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->''"History tells us that once a stupid rich man gets poor, he doesn't usually get rich again... unless he is Donald Trump."''
-->--'''John Green'''

'''Donald Trump''' (June 14, 1946-) is a (in)famous real estate mogul known for [[{{Egopolis}} slapping his name]] on the front of his innumerable hotels, casinos, resorts and golf courses. He also hosts [[Series/TheApprentice a TV program]] you might've heard about.

Most of his capital is rooted in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, where he owns several million square feet of property, including (formerly) ''half of the Empire State Building''. But this is a secondary achievement to the Donald's [[ImprobableHairstyle hairstyle]], which rivals any architecture he's built.

In TheSeventies, Trump inherited his real estate business from his father Fredrick (rechristening it "The Trump Organization", natch). Following a five-year apprenticeship under his dad, Donald relocated to New York City to begin his career in earnest. He went on to gather up Manhattan's most profitable properties like so many vacant ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' squares.

Had Website/IMDb existed in TheEighties, Trump would already have had an entry on it. His [[TheEighties 1987]] semi-autobiographical book, ''The Art of the Deal'', sold ''extremely'' well as people began to identify him with American entrepreneurship and shrewd power brokering. It was around this time that Trump started to appear AsHimself in television {{Dom Com}}s and films, including ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' and ''Film/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', where the characters invariably treat him with a reverence usually reserved for royalty. His golden boy image took a beating in TheNineties as the result of bankruptcies (which he insists were actually [[IMeantToDoThat strategic business decisions]]), a much-publicized extramarital affair, and mounting debt (partly as a result of the 1980s recession), but he managed to bounce back.

Since 2004, Trump stars in ''Series/TheApprentice'', his own reality TV series (created by Creator/MarkBurnett, the brains behind ''Series/{{Survivor}}'') on Creator/{{NBC}}. The show consists of a selection of candidates competing against each other for an open slot in one of Trump's companies. The program was wildly successful for the first few seasons, however, the popularity has been declining since.

He also holds joint-ownership over the Miss Universe pageant, also encompassing Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Not bad work if you can get it.

Trump's brief run for the Republican presidential nomination for 2012 was seen by some as a ratings stunt. He was a proponent of the "[[ConspiracyTheorist birther]]" theory, so his campaign was ended after the birther train was stopped for good by President UsefulNotes/BarackObama providing his long-form birth certificate.

On June 15, 2015, Trump officially declared his candidacy for President, again. During that time, Trump caused a major controversy by making some unflattering foot-in-mouth remarks about illegal immigrants from Mexico, saying that "they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists. And ''some'', I ''assume'', are good people." This led to Macy's dropping his clothing line, and both Creator/{{NBC}} and Creator/{{Univision}} refusing to air the annual Miss USA Pageant, which he sponsors. Creator/{{NBC}} also cut off all business relations with him including ''Series/TheApprentice'', saying the show would continue without the Trumps. It's gotten ''worse'' when infamous (escaped) drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán [[EvenEvilHasStandards lashed out at him over it]], all while Trump continues acting like he did nothing wrong. He later caused even more controversy when he made comments about Senator John [=McCain=] (R-AZ), saying that the former US Navy combat pilot and [=POW=] was (only) a war hero because he had been shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese. Despite all of this, he's actually ''leading'' the polls among potential Republican Party voters, which many have stated must speak to the demo he's attracting... earning him the nickname "Teflon Trump". As to whether all these controversies will be shrugged off by general voters or eventually catch up to him in the polls on Election Day 2016 remains to be seen.

To his fans, the living, breathing TropeCodifier of AwesomeEgo. To his non-fans, the ultimate {{Jerkass}}. [[LoveItOrHateIt No middle ground.]]

!! Donald Trump provides examples of:

* ArchEnemy:
** He's hosted two {{Wrestlemania}}s and been an active participant in Wrestling/{{WWE}} promos, highlighted by his "feud" with rival CEO VinceMcMahon.
** Not content with prime time, Trump took daytime TV by storm when a [[VolleyingInsults tabloid war]] erupted between himself and Rosie O'Donnell, then-host of the American morning talk show ''The View''.
** In ''Series/JustShootMe'', he's TheGhost but still the SitcomArchNemesis to Jack Gallo.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Might also be interpreted as a PunnyName, given his knack for trumpeting himself.
* TheBarnum: Website/{{Cracked}} has [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/10-stories-about-donald-trump-you-wont-believe-are-true/ three]] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/donald-trumps-4-most-hilarious-attempts-at-good-idea separate]] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-why-donald-trump-biggest-troll-alive articles]] about his most outrageous acts.
* BlatantLies: At the outset of Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign, Trump bragged that he would self-fund his campaign and not have need of contributions or super-[=PACs=], yet in late August 2015 {{Creator/CNN}} [[http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/27/politics/donald-trump-fundraising/index.html broke a story]] revealing that Trump's campaign has in fact been quietly taking donations on Trump's behalf.
* BrooklynRage: Made efforts to cultivate this image over the years, despite not being native. Trump's persona is that of a [[NouveauRiche straight-talking]], tough New Yorker whose face resembles a pit bull in repose. And yet he [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-1-2011/me-lover-s-pizza-with-crazy-broad doesn't know how to eat New York-style pizza correctly]].
* BullyingADragon: He made a rather boneheaded comment on Twitter about escaped Mexican drug lord El Chapo by saying he could kick his ass. When said drug lord tweeted back by saying he would kill Trump if the man kept saying stupid nonsense, Trump hired armed guards to protect himself and had the FBI investigate the incident.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "[Insert name here], you're fired." Inverted regularly in the season finales of ''The Apprentice'', when he announces "You're hired."
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: He's not even sure if his employees were born in the United States, but don't worry, he'll sort out your illegal immigration problems.
* ConspicuousConsumption: Out with the old, and in with the gold. Trump's brand of back-marbled, gold-laden luxury (he even gold-plated his jet) has made him a household name in countries like Singapore.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Launch a campaign against him for sexism, racism and general obnoxiousness? He'll threaten to sue the pants off the people organising the boycott. A comedian makes a joke about you because of your obnoxious attitude towards President Obama's birth AFTER the certificate was released? Try suing him as well, because you certainly don't deserve to be mocked while behaving so obnoxiously in the public eye.
** Someone has the gall to call you ''just'' a "millionaire"? [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/donald-trump-loses-libel-lawsuit-232923 Sue them too - though no guarantees that you'll win]].
** When Univision dropped their coverage of the Miss USA pageant due to Trump's disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants, Trump slapped them with a $500 million breach-of-contract lawsuit. He so far hasn't followed through on a similar promise to do the same to [=NBCUniversal=] when they terminated their contract to the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, and pretty much, cut all business ties to him.
* DisproportionateReward: According to a story, after Trump's limo broke down during a trip to Atlantic City, a husband and wife stopped behind him and helped get the limo going again, and Trump later paid for the deed to their house on their behalf. Trump confirmed this story as true during the third season of ''The Apprentice''.
* {{Egopolis}}: As mentioned above, Trump brands his buildings with the "Trump" name displayed prominently, often placing large gold [[CallingCard "T"]] symbols throughout the interior rooms. Later on, he spelled out his name in letters on the Trump International Hotel in Chicago.
* FountainOfExpies: Many [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt]] and/or {{Jerkass}} businessmen in mainstream media [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed have been inspired by him]], up to and including 1985-A Biff Tannen in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Trump's remarks about Mexican immigrants have led to two networks dropping his Miss USA pageant, and several retailers dropping his merchandise. Not surprisingly, preliminary polling in his Presidential candidacy shows he's tanking among potential Latino voters, a ''very integral'' demographic to win a Presidential election.
* ImprobableHairstyle: We don't know how he does it, but apparently it involves a mixture of a cross-grid combover and three cans of hairspray.
* InsufferableGenius: As controversial and egomaniacal as he is, The Donald ''is'' an expert businessman who (literally) WroteTheBook on deal-making.
* KarmaHoudini: So far in his 2016 Presidential bid, no matter how many attacks he makes against the media, certain ethnic groups, or other contenders (both Republican and Democrat), he has yet to suffer any lasting damage to his campaign.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/03/trump-gay-people-should-n_n_856951.html He opposes gay marriage because of new trends in golf putter preference.]]
* MilesGloriosus: From the example of BullyingADragon, after he claimed he could "kick the Mexican drug lord's ass", he immediately hired armed guards to protect himself after the drug lord threatens to kill him for [[TrashTalk talking crap about him]]. The drug lord in question, threatened him through '''Twitter''' of all things.
* NeverMyFault: Creator/{{ESPN}}'s ''30 for 30'' documentary on the fall of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball United States Football League]] was titled ''Small Potatoes: Who Killed the [=USFL=]?''. The title was taken from a comment Trump made in it, about how he got involved with the league even though he "knew it would be small potatoes." The documentary acknowledges that the [=USFL=] was pretty much screwed in their antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League in part because the jury saw Trump associated with them and figured that they must be better off financially than they were. Trump refuses to accept any blame for any part he played in the [=USFL=]'s demise.
* NouveauRiche: The Discovery Channel's documentary series ''Mighty Planes'' did an episode on Trump's private Boeing 757, and although meant to showcase the plane and how much Trump cared about it, what comes across instead is that Trump is a pain in the ass to work for. At several points his employees will talk about why "Mister Trump" will be upset because of a problem (such a takeoff before the airport closes) when the reason for the problem is Trump himself.
* SelfDeprecation: You've got to admit he can laugh at himself like at his roast and originally at the White House Correspondent's Dinner before [[ItsPersonal the jokes against him got more scathing]], which is unusual for someone so blatantly vain. Such as when Obama said he had a video of his birth, then played the opening "Circle of Life" scene from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* SitcomArchNemesis: The sitcom ''Series/JustShootMe'' made him into a literal example, the unseen friendly rival of character Jack Gallo.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Nicknamed "The Donald", after his first wife Ivana Trump referred to him as such in an interview.
* StayInTheKitchen: Trump has come under fire for a number of disparaging remarks he's made about women, especially people like Rosie O'Donnell and [[http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/25/politics/donald-trump-megyn-kelly-tweets/index.html Megyn Kelly]].
* ThisMeansWar: As soon as major networks called the 2012 presidential election for UsefulNotes/BarackObama, he had a ([[OldShame now partially-deleted]]) Twitter meltdown, denouncing the election as a "sham" and a "travesty," and calling for a "revolution." His major complaint was that Obama had [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush secured the electoral college while being behind in the popular vote]]. [[EpicFail Shortly after he posted his rant, the ballots from West Coast states were tallied, giving Obama a popular majority to go with the college]].
* UnfortunateNames: Trump is British slang for fart; which in turn makes "Ivana Trump" sound more like someone from a knock-knock joke than an actual person.