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15th Nov '17 5:58:55 PM WillKeaton
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** During a Let's Play of the adventure game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAG32E0BunQ Normality]]'', Gabriel got him to crack up by simply singing a fake [[Music/BlackEyedPeas Will.i.am]] lyric.

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** During a Let's Play of the adventure game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAG32E0BunQ Normality]]'', Normality,]]'' Gabriel got him to crack up by simply singing a fake [[Music/BlackEyedPeas Will.i.am]] lyric.



* WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy's use of "high-class British porn".

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* WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s use of "high-class British porn".



* Oddly enough, Europeans also have the impression that the English often are far more lewd in their private life. The French idiom "to spank", for instance, is literally called "Le Vice Anglais" (translation: "The English Vice"). Many Britons with a dignified, stuffy, chaste, conservative public image are often caught in surprisingly saucy sex scandals. Historical examples are John Profumo [[note]] a British Minister of Defense who was caught commiting adultery in 1963 with call girl Christine Keeler. If that weren't bad enough Keeler also had contacts with a well known London gangster and a member of the Soviet embassy. As a result Profumo had to resign. [[/note]], Stephen Milligan [[note]] a Conservative politician found dead in 1994, from having auto-erotic asphyxiation sex with his secretary [[/note]] and UsefulNotes/JohnMajor [[note]] A former British Prime Minister who, in 2002, turned out to have had an extramarital affair with politician Edwina Currie, though this happened way before he even became PM. The amusing thing about this was that ''Series/SpittingImage'' had spoofed the ludicrous idea that someone as stuffy as Major would have an extramarital affair in the past. [[/note]] While British tabloids exploit these stories to death the foreign press is especially interested in them. Not because they are above this sort of thing either, but "because it's those "stuffy Britons" we're talking about."

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* Oddly enough, Europeans also have the impression that the English often are far more lewd in their private life. The French idiom "to spank", for instance, is literally called "Le Vice Anglais" (translation: "The English Vice"). Many Britons with a dignified, stuffy, chaste, conservative public image are often caught in surprisingly saucy sex scandals. Historical examples are John Profumo [[note]] a Profumo,[[note]]A British Minister of Defense who was caught commiting adultery in 1963 with call girl Christine Keeler. If that weren't bad enough Keeler also had contacts with a well known London gangster and a member of the Soviet embassy. As a result Profumo had to resign. [[/note]], [[/note]] Stephen Milligan [[note]] a Conservative politician found dead in 1994, from having auto-erotic asphyxiation sex with his secretary [[/note]] and UsefulNotes/JohnMajor [[note]] A former British Prime Minister who, in 2002, turned out to have had an extramarital affair with politician Edwina Currie, though this happened way before he even became PM. The amusing thing about this was that ''Series/SpittingImage'' had spoofed the ludicrous idea that someone as stuffy as Major would have an extramarital affair in the past. [[/note]] While British tabloids exploit these stories to death the foreign press is especially interested in them. Not because they are above this sort of thing either, but "because it's those "stuffy Britons" we're talking about."
15th Nov '17 5:57:50 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' frequently mentions this, mostly in segments about the United Kingdom but sometimes just when it allows for SelfDeprecation ("Thereís no way I would be happier giving eight hugs a day. Iím English! Thatís four lifetimesí worth of hugs.Ē).

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* ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' frequently mentions this, mostly in segments about the United Kingdom but sometimes just when it allows for SelfDeprecation SelfDeprecation. ("Thereís no way I would be happier giving eight hugs a day. Iím English! Thatís four lifetimesí worth of hugs.Ē).Ē)
15th Nov '17 5:56:47 PM WillKeaton
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* In Creator/TimBurton's version of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', he casts James Fox, the stuffiest British person in the world[[note]]Except for [[Film/{{Performance}} that one time]][[/note]], in the role of Mr. Salt.

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* In Creator/TimBurton's version of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', he casts James Fox, the stuffiest British person in the world[[note]]Except world,[[note]]Except for [[Film/{{Performance}} that one time]][[/note]], time]][[/note]] in the role of Mr. Salt.



* The whole premise of ''Film/WhatAGirlWants'': [[BlitheSpirit Amanda Bynes]] vs. British Stuffiness. Incidentally, the above page quote from this film was reportedly ad-libbed by Eileen Atkins. Ironically, Bynes was known for her squeaky clean and chaste image. In [[http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/aawhatagirlwantsinta.htm an interview]], she also admitted that Britain is "not as different as we portray it in the film."

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* The whole premise of ''Film/WhatAGirlWants'': [[BlitheSpirit Amanda Bynes]] vs. British Stuffiness. Incidentally, the above page quote from this film was reportedly ad-libbed by Eileen Atkins. Ironically, Bynes was known for her squeaky clean and chaste image. In [[http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/aawhatagirlwantsinta.htm an interview]], interview,]] she also admitted that Britain is "not as different as we portray it in the film."



* In Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'', Jonathan Harker attempts to fend off the lustful advances of new vampire Lucy by politely reminding her, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPpNZDL66Nw We're British]]." However, his reserve crumbles utterly when she presents her breasts (which, she reminds him, are also British).

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* In Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'', Jonathan Harker attempts to fend off the lustful advances of new vampire Lucy by politely reminding her, "[[http://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPpNZDL66Nw We're British]]." "We're British."]] However, his reserve crumbles utterly when she presents her breasts (which, she reminds him, are also British).
14th Oct '17 2:17:12 PM SomberCaelifera
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** William Hartnell, who played the original incarnation of the Doctor quoted in the serial The Daleks masterplan "I am a citizen of the universe and a gentleman to boot" which was to represent 19th century British ideals.

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** William Hartnell, who played the original incarnation of the Doctor quoted Doctor, said in the serial The Daleks masterplan 'The Daleks' Master Plan' "I am a citizen of the universe and a gentleman to boot" which was to represent 19th century British ideals.
8th Oct '17 1:26:48 PM nombretomado
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** Vernon Dursley is a prime example, via his portrayal of a member of the [[KeepingUpAppearances aspiring middle classes]]. Thus feeding the American media, but not a product of it. Vernon may be stuffy and concerned with appearance, but he is very much not reserved, and is implied to be telling raunchy jokes in mixed company with his 12-year old son around.

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** Vernon Dursley is a prime example, via his portrayal of a member of the [[KeepingUpAppearances [[Series/KeepingUpAppearances aspiring middle classes]]. Thus feeding the American media, but not a product of it. Vernon may be stuffy and concerned with appearance, but he is very much not reserved, and is implied to be telling raunchy jokes in mixed company with his 12-year old son around.
9th Sep '17 2:47:40 PM nombretomado
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* Directly referenced in the Franchise/{{American Girls|Collection}} book "Happy Birthday, Molly!" when Molly's mother explains to her why the English girl who is visiting is so quiet. Her explanation is that "English children are taught to be reserved--very polite and quiet." Since the girl was one of the BlitzEvacuees watching London be bombed may have something to do with her quietness. Molly's mother also invokes the stereotype at first, and one of Molly's friends also expects Emily to curtsey because that's what English girls do, according to her stereotypes.

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* Directly referenced in the Franchise/{{American Literature/{{American Girls|Collection}} book "Happy Birthday, Molly!" when Molly's mother explains to her why the English girl who is visiting is so quiet. Her explanation is that "English children are taught to be reserved--very polite and quiet." Since the girl was one of the BlitzEvacuees watching London be bombed may have something to do with her quietness. Molly's mother also invokes the stereotype at first, and one of Molly's friends also expects Emily to curtsey because that's what English girls do, according to her stereotypes.
18th Jun '17 6:06:32 PM WillyFourEyes
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* Whether or not Miles Edgeworth is an example of this is the subject of much debate in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' fandom. He spent part of his childhood in America and his teen years in Germany, but there's room to suggest he was born British, and his behaviour and speech patterns certainly fit. His voiceover in ''Dual Destinies'' even has the right accent. Also, he can get quite emotional but usually keeps it under wraps unless it's sheer exasperation.

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* Whether or not Miles Edgeworth is an example of this is the subject of much debate in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' fandom. He spent part of his childhood in America and his teen years in Germany, but there's room to suggest he was born British, and his behaviour and speech patterns certainly fit. His voiceover in ''Dual Destinies'' and ''Spirit of Justice'' even has the right accent. Also, he can get quite emotional but usually keeps it under wraps unless it's sheer exasperation.



** This doesn't save him from {{Freudian Slip}}ping several times throughout the review.
** During a Let's Play of the adventure game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAG32E0BunQ Normality]]'', Gabriel got him to crack up by simply singing a fake [[BlackEyedPeas Will.i.am]] lyric.

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** This doesn't save him from {{Freudian Slip}}ping [[FreudianSlipperySlope several times times]] throughout the review.
** During a Let's Play of the adventure game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAG32E0BunQ Normality]]'', Gabriel got him to crack up by simply singing a fake [[BlackEyedPeas [[Music/BlackEyedPeas Will.i.am]] lyric.
13th Jun '17 9:29:45 PM BatmanKalEl
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Contrast EvilBrit, who is often WickedCultured and hence more [[AffablyEvil open-minded]], whereas the Stuffy Brit may be a protagonist, but is portrayed as merely [[FourTemperamentEnsemble temperamentally]] handicapped. Not to be confused with the MeanBrit, who is [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and [[BritCom gregarious]].

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Compare with QuintessentialBritishGentleman. Contrast also with EvilBrit, who is often WickedCultured and hence more [[AffablyEvil open-minded]], whereas the Stuffy Brit may be a protagonist, but is portrayed as merely [[FourTemperamentEnsemble temperamentally]] handicapped. Not to be confused with the MeanBrit, who is [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and [[BritCom gregarious]].
21st May '17 10:43:41 AM nombretomado
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* The image of British stuffiness goes back to the days of VictorianBritain, when many upper and middle class people expressed prudish behaviour. Since the British Empire was so huge many locals across the world witnessed this British prudency and the stereotype stuck.

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* The image of British stuffiness goes back to the days of VictorianBritain, UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain, when many upper and middle class people expressed prudish behaviour. Since the British Empire was so huge many locals across the world witnessed this British prudency and the stereotype stuck.
17th May '17 10:50:40 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/{{Emma}}'', when John Knightley and his wife visit Hartfield, he and his brother John greet with a handshake and a simple "how d'ye do" which Austen notes as "the classic English mode" of almost entirely concealing brotherly affection that would have them drop everything the instant the other needed help.
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