—Chester A. Arthur
Tropes associated with Arthur:
- Brilliant but Lazy: He only worked from 10 to 4 and would reportedly take naps during particularly long cabinet meetings. However, those 6 hours during which he worked were highly efficient and he managed to succesfully initiate the process of civil service reform that his predecessor, James Garfield, had devised.
- The Charmer
- The Dandy
- The Fashionista
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Senator Roscoe Conkling. Arthur was Conkling's best friend, and it was this friendship that got him a political career due to Conkling's patronage. They had a split during Arthur's presidency due to his attempts to reform the corrupt system Conkling headed, but they still remained relatively friendly and somewhat made-up after Arthur left the White House.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns/Badass Moustache: His unusual facial hair tends to be the most remembered aspect of his presidency.
- Short-Lived Big Impact: Much like James K. Polk, Arthur was a young (comparatively for a President) man who served only a single term in office, and managed to accomplish much more than the incompetent, aimless, or confused administrations that preceded and succeeded him. Also like Polk, Arthur died shortly after leaving office, Polk in 200 days, Arthur in little over a year.
- Sleazy Politician: Subverted, to just about everyone's surprise the man whose only office was a politically motivated appointment actually took up his late predecessor's cause of reform, go figure.
- Vindicated by History: Much like Grant in despite his popularity in his own lifetime, his critics wrote the book on him after his death, and only recently is remembered for the early reform attempts he did, and as a consequence put into motion.
- Chester A. Arthur middle school is the site of the bomb plot in Die Hard with a Vengeance.
- The clue to this is "What is 21 out of 42?", there being 42 presidents at the time the movie was made.
- In The Simpsons episode "Lisa the Iconoclast", Lisa Simpson admits to suffering from "Chester A. Arthritis".
- Futurama: "Chester A. Arthur fall down."
- In the Making Fiends web cartoon, Charlotte celebrates Chester A. Arthur's birthday.
- The main school ChalkZone protagonists Rudy and Penny go to is named Chester A. Arthur Elementary.
- Chester A. Arthur plays an important role in Max's election speech.
Max: This election reminds me of a droll story. It seems Chester A. Arthur and the Pope were kayaking down the Amazon one day. Suddenly a tiny Candiru fish swims up the Pope's (censored) and lodges itself in his (censored). Arthur grabs the Pope's (censored) pliers and (censored) swelled up like a melon. And the Pope says, "Thanks! Last time that happened, McKinley wanted to (censored three times)!" (beat) No wait! Wait! Wait, I think I told it wrong.