This trope is about any kind of way that media tries to make the "other side" in politics look bad. See the [[Analysis/PoliticalStereotype Analysis]] page for the full list by country.

In any case, there are lots of variations on stereotypes. Not all stereotypes are bad, and not all of them are ''entirely'' inaccurate (or defamatory). But they can offend people.

If a negative stereotype was created just to make the hero look good, or [[AuthorAvatar his]] [[AuthorTract views seem right]], then it is a StrawmanPolitical. Also see BlondeRepublicanSexKitten and GranolaGirl.
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* The Film Actors' Guild ([[FunWithAcronyms FAG]]), from the film ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'', is a parody of strawman liberals, to the point where they ally with Kim Jong-Il (the film's BigBad) in a misguided attempt to bring peace to the world. The heroes approach the conservative side, although they are clearly a bunch of bungling destructive idiots.
* The movie ''Film/{{Shooter}}'' had the cartoonishly evil Republican Senator Charles Meachum.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' depicts the '60s counterculture and the antiwar movement as being naive at best and smug, hypocritical, and violent at worst. Note that it's not a strawman to point out that many radical leftists ''were'' violent; at some anti-war meetings, members actually discussed what politicians to try to kill if they supported the war. The film also features the Black Panthers, who openly advocated (and used) violence. That said, Jenny is treated sympathetically in her opposition to the war-it seems to be more showing that diverse opinions existed within the movement, which was true.
* GeneralRipper from ''Film/DrStrangelove'', who launches a nuclear strike on the USSR because he believes water fluoridation to be a Communist plot. Some TruthInTelevision in that one--that belief was ''actually held'' by some members of the [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic far-right John Birch Society.]]
* Stephen King's ''Film/TheMist'' has as an antagonist a crazy old lady, Mrs. Carmody, who rallies the scared people to offer a ''human sacrifice'' to appease the deadly mist... apparently as demanded by God in Literature/TheBible, citations of actual verses be darned.
** See also every single [[TheFundamentalist Christian character]] he's ever depicted, ever.
* The Big Lebowski in...er, ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' is a downplayed example. While he's never explicitly pegged as belonging to any particular party, his dialogue strongly parallels RealLife Republican rhetoric, as when he unfairly accuses The Dude of "looking for a handout," lectures The Dude on the importance of personal responsibility, and flies into a rage when The Dude rightly points out that, as the men who vandalized The Dude's apartment did so because of Lebowski's wife's debts, Lebowski himself bears at least some responsibility for what happened. Not to mention [[spoiler:he's liberally spending other people's money in secret]], and that penchant for hypocrisy is yet another stereotypically Republican trait.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. The airplane disaster is discussed by a spoof of a then-current left-wing vs. right-wing TV discussion panel. The right-winger's view?
-->"I say [[LackOfEmpathy let 'em crash]]!"
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* ''Series/TheColbertReport'', as a satirical pundit show, has both. Stephen Colbert's entire purpose for existing is to serve as a strawman conservative. In the early days of the show he was occasionally contrasted with liberal strawman milquetoast Russ Lieber, played by comedian David Cross. More recently, he has begun imagining his liberal opposite from a MirrorUniverse, who wears tweed jackets and has a mustache, among other things.
** Briefly, during the show's coverage of the Vancouver Olympics, he also had a dour effete French Canadian counterpart who hosted the "Colbert Report" (both "t"'s pronounced)
* ''Series/ColdCase'' featured an episode where modern-day Christians in an abstinence group [[CovertPervert are actually perverts and sex maniacs]], who [[http://www.stoptheaclu.com/archives/2007/10/03/cbs-show-depicts-woman-stoned-to-deathby-christians/ stone a girl to death]] for trying to rat them out.
** Stonings aside, this is mildly TruthInTelevision. Some abstinence groups are very ... [[NaughtyByNight active outside of meetings]].
** They also did the stoning-by-Christians thing on an episode of ''LawAndOrder'', with Samwise Gamgee/ Rudy as their leader, no less.
** The recent episode involving the murder of an abortion doctor in church (RippedFromTheHeadlines) was surprisingly fair, showing radicals on both sides, and gave good arguments both for and against abortion. While there were both [[StrawmanPolitical Strawmen]] and [[PoliticalStereotype Political Stereotypes]] involved, the {{Aesop}} of the episode seemed to be that "[[CaptainObvious Shooting a man in the back of the head in church and calling it "defense of a third party" is wrong]]."
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', of course. Jokingly referenced in "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics":
-->'''President Josiah Bartlet''': We agree on nothing, Max.
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-->'''Senator Lobell''': You know why?
-->'''President Josiah Bartlet''': Because I'm a lily-livered, bleeding-heart, liberal, egghead communist.
-->'''Senator Lobell''': Yes, sir. And I'm a gun-toting, redneck son-of-a-bitch.
-->'''President Josiah Bartlet''': Yes, you are.
-->'''Senator Lobell''': We agree on that.
* In ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' the main characters parents were this, Dharma's being a mix of Democrat and Green and Greg's straight Republican, especially Greg's mother and Dharma's father.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The later ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto'' games have enough of this to fill their own page. For example, ''Grand Theft Auto V'' features an AttackOfThePoliticalAd between two gubernatorial candidates: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAu1ZNkmWLs an asshole (by his own admission) Republican who literally doesn't care about or have any plans to help anyone]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANRS5ohPW0E an overspending former schoolteacher who "can't wait to talk down to you."]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' - Stan Smith, the gun-toting CIA-operative lead is a Strawman Conservative, played for laughs. His daughter Hayley is a Strawman Liberal, played for laughs as well. Hayley generally comes across as the more sensible of the two. In a departure from this trope's norms, Stan is consistently portrayed with sympathy and insight.\\
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Beyond being a Strawman Conservative, Stan's major "thing" is that he will latch immediately onto any ideology that catches his fancy. For example, he once briefly converted to Islam because Francine was bugging him and he liked the idea of being able to control his wife. Stan is a universal strawman: an impulsive zealot, but lovable enough that the writers can use him to parody and pillory the excesses of any political position without losing the audience.
* Lisa from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has generally been cast as the GranolaGirl / SoapboxSadie type of Straw Liberal. After noticing they were basically [[WriterOnBoard using her as a mouthpiece for their own views]], the writing staff unofficially agreed to stop making episodes centering on her politics.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''....where to start?
** With "Goobacks," a parody of the American immigration debate, which presented characters referred to as "[[DeepSouth Pissed-Off White-Trash Redneck Conservative]]" and "[[NewAgeRetroHippie Aging Hippie Liberal Douche]]."
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