You really can't get more American than that.
In foreign media, when you want your American, you've got your personality down pat--he could be the obnoxious tourist, the boisterous but well-meaning rogue, the patriotic man who can never do wrong, or any other spectrum in the Eaglelander
But that still leaves your design. Personality is one thing, but looks? Hmmmmm...
Wait! Didn't North America have that Wild West
This is a case of Small Reference Pools
, or when people want to absolutely hammer in that this character is AMERICAN
. While several other countries had their own rural periods, the Wild West
is distinctly American in the eyes of other coutries (except that it also heavily involved Mexico
). Thus, putting a cowboy hat and a poncho on someone will instantly identify them as an American, much as how putting a qipao or cheongsam on a girl will instantly identify them as Chinese
when talking about personality. When talking about hair/eye colors, see Phenotype Stereotype
. See also Foreign Fanservice
, because tits demand seeing.
Anime and Manga
- The Adventures of Tintin in America had many Americans dressed as either Chicago mobsters or cowboys. Somewhat justified, as the cowboy era was not long dead.
- In Camelot 3000, the American president dresses like a cowboy and packs a pair of six-shooters.
- The 60's Casino Royale depicts the American army as composed of cowboys and Indians.
- Flushed Away features an obnoxious American tourist with a cowboy hat and Texas drawl.
- Lampshaded in The Hunt for Red October.
(Ramius notes Mancuso's sidearm and comments in Russian to Borodin that Mancuso is a "buckaroo". Ryan laughs)
Capt. Bart Mancuso: What's so funny?
Jack Ryan: Ah, the Captain seems to think you're some kind of...cowboy.
- In the Mexican film Santa Claus (the one riffed by MST 3 K), the children from the USA are wearing cowboy outfits.
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. When Dr. Evil calls up the United Nations Secret Meeting Room to give his ultimatum, many of the occupants are dressed in costumes indicating their native countries (two Japanese are dressed as a geisha and a sumo wrestler, a British representative is wearing a Beefeater costume, a Spaniard is dressed as a matador, etc.). One of the characters (presumably an American) is dressed as a cowboy.
- The American Bomberman in Super Bomberman 3 is dressed like a cowboy.
- The one American character in the Sengoku game series is a cowboy.
- In an episode of Danger Mouse set in America, the only American DM meets is a cowboy.
- Clay from Xiaolin Showdown, which is odd in that it's an American cartoon...
- After 9/11, Saddam mentioned that the "American Cowboys were getting what they deserved".