History Main / NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel

13th Mar '17 1:12:17 PM AthenaBlue
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* Inverted in ''Series/The4400'', Richard Tyler has been brought forward from World War II, where he was almost killed for being attracted to a white woman. It takes him a few episodes to get used to the relative lack of racism.
* Subverted in a ''Series/ChappellesShow'' sketch, where "Playa Haters" go back in time and shoot a Southern plantation owner.



** The early Hartnell series sometimes avoided this by having the female characters dress as men. This happens in ''The Crusade'' and ''The Smugglers''. ''The Massacre'', meanwhile, has no female companion until the very end (which is set in the present day).

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** The early Hartnell series sometimes avoided this by having the female characters dress as men. This happens in ''The Crusade'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade "The Crusade"]] and ''The Smugglers''. ''The Massacre'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E1TheSmugglers "The Smugglers"]]. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E5TheMassacre "The Massacre"]], meanwhile, has no female companion until the very end (which is set in the present day).



** "The Time Warrior" revolves in part about Sarah Jane, a 1970s-[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 80s]] feminist, getting stuck in the Dark Ages and the trouble this causes for her. She is treated horribly, both the men and the aliens in this time period are ridiculously misogynistic, and even clever and likeable contemporary woman scoff at the idea of not being basically slaves.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E1TheTimeWarrior "The Time Warrior" Warrior"]] revolves in part about Sarah Jane, a 1970s-[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 80s]] feminist, getting stuck in the Dark Ages and the trouble this causes for her. She is treated horribly, both the men and the aliens in this time period are ridiculously misogynistic, and even clever and likeable contemporary woman scoff at the idea of not being basically slaves.



** Rose also gets called out in the episode "Tooth and Claw" by Queen Victoria herself and several other characters who repeatedly describe her as being naked, due to the short overalls and tights she wears through the episode.

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** Rose also gets called out in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E2ToothAndClaw "Tooth and Claw" Claw"]] by Queen Victoria herself and several other characters who repeatedly describe her as being naked, due to the short overalls and tights she wears through the episode.



*** "The Shakespeare Code" had Martha worried about being sold as a slave, but the Doctor assured her this wasn't actually an issue. In reality, there actually were some black people in England, none of whom were slaves, and the dialog was actually meant to teach kids that England wasn't entirely white in the 17th century.
*** The later "Human Nature" / "Family of Blood" two-parter (set in 1913) had Martha's race subtly addressed as nobody believed a woman, let alone a ''poor minority'' woman, was capable of being a doctor. Martha got a SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome proving her extensive medical knowledge to one such doubter. The original novel that the episode was based on starred companion Franchise/BerniceSummerfield, who ditches her skirts about twenty minutes into the adventure in favour of her regular trousers. This gets her into a ''lot'' of trouble.
** Donna, while treated fairly well, still complains when the Doctor's cover story for her is that she's the "plucky young woman who helps me out" on account of there being no policewomen in 1920s Britain.
** In the Doctor Who spinoff ''Series/{{The Sarah Jane Adventures}}'' episode "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith," when Rani goes back to the 1950s looking for Sarah Jane. Although this is played with - Rani assumes racism, but later realises people are staring at her because of her outfit, and the only reason she's getting away with it is because she isn't white.
-->Rani: "Yes, I get it, ethnic person in the 50s!"
* In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness and Toshiko Sato are stuck in 1940s Cardiff, and Tosh expresses some very real concerns about being Japanese and in WWII.

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*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code" Code"]] had Martha worried about being sold as a slave, but the Doctor assured her this wasn't actually an issue. In reality, there actually were some black people in England, none of whom were slaves, and the dialog was actually meant to teach kids that England wasn't entirely white in the 17th century.
*** The later [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature" / "Family Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood" two-parter Blood"]] (set in 1913) 1913), had Martha's race subtly addressed as nobody believed a woman, let alone a ''poor minority'' woman, was capable of being a doctor. Martha got a SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome proving her extensive medical knowledge to one such doubter. The original novel that the episode was based on starred companion Franchise/BerniceSummerfield, who ditches her skirts about twenty minutes into the adventure in favour of her regular trousers. This gets her into a ''lot'' of trouble.
** Donna, while treated fairly well, still complains when the Doctor's cover story for her in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp "The Unicorn and the Wasp"]] is that she's the "plucky young woman who helps me out" on account of there being no policewomen in 1920s Britain.
** In the Doctor Who spinoff ''Series/{{The Sarah Jane Adventures}}'' ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith," Smith", when Rani goes back to the 1950s looking for Sarah Jane. Although this is played with - -- Rani assumes racism, but later realises people are staring at her because of her outfit, and the only reason she's getting away with it is because she isn't white.
-->Rani: -->'''Rani:''] "Yes, I get it, ethnic person in the 50s!"
* ** In ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Jack Harkness and Toshiko Sato are stuck in 1940s Cardiff, and Tosh expresses some very real concerns about being Japanese and in WWII.WWII.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has ''Night of the Hawk'' when the team travels to 1958. Jax and Kendra get uncomfortable reactions to their interracial dating/fake marriage, and when Jax gets pulled over by a cop... Then there's Sara's budding romance with a cute female nurse. Stein initially expresses his belief in how great and simple a time it was, only to be brutally shut down by Jax and Sara, who point out that this is only true if you're a straight white male. Stein is forced to agree. In Season 2, the Legends end up in the middle of the AmericanCivilWar, and Jax and Amaya end up witnessing the plight of the slaves. Their non-submissive attitudes immediately lands them in hot water with the white plantation owner.



* The trailer for the Fox comedy ''Making History'' has a bungling time traveler realizing he's messed up Paul Revere's ride. He then brings his college professor pal back with him to fix things. However, both have overlooked the tiny fact that a black man in 1776, no matter how educated he is, will automatically be thought of as a runaway slave.
* This trope was the center of an early ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode, where Sam ends up in the body of a black man, in the past. Sam nearly gets himself into hot water immediately by trying to sit down in a café and order a meal.
* The premise of one ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch was to bring a rather camp 17th century [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Belgian]] nobleman and his equally camp black (free) manservant together with [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]] member[[note]]ex-member, actually: he had just been thrown out for being too violent[[/note]] Creator/JohnBelushi in the DeepSouth.



* Subverted in a ''Series/ChappellesShow'' sketch, where "Playa Haters" go back in time and shoot a Southern plantation owner.
* Done with ''space'' travel rather than time travel on the original ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'', when the characters visit a planet of HumanAliens. As there are no dark-skinned people on that world (or at least that part of it), a black character from Earth isn't able to accompany her companions in public.



* This trope was the center of an early ''Series/QuantumLeap'' episode, where Sam ends up in the body of a black man, in the past. Sam nearly gets himself into hot water immediately by trying to sit down in a cafe and order a meal.
* Inverted in ''Series/The4400'', Richard Tyler has been brought forward from World War II, where he was almost killed for being attracted to a white woman. It takes him a few episodes to get used to the relative lack of racism.
* The premise of one ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch was to bring a rather camp 17th century [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Belgian]] nobleman and his equally camp black (free) manservant together with [[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]] member[[note]]ex-member, actually: he had just been thrown out for being too violent[[/note]] Creator/JohnBelushi in the DeepSouth.
* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has ''Night of the Hawk'' when the team travels to 1958. Jax and Kendra get uncomfortable reactions to their interracial dating/fake marriage, and when Jax gets pulled over by a cop... Then there's Sara's budding romance with a cute female nurse. Stein initially expresses his belief in how great and simple a time it was, only to be brutally shut down by Jax and Sara, who point out that this is only true if you're a straight white male. Stein is forced to agree. In Season 2, the Legends end up in the middle of the AmericanCivilWar, and Jax and Amaya end up witnessing the plight of the slaves. Their non-submissive attitudes immediately lands them in hot water with the white plantation owner.



* The trailer for the Fox comedy ''Making History'' has a bungling time traveler realizing he's messed up Paul Revere's ride. He then brings his college professor pal back with him to fix things. However, both have overlooked the tiny fact that a black man in 1776, no matter how educated he is, will automatically be thought of as a runaway slave.

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* The trailer for the Fox comedy ''Making History'' has a bungling Done with ''space'' travel rather than time traveler realizing he's messed up Paul Revere's ride. He then brings his college professor pal back with him to fix things. However, both have overlooked travel on the tiny fact original ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'', when the characters visit a planet of HumanAliens. As there are no dark-skinned people on that world (or at least that part of it), a black man character from Earth isn't able to accompany her companions in 1776, no matter how educated he is, will automatically be thought of as a runaway slave. public.
26th Dec '16 7:16:48 PM Theriocephalus
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fanfic ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' Suzaku from the year 2036, accidentally time-travels to a decade into the past when the racist Britannian Empire was active and is constantly discriminated, distrusted and degraded until he earns the trust of the young Emperor Lelouch elevating his status. Even then, no one gives him any respect and viewed with suspicion.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fanfic ''FanFic/MyMirrorSwordAndShield'' Suzaku from the year 2036, accidentally time-travels from the year 2036 to a decade into the past when the racist Britannian Empire was active and is constantly discriminated, distrusted and degraded until he earns the trust of the young Emperor Lelouch elevating his status. Even then, no one gives him any respect and he's viewed with suspicion.



* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', only one of the three time-travelers sent to change the result of Columbus' first encounter with native Americans is the appropriate race for the culture that they will be dealing with (and none of them are white). In the end, [[spoiler:one character, a black woman, has to overcome a lot of prejudice to win over the natives, but she eventually succeeds]] while another, [[spoiler:a middle-eastern man sent to sabotage one of Columbus's ships, actually uses his race to the mission's advantage, revealing himself and allowing his HeroicSacrifice to unite the crew against the "Muslim enemy".]] The [[spoiler:Muslim]] is explicitly stated as being white. It is only when he [[spoiler:speaks Arabic and declares himself a Turk]] that his race becomes an issue... Even the Mayan going back to visit the Mayans is a foot taller than the Mayans of that time, making him stand out. The "foot taller" part helps, as his goal is to [[spoiler:convince the natives that he's a messenger of the gods]].

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', only one of the three time-travelers sent to change the result of Columbus' first encounter with native Americans is the appropriate race for the culture that they will be dealing with (and none of them are white). In the end, [[spoiler:one character, a black woman, has to overcome a lot of prejudice to win over the natives, but she eventually succeeds]] while another, [[spoiler:a middle-eastern man sent to sabotage one of Columbus's ships, actually uses his race to the mission's advantage, revealing himself and allowing his HeroicSacrifice to unite the crew against the "Muslim enemy".]] The [[spoiler:Muslim]] is explicitly stated as being white. It is only when he [[spoiler:speaks Arabic and declares himself a Turk]] that his race becomes an issue... Even even the Mayan going back to visit the Mayans is a foot taller than the Mayans of that time, making him stand out. The "foot taller" part helps, as his goal is to [[spoiler:convince the natives that he's a messenger of the gods]].
26th Dec '16 7:11:17 PM Theriocephalus
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Modern European society is legally and officially an egalitarian environment for all ethnicities; most fiction writers suggest that the sci-fi future will be even more so. But if time travel ever becomes an institution in the future, some parts of the past may not be safe for all people to travel to. In particular, the use of Africans as slaves on plantations in The Americas and Arabia in the period c.1600-1870 and the establishment of European protectorates (puppet-governments) over the entire continent of Africa from the 1870s 'til the 1980s led to Africans being thought of as intrinsically inferior to non-African peoples - [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra the last regime to espouse the inferiority of African peoples was only toppled in 1994]]. It's safe to say that this period of history casts a long shadow over present-day Africa and the African diaspora in The Americas in particular.

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Modern European society is legally and officially an egalitarian environment for all ethnicities; most fiction writers suggest that the sci-fi future will be even more so. But if time travel ever becomes an institution in the future, some parts of the past may not be safe for all people to travel to. In particular, the use of Africans as slaves on plantations in The the Americas and Arabia in the period c.1600-1870 and the establishment of European protectorates (puppet-governments) over the entire continent of Africa from the 1870s 'til the 1980s led to Africans being thought of as intrinsically inferior to non-African peoples - -- [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra the last regime to espouse the inferiority of African peoples was only toppled in 1994]]. It's safe to say that this period of history casts a long shadow over present-day Africa and the African diaspora in The the Americas in particular.



How realistic (at least, to the extent that [[CaptainObvious a story about time travel can be rooted in realism]]) this trope is varies. There is no use pretending that racism did not exist, but the levels and expressions thereof have varied wildly throughout history -- it is not cleanly divided between the dangerous Past and the accepting Present. It's also paranoid (in most cases) to assume that a "modern" person's very ''[[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence existence]]'' will trigger violence or repression. Most civilized societies will tolerate just about anyone as long as they don't "cause any trouble" - although, granted, "trouble" will be defined very broadly if a society really is that reactionary.

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How realistic (at least, to the extent that [[CaptainObvious a story about time travel can be rooted in realism]]) this trope is varies. There is no use pretending that racism did not exist, but the levels and expressions thereof have varied wildly throughout history -- it is not cleanly divided between the dangerous Past and the accepting Present. It's also paranoid (in most cases) to assume that a "modern" person's very ''[[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence existence]]'' will trigger violence or repression. Most civilized societies will tolerate just about anyone as long as they don't "cause any trouble" - -- although, granted, "trouble" will be defined very broadly if a society really is that reactionary.
15th Dec '16 2:16:54 PM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' : The trailer shows that the subject will appear in the series. As the pilot of the craft says : "There's literally no place in American History that'll be awesome for me !" He's proven right.

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* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' : The trailer shows that the subject will appear in the series. ''Series/{{Timeless}}'': Brought up almost constantly. As the pilot of the craft says : Rufus says: "There's literally no place in American History that'll be awesome for me !" He's proven right.
15th Nov '16 7:57:15 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has ''Night of the Hawk'' when the team travels to 1958. Jax and Kendra get uncomfortable reactions to their interracial dating/fake marriage, and when Jax gets pulled over by a cop... Then there's Sara's budding romance with a cute female nurse. Stein initially expresses his belief in how great and simple a time it was, only to be brutally shut down by Jax and Sara, who point out that this is only true if you're a straight white male. Stein is forced to agree.
* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' : The trailer shows that the subject will appear in the series. As the pilot of the craft says : "There's litterally no place in American History that'll be awesome for me !" He's proven right.

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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has ''Night of the Hawk'' when the team travels to 1958. Jax and Kendra get uncomfortable reactions to their interracial dating/fake marriage, and when Jax gets pulled over by a cop... Then there's Sara's budding romance with a cute female nurse. Stein initially expresses his belief in how great and simple a time it was, only to be brutally shut down by Jax and Sara, who point out that this is only true if you're a straight white male. Stein is forced to agree.
agree. In Season 2, the Legends end up in the middle of the AmericanCivilWar, and Jax and Amaya end up witnessing the plight of the slaves. Their non-submissive attitudes immediately lands them in hot water with the white plantation owner.
* ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' : The trailer shows that the subject will appear in the series. As the pilot of the craft says : "There's litterally literally no place in American History that'll be awesome for me !" He's proven right.
9th Oct '16 1:49:51 PM MikeW
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* The trailer for the Fox comedy ''Making History'' has a bungling time traveler realizing he's messed up Paul Revere's ride. He then brings his college professor pal back with him to fix things. However, both have overlooked the tiny fact that a black man in 1776, no matter how educated he is, will automatically be thought of as a runaway slave.
9th Oct '16 12:28:57 PM nightkiller
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* Pretty much the entire point of Harry Harrison's ''A Rebel In Time''. White supremacist goes back in time to help the South win the Civil War, and a black FBI agent decides it will be a snap to follow the killer back to antebellum deep south. When the slave owners of the era see his high quality clothes and hear his 20th century New York college educated accent, things proceed pretty much as you'd expect under the circumstances.

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* Pretty much the entire point of Harry Harrison's ''A Rebel In Time''. White supremacist goes back in time to help the South win the Civil War, and a black FBI federal agent decides it will be a snap to follow the killer back to antebellum deep south. When the slave owners of the era see his high quality clothes and hear his 20th century New York college educated accent, things proceed pretty much as you'd expect under the circumstances.
7th Oct '16 9:24:40 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Timeline}}'': In the movie adaption of Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel, one of the time travellers gets killed by 14th century Englishmen (who are at war with France), due to his French accent. This is a bit odd, considering that British royalty actually spoke a French dialect at the time in Real Life, and French accents change over time, so a modern-day Frenchman wouldn't necessarily sound anything like a 14th Century Frenchman.

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* ''Film/{{Timeline}}'': In the movie adaption of Creator/MichaelCrichton's novel, one of the time travellers gets killed by 14th century Englishmen (who are at war with France), due to his French accent. This is a bit odd, considering that British royalty actually spoke a French dialect at the time in Real Life, and French accents change over time, so a modern-day Frenchman wouldn't necessarily sound anything like a 14th Century Frenchman. This didn't occur in the original novel, which specifically [[ShownTheirWork showed that Middle French isn't anything much like Modern French]], so nobody is able to understand them until they learn it.



* Averted in ''Film/BlackKnight''. Creator/MartinLawrence's character Jamal ends up in Medieval England and isn't treated any different from a white man, although he gets annoyed at frequently being called "Moor". In fact, the big problem people have with him is his attitude. Of course, he starts being treated much better after he accidentally names himself as the messenger of the Duke of Normandy. Any of his oddities are attributed to him being a "Norman". Then again, [[spoiler:it was AllJustADream -- or was it?]]. This is one of those RealityIsUnrealistic cases. While black Africans were discriminated against in most European countries at that time, and moreso as time moved on, the idea that it'd have more to do with his place of origin and not specifically his skin is pretty valid.
* ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine2'' when the guys are going to go back to the 1770s to "Make America Happen:" Jacob tells Nick (who is black) "you're not going to be to super welcome there, but we should totally go!"

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* Averted in ''Film/BlackKnight''. Creator/MartinLawrence's character Jamal ends up in Medieval England and isn't treated any different from a white man, although he gets annoyed at frequently being called "Moor". In fact, the big problem people have with him is his attitude. Of course, he starts being treated much better after he accidentally names himself as the messenger of the Duke of Normandy. Any of his oddities are attributed to him being a "Norman". Then again, [[spoiler:it was AllJustADream -- or was it?]]. This is one of those RealityIsUnrealistic cases. While black Africans were discriminated against in most European countries at that time, and moreso as time moved on, the idea that it'd have more to do with his place of origin and not specifically his skin color is pretty valid.
* ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine2'' when the guys are going to go back to the 1770s to "Make America Happen:" Happen" Jacob tells Nick (who is black) "you're not going to be to super welcome there, but we should totally go!"
7th Oct '16 9:06:58 PM Fireblood
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Modern European society is legally and officially an egalitarian environment for all ethnicities; most fiction writers suggest that the sci-fi future will be even more so. But if time travel ever becomes an institution in the future, some parts of the past may not be safe for all people to travel to. In particular, the use of Africans as slaves on plantations in The Americas and Arabia in the period c.1600-1870 and the establishment of European protectorates (puppet-governments) over the entire continent of Africa from the 1870s 'til the 1980s led to Africans being thought of as intrinsically inferior to non-African peoples - [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra the last regime to espouse the inferiority of African peoples was only toppled in 1990]]. It's safe to say that this period of history casts a long shadow over present-day Africa and the African diaspora in The Americas in particular.

Imagine being a black man and traveling to a place and time when all blacks were second-class citizens (e.g. 1950) or slaves (e.g. 1860) and had to carry papers to prove otherwise, or where they were likely to be lynched for using the wrong public toilet or being in the wrong neighbourhood. Similar issues exist for other peoples too -- a non-Chinese of ''any'' sort found in China during the Boxer Rebellion would be beaten to death in short order. Likewise traveling to [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]] (or any Nazi-occupied area, for that matter) and loudly proclaiming Socialist sympathies or your Jewish ancestry is an ''excellent'' way to commit suicide [[note]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Probably by dying of typhus you caught from being malnourished and overworked when producing German Army trousers for Hugo Boss]] [[/note]]. If they go to these dangerous time periods anyway, expect repercussions. Women in many eras and places will have similar issues, although to a lesser degree -- the culture shock of a less modern and/or liberal society may be a plot point.

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Modern European society is legally and officially an egalitarian environment for all ethnicities; most fiction writers suggest that the sci-fi future will be even more so. But if time travel ever becomes an institution in the future, some parts of the past may not be safe for all people to travel to. In particular, the use of Africans as slaves on plantations in The Americas and Arabia in the period c.1600-1870 and the establishment of European protectorates (puppet-governments) over the entire continent of Africa from the 1870s 'til the 1980s led to Africans being thought of as intrinsically inferior to non-African peoples - [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra the last regime to espouse the inferiority of African peoples was only toppled in 1990]].1994]]. It's safe to say that this period of history casts a long shadow over present-day Africa and the African diaspora in The Americas in particular.

Imagine being a black man and traveling to a place and time when all blacks were second-class citizens (e.g. 1950) or slaves (e.g. 1860) and had to carry papers to prove otherwise, or where they were likely to be lynched for using the wrong public toilet or being in the wrong neighbourhood.neighborhood. Similar issues exist for other peoples too -- a non-Chinese of ''any'' sort found in China during the Boxer Rebellion would be beaten to death in short order. Likewise traveling to [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]] (or any Nazi-occupied area, for that matter) and loudly proclaiming Socialist socialist sympathies or your Jewish ancestry is an ''excellent'' way to commit suicide [[note]] [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust suicide.[[note]][[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Probably by dying of typhus you caught from being malnourished and overworked when producing German Army trousers for Hugo Boss]] [[/note]]. Boss]].[[/note]] If they go to these dangerous time periods anyway, expect repercussions. Women in many eras and places will have similar issues, although to a lesser degree -- the culture shock of a less modern and/or liberal society may be a plot point.



Of course, a discriminated-against character who is superpowered, a highly-trained soldier or vigilante, or just plain deranged can easily punch and/or slaughter their way through a past era following any number of MuggingTheMonster moments. In this way, such a character can earn respect - or at least fear, though that might trigger even worse persecution if the past era manages to muster sufficient armies or firepower.

Note that one should be careful not to generalize, as bigotry was never universal even in eras when it was at its height. Hillsdale College was a 'liberal-arts school' (i.e. university) in the 'Great Lakes' area USA State of Michigan that admitted women, Jews, atheists, and Africans as students ''before UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar'' - a big deal given that the USA did not ban slavery until the very last months of the Civil War[[note]] so as to hamstring the economies of her rebellious states and decide forever the ultimate fate of slavery, the uncertain and controversial future of which had been a big factor in starting war[[/note]].

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Of course, a discriminated-against character who is superpowered, a highly-trained soldier or vigilante, or just plain deranged can easily punch and/or slaughter their way through a past era following any number of MuggingTheMonster moments. In this way, such a character can earn respect - or at least fear, though that might trigger even worse persecution if the past era manages to muster a sufficient armies or firepower.force against them.

Note that one should be careful not to generalize, as bigotry was never universal even in eras when it was at its height. Hillsdale College was a 'liberal-arts school' (i.e. university) in the 'Great Lakes' area USA State of Michigan that admitted women, Jews, atheists, and Africans as students ''before UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar'' - a big deal given that the USA did not ban slavery until the very last months of the Civil War[[note]] so War.[[note]]So as to hamstring the economies of her rebellious states and decide forever the ultimate fate of slavery, the uncertain and controversial future of which had been a big factor in starting war[[/note]].
the war.[[/note]]
1st Oct '16 3:52:12 PM StFan
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* When the {{ComicBook/Runaways}} have an adventure in [[TheEdwardianEra 1905]] UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, Xavin--a Skrull (shapeshifting alien) whose default human form is a teenage black lesbian--sticks to an adult white male form for most of the adventure. Also, Nico encounters some racism and Karolina is nearly raped when she goes sight-seeing since a lone young woman must be "asking for it" (the would-be rapist got an energy blast for his troubles). Interestingly, Victor doesn't face any troubles despite being a Hispanic falling in love with a white girl.

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* When the {{ComicBook/Runaways}} ComicBook/{{Runaways}} have an adventure in [[TheEdwardianEra 1905]] UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, Xavin--a Skrull (shapeshifting alien) whose default human form is a teenage black lesbian--sticks to an adult white male form for most of the adventure. Also, Nico encounters some racism and Karolina is nearly raped when she goes sight-seeing since a lone young woman must be "asking for it" (the would-be rapist got an energy blast for his troubles). Interestingly, Victor doesn't face any troubles despite being a Hispanic falling in love with a white girl.



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* ''Film/MenInBlack3'': Agent J is warned before he goes back in time that the 1960's, to paraphrase, "weren't the best time for... you guys". Minutes after arriving in 1960s New York City, the time pressed J steals a (rather nice) car to head off the villain's plot, after being thrown the keys when mistaken for a valet. Predictably, two white cops stop him along the way to his destination, leading to humorous results.
-->'''J''': Just because you see a black man driving a nice car does ''not'' mean it's stolen! [[BrokenAesop Well, this one is]]...
** Possibly a reference to his quip in the [[Film/MenInBlack2 second film]] about replacing a black inflatable driver for a white one due to being constantly pulled over.
* Averted in ''Film/BlackKnight''. Creator/MartinLawrence's character Jamal ends up in Medieval England and isn't treated any different from a white man, although he gets annoyed at frequently being called "Moor". In fact, the big problem people have with him is his attitude. Of course, he starts being treated much better after he accidentally names himself as the messenger of the Duke of Normandy. Any of his oddities are attributed to him being a "Norman". Then again, [[spoiler: it was AllJustADream - or was it?]].
** This is one of those RealityIsUnrealistic cases. While black Africans were discriminated against in most European countries at that time, and moreso as time moved on, the idea that it'd have more to do with his place of origin and not specifically his skin is pretty valid.

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* ''Film/MenInBlack3'': Agent J is warned before he goes back in time that the 1960's, to paraphrase, "weren't the best time for... you guys". Minutes after arriving in 1960s New York City, the time pressed J steals a (rather nice) car to head off the villain's plot, after being thrown the keys when mistaken for a valet. Predictably, two white cops stop him along the way to his destination, leading to humorous results.
-->'''J''': Just because you see a black man driving a nice car does ''not'' mean it's stolen! [[BrokenAesop Well, this one is]]...
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results. Possibly a reference to his quip in the [[Film/MenInBlack2 second film]] about replacing a black inflatable driver for a white one due to being constantly pulled over.
-->'''J:''' Just because you see a black man driving a nice car does ''not'' mean it's stolen! [[BrokenAesop Well, this one is]]...
* Averted in ''Film/BlackKnight''. Creator/MartinLawrence's character Jamal ends up in Medieval England and isn't treated any different from a white man, although he gets annoyed at frequently being called "Moor". In fact, the big problem people have with him is his attitude. Of course, he starts being treated much better after he accidentally names himself as the messenger of the Duke of Normandy. Any of his oddities are attributed to him being a "Norman". Then again, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it was AllJustADream - -- or was it?]].
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it?]]. This is one of those RealityIsUnrealistic cases. While black Africans were discriminated against in most European countries at that time, and moreso as time moved on, the idea that it'd have more to do with his place of origin and not specifically his skin is pretty valid.



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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', only one of the three time travellers sent to change the result of Columbus' first encounter with native Americans is the appropriate race for the culture that they will be dealing with (and none of them are white). In the end, [[spoiler:one character, a black woman, has to overcome a lot of prejudice to win over the natives, but she eventually succeeds]] while another, [[spoiler:a middle-eastern man sent to sabotage one of Columbus' ships, actually uses his race to the mission's advantage, revealing himself and allowing his [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] to unite the crew against the "Muslim enemy".]] Even the Mayan going back to visit the Mayans is a foot taller than the Mayans of that time, making him stand out.
** The [[spoiler:Muslim]] is explicitly stated as being white. It is only when he [[spoiler:speaks Arabic and declares himself a Turk]] that his race becomes an issue...
** The "foot taller" part helps, as his goal is to [[spoiler:convince the natives that he's a messenger of the gods]].

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'', only one of the three time travellers time-travelers sent to change the result of Columbus' first encounter with native Americans is the appropriate race for the culture that they will be dealing with (and none of them are white). In the end, [[spoiler:one character, a black woman, has to overcome a lot of prejudice to win over the natives, but she eventually succeeds]] while another, [[spoiler:a middle-eastern man sent to sabotage one of Columbus' Columbus's ships, actually uses his race to the mission's advantage, revealing himself and allowing his [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] HeroicSacrifice to unite the crew against the "Muslim enemy".]] Even the Mayan going back to visit the Mayans is a foot taller than the Mayans of that time, making him stand out.
**
The [[spoiler:Muslim]] is explicitly stated as being white. It is only when he [[spoiler:speaks Arabic and declares himself a Turk]] that his race becomes an issue...
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issue... Even the Mayan going back to visit the Mayans is a foot taller than the Mayans of that time, making him stand out. The "foot taller" part helps, as his goal is to [[spoiler:convince the natives that he's a messenger of the gods]].



* Averted in S.M. Stirling's [[IslandInTheSeaOfTime Nantucket]] series: Capt. Alston, an African-American Coast Guard officer, is assumed, by the Bronze Age people she encounters, to be a respected Nubian warrior chief. Of course, many presume she is a man until convinced otherwise.

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* Averted in S.M. Stirling's [[IslandInTheSeaOfTime Nantucket]] ''[[Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime Nantucket]]'' series: Capt. Alston, an African-American Coast Guard officer, is assumed, by the Bronze Age people she encounters, to be a respected Nubian warrior chief. Of course, many presume she is a man until convinced otherwise.



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*** The Third Doctor audio "The Prisoners of Death" has the Third Doctor dress Sarah Jane in boys' clothing, causing her to be repeatedly [[MistakenForGay mistaken for 'his catamite']].

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*** The Third Doctor audio "The Prisoners of Death" has the Third Doctor dress Sarah Jane in boys' clothing, causing her to be repeatedly [[MistakenForGay mistaken for 'his catamite']]."his catamite"]].



** Some of the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novels have this become a bit of an issue for Anji Kapoor. In the 18th and 19th centuries, she's treated as exotic and mystical but not outright abused. Wearing a sari helps; too bad she hates wearing saris. Fitz Kreiner, who's white and British, gets almost as much trouble for stuff like his lower-class London accent.

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** Some of the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novels have this become a bit of an issue for Anji Kapoor. In the 18th and 19th centuries, she's treated as exotic and mystical but not outright abused. Wearing a sari helps; too bad she hates wearing saris. Fitz Kreiner, who's white and British, gets almost as much trouble for stuff like his lower-class London accent.



* Amanda's black roommate in ''LostInAusten'' points out that she can't go through the door because she's black.
* An third season episode of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'', the titular sub ends up in the 60s during the CubanMissileCrisis. [[NumberTwo Commander Jonathan Ford]] (a black man) takes a team to the surface. They "borrow" a car and take it to their destination on the shore. On the way, they pass by car full of young men. They arrive to the beach only to see the other car pull up behind them and the guys getting out with baseball bats. Ford suddenly notices a "No blacks allowed" sign and remembers his history. Plus, he was in the same car as a white woman, which only pissed off the 60s guys more. Luckily, all of the team members are military-trained, so a bunch of punks with baseball bats is not a threat.
* Averted but discussed in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "1969". The hippie calls Teal’c “brother” and insists that he ride up front with him. The hippie is making a point of showing that he's not racist, unlike a lot of his contemporaries.

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* Amanda's black roommate in ''LostInAusten'' ''Series/LostInAusten'' points out that she can't go through the door because she's black.
* An third season episode of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'', the titular sub ends up in the 60s during the CubanMissileCrisis. [[NumberTwo Commander Jonathan Ford]] (a black man) takes a team to the surface. They "borrow" a car and take it to their destination on the shore. On the way, they pass by car full of young men. They arrive to the beach only to see the other car pull up behind them and the guys getting out with baseball bats. Ford suddenly notices a "No blacks allowed" sign and remembers his history. Plus, he was in the same car as a white woman, which only pissed off the 60s '60s guys more. Luckily, all of the team members are military-trained, so a bunch of punks with baseball bats is not a threat.
* Averted but discussed in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "1969". The hippie calls Teal’c “brother” Teal'c "brother" and insists that he ride up front with him. The hippie is making a point of showing that he's not racist, unlike a lot of his contemporaries.



* Averted on the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Time's Arrow," where the android Data is sent back in time to late-1800s San Francisco. His Starfleet uniform gets more attention than his albino-pale skin and yellow eyes, and he's able to pass without trouble by telling everyone [[{{Coneheads}} he is from France.]] (It helps that, having a perfect memory, he can speak perfect French.)

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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Averted on the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Time's Arrow," Arrow", where the android Data is sent back in time to late-1800s San Francisco. His Starfleet uniform gets more attention than his albino-pale skin and yellow eyes, and he's able to pass without trouble by telling everyone [[{{Coneheads}} [[Film/{{Coneheads}} he is from France.]] (It helps that, having a perfect memory, he can speak perfect French.)



* Inverted in ''Series/{{The 4400}}'', Richard Tyler has been brought forward from World War II, where he was almost killed for being attracted to a white woman. It takes him a few episodes to get used to the relative lack of racism.

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* Inverted in ''Series/{{The 4400}}'', ''Series/The4400'', Richard Tyler has been brought forward from World War II, where he was almost killed for being attracted to a white woman. It takes him a few episodes to get used to the relative lack of racism.



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* ''Contact'' magazine, based on the ''[[Series/ThreeTwoOneContact 3-2-1 Contact]]'' TV show, had a recurring segment involving two time-traveling teenagers. One installment had the (presumably white) American kids get in trouble when they ended up in Japan during WorldWarII. In Hiroshima just before the bomb was dropped, no less.

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* ''Contact'' magazine, based on the ''[[Series/ThreeTwoOneContact 3-2-1 Contact]]'' ''Series/ThreeTwoOneContact'' TV show, had a recurring segment involving two time-traveling teenagers. One installment had the (presumably white) American kids get in trouble when they ended up in Japan during WorldWarII. In Hiroshima just before the bomb was dropped, no less.



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* Comedian Louis CK points this out when mentioning how great it is to be a white man. A white man can get into a time machine and go just about anywhere at any time and be welcome. If you're black, you wouldn't want to go anywhere earlier than the 1980s. On the other hand, he wouldn't want to go into the future, since Karma's coming to bite the white man... ''hard''.
* Alonzo Bodden, a black comedian, made the same point about American nostalgia.
--> You know why black people don't understand the Republican party? It's simple; they're always talking about the 'good old days'. We didn't have any good old days! 'Hey, remember the back of the bus? You could always find a seat on the back of the bus.'

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* Comedian Louis CK points this out when mentioning how great it is to be a white man. A white man can get into a time machine and go just about anywhere at any time and be welcome. If you're black, you wouldn't want to go anywhere earlier than In the 1980s. On the other hand, he wouldn't want to go into the future, since Karma's coming to bite the white man... ''hard''.
* Alonzo Bodden, a black comedian, made the same point about American nostalgia.
--> You know why black people don't understand the Republican party? It's simple; they're always talking about the 'good old days'. We didn't have any good old days! 'Hey, remember the back
time-travel RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'', one of the bus? You could always find flavor text stories deals with Cynthia, a seat on Caucasian newbie spanner, [[DiscussedTrope discussing history's nastier periods]] with Evana, a more experienced African-American:
-->"1886. I couldn't handle going [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar any farther Down]] then. I was young. Playing
the back of the bus.'slave was not something Evana was ever going to do."



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* In the time-travel RPG ''[[TabletopGame/{{Continuum}} Continuum]]'', one of the flavor text stories deals with Cynthia, a Caucasian newbie spanner, [[DiscussedTrope discussing history's nastier periods]] with Evana, a more experienced African-American:
-->"1886. I couldn't handle going [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar any farther Down]] then. I was young. Playing the slave was not something Evana was ever going to do."

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* In the time-travel RPG ''[[TabletopGame/{{Continuum}} Continuum]]'', one ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** A FantasticRacism variation of this trope: player races that were not a part
of the flavor text stories deals with Cynthia, Alliance prior to the Third War are given a Caucasian newbie spanner, [[DiscussedTrope discussing history's nastier periods]] with Evana, a race-lift while running certain instances in the Caverns of Time, so that they avoid attracting unwanted attention. Of course, many of ''World of Warcraft'' PC races weren't even known to exist until sometime during or after the Third War, including the Worgen, Tauren, Night Elves, and Pandaren -- who weren't even discovered by the larger world until the aftermath of the Third War, and remain an obscure and little-known race by the start of ''Mists of Pandaria'' -- so some of it is less unwanted attention in the form of overt racism and more experienced African-American:
-->"1886. I couldn't handle going [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar any farther Down]] then. I was young. Playing
in the slave was form of "What the hell are you, and why are you here?"
** A similar disguise is used in ''Mists of Pandaria'' to explain each faction taking part in Scenarios featuring the other faction's leaders. Well, sort of; the in-character explanation is that the characters are listening to/participating in a sort of historical record.
** Partly done in ''Literature/TheWarOfTheAncients'' trilogy of novels, where the three time travelers all come from races that weren't around 10,000 years ago (or, at least, aren't known to the Night Elves). Rhonin, a human, is seen as a pale, mutated elf. Krasus is a red dragon but his humanoid form is that of a High Elf. He is the most accepted, although his pale skin gets strange looks. Broxigar is an orc. Since orcs are
not something Evana was ever going native to do."Azeroth and wouldn't show up in that world until thousands of years later, he's just seen as a big, green brute. It's also implied that seeing Brox would inspire Mannoroth to seek out others like him and corrupt the original orcs later.



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* ''Videogame/{{World of Warcraft}}'' uses a FantasticRacism variation of this trope: player races that were not a part of the Alliance prior to the Third War are given a race-lift while running certain instances in the Caverns of Time, so that they avoid attracting unwanted attention.
** Of course, many of ''World of Warcraft'' PC races weren't even known to exist until sometime during or after the Third War, including the Worgen, Tauren, Night Elves, and Pandaren -- who weren't even discovered by the larger world until the aftermath of the Third War, and remain an obscure and little-known race by the start of ''Mists of Pandaria'' -- so some of it is less unwanted attention in the form of overt racism and more in the form of "What the hell are you, and why are you here?"
** A similar disguise is used in ''Mists of Pandaria'' to explain each faction taking part in Scenarios featuring the other faction's leaders. Well, sort of; the in-character explanation is that the characters are listening to/participating in a sort of historical record.
** Partly done in the ''WarOfTheAncients'' trilogy of novels, where the three time travelers all come from races that weren't around 10,000 years ago (or, at least, aren't known to the Night Elves). Rhonin, a human, is seen as a pale, mutated elf. Krasus is a red dragon but his humanoid form is that of a High Elf. He is the most accepted, although his pale skin gets strange looks. Broxigar is an orc. Since orcs are not native to Azeroth and wouldn't show up in that world until thousands of years later, he's just seen as a big, green brute. It's also implied that seeing Brox would inspire Mannoroth to seek out others like him and corrupt the original orcs later.

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* ''Videogame/{{World In one episode of Warcraft}}'' uses ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', a FantasticRacism variation of this trope: player races that were not a part few alternate-universe versions of the Alliance prior X-Men travel back to the Third War '50s to save the younger Professor Xavier from a time-traveling assassin. They all talk at a cafe, and the owner gets pissy about the fact that ComicBook/{{Storm}} and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} (an African and a Caucasian, respectively) are a couple. Naturally, this makes Wolverine completely flip out.
-->'''[[http://comicsalliance.com/x-men-episode-guide-season-4-episode-one-one-mans-worth-part-one/ Chris Sims]]:''' At the same time, shouldn't this dude have been worried when these people walked in and two of them were dressed like characters from a ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'' game and one of them was CARRYING A GIGANTIC GUN? I will say, though, that I do like the idea of a dude being '''''so racist''''' that the laser shotgun [[SkewedPriorities isn't as big a problem]] as interracial hand-holding.
:: Not surprising
given a race-lift while running certain instances in the Caverns of Time, so that they avoid attracting unwanted attention.
** Of course, many of ''World of Warcraft'' PC races weren't even known to exist until sometime during or after
the Third War, including the Worgen, Tauren, Night Elves, and Pandaren -- who weren't even discovered by the larger world until the aftermath of the Third War, and remain an obscure and little-known race by the start of ''Mists of Pandaria'' -- so some of it is less unwanted attention in the form of overt X-Men are [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything one big metaphor for racism and prejudice]]. Though Storm is more amused than offended -- after facing persecution her whole life for being a mutant, she remarks that plain old-fashioned racism is almost ''quaint''. Amusingly also something of an inversion, as this also gets them mistaken for beatniks, resulting in a patron with beatnik sympathies siding with them in the form of "What the hell are you, and why are you here?"
** A similar disguise
ensuing brawl.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road to Germany". Mort, who
is used in ''Mists of Pandaria'' to explain each faction taking part in Scenarios featuring the other faction's leaders. Well, sort of; the in-character explanation is that the characters are listening to/participating in a sort of historical record.
** Partly done in the ''WarOfTheAncients'' trilogy of novels, where the three
Jewish, accidentally activates Stewie's time travelers all come from races that weren't around 10,000 years ago (or, at least, aren't known machine and is set to Poland on the Night Elves). Rhonin, a human, is seen eve of the Nazi invasion. Stewie and Brian go back in time to rescue him. At one point they need to pass as Nazis themselves, and having Mort the walking stereotype in tow proves problematic. At one point, they tried to pass Mort off as a pale, mutated elf. Krasus is a red dragon but his humanoid form is that of a High Elf. He is the most accepted, although his pale skin gets strange looks. Broxigar is an orc. Since orcs are not native to Azeroth and wouldn't show up in that world until thousands of years later, Catholic priest. [[HilarityEnsues And then he's asked to give someone their Last Rites.]]
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' season 1 finale "It's a Bot Time"/"Bot to the Future". No one says anything at all about [[BlackBestFriend Frankie's]] race or gender. This is justified, since Rescue Bots is a children's show and the scientists that meet her have [[TransformingMecha bigger things]] to think about. However, many of the town's top scientists of that era also seem to be non-white, so it seems that Griffin Rock was
just seen as a big, green brute. It's also implied that seeing Brox would inspire Mannoroth far ahead socially from the rest of the country as it was technologically.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Legends", several leaguers are sent
to seek out others an alternate Earth based on UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and team up with [[{{Expy}} expies]] of The ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. On most accounts they are actually [[FairForItsDay Fair For Their Day]], but include uncomfortable moments like Black Canary's expy suggests Hawkgirl StayInTheKitchen and Jay Gerrick's praises African American Green Lantern Jon Stuart by calling him and corrupt the original orcs later.a credit to his race.



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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', a few alternate-universe versions of the X-Men travel back to the 50s to save the younger Professor Xavier from a time-traveling assassin. They all talk at a cafe, and the owner gets pissy about the fact that ComicBook/{{Storm}} and {{Wolverine}} (an African and a Caucasian, respectively) are a couple. Naturally, this makes Wolverine completely flip out.
** What, didn't he notice that Wolverine radiates "don't fuck with me" vibes?
--->'''[[http://comicsalliance.com/x-men-episode-guide-season-4-episode-one-one-mans-worth-part-one/ Chris Sims]]:''' At the same time, shouldn’t this dude have been worried when these people walked in and two of them were dressed like characters from a ''{{Franchise/Fallout}}'' game and one of them was CARRYING A GIGANTIC GUN? I will say, though, that I do like the idea of a dude being '''''so racist''''' that the laser shotgun [[SkewedPriorities isn’t as big a problem]] as interracial hand-holding.
** Not surprising given that the X-Men are [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything one big metaphor for racism and prejudice]]. Though Storm is more amused than offended--after facing persecution her whole life for being a mutant, she remarks that plain old fashioned racism is almost ''quaint''.
** Amusingly also something of an inversion, as this also gets them mistaken for beatniks, resulting in a patron with beatnik sympathies siding with them in the ensuing brawl.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road To Germany". Mort, who is Jewish, accidentally activates Stewie's time machine and is set to Poland on the eve of the Nazi invasion. Stewie and Brian go back in time to rescue him. At one point they need to pass as Nazis themselves, and having Mort the walking stereotype in tow proves problematic. At one point, they tried to pass Mort off as a Catholic priest. [[HilarityEnsues And then he's asked to give someone their Last Rites.]]
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' season 1 finale "It's a Bot Time"/"Bot to the Future". No one says anything at all about [[BlackBestFriend Frankie's]] race or gender. This is justified, since Rescue Bots is a children's show and the scientists that meet her have [[TransformingMecha bigger things]] to think about. However, many of the town's top scientists of that era also seem to be non-white, so it seems that Griffin Rock was just as far ahead socially from the rest of the country as it was technologically.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Legends", several leaguers are sent to an alternate Earth based on UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and team up with [[{{Expy}} expies]] of The ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. On most accounts they are actually [[FairForItsDay Fair For Their Day]], but include uncomfortable moments like Black Canary's expy suggests Hawkgirl StayInTheKitchen and Jay Gerrick's praises African American Green Lantern Jon Stuart by calling him a credit to his race.
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/XMen'', a few alternate-universe versions of the X-Men travel back to the 50s to save the younger Professor Xavier from a time-traveling assassin. They all talk at a cafe, and the owner gets pissy about the fact that ComicBook/{{Storm}} and {{Wolverine}} (an African and a Caucasian, respectively) are a couple. Naturally, this makes Wolverine completely flip out.
** What, didn't he notice that Wolverine radiates "don't fuck with me" vibes?
--->'''[[http://comicsalliance.com/x-men-episode-guide-season-4-episode-one-one-mans-worth-part-one/ Chris Sims]]:''' At the same time, shouldn’t this dude have been worried when these people walked in and two of them were dressed like characters from a ''{{Franchise/Fallout}}'' game and one of them was CARRYING A GIGANTIC GUN? I will say, though, that I do like the idea of a dude being '''''so racist''''' that the laser shotgun [[SkewedPriorities isn’t as big a problem]] as interracial hand-holding.
** Not surprising given that the X-Men are [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything one big metaphor for racism and prejudice]]. Though Storm is more amused than offended--after facing persecution her whole life for being a mutant, she remarks that plain old fashioned racism is almost ''quaint''.
** Amusingly also something of an inversion, as this also gets them mistaken for beatniks, resulting in a patron with beatnik sympathies siding with them in the ensuing brawl.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road To Germany". Mort, who is Jewish, accidentally activates Stewie's time machine and is set to Poland on the eve of the Nazi invasion. Stewie and Brian go back in time to rescue him. At one point they need to pass as Nazis themselves, and having Mort the walking stereotype in tow proves problematic. At one point, they tried to pass Mort off as a Catholic priest. [[HilarityEnsues And then he's asked to give someone their Last Rites.]]
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' season 1 finale "It's a Bot Time"/"Bot to the Future". No one says anything at all about [[BlackBestFriend Frankie's]] race or gender. This is justified, since Rescue Bots is a children's show and the scientists that meet her have [[TransformingMecha bigger things]] to think about. However, many of the town's top scientists of that era also seem to be non-white, so it seems that Griffin Rock was just as far ahead socially from the rest of the country as it was technologically.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Legends", several leaguers are sent to an alternate Earth based on UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks and team up with [[{{Expy}} expies]] of The ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. On most accounts they are actually [[FairForItsDay Fair For Their Day]], but include uncomfortable moments like Black Canary's expy suggests Hawkgirl StayInTheKitchen and Jay Gerrick's praises African American Green Lantern Jon Stuart by calling him a credit to his race.
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** Doesn't work for pre-Henry VIII England either, as it was his Chancellor Thomas Cromwell who ordered that every (then still Catholic) priest in England make a record of all the births and deaths in their parish. They were rather leery of the idea at the time, because they (rightly) suspected it would be used as a way of determining the extent to which certain districts ought to be taxed, but the idea's more than proven its worth in the times since.
* Would not be, ''contra'' the Louis CK quote, an exclusively white thing, since ethnic mobility was quite low for most of history. Try being ''anything'' other than Japanese in Edo Japan, for instance.

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** * Doesn't work for pre-Henry VIII England either, as it was his Chancellor Thomas Cromwell who ordered that every (then still Catholic) priest in England make a record of all the births and deaths in their parish. They were rather leery of the idea at the time, because they (rightly) suspected it would be used as a way of determining the extent to which certain districts ought to be taxed, but the idea's more than proven its worth in the times since.
* Would not be, ''contra'' the Louis CK C.K. quote, an exclusively white thing, since ethnic mobility was quite low for most of history. Try being ''anything'' other than Japanese in Edo Japan, for instance.
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