History Main / WhiteMaleLead

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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4th Sep '16 9:49:52 PM Tre
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* When the Creator/SciFiChannel adapted the Literature/{{Earthsea}} novels into the mini-series ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', they decided to make the main character white. This [[DisownedAdaptation did not sit well]] with the [[Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin original author]].

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* When the Creator/SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] adapted the Literature/{{Earthsea}} novels into the mini-series ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', they decided to make the main character white. This [[DisownedAdaptation did not sit well]] with the [[Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin original author]].
21st Aug '16 1:00:26 PM nombretomado
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* The 2011 film ''Film/TowerHeist'' was supposed to have a mostly black and Latino cast with EddieMurphy in the lead. The lead role instead went to Creator/BenStiller.

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* The 2011 film ''Film/TowerHeist'' was supposed to have a mostly black and Latino cast with EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy in the lead. The lead role instead went to Creator/BenStiller.
30th Jul '16 7:28:58 PM trulymadmoves
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Tarquin has one blind spot: he believes the hero of the story is Elan (white male), when in fact Elan is part of an ensemble and the ''de facto'' protagonist is Roy (black male). A large part of Tarquin's VillainousBreakdown is that other characters are overshadowing Elan, whom he insists ''should'' be the hero to his BigBad--and according to WordOfGod, it's no accident that Elan and Tarquin both are straight white males while the characters sidelining Elan include a black man, a woman, [[WordOfGay an individual outed as genderqueer in that very piece of Word of God]], and a Latino guest star. Tarquin not only can't stand [[ControlFreak losing control]] of his carefully-crafted narrative, he can't stand the idea that the character who best fits the White Male Lead mold ''isn't'' the lead.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Tarquin has one blind spot: spot in his GenreSavvy dominance: he believes the hero of the story is Elan (white male), when in fact Elan is part of an ensemble and the ''de facto'' protagonist is Roy (black male). A large part of Tarquin's VillainousBreakdown is that other characters are overshadowing Elan, whom he insists ''should'' be the hero to his BigBad--and according to WordOfGod, it's no accident that Elan and Tarquin both are straight white males while the characters sidelining Elan include a black man, a woman, [[WordOfGay an individual outed as genderqueer in that very piece of Word of God]], and a Latino guest star. Tarquin not only can't stand [[ControlFreak losing control]] of his carefully-crafted narrative, he can't stand the idea that the character who best fits the White Male Lead mold ''isn't'' the lead.
30th Jul '16 6:08:33 PM trulymadmoves
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* Played (almost) completely straight in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Steven, the lead character, is an alien-human hybrid, yet he still entirely appears to be a white, male human. He's also, however, TheChick, and the WhiteMage in a show where all the combat-oriented characters present as women [[spoiler: including his sword-wielding girlfriend]], and no one sees it as a big deal.

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* Played (almost) completely straight in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Steven, the lead character, is an alien-human hybrid, yet he still entirely appears to be a white, male human. The alien Gems tick many boxes: they're [[OneGenderRace all female]], ([[NoBiologicalSex or at least present themselves that way]]), they're DiscountLesbians, and their voice actresses are almost all nonwhite women, but the central figure is always Steven. He's also, however, TheChick, and the WhiteMage in a show where all the combat-oriented characters present as are women [[spoiler: including his sword-wielding Indian-American girlfriend]], and no one sees it as a big deal. deal.
29th Jul '16 3:19:57 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', DangerouslyGenreSavvy Tarquin has one blind spot: he believes the hero of the story is Elan (white male), when in fact Elan is part of an ensemble and the ''de facto'' protagonist is Roy (black male). A large part of Tarquin's VillainousBreakdown is that other characters are overshadowing Elan, whom he insists ''should'' be the hero to his BigBad--and according to WordOfGod, it's no accident that Elan and Tarquin both are straight white males while the characters sidelining Elan include a black man, a woman, [[WordOfGay an individual outed as genderqueer in that very piece of Word of God]], and a Latino guest star. Tarquin not only can't stand [[ControlFreak losing control]] of his carefully-crafted narrative, he can't stand the idea that the character who best fits the White Male Lead mold ''isn't'' the lead.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', DangerouslyGenreSavvy Tarquin has one blind spot: he believes the hero of the story is Elan (white male), when in fact Elan is part of an ensemble and the ''de facto'' protagonist is Roy (black male). A large part of Tarquin's VillainousBreakdown is that other characters are overshadowing Elan, whom he insists ''should'' be the hero to his BigBad--and according to WordOfGod, it's no accident that Elan and Tarquin both are straight white males while the characters sidelining Elan include a black man, a woman, [[WordOfGay an individual outed as genderqueer in that very piece of Word of God]], and a Latino guest star. Tarquin not only can't stand [[ControlFreak losing control]] of his carefully-crafted narrative, he can't stand the idea that the character who best fits the White Male Lead mold ''isn't'' the lead.
29th Jul '16 9:53:02 AM tm122
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** The Prequel Trilogy had this. Introducing Mace Windu, an Hispanic Bobba Fett, and other minorities, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padme; (All White) recieve the most screen time.

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** The Prequel Trilogy had this. Introducing Mace Windu, an Hispanic Bobba a Maori Jango Fett, and other minorities, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Padme; (All White) recieve the most screen time.
27th Jul '16 12:27:04 AM PaulA
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* When the Creator/SciFiChannel adapted the Literature/EarthseaTrilogy into the mini-series ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', they decided to make the main character white. This [[DisownedAdaptation did not sit well]] with the [[Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin original author]].

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* When the Creator/SciFiChannel adapted the Literature/EarthseaTrilogy Literature/{{Earthsea}} novels into the mini-series ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', they decided to make the main character white. This [[DisownedAdaptation did not sit well]] with the [[Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin original author]].
19th Jul '16 2:44:49 PM HiJac210
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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and LGBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT characters are outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.

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You may be surprised to learn that this trope has less to do with Western bias (though that's still prevalent, make no mistake) and more to do with [[MoneyDearBoy courting the international dollar]]. In the United States, for example, you're more likely to see female, minority, and LGBT leads in TV shows, where the viewership is mostly domestic. But in big-budget blockbuster films, such actors don't do nearly as well in international markets, particularly China and Russia; blacks and Hispanics aren't seen as relatable to the audiences there, GLBT LGBT characters are outright ''banned'' due to the countries' laws against "gay propaganda", and a woman as The Hero might upset social mores depending on the movie. As a result, Western studios often play it safe by casting a plain white male as the lead.



Tropers are reminded that '''[[TropesAreTools 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; there's no one group to blame.

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Tropers are reminded that '''[[TropesAreTools '''[[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; there's no one group to blame.
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