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28th Jan '13 2:50:17 AM SeptimusHeap
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This is an imperialist or colonialist man who has just come to take advantage of the natives with a friendly smile and a rifle on his shoulder. He only cares about winning a quick buck at everyone else's expense and exploiting the poor natives since he is convinced his race/culture is superior. Since he is either rich and powerful or in the middle of nowhere where nobody can hear your screams, he becomes the king of the place. He is likely to be ChasedByAngryNatives either when declaring such dominion or somewhere else along the line.

The character was originally depicted as a Western Caucasian (usually from England, France or Germany) but people from {{Eagleland}} joined the group later. If this is the case, expect some WhiteMansBurden excuse for his actions (which usually consists of taking over a place, exploiting the natives and the land, then leaving the place as an economic waste after the natives get fed up and kick him out).

It's fairly common in works from Africa, India and Latin America since those are places where Imperialism hit hardest. It's also a stereotypical Soviet villain.

The racial opposite is MightyWhitey and the ideological one is DirtyCommunists.

Named after the racist, drunken, EgomaniacHunter Míster Danger from the Venezuelan novel ''Doña Bárbara''. The term gained notoriety when Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez used it to describe GeorgeWBush.
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!!Examples

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* The American on the HotSpringsEpisode in ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''.
* "Francisco Xavier" from ''SamuraiChamploo'', who claims to be a descendant of the original Xavier, the Portugese monk who brought Christianity to Japan. His constant condescension and firearms that are impressive by ''today'''s standards mark him as a Western-style villain... [[spoiler:until it's revealed that he's actually a Japanese guy who was taking advantage of the Christian underground for his own profit.]]
* Leonard Apollo from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', all the way. His racism is just so... incredible but compared with Mr.Don, he's nothing.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* [[{{Tintin}} Colonel Sponz]] exploits the president of [[BananaRepublic San Theodoros]] making the entire county a puppet of [[{{Ruritania}} Borduria]]. The last time Tintin visited San Theodoros [[ComicBookTime in the 1930's]] they were on the verge of war with a neighboring nation under the interest of a foreign oil company while an arms dealer was selling arms to both sides
** On a second thought, quite a number of ''{{Tintin}}'' villains are European (usually British) exploiters in China, India and the Middle East.

[[AC:{{Animated Films}}]]
* Clayton in [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''{{Tarzan}}''.
* John Ratcliffe in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* Andy Osnard from ''TheTailorOfPanama''.
* Colonel Kurtz from ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
* [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood Daniel Plainview]]
* Many characters in ''Milagro Beanfield War'', but especially Kyril Montana, played by Christopher Walken.
* Referenced in ''TouchOfEvil''.
* Clark Nelson in ''Film/{{Mothra}}''.
* Cornelius Hatcher from ''The Rundown''
* El Gringo in the Mexican film ''Herod's Law''
* Perhaps some of the characters in TheProposition?
* Chinese martial arts movies set between the late 1800s and mid 1900s often have EvilBrit versions of this (see for instance ''The Legend of Drunken Master'' and ''IPMan''). Depending on the date of the setting, the [[ImperialJapan Japanese]] will play this role instead of or in addition to the Europeans.
* The title character in ''His Majesty O'Keefe'', played by Burt Lancaster, is one of these, an American sea captain who cheats and cons and gets himself named king of the island of Yap in his zeal to take over the island's copra trade. He's a little bit nicer than the usual example of the trope, being opposed to slavery and racism, but he still seems to view it as his sovereign right to take what he wants from the island, whether the natives want to go along or not. He eventually is shown the error of his ways...[[ValuesDissonance and becomes a]] MightyWhitey [[ValuesDissonance instead]].
* Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot of ''TheManWhoWouldBeKing'', who plan to use their British military training and a supply of smuggled arms to take over the tribes of Kafiristan (now a part of Afghanistan).

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Kurtz from ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
* MisterDanger from ''Doña Bárbara'', the TropeNamer. While Bárbara, the main villain of the book, has a FreudianExcuse for her actions, he enjoys his [[MoralEventHorizon horrible acts]] just because he's bored.
* [[{{Molesworth}} Basil Fotherington-Thomas]] in Creator/KimNewman's AlternateHistory novella ''Tedy Bear's Picnic'', where he has become his world's equivalent of Colonel Kurtz.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Adam from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* Brutus Jones in Eugene O'Neill's play ''The Emperor Jones'' is a rare dark-skinned example. He goes from stowaway to Emperor in two years, and puts on the "fuss and glory part" of being Emperor while ruthlessly robbing the natives of their wealth. He intends to flee by the time the natives are ready to overthrow him, which comes sooner than he expected.


[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Sir Roderick Ponce Von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard, from ''JadeEmpire'', otherwise known as "The Outlander". He washed up on the coast of the empire and attempts to "educate" the "backward" culture.
** This being Jade Empire, you get the chance to prove your culture's worth, first in a heated debate, then by kicking the living excrement out of him.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Looten Plunder, and to a lesser extend Hoggish Greedly, from ''CaptainPlanet''.
* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' FlashbackTwist where Peter becomes one for a group of ''Mexican mice''.
** What's even stranger is that he demands [[{{Fetish}} the wife of one of the mice]] in a ScarpiaUltimatum.
* The WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy parody listed above was surely a reference to a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes classic where Daffy Duck plays this imperialist role to Speedy Gonzales and some other Mexican mice.

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This is an imperialist or colonialist man who has just come to take advantage of the natives with a friendly smile and a rifle on his shoulder. He only cares about winning a quick buck at everyone else's expense and exploiting the poor natives since he is convinced his race/culture is superior. Since he is either rich and powerful or in the middle of nowhere where nobody can hear your screams, he becomes the king of the place. He is likely to be ChasedByAngryNatives either when declaring such dominion or somewhere else along the line.

The character was originally depicted as a Western Caucasian (usually from England, France or Germany) but people from {{Eagleland}} joined the group later. If this is the case, expect some WhiteMansBurden excuse for his actions (which usually consists of taking over a place, exploiting the natives and the land, then leaving the place as an economic waste after the natives get fed up and kick him out).

It's fairly common in works from Africa, India and Latin America since those are places where Imperialism hit hardest. It's also a stereotypical Soviet villain.

The racial opposite is MightyWhitey and the ideological one is DirtyCommunists.

Named after the racist, drunken, EgomaniacHunter Míster Danger from the Venezuelan novel ''Doña Bárbara''. The term gained notoriety when Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez used it to describe GeorgeWBush.
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!!Examples

[[AC:{{Anime}}]]
* The American on the HotSpringsEpisode in ''MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''.
* "Francisco Xavier" from ''SamuraiChamploo'', who claims to be a descendant of the original Xavier, the Portugese monk who brought Christianity to Japan. His constant condescension and firearms that are impressive by ''today'''s standards mark him as a Western-style villain... [[spoiler:until it's revealed that he's actually a Japanese guy who was taking advantage of the Christian underground for his own profit.]]
* Leonard Apollo from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', all the way. His racism is just so... incredible but compared with Mr.Don, he's nothing.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* [[{{Tintin}} Colonel Sponz]] exploits the president of [[BananaRepublic San Theodoros]] making the entire county a puppet of [[{{Ruritania}} Borduria]]. The last time Tintin visited San Theodoros [[ComicBookTime in the 1930's]] they were on the verge of war with a neighboring nation under the interest of a foreign oil company while an arms dealer was selling arms to both sides
** On a second thought, quite a number of ''{{Tintin}}'' villains are European (usually British) exploiters in China, India and the Middle East.

[[AC:{{Animated Films}}]]
* Clayton in [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''{{Tarzan}}''.
* John Ratcliffe in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* Andy Osnard from ''TheTailorOfPanama''.
* Colonel Kurtz from ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
* [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood Daniel Plainview]]
* Many characters in ''Milagro Beanfield War'', but especially Kyril Montana, played by Christopher Walken.
* Referenced in ''TouchOfEvil''.
* Clark Nelson in ''Film/{{Mothra}}''.
* Cornelius Hatcher from ''The Rundown''
* El Gringo in the Mexican film ''Herod's Law''
* Perhaps some of the characters in TheProposition?
* Chinese martial arts movies set between the late 1800s and mid 1900s often have EvilBrit versions of this (see for instance ''The Legend of Drunken Master'' and ''IPMan''). Depending on the date of the setting, the [[ImperialJapan Japanese]] will play this role instead of or in addition to the Europeans.
* The title character in ''His Majesty O'Keefe'', played by Burt Lancaster, is one of these, an American sea captain who cheats and cons and gets himself named king of the island of Yap in his zeal to take over the island's copra trade. He's a little bit nicer than the usual example of the trope, being opposed to slavery and racism, but he still seems to view it as his sovereign right to take what he wants from the island, whether the natives want to go along or not. He eventually is shown the error of his ways...[[ValuesDissonance and becomes a]] MightyWhitey [[ValuesDissonance instead]].
* Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot of ''TheManWhoWouldBeKing'', who plan to use their British military training and a supply of smuggled arms to take over the tribes of Kafiristan (now a part of Afghanistan).

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Kurtz from ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
* MisterDanger from ''Doña Bárbara'', the TropeNamer. While Bárbara, the main villain of the book, has a FreudianExcuse for her actions, he enjoys his [[MoralEventHorizon horrible acts]] just because he's bored.
* [[{{Molesworth}} Basil Fotherington-Thomas]] in Creator/KimNewman's AlternateHistory novella ''Tedy Bear's Picnic'', where he has become his world's equivalent of Colonel Kurtz.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Adam from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* Brutus Jones in Eugene O'Neill's play ''The Emperor Jones'' is a rare dark-skinned example. He goes from stowaway to Emperor in two years, and puts on the "fuss and glory part" of being Emperor while ruthlessly robbing the natives of their wealth. He intends to flee by the time the natives are ready to overthrow him, which comes sooner than he expected.


[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Sir Roderick Ponce Von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard, from ''JadeEmpire'', otherwise known as "The Outlander". He washed up on the coast of the empire and attempts to "educate" the "backward" culture.
** This being Jade Empire, you get the chance to prove your culture's worth, first in a heated debate, then by kicking the living excrement out of him.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Looten Plunder, and to a lesser extend Hoggish Greedly, from ''CaptainPlanet''.
* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' FlashbackTwist where Peter becomes one for a group of ''Mexican mice''.
** What's even stranger is that he demands [[{{Fetish}} the wife of one of the mice]] in a ScarpiaUltimatum.
* The WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy parody listed above was surely a reference to a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes classic where Daffy Duck plays this imperialist role to Speedy Gonzales and some other Mexican mice.

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8th Jan '13 7:53:26 AM PaulA
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* [[{{Molesworth}} Basil Fotherington-Thomas]] in KimNewman's AlternateHistory novella ''Tedy Bear's Picnic'', where he has become his world's equivalent of Colonel Kurtz.

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* [[{{Molesworth}} Basil Fotherington-Thomas]] in KimNewman's Creator/KimNewman's AlternateHistory novella ''Tedy Bear's Picnic'', where he has become his world's equivalent of Colonel Kurtz.
1st Jan '13 1:21:21 AM erforce
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* [[ThereWillBeBlood Daniel Plainview]]

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* [[ThereWillBeBlood [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood Daniel Plainview]]



* Clark Nelson in ''{{Mothra}}''.

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* Clark Nelson in ''{{Mothra}}''.''Film/{{Mothra}}''.
3rd Dec '12 8:06:42 AM ChaoticNovelist
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This is an imperialist or colonialist man who has just come to take advantage of the natives with a friendly smile and a rifle on his shoulder. He only cares about winning a quick buck at everyone else's expense and exploiting the poor natives since he is convinced his race/culture is superior. And since he is either rich and powerful or in the middle of nowhere where nobody can hear your screams, he becomes the king of the place. Or gets ChasedByAngryNatives.

The character is usually depicted as a Western Caucasian (usually from England, France or Germany) but people from {{Eagleland}} are more common in the last 60 years or so; if this is the case, expect some WhiteMansBurden excuse for his actions (which usually consist of taking over a place, exploiting the natives and the land, then leaving the place as an economic waste after the natives get fed up and kick him out).

It's fairly common in works from Africa, India and Latin America since those are places where Imperialism hit harder. It's also a stereotypical Soviet villain.

The racial opposite is MightyWhitey, and the ideological one is DirtyCommunists.

to:

This is an imperialist or colonialist man who has just come to take advantage of the natives with a friendly smile and a rifle on his shoulder. He only cares about winning a quick buck at everyone else's expense and exploiting the poor natives since he is convinced his race/culture is superior. And since Since he is either rich and powerful or in the middle of nowhere where nobody can hear your screams, he becomes the king of the place. Or gets ChasedByAngryNatives.

He is likely to be ChasedByAngryNatives either when declaring such dominion or somewhere else along the line.

The character is usually was originally depicted as a Western Caucasian (usually from England, France or Germany) but people from {{Eagleland}} are more common in joined the last 60 years or so; if group later. If this is the case, expect some WhiteMansBurden excuse for his actions (which usually consist consists of taking over a place, exploiting the natives and the land, then leaving the place as an economic waste after the natives get fed up and kick him out).

It's fairly common in works from Africa, India and Latin America since those are places where Imperialism hit harder.hardest. It's also a stereotypical Soviet villain.

The racial opposite is MightyWhitey, MightyWhitey and the ideological one is DirtyCommunists.



* Leonard Apollo from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', all the way. His racism is just so... incredible.
** Compared with Mr.Don, he's nothing.

to:

* Leonard Apollo from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', all the way. His racism is just so... incredible.
** Compared
incredible but compared with Mr.Don, he's nothing.
8th Sep '12 11:57:55 PM Tomodachi
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[[AC:{{AnimatedFilms}}]]

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[[AC:{{AnimatedFilms}}]][[AC:{{Animated Films}}]]
8th Sep '12 11:56:49 PM Tomodachi
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[[AC:{{AnimatedFilms}}]]
* Clayton in [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''{{Tarzan}}''.
* John Ratcliffe in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.



* Clayton in [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''{{Tarzan}}''.



* John Ratcliffe in ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.
14th Aug '12 8:40:51 AM FELH2
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* Colonel Kurtz from ''ApocalypseNow''.

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* Colonel Kurtz from ''ApocalypseNow''.''Film/ApocalypseNow''.



* Parodied in a ''FamilyGuy'' FlashbackTwist where Peter becomes one for a group of ''Mexican mice''.

to:

* Parodied in a ''FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' FlashbackTwist where Peter becomes one for a group of ''Mexican mice''.



* The FamilyGuy parody listed above was surely a reference to a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes classic where Daffy Duck plays this imperialist role to Speedy Gonzales and some other Mexican mice.

to:

* The FamilyGuy WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy parody listed above was surely a reference to a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes classic where Daffy Duck plays this imperialist role to Speedy Gonzales and some other Mexican mice.
11th Aug '12 12:20:33 AM nombretomado
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* Kurtz from ''HeartOfDarkness''.

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* Kurtz from ''HeartOfDarkness''.''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
23rd Jul '12 8:06:06 PM FELH2
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The character is usually depicted as a Western Caucasian (usually from England, France or Germany) but people from {{Eagleland}} are more common in the last 60 years or so; if this is the case, expect some [[WhiteMansBurden White Man's Burden]] excuse for his actions (which usually consist of taking over a place, exploiting the natives and the land, then leaving the place as an economic waste after the natives get fed up and kick him out).

It's fairly common in works from Africa, India and Latin America since those are places where Imperialism hit harder. It's also a stereotypical Soviet villain.

The racial opposite is MightyWhitey, and the ideological one is DirtyCommunists.

to:

The character is usually depicted as a Western Caucasian (usually from England, France or Germany) but people from {{Eagleland}} are more common in the last 60 years or so; if this is the case, expect some [[WhiteMansBurden White Man's Burden]] WhiteMansBurden excuse for his actions (which usually consist of taking over a place, exploiting the natives and the land, then leaving the place as an economic waste after the natives get fed up and kick him out).

out).

It's fairly common in works from Africa, India and Latin America since those are places where Imperialism hit harder. It's also a stereotypical Soviet villain.

villain.

The racial opposite is MightyWhitey, and the ideological one is DirtyCommunists.
DirtyCommunists.



* "Francisco Xavier" from ''SamuraiChamploo'', who claims to be a descendant of the original Xavier, the Portugese monk who brought Christianity to Japan. His constant condescension and firearms that are impressive by ''today'''s standards mark him as a Western-style villain... [[spoiler:until it's revealed that he's actually a Japanese guy who was taking advantage of the Christian underground for his own profit.]]

to:

* "Francisco Xavier" from ''SamuraiChamploo'', who claims to be a descendant of the original Xavier, the Portugese monk who brought Christianity to Japan. His constant condescension and firearms that are impressive by ''today'''s standards mark him as a Western-style villain... [[spoiler:until it's revealed that he's actually a Japanese guy who was taking advantage of the Christian underground for his own profit.]] ]]



* Andy Osnard from ''TheTailorOfPanama''.

to:

* Andy Osnard from ''TheTailorOfPanama''.



* Many characters in ''Milagro Beanfield War'', but especially Kyril Montana, played by Christopher Walken.
* Referenced in ''TouchOfEvil''.
* Clark Nelson in ''{{Mothra}}''.

to:

* Many characters in ''Milagro Beanfield War'', but especially Kyril Montana, played by Christopher Walken.
Walken.
* Referenced in ''TouchOfEvil''.
''TouchOfEvil''.
* Clark Nelson in ''{{Mothra}}''.



* Kurtz from ''HeartOfDarkness''.

to:

* Kurtz from ''HeartOfDarkness''.



* Parodied in a ''FamilyGuy'' FlashbackTwist where Peter becomes one for a group of ''Mexican mice''.

to:

* Parodied in a ''FamilyGuy'' FlashbackTwist where Peter becomes one for a group of ''Mexican mice''.



* The FamilyGuy parody listed above was surely a reference to a LooneyTunes classic where Daffy Duck plays this imperialist role to Speedy Gonzales and some other Mexican mice.

to:

* The FamilyGuy parody listed above was surely a reference to a LooneyTunes WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes classic where Daffy Duck plays this imperialist role to Speedy Gonzales and some other Mexican mice.
9th Jun '12 9:32:41 AM Catbert
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Named after the racist, drunken, EgomaniacHunter and EvilForeigner Míster Danger from the Venezuelan novel ''Doña Bárbara''. The term gained notoriety when Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez used it to describe GeorgeWBush.

to:

Named after the racist, drunken, EgomaniacHunter and EvilForeigner Míster Danger from the Venezuelan novel ''Doña Bárbara''. The term gained notoriety when Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez used it to describe GeorgeWBush.
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