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28th Apr '16 9:45:17 AM grapesandmilk
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn is a white male lead in a world where he is actually the only human.
27th Apr '16 6:29:11 PM Zuxtron
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* 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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27th Apr '16 9:08:33 AM JamesAustin
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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only one, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''Series/{{JessicaJones2015'' and ''Series/{{Luke Cage|2016}}'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.

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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only one, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''Series/{{JessicaJones2015'' ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' and ''Series/{{Luke Cage|2016}}'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.



** ''Glee'' as a very diverse cast, boasting characters of all different races, sexual orientations, and levels of ability, but the stars of the show always seem to be the white, heterosexual teacher Will, and the leaders of Glee club: white, straight couple Finn and Rachel. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Emma at one point.

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** ''Glee'' as has a very diverse cast, boasting characters of all different races, sexual orientations, and levels of ability, but the stars of the show always seem to be the white, heterosexual teacher Will, and the leaders of Glee club: white, straight couple Finn and Rachel. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Emma at one point.



* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' Zack, Screech, and Mr. Belding are all white males. Zack is the protagonist during the most popular 1989-1993 run. Screech and Mr. Belding were in all the incarnations.

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* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' ''Series/SavedByTheBell'': Zack, Screech, and Mr. Belding are all white males. Zack is the protagonist during the most popular 1989-1993 run. Screech and Mr. Belding were in all the incarnations.
27th Apr '16 9:01:06 AM JamesAustin
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* ''Film/StarWars''

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** The Prequel Trilogy had this. Introducing Mace Windu, an Hispanic Bobbo Fett, and other minorities, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmea (All White) recieve the most screen time)
** Even Film/TheForceAwakens. Finn (Black Male) is [[SupportingProtagonist alluded to being the hero]] for most of the movie. Also [[HeroOfAnotherStory Poe Dameron]] is hispanic. While both do play major roles in the films , its revealed that Rey (White female) is the ChosenOne while the main antagonist Kylo-Ren (White Man) face off. (Still a great film though).

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** The Prequel Trilogy had this. Introducing Mace Windu, an Hispanic Bobbo Bobba Fett, and other minorities, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padmea Padmé (All White) recieve the most screen time)
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** Even Film/TheForceAwakens. In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Finn (Black Male) is [[SupportingProtagonist alluded to being the hero]] for most of the movie. Also [[HeroOfAnotherStory Poe Dameron]] is hispanic. While both do play major roles in the films , films, its revealed that Rey (White female) is the ChosenOne while the main antagonist is Kylo-Ren (White Man) face off. (Still a great film though).Man).



* Averted and parodied in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' . The opening scene contains two white guys rather than the actual lead characters and sets up their storyline, [[HeroOfAnotherStory which happens almost entirely offscreen]]. The film's creators initially feared that ExecutiveMeddling would turn Harold and Kumar into "Joe and Dave." The two white guys are the movie the creators were afraid that '' Harold And Kumar'' would become.

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* Averted and parodied in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' .''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle''. The opening scene contains two white guys rather than the actual lead characters and sets up their storyline, [[HeroOfAnotherStory which happens almost entirely offscreen]]. The film's creators initially feared that ExecutiveMeddling would turn Harold and Kumar into "Joe and Dave." The two white guys are the movie the creators were afraid that '' Harold And Kumar'' would become.



* In the film version of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Alan Quartermain is the lead character and the team leader. In the [[Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen original comic]], Mina Murray is the team leader. [[RuleOfSeanConnery But he's]] SeanConnery!!!
* Every hero in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse 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.
** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only one, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]'' and ''Series/LukeCage2016'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.

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* In the film version of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Alan Quartermain is the lead character and the team leader. In the [[Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen original comic]], Mina Murray is the team leader. [[RuleOfSeanConnery But he's]] SeanConnery!!!
SeanConnery!
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
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Every hero in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse 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.
** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only one, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]'' ''Series/{{JessicaJones2015'' and ''Series/LukeCage2016'' ''Series/{{Luke Cage|2016}}'' series star a woman and a black man, respectively. This isn't too surprising, since the small screen is generally better than the big at featuring women and minority characters in lead roles.



* As long as 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'') is there, most of the films at WarnerBros will consist 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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* As long as 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'') is was there, most of the films at WarnerBros will consist consisted of these.
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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.



* ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'': A movie (and [[AdaptationDisplacement its source novel]]) about Idi Amin's dictatorship in Uganda, with a fictional Scottish doctor as the lead.
** Though, admittedly, it ''is'' a heavy plot point, with at least one LampshadeHanging. And it's VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.

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* ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'': A movie (and [[AdaptationDisplacement its source novel]]) about Idi Amin's dictatorship in Uganda, with a fictional Scottish doctor as the lead.
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lead. Though, admittedly, it ''is'' a heavy plot point, with at least one LampshadeHanging. And it's VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory.



* This trope backfired HARD with the 2015 ''Film/{{Stonewall}}'' film, a BeenThereShapedHistory account of the Stonewall Riots that kicked off the modern gay rights movement. The real-life riots were headed by ButchLesbian Stormé [=DeLarverie=] and two [[{{Transsexual}} Transgender]] women of color: Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, among many others. However, the movie focuses on fictional Danny Winters, a white StraightGay teenager from Indiana who bused to New York City after being kicked out of his home. Filmmaker Creator/RolandEmmerlich stated in interviews that he created Danny to appeal to straight white audiences, which pleased nobody. GLBT activists and historians were angered that the film did no justice to the real heroes of Stonewall, film critics were unimpressed by the ClicheStorm plot, and even many straight white people--particularly the ones who'd be interested in seeing this movie in the first place--were insulted by the notion that they'd be unable to empathize with minority characters and would need the most whitebread kid possible (not even a native New Yorker but someone from [[DownOnTheFarm the rural Midwest]]) to identify with. Predictably, the film was an utter bomb in the box office.

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* This trope backfired HARD with the 2015 ''Film/{{Stonewall}}'' film, a BeenThereShapedHistory account of the Stonewall Riots that kicked off the modern gay rights movement. The real-life riots were headed by ButchLesbian Stormé [=DeLarverie=] and two [[{{Transsexual}} Transgender]] women of color: Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, among many others. However, the movie focuses on fictional Danny Winters, a white StraightGay teenager from Indiana who bused to New York City after being kicked out of his home. Filmmaker Creator/RolandEmmerlich stated in interviews that he created Danny to appeal to straight white audiences, which pleased nobody. GLBT LGBT activists and historians were angered that the film did no justice to the real heroes of Stonewall, film critics were unimpressed by the ClicheStorm plot, and even many straight white people--particularly the ones who'd be interested in seeing this movie in the first place--were insulted by the notion that they'd be unable to empathize with minority characters and would need the most whitebread kid possible (not even a native New Yorker but someone from [[DownOnTheFarm the rural Midwest]]) to identify with. Predictably, the film was an utter bomb in the box office.



* 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 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'' 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.



* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has a very diverse cast, boasting characters of all different races, sexual orientations, and levels of ability, but the stars of the show always seem to be the white, heterosexual teacher Will, and the leaders of Glee club: white, straight couple Finn and Rachel. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Emma at one point.

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** ''Glee'' as
a very diverse cast, boasting characters of all different races, sexual orientations, and levels of ability, but the stars of the show always seem to be the white, heterosexual teacher Will, and the leaders of Glee club: white, straight couple Finn and Rachel. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Emma at one point.



* ''Series/{{Saved By The Bell}}'' Zack, Screech, and Mr. Belding are all white males. Zack is the protagonist during the most popular 1989-1993 run. Screech and Mr. Belding were in all the incarnations.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' probably qualifies as a subversion of this. When it was first being advertised, it came off to some as yet another show about a white guy and his new quirky minority friends, but the show's {{Troperiffic}} nature quickly put an end to that. While Jeff isn't the main character in all the stories, he often is. He is certainly the one the group expects to come up with solutions to most of their problems, even if they know he's often self-centered and egotistical. While the 'mother figure' in the group alternates between Britta and Shirley, the "father figure" is firmly in Jeff's ballcourt. The only member who would challenge him is Pierce, who is also white and comes with a whole host of problems.
** To be fair to the show, Joel McHale was the cast member with the most TV credits to his name (save for Chevy Chase, who—not being the main character at all—was given the And Starring credit).
* All the Doctors on ''Series/DoctorWho'' so far have been white males, even though it has been stated and shown that Time Lords can change race and sex when they [[TheNthDoctor regenerate]]. There's been debate among fans -- and indeed, [[Creator/TheBBC the BBC]], who's considered black actors for the role -- of getting a female or alternate race in, but this quickly degrades into accusations that it was wrecked.
** For the run on the classic show, The Doctor was treated as asexual, but the TV movie and the revived series frequently make overtures of The Doctor being heterosexual. Matt Smith and David Tennant in particular, we're known for having sexual tension with their companions. One of Peter Capaldi's demands upon taking the role was for the Doctor to become an aromantic again.

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* ''Series/{{Saved By The Bell}}'' ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' Zack, Screech, and Mr. Belding are all white males. Zack is the protagonist during the most popular 1989-1993 run. Screech and Mr. Belding were in all the incarnations.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' probably qualifies as a subversion of this. When it was first being advertised, it came off to some as yet another show about a white guy and his new quirky minority friends, but the show's {{Troperiffic}} nature quickly put an end to that. While Jeff isn't the main character in all the stories, he often is. He is certainly the one the group expects to come up with solutions to most of their problems, even if they know he's often self-centered and egotistical. While the 'mother figure' in the group alternates between Britta and Shirley, the "father figure" is firmly in Jeff's ballcourt. The only member who would challenge him is Pierce, who is also white and comes with a whole host of problems.
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problems. To be fair to the show, Joel McHale [=McHale=] was the cast member with the most TV credits to his name (save for Chevy Chase, who—not being the main character at all—was given the And Starring credit).
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
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All the Doctors on ''Series/DoctorWho'' so far have been white males, even though it has been stated and shown that Time Lords can change race and sex when they [[TheNthDoctor regenerate]]. There's been debate among fans -- and indeed, [[Creator/TheBBC the BBC]], Creator/{{the BBC}}, who's considered black actors for the role -- of getting a female or alternate race in, but this quickly degrades into accusations that it was wrecked.
** For the run on the classic show, The the Doctor was treated as asexual, but the TV movie and the revived series frequently make overtures of The the Doctor being heterosexual. Matt Smith and David Tennant in particular, we're known for having sexual tension with their companions.his female companions (and pansexual male companion Captain Jack Harkness). One of Peter Capaldi's demands upon taking the role was for the Doctor to become an aromantic again.



* Although more properly an [[EnsembleCast ensemble]], ''Series/CriminalMinds'' in its first two seasons billed Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson as the show's leads. Furthermore, the pilot only had one female lead character (Elle Greenaway) and one African-American lead character (Derek Morgan) surrounded by white males, indicating that they were tokens. More female characters were added or became relevant, and Morgan's character has gained depth and prominence as the series progressed, but the show's "stars" are still white males- Gibson and Joe Mantegna.

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
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Although more properly an [[EnsembleCast ensemble]], ''Series/CriminalMinds'' EnsembleCast, in its first two seasons billed Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson as the show's leads. Furthermore, the pilot only had one female lead character (Elle Greenaway) and one African-American lead character (Derek Morgan) surrounded by white males, indicating that they were tokens. More female characters were added or became relevant, and Morgan's character has gained depth and prominence as the series progressed, but the show's "stars" are still white males- Gibson and Joe Mantegna.



* * ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Four white men, two white women, one black woman, and one black man in the main cast. The captain and pilot make up two of the white men. However, the black woman is second in command, and the captain avoids the "vaguely Christian" description by being belligerently anti-spiritual.

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* * ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Four white men, two white women, one black woman, and one black man in the main cast. The captain and pilot make up two of the white men. However, the black woman is second in command, and the captain avoids the "vaguely Christian" description by being belligerently anti-spiritual.



* 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}}'' ''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''.
26th Apr '16 2:24:59 AM aye_amber
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* ''Film/{{Glory}}'' is about UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar's 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first formal units of the U.S. Army to be made up entirely of African-American men. The movie's viewpoint character is Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (MatthewBroderick), the 54th's white commanding officer.

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* ''Film/{{Glory}}'' is about UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar's 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first formal units of the U.S. Army to be made up entirely of African-American men. The movie's viewpoint character is Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (MatthewBroderick), (Creator/MatthewBroderick), the 54th's white commanding officer.
25th Apr '16 3:59:37 AM Naram-Sin
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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Taking place [[OnlyInMiami in Miami]], the series [[TruthInTelevision features many hispanic characters]] and those of other races and ethnicities/nationalities, though Dexter himself is white.

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** The first {{spinoff}} ''Series/CriminalMindsSuspectBehavior'', in its pursue to be radically different from the original series while keeping faithful to its [[StrictlyFormula basic structure]], had a BaldBlackLeaderGuy played by Creator/ForestWhitaker among an [[InvertedTrope otherwise whole white main cast]]. The character "Prophet", who had been originally envisioned as [[TokenMinority black]], was made white.
** Played straight in the second spinoff, ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders''. The team includes two white females (one played by a Hispanic actress though the character is not), a half-Asian male, a black male and an older white male played by Creator/GarySinise, who is the team leader.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Taking place [[OnlyInMiami in Miami]], the series [[TruthInTelevision features many hispanic Hispanic characters]] and those of other races and ethnicities/nationalities, though Dexter himself is white.
23rd Apr '16 5:54:33 AM DesertDragon
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Compare GirlShowGhetto and MinorityShowGhetto (which this trope is intended to avoid), RidiculouslyAverageGuy, and WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant. Compare and contrast {{Mukokuseki}}, making characters racially ambiguous so that multiple demographics can relate to them. Unless a work is consciously avoiding it, he is often the leader of a TokenTrio or FiveTokenBand.

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Compare GirlShowGhetto and MinorityShowGhetto (which this trope is intended to avoid), RidiculouslyAverageGuy, and WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant. Compare and contrast {{Mukokuseki}}, making characters racially ambiguous so that multiple demographics can relate to them. Unless a work is consciously avoiding it, he is often the leader of a TokenTrio or FiveTokenBand. If the one white person is not the lead character, then he's the TokenWhite.
23rd Apr '16 5:53:35 AM DesertDragon
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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 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 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'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi, a decision leading to a BrokenBase. What really clinches ''this'' this trope, however, is that at one point the production team were seriously considering CGI-editing her to look Japanese; it Japanese. It would be more acceptable, apparently, to have a Caucasian actress in yellowface--and not just boring old makeup yellowface than but ''expensive computer-generated yellowface''--than an actual Asian actress in the lead role. The response to ''this'' has been rather universal bewilderment.
18th Apr '16 7:39:00 PM LokIago
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* * ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Four white men, two white women, one black woman, and one black man in the main cast. The captain and pilot make up two of the white men. However, the black woman is second in command, and the captain avoids the "vaguely Christian" description by being belligerently anti-spiritual.
16th Apr '16 9:04:53 PM Ramidel
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* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi. What really clinches this trope, however, is that at one point the production team were seriously considering making her up in CGI yellowface; it would be more acceptable, apparently, to have a Caucasian actress in 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'' has cast Creator/ScarlettJohansson as the very Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi. Kusanagi, a decision leading to a BrokenBase. What really clinches this ''this'' trope, however, is that at one point the production team were seriously considering making CGI-editing her up in CGI yellowface; to look Japanese; it would be more acceptable, apparently, to have a Caucasian actress in yellowface than an actual Asian actress in the lead role. The response to this ''this'' has been rather universal bewilderment.
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