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17th Jul '17 9:34:38 AM Preda
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This trope is about a plot where an ordinary, ethnically-European (white) person meets an underprivileged non-ethnic-Euro character. Taking pity on the other character's plight, they [[AllLovingHero selflessly volunteer]] themselves as the other's tutor, mentor, or caretaker to make things better.

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This trope is about a plot where an ordinary, ethnically-European (white) ordinary white person meets an underprivileged non-ethnic-Euro non-white character. Taking pity on the other character's plight, they [[AllLovingHero selflessly volunteer]] themselves as the other's tutor, mentor, or caretaker to make things better.
8th Jul '17 4:00:00 PM nombretomado
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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, 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 the white people 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 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, RudyardKipling's 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 the white people 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.
4th Jul '17 10:10:12 PM BURGINABC
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Compare and contrast with MightyWhitey, where a white person joins a foreign culture and soon becomes the most proficient member in it. The main difference is that MightyWhitey characters ''join'' the culture of color, while White Man's Burden characters pull a person of color ''out'' of their native culture. Also compare and contrast with YouAreACreditToYourRace, the difference being that White Man's Burden characters ''sincerely'' recognize the person of color's "potential" for civilization and ''then'' proceed to cultivate them, while YouAreACreditToYourRace is when the white character ''mockingly'' congratulates the character of color on realizing their potential for civilization ''after'' the fact. Also contrast with AngryWhiteMan, who resents non-Europeans - and often [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex subconsciously believes himself to be]] ''[[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferior]]'' [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex to them]] - rather than pitying them. Then there's FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence, which is when the people ''themselves'' are a burden to the white man.

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Compare and contrast with MightyWhitey, where a white person joins a foreign culture and soon becomes the most proficient member in it. The main difference is that MightyWhitey characters ''join'' the culture of color, while White Man's Burden characters pull a person of color ''out'' of their native culture. Also compare and contrast with YouAreACreditToYourRace, the difference being that White Man's Burden characters ''sincerely'' recognize the person of color's "potential" for civilization and ''then'' proceed to cultivate them, while YouAreACreditToYourRace is when the white character ''mockingly'' congratulates the character of color on realizing their potential for civilization ''after'' the fact. Also contrast with AngryWhiteMan, who resents non-Europeans - and often [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex subconsciously believes himself to be]] ''[[InferioritySuperiorityComplex inferior]]'' [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex to them]] - rather than pitying them. Then there's FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence, which is when the people ''themselves'' are a burden to the white man.
2nd Jul '17 7:55:07 AM 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, 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.
2nd Jul '17 7:51:13 AM 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, with everyone else 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, with everyone else most people from the Empire wishing their culture were more like Japans.
1st Jul '17 12:20:38 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 nation. 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, with everyone else 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 nation.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, with everyone else wishing their culture were more like Japans.
1st Jul '17 12:19:23 PM CashSloth
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* The entire plot of ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' is essentially an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this. The Empire, a 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 culture. 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 portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, with everyone else 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 culture.nation. 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, with everyone else wishing their culture were more like Japans.
30th Jun '17 2:36:04 PM CashSloth
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* The entire plot of ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' is essentially an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this. The Empire, a 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 culture. 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 portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, with just about everyone else 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 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 culture. 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 portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, with just about everyone else wishing their culture were more like Japans.
30th Jun '17 2:20:28 PM CashSloth
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* The entire plot of ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' is essentially an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this. The Empire, a 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 culture. Along the way, many citizens of the Empire begin to look up to the benevolent Japanese soldiers who are occupying their nation. The series typically goes out of it's portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, with just about everyone else 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 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 culture. Along the way, many citizens of the Empire begin to look up to the benevolent Japanese soldiers who are occupying their nation.nation and making it better with their mere presence. The series typically goes out of it's portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, with just about everyone else wishing their culture were more like Japans.
29th Jun '17 9:27:58 AM CashSloth
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* The entire plot of ''LightNovel/{{Gate}}'' is essentially an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this. The Empire, a 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 culture. Along the way, many citizens of the Empire begin to look up to the benevolent Japanese soldiers who are occupying their nation. The series typically goes out of it's portray the Japanese as far more tolerant, moral, and understanding than just about every other country on Earth, with just about everyone else wishing their culture were more like Japans.
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