Created By: GabrielGloom on December 16, 2010 Last Edited By: GabrielGloom on December 20, 2010
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Ragin' Cajun

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If he can finish his own game you know he's a Badass.

One of many ways to make a character more Badass: make them from New Orleans. Maybe they honed their skills wrestling alligators in the bayou, maybe they have voodoo powers, but they're natives of The Big Easy and they're gonna let you know it.

Guaranteed gerr-on-teed to have a thick accent.

Note that Cajun does not mean from New Orleans. It is a Southern U.S. culture with French roots, an ethnic group mainly living in Louisiana (but many creators can't tell the difference.) See The Other Wiki here.


Examples:

Comic Books
  • Gambit of the X-Men is nothing more than a collection of various stereotypes about thieves and Cajuns all rolled into one that has only recently been given any major Character Development. He was raised by your run-of-the-mill Cajun thieves' guild after being kidnapped at birth, and their leader was advised by a black Catholic voodoo priestess type! He has a Cajun accent so hardcore that even the writers of the X-Men books can't help but parody it now and then! Every time Gambit has a few issues in New Orleans, he WILL have scenes in either the swamps and/or the French Quarter and some mention of gumbo or jambalaya WILL be made, I gerr-on-tee it.

Film
  • The movie Southern Comfort is about a bunch of Southern city boy National Guardsmen who make the mistake of stealing some boats from some swamp dwelling Cajuns.
  • Many of the New Orleans natives in The Big Easy, particularly Remy McSwain (Dennis Quaid).
  • The Not Even Bothering with the Accent page notes that Action Hero Jean-Claude Van Damme has been given a Cajun background in several of his movies, such as Universal Soldier and Hard Target. Technically an example, even though it's just a Hand Wave for his Belgian accent?

Literature
  • Edward S. Aarons' Assignment / Sam Durell series. Fictional CIA agent Sam Durell is the protagonist for all of the stories in this series. He has the nickname "The Cajun". He grew up in the swamps of Louisiana. Note that he was trained to have a "average" U.S. accent by the CIA, so he does not have the thick accent.
  • Rene on True Blood could count as an aversion, since he wasn't really Cajun but faked the accent.

Video Games

Western Animation

Tabletop RPG
  • Champions adventure C.L.O.W.N. A New Orleans based superhero team called the Bayou Brigade fought with the title villain group. One of its members, the Cajun Commando, "gay-ron-teed" to bring C.L.O.W.N. to justice.

Real Life
  • Possible Trope Namer is James Carville, a US political pundit with an accent and temperament to match the title.

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Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • December 16, 2010
    Fanra
    Note that Cajun does not mean from New Orleans. It is a Southern U.S. culture with French roots, an ethnic group mainly living in Louisiana. See The Other Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cajun

    • Edward S. Aarons' Assignment / Sam Durell series. Fictional CIA agent Sam Durell is the protagonist for all of the stories in this series. He has the nickname "The Cajun". He grew up in the swamps of Louisiana. Note that he was trained to have a "average" U.S. accent by the CIA, so he does not have the thick accent.
    • The movie Southern Comfort is about a bunch of Southern city boy National Guardsmen who make the mistake of stealing some boats from some swamp dwelling Cajuns.
  • December 16, 2010
    Treblain
    The Not Even Bothering With The Accent page notes that Action Hero Jean Claude Van Damme has been given a Cajun background in several of his movies, such as Universal Soldier and Hard Target. Technically an example, even though it's just a Hand Wave for his Belgian accent?
  • December 16, 2010
    foxley
    Gung Ho from GI Joe.
  • December 17, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    • Many of the New Orleans natives in The Big Easy, particularly Remy McSwain (Dennis Quaid).

    Tabletop RPG
    • Champions adventure C.L.O.W.N. A New Orleans based superhero team called the Bayou Brigade fought with the title villain group. One of its members, the Cajun Commando, "gay-ron-teed" to bring C.L.O.W.N. to justice.
  • December 17, 2010
    NativeJovian
    Should probably explain the "gar-on-teed" meme in the article. I'd give it a shot, but I don't actually have any idea how it got started.
  • December 17, 2010
    PaleHorse87
    Real Life
    • Possible Trope Namer is James Carville, a US political pundit with an accent and temperament to match the title.
  • December 17, 2010
    randomsurfer
    I'm pretty sure the "gar-on-teed" thing was from Justin Wilson, who wasn't Ragin' and from what I hear not really Cajun.
  • December 18, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Ray the firefly from ThePrincessAndTheFrog was Cajun. His VA was familiar with Cajun accents and thus Ray had a pretty accurate one.
  • December 19, 2010
    Pickly
    Shouldn't the title be "Ragin' Cajun"? (At least, that how I read it at first.)

    (No examples, unfortunately.)
  • December 20, 2010
    fulltimeD
    Would Rene on True Blood count as an aversion, since he wasn't really Cajun but faked the accent?

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