Arguably the most recognizable board game icon in the world, Mr. Monopoly has been a guest in almost every family's house (through the game Monopoly) at one point or another, but did you know that the elderly mustached millionaire is not exclusive to Monopoly?
In fact, Mr. Monopoly isn't even his real name. Created by down-and-out inventor Charles Darrow during the Depression-era '30s, Mr. Monopoly (or Rich Uncle Pennybags, if you'd prefer his given name) and the game he adores was initially rejected by Parker Bros.
So we guess you could call Rich Uncle Pennybags a self-made millionaire, as Darrow sold locally printed facsimiles of his board game on the street, making Rich Uncle Pennybags an illustrated icon for the people.
When Parker Brothers finally got on board in 1935, Rich Uncle Pennybags was already well known enough to front other of the company's board games. In 1940, he became the star of a game called Dig. In 1946, he fronted the eponymous Rich Uncle.
According to The Monopoly Companion, he was not added to Monopoly boards until 1936.
Mr. Monopoly is depicted as a portly old man with a moustache who wears a morning suit with a bow tie and top hat.
Mr. Monopoly is extremely wealthy, but he still acts fun and joyful. He announces many special events that occur in the video games.
Mr. Monopoly has been voiced by several voice actors including Tony Waldman, Tony Pope, Wendell Johnson, Dean Hagopian, Mark Dodson, Larry Moran, Michael Cornacchia, Harry Aspinwall, and Rowell Gormon.
In the Game
Mr. Monopoly is seen on the actual game board as well as on the Chance and Community Chest Cards. He's also on the Speed Die, if you roll him, take you're turn as normal and then move to the nearest unowned property which you may buy or auction, if all properties are owned move to the nearest one where you pay rent.