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23rd Sep '17 8:24:14 PM LinTaylor
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* A ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' fanart/animated gif featured the Gundam pilots holding hands and wearing "traditional" clothing for their nationality. Duo is dressed as a cowboy.
** Chibodee Crocket from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is not only a cowboy, but also a boxer/surfer/football player. In the new G-Gundam manga, [[spoiler: he gets a new Gundam that has a cowboy hat on its head!]]

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* A ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', America's Gundam Wing]]'' fanart/animated gif featured the Gundam pilots holding hands and wearing "traditional" clothing for their nationality. Duo Maxter is dressed as a cowboy.
** Chibodee Crocket from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is not only a cowboy, but also a boxer/surfer/football player.
[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Boxer Surfer Football Player Cowboy]]. In the new G-Gundam reimagined ''Choukyuu! G Gundam'' manga, [[spoiler: he gets a new Gundam that has a cowboy hat on its head!]]MidSeasonUpgrade Max Revolver ditches all those motifs except for the Cowboy one.
5th Sep '17 6:27:20 AM Odacon_Spy
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* In [[http://images.oneofakindantiques.com/2464_szyk_caricatures_6.jpg one]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Szyk Arthur Szyk's]] Anti-Fascist propaganda posters, America is depicted as a Gary Cooper-ish cowboy about to be stabbed in the back by a YellowPeril UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, distracting him with an olive branch as he does so.

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* In [[http://images.oneofakindantiques.com/2464_szyk_caricatures_6.jpg [[http://oneofakindantiques.com/product/2464/Arthur-Szyk-Caricatures-Set-Number-6-for-Esquire-1942 one]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Szyk Arthur Szyk's]] Anti-Fascist propaganda posters, America is depicted as a Gary Cooper-ish cowboy about to be stabbed in the back by a YellowPeril UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, distracting him with an olive branch as he does so.
16th Aug '17 12:43:00 PM theknack101
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* Averted in ''Manga/BlueExorcist''. Lightning (a Texan no less!) is the first explicitly American character to appear, but he doesn't look or act like a cowboy. He does sometimes wear a poncho, but thats about it.
27th Jul '17 4:57:14 PM DesertDragon
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* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', Japanese businessman Gus has his US office in Dallas. In an attempt to "fit in", he dresses like a cowboy businessman and speaks in a ridiculously fake Texan accent. The other characters would often look at him in such a way that he was trying way too hard.
27th Jul '17 4:50:11 PM DesertDragon
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* There's also a second layer to this trope: In America, everybody west of the Mississippi is a cowboy, unless they live on the West Coast. And we do literally mean "the Coast" -- inland California and eastern Oregon and Washington are as steeped in this trope as Arizona and Montana. The "Bakersfield sound" in CountryMusic is a prime example, having been created in the '60s by the descendants of Dust Bowl migrants to California's Central Valley. And even in the eastern US, you'll find some appropriation of cowboy iconography in the Southern states.

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* There's also a second layer to this trope: In America, everybody every white person west of the Mississippi is stereotyped as a cowboy, unless they live on the West Coast. And we do literally mean "the Coast" -- inland California and eastern Oregon and Washington are as steeped in this trope as Arizona and Montana. The "Bakersfield sound" in CountryMusic is a prime example, having been created in the '60s by the descendants of Dust Bowl migrants to California's Central Valley. And even in the eastern US, you'll find some appropriation of cowboy iconography in the Southern states.rural areas, especially in the South.



* The reason for this stereotype seems to be that, way back when, the majority of early American entertainment media that made it to other countries had a Western theme. Westerns were hugely popular in the U.S. at the time, but they weren't exactly SliceOfLife storytelling, something many non-Americans at the time could not have known. This phenomenon predates motion pictures; Buffalo Bill's Wild West performances made [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Bill#Buffalo_Bill.E2.80.99s_Wild_West_Tours_Europe many successful European tours]] and were perhaps many Europeans' first exposure to American culture and media (and Americans in general).

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* The reason for this stereotype seems to be that, way back when, the majority of early American entertainment media that made it to other countries had a Western theme. Westerns were hugely popular in the U.S. at the time, but they weren't exactly SliceOfLife storytelling, storytelling (most Americans back then didn't live on the frontier; otherwise it wouldn't have been a frontier), something many non-Americans at the time could not have known. This phenomenon predates motion pictures; Buffalo Bill's Wild West performances made [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Bill#Buffalo_Bill.E2.80.99s_Wild_West_Tours_Europe many successful European tours]] and were perhaps many Europeans' first exposure to American culture and media (and Americans in general).
27th Jul '17 4:43:35 PM DesertDragon
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This is a case of SmallReferencePools, where America has become so synonymous with cowboy culture that people overseas use it to characterize the entire country. This is, of course, partially TruthInTelevision: cowboy fashion and culture ''is'' still around and idealized in certain parts of America, particularly in rural areas and in CountryMusic. The idealized American cowboy also lives on in TheWestern.

See {{Eagleland}} when talking about personality. WearingAFlagOnYourHead is another stereotypical American fashion.. When talking about hair/eye colors, see PhenotypeStereotype. Sexy cowboy and cowgirl costumes may be a part of ForeignFanservice.

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This is a case of SmallReferencePools, where America has become so synonymous with cowboy culture that people overseas use it to characterize the entire country. This is, of course, partially TruthInTelevision: TheWestern is a distinctly American genre, and a lot of stereotypical cowboy traits are also stereotypes of Americans as a whole. Plus, cowboy fashion and culture ''is'' still around and idealized in certain parts of America, particularly in rural areas (especially in western states), and in CountryMusic. The idealized American cowboy also lives on in TheWestern.

CountryMusic.

See {{Eagleland}} when talking about personality. WearingAFlagOnYourHead is another stereotypical American fashion..fashion. When talking about hair/eye colors, see PhenotypeStereotype. Sexy cowboy and cowgirl costumes may be a part of ForeignFanservice.
22nd Jul '17 1:13:01 AM Hanz
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* In ''Film/KingsmanTheGoldenCircle'', the Statesmen are the American equivalent of Kingsmen and are all cowboys named after liquor, favor revolvers and even use technologically-enhanced lassos as weapons.
4th Jun '17 10:20:27 AM Sestren_NK
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* UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis from the ''Characters/SegaHardGirls'' franchise provides the trope image. As the Sega Mega Drive was released in the U.S. as the [[MarketBasedTitle Sega Genesis]][[note]]since "Mega Drive" was already copyrighted in the U.S. from someone making hard disk drives,[[/note]] and both consoles are represented by separate characters in the series, "Jennie" is a transfer student who comes to Japan after having studied in the U.S. Being the American console, [[SarcasmMode naturally]] she wears cowboy attire from head-to-toe along with a bandana halter top with the design of the American flag on it, with shades of black from the console she's based off of.

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* UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis from the ''Characters/SegaHardGirls'' franchise provides the trope image. As the Sega Mega Drive was released in the U.S. as the [[MarketBasedTitle Sega Genesis]][[note]]since "Mega Drive" was already copyrighted in the U.S. from someone making hard disk drives,[[/note]] and both consoles are represented by separate characters in the series, "Jennie" "Genny" (pronounced "Jennie") is a transfer student who comes to Japan after having studied in the U.S. Being the American console, [[SarcasmMode naturally]] she wears cowboy attire from head-to-toe along with a bandana halter top with the design of the American flag on it, with shades of black from the console she's based off of. She also has a loud, rude but charismatic personality, based on the console's aggressive marketing campaign in the U.S.
29th May '17 5:53:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* In [[http://images.oneofakindantiques.com/2464_szyk_caricatures_6.jpg one]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Szyk Arthur Szyk's]] Anti-Fascist propaganda posters, America is depicted as a Gary Cooper-ish cowboy about to be stabbed in the back by a YellowPeril ImperialJapan, distracting him with an olive branch as he does so.

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* In [[http://images.oneofakindantiques.com/2464_szyk_caricatures_6.jpg one]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Szyk Arthur Szyk's]] Anti-Fascist propaganda posters, America is depicted as a Gary Cooper-ish cowboy about to be stabbed in the back by a YellowPeril ImperialJapan, UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan, distracting him with an olive branch as he does so.
6th May '17 2:23:02 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 film adaptation]] of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' depicted Mike [[PunnyName Teavee]], who's obsessed with watching violent westerns on television, as a loudmouthed American kid who dresses like a cowboy.
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