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

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[[YouKeepUsingThatWord "Fantastic"]] as in [[{{Fantasy}} "fantasy"]], [[IThoughtItMeant not as in]] [[UnfortunateImplications "awesome"]] (i.e., not the way [[Series/DoctorWho the Ninth Doctor]] uses "fantastic").

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 people with earth-themed elemental powers and people with water-themed elemental powers, or whatever.

Note that this can also cover other types of prejudice: anti-homosexual sentiment, religious differences, and so on. [[note]]In which case, "Fantastic Discrimination" or "Fantastic Prejudice" would be a more apt term.[[/note]]

Not to be confused with SpaceJews, in which an imaginary species or culture has disturbing similarities to a real-world racist stereotype. 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, and 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 [[HorrorHunger eat other sentient beings]] in order to survive, or they genuinely are AlwaysChaoticEvil apart from the odd [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch angsty heroic one]]).

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, and {{Dehumanization}}, where one race is dehumanized to make them easier to kill.

Examples that are depicted often enough to have their own subtrope are:

* ElvesVsDwarves
* FurAgainstFang: Werewolves (or other animal shifters) versus vampires
* JustAMachine: Humans versus artificial intelligences
* MugglePower: {{Muggles}} hating people with superpowers or magic
* RobotsEnslavingRobots: Robots versus other types of robots--this one is most likely to be entirely satirical
* SuperSupremacist: Supers despising non-supers.
* UnequalRites: Witches versus wizards, although this is often depicted more as Fantastic Sexism
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Humans versus all other sentient beings

* FantasticRacism/{{Advertising}}
* FantasticRacism/AnimeAndManga
* FantasticRacism/ComicBooks
* FantasticRacism/FanFics
* FantasticRacism/{{Film}}
* FantasticRacism/{{Literature}}
** ''FantasticRacism/HarryPotter''
* FantasticRacism/LiveActionTV
* FantasticRacism/{{Music}}
* FantasticRacism/NewspaperComics
* [[FantasticRacism/{{Religion}} Religion and Mythology]]
* FantasticRacism/StandUpComedy
* FantasticRacism/TabletopGames
* FantasticRacism/VideoGames
* FantasticRacism/{{Webcomics}}
* FantasticRacism/WebOriginal
* FantasticRacism/WesternAnimation

[[folder: Roleplay]]
* Pretty much the basis of Roleplay/ThisIsWar, where the supernaturals were forced out of their home countries by the government doing this, only to find similar from the people in Britain.
* Roleplay/ThereIsNoGATEWeDidNotFightThere
** Most humans of the Empire are heavily prejudiced against the many demihuman species scattered around the setting. Likewise, many demihumans bear grudges against humans (and other races) for a number of reasons.
*** Even in Rhavenfell, where racism is much less present due to the many contributions of various races on the frontier over the years, most people still have certain prejudices against demihumans. However, the Rhavenfells' efforts towards integration have been slowly chipping away at the racial tension.