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28th Jul '17 8:53:28 PM mlsmithca
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* Both the old Earl of [[MeaningfulName Squanderfield]] and his son in William Hogarth's ''Art/MarriageALaMode'' embody everything the artist found objectionable about the English aristocracy. The old Earl is proud of his [[BlueBlood documented descent from William the Conqueror]], but he is [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense terrible with money]], having built a lavish yet badly-designed house that has [[ImpoverishedPatrician emptied the family treasury]], requiring his son to be [[NobilityMarriesMoney married off]] to a NouveauRiche alderman's daughter. The Viscount is no better, being [[TheDandy a stupid fop]] who dresses in the French fashions Hogarth loathed and is more interested in his own reflection than in his fiancée, and whose conspicuous BeautyMark and spindly legs imply that his sexual indiscretions will likely speed him to an early grave. Small wonder the alderman's daughter looks so unenthusiastic about [[ArrangedMarriage marrying into the Squanderfield family.]]

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* Both the old Earl of [[MeaningfulName Squanderfield]] and his son in William Hogarth's ''Art/MarriageALaMode'' embody everything the artist found objectionable about the English aristocracy. The old Earl is proud of his [[BlueBlood documented descent from William the Conqueror]], but he is [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense terrible with money]], having built a lavish yet badly-designed house that has [[ImpoverishedPatrician emptied the family treasury]], requiring his son to be [[NobilityMarriesMoney married off]] to a NouveauRiche alderman's daughter. The Viscount is no better, being [[TheDandy a stupid fop]] who dresses in the French fashions Hogarth loathed and is more interested in his own reflection than in his fiancée, and whose conspicuous BeautyMark and spindly legs imply that his sexual indiscretions will likely speed him to an early grave. grave - if his hotheaded penchant for getting into duels doesn't get him there first.[[note]] Which it does, eventually.[[/note]] Small wonder the alderman's daughter looks so unenthusiastic about [[ArrangedMarriage marrying into the Squanderfield family.]]
24th Jul '17 10:34:01 AM RaphaelL
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Dr Julian Bashir starts as a bit of this. Class is downplayed in the Trekverse, but his manner as a freshly commissioned officer (with significant rank due to his medical field) is contrasted almost immediately against the enlisted-man character of Miles Obrien. In his ''second scene'' he expounds on how he's excited to be doing "frontier medicine" with primitive equipment - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOWQnX6VOyo in front of his new commanding officer for whom the "frontier" is her war-torn homeworld.]] Luckily, he undergoes CharacterDevelopment--but not until after an early episode gives him a perversely enjoyable NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. This is an interesting case because Bashir is ''not'' TheDitz, instead being an InsufferableGenius, but still fits the character type well because he's often lacking in ''social'' intelligence in the early episodes (putting his foot in his mouth at least once an episode).

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Dr Julian Bashir starts as a bit of this. Class is downplayed in the Trekverse, but his manner as a freshly commissioned officer (with significant rank due to his medical field) is contrasted almost immediately against the enlisted-man character of Miles Obrien.O'Brien. In his ''second scene'' he expounds on how he's excited to be doing "frontier medicine" with primitive equipment - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOWQnX6VOyo in front of his new commanding officer for whom the "frontier" is her war-torn homeworld.]] Luckily, he undergoes CharacterDevelopment--but not until after an early episode gives him a perversely enjoyable NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. This is an interesting case because Bashir is ''not'' TheDitz, instead being an InsufferableGenius, but still fits the character type well because he's often lacking in ''social'' intelligence in the early episodes (putting his foot in his mouth at least once an episode).
12th Jul '17 9:18:44 PM mlsmithca
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* Both the old Earl of [[MeaningfulName Squanderfield]] and his son in William Hogarth's ''Art/MarriageALaMode'' embody everything the artist found objectionable about the English aristocracy. The old Earl is proud of his [[BlueBlood documented descent from William the Conqueror]], but he is [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense terrible with money]], having built a lavish yet badly-designed house that has [[ImpoverishedPatrician emptied the family treasury]], requiring his son to be [[NobilityMarriesMoney married off]] to a NouveauRiche alderman's daughter. The Viscount is no better, being [[TheDandy a stupid fop]] who dresses in the French fashions Hogarth loathed and is more interested in his own reflection than in his fiancée, and whose conspicuous BeautyMark and spindly legs imply that his sexual indiscretions will likely speed him to an early grave. Small wonder the alderman's daughter looks so unenthusiastic about [[ArrangedMarriage marrying into the Squanderfield family.]]
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25th Jun '17 7:45:40 PM Paranoia
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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Dr Julian Bashir starts as a bit of this. Class is downplayed in the Trekverse, but he is the [[spoiler: genetically enhanced]] son of a prominent family on Earth, which in Trek is the paradisiacally well-supplied and well-run centre of TheFederation. He loves to expound on how he's excited to be doing "frontier medicine" with primitive equipment - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOWQnX6VOyo in front of people for whom the "frontier" is their homeworld.]] Luckily, he undergoes CharacterDevelopment--but not until after an early episode gives him a perversely enjoyable NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. (This is an interesting case because Bashir is ''not'' TheDitz, instead being an InsufferableGenius, but still fits the character type well.)

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Dr Julian Bashir starts as a bit of this. Class is downplayed in the Trekverse, but he his manner as a freshly commissioned officer (with significant rank due to his medical field) is contrasted almost immediately against the [[spoiler: genetically enhanced]] son enlisted-man character of a prominent family on Earth, which in Trek is the paradisiacally well-supplied and well-run centre of TheFederation. He loves to expound Miles Obrien. In his ''second scene'' he expounds on how he's excited to be doing "frontier medicine" with primitive equipment - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOWQnX6VOyo in front of people his new commanding officer for whom the "frontier" is their her war-torn homeworld.]] Luckily, he undergoes CharacterDevelopment--but not until after an early episode gives him a perversely enjoyable NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. (This This is an interesting case because Bashir is ''not'' TheDitz, instead being an InsufferableGenius, but still fits the character type well.)well because he's often lacking in ''social'' intelligence in the early episodes (putting his foot in his mouth at least once an episode).
12th Jun '17 2:15:01 AM Vir
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* Ed Wuncler III from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is an Upper-Class Twit who's also psychotic, and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney uses his grandfather's connections to keep him out of jail]], since all his poorly planned robberies are simply Wuncler establishments. Wuncler Sr. said it best in the episode "The Garden Party": "Someday, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed that boy]] will be President of the United States... and he'll ''still'' be a fucking moron."

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* Ed Wuncler III from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is an Upper-Class Twit who's also psychotic, and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections uses his grandfather's connections to keep him out of jail]], since all his poorly planned robberies are simply Wuncler establishments. Wuncler Sr. said it best in the episode "The Garden Party": "Someday, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed that boy]] will be President of the United States... and he'll ''still'' be a fucking moron."
21st May '17 12:54:10 PM nombretomado
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* They abound in the Elrich setting from TheWanderersLibrary. Some of them are cabbages.
* Phase knows plenty of them in the WhateleyUniverse, because he's the ShelteredAristocrat. He includes his older sister Heather in the category, and his cousin Paris (yes, that Paris). Tansy Walcutt would fall into this category too, but she got superpowers, and now she's busy being the AlphaBitch.

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* They abound in the Elrich setting from TheWanderersLibrary.''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary''. Some of them are cabbages.
* Phase knows plenty of them in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, because he's the ShelteredAristocrat. He includes his older sister Heather in the category, and his cousin Paris (yes, that Paris). Tansy Walcutt would fall into this category too, but she got superpowers, and now she's busy being the AlphaBitch.
7th May '17 7:27:36 AM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:244:Sometimes the gene pool needs a heavy dose of chlorine.]]

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[[caption-width-right:244:Sometimes [[caption-width-right:250:Sometimes the gene pool needs a heavy dose of chlorine.]]
28th Apr '17 9:27:17 AM Golondrina
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* Subverted with ''[[{{Walkyverse}} It's Walky's]]'' Jason Chesterfield: he has the name, the nationality, the accent (explicitly, despite the comic being written), the costume (bowtie and dinner jacket, at all times), the rich relatives, the lack of a job when we first meet him, and is certainly an embarrassment to his family... and yet is also a competent agent and one of the only main characters whose record contains no severe mental incidents. He's also from a parallel universe where England produces ninjas ("Britjas"). Some slack must be cut.

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* Subverted with ''[[{{Walkyverse}} It's Walky's]]'' ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'''s Jason Chesterfield: he has the name, the nationality, the accent (explicitly, despite the comic being written), the costume (bowtie and dinner jacket, at all times), the rich relatives, the lack of a job when we first meet him, and is certainly an embarrassment to his family... and yet is also a competent agent and one of the only main characters whose record contains no severe mental incidents. He's also from a parallel universe where England produces ninjas ("Britjas"). Some slack must be cut.
23rd Apr '17 10:14:59 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/SorcererToTheCrown'', Rollo (actually Robert Henry Algernon) is a perfect example of this trope. When he first appears, he asks Zacharias to hold a speech at a school for young ladies in his stead, as Rollo feels he has absolutely no idea what to say, and is too afraid of his aunt Georgiana (who asked him to hold the speech) to refuse, but Zacharias would make such a good replacement that the aunt would have no reason to complain.
12th Apr '17 1:42:22 PM ironballs16
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** Incidentally, the portrayal of [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover George IV]] as an Upper-Class Twit (providing the trope image) in ''Blackadder the Third'' is more or less spot-on; he was fond of partying, had no idea how to use money (he got into over the equivalent of £5,000,000 in debt before taking the throne ''two or three different times''), and is generally considered to have been a bad king (his [[SpareToTheThrone brother William]], who was almost as dissolute in his youth, is much better-regarded, having taken up a career in the Royal Navy and surprised everybody by being pretty good at it, although he scandalised the upper classes by preferring to walk rather than ride the royal carriage). Indeed, some historians regard Laurie's portrayal of George as overly kind; the actual prince/monarch was ridiculously obese, and, by the time of the late Regency, rather mean-spirited, while Laurie's Prince is at least reasonably fit and well-meaning (if stupid).

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** Incidentally, the portrayal of [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover George IV]] as an Upper-Class Twit (providing the trope image) in ''Blackadder the Third'' is more or less spot-on; he was fond of partying, had no idea how to use money (he got into over the equivalent of £5,000,000 in debt before taking the throne ''two or three different times''), and is generally considered to have been a bad king (his [[SpareToTheThrone brother William]], who was almost as dissolute in his youth, is much better-regarded, having taken up a career in the Royal Navy and surprised everybody by being pretty good at it, although he scandalised the upper classes by preferring to walk rather than ride the royal carriage). Indeed, some historians regard Laurie's portrayal of George as overly kind; the actual prince/monarch was ridiculously obese, and, by the time of the late Regency, rather mean-spirited, while Laurie's Prince is at least reasonably fit and well-meaning (if stupid). Funnily enough, this gets a possible explanation in the season finale, [[spoiler: as George was challenged to a duel, so he swapped roles with Blackadder (his butler), only to be shot and killed anyway, allowing ''Blackadder'' to assume his identity]].
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