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Playing With: Everything Sounds Sexier in French
Basic Trope: People associate particular stereotypes with certain languages, such as French being seductive.
  • Straight:
    • Alice uses her knowledge of French to seduce Bob.
    • Whenever Bob is angry at someone, he screams at them in German because he thinks it sounds intimidating.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The French language is depicted as a form of Charm Person. Its use is restricted to licensed professionals.
    • German is the Black Speech. Children cry and plants wither whenever anyone orders a Wiener schnitzel.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • Bob spent a couple of years in France as a young man and had a passionate affair, of which he has blissful memories. He still associates the language with those feelings.
    • Alice had a strict German piano teacher as a child, and still associates that language with stress and misery.
  • Inverted: Bob can't see how anyone finds French, the language of snooty waiters, remotely sexy. But the sound of German makes him think of that glorious summer he spent with Hilda, the busty pigtailed milkmaid...
  • Subverted:
    • Alice tries to speak French so she can seduce Bob, but she fails miserably. Turns out Bob really dislikes the French.
    • Bob is angry at someone and yells at them in German. Said someone is a German-speaker (or native) who responds with "Ernsthaft?"
  • Double Subverted:
    • Her feelings hurt, she reverts to her native Russian to hurl abuse at Bob. He's instantly captivated.
    • So he, in response, tries Russian. The German speaker then gets into an argument.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Either no-one speaks a foreign language, or nothing is made of it when they do. The characters are interested in what they can/can't understand, not about how any particular language sounds.
  • Enforced: "You know, why don't you make Alice speak some French? Maybe that'll make the viewers go up!"
  • Lampshaded: "Whoa, Alice! You sound so hot in French!"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice takes French lessons to sound sexier on purpose.
    • Bob the Stern Teacher isn't German, doesn't teach German, and barely speaks any German... but he finds that yelling the occasional angry phrase of it shuts his students up like a shot.
  • Exploited: Alice happens to speak French. She can't help it if guys drop everything they're doing to fawn at her feet every time she opens her mouth, but she certainly doesn't mind it...
  • Defied:
    Translation: "I am not trying to chat you up! I'm very very angry! Stop smiling like that!!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: Alice, Bob and co have a conversation about which languages they find sexiest.

Retour Ó Tout sonne plus sexy en franšais?

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