Have I Mentioned I Am a Dwarf Today?
You're just strolling along, life is amazing. But no matter how well things are going, there's always that one guy mistakes you for a bearded gnome. And for a dwarf like you, nothing spoils your day like this.
But wait, you can prevent this! All you need to do is inform the people around you of your dwarvenhood before they call you a gnome. Everyone. All the time. Even if you're with people whom you've known for a long time.
If you belong to a Proud Warrior Race
, then it goes without saying that unless there's something wrong with you
, you're proud of it. Make sure you remind everyone, constantly, that you are a member of this race.
Dwarves seem to suffer the most of this habit, but it's an equal opportunity trope. Any character that loudly and near-constantly preempts any confusion there would be as to their race or culture as a matter of principle, or even just brags about belonging to a Proud Warrior Race, is an example of this trope.
Kind of a passive variant of Fantastic Racism
. A character who does this because he's pretending
to be what he constantly proclaims he is (such as a gnome trying to blend in as a dwarf) is instead a form of the Most Definitely Not a Villain
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Anime & Manga
- Many comedians, including Jay Mohr, point out that their Jewish friends seem to be unable to get through a conversation without referencing the fact that they're Jewish.
- Comedians whose schtick revolves around some aspect of their identity, be it female, gay, Latino, redneck and so forth, must inevitably talk about this aspect of their identity quite a lot.
- Comedians who avert this trope often get praised just for that; more than one person has described Ellen DeGeneres as "the lesbian comic who knows more than one joke". Although Ellen was doing stand-up for years before coming out; her general schtick at that point was being socially awkward.
- There are plenty of straight male comics, especially older males and married men, who have routines like this too, that pretty much revolve around being a man and male identity or their concept of it, although they aren't usually criticized for this. One such comedian quipped that he'd been doing "married" jokes for seven years. He goes on to say he's glad he hasn't had to switch to "divorced" jokes.
- Batman has a particularly chronic case of this. He says "I'm Batman!" at least once in every film, and the Nolan movies also include a lot of self-congratulatory talk about what a "symbol" he is. This is also played with, and heavily emphasised by the Web series How It Should Have Ended.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy has Groot who, to us at least, only ever says "I AM GROOT" making him a constant reminder of his status as Groot though in actuality he is much wiser and wordier than those three words allow.
Films — Live-Action
- Gimli in The Lord of the Rings movies does not deal with other people. It's always a dwarf dealing with an elf or a human. He almost completely refers to other people not by their name but only by their race. He does refer to both Aragorn and Legolas by their names during their expedition to get the support of the Army of the Dead, but only once each.
- In 300, the Spartans are constantly addressing each other as "Spartan", reminding others that they're speaking to Spartans, informing visitors that they're in Sparta, and so forth.
- In the Give Yourself Goosebumps book Return to the Carnival of Horrors you can ask one of the carnival's undead denizens to take a picture with you. When asked if he shows up on camera he responds yes, because he's a ghoul, not a ghost.
- Simon Lane frequently reminds the audience that he is a dwarf.
- Played with on the Discworld:
- Corporal Carrot does this, as a 6-foot-tall human who was raised by dwarves and therefore still identifies as one. As the dwarves themselves consider dwarfdom a cultural identity instead of a physical race, they agree (a later book involves a human who actually converted). Although "Agree" may be a strong way of putting it; it's more like they can't find a logically consistent way to prove him wrong. After all, he knows how to ha'lk his g'rakha correctly, and claiming that he's not a dwarf despite that puts one's own dwarfhood in question.
- And then there's Nobby Nobbs, who's just so ugly and disreputable that no-one can tell what he is. He has to carry a card around certifying that Lord Vetinari, having examined all available evidence including testimony from the midwife who delivered him herself believes that the balance of probability leans slightly towards him being human. Later books have hinted he may be part goblin, and a goblin woman is the only one to ever seriously court him without extenuating circumstances.
- Lance-Constable Cuddy (who is unquestionably a dwarf, just in case you're not keeping up) of Men at Arms inverts the trope. Throughout the book, people give him the rather credulous inquiry, "Are you a dwarf?" (Generally close-minded people, and he was the first dwarf in the City Watch, so it's fair to be surprised to meet him.) He maintains a reasonable sense of humor about the whole thing — if by "reasonable sense of humor" you mean "unrestrained sarcasm".
- Klingons are like this in the Star Trek Novel Verse. In the Star Trek: Klingon Empire series in particular, a great many characters are somewhat obsessed with "being Klingon", and make a point of it routinely. It's relatively justified, in that Klingon society has recently undergone tremendous upheaval and is now trying to reaffirm a sense of what being Klingon means. Characters evaluate their own behaviour, and that of their fellows, against the expected conduct of the ideal Klingon. This is particularly true of Toq (who grew up ignorant of his heritage and now embraces it enthusiastically — perhaps a little too enthusiastically), and Klag (who takes his obligations to the "Order of the Bat'leth" extremely seriously).
- In The Secret of Platform 13, one character is a water nymph who repeatedly notes that she's not a mermaid, pointing out her feet. It's Lampshaded at one point that nobody knows why being mistaken for a mermaid would upset her so much (especially since nobody actually does it).
- While not especially smug about it, the thranx from the Humanx Commonwealth series constantly make mention of their insectoid traits, either commenting on the physiological differences between themselves and humans or voicing perplexity at how humans cope without insect-like bodies (too few limbs, skin not hard enough, etc).
- In the Redwall books, hares are a proud badass warrior race, despite seeming eccentrically goofy on many occasions. Rabbits on the other hand are extremely posh, shallow and cowardly. One recurring theme throughout the series: do not call a hare a rabbit if you value your currently aligned jaw.
- Angel: Subverted with Lorne; he doesn't mind it at all if people mistake his green skin for makeup. Especially if it gets him into Caesar's Palace. The first time this happens, he accidentally runs into a librarian who stammers, "You'reó...you'reó!!" before sighing, "...from the children's reading program!" At this, Lorne considers dropping by and reading some Harry Potter.
- Star Trek
- Klingons are obsessed with their Klingon-ness. Worf in The Next Generation is exceptionally bad, even annoying his fellow Klingons with his inability to speak like a normal person and irritation over not following every old tradition to the letter. Hinted to be justified in that he was raised by humans and therefore has an idealized vision of his race and a need to be more Klingon than Kahless.
- Similarly with his son Alexander who was also raised by humans (specifically Worf's adoptive parents) and also had a thing for honor much like Worf except he was an incompetent Klingon even to modern Klingons.
- Cardassians also make it a habit to remind everyone of the superiority of their race and explain that everyone just misunderstands their superior culture. But then, Space Nazi is their hat. In one of their first appearances it was explained that this is actually genetic, and a Cardassion outside a clear chain of command will instinctively seek dominance.
- You could make a drinking game out of how often Spock (the Proud Scholar Race Guy) says, "I am a Vulcan." Once again, this could be over-compensation at work — Spock is only half-Vulcan, and the few full-blooded Vulcans we meet in TOS stray surprisingly far from his ideals, and he acts even more stereotypically Vulcan when his father is around.
- In the episode where an alien materializes historical people from their memories (which may explain why Kahless appears as a ridgeless barbarian), Spock apologizes to Surak for experiencing a moment of joy upon seeing him. Surak doesn't care.
- "We are the Borg." When confronted by a gigantic cube, that frequently in the series has sparked a feeling of cold dread, their introduction is unlikely to be necessary. Justified in that their actions are highly ordered and regimented, and this and the rest of their standard hail is basically their way of informing you of how utterly screwed you are!
- The Pasternoster Gang from Doctor Who. Once per Episode Madame Vastra and Jenny point out that they're lesbians even though this fact has been well-established by now. And almost every line out of Proud Warrior Race Guy Strax's mouth involves either suggesting unneccessary amounts of violence or declaring that he's doing something "for the glory of the Sontaran Empire."
- In the song "Country Boy," Aaron Lewis wants to remind you that he's a country boy by calling up every country cliche he can in the span of 4 minutes or so. It's basically a Jeff Foxworthy routine played straight and set to music.
- Mass Effect 2: "I am KROGAN!" Although Grunt, at least, means it not as identity but equivalence. That is, he's not saying "I am a krogan"; he's saying "I am what it means to be krogan". (He was genetically engineered to be the "perfect" krogan warrior, so it's hard to argue.)
- Inverted by Ratchet & Clank: Tools Of Destruction, which sees fit to remind you that you're a Lombax at every opportunity. Makes sense if you're meeting a new character, but even ones you see multiple times continue to remark on your Lombaxness, and Ratchet never acts like he's tired of being reminded of his own species or comments on it at all, despite being a Deadpan Snarker.
- Magnus Shalefist in Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura is literally this, always reminding you of how awesome it is to be a native mountain dwarf affiliated with one of the major clans. While he is a dwarf, he's from the city, real name Malcolm Schulefest. All the usual stuff about gold, beards, and fighting he got from an Almanac of All Things Dwarven - written by a human no less - and he talks it up to cover his own insecurities at being too far from his heritage. In the end, it turns out he is related to a clan, the legendary Iron Clan, which he leads or even becomes king of all the dwarves.
- In the "Federation" arc of Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger, Groonch the G'norch makes a point of emphasizing his warrior-race pride (his hat, given by Captain Pidorq, is "token noble savage"), only to have it subverted when it's pointed out that his "race" has dozens of languages and hundreds of cultures, and "noble warrior" isn't even in the top ten....
- Americans in general have an international reputation for this. Especially the habit of putting the national flag on everything.
- Texans have a reputation for it amongst Americans. Especially the flag bit. (They may use their state flag too, which just looks like a highly simplified version of the national flag.)
- If Spartans count for addressing each other as "Spartan" and constantly reminding people they are Spartans, then the US Marines belong on here as well, since they act exactly the same way.