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15th May '16 9:22:36 PM PaulA
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* Piers Fletcher-Dervish in ''Series/TheNewStatesman''

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* Piers Fletcher-Dervish in ''Series/TheNewStatesman''''Series/TheNewStatesman''.
* Diana's unwanted admirer Jimmy Wells in ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'', whose idea of a business trip is coming into town to be measured for a new suit.
20th Apr '16 8:00:09 PM PaulA
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* In the older (black and white) version of ''Film/TheScarletPimpernel'', Sir Percy acts like this once finds out that his wife is probably spying on him for the French. It's really just a show to fend off suspicion that he's helping French nobles escape to England.

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* In the older (black 1934 black and white) version white film of ''Film/TheScarletPimpernel'', ''Film/{{The Scarlet Pimpernel|1934}}'', Sir Percy acts like this once finds out that his wife is probably spying on him for the French. It's really just a show to fend off suspicion that he's helping French nobles escape to England.
7th Mar '16 2:54:52 AM StFan
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On the off chance that the Upper Class Twit has a job, it will be a sinecure with no apparent duties. A Twit in a position authority may become a PointyHairedBoss, but that is less common than one might expect: A PointyHairedBoss has responsibilities which he bungles, while a true Twit has no responsibilities at all. To become a ModernMajorGeneral is a more respectable career path for a brainless young aristocrat. An older one, especially in 1920s-1950s settings that involve murders in libraries, may well be a retired Major or Colonel, being referred to by that rank.

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On the off chance that the Upper Class Upper-Class Twit has a job, it will be a sinecure with no apparent duties. A Twit in a position authority may become a PointyHairedBoss, but that is less common than one might expect: A a PointyHairedBoss has responsibilities which he bungles, while a true Twit has no responsibilities at all. To become a ModernMajorGeneral is a more respectable career path for a brainless young aristocrat. An older one, especially in 1920s-1950s settings that involve murders in libraries, may well be a retired Major or Colonel, being referred to by that rank.



Contrast with AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, NonIdleRich.

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Contrast with AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, NonIdleRich.NonIdleRich, LowerClassLout.



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* Many characters in ''{{Viz}}'', for instance Raffles The Gentleman Thug.

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* Many characters in ''{{Viz}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'', for instance Raffles The the Gentleman Thug.



* Jackie in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover plays with this (she was born poor but heir to a huge fortune/family name she remained unaware of until her late teens--after which she picks up the trope), while Thalia plays it straight. Literally everything is done for her to the point where her parents ''create an entire company'' she can "run" to feel like she's accomplished something while others do all the actual work.

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* Jackie in ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover plays with this (she was born poor but heir to a huge fortune/family name she remained unaware of until her late teens--after which she picks up the trope), while Thalia plays it straight. Literally everything is done for her to the point where her parents ''create an entire company'' she can "run" to feel like she's accomplished something while others do all the actual work.



* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''
** Bertie Wooster -- so archetypal that this trope could have been named for him -- whose skills are limited to stealing policemens' helmets and claiming to actually have legitimately won the Bible knowledge competition in school. Most of his friends are fellow members of the idle rich, and are even ''less'' intelligent. Thank goodness for [[TheJeeves his man Jeeves]]. To be entirely fair, however, Bertie is at least a ''sweet'' twit. He isn't intelligent, not by any means, but he's good-natured, generous and usually kind to the people around him, which makes him a damn sight better than most of the characters on this page. In the Creator/StephenFry / Creator/HughLaurie TV adaptation, he's also an excellent piano player (mainly because Creator/HughLaurie is an excellent piano player). Too bad he's too stupid to make something out of it.
** Creator/PGWodehouse ''loved'' this trope. ''Anyone'' with money in his stories is unlikely to be intelligent, especially if they're the main character. Could be the reason that his stories also have an above-average percentage of [[ServileSnarker Servile Snarkers]].
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''

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* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''
''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'':
** Bertie Wooster -- so archetypal that this trope could have been named for him -- whose skills are limited to stealing policemens' policemen's helmets and claiming to actually have legitimately won the Bible knowledge competition in school. Most of his friends are fellow members of the idle rich, and are even ''less'' intelligent. Thank goodness for [[TheJeeves his man Jeeves]]. To be entirely fair, however, Bertie is at least a ''sweet'' twit. He isn't intelligent, not by any means, but he's good-natured, generous and usually kind to the people around him, which makes him a damn sight better than most of the characters on this page. In the Creator/StephenFry / Creator/HughLaurie TV adaptation, he's also an excellent piano player (mainly because Creator/HughLaurie is an excellent piano player). Too bad he's too stupid to make something out of it.
** Creator/PGWodehouse ''loved'' this trope. ''Anyone'' with money in his stories is unlikely to be intelligent, especially if they're the main character. Could be the reason that his stories also have an above-average percentage of [[ServileSnarker Servile Snarkers]].
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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':



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-->'''Weiramon:''' --->'''Weiramon:''' Excellent {{plan}}, my liege. Shall I charge at the opposing army?\\



* Ippolit Kuragin in ''WarAndPeace''. A minor character compared to his siblings [[TheCasanova Anatole]] and [[HelloNurse Helene]], whose one moment in the sun is during a soirée in which he has a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} moment:

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* Ippolit Kuragin in ''WarAndPeace''.''Literature/WarAndPeace''. A minor character compared to his siblings [[TheCasanova Anatole]] and [[HelloNurse Helene]], whose one moment in the sun is during a soirée in which he has a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} moment:



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The aristocrats in the novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}!''. The city-state of Ankh-Morpork is facing a war with Klatch (FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Middle East). The Klatchian generals have lots of experience with war, while the Morporkian aristocrats have none, but the aristocrats wave that aside with the claim that the ability to lead war is ''hereditary'', and their ancestors were great generals. The Morporkian soldiers have neither training nor experience, while the Klatchian soldiers have plenty of both (and outnumber the Morporkians to boot), but the aristocrats wave that aside with the claim that the Klatchians are savages and won't stand against the superior Morporkians. Take note, this IS coming from a group of people who believe that the best strategy is a full frontal assault, that if, after the battle, you subtract your fatalities from your enemies and get a positive number it was a great victory, that rudeness is the same as straight-talking, and that if you talk LOUD AND SLLLOOOWW enough anyone can understand you, even if they don't speak the same language.
** Also from Discworld there's Lieutenant Blouse in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', initially a hopeless pen-pusher who desparately wants to be Sharpe. He later turns out to be something of a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
* The standard protagonist of Decadent fiction, as well as the standard author. You have to wonder if they'd be so filled with existentialist ennui if they quit moping around the house all day long and got jobs. The pinnacle of the Decadent novel (and this trope) was ''A rebours'' by Joris-Karl Huysmans, so recognized it was alluded to in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' as simply "the little yellow book." The entire novel is about a rich guy moving to his country house and then thinking of expensive and strange things to put in it, up to and including a tortoise with jewels embedded in its shell. Which dies because it has heavy jewels embedded in its shell.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The aristocrats in the novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}!''. The city-state of Ankh-Morpork is facing a war with Klatch (FantasyCounterpartCulture to the Middle East). The Klatchian generals have lots of experience with war, while the Morporkian aristocrats have none, but the aristocrats wave that aside with the claim that the ability to lead war is ''hereditary'', and their ancestors were great generals. The Morporkian soldiers have neither training nor experience, while the Klatchian soldiers have plenty of both (and outnumber the Morporkians to boot), but the aristocrats wave that aside with the claim that the Klatchians are savages and won't stand against the superior Morporkians. Take note, this IS coming from a group of people who believe that the best strategy is a full frontal assault, that if, after the battle, you subtract your fatalities from your enemies and get a positive number it was is a great victory, that rudeness is the same as straight-talking, and that if you talk LOUD AND SLLLOOOWW enough anyone can understand you, even if they don't speak the same language.
** Also from Discworld there's Lieutenant Blouse in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', initially a hopeless pen-pusher who desparately desperately wants to be Sharpe. He later turns out to be something of a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass.
* The standard protagonist of Decadent fiction, as well as the standard author. You have to wonder if they'd be so filled with existentialist ennui if they quit moping around the house all day long and got jobs. The pinnacle of the Decadent novel (and this trope) was ''A rebours'' by Joris-Karl Huysmans, so recognized it was alluded to in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' as simply "the little yellow book." book". The entire novel is about a rich guy moving to his country house and then thinking of expensive and strange things to put in it, up to and including a tortoise with jewels embedded in its shell. Which dies because it has heavy jewels embedded in its shell.



* ''Literature/HonorHarrington''

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* Edvard Löwenström, one of the villains in ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, is a very creepy example of this trope. It's not bad enough for him to be a grown man still acting like a SpoiledBrat (albeit with a history of being abused by his father, which is the only thing, that can give us a slight sympathy for him), who totally depends on other people's money, because he doesn't have any idea how to earn any on his own. But he also happens to be a [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] and a serial abuser of women.

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* Edvard Löwenström, one of the villains in ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt:
** Edvard Löwenström, one of the villains,
is a very creepy example of this trope. It's not bad enough for him to be a grown man still acting like a SpoiledBrat (albeit with a history of being abused by his father, which is the only thing, that can give us a slight sympathy for him), who totally depends on other people's money, because he doesn't have any idea how to earn any on his own. But he also happens to be a [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] and a serial abuser of women.



* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':



* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''
** The various incarnations of Percy and George in the series. The latter played by the same actor as Bertie Wooster; Hugh Laurie tended to play characters of this type quite a lot when he was younger, which tends to shock American audiences who only know him in his ''Series/{{House}}'' incarnation. While those who were more used to his Upper-Class Twit roles from before ''Series/{{House}}'' often took quite a while to stop expecting House to goggle mindlessly or burst into Upper-Class Twit Speak ("I say, Jeeves, this fellow's looking jolly green about the gills, what?").
*** 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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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}''
''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
** The various incarnations of Percy and George in the series. The latter played by the same actor as Bertie Wooster; Hugh Laurie tended to play characters of this type quite a lot when he was younger, which tends to shock American audiences who only know him in his ''Series/{{House}}'' incarnation. While those who were more used to his Upper-Class Twit roles from before ''Series/{{House}}'' ''House'' often took quite a while to stop expecting House to goggle mindlessly or burst into Upper-Class Twit Speak ("I say, Jeeves, this fellow's looking jolly green about the gills, what?").
*** ** 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).
4th Mar '16 11:10:20 AM Ccook1956
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* From ''Series/{{Beetlejuice}}'', Claire Brewster. Upper Class Twit ''and'' AlphaBitch.
28th Feb '16 4:24:03 PM Doryna
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* Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in the ''Literature/SanoIchiro'' series is the military ruler of Japan. He's also childish, indecisive, and more interested in the pleasures his status grants him then actually running the country with any level of competency. This causes no end of headaches for his more honorable followers like Sano, as his manipulative cronies gleefully use his incompetency and disinterest to carry through their own schemes and revenge plots.
17th Feb '16 10:39:22 PM WanderingBrowser
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** Señor Senior Junior would rather party and break into show biz rather than [[MinionWithAnFInEvil learn to be a proper villain]] like his father wants.

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** Señor Senior Junior would rather party and break into show biz rather than [[MinionWithAnFInEvil learn to be a proper villain]] like his father wants. Of course, his father counts as well, having been a very successful and financially wealthy individual who ''took up villainy as a hobby due to being bored''.
5th Feb '16 3:09:05 PM AgProv
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* The Music/{{Blur}} song ''Common People'' mocks a fortunate Trustafarian girl with an independent income, who expresses a wish to slum it among the "common people" for a while, as she thinks this is going to be fun. Jarvis Cocker points out that she can go back to her own world at any point when it ceases to be sufficiently fun for her, whereas the rest of us are stuck here for life and don't have that luxury.

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* The Music/{{Blur}} Music/{{Pulp}} song ''Common People'' mocks a fortunate Trustafarian girl with an independent income, who expresses a wish to slum it among the "common people" for a while, as she thinks this is going to be fun. Jarvis Cocker points out that she can go back to her own world at any point when it ceases to be sufficiently fun for her, whereas the rest of us are stuck here for life and don't have that luxury.
5th Feb '16 3:05:54 PM AgProv
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* The Music/{{Blur}} song ''Common People'' mocks a fortunate Trustafarian girl with an independent income, who expresses a wish to slum it among the "common people" for a while, as she thinks this is going to be fun. Jarvis Cocker points out that she can go back to her own world at any point when it ceases to be sufficiently fun for her, whereas the rest of us are stuck here for life and don't have that luxury.
20th Jan '16 3:27:32 PM porphyre77
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* Piers Fletcher-Dervish in ''Series/TheNewStatesman''
8th Jan '16 6:21:20 AM breakinglight11
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* In the Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series, it is {{Deconstructed}} somewhat. Nathaniel often pretends to be this, such as in the club scene of the first installment [[http://www.mrshawking.com/?page_id=98 Mrs. Hawking]], in order to allay the suspicions of enemies. In reality, he is not only not a twit, but he's actually a rich middle class man rather than an upper class one.

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* In the Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series, it is {{Deconstructed}} somewhat. Nathaniel often pretends to be this, such as in the club scene of the first installment [[http://www.''[[http://www.mrshawking.com/?page_id=98 Mrs. Hawking]], Hawking]]'' and the conversation with Lord Seacourse in ''[[http://www.mrshawking.com/?page_id=1913 Base Instruments]]'', in order to allay the suspicions of enemies. In reality, he is not only not a twit, but he's actually a rich middle class ''middle''-class man rather than an upper class ''upper''-class one.
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