Are Accents Really Necessary in Comics?

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Posted by RazzaTazz (9568 posts) - - Show Bio

 

One of the most famous accents in comics is of course the southern accent of Rogue.   Rogue is already a pretty cool character, but the accent adds something more.   And while I do like the accent it leads me to wonder, if they are going to show her accent why don’t they show others?   Here accent is also mostly only represented by changing “I” to “Ah” though there are a lot more subtleties of the southern accent which that skips over.   There are a few accents in comics which do get shown, Captain Boomerang for instance, but that is as often to add a comedic element to the character, not to add depth like it does with Rogue.   The Cheetah's assistant Chuma is also often shown speaking in accented English.  Certainly there are people from all over the world represented in comics but their English accents are mostly neglected.   The most common among these would be British or Canadian heroes, but when they are portrayed their accents are not really noticeable.   They are some subtle differences between pronunciation between Americans and Canadians though are accents are almost identical.   Would it look right to have talking with a subtle Canadian accent, at least as perceived by Americans?

 


 

Probably not.   I do agree that the portrayal of Rogue’s accent in comics makes her more compelling (and sassy) and adds a unique aspect to her character.   Still a part of me wonders whenever I read her words why all characters don’t get the same treatment.             

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#1 Posted by xerox_kitty (15762 posts) - - Show Bio

With Rogue, then the substitution of 'Ah' for 'I' doesn't bother me so much.  In fact, at times that's the only thing that keeps her accent 'Southern'.   
 
When Wolfsbane 'dropped' her Scottish accent, she also lost a lot of her key personality.  As if it's lazy writing not to try to write with an accent or to understand that character.
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#2 Posted by Jake Fury (18319 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it matters. I love the thought of how a guy like Batroc would sound.
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#3 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Funny you should mention the accents, because in my opinion they bring out character all the more.  For Rogue's sake, the Mississippi based Southern accent is as a part of her as Remy LeBeau's Acadian Franglish.  Of course, whenever I read them in comics I immediately think to their voices that portrayed them in the Animated Series.

#4 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29499 posts) - - Show Bio

Didn't Siryn lose her accent? Because between Joe Kelly's DP run and that little.... scene in X-factor 200, she's totally not talking like an Irish schoolgirl. :P

#5 Posted by CATPANEXE (9368 posts) - - Show Bio

Just waking into it, but Wolverine no. His dialect shows in his idiosyncratic " bubs " and " ol' knucklehead (and if you can tell me what that really means, I'll love you forever) ",
but logically given how long he's been alive, and how much of the world he's been back and forth in, he wouldn't have a Canadian accent, more so his lingo would be
a somewhat of a hybrid Melting Pot affect.

#6 Posted by RazzaTazz (9568 posts) - - Show Bio
@RedheadedAtrocitus:   
I do like the accents, but first instances how often are British characters shown with any accent? 

@CATPANEXE:

Come on?!?!?  It took me half an hour to paste together that Wolverine image.  
 
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#7 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio
@RazzaTazz: Not too often I must admit.  I do like the extent to which recent writers kinda played up Mon-El's accent as being British though, which I thought was quite interesting.  I guess that means apparently all Daxamites have true Brit in them. ::shrugs:: Kinda hilarious if you ask me.
#8 Posted by xerox_kitty (15762 posts) - - Show Bio
@RazzaTazz said:
"@CATPANEXE: Come on?!?!?  It took me half an hour to paste together that Wolverine image.    "

I always find it funny when Canadians are shown saying 'aboot', since it's similar to how Scottish accents were portrayed when I was a kid. 
 
Some written accents don't translate internationally though. "Eh" isn't pronounced as 'Ay' in Britain, so a lot of people read it as a disgruntled noice similar to 'uh'.
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#9 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't mind accents in general but sometimes they can be a real pain in the arse to read, I mean some accents are hard enough to understand when spoken, but when written, it can be even harder (for me anyways) because my mind sees nonsensical stringing together of letters and can't process the way it would be said...of course that doesn't really apply to Rogue's slight accent...I'm talking characters with actual accents written by people who come from places where the accent is natural

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#10 Posted by Nefarious (19535 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it does matter. Gambit has an interesting accent.

#11 Posted by CATPANEXE (9368 posts) - - Show Bio
@RazzaTazz:  lol. i like the Wolverine image though. but he lived large portions of his very long life elsewhere, imo.
#12 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost said:
" I don't mind accents in general but sometimes they can be a real pain in the arse to read, I mean some accents are hard enough to understand when spoken, but when written, it can be even harder (for me anyways) because my mind sees nonsensical stringing together of letters and can't process the way it would be said...of course that doesn't really apply to Rogue's slight accent...I'm talking characters with actual accents written by people who come from places where the accent is natural "
I can agree with that.
#13 Posted by RazzaTazz (9568 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost:
The one which always troubled me the most was Jet from the Global Guardians.  I was re-reading Millenium recently and noticed how Green Lantern's ring wouldn't translate her heavy Caribbean accent though it was translating everything else, because she was still speaking English.  I think they were trying to make a point that we are all different and unique or something, but as a girl reading it for the first time (well even then it was back issues because I think Millenium came out before I was born) I couldnt understand a word she was saying.  A good point maybe, but one lost on me at the time. 
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#14 Posted by Odyssey_Dawn (84674 posts) - - Show Bio

I like reading Gambit's accent but cant stand reading Rogue's. I like Rogue, alot actually, but sometimes reading her dialog makes her come off (for me anyways) like she's an opening act for Larry the Cable Guy.

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#15 Posted by Jake Fury (18319 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
"I like reading Gambit's accent but cant stand reading Rogue's. I like Rogue, alot actually, but sometimes reading her dialog makes her come off (for me anyways) like she's an opening act for Larry the Cable Guy. "

I always kind of pictured her as sounding like a less annoying Britney Spears. "Hey ya'll"
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#16 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio

Did Rogue have her accent in the movies? I can't remember right now.

#17 Posted by Vance Astro (91191 posts) - - Show Bio
@ComicMan24 said:
" Did Rogue have her accent in the movies? I can't remember right now. "
Yes.Anna Paquin always has an accent.
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#18 Posted by Odyssey_Dawn (84674 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury said:
" @Gambler said:
"I like reading Gambit's accent but cant stand reading Rogue's. I like Rogue, alot actually, but sometimes reading her dialog makes her come off (for me anyways) like she's an opening act for Larry the Cable Guy. "
I always kind of pictured her as sounding like a less annoying Britney Spears. "Hey ya'll" "
Hahahaha yeah, thats spot on.
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#19 Posted by ComicMan24 (147042 posts) - - Show Bio
@Vance Astro said:
" @ComicMan24 said:
" Did Rogue have her accent in the movies? I can't remember right now. "
Yes.Anna Paquin always has an accent. "
Thanks.
#20 Posted by Vance Astro (91191 posts) - - Show Bio

Accents are beyond necessary in a comic.They are essential.If you're going to show off onomatopoeia...I don't see why you would leave accents out? It allows you to really feel you know how that character would talk or sound.

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#21 Posted by Odyssey_Dawn (84674 posts) - - Show Bio

I wanna read someone's thick Boston accent in comics.

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#22 Posted by Jake Fury (18319 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
"I wanna read someone's thick Boston accent in comics. "

Did you see The Town with Ben Affleck?  
 
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#23 Posted by Odyssey_Dawn (84674 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury said:
" @Gambler said:
"I wanna read someone's thick Boston accent in comics. "
Did you see The Town with Ben Affleck?    "
Thats what made me think of it. That and The Fighter and Departed
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#24 Posted by Jake Fury (18319 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
" @Jake Fury said:
" @Gambler said:
"I wanna read someone's thick Boston accent in comics. "
Did you see The Town with Ben Affleck?    "
Thats what made me think of it. That and The Fighter and Departed "

That'd be awesome.
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#25 Posted by RazzaTazz (9568 posts) - - Show Bio
@CATPANEXE:
Rogue has also lived a lot of her life elsewhere though.
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#26 Posted by Vance Astro (91191 posts) - - Show Bio
@RazzaTazz said:
" @CATPANEXE: Rogue has also lived a lot of her life elsewhere though. "
Her accent is really the only thing that makes her Rouge at this point.Various artists have seemed to make it their mission to reduce her physique from where it was in the 90's,she changed her costume and no longer has Ms.Marvel's powers...so at this point she needs that accent.
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#27 Posted by Edamame (28062 posts) - - Show Bio

I think so. It is what makes every character unique. 

#28 Posted by jloneblackheart (5506 posts) - - Show Bio

Accents are very important in the Dethklok comics... 
 
Also, people tell me I have a Southern accent. Does that make me as cool as Rogue? :)

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#29 Posted by RazzaTazz (9568 posts) - - Show Bio
@jloneblackheart:
That depends on two things: 
 
1.  Are you a woman (or a girl if you arent old enough I guess) ? 
2.  Do you have sass (or to put that another way are you sassy)? 
 
Notice it is impossible to answer yes to the second question if you answered no to the first one.  If you answered both affirmtive though, the answer is - YES, you might be as cool as Rogue.   
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#30 Posted by sesquipedalophobe (4699 posts) - - Show Bio

Anna Paquin never did say things like "shug" to entice the trucker readers or tell Colossus he's "so beg and stroang." That isn't a typo, because that's just how I imagine someone with a skunk stripe talks even to this day.

#31 Posted by hydrabob (14977 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm sorry didn't read any of the blog, but I know that they are completely necessary, nobody wants to read everyone with the same dialect that would be boring. There is so much more of this I want to talk about, but I'm going to have to get back to you in a little while.

#32 Posted by RazzaTazz (9568 posts) - - Show Bio
@hydrabob:
Well I am happy that if my blogs arent getting through to you, at least the titles are hitting home.  ;) :D
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#33 Posted by Jotham (4564 posts) - - Show Bio

Accents are fine with me, what annoys me is when they have something in English, and then in the corner they say "translated from the __________." Really? You wrote it out in another language, then translated it?

#34 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio
@CATPANEXE said:
" Just waking into it, but Wolverine no. His dialect shows in his idiosyncratic " bubs " and " ol' knucklehead (and if you can tell me what that really means, I'll love you forever) ", but logically given how long he's been alive, and how much of the world he's been back and forth in, he wouldn't have a Canadian accent, more so his lingo would be a somewhat of a hybrid Melting Pot affect. "
Yeah, he's probably spent more time in America, Europe and Japan than the great white north.
@aztek the lost
said:
" I don't mind accents in general but sometimes they can be a real pain in the arse to read, I mean some accents are hard enough to understand when spoken, but when written, it can be even harder (for me anyways) because my mind sees nonsensical stringing together of letters and can't process the way it would be said...of course that doesn't really apply to Rogue's slight accent...I'm talking characters with actual accents written by people who come from places where the accent is natural "
My mind immediately goes to Garth Ennis on this for some reason.
#35 Posted by KZR (487 posts) - - Show Bio

Not only does it define characters it gives them personality. More realistic you know.

#36 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (12867 posts) - - Show Bio

it depends on the character i guess.
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#37 Posted by Jotham (4564 posts) - - Show Bio
@CATPANEXE said:
" ol' knucklehead (and if you can tell me what that really means, I'll love you forever) "
Isn't it Canucklehead?
#38 Posted by Jake Fury (18319 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone remember Wolverine's accent from Spider-Man & His Amazing friends? He sounded French-Canadian.
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#39 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (12867 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler:
hahaha  that would make Ms.Marvel even more awesome
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#40 Posted by Dracade102 (8167 posts) - - Show Bio

  

 
The guy who plays Logan in this is how I picture Wolverine's voice... Even if the panels don't suggest an accent.
#41 Posted by danhimself (22444 posts) - - Show Bio

has anyone seen the Pryde of the X-men pilot?  I could barely stand watching it just because of Wolverine's idiotic Canadian accent

#42 Posted by CellphoneGirl (18847 posts) - - Show Bio

It is.

#43 Posted by CrimsonAvenger (1162 posts) - - Show Bio
@danhimself said:
" has anyone seen the Pryde of the X-men pilot?  I could barely stand watching it just because of Wolverine's idiotic Canadian accent "
I went and watched it after I saw your post and wolverine's accent was hilarious.
#44 Posted by oldgum (326 posts) - - Show Bio

Rogue's accent is pretty  flirting, while wolverine''s ...a little South Park humor.

#45 Edited by Iron_Lad (315 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolfsbane has a really annoying comic accent. "Ye dinnae really think that would be it did ye?"... what!? I still don't understand half the things she says most of the time.

#46 Posted by Aqua11500 (2647 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jake Fury said:
" @Gambler said:
"I like reading Gambit's accent but cant stand reading Rogue's. I like Rogue, alot actually, but sometimes reading her dialog makes her come off (for me anyways) like she's an opening act for Larry the Cable Guy. "
I always kind of pictured her as sounding like a less annoying Britney Spears. "Hey ya'll" "
ROFLMEGASTOMP!!!!!!
#47 Posted by Aqua11500 (2647 posts) - - Show Bio
@RazzaTazz said:
" @jloneblackheart: That depends on two things:  1.  Are you a woman (or a girl if you arent old enough I guess) ? 2.  Do you have sass (or to put that another way are you sassy)?  Notice it is impossible to answer yes to the second question if you answered no to the first one.  If you answered both affirmtive though, the answer is - YES, you might be as cool as Rogue.    "
That is me...lol  
 
 
Im from Georgia =P
#48 Posted by A_O_N (352 posts) - - Show Bio

It adds depth to the characters where there otherwise wouldn't be, therefore it's a positive I think

#49 Posted by lorex (954 posts) - - Show Bio

Accents are not necessary but they do add a little something to a character when you try to imagine what they sound like.

#50 Posted by Overseer (404 posts) - - Show Bio

Are they necessary? I'll leave that up to the people who write the stories. I myself do like accents and sometimes (in my nutball view of Marvel comics) add accents to characters who don't have them (ie: Ms. Marvel having a thick Boston Accent, the entirety of the Fantastic Four having Brooklyn Accents, though Thing has the thickest) or prefering it when characters are portrayed with accents like Black Panther in MUA 2. I like accents and find them entertaining to listen to and fairly insightful toward the character such as Buggs Bunny's Brooklyn accent, Osaka's Huston accent and Shizuru's southern belle accent in the english dubs of Azumanga Daioh and Mai-HiME respectivly (yes I prefer Dubs to subs and lets leave it at that). 

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