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** Elsewhere in the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories, there are other, haughtier servants. Jeeves's uncle, Charlie Silversmith, is the butler at Deverill Hall, and is noted for his intimidating, austere manner. The servant Bertie and others meet at Bingley's house in ''Much Obliged, Jeeves'' is also notably disdainful of his employer's visitors.

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** Elsewhere in the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories, there are other, haughtier servants. Jeeves's uncle, Charlie Silversmith, is the butler at Deverill Hall, and is noted for his intimidating, austere manner. The servant Bertie and others meet at Bingley's house in ''Much Obliged, Jeeves'' ''Literature/MuchObligedJeeves'' is also notably disdainful of his employer's visitors.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', Lord Treavor Pendleton's servant Wallace is probably the snobbiest character Corvo meets. Although a commoner, he thinks that his family's long history of service lifts him above his fellow servants, and he speaks of commoners with disdain. This includes people of much higher rank than him, such as Admiral Havelock, whose achievements Wallace considers irrelevant next to noble birth.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode ''[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E55HotelStrangeduck Hotel Strangeduck]]'', Scrooge buys an old castle with the intent to turn it into a luxury hotel. As part of his preparations, he has Mrs. Beakley teach Huey, Dewey and Louie how to put on snooty airs as bellhops.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode ''[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E55HotelStrangeduck "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E55HotelStrangeduck Hotel Strangeduck]]'', Strangeduck]]", Scrooge buys an old castle with the intent to turn it into a luxury hotel. As part of his preparations, he has Mrs. Beakley teach Huey, Dewey and Louie how to put on snooty airs as bellhops.


* Meeting expectations: Some "haughty" servants may actually just be playing a role, since an appearance of stuffy perfectionism might make a place look classier and more exclusive. Employers, guests, and customers might ''expect'' haughtiness -- it's taken as a sign of high standards.

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* Meeting expectations: Some "haughty" servants may actually just be playing a role, since an appearance of stuffy perfectionism might make a place look classier and more exclusive. Employers, If they think it's a sign of high standards, employers, guests, and customers might ''expect'' haughtiness -- it's taken as a sign of high standards.
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* Meeting expectations: Some "haughty" servants may actually just be playing a role, since an appearance of stuffy perfectionism might make a place look classier and more exclusive. Employers, guests, and customers might ''expect'' haughtiness -- it's taken as a sign of high standards.

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* ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' has Wellingham, a snotty Mister Handy that is extremely rude to anyone who isn't upper class.


* Mrs Crocombe from ''WebVideo/TheVictorianWay'' has shades of this. While generally pleasant and helpful, and mindful that some cooks might not have access to the wealth of ingredients and help she has as head cook at a stately home, she frequently gives disapproving looks when discussing both social vulgarities (like calling roly-poly pudding "dead man's leg") and lazy shortcuts in cookery (like using custard powder and tinned fruit to make a trifle).

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* Mrs Crocombe from ''WebVideo/TheVictorianWay'' has shades of this.the "offended sensibilities" type. While generally pleasant and helpful, and mindful that some cooks might not have access to the wealth of ingredients and help she has as head cook at a stately home, she frequently gives disapproving looks when discussing both social vulgarities (like calling roly-poly pudding "dead man's leg") and lazy shortcuts in cookery (like using custard powder and tinned fruit to make a trifle).

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* Mrs Crocombe from ''WebVideo/TheVictorianWay'' has shades of this. While generally pleasant and helpful, and mindful that some cooks might not have access to the wealth of ingredients and help she has as head cook at a stately home, she frequently gives disapproving looks when discussing both social vulgarities (like calling roly-poly pudding "dead man's leg") and lazy shortcuts in cookery (like using custard powder and tinned fruit to make a trifle).
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* Geoffrey, the butler to the Banks family in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', thought most of the family was rather dim-witted and he often made snarky jokes reflecting that opinion.


* Jeffrey, the butler to the Banks family in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', thought most of the family was rather dim-witted and he often made snarky jokes reflecting that opinion.

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* Jeffrey, Geoffrey, the butler to the Banks family in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', thought most of the family was rather dim-witted and he often made snarky jokes reflecting that opinion.

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* Several in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** Carson has good intentions and is fair for the most part, but he can be quite snobby about enforcing traditions and keeping up the image of the estate.
** Thomas is an example of Reflected Glory. When given a promotion in season 2, he takes great pleasure in reminding the other servants that they are beneath him.
** Ethel could count as an example of the above as well, given how often she talks about how she deserves more than a life of service.


-->'''Jeeves''': The tie, if I might suggest it, sir, a little more tightly knotted. One aims at the perfect butterfly effect. If you will permit me--\\\\
'''Bertie:''' What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this? Do you realise that Mr Little's domestic happiness is hanging in the scale?\\\\

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-->'''Jeeves''': The tie, if I might suggest it, sir, a little more tightly knotted. One aims at the perfect butterfly effect. If you will permit me--\\\\
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'''Bertie:''' What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this? Do you realise that Mr Little's domestic happiness is hanging in the scale?\\\\scale?\\

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Servants, waiters, and other such attendants tend to be humble and deferential -- it's considered part of their job description. This trope is about the exceptions: servants who are proud, patronising, or snobbish, and who will treat people with subtle contempt or even outright disdain. Sometimes their aloofness will be carefully restricted to people who occupy a lower position than them, or whom their employer doesn't care for -- other times, it will extend to everyone, their employers included.

This can have various causes and forms (not mutually exclusive):
* Reflected glory: They might gain power or prestige from their association with their oh-so-important employer (or at least, their employer's office or title). They may have have a relatively high position within a hierarchy of servants, or may have been delegated some authority by their employers -- and they get DrunkWithPower. Just because they have to be a SycophanticServant to their employer, doesn't mean they can't turn around and be a petty tyrant to servants on the next step down. Even if they're cleaning boots, the boots belong to someone important, and that's a closer association with power than many people can claim. Getting to sneer at people who have no access to their illustrious employer is a perk of the job.
* Flawed employers: If the servants are the ones who really run things -- an AlmightyJanitor, a ChessmasterSidekick, or a ManBehindTheMan -- then they may take a dim view of whichever UpperClassTwit thinks they're in charge. Servants are also in a better position than most to know the faults of their employer, who is often NoHeroToHisValet. If servants are LoyalToThePosition rather than the individual, they may be disdainful of any employer who is deemed to be disgracing their office.
* Offended sensibilities: Despite not actually being members of the elite themselves, servants may be just as fastidious (if not more so) about upholding "proper" etiquette, protocol, and aesthetics. People who get mud on the fine carpets, scratch the expensive woodwork, draw moustaches on the paintings, and use the wrong fork at dinner may prompt a clash of SlobsVersusSnobs, with the servants being the latter.

A haughty servant may choose to express their disdain by being a ServileSnarker or by employing [[StealthInsult Stealth Insults]]. (Note, though, that not all snarky or insulting servants are haughty -- in fact, many are snarking ''at'' haughtiness.) Another way for haughty servants to express themselves is by becoming an ObstructiveBureaucrat and engaging in BotheringByTheBook.
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* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': Calvin Candie's assholish head butler, Stephen, is a BoomerangBigot and BadBoss to the other butlers and maids in the house. He is also implied to have been subtly manipulating Candie himself.
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* Some appear in the works of Creator/PGWodehouse.
** Of the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' duo, Bertie Wooster is often more casual about etiquette and proprieties than Jeeves, despite being an archetypal UpperClassTwit. While Jeeves's disapproval of Bertie's choices never translates to disapproval of Bertie himself, and he always rallies around Bertie in the end, that doesn't mean he'll let his employer get away with lax standards. Of particular note are their periodic clashes about Bertie's fashion choices -- Jeeves considers this a more SeriousBusiness than Bertie does, and despite Bertie declaring more than once that he won't be pushed around by his valet, Jeeves always manages to quash any departures from correct gentlemen's attire.
-->'''Jeeves''': The tie, if I might suggest it, sir, a little more tightly knotted. One aims at the perfect butterfly effect. If you will permit me--\\\\
'''Bertie:''' What do ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this? Do you realise that Mr Little's domestic happiness is hanging in the scale?\\\\
'''Jeeves:''' [pained] There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter.
** Elsewhere in the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories, there are other, haughtier servants. Jeeves's uncle, Charlie Silversmith, is the butler at Deverill Hall, and is noted for his intimidating, austere manner. The servant Bertie and others meet at Bingley's house in ''Much Obliged, Jeeves'' is also notably disdainful of his employer's visitors.
** In Wodehouse's ''Literature/{{Ukridge}}'' stories, the narrator (Corky) lives in an apartment building run by Bowles, a former butler to an earl. Bowles is always polite and respectful, but still manages to project an air of dignified superiority leaving Corky in no doubt that he isn't approved of. Also featured are some haughty servants of Ukridge's rich aunt Julia, who make it clear that they're only letting rabble like Corky into the house under protest.
* In ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'', Mrs Danvers the housekeeper is contemptuous of her employer's new wife, trying to bully and belittle her. Mrs Danvers had a very close attachment to the previous lady of the house, the titular Rebecca, and does not believe that the replacement is worthy of Rebecca's place.
* ''Literature/AuBonheurDesDames'' (a French novel by Creator/EmileZola, set in one of the first department stores) explores this theme: the saleswomen are all working-class, but often better-dressed than the customers who come to them for help, resulting in subtle resentment and jealousy on either side.
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia is unenthusiastic about the strict protocols surrounding the imperial throne to which he is the UnexpectedSuccessor, and some of his household clearly disapprove him. Beshelar, one his his bodyguards, is particularly prone to finding the Emperor's behaviour scandalous, although he's still scrupulously loyal and Maia manages to establish a good relationship with him eventually. [[spoiler:The same is not true of another bodyguard, Dazhis, who keeps his disapproval hidden until his BodyguardBetrayal.]]
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': The upper servants of the Seanchan [[TheEmpire Empire]]'s aristocracy are granted the title ''so'jhin''; while they're still slaves, they hold some of their masters' authority and are often quite powerful as a result. The Seanchan princess's ''so'jhin'' bodyguard Selucia shows no deference to anyone else, even reigning monarchs of other nations.
* ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'': When Heidi is sent to live with the Sesemann family, she is treated with contempt only by Miss Rottenmeier, the snooty and strict housekeeper.
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* In ''Series/YouRangMLord'', the servants are deferential to their employers, but have their own hierarchy of snobbery. In particular, James the valet and Mrs Lipton the cook can both be quite unpleasant towards Mabel the charwoman and Henry the boot-boy, who are at the bottom of the heap. By contrast, Mr Stokes the butler (nominally at the top of the servant hierarchy) is usually quite nice to the junior staff, only taking a hard line when it's necessary to keep up appearances. A certain amount of the conflict between him and James comes from their differing attitudes on this subject -- Stokes is something of a closet socialist, proud of his working class background and secretly disdainful of his wealthy employers, while James fully believes in the class system and his place it it.
* In ''Series/WorzelGummidge'', Sue defines a butler as "a person who serves drinks on trays and looks down his nose".
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': In Blackadder the Third, Edmund (Prince George's butler/manservant) makes his contempt for subordinates (such as Baldrick) and the lower orders of society (such as actors and the French) clear.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' has the sketches "The incredibly posh people who are still unaccountably waiters", and "The incredibly aristocratic and intimidating people who still unaccountably sell clothes".
* Jeffrey, the butler to the Banks family in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', thought most of the family was rather dim-witted and he often made snarky jokes reflecting that opinion.
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* Malvolio in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' is the [[BritishStuffiness incredibly stuffy]] Puritan head of a countess's household. He is widely disliked across classes, and his underlings eventually [[TheDogBitesBack take revenge on him]] for his mistreatment of them.
-->'''Sir Toby:''' [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Art any more than a steward?]]
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* In ''VideoGame/LastWord'', Banter, the servant at the Professor's mansion, is notably disdainful of the guests attending the party. He doesn't much bother to hide it, meeting any criticism of his attitude with further barely-concealed put-downs. If Seymour's journal is to be believed (which it ''sometimes'' might be), he's been waiting a long time for the chance to sneer at his supposed betters. His relationship with the Professor seems to go beyond simple employment, so he probably wouldn't get in trouble for it even if it were a more normal party.
* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'': While Kagura's BattleButler Hibiki is normally humble and soft spoken to most people, he often throws snark at his boss as he has to [[BeleagueredAssistant rein his boss in from his "fratboy" and perverted antics]].
* ''Franchise/{{Touhou}}'': When Reisen [[VideoGame/TouhouEiyashouImperishableNight is first introduced]] she's a DirtyCoward who frequently [[CulturalPosturing mocks Earthlings for being inferior]] to {{Lunarians}}, despite being merely one of the {{Moon Rabbit}}s who serve them. This extends to her bossing around Earth rabbits like Tewi, seemingly unaware that the Lunarian exiles she works for are ''[[KingIncognito guests in Tewi's house]]''. However, Reisen's extended time on Earth eventually leads her to [[HumanityEnsues become fully mortal]] and essentially [[GoingNative go native]], picking up [[CharacterDevelopment a good deal of humility, sentimentality and even courage]] in the process.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has Jakob, Corrin's personal butler and attendant. He serves them with the utmost care and is unfailingly polite to them, even when things are rough. However, he's snobbish and rude to everyone else and strikes up conversations with others, even Corrin's close friends, just to mock them.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode ''[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E55HotelStrangeduck Hotel Strangeduck]]'', Scrooge buys an old castle with the intent to turn it into a luxury hotel. As part of his preparations, he has Mrs. Beakley teach Huey, Dewey and Louie how to put on snooty airs as bellhops.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Despite the fact homeworld considers [[SlaveRace Pearls]] as nothing more than status symbols for their owners, Yellow Pearl ([[PhysicalGod Yellow Diamond's]] Pearl) is snooty, arrogant and shrill gem, who clearly takes large amounts of pride out of her position, even chastising other gems for rule violations, to point where she even admits to considering [[PoliticallyActivePrincess Pink Diamond]] "silly". For her part Yellow Diamond seems to encourage this, treating her more like an employee than a possession and giving her actual responsibilities.
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