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27th Jun '17 12:42:57 PM nighttrainfm
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* In the Creator/FUNimation dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', King Cold, Freeza's father, was voiced with a British accent, as was Perfect Cell/Super Perfect Cell. Strangely, in the dubbed versions of ''Manga/DragonBall'', despite General Blue's not-so-subtle hints at being of [[AllGermansAreNazis German origin]], Blue was given a British accent.
** Freeza himself was given a slight British accent in ''Dragon Ball Kai'', courtesy of Creator/ChrisAyres.

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
**
In the Creator/FUNimation dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', King Cold, Freeza's father, was voiced with a British accent, as was Perfect Cell/Super Cell / Super Perfect Cell. Strangely, in the dubbed versions of ''Manga/DragonBall'', despite General Blue's not-so-subtle hints at being of [[AllGermansAreNazis German origin]], Blue was given a British accent.
** Freeza himself was given a slight British accent in ''Dragon Ball Kai'', ''Anime/DragonBallKai'', courtesy of Creator/ChrisAyres.
17th May '17 11:35:40 AM NorthRaider
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* Even by Wrestling/ProgressWrestling standards, "The Villain" Marty Scurll elevates this trope to [[EvilIsHammy gloriously hammy heights]]. Scurll has gotten so popular he's even carried over his act to Wrestling/RingOfHonor.

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* Even by Wrestling/ProgressWrestling standards, "The Villain" Marty Scurll Wrestling/MartyScurll elevates this trope to [[EvilIsHammy gloriously hammy heights]]. Scurll has gotten so popular he's even carried over his act to Wrestling/RingOfHonor.Wrestling/RingOfHonor and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling.
10th May '17 6:03:34 PM awrc
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*** There ''is'' one aversion to this -- in ''Film/ANewHope'', [[SmugSnake Admiral Motti]] (the man who gets Force-choked by Vader) has a North American accent.

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*** There ''is'' one aversion to this -- in ''Film/ANewHope'', [[SmugSnake Admiral Motti]] (the man who gets Force-choked by Vader) has a North American accent. The actor kept to the trope, however, as he was married to Sarah Douglas, who you'll find filed one entry down under ''Film/SupermanII''.
30th Apr '17 9:51:24 AM YourEternalTroper
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* [[Wrestling/AdrianNeville Neville]], after his 2016 return at Roadblock: End of the Line, became this upon claiming that the fans only cheered for him because he was "too small or vulnerable". Come 2017, he would later proclaim himself as the "King of the Cruiserweights" and stated that ''205 Live'' is not ''205 Live'' without him.
23rd Apr '17 7:38:22 PM AthenaBlue
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* In Australian Westerns like ''Film/CaptainThunderbolt, Film/NedKelly, Film/TheOutlawMichaelHowe,'' and ''Film/VanDiemensLand'' the BigBad prison governor is usually an upper class Englishman with a hatred of the Irish. In ''Film/MadDogMorgan,'' DirtyCop Sgt. Smith is a vicious Cockney, and his boss Cobham is a HangingJudge who speaks perfect Queen's English.
** The trope is also seen with the brutal aristocratic Colonel in Kiwi Western {{Film/Utu}} who treats the massacre of unarmed Maori like a fox hunt.

* Vinnie Jones: The "hooligan" sounding tough guy variety of EvilBrit is exemplified by this man in the American film ''Film/TheCondemned'', where he plays a war criminal. This is as opposed to his roles in ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' and ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', where most of the cast have some form of UK accent.






* Lord Oliver in ''Film/{{Timeline}}''. The British part is justified, since the time travelers end up in the middle of the Hundred Years War, although it seems like Oliver does everything ForTheEvulz. His NumberTwo, though, turns out to be a FakeBrit (in-universe). He's actually an American time traveler left behind by the CorruptCorporateExecutive in charge of the project (who's British too, by the way).



** Even though he's supposed to be Hungarian. Possibly a case of TranslationConvention. The only Brit (according to some non-canonical sources) is Kraven, who's supposed to be from Liecester. While this would qualify him for the trope, the actor (from Northern Ireland) adopts an ''American'' accent for the role.

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** *** Even though he's supposed to be Hungarian. Possibly a case of TranslationConvention. The only Brit (according to some non-canonical sources) is Kraven, who's supposed to be from Liecester.Leicester. While this would qualify him for the trope, the actor (from Northern Ireland) adopts an ''American'' accent for the role.



* Vinnie Jones: The "hooligan" sounding tough guy variety of EvilBrit is exemplified by this man in the American film ''Film/TheCondemned'', where he plays a war criminal. This is as opposed to his roles in ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' and ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', where most of the cast have some form of UK accent.



* Lord Oliver in ''Film/{{Timeline}}''. The British part is justified, since the time travelers end up in the middle of the Hundred Years War, although it seems like Oliver does everything ForTheEvulz. His NumberTwo, though, turns out to be a FakeBrit (in-universe). He's actually an American time traveler left behind by the CorruptCorporateExecutive in charge of the project (who's British too, by the way).
* In Australian Westerns like ''Film/CaptainThunderbolt, Film/NedKelly, Film/TheOutlawMichaelHowe,'' and ''Film/VanDiemensLand'' the BigBad prison governor is usually an upper class Englishman with a hatred of the Irish. In ''Film/MadDogMorgan,'' DirtyCop Sgt. Smith is a vicious Cockney, and his boss Cobham is a HangingJudge who speaks perfect Queen's English.
** The trope is also seen with the brutal aristocratic Colonel in Kiwi Western {{Film/Utu}} who treats the massacre of unarmed Maori like a fox hunt.



* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''{{Hawkmoon}}'' stories, the villains are the [[EvilEmpire Dark Empire]] of Granbretan: An AlwaysChaoticEvil nation of Evil Brits in a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantastic version of Europe]].

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* In Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''{{Hawkmoon}}'' ''Literature/{{Hawkmoon}}'' stories, the villains are the [[EvilEmpire Dark Empire]] of Granbretan: An AlwaysChaoticEvil nation of Evil Brits in a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantastic version of Europe]].



[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In one episode Moriarty from the ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' stories comes back in holographic form to menace the crew. However, he was played an American actor who miraculously effected a stunningly believable British accent (Daniel Davis later used the same flawless British accent in ''Series/TheNanny''). {{Justified}} in this case by the fact that, well, it's Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes stories--what else would he be ''but'' British? {{Downplayed}} when it becomes apparent that this Moriarty is really [[spoiler:not all that evil or ruthless, with his main motivation being simply the right to exist.]]
** Creator/DavidWarner plays an unashamedly evil Cardassian who had no qualms about torturing (physically and mentally) Captain Picard.
* Inverted by BBC ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s Dubliner Moriarty. Justified in that the name 'Moriarty' actually is of Irish origin.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Adam Monroe and Daniel Linderman. Though Adam is actually played by an [[FakeBrit American]].
** More recently Edgar (sort of, he's not quite ''evil'' as much as misguided, and has doubts in regards to Samuel's plans) and Samuel too, although Samuel's accent changes constantly, sometimes within the same episode or even the same scene.
** Samuel is American (Born in Arizona) but his accent is used to show how well-travelled he is and all the different places he has been in.
* Charles Widmore on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (actor's from New Zealand, but character seems to be British). After he was given the villain role in season 4, things have become a whole lot more morally ambiguous...''Lost'', however, also has several Brits among the heroes (Charlie, Charlotte, Penny, Desmond, maybe Naomi).
* Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', before the HeelFaceTurn and BadassDecay.
** Other examples include Drusilla, Gwendolyn Post, and other Watchers. Averted with Giles, until he becomes an anti-hero in "The Gift".
** Neither Spike nor Drusilla are played by Britons. [[FakeBrit Which is painfully obvious.]]
* ''Series/DeadRingers'' parodied this with a sketch where Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger needs a "Token British Bad Guy" to be the villain of his new action movie, causing both Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/IanMcKellen to show up for the role and getting into a fight over it. The eventual winner was [[spoiler:Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}]].
* Lila in season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. She's obsessed with the title character, gets a colleague of him [[FalseRapeAccusation falsely accused of rape]], and tries to [[spoiler:kill both Dexter and his two stepchildren in a fire.]] The final episode of the season, in which she is the main villain, is even called "The British Invasion".
* Dr. Zachary Smith on ''Series/LostInSpace'' was never specifically said to be British, but he most definitely fits the "vaguely upper-class" stereotype with his pompous personality, refined way of speaking, and haughty manner.
* Gaius Baltar from the re-imagined series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is played by James Callis, who is British. Most of the cast speak in American or Canadian accents -- even Creator/JamieBamber (Apollo), who is also British, puts on an American accent for the show. This can lead to surprise on the part of the fans when he uses his normal accent for interviews...
** Lampshaded when James Callis put on a Yorkshire accent to demonstrate his poverty-stricken origins on Aerelon.
** Which is weird for two reasons: 1. His 'fake' Caprican accent sounds like none of the other (North American) Capricans. 2. His 'posh' accent sounds more like Estuary English i.e. it sometimes sounds 'posh' but sometimes sounds slightly 'Cockney'.
** Ironically enough, Creator/JamieBamber's RealLife wife (who is ''also'' British) plays one of the doctors assisting Cottle in Galactica's medical bay, but uses her original British accent. The show has used actresses from New Zealand (Lucy Lawless) and Australia (Stephanie Jacobsen) who also use their native accents.
*** Since ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' started, things have gotten a bit murkier, since Clarice Willow speaks with Polly Walker's native English accent (not terribly different from Callis', although Walker is from Cheshire). At first, this lent credibility to the theory that the planet Caprica has lots of different accents--and then, we discover that Clarice was born on Sagittaron--and none of the Sagittarons on ''BSG'' spoke with British accents either. (For the record, Clarice is portrayed ''quite'' sympathetically, and doesn't really fit into the Evil Brit trope).
** Creator/JamieBamber is actually half American, though it is true that he grew up in Britain.
** According the commentary on 'Razor' everyone got to use their real accent for the most part; to imply variety in the Colonies. The only reason Bamber didn't use his British accent was to make him sound like Commander Adama to imply their familial relationship, which they needed all the help they could get on, considering the actors were different ethnicities (Olmos being an emphatically-brown Mexican and Bamber being as white as they come; Olmos wore blue contact lenses to return the favor, covering his brown eyes).
* An episode of the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' in which a bunch of boys living in a forest were cute tow-headed American boys, until they defied Starbuck and Apollo and became evil British boys! Then, when they had learned their lesson and were forgiven, they turned back into cute adorable American boys again (the fact that the mute sisters who lived with them had no purpose other than housework (forest work?) isn't better...).
** Patrick Mcnee was the voice of the Cylons Imperious Leader and the villainous Count Ibliss.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':
** This show gives us Adelle [=DeWitt=], who isn't technically a villain, but is at best morally suspect.
** Creator/JamieBamber's character in 2.01 "Vows". And his character during a guest role on ''Series/MajorCrimes'', in the episode "Open Line" playing an uber-sleazy photographer who was such a {{Jerkass}} (among other things, he witnessed the murder being investigated but didn't call the cops as it would have revealed that he'd been spying on the victim) that the team was actually disappointed that he was technically innocent of the crime in question, but thrilled when they nailed him for manslaughter for setting things in motion.

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[[folder:Live Action [[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In one episode Moriarty
American TV seems to love this trope in its presenters of reality shows where ruthless people have to sort the wheat from the ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' stories comes back in holographic form chaff quickly and efficiently. [[TheMeanBrit Simon Cowell]], for instance. Creator/GordonRamsay's non-nonsense approach to menace the crew. However, he was played an American actor who miraculously effected failing hotels and eateries made him a stunningly believable household name. ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' spawned a knock off, ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'', presented by Robert Irvine: a British accent (Daniel Davis later used the same flawless British accent in ''Series/TheNanny''). {{Justified}} in this case by the fact that, well, it's Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes stories--what else chef/entrepreneur who comes across as colder, nastier and more ruthless despite not losing his temper and never swearing ''once''. You would he be ''but'' British? {{Downplayed}} when it becomes apparent that not want to cross him or disobey.
* Creator/BBCAmerica is running with
this Moriarty trope, September is really [[spoiler:not [[http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/23/anglophenia.jsp?bc_id=1751 Accent of Evil Month]], all that evil or ruthless, with his main motivation being simply the right to exist.]]
** Creator/DavidWarner plays
month long they will be showing movies featuring an unashamedly evil Cardassian who had no qualms about torturing (physically and mentally) Captain Picard.
* Inverted by BBC ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s Dubliner Moriarty. Justified in that the name 'Moriarty' actually is of Irish origin.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Adam Monroe and Daniel Linderman. Though Adam is actually played by an [[FakeBrit American]].
** More recently Edgar (sort of, he's not quite ''evil'' as much as misguided, and has doubts in regards to Samuel's plans) and Samuel too, although Samuel's accent changes constantly, sometimes within the same episode or even the same scene.
** Samuel is American (Born in Arizona) but his accent is used to show how well-travelled he is and all the different places he has been in.
* Charles Widmore on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (actor's from New Zealand, but character seems to be British). After he was given the villain role in season 4, things have become a whole lot more morally ambiguous...''Lost'', however, also has several Brits among the heroes (Charlie, Charlotte, Penny, Desmond, maybe Naomi).
* Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', before the HeelFaceTurn and BadassDecay.
** Other examples include Drusilla, Gwendolyn Post, and other Watchers. Averted with Giles, until he becomes an anti-hero in "The Gift".
** Neither Spike nor Drusilla are played by Britons. [[FakeBrit Which is painfully obvious.]]
* ''Series/DeadRingers'' parodied this with a sketch where Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger needs a "Token British Bad Guy" to be the villain of his new action movie, causing both Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/IanMcKellen to show up for the role and getting into a fight over it. The eventual winner was [[spoiler:Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}]].
* Lila in season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. She's obsessed with the title character, gets a colleague of him [[FalseRapeAccusation falsely accused of rape]], and tries to [[spoiler:kill both Dexter and his two stepchildren in a fire.]] The final episode of the season, in which she is the main villain, is even called "The British Invasion".
* Dr. Zachary Smith on ''Series/LostInSpace'' was never specifically said to be British, but he most definitely fits the "vaguely upper-class" stereotype with his pompous personality, refined way of speaking, and haughty manner.
* Gaius Baltar from the re-imagined series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is played by James Callis, who is British. Most of the cast speak in American or Canadian accents -- even Creator/JamieBamber (Apollo), who is also British, puts on an American accent for the show. This can lead to surprise on the part of the fans when he uses his normal accent for interviews...
** Lampshaded when James Callis put on a Yorkshire accent to demonstrate his poverty-stricken origins on Aerelon.
** Which is weird for two reasons: 1. His 'fake' Caprican accent sounds like none of the other (North American) Capricans. 2. His 'posh' accent sounds more like Estuary English i.e. it sometimes sounds 'posh' but sometimes sounds slightly 'Cockney'.
** Ironically enough, Creator/JamieBamber's RealLife wife (who is ''also'' British) plays one of the doctors assisting Cottle in Galactica's medical bay, but uses her original British accent. The show has used actresses from New Zealand (Lucy Lawless) and Australia (Stephanie Jacobsen) who also use their native accents.
*** Since ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' started, things have gotten a bit murkier, since Clarice Willow speaks with Polly Walker's native English accent (not terribly different from Callis', although Walker is from Cheshire). At first, this lent credibility to the theory that the planet Caprica has lots of different accents--and then, we discover that Clarice was born on Sagittaron--and none of the Sagittarons on ''BSG'' spoke with British accents either. (For the record, Clarice is portrayed ''quite'' sympathetically, and doesn't really fit into the
Evil Brit trope).
** Creator/JamieBamber is actually half American, though it is true that he grew up in Britain.
** According the commentary on 'Razor' everyone got to use their real accent for the most part; to imply variety in the Colonies. The only reason Bamber didn't use his British accent was to make him sound like Commander Adama to imply their familial relationship, which they needed all the help they could get on, considering the actors were different ethnicities (Olmos being an emphatically-brown Mexican and Bamber being as white as they come; Olmos wore blue contact lenses to return the favor, covering his brown eyes).
* An episode of the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' in which a bunch of boys living in a forest were cute tow-headed American boys, until they defied Starbuck and Apollo and became evil British boys! Then, when they had learned their lesson and were forgiven, they turned back into cute adorable American boys again (the fact that the mute sisters who lived
(''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' with them had no purpose other than housework (forest work?) isn't better...).
** Patrick Mcnee was the voice of the Cylons Imperious Leader
Creator/JeremyIrons, ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' with Creator/AlanRickman, ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' with Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and the villainous Count Ibliss.
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':
** This show gives us Adelle [=DeWitt=], who isn't technically a villain, but is at best morally suspect.
** Creator/JamieBamber's character in 2.01 "Vows". And his character during a guest role on ''Series/MajorCrimes'', in the episode "Open Line" playing an uber-sleazy photographer who was such a {{Jerkass}} (among other things, he witnessed the murder being investigated but didn't call the cops as it would have revealed that he'd been spying on the victim) that the team was actually disappointed that he was technically innocent of the crime in question, but thrilled when they nailed him for manslaughter for setting things in motion.
''Film/SupermanII'' with Terence Stamp).



* Lord Darken Rahl in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' has a British accent. Craig Parker is a Kiwi who lived in England for a while.
** This accent is not duplicated by other characters playing D'Harans, except for John Rhys-Davies (Welsh) playing his father Panis Rahl in disguise.
* In the British miniseries ''{{Series/Jekyll}}'' the trope is inverted by having the boss-level baddies represented by Americans (albeit using British actors with poor accents).
* In ''Series/FlashForward2009'', Simon is in charge of the secret project that led to the blackout, played by [[Series/{{Lost}} Dominic]] [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Monaghan]].



* Gilroy from ''Series/BurnNotice'' is the "evil limey mastermind" for most of the second half of season three. He's also rather... ''[[HoYay friendly]]'' with his partners in crime.
* Crichton seemingly draws inspiration from this trope in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when he has to imitate a Peacekeeper, while the series adopts it wholeheartedly with the character of Scorpius.
** Presumably the reason Crichton uses that (atrociously bad) British accent is because most of the Peacekeepers use British accents, though most are played by Australians (as is everyone not John Crichton.)
** It's also possible that as a PopCulturedBadass, movies have taught Crichton to equate villains with British accents as ''always'' being [[EvilIsHammy ridiculously hammy]]! This definitely would explain with the sheer gusto in which he goes into full LargeHam mode whenever he impersonates a Peacekeeper!
* BBCAmerica is running with this trope, September is [[http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/23/anglophenia.jsp?bc_id=1751 Accent Of Evil Month]], all month long they will be showing movies featuring an Evil Brit (''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' with Creator/JeremyIrons, ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' with Creator/AlanRickman, ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' with Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and ''Film/SupermanII'' with Terence Stamp).
* Major Zod on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a heavy British accent. It actually makes him difficult to understand on occasion. (Unless you're British)

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* Gilroy from ''Series/BurnNotice'' is the "evil limey mastermind" for most of the second half of season three. He's also rather... ''[[HoYay friendly]]'' with his partners in crime.
* Crichton seemingly draws inspiration from this trope in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when he has to imitate
The ''Series/AngieTribeca'' episode "Inside Man" features a Peacekeeper, while the series adopts it wholeheartedly with the character of Scorpius.
** Presumably the reason Crichton uses that (atrociously bad)
British gang that robs banks by pretending to be chimney sweepers, each with a heavy Cockney accent is because most and wealth of the Peacekeepers use British accents, though most are played by Australians (as slang. One of them speaks so indistinguishably that a detective stuffs bubble gum in his own mouth in order to emulate his accent. The thug then spits out his own gum and speaks clearly.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has two examples.
** [[AdaptationalVillainy Edward Fyers]]
is everyone not John Crichton.)
** It's
the head of a mercenary company that opposes Oliver and his allies on the island. While OnlyInItForTheMoney, he's also possible a SociopathicSoldier that [[FauxAffablyEvil hides his cruelty behind a facade of politeness]], as well as an RP English accent.
** The Dodger is
a PopCulturedBadass, movies have taught Crichton con man that straps bombs to equate villains hostages, all with a stiff British accents as ''always'' being [[EvilIsHammy ridiculously hammy]]! This definitely would explain with the sheer gusto in which he goes into full LargeHam mode whenever he impersonates a Peacekeeper!
* BBCAmerica is running with this trope, September is [[http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/23/anglophenia.jsp?bc_id=1751 Accent Of Evil Month]], all month long they will be showing movies featuring an Evil Brit (''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' with Creator/JeremyIrons, ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' with Creator/AlanRickman, ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' with Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and ''Film/SupermanII'' with Terence Stamp).
* Major Zod on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a heavy British accent. It actually makes him difficult to understand on occasion. (Unless you're British)
accent.



** Then there was the episode "Comes the Inquisitor" when the title role was played by an American affecting an accent that apparently could even fool genuine Brits. Justified as the character in question was Jack the Ripper - what else would he be but British?
* Suspect and double-crossing "busniessman" Badger of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is this, being essentially your typical LondonGangster--[[RecycledInSpace in SPACE!]]
* [[RichBitch Alexis Carrington]] on ''{{Dynasty}}''
** Joan Collins would later go on to play an {{Expy}} of this character on ''Series/WillAndGrace''.
* Recurring villains David Robert Jones and Thomas Jerome Newton from ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
** Would you believe that the actor playing Newton is French?
** Also, Jared Harris (playing Jones) would later go on to play Professor Moriarty in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''.
* Baron Harkonnen from the ''Series/{{Dune}}'' miniseries was given a distinctly British accent, and in fact is actually portrayed by a british person. Also a bit odd, considering the fact that a Russian accent/Russian actor might have made logically more sense given the fact that his first name is "Vladimir".
** And the last name, Harkonnen, is (if anything) ''Finnish''.
** And they're [[TranslationConvention not even supposed to be speaking English]], that language is supposed to have been dead for over 10,000 years.
* Kilgrave from ''Series/JessicaJones'', played by Creator/DavidTennant, has an Estuary English accent.
* ''TheCape'' has two characters named Peter Fleming AKA Chess and Scales. Peter Fleming speaks English with a posh British accent. Scales speaks English with a Cockney accent. Peter Fleming is the evil BigBad of the show. Scales is the thuggish evil TheDragon (possibly graduating to another BigBad) of the show.
* Averted on ''Series/TheXFiles''; all of the Syndicate have American accents, except for the Well-Manicured Man, who is British. The Well-Manicured Man (played by England native John Neville) is actually Mulder's informant, and ends up sacrificing his life to be so.
* Vex is definitely the most evil character seen so far on ''Series/LostGirl'' and yep, he has a British accent.
* Klaus on TheVampireDiaries even though he's supposed to be Scandanavian.
* Though it's hard to judge 'evil' in a show as all over the place as Series/{{Community}}, one of the few characters to cross the MoralEventHorizon is apathetic, alcoholic English psychologist Ian Duncan.
** Season 4 introduces Toby, a horrible manipulator and intended kidnapper, and Professor Cornwallis, who sinisterly toys with the study group and is infamously inappropriate to young women.
** The Evil Brit streak is broken in Season 5 by [[spoiler:Magnitude]].
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Mr. Gold, Rumplestiltskin's human Storybrooke counterpart, keeps Robert Carlyle's Scottish accent.

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** Then there was the episode "Comes the Inquisitor" when Inquisitor", where the title role was played by an American affecting an accent that apparently could even fool genuine Brits. Justified as the character in question was Jack the Ripper - -- what else would he be but British?
* Suspect An episode of the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' in which a bunch of boys living in a forest were cute tow-headed American boys, until they defied Starbuck and double-crossing "busniessman" Badger of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is this, being essentially your typical LondonGangster--[[RecycledInSpace in SPACE!]]
* [[RichBitch Alexis Carrington]] on ''{{Dynasty}}''
** Joan Collins would later go on to play an {{Expy}} of this character on ''Series/WillAndGrace''.
* Recurring villains David Robert Jones
Apollo and Thomas Jerome Newton from ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
** Would you believe
became evil British boys! Then, when they had learned their lesson and were forgiven, they turned back into cute adorable American boys again (the fact that the actor playing Newton is French?
mute sisters who lived with them had no purpose other than housework (forest work?) isn't better...).
** Also, Jared Harris (playing Jones) would later go on to play Professor Moriarty in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''.
Patrick Mcnee was the voice of the Cylons Imperious Leader and the villainous Count Ibliss.
* Baron Harkonnen Gaius Baltar from the ''Series/{{Dune}}'' miniseries was given re-imagined series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is played by James Callis, who is British. Most of the cast speak in American or Canadian accents -- even Creator/JamieBamber (Apollo), who is also British, puts on an American accent for the show. This can lead to surprise on the part of the fans when he uses his normal accent for interviews...
** Lampshaded when James Callis put on
a distinctly Yorkshire accent to demonstrate his poverty-stricken origins on Aerelon.
** Which is weird for two reasons: 1. His 'fake' Caprican accent sounds like none of the other (North American) Capricans. 2. His 'posh' accent sounds more like Estuary English i.e. it sometimes sounds 'posh' but sometimes sounds slightly 'Cockney'.
** Ironically enough, Creator/JamieBamber's RealLife wife (who is ''also'' British) plays one of the doctors assisting Cottle in Galactica's medical bay, but uses her original
British accent, accent. The show has used actresses from New Zealand (Lucy Lawless) and in fact Australia (Stephanie Jacobsen) who also use their native accents.
*** Since ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' started, things have gotten a bit murkier, since Clarice Willow speaks with Polly Walker's native English accent (not terribly different from Callis', although Walker is from Cheshire). At first, this lent credibility to the theory that the planet Caprica has lots of different accents--and then, we discover that Clarice was born on Sagittaron--and none of the Sagittarons on ''BSG'' spoke with British accents either. (For the record, Clarice is portrayed ''quite'' sympathetically, and doesn't really fit into the Evil Brit trope).
** Creator/JamieBamber
is actually portrayed by a british person. Also a bit odd, half American, though it is true that he grew up in Britain.
** According the commentary on "Razor" everyone got to use their real accent for the most part; to imply variety in the Colonies. The only reason Bamber didn't use his British accent was to make him sound like Commander Adama to imply their familial relationship, which they needed all the help they could get on,
considering the fact that a Russian accent/Russian actor might have made logically more sense given actors were different ethnicities (Olmos being an emphatically-brown Mexican and Bamber being as white as they come; Olmos wore blue contact lenses to return the fact that favor, covering his first name is "Vladimir".
** And the last name, Harkonnen, is (if anything) ''Finnish''.
** And they're [[TranslationConvention not even supposed to be speaking English]], that language is supposed to have been dead for over 10,000 years.
* Kilgrave from ''Series/JessicaJones'', played by Creator/DavidTennant, has an Estuary English accent.
* ''TheCape'' has two characters named Peter Fleming AKA Chess and Scales. Peter Fleming speaks English with a posh British accent. Scales speaks English with a Cockney accent. Peter Fleming is the evil BigBad of the show. Scales is the thuggish evil TheDragon (possibly graduating to another BigBad) of the show.
* Averted on ''Series/TheXFiles''; all of the Syndicate have American accents, except for the Well-Manicured Man, who is British. The Well-Manicured Man (played by England native John Neville) is actually Mulder's informant, and ends up sacrificing his life to be so.
* Vex is definitely the most evil character seen so far on ''Series/LostGirl'' and yep, he has a British accent.
* Klaus on TheVampireDiaries even though he's supposed to be Scandanavian.
* Though it's hard to judge 'evil' in a show as all over the place as Series/{{Community}}, one of the few characters to cross the MoralEventHorizon is apathetic, alcoholic English psychologist Ian Duncan.
** Season 4 introduces Toby, a horrible manipulator and intended kidnapper, and Professor Cornwallis, who sinisterly toys with the study group and is infamously inappropriate to young women.
** The Evil Brit streak is broken in Season 5 by [[spoiler:Magnitude]].
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Mr. Gold, Rumplestiltskin's human Storybrooke counterpart, keeps Robert Carlyle's Scottish accent.
brown eyes).



* Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', before the HeelFaceTurn and BadassDecay.
** Other examples include Drusilla, Gwendolyn Post, and other Watchers. Averted with Giles, until he becomes an anti-hero in "The Gift".
** Neither Spike nor Drusilla are played by Britons. [[FakeBrit Which is painfully obvious.]]
* Gilroy from ''Series/BurnNotice'' is the "evil limey mastermind" for most of the second half of season three. He's also rather... ''[[HoYay friendly]]'' with his partners in crime.
* ''Series/TheCape'' has two characters named Peter Fleming AKA Chess and Scales. Peter Fleming speaks English with a posh British accent. Scales speaks English with a Cockney accent. Peter Fleming is the evil BigBad of the show. Scales is the thuggish evil TheDragon (possibly graduating to another BigBad) of the show.



* Though it's hard to judge 'evil' in a show as all over the place as ''Series/{{Community}}'', one of the few characters to cross the MoralEventHorizon is apathetic, alcoholic English psychologist Ian Duncan.
** Season 4 introduces Toby, a horrible manipulator and intended kidnapper, and Professor Cornwallis, who sinisterly toys with the study group and is infamously inappropriate to young women.
** The Evil Brit streak is broken in Season 5 by [[spoiler:Magnitude]].
* ''Series/DeadRingers'' parodied this with a sketch where Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger needs a "Token British Bad Guy" to be the villain of his new action movie, causing both Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/IanMcKellen to show up for the role and getting into a fight over it. The eventual winner was [[spoiler:Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}]].
* Lila in season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. She's obsessed with the title character, gets a colleague of him [[FalseRapeAccusation falsely accused of rape]], and tries to [[spoiler:kill both Dexter and his two stepchildren in a fire.]] The final episode of the season, in which she is the main villain, is even called "The British Invasion".
* ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'':
** This show gives us Adelle [=DeWitt=], who isn't technically a villain, but is at best morally suspect.
** Creator/JamieBamber's character in 2.01 "Vows". And his character during a guest role on ''Series/MajorCrimes'', in the episode "Open Line" playing an uber-sleazy photographer who was such a {{Jerkass}} (among other things, he witnessed the murder being investigated but didn't call the cops as it would have revealed that he'd been spying on the victim) that the team was actually disappointed that he was technically innocent of the crime in question, but thrilled when they nailed him for manslaughter for setting things in motion.
* Baron Harkonnen from the ''Series/{{Dune}}'' miniseries was given a distinctly British accent, and in fact is actually portrayed by a British actor. Also a bit odd, considering the fact that a Russian accent/Russian actor might have made logically more sense given the fact that his first name is "Vladimir".
** And the last name, Harkonnen, is (if anything) ''Finnish''.
** And they're [[TranslationConvention not even supposed to be speaking English]], that language is supposed to have been dead for over 10,000 years.
* [[RichBitch Alexis Carrington]] on ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''
** Joan Collins would later go on to play an {{Expy}} of this character on ''Series/WillAndGrace''.
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Sherlock's love interest Irene Adler is an American, as she was in Doyle's original story. When she [[spoiler:turns out to be the evil Moriarty, she also turns out to be British.]]
* Crichton seemingly draws inspiration from this trope in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when he has to imitate a Peacekeeper, while the series adopts it wholeheartedly with the character of Scorpius.
** Presumably the reason Crichton uses that (atrociously bad) British accent is because most of the Peacekeepers use British accents, though most are played by Australians (as is everyone not John Crichton).
** It's also possible that as a PopCulturedBadass, movies have taught Crichton to equate villains with British accents as ''always'' being [[EvilIsHammy ridiculously hammy]]! This definitely would explain with the sheer gusto in which he goes into full LargeHam mode whenever he impersonates a Peacekeeper!
* Suspect and double-crossing "businessman" Badger of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is this, being essentially your typical LondonGangster -- [[RecycledInSpace in SPACE!]]
* In ''Series/FlashForward2009'', Simon is in charge of the secret project that led to the blackout, played by [[Series/{{Lost}} Dominic]] [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Monaghan]].
* Recurring villains David Robert Jones and Thomas Jerome Newton from ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
** Would you believe that the actor playing Newton is French?
** Also, Jared Harris (playing Jones) would later go on to play Professor Moriarty in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Adam Monroe and Daniel Linderman. Though Adam is actually played by an [[FakeBrit American]].
** More recently Edgar (sort of, he's not quite ''evil'' as much as misguided, and has doubts in regards to Samuel's plans) and Samuel too, although Samuel's accent changes constantly, sometimes within the same episode or even the same scene.
** Samuel is American (Born in Arizona) but his accent is used to show how well-travelled he is and all the different places he has been in.
* In the British miniseries ''{{Series/Jekyll}}'' the trope is inverted by having the boss-level baddies represented by Americans (albeit using British actors with poor accents).
* Kilgrave from ''Series/JessicaJones'', played by Creator/DavidTennant, has an Estuary English accent.
* Lord Darken Rahl in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' has a British accent. Craig Parker is a Kiwi who lived in England for a while.
** This accent is not duplicated by other characters playing D'Harans, except for John Rhys-Davies (Welsh) playing his father Panis Rahl in disguise.
* Charles Widmore on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' (actor's from New Zealand, but character seems to be British). After he was given the villain role in season 4, things have become a whole lot more morally ambiguous...''Lost'', however, also has several Brits among the heroes (Charlie, Charlotte, Penny, Desmond, maybe Naomi).
* Vex is definitely the most evil character seen so far on ''Series/LostGirl'' and yep, he has a British accent.
* Dr. Zachary Smith on ''Series/LostInSpace'' was never specifically said to be British, but he most definitely fits the "vaguely upper-class" stereotype with his pompous personality, refined way of speaking, and haughty manner.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Mr. Gold, Rumplestiltskin's human Storybrooke counterpart, keeps Robert Carlyle's Scottish accent.
* Inverted by BBC ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s Dubliner Moriarty. Justified in that the name "Moriarty" actually is of Irish origin.
* ''Series/{{Sisters}}''. Georgie's psychologist, who convinced her that she had been molested by her father, convinced her to turn her back on her disbelieving family, then convinced her that they needed to have sex to help her get over her newfound sexual fears, was of course, British (as was his actor, who presumably either could or wouldn't do an American one.)
* Major Zod on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a heavy British accent. It actually makes him difficult to understand on occasion. (Unless you're British.)
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In one episode Moriarty from the ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' stories comes back in holographic form to menace the crew. However, he was played an American actor who miraculously effected a stunningly believable British accent (Daniel Davis later used the same flawless British accent in ''Series/TheNanny''). {{Justified}} in this case by the fact that, well, it's Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes stories--what else would he be ''but'' British? {{Downplayed}} when it becomes apparent that this Moriarty is really [[spoiler:not all that evil or ruthless, with his main motivation being simply the right to exist.]]
** Creator/DavidWarner plays an unashamedly evil Cardassian who had no qualms about torturing (physically and mentally) Captain Picard.
* Crowley, crossroads demon and eventual King of Hell, in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. It turns out that he was Scottish while human, so maybe it's the body he's possessing or something he picked up over centuries.



* Klaus on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', even though he's supposed to be Scandanavian.



* Crowley, crossroads demon and eventual King of Hell, in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. It turns out that he was Scottish while human, so maybe it's the body he's possessing or something he picked up over centuries.
* In "Series/{{Elementary}}", Sherlock's love interest Irene Adler is an American, as she was in Doyle's original story. When she [[spoiler:turns out to be the evil Moriarty, she also turns out to be British.]]
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has two examples.
** [[AdaptationalVillainy Edward Fyers]] is the head of a mercenary company that opposes Oliver and his allies on the island. While OnlyInItForTheMoney, he's also a SociopathicSoldier that [[FauxAffablyEvil hides his cruelty behind a facade of politeness]], as well as an RP English accent.
** The Dodger is a con man that straps bombs to hostages, all with a stiff British accent.
* The ''Series/AngieTribeca'' episode "Inside Man" features a British gang that robs banks by pretending to be chimney sweepers, each with a heavy Cockney accent and wealth of British slang. One of them speaks so indistinguishably that a detective stuffs bubble gum in his own mouth in order to emulate his accent. The thug then spits out his own gum and speaks clearly.
* American TV seems to love this trope in its presenters of reality shows where ruthless people have to sort the wheat from the chaff quickly and efficiently. [[TheMeanBrit Simon Cowell]], for instance. Creator/GordonRamsay's non-nonsense approach to failing hotels and eateries made him a household name. ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' spawned a knock off, ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'', presented by Robert Irvine: a British chef/entrepreneur who comes across as colder, nastier and more ruthless despite not losing his temper and never swearing ''once''. You would not want to cross him or disobey.
* ''Series/{{Sisters}}''. Georgie's psychologist, who convinced her that she had been molested by her father, convinced her to turn her back on her disbelieving family, then convinced her that they needed to have sex to help her get over her newfound sexual fears, was of course, British (as was his actor, who presumably either could or wouldn't do an American one.)

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* Crowley, crossroads demon and eventual King Averted on ''Series/TheXFiles''; all of Hell, in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. It turns out that he was Scottish while human, so maybe it's the body he's possessing or something he picked up over centuries.
* In "Series/{{Elementary}}", Sherlock's love interest Irene Adler is an American, as she was in Doyle's original story. When she [[spoiler:turns out to be the evil Moriarty, she also turns out to be British.]]
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has two examples.
** [[AdaptationalVillainy Edward Fyers]] is the head of a mercenary company that opposes Oliver and his allies on the island. While OnlyInItForTheMoney, he's also a SociopathicSoldier that [[FauxAffablyEvil hides his cruelty behind a facade of politeness]], as well as an RP English accent.
** The Dodger is a con man that straps bombs to hostages, all with a stiff British accent.
* The ''Series/AngieTribeca'' episode "Inside Man" features a British gang that robs banks by pretending to be chimney sweepers, each with a heavy Cockney accent and wealth of British slang. One of them speaks so indistinguishably that a detective stuffs bubble gum in his own mouth in order to emulate his accent. The thug then spits out his own gum and speaks clearly.
*
Syndicate have American TV seems to love this trope in its presenters of reality shows where ruthless people have to sort accents, except for the wheat from the chaff quickly Well-Manicured Man, who is British. The Well-Manicured Man (played by England native John Neville) is actually Mulder's informant, and efficiently. [[TheMeanBrit Simon Cowell]], for instance. Creator/GordonRamsay's non-nonsense approach to failing hotels and eateries made him a household name. ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' spawned a knock off, ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'', presented by Robert Irvine: a British chef/entrepreneur who comes across as colder, nastier and more ruthless despite not losing ends up sacrificing his temper and never swearing ''once''. You would not want life to cross him or disobey.
* ''Series/{{Sisters}}''. Georgie's psychologist, who convinced her that she had been molested by her father, convinced her to turn her back on her disbelieving family, then convinced her that they needed to have sex to help her get over her newfound sexual fears, was of course, British (as was his actor, who presumably either could or wouldn't do an American one.)
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23rd Apr '17 7:25:45 PM AthenaBlue
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** The late Creator/PeterCushing (Grand Moff Tarkin), who actually played mostly good guys in his career -- including Franchise/SherlockHolmes and a non-canonical incarnation of The Doctor in ''Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks'' and ''Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD''.
*** In fact all major bad guys were played by Brits, The Emperor (Ian [=McDiarmid=] is Scottish), Darth Vader (although not his voice actor, as the voice of David Prowse was too west-country, earning him the nickname Darth Farmer), Count Dooku (Creator/ChristopherLee), and Darth Maul (London-based Scot Ray Park's voice was dubbed by British voice-actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz).

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*** There ''is'' one aversion to this -- in ''Film/ANewHope'', [[SmugSnake Admiral Motti]] (the man who gets Force-choked by Vader) has a North American accent.
** The late Creator/PeterCushing (Grand Moff Tarkin), who actually played mostly good guys in his career -- including Franchise/SherlockHolmes and a non-canonical incarnation of The the Doctor in ''Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks'' and ''Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD''.
*** In fact fact, all major bad guys were played by Brits, Brits: The Emperor (Ian [=McDiarmid=] is Scottish), Darth Vader (although not his voice actor, as the voice of David Prowse was too west-country, earning him the nickname Darth Farmer), Count Dooku (Creator/ChristopherLee), and Darth Maul (London-based Scot Ray Park's voice was dubbed by British voice-actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz).
22nd Apr '17 8:13:51 PM nombretomado
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* Maxwell Lombardi from V4 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is fast becoming one of these after killing [[spoiler:Augustus [=MacDougal=], Harold Fisher]] and [[spoiler:Vera Osborne]]. And he's only doubled his body count since. Without provocation.

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* Maxwell Lombardi from V4 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is fast becoming one of these after killing [[spoiler:Augustus [=MacDougal=], Harold Fisher]] and [[spoiler:Vera Osborne]]. And he's only doubled his body count since. Without provocation.
8th Apr '17 4:57:07 AM Divra
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** Binder is a subversion in that he isn't particularly cultured (coming off more as a NoveauRiche BritishGangster than anything else), nor particularly evil; he is a ConsummateProfessional whom, more often than not, gets hired by the bad guys, but he is strictly in it for the money and calls his employers out on excessive cruelty and needless collateral damage more than once.

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** Binder is a subversion in that he isn't particularly cultured (coming off more as a NoveauRiche BritishGangster NouveauRiche LondonGangster than anything else), nor particularly evil; he is a ConsummateProfessional whom, more often than not, gets hired by the bad guys, but he is strictly in it for the money and calls his employers out on excessive cruelty and needless collateral damage more than once.
8th Apr '17 4:55:41 AM Divra
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** Binder is a subversion in that he isn't particularly cultured (coming off more as a NoveauRiche BritishGangster than anything else), nor particularly evil; he is a ConsummateProfessional whom, more often than not, gets hired by the bad guys, but he is strictly in it for the money and calls his employers out on excessive cruelty and needless collateral damage more than once.
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* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':

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* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': while Magneto isn't British, being German Jewish by background (though in the comics he spent some of the post-war period working for a Western intelligence agency that might have been [=MI6=], he is depicted by Creator/IanMcKellen with a classic resonant RP accent, one that Creator/MichaelFassbender tries to imitate with mixed success.
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