You can hardly open a comic or switch on your TV without seeing some heroic do-gooder stopping one evil megalomaniac or other from taking over the world. On the face of it, watching evil space Hitler plunge to his grisly demise at the bottom of a reactor shaft might seem like a good thing, but is it really?
Has anyone ever stopped to consider whether we might actually all be better off if we just gave these guys a shot at running things? Surely someone with the genius level intellect, determination, fiscal nouse and organizational ability required to build a skyscraper-sized fire breathing cyborg T-Rex with missile teeth has to be a better choice than 98% of the politicians out there, right?
Here are the top ten evil megalomaniacs we all might be better off being rules by.10) Megatron from Transformers
Most of us know Megatron as the energon-obsessed leader of the Decepticons and hater of Optimus Prime, but there's (sorry) a lot more to this evil robot than meets the eye (I'm so sorry). Megatron is also an avid conservationist, intent on seeing Cybertron returned to its former glory, no matter the cost. As well as caring for the environment, he's a robot with a passion for peace... through tyranny. The thing is, he'll make it work. Here's why: who's going to pick a fight with a giant robot who can turn into a gun or shoot anti-matter blasts from his fusion cannon that can level a city? You? I don't think so.
9) Zim from Invader Zim
Let's face it, Earth is a pretty horrible place: war, poverty, inequality, Toddlers & Tiaras
and stupid human worm babies taking up space in every Skool. Zim can fix all of that. Yes, he wants to conquer Earth in the name of the Irken Armada but on the up side, they have the fairest political system in the universe: whoever's Tallest is in charge. Plus, his advanced technology could revolutionise our planet. Just imagine living in a world where everyone has a spaceship and a walking house, and their own GIR; a tacito-obsessed, very slightly
malfunctioning robot sidekick. 7 billion GIRs: what could possibly go wrong?
8) Sauron from Lord of the Rings
The Dark Lord of Mordor gets a lot of bad press for being an "evil wizard", a "corrupter" and a "deceiver" but really, Sauron was only interested in bringing order to the chaotic world of Middle-earth after the Gods abandoned it. Isn't that worth the occasional person being thrown in to an orc stew? And as the greatest jeweller of all time, he can make AMAZING engagement rings at really reasonable prices; like the total enslavement of your will to his.
7) Ozymandias from Watchmen
Being the world's smartest man means Adrian Veidt can lay good claim to being ruler of the planet. To put his genius into perspective, Ozymandias was able to outsmart Dr. Manhattan, a god-like being with the power to perceive past, present and future simultaneously. That's understanding David Lynch movies kind of smart. More importantly, he's not afraid to make the hard decisions. If that means securing world peace by staging an alien invasion that results in the destruction of New York City and brutally murdering his friends to cover it up, so be it.
6) Magneto from X-Men
Forget the fact that he has hordes of evil super-powered mutants to do his bidding; Magneto could take over the world completely legally. As the buffest 80-something year old in the history of ever, he could romp in to office on the back of the female senior citizen vote alone. Of course, as the Master of Magnetism, he could also dump a car on your head or suck the iron in your blood out through your pores, both of which you have to admit are pretty compelling reasons to let him do his thing. True, he's not a big fan of homo sapiens
but we were the ones who invented Jersey Shore
so we probably had it coming.