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16th Dec '15 2:03:23 AM Menshevik
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* For the first decade of their existence, the ''Comicbook/XMen'' were one of the most homogenous superhero teams, consisting entirely of white Americans belonging to the middle and upper classes; also four of the six core members, including the team's leader and mentor, Professor X, came from one state (New York). This changed dramatically with the "All-New, All-Different" team which debuted in 1975. Gathered from America and around the world by Charles Xavier, it included (besides two members of the original team) Wolverine from Canada, Storm from Africa, Nightcrawler from Germany, Banshee from Ireland[[note]](actually attending a country music show in Memphis, TN, when Xavier recruited him)[[/note]], Sunfire from Japan, Colossus from Russia, and Thunderbird, an Apache. This initiated a trend of international X-teams in which the members also belonged to different ethnic, religious etc. groups, often [[TwoferTokenMinority to several at once]]. In the X-Men themselves the next new recruits included Kitty Pryde (later called Shadowcat, Jewish), Rogue (from the Deep South, but raised by a lesbian couple and fluent in French since childhood), Psylocke (British), Forge (Cheyenne), Jubilee (Chinese-American), Gambit (Cajun), Bishop (Black, at least partly of Australian Aboriginal descent), Maggott (South Africa), Thunderbird III (Indian), and so on.
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* For the first decade of their existence, the ''Comicbook/XMen'' were one of the most homogenous superhero teams, consisting entirely of white Americans belonging to the middle and upper classes; also four of the six core members, including the team's leader and mentor, Professor X, came from one state (New York). This changed dramatically with the "All-New, All-Different" team which debuted in 1975. Gathered from America and around the world by Charles Xavier, it included (besides two members of the original team) Wolverine from Canada, Storm from East Africa, Nightcrawler from West Germany, Banshee from Ireland[[note]](actually attending a country music show in Memphis, TN, when Xavier recruited him)[[/note]], Sunfire from Japan, Colossus from Russia, Russia (Eastern Siberia, to be precise), and Thunderbird, an Apache. This initiated a trend of international X-teams in which the members also belonged to different ethnic, religious etc. groups, often [[TwoferTokenMinority to several at once]]. In the X-Men themselves the next new recruits included Kitty Pryde (later called Shadowcat, Jewish), Rogue (from the Deep South, but raised by a lesbian couple and fluent in French since childhood), Psylocke (British), Forge (Cheyenne), Jubilee (Chinese-American), Gambit (Cajun), Bishop (Black, at least partly of Australian Aboriginal descent), Maggott (South Africa), Thunderbird III (Indian), and so on.

* For ** This began with "Cap's Kooky Quartet", starting in ''Avengers'' #16, when Quicksilver and the first decade Scarlet Witch, natives of their existence, a fictional Balkan country, joined the ''Comicbook/XMen'' team. They were soon joined by the Black Widow (Russian) and Hercules (a literal Greek god).[[note]] Asgardian Thor was of course one of the most homogenous superhero teams, consisting entirely of white Americans belonging to the middle and upper classes; also four of the six core founding members, including but at the team's leader and mentor, Professor X, came from one state (New York). This changed dramatically with the "All-New, All-Different" team which debuted in 1975. Gathered from America and around the world by Charles Xavier, it included (besides two members of the original team) Wolverine from Canada, Storm from Africa, Nightcrawler from Germany, Banshee from Ireland[[note]](actually attending a country music show in Memphis, TN, when Xavier recruited him)[[/note]], Sunfire from Japan, Colossus from Russia, and Thunderbird, an Apache. This initiated a trend of international X-teams in which the members time he was also belonged to different ethnic, religious etc. groups, often [[TwoferTokenMinority to several at once]]. In the X-Men themselves the next new recruits included Kitty Pryde (later called Shadowcat, Jewish), Rogue (from the Deep South, but raised American by a lesbian couple and fluent in French since childhood), Psylocke (British), Forge (Cheyenne), Jubilee (Chinese-American), Gambit (Cajun), Bishop (Black, at least partly virtue of Australian Aboriginal descent), Maggott (South Africa), Thunderbird III (Indian), and so on.his civilian alter ego Donald Blake.[[/note]]

** The Authority themselves were originally led by a Brit and included a Tibetan (Swift) and a Netherlander (The Doctor) along with whatever nationality Apollo and Midnighter possessed before losing their original identities, and the second Doctor was a Palestinian.
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** The Authority themselves were originally led by a Brit Briton and included a Tibetan (Swift) and a Netherlander (The Doctor) along with whatever nationality Apollo and Midnighter possessed before losing their original identities, and the second Doctor was a Palestinian.
16th Dec '15 1:55:23 AM Menshevik
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* The ''X-Men'' spinoff book ''The ComicBook/NewMutants'' followed this trend. Wolfbane was Scottish, Mirage was Cheyenne, Karma was Vietnamese, Sunspot was Brazilian and Cannonball was from the American South. Later, they added Magik from Russia, Cypher from the United States, Warlock who was an alien, and Magma who was from an offshoot of an ancient Roman tribe that lived in Brazil. Though, due to various retcons, she may be British. ** Interestingly, these characters are each more complicated and "other" than their ethnic origins might suggest; the "passionate celt" Scot Wolfsbane is also religious, conflicted and repressed. The Native American Dani Moonstar is also uncertain, suspicious, self-destructive and perhaps bisexual. The Vietnamese Karma is a surrogate mother to her younger siblings, later a lesbian, and prone to losses of self-control. Sunspot was one of the first characters coming from a racially mixed marriage (also, his white mother comes from an established, upper-class family while his black father is a self-made man with a lower-class background); his origin that cuts him off from most normal relationships; his (white) girlfriend was murdered and died in his arms, he ceases to show deep relationships after this. Cannonball from an American point of view was the most "normal" member of the team, but when he and Dani Moonstar started to jointly lead the team, it was Dani who got the job of leadership in battle while Sam assumed the "traditionally female" job of emotionally holding the team together, of "team mother".
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* The ''X-Men'' spinoff book ''The ComicBook/NewMutants'' followed this trend. Wolfbane was Scottish, Mirage was Cheyenne, Karma was Vietnamese, Sunspot was Brazilian and Cannonball was from the American South. an Appalachian coal-mining town in Kentucky. Later, they added Magik from Russia, Cypher (white) from the United States, Warlock who was an alien, and Magma who was from an offshoot of an ancient Roman tribe that lived in Brazil. Though, due to various retcons, she may be British. ** Interestingly, these characters are each more complicated and "other" than their ethnic origins might suggest; the "passionate celt" Scot Wolfsbane is also too religious, conflicted and repressed.repressed to be seen as a "passionate celt" stereotype. The Native American Dani Moonstar is also uncertain, suspicious, self-destructive and perhaps bisexual. The Vietnamese Karma is a surrogate mother to her younger siblings, later a lesbian, and prone to losses of self-control. Sunspot was one of the first characters coming from a racially mixed marriage (also, his white mother comes from an established, upper-class family while his black father is a self-made man with a lower-class background); his origin that cuts him off from most normal relationships; his (white) girlfriend was murdered and died in his arms, he ceases to show deep relationships after this. Cannonball from an American point of view was the most "normal" member of the team, but when he and Dani Moonstar started to jointly lead the team, it was Dani who got the job of leadership in battle while Sam assumed the "traditionally female" job of emotionally holding the team together, of "team mother".

* ''ComicBook/GenerationX'', New Mutants' successor title, had a multinational team, but avoided criticism of New Mutants by making their characters opposite of their ethnic stereotype (i.e. Husk, an Appalachian girl, is generally considered the brain, and Skin, who was a Hispanic gang member, is generally the nice guy, etc.).
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* ** ''ComicBook/GenerationX'', New Mutants' successor title, had a multinational team, but avoided criticism of New Mutants by team continued this trend, often making their characters opposite of their ethnic stereotype (i.e. stereotype. For instance, Husk, an Appalachian girl, girl (one of Cannonball's sisters), is generally considered the brain, and Skin, who was a Hispanic gang member, is generally the nice guy, etc. * ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'', the X-Men's offshoot team in Britain, in its initial incarnation had Captain Britain (English), Meggan (British/Fey, raised by Gypsies), Nightcrawler (German), Shadowcat (American/Jewish), Lockheed (alien dragon) and Phoenix (Alternate Future America). In time the lineup changed and at one point or another also included Colossus (Russian), Douglock (blend of techo-organic alien and white American), Wolfsbane (Scottish), Widget (extradimensional robot), Black Knight (American), Feron (Fey/alternate universe), Cerise (yet another alien race), Pete Wisdom (English) etc.).

* Marvel's [[CircusOfFear Circus of Crime]] is surprisingly cosmopolitan, featuring the Ringmaster (Austrian), Bruto the Strongman (Swedish), Fire-Eater (Spanish), the Great Gambonnos (Italian), Rajah (Indian). The Human Cannonball, the Clown, Live Wire, Princess Python, and Blackwing are Americans.
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* Marvel's [[CircusOfFear Circus of Crime]] is surprisingly very cosmopolitan, featuring the Ringmaster (Austrian), Bruto the Strongman (Swedish), Fire-Eater (Spanish), the Great Gambonnos (Italian), Rajah (Indian). The Human Cannonball, the Clown, Live Wire, Princess Python, and Blackwing are Americans.

* Marvel's [[CircusOfFear Circus ** Their Golden Age distaff counterparts, Harvey's ''Girl Commandos'', consisted of Crime]] is surprisingly cosmopolitan, featuring Pat Parker (American), Ellen Billings and Penny Kirt (British), Tanya (from the Ringmaster (Austrian), Bruto the Strongman (Swedish), Fire-Eater (Spanish), the Great Gambonnos (Italian), Rajah (Indian). The Human Cannonball, the Clown, Live Wire, Princess Python, Soviet Union) and Blackwing are Americans.Mei-Ling (Chinese).

* ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'' basically acts as a cross between the X-Men/Avengers for Europe. In its initial incarnation it had Captain Britain (just guess...), Meggan (British/Fey), Nightcrawler (German), Shadowcat (American/Jewish), Lockheed (alien dragon) and Phoenix (Alt. Future America). In time the lineup changed and at one point or another also included Colossus (Russian), Douglock (alien, different race), Wolfsbane (Scottish), Widget (extradimensional robot), Black Knight (American), Feron (Fey/alternate universe), Cerise (yet another alien race), etc.
16th Dec '15 1:38:45 AM Menshevik
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** While the All-New, All-Different X-Men came over as somewhat stereotypical in their first appearance, new writer Creator/ChrisClaremont fleshed them out and made them more complex. Nightcrawler was revealed to have been raised by a Gypsy family and within a travelling circus that included survivors of the Holocaust, making him anything but a "typical" German. Storm, who started out as a dark-skinned version of a "Literature/{{She}}"-like JunglePrincess, was born in Harlem of an African-American father and a Kenyan mother, and grew up in the streets of Cairo (the one in Egypt) after being orphaned before migrating south to her mother's native country. * The ''X-Men'' spinoff book ''The ComicBook/NewMutants'' followed this trend. Wolfbane was Scottish, Mirage was Native American, Karma was Vietnamese, Sunspot was Brazilian and Cannonball was from the American South. Later, they added Magik from Russia, Cypher from the United States, Warlock who was an alien, and Magma who was from an offshoot of an ancient Roman tribe that lived in Brazil. Though, due to various retcons, she may be British. ** Interestingly, these characters are each more complicated and "other" than their ethnic origins might suggest; the "passionate celt" Scot Wolfsbane is also religious, conflicted and repressed. The Native American Moonstar is also uncertain, suspicious, self-destructive and perhaps bisexual. The Vietnamese Karma is also (probably) a mother, later a lesbian, and prone to losses of self-control. Sunspot had an origin that cuts him off from most normal relationships; his (white, not-approved by his father) girlfriend was murdered and died in his arms, he ceases to show deep relationships after this. Cannonball joined the bad guys out of economic need, and now shows only the 'good soldier' traits expected of a good soldier.
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** While the All-New, All-Different X-Men came over as somewhat stereotypical in their first appearance, new writer Creator/ChrisClaremont fleshed them out and made them more complex. Nightcrawler was revealed to have been raised by a Gypsy family and within a travelling circus that included survivors of the Holocaust, making him anything but a "typical" German. Storm, who started out as a dark-skinned version of a "Literature/{{She}}"-like JunglePrincess, was born in Harlem of an African-American father and a Kenyan mother, and grew up in the streets of Cairo (the one in Egypt) after being orphaned before migrating south to her mother's native country. country. In contrast, when the original X-Men team was re-established with ''X-Factor'' #1 in the mid-1980s, the team's lack of diversity stuck out like a sore thumb. * The ''X-Men'' spinoff book ''The ComicBook/NewMutants'' followed this trend. Wolfbane was Scottish, Mirage was Native American, Cheyenne, Karma was Vietnamese, Sunspot was Brazilian and Cannonball was from the American South. Later, they added Magik from Russia, Cypher from the United States, Warlock who was an alien, and Magma who was from an offshoot of an ancient Roman tribe that lived in Brazil. Though, due to various retcons, she may be British. ** Interestingly, these characters are each more complicated and "other" than their ethnic origins might suggest; the "passionate celt" Scot Wolfsbane is also religious, conflicted and repressed. The Native American Dani Moonstar is also uncertain, suspicious, self-destructive and perhaps bisexual. The Vietnamese Karma is also (probably) a mother, surrogate mother to her younger siblings, later a lesbian, and prone to losses of self-control. Sunspot had was one of the first characters coming from a racially mixed marriage (also, his white mother comes from an established, upper-class family while his black father is a self-made man with a lower-class background); his origin that cuts him off from most normal relationships; his (white, not-approved by his father) (white) girlfriend was murdered and died in his arms, he ceases to show deep relationships after this. Cannonball joined from an American point of view was the bad guys out most "normal" member of economic need, the team, but when he and now shows only Dani Moonstar started to jointly lead the 'good soldier' traits expected team, it was Dani who got the job of a good soldier.leadership in battle while Sam assumed the "traditionally female" job of emotionally holding the team together, of "team mother".
16th Dec '15 1:21:00 AM Menshevik
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** Vestiges of this were retained for the movies. Only Nightcrawler's nationality is obvious, but deleted scenes showed Storm being chased from her African village and certain details of Wolverine's uniforms (in flashback) apparently identify him as Canadian. ** Also, Rogue, in the first movie, first meets Wolverine in a bar in Canada. ** In ''First Class'', Magneto practices classic InformedJudaism: We see him celebrating Hanukkah, and we see him in a Nazi concentration camp.
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** Vestiges of this were retained for This partly carried over into the movies. Only The opening scene of the first one establishes Magneto as a European Jewish survivor of the Holocaust (a flashback scene in ''First Class'' shows him [[InformedJudaism celebrating Hanukkah as a boy]]). Also in the first movie, Wolverine is first seen in Canada[[note]] Flashback scenes also showing him wearing a uniform that apparently identifies him as Canadian.[[/note]] and Halle Berry attempts to give Storm a Kenyan accent[[note]] A deleted scene includes a flashback of her being chased from her African village.[[/note]], while in the second movie Nightcrawler's nationality is obvious, immediately obvious. ** While the All-New, All-Different X-Men came over as somewhat stereotypical in their first appearance, new writer Creator/ChrisClaremont fleshed them out and made them more complex. Nightcrawler was revealed to have been raised by a Gypsy family and within a travelling circus that included survivors of the Holocaust, making him anything but deleted scenes showed Storm being chased from her African village a "typical" German. Storm, who started out as a dark-skinned version of a "Literature/{{She}}"-like JunglePrincess, was born in Harlem of an African-American father and certain details of Wolverine's uniforms (in flashback) apparently identify him as Canadian. ** Also, Rogue, a Kenyan mother, and grew up in the first movie, first meets Wolverine streets of Cairo (the one in a bar in Canada. ** In ''First Class'', Magneto practices classic InformedJudaism: We see him celebrating Hanukkah, and we see him in a Nazi concentration camp.Egypt) after being orphaned before migrating south to her mother's native country.
16th Dec '15 1:00:30 AM Menshevik
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* The "All-New, All-Different" ''Comicbook/XMen'' team which debuted in 1975, was gathered from around the world. Including Wolverine from Canada, Storm from Africa, Nightcrawler from Germany, Banshee from Ireland, Sunfire from Japan, Colossus from Russia, and Thunderbird, who was Native American. They continued this trend for quite some time, with Shadowcat (Jewish), Psylocke (British), Forge (also Native American), Jubilee (Chinese-American), Gambit (Cajun... if that counts), Maggott (South Africa)... it goes on and on.
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* The For the first decade of their existence, the ''Comicbook/XMen'' were one of the most homogenous superhero teams, consisting entirely of white Americans belonging to the middle and upper classes; also four of the six core members, including the team's leader and mentor, Professor X, came from one state (New York). This changed dramatically with the "All-New, All-Different" ''Comicbook/XMen'' team which debuted in 1975, was gathered 1975. Gathered from America and around the world. Including world by Charles Xavier, it included (besides two members of the original team) Wolverine from Canada, Storm from Africa, Nightcrawler from Germany, Banshee from Ireland, Ireland[[note]](actually attending a country music show in Memphis, TN, when Xavier recruited him)[[/note]], Sunfire from Japan, Colossus from Russia, and Thunderbird, who was Native American. They continued this an Apache. This initiated a trend for quite some time, with Shadowcat (Jewish), of international X-teams in which the members also belonged to different ethnic, religious etc. groups, often [[TwoferTokenMinority to several at once]]. In the X-Men themselves the next new recruits included Kitty Pryde (later called Shadowcat, Jewish), Rogue (from the Deep South, but raised by a lesbian couple and fluent in French since childhood), Psylocke (British), Forge (also Native American), (Cheyenne), Jubilee (Chinese-American), Gambit (Cajun... if that counts), (Cajun), Bishop (Black, at least partly of Australian Aboriginal descent), Maggott (South Africa)... it goes on Africa), Thunderbird III (Indian), and so on.
26th Oct '15 3:11:58 PM RonnieR15
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* The comic book Comicbook/{{Smite}} focuses on this even more than the game VideoGame/{{Smite}}.
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* The comic book Comicbook/{{Smite}} focuses on this even more than the game VideoGame/{{Smite}}.[[VideoGame/{{Smite}} game]].
26th Oct '15 3:11:03 PM RonnieR15
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* The comic book Comicbook/{{Smite}} focuses on this even more than the game VideoGame/{{Smite}}.
5th Jul '15 5:09:56 PM DaibhidC
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* ''Action Force: International Heroes'', aka the UK version of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', with the characters given more varied countries of origin. Flint (UK) is the leader and other members include Lady Jaye (Ireland), Footlose (Scotland), Beach Head (New Zealand), Airtight (West Germany) etc. Some characters (such as Snake-Eyes and Scarlett) were said to be visiting London from Action Force's US branch ... which was eventually retconned to be called G.I. Joe.
12th May '15 2:10:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}}'' from Quality Comics in [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]], later acquired by [[Creator/DCComics DC]]. Two distinct versions of this international team of aviators exist, sometimes with [[ContinuitySnarl slight differences]] within the versions.
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* ''Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}}'' from Quality Comics in [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]], later acquired by [[Creator/DCComics DC]]. Two distinct versions of this international team of aviators exist, sometimes with [[ContinuitySnarl slight differences]] within the versions.
9th Mar '15 8:15:00 AM pratchettgaiman
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* Due to being reincarnated into people from across the globe, the Knights of the Round Table from ''ComicBook/{{Camelot3000}}'' were this in effect: King Arthur, Tom Prentice, and (presumably) Merlin are all English, Sir Lancelot is French, Queen Guinevere and Sir Kay are American, Sir Galahad is Japanese, Sir Perceval is Australian, Sir Gawain is South African, and Sir Tristan is Canadian.
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* Due to being reincarnated into people from across the globe, the Knights of the Round Table from ''ComicBook/{{Camelot3000}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}'' were this in effect: King Arthur, Tom Prentice, and (presumably) Merlin are all English, Sir Lancelot is French, Queen Guinevere and Sir Kay are American, Sir Galahad is Japanese, Sir Perceval is Australian, Sir Gawain is South African, and Sir Tristan is Canadian.
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