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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (December 2009) Raffles, the Gentleman Thug is a comic strip featured in the British publication Viz, the central character of which is a 19th-century nobleman given to 'immense erudition and wanton violence'. Raffles inhabits the formal world of the Victorian gentleman, but behaves as a 21st-century hooligan, though he always maintains his elegant style. The comic strip parodies British yob culture, placing Raffles in anachronistic modern situations which he usually employs extreme violence to resolve. Raffles is always accompanied by his loyal friend Bunny and has other acquaintances such as 'Dave, 6th Earl of Bermondsey' (a notorious section of South East London) and Clarence, 3rd Earl of Burberry (a reference to Burberry, stereotypically the fashion brand of choice for Britain's 'chavs'). Raffles' character is inspired by E. W. Hornung's Raffles the Thief. Language The Raffles strip is noted for its substitution of formal language in common slang phrases. For example: 'Kick the little bastard' becomes 'Lapidate the little illegitimate' 'Tits oot for the lads' (tag line of Viz character Sid the Sexist ) becomes 'Remove your decoll├ętage from its corsetry for the delectation of the gentlemen present' 'Fanny magnet' (when describing his new car) becomes 'Vaginal lodestone' 'You big girl's blouse' becomes 'You sizable ladies chemise' Historical references Raffles has found himself in many situations featuring famous characters and events from the 19th century and early 20th century: Playing cricket against the world famous W. G. Grace, cheating him and then beating him up in the toilets Knocking out the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick during a visit to a fairground freak show after accusing him of "looking at his bird" Fighting in World War I, bullying war poet Rupert Brooke and acting like a football hooligan during the 1914 Christmas Truce Quotes (To King Edward VII) 'Is sir perchance passing by the infirmary on his way home? If so perhaps he'd like to stitch this fucker.' 'Is sir addressing me or is he masticating on a house brick? Because either way sir loses his fucking teeth.' (While assaulting the ambassador to Moldavia) 'Have you had enough? Have you had enough you fucking Moldavian bastard, your Excellency.' (Raffles' chalked graffiti) 'All Bow Street Runners are illegitimate'