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"We must rekindle the fire of idealism in our society — for nothing suffocates the promise of America more than unbounded cynicism and indifference. We must reclaim the tradition of community in our society. Only by recognizing that we share a common obligation to one another and to our country can we ever hope to maximize our national or personal potential. We must reassert the oneness of America. America has been and must once again be the seamless web of caring and community."
— Speech announcing his candidacy for the 1988 Democratic Party presidential nomination; June 10, 1987

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (born November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th and current President of the United States, and the seventeenth from the Democratic Party, having been in office since 2021. He succeeded Donald Trump, whom he defeated in a contentious election in 2020, becoming the first candidate to defeat an incumbent president since Bill Clinton beat George H. W. Bush in the 1992 election. Taking the Oath of Office at 78, he is the oldest president to serve, with the previous oldest, Ronald Reagan, having left office just shy of his 78th birthday. He is also only the second Catholic president after John F. Kennedy,note  and the first and likely only person belonging to the Silent Generation (those born between 1928 and 1945) to become President.


Before his presidency, Biden was the Vice President during the administration of the 44th president, Barack Obama. He was elected to that role after serving as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009 (36 years); at the time of his first election, he was just barely the minimum age to serve (he turned 30 between the election and his inauguration in January). He served six complete six-year terms, including several tenures as chair of important Senate committees, and himself ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and again in 2008, in the second case being picked as Obama's running mate. Biden ran for a seventh term as senator while also running for VP, won both elections, and resigned his Senate seat just before he and Obama were sworn in. Before leaving office, Obama held a conference bestowing upon Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor available to a civilian, for his five decades of public service.note 


Those years of service and his established record as a moderate in both politics and temperament set Biden up early on as one of the favorites to run against Trump in 2020, and Trump was impeached twice by a Democratic House (but acquitted by the Senate) for using the president's office to attempt to disrupt first Biden's campaign and then the certification of his election. Biden successfully flipped back the three "Rust Belt" states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvanianote  that Trump had flipped in 2016 after having voted for Democrats since at least the beginning of The '90s, plus delivering unexpected (if very narrow) victories in long-solid Republican states Arizona and Georgia. Delays in the vote count and an increase in mail-in voting caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic led Trump and many of his supporters to make unsubstantiated accusations of voter fraud and even storm the Capitol during the election certification, marking only the second non-peaceful transition of presidential power in U.S. history (the first coming after Abraham Lincoln's first election in 1860) and the first time the Confederate battle flag was paraded through the U.S. Capitol. None of these accusations held up in court, and Biden was sworn in on schedule.

Contrary to concerns about Biden's ability to do much as a president, he started his time in office by signing a bevy of executive orders just moments after his inauguration to undo several of Trump's orders (as Trump had done to undo several of Obama's policies), most notably his "Muslim travel ban" and ban on transgender soldiers serving in the US military. Biden was also more publicly active in combatting COVID-19 than his predecessor, openly advocating for compliance with medical guidelines and rolling out vaccines for the disease at a rapid rate that directly contrasted Trump's diffident response. The Biden administration has seen criticism among progressives for continuing the moderate approach of the Obama era, but many have also noted that he has in some ways sought to govern in a more progressive manner than Obama did. Among other things, he reversed controversial Trump immigration policies including the policy of family separation,note  pledged to withdraw troops from Afghanistan quickly after two decades in the regionnote  and proposed some of the most aggressive infrastructure spending in decades along with other new programs to help Americans recover from the pandemic recession. Most health officials and political analysts have viewed Biden's approach to the pandemic as a marked improvement over Trump's, with America leading the world in vaccine distribution and case numbers and deaths plummeting. By the end of Biden's first 100 days in office, his approval rating had an average of 52% which, while a major improvement over Trump's consistently sub-50 rating, was also the lowest of any president in the half-century prior that early in a term other than Gerald Ford's, reflecting the increasing partisanship in American politics and the lasting impact of the voter fraud allegations, and in August 2021, Biden's popularity dropped below 50% due to the rise of COVID-19 variants, fears of economic inflation, and the Taliban conquest of Afghanistan weeks after Biden withdrew most American troops while proclaiming that it wouldn't turn into another Vietnam. How the rest of his era will progress is a matter of guesswork at best.

Biden is noted for having a rather bad case of foot-in-mouth syndrome, which naturally makes him a veritable Fountain of Memes in American politics (satirists got a lot of mileage out of his gaffes and playing up his "Mistaken for Racist" moments). He also has a mild stutter which has caused some issues in the past, leading him to speak measuredly to the point of slowly to minimize it, to mixed results. The combination of these two resulted in satirical portrayals of Biden shifting towards that of a possibly ableist portrayal of a borderline (if not outright) senile elder during the 2020 election cycle, popularized by The Onion after it retired its prior Cool Old Guy depiction.

Impressionists have had a hard time portraying Biden, as he doesn't have an especially distinct accentnote  or tic (other than maybe "malarkey") they can latch onto, with some satirists after 2020 simply using a generic "old man voice" to parody him.note  By comparison, Bernie Sanders is more animated than Biden—and has a distinctly Brooklyn accent—and is consequently easier to parody for his bombastic speaking style and habit of hunching down while gesticulating toward the camera. Attempts at lampooning Biden for clumsiness took off for a time after he slipped on the steps of Air Force One, but they didn't stick like they did with Gerald Ford.

On a lighter note, he's also known for his love of aviator sunglasses, trains (as a senator he famously didn't move to Washington, D.C. and instead commuted home to Delaware to be with his children and grandchildren), ice cream, and Irish poetry (he read poetry out loud to help overcome his stutter, leading to a lifelong habit of quoting Irish poets in speeches). He's also perhaps the only president to have an actual Sitcom Arch-Nemesis.note 

Tragically, Biden has endured a number of painful personal losses during his public service. His first wife Neilia and their baby daughter died in a car accident with both their young sons severely injured, shortly after his first election to the Senate in 1972 — nearly leading him to resign before his career got started. Biden himself suffered a nearly-fatal brain aneurysm in 1988, then underwent another surgery for a second one. His older son Beau, a National Guard veteran and Attorney General of Delaware who seemed set to follow in his father's footsteps, died of brain cancer in 2015 towards the end of Biden's tenure as VP (leading him to shelve his tentative plans to run in the 2016 election), and his surviving son Hunter has had long-term struggles with both mental health and substance abuse, with Biden involved in his care and recovery. While Biden is normally seen as fairly mild-mannered, going after his family is certainly not to be advised. Nor is questioning his Catholic faith, being (as previously mentioned) only the second Catholic president after JFK.note 

More information on his life and career can be found a more detailed page over on The Other Wiki.

Tropes associated with Joe Biden in media and portrayals in fiction:

  • Big "SHUT UP!": During the first presidential debate of the 2020 election, Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden's attempt to answer a question given to him by moderator Chris Wallace on whether he would support "court-packing."note  Annoyed by this, Biden ended up snapping at Trump "Will you shut up, man?" This instantly became a meme during that year's election cycle.
  • Bookends: He started his political career as the youngest U.S. Senator in modernnote  history, and ultimately became the oldest President. To make this even stranger, as noted by some of the news anchors who covered the 2020 presidential election (such as Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe), he was elected to his first Senate term on November 7, 1972; and the 2020 presidential election was called for him on November 7, 2020.
  • Boring, but Practical: In something of an inversion of the old "Diamond Joe" persona The Onion helped him cultivate, during and after the 2020 presidential election, Biden more or less promised to be "reassuringly boring" compared to his predecessor. Pragmatically, this was the subject of some contention from fellow Democrats, with much early criticism thrown on him as being too moderate compared to more progressive candidates like Bernie Sanders, but ultimately, his approach won him the primaries, and eventually the election as a whole. Stephen Colbert and Rachel Maddow satirically extolled in almost quasi-pornographic terms the "baseline competency" of Biden and his incoming Cabinet.
    Stephen Colbert: I've never been more excited by vanilla in my entire life! Two scoops please!
    Rachel Maddow: All of their boring base competency is itself thrilling to an almost Adult Movie degree at this point. 'Look at you! With all your degrees and your experience and your cool-headed approach to mainstream problems! Come over here!'
  • Butt-Monkey: The Onion's depiction of "Diamond" Joe Biden saw him portrayed as his, usually having him getting himself into hijinks (due to being portrayed as a mix of a Frat Bro, The Casanova and The Stoner) of which Obama had to bail him out of. This also extended to his real-life verbal gaffes, which made him a lighthearted version of this for the Obama administration.
  • Canine Companion: One bipartisan point toward him has been that, unlike Trump breaking an over a century long tradition, Biden's brought pets back into the White House with his two German Shepherds, Champ and Major, and they have been seen accompanying him in the Oval Office and frolicking in the White House lawn.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Biden's tendency to refer to anything he disagreed with as "a bunch of malarkey" became so entrenched in popular culture that by the time of the 2012 presidential election there were bets on how soon he would use the phrase against Paul Ryan in the VP debate, and Biden himself seemed to lampshade it when it was used in one of his first responses of the night in his 2016 Democratic Convention speech. One of his slogans on the campaign trail for the 2020 presidential race was "No Malarkey!" which could be seen emblazoned on the side of his campaign bus at one point. There was much delight when he finally said it out loud during the last debate of the 2020 presidential election.
    • An exasperated "C'mon, man!" similarly became a catchphrase of his during the 2020 campaign.
    • He starts a lot of his tweets with "Let me be clear."
    • Biden came to define the 2020 presidential election several times as a "battle for the soul of the nation." It went to the point that a 2021 book about the Democratic primary campaigns was titled Battle for the Soul.
    • Biden almost always concludes his speeches with "May God bless our country, and may God protect our troops."
  • Cool Car: Biden is a known car enthusiast (his father managed a dealership), and several of his appearances in media have him accompained by a nice ride.
    • Biden owns a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible that he has had since it was brand new (it was given to him as a gift for his first wedding). Biden and his Corvette appeared on an episode of Jay Leno's Garage where he did burnouts in it and later drag raced a newer Corvette driven by a mysterious driver, later revealed to be none other than Colin Powell. Biden's Corvette appeared again during his run for president, such as in a video he released about his "vetting process" during the period of speculation about his vice-presidential pick.
    • The Onion portrayed him as driving a 1978 Trans Am, which he would wash shirtless in the White House driveway. The Obama Biden Mysteries, a series of novels that portray Obama and Biden as solving crimes like a modern day Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson after they leave the White House, actually features Biden driving a Trans Am in one of its covers, possibly as a direct Shout-Out to his The Onion portrayal.
    • A sketch recorded for the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner had Biden interact with Selina Meyer of Veep, and he picks her up for a ride through Washington, D.C. in a brand-new yellow Corvette Stingray (perhaps as a reference to his real-life vintage one), although Selina doesn't seem impressed by it. Stills from the video have found their way onto memes and jokes, such as in Jimmy Kimmel Live! when Jimmy Kimmel joked, while showing a picture of Biden in the yellow Corvette, that it made him worthy of being called "the real Joe Exotic."
    • Apparently, even becoming president didn't deter him on cars. Weeks into his presidency, he visited a Ford plant in Detroit to extol his administration's plan for electric cars — and he promptly decided to try out the F-150 Lightning, Ford's fully-electric pickup truck, by driving it himself (obviously accompanied by the Secret Service) and tearing down the track to show off how fast it accelerates. Many jokes soon emerged comparing it to the time his predecessor hopped into a truck cab but only limited himself to blow its horn.
  • Cool Old Guy: Biden's portrayal through his vice presidency had him as a relatable elder. His 2020 presidential campaign certainly leaned on this, even if by then it appeared to be less receptive, as he was subject to a closer scrutiny of his record due to the fact he was, well, running for U.S. president, that he wasn't the only candidate with a reputation as a cool old guy in the race, and that many thought him to be too moderate for the divisive Age of Trump. Endgame? Biden won the 2020 presidential election with more than 81 million votes, more than any other candidate in U.S. history. And people started noticing Biden's physical similarity to a certain Avenger, including the actor who plays him.
  • Cool Shades: There are quite a few jokes that have been made about his Ray Ban Aviators, which are bordering on becoming his trademark, to the point some signs during his 2020 campaign simply had a picture of a pair of sunglasses on them. There's at least one instance of a rally he was in erupting into cheers just because he put them on, and John Oliver on Last Week Tonight once joked that Biden's "happy place" is an image of Biden with his sunglasses on eating ice cream while holding a wad of cash (because there is an actual picture that shows Biden doing all those), and Stephen Colbert has taken to swapping his glasses for a pair of aviator sunglasses whenever he does a Joe Biden joke or impression during his monologue.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Turning him into this (with Obama as the Straight Man) is a very popular meme. He alternately embraces and chafes at the perception of him, because on one hand it helped him connect with voters (and it did balance out President Obama's reserved nature), but on the other, he has pointed out that he is serious about policy and not just lazing his way through life on his charm. His acceptance of said reputation in particular led to comparisons between his demeanor to President Trump's.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • During the 2020 election against Trump, Biden would make several snide jabs, particularly noticeable in that the Trump campaign tried to portray him as not being the sharpest knife in the drawer due to his age. His most memorable was at the second debate, when he sarcastically referred to Trump as Abraham Lincoln (as Trump had previously said he'd done more for African-Americans than any president except maybe Lincoln). Equally memorable was Trump's response. As Trump was prone to calling him childish nicknames such as "Sleepy Joe" or "Slow Joe", Biden eventually retorted and called him "President Tweety" for his incessant usage of Twitter over prioritizing COVID-19 financial relief to small businesses. Biden supporters quickly jumped at the nickname, creating Tweety Bird memes out of it.
    • Comes up when he isn't dealing with Trump, too. During a press briefing a week into his presidency, a Fox News reporter asked him what he had talked to Vladimir Putin about earlier that day (apparently missing that the White House posted the call transcript online). Biden's response was, "You. He sends his best."
    • Even before the 2020 election, Biden was noted for his quips about his opponents. One of his standout moments from the 2008 Democratic primaries was his quote about New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (who at the time was competing in the Republican primaries), which came to be viewed as summarizing how Giuliani milked/squandered the good will he had earned for his handling of 9/11: "There's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb, and 9/11." Even Cody Johnston from Some More News noted that it was a very apt description. (Keep in mind that Cody is not a fan of Biden, at all, and his approval was less because of it being a good zinger and more because how Giuliani had really fallen from grace, especially following a series of embarrassing incidents during and immediately after the 2020 presidential election.)
  • A Father to His Men: While how he did so was harshly criticized across the aisle, Biden fiercely defended his withdrawal of the troops from Afghanistan, stating that he will not send any more "generations of America's daughters and sons" to fight the war. This was keeping with a promise that he had made over a decade prior when his son Beau was deployed to active service that he would not see his grandchildren go to fight in the same war.note 
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: After Champ sadly passed away at the age of thirteen and Major, a rescue, was sent to stay with family friends due to finding the White House too stressful, the Bidens have two pets actually still resident at the White House — German Shepherd puppy Commander, adopted in December 2021, and tabby cat Willow, who joined the family in January 2022.
  • Handicapped Badass: Stuttering. Despite the fact that Joe Biden has been in U.S. politics for about 50 years and despite him having spoken of his childhood battles with stuttering during his tenure as VP, his more famous Open Mouth, Insert Foot incidents seem to have overshadowed this issue until the 2020 presidential election. Despite Trump's own tendency to say widely derided nonsensical things, his campaign tried to portray Biden as "senile" and "in cognitive decline", particularly honing in on Biden's less than fluent speech patterns. In what one journalist called "a political judo move that may be studied for decades to come", the Biden campaign chose to fully embrace the stuttering issue: e.g. Joe Biden said at a Town Hall on CNN: “Stuttering, when you think about it, is the only handicap people still laugh about, that they still humiliate people about and they don’t even mean to” and spoke openly about his longstanding advocacy and work mentoring young people with stuttering problems. Probably the most effective breakthrough for this message was a testimonial at the DNC from a young supporter whom Biden had coached about coping with his own stutter. Not only did stuttering advocacy groups (from around the world) jump in to support and/or defend Biden, some also noted that by portraying Biden as mentally incompetent, the Trump campaign had set Biden up to have a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass moment. Some even called Biden's stutter his "superpower" because it had given him lifelong training in how to face down a bully, and given how Trump's "tough talk" rhetoric had led to his detractors to compare it to that of a bully (not helping is the fact he'd mocked a disabled reporter before, to frequent criticism).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Portraying him and President Obama as this was a very popular meme during their time in office together, and in a post-presidency interview Obama gave, he commented that the memes were "basically true."
  • Insult Backfire: Perhaps due to his unassuming nature, propaganda and claims that get levied against him often end up making him look better to people. For example, when a Trump staffer compared watching his town hall (on the night that the second presidential debate was supposed to have taken place) to an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Biden supporters latched onto the comparison in a heartbeat because Fred Rogers is almost universally beloved. And then there's this Chinese propaganda, which would make for a great Death Metal album cover.
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • His famous, much-meme'd friendship with Barack Obama, who is 19 years younger than he is.
    • With Kamala Harris, who is 22 years younger than he is.
  • The Load: A common joke used in satirical portrayals during Biden's tenure as vice president was to portray him as one to president Obama. He was noted as being an odd inverse Strawman Has a Point, where many of his comments meant in praise of Obama would, if anyone else were saying it, be savage criticism (such as suggesting that if Obama was elected, a crisis would appear... to test him, and that was after he was selected as VP). In reality, Biden had gone against Obama on policy in ways that would retroactively be deemed correct, only to be dismissed.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Portrayed this way by The Onion as "Diamond" Joe Biden. Among other things, Diamond Joe owns a 1978 Trans Am that he washes shirtless in the driveway of the White House every day.
    • He received the highest popular vote of any U.S. President to date, despite the country being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic at the time and the U.S. postal service having been severely defunded, and became the first candidate to defeat an incumbent president since Bill Clinton, almost 30 years before. In particular, the fact that he delivering unexpected (if very narrow) victories in long-solid Republican states Arizona and Georgia resulted in meme-videos such as pictures of a smiling Biden superimposed with landscapes of Georgia with "Marching Through Georgia" in the background.
  • Memetic Troll: Portrayed as this by social media in the last weeks of his tenure as vice president, which portrayed him as killing time before the change of administration by preparing pranks for the members of the incoming Donald Trump administration. Here are some examples. He is aware of the memes, has approved of them and thinks they're funny, saying that his favorite one was suggesting Obama leave a fake birth certificate in the Oval Office desk.
  • Older Sidekick: It was noted during Obama and Biden's tenure as president and vice president respectively that Biden was almost two decades older than Obama, with Obama being viewed as more straight-laced while Biden was something of a Plucky Comic Relief, a welcome change from his, to be diplomatic, more distant and less-congenial predecessor as VP Dick Cheney. During this time Biden was also portrayed as a bit of a (vice) President Buffoon thanks to his many verbal gaffes.
  • Precision F-Strike: Upon the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Biden could be heard saying "This is a big fucking deal!" to Barack Obama after a nearby microphone picked it up. Biden sort-of leaned into the phrase in a Bowdlerised way, as his 2020 campaign website said that any donations made by people were "a big freakin' deal".
  • Rail Enthusiast: He's a famous rail-travel advocate and comedic portrayals of him parody this into a childish enthusiasm for "the choo-choos". This is because, as a senator, he never had a house in Washington, D.C. Instead, he chose to take a four-hour daily commute via Amtrak from his home in Wilmington, Delaware so he could see his sons in the mornings and evenings. On a policy level, he has always been a major booster for Amtrak—earning the nickname "Amtrak Joe"—and never met a passenger rail improvement project he didn't like. Amtrak would often hold the last train to Wilmington so Biden could make it home and eventually renamed the Wilmington train station the "Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Rail Station" in honor of his political support and loyal ridership. By the time he was elected to the presidency in 2020, he was totally leaning into this trope - and in an official government capacity too! His bio as President on the official White House website is subtitled "From Scranton to Wilmington to the White House — with thousands of train rides in between."
  • Salt and Pepper:
    • Obama and Biden. During their tenure, Obama, the first African-American president, was often viewed as the straight-laced one of the two, with a dry sense of humor (most of the time) and was always calm and very measured with the press outside of the occasional wry remark, whereas Biden, a white man, was goofier and would oftentimes ramble and say silly things on live television.
    • He would replicate this relationship with Kamala Harris, with the roles inverted. For whatever reason,note  "Diamond Joe" gave way to a more reserved Biden by the time he became president. Harris, his vice president, on the other hand, was the first African-American (and first South Asian/Indian) vice president, and was noted for, despite cultivating an image of an Iron Lady in the Senate, not having the trademark appearance of one (wearing her hair relaxed and long instead of sporting Power Hair, for example), being otherwise vivacious and even having her own distinctive Signature Laugh (which even her detractors took notice, but which they portray as an Annoying Laugh).
  • "Sesame Street" Cred: Once he appeared in a 1993 episode of of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?.
  • Speech Impediment: He's been living with a stutter for his whole life, but worked through it. He said his mother would tell him, "'Joey, don't let this define you. Joey, remember who you are. Joey, you can do it.' So every time I would walk out, she would reinforce me. I know that sounds silly, but it really matters." During the 2020 Democratic National Convention, there was a short segment focusing on then-13-year-old Brayden Harrington, whom Biden had personally assisted by telling Harrington ways that helped Biden get his own stuttering under control.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice cream. Portrayals of Biden have taken his love of ice cream, especially vanilla soft-serve ice cream cones, and ran with it, taking any opportunity to shoehorn in a cone. For his part, Biden has leaned into it, even posting a picture of a pint of ice cream as part of his prep routine ahead of the first general election debate in 2020 (cleverly using a pint of ice cream from a producer based in Ohio, the state where that debate was held), and took a short detour from his campaigning the following month to gush about Dairy Queen's Blizzards for National Dessert Day. His Twitter profile also includes "Loves ice cream" in his description.
  • Verbal Tic: Aside from the stutter that Biden had been struggling with since childhood and has often been the source of his misspeaking, he also regularly uses several turns of phrase to keep his words on track.
    • "The fact of the matter is ..."
    • "... first of all, second of all..." when transitioning between two topics.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Well, more like Violently Protective Wife, but Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, gained media attention at the 2020 Super Tuesday primaries when, during her husband's victory speech after he won the majority of the states in play, she physically blocked a protester who got onstage from getting at him by giving the protester a stiff-arm. The jokes about it on late night were endless, such as in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
    Stephen Colbert: I don't know if Joe can win the presidency, but Jill is definitely going to win SummerSlam!
    [shows a photoshopped picture of Jill Biden shoulder-tackling Roman Reigns]

    Trevor Noah: That Jill Biden — see that? — stepped in and blocked that protester like a white lady Jackie Chan. Bam! […] Hell, Biden has more women protecting him than T'Challa. No wonder he's winning the black vote.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Despite being on opposite sides of the aisle, Biden and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were once close friends. Graham even praised him, while choking up, as "as good a man God ever created" in this interview in 2015. However, their friendship deteriorated as Graham began cozying up to then-President Trump, publicly insulted Biden's son Hunter as Hunter became the target of Republican attack ads during the 2020 election, and became a key defender of Trump during his Ukraine scandal and impeachment. Graham called him shortly after the election to patch up, stating that he only attacked Hunter to satisfy Trump and his supporters, but Biden told him off. The breakdown in their friendship was particularly highlighted in the media, as Biden had pledged during the 2020 election to be open to work alongside opposing politicians (which received mixed reactions), yet Graham's actions were too much to bear. When asked about their friendship by Stephen Colbert, Biden solemnly said that Graham was "a personal disappointment."

Joe Biden in fiction:

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  • He appears as a character in the 2016 Made-for-TV Movie Confirmation, about the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings (when Biden was the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee), played by Greg Kinnear.note 
  • Game Change: A good section of the film involves Sarah Palin preparing to take on Biden for the 2008 vice presidential debate. Biden (who only appears via archive footage) is characterized as an experienced veteran in contrast to the upstart Palin. When Palin first spots him backstage on the night of the debate, he's limbering up in preparation. She awkwardly imitates him.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Biden appeared in a cameo on the Season 5 Parks and Recreation "Leslie vs. April." (Leslie Knope's crush on Biden was a long-standing Running Gag on the show, and the cameo was explained as her fiancé Ben calling in favors to give her an engagement present.)
  • Once made a cameo on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? to name show host Greg as the best detective of the year. (The year in question was 1993, while he was still a senator.)
  • During his time as Vice President, Biden appeared in an episode of Law & Order: SVU, where he commends the team for their work in clearing rape kit backlogs.
  • The Community election episode "Intro to Political Science" centered around a campus visit by the then-Vice President. The whole thing went Off the Rails, as was typical for that show—first when Greendale failed to elect a real student president for Biden to meet with, and again when Abed created a fake security alert so that Special Agent Vohlers would have an excuse for keeping tabs on him.
  • He's one of the personalities spoofed in the 2020 revival of Spitting Image, being portrayed as a scatterbrained Cloudcuckoolander, basically taking the same role Ronald Reagan had in the original series. Biden had previously made an "appearance" in the original, when the Neil Kinnock plagiarism scandal which derailed his 1988 presidential campaign was mocked using a generic puppet named "Joseph Bidet".
  • On Saturday Night Live, he would become a regular character of the show after he became the 2008 Democratic vice-presidential nominee,note  being portrayed by Jason Sudeikis, who would continue portraying him during his subsequent vice-presidency. After Sudeikis left the show, it took a while for it to settle on a steady portrayal of him in the 2020 election cycle, with Woody Harrelson playing him on a semi-regular basis after first portraying him while hosting the show, Sudeikis briefly returning to reprise the role, and former SNL writer John Mulaney playing him on a one-off sketch, before Season 46 introduced Jim Carrey as his new regular performer after he'd become the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, playing him until the night Biden was announced as the winner of the election. Carrey dropped the role afterwards, so Alex Moffat played Biden since the midseason finale. Moffat's Biden lampshaded the High Turnover Rate of actors playing Biden, saying, "I'm like Colonel Sanders — every time you see me, I'm a different guy." In Season 47 the show at last seemed to settle on a regular performer with new cast member James Austin Johnson (who ironically had been best known for his impression of Donald Trump), which was quickly hailed by fans as one of the show's best takes on a President.

    Video Games 
  • The Idle Class: One of the emails you receive has the title "FW: The Legacy of Stalin: How Joe Biden Embodies Far Left Radicalism".

    Web Original 
  • During his time as Vice President, The Onion regularly published articles on Biden, portraying him as a Cool Old Guy and a Lovable Sex Maniac (its first appearance being in an article famously titled "Shirtless Biden Washes Trans Am in White House Driveway"). This characterization, nicknamed "Diamond Joe", was so popular that it even got its own page on Wikipedia. After Biden began his 2020 presidential campaign, former Onion editor Joe Garden wrote a self-critical op-ed where he said that while he still felt the caricature had been funny, he expressed regret that it had failed to provide more meaningful commentary on Biden's real-life record, and after reviving the "Diamond Joe" version of Biden for one final article ("Biden Pulls Off Dusty Tarp Covering Old Campaign Motorcycle"), his characterization in The Onion changed, and articles portrayed him as more of a Dirty Old Man currently grappling with senility.
  • FreedomToons, given its right-libertarian perspective, usually depicts him as a Scatterbrained Senior. In "Biden's Actual Inauguration", he's taken away during his inauguration speech by Kamala Harris, who then has herself inaugurated right then and there.
  • The "Prankster Joe" meme, which became popular after Donald Trump's election in 2016, portrays Biden as an impulse-driven Manchild who enjoys Trolling his political opponents... as well as his allies. Biden heard of the meme and admitted that he found them funny; his favorite was the one about leaving a fake birth certificate at the Oval Office desk to mess with Trump.
    Biden: Guess who just upper-decked the toilet outside the Oval Office?
    Obama: Dammit Joe, I have to live here for two more months!

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    Western Animation 
  • In the American Dad! episode "Scents and Sensei-bility" Biden makes a picture-only appearance. Sensei Tom idolizes him, to the point of naming his business Dojo Biden and featuring a shrine with a (photoshopped?) picture of Biden in a suit, barefoot doing a flying kick. Later in the episode, he reveals to Steve:
    Sensei Tom: In the words of Joe Biden: "You do not have permission to use my name on your dojo."
  • Family Guy:
    • In the episode "Brokeback Swanson", a Navy Seal named Vic (Brian was pretending to be Vic's dog so he could sleep with Vic's wife Tori) complained that after he killed Osama bin Laden, he never got the chance to shake hands with then Vice President Joe Biden. Chris and Stewie rescue Brian from Vic's house by bringing Biden with them and having him shake hands with Vic, thanking him for shooting the man "they said" was Osama bin Laden. They thank Biden, who accepts, and then he proceeds to compare his term against the show Veep and how unrealistic it is. But since none of them has seen Veep, they aren't interested.
    • Joe Biden also appears in "HTTPete" as a guest on Peter's new Internet series, "The 6-Second Talk Show".
  • Paradise PD: There's a Running Gag about Biden being a Memetic Molester, with a particular interest in Dusty.note