"Just because I have a terrifying name and an evil English accent does not preclude the fact that, in my heart, I am a Muppet, not a Moopet!"
—Uncle Deadly, The Muppets
"I hate children, I hate teenagers, I hate animals, AND I HATE AMERICA!"
— Wade Collins from iCarly
“America has never quite forgiven Europe for having been discovered somewhat earlier in history than itself.”
“The English feel schadenfreude even about themselves.”
"We play villains in your movies. Star Wars? The Death Star? Full of British people."
"The progression is natural: British accent equals gentility equals authority — and we know what American audiences like to see happening to authority."
— George MacDonald Fraser, The Hollywood History of the World
"I love my accent. I thought it was useful in Gone in Sixty Seconds because the standard villain is upper class or Cockney."
"Henry [Vinnie Jones] takes out the guards on the sub at long range. He uses some sort of silenced gun that causes a guard to silently catch fire [!]. He notes that "The heat from the fire sears their throats closed. They can't even scream." Why, thank you for that little tidbit, my vaguely psychotic cousin from across the pond."
—The Agony Booth on Submerged (2005)
"I'm fine with that thing where the big villain is a posh British guy because let's face it, cooing at rainbows sounds evil when you do it in a posh British accent. It's only when you make all the evil soldiers Cockneys that you enter the prejudiced parade. Cockney doesn't sound evil, it sounds honest and cheeky chips lovable. You couldn't picture Dick van Dyke hiding in the bushes in a park popping children's balloons with a blowpipe... And the most bitter pill to swallow is that they look like Nazis. We helped defeat the Nazis! Maybe we won't next time, America. Maybe after China buys you and puts you all to work in the sweatshops and you crawl to Europe for help, we'll go: 'Hmm, well, we would, but apparently we're evil, so hands tied.'"
— Zero Punctuation, Killzone 3
You are so evil and calculating and cold, in the way only a classically-trained British actor can be!
Jeremy Clarkson: "Why is it that in Hollywood they always cast the Brit as the baddie?"
Brian Cox: "I think it's because they kinda mistrust intelligence."
— Top Gear