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[[SoreLoser After doing everything in his power to handicap his successor administration with what time he had left in office]], he left Cuba to live in the US for 8 years. In 1952 he returned to Cuba to run for Cuban president again, but wound up running in dead last behind 2 other candidates. With defeat all but guaranteed, Batista, with military backing, overthrew the government and installed himself as "President"/dictator of Cuba. During his reign over Cuba as dictator, in stark contrast to his 1940 presidency, he favored the elite instead of the people of Cuba. As a result, Havana [[ViceCity became a playground for the Mafia and American tourists]], essentially becoming the {{UsefulNotes/Las Vegas}} of the Caribbean, [[BananaRepublic and the rest of the island became a playground for American businesses]]. Corruption was rampant and the needs of actual Cubans were generally ignored. 2 out of every 3 Cubans living outside Havana lacked access to basic household features such as running water, electricity, or even basic tiled floors, and those opposed to Batista's regime were brutally oppressed.

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[[SoreLoser After doing everything in his power to handicap his successor administration with what time he had left in office]], he left Cuba to live in the US for 8 years. In 1952 he returned to Cuba to run for Cuban president again, but wound up running in dead last behind 2 other candidates. With defeat all but guaranteed, Batista, with military backing, overthrew the government and installed himself as "President"/dictator of Cuba. During his reign over Cuba as dictator, in stark contrast to his 1940 presidency, he favored the elite instead of the people of Cuba. As a result, Havana [[ViceCity became a playground for the Mafia and American tourists]], essentially becoming the {{UsefulNotes/Las Vegas}} of the Caribbean, [[BananaRepublic and the rest of the island became a playground for American businesses]]. Corruption was rampant and the needs of actual Cubans were generally ignored. 2 out of every 3 Cubans living outside Havana lacked in the countryside access to basic household features such as running water, electricity, or even basic tiled floors, and those opposed to Batista's regime were brutally oppressed.
oppressed. However, within Havana and the few other major cities, life was about as good as it was possible to get in Latin America. Even in 1959, Cuba was a wealthy country by world standards. It ranked 5th in the hemisphere in per capita income, 3rd in life expectancy, 2nd in per capita ownership of automobiles, telephones, and television sets. Cuba's literacy rate, 76%, was the 3rd highest in Latin America. Cuba also ranked 11th in the world in the number of doctors per capita. Cuba's income distribution also compared favorably with that of other Latin American societies


Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) was a former president of UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, best known for being "the guy who was president before the Cuban Revolution and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro." He was born Ruben Zaldivar in Banes, Oriente Province, to parents who were canecutters on a sugar plantation. Batista's father, Belisario, fought in the Spanish-American War or Cuban War of Independence and when he was 8, his mother, Carmela, died, forcing him to leave school and work in the canefields.

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Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) y Zaldívar (born Rubén Zaldívar, January 16, 1901 August 6, 1973) was a former president of UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, best known for being "the guy who was president before the Cuban Revolution and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro." He was born Ruben Zaldivar in Banes, Oriente Province, to parents who were canecutters on a sugar plantation. Batista's father, Belisario, fought in the Spanish-American War or Cuban War of Independence and when he was 8, his mother, Carmela, died, forcing him to leave school and work in the canefields.


Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) was a former president of UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, best known for being "the guy who was president before the UsefulNotes/CubanRevolution and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro." He was born Ruben Zaldivar in Banes, Oriente Province, to parents who were canecutters on a sugar plantation. Batista's father, Belisario, fought in the Spanish-American War or Cuban War of Independence and when he was 8, his mother, Carmela, died, forcing him to leave school and work in the canefields.

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Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) was a former president of UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, best known for being "the guy who was president before the UsefulNotes/CubanRevolution Cuban Revolution and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro." He was born Ruben Zaldivar in Banes, Oriente Province, to parents who were canecutters on a sugar plantation. Batista's father, Belisario, fought in the Spanish-American War or Cuban War of Independence and when he was 8, his mother, Carmela, died, forcing him to leave school and work in the canefields.


In 1958, growing antipathy from the US lead to the US imposing a weapons embargo on Batista's regime. About a year later, he was overthrown in the Cuban Revolution. Batista then fled Cuba, eventually finding refuge in Portugal where he lived for the rest of his life. Due to his role in Cuban history, he often appears as a character in productions involving the Cuban Revolution, including ''TheGodfather''.

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In 1958, growing antipathy from the US lead to the US imposing a weapons embargo on Batista's regime. About a year later, he was overthrown in the Cuban Revolution. Batista then fled Cuba, eventually finding refuge in Portugal where he lived for the rest of his life. Due to his role in Cuban history, he often appears as a character in productions involving the Cuban Revolution, including ''TheGodfather''.''Film/TheGodfather''.


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[[SoreLoser After doing everything in his power to handicap his successor administration with what time he had left in office]], he left Cuba to live in the US for 8 years. In 1952 he returned to Cuba to run for Cuban president again, but wound up running in dead last behind 2 other candidates. With defeat all but guaranteed, Batista, with military backing, overthrew the government and installed himself as "President"/dictator of Cuba. During his reign over Cuba as dictator, in stark contrast to his 1940 presidency, he favored the elite instead of the people of Cuba. As a result, Havana [[ViceCity became a playground for the Mafia and American tourists]], essentially becoming the {{UsefulNotes/Las Vegas}} of the Caribbean, [[BananaRepublic and the rest of the island became a playground for American businesses]]. Corruption was rampant and the needs actual Cubans were generally ignored. 2 out of every 3 Cubans living outside Havana lacked access to basic household features such as running water, electricity, or even basic tiled floors, and those opposed to Batista's regime were brutally oppressed.

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[[SoreLoser After doing everything in his power to handicap his successor administration with what time he had left in office]], he left Cuba to live in the US for 8 years. In 1952 he returned to Cuba to run for Cuban president again, but wound up running in dead last behind 2 other candidates. With defeat all but guaranteed, Batista, with military backing, overthrew the government and installed himself as "President"/dictator of Cuba. During his reign over Cuba as dictator, in stark contrast to his 1940 presidency, he favored the elite instead of the people of Cuba. As a result, Havana [[ViceCity became a playground for the Mafia and American tourists]], essentially becoming the {{UsefulNotes/Las Vegas}} of the Caribbean, [[BananaRepublic and the rest of the island became a playground for American businesses]]. Corruption was rampant and the needs of actual Cubans were generally ignored. 2 out of every 3 Cubans living outside Havana lacked access to basic household features such as running water, electricity, or even basic tiled floors, and those opposed to Batista's regime were brutally oppressed.


[[SoreLoser After doing everything in his power to handicap his successor administration with what he had left in office]], he left Cuba to live in the US for 8 years. In 1952 he returned to Cuba to run for Cuban president again, but wound up running in dead last behind 2 other candidates. With defeat all but guaranteed, Batista, with military backing, overthrew the government and installed himself as "President"/dictator of Cuba. During his reign over Cuba as dictator, in stark contrast to his 1940 presidency, he favored the elite instead of the people of Cuba. As a result, Havana [[ViceCity became a playground for the Mafia and American tourists]], essentially becoming the {{UsefulNotes/Las Vegas}} of the Caribbean, [[BananaRepublic and the rest of the island became a playground for American businesses]]. Corruption was rampant and the needs actual Cubans were generally ignored. 2 out of every 3 Cubans living outside Havana lacked access to basic household features such as running water, electricity, or even basic tiled floors, and those opposed to Batista's regime were brutally oppressed.

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[[SoreLoser After doing everything in his power to handicap his successor administration with what time he had left in office]], he left Cuba to live in the US for 8 years. In 1952 he returned to Cuba to run for Cuban president again, but wound up running in dead last behind 2 other candidates. With defeat all but guaranteed, Batista, with military backing, overthrew the government and installed himself as "President"/dictator of Cuba. During his reign over Cuba as dictator, in stark contrast to his 1940 presidency, he favored the elite instead of the people of Cuba. As a result, Havana [[ViceCity became a playground for the Mafia and American tourists]], essentially becoming the {{UsefulNotes/Las Vegas}} of the Caribbean, [[BananaRepublic and the rest of the island became a playground for American businesses]]. Corruption was rampant and the needs actual Cubans were generally ignored. 2 out of every 3 Cubans living outside Havana lacked access to basic household features such as running water, electricity, or even basic tiled floors, and those opposed to Batista's regime were brutally oppressed.


However, he eventually managed to get a job as a railroad brakeman which enabled him to attend night classes at a Quaker-run school. He joined the Cuban army, and in 1933 he was a participant in the Sergeants' Revolt, overthrowing Gerardo Machedo's corrupt government and installing a series of puppet presidents. Appears as a character in productions involving the CubanRevolution, including ''TheGodfather''.

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However, he eventually managed to get a job as a railroad brakeman which enabled him to attend night classes at a Quaker-run school. He joined the Cuban army, and in 1933 he was a participant in the Sergeants' Revolt, overthrowing Gerardo Machedo's corrupt government and installing a series of puppet presidents. Appears presidents until he himself was elected in 1940. During his term as elected President, he was actually quite popular and progressive, to the point that even the Cuban Communist Party supported him. Despite this, however, he was unable to secure a re-election.

[[SoreLoser After doing everything in his power to handicap his successor administration with what he had left in office]], he left Cuba to live in the US for 8 years. In 1952 he returned to Cuba to run for Cuban president again, but wound up running in dead last behind 2 other candidates. With defeat all but guaranteed, Batista, with military backing, overthrew the government and installed himself as "President"/dictator of Cuba. During his reign over Cuba as dictator, in stark contrast to his 1940 presidency, he favored the elite instead of the people of Cuba. As a result, Havana [[ViceCity became a playground for the Mafia and American tourists]], essentially becoming the {{UsefulNotes/Las Vegas}} of the Caribbean, [[BananaRepublic and the rest of the island became a playground for American businesses]]. Corruption was rampant and the needs actual Cubans were generally ignored. 2 out of every 3 Cubans living outside Havana lacked access to basic household features such as running water, electricity, or even basic tiled floors, and those opposed to Batista's regime were brutally oppressed.

In 1958, growing antipathy from the US lead to the US imposing a weapons embargo on Batista's regime. About a year later, he was overthrown in the Cuban Revolution. Batista then fled Cuba, eventually finding refuge in Portugal where he lived for the rest of his life. Due to his role in Cuban history, he often appears
as a character in productions involving the CubanRevolution, Cuban Revolution, including ''TheGodfather''.




!!The following tropes are related to him:
* AffablyEvil: Had a very charismatic personality and was described as nice and friendly by those who met and knew him.
* BananaRepublic: Cuba became an even more obvious example of this during his second term.
* {{Bishonen}}: One of his nicknames (which he ''hated'') was "El Mulato Lindo," meaning "The Pretty Mulatto."
* ButNotTooBlack: Batista was of mixed African, Spanish, American Indian and Chinese descent. He had relatively dark skin which was lightened in later photos.
* CorruptPolitician: Became this during his second term in 1952, when he and his Mafia friends got kickbacks from the Cuban national lottery and pocketed money from gambling and the sex trade.
* DadTheVeteran: His father, Belisario Batista Palermo, was a veteran of the Cuban War of Independence (Spanish-American War).
* EmbarrassingNickname: "El Mulato Lindo."
* TheExile: What he became after Castro forced him out of power.
* FallenHero: Before he became an infamous Carribean dictator whose main concern was enriching himself, Batista's first term in office was considered one of the most progressive in Cuban history and even his future enemies, the Cuban Communist party supported him.
* FamilyValuesVillain: Was devoted to his second wife and all his children.
* FreudianExcuse: His impoverished upbringing may have been a factor in his later corruption and furtherance of his own interests.
* FullCircleRevolution: Was a participant in the 1933 revolution to overthrow Gerardo Machedo, but became corrupt himself. During his second term, Havana was prosperous, with the most modern technology for the period, while everywhere else, especially the rural areas, were desperately poor. For example, according to the UN report in 1953, two-thirds of houses in rural areas had dirt floors and people lacked access to running water and electricity.
* TheGeneralissimo: Western media portrays him as this.
* HappilyMarried: To his second wife, Marta Fernandez Miranda.
* LaResistance: He was one of the leaders of a group of soldiers opposed to Machedo.
* MayDecemberRomance: With Marta.
* TheMafia: Batista was close friends with Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Before and after his second term, he pulled strings to get his puppet candidates elected.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother died when he was 8.
* RagsToRiches: He couldn't even afford shoes and then eventually became president of Cuba.
* StartOfDarkness: Originally he was considered one of the most beloved presidents in Cuba's history. During his first period in office, he tried to look out for the interests of the lower class members of Cuban society and even the Communist party supported his government. But after failing to get reelected, he attempted to use puppet candidates to get back into a position of power and some historians suggest his desire to rise above his humble origins led him to ally himself with the upper echelons of Cuban society and form the dictatorship he became infamous for.
* SwissBankAccount: Had one where he hid all his money.
* VoteEarlyVoteOften: A common part of Cuban politics pre-Revolution. Now they don't even have elections. Batista often employed this method to get his candidates into power.


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* EmbarrassingNickname: "El Mulato Lindo."

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* EmbarrassingNickname: "El Mulato Lindo.""
* TheExile: What he became after Castro forced him out of power.
* FallenHero: Before he became an infamous Carribean dictator whose main concern was enriching himself, Batista's first term in office was considered one of the most progressive in Cuban history and even his future enemies, the Cuban Communist party supported him.



* RagsToRiches: He couldn't even afford shoes and then eventually became president of Cuba.

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* RagsToRiches: He couldn't even afford shoes and then eventually became president of Cuba.
* StartOfDarkness: Originally he was considered one of the most beloved presidents in Cuba's history. During his first period in office, he tried to look out for the interests of the lower class members of Cuban society and even the Communist party supported his government. But after failing to get reelected, he attempted to use puppet candidates to get back into a position of power and some historians suggest his desire to rise above his humble origins led him to ally himself with the upper echelons of Cuban society and form the dictatorship he became infamous for.


Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) was a former president of UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, best known for being "the guy who was president before the CubanRevolution and FidelCastro." He was born Ruben Zaldivar in Banes, Oriente Province, to parents who were canecutters on a sugar plantation. Batista's father, Belisario, fought in the Spanish-American War or Cuban War of Independence and when he was 8, his mother, Carmela, died, forcing him to leave school and work in the canefields.

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Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) was a former president of UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, best known for being "the guy who was president before the CubanRevolution UsefulNotes/CubanRevolution and FidelCastro.UsefulNotes/FidelCastro." He was born Ruben Zaldivar in Banes, Oriente Province, to parents who were canecutters on a sugar plantation. Batista's father, Belisario, fought in the Spanish-American War or Cuban War of Independence and when he was 8, his mother, Carmela, died, forcing him to leave school and work in the canefields.



* The 1979 movie ''[=Cuba=]'' is about a British soldier who meets him and helps him train Cuban military troops in a counter-insurrection against FidelCastro.

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* The 1979 movie ''[=Cuba=]'' is about a British soldier who meets him and helps him train Cuban military troops in a counter-insurrection against FidelCastro.UsefulNotes/FidelCastro.

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Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) was a former president of UsefulNotes/{{Cuba}}, best known for being "the guy who was president before the CubanRevolution and FidelCastro." He was born Ruben Zaldivar in Banes, Oriente Province, to parents who were canecutters on a sugar plantation. Batista's father, Belisario, fought in the Spanish-American War or Cuban War of Independence and when he was 8, his mother, Carmela, died, forcing him to leave school and work in the canefields.

However, he eventually managed to get a job as a railroad brakeman which enabled him to attend night classes at a Quaker-run school. He joined the Cuban army, and in 1933 he was a participant in the Sergeants' Revolt, overthrowing Gerardo Machedo's corrupt government and installing a series of puppet presidents. Appears as a character in productions involving the CubanRevolution, including ''TheGodfather''.


!!The following tropes are related to him:
* AffablyEvil: Had a very charismatic personality and was described as nice and friendly by those who met and knew him.
* BananaRepublic: Cuba became an even more obvious example of this during his second term.
* {{Bishonen}}: One of his nicknames (which he ''hated'') was "El Mulato Lindo," meaning "The Pretty Mulatto."
* ButNotTooBlack: Batista was of mixed African, Spanish, American Indian and Chinese descent. He had relatively dark skin which was lightened in later photos.
* CorruptPolitician: Became this during his second term in 1952, when he and his Mafia friends got kickbacks from the Cuban national lottery and pocketed money from gambling and the sex trade.
* DadTheVeteran: His father, Belisario Batista Palermo, was a veteran of the Cuban War of Independence (Spanish-American War).
* EmbarrassingNickname: "El Mulato Lindo."
* FamilyValuesVillain: Was devoted to his second wife and all his children.
* FreudianExcuse: His impoverished upbringing may have been a factor in his later corruption and furtherance of his own interests.
* FullCircleRevolution: Was a participant in the 1933 revolution to overthrow Gerardo Machedo, but became corrupt himself. During his second term, Havana was prosperous, with the most modern technology for the period, while everywhere else, especially the rural areas, were desperately poor. For example, according to the UN report in 1953, two-thirds of houses in rural areas had dirt floors and people lacked access to running water and electricity.
* TheGeneralissimo: Western media portrays him as this.
* HappilyMarried: To his second wife, Marta Fernandez Miranda.
* LaResistance: He was one of the leaders of a group of soldiers opposed to Machedo.
* MayDecemberRomance: With Marta.
* TheMafia: Batista was close friends with Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Before and after his second term, he pulled strings to get his puppet candidates elected.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother died when he was 8.
* RagsToRiches: He couldn't even afford shoes and then eventually became president of Cuba.
* SwissBankAccount: Had one where he hid all his money.
* VoteEarlyVoteOften: A common part of Cuban politics pre-Revolution. Now they don't even have elections. Batista often employed this method to get his candidates into power.
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!!In media:

* The movie ''The Lost City'' shows his Committee for the Suppression of Communist Activities shooting a wounded dissident.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' TV series shows him and his family leaving Havana on boats with the rest of the city's rich.
* The 1979 movie ''[=Cuba=]'' is about a British soldier who meets him and helps him train Cuban military troops in a counter-insurrection against FidelCastro.
* The 1954 book A Sergeant Named Batista was written by his friend and speechwriter Edmund Chester.
* He's the last boss in the original version of the video game ''VideoGame/GuerrillaWar''.
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