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1"That fop with the English Accent." An upper-crust younger [[BlueBlood son of an English lord]] with no prospect of inheriting, sent off to the Americas (or Australia, or South Africa, or anywhere on the map that happens to be painted [[ pink]] during the time period) to get him out of the way. Usually given a small allowance (the "remittance"), that isn't ''quite'' sufficient to support him in the way he is accustomed but ''is'' enough to support him -- if he'll just pare back his standards a bit. He also has an ingrained aversion to "working in trade", and he's not used to manual labor.께In Westerns, he's often connected somehow to the CattleBaron; he may be the money-man or at least represent "the money", or be the "manager". Could also be a drunken wastrel with no visible means of support. In Canadian versions of the Old West he might be the local Mountie or the local criminal.께In GenteelInterbellumSetting mysteries, he's usually back from Australia or South Africa (occasionally South America, the US or Canada) and most of the family would prefer that he'd stayed gone.께Usually only appears in fairly realistic Westerns, except in Canadian versions where he's a stock character. Permits the inclusion of a different version of the CitySlicker type, more "civilized", more condescending, and generally just as incompetent.께Sometimes in other settings (like the South Pacific) where any European is likely an outcast, with many of the same tropes still applying.께If he's smart, he'll almost certainly overlap with the GentlemanSnarker.----!!Examples:께[[foldercontrol]]께[[folder: Comic Books ]]* One shows up along with a butler in the ComicBook/LuckyLuke story ''The Tenderfoot'', though he doesn't receive an allowance (he has a ranch he inherited from an uncle, who in turn was a good example of this trope, instead). It turns out that he is quite a bit more badass (and moral) than the Americans that decide to pick on him. At the story's conclusion, he rushes to prevent the townsfolk from giving another newcomer the same treatment he received... but joins right in when he realizes it's an acquaintance [[SeriousBusiness who uses the wrong club when golfing.]]* In ''ComicBook/{{Chassis}}'', Sabotage is the scion of an old, traditional family from Japan. He scandalised his father by becoming thoroughly Westernised. He father paid for him to move to California to get rid of him. Eventually, Sabotage's antics became so extreme that his father [[IHaveNoSon disowned him entirely]].[[/folder]]께[[folder: Fan Works]]* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' tale ''Fanfic/FluttershyIsFree'', it is implied that Fluttershy is one of these. Her family is a distinguished one, they are ashamed of her, she lives away from them, and she never seems short of money.[[/folder]]께[[folder: Film ]]* English Bob (played by Richard Harris) in ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' may or may not be a real RemittanceMan. But he certainly ''acts'' like one (possibly as protective coloration, to intimidate people from bushwhacking him).* In a rare case of the American counterpart to the Mountie version, there is Sheriff John T. Langston, played by John Cleese in the 1985 film ''Film/{{Silverado}}''.* The [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] Englishman in the Canadian short ''WesternAnimation/WildLifeOrUneVieSauvage'', the film starts out satirizing this phenomenon but takes a decidedly melancholy turn.* The title character of the British/American comedy ''The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw'' (1958). Fortunately he is also a gunsmith and GadgeteerGenius.* ''Shout at the Devil'': An Irish-American poacher in turn of the century West Africa forcibly recruits a remittance man by having all of his money stolen, only to have the tables turned when the remittance man falls in love with his daughter.* In the Western ''One Foot In Hell'', Dan O'Herlihy plays a ConMan who passes himself off as this trope.[[/folder]]께[[folder: Literature ]]* "Ginger Ted" of Somerset Maugham's story "The Vessel of Wrath" (filmed as ''The Beachcomber'') is explicitly described as one of these. He's a drunken lout who periodically receives sums to keep him from leaving the South Sea island where he resides. Despite his slovenly appearance, he sometimes evidences a high level of education.* In Alfred Bester's ''5,271,009'', the alien who helps the protagonist describes himself as a remittance man.* A sort of truth-in-television example is Frank Dickens, used in the novel (and {{Literature/Flashman}} pastiche) ''Dickens of the Mounted''. Frank was the wastrel son of Creator/CharlesDickens and became a member of the Mounted Police in Canada.* A Robert Louis Stevenson novella ''The Beach of Falesa'' has one in the character Case, although he's more competent (and malevolent) than most. The tale is set on a fictional island in the South Pacific and Case is along with protagonist, among the few white traders who live there and is a ruthless and amoral schemer. The protagonist describes how Case would sometimes discourse in an intelligent, cultured way and you can kind of tell from his speech that he was once a toff (i.e. calling the protagonist "old boy"). There's an amusing detail that while the other whites mispronounce the name of a French priest Galuchet as "Galoshes", Case can pronounce it correctly. Case also qualifies as an EvilColonialist type, since he uses magic tricks and some technology to trick the natives into thinking he has demonic powers, allowing him to have a great influence over them.* A couple of Literature/BertieWooster's friends. In "Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg," he lends his apartment to Bicky Bickersteth (who's of the "wastrel" variety, naturally, living in a boarding house in New York when he's supposed to be farming in Colorado) so he can make his uncle think he's doing well in America. This [[GoneHorriblyRight works too well]] and the uncle decides to withdraw Bicky's allowance, since he clearly doesn't need it.* In ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', the first time Nick goes to one of Gatsby's parties, he notices several young Englishmen among the guests, "all well dressed, all looking a little hungry, and all talking in low, earnest voices to solid and prosperous Americans."* At the end of ''The Way We Live Now'' by Creator/AnthonyTrollope, the nasty cad Felix has racked up some very high gambling debts. In exchange for those being covered, he's sent to an enclave of British clergy in Germany and receives support there, and is basically told not to come back to England.* Mym of the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series is a non-European variant of this trope, a prince of India who didn't fit in with the royal court because he can't talk without severe stuttering. He travels around [[KingIncognito unrecognized]] with a [[CircusBrat circus]], within the borders of India. Since he is the second son, the royal court's policy is to tolerate his runaway lifestyle - until Mym hears the news that his brother has died in a war, and the court, who has been secretly tracking his whereabouts all along, will begin insisting that Mym shall come back to the palace and live the lifestyle appropriate to the heir to the throne.* British secret agent Captain Patrick Reeder pretends to be one in ''The Remittance Kid'' by Creator/JTEdson.* Anthony Villiers in the eponymous series by Creator/AlexeiPanshin is a science-fictional example, though it's implied not that he's useless, but that [[FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent he simply doesn't get along with his family]].* In another SF example, Cadman Weyland describes another member of the first interstellar expedition as "the ultimate remittance man" in Creator/LarryNiven's ''The Legacy of Heorot''.* There are some medieval fantasy equivalents to remittance men in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', typically second and third sons of Westerosi lords. The Free Cities on the continent of Essos are their usual stomping ground. Particularly, Oberyn Martell is known to spend his younger years as one of these, earning money by serving as a mercenary somewhere in Essos.* Once [[LandDownunder FourEcks]] is discovered (again) in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', there are occasional references to the younger sons of the Ankh-Morpork nobility being sent there to keep them out of trouble. In particular, in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', Lord de Word threatens his son with this, although his definition of "trouble" is "[[spoiler:stop being an honest hardworking chap who wants to stop my conspiracy]]".* The planet Surebleak in the Literature/LiadenUniverse series is a space opera equivalent to the frontier town in a Western, complete with MissKitty, a crusading sheriff, etc. In ''Dragon in Exile'', one of the characters who passes through is a similarly updated version of this trope: Vel Ter yo'Bern, a ne'er-do-well younger son of a Liaden clan who's on a perpetual tour through the galaxy, supported by an allowance from his family that's conditional on him never coming home.* Lord Crispin Fitzjames-Holles-Clare-Malet, the Duke of Taunton's brother, in the ''Literature/VillageTales'' novels. A very modern example, he left his wife and children to drink and party his way around the world -- and admits, in the end, that he did so because he couldn't or wouldn't change and thought it better the kids not see him make a swine of himself at close range.* Moriarty's client in ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheDurbervilles'' is Jasper Stokes, who just came back from the Americas after inheriting a large estate. He's not just a wastrel, he's a sadistically cruel man who has hired goons beat his laborers to keep them in line (it's what he took away from reading German economists). * Literature/{{Serpico}} claims to be a modern-day remittance man, with wealthy parents who pay anything to keep him away, to avoid revealing to his friends in Greenwich Village that he's actually a cop. They jokingly congratulate him on having such wise and wealthy parents.* In Creator/HBeamPiper's science fiction novel ''Four-Day Planet'' it's speculated that "Bish" Ware, the town drunk on a backwater colonial planet, is one of these. (He's generally believed to be some sort of defrocked clergyman -- hence the nickname -- whose "ecclesiastical organization was paying him to stay out there in the boondocks where he wouldn't cause them further embarrassment".) In reality, [[spoiler: he's an extremely high ranking [[TheFederation Federation]] secret agent working a fifteen-year-old case against an interstellar outlaw.]][[/folder]]께[[folder:Live Action TV]]* A very bitter remittance man is one of the prisoners masterminding the escape attempt in the ''Series/{{Rawhide}}'' episode "Incident of the Tumbleweed".* In ''Series/TheCrown2016'', Edward VIII was effectively exiled by [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor his family]] after he [[AbdicateTheThrone abdicated]] to marry his twice-divorced lover, Wallis Simpson, an event that still casts a shadow decades later. He survives off an allowance from his family and his presence in England is received ''very'' coldly by them. As this is fairly accurately based on historical fact, it can also be taken as a Real Life example and TruthInTelevision.[[/folder]]께[[folder: Music ]]* Music/JimmyBuffett's "Remittance Man":-->Black sheep of the family clan\콮roke too many rules along the way...[[/folder]]께[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]* A character type in the ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' roleplaying game. (Though it's a science fiction setting, there are plenty of useless nobility around.) Perfect for the player who wants an eclectic skill set, no fixed responsibilities, and a good motivation for adventuring (i.e., get money).* In an interview in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine, Ed Greenwood said that unrepentant wastrel children of the Waterdhavian nobility are often sent to distant corners of the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms to make their fortunes. (Assuming the family isn't [[AristocratsAreEvil ruthless enough]] to [[OffingTheOffspring just kill them]] and ''say'' they've gone to make their fortunes.)[[/folder]]께[[folder: Western Animation]]* ''WesternAnimation/WildLifeOrUneVieSauvage'': An animated short about a particularly clueless young Remittance Man sent out to fend for himself, all alone on the Canadian prairie. It ends in tragedy.[[/folder]]께[[folder: Real Life ]]* Thicker on the ground than gophers in pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Calgary, which probably explains why the trope is more common in Canadian shows. One old apocryphal joke had a local lawyer writing the noble father of a remittance man who was convicted of murder and hanged: "I regret to inform Your Lordship that your son has died. He was participating in a public function when the platform gave way."* A lot of influential figures in Victorian/Edwardian Canada were examples. One major reason why children were shipped off to Canada was because they were an embarrassment. While a lot of of them ended badly, a lot just needed an outlet for the instincts that would have driven them to drink and gambling back home. Out in Canada they had good educations, experience in dealing with people and, most importantly, very little to lose.* "Lord" Phillip Darrell Duppa, English gentry and classically educated but factually no man's or woman's lord, co-founded (with Jack Swilling) two cities in Arizona. The settlement in the Salt River Valley, called by some inhabitants "Salina" and by others "Pumpkinville", was laid out on an ancient network of irrigation canals, built by the Hohokam; he saw that this was a town rising from its own ruins, and suggested naming it for the legendary Phoenix. And he looked down into the adjoining river valley where Arizona State University now stands and thought it looked like a place in Greece he'd once visited, the Vale of Tempe. Until his death in 1892, his family sent him $3000 (then a very tidy sum) on condition that he remain at a decent distance; he is reputed to have drunk most of it.[[/folder]]----


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