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Playing To Career Stereotype
A character doesn't belong to group X but pretends to be an X because they are in a profession that is stereotypically made up of Xes.


(permanent link) added: 2011-06-20 20:05:20 sponsor: Jordan (last reply: 2011-06-26 23:55:27)

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Maybe Needs a Better Title. This is definitely related to Fauxreigner, but is more specific in that it extends to non-nationality examples. This is a way of lampshading stereotypes along with doing a Stereotype Flip. It is also sometimes used as a way of working around a negative stereotype by having the character fitting that stereotype not actually be a member of the targeted group.

Examples:
  • Saul Goodman the Amoral Attorney on Breaking Bad is not really Jewish (and that's not really his name), but chose to pretend to be, figuring that his criminal clients would expect/be more comfortable with a Jewish lawyer.
  • In Snatch, "Doug the Head" is not actually Jewish, but pretends to be, since he's in the diamond business.
  • In Boardwalk Empire, Michael "Mickey Doyle" Kozik is a Polish guy who pretends to be Irish in order to ingratiate himself with Irish gangsters. It doesn't really work out that way and is treated in-universe as pretty stupid. Interestingly, Mickey is based on a real person who actually did this.
  • I don't have time now to pull up example, but there's a whole lot of cases of straight characters pretending to be gay because they are in an Always Camp profession (details will follow).
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