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19th Jan '17 1:08:41 PM RobTan
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* In the Franchise/PowerRangers reboot film, ''Film/PowerRangers2017'', the only Ranger who will be played by a white actor is Red Ranger Jason Lee Scott, the leader of the team and presumably TheHero.
12th Jan '17 11:46:17 AM Larkmarn
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* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack:'' Despite the introduction of Lando, Luke is always in charge throughout the original trilogy.
** The Prequel Trilogy had this. Introducing Mace Windu, a Maori Jango Fett, and other minorities, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padme; (All White) recieve the most screen time.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Finn (Black Male,) is implied to be the hero for most of the movie, and [[HeroOfAnotherStory Poe Dameron]] is played by Hispanic actor Oscar Isaac. While both do play major roles in the films, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Rey (White female) is the ChosenOne]] while the main antagonist is Kylo Ren (White Man).
23rd Nov '16 7:19:03 PM nombretomado
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* Initially subverted for the ''AssassinsCreed'' franchise, but eventually played straight to the point where the parade of WML's is becoming impossible to tell from each other. Not helped by the fact that the titles centering on a half-black woman and a black man are small side games rather than main series games and receive barely any promotion, to the point where few have played ''Liberation'' and barely any have even heard of ''Freedom Cry''.

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* Initially subverted for the ''AssassinsCreed'' ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' franchise, but eventually played straight to the point where the parade of WML's is becoming impossible to tell from each other. Not helped by the fact that the titles centering on a half-black woman and a black man are small side games rather than main series games and receive barely any promotion, to the point where few have played ''Liberation'' and barely any have even heard of ''Freedom Cry''.
13th Nov '16 9:21:21 PM jormis29
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* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi, a decision leading to a BrokenBase. What really clinches this trope, however, is the claims that at one point the production team were seriously considering CGI-editing her to look Japanese. It would be more acceptable, apparently, to have a Caucasian actress in yellowface--and not just boring old makeup yellowface but ''expensive computer-generated yellowface''--than an actual Asian actress in the lead role. The response to ''this'' has been rather universal bewilderment.

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* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi, a decision leading to a BrokenBase. What really clinches this trope, however, is the claims that at one point the production team were seriously considering CGI-editing her to look Japanese. It would be more acceptable, apparently, to have a Caucasian actress in yellowface--and not just boring old makeup yellowface but ''expensive computer-generated yellowface''--than an actual Asian actress in the lead role. The response to ''this'' has been rather universal bewilderment.
8th Nov '16 6:18:47 PM nombretomado
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** ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' takes place in ancient China, but its lead is a white male from the present day. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Forbidden_Kingdom#Critical_reception One reviewer]] said "As a Hollywood blockbuster, ''The Forbidden Kingdom'' offers no apologies for its American-centrism. In fact, it wears it with pride like a badge of honor." It was star JackieChan's own idea that the protagonist be a white kid, precisely to attract interest in the West for what was basically a WireFu movie. This example is unusual in that the White Male Lead is not featured prominently in any of the advertising. The purpose of a White Male Lead in a movie with a minority-heavy cast is usually to attract white audiences, but as mentioned above, JackieChan and JetLi movies usually do not have this problem.

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** ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'' takes place in ancient China, but its lead is a white male from the present day. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Forbidden_Kingdom#Critical_reception One reviewer]] said "As a Hollywood blockbuster, ''The Forbidden Kingdom'' offers no apologies for its American-centrism. In fact, it wears it with pride like a badge of honor." It was star JackieChan's Jackie Chan's own idea that the protagonist be a white kid, precisely to attract interest in the West for what was basically a WireFu movie. This example is unusual in that the White Male Lead is not featured prominently in any of the advertising. The purpose of a White Male Lead in a movie with a minority-heavy cast is usually to attract white audiences, but as mentioned above, JackieChan Jackie Chan and JetLi Je tLi movies usually do not have this problem.
22nd Oct '16 12:23:41 PM Lemia
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the titular Animorphs group consists of a Hispanic male (Marco), a black female (Cassie), a white female (Rachel), a white male [[ShapeshifterModeLock permanently trapped in the form of a hawk]] (Tobias), a blue alien (Ax), and a white male (Jake). Guess which one of them is the group leader. (Though it should be noted that the series gives pretty equal POV time and attention to each character.)
22nd Oct '16 11:02:43 AM Lemia
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* ''{{Franchise/Jumanji}}'': The [[{{Literature/Jumanji}} book]] is a short story about a boy and a girl siblings finding a magical board game and playing until the girl wins. The [[{{Film/Jumanji}} movie]] is the ComingOfAgeStory of a man played by Creator/RobinWilliams, who found the game as a child and gets to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by winning the game.

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* ''{{Franchise/Jumanji}}'': The [[{{Literature/Jumanji}} book]] is ''Film/DragonballEvolution'', a short story about a boy LiveActionAdaptation of one of the most popular and a girl siblings finding a magical board game and playing until the girl wins. The [[{{Film/Jumanji}} movie]] iconic Japanese anime/manga series, cast Asian actors in every important role... except for Goku who is the ComingOfAgeStory of a man played by Creator/RobinWilliams, who found the game as a child and gets to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by winning the game.very, very white boy.
2nd Oct '16 1:54:43 PM Naram-Sin
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* ''{{Franchise/Jumanji}}'': The [[{{Literature/Jumanji}} book]] is a short story about a boy and a girl siblings finding a magical board game and playing until the girl wins. The [[{{Film/Jumanji}} movie]] is the ComingOfAgeStory of a man played by Creator/RobinWilliams, who found the game as a child and gets to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong by winning the game.
25th Sep '16 3:53:19 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* Christian Bale played a funeral director in ''[[http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2010/12/22/christian-bale-nanjing-heroes/ Nanjing Heroes]]'' (Now called ''Flowers of War''), a story about the Nanjing Massacre during WorldWarII. Fortunately, there ''were'' many foreigners in China prior to the rise of communism. This example is unusual in that the movie was made by a Chinese studio.

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* Christian Bale Creator/ChristianBale played a funeral director in ''[[http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2010/12/22/christian-bale-nanjing-heroes/ Nanjing Heroes]]'' (Now called ''Flowers of War''), a story about the Nanjing Massacre during WorldWarII. Fortunately, there ''were'' many foreigners in China prior to the rise of communism. This example is unusual in that the movie was made by a Chinese studio.



* One of the most common criticisms of the film adaptation of ''Film/WorldWarZ''. The novel was a collection of interviews with a large variety of witnesses and survivors of varying genders and nationalities, while Brad Pitt's character -- the sole protagonist in the film -- might as well have been named Punch Whiteman.

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* One of the most common criticisms of the film adaptation of ''Film/WorldWarZ''. The novel was a collection of interviews with a large variety of witnesses and survivors of varying genders and nationalities, while Brad Pitt's Creator/BradPitt's character -- the sole protagonist in the film -- might as well have been named Punch Whiteman.
9th Sep '16 10:14:08 AM Totema
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* ''TabletopGames/MagicTheGathering'':
** In Magic's earlier years, the Weatherlight was crewed by a diverse bunch of people - men and women, with many skin tones, and even including elves, minotaurs, and cat-people. But who is their leader? That would be Commander Gerrard Capashen, a light-skinned human male. And he gets extra discomfort points [[spoiler: for being the product of Urza's bloodline project, meaning that he's genetically perfect for fighting the Phyrexian invasion.]]
** Later on in the story, the planeswalker Jace Beleren - another light-skinned male human - was introduced and poised to be at the center of many of the story's most important plots, including the Eldrazi invasion of Zendikar and the Maze crisis on Ravnica. In recent years he was chosen to be blue mana "representative" of the Gatewatch, an Avengers-style alliance of planeswalkers dedicated to protecting the multiverse from extraplanar threats; and, like before, he's had a central role in solving each problem that the Gatewatch has thus confronted.
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