Making fun of black guys in whole new ways.
"We are the men of amusing races, An awful relic from less enlightened times
Fated to be eternal jokes.
Dialect men with amusing faces,
Never are we like other folks."
— "Ol' Man Author," song parody by Oscar Hammerstein II
, or a sign that the attitudes from those times have not gone away completely.
Comic relief characters in the Small Annoying Creature
or The Scrappy
mold whose strangeness in appearance and behavior is put down to their being of a different race or ethnicity to the heroes. Often highlighted by their being extreme gonks
in an otherwise normal
Sometimes, ironically, they were put in precisely because the creators wanted some diversity in the cast
. This is definitely one case where Monochrome Casting
would have been a lot
This is a mostly Discredited Trope
, fit only
. It is, however, still sometimes used straight (see picture), and annoying Jive Turkey
black characters are not uncommon. Modern remakes tend to remove the racism and comic nature
of such characters. To fit this trope, by definition a character must not merely be packed with derogatory stereotypes, but also be The Scrappy
See also Uncle Tomfoolery
, Sassy Black Woman
, But Not Too Foreign
. Contrast Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales
, where the character eventually becomes popular with the ethnicity in question.
It's not unheard of for fantasy and science fiction works to create similar characters to represent "alien" races — especially if those "aliens" are a Fantasy Counterpart Culture
or one of the Recycled In Space
equivalents. These "Alien Scrappies" still fall under the blanket of the Ethnic Scrappy
; they are scrappies because of their cultural posturing/attitude.
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- In the 1960s, Fritos used an animated mascot to advertise their corn chips — the Frito Bandito. Which quickly became a hated figure in the Latino/Chicano community for its extremely negative stereotyping.
Anime and Manga
- Many Koreans didn't respond well to the Anthropomorphic Personification of their country in Axis Powers Hetalia.
- American exchange student Patty Martin from Lucky Star, a light parody of American otakus, is a total weeaboo, culturally ignorant, and speaks in a dialect what can only be described as "reverse engrish."
- Chada from Niea_7 at first appears to be a walking, talking stereotype of an Indian convenience store owner, complete with broken English. However, he's actually an alien who adopted this stereotype as his appearance and identity.
- Although it's becoming less so over time, this is still disturbingly common in most anime (especially older anime) due to most people in Japan having little experience with people of other ethnicities. Portrayals of black folk tend to be especially caricatured.
- Osamu Tezuka fell prey to this due to his habit of portraying Blacks, to the point that he was accused of being a racist, which is absurd considering that he spend a lifetime writing humanist fiction against racism.
- Intentionally invoked by Chin-Kee in American Born Chinese, a walking caricature of every negative Asian stereotype ever. It Makes Sense in Context.
- In Astérix, the way Uderzo draws black characters (the most notable one being the crows' nest pirate) and the occasional Chinese background character is very upsetting, but they're usually written relatively unstereotypically and so fail to qualify for this trope. (It should be noted that in the original French editions of the comic, the aforementioned crows' nest pirate spoke in a broken Eye Dialect that was, for obvious reasons, dropped from English translations, and later from the French version as well.) The only - and how! - true Ethnic Scrappy in the series is the Nagma in Asterix and the Falling Sky, which was written in 2005. He is an alien who is supposed to represent the influence of manga on Franco-Belgian Comics - unfortunately, he's also drawn like a yellowface caricature, the other characters all hate him on sight before he's even done anything bad, and he speaks in stilted You No Take Candle speech which is supposed to represent Engrish. A big noise is made about how all his technology was copied from the American Fantasy Counterpart Culture, and Obelix, who is usually unmalicious and shown not to care about gender roles, angrily declares he hates him for being unmanly (and the audience is meant to be on his side). Uderzo had to make a public apology for how poor the story was, in which it became apparent that his loathing of manga - and by extension the Japanese - was based on Critical Research Failure. At this point, Uderzo was a very old man, his brother had recently died, and he was losing his drawing ability, and the drop in writing and art quality is so enormous that it has all the hallmarks of Creator Breakdown.
- Chop-Chop from Blackhawk. All the Caucasian characters are tall and good-looking. The Chinese is three feet tall, as wide as he is high with lemon-yellow skin, huge chimpanzee-like ears, teeth like a radiator grille, tiny, slitted eyes and a silly accent. They all wore uniforms and caps, he wears a multi-coloured Qing dynasty outfit and a ribbon in his pigtail.
- However, the later issues, as early as the Silver Age, made him look like a normal Chinese guy, took away his stupid accent, and gave him a uniform.
- Deconstruction: Howard Chaykin's 1988 reworking of Blackhawk, which even gave him a real name, showed him to be insulted and angered by his team-mates' use of the derogatory nick-name. In fact, the miniseries doesn't shy away from depicting any of the racism and sexism of the World War II era.
- More modern Hawkman issues (nineties) show the character as a successful businessman. His 'past' was retconned to be a couple of pointless jokes and he was always a valued member of the team. Of course, since this was a Hawkman comic, the continuity of such is in doubt.
- Steamboat in early Captain Marvel comics, who was such a dreadful caricature of a black character that readers in the 1940s successfully campaigned to get him removed. Bizarrely, the character was supposedly created to attract black readers.
- The Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan had an Inuit sidekick called Pieface who served as his mechanic. Today, he is strictly called Tom Kalmaku and depicted with respect as an engineer.
- In a retelling of Hal's origin, the "Pieface" nickname is used by a Jerkass rival pilot.
- Tom gets his in DC: The New Frontier, Darwyn Cooke's (there he is again!) reimagining of the dawn of DC's Silver Age. Hal Jordan calls him Pieface when they first meet. Tom responds by calling Hal "whitebread" and threatening him with a wrench, and that's the last time Hal uses that nickname.
- While the nickname was very unfortunate, as such things go, Tom was really treated pretty decently in the old Gardner Fox Silver Age GL comics. He looked like a real Eskimo and not some weird caricature, avoided a You No Take Candle-style weird accent, and he was clearly a good and intelligent man whom Hal respected. He also deserves credit for being a favorable portrayal of a minority most readers at that time would only be vaguely familiar with.
- In Jet Dream, Ting-a-Ling is a pretty mild version. She's as competent as all the other Stunt-Girls, and by the time of her last Character Focus story, she speaks perfectly fluent colloquial American English, losing the You No Take Candle speech patterns of earlier stories. But there's still that name....
- Vibe (an early Latino superhero) from the Detroit-era JLA was so bad that artist George Perez claims it turned him off of the entire franchise. Ironically enough, he was created as an attempt to try and make the JLA seem more modern and progressive.
- In the New 52 however, DC has been trying really hard to Rescue Him From The Scrappy Heap by removing the more offensive aspects of his backstory (he's no longer a former "gangsta") and personality.
- In Promethea, the in-comic comic strip Little Margie in Misty Magic Land, a Homage to Little Nemo, has a lampshaded example of this in "Chinky the Chinese Imp" (an allusion to the Imp in Little Nemo). The "final Little Margie" strip that appeared in Tomorrow Stories Special wraps this up by having Chinky turn into a realistically and respectfully portrayed Chinese man and leave Little Margie.
- Ebony White in The Spirit. Yes, he got better lines and a more serious role as the story went on, but to have a comedy black character half the white guy's height with big, red, rubber lips and huge, wide staring eyes was not the finest idea in Will Eisner's great career as a cartoonist.
- Eisner discusses this problem, and his reaction to it, in the introduction to Fagin the Jew, the comic he made to vindicate the character of Fagin in Oliver Twist.
- The 2007 Darwyn Cooke version makes him into a street-smart kid, with the added precaution of excising Jive Turkey. Spirit employs him as his driver since both of them are officially "outside the law," and because of Ebony's excellent survival instincts. They also invert Ebony's role from the original strips; whereas before he was a comedy relief goon much of the time, in this version, he's the Deadpan Snarker who is always ready with some much-needed sarcasm whenever Spirit's ego is in danger of getting too big.
- The Africans in Tintin in the Congo are better left unmentioned. However, the later Blue Lotus was written with input by a real Chinese, and worked hard to remove some of the Yellow Peril stereotypes. This did not, however, apply to the Japanese villains who were mostly depicted as with protruding teeth and thick glasses, reflecting the anti-Japanese colonialism theme that was a part of the storyline.
- Herge expressed great regret later on for the racism in his early work and actually requested Tintin in the Congo not be republished. The last few Tintin adventures are still prone to Ethnic Scrappy, but tend to have fairly realistic minor characters.
- If ever there was a character that showed the unfortunate tendencies of the executives of DC in the seventies towards ethnic characters, it was Tyroc, a black-supremacist superhero with a backstory chock full of Unfortunate Implications. He's an interesting example, as his creators, Cary Bates and Mike Grell hated the character from the start and went out of the way to make him look as deliberately silly as possible, so he was an Ethnic Scrappy for his creators from day one. Now days, he's an Old Shame for all involved.
- Grant Morrison during his tenure writing X-Men created Angel Salvadore, as some sort of vaguely Latina, foul-mouthed 14 year-old who was kicked out of her house by her step-father when her mutant powers developed. Some Unfortunate Implications come into play when Angel later is impregnated (by Beak, the Chicken-man during a field trip with Xorneto) and suddenly lays ''half-a-dozen mutant children' in large eggs. Though Justified by the fact that her mutant powers make her very fly-like, and her name is doubly ironic because of how unpleasant she can be and X-Men already have the more experienced Archangel.
- Morrison also created Mother of Champions, a Chinese superheroine whose power is the ability to give birth to lots of strong kids. He seems to be fond of that theme, though in this case she was part of a Chinese super-team that was made to invoke this trope.
- Thunderbird plays with this. Many fans wonder what it would be like if he had not died, but he clearly would've fallen into this trope if his Backup Twin, Warpath, is any indication.
- Whitewash in the Young Allies comics? Go to superdickery.com and click on any of the pictures where the Allies are mentioned.
- Of course in a comic where the new Captain America (Bucky) reunited with his old friends they fix that and don't even use the nickname. He was also shown to be highly intelligent.
- And just a reminder that at that time, having a black kid in a relatively equal role in a mostly-white group was a step up.
Films — Animated
- The Candlemaker from The Book of Life, looks nothing like the rest of the cast, sounds nothing like the rest of the cast (he's the only major character not voiced by a Hispanic actor), and acts nothing like the rest of the cast.
- Dumbo's crows, whom the protagonist meets after his infamous Big Lipped Alligator Moment nightmare. Though stereotypically "black" and led by a crow named Jim, they're glad to take a fellow outcast under their wing and help him to get back at his oppressors.
- With the exception of Cliff Edwards, the voice actors were also black singers, the Hall Johnson Choir. All of them did a fantastic job on their song.
- Lady and the Tramp has the infamous Siamese Cat duo. On top of being, of course, villains, their Ethnic Scrappy status manifests itself in their buck teeth and the annoyingly terrible grammar during their song.
- Another stereotypical Siamese cat from a Disney feature: Shun Gon, the Chinese member of Scat Cat's gang from The Aristocats. He's not a villain, but he has the buck teeth and the exaggerated accent. People rarely comment on the fact that the other cats in Scat Cat's gang are also strong ethnic stereotypes.
- Kralahome's sidekick in The King and I is drawn with slit eyes, a bald head, and speaks in a stereotypical Asian voice.
Films — Live-Action
- A painfully straight example is in Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Gold Bug" - Jupiter, the broken English-speaking voluntary slave whose sheer stupidity becomes a plot point.
- Eradicate Sampson - the, er, "eccentric colored man" - from the Tom Swift novels.
- The trope is frequently subverted in the work of Rudyard Kipling, where Indian characters at times will put this on as an act, e. g. Hurree Babu towards the Russian secret agents in Kim. It is also sometimes shown as a false surface impression when a character switches from broken or accented English to Hindi, which is represented as accent-free and somewhat formal English. This applies not just to Indians, but also e. g. to Muller in "In the Rukh", who speaks with a comical German accent.
- In-Universe Fantastic Racism example - The Doctor Who Expanded Universe short story The Adaptation of Death features an alien race that have put a screenwriter on trial for writing a script presenting one of their most treasured cultural heroes as an obnoxious racist stereotype with a degrading name, whose real historical role was instead given to a Badass human Space Marine whose real historical counterpart hadn't been part of events.
Live Action TV
- Another DC Comics-related example: Chief Screaming Chicken, from the Batman episode "An Egg Grows in Gotham"/"The Yegg Foes in Gotham", embodies the most embarrassing stereotypes of Native Americans. He's played by a white actornote in makeup, speaks in You No Take Candle, and lets Egghead use him to take over Gotham City. His Heel-Face Turn near the end of the story—because he finally realizes he was naive to trust Egghead in the first place—just makes things even worse.
- Hop Sing, the Chinese cook on the old television show Bonanza, which contains a level of Values Dissonance. Bonanza was set in the 19th century and the depiction of the Chinese people on the show was not entirely inaccurate for that time period.
- Maya and Alejandro from Heroes
- Julio Fuentes from Sanford and Son. The man OWNED A GOAT, for Pete's sake. Not to mention his unrelenting pleasantness in the face of Fred's unrelenting racism which may have been intended as a type of Stealth Insult ala Lionel Jefferson but it really came off...badly.
- In the TV show Sliders, Rembrandt Brown started out with at least one foot in this territory, but fortunately the character displayed drastic improvement as the series progressed.
- This was basically the reason Sam Jones III left the role of Pete Ross on Smallville.
- It was really too bad, as 'Superman's childhood best friend' actually had tremendous potential as a character and Jones played him well. Unfortunately the writers jumped straight from 'Monster of the Week' plots to 'Soap Opera,' and couldn't find a use for him, as he was sane, normal, and not in love with Clark. Plus, despite how weird it was objectively, Lex Luthor got all the best friend jobs except helping him with his red kryptonite problem that first time.
- It's also sad because the Pete Ross character actually has a very interesting future in the comics: entering politics, becoming Lex Luthor's Vice President (and secretly Superman's spy within the Luthor White House), and finally becoming (for a while) President of the United States after Lex is booted out of office. Honestly, they could have foreshadowed all this by say, having Pete manage Jonathan's campaign for the State Senate and subsequently become Senator Kent's chief of staff, or something like that. Honestly there was so much wasted potential there.
- Not to mention that in the comics, Pete married Lana.
- Chakotay from Star Trek: Voyager is sometimes seen like this. Despite being in a role of authority and a chief officer of Voyager, he's seen as a mishmash of all the worst traits of white people writing about Native Americans, including his mystical insight powers and tracking and survival mastery. That he was based on information from a con man pretending to be an expert on Native American culture might have something to do with it.
- Doctor Who:
- "The Web of Fear" opens up with a much criticised scene where Travers is trying to get hold of a robot Yeti back from the museum curator he sold it to, who is for some unfathomable reason a stereotypical Greedy Jew named Julius Silverstein. This may have been a very racist attempt to make him an Asshole Victim as he is killed by the Yeti fewer than ten minutes into the story. The Terrance Dicks novelisation does a Fix Fic on it by renaming him Emil Julius and doing away with the stereotypical speech patterns.
- "Terror of the Autons" contains a scene where the Doctor is threatened by a Scary Black Man strongman in a leopard-print loincloth who speaks only in grunts.
- The Imp in Little Nemo is a grotesque caricature of an African "native".
- Connie (George Webster Confucius), the Chinese comic relief character, from the Terry and the Pirates comic strip. Particularly annoying as Caniff persisted in this portrayal even as his art evolved and the other Chinese characters became more realistic.
- WWE paired Swiss Antonio Cesaro up with Lithuanian Aksana shortly after the former's debut, no doubt purely because both are European and to play to the ethnic stereotype. Aksana also qualifies herself in general.
- TNA gave us Mexican America, a stable where the two men were exaggerated Mexican gangster stereotypes and the two women were Spicy Latina stereotypes that salsa danced their way to the ring, flirted with men in the audience and were all kinds of provocative. The kicker? Only Anarquia was actually Mexican. Hernandez is Puerto Rican, ditto for Rosita (though residing in New York for most of her life) and Sarita is Canadian, though her pre-TNA fame comes from wrestling in Mexico.
- Sarita was doing this long before Mexican America. After her Face-Heel Turn her outfits became more provocative, she started cutting bilingual promos and cranked up the salsa dancing.
- Navajo Warrior and Tatanka come to mind (portrayed relatively positively, though).
- Even as a face, Santino Marella is a stereotypical tongue-tied Italian whose speech consists of Malapropisms and Buffy Speak. (In actuality, he is of Italian heritage, but was born in Canada and can speak without an accent.) Just imagine an Italian Borat, since he came in shortly after the film's release and used a lot of the same schtick.
- Although he's averted complete scrappydom because 1) he's not overexposed like some Scrappies, 2) he's Actually Pretty Funny, and 3) he falls squarely into Lovable Coward territory, a trait that doesn't generally tie into stereotypical Italians.
- Any pro-wrestler not from the USA or Canada. Continues to this day - see Umaga, for example. The Japanese are particularly susceptible - Tajiri, Mr Fuji, and Kenzo/Hiroko Suzuki in the WWE/WWF stick out in this regard.
- Subverted or averted by Ring of Honor and other independent promotions that have working relationships (often strong) Japanese pro wrestlers and their home promotions. ROH does play it straight with Grizzly Redwood.
- Despite some occasional slips on this mark, TNA's Samoa Joe actually exists to subvert this trope, being a perfectly normal, in fact exceptionally skilled, wrestler. The aforementioned Umaga seems to have been created as a Take That for Joe, as though to say, "This is how Samoans act in wrestling." And then Samoa Joe embraced being a 'wrestling Samoan' in that he has his face all painted in Maori tattoos and threatens opponents with a tribal knife.
- Manu, a Samoan wrestler in WWE, speaks plain English and does not appear to have any "native" leanings. Then again, they had also recently debuted R-Truth, a black ex-con who now raps and dances his way to the ring.
- The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) have averted this trope, although the possibilities of them undergoing some sort of makeover like Samoa Joe did for a while (before thankfully changing back), or getting released, always exist.
- Booker T was an ex-con who does spinnaroonies would have fit this trope long before R-Truth. Rikishi being a Samoan who spoke plain English and acted pretty normal was in WWE before Umaga or the fact Samoa IS part of the USA. Most people don't acknowledge Samoa Joe started out in UPW, a former WWE development league and current talent scout for the company.
- Even if in some people's eyes Yoshihiro Tajiri fits the "ethnic stereotype" it was justified in that he came straight from Japan and spoke little English for a long time. Tajiri can just as easily get the fans on his side as he is regarded by most to be an exceptional wrestler— not someone to compare to Mr. Fuji. Many also consider Umaga a good wrestler as he can pull off impressive maneuvers for his size.
- WWE isn't the only place to use ethnic scrappies either. TNA's new American hating Sheik comes to mind, but in wrestling it's to be expected, as many wrestlers make their whole careers off of being hated.
- There are a few inversions of this too such as Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle and "The All American American" Jack Swagger.
- The unspeakably awful FATAL had actual, equippable items which literally turned the wearer into Ethnic Scrappies - of Jews, black people, Asians and Greeks. The RPG was not played for laughs, and would probably have been even more offensive if it had been. Particularly offensive sample:
50. Nigrous Nincompoopery, of: Whosoever dons this armor experiences a loss of 1d100 points from each sub-ability of Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma. The ass of the wearer will grow by 50% and be abnormally high. If the wearer is male, then those around him are 80% likely to believe that his manhood has increased, though it has not. The skin of the wearer becomes cursed and dark as night. Disposition turns to Unethical Immoral
. Temperament becomes phlegmatic. The eyes of the wearer are visible 3 miles away at night. The wearer will have a body odor for 1d10 feet. On the bright side, the Physical Fitness of the wearer increases by 10%. The armor may be removed at will.
- The song "Spanish Rose" in Bye Bye Birdie is a rare case of a character deliberately invoking this trope. Having endured a litany of racist remarks from her prospective mother-in-law for most of the play, Rosie Alvarez declares her intention to get revenge by acting "so Spanish eet will make you seeck."
- The Moor Monostatos working for Sarastro in The Magic Flute, usually played as a villain and/or buffoon.
- Guts from Ace Combat: Assault Horizon has some of the worst wingman dialogue this side of Slippy Toad. Many a player cheered when he gets shot down, then groaned when it's revealed that he may have survived.
- For what it's worth, Guts, despite being a clear Latin American, doesn't do anything racially stereotypical (doesn't even switch on and off to Spanish). Sure he's annoying, but the the only thing he does that's even remotely stereotypical is drink excessively; even then, his preferred drink is, amusingly enough, vodka. That said, his dialogue is awful.
- Arc The Lad Somehow subverted this trope: Chongara looks like the worst caricature of a greedy Arabic merchant, and the English translation has him speaking You No Take Candle. He is also the guy who can summon Choko to the battlefield, and during the second game, we see that he has become the brain behind the good guys operation. The funny thing is that, since the translated version came out after 9/11, western players could not see the character without thinking about Osama bin Laden (Chongara is an arabic looking guy with a beard who left a wealthy background to follow religiously motivated internationally wanted terrorists)... A scarily competent expy of Bin Laden who managed to make the world's only uncontested superpower bite the dust after a few years of carefully planed terrorists attacks. At least the real Bin Laden didn't have two dozen magic wielding overpowered warriors and summoned monsters. Or if he did, he never told anyone.
- Chongara also became the captain of the airship Silver Noah to further underline his competence and usefulness. Mind you that airship took part in an aerial terrorist attack on a city that's a direct analog of New York... and blew up a major landmark.
- Letitia from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. She is poor and black, and is first seen digging in the trash. She talks in a very stereotypical black accent ("WELL SHEEYIT!") and the subtitles for her dialogue contain various misspelled and abbreviated words. Virtually all of the other characters are not black, and Letitia is the only one with a stereotypical voice.
- Rico of Killzone, who is Hispanic, foul-mouthed, and hot headed. He's one of the most hated characters, not to mention the fact that he guarantees the defeat of the ISA in Killzone 2 by killing Visari.
- Li Xiangfei from The King of Fighters: While her first appearance in Real Bout 2 did not prove to be worthwhile, her inclusion in KOF 99 and 2001 were glaring in that SNK placed her on the women's team, and the team's endings in both games involved her eating expensive food! When SNK needed to place her on KOF 2002 Unlimited Match, they placed her on the 'Pretty Girls Team', a B-Level joke version of the KOF Women's Team idea along with May-Lee and Hinako Shijo. She still has a bit of a hatred by some fan bases.
- Some players have a great deal of hatred for Oilman of Mega Man Powered Up, even after the character got a bit of a rework to accommodate the more racially-sensitive Western world. Complete with a black face with thick, pink lipsnote , dancing reminiscent of black minstrels, and obnoxious engrishy "Yo, yo, yo!" before each sentence, note Oil Man brings an unwelcome dose of this trope to the series. Downplayed in the comic series, where Oil Man uses his Japanese color scheme but with his lips permanently covered by a scarf.
- Nightwolf from Mortal Kombat. The movies in particular make him one of the most ridiculous Braids, Beads and Buckskins stereotypes in recent memory. The cartoon, however, turns him into a Genius Bruiser with computer hacking skills who is also the only one who is immune to a virus. He did get better, though.
- In Deadly Alliance we got Hsu Hao, who happens to be a living mongolian stereotype (complete with Unfortunate Implications) and is considered as the most hated character in the entire franchise. Even the creators hate him.
- A rare example of a white one of this trope is Tony from Persona 2, a Gonk drawn with massive drooping eyelids, huge oval eyes that point in different directions, splayed eyelashes, a face-devouring, lumpen nose, a prominent chin, very high eyebrows, and stringy yellow hair, and speaks in stereotypically broken Japanese. He is also apparently a creeper who takes filthy photographs of unknowing Japanese women. It's worth pointing out the ugly Japanese characters, like Gin, are not drawn anywhere near as distorted as Tony, and Tony's ugly features are exaggerations of white facial features, making him this trope.
- Red Dead Redemption has three characters who are so heavily defined by this trope that their ethnicity is also their name: Irish, Welsh, and French. There is a character named Dutch late in the game, but he does not display any of that ethnicity's stereotypes. For his part, French lacks an accent, and while he is a bit of a jerk, he doesn't really display any French stereotypes.
- Street Fighter II's Blanka played this straight at first, then subverted it. A total misfit on the roster, he was an uncultured green beast-man that shoots lightning whose stage is in the middle of the forest living in an indigenous Brazillian tribe and that seemingly had no motivation, personality nor connection to the story whatsoever. Needless to say, he wasn't very popular back then. Allegedly, the series' creator apologized for Blanka's portrayal of Brazillian culture and promised he would fix that on Street Fighter III (where he created Sean and Oro, plus Capoeira fighter Elena). Blanka himself got a major overhaul, got plenty of in-story Character Development, a slightly tweaked backstory that usually was made fun of and an amusing crazy personality. Nowadays, he's one of the most popular characters in the series.
- After the huge success of Sony's "It Only Does Everything" marketing campaign spearheaded by Kevin Butler, Sony decided to try to replicate the same success for their PSP line of products. Sony introduced Marcus, an African American adolescent who blatantly plays heavily on the "black" stereotype, is not funny at all, and comes off as plain annoying. Needless to say, the fan reception to Marcus has been far less positive than Kevin Butler.
- This came after the earlier PSP ad campaign that included stereotypically Mexican dustballs and African American squirrels. Throw in advertising slogans such as "PSP: It's like cheese you can listen to outside" and this is arguably the low point of Sony advertising.
- Not to mention Sony's infamous Dutch billboard advertising the white PSP with a picture of a white woman grabbing a black woman by the neck. It was even banned because it was so offensive!
- The Vulpine from Darwins Soldiers. Full stop. The fans loathe the fact that their portrayal draws cues from every stereotypical portrayal of alcoholic savage Indians.
- The Hatta' from Neurotically Yours is seen by many fans as this. Episodes featuring him are frequently disliked by the fans. Even the characters themselves can't stand The Hatta' spewing racist comments.