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4th Dec '16 11:17:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in the final volume of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Shara is an isolationist empire, at least partially populated by dark-skinned people (Sharans of varying shades are described), who accept the pale-skinned foreigner [[spoiler: Demandred]] as their messiah and happily march to war under his overlordship. [[spoiler: Of course, Demandred is a manipulative, vengeful villain and Shara is a brutally repressive slaver society both pre-and-post Demandred, so this is a very dark take on the trope and the association doesn't make either side look that good. Not to mention that Demandred's mightiness comes from his being an immortal who dates back to a golden age milennia ago and was the considered the second-most {{Badass}} person on the planet even then, so he's mighty next to just about ''everyone''- Shara just happened to be where they had prophecies about him]].

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* Played with in the final volume of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Shara is an isolationist empire, at least partially populated by dark-skinned people (Sharans of varying shades are described), who accept the pale-skinned foreigner [[spoiler: Demandred]] as their messiah and happily march to war under his overlordship. [[spoiler: Of course, Demandred is a manipulative, vengeful villain and Shara is a brutally repressive slaver society both pre-and-post Demandred, so this is a very dark take on the trope and the association doesn't make either side look that good. Not to mention that Demandred's mightiness comes from his being an immortal who dates back to a golden age milennia ago and was the considered the second-most {{Badass}} badass person on the planet even then, so he's mighty next to just about ''everyone''- Shara just happened to be where they had prophecies about him]].
14th Nov '16 9:06:47 PM Ymirsdaughter
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* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', a generational line of more than ''twenty'' white males who protect the African jungle, including tribes of native Africans.

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* ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', a generational line of more than ''twenty'' white males who protect the the, first South Asian, then African jungle, including tribes of native Africans.Africans. Partially justified in that the Twenty-first phantom was originally written as a Batman/Bruce Wayne type of superhero, and when Falk decided he should instead be the descendant of a long line of phantoms they didn't change the design.
13th Nov '16 3:07:52 PM Seraphine
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* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the Navi are a primitive alien race armed with bows and sticks facing an invasion by a force of elite futuristic space marines. Their situation seems hopless, until a coincidentally white male named Jake Sully defects to their side and leads them to victory.

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* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the Navi are a primitive alien race armed with bows and sticks facing an invasion by a force of elite futuristic space marines. Their situation seems hopless, hopeless, until a coincidentally white male named Jake Sully defects to their side and leads them to victory.



* ''Literature/Temeraire'' repeatedly subverts this trope in Lawrence and Temeraire's travels across the world.

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* ''Literature/Temeraire'' ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' repeatedly subverts this trope in Lawrence and Temeraire's travels across the world.



* Genially deconstructed at Creator/JorgeLuisBorges short story "The Dead Man", the seemingly imposible life and death of Benjamín Otalora, a 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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* Genially deconstructed at Creator/JorgeLuisBorges short story "The Dead Man", the seemingly imposible impossible life and death of Benjamín Otalora, a 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]].



* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by ''Creator/DaveChappelle'' with regards to predominantly black street gangs in his "Killin' Them Softly" show:

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] {{Discussed|Trope}} and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} by ''Creator/DaveChappelle'' with regards to predominantly black street gangs in his "Killin' Them Softly" show:







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* Sub-Zero in the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series is a white man ([[AllThereInTheManual offically half Asian but you wouldn't know it by looking at him]]) that was born and raised in Minnesota. He moved to China with his father after his parents divorced when he was a teenager, and became leader of the Lin Kuei; he even moved the ancient tribe to America after they were discovered, instead of just relocating somewhere in China.

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* Sub-Zero in the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series is a white man ([[AllThereInTheManual offically officially half Asian but you wouldn't know it by looking at him]]) that was born and raised in Minnesota. He moved to China with his father after his parents divorced when he was a teenager, and became leader of the Lin Kuei; he even moved the ancient tribe to America after they were discovered, instead of just relocating somewhere in China.



** Ryu spends every moment of his life wandering the world to challenge the greatest fighters he can find and hone his martial arts. He breathes, eats, sleeps, and craps his style 24 hours a day. Ken on the otherhand spends a wild time in American nightlife, gets married, has a kid, and lives life like a rich guy. He practices martial arts to avoid getting rusty, but nowhere near the level Ryu does. When Ken and Ryu fight, it's often described that Ryu is better... but not by a whole much, and Ken can give Ryu a serious workout.

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** Ryu spends every moment of his life wandering the world to challenge the greatest fighters he can find and hone his martial arts. He breathes, eats, sleeps, and craps his style 24 hours a day. Ken on the otherhand other hand spends a wild time in American nightlife, gets married, has a kid, and lives life like a rich guy. He practices martial arts to avoid getting rusty, but nowhere near the level Ryu does. When Ken and Ryu fight, it's often described that Ryu is better... but not by a whole much, and Ken can give Ryu a serious workout.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Last of the Meheecans" where Butters, dressed up as a Mexican for a game with Cartman, [[BadassUnintentional unintentionally inspires and leads]] hundreds of immigated Mexicans-Americans back into their home country to the point where America loses its propserity to Mexico.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Last of the Meheecans" where Butters, dressed up as a Mexican for a game with Cartman, [[BadassUnintentional unintentionally inspires and leads]] hundreds of immigated immigrated Mexicans-Americans back into their home country to the point where America loses its propserity prosperity to Mexico.
21st Oct '16 11:51:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Arthur Conan Doyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld'', Lord Roxton becomes the best hunter in the native village he visits.

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* In Arthur Conan Doyle's ''Literature/TheLostWorld'', ''Literature/TheLostWorld1912'', Lord Roxton becomes the best hunter in the native village he visits.
20th Oct '16 3:02:43 AM phoenixy
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* A fantasy version of this exists in the world of ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'', where many kings of fairy kingdoms have actually been humans who were stolen into fairy. The footnotes indicate that while fairies like the idea of being kings, they also tend to be highly capricious, irrational, and easily distracted. Humans are much better at the actual business of ruling, and thus constitute a disproportionate percentage of long-reigning monarchs within fairyland.




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* In the world of ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'', many kings of fairy kingdoms have actually been humans who were stolen into fairy. The footnotes indicate that while fairies like the idea of being kings, they also tend to be highly capricious, irrational, and easily distracted. Humans are much better at the actual business of ruling, and thus constitute a disproportionate percentage of long-reigning monarchs within fairyland.
20th Oct '16 3:01:20 AM phoenixy
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* In the world of ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'', many kings of fairy kingdoms have actually been humans who were stolen into fairy. The footnotes indicate that while fairies like the idea of being kings, they also tend to be highly capricious, irrational, and easily distracted. Humans are actually much better at being leaders, and thus constitute a disproportionate percentage of long-reigning fairy monarchs.

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* In A fantasy version of this exists in the world of ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'', where many kings of fairy kingdoms have actually been humans who were stolen into fairy. The footnotes indicate that while fairies like the idea of being kings, they also tend to be highly capricious, irrational, and easily distracted. Humans are actually much better at being leaders, the actual business of ruling, and thus constitute a disproportionate percentage of long-reigning fairy monarchs.monarchs within fairyland.
20th Oct '16 2:58:25 AM phoenixy
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* In the world of ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'', many kings of fairy kingdoms have actually been humans who were stolen into fairy. The footnotes indicate that while fairies like the idea of being kings, they also tend to be highly capricious, irrational, and easily distracted. Humans are actually much better at being leaders, and thus constitute a disproportionate percentage of long-reigning fairy monarchs.
12th Oct '16 2:28:53 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Madoka [[spoiler:becomes a goddess]] to save the European and African magical girls.
6th Oct '16 12:44:08 PM Discar
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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 they put together this costume I said, "Imagine '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]]'' ''other people'' to say. It's for other people to say if [[AnswersToTheNameOfGod they think I'm like Jesus]].Jesus."''



%%* The Marvel Netflix show ''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.

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%%* The Marvel Netflix show ''Series/IronFist2016'' ''Series/IronFist2017'' 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.
4th Oct '16 5:54:52 PM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' plays with this trope in the third season. Oliver takes on the League of Assassins, a Middle Eastern guild of warriors who all take Arabic titles, where his superior skills lead to him essentially playing out this trope: He becomes the next in line for leadership and is set to marry the leader's daughter. However, the leader himself is white, having been a MightyWhitey himself who took leadership centuries ago, who seems to be invoking this trope by electing to position Oliver, an outsider, as his heir, and forces his daughter, who is a lesbian, to marry Oliver against her will to ensure that the eventual heir is still a blood descendant. In the end, [[spoiler: its Malcolm, another white outsider, who takes leadership...but not through his own skill, but rather through LoopHoleAbuse and making a deal with Oliver.]]

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' plays with this trope in the third season. Oliver takes on the League of Assassins, a Middle Eastern guild of warriors who all take Arabic titles, where his superior skills lead to him essentially playing out this trope: He becomes the next in line for leadership and is set to marry the leader's daughter. However, the leader himself is white, having been a MightyWhitey himself who took leadership centuries ago, who seems to be invoking this trope by electing to position Oliver, an outsider, as his heir, and forces his daughter, who is a lesbian, to marry Oliver against her will to ensure that the eventual heir is still a blood descendant. In the end, [[spoiler: its it's Malcolm, another white outsider, who takes leadership...but not through his own skill, but rather through LoopHoleAbuse LoopholeAbuse and making a deal with Oliver.]]
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