->''"See, it's not enough for the new black kid on the team to be just as competent as everyone else on the team, oh no. He has to be Super Negro and beat the snot out of everybody else in the entire gymnastics world."''
-->-- '''Website/TheAgonyBooth's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Mister_T/Mystery_of_the_Golden_Medallion.aspx?Page=2 recap]]''' of the ''WesternAnimation/MisterT'' episode "Mystery of the Golden Medallion".

When the TokenMinority can do no wrong. She (this is most often seen with the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple lone female character]]; it's practically guaranteed if she's the lone [[TwoferTokenMinority racial minority]] as well) will never bumble or make a mistake, even in a show where the majority of the team does. She will be much smarter and have [[OnlySaneMan more common sense]] than average, she has more knowledge and skill than she has any reason to possess given her professional background, she will ''definitely'' be of [[CloserToEarth superior moral character]], [[ActionGirl and she can probably kick your ass too]].

She may not be the star who actually saves the day (or she often will but will simply not get public credit for it, but since she's [[PuritySue so selfless]] she [[ThinkNothingOfIt doesn't really care]]), but she will never hinder the progress of the team. In fact, this trope is far more blatant if she's in a relatively minor role but is consistently better than the non-minority male lead at damn near everything (and yes, the unspoken premise is often precisely that she should be the leader). There doesn't seem to be much middle ground between this and the FauxActionGirl; people go to extremes. The sad irony? [[CreatorsPet The creators usually want the audience to be proud of or in awe of this character]]; instead, the character is just ''so'' [[MarySue perfect]] that [[TheScrappy she's hated by the audience (and sometimes in-universe too) with all the fires of Hell]].

In particular, you will virtually never see Native Americans in more recent works, without this trope being present in spades. Specifically, it's usually a hybrid of the MagicalNativeAmerican and NobleSavage tropes; the individual in question will be depicted as having a much stronger/more active connection to God or spirituality than whites are supposedly capable of, and will therefore automatically be morally superior as well (yes, even if the white characters are all dressed very prudishly and he's [[NationalGeographicNudity just in a crotch-concealing loincloth]]).

Though this trope is more common with racial minorities, women, and sometimes gays and bisexuals, it is sometimes applied to disabled people as well. This often leads to DisabilitySuperpower, HandicappedBadass, IdiotSavant, InspirationallyDisadvantaged, and other tropes that, done wrong, will imply that disability actually makes a person superior to non-disabled people. Unlike with other minorities, it has not yet become generally recognized that disabled people can be portrayed just about any way non-disabled ones can be. In an effort to compensate for a history of stigmatizing the disabled by using them as {{Morality Pet}}s, objects of pity, or the subjects of miraculous cures, writers will often completely overshoot the mark, going from "inferiority" to "superiority" -- and skipping "equality" altogether.

Sometimes the writers are being deliberately {{Anvilicious}} about equality and discrimination. Other times, they're just concerned about [[UnfortunateImplications looking sexist or racist]] if the only "X" on the show does something wrong, since "X" isn't on the list of AcceptableTargets, and they overcompensate the other direction. Rarely do they come across the solution of simply having more than one "X", which is, of course, half the problem of the TokenMinority in the first place. Of course, this trope, just like all tropes by their nature, has its own inertia, and thus adding more X doesn't always solve the problem. Instead, ''all'' of X will still be unfailingly more competent and better than the others, essentially making the UnfortunateImplications of "X is superior in every way to Y" explicit.

SpeculativeFiction can create a culture where women/"minorities" are in positions of power and no one thinks it's unusual (invoking FantasticRacism optional), but sometimes they dip into this trope anyway.

The issue of Positive Discrimination can lead to a case of UnpleasableFanbase. On one hand, lack of Positive Discrimination, as stated above, puts the writer in danger of being called racist, sexist, etc. just because they gave the TokenMinority [[FelonyMisdemeanor something as heinous as a common flaw]]. On the other hand, it puts the discriminatee in danger of becoming the CreatorsPet, since he/she will often be seen as a MarySue or MartyStu in the eyes of the audience that is blatantly shilled one too many times and it leads to major UnfortunateImplications that someone from X isn't equal, but superior and can do [[PuritySue no wrong]]. Even worse, in RealLife it tends to set the victim up for a dizzying fall: if they are assumed to be so hypercompetent, then their making even the slightest mistake will be seen as disgrace or, worse, hypocrisy. (To quote Creator/BillCosby: "If a white man falls off a chair drunk, it's just a drunk. But if a black man does it, then it's the whole damned Negro race.")

Some media may be shrewd enough to place the odd token flaw or NotSoAboveItAll moment, but usually dilute it as much as possible ([[InformedFlaw occasionally to the point of near non-existence]]), or at least emphasise the fact it is rare. In other cases they may actually indeed be just as flawed as the rest of the cast, [[DesignatedHero just designated]] [[SelectiveEnforcement to be treated]] [[TheUnfairSex as better]]. In the long run, however, their shortcomings will usually at the very least be [[IdiotBall far less]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero detrimental]] than others'.

If a LadyLand is a utopian paradise, it's probably running on this trope.

Contrast with CloserToEarth. Almost all instances of YouGoGirl are this, when women are displayed as superior to their male competitors in sports or other traditionally male domains. The InnocentBigot may display Positive Discrimination, but in this case it will be {{Lampshaded}} as a bad thing. YouAreACreditToYourRace is a related trope. Taking the polar opposite tack leads to MightyWhitey. A very frequent character trait of the GamerChick. Almost always leads to a RightWayWrongWayPair.

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* Used widely in kid-directed commercials. Picture this scenario: Two kids are having a race in an RC car commercial. As their two cars near the finish line, a third comes out of nowhere and beats them to the punch, doing flashy maneuvers the all the way. Mouths gaping, the two boys exchange awestruck glances and the camera panels to the mystery racer. If you hadn't guessed already, yes, [[SamusIsAGirl it turns out to be some random girl]] holding the controller.
* Also works for minorities. Some white kid will be sitting around, wearing bland clothes, with a bland haircut, and looking horribly bored while holding a product. Then, with a burst of hip-hop, in sweeps the black kid, wearing trendy clothes with plenty of bling, and he's got the far superior version of the product! The white kid looks on with resigned, mournful envy as the black kid dances up a storm. No, really, Gogurt did this exact commercial, and slightly milder variations are quite popular, especially for food products.
* Watch any commercial - be it for beer, cars, or anything else under the sun - where a man is for some reason in conflict with a female. See how many times the man wins versus how many times the woman wins. In the world of commercials, the best a man can do is somehow tie with the woman, unless he's teaming up with another woman. If at any point the man says "Let's show you how the men do it" or any variation thereof, the chance of him even tying becomes zero.
** Similarly, the number of commercials in which men are portrayed as fools and buffoons when compared to their smarter, [[CloserToEarth wiser]] female companions is amazingly large. Inevitably, the commercials end with the women blatantly letting the man know just how much of an idiot he's been/is being. Most companies respond with "those commercials tested well" when complaints are made.
*** Even in commercials where there is no conflict, this can occur. A recent shampoo commercial had a guy using his girlfriend's shampoo and, lo, his hair is much improved.
*** See many of the examples on MenBuyFromMarsWomenBuyFromVenus.
* Played ridiculously straight in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJXwFHAyAf4 this]] commercial for some sort of oven cleaning product. From the woman standing in the background with what can only be described as a scowl on her face, to the tagline "So easy...even a man could do it!". It's actually rather disgusting.
** Said advert received 663 complaints from men ''and women'' (men claiming it portrayed them as idiots, women claiming it supported out-of-date stereotypes regarding women and the [[StayInTheKitchen kitchen]]). Amazingly, they were ''not'' upheld - which sparked backlash from people saying an opposite advert would be shot down immediately. The ''Daily Mail'' had a field day.
** The natural outcome of a reverse example was when DIY chain B&Q jokingly advertised a product as being so simple even a woman could use it. As soon as any controversy flared it had to rewrite.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN5o1PtpXAM This]] Butterfinger commercial. It goes just like any other Butterfinger commercial, man tries to steal Butterfinger, and suffers the consequences from his friend. In literally the last three seconds, some random female appears and tells the men, "You guys are idiots." The line offers nothing to the commercial, and could have easily been omitted.
* The ads for Flash in the UK seem to be aware of this trope such as one had the mother coming home to find the kitchen in a complete mess and storming all over the house looking for her husband. The husband uses this time to quickly clean the kitchen up and then position himself in the living room so that when the wife comes in to scold him about the mess she looks back to see it clean and is left speechless.
* Used in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlu8zawoXTg Mario Kart 7 ad]]. [[spoiler: The incredible opponents are Japanese girls.]]
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* Motoko Kusanagi of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', the sole female on her team, is the most skilled member of Section 9, being an expert hacker and skilled in both hand-to-hand combat and firearms. She even outdoes some of the other team members at their own specialties; anyone fighting her will lose because the Major is a GeniusBruiser and turns people's advantages against them.
** Shirow Masamune loves this trope.
** Deunan from his previous manga ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' is much less perfect and relies heavily on her much more level headed partner/boyfriend Briareos. Yet she is still the only woman of the unit and by far the most badass officer on the force.
* Kirika and Mirielle from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' are assassins who regularly use bumbling male thugs for target practice. Most male antagonists in this series fall under the "bumbling thug" descriptor. When they go up against more elegant, dangerous, and skilled opponents, the opponents are almost always female. In an aversion, the only character who manages to successfully manipulate them into serving his goals and get away with it (read: live) is male.
* In ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', Patrick "Panther" Spencer, the only black character in the series, gets this treatment. By the final arc, where a chapter or play doesn't seem to be able to go by without saying he's greater than everyone else due to "his black genes", it really sticks out.
** Though early on, Panther's main trait was his being a {{Determinator}} (he worked hard to impress his racist coach, misinterpreted the racism as his not being good enough, and worked even ''harder''). While his race did come into it as described, it's not like they had the "he's awesome 'cuz he's black!" attitude the whole time.
* Played awkwardly straight in ''Manga/{{Soul Eater}}''. Soul is a pervert, and Maka scolds him for it. Black Star is an arrogant asshole, and Tsubaki is often called the truly strong one in their partnership. Thankfully, the Kid-Liz-Patty trio seem avert this trope, as Patty is just as crazy as Kid is obsessive, and Liz, while the OnlySaneMan, is very easily disgusted or frightened, and keeps her mind on fashion and beauty.
* There are two female Espada in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', past and current. [[note]]And Cirucci but she isn't considered one anymore.[[/note]] Apart from Starrk, they're the only nice ones. They're also stronger with only two Espada stronger and [[spoiler:Harribel is the last Espada defeated, taken down personally by Aizen. And the two female Espada seem to be the only ones that actually get to live.]]
* Nils Nielsen is the only black Gunpla Fighter in ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', and one of the precious few black characters in the entire Franchise/{{Gundam}} franchise in general. He's a 13-year old ChildProdigy with several [=PhD=]s, as well as the son of a [[GreatDetective famous detective]] and a prominent female martial arts champion. On the other hand, he does mix up his Chinese and Japanese cultures when building his "Sengoku" Astray, something {{Lampshaded}} by the show's Japanese cast members.
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* A particularly common theme in comics is to have black scientists as well, especially circa the 1970s or 80s, where it would likely have seemed ironic and well intentioned of the writers- Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}'s parents (and his love interest at STAR Labs), Bumblebee of the Comicbook/TeenTitans, and more. Marvel examples include Thunderball (the ''only'' black member of the universally idiotic thugs in The Wrecking Crew was the brilliant nuclear physicist), Vermin, and streetwise more standard-type geniuses like Hobie Brown, among others. There's also Chemistro (Hood's go to science guy) and Deadly Nightshade from {{MODOK}}'s 11.
** Mister Terrific, who is usually portrayed as the smartest member of the [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]] and the team's go-to science whiz. He's generally called the third smartest man on Earth.
* Arguably the reason that ComicBook/BlackPanther's African country of Wakanda should be lifting into the air and hovering far above the backwards, petty influence of all those...well, every other ethnicity there is...any day now.
* When writing ''[[NewMutants New X-Men]]'', the creators were careful to avoid any African-American stereotypes when it came to Prodigy. Taking that idea to its natural conclusion, the character ended up as a genius with the superpower to absorb the knowledge of those around him. Thankfully, he's a well-rounded character, which kept him from becoming a CreatorsPet.
* There was a time in the 1980s when MarvelComics' two flagship ensemble teams, the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} and Comicbook/TheAvengers, both had black female leaders. However, there's a reason why {{Storm}} caught on with readers and became a very popular character and [[CaptainErsatz Captain Marvel]] (yes, that [[ComicBook/{{Nextwave}} Captain Marvel]]) did not. The latter was a girl scout who was as close to being TheCape without actually wearing one, whereas the former actually had more than one dimension and is an interesting character in her own right.
** In addition to Storm of the X-Men and Monica "Formerly Known as Captain Marvel" Rambeau of Comicbook/TheAvengers and ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}, Slingshot naturally gravitated to the leadership role of ComicBook/{{Dynamo5}}, Skyrocket was the field leader of the Power Company, Misty Knight led Heroes for Hire, Vixen briefly gravitated to the leadership role of the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], Jet of the Global Guardians, Vaporlock of Infinity Incorporated, Kid Quantum II of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}, Amanda Waller of the ComicBook/SuicideSquad ... if you put a black woman on a superhero team, chances are she'll be running the show eventually. Oh, and Bumblebee ended up leading Titans East on the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon.
* Although in theory ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons Comics]]'' (like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' itself) is non-discriminatory in its negative stereotypes and ''everyone'' was supposed to be a blockhead, the Superior Squad (a superhero team led by Bart Simpson's favorite comic-book character Radioactive Man that fought supervillains between the 1950s and 1990s) mostly adhered to this trope. The team consisted of six men and two women - and guess which two were the most positively portrayed? One of the females, Lure Lass, was a regular MarySue, while the other, Weasel Woman, did have ''some'' flaws but was braver and more {{Badass}} than everyone else on the team, including Radioactive Man himself. (One reader even wrote in to comment that Weasel Woman really should have been named the team leader.) In contrast, the two most profoundly flawed Superior Squad members were male, as well as the two ostensibly most powerful: Purple Heart (who later changed his name to [[BourgeoisBohemian "Bleeding Heart"]], then to [[DarkerAndEdgier "Heart of Darkness"]], then to "Bleeding Heart" again, and finally to [[BloodyHilarious "Bloody Heart"]]), who was your standard [[SmallNameBigEgo Ted Baxter]] type, and RM himself, who was well-meaning but very much a WindmillCrusader and rather stupid.
** Weasel Woman being a female version of Wolverine (created well before X-23 came along) might explain her popularity, though in the "Simpsons" universe she doesn't seem subject to [[WolverinePublicity Weasel Woman publicity]].
* Amy in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' was made into TheLancer with ImprobableAimingSkills due to ExecutiveMeddling. She had few flaws compared to her very flawed male counterparts, and Tekno (another thoroughly competent female character). Ironically her initial persona was surprisingly close to the lovesick CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Amy of the later games.
** While Amy herself is a much more abrasive character in the [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog American Sonic comics]], it plays this straight with a fair few other characters. Sally and Bunnie are usually more rational and CloserToEarth than many male Freedom Fighters, who are often harbored by significant flaws like arrogance or temper issues, meanwhile the female leads' shortcomings are often more minor or down to circumstance than deep personality issues (eg. Bunnie's robotization, Sally's responsibilities as leader and monarch). Julie Su leans less into this vein, more or less acting as a DistaffCounterpart to Knuckles, though is still ''slightly'' more rational than him.
* Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' universe are both Gotham City police detectives, and Commissioner Gordon always puts them at the forefront of any "major crimes" case. Bullock, who first showed up in the original comics in the mid-1980s, is a large white man (albeit a vaguely "ethnic" one, as he was voiced by an Italian-American actor in [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]]). He was originally a plant installed in the police department by an underworld syndicate, only to perform a HeelFaceTurn and [[BecomingTheMask start working for Gordon for real]]. Despite this, Bullock is still a loudmouthed, hot-tempered, stubborn, self-important FatBastard type who [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking eats too many donuts]] - and, to top it off, is also commonly shown to be a hypocrite, such as when he chides Batman for working outside the law but also regularly flouts police procedure himself (and in the comics, after Bruce Wayne has his back broken by Bane and is replaced by his apprentice Jean-Paul Valley, Bullock actually praises the new Batman for being excessively violent with criminals, even helping him by giving him files on suspects that the police can't finger). Then we have Montoya, [[CanonImmigrant a character created for the animated series who subsequently found her way into the original comics]]. [[CaptainObvious She is a woman]], a Latina, and (in the comics at least) a lesbian; she is also a much more pleasant person to be around than Bullock, is athletic and beautiful (although somewhat mannish in the early years of the animated series), always (with a few exceptions) obeys Commissioner Gordon, and has no flaws other than [[WideEyedIdealist being a little too idealistic about crime-fighting]]. The discrepancy between Bullock and Montoya was never worse than when the two of them battled the hulking vigilante Lock-Up hand-to-hand: Bullock did most of the work but couldn't quite bring the big guy down, only for Montoya to jump onto Lock-Up's back and easily knock him unconscious by hitting him in the head with her pistol; when the other cops arrived, Montoya got all the credit.
** This is subverted by the Bullock and Montoya [[{{Expy}} Expies]] in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the first two movies of Creator/ChristopherNolan's ''Batman'' movie trilogy. It's not that the Bullock character here is depicted in a positive light (he's ''even worse'' in this version), but the Montoya character, Ana Ramirez, turns out to be a weak, weaselly woman who betrays two of her best friends to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker (getting one of them violently killed) for her own purposes. She pays for it by being held at gunpoint and forced to submit to a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck Speech]] from [[EvenEvilHasStandards Two-Face of all people]] - and then, when Two-Face's coin lands with the "good" side up, sparing Ramirez's life, Two-Face just [[WouldHitAGirl punches her in the mouth]], knocking her in a heap.
* In issue ten of ''Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin'' ({{New 52}} version), a BigBad gathers together various people that feel like they've been injured or wronged by Batman. Almost all of them were injured through the results of their own actions and stupidity, or in one case were simply embarrassed. The lone female of the group is also the only one whose injuries were purely the result of Batman's actions towards her, thereby making her the only one with some small amount of legitimacy to her anger. Her injuries are also relatively minor and no more disfiguring than many body piercings... apparently she simply decided to keep them rather than having them removed.
* Black-a-Jack in ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. [[note]]who is named Galley-Wag in the story and based on the mischievous but gentle Golliwogg from the childrens book The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and Golliwogg written by Florence Kate Upton in 1895[[/note]] Where do we start? His oversized head houses a brain similar in density to a black hole. He has to step lightly so he doesn't crack Earth in half. He disables any humanoid opponents just by raising his voice. He builds himself a language of his own that seems to splice and synthesize English and Dutch at will, because saying just one word at a time is a dullinquent waste of vocablishment; he builds himself a spaceworthy flying ship seemingly powered by the scent of roses; he's the single most interesting, possibly most in depth, inarguably by far the most intelligent, most funny, outrageous, sexy, free-spirited and most phenomenally powerful character encountered in this work of infinite fiction; he doesn't even show up on the page very often as the writer probably realizes nothing could stop him from [[EnsembleDarkhorse stealing the show]] and depriving it of drama. ''And'' he has a '''huge'''...personality.
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* In ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith''. Jane Smith is professional and usually the one to be in control of the situation. John Smith makes bumbling mistakes and more than once seems to succeed purely on luck. He is also not as cold-hearted as his wife. It appears she paid for that skill with her charisma and wisdom stats.
* Occurs in the movie version of ''Film/GetSmart'' due to ValuesDissonance. Agent 99 being the competent and experienced professional while Maxwell Smart was a blundering incompetent was originally a surprising and subversive twist.[[note]]Remember that the tv series ''Series/GetSmart'' was a ''Film/JamesBond'' parody[[/note]] Today it just seems like this trope. In fact they seem to have made Maxwell ''more'' competent in order to compensate. This may be to rectify the fact that in the original, 99 ''admires'' Smart, likes him being in charge, and is prepared to completely ignore his lack of ability in favor of his experience, character, and tendency towards dumb luck. The modern 99 is clearly aware of Max's inexperience, so they had to give him at least some capabilities.
** The funny thing is that the experienced character is younger than the inexperienced one in real life - Creator/AnneHathaway is twenty years younger than Creator/SteveCarell.
*** This is actually referenced in the film. 99 reveals that she recently underwent plastic surgery after botching a mission and had the surgeons make her look younger.
* Much hoo-ha was made over ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' starring non-white main characters as stoned slackers, but the writers still went out of their way to mention how both are brilliant students with near genius-level [=IQs=] who simply have a problem with staying motivated, whereas various white characters are uniformly portrayed as total idiots and/or {{Jerkass}}es.
* A scene in the film ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' depicts two angels condemning a room full of businessmen for their ([[CorruptCorporateExecutive many]], many) sins such as child molestation, squandering family inheritance money, extramarital affairs, disowning gay kids, incest, among other things. Every one of them are male, and the only female in the room is a secretary, whose worst sin was not saying "God bless you" when one of the angels sneezed.
** Well, that, and the golden calf.
* Pick any kids' sports movie, and there will be [[JackieRobinsonStory one female player]] on the team. This girl will never miss a shot or strike out on camera. (Arguably, this implementation began with the original ''[[Film/TheBadNewsBears Bad News Bears]]'' movie in the 1970s.)
** For example, ''Film/SpaceJam'''s Lola Bunny.
** ''Film/LittleGiants'' revolves around such a character. It is slightly Deconstructed as the whole plot of the movie revolves around her not being picked for the city Pee-Wee football team, despite being as good as the guys, as well as a TenMinuteRetirement to become a cheerleader just to get a boy to like her...until the other team deliberately tries to injure him.
* ''Film/TheBourneSeries''. All the important female characters are pretty unambiguously good; except for Bourne himself nearly all the important male characters are corrupt and/or outright sociopaths (except for Simon in ''Ultimatum'', but he ends up being [[spoiler: TooDumbToLive]]). Julia Stiles's character does spend the first two films trying to kill Bourne, but only because she was given false information.
** No longer true as of ''The Bourne Legacy''. The main villain has a henchwoman and one of the soldiers sent to kill Marta, and apparently the boss of the mission, is a woman.
* This is one of the rules set down for ''Franchise/TheLoneRanger'': all villains had to be white to avoid accusations of racism.
* Creator/SidneyPoitier's most famous starring roles in ''Lilies of the Field'', ''Film/ToSirWithLove'', ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' and ''Film/GuessWhosComingToDinner''. For the most part, all these roles have Poitier playing men who are nearly perfect specimens of humanity except for a bit of righteous anger at injustice. ''Dinner'' is the most blatant with character being less a man than an demigod of perfection.
** Stanley Kramer, the director/producer of ''Dinner'' argued that Poitier's character had to be perfect because the only objection to his marrying Spencer Tracy's daughter was his race.
** Lampshaded by Matt after he has someone check up on John. "I can certainly understand why he didn't have much to say about himself. Who would believe him?!"
** This is a bit of TypeCasting as Poitier is a demigod of perfection [[RealLife IRL]].
** Hilariously {{Subverted| Trope}} in ''Film/{{Sneakers}}''. For most of the film, Poitier's character is his typical eloquent, composed, genteel family man. During the film's climactic confrontation, however, he and Dan Aykroyd's character are kidnapped by a pair of mooks. Poitier turns to Aykroyd, says "Hey, you know why they kicked me out of the CIA? My temper." and proceeds to beat the crap out of one of the mooks, as he screams, "Motherfucker, mess with me and I split ya head!".
* In the new ''Series/CharliesAngels'' films, all the men are either buffoons, evil, secretly evil, a disembodied voice on a speaker phone, or Creator/BillMurray. Then again, all the women ''other'' than the Angels are also secretly evil.
** And the Angels get to be buffoons.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/TheAnimal:'' Miles, the only black man employed at the airport, is constantly complaining that, because he's black, the others treat him as if he could do no wrong, and ignore anything he does - such as smoking in a federal building - that would prove otherwise. This becomes a ChekhovsGun when Miles claims to be the monster to keep the mob from killing the main character. The mob immediately disbands to avoid getting charged with a hate crime, and Miles stands there as they walk off, screaming about 'reverse uracism'.
* Cleverly {{Averted| Trope}} in the otherwise forgettable Paul Hogan comedy ''Almost an Angel''. A wheelchair-bound man is being a JerkAss in a bar and Hogan calls him on it. When the other bar patrons get angry over Hogan coming down on a guy in a wheelchair, Hogan pulls a chair out, sits down in it, and then challenges the guy to a fist-fight since they were now on equal terms. And wins. This earns the respect of the JerkAss, who stops being such a JerkAss for the rest of the film.
** If you care to be technical about it, they ''still'' weren't on equal terms, because Hogan still had the physical capacity to cheat if it had to come to that.
* In the future of ''Film/{{Virtuosity}}'', the prisons are filled to overflowing with white people (who are all white supremacists). In fact, Denzel Washington's character may be the only black guy in prison in the future. And he's a cop. And it was a bogus rap.
** Not bogus. He did mow down the camera crew after [[spoiler:his wife and daughter were killed by a maniac]]. While they were TooDumbToLive, it doesn't justify ''not checking your targets'' before firing on full auto. It's not clear why he was put in prison instead of a mental asylum, though (YMMV on which is worse).
* In ''Film/TheGamers: Dorkness Rising'' a female joins the group and two of the guys flip out (the other two being the ex boyfriend and the DM who knew ahead of time.) And:
** In spite of being completely new to gaming, she's able to build a monster 9th level fighter using only the Players Handbook and a combination of feats that only exist in this movie that the {{Munchkin}} {{Powergamer}} RulesLawyer somehow missed. She's far more mature than the other players and after only one game session is able to give the GameMaster all the insight he needs to run his group correctly. The guys are a milquetoast, a {{Jerkass}}, and two emotionally stunted clowns.
** Circumstances are contrived to make sure her character is the most effective. She excels against several weak opponents, but her low hit points make her weak against a tougher foe and the group has no real tank due to this.
*** It's been said they've managed to alienate all the Male gamers (even the eleven year olds) with their {{Jerkass}}ery, so going outside NoWomansLand is their last option. Being a newcomer leaves her less jaded and still FunctionalGenreSavvy enough to appreciate the story the GM was working so hard to write. As evidenced by [[spoiler: using a very rare unlimited wish so that a dorky but lovable {{NPC}} could be resurrected and RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap. The resident {{Munchkin}} berates her for wasting her potential GameBreaker on puny CharacterDevelopment and says ScrewThisImOuttaHere]]. She's also Kas's ex girlfriend, and seems to be pretty good at predicting his behavior.
* Done in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films with Hermione Granger (much less so in the books). The film version of Ron is rather {{Flanderize}}d, being much more cowardly and incompetent than he is in the books, with most of his good material being given to Hermione. One major example is in the first film, when the PowerTrio is caught by a man eating plant. Ron panics and is nearly crushed by the plant, while Hermione is the first to figure out how to escape, and subsequently saves Ron. In the book, while it is still Ron being crushed, Hermione is the one who panics and Ron has to yell at her to snap her back to her senses. She is still the one to save him, but if Ron hadn't kept a cool head (while being crushed to death), he might not have survived.
** Averted from the fifth film onwards. Notably when the kids are being restrained by the Death Eaters, Ron struggles against his captor while Hermione just cowers in fear. And Ron is given a few CMOA in the seventh film to balance things out a bit.
* In ''Film/HowToTrainYourDragon'', Astrid has established that she is not only the most competent trainee but the ''only'' competent trainee. The others (who are mostly boys) barely do anything to the dragons. This is justified, though, by the amount of work she has put into not being seen as "just a girl". She spends a much larger amount of time training because she actually wants to be the best, she isn't just written as a perfect character.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'', ComicBook/BlackWidow arguably causes the very problem she later blames Tony for on his evaluation (she gets close to him and then, aware that he's dying even though he doesn't know she is, tells him he should go out and do whatever he wants... and then slams him in the report for his irresponsible and impulsive actions) but is still held up as an insightful, intelligent agent. And when it comes time for her to fight, she defeats something like two dozen trained security personnel (all male) not only without any of them actually managing to challenge her, but without her even looking like she's trying. Just to drive it home, they include a male character who struggles with defeating ''one'' of these bad guys in the time she knocks out twenty.
** Tony is a multimillionaire with a [[OneManArmy buckets of firepower]] and she is an assassin spy. Egging him on to see what he would do in a moment of weakness is a valid test of character, something she was there to ascertain.
** Also, while Pepper Potts is not portrayed as an ActionGirl, the second and third movies especially try to drive home that she's much [[CloserToEarth more sensible]] than Tony (even as she spends the entire movie being passive-aggressive and rude) and morally superior as well. In the second movie, she becomes the company's CEO despite spending most of her career as a secretary.
** [[BlackBestFriend The lead's buddy]] [[ComicBook/WarMachine James Rhodes]] is also much more responsible, level-headed, and reasonable than Tony, to the point that he really does seem to be a much better choice for keeping the Iron Man suit. Although in fairness, these three characters being more mature than Tony might have less to do with the fact that they're all minorities, and more with it being a very low bar.
** In equal fairness, a big part of the movie's plot is Tony's need to get his act together and his excesses (from alcoholism to abusing the power of the armor), and it would both defeat the point and be incredibly disturbing if anyone managed to be ''less'' mature and [[WithGreatPowercomesGreatResponsibility responsible]] than Tony.
** The part about the Black Widow being better than Tony's driver/bodyguard is helped by the fact that said driver/bodyguard is played by the film's director, meaning he's perfectly willing to show ''himself'' [[TakeThatMe less competent than her]].
*** Also Happy is a run of the mill bodygaurd fighting what looks to be an ex military security agent. BlackWidow [[OvershadowedByAwesome is a world class assassin.]] Still doesn't explain why she egged on Tony's bad behavior unless she was intentionally sabotaging him. Though not wanting [[TheHedonist Tony]] having your back is semi-understandable.
**** She told him that if it were her last birthday, she'd do whatever she wanted to do with whomever she wanted to do it with. That could be taken as a cue to do something considerably more meaningful than get drunk and abuse power, especially considering the rocky spots Tony was hitting at the time with the people who were most important to him. It says something about Tony that he took the drunken power-abuse route--and that something was probably what Black Widow was trying to find out, given that her job was to assess his character.
** Flaws in Black Widow's character have also been exposed in The Avengers, mostly concerning her not bad but still imperfect morals and their ... checkered history.
*** And again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as she discusses some of her own flaws with Steve and even more are alluded to by Alexander Pierce.
* The early movies starring Creator/AdamSandler would often show not just Adam's character but practically everyone else to be annoying, bizarre, or just plain unpleasant (due to RuleOfFunny). The one exception would be the pretty young woman whom the Sandler character lusts after, who was always about as MarySue as it could get: always did the right thing, never disgraced or embarrassed, and without any but the smallest flaws that could be easily ignored by the story. The implication was that Sandler didn't deserve such a perfect creature and had to spend the entire movie reforming his behavior to be worthy of her. As time went on, the usual Sandler formula began to be subverted. In ''Film/BigDaddy'', for instance, the girl Sandler is with at the start of the film is even more morally flawed than he is, and [[BreakTheHaughty receives her comeuppance in the final scene as most of the movie's characters (both male and female) laugh at her]]. And the remake of ''Mr. Deeds'' [[InvertedTrope turns the trope completely inside-out]]: the heroine of the story is actually a ''villain'' at the start of it (well, more of a DefectorFromDecadence) while Deeds (Sandler) is IncorruptiblePurePureness personified. The girl ends up having to suffer quite a few indignities (including a brutal TheReasonYouSuckSpeech) as part of her HeelFaceTurn and to prove to Deeds that ''she's'' worthy of ''him'' - and, just to add insult to injury, also discovers that in ''this'' film, SlapstickKnowsNoGender.
** ''Film/TheWaterboy'' subverts this, too: Sandler's love interest is good-hearted, but also somewhat trashy and a petty criminal to boot.
*** Inverted with Adam's black best friend, however. He is the first person on the team to warm up to Sandler's character, and is oddly the only normal character in the film.
* The FinalGirl in horror movies is usually this, driven UpToEleven in insufferability when she's the only woman in an otherwise all-male cast.
* ''[[Film/{{Saw}} Saw VI]]'' both plays it straight in the first trap and lightly lampshades it in two later scenes; the hanging trap, where the main character has to choose between two employees; an elderly woman with failing health but a family and a young man who's perfectly healthy but has no-one [[spoiler: he chooses the woman]] and the carousel trap, in which he has to choose two out of his six employees for survival [[spoiler: he chooses two women; one because she's a single mother (playing it straight) and the other who's suggested to have been ''written out of her parents' will'' chosen at random (lampshading it)]].
* GeorgeLucas's ''Film/RedTails'' does this with the African-American Tuskegee Airmen, not by making them unusually good but by making their white counterparts incredibly incompetent.
** It's not that they're incompetent but that they're reckless and glory hungry and leave the bombers they're supposed to be escorting unprotected to go after shoot down German fighters. The Tuskegee pilots are not above this, especially Lightning, but their commanding officer Col. Bullard orders them to stay with their bombers at all costs. There's also more of a risk for the Tuskegee pilots compared to the white pilots; if they don't do their jobs correctly, they'll be sent back to doing reconnaissance missions in rural areas so they need to be more competent and careful than the white pilots, to prove they deserve their jobs escorting the bombers.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/MissCongeniality''. Victor the beauty-pageant coach is explaining to Gracie how he had a near-perfect record of the girls he coached winning the pageant. The one year his girl lost? The winner was a deaf-mute. [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged You can't beat that]].
* This trope is everywhere in Disney's 1964 Academy Award-winning version of ''MaryPoppins''. The title character outright describes herself as "practically perfect in every way", and is similarly constantly spoken of as wonderful by various other (male) characters - even though most of the feats Mary can perform are thanks to magical powers she apparently was born with (the film implies she's some sort of angel, or even a goddess), and aside from that she doesn't seem to have any special talents besides being [[BeautyEqualsGoodness pretty]] and kind-hearted. Her male counterpart, the vagabond Bert, is a mere mortal who lives on the street and is [[AshFace covered with black ash]] from sweeping chimneys much of the time, and also provides most of the film's slapstick. The trope extends to the Banks family: the father, George, is well-meaning but constantly comes across as grumpy, pompous, and insensitive to his children (and naturally, he's learned to be a better father by the film's end); his wife Winifred, meanwhile, is an activist in the women's suffrage movement (the story taking place in 1910, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance when the idea of women being able to vote was still seen as radical]]), but mostly avoids becoming a StrawFeminist and is portrayed much more positively. Their children are Jane and Michael: Jane is apparently the older of the two and seems to be morally and intellectually superior to her brother; Michael mostly follows his sister's lead and has a problem with constantly saying stupid things or acting rudely. To top it all off, when Mary, Jane, Michael, and Bert take part in a merry-go-round horse race in the countryside, Mary and Jane easily leave Michael and Bert in the dust (although Bert at least has the excuse of slowing down to rescue [[SpaceJews an Irish fox]] being hunted by bloodhounds). And of course, the most morally pure character in the film - and arguably [[TheHeart the film's conscience]] - is "the little old bird-woman" who sits on the steps of the cathedral.
** There is one instance in which the trope is subverted, if only for a moment: When Mary is first meeting the children - this being the same scene where she says she's "practically perfect in every way" - she tells Michael he's "extremely stubborn and suspicious." Jane giggles gleefully at this - until [[BreakTheHaughty Mary silences her by telling her she giggles too much]].
* ''Film/InAWorld...'': In-universe, Lake Bell is straight-up told that she was given the part of voice-over in the ''Amazon Games'' trailer for this reason.
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* Of the four protagonists of Patrick Tilley's ''The Amtrak Wars'', the two guys are pretty deeply flawed, get slightly better or a lot worse, and die. The two girls wind up more or less saints by the end, and live.
* Subverted in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', where 71-Hour Achmed tells Vimes "''Truly'' treat all men equally. Allow Klatchians the right to be scheming bastards."
** The Watch series has this as a running theme, especially in ''Discworld/MenAtArms.'' Due to the [[FantasticRacism speciesism]] that pervades Ankh-Morpork, Lord Vetinari's demand that the Watch better represent the city's "ethnic" makeup means including a dwarf, a troll, and a [[RunningGag w]][[spoiler:[[DiscriminateAndSwitch erewolf]]]] on the Watch.
** ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' plays this trope absolutely straight with goblins.
* Creator/DeanKoontz often does this with his disabled characters. Needless to say, this annoys actual disabled people.
* The saintly Uncle Tom in ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'': Harriet Beecher Stowe intended him to be a model of a perfect Christian; he was portrayed in the novel as being young and strong but still aspiring to be nonviolent. It eventually backfired when later readers began to interpret Tom's [[StupidGood goodness as weakness]], and a different version of the character emerged in minstrel show adaptations (which Stowe neither approved nor profited from): an older, weaker man who groveled and kowtowed before whites and was essentially a slavery apologist. Thus we have UncleTomfoolery.
* Referred to in the children's book ''Bill's New Frock'', about a boy who wakes up to find that everyone else believes he is (and has always been) a girl. While taking part in sports at school, he is told to allow a disabled classmate to win a race; but because Bill still has the competitive instincts of a young boy, he can't bring himself to do it. Everything works out in the end since the disabled boy came second, thus is pleased that he's improved his sporting performance.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The seventh season of ''Series/RedDwarf'' introduced a female crewmember who quickly proved the most competent of any of them (not a challenge given the competition, granted...) They thankfully backed off this some in later episodes. It should be pointed out, however, that she came from an alternate universe where the Red Dwarf crew were ''all'' more competent than their "regular" universe counterparts. A recurring theme had Kochanski berating Lister for not being as competent as ''her'' Dave. However, there was a lot of implication that they were more competent ''because'' of her, so it still stands.
** A subversion was Holly from Series 3-5, played by Hattie Hayridge. The character admitted in one episode to being a "deranged, half-witted computer" and in another couldn't even count without banging her head on the screen.
*** That being said, Holly still seemed smarter as a female, especially in episodes like "Backwards" with her theory on "The Big Crunch" and in "Polymorph" she was actually able to recognize the creature (a shapeshifter) when even Rimmer (who is always insulting Holly's intelligence) was too distracted by its current shape (his mother).
* In the comedy ''Chalk'', Suzy Travis is the sarcastic, intelligent straight man to the rest of the teaching department's idiotic fools - especially deputy headmaster Eric Slatt. However, this is subverted in the second season as she slowly turns into Slatt herself.
** Likewise, Eric's wife Janet is a typical CloserToEarth sitcom wife. However, it's averted entirely with Ms Trippley, a complete mess of a woman who ''sacked'' all the students at Galfast High School. Twice. There's still something to be said for the fact that while there are [[StraightMan Straight Men]] amongst the female staff, all the male staff have individual quirks and flaws.
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' -- the sole black character, Bill's co-anchor Catherine Duke, was by far the least ridiculous person at the station. Also the dullest, which is why few noticed her departure in the middle of the fourth season. Dave and Lisa were also more or less normal, as well as more successful. Still, in one episode when Bill is listing the positive traits of all his coworkers, for Catherine he simply says, "You're a woman, and you're black, oh what I wouldn't give!"
* The US ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'': Even though Stanley and Darryl have clearly been obnoxious or inappropriately insubordinate, Michael constantly ignores it for the cameras, fearing accusations of racism. The show is also pretty impressive when it comes to gender: the female characters are exactly as flawed as the male ones.
* ''Series/SpinCity'' averted this cleverly with [[TwoferTokenMinority gay black guy]] Carter. Carter was highly intelligent, extremely good at his job and often acted as the voice of reason, but he was a flawed character in other ways such as his neuroses and hyper-sensitivity to racial and sexual discrimination.
* In the BBC version of ''Series/RobinHood'', the character of Djaq is a [[TwoferTokenMinority double token minority]]- the one non-white outlaw and the only female member of the group. She is frequently shown to be more intelligent than the other characters and is usually the one to tell them off for being idiots, kicks butt while fighting, has incredible healing powers, and can always get herself out of a fix with her Saracen know-how.
** It got worse in S3, in which Djaq (whose TwoferTokenMinority status was at least alleviated by a likeable personality and a plausible backstory for her assortment of skills) is written out and replaced by Kate, whose characterization was a mess of {{Double Standard}}s. Essentially, the portrayal was an strange blend of [[DamselInDistress blatant sexism]] and [[FauxActionGirl wannabe feminism]]: on the one hand, the only female of the gang was invariably the one that was constantly getting arrested, kidnapped or injured (usually due to her inability to keep a lid on her emotions), her only objective on the show was to become Robin's girlfriend (with a LoveTriangle with two other outlaws on the side), and she was an otherwise completely useless member of the gang who contributed nothing and was in need of constant supervision. At the same time, Positive Discrimination played its part considering none of the male outlaws ever seemed to notice just how much of a liability she really was. Instead she was allowed to [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale abuse and criticize them constantly]], was never required to take responsibility for her actions, and had all the outlaws fall inexplicably in love with her despite her serious attitude problem. Too useless to be an ActionGirl and too obnoxious to be a worthy DamselInDistress, no one really know ''what'' the writers were trying to achieve with her.
* Any family sitcom involves a wife who is far more intelligent and level-headed than her spouse. This usually leads to one or two episodes where the trend is reversed so the husband can be right at least once. This one goes back to ''Series/TheHoneymooners''. Although sometimes they make it so the wife is ''still'' right anyway because the husband starts flaunting the fact he was right and messes up again. If you are a man on one of these shows, you simply cannot win.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and then massively subverted in the ''Series/InspectorMorse'' episode "Twilight of the Gods." Nobody, including Morse, wants to believe anything ''too'' bad about Andrew Baydon--despite how unpleasantly he treats other people--because he has a Nazi concentration camp tattoo on one arm. In fact, the tattoo is a fake, designed to cover up what Baydon was ''really'' doing during WWII.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' had Sweet Dee, who started out in this trope but was quickly {{averted|Trope}} when the writers realized there was no reason Dee would hang out with such a horrible group of people if she wasn't just like them.
* It's been noted (half-jokingly) that the only people to get a definitively happy ending at the end of series four of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' are [[spoiler:the lesbians and the black guy]].
* Parodied in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':
-->'''Joy:''' We're gonna require a second opinion from a real doctor. You know, a Jewish one.
-->'''Doctor:''' I'm Indian. We're the new Jews.
-->'''Darnell:''' I thought that was Koreans.
-->'''Doctor:''' They wish!
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' occasionally mocked this with Turk's history. Including the time he got 3rd place in the science fair without entering, and how he's photoshopped multiple times in his college brochure to make it more diverse. Then he's put as the face for an outreach project for the hospital.
** Turk himself really disliked this, saying that if he wanted to be portrayed as a role model for being just a good medic, fine, but being singled out as the token and being used for positive discrimination annoyed him.
* In the short-lived series ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'', Yves Adele Harlow was the lone female on the primary cast, and also the only fully competent one. The individual characters all got their moments to shine, but Yves owned almost every single time she was on-screen (and off-screen). Only exceptions: in the pilot, Frohike managed to outwit Yves, and Jimmy manages to save the day often as well. (Yves was also dark-skinned and a foreigner, making her a threefer.)
* ''Series/CoronationStreet''. Any male character that isn't a gormless twat or a henpecked husband, or has any type of backbone, is some kind of villain. Be it a wife beater, serial killer, con artist, womanizer or just your average JerkAss. In affair storylines the woman will almost always be the sympathetic one.
** Sean Tully, full stop. He's the Token Gay and more importantly a KarmaHoudini and JerkSue. He gets away with everything and is always portrayed as the victim if things get serious.
* In any show involving an ActionGirl in hand-to-hand combat with a man, she effortlessly defeats her opponent, usually without him landing a single blow in return. Examples are numerous, but they include:
** ''Series/{{Alias}}'': The show was built on this.
** ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': The bad guys never laid a finger on Sydney Cooke in the show's frequent martial-arts fights. Even ''Creator/ChuckNorris'' took a few hits from bad guys on the show.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In one episode, Kira kicked the ass of Gul Damar, a Cardassian, with him never landing one blow in return. The Cardassians are portrayed as very large, well-muscled aliens and this particular one had been in the military for most of his life. Though Kira has also been fighting Cardassians almost her entire life, was a very effective resistance fighter when she was, and is not above fighting dirty, while Damar was more of a shipman and as such had less experience with close combat.
*** Kira's background as a HotBlooded fighter in LaResistance also put her at a disadvantage in diplomatic situations and forced her to adapt to life as Sisko's [[TheLancer second in command]].
*** Jadzia could also come off this way at times... but at the same time, it was noted that as a Trill, she had multiple lifetimes worth of experience (justifying some of it), and that not all of them were good lives, like the one where Dax was bonded to a Serial Killer.
* In-universe FantasticRacism version here: In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Dr. Pulaski is well-known for her casual dismissal of Data as anything other than a mere machine. However, she is shocked--''shocked''-- when Data is defeated in a chess-like game by a flesh-and-blood man, fully expecting him to ace the challenge. Pulaski may count as an aversion here since her FantasticRacism was a much bigger flaw than those of any of the rest of the main cast..... Only she was never called out on it and instead everyone paid lip service to what a loving and caring doctor she was.
** In "Hollow Pursuits", during Reg Barclay's Three Musketeers holoprogram, the male main crewmembers, especially Commander Riker, [[RonTheDeathEater are portrayed as arrogant idiots]], whereas the female main crewmembers, Dr. Crusher and Counselor Troi, are portrayed as loving maternal figures ([[OtherMeAnnoysMe though Troi's not very happy to see her holographic alter-ego]]).
* ''Series/ICarly'' has the episode "[=iHireAnIdiot=]" where Carly and Sam hire a male intern based on the fact that he's handsome, despite him being an idiot. For revenge, Freddie hires an attractive female intern who is also an idiot. At the end of the episode, it turned out that she was actually a brilliant college student pretending to be stupid.
* Parodied in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', where Marshall's father suggests he borrow an umbrella from the Koreans down the hall, since Koreans are apparently all wise enough to be [[CrazyPrepared prepared for any situation]] and compassionate enough to lend their things out to neighbors. Marshall is just as confused as everyone else. The Koreans ''did'' lend him an umbrella.
** Lily even lampshades it later by calling it "positive racism" in an attempt to cheer Marshall up.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' does this with Bonnie, who is always lauded, never judged. She betrays Elena by pretending to de-curse the vampire weapon, knowing it will affect Stefan and Damon, and no one pulls her up on it. Season two, when [[spoiler: Caroline becomes a vampire]], Bonnie immediately snubs/judges her instead of being a friend - again, this is never addressed. She also {{Mind Rape}}s a sorta friend and no one who matters in the show bats an eye.
** The creators always try to force TheWoobie card, too. When something bad happens to Bonnie, she's treated like her life is a cesspool. Most notably in season three when her [[spoiler: Mum - who she doesn't really know ''or'' like - is vamped up:]]
--> '''Caroline:''' Bonnie's always the one who gets hurt.
** This quoted by a character who had been [[spoiler: murdered and turned into a vampire, tortured twice (once by her own ''father''), and whose boyfriend is magically bound to the enemy.]]
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', whenever a straight character comes in conflict with someone gay or bi, the show has an annoying habit of painting the straight party as wrong while the queer character's own wrongdoing is conveniently forgotten.
* The 1980s Disney children's series ''Dumbo's Circus'' had a subtle example in that, even though she wasn't the lead character and wasn't particularly skilled at anything other than acrobatics, Lilly the trapeze artist was the most admirable and sensible of all the circus people, generally playing the TeamMom role, while every other (almost exclusively male) cast member was burdened with flaws he couldn't solve on his own; and occasionally, as in the case of Sebastian's [[MrViceGuy laziness]] or Barnaby's [[TheFool foolishness]], [[{{Flanderization}} this flaw became the character's primary personality trait]]. Even Dumbo himself was made to feel ashamed of his weight problem (despite being, you know, ''an elephant''). The only time this was ever subverted was when Lilly was revealed to be too vain to wear eyeglasses and thus too stubborn to admit she was near-sighted - and even that "flaw" just ended up emphasizing Lilly's [[BeautyEqualsGoodness great physical beauty]] (she was even offered a job as a fashion model, but chose to stay with the circus).
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]]in the "Racist Zombie" sketch from ''Series/KeyAndPeele'', where the planet is hit by a full-on ZombieApocalypse, with the narrative following two black guys and a white guy. In a subversion of the BlackDudeDiesFirst trope, the white guy is violently killed and eaten while the zombies ignore the two black guys, who eventually realize that the zombies are racist and refuse to eat black people. The sketch ends with a group of black survivors having a massive, jovial barbecue while the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt rest of the world goes to hell around them]].
* Subverted in ''Film/TheColorOfFriendship''. It is BasedOnATrueStory of a young Afrikaans girl who lives for a school semester in America and ends up living with an African American family-specifically the anti-apartheid Congressman Ron Dellums- during TheApartheidEra. The film does showcase Dellums' battle against apartheid, but he is no more tolerant of the Afrikaans girl in her home than she is scared of the black family that takes her in ,and Dellum's daughter Piper and her mother are also shocked, and neither party's behavior is condoned. Ultimately, the story is about each side overcoming their own prejudices, and finding they had more in common with each other.
* This has been a criticism of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' depiction of Brienne of Tarth. While she was still a credible {{Badass}} in the books, the show drives this home by giving her extra fight scenes where she goes up against some of the best swordsmen in Westeros like Jaime Lannister and Sandor Clegane and wins. These scenes were not in the books, and generally serve little narrative purpose beyond the {{fanservice}} of the fight and reinforcing how awesome she is when she inevitably wins.
** She does fight Jaime Lannister in the books and win. Whether the fight with Sandor serves a narrative purpose is admittedly an matter of YMMV
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* Beyonce Knowles in general; every song of hers is based on how she was jilted by some man in the past; "Single Ladies", "Diva", "Irreplaceable," and many more.
** WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows has this as a BerserkButton, and called her out on the general misandry in the lyrics of "If I Were a Boy", saying that men are perfectly capable of doing (and indeed have done) everything she portrays in the song as only being possible if she were a boy, and women are capable of doing all of the malevolent things that she portrays in the song as only capable of being done by men.
*** Malevolent things aside, the first verse seems to claim that only men are capable of doing things like choosing clothes freely or drinking beer with friends. While some may argue whether this is a positive portrayal of women for a song released in 2008, the message is still that women are morally superior to men.
* Virtually every mainstream Kelly Clarkson single since "Since U Been Gone" is about how her boyfriend sucks. Even "Because of You," which is initially about a broken family, was remade to be about a bad boyfriend in a duet with Reba [=McEntire=].
** Averted with "My Life Would Suck Without You," which is about how she and her boyfriend are equally messed up and are therefore perfect for each other.
* It's a trope of R&B in and of itself. Male R&B singers usually serenade women. Female R&B singers usually sing about bad relationships. Comedian Pablo Francisco even makes a joke about this.
* The DistaffCounterpart flipside of the above trope, is the many love songs are sung by men, who see women not just as regular people, but as [[MarySue GODDESSES]]. Or at least the male singer can't stand to be without them.
** In the most extreme cases, men think that they're not [[NobodyThinksItWillWork GOOD ENOUGH for women]]. Case in point: Tal Bachman "She's So High" (She's perfect as she can be/Why should I even bother?)
** Men don't just treat their girlfriends with respect, they SPOIL them with love. Like every Music/JustinBieber song. Even in the breakup song "Baby" he promises to do anything for his girl if she stays with him.
* All American Reject's song "Gives You Hell" is initially about an ex-girlfriend, but due to this trope, the video is about opposite neighbors...
* "Broken Heels" by Music/AlexandraBurke is about how much better at everything women are than men.
* Theory of a Deadman's album ''The Truth Is...'' subverts this with two of its tracks. "Bitch Came Back" - [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that says it all, doesn't it]]? Even "Gentleman", which has the narrator admitting he's a "loser" and an "asshole", turns it around and [[{{Hypocrite}} mocks women for claiming that they can't stand ne'er-do-well men but end up staying with them anyway]].
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* Scott Adams, the writer/artist of the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', has trouble including minorities in his central cast because he loves [[{{Jerkass}} deeply]]-[[ButtMonkey flawed]] characters, and doesn't want get angry letters by creating dumb, criminal or lazy minority characters. So he created Asok, an intern from India who's a foil to the rest of the cast. He's technically brilliant, hardworking, honest and nice. His only flaws are inexperience and wide-eyed naivete. He's TOO nice and TOO trusting. Adams still got letters.
* Delta, the only black cast member of ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'', is the smartest and most level-headed of the entire group. Unless you count "being a workaholic" as an actual flaw, she's about as MarySue as they get.
* Dr. Liz Wilson, the female veterinarian of ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}, has it all. She's a hot babe, a caring doctor, and she's smart. Back when the strip played up the romantic antagonism between her and Jon Arbuckle (before she and Jon finally became a couple), Liz was consistently portrayed as a goddess whom Jon could never measure up to, and he was lucky to be even breathing the same oxygen as she. Really, her only perceptible flaw was her DeadpanSnarker behavior toward Jon (which Jon never seemed to notice). Just to make things even, though, she ''did'' shoot down Jon so many times, and so coldly, that after a while you stopped laughing at Jon being an idiot and started to resent Liz for being so mean to him.
** Played more straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' where Liz is far less snarky and irritable and willingly dates Jon from the get go. Jon, while not quite as brainless as his comic counterpart, is still pretty pathetic.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Pro wrestling had this problem from the very beginning.
** When wrestling shows first began to appear on TV, Westerns were popular, so it was perhaps inevitable that "Indian chief" characters would appear. The promoters were aware that depicting a member of America's smallest minority group as a cheating, savage, murderous heel would be, to put it lightly, kind of mean - so they set out to subvert the negative stereotype and overdid it. Every Native American character between the 1940s and the 1990s - Chief Jay Strongbow most famously - was the NobleSavage incarnate and always a hero. Not until 1994 would Wrestling/{{Tatanka}} (a real-life Lumbee from North Carolina, [[FakeNationality although he depicted a Lakota]]) turn ''spectacularly'' heel, joining [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase's=]]] Million Dollar Corporation. (Later, when he returned to WWE in the mid-2000s, Tatanka would turn heel in a different way, this time painting his face with creepy makeup and claiming to be a "vengeful ghost warrior" - and his new gimmick was so {{Badass}} that it just resulted in [[DracoInLeatherPants Draco In A Leather Loincloth]]. Worse, he got only two matches with the new gimmick before [[PutOnABus mysteriously disappearing]].)
** Black wrestlers also faced this problem. Perhaps due to outbreaks of racially charged violence that tended to erupt in wrestling arenas in some parts of the country, promoters had to be very careful never to A) feature black athletes too prominently; or B) have them engage in behavior, even in {{Kayfabe}}, that could lead to race riots. The result was that guys like Art Thomas and Wrestling/BoboBrazil never got to depict anything more interesting than the standard boring good guy who didn't do anything extraordinary, at least at first. Ernie "Big Cat" Ladd was the first to defy the tradition in the 1960s, [[RefugeInAudacity transforming himself into one of the most obnoxious and bullying heels of his era]].
*** Even though WWE now features several prominent black wrestlers, traces of the hapless black hero of yore can still sometimes be seen, usually with Wrestling/KofiKingston, the only African-born (from Ghana) WWE Superstar. While he has always been a face and can more than hold his own with some of WWE's best (even defeating Wrestling/ChrisJericho for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html Intercontinental Championship]] in his first pay-per-view appearance!), many of his storylines have seen him [[{{Jobber}} job]] to the heels or get stuck in the tag-team ranks. Probably one of Kingston's most degrading moments was when he was attacked by Wrestling/{{Edge}} just before the 2009 Raw Elimination Chamber Match and prevented from competing at all, for no other reason than so that Edge could win the World Heavyweight Championship (and get a good KickTheDog moment in the bargain).
**** Subverted, cut with a blade, bashed with a guitar, put through a table and generally beaten all to hell until there was nothing left of it by Wrestling/NewJack. The Gangstas (Jack and Mustafa Saied) debuted in Wrestling/{{SMW}} in mid-1994 as {{Angry Black M|an}}en whose [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain whole act was based on playing on the racial fears of [=SMW=]'s very white audience]].
***** That there have been so many different ''kinds'' of black heels, from [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq]]'s [[MalcolmXerox black power gang the Nation of Domination]], to the aforementioned New Jack to ForeignWrestlingHeel[=/=]WrestlingMonster types such as Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher and Wrestling/{{Kamala}} to LargeHam {{Jerk Jock}}s such as [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]] also qualifies as a subversion of this.
* In all eras, female wrestlers almost never have the moral or psychological depth of their male counterparts. WWE's [[Characters/WWEDivas Divas]] and Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Knockouts can be heels but they're more likely to [[PokeThePoodle commit petty or annoying misdeeds]] than to act truly evil. (This may now be changing, with Katarina "Winter" Waters in TNA portraying a character who has clearly crossed the MoralEventHorizon.)
** Wrestling/BethPhoenix and [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidheart Natalya Neidhart]] liked trapping the other divas in painful looking submission holds and holding the house microphone up to their face so the entire arena can hear them scream. Then there's [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]].
* In intergender situations, it's almost always the man as the heel and the woman as the face, even if the woman is a heel as well (see Beth Phoenix). Wrestling/{{Chyna}} debuted in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in February 1997 as {{Heel}} Wrestling/TripleH's bodyguard, whose role was to beat up [[Characters/WWEDivas Marlena [Terri Runnels]]] during HHH's feud with Wrestling/{{Goldust}}, and, later, anyone else who got in HHH's way. She became a {{Face}} after [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} DeGeneration X]]'s collective [[HeelFaceTurn face turn]] in Spring-Summer 1998, not because of anything she herself did, and remained one for the rest of her run with the company. Ivelisse Velez of ''Wrestling/WWEToughEnough'' fame successfully averted this as she competed in several intergender matches as a heel.
** In perhaps her most notable appearance, Beth was more of a WildCard than a straight face or heel. Still officially a heel at the time, she entered the 2010 Royal Rumble Match (which only two other Divas, Chyna and Kharma, have ever done) and foreshadowed her HeelFaceTurn by easily eliminating [[TheGiant the Great Khali]] (who was a face at the time, albeit not a very sympathetic one). She then attempted to eliminate then-heel (and her RealLife boyfriend) Wrestling/CMPunk, but he got the best of her. It's doubtful she would have won in any case, since one of the last entrants in that match (and the eventual winner) was Wrestling/{{Edge}}, who has demonstrated in the past that he WouldHitAGirl.
** A special case occurred early in 2004, when Wrestling/TrishStratus was a face and Wrestling/{{Christian}} was a heel, and Christian brutalized Trish with a submission hold [[ILied after promising to throw the match]]. But when Wrestling/ChrisJericho (Trish's boyfriend at the time) tried to come to her rescue, she inexplicably sided with Christian and became a heel herself (and yes, the UnfortunateImplications were thick).
* Look at how the backstage interviewers are treated [[{{Kayfabe}} (in story)]] by the wrestlers. "Mean" Gene Okerlund was (usually) portrayed in a neutral manner back in the day, but today the male reporters will [[ButtMonkey regularly be insulted, made the butt of jokes, or just wind up being in the wrong place at the wrong time and get their heads bashed]]. Worse, it's not unheard of for the Divas to hit on visibly uncomfortable male interviewers or even touch them inapprporiately, just to humiliate them; [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale that would]] ''[[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale never]]'' [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale happen if the sexes were reversed]]. Female reporters, while they are often not respected by the heels - [[MoralDissonance and sometimes the faces!]] - will usually not be verbally humiliated, and ''certainly'' not physically attacked. If a heel ''does'' verbally trash a female interviewer, he'll wind up looking stupid or a {{Jerkass}} more often than she will (e.g., when Wrestling/PaulHeyman tried to embarrass Renee Young by discussing her sexual history on camera).
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* While it almost certainly was FairForItsDay when the play was written in 1957, it's hard not to notice the discrepancy between how the two New York City street gangs - the Jets and the Sharks - are portrayed in ''WestSideStory''. It's insinuated about the Sharks - the Puerto Rican gang - that, well, it's kind of excusable that they're a little violent, since they're homesick immigrants and victims of discrimination. The Jets, by contrast, are all from various white ethnicities and are never shown as anything more than {{Jerkass}} blowhards who feel entitled to a non-Puerto Rican neighborhood and lash out when things don't go their way. (True, in "Gee, Officer Krupke" they do make the case that [[FreudianExcuse they deserve to be pitied because they've been psychologically and sociologically scarred by big-city life]], but it's all just a satire.) After it's all said and done, the Jets serve as [[AcceptableTargets Acceptable Target]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Politically Incorrect Villains]], even though the Sharks kill exactly twice as many people as the Jets do (and the one Jet-on-Shark killing in the entire play could be rationalized as self-defense). Ultimately subverted, however, when the worst villain of the piece turns out to be a Shark: [[spoiler: Chino, who shoots Tony InTheBack]].
* Lampshaded and discussed in Max Frisch's play ''Andorra'', where, in a small Catholic town full of raving antisemites who despise [[spoiler:and eventually cause the death of]] the Jewish protagonist Andre, the priest seems to be the only decent person. He admires Jews and at one point even lists all the things that Jews can do ''so much better'' than Christians, just to show him that he bears no grudge against Judaism. He doesn't even notice that he begins playing this trope 100% straight as he still refers to Jews as "them" and generally describes them as 'different'. He is committing just a reverse kind of discrimination.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Coco Bandicoot of the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series is significantly more intelligent and CloserToEarth than her brother ([[IdiotHero though that's not much of a challenge]]) and [[ActionGirl not far off in terms of physical power either]]. Interestingly, as more female characters were introduced in later titles, Coco seemed to gain more prominent [[TookALevelInJerkass obnoxious]] and [[TookALevelInDumbass idiotic]] tendencies (in addition to [[DistressedDamsel getting kidnapped frequently]]), though still seems somewhat saner than her male comrades.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'', FantasticRacism between humans and the shapeshifting beast-men races called the Laguz is a major theme. While there are many senselessly evil or stupid human characters, in the first installment of the 'verse there was not a single evil Laguz. They were either outright heroic, brutally tortured and crazily brainwashed into attacking the heroes, or had a [[AntiVillain very good reason]] for opposing the good guys[[note]]Yes, this includes Naesala and his ravens, considering that all the piracy and mercenary work they do is for the sake of feeding their people at home.[[/note]]. It got a bit better in the sequel, with a few Laguz bandits, some Laguz too big on the whole BloodKnight thing, references to the days when they would [[BurnTheWitch burn]] the [[HalfHumanHybrids branded]] at the stake etc., but not exceptionally either.
* According to an official ''VideoGame/{{Epic Mickey}}'' profile, "whether she's busy fending off unwelcome advances from the notorious Pete or wishing that Oswald would spend more time with her and their copious children, Ortensia is - in every way - Oswald's better half".
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Inverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imQSuJVFUSU this video]] by MachoSauceProductions where the only black guy of the team are dense and considerably less intelligent as the other 3 members (who are white).
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Reincarnation}}'' series of games, the Reincarnys (sinners who have escaped from Hell) have all been male up until the most recent mini-release. While the male Reincarnys have typically been serial killers, child rapists, and so on, the first female is simply a drug dealer. And unlike most of the other Reincarnys you recapture, her death occurs offscreen (though the bloody aftermath is shown) and there's no scene of "Luke" torturing her afterwards.
* On the blog [[http://www.regretsy.com/ Regretsy]] (which mocks pretentious or ridiculous items on the craft site Etsy), people who leave honest criticism in threads full of fawning approval have their own name and avatar replaced by a default one made up by Regretsy and the name "[[OnlySaneMan The Only Sane Person in the World]]". The icon is of a black woman.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' used to have this issue, when the only female characters were Tex and Shiela, one of whom is canonically ''the'' biggest {{Badass}} in the series and the other is a tank's AI. Later seasons grew out of this to some extent, after introducing a female character who is just as laughably incompetent as the main cast (Sister), and giving real flaws to the more hypercompetent ladies (Tex).
* {{Deconstructed}} in [[http://koritha.blogspot.com/2011/07/american-way-mediocrity-when-white.html this]] blog post. The author argues that having a single highly-competent black person in the company of many white people of varying competence only shows that black people have to work harder than white people for the same rewards. According to an article she quotes ...one of the ways in which we will know when black people in the United States are truly liberated and equal to their fellow white citizens will be when there are as many mediocre blacks in academia as there are currently mediocre whites.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The major reason for the general fandom rejection of [[TheScrappy Lola Bunny]] in ''Film/SpaceJam'', who aside from being the only new character didn't follow any of the usual humorous slapstick conventions. For instance, late in the film, Bugs pushes her out the way when one of the Monstars is about to squash her, as though she, unlike all the other toons and Bugs himself afterwards, will not just get flattened like a pancake or some other [[AmusingInjuries temporary cartoon injury]] that is easy to recover from. Even a ''human'' character in the movie gets flattened and does not receive permanent damage.
** One could argue this is less a case of Positive Discrimination and more WouldntHitAGirl. That said, Lola arguably exemplifies CloserToEarth, and she's the most talented basketball player of all the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes.
* Illustrated quite well in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Although (much like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'') the emphasis on humor quickly turned the entire cast into idiots, viewers were constantly reminded that Cosmo and Timmy's dad were ''far'' stupider than their female counterparts Wanda and Mrs. Turner.
** However, that's not to say Wanda and Mrs. Turner are perfect (or even close). Wanda borders on being a complete bitch more often than not, while Mrs. Turner is still (usually) neglectful and not exactly a genius, even if she seems so in comparison to Mr. Turner. As for other female characters, Vicky is the embodiment of evil, Tootie and Veronica are borderline-psychotic stalkers, and Trixie is a bit bitchy and airheaded. In fact, the guys on average, sans Cosmo and Mr. Turner, probably have it better off. Despite some of their flaws (Timmy being a bit of a slow minded JerkAss, AJ being a bit of an InsufferableGenius, Chester being poorer than dirt), they're all otherwise relatively normal kids who are (usually) able to handle themselves.
** AJ starts off as Timmy and Chester's BlackBestFriend who happens to be a StraightMan to Timmy. Now he's an InsufferableGenius who (very rarely though) rubs his brain power in Timmy's face.
* With ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Butch Hartman was able to do it all over again with Danny's parents. In the early episodes, though goofy, Jack was portrayed as a visionary ghost-hunter whose over-enthusiasm often got in the way of common sense, while Maddie was soft-spoken and more of his assistant. By halfway into the first season, it completely flipped: Maddie became the bold action-oriented commanding ghost hunter, while Jack could barely even point a rifle in the right direction.
** Positive Discrimination was also regularly expressed by Sam, constantly the voice of reason to the perpetually IdiotBall-holding Danny and Tucker, and Jazz, the perfect student in contrast to her BookDumb little brother.
** Danny eventually averts this for the most part come Season Three through CharacterDevelopment. If anything, his only BookDumb moments occur as an excuse to give Sam a reason to nag, an act that is all but pointless by that point.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'', the two main leads are girl and boy versions of each other. Yin is the overly girlish girl who likes ponies and anything pink and naturally is the more studious, mature, and level-headed of the two. Yang is a crass, crude-humor spouting blue bunny who likes boyish things like monster trucks, mindless video games, fighting anything that moves, and not studying. Also the more likely to receive [[AmusingInjuries physical slapstick]]. Once again, the three shows share writers and directors, so not much of a surprise.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'', Paloma is a TokenMinority with more powers than the rest of the cast (good guys and villains alike), no flaws whatsoever, genius IQ, probably enough psychic powers to take over the world, but since her role is to be a token minority she's like 1% of the show, and never gets to beat up any bad guys, save the world, gets any substantial adventures of her own, or even get to do some comment on Betty's adventures.
* Gwen of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' was TheLoad in the first season. Perhaps to overcompensate, later seasons generally portrayed her as smarter, more competent, and all around better than Ben, despite Ben being the main character. Culminates in the TV Movie, in which Gwen is portrayed as selfless and Ben as selfish respectively.
** And when it's time to hand out AnAesop, Ben's always the one it's handed to (or [[{{Anvilicious}} beat over the head with]]). Despite Gwen almost always having just as big a part in her arguments with Ben as he did (being insulting, condescending, shrill, and, well, argumentative), no one ever seemed to express that this might be a bad thing, not even with a "catch more flies with honey" type thing.
** The sequels didn't help matters, as she's given the most reliable and [[GreenLanternRing versatile]] powers on the show, while Ben has to deal with the still occasionally unruly Omnitrix (and has it futz with his mind repeatedly), and Kevin's powers are only good for hitting things (and he's constantly getting [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]] anyway). The only two times her powers were a drawback were when she had to deal with her grandmother, and when they threatened to make her [[GodModeSue even more powerful than before]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', the two major African-American kid characters at Lawndale High, Jodie and Mack, seem to be the only ones outside a handful of others who have intelligence and integrity enough to earn Daria's respect. However, Jodie's parents are portrayed as horrifically mean-spirited snobs, and Jodie can have a bit of their high-handedness when she's pimping the latest extracurricular school activity that no one else cares about.
** Of course this is lampshaded frequently with them. In one episode they're voted King and Queen in a parade, and they point out that they win every year just because the school wants to look diverse. Jodie frequently points out that she feels ''pressured'' to be the perfect "queen of the negroes" as she puts it, because she and Mack are the only black people in their entire grade. In the series finale she ends up wanting to go to a traditionally black college just so that she can act like a normal person for once.
** Averted with the show's two Asian characters. Ms. Li is power-hungry and corrupt and AsianAirhead Tiffany is TooDumbToLive.
** The show itself does this massively with it's female characters, notably Daria herself. In the series finale, both Daria and [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]] are getting into Bromwell University, and Tom is accepted with Daria rejected. Daria (and the writers) immediately blamed this on the fact that Tom is a legacy student, and the fact that Daria had an utterly terrible interview is no longer brought up.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily,'' Penny dates Johnny, a wheelchair bound boy, out of pity. However, it turns out that Johnny is a very rude and horrible person who uses his disability to his advantage to make people do things for him. Eventually, Penny has enough and tells him to take a hike.
** Another subversion is when Penny joins the football team. The coach reluctantly puts her in the game after attempting to put in everyone else, like his waterboy son. Everything seems to follow the aforementioned case of the single girl in a team, including Penny being single-handedly responsible for her team's comeback...and then she fails to catch what would have be the game winning touchdown and cries. She still convinces the boys that she can play, though.
* Foxxy Love of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is consistently portrayed as the smartest, most moral character on the show (though that isn't saying much). She is even referred to in one episode as being "the only person in the house who isn't ''completely'' retarded". In contrast, the show's white characters (Hero, Clara, and Toot) are [[AcceptableTargets fair game for all kinds of abuse]]. (Xandir, who is AmbiguouslyBrown, vacillates between being a ButtMonkey and TheWoobie.)
** Her more responsible nature seems to come from her [[CaptainErsatz originator]] in ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' who is also an example of this trope.
** The character becomes baffling when you apply FridgeLogic. Why should Foxxy be regarded primarily as "the black housemate" when....''[[LittleBitBeastly she has a fox's tail]]''?!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' invokes this trope with Dr. Quinn, in order to mock it.
* An AnimatedAdaptation of The Little Rascals in the early 1980's has Buckwheat going from Bad Stereotype to an example of this trope. He is now the group's resident GadgeteerGenius who can build anything from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc3Gczk4nLc junkyard parts]]. His speech impediment, of course, is no more.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wolverine and the X-Men}}'', when Wolverine is unconscious after braving a fire to save a little girl, the little girl's parents want to help him (risking their whole family), but another member of the group wants to turn him in to the mutant registration forces. Fair enough. The little girl's parents are also a mixed race couple and the other guy is white. Okay, fine. Except the mixed-race couple are toned, young, attractive, and wearing fashionable clothes, while the white guy is fat, middle-aged, balding, and wears Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirts. Again an over the top mix of Positive Discrimination ''and'' an AcceptableTarget.
** Also happens in ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}''. Humans in their area (who seem less ethnically diverse than the mutants) find out about the mutants and freak out. So the X-Men take a Caribbean cruise to 'take a break' from the bigotry. They are exposed as mutants and treated as freaks/outcasts by the other passengers (almost all of whom are white) when Jean uses her powers to put out a fire. They visit an island where they are again revealed to be mutants, though the dark skinned islanders are shown to be extremely friendly and actually admire them for their abilities.
*** Boom Boom was the one who caused the fire by blowing up someone's plate out of annoyance, so yeah. And the islanders are welcoming to the mutants after Amara saves them from a volcano (yes, she accidentally triggers a second eruption, but they don't really see the connection).
*** There's also the fact on how they first met mutants. The general populace of America, including there school and those on the boat, discovered mutants when they were fighting a robot and causing lots of property damage. Sure, it wasn't their fault and they were acquitted, but the damage was done, and most had made up their mind that Mutants are evil, evil abominations who all have some ulterior motive. The islanders apparently had never heard of a mutant (Did they look like they had a TV, or even electricity?) and their first introduction to them was, them selflessly saving their lives (Ironically, from something they caused) and had only the good ones to see. It wasn't so much as positive discrimination, just a matter of first impression. Plus, there's been other ethnicities at their school.
*** This is played straight with Amanda, a black(?) girl, but completely averted with her (also black) parents. She dates Kurt/Nightcrawler despite knowing his true appearance (and was actually initially more interested in him because of it) but when her parents find out, they want her to stop seeing him, though she doesn't listen to them.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol'' has Barbie's BlackBestFriend Christi playing a living saint while Barbie is in the role of TheGrinch.
* Played with and then mocked in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch where they play a skit once, then play it with the races reversed. Then they do something completely unrelated to the previous two skits. Each is bookended by a scientist asking what the audience feels about the skits, then concluding something completely nonsensical.
** Subverted in the ''Robot Chicken'' short [[http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/12-angry-little-people.html 12 Angry Little People]] in which the only black juror starts to loudly complain about how the police once took his shoe-shine box and beat him with it while using a stereotypically ignorant inflection. When the others stare at him in disgust he says, "What? Every black man on the TV gots to be a posi-a-tive role model?"
** Done again immediately afterwards when the other minority juror (a dog) gives a technical explanation and another juror interrupts him with, "Uh, you're a f**king dog."
* Abby from ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements''. In addition to being rich, she also seems to be the StraightMan in her GirlPosse, and is rarely the butt of anyone's joke.
** Subverted in one episode with Terrance, a blind kid who bullies Todd and uses his disability to play the victim and make it look like Todd is bullying him.
* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Lois and Meg have their flaws, certainly, but they're certainly far more clever and competent than Peter or Chris. Also with Joe, who is by far the most competent male character in the show, despite being confined to a wheelchair. You could arguably claim this for Cleveland as well; despite his rather boring nature he's also way more competent than Peter, and saner than Quagmire. Originally averted with Stewie, but now played straight due to his rather obvious gay (or bisexual, depending on the episode) nature.
** Subverted in one episode where Chris dates a girl with Down's Syndrome who turns out to be a total bitch.
** Furthermore, in later seasons, Lois is increasingly portrayed as a BitchInSheepsClothing only [[JerkAss slightly less callous than Peter]], and Meg is increasingly going insane from the abuse.
** In Joe's case, his competence in the earlier seasons is at least in part a result of the relatively two-dimensional role he fulfilled in his initial one-off appearance. When he became a permanent cast member, he developed a string of personality flaws and behavioral defects just as deep, if not always as obvious, as most of his neighbors.
** Interestingly, upon getting [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow his own moment in the spotlight]], Cleveland became a much [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} zanier]] and [[TookALevelInJerkass obnoxious character]] (if not nearly to the same callous extent as [[PsychopathicManchild Peter]]) with his wife Donna generally portrayed as [[CloserToEarth having more common sense]]. Played with for the kids, Cleveland Jr is a KindheartedSimpleton, meaning he is dopier but less selfish and obnoxious than Roberta.
* Used to a similar extent in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. While Francine and Hayley are still very flawed human beings, [[StrawLoser they look far more stable and competent compared to Stan]] (and the other Smith males to a lesser extent). This is even more evident in later episodes where Stan, originally an experienced CIA agent, has suffered heavy BadassDecay and devolved into a brainless ManChild identical to Seth Mcfarlene's other {{Bumbling Dad}}s. Meanwhile Francine's experiences include becoming a fully fledged ActionSurvivor in a hurricane and proving pure enough to become ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext the girlfriend of Jesus Christ]]''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily'' this was lampshaded with the quote "We can't hire minorities! That's racist! [[HypocriticalHumor It's whites only at the Goode house.]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited:'' Every time the female league members are shown sparring with the male league members, the female members win, despite their individual powers, strengths, any invulnerability, their level of training, and basic logic.
** Personality-wise, all the team members have flaws - black Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart is quick to jump to conclusions and lay blame, and Hawkgirl is hot-headed. Franchise/WonderWoman's main flaw seems to be that she's a bit naive and stuck up. In fact, the least flawed character seems to be the white male Batman, but that's because he's CrazyAwesome. While Batman does have issues of his own [[InformedFlaw which are mentioned but rarely used against him]], namely his obsessiveness, lack of trust, and anti-social tendencies, these flaws often contribute to his success as a hero, rather than detract from it.
** The most glaring use of this trope was when Superman and Wonder Woman were tricked into fighting each other and Diana beat him half to death. Though this might be justified in that Superman caught onto the illusion first and spent the majority of the fight trying to be as inoffensive as possible to try and find a way to snap Wonder Woman out of it.
*** Given the scenario, it sounds more like a subversion, what with female characters usually being more brainy and harder to be tricked/controlled while male characters are more muscle than mind and easily giving in to their instincts. Or, alternatively, just Superman being Superman while the someone else is being someone else.
*** Also, Wonder Woman (in the comics at least) is typically portrayed as being perfectly willing to kill a sufficiently dangerous enemy, in contrast to Superman's ThouShaltNotKill, meaning that she could well have been fighting lethally. Depending on how you feel about superheroes killing, this characterization in itself could be either a subversion or a straight example.
* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', as Sawyer is subjected to quite a bit of humiliating slapstick in the opening. Played straighter in that her dance scenes lack the more comedic takes that Danny employs.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', African-American Susie is the smartest of all the babies, her dad is the creator of a widely successful TV show and her mom is a doctor.
** Susie was a late addition to the original cast who quickly was utilized as a counter/foil to Angelica and to play a good 'big sister' role for the younger babies. It could be argued that since the intent was to add a an older character that the babies could look up to anyways she would have had the same positive traits no matter what race she was given. She may very well be an example of an intentionally good character who just happened to also be black for diversity sake.
** It's worth noting that this is somewhat in contrast to Suzie's debut role in "Meet the Carmichaels", where she is introduced as [[BrattyHalfPint fickle crybaby]]. [[WhatTheHellHero "Tricycle Thief"]] also greatly subverts her CanonSue role.
** It's also worth noting that ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' subverts this even more by giving Susie realistic flaws. In the first episode she is easily conned by a woman into giving her $1000 thinking it's for a record deal, in another she completely buckles under pressure when she has to juggle an audition and a spot on her language team, she's shown to resent how the others look on her as perfect as well as sometimes acting rudely towards Angelica.
** In the first movie, the black female rookie park ranger is much more competent than the experienced white male park ranger.
** Susie's mother Lucy is an even more glaring example of the trope. From her very first episode, she's shown to be an incredibly talented artist and chef who studied in France and that's in addition to being a fully qualified doctor. ''AllGrownUp'' also reveals that she was a successful blues singer at the age of eighteen.
*** It's worthing noting that the AGU example contradicts "Babies In Toyland" where it's revealed Lucy's one flaw is that she couldn't sing.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has a five man band, the only one with an actual hint of common sense is Numbuh 5, who is female and black. However, Numbuh 3 averts as the resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, giving her the least common sense of the five. Granted, given the series, having the most common sense doesn't tell you that much.
** Ahem, the male and white Numbuh 1 is the leader and is TheAce with a few fundamental flaws. Add to the fact that [[AsianAirhead Numbuh 3 is a complete ditz as well as being Asian]], it's pretty well balanced out. Numbuh 5 is also a SassyBlackWoman (she's played by Cree Summer so it's a given).
* While it's slightly more nuanced than her comics counterpart, Princess Sally Acorn of ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' was frequently emphasized as the most well rounded and competent Freedom Fighter, frequently having to keep Sonic in line or bail him out when his arrogance got the best of him. She is still a frequent DistressedDamsel and has occasional ego trips and neuroses, but her strengths outweigh it and she is primarily TheStraightMan of the team, to the point that by the Second Season she even begins to render other characters like Rotor redundant in her abilities. Bunnie and Dulcy are played more as comic relief, but still have less IdiotBall moments than Sonic or Antoine.
* Sandy Cheeks of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' played this to such extremes early on she almost comes off as a [[ParodySue parody]] of the trope. Compared to the more flawed males cast, Sandy was much CloserToEarth and often acted as the [[CanonSue unfallable voice of reason]] as well as being extremely talented in both intellectual and brawn levels, suggested to be [[GodModeSue both the strongest and smartest member of Bikini Bottom]]. Following the second season, Sandy was arguably swayed from this trope, being granted her [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} own]] [[LargeHam set]] [[SmallNameBigEgo of]] [[JerkJock flaws]] and often having her overboard positive aspects parodied or Lampshaded. However this came to be played straight again in later post-movie episodes, where the rest of the cast were Flanderized to extreme levels and Sandy arguably ending up the only main character not to have her [[JerkAss callous]] or [[TooDumbToLive idiotic]] traits exaggerated.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'', which has ActionGirl Kitty Katswell as TheChewToy.
* Though she does have her flaws, Piper of ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' is the most competent member of the FiveManBand... she's also the token female, AmbiguouslyBrown...[[HoYay may or may not be a lesbian,]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar or at least bisexual.]]
* Kanga of Disney's ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' adaptations is presented as being [[CloserToEarth much more logical and mature]] than [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood]] for the most part, albeit largely due to taking on a TeamMom role. The majority of Disney's attempts to bring in other female additions are similarly far less zany and have less distinct personality flaws than the male leads. This is interestingly subverted in the original novels, where Kanga is more equally idiot-prone as the rest of the cast while the unofficial sequel ''Return To The Hundred Acre Wood'' introduces Lottie the otter, who is actually one of the more obnoxious and scatter brained characters.
** [[Disney/WinnieThePooh The 2011 movie]] returns Kanga to her original book portrayal.
** This is why Kanga is often left OutOfFocus. Since many of the plots are set off by [[PoorCommunicationKills some kind of misunderstanding]] [[IdiotPlot or other matter that anyone with common sense could settle immediately]], she's left out of the adventure outside acts of unindividual bumbling from the whole cast.
* June is the only main girl in the wraparound shorts on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. She's also (at least from season two onwards) the most competent of everyone. But has her moments of being wrong, and being a jerk.
* Villain example; [[DarkActionGirl Jinx]] is the only female member of [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the HIVE Five]] on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', and is also the only one of them to both largely escape VillainDecay [[spoiler: and get to do a HeelFaceTurn]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the boys are forced to attend the Museum of Tolerance. One display shows a stereotyped young Asian with a calculator, to show that even ''positive'' stereotypes -- such as the stereotype that all Asians are good at math -- can have an overall negative effect on the stereotyped group in question.
** While ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is usually known for it's "equal target" rule, it has leaned slightly into this vein concerning recurring characters. The blatantly named Token Black has few distinguishing flaws and is one of the more normal acting kids, while previously shrill and idiot prone female characters like Wendy, Sharon or Sheila are now CloserToEarth, with the majority of their now toned down [[SeriousBusiness overreacting]] or [[SoapboxSadie protesting]] proved to be justified. Any non white male celebrity is still free game.
*** One of the positive stereotypes that Token hates is that all black people can play the bass guitar. He's offended and reluctant when Cartman first states this but, after trying and succeeding (even though he's never played before), just says "Goddamn it!" and resigns to keep playing.
* An odd subversion occurs in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. One episode deals with an AlternateUniverse populated by [[RuleSixtyThree gender-flipped]] versions of the cast. While most of the gender-flipped characters are on par with their counterparts in competence, the Ice Queen is noticeably more dangerous and competent then her SpearCounterpart [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Ice King]]. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler: the whole episode was a fanfic written by the Ice King, with the Ice Queen as an unconventional self-insert. The gender-flipped characters are aware of the Ice King's existence, and [[WishFulfillment everyone sings his praises and all the girls want to marry him.]]]]
* Penny of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'', the most down to earth character on the show and several times more competent than her Uncle Gadget and the entire police department combined, it is not rare for her to save the day almost single-handedly while the latter completely screw things up (she is a 10 year old girl). Granted Brain is near equally skilled, if far more blundering and neurotic in execution. Other female characters such as bumbling MAD agents appear but are rare. This probably has less to do with her gender than her age and status as an AudienceSurrogate character.
* In the eighties cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'', the family started out with three children, two of their own (a boy and a girl) and an adopted child who was black. The male son was a jock, and [[ButtMonkey go-to guy for saying or doing anything stupid]]. The adopted black son was not only just as big of a school hero jock as the white son, but was a ''supergenius'' on top of that.
* ComicBook/BlackPanther of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is part of an 80% white team of superheores, and he still manages to be one of the most impressive ones. He is [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower athletic and strong enough to fight the rest of the team to a standstill]], a genius comparable to [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] except GenreSavvy enough to accept magic and the supernatural, the ''king'' of a super-advanced country, and has a MorphWeapon made out of the rare and powerful Vibranium (which is almost exclusively found in the country he is ''king'' of anyway). He especially stands out because everyone has [[DysfunctionJunction huge personal problems that they deal with every day]], but Panther didn't get one until season 2. [[spoiler: NickFury lets the team know that Panther's friend {{Hawkeye}} might actually be an alien spy. After Hawkeye denies this, the possibility that any Avenger could actually be an alien spy gives Panther paranoia that doesn't let up until the real Avengers ''twice'' save Wakanda.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is renowned for using this at it's most intense form, with Marge and Lisa often established as gifted, intelligent and sensible characters, while Homer and Bart usually play immoral idiots who instigate the dilemma of each episode. The show's long run (along with {{Flanderization}} taking it's toll) has led to numerous reversals and deconstructions (Lisa has gained an ego complex due to this trope, sometimes condescending and underestimating Bart and Homer, while Marge's sensible demeanor was exaggerated to the point she needs Homer for any impulsive drive), but the trope's formula is still easily the most consistent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Azula is a villain more competent than Zuko, apparently quicker, smarter, and much better at firebending. Justified because Zuko is NobleDemon, while Azula is straight villain.
** Then again, she seems to be more competent than most other straight-up villains are, the ''possible'' exceptions being Fire Lord Ozai (who isn't seen employing very much strategy) and Combustion Man (who didn't have an army under his command). Note that Azula is 14. [[spoiler: In particular, fans have noticed that aside from a temporary defeat by Aang (who she later not only gains victory over but almost ''kills)'', no one in the series ever beats Azula in a straight fight. Her defeat has just as much to do with her own decaying mental state as the heroes' capabilities, if not more.]]
** Averted with the members of the [[FanNickname Gaang,]] particularly Toph, who's smug, rude, and occasionally quite selfish (not to mention has lower standards of living than anyone else). Katara comes off as the ''least'' flawed member of the group, being kind, brave, mature, wise, and a competent fighter, but there have been episodes showing she can be jealous, vindictive, and a stick-in-the-mud.
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* In the Franchise/{{LEGO}} series ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', each Toa team has only one female on it, the main three so far being Gali, Nokama and Hahli. In the latter two cases, they are the least flawed and the wisest members of their teams. Particularly noticeable in ''Legends of Metru Nui'' in which each Toa Metru is given a major character flaw which they must overcome to unlock their individual mask powers, such as Vakama's lack of confidence and Matau's inability to stop and think before rushing in. Not only is Nokama's flaw relatively small (not admitting when she's wrong), [[InformedFlaw it is only referenced once and she overcomes it very early on, extremely quickly.]] Note that this stopped applying to her after her team's transformation into Turaga elders.\\\
As for Gali, this is kind of zigzagged depending on the story, as Onua, a male, was just as wise and never argued with the others, whereas Gali frequently argued with [[HotBlooded Tahu]] and [[IneffectualLoner Kopaka]], although that was mainly trying to get the two to stop their own fights. Notably, Gali was also the only Toa who properly heard the vision about the Toa Kaita (the others tried to fight it) and the only one to protest the Toa Nuva going solo before all went wrong (proving to be wiser than Onua), however in TheMovie, Gali became just as arrogant to Tahu as he was to her.
** It gets better after a ReTool that switches settings to focus on a world with GladiatorGames. The one girl there, Kiina, is brash, aggressive, and blunt; traits that help her in the arena but make her a pain to deal with outside of it. Though, TheMovie actually shows her as a GenkiGirl with a little {{Tsundere}} thrown in the mix.
** Partially justified with Hahli in the Mahri Nui Arc; she is stronger, faster, and more aggressive ("Hahli the barbarian") because she is literally in her element, while the team leader Jaller is severely weakened by being constantly submerged in water.
* Natalie Breez of ''Franchise/HeroFactory'', the only female Hero ever to be featured prominently, was for the most part a minor character who didn't have much to her. Suddenly, in the animated special ''Invasion from Below'', she becomes the most competent of the bunch: She defeats a giant beast all by herself when the rest of the Heroes can't deal with them even in their mechs, learns that the beasts can communicate, finds out why they are attacking by reading ancient carvings (the others dismiss her), and at the end saved the day by offering peace to the beast queen. [[spoiler:After that, the beasts attack again and the Heroes kill them, but that wasn't her fault.]]
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* It goes without saying that any work shot through with a racially or culturally supremacist viewpoint is going to avoid this trope like the plague (like ''Film/TheBirthOfANation'' and ''The Eternal Jew'').
* Unless they're the protagonists, Jewish characters in many stories (where most of the characters are ''not'' Jewish and [[InformedJudaism the one character's Jewishness is made explicit]]) will often be arrogant and obnoxious, talking down to Gentile characters with a "know-it-all" attitude. Almost any character portrayed by Jon Lovitz will come off this way. A well-known example is his portrayal of Artie Ziff, Marge Simpson's creepy former boyfriend on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' who acted snooty toward Homer back in high school. Marge once asked Artie if he knew why everyone disliked him, and his answer was "Anti-Semitism?" Marge then had to inform Artie that he was so hated because he was an insensitive {{Jerkass}}.
* Asians (the Chinese in particular) are also often depicted [[AsianRudeness acting superciliously - sometimes even cruelly - toward other characters]], especially if the topic in question is something that Asians are "naturally" better at ([[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arts]], [[IceCreamKoan philosophy]], etc.). This trend has inspired the ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' website to identify a common negative stereotype: "The Wise Old Asian Asshole." Pai Mei in the ''Film/KillBill'' movies probably took this character type about as far as it could go - so far, in fact, that Pai Mei's extreme sadism drove one of his victims to murder him in revenge.
* Subverted - shockingly - in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' with Batman and Catwoman. At first it's set up to look like Selina Kyle is a female Bruce Wayne and more or less his equal, but then it's revealed that Selina has far more character flaws than Bruce, and is depicted as more bumbling and more of a ButtMonkey than Bruce is, [[SuperLoser even]] ''[[SuperLoser after]]'' [[SuperLoser her transformation into Catwoman]]. (She's still {{Badass}}; it's just that she comes off as an amateur compared to Batman.) This serves to make Selina even more of a [[TheWoobie Woobie]] than before, and the trope actually feeds itself in that Selina's repeated humiliations drive her deeper and deeper into emotional turmoil until she's completely insane. The filmmakers' point, apparently, is that [[CrapsackWorld it sucks to be a woman in a callous, male-dominated, pseudo-1940s Gotham City, and trying to transcend that status is futile]]. CondescendingCompassion or StayInTheKitchen - [[IronicEcho you tell me]]. On the other hand, it is suggested that Selina ''is'' morally superior to Bruce, if only because [[{{Hypocrite}} he claims to be upholding law and order in Gotham City while actually breaking it]], while [[AtLeastIAdmitIt Selina never acts as if her actions are within the law]]. ("The law doesn't apply to people...like us!")
** Similarly subverted in the animated Batman film ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''. [[spoiler: Andrea Beaumont is the vigilante murderer known as The Phantasm, and in contrast to the heroic Bruce Wayne/Batman, she is psychotic, self-loathing, and ultimately beyond hope. Alfred even tells Bruce near the end of the film that Bruce has managed to avoid [[MoralEventHorizon "falling into the pit"]], while Andrea is damned.]]
** Another similar subversion is in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Catwoman is shown to be extremely cynical, sarcastic and flawed but still [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a good person at heart]] and an AntiVillain, [[spoiler:who becomes an AntiHero by the end of the film]]. Bruce's compassion and ability to forgive helps her gain some optimism, and from there, she begins to show her more positive traits more often. Then there is Miranda Tate, who seems to almost be a PuritySue in comparison to the other characters. Miranda is smart, nice, beautiful, has a plan to help solve the energy crisis and helps Bruce learn to want to be happy again after [[spoiler:Rachel Dawes's death and Batman's ZeroApprovalGambit]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. The subversion comes when [[spoiler:it is revealed Miranda is actually Talia, daughter of the BigBad of ''Film/BatmanBegins'', Ra's al Ghul. Everything "Miranda" did in the movie was a part of her plan to make Bruce lose hope and then take revenge on him for leaving Ra's to die...by torturing and [[NukeEm nuking]] Gotham.]]
* ''Series/TheManShow'', as its name suggests, takes a [[JustJokingJustification (jokingly)]] male-supremacist attitude toward the world, even going so far in the very first episode to [[RefugeInAudacity start up a petition to repeal women's suffrage]]. Somewhat softened in that most of the male characters - including the two hosts themselves - are hardly paragons of virtue, and also in that the treatment of the pretty girls on the show was generally with the relatively harmless "sex object" stereotype (although occasionally the gags would get crueller than that). One spoof episode even had the hosts get in touch with their "feminine" sides: while continuing to wear male clothing, they acted much less raucous and talked in gentle tones and [[CuteKitten cuddled some kittens]] in the finale. (However, recent radio-show remarks by Adam Carolla suggest that his chauvinistic attitude on the show may not have been just an act.)
** The "Repeal Women's Suffrage" bit was meant as a TakeThat to people that signed it without knowing fully what it entailed - they just [[IThoughtItMeant heard "Suffrage" and concluded that it was bad, since it sounds like Suffer]].
* The 2000 stoner comedy ''Film/DudeWheresMyCar'' has two white, Anglo-Saxon (though admittedly drug-addled) young men as its protagonists, and many of the butts of the movie's jokes are women, ethnic minorities, or other generally exotic or eccentric characters. There's the [[SassyBlackWoman sassy black female cop]] who is mean to our heroes when they get arrested, as well as the obnoxious, screeching, [[YouNoTakeCandle barely articulate]] Asian immigrant who works the drive-thru speaker at the "Chinese Fooood" restaurant. The one French character in the movie is a [[FrenchJerk sadistic pervert]]. Blonde beauty Christie Boner is an [[BrainlessBeauty idiotic slut]], while the protagonists' twin girlfriends are harpy-like and generally bitchy. On the other hand, Christie's boyfriend and his gang of (mostly) white bullies who torment our heroes certainly fall under the JerkJock stereotype.
* Melvin Udall (JackNicholson) in ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets'' is a lonely romance novelist afflicted with a serious case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (which, granted, isn't a "traditional" disability but still can - and often does - wreak quite a bit of havoc with its victims' daily lives). In a more trite or inoffensive film he'd come off as TheWoobie due to this trope. But director James L. Brooks turns him into more of a JerkassWoobie whose extreme shortage of social skills has made him unbearably rude and misanthropic. (He's been prescribed pills for his disorder, but never takes them because he's too ashamed to.) Much of the movie is concerned with Melvin slowly becoming friendlier and more sensitive, especially to a gay neighbor whom he had mocked earlier in the film. Especially shocking is a scene in which Melvin, irritated that his daily breakfast at the diner just down the street from his apartment is not going as planned, offhandedly mocks a waitress for being [[HollywoodPudgy "fat."]] The restaurant owner immediately flies into a rage and [[BreakTheHaughty forces Melvin to leave the building]], prompting ''everyone'' else in the diner to [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing burst into wild applause]] - a humiliating punishment that would ''never'' be administered to any disabled character suffering from any ailment more serious than OCD, unless said character blatantly crossed the MoralEventHorizon.
** But it can also be seen as a straight white guy needing a gay man and a woman to make him less of a jerk so he can be happy.
* Danish short film ''Election Night'' completely obliterates this. The entire movie is about a guy who, in his constant quest to be as politically correct as possible and thus has an EverythingIsRacist attitude to everything, is trying to go vote on time and has to take several different taxis - two of the three are driven by deplorable white men (one is heavily hinted to be a neo-nazi) - but one is driven by a sterotypical immigrant cab driver who suddenly asks him to vote to 'make sure those Yellow bastards get out of the country' because they keep closing down kebab bars and opening Chinese restaurants instead.
* The disabled protagonists of ''Film/RoryOSheaWasHere'' are as flawed and human as everyone else in the film.
* Averted with GenkiGirl Frida Suez of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre''. She is just as mischievous and misguided as Manny, if not more so. She also suffers double the amount of [[AmusingInjuries painful-looking slapstick]] than her male co-star.
* Also most averted in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', Baloo is portrayed with little business sense and his air company is shown as a mess until Rebecca buys and reinnovates it. However, Rebecca contrasts Baloo both in strengths and flaws, being far more naive and less streetwise and making occasionally awful business assumptions, meaning both often need the other to run the company. Episodes tend to [[SanityBall rotate rather evenly]] as to whether Baloo or Rebecca are the instigator in a problem or the one solving it.
* Generally averted in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. The men are all nutty and pass the IdiotBall and SanityBall amongst them, but the women are just as insane. Like Hungary (didn't even realize she was a woman until well into adulthood, has a HotBlooded temper, and has been willing to let France molest her husband just to get compromising pictures) and Seychelles (a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who tries to pester people into visiting her house). Even Liechtenstein, a sweet, quiet young girl, has done goofy things like insisted her brother wear her pajamas as a gift (ItMakesSenseInContext) and was distracted from her self-defense lessons when she saw how cute Switzerland's drawings were.
* Brazilian comedian Rafinha Bastos has played with this one in one episode of his TV series 'A Vida de Rafinha Bastos', in which he tells a handicapped joke on a stand-up comedy show, while a paraplegic TV critic is offended by the joke... except instead of being the 'better man', the TV critic decides to engage in DisproportionateRetribution by moving to Rafinha's apartment complex, being elected building superintendent and repeatedly approving regulations specifically crafted to make Rafinha's life hell.
* Averted in ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', most of the female engines are just as flawed as the male ones and cause a similar number of accidents and confusions. This actually led to UnfortunateImplications early on, where the handful of female characters were either fussy coaches that couldn't be moved on their own, or arrogant rookie engines such as Daisy or Mavis.
** Those coaches tend to be more sensible compared to the engines, especially Thomas' coaches Annie and Clarabel. Both Mavis and Daisy were softened in their later portrayals, the former becoming a semi-regular character in the TV series and the latter becoming rather prominent in the books that focus on Thomas' branchline.
* {{Lampshaded}} and {{averted}} in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', where [[SmallNameBigEgo Peggy]] envisions herself as [[OnlySaneMan the suffering smart one]], but is actually far less sensible than Hank.
** Averted with Kahn, Hank's Laotian neighbor, who from day one has been portrayed as a racist JerkAss. In the first episode they meet, Hank doesn't want to associate with him and Peggy accuses ''Hank'' of being a racist, causing Hank to remark, "What kind of country is this where you can only hate a man if he's white?"
*** Lampshaded in one episode. Kahn attempts to get Connie into a prestigious summer school, and though she's more than qualified they turn it down because most of the school's student body is Asian and it's starting to make them look racist.
--->'''Kahn:''' That's discrimination!
--->'''Headmistress:''' In a way it's kind of flattering though, isn't it?
*** Also inverted when the exclusive, all-Asian Nine-Rivers country club courts Hank to join simply because they need a non-Asian member to improve their image, while rejecting Kahn, who desperately wanted to join. When Hank's membership was voted on, one of the ballots simply said "the white guy."
** Zig-zagged with John Redcorn. He clearly uses the MagicalNativeAmerican stereotype to give credibility to his (actually quite effective) alternative medicine service.... but he also does know a fair amount about Native American cultures, rituals, and symbolism when it's needed to be brought up. He's also established to want to be a good, loving father to his son.... but said son's mother is the wife of another man, who he slept with unrepentantly for over a decade without her husband's knowledge. Early episodes sometimes had gags of Redcorn and his adulterous lover hypocritically casting judgmental looks on someone for doing much, much lesser offenses while on their way to have sex.
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