The Reason Why So Many Movie Villains Have A British Accent

We sound "less trustworthy and less kind"

Following last year's news that Brits do the most cocaine and have the highest levels of gonorrhea we've taken another lofty title: the most evil sounding voices.

Science of Us point to a linguistic essay by Chi Luu which explains why the British accent lends itself to villainous characters so well: "Speakers of the prestige Received Pronunciation (RP) accent (otherwise known as the Queen's English or BBC English) are regularly evaluated by non-RP speakers as more educated, intelligent, competent, physically attractive, and generally of a higher socioeconomic class."

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They also highlight a study where the same lecture was delivered in two different accents receiving more positive reviews when speaking in received pronunciation

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Luu writes that RP accents also are considered "less trustworthy, kind, sincere, and friendly than speakers of non-RP accents, sincere, and friendly than speakers of non-RP accents."

This meant the ultimate make-up for a villain comes about when you combine high intellect and low morals.