President Superhero

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President Kalel, uh, I mean Calvin Ellis.

A President (or otherwise Chief of State) of a sovereign country (most likely the good ol' US of A) who happens to have superpowers — and does use them for heroics as a side job. Or who, alternatively, fights crime in a Batman-like fashion. Quite often a result of Asskicking Equals Authority (and sometimes of the opposite).

If it's a supervillain who rules a country, see President Evil.

Sub-Trope of Action Politician. Compare God-Emperor, Sorcerous Overlord, Benevolent Mage Ruler and Emperor Scientist.

See also Royalty Superpower; unlike a monarch, the presidential superhero will generally not try to legitimise his rule by virtue of his powers.

Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Fuhrer President of Amestris, "King" Bradley, is a Lightning Bruiser who still punishes crime by himself, even when he's got an eyepatch and pushing past middle age. Even when his army is made up of State Alchemists with elemental powers, he still surpasses them easily with little more than super-speed, super-strength, and his sword. As it turns out, he's actually an artificial homunculus bred for being the leader of the country, hence his superhuman attributes and all-seeing eye beneath his patch. And he's also evil.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman:
    • The concept of Supes possibly being president goes back to the Silver Age, when Jimmy Olsen had a dream about it. Some aspects of it are examined as to how Superman being the president would be different; for instance, the splash panel shows an emergency situation. President Superman tells the Secret Service men to get behind him. Also, at the end, when the possibility is mentioned in some way to the Man of Steel, Supes points out that he couldn't be president as the U.S. president has to be a native, and he wasn't born in the United States.
    • Happened with the "main" reality's Superman, in one of the Armageddon 2001 possible futures explored by Waverider.note  And as if being Supes and Prez weren't enough, he also ends up with a Green Lantern ring. He resists and manages not to get Drunk with Power.
    • In Earth-23 of the post-52 multiverse, Superman is President of the USA in his secret identity. Also, he's black.
    • In the Elseworlds story Superman: Red Son (later Earth-30 of the post-52 multiverse), the Soviet-raised Superman becomes Premier of the Soviet Union after the death of Stalin. He uses his powers to both fight crime and improve the living standard of every citizen in the expanding Soviet state, but also eliminates all free will.
  • Captain America:
    • Near the end of the Ultimate Marvel line, Captain America was elected to the presidency of the United States, and apparently did a very good job.
    • One of Marvel's What If? titles explores what would have happened if Captain America were elected President.
  • In The New Universe, an attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan fails because The White Event has given him regenerative powers.
  • In the original Squadron Supreme Kyle Richmond is the President while also secretly being the Batman expy Nighthawk.
  • Black Panther: Black Panther is the state leader of the fictional country of Wakanda in Africa. He's a genius inventor and mechanic, is knowledgeable with his tribe's mystcism, and he kicks ass as a side job.
  • Principal Cranston of PS238 used to be POTUS for a short time, having used his psychic powers to get there.
  • In Civil War II #0, James Rhodes meets with the President for what he thinks is a standard briefing, but which turns out to be an appeal for Rhodey to hang up the War Machine suit and run for President himself, in order to head off a rumored campaign by Tony Stark.
  • One Marvel Comics one-shot story had The Mighty Thor as President. He agreed to let the Skrulls give everybody on Earth superpowers, which turned out to be a planetwide poisoning plot (Ben Grimm, who'd gotten rid of his powers and didn't want new ones, ended up as the only human able to fight back as a Badass Normal).

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    Live-Action TV 
  • In an alternate future of Heroes, Nathan Petrelli (who can fly) has been elected President. He uses his Presidential powers to round up all the other people with powers and get rid of them.
  • The X-Presidents from Saturday Night Live. Hey, a President who has left office is customarily called "President" forever, so they do count.

    Video Games 
  • Played With in Saints Row IV: The series' protagonist, the Boss, is elected to the U.S. presidency after the prologue and technically remains the President throughout the game (never mind that Earth is destroyed half-way through). Before that happens, however, the Boss gains superpowers... but only in the Simulation, where nobody recognizes them as the president. They eventually get superpowers in real world, too... but become the God-Emperor of the Universe almost immediately thereafter.
  • Metal Wolf Chaos: Michael Wilson, veteran of the Arizona Conflict and 47th President of the United States, has been deposed in a military coup by his running mate, Richard Hawk. Now, he must take up the guise of Metal Wolf and take back America city by city, armed only with his Mini-Mecha and the power of burning American freedom!
  • Mike Haggar's ending in Marvel VS Capcom 3 has him being president with Tony Stark aka Iron Man as his vice president.

    Webcomics 
  • League of Super Redundant Heroes: Mayor Kurgh is an alien warrior who actually conquered Shitropolis in an Alien Invasion, but has overall turned out to be a better mayor than the guy he replaced. One surmises a town with more supers per block than Marvel's New York City needs a super to run it properly.

    Web Original 
  • Parodied by Jib Jab with their video "He's Barack Obama", which makes fun of the nearly messianic view some had of President Obama when he came to office in 2009 by portraying him as a literal superhero who arrives to fix all of the United States' problems.

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