Character in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury cartoon strip. Duke is a completely unscrupulous, ethically challenged hustler, rarely seen without dark glasses and cigarette (in holder). A former journalist on Rolling Stone, Duke went on to be governor of American Samoa and ambassador to China, where he rescued (?) his devoted love-slave, Honey Yuan. He finances several expensive habits any way he can, and is a tireless proponent of right-wing causes, when paid enough.

The fact that the name and a number of other characteristics are clearly borrowed from Raoul Duke, the alter ego of Hunter S. Thompson, has not exactly gone unnoticed; Thompson has suggested on a number of occasions that he would like to rip out various parts of Trudeau's anatomy, should the two ever meet.

With some help from the official biography on