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The Southern Gentleman is the [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterpart]] to the SouthernBelle.

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]].

Common vices: [[ValuesDissonance Racism]], [[TheAlcoholic drinking]], smoking [[DistinguishedGentlemansPipe pipes]] and/or [[CigarChomper cigars]], [[TheGambler gambling]], {{pride}}.

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]].


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

* Guin Rhineford from ''Anime/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 seven canonically LGBT characters in all of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' (the others being Tieria Erde, Alejandro Conner and Ribbons Almark of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'''s Angelo Sauper, and Yamagi Gilmerton and Norba Shino of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'')]], two things which almost certainly wouldn't fly in the Old South, as opposed to the post-apocalyptic future South.


[[folder: Comics]]

* Comicbook/{{Gambit}} from the ''Comicbook/XMen'' 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.


[[folder: Films -- Animated]]

* "Big Daddy" La Bouff from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is something of a {{Reconstruction}} of one. While he may be a sugar baron and one of the richest men in New Orleans, he's nothing short of a gentleman, and treats anybody who works for him [[NiceToTheWaiter with the utmost respect.]] He is nothing but courteous and kind to Tiana the whole time.
* Lotso, the [[LivingToys Lots-o-Huggin' Bear]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. [[CorruptHick However...]]


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]

* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'': Rhett Butler is the TropeMaker, but also a subversion, just as Scarlett O'Hara does for the SouthernBelle trope. The whole point of the character was that he wasn't exactly a gentleman.
** Ashley Wilkes, the other object of Scarlett's affection, is a more conventional example of the trope.
%%* Many of the characters in ''Film/TheGreenMile'' fall under this trope.
* Buck Cantrell from the Bette Davis film ''Jezebel'' is a classic example.
* Jeff Custer (full name Jefferson} from Hitchcock's ''Film/{{Mr and Mrs Smith|1941}}''.
* Hatfield from ''Film/{{Stagecoach}}'' is a down-on-his-luck example. After the end of the Confederacy he went west and makes a living as a gambler, but recognizing Mrs. Malory as the daughter of his late commanding officer, he immediately starts to fuss over her. In a slight deconstruction of the trope, he is very class-conscious and thus his courtesy to women emphatically does not extend to Dallas (implied to be a prostitute). He also has a marked difference of opinion with Doc Boone, a veteran of the Union Army, as to how the, um, late unpleasantness should be referred to.
* Like Hatfield, Sergeant Beaufort in ''Film/FortApache'' is a "fallen" example. A former Confederate officer, he enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry as a private after the Civil War. While not exactly conforming to the stereotype visually -- he is played by Pedro Armendáriz -- he is easily the most polished of the regiment's non-coms (some of whom had been officers in the Union army).
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Holliday John Henry Holliday]], better known as Doc Holliday from ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' and other films. Also a real-life example.
* ''Film/ThankYouForSmoking'' brings us "The Captain," who is this trope made flesh, right down to the mint julep. He's described as "the last great man of tobacco."
* 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 called the Regulators. Also, he's Don Johnson [[Series/MiamiVice in a white suit]].
** Candie (Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio) manages to be even worse: his hobbies include the study of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrenology the racist pseudo-science of phrenology]] and forcing his slaves to fight each other to the death in "mandingo" fights for his amusement. We also see him [[spoiler:having a slave unwilling to fight torn apart by hungry dogs]].
* Creator/LionelBarrymore plays one in ''Film/TheLittleColonel'', which is set in the 1870s. He's a GrumpyOldMan nostalgic for the Old South and full of hatred for "Yankees". Then Creator/ShirleyTemple comes along and cheers him up.

[[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.


[[folder: Literature]]

* Drake Morrell from Creator/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 ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''.
* Quincy Morris in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''.
* Atticus Finch of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' fame is a SimpleCountryLawyer and a shining example of this trope. Unfortunately, ''Literature/GoSetAWatchman'' reveals that he does have the racist views common to this trope -- though that book appears to take place in an AlternateContinuity, being an early draft of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' that Harper Lee considerably changed before it became the finished product.
* Most of the major Southern characters in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' are some variation of this; for example, General Laclede is a classic type, while Colonel [=McMoster=] is a somewhat more rugged middle-class example.


[[folder: Live-Action TV]]

* [[TheMcCoy Dr Leonard McCoy]] from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* Lucas Buck masquerades as one in ''Series/AmericanGothic1995''.
* 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 ''Series/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. (Brown is, of course, from Georgia.)
* 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 ''Series/{{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.
* A couple of times, Series/TheNightlyShow has poked fun at this trope. When discussing Mississippi's attempts to maintain a ban on gay adoption, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKv7DIFVdgM Beechum Grady]] (played by Rory Albanese) personifies this role during an interview in which he explains Mississippi's [[NostalgiaFilter "pro-yesterday"]] policies. This is later extended in a different segment about a [[http://www.cc.com/full-episodes/iukkmb/the-nightly-show-with-larry-wilmore-december-14--2015---confederate-christmas-card---ted-cruz-season-2-ep-02037 state senator's Christmas cards featuring the Confederate flag]] that features an entire table full of Southern Gentlemen (including one who doesn't seem to realize slavery's been abolished) going over Christmas card designs that all feature Confederate flags, with Mike Yard playing the OnlySaneMan at the table.
* Yancy Derringer, the gambler-hero of the western ''Yancy Derringer''
* Asmodeus, one of the Princes of Hell in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', likes to evoke the image. He wears [[ManInWhite an entirely white suit]], has a well-trimmed beard, and speaks with a sophisticated southern accent. Dean refers to him as Evil Colonel Sanders.


[[folder: Music]]
* Satirised in Music/TomLehrer's "I Wanna Go Back To Dixie", from ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer'', where the phrase refers to the Ku Klux Klan:
--> I wanna talk with southern gentlemen\\
And put my white sheet on again,\\
I ain't seen one good lynchin' in years!

[[folder: Puppetry]]
* The [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Southern_Colonel Southern Colonel]] from Franchise/TheMuppets.

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

[[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.


[[folder: Video Games]]

* Sinclair from ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', one of the [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Voices With An Internet Connection]] who helps you throughout the game. Atlas from the [[VideoGame/BioShock first game]] was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally meant to be one]], but they decided to make him Irish instead.
* Clem from ''VideoGame/TheSuffering''.
* Arcturus Mengsk of ''VideoGame/{{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''.
* In ''VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'', the evolution of this trope, combined with a dash of [[FutureImperfect misremembered history]], has led to the rise of a new [[KnightInShiningArmor knightly warrior elite]] in the post-apocalyptic American Southeast.
* Frank "Hitman" Hennessy from VideoGame/JaggedAlliance is a friendly smooth sweet-talker and notorious for enjoying Charlene 'Raven' Higgens' company a tad too much for Ron "Raider" Higgens, her husband's liking.


[[folder: Web Comics]]

* John Henry Hunter of ''Webcomic/NextTownOver'' [[http://www.nexttownover.net/?p=55 certainly has the trappings]] of this trope.
* Colonel Sassacre of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', as a Creator/MarkTwain {{Expy}}, fits this trope.


[[folder: Web Video]]

* In his "Groundhog Day Explained" video WebVideo/CGPGrey tells about Georgia's resident groundhog seasonal predictor "General Beauregard Lee, who one must assume has stylish facial hair and fans himself on the veranda of his plantation home while drinking mint julep and pining for the day when the South will rise again."


[[folder: Western Animation]]

* Colonel Shuffle from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts "Mississippi Hare" and "Dog Gone South". "Ah, magnolia!"
* WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn is a parody of such.
* The unnamed Southern Colonel, the last person cocky Homer challenges to a duel in the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "E-I-E-I-(annoyed grunt)".
* Gilbert Dauterieve, Bill's cousin on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' is a parody, with the added twist of being AmbiguouslyGay. Modeled on Creator/TennesseeWilliams.


[[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.
* During the American Civil War, one general invoked this trope to protect his written orders from spies: he sealed them in a fancy envelope, daubed them with perfume, and had them signed by a female hand. His orders were reportedly never intercepted, because he'd guessed correctly that no southern gentleman would ''dare'' be so uncouth as to open, never mind ''read'', a lady's love-letter.