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16th Jul '17 9:54:25 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' uses a wide variety of accents: searats TalkLikeAPirate, moles are country bumpkins ("burr aye, zurr" - based on UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry accent - the double r is to emphasise that it is rhotic), and hares use the "tally ho, wot wot"-type of speech (based on the WW2 RAF no less). Scottish accents show up in later books.

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* ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' uses a wide variety of accents: searats TalkLikeAPirate, moles are country bumpkins ("burr aye, zurr" - based on UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry accent - the double r is to emphasise that it is rhotic), and hares use the "tally ho, wot wot"-type of speech (based on the WW2 [=WW2=] RAF no less). Scottish accents show up in later books.
14th Jul '17 11:11:06 AM AFP
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* Angel in the ''Film/WingCommander'' movie. Saffron Burrows tried a French accent for her first scene or two, but quickly [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent gave it up as a bad go]].

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* Angel in the ''Film/WingCommander'' movie. Saffron Burrows tried a French accent for her first scene or two, but quickly [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent gave it up as a bad go]]. Worth noting, in the games and novels, Angel is Belgian.
14th Jul '17 11:09:53 AM AFP
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* Marcus from ''Series/BabylonFive'', in an attempt to sound Arthurian.

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* Marcus from ''Series/BabylonFive'', in an attempt to sound Arthurian. The show does {{lampshade}} the fact that Marcus isn't even really English, being born and raised on a small mining colony with his family several generations removed from the British Isles and Earth.
12th Jun '17 3:27:18 AM Wyldchyld
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* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'': Giles and Wesley and well any watcher really. Also found in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. At least for Giles, it's eventually made clear that the accent is something of a put-on for the character as well as the actor. Wesley's accent, however, gets less posh the more time he spends in America and he is able to gradually phase out what Americans expect to hear of an English accent.
** Band Candy shows that Giles' real accent is similar (though exaggerated) to his actor's real accent. He just does the more posh one to fit in more with the other Watchers and distance himself from his dodgy past.
** Even vampires such as Spike (or Spoik) and Drusilla play up to stereotypes with their silly accents terribly done. But because they are Victorian nutters, it works.
*** Much like Giles, Spike's accent is shown in a flashback to be fake and that he had a different accent (also English, but much different and somewhat more realistic) before he decided to use the one he currently uses to sound more badass. James Marsters (Spike) actually based it on the real accent of Anthony Stewart Head (Giles). It is ''terrible'', as is Drusilla's.
*** Spike's kind of the reverse of Giles. Giles has, depending on interpretation, either poshed-up his accent to fit in as a Watcher or *reverted* to posh after affecting a lower-class accent in his rebellious youth. Spike started out posh, but has deliberately moved his accent downmarket and stayed there. Then there's Drusilla, whose strangled Cockney tones ARE supposed to be her natural accent, but who put on a posh one when she first met human-Spike, presumably to put him at ease: ironically, this "fake" accent is far more convincing than her "real" Cockney one. Yet both are awful to the true English ear. Drusilla's accent could be partially dismissed as being a result of her being ''profoundly'' insane, the result of [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil Angelus's handiwork]].
** The Watchers Council being full of posh dudes in tweed who speak like some variation upon Rex Harrison. Even the surly 'lower class' henchmen have this ludicrous 'pip pip cheerio God Save the Queen!' dialogue.
** Depends also on the writer - some simply write amusing scenarios and get the actors to flesh it out. Creator/JossWhedon went to a renowned English independent school so has direct experience of such prim, tweedy characters. Others (such as Jane Espenson in particular) attempt to introduce British "slang" and end up sounded daft because they are unfamiliar with this type of dialogue.
** Averted for all of roughly two seconds in "Hush" with Giles' Liverpudlian girlfriend Olivia.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'': In another Joss Whedon show, the only British people there speak in a Cockney accent. One episode involves [[Creator/SummerGlau River Tam]] faking it really, really badly. Seeing as she's a CloudCuckooLander, however, this could very well be in character.

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* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'': ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Giles speaks with an RP accent, and Wesley is a restrained, quiet and well any watcher really. Also found in ''Series/{{Angel}}''. At least for Giles, it's eventually made clear unfussy character; quintessentially English, something that is commented on in-universe from time to time. Although the actor is British, his native accent is something of a put-on different, so he's putting on the RP for the role. The character is also playing a part, as he was a rebellious youth into dark magic and nick-named Ripper. It took him a long time to put that reputation behind him and become the responsible, reserved Watcher that Buffy and her friends are used to. All Watchers in the show therefore have this same upper class accent, even if they look and act like mafia thugs.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': First introduced in Buffy, Wesley's character development in the spin-off underwent a dramatic change over the course of the show, switching from an uptight, reserved, rules-obsessed academic into an earthy, badass monster-killer who was willing to achieve a result by any means necessary. His accent changed accordingly across the show, from perfect RP to a slightly looser, less formal English that was designed to reflect his personality change and the years
the character as well as had spent in the actor. Wesley's accent, however, gets less posh the more time he spends in America and he is able to gradually phase out what Americans expect to hear of an English accent.
** Band Candy shows that Giles' real accent is similar (though exaggerated) to his actor's real accent. He just does the more posh one to fit in more with the other Watchers and distance himself from his dodgy past.
** Even vampires such as Spike (or Spoik) and Drusilla play up to stereotypes with their silly accents terribly done. But because they are Victorian nutters, it works.
*** Much like Giles, Spike's accent is shown in a flashback to be fake and that he had a different accent (also English, but much different and somewhat more realistic) before he decided to use the one he currently uses to sound more badass. James Marsters (Spike) actually based it on the real accent of Anthony Stewart Head (Giles). It is ''terrible'', as is Drusilla's.
*** Spike's kind of the reverse of Giles. Giles has, depending on interpretation, either poshed-up his accent to fit in as a Watcher or *reverted* to posh after affecting a lower-class accent in his rebellious youth. Spike started out posh, but has deliberately moved his accent downmarket and stayed there. Then there's Drusilla, whose strangled Cockney tones ARE supposed to be her natural accent, but who put on a posh one when she first met human-Spike, presumably to put him at ease: ironically, this "fake" accent is far more convincing than her "real" Cockney one. Yet both are awful to the true English ear. Drusilla's accent could be partially dismissed as being a result of her being ''profoundly'' insane, the result of [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil Angelus's handiwork]].
** The Watchers Council being full of posh dudes in tweed who speak like some variation upon Rex Harrison. Even the surly 'lower class' henchmen have this ludicrous 'pip pip cheerio God Save the Queen!' dialogue.
** Depends also on the writer - some simply write amusing scenarios and get the actors to flesh it out. Creator/JossWhedon went to a renowned English independent school so has direct experience of such prim, tweedy characters. Others (such as Jane Espenson in particular) attempt to introduce British "slang" and end up sounded daft because they are unfamiliar with this type of dialogue.
** Averted for all of roughly two seconds in "Hush" with Giles' Liverpudlian girlfriend Olivia.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'': In another Joss Whedon show, the only British people there speak in a Cockney accent. One episode involves [[Creator/SummerGlau River Tam]] faking it really, really badly. Seeing as she's a CloudCuckooLander, however, this could very well be in character.
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12th Jun '17 3:11:14 AM Wyldchyld
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* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' has the suave terrorist Sark, a young English gentlemen who's insanely cool under pressure, always polite and always has an English quip ready at any time. And unlike most examples on this page portrayed by non-English actors, David Anders ''nails'' the accent to the point where he even fooled native ears.

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* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' has the ''Series/{{Alias}}'': The suave terrorist Sark, Sark is a young English gentlemen who's insanely man of indeterminate nationality who was educated in the UK, is cool under pressure, always polite and who always has an English quip ready at any time. And unlike most examples on this page portrayed by non-English actors, David Anders ''nails'' the Marshall's analysis of his accent to reveals that Sark's RP accent isn't perfect in the point where vowels, indicating he even fooled spends a lot of time living in Ireland. This is an in-universe acknowledgement of the imperfections of David Anders' attempt to mimic the RP accent: while excellent and fooling a very casual listener, he does sometimes make common vowel mistakes (such as the pronunciation of "data") which give him away. However, his RP accent is so good that when he does deliberately use his native accent in one episode, the result is [[RealityIsUnrealistic very jarring]] to audience ears.
20th May '17 3:02:42 PM nombretomado
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* Venus Dare from ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is one of the few characters in the game not to have an American accent, and she speaks in incredibly plummy RP.

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* Venus Dare from ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is one of the few characters in the game not to have an American accent, and she speaks in incredibly plummy RP.
13th May '17 12:53:49 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Pinball/{{Diner}},'' Babs (a caricature of MargaretThatcher) speaks with a very proper British accent.

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* In ''Pinball/{{Diner}},'' Babs (a caricature of MargaretThatcher) UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher) speaks with a very proper British accent.
24th Apr '17 4:33:37 AM dotchan
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': {{Fanon}} pegs Miles Edgeworth as having an RP accent despite the logistical unlikelihood of such a thing (he is an American raised by a German AmoralAttorney); it's probably the cravat, tea-drinking habits, and other posh mannerisms that give him a "Very British" air about him.
16th Apr '17 8:41:01 AM lalalei2001
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* In ''FanFic/LoadedBones'' this is played for humor. Ryou is British like in the dub, and loves fairy cakes, ''Series/DoctorWho'', tea, and other stereotypical British things.
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10th Apr '17 4:12:23 PM nombretomado
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* SelenaGomez in ''Film/MonteCarlo'' when she's playing an American character pretending to be a different, British character, taken to an extreme when [[OohMeAccentsSlipping she momentarily forgets to do the accent]] and tries to retroactively make up for it. Also, the British character Gomez's character is pretending to be, [[ActingForTwo also played by Gomez]], but justified in that she is a posh heiress and her accent is more convincing than the American's.

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* SelenaGomez Music/SelenaGomez in ''Film/MonteCarlo'' when she's playing an American character pretending to be a different, British character, taken to an extreme when [[OohMeAccentsSlipping she momentarily forgets to do the accent]] and tries to retroactively make up for it. Also, the British character Gomez's character is pretending to be, [[ActingForTwo also played by Gomez]], but justified in that she is a posh heiress and her accent is more convincing than the American's.
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