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- Lucky The Leprechaun and his Lucky Charms cereal.
- Many commercials feature loud black buffoon characters. Offenders include the Too Dumb to Live black dad pouring a whole bucket of sprinkles into an ice cream sundae in the Verizon Wireless commercials; the overweight, truck driving, Deadpan Snarker Soul Brotha beer distributor walking into baseball stadiums converting the fans to Miller Lite beer; and the luggage man in Southwest Airlines hollering, "Grab yo' bags! ISS ONNNN!".
- Astérix is made of this whenever the Gauls go to another country. Editions used to be run with a foreword by the authors insisting they're making fun of the stereotypes rather than the people, but in practice the stories do not feel like parodies, though not usually very offensive. The comics were pulled from school libraries in the UK because of this, but returned due to outcry from nostalgic parents. Tends to inspire a lot of Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales in terms of the books that use stereotypes more gentle and harmless, such as Asterix in Britain (Stiff Upper Lip), Asterix in Switzerland (Yodel Land) and Asterix and the Black Gold (All Jews Are Ashkenazi); or too stupid and extreme to take seriously, like Asterix in Corsica (The Mafia), Asterix and the Goths (Imperial Germany) and Asterix and the Normans (Horny Vikings who eat everything with creme sauce, Normandie being a dairy-producing region), but the creators are no strangers to furious letters from people from these countries.
- Subverted in The Boys, when black super The Deep is unamused by his new Unfortunate Implications-heavy outfit, asking if it comes with a watermelon accessory.
Film — Live Action
- Crocodile Dundee plays with this, both straight up and subverted. A relatively innocuous case, unless you use the movie as a reference work about Australia. The late Steve Irwin played a similar schtick.
- The Pirate Lords in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End are all rather... ethnic. Chow Yun-Fat commented in the press about being a "good boy" and portraying the Orientalist stereotype that was his character. Most of his role was cut by Chinese censors.
- Spike Lee's Bamboozled is a scathing satire of Modern Minstrelsy, taking aim at the cynical (white) minds behind the entertainment.
- Tyler Perry's films are accused by critics of reinforcing stereotypes with his Madea films. In fact, throughout the 2000s, black comedians appearing in drag as stereotypical fat black women became a trend with Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and the aforementioned Tyler Perry.
- Borat and Brüno, two mockumentaries by Sacha Baron Cohen, are provocatively constructed as minstrel shows of people living in third world countries and gay people, respectively. The real targets, however, are the people fooled by the routine.
- One of the terrorists in Executive Decision was played by standup comedian Ahmed Ahmed. After Ahmed moved from acting to standup comedy, he addresses his role in the movie in light of this trope.
Live Action TV
- The Misaimed Fandom aspect is strong with Will & Grace's gay minstrelsy. A substantial segment of its audience doesn't support gay rights, gay marriage, gay love, or gay anything. They just like laughing at the quaint homosexuals. The show's sizable gay fanbase, however, appreciate the sympathetic characterization and relatively sparing use of stereotypes - Will is a successful lawyer, not (say) a fashion designer.
- Parodied with a vengeance by My Way Entertainment, going beyond the simple ethnic color-coding to reveal that the Black Ranger is a crack dealer and the Yellow Ranger speaks largely in takeout/massage solicitations. Oddly enough, the evil clone of the Black Ranger is Modern Minstrelsy taken Up to Eleven, with quotes such as "Oh yeah, chicken and watermelon!" and "Now it's time for the black-on-black crime!"
- Dave Chappelle saw later episodes of his own show as this, which prompted him to quit. The specific moment that Chappelle began to feel his show had crossed to The Dark Side was in the "Pixies" sketch, depicting pixies representing racial stereotypes telling regular people of various races to live out those stereotypes. The pixie for black people, played by Chappelle, is a ridiculously offensive shuckin'-an'-jivin' blackface minstrel. Chappelle reported watching a white crew member's reaction to the bit and being made deeply uncomfortable by his laughter.
- Monk has an unspecified anxiety disorder (although he's described in promotional materials as "obsessive-compulsive") that seems to combine symptoms from every last one in the book according to the Rule of Funny. Flanderization of his symptoms, and constant rounds of bringing him a step forward only to traumatize him further by the end of the episode, have driven any pretensions to realism or sympathy into the ground.
- The "Asian manicurist" as portrayed by Alex Borstein as Ms. Kwan, later renamed Ms. Swan on MADtv would count, though Bornstein would later try and blunt criticism of the popular character via reworking the character so that she was smarter than she seemed AND revealed (in a one-off sketch) that she spoke perfect English and only acted like a dumb foreigner so that she could troll people for shits and giggles. Said to be based on Björk.
- One particular sketch (prior to the trolling one) had her give a detailed description of the person being looked for in her head, but when asked again? "He look like a man!"
- Also from MADtv Bunifa Latifah Halifa Sharifa Jackson, as played by Debra Wilson who makes Chris Tucker's Uncle Tom Foolery look subtle.
- Beauty and the Geek. Brainy, socially inept men and ditzy glamour girls. Frequently subverted, though, when the beauties find themselves out of their element and look like, frankly, clueless nerds, or when the geeks manage to come across as savvy. Subverted again when a female geek and a male beauty show up, causing even more cracks in the stereotypes to show.
- The Big Bang Theory: Stereotypical nerds, who can't even talk to their neighbour without being absolute freaks. Everything they do is to make them seem pathetic, useless, elitist or to attempt to look like One of Us. Fortunately subverted later on by making them all more socially apt and find girlfriends, though this could be read as Character Development turning them into "Normal people."
- The Spirit of Jazz from The Mighty Boosh, a demented Voodoo god of jazz, as well as the two guitar players Rudi and Spider—who were broad Latino stereotypes—were all played by White guys (wearing black or brown makeup ). Then again, Boosh has a very small cast so those actors tend to play everyone.
- Fiona Glenanne of Burn Notice has been accused of this. She's an Oirish, Hot-Blooded ex-IRA terrorist whose prime source of income is running guns and whose contribution to every planning session is to suggest the application of excessive violence. All that, and she's played by an English actress, too.
- The show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and the Spin-Off in America have been accused of intentionally highlighting extreme Irish Traveller lifestyles and making them seem abnormal.
- 2 Broke Girls has often been accused to this, given the characters of Han (a numbers-obsessed Asian diner owner who started off speaking pidgin English) and Earl (an older, soulful black man who spoke often of his past affairs with women and smoking weed).
- Hiro Nakamura of Heroes certainly seemed to have started off this way; even Masi Oka admits he's fulfilling a lot of Asian stereotypes in the role (despite wishing Hollywood's portrayal of Asian men would Stop Being Stereotypical). Asian and Nerdy? Check. Poor grammar and pronunciation? Check, at least at the start (he loses much of the accent after the first season, and Future Hiro has no accent at all). Over-enthusiastic and gullible? Check. However, he turned out to be an Ensemble Darkhorse in both America and Japan, the later at least in part because of the former.
- A direct example took place in an episode of Gimme a Break!, when Joey performed at a show in blackface, much to everyone's shock and surprise.
- Pro wrestling is the only genre where the Wild Samoan is not just expected, but a gimmick the fans have openly embraced, mainly because the trope namers were so talented and their family so pervasive among the various members of the National Wrestling Alliance, former or otherwise. That said, Pro Wrestling Zero 1 and TNA did come under fire for trying to force the wild Samoan gimmick on Samoa Joe.
- Whenever the United States starts experiencing some negative Values Dissonance with another country, you can bet that WWE will trot out unflattering caricatures of the disliked nationality, who are always heels (except when WWE visits their supposed home countries, where they'll temporarily become good guys). Usually these "foreigners" are portrayed by Americans or Canadians, though sometimes from the very ethnic group they are parodying. And yes, if these wrestlers do have ethnic ties to their characters, the "heel heat" can get to them outside of Kayfabe. Examples include La Resistance (French), The Iron Sheik (Iran), Muhammad Hassan (Arab), and sundry Nazis(Jon Heidenreich was lucky enough to have this shot down), Communists(Nikolai Volkoff), and Yellow Peril Japanese(Yamaguchi San).
- Santino Marella does this for Italians, though he's mostly been a face.
- WWF\E's Divas playing up really degrading sexual stereotypes, the late '90s and early '00s being their lowest point. Mud Wrestling is one thing but when Ivory, a defender of substance matches, is suggesting there are one too many, when Stacy Keibler is getting title shots through bra and panties matches with the angle being she can't wrestle well enough to win in a standard one fall, when the women's title belt is defended in a water pool, you've definitely reached this point.
- Cryme Tyme played up long-stale black thug stereotypes for laughs.
- Grizzly Redwood actually had a career in Ring of Honor dating back to the "Top of the Class" days, but all anyone remembers is his "World's Littlest Lumberjack" gimmick.
- R-Truth raps on the way to the ring and shouts "Whassup?!", which itself is pretty mild compared to his bad toothed "Pretty Ricky" gimmick. And during his brief Face–Heel Turn, he adopted what came off as an uncomfortably literal minstrel shtick: "I'm a gewwwwwd R-Truth!"
Stand Up Comedy
- Jeff Foxworthy and the rest of the Blue Collar Comedy set... especially Larry the Cable Guy, who isn't a Southerner, although the "redneck hick" stereotype, and that stretches well beyond the South into the rural Midwest. (Larry's from Nebraska.)
- Martin Lawrence is often accused of doing this.
- Chris Rock has retired his famous stand-up bit "Black People and Niggers" for this reason. His stand-up album features him doing this bit followed by a white fan coming up to him after the show and enthusiastically saying "I hate niggers too!", followed by the sound of a punch.
- Jeff Dunham has puppets that consist of a terrorist, a pimp, a talking Mexican pepper on a stick, etc.
- Patton Oswalt has a routine that tells the story of a movie audition he went to where he read for the Gay Best Friend. In the routine, he explicitly compares the stereotype to blackface.
"Microwave popcorn and red wine, STAT!"
- Ahmed Ahmed, for the Axis Of Evil Comedy Tour, had a bit about how he had to stop acting and focus on comedy because they kept casting him as an Arab terrorist. His stand up includes a bit where he got a role by trying to dial the farce Up to Eleven.
- Nintendo's Punch-Out!! series runs on this. The various opponent boxers all come from different countries, and each of them is an obvious stereotype of their respective nation. This ranges from Frenchman Glass Joe being a weak fighter, Spaniard Don Flamenco being a dashing bullfighter who knows how to dance, and Russian Soda Popinski who drinks a lot of soft drinks in an E-rated send-up of the vodka-chugging Russian. In the Wii iteration, the characters are, if anything, more stereotypical than in previous installments, though any potential offensiveness is, at least, highly mitigated thanks to each character being voiced in their native language.
- Umlaut House turns the bisexuality of half the cast and homosexuality of another quarter into an Overused Running Gag, especially the clearly unbalanced, comically promiscuous original main character. Still, between the author's claimed bisexuality; the Mad Scientist, college, and The Men in Black humor; and the welcomeness of any (especially male) non-Ax-Crazy bisexuals, many readers are willing to give him some slack. It's toned down in the sequel, at least.
- This is apparently why the Fuhr has essentially disowned Boy Meets Boy, not linking it from any of her later comics.
- Speedy Gonzales. Some Mexican mice in the show are lazy and drunk. It was considered ironic that Speedy is a complete inversion of the stereotype, which was supposed to be the appeal. The character proved very popular in Latin America because of the heroic qualities of Speedy himself.
- Drawn Together is one of many who take the "we're not making fun of the people, we're making fun of the stereotypes" stance, repetitively citing how much crap they put on Jews when the co-creators themselves are Jewish.
- Family Guy sometimes delves into this.
- Especially when it comes to the Irish, partially because very few people - even if they actually are Irish - still get offended by that.
- The show also frequently pokes fun at Jews, which quite often inches dangerously close to outright anti-Semitic jokes with very little sense of irony about them. The show's portrayal of Christians is also consistently negatively stereotypical. Although it was somewhat toned down after the poorly received "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven".
- Sealab 2021 even poked fun at itself for doing this. In a lounge song, no less. "Too dumb to be sarcastic so we keep provoking / make fun of minorities because of our inferiority / but it doesn't matter, we're only joking!"