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28th Apr '16 10:24:27 AM mycroftian
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A common trope in 18th and 19th century adventure fiction, when vast swathes of the world were being explored and properly documented by Europeans for the first time, Mighty Whitey is usually a displaced white European, of [[BlueBlood noble descent]], who ends up living with [[HollywoodNatives native tribespeople]] and not only learns their ways but also becomes their greatest warrior/leader/representative. Extra points if he woos TheChiefsDaughter along the way; an unfortunately common variation that perpetuates into present-day media is that she will continue to love our hero even if he is ''directly'' responsible for the death of her husband, brother or even ''father.''

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A common trope in 18th and 19th century adventure fiction, when Europeans were visiting and documenting vast swathes of the world were being explored and properly documented by Europeans for the first time, Mighty Whitey is usually a displaced white European, of [[BlueBlood noble descent]], who ends up living with [[HollywoodNatives native tribespeople]] and not only learns their ways but also becomes their greatest warrior/leader/representative. Extra points if he woos TheChiefsDaughter along the way; an unfortunately common variation that perpetuates into present-day media is that she will continue to love our hero even if he is ''directly'' responsible for the death of her husband, brother or even ''father.''
19th Apr '16 1:59:16 AM Chabal2
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* An inversion in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', where the fascist regime has eliminated all non-whites from the British Isles and the ShowWithinAShow ''Storm Saxon'' is an cringingly racist and {{narm}}y serial where the eponymous white hero fights evil black savages. After V takes out the government's PropagandaMachine, forcing them to use different announcers, he claims the show had better writing.


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* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' has a member of the Witchfinder Army who served in Britain's African forces in the colonial era, who didn't so much learn to live with the natives as he did terrify them into submission by countering whatever magic they had.
--> "Sergeant Narker, whose striding, bellowing, six-foot-six, eighteen-stone figure, clutching an armor-plated Book, eight-pound Bell, and specially-reinforced Candle, could clear the veldt of adversaries faster than a Gatling gun."
15th Apr '16 9:34:34 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' plays it straight with Lelouch vi Britania, a white man leading a war to drive out evil white men from Japan, but also inverts it with Suzaku Kururugi, a Japanese man who is the best [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]] pilot in the white man's army. Both examples are somewhat justified, however, since it's implied that Lelouch had been scheming to take down the Empire since his mother was killed and Suzaku's physical skills effectively a CharlesAtlasSuperpower.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' plays it straight with Lelouch vi Britania, a white man leading a war to drive out evil white men from Japan, but also inverts it with Suzaku Kururugi, a Japanese man who is the best [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frame]] pilot in the white man's army. Both examples are somewhat justified, however, since it's implied that Lelouch had been scheming to take down the Empire since his mother was killed and make a better world for his little sister while Suzaku's physical skills effectively a CharlesAtlasSuperpower.


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* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' has Paul Atreides who is born from the waterworld Caladan, son of a duke, trained by the best swordsmen and tacticians in the galaxy and trained as a Mentat human computer. He and his pregnant mother went into hiding from their enemies, the Harkonnens, who killed his father, and met the natives of Arrakis, the Fremen, who also hate the Harkonnen. They managed to won the favor of the Fremen, [[GoingNative learned their culture]] and Paul fell in love with a Fremen girl (But she's not a full-blooded Fremen because her grandfather is a former Planetologist of the Emperor [[GoingNative who went native]]). He's also destined to be the Messiah which the Fremen had been waiting for due to his prophetic powers (though this is just part of the Bene Gesserit's machinations) and at the end of the novel, he led the Fremen against the Harkonnens and the Emperor and took over the throne by marrying the Emperor's eldest daughter while keeping his Freman lover as his concubine. But the sequel, ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' deconstructed this where Paul turned out to be a tyrant who just unleashed his diehard followers into the entire galaxy, causing chaos and destruction in his name. He hates it but couldn't do anything about it because it's part of his destiny most especially that his Fremen concubine dies of giving birth to his twins.
15th Apr '16 5:19:34 AM JackG
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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' Played disappointingly straight in "Jeramiah Crichton". Stranded on a primitive planet populated by dark-skinned natives, John builds a number of labour-saving devices and is romanced by the chief's daughter.
11th Apr '16 4:29:27 AM Hanz
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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire,'' with Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard. "Mighty Whitey" is his mantra, and he's a card-carrying supremacist through and through dedicated to "educating" the locals (the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Ancient China) primarily by shooting challengers with his musket). The one person he has "enlightened" is a guy he renamed "Percival" and made his squire, who sees it more as a job than anything. Your character is given the mission of humbling so he'll finally stop bothering everyone by first defeating him in a debate (where he does at least raise some worthwhile points) and then in a duel. Once defeated however, he's gracious enough that he'll offer up a reward and be on his way.

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire,'' with Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard. "Mighty Whitey" is his mantra, and he's a card-carrying supremacist through and through dedicated to "educating" the locals (the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Ancient China) primarily by shooting challengers with his musket).musket. The one person he has "enlightened" is a guy he renamed "Percival" and made his squire, who sees it more as a job than anything. Your character is given the mission of humbling so he'll finally stop bothering everyone by first defeating him in a debate (where he does at least raise some worthwhile points) and then in a duel. Once defeated however, he's gracious enough that he'll offer up a reward and be on his way.
11th Apr '16 4:29:03 AM Hanz
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire,'' with Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard. "Mighty Whitey" is his mantra, and he's a card-carrying supremacist through and through... but if your "[[FantasyCounterpartCulture Asian]]" hero can out-debate him, actually fighting him isn't that hard.
** Possibly played straight. He ''does'' manage to defeat several challengers before you meet him, though. Then again, that may be more because [[CurbStompBattle martial arts don't mean much if the other guy has a blunderbuss]].
** The reward for fighting him is his Tactical Manual, a treatise on the art of warfare which gives you a bonus to your fighting ability by teaching you what ''not'' to do. Another "reward" is a manual on trepanation, which has your character noting that this goes against every known medical practice in the land and so must be metaphorical. Or his gun Mirabelle, one of the best weapons in the game once upgraded.

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* Subverted Parodied in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire,'' with Sir Roderick Ponce von Fontlebottom the MagnificentBastard. "Mighty Whitey" is his mantra, and he's a card-carrying supremacist through and through... but if your "[[FantasyCounterpartCulture Asian]]" hero can out-debate him, actually fighting him isn't that hard.
** Possibly played straight. He ''does'' manage
through dedicated to defeat several "educating" the locals (the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Ancient China) primarily by shooting challengers before you meet him, though. Then again, with his musket). The one person he has "enlightened" is a guy he renamed "Percival" and made his squire, who sees it more as a job than anything. Your character is given the mission of humbling so he'll finally stop bothering everyone by first defeating him in a debate (where he does at least raise some worthwhile points) and then in a duel. Once defeated however, he's gracious enough that may he'll offer up a reward and be more because [[CurbStompBattle martial arts don't mean much if on his way.
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the other guy has a blunderbuss]].
** The
reward for fighting him is his Tactical Manual, a treatise on the art of warfare which gives you a bonus to your fighting ability by teaching you what ''not'' to do. Another "reward" is a manual on trepanation, which has your character noting that this goes against every known medical practice in the land and so must be metaphorical. Or his gun Mirabelle, one of the best weapons in the game once upgraded.
10th Apr '16 11:56:45 AM wootzits
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* ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'': the heroine Akari Sakura is the only Japanese kid in the magic school she attends; her classmates and the students from other schools are all Caucasian (though Sara is half-Japanese, but doesn't live in Japan). Additionally, she is the last one to enroll, but that doesn't stop her from surpassing everyone, solving all the problems in Jewel Land and becoming the most powerful wizard by the end of the show.
25th Mar '16 11:05:59 PM JackG
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* Deconstructed in "Pale Blue Memories" by Creator/TobiasBuckell. Human explorers are MadeASlave after landing on an alien planet. All their attempts to convince the authorities of who they are, impress them with their knowledge, lead a slave revolt, or just escape captivity fail. The story ends with the protagonist doing the only thing he can do, passing on his knowledge to his son in the hope that [[HistoryMarchesOn one day the system of slavery will collapse as it has on Earth]].

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* Deconstructed in "Pale Blue Memories" by Creator/TobiasBuckell. Human explorers are MadeASlave after landing on an a primitive alien planet. planet. All their attempts to convince the authorities of who they are, impress them with their knowledge, work their way to a higher position, escape, or lead a slave revolt, or just escape captivity fail. revolt fail. The protagonist (who's been hiding his Afro-American ancestry from his white crewmates) warns them against this trope, but they don't listen. The story ends with the protagonist doing the only thing he can do, passing on his knowledge to his son in the hope that [[HistoryMarchesOn one day the system of slavery will collapse as it has on Earth]].


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25th Mar '16 10:55:53 PM JackG
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* Genially deconstructed at Creator/JorgeLuisBorges short story "The Dead Man", the seemingly imposible life and death of Benjamín Otalora, a corageous argentinean White Guy hoodlum who emigrated to the Brazilian frontier and became the leader of a band of racially mixed smugglers in only three years. [[spoiler: All the Natives smugglers are pulling a MassiveMultiplayerScam to mock Otalora, who is naive enough to fall for it and is murdered by them]].

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* Genially deconstructed at Creator/JorgeLuisBorges short story "The Dead Man", the seemingly imposible life and death of Benjamín Otalora, a corageous argentinean courageous Argentinean White Guy hoodlum who emigrated to the Brazilian frontier and became the leader of a band of racially mixed smugglers in only three years. [[spoiler: All the Natives smugglers are pulling a MassiveMultiplayerScam to mock Otalora, who is naive enough to fall for it and is murdered by them]].


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* Deconstructed in "Pale Blue Memories" by Creator/TobiasBuckell. Human explorers are MadeASlave after landing on an alien planet. All their attempts to convince the authorities of who they are, impress them with their knowledge, lead a slave revolt, or just escape captivity fail. The story ends with the protagonist doing the only thing he can do, passing on his knowledge to his son in the hope that [[HistoryMarchesOn one day the system of slavery will collapse as it has on Earth]].
27th Feb '16 7:04:13 PM DeisTheAlcano
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->''When they put together this costume I said, "Imagine an African, white Christ from space." And this is what they came back with: An African white space Christ. Well, that's just the concept, you know, obviously and I'm not saying I'm African white space Christ, that's not for me to say. That's for ''[[NoExceptYes other people]]'' to say. It's for other people to say if [[AnswersToTheNameOfGod they think I'm like Jesus]].''

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->''When ->''"When they put together this costume I said, "Imagine an African, white Christ from space." And this is what they came back with: An African white space Christ. Well, that's just the concept, you know, obviously and I'm not saying I'm African white space Christ, that's not for me to say. That's for ''[[NoExceptYes other people]]'' to say. It's for other people to say if [[AnswersToTheNameOfGod they think I'm like Jesus]].''"''



* The Marvel Netflix show ''Series/IronFist'' has some amount of controversy surrounding it due to the main character being a Caucasian male, fitting his portrayal in the comics (see the comics section). Some fans wanted an Asian-American cast in the role to subvert this.

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* %%* The Marvel Netflix show ''Series/IronFist'' ''Series/IronFist2016'' has some amount of controversy surrounding it due to the main character being a Caucasian male, fitting his portrayal in the comics (see the comics section). Some fans wanted an Asian-American cast in the role to subvert this.



--> '''David Chappelle:''' You'll be walking down the street and you'll see a bunch of black dudes walking, not just any old black dudes, we're talking 'thugs'. And in the group, they got one, or two, sometimes as many as three white guys with them, you ever seen that shit? Well let me tell you something about those white guys. Those white guys are the most dangerous motherfuckers in them groups. It's true, man. There's no telling what kind of crazy shit they've done to get them black dudes respect, but I'll tell you they've done some wild shit.

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--> '''David -->'''David Chappelle:''' You'll be walking down the street and you'll see a bunch of black dudes walking, not just any old black dudes, we're talking 'thugs'. And in the group, they got one, or two, sometimes as many as three white guys with them, you ever seen that shit? Well let me tell you something about those white guys. Those white guys are the most dangerous motherfuckers in them groups. It's true, man. There's no telling what kind of crazy shit they've done to get them black dudes respect, but I'll tell you they've done some wild shit.
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