Americans Are Cowboys


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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 rainbow.

But that still leaves your design. Personality is one thing, but looks? Hmmmmm...

Wait! Didn't North America have that Wild West thing sometime?

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.

See Eaglelander when talking about personality. When talking about hair/eye colors, see Phenotype Stereotype. See also Foreign Fanservice, because tits demand seeing.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Comics
  • 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.

Film
  • 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 MST3K), 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.

Literature
  • Conversational Troping in Agatha Christie's Partners In Crime, where Tuppence is describing her fantasy of meeting a dashing romantic American man who has lived in the wilds and can rope wild steer, and Tommy sarcastically asks if he's also wearing chaps and a ten-gallon hat.
  • In the novel Dracula the one American character, Quincey Morris, is a cowboy. In one moment, Morris leaves a meeting with other heroes where they're trying to figure out how to cope with vampires; a few seconds later, bullets come flying through the window.
    Quincey: I'm sorry, I thought I saw a bat out there.

Video Games
  • The American Bomberman in Super Bomberman 3 is dressed like a cowboy.
  • The one American character in the Sengoku game series is a cowboy.

Western Animation
  • 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...

Real Life
  • After 9/11, Saddam mentioned that the "American Cowboys were getting what they deserved".
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