History Main / HumansAreWhite

9th Jun '17 12:21:31 PM FieryLion428
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* Subtly played with in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. Of the four races of "humans," three (the Roman/Italian Imperials, Anglo/French Bretons, and Norse Nords) are primarily white.[[note]] Obviously, you can set the skin tone on your PlayerCharacter of these races very dark if you wish, and as of ''Skyrim'', there are some AmbiguouslyBrown [=NPCs=] of these races for the first time, such as [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Adrianne_Avenicci.jpg Adrianne]], [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Tacitus_Sallustius.jpg Tacitus]] and [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Florentius_Baenius_02.jpg Florentius]].[[/note]] The Redguard are the fourth human race, and they are dark-skinned with their culture being a [[CultureChopSuey mish-mash]] of Arabs, North Africans, and even a little Japanese influence. However, the Redguards have a different origin (they come from the now-lost continent of Yokuda) and have a very different pantheon/belief system that is as alien to the other human races (who all likely share a common ancestor and have similar belief systems) as it is to the various races of Elves.

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* Subtly played with in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. Of the four races of "humans," humans, three (the Roman/Italian Imperials, Anglo/French Bretons, and Norse Nords) are primarily white.[[note]] Obviously, you can set the skin tone on your PlayerCharacter of these races very dark if you wish, and as of ''Skyrim'', there are some AmbiguouslyBrown [=NPCs=] of these races for the first time, such as [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Adrianne_Avenicci.jpg Adrianne]], [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Tacitus_Sallustius.jpg Tacitus]] and [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Florentius_Baenius_02.jpg Florentius]].[[/note]] The Redguard are the fourth human race, and they are dark-skinned with their culture being a [[CultureChopSuey mish-mash]] of Arabs, North Africans, and even a little Japanese influence. However, the Redguards have a different origin (they come from the now-lost continent of Yokuda) and have a very different pantheon/belief system that is as alien to the other human races (who all likely share a common ancestor and have similar belief systems) as it is to the various races of Elves.
6th Jun '17 3:48:57 AM jormis29
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* In ''Space Rangers'' all human characters (apart from one recurring extra) are white. Asian actors are cast as aliens.

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* In ''Space Rangers'' ''Series/{{Space Rangers|1993}}'' all human characters (apart from one recurring extra) are white. Asian actors are cast as aliens.
18th May '17 8:23:32 AM QueenofSwords
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* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', though the cast is hardly monochrome, people of Chinese descent are rarely if ever seen, and the only ones given any lines play ''[[AsianHookerStereotype prostitutes]]!'' This is in a world that is ''supposed'' to be an American/Chinese fusion, with Chinese language common enough to be scattered through the English-speaking characters' conversation. The DVD commentary on the episode "Shindig" points out that there are a few characters with "Chinese" surnames like Tam and Wing, which could suggest that there's been a bit of mingling, but they're still played by white actors.
** Originally, Kaylee was meant to be Asian, but the producers changed their minds when Creator/JewelStaite auditioned.

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* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', though the cast is hardly monochrome, people of Chinese descent are rarely if ever seen, and the only ones given any lines play ''[[AsianHookerStereotype prostitutes]]!'' This is in a world that is ''supposed'' to be an American/Chinese fusion, with Chinese language common enough to be scattered through the English-speaking characters' conversation. The DVD commentary on the episode "Shindig" points out that there are a few characters with "Chinese" surnames like Tam and Wing, which could suggest that there's been a bit of mingling, but they're still played by white actors.
** Originally,
actors. Kaylee was meant to be Asian, but the producers changed their minds when Creator/JewelStaite auditioned.auditioned, she ended up being white anyway.
18th May '17 8:19:02 AM QueenofSwords
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* In KingdomHearts, while there are plenty of non-human characters (like Donald and Goofy), the only main character who isn't white is the villain. [[spoiler:Different versions of him, to be exact.]]
10th May '17 6:17:15 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* Averted in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting. Admittedly 90% of the novels and all but two games take place mostly in the Middle Ages Western Europe area, where humans are generally white (probably attributable to the fact that 90% of fantasy ''authors'' write that way). However, outside northwest Faerûn, humans go all the way from white to black and everything in between.

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* Averted in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting. Admittedly 90% of the novels and all but two games take place mostly in the Middle Ages Western Europe area, where humans are generally white (probably attributable to the fact that 90% of fantasy ''authors'' write that way). However, outside northwest Faerûn, humans go all the way from white to black and everything in between.between and there're illustrations, such as those of clerics in the Player's Handbook of Third Edition that shows a priest of Selûne that looks oriental as well as one of another deity (can't remember which, the guy in full armor) black, and earlier in the ''Faiths & Avatars'' for AD&D where some black clerics such as the ones of Eldath and Mielikki are mixed with white ones.
3rd May '17 2:39:27 PM Golondrina
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Can depending on setting be a JustifiedTrope due to how recessive genes function and depending on which culture dominated the Technology race on Earth, which also explains why AliensSpeakingEnglish in space settings (if English was the primary language used by the culture that established contact or dominated the [[SpaceIsAnOcean Space Exploration]] market).



* Averted in ''VideoGame/ ''. The player characters can be black in ''Prophecies'', however the majority of Tyria looks to be African looking. Cantha, the setting for ''Factions'', makes the characters look Asian, with the only white people being Kurzicks. (And even though most of them look Asian, it's easy to assume some of them wear make-up to make themselves look pale.) Meanwhile ''Nightfall'' is predominantly African and Middle eastern, with even the white NPC and PC skin tones being Mediterranean.
** This has been played straight in ''VideoGame/ 2'', though, with the medium brown skinned (in the first game) Kryta being the only remaining kingdom (at least in the current game, Factions and Nightfall areas may be added later), but with many more of the characters light skinned.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/ ''.''VideoGame/GuildWars''. The player characters can be black in ''Prophecies'', however the majority of Tyria looks to be African looking. Cantha, the setting for ''Factions'', makes the characters look Asian, with the only white people being Kurzicks. (And even though most of them look Asian, it's easy to assume some of them wear make-up to make themselves look pale.) Meanwhile ''Nightfall'' is predominantly African and Middle eastern, with even the white NPC and PC skin tones being Mediterranean.
** This has been played straight in ''VideoGame/ 2'', ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''', though, with the medium brown skinned (in the first game) Kryta being the only remaining kingdom (at least in the current game, Factions and Nightfall areas may be added later), but with many more of the characters light skinned.



** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' was a massive perpetrator of this. Of the main cast, [[AmbiguouslyBrown only Duncan]] appeared to be of non-white decent. This was especially egregious '''with the playable character'''. The Noble Human origin has an entirely white family and castle. You have the option of customizing the character to be any race or ethnicity, but no matter how your character look, his/her family will still be white (of course, this is an AcceptableBreakFromReality as with the many origins, the developers would need to have fluid racial traits for dozens of characters). Justified by the setting; Ferelden is modeled on Saxon England.

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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' was a massive perpetrator of this. Of the main cast, [[AmbiguouslyBrown only Duncan]] appeared to be of non-white decent.descent. This was especially egregious '''with the playable character'''. The Noble Human origin has an entirely white family and castle. You have the option of customizing the character to be any race or ethnicity, but no matter how your character look, his/her family will still be white (of course, this is an AcceptableBreakFromReality as with the many origins, the developers would need to have fluid racial traits for dozens of characters). Justified by the setting; Ferelden is modeled on Saxon England.
3rd May '17 2:06:24 PM Golondrina
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': Justified. In late 19th century, white humans probably have the largest share of the total human population they ever had. More importantly the white nations are much more powerful than the non-whites and except for the US have no big non-white minorities except in the colonies. These being fairly racist societies non-whites rarely get important positions in white majority countries. Humans on Mars are almost exclusively white. Just a few Japanese in their out-of-the-way research station. Canal Martians do not have any significant geographical differences since they have had fairly easy long-distance travel and even a global society for millennia. Canal Martians refer to humans as “red men” because Caucasians look red to them.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': Justified. In late 19th century, white humans probably have the largest share of the total human population they ever had. More importantly the white nations are much more powerful than the non-whites and except for the US have no big non-white minorities except in the colonies. These being fairly racist societies non-whites rarely get important positions in white majority countries. Humans on Mars are almost exclusively white. Just a few Japanese in their out-of-the-way research station. Canal Martians do not have any significant geographical differences since they have had fairly easy long-distance travel and even a global society for millennia. Canal Martians refer to humans as “red men” because Caucasians white people look red to them.



** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' was a massive perpetrator of this. Of the main cast, [[AmbiguouslyBrown only Duncan]] appeared to be of non-Caucasian decent. This was especially egregious '''with the playable character'''. The Noble Human origin has an entirely white family and castle. You have the option of customizing the character to be any race or ethnicity, but no matter how your character look, his/her family will still be white (of course, this is an AcceptableBreakFromReality as with the many origins, the developers would need to have fluid racial traits for dozens of characters). Justified by the setting; Ferelden is modeled on Saxon England.

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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' was a massive perpetrator of this. Of the main cast, [[AmbiguouslyBrown only Duncan]] appeared to be of non-Caucasian non-white decent. This was especially egregious '''with the playable character'''. The Noble Human origin has an entirely white family and castle. You have the option of customizing the character to be any race or ethnicity, but no matter how your character look, his/her family will still be white (of course, this is an AcceptableBreakFromReality as with the many origins, the developers would need to have fluid racial traits for dozens of characters). Justified by the setting; Ferelden is modeled on Saxon England.



* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has no excuse, with three Asian characters on the entire Federation side (one of them being Lt. Kirayoshi O'Brien, [[ButNotTooForeign who is still half-Irish]]) and the rest almost all either either white or white near-human aliens.[[note]]Two exceptions are Admiral T'nae, a light brown Vulcan, and Lt. Cdr. Tem Inasi, a chocolate-skinned Bajoran on the ''Enterprise''-F command crew. Tuvok also reappears.[[/note]] The game's effective mascot, [[FanNickname "Handsome Phaser Guy"]], is likewise Caucasian male, which drew some flak from the players when he was made part of the forum art. However, CharacterCustomization and the Foundry LevelEditor allow players and mission writers to avert this at will.

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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has no excuse, with three Asian characters on the entire Federation side (one of them being Lt. Kirayoshi O'Brien, [[ButNotTooForeign who is still half-Irish]]) and the rest almost all either either white or white near-human aliens.[[note]]Two exceptions are Admiral T'nae, a light brown Vulcan, and Lt. Cdr. Tem Inasi, a chocolate-skinned Bajoran on the ''Enterprise''-F command crew. Tuvok also reappears.[[/note]] The game's effective mascot, [[FanNickname "Handsome Phaser Guy"]], is likewise Caucasian white male, which drew some flak from the players when he was made part of the forum art. However, CharacterCustomization and the Foundry LevelEditor allow players and mission writers to avert this at will.



* ''VideoGame/StarSiege'' is largely averted--most of the human pilots are some kind of AmbiguouslyBrown, and in fact "Martian Native" seems to be a race unto itself. The default player character portrait options run the gamut from [[TheAhnold square-jawed sunglasses-wearing white guys]] to people of obvious Asian, African, or Middle Eastern descent. AI partners are also fairly evenly distributed, including the Hispanic Verity Vargas, African Hunter Otobe, the Irish-Japanese Riana Yashida-Jones, and the questionably Serbian Joakim Saxon. The 'generic' pilots are even more inclusive and can count Cherokee, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Danish, and Indian natives. Harabec Weathers is some kind of Caucasian as is his antagonistic brother Caanon, but players tend to spend more time with their squadmates than either of them in spite of their importance to the plot.

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* ''VideoGame/StarSiege'' is largely averted--most of the human pilots are some kind of AmbiguouslyBrown, and in fact "Martian Native" seems to be a race unto itself. The default player character portrait options run the gamut from [[TheAhnold square-jawed sunglasses-wearing white guys]] to people of obvious Asian, African, or Middle Eastern descent. AI partners are also fairly evenly distributed, including the Hispanic Verity Vargas, African Hunter Otobe, the Irish-Japanese Riana Yashida-Jones, and the questionably Serbian Joakim Saxon. The 'generic' pilots are even more inclusive and can count Cherokee, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Danish, and Indian natives. Harabec Weathers is some kind of Caucasian apparently as is his antagonistic brother Caanon, but players tend to spend more time with their squadmates than either of them in spite of their importance to the plot.



* Averted in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'', where most of the main characters are some shade of brown. The only ones with Caucasian skin tones are the people from Sønheim, who are also the only ones with [[PointyEars nonhuman physical traits]].

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* Averted in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'', where most of the main characters are some shade of brown. The only ones with Caucasian white skin tones are the people from Sønheim, who are also the only ones with [[PointyEars nonhuman physical traits]].
25th Apr '17 11:00:39 PM PaulA
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* Averted in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Nor Crystal Tears.'' It's only after the insectoid protagonist Ryo has spent some time with a couple of human explorers that they mention to him that the two of look different not only because they are different genders, but also different ethnicities, Bonnie being white and Loo being Asian.

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* Averted in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' novel ''Nor Crystal Tears.'' Tears''. It's only after the insectoid protagonist Ryo has spent some time with a couple of human explorers that they mention to him that the two of them look different not only because they are different genders, but also different ethnicities, Bonnie being white and Loo being Asian. Asian.
23rd Apr '17 3:00:07 PM nombretomado
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* Zigzagged throughout the ''Franchise/TalesSeries''.

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* Zigzagged throughout the ''Franchise/TalesSeries''.''VideoGame/TalesSeries''.
19th Apr '17 7:11:22 AM mogryo
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' averts this with Hermes and his family (black Jamaican) and Amy and her family (ethnically Chinese, born on Mars), as well as several incidental characters (most notably Hermes' rival Barbados Slim). Though only Amy and Hermes are part of the main cast sooo...
** But there are also only three whites in the main cast. Two of them are related to each other, and one is a mutant, so it's not that bad.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' averts this with Hermes and his family (black Jamaican) and Amy and her family (ethnically Chinese, born on Mars), as well as several incidental characters (most notably Hermes' rival Barbados Slim). Though only Amy and Hermes are part of the main cast sooo...\n** But there are also only three whites in the main cast. Two of them are related to each other, and one is a mutant, so it's not that bad.
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