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->''"Racism was not a problem on the Literature/{{Discworld}}, because -- what with trolls and dwarfs and so on -- speciesism was more interesting. Black and white [[EnemyOfMyEnemy lived in perfect harmony and ganged up on green]]."''
--> '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''

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"[[YouKeepUsingThatWord Fantastic]]" as in "{{Fantasy}}", [[IThoughtItMeant not as in]] "[[UnfortunateImplications Great]]".

A subset of the old trick of dealing with thorny issues through [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphor]]. Instead of having the hero encounter racism between, say, whites and blacks in the American DeepSouth, or between ethnic Czech and Roma in the Czech Republic, or between Ainu and Japanese, or any other sets of real-world groups, they encounter racism between two-headed aliens and three-headed aliens, or between [[ElvesVsDwarves Elves and Dwarves]], or [[FurAgainstFang Werewolves and Vampires]], [[UnEqualRites witches and wizards]], humans and [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper super humans]] or [[JustAMachine humans and intelligent robots]], or even [[RobotsEnslavingRobots robots and robots]].

Note that this can also cover other types of prejudice: anti-homosexual sentiment, religious differences, and so on.

Related to SpaceJews, in which ''the story'' has dubious racist overtones. Also related to HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster, when monsters are used as a metaphor for alternative sexual identity, rather than race. FantasticSlurs are often involved, as are {{Monster Rights Movement}}s. RealLife weaselly lines like SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX may feature. The undesired minorities may be rounded up inside a FantasticGhetto, they may also be the targets of SuperHumanTrafficking.

Futuristic science fiction examples of human-on-alien Fantastic Racism will often make the human racist a member of a group historically discriminated against on Earth (such as a black character in an American-created work) both to emphasize that human-on-human racism is a thing of the past, and for the sake of irony from the viewers' perspective.

If the point of the story is to show the evils of racism, this trope can lead to a BrokenAesop if there are in fact [[FantasticAesop good in-universe reasons to discriminate]] against a certain type of creature (say, because they need to drink human blood in order to survive, or they genuinely don't have free will or a sense of ethics like humans do).

Also note that TropesAreNotBad: most people wouldn't believe in a world where elves, dwarves, aliens, etc got along with perfect harmony, because their own experiences of different groups' interactions don't bear that out. It's called ''[[{{Pun}} Fantastic Racism]]'' for a reason.

If the racism appears to be spilling into something a little less fantastic and into something more real, it's ValuesDissonance.

Compare SuperiorSpecies, in which one species actually ''is'' objectively superior in some way, SpeciesLoyalty which may but does not need to entail this, and MasterRace, when it's just in their head.

See also PeopleOfHairColor, which can be another occasion for racism in fantasy.
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!!Examples
[[index]]
* FantasticRacism/{{Advertising}}
* FantasticRacism/AnimeAndManga
* FantasticRacism/ComicBooks
* FantasticRacism/FanFics
* FantasticRacism/{{Film}}
* FantasticRacism/{{Literature}}
* FantasticRacism/LiveActionTV
* FantasticRacism/{{Music}}
* FantasticRacism/NewspaperComics
* [[FantasticRacism/{{Religion}} Religion and Mythology]]
* FantasticRacism/StandUpComedy
* FantasticRacism/TabletopGames
* FantasticRacism/VideoGames
* FantasticRacism/{{Webcomics}}
* FantasticRacism/WebOriginal
* FantasticRacism/WesternAnimation
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