Created By: EddieValiantJrAugust 15, 2011 Last Edited By: EddieValiantJrAugust 19, 2011
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El Presidente

The Castro-esque ruler of a Banana Republic

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A stock character type: the mustachioed, cigar-chomping, military-outfitted, often tyrannical ruler of a banana republic. He's usually equipped with a narcissistic attitude and bombastic personality; expect him to look identical to Fidel Castro about 90% of the time.

Some examples:

Any more?
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  • August 15, 2011
    Bishop22
    The plot of Tropico3 [1]
  • August 15, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    An episode of 'Gilligan's Island', "The Little Dictator" featured Nehemiah Persoff as Pancho Rodriguez, exiled dictator of the banana republic of Equario.

  • August 15, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    I barely remember the plot to The Expendables, (I only saw it all because Inception was sold out, and the theater is nearly an hour away) probably because The Expendables barely had a plot. But I remember Dexter's Sargent Angel Batista dressed like Castro smoking a cigar and ruling some villa in El Undefined Republic.
  • August 15, 2011
    JonnyB
    Peter Falk played one in an episode of The Twilight Zone.
  • August 15, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    In the 1988 film Moon Over Parador, an actor working in the title country is coerced into impersonating the dead dictator of said country, complete with the uniform as his costume.
  • August 16, 2011
    Allronix
    • A female version is the subject of the Duran Duran song "Meet El Presidente"
    • The Police also used this stock character in the song "Bombs Away"
  • August 16, 2011
    jaytee
    In Seinfeld (episode: The Race), a Fidel Castro character actually shows up, but is clearly more influenced by this trope (and Larry David's George Steinbrenner character) than the real Castro.
  • August 16, 2011
    AFP
  • August 16, 2011
    deuxhero
    A minor character in the Transformers episode B.O.T. (known among fans and those involved in the franchise as the undisputed worst episode of the series) is actually refered to as this this. Given he is shown involved in arms trades on a small boat instead of ruling, he may be disposed instead of in-power.
  • August 17, 2011
    kjnoren
    Bad write-up and examples:

    • Cuba is pretty much the anti-thesis of a Banana Republic.
    • Vargas wasn't the dictator in Bananas, he was the revolutionary. The dictator was General Emilio M. Vargas.

    The pictures of Castro show a distinct lack of Bling Of War, Chest Of Medals, Cool Shades, or Beard Of Evil.

    Compare and contrast: castro images&hl=sv&safe=off&prmd=ivnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=GXlLTuSBM8T1sga16d2IBw&ved=0CCcQsAQ&biw=817&bih=709 Fidel Castro to [[Fulgencio_Batista Batista (Cuba's former dictator)]]
  • August 17, 2011
    JonnyB
    ^ You just said Vargas wasn't the dictator, and then said the dictator was Vargas. Flat What.
  • August 17, 2011
    kjnoren
    Ah, sorry, got things confused while writing. However, Emilio Vargas of the movie still looks nothing like Castro.
  • August 17, 2011
    captainbrass2
    In an old cigar advert from British TV, a British diplomat in a Banana Republic has a portrait of El Presidente on the wall, which he can flip around as the military situation dictates to display the portrait of the local revolutionary leader on the rear. Remember kids, smoking makes you cool and relaxed...
  • August 17, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    In the James Bond film, Licence To Kill, Hector Lopez. He is portrayed as more reluctant Punch Clock Villain than dictator, as his country is effectively a puppet of The Syndicate.
  • August 17, 2011
    JonnyB
    Real Life: While not a South American dictator, Muammar Qaddafi loves this trope.

    Manuel Noriega would fall into this trope. While Castro is an aversion, his name is the one that comes to most peoples' minds when they think of it.
  • August 18, 2011
    Fanra
    Cuba is pretty much the anti-thesis of a Banana Republic.

    There are two different characters here. One is a Fidel Castro clone with a beard, simple green uniform with no metals and field cap; and the other is the General with a moustache and lots of metals, tailored dress uniform with officers hat (peaked cap).

    The Castro clone is head of a communist dictatorship Peoples Republic Of Tyranny. The "General" is the head of a military junta ruling a Banana Republic.
  • August 18, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    An episode of Ducktales shows the protagonists visiting a Banana Republic ruled by a Castro expy.
  • August 18, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    ^^Maybe we better split off the General and keep this for only Castro expies?
  • August 18, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^^, ^ The word expy definitely needs to be in the description.
  • August 18, 2011
    HamburgerTime
    Sometimes he shows up in Africa, too. One of the most infamous examples is Abdul, King of Carbombya from Transformers, whose portrayal was so offensive Casey Kasem left the show.
  • August 18, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    I've started General President for that variant.

    Real Life
  • August 19, 2011
    EddieValiant,Jr.
    Ahh, okay, so what's this trope about now? Specifically Castro expies?
  • August 19, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ El Presidente is the Castro expy in a plain green uniform that rules the Peoples Republic Of Tyranny. Think: a Simpsons portrayal of "Cidel Fastro" ruling a made up country (often the country is engaged in luke-warm warfare, drug trafficking, cartels).

    General President is the mustachioed, custom-uniform wearing, Bling Of War donning, dictator of Banana Republic with no understanding of the word "democratically." Think: Real Life Muammar Qaddafi.

    So, this YKTTW is about the former.
  • August 19, 2011
    ZombieAladdin
    The villain of an episode of Cyborg 009 is the dictator of the (fictional) African country of Muanba, where a civil war is about to erupt.

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