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Alice is a wizard, a squib (non-wizard of wizardly heritage), a heterosexual, a homosexual, a sadomasochist, vanilla (non-sadomasochist), a superhero mutant, a person without superpowers, left-handed, or WHATEVER. Whatever such category of people it is she belong to, it makes her hate herself. And while the trait itself is not destructive, her self-hatred makes it destructive. It might even lead her to seriously harm herself or others. When this phenomenon is about homosexuality, it's called "Internalized Homophobia", but the mechanism can be the same no matter what trait it focuses on. However, the trait is always something the character consider herself to be, not something she's considering herself to believe in: If it's her beliefs that gets scorned but she keeps her faith in them, she will see the scorners as bad instead of seeing herself as bad. Lets say she eventually gets Driven to Suicide : If it is out of self-hatred then it is this trope, but if it is because she can't stand the ignorance and narrow-mindedness of other people then it is a variant of Too Good for This Sinful Earth. "Categorism" is a catch-all word for racism, sexism, homophobia, and all such prejudice where people gets reduced to being a catergory of people - usually a negative stereotype about that category. As a trope, Internalized Categorism cover real social categories as well as fictional ones such as mutants with superpowers. The self-hatred of Internalised Categorism may cause the character to become a Boomerang Bigot. However, it should be noted that a Boomerang Bigot does not necessarily suffer from any such self-hatred: The character might be too shallow for such emotions or might side with the oppressors for any number of reasons that leaves room for feeling good about oneself: Greed, Stockholm Syndrome, even delusions of grandeur. For example lets say that a certain afroamerican man believes that black people are lazy criminals & rapists. If he doesn't live like that but attributes it to denying his "true nature", then he's only a Boomerang Bigot. If he doesn't really try to get a real job because he's just a negro and/or commit criminal offenses of the drug-related or sex-related kind, going "I'm a negro, I can't help it", then he's only a case of Internalized Racism. Compare I Just Want to Be Normal. For other tropes relating to categorism, see Stereotype Reaction Gag and Stop Being Stereotypical.
Specific kinds of Internalized Categorism that have their own tropes:
Specific kinds of Internalized Categorism that are Internal Subtropes here.