If those outsiders see Americans as capitalists, they'll see Gordon Gecko.
If those outsiders see Americans as fat and lazy, they'll see that McDonald's kid.
If those outsiders see Americans as wild cowboys, they'll see that old timer with the rifle and getup.
There is no single "Typical American" - it all depends on the individual outsider's view.
Of course, like any population of people, there is a statistical bell curve for every feature of people (economic, physical, cultural, religious, etc.), and right smack-dab in the middle is the "average". So in America, you'll have the "Average American" - and most Americans will somewhat match those characteristics independently of how outsiders see them.
So, make sure not to confuse a "Typical" anybody with an "Average" anybody.
edit on 17-11-2010 by harrytuttle because: typo