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27th Apr '16 1:43:51 PM Snicka
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** Since then, they've also added Lupita Nyong'o to the cast of Episode VII.

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** Since then, they've also added Lupita Nyong'o to the cast of Episode VII.VII (but she voices an orange-skinned alien, so the actress's race is not visible).
22nd Apr '16 1:57:16 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}''/''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' had Claudia Grant/Claudia [=LaSalle=], apparently the only black woman on the entire ship. ''Southern Cross'' had Bowie Emerson, seemingly the only black man on the entire planet Glorie. In ''Robotech'', he was re-written to be Claudia's nephew.

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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}''/''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''/''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' had Claudia Grant/Claudia [=LaSalle=], apparently the only black woman on the entire ship. ''Southern Cross'' ship.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross''
had Bowie Emerson, seemingly the only black man on the entire planet Glorie. In ''Robotech'', ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', he was re-written to be Claudia's nephew.[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Claudia's]] nephew (and given a new surname of "Grant").
6th Apr '16 8:12:26 PM darkpowrjd
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* The expansion to ''VideoGame/BaldursGate Siege of Dragonspear'' was criticized for introducing several token minority characters. The one that got most attention was Mizhena, a female in which, upon first meeting her in the game, when you choose certain dialogue options about how she got her name, reveals that she's a transgender. She does this before providing little else in the context of the game.

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* The expansion to ''VideoGame/BaldursGate ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGateSiegeOfDragonspear Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear'' Dragonspear]]''. was criticized for introducing several token minority characters. The one that got most attention was Mizhena, a female in which, upon first meeting her in the game, when you choose certain dialogue options about how she got her name, reveals that she's a transgender. She does this before providing little else in the context of the game.
6th Apr '16 8:08:52 PM darkpowrjd
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* The expansion to ''VideoGame/BaldursGate Siege of Dragonspear'' was criticized for introducing several token minority characters. The one that got most attention was Mizhena, a female in which, upon first meeting her in the game, when you choose certain dialogue options about how she got her name, reveals that she's a transgender. She does this before providing little else in the context of the game.
4th Apr '16 6:45:22 PM DyingWillKirby
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* Parodied and [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] in the ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' sketch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EtalOOS-eM "A Cappella,"]] where the token black member of the otherwise all-white a cappella group treats a second black member joining [[SeriousBusiness as if his country was being invaded]].



* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}} has this as a significant part of the plot, with Judy Hopps being the first rabbit police officer of Zootopia and has to struggle against the label of being the TokenMinority.

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}} ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has this as a significant part of the plot, with Judy Hopps being the first rabbit police officer of Zootopia and has to struggle against the label of being the TokenMinority.
31st Mar '16 4:40:21 PM Pichu-kun
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** G1 had every princess with their own pet baby dragon: Spike, Prickles, Smokey, Fiery, Flash, Spiny, and Sparks. Majesty's dragon, Spike, is the most famous due to his use in adaptations such as the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyNFriends'', and the British ''ComicBook/MyLittlePony'' comics. Most of the dragons were scrapped in future generations though Spike returned in G3 and G4, where he is a main character in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.

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** G1 had every princess with their own pet baby dragon: Spike, Prickles, Smokey, Fiery, Flash, Spiny, and Sparks. Majesty's dragon, Spike, is the most famous due to his use in adaptations such as the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyNFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', and the British ''ComicBook/MyLittlePony'' comics. Most of the dragons were scrapped in future generations though Spike returned in G3 and G4, where he is a main character in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
31st Mar '16 4:38:36 PM Pichu-kun
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* Elza Gray was the only black character in ''Anime/SailorMoon''.

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* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
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Elza Gray was the only black character in ''Anime/SailorMoon''.



* In the early days of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom, Twilight was often portrayed the only POC in Ponyville when the cast was "humanized" in fan works, usually as black or Indian. Nowadays, more diverse interpretations are becoming more popular in the fandom, with Middle Eastern Fluttershy and Rarity, Black or biracial Pinke Pie, Applejack and/or Rarity being trans mares, varying sexualities amongst the Mane Six, and Rainbow Dash being a black or latino lesbian showing up sometimes.

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* In the early days of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom, Twilight was often portrayed the only POC in Ponyville when the cast was "humanized" in fan works, usually as black or Indian. Nowadays, more diverse interpretations are becoming more popular in the fandom, with such as Middle Eastern Fluttershy and Rarity, Black or biracial Pinke Pie, Applejack and/or Rarity being trans mares, varying sexualities amongst the Mane Six, and Rainbow Dash being a black or latino lesbian showing up sometimes.



* In terms of film, equally well parodied/referenced by the "Token Black Guy" in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie''. Named Malik Token, the GenreSavvy token helpfully [[LampshadeHanging explains]] the joke to the audience by introducing himself as the person that stays out of conversations and says "Damn!", "Shit!", and "That is whack!" At a party later in the film, he sees another black guy, played by Sean Patrick Thomas, Token Minority from ''Film/CruelIntentions'', and tells him that he was at the party first and the other man apologizes and leaves the party. Malik's CrowningMomentOfAwesome was when he got to say, "Damn, that shit is whack!"
** Also the musical number

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* In terms of film, equally well parodied/referenced by the "Token Black Guy" in ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie''. Named Malik Token, the GenreSavvy token helpfully [[LampshadeHanging explains]] the joke to the audience by introducing himself as the person that stays out of conversations and says "Damn!", "Shit!", and "That is whack!" At a party later in the film, he sees another black guy, played by Sean Patrick Thomas, Token Minority from ''Film/CruelIntentions'', and tells him that he was at the party first and the other man apologizes and leaves the party. Malik's CrowningMomentOfAwesome was when he got to say, "Damn, that shit is whack!"
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whack!" There's also the musical numbernumber:



* Australian soaps tend to be about middle-class white people, and usually don't even bother to include a significant Token Minority character - ''Home And Away'' did have the Samoan Australian actor Jai Laga'aia's character, although the moment another non-white actor got a part Lagai'a was fired. ''{{Neighbours}}'' is a little less closed-off, having allowed an Indian Australian family, the Kapoors, to join the main cast.

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* Australian soaps tend to be about middle-class white people, and usually don't even bother to include a significant Token Minority character - ''Home And Away'' did have the Samoan Australian actor Jai Laga'aia's character, although the moment another non-white actor got a part Lagai'a was fired. ''{{Neighbours}}'' ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' is a little less closed-off, having allowed an Indian Australian family, the Kapoors, to join the main cast.



* Poor [[Music/OneDirection Niall Horan.]] Simply known as "The Irish One" by non-directorners. He's also the only blond.

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* Poor [[Music/OneDirection Niall Horan.]] Horan of ''Music/OneDirection''. Simply known as "The Irish One" by non-directorners. He's also the only blond.



* ManchesterUnited have a large Asian fanbase and seem to ensure that they always have at least one Asian player in the squad, presumably to appeal to Asian fans. **Park Ji-Sung (Korean, 2005-12)

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* ManchesterUnited have a large Asian fanbase and seem to ensure that they always have at least one Asian player in the squad, presumably to appeal to Asian fans. **Park fans:
** Park
Ji-Sung (Korean, 2005-12)



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* Kimono from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' is Japanese, as shown by her name and her occasional kimono wearing in the books. There's also Fiesta Flair, whose toy was [[ToylessToylineCharacter actually cancelled]] for what fans speculate was due to being too stereotypically Mexican.
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* In Privateer Press' tabletop war game ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms WARMACHINE]]'', Major Markus 'Siege' Brisbane is the game's only black warcaster.
** Before the release of the expansion book ''Pirates of the Broken Coast'', he was the only black model in the game.
** And Siege came out in ''Apotheosis'', the third expansion of the game.

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* In Privateer Press' tabletop war game ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms WARMACHINE]]'', Major Markus 'Siege' Brisbane is the game's only black warcaster.
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warcaster. Before the release of the expansion book ''Pirates of the Broken Coast'', he was the only black model in the game.
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game. Siege came out in ''Apotheosis'', the third expansion of the game.



* The {{Webcomic}} [[ShowWithinAShow within the]] [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MS Paint Adventure]] ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' has the most pointless of Token Minority characters with Geromy. Introduced as "The new friend", he has never moved, spoken, or been aknowledged by another character. He's even called the token black friend in the theme song! Amusingly enough, he is actually the third black character introduced after Barack Obana and The Big Man, with both actually having at least a minimum of a role in the comics.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
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The {{Webcomic}} [[ShowWithinAShow within the]] [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures MS Paint Adventure]] ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' has the most pointless of Token Minority characters with Geromy. Introduced as "The new friend", he has never moved, spoken, or been aknowledged by another character. He's even called the token black friend in the theme song! Amusingly enough, he is actually the third black character introduced after Barack Obana and The Big Man, with both actually having at least a minimum of a role in the comics.



* ''WebAnimation/DCSuperheroGirls'' has Bumblebee (who is Black) and Katana (who is Japanese) as the two non-White main characters.

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* ''WebAnimation/DCSuperheroGirls'' has Bumblebee (who is Black) black) and Katana (who is Japanese) as the two non-White non-white main characters.



* Kimono from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' is Japanese, as shown by her name and occasional kimono wearing in the books.



* G1 of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' had every princess have their own pet baby dragon. Majesty's dragon, Spike, is the most famous due to his use in adaptations such as the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyNFriends'', and the British ''ComicBook/MyLittlePony'' comics. Most of the dragons were scrapped in future generations though Spike returned in G3 and G4, where he is a main character in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.

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* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
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G1 of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' had every princess have with their own pet baby dragon.dragon: Spike, Prickles, Smokey, Fiery, Flash, Spiny, and Sparks. Majesty's dragon, Spike, is the most famous due to his use in adaptations such as the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyNFriends'', and the British ''ComicBook/MyLittlePony'' comics. Most of the dragons were scrapped in future generations though Spike returned in G3 and G4, where he is a main character in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** Of the "Pony Friends" Cutesaurus the Dinosaur is the only non-mammal.
** Princess Silverswirl from G2 has an unnamed pet dragon, which fans have [[FanNickname nicknamed]] "Spike" despite [[YouDontLookLikeYou the completely different design]].
31st Mar '16 4:22:55 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'' takes place in early 20th century Germany. Of the main characters Noah is the only non-White character, being Romani.

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* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa'' takes place in early 20th century Germany. Of the main characters Noah is the only non-White non-white character, being Romani.



* Mel B from ''Music/SpiceGirls'' is the only nonwhite Spice Girl (although technically she is mixed-race).

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* Mel B from ''Music/SpiceGirls'' is the only nonwhite non-white Spice Girl (although technically she is mixed-race).



* Spyke in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is not only the token black member of the team, he's related to the only other black person in the cast. Spyke was [[TheScrappy so unpopular]] that he was written out of the series and made to [[PutOnABus live in the sewer]] (no, really). His eventual guest-star role as a vigilante was more well-received by the show's fans than his entire run as a cast member.
** By that time they had balanced things out a bit by adding a few other minority kids to the cast, notably Sunspot (Afro-Brazilian), Magma ([[RaceLift Race Lifted]] into a dark-skinned Brazilian) and Jubilee (Chinese-American). Though of course Jubilee herself was also PutOnABus until the [[BackForTheFinale finale]].

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* Spyke in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is not only the token black member of the team, he's related to the only other black person in the cast. Spyke was [[TheScrappy so unpopular]] that he was written out of the series and made to [[PutOnABus live in the sewer]] (no, really). His eventual guest-star role as a vigilante was more well-received by the show's fans than his entire run as a cast member.
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member. By that time they had balanced things out a bit by adding a few other minority kids to the cast, notably Sunspot (Afro-Brazilian), Magma ([[RaceLift Race Lifted]] into a dark-skinned Brazilian) and Jubilee (Chinese-American). Though of course Jubilee herself was also PutOnABus until the [[BackForTheFinale finale]].



* Jonny from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is implied to be Black. Rolf may count, as he's AmbiguouslyBrown.

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* Jonny from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is implied to be Black.black. Rolf may count, as he's AmbiguouslyBrown.



* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'', where most of the inhabitants of Dirt seem to be anything ''but'' mammals.



* Lowly Worm from the RichardScarry books.

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* Lowly Worm from the RichardScarry ''Literature/RichardScarry'' books.



* G1 of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' had every princess have their own pet baby dragon. Majesty's dragon, Spike, is the most famous due to his use in adaptations such as the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyNFriends'', and the British ''ComicBook/MyLittlePony'' comics. Most of the dragons were scrapped in future generations though Spike returned in G3 and G4, where he is a main character in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.



* Spike of the ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' franchise: a dragon amongst ponies.



* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'', where most of the inhabitants of Dirt seem to be anything ''but'' mammals.



* MickeyMouse and DonaldDuck are this in ''AGoofyMovie''

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* MickeyMouse WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck are this in ''AGoofyMovie''''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', being a mouse and a bird amongst dogs and cats.



* {{Pete}} and P.J. are this in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''AGoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'' are token cats, despite being treated like {{Dogfaces}} in those worlds.
** Also, Waffles and Chainsaw from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' are a token cat and dog in a world of {{Dogfaces}}.
* In WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, the majority of the population as well as the main six characters seem to be evenly distributed among unicorns, pegasi and earth ponies. However, there are several other intelligent species in the world. Cattle, sheep, donkeys, mules, buffalo, zebra and possibly goats are all people just as much as ponies, and the same goes for some mythological beings like minotaurs and griffons. However, these beings only have short gag cameos or one-shot appearances. The only exception is Zecora the Zebra.

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* {{Pete}} and P.J. are this in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''AGoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'' are token cats, despite being treated like {{Dogfaces}} in those worlds.
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worlds. Also, Waffles and Chainsaw from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' are a token cat and dog in a world of {{Dogfaces}}.
* In WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the majority of the population as well as the main six characters seem to be evenly distributed among unicorns, pegasi and earth ponies. However, there are several other intelligent species in the world. Cattle, sheep, donkeys, mules, buffalo, zebra and possibly goats are all people just as much as ponies, and the same goes for some mythological beings like minotaurs and griffons. However, these beings only have short gag cameos or one-shot appearances. The only exception is Zecora the Zebra.



* StuartLittle is far more anthropomorphic than the other animals in all his book and movie appearances and in the TV series.
** Note that in the original book he's human by heritage; his parents are his actual parents. He just happens to have been born with the approximate form of a mouse. How anyone worked out he was a viable life-form, let alone that he had the potential to grow up intelligent, when he was born so mutated and looking like a miscarriage is left to the imagination, because it is a children's book.

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* StuartLittle ''Literature/StuartLittle'' is far more anthropomorphic than the other animals in all his book and movie appearances and in the TV series.
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series. Note that in the original book he's human by heritage; his parents are his actual parents. He just happens to have been born with the approximate form of a mouse. How anyone worked out he was a viable life-form, let alone that he had the potential to grow up intelligent, when he was born so mutated and looking like a miscarriage is left to the imagination, because it is a children's book.



* Lola Bunny, Melissa Duck, and Hatta Mari (a pigeon from "Plane Daffy") from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and Tina Russo from ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''.

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* Lola Bunny, Melissa Duck, and Hatta Mari (a pigeon from "Plane Daffy") from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', and Tina Russo from ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''.
30th Mar '16 3:31:39 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Some fans interpret Steven himself as AmbiguouslyJewish[[note]]As Creator/RebeccaSugar based his character off her brother Steven Sugar, and the Sugar family is part-Hebrew[[/note]] or part Hispanic.
30th Mar '16 2:48:11 PM ironicusername
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** Some fans interpret Steven himself as AmbiguouslyJewish[[note]]As Creator/RebeccaSugar based his character off her brother Steven Sugar, and the Sugar family is part-Hebrew[[/note]] or part Hispanic.
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