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->'''Frank:''' He's not a friend. He's French.
-->-- ''[[TheTransporter Transporter 2]]''

A French character who is depicted as the villain, the antagonist or someone who's just plain mean. Usually seen in comedies.

Often the French Jerk has just flown in to the United States and meets TheHero. Upon meeting, the two will go into [[MisplacedNationalism an argument about whose country is better]], with the Frenchman usually winning.

The French Jerk is distinguishable by his obvious arrogance, about himself and/or his country. If they are in some sort of competition, such as a sport tournament, he is TheRival to TheHero, and they will always face each other in the final fight. Sometimes, despite the fact that his traits would turn off most people, the Frenchman is popular among his peers and the general public. He openly shares his opinion that the U.S.A. sucks and the French are superior to the U.S.A. and other nations in general.

After the conflict is resolved, however, he often will have grown to love the U.S.A. and isn't as arrogant about himself or his country as he was before. This follows after he is defeated by the Americans or after any interaction between them that resolves the conflict.

French Jerks are often believed [[ThePigPen not to bathe]].

Perhaps the most commonly seen example of this trope is the stereotypical [[FrenchCuisineIsHaughty snooty waiter in a French restaurant.]]

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

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* An old [=McDonald=]'s ad featured Ronald [=McDonald=] and his friends touring around the world visiting humourous reimaginings of famous landmarks. In France, they meet the "Awful Tower", who was a sentient Eiffel Tower that told 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.
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[[folder:Anime and 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 [[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.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}} Twinkle'' 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]].]]
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The Cyclone, Pierre Fresson, from ''{{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 [[GarthEnnis Ennis]] story, stand-up guy.
* ''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.
* [[SpiderMan Peter Parker]] had a couple of run-ins with an obnoxious French waiter during [[JMSSpiderMan JMS's run as writer.]]
* Inverted in the [[FantasticFour the Thing's]] "Civil War" arc. Since the MarvelCivilWar seems to involve everyone Ben knows in the U.S. turning into a [[CharacterDerailment 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.
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[[folder:Films: Animated]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''. Collette says at one point, "Sorry to be rude, but we're French", which makes no sense 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... 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."
** Collette's line is "Sorry to be rude, but we're French and it's dinnertime." She was talking to reporters, so it may have been a joke, but she also had a kitchen to get running and Linguini's interview had them running late, so it may not.
* Chef Louie from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has shades of this - including the obnoxious, nasal "french laugh": Hee hee hee, haw haw haw! He also sings about cutting up and serving fish for dinner, which seems almost sadistic from the point of view of Sebastian.
* [=LeFrog=] in ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway''. "I find everyone's pain funny but my own. I am French!"
* Meowrice in ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree''.
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[[folder:Films - Live-Action]]
* In ''RushHour 3'', 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 a wild 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/TheMatrix Reloaded'' and ''Revolutions'' (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 ''TheTransporter'' series is an aversion, being quite helpful to Frank and rather friendly. When placed into police custody 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 (considering this movie was made in the 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 ''Black Swan'' 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 ''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 ''Latter Days'', 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.
* ''Film/TwelveToTheMoon'' (1960). Out of the twelve man MultinationalTeam (including a [[DirtyCommunists Russian]], and a German whose father was a Nazi war criminal) it's the Frenchman who suggests they let America be frozen by evil Moon aliens so Europe can dominate the world. The German is shocked by this and fights him until the evil Frenchie is knocked out by a red-blooded American.
* 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}}.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The French have been bad guys in every 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 [[{{Badass}} 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 [[strike: fellow Frenchman]] Belgian 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.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* An episode of ''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 wins!!''".
*** "There's somethin' you never hear!"
* An early episode of ''SeventhHeaven'' had a rather rude French exchange student who smoked and ruined everyone's illusion regarding romantic French people.
* One episode of 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.
* Marvin Suggs of ''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!
* In an episode of {{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 ''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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Capitol Steps' song parody "Euro Pest" is about having Euro {{Disney}} staffed entirely by French Jerks.
* "The Frog Princess" by Music/TheDivineComedy.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Francois de Grimm from ''Pinball/MedievalMadness''.
* The Dark Queen in ''[[VideoGame/ProPinballTheWeb Pro Pinball: The Web]]''.
* The Ringmasters in ''Pinball/CirqusVoltaire''.
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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* 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.]] Yes, there’s 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 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, right? You don't know who he is, do you?! What was it? The Spanish-American War? The French Banana War? What? The 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 has 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!
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The French Ambassador in ''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?
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* 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]])'' Yippie-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 [[AManIsNotAVirgin 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!
** We should point out apart from his domination lines, the Spy is very polite to his teammates, and sometimes (sarcastically) his enemies.
-->'''The Spy:''' My appreciation, amigo.\\
'''The Spy:''' ''(to [[PaletteSwap an enemy Spy]])'' I'll see you in hell... [[ScrewYourself you handsome rogue]]!
* The Marquis de Singe from ''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 ''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.
* The [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Orlesian Empire]] from ''Franchise/DragonAge'' are often depicted in this light, where its seen as being filled with 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 with [[VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}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 ''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]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Mocked in one issue of ''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 ''CestLaVie''. Just very occassionally his sister Mona, who hs 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.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Alice Boucher of 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.
* The character of Pierre Montrois in ''CestLaVie''. To a lesser extent his sister Mona. both are Parisian exiles in Los Angeles.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mr. Rude in ''TheMrMenShow''. In fact, every dub of him (US, UK, Australia) has him French!
* Explained on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. When Mr. Burns steals a [[ZillionDollarBill Trillion Dollar Bill]] that was intended to re-build France after WW2, the [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed DeGaulle knockoff]] declares: "We will be rude and snooty to [the Americans] forever!"
** [[SarcasmMode Oh, yeah. That'll really piss 'em off....]]
** There was also the episode 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".
* Victor of ''WesternAnimation/{{Victor and Hugo}}'' - Bunglers in Crime.'
* Le Quack, the antagonistic French duck from ''CourageTheCowardlyDog''. "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.
* Lampshaded 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.]]
* 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.
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