History Main / WhiteMaleLead

3rd Nov '17 6:20:08 AM comicwriter
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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.

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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.team.



* 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 [[spoiler:The BrokenBase was broken ''even further'' by the movie movie's [[TheReveal Reveal]] that the Major is indeed Mira actually ''was'' a Japanese and her real name is Motoko Kusanagi. Hanka Industries were responsible for her changing her identity, name and race girl who had been placed inside a caucasian android body against her will]]will, with some arguing this made the whole thing even more offensive]].



* ''Film/DragonballEvolution'', a LiveActionAdaptation of one of the most popular and iconic Japanese anime/manga series, cast Asian actors in every important role... except for Goku who is played by a very, very white boy.

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* ''Film/DragonballEvolution'', a LiveActionAdaptation of one of the most popular and iconic Japanese anime/manga series, cast Asian actors in every important hero role... except for Goku and Bulma, who is were played by a very, very white boy.actors.


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* During early meetings with prospective producers for ''Literature/CrazyRichAsians'', Kevin Kwan recalls being asked if the female lead could be changed into a white woman in order to make her more relatable to an American audience. Kwan resisted, and Constance Wu from ''Series/FreshOffTheBoat'' eventually landed the part.
31st Oct '17 4:49:51 PM walkingonsunshine
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** ''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. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Emma at one point.

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** ''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.Rachel (albeit Rachel is ethnically Jewish, but the point remains the same). {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Emma at one point.


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*** Actually, Darren Criss is Eurasian: half-white, half-Filipino, but no mention is made about Blaine's race and ethnicity within the show (his mother is portrayed by Gina Gershon, a white Jewish actress, but not much is known about his father).


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*** It helps that the other boys do not seem that interested in being the lead, so it could be also the fact they don't fight for the position like the girls do.
19th Oct '17 11:27:44 AM JohnnyChimpo
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** All the Doctors through Creator/PeterCapaldi (Twelfth) were white males, though it was eventually confirmed during Creator/StevenMoffat's tenure that Time Lords can change race and sex when they [[TheNthDoctor regenerate]]. There had long been debate among fans -- and indeed, Creator/{{the BBC}}, who've considered black actors for the role -- of getting a female or alternate race in, but this quickly degraded into accusations that it would be wrecked. The announcement in 2017 that the Thirteenth Doctor would be Creator/JodieWhittaker, a white woman, caused the notoriously UnpleasableFanbase to erupt and [[BrokenBase break]] -- some were overjoyed, some would rather have had a male Doctor of an alternate race, some wanted a non-white woman, and a ''very'' vocal minority wanted another white man and said the show was RuinedForever. (The British public, judging by polls, were generally neutral or positive to the idea.)

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** All the Doctors through Creator/PeterCapaldi (Twelfth) were white males, though it was eventually confirmed during Creator/StevenMoffat's tenure that Time Lords can change race and sex when they [[TheNthDoctor regenerate]]. There had long been debate among fans -- and indeed, Creator/{{the BBC}}, who've considered black actors for the role -- of getting a female or alternate race in, but this quickly degraded into accusations that it would be wrecked. The announcement in 2017 that the Thirteenth Doctor would be Creator/JodieWhittaker, a white woman, caused the notoriously UnpleasableFanbase to erupt and [[BrokenBase break]] -- some were overjoyed, some would rather have had a male Doctor of an alternate race, some wanted a non-white woman, and a ''very'' vocal minority some wanted another white man and said the show was RuinedForever. (The (the British public, judging by polls, were generally neutral or positive to the idea.)idea).
19th Oct '17 11:25:31 AM JohnnyChimpo
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** Marvel's various TV shows are more diverse. ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' and ''Series/{{Iron Fist|2017}}'' star a white man, and ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color but is led by a white man; but ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''Series/{{Jessica Jones|2015}}'' 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. However, the casting of ''Iron Fist'' is considered a huge setback due to the protagonist being white just like in the comics and learning martial arts from foreign people.

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** Marvel's various TV shows are more diverse. ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' and ''Series/{{Iron Fist|2017}}'' star a white man, and ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color but is led by a white man; but ''Series/AgentCarter'' stars Peggy Carter, and the ''Series/{{Jessica Jones|2015}}'' 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. However, the casting of ''Iron Fist'' is considered a huge setback due to the protagonist being white just like in the comics and learning martial arts from foreign people.
18th Oct '17 11:31:57 PM NanoMoose
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* Zig-zagged with the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' franchise. The VanillaProtagonist in the present-day storyline is just AmbiguouslyBrown enough to be considered any ethnicity (including white) by those who wish, while his ancestors in the historical storyline are of various ethnicities (Arabic Hashashin, Italian, British and Native American). He was eventually replaced by [[PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration you, the player]], starting with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', which was also where the historical protagonists began to play this straight to the point where the parade of white male leads can be hard to tell apart. This was not helped by the fact that the titles centering on a half-black woman (''AC III: Liberation'') and a black man (''AC IV: Freedom Cry'') are a GaidenGame and DownloadableContent respectively, neither of which received much promotion, to the point where few have heard of them. ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' featured a woman as a co-player character alongside her twin brother, although both of them were white. To their credit, Ubisoft looks to be rectifying this problem with the heavily-promoted ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'', whose Ptolemaic Egyptian protagonist has appropriately dark skin.

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* Zig-zagged with the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' franchise. The VanillaProtagonist in the present-day storyline is just AmbiguouslyBrown enough to be considered any ethnicity (including white) by those who wish, while his ancestors in the historical storyline are of various ethnicities (Arabic Hashashin, Italian, British and Native American). He was eventually replaced by [[PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration you, the player]], starting with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', which was also where the historical protagonists began to play this it agonizingly straight to the point where the parade of white male leads can be hard to tell apart. This was not helped by the fact that the titles centering on a half-black woman (''AC III: Liberation'') and a black man (''AC IV: Freedom Cry'') are a GaidenGame and DownloadableContent respectively, neither of which received much promotion, to the point where few have heard of them. ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' featured a woman as a co-player character alongside her twin brother, although both of them were white. To their credit, Ubisoft looks to be rectifying attempting to rectify this problem with the heavily-promoted ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'', whose Ptolemaic Egyptian protagonist has appropriately dark skin.



-->'''The Coon''': Yeah, ''now''! They waited years to get to that! [[FollowTheLeader We follow their plan]] - we do all the real people first, then we sneak the black guy in at Phase 3.
* Booker [=DeWitt=] from ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' is able to walk about Culumbia because he is neither an ethnic minority of Irish.

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-->'''The Coon''': Yeah, ''now''! ''now!'' They waited years to get to that! [[FollowTheLeader We follow their plan]] - we do all the real people first, then we sneak the black guy in at Phase 3.
* Booker [=DeWitt=] from ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' is able to walk about Culumbia Columbia because he is neither an ethnic minority nor Irish. He has Native American heritage, but there's no indication of Irish.this at all in the advertising materials or on the game's cover.
18th Oct '17 10:01:24 AM theenglishman
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* Initially subverted for the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' franchise. The VanillaProtagonist in the present-day storyline is just AmbiguouslyBrown enough to be considered any ethnicity (including white) by those who wish, while his ancestors in the historical storyline are of various ethnicities. He was eventually replaced by [[PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration you, the player]], starting with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', which was also where the historical protagonists began to play this straight to the point where the parade of white male leads can be hard to tell apart. This was not helped by the fact that the titles centering on a half-black woman (''AC III: Liberation'') and a black man (''AC IV: Freedom Cry'') are a GaidenGame and DownloadableContent respectively, neither of which received much promotion, to the point where few have heard of them. Zig-zagged even further with the heavily-promoted ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'', whose Ptolemaic Egyptian protagonist has appropriately dark skin.

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* Initially subverted for Zig-zagged with the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' franchise. The VanillaProtagonist in the present-day storyline is just AmbiguouslyBrown enough to be considered any ethnicity (including white) by those who wish, while his ancestors in the historical storyline are of various ethnicities.ethnicities (Arabic Hashashin, Italian, British and Native American). He was eventually replaced by [[PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration you, the player]], starting with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', which was also where the historical protagonists began to play this straight to the point where the parade of white male leads can be hard to tell apart. This was not helped by the fact that the titles centering on a half-black woman (''AC III: Liberation'') and a black man (''AC IV: Freedom Cry'') are a GaidenGame and DownloadableContent respectively, neither of which received much promotion, to the point where few have heard of them. Zig-zagged even further ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedSyndicate'' featured a woman as a co-player character alongside her twin brother, although both of them were white. To their credit, Ubisoft looks to be rectifying this problem with the heavily-promoted ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'', whose Ptolemaic Egyptian protagonist has appropriately dark skin.
18th Oct '17 9:58:40 AM theenglishman
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* Initially subverted for the ''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''.

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* Initially subverted for the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' franchise, but franchise. The VanillaProtagonist in the present-day storyline is just AmbiguouslyBrown enough to be considered any ethnicity (including white) by those who wish, while his ancestors in the historical storyline are of various ethnicities. He was eventually played replaced by [[PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration you, the player]], starting with ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'', which was also where the historical protagonists began to play this straight to the point where the parade of WML's is becoming impossible white male leads can be hard to tell from each other. Not apart. This was not helped by the fact that the titles centering on a half-black woman (''AC III: Liberation'') and a black man (''AC IV: Freedom Cry'') are small side games rather than main series games a GaidenGame and receive barely any DownloadableContent respectively, neither of which received much promotion, to the point where few have played ''Liberation'' and barely any have even heard of ''Freedom Cry''.them. Zig-zagged even further with the heavily-promoted ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedOrigins'', whose Ptolemaic Egyptian protagonist has appropriately dark skin.
24th Sep '17 2:50:08 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted on ''{{Benson}}'': the main character is black while the rest of the characters are white.

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* Inverted on ''{{Benson}}'': ''Series/{{Benson}}'': the main character is black while the rest of the characters are white.
31st Aug '17 7:31:26 AM germanlureag
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Tropers are reminded that '''[[TropesAreNotBad tropes are not always bad]]'''. Many works with white male leads have been praised for their positive portrayals of minority characters. And of course it's a vicious cycle of investors who want to put their money in a sure thing and studios who want to have something to point at to seem like they know what's going to "sell". It is also due to self-insertion, whether from the same creators, writers or producers who are mostly Caucasian men in Hollywood; there's no one group to blame.

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Tropers are reminded that '''[[TropesAreNotBad tropes are not always bad]]'''. Many works with white male leads have been praised for their positive portrayals of minority characters. And of course it's a vicious cycle of investors who want to put their money in a sure thing and studios who want to have something to point at to seem like they know what's going to "sell"."sell" to their Target. It is also due to self-insertion, whether from the same creators, writers or producers who are mostly Caucasian men in Hollywood; there's no one group to blame.
29th Aug '17 1:59:41 PM Lemia
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** Unfortunately, [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/oct/05/bruce-lee-biopic-whitewashing-anger-birth-of-the-dragon played painfully straight]] in ''Birth of a Dragon'', a film that was advertised as a Bruce Lee biopic but turned out to focus more on his white friend who didn't even exist in real life.
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