History PlayingWith / PositiveDiscrimination

31st Mar '16 12:23:32 AM oofgnileud
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** Characters are increasingly competent [[MiseryPoker the more oppressed they rank on the progressive stack]]. As such, the black female in the FiveTokenBand is much more competent than the white male, but the quadriplegic Muslim with Asperger syndrome and barkself pronouns is better than ''every other character in the show put together''.
24th Mar '16 8:04:12 AM VPhantom
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* '''Downplayed''':
** Alice, a Jew with Down Syndrome, is a bit more competent than other members, but her status as TheReliableOne is almost balanced by the others's CrazyAwesome or HeroicResolve antics. Thus, she sounds CloserToEarth.
* '''Justified''':
** TheMentor of the FiveManBand is racist, so Colin's got to work extra hard to prove himself.

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* '''Downplayed''':
**
'''Downplayed''': Alice, a Jew with Down Syndrome, is a bit more competent than other members, but her status as TheReliableOne is almost balanced by the others's CrazyAwesome or HeroicResolve antics. Thus, she sounds CloserToEarth.
* '''Justified''':
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'''Justified''': TheMentor of the FiveManBand is racist, so Colin's got to work extra hard to prove himself.



* '''Played For Drama''': [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Colin dies]], and TheBadGuyWins instantly.
* '''Plotted A Perfectly Good Waste:''' Colin may be raw skill incarnate, but he is in no way flawless. In fact, between his massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant attitude]], dangerously obsessive approach to whatever the team does and refusal to act like a team player, he is probably the most [[BrokenAce unstable]] member. Having been discriminated against all his life, he dedicated himself to becoming so skilled that he could overcome it. He succeeded, but at the cost of losing friendships and [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining basic skills that he deems 'unimportant']], a crippling perfectionist streak, and a body that's starting to [[HeroicRROD deteriorate]] from how hard he's pushing himself. He lives in mortal terror of ever being upstaged, as he has staked his entire self-image on being perfect. When Colin is finally, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter inevitably]] defeated, he has a [[HeroicBSOD complete mental breakdown.]]

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* '''Played For Drama''': Drama''':
**
[[BlackDudeDiesFirst Colin dies]], and TheBadGuyWins instantly.
* '''Plotted A Perfectly Good Waste:''' ** Colin may be raw skill incarnate, but he is in no way flawless. In fact, between his massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant attitude]], dangerously obsessive approach to whatever the team does and refusal to act like a team player, he is probably the most [[BrokenAce unstable]] member. Having been discriminated against all his life, he dedicated himself to becoming so skilled that he could overcome it. He succeeded, but at the cost of losing friendships and [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining basic skills that he deems 'unimportant']], a crippling perfectionist streak, and a body that's starting to [[HeroicRROD deteriorate]] from how hard he's pushing himself. He lives in mortal terror of ever being upstaged, as he has staked his entire self-image on being perfect. When Colin is finally, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter inevitably]] defeated, he has a [[HeroicBSOD complete mental breakdown.]]
24th Mar '16 7:25:29 AM HighCrate
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** Alice is the only Asian member of the FiveManBand - and is the most competent member.

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** Alice is [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only Asian member female member]] of the FiveManBand - and is the most competent member.



** Alice is a [[TwoferTokenMinority black, wheelchair-bound lesbian]] and is TheAce and a MarySue. The rest are all straight, white and TooDumbToLive.
** It's a FiveTokenBand, and Bob (a straight, right-handed white) is the only incompetent character.

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** Alice is a [[TwoferTokenMinority black, wheelchair-bound lesbian]] and is TheAce and a MarySue. The rest are all straight, white men and TooDumbToLive.
** It's a FiveTokenBand, and Bob (a straight, right-handed white) white man) is the only incompetent character.



** Colin is just as incompetent as the rest of the team, but receives most of the credit. Then he is saved by Alice just once, and he can NeverLiveItDown.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Most of the heroes are fairly competent, while Colin is either a superstar or TheDitz, DependingOnTheWriter.

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** Colin Alice is just as incompetent as the rest of the team, but receives most of the credit. Then he she is saved by Alice Bob just once, and he she can NeverLiveItDown.
** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. [[DeadpanSnarker Bob]] turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]
* '''Zig Zagged''': Most of the heroes are fairly competent, while Colin Alice is either a superstar or TheDitz, DependingOnTheWriter.



** The blacks and whites are equally competent. Or incompetent.

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** The blacks and whites / males and females are all equally competent. Or incompetent.



** "A lot of boys watch this show! Let's make the male lead the only competent one."
** "We'll get in trouble if the token character is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the generic white guy. Let's make [[TokenMinority Alice]] the most competent and the rest of them incompetent, for they are, after all, white."
** "We'll get in trouble if ''any'' character who isn't straight and white is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the straight white characters, so let's just have one TokenMinority who is perfect at everything and make everyone else white so that we can actually give them personality and character flaws without anyone getting offended and boycotting the show."

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** "A lot of boys girls watch this show! Let's make the male female lead the only competent one."
** "We'll get in trouble if the token character is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial generic white guy. male]]. Let's make [[TokenMinority [[SassyBlackWoman Alice]] the most competent and the rest of them incompetent, for they are, after all, white.white males."
** "We'll get in trouble if ''any'' character who isn't a straight and white male is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the straight white male characters, so let's just have one TokenMinority who is perfect at everything and make everyone else white dudes so that we can actually give them personality and character flaws without anyone getting offended and boycotting the show."



* '''Invoked''': Alice is the only Asian and works hard on becoming highly skilled and competent.

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* '''Invoked''': Alice is the only female Asian and works hard on becoming highly skilled and competent.



** "Ever notice how it's always the minorities who win most of the battles, particularly against the white guys?"
** "Okay, here comes the rescue scene. 2 to 1 odds it's the black guy saving our heroes again."

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** "Ever notice how it's always the girls and the minorities who win most of the battles, particularly against the white guys?"
** "Okay, here comes the rescue scene. 2 to 1 odds it's the black guy Alice saving our heroes the guys again.""
* '''Implied''': Alice was never being shown fighting, but she flaunted how her could fight better than the guys.
24th Mar '16 3:13:43 AM NNewt84
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** Alice is the only female member of the FiveManBand - and is the most competent member.

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** Alice is the only female Asian member of the FiveManBand - and is the most competent member.



** Alice is a [[TwoferTokenMinority black, wheelchair-bound lesbian]] and is TheAce and a MarySue. The rest are all straight white men and are TooDumbToLive.
** It's a FiveTokenBand, and Bob (a straight, right-handed white male) is the only incompetent character.

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** Alice is a [[TwoferTokenMinority black, wheelchair-bound lesbian]] and is TheAce and a MarySue. The rest are all straight straight, white men and are TooDumbToLive.
** It's a FiveTokenBand, and Bob (a straight, right-handed white male) white) is the only incompetent character.



** Alice is a bit more competent than other members, but her status as TheReliableOne is almost balanced by the others's CrazyAwesome or HeroicResolve antics. Thus, she sounds CloserToEarth.

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** Alice Alice, a Jew with Down Syndrome, is a bit more competent than other members, but her status as TheReliableOne is almost balanced by the others's CrazyAwesome or HeroicResolve antics. Thus, she sounds CloserToEarth.



** TheMentor of the FiveManBand is not a sexist, but GenreSavvy enough to know that Alice might end up StuffedIntoTheFridge--and is hoping that by driving Alice to work extra hard and be the most competent member of the band, that trope will be averted.
* '''Inverted''': Alice is constantly getting into trouble - the guys have to bail her out.

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** TheMentor of the FiveManBand is not a sexist, but GenreSavvy enough to know that Alice might end up StuffedIntoTheFridge--and is hoping that by driving Alice to work extra hard and be the most competent member of the band, that trope will be averted.
* '''Inverted''': Alice is left-handed and is constantly getting into trouble - the guys have Bob, who is right-handed, has to bail her out.



** Alice is just as incompetent as the rest of the team, but receives most of the credit. Then she is saved by Bob just once, and she can NeverLiveItDown.
** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. [[DeadpanSnarker Bob]] turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]
* '''Zig Zagged''': Most of the heroes are fairly competent, while Alice is either a superstar or TheDitz, DependingOnTheWriter.

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** Alice Colin is just as incompetent as the rest of the team, but receives most of the credit. Then she he is saved by Bob Alice just once, and she he can NeverLiveItDown.
** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. [[DeadpanSnarker Bob]] turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]
* '''Zig Zagged''': Most of the heroes are fairly competent, while Alice Colin is either a superstar or TheDitz, DependingOnTheWriter.



** The males and females are equally competent. Or incompetent.

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** The males blacks and females whites are equally competent. Or incompetent.



** "A lot of girls watch this show! Let's make the female lead the only competent one."
** "We'll get in trouble if the token character is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial generic white male]]. Let's make [[SassyBlackWoman Alice]] the most competent and the rest of them incompetent, for they are, after all, white males."
** "We'll get in trouble if ''any'' character who isn't a straight white male is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the straight white male characters, so let's just have one TokenMinority who is perfect at everything and make everyone else white dudes so that we can actually give them personality and character flaws without anyone getting offended and boycotting the show."

to:

** "A lot of girls boys watch this show! Let's make the female male lead the only competent one."
** "We'll get in trouble if the token character is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial generic white male]]. guy. Let's make [[SassyBlackWoman [[TokenMinority Alice]] the most competent and the rest of them incompetent, for they are, after all, white males.white."
** "We'll get in trouble if ''any'' character who isn't a straight and white male is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the straight white male characters, so let's just have one TokenMinority who is perfect at everything and make everyone else white dudes so that we can actually give them personality and character flaws without anyone getting offended and boycotting the show."



* '''Invoked''': Alice works hard on becoming highly skilled and competent.

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* '''Invoked''': Alice is the only Asian and works hard on becoming highly skilled and competent.



** "Ever notice how it's always the girls and the minorities who win most of the battles, particularly against the white guys?"
** "Okay, here comes the rescue scene. 2 to 1 odds it's Alice saving the guys again."
* '''Implied''': Alice was never being shown fighting, but she flaunted how her could fight better than the guys.

to:

** "Ever notice how it's always the girls and the minorities who win most of the battles, particularly against the white guys?"
** "Okay, here comes the rescue scene. 2 to 1 odds it's Alice the black guy saving the guys our heroes again."
* '''Implied''': Alice was never being shown fighting, but she flaunted how her could fight better than the guys.
"



* '''Played For Laughs''': When Alice (dressed in the girliest clothes imaginable) enters, a glowing halo of light and sparkles surround her along with a bunch of roses ala ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
24th Nov '15 3:10:39 PM krimzonflygon2
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* '''Plotted A Perfectly Good Waste:''' Colin may be raw skill incarnate, but he is in no way flawless. In fact, between his massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant attitude]], dangerously obsessive approach to whatever the team does and refusal to act like a team player, he is probably the most [[BrokenAce unstable]] member. Having been discriminated against all his life, he dedicated himself to becoming so skilled that he could overcome it. He succeeded, but at the cost of losing friendships and [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining basic skills that he deems 'unimportant']], a crippling perfectionist streak, and a body that's starting to [[HeroicRROD deteriorate]] from how hard he's pushing himself. He lives in mortal terror of ever being upstaged, as he has staked his entire self-image on being perfect. When Colin is finally, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter inevitably]] defeated, he has a [[HeroicBSOD complete mental breakdown.]]
8th Nov '15 8:21:14 PM nombretomado
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* '''Played For Laughs''': When Alice (dressed in the girliest clothes imaginable) enters, a glowing halo of light and sparkles surround her along with a bunch of roses ala RevolutionaryGirlUtena.

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* '''Played For Laughs''': When Alice (dressed in the girliest clothes imaginable) enters, a glowing halo of light and sparkles surround her along with a bunch of roses ala RevolutionaryGirlUtena.''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
15th Sep '15 9:55:58 PM VPhantom
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*** "We'll get in trouble if ''any'' character who isn't a straight white male is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the straight white male characters, so let's just have one TokenMinority who is perfect at everything and make everyone else white dudes so that we can actually give them personality and character flaws without anyone getting offended and boycotting the show."

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*** ** "We'll get in trouble if ''any'' character who isn't a straight white male is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the straight white male characters, so let's just have one TokenMinority who is perfect at everything and make everyone else white dudes so that we can actually give them personality and character flaws without anyone getting offended and boycotting the show."
15th Sep '15 8:24:45 PM TheCuza
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** Alice is a black girl bound on wheelchair and is TheAce and a MarySue. The rest are all white men and are TooDumbToLive.

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** Alice is a black girl bound on wheelchair [[TwoferTokenMinority black, wheelchair-bound lesbian]] and is TheAce and a MarySue. The rest are all straight white men and are TooDumbToLive.



** "We'll get in trouble if the token character is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not, in some way, superior to the [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial generic white male]]. Let's make [[SassyBlackWoman Alice]] the most competent and the rest of them incompetent, for they are, after all, white males."

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** "We'll get in trouble if the token character is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not, not in some way, way superior to the [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial generic white male]]. Let's make [[SassyBlackWoman Alice]] the most competent and the rest of them incompetent, for they are, after all, white males."
*** "We'll get in trouble if ''any'' character who isn't a straight white male is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the straight white male characters, so let's just have one TokenMinority who is perfect at everything and make everyone else white dudes so that we can actually give them personality and character flaws without anyone getting offended and boycotting the show.
"
19th Jun '15 5:32:29 AM krimzonflygon2
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** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. Bob turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]

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** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. Bob [[DeadpanSnarker Bob]] turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]
16th Feb '15 6:10:19 AM Kindle4Light
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* '''Parodied''': Alice is just as incompetent as the rest of the team, but receives most of the credit. Then she is saved by Bob just once, and she can NeverLiveItDown.

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* '''Parodied''': '''Parodied''':
**
Alice is just as incompetent as the rest of the team, but receives most of the credit. Then she is saved by Bob just once, and she can NeverLiveItDown.NeverLiveItDown.
** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. Bob turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]
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