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* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', The Penguin character was {{deconstruct|ion}}ed from this: he's portrayed as the grotesquely inbred sire of a wealthy family who dumped him in the river and left him for dead when he was still a baby. Although obviously intelligent and certainly no stranger to fine clothes, this version of the Penguin is quite vulgar, with thuggish manners and distasteful sexual appetites. The character is also portrayed in this manner in the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'' video game. He clearly ''thinks'' he's Wicked Cultured though.

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* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', The Penguin character was {{deconstruct|ion}}ed from this: he's portrayed as the grotesquely inbred sire scion of a wealthy family who dumped him in the river and left him for dead when he was still a baby. Although obviously intelligent and certainly no stranger to fine clothes, this version of the Penguin is quite vulgar, with thuggish manners and distasteful sexual appetites. The character is also portrayed in this manner in the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'' video game. He clearly ''thinks'' he's Wicked Cultured though.
21st Sep '17 7:41:30 AM Anata
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* Victoria Vinciguerra from Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015 is a Chic businesswoman and art collector, as well as a psychotic, nuclear-weapon -toting nazi.
11th Sep '17 4:17:20 PM Doug86
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27th Aug '17 1:53:32 PM RedScharlach
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** Gravemoss, weirdly, has a little bit of this despite being an AxCrazy OmnicidalManiac, with a surprisingly snazzy ElaborateUndergroundBase and offering his guests wine. It's suggested to be a façade to lull his victims into a fall sense of security.

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** Gravemoss, weirdly, has a little bit of this despite being an AxCrazy OmnicidalManiac, with a surprisingly snazzy ElaborateUndergroundBase and offering his guests wine. It's suggested to be a façade to lull his victims into a fall false sense of security.



* [[Literature/{{Nightrunner}} Lynn Flewelling]] apparently is ''in love'' with them.. "Nightrunners" gives us first Lord Mardus. Gentleman, with high intellect and large interests, which are just as broad as the ones of one main character. Extraordinarily well mannered. Polite even to the prisoner he plans to bloodily sacrifice. Really, if you didn't know [[spoiler: he aspires becoming the Avatar of a God of Destruction]] you'd really like him. Later Ulan (who starts out not really a villian but extremely pragmatic. And sadly if the main characters achieved their goal his clan would suffer, [[NothingPersonal so]] [[spoiler:Later it turns out that not only HE is responsible for the mess of Seregil's life, he also doesn't hesitate supporting rather nasty experiments just to prolong his life.]] ... and then we met Yakobin. Nice fellow. Has a good taste of tea. And dislikes beatin up his sleves more than necessary - actually he is REALLY civilized and intelligent. Oh, have I mentioned he is an [[spoiler: alchemist who creates [[CreepyChild child-like clones of you]] to brew some medicine of them and kills them when they wont fit your expectations? Just to make you suffer the whole creation process once again?]]. The ''Tamír'' triad again gives us Nyrin. Court wizard. Soft spoken. Well mannered. Handsome. Apparently a good lover if you happen to be his mistress. Oh... and aspiring to rule from the shadows. And more or less directly responsible for countless assassinations of female members of the royal bloodline.

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* [[Literature/{{Nightrunner}} Lynn Flewelling]] apparently is ''in love'' with them.. "Nightrunners" gives us first Lord Mardus. Gentleman, with high intellect and large interests, which are just as broad as the ones of one main character. Extraordinarily well mannered. Polite even to the prisoner he plans to bloodily sacrifice. Really, if you didn't know [[spoiler: he aspires becoming the Avatar of a God of Destruction]] you'd really like him. Later Ulan (who starts out not really a villian villain but extremely pragmatic. And sadly if the main characters achieved their goal his clan would suffer, [[NothingPersonal so]] [[spoiler:Later it turns out that not only HE is responsible for the mess of Seregil's life, he also doesn't hesitate supporting rather nasty experiments just to prolong his life.]] ... and then we met Yakobin. Nice fellow. Has a good taste of tea. And dislikes beatin up his sleves more than necessary - actually he is REALLY civilized and intelligent. Oh, have I mentioned he is an [[spoiler: alchemist who creates [[CreepyChild child-like clones of you]] to brew some medicine of them and kills them when they wont fit your expectations? Just to make you suffer the whole creation process once again?]]. The ''Tamír'' triad again gives us Nyrin. Court wizard. Soft spoken. Well mannered. Handsome. Apparently a good lover if you happen to be his mistress. Oh... and aspiring to rule from the shadows. And more or less directly responsible for countless assassinations of female members of the royal bloodline.



* Gentleman John Lynx , a manager in Prairie Wrestling Alliance ''[[SubvertedTrope tries]]'' to be this--he often apes an upper-class British accent [[OohMeAccentsSlipping (which he invariably fails to maintain)]], wears a nice suit (complete with cufflinks), and will sometimes recite poetry and make literary references. Those references betray his lowbrow taste in literature, and he's had more than one tantrum at ringside.

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* Gentleman John Lynx , Lynx, a manager in Prairie Wrestling Alliance ''[[SubvertedTrope tries]]'' to be this--he often apes an upper-class British accent [[OohMeAccentsSlipping (which he invariably fails to maintain)]], wears a nice suit (complete with cufflinks), and will sometimes recite poetry and make literary references. Those references betray his lowbrow taste in literature, and he's had more than one tantrum at ringside.
20th Aug '17 7:28:25 AM StarBright
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* Alexandra in ''Series/TheDefenders''
3rd Aug '17 1:24:40 PM gb00393
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** Cersei Lannister is able to match wits with Ned Stark during a subtext-laden conversation about Ned's education as opposed to his brother's, and understands enough about the military realities of the North to lecture her son Joffrey on the impossibility of occupying the North directly. She's also plotting to kill the King.

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** As could be expected of a rich young woman from a noble house, Cersei Lannister received an excellent education. She is able to match wits with Ned Stark during a subtext-laden conversation about Ned's education as opposed to his brother's, and understands enough about the military realities of the North to lecture her son Joffrey on the impossibility of occupying the North directly. She's also plotting to kill the King.
27th Jul '17 7:17:54 AM Njein
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** Ernst Stavro Blofeld (''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'') likes living with class and style. One of his demands in the third is to be given the title of Comte de Bleuchamps, for no reason other than the prestige.

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** Ernst Stavro Blofeld (''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'') ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'', ''Film/{{Spectre}}'') likes living with class and style. One of his demands in the third is to be given the title of Comte de Bleuchamps, for no reason other than the prestige.
24th Jul '17 7:59:00 AM gb00393
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* Most of the Lannisters from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' fall somewhere between this and FauxAffablyEvil. This being a world with a DeadlyDecadentCourt, it's not surprising.

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* Most of the massively rich, upper-class Lannisters from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' fall somewhere between this and FauxAffablyEvil. This being a world with a DeadlyDecadentCourt, it's not surprising.



** We first meet Tywin Lannister admonishing his son Jamie for his misinterpretation of the philosophical concepts of family honour... as he is [[RuleOfSymbolism skinning a stag]].

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** We first meet the patriarch Tywin Lannister admonishing his son Jamie for his misinterpretation of the philosophical concepts of family honour... as he is [[RuleOfSymbolism skinning a stag]]. Tywin is also very well-read, particularly when it comes to history.
22nd Jul '17 5:46:05 PM ZarbiNerada
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* ''VideoGame/MystIVRevelation'': [[spoiler:Sirrus is a chess player (albeit a patzer), and a brilliant engineer. Who plans to commit GrandTheftMe on his sister through sorcery.]]
18th Jul '17 5:16:12 PM merotoker
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* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''

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* Adolf K. Weissman from ''Anime/{{K}}'', wears fancy-looking clothes and waltzes with an inanimate woman wearing a fox mask. The few glimpses we get of him suggest he is quite unhinged and malevolent. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]- he's actually the hero and BigGood - when he was acting crazy, it's because he was [[BodySnatcher Possessed]]. When his memories return, he still has the [[SharpDressedMan nice suits]], he can still waltz, and of course, the [[AGlassOfChianti elegant wine]] moment in beginning of episode 12 was from before he got body-snatched.]]

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* Adolf K. Weissman from ''Anime/{{K}}'', wears fancy-looking clothes and waltzes with an inanimate woman wearing a fox mask. The few glimpses we get of him suggest he is quite unhinged and malevolent. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]- {{Subverted|Trope}}- he's actually the hero and BigGood - when he was acting crazy, it's because he was [[BodySnatcher Possessed]]. When his memories return, he still has the [[SharpDressedMan nice suits]], he can still waltz, and of course, the [[AGlassOfChianti elegant wine]] moment in beginning of episode 12 was from before he got body-snatched.]]



* Frieza uses very polite, eloquent language rather than the more tough-talking style of most of the other villains in both the original Japanese version of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and in the dubbed version of ''Anime/DragonBallKai''. He also view most problems and situations in an intellectual and sophisticated manner and in one scene he can be seen even drinking wine.

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* Frieza uses very polite, eloquent language rather than the more tough-talking style of most of the other villains in both the original Japanese version of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and in the dubbed version of ''Anime/DragonBallKai''. He also view views most problems and situations in an intellectual and sophisticated manner and in one scene he can even be seen even drinking wine.



* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Doctor Doom had five Rembrandts. Then he had one burned because he didn't like it.

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* ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': Doctor Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom had five Rembrandts. Then he had one burned because he didn't like it.



* The Penguin, one of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s major villains is usually portrayed as being this. As are Ra's al Ghul and the Scarecrow.

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* The Penguin, one of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s major villains is usually portrayed as being this. As are Ra's al Ghul ComicBook/RasAlGhul and the Scarecrow.



* Callidus Dominus from the Cynical Classicist [[Series/DoctorWho "Doctor Who"]] fanfic series. In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10630391/1/Devotee-of-Augustus Devotee of Augustus]] he shows a liking for speaking Latin and Wagner's Operas.

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* Callidus Dominus from the Cynical Classicist [[Series/DoctorWho "Doctor Who"]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic series. In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10630391/1/Devotee-of-Augustus Devotee of Augustus]] he shows a liking for speaking Latin and Wagner's Operas.



* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', The Penguin character was {{deconstruct|ion}}ed from this: he's portrayed as the grotesquely inbred sire of a wealthy family who dumped him in the river and left him for dead when he was still a baby. Although obviously intelligent and certainly no stranger to fine clothes, this version of the Penguin is quite vulgar, with thuggish manners and distasteful sexual appetites. The character is also portrayed in this manner in the ''Arkham City'' video game. He clearly ''thinks'' he's Wicked Cultured though.

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* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', The Penguin character was {{deconstruct|ion}}ed from this: he's portrayed as the grotesquely inbred sire of a wealthy family who dumped him in the river and left him for dead when he was still a baby. Although obviously intelligent and certainly no stranger to fine clothes, this version of the Penguin is quite vulgar, with thuggish manners and distasteful sexual appetites. The character is also portrayed in this manner in the ''Arkham City'' ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'' video game. He clearly ''thinks'' he's Wicked Cultured though.



* The ''Film/XMen'' films:

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* ''Film/TheGodfather.''

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* Sardo Numspa in ''Film/TheGoldenChild''.
* Evil in ''Film/TimeBandits'', who is sort of like Satan.
* Roman Castevet in ''Film/RosemarysBaby''.

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* %%* Sardo Numspa in ''Film/TheGoldenChild''.
* %%* Evil in ''Film/TimeBandits'', who is sort of like Satan.
* %%* Roman Castevet in ''Film/RosemarysBaby''.



* Klytus from the 1980 ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' manages this by speaking in the arch, refined tones of Peter Wyngarde, and holding a hankerchief to his face during an execution.

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* Klytus from the 1980 ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' manages this by speaking in the arch, refined tones of Peter Wyngarde, and holding a hankerchief handkerchief to his face during an execution.



* ''Literature/LeftBehind'' seems to be aiming for this with Nicholae Carpathia.

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* %%* ''Literature/LeftBehind'' seems to be aiming for this with Nicholae Carpathia.



* In Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/{{Swellhead}}'', part of the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' series, there's a heavy subversion; the villain is massively intelligent and knows everything, but a) his cultural leanings are decidedly cheesy (he likes Burt Bacharach, and has muzak versions of MOR songs playing in his ElaborateUndergroundBase) and b) he is actually ''defeated'' by his lack of knowledge of the younger generation's pop culture. Not "as a consequence of"; By. [[spoiler:After failing to name the singer who had a hit with "I Should Be So Lucky", his head explodes. Or, if you prefer, goes [[StealthPun pop]].]]
* O'Brien from George Orwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.

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* In Creator/KimNewman's ''Literature/{{Swellhead}}'', part of the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' series, there's a heavy subversion; the villain is massively intelligent and knows everything, but a) his cultural leanings are decidedly cheesy (he likes Burt Bacharach, and has muzak versions of MOR songs playing in his ElaborateUndergroundBase) and b) he is actually ''defeated'' by his lack of knowledge of the younger generation's pop culture. Not "as a consequence of"; By. [[spoiler:After failing to name the singer who had a hit with "I Should Be So Lucky", his head explodes. Or, if you prefer, goes [[StealthPun pop]].]]
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O'Brien from George Orwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.



* Jonathan from ''Roleplay/AdvanceWarsEternalWar'' fits this trope perfectly.

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* %%* Jonathan from ''Roleplay/AdvanceWarsEternalWar'' fits this trope perfectly.



* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', both Lionel and Lex Luthor are examples of this.

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* %%* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', both Lionel and Lex Luthor are examples of this.



* Quite a few of the bad guys on the various ''Series/LawAndOrder'' series.

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* Series/{{Dexter}}.

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* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', several characters are trapped in a malfunctioning holodeck, surrounded by holographic gangsters from [[TheCaptain Picard's]] noir holonovel. The man in charge of gangsters (a LawyerFriendlyCameo [[TheMalteseFalcon Kasper Gutman]]) is well-dressed and well-spoken. Crusher gets sick of it and asks why he insists on treating them well before shooting them. He replies that without civility, we may as well be animals.

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* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', several characters are trapped in a malfunctioning holodeck, surrounded by holographic gangsters from [[TheCaptain Picard's]] noir holonovel. The man in charge of gangsters (a LawyerFriendlyCameo [[TheMalteseFalcon [[Film/TheMalteseFalcon Kasper Gutman]]) is well-dressed and well-spoken. Crusher gets sick of it and asks why he insists on treating them well before shooting them. He replies that without civility, we may as well be animals.



* Xavier St. Cloud in ''Series/{{Highlander}}''. And Consone.

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* %%* Xavier St. Cloud in ''Series/{{Highlander}}''. And Consone.



* The Originals in ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries''.
* Chuck and Blair from ''Literature/GossipGirl''.

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* %%* The Originals in ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries''.
* %%* Chuck and Blair from ''Literature/GossipGirl''.



* The eponymous character from ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain''.

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* %%* The eponymous character from ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain''.



* Mr. X from ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage''.

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* %%* Mr. X from ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage''.



* De Killer from ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.
** [[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]] from ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''.
** And before either of them, [[ThePerfectionist Manfred von Karma]].
* Leon Powalski from ''VideoGame/StarFox'' is a mix of both this and AxCrazy.

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* %%* De Killer from ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.
** %%** [[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]] from ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''.
** %%** And before either of them, [[ThePerfectionist Manfred von Karma]].
* %%* Leon Powalski from ''VideoGame/StarFox'' is a mix of both this and AxCrazy.



* Mordecai Heller from ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' can be considered this.

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* %%* Mordecai Heller from ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' can be considered this.



* Matska Belmonde of WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries is an elegant, sophisticated vampire who prefers to never be more than a four-hour flight from Paris if she can help it.

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* Matska Belmonde of WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' is an elegant, sophisticated vampire who prefers to never be more than a four-hour flight from Paris if she can help it.



* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', Embries and The Man both qualify. The former has a gloriously-decorated office and snazzy attire, a [[{{Pun}} silver tongue]], and a tea set of which he is very fond. He is also an ancient dragon with a [[IAmAHumanitarian taste for human flesh]]. The Man is a demon who [[PoweredByAForsakenChild devours the hearts of virgins]] monthly to sustain himself and impregnated and abandoned the main character's mother twice. He wears a snazzy pinstriped suit and waxes philosophic (sometimes in High Draconic) when speaking with his daughter, however, and like Embries is a master of seduction.

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* In ''Literature/TalesOfMU'', Embries and The Man both qualify. The former has a gloriously-decorated office and snazzy attire, a [[{{Pun}} silver tongue]], and a tea set of which he is very fond. He is also an ancient dragon with a [[IAmAHumanitarian [[ImAHumanitarian taste for human flesh]]. The Man is a demon who [[PoweredByAForsakenChild devours the hearts of virgins]] monthly to sustain himself and impregnated and abandoned the main character's mother twice. He wears a snazzy pinstriped suit and waxes philosophic (sometimes in High Draconic) when speaking with his daughter, however, and like Embries is a master of seduction.



* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.

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* David Xanatos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. As a billionaire, he enjoys the finer things in life, such as living in an authentic Scottish castle.



* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Stewie, some of the time.
** Daggermouth, an animatronic robot catfish (and later from a ShowWithinAShow) is portrayed as one as well.

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** %%** Stewie, some of the time.
** %%** Daggermouth, an animatronic robot catfish (and later from a ShowWithinAShow) is portrayed as one as well.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has Senor Senior Senior and Falsetto Jones.

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has Senor Senior Senior and Falsetto Jones.



* Chase Young from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.

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* %%* Chase Young from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.



* Dr. Morocco from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots''.

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* %%* Dr. Morocco from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots''.



* Captain Hook in ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' as most versions of Hook, is incredibly cultured and voiced by TimCurry.

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* Captain Hook in ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' as most versions of Hook, is incredibly cultured and voiced by TimCurry.Creator/TimCurry.
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