->''"Supposedly [[CelebrityParadox Cousteau and his cronies]] invented the idea of putting walkie-talkies into the helmet. But we made ours with a special rabbit ear on the top so we could pipe in some music."''
-->--'''Steve Zissou''', ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou''

Whenever an oceanographer or marine biologist character must be shown on TV, there is a high chance that they will be based on Creator/JacquesCousteau. They will speak with a French accent when talking about fish.

A similar example would be how every TV terrestrial biologist/documentarian would resemble DavidAttenborough, or every TV astronomer resembling Creator/CarlSagan[[note]]Averted; Sagan was ''notoriously'' litigious regarding his public image.[[/note]] We give it another five to ten years before they start basing characters off [[Series/CrocodileHunter Steve Irwin]] (without it being a direct parody of him, that is). Compare WildlifeCommentarySpoof, of which this is a component.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A 2011 series of commercials for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD feature the character Marco [=LeMonde=], [[BrilliantButLazy "the world's laziest explorer"]]. He follows this trope except for the fact that instead of conducting research out in the field, he goes to the aquarium.
* A 2013 advertisement for Sea World features a young boy walking around Sea World while spouting on about how beautiful the ocean is. He's wearing Cousteau's trademark blue button-up shirt and red beanie.
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[[folder:Fanfics]]
* ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space''. Captain Proton makes contact with the FishPeople of Deep Sea Nine -- a frog-like humanoid wearing a red watch cap.
-->"I am an aquanaut! [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Why do you theenk I 'ave thees outrageous accent]], you silly Queen of Rocket Men?"

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou''. Cousteau is explicitly mentioned as a rival at one point. (He does not, however, speak with a French accent at all.)
* The AM Today segment of ''TheKentuckyFriedMovie'' features a marine biologist with a French accent talking about the poisonous fish, clearly meant as a Cousteau {{Expy}}, and used for all sorts of [[VisibleBoomMic Boom Mic Gags]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The classic ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' sketch "Jacques Too Close'' staring Havey Korman and Tim Conway.
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08DlsAKxG1Y sketch]] from ''Series/TheBenStillerShow'' features Andy Dick as an alcoholic CloudCuckooLander version of Cousteau who does bizarre impressions of manatees.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' featured a sketch with "Captain Elmo Cousteau", who went exploring the depths of the ocean for "the treasure of the missing soap".
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[[folder:Music]]
* One of the Bob Rivers Christmas albums include a sketch entitled "The Under Tree World of Jacques Cousteau", in which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a Cousteau impersonator narrates about exploring underneath a Christmas tree]], instead of underneath the sea.
* "The Underseen World of Claude Jateau" series on NPR in the early 90s, notable for being the length of real documentaries, complete with imitating other characters and telling coherent (if comical) stories.
* The novelty surf pop song "Jacques Cousteau" by the band The Young Jacques features spoken vocals from a Cousteau impersonator.
* Ogden Edsl, a novelty music act which gained recognition on the DrDemento Show, released a skit called "Jean Paul" which also featured a Cousteau impersonator.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Not a marine biologist, but the narrator in one of the Wizards of the Coast videos for 4th Edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' uses a silly french accent and speaks as though he's describing a "rare species" (D&D Players)
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'': "Today in ze underwater world, we explore ze territory of ze dreaded bubble fish."
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Averted, oddly enough, by the animated series ''Jacques Cousteau's Ocean Tales'', where Cousteau's voice actor is American.
* The French-accented narrator from ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Bart Simpson in the ''The Tracey Ullman Show'' short "Bathtime".
* The French Guy on ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'', whose lines were always subtitled even though he spoke in JustAStupidAccent. "For me, ze ocean was a return to the womb."
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' had Gonzo pretend to be Jacques Cousteau.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', Fifi la Fume '''naturally''' does one hunting for the [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench "mysterious Sea Minkee (monkey.)"]] Only slightly subverted in that Fifi stayed high and dry with Plucky and Hamton in the boat while ''Elmyra'' does all the chasing.
* In the episode of ''Literature/{{Babar}}'' where a sea serpent is discovered in Celesteville's lake, Babar calls in an old friend to investigate—a bird based on Jacques Cousteau who rambles on about "ze astonishing wondairs of ze deep" at every opportunity.
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' has a maritime episode centred around one Jaques Le Duck.
* The leader of the diving team exploring the Titanic in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' episode "Terror on the Titanic", right down to the red cap. His divers even call him "Jacques" at one point.
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