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->''"He's not a friend. He's French."''
-->-- '''Frank Martin''', ''Film/Transporter2''

In popular culture, usually comedy, Frenchmen are often AcceptableTargets. They will be portrayed as villains, antagonists or someone who is just plain mean, arrogant, snobbish, bad tempered, foul mouthed or rude. Often he will talk and laugh triumphantly in a MauriceChevalierAccent, after insulting foreigners.

These are the most common situations in which this character turns up:

# Characters visit France or meet a Frenchman. They'll ask him a simple direction or question, but the French Jerk refuses to answer, starts insulting or threatening them and/or feels they are beneath him.
# FrenchCuisineIsHaughty: Characters visit a French restaurant, where the cook and/or the waiter are all arrogant, badly tempered and dirty snobs who refuse to give their clients what they want or interpret everything they say as a complaint. If they deliver the meals the food will always be filthy, disgusting, cold or at the very least overpriced.
# Characters meet a rich UpperClassTwit, who happens to speak GratuitousFrench in order to appear ''très chic'' and looks down upon the others because they are out of his noble league. A lot of comedy will be built around the fact that he or she doesn't understand or care for the ''common'' people and is unable to speak the language of the protagonists correctly. To top it all off he/she will wear or carry a lorgnette, a monocle or a small handkerchief, to emphasize his/her snobbishness. In the end he or she will always be humiliated or put in her place. This StockCharacter can be found in a lot of countries who were conquered/colonized by the French or dominated by a French elite in the past, such as Belgium.
# Characters meet an arrogant Frenchman full of MisplacedNationalism, either in their country or in France. He acts as TheRival to TheHero and will start a discussion about whose country is better, either in dialogue or through some sort of competition, such as a sport tournament. After the conflict is resolved, however, he often will have grown to love the country of TheHero and isn't as arrogant about himself or his country as he was before. This follows after he is defeated or after any interaction between them that resolves the conflict.
# In the USA in particular the French jerk may be portrayed as an ungrateful coward, whom ''the brave Americans'' saved in World War One and Two, but who has no respect for Americans in modern times.

This trope does ''not'' apply if the story takes place in France and the majority of the cast is French. An exception does apply if only the jerks speak with a French accent.

This is more of a {{Characterization Trope|s}}, unlike, say, EagleLand or CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys. Compare StuffyBrit.



* An old [=McDonald=]'s ad featured Ronald [=McDonald=] and his friends touring around the world visiting humorous re-imaginings of famous landmarks. In France, they meet the "Awful Tower", who is a sentient Eiffel Tower that tells bad jokes in an obnoxious French accent.
-->'''Awful Tower:''' Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven ''eight'' nine! Oh hon hon hon...!\\
'''Birdie:''' My, he ''is'' awful.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* France of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. A HandsomeLech who frequently annoys the other nations with his antics, especially his SitcomArchnemesis, England (who is somewhat of a [[TheMeanBrit Mean Brit]] himself).
** However, somewhat subverted in that in several strips he is shown to be more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, most notably the strip involving [[UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc Jeanne]] [[TearJerker D'Arc]].
* Patrick Colasour from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. An IneffectualSympatheticVillain who always chase the heroes [[ButtMonkey to no avail]]. [[spoiler:In the end, he ends up [[HeelFaceTurn helping them]] in the final battle.]] His name [[PhenotypeStereotype and hair color]] suggest that he's Irish, though. Regardless, he's the huge EnsembleDarkHorse.
* Perrine H Clostermann from ''Anime/StrikeWitches''. Mainly, its due to her attitude towards Yoshika born from jealousy of her closeness to Mio. However, she mellows out over the course of the first season.
* Huey Laforet from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', [[MadScientist oh]], [[AboveGoodAndEvil so]] [[ManipulativeBastard much]].
* Henri Claytor from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' is an extreme version of this in ''ZERO''. While he may not be arrogant like other examples, he is a '''huge''' jerk, being a ManipulativeBastard, as well as [[CuteAndPsycho borderline batshit insane]], and he also has a deep-seated hatred for the main character. He mellows out at the end; he's still a jerk, but much less than he used to be.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s Agnes Joubert is a pretty good example of EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench. And she's ''really'' not very nice. Subverted in the [[spoiler:last episode, where she gets her own BigDamnHeroes moment.]]
* Sophie Montgomery and her mother Jeanne in ''Manga/{{Lady}}''. [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted with Sophie, who shows a quite more sympathetic side as it's shown that Jeanne manipulates and harrasses her in hopes to get her to inherit her English grandma's fortune, threatening Sophie with abandoning her in France if she fails. Meanwhile, [[WellDoneSonGuy Sophie just wants to be loved by her mom]].]]
* ''Anime/MarginalPrince'' gives us Henri-Hugues de Saint Germain, the series' resident [[TheStoic stoic]] DeadpanSnarker. He's relatively silent in general, but when something comes out of his mouth it's often snarkage at others, his favourite target being the American Alfred. Subverted sometimes, when his proverbs and comments veil genuinely valuable lessons/suggestions. He never takes any efford in making them sound nice, though.
* A unique case in ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', Shinomiya Kojirou is [[ButNotTooForeign Japanese]] but studied and works exclusively in French cuisine. He gets the jerk label early on because he expelled a cooking student because the student had used a citrus based shampoo that he felt might interfere with the [[SeriousBusiness presentation of food they hadn't even started preparing yet]].
* Most Venusians from ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita''. A race of hideous, egg-shaped mutants descended from French space colonists, their dependance on OrganicTechnology has given them a very callous attitude towards other living things.
* ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'' has three French sisters - Marianne, Catherine and Angelina - who constantly gloat about their achievements and put the main characters down for going to a "country" school. That said, Marianne gets a bit of CharacterDevelopment and becomes {{Tsundere}} for the [[LesYay (female)]] protagonist midway through the anime, after the latter saves her life.
* While Pierre from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' averts this by being a LovableJock, Louis Napoleon plays it ''very'' straight. [[spoiler: And boy, [[BreaktheHaughty does he pay for it]].]]
* Charles Bonaparte from ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'' is calmly and openly condescending and hostile to everyone, even her own Limiter, and dismissive of the E-Pandora. [[HeelRealization She gets better]].
* Featured in ''Manga/PopTeamEpic'' 's [[ArtShift CG-animated]] [[GratuitousFrench French segment]] in Episode 1 of the Anime. A mime-disguised Pipimi tells Popuko they'll use sign language to direct themselves in France. Once there, she proceeds to sign to a Frenchman to communicate with him, and the Frenchman replies [[FlippingTheBird with middle fingers]]. Popuko then concludes that French people are indeed skilled at sign language.

* Creator/EddieIzzard, on the French in his stand-up show "Dress To Kill":
-->...and France hated them all ‘cause Southern France was collaborating with the Germans, embarrassing! So since then, they've been kind of spiky and kind of, er, French... I'm very positive on the French, my family way back was French, so I go with it, but they are kind of, well, fucking French at times...\\
"All of Europe, you must do this!"\\
"Well... we're not gonna! We're gonna have a sandwich."
** Later in that show:
-->[[EvilBrit We play bad guys in Hollywood movies because of the Revolutionary War.]] Oh yes, no two ways about it. And the French, who were on your side in the Revolutionary war, they play more esoteric characters. They have characters who turn up and go,\\
"My name is Pierre! I have come from Paris. I’ve come to have sex with your family."\\
"Help yourself! Because of the debt of honor to General Lafayette."\\
You know your own history, yeah? ''[beat, gives audience a knowing smirk]'' You don't know ''who he is'', do you?! What was it? The Spanish-American War? The French-Banana War? What? Revolutionary War! Hung out with Washington. Lafayette. Street named after him in New York. Forget it!
* French comedian Marcel Lucont uses this as part of his stand-up persona.
* Creator/RobinWilliams sometimes had skits to this trope's effect:
--> (''Imitating a Frenchman'') Fuck you Americans! Uncultured, crass Americans! We hate all of you! Fu- the Germans are here! Hello Americans! We love you!

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Cyclone, Pierre Fresson, from ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''. Vain, egotistical, self-serving, and lecherous to the last.
* You have Georges Batroc, the Leaper, a classic foe of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' and a giant dickwad to boot. DependingOnTheWriter. He's a tad egotistical, true, but he's not really a jerk most of the time. He gave up crime after hearing Steve lament the fact none of his enemies ever reformed. In fact, Batroc and Cap have [[FriendlyEnemy a pretty friendly relationship]] and he has helped Cap numerous times. Even as a villain, he'll [[EnemyMine team up with Cap]] to take on the ''really'' vile supervillains.
* Averted in ComicBook/TheBoys, in which the Frenchman is probably the nicest, friendliest, most genial guy in the series. He'll crush your skull if you make him mad, but still, by the standards of an [[Creator/GarthEnnis Ennis]] story, stand-up guy.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarPortable 2'' gives us Chelsea, the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot bubbly "French" robot secretary merc]], who, in an aversion, is the nicest character on the space station your character is assigned to.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': Peter Parker has a couple of run-ins with an obnoxious French waiter during [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan JMS's run as writer.]]
* Inverted in [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing's]] ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' arc. Since the Marvel Civil War seems to involve everyone Ben knows in the U.S. turning into a colossal jerk and he doesn't want to have to pick sides between his friends, he travels to France. The French super-heroes he meets are all a little eccentric, but charmingly nice people, in contrast to how things have gotten back in the States.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'':
** In ''De Klankentapper'' a very posh French girl looks down upon Suske and Wiske and speaks in mangled Dutch with French phrases. When she tries to make Wiske jealous by trying to seduce Suske Wiske hates her with passion. Then [[spoiler: the story takes a dramatic turn, as the French girl turns out to be an iron lung patient. Wiske takes pity on her and the French girl apologizes for her arrogance in the past.]]
** The baroness in ''De Spokenjagers'' is also a posh UpperclassTwit who happens to speak French.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': Meneer Pheip is a Flemish man of French descent who speaks mangled Dutch with a lot of badly translated French and Dutch. He is a rich arrogant, but dimwitted snob and in some stories he even turns against Nero, though he always forgiven in the end and seen as an irritating nuisance, but a friend nevertheless.
* ''ComicBook/TomPoes'': Marquis de Canteclaer is a snobbish rooster, who uses ''très chique'' French words and expressions, but always looks down upon everyone in his environment, especially Bommel whom he sees as someone not worthy to be called a nobleman.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** None of the Gauls is a real French jerk (not surprising, since this comic strip was made in France), but Vitalstatistix and Cacofonix sometimes act very arrogant and mean spirited towards others.
** Obelix has a tendency to name people from other nations ''crazy'', though more because he is too dimwitted to understand them, than out of aggressive feelings.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Dufayel, the BigBad of ''Fanfic/OldWest'', speaks with a heavy French accent. He tends to use French expressions especially when he's angry and his [[FauxAffablyEvil fake politeness]] slips.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. Collette says at one point, "Sorry to be rude, but we're French. And it's dinnertime," which only makes sense as joke meant to reference this trope. (Were she referring only to the need to rush and prepare dinner, the first part wouldn't be necessary, but whether that's what she meant or not, the first part serves no purpose since they ''are'' in France.) There are some examples of French chauvinism, like the opening narration stating that "although other nations might dispute this fact... [[FoodPorn the best food in the world]] is made in France", and Skinner dismissively calling corn dogs "cheap sausages dipped in batter and fried; you know, American."
* Chef Louie from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has shades of this -- including the obnoxious, nasal "french laugh": [[MauriceChevalierAccent Hee hee hee, haw haw haw]]! He also sings about cutting up and serving fish for dinner, which seems ''intensely'' sadistic from to Sebastian's point of view -- especially as the chef is preparing '''stuffed crab''' as the main course, thinks Sebastian is a "missed" crab, sings about him being "succulent", dips him in oyster sauce, covers him with flour, stuffs bread in his mouth, and then ''chucks him at the boiling pot.''
* [=LeFrog=] in ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway''. "I find everyone's pain funny but my own. I am French!"
%%* Meowrice in ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''.
* Although in most retellings, Robin Hood is an English Saxon fighting the tyranny of French-descended Normans, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' he inexplicably has a French accent. And is a jerk to boot.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/RushHour3'', the two heroes try to take a taxi from the airport after they land in France. The driver refuses, saying that he does not drive Americans, and begins to list the numerous ways America is second rate to France. After an exciting car chase, the taxi driver completely changes his outlook on America, chasing his newfound dream of becoming an American spy, like in the movies in America always show.
* The Rude French Knights in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
* The Merovingian from ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' (although he's a program, and his [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is "decadence" so he chose to sound French, because [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench swearing in it]] is apparently like "wiping your ass with silk").
* ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'': Belloq, a French archaeologist working for the Nazis. He deserved having [[YourHeadAsplode his head asplode]].
* Despite providing the page quote, Inspector Tarconi from ''Film/TheTransporter'' series is an aversion, being a very pleasant NiceGuy and quite helpful to Frank. When placed into police custody in the United States in the sequel, he quickly makes friends with the entire precinct by impressing them with his cooking.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' once riffed a movie called ''12 To The Moon'', which played this trope deadly straight: the obnoxious French engineer was willing to let the moon aliens freeze North America in ice because it would knock America out of global competition. At which point the scientist from the Soviet Union gave him an EvenEvilHasStandards speech and attempted to kick his ass (considering this movie was made in the [[RedScare mid 1950s]], that's pretty serious). Of course, the character was ''such'' an over-the-top French Jerk that Mike and the 'bots didn't have to go far to spoof the trope:
--> "In France we have better moons than ''you'' people!"
* Pascal Sauvage from the film ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'' lives this {{trope}}, especially when he [[spoiler:burns someone alive with a flamethrower trap in an elevator]].
* In Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheBrothersGrimm'' these are plentiful, the film taking place in French-occupied Germany. (Now there's a thought [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys to chew on]].)
* The French aren't afraid of satirizing their own jerks, either. In ''Film/MrHulotsHoliday'', most of the tourists and staff staying at the seaside hotel are uptight and disdainful. By the end of the film, they've taken such a dislike to Mr. Hulot (mainly because of him being TheJinx) that they won't even make the effort to say goodbye to him.
* Comedically subverted in ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' in the character of Jean Girard - Ricky Bobby ''reacts'' to him as if he were a stereotypical French Jerk, but Girard is actually a pretty nice guy in an apparently well-adjusted, loving relationship. It's at the film's climax, in which [[spoiler:Ricky Bobby consummates Girard's status as a WorthyOpponent with a [[FoeYay very, very, VERY long kiss]].]]
* Tomas in ''Film/BlackSwan'' gropes, taunts, and generally over exerts Nina to get the best performance he can from her. Considering she's [[spoiler:batshit crazy, this has a less than awesome outcome]].
* In ''Film/NationalLampoonsEuropeanVacation'', the waiter the Griswolds run into in Paris is exceptionally rude, telling them he'd serve them dishwater instead of what they ordered (since they "wouldn't know the difference"), and eventually telling them to [[spoiler:go fuck themselves.]]
* In ''Film/LatterDays'', Aaron uses the French reputation for being jerks to defuse an increasingly tense conversation about Mormon beliefs:
-->'''Ryder:''' God hates homos.\\
'''Christian:''' You're gonna come into my house and tell me God hates homosexuals?\\
'''Aaron:''' And the French.\\
'''Ryder:''' God hates the French?\\
'''Aaron:''' Everybody hates the French.
* Played with in ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet''. Jordan thinks that Jean-Jacques, the French ''Swiss'' banker who aids him in laundering the profits from his securities frauds, sees him as an "American shit" (while conversely Jean-Jacques thinks Jordan sees him as the trope) But the two enjoy a cordial relationship until a key element of their scheme falls apart, whereupon they hang up on each other saying exactly what the other thought they thought of them.
* In ''Film/AKnightsTale'', William's main rival is Count Adhemar, a French nobleman who is also a complete and utter {{Jerkass}}.
* ''Film/ThePatriot'': Major Jean Villeneuve is a subversion. At first he seems like a snobbish sort who treats Colonel Benjamin Martin with contempt (though not without reason, as Martin killed a lot of Frenchmen in the French and Indian Wars), which Martin dismisses as typically French. However, Villeneuve later reveals that his family was killed by British soldiers, his countrymen keep their word about the ships he promised, and he and Martin become FireForgedFriends by the end.
* ''Film/{{Welp}}'': Two French go-karters are at the camping spot the Belgian Cub Scouts are supposed to be at, but they talk down to them and refuse to move from the spot. This forces the troop to camp even further in the woods, right where the evil WildChild lives. Since this [[ForWantOfANail inadvertantly leads to all the horrible things that occur in the film]], this makes the trope all the more apparent.
* Inspector Jean-Claude Pitrel from the first ''Film/{{Taken}}}'' movie. Not only did he used to be a friend to Bryan Mills (which makes his decision to help the sex-slave group that kidnapped Mills' daughter all the more awful), but after Bryan confronts him over this, he first tries to shoot Brian and when Brian asks him why he works for that kind of men, his explanation was an annoyed-sounding "My expenses are X, the money I get from my work is Y, and Y is not enough to cover X, so I had to get funds from elsewhere". Said while Bryan ''is pointing a gun at him''.


* ''Literature/ReynardTheFox'': In the Dutch/Flemish version Curtise the posh dog is identified as French, as was common with the noblemen in those days.
* The narrator of Creator/VladimirNabokov's ''The Vane Sisters'' is a French literature professor who, upon presenting someone with their sister's suicide note, makes a point of ''criticizing its grammar''.
* The French have been bad guys in every Creator/MatthewReilly book they've been in. In an interview, he notes that he's never been published in France.
** He lampshades this in ''Hover Car Racer'' when after having trouble with a famous French racer who is despised by every person outside of France and another less famous French racer the main character asks "is every French person in this sport evil?"
** Things are shaken up a little in ''Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves'' when the French characters sent to kill Scarecrow wind up teaming up with him to take on the villain, and they turn out to be seriously awesome. [[spoiler: Renard is even set up to become Scarecrow's new love interest.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Fleur Delacour has a little of this {{trope}} when she's first introduced, but the other characters [[DefrostingIceQueen gradually warm up to her]].
* Detective Giraud in the Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Murder on the Links''. He gets [[HumiliationConga throughoutly humiliated]] in the end by the Belgian Literature/HerculePoirot. The point here is that Giraud and Poirot use very different investigation methods. Giraud searches the crime scene and its vicinity for any kind of physical evidence, no matter how insignificant. Footprints, cigarette butts, etc. Poirot compares his rival to a police hound. Meanwhile, Poirot calmly contemplates the psychology of the crime and of the various people involved-- getting a clearer picture of what is going on and the context of the various evidence.
* Helena Boudreau from ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'', she spends a good chunk of the first book refusing to talk to the point of mutism and when she does talk it's all too often just to make some [[SpySpeak Cryptic message.]] Beside smelling bad and having bad hairdo from months of solitary incarceration, she doesn't seem to have anything better to talk about than morals, religions and European Superiority. And let's not forget that she's really a [[spoiler: Tri-face bitch secretly working for the United-Bank]].
* Rigaud (also known as Blandois), the SmugSnake in ''Literature/LittleDorrit''.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', the supporting villains in the first three books are overwhelmingly the Galles - French FantasyCounterpartCulture. With the exception of [[TokenGoodTeammate Comte D'Eau]], they're self-righteous, misogynistic, anti-magical and HolierThanThou assholes who think they can do whatever they want with the peasantry, and their king isn't much better. This being said, it's outright stated that the ones we see in the story have been [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned To Alba]] by their more reasonable fellows.
* A weird meta-example occurs in ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'': Joanna Bonifacio speaks in French to help her deal with annoying and self-aggrandizing people—such as [[CorruptBureaucrat Attorney Arcinas]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* There was an episode of ''Bangkok Airport'' with an obnoxious, [[AlphaBitch bitchy and racist]] French tourist insulting the airport staff for the flight she just missed, even though [[WhatAnIdiot it was her own fault she missed it in the first place]] by getting drunk mere hours before, and she couldn't buy another ticket because she [[TooDumbToLive used up all her money to get drunk]].
* An episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' had a French character that Earl bullied in grade school. He held a grudge against Earl, and upon seeing him again, knocked Earl out with a headbutt. Near the end of the episode it's revealed that the Frenchman came to America in grade school to flirt with the women, his accent having a much more sexier effect in America than in France, where it's commonplace. After Earl fulfills the Frenchman's purpose for coming, by taking him out to meet the girls he knew from grade school (including [[HotForTeacher one of the teachers]]) and having sex[[note]]i.e. making out[[/note]] with them, the Frenchman's view of Earl and America as a whole change.
** But then the Frenchman lets it slip that he is in fact married, and now has cheated on his wife with several women. Kinda of JerkAss thing to do.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', the President's youngest daughter took on a French Jerk boyfriend - much to the chagrin of most of the rest of the cast. For most of his run he was just a little bit of a jackass, derided by the gang because he's French but mainly because he knocked Charlie out of the picture. At the end of the fourth season, however, he gives [[strike: ecstasy]] GHB to the daughter, making her kidnapping easier for the perpetrators. Just to pile on the jerkiness, he is written as demanding immunity from prosecution before he'll help US authorities locate her.
* Henri on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', who made no attempt to hide the fact that he was going to steal Woody's girlfriend.
** Sam endured the taunts of that very same self-aggrandizing Frenchman until said Frenchman insulted America. Sam then challenged the Frenchman to see who could collect the most phone numbers from women in the bar. When, out of guilt, Sam opted not to get the phone numbers of the two nice women who would have put his total over the top and thereby lost the contest, the Frenchman cheered, "I win! I win! France has won!"
*** "There's somethin' you never hear!
* An early episode of ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' had a rather rude French exchange student who smoked and ruined everyone's illusion regarding romantic French people.
* One episode of ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' featured Simon's French exchange partner, Patrice. He was surly and uncommunicative to everyone except [[spoiler:Will's love interest Charlotte, whom he slept with instead]].
* Michel Gerard of ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', one of Susan's clients is a woman named Giselle, who is referred to as "The French Bitch" so much it might as well be her last name. We only see her for a split second at the end of the episode, so whether or not she was an actual bitch is up to the imagination.
* Show up quite frequently on ''Series/GoodEats'', typically representative of "conventional" ways of culinary thinking and/or the restaurant industry.
* The Chameleon in Season 3 of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is revealed to be a French national in the season finale, although he goes ''far'' beyond merely being a jerk.
* Enter, TheDragon of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters''. It's not known whether he is really French or is even human, but he seems to consider himself French and is fluent in the language, with frequent use of GratuitousFrench.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'', everyone at the police station is forced to attend diversity training, but when they're instructed to arrest an illegal immigrant, they get the wrong guy - causing a major incident because he is actually the European Commissioner for Human Rights (and black.) The man turns out to be a French Jerk and instantly starts complaining about everything in Britain: "You British. No wonder we all hate you. Your chocolate isn't chocolatey enough. Your bananas are too long and bendy. And you insist on eating prawn cocktail crisps ''despite the fact that we have told you not to!''"
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': The ICC prosecutor in "People v. SecNav" qualifies.
* The ''Series/HappyDays'' episode "The Duel" has possibly the jerkiest Frenchman ever depicted, an arrogant exchange student and fencing champion who insults everything from America to Joanie. Richie challenges him to a duel, but Fonz takes his place and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCLy8Por4fo thoroughly kicks his ass]].
* ''Series/RootIntoEurope'': Mr. Root assumes all Frenchmen are arrogant intellectuals.
* In the third ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' series, Hornblower is saddled with Major Côtard, a French expatriate who is providing intelligence to the British against Napoleon.[[note]]In the book, he was a naval lieutenant born on the British island of Guernsey, where French is spoken, and Hornblower simply borrowed him from another ship because he didn't have a good enough accent despite his fluency.[[/note]] Hornblower and Bush instinctively mistrust him because he's French, and Côtard doesn't help by complaining about shipboard conditions and trying to push them around. He does prove, however, that he's a genuine ally and seems a little hurt to have been mistrusted.
* The Poupons from the ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' episode "Getting to Know You" were this trope as [[SpaceJews prehistoric birds]]. They spoke in French accents and were extremely rude to the Sinclairs.
* In the classic-series ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E6TheKingsDemons "The King's Demons"]], the only French character behaves in a haughty and deliberately offensive manner. Not surprisingly, he turns out to be the villain--as in ''the'' villain during this period of the series ([[spoiler: it's the Master in disguise]]). Unfortunately, the effects of his trying to be intentionally divisive are rather undermined by his similarity to the [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail French Taunter]] in both atrocious accent and ridiculous dialog and behavior.

* The Capitol Steps' song parody "Euro Pest" is about having Euro Creator/{{Disney}} staffed entirely by French Jerks.
* "The Frog Princess" by Music/TheDivineComedy.
* "Genius In France" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic says that French people are "snotty and rude" but still go gaga over the singer.

* Francois de Grimm from ''Pinball/MedievalMadness''.
-->I am Francois de Grimm and I shall be rude to you!
* The Dark Queen in ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballTheWeb Pro Pinball: The Web]]''.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Frenchy Martin, manager of Dino Bravo, from the Rock & Wrestling Era of the Wrestling/{{WWE}}. Martin though is a variation on this trope as he was a French-Canadian jerk. He dressed the part, wearing a beret with monocle and goatee, and waving the flag of UsefulNotes/{{Quebec}} as he made his way to the arena with Bravo.
* Jean-Paul Leveque from WCW fit this in the mid-'90s. He was little more than a mid-carder until he went to the WWF and became pompous blue-blood [[Wrestling/TripleH Hunter Hearst Helmsley]].

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Marvin Suggs of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' is a demented, egocentric jerk who enjoys abusing his Muppaphones for the sake of entertainment.
-->'''Guest:''' Are you going to hurt these adorable living creatures?\\
'''Marvin Suggs:''' Of course-ah! You cannot get mu-sic from '''dead''' creatures!

* According to ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', Victorian-era France is filled with people who sigh superciliously whenever a tourist asks them a question, and they're not above killing and cooking any Englishman they find (even if said Englishman comes [[ItMakesSenseInContext in the form of a giant dinosaur]]). It's also how series BigBad Mister Gently Benevolent disguises himself, complete with striped vest, beret, and an "air of undeserved satisfaction".

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''Flintloque'' is a Napoleonic Wars wargame set in an Earth with the usual array of fantasy races and {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s. The French analogues are ''elves'', with all [[CantArgueWithElves that]] [[ScrewYouElves that]] implies. Oh, and the German analogues are [[ElvesVsDwarves dwarves]] and the British, [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcs.]]
* Bretonnia in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' 1st Edition was ''ze'' pre-Revolutionary Frenchjerklandia, known largely for its decadent nobility, downtrodden peasantry and rotten-to-the-core politics (though it did produce nice duelling pistols). Later editions swapped this out for a whole new identity: think Myth/KingArthur's Avalon meets TheDungAges, a rural medieval backwater where filthy, illiterate, inbred cretins pay 95% of their income in tax to filthy rich, out-of-touch, also inbred nobles and knights who are ''anything but'' chivalrous.

* The French Ambassador in ''Theatre/OfTheeISing''.
* Doctor Caius of Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor''.
** Pretty much every (male) French character in Shakespeare, for that matter, though the {{trope}} is averted in ''Theatre/AllsWellThatEndsWell'' and ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' where nearly all the characters are at least nominally French, and possibly subverted in ''Theatre/KingLear,'' in which the King of France is impressed by Cordelia's honesty and marries her despite her recent disinheritance.
** Played especially straight in ''Theatre/HenryV'', with the French noblemen being complete and utter jerks. The only exception is Mountjoy the herald (who is not, of course, a noble).
*** Not jerks, necessarily. The king is beleaguered and Catherine is completely innocent. Plus, when you consider the pile of BS that is Henry's claim to the throne of France, the nobles' antipathy towards the English invaders is understandable...the Dauphin was always rather contemptuous, though, and not just of the English.
* Lampshaded as a one-shot joke in the second version of ''Theatre/AvenueQ's'' musical number ''Everyone's A Little Bit Racist:''
-->'''Princeton:''' Well, sure, Gary, but lots of people tell black jokes. But I bet you tell jokes about French people, right?\\
'''Gary:''' Yeah, sure I do! Those French people are such assholes.\\
'''Princeton:''' Now don't you think ''that's'' a little racist?

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Audrey from ''VideoGame/HuniePop'' is the only girl of French descent, and is a total AlphaBitch.
* Jean-Paul "JP" Arsenault from the ''SSX'' video game series. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-serving, and arrogant, JP has a gigantic but fragile ego and is easily unnerved by any hint of disrespect towards himself; Basically, he puts on a JerkassFacade to hide his severe insecurity. [[JerkWithAheartOfJerk But that doesn't mean he isn't still a jerk]]; His ''SSX Blur'' profile still lists his "trait" as "Arrogant.
* [[MagnificentBastard The Spy]] of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fame can be ''[[SophisticatedAsHell quite]]'' unpleasant [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwYu8LAmNvg to everyone else]].
--> '''The Spy:''' ''(to the [[ViolentGlaswegian Demoman]])'' Here's what I have that you don't - a [[DrunkenMaster functioning liver]], [[EyepatchOfPower depth perception]], [[BondOneLiner and a pulse!]]\\
'''The Spy:''' ''(to the [[HuskyRusskie Heavy]])'' Awww, too bad this wasn't a [[YouAreFat PIE-EATING CONTEST!]]\\
'''The Spy:''' ''(to the [[TheUnintelligible Pyro]])'' Dominated, you mush-mouthed freak!\\
'''The Spy:''' ''(to the [[SouthernFriedGenius Engineer]])'' Yippee-ki-yay, my dead illiterate friend! [[labelnote:*]](May we point out that the Engineer's bio states he has 11 hard science [=PhDs=], and the Spy '''still''' calls him illiterate?)[[/labelnote]]
-->'''The Spy:''' ''(to the [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Medic]])'' I'm looking at your X-Ray, and I'm afraid '''''you suck!'''''
-->'''The Spy''': ''(to the [[BrattyHalfPint Scout]])'' Here lies Scout. [[FragileSpeedster He ran fast]] and died a virgin!
-->'''The Spy''': ''(to the [[AwesomeAussie Sniper]])'' Perhaps they can bury you in that van you call home!
-->'''The Spy''': ''(to the [[PatrioticFervor Soldier]])'' At least you died for honor... and my amusement!
** Apart from his domination lines, the Spy is very polite to his teammates, and sometimes his enemies.
-->'''The Spy:''' My appreciation, amigo.\\
'''The Spy:''' ''(to [[PaletteSwap an enemy Spy]])'' I'll see you in hell... [[ButHeSoundsHandsome you]] [[ScrewYourself handsome rogue]]!
* The Marquis de Singe from ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland''. [[spoiler:And is not actually French.]]
** Captain René Rottingham from ''[[VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland Curse]]'' seems to be French.
* ''VideoGame/CookingMama'' for the Wii has pictures of children that represent all the different countries the food originates from. France is the only child that is frowning, it also wears a beret and holds a glass of wine.
* Remy, from the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' series. Though, his Jerk attitude might stem from him being a nihilist, not necessarily French. Abel from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' avert this, however.
* George Stobbart's condescending, some-time love rival Andre in the ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' series is arguably this.
* In the ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' mod ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'', the French are the bad guys and most Frenchmen you meet are less than pleasant.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' gives us Ash Crimson. Snide, condescending, manipulative, and ambushes people when they're at their weakest. [[spoiler:However by ''XIII;'', it's revealed he's a subversion.]]
* Jean Pierre from ''VideoGame/FightersHistory'' isn't as bad as other examples, but he's still very arrogant and vain.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** The [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Orlesian Empire]], or at least its upper crust, is often depicted in this light. Besides its history of military expansionism, it's full of arrogant, complaining nobles who regularly partake in murder, intrigue, and the eating of ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking stinky cheeses]]''.
** Leliana, on the other hand, is one of the sweetest characters in the game (though she does have an unsavory past).
** Duke Prosper de Montfort (who [[spoiler:sells Qunari intelligence to a Tal-Vashoth without regard for the bloodshed he's causing]]) and [[PsychopathicManchild Baron Arlange]] (who [[DisproportionateRetribution attempts to kill Hawke for not going along with the fixed hunt]]) in the ''Mark of the Assassin'' DLC module are especially good examples.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' with The Genetic Memory of Napoleon Bonaparte, who seems like this, but he is really trying to give his wimpy descendant TrainingFromHell, and seems genuinely pleased when he loses. His soldier pieces on the game board play the trope straight though.
* There is a very smug French croupier at the Pair o'Dice Casino in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' 7.
* Sakuya le Bel Shirogane of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' is a ForeignExchangeStudent from, yes, France. On top of that he's an aristocrat whose family's money instantly got him the position of ClassRepresentative. He is haughty, touchy, and generally insufferable; his HiddenDepths hold something better but it takes a lot of [[DefrostingIceQueen melting]] or [[TraumaCongaLine trauma]] to get to them. In contrast his half-brother Yuuya is always friendly to the point of sometimes being a lech, but backs off instantly if told he's crossed a line.
* The Kalos region of ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is based on France so its villain organization Team Flare fits. Most of its members are petty crooks after money and power while [[SmallNameBigEgo claiming to be]] TheBeautifulElite. Ironically, their leader [[spoiler: Lysandre]] is an aversion; [[AffablyEvil he's the most polite out of the franchise's villains]].
** Averted in the rest of the game itself with many NPCs being very nice.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' the Merovingian's jerk-ness is further explored in that he traps Neo in the chateau and forces him to fight his way out. In the meantime Neo learns that the Frenchman has his own {{Mooks}} tortured or deleted for failure.
* PlayedWith in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''; Philippe Loren is a haughty jerk with a heavy French accent... But he's actually Belgian and being mistaken for French is one of his [[BerserkButton pet peeves]].
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow4'' with the Female 2 voice option. This Boss is just as much as a violent sociopath as the other personalities, and just as merciless to her enemies, but she's also the [[BenevolentBoss nicest and most respectful toward her allies.]]
* Referenced in ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' when you first meet Citra:
--> '''Citra:''' Did they teach you to speak without permission in America?
--> '''Jason:''' No, I learned that in France.
* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', Erutus Profiteur is the very French holder of the merchant asterisk and chairman of the Khamer & Profiteur Merchantry in Ancheim. As if it wasn't bad enough that he works for the duchy that is trying to bring down the warriors of light, he also comes across as an incredibly corrupt [[CorruptBureaucrat businessman]] by forcing [[DyingTown very thirsty customers]] to buy water at very expensive prices, located in a nearby oasis, surrounded by bandits hired by the very french jerk himself! He even seems to lack [[KillthePoor empathy]] for those who have lost all their possessions in these attacks....
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has Widowmaker, who while considered [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench sexy]], is a cold-blooded murderer who takes pleasure in killing and is one of the antagonists in the game, serving terrorist organization [[NebulousEvilOrganization Talon]]. Not to mention the fact that she acts like a complete {{Jerkass}} to everyone else, and is by-and-large the cause of-- or at the very least a major factor in-- the major events of the game.
** In an interesting twist however, she ''did not choose'' to be like this. She was once known as Amélie Lacroix, a completely innocent NiceGirl who did nothing wrong of her accord. However, she was kidnapped by said organization and was turned into Widowmaker as she is known today, through intense [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing and neural reconditioning]]. She's also the only French person in the cast, besides her dead husband Gerard.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Mocked in one issue of ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', with a one-off appearance by Raven, who is also an arrogant Mac user.
* Pierre, the illegal immigrant to the U.S.A. in ''Webcomic/CestLaVie''. Just very occasionally his sister Mona, who has been in the U.S.A. longer and is legally resident.
* Chloe De Sade in ''Webcomic/RivalAngels'' is from France, and she is a {{heel}} in a world where ProWrestlingIsReal.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Alice Boucher of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is an example of this {{trope}}: one of her biggest regrets about being in America is that she doesn't know any insults in English. Due to CharacterDevelopment after being put on the island (as well as a change in writer), she grows out of this '''''very''''' quickly though.
* The contributors of Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses occasionally play up WebVideo/{{Benzaie}} as one of these.
** Sad Panda's [[TheEeyore persona]] marinades itself in this.
* This is [[Anime/AttackOnTitan Jean Kirschstein's]] incarnation in WebVideo/ASlapOnTitan, and WebVideo/AbridgedOnTitan.
* ''WebComic/PolandBall'': This is France's usual characterization (one strip has him go on strike for a few days, treating it as a vacation, and when all his demands are met, he still refuses so he can go to the Cheese, Garlic and Arrogance Festival. [[DomesticAbuser And then there's his treatment of his colonies...]]
* [[https://notalwaysworking.com/sorry-i-canada-understand-you/30246 This]] entry on ''Website/NotAlwaysWorking'' has the cashier at a restaurant in France insult a family of tourists she assumes are American, in French. To which the narrator, who was actually French-Canadian, demands to see her manager, [[BilingualBackfire in fluent French.]] The manager gives them their meals for free and pries the rude cashier away from her till literally kicking and screaming.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mr. Rude in ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''. In fact, every dub of him (US, UK, Australia) has him French!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "The Trouble With Trillions", it's explained that Mr. Burns stole a [[ZillionDollarBill Trillion Dollar Bill]] that was intended to re-build Europe after [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]]. While waiting for the never arriving money the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Charles DeGaulle knockoff]] declares: "I say we just act snooty to [the Americans] forever!"
** Also lampshaded in "Guess Who's Coming To Criticize Dinner?". When a French chef tells him to "get lost", Flanders responds, "A rude Frenchman? Well, I never!"
** In "Trilogy of Error", Lisa mistakenly winds up at West Springfield Elementary School, [[RecycledSet which looks exactly like Springfield Elementary]], discovering a French class where her classroom would be.
--->'''Lisa:''' I'm at the wrong school!\\
'''Students:''' ''[laughing]''\\
'''French Teacher:''' Ahem, ''en français''.\\
'''Students:''' ''[snooty laughter]''
** There was also "The Bart-Mangled Banner", where [[ItMakesSenseInContext a deaf Bart mooning the American flag]] ends up getting the family in jail. After they escape the prison through a waterway, they encounter a boat filled with French people going back to France, who tell them to come with them and "snub the country that saved (them) twice in war".
* Le Spatula on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Despite being a spatula, it refuses to flip Krabby Patties, preferring to cook only [[FrenchCuisineIsHaughty fancy food]]. It also laughs haughtily at [=SpongeBob=] and addresses the Krusty Krab customs as "peasants" and spits at them.
* Victor of ''WesternAnimation/VictorAndHugo - Bunglers in Crime'', who is noticeably ruder and more bad-tempered than Hugo (though almost invariably TO Hugo)
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'':
** Le Quack, the antagonistic French duck. "Stupeed Amereecans!"
** And the Napoleon Bonaparte look-alike, who spouts the same catchphrase.
* Antoine the Coyote from ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', who was quite rude to Sonic. He gets CharacterDevelopment in the Archie comics but never quite got there in the show before it was cancelled.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has Cecil, who was rude to everyone '''''but''''' Dot, his employer.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', with the one-off joke about the "Republic of French Stereotypes." Nobody likes ''them''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' the title character goes to the dry cleaners only to be abused by the French-sounding owners. When he mentions that he is not there to complain, they say that they're not French, only rude, and it just sounds better with a French accent.
* Jean "Crook" Duprey from ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone''.
* [[AlphaBitch Nanette Manoir]] from ''WesternAnimation/AngelaAnaconda'' is Franco-Canadian rather than French, but otherwise fits this trope perfectly. Although, as the titular character points out quite often to the viewers, Nanette really isn't French at all; she's just faking it because she thinks it makes her sound cultured. Indeed, the BilingualBonus is that anyone listening who actually ''knows'' French can tell Nanette is often either flat-out mistaken or making it up when she uses "French" words, and the plot of one story is an ''actual'' French girl (who is far nicer than Nanette is) joins the class and nearly reveals she can't speak a word of French.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheOctonauts'' where the French-accented remipedes initially seem like they're going to be a nuisance to [[AbsentMindedProfessor Shellington]] being wary of him in their cave, but prove to be wholly helpful and actually nice after he passes the literal smell test by [[DisabilitySuperpower leading the team out by smell, upside down at that.]] [[ShownTheirWork Being that it's an education show, real remipedes are actually blind and swim upside down.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', Batroc the Leaper (see Comic Books, above) shows up several times. His French Jerk tendencies seem to have been [[CharacterExaggeration greatly exaggerated]] for the show.
* The [[BigBad Ice Dancers]] of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' are French-Canadian. However, both of them are rude, arrogant, and ill-tempered towards the other contestants so it's this trope played semi-straight.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheDavincibles'': [[BigBad Quaba]] looks very French, and is very much a jerk.
* Episode "Princess Problems" of the ''WesternAnimation/GummiBears'' has a French-accent King and his daughter visiting King Gregor's castle. The French princess is a mean spoiled brat.
* Episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' reveals that one of Cosmo's and Wanda's former godchildren was a French boy named Pierre who has a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain very low opinion on Americans]] and is generally a {{Jerkass}} to Timmy.