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19th Nov '17 10:27:57 AM nighttrainfm
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19th Nov '17 3:08:55 AM scooter
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* In the classic-series ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E6TheKingsDemons "The King's Demons"]], the only French character behaves in a haughty and deliberately offensive manner. Not surprisingly, he turns out to be the villain--as in ''the'' villain during this period of the series ([[spoiler: it's the Master in disguise]]). Unfortunately, the effects of his trying to be intentionally divisive are rather undermined by his similarity to the [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail French Taunter]] in both atrocious accent and ridiculous dialog and behavior.
16th Nov '17 5:48:53 PM iroanxi
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* A weird meta-example occurs in ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'': Joanna Bonifacio speaks in French to help her deal with annoying and self-aggrandizing people—such as [[CorruptBureaucrat Attorney Arcinas]].
30th Oct '17 8:57:13 PM BattleMaster
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* "Genius In France" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic says that French people are "snotty and rude" but still go gaga over the singer.


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-->I am Francois de Grimm and I shall be rude to you!
22nd Oct '17 11:27:01 AM majike
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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]].

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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]].
conflict]][[note]]Although the analogy is not entirely correct, considering that TheAmericanRevolution involved separatist rebels trying to break their native region free of its legitimate rulers, while the Occupation of France involved resistance movements trying to fight against illegitimate foreign occupiers.
19th Oct '17 6:25:24 AM CosmicFerret
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* George Stobbart's condescending, some-time love rival Andre in the ''BrokenSword'' series is arguably this.

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* George Stobbart's condescending, some-time love rival Andre in the ''BrokenSword'' ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' series is arguably this.
12th Sep '17 11:43:59 PM thatmadork
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* Bretonnia in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' 1st Edition was ''ze'' pre-Revolutionary Frenchjerklandia, known largely for its decadent nobility, downtrodden peasantry and rotten-to-the-core politics (though it did produce nice duelling pistols). Later editions swapped this out for a whole new identity: think Myth/KingArthur's Avalon meets TheDungAges, a rural medieval backwater where filthy, illiterate, inbred cretins pay 95% of their income in tax to filthy rich, out-of-touch, also inbred nobles and knights who are ''anything but'' chivalrous.
19th Aug '17 6:14:05 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Inspector Jean-Claude Pitrel from the first ''Film/{{Taken}}}'' movie. Not only did he used to be a friend to Bryan Mills (which makes his decision to help the sex-slave group that kidnapped Mills' daughter all the more awful), but after Bryan confronts him over this, he first tries to shoot Brian and when Brian asks him why he works for that kind of men, his explanation was an annoyed-sounding "My expenses are X, the money I get from my work is Y, and Y is not enough to cover X, so I had to get funds from elsewhere". Said while Bryan ''is pointing a gun at him''.
18th Aug '17 9:20:54 AM Julia1984
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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. Collette says at one point, "Sorry to be rude, but we're French", which makes no sense since they ''are'' in France. There are some examples of French chauvinism, like the opening narration stating that "although other nations might dispute this fact... [[FoodPorn the best food in the world]] is made in France", and Skinner dismissively calling corn dogs "cheap sausages dipped in batter and fried; you know, American." Collette's line is "Sorry to be rude, but we're French and it's dinnertime." She was talking to reporters, so it may have been a joke, but she also had a kitchen to get running and Linguini's interview had them running late, so it may actually have been referring to "the best food in the world", just waiting to be made and eaten.

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. Collette says at one point, "Sorry to be rude, but we're French", French. And it's dinnertime," which only makes no sense as joke meant to reference this trope. (Were she referring only to the need to rush and prepare dinner, the first part wouldn't be necessary, but whether that's what she meant or not, the first part serves no purpose since they ''are'' in France. France.) There are some examples of French chauvinism, like the opening narration stating that "although other nations might dispute this fact... [[FoodPorn the best food in the world]] is made in France", and Skinner dismissively calling corn dogs "cheap sausages dipped in batter and fried; you know, American." Collette's line is "Sorry to be rude, but we're French and it's dinnertime." She was talking to reporters, so it may have been a joke, but she also had a kitchen to get running and Linguini's interview had them running late, so it may actually have been referring to "the best food in the world", just waiting to be made and eaten."
4th Aug '17 8:46:15 AM StFan
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* An old [=McDonald=]'s ad featured Ronald [=McDonald=] and his friends touring around the world visiting humourous reimaginings of famous landmarks. In France, they meet the "Awful Tower", who was a sentient Eiffel Tower that told bad jokes in an obnoxious French accent.
-->'''Awful Tower:''' Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven ''eight'' nine! Oh hon hon hon...!
-->'''Birdie:''' My, he ''is'' awful.

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* An old [=McDonald=]'s ad featured Ronald [=McDonald=] and his friends touring around the world visiting humourous reimaginings humorous re-imaginings of famous landmarks. In France, they meet the "Awful Tower", who was is a sentient Eiffel Tower that told tells bad jokes in an obnoxious French accent.
-->'''Awful Tower:''' Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven ''eight'' nine! Oh hon hon hon...!
-->'''Birdie:'''
!\\
'''Birdie:'''
My, he ''is'' awful.



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* Creator/EddieIzzard, on the French in his stand-up show "Dress To Kill":
-->...and France hated them all ‘cause Southern France was collaborating with the Germans, embarrassing! So since then, they've been kind of spiky and kind of, er, French... I'm very positive on the French, my family way back was French, so I go with it, but they are kind of, well, fucking French at times...\\
"All of Europe, you must do this!"\\
"Well... we're not gonna! We're gonna have a sandwich."
** Later in that show:
-->[[EvilBrit We play bad guys in Hollywood movies because of the Revolutionary War.]] Oh yes, no two ways about it. And the French, who were on your side in the Revolutionary war, they play more esoteric characters. They have characters who turn up and go,\\
"My name is Pierre! I have come from Paris. I’ve come to have sex with your family."\\
"Help yourself! Because of the debt of honor to General Lafayette."\\
You know your own history, yeah? ''[beat, gives audience a knowing smirk]'' You don't know ''who he is'', do you?! What was it? The Spanish-American War? The French-Banana War? What? Revolutionary War! Hung out with Washington. Lafayette. Street named after him in New York. Forget it!
* French comedian Marcel Lucont uses this as part of his stand-up persona.
* Creator/RobinWilliams sometimes had skits to this trope's effect:
--> (''Imitating a Frenchman'') Fuck you Americans! Uncultured, crass Americans! We hate all of you! Fu- the Germans are here! Hello Americans! We love you!
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* You have Georges Batroc, the Leaper, a classic foe of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' and a giant dickwad to boot.
** DependingOnTheWriter. He's a tad egotistical, true, but he's not really a jerk most of the time. He gave up crime after hearing Steve lament the fact none of his enemies ever reformed. In fact, Batroc and Cap have [[FriendlyEnemy a pretty friendly relationship]] and he has helped Cap numerous times. Even as a villain, he'll [[EnemyMine team up with Cap]] to take on the ''really'' vile supervillains.
* Averted in Comicbook/TheBoys, in which the Frenchman is probably the nicest, friendliest, most genial guy in the series. He'll crush your skull if you make him mad, but still, by the standards of an [[Creator/GarthEnnis Ennis]] story, stand-up guy.

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* You have Georges Batroc, the Leaper, a classic foe of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' and a giant dickwad to boot.
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boot. DependingOnTheWriter. He's a tad egotistical, true, but he's not really a jerk most of the time. He gave up crime after hearing Steve lament the fact none of his enemies ever reformed. In fact, Batroc and Cap have [[FriendlyEnemy a pretty friendly relationship]] and he has helped Cap numerous times. Even as a villain, he'll [[EnemyMine team up with Cap]] to take on the ''really'' vile supervillains.
* Averted in Comicbook/TheBoys, ComicBook/TheBoys, in which the Frenchman is probably the nicest, friendliest, most genial guy in the series. He'll crush your skull if you make him mad, but still, by the standards of an [[Creator/GarthEnnis Ennis]] story, stand-up guy.



* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Meneer Pheip is a Flemish man of French descent who speaks mangled Dutch with a lot of badly translated French and Dutch. He is a rich arrogant, but dimwitted snob and in some stories he even turns against Nero, though he always forgiven in the end and seen as an irritating nuisance, but a friend nevertheless.
* ComicBook/TomPoes: Marquis de Canteclaer is a snobbish rooster, who uses ''très chique'' French words and expressions, but always looks down upon everyone in his environment, especially Bommel whom he sees as someone not worthy to be called a nobleman.

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* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': Meneer Pheip is a Flemish man of French descent who speaks mangled Dutch with a lot of badly translated French and Dutch. He is a rich arrogant, but dimwitted snob and in some stories he even turns against Nero, though he always forgiven in the end and seen as an irritating nuisance, but a friend nevertheless.
* ComicBook/TomPoes: ''ComicBook/TomPoes'': Marquis de Canteclaer is a snobbish rooster, who uses ''très chique'' French words and expressions, but always looks down upon everyone in his environment, especially Bommel whom he sees as someone not worthy to be called a nobleman.



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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. Collette says at one point, "Sorry to be rude, but we're French", which makes no sense since they ''are'' in France. There are some examples of French chauvinism, like the opening narration stating that "although other nations might dispute this fact... [[FoodPorn the best food in the world]] is made in France", and Skinner dismissively calling corn dogs "cheap sausages dipped in batter and fried; you know, American."
** Collette's line is "Sorry to be rude, but we're French and it's dinnertime." She was talking to reporters, so it may have been a joke, but she also had a kitchen to get running and Linguini's interview had them running late, so it may actually have been referring to "the best food in the world", just waiting to be made and eaten.
* Chef Louie from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has shades of this - including the obnoxious, nasal "french laugh": [[MauriceChevalierAccent Hee hee hee, haw haw haw]]! He also sings about cutting up and serving fish for dinner, which seems ''intensely'' sadistic from to Sebastian's point of view - especially as the chef is preparing '''stuffed crab''' as the main course, thinks Sebastian is a "missed" crab, sings about him being "succulent", dips him in oyster sauce, covers him with flour, stuffs bread in his mouth, and then ''chucks him at the boiling pot.''

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. Collette says at one point, "Sorry to be rude, but we're French", which makes no sense since they ''are'' in France. There are some examples of French chauvinism, like the opening narration stating that "although other nations might dispute this fact... [[FoodPorn the best food in the world]] is made in France", and Skinner dismissively calling corn dogs "cheap sausages dipped in batter and fried; you know, American."
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" Collette's line is "Sorry to be rude, but we're French and it's dinnertime." She was talking to reporters, so it may have been a joke, but she also had a kitchen to get running and Linguini's interview had them running late, so it may actually have been referring to "the best food in the world", just waiting to be made and eaten.
* Chef Louie from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has shades of this - -- including the obnoxious, nasal "french laugh": [[MauriceChevalierAccent Hee hee hee, haw haw haw]]! He also sings about cutting up and serving fish for dinner, which seems ''intensely'' sadistic from to Sebastian's point of view - -- especially as the chef is preparing '''stuffed crab''' as the main course, thinks Sebastian is a "missed" crab, sings about him being "succulent", dips him in oyster sauce, covers him with flour, stuffs bread in his mouth, and then ''chucks him at the boiling pot.''



* Meowrice in ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''.

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* %%* Meowrice in ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''.''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''.
* Although in most retellings, Robin Hood is an English Saxon fighting the tyranny of French-descended Normans, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' he inexplicably has a French accent. And is a jerk to boot.



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-->'''Ryder:''' God hates homos.
-->'''Christian:''' You're gonna come into my house and tell me God hates homosexuals?
-->'''Aaron:''' And the French.
-->'''Ryder:''' God hates the French?
-->'''Aaron:''' Everybody hates the French.

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-->'''Ryder:''' God hates homos.
-->'''Christian:'''
homos.\\
'''Christian:'''
You're gonna come into my house and tell me God hates homosexuals?
-->'''Aaron:'''
homosexuals?\\
'''Aaron:'''
And the French.
-->'''Ryder:'''
French.\\
'''Ryder:'''
God hates the French?
-->'''Aaron:'''
French?\\
'''Aaron:'''
Everybody hates the French.



* Creator/LouisDeFunes: This French comedian played a French jerk in all of his films, in high contrast with his real, more modest and friendly personality.



* Marvin Suggs of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is a demented, egocentric jerk who enjoys abusing his Muppaphones for the sake of entertainment.
---> '''Guest:''' Are you going to hurt these adorable living creatures?
---> '''Marvin Suggs:''' Of course-ah! You cannot get mu-sic from '''dead''' creatures!



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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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* According to ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', Victorian-era France is filled with people who sigh superciliously whenever a tourist asks them a question, and they're not above killing and cooking any Englishman they find (even if said Englishman comes [[ItMakesSenseInContext in the form of a giant dinosaur]]). It's also how series BigBad Mister Gently Benevolent disguises himself, complete with striped vest, beret, and an "air of undeserved satisfaction".

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* Jean-Paul Leveque from WCW fit this in the mid-90's. mid-'90s. 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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* According to ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', Victorian-era France is filled with people who sigh superciliously whenever a tourist asks them a question, and they're not above killing and cooking any Englishman they find (even if said Englishman comes [[ItMakesSenseInContext in the form of a giant dinosaur]]). It's also how series BigBad Mister Gently Benevolent disguises himself, complete with striped vest, beret, and an "air of undeserved satisfaction".
Helmsley]].



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* Creator/EddieIzzard, on the French in his stand-up show "Dress To Kill":
-->...and France hated them all ‘cause Southern France was collaborating with the Germans, embarrassing! So since then, they've been kind of spiky and kind of, er, French... I'm very positive on the French, my family way back was French, so I go with it, but they are kind of, well, fucking French at times...\\
"All of Europe, you must do this!"\\
"Well… we're not gonna! We're gonna have a sandwich."
** Later in that show:
-->[[EvilBrit We play bad guys in Hollywood movies because of the Revolutionary War.]] Oh yes, no two ways about it. And the French, who were on your side in the Revolutionary war, they play more esoteric characters. They have characters who turn up and go,\\
"My name is Pierre! I have come from Paris. I’ve come to have sex with your family."\\
"Help yourself! Because of the debt of honor to General Lafayette."\\
You know your own history, yeah? ''[beat, gives audience a knowing smirk]'' You don't know ''who he is'', do you?! What was it? The Spanish-American War? The French-Banana War? What? Revolutionary War! Hung out with Washington. Lafayette. Street named after him in New York. Forget it!
* French comedian Marcel Lucont uses this as part of his stand-up persona.
* Creator/RobinWilliams sometimes had skits to this trope's effect:
--> (''Imitating a Frenchman'') Fuck you Americans! Uncultured, crass Americans! We hate all of you! Fu- the Germans are here! Hello Americans! We love you!

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* Creator/EddieIzzard, on Marvin Suggs of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is a demented, egocentric jerk who enjoys abusing his Muppaphones for the French in his stand-up show "Dress To Kill":
-->...and
sake of entertainment.
-->'''Guest:''' Are you going to hurt these adorable living creatures?\\
'''Marvin Suggs:''' Of course-ah! You cannot get mu-sic from '''dead''' creatures!
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* According to ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', Victorian-era
France hated is filled with people who sigh superciliously whenever a tourist asks them all ‘cause Southern France was collaborating with the Germans, embarrassing! So since then, they've been kind of spiky a question, and kind of, er, French... I'm very positive on the French, my family way back was French, so I go with it, but they're not above killing and cooking any Englishman they are kind of, well, fucking French at times...\\
"All of Europe, you must do this!"\\
"Well… we're not gonna! We're gonna have a sandwich."
** Later in that show:
-->[[EvilBrit We play bad guys in Hollywood movies because of the Revolutionary War.]] Oh yes, no two ways about it. And the French, who were on your side
find (even if said Englishman comes [[ItMakesSenseInContext in the Revolutionary war, they play more esoteric characters. They have characters who turn up and go,\\
"My name is Pierre! I have come from Paris. I’ve come to have sex
form of a giant dinosaur]]). It's also how series BigBad Mister Gently Benevolent disguises himself, complete with your family."\\
"Help yourself! Because
striped vest, beret, and an "air of the debt of honor to General Lafayette."\\
You know your own history, yeah? ''[beat, gives audience a knowing smirk]'' You don't know ''who he is'', do you?! What was it? The Spanish-American War? The French-Banana War? What? Revolutionary War! Hung out with Washington. Lafayette. Street named after him in New York. Forget it!
* French comedian Marcel Lucont uses this as part of his stand-up persona.
* Creator/RobinWilliams sometimes had skits to this trope's effect:
--> (''Imitating a Frenchman'') Fuck you Americans! Uncultured, crass Americans! We hate all of you! Fu- the Germans are here! Hello Americans! We love you!
undeserved satisfaction".



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-->'''Princeton:''' Well, sure, Gary, but lots of people tell black jokes. But I bet you tell jokes about French people, right?
-->'''Gary:''' Yeah, sure I do! Those French people are such assholes.
-->'''Princeton:''' Now don't you think ''that's'' a little racist?

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-->'''Princeton:''' Well, sure, Gary, but lots of people tell black jokes. But I bet you tell jokes about French people, right?
-->'''Gary:'''
right?\\
'''Gary:'''
Yeah, sure I do! Those French people are such assholes.
-->'''Princeton:'''
assholes.\\
'''Princeton:'''
Now don't you think ''that's'' a little racist?



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-->'''Lisa:''' I'm at the wrong school!
-->'''Students:''' (''laughing'')
-->'''French Teacher:''' Ahem, ''en francais''.
-->'''Students:'' (''snooty laughter'')

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-->'''Lisa:''' --->'''Lisa:''' I'm at the wrong school!
-->'''Students:''' (''laughing'')
-->'''French
school!\\
'''Students:''' ''[laughing]''\\
'''French
Teacher:''' Ahem, ''en francais''.
-->'''Students:'' (''snooty laughter'')
français''.\\
'''Students:'' ''[snooty laughter]''



* Victor of ''WesternAnimation/VictorAndHugo'' - Bunglers in Crime, who is noticeably ruder and more bad-tempered than Hugo (though almost invariably TO Hugo)
* Le Quack, the antagonistic French duck from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. "Stupeed Amereecans!"

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* Victor of ''WesternAnimation/VictorAndHugo'' ''WesternAnimation/VictorAndHugo - Bunglers in Crime, Crime'', who is noticeably ruder and more bad-tempered than Hugo (though almost invariably TO Hugo)
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Le Quack, the antagonistic French duck from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''.duck. "Stupeed Amereecans!"



* [[AlphaBitch Nanette Manoir]] from ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' is Franco-Canadian rather than French, but otherwise fits this trope perfectly. Although, as the titular character points out quite often to the viewers, Nanette really isn't French at all; she's just faking it because she thinks it makes her sound cultured. Indeed, the BilingualBonus is that anyone listening who actually ''knows'' French can tell Nanette is often either flat out mistaken or making it up when she uses "French" words, and the plot of one story is an ''actual'' French girl (who is far nicer than Nanette is) joins the class and nearly reveals she can't speak a word of French.

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* [[AlphaBitch Nanette Manoir]] from ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' is Franco-Canadian rather than French, but otherwise fits this trope perfectly. Although, as the titular character points out quite often to the viewers, Nanette really isn't French at all; she's just faking it because she thinks it makes her sound cultured. Indeed, the BilingualBonus is that anyone listening who actually ''knows'' French can tell Nanette is often either flat out flat-out mistaken or making it up when she uses "French" words, and the plot of one story is an ''actual'' French girl (who is far nicer than Nanette is) joins the class and nearly reveals she can't speak a word of French.



* Although in most retellings, Robin Hood is an English Saxon fighting the tyranny of French-descended Normans, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' he inexplicably has a French accent. And is a jerk to boot.



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