Created By: Unknown Troper on August 6, 2009
This is when a formal and well-bred character uses a combination of formal speech patterns and mastery of vocabulary to sneak in insults or one liners in a skillful and deadly manner. Capt. von Trapp in Sound of Music: "You flatter me captain""How clumsy, I meant to accuse you" Simon Tam in Firefly, especially Objects in Space. "I can't keep track of her when she's not incorporally possesing a spaceship, don't look at me" And in Safe,"I'm sorry dad, I would never have tried to save River's life if I had known there was a dinner party at risk." Higgins often does this to Magnum in Magnum PI. He can't do it as well as some. Real Life: Churchill, of course. Several noted English intellectuals, including Chesterton, Orwell, and others. Field Marshal Mannerheim. He could intimidate Hitler himself, possibly because of his Death Glare.
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