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"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 (most examples use a Germanic accent, but occasionally one will have a Russian one), hence the trope name. But other stars, like Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren happen as well.

Common signifiers include a very obvious Fake Nationality (usually Not Even Bothering with the Accent), near-Testosterone Poisoning attitude, a Heroic Build, fondness for More Dakka in their weapon choices, and a tone of voice that fluctuates between bored monotone and enraged bellowing.

This is a subtrope of No Celebrities Were Harmed and a supertrope to Terminator Impersonator.



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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.
  • Yu Yu 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.
  • Harnold Dogegenchonegger/Barnold Shortsinator in How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?. A pro bodybuilder and action movie star, and he actually gets briefly mistaken by Arnold Schwarzenegger when he appears in the gym for the first time.

    Asian Animation 

  • Australian comedy duo The Umbilical Brothers frequently use impressions of Schwarzenegger as staples of their live-action and puppet routines.

    Comic Books 
  • Randy Violent in The DCU.
  • Ninja High School as whole series runs on shout-outs:
    • "Arnie" doesn't even try to be subtle about it (although in his case, he's a pastiche of Sylvester Stallone, despite the name).
    • Also Hotaro no 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.
  • 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.

     Comic Strips 
  • In the semi-regular Swordplay comic in Dragon, a recurring character was a muscular knight named Arnold, who spoke with an Austrian Funetik Aksent.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Saturday Night Live:
  • 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.
    "This is too easy! Fighting all the Power Rangers would be a better challenge for the Lizzinator. I'll be back!"
  • 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 Micallef's 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.)
  • Season 3 of Stranger Things has Grigori, a Soviet assassin who is an obvious shout out to the Terminator - coldly and ruthlessly efficient, quiet but deep voiced, with a similar hairstyle and wardrobe.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Puppet Shows 
  • 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 humor 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.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Ambuscade in Sentinels of the Multiverse, is an 80s action-movie star turned supervillain who seems loosely inspired by Jean-Claude Van Damme, by virtue of being an action star with a pronounced European accent (French, rather than Belgian, admittedly). That being said, similarities are somewhat limited given that JCVD did not disappear at the peak of his career to try his hand at Hunting the Most Dangerous Game.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • Parodied with Bouncer Beagle in Ducktalez. His head is from a stock image of Arnold.
  • MePhone4S in Inanimate Insanity is effectively a terminator, sent to kill the host of the series, MePhone4. While initially thwarted by showing his embarrassing home screen wallpaper, he appears much later on to finish the job... only for the two ultimately settle on co-hosting an episode of the show, despite neither of them really getting along too well. After MePhone4 is actually killed by MePhone5, MePhone4S has a full change of heart, and downgrades himself to revive the fallen MePhone4.
  • Sonic In X Minutes: Played for Laughs. In this series, Knuckles is usually voiced with an exaggerated Arnold Schwarzenegger impression, complete with Austrian accent and (almost) No Indoor Voice. He's also the Dumb Muscle among the heroes who attacks people or objects whenever he's confused (which is often).

    Web Comics 

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 


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