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Merkin Muffley occasionally known as President Merkin Muffley or just Muffley is the main protagonist of the 1964 black-comedy film Dr. Strangelove (or how I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb). He's the president of the United States and the commander-in-chief of the War Room.

He was portrayed by Peter Sellers, who also portrayed Dr. Strangelove, and Group Captain Mandrake in the same film.

Why He Rocks

  1. Even though he's played as the straight and sane man, he still manages to be pretty funny, thanks to Peter Sellers' great performance.
  2. As stated about, he shown to be the voice of reason among his advisory staff, even though he's still not the most competent auditory figure out there.
    1. Such as when the staff found out about the missile attack. While Turgidson wants to respond to the situation with a preemptive strike against the U.S.S.R., Muffley insists that the U.S tried other possibilities.
    2. Even when he failed to stop the attacks from setting off the Doomsday Machine, he's still the only person who shows compassion in thinking about the survivors of the nuclear holocaust.
  3. He's shown serious determination when he tried to stop the attack, which only makes things more depressing when he fails.
    1. He even goes so far as allowing the Soviet planes to shoot down the U.S. bombers that are zooming toward the U.S.S.R with their grim payloads.
  4. He's not afraid to stand his ground when the time calls for it, despite his overall timid nature.
  5. He various phone conversations with the Soviet Premier are nice touches of humor that work well with the main plot.
  6. He iconic "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" line.


  • The character Merkin Muffley is based on United Nations ambassador Adlai Stevenson.
  • He's given his name since a merkin is a pubic wig, and "muff" is a slang term for a woman's private parts. So it makes sense that he would be pretty timid at times.