Angelo, the would-be Puritan ruler, was a "false seemer," Malvolio was a "chough."
Then she called me to her by name in a would-be pompous manner.
She was like that chap from Detroit, that would-be perfect all-round man.
Again I saw that he was concerned solely with his humiliation as a would-be host.
"Fighting again," the father said, in a would-be fierce voice.