10 Fictional Candidates For President
Make America Magic Again! Or Evil!
In December of 1943, DC Comics imagined that 1,000 years in the future, Wonder Woman would be running for president. Well, Hillary Clinton may not be an Amazonian demigod, but she does have the potential to save the world today—and hopefully in the days to come. There’s been much discussion about the quality of presidential candidates this election, but as these fictional campaign posters make clear, it could be worse. (It could also be better.) So here, to amuse you while you wait in line to vote, are a few campaign posters and buttons for fictional characters from literature and comics. But as a reminder: when you go to the polls today, definitely vote for a real candidate. A Batman write-in is a vote for the Joker.
Honestly, Wonder Woman would make an incredible president—even her pantsuits were usually pretty on-point. It’s also worth noting that in 1972, the very first issue of Ms., founded by Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, featured an enormous Wonder Woman and the slogan “Wonder Woman for President”—the perfect rallying call for the famous feminist magazine.
Winnie the Pooh actually ran for president in 1972—well, you know, sort of. Disneyland threw him a “Tigger-Tape” parade, and a “Pooh-litical Fun-Raising” rally, and made tons of merch. There’s even a song. It’s probably fair to say that Pooh is the sweetest candidate of all time. [images via and via]
Well, winter is in fact coming. Plus, in the latest installment of George R.R. Martin’s beloved series, Arya’s blindness gave her enhanced abilities to both lie and detect liars—very important skills for any politician. [image via]
“Oh, you think he’s dead, do you?” [image via]
Wait, Voldemort running as Sarah Palin’s vice president? Somehow I don’t think he’d go for that. [image via]
And running against Palin/Voldemort, of course, would have to be everyone’s favorite wizard. Now, Harry Potter would make a terrible president—so whiny—but Make America Magic Again is a sentiment I can get behind. [image via]
The smartest, most observant man in literature might alienate everyone around him, but he would also be a master negotiator, not to mention interrogator. Russian hackers would have no chance. [images via]
Though he is considered one of the most intelligent superheroes, I think Batman would probably throw tons of money and effort into defense spending. We all know how he loves his gadgets. Also I wonder if the mask thing would be an issue—ain’t no one voting for Clark Kent. [image via]
For when you actually want to choose the greater evil. Or for when you’re ready to throw humanity out with the bathwater. See also this poster for a 2010 Polish election. [image via]
For a nation ruled by a pyloric valve… This shirt is included among the Toole Papers at Tulane University. The front pocket is emblazoned with a little green hunting cap! [image via]