Every other action hero you've ever seen.
An Affectionate Parody
of 1980s action stars
. It could be an actor, or a character based on one of them, or a futuristic killer robot
. The most common star used for this trope is Arnold Schwarzenegger
, particularly exaggerating his accent, hence the trope name. But other stars, like Sylvester Stallone
, happen as well.
This is a subtrope of No Celebrities Were Harmed
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Anime & Manga
- Lunar's dad in Seto no Hanayome, is the Terminator. And a yakuza. And a merman.
- When SD Gundam Force was dubbed in America, weapons expert Destroyer Dom is given an Ahnold flavor.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX dub, Gem Beast Amber Mammoth is given an Ahnold accent.
- Bando in Elfen Lied is a walking Shout-Out to The Terminator, up to and including having a bionic prosthetic arm and special eyes, despite not having the accent. His name sounds awfully familiar to Rambo.
- Mr. Lucky Strike, the PE teacher from Futaba-kun Change!, looks and acts quite a lot like Dutch from Predator.
- Guts' voice actor from the American dub of Berserk played this up at certain points during the outtakes.
- YuYu Hakusho: Possibly Younger Toguro. He bears an uncanny resemblance to the Terminator, as well as having Arnold's Japanese dub voice...
- Goku, in Dragon Ball, encounters a killer android called Sargent Metallic (Major Metallotron in the Funimation English dub), who is clearly an expy of the Terminator. He is one of the bad guys that Goku defeats fighting his way up through the Red Ribbon Army's Muscle Tower. In the anime's 10th anniversary movie Metallic got a Race Lift into a Scary Black Man, taking him away from this trope.
- Australian comedy duo The Umbilical Brothers frequently use impressions of Schwarzenegger as staples of their live-action and puppet routines.
- Randy Violent in The DCU.
- Ninja High School as whole series runs on shout-outs:
- "Arnie" from doesn't even try to be subtle about it.
- Also Kenterminator, a mix of Kenshiro and the Terminator.
- Hulk 2099 features a brief appearance by an action movie star called Albert Studebaker.
- There was once a Spider-Man subplot with Mary Jane getting excited over being in an "Arnold Schwarztenheimer" movie but choosing to pass up the role when it was revealed she would have to do a nude scene. The Arnold never showed up but it was obvious who the celebrity was supposed to be.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- The song "I'll be back" by Arnie and the Terminators is sung in this manner, naturally.
- Three words: Austrian, Death, Machine! All of their songs not only have Ahnold style vocals, but they all pay tribute to various films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Get to the Choppa!" They even have their lead singer in a giant rubber Schwarzenegger mask and call him "Ahnold", just to score the extra point.
- Les Guignols de l'info:
- In this French Spitting Image-style satirical show, Monsieur Sylvestre, a highly cynical and brutal man with a dark sense of humour who occupies many different functions (White House adviser, Cardinal, CEO, etc.), is one of the few characters who does not correspond directly to any real-life person... but he does look an awful lot like Sylvester Stallone, though.
- His voice has grown different from the one of the puppet standing in for Sylvester Stallone himself, however. The latter is closer to the French dubbing voice in Stallone's movies (mainly Rambo or Rocky).
- Also, the puppet for Arnold Schwarzenegger always speaks with the Terminator's voice.
- Parodied with Bouncer Beagle in Ducktalez. His head is from a stock image of Arnold.
- The Simpsons:
- Rainier Wolfcastle is one of the best-known parodies. McBain, the supercop action hero he plays, is an example in himself.
- The movie also has "President" Arnold Schwarzenegger who, while not exactly an example of this trope since it was the actual character it was based on, was quite literally Rainier Wolfcastle with brown hair.
- The Fairly Oddparents:
- Arnold Shwartzengerman
- Jorgen von Strangle from the same show.
- The show also has Sylvester Calzone, based on Stallone of course.
- Arnold Mousenegger, a minor character from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
- The Western Darkstalkers cartoons turns Victor Von Gerdenheim into one of these. He has the accent and everything.
- Batman: The Animated Series makes reference to action star Donald Shaltenpepper.
- Arnold the security guard dog from Tiny Toon Adventures. He's got a little bit of the Totally Radical '80s icon Spuds Mackenzie mixed in for more laffs.
- Ronald Weisenheimer from Doug.
- Blitzwing's Hothead face in Transformers Animated seems to be based on an angry Arnold Schwartzenegger parody in terms of voice and demeanor.
- A variation occurred in Johnny Bravo with the character of Squint Ringo, an obvious parody of 90's action "star", Steven Seagal.
- One called Sly Eastenegger appears in an episode of The Mask, a parody of both Arnie and Stallone.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has Hoss Delgado, who seems based on Kurt Russell, particularly Snake Plissken in Escape from New York, and Bruce Campbell (as Ash Williams in Evil Dead).
- The animated adaptation of Beetlejuice has Armhold Musselhugger.
- In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Robolympics", Dr. Robotnik had a muscular Badnik called Arnold Robonegger doing his team's weight-lifting.
- This was how Histeria! portrayed Leif Ericson.
- From Popetown, Richter the Swiss Guard is another Arnold parody.
- In Biker Mice from Mars, the title heroes face the Exterminator in their first episode debut. "I'll be back," indeed, as he sinks away in acid....
- A fictional TV hero called The Abdicator in Hey Arnold!
- The Critic, usually unafraid to hit celebrities with their real names, had a fictional version of Jean-Claude Van Damme named Jean-Paul LePope.