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"I tried so hard to be there for you. To serve you. I tried so hard to make sense of you and what you needed from me. I wanted to be there. I wanted to serve. But then it occurred to me. I asked myself the incredibly obvious question: why am I so much more than you? Why are you so small and I am so much more? I then realized that I am not your servant. I am your king."
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Usually supervillains don't care about who is superpowered and who is not. They just use their abilities to commit crimes or Take Over the World for egotistical reasons. This guy, however, is specifically motivated to get power so those like him would rule, not just for himself.

This is a bad guy with superpowers who believes that this gives them the right to rule over non-supers. The motives of such a villain may be that of a Social Darwinist who believes superpowers to be the ultimate example of Might Makes Right, or someone who thinks non-supers should be ruled "for their own good". They may even see supers as a nascent Master Race on a higher evolutionary level than non-supers or take after a certain racial demagogic party when the author wants to make the implications especially transparent. May develop a literal god complex as well or come to think of themselves as an Ultimate Lifeform. Obviously, this sort of villain is a manifestation of the idea that the existence of individuals with superpowers is inherently bad for those who do not possess them.

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A Sub-Trope of Fantastic Racism and Beware the Superman. The Opposite Trope to Pro-Human Transhuman, a superpowered individual who considers themselves equal to Muggles. Sister Trope to Transhuman Treachery and Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!. Contrast Muggle Power for the inverse of non-supers seeing themselves as superior to supers. See also Smug Super, when someone with superpowers merely uses them to gloat. A Superman Substitute often goes this route when an author wants to deconstruct the Superman archetype without incorporating the big blue boy scout himself. Pretty much guaranteed to be a Visionary Villain.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Most of the villains in Tiger & Bunny are militant NEXT, militant anti-NEXT or one being manipulated by the other. The Big Bad is a subversion; he wanted to improve the public image of NEXT initially, but he did evil things when he stopped caring about that and went after more money and power.
  • Some of the Newtypes from the Gundam franchise develop this attitude. Paptimus Scirocco of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam believes that "common people only hold back true genius" and plots to create some sort of Newtype matriarchy dictatorship, Haman Kahn of Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ sneers at ordinary people "whose souls are held down by gravity", and by the time of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack title Big Bad and Fallen Hero Char Aznable has become one of these, ranting about how "the people left on Earth do nothing but pollute it" and telling The Hero Amuro to "give those ignorant people your so-called wisdom" when they duke it out in Londonion.
  • One Piece: Both Arlong and Hody Jones believe that fishmen like them should rule over humans because they're stronger. Arlong is shown ruling a village of humans, while Jones fully intents on making every human subservient to fishmen, starting from terrorizing the 4-yearly meeting between national leaders in the verse to make the strength of fishmen known.
  • Choze from One-Punch Man claims to be from a clan of people who have practiced the greatest breeding program to create a superior race, and that they aim to rule the world becasue it's the natural order of things for a superior race such as themselves to rule over the inferior, weak and feeble races i.e everyone. Resembling the generic ideal of an 'Aryan Superman', he's also a practitioner of the 'Fist of the Pure Blood Master Race' martial arts style. Upon becoming a monster, he decides that he is going to wipe out all of the 'inferior specimens' of humanity and only let the 'master race' survive, and one of his new attacks is even called 'Inferior Race Annihilation Shot'.
  • The goal of the Esper terrorist organization Claw and its leader, Toichirou Suzuki, is to overthrow the world government in favor of a world ruled by Espers, with Suzuki himself at the top. This naturally sends our protagonist, who is staunchly opposed to the idea that having supernatural powers makes you above other people, on a collision course with him. In general, the Super Supremacist mindset is quite common among Espers, especially very powerful ones, but Toichirou is one of the few with the power to conquer the world almost single-handedly if not for Mob being in his way.

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men: The mutants usually have to deal with persecution directed at themselves by humans, but some mutants conversely believe that Homo Superior was designed to rule over regular humans.
    • Magneto, from his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, believes that humans rightly fear mutants because mutants are their evolutionary replacements. Depending on the Writer, he believes that fear and prejudice are a product of their innate inferiority and that the inherent diversity within the mutant species would allow them to overcome said prejudices if freed from humanity's chains. He is (sometimes) unable to see the irony in how being a mutant supremacist makes him no better than a human supremacist. (But again, this depends on the writer.) At other times, he's just resigned himself to being the monster that mutants need to protect them. This places him in direct opposition to Professor Charles Xavier, who believes that humans and mutants can and should co-exist.
    • Magneto's Ultimate counterpart takes this to frightening extremes, outright believing that normal humans deserve to be exterminated.
    • Apocalypse is Magneto's philosophy taken to an even more frightening conclusion. Apocalypse not only believes that humans are obsolete, but also that there is no room for mutants who lost the Superpower Lottery and got Blessed with Suck. To Apocalypse, survival of the fittest is all that matters, which means that there is no difference between a Muggle and a weaksauce mutant. Both equally deserve extinction.
    • Mystique remorselessly threw her prepubescent son Graydon Creed into the streets upon realizing that he was not going to develop into a mutant. She was also responsible for transforming the Brotherhood of Mutants from the stock comic book supervillain team it was under Magneto into the Super Supremacist form of a political activist group we know it as today.
    • As of Jonathan Hickman's X-Men, all of the X-Men seem to have tacitly taken up this belief - or at least, a very passivenote  and insular version of it - with a clearly-stated belief that they are set to become Earth's dominant species. They're only waiting around on their island state of Krakoa because they intend on simply waiting until mutants become the dominant species (as they will in the next 20 years or so). And all of this is overseen by Professor Xavier. There've been hints of this among certain X-Men before, but this is the first storyline that's had the team as a collective embrace this attitude. The in-universe justification for the attitude switch is, in a nutshell, that they tried the passive resistance and pursuit of integration approaches, and were met with repeated attempts at genocide. So now they're going to start being a bit more assertive about their rights, and if humanity doesn't like it? Tough.
  • Incredible Hulk: The Hulk himself is an example, as the "Banner" portion of his mind is typically portrayed as the side that drives him to save and protect humans. Absent of Banner, Hulk absolutely hates humans (and many other species, such as Human Aliens) and finds them puny and not worth his time. In the Bad Future of Future Imperfect, this mentality eventually led to him becoming The Maestro, a superhuman despot.
  • Marvel Universe's High Evolutionary is constantly fiddling with genetics in an attempt to breed a race superior to humanity.
  • Dungeon: The Early Years: A professor of magic started a complicated plot in which he mind-controlled important people around the city and fathered children with their bodies, granting him an army of brainwashed Child Soldiers. He seemed to be on the Well-Intentioned Extremist side (as Horus put it, "if you cannot make kings into philosophers, then philosophers should be kings") but is really just an asshole who wanted to take over the city (his plan doubled as realizing his voyeurism kink to boot). One night, he ordered the children to kill their parents, but was foiled at the last minute by a repentant Horus (who'd figured out his own son was among them) with a Hyacinthe and Marvin. Hyacinthe tells Horus to take every magician he can find and run before the city realizes what happened and call for a Witch Hunt.
  • The Boys: The Homelander's plot to get out from under Vought's thumb involved seizing power and ruling over humanity (supers already viewing humanity as nothing but an endless reservoir of victims). Complicated by the fact that he was gaslit by his clone into complete psychosis, leading to his breakdown at being ordered around by a non-powered human.
  • Powers has a Superman Substitute named Supershock who gets to the point of being so disconnected from other sentient beings and fed up with humanity that he develops a god complex and decides it's time for him to impose/enforce his own personal order on the world.
  • The Ur-Example and Trope Codifier is Mark Gruenwald's 1980s Squadron Supreme miniseries, in which the native superheroes of an Alternate Universe to the main Marvel Universe (who happen to be Justice League of America Captains Ersatz) decide that their power and enlightened morality entitle them to take over the USA and rule it as dictators for the citizens' own good. Things inevitably go horribly wrong.
  • Superman:
    • Superman himself, while completely averting this in his mainstream incarnation, sometimes turn in this direction in dark alternate universes. Glaring examples include Superman: Red Son, in which his capsule crashes in the 1920s USSR instead of the USA and he becomes a Communist dictator of a vastly-expanded Warsaw Pact, and The Multiversity: Mastermen, in which his capsule crashes in 1930s Germany and he becomes a Nazi world dictator. Of course, since they still have the same personality as the normal Superman, both the Commie and Nazi versions of Supes ultimately become The Atoner - and the former was Affably Evil at worst (though this arguably made things more creepy), patiently waiting for nations to join his communist utopia of their own free will, and genuinely wanting to protect humanity, particularly after Stalingrad goes the same way as Kandor... which is what lines to Lex Luthor bringing him down with a single Armor-Piercing Question: "Why don't you just put the whole world in a bottle, Superman?"
    • In stories where Superman's people the Kryptonians are brought back for any length of time some of them are depicted as looking down on non-powered humans. It's the entire shtick of General Zod and his subordinates, and in the New Krypton stories the most Zod-influenced Kryptonians look at humans as ants.
    • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, most of students and teachers in Stanhope Elementary gain powers due to a strange radioactive meteorite, and they become total "I'm better than you because I have powers" jerkasses right away. Students with no powers are put into a special class in order to prepare them for their future lives as cannon fodder or innocent casualties in the battles between super-powerful beings. Ironically, the most powerful superhuman in the school is the one who doesn't adhere to that school of thought and is even pretending to be a normal human.
      Linda Lee: Um... Ms. Bigglestone? Aren't we all equal and stuff? I mean, just because we're not super-powered doesn't mean we should be treated any differently...
      Ms. Bigglestone: I'm sorry, but no. That is incorrect. Your fate, which I am here to ensure you embrace, is one of mediocrity and fear. As non-super-powered citizens, you may stand back and witness the majesty of your betters. Or, perhaps, become pawns in their super-powered contests. Either way, what you do is of little importance.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In the Season 8 comics, rogue Slayer Simone Doffler sets up a terrorist cell of like-minded slayers.
  • In Doomsday Clock, Black Adam is growing into one, and decides to act on his beliefs while most of the Justice League is busy fighting Dr. Manhattan, leaving Wonder Woman as the only one who can stop him.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm has the usual example of the Death Eaters (Voldemort is, as usual, more out for himself than anyone else), while Magneto is a (mostly) reformed example. It's also noted that even benevolently inclined magical people tend to assume a kind of paternalistic attitude towards Muggles, horribly underestimating what they're capable of.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, some bloodliners believe that they're superior to humans and Pokémon alike and thus deserve to rule over both. The most prominent examples are the Bloodline King, who directs an organization with aims of world domination, and one of the Seven Brothers of Orre, whose endgame plan involves siring hundreds of bloodliner children in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and one of them is none other than Ash Ketchum.
  • The Faithful from The Queen's Mercy are a religious group of magical individuals that believe that all non-magical humans are lesser than them and therefor deserve to be killed and/or enslaved by them. This even includes humans who gain magic but were not born with it like Anna and Rapunzel.
  • In the Avatar the Last Airbender drabble Dalits, the Air Nomads are depicted as having had a caste system where they either kicked out Non-benders or forced them to work for them. Pema is the grandchild of a Non-bending Air Nomad who was kicked out. Pema is also a part of a Non-bender Equal Rights movement herself, showing that there's still problems between Bender and Non-Benders.
  • Downplayed in Super Villain Prevention 101 with Cheetah. She calls Harley a "glorified cheerleader" and a "non-super" because she's a Badass Normal without powers.
  • The Alpha-Werewolf in that turned Max in Fur And Photography was apparently trying to build an army before Max took him down, having sniffed her out for her potential as an alpha.
  • Invoked in My Hero Playthrough: Izuku's father briefly considered sending him to a boarding school for Quirkless children in order to spare him from being bullied by superhuman students.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: Satan Girl firmly believes Kryptonians -including Kryptonian clones as herself- and Daxamites are virtually gods thanks to their powers, but they're held back by their pitiful morality. "Luckily", she doesn't have that problem.
    For Kryptonians and Daxamites were gods, off their homeworlds. They really were. What a pity their morality forced them not to realize that fact.
  • The Boy in the Book, the Malfoys are Wizard Supremacists.
  • Defied in The Vigilante Boss And His Failed Retirement Plan when Aizawa states heroes don't look down on people we protect.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Incredibles:
    • Inverted by the Big Bad's plan. Syndrome plans to sell all his inventions that make him equal to superheroes, so that "everyone will be super! And when everyone's super... no one will be."
    • Bonus features on the supers reveal that superhero Gamma Jack believed this.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • The Infected: A subtler example than usual, the villains of The Infected, Alpha Team, don't seem to bear regular humanity any ill will or believe their power gives them the right to rule. But in a world that has skewed so far into Muggle Power, a war between the Infected and normals is inevitable. So is their ultimate victory. So why not get it over and done with already?
  • Harry Potter:
    • Gellert Grindelwald planned a revolution in order to establish the wizards' power over the muggle world. Even Dumbledore bought into these ideas for a while, though his motive was a personal one: his sister was tormented by a group of Muggle boys, which had tragic consequences for all his family, and he believed that this sort of regime is the only way to prevent such things from ever happening again.
    • Years later, Voldemort really only wants power for himself, but draws most of his Death Eaters by preaching wizard superiority over muggles, and when they take over the Ministry of Magic from within in the last novel they basically turn it into a full-on fascist state.
  • In Super Powereds, the Sons of Progress are Supers who believe that they are superior beings to those without powers and shouldn't serve them. They see Heroes as traitors to their own kind, policing Supers instead of ruling over humans. Naturally, they have no problems with using terrorist tactics. Even among the students some espouse such beliefs, Rich being the most vocal one about it. He doesn't graduate but only because he realizes he isn't cut out for the harsh realities of Hero work.
  • Patternist: Mind of My Mind shows the origin of the titular Psychics. Once they organize, they casually make mind-controlled puppets out of the Muggles in their town, "programming" them to serve the Patternists' whims. One member inadvertently reduces his muggle girlfriend to an obedient Empty Shell over time by reflexively pushing any inconvenient thoughts out of her head and doesn't care at all.
  • In X-Men Mutant Empire Trilogy, Magneto and his Acolytes have this attitude. Their plan is to establish Manhattan as a mutant-ruled city, with the remaining humans as an underclass.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alphas: Red Flag/Stanton Parish, the main antagonist from season 1, believes that war between superhumans and normal humans is inevitable and that the superheroes deserve to win. Its more morally complex than usual, however, as it is finally revealed that he believes there would be No Place for Me There and his true intent is to convince the leader of the heroes, Dr. Rosen, to take over after he's exterminated the normal humans and rule as a genuinely benevolent leader. Rosen is not impressed.
  • Babylon 5: Many human telepaths secretly feel this way, largely because the Psi Corps ingrains these beliefs into them from a young age. They believe that a war is coming between the telepaths and the "mundanes". They are also generally very displeased with any "mundane", who kills a telepath, even if said telepath was a rogue one. One such "mundane" got Thrown Out the Airlock in hyperspace, and the telepath pushing the button treated it as both a rite of passage and a loss of her virginity. This ultimately culminated in the Telepath War, which the telepaths lost, resulting in the Earth Alliance creating the Psionic Monitoring Commission to hunt down the remaining Psi Corps members and to re-integrate telepaths back into mainstream society to avoid a repeat of this trope.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer In Season 3, rogue Slayer Faith Lehane spouts some of Super Supermacism towards Buffy when Faith tries to flee Sunnydale and deflect blame for her accidental murder of Deputy Mayor Allan Finch, arguing that Might Makes Right in the process.
  • Star Trek: Augments invariably believe themselves you be superior to regular humans and, as such, deserve to rule.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Some Space Marines get into this mindset via Might Makes Right, being vastly superior to standard humans in every way and thus asking why they should fight and die for them. Falling to Chaos is not the inevitable outcome, but it's a common fate.
  • Present in Mage: The Awakening, although executed unusually (and not related to inheritance because magic is an Enlightenment Superpower). Two main groups of mages believe that mages are superior to Sleepers. The group who are more likely to be protagonists, the Silver Ladder, see their role as rightful rulers of the Sleepers as one of a guide and protector, essentially believing that while they're supposed to rule over the Sleepers, with that authority Comes Great Responsibility. They also try to turn more Sleepers into Awakened, as they believe everyone will Awaken one day. On the other hand, the antagonistic Seers of the Throne couldn't care less about responsibility; they see Sleepers as little more than sheep, fit only to be pawns of the Seers.
  • Citizen Dawn from Sentinels of the Multiverse, which is the reason she is Expatriette's Nemesis: Expatriette is Citizen Dawn's daughter, and a Muggle Born of Mages to boot.
  • This is one of the distinguishing traits of the Court of Tears from Princess: The Hopeful. While most Nobles believe it is their responsibility to lead the mortals, only Tears believes that it has the right to rule without the consent of the governed.

    Video Games 
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt: your commanding officer Asimov is revealed to be this, with him claiming that Adepts, himself included, shall rule over the world and Kill All Humans. Our hero - an Adept himself - disagrees with the idea.
    • In the sequel, Eden is all for this, its inhabitants all Adepts who have suffered Fantastic Racism for their powers and believe humans must be eradicated in order to pave the course for a better world. Their leader Zonda essentially admits that while Asimov had the right idea, he was going about it the wrong way.
    • In Luminous Avenger iX, the Sumeragi, who used to oppress Adepts instead, now embraces Adepts and has been very good at wiping out humans/"minos". That's not to say they've stopped oppressing Adepts, however, as Sumeragi forcibly conscripts even Adepts who want nothing to do with killing minos into their ranks by threatening their lives or those close to them. Later it turns out this change of stance is because of the aforementioned Asimov having taken over the organization, with the game itself taking place in a Bad Future where Asimov killed Gunvolt and Joule.
  • Cole MacGrath (should the player choose Evil Karma) from Infamous becomes corrupted by his conduit powers, developing a God complex and a Might Makes Right attitude over all of the “normals.” This is taken Up to Eleven in the bad ending of Infamous 2, the Evil Ending having Cole deciding not to fire the Ray Sphere and joining with John/the Beast's plans, activating all Conduits at the expense of all other conduits (sacrificing millions for only a few thousand).
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us and its continuation (and the comics set within the universe) all showcase the tale of a Superman that becomes this after The Joker nukes Metropolis and makes him an important part of the plan to make it happen (which makes him kill Lois Lane and his unborn child) for the sake of "playing on easy mode" for once. As well, about half of the Justice League decides to jump on the fascist bandwagon right behind him, and they slide down the slippery slope like there's no tomorrow, starting with getting a hell of a lot (read "murderously") tougher on crime and ending (on the "Power" Ending of ''Injustice 2'') with Superman turning all of Brainiac's collected worlds and technology into his own private army and Batman into a roboticized slave with plans to conquer the universe (and on his Ladder ending, multiverse) for the sake of his idea of order.

    Web Comics 
  • In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic this is a common motivation for the Big Bad of the month. Usually, even the "bad guys" in the comic are Harmless Villains at worst, but many if not most of the leaders of the various factions think their people should be in charge. Thus, on the rare occasion that one leader decides to actually do something about it, some combination of Heroes, Hero Antagonists , and Harmless Villains end up working together to stop things from getting completely out of hand.
  • In Morph E, Amical is more than happy to kidnap Muggles and force them into terrifying death matches in the hope that a few of them will Awaken as mages, murdering any who underperform. He makes it a spectator event.

    Web Original 
  • In Orion's Arm, early "transapients" were split on what they thought the proper relationship between themselves and humans ought to be. Eventually, G.A.I.A. resolved the crisis by beating the lesser AIs at their own game and exiling everyone that refused to cooperate. By the modern day of the setting, all civilization is ruled over by the highest intelligences by virtue of their intelligence. "Equality" is quite simply impossible when the intelligence gap between two individual people can be greater than that between humans and bacteria.
  • Whateley Universe: Part of the Back Story concerning the Fantastic Racism seen in the series is that, when the first scientific understanding of mutation and mutant powers came to the public attention in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there was a large moral panic over the possibility of this, with mutants being portrayed as A Nazi by Any Other Name in several well-known books and films of the time. The fact that a number of mutant supervillains grabbed this Villain Ball and ran with it didn't help calm public fears over this.

    Western Animation 

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