The resemblence is uncanny.
"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead."
— Johnny Carson
Most often can be found overseeing marriages in Viva Las Vegas
, the Elvis Impersonator (a subtype of Celebrity Impersonator
) usually dresses and acts like late era Elvis Presley
: portly, with an exaggerated pompadour hairdo, wearing a ridiculously pimped out jacket, and fond of saying
Impersonators of "young" Elvis (i.e. wearing the gold lamé suit) do exist but, for whatever reason, are not as common
A subtrope of this appears a lot in Dubs of Japanese media. Because the pompadour is considered Delinquent Hair
and most associated with bike gangs, a lot of minor or comedic villains get that hairstyle. In the process of dubbing, they're often turned into (nearly)
the only thing Westerners associate with pompadours.
The Other Wiki
lists three types of Elvis impersonators — Look-alikes, sound-alikes, and combinations — who tend to be either professionals, amateurs, Just for Fun
types, or those who do their routines for Comedy
. They also state that the earliest known Elvis impersonator was a Canadian teenager who started making stage appearances in 1956.
is the totally logical
subtrope where the impersonator is an elf.
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- One Progressive commercial ends with an Elvis impersonator as one of the customers.
- A Dejope bingo casino commercial in Madison, Wisconsin area has several Elvis impersonators getting haircuts.
Anime and Manga
- Digimon Adventure: the second arc's Big Bad Etemon. He had some rockstar traits even before the dub, but in English he's pure Elvis.
- One of these appeared in a Filler episode of Naruto. (The one where a princess gained some weight and needed Ino to pose as her on the day she was supposed to meet her fiance for the first time.) Turns out this particular Elvis-wannabe is actually a prince...and a Chubby Chaser.
- Headmaster Hellvis from Hell's Angels is one, as his name implies. He's also the biblical Cain.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
- The dub version of Ojama King talked like Elvis.
- Minor character Sangre Guerrero was a Latino professional duelist who used Gratuitous Spanish. Due to his pompadour and outfit that looked similar to Elvis', the English dub changed him to Elroy Prescot, a Memphis professional duelist who talked like Elvis.
- From the British comic magazine The Beano, Les Pretend's dad has Elvis Impersonation as a hobby.
- Parodied in Incredible Hercules, when the titular hero and his sidekick traveled to Hades through a giant casino for dead people in Las Vegas.
Elder Woman: You are the best Elvis Impersonator I've ever seen.
Real Elvis: Yeah...Impersonator.
- And one of the villains in Gold Digger is an Elvis impersonator who learned magic and dubbed himself "SPELLVIS"
- Though we never see him in his Elvis get up Sangrecco from Mesmo Delivery does this as a hobby and claims not only to have won a competition in the past but that he would have made "A better Elvis than Elvis"
- One shows up in ABC Warriors and proceeds to hit on Morrigun, an Amazonian Fembot, it does not go well for him.
- Likely taking a cue from Bubba Ho Tep, the main character in King is a retired Elvis-themed luchador whose current career is a freelance bounty hunter specializing in dealing with the undead.
- In one episode of Beetle Bailey, Beetle performed at a local military concert as "Young Elvis". This was followed by Sarge, doing an impersonation of "Old Elvis" and then by general Halftrack as "Dead Elvis".
- 3000 Miles to Graceland concerned a robbery during an Elvis impersonator convention, with the perps dressed as Elvis (the better to blend in).
- One segment of the film Aria has an Elvis impersonator lip-synching Verdi's "La donna è mobile", from the opera Rigoletto.
- Bubba Ho Tep: Bruce Campbell plays the real Elvis, who had become bored with his life so he switched with an Elvis Impersonator. It was the impersonator who died in 1977. (Same movie has John F. Kennedy, whose brain was implanted into the body of a black man so people wouldn't believe it's really him.)
- Honeymoon In Vegas had the Flying Elvises (Utah Chapter). There's also the Flying Elvi, which were the Elvises of the movie who decided to continue doing it for real.
- Speaking of Elvis and Nicolas Cage, his performance in David Lynch's Wild at Heart is pretty much an Elvis impersonation played straight.
- In Into the Night, Diana goes to her brother Charlie (an Elvis impersonator) for help, and he throws her out of his house.
Diana: "Elvis wouldn't do this! And I knew him!"
Charlie: "You didn't know him. You may have fucked him, but you didn't know him!"
- One shows up in the background in Redline.
- Invoked in the US Godzilla (1998), where French secret service agent Philippe Roche, played by Jean Reno, manages to pass for an American with a credible Elvis impression. "He was the King."
- Cult film Six String Samurai had "The Red Elvises", a whole band of communist Elvis impersonators.
- Quebec film Elvis Gratton has the titular character, a crass, boorish french-canadian Archie Bunker-type, used at the time as a satire of many Quebecois' lack of pride in themselves, contentment with mediocrity and self-loathing (most of us who are self-aware will freely admit how messed-up we are psychosocially). Of course, he takes part in an impersonator contest, which include among others a chinese impersonator (Elvis Wong), prompting a racist tirade from Gratton.
- In Dudes, an impersonator who goes by the name of Dared Elvis is something of a Trickster Mentor to the lead characters.
- An Elvis Presley-esque RV shows up at the Piston Cup races in Disney/Pixar's Cars.
- Chanticleer from Rock-A-Doodle.
- The titular character in Eddie Presley.
- In Independence Day, as Steve Hiller and David Levinson escape the alien mothership, Hiller shouts, " Elvis has left the building!" to which Levinson follows up with, "Thank you, thank you very much!"
- Craig Shaw Gardner's short story A Planet Called Elvis takes place on a resort planet filled with Elvis impersonators.
- Not really an impersonator, Robert Rankin's 'Armageddon Trilogy' featured the real Elvis traveling through time with a sprout, knowing Karate, which went with the 'sickle and an amazing rotary machine gun like Blaine had in Predator.
- In Time Scout, Wagers of Sin, during a discussion of the Church of Elvis, Malcolm does a fairly good rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel", finishing it with "thankyouverymuch".
- In John Grisham's novel The Firm, Tammy Hemphill's truck driver ex-husband actually believes he's Elvis come back to life. He even changed his name to Elvis Aaron Hemphill and moved the family to Memphis (the main setting of the story) so he could be closer to Graceland. His role in the book is more substantial than in the movie version where he is relegated to having little more than a cameo.
- In Robert McCammon's Gone South, a bounty hunter is unwillingly partnered with an apprentice who dresses like Elvis.
- PN Elrod's short story "All Shook Up" involves Rick Cooper, who was born with the vibe (the ability to read people) and no clue how to shut it off, so he works as an Elvis tribute artist as a buffer to ensure he mostly gets good vibes coming his way.
Live Action TV
- Jimmy Buffett's song Elvis Imitators is sung in that Elvis Presley-fake-mumble and includes the lyrics:
Well I'm an an Elvis imitator and I just can't stopImitating Elvis from the bottom to the top
I imitate the way he walked, the way he smiled
I throw away my scarf and make the crowd go wild
This imitation Elvis may not be the king
But baby I'm the next best thing!
- Tortelvis, lead singer of spoof rock band Dread Zeppelin.
- The music video for Waking Up In Vegas features Katy Perry and her Love Interest being married by an Elvis impersonator. The lyrics themselves also reference this trope:
Did we get hitched last night
dressed up like Elvis—
why am I wearing your class ring?
- Mitch Benn's Everybody's Elvis and If Elvis Were A Northerner. The former is based on the statistic that, if Elvis impersonators expand at the current rate, they'll comprise a third of the population before long; the latter is based on an Oop North Elvis impersonator who said "I'm just like Elvis would be, if he came from Yorkshire".
If he did his quiff with chip fat and he couldn't really sing,
If Elvis were a Northerner, I'd be just like the king.
- Bon Jovi's music video for It's my life have a group of 4 Elvis impersonators who the main character bump with.
- Phil Ochs had a gold lamé suit made and wore it on the cover of the ironically-titled Greatest hits. To his everlasting woe, he also wore it onstage, incurring no shortage of hisses and boos. According to the singer, the album name and Elvis getup were intended as a shout-out to early rock stars, and a self-effacing gesture of indebtedness to them; Critics saw it as further evidence of Och's conflicted identity, futilely trying to be both "Elvis Presley and Che Guevara."
- In Civilization 2, the "Entertainers" who boost Luxury in cities are represented by Elvis heads. On higher difficulties, the Luxury stat will be the bane of your existence; entire cities will revolt if deprived of a single day of hip shaking.
- In the original Grand Theft Auto, you'd sometimes come across wandering rows of Hare Krishnas you could run over for a quick bonus. In the sci-fi sequel, GTA2, they were replaced with... wandering rows of Elvis Impersonators.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you can see plenty of Elvis Impersonators in
Las Vegas Las Venturas. Sometimes they converse. ("Do ya ever feel like someone is copying your style?") There is also a cheat that turns all pedestrians into Elvis Impersonators.
- A Cosmetic Award in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Achieving 100% completion unlocks an Elvis outfit for Toni to wear.
- Also, Paulie Sindacco, one of the main antagonists in Liberty City Stories IS an Elvis Impersonator, while the rest of the Sindacco Family in the game are styled after Greaser Delinquents.
- Maxi from the Soul Series dresses similarly to Elvis, but is otherwise a Bruce Lee Clone.
- Shima Sakon as depicted in the Samurai Warriors series has the hairdo and a couple of Elvis-inspired lines, at least in the English version.
- One of the Nice Hats you can now get in Team Fortress 2 is "The Hound Dog"—it turns the Heavy into an Elvis impersonator.
- In Theme Hospital, this is a disease that is cured by a Psychologist.
- In Kingdom of Loathing, you can get an anthropomorphic dog with a Pompadour hairdo as a familiar. He is a Dance Battler. This is a direct shoutout to Elvis' song "You Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog"
- In Fallout: New Vegas, the entire gang "The Kings" is like this, although only the head honcho (who confusingly enough calls himself The King) and his Number Two do the voice due to the fact that the holotapes of Elvis himself broke a good while ago. Because it's a couple hundred years After the End, nobody actually remembers who "The King" is, but after finding a school filled with memorabilia, instructions on how to act like him, and a metric ton of hair gel, they figured it must be a place of worship and they'd keep his memory alive. They're not wrong, per se...
- Uniquely, they're all very specifically impersonating young, slender, handsome Elvis — many Kings, including the King's right hand man Pacer, wear replicas of his outfit from "Jailhouse Rock", for instance. Given that the world of Fallout had never really moved on from the Fifties, it's understandable.
- Trauma Team has Hank Freebird.◊
- An early villain in Fossil Fighters Champions is named Rockin' Billy, and talks in extremely exaggerated Elvis references.
- The final boss in Lollipop Chainsaw, Killabilly, is one of these.
- Wandering weirdo Big Joe in the original Xenogears. He encounters the party in the game's most bizarre moments: During the Aveh tournament he is a crowd favorite, accepting thrown confetti (and HP) from the audience; he cons 5000 G from you in the Nortune Civil Block; he plays cards against you on Yggdrasil when you visit Thames; he is a prisoner in the Ethos HQ; while Shevat is under attack he is found in the air ducts pondering his life; and he is a boogie dancer in the Level 2 area of Etrenank. At the end of the game, he provides a Sound Test with the aid of an antique jukebox.
"Hey, it's Joe Time!!"
- The first ClayFighter game has Blue Suede Goo, who uses his giant hair to fight and says "thankyewverymuch!" upon winning.
- Cho Aniki has Sabu, a robotic ship that's basically Elvis crossed with a pagoda.
- Yakko Warner from Animaniacs did it in one scene (although he wasn't fat) where he was sitting at a piano and introducing something.
- One is found in the episode of The Fairly OddParents where Timmy wished that he was the strongest person on the beach.
- In an episode of Tutenstein, Tut visited a CONVENTION of Elvis Impersonators.
- In the VeggieTales cartoon Lord of the Beans, Larry the Cucumber does his traditional Silly Song, while playing the fearless ranger Ear-a-corn. He dons fake elf ears and sings "Silly Songs With Elves," while wearing a suspiciously familiar bouffant wig and sparkling jumpsuit. The song is interrupted by elven archer Leg-o-lamb, who pulls off one of the ears and declares, "I knew it! You're not a real elf — you're an elvish impersonator!"
- Johnny Bravo is Elvis in looks (except for the hair color) and mannerisms (though quite a bit less successful with the ladies).
- One episode of Cyberchase had The Hacker take over Happily-Ever-After as their king, and couldn't decide on which historical king he should dress up as, so he decides to dress up as Elvis as a result of this.
- One episode of Stunt Dawgs had Fungus buy a casino and hire Whiz Kid as an Elvis Impersonator. His act was of Elvis dying.
- A fat Elvis Impersonator shows up in Winx Club's second movie, trying to woo Bloom. Last we see him, he had just copped a feel on Bloom's butt, and is running with his pants on fire and chased by Bloom's Dragon Fury spell.
- The Darkwing Duck episode "Paraducks" had a pair of robber brothers like this from when Darkwing was a kid; the elder brother and leader of the little gang had a guitar that could do a fair amount of damage. This turned out to be a case of a Not-So-Harmless Villain when the present day Darkwing's attempts to thwart their robbery let them take over St. Canard.
- In Ed Eddn Eddy 's Boo Haw Haw, Eddy dresses up as a zombie Elvis. He doesn't really act much like Elvis, though.
- A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: One episode had an Elvis Expy named Purvis Parker and the gang met one of his impersonators.