Created By: jahwnlemonjello on February 4, 2014

French People with British Accents

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Should we have this one? It's not exactly Not Even Bothering With The Accents and its far from Just a Stupid Accent. It might be a sister trope to The Queen's Latin, but I don't think it qualifies as a subtrope because it applies not only to historical cases, but modern and futuristic ones as well.

The two examples I can think of are

1: Star Trek TNG, Captain Picard

2: Les MisÚrables, just about every cast member. High class characters have posh accents, lower class characters have cockney ones.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • February 4, 2014
    The only example I can think of is Anton Ego from Ratatouille.
  • February 4, 2014
    Hugo has this big time. Christopher Lee is the only actor in the film who even tries to sound French.
  • February 4, 2014
    By Les Mis I assume you mean the 2012 film adaptation, Les Miserables 2012
  • February 5, 2014
    I think this page is not useful at all. It's just a case of Fake Nationality.
  • February 5, 2014
    Not to mention the fact that, because France and Britain are so near each other, if someone from France speaks English without a French accent, he'll usually have learned it with a British accent.
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  • February 5, 2014
    Could be a form of Translation Convention as well, where we assume the characters speak fluent French, but we hear it as fluent British English (Hugo and Les Miserables are examples of that).
  • February 5, 2014
    FWIW I'm going to quote from RealityIsUnrealistic.Live Action TV:
    • A common source of snickering about Star Trek: The Next Generation is that Picard is supposedly French, but speaks English with a British accent and not a French one. Patrick Stewart is indeed British and not French, but it's common for French people who know English well to speak it in a British accent - Britian is, after all, the nearest English-speaking country to France. A French person speaking English with a British accent is no more unrealistic than is, say, a Mexican person who speaks English with an accent from the American south.
  • February 5, 2014
    Les Mis is just a form of Translation Convention.
  • February 6, 2014
    It seems too specific to be a trope; it needs more examples.
  • February 7, 2014
    I'm gonna dump this.