Creator: Donald Trump
"He started with nothing, worked hard, and made a fortune. That man is Fred Trump."Donald Trump (June 14, 1946-) is a famous (sic) real estate mogul known for slapping his name on the front of his innumerable hotels, casinos, resorts and golf courses. He also hosts a TV program you might've heard about.Most of his capital is rooted in New York City, where he owns several million square feet of property, including half of the Empire State Building. But this is a secondary achievement to Donald's hairstyle, which rivals any architecture he's built.In The Seventies, Trump inherited his real estate business from his father Fredrick (rechristening it "The Trump Organization", natch). Following a five-year apprenticeship under his dad, Donald relocated to New York City to begin his career in earnest. He went on to gather up Manhattan's most profitable properties like so many vacant Monopoly squares.Had IMDb existed in The Eighties, Trump would already have had an entry on it. His 1987 semi-autobiographical book, The Art of the Deal, sold extremely well as people began to identify him with American entrepreneurship and shrewd power brokering. It was around this time that Trump started to appear As Himself in television Dom Coms and films, including Home Alone 2 and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where the characters invariably treat him with a reverence usually reserved for royalty. His golden boy image took a beating in The Nineties as the result of bankruptcies (which he insists—not unreasonably—were actually strategic business decisions), a much-publicized extramarital affair, and mounting debt (partly as a result of the 1980s recession), but he managed to bounce back.Since 2004, Trump stars in The Apprentice, his own reality TV series (created by Mark Burnett, the brains behind Survivor) on NBC. The show consists of a selection of candidates competing against each other for an open slot in one of Trump's companies. The program was wildly successful and remains one of the highest-rated reality shows to date. Since then, Donald Trump's mug has been pretty much impossible to avoid.He also holds joint-ownership over the Miss Universe pageant, also encompassing Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Not bad work if you can get it.Trump's brief run for the Republican presidential nomination for 2012 was seen by some as a ratings stunt. He was a proponent of the "birther" theory, so his campaign was ended after the birther train was stopped for good by Barack Obama providing his long-form birth certificate.
Donald Trump provides examples of:
- He's hosted two Wrestlemanias and been an active participant in WWE promos, highlighted by his "feud" with rival CEO Vince McMahon.
- Not content with prime time, Trump took daytime TV by storm when a tabloid war erupted between himself and Rosie O'Donnell, then-host of the American morning talk show The View.
- In Just Shoot Me!, he's The Ghost but still the Sitcom Arch-Nemesis to Jack Gallo.
- Awesome McCoolname: Might also be interpreted as a Prophetic Name, given his knack for trumpeting himself.
- Brooklyn Rage: Made efforts to cultivate this image over the years, despite not being native. Trump's persona is that of a straight-talking, tough New Yorker whose face resembles a pit bull in repose. And yet he doesn't know how to eat NY-style pizza correctly.
- Catchphrase: "You're fired." Inverted regularly in the season finales of The Apprentice, when he announces "You're hired."
- Disproportionate Retribution: Launch a campaign against him for sexism, racism and general obnoxiousness? Threaten to sue the pants off the people organising the boycott. A comedian makes a joke about you because of your obnoxious attitude towards President Obama's birth AFTER the certificate was released? Try suing him as well, because you certainly don't deserve to be mocked while behaving so obnoxiously in the public eye.
- Disproportionate Reward: According to a story, after Trump's limo broke down during a trip to Atlantic City, a husband and wife stopped behind him and helped get the limo going again, and Trump later paid for the deed to their house on their behalf. Trump confirmed this story as true during the third season of The Apprentice.
- Fountain of Expies: Many corrupt and/or Jerkass businessmen in mainstream media have been inspired by him, such as the Biff Tannen of 1985-A in Back to the Future Part II.
- Improbable Hairstyle: Apparently a mixture of a cross-grid combover and three cans of hairspray.
- Cracked has three separate articles about his most outrageous acts.
- The Discovery documentary series Mighty Planes did an episode on Trump's private Boeing 757, and although meant to showcase the plane and how much Trump cared about it, what comes across instead is what a pain in the ass Trump is to work for. At several points his employees will talk about why "Mister Trump" will be upset because of a problem (such a takeoff before the airport closes) when the reason for the problem is Trump himself.
- Metaphorgotten: He opposes gay marriage because of new trends in golf putter preference.
- Never My Fault: ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the fall of the United States Football League was titled Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?. The title was taken from a comment Trump makes in it, about how he got involved with the league even though he "knew it would be small potatoes." The documentary acknowledges that the USFL was pretty much screwed in their antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League in part because the jury saw Trump associated with them and figured that they must be better off financially than they were. Trump refuses to accept any blame for any part he played in the USFL's demise.
- Self-Deprecation: You've got to admit he can laugh at himself like at his roast and originally at the White House Correspondent's Dinner before the jokes against him got more scathing, which is unusual for someone so card-carryingly vain. Such as when Obama said he had a video of his birth, then played the opening scene of The Lion King.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: The sitcom Just Shoot Me! made him into a literal example, the unseen friendly rival of character Jack Gallo.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Nicknamed "The Donald", after his first wife Ivana Trump referred to him as such in an interview.
- This Means War!: As soon as major networks called the 2012 presidential election for Barack Obama, he had a (now partially-deleted) Twitter meltdown, denouncing the election as a "sham" and a "travesty," and calling for a "revolution." His major complaint was that Obama had secured the electoral college while being behind in the popular vote. Shortly after he posted his rant, the ballots from West Coast states were tallied, giving Obama a popular majority to go with the college.