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->''"Racism was not a problem on the Discworld, because--what with trolls and dwarfs and so on--speciesism was more interesting. Black and white lived in perfect harmony and ganged up on green."''
-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''

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[[YouKeepUsingThatWord "Fantastic"]] as in [[{{Fantasy}} "fantasy"]], [[IThoughtItMeant not as in]] [[UnfortunateImplications "awesome"]] (i.e., not the way [[Series/DoctorWho the Ninth Doctor]] uses "fantastic").

A subset of the old trick of dealing with thorny issues through [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything metaphor]]. Instead of having the hero encounter racism between, say, whites and blacks in the American DeepSouth, or between ethnic Czech and Roma in the Czech Republic, or between Ainu and Japanese, or any other sets of real-world groups, they encounter racism between two-headed aliens and three-headed aliens, or between people with earth-themed elemental powers and people with water-themed elemental powers, or whatever.

Note that this can also cover other types of prejudice: anti-homosexual sentiment, religious differences, and so on. (In which case, "Fantastic Discrimination" or "Fantastic Prejudice" would be a more apt term.)

Not to be confused with SpaceJews, in which an imaginary species or culture has disturbing similarities to a real-world racist stereotype. Also related to HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster, when monsters are used as a metaphor for alternative sexual identity, rather than race. FantasticSlurs are often involved, as are {{Monster Rights Movement}}s. RealLife weaselly lines like SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX may feature. The undesired minorities may be rounded up inside a FantasticGhetto, and may also be the targets of SuperHumanTrafficking.

Futuristic science fiction examples of human-on-alien Fantastic Racism will often make the human racist a member of a group historically discriminated against on Earth (such as a black character in an American-created work) both to emphasize that human-on-human racism is a thing of the past, and for the sake of irony from the viewers' perspective.

If the point of the story is to show the evils of racism, this trope can lead to a BrokenAesop if there are in fact [[FantasticAesop good in-universe reasons to discriminate]] against a certain type of creature (say, because they need to [[HorrorHunger eat other sapient beings]] in order to survive, or they genuinely are AlwaysChaoticEvil apart from the odd [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch angsty heroic one]]).

Also note that TropesAreNotBad: most people wouldn't believe in a world where elves, dwarves, aliens, etc got along with perfect harmony, because their own experiences of different groups' interactions don't bear that out. It's called ''[[{{Pun}} Fantastic Racism]]'' for a reason.

If the racism appears to be spilling into something a little less fantastic and into something more real, it's ValuesDissonance.

Compare SuperiorSpecies, in which one species actually ''is'' objectively superior in some way, SpeciesLoyalty which may but does not need to entail this, and MasterRace, when it's just in their head.

See also PeopleOfHairColor, which can be another occasion for racism in fantasy, and {{Dehumanization}}, where one race is dehumanized to make them easier to kill.


* AnimalJingoism: Conflict between any two kinds of [[AnimalAnthropomorphismTropes talking animals]].
** CatDogDichotomy: [[ThisIndexMeows Felines]] versus [[ThisIndexBarks canines]].
* ElvesVersusDwarves: [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin versus]] [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]].
* FantasticGhetto: ''De jure'' or ''de facto'' {{urban segregation}} against undesirable races or species.
* FantasticSlurs: Species-specific insults and profanity.
** CallAHumanAMeatbag: Used by robots against humans or other organic beings.
** SonOfAnApe: Used by aliens or other organic beings against humans, for being evolved primates.
* FurAgainstFang: [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]] ([[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent or other animal shapeshifters]]) versus [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]].
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster: A different kind of metaphor, somewhat more like Fantastic Homophobia.
* JustAMachine: Humans versus [[RobotRollCall robots and artificial intelligence]].
** RobotsEnslavingRobots: Robots versus other types of robots; likely an ironic variation of the above.
* MugglePower: [[{{Muggles}} Normal humans]] hating [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual people who use magic or superpowers]].
** SuperSupremacist: Superhumans despising normal people; likely an inversion of the above.
* UnequalRites: [[WizardsAndWitches Wizards versus witches]], although this is often depicted more as Fantastic Sexism.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Humans versus all other species of sapient beings.
** InhumanableAlienRights: [[LoopholeAbuse By definition]], ''non''-humans cannot be protected by the laws of ''human'' rights.
* ZombieAdvocate: Civil rights activists working for the equality of unusual minorities; sort of an inversion of Fantastic Racism.

* FantasticRacism/{{Advertising}}
* FantasticRacism/AnimeAndManga
* FantasticRacism/ComicBooks
* FantasticRacism/FanFics
* FantasticRacism/{{Film}}
* FantasticRacism/{{Literature}}
** ''FantasticRacism/HarryPotter''
* FantasticRacism/LiveActionTV
* FantasticRacism/{{Music}}
* FantasticRacism/NewspaperComics
* FantasticRacism/{{Other}}
* [[FantasticRacism/{{Religion}} Religion and Mythology]]
* FantasticRacism/StandUpComedy
* FantasticRacism/TabletopGames
* FantasticRacism/VideoGames
* FantasticRacism/{{Webcomics}}
* FantasticRacism/WebOriginal
* FantasticRacism/WesternAnimation