->''"Now that brings me to the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem Liberal Party.]] During the last few days, I gather that there have been some ill-natured jokes about [[AnimalMotifs their new symbol]], a bird... Politics is a SeriousBusiness, and one should not lower the tone unduly, so I will say only this of the Liberal Democrats' new symbol and the party it symbolizes: [[Creator/MontyPython This is an ex-parrot...]] AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher''', Conservative Party Conference, 1990[[note]]She actually knew next to nothing about the sketch, didn't find it funny when it was shown to her and, before making that speech, asked "This Monty Python - is he one of us?" Also, the [[Creator/JohnCleese man who actually first uttered the line "This is an ex-parrot"]] has actually been one of the most prominent confirmed supporters of the Liberal Democrats more or less since their foundation. But it is a nice quote.[[/note]]

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* US Democrat and former US Vice President UsefulNotes/AlGore is a member of the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3k Information Club]]. He is also an avowed fan of Music/FrankZappa, stating so on the congressional record during the PMRC hearings, and a clip of the statement was used by Zappa himself in an audio collage on the hearings, available on ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention''. Gore also had a couple of guest appearances on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Although how much of that is nerdity and how much is the fact that his daughter is one of the writers is uncertain. But he did include a clip of ''Futurama'' in his environmental and Academy Award winning documentary ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth''.
* US Democrat and senator of Vermont Patrick Leahy is a huge ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fan. In fact, at his own request, he lent his voice to an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and had a cameo in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight, and Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w96uPYrkAE#t=0m36s (here he is in TDK)]]. He gets props for donating the money he earned from those gigs to the Montpellier public library.
* US Democratic politician, former Senator of Minnesota and former US Vice President Walter Mondale is a fan of ''Creator/MontyPython''.
* US Democrat and Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado not only fought SOPA / Protect IP, but is an avid ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' player who [[http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?p=19572246#post19572246 posts on the official forums]]. (He claims he's partial to Anivia and Maokai, for those who are curious.)
* Former US Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has [[http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/08/did_herman_cain_know_he_was_qu.html quoted]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon 2000}}'' in debates and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jV_11_q6Hc and his announcement of dropping out of the campaign]] (where he did actually mention it was from ''Pokémon''), and his 9-9-9 plan [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/13/herman-cain-999-sim-city_n_1008952.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false may have been inspired by]] ''VideoGame/SimCity''. Whether he's a nerd or just has a nerd in the family he's soaked this stuff in from is uncertain, however, and an interview where he seemed to say that Superman used Kryptonite like Batman used gadgets would make the latter seem more probable.
* Canadian social democratic politician Jack Layton, once the former leader of the Canadian Official Opposition, as well as his wife and fellow member of parliament Olivia Chow, were both Trekkies. [[http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2009/05/where-no-ndp-leader-has-gone-before.html Yes, that is indeed him at a Trekkie convention. In a custom-tailored Starfleet uniform.]]
* The First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond, a self-described Star Trek "obsessive," was awarded an honourary membership of the Starfleet fan organisation in 2010.
* Former U.S. Speaker of the House UsefulNotes/NewtGingrich, arch-conservative Republican politician, activist, pundit, and Presidential candidate, spends much of his free time [[http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/004/232ydhpo.asp reading spy novels and reviewing them on Amazon]]. A somewhat tame example, but a lot more than you'd expect from a 67-year-old Southerner. And never let it be said that his reviews are half-assed; at one point, he was an [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Amazon Top 500 Reviewer]].
** In addition to reviewing books, he also writes them. Not just the typical political punditry books, either, but best-selling [[http://www.amazon.com/Gettysburg-Novel-Civil-Newt-Gingrich/dp/0312987250/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4 Civil War]] AlternateHistory novels. It's about as close to FanFiction as can be without quite going over.
** He is obsessed with dinosaurs. During his campaign for the Republican nomination for president in the 2012 election, he said that those who would benefit from his policies were "people who like dinosaurs." [[http://gawker.com/5770683/newt-gingrich-reminisces-about-his-fake-loaned-t+rex-skull There was a cast was made from a T-Rex skull from the Smithsonian mounted in his office during his time as Speaker of the House.]]
** Newt is also known to be a huge Franchise/StarWars and sci-fi buff. So much so that when the History Channel did a documentary about the literary and mythical themes of Star Wars, Newt was one of the {{BigNameFan}}s who appeared throughout the documentary giving commentary about his favorite aspects of the saga. He also made the comment that ''"Star Wars proves that there is real evil in the world and that it can be defeated"'', which you can either consider to be funny, ironic, hypocritical or a tad disturbing.
* In 2012, the German Pirate Party experienced a huge wave of popularity and won seats in several state parliamants. Started as a protest movement against outdated copyright laws and inadequate handling of information technology by politics, it consists of a great number of young academics and engineers, making it the quintessential Nerd Party. Which is not helped at all by the fact that one of its most prominent members, Christopher Lauer, is a highly gifted physicist and historian of science and technology who is affected by [=ADD=]. But there's a good chance that he's invited to talk shows and interviews because of that fact.
** Their Berlin faction also has [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12/berlin-parliaments-pirate-party-calls.html Ponytime]].
* A 2012 candidate for the Maine state senate [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mHsdFijn3Bc was actually attacked]] [[NewMediaAreEvil by her opponent for playing]] VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft. When she won, she promptly linked to a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHsdFijn3Bc familiar theme]] on her Facebook page.
* In Britain, Labour MP Tom Watson is a huge fan of video games, like Batman Arkham City and Halo. He's also a fan of Creator/MarkHamill.
* US Republican Congressman and former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is well known to be a huge nerd. He's an eager policy wonk who geeks out about policy details relating to the mathematics of the federal deficit and other issues, making him one of the best known math geeks in Congress. He is also on record calling ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' his favorite movie, and Music/{{Radiohead}} as his favorite band.
* US Republican and Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R) is an obsessive fan of Music/BruceSpringsteen. Like world's biggest fan level of obsessive. Since the two of them have opposite politics (Springsteen is a well-known liberal Democrat, and was a prominent supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 run), all of Christie's attempts to reach out to the Boss have sunk like a lead balloon. At least until Hurricane Sandy, when Springsteen gave a few shoutouts to the Governor for his efforts to get assistance for the devastated Jersey Shore.[[note]]This did show a degree of political courage on Christie's part--the national Republican Party at that time wasn't too keen on providing that assistance, and Christie, who clearly had his eyes on the 2016 presidential nomination already (and hadn't been fatally undermined by "Bridgegate" yet), was putting himself at risk of validating right-wing accusations of being a RINO by asking for federal appropriations.[[/note]] Reports have it that the squeeing could be heard from New York to Baltimore.
* In 2003, San Jose publication The Wave administered the [[Film/BladeRunner Voight-Kampff test]] [[http://www.onlisareinsradar.com/archives/001698.php on San Francisco's current Mayoral candidates]]. Generally, the candidates were confused but willing to go along with it... Only US Democratic politician and gay rights activist Tom Ammiano actually recognized it as being from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* Libertarian leaning Republican congressman Ron Paul has compared neo-conservatives to Orcs for their aggressive foreign policy. He has also made references to a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic book where Batman rescues the work of von Mises from the Nazis.
** And according to ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' he has a zeppelin that he uses to duel with Creator/CoryDoctorow and can [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} evolve]] into [[{{Tron}} Tron Paul]] -- [[http://xkcd.com/497/ complete with light cycle.]]
* Rick Snyder, US Republican and governor of Michigan, is a huge fan of ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Series/MythBusters'', ''Series/GoodEats'', and classic rock. He even calls himself a nerd in his own campaign tagline. With a resume like that, he naturally won the election.
* US Republican politician and Governor of Utah John Huntsman is a fan of Music/CaptainBeefheart.
* British Conservative MP Mike Weatherley is a ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' player, as best shown when [[http://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2014/jul/24/thieves-world-warcraft-real-prisons-tory-mike-weatherley?CMP=fb_gu he sparked a debate about whether the theft of in-game items, paid for with real money, counted as an actual crime]].
* US Republican and Senator of Alaska Ted Stevens was known to be a huge comic book nerd and often wore a Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk tie on the Senate floor.
* Chuck Grassley, Republican Senator from Iowa, is a Japonophile who used GratuitousJapanese to imply that the people responsible for the mortgage crisis should [[SuicideIsPainless take the honourable samurai way out.]]
* US Republican, Senator of Arizona and former presidential candidate John [=McCain=] is a fan of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' and appeared in an uncredited split-second cameo as a CTU suit. He's also said on-record that his favorite superhero is Franchise/{{Batman}}. In a speech on the floor of the Senate, [=McCain=] used a rather stiff reference to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' to criticize some fellow Republicans for, as he saw it, playing at being heroes. The kicker was when one that he named, former Senate candidate Sharon Angle, responded in kind and took being called a Hobbit as a badge of honor. His favorite movie is ''Film/VivaZapata'', because, as he told it: "It's a heroic tale of a person who sacrificed everything for what he believed in and there's some of the most moving scenes in that movie that I've ever seen."
** Both [=McCain=] as well as former Secretary of State Colin Powell are proud fans of Music/{{Abba}}.
* US Democrat politician Alan Grayson, in reference to Dick Cheney, [[http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/12/grayson-to-cheney-stfu.php recently said]] "On the Internet there's an acronym that's used to apply to situations like this. It's called STFU." He recently [[http://www.bigshinyrobot.com/reviews/archives/29059 sent out a fundraising email]] based entirely around how the recent ''Film/GreenLantern'' film could have been better if it had included an iconic exchange from the Dennis O'Neil/Neal Adams run on the comic.
* It's probably not surprising that Edward Snowden (the man who leaked the NSA documents detailing American intelligence data collection) is a computer geek, given his profession. It's perhaps more notable that he is a serious fan of [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/us/for-snowden-a-life-of-ambition-despite-the-drifting.html?hp anime and role-playing video games]].
* Italian politician and novelist Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli, best known for ''Literature/ThePrince'', used to [[{{Cosplay}} dress up in a toga]] and pretend to be a Roman, imagining himself in the Roman Senate and other surprisingly nerdy things for a man with a MagnificentBastard reputation.
* Nazi propagandist UsefulNotes/JosephGoebbels was a huge film fan and especially liked ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' and Disney's ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. It has been said that Hitler himself also liked Disney cartoons and some supposedly hand drawn drawings of Disney characters by Hitler have surfaced, but their authenticity has not been confirmed. Also all American movies were banned in Nazi occupied Europe after the war started, so politics and ideology still came before everything else. Hitler and Goebbels' fondness for ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' can be easily explained though: it was a fairy tale that the German Creator/TheBrothersGrimm had collected.
* Former ([[DirtyOldMan due to a very unfortunate incident]]) [=IMF=] Chairman Dominique Strauss Kahn is a [[SmartPeoplePlayChess champion chess player]] and he owns an iPad. [[RunningGag Which he uses mostly to play chess]].
** In a 1992 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' British Conservative Party politician Norman Tebbit choose music by Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky, Music/GiuseppeVerdi, Music/GustavHolst, Creator/AndrewLloydWebber, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven and Music/FrankSinatra as his favorites. He was also, despite being mercilessly mocked on the show, a fan of ''Series/SpittingImage''.
*** Two other British politicians who liked ''Series/SpittingImage'' despite being regular [[ButtMonkey targets in the program]] were Labour politician Roy Hattersley and British Conservative Party politician Edwina Currie, who was Minister of Health (1986-1988) under Thatcher. They both appeared in a lot of interviews and documentaries about the show. Hattersley grow very fond of his puppet, despite being portrayed of having a mouth like a birdbath. In Currie's case her love for the show is understandable. Her portrayal as an evil vampire actually made her more notable to the British public. Also bear in mind that many high profile celebrities, including the British Royal Family and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, absolutely despised the show, so Tebbit, Hattersley and Currie at least showed some sense of comedy.
* Curitiba City Hall often makes references to movies, video games and cartoons when posting news on its [[https://www.facebook.com/PrefsCuritiba Facebook page]].
* Both former US Secretary of State UsefulNotes/HenryKissinger and former US President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord and his wife Betty once appeared as a special guest in a 1983 episode of ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''.
* British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock appeared in a music video by comedienne Tracey Ullman: "My Guy's Mad At Me". During a 1998 broadcast of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' he named Music/GiuseppeVerdi, Georges Bizet, Music/JohannesBrahms, Music/SimonAndGarfunkel, Music/JohnLennon and Dory Previn among his favorite music.
* US Republican politician and former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney cited ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' as his two favorite movies of all time on his Facebook page.
* US Republican politician and former Vice President UsefulNotes/DanQuayle named ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' his favorite movie, because "it reminded me of my time in school." Which is a strange thing to say considering Ferris actually skips school for most of the story.
* US Republican politician and Senator of Pennsylvania Rick Santorum favors ''Film/FieldOfDreams'' as his favorite picture.
* Flamboyant mayor of London Boris Johnson was a guest in a 2006 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' where he choose music by Music/TheBeatles, Music/BookerTAndTheMGs, Music/JohannSebastianBach, Music/TheRollingStones, Music/JohannesBrahms, Music/VanMorrison, Music/TheClash and Music/LudwigVanBeethoven as his favorites to take with him to a deserted island.
* Former British Conservative Party leader William Hague guest starred on a 2001 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' where he choose music by Music/FryderykChopin, Music/EdwardElgar, Bryn Terfel, Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Scott Hamilton, Gene Harris, Walking Tim and Music/FrankSinatra as his favorite records.
* In a 1971 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' British politician Glenda Jackson choose music by Music/JohannSebastianBach, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Music/IgorStravinsky, Music/AntoninDvorak, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Music/EllaFitzgerald and Music/DmitriShostakovich, with her favorite book "Persuasion" by Creator/JaneAusten. She appeared again on the show in 1998 when she choose music by Music/IkeAndTinaTurner, Music/IgorStravinsky, Music/ElvisPresley, Music/JohnAdams, Music/DmitriShostakovich, Music/BenjaminBritten, Music/StevieWonder and Michael Tippett as her favorite records.
* In a 1989 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' controversial British Conservative Party politician Enoch Powell, known for his 1968 anti-immigrational "Rivers of Blood" speech choose music by Music/JosephHaydn, three pieces by Music/LudwigVanBeethoven and four pieces by Music/RichardWagner.
* Labour politician Tony Benn choose music by Music/RalphVaughanWilliams, Music/JohannSebastianBach, Flanders & Swann, Music/FelixMendelssohn, Music/JoanBaez, Mahalia Jackson, Roy Bailey, Stephen Benn in a 1989 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' and "Das Kapital" by Creator/KarlMarx as his favorite book.
* US Republican politician Rudolph Giuliani, who famously was major of New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, regularly appeared on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' playing a cab driver complaining about New York and uttering the line "Friggin' Giuliani". He seems to like TV shows, as he played himself in episodes of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', ''Series/MadAboutYou'', ''Dellaventura'', ''Eddie'', ''Cosby'', "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child", ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and ''Hannity''. Together with UsefulNotes/TonyBlair he is thus far the only politician to ever accept a guest spot on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', more specifically in the episode "Stop Or My Dog Will Shoot". He is also a big fan of {{Opera}} [[http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/rudolph-giuliani-opera-lover/]]. Giuliani also played himself in comedy movies like ''Film/AngerManagement'' (2003). He also once performed in drag as Creator/MarilynMonroe at the Inner Circle dinner on March 8, 1997. Alongside actress Creator/JulieAndrews. We are NOT making this up: [[http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18108978/ns/politics-decision_08/t/rudy-giuliani-dress-will-voters-care/#.VXZdbEZ5WM8]]
* French far right politician Jean-Marie [=LePen=] reportedly loved the comic strip "Super Dupond" by Jacques Lob, Creator/{{Gotlib}}, Alexis and Jean Solé. The series is about a stereotypical chauvinist and xenophobic FrenchJerk fighting for everything French. [[MisaimedFandom [=LePen=] clearly didn't understand]] the comic strip was meant to be a {{Satire}} of such people. Disgusted by his approval the creators eventually terminated the series.
* Senator Scott Ludlam, deputy leader of the Australian Greens, plays role-playing games, board games, and video games, and participated in a live D&D session at PAX Australia 2015 (he brought his own dice).
* Texas Senator and 2016 Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is a movie buff who's favorite movie is ThePrincessBride, which he quotes a lot. In addition, he is a huge Star Wars fan and has admitted that he cried during an emotional scene in ''The Force Awakens''. He's also a fan of HouseOfCards and does [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K0sRkvX4KE voice impressions]].
** In Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings for appointment to the Supreme Court, [[https://twitter.com/Yair_Rosenberg/status/844287946631065601 Senator Cruz asked Judge Gorsuch]] for "the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything". [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Gorsuch correctly answered, "42."]]
* A photo surfaced of 2016 Presidential candidiate UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton [[http://www.vox.com/2015/4/20/8459219/hillary-clinton-gameboy playing a Game Boy in 1993]], which she said she'd become addicted to [[TearJerker when dealing with the death of her father]]. On the 2016 campaign trail, [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hillary-clinton-trump-headlines-make-me-want-to-watch-cat-videos/ she said she liked to watch cat GIFs]].
* President Trump's Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, is a genuine anime ''otaku'', and even cosplayer, and regularly attended anime conventions.
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[[folder:Prime Ministers]]
* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite movie was ''Film/ThatHamiltonWoman''.
* British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/HaroldMacmillan was a ComicBook/{{Tintin}} fan.
* In a 1988 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/EdwardHeath choose music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Music/FranzSchubert, Richard Strauss, "If I Were A Rich Man" from ''Film/FiddlerOnTheRoof'', Music/EdwardElgar, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Music/AntoninDvorak and Music/FelixMendelssohn and a book about impressionist painters to take with him to a deserted island.
* In a 1987 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' British PM UsefulNotes/JamesCallaghan choose Fats Waller, Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Music/FryderykChopin, Creator/BobNewhart, Hubert Parry, Joseph Canteloube, Music/JohannSebastianBach as his favorite music and ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' by Creator/LeoTolstoy as his favorite novel to take with him to a deserted island.
* As the above quote already explained, UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher wasn't a fan of Creator/MontyPython. But she did enjoy ''Series/YesMinister'' and ''Series/YesPrimeMinister'' so much that she actually wrote a sketch for herself and the two main actors Paul Eddington (Jim Hacker) and Nigel Hawthorne (Sir Humphrey) to perform during a meeting. Also note that not everybody who worked on that show liked the association with Thatcher. One of the writers Jonathan Lynn said afterwards: "We would congratulate the prime minister on taking her rightful place in the field of situation comedy." In a 1978 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'', a year before she became PM, Thatcher choose music by Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Music/AntoninDvorak, Music/GiuseppeVerdi, Bob Newhart, Irene Dunne, Music/FelixMendelssohn, Saint-Preux and Pietro Mascagni.
* When UsefulNotes/JohnMajor guest starred on ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' in 1992 he choose music by Music/GeorgeGershwin, June Bronhill, Music/TheSupremes, Gaetano Donizetti, a performance of Popper by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, John Arlott, Music/EdwardElgar and Music/FrankSinatra in duet with Music/CountBasie as his favorite.
* UsefulNotes/TonyBlair was part of a student rock band, Ugly Rumors, during his youth making him thus far the only British Prime Minister with a rock 'n' roll background. He is also a fan of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and managed to voice himself in the episode ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E4TheReginaMonologues The Regina Monologues]]'', making him also one of the few politicians along with Rudolph Giuliani, to land a guest spot on this show. He also described ''Series/CoronationStreet'' as "one of his favorite programmes", though his late mother-in-law Pat Phoenix played the character Elsie Tanner on the show so it's not that surprising. In a 1996 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' he choose music by Ezio, Music/ClaudeDebussy, Music/TheBeatles, Music/BruceSpringsteen, Music/SamuelBarber, Music/RobertJohnson, Music/{{Free}} and Music/JohnWilliams as his favorites to bring with him to a deserted island. As his favorite novel he choose ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' and as his luxury item a guitar.
* When UsefulNotes/GordonBrown was a guest in ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' in 1996 he choose music by John Goss & Edward Caswall, Music/JohannSebastianBach, Music/TheBeatles, Kenna Campbell, Runrig, George Fenton & Jonas Gwangwa, Music/KirstyMacColl and a rendition of "Jerusalem" by Hubert Parry as his favorite music.
* British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/DavidCameron is a big fan of ''Series/{{Spooks}}''. In a 2006 episode of ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' he choose music by Creator/BennyHill, Music/BobDylan, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/{{Radiohead}}, Music/FelixMendelssohn, Music/TheSmiths, Music/{{REM}} and Music/TheKillers as his favorites to take with him to a deserted island.
* Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime minister of Norway and incumbent secretary general of NATO, is a gamer. He specifically likes games like ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' and ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' because it involves building a society. It also involves killing lots of people. Should the Finns and the Swedes be watching their borders?
* Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is a fan of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' - due to the circumstances of her removal from office, there were jokes going around about her re-enacting it in the workplace.
* Taro Aso, former Prime Minister of Japan, is a fan of ''RozenMaiden''. Otaku have nicknamed him "Rozen Aso" and claim him as one of their own, and this is referenced in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''.
** His opponent and successor at the post, Yukio Hatoyama, [[http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2009/09/25/pm-hatoyama-huge-fan-of-ecchi-manga/ reportedly is quite the fan of manga and anime]], mentioning ''Manga/{{Is}}'' as a personal favorite.
** During Takaaki Mitsuhashi's 2010 campaign for the House of Councillors, he cosplayed as Gendo Ikari.
** Junichiro Koizumi is a huge Music/ElvisPresley and Music/XJapan fanboy, to the degree of using "Forever Love" as background music for several political campaign ads for the Liberal Democratic Party during the 2001 elections.
*** And now [[Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi he saves the world with MAHJONG!]]
*** He also voiced Ultraman King in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' movie ''Series/UltraGalaxyMegaMonsterBattle''. His son and successor of his position in the LDP, Shinjiro Koizumi also count, as he was the one who convinced his father to do the voicing. That is one awesome father-son combination.
** Shinzo Abe invokes the trope in the promotional video for [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames the Tokyo 2020 Olympics]] at the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremonies, which includes a stick where he's stuck in traffic at the Shibuya scramble crossing and realizes he won't be able to get to Rio in time... but solves it by [[spoiler:turning himself into [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] (complete with [[OneOfUs accurate sound effects]]), building a Warp Pipe in the middle of the crossing and using a [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 Spin Drill]] to ''burrow through the earth's core'' so he can get to Maracanã Stadium]]... and making his entrance [[spoiler:through the Warp Pipe exit installed in the middle of the stadium, [[TheComicallySerious still wearing Mario's hat]].]] It's both [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments awesome]] [[CrazyAwesome and]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious.]]
** Considering the Japanese as a whole, it's likely that most positions in the government are filled with otaku of one level or another.
* Canada's former Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shown his side for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCbVw03zEyU singing and playing the piano.]] He's also a Trekkie.
** A fair bit of that public display of artistry was done in response to Mr. Harper's public defamatory statements about Canadian artists during the 2008 campaign. In other words, he's trying his best to look like OneOfUs.
* Canada's newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a Film/StarWars fan and [[http://www.dianatamblyn.com/2012/10/justin-trudeau-comic-geek-future.html even went to the Montreal Comic-Con once with his kids]].
** He has listed the Lord of the Rings as one of the books he reads frequently. And after being elected, [[http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trick-trudeau-halloween-1.3298754 he went trick or treating on Halloween as Han Solo in his Hoth jacket (he is Canadian, it's the most accurate) while his wife went as Leia]]
* Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene collected political cartoons which depicted him. He even used them as illustrations in his memoires.
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[[folder:Presidents]]
* UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar wrote fan fiction about Hercules (the Superman of his day) in his youth.
* UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle:
** ''My only international rival is ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''.
** Albert Uderzo and Creator/ReneGoscinny of ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' once heard that De Gaulle had named all the members of his cabinet after Asterix characters during a meeting. They had heard this first hand from one of the politicians. Later however the minister in question denied the story in the strongest possible terms.
* Chinese President UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek became a ComicBook/{{Tintin}} fan after he read ''[[Recap/TintinTheBlueLotus The Blue Lotus]]'' and was inspired by Hergé's stance against the Japanese occupation of China in the 1930s in this story. He invited Creator/{{Herge}} to visit China, but the artist only managed to get there after Chiang Kai Shek had already passed away.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and most Nazi members were obsessed with the music of Music/RichardWagner. They watched all his operas and enjoyed the German folkloric themes in the stories. That Wagner himself was an antisemite might have also contributed to this fandom. Tragically, playing Wagner now has [[MusicToInvadePolandTo unfortunate implications]], owing to the Nazi Party's love for his work.
** Hitler also enjoyed watching movies. His favourite films were ''Film/KingKong1933'' and ''Film/LivesOfABengalLancer'', which involves a handful of white people defeating hordes of Bengalis and upholding imperial rule. [[SarcasmMode Apparently he liked it for the soundtrack...]]
** As most Germans of his age he was also a huge fan of Creator/KarlMay. He enjoyed his CowboysAndIndians stories and read them whenever he felt despair. He even recommended the books to his military staff and praised May's "tactical finesse and circumspection". Ironically enough, most of May's stories feature pacifist messages and preach racial tolerance, something that Hitler obviously ignored in his policies.
* Kim Jong Il, dictator of North Korea, was a huge film fan and had a collection of thousands and thousands of movies. He loved films starring Creator/ElizabethTaylor and enjoyed the ''Film/JamesBond'' and ''WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck'' franchise. The only Bond film he didn't like was (surprise, surprise) ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' (where North Korean terrorists are the villains).
** The tyrant was also a huge fan of Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. So much even that he ordered the kidnapping of a South Korean director to direct a ripoff of Godzilla.
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