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24th Mar '17 4:11:15 PM td1989
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** Rumor has it that one of the reasons that the long-planned ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' movie is languishing in DevelopmentHell is because of the lack of white male characters in the team. Of the characters from the comic, Alex Wilder is black, Nico Minoru is a Japanese-American girl, Karolina Dean is a lesbian, Molly Hayes is a girl, Victor Mancha is Latino, and Xavin is a shape-shifting alien that usually settles on the form of a black girl. Chase Stein is the only straight white male on a team of 5-6 characters.

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** Rumor has it that one of the reasons that the long-planned ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' movie is languishing in DevelopmentHell is because of the lack of white male characters in the team. Of the characters from the comic, Alex Wilder is black, Nico Minoru is a Japanese-American girl, Karolina Dean is a lesbian, Gert Yorkes is a Jewish girl, Molly Hayes is a girl, Victor Mancha is Latino, and Xavin is a shape-shifting alien that usually settles on the form of a black girl. Chase Stein is the only straight white male on a team of 5-6 characters.
23rd Mar '17 10:03:19 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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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 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, Jackie Chan and Je tLi 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 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, Jackie Chan and Je tLi Jet Li movies usually do not have this problem.
13th Mar '17 12:39:05 PM Prime32
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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only two, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' and ''Series/IronFist2017'', 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. 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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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only two, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' and ''Series/IronFist2017'', starring a white man. ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has an ensemble cast that includes multiple women and people of color, color (and the character who most resembles a standard WhiteMaleLead [[spoiler:turning out to be TheMole]]), ''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. 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.
10th Mar '17 10:54:05 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''Film/PacificRim'': Pan-Pacific Defense Corp is very multinational (American, Japanese, German, Russian, Australian and Chinese) but the protagonist is a white man. This was reversed in the sequel, ''Film/PacificRimUprising'', where Creator/JohnBoyega is cast as the protagonist whose father is Creator/IdrisElba's character.
9th Mar '17 9:25:43 PM sayaleviathan
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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only two, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' and ''Series/IronFist2017, 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. However, the casting of ''Iron Fist'' is considered a huge setback due to the protagonist being white and learning martial arts from foreign people.

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** It's worth noting that Marvel's various TV shows are much more diverse, with only two, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' and ''Series/IronFist2017, ''Series/IronFist2017'', 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. 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.
9th Mar '17 9:23:31 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''Film/TheGreatWall'' pushed the top billing on Creator/MattDamon in a predominately Chinese cast which made many accusations of the MightyWhitey. The movie is co-produced by Chinese companies and American companies which deliberately aimed for the international market, thus explaining Matt Damon's top billing. His character, William, and Creator/PedroPascal's character, Tovar, are actually a mercenary who was searching for the explosive black powder only to get involved in the Chinese Imperial Army's war against a horde of green-skinned monsters. The Chinese characters are portrayed as heroic and being veterans in fighting these monsters while William and Tovar are amoral and contribute in the fighting only to save own skin. However, William slowly learned his lesson after fighting with the Chinese Army while Tovar abandoned him with the black powder during his escape but gets captured by the Chinese soldiers.

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* ''Film/TheGreatWall'' pushed the top billing on Creator/MattDamon in a predominately Chinese cast which made many accusations of the MightyWhitey. The movie is co-produced by Chinese companies and American companies which deliberately aimed for the international market, thus explaining Matt Damon's top billing. His character, William, and Creator/PedroPascal's character, Tovar, are actually a mercenary mercenaries who was were searching for the explosive black powder only to get involved in the Chinese Imperial Army's war against a horde of green-skinned monsters. The Chinese characters are portrayed as heroic and being veterans in fighting these monsters while William and Tovar are amoral and contribute in the fighting only to save own skin. However, William slowly learned his lesson after fighting his experience with the Chinese Army while Tovar abandoned him with the black powder during his escape but gets captured by the Chinese soldiers.
9th Mar '17 9:22:12 PM sayaleviathan
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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, two, ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', 2015}}'' and ''Series/IronFist2017, 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. However, the casting of ''Iron Fist'' is considered a huge setback due to the protagonist being white and learning martial arts from foreign people.



* The ''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.

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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 for 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.


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* ''Film/TheGreatWall'' pushed the top billing on Creator/MattDamon in a predominately Chinese cast which made many accusations of the MightyWhitey. The movie is co-produced by Chinese companies and American companies which deliberately aimed for the international market, thus explaining Matt Damon's top billing. His character, William, and Creator/PedroPascal's character, Tovar, are actually a mercenary who was searching for the explosive black powder only to get involved in the Chinese Imperial Army's war against a horde of green-skinned monsters. The Chinese characters are portrayed as heroic and being veterans in fighting these monsters while William and Tovar are amoral and contribute in the fighting only to save own skin. However, William slowly learned his lesson after fighting with the Chinese Army while Tovar abandoned him with the black powder during his escape but gets captured by the Chinese soldiers.
9th Feb '17 12:35:33 PM jeez
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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 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, vaguely Christian 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.
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).
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