Apropos of nothing whatsoever that’s happening in the real world (*innocent whistle*), we take a look at some of the most evil political leaders in movies…
Napoleon, Animal Farm
This politically-minded pig – created by George Orwell as an allegory for Joseph Stalin – corrupted the revolution of Animal Farm for his own gain. Napoleon preached that all animals were equal, but after he overthrew the human farmer, he turned out to be an even worse dictator. All animals are equal, he now decreed, but some are more equal than others.
Scar, The Lion King
Simba’s despicable uncle Scar demonstrates the depths to which some individuals will sink in order to gain power. Just to become the king of Pride Rock, Scar kills his kindly brother Mufasa, attempts to murder his nephew and eventually leads the community into its darkest age by allying himself with the hyenas. I guess he just couldn’t wait to be king.
Lord/President Business, The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie might have predicted the future by casting its central villain as a duplicitous businessman who also makes it into office. President Business (AKA Lord Business) is obsessed with order and plans to use his secret weapon – the Kragle – to glue everything in the Lego world in place forever. He also gets a lot of unexpected depth later on in the movie.
Lex Luthor, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
In this straight-to-DVD animated feature, Lex Luthor is elected President of the Unites States. At first, it looks like he’s actually going to be a force for good, as he gets the country out of an economical crisis. But this is Lex Luthor we are talking about, and before long he is using his newfound position of power to create a complex scheme to finally defeat Superman.