History Main / GratuitousRussian

16th May '17 9:30:37 AM nombretomado
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UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} is a big place. There are many people living in it and its neighboring countries, especially the ones that were once parts of the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Union of Soviet Socialist Republics]]. Consequentially, there are a lot of people on the planet (quarter billion, according to TheOtherWiki) who can speak RussianLanguage to some extent. It's no surprise then, that non-Russian authors love to put snippets of Russian speech into their characters' mouths, especially if said characters come from TsaristRussia (in {{Period Piece}}s), the Soviet Union (during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar era), or TheNewRussia.

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UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} is a big place. There are many people living in it and its neighboring countries, especially the ones that were once parts of the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Union of Soviet Socialist Republics]]. Consequentially, there are a lot of people on the planet (quarter billion, according to TheOtherWiki) who can speak RussianLanguage to some extent. It's no surprise then, that non-Russian authors love to put snippets of Russian speech into their characters' mouths, especially if said characters come from TsaristRussia UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia (in {{Period Piece}}s), the Soviet Union (during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar era), or TheNewRussia.
26th Apr '17 4:51:18 AM ChronoLegion
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* The English version of ''VideoGame/SilentStorm'' has all non-English-speaking characters occasionally use words or phrases in their native tongues, including Russian and Ukrainian.
26th Apr '17 4:47:26 AM ChronoLegion
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* The first book in ''Literature/TheLostRegiment'' series has a few sentences written in transliterated Russian... [[EternalEnglish modern Russian]], even though the people they're talking to are supposed to be descendants of [[TransplantedHumans transplanted]] Medieval Russians stuck in [[MedievalStasis technological stagnation]]. It seems unlikely that their language would develop along the same lines as Earth's Russian.
26th Apr '17 4:43:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* MCU movies in general do a surprisingly fair job of averting this. Rourke as Whiplash from the IronMan2 managed to make a Russian IT meme with his "tvoy soft govno. Software's shit" - one based on content, as opposed to hilarity of this trope. Bruhl, as Zemo, sounds quite passable in reciting Winter Soldier's activation, too.

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* MCU movies in general do a surprisingly fair job of averting this. Rourke as Whiplash from the IronMan2 managed to make a Russian IT meme with his "tvoy soft govno. Software's shit" - one based on content, as opposed to hilarity of this trope. Apparently, Rourke insisted that his character speak Russian at least a few times. Bruhl, as Zemo, sounds quite passable in reciting Winter Soldier's activation, too.
26th Apr '17 4:40:49 AM ChronoLegion
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* The later ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' seasons that deal with Oliver's time in Russia make a fair attempt at getting Russian right, even though most Russians are played by non-Russian actors. Oliver's accent makes sense, at least, even though his grammar is actually pretty good.
26th Apr '17 4:19:22 AM ChronoLegion
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* Several Russian worlds pop up in some episodes of ''Series/StargateSG1'', mostly spoken by Daniel Jackson, who is supposed to be a linguist proficient in dozens of languages (not all human). For example, one episode involved O'Neill being upset that he is forced to go on a mission with a Russian team. His comment that he needs someone whom he can trust to "watch [his] six". Jackson remarks that the Russians will watch his "shest'" (Russian for "six"), even though the phrase Сериалы is meaningless in Russian. A linguist ought to know that.

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* Several Russian worlds pop up in some episodes of ''Series/StargateSG1'', mostly spoken by Daniel Jackson, who is supposed to be a linguist proficient in dozens of languages (not all human). For example, one episode involved O'Neill being upset that he is forced to go on a mission with a Russian team. His comment that he needs someone whom he can trust to "watch [his] six". Jackson remarks that the Russians will watch his "shest'" (Russian for "six"), even though the phrase Сериалы is meaningless in Russian. A linguist ought to know that.
25th Apr '17 9:50:29 PM wolftickets1969
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* "Morpheus" by the German DarkWave band In Strict Confidence has a Russian chorus, while the verses are in the group's native language.
27th Jan '17 6:55:07 PM Mhazard
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* Averted in ''GirlsUndPanzer.'' Until production started, nobody on the team knew that the voice actor for one of the characters - which just so happened to be Russian - was actually a Russian language ''otaku'' herself. Once they found out, they milked it for what it's worth with the character singing songs, spouting proverbs and even lightly conversing, all in appropriately pronounced Russian with a slight Japanese accent - to be exact, with softened consonants.

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* Averted in ''GirlsUndPanzer.''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer.'' Until production started, nobody on the team knew that the voice actor for one of the characters - which just so happened to be Russian - was actually a Russian language ''otaku'' herself. Once they found out, they milked it for what it's worth with the character singing songs, spouting proverbs and even lightly conversing, all in appropriately pronounced Russian with a slight Japanese accent - to be exact, with softened consonants.
20th Dec '16 2:50:05 AM Arcanis
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* MCU movies in general do a surprisingly fair job of averting this. Rourke as Whiplash from the IronMan2 managed to make a Russian IT meme with his "tvoy soft govno. Software's shit" - one based on content, as opposed to hilarity of this trope. Bruhl, as Zemo, sounds quite passable in reciting Winter Soldier's activation, too.
30th Nov '16 1:03:12 PM Korodzik
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* The [[http://www.museumofplay.org/online-collections/22/46/113.3400 front cover]] for the Japanese releases of ''VideoGame/{{Brandish}}'' includes the backstory written out in Russian for some reason.
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