azul120 on Oct 11th 2018 at 4:53:06 PM
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randomtroper89 on Feb 1st 2019 at 2:18:06 PM
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The Boor is seen among the lowest of the low of stereotypes. Rude, obnoxious, and limited in intelligence among other things, these are the people who seldom get anywhere in life, but when they do, well, there can be problems. Unlike the Innocently Insensitive, these people are too prideful too accept that they've said or done anything wrong, and/or cling to whatever falsehood they hold as fact.
This is a common negative stereotype of Americans. In a Slobs vs. Snobs plot where the Snobs are portrayed sympathetically, the Slobs are usually The Boor. Alternately, the Snobs can be on this side when the Upper-Class Twit trope comes into play.
- The Discworld devised by A.A. Pessimal explores the idea of a Discworld take on South Africa. note All the tropes about a people with a certain attitude to life, illiberal social attitudes, a robust attiude to manly sporting pursuits and braai culture are taken Up to Eleven, and the back-story of the Discworld's South Africa is suspiciously like ours. This includes a War of Independence which on this world was lost by the colonial power. Ankh-Morpork has never forgotten this, and in a snidey and petulent way refers to The Boor War and to the people who beat them as Boors. In the early stories Boor and Boer are synonymous in all respects. Later, more sympathetic, portrayals have the Disc's Saffies accepting "Boor" as a badge of pride, and using it to describe themselves in a way that raises two fingers to Ankh-Morpork, usually accompanied by a loud voetsaak!
- Beauty and the Beast: Belle describes Gaston as being "Boorish, Brainless...", and she's quite on the money, with Gaston being illiterate and airheaded while also being arrogant, sexist, and rude.
- Harry's uncle Vernon Dursley and his sister Marge from the Harry Potter books. They are loud mouthed, mean spirited, and close minded, they even conform to the fat and loud mouthed stereotype of Little Englanders.
- Beavis And Butthead infamously defined this trope for the '90s with the eponymous slacker metalhead duo who cared for little except for music videos and chicks. Beavis was the somewhat nicer, but also less smart, or assertive, of the duo.
- Family Guy: Peter Griffin is narcissistic, slovenly, lazy, and imbecilic, all of which Meg laid into him for in her rant near the end of "Seahorse Seashell Party". Peter, of course, completely misses the point and takes offense to her calling him "a waste of a man".
- I Am Weasel features I. R. Baboon playing this as foil to the eponymous lead. Whereas Weasel is scholarly, uber-competent, and selfless, Baboon is a selfish underachiever who constantly tries upstaging Weasel, who, even knowing this, considers him a friend and even goes out of his way to save his bacon.
- King of the Hill saw Mike Judge revisit the trope in a different way with Jimmy Wichard, who according to Dale Gribble, came down with a mental condition from staring at the sun for too long, though he couldn't have been too smart to do such a thing in the first place, making it a "chicken and egg" thing. Nonetheless, he's none too bright, but he's also mean and aggressive due to his mental state. When he was Bobby's boss during a NASCAR race, he forced Bobby to run across a race track to retrieve something during the race. Hank, who had been telling Bobby to be a good Yes-Man earlier, immediately kicked Jimmy's ass. In another episode, because Hank guilt-talked him into doing so, Bobby's boss of the job of the week (for-hire dog poop-scooper) hired Wichard to fake being a bully to teach Bobby that, even if highly lucrative, it was hardly the dream job he thought it was... well, the idea was that Witchard was going to fake bully the poor guy, because what he actually did was beat the living hell out of him alongside a few other hooligans, toss him into a port-a-potty, and send him rolling down a hill.
- Homer Simpson of The Simpsons, Depending on the Writer. He's lazy, stupid, and prone to jokes at others expense (especially Ned Flanders).
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