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15th May '17 10:30:39 PM Eievie
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1) Characters visit France or meet a Frenchman. They'll ask him a simple direction or question, but the French Jerk refuses to answer, starts insulting or threatening them and/or feels they are beneath him.

2) FrenchCuisineIsHaughty: Characters visit a French restaurant, where the cook and/or the waiter are all arrogant, badly tempered and dirty snobs who refuse to give their clients what they want or interpret everything they say as a complaint. If they deliver the meals the food will always be filthy, disgusting, cold or at the very least overpriced.

3) Characters meet a rich UpperClassTwit, who happens to speak GratuitousFrench in order to appear ''très chic'' and looks down upon the others because they are out of his noble league. A lot of comedy will be built around the fact that he or she doesn't understand or care for the ''common'' people and is unable to speak the language of the protagonists correctly. To top it all off he/she will wear or carry a lorgnette, a monocle or a small handkerchief, to emphasize his/her snobbishness. In the end he or she will always be humiliated or put in her place. This StockCharacter can be found in a lot of countries who were conquered/colonized by the French or dominated by a French elite in the past, such as Belgium.

4) Characters meet an arrogant Frenchman full of MisplacedNationalism, either in their country or in France. He acts as TheRival to TheHero and will start a discussion about whose country is better, either in dialogue or through some sort of competition, such as a sport tournament. After the conflict is resolved, however, he often will have grown to love the country of TheHero and isn't as arrogant about himself or his country as he was before. This follows after he is defeated or after any interaction between them that resolves the conflict.

5) In the USA in particular the French jerk will be portrayed as an ungrateful coward, whom ''the brave Americans'' saved in World War One and Two, but who has no respect for Americans in modern times. This is a somewhat one-sided caricature, because the French have in the past battled German invaders more than once (Franco-Prussian War (1871), for instance) and during their so-called ''unheroic retreat'' in World War Two the French only surrendered because the Nazis had already surrounded Paris and threatened to blow the city up, while much of their forces were stuck in the north. Even then, the population in occupied areas of the country kept on fighting. Some people ought to remember a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution certain conflict that took place during the late 18th century]], in which [[NotSoDifferent a resistance movement only managed to overcome their military occupiers with the help of another foreign power, who not only supplied and financed their operations, but also became essential in securing a decisive, final outcome to the conflict]].

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1) # Characters visit France or meet a Frenchman. They'll ask him a simple direction or question, but the French Jerk refuses to answer, starts insulting or threatening them and/or feels they are beneath him.

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FrenchCuisineIsHaughty: Characters visit a French restaurant, where the cook and/or the waiter are all arrogant, badly tempered and dirty snobs who refuse to give their clients what they want or interpret everything they say as a complaint. If they deliver the meals the food will always be filthy, disgusting, cold or at the very least overpriced. \n\n3)
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Characters meet a rich UpperClassTwit, who happens to speak GratuitousFrench in order to appear ''très chic'' and looks down upon the others because they are out of his noble league. A lot of comedy will be built around the fact that he or she doesn't understand or care for the ''common'' people and is unable to speak the language of the protagonists correctly. To top it all off he/she will wear or carry a lorgnette, a monocle or a small handkerchief, to emphasize his/her snobbishness. In the end he or she will always be humiliated or put in her place. This StockCharacter can be found in a lot of countries who were conquered/colonized by the French or dominated by a French elite in the past, such as Belgium. \n\n4)
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Characters meet an arrogant Frenchman full of MisplacedNationalism, either in their country or in France. He acts as TheRival to TheHero and will start a discussion about whose country is better, either in dialogue or through some sort of competition, such as a sport tournament. After the conflict is resolved, however, he often will have grown to love the country of TheHero and isn't as arrogant about himself or his country as he was before. This follows after he is defeated or after any interaction between them that resolves the conflict.

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In the USA in particular the French jerk will be portrayed as an ungrateful coward, whom ''the brave Americans'' saved in World War One and Two, but who has no respect for Americans in modern times. This is a somewhat one-sided caricature, because the French have in the past battled German invaders more than once (Franco-Prussian War (1871), for instance) and during their so-called ''unheroic retreat'' in World War Two the French only surrendered because the Nazis had already surrounded Paris and threatened to blow the city up, while much of their forces were stuck in the north. Even then, the population in occupied areas of the country kept on fighting. Some people ought to remember a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution certain conflict that took place during the late 18th century]], in which [[NotSoDifferent a resistance movement only managed to overcome their military occupiers with the help of another foreign power, who not only supplied and financed their operations, but also became essential in securing a decisive, final outcome to the conflict]].
22nd Apr '17 8:17:03 PM nombretomado
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* Alice Boucher of SurvivalOfTheFittest is an example of this {{trope}}: one of her biggest regrets about being in America is that she doesn't know any insults in English. Due to CharacterDevelopment after being put on the island (as well as a change in writer), she grows out of this '''''very''''' quickly though.

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* Alice Boucher of SurvivalOfTheFittest ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is an example of this {{trope}}: one of her biggest regrets about being in America is that she doesn't know any insults in English. Due to CharacterDevelopment after being put on the island (as well as a change in writer), she grows out of this '''''very''''' quickly though.
14th Apr '17 10:11:29 AM OlmoJV
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* Dufayel, the BigBad of ''Fanfic/OldWest'', speaks with a heavy French accent. He tends to use French expressions especially when he's angry and his [[FauxAffablyEvil fake politeness]] slips.
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13th Apr '17 12:51:29 AM CalSantiago
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* There was an episode of ''Bangkok Airport'' with an obnoxious, [[AlphaBitch bitchy and racist]] French tourist insulting the airport staff for the flight she just missed, even though [[WhatAnIdiot it was her own fault she missed it in the first place]] by getting drunk mere hours before, and she couldn't buy another ticket because she [[TooDumbToLive used up all her money to get drunk]].
12th Apr '17 3:02:03 PM GF93
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* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' ,Erutus Profiteur is the very French holder of the merchant asterisk and chairman of the Khamer & Profiteur Merchantry in Ancheim. As if it wasn't bad enough that he works for the duchy that is trying to bring down the warriors of light, he also comes across as an incredibly corrupt [[CorruptBureaucrat businessman]] by forcing [[DyingTown very thirsty customers]] to buy water at very expensive prices, located in a nearby oasis, surrounded by bandits hired by the very french jerk himself! He even seems to lack [[KillthePoor empathy]] for those who have lost all their possessions in these attacks....
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has Widowmaker, who while [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench sexy]], is a cold-blooded assassin who takes pleasure in killing and is one of the antagonists in the game serving terrorist organization [[NebulousEvilOrganization Talon]]. Not to mention the fact that she acts like a complete {{Jerkass}} to everyone else, constantly taunting her enemies. In an interesting twist however, she ''did not choose'' to be like this. She was once known as Amélie Lacroix, a completely innocent NiceGirl who did nothing wrong of her accord. However, she was kidnapped by said organization and was turned into Widowmaker as she is known today, through intense [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing and neural reconditioning]]. She's also the only French in the cast (aside of her dead husband Gerard)

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* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' ,Erutus ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', Erutus Profiteur is the very French holder of the merchant asterisk and chairman of the Khamer & Profiteur Merchantry in Ancheim. As if it wasn't bad enough that he works for the duchy that is trying to bring down the warriors of light, he also comes across as an incredibly corrupt [[CorruptBureaucrat businessman]] by forcing [[DyingTown very thirsty customers]] to buy water at very expensive prices, located in a nearby oasis, surrounded by bandits hired by the very french jerk himself! He even seems to lack [[KillthePoor empathy]] for those who have lost all their possessions in these attacks....
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has Widowmaker, who while considered [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench sexy]], is a cold-blooded assassin murderer who takes pleasure in killing and is one of the antagonists in the game game, serving terrorist organization [[NebulousEvilOrganization Talon]]. Not to mention the fact that she acts like a complete {{Jerkass}} to everyone else, constantly taunting her enemies. and is by-and-large the cause of-- or at the very least a major factor in-- the major events of the game.
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In an interesting twist however, she ''did not choose'' to be like this. She was once known as Amélie Lacroix, a completely innocent NiceGirl who did nothing wrong of her accord. However, she was kidnapped by said organization and was turned into Widowmaker as she is known today, through intense [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing and neural reconditioning]]. She's also the only French person in the cast (aside of cast, besides her dead husband Gerard)Gerard.
26th Feb '17 5:01:06 PM eowynjedi
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* In the third ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' series, Hornblower is saddled with Major Côtard, a French expatriate who is providing intelligence to the British against Napoleon.[[note]]In the book, he was a naval lieutenant born on the British island of Guernsey, where French is spoken, and Hornblower simply borrowed him from another ship because he didn't have a good enough accent despite his fluency.[[/note]] Hornblower and Bush instinctively mistrust him because he's French, and Côtard doesn't help by complaining about shipboard conditions and trying to push them around. He does prove, however, that he's a genuine ally and seems a little hurt to have been mistrusted.
26th Feb '17 12:01:45 PM nombretomado
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* One episode of TheInbetweeners featured Simon's French exchange partner, Patrice. He was surly and uncommunicative to everyone except [[spoiler:Will's love interest Charlotte, whom he slept with instead]].

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* One episode of TheInbetweeners ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' featured Simon's French exchange partner, Patrice. He was surly and uncommunicative to everyone except [[spoiler:Will's love interest Charlotte, whom he slept with instead]].
2nd Feb '17 11:53:15 AM Monsund
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This trope does ''not'' apply if the story takes place in France and the majority of the cast is French. An exception does apply if only the jerks speak with a French accent.
23rd Jan '17 4:07:34 AM Luppercus
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* Episode "Princess Problems" of the ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'' has a French-accent King and his daughter visiting King Gregor's castle. The French princess is a mean spoiled brat.
15th Jan '17 1:34:00 PM KidDynamite
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* Jean-Paul Leveque from WCW fit this in the mid-90's. He was little more than a mid-carder until he went to the WWF and became pompous blue-blood [[Wrestling/TripleH Hunter Hearst Helmsley]].
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