Angry White Man

Gareth: Yeah, I work hard, I earn my keep. But unfortunately, the history books are full of just people who toil and fight for worthy causes and the freedom of others.
Tim: That's the most profound thing you've ever said, mate.
Gareth: And you do all that, only for foreigners or women or the disableds to take advantage of it.
Tim: Yeah. Could I withdraw my last comment?

A Stereotype Flip in which a white person (usually a man, as the title suggests) sees himself as a victim of injustice or unkind behavior at the hands of minorities or turncoat whites.

The type first appeared in large numbers in the mid-1960s, when "affirmative action" became official government hiring policy. This meant that a white person could experience "reverse discrimination" by being turned down for a job in favor of a member of a minority group, since the place of employment had quotas to fill and there already existed a proportionate number of whites. Now that affirmative action has been reformed so that economic status is taken into account as well as race, it isn't much of a controversy anymore — so the ire of the Angry White Man has shifted to less tangible targets.

He's frequently exasperated by overly generous attempts to incorporate minorities into the modern American cultural fabric (or not-so-modern, for that matter); media stereotypes of whites as stupid, unfashionable, and/or "un-ethnic"; the supposed scapegoating of white people for everything that goes wrong in the world; or just the general feeling that he soon might be the Last of His Kind. In fact, the very thought of homosexuals, women, and ethnic groups enjoying the same comforts as him is enough to make him cry oppression.

Will as often as not be played for comedy. If not... watch out!

Figuratively, the character doesn't have to be white, or a man. The trope can apply to any type of privileged character who is constantly railing against supposed discrimination against them.

The original prototype was probably Archie Bunker of All in the Family — although, in fact, he was a lot less angry than many of his successors.


Examples

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    Comic Books 
  • In Final Crisis, Grant Morrison introduced an Alternate Universe where Superman is black which has popped up in his DC work since. The Lex Luthor of that universe is still white, though. Whenever they clash (as seen in v2 issue #9 of Action Comics, Lex has to point out that he doesn't hate Superman because he's racist, he hates Superman for all the other reasons Lex hates Superman. Of course, Superman's an alien, so Lex's hatred of him can be interpreted as xenophobia no matter what color Superman is.
  • Magneto leads a terrorist organisation against people who aren't mutants because he sees them all as xenophobic persecutors. Given that he has a power that would make him a valuable asset to several different industries and runs an organisation that consists of several other mutants with useful abilities, his cries of oppression just come across as petulant whining. Never mind the fact that there are plenty of non-mutants who have it just as bad as mutants, if not worse since not only do they have no super-powers to fall back on, but they probably can't afford a good education, something that a certain mutant organisation is willing to offer to people like Magneto...

    Film 
  • Late in the film Borat, the title character hitches a ride with some frat-boys. They go on about how minorities technically have an advantage in the US and that women are inferior to men. Two of them sued for defamation and tried to prevent the film being distributed on DVD, despite saying these things of their own free will and being treated fairly well in comparison to some of the other participants.

    Literature 
  • Molech, the Big Bad from Futuristic Violence And Fancy Suits reads like any random article on Return of Kings, being a misogynist with an Ubermensch complex who envies how masculine black men are and taunts the female protagonist for being born a "weaker" gender and inheriting her wealth from her father. That last point shows Molech's hypocrisy, as he's almost as rich as she is but doesn't have a job, using his family's trust fund to pay for extravagant weapons and gadgets in his quest for domination.

    Live-Action TV 
  • One episode of Louie has a comedian do a series of anti-Obama jokes. Naturally, he gets a pretty awkward reaction from the audience. Afterwards, he complains about how Obama only got elected because of white guilt and that white men have now become an Acceptable Target who aren't allowed to complain about anything.
  • Little Britain:
    • Marjorie Dawes, a privileged white woman who has it in for an Indian woman she frequently interacts with, acting as if her accent is unintelligible when it really isn't. When said Indian woman won the lottery, Marjorie exploded and claimed that as a British native, she's more deserving of a lottery win than some random foreigner.
    • Maggie the food critic. If she samples something that was made by an ethnic person or homosexual, she will projectile vomit on everyone within vomiting range in an attempt to purge herself of anything non-British.
  • One episode of Review With Myles Barlow had the titular character try being racist for a day. He takes it to the absolute extreme, refusing to shop at places with Asian employees, not using an umbrella in the rain because of their Chinese origins and living on a diet of white bread, since it's the only food he could find that's not of ethnic origin.
  • Gareth Keenan from The Office (UK) provides the pagequote. While not as malicious as most other examples, he does show a subconscious prejudice towards certain groups of people.
    • Dwight Schrute from The Office (US) displays an antiquated view of his co-workers This chart shows that he's made notes on the number of women, African Americans, homosexuals, Irishfolk and Jewish people who work with him, while straight white men with Anglo-Saxon heritage are considered "normal".

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  • We Hunted the Mammoth regularly deals with angry people (usually white and/or male) who bear a grudge against women and non-whites being given the same opportunities as white men. The site's title is an ironic statement regarding how people like this will claim white men's superiority because of their ancestor's achievements, yet they themselves contribute very little in comparison and see no hypocrisy in accusing women and ethnic people of reaping the benefits of their forefather's work.
  • From Dragon Ball Z Abridged, we have a right-wing anchorman's opinion on why Cell is devouring entire cities:
    "Now the Libs are surely gonna shout racism over this one, but this is just what happens when you elect a dog as king!"

     Western Animation 
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman frequently invokes this trope:
      • In the episode Ginger Kids, Cartman plays this up to its fullest. First he accuses ginger kids of being some kind of vampire-like plague on humanity, then when he believes he's turned ginger he becomes a ginger supremacist.
      • In Pee Cartman's xenophobia causes him to become a doomsayer as he realises that his favourite water park has more Latinos and black people than he's comfortable with. At one point he imagines being persecuted for his race as part of a new world order.
      • Again in World War Zimmerman, where Cartman treats black people like a plague, to the point where he attempts to kill Token and get off with a light sentence.
    • Mr. Garrison is almost as prejudiced as Cartman; hating gays (despite being gay himself), Mexicans, Canadians etc. He's gone as far as to propose raping Canadians to death to protect America's values.
    • PC Principal is an inversion. His attempts to appear enlightened and sensitive towards other groups is little more than a mask for his intolerance of other white men who don't toe the line.
  • Invoked in Bordertown. The protagonist Bud Buckwald is a border security ranger who believes that Mexican immigrants will ruin the US... right before running into some white Spring Breakers making drunken asses of themselves.
    Bud: (After being pointed out as the only white guy at his neighbor's barbecue) "Is that some kind of insult? We're still in charge! We still have the Vice Presidency!"
  • Mallory Archer. The majority of her employees are white, she's intolerant of gay people and complains about how immigrants do nothing but "drive around listening to rap and shooting all the jobs".
  • Man-Boy from ''The Powerpuff Girls (2016) is a macho Ron Swanson-wannabe who only turned to villainy because he hates the fact that women and effeminate men exist.


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