Even if Americans envy France and love it for many reasons, we don’t always have a superb reputation abroad. There are so many clichés about the French (apparently we don’t wash and we groan all the time), and if there’s one thing that doesn’t help us restore our image, it’s fiction. In lots of books, series or foreign films, the French characters are arrogant, violent or slightly naughty assholes, and we find that a little bit unfair. Well ok it’s funny too, but still a little unfair.
1. Pepe the Polecat
We already talked about it in the top on the cartoon characters who were canceled: Pepe the Polecat was removed from Looney Tunes because he forced his “conquests” to kiss him, which, let’s face it, is wrong. But what interests us today is the fact that Pépé le Polet is characterized as being French. And since he’s a skunk, well, he inevitably whips, so that gives a good image of our compatriots: forcers who push back a max. We have seen nicer representation of our country.
2. Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter
If she ends up becoming a valuable ally of the Order of the Phoenix, Fleur Delacour is first introduced to the Harry Potter universe as a somewhat arrogant person, disgusted by English cuisine and relatively unbearable. She’s a bit like the little princess who wants everyone to admire her and act according to her vision of things. In short, he’s one of the only French characters in the books, and he’s also a bummer. Thanks JK Rowling.
3. The character of France in Hetalia: Axis Powers
For those who don’t know, Hetalia it’s a manga where each country is personalized, so each character represents a country. Inevitably, it’s the door open to all possible stereotypes, and, inevitably, the character of France (called Francis Bonnefoy, so cliché) is expensive. He is handsome but only talks about ass, drinks 24 hours a day, manipulates everyone and touches the other characters without their consent. Worst motherfucker you die.
4. Iron Maiden Jeanne in Shaman King
Talk about a rotten name already, but that’s not the only flaw of this character in Hiroyuki Takei’s manga. Iron Maiden Jeanne, born in Mont-Saint-Michel, is probably the most cruel person of all Shaman King, since she has the particularity of torturing other characters using twisted medieval techniques. Basically, as soon as someone gets in her way, she butts him up, but very cruelly. Isn’t France beautiful?
5. Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid
He’s not the greatest villain in Disney history, but Chef Louis is depicted as a totally angry Frenchman with a big mustache (yes, the French often have big mustaches in fiction) who destroys his kitchen to try to cook Sébastien the crab. And in a world where half the characters come from the sea, a guy willing to do anything to boil a crab is bound to be an asshole.
6. The Merovingian in The Matrix: Reloaded
Played by Lambert Wilson, the Merovingian is a very intelligent information trafficker, but above all a handsome asshole who spends his time swearing. His best line is still: “God damn it fucking motherfucker motherfucker.” You see, it’s as enjoyable as wiping your ass with silk, I love it. » Yes, foreigners think the French are very distinguished.
7. Jean-Paul Pierre Claude Charpentier Viscount of Condé de Bourbon in At the White House
Isn’t that a GOOD FRENCH character name??? In the series Westwing (translated “At the White House”, so it’s really ugly), Jean-Paul is Zoey Bartlet’s boyfriend, and, asshole that he is, he drugs her during her graduation party because she intended to dump him. Because of that she is kidnapped, and later he will say that she had taken drugs on her own. Jean-Paul is therefore what one might call a disreputable person.
8. Guillaume in Seven at Home
He’s not the most outstanding character in the history of the series, but Guillaume (nicknamed Guy) appears in an episode of seven at home as a French student hosted by the ultra-Protestant Camden family. Only, Guy is a big jerk who fucks up his foster family and makes the kids smoke cigarettes, which makes them sick. In the end, everyone realizes that the French are not as charming and romantic as they say. A beautiful anti-French morality as we like them.
9. Fouchet in Bad Boys
In the first Bad Boys movie, Fouchet is the main villain, a hulking big heroin smuggler. At one point, he guns down an escort from behind after reassuring her, then shoots one of his henchmen in the kneecap and asks another to finish him off. The kind of guy you don’t want to go have tea with, basically.
10. Napoleon in Anglo-Saxon fiction
If in France the figure of Napoleon is controversial, in the Anglo-Saxon countries the debate is closed: he is an asshole. As a result, when he appears in fiction, it is often in the role of a big bad guy. For example, in Minions, when we show the greatest villains in history, Napoleon is one of them in the same way as Dracula. And in Night at the Museum 2, Napoleon is still a villain who works alongside Al Capone and Ivan the Terrible. Then in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Napoleon cheats at bowling to win against a kid. If that’s not a nice swell, I don’t know what you are.
11. Francois Toulour in Ocean’s Twelve
The character played by Vincent Cassel, who calls himself “Le Renard de la nuit”, is a Frenchman who uses his capoeira skills to fly. And even if he is represented as someone quite classy, well he is still a little arrogant and we slightly want to slap him. A real Frenchman.