Created By: shaduf on February 6, 2012

Conflict of Accents

Characters in the same family have different accents.

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Person A and Person B are siblings. There's just one thing that seems off. Person A has an American accent, while Person B has a British one.

This trope happens when one or more immediate family members have different accents. This might be explained by saying that a character has studied abroad and acquired a different accent than the rest of their family. But this likely happened due to casting. In that case, the fact that the character has a different accent from the rest of their family is completely ignored in-universe.
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  • February 6, 2012
    spookyfbi
    In How I Met Your Mother, the fact that Robin is Canadian is almost a plot point. Yet in flashbacks to her childhood, her father is inexplicably British,
  • February 6, 2012
    Psychobabble6
    This is done to extreme and comical levels in Dexters Laboratory. Dexter's accent doesn't appear to be from anywhere at all, while his family is entirely American.
  • February 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Soap: Despite being born & raised in Connecticut, Billy Tate has a strong New York accent. To a lesser degree, so does Jodie Dallas.
  • February 6, 2012
    Duncan
    Obviously will go under Accent Tropes, when launched.
  • February 6, 2012
    CaveCat
  • February 6, 2012
    Duncan
    The Warner Brothers (and Sister) in Animaniacs- Yakko and Dot sound American, while Wakko sounds like Ringo Starr.
  • February 6, 2012
    JoeG
    • Modern Family: Gloria has a strong Colombian accent while her son Manny has an American accent. Explained by the fact that he grew up mostly in the U.S.
  • February 6, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Banshee and Siryn (now Banshee) of X-Men -- both Irish, but with differing accents. Justified, because Theresa was not raised by her father. Black Tom may have yet a different accent. He's Theresa's uncle, and the one who raised her for a bit.
    • Moira Mac Taggart is legal guardian to Rahne Sinclair, and they both have different Scots accents.
  • February 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Non-sibling example: In the Beatles Cartoon, all four Beatles (who are from Liverpool) have vastly different accents. The only thing they have in common is that none are Liverpublian.
  • February 7, 2012
    AFP
    • In the Babylon 5 prequel Made For TV Movie In The Beginning, Susan Ivanova is shown to have an American accent (just as she did on the show proper), while her brother, Ganya, speaks with a Russian accent. Justified, in this case, as Ivanova's mother had her spend her childhood studying abroad.
  • February 7, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • An odd example in the Warrior Cats: The New Prophecy audiobooks. For some reason, the medicine cats are read with a British accent, perhaps due to Smart People Speak The Queens English. This leaves Squirrelflight speaking with an American accent, while her twin Leafpool speaks with a British accent, and there's no reason that medicine cats should speak differently. They're regular cats who were born and raised in the Clans, after all; they just chose to heal instead of fight. It is only the audiobooks read by that particular actress that have the accents done that way.
  • February 9, 2012
    Rognik
    Truth In Television whenever the children are first generation immigrants, which comes up in a few shows. How To Be Indie comes immediately to mind, but not the only one.
  • February 9, 2012
    TParadox
    Star Trek: TNG's Deanna Troi has an exotic accent, which was intended to be the Betazoid accent. Then we met Betazoids and her own mother, who all spoke with American accents. No problem, maybe it was her dead human father's accent? No, we later saw him in a journey to the center of Lwaxana's mind, and he had an American accent too. So it's unclear where it came from.
  • February 9, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • The twins in The Parent Trap: one has a British accent, one has an American accent. Justified, since the one was raised in Britain from a very young age and the other stayed in the US.
  • February 9, 2012
    zarpaulus
    • Family Guy, Stewie somehow has a British accent despite his parents and siblings all being American.
    • The Bear family in The Cleveland Show, Tim and Arianna have deep Eastern European accents (implied to be immigrants) while their son Raymond has an American accent.
  • February 9, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^The Parent Trap kid was raised in Boston, not the UK. She has an upper-class Boston Brahmin accent, like Charles Emerson Winchester on MASH or Mr. & Mrs. Howell on Gilligan's Island. Which admittedly does sound similar to a British accent - and Haley Mills, the actress in the first film version of The Parent Trap, was herself British.

    EDIT: Ah, I see. The Lindsay Lohan version was London/LA, whereas the original film was Boston/Texas.
  • February 10, 2012
    mdulwich
    Daphne's family on Frasier has a baffling array of accents, despite all supposedly coming from Manchester.
  • February 11, 2012
    CastingCrowns
    Aunt Bee of The Andy Griffith Show has a New England accent despite being from the same town in North Carolina as the rest of the characters.
  • February 11, 2012
    Zakura
    One of the Aasu sisters of Puni Puni Poemi inexplicably speaks in Kansai dialect, translated as a Brooklyn accent in the English version.
  • February 11, 2012
    Dawnwing
    @randomsurfer: Ah, I see. I've only seen the Lohan version, so I just assumed the old one was the same. Well, it's probably worth mentioning both versions, since there's different accents there.
  • February 11, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    In Phineas And Ferb, Ferb talks with a stereotypical British accent despite the rest of the family speaking like Americans. There is no reason for this other than for laughs.

    By the way, I don't know if this is worth mentioning or not, but Genndy Tartakovsky has been asked why Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory has that accent. The reason? "Because he's a scientist. Scientists have accents."
  • February 11, 2012
    GuyIncog
    • Republic Commando presents an unusual case, in that the four squad members have different accents despite being not just siblings but clones.
  • February 12, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • Superman II. During General Zod's attack on a small American town, a man threatens him with a shotgun. Zod lifts him into the air and the man's son pleads for Zod to let him down. The man has an American accent and his son has a British accent.
  • February 12, 2012
    NESBoy
    Web Original

    Video Games
    • The Cheetahmen of Action 52 fame were all born from the same mother cheetah according to their backstory, but in the commercial, Apollo has a British accent, Aries has a Mexican one, and Hercules talks like Rocky Balboa.
  • February 12, 2012
    PaulA
    In How To Train Your Dragon, the adults have Scottish accents and their children have American accents.
  • February 13, 2012
    Rognik
    @Zombie Aladdin Ferb's English accent is justified. The mother, Candance and Phineas are all Americans, while the Dad and Ferb are immigrants from Britain. Thus, that is not this trope, as the two are not blood related.
  • February 13, 2012
    pawsplay
    Actually, Ferb's dad is British.
  • February 13, 2012
    ClockStopping
    • In My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Rarity has a much more sophisticated, elegant accent than her southern parents. This is implied to be affected on her part, however.
  • February 14, 2012
    cityofmist
    Frequently in Hollyoaks.
  • February 14, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    Ah, all right. I knew the family was part British, but I thought that Ferb had grown up in the United States long enough that an accent is implausible.
  • February 15, 2012
    StarryEyed
    In Just Go With It the fake daughter (who just went to an acting camp) asks to do a British accent. They tell her no...only for her to use it anyway. Her mom and "dad" come up with a story about her going to boarding school in England to justify it.
  • February 16, 2012
    surgoshan
    Real Life
    • This can happen with children raised in different environments, even without leaving the family. Whether the child is sent to boarding school or the family moves to a different part of the country/world, you can find four people with one accent and a younger child with something radically different.

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