->''"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?" But it is a nice quote.[[/note]]

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[[folder:Regular politicians and government officials]]
* Former Vice President UsefulNotes/AlGore is a member of the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheatre3000 MST3k Information Club]].
** And 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''.
*** Oh, and he's also had a couple 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.
* Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont 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.
* American Democratic politician Walter Mondale is a fan of ''Creator/MontyPython''.
* Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado not only fought SOPA / Protect IP, but is an avid ''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 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.
* The late Jack Layton, 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 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 Newt Gingrich, arch-conservative 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?feature=player_embedded&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.
* Republican Congressman and 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.
** Ryan is also on record calling ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' his favorite movie, and Music/{{Radiohead}} as his favorite band.
* Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R) is an obsessive fan of BruceSpringsteen. Like world's biggest fan level of obsessive. Since the two of them have opposite politics, 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. 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 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]] complete with light cycle [[http://xkcd.com/497/ .]]
* Rick Snyder, Republican 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.
* American 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]].
* The late former Senator 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.]]
* Senator 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.
* 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 person who linked 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]].
* 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]].
* Interestingly enough, while the royals and most of the high official British politicians didn't like ''Series/SpittingImage'' at all the British Conservative politicians Edwina Currie and Norman Tebbitt did enjoy watching the show, even though their puppets were not all flattering portrayals of them. Labour politician Roy Hattersley also liked it, despite being portrayed having a mouth like a birdbath.
* Curitiba City Hall often makes references to movies, video games and cartoons when posting news on its [[https://www.facebook.com/PrefsCuritiba Facebook page]].
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[[folder:Prime Ministers]]
* 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 to perform during a meeting.
* UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's favorite movie was ''Film/ThatHamiltonWoman''.
* 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 ''{{Is}}'' as a personal favorite.
** During Takaaki Mitsuhashi's 2010 campaign for the House of Councillors, he cosplayed as Gendo Ikari.
** Junichiro Koizumi. 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 [[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.
** 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 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.
* British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/DavidCameron is a big fan of ''{{Spooks}}''.
* British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/HaroldMacmillan was a ComicBook/{{Tintin}} fan.
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[[folder:Presidents]]
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar 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.
* UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek became a ComicBook/{{Tintin}} fan after he read ''The Blue Lotus'' and was inspired by Hergé's stance against the Japanese occupation of China in the 1930s in this story. He invited Hergé 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 Godzilla-esque monster movie for him: ''Film/{{Pulgasari}}''.
** Kim Jong Il is also said to have been a huge fan of , Music/MichaelJackson, Music/BarbraStreisand and Music/ElvisPresley.
** His son and sucessor, Kim Jong Un, [[http://www.nesn.com/2011/12/kim-jong-ils-son-and-likely-successor-kim-jong-un-loves-michael-jordan-and-basketball.html is a huge fan of basketball, Michael Jordan, and a video gamer]]. [[FlatWhat What?]]
* UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein was a huge fan of ''Film/TheGodfather''. He enjoyed the message that "family comes before everything else." [[http://www.monitor.net/monitor/0304a/copyright/godfathersaddam.html]]
** Uday and Qusay Hussein were apparently such huge ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans that they based some of the helmets on Imperial helmets.
* Yugoslavian president UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito was a Creator/LaurelAndHardy fan and owned a 35mm copy of one of their films: ''"Busy Bodies"''.
** UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini was also a Creator/LaurelAndHardy fan. He particularly liked ''"The Devil's Brother"'' (also known as ''"Fra Diavolo"''), as it was set in Italy. Mussolini even met their producer Hal Roach in Hollywood .
* Lee Teng-Hui, the first native Taiwanese to become president of said country and later its first democratically-elected leader, is quite the "Japanophile", along with ''many'' men and women of his generation, having graduated with honors from Kyoto University and volunteered for the Japanese Army in 1944. Geekier, he's a known otaku and after his retirement, cosplayed as the hawkish principal (with a similar military background to his own) from ''Sakigake!! Otokojuku'' to promote Japanese cinema and the show.
** By the way, this was [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII one of many reasons]] why the Chinese and Taiwan mainlanders hated him.
* In a fan mail letter by [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Stan Laurel]] from August 1962 Laurel mentions that Tito, French president Vincent Auriol and Prince Harold of Denmark liked to watch Laurel & Hardy films, but expressed doubt if Hitler or Stalin ever saw them? (Note: Stalin did and he was a fan.)
* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin was a fan of Creator/JamesCagney, Creator/CharlieChaplin, Tarzan movies and Film/LaurelAndHardy. Despite seeing westerns as American propaganda he also enjoyed watching them. Yet, when he heard Creator/JohnWayne was a staunch anti-communist he planned to have him murdered. Nikita Khrushchev personally made sure that Stalin's daft order wasn't carried out. Khrushchev also told Creator/JohnWayne this when the politician visited the U.S.A. in 1959.
* UsefulNotes/LeonidBrezhnev was a huge fan of American Westerns. In particular, he loved ''Series/TheRifleman'' and met its star Chuck Connors on several occasions. During Brezhnev's 1973 visit to the US, Connors even presented the Premier with two Colt .45s he'd used on his show ''Branded''.
* UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev named his policy of letting Eastern European countries decide for themselves whether they wanted communism or democracy his ''My Way'' doctrine, after Music/FrankSinatra. This was an initiative suggested by his Minister of Foreign Affairs Eduard Shevernadze. [[http://io9.com/gorbachev-tried-to-get-george-bush-to-spoil-who-killed-1659756725 He also tried to get]] UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush to reveal [[Series/TwinPeaks who killed Laura Palmer]]. When Reagan and Gorbachev first met in Reykyavik in 1987 they apparently took the time to talk about Reagan's past in Hollywood and movies in general, besides political issues alone.
* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin is a Music/TheBeatles fan. This has given Music/PaulMcCartney the advantage to put pressure on Putin by writing him a personal letter in 2013 for the release of 28 Greenpeace activists and two freelance journalists to be released from prison. This are Macca's actual lines: “Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for Music/TheWhiteAlbum, back when it wasn’t fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: “Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it’s good to be back home.” Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?” Since June 2014 the prisoners have been released, though it's not clear whether this was the result of Paul's letter sent in November 2013.
* The current Russian Prime Minister (and former President) Dmitri Medvedev is a fan of classical HardRock (Music/DeepPurple, Music/BlackSabbath, and Music/LedZeppelin, among others), which is geeky nowadays... especially in [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Mother Russia, where even geeks are badass]].
* Czech President Václav Havel was a huge Music/FrankZappa and Music/VelvetUnderground fan. During the Cold War, when Havel was still a poet and playwright, all subversive music was banned, which may also explain his admiration for their music. After Havel's inauguration he made Zappa his Cultural Ambassador of Czechoslovakia and invited him to visit his country!
* Hungarian President Árpád Göncz translated ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Farmer Giles'' of Ham into Hungarian. He also submitted a statement of appreciation of Tolkien to The Centenary Conference 1992 and said "Lord of the Rings" "serves as a positive role model in our dehumanized world as well as an exciting lecture […] it helped transform our world into one smiling global village”.
* UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt loved Creator/LaurelAndHardy and his favorite movie was ''"I'm No Angel"'' with Creator/MaeWest.
* UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy was a huge fan of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' books. ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' was selected as the second Bond film because Kennedy listed it in his top 10 favorite books. [[TearJerker It was the last film he'd ever see]]. Surprisingly enough, his favorite movie was reportedly ''Film/RomanHoliday''.
* UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson listened a lot to Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's ''Music/BridgeOverTroubledWater'' during the final post-presidential years of his life. It cheered him up whenever he felt down.
* UsefulNotes/RichardNixon 's favorite movie was ''Film/{{Patton}}'' and he owned a copy of Music/ArloGuthrie's ''Music/AlicesRestaurant''. He also appeared in a few episodes of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' delivering the memorable line "Sock it to ''me''?"
* UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter is such a fan of poet Creator/DylanThomas that he even recorded a special audio message for tourists who visit the poet's birthplace.
* UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan was a huge movie fan, which shouldn't surprise anyone, given the fact that he was a former Hollywood actor. He frequently referenced movies in his speeches (''Film/DirtyHarry, Film/BackToTheFuture, Franchise/{{Rambo}}'',...) and even based his Star Wars defense program on the movie ''Film/StarWars''.
** For those interested: here is a long list of all the films he and his wife Nancy watched in the White House (though what they thought of them isn't mentioned) [[http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/reference/filmsviewed.html]]
** When he saw ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', [[ActuallyPrettyFunny he got so amused]] at the scene where [[ItWillNeverCatchOn the 1955 Doc scoffs at the idea of Reagan being president by 1985]] that he told the projectionist to replay the scene. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He got approached to play the mayor of 1885 Hill Valley]] in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part III]]'', and ''was'' interested before his aides declined for him.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush is a huge fan of ''Series/FawltyTowers''. During the Gulf War (1991) he used to watch episodes to relax from ongoing stress.
* UsefulNotes/BillClinton loved ''Film/HighNoon''. He screened it a record 17 times in the White House. Interestingly enough, other US Presidents like UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan were also big fans.
** Clinton has also named ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' by Creator/GabrielGarciaMarquez his favorite novel of all time. During his presidency he made sure that Marquez, who was denied a visa to the USA for more than 30 years, was allowed to be a guest in the country again.
** The former President Clinton is an avid reader, as according to friends and family, he is working on at least two books at one time.
** Reportedly, after watching ''Film/AirForceOne'', [[TheRedStapler he wanted an escape pod]] like the one [[spoiler:seemingly]] used in the film for the actual Air Force One.
* American President UsefulNotes/BarackObama has demonstrated a deep familiarity with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', joked [[http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/10/candidates_get.html at the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner]] about [[{{Superman}} being sent by his father Jor-El to save the planet Earth]], apparently dressed as a wizard to take his daughters to a midnight release of a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, and according to [[http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog=8269#8273 a possibly apocryphal report on tor.com]] is familiar enough with Internet memes to make ''ZeroWing'' jokes. You just '''know''' if he ever gets in a war, something '''will''' be called "Operation All Your Base Are Belong To US." He also collects ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' and ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' comics; in fact, he is reputedly a collector of the mylar-bag-and-backboard, never read'em stripe. This has been escalated and expanded on [[http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6928399.html here]].
** [[http://blog.wired.com/geekdad/2008/11/5-signs-preside.html Wired has several more examples.]]
** The Spider-Man Obama crossover thing.
** It was also pretty well publicized that he and Michelle bought their daughters a {{Wii}} for Christmas. Poking fun at his failed attempt at bowling during the campaign, he joked that he was much better at Wii Sports Bowling than real life. Gamers everywhere rejoiced -- well, [[StopHavingFunGuys except those too-"hardcore"-for-Wii gamers]].
*** During Obama's visit to Poland at the end of May 2011, Prime Minister Donald Tusk gave him the collector's edition of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' as a gift.
** When he met Creator/LeonardNimoy, he greeted him with the [[Franchise/StarTrek Vulcan hand salute]].
** In a National News Conference about Health Care, Obama argued one of his points by talking about comparing costs for "[[Film/TheMatrix A red pill and a blue pill]]."
** John Hodgman had a whole [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW7OPByRGDY speech]] on this.
** There's also that [[http://www.newsweek.com/id/167755/page/6 Newsweek behind-the-scenes special]] (misquoted at the bottom of the first paragraph) where he was observed by one of their reporters making his wife roll her eyes at a joke about her belt having [[Franchise/StarTrek dilithium crystals]] on it.
** And then there's him [[http://www.windycitizen.com/files/3926925767_76a554dc62.jpg wielding a frigging LIGHTSABER]] on the White House lawn in a photo-op for the Olympics.
** And he appeared in a ''Series/MythBusters'' episode where they try to make the solar powered death ray work for the third time. The stated goal of the appearance is to encourage science and technology education.
*** Speaking of death rays... Obama named Stephen Chu Secretary of Energy. Chu is known for his strong critic of fossil fuels, for the Nobel Prize he earned for cooling atoms with laser: the US president hired the inventor of the [[{{Metroid}} Ice Beam]] to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment fight against Global Warming]]
** Obama's favorite films are ''Film/TheGodfather I and II'': ''"Three not that much. That saga -- I love that movie. ...I think my favorite has to be, the opening scene of the first Godfather... It sets the tone for the whole movie."''
** Michelle herself; she was the salutatorian of her high school. Although she pales in comparison to Barack's nerdiness, that's still pretty nerdy.
** He's also familiar with the WebVideo/{{Vlogbrothers}} and Nerdfighteria.
** During a press conference on military technology he jokingly admitted they were [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77pnVFLkUjM building Iron Man]]
** And Obama is a fan of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'' too since he was 10 years old.
** When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=35&v=KL3FvAwJyEs Obama suggested that Americans, especially the young people, thank Japan]] for "all the things we love from Japan: karate, karaoke, {{Manga}}, and {{Anime}}, and, of course, emojis."
* Dictator UsefulNotes/IdiAmin of Uganda was fond of Creator/WaltDisney cartoons, though he liked other animation just as much. After he was driven out of his country in 1979 several reels of WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry cartoons were found in his palace.
* Yasser Arafat also enjoyed watching WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry because he [[DavidVersusGoliath felt sympathy towards the mouse defeating an aggressor ten times his size]].
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* English medieval king UsefulNotes/AlfredTheGreat was a prince from a semi-civilized country where almost every noble was a JerkJock by inclination. He studied classical literature, wrote about theology, and sent many a savage plundering Northman to his doom. He was a [[BadassBookworm nerd with a sword]].
* Philippe II of Spain collected paintings by Creator/HieronymusBosch and even had one near his bedside.
* Former King Juan Carlos of UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} is a radio amateur and [[BadassBiker motorcyclist]].
* King Abdullah II of Jordan is an acknowledged fan of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and guest-starred on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' when he was still a prince. Later, when Creator/MichaelBay was going to film ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Revenge of the Fallen]]'' in Jordan, he ordered 38 military helicopters to transport the equipment to Petra, allowing the film crew those overhead shots of the same ruins that appeared in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Turns out His Majesty is a big fan of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' and loves the franchise.
** King Abdullah has recently announced the creation of a [[http://www.royaltyinthenews.com/2011/08/06/king-abdullah-ii-invests-in-star-trek-theme-park/ Star Trek theme park]] to be built in his country, which he will be funding.
** Abdullah follows his father Hussein in this regard. Hussein heavily encouraged Hollywood films to shoot in Jordan, including ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' and ''Film/MohammadMessengerOfGod'', providing considerable logistical support and military extras. He actually met his second wife (Abdullah's mother) while she worked on the ''Lawrence'' film crew.
** The late King Hussein was also an enthusiastic aviator, and personally had a hand in the founding of the nation's first aerobatic display team.
** King Hussein was also an avid ham radio operator, callsign JY1.
* [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II]] is reportedly a big fan of ''Series/DoctorWho''. She's also a WrenchWench (or at least she was during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII).
** Michael Grade was the only BBC controller to have never been knighted. Grade is also the man most people consider to be responsible of the cancellation of the classic series. Take from that what you will.
** She's also a techie; at an age (born in ''1926'') where many people have long since stopped keeping pace with new technology, she is an avid [=BlackBerry=] user. It was ''her'' idea to televise her coronation (television then having only one channel that went off the air by the evening and still not as popular as radio), which gained popularity by the coronation. In the 1970s she sent the first email in the UK. She also enjoys [[http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2008/01/queen-elizabeth/ playing ''Wii Bowling'']]. When Obama first met with her, he considered an iPod to be an appropriate gift for her -- and she already had one. It's not just that: the iPod was ''her'' idea, as she had mentioned that hers was a generation or two out of date. Let the speculation as to whether she and Obama exchanged private numbers begin!
** She is also a Music/TheBeatles fan from the first hour. The band were also the first music artists to receive a MBE medal.
* Prince Charles is, if anything, an even bigger nerd than his mother. Since his youth he has been a major fan of ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' to the point of making [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfhC587Wiik fan film]] (and doing a very creditable Bluebottle impersonation). Apart from that he is also the highest ranking noble Creator/MontyPython fan. He also went to visit Creator/PeterJackson in New Zealand and got to see the first Film/TheHobbit movie before the rest of the world did.
* According to Creator/StephenFry's 2014 memoires Princess Diana was a huge fan of ''Series/SpittingImage''. When Prince Charles and Princess Diana were leaving Fry's house after tea one day, the Princess stayed behind for a second and whispered in Fry's ear: "Sorry to leave early, but secretly I'm quite glad. "Spitting Image" is on tonight – I want to watch it in my room. They hate it of course, but I absolutely love it." [[note]] "Spitting Image" was a satirical puppet show lampooning celebrities, among which the British Royal Family. Fun fact: even Di herself wasn't spared, showing that she at least had a sense of self deprecating humour. [[/note]]
* Prince William is also a fan of ''Literature/TheHobbit''. According to Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins in the film adaptation), who met the prince, his knowledge about the novel is amazing.
* Elisabeth Bowes-Lyon, aka ''The Queen Mum'', watched ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' a lot. During the ''Who shot J.R.?'' mystery she even met actor Larry Hagman (J.R.) and told him: 'I am not going to ask you who shot you'. Hagman replied: 'I wouldn't say, not even to you, your majesty'." In 2011 her record collection was made public. Among the music she listened to were Montana Slim, {{Ska}}, Creator/NoelCoward, the soundtracks of ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'' and ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' and comedy records by [[Radio/HancocksHalfHour Tony Hancock]] and Radio/TheGoonShow. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/8379979/The-Queen-Mothers-regal-taste-in-music.html]]
* Queen Margaretha II of Denmark is a major ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' fan, and has illustrated several editions of the Danish translation. She also studied archaeology when she went to uni, and remains an avid amateur archaeologist.
* King Baudouin and his brother, the later king Albert II of Belgium learned Dutch by reading ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}''. Interestingly enough the comic strip's creator Marc Sleen is thus far the only Belgian comic strip artist to ever have been knighted.
* The Japanese Emperor Hirohito loved Disney cartoons. He visited Disneyland during his official visit to the United States and received a copy of his personal favorite Disney cartoon ''Disney/LambertTheSheepishLion'' as a gift. After his death Hirohito was buried wearing a WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse watch.
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[[folder:Religious leaders]]
* A copy of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}} in Tibet'' was once given to the Dalai Lama. He was also photographed reading it.
* Pope John Paul II enjoyed watching the German detective series Series/{{Derrick}}.
* Pope Francis is a huge fan of Creator/JRRTolkien (himself a devout Catholic). He has even used ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' in his theology writings. Pope Francis is also a HUGE soccer fan, and his favorite Argentinian team is San Lorenzo de Almagro -- they attributed their 2014 win in the Copa Libertadores to him, and later met up with them in the Vatican itself.
* Radicial Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, best known for being a pain in the ass to the US in Iraq, received the derisive nickname "Mullah Atari" in seminary because he was gaming when he should have been studying.
* Martin Luther King, Jr. was a fan of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', and [[http://scifiwire.com/2010/01/the-true-story-of-how-dr.php even convinced Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols not to quit the show.]], since she was cast in a role that had her as an equal among her crew in a job that wasn't a stereotype.
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[[folder:Other]]
* The American military regularly makes ''Franchise/StarWars'' allusions. There are projects codenamed "X-wing" and "Death Star." Many soldiers are [[VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando Fandalorians]], to the point of units getting tattoos that say "''vode an''".
*** Common in many western militaries. During the late 80s-early 90s, the one show guaranteed to fill a television lounge on a Canadian base? The newest episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZi4JxbTwPo The state legislature of Oregon once rick-rolled their state.]]
* Field Marshal [[{{UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel}} Erwin Rommel]] was an amateur mechanic during his teenage years, dismantled and repaired motorcycles and even built a (hardly) flyable glider. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He hoped to become an engineer when he grew up]].
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