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21st Jun '17 9:19:55 AM bobwolf
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** Every hero with their own movie is white and male. This seems to be changing with film adaptations of ComicBook/BlackPanther and the [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] incarnation of [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] being announced. [[Film/IronMan]] came out in 2008 and [[Film/BlackPanther]] is scheduled to come out in 2018, meaning a decade and 17(!) films will pass before a non-white male lead in the MCU.

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** Every hero with their own movie is white and male. This seems to be changing with film adaptations of ComicBook/BlackPanther and the [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] incarnation of [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] being announced. [[Film/IronMan]] Film/IronMan came out in 2008 and [[Film/BlackPanther]] Film/BlackPanther is scheduled to come out in 2018, meaning a decade and 17(!) films will pass before a non-white male lead movie in the MCU.



* The ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi, a decision leading to a BrokenBase. However, her name in the movie is ''[[AdaptationNameChange Mira Killian]]'' which is only revealed a month before the movie's premiere. 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 white 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. [[spoiler:However, it's revealed in the movie that the Major is indeed Japanese and her real name is Motoko Kusanagi. Hanka Industries were responsible for her changing her identity, name and race against her will]].

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* The ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi, a decision leading to a BrokenBase. However, her name in the movie is ''[[AdaptationNameChange Mira Killian]]'' which is only revealed a month before the movie's premiere. 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 white 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. [[spoiler:However, it's revealed in the movie that the Major is indeed Japanese and her real name is Motoko Kusanagi. Hanka Industries were responsible for her changing her identity, name and race against her will]]. will]]
21st Jun '17 9:16:47 AM bobwolf
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** Every hero with their own movie is white and male. This seems to be changing with film adaptations of ComicBook/BlackPanther and the [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] incarnation of [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] being announced.

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** Every hero with their own movie is white and male. This seems to be changing with film adaptations of ComicBook/BlackPanther and the [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] incarnation of [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] being announced. [[Film/IronMan]] came out in 2008 and [[Film/BlackPanther]] is scheduled to come out in 2018, meaning a decade and 17(!) films will pass before a non-white male lead in the MCU.
31st May '17 9:05:51 AM VioletVisions
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* Subverted in ''Series/DarkMatter'' - the show started out with the most milquetoast white guy in the racially diverse crew acting as the lead and audience sympathy character (he wakes up first and he's the only human character who doesn't have a criminal background). But then at the beginning of season 2, the writers [[spoiler: kill him off (right after a new plot line for him started, no less)]], and then they also [[spoiler: kill off]] another, much less moral recurring character the same actor was playing, just in case you thought he was supposed to take over the lead now that the rest of the crew [[CharacterDevelopment had become more sympathetic.]] And, just to drive the point home, another, new white male character who joins the crew and seems like a replacement in terms of personality gets [[spoiler: killed off even more abruptly]] after a few episodes, with the rest of the crew not even caring to find out what happened to him. A black female character gets to permanently join the regular cast instead. And the Asian female ActionGirl love interest from the first season becomes the primary protagonist (and captain of the ship). By the end of the second season, the only white male character still on the crew is the show's [[Series/Firefly Jayne-Expy]], who is perfectly content just being the muscle for "Boss Lady".

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* Subverted in ''Series/DarkMatter'' - the show started out with the most milquetoast white guy in the racially diverse crew acting as the lead and audience sympathy character (he wakes up first and he's the only human character who doesn't have a criminal background). But then at the beginning of season 2, the writers [[spoiler: kill him off (right after a new plot line for him started, no less)]], and then they also [[spoiler: kill off]] another, much less moral recurring character the same actor was playing, just in case you thought he was supposed to take over the lead now that the rest of the crew [[CharacterDevelopment had become more sympathetic.]] And, just to drive the point home, another, new white male character who joins the crew and seems like a replacement in terms of personality gets [[spoiler: killed off even more abruptly]] after a few episodes, with the rest of the crew not even caring to find out what happened to him. A black female character gets to permanently join the regular cast instead. And the Asian female ActionGirl love interest from the first season becomes the primary protagonist (and captain of the ship). By the end of the second season, the only white male character still on the crew is the show's [[Series/Firefly Jayne-Expy]], [[Series/((Firefly)) Jayne-expy]], who is perfectly content just being the muscle for "Boss Lady".
31st May '17 9:02:20 AM VioletVisions
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* Subverted in ''Series/DarkMatter'' - the show started out with the most milquetoast white guy in the racially diverse crew acting as the lead and audience sympathy character (he wakes up first and he's the only human character who doesn't have a criminal background). But then at the beginning of season 2, the writers [[spoiler: kill him off (right after a new plot line for him started, no less)]], and then they also [[spoiler: kill off]] another, much less moral recurring character the same actor was playing, just in case you thought he was supposed to take over the lead now that the rest of the crew [[CharacterDevelopment had become more sympathetic.]] And, just to drive the point home, another, new white male character who joins the crew and seems like a replacement in terms of personality gets [[spoiler: killed off even more abruptly]] after a few episodes, with the rest of the crew not even caring to find out what happened to him. A black female character gets to permanently join the regular cast instead. And the Asian female ActionGirl love interest from the first season becomes the primary protagonist (and captain of the ship). By the end of the second season, the only white male character still on the crew is the show's [[Series/Firefly Jayne-Expy]], who is perfectly content just being the muscle for "Boss Lady".
30th May '17 5:57:09 PM nombretomado
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* During the time Jeff Robinov (who infamously said in 2007 that he would never greenlight a film with a female lead after the box office disappointment of ''Film/TheBraveOne'') was there, most of the films at WarnerBros consisted of these. In June 2013, Robinov was finally fired (over greenlighting ''Film/PacificRim'') and replaced with a three-person committee (two men and one woman). It has yet to be seen if Warner Bros. will change their practices.

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* During the time Jeff Robinov (who infamously said in 2007 that he would never greenlight a film with a female lead after the box office disappointment of ''Film/TheBraveOne'') was there, most of the films at WarnerBros Creator/WarnerBros consisted of these. In June 2013, Robinov was finally fired (over greenlighting ''Film/PacificRim'') and replaced with a three-person committee (two men and one woman). It has yet to be seen if Warner Bros. will change their practices.
12th May '17 3:26:00 PM Dewleaf38
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* ''Series/DeathinParadise'' has a racially diverse cast, with a black women and two black men as the main characters, as well as several black side characters. The head of the show always ends up being a white man, however, with the arrival of Richard Poole, later replaced by Humphrey Goodman.
12th May '17 5:54:31 AM Cryoclaste
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* Subverted in the early ''{{Metroid}}'' games. For the first two games, Samus wears armor that completely covers her body and is described as male in the manual. At the end, it is revealed that SamusIsAGirl.

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* Subverted in the early ''{{Metroid}}'' ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games. For the first two games, Samus wears armor that completely covers her body and is described as male in the manual. At the end, it is revealed that SamusIsAGirl.
4th May '17 1:07:42 PM Golondrina
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* Chris from WebAnimation/BravestWarriors is the only white character in the show, and also the main protagonist and leader of the group.

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* Chris from WebAnimation/BravestWarriors ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors'' is the only white character in the show, and also the main protagonist and leader of the group.
4th May '17 12:25:49 PM Golondrina
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No matter how diverse a show's cast or how positive its portrayal of minorities, the lead character will almost always be a conventionally attractive, heterosexual, Caucasian, vaguely Christian, and often American male. Common wisdom in the Western entertainment industry is that a show or film needs a lead character that the [[MostWritersAreMale target demographic]] can [[LeadYouCanRelateTo identify with]], so this is usually an EnforcedTrope. The White Male Lead is often TheHero.

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No matter how diverse a show's cast or how positive its portrayal of minorities, the lead character will almost always be a conventionally attractive, heterosexual, Caucasian, white, vaguely Christian, and often American male. Common wisdom in the Western entertainment industry is that a show or film needs a lead character that the [[MostWritersAreMale target demographic]] can [[LeadYouCanRelateTo identify with]], so this is usually an EnforcedTrope. The White Male Lead is often TheHero.



* The ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi, a decision leading to a BrokenBase. However, her name in the movie is ''[[AdaptationNameChange Mira Killian]]'' which is only revealed a month before the movie's premiere. 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. [[spoiler:However, it's revealed in the movie that the Major is indeed Japanese and her real name is Motoko Kusanagi. Hanka Industries were responsible for her changing her identity, name and race against her will]].

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* The ''Film/GhostInTheShell2017'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi, a decision leading to a BrokenBase. However, her name in the movie is ''[[AdaptationNameChange Mira Killian]]'' which is only revealed a month before the movie's premiere. 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 white 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. [[spoiler:However, it's revealed in the movie that the Major is indeed Japanese and her real name is Motoko Kusanagi. Hanka Industries were responsible for her changing her identity, name and race against her will]].



* Played with in ''Literature/GivesLight''. The main character is a light-skinned Native American boy (his father is Shoshone and his mother was Caucasian). As a result other children on the reservation see him as white, and because he was raised off of the reservation (but by the aforementioned Native American dad) he doesn't always fit in with them.

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* Played with in ''Literature/GivesLight''. The main character is a light-skinned Native American boy (his father is Shoshone and his mother was Caucasian).white). As a result other children on the reservation see him as white, and because he was raised off of the reservation (but by the aforementioned Native American dad) he doesn't always fit in with them.



** The series [[AffirmativeActionLegacy amps up the minorities]] compared to its predominantly Caucasian prequel, but Percy and Jason are still the attractive, straight, white, male [[TheAce leads]] of the Greek and Roman camps, as well as of the Seven.

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** The series [[AffirmativeActionLegacy amps up the minorities]] compared to its predominantly Caucasian white prequel, but Percy and Jason are still the attractive, straight, white, male [[TheAce leads]] of the Greek and Roman camps, as well as of the Seven.



* In ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', despite its racially and sexually diverse cast and high praise by the LGBT community, the two central characters are still the straight and white Mark and Roger (HoYay between them notwithstanding). While Mark is explicitly [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi Jewish]], Roger's race isn't discussed but he's usually cast as Caucasian due to his grunge rock style.

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* In ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'', despite its racially and sexually diverse cast and high praise by the LGBT community, the two central characters are still the straight and white Mark and Roger (HoYay between them notwithstanding). While Mark is explicitly [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi Jewish]], Roger's race isn't discussed but he's usually cast as Caucasian white due to his grunge rock style.



* Chris from WebAnimation/BravestWarriors is the only Caucasian character in the show, and also the main protagonist and leader of the group.

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* Chris from WebAnimation/BravestWarriors is the only Caucasian white character in the show, and also the main protagonist and leader of the group.



* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', where Robin is the leader, main character, and the only white male on the team (unless one counts Beast Boy, who is ethnically Caucasian but physically ''green''). Justified in the original comics, where the Bat family are trusted mostly because they are unpowered (not because they are white men). Knowing that your boss can't casually mind-rape or lobotomize you with a glance is important.

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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', where Robin is the leader, main character, and the only white male on the team (unless one counts Beast Boy, who is ethnically Caucasian white but physically ''green''). Justified in the original comics, where the Bat family are trusted mostly because they are unpowered (not because they are white men). Knowing that your boss can't casually mind-rape or lobotomize you with a glance is important.
3rd May '17 3:16:22 AM jamespolk
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* Inverted in ''Lilies of the Field''. Creator/SidneyPoitier plays a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who decides to help out some rather disaffected German nuns.

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* Inverted in ''Lilies of the Field''.''Film/LiliesOfTheField''. Creator/SidneyPoitier plays a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who decides to help out some rather disaffected German nuns.
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