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9th Aug '17 11:34:09 PM PaulA
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* [=McMurphy=], the hero of ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', is both racist and sexist (although some of this can be attributed to ValuesDissonance). He repeatedly calls the black orderlies "coons," and at one point he claims that women who aren't sex objects are oppressive to men. In fact, when he first arrives at the mental hospital, before he comes to see just how much of a '''[[BattleaxeNurse sociopath]]''' Nurse Ratched is, his initial objection to her power is that it's "unnatural" for men to be so completely under the authority of a woman.

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* [=McMurphy=], the hero of ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', is both racist and sexist (although some of this can be attributed to ValuesDissonance). He repeatedly calls the black orderlies "coons," and at one point he claims that women who aren't sex objects are oppressive to men. In fact, when he first arrives at the mental hospital, before he comes to see just how much of a '''[[BattleaxeNurse sociopath]]''' Nurse Ratched is, his initial objection to her power is that it's "unnatural" for men to be so completely under the authority of a woman.
2nd Aug '17 5:47:28 AM ClintEastwood
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* This was the entire point of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer's Phobia". Homer was incredibly homophobic, which was shown after he met John, but did mellow a bit after John saved his life. John summed it up rather well at the end:

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* This was the entire point of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer's Phobia"."[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E15HomersPhobia Homer's Phobia]]". Homer was incredibly homophobic, which was shown after he met John, but did mellow a bit after John saved his life. John summed it up rather well at the end:



** In a much later episode he was, unlike Reverend Lovejoy, perfectly willing to perform gay weddings, although he primarily did it for money. Also, while estranged from Marge, he was comfortable living with a homosexual couple in Springfield's Gay Village, although it was the only decent living space he could find.

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** In a the much later episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS16E10TheresSomethingAboutMarrying There's Something About Marrying]]", he was, unlike Reverend Lovejoy, perfectly willing to perform gay weddings, although he primarily did it for money. Also, while estranged from Marge, he was comfortable living with a homosexual couple in Springfield's Gay Village, although it was the only decent living space he could find.



** Subverted in ''Bridle Gossip'' with the "witch" Zecora. The ponies aren't terrified or fearful of her because she's a zebra, as they've never even heard of zebras and think she's a pony with painted-on stripes. They're terrified of her because she lives in the [[EldritchLocation Everfree Forest]], acts creepy and threatening, and because they believe she's a witch. There's even one heck of a GeniusBonus with Zecora's hoof-dragging: to ponies it's a sign of aggression and one of the reasons she's intimidating, but it's something zebras do to find water in dried up riverbeds.

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** Subverted in ''Bridle Gossip'' "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]" with the "witch" Zecora. The ponies aren't terrified or fearful of her because she's a zebra, as they've never even heard of zebras and think she's a pony with painted-on stripes. They're terrified of her because she lives in the [[EldritchLocation Everfree Forest]], acts creepy and threatening, and because they believe she's a witch. There's even one heck of a GeniusBonus with Zecora's hoof-dragging: to ponies it's a sign of aggression and one of the reasons she's intimidating, but it's something zebras do to find water in dried up riverbeds.



* ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': The Penguins look down on humans but they will deliberately avoid harming them in the course of their schemes. Skipper noticeably has a 1950s era male chauvinist attitude.

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* ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': The Penguins look down on humans but they will deliberately avoid harming them in the course of their schemes. Skipper noticeably has a 1950s era male chauvinist attitude.
2nd Aug '17 3:42:20 AM ClintEastwood
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* In ''Film/GranTorino'', the main character (played by Clint Eastwood) is a racist white veteran of the Korean War who has several disputes with his Hmong neighbors. Though he eventually warms up to them and they to him, he makes several politically incorrect jokes at the expense of Asians.

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* In ''Film/GranTorino'', the main character (played by Clint Eastwood) Walt Kowalski is a racist white veteran of the Korean War who has several disputes with his Hmong neighbors. Though he eventually warms up to them and they to him, he makes several politically incorrect jokes at the expense of Asians.



* Many of Shane Black's characters are this.

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* Many of Shane Black's Creator/ShaneBlack's characters are this.



* ''Film/TradingPlaces'' has [[PreppyName Louis Winthorpe III]] played by [[Creator/DanAykroyd Dan Aykroyd]], who mistook two-bit con man Billy Ray Valentine, played by [[Creator/EddieMurphy Eddie Murphy]], as a thief after Valentine tried to apologize for accidentally bumping into him. Later, when Valentine [[spoiler: tries to warn Winthorpe about the Duke brothers' $1 bet that would've destroyed their lives, following Winthorpe's failed suicide attempt]], Winthorpe thinks [[AllJustADream his whole ordeal was a nightmare caused by that "awful negro,"]] and when he comes to his senses tries to strangle Valentine.

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* ''Film/TradingPlaces'' has [[PreppyName Louis Winthorpe III]] played by [[Creator/DanAykroyd Dan Aykroyd]], Creator/DanAykroyd, who mistook two-bit con man Billy Ray Valentine, played by [[Creator/EddieMurphy Eddie Murphy]], Creator/EddieMurphy, as a thief after Valentine tried to apologize for accidentally bumping into him. Later, when Valentine [[spoiler: tries to warn Winthorpe about the Duke brothers' $1 bet that would've destroyed their lives, following Winthorpe's failed suicide attempt]], Winthorpe thinks [[AllJustADream his whole ordeal was a nightmare caused by that "awful negro,"]] and when he comes to his senses tries to strangle Valentine.



** And Jack Donaghy on the same show. ''Only'' Alec Baldwin could get away with the line "I like a woman with ambition; it's like seeing a dog wearing clothes".

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** And Jack Donaghy on the same show. ''Only'' Alec Baldwin Creator/AlecBaldwin could get away with the line "I like a woman with ambition; it's like seeing a dog wearing clothes".



** [[Characters/StarTrekVoyager Janeway]] states in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''[=/=]''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' {{crossover}} episode "Flashback" that [[Characters/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk, Sulu, and the rest of the TOS gang]] would fit the bill by 24th Century standards.

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** [[Characters/StarTrekVoyager [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Janeway]] states in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''[=/=]''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' {{crossover}} episode "Flashback" that [[Characters/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk, Sulu, and the rest of the TOS gang]] would fit the bill by 24th Century standards.



* A rare female reference from ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "The Family of Blood", love-interest Joan Redfern explains at length why Martha cannot possibly be a doctor. Martha's response may well constitute a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. In her defence, Joan Redfern lives in 1913, when women practicing medicine as doctors in British society was a rarity and genuinely ''was'' thought to be impossible by many people, let alone ''black'' women doctors...
** Lampshaded in "The Shakespeare Code", when Shakespeare becomes smitten with Martha. She is initially offended by him calling her an Ethiopian and such things, until she realizes that he's trying to compliment her. The Doctor comments on all of this with "It's political correctness gone mad!"

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* A rare female reference from ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood", Blood]]", love-interest Joan Redfern explains at length why Martha cannot possibly be a doctor. Martha's response may well constitute a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. In her defence, Joan Redfern lives in 1913, when women practicing medicine as doctors in British society was a rarity and genuinely ''was'' thought to be impossible by many people, let alone ''black'' women doctors...
** Lampshaded in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode The Shakespeare Code", Code]]", when Shakespeare becomes smitten with Martha. She is initially offended by him calling her an Ethiopian and such things, until she realizes that he's trying to compliment her. The Doctor comments on all of this with "It's political correctness gone mad!"



* [[LiveActionTelevision/SummerHeightsHigh Ja'mie King]] frequently shows prejudice against Asians, lesbians, fat girls and anyone who doesn't have rich parents. The only group of people she shows any kindness to are Africans and it's implied that's only for novelty purposes.

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* [[LiveActionTelevision/SummerHeightsHigh [[Series/SummerHeightsHigh Ja'mie King]] frequently shows prejudice against Asians, lesbians, fat girls and anyone who doesn't have rich parents. The only group of people she shows any kindness to are Africans and it's implied that's only for novelty purposes.
10th Jul '17 7:13:48 AM littlebeeper
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** In a much later episode he was, unlike Reverend Lovejoy, perfectly willing to perform gay weddings, although he primarily did it for money. Also, while estranged from Marge, he was comfortable living with a homosexual couple in Springfield's Gay Village, although it was the only decent living soace he could find.

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** In a much later episode he was, unlike Reverend Lovejoy, perfectly willing to perform gay weddings, although he primarily did it for money. Also, while estranged from Marge, he was comfortable living with a homosexual couple in Springfield's Gay Village, although it was the only decent living soace space he could find.
10th Jul '17 6:56:08 AM littlebeeper
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** The Tau Empire are ''slightly'' better about this, but only just. While their doctrine encourages peaceful co-existence between different species, in practice their society is rigidly segregated (necessarily so, as the Tau race has used selective breeding for millennia to maintain a FantasticCasteSystem), even their most trusted and long-serving client race, the Kroot, are alternately romanticized as NobleSavages and disdained as a barbaric CannibalTribe (which is pretty understandable, considering their society revolves around finding new and interesting enemies to eat) and worst of all races that resist being subsumed into the Empire face draconian population control and re-education methods at best and outright genocide at worst if they lose. ''40k'' being what it is, they're still the friendliest faction in the setting by a country mile, though.

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** The Tau Empire are ''slightly'' better about this, but only just. While their doctrine encourages peaceful co-existence between different species, in practice their society is rigidly segregated (necessarily so, as the Tau race has used selective breeding for millennia to maintain a FantasticCasteSystem), even their most trusted and long-serving client race, the Kroot, are alternately romanticized as NobleSavages {{Noble Savage}}s and disdained as a barbaric CannibalTribe (which is pretty understandable, considering their society revolves around finding new and interesting enemies to eat) and worst of all races that resist being subsumed into the Empire face draconian population control and re-education methods at best and outright genocide at worst if they lose. ''40k'' being what it is, they're still the friendliest faction in the setting by a country mile, though.
10th Jul '17 6:48:29 AM littlebeeper
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Jaffa society is historically quite sexist and while the Jaffa allied with the SGC are generally better at this, there are still some examples. When Bra'tac first meets SG1, he dismisses Carter due to her gender. Even Teal'c, who has fought side-by-side with Carter for several years, is surprised when they find the all-female Hak'tyl and their leader Ishta is able to best him in a fight.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Jaffa society is historically quite sexist and while the Jaffa allied with the SGC are generally better at this, there are still some examples. When Bra'tac first meets SG1, [=SG1=], he dismisses Carter due to her gender. Even Teal'c, who has fought side-by-side with Carter for several years, is surprised when they find the all-female Hak'tyl and their leader Ishta is able to best him in a fight.
10th Jul '17 6:36:10 AM littlebeeper
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* Ari Gold, agent of Vincent Chase in ''[[Series/{{Entourage}}]]'' repeatedly calls his openly gay assistant Lloyd various gay slurs, sometimes for laughs, sometimes because he is extremely angry. He also sexually harasses women in and outside the workplace on a regular basis.

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* Ari Gold, agent of Vincent Chase in ''[[Series/{{Entourage}}]]'' ''Series/{{Entourage}}'' repeatedly calls his openly gay assistant Lloyd various gay slurs, sometimes for laughs, sometimes because he is extremely angry. He also sexually harasses women in and outside the workplace on a regular basis.
10th Jul '17 6:32:16 AM littlebeeper
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* Ari Gold, agent of Vincent Chase in ''[[Series/Entourage]]'' repeatedly calls his openly gay assistant Lloyd various gay slurs, sometimes for laughs, sometimes because he is extremely angry. He also sexually harasses women in and outside the workplace on a regular basis.

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* Ari Gold, agent of Vincent Chase in ''[[Series/Entourage]]'' ''[[Series/{{Entourage}}]]'' repeatedly calls his openly gay assistant Lloyd various gay slurs, sometimes for laughs, sometimes because he is extremely angry. He also sexually harasses women in and outside the workplace on a regular basis.
10th Jul '17 6:12:53 AM littlebeeper
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* McMurphy, the hero of ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', is both racist and sexist (although some of this can be attributed to ValuesDissonance). He repeatedly calls the black orderlies "coons," and at one point he claims that women who aren't sex objects are oppressive to men. In fact, when he first arrives at the mental hospital, before he comes to see just how much of a '''[[BattleaxeNurse sociopath]]''' Nurse Ratched is, his initial objection to her power is that it's "unnatural" for men to be so completely under the authority of a woman.
* John Rumford, protagonist of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' fits this to a T. Then, the entire book is a Take That to all forms of liberalism and multiculturalism. He firmly believes a woman's place is in the kitchen, Puerto Ricans are in no way American, and Blacks riot every summer because they want free fried chicken and watermelon.

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* McMurphy, [=McMurphy=], the hero of ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', is both racist and sexist (although some of this can be attributed to ValuesDissonance). He repeatedly calls the black orderlies "coons," and at one point he claims that women who aren't sex objects are oppressive to men. In fact, when he first arrives at the mental hospital, before he comes to see just how much of a '''[[BattleaxeNurse sociopath]]''' Nurse Ratched is, his initial objection to her power is that it's "unnatural" for men to be so completely under the authority of a woman.
* John Rumford, protagonist of ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' fits this to a T. Then, the entire book is a Take That TakeThat to all forms of liberalism and multiculturalism. He firmly believes a woman's place is in the kitchen, Puerto Ricans are in no way American, and Blacks riot every summer because they want free fried chicken and watermelon.
5th Jul '17 6:41:53 PM FGHIK
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It has become increasingly common for heroes of this type to not only have their political incorrectness [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the author and by other characters, but to ''be aware of it themselves''. This type of "hero" knows his attitudes are wrong but is too proud to give them up, usually due to HonorBeforeReason. Or perhaps they are unashamed of their opinions, [[BlackAndGrayMorality but compared to the villain are still a hero]]. He might develop into a NobleBigot or TroubledSympatheticBigot. The trope has [[DiscreditedTrope become increasingly discredited]] given modern social attitudes regarding discrimination, and in contrast the use of [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain politically-incorrect characters as the bad guys]] is now the rule.

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It has become increasingly common for heroes of this type to not only have their political incorrectness [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the author and by other characters, but to ''be aware of it themselves''. This type of "hero" knows his attitudes are wrong but is too proud to give them up, usually due to HonorBeforeReason. Or perhaps they are unashamed of their opinions, [[BlackAndGrayMorality but compared to the villain are they're still a the clear hero]]. He might develop into a NobleBigot or TroubledSympatheticBigot. The trope has [[DiscreditedTrope become increasingly discredited]] given modern social attitudes regarding discrimination, and in contrast the use of [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain politically-incorrect characters as the bad guys]] is now the rule.
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