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->''"He started with nothing, worked hard, and made a fortune. That man is [[BaitAndSwitchComparison Fred Trump.]]"''
-->-- '''Creator/SethMacFarlane'''

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

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

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

Had Website/IMDb existed in TheEighties, Trump would already have had an entry on it. His [[TheEighties 1987]] semi-autobiographical book, ''The Art of the Deal'', sold ''extremely'' well as people began to identify him with American entrepreneurship and shrewd power brokering. It was around this time that Trump started to appear AsHimself in television {{Dom Com}}s and films, including ''Film/HomeAlone 2'' and ''Film/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', where the characters invariably treat him with a reverence usually reserved for royalty. His golden boy image took a beating in TheNineties as the result of bankruptcies (which he insists--not unreasonably--were actually [[IMeantToDoThat strategic business decisions]]), a much-publicized extramarital affair, and mounting debt (partly as a result of the 1980s recession), but he managed to bounce back.

Since 2004, Trump stars in ''Series/TheApprentice'', his own reality TV series (created by Creator/MarkBurnett, the brains behind ''Series/{{Survivor}}'') on Creator/{{NBC}}. The show consists of a selection of candidates competing against each other for an open slot in one of Trump's companies. The program was wildly successful 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 "[[ConspiracyTheorist birther]]" theory, so his campaign was ended after the birther train was stopped for good by UsefulNotes/BarackObama providing his long-form birth certificate.
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!! Donald Trump provides examples of:

* ArchEnemy:
** He's hosted two {{Wrestlemania}}s and been an active participant in Wrestling/{{WWE}} promos, highlighted by his "feud" with rival CEO VinceMcMahon.
** Not content with prime time, Trump took daytime TV by storm when a [[VolleyingInsults tabloid war]] erupted between himself and Rosie O'Donnell, then-host of the American morning talk show ''The View''.
** In ''Series/JustShootMe'', he's TheGhost but still the SitcomArchNemesis to Jack Gallo.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Might also be interpreted as a PropheticName, given his knack for trumpeting himself.
* BrooklynRage: Made efforts to cultivate this image over the years, despite not being native. Trump's persona is that of a [[NouveauRiche straight-talking]], tough New Yorker whose face resembles a pit bull in repose. And yet he [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-1-2011/me-lover-s-pizza-with-crazy-broad doesn't know how to eat NY-style pizza correctly]].
* {{Catchphrase}}: "You're fired." Inverted regularly in the season finales of ''The Apprentice'', when he announces "You're hired."
* DisproportionateRetribution: 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.
* DisproportionateReward: According to a story, after Trump's limo broke down during a trip to Atlantic City, a husband and wife stopped behind him and helped get the limo going again, and Trump later paid for the deed to their house on their behalf. Trump confirmed this story as true during the third season of The Apprentice.
* FountainOfExpies: Many [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corrupt]] and/or {{Jerkass}} businessmen in mainstream media [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed have been inspired by him]], such as the Biff Tannen of 1985-A in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Apparently a mixture of a cross-grid combover and three cans of hairspray.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Website/{{Cracked}} has [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/10-stories-about-donald-trump-you-wont-believe-are-true/ three]] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/donald-trumps-4-most-hilarious-attempts-at-good-idea separate]] [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-why-donald-trump-biggest-troll-alive articles]] about his most outrageous acts.
** 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}}: [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/03/trump-gay-people-should-n_n_856951.html He opposes gay marriage because of new trends in golf putter preference.]]
* NeverMyFault: Creator/{{ESPN}}'s ''30 for 30'' documentary on the fall of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball United States Football League]] was titled ''Small Potatoes: Who Killed the [=USFL=]?''. The title was taken from a comment Trump 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.
* SelfDeprecation: You've got to admit he can laugh at himself like at his roast and originally at the White House Correspondent's Dinner before [[ItsPersonal the jokes against him got more scathing]], which is unusual for someone so card-carryingly vain. Such as when Obama said he had a video of his birth, then played the opening scene of ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* SitcomArchNemesis: The sitcom ''Series/JustShootMe'' made him into a literal example, the unseen friendly rival of character Jack Gallo.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Nicknamed "The Donald", after his first wife Ivana Trump referred to him as such in an interview.
* ThisMeansWar: As soon as major networks called the 2012 presidential election for UsefulNotes/BarackObama, he had a ([[OldShame now partially-deleted]]) Twitter meltdown, denouncing the election as a "sham" and a "travesty," and calling for a "revolution." His major complaint was that Obama had [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush secured the electoral college while being behind in the popular vote]]. [[EpicFail Shortly after he posted his rant, the ballots from West Coast states were tallied, giving Obama a popular majority to go with the college]].
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