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6th Jun '17 9:40:21 PM MadAnthony94
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* DarthsAndDroids: The GM gives various ''Star Wars'' characters different accents to help them stand out. Among other things, this means several characters who were {{Evil Brit}}s in the film (Tarkin, Dooku) get switched to {{French Jerk}}s. Things get really out of hand when he has to introduce the Separatist Council members in rapid succession and has to change accents four times within as many sentences.
--> *GM*: It's to show he's from another culture. He's not French, he's... uh...
--> *Ben*: Space French.
6th Jun '17 9:37:32 PM MadAnthony94
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* MassEffectAndromeda: The Anagrans, apparently because they're [[MulticulturalAlienPlanet multicultural]], have a variety of accents from all over the British Commonwealth Nations. Your party member Jaal sounds sort of West African, but with a sharp ear you can pick out Anagrans with Aussie, British Midlands, or New Zealand accents. The villains of the game, the kett, have a more Received Pronunciation British accent, but it's harder to make out because of the distorted effect their voices have.
29th May '17 3:21:04 PM Heatex77
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** ''Possibly'' [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the ExpandedUniverse, where he trains them.

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** *** ''Possibly'' [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the ExpandedUniverse, where he trains them. them.
** The Twi'leks seem to speak with a french accent, as Jedi Aayle sercura speaks with one and Hera from Rebels slips in to one when speaking with her father or trying to pass herself off a a refuge.
25th May '17 3:57:38 PM Colonel-Knight-Rider
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* In the 2012 TV series ''[[LiveActionTV/TheNeighbors The Neighbors]]'', Larry and Jackie cite that they picked British English accents while learning to speak English because they think said accents are the best.

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* In the 2012 TV series ''[[LiveActionTV/TheNeighbors ''[[Series/TheNeighbors The Neighbors]]'', Larry and Jackie cite that they picked British English accents while learning to speak English because they think said accents are the best.
25th May '17 3:57:11 PM Colonel-Knight-Rider
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* In the 2012 TV series ''[[LiveActionTV/TheNeighbors The Neighbors]]'', Larry and Jackie cite that they picked British English accents while learning to speak English because they think said accents are the best.
11th May '17 9:09:44 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'': The Banshees all have some sort of Irish accent. In the pilot it's mentioned that they first settled (on Earth) in the British Isles, so presumably they settled in Ireland, [[JustifiedTrope which is where the legend comes from]].
* Garnet in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is the only one of the Crystal Gems we've seen so far with a British accent. What's even odder about this is [[spoiler:neither of [[FusionDance Garnet's two halves]], Ruby and Sapphire, have a similar accent]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'': The Banshees all have some sort of Irish accent. In the pilot it's mentioned that they first settled (on Earth) in the British Isles, so presumably they settled in Ireland, [[JustifiedTrope [[JustSoStory which is where the legend comes from]].
* Garnet and Aquamarine in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is are the only one of the Crystal Gems we've seen so far with a British accent.accents. What's even odder about this is [[spoiler:neither of [[FusionDance Garnet's two halves]], Ruby and Sapphire, have a similar accent]].
6th May '17 6:00:06 PM nombretomado
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** Also pops up in the [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries films]], when [[BlackDudeDiesFirst the first Autobot to die happened to be voiced by a black man]]. [[note]]In their defense, Jazz's death is due to HeroicSacrifice - he bravely stands his ground against Megatron to protect the fleeing humans, even though he knows he stands no chance against the Decepticon. Also, the choice was explained: ''somebody'' had to die, and we've got five Autobots. They didn't want it to be someone who'd died before, which cuts out Ratchet, Ironhide and (several times over) Prime, who'd do his usual die-and-get-better duty in the sequel. And Bumblebee is the ''franchise mascot.'' That leaves only Jazz.[[/note]] In [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen the second film]], Skids and Mudflap are two idiotic robots who seem to have based their mannerisms on hip-hop culture. Specifically; they're wiggers. There's also an Australian 'Bot.

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** Also pops up in the [[Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries films]], when [[BlackDudeDiesFirst the first Autobot to die happened to be voiced by a black man]]. [[note]]In their defense, Jazz's death is due to HeroicSacrifice - he bravely stands his ground against Megatron to protect the fleeing humans, even though he knows he stands no chance against the Decepticon. Also, the choice was explained: ''somebody'' had to die, and we've got five Autobots. They didn't want it to be someone who'd died before, which cuts out Ratchet, Ironhide and (several times over) Prime, who'd do his usual die-and-get-better duty in the sequel. And Bumblebee is the ''franchise mascot.'' That leaves only Jazz.[[/note]] In [[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen the second film]], Skids and Mudflap are two idiotic robots who seem to have based their mannerisms on hip-hop culture. Specifically; they're wiggers. There's also an Australian 'Bot.
30th Apr '17 10:02:42 AM AthenaBlue
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30th Apr '17 10:02:25 AM AthenaBlue
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When aliens [[AliensSpeakingEnglish helpfully speak English]] (or any other Earth language), an issue comes up - what sort of accent do they have?

As is the case for any language, "unaccented" English doesn't exist. When you don't notice someone's accent, that's because they're speaking with a very familiar accent - either your own, or a "broadcast standard" like American Broadcast English in the US and Received Pronunciation in the UK. So what sort of accent would an alien, a being with a wholly unearthly language background, have?

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When aliens [[AliensSpeakingEnglish helpfully speak English]] (or any other Earth language), an issue comes up - -- what sort of accent do they have?

As is the case for any language, "unaccented" English doesn't exist. When you don't notice someone's accent, that's because they're speaking with a very familiar accent - -- either your own, or a "broadcast standard" like American Broadcast English in the US and Received Pronunciation in the UK. So what sort of accent would an alien, a being with a wholly unearthly language background, have?



Again, this isn't simply an English-language trope - every language has accents, and the same issues come up in ScienceFiction works in those languages.

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Again, this isn't simply an English-language trope - -- every language has accents, and the same issues come up in ScienceFiction works in those languages.



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** Series One started off with this, namely the page quote at top. [[note]] As minisode [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheLastDay "The Last Day"]] demonstrated, there ''are'' Gallifrey natives with this accent [[/note]].

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** Series One started off with this, namely the page quote at top. [[note]] As minisode [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheLastDay "The Last Day"]] demonstrated, there ''are'' Gallifrey natives with this accent [[/note]].accent. [[/note]]



** Daleks speak in [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Received Pronunciation]], which can be quite hilarious at times with their [[CreepyMonotone shouty monotone voices]] and AccentUponTheWrongSyllable speech quirk - in the very first serial, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks "The Daleks"]], they pronounce "vegetables" (pronounced in most casual British accents as something closer to "veg-da-bles") as "VEG-E-TA-BLLLLES", and it's wonderful to hear. Humour value aside, this was a neutral accent to hear on television in the 1960s, but they carried on doing it long after everyone else in ''Doctor Who'' and on television in general spoke in more naturalistic accents, making its non-neutrality and affectedness very obvious. This contrast is especially striking in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]], where the Doctor (who generally spoke RP in his early incarnations) is [[ChewingTheScenery screaming]] at the Dalek in broad [[OopNorth Manc]] while the Dalek responds in the Queen's English.

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** Daleks speak in [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Received Pronunciation]], which can be quite hilarious at times with their [[CreepyMonotone shouty monotone voices]] and AccentUponTheWrongSyllable speech quirk - -- in the their very first serial, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks "The Daleks"]], they pronounce "vegetables" (pronounced in most casual British accents as something closer to "veg-da-bles") as "VEG-E-TA-BLLLLES", and it's wonderful to hear. Humour value aside, this was a neutral accent to hear on television in the 1960s, but they carried on doing it long after everyone else in ''Doctor Who'' and on television in general spoke in more naturalistic accents, making its non-neutrality and affectedness very obvious. This contrast is especially striking in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]], where the Doctor (who generally spoke RP in his early incarnations) is [[ChewingTheScenery screaming]] at the Dalek in broad [[OopNorth Manc]] while the Dalek responds in the Queen's English.



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* The Beta from ''VideoGame/GreyGoo'' all talk with an accent that comes across as a blend of Australian and South African.
* Zinyak of ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' speaks with a posh British accent. He's also a fan of British literature and theater and will even read the entire first chapter of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' on the classical music radio station that he [=DJs=].



* Zinyak of ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' speaks with a posh British accent. He's also a fan of British literature and theater and will even read the entire first chapter of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' on the classical music radio station that he [=DJs=].
* Similar to the movies above, most of the Imperials in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' speak with English accents. They are commented on in-game due to defections from both sides (both on having and the lack of the accent). The Imperial Agent PlayerCharacter (who is, obviously, Imperial) is told to "lose the accent" in their very first conversation, and spends most of the rest of their time on Hutta, along with a reprise when infiltrating some rebels on Balmorra, putting on a not-tremendously-convincing Republic (read: American) accent.
* The Beta from ''VideoGame/GreyGoo'' all talk with an accent that comes across as a blend of Australian and South African.

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* Zinyak of ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' speaks with a posh British accent. He's also a fan of British literature and theater and will even read the entire first chapter of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' on the classical music radio station that he [=DJs=].
* Similar to the movies above, most of the Imperials in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' speak with English accents. They are commented on in-game due to defections from both sides (both on having and the lack of the accent). The Imperial Agent PlayerCharacter (who is, obviously, Imperial) is told to "lose the accent" in their very first conversation, and spends most of the rest of their time on Nal Hutta, along with a reprise when infiltrating some rebels on Balmorra, putting on a not-tremendously-convincing Republic (read: American) accent.
* The Beta from ''VideoGame/GreyGoo'' all talk with an accent that comes across as a blend of Australian and South African.
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24th Apr '17 2:51:52 PM karstovich2
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** They may not be exactly "linguistically homogeneous" either. Writings in French and Chinese have been spotted in the background, and French loan words such as ''elan'' and ''esprit de corps'' are used. The surname Inviere is said to be "Old Gemenese" for "resurrection".

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** They may not be exactly "linguistically homogeneous" either. Writings in French and Chinese have been spotted in the background, and French loan words such as ''elan'' and ''esprit de corps'' are used. The surname Inviere is said to be "Old Gemenese" for "resurrection"."resurrection" (in reality, it's Romanian).
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