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* In the ''Theatre/MrsHawking'' play series: Thoroughly deconstructed in part IV: Gilded Cages, where young Victoria Stanton's attempt to ally with the struggles of her maid Malaika Shah have disastrous results.
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2nd Dec '17 11:37:50 PM BatmanKalEl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation's official reason for conquering and colonizing the rest of the world is to "share their greatness" with the rest of the world. Certainly, Fire Lords Azulon and Ozai don't care about that and they just want to be [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans the supreme ruler of everything]], but that was [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin]]'s reason for beginning the war in the first place. Eventually, [[spoiler:Zuko]] realizes 1) that this "sharing" philosophy is a total lie--the Fire Nation is not sharing anything but fear and suffering and 2) how wrong this philosophy is by itself, [[HeelRealization something that Sozin also realized at the very end of his life]], too late to change things.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the Fire Nation's official reason for conquering and colonizing the rest of the world is to "share their greatness" with the rest of the world. Certainly, Fire Lords Azulon and Ozai don't care about that and they just want to be [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans the supreme ruler rulers of everything]], but that was [[WellIntentionedExtremist Fire Lord Sozin]]'s reason for beginning the war in the first place. Eventually, [[spoiler:Zuko]] realizes 1) that this "sharing" philosophy is a total lie--the Fire Nation is not sharing anything but fear and suffering and 2) how wrong this philosophy is by itself, [[HeelRealization something that Sozin also realized at the very end of his life]], too late to change things.
17th Nov '17 4:51:09 AM Chabal2
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': The Tau see it as their duty to advance the Greater Good (all species working together for the, well, greater good of all), even if it means using mind control and sterilization camps to do it. Comes off as less controversial than most examples, as the other species (Vespid and Kroot) are known to keep their own customs (and the Kroot are known to do mercenary work for other species), the Tau genuinely provide better lives for their own, and of course, the Imperium's policy towards nonhumans is kill on sight (and set on fire, just in case).
7th Nov '17 8:39:59 PM CashSloth
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* The entire plot of ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' is essentially an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this. The Empire, a morally bankrupt FantasyCounterpartCulture of Rome, opens an otherworldly gate to Earth and attacks Japan, only to get utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]]. The JSDF then goes through the gate and proceeds to lay waste to the technologically inferior nations army. Along the way, many citizens of the Empire begin to look up to the benevolent Japanese soldiers who are occupying their nation and making it better with their mere presence. The series typically goes out of it's way to portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, resulting in most people from the Empire wishing their culture were more like Japan's.

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* The entire plot of ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' is essentially an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this. The Empire, a morally bankrupt FantasyCounterpartCulture of Rome, opens an otherworldly gate to Earth and attacks Japan, only to get utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]]. The JSDF then goes through the gate and proceeds to lay waste to the technologically inferior nations army. Along the way, many citizens of the Empire begin to look up to the benevolent Japanese soldiers who are occupying their nation and making it better with their mere presence. [[CulturalPosturing The series typically goes out of it's way to portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, Earth]], resulting in most people from the Empire wishing their culture were more like Japan's.
7th Nov '17 10:13:20 AM rjd1922
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* The entire plot of ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' is essentially an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this. The Empire, a morally bankrupt FantasyCounterpartCulture of Rome, opens an otherworldly gate to Earth and attacks Japan, only to get utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]]. The JSDF then goes through the gate and proceeds to lay waste to the technologically inferior nations army. Along the way, many citizens of the Empire begin to look up to the benevolent Japanese soldiers who are occupying their nation and making it better with their mere presence. The series typically goes out of it's way to portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, resulting in most people from the Empire wishing their culture were more like Japans.

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* The entire plot of ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' is essentially an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this. The Empire, a morally bankrupt FantasyCounterpartCulture of Rome, opens an otherworldly gate to Earth and attacks Japan, only to get utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]]. The JSDF then goes through the gate and proceeds to lay waste to the technologically inferior nations army. Along the way, many citizens of the Empire begin to look up to the benevolent Japanese soldiers who are occupying their nation and making it better with their mere presence. The series typically goes out of it's way to portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, resulting in most people from the Empire wishing their culture were more like Japans.Japan's.
6th Oct '17 5:56:11 PM JulianLapostat
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A common [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructive]] variant of this trope involves white people [[EvilColonialist conquering non-white people and eliminating their culture]] under the pretext of helping them. This comes from the TropeNamer, Creator/RudyardKipling's poem "White Man's Burden," which is generally read as a justification for Western imperialism but was in fact the exact opposite - an exhortation for the United States to leave the Philippines (which it had just won from Spain) a better place than it found it, with no expectation of profiting from it. Sometimes the white people have genuinely good intentions but more deconstructive works will portray them as having ulterior motives, such as conquest and exploitation. And even when they ''don't'' have ulterior motives, they are often [[ValuesDissonance ethnocentric]], thinking more about what would make ''white'' people happy (as if the natives are white, or could potentially be) rather than what constitutes happiness in the native culture.

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A common [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructive]] variant The origins of this trope involves goes back to the days when white people [[EvilColonialist set about conquering non-white people and eliminating their culture]] under the pretext of helping them. This comes from the TropeNamer, Creator/RudyardKipling's poem "White Man's Burden," which is generally read as a justification for Western imperialism imperialism, but was in fact the exact opposite - an exhortation for the United States intended by Kipling to remind America to leave the Philippines (which it had just won from Spain) a better place than it found it, with no expectation of profiting from it.it. and without any fantasies or pretenses that they are doing it for freedom. Rather Kipling insists you must take your duty with monk-like commitment and better the lives of people who will hate you and continue to hate you because they simply cannot know better. Sometimes the white people have genuinely good intentions but more deconstructive works will portray them as having ulterior motives, such as conquest and exploitation. And even when they ''don't'' have ulterior motives, they are often [[ValuesDissonance ethnocentric]], thinking more about what would make ''white'' people happy (as if the natives are white, or could potentially be) rather than what constitutes happiness in the native culture.



* The TropeNamer is the 1899 poem [[http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/kipling.html "The White Man's Burden"]] by Creator/RudyardKipling, the gist of which is that it's the responsibility of white Western nations to colonize the rest of the world and rule over it until it fully "develops", i.e. assimilates. The poem actually anticipates the colonized cultures' lack of gratitude for this "service", but portrays it as the cost of doing the right thing. He also states that white cultures have become more advanced by luck, rather than racial superiority. Some critics interpret it as a StealthParody, but overall it's a highly controversial poem. Kipling was quite explicitly telling Americans, "It's your turn now, and this is what you're letting yourselves in for. And ''we too'' will be watching and criticizing you!"

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* The TropeNamer is the 1899 poem [[http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/kipling.html "The White Man's Burden"]] by Creator/RudyardKipling, the gist of which is that it's the responsibility of white Western nations to colonize the rest of the world and rule over it until it fully "develops", i.e. assimilates. The poem actually anticipates admits the colonized cultures' lack of gratitude righteous anger for this "service", but portrays it as the cost of doing the right thing. He also states that white cultures have become more advanced by luck, rather than racial superiority. Some critics recent critics, in an ameliorative tradition, have tried to interpret it as a StealthParody, but overall it's a highly controversial poem. Kipling was quite explicitly telling Americans, "It's your turn now, and this is what you're letting yourselves in for. And ''we too'' will be watching and criticizing you!"for! Don't pretend you are spreading democracy or doing it for anything other white supremacy".
27th Sep '17 11:39:48 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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White Man's Burden movies are frequently created as OscarBait. Can easily induce {{Narm}}, {{Glurge}}, TastesLikeDiabetes, and/or an {{Anvilicious}} BrokenAesop or FamilyUnfriendlyAesop in the hands of a poor creator. SaveOurStudents plots frequently involve this trope. It can also involve WhiteGuilt, especially if the person is helping out of a desire to not be MistakenForRacist. In general, there tends to be a barely-hidden subtext of CondescendingCompassion.

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White Man's Burden movies are frequently created as OscarBait. Can easily induce {{Narm}}, {{Glurge}}, TastesLikeDiabetes, and/or an {{Anvilicious}} BrokenAesop or FamilyUnfriendlyAesop in the hands of a poor creator. SaveOurStudents plots frequently involve this trope. It can also involve WhiteGuilt, especially if the person is helping out of a desire to not be MistakenForRacist. In general, there tends to be a barely-hidden subtext of CondescendingCompassion.
11th Sep '17 7:55:31 PM AdamC
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* [[SoapboxSadie Hermione's]] house-elf liberation subplot in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' is basically this. It's portrayed in-universe as a bad thing, and she gets called on it by practically everyone. Even an inattentive reader can notice the inherent {{hypocri|te}}sy of her cause: launching a house-elf freedom campaign on her own for the benefit of other elves without so much as ''asking'' for their help, forcing them into unwanted freedom. She also bases her entire view of house-elves on Dobby, whose views on freedom, payment and clothing are ''quite'' different than the average elf. She also [[ComicallyMissingThePoint completely misses the point]] about why house-elves are unhappy: their working conditions, not the work itself or lack of pay, as house-elves normally [[HappinessInSlavery like to be enslaved]] and [[ValuesDissonance freedom is looked down upon]]. The house elves themselves find her crusade and methods (such as hiding clothing under trash so they will be freed upon picking it up) to be an insult to their race.

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* [[SoapboxSadie Hermione's]] house-elf liberation subplot in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' is basically this. It's portrayed in-universe as a bad thing, and she gets called on it by practically everyone. Even an inattentive reader can notice the inherent {{hypocri|te}}sy of her cause: launching a house-elf freedom campaign on her own for the benefit of other elves without so much as ''asking'' for their help, forcing them into unwanted freedom. She also bases her entire view of house-elves on Dobby, whose views on freedom, payment and clothing are ''quite'' different than the average elf. She also [[ComicallyMissingThePoint completely misses the point]] about why house-elves are unhappy: their working conditions, not the work itself or lack of pay, as house-elves normally [[HappinessInSlavery like to be enslaved]] and [[ValuesDissonance [[BlueAndOrangeMorality freedom is looked down upon]]. The house elves themselves find her crusade and methods (such as hiding clothing under trash so they will be freed upon picking it up) to be an insult to their race.
4th Sep '17 7:59:04 PM Peteman
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* Like many race-related tropes, this is deconstructed brutally in ''Series/TheWire''. Roland Pryzbelewski, a cop-turned-teacher and [[TheAtoner Atoner]], tries to invoke this trope with a bright but troubled student named Duquan "Dukie", washing his clothes for him and letting him into the school early to use the locker room showers. Eventually, however, Prez is forced to reconcile the fact that, as a teacher in inner-city Baltimore, he can't try to fix every damaged individual in his classes, and by the season finale he regretfully observes Dukie's descent into addiction.

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* Like many race-related tropes, this is deconstructed brutally in ''Series/TheWire''. Roland Pryzbelewski, a cop-turned-teacher and [[TheAtoner Atoner]], tries to invoke this trope with a bright but troubled student named Duquan "Dukie", washing his clothes for him and letting him into the school early to use the locker room showers. Eventually, however, Prez is forced to reconcile the fact that, as a teacher in inner-city Baltimore, he can't try to fix every damaged individual in his classes, and by the season finale he regretfully observes Dukie's descent into addiction.
4th Sep '17 12:59:01 AM Give1Take2
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': There's a bit of a FantasyCounterpartCulture aspect to this with [[spoiler:Morrigan]], a human (Medieval European-equivalent) who takes it upon herself to revive the forgotten ancient magics and lore of the settings EnslavedElves (Jew/Roma/Afro-Native American counterpart), who lost their lore due to humans conquering and enslaving them in the first place. While her intentions are good, the game makes it clear that she considers herself to be the only one who ''can'' revive ancient elven lore, since she doesn't believe any modern elves are capable of helping themselves. The narrative doesn't seem to disagree with her.
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