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Ladies and gentleman, the President of the United States.

”Fake news… fake news… fake weather…”
President Trump channel surfing

Since the launch of his presidential bid in 2015 (and for many years prior to that), there's been no shortage of media satirising the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. Animated sitcom Our Cartoon President separates itself from the herd of Trump impersonators and sketch shows in the following ways: it interprets Trump’s personal relationships with a wide range of people in his orbit, whether within his administration or outside of it… and it’s, well, animated.

Created by Chris Licht and Stephen Colbert, the show's roots lie in segments on the latter's talk show, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, in which the animated President would drop by to be interviewed. Established voice actor Jeff Bergman fills the titular role.

Compare Lil' Bush, which similarly satirized George W. Bush.


Our Cartoon President contains the following tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming: In "Rolling Back Obama", Trump keeps screwing up the name of the Bowles-Simpson Commission.
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • Mike Pence alludes to having "impure thoughts" about a male audio book narrator.
    • Stephen Miller is oddly enthusiastic about the prospect of getting naked in front of Trump.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Inverted: according to Chuck Schumer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants Medicare for all, student loan forgiveness and beaded curtains replacing prison cell doors.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Where to start? Trump and Melania, Ivanka and Jared, Bill and Hillary...
  • Black Speech: Sheldon Adelson, and later Amy Klobuchar in a cold open spoofing her performance in the first Democratic debate.
  • Blatant Lies: While interviewing Don Jr. and Eric, Sean Hannity claims the country of Russia doesn't even exist while they're denying collusion with Russia. He also says that the entirety of America wants all Democrats to drown to death.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Characters disappear without further mention between season as their real-life counterparts leave the Trump administration.
    • Jeff Sessions and John Kelly disappeared between the first and second seasons.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The vast majority of the characters count, but Alex Jones really takes the cake.
  • Couch Gag: The title card in the opening credits has a tiny figure of Trump (and later other characters) within doing something different.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Turns out the only reason Trump ran for President in the first place was to get back at Obama for making fun of him years earlier at the Correspondents' Dinner
  • Cue Card Pause: Wolf Blitzer does these while reading news copy.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Amy Klobuchar. She casually relates a story of an intern who forgot to charge her iPad
    Klobuchar: I deleted his Social Security Number and hired a family to move into his apartment to convince him he never existed. Last anyone saw of him he was tearing off all his clothes and running, screaming into the forest.
  • Dream Sequence:
    • Trump has two in the first episode; the first one where his State of the Union address is a big celebration with everyone chanting his name, Chuck Schumer declares him the richest man ever, and Colin Kaepernick getting off his knee to salute to him. The second one is a nightmare where he gets booed, Schumer declares him "just very rich" and Melania accepts a marriage proposal from Colin.
    • In the Midterm Election special Trump has a dream where the Democrats impeach him, Putin blocks him from fleeing to Russia, and Melania marries Robert Mueller.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Ben Carson looks like he's asleep half the time (and his voice doesn't help dissuade the idea that he's half-asleep either)
  • Gonk: Mitch McConnell looks very much like a turtle.
    • Jeff Sessions looks like a Keebler elf without the cute.
    • General Mattis and his eye-bags.
  • Fan Disservice: While trying to share marital advice to Donald and Melania, Mitch McConnell accidentally gives them a photo of him posing nude like Burt Reynolds in that famous 1972 Cosmopolitan centerfold. Said photo also becomes a Chekhov's Gun that drives away the Romney family later on.
  • Frat Bro: Don Jr. complete with Surfer Dude accent and Wacky Fratboy Hijinx.
  • Heroes Unlimited: The 2020 Democratic candidates. This is especially highlighted when they all sit at a roundtable together, when it's easier to see just how many of them there are.
  • Identical Stranger: While not completely identical, Mitt Romney has one son (amongst a bunch of square-jawed Strong Family Resemblance sons) who looks like Eric Trump and is just as ignored and reviled. Eric Trump lampshades this note .
  • Large Ham: Trump, like you wouldn’t believe:
    • Senator Cory Booker is also quite over-the-top, behaving more like a professional wrestler than a career politician.
  • Narcissist: Cartoon!Trump shows many signs of this.
    Don Jr.: I love you, Dad!
    Donald: I love me, too!
  • Nepotism: Don Jr. and Eric are horribly incompetent and uneducated in politics, yet their father entrusts them with high-ranking positions in the White House.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: A couple of times at rallies involving elderly people, a few of them suddenly fall down dead. Trump is merely mildly amused and the whole thing is treated as not that big a deal.
  • Minnesota Nice: Subverted with Amy Klobuchar, who is portrayed as psychotic and abusive to her own staff and fellow Democratic candidates.
  • Obviously Evil:
    • Stephen Miller in the show is an Ax-Crazy Psycho for Hire who acts like a typical Bond villain. This is in contrast to the others, who are depicted as incompetent and ineffectual.
    • Sheldon Adelson speaks in a barely intelligible growling voice (requiring subtitles) and is very emphatic on how he says "RED MEAT"
  • Only Sane Man: The military official who keeps the nuclear football away from Trump. Jared Kushner also seems to be fed up with what he has to put up with, begging Ivanka to tell Trump to fire him. Amongst Trump's team in the White House, John Kelly tries to be the only sane member of reasoning and getting Donald on track, but even he has his breaking moments.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: The three hosts of Fox and Friends seem to exist solely to praise Trump as perfect, to the point that Trump interprets one of them describing his presidency as a nine out of ten as a major problem.
  • Propaganda Machine: Sean Hannity, to compare and contrast Fox and Friends, is depicted this way. In his first appearance alone says that the entirety of the American people want all Democrats to drown to death and that any who believe that Russia interfered in the election will join them in hell, praises Don Jr. and Eric for being created by Trump's sperm, asks questions of them that Trump told him to ask, and then says he's going to yell over a black doctor and show an American flag somehow kick a football.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Trump constantly mentions winning the electoral college as this trope. It's clear that everyone has heard it plenty of times.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Ted Cruz. First creepily demonstrated in the trailer, he will typically appear with no warning.
  • Stylistic Suck: The closing theme song, which mostly consists of the phrase "Donald Trump is the President" (or variations thereof) repeated over and over again.
  • Take That!: How could it not be? It's based on a joke Colbert had on his talk show deliberately meant to be one.
    • Beginning with Midterm Election special, Democratic characters have been getting their own plots that poke fun at their side. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer especially have been getting their own plots that portray them as out of touch from even their own supporters.
    • As of Season 3 the Democratic nominee candidates have begun to get their own A plots in episodes, with Team Trump demoted to B plots.
  • Those Two Guys: Don Jr. and Eric… the Beavis And Butthead of Washington DC.
  • Token Religious/Wholesome Teammates: Mike Pence and his wife Karen are portrayed as being the least depraved and most religious (in their case, Christian) members of Trump's cabinet. While the types of people they are nice to are a bit limited, they are the only members who are genuinely nice at any point instead of merely pretending to be. Considering the show's tone, this is portrayed Up to Eleven, their wholesomeness is often played to the point of Selective Obliviousness.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Don Jr. and Eric. Especially Eric.
  • Verbal Tic: In earlier episodes after her introduction Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez frequently used the slang word “henny” (in addition to a variety of other excessive youth slang) when she talked, even at official events. This was toned down in Season 3.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Befitting his 'nice but dumb' personality in this universe, Eric Trump has a childish, somewhat feminine voice. (This is perhaps due to his voice actor being Emily Lynne.)
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Again; Don Jr. & Eric.

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