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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."

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.


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.



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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 Londenion.
  • 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.

    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 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.) This places him in direct opposition to Professor Charles Xavier, who believes that humans and mutants can and should co-exist.
    • 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 is also this, to such a degree that she 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.
  • The Incredible Hulk: The Hulk himself is this trope, 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: The 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 Captain Ersatz 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, tends to 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.
    • In stories where Superman's people the Kryptonians are brought back for any length of time they usually tend to be this. It's the entire shtick of General Zod and his subordinates, and in the New Krypton stories we get plenty of looks at how the average Kryptonian looks at humans (more or less like ants, though a few Kryptonians do defy this thanks to Superman's positive influence).

    Fan Works 
  • 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.

    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 
  • This is the general attitude of the Sith (adepts of The Dark Side of The Force) in Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe, and Star Wars Legends. This is perhaps most succinctly summed up by Desann, the Big Bad of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast:
    "The Force is not a shield to protect the useless—but is, in reality, a weapon to empower the worthy."
  • Scanners: The bad guy, Darryl Revok, is a terrorist cult leader and the result of a Bizarre Baby Boom that produced telepathic children known as 'scanners'. His own plot is to reproduce this previous accident by design, then train the next generation to be his foot soldiers on the path to creating a worldwide scanner supremacy.

  • 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.

    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.

    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. 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.

    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.
  • 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