"We are the men of amusing races,An awful relic from less enlightened times, 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 cast. 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 less offensive. Many early cartoon characters fall under this trope, which usually highlights interesting arguments between meme insensitivity and deliberate racism. Animation fans usually defend characters like Bosko, who was obviously a racial caricature of a sort, but isn't treated maliciously and is always the hero. This is a mostly Discredited Trope, fit only for Lampshading. It is, however, still sometimes used straight, and annoying Jive Turkey black characters are not uncommon. Some modern usages are played for Stop Being Stereotypical or Cringe Comedy, and there have been several Magic Realism and Imaginary Friend variations recently. Modern remakes of works with one of these tend to either drop the character completely, or remove the racial caricature to make them simply a realistically depicted person of that ethnicity. 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, and 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.
Fated to be eternal jokes.
Dialect men with amusing faces,
Never are we like other folks."
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
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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. A hated figure in America — Mexico loved the Bandito.
- Kool-Aid competitor brand Funny Face, unlike Kool-Aid, used a different mascot per drink, such as Goofy Grape or Freckle Face Strawberry. However, two characters drew ire: Native American stereotype Injun Orange and Chinese stereotype Chinese Cherry. The two of them were quickly replaced by Jolly Olly Orange and Choo Choo Cherry.
Anime & 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, a perception that conflicts with the fact that he also 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.
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 Inuit man 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.
- Mortadelo y Filemón: Black people are usually portrayed as relatively sane, civilized and well articulate. However, they are drawn like in a 1930's cartoon. Chinese people are a different matter - They are both drawn, and act, like in 1930's cartoons! Even Chinese space program engineers are portrayed as buckteethed gnomes who talk (and eat) flied lice!
- Black people tend to come in two varieties. Regularly-sized, relatively slender fellows who are particularly civilized. And big, muscular men who are easy to anger. An album taking place in New York City included both varieties. Attempts of Filemón and Mortadelo to investigate Harlem and locate a suspected terrorist, constantly end with them beaten by various locals who seem to have white guys as a target for their wrath. When the two agents finally get their suspect, he turns out to be a leader of the community. Their information about a bomb was wrong. His "bomb" was evidence about political corruption and how money supposedly going into urban development, ended up in the wrong hands.
- This is mostly due of a case of Values Dissonance. Albeit still present, racism is not nearly as big in Spain as in other countries, so this portrayals are seen mostly as Played for Laughs, with no ulterior motives nor messages, conscious or otherwise.
- There are some light puns on black characters, always Played for Laughs:
- In some stories, black athletes' sweat is black.
- A particular joke on a series of cyclists said: "This one is red with anger, this one is green with envy, this one is yellow with liver problems, this one is black with... well, with his being from Tanzania, obviously..."
- In an old short story, Mortadelo and Filemón are asked to scort a young African prince back to his country, after he has finished his studies in Spain. During the flight, the child causes trouble around the plane, and the stewardess asks Mortadelo, "Are you traveling with a boy of color?". Mortadelo calmly answers, "It depends. Which color?".
- 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 an actual Chinese person, 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. Hergé 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. Of course, Fair for Its Day is still pretty bad. Seanbaby called him racist on a level we simply cannot recreate with today's technology.
- 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.
- Brain, Dyno & Myte from My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic. Brain is little more than a British caricature who only ever contributes to the plot with inventions that either end up being used by the villains or serve as Dei ex Machina, while Dyno and Myte constantly rattle off stereotypical Spanish phrases to the point where it becomes annoying and enjoy blowing things up. And that's about it; they have no other personality traits whatsoever.
- The Svenjaya in The Keys Stand Alone seem to be an example of Alien Scrappies, since they're subservient to humans, always calling them “boss,” and speak in broken English. However, we find out later that due to a “Great Mistake” some thirty years ago, the Svenjaya agreed to a forty-year period of penance for the entire tribe, and stereotypes about the race were written into the penance contract, requiring them to all behave that way while they served the humans they had wronged—which was better than having the tribe decimated in revenge. Significantly, Slavayat, who was away at school when the contract was written, is perfectly articulate, with just a few notes in his speech to remind you that he isn't human; and Mevaryat, the great musician, sounds exactly like a human (which is a source of mild annoyance to Slavayat).
Films — Animation
- 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 (though this is probably because Shun is a non-white ethnic caricature voiced by a white voice actor— Paul Winchell).
- Kralahome's sidekick Master Little in The King and I is drawn with slit eyes, a bald head, and speaks in a stereotypical Asian voice.
- The Mexican mice in Titanic: The Legend Goes On. They're stereotypes of Mexican people, with their hats. They even sing a song with "mucho gusto".
- What's Up? Balloon to the Rescue, a mockbuster of Up:
- The villain Jean-Pierre. Exactly 100% of the jokes involving this character, which are also 90% of the jokes in the film, involve him foiling his own evil plans by being unable to pronounce the voice-activated password on the MacGuffin right.
- From the same film, Chin-Ling, a stereotypical Chinese character (he has the requisite accent and a camera as well), is made the butt of many racist jokes and observations by the other characters.
Films — Live-Action
- Seen in Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, in which the cast has a cameraman who's a jive-talking, incompetent, wise-cracking, loudmouth black guy who spends the entire movie fearfully hiding behind his white bosses. As one reviewer put it (to paraphrase): "Weren't characters like these supposed to have died out in the 1940s?"
- Chinese-American star Anna May Wong was not quiet about the fact that she was offered these parts during her heyday. When more sympathetic Chinese characters were played by white actors in Yellowface, she had to make do with Dragon Lady roles. What's more is that she developed a Hatedom in China, where they were annoyed with her playing such stereotypical roles. She did manage to avert this by taking her career to England and Australia, and playing non-stereotypical Chinese characters in a few American B-movies.
- Mickey Rooney in Yellowface as a Japanese caricature is the worst thing in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
- The Charlie Chan film series, ironically intended to avert this in the case of Asians, unfortunately played this trope entirely straight in regards to African Americans, as in the truly cringe-worthy appearances of Black character actors Stepin Fetchit and Mantan Moreland as characters such as "Snowball" and "Birmingham Brown."
- Salazar (played by Nick Cannon) from the Steve Miner Day of the Dead (2008) remake takes this to ludicrous levels. Here's one of his many charming quotes:
Salazar: What's the matter? You see a black man with a pointed stick and it automatically gotta be a spear?
- And all these lines were ad-libbed by Cannon himself.
- Snails from the first Dungeons & Dragons movie, an Uncle Tomfoolery character played by Marlon Wayans, is a textbook ethnic scrappy.
- Freaky Friday (2003) teeters the line with Pei Pei. She's a Genki Girl of a Chinese immigrant who speaks broken English - but she does her best to help the mother and daughter, also chewing out her own mother for causing the plot in the first place.
- Christian Bale's character, John Miller, in the Chinese movie Flowers of War is a big one. Getting over the Fake Nationality of the actor being Welsh, he managed to embody every racist stereotype of Westerners held in popular Chinese culture. He's a greedy, alcoholic, lecherous coward, whose first thought upon entering the cathedral is to look for booze. He only reluctantly agrees to help out after being shamed into it. It's made worse by the director (Zhang Yimou) thinking he's being progressive. "This kind of character, a foreigner, a drifter, a thug almost, becomes a hero and saves the lives of Chinese people. That has never ever happened in Chinese filmmaking, and I think it will never happen again in the future."
- Prissy from Gone with the Wind, a dim-witted cowardly liar who acts as The Load during the raid on Atlanta. Even her actress Butterfly McQueen disliked the character.
- Hamchunk from The Green Berets.
- Charlie the cook from the original King Kong (1933) is a definitive example of the Comedy Chinaman, mandarin suit and all. Made a little bit less awful because he does show some competence in spotting the bracelet dropped by one of the islanders. In the oft-forgotten sequel, The Son Of Kong, he fought off a Styracosaurus with a meat cleaver.
- The Lone Ranger: Several critics have taken the stance that the "Tonto is crazy" explanation for his strange dress and manner is simply a way to try and excuse the numerous Hollywood stereotypes in the character's portrayal.
- Zambo, Lord Roxton's Indian servant in the 1925 film of The Lost World. The character in the original novel wasn't a plucky comic relief but merely a "devoted negro".
- The Mask of Fu Manchu in addition to the Mad Scientist and his sexually charged Dragon Lady of a daughter, features a dim-witted, buck toothed Chinese man at the very end complete with Asian Speakee English.
- Virtually every character in North is an example of this trope, an actor or actress whose talents are being badly squandered, or both at once.
- Pan has one scene where the tribe trots out their fiercest warrior - who is indeed an Asian man presented as a voiceless savage fighter. He also takes orders from Tiger Lily - who has been Race Lifted to become white.
- Indian child actor Sabu averted this in his British roles - notably The Thief of Bagdad, Black Narcissus, The Jungle Book. But when he moved to Hollywood, he was forced into these roles - such as a pidgin singing boy in Tangier. After not getting offered anything other than Ethnic Scrappy characters, he retired from films in the 1950s.
- Long Duk Dong from Sixteen Candles. He has an exaggerated Asian accent (which is played for comedy) and a gong sound effect whenever he shows up. He does at least end up with a cool girlfriend.
- The much-hated Jar Jar Binks of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, similar to Skids and Mudflap below, earned much of his flack for being an Ethnic Scrappy (of a Jamaican, in his case) disguised as an alien.
- African-American comedian Dudley Dickerson ("This house has sho' gone crazy!"), a supporting player in many shorts of The Three Stooges, though he clearly tried to make the most out of his very restrictive roles.
- Stealing Candy has Brad as one who ticks every stereotype of a 'ghetto black ex-con' character in these types of movies. He of course is the 'mean' in the Nice Mean And In Between trio of protagonists.
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's Twins, Skids and Mudflap (AKA "Herp and Derp") are this and more. With gold teeth, speaking in painful slang and playing to every black stereotype imaginable, expecially the derogatory ones, ("We don't do much readin'."), you have to wonder if Michael Bay was testing the resiliency of his career when he let Tom Kenny and Reno Wilson get away with their performance.
- According to The Powers That Be, The Twins were supposed to be caricatures of Wiggers, white youths who act stereotypically black to look badass. Unfortunately, since they're orange and green robot cars, this concept is kind of lost in translation, and most people think it's an excuse, especially since they could have had holograms (like Arcee had a female hologram).
- Speaking of Michael Bay, go back and watch the opening scene of Armageddon. The annoying, high-voiced, jive-talking black man throwing racial slurs at a fat Hawaiian guy in a loud shirt, the dumb Asian tourist woman shouting "I want to go shopping!" in the middle of a city-destroying meteor shower... Let's just let The Nostalgia Chick talk us through it, shall we?
- There was a certain time period where any team of heroes that had reason to visit a vaguely Arabic or Asian country would be stuck with a young, pidgin-English-speaking boy. Children always tended to do marginally better in this role than their adult counterparts, as they were intended to be endearing and cute.
- In the 1996 movie adaptation of The Phantom, the Phantom rescues a young boy who becomes his Ethnic Scrappy.
- Oddly, cropped up in a mild form in the 2007 Transformers movie, with the Qutar kid who existed mostly as a walking Pet the Dog for the US soldier characters. Also, his dad's cellphone saved the day.
- In the 1930s Robert E. Howard wrote Shadows In Zamboula - where Conan the Barbarian finds himself in a city where black cannibals range the streets at night, catch white people and eat them. It is hardly likely that nowadays any Fantasy writer would use that plot device.
- 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.
- 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 Tomb of the Cybermen" features a stupid black man who refers to himself in the third person and who is mostly defined by his extreme loyalty to his mistress, Kaftan. He is treated by most of the story as being a 'thing,' and even though he's crucial to the plot he appears to have no interiority and he doesn't even appear to understand the implications of his Heroic Sacrifice. Bonus points for having the Doctor explain to him that he was only enslaved because he allowed himself to be, with the political subtext obvious! Made worse by the fact that earlier and later stories that same year had involved black characters who were nowhere near as bad as this - even the black mute strongman character in the previous story is mostly treated like a person, with Victoria regarding him as her best friend. Also, the villains Kaftan and Klieg are both kind of 'generic shifty foreigners' with nonspecific accents.
- "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 Goosebumps episode "A Night In Terror Tower" has some rather mean-spirited portrayals of English people. They're either snobby and pompous posh people who speak with ridiculously posh accents, or else rude cockneys that play the 'British people have bad teeth' stereotype painfully straight.
- 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 - though ironically she was a Funny Foreigner as a face, and a Femme Fatale as a heel.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Booker T was an ex-con who does spinnaroonies would have fit this trope long before R-Truth.
- Most black wrestlers in the WWE are accused of this at some point in their career, often having excessively violent Blood Knight tendencies, gang or hip-hop related gimmicks or simply being loud, noisy and exaggerated. However, since many of the white wrestlers act like that as well, it's hard to tell where it crosses over from just Large Ham into this trope.
- 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 has 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.
- It's presumed by My Little Pony enthusiasts that Hasbro never released G3 pony "Fiesta Flair" as a toy because they felt she was offensively stereotypical. Fiesta was Mexican-themed and liked maracas. Most fans didn't actually dislike her in the cartoons, and she probably didn't cause too much offense in general, but Hasbro felt they were playing it safe by remodeling her into "Candy Apple", who was released as a toy instead.
- 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.
- Harvest Moon has many respectable Asian characters, including most of the terribly attractive male doctors. Won from Friends of Mineral Town is not one of them. With his stereotypical attire, 'Fu Manchu' style mustache, and cheap personality fans loathe the guy. To make matters worse he is one of the "secret bachelors" in the Distaff Counterpart, who isn't very affectionate and is very hard to marry. He's one of the most disliked bachelors in the franchise by far.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Li'l Cal in Andrew Hussie's Team Special Olympics (not the character of the same name from Homestuck, who is a Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) Demonic Dummy) was is an over-the-top one of these◊ in order to spoof cheesy, Glurgey Magical Negro characters, who also overlaps with◊ Scary Black Man and Jive Turkey.
- Homestuck itself has Damara Medigo, a parody of the "submissive Japanese schoolgirl", and Meenah Pexies, whose character includes stereotypical black elements. Both characters end up working under the Big Bad in their alternate universe as slaves and neither are exceptionally good people.
- Fiona's Consience was this for a good period of YU+ME: dream , constantly speaking in Jive Turkey and being the archetypical Sassy Black Woman. Eventually we learn it was just her following the dreams script and she's Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
- The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo has Flim-Flam. Despite being a parody of this character type, he was hated even more than the original Scrappy.
- In American Dad! we have a Show Within a Show example with the detective show Steve and Roger like to watch. Where Tex is a American detective in a cowboy outfit and his partner is a Mexican stereotype.
- Some fans of CatDog loathe Lola the bird, although only part of it has to do with her being a Latin-American stereotype, and another part is that she was sometimes a Creator's Pet.
- Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos: Dear GOD! Where to start? When the least offensive ethnic character on the show is a stereotypical Samurai named Kemo, you know you're in trouble. Others include lard-ass Extreme Omnivore sumo wrestler Tabe and Too-Much.
- In Defenders of the Earth, Mandrake the Magician had an adopted Asian son named Kshin.
- The Dick Tracy Show from 1961/1962 had "Joe Jitsu", an Asian kung-fu master/detective, and "Go-Go Gomez", a lazy Mexican who solved crimes from his hammock. Both were drawn just about as stereotypically as you might imagine. Gomez could move very fast, although he did so with lots of "Arriba! Arriba! Yeeha! Yeeha!" yells that turned him into a human Speedy Gonzales.
- Cleveland from Family Guy and The Cleveland Show falls into this trope at times. Sometimes intentionally.
- Jasper, Brian's gay cousin, is considered by many as a "Gay Scrappy."
- Quagmire's transgender father Ida gets a lot of hate for being a "trans scrappy". The supposedly liberal and accepting Brian vomits for a minute straight after finding out that the woman he slept with used to be a man, she tends to get called things like "a monster" and "some drag queen", and she has no real personality of her own outside of being trans. Both Ida and Jasper are allegedly written to be sympathetic, but it's hard to imagine anyone in the LGBT community wanting to idolize them with the treatment they get in-show.
- There's also Mort Goldman, who gradually devolved into a walking Jew caricature. Lampshaded in the episode "Road to Germany", when an antisemitic caricature in Nazi Germany looks exactly like him.
- Consuela the Mexican maid.
- Fouad, the Arab who's continually amused by (and explains) Peter's American humor.
- The Flintstones, despite being a show about a modernized Stone Age, somehow saw fit to introduce the Great Gazoo, a generic little green alien that would probably seem a lot more at home in The Jetsons. Or rather, generic except for the fact that his personality was modeled after every offensive stereotype of the British, taken Up to Eleven. Gazoo was smug, elitist, seemed to think he could get away with making fun of longtime protagonists Fred and Barney and using his powers to make them his Butt Monkeys just because he was a more articulate speaker, and on top of all of this Jerk Ass behavior, there were the Unfortunate Implications of England being personified by an advanced alien while America was personified as cave people. So what you have is an ethnic scrappy who offends two countries at once!
- Eurotrish from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Her horribly fake accent, her annoying voice, and her constant "Because I'MMA GOING to Eur-OPE!" song made her immensely hated by the fans. It also doesn't help that her name is a pun on the word "Eurotrash". This even occurs In-Universe during the credits sequence of her episode!
Person who sent her to America: Stop-a the singing! Stop-a the singing! Do you know why we brought you to America in the first place???
Eurotrish: Now I'm going... to America... (walks off)
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Carl's Swedish pen pal, Elke Ekeberg. Like above, she has a horribly fake accent, speaks in broken English and she's a complete ditz who lets Carl abuse Jimmy and completely ignores the fact he almost got her killed. Thank God she never appeared again.
- Jonny Quest:
- The original series is grindingly embarrassing at times due to this. Supposedly, the Zulus throwing spears at the Quest Jet in the closing credits were from an episode that never aired, but that image is crazy enough. The worst that DID air was "The Sea Haunt", where the team were stranded on a ship when the Monster of the Week smashed their plane. They find the only survivor of the ship's crew — a Chinese cook named Charlie who has a horrible accent, dresses stereotypically (how did they miss giving him a pigtail?), and continually references his "honorable ancestors".To be fair, Charlie at least gets a big part in helping stop the monster. They are eventually spotted by DUTCH search parties from Batavia— despite Jakarta (and Indonesia) having been independent for years already. Oy...
- Hadji. In Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures, the first season's writers actually worked to avert this trope with Hadji, only for him to fall back into it in the second season with the reintroduction of the Sim Sim Salabim elements of his character. However, he first season's success at aversion is still debatable, considering they ended up turning him into a Bollywood Nerd computer expert (although that hadn't yet become a stereotype at the time the show was airing).
- Looney Tunes:
- The character Speedy Gonzales avoids this trope thanks to Crazy Awesome. He's fast, he's chivalrous, he's clever, and always gets the gringo. So why do people still not like his cartoons? It's because the other mice in the show piss people off, who all have their laziness and ignorance cranked Up to Eleven until the writers are sure you know they're Mexican.
- More borderline is Speedy's cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez, "the slowest mouse in all of Mexico". Being slothful even by the standards of the other Mexican mice, he protects himself with either a concealed gun or mind control. Like his cousin, though, he's smart and heroic, and both characters remain extremely popular in Latin America. In 1999, Cartoon Network shelved the cartoons for the aforementioned stereotypes, until Media Watchdog group the League of United Latin American Citizens lobbied to bring them back. That's right, media watchdogs worked to unban something controversial.
- Imperial Japan gave Looney Tunes more than its share of ethnic scrappies during World War II.
- Then there is the classic ethnic scrappy of the series, Pepe Le Pew. Even ignoring the many Unfortunate Implications of what he is — making a skunk character French seems pretty reminiscent of the stereotype that the French ignore hygiene, and his personality recalls the other stereotype that they're chauvinists — his whole horny schtick is offensive on its own to many people. However, those that aren't offended generally see him as a Ensemble Dark Horse, so he is more of a Base-Breaking Character. (It sort of helps the pro-Pepe case that he's not actually a Frenchman.) In an ironic twist, he has never been the target of any kind of controversy in France since his French accent has been replaced by an Italian one (French are mostly unaware of their "womanizer" reputation, but are well aware of the Latin Lover one) despite the fact that he mostly appears in France locations in the show.
- The cartoon Mr. Magoo had Charlie, a Chinese character who was servant of some form to Magoo. Charlie had buck teeth and a thick accent that resulted in calling his employer "Mr. Magloo" or "Bloss." He was able to see and therefore aware of all Magoo's errors, but his subservient position made him unable to call Magoo out on them, even when they got him put in harm's way.
- Mr. Rude from The Mr. Men Show certainly applies. A walking French stereotype (though he's given a different accent in the French dub of the show, naturally), his entire persona is to simply walk around being a rude Jerkass towards everyone else. To make matters worse, he's also a major Gasshole, making him a cartoonish "Smelly French" stereotype.
- Lupe the toucan in My Gym Partner's a Monkey was a Latina caricature who was loud, easily angered, and sounded like Sofía Vergara combined with Fran Drescher, smoking three packs a day.
- The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show had "bumbling Hawaiian sidekick" Hula-Hula. Like Native American characters, Polynesians are often thought of as walking Costume Porn rather than "real" races of people, which he definitely fell into.
- Apu Nahasapeemapetilon of The Simpsons fame has some in a rampage over his depiction of Indian-Americans; and the show's handling of the criticism, who see him as the embodiment and sire of every offensive Indian stereotype, as well as annoyance at the fact that he's voiced by the white Hank Azaria. There was even a documentary aired in November 2017 called The Problem with Apu, in which Indian-American comedian Hari Kondubolu ruthlessly tears apart every problem he has with the character.
- Cookie Kwan is often seen as this. With her shrill attitude, stereotypical Asian rudeness and thick generic "Asian" accent you'd be hard pressed to find any fans of her.
- This is one of the reasons why Antoine from Sonic SatAM gets a lot of hate. The character's entire concept is that he is a French guy who is useless in any action-related situation. He also gets flak for being rude to Sonic, even though Sonic is more or less equally rude to him. Even taking a level in badass in the comics didn't stop some of the hate since many felt it stripped him of any defining characteristics and reduced him to a Generic Guy with a French accent.
- South Park:
- Kyle has a cousin who's name is also Kyle, who's this in-universe. The other Kyle is a very stereotypical Jew, an annoying wuss who never stops complaining over minor stuffs, like dust or even snow. Ironically, this is also how the other Kyle views our Kyle — as a stereotypical redneck hick.
- Pip Pirrup is a collection of British stereotypes whom virtually all of the cast and a good amount of the fandom dislikes.
- A non-ethnic example: the stereotypically transgender Mrs. Garrison wasn't exactly a favorite among trans fans of the show.
- Superfriends: The Super Friends had four such tokens. Samurai is the least stereotypical, only because you can't recognize him as Japanese until he slips into Gratuitous Japanese with an American accent. Several other works such as Justice League and Young Justice tried to fix their faults when they referenced them.
- Parodied on The Venture Bros. with Kano, a member of the original Team Venture, who "despite his racial handicap" is a skilled pilot, and powerful enough to crush a boulder, yet gentle enough... to crush a butterfly. Also, he communicates with origami (until series 3).