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16th Mar '18 6:33:29 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The series is based on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire a series of American novels]] for [[Creator/{{HBO}} an American network]], but most of the highborn characters in the show speak with an RP accent (as the vast majority are played by British actors), such as with Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Different accents are used to distinguish characters outside the various royal families, e.g. HotWitch priestess Melisandre speaks with a Dutch accent, Ser Davos Seaworth has a Geordie accent, and the wildlings speak with applicable OopNorth accents; in fact, early in Season 4.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The series is based on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire a series of American novels]] for [[Creator/{{HBO}} an American network]], but most of the highborn characters in the show speak with an RP accent (as the vast majority are played by British actors), such as with Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen.Targaryen, who speaks Common with a very posh, very pleasant RP accent. Different accents are used to distinguish characters outside the various royal families, e.g. HotWitch priestess Melisandre speaks with a Dutch accent, Ser Davos Seaworth has a Geordie accent, and the wildlings speak with applicable OopNorth accents; in fact, early in Season 4.
27th Jan '18 12:06:04 AM mlsmithca
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* The English dub for ''Anime/YuGiOh'' [[AccentAdaptation gave Bakura a Very British accent]] as a cultural counterpart of his very polite speech patterns in the Japanese script.
** ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' (made and voice-acted by [[Creator/LittleKuriboh a Brit]]) parodies it by giving him lines like "Cor blimey! That was a smashing manoeuvre! Good show, chaps!" and "Lashings of hot ginger beer for everyone! ...I'm British, you know."

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* The English dub for ''Anime/YuGiOh'' [[AccentAdaptation gave Bakura a Very British accent]] as a cultural counterpart of his very polite speech patterns in the Japanese script.
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script. ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' (made and voice-acted by [[Creator/LittleKuriboh a Brit]]) parodies it by giving him lines like "Cor blimey! That was a smashing manoeuvre! Good show, chaps!" and "Lashings of hot ginger beer for everyone! ...I'm British, you know."



* William Moseley in Walden Media's ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' films speaks on a completely different level of English-ness than his fellow cast members (including his own siblings). With his few lines in ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' he still manages to out-Brit the rest of the cast. Funnily enough Richard Dempsey who played the same character in the BBC adaptations of the books did exactly the same thing.
** This could have something to do with the fact that the character of Peter is often thought of as trying to be just that little bit better than his siblings. In other words, he's somewhat of a pretentious wally.

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* William Moseley in Walden Media's ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' films speaks on a completely different level of English-ness than his fellow cast members (including his own siblings). With his few lines in ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' he still manages to out-Brit the rest of the cast. Funnily enough Richard Dempsey who played the same character in the BBC adaptations of the books did exactly the same thing.
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thing. This could have something to do with the fact that the character of Peter is often thought of as trying to be just that little bit better than his siblings. In other words, he's somewhat of a pretentious wally.



* In the 2015 film adaptation of ''Literature/FarFromTheMaddingCrowd'', the Belgian actor who plays Gabriel Oak does a creditable job at RP English, but can't quite conjure up the rural West Country accent the character really should have.

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* In the 2015 film adaptation of ''Literature/FarFromTheMaddingCrowd'', the Belgian actor who plays Gabriel Oak Matthias Schoenaerts does a creditable job at RP English, English in his performance as Gabriel Oak, but can't quite conjure up the rural West Country accent the character really should have.



*** Also on the Rebel side is Creator/AlecGuinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Creator/CarrieFisher adopts an RP accent as Princess Leia for part of Film/ANewHope, which was explained much later in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] as her mocking Tarkin's accent.
** Rey in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' speaks with a strong RP accent, as do General Hux and Captain Phasma.
*** Daisy Ridley is less posh in real life, and has explained that she was asked to adopt RP because her "gabble" was difficult for Americans to understand.

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*** Also on the Rebel side is Creator/AlecGuinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Creator/CarrieFisher adopts an RP accent as Princess Leia for part of Film/ANewHope, ''Film/ANewHope'', which was explained much later in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] as her mocking Tarkin's accent.
** Rey in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' speaks with a strong RP accent, as do General Hux and Captain Phasma.
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Phasma. Daisy Ridley is less posh in real life, and has explained that she was asked to adopt RP because her "gabble" was difficult for Americans to understand.



* DoctorWho plays with this constantly since they constantly recast The Doctor but he's still a quintessentially British character. Most Doctors have used RP, to the point where exceptions are easier to point out: Sylvester McCoy and Peter Capaldi used their natural Scotch accents, David Tennant used Estuary (despite being naturally Scottish), and Christopher Eccleston used his natural Northern accent.

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* DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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plays with this constantly since they constantly recast The Doctor but he's still a quintessentially British character. Most Doctors have used RP, to the point where exceptions are easier to point out: Sylvester McCoy [=McCoy=] and Peter Capaldi used their natural Scotch accents, David Tennant used Estuary (despite being naturally Scottish), and Christopher Eccleston used his natural Northern accent.



** The show draws the line occasionally though, like [[CringeComedy when Donna tries to adopt a posh accent during a cocktail party with]] AgathaChristie.

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** The show draws They draw the line occasionally though, like [[CringeComedy when Donna tries to adopt a posh accent during a cocktail party with]] AgathaChristie.Creator/AgathaChristie.



* In yet another Creator/JossWhedon-produced show, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' both at first both averted this trope and played it straight with the two British leads: Fitz is played by a Glaswegian actor with a moderately strong Scottish accent, while Jemma Simmons speaks in the more typical RP of a British character in a US show, despite Elizabeth Henstridge originating from [[OopNorth Sheffield]]. As the series went on, Simmons' accent gradually settled back towards towards Henstridge's natural tones. Likewise, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter speaks in his own more common, unaffected Londoner accent.
** Supporting characters Anne Weaver and Sunil Bakshi play it slightly straighter; Weaver has her actress' natural accent but is far more Stoic in speech, making it sound more high class, while Bakshi's is played straight.
* Also Dr Helen Magnus from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''. Justified because she is very old so it's her real accent, not a put-on.

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* In yet another Creator/JossWhedon-produced show, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' both at first both averted this trope and played it straight with the two British leads: Fitz is played by a Glaswegian actor with a moderately strong Scottish accent, while Jemma Simmons speaks in the more typical RP of a British character in a US show, despite Elizabeth Henstridge originating from [[OopNorth Sheffield]]. As the series went on, Simmons' accent gradually settled back towards towards Henstridge's natural tones. Likewise, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter speaks in his own more common, unaffected Londoner accent. \n** Supporting characters Anne Weaver and Sunil Bakshi play it slightly straighter; Weaver has her actress' natural accent but is far more Stoic in speech, making it sound more high class, while Bakshi's is played straight.
* Also Dr Helen Magnus from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''. Justified because she is very old so it's her real accent, not a put-on.



* Wee Britain in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is a neighborhood of Very British People, with the only possible exception being Rita's uncle, who is played by a Canadian and sounds more Australian than British. Theron as Rita's attempt at an English accent are cringeworthy.

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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'':
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Wee Britain in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' is a neighborhood of Very British People, with the only possible exception being Rita's uncle, who is played by a Canadian and sounds more Australian than British. Theron as Rita's attempt at an English accent are cringeworthy.



* ''Series/TopGear'': As mentioned above, during their visit to Reno a couple of drunken casino-goers "helping" James May with a slot machine ask him if he's Australian because of his accent. Then again, they are ''very'' drunk, since one of them also asks him if he's Music/JohnLennon.

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* ''Series/TopGear'': As mentioned above, during During their visit to Reno a couple of drunken casino-goers "helping" James May with a slot machine ask him if he's Australian because of his accent. Then again, they are ''very'' drunk, since one of them also asks him if he's Music/JohnLennon.



--> ''It's time for tea and "Meet the Wife"'' [[note]] "Meet the Wife" was a BBC sitcom at the time. A reference everybody outside the U.K. missed. [[/note]]

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--> ''It's --->It's time for tea and "Meet ''Meet the Wife"'' Wife'' [[note]] "Meet ''Meet the Wife" Wife'' was a BBC sitcom at the time. A reference everybody outside the U.K. missed. [[/note]]



*** "I Am The Walrus"
--> ''Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun''
--> ''If the sun don't come, you get a tan from standing in the English rain''

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*** ** "I Am The Walrus"
--> ''Sitting --->Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun''
--> ''If
sun\\
If
the sun don't come, you get a tan from standing in the English rain''rain



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* Averted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''. Edward Kenway, the game's protagonist, was originally planned to speak like this, but when MattRyan was cast they decided to keep his natural Welsh accent, and change Edward's nationality to match. This change is lampshaded in-game - as part of the game's meta-plot, Abstergo plans to re-dub Edward's lines with "a voice like Film/JamesBond".
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' with Edward's son [[VillainProtagonist Haytham]].

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''. Edward Kenway, the game's protagonist, was originally planned to speak like this, but when MattRyan was cast they decided to keep his natural Welsh accent, and change Edward's nationality to match. This change is lampshaded in-game - as part of the game's meta-plot, Abstergo plans to re-dub Edward's lines with "a voice like Film/JamesBond".
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Film/JamesBond". Played straight in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' with Edward's son [[VillainProtagonist Haytham]].






* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': ZigZaggingTrope - First, Pip has this accent. In "The Snuke," the Queen has one too, but her underlings don't. They also give UsefulNotes/GordonBrown a London accent that sounds a bit like their version of Russell Crowe even though Brown has a fairly pronounced Glaswegian (i.e. 'Scots', think Creator/BillyConnolly) accent. Finally, they don't give UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins this accent even though he ''does'' have one. (When asked about his portrayal in RealLife, Dawkins responded that they could have at least hired an actual British actor.)
** Creator/MalcolmMcDowell makes a surprise guest appearance on the episode "Pip," beginning the episode with, "Hello. I'm a British person."

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': ZigZaggingTrope - First, Pip has this accent. In "The Snuke," the Queen has one too, but her underlings don't. They also give UsefulNotes/GordonBrown a London accent that sounds a bit like their version of Russell Crowe even though Brown has a fairly pronounced Glaswegian (i.e. 'Scots', think Creator/BillyConnolly) accent. Finally, they don't give UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins this accent even though he ''does'' have one. (When asked about his portrayal in RealLife, Dawkins responded that they could have at least hired an actual British actor.)
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) Creator/MalcolmMcDowell makes a surprise guest appearance on the episode "Pip," beginning the episode with, "Hello. I'm a British person."
18th Jan '18 6:59:20 AM lexii
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The series is based on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire a series of American novels]] for [[Creator/{{HBO}} an American network]], but most of the highborn characters in the show speak with an RP accent, such as with Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Different accents are used to distinguish characters outside the various royal families, e.g. HotWitch priestess Melisandre speaks with a Dutch accent, Ser Davos Seaworth has a [[{{Scotireland}} Scottish/Irish]] accent, and the wildlings speak with lower-class British accents; in fact, early in Season 4, Jon Snow speaks with a wildling's accent instead of his usual RP due to the time that he's spent with them in the previous season.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The series is based on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire a series of American novels]] for [[Creator/{{HBO}} an American network]], but most of the highborn characters in the show speak with an RP accent, accent (as the vast majority are played by British actors), such as with Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Different accents are used to distinguish characters outside the various royal families, e.g. HotWitch priestess Melisandre speaks with a Dutch accent, Ser Davos Seaworth has a [[{{Scotireland}} Scottish/Irish]] Geordie accent, and the wildlings speak with lower-class British applicable OopNorth accents; in fact, early in Season 4, Jon Snow speaks with a wildling's accent instead of his usual RP due to the time that he's spent with them in the previous season.4.
22nd Dec '17 7:34:58 PM Chasem
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* Series/GameOfThrones: The series is based on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire a series of American novels]] for [[Creator/{{HBO}} an American network]], but most of the highborn characters in the show speak with an RP accent, such as with Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Different accents are used to distinguish characters outside the various royal families, e.g. HotWitch priestess Melisandre speaks with a Dutch accent, Ser Davos Seaworth has a [[{{Scotireland}} Scottish/Irish]] accent, and the wildlings speak with lower-class British accents; in fact, early in Season 4, Jon Snow speaks with a wildling's accent instead of his usual RP due to the time that he's spent with them in the previous season.

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* Series/GameOfThrones: ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The series is based on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire a series of American novels]] for [[Creator/{{HBO}} an American network]], but most of the highborn characters in the show speak with an RP accent, such as with Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Different accents are used to distinguish characters outside the various royal families, e.g. HotWitch priestess Melisandre speaks with a Dutch accent, Ser Davos Seaworth has a [[{{Scotireland}} Scottish/Irish]] accent, and the wildlings speak with lower-class British accents; in fact, early in Season 4, Jon Snow speaks with a wildling's accent instead of his usual RP due to the time that he's spent with them in the previous season.
22nd Dec '17 7:34:29 PM Chasem
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* Series/GameOfThrones: The series is based on [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire a series of American novels]] for [[Creator/{{HBO}} an American network]], but most of the highborn characters in the show speak with an RP accent, such as with Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. Different accents are used to distinguish characters outside the various royal families, e.g. HotWitch priestess Melisandre speaks with a Dutch accent, Ser Davos Seaworth has a [[{{Scotireland}} Scottish/Irish]] accent, and the wildlings speak with lower-class British accents; in fact, early in Season 4, Jon Snow speaks with a wildling's accent instead of his usual RP due to the time that he's spent with them in the previous season.
22nd Dec '17 7:28:49 PM Chasem
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*** Also on the Rebel side is Creator/CarrieFisher as Princess Leia and Creator/AlecGuinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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*** Also on the Rebel side is Creator/CarrieFisher as Princess Leia and Creator/AlecGuinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi.Kenobi. Creator/CarrieFisher adopts an RP accent as Princess Leia for part of Film/ANewHope, which was explained much later in [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary material]] as her mocking Tarkin's accent.
19th Dec '17 6:51:12 PM nombretomado
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* In his review of ''Series/K9AndCompany'', [[WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash]] responds to an incredibly stereotypical old British guy by saying a bunch of stodgy, British sounding gibberish while holding a pipe, then says, "Have I mentioned I'm very British?"

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* In his review of ''Series/K9AndCompany'', [[WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash]] responds to an incredibly stereotypical old British guy by saying a bunch of stodgy, British sounding gibberish while holding a pipe, then says, "Have I mentioned I'm very British?"
18th Dec '17 5:55:47 PM nombretomado
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* Film reviewer MikeJ on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, whose opening {{catchphrase}} is "Hello, I'm a British person!"

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* Film reviewer MikeJ WebVideo/MikeJ on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, whose opening {{catchphrase}} is "Hello, I'm a British person!"
12th Dec '17 6:30:44 PM MinisterOfSinister
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** The show draws the line occasionally though, like [[NoJustNo when Donna tries to adopt a posh accent during a cocktail party with]] AgathaChristie.

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** The show draws the line occasionally though, like [[NoJustNo [[CringeComedy when Donna tries to adopt a posh accent during a cocktail party with]] AgathaChristie.
30th Nov '17 8:34:28 PM JamesSwann
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Finally, it must be mentioned that both RP, and attitudes towards it, are inextricably tangled up with the [[UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion British class system]], so the consequences of having it wax and wane with period and setting. In works set anywhere earlier than the 1950s, or within the confines of the upper classes, a character whose accent is just slightly wrong may well be treated like someone who showed up to interview for a middle-management position wearing a stained Che Guevara T-shirt and flip-flops; conversely, in something set in an inner city sink estate, breaking out any version of RP might be seen as - linguistically - chumming the water for sharks.

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Something that ''is'' true, is that all British people love a bloody good cup of tea - yes, that thing you see us doing on television is ''not'' a stereotype; it's ''true''.

Finally, it must be mentioned that both RP, and attitudes towards it, are inextricably tangled up with the [[UsefulNotes/ATouchOfClassEthnicityAndReligion British class system]], so the consequences of having it wax and wane with period and setting. In works set anywhere earlier than the 1950s, or within the confines of the upper classes, a character whose accent is just slightly wrong may well be treated like someone who showed up to interview for a middle-management position wearing a stained Che Guevara T-shirt and flip-flops; conversely, in something set in an inner city sink estate, breaking out any version of RP might be seen as - linguistically - chumming the water for sharks.
sharks.
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