History FantasticRacism / WesternAnimation

15th Apr '18 1:58:19 PM Mickoonsley19
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** When talking about race conflicts in class, Megan mentions to Conner that on Mars there is a lot of discrimination against the white minority by the green majority. [[spoiler:It turns out that Megan is really a white martian, who takes a green and more humanoid form to avoid ostracization on Earth.]]

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** When talking about race conflicts in class, Megan mentions to Conner that on Mars UsefulNotes/{{Mars}} there is a lot of discrimination against the white minority by the green majority. [[spoiler:It turns out that Megan is really a white martian, who takes a green and more humanoid form to avoid ostracization on Earth.]]
8th Apr '18 10:59:55 AM Theriocephalus
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E4FakeItTillYouMakeIt Fake It 'Till You Make It]]", once Fluttershy has completely [[BecomingTheMask lost herself in her upper-class storekeeper persona]], she takes to repeatedly referring to her trio of raccoon helpers as "rodents" and saying that they should "go back to the forest". The reaction of both the raccoons and other ponies to this is consistent with the use of a heavy racial slur.

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E4FakeItTillYouMakeIt "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E4FakeItTilYouMakeIt Fake It 'Till 'Til You Make It]]", once Fluttershy has completely [[BecomingTheMask lost herself in her upper-class storekeeper persona]], she takes to repeatedly referring to her trio of raccoon helpers as "rodents" and saying that they should "go back to the forest". The reaction of both the raccoons and other ponies to this is consistent with the use of a heavy racial slur.
7th Apr '18 11:55:05 AM Theriocephalus
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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E4FakeItTillYouMakeIt Fake It 'Till You Make It]]", once Fluttershy has completely [[BecomingTheMask lost herself in her upper-class storekeeper persona]], she takes to repeatedly referring to her trio of raccoon helpers as "rodents". The reaction of both the raccoons and other ponies to this is consistent with the use of a heavy racial slur.

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E4FakeItTillYouMakeIt Fake It 'Till You Make It]]", once Fluttershy has completely [[BecomingTheMask lost herself in her upper-class storekeeper persona]], she takes to repeatedly referring to her trio of raccoon helpers as "rodents"."rodents" and saying that they should "go back to the forest". The reaction of both the raccoons and other ponies to this is consistent with the use of a heavy racial slur.



** In the second part of the series premiere, Jack gets into a [[BarBrawl bar fight]] trying to defend himself from a [[SpacePirates gang of alien criminals]], who got angry that a ''human'' had even dared to walk into the bar and stare at them. Even after Jack apologized for not knowing any better, [[DisproportionateRetribution they still tried to murder him]].
** A hostile alien race called the [[DepravedDwarf Chritchellites]] had invaded the land of the [[GentleGiant Woolies]] and [[MadeASlave enslaved them all]]. Even though the Woolies are a peaceful and civilized race, the Chritchellites view them with nothing but contempt, and treat them like domesticated animals.

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** In [[Recap/SamuraiJackS1E2TheSamuraiCalledJack the second part of the series premiere, premiere]], Jack gets into a [[BarBrawl bar fight]] trying to defend himself from a [[SpacePirates gang of alien criminals]], who got angry that a ''human'' had even dared to walk into the bar and stare at them. Even after Jack apologized apologizes for not knowing any better, [[DisproportionateRetribution they still tried try to murder him]].
** A In "[[Recap/SamuraiJackS1E4JackTheWooliesAndTheChritchellites Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites]]", a hostile alien race called the [[DepravedDwarf Chritchellites]] had invaded the land of the [[GentleGiant Woolies]] and [[MadeASlave enslaved them all]]. Even though the Woolies are a peaceful and civilized race, the Chritchellites view them with nothing but contempt, and treat them like domesticated animals.
7th Apr '18 11:26:44 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': For a children's show about friendship and pastel-colored ponies, this shows up surprisingly often:



** Subverted in "Bridle Gossip", where it initially seems that the ponies are fearful of the strange visitor to Ponyville because she's a zebra. Only when Twilight expresses skepticism as to their claims of her being evil do they explain their fear stems from her living in the Everfree Forest, which the ponies treat as an EldritchLocation because nature there doesn't behave the way [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows ponies think it should]].

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** Subverted in "Bridle Gossip", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", where it initially seems that the ponies are fearful of the strange visitor to Ponyville because she's a zebra. Only when Twilight expresses skepticism as to their claims of her being evil do they explain their fear stems from her living in the Everfree Forest, which the ponies treat as an EldritchLocation because nature there doesn't behave the way [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows ponies think it should]].



*** Inverted in "The Cutie Pox"; Zecora shows up in Ponyville to find everypony panicking and running for shelter, and initially assumes they're reacting this way to her before Twilight tells her what's actually scaring them.
** In "Over a Barrel", there is animosity between the ponies and the bisons. It has more to do with differing opinions than species, however, and ultimately given the opportunity to talk to each other they easily settle their issues.
*** Doubles as a GeniusBonus when you realize the whole episode is an allegory for the disputes between Native Americans and the early settlers of the Western United States, which were partially racially-motivated.
** The [[ShowWithinAShow Play Within A Show]] in "Hearth's Warming Eve" shows there was much hostility between earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns prior to the founding of Equestria, with each side viewing the others as inferior, [[EmotionEater which resulted in the]] [[{{Wendigo}} Windigos]] bringing an EndlessWinter. However, in modern day, this has largely faded out and the three races live in harmony.
*** In particular the three tribes all have negative viewpoints on each other due to their different cultures and roles in society. Unicorns formed an aristocracy and were seen as snobby elitist bourgeoisie, pegasi controlled the military and were viewed as violent, knuckle-dragging barbarians, and earth ponies were downtrodden farmers seen as uneducated serfs.
** In "Dragon Quest" the dragons, or at least the teenage ones that Spike faced, look down at the ponies and possibly other species as well. They even call [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]] a "namby-pamby pony princess."
** Although it's more InnocentlyInsensitive than actual prejudice, Iron Will (a minotaur) from "Putting Your Hoof Down" is referred as a monster by Pinkie Pie and Rarity.
** "A Dog and Pony Show" has Rarity's reaction to being called a mule: She screams that mules are ugly and breaks down into tears. However, later on ''mules are shown to be a sentient "race" just like ponies.''
*** [[LampshadeHanging "No offence."]]
*** [[RunningGag "None taken."]]
*** Adding to it, mules are a [[InterspeciesRomance hybrid of donkeys and ponies.]]
** In "The Cutie Re-Mark Part 2", an alternate Rarity from a BadFuture looks down on Spike for being a dragon (the regular Rarity likes him).
** In "Triple Threat", while not evil, the dragon Ember looks down a bit on ponies and says they all look alike to her, constantly mixing up Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer.
** In "School Daze", the thing that ultimately causes Neighsay to shut down Twilight's school is when he finds out that it admits non-ponies.

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*** Inverted in "The "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox"; Pox]]"; Zecora shows up in Ponyville to find everypony panicking and running for shelter, and initially assumes they're reacting this way to her before Twilight tells her what's actually scaring them.
** In "Over "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over a Barrel", Barrel]]", there is animosity between the ponies and the bisons. It has more to do with differing opinions is motivated by a dispute over land rather than species, innate racial animosity, however, and ultimately given the opportunity to talk to each other they easily settle their issues.
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issues. Doubles as a GeniusBonus when you realize the whole episode is an allegory for the disputes between Native Americans and the early settlers of the Western United States, which were partially racially-motivated.
in large part racially motivated.
** The [[ShowWithinAShow Play Within A Show]] in "Hearth's "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve" Eve]]" shows there was much hostility between earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns prior to the founding of Equestria, with each side viewing the others as inferior, [[EmotionEater which resulted in the]] the [[{{Wendigo}} Windigos]] Windigos]], [[EmotionEater attracted by all the delicious hate thereby generated]], bringing an EndlessWinter. However, in modern day, this has largely faded out and the three races live in harmony.
*** In particular
harmony. Specifically, the three tribes all have negative viewpoints on each other due to their different cultures and roles in society. Unicorns formed an aristocracy and were seen as a snobby elitist bourgeoisie, pegasi controlled the military and were viewed as violent, knuckle-dragging barbarians, and earth ponies were downtrodden farmers seen as uneducated serfs.
** In "Dragon Quest" "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest Dragon Quest]]" the dragons, or at least the teenage ones that Spike faced, faces, look down at on the ponies ponies, which they view as weak, soft and possibly other species as well. They even call [[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]] a "namby-pamby pony princess."
laughable, and on any dragon that associates with them.
** Although it's more InnocentlyInsensitive than actual prejudice, Iron Will (a minotaur) ([[ALoadOfBull a minotaur]]) from "Putting "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down" Down]]" is referred as a monster by Pinkie Pie and Rarity.Rarity, a term Fluttershy repeatedly takes offense to.
--->'''Fluttershy:'' Iron Will's not a monster, ''he's a minotaur!''
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow A Dog and Pony Show]]" has Rarity's reaction to being called a mule: She screams that mules are ugly and breaks down into tears. However, later on ''mules are shown to be a sentient "race" just like ponies''.

** "A Dog and Pony Show" has Rarity's reaction to being called a mule: She screams that mules are ugly and breaks down into tears. However, later on ''mules are shown to be a sentient "race" just like ponies.''
*** [[LampshadeHanging "No offence."]]
*** [[RunningGag "None taken."]]
*** Adding to it, mules are a [[InterspeciesRomance hybrid of donkeys and ponies.]]
** In "The "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E26TheCutieRemarkPart2 The Cutie Re-Mark Part 2", 2]]", an alternate Rarity from a BadFuture looks down on Spike for being a dragon (the regular Rarity likes him).
** In "Triple Threat", while not evil, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E15TripleThreat Triple Threat]]", in an example of less dogmatic and more casual racism, the dragon Ember looks down a bit on comments that ponies and says they all look alike to her, constantly mixing up Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer.
** In "School Daze", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E1SchoolDazePart1 School Daze]]", the thing that ultimately causes Neighsay to shut down Twilight's school is when he finds out that it admits non-ponies.non-ponies, which he views as "dangerous creatures" and a threat to the pony way of life.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E4FakeItTillYouMakeIt Fake It 'Till You Make It]]", once Fluttershy has completely [[BecomingTheMask lost herself in her upper-class storekeeper persona]], she takes to repeatedly referring to her trio of raccoon helpers as "rodents". The reaction of both the raccoons and other ponies to this is consistent with the use of a heavy racial slur.
--->'''Fluttershy:''' And you'll be pleased to hear that I've taken care of your ''rodent'' situation.\\
[raccoons chitter in shock, one faints]\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Will somebody tell her to ''stop saying it?''



* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Filbert and Paula's [[ParentalMarriageVeto families]] don't approve of their upcoming nuptials because "cats and turtles don't mix." [[spoiler: It's later revealed that Paula's father is a turtle, and her mother is just crazy.]] The two end up [[MyOwnPrivateIDo going to a drive-thru chapel instead of having a big-to-do ceremony in front of their]] FeudingFamilies.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'':
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Filbert and Paula's [[ParentalMarriageVeto families]] don't approve of their upcoming nuptials because "cats and turtles don't mix." mix". [[spoiler: It's later revealed that Paula's father is a turtle, and her mother is just crazy.]] The two end up [[MyOwnPrivateIDo going to a drive-thru chapel instead of having a big-to-do ceremony in front of their]] FeudingFamilies.



--> "Sea mammals...who needs 'em? This world would be a whole lot better off without them! We ought to build a boat, put all the sea mammals on it, send it across the ocean, and sink it halfway!"
--> '''Gorilla next to sobbing dugong(?)''': "HEY, BUDDY! MY ''WIFE'S'' A SEA MAMMAL!" Cue CurbStompBattle.
* Possibly the earliest televised example of this was Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}}' ''WesternAnimation/{{Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer}}'', where Rudolph was a perfectly normal, healthy baby reindeer...whose nose happened to glow red on command. Almost everyone the poor thing encountered, from his own father to ''SantaClaus'', rejected him because of it. (At least his mother loved him just the way he was).
** Actually any character that was different suffered this fate, from the Elf who wanted to be a Dentist to the Island of Misfit Toys.

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--> "Sea mammals... who needs 'em? This world would be a whole lot better off without them! We ought to build a boat, put all the sea mammals on it, send it across the ocean, and sink it halfway!"
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halfway!"\\
'''Gorilla next to sobbing dugong(?)''': "HEY, BUDDY! MY ''WIFE'S'' A SEA MAMMAL!" Cue CurbStompBattle.
* Possibly the earliest televised example of this was Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}}' ''WesternAnimation/{{Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer}}'', where Rudolph was a perfectly normal, healthy baby reindeer...whose nose happened to glow red on command. Almost everyone the poor thing encountered, from his own father to ''SantaClaus'', rejected him because of it. (At least his mother loved him just the way he was).
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was). Actually any character that was different suffered this fate, from the Elf who wanted to be a Dentist to the Island of Misfit Toys.
29th Mar '18 2:11:39 PM AHI-3000
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* This doesn't ever really come up in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', despite [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy the presence of many non-human characters]] (including not only [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic animals]], but even ''[[AnimateInanimateObject personified objects]]'').

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* This doesn't ever really come up in ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', despite [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy the presence of many non-human characters]] (including not only [[PettingZooPeople [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic animals]], but even ''[[AnimateInanimateObject personified objects]]'').
28th Mar '18 6:42:00 PM AHI-3000
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS20E4TreehouseOfHorrorXIX XIX]]'' segment "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse". Nelson [[ItMakesSenseInContext threatens a yellow pumpkin with a knife]] in order to not be [[ToServeMan eaten by the]] [[PumpkinPerson Grand Pumpkin]], who just points out that he doesn't care about yellow pumpkins. When Nelson calls the Grand Pumpkin a racist, he claims that "All pumpkins are racist, the difference is that I admit it." Not to mention that upon death, Grandie spouts something about "Pumpkin segregation forever!"

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons: WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS20E4TreehouseOfHorrorXIX XIX]]'' segment "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse". Nelson [[ItMakesSenseInContext threatens a yellow pumpkin with a knife]] in order to not be [[ToServeMan eaten by the]] [[PumpkinPerson Grand Pumpkin]], who just points out that he doesn't care about yellow pumpkins. When Nelson calls the Grand Pumpkin a racist, he claims that "All pumpkins are racist, the difference is that I admit it." Not to mention that upon death, Grandie spouts something about "Pumpkin segregation forever!"
27th Mar '18 10:27:00 AM AHI-3000
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* One particular episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', "Troq", dealt with Starfire dealing with the racism Tamaranians apparently are known to receive (Troq being a FantasticSlur for Tamaranians).
** Even more interestingly, Starfire told Cyborg what it meant--except it means "nothing" (as in, amounts to nothing, worthless) so he thought she was telling him it didn't mean anything when actually she was telling him Valyor was calling her a nothing. Once Cyborg found out, he was upset as he'd accidentally called her that himself, thinking it was a nickname.
*** Sadly, the point was kind of [[BrokenAesop mishandled]] since the Titans go on to commit ''genocide'' against a [[WhatMeasureisaNonHuman robotic race]] only on the word of a known racist that they were a threat.

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* One particular The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Troq" features {{ComicBook/Starfire}} suffering speciesism from another alien named Val-Yor, who has a strong dislike of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', "Troq", dealt with her kind (Tameranians), and he even calls her "[[FantasticSlur Troq]]" a few times.
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Starfire dealing with the racism Tamaranians apparently are known to receive (Troq being a FantasticSlur for Tamaranians).
** Even more interestingly, Starfire told Cyborg
tells {{ComicBook/Cyborg}} what it meant--except it means meant: "nothing" (as in, amounts to nothing, worthless) so worthless); but he initially thought she was telling him it didn't mean anything anything, when actually she was telling him Valyor Val-Yor was calling her a nothing. Once Cyborg found out, he was upset as he'd accidentally called her that himself, thinking it was a nickname.
*** Sadly, the point was kind of ** However, [[BrokenAesop mishandled]] since the message may have been kind of mishandled]], as the Titans go on to commit ''genocide'' ''[[GuiltFreeExterminationWar genocide]]'' against a [[WhatMeasureisaNonHuman [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman (malevolent) robotic race]] race]], only on the word of a known racist bigot that they were a threat.threat. However, there was ''no evidence'' to ''contradict'' Val-Yor's claims that the robots were [[AlwaysChaoticEvil purely evil entities]] (indeed, they were attempting galactic domination, [[JustAMachine and they weren't really treated as actual living beings by the narrative]]).
24th Mar '18 6:14:16 PM JapaneseTeeth
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** In "School Daze", the thing that ultimately causes Neighsay to shut down Twilight's school is when he finds out that it admits non-ponies.
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*** There's also the sewer mutants' derogatory references to the alleged [[UpToEleven sub-sewer mutants]], who are also similarly dismissed by some as being just a "[[IncrediblyLamePun suburban legend]]".

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*** There's also the sewer mutants' derogatory references to the alleged [[UpToEleven sub-sewer mutants]], who are also similarly dismissed by some as being just a "[[IncrediblyLamePun suburban legend]]". However, it's not confirmed if they even exist at all.
2nd Mar '18 2:44:11 PM Excelsior123
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'', Jet's cousin Zerk is quite discriminatory towards humans, or as the show calls them, "Earthies":
** In "Whole Lotta Shakin'", he says that Earthies aren't very good builders.
** In the TV movie ''Back to Bortron 7'', Zerk takes Sean and Sydney to see how much better Bortron 7 is than Earth. Since Bortron 7 has 3 moons, Zerk even says that Earth having one moon must be weird.
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