>there's a bufoonish British character called "the major" who is old and fat, and dresses up in ceremonial military uniform all the time for comedic effect
>he talks like a World War II RAF pilot and constantly says things like "tally ho" and "for queen and country!"
How did this become such a common archetype?
>arrogant British character calls Americans "colonials" and acts as if they are unsophisticated
>he is just there for the American protagonist to "prove himself" to at the end to thunderous roaring and clapping in American theaters