Created By: Westrim on October 6, 2011 Last Edited By: Westrim on March 21, 2012
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Mighty Non Whitey

Here the stereotype comes to save the day!

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A nonwhite protagonist who saves the day not by becoming better at everything than the native people as in Mighty Whitey, but through the power of jive, dancing, and a laid back attitude, thus managing to still be racist. It's generally a comedy staple rather than action and drama like its predecessor. It's described more fully on this trope naming Cracked article here, at number three.

Compare Mighty Whitey, to which this is the ethnic pastiche. Related to Magical Negro only by the typical skin color of the character.

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Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • December 26, 2011
    Arivne
    @Westrim/OP: You might want to copy over and flesh out the nine examples in the Cracked article.
  • December 26, 2011
    abk0100
    So, are you going to copy over everything in the "Non-White" section of Mighty Whitey? Also, doesn't separating "whites" and "non-whites" into two separate but otherwise identical tropes have some Unfortunate Implications?
  • December 26, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    ^ This.
  • December 26, 2011
    nman
    ^^I think that's the point, as this is what occurs in media, after all. Mighty Whitey involves a white man learning from the natives and then becoming superior to them at everything they do. Meanwhile, the non-whitey will not become superior to the indigenous people, and rather use their stereotypes to save the day.
  • December 27, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Martin Lawrence version of A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthurs Court uses this, as Lawrence shucks and jives into history.
  • December 27, 2011
    abk0100
    ^^That doesn't make sense now that I think about it. In both cases, it's the white people being humbled, just in a different way.

    Anyway, I think Down To Earth would count. Christ Rock is literally put into the body of a rich old white person.
  • December 30, 2011
    Westrim
    Nothing in the "Non-White" section of Mighty Whitey goes here, and the tropes are definitely not identical or there would be fewer Unfortunate Implications. nman has it right. I moved over the examples from the article, added one, and fleshed out the two I vaguely remembered. Comparing them might make the differences clearer.
  • January 19, 2012
    JonnyB
    Adult Swim's cartoon series Minoriteam.
  • January 19, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Terranigma pulls this near the end when the stereotypical 90's skater kid shows up near the end to save your ass. However, he's a black character playing a white stereotype while not playing black steretypes typical to the period of the games creation so subversion is my call.
  • January 19, 2012
    reub2000
    • The Mr. Monk and the 12th Man from Monk, The Chinese Launderer provides a pivotal piece of evidence, based on a shirt she had dry cleaned.
  • January 19, 2012
    Cider
    Uncle Tom Foolery? Isn't that when a stereotype minority character saves the day? At any rate, since this page is not "Mighty Whitey" with a different race I think at the very least it needs a better name so no one will make that mistake.
  • February 8, 2012
    Westrim
    As far as I know, (and can tell from checking) Uncle Tom Foolery is always a sidekick. This is the hero. Name suggestions are welcome, but reading this and any examples of it should make it clearly different.
  • February 24, 2012
    pawsplay
    If we run to trope this, and I mean if, the supertrope is Modern Minstrelsy. I have to say, I see what we're up against; even in the Cracked article, the other offensive stereotypes get intuitive, simple names, this one got a tortured neologism analogy thingie.
  • February 24, 2012
    FireWalk
    How is this different from Positive Discrimination?
  • February 24, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    Supposedly, Song Of The South is really racist, but this troper has actually found a copy (it's not available on VHS except in PAL, so people can't decide for themselves). Not only is it not remotely racist (the main black character is portrayed sympathetically as a Magical Negro, the white mother and the kids next door are not), but Wild Wild West is much more offensive for the reason that the male lead seems to be this.

    "How is this different from Positive Discrimination?"

    Because there's nothing positive about it. It basically gets at the worst stereotypes about blacks and rubs them in people's faces.
  • February 24, 2012
    pawsplay
    I think it is Positive Discrimination, but not only. There's also a level of Modern Minstrelsy, plus a teaspoon or two of pure condescension and something akin to Totally Radical. The distinguishing feature of this as a trope would be that it usually centers on the protagonist or a prominent supporting character, as opposed to a tagalong.
  • February 24, 2012
    MorganWick
    And it's also (arguably) the Missing Supertrope to all the "Magical X" tropes.
  • February 24, 2012
    Vidor
    Is this Magical Negro for other "minorities"?
  • February 26, 2012
    peccantis
  • February 26, 2012
    pawsplay
    Heroic Minstrel Character (plus, we can add a witty "not to be confused with"... )
  • February 26, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
  • February 26, 2012
    Westrim
    The current title is the name of the Cracked entry on the topic, but if any of the suggested names get support I'm fine with that.
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