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8th Apr '17 12:59:41 PM nombretomado
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** It sounded a bit like he was lapsing into [[{{Redwall}} molespeak.]] "Oi'm just an owld frriend of Xanderrrrrr's . . . Oh, to hell with it, I'm your man."

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** It sounded a bit like he was lapsing into [[{{Redwall}} [[{{Literature/Redwall}} molespeak.]] "Oi'm just an owld frriend of Xanderrrrrr's . . . Oh, to hell with it, I'm your man."
24th Mar '17 12:31:37 AM vorpalgirl
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* David in ''Series/Legion2017'' is played by a British actor (you might recognize him for his previous role on ''DowntonAbbey''), but his accent in the show is some variant of "American". Until episode 7, that is, where [[spoiler:his superego manifests to him as... him, but with a classy British accent!]] Bonus points for David putting on an exaggerated version of the accent while talking to [[spoiler:said superego, and saying something he imagined his biological father saying - which also functions as a MythologyGag, as in the comics, David is [[Creator/PatrickStewart Professor Xavier]]'s son]].
7th Mar '17 11:15:09 PM AthenaBlue
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Almost the opposite of OohMeAccentsSlipping which is a slip from an assumed accent into a native one that is ''not'' deliberate.

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Almost the opposite of OohMeAccentsSlipping OohMeAccentsSlipping, which is a slip from an assumed accent into a native one that is ''not'' deliberate.



* In ''Film/TheIsland'', Lincoln Six Echo is a clone of a Scottish man named Tom Lincoln. All clones are brought up speaking with an American accent to avoid confusion. So when Lincoln Six Echo first encounters Tom Lincoln, he's surprised by the other's strange accent. Later on, he "fakes" the accent to trick a mercenary hunting him and makes sure to insert "shite" into a sentence. EwanMcGregor, the actor playing the Lincolns, is Scottish.
** This trope could be partly justified by Lincoln Six Echo occasionally seeing dreams of himself doing other things. It's later reveals to be memories of the original coming to the surface. So his ability to effect a good Scottish accent may stem from that.



* An in-universe variation in ''Film/RockStar'': Steel Dragon's guitarist Kirk (played by Englishman Dominic West -- see ''Series/TheWire'' example) calls Chris to invite him to audition to be the band's new lead singer, but Chris thinks it's his own band's guitarist pranking him and says "your English accent is even worse than your guitar playing" and hangs up. Kirk calls him again and says "there's not much I can do about the accent, but what do you suggest I do about the guitar playing?"
* The film ''City Island'' features an aspring actress who does this as part of an identity makeover. Like in the ''30 Rock'' example further down, she is played by Emily Mortimer.
* In the 1998 version of ''Film/TheParentTrap'', one of Lindsey Lohan's [[ActingForTwo twin characters]] is British-raised, and so must "fake" Lohan's American accent when they secretly switch places.
* ''[[Film/TheMerryWidow1934 The Merry Widow]]'' involves Capt. Danilo, from the tiny, Eastern European, {{Ruritania}}-style country of "Marshovia" being sent to Paris to romance the eponymous widow (ItMakesSenseInContext). The king says "How's your French?", and Danilo rattles off some French dialogue. Actor Maurice Chevalier, of course, was French.



* The film ''City Island'' features an aspiring actress who does this as part of an identity makeover. Like in the ''30 Rock'' example further down, she is played by Emily Mortimer.



* In ''Film/TheIsland'', Lincoln Six Echo is a clone of a Scottish man named Tom Lincoln. All clones are brought up speaking with an American accent to avoid confusion. So when Lincoln Six Echo first encounters Tom Lincoln, he's surprised by the other's strange accent. Later on, he "fakes" the accent to trick a mercenary hunting him and makes sure to insert "shite" into a sentence. EwanMcGregor, the actor playing the Lincolns, is Scottish.
** This trope could be partly justified by Lincoln Six Echo occasionally seeing dreams of himself doing other things. It's later reveals to be memories of the original coming to the surface. So his ability to effect a good Scottish accent may stem from that.



* ''[[Film/TheMerryWidow1934 The Merry Widow]]'' involves Capt. Danilo, from the tiny, Eastern European, {{Ruritania}}-style country of "Marshovia" being sent to Paris to romance the eponymous widow (ItMakesSenseInContext). The king says "How's your French?", and Danilo rattles off some French dialogue. Actor Maurice Chevalier, of course, was French.
* In the 1998 version of ''Film/TheParentTrap'', one of Lindsey Lohan's [[ActingForTwo twin characters]] is British-raised, and so must "fake" Lohan's American accent when they secretly switch places.
* An in-universe variation in ''Film/RockStar'': Steel Dragon's guitarist Kirk (played by Englishman Dominic West -- see ''Series/TheWire'' example) calls Chris to invite him to audition to be the band's new lead singer, but Chris thinks it's his own band's guitarist pranking him and says "your English accent is even worse than your guitar playing" and hangs up. Kirk calls him again and says "there's not much I can do about the accent, but what do you suggest I do about the guitar playing?"



* In early 2007, Emily Mortimer had a recurring role on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' which she played with her native British accent. However, it was later revealed that her character was actually an American posing as a Brit. (Mortimer only did one line with an American accent and that was for TheReveal.)



** Madame Vastra is played by the Scottish Neve [=McIntosh=]. She usually plays the character with a slight Scottish lilt anyway, but at one point in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], she uses her full accent in a scene where Vastra is trying to communicate with the confused, regeneration-sick Twelfth Doctor, who is under the impression everyone with an English accent has "developed a fault".



* In early 2007, Emily Mortimer had a recurring role on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' which she played with her native British accent. However, it was later revealed that her character was actually an American posing as a Brit. (Mortimer only did one line with an American accent and that was for TheReveal.)
8th Feb '17 9:44:28 AM AthenaBlue
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* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Englishman Stephen Moyer plays American vampire Bill Compton, and famously struggles to mimic a Louisiana Cajun accent. It must have been a relief when a flashback sequence showed Bill in an English punk rock bar, and Moyer got to speak with his natural voice.

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* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Englishman Stephen Moyer plays In one episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', the internationally ambiguous Julian Sark pretends to be American. Julian Sark is Russian-born but educated in Britain and spends a lot of time in Ireland. As a result, his character has an Irish-influenced British accent despite being neither Irish nor British. He's played by the American vampire Bill Compton, actor Creator/DavidAnders and famously struggles the American accent the character faked was the actor's native accent.
* In episode 11 of ''Series/AlmostHuman'', John Kennex pretends
to mimic be a Louisiana Cajun accent. It must have been a relief when a flashback sequence showed Bill in New Zealander while on an English punk rock bar, and Moyer got to speak with his natural voice.undercover mission. Creator/KarlUrban, who plays Kennex, is actually from New Zealand.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In the episode ''Tooth and Claw'', The Doctor - played by the Scottish Creator/DavidTennant with an Estuary English accent - "fakes" a Scottish accent to fool Queen Victoria. [[MindScrew So Tennant, a Scotsman, is faking a different Scottish accent from his own, in a series where he speaks in an English accent as a character from another planet.]]
** Similarly, in the spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness -- played by Creator/JohnBarrowman with an American accent -- "fakes" his actor's natural Scottish accent at one point.[[note]]A bit of explanation here. Barrowman is Scottish-born, but spent much of life in the US. Like most immigrant kids, he quickly adopted an American accent. As such, he uses an American accent when interacting with most people and his native Scottish accent when interacting with his family.[[/note]]
** In "The Daleks' Master Plan", Steven fakes Peter Purves's real [[OopNorth Northern accent]] to sneak into a police station. Especially amusing is when the Doctor asks him why he's talking in that "ridiculous voice".
** Missy, played by Glaswegian actress Michelle Gomez, generally has an English accent but intentionally veers into Gomez's own accent on occasion. It's implied the English accent is the "real" one and she puts on the Scots in parody of [[Creator/PeterCapaldi the Twelfth Doctor]]'s accent.
* In ''Series/TheWire'', Sheffield-born Dominic West plays American police detective Jimmy [=McNulty=], who pretends to be a British businessman to go undercover (so to speak) in a brothel. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBL2Wq5YjSw This is the result]].
--> "Cwoikey! I was lookin' to get a little hanky-panky ''[Kima and Lester giggle]'', and this one bloke gave me this number to cawl when I got acwoss the pond."



* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "The Socratic Method", Dr. House, played by the British Hugh Laurie, fakes an English accent to account for the anti-social hour he is calling a doctor to get further medical history for a patient. As a bonus for longtime fans, Laurie uses not his native speaking voice but instead the ''exact'' ludicrous upper-class RP accent used for his previous UpperClassTwit roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Though he does leave in one rhortic "r".
* Spoofed on ''Series/{{Psych}}''. Shawn tries to convince a hotel clerk that he's with Interpol by affecting a British accent and then pretending that his natural American accent is faked as part of his cover.
* In early 2007, Emily Mortimer had a recurring role on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' which she played with her native British accent. However, it was later revealed that her character was actually an American posing as a Brit. (Mortimer only did one line with an American accent and that was for TheReveal.)



* In an episode of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', Nate Fisher imagines his girlfriend as an Australian. Creator/RachelGriffiths, who played the girlfriend, is actually Australian.
* Irish actor Jason O'Mara got to use his native accent when an episode of the American adaptation of ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2008}}'' had his character, American detective Sam Tyler, go undercover as an Irishman. In America!

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* In an episode One of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', Nate Fisher imagines his girlfriend as an Australian. Creator/RachelGriffiths, the recurring characters on later seasons of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is FrenchJerk Henri, who was always trying to steal Kelly away from Woody. Henri was played the girlfriend, is actually Australian.
* Irish actor Jason O'Mara got to use his native accent when an episode of the
by American adaptation of ''Series/{{Life actor Anthony Cistaro. In one episode, Henri hits on Mars|2008}}'' had his character, a girl, who tells him she doesn't like French guys. Cue Henri, in an American detective Sam Tyler, go undercover as an Irishman. In America!accent, telling the girl that he's really from Portland.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan"]], Steven fakes Peter Purves's real [[OopNorth Northern accent]] to sneak into a police station. Especially amusing is when the Doctor asks him why he's talking in that "ridiculous voice".
** In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E2ToothAndClaw "Tooth and Claw"]], The Doctor - played by the Scottish Creator/DavidTennant with an Estuary English accent - "fakes" a Scottish accent to fool Queen Victoria. [[MindScrew So Tennant, a Scotsman, is faking a different Scottish accent from his own, in a series where he speaks in an English accent as a character from another planet.]]
** Similarly, in the spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness -- played by Creator/JohnBarrowman with an American accent -- "fakes" his actor's natural Scottish accent at one point.[[note]]A bit of explanation here. Barrowman is Scottish-born, but spent much of life in the US. Like most immigrant kids, he quickly adopted an American accent. As such, he uses an American accent when interacting with most people and his native Scottish accent when interacting with his family.[[/note]]
** [[TheMaster Missy]], played by Glaswegian actress Michelle Gomez, generally has an English accent but intentionally veers into Gomez's own accent on occasion. It's implied the English accent is the "real" one and she puts on the Scots to mock [[Creator/PeterCapaldi the Twelfth Doctor]]'s accent.



* In one episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', the internationally ambiguous Julian Sark pretends to be American. Julian Sark is Russian-born but educated in Britain and spends a lot of time in Ireland. As a result, his character has an Irish-influenced British accent despite being neither Irish nor British. He's played by the American actor Creator/DavidAnders and the American accent the character faked was the actor's native accent.
* Chuck on ''Series/GossipGirl'' is played by English Ed Westwick. Chuck is obsessed with Blair, who brings back a guy from her summer vacation in Europe who turns out to be a fake-American, his true nationality being British (though the actor is American). So Chuck, being Chuck, fakes an English accent to pull a BedTrick on Blair... and we have an English actor playing an American character who fakes an English accent as done rather poorly by an American actor.



* Chuck on ''Series/GossipGirl'' is played by English Ed Westwick. Chuck is obsessed with Blair, who brings back a guy from her summer vacation in Europe who turns out to be a fake-American, his true nationality being British (though the actor is American). So Chuck, being Chuck, fakes an English accent to pull a BedTrick on Blair... and we have an English actor playing an American character who fakes an English accent as done rather poorly by an American actor.
* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "The Socratic Method", Dr. House, played by the British Hugh Laurie, fakes an English accent to account for the anti-social hour he is calling a doctor to get further medical history for a patient. As a bonus for longtime fans, Laurie uses not his native speaking voice but instead the ''exact'' ludicrous upper-class RP accent used for his previous UpperClassTwit roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Though he does leave in one rhotic "r".
* A visual example rather than an accent-related one comes in the ''Series/IZombie'' episode [[Recap/IZombieS2E15HeBlindedMeWithScience "He Blinded Me... With Science"]]. To enter the Max Rager headquarters incognito, Liv has to disguise herself as a "normal" human with a wig and makeup to cover up her zombism... which is basically an excuse for her actress, Rose [=McIver=], to appear without her character's zombie makeup.
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', Serena goes undercover as a British girl attempting to enter the New York "escort" scene. Saffron Burrows, the actress playing Serena, is from London but plays an NYPD detective.
* Irish actor Jason O'Mara got to use his native accent when an episode of the American adaptation of ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2008}}'' had his character, American detective Sam Tyler, go undercover as an Irishman. In America!



* One of the recurring characters on later seasons of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is FrenchJerk Henri, who was always trying to steal Kelly away from Woody. Henri was played by American actor Anthony Cistaro. In one episode, Henri hits on a girl, who tells him she doesn't like French guys. Cue Henri, in an American accent, telling the girl that he's really from Portland.



* In episode 11 of ''Series/AlmostHuman'', John Kennex pretends to be a New Zealander while on an undercover mission. Creator/KarlUrban, who plays Kennex, is actually from New Zealand.
* In an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', Serena goes undercover as a British girl attempting to enter the New York "escort" scene. Saffron Burrows, the actress playing Serena, is from London but plays an NYPD detective.



* A visual example rather than an accent-related one comes in the ''Series/IZombie'' episode [[Recap/IZombieS2E15HeBlindedMeWithScience "He Blinded Me... With Science"]]. To enter the Max Rager headquarters incognito, Liv has to disguise herself as a "normal" human with a wig and makeup to cover up her zombism... which is basically an excuse for her actress, Rose [=McIver=], to appear without her character's zombie makeup.

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* A visual example rather than Spoofed on ''Series/{{Psych}}''. Shawn tries to convince a hotel clerk that he's with Interpol by affecting a British accent and then pretending that his natural American accent is faked as part of his cover.
* In
an accent-related one comes in the ''Series/IZombie'' episode [[Recap/IZombieS2E15HeBlindedMeWithScience "He Blinded Me... With Science"]]. To enter of ''Series/SixFeetUnder'', Nate Fisher imagines his girlfriend as an Australian. Creator/RachelGriffiths, who played the Max Rager headquarters incognito, Liv has to disguise herself as girlfriend, is actually Australian.
* In early 2007, Emily Mortimer had
a "normal" human with a wig and makeup to cover up her zombism... recurring role on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' which is basically she played with her native British accent. However, it was later revealed that her character was actually an excuse American posing as a Brit. (Mortimer only did one line with an American accent and that was for her actress, Rose [=McIver=], TheReveal.)
* On ''Series/TrueBlood'', Englishman Stephen Moyer plays American vampire Bill Compton, and famously struggles
to appear without her character's zombie makeup.mimic a Louisiana Cajun accent. It must have been a relief when a flashback sequence showed Bill in an English punk rock bar, and Moyer got to speak with his natural voice.


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* In ''Series/TheWire'', Sheffield-born Dominic West plays American police detective Jimmy [=McNulty=], who pretends to be a British businessman to go undercover (so to speak) in a brothel. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBL2Wq5YjSw This is the result]].
--> "Cwoikey! I was lookin' to get a little hanky-panky ''[Kima and Lester giggle]'', and this one bloke gave me this number to cawl when I got acwoss the pond."
2nd Feb '17 12:56:28 PM FF32
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* In ''Film/LazerTeam'', Woody, a Southern redneck, begins speaking with a British accent after using an intelligence-granting helmet, which is noted to be because of his belief in the SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish trope rather than an actual side effect of the device. Woody's actor, Creator/GavinFree, is actually British.
18th Jan '17 1:56:41 PM StFan
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** Similarly, in the spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness - played by Creator/JohnBarrowman with an American accent - "fakes" his actor's natural Scottish accent at one point.
*** A bit of explanation here. Barrowman is Scottish-born, but spent much of life in the US. Like most immigrant kids, he quickly adopted an American accent. As such, he uses an American accent when interacting with most people and his native Scottish accent when interacting with his family.
** In "The Daleks' Master Plan", Steven fakes Peter Purves's real [[OopNorth Northern accent]] to sneak into a police station. Especially amusing is when the Doctor asks him why he's talking in that 'ridiculous voice'.

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** Similarly, in the spinoff ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness - -- played by Creator/JohnBarrowman with an American accent - -- "fakes" his actor's natural Scottish accent at one point.
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point.[[note]]A bit of explanation here. Barrowman is Scottish-born, but spent much of life in the US. Like most immigrant kids, he quickly adopted an American accent. As such, he uses an American accent when interacting with most people and his native Scottish accent when interacting with his family.
family.[[/note]]
** In "The Daleks' Master Plan", Steven fakes Peter Purves's real [[OopNorth Northern accent]] to sneak into a police station. Especially amusing is when the Doctor asks him why he's talking in that 'ridiculous voice'."ridiculous voice".



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* In the sixth season episode "Joust Like a Woman" from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Creator/AlanRickman guest stars as the owner of a Renaissance fair, and spends most of the episode speaking in his natural British accent. At the end, when he's defeated and some coworkers launch a lawsuit, the character slips back into his natural voice...which is a terrible attempt from Rickman at a Texan accent. Luckily it's just for the first sentence and he just does a straight American accent for the rest.

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* In the sixth season episode "Joust Like a Woman" from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Creator/AlanRickman guest stars as the owner of a Renaissance fair, and spends most of the episode speaking in his natural British accent. At the end, when he's defeated and some coworkers launch a lawsuit, the character slips back into his natural voice... which is a terrible attempt from Rickman at a Texan accent. Luckily it's just for the first sentence and he just does a straight American accent for the rest.
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** Also, a variant: in one episode, Michael has to pretend to be from Boston...and he talks like someone from Miami faking a Boston accent.

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** Also, a variant: in one episode, Michael Michael, played by actually-from-Boston (well, Amesbury, but that's close enough) Jeffrey Donovan, has to pretend to be from Boston...and he talks like someone from Miami faking a Boston accent.
30th Dec '16 10:13:53 AM karstovich2
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* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "The Socratic Method", Dr. House, played by the British Hugh Laurie, fakes an English accent to account for the anti-social hour he is calling a doctor to get further medical history for a patient. As a bonus for longtime fans, Laurie uses the ''exact'' accent used for his previous UpperClassTwit roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Though he does leave in one rhortic "r".

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* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' episode "The Socratic Method", Dr. House, played by the British Hugh Laurie, fakes an English accent to account for the anti-social hour he is calling a doctor to get further medical history for a patient. As a bonus for longtime fans, Laurie uses not his native speaking voice but instead the ''exact'' ludicrous upper-class RP accent used for his previous UpperClassTwit roles in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Though he does leave in one rhortic "r".
24th Nov '16 7:51:24 AM FlowerofMay
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* One episode of ''Series/WhiteCollar'' requires the American Diana (played by Manchester-native Marsha Thompson) to affect a Manchester accent.
4th Nov '16 10:38:09 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Canadian Tatiana Maslany plays the British Sarah, along with several of her clones, who hail from different nations, including Canada (thus allowing Maslany to use her actual accent). This trope is more directly used when she initially takes over Beth's life and has to fake a Canadian accent.

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* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Canadian Tatiana Maslany Creator/TatianaMaslany plays the British Sarah, along with [[ActingForTwo several of her clones, different clones]] who hail from different nations, including Canada (thus allowing Maslany to use her actual accent). This trope is more directly used when she Sarah, the British clone, initially takes over Beth's the life of the Toronto cop Beth and has to fake a Canadian accent.accent.
* A visual example rather than an accent-related one comes in the ''Series/IZombie'' episode [[Recap/IZombieS2E15HeBlindedMeWithScience "He Blinded Me... With Science"]]. To enter the Max Rager headquarters incognito, Liv has to disguise herself as a "normal" human with a wig and makeup to cover up her zombism... which is basically an excuse for her actress, Rose [=McIver=], to appear without her character's zombie makeup.
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