History Main / ArabOilSheikh

26th Jun '17 8:22:16 PM MarcInGA
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* On "Get Smart" from the 60's the characters are parodied. In one scene Sheik #1 says all the cities they are going to attack with a super-weapon:
--> Sheik #1: "New York, London, Jerusalem."
--> Sheik #2: "Not Jerusalem"
--> Sheik #1: "Why not Jerusalem"
--> Sheik #2 whispers into Sheik #1 ear.
--> Sheik #1 "Really? You don't look it."

11th May '17 9:42:22 PM pyroclastic
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An indispensable addition to any (generally evil) CosmopolitanCouncil. In more comedic works, he is almost inevitably a FunnyForeigner.

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An indispensable addition to any (generally evil) CosmopolitanCouncil. In more comedic works, he is almost inevitably a FunnyForeigner. If his home country isn't a real one, it's {{Qurac}}.
9th May '17 4:33:01 PM CrypticMirror
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* An Oil Sheik once tried to buy the entire island of Drambeg and have it shipped to the Arabian Gulf piece by piece in ''ComicStrip/AngusOg''. Despite his vast wealth he still had problems affording ferry ticket prices in the Outer Hebrides though.
4th May '17 9:35:28 AM Hanz
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* Ali Shaheed from ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol''.

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* Ali Shaheed from ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol''.''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', who finances and leads a terrorist cell. When you confront him, you are given the option of killing him, apprehending him or [[spoiler:making a deal to spare him so that he can help you gather information on the real villains]].
6th Mar '17 6:25:57 PM Dravencour
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They also turn up a lot in [[RomanceNovel Romance Novels]], where they are dark, brooding, passionate and rule everything they survey in their desert kingdom with the same tenacity they show towards the heroine. Sheikh romance actually gave us the term "bodice ripper" due to the common kidnap-rape-love plots where the Arab can get away with being beyond normal constraints in how he treats the heroine due to his exoticness. He'll still have [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy the education of Lord Byron]] though and the manners of a prince which is kind of the point: these books want someone who lives in the closest thing to a modern lavish royal court and acts like the Black Death hasn't gone out of fashion. He will also turn up as a villain trying to buy or kidnap the female lead for his harem.

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They also turn up a lot in [[RomanceNovel Romance Novels]], where they are dark, brooding, passionate and rule everything they survey in their desert kingdom with the same tenacity they show towards the heroine. Sheikh romance actually gave us the term "bodice ripper" due to the common kidnap-rape-love plots that featured where the Arab can get away with being beyond normal constraints in how he treats the heroine due to his exoticness. He'll still have [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy the education of Lord Byron]] though and the manners of a prince which is kind of the point: these books want someone who lives in the closest thing to a modern lavish royal court and acts like the Black Death hasn't gone out of fashion. He will also turn up as a villain trying to buy or kidnap the female lead for his harem.
5th Dec '16 2:38:54 AM DustSnitch
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* One of these fellows ultimately purchased [[BadAss Bryan Mills]]' daughter in ''Film/{{Taken}}''. He doesn't have much time for buyer's remorse to set in after [[PapaWolf Bryan comes looking to kick ass]].

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* One of these fellows ultimately purchased [[BadAss Bryan Mills]]' Mills' daughter in ''Film/{{Taken}}''. He doesn't have much time for buyer's remorse to set in after [[PapaWolf Bryan comes looking to kick ass]].
7th Sep '16 3:18:30 PM Someoneman
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* In ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney,'' one of Agent 47's targets, Mohammad Bin Faisal al-Khalifa, could be described as an Arab Oil Sheikh. He actually runs a pharmaceutical company, but he's still filthy rich, influential, and dresses in the appropriate manner for such a trope. For good measure, he owns the Arabian-themed casino where the mission takes place. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny One of the customers confuses him for one of the wait staff.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney,'' one of Agent 47's targets, Mohammad Bin Faisal al-Khalifa, could be described as an Arab Oil Sheikh. He actually runs a pharmaceutical company, but he's still filthy rich, influential, and dresses in the appropriate manner for such a trope. For good measure, he owns the Arabian-themed casino where the mission takes place. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny One of the customers confuses him for one of the wait staff.]]
3rd Aug '16 6:26:18 AM Morgenthaler
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** The exact same plot (Arab oil sheik sponsoring race) shows up in the Swedish movie ''Göta Kanal''. Except it's a boat race. And he ends up not paying because his brother launches a coup as he is gone. In the end the Norwegian navy saves the day.

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** The exact same plot (Arab oil sheik sponsoring race) shows up in the Swedish movie ''Göta Kanal''. Except it's a boat race. And he ends up not paying because his brother launches a coup as he is gone. In the end the Norwegian navy saves the day.



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* In the season 6 opener of ''Series/{{Hustle}}'', [[spoiler:the grifters con an oil sheikh out of £250,000 by having Emma [[MockMillionaire pretend to be Music/KylieMinogue.]]]]

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7th Jul '16 5:13:05 PM MagBas
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* The 1919 novel ''Literature/TheSheik'' is the UrExample (though full of UnfortunateImplications) for the RomanceNovel version.

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* The 1919 novel ''Literature/TheSheik'' is the UrExample (though full of UnfortunateImplications) for the RomanceNovel version.
25th May '16 7:15:29 PM PaulA
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* Sheik Abu-Tahir in the first ''Literature/ModestyBlaise'' novel is the leader of a small Arabic tribe who recently hit oil and the big time in that order. Definitely a FunnyForeigner. He mixes elements of the wealthy lifestyle with elements of the traditional life of his tribe; for instance, when he comes to England to negotiate an oil deal with the British government, he and his retinue take a suite at the Ritz and then set up a traditional encampment inside it, complete with tents and goats.
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