List of fictional U.S. Presidents

From Academic Kids

Since the office of President of the United States is somewhat hallowed, fiction writers often choose to 'invent' a president in their stories to prevent a real one from being possibly insulted, to avoid having their stories become 'dated' over time, for dramatic license, or to provide literary flexibility.

Presidents are listed in alphabetical order by the first letter in their last name.

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President Barbara Adams

  • President in: Whoops Apocalypse (film, 1986)
  • Played by: Loretta Swit
  • Succeeds to presidency upon death of President Jack "Kill the Commies" Preston

President Adler

  • President in: Jack & Bobby
  • Controversial President during the War of Americas. Adler was criticized as a war criminal for his handling of the war and was subsequently arrested by the president of Finland during Robert McCallister's administration and charged with war crimes.

President Mackenzie Allen

  • President in: Commander in Chief (drama)
  • The vice-president under President Teddy Bridges, Allen becomes president after the death of the president to be the first female president. She is married and has three children.
  • Played by: Geena Davis
  • Party: Currently unknown [1] (


President Robert Baker

President Cliff Barnes

  • President in: Dallas, final episode Conundrum (aired May 3, 1991)
  • In an alternate universe where J.R. Ewing had never been born, Barnes attains a successful political career, eventually becoming vice-president. When the president has a stroke, Barnes attains the office and, according to "Adam," the otherworldly being who guides J.R. through this alternate world, is one of the country's greatest.
  • Played by: Ken Kercheval

President Josiah Bartlet

  • President in: The West Wing (television)
  • Bartlet is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and was governor of New Hampshire and a congressman. He is married to Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet and has three daughters. He bears an uncanny resemblance to Edmund Muskie and Howard Dean and enjoys chess, opera and guacamole. Bartlet is currently finishing his second term. *Shortly before re-election, Bartlet was censured by Congress due to concealment of material facts during his first presidential election run that the public should have known, even though not required by law (namely the fact that he has a relapsing-remitting case of multiple sclerosis).
  • Qualities/attributes: Irascible yet good-humored, quite liberal, known for a fascination with useless trivia, esp. historical trivia ("Did you know that this chair was presented to the United States as a gift from the King of Liechtenstein in gratitude for our ambassador marrying his daughter in 1871?"1)
  • Democrat
  • Played by: Martin Sheen

President Tom Beck

President Raymond Becker

  • President in: The Day After Tomorrow (film, 2004)
  • Played by: Kenneth Welsh
  • Former vice president, succeeds to presidency upon death of President Blake. Becker refused to believe Dr. Hall's (Dennis Quaid) theory that Earth was on brink of a new Ice Age.

President Bennett

  • President in: Clear and Present Danger
  • Orders a covert war against Colombian drug lords but was exposed by Jack Ryan.
  • Only named in the closing credits of the movie, and not once in any Tom Clancy book.
  • Played by: Donald Moffat

President Richard Benson

President Thomas "Tug" Benson

President Blake

President Mike Brady

  • President in: The Brady Bunch in the White House (TV movie, 2003)
  • Native of California with no political experience, Brady assumed the presidency after resignation of President Lawrence Randolph. Wife Carol became vice president. Has six children from marriage.
  • Played by: Gary Cole

President Bricker

President Teddy Bridges

  • President in: Commander in Chief (drama)
  • His vice-president is Mackenzie Allen, who becomes the first female president after his death of the president.
  • Played by: Unknown
  • Party: Currently unknown [2] (

President-elect Ralph Bristol

  • President in "Protect and Defend" by Eric L. Harry (No relation to the book by Richard North Patterson)
  • Bristol was the governor of California who won the presidency but was assassinated by anarchists at the Willard Hotel prior to his inauguration. He was succeeded by Gordon Davis.
  • Party: Republican


President Gary Callahan

President James Carlisle

  • President in: Guarding Tess (movie, Columbia/Tristar Studios; 1994)
  • Former governor and U.S. senator from Ohio who was elected to the White House in the 1980s. He died of a sudden heart attack before completing his term in office. Jim Carlisle was survived by his wife, Tess, his closest adviser and most important political asset.
  • Played by: George Gomes

President Carlson

President James Cassidy

President Monroe "Eagle" Cole

  • Native of Mooseport, Maine, Cole served two terms as president and attempted to run for mayor of Mooseport after his presidency. Was the first President to divorce from his wife while in office.
  • President in: Welcome to Mooseport
  • Played by: Gene Hackman

President John J. Cormack

President Guy "Whitey" Corngood

President Calvin Craig

President Hugh Crane

President Culpepper

President Johnny Cyclops

  • President in: Whoops Apocalypse (television, 1982)
  • Qualities/attributes: A former screen actor, recently lobotomised. Hated at home and desperate to regain popularity. With other world leaders, starts World War III and resulting nuclear holocaust.
  • Played by: Barry Morse


President Rufus Daggett

President James Dale

  • President in: Mars Attacks!
  • During re-election campaign, Earth makes contact with aliens. President Dale was killed by the aliens shortly after contact.
  • Played by: Jack Nicholson

President Paul Davenport

  • President in: First Kid
  • President Davenport is married to Linda Davenport and has one thirteen-year old son, Luke.
  • Played by: James Naughton

President Gordon Davis

  • President in "Protect and Defend" by Eric L. Harry (No relation to the book by Richard North Patterson)
  • Davis was an African-American Senator from Maryland prior to his nomination as Governor Phil Bristol's running-mate. Davis was wounded in the assassination of President-elect Bristol and Davis was later sworn in in his hospital room. President Davis presided over a war between China and UN forces over control of Siberia.
  • Party: Republican

President Tom Dering

  • President in Justin Richards' novels: Doctor Who: Option Lock and Doctor Who: Millennium Shock
  • Dering's running mate was Jack Michaels; Dering defeated Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election.

President Douglass Dilman

President Victor von Doom

  • President in issues 29-33 of the now-cancelled Doom 2099 comic book.
  • Dictator of the fictional country Latveria, Doom arrives in the year 2099 from sometime in our near future via unknown means. Seeing the damage being done to the world by American mega-corporations, Doom invades America and installs himself as President by "right of revolution."
  • Although never completely resolved in the comic book, it is assumed that the title character is, in fact, Victor von Doom and not one of a number of Doom impersonators that have appeared in the present-day comics timeline.

President Matt Douglas

  • President in: My Fellow Americans
  • Former governor of Indiana, Douglas defeated incumbent President Russell P. Kramer. Douglas was defeated by Kramer's vice-president, William Haney. Douglas later ran again for office as an independent alongside with President Russell P. Kramer.
  • Played by: James Garner
  • Democrat

President Charles Carter Durant

President Dugan

President Roger Durling

  • President in Tom Clancy novel Debt of Honor
  • Former governor of California, he succeeds to the presidency after his predecessor resigns.
  • Durling was killed with most of Congress in a Japanese terrorist attack on The Capitol.


President Walter Emerson

  • President in: Deterrence
  • Played by: Kevin Pollak
  • After the elected vice president resigned, he was confirmed with minority support of the electorate. The President died of natural causes, elevating Emerson.
  • Initially seeking his party's nomination in the next primary, drops out after unpopular military decision.

President Jackson Evans


President John Fields

President Mallard Fillmore

President James Foster

President William Foster

President Robert "Bob" Fowler

President Ferris F. Fremont

President Truman Theodore Fruitty

President Fuller


President Mays Gilliam

President Peter Griffin


President Jeremy Haines

President Charles Halsey

  • President in: The Outer Limits episode "Trial by Fire"
  • Shortly after being sworn in, President Halsey is faced with first contact with an armada of alien ships. As the planet arms nuclear weapons, Halsey attempts to communicate with the ships but is unsuccessful.
  • Halsey is married to Elizabeth Halsey, has children and is considered a peace-loving liberal surrounded by hawkish military leaders; President Halsey and advisors are later killed by the aliens.
  • Played by: Robert Foxworth

President Judson C. "Judd" ("Major") Hammond

President William "Bill" Haney

  • President in: My Fellow Americans
  • Haney served as vice president under President Russell P. Kramer before defeating incumbent President Matt Douglas. Later forced to resign.
  • Played by: Dan Aykroyd
  • Republican

President Harris

President Spencer Harvey

  • Presidency mentioned in: Jack & Bobby
  • Resigned due to a corporate scandal

President Henry Hayes

  • President in Stargate: SG-1
  • Played by: William Devane
  • Comments: Vice-President was Robert Kinsey, who had ties to the rogue element of the N.I.D.

President Jonathan Hayes

President Helman

President Stephen Decatur Henderson

  • President in Mr. President, 1962 Broadway musical by Irving Berlin
  • Henderson loses his bid for re-election.
  • Played by Robert Ryan

President Art Hockstader

President Paul Hollister

President J. Edgar Hoover

  • President in the Red Dwarf episode Tikka to Ride
  • When the Red Dwarf crew inadvertently prevented the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he was impeached in a sex scandal in 1964 and succeeded by Hoover. Being blackmailed by the Mafia (who had evidence he was a cross-dresser) Hoover allowed the Soviet Union to set up an nuclear base in Cuba, leading to the widespread desertion of American cities.

President Jonathan Thomas Horne

  • Current President in the DC Comics universe.

President Eve Hubbard

  • One of the many presidents in Robert Anton Wilson's Schrödinger's Cat trilogy
  • Star of the movie "Gentleman Prefer Clones", President Hubbard reformed criminal code, ending victimless crimes. She encouraged Space migration, life extension, extensive automation of industry and other scientific research projects.
  • Party: Libertarian Immortalist ("No more death and taxes!")

President Harley M. Hudson


President James Johnson

  • President in: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • The 44th President, preceded by President George Sears aka Solidus Snake. After Sears "resigned" in 2005, Johnson became the President, and was re-elected in 2008; Johnson claims the election was a farce. He claims he is a puppet of The Patriots, a secret group that controls the United States, and which decides the elections. During the events of Metal Gear Solid 2 in 2009, Johnson was assassinated in order to prevent Solidus Snake from accessing the nuclear weapons on Arsenal Gear; Johnson's vital signs were the "launch codes".


President Florentyna Kane

President Kang

President John Keeler

  • President in: 24 (2005-?)
  • Played by: Geoffrey Pierson
  • Keeler succeeds Democrat David Palmer and was elected after his opponent, President Palmer, withdrew from the race. As part of a day of unprecedented terrorist strikes, Air Force One is shot down, critically injuring Keeler and killing several others including the President's son, Kevin; Vice President Charles Logan assumes the presidency. His fate remained unclear at the end of the day.
  • Republican

President Tim Kegan

  • President in: Winter Kills, both book by Richard Condon and movie
  • Assassinated president that is never fully seen during one flashback scene in movie. No credit was given to the arm.

President Keith

President Francis Xavier Kennedy

  • President in: Mario Puzo's The Fourth K
  • Nephew of John F. Kennedy
  • Before becoming president, he had served one term in the Senate. His first act as President is to donate his $40 million fortune to relieve the national debt. *During his administration, the Pope is executed, his daughter kidnapped, and a bomb detonated in Manhattan. In retaliation, President Kennedy destroys the capital city of Dach in the fictional Arabian country of Sherbin. Kennedy is later re-elected due to an assassination attempt on his life.

President John F. Kennedy Jr.

President Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

  • President in: Fatherland (movie, Goodtimes Home Video; 1994/based on the novel by Robert Harris and published by HarperTorch; reprint 1995)
  • In an alternate version of 20th Century history, Nazi Germany won World War II resulting in a far different world by April 1964. With tensions easing between the world's two major superpowers, a 75-year-old Adolf Hitler welcomes President Kennedy to a Berlin summit in the interest of fostering detente.
  • Played by: Jan Kohout

President Clark Kent

  • President in: Action Comics Annual #3 (1991)
  • In a possible future Pete Ross is running for President, with Kent as his campaign manager. When an assassination attempt results in Ross being injured and Kent's secret identity being revealed, Ross insists Superman take his place as the Democratic candidate.
  • President Kent is responsible for a series of satellites broadcasting solar power to Earth. He also worked towards multilateral disarmament, and the coalition of all superhero teams into the World Peace League.
  • This future was observed by the time traveller Waverider, but negated soon afterwards.

President Kerry Francis Kilcannon

  • President in: Richard North Patterson's novels Protect and Defend and Balance of Power, candidate in No Safe Place.
  • Kilcannon is a Democrat from New Jersey and was elected in 2000 at age 42 after defeatin incumbent Vice-President Dick Mason for Democratic nomination. President Kilcannon appointed Caroline Masters as the first female Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Kilcannon was a two term Senator and succeeded his older brother James, who was assassinated while running for President in 1988. Kilcannon's vice President was Ellen Penn, formerly Senator from California and is married to Lara (nee Costello) a former television news reporter.

President Tom Kimball

President Robert Kinsey

  • President in: Stargate SG-1 TV-series
  • The character Senator Robert Kinsey became President in two separate alternate timelines.
  • Played by: Ronny Cox

President Russell P. Kramer

  • President in: My Fellow Americans
  • Born in Ohio, Kramer was a senator and attempted to run for re-election as president but failed. Famous for line "Our dreams are like our children." Later ran again for office as an independent with former President Matt Douglas.
  • Played by: Jack Lemmon
  • Republican


President Owen Lassiter

  • President in: The West Wing (television)
  • Mentioned only in one episode, native of California, has a presidential library, was married and is presently deceased. Possibly resembles Ronald Reagan.
  • In his Oval Office, President Lassiter had jars of sand and soil from land wherever American soldiers died. In the twilight of his life, he wrote an essay titled "The Need for an American Empire" to President Bartlet calling for opposition of Islamic fundamentalism.
  • Josiah Bartlet's Republican predecessor, Lassiter served two terms.

President Lenny Leonard

  • President in: The Simpsons-The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace
  • Leonard was once an employee at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in Springfield. He was seen at Homer Simpson's funeral.
  • Homer: "Marge, whatever happens, promise me you won't vote for Lenny."

President Lindberg

President Manfred Link

President Lockwood

President Charles Logan

  • President in: 24
  • Played by: Gregory Itzin
  • Cabinet unanimously invoked the 25th Amendment after President Keeler is hospitalized. This is the second time the amendment has been invoked in the series, but the previous vote was strongly divided and was not executed legally.
  • Republican

President Eugene Lorio

President Furbish Lousewart

President Lex Luthor

  • President in the DC Universe
  • Impeached. Succeeded by Vice-President Pete Ross
  • Party: Tomorrow Party

President Jordan Lyman


President Mackenzie

President Man

President Julia Mansfield

President James Marshall

President Thomas Marshall

  • President in "Protect and Defend" by Eric L. Harry (No relation to the book by Richard North Patterson)
  • President Marshall ignored warnings of a Chinese attack on Siberia and Taiwan, was defeated by Governor Phil Bristol of California. Marshall was poisoned prior to Bristol's inauguration.
  • Party: Democrat

President Ted Matthews

  • President in: My Fellow Americans
  • Matthews became President after President William Haney resigned. Later went to prison.
  • Played by: John Heard
  • Republican

President William "Bill" Matthews

President Maxwell

President Robert "Bobby" McCallister

  • President in: Jack & Bobby
  • Born in Hart, Missouri, McCallister was a minister and later a congressman and governor of Missouri before being elected the 51st president in 2040.
  • Independent, having lost the Republican nomination

President Leslie McCloud

President Thomas McKenna

President McKenna

President Fillmard Millmore

President Mimeo

President William Harrison "Bill" Mitchell/Dave Kovic

  • President and Presidential decoy in: Dave
  • Real President's qualities: Philandering heel, unpopular with voters, secretly estranged from the First Lady. Suffered a stroke and later dies.
  • President Dave's qualities: Personable, loving and strongly pro-job growth. Reestablishes Mitchell's popularity with voters. Fakes death and later runs for Washington, D.C. City Council as Dave Kovic.
  • An alumnus of Yale Law School.
  • Dave is possibly a Democrat; Mitchell is possibly a Republican.
  • Both played by: Kevin Kline

President Horace C. Mitchell

President Maxwell Monroe

President Mordecai

  • President in 2010: Odyssey Two
  • Only mentioned in passing by character Heywood Floyd
  • In the movie of "2010", the President is drawn as the likeness of Arthur C. Clarke on a magazine cover.

President Rachel Moreno

  • President in: Madame President: The Unauthorized Biography of the First Green Party President (novel), by Mark Dunlea
  • Green
  • A nurse, single mother, and advocate for universal health care and global fair trade prior to her candidacy
  • Moreno is elected Vice-President during a disputed election in 2000 when Green Electors vote for the Democratic candidate in exchange for his acceptance of Moreno as his running mate; she ascends to the Presidency after the elected President dies of a drug interaction in August, 2001.

President Thomas D. Moss

President Merkin Muffley

  • President in: Dr. Strangelove
  • Qualities/attributes: A balding middle-aged man with glasses, President Muffley is perhaps the only character in the movie who seems to have a 'down to earth' attitude towards an escalating nuclear crisis. However, his indecisiveness and desire out hear all sides and options ad nauseum renders him largely ineffective.
  • During administration, Soviet doomsday device detonates, destroying most life on planet.
  • Quote: "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!"
  • Played by: Peter Sellers


President Gary Nance

  • President in: Dave
  • Succeeds to presidency upon death of President William Mitchell. Nance has honorable ethics and morals, is cleared in a scandal involving bank fraud.
  • Most likely Republican
  • Played by: Ben Kingsley

President Jack Neil

  • President in: Murder at 1600
  • Family is framed for murder in retaliation for making military decisions his national security advisor doesn't like. The president has a sexual reputation and has one son.
  • Played by: Ronny Cox

President D. Wire Newman

  • President in: The West Wing (television)
  • Played by: James Cromwell
  • Serving only one term, Newman was the last Democrat to be President before the election of Josiah Bartlet (see above). Appeared alongside Bartlet at the funeral of former president Owen Lassiter in 2004.

President Howard Johnson Nissen

  • President in Give Me Liberty/Martha Washington Goes to War comic book series, set in 2014.
  • The former Secretary of Agriculture, he becomes President when President Rexall, the Vice President, and most of the cabinet are assassinated in an explosion.

President Winston Noble

  • President in: Fahrenheit 451
  • Described as extremely charismatic and charming and "one of the nicest-looking men who ever became president."
  • President Noble defeated his homely and disheveled opponent, Hubert Hoag, in a landslide. Unlike Hoag, Noble doesn't pick his nose while on television.

President "Chuck" Norris

  • President in Andrew Cartmel novel: "Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Warhead"
  • Elected president in 2004 (defeating Bruce Springsteen) this extremely right-wing politician ended immigration to the United States, and presided over the establishment of Local Development laws which prevented the unemployed from leaving their local area to find work.

President Noxin


President A. Thorton Osgood II


President David Palmer

Acting President Jim Prescott

  • Acting president in 24 (2003)
  • Prescott was Vice-President under President David Palmer and manipulated the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, but only served a few hours before the presidency was restored to Palmer.
  • A preview for an upcoming 24 video game implies that Prescott served as President following an assassination attempt on Palmer (the game is set between seasons 2 and 3)
  • Played by: Alan Dale
  • Democrat

President Jack "Kill the Commies" Preston


President Lawrence Ivor Randolph

President Rexall

  • President in Give Me Liberty/Martha Washington Goes to War comic book series, set in 2014. Rexall repeals the 22nd Amendment to gain a third term.
  • He, the Vice President, and most of his cabinet are assassinated in an explosion. Succeeded by Secretary of Agriculture Howard Johnson Nissen.

President Richmond

  • President in: My Date With the President's Daughter
  • President Richmond is married to Carol Richmond and has one teenage daughter, Hallie. While running for reelection, President Richmond was once mistakenly arrested by the police and spent one night in jail.
  • Played by: Dabney Coleman

President Allen Richmond

  • President in: Absolute Power (1997 film)
  • Officially, he committed suicide in office. Unofficially, he was killed by a man whose wife he had earlier murdered.
  • Played by: Gene Hackman

President Eleanor Richmond

President Prez Rickard

President Steve Rogers

President Chet Roosevelt

  • President in: Americathon
  • During Roosevelt administration, the U.S. government suffers bankruptcy, has a fundraiser to pay off debts and deficit.
  • Played by: John Ritter

President Pete Ross

  • Ross was a former Senator from Kansas, succeeded President Luthor after his impeachment and refused to run for re-election.
  • Party: Tomorrow Party

President Paul Roudebush

President John Patrick "Jack" Ryan

  • President in numerous novels by Tom Clancy. Ryan served in the United States Marine Corps, taught at the United States Naval Academy, worked in the CIA and became National Security Advisor under President Roger Durling. Jack Ryan later became vice president after the vice president resigned due to a sex scandal. Ryan is married and has four children.
  • Jack Ryan assumed the presidency after the death of the president and most of Congress after a terrorist attack on The Capitol. The Ryan administration expands NATO and fights a war with the People's Republic of China after the Chinese invade Russia.


President Elaine Sallinger

  • Presidency mentioned in the Red Dwarf novel Better Than Life
  • Described as "perhaps the greatest American President of all time"
  • Appears only as the fifth carving on Mount Rushmore

President Newton Sanders

  • President in Mark Lawson's novel: "Idlewild_(book)"
  • In a universe in which President John F. Kennedy survived the assassination attempt on his life, and went on to be re-elected in 1964, Newton Sanders won the 1992 Presidential election running as a third party candidate - defeating President George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
  • He was assassinated via a "baby bomb" (an infant wrapped in semtex - and detonated) by Yusaf Yusaf (a.k.a "Anderson Kempinski Fraser"), and due to not having a Vice-President, was succeeded by the Speaker of the House.

President Adam Scott

President George Sears

President Andrew Shepherd

President Bubba Shrub

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President Lisa Simpson

President Lisa Simpson

President Robert "Bud" Smith

President Springhead

President James Stanford

  • President in: XXX: State of the Union
  • Played by: Peter Strauss
  • His Secretary of Defense George Deckert leads an unsuccessful military coup to assassinate him and seize power. After Deckert's demise, when he gives the Medal of Honor to those that saved him, he stole Darius Stone's famous quote: "Wars come and go, but my soldiers stay eternal."

President Arch Stanton

President Jack Stanton

President Richard Starkey

President Diane Steen

President David Stevens

President Patrick J. Sullivan


Mr. Thompson

  • President in: Atlas Shrugged
  • Never actually referred to as President, only as Head of State, but the office is implied from context. Thompson presides over a series of socialist reforms and attempts to compromise with John Galt, but does not make a sufficient offer.

President Samuel Arthur Tresch

President Thomas Nelson Tucker

President Rexford Tugwell


President Margaret Valentine

President Philip Nolan Voight

  • President in: Marvel Comics's New Universe
  • Voight was elected in 1988 after telepathically influencing voters. He had the paranormal ability to mimic and outdo any other paranormal ability, shown by chosing Michael Dukakis as his running-mate.


Acting President Glen Allen Walken

  • President in: The West Wing (television)
  • Played by: John Goodman
  • Born in Liberty, Missouri, Walken is a Vietnam veteran, is possibly married, has a dog named Bess and is "one prime rib dinner away from sudden cardiac arrest."
  • Walken was Speaker of the House and becomes acting President on May 8, 2003 during a national emergency involving Zoey Bartlet. President Bartlet invokes the 25th Amendment and temporarily resigns and assumes the presidency again on May 11, 2003.
  • He attempted to gain his party's nomination for the presidency in 2006; despite winning the Iowa caucus, Walken lost the nomination to Senator Arnold Vinick of California.
  • An opponent to the Bartlet administration, Walken is a Republican.

President Westwood

  • President in: Stealth Fighter
  • President Westwood orders a covert war against Nicaraguan drug lords and mercenaries.
  • Played by: Ernie Hudson

President Thomas J. Whitmore

  • President in: Independence Day
  • Whitmore fought in the first Gulf War as a fighter pilot. He is married to Marilyn Whitmore and has one daughter, Patricia. As president, he was criticized by political pundits in Washington for his inexperience in politics as well as his youth. The Orange County Register named President Whitmore one of the sexiest men of the year on July 2, the day the aliens arrived on Earth..
  • Whitmore personally led surviving Earth resistance military forces into battle against alien invasion/occupation forces after the death of his wife.
  • Played by: Bill Pullman

President Widmark

  • President in: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • Widmark is confined, either temporarily or permanently, to a specially made hospital bed due to an undisclosed back ailment. In early versions of the script, he is confined there due to mental instability. His advisors include General Catburd of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense McKinley, Senator Cunningham, and National Security Advisor Smirnoff.
  • Declares war on the Soviet Union by signing the "Short Form" of the Declaration of War, under pressure from the Black Lectroids. Presumably rescinds the declaration after Dr. Buckaroo Banzai defeats the Red Lectroids, ending the confrontation.
  • Quote: "Buckaroo, I don't know what to say...Lectroids? Planet 10? Nuclear extortion? A girl named John?"
  • Played by: Ronald Lacey

President Joseph Wilson

President Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip


President Kenneth Yamaoka

  • President in: Eagle (manga) by Kaiji Kawaguchi
  • Yamaoka is the 43rd President and is the first Asian-American president (third generation Japanese-American). He previously served in the military in Japan and was the Democratic senator from New York. Yamaoka is married to wife Patricia with son Alex, daughter Rachel and an illegitimate son, Takashi Jo.

Unnamed presidents

President "Russ" (no last name given) in: Advise and Consent

Unnamed President in: Amazing Grace and Chuck

Unnamed President in: Armageddon (movie) and The Rock

  • During administration, much of the planet was devastated by asteroid strikes and approves the air strike against Alcatraz.
  • Played by: Stanley Anderson
  • Though the two films make no reference to each other, the fact the same actor played the President both films which were directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer lends credence to the fact that they're the same person.

Unnamed President in: Atomic Train

  • During administration, Denver was devastated by a Russian nuclear weapon concealed with hazardous chemicals and toxic waste on board a runaway freight train that has suffered from brake failure.
  • Played by: Edward Herrmann

Unnamed President "Bobby" (no last name given) in: Being There

Unnamed President in: Canadian Bacon

  • An uninspiring president suffering from low popularity, he and his advisors started a fake war with Canada as a campaign distraction.
  • Played by: Alan Alda

Unnamed President in: Dreamscape

Unnamed President in: Escape from New York

Unnamed President in: Fail-Safe

Unnamed President in: Guarding Tess (movie, Columbia/Tristar Studios; 1994)

  • Vice president under James Carlisle, another fictional chief executive, he succeeded to the presidency upon Carlisle's death in office sometime in the 1980s. He was still in power as of 1992. He is likely a native of Texas.
  • Quote: "Or next time, you'll be guardin' my dog, do you hear me son?"
  • Played by: Hugh Wilson

Unnamed President in: The Illuminatus! Trilogy

Unnamed President (Secret Service codename "Traveler") in: In the Line of Fire

Unnamed President in: Love Actually

Unnamed President in: Pandora's Clock

  • During administration, Quantum Airlines flight 66 carrying 247 passengers and one man infected with a doomsday virus from Frankfurt, Germany to New York, New York. The plane is unable to land and the government plans to shoot the it down.
  • Played by: Edward Herrmann

Unnamed President in: The Pelican Brief

Unnamed President in: Shadow Conspiracy

  • His Vice President Saxon is trying to kill him and take his place.
  • Played by: Sam Waterston

Unnamed President in: Superman II

Unnamed "American President" in The Tomorrow People

  • Uses nuclear weapons to get involved in an intergalactic battle, distrusts the super-powered children and their secretive alien connections
  • Played by: John F. Parker

Unnamed President in Transmetropolitan

  • Notes: Nicknamed "The Beast", loses election to Gary Callahan

Unnamed President in: Wag the Dog (1997)

  • Starts a fake war with Albania as a campaign distraction from a sex scandal before election time.
  • Played by: Michael Belson


1President Bartlet's comments are meant to make him sound erudite, but frequently misfire – in the example cited, for instance, there has never been a king of Liechtenstein (it is a principality, ruled by a prince); the Prince in 1871 was Johannes II, who was unmarried, and had no daughter; and the United States has no ambassador to Liechtenstein (the Ambassador to Switzerland serves Liechtenstein's needs). It is unclear if this is an "intentional" error (intended to show that Bartlet is sometimes mistaken) or an unintentional error on the part of the writers of The West Wing. These "goofs" could be a deliberate policy on the part of the writers, however, to subtly reinforce that the action is not taking place in the "real" U.S., but in a parallel version of it.

Real people

Occasionally real people are listed as president even though they'd never held office. This is used most often for dramatic effect or humor.

President James G. Blaine gets the United States into a second war with the Confederate States in the alternate history novel How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove.

President Chastity Bono was mentioned in The Simpsons episode "Bart to the Future" and was president sometime before Lisa Simpson.

President Hillary Clinton is shown as current president in an episode of Sliders

President Al Franken was president in Why Not Me?, a satirical novel. Franken was elected in 2000 on eliminating ATM fees. He was the first Jewish President and won in a landslide. Franken's running mate was Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, making the Franken-Lieberman ticket the first all-Jewish ticket since Reconstruction. As president, Franken suffered from severe depression and mood swings; he attacked Nelson Mandela and appointed Sandy Koufax as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. President Franken resigned after 144 days in office on June 10, 2001. In his resignation speech, he said: "It is my fondest wish that, in the fullness of time, the American people will look back on the Franken presidency as something of a mixed bag and not as a complete disaster."

President Al Gore is shown as the current president in an alternate reality in The One (2001) as well as in the comic book Hero Squared X-Tra Sized Special. He also was allowed to sit at the desk of the Oval Office on the set of the The West Wing in a skit from Saturday Night Live making fun of the television show and depicting Gore, who had just lost the U.S. presidential election 2000,as overly eager to act the role of president on his visit to the television set.

President Ted Kennedy was also mentioned in The Simpsons episode "Bart to the Future" and was president sometime before Lisa Simpson. A list of US Presidents since the 1950s in Robert Heinlein's book Job: A Comedy of Justice concludes with "Eisenhower, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy", presumably referring to both Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.

President Charles Lindbergh appeared in The Plot Against America, an alternative history novel by Philip Roth. In the novel, the aviation hero wins the presidency against Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. He serves until 1942 where Vice President Burton K. Wheeler succeeds him.

President Arnold Schwarzenegger is mentioned as a prior commander in chief in Demolition Man with his own presidential library in San Angeles, California.

President Upton Sinclair was elected in 1920 as the first Socialist president after defeating President Theodore Roosevelt. He was later suceeded by Calvin Coolidge, who was suceeded by Herbert Hoover, who lost re-election in 1936 to Al Smith.

President Al Smith is elected president in Harry Turtledove's alternate history novel The Victorious Opposition in 1936 after defeating Herbert Hoover. He is the nation's third Socialist President and was later killed in an air raid on Philadelphia, the capital of the United States; Vice-President Charles M. La Follette was later sworn in as president.

President Bruce Springsteen appears in Jim Mortimore's novel: "Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Eternity Weeps" President Springsteen defeated President Tom Dering in the 2000 presidential election after retiring from the music business. President Springsteen ordered a nuclear attack on Turkey and the Moon in an attempt to stop the spread of an alien terraforming virus known as "Agent Yellow".

President Howard Stern is shown as current president in Sliders episode 21, "The Young and the Relentless."

President Donald Trump was mentioned as being president before Lisa Simpson in the year 2030. Trump was a very bad president and bankrupted the American economy, causing a crisis for Lisa when she took over. He was mentioned in the "Bart to the Future" episode of The Simpsons

President Jesse Ventura is shown fighting for re-election against Henry Kissinger in Killroy and Tina

In Robert Anton Wilson's Schrödinger's Cat trilogy there are at least three other real people who became fictional presidents, Ted Kennedy, Douglas MacArthur and Hubert Humphrey.

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