The interesting part about democracy is that there are relatively few leaders who are elected that are totally evil. History has thrown up a few bad eggs, but mostly we avoid putting nefarious individuals in a position of responsibility. Instead of malevolent rulers we are more likely to place incompetence at the head of government.
We should consider ourselves lucky in real life that we don’t have as many nasty and vindictive leaders as appear in pop culture. It’s such a regular occurrence it has it’s own trope.
Here is a list of my favourite bad fictional rulers who show how terrible leaders can get.
(Warning there may be spoilers ahead)
1. Andrew Ryan (Bioshock)
If it isn’t bad enough that you create a utopian city under the sea where you allow rampant genetic engineering to create a better race of people, you also decide to enslave little girls to go around collecting the byproducts of sea slugs.
Then when it all goes wrong you use mental manipulation tricks to get someone to beat you to death with a golf club just to prove a point about self-determination. Would you kindly please not run for power.
2. Joffrey (Game of Thrones)
There are only a handful of people who the c-word can be used for, Joffrey is not one of them. He deserves a whole new word. Even though he is not real, the mere thought of him causes my hackles to rise.It is with great credit to the actor who plays him that he creates such a reaction, it is very difficult to hate a child.
Whether it is sending people to hunt down and kill a stable boy for daring to play with someone above his position in society, or having the tongue cut out from someone (the other option was chopping off his hands) for singing a song, or having someone hit his betrothed for him (as he doesn’t hit women); Joffrey is just a cruel and nasty piece of work.
All this pales into nothing compared to his greatest crime. He had Ned Stark executed. This bastard child of an incestuous relationship deserves to die in a long and painful way.
3. Sauron (Lord of the Rings)
Officially the second most evil boss behind Morgoth (who is currently serving time beyond the veil of this world) in Middle Earth history. So why does he make the list and not his predecessor?
Mainly it’s due to the way he treats his employees. Seriously, if you were to work in Mordor you should refuse any benefits package. If after a year of hard work you get offered a nice shiny ring with you end of year bonus you really should be thinking:
“Am I going to end up a shadow of my former self and running after short guys just because the boss is constantly losing pieces of jewelry?”
4. Arthur (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
He is an oppressor.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wicked Witch.”
Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.