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3rd Mar '16 5:24:54 AM johnnye
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As is the case for any language, "unaccented" English doesn't exist (although if argued, it could be in Oxfordshire, the origin of the modern English vernacular and the RP dialect). 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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As is the case for any language, "unaccented" English doesn't exist (although if argued, it could be in Oxfordshire, the origin of the modern English vernacular and the RP dialect).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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10th Feb '16 6:17:31 AM Imperios
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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' - the aliens, from Earth and with quasi-Caucasian names, all speak English in their voice clips, while the audio for the Fellpool, the alien race all the main characters are, are quite Japanese. Text is homogeneously Japanese, of course, which can probably be blamed on TranslatorMicrobes.

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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' - the aliens, from Earth and with quasi-Caucasian quasi-European names, all speak English in their voice clips, while the audio for the Fellpool, the alien race all the main characters are, are quite Japanese. Text is homogeneously Japanese, of course, which can probably be blamed on TranslatorMicrobes.
17th Jan '16 7:54:11 PM merotoker
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* ''Warhammer40K'':

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** Also pops up in the [[{{Film/Transformers}} 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 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.
** In ''TransformersAnimated'' Blitzwing has three separate German accents, the Jet Twins have Eastern European accents, Jazz is still black (but in a fairly different way, more {{Beatnik}} than JiveTurkey, and also is the first Transformer to wear pants), and, as usual, uptight bad guys are always British.

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** Also pops up in the [[{{Film/Transformers}} [[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, 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.
** In ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' Blitzwing has three separate German accents, the Jet Twins have Eastern European accents, Jazz is still black (but in a fairly different way, more {{Beatnik}} than JiveTurkey, and also is the first Transformer to wear pants), and, as usual, uptight bad guys are always British.



** On the other hand, in the Japanese adaptations (dubs and original animated series like ''The Headmasters'', ''Victory'', etc) many of the Autobots and Decepticons have [[JapanesePronouns different speech patterns]], although this is because of the age of their respective voice actors, rather than a stylistic choice (The notable example is Megatron, since he use ''washi'' for addressing himself in the original series, due of [[Creator/SeizoKato his voice actor]] being older).

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** On the other hand, in the Japanese adaptations (dubs and original animated series like ''The Headmasters'', ''Victory'', etc) many of the Autobots and Decepticons have [[JapanesePronouns [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns different speech patterns]], although this is because of the age of their respective voice actors, rather than a stylistic choice (The notable example is Megatron, since he use ''washi'' for addressing himself in the original series, due of [[Creator/SeizoKato his voice actor]] being older).



* 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 [[TwoBeingsOneBody Garnet's two halves]], Ruby and Sapphire, have a similar accent]].

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* Garnet in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is the only one of the Crystal Gems we've seen so far with a British accent.
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accent. What's even odder about this is [[spoiler:neither of [[TwoBeingsOneBody Garnet's two halves]], Ruby and Sapphire, have a similar accent]].
3rd Jan '16 5:23:39 PM MeleKalikimaka
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** What's even odder about this is [[spoiler:neither of [[TwoBeingsOneBody Garnet's two halves]], Ruby and Sapphire, have a similar accent]].
9th Dec '15 8:19:18 PM msq
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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.
29th Nov '15 8:56:15 AM Fireblood
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* Relating to the above, the spinoff prequel ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' showcases the Tauron language, based on (or perhaps more likely [[TranslationConvention represented by]] Ancient Greek. Since it takes place fifty years before ''Battlestar Galactica'', it's not clear whether the other languages all die out later or if they are simply never seen in ''BSG'' because everyone speaks Caprican (which is presumably what is being represented by English). It's also useful to note that Gemenon appears to be a sort of more-religious "sister planet" of Caprica, which might be why their language might have died out earlier.

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* Relating to the above, the spinoff prequel ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' showcases the Tauron language, based on (or perhaps more likely [[TranslationConvention represented by]] by]]) Ancient Greek. Since it takes place fifty years before ''Battlestar Galactica'', it's not clear whether the other languages all die out later or if they are simply never seen in ''BSG'' because everyone speaks Caprican (which is presumably what is being represented by English). It's also useful to note that Gemenon appears to be a sort of more-religious "sister planet" of Caprica, which might be why their language might have died out earlier.



** While Londo Mollari sounded like an over-the-top Russian nobleman, his aide, Vir Cotto, sounded like he was from New Jersey (or perhaps Northern Virginia, where actor Stephen Furst was from). While Mira Furlan's (real!) Slavic accent brought an exotic air to Delenn, Bill Mumy's Lennier merely had a clipped, precise mode of speaking not too different from any other incarnation of TheSpock.

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** While Londo Mollari sounded like an over-the-top Russian nobleman, his aide, Vir Cotto, sounded like he was from New Jersey (or perhaps Northern Virginia, where actor Stephen Furst was is from). While Mira Furlan's (real!) Slavic accent brought an exotic air to Delenn, Bill Mumy's Lennier merely had a clipped, precise mode of speaking not too different from any other incarnation of TheSpock.
29th Nov '15 8:25:39 AM Fireblood
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** The Clone Troopers in the prequels all have New Zealand accents, because [[LamarckWasRight the man they were cloned from had one.]]

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** The Clone Troopers in the prequels all have New Zealand Zealander accents, because [[LamarckWasRight the man they were cloned from had one.]] ]]
** ''Possibly'' [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the ExpandedUniverse, where he trains them.



* Aversion: Everyone in "Frank Herbert's ''{{Series/Dune}}''", the 2000 Creator/SciFiChannel miniseries, spoke with a Czech or other Eastern-European accent and the fictional language spoken in the book is an "Inglo-Slavic hybrid" with buttloads of Arabic and Farsi loan-words.

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* Aversion: Everyone everyone in "Frank Herbert's ''{{Series/Dune}}''", the 2000 Creator/SciFiChannel miniseries, spoke with a Czech or other Eastern-European accent Eastern European accent, and the fictional language spoken in the book is an "Inglo-Slavic hybrid" with buttloads butt loads of Arabic and Farsi loan-words.



** There ''is'' the language "Federation Standard" which has never been fully explained but is presumably a language to encumber every member of the Federation, regardless of series. It's probably (but not necessarily) based on English. One can assume other regional languages have become merely points of culture to people like Picard.

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** There In the ExpandedUniverse there ''is'' the language "Federation Standard" Standard", which has never been fully explained but is presumably a language to encumber every member of the Federation, regardless of series. It's probably (but not necessarily) based on English. One can assume other regional languages have become merely points of culture to people like Picard.
29th Nov '15 8:06:47 AM Fireblood
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As is the case for any language, "unaccented" English doesn't exist (although if argued, it could be in Oxfordshire, the origin of the modern English vernacular and the RP dialect) 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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As is the case for any language, "unaccented" English doesn't exist (although if argued, it could be in Oxfordshire, the origin of the modern English vernacular and the RP dialect) dialect). 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?
25th Nov '15 5:34:35 PM thatother1dude
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* Garnet in ''StevenUniverse'' is the only one of the Crystal Gems we've seen so far with a British accent.

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* Garnet in ''StevenUniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is the only one of the Crystal Gems we've seen so far with a British accent.
23rd Oct '15 11:54:24 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Contrary to established ''Franchise/StarWars'' myth, not all [[TheEmpire Imperial]] officers in the first three films have an English accent. The stormtroopers all speak in American accents as well.
** The Clone Troopers in the prequels all have New Zealand accents, because [[LamarckWasRight the man they were cloned from had one.]] This makes sense to Creator/GeorgeLucas because he (Jango, not George) had a large hand in raising the clones. Note that the more rebellious clone commandos tend to have different accents, insinuating that they do it as a form of protest. (Or picked it up from other instructors.)
** Actual New Zealanders reportedly laughed and laughed at the Fetts (man and clones). As did South Africans (at the young Boba Fett, who seems to grow up with a South African accent but inexplicably develop an NZ one later). ''And'' Australians, mind. "[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith These Wookies are dyd]]".
** In some ExpandedUniverse material, there's a reference to a "Coruscanti accent" that is implied to be what we hear as British in the films.
*** Hence characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi or Grand Moff Tarkin speaking with "Coruscanti" accents, while characters from more distant parts of the galaxy use American accents.
*** Considering Palpatine is from a backwater planet where people have American accents, we can only assume he worked to lose his "Naboo accent" and adopt a "Coruscanti" one so as to fit in better with the galactic politicians.
*** Leia's faux British accent when speaking to Tarkin. She was using her Senatorial voice. The rest of the time, she reverts to her normal mode of speech.
** Lampshaded in ''[[http://youtu.be/0x1pxZoFJ90?t=11m7s Thumb Wars:The Phantom Cuticle]]''.
-->'''British Thumb''': I have a question! Why is it that we all speak in British accents, when we're from outer space where there's no Britain?
* In the ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' films Christopher Lambert had a voice coach help him speak in an unidentifiable mix of European accents. The goal was to portray a character whose immortality had caused him to pick up accents from many different places.
** Interesting in that a person travelling western Europe from the 1500's-1800's would likely speak French a good amount of the time.
** French actually being "Christophe" Lambert's mother tongue can't have done much harm in either of these respects.

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* Contrary to established ''Franchise/StarWars'' myth, ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Most, though
not all all, [[TheEmpire Imperial]] officers in the first three films have an English accent. The stormtroopers all speak in American accents as well.
accent.
** The Clone Troopers in the prequels all have New Zealand accents, because [[LamarckWasRight the man they were cloned from had one.]] This makes sense to Creator/GeorgeLucas because he (Jango, not George) had a large hand in raising the clones. Note that the more rebellious clone commandos tend to have different accents, insinuating that they do it as a form of protest. (Or picked it up from other instructors.)
** Actual New Zealanders reportedly laughed and laughed at the Fetts (man and clones). As did South Africans (at the young Boba Fett, who seems to grow up with a South African accent but inexplicably develop an NZ one later). ''And'' Australians, mind. "[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith These Wookies are dyd]]".
** In some ExpandedUniverse material, there's a reference to a "Coruscanti accent" that is implied to be what we hear as British in the films.
*** Hence characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi or Grand Moff Tarkin speaking with "Coruscanti" accents, while characters from more distant parts of the galaxy use American accents.
*** Considering Palpatine is from a backwater planet where people have American accents, we can only assume he worked to lose his "Naboo accent" and adopt a "Coruscanti" one so as to fit in better with the galactic politicians.
*** Leia's faux British accent when speaking to Tarkin. She was using her Senatorial voice. The rest of the time, she reverts to her normal mode of speech.
** Lampshaded in ''[[http://youtu.be/0x1pxZoFJ90?t=11m7s Thumb Wars:The Phantom Cuticle]]''.
-->'''British Thumb''': I have a question! Why is it that we all speak in British accents, when we're from outer space where there's no Britain?
* In the ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' films Christopher Lambert had a voice coach help him speak in an unidentifiable mix of European accents. The goal was to portray a character whose immortality had caused him to pick up accents from many different places.
** Interesting in that a person travelling western Europe from the 1500's-1800's would likely speak French a good amount of the time.
** French actually being "Christophe" Lambert's mother tongue can't have done much harm in either of these respects.



* Averted in ''Film/ManOfSteel''. Unlike the 1978 ''{{Superman}}'' movie, Kryptonian characters don't have a uniform accent.
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