Like Dastardly Whiplash, this is an oddly specific character. Often a villain, or at the very least extremely shady, the Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit is where the Corrupt Hick intersects with the Villainous Glutton. They are always obese. They always speak with a strong Southern accent, normally an upper class drawl. They are almost always dressed in a white suit, cane optional. If it's not truly white, it'll be pale enough to have the same effect. If it's someplace in the Deep South, like Mississippi or Louisiana, they will be extremely sweaty and constantly dabbing themselves with a handkerchief when not lazily fanning themselves. This is optional in places like Kentucky, but they will occasionally manage to be sweaty even in an Appalachian winter.
The root of the stereotype is in actual Southern fashions, combined with negative stereotypes of plantation owners. The white suit was an enduring Southern fashion down to the '70s, and can still be seen to this day, because the South is hot, not to mention humid. The best such suits were made of linen, which is naturally moisture-wicking and highly thermally conductive; the next-best quality was seersucker, a cotton weave in which most of the cloth stays away from the skin. (Seersucker suits are fashionable to this day in Washington, D.C., which is very much a part of the South's subtropical climate zone.) Being white meant that the suit reflected light, and so didn't get hot as fast as other fabrics; it also allowed its wearer to show off that he didn't have to do anything that would get his clothing dirty.
Historical figures who sported the Southern white suit included Mark Twain and Colonel Harland Sandersnote ; but neither of them was particularly fat or particularly villainous (unless, of course, you're asking the chickens, in the latter case). Mark Twain's satires of Southern aristocracy might have been the Trope Codifier here.
The villainous version is a shameless glutton; the usual objects of his gluttony are mainstream Southern foods (sweet, fatty dishes which originated in the wet, cold, rainy Scottish Lowlands, and were definitely not adapted to suit the wet, hot, rainy Southern ones), but he's often found in association with gumbo, suggesting that he may have Cajun origins.
He occasionally has Jabba Table Manners, and often has a careless, laid-back manner. He's probably Nouveau Riche and quite possibly a Corrupt Hick; he's almost certainly not an aristocratic, genteel, warlike Southern Gentleman.
He might be rich by anyone's standards; or he might just be better-off than the rural poverty that surrounds him. One way or the other, he can afford very large quantities of very good food, and it's not at all unlikely that he gets the money from being part of, or the leader of, a corrupt local government.
For non-fat, non-sweaty, non-Southerners, who are unlikely to be corrupt but who may have a different set of villainous characteristics, see Man in White. For Southerners too blue-blooded to sweat, see Southern Gentleman. For characters who are more powerful and even less genteel, see Corrupt Hick (remembering that there's a lot of overlap). For villains who eat a great deal, Southern or not, see Villainous Glutton. And for other stereotypes of the obese, compare and contrast Fat Bastard, Fat Idiot, and Fat Slob.
- Averted with "Big Daddy" Labouff from The Princess and the Frog. He's a Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit and a bit of a glutton, but a pretty Nice Guy.
- Played straight with another John Goodman one: Layton T. Montgomery, the attorney defending the honey industry from Barry's lawsuit in Bee Movie. John Goodman seems to like that role.
- An ancillary character in Psycho, a customer at the realty office Marion works for. He flirts outrageously with her and ostentatiously pays for his tens-of-thousands-of-dollars purchase in cash ("Never carry more than I can afford to lose!"), which sets off the plot.
- Constantine: The personification of Lucifer. Complete with Louisiana accent and white suit, which should be noted, was missing shoes, so you could see filth literally dripping off of his bare feet. Probably hot tar or pitch — which sorta makes sense.
- One showed up in Angel Heart. He got his head boiled in gumbo.
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Governor Pappy O'Daniel. Corrupt, but in a self-interested, neutral way. Also, John Goodman plays a straighter, evil example, as a shady bible salesman/Klansman who beats the heroes senseless with a tree branch and steals their money. The Real Life Pappy O'Daniel is not an example, however.
- Loren Visser in Blood Simple. is probably the ultimate villainous example of this.
- Passion Fish: The John Sayles movie kinda-sorta averted this, or maybe deconstructed it. A Fat, Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit shows up at one point, but he's the main character's gay cousin (who else wears a white suit nowadays?) and the two of them spend a delightful evening drinking heavily and trading family stories.
- In Oliver Stone's JFK, John Candy portrays Real Life New Orleans defense attorney Dean Andrews this way.
- The Longest Yard (2005 version). He's a friend of the prison warden and behaves as you expect from a fat southerner.
- The Waterboy: One of Bobby's professors — so much so that Bobby calls him Colonel Sanders. He isn't evil so much as a Butt-Monkey, and he quickly finds out the hard way you don't make fun of Mama.
- The movie Life features at least three examples. Two were prison wardens, the first of whom fits the trope to a T. The second warden is identical in appearance but a much more decent human being. A minor but eventually important villain in the beginning of the film also shows that fat, sweaty, white-bedecked Southern bastards aren't exclusively white.
- Senator Seabright "Sebe" Cooley of South Carolina in Advise & Consent, although he's more wily and shrewd than villainous.
- Casablanca isn't set in the American South, and Signor Ferrari is a suave Italian, but he otherwise fits the description quite well.
- Senator Raymond Clark in Seven Days in May is a non-villainous example of the trope.
- Davido, the greedy building developer from (the live-action part of) Arthur and the Invisibles. What he's truly after is the treasure hidden by Arthur's grandfather in the world of the Minimoys.
- South American variant in That Man From Rio. As Adrian is shining a shoeshine kid's shoes (not having any money for the kid doing his) — a fat guy in white brushes the kid aside to get his own shoes done. Adrian polishes his white shoes black, and, of course, he can't see his own shoes.
- Parodied in Doctor Detroit, where Dan Aykroyd pretends to be an example of this trope in order to curry favor with a judge who is an actual example.
- The antagonist of The Muppet Movie, Doc Hopper, the owner of Doc Hopper's French-Fried Frog Legs is fat, Southern, and wears a white suit. He also tries to force Kermit to advertise his restaurant, resorting to attempting both brainwashing and murder when he refuses.
- Judge Josh, corrupt patriarch of Texas City, in Breaker! Breaker!.
- The Big Bad of Prime Cut is an overweight, psychopathic lookalike to Boss Hogg.
- Freedom on My Mind: A stock footage newsreel shows a fat double-chinned sheriff in a white shirt blocking entrance to a county courthouse where voter registrations are accepted. This causes a moment of conflict between the white and black civil rights activists. The white kids from all over Yankeeland laugh at the stereotypical newsreel. The black activists who are native to Mississippi get angry, pointing out that this is all deadly serious.
- Sheriff Bess is this in A Face in the Crowd. He doesn't have the white suit on when we see him, but we can assume he has one.
- Older Than Radio: Col. Grangerford from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- The villain in Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox.
- Jimmy Jay Jenkins from the In Death series by Nora Roberts.
- Ignatius Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces actually aspires to this.
- A horror story "The Suit" by G.W. Thomas had the white suit be a Clingy Costume; its overweight Southern owner is promised wealth and power if he keeps feeding the suit with his own fat. Problem is the suit's hunger exceeds his intake of food.
- Elemental Assassin: Captain Wayne Stephenson is a Dirty Cop who is constantly dabbing away sweat with a handkerchief. In Spider's Bite, he shows up at a formal fundraiser wearing a white suit.
- Invoked by one of Richie Tozier's Voice characters in IT.
- "Boss" Jefferson Davis Hogg, from The Dukes of Hazzard. Possibly the Trope Codifier.
- Matlock: Ben Matlock has the suit, is a bit on the large side, and sweats a lot, but he's the protagonist and his clients are always innocent. He can be really terrifying when he harangues the witness though.
- Although the main villain from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Overdrawn at the Memory Bank has based himself on a character from the movie Casablanca, he still belongs to this trope, particularly when it comes to his constant eating and his attempts to be Affably Evil.
- On Good Eats, Alton has an uncle (actually Alton in a costume) who wears a white suit (although he isn't fat or abnormally sweaty), since he's supposed to be a parody of Col. Sanders. He usually shows up when the recipe in question is distinctly Southern (such as fried catfish).
- Mission: Impossible: Jake Morgan, the villain in "Bayou", is a fat, sweaty southerner in a white suit who runs a white slavery ring.
- Ray Ray (who is skinny) and Randy (who is not) as "The Man" in My Name Is Earl.
- In Mad TV the recurring character Son of Dolemite's Arch-Enemy is the fat, sweaty white Sheriff.
Kill that boy! Kill 'em dead!
- In the Horrible Histories sketch about Harriet Tubman, she has to hide from one of these. And hes stupid enough she does it easily.
- Gary Hart (no relation to the Hart Family or Jimmy Hart), a prominent wrestling personality in the South during the territorial days, did the Sweaty Southerner in a White Suit routine.
- Although Ernie Ladd wasn't fat, he did have some of the mannerisms. Southern accent, intensely classist and racist, and when doing interviews, he sometimes donned white or otherwise pastel suits.
- Colonel Robert Parker
- Jim Cornette, who didn't like working people or women and (at the very least) was very unconscious or apathetic to the concerns of black people, and often wore a white suit. But he didn't get fat until a fall from a scaffold busted his knees.
- A series of commercials for Roomaire (No Sweat!) air conditioners in the mid-1980s used a typical country song playing on midwestern and southern stereotypes this way. "The big fat sheriff was heard to mutter/ If it don't cool off, I'll turn to butter."
- Hitman: Blood Money:
- Skip Muldoon is a captain of a luxury riverboat, drug smuggler, and Depraved Bisexual with an emphasis on the depraved.
- John "Pappy" Le Blanc: a paranoid, senile, and dangerously rich head of the Mississippi drug cartel that his half-brother Skip worked for.
- Blake Dexter, the Big Bad of Absolution, is a subversion: he's got the look, the suit, the drawl and the attitude for this trope down to a 'T', except he's actually a Midwesterner from South Dakota. It's obvious that Dexter was originally meant to be Texan, but for some reason this was changed sometime before release.
- Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome, from The Fairly OddParents!.
- Tiny Attorney from The Venture Bros., another heroic example. Bonus points are awarded for simultaneously being a Simple Country Lawyer.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Forgotten", homeless people are being kidnapped and forced to work in a mine run by one of these types, pictured above complete with a piece of fried chicken and a fan. (All he lacked was a Southern accent.)
- The Simpsons:
Fat Sweaty Guy: (laughs) Ho ho, I'm sorry. I can't divulge information about that customer's secret, illegal account. [hangs up] Oh crap, I shouldn't have said he was a customer. Oh crap! I shouldn't have said it was a secret. OH CRAP!! I certainly shouldn't have said it was illegal! Eh, it's too hot today. (fans himself)
- The recurring character of the Rich Texan fits the "fat", "southerner", and "in a white (or, at least, light tan) suit" elements of the trope, though he isn't commonly shown to be sweaty or gluttonous. He is very rich and occasionally somewhat shady.
- Big Daddy from "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase" show "Wiggum P.I." is a classic example.
- Wiggum himself gets a related classic line, after watching a racially-insensitive cartoon in "Love, Springfieldian Style": "Even I find this offensive, and I'm a fat Southern Sheriff!"
- The southern general that Homer fought a duel with in "E-I-E-I-[Annoyed Grunt]" is also an example.
- Homer was definitely trying for the look when he re-styled himself as "Colonel Homer", manager of Lurleen Lumpkin in the 3rd season episode of the same name. He brings the suit out again in Season 19's "Papa Don't Leech", when Lurleen returns to Springfield.
- Also played with in the episode "Bart the Fink", where the IRS is investigating Krusty the Klown's off-shore accounts and a Fat Sweaty Caymen Islander in a White Suit answers the phone:
- In "Mayored to the Mob", Homer becomes Mayor Quimby's bodyguard, earning his certification from a bodyguard school run by Leavelle◊, who fits this trope.
- In "The Monkey Suit", during the trial against Lisa and evolution, Ned has an overweight southern lawyer named Wallace Brady (guest-starred by Larry Hagman) at his side. The guy opposes Lisa and greatly supports creationism, calling evolution a load of "Hollywood hooey", not to mention he's not afraid of manipulating the audience at the courtroom with a cute baby deer (Bambi apparently) by claiming evolution is what allowed humans to kill his mother, with the intent of siding people against Lisa. Brady also sees no problem whatsoever with sending an eight years old girl straight to jail if it means teaching religion at schools.
- Parodied with the anthropomorphic chicken lawyer.
- Played straight in the Atlantic episode with a Fat Southern Merman in a white suit.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: Jimmy Nixon McGarfield, the Fourth Grade President-for-Life, is a tween example. He starts out with the typical white suit, but gets a black one once he's officially a villain.
- Another very young example is Gideon Gleeful. He's ten years old and his suit is baby blue, but he's chubby, pig-like, has an impressive Southern drawl, is a Corrupt Hick and a villain through and through.
- Mr. Fishchoder (who even has a white eyepatch) from Bob's Burgers, m inus the fat part.
- Big Boss from C.O.P.S..
- Captain Planet:
- Piggish villain Hoggish Greedley usually preferred the army fatigue look, but appeared in a white suit on occasion.
- He has a grandfather, Don Porkaloin, who played this trope to the hilt.
- One episode of Saturday Supercade, the Donkey Kong cartoon, "Mississippi Madness", has someone named Colonel Culpepper as the main antagonist, who plans to steal a jewel.
- The father of the alligator Southern Belle sisters from Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation. Voiced by Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) himself, no less.
- The principal of GESH from Clone High.