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15th Jan '18 9:34:21 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{MASH}}'', set during the Korean War, featured a black surgeon. The [[Series/{{MASH}} TV show]] followed suit for a few episodes until the anachronism was pointed out to the producers. While ostensibly set in the 1950's, ''M*A*S*H'' was ultimately pretty much a mix of UsefulNotes/VietnamWar and (then-)PresentDayPast, anyway. Presumably, the producers never bothered to check any sources about the 8055th MASH, the real unit in Korea the movie was based on, which ''did'' have a black surgeon on staff (the U.S. Army wasn't fully integrated until 1954, one year after the Korean conflict ended, but piecemeal integration had occurred in the 1940s and even earlier).

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* ''Film/{{MASH}}'', set during the Korean War, featured a black surgeon. The [[Series/{{MASH}} TV show]] followed suit for a few episodes until the anachronism was pointed out to the producers. While ostensibly set in the 1950's, ''M*A*S*H'' was ultimately pretty much a mix of UsefulNotes/VietnamWar and (then-)PresentDayPast, (then-) PresentDayPast, anyway. Presumably, the producers never bothered to check any sources about the 8055th MASH, the real unit in Korea the movie was based on, which ''did'' have a black surgeon on staff (the U.S. Army wasn't fully integrated until 1954, one year after the Korean conflict ended, but piecemeal integration had occurred in the 1940s and even earlier).



* ''Film/{{Centurion}} '' features Noel Clarke, an English actor with Afro-Caribbean heritage playing "Macro", a refugee from Numidia and a legionary from the second cohort of the Ninth Legion. Schoolboy error here, Numidia in modern-day Tunisia was populated by light-skinned Berbers and descendants of Eastern Mediterranean Carthagians. The writer probably mean Nubia, the country in modern day Sudan. The same Roman unit also features Riz Ahmed playing Tarak, the company cook, who "hails from the Hindu Kush", which neatly matches Ahmed's own Pakistani ancestry.

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* ''Film/{{Centurion}} '' features Noel Clarke, an English actor with Afro-Caribbean heritage playing "Macro", a refugee from Numidia and a legionary from the second cohort of the Ninth Legion. Schoolboy error here, Numidia in modern-day Tunisia was populated by light-skinned Berbers and descendants of Eastern Mediterranean Carthagians. The writer probably mean meant Nubia, the country in modern day Sudan. The same Roman unit also features Riz Ahmed playing Tarak, the company cook, who "hails from the Hindu Kush", which neatly matches Ahmed's own Pakistani ancestry.
8th Jan '18 12:07:30 PM Fireblood
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* Inverted [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory to avert controversy]] in a HistoryChannel documentary about the US Civil War. While discussing "the men whose money allowed the Confederacy to survive as long as it did", Virginia patriot Alfred Samson Bell is mentioned and profiled. In the documentary, he is depicted by a white actor. The problem is, the real Alfred Samson Bell was black, a plantation owner, and a slave owner who threw his entire fortune behind the war because he was "a true son of Virginia".

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* Inverted [[PoliticallyCorrectHistory to avert controversy]] in a HistoryChannel Creator/TheHistoryChannel documentary about the US Civil War. While discussing "the men whose money allowed the Confederacy to survive as long as it did", Virginia patriot Alfred Samson Bell is mentioned and profiled. In the documentary, he is depicted by a white actor. The problem is, the real Alfred Samson Bell was black, a plantation owner, and a slave owner who threw his entire fortune behind the war because he was "a true son of Virginia".


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* ''Series/Merlin2008'': Guinevere, her father, brother and Sir Pellinore are all black. However, they also have dragons and fey. It's also not so much of a stretch as people think, as there is evidence of some black people in medieval England. Of course, none were knights or queens that we know of. The Arthurian legend has a precedent for black knights though, such as Sir Morien.
8th Jan '18 11:58:22 AM Fireblood
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* ''{{Series/Camelot}}'': Vivian, Morgan's servant, is black. However, Vivian tells Morgan her ancestors were brought over as slaves from Africa by the Romans, which is actually possible, as some British archaeological findings show that people of African descent (both free and slaves) [[TruthInTelevision really did come from Roman Africa to Roman Britain]]. This could also explain Sir Ulfius, Arthur's black knight. So it's remotely plausible, although the writers probably didn't know that. There was even a black knight in earlier versions from the 1300s, Sir Morien.



* 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 white.

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* Buddha is also often represented with East Asian traits in many Far East countries like China and Japan, even when Buddha was born in Nepal and probably looked more white.
8th Jan '18 9:53:57 AM Fireblood
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* Like ''The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog'', the short-lived ''Roar'', which starred Heath Ledger, is also set in pre-Christian Ireland, and still features a black character named Tully amongst Ledger's band of Celtic chieftains. Unlike in 'The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog'', there's no justification given.

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* Like ''The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog'', the short-lived ''Roar'', ''{{Series/Roar}}'', which starred Heath Ledger, is also set in pre-Christian Ireland, and still features a black character named Tully amongst Ledger's band of Celtic chieftains. Unlike in 'The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog'', there's no justification given.



7th Jan '18 10:16:23 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' had black people fully integrated into a [[TheThemeParkVersion Theme Park Version]] of Myth/KingArthur's court with no explanation given whatsoever. (Although considering the King Arthur of popular culture is a myth, which might excuse this.)

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* ''Film/AKidInKingArthursCourt'' had black people fully integrated into a [[TheThemeParkVersion Theme Park Version]] of Myth/KingArthur's court with no explanation given whatsoever. (Although whatsoever (though considering the King Arthur of popular culture is a myth, which might excuse this.) this can be excused).



* In the film adaptation of ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', the character Don Pedro is the Prince of Aragon and played by Creator/DenzelWashington. While Spain was occupied for several centuries by the Moors, Medieval Spaniards were nearly obsessed with ''limpieza de sangre''or "purity of blood", and the aristocratic class was the worst. It might have been a stylish choice to make his illegitimate brother's deep hatred for him more obvious. Otherwise, this would have to get across by Creator/KeanuReeves's acting ability.
* Creator/KennethBranagh's version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' has a few black people among the staff of the Danish castle. Including one woman who was originally a "gentleman" in the play. The film updates the time period to somewhere in the 1800s, but that doesn't change much. Although it would have been slightly less likely in the 16th century, the Virgin Islands were a Danish Colony until the Great War.
* ''Film/{{MASH}}'', set during the Korean War, featured a black surgeon. The [[Series/{{MASH}} TV show]] followed suit for a few episodes until the anachronism was pointed out to the producers. While ostensibly set in the 1950's, ''M*A*S*H'' was ultimately pretty much a mix of UsefulNotes/VietnamWar and (then-)PresentDayPast, anyway. Presumably, the producers never bothered to check any sources about the 8055th MASH, the real unit in Korea the movie was based on which ''did'' have a black surgeon on staff. (The U.S. Army wasn't fully integrated until 1954, one year after the Korean conflict ended, but piecemeal integration had occurred in the 1940s and even earlier.)

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* In the film adaptation of ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', the character Don Pedro is the Prince of Aragon and played by Creator/DenzelWashington. While Spain was occupied for several centuries by the Moors, Medieval Spaniards were nearly obsessed with ''limpieza de sangre''or sangre'' or "purity of blood", and the aristocratic class was the worst. It might have been a stylish choice to make his illegitimate brother's deep hatred for him more obvious. Otherwise, this would have to get across by Creator/KeanuReeves's acting ability.
* Creator/KennethBranagh's version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' has a few black people among the staff of the Danish castle. Including castle, including one woman who was originally a "gentleman" in the play. The film updates the time period to somewhere in the 1800s, but that doesn't change much. Although it would have been slightly less likely in the 16th century, the Virgin Islands were a Danish Colony until the Great War.
* ''Film/{{MASH}}'', set during the Korean War, featured a black surgeon. The [[Series/{{MASH}} TV show]] followed suit for a few episodes until the anachronism was pointed out to the producers. While ostensibly set in the 1950's, ''M*A*S*H'' was ultimately pretty much a mix of UsefulNotes/VietnamWar and (then-)PresentDayPast, anyway. Presumably, the producers never bothered to check any sources about the 8055th MASH, the real unit in Korea the movie was based on on, which ''did'' have a black surgeon on staff. (The staff (the U.S. Army wasn't fully integrated until 1954, one year after the Korean conflict ended, but piecemeal integration had occurred in the 1940s and even earlier.)earlier).



* ''Film/{{Thor}}'', based on the comic book, has two examples of non-whites among Norse Gods. In the movie, the idea is put forth that the Asgardians aren't really gods but [[HumanAliens extradimensional beings]] that the Scandinavians mistook for deities after seeing them battle Frost Giants on Earth. It's also a manner of the Asgardians in the Marvel universe not actually being exactly the same as real-world Aesir mythology. Amusingly, the Asgardian played by a black actor was Heimdall, is described in Norse mythology as "the whitest of the gods".
* German actor Günther Kaufmann, whose father was an African-American GI, plays a Viking in ''Wickie und die starken Männer'' (''Wickie and the Strong Men''), thus [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin making this a very literal example of this trope]]. Because to heavy Viking make up, [[AmbiguouslyBrown Kaufmann's actual ethnicity is hard to tell]], though.

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* ''Film/{{Thor}}'', based on the comic book, has two examples of non-whites among Norse Gods. In the movie, the idea is put forth that the Asgardians aren't really gods but [[HumanAliens extradimensional beings]] that the Scandinavians mistook for deities after seeing them battle Frost Giants on Earth. It's also a manner matter of the Asgardians in the Marvel universe not actually being exactly the same as real-world Aesir mythology. Amusingly, the Asgardian played by a black actor was Heimdall, who is described in Norse mythology as "the whitest of the gods".
* German actor Günther Kaufmann, whose father was an African-American GI, plays a Viking in ''Wickie und die starken Männer'' (''Wickie and the Strong Men''), thus [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin making this a very literal example of this trope]]. Because to With heavy Viking make up, up [[AmbiguouslyBrown Kaufmann's actual ethnicity is hard to tell]], tell]] though.



* In the 1973 film version of ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'', Judas is black. Some critics saw the casting as racist, but the filmmakers insisted that Carl Anderson was simply the best man for the role. (Ben Vereen faced similar criticism for playing the role on Broadway.) Jesus, meanwhile, is white, Mary Magdalene is Hawaiian, and the other disciples are all different races. (But then, the film makes no pretense at realism.)

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* In the 1973 film version of ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'', Judas is black. Some critics saw the casting as racist, but the filmmakers insisted that Carl Anderson was simply the best man for the role. role (Ben Vereen faced similar criticism for playing the role on Broadway.) Broadway). Jesus, meanwhile, is white, Mary Magdalene is Hawaiian, and the other disciples are all different races. (But races (but then, the film makes no pretense at realism.) realism).



* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' features quite a few high-ranking black members of the Persian Empire, implying that a significant population of the elites in Persia were black. The Persian Empire under Xerxes I only held a small portion of modern-day Egypt and so did not have any large population of sub-Saharan Africans, particularly among its elites. Of course, their army is also portrayed as including monsters of various kinds.

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* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' features quite a few high-ranking black members of the Persian Empire, implying that a significant population of the elites in Persia were black. The Persian Empire under Xerxes I only held a small portion of modern-day Egypt and so did not have any large population of sub-Saharan Africans, particularly among its elites. Of course, their army is also portrayed as including monsters of various kinds.kinds, so it's not really realistic, and this is told by an UnreliableNarrator who may have exaggerated things.



** For what it's worth, the [[http://100n100.bbim.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/292697.jpg 1953 South Bend team]] (who won the Indiana Championship) apparently was integrated, albeit with a white coaching staff.

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** For what it's worth, the [[http://100n100.bbim.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/292697.jpg 1953 South Bend team]] (who won the Indiana Championship) apparently was ''was'' integrated, albeit with a white coaching staff.



* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', Liam Neeson's character leads a small rainbow coalition of warriors back from the Crusades, one of whom is a black man. It's supposed to indicate how so many different cultures have been drawn to the fight over the Holy Land.

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* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', Liam Neeson's character leads a small rainbow coalition of warriors back from the Crusades, one of whom is a black man. It's supposed to indicate how so many different cultures have been drawn to the fight over the Holy Land. It's not ''completely'' impossible, since there were Ethiopian Christians, for instance.



* In ''Film/ChristopherAndHisKind'', there is at least one glack man in the gay club Isherwood frequents. Given that this happened in early 1930's Berlin, it is a little jarring, though possible.

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* In ''Film/ChristopherAndHisKind'', there is at least one glack black man in the gay club Isherwood frequents. Given that this happened in early 1930's Berlin, it is a little jarring, though possible.



* ''Film/{{Centurion}} '' features Noel Clarke, an English actor with Afro-Caribbean heritage playing "Macro", a refugee from Numidia and a legionary from the second cohort of the Ninth Legion. Schoolboy error here, Numidia in modern-day Tunisia was populated by light-skinned Berbers and descendants of Eastern Mediterranean Carthagians. The writer probably mean Nubia, the country in modern day Sudan. The same Roman unit also features Riz Ahmed playing Tarak, the company cook, who "hails from the Hindu Kush", which neatly matches Ahmed's own Pakistani ancestry-although he could quite easily have been a Syrian or Iraqi (units from both areas ''did'' serve on Hadrian's Wall at some time).
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' has Bolivar Trask, the head of Trask Industries, being played by Creator/PeterDinklage. As no mention of Trask being a midget is every brought up in the film, it's obvious that he fits a variant of this trope.

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* ''Film/{{Centurion}} '' features Noel Clarke, an English actor with Afro-Caribbean heritage playing "Macro", a refugee from Numidia and a legionary from the second cohort of the Ninth Legion. Schoolboy error here, Numidia in modern-day Tunisia was populated by light-skinned Berbers and descendants of Eastern Mediterranean Carthagians. The writer probably mean Nubia, the country in modern day Sudan. The same Roman unit also features Riz Ahmed playing Tarak, the company cook, who "hails from the Hindu Kush", which neatly matches Ahmed's own Pakistani ancestry-although he could quite easily have been a Syrian or Iraqi (units from both areas ''did'' serve on Hadrian's Wall at some time).
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* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' has Bolivar Trask, the head of Trask Industries, being played by Creator/PeterDinklage. As no mention of Trask being a midget having dwarfism is every brought up in the film, it's obvious that he fits a variant of this trope.trope.
* ''Film/KingArthurLegendOfTheSword'': The film [[AnachronismStew doesn't even attempt]] to be historically accurate so there are a few non-European characters around. Granted, Londinium appears to be a trade city, which historically did have diverse populations, so this could in fact be one of the few things in the film that actually ''is'' historically accurate (in Roman Britain, some black Africans ''did'' live there, and into the medieval era too).
** Bedivere as played by Creator/DjimonHounsou. Counts as a RaceLift, as "Bedwyr" appears in the oldest Celtic layers of the mythos. However, perhaps surprisingly, there ''is'' a black knight mentioned in the original Arthurian legend: [[https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/not-all-knights-round-table-were-white-180949361/ Sir Morien]], either the son or nephew of Perceval. So at least there is precedent, and possibly this was an inspiration.
** Kung Fu George, played by Tom Wu.
** Wetstick, who appears to be mixed race.



* Arthurian literature has featured Moorish knights since Sir Morien in the 13th Century. And since Wolfram von Eschenbach introduced Percivale's half-brother Feirefiz (son of the Moorish queen Belacane, ancestor of Prester John) in ''Parzival'', a work most scholars date to the 1310's.

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* Arthurian literature has featured Moorish knights since Sir Morien in the 13th Century. And Century, and since Wolfram von Eschenbach introduced Percivale's half-brother Feirefiz (son of the Moorish queen Belacane, ancestor of Prester John) in ''Parzival'', a work most scholars date to the 1310's.



* The later Creator/SvenHassel novels introduced Stabsgefreiter Albert Mumbuto, a black soldier in the German army of UsefulNotes/WW2. However the website [[http://www.svenhassel.info/ Porta's Kitchen]] mentioned a documentary where several black Germans were interviewed, including at least one soldier. Germany had had an African colonial empire until 1919 so there were a number of African-Germans long after that. This matter surfaces in Istvan Szabo's movie ''Mephisto'', taking place in the 1930s, in which the protagonist, a famous theatre director, has an African-German mistress and is therefore chastised by an angry Hermann Göring. Though is might surprise a modern reader, [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] [[http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005479 racism towards blacks]] [[http://www.ushmm.org/research/library/bibliography/?lang=en&content=blacks is well-documented]] and horrible, but it wasn't as systematic as their persecution of the Jews.

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* The later Creator/SvenHassel novels introduced Stabsgefreiter Albert Mumbuto, a black soldier in the German army of UsefulNotes/WW2. However the website [[http://www.svenhassel.info/ Porta's Kitchen]] mentioned a documentary where several black Germans were interviewed, including at least one soldier. Germany had had an African colonial empire until 1919 so there were a number of African-Germans long after that. This matter surfaces in Istvan Szabo's movie ''Mephisto'', taking place in the 1930s, in which the protagonist, a famous theatre director, has an African-German mistress and is therefore chastised by an angry Hermann Göring. Though is it might surprise a modern reader, while [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] [[http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005479 racism towards blacks]] toward black Germans]] [[http://www.ushmm.org/research/library/bibliography/?lang=en&content=blacks is well-documented]] and horrible, but it wasn't as systematic as their persecution of the Jews.
6th Jan '18 8:18:44 PM nombretomado
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* Moors in the Merry Men of ''Film/RobinHood'', something introduced with the character of Nasir in {{ITV}}'s ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', and subsequently taken-up in the film ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' with [[Creator/MorganFreeman Azeem]], and the latest series from Creator/TheBBC (not to mention [[Creator/DaveChappelle Achoo]] in ''[[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights Men in Tights]]''). The BBC version takes this trend a step further, as there is at least one black character working for the Sheriff, and a black thief is taken seriously when she claims to be the leader of an order of nuns; unlike the Arabic characters, the black characters are portrayed as fully accepted members of medieval English society.

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* Moors in the Merry Men of ''Film/RobinHood'', something introduced with the character of Nasir in {{ITV}}'s Creator/{{ITV}}'s ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'', and subsequently taken-up in the film ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' with [[Creator/MorganFreeman Azeem]], and the latest series from Creator/TheBBC (not to mention [[Creator/DaveChappelle Achoo]] in ''[[Film/RobinHoodMenInTights Men in Tights]]''). The BBC version takes this trend a step further, as there is at least one black character working for the Sheriff, and a black thief is taken seriously when she claims to be the leader of an order of nuns; unlike the Arabic characters, the black characters are portrayed as fully accepted members of medieval English society.
4th Jan '18 6:09:15 PM nombretomado
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* At least once, the African-American soldier Gabe Jones, of ComicBook/NickFury's HowlingCommandos, impersonated a German soldier. He appeared to have no greater or lesser difficulty pulling this off than any of the white Howlers, which is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_black_people_in_Nazi_Germany#In_the_armed_forces actually]] a case of RealityIsUnrealistic. Gabe's presence in the Howling Commandos is itself an example, though, as the US Army was segregated during World War II. The same can be said of Jackie Johnson in ''ComicBook/SgtRock'''s Easy Company.

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* At least once, the African-American soldier Gabe Jones, of ComicBook/NickFury's HowlingCommandos, ComicBook/HowlingCommandos, impersonated a German soldier. He appeared to have no greater or lesser difficulty pulling this off than any of the white Howlers, which is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_black_people_in_Nazi_Germany#In_the_armed_forces actually]] a case of RealityIsUnrealistic. Gabe's presence in the Howling Commandos is itself an example, though, as the US Army was segregated during World War II. The same can be said of Jackie Johnson in ''ComicBook/SgtRock'''s Easy Company.
28th Dec '17 10:28:20 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' features quite a few high-ranking black members of the Persian Empire, implying that a significant population of the elites in Persia were black. The Persian Empire under Xerxes I only held a small portion of modern-day Egypt and so did not have any large population of sub-Saharan Africans, particularly among its elites.

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* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' features quite a few high-ranking black members of the Persian Empire, implying that a significant population of the elites in Persia were black. The Persian Empire under Xerxes I only held a small portion of modern-day Egypt and so did not have any large population of sub-Saharan Africans, particularly among its elites. Of course, their army is also portrayed as including monsters of various kinds.
23rd Dec '17 5:48:44 PM WanderingBrowser
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* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' has Bolivar Trask, the head of Trask Industries, being played by Creator/PeterDinklage. As no mention of Trask being a midget is every brought up in the film, it's obvious that he fits a variant of this trope.
10th Dec '17 10:25:15 PM NOYB
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** Similarly, Asiatic features are quite widespread in Central Asia (i.e. UsefulNotes/{{Kazakhstan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Kyrgyzstan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Tajikistan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Turkmenistan}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Uzbekistan}}), which clueless media tend to stereotype/lump together with the largely Caucasian Middle East due to a lack of research. It can even be said that people with the former features outnumber the latter, with Uzbekistan serving as the divider (mostly Mongoloid Uzbeks and mostly Caucasian Tajiks). And no, it's not because of Genghis Khan's invasions; the region, being largely flat steppe and desert, has long been a haven for nomads hailing from various different places (and incidentally also permitted the above mentioned Indo-Europeans to settle the Tarim Basin).

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** Similarly, Asiatic features are quite widespread in Central Asia (i.e. UsefulNotes/{{Kazakhstan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Kyrgyzstan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Tajikistan}}, UsefulNotes/{{Turkmenistan}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Uzbekistan}}), which clueless media tend to stereotype/lump together with the largely Caucasian Middle East due to a lack of research. It can even be said that people with the former features outnumber the latter, with Uzbekistan serving as the divider (mostly Mongoloid Uzbeks and mostly Caucasian Tajiks). And no, it's not because of Genghis Khan's invasions; the region, being largely flat steppe and desert, has long been a haven for nomads hailing from various different places (and incidentally also permitted the above mentioned above-mentioned Indo-Europeans to settle the Tarim Basin).
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