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The Beautiful

  • Subversion: In Beck, the eponymous band was, according to the opening song, "made to hit in America," and the band trying to make it over there was the subject of much of the series. However, their idea of fitting in is wearing t-shirts that say "Jesus is Coming", and America is shown rather realistically (despite some pretty bad Engrish signage).
  • Gamble Fish has King Omaha, the manga version of of Barack Obama who exudes patriotism and honor in just about every panel he's in. On the other hand, there are those (especially in America) who consider him an obnoxious Parody Sue, with his admittedly Marty Stu-esque actions throughout the story (such as reversing the Rapid Aging of two young girls by draping them with an American flag to taking on the main villain in Russian Roulette and surviving the headshot) being satire of Obama's more...controversial aspects and depictions, if not America's in general.
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  • GaoGaiGar is probably one of the most positive depictions of America by non-American properties. Swan White and her brother Stallion are kind, noble, and friendly—if a bit histrionic, tending toward cries of "Oh No!" or "Oh My God!" (or, once, "Jesus!"), as well as speaking in odd accents; Dr. Liger, who presumably emigrated from Japan, is a genius scientist well as a hoverboard-riding mohawked iconoclast; and the American Brave Robo Mic Sounders the Thirteenth, while speaking in gratuitous Engrish in his childlike Cosmo mode ("MAI FRENDZU" is a favorite phrase), is probably the second most powerful robot built by Earth. So, in general, Americans are smart, polite, friendly, a bit openly emotional by Japanese standards, and possessed of The Power of Rock. Sounds about right, actually.
  • Colonel Dan Eagleman from Guilty Crown, the Token Good Teammate of the otherwise evil GHQ organisation. A former high school gym coach turned military commander wearing the red, white and blue on his jacket and a Hot-Blooded Love Freak Boisterous Bruiser, Eagleman constantly interjects exclamations of "GUTS!" and similar encouragements into his speeches and having plans Crazy Enough to Work.
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  • Kimagure Orange Road both subverts it (manga) and plays it straight (OVA). In the manga story, Kyosuke, Madoka, and a new girl Sayuri (not Hikaru) find themselves on vacation in Hawaii. One day, Sayuri disappears after going to her room to change. After unsuccessfully searching for her, they believe her to have been kidnapped. Later, they get a phone call in their hotel room, telling them to go to certain locations, ending in a yacht in the harbor. The owner of the yacht tells them to spend the night, and that he'll be back in the morning with their breakfast. Since neither of them know what "breakfast" means, they assume it is something rather sinister. After a night of drinking, the owner returns, brings them their food, and produces a gun...which happens to be a lighter for his pipe. Turns out they were mistaken for a newlywed couple who had ordered a honeymoon package of sorts, and told to go to their locations. And Sayuri had gone off to a bar to hunt guys, completely forgetting about her friends. The OVA, however, had Hikaru actually being kidnapped by crazy mooks with guns, and ended with a final shootout, with the police (or any sensible Americans) nowhere to be seen.
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  • The "Hollywood World" episode of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi could be called Beautiful, insofar as it is a love letter to Hollywood cinema.
  • Aries of Mai-Otome and Mai-Otome Zwei has some definite parallels to the US, from a suspiciously Pentagon-like structure to the attitude of Brigadier General Haruka Armitage, a Determinator to the extreme who often charges in with little to no plan. Aries itself is mainly Beautiful being one of the good nations with Yukino being a calm assertive leader who balances out Haruka. Haruka herself introduces a bit of mixed flavor, as she's a Hot-Blooded heroine who sometimes needs to be hit over the head to keep her from rushing into something that calls for diplomacy.
  • Following in the footsteps of Roy Fokker, Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Graham Aker is every bit The Beautiful (in season one at least). First, he's an American fighter pilot whose skill is enough that he can pull Char Aznable-level maneuvers in non-GN powered mecha (usually his beloved Union Flag) and thereby fight Gundams one on one with no hindrance. Second, he's A Father to His Men and an Officer and a Gentleman, possessing personal honor that's only surpassed by Sergei Smirnov and straight on dedication to his comrades and subordinates (even those that belittle him). His one personality quirk is his strange obsession with protagonist Setsuna F. Seiei, which he often compares to romantic lovenote , but even that doesn't detract from his personality. Overall, if Graham had an actual love interest, he would have been the closest Gundam iteration has made to Top Gun, which it has attempted more than once.
  • Although My Hero Academia's plot and backstory are set almost exclusively in Japan, the fact that All Might, Number One Hero and Symbol of Peace, styles himself as an All-American hero despite being Japanese, just screams this trope. His costume is red, white, and blue, he has blonde hair and blue eyes, and he names his attacks after places in the USA (with his ultimate attack dubbed United States of Smash). He actually did work as a hero in America at some point, and it's implied that his tenure there is what shaped his definitive identity as All Might.
  • Pluto's America expy "Thracia" is fairly benign, although its leader is quick to give power to the Machine Behind The Man.
  • In what has to be the pinnacle of a Beautiful American in anime, or hell, any medium for that matter, we have Roy Fokker from Super Dimension Fortress Macross who plays the role of Big Brother Mentor and The Lancer, though he is a bit of Handsome Lech. However, he is very devoted to Claudia.
  • The Yoroiden Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors OAV "Gaiden" takes place mostly in New York City, although they manage to feature some action in Los Angeles towards the end for good measure. Apparently, the OAV's Big Bad carries out his attacks in Manhattan even though his base of operations is located in L.A. The 3000-mile distance between the two cities doesn't mean anything to him...or to the writers.

The Boorish

  • In one of the earlier books in the manga version of Ah! My Goddess, Keiichi races against two students from a California technical institute. In a portrayal that can only be described as disgustingly offensive, they are shown as hypercompetitive, cheating, and, in the girl's case, obsessed with looks.
  • Azumanga Daioh: When Osaka learns Chiyo plans to study abroad, she seems to think Chiyo will get shot the minute she steps off the plane. Also this is Osaka we're talking about. When she imagines Chiyo becoming the president (which Chiyo outright tells her is impossible) she pictures America being populated by a horde of tiny, big-headed Chiyo-chans.
  • Carrie from Bamboo Blade is depicted as a somewhat stereotypical American Boor. She is obnoxious and in-your-face, extremely arrogant, and generally disregards the traditional rules of Kendo in favor of practices she thinks are more cool. However, by the end of the anime series, she and her rival Miya-Miya do seem to have a grudging respect for one another.
  • The third episode of the 1990s OVAs of Black Jack features the "Federal Unites," complete with shots of the Statue of Liberty. This Eagleland is a corrupt, imperialist bully bent on controlling and oppressing weaker nations for the sake of their resources. This makes it very satisfying when Dr. Black Jack beats the crap out of the Vice President for murdering his patient.
  • Blood+: This one wins hands-down for Boorish depictions of America in anime (the American government is trying to use the vampire-like chiropterans to create a unit of super-soldiers). David and the American members of Red Shield may seem like a counterbalance to this, but in the Japanese version the government forces outright leave the Frenchman, Van Aragano, to die just because he wasn't American. This was changed in the English dub to a more reasonable invocation of Hoist by His Own Petard: "You caused all of this, so you can stay."
  • The manga version of Bokurano portrays America this way, even though Americans themselves are very rarely shown. Characters usually speak with disgust about the United States, saying that the country is stuck thinking it's the world's sole superpower, and worry that the U.S. may invade Japan using the manga's events as a pretext. In fact, the U.S. never actually does anything antagonistic in the manga, meaning such ramblings about it are nothing more than hatred and paranoia-induced ignorance.
  • America The Boorish shows up in Darker Than Black a couple of times. In the first season, the guy overseeing the American embassy is a stuck-up idiot who deliberately gets in the way of Misaki Kirihara's attempts to prevent a terrorist attack by The Syndicate, and won't even let the Japanese police in to help security when "someone" drops a smoke bomb outside as an obvious distraction, which leads to the immortal line: "Don't test my patience-" * KABOOM* . In the second season, attempts by the American government to restore their superpower status are one of the causes of the Mêlée à Trois. It's too mind-screwy to really tell, but the ending of the second season seems to cement America as this version it essentially implies they successfully invade/conquer Japan.
  • An episode of Excel Saga is set in America the Boorish, with a humongous New York that seemed to be nothing but Mafiosi and slums. Obviously Played for Laughs, though; Excel immediately recognizes that she is in America by landing "...in the very definition of a slum." She tries to interact with the locals on their own level, hilariously badly. In the dub, she just spits out as many stereotyped gang-slang phrases she can think of; the trivia tags feature notes that in the original version it was an even more eclectic collection of vaguely offensive faux-(and not-so-faux) Americanisms.
  • In Eyeshield 21, Leonard Apollo, the coach of the Nasa Aliens, is definitely an example of the Boorish type. His players are pretty nice guys, but Apollo is an overbearing blowhard who's bitter about his own failed dream of becoming a pro football player. This is actually a step down from the manga, as there Apollo is actually blatantly racist. Later in the manga, Leonard gets better. He has softened up to Panther, the one he had despised so much, but also the one who admires him for his hardships and determination, to the point that he is willing to teach his trade in return for becoming a running back. It improves him so much.
  • Gate offers a pretentious example of this. Americans are depicted as being schemers who use military force to get whatever they want. But what makes it really annoying for viewers is that the Japanese do the exact same thing in this alternate world, often simply using their superior technology to force something, if they don't get their way.
  • Episodes 10 and 11 of Genshiken Season 2. Angela is shown as riding roughshod over all cultural sensitivities in Japan, in an almost painful caricature.
  • Getter Robo:
    • After the apocalypse in Shin Getter Robo Armageddon, the remaining nations struggle to survive against immortal aliens. A group of Americans come onto the Japanese base with the aim of destroying Shin Getter and killing all the personnel. Their reason? They think the Japanese caused the disaster that flooded the surface with Getter radiation, killing about 90% of the population, and drove them underground. In truth, the UN over-reacted and launched a nuke at the, at the time, highly volatile Shin Dragon. Gai calls them out on this, asking why the Japanese would drop the bomb on themselves. They have a Heel–Face Turn near the end of the OVA. One of the American pilots basically realizes he was being a jackass, and comments that using getter rays doesn't make someone evil. Later on the American pilots (along with everyone else) show up to defend a space station, so that the Getter Team can go on the offensive.
    • In the original Getter Robo series and the Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo OAV, we get the Texas Mack robot unit shaped as a cowboy and its horse, piloted by the siblings Jack and Mary King. The depictions of Jack King vary as well; in the original Getter Robo, he was so Boorish that even the Japanese found it a bit ridiculous and offensive. In Shin vs. Neo, however, he at first appears to be Boorish (a bit of a jerk, refusing to use Japanese, speaking bluntly, etc.) but quickly shows that he's willing to defend his country and his allies, even at great personal risk, without so much as a half-moment of hesitation.
    • The Americans in Getter Robo Go are not the nicest people. They are grateful for Getter's help but won't share parts due Japan's past history of not assisting allies, specifically when Japan needed oil during the Gulf War but didn't help in the fighting. American pilot Schwartz takes the cake and is a total racist that hates everything non-white. On the upside, Schwartz's co-pilot repeatedly kept him from picking on the Japanese, and toward the end of the series he does start to realize the error of his ways.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex contains a particularly obnoxious example of The Boorish in Episode 10; a major plot point revolves around the Imperial Americana AKA the American Empire sanctioning their forces to commit atrocious war crimes in South America. This could have been forgivable, given that the American Empire exists alongside the actual United States as a breakaway nation, but the depiction of the Japanese-American characters as ugly, condescending, manipulative cowards really has no excuse.
  • Kengan Ashura has Adam Dudley, possibly one of the most dizzying examples of The Boorish - a former pro hockey player from Texas who learned his fighting skills by punching people out on the rink, who speaks primarily in Gratuitous English swears, works for a Bland-Name Product version of McDonalds, has a tooth grill with "FUCK" written on it, and is introduced eating a plate of burgers and fries and saying that people who eat mayonnaise are gay. The flashback to how he was recruited shows him punching a former Kengan fighter half to death in the street while the other Texans cheer and swear, before a sexy cowgirl drapes herself across his arm. (Then again, he does go through sort of a Heel–Face Turn...)
  • Early '90s show Mad Bull 34 sends a Japanese policeman on exchange to New York's 34th precinct to be buddies with "Sleepy" John Estes, the most violent cop on the force, who cleans up the Big Apple's crime problem with shotguns, grenades, and a wanton disregard for legal procedure.
  • Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro gives us a Boorish Eaglelander during a trip to a traditional Japanese Hot Spring. As well as ticking all the Phenotype Stereotype boxes (blond hair, blue eyes, large nose), and having a surprisingly plausible accent (until he has to speak English...), he whistles the "Star-Spangled Banner" to himself, hates Japanese culture, but pretends to love it just to get close to a woman, threatens to sue for the slightest slight, keeps a massive revolver in his pants, kills a woman for refusing to give him "her resources" (her love), thinks that losing his pride is reasonable grounds for self-defense and is obsessed with working out to the point of walking around shirtless, dressed like someone from an L.A. street gang. Oh, and he calls America "a law enforcing Empire" which "raised [him] to have an emotionless heart". The kicker is that the episode ends as An Aesop about how people shouldn't be so narrow minded and intolerant of other people's culture.

    In a later chapter that arc's first villain reveals that he used the poor man as the first test subject for the electronic drug, which exaggerates something people like in order to warp them into killers making this an Exploited Trope: he most likely picked the American instead of his other graduate students because he thought people would fall for it, and he was right. This turns that story's moral about xenophobia into a Space Whale Aesop: don't miss important clues because of xenophobic assumptions about Americans or a computer might take over the world.
  • The Marmalade Boy anime has several characters who incarnated diverse variations of Eagleland #2. The one who shows up more often is Michael Grant, who started learning Japanese after watching several Japanese movies, acts like an overactive Genki Boy and is quite fixated on his host sister, Miki. Also, we have Yuu's American friends and schoolmates: a Hot-Blooded semi Jerk Jock (Brian), a blonde Clingy Jealous Girl (Jenny), a sweet and homely Cool Big Sis (Doris) and young man who pretends to be sexually ambiguous to a degree (Bill).
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED had Atlantic Federation — consisting of North America with South America as an additional member after a recent annexation — who acted more as The Empire thanks to being a power base for Blue Cosmos, who later assumed direct control over it and later Earth Alliance after the military forces of moderate members were given Thanatos Gambit at JOSH-A. This turned Up to Eleven in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny where their upper echelon members were portrayed as For the Evulz.
  • In the Anime The Ping-Pong Club, the tall, hairy, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, extremely smelly Mitchell Tanabe is... you guessed it. American.
  • Pokémon:
    • Subverted with Team Rocket's Meowth. He grew up in Hollywood (though this is more of a case of Early Installment Weirdness, as the anime has long since stopped referring to real-world places). He went there as a lonely kitten to find happiness but it was rough there too and he was mistreated by almost everyone from a baseball team to a chef. Meowth had to join a gang and steal food to survive. This is not a Woolseyism and is true even in the original Japanese version. The rich lady's Meowth, Meowzie, whom Meowth fell in love with, is humorously named MaddoNYA in that version. This is subverted as, despite its name, Hollywood seems to an area in Kanto.
    • Also applied to James's background as his parents are overbearing and insensitive Gone with the Wind-style billionaires. Again not a Woolseyism.
    • While Lt. Surge is Beautiful in the games, in the anime he is the stereotypical "American bully", taunting children and having his bigger Pokémon beat up on them while he calls them "babies".
  • Magical Project S has a brief sequence at the White House, where it shows the President as some gullible idiot willing to dump 60 billion dollars into a satellite surveillance system created by a 12-year-old Genki Girl Mad Scientist for "military purposes". It then suggests that the security there isn't just incompetent, but also unobservant as said scientist also converted the White House into a rocket launch pad while they were "out on their nightly business".
    "Ohhhhhhhh, I'm the president."
  • Principal Kunō from Ranma ½, a truly bizarre character with a penchant for loud shirts and whose catch phrase is "Oh my God!" Not actually American, but a Japanese citizen who spent a few years in the States (specifically Hawaii) and "went native" — though he was already insane before then, he just picked up "Ugly American Tourist" traits by doing so.
  • The American team in the baseball episode of Samurai Champloo are definitely Boorish. They are portrayed as blatantly cheating, violent, murderous thugs who consider the Japanese team to be ignorant savages. They also keep going on and on about American superiority. When the game dissolves into a beaning match which ends with Mugen as the last man standing, he then yells "Go back to your own damn country!" The narrator then helpfully adds that the Americans went home in shame, with a profound fear of the Japanese people.
  • School Shock presents the Americans as aggressive diplomats with their default tactic being war threats, however backing down when some kind of resistance is shown (though the resister in this case was China). At least their president has a Funny Afro and a big smile.
  • Kaiji Kawaguchi's The Silent Service flaunts a very strong Japanese nationalist (and anti-U.S.) message through this flavor; a submarine jointly developed by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and US Navy (and crewed by JMSDF sailors) goes rogue, declaring itself an independent nation—then proceeds to sink multiple U.S. warships. The film's crowning moment of Boorishness: the U.S. government draws up plans for a full-scale invasion of Japan. Over, we must stress, a single submarine that has openly gone rogue.
  • While America doesn't make an appearance until one of the final episodes of Speed Grapher, the portrayal is definitely this type. The American President (very clearly George W. Bush in the dub) is among the world leaders discussing dealing with the situation in Japan, and they launch missiles into the middle of Tokyo as a response, and their motives for doing this are completely corrupt. Admittedly, the series also presents all Japanese politicians (and arguably all politicians in general) as corrupt.
  • The You're Under Arrest!: No Mercy special had the two Lovely Angels of the show, already with a reputation in their traffic department back in Tokyo for excessive "enthusiasm," go on an exchange program of sorts to Los Angeles, where they are allowed to hunt down stolen car and gun dealers with shotguns. The other Inexplicably Identical Individuals — members of the LAPD, for that matter, see nothing wrong with threatening to shoot a suspect for being "criminal scum".
  • Oh, Yu-Gi-Oh!. So many American characters, each one marinated in this flavor. Let's count them off, shall we?
    • "Bandit" Keith (Steve) Howard, who wears Stars and Stripes bandanna. Just so you're always reminded that he's an American while he ruthlessly plays dirty—even pulling a gun on Pegasus when he loses!
    • Of course, Maximilian Pegasus himself is American—and a flamboyant, childlike billionaire. He does get redeeming qualities later, as he helps the protagonists a few times. The audience also learns that his ultimate goal was to revive his dead loved one.
    • Rebecca Hopkins/Hawkins, American champion, a cute little girl with a teddy bear—whose Catchphrase is "God damn."
    • Jean-Claude Magnum—a shallow, selfish movie star.
    • In the Abridged Series, Yugi states it himself: "So let me get this straight. The only characters on this show who represent America are Jean Claude Magnum, Rebecca Hawkins, Maximilian Pegasus, and Bandit Keith. Is it just me, or is Yu-Gi-Oh the most xenophobic show ever?" Lest you think this is just Americans complaining about how others perceive them, it isn't: the creator of the abridged series, LittleKuriboh, is British.

Mixed/Other

  • America from Axis Powers Hetalia is a more benign blend of Beautiful and Boorish; his geography is terrible, he's loud, pushy, clueless, addicted to cheeseburgers and various sweets, and he's an Attention Whore (he calls himself the "World's Hero")—but he's also friendly and good-natured, to the point of being a literal Friend to All Living Things and a serious Love Freak. Considering some of the other "America-tan" characters to come out of Japan (e.g. Meriken of Afganisu-tan fame), Axis Powers Hetalia's take on America is rather positive.
    • The anime adaptation's ending songs involving America are a little meaner, though. They really play up the Boorish idea of Americans living on unhealthy fast food, whereas (in the "Draw a Circle, That's the Earth" series of ending songs) all the other countries extolled their cuisine.
    • This type of depiction is pretty much normal for this series. No country escapes being the butt of jokes, but most of the countries are also good at heart. (Except for Russia whose heart sometimes actually falls out of its place. But even he isn't completely and consciously evil.)
  • The anime series Baccano!! plays with the Boorish flavor through its tons of characters in Mafia-run Chicago/New York City and a runaway train between the two. Some are silly, some are wimpy, some are batshit insane and the rest of them...
  • A Certain Magical Index and its spinoff A Certain Scientific Railgun:
    • Both series are somewhat ambiguous in their view of America, as the majority of the plot tends to occur in Japan, England and the continents in between the two. While the Americans are occasionally referenced as the "World Police," it's not made clear whether this is positive or negative in context until the Railgun SS Liberal Arts City, which presents America as being obsessed with their status as the World Police to the point they're ready to go to some pretty atrocious lengths to gain power comparable to Academy City. The majority of the civilians in the short story are also portrayed as none to bright, thinking that very real threats are nothing more than performances. This is further muddled by the fact that the story takes place in a "city" that is essentially a movie studio theme park (think MGM) Turned Up to Eleven that is ultimately revealed to have been explicitly created for the purpose of allowing the American forces to carry out their battles with a magical cabal and acquire their power without the populace realizing it. A mixed bag overall.
    • The American President (an original character) makes a prominent appearance in New Testament. While he is shown to be loud, shamelessly flirtatious, and very unconcerned with decorum, he is also a friendly, decent man who does his personal best to stop the conflict in the story with the minimum amount of bloodshed.
    • For the most part, the author tends to focus on America's gun ownership laws whenever Americans show up in the story, implying that all Americans own one, carry it around everywhere, and are well-versed in its use. This leads to a very humorous scene where American tourists at a beach are being asked to hand in their sidearms upon entrance.
  • Death Note — especially the manga — has some combination of both types, but surprisingly a lot of the Beautiful. The FBI are among the first to pursue Kira in the first arc; in the second arc the SPK are established and funded by the US government, and in the manga president David Hoope kills himself when he believes Mello is going to manipulate him into launching a nuclear weapon. On the other hand, Hoope's successor is a panicky coward who cuts off ties with the SPK and announces that the United States will no longer pursue Kira. The English dub (recorded in Canada) even gives him a Bush-like faux-Southern accent.
  • Anthony from Doki Doki School Hours is like a male version of Patricia. At one point he shows everyone a photo of his 14-year-old kid sister — an large-busted (perhaps implausibly so for her age) blonde cheerleader.
  • In Eureka Seven AO, which unlike the original anime takes place in the modern world (though it diverged after World War II), America is more or less presented as one would expect: the modern day superpower that's constantly out to influence global affairs, much to the annoyance of the good guys. Having said that, individual American soldiers are represented in a relatively good light; for example, in Episode 10, soldiers are seen defending civilians against Truth and the latest Secret (though to no avail on either), and when Generation Bleu came to their aid, they radioed their thanks. AO presents Japan in more or less the same light as America, namely in its treatment of Okinawa (which is independent in this timeline).
  • Besides the aforementioned Leonard Apollo, Americans were portrayed rather variously here in Eyeshield 21, from nice people like Patrick "Panther" Spencer, Homer Fitzgerald, Leonard Apollo, to people like Donald Oberman.
    • It's also sort of subverted in Billy Horide, the coach of the Seibu Wild Gunmen, who, despite being Japanese as far as anyone can tell, is loud, rude, pushy, loves shooting guns and even runs his offense in a fast, high-powered manner. He's almost sort of a weird Japanese Texas-otaku.
    • Leonard Apollo starts as a Boor, but during the first game against the Deimon Devilbats comes to the realization what a despicable bastard he is and decides to become a better person. He even takes Patrick Spencer, who he previously belittled, as his protege, teaching him everything he knows.
  • In Freezing, we are introduced to "the Immortal" Roxanne Elipton, ranked as the strongest 3rd year Pandora in America. She is shown to be supportive and respectful of others, yet still has an outgoing attitude. She also squishes Satellizer's massive boobs to see if they're real.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • The third novel (and thus the final story arc of the original anime) has American submarine Captain Killy B. Sailor, who's obsessed with hunting down the mysterious "ghost submarine" (the Tuatha De Danaan) because he's convinced it's part of a Japanese plot, at one point attempting to rouse his men by saying "Remember Pearl Harbor!" However, the rest of the crew is portrayed as level-headed, competent sailors who are frustrated with their skipper's Ahab act and either ignore him, or try to stop him when he wants to go too far. In the novels beyond the anime, he gets a "Die Hard" on an X plot where he's treated like a nutcase (the people in the know even snidely refer to him as "John McLane"), but he's also redeemed when it's revealed that he was friends with Tessa Testarossa's parents before they were killed, and after he learns that she's the captain of the TdD he pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment near the end of the story.
    • An odd example comes from the series' female lead Kaname Chidori, who's ethnically Japanese but spent part of her youth in New York City, which is why she's so aggressive and emotionally open (personality traits that are less regarded in Japan). While she does tend to blow her stack at Sōsuke (not saying he doesn't deserve some of it, mind...), she's also an Action Girl who refuses to just cower in a corner when the bad guys come after her, and has come up with plans that have saved her and Sōsuke's lives more than once.
  • In the third season of Future Card Buddyfight, America's representatives in the Tournament Arc tend toward the Boorish, consisting of a big dumb brute, a Corrupt Corporate Executive who is also an arms dealer in his spare time, and recurring character Noboru Kodo, an arrogant Jerk with a Heart of Gold who divides his time between Japan and the States. That said, America itself is depicted more in line with the Beautiful variant with authority figures being overall reasonable and bystanders generally being a nice bunch. Hell, one of the three credits sequences for the season is just Gao and friends going around and seeing the sights, though they do get into some wacky hijinks in the process.
  • Jackie Gudelhian from Future GPX Cyber Formula. He's a very cheerful guy, doesn't take things seriously, he often wears a cowboy hat when he's off the race track and his hobby is horse riding. Also, his car in the TV series has stars on them and he wears the Stars and Stripes trunks in EP 5 of Double-One.
  • The depiction of Americans in the Gravitation manga is... odd. The country is represented in early volumes by a semi-realistic New York criminal underground and the gun-toting, very, very Texan (although good-hearted) K; this and some miscellaneous executives are all that made it to the anime. In later volumes, however, they actually go to New York, where we meet K's family and the even crazier Rage, who flies a giant robotic panda through cities and has a tendency to shoot people with a (non-lethal) bazooka. Notably, the escapades of the American characters get at least two bodyguards killed (one of Ryuichi's shot by Rage's and one of Judy's thrown out an airplane window by K) with no fanfare whatsoever. What takes the cake, however, has to be Yoshiaki's comment that she doesn't object to Yuki killing her brother, nor would most Americans...because gang rape is a capital crime in the US.
  • The Gundam franchise has been introducing American characters as far back as Sleggar Law in the original series; the shows don't generally ascribe positive or negative traits to any nations, instead making the characters well-rounded regardless of their national origin. For example, Sleggar is a drinker, a shameless flirt, and a bit of a slob, but he's also a talented pilot, an honorable soldier, and a Cool Big Bro figure. The acts he's most famous for are telling off Mirai Yashima's fiancé for hitting her (and apologizing to the man when he sticks his neck out for White Base) and performing a Heroic Sacrifice that allows Amuro's Gundam to defeat the Big Zam.
    • It's been claimed that Sleggar was the inspiration behind Roy Fokker of Macross fame. See above.
    • Chibodee Crocket from Mobile Fighter G Gundam straddles the line between Beautiful and Boorish. He's brash, boisterous, eager to pick fights with Domon (who he refers to as "Japanese", or "Neo-Japan" in the dub), and occasionally makes boasts he can't back up. He's also a Self-Made Man who looks out for the little guy, is fiercely loyal to his friends, treats women very well despite being a total flirt, and is one of the strongest warriors in the world. Initially he only fights to satisfy his own pride, but after several hardships like being infected with the DG cells and being almost abandoned by his crew to learn to truly love fighting. And his favorite song is "America the Beautiful" (though this was only in the dub, while the original Japanese version used a different song entirely).
      • His mobile suit deserves mention, too. If Gundam Maxter's design is any indication, the Japanese believe that all Americans are surfing, football-playing boxer cowboys. And it'd be terrible to disappoint them. In canon, you get the impression Chibodee drew up the design himself and just combined a bunch of things he thinks are cool.
    • Duo Maxwell from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing isn't from America proper, but rather a space colony that belongs to America. Either way, he can be seen as a combination of both types, being boisterous, flirtatious, and a bit eager to reap first and ask questions later, but is also a genuinely nice and friendly guy who's dedicated to his friends and the cause of bringing peace. Being American doesn't really influence his character apart from being the Token White in the Five-Token Band; a lot of his more outgoing traits come simply because he's The Lancer to Heero, who is very much The Stoic. That said, Duo is insanely popular, being the most popular character among Western viewers, and a close second in Japan (behind, of course, Heero).
    • Gundam Build Fighters continues the tradition with Nils Nielsen, a Japanese-American of African descent. He started off the series in a poor position with the fans viewing him as a Gary Stu (he's a Teen Genius and an unrelenting Occidental Otakunote ) and disliking how he looks down on people who enjoy Gunpla Battle. However, over the course of the show he demonstrates real feats of valor and determination, becomes a staunch ally of the protagonists, and by the end admits that he enjoys Gunpla and the Gundam franchise just as much as they do. There's also the fact that he's the Only Sane Man in regards to the show's overall plot, being the only character who says "We have this incredible technology that animates plastic, and the only thing we do with it is make model robots fight each other?"

      By the end of the series, he helps re-create the Plavsky Particle after its original source vanishes, meaning he's the reason Gunpla Battles can continue, and in the sequel series he's grown up, mellowed out, married his love interest, and runs a gigantic laboratory that serves as a training camp for Gunpla Battle teams. Unfortunately, he's had to retire from the game himself, saying that his comprehensive knowledge of the system would give him an unfair advantage.
      • Build Fighters also has Greco Logan, a minor character who generally fits into the Beautiful side of things (being a noble Spirited Competitor from America) but doesn't get much screentime. Viewers tend to see him as an affectionate nod to the franchise's American fanbase, especially since he uses a Tallgeese and Gundam Wing was the series that jump-started said fandom.
  • Gunsmith Cats portrays Chicago as a mix of nice place and Gangster Land, in keeping with its loving homage to Hollywood action movies, with girls, guns, and fast cars.
  • Hajime no Ippo:
    • It explicitly has both Beautiful and Boorish flavors exhibited with Takamura's major opponents. The Boorish flavor is exemplified by Bryan Hawk, an exceptionally violent and crude brute who takes every opportunity to proclaim the superiority of his skills over the "weaker" Japanese. Eagleland The Beautiful (heck, it's in his NAME) is embodied by David Eagle, who is charismatic and honorable. However, this is played with when the Japanese crowd during his match with Takamura note that his behavior in the ring is more typical of a samurai warrior.
    • There's a few more examples for both flavors. For The Beautiful, Jason Ozuma is a Gentle Giant and a subverted Scary Black Man; Mike Elliot is a fairly nice yet competitive boxer who enjoys intellectual boxing matches and treats boxing somewhat like Chess. He respects Vorg, and wanted a fair match with him.
    • For The Boorish, Mike Elliot's coach is a Manipulative Bastard who will gladly cheat if it helps his boxer win. He dodged a match-up with Vorg Zangief because he did not consider it to be worth the risk, only allowing his boxer to fight Vorg when Vorg had only one week to prepare for the match, as he was coming in as a stand-in when Mike's would-be opponent got injured. Even further, he paid off the referee just to be sure. Also, the referee's willingness to blatantly cheat makes it pretty clear which flavor he is. And another for The Boorish, the crowd deserves mention as it spent most of Mike and Vorg's match yelling things at Vorg such as, "Go back to Russia you Pinko/Commie/Russkie/etc." and "Howl for us, Russian bitch" and don't forget "Don't mess with America!" and so on.
  • Kinnikuman: Initially, Terryman was a mixed flavor Eaglelander, being a Choujin who only did good deeds for money. As the focus shifted from superheroes to pro-wrestling, however, he quickly changed into a pure Beautiful example. Most American Choujin, as well as America itself during Kinnikuman's American tour, do not fall into any specific flavor of Eagleland, however.
  • Amanda O'Neill, introduced in the Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade OVA, is an Irish-American student. She's a bit cool and aloof and was introduced after she got in trouble for trying to steal from the magic school's vaults, but gets along well with her fellow "problem students" and has no qualms helping main character Akko out when they're put in charge of putting together the titular parade. Her TV series portrayal depicts her as a feisty rebel who likes to go by her own rules and causes trouble simply because she's bored. However, Amanda is very protective of her friends and will jump at the first chance to help them, no questions asked.
  • Lucky Star has Patricia Martin, who is ostensibly an American gaijin otaku. She may represent America a bit better than most, because she speaks fluent Japanese, having learned the entirety of the language from watching anime... However, she's also depicted as being a bit air-headed and somewhat under-educated in true Japanese culture outside of Animeland. Patty's quite clearly modeled on the stereotypical Japanophile, so this isn't that far from Truth in Television. Patty is somewhat an Affectionate Parody of Western Otaku as her characterization isn't mean-spirited in any way and she's portrayed for the most part as a harmless eccentric. She doesn't do anything stereotypically American such as threaten to sue or pack heat or any of the things more commonly associated with Eagleland, though her physical appearance is a Phenotype Stereotype (blue eyes, big boobs, blonde).
  • The portrayal throughout the long life of the Lupin III has been incredibly mixed. From its portrayal as a widely corrupt, overpriced hive of scum and villainy in "First Contact," to an uncaring puppeteer that leads the other nations in "Napoleon's Dictionary," to a more decent portrayal in "Bye Bye Lady Liberty," and a few positive ones like the president and his family in "Farewell to Nostradamus".
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, Autozam represents the United States of America. Though the emissaries from it- Eagle Vision, Geo Metro, and Zazu Torque are perfectly pleasant people with Autozam's best interest in mind, they do want to take over Cephiro because Autozam is running out of energy. Eagle Vision- the president's son- is even designed to resemble a bald eagle!
  • In Mahoromatic, American meddling with the remains of a giant alien crab mech causes it to go wild and tear the bathing suits off of young teenage girls on the beach. Hmmm. Could be a mixed message in there.
  • My Hero Academia plays with this with All Might and Captain Celebrity. All Might fits the American Captain Patriotic trope well, being blonde and blue-eyed with a Heroic Build and naming his attacks after US states. However, he's Japanese, although he got his start as a hero in America. Captain Celebrity is a definite Type 2, being an Attention Whore who's only in heroics for the fame and money. This attitude is also why he can't find work in America and is in Japan in the first place.
  • A case could be made that Kumogakure in Naruto is the America of the Narutoverse, particularly a mix of both types. It has the most racially diverse population of the ninja villages, the strongest military, as well as the strongest economy. In contrast, Konohagakure could be seen like Japan, having the highest population but average military and above-average economy (though this may change if we see what its stats were before Pain's attack). Konoha was loosely based on Kishimoto's hometown, which is right next to an American military base. Hence, while the cultural attitudes of Konoha are clearly Japanese, most of the main characters hold decidedly American attitudes toward combat, such as never leaving a man behind.
  • In Pokémon Adventures, Lt. Surge starts out as the Boorish: a power-hungry Psycho for Hire that climbed to the top ranks of Team Rocket and got his jollies beating the crap out of a teenage boy with a lightning BFG and an enslaved minor Physical God. However, he starts transitioning out of it in later arcs, with the Yellow arc having him pull an Enemy Mine and being surprisingly honorable in holding his end, and the Silver and Gold has him pull a full Heel–Face Turn, now running a perfectly legal enterprise with his ship the S.S. Anne and later trying to talk his old Team Rocket pals (referring to them by name, despite the fact that they're generic mooks) out of doing something bad. Granted, they're being mind controlled by Pryce, but he does it out of genuine concern for them, and it's the reason the legendary Pokémon Raikou teams up with him. He never goes full Beautiful, but his positive traits are much more in focus.
  • The Prince of Tennis features the American arc, where a team of prodigy American players gathered by a money-hungry tycoon and coach (Richard Baker) come to Japan to play against a team formed by the best Japanese junior high players. Among the stereotypes found are:
    • a cheerful red-neck and ex-cowboy who acts happy very happy-go-lucky (Billy Cassidy),
    • an angry German immigrant who is disenchanted after the loss of his American dream (Arnold Igashov),
    • two ultra-pretty and super close brothers raised in the Bronx and rescued from their abusive household (Tom and Terry Griffy),
    • a Chinese American obsessed with perfection, taking it after an equally perfectionist family(Michael Lee),
    • a huge bully specialized in lots of sports but seriously lacking sportsmanship (Bobby Marx), and
    • the son of one of Nanjiroh's old rivals, who acts very violent and angsty because of his own convoluted backstory (Kevin Smith).
    • Hell, Ryoma himself could qualified as well. He was raised in America, which could explain his incredibly arrogant, condecending, better-than-you actitude and the total lack of respect he shows towards his upperclassmen, with Tesuka being the sole exception.
  • The Read or Die franchise has Drake, a mixed example of both types, to contrast with the pathetic American president. As an American, he is terse, antisocial and sometimes downright rude. However he is brave and loyal to a fault, is moved to tears by the murder of one of his clients, and he cares deeply for his family.
  • In the third Slam Dunk OAV, the half-American half-Japanese Michael Okita is the ace of a new high school basketball team, and is said to have been scouted by the NBA itself. He's ruthless and efficient in the courts, but turns into a cheerful and laid-back flirt outside (just watch him shamelessly flirt with Ayako and make Miyagi go ballistic). And he's a blue-eyed blond on top.
  • The historical manga about post-war girls' baseball, Tetsuwan Girl, plays this both ways with the Beautiful being the matronly woman's coach who is the wife of a Negro League player and the Boorish being Mr. Banks, Connie and the rest of the American team. The Harley motorcycles and cowboy outfits almost seemed to take too long to show up. Did we mention the added layer of racism not only on the Japanese players, but the black people in the series? Yeah.
  • Zatch Bell! contains a team of superheroes called the Majestic Twelve, who are portrayed as amazingly incompetent. The only female member is named Big Boing (Lady Susan in the dub) and her superpowers consist of having huge breasts, smelling like lavender (in the English dub) and commenting every moment with the word "Yeah!" But Apollo and Jeed are the American characters that we see most, and both are definite Beautiful.
  • Zettai Karen Children has the thinly veiled nation of Comerica taking the place of America. The Comericans (mostly ESPer team The Liberty Bells) fall somewhere between the two types of Eaglelanders. They are brash and outspoken, but more than willing to help out BABEL.


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