"Fare thee well going away,When a character expresses a great deal of love and patriotism for their homeland when they're not "native" (by virtue of ethnicity or place of birth) to said homeland. The immigrant character may even display more fervor for their adopted country than those that were born and bred there. However, how acceptable this is varies by culture. Chinese and Russian "ethnic nationalism" says such feelings are traitorous and false as every person only has one true "homeland" to which they will always belong by virtue of their ethnicity, but Indian and German "civic nationalism" disagree on the grounds that a person's real "homeland" is whatever one feels it is. The European-type settler societies of the New World (Australia, Canada, and, most notably, the United States, among many, many others) are built on "civic nationalism". This is not about immigrants in general, but specifically those who love their new homeland (more than their old one).
There's nothing left to say.
Farewell to New York City boys,
To Boston and PA,
He took them out,
With a well-aimed clout,
He was often heard to say,
I'm a free born man of the USA!"
There's nothing left to say.
Farewell to New York City boys,
To Boston and PA,
He took them out,
With a well-aimed clout,
He was often heard to say,
I'm a free born man of the USA!"
— The Pogues, "Body of an American"
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- Dominura in Simoun has this, in combination with her starving refugee childhood, as a Freudian Excuse for some of her more unethical actions towards her fellow sibyllae on behalf of the Simulacran government.
- Goku develops this after learning he's an alien in Dragon Ball Z. He's horrified that he comes from a race of planet-stripping mercenaries, but comes around after hearing how Freeza manipulated them. He nonetheless refers to himself as "a Saiyan raised on Planet Earth", and fights Cell in his classic outfit rather than Saiyan armor to better represent the world he's saving.
- Shinn Asuka of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, despite being born on Earth, is a proud soldier of ZAFT and even becomes one of its leader's closest confidantes.
- The head of the Ouran High School Host Club, Tamaki Suoh, or rather, Renè Tamaki Richard de Grantaine, spent his early years raised by his French mother, before moving to Japan to live with his Japanese father. Flashback episodes reveal that he is rather more enthusiastic about the trappings of Japanese culture than the fully-Japanese characters are.
- Daisy "DJ" Jo/Sandalwood from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic All-American Girl, is a pony raised on earth by her adopted family, that despite making contact with her own kind as a teenager, refuses to acknowledge her heritage as being part of herself, and makes it a point that she is an American, Right Wing, Catholic, woman.
- A defining trait of U-213, aka "Lorelei", in Pacific: World War II U.S. Navy Shipgirls, as she was pretty much forced out of her home country thanks to the Cold War, with her being grateful in calling the United States her new home.
- Charlie Wilson's War.
Gust: But let me ask you. The 3,000 agents Turner fired, was that because they lacked diplomatic skills as well?Cravely: You're referring to Admiral Stansfield Turner?Gust: Yeah, the 3,000 agents. Each and every goddamn one of them first- or second-generation Americans. Is that because they lacked the proper diplomatic skills? Or did Turner not think it was a good idea to have spies who could speak the same language as the people they're f—king spying on?Cravely: Well, I'm sorry, but you can hardly blame the Director for questioning the loyalty to America of people that are just barely Americans.Gust: My loyalty! For twenty four years people have been trying to kill me! People who know how. Now do you think that's because my dad was a Greek soda pop maker? Or do you think that's because I'm an American spy?
- The Presidio: Presumably added in to justify Sean Connery Not Even Bothering with the Accent, Lieutenant Colonel Caldwell (while quite sloshed), talks about how he moved to America with his father when he was ten, and fell in love with the country from the moment he saw the Statue of Liberty. He loved his new homeland so much, he joined the Army in order to protect her.
- Juror #11 in 12 Angry Men adores America's jury system and democratic government, implying that wherever he's from doesn't have either, and gets severely offended when Juror #7 just doesn't care and changes his vote purely out of boredom with the proceedings.
- The landlady who tips the Secret Service off to the would-be Presidential assassin's plan in In the Line of Fire shows signs of this, declaring, "Thirty years I'm in this country. I love United States. Only in America can you get to go to President's house. So when I see this, these killing things (the numerous paraphernalia indicating the man's dastardly plan) I get scared. I call police." It's not clear where she's from originally, but her accent is vaguely Eastern European, and her age would indicate that she grew up during a severely repressive Communist regime.
- In Eagle Eye the American protagonists are being blackmailed into terrorism by a mysterious voice on a phone with an uncanny ability to arrange accidents. They are ordered to meet a man in a similar position, who yells at them for assuming his Iranian ancestry would make him more likely to betray his country, and refuses to help. The protagonists don't have time to explain the misunderstanding before he is killed by a falling power wire.
- Bonasera the funeral parlor owner, from The Godfather believes in America. America has made his fortune.
- Lord Varys, the Master of Whispers in A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones. He is a eunuch from the eastern Free City of Lys, and the only man on the Small Council who professes loyalty to The Kingdom itself, rather than to family, money, or power. That said, as the series continues and more about Varys is revealed it becomes more ambiguous what Varys means by loyalty to the Kingdom. At the end of "A Dance with Dragons" he murders two competent members of the Small Council to plunge the realm into chaos when "Aegon Targaryen" arrives in the Seven Kingdoms to seize control, which was apparently Varys long-term plan. Its widely believed by the fandom Varys is a Blackfyre loyalist (or perhaps even a Blackfyre descendant) who was sowing trouble in Westeros to aid a Blackfyre takeover, and Aegon is the Blackfyre claimant.
- The Manderlys are one of the main Northern Houses, but were originally a Reach House that was driven out centuries ago, they were allowed to settle in the North by its rulers the Starks, in exchange for swearing an oath of loyalty to the Starks. As a result the Manderlys, though still retaining Southron culture such as worship of the Seven in an area that mainly worships the Old Gods, are fiercely loyal to the Starks and North. Their current lord Wyman Manderly is secretly plotting to restore the Starks after they are usurped by the treacherous Boltons.
- The Carol Plum-Ucci novel, Streams of Babel makes a serious point about this.
- In Shanghai Girls, Pearl, who immigrates from China in The Thirties, becomes extremely patriotic, even converting to Christianity and frowning on traditional Chinese ancestor worship. Her sister May assimilates even more into American culture, although Pearl's husband and father-in-law never quite fit in.
- In the Honor Harrington series it's noted that many of the most dedicated loyalists to the Star Kingdom of Manticore are refugees (or the descendants of same) who fled the takeover of their home systems by the People's Republic of Haven. When the Star Kingdom becomes the Star Empire, the same sort of thing is seen among the planets who voluntarily join.
- Similarly, after a prison planet was liberated, freeing many POWs from worlds now conquered by Haven, the Protectorate of Grayson recruited enough of them to form a whole new battle squadron, The Protector's Own.
- Miss Militia of Worm lived in a warzone as a child and was rescued by American soldiers and adopted by an American family. She embraced her new cultural identity by becoming a Captain Patriotic.
- Angel: Lorne. As soon as he heard Aretha Franklin's voice, he knew he was home.
- Played for laughs by Raj Koothrapali in The Big Bang Theory. He hates Indian food and considers India to be too crowded with Indians for his liking. When he's been questioned by an FBI agent as part of a background check for his best friend, he keeps turning the conversation to his legal status in the United States and refers to himself as "a real Yankee Doodle boy!"
- Game of Thrones: Varys is a Lysene immigrant who professes to be the only man who truly serves The Kingdom itself rather than money, power, or any particular faction. His secret meeting with Daenerys' patron Illyrio in "The Wolf and the Lion" makes the truth of this somewhat ambiguous.
- Lane Pryce from Mad Men, despite being a stereotypical stiff-ass Brit, takes to America immediately for its outspoken character and relative lack of classism. He emphatically insists that his family put down roots in New York despite his wife's doubts, and decorates his office with a Statue of Liberty and a Mets pennant. That said, he does still defend Jaguar, celebrates England's win in the '66 World Cup, takes an active role in the British expatriate community, and always remains the Quintessential British Gentleman.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- Over the course of the series, Sisko comes to love Bajor, even wearing Bajoran clothes on his off-hours and considering moving there after retiring.
- While Worf is obsessed with Klingon tradition—more even than most Klingons are—he is also completely loyal to the Federation to the point of fighting against the Klingon Empire.
- Malcolm Merriweather, a recurring English character on The Andy Griffith Show, displays detailed knowledge of American history in a scene where Barney tries to lecture him on the subject.
- Dave Nelson on NewsRadio is a veritable encyclopedia on Americana despite being a Canadian immigrant.
- On Doctor Who, the Doctor begins to feel this way about Earth (in this case, Britain) after a bit. He apparently always had something of a Foreign Culture Fetish for the place, and after the Time Lords banished him there as their idea of an ironic punishment he becomes smitten with the planet, happily considering himself an Earth defender. Particularly highlighted in "The Claws of Axos" in which the story's Hate Sink is a right-wing politician with an anti-immigration philosophy who spends much of the story being needlessly suspicious of the Doctor for being what can euphemistically be described as 'foreign'. By "In The Forest of the Night" he openly regards the Earth as his real home.
- Taxi: Latka Gravas (played by Andy Kaufman) is from a deliberately-vague foreign country (he's essentially Kaufman's "Foreign Man" character turned into a full person) is always really happy to be in America and loves America more than anyone at the company.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Oliver is unabashed about being English (to the point of being a Running Gag), but he firmly identifies himself with his American audience and (both on air and in his personal life) has made it unstintingly clear that he intends to be naturalized, to spend the rest of his life in America, and that he basically considers himself already American. Whenever the US does something good, he clearly shows his pride; whenever he covers the US doing something awful (which, given that the show specializes in investigative journalism on serious problems, is fairly often), he exhibits the same embarrassment and shame that someone born in the US would. It probably helps that he married an American woman, Kate Norley, who happens to be a veteran of the Iraq War.
- Alex Powell (real name Alexi Fayvinov) on Dead of Summer is an immigrant from the USSR who's obsessed with The American Dream, having seen his father get chewed up by it and vowing not to let the same thing happen to him. This has led to him turning into a Jerk Jock with a social Darwinist attitude.
- Croatian wrestler Victor Jovica, who helped found Capitol Sports Promotions, which became the Puerto Rican version of the World Wrestling Council. He loved the island and it's people loved him back to the point the NWA thought it would be better to have world heavyweight champion Ric Flair retain his title retroactively rather than let him actually beat "the hometown hero" in a match.
- ECW trainee, the Ecuadoran known as Pablo Márquez, did not achieve a great deal of success in ECW but became a beloved baby face when he took on the "El Puerto Riqueño" gimmick and did end up moving to Puerto Rico and finding success there as a junior heavyweight in WWC. He even used Led Zepplin's "Immigrant Song" as his entrance theme.
- Glamour Boy Shane is Canadian, but he likes to tell people who don't know that he's from Puerto Rico. There have been at least two angles about attempts to deport him from the island but he just couldn't be kept away.
- Most of the foreigners brought in by LLF qualified to some extent, but few more than Dark Angel. When later brought into TNA, Don West couldn't tell if she was Canadian or Mexican(and the company officially decided on the latter, even though she was the former)
- In WWE this was Japanese wrestler Kenzo Suzuki's gimmick for a time. He once interrupted an interview with Rey Mysterio Jr. (who is a native of San Diego) in which he used Gratuitous Spanish by saying "You in America now. You speak English!"
- Kazushige Nozawa achieved far more fame and success in Mexico than Japan, and he showed his appreciation while co promoting shows with All Japan Pro Wrestling in 2007 by forming a stable of like minded appreciates called "Los Mexico Amigos", each one taking up a Spanish name(TAKA Michinoku-PEPE Michinoku, Kaz Hayashi-Miguel Hayashi Jr, Nobutaka Araya-El Hijo del Araya Segundo) and wearing the Mexican flag on their gear. Eventually Minoru Suzuki(Ray Suzuki) entered the group for the purpose of kidnapping NOSAWA and putting an end to it(which could be interpreted as either The Mole or Reverse Mole but more commonly was seen as Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!)
- Dramatic Dream Team Wrestler Hinkoyan Thunder, later known as Kenny Omega of the "Golden☆Lovers", is really Canadian but doesn't consider himself a foreigner, or at least, not an "outsider" (though he would eventually join the evil Gaijins and Yujiro Takahashi in Bullet Club)
- Roman Bellic from Grand Theft Auto IV. He cut practically all his ties to his native Serbia, and instead spends his time convincing his cousin Niko of the great opportunities awaiting them in America.
- Josef from Grand Theft Auto V is Russian-born, but nevertheless has a very mangled sense of American pride, even joining an anti-immigrant militia.
- Trevor sees himself as a red-blooded American who embraces the corrupt and decadent ideals of the modern USA and gets very angry if anyone points out he's actually Canadian.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Elara Dorne, one of the Trooper's party, was born to a prominent military family of The Empire, but became disgusted with their policies and defected to the Republic. She joined their military, particularly their most elite unit, and can cite the rules and regs better than most Republic generals.
- The Simpsons did it! In one episode, Apu studies to become a naturalized American citizen when a new Springfield ordinance threatens to have him deported. He passes the citizenship exam when he gives a detailed explanation of the causes of the Civil War (when he could have just said 'slavery'), showing his devotion to becoming a citizen. After the ordinance passes anyway...
Homer: When will people learn—democracy doesn't work!!Apu: Hey, don't knock the land that I love. (opens a piece of mail, then gasps) Jury duty! I am truly an American citizen now! (tosses it in the trash)
- The Futurama episode "A Taste of Freedom" starts on Freedom Day, which is the Fourth of July for the entire planet, when Zoidberg winds up eating a flag and getting put on trial for desecrating the flag on live television. He wins up starting a war between Earth and his home planet of Decapod 10, and in the end picks Earth over the Decapodians because of the death of his lawyer.
- Hank Hill is as proud of a Texan as a Texan can get, I tell you hwat. However, one episode has him discover — to his shock horror — that he was actually born in New York, specifically in the women's bathroom at Yankee Stadium.
- This, combined with many cultural misunderstandings (Played for Laughs) makes up much of Yakov Smirnoff's comedy routine.
- Walter Krueger, George Kenney, and John Shalikashvili (born in Germany, Canada, and Poland, respectively), all rose to be four-star Generals in the American army. Similarly, Hyman G. Rickover, born in Russian-controlled Poland, became a four-star Admiral in the US Navy (becoming known as the "father of the nuclear navy" for his campaign to bring nuclear naval propulsion to the fore).
- Krueger, the German, is notable for being promoted to that rank during World War II, while the United States was fighting Germany.
- Shalikashvili was ethnically Georgian—i.e., from a country part of the Soviet Union at the time of his birth (his parents were nobility exiled from the country by Red October). He eventually became the chief military commander of NATO shortly after The Great Politics Mess-Up, and was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—the highest-ranking member of the US military—from 1993 to 1997.
- Rickover is something of a borderline case, as he fled with his family to the U.S. at the age of five. You see, the Rickovers were Jewish, and there were a lot of pogroms in those days, so perhaps it's no surprise that Rickover never felt much sympathy for the Russians.
- A similar eastern example is Konstantin Rokossovsky, Red Army commander in the World War II and twice-awarded Hero of the USSR. Rokossovsky was only 'technically' born in the Russian Empire (which is not to say it was the same country as the USSR), since Poland was under the Tsar's rule. Poland became independent early in his career, and he was, through no small display of his own tenacity and brilliance, awarded the highest military rank in the Soviet Union, that of Marshal-all after having been a target of the purge of the 1930s. In modern Russia, he is famously remembered for never having lost a battle he fought, was compared to Georgian war hero Bagration by Stalin himself, held the post of Defense Minister after the much more famous Zhukov, and was buried next to the walls of the Kremlin.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Everything I have, my career, my success, my family, I owe to America."
- The annual Nathan's hotdog-eating competition was started by three immigrants to America arguing over who was most patriotic.
- The late Christopher Hitchens was an English immigrant to America, and was very fond of the founding principles of the nation, most notably freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
- The same is true of his friend Andrew Sullivan, who is actually a lot like Hitch, except gay, conservative, and religious (specifically a faithful-if dissenting-Catholic).
- Philosopher Jurgen Habermas also felt the same, his fondness for the American system reflected in his writings. And given his ideological aversion to most if not all forms of nationalism or patriotism, that says a lot.
- Ayn Rand was born in Russia, where her father's business was confiscated by the Bolsheviks, leading to a hatred of communism and a near-worship of American capitalism. When she moved to America, she cried tears of joy at the sight of the Manhattan skyline, and later called the US "the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world".
- Practically any of the original Zionists. That was after all kind of the point.
- Truth in Television, at least in Canada. A 2012 poll found that 88% of immigrants considered themselves "very proud" to be Canadian, compared to 81% of Canadians who were born there.
- Furthermore, the process to become a citizen in many cases can be a very long, very expensive, and very involved process. For someone to try that hard and go through that much effort to become a citizen definitely implies a certain amount of patriotism.
- Go to south Florida around the Fourth of July sometime. Many of the Cuban immigrants who live there are some of the most fiercely patriotic Americans you'll ever meet. It's not an exaggeration to say that a lot of Cuban Americans love their new home country and HATE Fidel Castro and anything related to Communism.
- Craig Ferguson shows this from time to time, and titled his autobiography American on Purpose.
- A very dark example comes from the writings of the psychologist Alfred Adler, who pointed out that some of the most destructive political leaders in history were immigrants or minorities who'd become fervent nationalists. Adolf Hitler, the Austrian-born dictator of Nazi Germany, would be the Trope Codifier for immigrantsnote , and Joseph Stalin, the Georgian in the multi-ethnic but half-Russian Soviet Union, would be the minority example. Adler also mentions Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of South Africa's apartheid regime and its most uncompromising prime minister, who was born in the Netherlands. Adler, the man who invented the term "inferiority complex", speculated that these men felt that they had something to prove and proved it with unpleasant thoroughness.
- One of the nastiest and most mercilessly anti-Semitic Nazi ideologues had the name Alfred Rosenberg. While he wasn't Jewish, he wasn't fully German either; his father was half-Estonian and half-Latvian. Perhaps he felt he had to prove his Party loyalty more than most...
- Loads of German Russians, like Mikhail Barclay De Tolly and Catherine the Great.
- Other Russian examples are Boris Repetur and Anton Zaitsev, the two hosts of the first Russian TV show about video games. The former is Jewish, the latter is half-Sudanese. When discussing foreign games about WWII, they always mentioned their disgust at the America Won World War II trope and lack of mention of the Soviet's decisive role in winning the war.
- The saying "more Irish than the Irish themselves", today most often applied to The Irish Diaspora's over-enthusiasm for their ancestry, originally referred to the Normans who invaded Ireland in the 11th and 12th centuries (after the Conquest of England) and thoroughly assimilated. The Normans, or "Old English" as they came to be called after a later wave of immigration from the east, became thoroughly integrated into Irish Gaelic culture, speaking Gaelic as their first language and modelling their behavior after the fashion of the native Irish gentry. When the "New English" came over after the Tudor conquest, these "Old English" were as likely as not to side with the Irish rather than their supposed kinsmen.
- The Australian Political System zig zags this trope. Unlike in the US, one has to have only Australian citizenship to run for public office, meaning that even the highest political office have always been available to naturalised citizens. However, most of said naturalised citizens in high political office were born in the UK.
- Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister, born in Wales to Welsh parents, moved to Australia as one of the subsidised "Ten-Pound Poms".
- Tony Abbott, former Prime Minister, born in England to Australian parents (may not count).
- Chris Watson, Prime Minister, born in Chile to an English mother claiming he was fathered by an English seaman (his real father is now believed to be a German citizen).
- Canada likewise only has a citizenship rule for public office: two of the last three Governor-Generals (the vice-regal Heads of State) were immigrants (born in Hong Kong and Haiti, respectively), and following the 2015 election there were 42 immigrants (out of 338 total members) elected to the House of Commons, with those members having been born in Afghanistan, India, Trinidad, the United States, Hong Kong, China, Poland, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Argentina, Haiti, Uganda, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, the UK, Poland, and Somalia.
- Let us not forget Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh! He was born a Greeknote prince, but was largely raised in the United Kingdom by his mother's relatives, the Mountbattens. In fact, he considered himself British so much that he actually renounced his Greek citizenship, royal titles and even his membership in the Greek Orthodox Church. Part of that had to do with the fact that his bride was, at the time, Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth. Even to this day, the Duke considers himself British.
- During World War II, Sicilian-born mobster Charles "Lucky" Luciano aided the US government the complete assistance of his organization in fighting German and Italian spies, and was crushed when his crimes led to him being deported back to Sicily after the war ended.