Playing With / British Stuffiness

Basic Trope: British characters are uptight and stuffy.
  • Straight: Clarice Victoria Preston IV is the only British character on the show and is more uptight than any of the other characters.
  • Exaggerated: Clarice is a walking British stereotype who acts like it's still the Victorian age.
  • Downplayed: Clarice only hugs or kisses her friends and family if she won't see them again for a very long time, and sometimes speaks in intentional understatement to avoid sounding overemotional.
  • Justified: Clarice was raised in an upper-class, conservative household which encouraged emotional repression.
  • Inverted:
    • Clarice is more open and free-spirited than any of the other characters.
    • Alternatively, Bob (an American) is more uptight than any of the other characters (all British).
  • Subverted:
    • Everyone assumes Clarice is uptight because she's British, but she actually has a Freudian Excuse.
    • Clarice is constipated.
    • Clarice is an American pretending to be British.
  • Double Subverted: But she only responded to her problem by becoming uptight because she was raised to keep a Stiff Upper Lip. By a distant British relative.
  • Parodied: Clarice combines several British stereotypes without any rhyme or reason, sometimes being overly posh and other times suddenly becoming Cockney.
  • Zig Zagged: Clarice's stuffiness varies Depending on the Writer.
  • Averted: Clarice is neither more uptight nor more free-spirited than the other characters.
  • Enforced: "We have to make Clarice act stuffy because that's what an American audience would expect."
  • Lampshaded: "Sorry I have trouble expressing my feelings. I'm British."
  • Invoked: Clarice deliberately acts the British steroytype because she feels her nationality makes her superior to the other characters.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Clarice doesn't act stuffy because she doesn't want to reinforce the steroytype.
  • Discussed: Clarice talks about being emotionally repressed with another character.
  • Conversed: "Why do they always make British characters act so stuffy on this show?"
  • Deconstructed: Clarice is unable to adjust to a more open culture. She dies alone and unloved.
  • Reconstructed: Clarice's Stiff Upper Lip helps her get through a life or death situation.

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