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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, designed after probably the most iconic (for better or for worse) of the decade's many corporate tycoons: Donald Trump.

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 (although this hair may sometimes actually be a separate, distinct creature of some sort, such as a Puppeteer Parasite). In works published from the 2000s onwards, the large yellow hair may actually be a Dodgy Toupee, reflecting the real Trump's own hair loss around the same time and his use of toupees and/or bizarre combovers to cover it up. Other defining traits include a wealthy parentage (sometimes combined with Abusive Parents and "Well Done, Son!" Guy), an attitude of a self-important blowhard (with Glory Hound traits mixed in sometimes), high celebrity profile, one or more wives young enough to be their daughter, thinly disguised racism and classism, control over a major corporation (property development being the most likely), hedonistic depravity, and an insatiable urge to own more. From the 2000s onward, involvement in reality TV may also be a prominent trait, as are political ambitions as high as the Presidency.

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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, with these traits becoming more prominent the later the work is set (again, indicative of Trump's concurrent aging over the decades). 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!" or some variant thereof. They will sometimes wear a fake tan, which in more comedic works may be bright orange. References to Oompa-Loompas as they appeared in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory may also be present in comedically-oriented works.

This trope experienced a revival after Donald Trump won the 2016 United States presidential election, spawning a new generation of Trumplicas that serve as stand-ins for the POTUS. Such portrayals tend to be extra-negative, owing to many prominent writers being in opposition to Trump's policies during his term. Presidential Trumplicas share the conspicuous wealth and excessive consumption of earlier portrayals, but they will also be jingoistic to a fault, typically espouse far-right views (usually comedic and/or satirical exaggerations of Trump's own), have an adversarial relationship with the press (despite loving the attention), and will demonize critics as liars or conspirators. Parodies of Trump's ostentatious speaking style, emphasizing his own wealth and supposed achievements in a distinctively repetitive manner, also tend to be more common with comedic post-2016 portrayals, largely due to this style making its way into his speeches and other public appearances as a politician.

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A subtrope of No Celebrities Were Harmed. Obviously, if it's unambiguously supposed to be Donald Trump himself instead of a stand-in, that's The Cameo, Adam Westing, and similar tropes, not this one. If it's established that the real Trump also exists in the same universe as the Trumplica, you have a case of Expy Coexistence.

Compare with Upper-Class Twit, Corrupt Corporate Executive, Millionaire Playboy, The Caligula, Mr. Vice Guy, Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, Insufferable Imbecile, President Evil, and Our Presidents Are Different.

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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    Anime & Manga 
  • Valerie Simmons from Carole & Tuesday is a rich, conservative anti-immigrant politician running for president of Mars. Her official campaign signage and iconography also look very similar to Donald Trump's. However, she doesn't really have Trump's personality or way of speaking.
  • The main villain of Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur, Dolmanstein, a billionaire who collects dinosaurs and funds the operation of the Dinosaur Hunters in indiscriminate poaching of prehistoric animals, seems to have his appearance lifted from pre-candidacy Trump. Seen here.
  • The anime version of Gate shows the US president Dirren, who looks like a younger, thinner Trump, as a short-tempered and aggressive leader.
  • The anime adaptation of Gintama has a minor character has named Donald Zuramp-kun, the first Prime Minister of Japan. Though other than his name and the fact that's he a politician, he isn't as direct of a copy of Donald Trump as other examples on this page (also he insists that it's not even his name, it's Katsura).
  • One episode of Great Pretender sees Cynthia and Abby running a con on "Danny", an obese, blonde, sexist Corrupt Corporate Executive who fired a single mother for refusing his advances.
  • In Himenospia, the POTUS is "Ronald Trampoline" who is the thrall of Serena, one of the antagonists of the series.
  • Rare gender-swapped example in Mujirushi: Le Signe des Rêves, by Naoki Urasawa. It has Beverley Duncan, a billionaire candidating for the presidency of the United States. She's described as "totally nuts, but seriously entertaining".

    Comic Books 
  • Batman & Poison Ivy: Cast Shadows (2004) has a Gotham City tycoon named Donald "Dan" Trimbel — whose logo is described as a gold T — who builds a massive skyscraper which casts shadows that block the sunlight from coming down on a large part of the city, including Arkham Asylum, causing Ivy to have a grudge.
  • DC Comics Bombshells: Harvey Dent's initial role as a bigoted, fascist candidate for mayor of Gotham City (due to being under Hugo Strange's mind control) is an unsubtle caricature of Donald Trump, including some direct dialogue quotations. Complete with a lampshading from the heroes when he uses "Make [X] Great Again" in a campaign slogan.
  • A story from Disney Ducks Comic Universe, Gazillionaire's Luck, featured Scrooge McDuck against a fat, blonde, millionaire business duck called Ronald Plump, who tries to get Scrooge's #1 Dime.
  • The graphic novel Dreadstar Returns features a villain named Plunddo Tram, an obese tyrant with orange skin and wild yellow hair as well as a name that is an anagram for Donald Trump. Shortly before executing Tram, Dreadstar rebukes him by listing the reasons he's a completely disgraceful failure as a leader, with some of the criticisms being overt parallels to criticisms of Donald Trump's actions during his term as President.
  • In The Family Trade, Stagger Berghardt is a blatant Trump expy, being a rotund, xenophobic populist demagogue who wants to "make the Float glorious again" by deposing the elites and kicking out immigrants.
  • In Harley Quinn, Richard Brand is a ruthless and corrupt real estate tycoon, and also the abusive father of Harley's initial enemy and later ally Harley Sinn, who bears a strong physical resemblance to Trump.
  • One Mister Miracle story introduces "Travis Donald", a casino mogul who is very obviously modelled after Trump, including an exaggerated version of Trump's hairstyle.
  • In Ms. Marvel (2014), one-time Mayor Chuck Worthy has a number of Trump parallels, including his background as a real-estate developer, his use of "law and order" policies as an excuse to harass minorities, his campaign slogan of "Chuck Them Out!" (a parallel to Trump's "Lock Her Up" chant), and his army of followers in baseball caps. Unlike most examples, however, he is not visually modelled after Trump; he looks more like controversial Internet personality (and Trump supporter) Milo Yiannopoulos.
  • In Money Shot, President Luke Kirk is as vitriolic a Stock Parody of Trump you can find. He is a towheaded capitalist who became President of the United States entirely on his fame and the support of regressive fundamentalists (who are willing to contradict themselves at the drop of a hat for his convenience). He makes various derisive comments towards women, socialists, Mexicans, gay people, experts and intellectualists, he makes impulsive legislation based on the whims of his fragile ego (confiscates Money Shot and forbids off-world travel after his own bad manners gets him electrocuted in the nuts by Bode Sosh'u Sinch), has severe Daddy Issues and has a bad habit of going in blind and cocksure, only to make the situation worse.
  • Scooby Apocalypse has Velma's corrupt businessman brother Rufus T. Dinkley who looks like a red-haired Donald Trump.
  • The Spider-Gwen Annual reveals that M.O.D.O.K.'s Earth-65 counterpart is named M.O.D.A.A.K. (Mental Organism Designed As America's King), who is a blatant parody of Trump because his face resembles Trump's and he intends on keeping Mexicans out of America. He almost quotes the "Make America Great Again" slogan before being knocked out by that continuity's Captain America.
  • Superman: 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 from John Byrne has confirmed that they based him on Donald Trump, but they also used Ted Turner and Howard Hughes for inspiration. Like Trump, Luthor aggressively markets his name and personal brand including living at the top of a eponymous skyscraper, Lexcorp Tower. The reboot also portrays Luthor as a lecher who has been married and divorced multiple times. Prior to slimming down in the 90s Lex's appearance is also much more obese. One comic, Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography, even has a cover that directly references the cover to Trump's The Art of the Deal. Lex Luthor ended up becoming president in the DC universe in 2001, 15 years before his inspiration would follow suit.
  • In Doomsday Clock the President is a more subtle example, being The Faceless but having Trump's mannerisms and self-confidence, at one point asserting that he's "done more for the country than Wonder Woman".
  • "Thump the Orange Gorilla" is a pretty blatant one. Thump is an bad-tempered and violent orange Gorilla with Trump-like blond hair who tells the birds to go round the World Zoo and spread nasty stories about other animals. Apparently he likes going after big cats, a take on Trump's infamous Pussy-grabbing comment.
  • In 4001 A.D.: Shadowman, there is Drub Tarley, a golden-haired blowhard who takes over the post-apocalyptic city of Gethsemane by stoking resentments about their peace treaty with nearby Sanctuary, wherein every year, three young people from Gethsemane must present themselves to Sanctuary in order to be sacrificed to maintain the mystical powers that protect both cities from the wasteland that surrounds them.
  • The fourth and final issue of Diablo House had a backup story titled "The Art of the Deal", where an unlucky author is hired by an unnamed celebrity chef to ghostwrite his book The Art of the Meal. The celebrity chef resembles a cartoonish caricature of Donald Trump and is shown to be crass, lazy, perverted and prone to insulting his subordinates and using ad hominem attacks on his opposition. The story ends with him becoming President of the United States and riding a nuke heading towards the country Dr. Strangelove-style.

    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm has General Lukin as the head of the Red Room and main Arc Villain of the Forever Red arc in the sequel, stating that he would "Make Russia Great Again" and generally coming off as a psychotic fusion between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin with a side of General Ripper.
  • Halloween Unspectacular:
    • The story "The Calamiturian Candidate" from Lair of the Hack Writer is about Professor Calamitous and other villains working together to create an artificial human to run for President and be their puppet. He's described as looking ridiculously non-human, with weird skin and hair, and he wins over the crowd at a debate by making wildly nonsensical comments. Then he mutates into an Eldritch Abomination, and is defeated by a group of heroes.
    • The Story Arc that runs through Watchmeh and Blue Alert features President Fulton, a blatantly corrupt and racist blowhard who ends up selling out to PURITY.
  • Frederickson in the Worm fanfic It Gets Worse is a failed con artist who makes his living by supplying the Merchants with the ingredients for their drugs. He is grossly overweight, wears a terrible fake tan, and has a ridiculous combover hairstyle. During the fic, he receives a massive electrical shock, leaving him unable to say much other than parrot particularly nonsensical altered versions of Trump catchphrases.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Donkey King has Ronald Crump, a Donald Trump parody in hippo form who just appeared in one scene.
  • In Free Birds, The Big Bad president who made Reggie his dinner is a redneck version of Donald Trump.
  • 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 (though Trump had briefly run in both 2000 and 2012). Adding to the Hilarity: the executive producer of The LEGO Movie, Steven Mnuchin, became Trump's Secretary of the Treasury.
  • While not one of the most evident examples, Jimmy Crystal, the main antagonist of Sing 2, has many traits commonly associated with this trope. He is a ruthless and wealthy businessman obsessed with his public image with a short temper, who despises any showings of what he considers weakness or failure. He owns a luxury hotel in a high rise called "Crystal Tower". He has a daughter whom he spoils over, but that he ultimately sees as an extension of his own self. Finally, he works in show business and his method of selecting his next show is eerily similar to a reality show.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Donald character in An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win is a thinly-veiled jab at Trump, down to the blond hair. Word of God has it that the racist bully Melody encountered was meant to be named Douglas, but a slip of the tongue led the cast to refer to him as Donald instead, intentional or not. At the time of Melody's release, the 2016 presidential election campaign was in full swing, and given the film's subject matter, it seems as though the writers wasted no time throwing not-so-subtle potshots at Trump who was a presidential candidate at the time.
  • Back to the Future Part II: In the alternate Bad Future 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. Word of God also confirmed that Bad Future Biff was meant to be a caricature of Trump. Interestingly, the film depicts Biff as the de-facto ruler of Hill Valley and an influential kingmaker in the Republican party, long before Trump's ascension to the presidency. In this timeline, Nixon is still president, having been elected four times and seeking a fifth term by 1983. It is heavily implied that Biff helped Nixon overcome Watergate and helped extend his presidency by repealing the 22nd amendment.
  • It's surprisingly common for DC films to include caricatures of Trump as antagonists, even before he entered politics:
    • 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. Shreck's treatment of both characters would come back to bite him hard, much more viciously in Selina's case.
    • 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. Perhaps to hammer this point home, they originally wanted Alec Baldwin (who had played a parody of Trump himself on Saturday Night Live) to play Thomas Wayne, before he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Motherless Brooklyn (a film mentioned elsewhere on this page).
    • Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984 is a tycoon with a garish fashion sense whose advertisements have a "greed is good" vibe. Lord is a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal, however; all he really wants is to make his son proud of him, but believes that he needs to be the best and have the most in order to be good enough. In-universe, it's highly likely that Lord was deliberately styling his public persona after Trump, both to make people think he's already a successful businessman, and to hide his very un-Trump-like background as the son of a poor Latino family (his real surname in this adaptation is Lorenzano). Diana convinces him to renounce his wish when he realizes his son is in danger, who then tells him that he's always been proud of him. Lord also survives the film, when most adaptations of the character are killed early on. Several reviews noticed the similarities:
      The Editing Room: Yes, this bombastic TV personality may talk a big business game but is just a bankrupt fraud, has Russian assistants, and you get the idea.

      Honest Trailers: Watch this Gal take down Max Lord, a blonde-haired, orange-tanned conman, who can't be a stand-in for Donald Trump, because this one LOVES his son.
  • President Janie Orlean in Don't Look Up is a female example. It's implied that she was in show business before going into politics, her closest advisor in the White House is her incompetent son, her presidency is riddled with scandals, she's trying to appoint a dangerously unqualified idiot (himself a parody of both Joe Arpaio and Brett Kavanaugh) to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and she has an uncanny ability to get her base riled up to the point of rejecting the reality in front of their own eyes. She's even seen wearing a hat at one of her rallies (which provides a Title Drop) that calls to mind Trump's red "Make America Great Again" hats.
  • An unused concept for a third Ghostbusters movie would have had the gang go up against The Devil, who would be an expy of Donald Trump.
  • 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 generally decent businessman with some manchild tendencies. His insistence on colorizing old films makes him more reminiscent of Ted Turner, a similarly extravagant tycoon who divested his interests towards media, particularly the availability of classic movies.
  • 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 treats 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.
  • Construction mogul Moses Randolph, the villain of Motherless Brooklyn, is a dark version of this, being a power-hungry sociopath who is never satisfied with the power he has, and views minorities and anyone who isn’t part of the rich elite as lesser than him, and has made it so that he basically controls the New York City government. He even repeatedly proclaims he will make “this city great again!” in his speeches and is played by Alec Baldwin, who famously repeatedly did impersonations of Trump on Saturday Night Live and uses the speech patterns of the impersonation for his portrayal of Moses.
  • Ocean's Thirteen has Willy Bank, a crooked casino owner with a spray-tan who casually disrespects his employees and has a tendency for backstabbing his business partners.
  • Rush Hour 2: Stephen Reign is the owner of a hotel named after him, has a surname synonymous with a word meaning "great" or "powerful", is richer than Croesus and looking for more, and turns out to be a bad guy.
  • President Evil is a 2018 film where The Donald is fused with Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees to hunt black people, Hispanic people, Muslims and trans people.
  • In Sin City you have a rare twist on the trope where the character, Senator Roark, is a replica of Fred Trump rather than his son Donald. This is also unique to the film. In the comics, he is more of a Fat Bastard with a bulbous nose and a lazy eye.
  • 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.
  • You Don't Mess with the Zohan: Grant Walbridge is a loud obnoxious racist real estate developer trying to push people out of their neighborhood, while obsessed with garish displays of wealth including his supermodel girlfriends perfectly symmetrical breast implants. Unlike most versions, he's shorter than the protagonists, in reasonably good shape with an overall silver futuristic motif for his personal style and buildings.
  • Gunnar Eversol in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a pretty blatant pastiche of Trump, down to the hairdo. The fact that he's played by 5'6" Toby Jones just drives the point home.

    Literature 
  • The Destroyer took a shot at the man in #90, "Ghost in the Machine": Ronald Rrump, a narcissistic, failing businessman obsessed with putting his name and/or face on everything, and convincing people he's not actually going broke. (A running gag is that he tells people "I own [X], the man who owns [X] can't be broke" only to be told "Sir, you sold [X] last week".) When the building he's in (the Rrump Tower) becomes intangible (due to the unwitting acts of a very lost Soviet super-science agent in the telephone wires), he has the option to restore it to normal... but instead somehow decides it's a great idea to build another tower in the same spot and starts plans to do so, even though he and everyone else in the tower are basically ghosts.
  • In Nancy A. Collins's Golgotham trilogy, a slimy real-estate tycoon named Ronald Chess surfaces in the last book as a minor antagonist (albeit one tied in with the greater plot) trying to buy up apartment buildings and gentrify the titular Urban Fantasy district. He's described as an unappealingly baby-faced man with a combover, is noted to have been described in the past as a "short-fingered vulgarian," and displays a massive sense of entitlement, a condescending attitude towards women, and little overall respect for anyone or anything aside from money.
  • In Millennium, Ivar Ohgren seems to be a Swedish-flavored version of Trump, being a crass, xenophobic bully whose wealth is all derived from his father and who has an obsession with proving that he's better than the "mixed-race" Leo Mannheimer (who is of Romani descent but was raised in a wealthy Swedish family), in much the same way that Trump is often perceived to be obsessed with comparing himself to Barack Obama. For an added parallel, Ivar's father was named Alfred, which is rather close to Fred, the name of Trump's notorious father.
  • In the Judge Dredd Year Two novella Alternative Facts, the main villain is a Trump expy named Jocelyn Piper, a crooked industrialist running for Mayor of Mega-City 1 under the slogan of "Make Mega-City 1 Work Again."
  • President Omega, the Big Bad in The Secrets of Supervillainy, book three of The Supervillainy Saga is a time traveling villain from the future with elements of Handsome Jack and Kang the Conqueror. However, he also has "a bad toupee and tiny hands" while making several quotes attrtributed to Trump. He's also a former Corrupt Corporate Executive who was previously the head of the Omega Corporation that is an Evil, Inc..

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Arrowverse, Metropolis real estate mogul Morgan Edge appears to have an extremely devoted fanbase in wide swaths of rural America, much like the real Trump, despite playing a key role in its economic decline, as this review of the pilot of Superman & Lois points out. He also harbors a hatred of the media...which is amusing, since the original Morgan Edge from the Superman comic books is a media mogul.
    • Batwoman has Roman Sionis, who vaguely resembles Trump as he was when he first tried to get involved in politics - obsessed with law and order and constantly complaining about how Gotham is corrupt and how the cops need to be given more power. This version of Sionis also has a daughter whose beauty he enthusiastically promotes, much like Trump constantly raves about his daughter's beauty.
  • Castle had an Attention Whore billionaire owner of a beauty pageant named Victor Barron a.k.a. "The Barron", who cheats on his former beauty queen Trophy Wife with younger pageant contestants and describes everything as "very classy".
  • Coronation Street introduced in 2019 Ray Crosby, a real-estate tycoon and hotelier who's described as the richest man in Manchester. He's a sleazy underhanded businessman with a penchant for sexism, and sexually assaults Faye twice, in such a manner that it's implied he's done this to many others. He's also engaged in a scheme to buy out the street so he can bulldoze it and build a new hotel, with his attitude towards the locals being one of utter contempt behind closed doors. Also, he has strong elements of Harvey Weinstein, especially with the scenes where he's wearing a bathrobe in a hotel room.
  • The Doctor Who episodes "Arachnids in the UK" and "Revolution of the Daleks" feature heavyset, brash, corrupt American businessman Jack Robertson.
    • In the first episode, he’s attempting to build a luxury hotel in the center of Sheffield, and has lobbied the local government to waive environmental precautions, but unbeknownst to them, the waste company he's contracted with cut corners, meaning the hotel 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. The episode, however, reveals Robertson 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 parody of businessmen such as Howard Schultz and Michael Bloomberg).
    • The second episode mentions that his presidential bid was sunk by the waste dump controversy, so he goes on a massive acquisition spree throughout Britain and makes a deal with a Corrupt Politician (who is likely an Expy of Theresa May, British Prime Minister throughout most of Trump's time in office, though she had resigned by the time the episode aired) in Parliament to mass produce Artificial Intelligence-powered versions of a Dalek shell one of his companies stole from the Government. One of his associates goes rogue, however, causing Team TARDIS to try to resolve that via Alien Invasion to bring about Enemy Civil War between the Daleks, but Robertson’s interest in profiting from the invasion by becoming The Quisling results in him selling out the Doctor to the Daleks and, when the Daleks are defeated, stealing the credit for foiling the invasion. He ends up fueling speculation that he may run in 2024, much like the real Trump (though of course this story was filmed before Trump lost the election). It's also heavily implied he is a tax dodger when the Prime Minister threatens to have the Treasury look into how much tax his companies pay in the UK, which alludes to Trump's rather dodgy tax records.
  • An episode of Eerie, Indiana has a demonic businessman who calls himself "The Donald" and brainwashes the town into buying on credit.
  • In Pose, Matt Bromley is an employee at the Trump Organization who basically serves as the series' proxy for Trump himself, being a boorish, sexist, racist asshole obsessed with increasing his money and status and avenging perceived slights.
  • 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.
    • Gribble's example gets oddly prescient in the season 2 finale "Seeing the Light", which sees him lose a senate election by a landslide and yet demand a recount "for the sake of democracy".
    • Interestingly, both characters have an arc that ends with them going up against a more villainous counterpart, namely Mr. Henderson in Round the Twist and Morton Tregonning in Sea Change, the latter being played by Mark Mitchell, the second Mr. Gribble.
  • Sherlock Holmes:
    • Culverton Smith, the Villain of the Week in the Sherlock episode "The Lying Detective". He's a vaguely defined businessman, implied to be a Corrupt Corporate Executive who often appears on posters, adverts and game shows, promoting his businesses. He's also a Serial Killer who has a compulsion to confess his murders due to the immense pride he takes in them and uses his Villain with Good Publicity status to hide his true nature from the public, being a philanthropist and charity runner. People watching the show thought Smith was based on Jimmy Savile but Steven Moffat has denied this, saying that Smith was based on the dark side of fame in general but especially Trump.
    • In Elementary, William Hull, who shows up in episodes in seasons three and four, is a burly, arrogant, New York-based real estate mogul and casino owner with ambitions to run for public office.
  • Averted by Stranger Things, who took great pains to clarify that despite the similarities, their corrupt politician character Larry Kline wasn't intended to be Trump. For what it's worth, Kline is depicted as an egomaniacal, performatively patriotic Corrupt Politician and yuppie prick who sports a distinctive blond comb-over and is in league with the Russians by way of a shady construction project. Make of that what you will.
  • The Ur-Example might be Walter Trump, who appears in a 1958 episode of Trackdown, a CBS western show. Walter is a con-man who bears a strong resemblance to Donald Trump's father Frederick, a notorious figure in his own right. He claims the town will be destroyed by a meteor shower and promises to build a magical wall to save them.
  • HBO's Watchmen series also includes a fictionalised version of Trump's father, "Fred T", while flashing back to Hooded Justice's origin story (set in the 1930s). Like his real-life counterpart, Fred owns a grocery store, as well as at least one factory under the name "Fred T. And Son". The character is also involved with the Ku Klux Klan, and the plot of their Cyclops branch to mind-control black people into killing each other. In the end, Hooded Justice shoots him in the head.

    Music Videos 
  • "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.
  • Moby's music video for "In This Cold Place" featured an animated Trump-like figure in the style of an 80s action cartoon who pilots a swastika/dollar sign Transformers-esque Humongous Mecha.
  • The music video for "Lavender (Nightfall Remix)" by BadBadNotGood & Snoop Dogg depicts a world in which society is divided between "doggs" and "clowns," commenting on black/white race relations in the United States. One scene in the video features a parody of Trump in the form of Ronald Klump, the leader of the clowns who leads a press conference at the "Clown House" calling for the deportation of the "doggs" (based on Trump's own campaign promise to deport all undocumented immigrants from the United States). Snoop Dogg's character fires a "Bang!" Flag Gun at Klump, and Klump is later seen in chains while Snoop and Jesse Wellens refuse to share their joint with him.note 
  • The video for Elvis Costello's "This Town" features an obvious Trumplica played by Mac McDonald.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street:
    • A 1988 episode has a grouch named Ronald Grump who gets Oscar's consent to build Grump Tower (a tower of trash cans) on Oscar's property as long as Oscar gets to live there. It seems peachy at first but things go south when Grump stipulates after the fact that Oscar can't let his pets live there. Grump then demands 40 bags of trash to move the tower (which Oscar can't afford) so Oscar and the gang work together to collect 40 bags of trash to defeat Grump.
    • The series' 25th anniversary special, "Stars and Street Forever!" features (human) real estate developer also named 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.

    Radio 
  • Big Finish Doctor Who:
    • The spin-off UNIT The News Series has a storyline, released in November 2016 as part of the Silenced set. It is a two-parter focusing on a politician, Kenneth Le Blanc, who is firmly anti-immigration and incompetent, with no clear policies, and who unknowingly owes his popularity due to the mind control abilities of the alien Silence, who are manipulating him for their own ends. When he's elected he privately admits he had no idea he'd win and has no idea what to do. Of course, he could also be considered a parody of British politicians such as Nigel Farage, also the Leader of a fringe Party heavily opposed to immigration and no clear policies and Boris Johnson, who also has a reputation for incompetence and untidyness, both of whom gained support for being 'not like other politicians', despite being blatantly untrustworthy and racist.
    • The Silurian Candidate from the Seventh Doctor range has a very unsubtle Trump caricature in Bart Falco, making a big deal about his hair in an awful over the top Australian accent. Is it any surprise he's the titular Candidate?

    Video Games 
  • One of the pre-made characters you can select in Pizza Tycoon is called Diamond Trump. One of his benefits is a large starting bank account.
  • An earlier example: In keeping with its many riffs on U.S. pop culture, Fourside in EarthBound is an Expy of New York City, and its mayor, Geldegarde Monotoli, is a former real estate mogul and a clear expy of Donald Trump, complete with lavish, gilded tower named after himself. Pokey Minch, who becomes Monotoli's consultant and moves into the Monotoli Building, also bears a resemblance, particularly during the events of Mother 3.
  • The Pre-HD Grand Theft Auto series has Donald Love, who's a parody of Trump as the crooked real estate mogul whose goals often involve getting the protagonists to cause mayhem to drive down property values. Him also being a cannibalistic necrophiliac is probably just one of Rockstar's exaggerations however, or a sly reference to how Trump and the culture he represented helped inspire American Psycho.
  • One of the potential home buyers from House Flipper is Dolan Trusk who is basically this, though his name implies he's a Composite Character of Donald Trump and Elon Musk. He's a corporate executive with wavy blonde hair. He prefers cheap furniture in order to save money, but wants an extravagant entryway so he can show off, and a nice office for himself. The Steam achievement for selling to him is "Worth Every Penny", which has the description "Mind over matter. Money over all."
  • Hitman 3 has Don Archibald Yates, a retiring New York-born lawyer with a flamboyant yet treacherous personality, who is married to an Argentinian woman with a prominent accent. Further strengthening the resemblance, Don resembles Donald's father Fred Trump, his intel states his father was a real estate mogul, and he's stated to have wanted to go into politics before landing a career as a lawyer.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5 has Donald Tramp, who owns a casino in Atlantic City, similar to the real-life Trump (where Larry has to visit and gamble, and one part involved his wife Ivana, who was reduced to running a rollerskate shop). Passionate Patti, during one trip, dreamed of Donald and imagined "The Donald" buying her a luxury boat.
  • Mr. President! has Presidential candidate (later President) Ronald Rump, with the player as a Secret Service agent tasked with protecting him via Ragdoll Physics from assassination.
  • The Big Bad of Robot Wants Justice, Emperor Tronk, is an orange slime monster with bright yellow hair that, in Tronk's case, is a toupee. The "View Game History" section in Robot Wants It All says this was not meant as political commentary or parody, but rather as a comparison.
  • The Spider-Man (PS4) version of Norman Osborn is presented as one of these based on Trump as the President, albeit only as a mayor, but he's still also running Oscorp in addition to his mayoral duties (with a little snooping around his apartment by Mary Jane implying he has higher aspirations). Amusingly, like the below-mentioned version of Lex Luthor from Young Justice, he's voiced by Mark Rolston. However, unlike a lot of other examples of how this trope is usually played, he's given a more sympathetic portrayal in that his son Harry is dying of a genetic disease—the same one that killed his mother—and his actions in the game are him desperately trying to find a cure for it, though doing so creates Mr. Negative and Doctor Octopus in the process, and strongly implies Norman will become his famous, pumpkin-bomb throwing alter ego Green Goblin soon enough.
  • Summertime Saga: The mayor of Summersville is Ronald Rump, a Sleazy Politician who regularly abuses his (mostly immigrant) staff and has ties to the Russian mafia. The main storyline requires seducing his daughter Iwanka and his wife Melonia, then getting him locked up and humiliated by exposing his crimes.
  • Inverted for Super Bernie World, a parody game of Super Mario Bros. for the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign, which depicts Final Boss Donald Trump as a King Koopa Copy. Though, unlike King Koopa, Trump is portrayed as a Dirty Coward who doesn't even put up a fight, just begs Bernie to not kick him out of the White House.
  • Tonight We Riot's Big Bad, the Corrupt Corporate Executive Whippleton, has at least some similarities with Trump. Blonde hair, an interesting hairstyle, and being the leader of a capitalist society.
  • Chairman Bana of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 plays with this. Aside from being a Hutt-like Gonk from a species of usually Ridiculously Cute Critters, he has the ego, the wealth, the corpulence, the funny hair (a purple topknot in his case), the flair for gaudy décor and the general callousness and disregard for life in favor of profit, but unlike most Trumplica characters, he lacks the usual misogynistic/skeevy attitude. While he does dress his female servants in skimpy bikinis, he treats and pays them very well and they don't seem to harbor any ill will towards him, expressing surprise towards his being uncovered as a villain.

    Web Animation 
  • In The Grossery Gang webseries, during the "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" arc, Ricardo, as part of his makeover to "look rich", is given an orange-hued tan, a bright blond toupee, and a suit, thus making him a pastiche of Trump's appearance.
  • 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).

    Web Comics 
  • Downplayed in Liz Climo's "Good Work, Sam" strip, playing off the "bouffant yellow hair as a separate creature" part.
  • 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. Trump stuck around as a sentient blob of spray tan with his hair that shows up now and again to harass the cast.

    Web Videos 
  • Brandon Rogers has a rare female example of this trope, Bryce Tankthrust. Corrupt businesswoman, denying any misdemeanors she does, she's pretty much a female version of Donald Trump.
  • Sith Apprentice, a Star Wars fan film from 2005, did this by mixing pre-presidency/Apprentice-era Trump with the series' Big Bad Emperor Palpatine, as he hosts a reality-show style audition (with a Starfleet officer and an Earth Alliance officer as his judges) to get a new apprentice. He still wears Palpatine's signature robe, but he has a business suit and tie underneath, he speaks with Trump's signature speech pattern (albeit with a Southern drawl), and openly eliminates contestants both figuratively and sometimes literally when they fail him. In spite of being openly evil, he dares not fight against copyright lawyers.
  • Some More News: The Movie starts out discussing this trope in media from the '80s and '90s, especially with depictions of Trump as president, and how bizarrely prescient it was.

    Western Animation 
  • A recurring cat-hating antagonist in the Italian animation show Forty Four Cats is a rich man who constantly wears a business suit with a red comb-over hairstyle. All of this could be considered a coincidence, if it weren't for a particular episode in which said character runs for mayor with the intention of eliminating all cats from the city, with a character even stating how he's "going to build a wall to keep us cats out!". Did we mention this is a show for Preschoolers?
  • The mayor of Elmore in The Amazing World of Gumball is in part, modeled after the guy and is a corrupt politician who in his first appearance tries to deport the Wattersons to Ohio on the grounds that they were driving down property values. He has also been compared to Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister and former mayor of London, where Gumball is produced, although mixing the two individuals together is quite easy, as Johnson has often been called the "British Trump" since the two of them already look very uncannily similar.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long had Eli Pandarus, the “Wizard of Wall Street”, who was secretly a Dark Wizard trying to gain power, and made his riches by stealing gold from leprechauns. He bore a faint visual resemblance to Donald Trump in season one, mainly with his blonde hair and face. Aside from cosmetic similarities, Pandarus is also very wealthy, hosted a beauty pageant in "Eye of The Beholder" and even has his own skyscraper: Pandarus Towers in the middle of New York. In season two, Pandarus controls Manhattan Genius Institute, mirroring Trump University.
  • Animaniacs:
    • In an episode of the 2020 reboot that's a Whole Plot Reference to The Odyssey, Trump is depicted as Polyphemus, the giant cyclops Odysseus encounters on his journey. He has orange skin, blonde hair, a voice that sounds exactly like Trump, a very vain personality, and he goes into a long rant into how his island is the "best island" despite it being a dump.
    • The second season has a segment where the Roman Emperor Nero is depicted as an obvious Trump caricature. He is a narcissistic, overweight man with bright yellow combover hair, he apparently promised to build Hadrian's Wall (and make the Caledonians pay for it), there is a joke about his small hands, and when he's attacked by tigers he yells "Somebody grab these pussies". There's also busts of his parents, who looks suspiciously like Trump's real parents.
    • Another one has the Brain trying to infiltrate "Chump Tower".
  • During the 1980s to the early 1990s, there was the heavily promoted image as a successful mogul of a set of casinos. Declarations for bankruptcy protection and the gradual failure of the casinos exposed cracks in the image of success and business genius. "Joker's Wild", an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, featured Cameron Kaiser, a showboating, celebrity casino mogul who is actually on the verge of bankruptcy.
  • The Disney Channel animated series Big City Greens introduces a villain named Chip Whistler, who is rich, orange-skinned, has a ridiculous blonde hairstyle, is obsessed with having perfect teeth, and tends to shout a lot, although he's a lot younger than most examples of this trope.
  • 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.
  • A couple of episodes of the Danger Mouse relaunch series portray the US President as a pig with Trump's hair, but thus far this has just been a visual gag and he hasn't been given any characterization.
  • Prince Merkimer from Disenchantment. Aside from being born into wealth, he also has the unflattering haircut, a high opinion of himself, is seen as a joke by the general populace, and has a habit of crying out "Sad!" Donald Trump occasionally punctuates his Tweets with this word as a taunt. A rarity for this trope is that he's not strictly a villainous character, as he eventually becomes more humble after being turned into a pig.
  • 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 called a Flerz that he forces to act as his toupee), is obsessed with owning gold and exotic animals and tends to shout a lot.
  • Hercules: The Animated Series depicts the legendarily wealthy Croesus as the ruler of an Atlantic City version of Atlantis that lives in a massive tower with his name on it that tries to buy off the gods to prevent the prophesied sinking of his tourist city.
  • ROBOTUS in Inside Job (2021) was a schlubby, blonde jingoist President Evil who wanted to put the continental United States in a box reminiscent of Trump's wall plan. Interestingly his human counterpart appeared to be a Composite Character of both Trump and his rival Joe Biden, as when they make a remark about his incompetence a clip of him falling down the stairs to Air Force One plays (a gaffe performed by Biden early in his presidency).
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: M.J. Bryce in "Labor Day", the CEO of a company which makes cereal prizes. He manipulates Jenny into eliminating competitors, and even steals from competitors to stay at the top of the business ladder.
  • Planet Sheen had Tronald Dump, a rich purple alien with Trump's hairstyle who had the catchphrase "You're discharged."
  • Rich Buckner, the Villain of the Week of the Regular Show Thanksgiving Episode, is very much modelled after Trump.
  • Rugrats: The episode "Ruthless Tommy" has two criminals kidnapping Tommy as they mistake him for "Ronald Thump"'s son.
  • 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 (and also partly due to the fact that the writers— like most people at the time, including Trump himself— fully expected Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election, leaving them off-guard when Trump was elected president instead). As the series goes on, Mr. Garrison becomes more and more of a caricature of Trump, adopting his orange tan, hairstyle, and a few mannerisms. His plan of using the COVID-19 Pandemic to kill Mexicans is a clear allusion to both the accusations of racism against Mexicans towards him and the accusations of him and his administration having a lax attitude towards the pandemic. In the "Vaccination Special" of early 2021, having lost reelection he returns to South Park and his old job as the boys' fourth grade teacher — although he isn't able to put the past four years behind him and be accepted by the townsfolk until he makes a deal with "Hollywood elites" — read: the animators — to get everyone in town vaccinated.
  • 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. A later cameo of the character in the episode "Goodbye Krabby Patty" even depicts him with bright orange skin, albeit with his combover changed from blonde to brunette. Notably, Mr. Krabs even names Blandy as his personal idol, which explains a lot.
  • The episode "Slash: The Evil Turtle from Dimension X" (1990) from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) features a villainous New York business mogul named "Donald J. Lofty".
  • 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 (2010) 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 United Nations 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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