See biographies by C. E. Wurtzberg (1954) and M. Collis (1966).
Raffles, Gentleman Thug is a comic strip featured in adult comic Viz featuring a nineteenth-century nobleman given to 'immense erudition and wanton violence'. The basic premise is a nod/ripoff of E. W. Hornung's Raffles the Thief character, the main difference being that this Raffles is very much a 21st century hooligan despite his use of Victorian language. The strip parodies British yob culture, placing modern day situations in a Victorian/Edwardian setting, including considerable anachronisms, and Raffles himself uses antiquated or formal words in very informal or modern situations.
Raffles has found himself in many situations featuring famous characters and events from the 19th century and early 20th century:
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, often stereotyped as the fashion brand of choice for Britain's 'chavs').
Raffles often uses modern-day techniques during his daily escapades - in a recent episode, he broke a wine bottle and stabbed someone with it (today known as "glassing") and used a Stanley knife to threaten someone into giving him their wallet. In another strip Raffles and Bunny went to visit the Earl of Burberry only to find his house ablaze (Burberry had fallen asleep in front of the magic lantern and left the quail pan on). The fire brigade arrived and were subsequently pelted with rocks by Raffles, Bunny and Burberry.
(To King Edward VII) Is sir perchance passing by the infirmary on his way home? If so perhaps he'd like to stitch this f*****
Is sir addressing me or is he masticating on a house brick? Because either way sir loses his f****** teeth.
(While assaulting the ambassador to Moldavia) Have you had enough? Have you had enough you f****** Moldavian bastard, your Excellency.
(Raffles' chalked graffiti) All Bow Street Runners are illegitimate
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