Follow TV Tropes


Playing With / Southern-Fried Private

Go To

Basic Trope: A person from the American Deep South in military service, usually portrayed as a xenophobic Blood Knight who disobeys orders.

  • Straight: Billy Bob Stevenson from Arkansas is a corporal in service with the USMC, scores top marks in target shooting with a 12-gauge shotgun, likes to blow stuff up, and has less respect for the protocol than his fellow Marines.
  • Exaggerated: Billy Bob is pretty much a cowboy in military service, solving all his problems with More Dakka and flagrantly disobeying orders with and without reason. The Marines still keep him on, because he's just that good.
  • Advertisement:
  • Downplayed: Billy Bob is a USMC corporal with a stereotypical Southern accent and an affinity for shotguns, but just as strict about orders as the rest of the squad.
  • Justified: Billy Bob joined the military just recently, and hasn't yet grown into respecting the protocol and his superiors.
  • Inverted: Billy Bob is a brilliant intelligence analyst who only fired a gun one or two times in his life.
  • Subverted:
    • One of the Marines mentions another one named "Billy Bob", and the new guy immediately assumes he's a stereotypical shotgun-toting Southerner. When he meets Billy Bob in person, he turns out to be a Corporal Tough with great respect for the chain of command and military tradition...
    • Alternatively, Billy Bob who speaks in a Southern accent turns to be a Warrior Poet who frequently muses on What a Senseless Waste of Human Life war is.
  • Advertisement:
  • Double Subverted: ...unless he gets his hands on a Grenade Launcher or a minigun - and when he does, he actually screams "Yee-haw!" as he lays waste to the enemies...
  • Parodied: The Southern Fried Private of the work is none other than Alice Stevenson, who is nonetheless the best in the company thanks to her harsh Southern upbringing.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob has a thick Southern accent and acts kind of silly, but is sometimes competent, Depending on the Writer.
  • Averted: Billy Bob is no different to all the other Marines, despite his Southern origin.
  • Enforced: The author has something against Southerners.
  • Lampshaded: "And this is Billy Bob. He's our crazy Southerner."
  • Invoked: The captain specifically recruits Billy Bob because he needs a Southerner's creativity.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Billy Bob got into the USMC precisely to get away from the chaotic Southern life, so he's more serious about following orders than most other Marines.
  • Advertisement:
  • Discussed: "What about the new guy?" "You mean Billy Bob?" "Yeah, him." "Well... he's from Arkansas. I don't think it's going to be too conductive to proper procedure."
  • Conversed: "Ever notice how there's always a redneck on the squad in these military shows?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Billy Bob gets a lot of hazing and trashtalk for supposedly being a stereotypical Southern redneck. In reality, he's not, and would be a regular serviceman if his squaddies didn't keep throwing blanket parties for him.
    • Billy Bob's cowboy behavior gets him busted and court-martialed.

Back to Southern-Fried Private! Yee-haw!

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: