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->'''Creator/BenKingsley''': [[LampshadeHanging Have you ever noticed how,]] in Hollywood movies, [[InvokedTrope all the villains are played by Brits?]]
->'''Creator/MarkStrong''': [[EvilSoundsDeep Maybe we just]] [[EvilSoundsRaspy sound right]].
->'''Creator/TomHiddleston''': ''(without spilling a [[SpotOfTea drop of his tea]])'' [[EvilPlan We're more focused... more precise.]]
->'''Strong''': [[MagnificentBastard We're always one step ahead.]]
->'''Kingsley''': [[AffablyEvil With a]] [[ManOfWealthAndTaste certain style;]] [[TheChessmaster an eye for detail.]]
->'''Hiddleston''': And we're ''obsessed'' [[VisionaryVillain by power!]] A StiffUpperLip is key.
->'''Strong''': [[WickedCultured And we all drive]] [[CoolCar Jaguars.]]
->'''Kingsley''': Ohhh yes. [[EvilIsCool It's good to be bad.]]
-->--'''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bls1KKDwmo Jaguar 2014 Super Bowl commercial: "British Rendezvous"]]'''

Any character with a {{British accent|s}}, particularly in [[AristocratsAreEvil upper class]] [[IAmVeryBritish Received Pronunciation]] (far and away [[SmallReferencePools the most common type you'll hear]] in American media) is likely to turn out to be a villain. The English tend to view this trope in one of three ways, depending on the particular depiction. Either: with a sense of pride (EvilIsSexy / EvilIsCool / [[WickedCultured Evil Is Posh]] after all!), mild eye-rolling amusement (tsk, ''Americans'') OR annoyance at the apparent [[NationalStereotypes national stereotyping]].

This includes all evil characters with British accents (where the rest of the cast has accents), whether or not they are actually stated to be British. Quite a few of these are not actual Brits, but have anomalous quasi-British (usually vaguely upper-class and English, as noted above) accents in settings where almost everyone else has some sort of American accent and no one is necessarily supposed to be from either country, just to mark that character as villainous. As you might expect, this version appears to be associated with films and shows in which the use of English is (at least weakly implied to be) a TranslationConvention for whatever the characters are "really" saying, although it's not exclusive to them. See TheQueensLatin and AliensOfLondon.

Villains of this type come in two flavours. The first is usually [[AristocratsAreEvil wealthy and snobbish]], and probably quite [[WickedCultured well]] [[SmartPeopleSpeakTheQueensEnglish educated]]. The second is the [[LowerClassLout hooligan]] with the Cockney (or [[SmallReferencePools similar]]) accent.

This is fairly recent since during Hollywood's Golden Age it was acceptable for the good guys to speak with an upper-class English accent as well.

Probably related to TheMeanBrit, although it appeared well before TheMeanBrit trend began. The Romans, who generally are the baddies in most historical films, are almost always [[TheQueensLatin played by English actors]]. The British also are often the imperial bad guys in Hong Kong kung-fu flicks. World War II films using the TranslationConvention usually have ThoseWackyNazis [[BritishNazis played by Brits as well]]. [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Surpri]][[UsefulNotes/TheIrishQuestion singly]], they are quite rare in Irish films.

In Hollywood at least, this may be a product of different acting traditions. Simplifying wildly, Americans go into movie acting to be rich, famous, and loved by the audience; Brits go into acting because they like ''acting'', and some who do well at it then go to Hollywood for the money. With, on average, more training, more experience, less need to be loved, and a cheerful interest in any well-paying gig, they can often make excellent charismatic villains. Of course, it seems that there are also people in Hollywood with a cultural aversion to Britain who are all too happy to cast them in these parts.

Given the way in which American fans often respond to British accents, fandoms sometimes turn this sort of character into DracoInLeatherPants.

Contrast BritishStuffiness, which may be applied to a [[StraightMan nominally heroic]] character who [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse must]] [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy nevertheless]] DieForOurShip.

Doesn't really apply in British works, of course. In those, this role is often [[AcceptableTargets given to the French, Germans or (rarely, especially nowadays) Americans]].

See also IAmVeryBritish.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Discussed in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bls1KKDwmo the 2014 Super Bowl Jaguar commercial]] quoted above. All three of the actors featured are British and have played villains[[note]]Interestingly, all three have played villains opposite Creator/RobertDowneyJr.[[/note]]... though technically [[DesignatedVillain they do nothing villainous]] in the commercial itself.
** [[EvilIsCool "It's Good to be Bad."]]
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
** Subverted. In part 1, it's set in Britain, so everyone is British, even the protagonist and supporting cast.
* ''[[Anime/ReadOrDie R.O.D. The TV]]''. Britain IS the villain.
* ''CodeGeass'' more or less [[AvertedTrope averts]] this, as the Britannian Empire actually appears to be based out of America. However, Luciano Bradley is given a British accent in the English dub.
* Bakura in the American English dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', although his British accent sounds more pronounced when he's his mild-mannered self rather than his SuperpoweredEvilSide. The accent was how the dubbers tried to match his use of polite JapaneseHonorifics in the original.
* In ''{{Robotech}}'', the Zentraedi Commander Khyron Kravshera sports a pseudo-British accent. The novels based on the series even note that he sounds just like James Mason. He really does. Interestingly enough, Khyron was voiced by actor Greg Snegoff who also was the voice of Scott Bernard, a character that sounds nothing like Khyron. Even more interestingly, the Southern Cross (Robotech Masters) segment had a minor character named Alan Fredericks who was also voiced by Snegoff in a Khyron-like voice. However, Fredericks was more erudite and reserved than Khyron. Appropriate since Fredericks was a good guy, even if he was a member of the GMP.
* In the Creator/FUNimation dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', King Cold, Frieza's father, was voiced with a British accent, as was Perfect Cell/Super Perfect Cell. Strangely, in the dubbed versions of ''Manga/DragonBall'', despite General Blue's not-so-subtle hints at being of [[AllGermansAreNazis German origin]], Blue was given a British accent.
** Frieza himself was given a slight British accent in ''Dragon Ball Kai'', courtesy of Creator/ChrisAyres.
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' English dub went out of its way to show us what a bastard Ash's Charmander's original owner was by giving him a god awful Creator/DickVanDyke-esque cockney accent.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mad Mod, a minor ComicBook/TeenTitans villain from TheSixties, who is probably better known for his appearance in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon was a Carnaby Street fashion designer whose assumed name is derived from the Mod style popular in England at the time. He used his label as a front to smuggle goods inside his clothing. After being foiled, he later hatched a plot to steal the Queen of Britain's scepter, but was stopped as well.
* Toad from ComicBook/{{X-Men}} was born in York, England.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} villain Manchester Black. Other than his thick English accent, omnipresent Union Jack tattoo, and a few snippets he told about his life, very little is known about his background, although he is most likely from the city of Manchester, England.
* {{Hawkman}} and JusticeSocietyOfAmerica villain ComicBook/GentlemanGhost was the son of an English gentleman who abandoned both him and his mother, forcing them into poverty. He grew up to become a notorious highwayman and robber who terrorized England in the 1800s before eluding death to rise again as a phantom.
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' miniseries ''Young Death'', which reveals the origin of Judge Death, strongly implies that he and the Dark Judges are British, or [[AlternateUniverse his world's equivalent of British]]. Although the comics are made in the United Kingdom, Judge Dredd himself is a post-Apocalyptic American.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Oswald Cobblepot, otherwise known as The Penguin, has dual citizenship by descent and tends to use more English expressions, slang, and swears than Americanisms.
** Jervis Tetch, criminal alias Mad Hatter, is obsessed with the writings of British author Creator/LewisCarroll, and has based his identity off of the Hatter character appearing in ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' and the story's sequel ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass''.
* Lord Shilling, the British master spy and MasterOfDisguise who was the ArchEnemy of ''ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The Egyptians in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'' have British accents (and are played by some very fine English actors), while the Hebrews are "Americans." Moses also has an American accent despite having grown up in the Egyptian royal family.
* Many DisneyAnimatedCanon villains have vaguely British accents; some manage to have them while being [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Arabian]] or [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame French]]. Or [[Disney/TheLionKing carnivorous]] [[Disney/TheJungleBook cats]].
** The Lion King example is particularly notable in that Creator/JeremyIrons' Scar is [[EvilUncle directly related to]] the rest of the (American-voiced) cast.
** In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', the Coachman has a Cockney accent despite the story taking place in Tuscany, Italy.
* Tai Lung from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. Being voiced by [[{{Kings}} Ian McShane]] just makes him [[UpToEleven more]] BadAss.
** [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 The sequel]] does it again, with new villain Lord Shen being voiced by GaryOldman.
* In ''SecretOfNimh 2'', when Martin becomes evil, he inexplicably switches to a British accent (voiced by [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]], no less), only for it to change back to his American accent (and voice) when he becomes good again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'', ''every single bad guy'', literally, has a British accent (except Rat, who has a Cajun accent), while every good guy has an American accent. (To be fair, the story most likely takes place in Great Britain, as evidenced by the presence of a right-hand-drive car.
* The BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'', Cat R. Waul, is one of these. Voiced by Creator/JohnCleese at that.
* Every. Single. Barbie. Film.
* There are two candidates for BigBad in the movie ''Anime/ResidentEvilDegeneration''. Between the spineless, obnoxious asshole Senator Ron Davis and the polite, smooth-talking Brit Frederic Downing, which do ''you'' think ends up being the true villain responsible for the outbreak? The first guess doesn't count.
** In the main film series, the holographic manifestation of the [[CreepyChild Red]] [[AIIsACrapshoot Queen]] is a British little girl.
* In ''{{Cars 2}}'', the mastermind behind the lemons' plot is [[spoiler: Sir Miles Axlerod, who's voiced by EddieIzzard no less.]]
* Creator/JohnHurt as The Horned King in Disney's film adaptation of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''. (The heroes also have British accents, however.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' movie, Jack Frost is this--though, like the Black Cauldron, the heroes are also British.
* Jude Law, the only British actor in Film/RiseOfTheGuardians, predictably turns out to be the villain.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/JasonIsaacs:
** This is the driving force behind both men's careers; after ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', Rickman began declining villain roles to avoid TypeCasting (including turning down Creator/SeanBean's role in ''Film/GoldenEye''). He also nearly turned down playing Severus Snape in ''Film/HarryPotter'' before JK Rowling let him know that there was more to Snape than what met the eye.
** And Creator/JeremyIrons'.
** And, going back a bit, George Sanders.
** And Creator/TerryThomas.
** If it was too late to be the TropeCodifier, Creator/AlanRickman's villain in ''Film/DieHard'' certainly made the EvilBrit villain an almost obligatory character for a while.
** Actually Hans and his brother Simon from ''Film/DieHard'' were German, but you certainly wouldn't guess that from their accents.
** The topic of British villains in movies and Rickman in particular was discussed on StephenFry's panel show ''{{QI}}'', while on ''Series/TopGear'', Scottish actor Creator/BrianCox [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCJw9WK7et4 suggested to Jeremy Clarkson]] that Brits were cast as the baddies in Hollywood movies because Americans "fundamentally mistrust intelligence."
** Averted for Rickman in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''.
---->'''Kevin [=McDonald=]:''' ''(on Alex)'' Give him a hand - he's British!
* ''{{Film/Alien 3}}'': Because of [[LondonTown where it was filmed]], this film's [[SingleBiomePlanet Prison Planet]] is filled with mostly with British actors including Creator/PaulMcGann as an AxCrazy inmate.
* ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'': The 1970s film had German characters played by English-speakers: all the likeable characters sounded American while the cruel drill-sergeant and the blood-thirsty new recruit sounded British.
* ''Film/AnacondasTheHuntForTheBloodOrchid'': The British team member is the only one to turn WellIntentionedExtremist in the search for the rare and immensely valuable [[MacGuffin blood orchid]], willfully sacrificing his colleagues to do so.
* ''Film/AustinPowers'':
** Fat Bastard is a rare example of one with a (faked) Scottish accent.
** [[spoiler:Dr. Evil himself turns out to be British-born [[JustifiedTrope because]] he is [[LukeIAmYourFather Austin's brother]].]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has Ra's al Ghul played by Liam Neeson.
** And in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Bane, Hispanic in the comics, is [[RaceLift reimagined]] as a North-European perhaps-Brit (his accent is all over the place, but it defaults to RP) for the film, played by Creator/TomHardy.
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'': Victor Maitland.
* ''Film/BlueThunder'': Gave us Col. F.E. Cochrane, complete with irritating CatchPhrase and requisite accent.
* ''Film/BulletproofMonk'':
** Mister Funktastic.
** The BigBad's granddaughter and NumberTwo has a British accent. Possibly, she deliberately cultivated it to hide her Nazi roots.
* Creator/CharlesDance: He has played an EvilBrit in at least two movies: ''Film/TheGoldenChild'' (devil worshipper) and ''Film/LastActionHero'' (assassin).
* Creator/ChristopherLee: Although he's a specialist villain actor anyway.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': Inverted in the films, where the only characters in the series with American accents are the evil wolves and the heroes are all British.
* ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'': Creator/JohnLithgow played the lead bad guy with a strangulated upper class English accent whilst most of his team was played by actual Brits.
* Creator/DavidWarner:
** He is another British actor who can't help sounding evil so he might as well play mostly villains. He was Billy Zane's BattleButler, Lovejoy, in ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper in ''Film/TimeAfterTime''.
** He pulled triple duty as a baddie in ''Film/{{TRON}}'' by playing human antagonist Edward Dillinger and the evil program Sark, as well as providing the voice for the BigBad, the Master Control Program.
** One rare aversion to this was an appearance on Babylon5, where he played a kindly (though tough) old man who politely asked the various alien ambassadors if any of them had come across the Holy Grail. Unfortunately, he was TooCoolToLast.
* ''Film/DeadInTombstone'' has Judah Clark: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive a mine owner]] who happily cuts a deal with Red and the Blackwater Gang to keep the money flowing into his coffers, even if it means the rest of the town is living in virtual slavery.
* Disney:
** If several Disney animated films feature British sounding villains, also Walt Disney himself was somewhat of an Anglophile and some of the films he produced in the 50's and 60's are set in Britain with British casts and heroes.
** Likely because of his ancestry - the last name "Disney" comes from the village of Norton Disney in Lincolnshire (UK).
* ''Literature/{{Dreamcatcher}}'':
** Has a particularly odd example - all of the characters start off with American accents, but as soon as one guy gets infected by TheVirus and becomes the BigBad he starts talking with an upper class British accent.
** The same thing happened in the early (1970s) ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}''. Two teen boys who rejected the advice of Starbuck and Apollo ended up becoming evil, and acquiring British accents. Which they lost once they had learned the error of their ways!
* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'': WordOfGod says that this film uses a TranslationConvention whereby the animals have American accents (so [[Creator/WesAnderson the director]] could cast [[ProductionPosse his favourite actors]]) and the humans have English accents (as a nod to [[Creator/RoaldDahl the author]]). It's ''pure coincidence'' that [[HumansAreBastards all the humans in the story are villains]]....
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'': Completely an InvertedTrope. While almost all the characters are morally suspect, Kevin Kline's character Otto (one of two Americans in the movie) is the biggest scoundrel of them all, while the most (relatively) morally upright character is Creator/JohnCleese's Archie. The fact that a Brit, the aforementioned John Cleese, wrote the film might have had something to do with it...
* George Zucco: This classic British character actor (who starred in many horror movies from the '30's and '40's) combined this trope with BaldOfEvil to good effect.
* ''G-Force'':
** BillNighy plays the main villain known as Saber in this Disney flick, who wants to take over the world, and in the trailer even blatantly says he wants to do so.
** [[spoiler: It's actually a misleading. Saber ''did'' want to take over the world, but in a good way. The real villain was TheManBehindTheMan, who double-crossed Saber into turning every single product made by his company into a weapon]].
* ''The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'': The English dub has all the characters voiced by American actors except for the scene where Lisbeth gets mugged in the subway by a group of people who are given English accents.
* ''Gone In 60 Seconds'': Creator/ChristopherEccleston. He shows he's evil [[CulturalPosturing because he doesn't like baseball.]]
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical 3'': Tiara Gold.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'':
** Has a rather meta subversion. British actor JulianGlover played the main villain, but [[FakeAmerican with an American accent]]. Similarly, the English Paul Freeman plays the French Rene Belloq in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
** In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' [[spoiler: Indy's old friend Mac is a Cockney who does a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor throughout the movie, ultimately betraying Indy in the end.]]
* Creator/JulianGlover has, in fact, played villains in James Bond, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Doctor Who, and elsewhere, most of them with a Brit accent.
* ''IpMan 2'': The British are portrayed as opponents and racist to the Chinese, including a [[PoliceBrutality brutal policeman]] and a boxer called Twister who takes sexual pleasure in brutally beating sick and elderly Chinese Warriors to death.
* Irish movies: Surprisingly rare in these movies but one place they ''do'' turn up is in films set during the Anglo-Irish War. See ''MichaelCollins'' or ''Film/TheWindThatShakesTheBarley'' for good (well, evil) examples.
* ''Film/TheIsland'':
** [[spoiler:Tom Lincoln]], who turns out to be an evil Scot.
** [[spoiler:Dr. Merrick]] played by [[spoiler:Creator/SeanBean]].
* Creator/JackieChan: The Evil Brit is a common trope in his movies due to their anti-colonial themes, discussed in detail in [[http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/theatrefilm/current/projector/vol1issue2folder/vol1issue2art1.htm here]].
* ''Film/JamesBond'': Averted in all of the movies, despite their being produced by Americans and targeted in large part at American audiences. The heroes are always British members of Her Majesty's Secret Service, and the villains most often Continental Europeans, Asians, or even Americans. The exceptions are ''Film/GoldenEye'' and ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
* ''Film/JumpingJackFlash'': Jeremy Talbot from the British Consulate in the film.
* ''Film/{{Komodo}}'': There's Bracken, Oates's superior. He blackmails him into solving the komodo problem on the island. He orders Oates to kill the visitors, and refuses to send a medical pickup when Oates demands one.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Creator/TimRoth plays Emil Blonsky (in the comics, a Russian) in ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. Loosely {{hand wave}}d as saying the character was brought up in England.
** Creator/TomHiddleston as Loki in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', would be an aversion, since all Asgardians have British accents, up to and including Thor himself. However, the trope is played straight in ''Film/TheAvengers'', where most of the characters are American.
* ''Film/{{Matilda}}'': [[SadistTeacher Agatha Trunchbull]], in which every other character is American.
* ''Film/TheMuppets'': Uncle Deadly. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverts]] this via DarkIsNotEvil after a HeelRealization and subsequent HeelFaceTurn.]]
* ''Film/NationalTreasure'': Ian in the first movie.
* ''TheNet'': The debonair, dashing and very deadly Devlin, who seduces SandraBullock's character in a bid to steal a disk in her possession, and then sets about trying to kill her.
* ''Film/ThePatriot'':
** Tavington (JasonIsaacs), based on the RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banastre_Tarleton Banastre Tarleton]]. Sure, it's a movie about the American Revolution, but did they really have to make him so utterly cruel and despicable?
** The trope showed up in other Creator/MelGibson films: in 1981's ''Film/{{Gallipoli}}'', the British soldiers are shown drinking tea on the beach while the Australians die in the battle, and ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' portrays the heroic struggle of the Scots against the evil English. All have been roundly criticized by historians for their wild inaccuracies, often involving playing up (or outright fabricating) British atrocities and general nastiness. In a particularly notorious example, ''Film/ThePatriot'' shows British soldiers burning a group of townsfolk alive in a church, an act actually committed centuries later by the Waffen-SS in France but one century earlier by the English against the Irish in the Confederate War.
*** Mel Gibson must be really fond of this trope.
*** The Royal British Legion were extremely miffed by the portrayal of the British in ''Gallipoli'', noting that more than twice as many British soldiers as Australians died, that the Australian landing at the Nek was actually a diversion for a New Zealand landing at Sair Bair, not the British landing at Suvla Bay (which, incidentally, was a brutal and bloody action, not a ''tea picnic'' as it is portrayed in the movie). Finally, it was Australian commanders' idiocy, not British, that was behind the failure at the Nek. Creator/ChristopherHitchens has noted that the British people are so often portrayed as incompetent in Gibson's films that he suspects it is a deliberate prejudice:
-->'''Hitchens''': [[StiffUpperLip Englishmen don't form picket lines outside movie theaters when "stereotyped," but still.]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Cutler Beckett is a very stereotypical [[AristocratsAreEvil evil British aristocrat]]. However, most of the other major characters are ''also'' Brits of various stripes, and some of them are aristocrats themselves!
** Davy Jones was played by Bill Nighy. In the 4th film, Blackbeard was played by Ian [=McShane=].
* ''Film/{{Revolution 1985}}'': Sergeant Major Peasy is British, and definitely a bad guy.
* Rufus Sewell: Every character played by this man. ''Film/DarkCity'' was one of his few heroic roles, and that was as a FakeAmerican.
* ''Scoop'': Seemingly subverted in this Woody Allen film, where a charming high-society Brit, played by HughJackman, is suggested to be a murderer. However, he's so charming and so handsome that the HotScoop played by Scarlett Johansson finds this impossible [[spoiler: in the end, it is revealed that he was the murderer after all]].
* Creator/SeanBean:
** Most of his acting career revolves around him playing Evil Brits.
* [[GeniusBruiser The Operative]] from ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. [[NecessarilyEvil By his own admission]].
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Hannibal Lecter as portrayed by both Scot Creator/BrianCox and Welshman Creator/AnthonyHopkins. The less said about the French kid and ''[[CanonDiscontinuity Hannibal Rising]]'' the better.
* ''Film/SpiderMan2'': Deliberately an AvertedTrope, in which British actor Alfred Molina played Doctor Octopus as an American. Molina later joked about this in interviews:
-->'''Molina:''' If we gave him a British accent, it's a bit like giving it away right from the start. It's a bit like, carrying a great big sign that goes "movie villain." And underneath that, "Creator/AlanRickman wasn't free".
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': Benedict Cumberbatch plays Brit villain John Harrison, whose first act is orchestrating a terrorist attack on London. The casting decision seems straightforwardly this trope until it's revealed that [[spoiler: Harrison is actually Khan Noonien Singh - a character with a Sikh name and therefore of south Asian origin, previously played by a Hispanic actor.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Although that was more incidental, since union rules for British films at the time required a minimum number of speaking parts for British actors, so a lot were cast as Imperial officers. Both the Imperials and Rebels were played by mostly British actors but all the Rebels' voices were later dubbed by American actors. A few sources claim that the upper-class English accent is the default accent on Coruscant; everyone listed below (except C-3PO) either grew up or spent large amounts of time living there.
** The late Creator/PeterCushing (Grand Moff Tarkin), who actually played mostly good guys in his career -- including Franchise/SherlockHolmes and Doctor Who in ''Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks'' and ''Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD''.
*** In fact all major bad guys were played by Brits, The Emperor (Ian [=McDiarmid=] is Scottish), Darth Vader (although not his voice actor, as the voice of David Prowse was too west-country, earning him the nickname Darth Farmer), Count Dooku (Creator/ChristopherLee), and Darth Maul (London-based Scot Ray Park's voice was dubbed by British voice-actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz).
** A good number of good guys in ''Star Wars'' have British accents, however. Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness and Ewan [=McGregor=]), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), and Qui-Gon (Creator/LiamNeeson) and Mon Mothma, leader of the Rebel Alliance. In the first film, Princess Leia has a quasi-British accent [[OohMeAccentsSlipping in some scenes]].
* ''Film/SupermanII'': Evil Kryptonian General Zod and his FemmeFatale hench-woman Ursa were portrayed by Brits Terrance Stamp and Sarah Douglas.
* ''Film/TotalRecall2012'': ''Underworld'''s KateBeckinsale plays an EvilBrit in the remake, as Quaid's fake wife Lori. As "nice" Lori, Beckinsale uses an American accent, but reverts to her natural British accent as "evil" Lori. Funny thing is, there's no reason for her to adopt an American accent, given that the only livable areas are a chunk of Europe and Australia.
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'':
** Saw Bill Nighy as an EvilBrit vampire.
** Even though he's supposed to be Hungarian. Possibly a case of TranslationConvention. The only Brit (according to some non-canonical sources) is Kraven, who's supposed to be from Liecester. While this would qualify him for the trope, the actor (from Northern Ireland) adopts an ''American'' accent for the role.
** The sequel has Marcus Corvinus, ''also'' a Hungarian, played by the Scottish actor Tony Curran with a British accent.
* Vinnie Jones: The "hooligan" sounding tough guy variety of EvilBrit is exemplified by this man in the American film ''Film/TheCondemned'', where he plays a war criminal. This is as opposed to his roles in ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' and ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', where most of the cast have some form of UK accent.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** The Juggernaut from ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Of course in the comics he's American, but given there's no attempt to change the British actor's voice or anything...
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In MichaelMoorcock's ''{{Hawkmoon}}'' stories, the villains are the [[EvilEmpire Dark Empire]] of Granbretan: An AlwaysChaoticEvil nation of Evil Brits in a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantastic version of Europe]].
* In the Creator/AndrewVachss Burke book ''Strega'', Burke is forced to speak civilly to a self-proclaimed pedophile with a "semi-Brit" accent. Said pedophile becomes an occasionally recurring character. [[spoiler: At least until ''Dead and Gone'', where he turns out to be behind the plot to kill Burke, was actually faking the pedophile thing, and gets killed offscreen.]]
* The point of Steve Grasse's ''Evil Empire''.
* In Literature/The39Clues book series, the [[TheRival Kabras]] are the [[GreyandGrayMorality most evil]] of the main characters, especially [[EvilMatriarch the mother]], [[BigBad Isabel.]] The children, [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] [[BrotherSisterTeam and]] [[SpoiledBrat Natalie]] are more {{Mean Brit}}s than Evil Brits, when compared to her, especially when considering that they are only as ruthless as they are because that was [[WellDoneSonGuy how they were raised]] and [[FollowInMyFootsteps how their mother expects them to act.]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', more than a few of the villains have British accents. This, however, is justified by the fact that a lot of the old monsters come from the Old World and the headquarters of the White Council is in Edinburgh, suggesting that Britain is an unusually magical place. Also, there's the fact that Britain, until comparatively recently, ruled the largest empire the world has ever seen, suggesting that an upper class British accent (which is still considered a marker of wealth and power) might have been adopted as more convenient.
** The stand out is probably Nicodemus, who is specifically noted as sounding British and plays this trope to the hilt, with all the expected associations of WickedCultured, AffablyEvil (verging on FauxAffablyEvil at times) and even indulging in a SpotOfTea once.
* The Literature/InDeath series: A number of the murderers turn out to be British. Then again, as the author Creator/NoraRoberts is American and of Irish descent, she will happily make use of this trope.
* ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal''. The Jackal is British and an urbane ProfessionalKiller. [[spoiler:Or is he? At the end of the novel, Her Majesty's Government point out there's no proof, given his multiple identities, that he was ever British in the first place.]]
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* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Moriarty from the ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' stories comes back in holographic form to menace the crew. However, he was played an American actor who miraculously effected a stunningly believable British accent (Daniel Davis later used the same flawless British accent in TheNanny). Justified in this case by the fact that, well, it's Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes stories--what else would he be ''but'' British?
** Subverted somewhat when it becomes apparent that this Moriarty is really [[spoiler:not all that evil or ruthless, with his main motivation being simply the right to exist.]]
** Inverted by BBC ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s Dubliner Moriaty. Justified in that the name 'Moriarty' actually is of Irish origin.
* Adam Monroe and Daniel Linderman from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Though Adam is actually played by an [[FakeBrit American]].
** More recently Edgar (sort of, he's not quite ''evil'' as much as misguided, and has doubts in regards to Samuel's plans) and Samuel too, although Samuel's accent changes constantly, sometimes within the same episode or even the same scene.
** Samuel is American (Born in Arizona) but his accent is used to show how well-travelled he is and all the different places he has been in.
* Charles Widmore on ''{{Lost}}'' (actor's from New Zealand, but character seems to be British). After he was given the villain role in season 4, things have become a whole lot more morally ambiguous...''Lost'', however, also has several Brits among the heroes (Charlie, Charlotte, Penny, Desmond, maybe Naomi).
* Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', before the HeelFaceTurn and BadassDecay.
** Other examples include Drusilla, Gwendolyn Post, and other Watchers. Averted with Giles, until he becomes an anti-hero in "The Gift".
** Neither Spike nor Drusilla are played by Britons. [[FakeBrit Which is painfully obvious.]]
* ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'' parodied this with a sketch where Alan Rickman and Ian [=McKellen=] battled it out for the role of stereotypical British villain. The winner was [[spoiler:{{BRIAN BLESSED}}]].
* Lila in season 2 of ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. She's obsessed with the title character, gets a colleague of him [[FalseRapeAccusation falsely accused of rape]], and tries to [[spoiler:kill both Dexter and his two stepchildren in a fire.]] The final episode of the season, in which she is the main villain, is even called "The British Invasion".
* Dr. Zachary Smith on ''Series/LostInSpace'' was never specifically said to be British, but he most definitely fits the "vaguely upper-class" stereotype with his pompous personality, refined way of speaking, and haughty manner.
* Gaius Baltar from the re-imagined series of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' is played by James Callis, who is British. Most of the cast speak in American or Canadian accents -- even Jamie Bamber (Apollo), who is also British, puts on an American accent for the show. This can lead to surprise on the part of the fans when he uses his normal accent for interviews...
** Lampshaded when James Callis put on a Yorkshire accent to demonstrate his poverty-stricken origins on Aerelon.
** Which is weird for two reasons: 1. His 'fake' Caprican accent sounds like none of the other (North American) Capricans. 2. His 'posh' accent sounds more like Estuary English i.e. it sometimes sounds 'posh' but sometimes sounds slightly 'Cockney'.
** Ironically enough, Jamie Bamber's RealLife wife (who is ''also'' British) plays one of the doctors assisting Cottle in Galactica's medical bay, but uses her original British accent. The show has used actresses from New Zealand (Lucy Lawless) and Australia (Stephanie Jacobsen) who also use their native accents.
*** Since ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' started, things have gotten a bit murkier, since Clarice Willow speaks with Polly Walker's native English accent (not terribly different from Callis', although Walker is from Cheshire). At first, this lent credibility to the theory that the planet Caprica has lots of different accents--and then, we discover that Clarice was born on Sagittaron--and none of the Sagittarons on ''BSG'' spoke with British accents either. (For the record, Clarice is portrayed ''quite'' sympathetically, and doesn't really fit into the Evil Brit trope).
** Jamie Bamber is actually half American, though it is true that he grew up in Britain.
** According the commentary on 'Razor' everyone got to use their real accent for the most part; to imply variety in the Colonies. The only reason Bamber didn't use his British accent was to make him sound like Commander Adama to imply their familial relationship, which they needed all the help they could get on, considering the actors were different ethnicities (Olmos being an emphatically-brown Mexican and Bamber being as white as they come; Olmos wore blue contact lenses to return the favor, covering his brown eyes).
* An episode of the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'' in which a bunch of boys living in a forest were cute tow-headed American boys, until they defied Starbuck and Apollo and became evil British boys! Then, when they had learned their lesson and were forgiven, they turned back into cute adorable American boys again (the fact that the mute sisters who lived with them had no purpose other than housework (forest work?) isn't better...).
** Patrick Mcnee was the voice of the Cylons Imperious Leader and the villainous Count Ibliss.
* ''{{Dollhouse}}'' gives us Adelle [=DeWitt=], who isn't technically a villain, but is at best morally suspect.
** Jamie Bamber's character in 2.01 "Vows".
* In the fifth season of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Chechen terrorist Vladimir Bierko has a cultured, James Bond villain-style British accent (he's played by British actor Julian Sands).
** Season 3 gives us former British Special Forces operative Stephen Saunders.
* Lord Darken Rahl in ''LegendOfTheSeeker'' has a British accent. Craig Parker is a Kiwi who lived in England for a while.
** This accent is not duplicated by other characters playing D'Harans, except for John Rhys-Davies playing his father Panis Rahl in disguise.
* In the British miniseries ''{{Jekyll}}'' the trope is inverted by having the boss-level baddies represented by Americans (albeit using British actors with poor accents).
* In ''[[FlashForward2009 FlashForward]]'', Simon is in charge of the secret project that led to the blackout, [[HeyItsThatGuy played by]] [[Series/{{Lost}} Dominic]] [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Monaghan]].
* Julian Sark from ''Series/{{Alias}}'' (played by American David Anders).
** And Lauren Reed (played by an Australian).
* Gilroy from ''BurnNotice'' is the "evil limey mastermind" for most of the second half of season three. He's also rather... ''[[HoYay friendly]]'' with his partners in crime.
* Crichton seemingly draws inspiration from this trope in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when he has to imitate a Peacekeeper, while the series adopts it wholeheartedly with the character of Scorpius.
** Presumably the reason Crichton uses that (atrociously bad) British accent is because most of the Peacekeepers use British accents, though most are played by Australians (as is everyone not John Crichton.)
** It's also possible that as a PopCulturedBadass, movies have taught Crichton to equate villains with British accents as ''always'' being [[EvilIsHammy ridiculously hammy]]! This definitely would explain with the sheer gusto in which he goes into full LargeHam mode whenever he impersonates a Peacekeeper!
* BBCAmerica is running with this trope, September is [[http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/23/anglophenia.jsp?bc_id=1751 Accent Of Evil Month]], all month long they will be showing movies featuring an Evil Brit (''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' with Creator/JeremyIrons, ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' with Creator/AlanRickman, ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' with Creator/MalcolmMcDowell and ''Film/SupermanII'' with Terence Stamp).
* Major Zod on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a heavy British accent. It actually makes him difficult to understand on occasion. (Unless you're British)
* A few of the Downbelow gang leaders in ''Series/BabylonFive'' have thick British accents, and stood out as particularly nasty customers.
** Then there was the episode "Comes the Inquisitor" when the title role was played by an American affecting an accent that apparently could even fool genuine Brits. Justified as the character in question was Jack the Ripper - what else would he be but British?
* Suspect and double-crossing "busniessman" Badger of ''{{Firefly}}'' is this, being essentially your typical LondonGangster--[[RecycledInSpace in SPACE!]]
* [[RichBitch Alexis Carrington]] on ''{{Dynasty}}''
** Joan Collins would later go on to play an {{Expy}} of this character on ''WillAndGrace''.
* Recurring villains David Robert Jones and Thomas Jerome Newton from ''{{Fringe}}''.
** Would you believe that the actor playing Newton is French?
** Also, Jared Harris (playing Jones) would later go on to play Professor Moriarty in ''Film/SherlockHolmes: A Game of Shadows''.
* Baron Harkonnen from the ''{{Dune}}'' miniseries was given a distinctly British accent, and in fact is actually portrayed by a british person. Also a bit odd, considering the fact that a Russian accent/Russian actor might have made logically more sense given the fact that his first name is "Vladimir".
** And the last name, Harkonnen, is (if anything) ''Finnish''.
** And they're [[TranslationConvention not even supposed to be speaking English]], that language is supposed to have been dead for over 10,000 years.
* ''TheCape'' has two characters named Peter Fleming AKA Chess and Scales. Peter Fleming speaks English with a posh British accent. Scales speaks English with either a Cockney accent or an Australian accent. Peter Fleming is the evil BigBad of the show. Scales is the thuggish evil TheDragon (possibly graduating to another BigBad) of the show.
* Averted on ''Series/TheXFiles''; all of the Syndicate have American accents, except for the Well-Manicured Man, who is British. The Well-Manicured Man (played by England native John Neville) is actually Mulder's informant, and ends up sacrificing his life to be so.
* Vex is definitely the most evil character seen so far on ''Series/LostGirl'' and yep, he has a British accent.
* Klaus on TheVampireDiaries even though he's supposed to be Scandanavian.
* Though it's hard to judge 'evil' in a show as all over the place as Series/{{Community}}, one of the few characters to cross the MoralEventHorizon is apathetic, alcoholic English psychologist Ian Duncan.
** Season 4 introduces Toby, a horrible manipulator and intended kidnapper, and Professor Cornwallis, who sinisterly toys with the study group and is infamously inappropriate to young women.
** The Evil Brit streak is broken in Season 5 by [[spoiler:Magnitude]].
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Mr. Gold, Rumplestiltskin's human Storybrooke counterpart, keeps Robert Carlyle's Scottish accent.
* ''BladeTheSeries'' has the series BigBad, Marcus van Sciver being originally from London but having lived in Detroit for over a hundred years. Despite this, he still has a clear British accent. This could be deliberate on his part, as a number of much older vampires (e.g. Overlord Rusk) have adopted American accents.
** Neil Jackson, playing van Sciver, proceeds to play a one-shot villain in ''Series/StargateSG1'' using the same accent.
* A recurring villain for a season of ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is a Russian criminal mastermind named Alexei Volkoff, played by TimothyDalton with a British accent. Later turns out to be justified [[spoiler:as Volkoff is actually a British guy brainwashed to think that he's a Russian criminal mastermind]]. Later on, his mantle as the BigBad and the EvilBrit is taken by [[spoiler:his daughter]].
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' season three brings us Deucalion, the leader of the Alpha Pack.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'''s BigBads so far have been Scottish MacPherson of season 1, the English [[spoiler:and female]] HG Wells of season 2 and Charlotte DuPrix of season 4. There has also been, Benedict Valda [[spoiler:though it turned out it was just in Pete's head]] and Alice Liddell. When HG's mind was rewrote, so she could have a chance at a normal life, she gained an American accent.
* Crowley, crossroads demon and eventual King of Hell, in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. It turns out that he was Scottish while human, so maybe it's the body he's possessing or something he picked up over centuries.
* In "Series/{{Elementary}}", Sherlock's love interest Irene Adler is an American, as she was in Doyle's original story. When she [[spoiler:turns out to be the evil Moriarty, she also turns out to be British.]]
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has two examples.
** [[AdaptationalVillainy Edward Fyers]] is the head of a mercenary company that opposes Oliver and his allies on the island. While OnlyInItForTheMoney, he's also a SociopathicSoldier that [[FauxAffablyEvil hides his cruelty behind a facade of politeness]], as well as an RP English accent.
** The Dodger is a con man that straps bombs to hostages, all with a stiff British accent.
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[[folder:Music]]
Thomas Dolby's track "The Devil Is an Englishman", from the soundtrack of the Ken Russell film ''Gothic''
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[[folder:New Media]]
* On this very Wiki we used to have a trope called BritishNazis, in which some {{Troll}} tried to convince people that British people are AlwaysChaoticEvil, while at the same time praising Scottish people for their "candid" portrayal of English people as absolute bastards in ''Film/{{Braveheart}}''. I wish I was making this up.
** Obviously a troll. Strongly hierarchial Fascist governments are clearly Lawful Evil, as any fule kno.
*** [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Monarchies and feudal systems are not a form of fascism]].
** That could actually work as a real trope, there are many movies, video games, and TV shows that have the PuttingOnTheReich villains be played by British actors.
** BritishNazis has now been reactivated as an actual trope doing exactly that.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/WilliamRegal sticks out from other British Pro wrestlers as even when the [[{{face}} fans take his side]], he refuses to let anyone refer to him as anything but a "Dirty rotten scoundrel ''with hate in his heart!''"
** Even Regal became the lackey or TheDragon for one of the most glorious monarchs to reign in the squared circle: King Bookah (Wrestling/BookerT)! He comes complete with [[RichBitch a Queen]], [[{{Oireland}} a fighting Irishman]], TheMeanBrit, and a nice parodic [[BritishAccents fake accent]]. Booker's not British...
* Dave Taylor, who has as much in-ring talent as Regal but a bare fraction of the charisma, plays the same gimmick.
** Regal and Taylor formed a stable in WCW called the Bluebloods. They had a manager named Jeeves, and were joined by [[strike:Bobby Eaton]] Earl Robert Eaton and Doc Dean at various points. Eaton was more famous as half of Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress and part of The Dangerous Alliance, and Dean was used as a jobber before and after his affiliation with them.
* WCW's Wrestling/NormanSmiley, a black Englishman. After several years as a jobber, he broke out as a heel with a great deal of pride in his national heritage and catch wrestling skills.
* Sha Samuels, a UK based indy wrestler, uses the hooligan version of this trope as his gimmick. He's also very fond of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood meat pies]].
* Wrestling/WadeBarrett, who was the leader of [[Wrestling/TheNexus the Nexus]] and, later, the Corre.
* For that matter, Scotsman Drew [=McIntyre=], especially in the first half of 2010. He's never really been a good guy, but around that time, he threw temper tantrums over all his losses, would whine to the boss to get the losses revoked, would throw his weight around because he was apparently "The Chosen One", and went "officially" undefeated for six months.
* In classical old-time British wrestling (the sort of spit-and-sawdust stuff that up until the 1980's was shown on ITV just before the football results), the principal villains were not British: Giant Haystacks was an Irish traveller, and Kendo Nagasaki's persona was as a mysterious Japanese determined to gain revenge for UsefulNotes/WW2. In keeping with the ethics of the 1970's. two other real villains were the Calypso Boys - West Indians whose dirty tricks aroused such racist sentiments that ITV demanded they not appear on TV - the reaction they provoked was too extreme even for a TV station happy to give us ''LoveThyNeighbour'' as acceptable sitcom.
* Katie Lea Burchill (known as Winter while she worked for TNA) is almost universally a heel no matter what company she's working for.
* "Sweet" Saraya Knight has admitted that when she steps on foreign soil, its mostly to "play", and Saraya's idea of playing is pulverizing throats, kidneys, scalps, hair and [[GroinAttack anyone foolish enough to not wear a cup]]. Despite this, [[Wrestling/{{Paige}} Britani Knight]] insisted the crowd of Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} were only against her and Saraya because of "prejudice". Never mind that even though there were in Chicago (USA) one of their opponents was Portuguese and they were initially welcoming till the Knights produced a knuckleduster. ''Paige'' has mostly avoided this on WWE television however.
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* ''Radio/TheElysiumProject'' has the BigBad Gabriel.
* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' featured the ''entente cordiale'' of EvilBrit Hercules Grytpype-Thynne (whose voice was based on George Sanders) and Evil Frenchman Count Jim Moriarty as villains in most episodes. Other characters also could fit the pattern, especially Major Dennis Bloodnok, but sometimes even Wallace Greenslade, the announcer.
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* Colin Quinn's ''Long Story Short'' has the description and the AnthropomorphicPersonification of England which fits this trope to a tee.
-->"The British Empire at its peak controls one quarter of the world's population and landmass. This by the way is a small goddamn country. So how did they do it? It wasn't military might, it was ''contempt''."
* {{Discussed|Trope}} by Creator/EddieIzzard, wherein he notes American enemies tend to play the movie villains; as a result of the [[AmericanRevolution revolutionary war]], the Death Star from ''Franchise/StarWars'' is thus filled with British people.
-->'''Izzard''': The Death Star? Just full of British actors opening doors and going ''"Oh, I'm-- oh." "What is it Leftenant Sebastian?" "It's just the Rebels, sir. They're here." "My God, man! Do they want tea?"''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur''. Sean certainly doesn't ''like'' Bishop, since Sean is strongly hinted to be an Irish Nationalist. Bishop himself is most definitely secretive and dodgy and doesn't give the player too much reason to trust him. But in the end, he and the SOE are the most solid and powerful allies you have once [[spoiler: Santos sells you and LaResistance out to the Nazis and things go to hell in a rocket-powered handbasket.]]
* The imperiously domineering Isabella "Ivy" Valentine from the ''Franchise/SoulSeries'', and femme fatale for hire Christie from ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' (both voiced with the applicable RP accent) are both great examples of the EvilBrit stereotype where it's used to enhance their EvilIsSexy personalities. Averted with ''Franchise/StreetFighter'''s Cammy White - she's one of the good guys.
* In the RTS ''RUSE'', Nazi General von Richter talks with a British accent, although his aide-de-camp talks in English with a German accent. It is subverted though, as Colonel Campbell is actually British (with an appropriate dialect), and on the goodie's side.
* Archibald Grims from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' is a particularly AxCrazy WickedCultured version of this. One of his ancestors in a side manga was this as well.
* Liquid Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is an JustForFun/{{egregious}} example because his [[EvilTwin good twin]] - or at least, as close to one as one can get, if even that, if Psycho Mantis, Liquid Snake's, and Meryl Silverburgh's statements are to be believed) was raised as an American. According to canon ([[{{Retcon}} at that point]]) they were both half-British biologically.
*** Possibly {{justified|Trope}} as Liquid mentions having trained with the SAS. It's possible he picked up the accent during that time, along with his affinity for fox-hunting.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' reveals that [[spoiler:the leader of the Patriots]] was [[spoiler:Major Zero, who started them, ironically, because of his admiration of an American patriot]]. Whether he starts out as a villain is ambiguous, but from the [[spoiler:'70s]] onward he fits.
** Naomi had an inexplicable upper-class English accent in the original ''Metal Gear Solid'' (it was dropped for the remake and her appearance in part 4), [[spoiler:and while not really evil (just vengeful), she created Foxdie]].
*** Her accent comes from her being from Rhodesia, an ex-British colony. At least one parent of hers was probably British, or of British descent. Of course, she has very little memory of her parents and was raised by a globe-trotting American merc.
** The opening chapter of ''4'' sees you going up against a whole army of them - Praying Mantis. [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent Not that you're likely to know they're at all British]].
** According to the Japanese MSX manual for ''VideoGame/MetalGear'', Machinegun Kid, one of the Outer Heaven mercenaries that fought Solid Snake, was formerly a member of the British SAS.
** Strangelove from ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'' is a subversion. Although she does serve the villainous team, the Peace Sentinels, [[HeelFaceTurn at first]], she herself is not exactly evil, as she simply has her own reasons for serving them (which is reviving The Boss), and makes it entirely clear that she does not actually care for Coldman's goals in regards to Peace Walker.
* In grand ''Franchise/StarWars'' tradition, in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' many Sith have British accents (including coincidentally, a Sith lawyer who sounds [[HeyItsThatVoice exactly like Liquid Snake]]). Averted with Bastila though, who is both a Jedi and an ally to the PlayerCharacter. [[spoiler:Although it becomes more pronounced when she [[FaceHeelTurn falls to the dark side]], wherein she starts to sound [[HeyItsThatVoice almost exactly like Naomi]].]]
** In ''Empire at War'', every Imperial soldier who has a ground vehicle, or space troops other than Broadside pilots, is above the rank of grunt who flies a TIE fighter has a British accent.
** In ''Rebel Strike'', most of the Rebels have American accents. The only exception is Sarkli. Would anyone like to guess which of the Rebels [[spoiler:leaves the Alliance for the Empire and becomes the final boss]]?
** ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront Battlefront II]]'' almost lampshades this. As well as the commanders of Star Destroyers being typically well-spoken, one of the characters (played by an American voice actor) is listed in the credits as, 'Smarmy British Palpatine Ally'.
** Apparently the upper-class English accent is actually a ''[[TheEmpire Sith Empire]]'' accent as of ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', acknowledged to such an extent that an undercover Imperial Agent is told early on to 'drop the accent' in the duration of his/her mission.
* Helga, the authoritarian leader/dominatrix of the New Order Nation in ''VideoGame/RevolutionX''. As part of some reverse-psychology campaign, she barks out rhetoric in a cockney accent while dressing like a hooligan herself, despite calling for the ban of all rock music in general and Music/{{Aerosmith}} in particular. The ending reveals her to be [[spoiler:an alien in a biker jacket]], which makes even less sense. Played by Kerri Hoskins of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' fame, complete with a black wig and bad accent.
* In the Japanese ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' Jeager has a British accent.
* In the English dub of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', the Arcadians all have British accents. They are the main villains of the game, though one is on the player's side.
* [[PunnyName N. Tropy]] from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series. The series is fond of characters with non-American accents.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'' where Lara Croft (the heroine) is British, while villains Amanda Evert and James Rutland have American accents. Played straight with Sophia in ''Tomb Raider III''.
* Errol from the ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' series.
** Gol and Maia seem to straddle the trope a bit. Gol's accent is a sort of hybrid, but Maia's accent is, initially, American (albeit with a few British pronunciations) - by the end of the game she's speaking with a completely English accent.
** [[FatBastard Krew]] also has a British accent, [[spoiler: as does his daughter]].
** As does [[spoiler: Duke Skyheed]].
* You can give the VillainProtagonist of ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' a Cockney accent.
** Matt Miller from ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', though [[VideoGame/SaintsRowIV in the following game]] he repents after the Boss spares his life.
* This trope, coupled with the fact that ''VideoGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' was developed in the United Kingdom, is the reason most characters in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'' and other Warhammer games usually speak with BritishAccents; [[BlackAndGreyMorality everybody]] [[EvilVersusEvil is]] [[CrapsackWorld evil]], so everybody speaks like a Brit. Orks are mostly Cockney, while the other factions' accents tend to lean more towards RP.
* The magnificent Creator/TonyJay as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U9T8Z_Ayhw Lieutenant]] in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}.''
* Nick Greaves is this in ''[[VideoGame/FarCry Far Cry 2]]''.
* Harry Flynn in ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}''.
** Not just Flynn. ''Uncharted'' LOVES their Evil Brits. In ''Drake's Fortune'', you have Gabriel Roman, [[spoiler: even if his Dragon, Atoq Navarro, ends up killing him so Navarro can take El Dorado for his own purposes]]. There's Flynn, of course, in ''Among Thieves''. And in ''Drake's Deception'', you have Marlowe and her Dragon, Talbot, with a bit of the game even taking place near and in their secret lair in England.
* [[BigBad Sofia Lamb]] from ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}''.
* [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Jin Kisaragi's]] nationality is listed as British, though he was raised and lives in Japan.
* In ''Franchise/RedFaction: Guerrilla'', [[spoiler:Samanya]] has an apparently inexplicable British accent ([[FakeBrit well, I say 'British']]) on a planet populated mostly by Americans. That's your first clue as to the fact that she's [[spoiler:a Marauder and the leader's sister (the leader also speaks with a similar British accent), although the trope is eventually subverted as the Marauders are allies for the last few battles and the villains are all American]].
* The very very ''very'' British game ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure'' has Weasleby as the BigBad, a more typical example. [[SmugSnake Condescending]], top hat, very wealthy, EvilLaugh? He's got all that AND a flying robot machine [[{{Faceship}} in the shape of his top hat]]! Henry himself is a great example of a QuintessentialBritishGentleman.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'', the Brits are almosy always the bad guys, regardless of whether they're fighting William Wallace, Joan of Arc or William the Conqueror. [[NoCampaignForTheWicked With the exception of one scenario in the expansion pack (Agincourt), you never get to play as them]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI''. Despite his name, one may expect Robert de Sable to be British, as he works directly under the king of England, but, both historically and in game, he is French.
** With ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' taking place during the American Revolution, [[EvilBrit Evil Brits]] will be in abundance; however, Templars and allies to Connor have been stated to be on both sides of the conflict, to avoid comparisons to a certain other [[ThePatriot one-sided depiction]] of the Revolution.
*** Worringly, not one piece of media shown so far has actually shown Connor attacking anything other than the Redcoats.
*** Interestingly, the two top New World Templars that Connor is gunning for are [[spoiler:Charles Lee]] and [[spoiler:his own father]].
*** Since America hasn't officially been founded yet, technically ''almost everyone'' who isn't a Native American is still British.
*** Connor spends a good chunk of the game shaking off this mindset [[spoiler:and eventually considers his former Revolutionary allies to be no better than the Redcoats since they also ultimately screw over his people for their own interests.]]
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' plays this straight with [[spoiler:Hades]] and Arlon who, while not actually British, have distinctly British accents, [[EvilCounterpart Dark Pit]] has a slightly British tint to his voice at times.
* The Helghast from the ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'' series have mostly British accents and are just [[SpaceJews Nazis IN SPACE]]! Though it's a little bit odd considering that the Helghast's home world of Helghan was colonized mostly by oppressed space settlers who were fleeing from the "oppressive ISA" and claim to be fighting for their freedom. Anybody notices any similarities between the Helghast and a certain other real world former colony?
** ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' takes offense with ''Killzone 3'' because not only are the Helgahst Evil Brits, they ''speak with a Cockney accent'', which Croshaw gets annoyed with. It's easier to accept evil upper class Brits, but Cockneys? Unforgiven.
* It's worth noting that [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Wesker's]] evilness increases in direct proportion to his Britishness as the series goes on. Very, ''very'' [[FakeBrit fake]], [[EvilIsHammy exaggeratedly]] [[TropesAreNotBad delicious]] Britishness.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Zaeed. BountyHunter extraordinaire, very skilled warrior... And also not giving a shit about burning alive some civilians to get his stuff done and letting his [[spoiler: Blue Suns]] soldiers getting killed due to him being a piss-poor tactician and a BadBoss.
** The second and third games give us the quarian [[InsaneAdmiral Admiral Daro'Xen.]] While she may not do anything particularly evil in any of the games, it's more or less established that she's an unstable sociopath with an unhealthy [[MadScientist obsession with controlling the geth.]] While two other admirals, Zaal'Koris and Han'Gerrel, have British accents, they aren't exactly evil; Koris is kind of a {{Jerkass}} in ''2'', while Gerrel is a GeneralRipper who, if he can't be reined in will[[spoiler: either exterminate the geth, or get the entire Migrant Fleet wiped out.]]
* [[spoiler:Wheatley, eventually,]] in ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'' Has a shade of this. The IMC speak mostly in British Accents, and are the evil corporation oppressing the poor colonists... Gee, this sounds familiar.
* The first voice you hear in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' is David Warner's emphatically evil Jon Irenicus, complete with British accent.
* In ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'', at least one character speaks English with a British accent. [[spoiler: Captain Shannon]], happens to be evil as well as speaking English with a posh British accent.
* Played up with the Penguin's appearance in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. Not only does his British upbringing show, he also has the accent and the word usage to back it up.
-->''(while trying to shoot Batman [[spoiler:with Mr. Freeze's cannon]])'' Stay still, you wanker!
* Nexus from ''VideoGame/{{Warzone 2100}}'' speaks with a British accent, despite the setting of the game and all of its other voice actors being American.
* The Chancellor of Rheinland in ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' was voiced by the late Tony Jay and leads the increasingly aggressive Rheinland nation ([[spoiler: except not really, since he's dead and taken over by an alien infestation seeking to plunge the human colonies into war to weaken them]]). This trope was almost certainly in mind, considering every other Rheinlander that actually is a character has a faux-German accent and the PlayerCharacter (who grew up in Bretonia and therefore ''should'' sound at least somewhat British) sounds American.
* Wolf O'Donnell, in ''VideoGame/StarFox64''. His accent changed in later games.
* Hoxton in ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' has a Sheffield accent.
* In ''Videogame/{{Wildstar}}'', the Cassians of [[TheEmpire the Dominion]] all speak with British accents while the humans of the Exiles all have American/Southern accents.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatZero'' features two aces from a villainous Germanic country with inexplicably British accents, one with a working-class Cockney (Grun 1), and one with a more posh accent who evidently runs a very profitable business (Indigo 1)
* [[spoiler:Superintendent Pendrew]] in ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs''. Awareness of this trope as well as its prevalence in the aforementioned Hong Kong kung fu movies (which this game lovingly homages), has made many a player go "Evil!" immediately after the character's very first line.
* ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable'': The Narrator acts like a total villain at times, even trapping you in the building in one ending so he can watch you squirm and eventually die. This villainy comes complete with evil chuckling… however, [[AmbiguouslyEvil he helps you in some endings.]]
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* [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] starts [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/2915-Killzone-3 his review of Killzone 3]] with a lengthy (and surprisingly straight-faced) rant against this trope
--> Pardon me for being predictable, but I am now going to complain about how all the bad guys in Killzone are British - because someone should be pissed about this, [[TheMeanBrit and it might as well be me.]] I stood up for the Russians when I reviewed all those fantasy Cold War wank games, and I don't even know any Russians. I'm fine with that thing where the main villain is a posh British guy, because lets face it: Cooing at rainbows sounds evil if you do it in a posh British accent. It is only when you make all the evil soldiers cockney that you enter the prejudiced parade. Cockney doesn't sound evil, it sound honest and cheeky-chips lovable. You can't picture Creator/DickVanDyke hiding in the bushes in a park popping children's balloons with a blow-pipe. You might say that I make too much of a fuss, but someone in the dev-team at some point said to themself: "We have a race where every individual member is so morally bankrupt that the player feels perfectly justifiable splattering them painfully against the scenery. Now, how do we bring that across with some sort of vocal short-hand?" And the most bitter pill to swallow is this: [[PuttingOnTheReich They all look like Nazis.]] '''''We helped defeat the Nazi!'''''
* [[spoiler:Gemma]] from ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' is revealed to be this in season 1.
** And [[spoiler:Elizabeth Avery]] in season 3.
** And while we [[TheVoiceless never hear his accent]], BigBad Lord Carruthers is also English.
* ''RedVsBlue'':Freelancer Wyoming is a Type 1 example.
* ''WebVideo/{{Caper}}'': Doc English.
* In ''WebVideo/GantzAbridged'', the titular RoboticPsychopath is introduced with a British accent, but then immediately switches to a mechanical voice (think Steven Hawking).
* The upcoming ''Sims'' machinima ''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/CollisionProduction1 Project EYEris]] features the antagonist Officer Bernard played by, you guessed it, a guy with a British accent. Oddly enough, said character doesn't actually ''look'' British.
* Maxwell Lombardi from V4 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is fast becoming one of these after killing [[spoiler:Augustus [=MacDougal=], Harold Fisher]] and [[spoiler:Vera Osborne]]. And he's only doubled his body count since. Without provocation.
* Freeza in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' has a refined British accent courtesy of Creator/LittleKuriboh.
** Dr. Gero follows suit.
* WebVideo/DiamandaHagan herself is Irish. ... er... Hagastanic, but she likes to point out this trope whenever it enters a movie she reviews.
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* [[MasterOfIllusion Mad Mod]] (pictured) in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' plays this to a [[StealthPun T]], though he's a mostly comical villain rather than a serious threat (and at one point it's remarked that even real British people can't stand him). Stereotypes, mania and ridiculous antics ensue.
** Brother Blood, one of the major {{Big Bad}}s, also speaks with an aristocratic, vaguely British accent, despite being voiced by [[FakeBrit American]] Creator/JohnDiMaggio.
** [[MonsterOfTheWeek One-off villain Malchior]] from the episode ''Spellbound'' had an English accent, although he was intended to be an ''ancient'' spirit and one can argue Englishmen have been around for [[{{Understatement}} a wee bit longer]] than Americans.
* Mumm-Ra in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderCats (2011)]]''. Voiced by Creator/RobinAtkinDownes.
* It isn't clear why supposedly Cajun master-of-diguise Zartan had an English accent on the ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' cartoon series. It is clear that he was a villain.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/MonkeyDust'' in their version of Anne Frank's Diary. Yes the young Irish girl is holding out for the American love interest Johnny to save her and her family of line-dancing drunks. Meanwhile in Berlin, England, English Hitler is planning to capture Anne Frank and marry her. Needless to say Johnny and the gang end up beating up Adolf for President Churchill.
** ''Monkey Dust'' did it again in their version of "The Crusades". A group of American Knights are shipped off to the holy land to rescue the Holy Grail from British-accented Saladin (or, as they call him: "Say-leddin! You English bastard!"). Along the way they use every trope from every Action film ever, and a great many humorous anachronisms. The film is dedicated to "all the Americans who died during the crusades".
* Averted, similar to ''Spider-Man 2'', in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. JasonIsaacs plays the first season's BigBad Admiral Zhao as a FakeAmerican, seemingly to specifically avoid the most villainous man seen at that point in the Fire Nation [[UnfortunateImplications also being the only Englishman.]] At this point we hadn't seen Ozai or Azula...
** Even more interesting when we remember Jason Isaacs portrayed Lucius Malfoy in ''Film/HarryPotter'' films.
* This trope explains the otherwise inexplicable fact that Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has a (supposed to be) British accent.
* Both Megatrons in ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} the live action movie]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' have a vaguely British accent.
** In fact, every Megatron played by Creator/DavidKaye (''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', ''Armada'', ''Energon'' and ''Cybertron'') all have an accent that oozes danger, brilliance and magnificent bastardy of an order barely concievable. Guess what nation of the planet Earth it is eerily familiar to...
** Also, in [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original cartoon]] Shockwave had a David-Warner-inspired British accent. His ''Animated'' equivalent (who has the same VA) retains this and [[spoiler:his double-agent identity of Longarm has an American accent]].
** Predaking from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has an English-Ghanaian accent, when he starts to talk, although he's by far one of the least evil characters on the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents'': Anti-Cosmo. Accent, posh, outfit, FANGS! He's a textbook example. In fact, many fans have portrayed him as a Vampire.
* Evil mastermind Ra's Al Ghul has a cultured British accent in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', courtesy of Creator/DavidWarner.
** David also voiced the Lobe from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' - also an EvilBrit, as much as a comedic villain with an exposed brain for a face can be anyway.
** David pops up again as Alpha, a major BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Series''.
*** This trope could practically be called 'The David Warner'. He's also [[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Nergal]], [[WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand Lord Angstrom]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} The Archmage]] and so on. From what this troper hears, he's a pretty nice guy in real life.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', Ra's' cultured British accent is provided by Jason Isaacs.
** Also in this continuity, The Mad Hatter actually ''is'' British this time around. (Batman refers to him as such in "The Worry Men".)
* Superman's enemy Metallo was [[RaceLift Race Lifted]] into an EvilBrit for ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* Terrence from ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. Even though [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather his brother]]]] Jerry is a good guy.
* A whole page of [[TrrrillingRrrs Evil Brrrrrrrrits]] and we haven't mentioned [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog Long John Baldrrrrrrrry's take on Dr. Rrrrrrrrobotnik]]?
* Most British characters on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' are good, but there is an alien villain named Mitch that has a British accent.
* The extraterrestrial but yet still-so-British Killface on ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain Monkey Fist is a British Lord... and one of the few villains who is genuinely nasty on a regular basis.
** A less prominent example is [[IKnowMaddenKombat golf-obsessed]] [[ViolentGlaswegian Scotsman]] Duff Killigan.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''' Marvin the Martian started out with a nasally American voice, but then was given a snooty, sort-of upper-class English accent. This trope is so naughty, he could just ''pinch'' it!
* [[BigBad Van Kleiss]] of ''GeneratorRex''. Seriously, his voice creeps me out.
* Megabyte of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has a British accent, voiced by the late Creator/TonyJay.
** Tony Jay's voice was ''[[EvilSoundsDeep made]]'' for this trope. Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and before that ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' showcases Jay's voice at its Evil Brit best.
* Gentleman Ghost in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is one of these, with the distinctive voice of GregEllis.
* David Ogden Stiers often plays either this or the "snooty Brit" in his voice acting roles, including the Penguin in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'' and Governer Ratcliffe in ''{{Pocahontas}}''.
* Snidely Whiplash from ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight''.
** Or the other half of DastardlyWhiplash, Dick Dastardly.
*** Wouldn't they be CanadaEh though?
* Peep the pickpocket in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', though his accent is Cockney rather than anything distinguished.
* Emma Frost from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics is usually {{Race Lift}}ed to British in any animated version, whether or not they reflect her canonical HeelFaceTurn.
** Though the few mentions of her accent in the comics have made it clear that it is one of the many fake things about her.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' had evil Englishman Valmont.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' has got Jetta, the pathologically lying saxophonist with criminal connections from Britain who joins the Misfits in the second season. She's regarded as the TokenEvilTeammate of a band that was already considered the bad guy group of the show. She's the only Misfit who's tried to scam her bandmates, as seen in ''Britrock'', where she convinced her parents to help her convince Pizzazz she was British royalty by promising that they could bilk her out of millions. That episode helped provide something of a FreudianExcuse by showing that Jetta grew up in a lower class British home, and the fact that her parents were willing to go to such lengths to make money (and had already assumed the worst when Jetta contacted them), it's easier to understand what drives Jetta.
* Katz from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' is this and one of the scariest villains on the show.
* Tyson from ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig''.
* {{Discussed}} on ''{{Daria}},'' after Ms. Li makes an announcement over the intercom:
-->'''Jane:''' Is that the voice in my head that tells me to kill and kill again?
-->'''Daria:''' No. {{Satan}}'s voice is lower and he has an English accent.
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