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->''"Using feminine wiles to get what you want? Trading on your looks? Read a book, sister. That passive-aggressive number went out long ago. Chicks like you give women a bad name."''
-->-- '''Batgirl''' to [[TheVamp Poison Ivy]], ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''

A member of a social group criticizes other members of their group for perpetuating behavior that mainstream society [[AcceptableTargets deems negative]]. The reproach may be anything from gentle needling to a [[TapOnTheHead knockout punch]] to a [[WhatTheHellHero high-profile rant]] against the transgressors. Whatever the form, the Stop Being Stereotypical message is usually one against those actions that are embarrassing the group and hinder their efforts for wider acceptance.

Typically, this may reflect divisions of class (such as middle-class black people living in {{Suburbia}} complaining about the [[GangBangers "ghetto" behavior of unruly blacks in the cities]]), gender expression (such as [[StraightGay gender-conforming gays]] complaining about [[CampGay "flaming" gays]], or a {{Tomboy}} [[RealWomenDontWearDresses complaining about a]] GirlyGirl), ideology (such as religious people railing against [[TheFundamentalist "fundamentalists"]], or political people complaining about "extremists"), or conformity to mainstream social rules (such as [[FanBoy fanboys]] complaining about peers who won't even bother with personal hygiene). Whatever the group involved, the criticism is generally not of the behavior in itself, but of the way it "makes us look bad." Indeed, sometimes the complainers will engage in the behavior ''themselves'', but will be careful to do so only in private; this in turn might cause the accused party to [[AtLeastIAdmitIt take the moral high ground over this hypocrisy]].

If the criticism is leveled by a character in a work, it may be a VerySpecialEpisode or an AuthorTract. Might also be done by a RealLife creator as an attempt at reforming the group.

Telling others to Stop Being Stereotypical is not always presented in a positive light. The person making the criticism might be presented as being overly submissive to the norms of mainstream culture. A common response to "Stop Being Stereotypical" is "I don't care what they think." Both sides may end up calling each other {{Category Traitor}}s. The recipient of the criticism will be accused of hurting the group by making them look bad while the one who gives the criticism might be accused of being a BoomerangBigot or an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_tom Uncle Tom.]] Sometimes the deliverer of this criticism is a bigot from outside the group: he's usually a TroubledSympatheticBigot who ''really'' wants to accept the group he hates (or at least realizes that he simply has to do so to be polite), but finds certain members of the group, whom he considers representative, so darned stereotypical in their behavior that they've put him off the entire group. In these cases, Stop Being Stereotypical overlaps with [[WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou Why Do You Make Me Hate You]]?

Note that there is nothing limiting a Stop Being Stereotypical message to any particular type of assembly. Mathematically speaking, ''any'' sufficiently large crowd will have people who act against the group's interests and serve as the target of such a message. For example, most sports fans are simply enthusiastic supporters of their team, but ''all'' fans get a black eye when a few FanDumb members [[SoccerHooligans go overboard and start riots]] if their team loses (or wins).

This trope is often used to sympathize with any group being unjustly generalized. This can become controversial, so NoRealLifeExamplesPlease

Also see BrokenBase, a common place for enthusiasts to sling such accusations against each other, and VocalMinority, which emphasizes that the stereotypes are the tiniest but loudest part of a given group. DontShootTheMessage is the ideological variant of this, when the person complaining supports what's being said, just not how it comes across. Compare MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch when non-humans come onto the scene, SelfDeprecation for the comedic cousin, and StereotypeReactionGag for when the stereotype turns out to be correct. Compare CulturalCringe. Contrast with BoomerangBigot and with KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect, who ''aren't'' stereotypical and get flack for it.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Occurs in the final chapter of Gene Yang's ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese''. Danny [[spoiler:(a Chinese-American originally named Jin Wang)]] attacks his "visiting cousin" Chin-Kee, a buck-toothed slant-eyed [[JapaneseRanguage Engrish-speaking]] caricature for being a perpetual embarrassment. [[spoiler:It turns out Chin-Kee is actually the [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Monkey King]], trying to get Danny/Jin to accept the Chinese heritage he had rejected after a falling out with his stereotypically nerdy Asian best friend (and a desire to date a Caucasian girl).]]
* ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' has done several strips where the characters and/or the artist (who are all avid TabletopGames players) call out other gamers for their lack of social skills (civility, personal hygiene, inappropriate clothing, etc.), especially at conventions.
* From the DC Elseworlds series ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'':
** {{Franchise/Superman}} goes to an underground bar to convince the [[NinetiesAntiHero rowdy new generation of metabeings]] to join the reformed [[SuperTeam Justice League]] and become [[TheCape selfless heroes]]. Before he can begin, a drunk (who looks suspiciously like [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Marvin]]) jeers at him for being out-of-touch, and is immediately punched out by Atom Smasher.
** There is also a [[FunnyBackgroundEvent background gag]] in the last issue where Swastika, one of the reformed metabeings on Themyscyra, spits during Franchise/WonderWoman's crowning ceremony, and gets an immediate DopeSlap from Magog.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', a work of non-fiction, Creator/ArtSpiegelman calls out his father Vladek for behaving in a very stereotypical miserly fashion since he worries how this will affect [[AllJewsAreCheapskates people's opinions of Jews]]. His father explains it [[FreudianExcuse as a result of being in the Holocaust]], but Vladek's wife comments that she and a number of Holocaust survivors they know haven't become misers. Not to mention it's subtly implied at some points that his father is an UnreliableNarrator about what he was like in the Holocaust.
* This trope is a big part of the premise behind the ComicBook/XMen - humanity in general fears mutants because they see them as dangerous and violent, and the X-Men take it upon themselves to police the mutant population, stopping evil mutants whose actions confirm anti-mutant prejudices.
* As {{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} put it: "Holy crap, you're an Arab living in America and you're a terrorist?! That's so disappointingly stereotypical and racist!"
* Sistah Spooky once chewed out Comicbook/{{Empowered}} for crying because she was "reinforcing stereotypes about female superheroes".
* This is the central conflict with the comic ''ComicBook/NewSuperMan''. The Ministry of Self-Reliance see the superhero team Great Ten as a group of stereotypical relics that the country has outgrown and has created the Justice League of China in order to beat the westerners at their own superhero games. However, the Great Ten feel that the Ministry has abandoned their pride in their country and is reinforcing the stereotype that China is a bootlegger's paradise with their knockoff Justice League.
* In ''Comicbook/MsMarvel2014,'' Kamala and her friend Nakia are both from Muslim families. In this case, the parents are more Westernized than some of their children--Kamala's father is always butting heads with her extremely religious brother Aamir, while Nakia's parents are hoping that her hijab is just part of a phase.

* Occurs in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', which as a whole revolves primarily around topics of racism and racial identity. Ludacris' character spends much of the movie rationalizing being a criminal and justifying how he is not harming black people or the community, but winds up in conflict with Terrence Howard's movie producer. At the end, Howard's character says "You embarrass me; you embarrass yourself."
* ''Film/FirstTimeFelon'': [[DrillSergeantNasty Calhoun]], explaining his views to Yance, quotes Chris Rock:
-->'''Calhoun:''' "There's a war going on in this country. It's between black people and niggers.''
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'', Kirk Lazarus criticizes Alpa Chino for using the N-word, a word which is used to "keep our people down." Hilariously, Lazarus is a white man playing a black man in the [[ShowWithinAShow movie-within-a-movie]], while Alpa is actually a black person.
-->'''Kirk:''' [with tears in his eyes] For four-hundred years... that ''word'' has kept our people down..\\
'''Alpa:''' ... What the fuck...?
** Earlier in the movie:
--->'''Tugg Speedman''': I can't believe you people!
--->'''Kirk''': Whoa, whoa. What do you mean, "you people"?
--->'''Alpa''': What do ''you'' mean, "you people"?
** There's also a variation on KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect here, since Alpa mocks Kirk for not acting like the white Australian he really is, with the implication that everything that comes out of his mouth needs to be about kangaroos, shrimps on the barbie and dingoes eating babies. Of course, Kirk is a very gentrified Australian who doesn't conform to the "outback" stereotypes.
* This is the theme of ''Film/ASoldiersStory'' as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning play it was based on, ''A Soldier's Play''.
* In ''Film/BeCool'', celebrity music producer Sin [=LaSalle=] chastises his cousin (a rapper) Dabu, when the latter pulls up to Sin's house in a big black Hummer, with spinning rims and rap music blasting from the stereo.
--> '''Sin''': "Man, why you gotta reinforce the stereotype? I ''live'' here. I'm on the ''neighborhood watch''."
** Later, though, when they are trying to be intimidating, [[InvertedTrope Sid scolds Dabu for doing things that are not "gangsta"]], such as drinking tea from a small cup with the little finger raised.
* In ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'', Professor Klump is a morbidly obese man looked down on for his weight. His family is also morbidly obese and portrayed as loud, obnoxious, lazy slobs who eat only junk food. After having a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny nightmare]] where he became a Franchise/{{Godzilla}}-style caricature of a fat person, he decides to invent something that will get rid of his excess fat since he's too ashamed to be affiliated with anyone as heavy as himself.
* Subverted in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle''. Kumar is reluctant to become a doctor as he thinks it's an Indian stereotype, but later decides that ''he'' wants to become a doctor regardless of whether or not it's stereotypical.
* In ''Film/MadeasFamilyReunion'', the black wedding planner says that she can hardly work with black people because they are ignorant.
* In ''Film/AChristmasStory'', the manager of the Chinese restaurant gets frustrated and embarrassed when his employees are trying to sing Christmas carols for their customers and keep having trouble with [[JapaneseRanguage the Ls]]. Considering they decided to sing "Deck The Halls," which was practically tailor made to point out their accent, one would almost think they did it on purpose. Especially since they immediately switch to "Jingle Bells" afterwards.
* In ''Film/TheWay'', Creator/MartinSheen's character has his backpack, which also has his dead son's ashes, stolen by a Roma (Gypsy) boy. Though the boy gets away, his father drags his son back to return the pack and complains that his people have a hard enough time being smeared as thieves without his stupid son proving the stereotype true. To make up for it the father invites the pilgrims for a get-together, where he advises Sheen's character to go an extra distance to a seaside church to honor his own late son and has his thieving son carry the pilgrim's pack for him to the city limits as punishment.
* This happens a lot in Mexican films-
** The animated movie ''[[Franchise/ElSantos El Santos vs La Tetona Mendoza]]'', despise being an over-the-top comedy, is not subtle about this message, especially with the idea that [[SelfDeprecation many Mexicans has about themselves]], who is basically the Mexican version of the EagleLand trope, plus many other unpleasant ones.
** The 80s film ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QXk7SIZBVpc Mexico 2000]]'' is also not subtle at all about who is pointing their finger, albeit the film falls into the HilariousInHindsight territory, since many of the stuff that happens in the film happened in Mexico in some scale or another after that year.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'': Buddy, the CampGay director of the "French Mistake" musical number, is obviously none-too-pleased by his casts' own camp gay mannerisms, turning him into a bit of a BoomerangBigot. He berates them as "Sissy Marys," calls them "faggots," and gripes that their lisping sounds like "steam escaping."
* ''Film/CoachCarter'' challenges his inner city basket ball team to overcome the DumbJock stereotype by closing the gym and cancelling games until they improve their grades. Later he calls out both his players for failing to educate themselves, and the Principal for perpetuating their situation believing they can't do any better.

* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''[[Discworld/MenAtArms Men-At-Arms]]'', Detritus the troll tries to use a Stop Being Stereotypical speech to defuse a riot between a gang of trolls and a gang of dwarfs.
-->"Hah, I been a man only hardly any time," said Detritus, "and already I fed up with you stupid trolls. What you think humans say, eh? Oh, them ethnic, them don't know how to behave in big city, go around waving clubs at the drop of a thing you wear on head."
** This trope is one of the novel's main themes. Detritus' comment about being a man comes from a speech by Vimes earlier in the book, where he says that there are no trolls, dwarfs, or humans in the Watch. When they put on the uniform, they're all Men of the Watch (Even Angua, who's a woman).
** Werewolves get it from both sides: humans hate them for the bestial habits, whie wolves hate them because humans hunt them harder after a werewolf attack.
** ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' introduces goblins, establishes their complex (if peculiar to humans) culture and beliefs and their poetic names such as Tears of the Mushroom ... and then gives us Billy Slick (born Of the Wind Regretfully Blown) who can't be bothered with any of that stuff, and doesn't understand why other Morporkian goblins do.
* From ''Literature/TheMadnessSeason'' comes Daetrin Haal, a vampire who doesn't like being called a vampire, who consciously avoids transforming into a bat even when it would be helpful because it's too much of a stereotype.
* In the ''Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'' stories, P8 Blue relates to many of her fellow Nasats like this. She's outgoing, happy to take risks and progressive, while other Nasats live up to their people's stereotype as timid and too cautious/conservative. P8 brings it up [[DiscussedTrope in a discussion]] with a non-Nasat friend.
* One reason Creator/GeorgeEliot considers the titular "Literature/SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists" AcceptableTargets is because she thinks that the [[CanonSue really]] [[PurpleProse bad]] [[ClicheStorm novels]] that terrible female writers publish support the idea that all women are stupid and shallow, and so educating them will just make them stupid, shallow, and ''pretentious''. She also makes the point that the more crap female writers are allowed to publish, the harder it will be for male writers to respect female writers--even the good ones.
* Glory in ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' is this with a side-order of BoomerangBigot. All her life, she's been looked down upon for being a [=RainWing=], especially due to the negative stereotypes of [=RainWings=] (mainly that they're lazy and powerless). She's determined to defy these stereotypes until she actually meets her own people for the first time... and realizes that they pretty much ''are'' that laid-back and [[ActualPacifist pacifistic.]] She immediately starts chewing out all the [=RainWings=] she meets for the behavior, since she's been taught to think of it as negative for all her life. It eventually takes an older [=RainWing=] pulling her aside and telling her about her people to point out that some of the behaviors she derides are actually ''essential to their health due to their tribe's biology'', and her friends espouse the more peaceful lives of her tribe. [[spoiler: She still fights to become their Queen in order to mobilize them to action, and is still the least [=RainWing-y=] [=RainWing=] ever, but she doesn't make as much of a fuss about it.]]
* In ''Field of Dishonor'', the fourth novel of [[Literature/HonorHarrington the Honorverse]], Michael Janvier, Baron High Ridge, is described as being the complete embodiment of the overbred, effete, arrogant aristocratic clique that makes up much of the Star Kingdom of Manticore's nobility. Lord William Alexander, himself of noble birth, thinks that if he had been sent to a casting director to play the part of such an aristocrat, the casting director [[YourCostumeNeedsWork would send him back]] with a note about harmful stereotypes and typecasting.
* In ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', most vampires are ordinary people who happen to have unusual dietary requirements. A few powerful ones are inhuman monsters. And all the above have contempt for the ones who insist on flapping about the place in opera cloaks like something from a melodrama.
* Inverted in ''Literature/TheEnchantedForestChronicles'' with [[OverlyLongName Arona Michaelear Grinogion Vamist]], who's made it his life's mission to go around to and pester magical beings to be more stereotypical. He's introduced making trouble a witch for having a garden that doesn't look sinister enough, not being an aged crone with a stoop, and having multiple non-black cats. He later insists to the King of Dragon's face that [[SheIsTheKing she's]] supposed to be eat a princess, not ally with her. He's survived this kind of idiocy because the wizards found him a useful distraction and put a protection spell on him.
* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', old Gunnery Sergeant Matthews, formerly of the USMC, feels this way about "ghetto gangsta" culture in general and criminality in particular. In his opinion, the black community's biggest problem is not racism from whites, but rather its own bad apples.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''
** Tracy and Toofer. Tracy also mentions a shadowy group called the Black Crusaders led by Lester Holt, Jesse Jackson, Condoleeza Rice, Creator/BillCosby[[note]][[HarsherInHindsight This won't age well.]][[/note]], and Gordon from ''Series/SesameStreet'', an extremist version of this trope that targets black people whose actions make other black people look bad.
** In another scene, as Frank leaves a gay bar full of stereotypically gay-looking men, one man shouts to Frank to come back sometime in a very effeminate voice, prompting his dance partner to berate him for "making us all look bad." They then return to bumping and grinding.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'':
** There was a sketch where Bill Cosby (played by Creator/OrlandoJones) was shown proposing a show to prove he was actually black, and not an Uncle Tom. Unfortunately (like ''Film/{{Bamboozled}}''), the show [[SpringtimeForHitler becomes a huge success]], much to his horror.
** There's a sketch where a man's siblings stage an intervention because he goes out of his way to behave as a walking Italian-American caricature. When he finally stops doing it--[[AnOfferYouCantRefuse at gunpoint]]--he instead switches to an annoyingly high-pitched voice, claiming it's his normal one.
* This is a recurring theme on ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. Will came from inner city Philadelphia and that mindset clashes with his wealthy family from Bel-Air, especially with his cousin Carlton, who is often teased for [[TheWhitestBlackGuy not "really" being black]]. In one specific episode, Will and Carlton try pledging to a black fraternity at college and Carlton is singled out by the leaders for more punishment because his family is rich and he grew up with a butler (Carlton: "We all had to re-asphalt the driveway" Will: "They let the rest of us wear shoes"). Despite that, the Frat leader rejects Carlton and accepts Will, and Will refuses membership for that reason. When Uncle Phil learns what happened [[VerySpecialEpisode he is furious that black culture looks down on his efforts to give his family a good life]]. For what it's worth, the frat leader is more or less alone in his treatment of Carlton and everyone else who weighs in disapproves, even threatening to remove him by the end of the episode.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' Shawn and Gus hire an Asian-American assistant and assume he knows about the Triads simply because of his ethnicity. While he finds it offensive, he begrudgingly admits that he ''does'' know enough to get the case started, seeming genuinely disappointed that he was able to help.
* ABC's hidden-camera show ''Series/WhatWouldYouDo'' features an actor posing as a Christian shop owner subjecting two Jews (also actors) to an anti-Semitic rant and shows other people, many of them Christians, angrily standing up to him. A psychologist on the show explains that people tend to get angrier about negative behavior when it is displayed by members of their own group.
* The primary catalyst for [[Series/AmericanIdol William Hung's]] fame and notoriety was the fact that he was a [[ModernMinstrelsy walking Asian stereotype]].
* Jocelyn Jee Esien's sketch show featured the character of Fiona, a woman who believes that her all-white coworkers don't know she's black. Her sketches always involved another black person, like a courier or handyman, showing up in the office and Fiona berating them for their "stereotypical" behavior because she does not want her "secret" to be found out.
* This ''occasionally'' happens to Frasier and Niles Crane on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', when they're around people even more snooty than themselves. Emphasis on the ''occasionally'', and it should be mentioned that they're not so much bothered by extreme snobbishness as much as stereotypically ''insincere'' snobbishness: They have a ''genuine'' passion for all things high-cultured, intellectual, and ultra-refined and are disgusted by people who fake it.
* Used almost verbatim in a ''Series/BarneyMiller'' episode featuring the recurring characters of a gay couple, one fairly straight-acting, the other ''quite'' flaming. After a particularly campy utterance by the latter, the former admonishes him to "stop perpetuating the stereotype!"
** Sgt. Harris is deeply embarrassed and annoyed when a Jamaican physician claims an ''obeah'' woman put a spell on him. The doctor says it's just part of his heritage and beliefs:
--> '''Harris:''' Which include still taking seriously the mumbo jumbo of some old woman waving cat bones and chicken lips in your face?!
--> '''Keating:''' Yes! ... Alright, that part bothers me a little.
* Inverted in an episode of ''Divorce Court'' (A ''[[Series/ThePeoplesCourt People's Court]]''-style talk show) involving a mixed-race couple, a black man and a white woman. The man was albino and shaved his head, so most people assumed he was white, and one of the things the woman hated was how he'd deliberately act "white" when it suited him (like job interviews or talking to the police). At first, it might seem touching that she didn't want her husband to be ashamed of his race, but it all went to hell when the judge asked her, "How's he ''supposed'' to act?" and she tossed up gangs signs and started hollering "Yo yo yo..."
* In ''Series/TheParentHood'' episode "I'm Otay, You're Otay", Nick Peterson is assigned to portray a notable Black figure in a presentation for Black History Month, but rather than picking someone like Martin Luther King Jr. or Thurgood Marshall, he picks Buckwheat from ''Film/TheLittleRascals''. His parents are shocked, and spend much of the episode trying to make Nick choose someone less offensive, until he explains [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales even though Buckwheat is a caricature, he still likes him]]. And in his presentation, he stops and explains that [[FairForItsDay Buckwheat, among other characters, did help open the door for future black performers]].
* Episode 3 of "Chocolate News" begins with David Alan Grier warning all African Americans to please don't do anything dumb before election day on November 5 2008 lest it would cost the chance of "having a brother in the White House".
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', Kane has this attitude towards Magnitude.
-->'''Magnitude''': [[CatchPhrase Pop pop!]]
-->'''Kane''': You do realize they're laughing at you, not with you.
* The ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' episode "Trick or Treat" has Endora curse Darrin to turn into a werewolf on Halloween night. When Endora refuses to undo the curse, Samantha convinces her to reverse it by accusing her of enforcing mortals' preconceptions of witches always acting evil.
-->'''Samantha:''' For years you've complained about how [mortals] make fun of witches. "We're not like that," you said. "We're nice, civilized people."...But now you're acting just like those ignorant people think a witch acts. You're behaving exactly like their stereotype witch. And you're doing it to the one person willing to believe we were different.
* A skit from ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' underscored this with "Office Homophobe", with Key portraying an over-the-top CampGay character[[note]]He even shows his coworker a [[{{Squick}} close-up photo of his rectum]][[/note]] who continually berates his coworker as being homophobic for objecting to his overt sexuality. The end of the sketch reveals that Peele's character is actually StraightGay when his boyfriend comes by to take him out to lunch.
-->''I'm not persecuted, [[HeelRealization I'm just an asshole]]''
* In one episode of ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', most of the group gets locked in the office overnight. When the night cleaning crew shows up, Jim asks Oscar to translate for him so he can ask to be let out. Oscar indignantly asks why he assumes they speak Spanish, only to begrudgingly talk to them when it turns out that's exactly the case.
* In season four of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow joins a Wicca group at her college in the hopes of learning more about magic. However, the group is instead focused on the empowerment concepts of real-life Wicca, which comes across as incredibly naive in the ''Buffy'' universe. When Willow proposes that they explore the concepts of magic and spells, the leader of the group condescends to her that they do not want to be stuck in such backwards stereotypes. [[spoiler:Tara, the one girl present who seems to be interested at Willow's suggestion, is later revealed to be an actual practitioner as well, and becomes a recurring character and Willow's love interest.]]
* Played with in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', when the Halliwell sisters dress up as different witch stereotypes for Halloween; Prue as a WickedWitch, Piper as [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Glinda the Good Witch]] and Phoebe as a HotWitch. At one point, Phoebe complains about the negative perception media has given witches over the years.
-->'''Prue''': Is that why you're dressed as Mistress of the Dark?\\
'''Phoebe''': This happens to be a protest statement.\\
'''Prue''': I'm impressed at your ability to make a protest statement and show cleavage at the same time.\\
'''Phoebe''': [[SarcasmBlind Thanks.]].
** Later in the episode, when the sisters are stranded in the 1600s and have to protect one of their ancestors from a mob of witch-hunters, Phoebe uses her newly-acquired ability to fly to scare off the crowd by flying at them while sitting on a broomstick and cackling. When Prue and Piper ask what she's doing, she answers, "I'm embracing the cliche!"
* In ''Series/WaterlooRoad'' executive head Max Tyler expresses his surprise when head of pastoral care, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Kim Campbell]], is remaining firmly impartial when dealing with a case of alleged sexual assault.
-->'''Max''': I thought you were a committed feminist.\\
'''Kim''': Yeah, I am.\\
'''Max''': So I assumed you'd be firmly on the female side.\\
'''Kim''': That's a bit primitive, to think that [[StrawFeminist feminists regard all men as rapists, isn't it??]]
* Whenever the subject of [[UsefulNotes/CuisinesInAmerica Southern cooking]], especially Southern [[DeepFriedWhatever deep-frying]], comes up on ''Series/GoodEats'', Alton Brown--who is from Georgia and loves and respects the culinary traditions of the South--is always at pains to emphasize that there are ways to do this kind of cooking that do not conflict with a healthy diet, and that these ways are actually quite traditional. A lot of this seems to be inspired by the media exposure given to the recipes of Paula Deen--another Georgian--which do ''not'' fit into this balanced vision of the Southern kitchen.

[[folder: Music ]]
* Slick Rick's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea-ezolZq5k "Hey Young World"]] warns against admiration of gangstas and such negative role-models.
* Music/KanyeWest preemptively lampshades this on the song "Clique", acknowledging that his habit of [[GlamRap spending all of his money on "bling" and expensive jewelry]] will likely draw UnfortunateImplications:
-->''"You know white people get money, don't spend it. Or maybe they get money, buy a business. I'd rather buy 80 gold chains and go ig'nant -- I know Creator/SpikeLee gonna kill me but let me finish."''
* And the rather controversial [[http://youtu.be/GlKL_EpnSp8 "Read A Book,"]] which even landed on CNN due to the phrasing of the message.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* A very annoying real life phenomenon that, given the lack of FourthWall, directly affects wrestling. One example from the WWE, R-Truth, is a black parolee with piercings, braids and tattoos who likes to dance performing rapping. Instant EthnicScrappy to the [[FanDumb "Smart" Mark community]], never mind that Wrestling/RonKillings actually pursued a recording career before entering the wrestling business and [[RealLifeWritesThePlot still does music on his own time]]. While he did serve time in prison, that's not really part of his character. All in all, the R-Truth character is pretty tame given that race relations in wrestling tend to be a good 20-25 years behind the curve.
** Many Japanese wrestlers also get labeled as too stereotypical, even the ones who are actually from Japan, and any tag team with shared ethnicity is thought of as a "race tag team" regardless of whether or not they use their ethnicity as a defining character trait-- Unless they're white (and not Canadian). There are a number of teams that ''do'' use their race as such, and it's usually terrible: e.g. Cryme Tyme, promoted as two large black men from Brooklyn that steal... and that's it, and Harlem Heat who, while featuring stars Booker T and Stevie Ray, were initially promoted as a pair of wrestling prisoners, led to the ring in shackles by a white southerner.
*** Speaking of Cryme Tyme, with the team's break-up, Shad Gaspard started wearing college graduation attire to the ring and mocked JTG for reinforcing stereotypes of black men being thugs.
* Inverted, in a sense, in the spring and summer of 2005, when the "Arab" "Wrestling/MuhammadHassan" [[FakeNationality (actually an Italian-American named Mark Copani)]] and his valet Khosrow Daivari (who was actually Persian) appeared on the pro wrestling scene. A proud Arab-American from UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}, Muhammad Hassan was full of anger and resentment against the prejudice faced by Arab-Americans during TheWarOnTerror. You'd ''think'' he was an assimilated, Westernized ethnic Arab who despised fundamentalists, right? Well, no: Hassan was a Muslim extremist [[ArtisticLicenseHistory (though most Arab-Americans have historically been Christians or Jews)]] who proudly wore a keffiyeh and chanted like a muezzin. Even as the other WWE Superstars assured him that they hated him due to his being an "asshole American" rather than an Arab-American, Hassan just became even more angered, citing polls and devising long-winded rhetorical tricks and stunts including having his manager carried out by a group of ski-mask-clad men after having been beaten up in order to "prove" that the audience and the other wrestlers really were bigots, no matter what they said. Incidentally, [[ExecutiveMeddling/ProfessionalWrestling that last stunt is what caused UPN executives to demand Hassan be written out of SmackDown]] (it having aired on the same day as the London train bombings), so [[StrawmanHasAPoint he might have had a point somewhere]].

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'':
-->'''[[HuskyRusskie Heavy Weapons Guy:]]''' Why does everyone think I like this VideoGame/{{Tetris}}? It is just ''stacking!''
** [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Tycho]] assumes the Heavy's DrinkOrder would be [[VodkaDrunkenski vodka]]; turns out he's partial to a peach bellini.
** Also the assumption that everyone had regarding the Heavy being the DumbMuscle, rather than the GeniusBruiser that he is - he just [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue doesn't know English well enough]] to shed the assumption. His [=PhD=] in Russian Literature is also more useful in his line of work than one might think.
** Every second conversation with the Heavy is dedicated to this.
* Garrosh Hellscream of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is utterly loathed by fans for making the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orcish race]] look less like [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Blizzard orcs]] and more like [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Tolkien orcs.]]
** This happens in-universe as well. In one novel, the new Tauren chief grimly notes how Garrosh has turned the Horde into his personal empire, even to the point of using StateSec to root out "dissidents" and claiming his father's HeroicSacrifice as his own triumph. Many other members of the Horde wonder why Thrall thought it would be a good idea to hand over the reins to him.
** To emphasize how bad Garrosh is, he not only reignites the war between Horde and Alliance by committing a war crime against the Alliance city of Theramore, when he gets pulled into an alternate timeline and placed on Draenor before his people have succumbed to the demonic corruption that turned them into the invaders of Azeroth, he saves them from embracing demonic corruption... then arms them with military tech from his own time and turns them into an invading army that attacks Azeroth all the same.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Garrus Vakarian (a turian) and Tali'Zorah vas Normandy (a quarian) are members of alien species that are based on dextro-amino-acids instead of levo-amino-acids like humanity. They joke about the importance of making a good impression for "dextros" on the rest of the galaxy.
** Also a major character point for Urdnot Wrex. Like many other krogans, he fights as a mercenary to get his [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy need for violence out]] and earn his share of credits. Unlike most other krogans, though, it's because he gave up on plans to help lead the krogans out of the mess the genophage had left them in after seeing how the species wasn't going to put aside its ways so easily. If he lives, Wrex ends up assuming a position of leadership in his clan in the second game, where it's shown that his reforms really start helping the krogan turn things around. By the third game, with help from Shepard and Mordin Solus, Wrex looks poised to bring about a new future for krogans everywhere by applying a genophage cure. All of this is in stark contrast to Wrex's counterpart, Wreav, who fits the stereotypical "krogans wage war" mentality to a fault. If Wreav is in charge, he vows to have the krogan run rampant across the galaxy as they once did once the mess with the genophage is sorted out.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', there are plenty of orcs and half-orcs who are muggers. If you're a half-orc, they'll start to mug you because they think you're a human, but they'll stop and apologize once they realize you're a half-orc. You can either walk away like nothing happened or condemn them for making orcish people look bad.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', this is inverted by the Master Thief of the ThievesGuild, [[MeaningfulName Gentleman]] [[GentlemanThief Jim Stacey]]. He is a [[ScaryBlackMan dark-skinned]] Redguard, but in the ''ES'' universe, it is the [[CatFolk Khajiit]] who are most likely to be stereotyped as thieves and criminals. A [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Redguard]] thief is actually quite unusual.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', many non-Thalmor [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer (High Elves)]] (including the [[MagicalSociety the Psijic Order]]) are like this to [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Thalmor]]. The Altmer in general are stereotyped (with some justification) as a [[CulturalPosturing haughty and snobbish]] race who [[FantasticRacism looks down on the other races of Mer (Elves)]] while absolutely [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence despising the races of Men]]. The Thalmor play these stereotypes UpToEleven while considering any Altmer who do not support them to [[NoTrueScotsman not be "true" Altmer]].
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/Disgaea5AllianceOfVengeance'' with Christo, who is utterly baffled that the demons he's working with are all surprisingly compassionate and [[NobleDemon noble]], and as a result of developing fondness for them, he has a hard time not caring for the collateral damage that [[spoiler:his superiors' anti-Netherworld WeaponOfMassDestruction could bring, especially to his newfound demonic allies]]. He makes it a point that he wishes his allies were more like the power-hungry demons of yore so that he wouldn't have to care [[spoiler:for the deaths that the weapon could bring]].

* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfGynoStar'', Gynostar is called out on wearing high heels despite being a feminist. She responds that she'll not submit to such expectations, as she considers them just another kind of oppression. (Also, she's a superhero, so the physics of the real world don't apply.)
* In ''Webcomic/{{Multiplex}}'', the gay manager once gave another gay employee a dressing-down for acting overtly and stereotypically gay, to the point that it was distracting customers, and more importantly, was personally offensive to said manager. Or, as another employee told their newly arrived co-head manager, was "[[AccidentalInnuendo reaming him out]] for gaying it up."
%% * Even supernatural creatures, or fetish comics, are not immune. Behold, [[http://www.vampyou.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=15&start=20 one vampire calling out another.]]
%% ** Also a good example and lampshading of TranshumanTreachery.
* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': Kankri expressed disapproval at Mituna for wearing a helmet on the grounds that it perpetuated a stereotype that all mentally disabled people are so uncoordinated they need to wear helmets constantly. As Mituna ''does'' need to wear a helmet, and as Kankri isn't disabled himself, this is definitely a negative portrayal meant to showcase Kankri's hypocrisy. (Or, alternatively, [[GreenEyedMonster his grudge against Mituna]] [[LoveTriangle for being together with Latula]].)
* In the "Hell House" arc in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Fred, a devoutly Christian Texan, lambastes the operators of said Hell House for using scare tactics, stating that you don't lead people to Christ through fear, eventually sitting down in protest when presented with the option of either "accepting Jesus" and being led out of the Hell House, or being forced to walk back through to the jeers of the workers.
** At a gaming store, Davan is asked his opinion on some SeriousBusiness fan-wankery by two guys. Davan responds by telling them it doesn't matter in RealLife, the nerdier of the two uses a TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering threat, while his friend tells him to stop reinforcing stereotypes. And then there's Mike, an archetypal "''that'' guy", who ruins gaming sessions for everyone.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* ''Website/TheOnion'':
** Played for laughs in the article [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/american_muslims_to_fort "American Muslims to Fort Hood Shooter: 'Thanks a Lot, Asshole.'"]]
** Again in [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/gaypride-parade-sets-mainstream-acceptance-of-gays,351/ "Gay Pride Parade Sets Mainstream Acceptance of Gays Back 50 Years"]].
* [[Creator/BobChipman Moviebob]] made a video discussing how gamers should avoid the negative stereotypes associated with them.
** That movement has exploded. Online gaming media has taken up the topic at length with many calls for more maturity, less hateful speech (a product of {{GIFT}} and the generally competitive nature of gamers). ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits,'' ''WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}},'' ''Revsion 3,'' ''[[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]]'', ''WebVideo/ErrantSignal,'' and others have weighed in.
** The movement generated a backlash from people who equated it with PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad which rather quickly got out of hand and eventually got tied up in the whole #Gamergate thing, leaving the gaming community splintered. Even bringing up the topic now can trigger InternetBackdraft.
* Creator/AlyssaMilano, a proud Italian-American, made [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4d2ebc8f52/alyssa-milano-s-evolution-jersey-shore this]] Funny or Die video as a TakeThat against the cast of ''Series/JerseyShore'', who she feels embodies the worst stereotypes of both Italians and [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]]. In this case it's not even a case of "stop being stereotypical" so much as it is "stop following that stereotype ''because it's not even your stereotype.''" The stereotype created by the ''Jersey Shore'' cast more originates from Long Island, where the vast majority of the ''Jersey Shore'' cast are really from, most of them aren't even Italian at all. It leads to this because many people from New Jersey have taken on this image despite it being idiotic.
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows once applauded the band Far*East Movement for defying the stereotypes about Asian-Americans. [[StealthInsult Like "intelligent," "respectable," and "good at music."]]
** He also bemoaned the fact that Ke$ha's song "Blah Blah Blah" is what pop music sounds like to people who hate pop music.
* [[Website/MachoSauceProductions Alfonzo Rachel]] often criticizes his fellow black people for living up to their negative stereotypes, and it seems to be a major theme of his videos. It's also inverted in that he himself had been accused of "acting white".
* WebVideo/ZinniaJones had a rant about the UnfortunateImplications of this in her video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NECYviiClMc Gay People Who Hate Gay People]], mostly the fact that some StraightGay people hate CampGay people for being effeminate, obviously gay or flamboyant because it gives people a "bad impression of what gay people are like", and that it's hindering the acceptance of gay people. The UnfortunateImplications of that attitude says that if you don't act "straight", then you're somehow not deserving of equality.
* A variant in "Super Smash Brothers Brawl Taunts: Part 3": Bowser calls Peach out for "setting women's rights back about 400 years" by listing several of her traits, like slapping opponents, wearing heels, having a plethora of crops, and [[AssKicksYou her powerful rear]]. Peach responds by angrily whacking him with her FryingPanOfDoom and says she got it from her kitchen.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, in the ''Film/SpiceWorld'' review, angrily tells one of the Spice Girls to stop talking, since it's "bringing down the property values of vaginas everywhere."
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic
** RaisedCatholic himself, he tells off the priest in ''Film/TheExorcist II'' for acting like the rest of the world has gone to shit because they're atheist.
** When he reviewed ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', he pointed out that the movie acted like Disney Princesses were still stereotypical [[DamselInDistress Damsels In Distress]] when by that point they had become more independent.
* A video titled "Sakuracon Teh Comic" has a bystander angrily shouting at a group of people who are overenthusiastic about the things they like in Japan such as sushi, their music, anime and manga, dubbing them as "weeaboos". This lampshades the real life phenomenon of people who act like this in an exaggerated manner.
* WebVideo/TheRapCritic discusses this in an analytic fashion when reviewing Music/KanyeWest's "Black Skinhead." He notes that while Kanye sings about acceptance, he's playing up the sort of overblown ScaryBlackMan stereotype that badly hinders his message both by playing to stereotypes, and by pushing other people away.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
** An episode has MLK Jr. surviving his gunshot wound in a comatose state for thirty years before awakening. He is [[StrawmanPolitical branded as anti-American]] for suggesting non-violence in the wake of September 11th, causing a large drop in popularity, and holds a conference at a local church that devolves into a stereotype-fest. Irritated, he uses the word "nigga" (admitting it is the "ugliest word in the English language") and indicts the audience in an angrier, more formal version of Chris Rock's original rant. This is a recurring theme in Aaron [=McGruder's=] work.
** One controversial set of the original ''Boondocks'' newspaper comic strips had black contestants compete on a reality TV show to work for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Simmons Russell Simmons]], only to discover all the contestants were rude and lazy.
** In another episode, R. Kelly is brought to trial over accusations of urinating on an under-aged girl (mimicking the real-life sex scandal). The prosecutor has mountains of evidence against him, including a [[PlayedForLaughs video]] of R. Kelly committing the act, turning to face the camera, and answering a phone call where he promptly states his full birth name, profession, and social security number. Despite this, R. Kelly's lawyer distracts the jury from the fact that he's guilty and convinces them that the whole trial is ''really'' about racism, and that the system just wants to keep R. Kelly down because he's black. A boom box is revealed, an R. Kelly song begins to play, and everyone in the courtroom cheers and bursts into dance. [[OnlySaneMan Huey]] shuts off the boom box, walks to the front of the courtroom, and delivers '''this''' CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
--->''What the hell is wrong with you people?!'' Every famous nigga that gets arrested is '''not''' Nelson Mandela! Sure, the government conspires to put a lot of innocent black men in jail on fallacious charges. But R. Kelly is ''not'' one of those men. We all know the nigga can sing, but what happened to ''standards''? What happened to ''bare minimums''? You a fan of R. Kelly? You wanna help R. Kelly? Then get some ''counseling'' for R. Kelly! Introduce him to some older women! Hide his camcorder! But '''don't''' pretend like the man is a hero.
--->(walks off-screen, walks back on-screen)
--->'''And stop the damn dancing!''' Act like you got some '''goddamned sense,''' people! '''Damn.'''
** [[SubvertedTrope They]] [[IgnoredEpiphany still proclaim him innocent, to Huey's annoyance.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had one-shot villain Femme Fatale, a StrawFeminist who convinced the girls to let her continue her crime spree by appealing to sisterhood. Ms. Bellum had to give the girls a lecture on what Susan B. Anthony actually did for them to realize how they'd been bamboozled, and the girls, in turn, point out that Anthony had actually ''demanded'' to be sent to jail when the courts wanted to go easy on her due to being a woman.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In an episode Kyle becomes horrified when his cousin comes to visit and turns out to be an [[AllJewsAreCheapskates outlandishly]] [[JewishComplaining exaggerated]] [[{{Hypochondria}} embodiment]] of Jewish stereotypes, which threatens to undermine the good name Kyle has been trying to give Judaism in the town. Stan points out that Kyle has become a [[BoomerangBigot self-hating Jew]], which is ''itself'' a stereotype. It's then inverted at the end of the episode when [[spoiler: the boys find out that Kyle's cousin is rich, so they want him to hang around, but he refuses and wants to go back home. He wants to go back because in his eyes, the protagonists are "a bunch of hick jock stereotypes" since Kyle's efforts to get his cousin to be less stereotypically Jewish included trying to get him to play football]].
** Kyle also accuses his father Gerald of being a cheap Jewish stereotype for not giving him allowance in "Christian Rock Hard." This is arguably justified in Gerald's case as he had just given Kyle his allowance one day beforehand.
** In the episode involving the blood feud between the owner of City Wok (a Chinese man) and the owner of City Sushi (a Japanese man), the City Sushi owner stereotypically commits ritual suicide out of his great shame at being naive enough to believe that [[spoiler: the City Wok owner wasn't an actual Chinese man rather a Caucasian man with multiple-personality disorder]]. As he's falling to his death, he berates ''himself'' for being stereotypical.
* When "[[TokenMinority Asian Reporter]] Trisha Takanawa" meets Music/DavidBowie on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', she throws away her microphone, grabs his leg, and offers to make him fishball soup....fishball.
-->'''Tom Tucker''': Thank you, Trisha, for [[LampshadeHanging setting your people back a thousand years.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'''s Halloween episode, Toshi's mother got him a Samurai costume to "respect his heritage". He refuses to wear it, shouting "I will not be a cliché!" [[HypocriticalHumor He ends up donning the costume to hunt Steve down for breaking a promise to bring Toshi's sister home by sunset.]]
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons,'' when Marge suggests that Fat Tony take on a career that isn't a harmful Italian-American stereotype, such as [[HypocriticalHumor pizza maker or organ grinder]], to which Fat Tony tearfully replies "You've just listed all of my failed dreams."