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"Before he became the inciting incident in the post-apocalyptic thriller that is our age, Donald Trump spent most of his life cultivating the image of a disgustingly wealthy businessman and cameo-worthy celebrity. He was the rich bully of his time, inspiring many movies and TV shows to feature barely fictionalized versions of him as villainous characters meant to symbolize the greed and cynicism of 1980s capitalism. Interestingly, none of the following examples ever went so far as to imagine a future in which this character would become president."
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The Trumplica is an often unflattering example of an Eccentric Millionaire that tends to appear in works of fiction made after 1980.

Defining traits of the Trumplica include an extravagant fashion sense based more on flaunting wealth than looking stylish (bouffant yellow hair is usually the defining part), wealthy parentage, No Indoor Voice, high celebrity profile, one or more wives young enough to be their daughter, control over a major corporation (property development being the most likely) and an insatiable urge to own more.

More often than not, gold is their dominant colour. Their hobbies include playing golf, partying on yachts and shooting exotic animals. Most examples are middle-aged at the youngest and overweight due to a lifetime of over-consumption. May be Idle Rich, but are more often than not a prominent figure on their company's board of directors, in which case their catchphrase will definitely be "YOU'RE FIRED!". They will sometimes wear a fake tan, which, in more comedic works, may be orange.

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Later instances of this archetype may also involve an expy of Trump as President of the United States, especially after the real Donald Trump ran in — and won — the 2016 Presidential election. Such portrayals tend to be done in a negative light even by the standards of this trope. They share the conspicuous wealth and excessive consumption with earlier portrayals, but they will also be patriotic to a fault and may even harbor far-right political views.

A subtrope of No Celebrities Were Harmed. Obviously, if it's unambiguously supposed to be Donald Trump himself, that's The Cameo and similar tropes, not this one.

Compare with Upper-Class Twit, Corrupt Corporate Executive, The Caligula, Mr. Vice Guy, Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, Our Presidents Are Different, and Bourgeois Bumpkin.

Contrast with The Scrooge — who is far more miserly with their riches, and Bourgeois Bohemian — who prefers to live a less materialistic lifestyle in spite of their wealth.

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Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment is in full force on this page, thanks to Trump’s persistent, polarizing reputation.


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    Anime & Mangas 
  • The anime version of Gate shows the US president Dirren, who looks like a younger, thinner Trump, as a short-tempered and agressive leader.
  • Rare gender-swapped example in Mujirushi: Le Signe des Rêves, by Naoki Urasawa. It has Beverley Duncan, a billionaire candidating for the presidence of the United States. She's described as "totally nuts, but seriously entertaining".

    Comic Books 
  • Lex Luthor was reimagined for The Man of Steel in 1986 as a famous Corrupt Corporate Executive who liked to put his name on everything, instead of his traditional Mad Scientist persona. Word of God has confirmed that they based him on Donald Trump, but they also used Ted Turner and Howard Hughes for inspiration. Lex Luthor ended up becoming president in the DC universe in 2001, 15 years before his inspiration would follow suit.
  • Scooby Apocalypse has Velma's corrupt businessman brother Rufus T. Dinkley who looks like a red haired Donald Trump.

    Films — Animation 
  • President/Lord Business from The LEGO Movie has the bizarre hairstyle and is established as a wealthy, powerful and high-profile figure in his home city. Since the movie came out before Trump was announced as a presidential candidate, there's some Hilarious in Hindsight.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Back to the Future Part II: In the alternate timeline, Biff Tannen's characterization is a cross between Donald Trump and Elvis. He's a casino mogul who lives in a Vegas-style skyscraper, has a wife with obvious breast implants, and sports blond-orange hair. This all gets combined with his Elvis-like clothing, mutton chops and Southern-style entourage.
  • It's surprisingly common for DC films to include caricatures of Trump as antagonists:
    • Max Shreck from Batman Returns was meant to be a parody of 80s-era Trump, with his puffy hair, flashy suits, and corrupt business practices. A Corrupt Corporate Executive in the true, Shreck believed that one could never have too much power, was very manipulative and treacherous toward Oswald Cobblepot, the Penguin, and was quite the sexist in regards to his personal assistant Selina Kyle, both of which ended up coming back to bite him hard.
    • Thomas Wayne in Joker was written to be a Trump-like character. He's wealthy and has political aspirations, but lacks the social graces expected of a political candidate. It's also heavily implied that the titular Joker is a product of an affair Thomas had with an employee over 30 years before the story began, but it's left ambiguous as to whether or not there's any truth to it.
    • Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984 is a tycoon with a garish fashion sense whose advertisements have a "greed is good" vibe.
  • In Super Mario Bros., Koopa (played by Dennis Hopper) has many Trump-like elements in terms of his hairstyle and the clothing he wears, plus there's a "Koopa Tower" in Dinohattan.
  • Daniel Clamp from Gremlins 2: The New Batch was originally intended to be a Trumplica, but instead the actor playing him decided to characterize Clamp as a sweet Honest Corporate Executive with some Manchild tendencies (his insistence on colorizing old films makes him reminiscent of Ted Turner).
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle has the vile President of the United States, who decides to allow all junkies in the world to die and declare himself the de facto winner of the War On Drugs and essentially treated his Secretary of Press like a slave to the point she had to use drugs to deal with all of the workload (and when this makes her another of Poppy's victims, he's okay with letting her die). While the final cut of the film is rather subdued about it, deleted scenes made him an even more clear Expy of Donald Trump.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Harold Gribble in Round the Twist and Bob Jelly in Seachange are a more big-fish-small-pond variety, due to both series being set in isolated Australian towns. Both are the wealthiest men in their towns, due to working in real estate and development and are set up as antagonists due to the locals objecting to their ambitions coming at the expense of the environment or the town's heritage.
  • An episode of Eerie, Indiana has a demonic buisnessman who calls himself "The Donald" and brainwashes the town into buying on credit.
  • The Doctor Who episode “Arachnids in the UK“ features Chris Noth as American businessman Jack Robertson attempting to build a luxury hotel development in the center of Sheffield. He’s lobbied the local government to waive environmental precautions, but unbeknownst to them, the waste company he’s contracted with cut corners, meaning the development is built over a lab waste dump owned by him and his company that, also unbeknownst to them, hosts a Giant Spider race and its mother which he shoots with his dead bodyguard’s pistol. Robertson is actually more of a parody of the brash Bad Boss Corrupt Corporate Executive tendencies of Trump than an exaggerated clone. Jerkass Has a Point comes into play when Robertson justifies shooting the mother as an honorable Mercy Kill, even if mercy wasn’t what he had in mind. Robertson even despises the real Trump and seeks to prevent his re-election in 2020 by running for President himself, so where his Strawman Political tendencies are concerned, he seems to be a dim-witted, arrogant parody of businessmen such as Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg.

    Music 
  • "You and the Cockroach" by Hobo Johnson features a president who is "pudgy, orange, and has little sausage fingers" who causes the apocalypse due to an itchy trigger finger for nuclear weapons. The president is never named, but the music video for the song makes it look like Trump.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street: The series' 25th anniversary special, "Stars and Street Forever!" features (human) real estate developer Ronald Grump (Joe Pesci) as the special's antagonist. Grump's plan is to tear down Sesame Street so that he can build the Grump Tower. Everyone on Sesame Street protests the plan, except for Benny Rabbit, who wants to work as the tower's doorman. When Grump reveals that he was planning to build a robotic doorman for the project, Benny joins the rest of Sesame Street to protest Grump's plan. Grump ultimately abandons his plan when he realizes that Oscar's trash can is on city property, and Oscar refuses to move.
    • A 2005 episode features Donald Grump, the Grouch counterpart who also runs a vast business empire. As this is during the Apprentice era, Grump also tries to seek an actual apprentice by holding a series of challenges. Oscar, his girlfriend Grungetta, and a host of other Grouches sign up, but all of them get beaten in the challenges by Elmo. Grump promptly fires Elmo for being too helpful, and hires Oscar and Grungetta for being least helpful, only for the two to stage a coup against Grump.

    Web Animation 
  • This retelling of the King Midas story done by TED-ed features a version of King Midas that looks an awful lot like Trump, which many have pointed out in the comments section, and includes a somewhat subtle reference to his infamous "Grab them by the pussy" remark, and a golden toilet (or a close approximation to one).

    Webcomics 
  • In Scandinavia and the World, when Trump got elected as President in real-life, the comic character America got a makeover that turned him into a Trump caricature with orange face paint and a yellow wig, using far-right rhetoric. Humon, the comic's author originally said that she would keep America this way for as long as Trump remained President, but later she changed her mind because it got in the way of the jokes, as many lines that would have been funny if said by an Innocently Insensitive America would have serious Unfortunate Implications if spoken by Trump-America.

    Western Animation 
  • The mayor of Elmore in The Amazing World of Gumball is modeled after the guy, and, not surprisingly, is a corrupt politician.
  • The revival for Biker Mice from Mars replaced the former Big Bad Lawrence Limburger with the invading Catonians who found themselves being assisted by an amoral real estate developer named Ronaldo Rump.
  • The Jew-Producer from Drawn Together is a Richie Rich expy with a heavy Trump influence, due to the episodes he appears in being based on The Apprentice.
  • The Netflix animated series Green Eggs and Ham introduces a villain named Snerz who is rich, has a ridiculous hairstyle (actually a creature that he forces to act as his toupee), is obsessed with owning gold and exotic animals and tends to shout a lot.
  • South Park came up with two within the same season:
    • The President of Canada is only on screen for all of two minutes, during which he's shown to be an irresponsible bigot with no sense of class whose policies wrecked Canada, before getting raped to death by Mr. Garrison.
    • Mr Garrison himself becomes a stand-in for Donald Trump, as the show's writers didn't want to risk making the actual Trump a recurring character. As the series goes on, Mr Garrison becomes more and more Trump-like in both behaviour and appearance.
  • Howard Blandy from the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Selling Out". He's a real-estate developer who buys the Krusty Krab and turns it into the Krabby O'Mondays. The design is basically Trump as a fish, complete with conspicuous combover and duo of fawning yes-men. Notably, Mr. Krabs even names Blandy as his personal idol, which explains a lot.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: The short, "Jungle Bungle" from the episode, "Pollution Solution" features Ronald Grump as the short's antagonist. Grump owns a giant scorpion shaped robot/factory that cuts down the rainforest to make one elevator button out of each tree and use the rest of the tree to power the robot, also giving his mansion the world's largest front yard. When Buster and Babs find out about global warming, they travel to the rainforest and try unsuccessfully to convince Grump to change his ways. When Grump refuses, Buster ejects him from his robot and attempts to use it to destroy Grump's mansion. After some persuasion from both Buster and the homeless animals, Grump changes his ways by planting new trees. Unusually, Trump's hairstyle isn't parodied; Grump is bald.
  • Young Justice gives an odd example in its portrayal of Lex Luthor (who, as explained above, has taken inspiration from Trump since the mid 1980s) as there was a six-year-long Sequel Gap between its second and third seasons because it was Uncancelled. The second season ended in early 2013, some two and a half years before Trump ran for president but season three was put into production in 2017 (it aired in 2019), the year in which his presidency began. Luthor in the first two seasons was a pretty textbook adaptation of the character but in season three he's a straight-up Trump commentary. He uses his role as Secretary General of the UN to help his business that he continues to run (when Luthor became President in the comics in the early '00s, he put his business in a trust and Talia al Ghul became CEO) and in response to being found out, he gives a speech about fake news and changing international libel laws.

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