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"I was elected to lead, not to read. Number 3!"
―President Schwarzenegger

President Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is a supporting character in The Simpsons Movie. He is an Austrian-born American politician, bodybuilder, and actor who became the President of the United States. Schwarzenegger is Russ Cargill's boss. He was fired because he was not born a US citizen.

Biography in The Simpsons Movie[]

Russ Cargill in comics

Arnold in the comics

Schwarzenegger is first seen discussing with Russ Cargill about the situation at Lake Springfield and presented with a multi-eyed squirrel. Schwarzenegger is then supplied with five plans that will alter the states, but points at option number 3 without even reading it, (Unaware he picked to trap the entire town of Springfield under a thick glass dome.) He later appears again when Russ Cargill, now consumed with power, discusses the problems with the dome, and tricks Schwarzenegger into selecting number 4. Schwarzenegger is starting to show reluctance at merely pointing at an option, even saying that he should read the options first, but Cargill convinces him that "anyone can make a decision if they know what they're picking. It takes real leadership to pick something you know nothing about". Arnold is manipulated by Cargill into eventually picking number 4. He is not seen again after this.

After the EPA’s plan to blow up Springfield failed, he found out about Cargill's treachery, fired him as head of the organization and put him in federal prison. He was fired because he was not born a citizen of the US.


In The Simpsons Movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger is depicted as the highly idiotic, angry and inept President of the United States. He's dimwitted, easily to manipulate and hates his job.

Behind the Laughter[]

The real Arnold Schwarzenegger

Born July 30, 1947, in Thal, Austria, as a young man, Schwarzenegger gained widespread attention as a highly successful bodybuilder. He later gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. Schwarzenegger was nicknamed "The Austrian Oak" and "The Styrian Oak" in his bodybuilding days, "Arnold Strong" and "Arnie" during his acting career, and more recently "The Governator" (a portmanteau of Governor and Terminator, referring to his internationally popular film role).

Schwarzenegger was married to Maria Shriver. He is a Republican who was first elected Governor of California on October 7, 2003, in a special recall election to replace then governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, 2003, to serve the remainder of Davis' term. Schwarzenegger was then reelected on November 7, 2006, in California's 2006 gubernatorial election, to serve a full term as governor, defeating Democrat Phil Angelides, who was California State Treasurer at the time. Schwarzenegger was sworn in for a second term on January 5, 2007. In May 2004 and 2007, he was named as one of the Time 100 people who help shape the world.

His second and final term as Governor of California ended on January 3, 2011. Rainier Wolfcastle is a parody of Schwarzenegger.

The Simpsons Movie[]

Although he does not provide the voice, Arnold Schwarzenegger is President of the United States in the film. He was chosen instead of the incumbent President George W. Bush because then, "in two years [...] the film [would be] out of date". James L. Brooks was nervous about the idea, noting that "[Schwarzenegger's] opinion polls were way down", he said that they "were [hoping] he'd make a political comeback". The animators began by drawing an accurate caricature of Schwarzenegger, but one of the staff instead suggested an altered version of recurring character Rainier Wolfcastle as President. This idea was developed, with the design of Wolfcastle, himself also a caricature of Schwarzenegger, being given more wrinkles under his eyes and a different hairstyle. He, like Wolfcastle, was voiced by Harry Shearer.


  • Despite being the secondary antagonist of the movie, he only has two scenes of screen time and never interacts with the Simpson family.
  • In a deleted scene for The Simpsons Movie, he has a Nickelodeon blimp on his desk.
    • Also, at some points his hair is orange.
  • Originally, he was supposed to be the one who dispatches Russ Cargill (by hitting him with a Tree Branch). However, this was changed to Maggie hurling a rock down at Russ Cargill.[1]
  • Originally, the film's producers wanted a very realistic version of Schwarzenegger. They cast actor/impressionist Mark Moseley (best known as a voice double for Eddie Murphy), for his Schwarzenegger impression—it being less of the caricature that most impressionists do, and more grounded in reality. However, when he learned of this, Simpson's cast member Shearer did not welcome their choice and pressed them to leave in his Schwarzenegger parody Rainer Wolfcastle voice, which they did.
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    Arnold in the opening of He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs

    He would actually be ineligible to become president because he wasn't born American citizen, which suggests that the Equal Opportunity to Govern amendment or something similar to it was passed in the Simpsons' universe.


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