Wilson: [Imitating the Australian Dr. Chase] I'm so sorry! If only Dr. House had paid attention! He'd never even met her! He never does!Not the same as Fake Nationality at all, this is when someone briefly imitates another character's accent (and possibly their Catch-Phrase), usually for comedic effect. See also Just a Stupid Accent and Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping. If done unintentionally, the person being imitated will invoke Got Me Doing It.
House: Chase loves me. [Beat] And isn't Turkish.
House: Chase loves me. [Beat] And isn't Turkish.
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- Pokémon. In "Dawn of a Royal Day", Dawn is in a Princess for a Day situation, and very briefly copies Princess Salvia's pseudo-Brit accent. She doesn't keep it up, though, and Salvia doesn't try to imitate her. Oddly enough, people who aren't in on the swap (like Jessie and Salvia's butler) don't notice anything odd about this.
- In the English dub of R.O.D the TV, Nenene (played by an American) does a brief impression of her currently missing friend Yomiko (played by a Brit).
- Scanty and Kneesocks from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt are so fond of Trrrilling Rrrs when talking about the RRRRUUURRRUUUS ("RULES" spoken à la Large Ham) that the Anarchy sisters eventually mock them for it.
- In Moody Mark Crusaders, Silver Spoon fakes Applejack's accent (complete with "sugarcube") to piss off Apple Bloom.
Films — Animation
- Fender (voiced by Robin Williams) briefly switches to a Braveheart-like Scottish accent when confronting Gasket. He does this while wearing a Viking outfit (complete with horns... and a skirt (which is, most definitely, not a kilt). Of course, Robin Williams loves imitating accents and does it every chance he gets.
- He also fakes a strange mix of French and German accents when pretending to be the servant of a European nobleman to crash a party.
- Jay Baruchel gives Gerard Butler's Scottish accent a go in How to Train Your Dragon.
- In Despicable Me Margo briefly imitates Gru's accent after he insists they skip dance class in order to deliver cookies (as part of his master plan).
Margo: Actually, we can't "skeep the dance class today". We have a recital coming up.
- Kevin Kline does this a lot. Towards the end of The Road to El Dorado, Tulio (whose accent is Kevin Kline's natural American one) briefly mockingly imitates Miguel (who is voiced by Kenneth Branagh).
- Very brief example: In Chicken Run, Ginger takes a stab at Rocky's accent when sarcastically saying "lone free-ranger." At least, it's less like her usual accent.
Films — Live-Action
- Towards the end of A Fish Called Wanda antagonists Archie (British) and Otto (American) exchange brief versions of the other's "national" accent.
- National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets has Nicolas Cage affect a truly horrendous amalgamation of various British accents in order to cause a rucus at Buckingham Palace allowing his friends to sneak into the Queen's private office. After a while he runs out of comments and just starts spouting words like crumpet and haggis.
- Used very briefly in The Dark Knight, with The Joker mocking the Chechen crime boss' pronunciation of 'freak'.
- In Hands Across the Table, Ted uses a very of its time (read: racist) joke when Ted pretends to be Regi’s Japanese servant.
- Used pretty creatively in the Mr. Moto films, where Moto takes his own accent from vaguely Japanese to "Herro, officel-san!"-level to make the bad guys think he's much less capable than he really is.
- Jean Reno doing an Elvis impression in Godzilla.
- Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges mocks a Frenchman's accent:
"The alcoves of Koningin Astrid Park."
- In Shanghai Knights, Lord Rathbone briefly fakes an American accent when he mocks Roy and his secretly self-published books.
- In The Producers (2005 version), when Bialystock has a run-in with a stereotypically Irish police officer (Sergeant O'Toole), he pretends to be Irish in an attempt to get the Sergeant's sympathy and pass off as an innocent bystander. He introduces himself as "Ooo'... 'Bialystock", and proceeds to talk in an absolutely ridiculous accent, before he finally has to excuse himself "before my voice gets anee hiiiigher!"
- Hannibal Lecter does a quick imitation of Jodie Foster's West Virginia accent in The Silence of the Lambs, most definitely not for comic effect.
- The Hunt for Red October:
- Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan graces us briefly with his Sean Connery impersonation. An actual Sean Connery impersonation, which is supposedly a Captain Ramius impersonation.
- Earlier in the film, he also mockingly impersonates Fred Thompson's Southern accent and deliberate way of speaking - "A Russian, son, doesn't take a dump, without a plan"
- Sean Connery is particularly sensitive to any impressions of him, and the one attempted by Peta Wilson as Mina Harker in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen just made it below the radar. When Wilson asked him what he thought about it later, he said "it's terrible! It's the worst impersonation I have ever heard, and it's perfect."
- Mel Gibson in What Women Want has some fun with Connery's accent while his character watches The Hunt for Red October on TV.
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall: "Oh! I'm Aldous Snow! Boo-shit boo-shit boo-shit boo-shit!"
Aldous Snow: That stupid English voice, was that, me?Matthew: (devastated) Unfortunately, yes.
- Also done by Jonah Hill's character.
- Used totally out of nowhere in Les Spécialistes: when thugs grab Carrela and pull them into their car, he very loudly says with a Belgian accent: "You must be mistaken, I'm from Budges!"
- In the 2007 version of St. Trinian's, Russell Brand's character Flash Harry briefly disguises himself as a German art collector...with a hilariously awful accent.
- Don Juan De Marco provides a rare instance of the trope being used with serious intent. The title character, though American born-and-raised, speaks with a Spanish accent in imitation of the original Don Juan. When he threatens to jump from a rooftop, the doctor sent to 'talk him down' affects the same accent, hoping to sound more persuasive (it works.)
- Rob Schneider does a brief imitation of Sly Stallone's accented phrase of "I am the law!" in Judge Dredd.
- Jon Hamm tries out Ben Affleck's working-class Boston accent during the interrogation scene in The Town.
- Captain O'Hagan's catch phrase in Super Troopers is "I'll believe that when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet" in a fake Irish accent whenever one of his troopers tries to bullshit him. Later on, Farva does an awful imitation of O'Hagan with this phrase and an accent. When O'Hagan drunkenly asks if it sounds like that when he says it, the others reluctantly nod.
O'Hagan: I swear to God, I'll pistol whip the next guy who says 'shenanigans'!
- For reference, the actor playing O'Hagan, Brian Cox, is Scottish not Irish.
- Likewise, when debating about 'shenanigans', Mac briefly adopts an Irish accent when he said "Evil shenanigans!". O'Hagan is not pleased, though not at the imitation.
- In Die Hard, Alan Rickman fakes an American accent quite well as the German Hans Gruber pretending to be an American (Rickman is actually British). In Die Hard with a Vengeance Jeremy Irons likewise tries to fake an American accent as the German Simon Gruber pretending to be an American (Irons is also British). It is simply awful.
- In Die Hard 2: Die Harder, William Sadler, who is American, adopts a stereotypical "cowboy" accent when contacting the pilot of the British Airlines, rightly determining that the Brit would think nothing would be wrong.
- In The Italian Job (2003) remake, while watching Handsome Rob (Jason Statham) flirt with a cute girl to get her truck, Lyle (Seth Green) imitates his Cockney accent as he makes up a fake conversation between them.
- In the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, Bond mimics JR Pepper's accent ("I sure am, boy!") just before the bridge jump.
- In Youth in Revolt, Vijay, Nick's friend with a (possibly Indo) British accent, pretends to have an Indian accent in order to pretend to be a refugee.
- In the 1986 film based on The Canterville Ghost, when Harry explains to Lucy how (name?) intends to drive the ghost away, he mimics (name?)'s accent.
- In Pacific Rim, Newton Geiszler mocks Hermann Gottlieb with one of these during their barely intelligible shouting match. It sounds something along the lines of "OH TEN YEARS EXPERIENCE MAN I'M VERY SORRY!"
- Tom Cruise briefly imitates Jack Nicholson's distinctive voice when quoting his character in A Few Good Men.
- In Carefree, the Scottish golf pro comments that Tony is getting terrific length with his drives. Tony imitates his accent as he replies, "Thank you, Mr. MacPherson. You're verra, verra encouragin'." Then he switches back to his normal voice and adds with a chuckle, "It's about time, Mac."
- In When Darkness Falls, Nina calls her family pretending to be her sister's teacher with a south Swedish accent, to be able to talk to her secretly.
- In The Hunger Games, Katniss imitates Effie Trinket's "May the odds be ever in your favor" in the beginning.
- In Scream 2 when Randy reunites with Sidney in college they discuss the latest murder, during the conversation when after Sidney says it looked like a publicity stunt Randy says "And it would've been a good one too, people get robbed, shot, maimed, murdered. Multiplexes are very dangerous places to be these days.", he speaks in a British accent for some reason.
- In Johannes Cabal the first carnival worker Cabal conjures up is a painfully thin black man (because Cabal forgot to use lard in his creation) named Bones. Cabal quickly orders him about and Bones (who normally has an accent described as American with slight French) quickly lapses into a stereotypical servile accent ("ain't dat de trufe") as a way of sarcastically obeying-which Cabal completely ignores.
- In Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity, when Rob gets reintroduced to an ex he had been obsessed with for years, Charlie, he finds she now has all manner of massively irritating habits, including frequently attempting to lapse into foreign accents.
- Near the beginning of Spider Robinson's Mindkiller, the hero's sister returns to the United States after several years in Switzerland. Since Americans are not popular in Europe, she has taken to speaking English with "a Swiss French accent" and he has to remind her to speak like an American.
- Daniel does this in The Leonard Regime to discuss fish and chips in Sam's British accent.
- In Hogfather, Ernie the cart driver, complaining about the wizards, puts on "a strangled, nasal voice which was his idea of how you talked when you got an education".
- Gale at the beginning of The Hunger Games, inciting one of about five times where Katniss actually laughs.
- Masks Of Aygrima: When Chell is recovering from his shipwreck he starts mumbling things and Hayram starts making run of his accent.
- Words of Radiance (second book of The Stormlight Archive): When Shallan and her conwoman mentor Tyn meet some guards, Tyn insists that Shallan work on her Horneater accent by introducing her as a Horneater princess. Shallan ends up pretending to be offended by something the captain said and demanding his boots as payment. It's only later that she discovers that this is Kaladin Stormblessed, her soon-to-be father in law's chief guard. It causes problems for them for much of the rest of the book.
- In the Agent Carter episode "The Lady in the Lake", Peggy briefly uses an American accent when passing herself off as a woman intending to vote for Chadwick.
- Agents Of Shield: in "T.R.A.C.K.S.", Fitz and Skye posed as a couple during a mission;
Fitz: So are we British or American? When we're traveling together we should at least be from the same country. How's your Scottish accent?
Skye: (In a very bad Scottish accent) I don't know. You tell me how great it is, laddie.
Fitz: (in a flawless American accent) American then. That's a better idea.
Skye: Oh. That was really good.
Fitz: I used to watch a lot of American TV growing up. Some of it's quite good. Lots of nice teeth.
- In "The Patriot", Simmons does a surprisingly decent Southern drawl when playing a lobbyist demanding to speak to Senator Nadeer.
- Other characters on Babylon 5 occasionally ape Londo Mollari's Hungarian-ish accent.
Sheridan: As Londo would say, (puts on fake accent) The Narn are Barbarians...
- Beakman imitated the accent of the Famous Dead Guys he was disguised as...at least, the most stereotypical of them. For example, he did Alfred Nobel in a Swedish Chef-style lilt...and he even got his assistant doing it...
- In The Big Bang Theory, imitating Raj's Indian accent is attempting by a good deal of the cast, memorably by Howard once when pretending to BE Raj and coming across sounding "like a Simpsons character." Penny also imitated his accent when trying to wonder what made him think rooming with Sheldon would be a good idea "Krishna, I got to get me some of that!" Raj himself has been shown practicing an American accent, once making fun of Leonard and another time not wanting to sound like he is making fun of tech support when calling them.
- Played with to hilarious effect on Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Spike (a British character played by an American actor) at one point put on a terrible American accent and claimed to be Xander's cousin.
- In season two, Buffy briefly imitates Kendra's Jamaican accent.
- Happens a lot on Angel whenever someone (usually Gunn) imitates Wesley, or when Wes imitates one of the others, such as when he affects a deep, gravelly-sounding American accent while he and Cordy are acting out a hilariously overdramatized rendition of Buffy and Angel's love story.
- In an earlier episode of Angel, Wesley uses a nasally, slightly higher-pitched American accent when he mimics Cordelia. It's especially funny because Alexis Denisof used his real accent for that bit.
- Michael Westen of Burn Notice will quickly jump into an accent necessary to perform his spy game. Sometimes to imitate a foreigner like South African, but usually to maintain a sort of Obfuscating Stupidity by imitating Texan or deep Californian.
- And once ended up subverting the assumptions used in Obfuscating Stupidity by playing "Homer" as very clever Deep South white trash.
- He also uses an Irish accent briefly when Fiona's brother (and various other IRA folk) show up; they all know him by another, more Irish name. When he says "I'm in Miami now, I need to talk American" and drops the accent, the brother says something to the effect of "That accent is terrible." (This might be the show poking fun at itself, since actor Jeffrey Donovan uses his native Massachusetts accent as Michael's normal voice, despite the fact that Michael is a native of Miami, Florida, which is about 1,300 miles or 2,100 km to the south.)
- In the midst of an already hilarious ''Comic Relief'' sketch, Catherine Tate, while harassing David Tennant as an annoying student, briefly takes on his Scottish accent (which she had teased him about earlier).
- In Dark Matter, when the Android is jealous of an Aussie-accented entertainment robot, she proceeds to demonstrate a whole string of comedy accents, including Jamaican.
- Dexter had this to hilarious effect with Deb snarking her brother's girlfriend. "No, see, I made coffee, then I had a cup, and then Dex had a cup, and then I had another cup, and we kept having coffee like that (begin overexaggerated British accent)until the po'... was emptay." Textual descriptions scarcely do the scene justice - Jennifer Carpenter's wonderful sarcasm really has to be seen to be appreciated.
- In season 2 of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Todd is trying to support Dirk and gives a Meaningful Echo of Dirk's own inspiring words to him in season 1. Dirk's response is an incredulous "Is that your British accent?"
- Doctor Who:
- There's several points in the black and white era in which characters impersonate Dalek accents - in "The Daleks", when Ian has stolen a Dalek shell, Susan even specifically says he has to speak like a Dalek or it won't work. Barbara imitates a Dalek voice over a Dalek radio in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", the Doctor does it to amuse himself after evading capture in "The Space Museum" by hiding in a Dalek shell, Ian does it again at the end of "The Chase" to freak Barbara out, and the Second Doctor does it to convince the Daleks he's been Dalekised in "The Evil of the Daleks".
- In "The Celestial Toymaker", the Doctor is forced to imitate the Toymaker's accent in order to command his universe to self-destruct - it doesn't recognize his orders otherwise.
- In "The Gunfighters", Steven and Dodo adopt absolutely horrible note American accents while trying to be cowboys in 1880s Tombstone. The natives of Tombstone just assume Steven and Dodo are insane. The Doctor sticks to his usual English accent and blends in a lot better.
- In "The Highlanders", the Second Doctor is cornered by a British redcoat and a Jacobite Highlander. He at first starts trying to defuse the situation in his British accent, realizes this means the Highlander will kill him, switches seamlessly to a Scottish accent, realizes this means the Redcoat will kill him, and then decides upon a German accent and the fake name "Doktor von Wer", which he keeps for most of the rest of the story. Both his onlookers are convinced, even though they'd heard him babbling in both other accents earlier in the scene.
- "The Enemy of the World" involves Patrick Troughton Acting for Two as both the Doctor and his Criminal Doppelgänger Salamander, a Mexican, and showing off how good an actor he is by playing them both impersonating the other's accent (with varying degrees of success depending on position in the story). The voice Troughton used for the Doctor wasn't even the same as his natural voice to begin with.
- Fairly common during the Pertwee era due to the era's interest in social class (and with a bit of The Cast Showoff, as Jon Pertwee was excellent at accents). Upper class Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart puts on a Cockney accent while trying to sneak into the prison in "The Mind of Evil", and the classless but aesthetically posh Third Doctor puts on a working-class Welsh accent while trying to sneak into the Global Chemicals building disguised as a milkman. In "Carnival of Monsters" and "Invasion of the Dinosaurs", the Doctor puts on a Cockney accent to imitate a carnie and a criminal respectively. Upper-middle-class Jo starts speaking in the upper class variant of RP in "The Curse of Peladon" when the Doctor gets her to impersonate a queen. And there's also the scene in "The Time Monster" where the Master is able to perfectly impersonate the Brigadier's voice while trying to summon Benton, but Benton sees straight through him because the Master doesn't get the military terms of address correct.
- In "Terror of the Zygons", Sarah answers a phone call in a Scottish inn in a silly Scottish accent to amuse herself - which turns out to be Mood Whiplash as the call was to tell her Harry has been shot. The Doctor also imitates a Scottish accent when mocking Forgill (not a very good one).
- The 1996 TV movie (an American co-production) has the Master, played by Eric Roberts, make fun of the Doctor's English accent. It makes no sense when you consider that the Master himself, as with all other Time Lords, has an English accent in every other one of his incarnations.
- In "Tooth and Claw", David Tennant's Tenth Doctor adopted a fake Scottish accent in order to fool Queen Victoria. Tennant's natural accent is Scottish, though not quite the same as the one he uses in the episode. Rose also attempts a Scottish accent, but hers is so bad the Doctor tells her "don't do that" after only three or four excruciating words.
- "The Age of Steel": While rescuing his friends from an exploding factory via zeppelin, Mickey seems to decide airship captain = American accent. "Welcome to Mickey Smith Airlines; please enjoy your flight."
- In "The Eleventh Hour", the first time Amy meets the Doctor again as an adult, she puts on an English accent, so he doesn't work out she's the Scottish little girl he met (for her, 12 years ago, for him, less than a minute).
- Amy Pond imitates the Doctor's accent while reading his post-it notes in footage from the online "History Hunt".
- In "Let's Kill Hitler", Rory imitates Amy's Scottish accent. "Clues? What sort of clues?" (Complete with head bobble.)
- In "A Town Called Mercy", when walking into a pub in southwestern USA, the Eleventh Doctor does a passable American accent for one line ("Tea. But the strong stuff. Leave the bag in") before switching back to his natural English accent.
- Clara in "The Snowmen" is forced to adopt an RP accent as part of her duties as a nanny, but when on her own uses her natural "special voice", which is Cockney.
- The Cyber-Planner in "Nightmare in Silver" does the Ninth Doctor's northern accent (as well as his catchphrase of "fantastic!") while mocking some of the previous Doctors.
- In "Mummy on the Orient Express", the Twelfth Doctor has a conversation with himself in which the "voice" of the other participant is an impression of the distinctive voice and accent of the Fourth Doctor. It's not clear if this was simply the Twelfth Doctor talking himself through an idea as his younger self, or if it was some remnant of the Fourth Doctor speaking through him independently.
- Missy, in "Dark Water"/"Death in Heaven", continually switches her accent as the mood takes her to the point where it's not really possible to work out what her actual accent is, if she even has one at all. She is introduced speaking in a received English accent earlier in the series, with a comment that she likes the Doctor's accent this time around and "might keep it", and switches to broad, flamboyant Scots as her default around the end of "Dark Water" (the actress's natural one). Even so, she continually adjusts her accent, often to mock who she's talking to, sometimes even in the middle of sentences and usually with some funny voices to go with it.
- In Dollhouse, when Victor is given the Lubov imprint, he uses a Russian accent. Not that he's aware of it.
- Same when Echo is given the imprint of a young Russian woman. And yes, she's horrible at it.
- Robert McCall (The Equalizer) once puts on a NooYawk accent for comedic effect when repeating to a colleague what a very rude and unhelpful New Yorker he was interviewing for information said to him.
- On one espiode of Frasier, Martin mocks Daphne's indecision over whether or not to get a haircut with an over-the-top impression of her Manchester accent.
- River briefly takes on Badger's east-end accent in the Firefly episode "Shindig".
- In Friends, Ross quotes Emily, who is English, when talking to Monica. Monica quickly asks him to stop doing the accent.
- Game of Thrones:
- Olenna tries out a Northern accent for the Stark motto "Winter is Coming" when pointing out how much more inherently badass it sounds than "Growing Strong".
- Ygritte teases Jon several times with a guttural voice modeled on his own.
- In Happy Endings, Dave is at one point talking about he dated many women after his embarrassing public break-up with Alex to her family, both to show he bounced back and to hide that he was currently dating Alex again.
Dave: Dating? Yes, lots. Yards and yards of ladies. In fact, meters even, cause of the Canadians. I'm all aboot that Canadian strange, eh?"
- Supervillain Sylar on Heroes seems to have a knack for using fake accents to convince people he's someone that he's not.
- Someone actually from West Baltimore has noted in passing that Sylar cannot do a decent West Baltimore accent.
- In an episode of House, Wilson puts on a (pretty good) English accent while pretending to be House's next-door neighbour as part of a Zany Scheme. Later, House phones Wilson and gives him a brief "Hellew, ewld chap!" Although Hugh Laurie's natural accent is very proper upper-class English, he delivers the line in a perfect imitation of the typical terrible attempt at an upper-class English accent often used by American actors.
- In How I Met Your Mother, Barney attempts to sound English to disguise the fact that he's interviewing himself on his video resume.
- After Lily watched a marathon of James Bond movies, she spoke in an English accent for a month. She was aiming for an upper crust accent, but came off sounding Cockney instead.
- In another episode, Lily adopts a ghetto accent and dialect whenever she's with her high school friend Michelle. Lily is completely unaware that she's doing this; that's just how she spoke as a teenager, and seeing someone she knew as a teenager brings back old habits.
- Ash Morgan, as fixer for the long con team in Hustle can sometimes get through half a dozen of these an episode as he short-cons his way through getting the team the cars, rooms, identifications, excuses and innumerable other things they need for their latest scam.
- In later seasons, Emma also shows a talent for this, doing the female voices that Ash cannot.
- Murr from Impractical Jokers does this with a stereotypical Jamaican accent to a shoe-store customer.
- Just Shoot Me!: After realizing that his personality has been stolen from another person, Dennis decides to be himself from now on. He then subconsciously adopts the Irish brogue of the bartender serving him, who doesn't take too kindly to being imitated.
- In a Legends of Tomorrow episode full of references to the The Untouchables, Ray very briefly (and horribly) attempts a Sean Connery accent while referencing the famous "Bring a knife to a gunfight" scene from the film.
- In an episode of Leverage, "The Rashomon Job", the characters are telling stories that involve each other. Different characters' accents change based on who is narrating that scene, and eventually Sophie and Eliot devolve into mocking each others' accents (English and Southern, respectively).
Sophie: (to Hardison's impression of her) I sound like one of the dwarfs in Lord of the Rings.
- Sophie's accent, in particular, gets butchered by every other character, except for Nate.
- Sophie in general tends to adopt various accents for their jobs. Hardison is also pretty good with it, including his British and Jamaican accents.
- Lovejoy when talking some ex-Soviets into a deal.
Lovejoy: Because the customs man is, you know, one of us.Foreigner: Coorv-ed?Tinker: I think he means "Bent".Lovejoy: I prefer coor-ved.
- Modern Family:
- After Jay points out too many of Gloria's mispronunciations, she starts speaking in a stilted American accent to spite him.
- In another episode, Mitchel and Cameron try to get Lily into a prestigious preschool, and Cameron is so nervous about not being diverse enough to be accepted that he starts affecting a Native American accent, claiming that he's part Cherokee. (Which was really stupid, because most "part-Cherokees" have the Southwestern American accent, being from Oklahoma.)
- Adam Savage in MythBusters, but all the others bar Jamie do it too. Just not to the extent he does.
- Jamie's lack of doing this was a source of humor in "Fish in a Barrel". He declared "it's alive" on the "reanimated fish" in his normal accent. Adam chided him for not doing the Mad Scientist accent and promptly did it, with the post-production crew darkening the sky and adding a lightning effect.
- Adam and the rest of the team also imitate Jamie's "accent" on occasion too, complete with using their fingers as "whiskers."
- Adam spent the entire "Pirate Myths" special talking like a pirate and ended up sounding exactly like Ozzy Osbourne.
- He also did a very bad Russian accent for the first James Bond special, but soon gave it up as it was wrecking his vocal chords.
- He's also imitated David Attenborough narrating a documentary on the rare and elusive "Hyneman" enough that its become a Running Gag and has prompted Jamie to ask "Is he doing his 'Attenborough' thing again?" on occasion.
- Tory also does this occasionally, usually affecting a faux Italian accent (sometimes Al Pacino style, sometimes not).
- Parks and Recreation:
- Leslie did this while drunk:
- Tom Haverford also once adopted a British accent in a panicked attempt to seem interesting to a girl. He later drops the accent, prompting her to later ask April: "Is any part of him British?"
- In one episode of Perry Mason involving a Cockney Identical Stranger of Mason hired to impersonate him, Paul Drake does his try at the end. Mason looks at him and shakes his head sadly.
- QI: Happens on occasion, such as one where Lee Mack mocks the Scots then asks what they thought of his Scottish accent (David Tennant: "Oh, was that a Scottish accent?"), and another where Alan Davies puts on a heavy mock-Mexican accent when discussing the Aztecs, after which Stephen points out that the Aztec society in question was before the Spanish colonization.
- An episode of Scrubs has JD and Turk told about an unconscious man being brought by his brother from Ireland. Turns out that the "brother" is played by Colin Farrell. When they ask if he's really from Ireland, he tells them (in an American accent) that he's from Boston. A few seconds later, he breaks out the brogue and psychs them.
- Seinfeld: Jerry goes into a Cockney accent ("Nawt blooody LOIKE-ly!"). Kramer thinks it's lousy, but his own attempt is just as bad.
- In a Sesame Street segment in which the Count Von Count is an elevator attendant, Kermit casually mimics the Count's pronunciation of "elewator".
- The titular Sherlock does this , usually when putting on another persona to get something out of someone.
- In the classic episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" from Star Trek: The Original Series, there is a moment where a Klingon mockingly imitates Scotty's accent:
Scotty: Laddie, don't you think you should... rephrase that?
Korax: [faint Scottish accent] You're right. I should. [No accent] I didn't mean to say the Enterprise should be hauling garbage. I meant to say the Enterprise should be hauled away as garbage!
- And in a Season 3 episode Nurse Chapel also makes a comment to Scotty while imitating his accent.
- Kirk imitated Scotty's accent once during the flight over to the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
- In one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard does a Slavic accent when describing an unsuccessful lecture he just sat through: "He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic so that no-one had a chance to interrupt; it was really quite hypnotic."
- Malcolm Reed on Star Trek: Enterprise briefly imitates Trip Tucker's accent when anticipating his reply to supply problems: "Keep yer shirt on, Lieutenant."
- In the early seasons of Survivor, this was almost a Once a Season thing. For example, in the first season, Kelly mocked Rudy's cantankerous growl.
- Top Gear: The three (British) presenters occasionally slip into Russian or German accents, usually when a car from that nation is up for review. The gefingerpoken flew especially thick and fast during a crossover with the hosts of German motoring show D Motor.
- Jeremy commonly does an American one whenever the US comes up (which succeeds in sounding like a mid-western American trying to imitate a southerner.)
- In Veronica Mars, Veronica has a knack for accents and vocal impressions, which she uses both to impersonate specific people on the phone and to assume personae in the flesh.
- Done often in sketches of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Also often done very badly.
Greg: Oh, you're from another land?
- The Wire:
Operator: Baltimore City Police Department.Proposition Joe: Uh yes, ma'am, this is Sydney Handjerker with Handjerker, Cohen & Bromberg. I'm trying to locate a Sergeant Thomas Hauk in regards to a client I'm representing?Operator: Hold, please. (the operator transfers him to another line)Lt. Hoskins: Mayor's office. Lieutenant Hoskins.Proposition Joe: (ghetto accent) Uh, ye-yes, hello. This is Ervin Pepper of Pepper, Pepper & Bayleaf. I'm calling in regards to a Sergeant Thomas Hauk in regards to a-Lt. Hoskins: He's no longer on this detail. Hold on for a minute. (he is transferred AGAIN)Lt Charles Marimow: Major Crimes. Marimow.Proposition Joe: (slow, measured voice) Uh, this is Dr. Jay, calling with test results for Thomas Hauk.Lt. Charles Marimow: He's on the street. You want to leave a message on it?
- Jimmy McNulty tries to affect a British accent in a second-season episode of The Wire... which is humorous, because while the character is from Baltimore, Dominic West is from Sheffield.
- Proposition Joe calls the police to try to find out information on Herc, using three different accents (one for each operator he speaks to).
Herc: Sounded Chinese.Carver: Like you can fucking tell the difference.
- Carver prank-calls D'Angelo Barksdale posing as a Korean counterman. Herc finds it unconvincing.
- Lester Freamon prank-calls Marlo Stanfield in a ghetto accent to verify the validity of the phone number.
- In The X-Files episode 'Fire', Scully briefly imitates the accent of a (female) British inspector she and Mulder are temporarily working with. (It later transpired that Gillian Anderson could be considered herself British, but YMMV on her accent.)
- Australia's The Late Show did one skit on guests at a dinner party, one of which was the recently returned traveller, who had somehow picked up an English accent after only two weeks in London.
Host: Weren't you also in New York?Recently Returned Traveller: (New York Accent) Ohmygawd! How long was I there for?Rob: About two hours in the flight lounge.
- When Todd in the Shadows reviewed Pitbull's "Give Me Everything", he asked why Ne-Yo speaks "Let's do it tonight" in an Australian accent. (Todd even speculated it would be "Let's do it to annoy...")
- Roger Miller sang about the fun of a trip to England in "England Swings" - "Try to mock/the way they talk/fun but all in vain"
- Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!:
Stewart: Space... ze final frontier.
- Peter Sagal and the panelists do this a lot, though they all got in the fun in the September 5, 2015 broadcast doing Canadian and German accents.
- Maz Jobrani is very fond of quoting or imitating people with various accents. According to Peter, NPR has received a lot of less-than-appreciative mail from listeners about that.
- Patrick Stewart did French!Captain Picard when he appeared on the show in 2014, and remarked that the undeniably goofy result was the real reason Picard didn't have an audible French accent on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- The first scene of the second act of One Touch of Venus has this as a throwaway gag: a maid walks onto the scene and gushes in a fake Irish brogue. Molly, annoyed, asks the maid where she's from. She answers, "Council Bluffs, Iowa, but the employment agency recommends a touch of dialect."
- In Of Thee I Sing, Wintergreen and Mary make preposterous attempts at imitating Diana Devereaux's Southern accent in their meeting scene.
Wintergreen: Down Carolina way we're all a-crazy about good looking gals, but we-all don't like 'em talking that-a-way.
Mary: How do you-all like 'em to talk, sure enough?
Wintergreen (abandoning the accent): Say, that's terrible, isn't it? If she wins would I have to listen to that all the time?
- In The Man Who Came to Dinner, Beverly does an excellent imitation of the stuttering, "very British" speech of an Upper-Class Twit by the name of Lord Cedric Bottomley.
- In Arnold Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, Moses mocks his brother's voice at one moment in the first scene which is remarkable for being the only time in the opera Moses actually sings.
- In Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, Chopper briefly imitates the Base Commander's gruff voice when complaining about the latter's paranoia.
Chopper: (Base Commander imitation)"Was there anything suspicious about the Captain's behavior?"(Normal voice) He says....hell, I'm more suspicious about the screw in his damn head.
- In No More Heroes, Travis is about to battle Letz Shake when his rival Henry steals his kill, dropping down from the sky and destroying Shake and his machine in one fell swoop. Almost immediately after Henry introduces himself, Travis begins mocking his Irish accent.
- In BioShock, after Frank Fontaine reveals that he has been fooling you as Atlas all the while, he briefly goes back to speaking in Atlas' accent to mock you.
- Neverwinter Nights 2 has tiefling Neeshka (American accent) imitating Khelgar (Scottish accent): "Oohh me stomach! This boat rocks like a baby cradle!"
- A rather inexplicable example in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. In his Palutena's Guidance conversation concerning Shulk, Pit suddenly starts spouting off lines in a bad Cockney accent. "Inexplicable" because Pit himself admits to never having met Shulk before and the lines and particular accent (Shulk's accent being much tamer) in question are actually all taken from Shulk's best friend, Reyn, who isn't even in the game.
- Team Fortress 2: The Spy sometimes does this to mock his opponents while dominating them. Given that he's French, while his VA is not, this leads to the VA having to sound like a guy with a fake accent impersonating another accent that is also fake.
"May I borrow your earpiece? Thees is Scout, rainbows make me cry, over!"
- In Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4, Morgan does this when she tells Guybrush that the Marquis De Singe, with the ridiculous French accent, wants to study his "unique strain of Pox."
- Before that, in Chapter 1, Guybrush does this ridiculous French accent when dipping Pink Pajama Pierre into a vat of ink: "Sacré bleu! Eez zis ze end of Pink... Pajama... Pierre? Glug!"
- In Brain Dead 13, when Lance tells Vivi, "I'll take a rain check on that... bite!", he mocks her Southern Belle accent for a bit when he puts the emphasis on the word "bite".
- Mass Effect 3 has an especially odd example in the Citadel DLC—Liara puts on a Southern Belle drawl to charm a security guard.
- In Famous 2 has an example prior to the final battle with Betrand:
Cole: Oh, do you really think that I'm the Demon?! (mimics Bertrand's Southern accent) The Demon of Empire City?!
- Wheatley spends the first part of Portal 2 hiding in the walls and crawl spaces of the facility, only appearing when GLaDOS is distracted. At one point, when he can't find a distraction and really needs to talk to Chell, he tries speaking in a bad American accent (specifically Texan), because he thinks she can't hear him that way.
GLaDOS: Look, metal ball, I CAN hear you.
Wheatley: Run, RUN, I DON'T NEED TO DO THE VOICE, RUN!
- Super Paper Mario: The Cragnons' You No Take Candle accent briefly rubs off on Tippi, who finds herself accidentally imitating it during a brief moment in a conversation.
- In the intro to I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, AM mocks Nimdok by briefly imitating a German accent.
AM: How are things in ze pastry corps, Nimdok? Tell me again how you saw ze smoke from ze furnaces, and you thought zey might be roasting chickens?
- One of the DLC maps for Fire Emblem: Awakening is introduced by one of many Annas, who explains the map's Excuse Plot with an absurdly false French accent.
Anna: Moi? But I am just zee poor defenseless woman who eez pretending to have zee redeekulous fake accent! I cannot actually do zee fighting.
- In the Zero Punctuation Tales of Monkey Island review, Yahtzee does part of the review in "A ridiculous oirish accent".
- In Homestuck, Kanaya claims to have done this during an instant-message conversation with Eridan. She also does it in text, by imitating Eridan's typing quirk.
GA: Has It Occurred To You She May Have Blocked You Because You Are Vvery Ovverbearing
GA: I Just Said That Aloud Now In Your Silly Accent And Had A Private Moment Of Enjoyment
- Whateley Universe, "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy", when Tennyo tries a bad Australian accent a la Steve Irwin:
Tennyo: Crikey, she’s a byoo-tee! Looka the choppers on ‘er! Tonoit we’re jes gonna watch Ol’ Killer Goodkind as she stalks the wild Chaka in its native habitat. The shoe store. When...
- In Lovelace ½, Andi (who normally speaks with a Sloane Ranger London accent) briefly imitates the accents of her Alabaman roommate Jennie and New Englander best friend Bell in Part 5, when they're testing her memory by asking her questions about things they said to her.
- Ultra Fast Pony: Applejack normally has an Irish accent. The episode "Winning" has a joke about how rarely UFP follows the plot points from the original show, so Applejack sarcastically switches to the southern US accent that her counterpart from the original show uses:
Twilight: Wow, I can't believe we're using plot points from the actual show this time!
Applejack: Aw, shucks, Twilight. We always try to be as accurate as we can!
- The hosts of Fat, French and Fabulous spend large chunks of the episode on Ayn Rand speaking in mock Russian accents.
"Hello grandchildren, fight for sustenance."
- Archer: While listening to his British WWI-veteran valet and a war buddy plan a defense of his apartment involving Lewis and Vickers machine guns, Sterling Archer shouts (in an English accent) "Mustard Gas! Zeppelins! [normal voice] No, we're not doing that."
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Zuko does this on a couple of occasions when imitating Iroh, whether wondering what Iroh would do or trying (and failing) to tell a joke. Especially odd because Iroh is one of the few characters on the show that does not have an American accent.
- It's also weird because, judging by the writing we see in-universe, no one's actually speaking English, and Iroh and Zuko speak the same language with likely the same accent.
- Luna from The Loud House sometimes speaks in a British accent while rocking out, just like her idol, Mick Swagger. In one episode, where she and her siblings tried to give up their annoying habits, she spoke in a Swedish accent instead.
- In the episode "Let's Play Circuses", Mr. Cat, as a circus ringmaster, spends part of the episode speaking in a really bad Italian accent. When asked why, he tries to justify it but admits he has no idea why he's doing it.
- Kaeloo herself does an equally terrible job of imitating a British accent in the episode "Let's Play Spies".
- This is a habit of Mr. Towes from My Life Me. Often it doesn't even seem to have any relevance to whatever he's talking about. It seems like his voice actor's just having fun.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- "The Lost treasure of Griffonstone": Rainbow Dash reads the guidebook Twilight Sparkle gave her and Pinkie Pie (while the upper part of her mane takes on Twilight's own look):
Rainbow Dash: Always carry plenty of bits; the griffons are sure to help you as long as you share the wealth!
- "What About Discord?": In Sugarcube Corner, while telling an anecdote about their weekend, Discord shortly impersonates Applejack. Of course, being a shapeshifter he doesn't just imitate her Southern drawl, bust also morph his head into a lookalike.
- Both Sweetie Belle and Rainbow Dash have imitated Rarity's voice on separate occasions.
- "The Lost treasure of Griffonstone": Rainbow Dash reads the guidebook Twilight Sparkle gave her and Pinkie Pie (while the upper part of her mane takes on Twilight's own look):
- On The Penguins of Madagascar, Marlene imitates King Julien's accent while offering him a drinking cup of himself as a replacement crown.
- In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Castaway Carrot", while Carrot is stranded on the moon, he decides to go in his "talk-with-an-accent" crater, and briefly talks with a British accent.
Carrot: 'Ello, guv'nor. Fancy a spot of tea or bangers and mash?
- In Sam & Max: Freelance Police, Max's voice actor was a great impressionist and so did this a lot, dropping into hillbilly accents or doing impressions of famous people apropos of nothing. It worked with the character well enough that the creator, Steve Purcell, worked it back into Max's canonical character. The entire purpose of the ventriloquist dummy in The Devil's Playhouse, for instance, is to make him do this, although Sam complains that he makes Scottish Grandpa Stinky sound like 'an Irish pirate'.
- Parodied on The Simpsons where Bart mentions in a Cockney accent that he's going to become a chimney sweep, only to have Homer object that "No son of mine is going to be a 19th century stereotype."
- Mockery of accents comes up occasionally on South Park.
- The kids mocking guidance counselor Mr. Mackey's Appalachian accent.
- Scott Malkinson's speech impediment being mocked.
- Cartman pretending to be Steve Irwin, the (Australian) Crocodile Hunter.
- Cartman providing the voice for his Jennifer Lopez hand puppet. Actually a double example, since the puppet's "true identity" is actually Mitch Connor, a man with an American accent disguising himself as Jennifer Lopez.
- Cartman pretending to be Russian for a Professional Wrestling show.
- Cartman briefly imitating the pilot of a Scottish airline, who announced that the estimated time of their flight will be "twelve 'arrs".
Cartman: (angrily) TWELVE 'ARRS?!
- Cartman pretending to be a Southern slaveowner. (See a pattern here?)
- The Chinese dodgeball commentators pretending to be Americans, opening their eyes as wide as possible and saying in very flat accents stuff like "I'll use my credit card."
- In The Spectacular Spider Man, Spider-Man mocks supervillain Shocker's accent in this way. He has good reason to, because while Shocker's real name may be Montana (he's the Enforcer by that name, rather than Herman Schultz as in the comics), he sounds more like your stereotypical Texan.
- Star Wars Rebels:
- "Spark of Rebellion": Ezra impersonates Supply Master Lyste's space-English accent over Commandant Aresko's stolen comlink in order to lure Aresko, Grint and their stormtroopers away from an innocent fruit vendor they were arresting.
- "Through Imperial Eyes": Ezra does this twice. The first time, he does a gruff accent while posing as a bounty hunter. It's not very good. The second time, he's impersonating Lieutenant Lyste (again) to get into Thrawn's office, and does a surprisingly good impression of his accent. Although the Jedi Mind Trick helped.
- In the Animated Adaptation of Wyrd Sisters, Tomjon Vitoller does this a few times to establish him as a Man of a Thousand Voices. He impersonates Hwel's accent when saying "You can come too, 'to keep an eye on me'" (Hwel being the Disc's William Shakespeare, he is of course Brummie), his father when quoting what Olwyn Vitoller has to say on the subject of drinking, and more significantly the Fool at exactly the moment Hwel notices the two of them look startlingly similar.
- The Marx Brothers grew up in a poor part of Manhattan, in and around 1900. Since the area was dominated by Irish and Italian immigrants (the Marxes were of European Jewish descent), Chico taught himself to fake an Italian or Irish accent so he'd be able to pass as a member of either group at need.
- John Barrowman adopted an American accent when his family moved to the United States when he was a child, and uses that accent as his default. On occasion, he has been known to accidentally slip back into his original Scottish accent, such as in the Torchwood outtakes. He also uses his native Scottish accent with his family.
- There is a real-life phenomenon where a person will, upon talking to someone who speaks with an accent, unknowingly and reflexively begin mimicking that accent. When it is pointed out, the person will invariably begin speaking again in their own accent... but if they continue to speak to the person with the accent they will inevitably begin mimicking again. Psychologists and linguists still have no idea why this happens. Though some subscribe to Communication Accommodation Theory.
- Talk Like A Pirate Day.
- In the DVD commentary on an episode of the second season of Game of Thrones, Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy) briefly do convincing American accents as a joke.
- Bradley James and Colin Morgan do a similar thing in a Merlin blooper.