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Like Monopoly, but in Santiago.

Monopoly is a very popular tabletop game, probably THE most popular tabletop game in history. Saying this, there're a lot of references in media. But also there're cases of other tabletop games where they got a similar and coincidental gameplay, or just got inspired by Monopoly to be their own game. This trope is for those Monopoly-like games in media, not just tabletop games, but similar (or cut-and-paste copycat) games you can find out there in comics, books, series, and video games as a Game Within a Game.

A Sub-Trope of Stock Parodies. Usually overlaps with Fictional Board Game. Not to be confused with Themed Stock Board Game, which is "Monopoly as The Merch". See also ReferencedBy.Monopoly, which are references of this game in other media (which some modified versions can overlap here), and Calvinball, where characters play Monopoly with their own rules changing the game completely.

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    Comic Books 
  • In an Ed, Edd n Eddy comic book story, the titular Eds play a parody of Dungeons & Dragons. When the game begins, Ed says "Do not pass go. Do not collect $200".

    Comic Strips 
  • In Calvin and Hobbes had them playing Monopoly in several strips, but with their own Calvinball-like rules. For example, Calvin once robbed the bank, causing Hobbes to dump all 12 hotels on Baltic Avenue. Another time, we find out that they write their own cards for the game. Hobbes launches a massive computer scam on the bank ("I think I'll buy a few dozen hotels"), and Calvin vows revenge once he lands on Chance.
  • A Running Gag in Sally Forth (Howard) is Ted getting the Monopoly board out and describing increasingly bizarre and arcane House Rules, to the point that it barely resembles Monopoly anymore. Sally and Hil have usually given up by then.
  • Monopoly: Housing Bust Edition was a one-shot editorial cartoon commenting on the real estate crisis of the mid-2000s. It was not a game but was listed as one of fictional Monopoly versions, anyway.

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • The short story "War Game" by Philip K. Dick features a Monopoly-like board game called Syndrome that is designed to mentally undermine the youth of a planet in the lead-up to an invasion. In what may be a reference to the way nobody ever plays Monopoly by the actual rules, the customs team tasked with inspecting the game to make sure it's safe to import fail to notice the psychological warfare aspects of the rules because they just glance over the rule sheet and go "Oh, it's just like Monopoly".
  • The children's book The Toothpaste Millionaire features a board game called "Stock Market" that is explicitly described as kind of like Monopoly. From how it's described instead of properties the fictional game uses stock certificates. This is needed because the pretend stock certificates are used as real stock certificates for the new business the main character creates.
  • Discworld:
    • Making Money deals with the economics of the fantasy city of Ankh-Morpork. If you read it closely, it becomes a game of Monopoly on the Ankh-Morpork board. The next novel in the series, Raising Steam makes the Monopoly analogy even more obvious: it introduces railway stations. Word of God is that Terry Pratchett was considering a book dealing with public utilities such as power and lighting, but his meeting with Death got in the way.
    • A throwaway reference in Reaper Man to someone attempting Chess with Death with a game called Exclusive Possession. Death was the boot. This game has been unofficially Defictionalized at the Discworld Convention. The Compleat Ankh-Morpork City Guide mentions Exclusive Possession as being sold by Toys Is Me, along with Pseudopoly, presumably a similar game based on Pseudopolis.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Red Dwarf: In "Samsara", Rimmer and Lister play a game of Mine-opoly. Instead of passing 'go', you pass 'Blast off!', there are squares with 'oil' and 'fuel'. Cards include 'Fuel taxes, miss three goes', 'Free fuel'. Instead of houses, players build space stations.
  • In the Adam Ruins Everything episode "Adam Ruins: The Suburbs," when Adam explains to Ron how the suburbs are a symbol of modern-day segregation, he pulls out a game called "Settlers of Suburbia: Red Lining Edition." Adam explains that during The Great Depression, the F.D.R. administration set up programs to help people get loans to save their homes and to determine who got those loans, cities were red lined. Ron's son, little Donovan gets the green zone part of the board, representing white neighborhoods, and Ron got the red zone representing minority neighborhoods. Every time little Donovan rolled the dice, he got rewarded with community chest-like cards and built bigger and better lodgings for his little figure, Ron on the other hand got punished by the community chest-like cards, and built nothing on his side of the board. And just as Ron was not allowed to go into the green zone of the game board, Adam explains that the Federal government allowed suburban developers to enforce racial segregation.
  • A "Measly Middle Ages" sketch of Horrible Histories depicts William The Conquer's invasion of Medieval England through a board game called "Normanopoly". It is a circular board with Medieval versions of Monopoly player spaces, and the player pieces are a crown, a wooden ship, and a wild pig. As players go around the board, churches and abbeys are constructed in order to appease the gods after the murder of thousands of Saxons. Board spaces can be renamed, just as the real-life town of Nottingham was renamed as such from the more disgusting-sounding Snottingham. The rules are even made up as the players go.
  • The Golden Girls episode "High Anxiety" is a very special one which reveals that Rose has been hooked on prescription painkillers for years (a fact that was never mentioned before and never comes up again). The other girls band together to help her kick the habit and pull an all-nighter of games to keep Rose distracted. At one point, Rose has them play "Gugenspritzer," which is specifically described as Monopoly using the geography of her hometown St. Olaf. The rules are quite strange—at one point, Dorothy has the option to buy either the town phone booth or library, and Rose suggests that she go with the former because people actually use it. Plus the game ends when one player (in this case Rose) buys a single street—which is apparently the only street in St. Olaf.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Chile, there were two tabletop games that were mostly unlicensed knockoffs of Monopoly, with the difference that both games are entirely based on Santiago de Chile (Chile's capitol) with real places, counties and even used local money (CLP aka Chilean Pesos). One is Metropolis and the other is La Gran Capital ("The Great Capitol"), which are basically the same thing made by different Chilean toy companies, but that became Cult Classic games in Chile until today (just like Monopoly worldwide).
    • There're some other clones of those two like El Gran Santiago ("The Big Santiago") and Mi Gran Pais ("My Great Country", an extended version for all Chile and not just Santiago). And not to mention Monopoly Chile, which arrived various decades late.
  • Like Chile, Malaysia also has a translated clone of Monopoly called Jutawan (lit. Millionaire) which features Malaysian landmarks instead and is localized into Malay.
  • An Ur-Example is the Older Than Print Japanese game Sugoroku, a tabletop game popular in Asia only for generations with two variants, the ban-sugoroku (similar to Backgammon, obsolete) and the e-sugoroku, which has the feature of going thru a map and passing for different territories, having a similar theme than Monopoly. The latter is the most known version of sugoroku and it was used as basis for some spin-offs for video game franchises or minigames inside them, to name a few of them there're sugoroku (mini)games for Ganbare Goemon, Hello Kitty, Samurai Warriors and even the Mario Party games got references of sugoroku.
  • Monopoly is itself a derivate of Elizabeth Magie's The Landlord's Game, created in 1903 to promote Georgism.
  • Anti-Monopoly is a parody of the game where players have to bust trusts.
  • In The Mad Magazine Game, the player has to lose money.
  • A parody called Ghettopoly was released, resulting in legal action by Hasbro. The NAACP was not pleased, either.
  • Eurobusiness is a monopoly clone made by Labo, a Polish company, in 1983, with the tiles representing different European cities. Another, similar game, is Fortuna, which was made by the craft cooperative "Żoliboż" in 1984. The game was based on Warsaw, the capital of Poland, in the early XX century, with tiles being named after actual buildings that existed in the city back then.

    Video Games 
  • Mega Man got his own Japan-only game called as Wily & Right no RockBoard: That's Paradise (usually known just as RockBoard), which is the seventh game released for the NES and the first spin-off game of the series and the franchise (followed later for the SNES' Mega Man Soccer), which is basically a Monopoly version of Mega Man, where you can play with Mega Man as well with the NPCs of the series until then as Dr. Light, Dr. Wily, Roll, Dr. Cossack, and Kalinka.
  • The King of Fighters: Battle De Paradise is a Neo Geo Pocket Color game made by SNK where you can play a version of KOF as if was a Monopoly game mixed with Sugoroku, having four original player characters (one of them appeared as The Cameo in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum) and many references and other characters from KOF. Also released in Japan only.
  • Rival Schools received a kind of interquel only for PlayStation (and only for Japan too) called Shiritsu Justice Gakuen Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 (aka Rival Schools 2) which is mostly an updated version of the first game than a real sequel as it was Project Justice. This version included Ran Hibiki and Nagare Namikawa as fighters before their official appearance in PJ as well various minigames, included a Monopoly-like game where you get rewards to be used as power-up for your characters in the game.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Susan institutes a "Mom Bucks" program for her sons, where she gives them play money in exchange for doing well, and they can give back to her in exchange for real money. Greg eventually discovers that the bills are actually from a board game called "Zoo-Opoly", and steals some from a game box to pass them off as Mom Bucks he earned. This plot point also appears in the book and movie adaptations, but the book version doesn't name the board game, while the movie version calls it "Pay Up".

    Western Animation 
  • DuckTales (2017): The episode "The Most Dangerous Game...Night!" features "Scrooge-oploy", a Scrooge McDuck's own version of Monopoly where he made the rules to benefit him.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016): In "Rainy Day", Blossom suggests that she and her sisters should play the board game "Oligopoly". Buttercup then quips that the reason board games have their name is because they're boring.
  • In the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Bloo Tube", the main characters play "Farat Trap of Life", which is played on four boards similar to Monopoly, The Game Of Life, Mousetrap, and Pop-O-Matic Trouble.
  • Arthur: "The Substitute Arthur" opens with a Dream Sequence of Arthur and Buster playing a game called Megalopolis. It's structured after Monopoly, with a similar square board, dice rolling, and the same game pieces; Buster hops around in the shoe while Arthur drives the car. The dream ends with Arthur getting a card that says he'll be "going away": in real life, it turns out he has a vacation next weekend.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Homie the Clown", among a pile of Krusty-branded merchandise is a Krusty's Monopoly game with a "PATENT DENIED" sticker on it.
    • In "Brawl in the Family", the Simpsons decide to play a board game while it's raining acid outside. Among their choices are Star Wars Monopoly, Rasta Mon-opoly, Gallip-olopoly and Edna Krabappoly. They settle on the original game.
      Marge: The game is crazy enough as it is. How can an iron be a landlord?
    • There're other parody versions of Monopoly on the series, counting as others Funopoly (appeared in a couple of episodes), Capitol City Monopoly (which is the same but replaces Baltic Avenue for Wayne Street) and Monopoly: Bill Gates' World Edition (appeared in The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield.)
  • Ready Jet Go!: In "Castaway Carrot", Jet mentions wanting to play Bortropoly, presumably a Bortronian version of Monopoly.
  • The Kaeloo episode "Let's Play Me-Me-Nopoly" features the characters playing a Monopoly parody called "Me-Me-Nopoly" to determine which one gets ownership over the couch.
  • Uncle Grandpa: "Afraid of the Dark" had Uncle Grandpa distracting a monstrous version of Beary Nice with "Uncle Grandpa's Money Madness Spectacular", a parody of Monopoly with Uncle Grandpa in the same pose as its mascot. Uncle Grandpa soon comments that it's missing a lot of pieces, something any board game owner can attest to happening to them.