When viewed from the outside The United States
of America comes in different flavors. As with most stereotypes, there is a certain amount of Truth in Television
in both of them.
America, the Beautiful
A society of proud patriots
founded on the virtues of liberty and reason
, and whose prosperity is the physical manifestation of their collective virtue. Theirs is a shining city upon a hill guided by manifest destiny - a land of progress, wealth, and luck, where people are free to leave their pasts behind and make new lives for themselves.
In short, this is the flavor that embodies the American Dream
. Sometimes based on American media during The Fifties
, which portrayed the United States of America as a homey, tradition-sticking
, almost saccharine
place built on nuclear families, family values, love, and old-fashioned simple mindsets
America, the Boorish
A Wild West Darwinian nightmare
full of war-mongering
and ignorant morons
whose infuriating prosperity is the result of their colossal greed and evil. Americans come into your country either as tourists or invaders, always acting like they own the place and letting you know how it 'should be' run
. They're either obese (with a diet solely consisting of synthetic fast food and TV dinners
), Moral Guardians
, trigger-happy cowboys
from their Deep South
, criminals that rule the urban areas
, or shameless anorexic rich bitches
from Hollywood California
. Last but not least, they suck
, unable to locate even the most well-known nations on a world map.
Others series just decide to split the difference
, treating America as the Boisterous Bruiser
of nations—rude, crude, clueless, obnoxious, and vaguely psychotic, but still good-natured beneath it all
. A famous Winston Churchill
quote sums up this portrayal: "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they've tried everything else." And he should know- his mother was American.
is about outsiders looking at the US, so most of the information here is heavily stereotyped and extremely culturally offensive to actual Americans. If you happen to see a work that portrays the United States or Americans as a whole
as The Boorish, but it's an American
production, that's a case of Cultural Cringe
or Boomerang Bigot
; likewise, an American indulging in The Beautiful is not this trope, either, and would better fit into Creator Provincialism
. If the work in question doesn't delve into judgment but refers to the US culture and history by both structuralist and functionalist examples then you're probably reading an in-depth history book.
Related tropes include:
- Aloha Hawaii
- American Robot
- American Title
- Big Applesauce
- The Big Easy
- Deep South: The Boorish portrayal of the American south.
- Down on the Farm
- Everything Is Big in Texas: It has been said that Americans view Texas the way the rest of the world views Americans. This used to be said of California, (in)famous in America for rampant individualism, flakes, nuts and Everything More and Bigger.
- Everytown, America
- Flyover Country
- Gangsterland: South Central Los Angeles is infamous for this, but other depictions of Gangsterland may be based on Newark and Camden (both in New Jersey), and some areas of Philadelphia. Older ones are usually based on Al Capone-era Chicago, or in New York in the 19th Century or the post-WW2 period.
- Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist
- Hollywood California: A large portion of American films and TV shows are made and/or filmed in California, and even then in only a few select sections of it. This gives a biased impression to the rest of the world (and sometimes even to the rest of the United States itself, including other parts of California) of what the U.S.A. is like.
- Hollywood New England (as in, the Hollywood version of New England)
- Hula and Luaus
- Injun Country
- It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans
- Joisey: If Hollywood (more specifically Jersey Shore) is to be believed, everyone in New Jersey is apparently of Italian descent, speaks with a nasally accent, uses insane amounts of hair gel, goes to nightclubs, and spends their summers doing nothing but tanning at the shore. And New Jersey's citizens, especially the tourism industry, and extra- especially actual Italian-Americans, are not very happy about it.
- Lovecraft Country
- Only In Miami
- Oppressive States of America: a common variant of America the Boorish.
- The Other Rainforest
- Pompous Political Pundit: Generally see themselves as a the Beautiful. Are frequently seen by others as a The Boorish.
- Sweet Home Alabama: The Beautiful portrayal of the American south.
- Translation By Volume: Americans of the boorish category never ever speak a foreign language and they only speak with foreigners using English in a loud and condescending manner. Particularly bad examples may even question why languages other than English even exist, or insist on calling it "American" (as in "Speak American, damn it!").
- United Space of America
- Viva Las Vegas
- Wild Wilderness
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Anime and Manga
- In what has to be the pinnacle of a Beautiful American in anime, or hell, any medium for that matter, we have Roy Fokker from Super Dimension Fortress Macross who plays the role of Big Brother Mentor and The Lancer, though he is a bit of Handsome Lech. However, he is very devoted to Claudia.
- Following in the footsteps of Roy Fokker, Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Graham Aker is every bit The Beautifl (in season one at least). First, he's an American fighter pilot whose skill is enough that he can pull Char Aznable-level maneuvers in non-GN powered mecha (usually his beloved Union Flag) and thereby fight Gundams one on one with no hindrance. Second, he's A Father to His Men and an Officer and a Gentleman, possessing personal honor that's only surpassed by Sergei Smirnov and straight on dedication to his comrades and subordinates (even those that belittle him). His one personality quirk is his strange obsession with protagonist Setsuna F. Seiei, which he often compares to romantic lovenote , but even that doesn't detract from his personality. Overall, if Graham had an actual love interest, he would have been the closest Gundam iteration has made to Top Gun, which it has attempted more than once.
- Aries of Mai-Otome and Mai-Otome Zwei has some definite parallels to the US, from a suspiciously Pentagon-like structure to the attitude of Brigadier General Haruka Armitage, a Determinator to the extreme who often charges in with little to no plan. Aries itself is mainly Beautiful being one of the good nations with Yukino being a calm assertive leader who balances out Haruka.
- GaoGaiGar is probably one of the most positive depictions of America by non-American properties. Swan White and her brother Stallion are kind, noble, and friendly—if a bit histrionic, tending toward cries of "Oh No!" or "Oh My God!" (or, once, "Jesus!"), as well as speaking in odd accents; Dr. Liger, who presumably emigrated from Japan, is a genius scientist well as a hoverboard-riding mohawked iconoclast; and the American Brave Robo Mic Sounders the Thirteenth, while speaking in gratuitous Engrish in his childlike Cosmo mode ("MAI FRENDZU" is a favorite phrase), is probably the second most powerful robot built by Earth. So, in general, Americans are smart, polite, friendly, a bit openly emotional by Japanese standards, and possessed of The Power of Rock. Sounds about right, actually.
- Subversion: In BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, the eponymous band was, according to the opening song, "made to hit in America," and the band trying to make it over there was the subject of much of the series. However, their idea of fitting in is wearing t-shirts that say "Jesus is Coming", and America is shown rather realistically (despite some pretty bad Engrish signage).
- Kimagure Orange Road both subverts it (manga) and plays it straight (OVA). In the manga story, Kyosuke, Madoka, and a new girl Sayuri (not Hikaru) find themselves on vacation in Hawaii. One day, Sayuri disappears after going to her room to change. After unsuccessfully searching for her, they believe her to have been kidnapped. Later, they get a phone call in their hotel room, telling them to go to certain locations, ending in a yacht in the harbor. The owner of the yacht tells them to spend the night, and that he'll be back in the morning with their breakfast. Since neither of them know what "breakfast" means, they assume it is something rather sinister. After a night of drinking, the owner returns, brings them their food, and produces a gun...which happens to be a lighter for his pipe. Turns out they were mistaken for a newlywed couple who had ordered a honeymoon package of sorts, and told to go to their locations. And Sayuri had gone off to a bar to hunt guys, completely forgetting about her friends. The OVA, however, had Hikaru actually being kidnapped by crazy mooks with guns, and ended with a final shootout, with the police (or any sensible Americans) nowhere to be seen.
- The Yoroiden Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors OAV "Gaiden" takes place mostly in New York City, although they manage to feature some action in Los Angeles towards the end for good measure. Apparently, the OAV's Big Bad carries out his attacks in Manhattan even though his base of operations is located in L.A. The 3000-mile distance between the two cities doesn't mean anything to him...or to the writers.
- Pluto's America expy "Thracia" is fairly benign, although its leader is quick to give power to the Machine Behind The Man.
- The "Hollywood World" episode of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi could be called Beautiful, insofar as it is a love letter to Hollywood cinema.
- Colonel Dan Eagleman from Guilty Crown, the Token Good Teammate of the otherwise evil GHQ organisation. A former high school gym coach turned military commander wearing the red, white and blue on his jacket and a Hot-Blooded Love Freak Boisterous Bruiser, Eagleman constantly interjects exclamations of "GUTS!" and similar encouragements into his speeches and having plans Crazy Enough to Work.
- Within the wider Marvel Universe, second generation immigrant creation Captain America is one of the most respected and admired heroes for being America the Beautiful incarnate.
- Superman, who was created by a Canadian and is himself an illegal immigrant fills much the same role for the DC Universe.
- Blackhawk Down: The Dragon sarcastically claims that Americans are the Beautiful, who don't drink, don't smoke, and live long, healthy, uninteresting lives.
- Yankee Doodle Dandy, a Biopic of George M. Cohan starring James Cagney, had just started production when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Warner Bros. decided to make the most patriotic, Beautiful Eagleland movie ever made. It works.
- Dracula has a pretty good example of the Beautiful in Quincey Morris. One of Lucy's three suitors, he's presented as a cowboy-type from Texas, informal but friendly and honorable. Strangely, although repeatedly described by his friends as a man of action, he doesn't engage in all that much of it until he suffers a mortal wound fighting the gypsies that protect Dracula's coffin at the end and striking one of the fatal blows to kill Dracula.
- Subverted by Oscar Wilde in "The Canterville Ghost". "Americans have everything in common with us now-a-days except the Language."
- Corellia in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, with the exception of Legacy of the Force, is written as deeply Type I. Corellians are proud, enterprising, independent, and inventive people whose ingenuity led to the development of hyperspace travel, whose military might kept the peace in the farthest corners of the Galaxy, and whose liberal political culture formed the bedrock of democracy in the Galactic Republic. The planet was seen as representing the Republic's soul.
- A Bit of Fry and Laurie used this trope more than once, most memorably in song form, when Hugh Laurie, wearing a plaid flannel shirt and a headband (he was making fun of Bruce Springsteen, obviously overlooking the fact that the song "Born in the USA" is actually highly critical of America), sang a song that consisted only of the words "...America, America, America..." and "...the States, the States, the States..." and ended with Stephen Fry punching him in the stomach.
- An episode of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger features an American who's more eager than intelligent when it comes to learning the ways of the samurai.
- Even the high-minded Star Trek: The Next Generation wasn't immune to this trope. In "The Neutral Zone", a highly volatile encounter with the Romulans is botched by the reappearance of three 21st century failures—a druggie country singer, a New Jersey homemaker, and a wannabe Gordon Gekko type from the eighties—who used their riches to become Human Popsicles. Of the three, the businessman is the most malevolent. The singer adjusts the quickest to 24th century life, and is invigorated at the prospect of reintroducing Earth to his music. This episode qualifies as both types.
- Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood is a sort of toothy, conspicuously good-looking Loveable Rogue type. He has an American accent but isn't necessarily from the United States as we know it, since he's from the 51st century and apparently didn't grow up on Earth. Noted for acts of heroic derring-do, as well as shagging anything that's up for it.
- "American Woman," originally by The Guess Who, painted the U.S. as The Boorish. Then Lenny Kravitz covered it up with a funk remix and a music video with American flags, hot girls on choppers and muscle cars, and Heather Graham dancing on top of a bus. Because of that, it's today regarded as more The Beautiful in style regardless of its lyrics. Incidentally, The Guess Who claimed American Woman was never intended to be anti-American in the first place.
- The song Hollywood by Marina and the Diamonds provides a subversion. The visuals and constant reference to the American Dream are in the patriotic, freedom-searching-immigrants, dream-granting ideal of America—but the message is negative, causing a sort of Stepford Smiler result.
- blur's song "Magic America", which is about a man who moves to America entirely because of this view of the country.
- US Boy by french singer Jena Lee. The song includes mentions of US celebrities and TV shows and this chorus line "US boys sont le ręve des French girls! /On veut un American boyfriend forever" which does not need translating to know it's The Beautiful.
- Invoked by Gottlieb's Spirit Of 76, released to commemorate the Bicentennial of the United States.
- On June 5, 1973note , Canadian commentator Gordon Sinclair did a piece on his daily radio series Let's Be Personal titled "The Americans," in which Gordon emphasized how much the U.S. has done to aid other countries (with a little Cultural Posturing on America's behalf included). To say the least, it was a significant shot in the arm for American self-esteem. After The War on Terror sparked a huge surge in people who view Americans through a Boorish lens, the broadcast again made the rounds, this time on the Internet.
- Eagleland, the setting of the EarthBound/MOTHER franchise, is an affectionate homage to America as viewed through the lens of a foreigner interpreting the place based on American media, and it falls squarely in the bounds of The Beautiful. MOTHER actually flat-out called it "rural America", though this was later retconned to also be part of the aforementioned Eagleland. MOTHER 3 is an interesting example. It starts with a more rural version of The Beautiful. This gets twisted into The Boorish when the villains arrive and is unrecognizable by the final chapter.
- In Pokemon Red And Blue, their sequels, and their remakes, the Gym Leader Lt. Surge is The Beautiful. He appears to have the usual good sportsmanship required to be a gym leader and he is even said to be a war hero (as noted below, though, many adaptations make him Boorish).
- The setting of Pokemon Black And White, called Unova (Isshu in the Japanese versions), is based on New York City, where the previous games were based on regions of Japan. There are football players, southern belles, talk about the greatness of diversity, and so on—it even includes a literal American Eagle in the Pokémon Braviary.
- Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, however, take place in a crime ridden wasteland with the cowboy themed "rider" trainer class, "based on" Phoenix, Arizona. Somehow, it still has a seaport.
- Urban Chaos Riot Response, if one disregards a lot of the Alternate Character Interpretations, tends toward The Beautiful. Putting aside the fact that the player character is a member of an anti-terrorist police unit with military hardware, all of the regular police, firefighters, and paramedics encountered are courageous and hard-working, and civilian bystanders are always innocent. The bad guys happen to be an anti-American militia trying to kill as many Americans as they can—and that includes using stolen nuclear weapons.
- Disgaea: Hour of Darkness has an odd example of this trope. Although not blatantly stated to be American, CAPTAIN GORDON, DEFENDER OF EARTH! and his crew are an Affectionate Parody of the classic view of American sci-fi heroes and television shows from the mid-20th century, particularly Flash Gordon and Lost in Space. The rest of the Earth Defense Force seems to also be fashioned after classic American sci-fi as well. Interesting in that the two sets of characters seem to represent both of the above types, with the heroic Defenders of Earth crew portraying the first type, and the Earth's invasion army portraying the second.
- Jennifer, in the Japanese version, routinely blurts out incredibly stereotypical American things: "Jesus!", "Oh my gaw!", and "OH!", for starters.
- Turn the Greek Chorus on in the DS port, and when Gordon tells Carter to have a parade ready for his triumphant return, and the Prinny says "This is a typical American victory speech. And let's not forget the 'smart American' joke, either."
- Subverted in EVE Online: the Gallente Federation is clearly modeled on the United States. Everyone drinks their soft drinks and watches their entertainment, they bang on about freedom all the time, and their government has a Senate, President, and Supreme Court. The subversion: they're actually French.
- Street Fighter II introduced Guile. Guile is a tattooed, buff military man, but he's a decent guy and is considered one of the good guys, even becoming the main character in some Western adaptations.
- Persona 2 has Mr. Tominaga, a chiropractor who is obsessed with American culture. He has patches such as NASA and FBI on his jacket, wears a red and white striped shirt and a blue with white stars tie, has an American flag in his office, and is convinced that his Goldfingeeeeers can cure anything. Interestingly enough, he's Japanese but studied chiropractic in America. Amusingly, wearing a FBI patch, depending on context, could be a full on federal crime in the United States. Pretending to be a law enforcement officer is serious business.
- Sonic's personality is said to be derived from free roaming western heroes who go where the wind takes them, a Beautiful style America. Imagine the typical "free spirit" cowboy (in contrast to the "law man" cowboy) and you have Sonic in a nut shell.
- Captain Rush of Time Crisis 4 is an extremely proud American who even chides a villain for not having any patriotism.
- Fallout features the Enclave, a shadow government of pre-war America that is neoconservativism cranked up to eleven. It paints itself as The Beautiful, but in a subversion, it is not in actuality The Boorish like many skewed self-perceived The Beautifuls, but more along the lines of A Nazi by Any Other Name.
- Ni no Kuni opens the game in Motortown, an affectionate, idealized vision of 1950s-era smalltown America.
- Of the four Americans in Punch-Out!! Wii, Little Mac and Disco Kid stand in sharp contrast to Super Macho Man mentioned under type two. Mac is an all-American dreamer who refuses to give up, no matter how many times he gets beat down, an example of the small-town nobody becoming something great. Disco Kid's similar, even though he's Mac's opponent, he very clearly loves his life and has a passion for dance as much as he does fighting, and never drops his smile even when you've knocked out several sets of his teeth.
- The Big Guy from Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot is, in-universe, Beautiful—he's the product of a collaboration between the US and Japan. Lines like "I have to shoot carefully ... each shot costs millions of taxpayer dollars!" and "I pledge allegiance to only one flag!" are said with perfect sincerity. It's probably a deliberately-crafted image; Lieutenant Hunter is a soldier, and a loyal one at that, but he's not that cheesy.
- The Danger Mouse episode "The Trip To America" has Texas Jack McGraw, whom Penfold describes as "this weird cowboy." Jack clearly isn't too bright (getting tricked by Greenback very easily), but he's definitely a good guy and, in classic cowboy movie fashion, shows up to rescue DM and Penfold at the last minute.
Anime & Manga
- Dilly Dreem has a view of Americans as Boorish. When she hears that Americans will be taking over her school, she envisions the radical changes they will make, including turning the school into a New York City skyscraper, changing the school sport to baseball, and turning the local tuckshop into a soda fountain frequented by beatniks. Though it's later shown that it was just a misunderstanding on her part, and the Americans portrayed are very normal and laid back. If anything, much of it seems to be about xenophobia and stereotypes
- In Untold Tales Of Spiderman #-1, Richard and Mary Parker (Peter Parker's parents) exploited this point of view in India by playing "Ugly Americans" with two goons guarding an enemy installation, portraying themselves as crude and tacky tourists while asking the guards if they'd be so nice as to take their picture. Figuring they had better send these annoying foreigners on their way as quickly and with as little drama as possible, the guards fell for the ruse, the "camera" the Parkers gave them actually being a knock-out gas dispenser.
- In Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, Private Hank the Yank (as he is listed in official documentation) is an American who hopped the pond to get a jump-start on all that "war" business, and the only American in the otherwise all-British team. An explosives expert wearing a constant grimace and who only ever says "GAWD DAMMIT!", he's a lovely collection of stereotypes (you see, he's really, really stupid and violent) that fits right in with the rest of the Brigade. To be perfectly fair, the series doesn't let the Brits off very lightly, either. Captain Hugo "Khyber" Darcy is a ridiculously exaggerated caricature of a stuffy upper class Brit; virulently prejudiced against "jerries" (and indeed, all non-British people; he claims Germany's fatal mistake in the war was not being Britain), and is unshakably convinced that America is still a British colony (otherwise he would've killed Private Hank ages ago).
- Garth Ennis' The Punisher portrayed America as glass half empty Boorish, to the point where the military are launching terrorist attacks to justify war.
- In Watchmen the Comedian is the very embodiment of this trope.
- Hector Godfrey of the New Frontiersman is also a strong example.
- In Bruges, Ray comes across three morbidly obese American tourists whom he (rather rudely) advises not to climb the Belfry Tower.
Tourist: What exactly are you trying to say?
Ray: What exactly I am trying to say? You's are a bunch of fucking elephants.
Come, leave it, fatty
Ken: I'll try not to. Just try not to say anything too loud or crass.
- Iron Sky: the American President is a Sarah Palin parody.
- The movie based on Terry Pratchett's novel The Colour of Magic has the character Twoflower as a completely oblivious American tourist complete with straw hat, Hawaiian print shirt, and camera. This is different from the book, however, as Twoflower is from the Agaetean empire and is the local equivalent of a Japanese Tourist.
- A montage in Godzilla Final Wars shows daily life in various world cities being interrupted by daikaiju attacks. Apparently, daily life in New York consists of pimps pulling guns on cops in the middle of the street. Also, the two American main characters are a quite possibly insane Badass Normal (emphasis on the "Badass") and a self-important Nietzsche Wannabe, neither of whom, despite living in Tokyo, ever say one word in Japanese. Kazama only really spoke English in like two parts of the movie: during the Ebirah fight and the "Watch it, X Man!" line.
- Seen in In Bruges with the overweight American tourists, and then lampshaded when Ray picks a fight with one couple over The Vietnam War and the assassination of John Lennon. He feels no remorse until he learns that they're Canadian.
- In the German film Kein Bund für's Leben, the Americans (especially the commander) are mostly Boorish but with a subversion: The German soldiers are worse!
- The American president in Love Actually fits neatly into the second category, a combination of Bill Clinton (a sleazy womanizer) and George W. Bush (bullying behavior and accent). When the UK's prime minister (played by Hugh Grant, of course) tells him off, it is portrayed as his defining moment as a leader.
- All of Lars Von Trier's movies that deal with America (Dogville, Dear Wendy, etc.) depict America as a severe Boor. Or course, he's never actually been to America, but that shouldn't stop him from being able to portray it as hateful and evil, right?
- In Quantum of Solace the Americans are portrayed as being generally sleazy and amoral, with the exception of Felix Leiter.
- Just about any piece of communist propaganda would portray America as land filled with crazy facists who do nothing but oppress the starving poor, a barely controlled state of violent anarchy, or some combination of both. For example, here is one from North Korea.
- A nice prime example of Boorish from Conan Doyle, in two of his Sherlock Holmes novels, no less. Both A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear suffer from the more gruesome Boorish in their respective second half. The first one deals with early mormon practicioners, all taking place in Utah. The second in the fictional Vermissa Valley, curiously being vaguely inspired by true events. Both are pretty much the same, with the narration being focused on two or three characters who're steadily developed as they run through their exploits. As for everyone else, well...
- A Study in Scarlet's second half took place during the Mormon immigration, when all the Mormons were more or less literally driven out of the rest of the country and forced to move to Utah, which was apparently the only place people hated enough to actually send Mormons; and the book itself was first published only a couple of decades after. It's not outside the realm of possibility that Doyle had only ever heard of Mormons from Americans, who, this being the 1870s and 1880s, would not have nice things to say about Mormons.
- Small note on the above, for accuracy's sake: Mormons weren't "sent" to Utah. That's just where they decided to settle, and it was technically part of Mexico at the time IIRC. People just kicked the Mormons out of everywhere they tried to settle (including Nauvoo, a city they pretty much built themselves that was the second-largest city in Illinois at its height). They didn't care WHERE the Mormons went, as long as they went AWAY.
- "The Five Orange Pips" features that fine old American institution, the Ku Klux Klan. The letters KKK that appear on a note in the story were no doubt intended to be mysterious and exotic to British readers, but it's kind of an in-story spoiler for those in the US, most of whom will immediately guess exactly what's being referred to.
- In The BBS Jeeves and Wooster series the two defining features of America seem to be trigger-happy cops and security guards and businessmen who are obsessed with whatever industry they are in. Somewhat ironic, considering that Wodehouse spent the last twenty-odd years of his life living on Long Island. (And often used it as a location in his later novels.)
- Ditto for Ian Fleming's James Bond novels involving Americans (The Spy Who Loved Me, Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever): No sentence is complete without at least one "buster", "buddy" or "...see?"
- In Partners in Crime Agatha Christie depicts an abrasive American who calls Europe "Yurrop" (actually this pretty much is how Americans pronounce it). He's the bad guy.
- Let's just say most of the writers from the Latin-American Magic Realism movement had a bad image of the USA and leave it at that. García Marquez's The Autumn of the Patriarch where Americans appear as manipulative diplomats who literally steal the sea at a moment of economic trouble in the country of the dictator.
- The Ugly American is about American foreign aid workers struggling to win hearts and minds for the USA while being sabotaged by a variety of Boorish Eaglelanders.
- In Legacy of the Force, Corellia is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of the United States written as extremely Boorish. Corellians are loud, boorish, violent thugs who have a myopic worldview outside the immediate concerns of their culture and national government, and their government is distrustful of international organizations for being dictatorial while being fascist under a thin veneer of democratic rule. Note, though, that some of the Star Wars universe's most beloved characters (Han Solo and Wedge Antilles, for starters) are Corellian, and the qualities that make them so awesome are often stated to be common among Corellians. And in Legacy of the Force, the galactic government the Corellians are so distrustful of winds up being even worse.
- Greg Egan's short story "In the Ruins" reads somewhat like a parody of this trope: in the not-too-distant future, American culture has ramped up its Anti-Intellectualism so far that scientists are marginalized and called "poopy-heads"; the actual word "scientist" having completely dropped out of the English language. Meanwhile, other countries like Egypt and China have advanced and replaced First World countries in terms of scientific knowledge, to the point that aspiring young American students actually compete for scholarships overseas, as they know that they will never get any respect or make any notable discoveries in their home country. The (Egyptian) professor hosting the scholarship opportunity laments that America used to be the country that others looked up to, but now it has fallen into a "Kardashian Type Three" state and will likely collapse soon. Strangely enough, however, even the vapid Valley Girls understand enough physics to answer the scholarship questions in this world; the protagonist, who is one, only throws a hissy fit because she didn't think the problem through, and later realizes that she might have actually gotten the scholarship if she hadn't been so overconfident. That said, because it's an Ignored Epiphany, this still counts as Boorish rather than Mixed.
- The "special relationship" between the US and UK is not universally approved-of, something which comes through in depictions of the US government (although generally not its people) modern UK shows. Take the penultimate episode of Series 3 of the new Doctor Who, for example, where the President Elect arrives on UK soil to bullishly demand first contact with aliens take place under UN terms with the US in charge. The Prime Minister acquiesces. Prez sets up the meeting on a flying aircraft carrier, demanding his official seal in clear view during the proceedings and generally behaving like a bit of a dick. Of course, it turns out there's more going on than he realizes, and his hubris is cashed in when the PM reveals himself to be an Evil Genius and Magnificent Bastard, and vaporizes him. Oh, and the Reset Button of the final episode only erased the events immediately after the President's demise.
- In the same episode there is an example that is closer to the first stereotype. A trio of Buffalo Bills supporting teens watch the President Elect getting zapped live on TV, as they don't speak they are portrayed in Letterman Jackets/a Cheerleader outfit, eating fried chicken and pizza. The fried chicken tub has a star spangled banner on it, this probably meant to simply show that they are American to UK viewers. What, no cowboy hats nor six-shooters?
- Notably, the episode is presenting the President as a big prat who we want to see shot... while he's right that PM Saxon is a boob who's mismanaging the situation and not following protocol, and the President puts UNIT, a United Nations group, in charge of the operation. Which is a wee bit of a disconnect.
- The first new series had the first Dalek captured by an American laboratory, populated by rich bastard Van Statten, Simmons, whose job largely consisted of torturing the Dalek, and an idiot security guard who didn't listen to the Doctor's advice. But the American women in that environment seem particularly strong and non-stereotypical, such as Van Statten's right-hand woman who eventually has him mind-wiped and put in some city beginning with "S" and the brave young female trooper who faces down the Dalek on the stairs long enough to buy Rose and Adam enough time to escape. As depictions of Americans in Doctor Who goes, it's actually one of the better ones.
- During the first Christmas special of the new Doctor Who series, 'The Christmas Invasion', after aliens are clearly involved, one of the characters informs the Prime Minister Harriet Jonesnote "I'm getting demands from Washington, Ma'm. The President's insisting that he take control of the situation." to which she replies, "You can tell the President, and please, use these Exact words: He's not my boss, and he's certainly not turning this into a war."
- It's subverted a bit with the "Children of Earth" special for Torchwood. The American general who shows up makes many (deserving) accusations against the British (in the context of this universe anyways) during his visit. There's even a bit of a nod towards the tendency towards Boorish Eagleland when at the end, the Prime Minister intends to save his career by blaming it all on America.
- Also pretty well subverted in the first two episodes of Series 6 "The Impossible Astronaut" and "The Day of the Moon", which are set in the US. The American characters are pretty sympathetic, if a bit trigger-happy (many of them are, after all, FBI agents). Even Richard Nixon gets a pretty kind portrayal.
- The William Hartnell serial "The Chase" has a Wacky Wayside Tribe sequence involving the TARDIS crew meeting an offensively-accented tourist from Alabama who is so thoroughly The Ditz that he can't work out that the time travellers aren't shooting a movie, or that the Dalek is a horrible bug-eyed space monster. It is one of the least funny comedy bits ever attempted in Doctor Who.
- The Chaser's War on Everything used to dedicate parts of its programme to showing that Americans can't figure out how many sides of a square there are, or when 9/11 took place.
- Lexx in its Season Four is very much Type Two in its portrayal of the United States. Stupid moralistic rednecks, the prison industrial complex, crazy survivalists, suburban misery behind a facade of perfection, teenage druggies, criminals, heartless porn stars, reality TV... And the evil, crooked, and not-too-intelligent president is armed with nuclear weapons and is a puppet of a pure evil being. Of course, every country comes off badly on Lexx.
- Several characters in M*A*S*H came across this way, most of the cast members were portrayed as decent and sane individuals, others were like The Boorish concentrated and poured into a uniform. The best examples would be Colonel Flagg; a parody of the Red Scare, who was paranoid and delusional enough to given General Ripper a run for his money, and believed that literally everyone he met was either a communist spy, had communist sympathies, or was on the verge of being recruited by communists; and Major Burns, openly racist, sexist and homophobic, utterly convinced of the absolute rightness of America and the American way of life, militant despite being a terrible soldier, believed every North Korean (including a vastly superior surgeon) to be a murderer with no respect for life who he'd slaughter wholesale if he could, and called Koreans "foreigners" despite being in Korea.
- Top Gear is particularly infamous for going over the top Boorish in its portrayal of US. Not only do the presenters call Americans fat, lazy, and stupid with every mention of anything American, but the show proceeds to present mock evidence to all stereotypes. They took this to new heights during the American Challenge special (Series 9, Episode 3), where the presenters went on a cross-country drive; in fact, the US state department retaliated to the bad publicity of the American Challenge episode by revoking their filming visas. Among the highlights of that episode; a lawyer of a "charitable" organization tried to extort money from them. Even the "American Stig," the American version of the racing driver that tests their cars, was wearing stuffed overalls to appear obese.
They also purposely and openly trolled Southern locals with stereotypical things Southerners weren't supposed to like painted on their cars, and were chased off by people angered by the Top Gear crew being condescending assholes. Well, they got the reactions they wanted, which made for good filming—but it's hard to say if they enjoyed it.
- Jeremy Clarkson once flirted with an American audience member by saying "You can't be American. You're not nearly fat enough."
- Clarkson's comments about Americans are particularly ironic given that if he were American, he'd be the archetypal Boorish. Which is the reason a lot of British people don't like him any more than they do the US.
- Also, the whole gang loves American muscle cars, which are basically The Boorish in automotive form.
- On an episode of What Would You Do, the crew planted two outrageous Boorish Americans in Paris, just to test out that "snooty French" stereotype. It was pretty painful to watch. Oddly enough, the actual French citizens shown were all very patient and polite, if also mildly annoyed. It was actually the other American tourists who called out the actors, with one woman even scolding them like a mother and reminding them that they were guests in another country and should quit acting like a bunch of jerkasses.
- A Bit of Fry and Laurie does this occasionally, notably in "Kicking Ass" and "From Here To Just Over There".
- Kenny Everett had the bombastic General Ripper character of General Cheeseburger (the post-Water Shed version was called General Bombthebastards), whose solution to every problem involved rounding up those responsible in a field and bombing the bastards. Also his shoulderpads served as launch pads for ICBMs.
- In Spooks the Special Relationship between the UK and US leads to facepalm inducing situations that at the very least would be cause for armed conflict if it were occurring in a country which doesn't rollover like a dog on command. The behaviour of almost every American character, barring one, makes it seem that the US has continued the American Revolution into a Cold War.
- This dialog sums up many seasons of Spooks:
'Sup UK, can we just kidnaps this random citizen in Wales without proof of any terrorist connections? UK Government:
Sure, you can even kill a civilian or two and we'll just pin it on a left-wing lobby group for the Opposition. MI-5:
Sir I don't think you should do that. UK Government:
Shut up you public school pissant, WE'LL BE RICH. MI-5:
Shit they just offed the PM's Daughter/UN General Secretary's Wife/The PRC Premier's Son! CIA:
Hey we even framed your own security services for the hit and distributed Stinger missiles and dirty bombs to every anti-Government group in sight, that way you'll be dependant on us to stop the carnage thus furthering our Neo-Conservative views and subjugating your people, also here's Chocolate coin. UK Government:
Shiny Coin is Shiny! US Government:
Oh and you owe us half your annual budget for that coin.
- In How I Met Your Mother Robin is at risk of being deported and gets Barney's help to become American. It works, causing Robin to become insulting to someone in response to being wrong, yell "Learn English" at a cab driver and littering. Since the show is made in America the episode is a case of Self-Deprecation.
- School Shock presents the Americans as aggressive diplomats with their default tactic being war threats, however backing down when some kind of resistance is shown (though the resister in this case was China). At least their president has a Funny Afro and a big smile.
- Subverted by Kate Bush with "Pull Out the Pin" (with comments). She's confirmed it's meant to subvert the flavor in interviews.
- The song "Amerika" by the German band Rammstein basically is all about The Boorish. Don't let the beat or cheery-sounding refrain fool you, the lyrics (and music video) satirize this trope rather blatantly.
- One of the lines says "this is not a love song" in case you forget it's about The Boorish
- The band's synth keyboard player has expressed a vehemently Boorish opinion of America.
- "51st State" by British band New Model Army.
- America By Swedish prog metal band Pain Of Salvation. Have anti American sentiments ever been this upbeat?
- "Asshole" by Denis Leary is an ecstatic ode to The Boorish. The video can be seen here. Warning: Extremely NSFW.
- "America" by Heaven's Gate portrays USA as a country trying get rid of the black populace, among other things.
- "(Let's Play) U.S.A." by Peter Schilling (best known for "Major Tom") is a nasty version of The Boorish with a cheery pop beat.
- The Brazilian show Comédia MTV made a parody of The Boorish named ""I'm American", with the singers singing in English (with Portuguese subtitles).
- "Fucking USA" by South Korean activist Yoon Min-suk, another nasty Boor in the style of "Surfin' USA." It was highly popular among Koreans after the Yangju highway incident and controversy at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
- "Dear American" by South Korean rock band N.EX.T is another song protesting the Iraq War and the Yangju highway incident, among other things. The lyrics called for the killing of American soldiers, police officers, and their "daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers," slowly and painfully.
- PSY and a number of other popular Korean artists jointly performed this song with N.EX.T at an anti-American concert in 2004 (he did not write the song, despite some claims). When news of this broke internationally years later, PSY issued a public statement apologizing for doing so.
- "We're From America" by Marilyn Manson.
- "El Norte es una quimera" ("The North is an illusion") composed by Venezuelan Luis Fragachan, is the lament of a person who goes to the USA to get success and fails so horribly he has to go back to his country. It's implied that most of the complaining is merely Sour Grapes, since the song was inspired by a friend of the composer who decided to go to New York to get success, but the guy went at the height of the Prohibition era note and along that, the language barrier, and the cultural shock between the cosmopolitan city and the very quaint (at the time) Caracas, the poor dude was so shocked that back in the country he complained on his perceived slights of N.Y., and how most to the returnees came back with a swollen head. Still, too many people sing the thing straight.
Todo el que va a Neva York note
se vuelve tan embustero note
que si allá lavaba platos note
aquí dice que era platero note
- "This is America," by British band Spacehog, portrays Americans as obsessed with television and video games, ignorant of their own history, violent, "needy, cheap and greedy."
- Freddie Trumper, the Jerkass American chess champion in Chess.
- When discussing the topic of English, Professor Henry Higgins had this to say.
Higgins: There even are places where English completely disappears. In America they haven't used it in years.
- Granted, Higgins is also of the opinion that the English language is utterly butchered by most of the folks who speak it, including actual Englishmen.
- In Madama Butterfly, the American sailor Pinkerton, before his wedding to Butterfly, drinks to the day he'll marry a real American wife. Ironically, the opera was based on an American play, which was allegedly based on a true story.
- Dead Rising falls neatly into The Boorish. The zombie outbreak was accidentally caused by the government trying to create super-cows to feed a voracious America, with the zombies themselves being described by one character as creatures that "[just] eat, and eat, and eat. Growing in number...just like you good red, white and blue Americans" (of course, he isn't much better). One of the survivors is an overweight slob who will refuse to follow you until you feed him, and later puts the entire group in danger if you don't feed him again. One of the boss fights is a family of snipers obsessed with the Second Amendment. A Black Ops team tries to cover up everything.
- The Redneck Snipers in the sequel might be the best example: They are introduced in a cutscene which shows them sitting around, drinking beer and complaining about the liberals and the "gummint." In-game, they prioritize shooting living humans over zombies and start whooping and bragging about their "American steel" if they manage to kill a character.
- The America of the Grand Theft Auto series is Boorish to its logical extreme. Many people—including those from the UK (its actual country of origin)—are convinced that Grand Theft Auto is an American game. Granted, a great deal of the GTA Radio segments which flesh out the Boorish elements were written by Rockstar NYC.
- IV goes even deeper: Niko Bellic comes to the United States with visions of a Beautiful America floating in his mind and instead finds himself in one of the most extreme Boorish examples ever seen by the series...and he still would rather live here than where he came from.
- One of the teams in the video game Rival Schools: United by Fate is three American exchange students; an arrogant bully (Roy), a ditzy cheerleader (Tiffany), and a preacher in training (Boman). Of these three, Roy and Tiffany (especially Roy) exhibit Boorishness. All three are cast as villains, though, due to a case of Brainwashed and Crazy after getting kidnapped by the villains of the game. By the end, all three become better people by interacting with the more cultured and honorable Japanese students. Roy and Tiffany bring their newfound tolerance back home, while Boman stays in Japan to bridge the difference between the two nations. Roy actually becomes the President of the United States some decades later, with Tiffany as his wife and First Lady.
- Super Macho Man in Punch-Out!!!! Wii could be considered a deconstruction of the standard All American Face, as the (American) audience hates his guts, and with good reason. He's a smug smarmy Californian bodybuilder obsessed with his own fame, money and appearance, and enjoys flaunting his wealth (and pecs) over Little Mac. He's also a total Heel who knocks the referee over and treats the press like crap, even as he basks in their attention.
- Though you only see him for a minute in GoldenEye Wii, Sky Briggs is an unabashedly Boorish Eaglelander — he greets you with a friendly drawl, walks with a swaggering mosey, and confidently boasts that his "boys" are ready to face any threat with their superior firepower.
- In World of Warcraft Cataclysm, the new Goblin race are basically this, in spite of not even coming from America. A group of greedy industrialists with a 'money makes right' attitude, they exhibit shocking ignorance about the rest of the world, a mercantile ruthlessness that would be shocking if it weren't Played for Laughs, the kind of taste in clothes that you'd expect from Paris Hilton, and an absolute belief that if you weren't born a goblin, you're not as good as they are. They're basically every negative stereotype of America, from trailer trash to Hollywood excess to robber barons, all rolled into one.
- Ben There, Dan That! features an alternate reality where the UK has been annexed as the 51st American state. Pretty much everything here is some form or other of gentle (or not-so-gentle) Take That to America. There's the portly guy sitting around in a miniscule castle calling himself the king, there's the shut-down fish and chip shop, and just listen to what they think of our beer when they visit the "authentic English pub" (the soulless American pisswater is the only thing the barman will serve. He's such a collossal pussy that he'll demand more ID than any rational person would carry before he'll serve the robust, flavorful, and actually-counts-as-alcoholic British lager).
- The floating city of Columbia, the setting of BioShock Infinite. It was originally created as a showcase of American ingenuity for the World's Fair—but when a hostage situation occurred during the Boxer Rebellion in China, Columbia acted without orders and revealed its bombardment capabilities, slaughtering Chinese civilians. It later seceded from the Union and is now crazy nativist. One of the many pieces of propaganda in the city perfectly encapsulates the mentality present: a mural depicting one of the Founding Fathers standing on a rock, holding the Liberty Bell in his outstretched hand...and the Ten Commandments on his other arm...while surrounding by a surly, grasping mob of some of the most ugly racial and ethnic caricatures you've ever seen.
- The German-language version of Cats Don't Dance subtly shifts a single line of evil child star Darla Dimple's dialogue to suggest a more cutthroat and purely-for-the-money version of Hollywood:
(original) Darla: Mister Pussycat, listen to me; you don't have to be good, but you had better be...Big and Loud!...
(German) Darla: Let me tell you my philosophy: you don't have to be good, just better than them!
- The Americans in the original series of Captain Scarlet have a tendency to be of the former variety- strapping men, near-glowing skin etc. They're also more likely to get the cliche lines (something that also held true in the newer series).
- Flushed Away features a stereotypical American tourist (a Texan, to be exact) who teases the Royal Guards and complains how "these Brits don't know the first thing about football" while watching The World Cup.
- The South Korean animated series Pucca has recurring villains Texas Lugie and Sloppy Sue. Everything about them is a distillation of how South Koreans see Americans in cartoon form.
- Their first appearance has them visiting Sooga to open a fast food restaurant. The food is addictive and highly fattening, causing everyone who eats it to become really fat and out of shape. The wife is also a materialistic shopaholic who goes on a rampage of branding things she wants to buy with a freaking branding iron! Including flammable things!
- They become recurring villains, and manage to be worse examples of The Boorish in their other appearance, polluting the village for no better reason than sheer disregard for its inhabitants and the environment.
- An episode of Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain features The Brain threatening France with a weapon that turns what they love most, cheese, into what they hate most: Stupid American Tourists.
- John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman's podcast The Bugle has "the American" (played by Rory Albanese, whom Oliver works with on The Daily Show), whose entire character is Boorish. For instance, when told that the American dollar is neither the strongest currency in the world nor accepted in other countries: "I don't believe you."
- The Boorish is parodied in an article on The Onion "China To Overtake US As World's Biggest Asshole by 2020" suggesting that China's growing economic and military strength will make it the future equivalent to Boorish America.
- Phantom of Inferno actually Lampshades this a bit during the Japanese chapter of the game, where a young girl finds out that the two American exchange students in her class are really gun-toting assassins on the run. Later on when she witnesses another pair pulling weapons on each other over a disagreement she wonders aloud if ALL Americans are like this. The assassin Drei (One of the pair mentioned) is the best example of the trope, a blond, big-breasted Psycho for Hire who engages on several long, obnoxious rants about how corrupt and pathetic the Japanese are. She's contrasted with more sympathetic examples however, and given reasons for her unpleasant personality.
- This cartoon◊ comes courtesy of the May 2005 issue of "metall," a German magazine by IG Metall (Germany's largest trade union) with two million issues circulated monthly. The featured article for that issue likened American companies to parasites, draining German companies of their profitability then selling them off later. The article caused significant uproar in Germany, to say the least.
- There is a hilarious chapter in David Sedaris's book Me Talk Pretty One Day where Sedaris describes something that happened to him on the subway in Paris. He was standing near an American couple who played The Boorish straight as an arrow. They mistook Sedaris, an American, as a Frenchman and, not realizing that he is fluent in English, kept on referring to him as a "frog" who would likely try to pickpocket them if he had the chance. They were not aware of metro etiquette and were taking up way too much space, guarding the support bar they were using (intended for use by many people at once) as if it was their personal property. Sedaris described their dress as something like denim shorts tee-shirts and remarked (paraphrasing from memory), "That's great—show up in a foreign country dressed like you're ready to mow their lawn."
- The places where the USA is disliked—if not hated—the most, are Latin America, and the Middle East. The Latin America situation is due mainly to its involvement in political movements against leftist popular governments during the Cold War (which is widely believed by now at least because of Popcultural Osmosis whether it's true or not, though considering the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment let's not argue about that). Specifically the Cuban Revolution and the Presidential Crisis with Salvador Allende in Chile, which a lot of intellectuals blame on the CIA's manipulations. Most books based on these events will portray Americans as hypocrites claiming words of peace while murdering hundreds and stealing the country's resources, and it's important to remember Fidel Castro and El Che are admired or idolized on a lot of parts of the continent, so the Monroe Doctrine and the US fear of Communism are not seen as good things. This is far from universal, tough, but it still is staggering for several Americans how hated they are in countries such as Chile and Guatemala and certain parts of others like Brazil or Mexico.
- Between Latin Americans themselves, both Mexicans and Argentinians are the Spanish-speaking versions of this trope. Unlike Latin attitudes toward Americans, this is normally Played for Laughs, although less so with Mexicans. The only difference in how Mexicans and Argentinians are treated is that "like to hide behind their inflated military budget" is swapped out for "like to hide behind their oversized egos."
- As for the Middle East, most of its negative perception of America is due to its role in the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the War On Terror, and that's all we'll say about that.
- This video, which the CIA created for Ronald Reagan, demonstrates how Soviet media portrayed the United States. In more recent years, Russia Today is often accused of having an anti-U.S. bias.
- In Adolf Hitler's world view, the United States was "a mongrel nation" and "half-Judaized, half-negrified, with everything built on the dollar". Nazi propaganda also expressed the typical European elitist attitude that America didn't have a "real" culture and claimed that Franklin D. Roosevelt was a puppet of Jewish bankers and/or the Soviet Union.
- The whole meme of "’Murica" is based on America the Boorish.
Anime & Manga
- America from Axis Powers Hetalia is a more benign blend of both flavors; his geography is terrible, he's loud, pushy, clueless, addicted to cheeseburgers and various sweets, and he's an Attention Whore (he calls himself the "World's Hero")—but he's also friendly and good natured, to the point of being a literal Friend to All Living Things and a serious Love Freak. Considering some of the other "America-tan" characters to come out of Japan (e.g. Meriken), Axis Powers Hetalia's take on America is rather positive.
- The anime adaptation's ending songs involving America are a little meaner, though. They really play up the Boorish idea of Americans living on unhealthy fast food, whereas (in the "Draw a Circle, That's the Earth" series of ending songs) all the other countries extolled their cuisine.
- This type of depiction is pretty much normal for this series. No country escapes being the butt of jokes, but most of the countries are also good at heart. (Except for Russia whose heart sometimes actually falls out of its place. But even he isn't completely and consciously evil.)
- Partial aversion: the anime series Baccano!! has tons of characters in Mafia-run Chicago/New York City and a runaway train running between the two. Some are silly, some are wimpy, some are batshit insane and the rest of them...
- Besides the aforementioned Leonard Apollo, Americans were portrayed rather variously here in Eyeshield 21, from nice people like Patrick "Panther" Spencer, Homer Fitzgerald, Leonard Apollo, to people like Donald Oberman.
- It's also sort of subverted in Billy Horide, the coach of the Seibu Wild Gunmen, who, despite being Japanese as far as anyone can tell, is loud, rude, pushy, loves shooting guns and even runs his offense in a fast, high-powered manner. He's almost sort of a weird Japanese Texas-otaku.
- Leonard Apollo starts as a Boor, but during the first game against the Deimon Devilbats comes to the realization what a despicable bastard he is and decides to become a better person. He even takes Patrick Spencer, who he previously belittled, as his protege, teaching him everything he knows.
- Death Note—especially the manga—has some combination of both types 1 and 2, but surprisingly a lot of the former. The FBI are among the first to pursue Kira in the first arc; in the second arc the SPK are established and funded by the US government, and in the manga president David Hoope kills himself when he believes Mello is going to manipulate him into launching a nuclear weapon. On the other hand, Hoope's successor is a panicky coward who cuts off ties with the SPK and announces that the United States will no longer pursue Kira. The English dub (recorded in Canada) even gives him a Bush-like faux-Southern accent.
- In Full Metal Panic!, the third novel (and thus the final story arc of the original anime) has an American submarine captain who's obsessed with hunting down the mysterious "ghost submarine" (the Tuatha De Danaan) because he's convinced it's part of a Japanese plot, at one point attempting to rouse his men by saying "Remember Pearl Harbor!" However, the rest of the crew is portrayed as level-headed, competent sailors who are frustrated with their skipper's Ahab act and either ignore him, or try to stop him when he tries to go too far.
- Chibodee Crocket from Mobile Fighter G Gundam straddles the line between Beautiful and Boorish. He's brash, boisterous, eager to pick fights with Domon (who he refers to as "Japanese", or "Neo-Japan" in the dub), and occasionally makes boasts he can't back up. He's also a Self-Made Man who looks out for the little guy, is fiercely loyal to his friends, treats women very well despite being a total flirt, and is one of the strongest warriors in the world. Initially he only fights to satisfy his own pride, but after several hardships like being infected with the DG cells and being almost abandoned by his crew to learn to truly love fighting. And his favorite song is "America the Beautiful" (though this was only in the dub, while the original Japanese version used a different song entirely).
- His mobile suit deserves mention, too. If Gundam Maxter's design is any indication, the Japanese believe that all Americans are surfing, football-playing boxer cowboys. And it'd be terrible to disappoint them. In canon, you get the impression Chibodee drew up the design himself and just combined a bunch of things he thinks are cool.
- Duo Maxwell from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing isn't from America proper, but rather a space colony that belongs to America. Either way, he can be seen as a combination of both types, being boisterous, flirtatious, and a bit eager to reap first and ask questions later, but is also a genuinely nice and friendly guy who's dedicated to his friends and the cause of bringing peace. Being American doesn't really influence his character apart from being the Token White in the Five-Token Band; a lot of his more outgoing traits come simply because he's The Lancer to Heero, who is very much The Stoic. That said, Duo is insanely popular, being the most popular character among Western viewers, and a close second in Japan (behind, of course, Heero).
- Since its inception Gundam has focused on Mixed Flavor characters whenever it decides to add an American to the storyline (starting with Sleggar Law in the original series), but as best shown by Chibodee and Duo, those Mixed Flavored types tend to be well designed and largely positive characters. Thus is the sentiment of Nils Nielsen in Gundam Build Fighters, a young science prodigy who enters into the Gunpla Battle World Championship discover the secrets behind the Plavsky particle. On the surface, Nils looks like a combination of Boorish and a Marty Stu: while he is not loud nor overly boisterous like some Eagleland types, he can still be rather arrogant and snide, while his inherent knowledge and manipulation of Plavsky particles makes him something of a Game Breaker in Gunpla battles. Alongside, his apparent obsession with Japanese culture (which outdoes even Mister Bushido's), such that he dresses in a gi and hakama during fights, utilizes an anviliciously samurai themed Astray and holds black belts in three martial arts commonly practiced in Japan only makes him feel more like a Marty Stunote . However, as the series continues, Nils slowly comes out of his shell while getting sucked into the crazy antics of the series, all the while performing great strides of valor and determination as well as acting as the Only Sane Man amongst the main cast (much to his comical exasperation). All of this comes to a head when he finally admits that he's as much a Gundam/Gunpla fans as everyone else, at which point he settles in with the main group and goes on to play a pivotal role in the final battle.
- The depiction of Americans in the Gravitation manga is...odd. The country is represented in early volumes by a semi-realistic New York criminal underground and the gun-toting, very, very Texan (although good-hearted) K; this and some miscellaneous executives are all that made it to the anime. In later volumes, however, they actually go to New York, where we meet K's family and the even crazier Rage, who flies a giant robotic panda through cities and has a tendency to shoot people with a (non-lethal) bazooka. Notably, the escapades of the American characters get at least two bodyguards killed (one of Ryuichi's shot by Rage's and one of Judy's thrown out an airplane window by K) with no fanfare whatsoever. What takes the cake, however, has to be Yoshiaki's comment that she doesn't object to Yuki killing her brother, nor would most Americans...because gang rape is a capital crime in the US.
- Hajime No Ippo explicitly has both flavors in the serious with Takamura's major opponents - In Hajime No Ippo, The Boorish is exemplified by Bryan Hawk, an exceptionally violent and crude brute who takes every opportunity to proclaim the superiority of his skills over the "weaker" Japanese. Eagleland The Beautiful (heck, it's in his NAME) is embodied by David Eagle, who is charismatic and honorable. However, this is played with when the Japanese crowd during his match with Takamura note that his behavior in the ring is more typical of a samurai warrior.
- There's a few more examples for both flavors. For The Beautiful, Jason Ozuma is a Gentle Giant and a subverted Scary Black Man; Mike Elliot is a fairly nice yet competitive boxer who enjoys intellectual boxing matches and treats boxing somewhat like Chess. He respects Vorg, and wanted a fair match with him.
- For The Boorish, Mike Elliot's coach is a Manipulative Bastard who will gladly cheat if it helps his boxer win. He dodged a match-up with Vorg Zangief because he did not consider it to be worth the risk, only allowing his boxer to fight Vorg when Vorg had only one week to prepare for the match, as he was coming in as a stand-in when Mike's would-be opponent got injured. Even further, he paid off the referee just to be sure. Also, the referee's willingness to blatantly cheat makes it pretty clear which flavor he is. And another for The Boorish, the crowd deserves mention as it spent most of Mike and Vorg's match yelling things at Vorg such as, "Go back to Russia you Pinko/Commie/Russkie/etc." and "Howl for us, Russian bitch" and don't forget "Don't mess with America!" and so on.
- The anime series Konjiki No Gash Bell (Zatch Bell in the dub) contains a team of superheroes called the Majestic Twelve, who are portrayed as amazingly incompetent. The only female member is named Big Boing (Lady Susan in the dub) and her superpowers consist of having huge breasts, smelling like lavender (in the English dub) and commenting every moment with the word "Yeah!" But Apollo and Jeed are the American characters that we see most, and both are definite Beautiful.
- Lucky Star has Patricia Martin who is ostensibly an American gaijin otaku. She may represent America a bit better than most, because she speaks fluent Japanese, having learned the entirety of the language from watching anime... However, she's also depicted as being a bit air headed and somewhat undereducated in true Japanese culture outside of animeland. Patty's quite clearly modelled on the stereotypical Japanophile, so this isn't that far from Truth in Television...
- Patti is somewhat an Affectionate Parody of Western Otaku as her characterization isn't mean spirited in any way and she's portrayed for the most part as a harmless eccentric. She doesn't do anything stereotypically American such as threaten to sue or pack heat or any of the things more commonly associated with Eagleland, though her physical appearence is a Phenotype Stereotype (blue eyes, big boobs, blonde).
- Anthony from Doki Doki School Hours is like a male version of Patricia. At one point he shows everyone a photo of his 14 year old kid sister - an large-busted (perhaps implausibly so for her age) blonde cheerleader.
- In Mahoromatic, American meddling with the remains of a giant alien crab mech causes it to go wild and tear the bathing suits off of young teenage girls on the beach. Hmmm. Could be a mixed message in there.
- A case could be made that Kumogakure in Naruto is the America of the Narutoverse, particularly a mix of both types. It has the most racially diverse population of the ninja villages, the strongest military, as well as the strongest economy. In contrast, Konohagakure could be seen like Japan, having the highest population but average military and above average economy (though this may change if we see what its stats were before Pain's attack).
- Konoha was loosely based on Kishimoto's hometown, which is right next to an American military base. Hence, while the cultural attitudes of Konoha are clearly Japanese, most of the main characters hold decidedly American attitudes toward combat, such as never leaving a man behind.
- The Prince of Tennis features the American arc, where a team of prodigy American players gathered by a money-hungry tycoon and coach (Richard Baker) come to Japan to play against a team formed by the best Japanese junior high players. Among the stereotypes found are:
- a cheerful red-neck and ex-cowboy who acts happy very happy-go-lucky (Billy Cassidy),
- an angry German immigrant who is disenchanted after the loss of his American dream (Arnold Igashov),
- two ultra-pretty and super close brothers raised in the Bronx and rescued from their abusive household (Tom and Terry Griffy),
- a Chinese American obsessed with perfection, taking it after an equally perfectionist family(Michael Lee),
- a huge bully specialized in lots of sports but seriously lacking sportsmanship (Bobby Marx), and
- the son of one of Nanjiroh's old rivals, who acts very violent and angsty because of his own convoluted backstory (Kevin Smith).
- Hell, Ryoma himself could qualified as well. He was raised in America, which could explain his incredibly arrogant, condecending, better-than-you actitude and the total lack of respect he shows towards his upperclassmen, with Tesuka being the sole exception.
- The Read or Die franchise has Drake, a mixed example of both types, to contrast with the pathetic American president. As an American, he is terse, antisocial and sometimes downright rude. However he is brave and loyal to a fault, is moved to tears by the murder of one of his clients, and he cares deeply for his family.
- In the third Slam Dunk OAV, the half-American half-Japanese Michael Okita is the ace of a new high school basketball team, and is said to have been scouted by the NBA itself. He's ruthless and efficient in the courts, but turns into a cheerful and laid-back flirt outside (just watch him shamelessly flirt with Ayako and make Miyagi go ballistic). And he's a blue-eyed blond on top.
- The historical manga about post-war girls' baseball, Tetsuwan Girl, plays this both ways with the type one being the matronly woman's coach who is the wife of a Negro League player and the type two being Mr. Banks, Connie and the rest of the American team. The Harley motorcycles and cowboy outfits almost seemed to take too long to show up. Did we mention the added layer of racism not only on the Japanese players, but the black people in the series? Yeah.
- Zettai Karen Children has the thinly veiled nation of Comerica taking the place of America. The Comericans (mostly ESPer team The Liberty Bells) fall somewhere between the two types of Eaglelanders. They are brash and outspoken, but more than willing to help out BABEL.
- Jackie Gudelhian from Future GPX Cyber Formula. He's a very cheerful guy, doesn't take things seriously, he often wears a cowboy hat when he's off the race track and his hobby is horse riding. Also, his car in the TV series has stars on them and he wears the Stars and Stripes trunks in EP 5 of Double-One.
- Japan Inc, which is about economics.
- A Certain Magical Index and its spinoff A Certain Scientific Railgun:
- Both series are somewhat ambiguous in their view of America, as the majority of the plot tends to occur in Japan, England and the continents in between the two. While the Americans are occasionally referenced as the "World Police," it's not made clear whether this is positive or negative in context until the Railgun SS Liberal Arts City, which presents America as being obsessed with their status as the World Police to the point they're ready to go to some pretty atrocious lengths to gain power comparable to Academy City. The majority of the civilians in the short story are also portrayed as none to bright, thinking that very real threats are nothing more than performances. This is further muddled by the fact that the story takes place in a "city" that is essentially a movie studio theme park (think MGM) Turned Up to Eleven that is ultimately revealed to have been explicitly created for the purpose of allowing the American forces to carry out their battles with a magical cabal and acquire their power without the populace realizing it. A mixed bag overall.
- The American President (an original character) makes a prominent appearance in New Testament. While he is shown to be loud, shamelessly flirtatious, and very unconcerned with decorum, he is also a friendly, decent man who does his personal best to stop the conflict in the story with the minimum amount of bloodshed.
- For the most part, the author tends to focus on America's gun ownership laws whenever Americans show up in the story, implying that all Americans own one, carry it around everywhere, and are well-versed in its use. This leads to a very humorous scene where American tourists at a beach are being asked to hand in their sidearms upon entrance.
- In Freezing, we are introduced to "the Immortal" Roxanne Elipton, ranked as the strongest 3rd year Pandora in America. She is shown to be supportive and respectful of others, yet still has an outgoing attitude. She also squishes Satellizer's massive boobs to see if they're real.
- Initially, Terryman was a mixed flavor Eaglelander, being a Choujin who only did good deeds for money. As the focus shifted from superheroes to pro-wrestling, however, he quickly changed into a pure Beautiful example. Most American Choujin, as well as America itself during Kinnikuman's American tour, do not fall into any specific flavor of Eagleland, however.
- In Eureka Seven AO, which unlike the original anime takes place in the modern world (though it diverged after World War II), America is more or less presented as one would expect: the modern day superpower that's constantly out to influence global affairs, much to the annoyance of the good guys. Having said that, individual American soldiers are represented in a relatively good light; for example, in Episode 10, soldiers are seen defending civilians against Truth and the latest Secret (though to no avail on either), and when Generation Bleu came to their aid, they radioed their thanks.
- AO presents Japan in more or less the same light as America, namely in its treatment of Okinawa (which is independent in this timeline).
- Played with in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. America is now three nations. One of them (the one corresponding to the American South, which seems to have gotten the lion's share of its military as well) is pretty straightforwardly number 2, and thus an occasional antagonist. The other two (the remnant of the original American government as well as what seems to be a client state of Russia) are totally normal countries (and thus rarely mentioned).
- A lot of the comic book writers from across the pond, even those that have written Marvel and DC books for years, tend to love turning our original superheroes on their ear, basically making them even more jingoistic, or just jerkasses, for shock value or to go Darker and Edgier. A handful of heroes still hold out as the fair-minded Beautiful idealists, and ironically their scarcity makes them the more remarkable ones. Garth Ennis has a recurring interest in America, often playing off The Beautiful (the national mythology of America and what the characters strive for) against The Boorish (what tends to be the reality in his strips) and the clashes thereof. Examples of this clash include Tommy Monaghan, Hitman, genuinely respecting and idolizing Superman; and the views of British/Irish immigrants and visitors to the States, all of them noticing and decrying the Boorish parts of America while simultaneously loving the place.
- One of the recurring themes of Captain America comics is contrasting Cap's Beautiful idealism with what can often be a Boorish reality.
- During the 1970s, Cap became disillusioned by the atmosphere of political corruption, unjust war and the general jaded mood of the country, abandoned the stars n' stripes for an all-black, millitaristic bodysuit, and called himself "Nomad: The Man Without a Country."
- A later storyline in the 1980s (by the same writer, Mark Gruenwald, no less) saw Steve Rogers replaced as Captain America when the army and government decided he wasn't acting in their best interest. His replacement was John Walker, who was as honest and upright as Rogers but had a significantly shorter temper and much more conservative values. As the stresses of the job mounted on him, and especially after his parents were murdered by his enemies, Walker soaked up the essence of Boorish more and more, graduating from "misguided" to "an asshole" to "a lunatic." With help, he managed to revert to simply being an asshole as the USAgent.
- In an interesting example (at least of reader reactions), during Civil War reporter Sally Floyd accused Cap of being out of touch with modern America. While it was apparently supposed to be taken seriously, her examples of "modern America" involved American Idol, MySpace, and NASCAR so most (American) readers took it as an insulting Boorish stereotype and began to hate her.
- Ultimate Captain America is quite a bit less idealistic—he's a mixture of the flavors. One of the famous Ultimate Captain America quotes is (upon being asked to surrender) "Surrender? Do you think this A on my forehead stands for France?"◊
- For the record, that line was written by Mark Millar, a Scotsman. The fact that the French as cowardly is a fairly recent stereotype that Human Popsicle Cap wouldn't be aware of isn't addressed. (Mainstream Cap, probably written in response to the above, fondly remembers working with the French resistance, proving that French citizens are brave and strong, but the French government basically rolled over.)
- The above quote is parodied in Nextwave, where Elsa Bloodstone, fighting a Captain America-imitation while wearing a European Union shirt, refuses to "lay there and get used to being the victim." "Victim? Do you think this letter on my chest stands for America?"◊ (Boorish, obviously, but the entire book takes Refuge in Audacity and is Played for Laughs.)
- Steve Darnall and Alex Ross' Uncle Sam OGN for DC was an attempt to reconcile the character's Beautiful conceit with a perceived Boorish 'reality'.
- One of the Yakuza in 7 Yakuza is Shugo Samon, a dyed-blond, fringe jacket/cowboy boot wearing gun nut obsessed with American culture, especially movies and comic books, despite never having even been to the US personally. He represents the Westernization (and, obviously, Americanization specifically) of modern Japanese culture, for better or for worse. He's loud and brash, but a good friend and soldier.
- Many popular British authors, especially pre-1965 or so (among them P. G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Dick Francis) have real trouble rendering American characters accurately, providing a revealing look at common stereotypes of the era. The typical 'American' of these novels is described as taking things 'more free and easy', thus depicted as speaking in a sort of stylised gangland slang...which is nevertheless composed according to distinctly British grammar rules. The result can be a little jarring to say the least, especially if the character actually is a gangster, or supposed to be similarly menacing.
- They tended to lampshade and/or justify this by saying that the American character was deliberately trying to fit in and/or be more comprehensible, or had been living in England for some time, etc.
- As shows An American, Rudyard Kipling saw it as mixed, presenting flavours as best and worst sides of the same trait, which can be defined as "childishness". Specific American characters in his books may or may not exhibit it (e.g. Laughton O. Zigler in The Captive sees he had it coming and is quite calm about his misfortune).
- On the other hand, Kipling married an American woman and lived in the United States for a while. He probably saw both good and bad while he lived here.
- Empires of Trust describes and compares and likens early to late Republican and Imperial Roman to American psychology of Empire building through historic examples.
- The Bronze Age characters in S.M. Stirling's Nantucket series refer to the time-displaced Americans as "The Eagle People." The Beautiful is represented by the Republic, The Boorish by Walker's slave-based empire.
- Ephraim Kishon wrote on America, among other things, that Americans believe:
- You can get steaks only in America
- An American family without an American boy and an American girl at the respective age of nine and seven years isn't a real American family
- You can learn everything from For Dummies books, even "How to become president of the USA: In 10 easy steps".
- Bismarck is a herring, Frankfurt a sausage factory and Napoleon one of the greatest brandys in world history.
- An internal example by American Chuck Thompson, Better Off Witout 'Em, while portraying the rest of America as a mixed bag treats the South as an unadulterated example of The Boorish.
- Jules Verne's Eagleland tends to be mixed-flavor:
- Despite the previous seasons leaning more towards Boorish, as of Series 6 (along with Torchwood: Miracle Day) Doctor Who has tended towards a more Badass, Crazy Awesome depiction of Americans—a bit trigger happy, a bit boisterous and overconfident, but not an overtly negative portrayal (though it is clear they're still leaning on stereotypes for some characters).
- The majority of the Americans in "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon." Aside from being a little gun-happy (which is justified in the majority of them are Secret Service Agents) it's one of the better portrayals of America in recent Doctor Who seasons. According to the producers, America appears to be a place where everyone is a jovial, if slightly thick and dim-witted, patriot, and random spurts of melodramatic processional music accompany the President everywhere.
- The US President in the Doctor Who episode "Last of the Time Lords" is a subversion of The Boorish; he acts like one and will say so himself, but at heart he is Beautiful, albeit misguided.
- Two CIA agents appear in a story from the Seventh Doctors era, complete with thick texan accents and embarrassingly patriotic dialogue. However, they're good natured enough and do work alongside the Doctor.
- Steven Moffat does seem to be trying to take a step back from Russel T. Davies' Boorish stereotype into more of a hybrid on Doctor Who, but on Sherlock, he didn't have quite so much luck. He decided to switch the New Jersey native Irene Adler to British, but since that gave us Lara Pulver as a badass dominatrix,◊ there weren't many complaints about that. However, this had the unfortunate side effect of making the only American characters in the series were the operatives (CIA I believe). The only one who had any substantial characterization screamed Boorish, threatening to kill Watson to make Sherlock open a safe and beating up Mrs. Hudson (whose age isn't given, but her actress is in her mid-70s) to make her reveal the location of a piece of evidence. No one really cried when he "fell" out the window (multiple times).
- On JAG, Eagleland comes in a mixed flavor, but generally the military is almost always Beautiful (Navy & Marine Corps in particular), while civilians and civilian life is often portrayed as Boorish.
- On Downton Abbey, Martha Levinson (played by Shirley MacLaine)—Lady Cora's mother—is forward-thinking, open-minded, and loves modernness and technology. She is also meddlesome, brash, and blunt. Very much a mixed example.
- At face value, the American guest in the "Waldorf Salad" episode of Fawlty Towers can be seen as Boorish in that he is loud, swears a lot, and is very demanding. However, at the end of the episode, he inspires the other British guests to speak out against Basil's rudeness and apathy towards guests, whereas at the start of the episode, said guests felt that complaining would be seen as rude. In the commentary on the 2009 DVD release, John Cleese believes the American guest was in the right, and he wanted the lesson of the episode to be that sometimes you should complain in order to get things to change. (oh, and the actor was Canadian).
- The Dydo company brings you American Coffee. While the review there praises the flavor of the coffee as being rather good (a subversion of how the Japanese usually view American-made coffee), the actual packaging comes off as both a compliment and an insult—
That is why this amazingly detailed can of "American Coffee" is so attractive - all the cliche glamor of an All American Can, filled with everything the iconic sleazy American lives for! Bad taste? check. Sexy stripper girls? Check! Cool classic car? Check! There is even the American flag with groovy 60's lettering!
- New Horizon has Xanadu, a mostly Beautiful stereotype that happens to be quite racist. Of course, this is a a faction on an alien colony in the future instead of America proper but...
- Andoran from the Pathfinder RPG is an idealized colonial-era Fantasy Counterpart Culture example that leans towards Beautiful. They're Neutral Good and everyone acknowledges that their hearts are in the right place, but they're also seen as pushy and imperialistic, and their behavior often falls short of their ideals.
- The Rocket Age America is a mixed flavour version. The American Army on Mars is busy empire building and in a cold war with the State Department. However, there's also the Rocket Rangers, possibly the most inclusive and idealistic organisation in the solar system, that has frequently gone against government policy to do the right thing.
- Metal Wolf Chaos involves a very boisterous, idealistic, and badass President single-handedly fighting a coup d'etat by his own Vice President and the U.S. military—with plenty of ensuing collateral damage. Depending on whom you ask, this game is a parody of the Patriotic Fervor that all Americans are assumed to have as well as an exaggeration of their supposed Boisterous Bruiser nature or the most awesome portrayal of the President of the Great United States of America (FUCK YEAH!!!) ever.
- From developer SNK we have Terry Bogard who tends to be a bit of a mix. On one the one hand he's boisterous, proud and wears stereotypical American clothes. On the other hand, he's largely self-sufficient, at least partially self-taught, and is not only a good guy, but is considered one of the most important characters in the games. In the anime, he's the main character and basically shown to be the most powerful martial artist alive, who earns the admiration of his allies and the respect of his enemies. He also defeats Ares, the God of War, in a one-on-one fight.
- Paul Phoenix from Tekken is more of a mix. While he is goofy, loud, and arrogant he is generally a good guy, and is indeed and dangerous fighter, and one of the few non Mishima characters to beat both a Mishima and a Boss character (though he still lost the tournament somehow).
- Shadow Hearts: From the New World mostly takes place in the gangster-era States. Frank is a clear parody of The Beautiful and Mao is...well...Mao—however, for the most part the shady goings-on, the humanity of those caught in the middle, and the historical context of America generally being a place that people wanted to immigrate to are all presented honestly if lightheartedly.
- Street Fighter runs the gamut of the flavor spectrum with its American characters:
- First there's Rufus, a fat, obnoxious and dim-witted American who spends the game as the Unknown Rival of Ken, wishing to prove himself as the greatest fighter of the US. As Boorish as he appears to be, he's also got himself an incredibly hot girlfriend, his speedy fighting style in spite of his weight is complimented by many characters, he's without a doubt one of the funniest, if not the funniest, character in the game, and judging by some of his winquotes, he's rich and lives a damn good life.
- Then there's Balrog, who's an idiotic boxer from Las Vegas who seemed to get less sadistic and a lot dumber as the series went on. Still, as a villain, he's depicted as being a serious threat to anyone he fights, and is often one of the higher-ranked characters, tier-wise, in every Street Fighter game he's been in.
- Ken arguably straddles the line between Types 1 and 2. While he is arrogant and something of a showboater, he's a fairly decent guy and Ryu's best friend.
- Guile is The Beautiful all day long, being a strong and patriotic soldier, a family man, one of the strongest characters in canon, and the chief rival character to M. Bison, the series' main antagonist. He was even featured as one of the main characters in the animated movie. Not to mentioned he hands Ryu AND Ken their asses in Street Fighter II V. Oh, and he just happens to be among the top-ranked characters in Super Street Fighter IV, and was outright broken in early versions of Street Fighter II.
- In the Metal Gear series, American society is broken beyond repair due to being ruled covertly by the Philosophers and the Patriots. Therefore, any actions America undergoes as a nation are bad for everyone, or (in the rare case they're good) had the intention of being bad for everyone (like the Navy's actions at the end of Metal Gear Solid 4 — while they ended up stopping Liquid, their actual intention was to preserve the Government's ability to control soldiers). However, on an individual level, the majority of the Americans are well-intentioned—even the Patriots. Special note—the final boss of Metal Gear Solid 2 is the ex-president of the US. However, the current President of the US genuinely takes responsibility for his selfish and power-seeking actions, and heroically agrees to die to save his country from his mistake (on the other hand, it is also heavily implied that the "power-seeking actions" were actually spawned and manipulated by the Patriots so they could trick him into participating in the S3 plan).
- And though the former president ultimately resorts to terrorist actions with Arsenal Gear, his goal was to restore American freedom by releasing the Patriots' grip on society, which happens anyway at the end of MGS4. Come to think of it, every hero or (human) Well-Intentioned Extremist villain through the series seems to have an unwavering love of American ideals.
- Comes to a bizarre head in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. In short, both the heroes and villains are fighting to revive The Beautiful values from a Boorish society, but disagree on both the method to do so, and what the definition of The Beautiful is to begin with. The Bladewolf DLC has Khamsin, who is very much Boorish: obsessed with the idea of freedom and bringing it by force.
- Jake Marshall from Ace Attorney. When you first meet him, he seems like the stereotypical cowboy who has a southern drawl, and constantly talks about how he's a cowboy, which is lampshaded by other characters. Then you find out that he's been spending the last two years trying to find out the truth behind who killed his brother. He was demoted two years ago for helping with the investigation so that he wouldn't be in a position to properly investigate.
- Killer7 contains examples of both types. Going into detail would take a while.
- Put simply, there are three different views. Firstly, we have pro-America; most of the playable characters are part American, and they are presented as less insane than Japan (a view that many Westerners hold) and, as Cloudman proves, less fanatical about the Yakumo. On the other hand, they're dicks who forced democracy onto Japan and then didn't even notice that Japan turned the tables and rigged all of America's elections. Matsuken offers a different view; they're completely self-obsessed and no-one else can comprehend American values, with him just shrugging off Garcian's Armor-Piercing Question about what the United States is.
- From the same twisted mind, the No More Heroes games - that is, games made by a Japanese man obsessed with American pop culture about an American man obsessed with Japanese pop culture - make for interesting examples, insofar as they are as explicitly concerned with America and its popular culture as any Japanese game since the MOTHER series.
- Vanquish uses both. The story opens up with the United States under sudden attack by the forces of the Order of the Russian Star using a captured American space colony, and sending the Marines into space to recapture it. However, as the plot goes on, it becomes apparent that the militant regime that is the Order of the Russian Star was installed by the current US President to give them a "bad guy" they could use to justify revitalizing the arms industry against, and that the Russians were attacking first because they knew war was inevitable.
- Team Fortress 2: the Engineer is The Beautiful, while the Scout and the Soldier are The Boorish. Specifically, Soldier's entire personality is a transparent Expy of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, and most of his delusions are based around The Boorish cranked Up to Eleven. Scout meanwhile is a Bostonian thug with a big mouth and a slightly smaller shotgun, though unlike the Soldier his Boorish mannerisms mostly exist to give him a funny accent. Contrast that with the Engineer who, while still a mercenary, comes across as Affably Evil at worst, and his playstyle requires him to use his expensive military hardware to help his own team before hurting the other team.
- Also, the aesthetic design of the game is, according to Valve, inspired by artists such as J. C. Leyendecker, Dean Cornwell and Norman Rockwell, all designed to recall The Beautiful. However the fact that everything (no seriously, EVERYTHING) is either a desert, a badly-hidden spy base, or both makes shift just a little towards The Boorish.
- The Fallout games have some mixed examples:
- The pre-war United States was a Sugar Bowl pastiche of 1950's values, a patriotic heaven filled with wholesome American families, and friendly, freedom-loving people. But it was all a thin veneer: the real pre-war United States was a jingoistic, imperialist, Orwellian nightmare that thought nothing of violently annexing Canadian territory and shipping potential dissidents off to concentration camps to be guinea pigs in perverted science experiments. It pretty much deserved to get nuked off the face of the earth.
- The New California Republic, which deliberately modelled itself on the ideals of old world America, was truthfully a rather nice place to live led by noble, democratically-elected leaders dedicated to traditional American values such as liberty, democracy, and rule of law. However, this didn't stop them from occasionally relying on dirty political tricks to get new towns to join. By Fallout: New Vegas, the grim realities of running a functional democratic nation in a post-apocalyptic world have meant that it's had to rely on militant and underhanded tactics, the president is subverted continually by the power and influence of the brahmin barons, corruption and incompetence is rampant at all levels of their bloated bureaucracy... but most (and I do mean most) people in it still try to live up to the ideals originally set out when their country was first founded.
- Brother/Sister America from Scandinavia and the World are mostly Boorish caricatures, but done in a good-natured enough way that it can be classified as a mix. Brother America tries very hard to be The Beautiful, but he is too impulsive and oblivious to actually pull it off.
- Their Beautiful tendencies are shown when the Scandinavians visit America,although they're still kind of jerks in a sort of teenagerish way.
- Justified, as the entire comic is about stereotypes of people from around the world from a Scandinavian point of view (hence the title).
- This comic takes the trope head-on: basically, America is that immature fratboy who you quickly find out is really friendly and good-hearted but is also a very typical fratboy.
- Uncle Sam from Sinfest probably counts simply because, while he is portrayed as being a clueless egomaniac with borderline tyrannical habits, he is also generally portrayed as wanting to do the right thing and often just completely misunderstanding what that is and does seem to genuinely love his wife. Of course, he's mostly abandoned those aspects since he cheated on his wife inside a computer (best not to question how this happened).
- Wheeler, the sole American member of the team in Captain Planet, was often holding the Strawman Ball, but his heart's in the right place.
- Both flavors of this get parodied in the Finnish satirical animation Pasila. The conversation paraphrased:
Helga: Americans are great people!
Pöysti: Americans are idiots.
Routalempi: Yeah, that's so true.
Pöysti: Now, don't generalise, there are lots of smart people there too. (gets a flat stare from everybody) What?!
- The general perception of America by the people of other nations tends to be fluid, especially from generation to generation. Some examples:
- The generation of Europeans who lived through World War II and saw their nations conquered by the Nazis (such as Belgium) tend to have strong Beautiful opinions of America—as American forces came to their country, fought for it as if it were their own, helped kick the Nazis out, and then left without taking land for themselves. However, Boorish is the more dominant view among later generations, who are more familiar with The Vietnam War and more recent events.
- Since the Revolution, America has had something of an on/off relationship with its parent Great Britain. Sometimes, British view America as Boorish, with "Typical Americans" being routinely uttered when one or more act of line, while at other times the British view America as Beautiful, to the point that Americans are looked upon as long lost relatives "from across the pond". In modern times, America suffered fallout with Britain (and the rest of Western Europe) when it went to war in Iraq, but relations have mended in the years following.
- South Koreans tend to have a love/hate relationship with the United States. For example, South Koreans had explosive Beautiful sentiment after the Yangju highway incident of 2002, which was also compounded by controversy at the Winter Olympics and the buildup to the Iraq War. As of 2008, however, 80% of respondents viewed Americans favorably in an opinion poll.
- Nowadays the Philippines view America favorably, since they liberated the country from Spain and Japan, but it hasn't always been this way. From 1899 to 1902 (and an extended rebellion lasting to 1913), the Philippine–American War left somewhere between 200,000 and 1,500,000 civilians dead. Many atrocities were committed by both sides. This is acknowledged by both countries, but it's rarely brought up.
- Depending on whom you ask, it may have helped that the United States otherwise proved to be a very gentle colonial master—certainly far gentler than the Spanish. The Americans conquered the Philippines in 1898, and guaranteed substantial civil and political rights shortly after the first, open phase of the war was over in 1902. An all-Filipino Assembly directly elected by universal male suffrage was established in 1907, a mere nine years after the initial conquest. Nine years after that, the legislative branch of the colonial government was completely Filipinized, and by 1935, the Philippines had essentially complete domestic self-government and a plan for independence to be executed in about ten years. Despite World War II, the project occurred more or less on schedule, with the Republic of the Philippines getting its independence on 4 July 1946.
- A survey found that Americans are a mixed bag in other countries, roughly akin to the "split the difference" view mentioned in the introduction to this trope. Respondents found Americans to be loud, fussy, and untidy—but they are also the most likely to try a new language, and are generous tippers. The worst tourists are apparently the French, who are seen as really rude, stingy, and completely unwilling to speak the local languages; they only earned good marks in cleanliness and elegance.
- In a survey, the U.S. was only about the middle in being proud of your own country. The two countries made up nearly entirely of people who think their country rules? Australia and Canada. Naturally the Japanese got dead last, not even reaching 60%. (warning: ads are NSFW)
- While we're on the subject of tourism, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Americans were the largest single group of tourists, and as a result their overall image has improved significantly (both as tourists, and just in general). Not only for being (unexpectedly) relatively good at soccer, but also for being generally mild-mannered and well-behaved. But hey, guys, I think you should know that since you left, people have been expecting way better tips! You realize, this means war.
- There has been a recent surge in popularity of British television in America, started by Doctor Who, but carried on by Merlin, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Being Human, etc. The stars of the series frequently visit the States to give interviews and have actually attended a few premiers. When this happens, someone will often ask if there's a difference between US and UK audiences, and one answer that almost without fail pops up is that American audiences are much, much louder. While being loud during a movie would be seen as incredibly annoying, more than a few of them (Matt Smith, for example) have said that they enjoy it in an odd way, since it gives them an instant feedback to see what works, what doesn't, what was funny, and what fell flat. Add another to the "split the difference" column.
- The concept of American Exceptionalism holds that the United States has a duty to champion liberty, equal rights for all, individualism, the interests of the common people, and a generally free market. It's rooted in Beautiful observations from foreign observers such as the French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville, and the phrase itself was coined by Joseph Stalin while rebuking an argument that America was immune to Communist revolt. The term is not by itself an assertion that the U.S. is superior to other nations. However, after the buildup to the Iraq War, pundits took the concept to instead mean that the United States viewed itself as above international law and could do whatever it wanted, putting a Boorish spin on it.
- A special note should be made concerning the relation between Japan and America. While Japan and the West as a whole have had a long history with influencing one another, America stands apart because of the... very direct way in which Commodore Perry opened up relations with the country. However, by World War I, Japan and America were somewhat uneasy allies. In World War II, obviously, Japan and America were bitter enemies. After WWII, during the reconstruction of Japan, the vote was split - conservatives didn't like American while progressives, who didn't want to return to being a war-power, were in favor of all the work the US did to protect Japan from vengeful enemies such as Korea and China, as well as helping to build Japan's infrastructure up to equal America's own.
- To this day, the Conservative/Progressive split still exists, though older generations tend to regard any Gaijin with distrust, including Americans. However, YOUNGER generations are much more accepting of America (having grown up with American-produced media and The Internet) and regard Americans as a Mixed type - specifically the "blunt, oblivious, and loud, but generally warm and welcoming" variety. It helps that younger American generations reciprocate the feeling, with Anime and interests in eastern cultures becoming more ubiquitous in the US with each passing year. While nerds are (nowadays) more widely accepted in American culture than Otaku are in Japan, the general feeling from either side of the ocean is that the youth of either culture is One of Us to the other.
- This has a fairly profound effect on studies of psychology as well; as it turns out, Americans are weird, being outliers on all sorts of psychological tests... which have been used in an attempt to make general assumptions about how humans think, because it is much easier to test people from your own country than from another one. (Technically, Americans aren't the only "weird" country—"weird" in this case is actually "WEIRD," i.e. "Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic"—but even among the other WEIRD countries, Americans are the WEIRDest.)