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12th Nov '17 3:28:48 PM Luppercus
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* Although only a recurrent character, Griff in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' played the part of BlackBestFriend of Al, he even lampshade this in some episode as when he opposes to go fists into dangerous situations because BlackDudeDiesFirst. Another recurrent Black character is CorruptCop Officer Dan, who was member of mostly white NO'MAAM.

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* Although only a recurrent character, Griff in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' played the part of BlackBestFriend of Al, he even lampshade this in some episode episodes as when he opposes objects to go fists firsts into dangerous situations because BlackDudeDiesFirst. Another recurrent Black character is CorruptCop Officer Dan, who was member of mostly white NO'MAAM.NO'MAAM club.
12th Nov '17 3:26:12 PM Luppercus
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* Although only a recurrent character, Griff in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' played the part of BlackBestFriend of Al, he even lampshade this in some episode as when he opposes to go fists into dangerous situations because BlackDudeDiesFirst. Another recurrent Black character is CorruptCop Officer Dan, who was member of mostly white NO'MAAM.
* In an overwhelming Caucasian cast as ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', Silver is AmbiguouslyJewish.
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' deals with fictionalized versions of outlaw Motorcycle Clubs, most of the clubs are ethnically-exclusive in RealLife and the most they tend to mix is that those that are not White-supremacists or Black, admit White and Hispanics (case of Hell's Angels, which is the club the Sons are based on). On that note, Juan Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz is the only Latino character among the main cast and in the chapter of the city of Charming (that also happens to be the international headquarters). As sexual minorities go, Alex "Tig" Trager is bisexual (he starts a relationship with a transgender person). Near the end of the series they open the club to Black members.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' has two examples: Veronica's best friend Wallace, who is Black, and biker allied Eli "Weevil" Navarro, who is Latino.
1st Nov '17 3:52:18 AM Luppercus
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* Both versions of Creator/StephenKing ''Literature/{{It}}'', the MadeForTVMovie ''Film/It1999'' and the theatrical ''Film/It2017'' have the character of Mike, the only African-American kid of the Losers' Club, who is also in the novel.

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* Both versions of Creator/StephenKing Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'', the MadeForTVMovie ''Film/It1999'' ''Film/It1990'' and the theatrical ''Film/It2017'' have the character of Mike, the only African-American kid of the Losers' Club, who is also in the novel.
1st Nov '17 3:50:02 AM Luppercus
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* Both versions of Creator/StephenKing ''Literature/{{It}}'', the MadeForTVMovie ''Film/It1999'' and the theatrical ''Film/It2017'' have the character of Mike, the only African-American kid of the Losers' Club, who is also in the novel.


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* Mike in Creator/StephenKing ''Literature/{{It}}'' (see the film version).


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** Before coming out as Lesbian, Willow was already the Token Jewish Girl. Of course after her outing she became TwoferTokenMinority.


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* Lucas Sinclair in ''Series/StrangerThings'' is the only Black character of the entire main cast. The show is GenreSavvy enough to lampshade this hillariously some times, like when the four main kid characters dress as Film/{{Ghostbusters}} and he argues that the doesn't want to be Winston.
30th Oct '17 8:53:36 PM Pichu-kun
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* In general, the majority of anime has one token religious character, typically [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto Shintoist]] or [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Japan Christian.]]

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* In general, the majority of anime has one token religious character, typically [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto Shintoist]] or [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Japan Christian.]]
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* Rakshata and Viletta of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', as they're the ''only'' Non-White/Chinese/Japanese characters of any plot importance, and of the two, Rakshata is the one who gets played in a more positive light. Of the others, we have a supposedly elite pilot who dies mere seconds after she first appears on screen, and King. And Nunnally fits in to the paraplegic category.
* In the first season of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', Daryl Dodge has the honor of being the only black person at all. He's also killed off in episode 23.

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* Rakshata and Viletta of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', as they're the ''only'' Non-White/Chinese/Japanese Non-white/Chinese/Japanese characters of any plot importance, and of the two, Rakshata is the one who gets played in a more positive light. Of the others, we have a supposedly elite pilot who dies mere seconds after she first appears on screen, and King. And Nunnally fits in to the paraplegic category.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'':
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In the first season of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', ''Gundam 00'', Daryl Dodge has the honor of being the only black person at all. He's also killed off in episode 23.



* Franchise/ArchieComics:

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** Later Archie comics have also introduced some other minority characters, including Ginger Lopez (who works for a teen fashion magazine) and Raj Patel (an Indian student interested in film). Ginger shows up fairly regularly (moreso than Maria).

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** Later Archie ''Archie'' comics have also introduced some other minority characters, including Ginger Lopez (who works for a teen fashion magazine) and Raj Patel (an Indian student interested in film). Ginger shows up fairly regularly (moreso than Maria).



** Jetta, the token British character. She's also the only non-white member of her band, but this is downplayed as the series has a diverse cast.

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** Jetta, the token British character. She's She was the only non-American until The Stingers showed up. Jetta's also the only non-white member of her band, but this is downplayed as the series has a diverse cast.



* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Yoko Akia is the Token Asian, and Alexis Thorne is the Token Black of the Sisterhood or the Vigilantes. The other women are white. The two characters' nationalities definitely play a role in the series. Oddly, Alexis reveals in her thoughts that she knows that she was framed for crimes she did not commit because she was a poor black woman, but in the book starring her called ''Lethal Justice'', that was not brought up at all!

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* Literature/SisterhoodSeries ''Literature/SisterhoodSeries'' by Creator/FernMichaels: Yoko Akia is the Token Asian, and Alexis Thorne is the Token Black of the Sisterhood or the Vigilantes. The other women are white. The two characters' nationalities definitely play a role in the series. Oddly, Alexis reveals in her thoughts that she knows that she was framed for crimes she did not commit because she was a poor black woman, but in the book starring her called ''Lethal Justice'', that was not brought up at all!



* Even ''{{Peanuts}}'' wasn't immune. Franklin joined the cast in a nod to the court-ordered busing that was going on at the time. As Creator/ChrisRock points out, he was the only one in the cast without any distinct personality.
** In one interview, Schulz admitted that he really didn't know what to do with Franklin, since he had no experience with black children. Ironically, the producers of one of the ''Peanuts'' animated specials found a role for Franklin [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO6ccX90HNI&feature=related here]].
** Amusingly, cartoonists of Schulz's generation were not taught how to draw black characters without making them look like grotesque stereotypes, so for Franklin, Schulz just drew a "white" kid and then gave him curly black hair and lines across his face to symbolize dark skin.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
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Even ''{{Peanuts}}'' wasn't immune. Franklin joined the cast in a nod to the court-ordered busing that was going on at the time. As Creator/ChrisRock points out, he was the only one in the cast without any distinct personality.
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personality. In one interview, Schulz admitted that he really didn't know what to do with Franklin, since he had no experience with black children. Ironically, the producers of one of the ''Peanuts'' animated specials found a role for Franklin [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO6ccX90HNI&feature=related here]].
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** Pheobe, who showed up in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', is implied to be the Poke-verse's equivalent of Pacific Islander.

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** Pheobe, who showed up in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', is implied to be the Poke-verse's equivalent of Pacific Islander. ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' later introduced a Hawaii-based region called "Alola".



** The Team Fortress 2 team stated in their blog (providing some early concept art) that the Demoman was going to be a redheaded white guy, making him look more like the stereotypical Scot. Instead, they decided that he looked too much like Groundskeeper Willie, so they made him black. So this probably isn't a case of tokenism, but an attempt to break a stereotype. A better example might be the continuous hints of Pyro being the lone female class.

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** The Team ''Team Fortress 2 2'' team stated in their blog (providing some early concept art) that the Demoman was going to be a redheaded white guy, making him look more like the stereotypical Scot. Instead, they decided that he looked too much like Groundskeeper Willie, so they made him black. So this probably isn't a case of tokenism, but an attempt to break a stereotype. A better example might be the continuous hints of Pyro being the lone female class.


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* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' occasionally has a few. For example, ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'' has a black fisherman and AmbiguouslyBrown Kai in a town full of mainly white (and a few Asian) people while ''VideoGame/StoryOfSeasons'' introduced the first explicitly gay character in the series.
30th Sep '17 1:19:26 PM Fireblood
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* Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Chase is portrayed by a Maori actor, along with his family and many minor characters. On a lesser note, we see a single black Mord'Sith, the rest being white (in the books, they all were).

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* Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Chase is portrayed by a Maori actor, along with his family and many minor characters. On a lesser note, we see a single black Mord'Sith, and one played by mixed race actress Katrina Law, the rest being white (in the books, they all were).
27th Sep '17 10:03:31 PM jormis29
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* Averted amongst the humans in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', where there are a number of prominent nonwhite characters. However, it's notable that when the Autobots turn human in "Human Error", there's one black kid - and it's Bumblebee. This is because of the voice actors - Bumblebee is the only main-cast Autobot with a black voice actor (Bumper Robinson).

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* Averted amongst the humans in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', where there are a number of prominent nonwhite characters. However, it's notable that when the Autobots turn human in "Human Error", there's one black kid - and it's Bumblebee. This is because of the voice actors - Bumblebee is the only main-cast Autobot with a black voice actor (Bumper Robinson).(Creator/BumperRobinson).
11th Sep '17 1:53:50 PM Fireblood
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* Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Chase is portrayed by a Maori actor, along with his family and many minor characters. On a lesser note, we see a single black Mord'Sith, the rest being white (in the books, they were all blonde, blue-eyed phenotypes).

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* Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Chase is portrayed by a Maori actor, along with his family and many minor characters. On a lesser note, we see a single black Mord'Sith, the rest being white (in the books, they were all blonde, blue-eyed phenotypes).were).
11th Sep '17 1:52:06 PM Fireblood
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* Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Chase is portrayed by a Maori actor, along with his family and many minor characters. On a lesser note, we see a single black Mord'Sith, the rest being white (in the books, they were all blonde, blue-eyed phenotypes).
16th Aug '17 8:01:52 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Black Warrior, the lone Mexican of the Japanese anti Mexican La Ola Amarilla PowerStable that periodically invaded Wrestling/{{CMLL}} between 2005 and 2013. He served as the group's TranslatorBuddy.
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