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A mythical creature of the male gender, the Southern Gentleman is the [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] to the SouthernBelle.

Common vices: [[ValuesDissonance Racism]], [[TheAlcoholic drinking]] and/or [[TheGambler gambling]], {{pride}}.

Common virtues: [[SharpDressedMan Well-dressed]], [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness well-spoken]] ([[SophisticatedAsHell even when swearing up a blue streak]]), [[TheCharmer charmin', suave and invariably polite to the opposite gender]].

Other attributes: [[ManInWhite White suit]] of light material (especially in summer), corncob pipe that [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe nevertheless manages to look dignified]], [[DrinkOrder mint julep]].

Habitat: Romance novels, [[TheWestern westerns]].

Notes: Subject to severe ValuesDissonance for modern audiences, as, depending on time period, he is either a slaveholder or is nostalgic for the era of slavery (even if he doesn't harbor any actual racist views, the romanticism of the south's GoldenAge is what matters).

Associated tropes: [[DeepSouth Dixie accent]], OfficerAndAGentleman. Villainous portrayals include FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit and CorruptHick.

Status: Nearly extinct. Some are still known to moonlight as {{simple country lawyer}}s or [[UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken fast food mascots]].

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!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Guin Rhineford from ''TurnAGundam'', a [[FeudalFuture literal]] Southern Aristocrat with a penchant for fine white suits and luxury airships. The trope is somewhat played with in that he's a) AmbiguouslyBrown and b) [[spoiler:one of only three canonically gay characters in all of ''{{Gundam}}'' (the others being Tieria Erde of ''{{Gundam 00}}'' and ''GundamUnicorn'''s Angelo Sauper)]], two things which almost certainly wouldn't fly in the Old South, as opposed to the post-apocalyptic future South.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* Comicbook/{{Gambit}} from the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' books counts as this. His dark past aside, he has very genial personality, especially towards women, he dresses well and he's from TheBigEasy. Fits in with him also being a GentlemanThief and a LovableRogue.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* {{Trope Maker|s}}: [[Film/GoneWithTheWind Rhett Butler]]. The whole point of the character was that he wasn't exactly a gentleman, but he still fits the trope.
** Ashley fits as well.
* Many of the characters in ''Film/TheGreenMile'' fall under this trope.
* Buck Cantrell from the Bette Davis film ''Jezebel'' is a classic example.
* Hatfield from ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'' .
* Lotso, the [[LivingToys Lots-o-Huggin' Bear]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. [[CorruptHick However...]]
* Doc Holliday from ''Film/{{Tombstone}}''.
* "The Captain" from ThankYouForSmoking, right down to the mint julep [[spoiler: on his coffin]]
* Lots of this is lampshaded throughout Film/{{Maverick}}.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' (being set during the Antebellum South) features two particularly vicious [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructions]]: Spencer "Big Daddy" Bennett and Calvin J. Candie. Both are plantation owners and slavers, and DeliberateValuesDissonance is in full effect with their monstrously brutal treatment of slaves.
** Big Daddy (pictured above) is seen having young girls whipped for [[FelonyMisdemeanor accidentally breaking eggs]], and heads a gang of proto-klansmen. Also, he's Don Johnson [[MiamiVice in a white suit]].
** Candie (Leonardo Dicaprio) manages to be even worse: his hobbies include the study of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology the racist pseudo-science phrenology]] and forcing his slaves to fight each other to the death in “mandingo” fights for his amusement. We also see him [[spoiler:having slaves unwilling to fight torn apart by hungry dogs.]]

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[[folder: Folklore ]]

* In a lot of black southern folk tales, especially from closer to the time of slavery, the Devil often takes the form of one of these guys. For obvious reasons, considering they were usually also the cruel masters under whom slaves suffered.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Drake Morrell from LouisLAmour's ''Bendigo Shafter''
* Several patriarchs from the upper-class Sartoris family from the works of William Faulkner. While there is much to admire about these men, they are still clearly presented by Faulkner as racist and, often, lost in the past.
* Several, most notably Colonel Sherburn, in ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''.
* Quincy Morris in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.
* Atticus Finch of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', who is this trope, a SimpleCountryLawyer, ''and'' explicitly non-racist.

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[[folder: Live Action Tv ]]

* [[TheMcCoy Dr Leonard McCoy]] from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* Lucas Buck masquerades as one in ''AmericanGothic''.
* In ''Sereies/BostonLegal'', the prosecuting attorney who argues against Alan Shore when he visits New Orleans.
* Bill Compton from ''Series/TrueBlood'' is a variation, he's probably the most polite vampire ever.
* The ''SportsNight'' episode "Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee" includes two characters discussing that this trope as it relates to the Confederate flag and the history of the south. When Isaac points out to Danny that their CEO, Luther Sachs, is a southerner who likes to consider ''himself'' a Southern Gentleman. As Isaac puts it, "the difference, Danny, is all the difference"; the implication being that Sachs confuses his [[NouveauRiche own wealth and elitism]] with the class and personal nobility that is associated with the trope.
* Occasionally, on ''Series/GoodEats'', if the recipe has definite Southern roots (fried catfish, for example), Alton Brown will dress and speak like one of these, an AffectionateParody of Col. Sanders.
* Blanche's father, who was known as 'Big Daddy', on ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''. Interestingly enough, one episode reveals that he had a long-term relationship with a black woman.
* Captain Leroy in ''{{Sharpe}}'s Eagle'' is an unusual example, being an American Loyalist fighting for Britain in the Napoleonic Wars. His family made its money on "[[CatchPhrase slaves, cotton and molasses]]". The working-class Sharpe calls him out on the first of these near the end of the episode.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Satirised in Music/TomLehrer's "I Wanna Go Back To Dixie", where the phrase refers to the Ku Klux Klan:
--> I wanna talk with southern gentlemen\\
And put that white sheet on again\\
Haven't seen me a good lynching in years!

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[[folder: Puppetry ]]

* The [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Southern_Colonel Southern Colonel]] from the {{Muppets}}.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* Senator Beauregard Claghorn of Charleston, South Carolina from ''Radio/TheFredAllenShow''; the character who would be the inspiration for FoghornLeghorn. Most of Foghorn Leghorn's catchphrases (Like "That's a joke, son") originated with Senator Claghorn.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Edward Rutledge of South Carolina in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. His refined mannerisms are a veneer over his iron control of the Southern delegations, and he forces the removal of the Declaration of Independence's anti-slavery clause after singing the damning "Molasses to Rum," where he points out that ''Northerners'' are the ones sailing the slaveships. Also a ManInWhite in the film.
* Big Daddy for ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof''. Dignified, chivalrous, and autocratic.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Sinclair from ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', one of the [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Voices With An Internet Connection]] who helps you throughout the game.
* Clem from ''TheSuffering''.
* Arcturus Mengsk of ''{{Starcraft}}'' is portrayed as one, with him going so far as to wear clothes resembling a CSA general's outfit. Ironically, the corrupt government he overthrows (only to replace as equally-corrupt) is called the Confederacy, and its flag looks exactly like you'd think.
** Mengsk's right-hand man and former Confederate general, Edmund Duke, also has a touch of this trope.
* John Marston of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', despite being a former outlaw, can actually fit into this trope, with the clothing being the only other concern (in which case, you could put him in the gambler outfit or the duster).
* Calm, polite, multiple PhD-having Engineer from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Colonel Shuffle from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts "Mississippi Hare" and "Dog Gone South". "Ah, magnolia!"
* FoghornLeghorn is a parody of such.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonel_Sanders Colonel Sanders]] cultivated a Southern Gentleman persona for the latter part of his life, and this image now adorns KFC materials all over the place.
* You'd be hard-pressed to find a version that's more recognizable or admirable than Samuel Clemens, better known as Creator/MarkTwain.
*** Except neither Missouri or Kentucky are the South; they're border states.
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