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11th Oct '17 12:28:10 PM BeerBaron
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** The extinct "[[BirdPeople Bird Men]]" were a [[PettingZooPeople Beast Race]] native to what would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. Topal the Pilot, the legendary [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmer]] explorer, became this to them. He and his men taught them to speak their own words and how to write, so they declared him their lord and offered him their islands. Despite this, the Bird Men would be rendered extinct at the hands of "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].

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** The extinct "[[BirdPeople Bird Men]]" were a [[PettingZooPeople Beast Race]] native to what would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. Topal the Pilot, the legendary [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmer]] explorer, Aldmeri]] BoldExplorer and [[WarriorPoet poet]], became this to them. He and his men taught them to speak their own words and how to write, so they declared him their lord and offered him their islands. Despite this, the Bird Men would be rendered extinct at the hands of "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].
7th Oct '17 7:42:48 AM __Vano
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On a more subconscious cultural level, this trope often resolves (or attempts to resolve) two conflicting desires within Europeans and their descendants: both to [[WereStillRelevantDammit still be relevant]] in a 21st-century world in which they are often outnumbered (increasingly even in their own countries) ''and'' to remake themselves as [[ForeignCultureFetish "foreign" and "exotic"]] rather than being merely boring and uncultured "civilized" people.

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On a more subconscious cultural level, this trope often resolves (or [[WishFulfillment attempts to resolve) resolve]]) two conflicting desires within Europeans and their descendants: both to [[WereStillRelevantDammit still be relevant]] in a 21st-century world in which they are often outnumbered (increasingly even in their own countries) ''and'' to remake themselves as [[ForeignCultureFetish "foreign" and "exotic"]] rather than being merely boring and uncultured "civilized" people.
21st Sep '17 6:34:31 AM HighCrate
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* ''Film/TheFourSkullsOfJonathanDrake'' has a villainous example. Despite it being his tribe that was massacred and he who cast the curse on the family, Native American Zutai is but TheDragon to white Dr. Emil Zurich, whose death was the motivation for the massacre in the first place and is only in the picture because higher powers forced him to.

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* ''Film/TheFourSkullsOfJonathanDrake'' has a villainous example. Despite it being his tribe that was massacred and he who cast the curse on the family, Native American Zutai is but TheDragon to white Dr. Emil Zurich, whose death was the motivation for the massacre in the first place and is only in the picture because higher powers forced him to.
20th Sep '17 8:58:10 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Film/TheFourSkullsOfJonathanDrake'' has a villainous example. Despite it being his tribe that was massacred and he who cast the curse on the family, Native American Zutai is but TheDragon to white Dr. Emil Zurich, whose death was the motivation for the massacre in the first place and is only in the picture because higher powers forced him to.
20th Sep '17 12:53:07 PM CosmicFerret
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%%* Ephraim Longstocking, the father of Pippi Longstocking in AstridLindgren's PippiLongstocking series.

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%%* Ephraim Longstocking, the father of Pippi Longstocking in AstridLindgren's Creator/AstridLindgren's PippiLongstocking series.
20th Sep '17 9:25:45 AM zarpaulus
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*** Oddly, many of the human tribes in David's empire are also white, despite Pellucidar being a HollowWorld wrapped around a miniature sun that never sets and irradiates all of the surface equally.
19th Sep '17 11:13:34 AM Eagal
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* ''WesternAnimation/ChuckNorrisKarateKommandos'' plays the trope straight. The series is full of Asian martial artists, but the greatest of them all is... [[Creator/ChuckNorris guess who]]?

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* ''WesternAnimation/ChuckNorrisKarateKommandos'' plays the trope straight. The series is full of Asian martial artists, but the greatest of them all is... [[Creator/ChuckNorris guess who]]?is Creator/ChuckNorris, of course.
19th Sep '17 11:08:59 AM Eagal
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* In the [[CulturalTranslation Americanized]] [[LiveActionAdaptation live action version]] of ''Film/FistOfTheNorthStar'', [[TheHero Kenshiro]] and [[RivalTurnedEvil Shin]], who are both inheritors of secret assassination styles, are played by whiteactors Gary Daniels and Costas Mandylor, whereas Julia, Bat, and Lynn, the LoveInterest and the two [[KidSidekick kid sidekicks]] respectively, are played by Asians. Moreover, Kenshiro's OldMaster, Ryuken, is played by another white man, Creator/MalcolmMcDowell.

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* In the [[CulturalTranslation Americanized]] [[LiveActionAdaptation live action version]] of ''Film/FistOfTheNorthStar'', [[TheHero Kenshiro]] and [[RivalTurnedEvil Shin]], who are both inheritors of secret assassination styles, are played by whiteactors white actors Gary Daniels and Costas Mandylor, whereas Julia, Bat, and Lynn, the LoveInterest and the two [[KidSidekick kid sidekicks]] respectively, are played by Asians. Moreover, Kenshiro's OldMaster, Ryuken, is played by another white man, Creator/MalcolmMcDowell.
3rd Sep '17 5:22:10 AM Divra
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** ''The Phantom Chronicles'' contain a complete genealogy of the Phantoms, and while there is no African in the Phantom line, there is plenty of Latin American, East Asian, South Asian and Middle Eastern ancestry, so it's not quite as clear-cut as it (admittedly and unfortunately) looks.
12th Aug '17 4:32:27 PM ClintEastwood
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* ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'' is an excellent example of Mighty Whitey in traditional American literature and, hence, in classic movies. Imitations and similar characters appear in Westerns. Although Chingachgook is just as much of a badass as Hawkeye -- and he's the one who kills the main antagonist in many adaptations and he's the guy who the entire book/movie is named after. The 1993 film at least subverts it in that Nathaniel identifies as Native American and eschews white civilization, even giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about it to Cora.
%%* In the [[CulturalTranslation Americanized]] [[LiveActionAdaptation live action version]] of ''Film/FistOfTheNorthStar'', [[TheHero Kenshiro]] and [[RivalTurnedEvil Shin]], who are both inheritors of secret assassination styles, are played by whiteactors Gary Daniels and Costas Mandylor, whereas Julia, Bat, and Lynn, the LoveInterest and the two [[KidSidekick kid sidekicks]] respectively, are played by Asians. Moreover, Kenshiro's OldMaster, Ryuken, is played by another white man, Creator/MalcolmMcDowell.

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* ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'' is an excellent example of Mighty Whitey in traditional American literature and, hence, in classic movies. Imitations and similar characters appear in Westerns. Although Chingachgook is just as much of a badass as Hawkeye -- and he's the one who kills the main antagonist in many adaptations and he's the guy who the entire book/movie is named after. The 1993 1992 film at least subverts it in that Nathaniel identifies as Native American and eschews white civilization, even giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about it to Cora.
%%* * In the [[CulturalTranslation Americanized]] [[LiveActionAdaptation live action version]] of ''Film/FistOfTheNorthStar'', [[TheHero Kenshiro]] and [[RivalTurnedEvil Shin]], who are both inheritors of secret assassination styles, are played by whiteactors Gary Daniels and Costas Mandylor, whereas Julia, Bat, and Lynn, the LoveInterest and the two [[KidSidekick kid sidekicks]] respectively, are played by Asians. Moreover, Kenshiro's OldMaster, Ryuken, is played by another white man, Creator/MalcolmMcDowell.



* Parodied in ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja'' where Chris Farley's character is adopted by a tribe of ninjas who think he'll be the prophesied Great White Ninja. As it turns out, Farley is a blundering klutz, who is far outmatched by his Japanese brother. Though they do end up playing it straight in the end.
* ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' is often accused of being an example, though it's a weak example at best. Kevin Costner's character does learn to become an entirely competent member of the Sioux. He acquits himself well in battle, but not significantly better than his fellow tribesmen, and he was already a professional soldier before joining them. His background gives him better insight into the upcoming conflicts with the American military, but that is to be expected.
* Referenced in a throwaway remark by Jack Sparrow in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' while recounting his adventures, "And then they made me their chief!" We see the tribe he became chief of in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest''. However, this trope is subverted because even as the chief, Jack can't stop the natives from doing what they've already made up their minds to do, like keeping his crew imprisoned or [[spoiler:honoring Jack by having him ritually sacrificed and eaten.]] It's also worth noting that the throwaway line itself was a reference to ''Series/TheFastShow'', which Johnny Depp was a big fan of.

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* Parodied in ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja'' where Chris Farley's Creator/ChrisFarley's character is adopted by a tribe of ninjas who think he'll be the prophesied Great White Ninja. As it turns out, Farley is a blundering klutz, who is far outmatched by his Japanese brother. Though they do end up playing it straight in the end.
* ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' is often accused of being an example, though it's a weak example at best. Kevin Costner's Creator/KevinCostner's character does learn to become an entirely competent member of the Sioux. He acquits himself well in battle, but not significantly better than his fellow tribesmen, and he was already a professional soldier before joining them. His background gives him better insight into the upcoming conflicts with the American military, but that is to be expected.
* Referenced in a throwaway remark by Jack Sparrow in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' while recounting his adventures, "And then they made me their chief!" We see the tribe he became chief of in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest''. However, this trope is subverted because even as the chief, Jack can't stop the natives from doing what they've already made up their minds to do, like keeping his crew imprisoned or [[spoiler:honoring Jack by having him ritually sacrificed and eaten.]] It's also worth noting that the throwaway line itself was a reference to ''Series/TheFastShow'', which Johnny Depp Creator/JohnnyDepp was a big fan of.



* 1937 Creator/JohnFord film ''Film/WeeWillieWinkie'' absolutely reeks of this. The story is about a British unit on the Afghan frontier, trying to subdue the Afghans and force them to acknowledge UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria as their sovreign. Col. Williams explains to his cute little granddaughter Priscilla (Creator/ShirleyTemple) that all the British want to do is facilitate trade and bring order and make the natives "become civilized". When Priscilla winds up in the Afghan camp, she tells them all that the Queen wants to make all her subjects happy and rich. She eventually gets them to make peace with the British.
* ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'' is more an [[GreenAesop environmentalist fable]] than anything else (if a particularly demented one), but Seagal's character puts it upon himself to speak for the Inuit who are being screwed over by the oil companies. Because, well, the Inuit have no voice. There's even a scene where undergoes a VisionQuest to essentially ''purge himself of white guilt''.
* ''Film/BlindFury'' has a dash of this, with Ruger Hauer playing a Vietnam veteran who gets blinded and adopted by a local tribe. Under their tutelage, he becomes a MasterSwordsman despite being [[BlindWeaponmaster blind]].
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' has many elements of this. After being captured by the samurai leader, Nathan Algren (Creator/TomCruise) adopts their ways, falls in love with the widow of one of the men he killed, and becomes a key advisor for those he was originally ordered to defeat. However, he's never really shown to be any better than the Japanese. As a career soldier, after lengthy training he's finally shown to beat his trainer just once, and he was an advisor mainly because he trained the people they were going to fight (in that case simply due to his familiarity with the weapons). Algren even states in his journal that the Japanese treat him mostly with a "mild neglect." Even when they begin to begrudgingly respect his combat skills (if giving better odds on how long he lasts before getting his ass kicked in training counts as respect), one samurai jokes that even if he has gotten better, he's "still so ugly." Of course, Algren is still an InstantExpert in fighting in full armor with which he's never trained.

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* The 1937 Creator/JohnFord film ''Film/WeeWillieWinkie'' absolutely reeks of this. The story is about a British unit on the Afghan frontier, trying to subdue the Afghans and force them to acknowledge UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria as their sovreign. Col. Williams explains to his cute little granddaughter Priscilla (Creator/ShirleyTemple) that all the British want to do is facilitate trade and bring order and make the natives "become civilized". When Priscilla winds up in the Afghan camp, she tells them all that the Queen wants to make all her subjects happy and rich. She eventually gets them to make peace with the British.
* ''Film/OnDeadlyGround'' is more an [[GreenAesop environmentalist fable]] than anything else (if a particularly demented one), but Seagal's Creator/StevenSeagal's character puts it upon himself to speak for the Inuit who are being screwed over by the oil companies. Because, well, the Inuit have no voice. There's even a scene where undergoes a VisionQuest to essentially ''purge himself of white guilt''.
* ''Film/BlindFury'' has a dash of this, with Ruger Hauer Creator/RugerHauer playing a Vietnam veteran who gets blinded and adopted by a local tribe. Under their tutelage, he becomes a MasterSwordsman despite being [[BlindWeaponmaster blind]].
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' has many elements of this. After being captured by the samurai leader, [[Creator/TomCruise Nathan Algren (Creator/TomCruise) Algren]] adopts their ways, falls in love with the widow of one of the men he killed, and becomes a key advisor for those he was originally ordered to defeat. However, he's never really shown to be any better than the Japanese. As a career soldier, after lengthy training he's finally shown to beat his trainer just once, and he was an advisor mainly because he trained the people they were going to fight (in that case simply due to his familiarity with the weapons). Algren even states in his journal that the Japanese treat him mostly with a "mild neglect." Even when they begin to begrudgingly respect his combat skills (if giving better odds on how long he lasts before getting his ass kicked in training counts as respect), one samurai jokes that even if he has gotten better, he's "still so ugly." Of course, Algren is still an InstantExpert in fighting in full armor with which he's never trained.



* 2013's ''Film/FortySevenRonin'' is a very, ''very'' loose adaptation of the original story, but with fantasy elements and a character played by Keanu Reeves, a half breed who nonetheless charms his samurai lord's daughter, wins a spot of honor among his fellow samurai, and all but orders all the Japanese men around him about in the second act.
* The 1991 Dolph Lundgren/Brandon Lee buddy cop movie ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo''. A blond, tall, muscular American cop raised in Japanese culture slaughters an army of {{Yakuza}} and is physically and martially superior to anyone, including his comic relief half-Asian partner. His sexual prowess is commented on while the Yakuza boss is implied to be impotent unless he beats women and he romances an Asian woman whom the boss had kidnapped and previously raped.
* In the 1970 Western ''Film/AManCalledHorse'', Richard Harris plays English aristocrat John Morgan who is captured by the Sioux. After various trials and tests, he becomes not only a tribe member but eventually its leader.

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* 2013's ''Film/FortySevenRonin'' is a very, ''very'' loose adaptation of the original story, but with fantasy elements and a character played by Keanu Reeves, Creator/KeanuReeves, a half breed who nonetheless charms his samurai lord's daughter, wins a spot of honor among his fellow samurai, and all but orders all the Japanese men around him about in the second act.
* The 1991 Dolph Lundgren/Brandon Creator/DolphLundgren/Brandon Lee buddy cop movie ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo''. A blond, tall, muscular American cop raised in Japanese culture slaughters an army of {{Yakuza}} and is physically and martially superior to anyone, including his comic relief half-Asian partner. His sexual prowess is commented on while the Yakuza boss is implied to be impotent unless he beats women and he romances an Asian woman whom the boss had kidnapped and previously raped.
* In the 1970 Western ''Film/AManCalledHorse'', Richard Harris Creator/RichardHarris plays English aristocrat John Morgan who is captured by the Sioux. After various trials and tests, he becomes not only a tribe member but eventually its leader.



** Jerry Heller, N.W.A.'s manager, seems like he's honest in helping the trio become household names. He even defends the group when they're harassed by the police during recording sessions. However, once they become a national sensation, Heller resorts to dirty tactics to rip the band apart, by giving Eazy E more money and favoritism than his fellow bandmates, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. [[spoiler:Heller's deception backfires on him when Eazy E discovers Heller's been stealing money, causing him to find out about the deceit. Eazy E doesn't take his supposed plea for forgiveness seriously and terminates him.]]
** A more clear subversion with Bryan Turner, the head of N.W.A.'s label, Priority Records. He tries to withhold royalties from Ice Cube for his album, ''[=AmeriKKKa=]'s Most Wanted''. [[FreakOut It doesn't go so well]] [[RageBreakingPoint for Turner]].

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** Jerry Heller, N.W.A.'s Music/{{NWA}}'s manager, seems like he's honest in helping the trio group become household names. He even defends the group when they're harassed by the police during recording sessions. However, once they become a national sensation, Heller resorts to dirty tactics to rip the band apart, by giving Eazy E Music/EazyE more money and favoritism than his fellow bandmates, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.bandmates. [[spoiler:Heller's deception backfires on him when Eazy E discovers Heller's been stealing money, causing him to find out about the deceit. Eazy E doesn't take his supposed plea for forgiveness seriously and terminates him.]]
** A more clear subversion with Bryan Turner, the head of N.W.A.'s label, Priority Records. He tries to withhold royalties from Ice Cube Music/IceCube for his album, ''[=AmeriKKKa=]'s Most Wanted''. [[FreakOut It doesn't go so well]] [[RageBreakingPoint for Turner]].
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