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13th Sep '17 7:27:50 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Franchise/DisneyFairies:
** ''Disney Fairies'', where there are five fairies in the group. They consist of the blonde Tinkerbell, the black Iridessa, the latino Fawn, the Asian Silvermist, and the Southern-accented redhead Rosetta.
** This is different from the original books. They feature Tinker Bell, Fira, Beck, Prilla, Rani, Bess, and Lilly. All of them are white except for Fira and Lily, though Rani ended up with a DisabilitySuperpower after giving up her wings.



* ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'', where there are five fairies in the group. They consist of the blonde Tinkerbell, the black Iridessa, the latino Fawn, the Asian Silvermist, and the Southern-accented redhead Rosetta.
13th Sep '17 7:09:23 AM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Chris Thorndyke (who is white) has a black friend (Danny) and a friend in a wheelchair (Helen).

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* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Chris Thorndyke (who is white) has a black friend (Danny) and a white friend in a wheelchair (Helen).



* ''Film/LittleAnnieRooney'' is a 1926 film with one of these. Annie's gang consists of Annie herself (who is Irish), a Jewish kid, a Chinese kid, and a black kid.

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* ''Film/LittleAnnieRooney'' is a 1926 film with one of these. Annie's gang consists of Annie herself (who is Irish), a Jewish kid, boy, a Chinese kid, boy, and a black kid.boy. Annie is the sole female out of either of the gangs in the film.



* The cast of ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' is almost mathematically precise: Four boys, four girls. Four white students (one of whom is [[InformedJudaism Jewish]]), two black students, one Asian, and one Hispanic. All of them have very different personalities, except for the one who [[TheGenericGuy doesn't have a personality at all]].

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* ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'':
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The cast of ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' the original cartoon is almost mathematically precise: Four boys, four girls. Four white students (one of whom is [[InformedJudaism Jewish]]), two black students, one Asian, and one Hispanic. All of them have very different personalities, except for the one who [[TheGenericGuy doesn't have a personality at all]].all]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBusRidesAgain'' changes it up a bit as Phoebe has been given a {{Race Lift}}, however her ethnicity hasn't been mentioned. This means that the class consists of three white students, one latino student, one Asian student, two black students, and the AmbiguouslyBrown Phoebe.



* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'''s main group consisted of African male Kwame, white female Russian Linka, Asian female Gi, white American male (though ginger) Wheeler, and South American Indian male Ma-Ti. Spiritual leader Gaia is AmbiguouslyBrown. And, of course, Captain Planet himself is blue. Averted with the villains, all of whom (except the mutated pair) are white.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'''s main group consisted of African male Kwame, white female Russian Linka, Asian female Gi, white American male (though ginger) Wheeler, and South American Indian male Ma-Ti. Spiritual leader Gaia is AmbiguouslyBrown. And, of course, Captain Planet himself is blue. Averted Subverted with the villains, all of whom (except the mutated pair) are white.
2nd Sep '17 6:44:48 PM ElSquibbonator
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* To deliver AnAesop about accepting others' differences. This version was commonly used in TheNineties when diversity was considered a big deal, before it became SnarkBait.

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* To deliver AnAesop about accepting others' differences. This version was commonly used in TheNineties when diversity was considered a big deal, deal (especially following the 1992 Los Angeles riots), before it became SnarkBait.



* A TeamPet (usually a dog or cat) may be added, just in case the writers are scared of being accused of being discriminatory against animal species.

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* A TeamPet (usually a dog or cat) cat, or in a sci-fi series, a RobotBuddy) may be added, just in case the writers are scared of being accused of being discriminatory against animal species.
non-humans.



* Advertising/TheBurgerKing Kids Club Gang - illustrated at the top of the page. Obviously the intent was to make Burger King appeal to all ethnicities, but now it just comes across as racist. Since they clearly thought they weren't being diverse enough already, an Asian girl named Jazz was added later.

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* Advertising/TheBurgerKing Kids Club Gang - illustrated at the top of the page. Obviously the intent was to make Burger King appeal to all ethnicities, but now it just comes across as racist.nowadays, it's very grating. Since they clearly thought they weren't being diverse enough already, an Asian girl named Jazz was added later.
2nd Sep '17 6:26:13 PM DragonRanger
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** ''Turbo'''s first half used the same cast as ''Zeo'', with the exception of swapping the Hispanic Blue for a Caucasian. The second half had African-American Red, Caucasian Blue, Hispanic Green and Yellow, and Asian Pink.

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** ''Turbo'''s first half used the same cast as ''Zeo'', with the exception of swapping the Hispanic Blue for a preteen Caucasian. The second half had African-American Red, preteen Caucasian Blue, Hispanic Green and Yellow, and Asian Pink.



** ''SPD'' had an African-American Red, Caucasian Blue and Pink, Jewish Green, Latina Yellow, dog-lizard-alien Shadow Ranger, and ball of light Omega Ranger (though being a ball of light was temporary for the duration of the series, and was later revealed to be Caucasian).

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** ''SPD'' had an African-American Red, Caucasian Blue and Blue, Pink, Jewish Green, and Green (with Green being AmbiguouslyJewish as well thanks to one or two lines of dialogue), Latina Yellow, dog-lizard-alien Shadow Ranger, and ball of light Omega Ranger (though being a ball of light was temporary for the duration of the series, and was later revealed to be Caucasian).



** ''RPM'' had an African-American Red, Caucasian Blue (Scottish, played by a Kiwi with a fake accent), Yellow, Green and Black, and Asians Gold and Silver (brother and sister).
** ''Samurai'' had Caucasian Red ([[spoiler:actually Red''s'', brother and sister]]) and Yellow, African-American Blue, Latino Green and Gold (Gold was played by a Thai-German, but he threw around a lot of GratuitousSpanish), and Asian Pink. Particularly odd this season as all of them, barring Gold, were supposed to be descended from actual samurai.

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** ''RPM'' had an African-American Red, Caucasian Scottish (Caucasian) Blue (Scottish, played (played by a Kiwi with a fake accent), Yellow, Green and Black, and Asians Gold and Silver (brother and sister).
** ''Samurai'' had Caucasian Red ([[spoiler:actually Red''s'', brother and sister]]) and Yellow, African-American Blue, Latino Green and Gold (Gold was played by a Thai-German, but he was AmbiguouslyBrown and threw around a lot of GratuitousSpanish), and Asian Pink. Particularly odd this season as all of them, barring Gold, them but Gold were supposed to be descended from actual samurai.



** ''Ninja Steel'' has a Hispanic Red, Asian Blue, African-American White, and Caucasian Pink ([[FakeNationality the actress is a white Brazilian]]) and Yellow. Yellow was originally a light skinned black actor, but was replaced early in filming.

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** ''Ninja Steel'' has a had Hispanic Red, Red and Gold ([[spoiler:brothers]]), Asian Blue, African-American White, and Caucasian Pink ([[FakeNationality the actress is a white Brazilian]]) and Yellow. Yellow was originally a light skinned black actor, but was replaced early in filming.
31st Aug '17 11:07:01 AM CosmicFerret
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* Lampshaded in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueElite'', where Sister Superior refers to the team's ethnic make-up as a "PC Nightmare". Coldcast was black, Manitou Raven and Dawn were dark-skinned Atlantean Natives, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl]] was Asian-American, Menagerie was Latina and Naif al-Sheikh was an Arab. The only white males on the team were TheFlash, ComicBook/GreenArrow and Major Disaster.

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* Lampshaded in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueElite'', where Sister Superior refers to the team's ethnic make-up as a "PC Nightmare". Coldcast was black, Manitou Raven and Dawn were dark-skinned Atlantean Natives, [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl]] was Asian-American, Menagerie was Latina and Naif al-Sheikh was an Arab. The only white males on the team were TheFlash, ComicBook/TheFlash, ComicBook/GreenArrow and Major Disaster.
7th Aug '17 4:16:50 PM MajinAkuma
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** The Forwards have a {{Cyborg}} (Subaru), a clone (Erio), a human from Mid-Childa (Teana), a human from Alzas (Caro) and a dragon.

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** The Forwards have are a {{Cyborg}} (Subaru), a clone (Erio), a human from Mid-Childa (Teana), a human from Alzas (Caro) and a dragon.dragon.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': The Wild Bunch (Monster Makers in the dub) were/are a group of programmers with different nationalities and ethnicity.
** Jiang-yu Lee (a.k.a. Tao) is a Chinese man.
** Gorou Mizuno (a.k.a. Shibumi) is Japanese (and you couldn't tell that without looking at his name, as he looks more like Jesus than a Japanese man).
** Rob [=McCoy=] (a.k.a. Dolphin) is a white red-headed man (possibly Irish).
** Rai Aishuwarya (a.k.a. Curly) is an Indian woman.
** Daisy is a white blondine (possibly American).
** Babel is a black man (possibly American).
12th Jul '17 4:37:55 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Or a token rich character.
* A TeamPet may be added, just in case the writers are scared of being accused of being discriminatory against animal species.

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* Or a token rich "rich" character.
* A TeamPet (usually a dog or cat) may be added, just in case the writers are scared of being accused of being discriminatory against animal species.
31st May '17 6:36:27 PM nombretomado
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* The ''YoungAvengers'', now that their white male leader is gone, are a shining example of how Marvel are really, ''really'' trying. Patriot (black) leads an interspecies gay couple, two girls and an android. Young!Kang looked Aasian in the ''Young Avengers'' (or at least biracial).

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* The ''YoungAvengers'', ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', now that their white male leader is gone, are a shining example of how Marvel are really, ''really'' trying. Patriot (black) leads an interspecies gay couple, two girls and an android. Young!Kang looked Aasian in the ''Young Avengers'' (or at least biracial).
18th May '17 12:46:09 AM LaptopGuy
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* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' always had a diverse cast of children every season:
** ''The Backyard Gang'' had Michael and Amy (white), Tina and Luci (Hispanic), Jason and Derek (Black), and Adam and Jeffrey (Asian)
** The first three seasons included Michael, Jason, Julie, Kathy, Shawn, and Kenneth (White), Tina, Luci, Carlos, and Juan (Hispanic), Derek and Tosha (Black), and Min (Asian).
** The next three seasons included Stephen, Kristen, Hannah, Kim, Chip, Linda, Emily, Jeff, and Jill (White), Robert (Hispanic), Ashley, Alissa, Keesha, and Curtis (Black), and Danny (Asian).
** The following two seasons featured Angela, Gianna, Beth, Scott, Sarah, and Nick (White), Mario and Tony (Hispanic), Whitney and Jackson (Black), and Kami (Asian).
** The ninth season featured Nick, Rachel, David, Stacy, and Laura (White), Miguel (Hispanic), Whitney and Jackson (Black), and Kami (Asian).
12th May '17 4:18:35 PM JoeMerl
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* Alison Bechdel's ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor''. Bechdel herself has joked that, yes, the cast is almost diverse to a fault (with a main cast comprising just about every ethnicity, religion, political affiliation—yes, there are indeed lesbian Republicans out there). However, as they're all fully-fleshed characters with their own personalities, they tend not to suffer from being the token something-or-other. Thea (disabled, with MS) is the only possible exception, even lampshaded by her in an AnimatedActors segment: "I move that ''no'' new personnel be introduced until I get properly established here! I thought I was gonna be a fully-fledged, three-dimensional character like everyone else, but nooooo! I just show up on my crutches every tenth episode like a goddamn poster child!"

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* Alison Bechdel's ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor''. Bechdel herself has joked that, yes, the cast is almost diverse to a fault (with a main cast comprising just about every ethnicity, religion, political affiliation—yes, affiliation—-[[GayConservative yes, there are indeed lesbian Republicans out there).there]]). However, as they're all fully-fleshed characters with their own personalities, they tend not to suffer from being the token something-or-other. Thea (disabled, with MS) is the only possible exception, even lampshaded by her in an AnimatedActors segment: "I move that ''no'' new personnel be introduced until I get properly established here! I thought I was gonna be a fully-fledged, three-dimensional character like everyone else, but nooooo! I just show up on my crutches every tenth episode like a goddamn poster child!"
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