Henry VIII (1491-1547) was king of England, infamous for his many marriages. His conflicts with the Catholic church when attempting to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled led to the establishment of the Church of England. The portrait by Hans Holbein captures the popular image of the later Henry: bearded, overweight, and arrogant.
- In The Sesame Street 1, 2, 3 Storybook, "King Hungry the Eighth" parodies Henry in name, appearance, and appetite (for food, if not wives).
- The Holbein portrait of Henry VIII has been parodied multiple times by the Muppets.