end of his next appearance, he was sent to prison, leaving Numbuh 1 confident that he would take his place, only to find out that the Delightful Children From Down the Lane had in fact bought the election and become president(s) themselves.
  • The text above warned you not to confuse this trope with the moment in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy where Mandy plays a video game titled President Evil, but in fact, it DOES features evil presidents. Zombified evil presidents.
  • Technically only Governor Evil, but when Nathan Explosion was elected governor of Florida in Metalocalypse, Florida ended up decimated and abandoned due to his rampant disregard for life. Crime was up, the economy was in the tank, etc. He did try to help Florida by putting on a concert, but that ended up summoning a hurricane. The funniest part? He's still regarded as the greatest governor Florida ever had.
  • Not technically president, but "his dishonor" the Mayor from Action League Now can qualify for this. He does everything from kidnapping children, stealing priceless artwork, melting his chief nuclear safety adviser, causing massive train wrecks (he wanted the insurance money), unleashing ancient mummy curses, taking out NFL quarterbacks, and trying to blow up Washington D.C., all complete with a huge grin on his face, and evil pointed eyebrows. But despite all his acts of villainy, he's never removed from office.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The aliens Kang and Kodos impersonate Bill Clinton and Bob Dole during the 1996 election, figuring one of them would be elected. When Homer reveals the truth, the aliens claim that American citizens have to vote for one of them anyway and voting for a third party would be pointless. The ending of the episode shows that Kang has been elected President, and he proceeds to enslave humanity and forcing them to build monuments. Homer claims it's not his fault, as he voted for Kodos.
    • The episode "Sideshow Bob Roberts" had Sideshow Bob running for mayor of Springfield. His campaign discredits Quimby by saying that Quimby released the three-times attempted murderer Sideshow Bob.
  • Justice League had an alternate reality where the president of the US was Lex Luthor. But it may be up to discussion who was the real president evil there, if Lex Luthor, or the Justice League that made a coup d'état and killed him in the process. It may be an alternate universe, it may be Lex Luthor the one voted by the people, but it's still America! In the mainstream universe, the Question tries to kill Luthor to prevent him from becoming president evil too. Luthor then pummels the Question with his new superpowers. He remarks that becoming president would cause him to lose power. He freely admits that he ran a fake campaign "just to tick Superman off."
  • The Lego Movie: Lord/President Business combines this with Corrupt Corporate Executive.

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