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->''"You know, people were whiter back then."''
-->-- '''Joel''', ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

You're watching your favorite sitcom -- it's fluff, but it's harmless fluff, right? And you're laughing at the latest antics of the cast, when all of a sudden it hits you -- "Are there any black people in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity?"

You've just run across a program guilty of Monochrome Casting. The melanin content of the actors simply doesn't vary much at all. Almost all of these programs consist of either an all-black or all-white cast; given that the reasons for this trope's existence are primarily based on demographics, it would not be shocking to see more Hispanic versions in the near future, however.

It is not yet a DiscreditedTrope -- a product of the ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' era -- but it still holds more sway than most people realize. Most often, this trope is seen in sitcoms, where it is used to help target a single demographic.

Sometimes you'll get a TokenMinority or TokenWhite appearing in a walk-on role in the show; if he's a black man on a white show, then he's probably there for a VerySpecialEpisode about racism.

Now, some shows are set in [[BlackVikings environments where it might even seem forced to have any sort of ethnic diversity]]; this trope doesn't apply to these programs so much. For instance, the rarified world of the superwealthy that often dominates in {{Soap Opera}}s really doesn't have many blacks or Hispanics (except as servants, and that might be a bit too much realism for your negative-publicity averse executive); likewise, the Chicago public-housing projects displayed in ''Series/GoodTimes'' were pretty much all-black by the time the show aired in the 70s. Similarly, much of Europe was almost all-white until relatively recently (and many parts still are, especially in the East), and there are small towns in rural America that just don't have much in terms of diversity. In some countries, such as Japan or South Korea, ethnic homogeneity is practically state policy. It's when a show exists in an environment like New York or London, where diversity would be almost mandatory, that they can be accused guilty of monochrome casting.

Historically, Monochrome Casting was (at least in part) often the fault of ExecutiveMeddling, either overt or covert. Before about 1965, it was standard for television stations and movie chains operating in the southern US to edit movies and TV shows to remove non-stereotypical African-American characters. Maids and criminals were fine, scientists and soldiers were not. If an African-American character was so intrinsic to the show that he or she couldn't be edited out, the show or movie simply wouldn't be shown in the South. [[note]]A strong contender for Crowning Moment of WTF came in May 1970, when a Mississippi state commission voted that the state's public networks would not air ''Series/SesameStreet'', stating that "Mississippi was not yet ready" for the show's integrated cast.[[/note]] This naturally would cut into profits, so producers tended to make the entire cast white. One of the first shows to [[DefiedTrope challenge this]] was ''Series/HogansHeroes'', whose producers cast a black actor as Hogan's second-in-command/camp genius specifically to make it impossible for Southern stations to edit the character out.

However, sometimes Monochrome Casting is more understandable in older works, due simply to demographic changes. In 1940, for example, only 1 in 10 Americans were nonwhite; now it's between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3, depending on who counts as "nonwhite." So, statistically speaking, one could show nine white characters in a 1940 film or 2 or 3 white characters now and maintain plausible deniability.

Many older films and shows and whatnot actually ''didn't'' have this trope in their day, if only [[ValuesDissonance because there were many more social factors dividing people than just race]]. A story from the past showing, say, rich people and poor people socializing freely, or Catholics and Protestants getting along, or Irish-Americans and Italian-Americans actually not wanting to kill each other (as they did in countless Mob movies), is in a way ''not'' this trope, at least if the diversity was the work's main theme and there was no reason for it to be more diverse still. Where Monochrome Casting is most noticeable is in works where the characters are homogeneous in ''every'' way: race, national origin, income level, political and cultural values. Either that, or they just ''seem'' so similar that any differences among them effectively don't matter.

Contrast PeopleOfHairColor. Compare HumansAreWhite, a similar phenomenon in unrealistic works. Contrast the FiveTokenBand, where it seems the writers were trying too hard in the opposite direction. Compare to WhiteMaleLead in which, while the cast is ethnically diverse, the main character and AudienceSurrogate is still white. May overlap with PopCultureIsolation. Compare PlentyOfBlondes. Compare ChromosomeCasting, the equivalent of this trope in sex (when characters of only one sex appear in a work).



[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]
* Urd and her mother Hild from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' are examples of brown-skinned major characters, although neither is human. In a mild aversion, some characters describe Urd as Indian early on in the manga. Given that the manga largely averts the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair strange gamut of hair colours in anime]], it's likely that in universe Belldandy probably looks Caucasian with a Japanese boyfriend in Keiichi.
* The later seasons of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' added in several black ninja like Killer Bee and Omoi.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'' has a Japanese protagonist but takes place across several different countries. Two members of the heroine's supporting cast are white, while another is black. Additionally, the lead antagonist's [[TheDragon Dragon]] is a black man.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' turns this trope completely upside down. The core cast is mostly European, but there are a number of exceptions. The show's universe draws heavily from World War II Europe, heavily mixed with a conflict-ridden counterpart to the Middle East. Because of this, true-to-life racial and cultural tensions are depicted on a very frequent basis. As for specific cast, Paninya and Jerso are both black, and a number of characters of varying degrees of importance come from the fictional nations of Ishbal and Xing, which are [[FantasyCounterpartCulture stand-ins]] for the Middle East and China respectively. In the first anime, the Xing region did not send many representatives. Furthermore, all Asians in this Japanese show can be assumed to be "Chinese," meaning that the first anime is the ''polar opposite'' of this trope.
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' is another aversion. It doesn't hurt that it was made to cater to an American audience first.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' had a recurring team of American rivals, which were fairly diverse. The character Patrick "Panther" Spence was a black teen with a fairly large role.
* Of note is Seinen manga ''Manga/MeAndTheDevilBlues'', a story chronicling the life of blues musician Music/RobertJohnson had he actually won his talent from the devil, as some of the more popular rumors surrounding his mysterious rise to prominence dictated. The protagonist and many of the supporting characters are strikingly African American, with a range of body and facial types rarely seen any where, let alone manga or anime, while the lancer and most of the rest of the cast are Caucasian.
* In ''Anime/{{Meganebu}}'', most of the members of the student council are [[ButNotTooForeign only half-Japanese]] (Brazilian, French, British, and German).
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' averts this, being set in a worldwide conflict between [[LaResistance The Black Knights]] trying liberate Area 11 (once known as Japan) from [[TheEmpire Britannia]], an {{expy}} of the British Empire. Plus there's China later on. This means there are plenty of characters ranging from Japanese, Chinese, and Britannian (European). Though, Britannians tend to all be white except for AmbiguouslyBrown Villetta Nu.
* ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' is very diverse, especially for a {{mecha}} anime that takes place in Japan ''and'' draws upon traditional Japanese culture. Featured among the Japanese character are a French, a Brit, an American, a Chinese, an Italian, a German, a Polish, two BridgeBunnies consisting of a Latina and a European, and one character who is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese/half-Spanish]].

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}: A product of the 50s when including ethnic characters probably never crossed the creators' minds, though there ''were'' several non-white characters: Brainiac 5 was green, Shadow Lass was blue, and the alien-looking Chameleon Boy was orange. Compounded when they tried to fix it in the 70s by adding a Black hero, Tyroc, who came from an island with only Black people. That appeared on Earth only intermittently. And ''all'' the black people in the world had gone to this island, and they were all racist, openly crying their hatred of whites.
** Ferro Lad was supposed to be Black under his armor, but you couldn't tell. When writer Creator/JimShooter wasn't allowed to reveal this, he gave the character a HeroicSacrifice. Shadow Lass is also rumored to have been intended as black; she ended up being blue instead.
* ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' fell into this, as while the team has had several minority "guest operatives" who have shown up from time to time, the core cast has historically been entirely white. Even the writer, Creator/GailSimone, said she thought it was a [[http://gailsimone.tumblr.com/post/1579618568/sufferingsappho-ceebee-eebee-having-someone problem]]. She mentioned that at various points, she unsuccessfully tried to get Comicbook/{{Vixen}}, [[ComicBook/{{Icon}} Rocket]] (both black), [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]] (half-Asian) and [[Comicbook/TheQuestion Renee Montoya]] (Hispanic) added to the team. In the case of Cassandra, Simone even claims she had written up Cass' debut issue [[ExecutiveMeddling before editorial informed her that she would not be able to use her]]. The 2011 relaunch was the first time in the title's history that a minority woman (Japanese heroine ComicBook/{{Katana}}) was featured as part of the core cast. The character Strix (an African American member of the [[Comicbook/NightOfTheOwls Court of Owls]]) was later added to the team.
* The original ComicBook/XMen team consisted of all white superheroes.
* In ''Franchise/SpiderMan,'' the non-white population of New York City seems to consist of... Robbie. (Okay, sometimes we see his wife and son, too.) They've had other minority characters, but none of them stood the test of time. To avoid this in adaptations, ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan Spectacular]]'' [[RaceLift race-lifted]] half the cast, and ''{{WesternAnimation/Ultimate|SpiderMan}}'' uses mostly minority heroes like Comicbook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} and ComicBook/WhiteTiger as part of the team.
* At New York Comic-Con 2012, Rick Remender self-deprecatingly stated that the line-up of his ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'' book was "Crackerfest 2012" in regards to the lack of minorities on the team. Japanese hero Sunfire was added to the cast in the second story arc in order to offset this a little.
* Bryan Lee O'Malley [[http://io9.com/scott-pilgrim-author-says-it-sucks-that-the-movie-was-575876991 actually criticized]] ''himself'' over the lack of diversity in his ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' comics, even stating that he was appalled by just how white the [[Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld movie adaptation]] was. He's said that his follow-up work, ''Seconds'', was intentionally written with a more diverse cast.
* Creator/MarvelComics has actually mocked ''[[SelfDeprecation themselves]]'' over this trope in the past. The 1991 ''Marvel Year In Review'' special contained a "Men of Comicbook/TheAvengers" gallery (Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}, [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]], ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, Comicbook/{{Quasar}}, etc.) that [[OnlySixFaces used the same generic drawing of a nondescript blue-eyed blonde for every character]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/NottingHill'' has a curious lack of black people in crowd shots despite being set in Notting Hill neighborhood, which has enough of a black population that the Notting Hill Carnival is a major annual event largely celebrating black culture in England. At least one comedian of color joked that the film would win the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Special Effects for removing all the black people from Notting Hill. RichardCurtis responded by casting the guy as a DJ in ''Film/LoveActually''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were only three minorities, not counting the SpaceJews, and in the [[Film/ANewHope very first film]] all the visible actors on screen were white--only Creator/JamesEarlJones as the voice of Darth Vader wasn't. Lucas repeatedly defended himself, claiming he had auditioned nonwhites for some of the major roles (including a black actor for Han Solo and a Japanese actor for Obi-Wan) but just happened to end up with only whites. In any case, the later films all featured nonwhites in major roles, most notably Lando. The prequels also revealed that [[SendInTheClones all of the clonetroopers]] (including [[BountyHunter Boba Fett]]) are Maori. Not to mention badass Jedi Master [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Mace Windu]].
** Creator/JJAbrams said a major reason they sought to avoid this with ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is because they wanted the film to be more representative of the diversity seen in real life.
* ''Film/YoungGuns'' was based on the real life of gunfighter Billy the Kid, showing his exploits in New Mexico, culminating in a huge gunfight with the U.S. Ninth Cavalry. But you wouldn't know from the film that New Mexico has a significant Hispanic and Spanish-speaking population, or that the Ninth Cavalry were a black regiment. Arguable because, well there's: Chavez, the numerous Hispanic and Mexican-Native American villages they go through, the fact that Billy shows a fluency in Spanish, and pretty much every civilian the gang speaks to in the sequel has a Mexican accent. I mean, one can't fault them for the main cast being mostly white, as they were based on real people. It'd be a bit insensitive to change their races.
* ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' is set in Montmartre, an area of Paris with a large immigrant population, but the cast, with the exception of Jamel Debouze, is almost exclusively white.
* The film BasedOnAnAdviceBook ''Film/HesJustNotThatIntoYou'', which takes place in Baltimore, has already been lambasted by viewers due to the entire cast being strictly white, sans one SassyBlackWoman making an offhand remark on a park bench.
* One of the things dating Creator/JohnHughes films is that none of the leads are minorities (a few of the actors are, but the untrained eye would never notice), and that the closest thing to a non-Caucasian character with lines was [[EthnicScrappy Long Duk Dong]]. Hughes, however, based the fictious suburb of Shermer, where most of his movies set on his hometown, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northbrook,_Illinois Northbrook]], [[JustifiedTrope which is 90% white]].
* Everyone in the domed city of ''Film/LogansRun'' is white. Memorably lampshaded by Creator/RichardPryor:
-->"They had a movie of the future called ''Logan's Run''. There ain't no niggers in it. I said, 'Well, white folks ain't planning for us to be here.'"
* The 1993 film ''Film/TheMeteorMan'' has an entirely black cast save for one white mobster.
* Pretty much everyone in ''The Romantics'' is white.
* Creator/WoodyAllen films used to be notorious for presenting a very non-diverse version of New York.
* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has a contest for kids all over the world and yet all five of the winners are white and either American or European. Granted, [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the 1964 source novel]] and [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 film version]] went the same way, but this 2005 version puts more emphasis on the fact that the tickets are available worldwide, so it's more noticeable. Creator/TimBurton admitted that they had considered doing a RaceLift for some of the characters, but since four of the finders are '''brats''', that might have opened another can of UnfortunateImplications. (He turned out to be right when the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] made Violet and her parents black and created some controversy.)
* ''Film/TheTreeOfLife''. Granted, it is set in a small, middle-class suburban town in the 1950s, providing some justification.
* ''Film/TheArtist'', set [[DeliberateValuesDissonance in a time period]] in Hollywood where most black characters were in {{blackface}}.
* In spite of Creator/GeneRoddenberry's good intentions, many ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films were fairly monochromatic. The most notable example occurs in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', where the ethnically diverse superhumans from "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed}} Space Seed]]" became generically European.
* The 1972 "horror" film ''Film/NightOfTheLepus'' has only one black character (Dr. Leopold), and amazingly, [[BlackDudeDiesFirst he doesn't die.]]
* Everyone's white in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' except for a few incidental characters.
* Nearly every character is Hispanic/Latino in ''Film/ParanormalActivityTheMarkedOnes''.
* Nearly everyone in ''Film/TheHustler'' is Caucasian -- the only exception is a mute black man at Ames' pool hall who sweeps the floor.
* ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990): For a film featuring LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and set in 1930s Chicago (by then already a multiracial city), there is exactly one visible minority in ''Dick Tracy'': a Chinese shop owner whom Tracy saves from a holdup. There's also the radio report about the (presumably Negro) bootblack who is murdered at the very beginning of the film, but we never actually see him, so we can only speculate.
* ''Film/TheWiz'', being set first in Harlem and then in a Harlem-ized version of Oz, contains absolutely no non-black characters. They exist in this movie's universe (note the JewishMother comment); they just never make it onto the screen.
* Everyone from the central ''Asian'' nation of Kazakhstan in the thriller ''Film/AirForceOne'' is white. This isn't the first time for that particular nation either.
* ''Film/ComingToAmerica'', where virtually the entire cast is black with the exception of Louis Anderson, Eddie Murphy playing a jewish guy in white face, a handful of very minor characters, and a memorable cameo of Randolph and Mortimer Duke from ''Film/TradingPlaces.''
* The town ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' is set in is exclusively inhabited by white characters, though this isn't unusual, as Utah is not the most diverse of states (according to the United States Census in 2010, nearly 90% of its inhabitants are white, and that kind of disparity is not likely to have changed in a mere 30 years), and rural Utah (as opposed to Salt Lake City) is closer to 100% white.
** Averted in the remake where the town is shown to have a fairly large black population and the characters of Rusty and Woody are [[RaceLift now played by]] a Puerto Rican girl and an African-American man respectively.
* UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood was fairly monochrome for its time, but one weird inversion is the all-black film. As a result of segregation, African-Americans could not be truly protagonists in a film with other white characters, so this niche genre was rarely invested in partly to broadcast talented African-American singers and musicians.
** ''Film/{{Hallelujah}}'' by Creator/KingVidor, a 1929 musical about a family of poor cotton farmers, was the first film in this genre. This film shows African-Americans as sharecroppers with urban African-American in big city ghettoes, so while white characters aren't acknowledged in the film, one can assume that they exist since the portrayal of African-Americans is largely realistic.
** ''Film/CabinInTheSky'' by Creator/VincenteMinnelli, made in 1943 is a lot more fantastic and it portrays a separate Heaven and Hell and it's depicted more or less as an AlternateUniverse. It features Music/DukeEllington and his Band, Music/LouisArmstrong in TheCameo alongside Lean Horne and Ethel Waters.
** In the same vein as ''Film/CabinInTheSky'', ''Film/StormyWeather'' features an all black cast and [[TheCameo cameos]] of the era's best performers; Music/CabCalloway, Ada Brown, and Fats Waller.
** Creator/OttoPreminger directed ''Porgy and Bess'' and ''Carmen Jones'' which is the most unrealistic of the lot with African-Americans in areas and professions, costumes, styles and apartments that would be incredibly unrealistic for African-Americans in that time.
* ''{{Film/Whiplash}}'', has no (named) black characters despite being a movie about jazz. This is probably an artistic choice, as the characters having no cultural connection to the music further drives home the pointlessness of the suffering they put themselves and others through to get good at it.
* ''{{Film/Scream}}'' has no non-white characters in the entire film, but this was sort of addressed in [[Film/Scream2 the sequel]], with Creator/JadaPinkettSmith and Omar Epps' characters as [[spoiler:the opening victims]], and Pinkett's character discussing how horror films typically ignore African American points of view. The film also features Hallie, Sydney's BlackBestFriend, [[spoiler:who also bites it]], and Joel, Gale's new camera assistant, [[spoiler:who lives]]. ''Film/Scream3'''s only black character was Tyson, while ''Film/Scream4'' goes back to an exclusively white cast.
* ''MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** A frequent complaint, even from many fans of the MCU, is the abundance of {{White Male Lead}}s. Marvel released 17 films before they had one with a non-white or female lead.
** The first ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' team, despite being gathered by [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Nick Fury]] to save the entire world, is all white. The closest thing to a non-white superhero was Hulk turning green. With Warmachine and The Falcon joining at the end of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', along with other members leaving, the team is noticeably more diverse in the group shot at the end of the film.
** {{Justified}} in ''Film/BlackPanther'', which is set in Africa and accordingly has an overwhelmingly black cast with only a handful of white actors (notably Creator/MartinFreeman and Creator/AndySerkis). It's explained that Wakanda is a very isolationist country that doesn't normally allow foreigners inside so it makes sense that most of the characters are black.
* ''Film/RedSparrow'': Nate's boss Trish Forsyth is the only noticeably brown named character in the movie (played by Indian-American Creator/SakinaJaffrey). {{Justified}} since the film takes place mostly in Russia and Hungary, both of which are mostly monoracial countries, and if the CIA had sent a person of color they would have stuck out like a sore thumb.

* According to [[http://www.bloggerbeware.com/2008/07/r-e-t-r-o-s-p-e-c-t-find-out-what-it.html this post]] on ''Blog/BloggerBeware'', in all of the original series of ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' novels, there were only 20 explicitly non-white characters, of whom 45% were Egyptians (in novels about Mummies, no less).
* Virtually everything by Creator/BretEastonEllis. This is kind of the point, however.
* Almost all the main characters in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series are white, and though there ''are'' minorities among the supporting cast, hardly any of them get focus or development. Though according to WordOfGod she did not specify the race of some characters and they were just assumed to be white. Specifically Rowling points out that Hermione could easily be played by a black actress since she had brown eyes and frizzy hair but her skin color was not mentioned (although the occasional mentions of her turning pale or her face becoming white with shock give certain hints).
* ''Literature/HowNotToWriteANovel'' called this "The Country Club", noting that unless one's novel happens to be set in rural Sweden, the reader may start to get the undesired impression that some form of ethnic cleansing has taken place.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is frequently mentioned for the rarity of minority characters who appear. However, the random "person on the street" bit parts are often some sort of minority. {{Showrunner}} Creator/LarryDavid would winkingly own up to it in his later series ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' in the episode "Affirmative Action", in which a black woman brings up that there were no black people on ''Seinfeld''. However, George had an Asian-American love interest in an episode, while Jerry had an American Indian one in another, and Kramer had a black girlfriend for an episode. There were also reoccurring minority characters such as Pakistani immigrant Babu Bhatt, the black manager at Monk's, George's black boss Mr. Morgan, and Kramer's black lawyer Jackie Chiles. Not to mention other characters who had an important role in an episode, such as "The Millennium" or "The Hot Tub."
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' rarely has any significant minority characters. Especially odd as it's set in Manhattan, one of the most diverse places in the world (in 2000: 45% white, 27% Hispanic, 17% black, 9% Asian, and many mixed-race people) -- yet not only are all the main cast white, but so are almost all the recurring characters (Gunther, Mr Heckles, ugly naked guy, the super, and virtually all love interests, bosses, coworkers, and acquaintances). Even the chick and the duck are white! Like ''Seinfeld'', the show is usually cited as one of the most prominent and memorable examples of this trope. (Creator/AishaTyler got a nine-episode arc in the last season as Ross's girlfriend Charlie, mainly due to media criticism over this trope.)
* AMC's ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' focuses on a group of zombie apocalypse survivors around Atlanta, Georgia... a city with the largest black population in the United States. The diversity on the show as of Season Two? One Asian and one black man. Made worse by the fact the graphic novel series the show is based on was ''more'' diverse.
** Michonne was added to the cast in season 3 after the criticism, though of course she didn't join the cast until relatively late in the comic as well. It didn't help that, four episodes after Michonne joined the show, [[spoiler: T-Dog died.]]
** The only time the show did accurately portray Atlanta's demographics was when the survivors went to the prison. 3 of the 5 surviving prisoners were black, 1 was Hispanic, and 1 was white. Since then, [[spoiler: all of the prisoners have died, and the white one was last to go.]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has an all-white primary cast, but a few recurring minority characters (cab driver Ranjit and Barney's gay black brother). In the seventh season both Barney and Robin's love interests were minorities, but [[RomanticFalseLEad they are now gone for good.]] Ted's lack of variety in the girls he dates may be a necessity of the series' central gimmick: given we've seen the kids and they both look white, a woman of color is probably not going to be the mother.
* ''Series/TheClass'', with ''Friends'' creator David Crane as an executive producer, was highly criticised for having an all-white cast, especially considering Philadelphia has a very large black population.
* For a good while, the WB's nightly lineup consisted almost entirely of shows with this kind of casting, particularly of black families, like ''Series/TheParentHood'' and ''Series/SisterSister''. Averted however as many of these shows had white recurring characters or guest stars even if they were not regulars.
* Many classic sitcoms of TheFifties such as ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' and ''Series/TheHoneymooners'' were notably white-washed portrayals of American life.
** Series/ILoveLucy is an interesting case since, during this time, Desi Arnas, and the actors playing his friends and relatives from Cuba were not seen as non-whites, like they would be today, but more along the lines of a FunnyForeigner troupe.
* Creator/{{UPN}} was infamous for having entire blocks of programming with overwhelmingly black casts. But most of those shows were made to be an alternative to the all white shows.
* During the brief period where university life at "UC Sunnydale" was shown on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', there were almost no Asians, even though the actual University of California has over 40%. You can count the black characters on ''Buffy'' with both hands, and only one for the characters that survive. Lampshaded in real life at Dragoncon 2012, where Creator/JamesMarsters bluntly stated that he'd never in his life encountered a real town that was as white as Sunnydale.
* Buffy's sister show, ''Series/{{Angel}}'', also had a curious lack of minorities, especially since it took place in Los Angeles. Gunn and Gavin Park were the only real major non-white characters, and there didn't seem to be very many Hispanics, despite Los Angeles having a large Hispanic population. The showrunners finally produced a single episode in the final season, "[[{{Recap/AngelS05E06TheCautionaryTaleOfNumeroCinco}} The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco]]", which heavily involved the city's Hispanic community, but it ended up just drawing attention to the lacuna in the series as a whole.
* The third major Joss Whedon show, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', came in for a very specific kind of criticism due to the conflict between the casting and the world building. Although there were black and Hispanic actors in the regular cast and among the guest characters, there was only one East Asian actor in a speaking role in the entire show (one of the brothel prostitutes in "[[{{Recap/FireflyE13HeartOfGold}} Heart of Gold]]", although so minor a character that many viewers didn't notice her). The problem with this was that the show was set in a future where supposedly the USA and China had merged to create a hybrid dominant culture for humanity, but while there were lots of Chinese inscriptions and badly-pronounced expletives, there were puzzlingly few Chinese-looking people.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''
** Parodied in a skit where a black waiter refused to serve Creator/AshtonKutcher after the actor grudgingly admitted that there were no major minority characters in ''Series/That70sShow''. Which actually isn't true - one of the main characters, Fez was from a minority, though it was never determined which one. And, in any case, small-town Wisconsin in the 70s was pretty white anyway.
** ''SNL'' itself is an example of this trope depending on the season. The show has received some criticism for not having a diverse cast. The majority of its cast members have been white and the show has rarely had more than one non-white cast member at a time, and has never had any fully Asian cast members (Rob Schneider and Fred Armisen were both a quarter Asian). The show has especially come under fire for not having any black female cast members since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007(and for having had only 4 black female cast members in its 38 year history), a fact that was highlighted when Creator/KerryWashington guest starred (The cold open featured her playing Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Music/{{Beyonce}}). SNL attempted to remedy this by holding a casting call in December 2013 specifically for black women, and in January 2014 hired black woman Sasheer Zamata.
** Creator/SteveMartin opened up the 40th anniversary show by saying that it was like being at "a high school reunion a high school that is almost all white."
** Rival {{MADTV}}, made fun of this fact, by having guest star and former SNL regular MartinShort, think he was on his was on his old show as a joke and mistake all the black cast members, including the female for TimMeadows.
* The closest you can get to saying there are minorities in ''Series/ICarly'' is that Creator/MirandaCosgrove sometimes looks slightly Asian. T-Bo and Principal Franklin are the only recurring non-white characters, and there are no Asian recurring characters at all. It was once {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in a fanfic with the line: "Seattle has the diversity of a corn field!"
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' tried very hard to avoid monochrome casting, in line with Creator/GeneRoddenberry's views on race becoming a non-issue in Earth's future. This required deliberate effort on the part of the production staff, as, even in the mid-1960s, the network production system tended to fill all spots for extras with generic, physically fit white males (age 25 to 45) unless otherwise specified. As production values slipped in the second and third seasons of the series, crewmen and civilians fell back on the generic white male Hollywood stockpile. Of course, the most notable aversion of that era was Lieutenant Uhura, whose noteworthiness as a ranking black officer was so notable that Dr Martin Luther King Jr. himself convinced Creator/NichelleNichols to stay on the show in later seasons specifically to avert this trope.
* Monochromatic casting applied to all segments of American television before the 1970s. When Bill Cosby first appeared on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' in the 1960s, doing his stand-up comedy act, the only make-up on hand at NBC was a base used previously for Lena Horne, who is so much paler than usual for American blacks that she used to be attacked as a "mulatto" by hostile white (and, occasionally, black) hecklers. Cosby was so pale on screen that night ("Live in black & white!") his family thought something had been done to him or that he was ill.
* ''Series/{{Earthsea}}'', the Sci-Fi Channel adaptation of Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Earthsea}} novels. Le Guin intentionally created a fantasy world where a variety of dark-skinned people make up the majority of the populace (she even makes a point of distinguishing between the different shades of brown), with the only white people being barbarians... and the movie starred a bunch of white people and a MagicalNegro. Le Guin has some [[http://www.ursulakleguin.com/Index-EarthseaMiniseries.html choice things]] to say about the production.
* The US version of ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' is somewhat disappointing since the show is about gay life in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, which has a healthy black population, yet one has to keep one's eye's peeled to even see non-white ''extras.'' Justin does have a [[BlackBestFriend black friend]], but she's [[ButNotTooBlack so light skinned that you wouldn't notice]] until she mentions it herself.
* ''Series/{{Veep}}'' had one black actress, Sufe Bradshaw, who played a secretary, despite being filmed in one of the blackest cities in America, Baltimore, and set in the blackest city in America, Washington, DC. This was slightly rectified in season 4, when Sam Richardson, playing a campaign aide, was added to the cast.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'':
** Parodied with the sketch "Pretty White Kids With Problems." It aired when ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' was at its prime. A different sketch called "Devon's Creek" was ''Dawson'' with all-black cast members. Problem is, because the entire writing staff, production crew, and executive board were white, the lines sounded like every black-comedian stereotype of white people.
** Another sketch spoofed ''Friends'', featuring a black girl as Ross' blind date, which shocks the entire gang. The narration states that this was done due to "a direct order from the United States Supreme Court".
* At the very beginning of ''Series/TheWestWing'', all the main characters were cast as white. When the NAACP criticized the show, the show's creators agreed with them -- so they revived the character of Charlie Young (who was cut from the pilot somewhere between script and screen) and introduced him in the third episode. The characters on the show actually lampshade the situation by being seriously concerned with how it will look for the one visible black staff member to be the President's errand boy.
** This episode also introduces John Amos as the black Admiral Percy Fitzwallace Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. In fact, it is to Fitzwallace to whom Leo [=McGarry=] rather apologetically lampshades the issue:
--> '''Leo:''' You have any problem with a young black man waiting on the President?
--> '''Fitzwallace:''' I'm an old black man and ''I'' wait on the president....Are you going to pay him a fair wage and treat him with respect in the workplace?
--> '''Leo:''' Yeah
--> '''Fitzwallace:''' Then what the hell do I care?
** The show gets better later on with several black Congresspeople and a black National Security Advisor.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement,'' ostensibly takes place in Detroit. There were very few black characters than should be realistically expected, though this is presumable a wealthy, white-bread suburb. Detroit was a mixed-race city until about the 1970s, at which point "white flight" kicked in with a vengeance (mostly in response to race riots). Today, it's one of the blackest cities in U.S., with 82% of the population being black at the 2010 census.
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', so much so Aaron Spelling said he regretted it.
** Similarly seen in the spin-off ''Series/MelrosePlace'', which had one black character during its first season who quickly vanished due to lack of storyline.
** Even though Aaron had passed by the time it came out, the sequel series fixed this featuring a black and Arab (even though he's played by a Hispanic) in the main cast and an Indian recurring character.
* ''Series/DawsonsCreek''. The High School principal and his daughter are the only black people, even in the Boston episodes. There's also Bodie, the black boyfriend of Bessie, who she has a child with, so the writers ''did'' include an interracial relationship and biracial kid - but ironically he's a mostly off-screen character that almost never actually appears on the series, making this trope played straight after all.
* ''Series/EastEnders'' - Sweet Baby Jesus. The show takes place in one of the most ethnically diverse parts of one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and somehow manages to be 90 percent white. Worse yet, this is a fairly recent development. When the show started in 1985, the area's demographics were roughly the same and you could count the non-white actors on one hand. It's like the producers hadn't visited the area since the Fifties. (Heck, ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', which actually ''is'' set in the Fifties in the same part of London, might have had more minority guest appearances on average.)
* ''Series/TheBachelor''/''The Bachelorette'' is like this, with only white people (with the occasional light-skinned Hispanic or Asian) on the show. And there's absolutely ''no'' excuse for this, given that there are twenty-plus contestants every season. The problem, is that the bachelor, and bachelorette in question is almost always white. And unfortunately Interracial Dating is still kinda taboo in RealLife (unlike in tv/film). The bachelor, and bachelorette may also have specified the ethnicity of the contestants. A lawsuit was filed by two African-American men who claim that they auditioned for the show and were not given equal audition time solely because of their race. ''The Bachelorette'' finally remedied this in 2017 with a black Bachelorette (who ended up with a white man), and they milked the publicity from that for all it was worth.
* ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' takes place in 1950s Milwaukee which was in the middle of a massive influx of migrant Black workers from the south, most of whom came to work at Breweries like the one where the titular characters were employed.
* In ''Series/NoahsArc'', almost everyone any of the characters interacts with is either black or latino. You can count the number of white people seen throughout the series on one hand.
* While the show did have a few black characters in the past, ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns''' large cast was all white by the time it went off the air.
** This has been a major problem with most soap operas. Ironically, this might be a JustifiedTrope, as most are set in wealthy white-bread suburbs. However, ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'' is set in the melting pot of Los Angeles but has a cast almost completely devoid of minorities, and the few who are present often fall into patronizing ModelMinority roles (local cop, guard &c.) who are often relegated to the background--yet another problem often seen on soaps.
** The first black character on the show is not even an American, but an adopted African orphan and is of [[CousinOliver cousin-oliverish]] significance.
** The first regular black member joins the family in 2008, when a young man reunites with his white, blonde mother, who abandoned him as a teenager. It is also a clear case of [[FakeMixedRace fake mixed race casting]].
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' is frequently guilty of this, and [[http://perfectblend.net/comment/racism.htm its attempts at rectifying the situation have rarely made things better]].
** This is the standard for Australian soaps - ''Series/HomeAndAway'' and ''Series/PackedToTheRafters'' are two more prominent examples, although unlike ''Neighbours'', they aren't set in Australia's second most diverse city (Melbourne).
** They eventually added the Kapoors, but only as a result of active campaigning from UK fans who desired more diversity. Unfortunately the entire Kapoor family were PutOnABus after only a year on Ramsay Street. Sachin Joab (Ajay) [[http://www.digitalspy.com.au/soaps/s14/neighbours/interviews/a505631/neighbours-sachin-joab-on-low-key-exit-diversity-on-screen-more.html has called the producers out on the lack of multiculturalism in the show]].
** A kids'-soap example of this is ''Series/BlueWaterHigh'', which is set in [[UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}} Australia's most diverse city]]. In its first season every significant character was white, with a blonde German exchange student as a minority. The later two seasons each had a TokenMinority in the main cast ([[Series/PowerRangersRPM 'Red Ranger']] played one of the protagonists in S3). Although about a fifth of Sydney's population is Asian, no Asian Australians appeared in the main cast.
* You could reasonably argue that ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' is a justified example, being set in a fairly wealthy part of rural England with lots of old money and old-fashioned views around; a black person in that sort of place is lucky if the worst they have to put up with is rude stares, even in these supposedly enlightened times. But when the co-showrunner stated with astonishing bluntness in an interview with the ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' that he thought that it was a success because it was a "bastion of Englishness", and that to maintain that he would never cast a non-white actor in it, public opinion considered ''that'' to be crossing the line. The co-showrunner in question was fired and a black character was eventually added to the line-up.
* There were very few black characters in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', but unlike the New York City examples of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', the black population of Seattle is very small and highly concentrated in an area far from the characters' affluent hangouts. However, the black people that did appear had quite a broad scope. One black recurring character was "Dr." Mary, a stereotypical SassyBlackWoman who Frasier was terrified of criticizing for fear of being seen as racist an unusually no-nonsense approach to racial issues for a 90s sitcom. On the other hand, Frasier's SitcomArchnemesis Cam Winston was a wealthy, fussy snob very much like Frasier himself, and the fact that he was black was a complete non-issue. Cam's mother was also briefly used as a love interest for Frasier's father, Martin.
** However, Frasier drops the ball when it comes to Asians, who do make up a large percentage of Seattle's population (about 1/8th), but are almost invisible. (The publisher Sam Tanaka in "Author, Author" is a rare example, and a focus group member in "Focus Group").
** And for what it's worth, there were often black extras used in the various coffee house and party scenes. (These included a black couple coincidentally named Niles and Daphne.) They may not have gotten speaking parts, but it is refreshing to see black characters as part of elite, wealthy social scenes.
** Also a TwoferTokenMinority: a blind black man in "Roz's Krantz And Goldenstein Are Dead"
** A brilliantly deadpan black waiter appears in "Farewell Nervosa"
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' was also set in an unrealistically white version of New York City. Out of the parade of boyfriends and lovers the girls had over the course of six seasons, the non-white ones can be counted on maybe one hand. Reportedly, Cynthia Nixon complained to the producers about this for ''years'', until they finally threw her a bone by casting Blair Underwood as Miranda's onscreen lover. The close-but-not-a-direct-prequel series ''Series/TheCarrieDiaries,'' actually averts this a lot better than the original show did. It has led to a lot of people joking that Carrie Bradshaw became increasingly racist as she got older.
* The HBO series ''Series/{{Girls}}'' has gotten backlash over this, especially since it was touted and marketed as a supposedly progressive comedy and takes place in New York, one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet. The show's creator Lena Dunham has since apologized and promised to add some women of color to the cast for the series' second season. In the second season premiere, the main character Hannah dates a black man named Sandy (Creator/DonaldGlover).
* Played mostly straight in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', with a few aversions. The black Daryl Morris was a side character in season 1 but promoted to regular in season 2. The show did feature a lot of white characters but there were a few recurring minorities such as Paige's boss in season 4 and the BigBad of season 7 who was Middle Eastern. Played straight in another variation though - set in San Francisco and yet no recurring gay characters, though a few do appear as one-episode characters.
* A minor media controversy erupted after Shonda Rhimes from ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' criticized ''Series/{{Bunheads}}'' over this. The dismissive response from the show's creator [[DiggingYourselfDeeper certainly hasn't helped matters either]]...
* The popular British PanelGame ''Series/{{QI}}'' has a ten-year run and had about a hundred comedians appear on the show. A grand whopping ''four'' of them were comedians of colour (Meera Syal in "Aquatic Animals", Reginald D. Hunter in "Fashion" and "Jungles", Shappi Khorsandi in "Journalism", and Trevor Noah in "Killers").
* ''Series/AmericasTestKitchen'': With a name like that for a ''public TV show'', you would think that non-white chefs would have been cast. Not so.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Aside from Theresa and her family, everyone is at least half-white. Considering they live in New York, this is a little strange.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' is usually racially diverse with its casting, but in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', all the rangers except for one (the Blue Ranger) were white. So far, it's the only season to do this.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' just ''barely'' avoided this; Scott (Red Ranger) was the only non-white on the main team (he's black), but both of the SixthRanger characters were Asian. That being said, it's still one of the least racially diverse seasons.
** Something weird happened with ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel''. The characters are of different races, and not all of the actors are New Zealanders, but they all have roughly the same complexion. A last-minute actor replacement is partially responsible - Calvin was originally to be played by [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/powerrangers/images/7/74/NSt-Chantz.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160919064608 Chantz Simpson]].
* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' is somewhat seen as this. Although from the beginning, they have had Black male characters and even had one in the opening credits by season four, there were no ''female'' Black characters unless they were only in the background with little to no lines. There was an episode where Lucas ran into an old friend of his who was a Black female, BUT viewers never heard of her prior to the episode and they only reunited outside of Tree Hill.
* Happens InUniverse in ''Series/{{Psych}}'': In "Psych the Musical", Gus complains about the [[ShowWithinAShow cast members of a musical production]] being all white. They point out that being an adaption of the UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper story, it takes place in 19th century London, to which he responds "So what are you saying, black people hadn't been invented yet?" He also points out that it wouldn't be unreasonable to at least have some of the minor characters be played by actors of other races.
* An occasional criticism of ''Series/TrueBlood'', since the number of minority characters shown does ''not'' correspond with the real-life American South, which has the largest concentration of African-Americans in the country and a growing Hispanic population. Worse, almost all the non-white characters on the show are directly connected to each other: series regulars Tara and Lafayette are cousins, and a good chunk of the minority recurring characters are their family members and love interests.
* In an episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', the gang travels to UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}} to take on a serial killer in the city's east side, and it soon becomes clear that the producers have never actually ''been'' there. Every Clevelander shown onscreen is white and middle-classed even though the East Side in real life is at least 90% black and 99% WrongSideOfTheTracks. There ''are'' predominantly-white areas in the suburbs as you move away from the urban core, but the action explicitly takes place in the city proper. The murderer drew inspiration from the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Torso_Murderer Torso Killer]] from the 1930's and that seems to be the basis of Cleveland's portrayal on the show, but the city's demographics have changed ''a lot'' since then.
* Even though ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' takes place in upper-class UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, there are no non-black recurring characters and none of the kids date interracially.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' takes place in a part of the U.S. where you would expect to see a lot of African-American people, yet there is only one black character of any note (though that character is the highly respected sheriff of a neighbouring county).
* ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'' features very white construction crews. If you are used to seeing non-white construction workers, this looks very odd.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' downplayed this in season 1, with Regina Mills and Sidney as the only recurring character of minority ethnicities. But Season 2 onwards began averting it, featuring Mulan and Tamara as recurring minorities as well as giving many fairytale characters a RaceLift; Rapunzel, Maid Marian, Ursula, Guinevere and Lancelot were all played by non-white actors.
* Very much averted in the spin off ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'' - which featured Peter Gadiot (Dutch-Mexican), Naveen Andrews (Anglo-Indian), Zuleikha Robinson (Burmese-Indian) and Brian George (Anglo-Israeli) in the main cast.
* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' doesn't have any black characters except as extras. Despite being set in a rural town in the South in [[TheSixties the 1960s]], there's never so much as a mention of the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement or Segregation or many similar issues that would certainly have been concerns for real law enforcement officers at the time. In fact this was an EnforcedTrope; Griffith wanted to include African Americans in main roles but was overruled by ExecutiveMeddling fearing that [[ValuesDissonance it would be too controversial for Southern audiences]].
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' had a memorable in-universe example of this when Ray Caitano was named "Hispanic Officer of the Year", and gave a speech bitterly calling them out on the fact that most of the officers of captain and above in the city were in the room and the only Hispanic people were the waiters. (A couple of characteristically insensitive remarks from [[NobleBigotWithABadge Lieutenant Hunter]] and the fact they'd put out a bunch of Puerto Rican flags when Ray was ''Colombian''-American really didn't help.) The series in general did a pretty good job of averting the trope, however, with numerous nonwhite main characters.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' used to have a diverse main cast...sort of: one black (Warrick) in the main CSI team, one Latino detective (Vega) and one Asian LabRat (Archie). Until Warrick got killed off and Vega turned out to be a CorruptCop and got killed while Archie just [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappeared]] with the rest of the lab rats leaving only Hodges and Henry. There's also Dr. Ray Langston played by Creator/LaurenceFishburne who took Grissom's place as the lead character until he left and got replaced by D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) which made the main CSI team all-white with one black detective.
* ''Series/BykerGrove'' has an in-universe example. In one episode, South Asian character Sita goes to audition for the chorus line of a musical which is being staged locally. She's the only non-white girl at the audition and the casting director rejects her without explaining why she is unsuitable or even giving her chance to do her audition piece, simply telling her: "Sorry, no. We can't use you." Sita is convinced she was turned down because of her ethnicity (we never find out if this is true or if there was another reason behind the decision) and, her confidence shattered, vows never to go to an audition again. However, her friends manage to cheer her up by persuading her to join a singing group they have formed.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' faces such criticism. Despite the UpdatedSetting, London is almost as white as if it was in the Victorian era. While the second episode has [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs a Chinese criminal organization as antagonists]], all other main characters are white. Detective Sally Donovan and Watson's therapist are the only recurring characters of colors and they're very minors.
* Averted on ''Series/{{Empire}}''. While other shows starring black upper-class families play this trope ''very'' straight (''Series/TheCosbyShow'' and ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' come to mind), ''Empire'' regularly features supporting characters and love interests of different races.
* ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'' is the rare Hispanic variation. Granted it's set in San Antonio, whose population is over 60% Hispanic, but the only non-Hispanic recurring character is a BlackBestFriend who's only in a handful of episodes and Carlos's rival Eddie Bauer (who's white). This was intentional on the part of the creator; wanting to create an English-speaking show with a majority Latino cast.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* This was a problem in pro wrestling right up until the 1990s. In the USA for example, there was segregation and though black wrestlers were often popular attractions despite it, there were fears of giving them too much prominence for fear of race riots. Jack Veneno, Wrestling/BoboBrazil and Carlos Colon did become Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA World Champion but their names were struck from the record books. Tony Atlas reportedly almost starved to death from lack of work while Wrestling/BruiserBrody refused to book him at all (though Brody was later said to have [[ExecutiveMeddling gotten that order from above]].) Even some cases like Wrestling/JunkyardDog, who was the top star of Mid-South Wrestling for close to 5 years in the early '80s with a number of singles and tag title reigns but got nothing in the WWF, who incidentally along with Jim Crockett put companies like Mid-south out of business, making it look even worse down the line that it was rare for black wrestlers to be booked to win titles until Wrestling/RonSimmons defeated Wrestling/BigVanVader for the top Wrestling/{{WCW}} Title in 1992. As far as anyone can determine, there were few black main-eventers on WWE television until [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Bad News Brown]] challenged Wrestling/RandySavage for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship - and it wouldn't happen again until Mabel challenged [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]] for the WWE Championship in 1995, and lost. Japanese wrestler Wrestling/AntonioInoki ''did'' hold the WWE Championship briefly in 1979, but his run was later stricken from the record book, and an Asian or Pacific Islander would not win the title again until Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} in 1993. Wrestling/PedroMorales was WWE Champion for a while in the '70s, but the first WWE Champion to have no European ancestry at all was [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] (half-black, half-Samoan).
** That said, there were rare occasions where titleholders were non-European descent, at least in the WWF, with these exceptions almost always being Tag Team Champions. By far the most successful of the non-Anglo Saxons was Wrestling/TitoSantana, a Mission, Texas native who was of Hispanic heritage; he held both the Intercontinental and Tag Team championships on multiple occasions, and at one point was seriously considered for a World Heavyweight Championship run. [[note]](He had challenged both Wrestling/TheIronSheik (both wrestlers were disqualified) and Wrestling/SgtSlaughter (winning by disqualification) when they were champions, in 1984 and 1991, respectively. Santana got a serious look in the wake of the WWF steroid scandal and the WWF -- also trying to move on from the now-tired Characters/WWERockNWrestling formula -- was looking for a star to carry them through the 1990s, and lucha libre (a style popular in Mexico and with Hispanic wrestlers) was seriously considered ... but the WWF decided to look to Canada and Wrestling/BretHart ... and Santana's fellow Texan, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, instead.)[[/note]] The Wild Samoans (Polynesian descent) were the most prominent Tag Team example, holding the titles on three occasions from 1980 to 1983. General Adnan, who is of Iraqi descent, was billed as Native American when he and Chief Jay Strongbow co-held the Tag Team Championship in 1977, while Wrestling/MrFuji (who was billed as Japanese but was actually Hawaiian) teamed with an actual Japanese native, Masa Saito, to win the WWF Tag Team Championship, holding them from 1981 to 1983. The Soul Connection -- Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson -- became the first African American titleholders of any of the three major titles when they defeated the Wild Samoans in 1983. Additionally, both Atlas and Johnson, and Wrestling/JimmySnuka (Polynesian descent) got main-event matches against Intercontinental Champion the [[Wrestling/DonMuraco Magnificent Muraco]], while the Junkyard Dog faced Wrestling/GregValentine for the Intercontinental Championship. The first World Heavyweight Champion to be of non-European descent (other than Morales, of Hispanic heritage) was Wrestling/TheIronSheik, who was of Iranian heritage. The most prominent African American challenger for the title, at least during the Kayfabe-era, was Bad News Brown's challenging both Randy Savage and Wrestling/HulkHogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship; Hogan would be tormented in 1989 by Zeus (actor Tom Lister Jr. in his ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'' movie role).
* The WWF women wrestlers, or "[[InsistentTerminology Divas]]" as they would come to be known as, were a bit like this when they first started out - management favouring Caucasian blondes. The Jumping Bomb Angels had the women's tag titles in the late 1980s but it wouldn't be till the mid 1990s that other Japanese wrestlers came in. To be fair, there were quite a few[[note]]Tomoko Watanabe, Wrestling/LionessAsuka, Kyoko Inoue, Chaparrita ASARI, Sakie Hasegawa, Wrestling/AjaKong-it's said Wrestling/VinceMcMahon has a tendency to over correct but they were all good wrestlers so no one really cared this time[[/note]] but besides Wrestling/BullNakano they were gone [[ShooOutTheNewGuy almost as soon as they got there]] and then the entire women's division was scrapped. Upon it's "revival", {{Wrestling/Jacqueline}} was the only minority Diva for years (and the first African-American to become Women's Champion). The Diva Searches were a similar case, featuring mostly white girls (although the winners of the last two Diva Searches were minorities - Wrestling/{{Layla}} El (Spanish-Moroccan) and Wrestling/EveTorres.) From there WWE went through periods where the majority of the wrestlers were of noticeable African ancestry and where the majority were latina. In the latter case, [[LatinoIsBrown many were still white Latinas though]] and WWE employed four Asian women since 2003 - Wrestling/GailKim (Korean), Hiroko (Japanese), Lena Yada (Japanese) and Savannah (Chinese), none whom were ever on the main roster together, compared to the brief surge of the 90s.
* Ashley America argued for this in Valkyrie Women's Pro Wrestling, insisting that pro wrestling fans expected a certain kind of wrestler, namely one such as herself, and that no one wanted to see diversity. In case the point was missed, she said this after insisting [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain they get rid of the "Native American]]" Nyla Rose.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' sourcebooks for UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, and UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} are conspicuously lacking in minority NPC characters, even though all three cities have either a black majority or plurality.
* Looking at the future of humanity depicted in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', one has to wonder what happened to the 75% of humanity which isn't white. They exist, but are creepily rare.
** Though with miniatures sculpts its hard to differentiate ethnicity without it coming off as a stereotype. Painting a model can only realistically show they are of African descent or they look to have a medium to light skin-tone with hair of whatever color. This does not excuse the art.
** Perhaps the prevalence of this trope is understandable given that 40k is created entirely in Nottingham, England, where white British people make up 75% of the population.
** Averted in some specific instances: the Salamanders are all black[[note]]but not racially; their skin is literally jet back due to weirdness between their homeworld's natural radiation and their geneseed[[/note]], while Literature/CiaphasCain and ComicBook/DamnationCrusade feature minor black characters.
** Averted with certain space marine chapters which while still invoking this trope, do so for non white ethnic groups. The Raven Guard are all Native Americans, the Crimson Fists are Latino, the White Scars are Mongolian, and the Thousand Sons are Persian/Egyptian etc.
*** Ditto with some Imperial Guard regiments. The Tallarn desert raiders are Middle Eastern and the Attilan Rough Riders are Asian influenced.

* Parodied in the Creator/ReducedShakespeareCompany's ''All The Great Books (Abridged)'', where one of the characters, a community college drama teacher, claims to have directed the very first all-white production of ''Ain't Misbehavin'''.
** The Other RSC also {{lampshade|Hanging}} their monochrome cast (of three, so maybe Justified) in the Cmplt Wrks f Shkspr when they come to ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''; they note that none of them really feel qualified to play Othello, but [[TheDitz Adam]] is going to have a go. No blackface involved - he comes on with a string of toy boats around his neck, having misunderstood [[ForgottenTrope the term 'Moor'.]]
** A production had the role played by a black guy, with the other actors shamefully admitting afterward that they had just left him to do Othello on his own because he was black. (Incidentally, the others were Hispanic and Jewish, leading to the ad-lib "We can't do Othello, but we can make a lot of jokes like this, so that's good.")
* ''Shuffle Along'', ''Cabin in the Sky'', ''Theatre/PorgyAndBess'', ''Theatre/TheWiz'', and ''Literature/TheColorPurple'' are some of the Broadway musicals with an all-black cast.[[note]]For a longer list, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:All-Black_cast_Broadway_shows go here.]][[/note]] With the exception of ''The Color Purple'' (2005), they are all criticized for being racist [[FairForItsDay by today's standards.]]
* ''Literature/FlowerDrumSong'', despite being a Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein musical, is notable for having an Asian-American version of this trope. In the movie of the musical, there is a single white person in the entire film, a man with one line who robs one of the main characters and is never seen again. Every other main character, side character (with a single FakeNationality exception), and extra is an American of east-Asian descent.
* Music/StephenSondheim's ''Theatre/PacificOvertures'' is written to be performed by a cast of all Asian men.

* Franchise/{{Lego}} has this trope Zig-Zagged. All of their minifigures in non-licensed sets have yellow skin. This was decided to make them racially neutral, so that the balance seems appropriate for all cultures.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Enix was a pretty big offender. ''VideoGame/{{Actraiser}}'' kicks in with some FridgeHorror when the player [[AGodAmI is god]] and creates his followers in a short cut scene on each level. Apparently the player never chooses people with any melanin in their skin, even in the middle of the jungle or desert stage. ''VideoGame/SoulBlazer'' carried on the tradition when the player was an angel sent to free the imprisoned souls of white people, talking furniture, gnomes, mice, and even flowers, but of no people of color at all. ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'' also featured no non-whites of any note.
* Creator/BlackIsleStudios and Creator/BioWare were guilty of this as well. ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', ''VideoGame/IcewindDale'', ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', and ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic I'' and ''II'' were guilty of having almost every NPC be white, even in heavily-traveled regions of the world. Almost all of the plot-relevant ones are, anyway. The PlayerCharacter, at least, was allowed to be the race of the player's choice. ''Torment'' and ''Knights of the Old Republic'' had no excuse, as the former has a CityOfAdventure that touches all existence and the latter was set in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' verse. A weakly JustifiedTrope in the other games, due to the difficulty of travel. ''Dragon Age'', where magical travel does not exist, perhaps gets the most slack. Another offender is ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', except almost everyone is faux-Chinese. Justified, as it was set in a mythical realm based on China. Creator/JohnCleese plays a scene-stealing complete boob of a racist "European." Averted in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', where the characters are much more varied and continued to become more mixed as the series progressed.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', made by Creator/ObsidianEntertainment after Creator/BioWare chose to focus on original IP between games, averts this in the second ExpansionPack ''Storm of Zehir''. While the MedievalEuropeanFantasy Sword Coast region is still prominent as in the original campaign, about half the game takes place in Samarach, which is a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture stand-in for tropical Africa]], and so much of the cast is darker-skinned, including two of the humans and the halfling.
* Following the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' example above, the ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' series and ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine''. Despite the various Imperial factions supposedly representing humanity, they are all white. This is actually meant to make the player uncomfortable, a point that is lost on much of the fanbase. The Sisters of Battle, for example, are fanatics who insist on strict thought control and execute unbelievers and heretics and traitors with rapturous glee, and they dress in black with red, white, and gold highlights. The Imperium's battle standard is an eagle with two heads. Their {{super soldier}}s are augmented superhumans with genetic modifications who are worried about the purity of those genes. This [[ANaziByAnyOtherName should start to sound familiar]].
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'''s human cast is all white. The game world does run on heavy metal and much of the cast are an {{Expy}} of some famous figure in HeavyMetal, so there still were many non-whites to draw from.
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' has about twenty characters, all of them Caucasian. It is set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest roughly around 2005-2010, and in some such towns the minority population is quite small.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' does have some minority characters. 3 to be precise, and all of them are killed on-screen by Sarah Kerrigan. The terran WorkerUnit is the only black unit in the whole game (there's also the Moroccan-appearing Samir Duran, but he's not human).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In a literal example, every human in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is drawn with literally white skin. Not quite an example - WordOfGod [[http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/15937434515/predictably dictates that by intent]], {{Mukokuseki}} is in full effect and no-one save his AuthorAvatar (Caucasian, coloured orange) has any defined race, or for that matter other physical characteristics beyond the basics, and that one reference to Bro being white was an error that he put in before he'd clearly established the character.
* Every character in ''Webcomic/{{Teahouse}}'' is white. After this was pointed out to the writers, they did include a person of colour in as a non-speaking servant. Naturally people complained and they wrote out out a [[http://cry-some-more.demon-sushi.com/?attachment_id=1137 "we're not racist"]] blog. A non-white character has yet to have any dialog.
* ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' has an all-white cast, the main characters all have different hair colors.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One writer in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' parodied this trope by having one character, a sentient gorilla with super-speed, go off on a rant about how he was the only talking gorilla in the entire Global Guardians organization and how every single other member was human... only to have his rant deflated when two other members (an android and an alien from space, respectively) point out that they weren't human either.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Not even cartoons are exempt! The biggest offender was probably ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''. It takes place in the far off future, but there's not a single minority to be seen in the original 60s run.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'':
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and parodied when Dante and Randal respond to viewer mail complaining about the show's Monochrome Casting. They respond by adding a new black character named [[Franchise/StarWars Lando]] who does little more than wave to the guys as he passes them on the street.
** Further parodied when the guys later need a helicopter pilot to get them in the air, and "Lando" is the man to do it. Cut to Lando eagerly offering to help, only to learn that Dante and Randal were talking about a ''different'' Lando; another white guy.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' was originally ''meant'' to be this way, being set in rural Colorado where [[MagicalNegro Chef]] as the TokenMinority. Eventually they had a TokenMinority student ''[[LampshadeHanging named]]'' [[TheGenericGuy Token]] as well. Nowadays the town seems to be more diverse, with the City Wok guy, a Japanese restaurateur, the Asian-looking "6th Grader Leader" and several others. Minor character Kevin was identified as Asian American in one of the earlier seasons, though this is rarely brought up. This is actually somewhat TruthInTelevision - Colorado's population ''has'' changed over the time the show has been running.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'' features a cast exclusively made up of white people, from minor to major characters. The only black people seen are in background group shots. Even the cancelled second toy line would not have fixed this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' was by and large about the robots, but the main four or five humans in the cast (Sparkplug, Spike, Daniel, Carly, and Chip Chase) are all white and the number of meaningful non-Caucasian humans in the supporting cast, even if they only featured in one episode, could probably be counted on one hand, to say nothing of the fact that many of those characters were cringingly bad stereotypes besides (so bad, in fact, that Creator/CaseyKasem left the show because of the ''incredibly'' racist Arab stereotypes in Season 3).
** Later series' varied: ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was set before the existence of Humanity as we know it, while ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' had a hard case of {{Mukoseki}}. ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' had a token nonwhite Hispanic, while the rest of the Unicron Trilogy (''Energon'' and ''Cybertron'') were both mostly monochromatic. ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' went nearly the other way, with only one supporting character and most human villains being white: the primary Human Buddies were Indian [[spoiler:(then one turned out to be [[RoboticReveal Cybertronian after all]]).]] ''WesterAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' on the other hand managed a fairly diverse human cast.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' - roughly half of the extras in the group shots are Native Alaskan, with a notable shot at the end showing a Native Family receiving treatment. This is actually TruthInTelevision - Nome had a notable Inuit population at the time.