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->''"Why '''am''' I the only black Jedi on the Jedi Council? Ain't nobody else in here black, and if y'all black you got a bone in the middle of yo head."''
-->-- '''Mace Windu''', ''Franchise/StarWars: A Lost Hope''

Space has a lot of people in it. Way, way more people than science tells us there should be. There are [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation blue people, green people, orange people, purple people,]] [[ImAHumanitarian people that eat people]], {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, ScaryDogmaticAliens, BigCreepyCrawlies, EnergyBeings, and even the odd SufficientlyAdvancedAlien with [[AncientAstronauts a very familiar name]]. And most of them even [[AliensSpeakingEnglish speak English]].

But there's still probably [[TokenMinority just the one black guy]][[note]][[AlwaysMale Seldom gal]][[/note]]. You'll have an even harder time finding East Asians[[note]]and if you do they're almost AlwaysFemale[[/note]] or Indians, even though East-, South-, and South-East Asia together contain slightly over half of Earth's current population.

This trope can also appear in alternate dimensions or histories as well as in futuristic space stories.

Arguably a little more justified in SwordAndSorcery works, which are usually set in an iron age culture where travel is difficult, and you might have to travel a long distance to encounter significant ethnic diversity. Plus, if the story is based around a particular real world culture's legends and mythology (Greek, Norse, Japanese, whatever), it's to be expected that most of the cast will belong to that ethnicity (indeed, exceptions run the risk of being BlackVikings).

In older live-action works, this occurs because [[MonochromeCasting the great majority of actors were white]], and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hays_Code Hays Code]] prohibited mixed-race romantic pairings of characters ''and'' the actors who played them.

Note that Humans Are White doesn't have to be about white people [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible exclusively]]. If a UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} movie set in a distant, alien-filled galaxy features an all-Indian cast with other races in minor roles, and there is no in-universe explanation for the imbalance, then it's an example of this trope.

Contrast with PoliticallyCorrectHistory. Also contrast with InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace, in which no race can be suspiciously over-represented because there is only one race to begin with. Compare with HumanAliens.

Please do not confuse this trope with its SisterTrope, MonochromeCasting (and note that one doesn't imply the other; the cast could still be mixed-race if, say, all Asian actors played Martians rather than humans). Compare with how [[PlentyOfBlondes whites are blonde]].


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has evolved a lot since its beginnings. Though it is at times a little hard to tell the 'white' people apart from the Asians since they used to make not such a big fuss about it.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', had at least one (propably) Hispanol Character, Ryou. (He might also have been black to [[BlackDudeDiesFirst fit the trope]].) Apart from that most people looked a lot the same but were probably evenly distributed between Asians and white ones.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' had TagAlongKid Shinta.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' features [[ScaryBlackMan Rakan Dahkaran]], a ruthless and rather dangerous ace pilot that heavily contrasted with the recurrent goofy {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s that preceded him. Other minor blackish characters also show during the course of the series, like Masai N'gava, a female Zeon's pilot looking to clean up the name of her dead mentor.
*** Though it could be argued that they didn't have too much of a choice, considering that they spent most of the middle part of the series in ''Africa''.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' featured at least one female, Afro American main cast member and a couple of other kids who were not white. (Also the origin of Shakti are up to debate)
** ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' for all its internationality featured only one person who was clearly not white (two assuming Domon was supposed to be Asian) They had fighters from all over the world but none of them gets to be in the Shuffle Alliance?
** ''Anime/TurnAGundam'''s Loran Cehak is definitely brown-skinned (of Indian descent), as is Earthrace noble Guin Lineford, villain Agrippa Maintainer, and side characters Keith, Miashei, and Joseph (with varying shades), along with plenty of nameless background folks. It's difficult to pin actual ethnic origins on them, however, given that some are from the moon and they are frequently {{Dark Skinned Blonde}}s. (Plus it's 10,000 years in the future and humans are recovering from a self-induced bottleneck, so gene pools have been basically put in a blender.)
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' has at least two black secondary characters: Graham Aker's late wingman Daryl Dodge and the president of TheFederation. There's also AmbiguouslyBrown Johan Trinity (who seems to be a different race than his siblings- they're DesignerBabies). Despite his Japanese CodeName, the main character Setsuna F. Seiei is Kurdish, along with his ex-mentor/arch-enemy Ali Al Saachez. Princess Marina Ismail and her right-hand Shirin Bakhtiar are Persian (Azadistan is of Persian etymology) Fellow Gundameister Allelujah Haptism is Kazakh. And of course, there are all the other cast members with apparently multiracial origins, as shown through their names. However, any crowd scene not set explicitly in the war-torn parts Middle East will be all-white. (E.g., during the Battle of the Oribtal Elevator, we see the populations of several cities explictly in central Africa, and they aren't black.)
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' had a large background cast of Arab characters, in the form of Quatre's private army. However, although also of Arabian descent, space-born Quatre was blonde-haired and blue-eyed.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' has its main characters supposedly as members of an [[TheFederation international military force]]. However, pretty much everyone on the ship has a Japanese name, and the high command are likewise Japanese. The token minority member is Lt. Kim whose [[UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan appearance in the show]] is probably meant as proof of a more "racially harmonious" future.
* There are absolutely no non-white characters in TheEmpire in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', for justified ([[MoralEventHorizon if monstrous]]) reasons. The Free Planets Alliance, by contrast, showed a number of Blacks and other ethnicities.
* ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' features Moonbay, most likely supposed to be Native American, in the main cast.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' notably averts this trope. With the Asian looking Xingese characters, the dark skinned, white haired, red eyed Ishvalans, and the (generally) white Amestrians, FMA is one of the few anime/manga to not only include a variety of ethnic backgrounds, but actually incorporate them into the character designs. Even among Amestrians, there are "black" supporting characters like Paninya and Jerso.
* Completely averted in both the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and its'' {{Anime/Robotech}}'' incarnation. UNSPACY and the RDF are both apparently staffed by people of various ethnicities although this is more blatant in Robotech than the source material.
* Outside of {{Filler}} extras, there is exactly one black character in ''[[DragonBall Dragon Ball Z]]'', Uub, and he's introduced in the very last episode. He does get an expanded role in GT, but like everyone else who's not named Goku, he's useless.
** Don't forget [[TheDragon Staff Officer Black]] of the Red Ribbon Army from the original Dragonball.
* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' averts this, especially in Part 2. The Cloud Village in particular seems to have a lot of black ninja, including its leader the Raikage. The protagonists are also all Japanese unless specified otherwise.
* ''Anime/AldnoahZero'' has a large amount of both Asian characters and White characters living in Japan. This only makes Martian characters stand out. They're descended from, or are outright, humans from Earth who live on Mars however pretty much every Martian is White. The two main Martian characters - one who actually was born and raised on Earth though - are blonds with light eye colors in contrast to the black haired, brown eyed protagonist.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' featured many aliens but no black human or {{Human Alien|s}} members. Eventually, in UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, Tyroc was added as the AngryBlackMan that was a common sort of TokenMinority back in the day (very similar to the earliest portrayals of the John Stewart GreenLantern.) Supposedly, in the 30th century, the world is above caring about things like race, but the [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executives]], very much of that point in the 20th century, weren't quite up to having a black character as just another guy instead of The Black Guy.
-->"I always wanted to have a character who was African-American, and years later, when they did that, they did it in the worst way possible....instead of just incidentally having a character who happens to be black...they made a big fuss about it. He's a racial separatist....I just found it pathetic and appalling." -Creator/JimShooter
** In the Legion's "threeboot" continuity, Star Boy is a black Human Alien from the planet Xanthu who's just one of the gang, though his previous incarnations in the older continuities were white. Atom Girl/Shrinking Violet, another human-looking alien from the planet Imsk, also has vaguely Asian features.
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, [[ProudWarriorRace The Kree]] were all originally blue-skinned, but interbreeding with other alien races led to the appearance of a white subrace; the superhero ComicBook/CaptainMarVell was one of them. The Blue Kree are now a minority that rules their empire and mistreats the others.
** Both the UltimateMarvel universe and ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' seemingly do away with the white Kree idea, as they both depict Captain Marvel with blue skin like the rest of the Kree.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is a bit of an inversion. There are no white Kree to be seen, but the lone non-blue Kree we see is Korath, a black man.
* Starting in the 70's, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Krypton]] is shown to have the [[DependingOnTheWriter island/continent]] of Vathlo, which is basically Kryptonian Africa. E. Nelson Bridwell {{Handwave}}d the lack of black characters in previous stories by pointing out that most black Americans and Europeans are descended from people brought over as slaves; since Krypton never had that type of slave trade, the ethnicities remained relatively localized. On the contrary, Vathlo already had a [[TechnologyLevels comparably advanced culture]] when Krypton's European-analogues first encountered them, and FirstContact ended up being peaceful.
** Later Post-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]] stories like ''Comicbook/NewKrypton'' depicted the population of Krypton as being much more diverse, seemingly {{retcon}}ning the previous explanations.
* ''Comicbook/MarvelStarWars'' was better about averting this than the films or, indeed, more recent Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse comics, as well as having more unremarked-upon female characters. Most of them were incidental, though. [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Red-skinned human-shaped]] Zeltrons also had black-looking facial features, at least until [[DependingOnTheArtist later artists changed them]] [[RaceLift to look like magenta white people]].
* Magnificently averted in the classic Creator/ECComics story "Judgement Day" (video from Website/SFDebris [[http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/judgment-day-comic-7201919 here]]). A human representative of TheFederation visited a planet of robots to decide if they could join it. He soon learned that the orange robots discriminated against the blue ones, and because of this discrimination he told them that the planet was not yet worthy of joining the Federation. In the last panel, he took of his opaque helmet, which he had worn through the entire story, revealing that he was a black man. When the story was later reprinted UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode tried to have him {{Race Lift}}ed, but a WriterRevolt by the author and EC on grounds that such would [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped defeat the entire purpose of the story]] successfully forced it to be published unchanged.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Averted in ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'', where the [[RubberForeheadAliens near-human aliens]] aren't consistently white either. The ''Bajor's'' captain and ops officer are light-skinned Bajorans and the master chief at the sensor station is a human with an English name (later stories and WordOfGod make him a New Zealander), but the main conn officer is Korean, the chief medical officer is an Australian Aborigine (making him [[TwoferTokenMinority black]] ''[[TwoferTokenMinority and]]'' [[TwoferTokenMinority South Asian]]), and the science officer is a brown-skinned Trill. The other three members of the command crew are two Andorians and a homebrew alien, none of whom are even on the same color spectrum.
* ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'' by [[Tropers/StarSword the same author]] likewise averts. Of the two humans on the crew of a Starfleet listening post, one (Crewman Yasmin Sherazi) is stated to be Iranian in the narration (and once [[ForeignCussWord swears in Azerbaijani]]), while the other (Chief Operations Specialist Sally Blackhawk) is mentioned to be Shoshoni Indian in the [[WordOfGod author's notes]]. The C.O. of Starfleet Command is an Admiral Avaninder Singh, a Sikh from Liverpool.
* ''Fanfic/ReimaginedEnterprise'': Averted. The cast is considerably diversified relative to the canon ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' to more realistically reflect United Earth and address a common fan complaint. Just on the NX-01 crew, the captain is Chinese, the chief engineer is a Latina, the communications officer is Indian, and the nurse is from Qatar.
* The only human character in the entire cast of "Fanfic/AenrhienVailiuri" is from Iran.
* ''Fanfic/StrangeTimesAreUponUs'': The aversion is actually a minor plot point: Benjamin Smith, who's black, thinks that Ba'wov and K'Gan (Klingons pretending to be humans) are slaves escaping from the South because of their coloring[[note]]In ''Franchise/StarTrek'' Klingons are dark-skinned, and are typically played by black actors because it saves on makeup.[[/note]] and secretive behavior.

* The original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy has only one human main character who is not white: Lando. There aren't even many background nonwhite humans. George Lucas has said that at one point he considered making Han Solo a black character, but decided he "didn't feel like making ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner''." [[note]]Keep in mind he also originally planned for Obi-Wan Kenobi to be Asian.[[/note]] The prequels diversify the cast, perhaps most notably by revealing that EnsembleDarkHorse Boba Fett and all the clone troopers are Maori and adding Creator/SamuelLJackson to the Jedi Council as Mace Windu. Others include Captain Panaka, Amidala's chief of security from ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' as well as the singular black X-Wing pilot from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** ''[[Film/TheForceAwakens Episode VII]]'' averts this by casting John Boyega, who is black, and Oscar Isaac, who is Guatemalan, in the main cast. We also see conspicuously more black and Asian extras than the other trilogies, and out of the X-Wing pilots that lead the attack on Starkiller Base, one is black and one appears to be of Indian descent.
** There was also at least one Asian starfighter in ''Return of the Jedi'' as well.
** Bail Organa is played by the Latino actor Jimmy Smits. On the other hand, Princess Leia Organa, a real-life (Ashkenazi) [[SpaceJews Space Jew]] [[note]] okay, ''half''-Jewish [[/note]], grew up thinking he was her ''biological'' father, so it's hard to say what Bail is supposed to be.
** It actually gets worse in the ExpandedUniverse. The unofficial species guidelines of the ''StarWars'' galaxy suggest that humans must be approximately 1.75 meters tall, be hairless except for their heads, ''and'' have either very light or very dark skin; anyone who's either yellow or brown is automatically suspect. Most notoriously, there are the Epicanthix - a race of people from the planet Bunduki who are considered [[HumanSubspecies "near-human"]] because they are very tall, unnaturally lean yet also muscular, ''and'' have yellow skin and almond-shaped eyes like most East Asians. [[UnfortunateImplications Apparently, East Asian features are so rare among humans in the Galactic Republic that they are considered freakish.]]
* All of the citizens of the city in ''Film/LogansRun'' are conspicuously white. That could be the result of the city's DesignerBabies. Then again, the KillerRobot they fight was originally supposed to evoke a "tribal" African and was portrayed by a black actor. You'll just have to draw your own conclusions from that.
* The ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie. With a highly improbable array of bizarre species mingling together in one city, EthnicScrappy Snails is the only black man. Naturally, he has no choice but to fall for the elf ranger of the group... [[TokenMinorityCouple the only black woman in the entire movie]]. Apparently in the land of Izmer, cross-species dating is par for the course, but cross-color dating still doesn't quite come naturally.
* ''Film/WingCommander'': Unlike in the earlier games on which the film was based (see below), this trope is played straight. There are only two non-white actors in the main cast, and one of them is barely present (Mr. Obutu is part of the Claw's bridge personnel, and often somewhat in the background).
* Invoked in ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' - There's only one black man, Dodge, in the [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968 original film]]. Zira says in the [[Film/EscapeFromThePlanetOfTheApes third film]] that the apes were intrigued by Dodge and stuffed him for display because they'd never seen a human with dark skin before. That said, there ''was'' a black man among the mutant society in the [[Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes second film]].
* Lampshaded in ''Film/TheIcePirates'', where the lone black character builds a black fighting robot. When asked why he made the robot black, he replies "I wanted him to be perfect".
* There is only a ''single'' black person in ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' (a frozen corpse). This has bigger UnfortunateImplications than most examples since the film was made in Apartheid era South Africa...
* The sequel/parody of ''[[Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld Turkish Star Wars]]'' makes all humans explicitly Turkish (with one black person). There's a reason it's called Turks in Space.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', the humans and other humanoid races are all white. White extras generally played "good" races while non-white extras were put into costumes as orcs. A Pakistani woman, who flew all the way to New Zealand to audition as a Hobbit extra in ''Film/TheHobbit'' was point in fact [[http://tribune.com.pk/story/84461/pakistani-origin-woman-too-dark-to-play-hobbit/ bluntly told that she was too dark to be a hobbit]] by the casting director. [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/105729-Hobbit-Casting-Agent-Fired-For-Dismissing-Non-White-Hobbits Said casting-director was later fired by Peter Jackson (accompanied with a public online apology)]] after the wave of anger on the internet caused by this incident, and yet the casting practice stuck regardless. In fairness, Tolkien did model the Middle Earth setting specifically on medieval Europe, but it still sucks for actors of colour who don't want to be orcs.
** In ''Film/TheHobbit,'' by contrast, some of the citizens of Laketown are non-white.
* ''Film/CatalinaCaper'' has an all white cast with the exception of Little Richard, who appears in one scene for a musical number. This was pointed out frequently when the episode was [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E04CatalinaCaper riffed]] on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film did roughly as well at this as the shows typically did. In addition to the main cast including a black woman[[note]]who, let's not forget, [[AscendedExtra was practically an extra]] in her original incarnation in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''[[/note]] and an Asian, the original captain of the ''Kelvin'' is Pakistani, and Admiral Barnett, the head of the Starfleet Academy Board (who is played by Creator/TylerPerry, incidentally) is black. The extras have various other colors, including of course {{green|SkinnedSpaceBabe}}. ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' adds Thomas Harewood[[labelnote:*]]a.k.a. [[FanNickname "Mickey"]], after his actor Creator/NoelClarke's ''Series/DoctorWho'' character[[/labelnote]] and his family, Harewood being the black British Starfleet officer whom Khan uses to blow up [[spoiler:Section 31's weapons lab]]. However, ''Into Darkness'' drew a lot of criticism for the RaceLift of the ethnic Indian Khan Noonien Singh into a white guy (though it's worth noting [[PlaysGreatEthnics the original actor was Hispanic]]).
* Averted in the film version of ''Film/EndersGame'' where both child and adult characters are quite racially and ethnically diverse, including Black, Arab, Indian, Hispanic, Maori, etc., due to being cadets for the International Fleet, who recruit child prodigies from every nation on Earth.
* In the ''Series/{{Nova}}'' documentary ''[[http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/evolution/decoding-neanderthals.html Decoding Neanderthals]]'', the Cro-Magnon characters all seem to have brown hair, gray eyes, and light skin, while the Neanderthal characters all have black hair, dark eyes and slightly darker skin. This is especially odd given that the Neanderthals' ancestors have been living in and adapting to Europe for hundreds of thousands of years, and the Cro-Magnons' ancestors left Africa not all that long ago in evolutionary terms. It's also been learned that Neanderthals were pale-skinned, and some even ''redheads''.
* In contrast, ''[[http://www.pbs.org/first-peoples/home/ First Peoples]]'', a later Creator/{{PBS}} miniseries on the same topic, correctly portrayed the theoretical skin colors of the hominids involved, with the only recognizably white actors cast as Neanderthals and nearly all the modern humans either black or AmbiguouslyBrown.

* Averted in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', it takes place in a futuristic North America, thus there are lots of black people. Rue, a girl with whom Katniss starts a friendship during the games, is black in the book. Many readers didn't realize this, and when Rue was black in the movie, too, some complained, [[UnfortunateImplications remembering her as blonde]] due to her role as cute little girl. Katniss herself is said to have olive skin, and it has been a matter of some debate whether she should have been cast as white.
* The future history of Creator/HBeamPiper's ''[[TheFederation Terran Federation]]'' implies that the original races of humanity have been mixed in a Waring blender, resulting in such character names as "Hideyoshi O'Leary" and "Themistocles M'zangwe".
* {{Justified}} in ASongOfIceAndFire, where the setting is a FantasyCounterpartCulture of medieval Europe were people are usually white (and, in the case of the Dornish, Mediterranean). Across the Narrow Sea and in the Free Cities, however, ethnicities are a lot more mixed.
* Earth in the ''KnownSpace'' universe has had such thorough mixing through the convenience of the [[{{Teleportation}} transit booth]], which eliminated distance and borders. The Belters are also evenly mixed, for the opposite reason-- there are only a few asteroids with life support, so everyone meets and mingles with everyone. The extraterrestrial colonies are less varied, either due to [[HollywoodEvolution adapting to extreme conditions]], patterns of settlement, or low starting population; the [[{{Heavyworlder}}s Jinxians]] all have very dark skin regardless of ethnicity, due to the intense sunlight of their world. The Crashlanders are 40% albinos. And it's specifically mentioned that nearly everyone uses medication to darken their skins as a protection against sunburn.
** Cosmetic dyes to make you ''any color you want to be'' along with casual plastic surgery are also common. Louis Wu dyes his skin chromium yellow and gets epicanthic folds for his 200th birthday. He's specifically stated to look like "a comic-book Fu Manchu".
** One character is personally an albino, and thinks to himself that his skin has been every color from its natural pinkish-ivory (if he doesn't take his melanin pills) to ebony (full melanin pills under a blue-white sun) and is having a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that discrimination based on ''skin color'' was ever even a thing.
* In L. Sprague deCamp's Planet Krishna stories, one alien monarch simply refused to believe that African-descended Earthmen and European-descended Earthmen could ''possibly'' be of the same species. So he tried to test this "scientifically" by imprisoning two people (black man and white woman) together to see if they could breed. Needless to say, they didn't find it very romantic.
* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' black people are extremely rare, and it goes so far as for one character to ask if one of the black character's skin is dyed. They apparently come from far away and travel is limited by technology, much like the real world. The series swings into UnfortunateImplications territory when it mentions that the "wandering tribes'" favorite thing to do is "smoke cardus weed."
* The ''Warworld'' series, set in the CoDominium universe, has black white people-the descendants of extreme South African white supremacists who wound up on a planet with so much UV that they selected for dark brown skin. One of the latter-day inhabitants describes this as "ironic".
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'', the subject is handled rather... well, he tried, anyway. In a fumbled attempt at open-mindedness, Lazarus makes a big point out of the fact that his descendants have ''a'' black ancestor, while utterly failing to notice the UnfortunateImplications of two thousand years of almost exclusively white breeding. And YouDoNotWantToKnow how the future treats the poor Chinese...
** Averted in many ways by ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress''. The main character's (Manuel Garcia O'Kelly Davis, a bit of a multicultural mashup in itself) race isn't really described, but is described as multi-racial with an ancestor deported from Chad. His romantic entanglement in the novel is also described as being unusual in that her ethnic background is reasonably easy to see, something that usually doesn't persist more than a couple of generations in the decidedly heterogeneous Lunar cities. (At one point, the "range of colors" in Mannie's line marriage becomes a plot point.)
** Many of Heinlein's novels included non-white characters, including his Juveniles. In fact, many of his protagonists are multi-racial, despite how they're portrayed on [[CoversAlwaysLie the covers]].
** His best known work ([[InNameOnly through the movie]]) ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' has the protagonist Juan "Johnny" Rico, a Filipino. The movie gives him a RaceLift in order to make the human society look more Nazi.
* Everybody talks about Heinlein's aversion of this trope, but Andre Norton [[OlderThanTheyThink did it first]]. In her very first SF novel, ''Star Man's Son/Daybreak: 2250 AD'', the protagonist is a "half-breed" suspected of being a mutant (he has silver-white hair despite being a teenager) and the second lead is quite explicitly black.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin likes to play around with this trope in most of her works, largely in opposition to the [[UnfortunateImplications racial undertones]] of many fantasy novels.
** Her ''Hainish Cycle'': When a fair-skinned, white-looking character crops up in the short story "Dancing to Ganam", most other people find his appearance downright bizarre.
** In ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'', the HumanAliens of the planet Gethen, who mostly look Asian or Inuit, are visited by a lone Earthman who is black.
** In the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'', the Hardic civilization that dominates most of Earthsea is composed of people of various shades of brown. Ged himself is described as "red-brown" (probably kind of American Indian-looking), while there are various shades of copper/bronze-brown, black-brown, etc. The only white people are the barbarian Kargs who unwittingly worship the [[GodOfEvil gods of Evil]] and are more or less [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Fantastic Vikings]]. The fact that the TV miniseries ignored this in favor of Humans Are White is among the many reasons it's a DisownedAdaptation.
* Justified in ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric: The Public Works Trilogy'', in which virtually anyone with black African ancestry has been wiped out [[spoiler:by a racist nanite plague. Two of the main characters, a father and daughter, are black ''with green eyes'', this being a trait the virus was programmed to read as "not black"]]. Period movies featuring black characters have to cast Australian aborigines in those roles, and there's a [[ShowWithinAShow TV show]] with an all-aboriginal cast who play black space colonists who'd survived the plague by being on Mars at the time.
* Averted in the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' universe - Andri is the only white human amongst the main characters, and many supporting characters are black or Asian. It's implied that many colonies in the United Worlds of Earth are settled by ethnic groups.
* ''[[Literature/WorldsOfShadow Out of This World]]'' by Creator/LawrenceWattEvans applies this to a universe based on science-fiction principles, but not to a fantasy universe or Earth itself. It also lampshades the whitewashed astronauts in such a manner as to give InferredHolocaust a new meaning.
* Inverted, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. ''Parafaith War'''s hero is blond and white-skinned... and therefore regarded with a lot of suspicion by everyone as straight "anglos" are rare in the Eco-Tech Coalition. They are more often associated with their adversaries, the fanatical Revenants of the Prophets. Most Eco-Tech citizens are Asian (predominantly south-east asian with a strong component of Japanese.) Because of that he is ultimately sent into enemy territory as a spy.
* Somewhat subverted in John Scalzi's ''Literature/OldMansWar'': colonists for newly discovered planets are specifically taken from the less developed and/or overpopulated countries in general (though mostly war-torn India). If an American/European (unless you're from Norway) wants to get off-planet, they have to join the SpaceMarines (who have ''green'' skin and die a lot).
* Averted with a vengeance in the ''Literature/InheritanceTrilogy'' (not to be confused with the above-mentioned ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''), where almost all the major human civilizations are varying shades of dark, with only the Amn being explicitly white (and they- or at least, their tyrannical leaders- are mostly bad guys).
* Averted in Creator/VernorVinge 's ''[[Literature/ZonesOfThought A Fire Upon The Deep]]'' universe. All human settlements in The Beyond come from one common ancestor -- Nyjora, a LostColony already several generations removed from Old Earth -- and are described as having a common phenotype: dark skin and black hair. Pham Nuwen's red hair and asian features are so unusual as to be almost alien.
* Played With in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'', since while all main characters and most of the side characters are white, Hotep-Ra is depicted as being black.
* Averted in the ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series. The crew of USS ''Walker'' is white, yes, but [[JustifiedTrope that's because the US military wasn't desegregated until 1947]], and ''Walker'' is sent from our world to the books' AlternateTimeline in early 1942. ''Walker's'' steward Juan is Filipino, and the crew of the Japanese battlecruiser ''Amagi'' (their nemesis for books two and three) is Japanese. [[spoiler:Later the heroes meet up with the Empire of New Britain, who would best be described as ''mestizo'': they're part British, part {{Mayincatec}}.]]
* Averted in the ''{{ColSec Trilogy}}''. The protagonist, a redheaded, freckle-faced Scot, is the only central character who's explicitly white. The other two boys are explicitly ''not''; one is black, the other is Asian. TheSmartGirl is a gray-eyed blonde with an Irish surname, but apparently [[DarkSkinnedBlonde still looks tanned after three years indentured to an electronics firm]]; the other girl character, although pale from living underground for the first seventeen years of her life, is ambiguous.
* Averted in Creator/NnediOkorafor's ''Literature/ZahrahTheWindseeker''. It takes place on Ginen, which is another world where everyone looks like black Africans.
* Also averted in the works of OctaviaButler. For example, the Literature/LilithsBrood[=/=]Xenogenesis trilogy has Lilith Ayapo for the initial main character. She later becomes involved with an Asian man and later a Latino man. There are white characters, some of whom are important, but they are not the main characters. The Wild Seed[=/=][[Literature/{{Patternist}} Patternmaster]] series begins in Africa with Doro and Ayanwu. Doro's essence can leap from body to body and he sometimes wears white bodies, but unless it is important for the situation (like using the body to breed those with special powers or when travelling throughout the antebellum southern United States), he seems to favor black bodies.
* Nicely averted by TamoraPierce's works. While the main setting of the Literature/TortallUniverse is based on medieval England, and features mostly white characters, there are dozens of both major and supporting characters of different ethnicities. The Literature/CircleOfMagic novels go even farther, with two (maybe even three) of the four main protagonists being non-white, and being set in a world that is ''very'' multi-racial.
* Explicitly averted in Katherine Kerr's ''Polar City'' novels, which start with a note that, if a human's skin tone is not mentioned, they're Hispanic.
* Justified in WitchellASymphony via unexpectedly harsh means -- the European mages killed the magic users of other soceities when they were encountered, leaving the European (and very white) mages as the pre-eminent magical society. However, it's also suggested that the other mage societies might have survived the massacre and simply become very adept at hiding from their enemies.
* Averted in the original ''Literature/{{Dune}}'', where the Fremen are stated to be of (mostly) Arabic descent and have lived on a desert planet for ten thousand years anyways, while Duke Leto Atreides (supposedly Greek) is said to be "dark". But both the [[Film/{{Dune}} David Lynch film]] and the [[Series/{{Dune}} Sci-fi miniseries]] play it straight. However, in the live action cutscenes for the video game ''VideoGame/EmperorBattleForDune'' the Atreides Duke is black and the Ordos mentat is Asian, the Fremen are still played by white actors (the very low budget is obvious in other ways) though.
* Generally averted in ''Literature/PerryRhodan''. While one could easily come away with the impression that most of the recurring core cast members are white or else alien -- not entirely unjustified --, ethnic diversity among supporting characters is time and again shown to be alive and well in the far future, and various human colonists even add their own new variations. (Siganese, for example, haven't just shrunk over generations under the influence of their sun, their skin is also generally described as a light shade of ''green''.)
* Averted in Joel Shepherd's ''Literature/CassandraKresnov'' and ''Literature/SpiralWar'' series. In the former, Kresnov and her friend Vanessa appear to be some of the only European white women (and Sandy is only [[ArtificialHuman designed to look that way]]) in a world that is dominated by colonists of Indian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern descent. The Earth-ruled Federation is dominated by the superpower India, and the breakaway League has mostly Chinese and American influences. In the latter, the [[EarthThatWas destruction of the homeworld]] has led to nearly all of humanity ranging from AmbiguouslyBrown to dark skinned, including both protagonists.
* Every human character from ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' could fall into this trope. The in story explanation for this is that in this world all humans come from a single isolated continent known as The Homelands, and are thus there is less genetic diversity than on earth.
* Averted in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', there are many variations within the human races alone. Sorry/Apsalar is Itko Kan and that race is clearly an expy East Asian/Southeast Asian. Emperor Kellanved is black as are the wizard Quick Ben, the assassin Kalam and the master swordsman Dassem Ultor/Traveller. The usurper of Malazzan is a dark-blue skinned human Laseen.
* Averted in ''Literature/TheThreeWorldsCycle'', the second series is set in the part of the world where the majority of the Old Humans are asiatic in appearance, including main protagonist Tiaan.

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* Averted slightly in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' which had two major TokenMinority characters that [[PlayingAgainstType played against type]] by having a black ''female'' and Asian ''male''. And this was in the [[TheSixties 1960s]]...
** When the salt monster from "Man Trap" approaches Uhura, she sees a studly black crewman who talks to her in Swahili -- but eventually the casting department (or the agents supplying them) got lazy.
** Supervillain Khan Noonien Singh was suggested to be an Indian Sikh on his first appearance, which was confirmed in one of the Trek novels. Part of his BackStory involves fleeing the anti-Sikh pogroms that took place in New Delhi after Indira Gandhi's assassination. Of course, Khan is played by [[FakeNationality Ricardo Montalban]] and his Sikhism is never directly established onscreen. And, of course, [[spoiler: he's played by the just-plain-white Benedict Cumberbatch in the later film ''Into Darkness''.]]
*** Between the fact that Marla [=McGivers=] initially declares that his features appear Indian, and that his last name is then revealed to be ''Singh'' (the name all Sikhs bear), it's pretty clear that he is an Indian with a Sikh background. Though the fact that he's clean-shaven means he is not an observant one.
*** In a Khan-centric ExpandedUniverse novel, it's explained that he shaved off his Sikh beard and declared himself beyond petty human traditions when the {{Ubermensch}}-ness [[TranshumanTreachery started getting to his head]].
** In "Return Of the Archons", the ''Enterprise'' beams down two disguised crewmen to a primitive planet. The crewmen are identified as strangers and get in trouble almost immediately. The crewmen seem surprised by this, despite the fact that the planet seems to be inhabited entirely by white folks, and one of the crewmen is ''Sulu''.
** Painfully applied in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', which has one African-American guy, one Japanese woman, and the rest of the crew is seemingly made up entirely of whites, except for a minor marine played by a pre-''Series/{{Lost}}'' [[RetroactiveRecognition Daniel Dae Kim]].
*** Throughout ''Enterprise'', the blue-skinned Andorians repeatedly use "pinkskin" as a derogatory term for humans in general, even after meeting others. Especially weird in their first appearance, where they are using it to differentiate the humans from a group of Vulcans with the exact same skin tones.
** Though most of the ''aliens'' in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' are white, the human cast is quite colorful, including two African-Americans (one of whom is the lead), Bashir, (whose actor is of half-Arab, half-white descent, though both of his parents were played by Indian actors) and one white man (who clearly identifies as Irish more than white). In addition, several black guest stars appear throughout the show (though most of them are love interests for the African-descended regulars).
*** There is a 'behind the scenes' book that claims that the only way race impacted casting for ''Deep Space Nine'''s initial regulars was Jake having to be visibly the same race as his father.
*** The casting directors decided that it would be unrealistic for alien species to have evolved the same 'races' as humans have. A majority of white Bajorans are shown to have red or sandy hair, for instance, and while Asians were cast as Bajorans, no Asians were cast as Klingons and only one black actor was cast as a Bajoran, as a walk-on.
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' this trope is ThrownOutTheAirlock with a black Vulcan, an Asian, a Native American, and a half-Hispanic, half-Klingon in its main cast.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' tried to avoid it a couple of times; one first-season episode had HumanAliens where ''all'' the ones actually seen onscreen were black - unfortunately, it was an episode filled to the brim with UnfortunateImplications. And a black female RubberForeheadAlien was the RedHerring guest star of a later episode, although her only other story purpose was as a GirlOfTheWeek for Geordi, who's black... [[TokenMinorityCouple Which is a whole other race trope]]. A few of the {{Red Shirt}}s were black as well, but that's yet another [[BlackDudeDiesFirst trope]]. The "non-white humans in the main cast" category consists solely of Geordi.
** TNG and later shows also tended to use black actors to play Klingons, starting with the very dark-skinned Creator/MichaelDorn as Worf. This didn't have to do with race so much as it had to do with black actors requiring less makeup to get their skin the right color, saving time and money.
* Averted in ''Series/StargateSG1'', where many of the alien cultures are made of a mix of races, and those who aren't have a good reason for it. The non-mixed societies are not always white, either: for example, black, Native American, and East Asian societies are all seen.
** One interesting case is in the episode "The Other Side", where SG-1 visits a planet which is at war between two factions. They first assume that the reason the locals distrust Teal'c is due to his status as Jaffa. Later, we learn that the nation that controls the Stargate is in fact racist and xenophobic, to the point where discriminating against someone for being black is acceptable. It's to the point where there are no people, anywhere, amongst that nation who aren't white. [[FridgeHorror Guess how they must have gotten that way.]] As a sort of inverted ActorAllusion, the leader of the group was played by the guy who played Odo, the shapeshifter who could appear to be ''any'' ethnicity he wanted to be on ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DeepSpaceNine]]''.
** Meanwhile the Goa'uld System Lords' hosts are from all over the place. Chinese, Egyptian, black, white, everything.
** Ditto for ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Not only did they have TWO [[TokenMinority Token Minorities]] in the main team (one of which was a {{twofer|TokenMinority}}), they went to plenty of planets with mixed societies. Though, they tended to throw in black background characters, often forgetting that there are plenty of other minorities in the world, too.
** Likewise, the alien species of the Wraith had a range of skin tones--though none of them human.
** Earth-born humans, however, are white more often than not. This is likely a result of the actors available in Vancouver.
** One episode strangely had a culture said to be descended from the Mayas that was all white.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a mixed record:
** The pilot included a Japanese woman with a substantial role in the "bridge" command crew, but she was PutOnABus for the main series and replaced with Ivanova (a Russian Jew).
** Doctor Franklin (and his father) are (apparently) African Americans.
** With the exception of Franklin, the core cast and most actors with speaking parts were white. The show does better on ethnic diversity when you consider minor characters (e.g., Earth Alliance President Luis Santiago; Senator Hidoshi) and the extras playing the human population of the station. Puzzlingly, however, there are hardly any Indians or Chinese (Asian characters are usually Japanese).
* The ''Babylon 5'' spinoff ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' had one Asian as NumberOne, John Matheson, again played by a pre-Series/{{Lost}} Daniel Dae Kim! There was also Dr. Sarah Chambers. Everyone else was white, though, except for Dureena Nafeel, who was an alien.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', though the cast is hardly monochrome, people of Chinese descent are rarely if ever seen, and the only ones given any lines play ''[[AsianHookerStereotype prostitutes]]!'' This is in a world that is ''supposed'' to be an American/Chinese fusion, with Chinese language common enough to be scattered through the English-speaking characters' conversation. The DVD commentary on the episode "Shindig" points out that there are a few characters with "Chinese" surnames like Tam and Wing, which could suggest that there's been a bit of mingling, but they're still played by white actors.
** Originally, Kaylee was meant to be Asian, but the producers changed their minds when Creator/JewelStaite auditioned.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the 2007 ''Series/FlashGordon''; when Nick asks Baylin whether there are any "people of color" on Mongo, she replies "I know many people of color - yellow, red, even blue. I am [[FantasticRacism not so fond of the blue ones]], though."
* Given that ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' is a FantasyKitchenSink that has superpowered {{ninja}}s, [[AnotherDimension dimension traveling]], and a [[PhysicalGod storm god]] who routinely acts more like an [[CoolOldGuy affectionate great uncle]] than an all-powerful deity, it's reasonable that there might be an Asian temple near a city populated mostly by white people and that Raiden would take the form of a European. This is countered by the fact that the series is supposed to be set in ''ancient China''.
* Briefly [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
-->"How come there ain't no Puerto Ricans on'' Franchise/StarTrek''!? They got every race and life-form in the galaxy, except for Puerto Ricans! What's up with that?!
* Averted in the remake of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. In [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 the original show]], due to the time, almost the entire cast is white and the majority are male. In the remake, there are several people of other races and/or females.
** Though, strangely, the two prominent black characters from the original series, Tigh and Boomer, become white and Asian respectively.
* The original version of ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' had a black actress in their regular cast, who was once forced to sit out their visit to a HumanAlien planet because there weren't any black people on that world. A native asked her if she was from the same planet as the other Tomorrow People, then commented that there must be "an interesting variety of skin color" on Earth when she said yes.
* Rather darkly pointed out on ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Dayna, who's black, wonders before one mission if she'd be able to pass for a native on the planet they're visiting. Avon assures her that the planet was colonized a long time ago, back when there were laws in place requiring colony projects to include a proportionate number of all ethnic groups. Basically, affirmative action in space. The implication is that once the Federation overturned those laws, colony projects suddenly got a lot whiter.
* In ''Space Rangers'' all human characters (apart from one recurring extra) are white. Asian actors are cast as aliens.
* TV stations in the south, especially before the civil rights movement, often did not want to air shows with non-white characters. This led to an all-white cast for shows such as ''Beverly Hillbillies'' and ''The Andy Griffith Show'', and only very occasional non-white characters in shows such as ''Gunsmoke''. The producers of ''Andy Griffith'' admitted they wanted black characters on the show many times but could not do so for fear of southern TV affiliates pulling the series. They were able to subvert that after the show became ''Mayberry RFD''. Even after southern TV stations began to relax their standards, racist tensions were still present- the kiss between Kirk and Uhura in ''Star Trek'' was filmed specifically to avoid showing their lips touching simply to avoid southern network affiliates pulling the show.
* In ''Series/{{Defiance}}'', when the Castithan villain Datak Tarr is listing the things he hates about humans to his human nemesis Rafe [=McCawley=], it includes "the smell of your pink skin makes me sick". Rafe, who is of Native American descent and played by Graham Greene, says "Does this skin look pink to you?", to which Datak replies that we all look the same to him.
** The following season, when Datak's son Alak is upset about his wife Christie, Rafe's daughter, cosplaying as a Castithan, he asks her how she should like it if he painted his skin "human pink". Christie also points out that her skin isn't pink. Obviously, one thing Castithans ''don't'' have is superior vision.
* ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'' played this straight despite the thorough aversion by the source material. Everyone in Earthsea is white, with the exception of Ogion, played by Danny Glover, and Tenar, played by Creator/KristinKreuk (who ironically actually ''was'' white in the novels). This was among the many reasons Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin {{disowned|Adaptation}} it.
* In the TV version of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', it's Humans Are White and British.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Ark in Space" seems to have only white people representing the future of humanity. Creator/RobertHolmes had not had this as part of his original vision for the story - in fact, he had wanted Vira to be Haitian (partly to avert this, partly for RuleOfSymbolism as she was a medical officer tasked with [[VoodooZombie reviving people put into a living-death state]]). The character as seen on screen is white and British, presumably because of the lack of access to Haitian actresses in the BBC's low-budget programming in 1975.
** The series is much better about it these days. In the old series you could go quite some time between non-white-person sightings. Martha Jones was the series' first black regular, and of course there's {{Recurrer}} Mickey. The people stuck in the situation with the Doctor and companions will almost never be all-white. When it comes to the future, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" has ''India's'' space program as the main people ''not'' on said spaceship.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Space 1889}}'': justified. In late 19th century, white humans probably have the largest share of the total human population they ever had. More importantly the white nations are much more powerful than the non-whites and except for the US have no big non-white minorities except in the colonies. These being fairly racist societies non-whites rarely get important positions in white majority countries. Humans on Mars are almost exclusively white. Just a few Japanese in their out-of-the-way research station. Canal Martians do not have any significant geographical differences since they have had fairly easy long-distance travel and even a global society for millennia. Canal Martians refer to humans as “red men” because Caucasians look red to them.
* Most of the art for the UsedFuture in the [[AfterTheEnd bleak]] game ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' shows the humans as [[DarkerAndEdgier particularly grizzled]] European-types. Leading to a gamer extension of the game's tagline. "In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war" ("And white people"). This could be partially justified by the large amount of hive worlds, where the population would receive little to no sunlight, and by humanity's incredibly strict "no mutations" policy. A few exceptions include:
** The Salamanders SpaceMarine chapter, who are all black-skinned due to "unique genetics". Note that this black as in the color black, jet black, (like obsidian), not what we call black skin in real life. Whether the unmodified humans of their world are black or white keeps getting retconned back and forth.
** Khan of the White Scars is often depicted as Asian.
** The ''DarkHeresy'' RPG, where you can roll for your skin tone -- aside from the void-born, whose skin-tones range from "porcelain" to "ivory", (bear in mind, most Voidborn have never seen a window, much less a sun) all origins can have a variety of skin tones and eye colors.
** Possibly the God Emperor, who is "from the general area where modern Turkey now sits." It's unclear exactly what race he is, however, as he comes from a time ''before'' Turks lived in Anatolia. It's stated in the fluff that the power base of the Emperor of Man during the Unification Wars on Earth was the Achaemenid Empire, located in what would be the Iranian-Arab sphere of influence throughout history (and apparently up to the 30th millenium); and it's mentioned that due to the fact that the inhabitants of that region were his earliest followers, they got out of the Unification Wars largely unscathed (as opposed to the other populations who usually had to be beaten into submission by the Emperor's henchmen). So in fact, the backbone of the Imperial Army during the Crusade should rather have been predominantly Middle Eastern (of varying skin tones if Warhammer's Iran is anything like it is today).
** ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' introduces Inquisitor Mordecai Toth, who is black. Perhaps the only explicitly black character in the setting. [[UnfortunateImplications Unfortunate Implication]] in that the novelization implies he was not real but the creation or avatar of a powerful daemon. Meaning the only black person didn't actually exist. This is however only true in the novel (which is from an author the fanbase [[FanonDiscontinuity hates]]); all other sources treat Toth as a real person and an Imperial Loyalist.
*** DoW 2's ''Chaos Rising'' expansion gives us the Blood Ravens' Librarian, Jonah Orion, who also has a vaguely African skin tone. In Chaos Rising it's [[MultipleEndings possible]] for him to be the betrayer, [[spoiler:but Retribution chose a path where he's not, and in fact [[HeroicSacrifice holds the line as long as he can]] while Gabriel Angelos goes to face down [[BigBad Kyras]].]]
** As [[WordOfGod stated in certain interviews]], the UnfortunateImplications were completely unintentional; it was the working assumption that there would be as much variance in the human appearance as there is now, and with Abhumans and the Astartes, even more. However, the early art teams were rather small, and tended to paint what they knew... A habit that's been continued on, more out of familiarity than anything else. There's numerous cases in the fluff and literature, as well as several from video games, of people with varying racial profiles, and there's nothing stopping modelists from making different skin tones. Another contributing factor is that dark skin is much harder to paint (and get to look good) on miniatures than light skin.
** The ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels indicate that in the larger galaxy there's quite a lot of variation. Cain's Valhallan troops are mostly white, but ''Caves of Ice'' says that humans from the other planets in Valhalla's system tend to have much darker skin. This seems to be a case of humans gradually gaining or losing melanin based on solar output; Valhalla is far from its star and very cold. A minor character on the troopship in ''Death or Glory'' is clearly of African descent.
* Cheerily averted in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''. [[CultureChopSuey Black samurai and Asian Scotsmen]] abound.
* The ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' sourcebooks for UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} feature next to no black characters, even though all three cities have a black majority. Atlanta in particular is known for being a thriving center for African-American culture, but this is completely glossed over.
* This was (at least during the 1980s) ''the official policy'' of TSR when it came to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', their reason being, "That's what we have demihumans for." Thankfully this isn't as strong as it once was, with entire sourcebooks having since been written on non-Eurocentric fantasy settings. The one downside is that these sourcebooks tend to have names like ''Oriental Adventures''.
* Averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''. Humans of Terran origin are as likely to have non-occidental names as occidental ones.
* Averted in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting. Admittedly 90% of the novels and all but two games take place mostly in the Middle Ages Western Europe area, where humans are generally white (probably attributable to the fact that 90% of fantasy ''authors'' write that way). However, outside northwest Faerûn, humans go all the way from white to black and everything in between.
* Also averted in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', which gives you two black ethnicities: The North African Garundi, and the Sub-Saharan Mwangi. Mwangi is even stated to effectively be a blanket term for various ethnicities itself, as Tian(Asian). As more books have been written, they've also started to avoid this for the ''Demi-Human'' races as well, so you can find varying ethnicities for Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, and the like

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the world of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', there are [[TalkingAnimal lion-like people]], robots, robot cats, ancient beings... and only about four black guys.
** In ''Crisis Core'', however, just about one in three of the [=NPC=]s (for each gender) is black, seemingly at random, in Midgar at the very least. Though whether it's an intentional aversion of this or just coincidence is anyone's guess.
** Even before ''Crisis Core'', certain locales (most obviously North Corel) have a large portion (or even majority) of their [=NPC=]s rendered with much darker skin. Given the limitations of the engine, counts as an aversion.
** Similarly, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has only two black guys, Sazh and his son.
* Played straight in VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 4. Every regular unit regardless of the civ is white.
** Averted in the expansions. Various civs get more accurate unit models for their military units.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' had as its only black character an easily-forgettable minor noble who only exists in one cutscene.
** Rafa and her brother are clearly meant to be Arab, however.
** Granted, FFT takes place in a single country, based off of Middle Ages Europe. Make of that what you will.
** Similarly, its predecessor [[OgreBattle Tactics Ogre]] had exactly one black character, the Dark Knight Andoras.
* Played straight in the ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}}'' series. Arguably justified as the world of Nevendaar is based on medieval Europe. The only characters with dark skin owe it to [[TheUndead necrosis]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'''s sequel, ''The Lost Age''. The geography of Weyard is full of {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s, and as such, when travelling around in the game's parallels to India and Africa (and to a lesser degree China and Japan), even very minor [=NPC=]s are quite a bit darker.
** Even the first game has Chinese-equivalent people in Xi'an and a Middle East region from Kalay (Turkey) to Lalivero (Egypt or Ethiopia), with appropriately-dressed [=NPC=]s.
** And in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', most of the action takes place on the Eastern Sea and Asian-counterpart continent, so your ''player characters'' include members of the Vietnam-equivalent, Siam-equivalent, and Japan-equivalent nations, along with a whole host of non-player characters of various Asian-counterpart ethnicities. And token furry Sveta has been argued as Russian and/or ''Mongolian'', so even she is not immune.
*** Zig-zagged with [[{{Mukokuseki}} very white-looking]] Siamese Amiti... who is a HeroicBastard of unknown ancestry. [[spoiler: He actually is white, by way of the Mercury Clan.]]
* There is exactly one non-white person (of the common races, anyway) in the entirety of ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', Aarin Gend. ''Hordes of the Underdark'' averts this, though, as a large portion of the campaign is spent among drow (who are black elves).
** Averted in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''. The original campaign takes place in Neverwinter of course, but the first expansion ''Mask of the Betrayer'' moves to the Unapproachable East region; the {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s involved are Slavic (Rashemen) and Egyptian (Thay, which used to be part of Mulhorand). The second expansion takes place partly on the Chult peninsula, which is an FCC for tropical Africa [-[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs WITH DINOSAURS!]]-]
* Averted in the ''BaldursGate'' games, which were mostly set in the part of ForgottenRealms modeled on Spain. Nevertheless, Valygar Corthala (depicted as ambiguously Moorish) and Yoshimo (from the FantasyCounterpartCulture to Japan) were both major characters of colour, and the profile image for Cernd looked vaguely Native American, and then the enhanced editions added the distinctly Middle Eastern martial artist Rasaad yn Bashir. Notably, all four of these characters were human, and not elves or something.
* Better dealt with for the squad of [[OperationFlashpoint ARMA 2]] - there are two black men, two white men and a latino in the five-man squad. Even more, the main player character is one of the black men.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', where the deuteragonist, Alyx Vance, is Afro-Asian; Alyx's father, Eli, is black. Then there are the Citizens, who can be white, Asian, and black, of which the latter two can be seen quite often, if not just as often as the white models. There is a black character named Matt, an Asian character named Mary, and even an unambiguously Japanese character (Noriko). There are also quite a few Vortigaunts, if they count (they ''are'' voiced by black voice actors).
* Most of the people we see in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' are white, despite the fact that all the locations visited on Earth are in Africa. Nevertheless, one of the main supporting characters is African-American Sergeant Johnson; other named black characters include Marcus Banks in the [[VideoGame/{{Halo 2}} 2nd]] and [[VideoGame/{{Halo 3}} 3rd]] games, Duvall in ''VideoGame/HaloReach'', and [[SuperSoldier Spartan-IV]] Hoya in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}''. As far as Hispanics go, there's Manuel Mendoza in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''. A few of the random unnamed [=NPC=]s are also nonwhite, such as a Hispanic marine voiced by Michelle Rodriguez in ''Halo 2'' and a female black marine in ''Halo 3''.
** It's generally believed that scientist Ellen Anders from ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' is of mixed European/East-Asian ancestry, like her [[Creator/KimMaiGuest voice actress]].
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' introduces ODST sniper Kojo "Romeo" Agu and New Mombasa natives Sadie, Dr. Endesha, Jonas, and Commissioner Kinsler, all of whom are black (with the latter four being native African).
** ''Halo: Reach'' features three Spartan-III squad members that aren't simply of European ethnicity, although Emile, who has a black voice actor and is depicted as such in concept art, never removes his helmet.
** As shown in these [[http://kylehefley.tumblr.com/post/89592689343/heads-heads-and-more-heads-over-24-unique models]], ''Halo 4'' has a decent amount of diversity in its human [=NPC=]s; it's just not very noticeable in-game due to the fact that most of them wear helmets that cover most of their faces.
** ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' averts it nicely with Fireteam Osiris; half of the team is non-white, including its leader (and overall {{Deuteragonist}}) Jameson Locke.
** The ExpandedUniverse contains way more characters of non-European ethnicity than the games do; Fhajad-084, Li-008, Jilan al-Cygni, Zheng Cho, Akio Watanabe, Zhou Heng Lopez, Ngoc Benti, Kopano N'Singile, Raj Singh, Maria Esquival, etc. Serin Osman from the ''[[Literature/HaloGlasslands Kilo]]-[[Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar Five]]'' [[Literature/HaloMortalDictata trilogy]], who is of Turkish ancestry, shows up in ''Halo 4'''s Spartan Ops co-op campaign, as [[spoiler:head of [[StateSec ONI]] to boot]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'': although the setting is based on medieval Europe, it includes both a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Central Asian-inspired culture]] and, in the [[MissionPackSequel Mount & Blade Warband]], an Arabic/Moorish-inspired culture, each with characters of the appropriate ethnicity. Two black recruitable [=NPC=]s also appear, the backstory of each establishing them as from a different continent. The character creator allows a similar range of ethnicities and skin tones to be represented.
* Averted in ''{{Starcraft}}'' with Samir Duran, an Arab [[spoiler:(or at least pretends to be one)]]. A better aversion would be General Warfield and Gabriel Tosh, who are both black.
* Every important human characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games are white. ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' makes a token effort at sprinkling dark-skinned human [=NPC=]s around (albeit as unimportant quest givers or random extras). These darker skins are also available to players in character creation, but are seldom chosen by players. There is some kind of an explanation for this in-universe [[spoiler:humans descend from the very scandinavian Vrykul]], but still.
* The Wild-West game ''VideoGame/WildARMs3'' has Gallows, a "Baskar", a race obviously inspired by Native Americans, as one of the characters in your party. He's not really {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed, either. So far he's the only playable Baskar (Aside from Tim Rhymeless from ''VideoGame/WildArms2'', who is as white as the moon but since he wears a poncho he's totally Indian okay?!)
* Averted in ''VideoGame/FableIII'', where there are white, black, Asian, and even vaguely Roma characters sprinkled throughout the world in equal proportion.
** Played straight in the first two games, where the only black characters are Thunder and Whisper in the first game and Garth in the second. Of course, Garth is from another country, so it's not unreasonable that Thunder and Whisper are as well (the game strongly supports this via dress and accents).
* ''[[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium Capcom vs. SNK 2]]''. The roster is made up of mostly East Asian and white characters. 4 Eurasians (Ken, Ryo, Yuri, and Benimaru) are also on the roster, along with Balrog (black American), Blanka (originally white, but now takes the appearance of a wild man with green skin), Dhalsim (Indian), Morrigan (a succubus hailing from Scotland), and Sagat (Thai). M. Bison's ethnicity isn't clear, though.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'': Averted in the first game. Although a majority of your crewmates on the Tiger's Claw are white, it's not by a large margin. Among the main characters, besides the white ones, are a black man, a Japanese woman, and a Taiwanese man. [[AndZoidberg And Maniac]].
** When the games made the jump to FullMotionVideo, the ratio of ethnicities tilted towards white, but there was still a fairly significant non-token minority presence, including the first carrier captain seen in the series who wasn't white, Captain Eisen.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', but true in-universe. While the population and cast is pretty diverse and well-represented, advertisements and media that have survived from before the nuclear war seem to be filled with white people only, suggesting that racial equality in the ''Fallout''-verse only seemed to arrive sometime after nuclear Armageddon.
** Led to greatness by Tandi, who is depicted in the original Fallout as being partially ethnically Asian. Given that the backstory to Fallout involves a bitter war between the USA and China, this says loads about how despite the brutality, the Fallout world is truly AWorldHalfFull.
* Averted in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series... sort of. Humans come in four flavors: Roman/Italian, Norse, Celtic/French, and... Black with a cultural mashup of the Middle East, northern Africa, and even bits of Japan. So there it's Humans Are White Except When They're Redguard. There's also the as-yet-unencountered Akaviri, who seem to be Japanese, and probably also humans, rather than elves.
** Then again, Redguards have a different origin story than other groups of men; they come from the continent of Yokuda instead of Atmora. However, this is what is believed to be the case in-universe. It is possible that Redguards descended from a group of humans that came from Atmora, but settled on Yokuda instead of Tamriel.
** Averted as of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. Imperials, already described in canon as being ethnically diverse, now run from pale redheads like [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Cicero.jpg Cicero]], to kind of AmbiguouslyBrown like [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Adrianne_Avenicci.jpg Adrianne]], to pretty obviously nonwhite like [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Tacitus_Sallustius.jpg Tacitus]] or [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Florentius_Baenius_02.jpg Florentius]].
* Happens in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. It's noted in the EncyclopediaExposita that the world at large is more diverse but only one character in the games is non-white, Arabic to be specific.
* Mostly played straight in the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]''. [[OnlySixFaces Most humans are shown as white]], but there's at least one AmbiguouslyBrown Argon NPC face. The Terrans are likewise mostly white with a couple AmbiguouslyBrown faces, although the name of the ATF general in ''X3: Terran Conflict'', Rai Ishiyama, suggests there's more to it.
* Played semi-straight in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. The population of the planet the game takes place on is primarily white, with some Asian people, some vaguely Arabic-looking people, and... that's it.
** ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' takes it even further. 4,000 years in the future, there are white people and Asian people and exactly one black person. Made especially jarring by the fact that the first game's prologue takes place in near-future Kenya, and features more black people than the rest of the game combined.
** Completely averted in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' where [[HumansByAnyOtherName Homs]] are a rather diverse race. Five of the seven playable characters are Homs and two of these (Sharla and Reyn) are AmbiguouslyBrown. Among secondary characters and especially [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] it's diversified even further with a rather wide range of skin tones throughout the race.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}''; Ethian humans are AmbiguouslyBrown.
* Justified trope for the Horatio faction in ''VideoGame/EndlessSpace''. They are all clones of one mad narcissist. [[OppositeSexClone Even the women.]] The other two human factions in the game avert this trope.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GuildWars''. The player characters can be black in ''Prophecies'', however the majority of Tyria looks to be African looking. Cantha, the setting for ''Factions'', makes the characters look Asian, with the only white people being Kurzicks. (And even though most of them look Asian, it's easy to assume some of them wear make-up to make themselves look pale.) Meanwhile ''Nightfall'' is predominantly African and Middle eastern, with even the white NPC and PC skin tones being Mediterranean.
** This has been played straight in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', though, with the medium brown skinned (in the first game) Kryta being the only remaining kingdom (at least in the current game, Factions and Nightfall areas may be added later), but with many more of the characters light skinned.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'': the appearance of humans is randomly [[ProceduralGeneration procedurally generated]].
* Zigzagged throughout the ''Franchise/TalesSeries''.
** The [[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Ase]][[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia lia]] setting seem to play this straight at first, only for an UpdatedRerelease later down the line to add Rondoline: an action girl who's... [[AmbiguouslyBrown brown? Light-black? Arabic?]]
** Averted in the ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Destiny]]'' continuity, where [[TheWisePrince Garr]], [[TheBigGirl Mary]] and [[TheLancer Loni]] are darker-skinned than the rest of the cast. ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfInnocence Innocence]]'' is the same, having the darker-skinned [[CuteBruiser Hermana]], [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Sian]] and [[UpdatedRerelease QQ]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfEternia Tales of Eternia]]'' goes one further in averting the trope. There's a world full of white-to-AmbiguouslyBrown people ([[DarkSkinnedRedhead including the protagonist]]) and a world full of AmbiguouslyBrown-to-black people. It's from the darker-toned world that the most important characters in the game - including the Saviour and the BigBad - are from.
** ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia Tales of Legendia]]'' has an odd take on this trope. TheHero, TheBigGuy and the DiskOneFinalBoss are AmbiguouslyBrown but everyone else is pale to almost UncannyValley levels. However, FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realise that one of the game's races (of which many plot-relevent characters are from) originates from under the sea. Also, in a subversion, said sea-dwellers do not actually see themselves as being "human".
** Among the other DS games, ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfTheTempest Tales of the Tempest]]'' subverts this with a black party member while ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfHearts Tales of Hearts]]'' does so with the odd darker-skinned boss enemy.
** ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Tales of Vesperia]]'' plays this straight among the plot-relevent cast. While Raven might seem AmbiguouslyBrown, art of his younger self implies that he's actually just white with a tan. While there ''are'' darker-skinned characters, they only appear as random [[{{Mooks}} bandits]] and-- [[UnfortunateImplications oh dear]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth Tales of Rebirth]]'' subverts this with [[TheDarkChick Militsa]]. Also, half the game's characters belong to a PettingZooPeople race: of which, the heroic [[GeniusBruiser Eugene]], TheEvilGenius Tohma and the BigBad [[spoiler:Zilva]] are darker in colour than most.
* ''VideoGame/ExitFate'' averts this one with the black [[AdventurerArchaeologist Nomad]] and [[IceQueen Marian]], several darker-skinned NPC's and the Ambiguously Middle Eastern mountain people.
* ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' runs with this: everyone is white, but since you're playing as an alien grey and are encouraged to slaughter people--and entire cities, which are modeled specifically on campy '50s nostalgia--mercilessly, it's less a straight example and more a TakeThat at the trope.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueofLegends'': Plenty of players had asked for a dark skinned human champion, seeing as every other human champion was either white, or Asian (with the whole ninjas samurais). Too bad every topic asking the producers why a black champion wasn't created yet was quickly inundated with ignorant white players creating champs based on fried chicken and watermelon stereotypes. Riot's official stance was that they didn't want a Token Black, and a black skinned champion would be something that everyone wanted to play.
** This issue has become a little mollified now with the presence of three dark skinned characters: Nidalee, a vaguely dark-skinned RaisedByWolves female that can turn into a lion; Lucian, a black champion wielding [[DuelWielding two guns]] with a ton of speed boosts; and Ekko, a black teenage boy that uses time travel and a LaserBlade.
* Zigzagged in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. As a NonEntityGeneral the PlayerCharacter doesn't even enter into it. Your command staff and the {{NPC}}s have three or four Asians and the rest are whites. However, in keeping with XCOM being a MultinationalTeam, your troopers can be of any ethnicity (you can even change their looks and names if you don't like the random ones) and be from anywhere on Earth.
* Largely averted in the Saint's Row series. Ignoring the customisable main character, the series is littered with non-white characters in major roles including Julius (the Saint's original leader) and Johnny Gat (the most dangerous man in history) and moving through the series with people like Pierce, Ben King, Asha, and Keith David.
* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' was a massive perpetrator of this. Of the main cast, [[AmbiguouslyBrown only Duncan]] appeared to be of non-Caucasian decent. This was especially egregious '''with the playable character'''. The Noble Human origin has an entirely white family and castle. You have the option of customizing the character to be any race or ethnicity, but no matter how your character look, his/her family will still be white (of course, this is an AcceptableBreakFromReality as with the many origins, the developers would need to have fluid racial traits for dozens of characters). Justified by the setting; Ferelden is modeled on Saxon England.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' fixes the last issue, by changing Hawke's family to match what the player chooses. Additionally, its setting, the Free City of Kirkwall, is a much more cosmopolitan place than Ferelden, and so the colour palette is much larger for skin tones.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition,'' where quite a few minor [=NPCs=] and major characters are black, including one party member (Enchanter Vivienne).
* Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect'', where humans are pretty diverse and even aliens show some diversity.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has no excuse, with three Asian characters on the entire Federation side (one of them being Lt. Kirayoshi O'Brien, [[ButNotTooForeign who is still half-Irish]]) and the rest almost all either either white or white near-human aliens.[[note]]Two exceptions are Admiral T'nae, a light brown Vulcan, and Lt. Cdr. Tem Inasi, a chocolate-skinned Bajoran on the ''Enterprise''-F command crew. Tuvok also reappears.[[/note]] The game's effective mascot, [[FanNickname "Handsome Phaser Guy"]], is likewise Caucasian male, which drew some flak from the players when he was made part of the forum art. However, CharacterCustomization and the Foundry LevelEditor allow players and mission writers to avert this at will.
** The devs are trying to correct it. Worf's stepdaughter, Captain Koren of the I.K.S. ''Bortasqu[='=]'', is very black and even has an African-American voice actor. There's also Commander Mesi Achebe (AmbiguouslyBrown) as well as several racially diverse Foundry contact {{NPC}}s hanging out on Social Zones like Commander Futagami or Captain Ford. Also the art team found time to introduce new racial face options for Season 9 (including a new Asian face, an Eastern European and an African-based one). Based on the game's legendary TroubledProduction, its really a DownplayedTrope.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' averts this with [=NPC=]s of varying skin tones all over the place, some of which even avoid being AmbiguouslyBrown. The player only gets to choose from three skin tones, but by tweaking other features can hone in on a specific race it they desire.
* Happens to the player's own species in ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''. Your species never seems to have any other sub-races or ethnicies other than the one you control.
** Subverted when you encounter a wild version of your creature. But even that's not common.
* ''VideoGame/StarSiege'' is largely averted--most of the human pilots are some kind of AmbiguouslyBrown, and in fact "Martian Native" seems to be a race unto itself. The default player character portrait options run the gamut from [[TheAhnold square-jawed sunglasses-wearing white guys]] to people of obvious Asian, African, or Middle Eastern descent. AI partners are also fairly evenly distributed, including the Hispanic Verity Vargas, African Hunter Otobe, the Irish-Japanese Riana Yashida-Jones, and the questionably Serbian Joakim Saxon. The 'generic' pilots are even more inclusive and can count Cherokee, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Danish, and Indian natives. Harabec Weathers is some kind of Caucasian as is his antagonistic brother Caanon, but players tend to spend more time with their squadmates than either of them in spite of their importance to the plot.
* ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'' averts this--humans can be white, brown, or black, as well as male or female. This is purely cosmetic, and can be selected in the case of starting crew. It will be randomly selected for any humans you might come across in the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', and ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' tends to avert this. Of the various notable characters, Roland is black, and Mordecai is said to be Truxican, which is treated as the setting's equivalent of Mexican. Marcus and Nurse Nina's accents imply them to be Slavic of some extraction. Sir Hammerlock, his sister Aurelia, and Sheriff Nisha are AmbiguouslyBrown, as are Captain Scarlett, Piston, and Motor Mamma in their various DLC. Salvador is a Pandora native, portrayed as Hispanic. Professor Nakayama has a Japanese surname, though there's not much indication otherwise that he actually is Japanese. No one knows what Zero is, while Claptrap is generally agreed upon to be a pain in the ass. The various NPC characters that run around the central towns are randomly generated, with a reasonable distribution of skin tones and the occasional overt accent.

* Averted with ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', based off D&D ver. 3.5, which has a Black protagonist and a large number of Black, Asian and Middle-Eastern [=NPC=]s and minor characters, and also a variety of colors for non-human races (like the dark-tanned dwarf Durkon) as well. In fact, since a large part of the story takes place in a FantasyCounterpartCulture of medieval Japan, Asians may actually constitute the majority of human [=NPC=]s.
* The titular characters of ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' are all pale, even though KK is a pacific islander and Caz is black. They also have purple eyes and were born at the exact same time in the same small English village.
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' the eponymous Tower is full of weird creatures, but if they are humanoid, they are most likely white, except for Quant and Kurudan.

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* The ''[[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]]'' musical commentary, "WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical", includes the song, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNmzegQUtFA Nobody's Asian in the Movies]]''.
* The blog [[http://www.starshipnivan.com/blog/ ''Astrogator's Logs'']] addresses this trope [[http://www.starshipnivan.com/blog/?p=2645 here]] (note that the author is Greek).
* Utterly averted with the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', whose primary team of characters includes only two whites (an American woman and a French man). The others include two Asians (one Indian and one Lebanese), an Australian aborigine, and a black woman from England. Oh, and an unfrozen Neanderthal and a talking gorilla, but neither of those really count for this trope.
* #1 on Website/{{Cracked}}'s list of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20082_6-insane-stereotypes-that-movies-cant-seem-to-get-over.html 6 Insane Stereotypes that Movies Can't Seem to Get Over]]: In Fantasy Movies, Everyone Has to Be White.
* Blog/WorstMuse
--> ''If you pay attention to racial representation in your work, it probably means you're secretly racist. Better just make everyone white.''
* Used as a gag in ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice''. The Custodian that is usually giving exposition about the Warhammer 40,000 setting mentions off-hand that many people find the black skin of Salamander space marines unsettling. The Emperor is furious about the implied racism, but it eventually turns out that 1) the Salamandars are actually JET black, and 2) the Custodian is what we now think of as black under his armor, but the normal range of skin pigment is such a non-issue he didn't even know there was a word for it.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon had one black character - Diana the Acrobat.
* ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' was pretty bad about this as well; the only non-white non-alien recurring character was Raoul, a Hispanic-ish street punk... ''whose skin tone [[ButNotTooBlack switched to a lighter color]] in his second (and final) appearance''.
** They probably figured that Jazz was enough.
** Later series were better about it, with major recurring humans such as [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Koji Onishi]] and black [[TransformersCybertron Colonel Franklin]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' itself did a pretty good job averting this. The main recurring human is not white [[spoiler:or a human]], Detective Fanzone in second place is white, but Issac Sumdac is indian, the mayor of Detroit and his aide are black, as is CorruptCorporateExecutive Porter C. Powell, and backround humans come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Almost all the recurring human bad guys are white, but that's probably to avoid other implications if a MediaWatchdog only sees one episode. On another note, during an short story arc in Animated, the five main Autobots turn human. Four out of the 5 are white, to match their voice actors.
*** Don't forget the third-season episode of the original cartoon, ''Only Human''. The four lead Autobots have their minds transferred into Synthoid bodies, which become conveniently white (the episode is also noted for being a crossover with the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' cartoon).
** The live action movies have visibility of non-white races, but with some UnfortunateImplications that are ''not'' just limited to the twin EthnicScrappy bots.
* ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' (which was basically ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' [[RecycledInSpace in Space!]]) started with a bunch of white people and their pet. They later added one black guy and one vaguely Hispanic guy (from the future!) to the team.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}:'' The main human character, is a [[TwoferTokenMinority half-black and half-Native American]] New York cop. For an added bonus, the main character, Goliath, was black (or at least AmbiguouslyBrown) when he was temporarily turned into a human. Note than none of the other Gargoyles seen turned into humans were black, but that's justified given they're from a Scottish Gargoyle clan. Goliath was presumably made an exception ([[InkSuitActor to match his voice actor]], Creator/KeithDavid).
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball parody]] of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
-->'''Leia:''' The Lando System?\\
'''Han:''' Lando's not a system, he's a black guy. Perhaps the only black guy in the universe.
** Then when he shows up on screen, he's played by Mort (the only Jewish character) with his skin tone altered, [[HypocriticalHumor because the ''only black guy'' from the regular cast]] was already playing R2-D2.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', TechnoWizard hero Doc Hartford is black. So are two one-shot villains. They seem to be the only non-white humans in the galaxy.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', where Humans Are Asian (or, in the case of [[MakingASplash the Water Tribe]], [[EskimoLand Inuit]]) and run the gamut of skin colours from pale (some Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom people and most Air Benders) to all shades of brown (the rest of the Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation and all Water Tribe members).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' averts this with Hermes and his family (black Jamaican) and Amy and her family (ethnically Chinese, born on Mars), as well as several incidental characters (most notably Hermes' rival Barbados Slim). Though only Amy and Hermes are part of the main cast sooo...
** But there are also only three whites in the main cast. Two of them are related to each other, and one is a mutant, so it's not that bad.
* There was a black character in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''. There was none in the corresponding futuristic program ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''. This led to the occasional dark joke that the animators believed that there was "no black to the future".
* Pretty well averted on ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''. Bravestarr and Shaman are Native American; J.B., her dad, and the mayor are white; and Doc Clayton and Miss Jenny the schoolteacher are black. However, most of the random settlers and prospectors (the human ones, that is) are white.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots'' averted this. Of the six human regulars, two were black and one was Asian (although Anya, the Asian character, got DemotedToExtra after the FiveEpisodePilot).
* UrsulaKLeGuin was quite unhappy about the white cast of ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy A Wizard of Earthsea]]''. In the novels, the protagonist is brown-skinned and his best friend black, and the nation of white folk in ''The Tombs of Atuan'' are rather imperialistic and warmongering compared to the other inhabitants of the world. This was [[RaceLift not reflected in the animated version]], which didn't even have the risible excuse of lacking suitable actors.
* {{Subverted}} in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime,'' kind of. Finn is white and seems to be [[LastOfHisKind the last human on Earth]]; Susan Strong, who [[TheUnReveal may be]] [[AmbiguouslyHuman human]], is white too. However, [[spoiler:[[WasOnceAMan the Ice King]]]] was AmbiguouslyBrown back when he was human; BMO's creator Moe, who seems to be a human-turned-cyborg, is dark-skinned too. Also Marceline, a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-demon]] who's now a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]], had a black mom despite her own skin matching her father's pale blue.