Contact Us

Vote Villain: Political Art That Commands You to Elect the Bad Guy


While some folks view the Republican primaries as America’s greatest reality TV show, left-leaning viewers may see it as a choice between four political supervillains (or three supervillains and the somewhat less potent Ron Paul). Front yards across the nation are already littered with campaign signs, and they will get even more cluttered as we move closer to Election Day. But can you tell whether a candidate is a villain based on his political ad? Some villains are upfront about their evil plans for world domination and human enslavement, while others simply stand in front of an American flag with a smile and a “Vote for me.” I’ve collected campaign art from some of pop culture’s most notorious killers and madmen. Would any of them win your vote?It came as no surprise to me that the most popular election parodies were takes on Shepard Fairey’s popular Obama “Hope” poster. Of course, when you’ve got a notorious dictator or a gleeful murderer in lieu of the President of the United States, you need a tagline other than “Hope.”

Victor von Doom couldn’t actually become the President of the United States; after all, he has that pesky birth certificate problem. Even though Latveria was only briefly a democracy, Doom might consider employing these stylized screen prints to remind the peons just who is in charge (as if they could ever forget).

This parody by James Lillis was probably inevitable, but the combination of the Watchmen button with Obama’s rising sun logo is a brilliant touch. Still, I’d expect more of a manic grin.
Zod pushes aside all of this “election” nonsense and goes straight to the ruling with a fist of steel.
Unlike Nick Roche, I don’t think “Sarcasm” is the first word I’d choose for Chancellor (later Emperor) Palpatine. I’d probably shoot for some typically Sith word, maybe “fear” or “hate” or “holy crap, what happened to your face?” But in the abstract, I love the idea of more openly sarcastic politicians.
Adding a little Hunger Games into the mix, we have President Snow. How does one run for president in Panem? Dress a puppies up in adorable outfits and make them fight other puppies? Hold a Hunger Games marathon on election night to distract the masses? Or do you just pledge four more years of teen-on-teen slaughter?

And here we have an Obama parody that was actually an official piece of marketing for Megamind. Even for a supervillain who pals around with an enhanced goldfish, this seems a bit cutesy.

Garrison Dean prefers to give Palpatine a classy Obama parody, turning Obama’s Pepsi symbol into the Death Star. Cue the “That’s no riding sun” jokes.

And there are plenty of supervillains who got in-comic (or in-movie) election posters:



Transmetropolitan dealt with a political showdown between a political supervillain and a run-of-the-mill evil politician. The moral of the story is that you should never trust anyone who shows that much gum in their campaign posters.

The trick here is that the Joker will kill you regardless of whether you vote for him. He’ll plant himself 100 feet from the polling station and give everyone an acid flower spritz on the way out.


Galactus might have trouble running on his “devourer of worlds” platform, but really, anyone who faults him for that is a tree-hugging hippie.


Okay, technically it’s Gordon Wright, not the Red Skull, who’s the politician, but when Americans voted Third Wing, they were for the enemy. The raised fists should have been a dead giveaway.

And of course there’s the fresh-faced Harvey Dent campaign poster from The Dark Knight — before the Joker’s defacement of both the posts and Dent’s face. Just remember, just because a politician isn’t a villain yet doesn’t mean he’s not a villain in the making.

But I rather prefer Carlos Gruiz‘s grim, foreshadowing version.


Lex Luthor opts for the classics in his political campaign ad: American flag, “Vote Lex” button, the power stance. But the high-collared shirt says, “Innovators don’t need neckties.” Of course, neither do megalomaniacs. It’s like Steve Jobs and his turtlenecks.

Artist das chupa rethinks Luthor’s need for ties. The tie says power. It says maturity. It says, “I don’t go to work wearing my undies on the outside.”
das chupa also made this wonderfully creepy 2001: A Space Odyssey campaign poster…
…as well as my favorite parody of the “Change” meme ever.

And then there are the artists who pair villains up with a certain candidate or political party:


I believe that now Dick Cheney prefers to be called “Darth Dickous.”
Perfect for annoying people who love both Harry Potter and Rick Santorum.

And more than one person has made a faux campaign ad based on Ron Paul’s uncanny resemblance to a certain magnetic mutant:


Then again, why mock up fresh campaign ads for villains when you can just deface an existing sign?

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://comicsalliance.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Comics Alliance quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on Comics Alliance quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!