"Welcome to the land of freedom, bitches! AHHHHHHHHH!!!"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
- One of the first duels to occur in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is against a muscle-bound duelist who's quick to anger and confusion who's named The Sledgehammer. The English dub gives him an overly-thick Faux Austrian accent, and the English voice actor speaks with the inflections and patterns that most parodies of Arnold Schwarzenegger tend to use.
- Lunar's dad in My Bride Is a Mermaid, 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:
- 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.
- Judge Dredd has a couple of examples. A throwaway example had a clone kit based on an actor named "Schwartzenburger" who was a muscular actor. Another one was attending the Academy Awards for an action film of his that was nominated for an award. He tries to fight back during a terrorist attack and gets shot for his trouble. Hilariously, the Oscars have been renamed the Arnies.
- In Evangelion: ReDeath, Asuka sounds almost exactly like Schwarzenegger.
Films — Animation
- Dolph, one of Boingo's henchmen in Hoodwinked.
- In Disney's Aladdin, the Genie does a brief impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Volf Volfssonssonssonsson in the Animated Adaptation of Soul Music. He's a Hubland barbarian, riffing off one of Ahnold's earlier roles.
- In Tom and Jerry Blast off to Mars The president of the United States is based off of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Films — Live-Action
- Last Action Hero: Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Jack Slater, an Affectionate Parody of himself.
Danny Madigan: You think you are funny, don't you?
Jack Slater: I know I am. I'm the famous comedian Arnold Braunschweiger.
Danny Madigan: Schwarzenegger!
Jack Slater: Gesundheit.
- Lampshaded, like much of the stuff going on in Super Capers, of the Gadgeteer Genius' Robot Buddy Robo, who bases all his inventions off movies.
- Saturday Night Live:
- Pumping Up with Hans und Franz'': "I am Hans." "Und I am Franz." "And ve ah here to pump..." *clap* "YOU UP!"
- On an aside note, most versions of this trope that use the phrase "Girly Man" are getting it from here.
- In one episode, the real Arnold turns up and shows them what's what.
- In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the primary Terminator antagonist Cromartie takes the appearance of an actor best known in that universe for playing a barbarian.
- Chip Rommel from Son of the Beach is a straight-up parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- The Lizzinator monster in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
- In an episode of The Cosby Show, Clair and Theo see a rather violent movie to her chagrin and his pleasure. Cliff asks, "well, what is the plot of this epic?" to which Theo responds, "there's this guy called Max Savage, right? And this gang steals his car... so he has to get it back!"
- Shaun Micallefs Mad As Hell has Darius Horsham (played by Stephen Hall), a spokesman for Finance Minister Matthias Cormann, who constantly references not only Arnold's movies but his political speeches ("Shaun, you're being an economic girly-man!", a line that was later used by Cormann himself to refer to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.)
- 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.
- Gloryhammer:The hootsman is a homage to/Expy of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the song "The Hollywood Hootsman" states that the hootsman is a Hollywood actor famously known for his role as a barbarian who became ruler of California, and a later song states he is also a cyborg powered by a neutron star.
- 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.
- Jack Howitzer in the radio stations of the Grand Theft Auto games. He started out making the Destroyer films, a parody of the Rambo series, around the time of Vice City, and by San Andreas he had branched out into family comedies with Special Needs Cop, a parody of Kindergarten Cop. Unfortunately, his career was derailed when he accidentally shot the host of a radio show while promoting Special Needs Cop; the page quote comes from that incident. By Grand Theft Auto V he's become a washed-up self-parody trying to use a Reality Show to become famous again, a show that instead only illustrates how insane he is.
- Sven T. Uncommon in Popful Mail.
- Duke Nukem is a combination of this and Clint Eastwood; in French, he's dubbed by Arnold Schwarzenegger's official voice actor in a few episodes of the series (Duke Nukem: Time to Kill, Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes, and Duke Nukem Forever).
- This review illustrates that even if the original game (Ark 22) doesn't include Arnold, the fans can always pretend it does.
- Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge has the second mission of the Allied campaign take place in Hollywood. As you explore the map you can find parodies of Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone (in that order, depending on where you send your forces) that are quite helpful in taking back the city and stopping Yuri from feeding the civilian population of Los Angeles into his Grinders. Unfortunately, a patch made it so that the names and voices of these units were changed to the standard-issue "Civilian" and "G.I.", respectively.
- But if you make some modding, it's possible to make the voices back for them and the names. Fact: Voices weren't deleted from the game's files. But you still need to edit one file to edit the names as what they were.
- Sting Sniperscope from Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard.
- Space Quest:
- Space Quest 3 has Arnoid the Annihilator, a Terminator-like android sent to kill Roger for mail fraud.
- Space Quest 6 has an Arnold-like T-1000.
- Jim the body building pit bull from Toonstruck.
- Ubel from the Battalion Wars series. To underline the reference, he's promised the role of "Governator" in his boss' empire.
- The Thor pilot in Starcraft II. In fact, most of his "pissed" lines are Arnold quotes (except for the one Ghostbusters reference) like this gem:
"What is best? To crush the Zerg, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of the Protoss."
- The Cryo Legionnaires in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, are basically Mr. Freeze.
- Lisa's father in Persona 2: Innocent Sin is a carbon copy of Steven Seagal, right down to the martial arts badassery. His first name is even Steven!
- Several mercenaries in Jagged Alliance series count. The most stereotypical example is Bobby "Steroid" Gontarski who shares his appearance and accent with Schwarzenegger.
- The Hublanders in the Broken/Mended Drum in the Discworld PC adventure game both speak with the Arnie accent, and even go so far as to say in conversation "This ffery boring town" and the followup "Ja... ve von't be back."
- Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?: You don't get anymore Ahnold than Asagi Schwarzinature.
- Johnny Cage of the Mortal Kombat series is very much an expy of Jean-Claude Van Damme, because originally the game was to star the real Van Damme, with a bunch of other characters he could beat up. When Van Damme backed out because he considered it "selling out", thus was born Mortal Kombat as we know it.
- Biff Atlas, the bodybuilding ghost from Luigi's Mansion.
- One boss in the original Metal Gear was a pair of Terminator ersatzes named Arnold, later renamed Bloody Brad for legal reasons.
- Abore in Double Dragon II, although the arcade game's version also has elements of André the Giant.
- The Sledger in Battle Realms (a game set in a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of feudal Japan) is an Arnold reference, constantly talking with the accent and making references to his giant muscles.
- Bill Rizer is a pretty obvious stand in for Schwarzengger in the Contra series, while his buddy Lance Bean is the same for Sylvester Stallone.
- The Barbarians of Krolm in Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim are obvious examples, being Expies of Conan the Barbarian and having exaggerated Austrian accents.
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! has the Kremling cyborg KAOS. The game (being on the Super Nintendo) has no voice acting and his dialogue doesn't reflect Arnold's mannerisms, but he strongly resembles the T-800, down to the shades.
- Chaac, the Mayan God of Rain in Smite is a very muscular God that wields a mean axe he called 'Chaacca'. Unsurprisingly, he comes with Arnold's accent despite his origin coming from South America, and one of his joke/taunt is yet another Predator Shout-Out, which is why that's how they named his axe: "GET TO THE CHAACCA!"
- Broforce is built around this trope. All playable characters are over-the-top parodies of various 80s (or early 90s) action movie or TV heroes, some of which were played by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.
- World of Warcraft: In the Warlords of Draenor expansion, there is a raid boss that is a team of orcs named Hans'gar and Franzok. They are blatant Hans and Franz expies. When aggroed, they announce that they are going to "pump you up". They do several other Hans and Franz quotes during the fight.
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon gives us Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt, a cybernetic Super Soldier with a penchant for Bond One Liners and huge guns. He's even voiced by and modeled after Michael Biehn, the actor who plays Kyle Reese and Corporal Hicks.
- Titanfall 2 has Richter, a high-ranking member of the Apex Predators who speaks in an incredibly thick Austrian/German accent similar to a specific bodybuilder-turned-actor. Fittingly, defeating him unlocks the "See you at the party!" achievement; the Schwarzenegger references continue when he orders his subordinates to "Get to the relay!" in a familiar tone of voice.
- Albert Spindlerouter from Lego City Undercover is an incredibly buff foreman who tasks Chase McCain with filling in for one of his workers. Not only is his voice actor clearly doing an Arnold impression, but almost all of the commands he barks at Chase throughout the mission contain titles of movies Arnold was in.
"Fix that fuse box! I don't need any more Collateral Damage!"
- Parodied with Bouncer Beagle in Ducktalez. His head is from a stock image of Arnold.
- Frans Rayner, "The Great Dane", from The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. Action star turned evil mastermind — and a clear homage to Jean-Claude Van Damme. The author even said in an interview that if the webcomic was made into a movie, he would insist on Jean-Claude playing Frans.
- "Nicki, do your Terminator impression!" "I'm from da FYOO-CHAH!"
- We Are Our Avatars has Mark, who looks and acts like Arnold Schwarzenegger in all of his roles.
- Brunsk the Barbarian, an NPC from the Yorkton Gamer Guild's recorded Pathfinder. Actual Play sessions at RPGMP3, often serves as a frontline fighter, in addition to being the fortunate owner of a characteristic accent.
- Parodied in Filthy Frank video "100 Completely Accurate World Accents PART 2", involving the German "accent".
A YouTube comment: "I am German and can confirm that we are all Arnold Schwarzenegger. Fun Fact the B in Berlin actually stands for Arnold."
- The Simpsons:
- Rainier Wolfcastle is one of the best-known parodies. McBainnote , 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, complete with the accent.
- 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.
- The animated adaptation of the Discworld novel Soul Music portrays the Hubland warrior Vrolf Vrolfssonssonsson as an Ahnold, since the Hublanders are basically Cimmerians.