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19th May '16 8:10:42 PM erforce
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* Lampshaded on ''Series/{{Community}}'' (which actually did have a very diverse cast). Elroy Patashnik was introduced in Season 6 after Troy and Shirley, the series' other two major black characters, had both departed the show. One episode had a scene where he addressed his status as the sole black member of the group and stated that he would not allow himself to be treated like a token, saying "I'm nobody's fourth [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ghostbuster]]."

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* Lampshaded on ''Series/{{Community}}'' (which actually did have a very diverse cast). Elroy Patashnik was introduced in Season 6 after Troy and Shirley, the series' other two major black characters, had both departed the show. One episode had a scene where he addressed his status as the sole black member of the group and stated that he would not allow himself to be treated like a token, saying "I'm nobody's fourth [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Ghostbuster]]."



* The WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters team was compiled of all minorities. Roland a black man, Eduardo a Hispanic, Garrett a white guy in a wheel chair and Kylie a "{{Goth}}" chick. Egon was the only non-minority but he didn't always go out with the team, but held a figure head position. Their receptionist, Janine Melnitz is AmbiguouslyJewish (considering her last name). The original animated series, ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', had the movie version of the team so there is only a token black guy instead of a whole token team.

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* The WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' team was compiled of all minorities. Roland a black man, Eduardo a Hispanic, Garrett a white guy in a wheel chair and Kylie a "{{Goth}}" chick. Egon was the only non-minority but he didn't always go out with the team, but held a figure head position. Their receptionist, Janine Melnitz is AmbiguouslyJewish (considering her last name). The original animated series, ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', had the movie version of the team so there is only a token black guy instead of a whole token team.
18th May '16 8:33:08 AM NemesisDM4
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However, can this be TruthInTelevision in cases where the prevalence of the minority, combined with the size of the cast and the demographics of the setting make it genuinely unlikely that there will be more than one member of the minority present (not that this would justify stereotypes, but it would justify having only one minority). For instance, a show set in rural Maine would strain credulity if its cast of five main characters included multiple racial minorities (simply because rural Maine is overwhelmingly white), and a show set in the American Bible Belt would have a hard time convincingly justifying multiple self-professed atheists in a cast of ten (unless a major theme of the show is nonconformity or religious/atheist tensions).
3rd May '16 12:41:37 PM MegaMarioMan
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* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was ''extremely'' unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone ''four'' of them. (Rachel and Jake were Jewish, Cassie was black, and Marco was hispanic). It also got away with discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship (and it was even acknowledged a couple times), and a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils or racism (specifically, the society at the beginning of the third ''Megamorphs'', and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time). They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost ''never'' done. Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, KAApplegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.

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* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series was actually pretty groundbreaking in its handling of minorities. In the '90's, it was ''extremely'' unusual for a middle-grade novel to have a minority protagonist at all, let alone ''four'' of them. (Rachel and Jake were Jewish, Cassie was black, and Marco was hispanic). It also got away with discussing prejudice a few times, a biracial relationship (and it was even acknowledged a couple times), and a little racism portrayed when the ultimate message wasn't about the evils or racism (specifically, the society at the beginning of the third ''Megamorphs'', and the racist guy Cassie meets when she travels through time). They even acknowledged the existence of gay people, which was almost ''never'' done. Oh, and there were two female protagonists, and they weren't treated any differently than the males in terms of their ability to kick ass, making the series one of the first middle-grade series to have a cross-gender appeal. All in all, it was one of the most inclusive series of its day. And in later books, KAApplegate Creator/KAApplegate proved even more that she was dedicated to diversity without stereotypes.
2nd May '16 4:14:10 PM Dgon
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* ''TheGoodWife'' had Kalinda Sharma (her ethnicity is never especified but is assume to be Indian or Persian) from season 1-6, later African-American Lucca Quinn became the Token Minority and also a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
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''.
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