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->''"It is yet another beautiful day in Tropico! The sun is shining bright and the water is warm! If you aren't involved in any back-breaking labor activities, then grab a swimsuit and come to the beach!"''
-->--'''Juanito''', ''Tropico 3''

A series of RealTimeStrategy {{Simulation Game}}s created and originally developed by Pop Top Software and now by Haemimont Games and Calypso Media. Like a cross between ''VideoGame/SimCity'' and ''TheSettlers'', ''Tropico'' puts the player in the role of the newly installed president of a [[BananaRepublic Caribbean island nation]] during the ColdWar, with [[TheFifties 1950]] as a starting date.

The player is responsible for developing the island through tourism and exports, satisfying the citizens' needs, staying in power, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick embezzling funds from the treasury.]] At the end of a typical game, the final score is determined based on the overall happiness of the islanders, the size of the island's treasury, and the size of the President's SwissBankAccount.

As well as meters for the typical basic needs such as food, housing and entertainment, each citizen has an affiliation with a political faction, which links their respect for the President to the happiness of the faction's leader and how well the faction's goals are being met. The factions are as follows:

* Communists: Mostly the lower working class citizens of the country. Like to see full employment, everyone with a roof over his or her head, universal healthcare, and low income disparity. Preferred by uneducated, low paid workers, making it one of the larger factions on the island, and important to keep happy unless you want a peasant's revolt or the USSR to invade your island. Annoying the Communists also reduces the amount of aid the player can expect to receive from the Soviet Union.
* Capitalists: The middle and upper class citizens of Tropico. Like to see luxurious housing, upscale entertainment, and a growing, advance economy. Curiously don't mind that the economy is entirely state-controlled [[note]]Though with Absolute Power, they gain ''enormous'' favor with the Privatize edict, and the Communists conversely lose it.[[/note]] Preferred by the more educated, wealthier workers who can be difficult to replace if they get upset - the Capitalist faction also influences American opinion, valuable for keeping wealthy US tourists flocking to your beaches, and US Marines away.
* Religious: The conservative Catholic citizens on your island. Like churches and cathedrals, a 'virtuous' and 'pious' society (no night clubs, pubs, casinos, or cabarets), and for everyone to have a high religion satisfaction rating. Similar in size to the Communists, but much harder to pacify. Oppose more 'progressive' actions such as allowing gay marriage in your country and supports more conservative edicts such as prohibition and contraception ban. As a result, they are often at odds with the Capitalists and the Intellectuals. Strong religious support is necessary for special actions like a Papal Visit or [[BookBurning the Book BBQ]].
* Intellectuals: The highly educated elites of Tropico. Like lots of educational buildings, high liberty ratings, and a progressive society. Generally a small faction, but like the Capitalists, many of their members are highly skilled and educated workers who can be difficult to replace if you lose their support.
* Militarists: The soldiers and police of the island. Like the country to have a strong military, good treatment and wages for the soldiers, and an 'orderly' society (the average safety happiness higher than the liberty rating) . This puts them at odds with the Intellectual who prefer more freedom and less military presence. Preferred by the island's soldiers and policemen, whom a president would really prefer to have on his side in the event of a rebellion. High militarist support is needed for special actions like declaring Martial Law or conscription. Potentially the most dangerous faction due to their ability to start a coup if their respect for you drops too low.
* Environmentalist: Mostly members from the Intellectuals faction. Concerned about the natural beauty and pollution scores for the island, and oppose the presence of polluting industries such as logging or oil. An extremely small faction, but given the way environmental damage works, very hard to win back once they have been upset.

''Tropico'', released in 2001, recieved an expansion in 2002, ''Paradise Island'', centered on new tourist elements that was later bundled together with the game as ''Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition''.

''Tropico'' was followed by a sequel released in 2003 called ''Tropico: Pirate Cove'', which took the same basic gameplay and transported it to a pirate setting with an economy based on raiding and captive worker labor. Instead of balancing between the US and the USSR, the player must now deal with Britain, France, and Spain. You can foster wars between them, receive patronages, and accept letters of marque.

A third title in the series, but this time by a different developer, was released in the Autumn of '09, with the setting returning to the Cold War. ''Tropico 3'', developed by ''Haemimont Games'', retains the original's factions, and adds a seventh.
* Nationalists: A faction consisting of citizens born in Tropico only. Value Tropico's independence from the major powers and from international aid organizations. Anti-immigration, and pro-local industry.

''Absolute Power'', the expansion for ''Tropico 3'', added yet another faction.
* Loyalists: [[BlackShirt El Presidente's very own die-hard fan club]]. Consists mainly of citizens with below average intelligence. They value a strong and pompous president, and think the idea of elections, free or not, is generally preposterous, since El Presidente is the only candidate you will ever need. [[FanDumb Sometimes considered the hardest faction to please in the game.]]

A fourth installment in the series, again by ''Haemimont Games'', was released in August 2011. The superpowers are now USA, USSR, EU, China and the Middle East. There are more disasters, such as tornadoes and oil spills. The PC version offers {{Twitter}} and {{Facebook}} connectivity. ''Modern Times'', Tropico 4's expansion, adds a whole host of new buildings and game modifying real world events that become available or occur at certain points on the timeline.

''Tropico 5'' was released in May 2014 and utilizes a new "era" feature, which allows the player to start his dictatorship in the 19th century, at the height of colonialism, and maintain it well into the middle of the 21st century, facing the challenges of historic events such as the Great Depression and both World Wars in between. With the lengthened timeline comes the dynasty feature, in which the player no longer just plays as el prez, but also his ancestors in earlier times, and can interact with his relatives. There are also tech trees to research as well as a more elaborate trade system. Radically different from previous installments, the map starts out partially fogged, adding elements of exploration to the game. A co-op/competitive multiplayer mode is also present.

''Tropico 5'' also added new factions, while scrapping the Loyalists and the Intellectuals (although the Environmentalists and the Globalists both inherited aspects of the Intellectual faction, and Nationalists have a few aspects of the Loyalist faction). The faction mechanic has been further changed by new factions emerging as the player advances in age, while in the case of transitioning from the Colonial to the World War era, removing the two colonial era factions. All factions are also grouped into a binary group (Values for Militarists and Religious, Economy for Communists and Capitalists, Environment for Environmentalists and Industrialists and State Power for Nationalists and Globalists). All citizens are either heavily one or the other, mildly one or the other or neutral for each of the groups, and new groups emerge with each age (Values and Economy in the World Wars, Environment in the Cold War and State Power in Modern times).
* Royalists: Most of the population starts out as this in the Colonial era, and have a perpetually low opinion of the Governor (which doesn't affect much, as elections, uprisings and rebellions do not occur during the Colonial Era). Their opinion can only be improved ever-so-slightly by certain events. The Royalist population decreases as the player performs assignments from the Revolutionaries.
* Revolutionaries: Only a handful of citizens start out as Revolutionaries in the Colonial era, but the population increases with completing assignments from the Revolutionaries. They have a perpetually high opinion of El Presidente, which can be increased further by constructing certain buildings (such as the colonial fort and the library).
* Industrialists: Consists of the population involved in industry and non-tourist advanced economy, and emerge in the Cold War era alongside the Environmentalists. They favor, as the name implies, industrialization while also having some similarities with the Capitalists (such as favoring Free Market in the Constitution), as well as moderate authoritarianism and decent education.
* Globalists: Consists primarily of well-educated citizens and immigrants as well as those working in the tourism sector and within diplomacy. They emerge in the Modern Era alongside Nationalists, and favor open immigration policies, good foreign relations, democracy and liberty.

Not to be confused with TropeCo.

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!!'''Tropes Featured:'''

* TheAlcoholic:
** Reverend Esteban, speaker for the Religious faction in ''Tropico 4'', is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisky_priest whisky priest]]. He considers rum to be God's gift to Tropico, and would prefer to conduct his sermons in a bar rather than a church. Seems to be at odds with most of his followers, but reluctantly goes along with their wishes anyway. For example, he might approach El Presidente claiming that God told him to ask for a prohibition on alcohol, then if it is implemented call the radio station the next day as an anonymous "concerned citizen" [[HypocriticalHumor to protest the very policy he asked for]].
** This is also one of the traits your Avatar can get, which brings a number of negative effects, but [[VodkaDrunkenski boosts relations with the USSR]].
* AllianceMeter: The standing of El Presidente among the island's factions is shown in the ledger, in percentage figures -- text in the first game -- and with the detailed issues that influence their current opinion.
* AllJustADream: Implied when you finish the DLC mission "Plantador".
* AlternateHistory: The USSR does not dissolve in 1990, the EU and [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld Red And Rich]] China are foreign powers from day one. Your soldiers carry [=M16=] rifles over ten years before they were invented. This was [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''Tropico 5'', where each era features historically correct superpowers (though World War 1's Central Powers are merged into World War 2's Axis).
** A major element of the Changing the World campaign in 5 [[spoiler: is figuring out how to make one reality]].
* AnachronismStew: The fifth game's Colonial Era includes elements of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, though in gameplay terms, it's the shortest. The World Wars Era amalgamates the pre-war years, both wars, TheRoaringTwenties and TheGreatDepression into a single conflict.
* AnnouncerChatter: DJ Juanito of [[FunWithAcronyms Tropico News Today]], replaced in Tropico 4 by your personal adviser and spokesman of the Loyalist faction Penultimo and Environmentalist representative Sunny Flowers.
** Replaced in Tropico 5 by Lulu, an excessively peppy bar owner.
* ApatheticCitizens: Thoroughly averted.
** Your citizens will start a demonstration if their respect for you is low and their life conditions are poor, attracting the attention of nearby walkers. If things don't improve they may emigrate to greener pastures, or become rebels and eventually attack your buildings or your palace. Unhappy faction leaders may trigger disaster events, including Nationalist Riots and Military Coups, and having too many very unhappy citizens might trigger a general uprising. If any of these events destroy your palace, GameOverMan.
** Any citizens who witness an execution will lose respect for you considerably, and the family of the victim will resent you forever.
** On the other hand, apparently people are so disillusioned that natural disasters, gunfights between rebels and soldiers, and buildings burning down right next to them do not alter their routines. Taken to extremes when cars won't even alter their routes, even if there's a tornado in front of them ([[GenreSavvy Then again, that stuff rarely kills them]]).
** You yourself can get away with an awful lot of cruelty, as long as you don't screw over the wrong people too many times. See BreadAndCircuses further down the page.
* AppealToForce: In the ''Tropico 3: Absolute Power'' expansion pack, your island will have the ability to develop your own nuclear program. Afterwards, as long as it remains fully staffed and operational, no matter how much you go out of your way to antagonize the super powers, you will never get invaded.
* ArabOilSheikh: Sheikh Salim, the representative of the Middle East faction in ''4''. Like everything else in the game, this trope is PlayedForLaughs: he has several wives and missions from him will reward you a camel (his second-best in fact!) in addition to cash.
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: A possibility in ''Tropico 5'' when transitioning from the World War era to the Cold War era. El Presidente can harbor "Axis" expatriates and gain the wrath of the international community in the next era or deny them asylum and face a violent invasion from the Central Powers.
* ArmsDealer: From ''Tropico 3: Absolute Power'' onwards, you can now build weapons for export using iron you've mined. Weapons are in fact one of the most profitable exports in the game (only jewelry sells for more) but unless you only sell handguns (lower production rate), this hurts your reputation with the US and the USSR. Not because you are a threat to peace, but a threat to the arms industry by producing cheap weapons.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Agent Sasha:''' Communists of the world will not stand idle while the US and its lackey, Europe, strip the fellow Tropicans of their liberty, dignity and bananas!
* ArtificialStupidity:
** Tropicans are, on the one hand, fairly smart about doing their jobs, handling most of their work automatically. On the other hand, they can be ''very'' dumb about doing those same jobs. When every builder on your island is drunk, every teamster is visiting a cabaret, and every doctor is in church waiting on a priest to show up (and the priests are visiting the restaurants!), sometimes work can grind to a halt. Tropicans sometimes forget to visit the farms or markets to get food, teamsters let highly valuable processed goods languish in the factories, factory workers can leave buildings unmanned for months at a time, dock workers can be halfway across the island when the cargo ship arrives and not get to the dock in time to load it, and construction workers will let unfinished buildings sit there for ''years''.
** They also tend to be less than efficient at choosing a building to satisfy a Need at, even in ''4''; tourists will frequently ignore entertainment buildings set up in your nice, pristine, carefully-crafted touristy area, cross to the other side of the island on FOOT, to go to an exact duplicate of the building in your considerably more crappy area for Tropicans, and then complain about all the shacks and tenements and industrial buildings being ugly.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one of the ''Tropico 4'' radio announcements.
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Prohibition being supported by religious Catholics - who only have history opposing it. Likely done for game-play reasons.
** In Tropico 5 You can export rum... to {{Qurac}}. Although given the humorous bent of the game, [[PlayedforLaughs this may be intentional.]]
** Priests and Bishops can get married. And can marry other men, with the Gay Marriage edict. This is done for game-play reasons. First, housing slots are assigned to families, not individuals, making housing single people a drain on space and maintenance costs. Secondly, Special Actions like arresting, or bribing citizens, [[YouKilledMyFather affects their entire family's views]], so this would encourage you to execute dissenting clergy, and discourage you from bribing them.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: A mutant papaya may escape from a new horticulture station and run amok in the city. Penultimo states that it is wanted for three attempted homicides, conspiracy against the state, and an alleged case of sexual harassment.
* AscendedExtra: Penultimo, your guide through the tutorial in ''Tropico 3'', becomes one of your recurring advisers and the [[AnnouncerChatter new host of TNT]] in ''4''. In ''5'' he becomes the full-blown NumberTwo to El Presidente.
* ATeamFiring:
** Spec Ops trained soldiers can and will continually miss when chasing down political opponents. And that's because they're highly trained, mind you -- the rebels will regularly miss when firing their rifles at ''buildings''.
** Note, however, that [[DoNotRunWithAGun your soldiers can shoot just fine when standing still and letting targets come to them]]. Pity you can't order them to set ambushes...
* AssInAmbassador:
** Ambassador Crane, the American diplomat, in ''4'' is a fairly unpleasant, imperialistic man, who constantly makes not-too-subtle threats of bringing the full might of the US Military down upon you, if you don't try to please him (notably, he also often addresses you as "President", instead of "Presidente", the only character in the game to do so). He reveals some MommyIssues when he fondly compares the nasty llamas to his mother.
*** It's also implied that when the Custom offices opened that he openly insulted his wife, calling her a useless bag (and ended up requiring paying duties on her due to literal-minded bureaucrats)
** Yu Li, the Chinese ambassador, weirdly inverts this. He is always overly polite. If your relationship with China is poor, he says over the radio that "the trade embargo is not a sign of hostility between us. Rather, take it as a promise that from now on, relations can only improve!"
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking:
** One of the possible traits for your avatar is "War Hero", which makes him/her much stronger in combat. Even without it though, your avatar can still fight better than the average soldier, even though the soldiers have M-16 assault rifles and you have a ''pistol''.
** Inverted when you pick "Coward" as a flaw, which makes your avatar fight worse, your soldiers twice as likely to flee in combat and lowers your respect among the militaristic faction. Before ''Tropico 4'', it's mandatory to choose two flaws, and "Coward" is one of the less harmful ones as long as your rule doesn't raise armed opposition. This trait and "War Hero" are mutually exclusive.
* BadassBookworm:
** If you loss too much respect from the Intellectuals or outright outlaw their entire faction, they will take up arms and revolt against you just like anyone else would.
** You can be one yourself by having 'War hero' as your background and 'Scholarly' as one of your traits, or 'Professor' as your background and 'Athletic' as one of your traits.
* BalconySpeech: In ''3'' and ''4'', El Presidente can deliver one from the palace. It raises the respect of the people gathered to hear it.
* BananaRepublic: A common state for early-game islands - ''Tropico 3'' mentions the trope by name, and some islands may literally rely on banana exports. The Capitalists appreciate an economically advanced Tropico, with strong industrial and tourist sectors, and ''Tropico 4'''s expansion allows late-game diversification into a finance- and service-based economy.
* BagOfSpilling:
** Sometimes played straight with the Swiss bank account or the Pirate stash and sometimes averted.
** Unlike in previous games where recurring islands start with a pre-defined, generic city layout in the campaign, in ''5'' any island you've already built will remain exactly as you left it if you wind up coming back later (in a linear timeline).
* BettyAndVeronica: Betty Boom and Veronica Veneno - one wishes to see you dead, the other is a corporate yes woman.
** More directly invoked in 5 with Evita Vasquez and Veronica Veneno, the Communist and Capitalist representatives. They even have similar hairstyles to the originals.
* BlackComedy: ''The entire game''. You see, it's a ColdWar. You're the dictator of a BananaRepublic, and you're ultimately a pawn in a much larger game between the US and the USSR. Your people aren't exactly cooperative, nor are they very bright. You can't stay in power (for long) lest you KickTheDog on a regular basis. This culminates when you sell your island to the US to test nuclear bombs: your AnnouncerChatter will say that "according to the scientists, the big shiny mushroom is harmless, and it's good for the skin tone", your history involves the worst in people (Being the only true graduate of every Harvard Grad in your class - where you have to be a pathetic banana republic dictator, your buddies go on to be POTUS). Can cross into outright GallowsHumor when the US or the USSR invade your island.
* BlackMarket:
** The second game has one as the import / export system since the European powers won't trade with outlaw pirates... until you ally with one of them.
** In ''Tropico 5'', you can trade with both Smugglers and Pirates in the Colonial era for a better profit than trading with the Crown.
* BlessedWithSuck:
** Rising to power through military coup in ''Tropico 3''. The description states that you failed to take power so many times that the dictator of the island takes pity on you and gives you the poorest island in the entire region to rule.
** Some of the positive qualities for your character also contain negative effects. For example, being 'athletic' or having 'empathy' makes intellectuals respect you less, being a 'green thumb' lowers the factory production rates, and being 'sociable' leads to more crime.
** Inverted in that some of the negative qualities have some positive bonuses, such as being a drunk gets you [[VodkaDrunkenski a more positive relation with the U.S.S.R]].
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Generalissimo Santana]] in the main campaign and [[spoiler: The Conclave then Dr. Steinschneider]] in the Modern Times Campaign.
** In ''Tropico 5's'' Changing the World we have [[spoiler: Leon Kane and Adrianna Diaz]].
* BilingualBonus:
** One of the ''Absolute Power' missions... provided you know or can translate [[spoiler: binary]].
** Since Spanish is omnipresent in the game, knowing a bit of it doesn't hurt e.g some of the rebel quotes are funny "¡Toma un bocadillo de granada! (Have this grenade sandwich!)".
** One of the islands is named [[{{Facebook}} Caralibro]]
* BlingOfWar: Your avatar can be dressed up to look like this.
* BookBurning: One of the edicts you can carry out in order to curry favor with the religious crowd and cow the intellectuals into submission to your rule. It has a [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment nasty effect on education]], though.
* BottomlessMagazines: During battle your soldiers, generals, cops, and El Presidente never have to reload their weapons. Same for the rebels.
* BrainsAndBondage: Implied with Miss Pineapple:
-->'''Miss Pineapple''': "Above all, I am a free and active citizen with a strong sense of liberty and other stuff... some of it quite kinky!"
* {{Brainwashed}}:
** The sanitarium in ''Modern Times'' can brainwash Tropicans to respect El Presidente more.
** The Player Character can be this as well in ''4'', if they choose their Rise To Power to be "Installed by the {{CIA}}"
--->The guys from Langley brainwashed you so hard, that the first time you arrived at Tropico, you accidentally forgot who was calling the shots. The "Farm" didn’t take any chances and brainwashed you a second time. Now you’re a sterling example of an agent in service of Uncle Sam: obedient, unquestioning and of highly dubious ethics.
* BreadAndCircuses: The public will continually re-elect you if their needs are met, they're more than willing to overlook your bouts of corruption or treading over their rights, so long as they don't outweigh your [[KarmaMeter "good deeds".]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The description for the normal work mode of the Aqua Park in ''4'' says
---> Water splashing, kids screaming, and [[EldritchAbomination Cthulu]] lurking somewhere in the depths.
* BrickJoke: Quite a few, especially with random events. One particular instance is when you're finally given a [=UN=] Grant to help you rescue trapped miners, which was delayed due to paperwork. It comes ''5 missions later'', which is nearly a century of in-game time!
* BrokenRecord: In the original game, the speakers of El Presidente's childhood museum loudly repeat "Viva El Presidente, Viva El Presidente" over and over again. This is also a workmode for the museum in Tropico 3 & 4, however no sound ever plays.
* ButThouMust: In the Modern Times campaign on the "War on Terror" mission, you're presented with the following actions when terrorists bomb your ministry: Declare War on Terror, Declare War on Terror, or Declare War on Terror. In the same mission, Penultimo gives you a list of people who are potentially the terrorist, all of the three suspects being the same person.
* ButtMonkey: Throughout the campaign missions, your adviser Penultimo will usually end up arrested or put into jail or fired and exiled [[spoiler:or kidnapped and replaced with clones]]. Lampshaded in the "Comedy" work mode for the Theater. "Everybody loves good comedy - Especially when it is directed at Penultimo."
* TheCaligula: In Tropico 5's Colonial era, His Majesty demands things from the colonies that range from slightly unhinged (eg. build a lumber camp to provide the King with logs so he can build a giant bonfire) to completely crazy (raise money so His Majesty can build an underwater palace). Lord Oaksworth, his emissary to you, relates these plans in an entirely straight-faced manner.
* CapcomSequelStagnation:
** ''Tropico 3'' is a loose remake of the first game and its expansion pack - the bulk of the mechanics, buildings, edicts, etc., built into a new engine and with new campaigns and game modes. Many of the NPC citizens are carried over verbatim [[Videogame3DLeap except in 3D]].
** ''Tropico 4'' is pretty much ''Tropico 3'', but with slightly better graphics, larger maps, redesigned AI, a handful of new buildings and edicts, and a redesigned campaign. Everything else is exactly the same, especially the game models. And the ''Script''! Especially the script...
** ''Modern Times,'' the expansion to ''Tropico 4,'' finally averts this as it introduces thirty new buildings and a few extra gameplay features, some of which radically change how the game is played.
** The developers promised that when they make ''Tropico 5'', it's not going to be as "iterative" as the past few have been. Considering just how many things "Modern Times" changed, this is probably not an empty promise, either.
* CardCarryingVillain: The E.V.I.L. Corporation in the campaign of Tropico 3's Absolute Power expansion pack.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Upon researching the "White Flag" in ''Tropico 5'', Penultimo describes breaking into the French Museum of Military Accomplishments and finding only a white flag.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Justified, as in RealLife, a place like Tropico would be mostly Catholic. Averted in ''2'', in which the English prisoners are Protestant.
* ChummyCommies: Comrade Vasquez, the Communist representative, is one of the most reasonable people in your inner circle. He keeps El Presidente on his toes regarding food, shelter, and healthcare for the people. He does slip occasionally and request things like demolishing all banks or arresting the Capitalist leader.
** This tradition is kept up by his close relative Evita in ''5'', who is probably the most socially responsible advisor, representing the Revolutionary, Communist, and Environmentalist factions.
* [[ColdWar The Cold War]]: The game's primary setting. Even past 1991, the USSR doesn't go anywhere. An important part of the game is balancing Tropico's relations with the US and the USSR to gain development aid and trade benefits. One of the ways to lose the game is to annoy one of the superpowers enough to provoke an invasion.
** Less prominent in Tropico 5: the Cold War is just one of four eras in which the game is set, and the only era in which both the US and the USSR are present as foreign powers (in the Modern Times era, [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn the USSR becomes Russia]]). However, the Changing the World campaign plays strongly with the stock Cold War tropes, including El Presidente [[MutuallyAssuredDestruction scaring the superpowers away from the brink of nuclear holocaust by building Tropico its *own* nuclear program.]]
* CommandAndConquerEconomy: Played straight for all buildings beyond the very crudest housing until Tropico 3's expansion pack, which introduces a 'Privatization' edict, which sells all non-essential industries to private interests, to the Capitalists' delight and the Communists' despair. After the initial cash influx, this was typically a bad deal - private buildings use up resources, but generate only a static rent instead of export profits. Tropico 4 replaced the edict with a Stock Exchange, which allows a range of private businesses to be built alongside national ones, sponsored by different superpowers and carrying different requirements and rent rates. Removed in Tropico 5, which is fully back to a Command and Conquer Economy, which can be quite odd if your constitution laws include both Open Borders and Free Market.
* ConsummateLiar: El Presidente and his cronies by default, it's part of the job description. The "compulsive liar" trait plays with it, making his lies less effective among the intellectuals and the religious. In the sequels it's an appealing trait for the loyalists and it nullifies the minor drawbacks related to breaking electoral promises. Admittedly, the average Tropican is not concerned about honesty and BlatantLies are the [[RuleOfFunny rule]] rather than the exception.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Keith Preston, CEO of Fruitas LTD (itself a satirical {{expy}} of the exploitative RealLife United Fruit Company), fits this pretty neatly.
** Antonio Lopez, the capitalist faction's spokesman, also qualifies.
--->'''Antonio Lopez''': Excellent job! Now to restructure the banking system so that we will be able [[FreudianSlip to rob the shirts off of poor people]]... I mean, to invest prudently and generate wealth that will trickle down.
* CorruptPolitician[=/=]SleazyPolitician. El Presidente (the player) in spades.
* CrapSaccharineWorld:
** If you have your island be a tourist hotspot, it is best to keep all the dirty industry, the crippling poor people, and all the misery of your island away from your high paying guests. This is easier to do in 5 as you can set entertainment buildings to "Tourists Only."
** ''Tropico 2'' essentially has you playing as a genocidal slave-driving psychopath lording over a band of murderous thugs who are kept fed, housed, and entertained by an economy driven entirely by slave labor. These slaves are kept in line with torture, random executions, and malnourishment. Despite this, the game is cheery, casual, and lighthearted, with a cartoonish art style, upbeat music, brightly-colored buildings and funny little comments in your citizens' thought boxes. Even the captives' crippling terror and miserable lives are played for laughs.
* CrapsackWorld: Killing civvies [[ForTheEvulz for the lols]], can be jailed for no reason, dumb as hell citizens for starters.
* CurbStompBattle: If you get invaded by the US or the USSR, you will lose instantly and the game will be over. What? [[RealityEnsues You honestly thought that your "large" army of 30 people can stand against the might of a super power?]]
** Averted if you have a nuclear program, in which case both superpowers will stay away in fear.
** Potentially averted in Tropico 5 if you maintain a large enough army, as foreign invasions can be defeated.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: In the original game, buildings are gradually destroyed by gun fire or blows. In the sequels, the rebels plant explosives in the buildings, but [[MookChivalry only after the loyalist forces are defeated]]. In 5, hostile forces attack buildings with thrown explosives and your troops with guns.
* DemocracyIsBad: Played with. The difficulty of maintaining a democratic government varies through the games, and pure democracies generally require more ethical governance and a higher standard of living than corrupt or dictatorial systems. On the other hand, a certain degree of vote-rigging, bribery, campaign glibness, and BreadAndCircuses is expected of the player, as part of the overall BlackComedy, and successful presidentes can be given decades of near-unlimited power within a 'democratic' system.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
** Enacting the "ban social media" edict disables Facebook and Twitter integration on the PC version.
** If the Religious/Militarists ask you to change a High School's work mode to Parochial/Military Education, and you respond but then change it back to the original work mode, the faction will lose double the respect you earned for "fulfilling the request".
* DirtyCommunists: The USSR and their local Communist allies can be potential allies or enemies. They are not the most unreasonable factions, and will support a moderate social democratic Tropico, though they will sponsor strikes and terrorist actions, or even invade, if particularly displeased. Rebels, particularly from ''3'' onward, play this straight.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Juanito annoying you in ''3''? Just [[DeadlineNews have him executed.]]
* TheDitz: Sunny Flowers shows signs of this.
* DragonInChief: YOU in the campaign missions "The Toady" and "Divided Loyalty." In the former you are the President's advisor who does all the work for him, and in the latter you are the puppet president who is being controlled by the general from behind the stage. [[spoiler: By the end of both missions, you can [[TheStarscream take over and put yourself in power]].]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: General Rodriguez, the Militarist representative in ''4'', refers to everything in military terms. If a tornado forms on the island, he says "an enemy tornado has infiltrated our defenses." If you enact a Tourism Campaign, he'll demand the "foreign maggots" come to Tropico at once.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Juanito]] in ''Tropico 4,'' though Nick Richards pins the blame on his predecessor's assassination on an agent named [[spoiler: "Juanito."]]
* DullSurprise: If a citizen dies, look at his/her spouse's thoughts tab. The survivor's reaction reads rather flat for somebody who has just lost a loved one; compare to the dead citizen's children's thoughts, which, although still just text, read with more emotion.
* DystopiaIsHard: KickTheDog one too many times and/or fail to keep your citizens ''somewhat'' happy and you'll find yourself in the receiving end of armed revolts, shut down of entire economy sectors or invaded by the US or USSR.
* {{Eagleland}}: On the other hand, for those presidentes with more rightist leanings, the USA will shower you with development aid, trade benefits, and wealthy tourists if you play by their rules (have a high liberty rating, don't get too friendly with the USSR, keep the capitalists happy) but will invade and overthrow you if you snuggle up with the Soviet Union too much. Mostly shown as Type 1 (politically), with some tourists and politicians being Type 2.
* EasyEvangelism: There are many ways to turn citizens into loyalists. Justified as the Presidente is usually a ManipulativeBastard with a huge PropagandaMachine at his service and the less intelligent individuals are easier to sway.
* AnEntrepreneurIsYou: There are several background traits that boost production or service quality for farms, industry, and entertainment buildings.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In the original game, trying to use the eliminate edict on a child prompts the message [[WouldntHurtAChild "You can't do that to a child!"]]
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Bribing faction leaders is a great way to boost El Presidente's popularity.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarKeep: The player has a name, but s/he is only addressed as ''El Presidente''.
* EverythingsBetterWithLlamas: They're Tropico's national animal! You can sell cheap llama wool from ranches, as well. There are rumors of a "llama flu" though, and if you survive multiple disasters, it's called "the curse of the llama." Hmm....
* EvilColonialist: Many antagonists in the stock campaigns are greedy foreign imperialists. PlayedForLaughs like everything else.
** Not 'evil' so much as 'disloyal,' but Royalist supporters during the Colonial Era in ''5'' all have a 1% approval rating of El Presidente.
* EvilMentor: The first few missions of ''Tropico 4'' are a tutorial with a succession of mentors. The rest are revenge against them when they turn against you. Though whether any of them are more corrupt than El Presidente is open to debate.
** [[spoiler: Leon Kane and Adrianna Diaz]] in ''5''.
* FanDumb: In-universe, the Loyalist faction demands El Presidente be a grandiose and ruthless dictator -- which can be a problem for [[BreadAndCircuses relatively]] (or [[VideoGameCaringPotential genuinely]]) benevolent Presidentes that have no problem with free elections and would rather spend money improving the island than building monuments to his/her own glory.
* FeaturelessProtagonist / StandardizedLeader: Thoroughly averted:
** The player (El Presidente or the Pirate Lord in ''Tropico 2'') has a defined background, specific "rise to power" circumstances, and positive / negative traits that have a great gameplay impact.
** Since ''Tropico 3'' El Presidente has an in-game customizable character that moves around the island inspecting buildings and interacting with the people.
* FirewoodResources: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. While the logs harvested directly from a logging camp are indeed of the "firewood" variety, they need to be delivered to a lumber mill to be processed before they can be assembled into furniture.
* FisherKing: Personal traits selected at the beginning of the game influence the entire population. If you were a Farmer or Miner in your background, everyone will be much better at farming or mining. If you're Hardworking, everyone else will be hardworking.
* FogOfWar: In ''Tropico 5'' the island needs to be explored until the Compass is researched.
* FullCircleRevolution: If El Presidente has a rebel leader background.
* GameFavoredGender: Some jobs are gender-specific without much justification nor real life equivalency. A feature not changed since the original game and especially odd for white collar jobs. To name a few examples:
** Teachers, civil servants, shopkeepers, engineers, journalists and cooks can only be female.
** Doctors, professors, armed personnel, priests, miners and attendants can only be male.
** Farmers, factory labourers, construction workers, office workers, secret police [[note]] secpol operatives will be of the same gender as the workers employed in the original building before it got designated as secret police HQ[[/note]] and native-themed entertainers can be either.
** Averted in ''Tropico 5'', where both genders can be any profession. Even male Cabaret dancers.
* GayOption:
** For your citizens, at least - you can issue an edict legalizing same-sex marriage in ''Tropico 3''. [[EternalSexualFreedom In the 1950s]].
** It is also possible to have 'Womanizer' as a flaw while you have a female avatar and suffer the exact same penalties.
* TheGeneralissimo: The player, aka El Presidente. One of El Presidente's mentors is Generalissimo Santana, complete with a stogie and thick beard, who always calls him "amigo."
* GenerationalSaga: ''Tropico 5'' has El Presidente's family ruling the island from the 19th century to the 21st in a dynastic way.
* GlobalCurrency: The U.S. Dollar. TruthInTelevision. No [[RidiculousFutureInflation direct inflation would occur for 50 years]] except if the "Print Money" edict is enacted, which [[AwesomeButImpractical adds $20,000 to the treasury but increases the price of buildings]], devaluating your purchasing power. Average Caribbean wages do rise over time and Tropicans expect to be on par with their neighbours.
* GlobalIgnorance: Penultimo's knowledge of the world is... astonishing. He is sure there's a king and queen of Europe, that in addition to Middle East there's also an Upper and Lower East, and he [[UpToEleven freaks out when he's told he's on an island]].
* TheGovernment: El Presidente can avert it or [[PresidentEvil play it straight]]. The series introduces more villainous possibilities with every release.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: ''Modern Times'' introduces water treatment plants with a "Happy Powder" mode that increases the respect of nearby citizens but is a health hazard.
* GovernmentProcedural: Ministers ([[SkeletonGovernment Five]]) are introduced in ''Tropico 4'' and are needed before some buildings can be built. They generate positive events if they are competent, and negative ones if they are craven or dumb. Sometimes El Presidente will have to fire them to avoid backlash (and El Diablo will want them fired if they're not Tropican-born).
* GratuitousSpanish: A few voiceovers contain Spanish words sprinkled in here and there (and don't forget that "El Presidente" is a key term). The citizens speak with a generic Caribbean Spanish accent and the music is performed by Latin American artists.
* GunboatDiplomacy: If Tropico's relations with a Cold War superpower are poor, that superpower will dispatch a naval task force to your waters as a warning. If relations still don't improve after some time, an invasion usually follows. Foreign invasion is an instant game-over in ''4'' but it's possible to repel the invaders in ''5'' if your military is up to the task.
* HangoverSensitivity: The result of a girls' night out at the cocktail bar with Sunny Flowers and Miss Pineapple:
--> '''Miss Pineapple''': "In other news, Penultimo has a concussion caused by blinking too loud near me."
* HaveAGayOldTime: In the description of the Legalize Gay Marriage edict, your adviser uses the old definition of the word gay, mistakenly assuming that it would allow happy people to get married.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Every single tourist from the US or the UK.
* HelloInsertNameHere: You must name your family at the beginning in ''5''.
* HiddenDepths: Despite him being responsible for more than one fuck up, Penultimo is shown to be one hell of an expert when it comes to research and blueprints.
** Elevated almost to BunnyEarsLawyer levels in 5, where Penultimo comes up with ever-more-ridiculous plans for, among other things, solving a high-profile murder and ''stalling a nuclear war'' that, despite being mocked by saner characters, almost always work exactly as he said they would. [[spoiler: He's also the one that figures out Leon Kane's master plan, giving Presidente and Zweistein just enough time to stop it]].
* HideYourChildren: Sort of. While children aren't hidden, you are unable to have them arrested, executed, or the like. Played straight during a rebel attack, uprising, or a coup where all the children are hidden from sight.
* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]: PlayedForLaughs. When you activate the "Same Sex Marriage" a radio announcement states that the Tropican Military had a "Don't ask Don't Tell" policy which was changed to "Don't ask Just don't ask" policy instead.
** Also played straight as no gay couples will appear until the edict is active.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: In ''Tropico 2'', several of the pirate captains are famous historical pirates, like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbeard Blackbeard]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Bonny Anne Bonny]]. Most of the pregenerated personas in ''4'' are Cold War political figures like Fidel Castro and Eva Peron.
* HollywoodVoodoo: The ''Voodoo'' DLC mission centers around these.
* HotTeacher: Ms. Pineapple, the spokeswoman for the Intellectuals in ''Tropico 4''. How hot? She can vouch that Tropico's scientists are "[[DoubleEntendre experts in drilling]]", she likes to be surrounded by "[[NerdsAreSexy intelligent, creative men]]. At least [[MultiWaySex four of them]]," and when discussing a newly built cabaret with Penultimo, she says that [[NaughtyByNight her show begins at eight]] and he will address her as "[[{{Dominatrix}} Mistress Pineapple]]."
* IKnowMortalKombat: In ''Modern Times,'' Sunny grudgingly admits she plays video games and thus knows how to defeat the zombie hordes: with ''[[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies plants!]]''
* ImprobableAge: Rebels in ''4'' have random ages from [[ChildSoldiers pre-teens]] to [[BadassGrandpa senior citizens]].
* ImprobablyLowIQ: Averted with the Moronic character trait in ''Tropico 3'', depending on what measurement you use. The trait states that El Presidente is a "terminally retarded imbecile" with an IQ below room temperature, which is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. IQ 70 is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_disability#Intelligence_quotient the exact threshold for profound retardation]]. On the Celsius scale, "room temperature" is generally in the low twenties.
* InfantImmortality: Somewhat. Babies born in Tropico do not have in-game bodies, or needs that must be met, until age 3. This eliminates most causes of death. They don't even need parents or siblings! Which is kind of FridgeBrilliance when you think about it if you consider them wards of the state. Averted if you count the Mothers who can be shot or jailed upon request.
* InsaneTrollLogic: If you have any newspapers in ''4'', Sunny Flowers may ask you to demolish them because paper is made of trees, which are your friends, and you shouldn't read your news on the corpses of your friends.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: It's possible to be a successful politician with Tourette's syndrome. In addition to various faction relationship penalties including randomly offending factions [[PlayedForLaughs you get additional annual income from pay-per-view of your unintentionally profane speeches.]] Sadly when you actually execute a speech it sounds just the same.
* InstantMilitia: Militias spawn in ''5'' during conflicts when the right constitutional principle is present. They are mostly cannon fodder units, useful for tying or softening up enemy forces until the Tropican army arrives.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: [[spoiler:Discussed, planned, and averted in the mission "Countdown to Oblivion".]]
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Brunhilde Van Hoof's last name is always pronounced with an exaggeration. "Van ''Hoof''."
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: In-universe. When you build a modern art gallery, General Rodriguez may come on TNT to describe it. Paraphrased:
-->"Listen up, maggots! This is modern art! You will love it! You will ''love'' it like your life depends on it! Unless it becomes mainstream; then, you should ''hate'' it! Now go in a corner and look thoughtful!"
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: If the SWAT HQ is set to "[[StateSec Personal Death Squad]]" mode, it will only employ loyalists who will immediately take the law into their own hands and gun down criminals in the streets as they come across them.
* KarlMarxHatesYourGuts:
** The imports system introduced in ''Tropico 4'' needs some tweaks, as imported and exported goods unrealistically have the same prices (no middleman meddling or logistics cost), but you could use a customs office to raise export prices and make a marginal profit reselling previously bought goods or excedents thanks to it.
** There are other factors that incidentally affect prices, e.g. good relations with a foreign power provides discounts and better profits. If a TV Station is present in the island, El Presidente can enact an ad campaign that raises the exportation price of factory-made goods.
** Except for {{Scripted Event}}s or diplomatic disasters, there is no yearly limit on transactions, market exhaustion/saturation, or the likes; foreign powers would sell and buy everything demanded and offered and the prices won't even flinch.
** The new trading system in ''Tropico 5'' makes it possible to import goods at below the 'normal' price and export above it, depending on what trade deals are in effect at any one time. A Customs Office makes it even more profitable as it increases export prices, and an upgrade also decrease import prices.
* KidFromTheFuture: In the DLC mission "The Masked Avenger" you meet "Ultimo," the child of Penultimo and [[spoiler:Sunny Flowers]].
* LandOfOneCity: Averted in the first game; different collections of buildings would have their own names hovering over them automatically. Whether or not you have just one "city" in ''Tropico 3'' and ''4'' is up to you, though. Those games don't have an auto-naming system.
* LaResistance: The Rebels.
* LargeHam: In ''3'' and ''4'', the dictator you play as, and the capitalist leader. "Presidente, our current treasury balance is below negative ''ten thousand dollars''! The World Development ''bank'' has imposed a ''baaan''. On. Our. ''Spending''!"
** Frankly, all of the characters in 4 have their moments, especially when they are [[OhCrap horrified at something happening]], [[UnstoppableRage or enraged by it]]. Special props for [[PresidentEvil El Presidente]], especially when he [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge seeks vengeance]] [[WickedCultured and starts quoting]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
--> ([[spoiler: after throwing [[TheGeneralissimo Generalissimo]] [[EvilMentor Santana]] out of power from your first island]]) [[WhatTheHellHero What right did I have to exact revenge, you ask me?]] [[ShoutOutToShakespeare I think that Shakespeare]] [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice says it best]]:
--> “To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies; and what's his reason?
--> If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? Why, revenge? The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard, but I will better the instruction.”
** The American President in Tropico 5 takes it UpToEleven. His take on the Great Depression assignments: ''IF THERE IS ONE THING I CANNOT ABIDE, ITS MOPERY''
* TheLeader: Every faction has a leader whose personal opinion carries a lot of weight among the members. If a faction is clashing with El Presidente over political issues, the faction can still be somewhat placated if the leader is otherwise happy with his or her life conditions, or bribed. Or you can have them arrested or shot if you're feeling vindictive.
* LoweredRecruitingStandards: El Presidente can enact {{Conscription}}, allowing uneducated citizens to become soldiers, but they will perform more poorly than educated soldiers. This increases chances of [[DraftDodging people leaving the island or becoming rebels]] though this can all be avoided by choosing the "Installed by the KGB" Rise To Power.
** A few Constitution options or building upgrades allow you to lower some educational requirements in ''5'', such as for soldiers and [[TakeThat journalists]].
* MadeASlave: In ''Tropico 2'', this is your sole source of labor. It's mostly [[BlackComedy played for laughs]].
* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: Possible as part of El Presidente's backstory, where he can be a graduate of either Harvard or Moscow University, getting a relations boost with the appropriate superpower.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The secret police can arrange "accidents". They are more expensive than normal executions but are discreet and don't have negative repercussions.
* MaskedLuchador: The Steam Edition of ''Tropico 4'' comes with a bonus outfit for El Presidente. Now he can wrestle in style.
* MemeticBadass: If some of Juanito's lines are to be believed, then El Presidente is an in-universe example.
-->'''Juanito''': I think I have some bad news. Russian warships have been spotted off the coast of our island, I think our little island's days are numbered. Don't the Russians know that our El Presidente can ''easily'' chase them off with a baseball bat?
* MiddleEasternCoalition: Existing as a minor power to trade and interact with in Tropico 4 onward.
* MisplacedWildlife: Llamas aren't native to the Caribbean. Possibly justified by RuleOfFunny.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Soldiers with poor living conditions are more likely to join or stage a military coup. Generals too, but their better job normally implies higher salaries and better houses so they are more loyal.
* ModernStasis: Tropico is trapped in a middle-20th Century stasis and nothing really upgrades past the 1950's until the "Modern Times" expansion for ''4'', which finally lets El Presidente do things like build car and electronics factories, establish telecom towers for cell phones, and ban the use of Twitter and Facebook at work by presidential edict.
* MoodWhiplash: The tone of 4 is largely light-hearted, and all announcements from faction heads are at the worst darkly humourous... until you fail to provide enough food. Then Reverend Esteban will matter-of-factly inform you that he officiated at the funeral of another starvation victim today. [[YouBastard A young child]].
* MookChivalry:
** The [[LaResistance Rebels]], humble disillusioned citizens sworn to bring down your corrupt regime by any means necessary, will often emerge from the jungle and attempt to destroy your buildings - but only after politely waiting for your armed forces to show up.
** This is nicely averted in the original game, where the rebels appear out of the blue and then beeline towards a sensible building, using hit and run tactics. Your military units have to be very close and strategically placed to engage them before it's too late.
** Averted in ''5'' as well, where they'll happily attack whatever they came to until something shoots back at them. This makes proper placement of guard towers important.
* MythologyGag: When you build a wind turbine in ''4'', Penultimo may announce that due to popular demand, it rotates against the wind.
** A few jokes in ''5'' come at the expense of the advisors from ''4'' who are no longer represented ingame, but apparently still around.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName:
** "El Diablo," the speaker for the Nationalists in ''4,'' is a rather foul skin-headed fellow who asks you to do unpleasant things like executing immigrants.
** The player can make their own little nationalistic dictatorship, with secret police controlling communications and schools indoctrinating children with El Presidente's own book of dogma.
* NecessaryDrawback: Your Presidente has a number of mandatory positive and negative traits, and even those usually have positive and negative sides to them. ''Tropico 4'' changed things around a bit; flaws and virtues were merged into one category, and you could slowly improve the positive sides of the traits as you played. Some of the purely negative traits got silly positive bonuses in ''Tropico 4,'' such as "Ugly" (makes you slightly less popular with all factions) granting you a bonus to your reputation with the Middle East because you look like a camel.
* NiceHat: Your avatar can choose from a number of nice hats.
* {{Ninja}}: Though they are not seen in-game, you can hire ninjas in ''4'' to infiltrate a heavily-guarded fortress in Tibet. Unfortunately, the price for genuine Japanese ninjas is too high to afford, so you end up hiring [[McNinja Chinese ninjas]] instead. [[spoiler:The Chinese ninjas are surprisingly effective, considering the last time you employed cheap Chinese services (the drill) didn't end up so well]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The game has a roster of selectable real life historical leaders, but there are thinly-veiled versions too:
** The towering [[http://www.miastogier.pl/baza/Encyklopedia/gry/Tropico_PC/Okladka/okl_tropico_okl.jpg original Presidente]] from the first game is an {{Expy}} of the Cuban Comandante FidelCastro, signature green uniform, cap hat, beard, CigarChomper and all. He was not present in some covers and looks like a more generic TheGeneralissimo in the sequels, but the generals are still modelled in-game after him with the mentioned traits.
** Nick Richards [[RichardNixon is not a crook]], [[http://tropico.wikia.com/wiki/Sheik_Sallim Sheik Salim]] is an expy of [[ArabIsraeliConflict Yasser Arafat]], [[http://tropico.wikia.com/wiki/Brunhilde_Van_Hoof Brunhilde Van Hoof]] ''is'' MargaretThatcher, [[http://images.wikia.com/tropico/images/0/03/Marco_Moreno.png Marco Moreno]] is a caricature of UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, [[http://tropico.wikia.com/wiki/Penultimo Penultimo]] is clearly Augusto Pinochet, [[http://tropico.wikia.com/wiki/Antonio_Lopez Antonio Lopez]] is Zbig Brzezinski and, for something completely different, [[http://tropico.wikia.com/wiki/General_Rodriguez General Rodriguez]] looks very much like the actor [[http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/SGG-087913.jpg Luis Guzman]].
** Abraham Zweinstein stands in for AlbertEinstein. The US president in Tropico 5 is very clearly TheodoreRoosevelt.
* NoOSHACompliance: Most factories have a literal sweatshop mode. Most can be improved with upgrades that raise workers' comfort and job satisfaction. Factory-generated pollution can be reduced with an edict that also raises its maintenance costs.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: When you win the Propaganda DLC mission in ''4'', a disclaimer says that the communist slogans Penultimo was giving you are based on actual socialist slogans from the Cold War.
* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: Nationalists will resent you if you allow a foreign military base in your soil.
* OddballInTheSeries: ''2'' is, instead of being set on a modern island dictatorship, set in a colonial-era pirate haven. The following games ditched that.
* OddlySmallOrganization: Every branch of the Tropican government. Your palace guard? Four people. Your intelligence service/secret police and the foreign ministry are three people each. Your military is organized into squads of three people, each one commanded by a ''general'', and it's considered extremely large if you have ''ten'' of these squads. It fits the scale of the island, which generally only has a few hundred citizens.
* OneManArmy: A literal example - it's fairly common to have a ''rebellion'' start with only one member. Subverted in that this one-man revolution is exactly as effective as you would expect - not at all, although he might, under really lucky circumstances, be able to take down three or maybe four of your soldiers before he is killed. Averted in ''Tropico 5'' where soldiers operate in squads, including rebels, and El Presidente is unable to join battles.
* OneTrueFaith:
** There is only one religious faction, and thus, only one set of religious buildings to construct. It's a realistic occurrence given the small size of your country and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean setting, where the Catholic Church traditionally dominates.
** Nicely averted in ''Tropico 2'', in which there are multiple Christian denominations represented. However, this has little in-game effect besides determining which people won't be allowed into church if you choose the 'Fanatical Catholic' or 'Fanatical Protestant' character flaw.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: The game positively encourages the player to play President Corrupt...er, El Presidente Magnifico, basing a large chunk of the score on embezzlement and the cult of personality, providing the opportunity to rig or cancel elections, and having a whole submenu devoted to bribing, arresting or assassinating political opponents.
* PaintingTheMedium and/or BitingTheHandHumor: In ''Modern Times'', you can issue an edict that bans social networks, since they "reduce productivity". The icon for this edict? A stricken {{Facebook}} icon. Oh, and ''you'' can't connect to Facebook or {{Twitter}} from the game as long as this edict is active.
* PeoplePuppets: Metaphorical and invoked in the [[http://www.modojuegos.es/files/2009/08/tropico-3-portada.jpg Tropico 3 cover]] where El Presidente joyfully pulls the strings of the whole society.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: A common occurrence. The official name is simply "República de Trópico" but other traits are there, with achieving a LandslideElection being way easier in the sequels (and with an unlockable trophy) than in the original game. The developers lampshade it in promotional materials with the slogan ''Vote El Presidente. [[ImpliedDeathThreat Or Else]].''
* PermanentElectedOfficial: More or less a ''goal'' in any given scenario. The PlayerCharacter must remain in power long enough to complete all their objectives, or until they pass beyond the scope of the game's time period. While the PlayerCharacter ''can'' get elected out of office, this almost never happens as that would mean a GameOver and players have many options for avoiding it, including bribing party leaders, election fraud, and suspending elections in extreme cases. There are, of course, no practical term limits.
** Can be averted in ''5'' if you choose - As long as someone in your Dynasty is elected you can continue. It doesn't always have to be the same member.
* {{Pirates}}:
** ''Tropico 2: Pirate Cove'' shows that it takes a '''lot''' of work to be a successful pirate lord, far more than just sailing the high seas to find victims or BuriedTreasure.
** In ''3'' you can make your avatar dress like one. And one of the ''Absolute Power'' missions can have you indulge in some plundering too. [[OffscreenVillainy Offscreen]], of course.
** In ''5'' you have to deal with them attacking you in the Colonial period and you may get several missions to interact with them somehow, either by trading with them, bribing them to go away, capturing them, or giving them huge ransoms.
* ThePope: "Papal Visit" is one of the best edicts of the game, providing a great happiness boost. Can only be used once. The one in the original game is a reference to John Paul II's visit to Cuba. In 5, the Religious faction may ask you to invite the Pope to Tropico, which entails a number of consecutive tasks.
* PopulationControl: An important gameplay element as the workforce needs to be expanded often, but too much unemployment generates unproductive citizens crowding public services, vagrancy, and crime. To manage the flux of people the government can set migratory policies to encourage (or restrict) mass immigration, qualified immigration, emigration or close the borders to prevent a BrainDrain. Pro-natality medicine can be set and a contraception ban can be issued. And then there are more direct approaches like KillThePoor, DisposableVagrant...
* PragmaticVillainy: One of the best ways to deal with dissenters: [[ScrewtheRulesIHaveMoney Bribery.]] It increases the approval of not only that person, but their family too, and the money gets spent in state owned housing/businesses anyway. One of the reasons for any given faction disliking you is "Faction Leader is Unhappy", making them a prime target; it doesn't even count as election tampering, if you do it before the election starts!
* PresentDayPast: The ''Modern Times'' campaign starts with the world going through events which are clearly meant to resemble the post 2008 financial crisis, the 2011 London riots and the 2012 apocalypse hysteria...yet the date is still listed as the 1950s.
* PresidentForLife: El Presidente can omit general elections altogether, and there is a [[FascistsBedTime "Martial Law"]] edict tailored to this option that mantains people in line. Some scenarios however impose clean elections under the supervision of the United Nations. The loyalists take offence if their dear president allows elections.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: Marco Moreno rents out his Rebels as Mercs in some missions.
* PropagandaMachine: You can set radio and TV stations to broadcast propaganda, which increases the respect of the public. You can also build the Childhood Museum, dedicated to the reverence of your early life.
* PublicDomainCharacter: ''Tropico 2'' features [[Literature/PeterPan Captain Hook]] and [[Literature/TreasureIsland Long John Silver]] as two pirate captains.
* PublicExecution: While the Presidente cannot execute people himself he can order his soldiers to do so.
* RaceLift:
** Bizarrely inverted: Every single character in the series who's not a tourist has skin color indicative of Latin American ancestry and speaks fluent Spanish even if they're immigrants fresh off the boat from, for example, ''Moscow''.
** Conversely, every single tourist is absolutely lily-white.
** Bizarrely in ''Tropico 3'' and ''4'', becoming employed as a doctor makes the character look much more African looking. If said character gets some other form of employment they go back to looking of predominantly Spanish ancestry.
* RagsToRiches:
** Tropicans and immigrants can start as homeless or vagrants or be humble farmers but they or their children can and eventually will climb up the social ladder and thus gain access to luxuries, upper class housing, services and facilities if the adequate jobs and education opportunities are available. Or you can of course design an egalitarian society with flat wages, fees and pensions. This makes education less attractive since literate jobs won't have an obvious edge.
** The final score factors in the size of your Swiss account. Except in ''Tropico 4'', El Presidente starts every scenario with zero personal funds. In the original game, when the player retires your advisor provides different remarks about your future well-being depending on how much you were able to amass. Over $40,000 is considered riches.
* RandomEvent: Events such as strikes, bomb threats, ministerial gaffes (or feats) and natural disasters happen from time to time and require presidential attention. They can also be scripted and some are semi-random since some conditions make them more likely to happen.
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: When Comrade Vasquez asks you to arrest the Capitalist leader, the voice actor reads the entire page of text including the action's effects. No other page is voiced beyond the first paragraph.
* RealTimeWithPause
* RebelLeader: Marco Moreno, Flame of the Revolution! El Presidente can be one if you choose the proper Rise to Power.
* RedChina: The Red and Rich version. China is one of the foreign 'Great Powers' that you have to deal with in ''Tropico 4''. They like to buy canned goods and stuff like goat cheese and llama wool from you, and like it if you have low liberty on your island. They're also the ones who sell luxury goods to you for your shopping mall.
* RefiningResources: The purpose of Tropico's industry. This is one of two basic ways you make money (the other is tourism) though your economy may tend to boom and bust a lot depending on how regularly you can put out exports. ''Tropico 4'' introduced the ability to import raw materials, letting you run factories that refine resources that you don't have access to on the island.
* RefugeInAudacity: The game draws much of its [[BlackComedy humour]] from "how to do more and more devilish things to the citizens and get away with it".
** A lot of Penultimo's plans and schemes to advance Tropico in the world seem to rely on this in ''5'', such as delaying an invasion by exporting enough rum to [[MythologyGag keep the invading army drunk]] or catching a murderer by naming a tourist attraction 'Scene of the Crime' so the murderer will go there.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: A popular uprising boils down to rebel citizens assaulting your palace after beating loyalist citizens' brains out with their bare fists, if their jobs don't imply carrying weapons. Armed personnel can slay antagonists in more elegant and civilized ways.
* RidiculouslyFastConstruction:
** Sort of, anyway. Since the game isn't in real-time, the building actually take days, weeks, or months to construct, but it certainly ''looks'' fast. It certainly tends to not look so fast when [[ArtificialStupidity the AI would rather have the construction workers wander around instead of building]]...
** Taken to the extreme in ''Tropico 4'', which now provides the option to near-instantly complete construction of a building for double the construction price. DLC for ''Tropico 4'' also includes a cement factory, which helps you build buildings faster, and as a bonus, produces lots of cement that you can sell as an export.
** In the original ''Tropico'', where walking times are a real concern (no cars) '''the opposite''' is/was a problem that was explictly addressed in the expansion but not completely repaired. Workers have to walk to their construction sites but don't walk very far and only work if they have no other needs to refill first. Many construction offices have to be strategically placed to have something built in slightly peripherical areas. In addition non-flat ground requires a lot of preparatory work, so finishing an airport may take decades.
* RPGElements:
** Citizens get more skilled and efficient at their specific jobs as time goes by. More intelligent individuals improve faster and the government can implement meassures to accelerate learning rates.
** In ''Tropico 4'', El Presidente's trait related bonuses gain ranks and get more powerful the more missions they are picked.
* RuleOfCool: When compared to the original classic campaign, the missions in the ''Absolute Power'' expansion pack are a lot less realistic and serious, for example you will be fighting against a rogue Soviet AI, working for an evil corporation, trying to escape a StableTimeLoop, etc.
* RuleOfFunny: In general, ''Tropico 3'' and ''Tropico 4'' are more about being a funny political satire instead of a serious political simulation game.
* {{Salaryman}}: One of the new Modern Times buildings is a business tower full of uneducated employees who generate income depending on how many other people are living in an area. Office workers are bottom-of-the-barrel white-collar workers, but it allows you to make money off of dense populations without needing to export anything.
* SchmuckBait: The description for [[AwesomeButImpractical Print Money]] states that if you run out of funds (due to building prices increasing) just Print Money again.
* ScriptedEvent: Well elaborated scenarios often make use of these events to simulate rebel activity, price fluctuations, migration waves, international relations, etc. For instance, the Cuban Missile Crisis activates a mandatory {{Conscription}} edict in ''Modern Times'', while it was only a flavour radio announcement in ''Tropico 3'' and not present in the original game stock scenarios.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Shows up in multiple forms. There is the Bribe special action, that increases the approval of the individual and their family, which can be used on a faction leader to remove the "Faction leader is unhappy" modifier. There is an Edict that does this for all of the leaders, at a discount. It's also one of the options for stopping strikes over poor work conditions.
* ScrewTheWarWerePartying: In the mission "Countdown to Oblivion," Soviet soldiers find getting [[VodkaDrunkenski drunk on rum]] and [[DistractedbytheSexy visting the island's burlesque theaters]] more important than preparing to [[spoiler: invade the United States]].
* SecretPolice: You can recruit them and set them up in a building of your choice, from a [[DeadlineNews newspaper office]] to a [[LethalChef tiny poky restaurant]].
* SelfMadeMan: One of the possible background that you can have. You will get extra respect from the capitalists and US government and a boost in your citizens' productivity. And it is one of the few capitalist backgrounds that does not have the penalty of losing respect from the communists.
* SensitivityTraining: A policy that can be implemented if Tropico has a college or minister of education. It helps police and military personel be less of a drag on liberty ratings by offering such helpful suggestions as "Never hit a civilian anywhere that will leave a mark." In 5, it becomes a Cold War edict.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Much of the latter part of the [[spoiler: ''Tropico 5'' Changing the World campaign]] involves El Presidente [[spoiler: travelling back in time to prevent his mentor from [[NukeEm invoking a nuclear apocalypse]]]]. For the most part this results in a StableTimeLoop (including, comically, [[spoiler: El Presidente [[OtherMeAnnoysMe turning out to be the governor of the two islands that gave his original two islands grief throughout the first half of the game]]]]) and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero things going from bad]] [[FromBadToWorse to worse]], [[spoiler: but eventually El Presidente manages to win out.]]
* SexSlave: Sexual gratification is one of the desires pirates need to have satisfied in ''Tropico 2''. As with all others, this is handled with forced labor kidnapped from settlements or captured from ships.
* ShoutOut:
** The details for "Inquisition" in the third start with [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus "Nobody expects the Tropican Inquisition!"]].
** In ''Tropico 2'', when you view the thoughts of the captives you get a lot of references: "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail I'm not dead yet!]]"
** Viewing the thoughts of lumberjacks in ''3'' will give you "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay]]."
** One of the first transmissions from [[VoiceOfTheResistance Betty Boom]] has her saying [[Film/TheMatrix "I'll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."]]
** One of the cheat codes for ''Tropico 3'' is "[[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland elpollodiablo]]".
** The Steam Edition for ''Tropico 4'' includes a bonus island, [[Franchise/JurassicPark Isla Nublar]]. ''Eep.''
** ''Tropico 4'' also makes it possible to unearth a displaced artifact. It is [[Franchise/PrinceOfPersia an elaborate dagger with a glass handle filled with sand, and originates from Persia]].
** The details for Museum of Modern Art mention something about the decadent piece of art called [[ShockSite "2 girls, 1 llama"]]. Thank you for the image, Haemimont/Kalypso.
** The achievement for selling enough pieces of Tropican art? Mona Llama.
** The message from the rebels who hijack your oil refinery? "[[ZeroWingrish Somebody set us up the bomb]]".
** When your island is diagnosed with "Llama Flu", the tagline is [[Series/{{House}} "It's not Lupus"]].
** The Plantanador DLC mission for ''4'' is heavy on referencing Creator/HPLovecraft, but it also mentions [[VideoGame/BaldursGate a giant space hamster named "Boo."]]
** In the first Modern Times mission, a report claims that Tropico is the least safe place to live during a hypothetical doomsday scenario. The safest? [[VideoGame/{{Pandemic}} Madagascar]].
** In the Modern Times campaign, the Conclave [[Series/TheOuterLimits is controlling the transmission. They control the horizontal. They control the vertical.]]
** Modern Times has one mission where you must suck up to the Soviet Union and your advisor gives you a choice of insults that you can use on the American ambassador to help do this. One of them is "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries]]!"
** In the Tropico 4 mission "Into the Spotlight" propaganda states the El Presidente is [[Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld The Most Awesome Man In The World.]]
** The Modern Times campaign mission called "Keep Calm and Carry On" is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On piece of British propaganda]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, an album by the Welsh rock band Stereophonics, and a [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/keep-calm-and-carry-on meme]].
** In the same mission, Ambassador Crane says that when the American people are aggravated, he is aggravated as well, and [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk you wouldn't like him when he is aggravated]]. Reverend Esteban is contacted by the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Church Eastboro Church]]," which wants to protest in Tropico; least one TakeThat is directed to their protesting.
** In a threat letter sent by an Unnamed Enemy in the DLC mission "The New Sparta" one of the two reply options is [[GrecoPersianWars Fighting in the shade]][[note]]The actual quote being "Then we will fight in the shade", said by Dienekes, a Spartan soldier present at the Battle of Thermopylae.[[/note]] while the other one is [[Film/ThreeHundred Declaring madness and declaring]]... ahem [[MemeticMutation THIS IS SPARTA!]].
** Also after the enemy [[spoiler:kills all your generals by poisoning their food]], one of the choices for words to encourage your soldiers is to say [[Film/ThreeHundred tonight we dine in hell]].
** One of the positive Minister acts for the economic minister is called Series/DealOrNoDeal.
** In the DLC mission Plantador choosing to research an infrastructure feature will give you a choice between "[[Franchise/StarWars The Force]] (a Power Plant) or The Wheel (Roads).
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dY2S5uKKT0 teaser]] of ''Tropico 5'' pays {{homage}} to ''Film/TheGreatDictator'', with the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1BDJkYxsCc second]] paying homage to ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
** When the fertilization edict is issued, [[Film/ApocalypseNow a bunch of helicopters]] pop-up and spray the ground while Penultimo hums The Music/RideOfTheValkyries.
** A soon-to-be prisoner will say "[[Film/PlanetOfTheApes Get your hands off me, you dirty cop]]"
** In ''Tropico 4'', your minister of education may be asked to guest-star in an episode of [[Series/MythBusters Caribbean Legends Buster]], which will earn you a discount on an education building.
** El Presidente says "[[Franchise/{{Fallout}} War, war never changes]]" in the opening to the ''5'' mission "The Dogs Of War." The line is also spoken by military units and Lulu may say it at the beginning of the Cold War period.
** In 5, [[Franchise/MonkeyIsland insult swordfighting]] is a counter against pirates. [[Literature/ThePrincessBride The Dread Pirate Roberts]] is among them.
** Penultimo writes a queer autobiographical story about [[Film/BrokebackMountain two men in a mountain who want to form deep male bonds]].
** "[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Space, the final frontier]]. These are the voyages of the starship ''Presidente'' [...] to boldly go where no dictator has gone before."
** One of the possible Colonial Era task paths has His Majesty set out to build an underwater palace. After you complete all the tasks, Lord Oaksworth will tell you that His Majesty has abandoned the project because the ocean floor is littered with [[{{Atlantis}} lost cities]], [[VideoGame/BioShock1 rich American industrialists]], and [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos sleeping alien gods]].
** During the ''Tropico 5'' mission "Back to the Past," [[MadScientist Abraham Zweistein]] will inform El Presidente that his work has been sabotaged. "[[Music/BeastieBoys It's not a mirage; I'm telling you, it's sabotage!]]"
* ShownTheirWork: The loading screens in 5 are dedicated to listing the various crazy things real life dictators have done.
* SideQuest: ''Tropico 4'' introduces optional tasks, specific simple goals presented by faction and foreign leaders that provide small boosts.
* SinisterSurveillance: One of the purposes of the secret police. El Presidente can increase its efficiency by enacting the edict "wiretapping". BigBrotherIsWatching.
* SlaveToPR: Or else you either face an uprising or invasion. But on the other hand, if you managed to keep your people happy, they will not mind too much if you put some of the country's public funding into your private bank account.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism:
** The message behind the game is extremely cynical. It basically says that all political leaders are there to either line their own pockets or just to hold power. Whether capitalist or communist, ideology is merely a way to obtain more power. The Cold War setting heavily reinforces this notion by having Tropico essentially be a very small pawn in a much larger game betweem the US and the USSR that is the same money-making, power-grabbing scheme on a larger scale. In addition, all of the factions are completely cynical examples illustrating the worst of their particular group as a whole: [[HolierThanThou the religious faction]] is full of puritanical MoralGuardians, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the capitalists]] are greedy plutocrats, [[DirtyCommunists the communists]] want you to keep everyone equal regardless of skill or effort, [[DayOfTheJackboot the militarists]] are club-wielding {{Black Shirt}}s, [[MyCountryRightOrWrong the nationalists]] are xenophobic shut-ins, [[AnimalWrongsGroup the environmentalists]] are so knee-jerk hateful of industries such as logging that they would rather have people unemployed than working at a mill, the intellectuals are prone to offense at [[SlobsVersusSnobs anything done to appeal to the uneducated]], and the loyalists are universally depicted as [[WhatAnIdiot boot-licking simpletons]] who measure a strong leader on how much he abuses his privileges, cultivates a near-religious cult of personality, and brutally oppresses the general population.
** The description of almost everything also is quite brutally cynical and extremely snarky, mocking the pretentiousness of the tropical islands, and your background is written by a YesMan who claims you are greater than Creator/AynRand, Henry Kissinger, Milton Friedman, Karl Marx and Engels combined. [[SerialEscalation The list goes on]]. The pirate one is no better as the pirates are surprisingly content eating slightly mouldy Yorkshire pudding or eating a poorly done steak with potato.
* UsefulNotes/{{Socialism}}: Basically the economic model of the simulation is state capitalism; in Tropico the state is the owner of everything and manages wages and production modes. Recent games are gradually introducing private capitalism, still ineffective as mentioned already (above, CommandAndConquerEconomy) but there are other traits like free health care, free education and free food that are core concepts unchanged since the original game and cannot be changed by the player and fit well as at least social democracy. Although the game explicitly labels those services as "free", they could also be interpreted as being tax financed (and breaking even) since there is no apparent tax collection but there is a "Tax Cut" edict that simulates returning treasury money to the citizens to make them happier. There are optional edicts too, like "Free Housing", that are relevant to the model. In ''Tropico 5'', you can implement edicts to charge for healthcare and food, but education is always free. Researching Socialism grants access to three socialist edicts (social security, literacy program, and mortgage subsidies).
* SpaceManagementGame: A mixture of ''Commodity'' and ''Service'' game.
* StableTimeLoop: One of the missions in the ''Absolute Power'' expansion has you running an island where something has gone wrong and time is stuck in a loop; you load the mission to find you've already tried, and failed, at it ''hundreds'' of times. [[spoiler: When you do beat it, the game tells you to restart the mission to see how you succeeded.]]
** One of these forms the main campaign of ''Tropico 5''. [[spoiler:All the misfortune your competing islands cause you are your future self's fault as future-you tries to monkey-wrench Leon Kane's plans]].
* TheStarscream:
** It is strongly implied that your presidential advisor Penultimo is constantly trying to assassinate you and take power himself throughout the entire third game. He is, however, completely loyal in the fourth and fifth game.
** YOU will be one in the campaign mission "The Toady," in which you start as the [[DragonInChief president's right hand]], with your goal being to eventually replace him. [[spoiler: Near the end of the mission, the KGB will offer to put you in power in exchange for you becoming their puppet. No matter what you do, you will become president by the end of the mission.]]
* StateSec: In ''Modern Times'' the SWAT HQ can set to work as this.
* StuffyBrit: Lord Chumley, the EU representative from ''4''. "Tally ho, old boy! The riff-raff are on my back again. You know how it is."
** Lord Oaksworth, the royalist, globalist, religious, and generic foreign representative in ''5''.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** "Of course the secret police does not operate out of this restaurant, where have you heard that, Citizen?"
** The description of the weapons factory. "Weapons? What weapons? They are nothing but pipes, pipes in which you could possibly shoot something out of..." After you build one in ''4'', Sunny may ask Penultimo what the new factory produces.
--->'''Penultimo:''' Sprockets. Huge demand for them in the US.
--->'''Sunny:''' Such a huge, well-guarded factory to produce sprockets?
--->'''Penultimo:''' Also, bulb holders, paperweights; definitely not weapons of any kind!
** American president Nick Richards will randomly deny being a criminal during totally unrelated discussions... while having a voice that sounds like RichardNixon's.
* SwissBankAccount:
** Explicitly part of the game in that El Presidente has one and you have to keep it nice and plumped with crooked donations. You are actually encouraged to [[StealingFromTheTill put money into your account]] since it will give you bonus points in the end game.
** The ''Modern Times'' expansion for ''4'' finally gives you a gameplay reason to have a private bank account: all the best stuff unlocks that way! You can't set your SWAT HQ to "Personal Death Squad" without it, nor can you upgrade your palace to a modern Presidency or put "happy powder" in everyone's drinking water. Think of it as a "how much can I exploit the people?"-meter. In ''5'', it is used to upgrade the abilities of dynasty members.
* TakeAThirdOption: Having a secret police presents the player with new and subtler approaches when conflictive events arise.
* TakeThat: One of the missions in ''Tropico 3'' centers around international intrigue. At one point in that mission, the U.S. President will accuse you of hiding "nookular" weapons on your island that he is certain you will use to attack his Texas ranch, insisting that you "turn over the [=WMDs=] or embrace the way of the hamburger." Whether or not you actually have any sort of nuclear program on the island is irrevelant to this happening.
* TalkShow: El Presidente can broadcast his own, "Hola Presidente". A show with presumably only one guest who doubles as the host. An {{expy}} of Hugo Chavez's show [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al%C3%B3_Presidente "Aló Presidente"]].
* TankGoodness: Finally present in Tropico 5. Army Bases provide a squad of three and foreign invaders make use of them.
* TemptingFate: In one event chain in the Tropico 4 campaign, a defective Chinese drilling machine causes an earthquake on your island. You can blame China, yourself, or the PowersThatBe. If you pick the last option, [[spoiler: another earthquake immediately strikes the island.]]
* ThrivingGhostTown: You know you're doing well when your population gets above ''200''. {{Justified|Trope}} in that the island is ''tiny'', and even with every square foot of land developed it can usually only support around 900 individuals maximum.
** Somewhat averted in ''5'', where islands can easily get 600-700 people and a whole island can support a population of thousands.
* TooDumbToLive: Many researchers in 5 are this. Of particular note are the ones researching the trigger.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: You're rarely warned what sort of problems (or specific goals) you're faced with in a level, leading to gameplay consisting of "Play the level for a while, learn your goals, and restart it with Traits that will help you accomplish it."
* UndyingLoyalty: This is the point of the Loyalist faction. They're...loyal. What this means is they will always support you during a revolt, they will never become a rebel, they can become members of your personal death squad, and they always vote for you during an election (though they much prefer if you don't even put it to a vote). The only thing that upsets them is you not worshipping yourself the same way they do (not building your own childhood museum/personal mausoleum, having free elections, etc) and their faction disaster is that they simply stop being Loyalists; even in their faction disaster they don't really hurt you!
** While all your advisors fit, special mention goes to Lord Oaksworth in ''5'', considering he was just appointed as your liaison to the Crown and is supposed to be loyal to them. He will try to reduce your punishments for things you obviously did wrong, give a lot of helpful advice in dealing with the Crown, and will [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial certainly not be involved in your successor's tragic kidnapping by pirates]] should your mandate come close to expiring. He'll also side with you should you rebel against the Crown and become your religious and foreign advisor.
* UnstableEquilibrium: Very present in the much harder original game. Losing the very few initial male college educated citizens (usually exigent chaps [[BrainDrain prone to emigration]]) means no doctors if you don't realize it in time and hire expensive foreigners. No doctors leads to people dropping like flies, a critical hit early on. Also since citizens have to walk to the buildings that provide services, they sometimes neglect their own business. Working is a low priority by design; they serve themselves first. This is a critical issue with dockworkers, who can ruin your economy if they have to walk across the island satisfying various needs ahead of loading your exports onto freighters. Once the island has a deficit, wages are capped and things go sour(er). The sequels eradicate this with the introduction of cars and allowing spending a little while in debt.
* UrbanSegregation: It's a good idea to separate residential, tourist, and industrial areas. There are many NotInMyBackyard buildings: \\
High-class tourists are a fantastic moneymaker. Unfortunately, earning enough money to build the infrastructure needed to attract them (especially the airport) usually requires you to first build the sort of industrial economy that they hate, so a sensible Presidente would build the polluting, messy industries on one side of the island and the tourist traps on the scenic, pastoral side. In ''5'', it's finally possible to set Entertainment buildings to "Tourists only," making a pretty tourist trap plan more viable.
* VelvetRevolution: One way to become El Presidente from ''Tropico 3'' onward. You will get bonus respect from the US and the Intellectuals if you have this as your way of rising to power. Naturally, people will have very high democratic expectations and will not react kindly if you betray your ideals.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: You can make sure all your citizens live like kings with high-class comfortable housing, well-paying jobs, quality education, plenty of entertainment options, a diverse and satisfying diet, and police keeping them safe. If you do, they work harder, are less likely to revolt, and consequently make your life much easier.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Or you can just force your people to live in shacks. Lock random people in prisons, have peaceful protesters shot, order random people on the streets executed by your soldiers, and order anyone who dares to run for president against you shot dead in the street.
* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: Push people too hard, get their happiness meters too low, and they ''will'' revolt. Usually this results in a trickle of citizens becoming rebels who will gradually attack your facilities before finally targeting your palace. If happiness completely bottoms out, you could have a full-scale CivilWar where half of your citizens riot in the streets killing the other half.
* VillainProtagonist
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: You, if you're doing well. Radio and TV Stations can specifically broadcast programs that improve your approval ratio.
* VoiceOfTheResistance:
** DJ Betty Boom of Radio Free Tropico from the ''Absolute Power'' expansion. She is quite the ConspiracyTheorist, and is vehemently against everything El Presidente does. Even if the player plays a genuinely progressive, democratic, incorruptible, and generous El Presidente, she will still declare all taken actions acts of pure evil and use them as reasons to call for El Presidente's head on a stake. No seriously, if you enact air pollution standards, she'll lambast you for ''[[InsaneTrollLogic keeping the "healthy" noxious fumes all to the bourgeoisie]]''. If you build a wind turbine, she'll decry it as a symbol of oppression for only turning in the direction of the wind, and ask her listeners to join her in tearing down the turbine and building a new one that rotates against the wind. This is Lampshaded in ''4''.
** You can also ''build'' one of these as a radio station in the first game - setting it to "Radio Free Tropico" will release all government restrictions on the content of the station, massively boosting the Liberty stat for any listeners but increasing chances of uprisings or rebellions if happiness is very low.
* VoteEarlyVoteOften: The Tropican electoral tribunal can interpret a fraction of opposit--- er, misprint ballots as votes in favor of El Presidente. This has some minor drawbacks and is rarely needed outside the first game.
* WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon: The entire setting of the game. And you can use it to help promote your tourist industry.
* WorkingClassHero: Depending on your Presidente's background, you can either be a real one (farmer, miner, self-made man), or a fake one (Man of the people).
* [[spoiler: WorldWarIII: Averting it is the goal of the mission "Countdown to Oblivion."]]
* YouHaveResearchedBreathing: In the Plantador DLC mission, you have to research everything to be able to build it, even things as simple as roads.
** Quite a few research projects in ''5'' are this, such as Table Manners, the Wheel (in the ''Cold War Era''), and Flexible Principles.
* YouKilledMyFather: If [[BadBoss you execute someone]], their family will hate you and may become rebels because of it. Although, [[ScrewtheRulesIHaveMoney bribing]] works the other way, [[PragmaticVillainy raising the whole family's happiness and approval]].
* YouLoseAtZeroTrust: A political version of this. You will need every political faction to at lease tolerate you if you want to stay in power and avoid civil unrest or foreign invasion. From ''Tropico 3'' onwards, faction-specific disasters (beyond the aforementioned invasions) have been introduced - Communists will import rebels, Intellectuals will shut down schools, foreign powers will halt trade and aid, etc.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: When you enact the Police State edict in Modern Times a bunch of police blimps float over the island to observe for crime.

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