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The Top 10 Biggest Government Jerks in Cinema History

by DannyGallagher   October 21, 2009 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 663

5. Adam Sutler from V for Vendetta

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Source: Warner Bros.

Give a man absolute power and it will absolutely overpower him. The Chancellor from this graphic novel remake of V for Vendetta doesn't know the meaning of the word "absolute" because there is no limit to any such level. He creates tragedies to control his populace and smashes the face of anyone who shows an ounce of dissent or difference of opinion, all in the name of preserving democracy. He's Dick Cheney, only more huggable.

4. Jack Hardemeyer from Ghostbusters II

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Source: Columbia Pictures

Government isn't the biggest creator of power hungry madmen -- it's politics. The world is once again facing doom from the destruction of supernatural entities and the only thing standing in the way of its saviors is a stuffy political bigwig who looks like Karl Rove on a good hair day. The only way his character could be more accurate is if his first name was "Dick."

3. Big Brother from 1984

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Source: 20th Century Fox/Virgin Films

Political smear tactics have often used George Orwell's "Big Brother" concept to paint the other side as pure evil for good reason. He's an all-controlling, all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-ruling person who puts people in their place with pain, persecution, and perpetuity. He is the executive, judicial, and legislative branch all rolled into one giant ugly man-face that couldn't get a date for prom without a squadron of Death Troopers as a chaperone.

2. Sen. Palpatine from the Star Wars prequels

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Source: Lucasfilm

Palpatine represents just about everything a single man could despise about the vastness of government power. He's got an evil voice, a wardrobe that even death would find "gauche" and an Andre-the-Giant-sized appetite for power and control. You'd think that an advanced civilization that has developed the ability to travel across the vastness of space in the blink of an eye could create a system of government that could keep one man from overtaking the whole thing.

1. Walter Peck from Ghostbusters

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Source: Columbia Pictures

Walter Peck is the gold-standard performance for a true government bureaucrat. He's short-tempered and a stickler for government regulations, regardless of their real world effect. He's vengeful and single-minded in his targets. And worst of all, he works for the EPA. Did the IRS max out their HR budget for douchebags?

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