History Main / BlackVikings

11th Jul '17 2:33:02 AM Cornflakesdan
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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', a Black man named Sigint was recruited by Zero in 1960s America for his skill and not because of his color. Notable in that Sigint was recruited during the final year of Jim Crow Laws, which barred Blacks from using the same facilities as Whites in America.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', a Black man named Sigint was recruited by Zero in 1960s America for his skill and not because of his color. Notable in that Sigint was recruited during the final year of Jim Crow Laws, which barred Blacks from using the same facilities as Whites in America. Lampshaded as Sigint discusses the racism present during that time, and comments that racism will be present even in the twenty-first century.
28th May '17 2:03:51 PM Nautilus1
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* Black servants play a significant part in the series of ''Angelique'' novels by Anne Golon, set during the reign of [[UsefulNotes/LouisXIV King Louis XIV]]. They existed in RealLife in the 16th century Paris, as former slaves acquired from the Mediterranean Turkish and Arab traders, or children of former slaves, and were much sought-after by the French aristocracy as exotic "pets" / status symbols. In the books, [[CaptainObvious they display fierce loyalty to anyone who treats them as human beings]], including the eponymous heroine, and serve them as spies, couriers and bodyguards.
21st May '17 8:10:37 PM KillerClowns
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* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', it's possible (though updates have made it more difficult) to turn your dynasty into the most literal version of this trope. Some figurative versions are significantly easier. One event for merchant republics in particular is infamous for guaranteeing one of your sons will end up falling in love with, and possibly marrying, a West African woman, making the possibility of a doge two or three elections down the line being of clearly African descent non-negligible.

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* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', it's possible (though updates have made it more difficult) to turn your dynasty into the most literal version of this trope. Some figurative versions are significantly easier. easier.
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One event for merchant republics in particular is infamous for guaranteeing guarantees one of your sons will end up falling in love with, and possibly marrying, a West African woman, making the possibility of a doge two or three elections down the line being of clearly African descent non-negligible.non-negligible.
** Court Physicians are frequently wanderers from far-away lands -- it's not uncommon to find, say, a Pecheneg in Spain because of this. Said physicians are guaranteed to be Christian, however, and with their extremely high education in matters medical and theological, they can rise very high in the church, even becoming Pope fairly often.
** The AI has a bad habit of letting skilled foreigners educate their children after giving them the heritage focus. Resulting in things like, say say, the Andalusian (but still Christian) Sultan of France. And any minor courtiers said Sultan generates will be ethnically as well as culturally Andalusian.
21st May '17 8:03:11 PM KillerClowns
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* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', it's possible (though updates have made it more difficult) to turn your dynasty into the most literal version of this trope. Some figurative versions are significantly easier.

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* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', it's possible (though updates have made it more difficult) to turn your dynasty into the most literal version of this trope. Some figurative versions are significantly easier. One event for merchant republics in particular is infamous for guaranteeing one of your sons will end up falling in love with, and possibly marrying, a West African woman, making the possibility of a doge two or three elections down the line being of clearly African descent non-negligible.
11th May '17 2:34:36 AM Kolsveinn
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* ''Film/TheNorsemen'' features the late Deacon Jones as an African thrall (a.k.a. slave).

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* ''Film/TheNorsemen'' features the late Deacon Jones as an African thrall (a.k.a. slave). Which, by itself, isn't really that egregious.
7th May '17 6:17:29 PM Golondrina
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* Due to its syncretic nature and the loas' ability to change shape, the Vodou pantheon is filled with Black Vikings. Some loa like Ogoun and Erzulie Dantor appear as black Africans. Others are caucasian, like Mademoiselle Charlotte and Mama Brigette, who's a foul-mouthed Irish redhead. Others are shown as Native American like the Agua Dulce family of loa adopted from the Taino Indians.
* Buddha is also often represented with Asian traits in many Far East countries like China and Japan, even when Buddha was born in Nepal and probably looked more Caucasian.

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* Due to its syncretic nature and the loas' ability to change shape, the Vodou pantheon is filled with Black Vikings. Some loa like Ogoun and Erzulie Dantor appear as black Africans. Others are caucasian, white, like Mademoiselle Charlotte and Mama Brigette, who's a foul-mouthed Irish redhead. Others are shown as Native American like the Agua Dulce family of loa adopted from the Taino Indians.
* Buddha is also often represented with Asian traits in many Far East countries like China and Japan, even when Buddha was born in Nepal and probably looked more Caucasian.white.
2nd May '17 7:14:04 PM Golondrina
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* An early episode of''Series/RobinHood'' has [[TheDragon Guy of Gisbourne's]] political scheming against the [[BigBad Sheriff's]] current Master at Arms. The fact that the Master at Arms is black in 12th century England is never mentioned nor influence the plot. [[WordOfGod The producers have mentioned]] that originally there was no intention for the character to be black, but that the actor gave such a damned fine audition and performance that they felt he could pull it off regardless of the fact that that he would seem out of place, and gave him the part as-written, without any changes to make reference to his color. In Season 3, Friar Tuck is black.

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* An early episode of''Series/RobinHood'' of ''Series/RobinHood'' has [[TheDragon Guy of Gisbourne's]] political scheming against the [[BigBad Sheriff's]] current Master at Arms. The fact that the Master at Arms is black in 12th century England is never mentioned nor influence the plot. [[WordOfGod The producers have mentioned]] that originally there was no intention for the character to be black, but that the actor gave such a damned fine audition and performance that they felt he could pull it off regardless of the fact that that he would seem out of place, and gave him the part as-written, without any changes to make reference to his color. In Season 3, Friar Tuck is black.
29th Apr '17 2:51:13 PM MitchellProductions
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* A quite literal example can be found in the brothers Geirmundur and Hámundur heljarskinn, sons of a petty king in Western Norway. According to the short saga of Geirmundur's life, the two brothers were so dark-skinned that their father gave them the epithet "heljarskinn", referencing the ruler of the underworld [[Myth/NorseMythology Hel]]. Geirmundur went on to be one of the first settlers of Iceland, and Icelandic writer Bergsveinn Birgisson, a distant descendant of Geirmundur, has argued that his mother might have come from a Northern Siberian people known for their dark skin.
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25th Apr '17 12:00:36 PM rjd1922
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It is possible that when a Black Viking appears in film or TV, the character is not intended to be seen as the same race as the actor. The actor used might have simply been the best available for the role, and the writers are merely asking us to use our imagination to make the actor's physical appearance fit the character's. This is actually standard doctrine for modern stage theatrical productions as is called "non-traditional" or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour-blind_casting colour-blind casting,]] referring to "the casting of ethnic minority and female actors in roles where race, ethnicity, or sex is not germane."

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It is possible that when a Black Viking appears in film or TV, the character is not intended to be seen as the same race as the actor. [[AbilityOverAppearance The actor used might have simply been the best available for the role, role]], and the writers are merely asking us to use our imagination to make the actor's physical appearance fit the character's. This is actually standard doctrine for modern stage theatrical productions as is called "non-traditional" or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colour-blind_casting colour-blind casting,]] referring to "the casting of ethnic minority and female actors in roles where race, ethnicity, or sex is not germane."
10th Apr '17 4:20:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''Day Watch'', the second book in SergeyLukyanenko's Literature/NightWatch trilogy (of four), has a group of Viking Others: blonde-haired, blue-eyed Teutonic types. Turns out that's just their Twilight forms. They're members of an old Norse cult, but ethnically there's quite a mix. [[spoiler:Turns out the fact that there's a black one, a white one, an Asian one and the other one fits some Ragnarok prophecies quite well...]] Did someone just say "HorsemenOfTheApocalypse"? Note though, these are people in modern times who are members of such a cult (Neo Vikings?) rather than Norse people in Dark Ages Europe.

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* ''Day Watch'', the second book in SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's Literature/NightWatch trilogy (of four), has a group of Viking Others: blonde-haired, blue-eyed Teutonic types. Turns out that's just their Twilight forms. They're members of an old Norse cult, but ethnically there's quite a mix. [[spoiler:Turns out the fact that there's a black one, a white one, an Asian one and the other one fits some Ragnarok prophecies quite well...]] Did someone just say "HorsemenOfTheApocalypse"? Note though, these are people in modern times who are members of such a cult (Neo Vikings?) rather than Norse people in Dark Ages Europe.
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