In anime and manga, a comedy-relief character who is intended to be perceived as a foil for the protagonist will almost always be an idiot, may enjoy drinking and fighting, be incredibly cheap (yet always broke), and will almost always speak with a KansaiRegionalAccent instantly recognizable to native speakers of Japanese. (In North American dubs, a Kansai/Osaka accent is usually [[AccentAdaptation rendered as]] either a [[SouthernFriedPrivate Deep South/Redneck accent]] or a [[BrooklynRage heavy Brooklyn accent]]--the cultural connotations overlap sufficiently in either case that this works.)

How this stereotype arose is uncertain, but in anime it is not merely a [[JapaneseMediaTropes trope]] but a cliche. {{Truth in Television}} in the sense that it is a RealLife stereotype. Usually, when someone from Kansai comes to Tokyo, he adopts a Tokyo accent. Someone who insists on speaking Kansai in Tokyo will be looked at as if he were some sort of idiot.

Alternately, an Osakan character may be a jokester. This character may actually be quite intelligent, but presents to the world a comedic face. The BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine is heavily associated with this kind of character thanks to a tradition of Kansai comedians.

[[StealthPun Also note]] that the trope title [[{{Baka}} can be]] a SublimeRhyme.
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Compare the CorruptHick.
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!!Examples

* Sumiyoshi in ''Manga/ExcelSaga''. Compared to his roommates Watanabe and Iwata, however, he's the smartest of Excel's neighbors and probably the most normal character in the series.
** Unusually, his accent is rendered in English (in the translation of the manga) as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geordie Geordie]] accent, which doesn't quite carry the same connotations (it's more associated with crudeness). Also, in the manga version of the story, he is not from Kansai proper, but instead is from Okayama prefecture (which is slightly to the west of the Kansai region).
* Sasshi in ''Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai''.
** Sasshi isn't just ''from'' Osaka -- he ''lives in'' Osaka. When not hopping worlds back and forth, that is. He's still an [[IdiotHero idiot]] though.
* Osaka (of course) in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. Her name isn't even Osaka; it's Ayumu Kasuga, but [[GenkiGirl Tomo]] branded her with the nickname for being from Osaka. (Like Sakaki, however, the humor in Osaka's character lay in how she ''[[SubvertedTrope doesn't]]'' act like her required stereotype; she's still not exactly bright, but she's an earnest, daydreaming airhead [[CloudCuckoolander who's prone to strange thoughts]], not a brash money-grubber. Osaka is often teased for not saying things that a stereotypical person from Osaka should say.) In the English translation, "Osaka" is apparently analogized to working-class Philadelphia (the dub of the anime recasts the accent as Texan).
--> '''Tomo.''' Let me look in your lunch pail. There should be a meatball sandwich in there.
--> '''Ayumu.''' That's a stereotype!
** She's actually quite smart when it comes to lateral thinking. In an episode when she was able to answer some punny riddles, they suggested that she become a teacher. So when she told the teacher that that was her chosen career, the teacher was offended that the other students thought she was stupid! [[TheWoobie Poor, poor Osaka]]...
** They even lampshade the naming in the show. She is actually listed in school under the name "Osaka", and laments that people keep viewing her that way.
* Aiko Senoo in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', though it is subverted for the most part.
* Kinnosuke from {{Itazura na Kiss}}.
* Toji Suzuhara in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* Kyousuke Kawachi in ''Manga/YakitateJapan''. He is occasionally referred to simply as "Kansai-ben" ("Kansai dialect") and is at one point openly mocked as being a comical side character only good for being excessively shocked at every little surprise.
* Sakura the ''kyuubi-fox'' in ''[[HyperPolice Hyper Police]]'' is both a trickster, since she is a kitsune, and moneygrubbing (homeless solely because it saves money). She also speaks with one of the thickest Kansei accents in anime. Even non-Japanese speakers can notice the accent.
* Kero-chan in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', despite being an ancient magical guardian, speaks in an Osakan accent and has many of the mannerisms: silly, cheerful, stubborn, etc. Sakura points this out to him the first time they meet; he claims it is because the Clow book was left in an Osaka library for thirty years so the accent rubbed off on him.
** Similarly, Tarte from ''FreshPrecure'' is a WeaselMascot from another world who speaks with a Kansai accent.
* Ken-chan and Meirin in ''YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito''. The two even have a LampshadeHanging moment over how great it is to meet other Kansai people, even though neither of them comes from our actual universe.
** Later, Tamamonomae, who even has her FanNickname "Chichi kitsune" come from the Kansai dialect for breasts.
* Played with in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''. Kintarou Touyama is a very [[NoSocialSkills naive]] and over-imaginative WildChild who's also an excellent tennis player with ''fearsome'' physical strength and enough charm to befriend almost everyone he meets up with. The kid can even lift up ''small motorcycles'' with his bare hands, for crying it loud!
** On the other hand, this is subverted with the Oshitari cousins. Both [[HidenobuKiuchi Yuushi]] (from Hyoutei) and [[JunFukuyama Kenya]] (from Shitenhouji, meaning he's Kintarou's sempai) are from the Kansai area and use the accent... but they're fairly smart and more-or-less serious guys. Lampshaded when local PluckyComicRelief Hikaru "Dabide" Amane tries to get Yuushi roped ino the [[BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine typical Osaka humor routines]] with him, but Oshitari [[DudeNotFunny is VERY peeved]]. (Though [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation it's highly likely]] that Yuushi was just playing along, as the ''[[StraightMan tsukkomi]]'' to Dabide's ''bokke''.)
*** And on the ''other'' other hand, Atobe ''does'' treat Yuushi as {{The Idiot From Osaka}} quite often (for instance, when he overheard Yuushi and Kenya getting into an extremely silly argument over the phone). In the spirit of fairness, other times Atobe turns around and acts as if he [[TsunDere (grudgingly)]] respects Yuushi's intelligence.
** Two of Kintarou's sempais, [[BadassBookworm Data player]] Koharu Konjiki and his partner Yuuji Hitouji, actually [[InvokedTrope use the "Osaka jokester" stereotype to their advantage in the courts]]; with their "Comedy Tennis" tactics, they manage to disrupt their rivals' concentration and get the upper hand. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It's really fucking hilarious]].
* Shizuma Kusanagi from ''RealBoutHighSchool'' is a pompous, HotBlooded showboat and is actually a little dim... however, he's a GeniusDitz music virtuoso, being particularly talented at guitar and piano but capable of playing almost any instrument competently. And the fact that he's from Kansai only comes up once.
* Subverted in Manga/AirGear, in which [[spoiler:the TricksterMentor Sora Takeuchi, who speaks with a Kansai accent is revealed to be the BigBad of the series. He was such a cool guy, too...]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Ukyou Kuonji has the accent but few idiotic tendencies, rather being a {{bifauxnen}} workaholic (itself a Kansai stereotype, but a different one) with possible {{yandere}} tendencies.
* Kanjani8, a boyband devoted to the stereotype.
* Emishi Haruki, the "Fresh Blood Joker," in ''Manga/{{GetBackers}}''. Also Natsuki Amon, who, it is explicitly mentioned, fakes an accent to come off as a cheerful buffoon.
* Joker in ''FlameOfRecca''.
* Benitora in ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' is a subversion, since he's both a great deal more serious than he initially appears and [[spoiler: the son of the Shogun; at this point in history, the Japanese formal capital was in Kyoto, which is located in the Kansai region. It's entirely possible he was raised there and plays up the accent just to annoy his dad]].
* Mitsune "Kitsune" Konno, from ''Manga/LoveHina'', who is almost never seen without her booze.
** Except at one point, where it is replaced with vinegar. She isn't pleased.
* Arisugawa Sorata in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' subverts it. He can be pretty goofy and cheerful, but he's treated rather respectfully by the rest of the cast (even if he flirts quite a bit with Arashi, though she eventually warms up to him). And not to mention, [[WarriorMonk he's a genuinely powerful fighter]] [[BewareTheSillyOnes when the situation merits.]]
* Sakuya Aizawa from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', who sees life as one huge BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine.
* Zigzagged in ''{{Detective Conan}}'' by Osaka detective Heiji Hattori, who is just as brilliant as the Tokyo-dwelling main character, and also has a number of special skills, such as sword-fighting skill. He's also portrayed as a lot more amiable and prone to perpetrate practical jokes than the main character, though he is oftentimes a very serious character.
** Even so, Hattori and his prospect girlfriend Kazuha are ''BOTH'' prone to occasional fits of stereotypical Osakan obnoxiousness.
* Yurika Doujima from ''WitchHunterRobin''. She comes into work late, leaves early, and generally acts like a complete goof-off. Subverted a bit in that it's later revealed to be mostly ObfuscatingStupidity -- she is capable of acting competently when the situation requires it.
* Oosawagi Natsumi in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' (Lotta Hart in the localization) is a fiery tabloid photographer. Reportedly she was so much of an Osaka stereotype that one of the Osaka-born staff members took mild offense to her. In the localization she is from 'The Heartland' and speaks with an appropriate accent. Natsumi/Lotta often [[LampshadeHanging outright admits]] the fact that she is the walking embodiment of this trope and always fiercely tries to defend her homeland and de-power the stereotype by claiming that she's the only one who really fits the trope in Osaka/Rural America.
* Tasuki from ''FushigiYuugi''.
** And his {{Expy}} in ''AbsoluteBoyfriend'', the salesman Gaku Namikiri.
* Caldina, the sexy CoolBigSis and [[MasterOfIllusion illusionist]] from ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', speaks in an Osaka accent... and averts this as she is ''not'' an idiot.
** May be played a bit straighter by Princess Tata, who also speaks in an Osaka accent and is '''very''' HotBlooded. Both [[Creator/AyaHisakawa her]] and [[Creator/YukoNagashima Caldina]] are voiced by Osaka natives.
* Maido-kun/Howdy from ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' has the brash and talkative Naniwa Tiger Takeshi Sendo. He's from Osaka, has a thick accent (and is voiced [[Creator/MasayaOnosaka by an Osaka native]]), boxes because he loves to fight strong men, and used to be a gang leader in high school... to protect other people from harmful gangs. His grandmother's nickname for him is "idiot".
* In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', the boisterous rockstar wannabe Eritate Kengo fits this trope to a T, [[spoiler: until midseason when it is revealed that he was always a Tokyo native, taking on the Kansai accent to come across as more personable. He also goes through a major attitude overhaul at this point, losing the accent and the hair and shifting to full BadAss gear.]]
* Browning in ''{{Transformers Super God Masterforce}}'', comedic mascot.
* Thrust and Dirge in ''Anime/BeastWarsII'', a comedy duo. Also Diver.
* Gusher (Slapper) in ''Anime/{{Transformers Robots In Disguise}}''
* Shuichi Nakatsu from ''{{Hana Kimi}}''. And also his garishly dressed mother who is absolute comic relief.
* Video game example: In ''MegamanBattleNetwork'' 3, Tora is so painfully stereotypically Osakan (despite being a literal, but not figurative, ChessMaster) it even bleeds through into the ''English version of the game'', even without any of the usual conventions of rendering a Kansai dialect.
* The Osaka team in ''{{Gantz}}'' takes the "idiot" in the trope title literally. Almost all of them are AxCrazy TriggerHappy [[HumansAreBastards bastards]], and [[spoiler: their complete lack of TeamSpirit gets them brutally slaughtered]].
* [[YurikoFuchizaki Li Kohran]], from ''SakuraWars''. Despite being of Chinese descent, she speaks in an Osakan accent, since she was raised there. An idiot mechanical genius who is prone to having her creations blow up in her face. In one episode of the {{OVA}}s, she even threw in a random "What the heck" just for the Osakan reference.
* Nishiki from TheMovie of Series/KamenRiderHibiki, in keeping with the five movie Riders' Location Theming.
* Takane Katsu and the other Osakan characters in ''BurstAngel''. A southern accent is used for the English dub.
* [[Creator/RyoHorikawa Tadao Yokoshima]] in ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami''.
* In a meta-example, some of the character's behavior in the Generation II ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games becomes somewhat amusing when you remember that [[{{FantasyCounterpartCulture}} Johto is Kansai]].
** Whitney has an Osaka accent in the Japanese version and, though she's not an idiot per se, she is a GenkiGirl.
* [[GoInoue Spain]] from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' speaks and acts like this. Although, [[CaptainObvious he's definitely not from Osaka]].
** And actually ''averted'' with the guy who represents the Osaka prefecture, who is kind of a keet but ''not'' an idiot.
* Subverted in ''LovelyComplex'', where EVERYBODY has a Kansai accent. Both idiots and smart people.
* Mentioned in ''GaiGin'' when Gin is planning to meet some netfriends in Osaka. According to her sources they [[KansaiRegionalAccent talk with a weird dialect]] and "Oh yeah, they are all ''completely insane''." When we meet him, though, the Kansai-born Pyon is perfectly intelligent and nice, despite a childish sense of humour (he takes delight in learning the meaning of the English word "boogers").
* Kina from ''Manga/WifeAndWife'', while having the Kansai accent, subverts this by being rather insightful at times, but also quite devious in her knowledge of how to push [[GirlsLove her partner]] Sumi's buttons.
* [[{{Yaiba}} Spiderman]] is a living parody of Osaka people: KansaiRegionalAccent? Check! Very Greedy and materialistic? Check! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Likes a lot of Takoyaki?]]. Check!
* Tsubame from ''Manga/AiKora''.
* Rika from ''InazumaEleven'' may count, consider her StalkerWithACrush tract on Ishinose Kazuya.
* Nezumi from ''Alien vs. Ninja'' is a textbook example, albeit a live-action one.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[GeniusDitz Misa]] [[Creator/AyaHirano Amane]] is from Kansai. Subverted because she doesn't speak in Osaka-ben, despite having lived in Osaka before she came into the plot; not that surprising since many people from the Kansai region learn to speak in the "Tokyoite accent" so as to fit in or at least to not stand out, and in Misa's case it's a ''vital'' necessity since she's a TeenIdol and needs to have a broad appeal.
* Video game example: In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}} Adventure'', Marine The Racoon is definitely this trope. In the English version, she has an [[LandDownUnder Australian accent.]] Since Sonic Team is based in the United States, we may never know [[AccentAdaptation which was adapted from which.]]
* Kintaros from ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' isn't actually from Osaka, but speaks the dialect. And while he's not an idiot, he is kind of TheDitz; in his spotlight story arc, his contractor wanted to become the best karate-ka he could, so Kintaros trained his body...with Sumo. And didn't realize it until a couple of preteen boys told him.
* Erika from ''Anime/GingaEKickoff'' is from Osaka, and proud of it. She's a loud {{tomboy}} and a natural comedian.
* Yasushi Furuya in ''Manga/UchuuKyoudai''. Technically from Kyoto, but same accent.
* Subverted by [[Creator/AyaHisakawa Ami Mizuno]] from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' - she has a Kyoto accent, yet unlike the stereotype, she is quite intelligent and even somewhat overfocused on her studies - maybe as an effort to distance herself from the aforementioned stereotype?
** Also averted by Naru [[LampshadedTrope Osaka]], who seems to be relatively well-adjusted for someone [[DamselInDistress who is kidnapped every five seconds in the early series]]. In fact, in her first appearances she comes off as being quite more levelheaded than Usagi. ([[TheFool Not that it's too hard.]])
* The shopkeeper -- Shilleka -- from ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey''.
* [[Creator/MasayaOnosaka Hikoichi Aida]] from ''SlamDunk''. His older sister [[Creator/YukoNagashima Yayoi]] is much more savvy, but prone to silliness once in a while.
* Akiko Narumi in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', whose foolishness comes more from being somewhat sheltered and being the AudienceSurrogate, emigrating to Fuuto in the first episode. Her father [[HardboiledDetective Sokichi]] thoroughly averts this, though it's unclear if he was Osakan or if his family simply lived there.
** Making it even funnier, a MonsterOfTheWeek puts Akiko in an ImagineSpot which transplants the plot to Osaka, including [[TheSmartGuy Philip]] and [[SixthRanger Ryu Terui]] transformed into stereotypical lazy Osakans while [[TheHero Shotaro]] is the FishOutOfWater transplant from the big city. In Philip's case it may be an ActorAllusion, as Masaki Suda actually ''is'' from Osaka.
* [[http://www.krakow.krakowstudios.com/krakow/archive.php?date=20031114 Discussed]] in ''Webcomic/{{Krakow}}'';
-->'''Boss:''' Tom, [[InformedAttribute have you noticed]] that Yamaguchi-san speaks with an Osaka accent?\\
'''[[FishOutOfWater Tom:]]''' She's from Osaka?\\
'''Boss:''' No, she's from Kanto. But Yamaguchi-san is a very unrefined, gruff woman. She also [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl drinks heavily]] and is overly obsessed with money.\\
'''Tom:''' But... that doesn't make any sense!\\
'''Boss:''' *thhk* It would seem you do not understand Japanese culture.
* Mostly averted in ''Anime/KillLaKill''. Kaneo Takarada lives in Osaka and fits the stereotype of [[MoneyFetish a greedy son of a bitch]], but he's also a tactical mastermind who gives Honnouji Academy's forces [[JustForPun a run for their money.]]
* Mostly averted by CaptainTsubasa's Makoto Souda, who is NOT an idiot but a CombatPragmatist. He ''does'' play up the HotBlooded and arrogant side of the stereotype, however. [[spoiler: And pays ''dearly'' for it when Napoleon goes GenreSavvy and provokes him into getting himself kicked out of the Japan vs. France game.]]
* As a note for those curious, the reason this stereotype exists is because Osaka's forms of industry and production are generally less demanding than many of the kinds found within Tokyo. This coupled with a much less crowded city causes the people of Osaka to not need to be in as much of a hurry to get anywhere as is somewhat required in Tokyo. As a result, the people on average (by Japanese standard anyway) tend to be more laid back, calm, and openly friendly in personality (which also makes Osakans on average more welcoming of foreigners than people from Tokyo). Being so distinctly different in personality from the capital's residents tends to make Tokyo perceive Osaka as a place that is too informal and doesn't take everything seriously enough. Which isn't true, but that's how stereotypes work.
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!!Foreign Dubs
* In the [[AccentAdaptation Japanese dubs]] of the ''Film/{{Shrek}}'' movies, the main character (played with a Scottish accent in English) is given a Kansai accent to match his violent, crude, and temperamental personality (as supposedly the Scottish accent does as well).
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