troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Politically Incorrect Hero
aka: Licensed Sexist
"Yes, Wong very racist. Don't like black. Don't like Jew either. But black and Jew both like Chinese food. Go figure."
Mr. Wong, Norbit

Usually, in modern stories, a character who's a sexist, racist, or something else of that kind is the bad guy. This is mostly due to the present day view that prejudice is generally bad.

Sometimes, either due to an Author On Board, Values Dissonance, Deliberate Values Dissonance, or something else, a character can get away with opinions that are... controversial. If the excuse is well-done, it can work. If not, it seems like a Karma Houdini. Unless, of course, he is punished for it, or forced to undergo a Face-Heel Turn.

It has become increasingly common for heroes of this type to not only have their political incorrectness lampshaded by the author and by other characters, but to be aware of it themselves. This type of "hero" knows his attitudes are wrong but is too proud to give them up, usually due to Honor Before Reason. He might develop into a Noble Bigot or Troubled Sympathetic Bigot.

See: Bury Your Gays because it's disturbing how similarly these two often work. Also see Good Flaws, Bad Flaws for a more thorough analysis of "discrimination as a flaw".


Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Anime and Manga 
  • Ranma ½: Ranma exhibits a surprisingly homophobic attitude in the storyline dealing with Tsubasa.
    • Akane also had a sexist attitude towards boys (though not men) in the first season.
  • Wufei from Gundam Wing in an early episode explains away an opponents weakness because "she's a woman". He then goes on to spare her life because "I don't kill weaklings or women" (thus equating women with weaklings). Eight episodes later another character (yes, a woman) helps pull his head out of his ass, and his Character Development gets him out of that mindset by the end of the series - but these epiphanies tend to get ignored by viewers. As for skilled female pilots, Noin can stand alongside the show's mains and do so while piloting an inferior mecha.
  • Athena in Hayate the Combat Butler, taught Hayate that a guy had to be able to support a girl financially before he could consider romance. When this is told to the reader, it's blatantly made clear by the other characters that it's wrong. And that's before the realization that most of the girls (including Athena herself) could sit on their hands for a day and make more money than a normal guy could in a lifetime, coupled with Hayate's eternal poverty makes it impossible for him to see that he has at least a dozen young women all but throwing themselves at him.
  • The Nations of Axis Powers Hetalia constantly make extremely offensive jokes and slurs against each other. The entire thing is generally Played for Laughs, owing to the fact that most of said Nations who do that sort of thing are just as hotheaded or stupid as the one they're insulting (also, the series pretty much runs on Refuge in Audacity).
  • Allen from Vision of Escaflowne can be subtly chauvinistic at times, coming across as fairly patronizing and condescending toward certain female characters. Likely a case of Deliberate Values Dissonance considering that he hails from a patriarchal society whose gender roles are more strictly proscribed than our own. (King Aston, the head of state, is worse about this, and decidedly less heroic.)
  • In Robotech, Rick Hunter and Angelo Dante to some extent. Both initially have problems with having female superior officers. But they get better about that in time.

    Comics 
  • A few Underground Comics from the 1960s had "heroes" like this, such as Wonder Wart-Hog and Captain Guts. The comics were written by ultra-conservative writers, who portrayed groups like minorities and communists as villains. The protagonists would certainly not be considered heroes in a traditional sense, but are depicted that way in the comics.
  • The Ultimate Marvel version of Captain America has many outdated views since he is a Fish Out of Temporal Water but he gets over it for the most part.
  • Marv from Sin City once told his lesbian parole officer that it was a shame she was gay since she had such a great body. She slugged him for it.
  • In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Captain Nemo of actually hates the English, despite working for them. Being an Indian prince (Alan Moore actually went back and researched and discovered Jules Verne had never intended Nemo to be whitenote ), he's understandably bitter about The British Empire dominating his Homeland, but takes his homicidal rage Up to Eleven when there's a crowd of English Mooks to mow down. Most of the casual racism and sexism is pretty much Played for Laughs or Deliberate Values Dissonance, Griffin and Hyde notwithstanding.
  • Lance Blastoff from Frank Miller's Tales to Offend. It's probably intended as parody but, with Miller, it's sometimes hard to tell.
  • In a Runaways story arc where the group finds themselves in the 1800s, a number of the "talented" street urchins they stay with refer to the Asian-American Nico as "the oriental" (she corrects one person with "I'm Japanese, by way of Glendale"). When Klara sees Karolina being intimate with Xavin (who is in his/her usual body of a black human woman), she freaks out at how "wrong" it is and refers to Xavin as a "negress". She seems to get past it when they bring her to present times.
    • Xavin herself might also count - in her early years with the team, she was an unashamed Skrull chauvinist who used to treat Victor as a servant and once called Klara a "stray".
  • Justice Society of America member and golden age Green Lantern, Alan Scott (pre-2012 reboot), had admitted that he would never fully be able to accept homosexuality as normal even though his son was gay.note 
  • Almost everyone who lives on Themyscira aka "Paradise Island", Post Crisis, who could be counted as an ally of the super-hero community likely fits, but they have an odd Freudian Excuse. The Amazons are actually the immortal reincarnations of women who were wronged or abused by men and are all (mostly) misandric as a result note . (Of course, the Amazons who are blatantly evil would qualify for the opposite Trope.. (Wonder Woman herself, having been "born" in a different manner, is an exception to the rule.)
  • Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes says a lot of things that could be considered extremely sexist, often while addressing his neighbour Suzie. Arguably justified by the fact that he's a six-year-old kid who probably just doesn't know better.
  • Whirl from Transformers: More than Meets the Eye is a subversion. He makes some rather bigoted and offensive comments about monoformers and cold constructed bots but he doesn't really care about such things; it's just another way that he tries to antagonize and provoke others. This is also why no one reacts to his comments as they know by now that Whirl is trying to pick a fight.

    Fanfiction 
  • My Little Castlevania: Charlotte grew up in the 1930s, and thus sees nothing wrong with using terms like "negro" and "colored people" when comparing Zebra culture in Equestria with African culture on Earth. Soma has to remind himself that to her it seems perfectly normal and acceptable.
  • A Shadow Of The Titans plays this for laughs as a Running Gag with Beast Boy — after the first encounter with Jade, he refers to her as a midget, with the other Titans reminding him that that is no longer a politically correct term. Later, he unintentionally performs mild racial profiling by comparing Jade with Mumbo because they both have blue skin.

    Film 
  • Ron Burgandy in Anchorman. He is offended by a woman holding the same news position as him, so much that it ends up ruining his relationship with Veronica. In the sequel, although he's not outwardly racist, he can't get over the fact that his new boss is black and offends her family with incessant stereotypes.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, bigotry against toons seems sadly common, and even Eddie Valiant, the protagonist, shows signs of it initially (although he has a Freudian Excuse, seeing as his brother was murdered by a toon). There are still a few toons who he regards as friends at the beginning of the film, however, like Betty Boop.
  • The Mole in South Park Bigger Longer And Uncut is a character who helps the boys rescue Terrance and Phillip, but can barely go 30 seconds without saying something extremely blasphemous.
  • Gus, the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
  • The truncated ending to Twilight Zone: The Movie film segment "A Quality of Mercy" seems to suggest this, as Mr. Conner ends up shipped to off to his death in a concentration camp as punishment for simply being a bigot, with the Unfortunate Implications that bigotry not only should not be forgiven, but it cannot be forgiven. Of course, this message was not intended: Mr. Conner was going to be redeemed in the original ending after risking himself to save two young Vietnamese children, but a tragic freak accident on set forced the director to go with the much darker ending shown in the film.
  • In Gran Torino, the main character (played by Clint Eastwood) is a racist white veteran of the Korean War who has several disputes with his Hmong neighbors. Though he eventually warms up to them and they to him, he makes several politically incorrect jokes at the expense of Asians.
    • He's also shown to good-naturedly swap ethnic barbs with his white friends ("What's happening, ya greasy dago" "Not much, ya dumb Pollack"), suggesting his slurs aren't necessarily mean spirited. Racial sensitivity is just something he never learned.
  • Chinatown is set in the 1930s and Jake has a um... period authentic attitude toward minorities. He also likes telling dirty jokes, usually unaware of women Right Behind Him.
  • Even the non-corrupt officers in L.A. Confidential are slightly racist towards African Americans.
  • He wasn't the protagonist, but the co-pilot in Snakes on a Plane was constantly on the edge of a sexual harassment lawsuit with the way he talked. After the pilot died, he locked himself in a cockpit full of snakes and kept the plane up until he died, making suggestive jokes to the flight attendants up to the end. To their credit, he was fairly good friends with the flight attendants, and it was mostly just friendly banter.
  • The titular character of Dirty Harry definitely qualifies:
    Gonzales: There is one question, Inspector Callahan: Why do they call you "Dirty Harry"?
    De Georgio: Ah that's one thing about our Harry, doesn't play any favorites! Harry hates everybody: Limeys, Micks, Hebes, Fat Dagos, Niggers, Honkies, Chinks, you name it.
    Gonzales: How does he feel about Mexicans?
    De Georgio: Ask him.
    Harry Callahan: Especially Spics.
  • The Dictator and Borat. Since Sacha Baron Cohen is involved, it's not surprising the protagonists are over-the-top racists, misogynists and antisemites.
  • The eponymous character of Ted.
  • Many of Shane Black's characters are this.
    • In the original Lethal Weapon there are two lines of dialogue that imply that the character Martin Riggs (Played by Mel Gibson) is somewhat homophobic. Well, it was the 80s.
    • The Last Boy Scout (Also written by Black) uses the same line "What are you, a fag?", this time by the protagonist Joe Hallenbeck.
    • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has a much milder example. Harry sometimes reacts with disgust when his partner Gay Perry makes a reference to homosexuality, but he doesn't treat him any differently.
  • In Con Air, the prison guard in charge of transporting the prisoners calls Pinball "the skinniest Negro I have ever seen."
  • The protagonist of Thunderheart is a half-white, half-Native American FBI agent who has almost completely turned his back on the heritage of his Sioux father. When he's assigned to a Sioux reservation to investigate a murder, he's not at all happy about it. Throughout most of the film, he feels almost no sympathy toward any of the Native American characters (except for a schoolteacher with whom he falls in love) and even mocks Sioux religious beliefs. He does eventually come to embrace his heritage, though.
  • At the start of The Phantom Menace, Padme is one by default. As most sources say, she along with most of the Naboo regard the Gungans as a barbaric and uncivilized species, and have treated them as inferior for most of their history. As a result, Boss Nass is reluctant to ally himself with the Naboo during the Trade Federation's invasion. Padme sees the error of this way of thinking, and when an alliance becomes crucial, she doesn't bother trying to make excuses for it; she simply kneels and pleads with him for his help. Fortunately, it works.
  • Lily, Vera's partner, in Vera Drake. While she greatly helps Vera out and indeed is the source of most of Vera's business (back-alley abortions) through word of mouth, she has a dim view of their black patient, whom she calls a "darkie," and of immigrants in general.

    Literature 
  • Eddie Valiant from Who Censored Roger Rabbit? (the book that inspired the similarly-named film) starts out as a shameless fantastic racist, thinking of the Toons as second-class citizens incapable of behaving with dignity or even of feeling the same emotions as humans. Throughout the course of his adventures, however, he learns to chill out and treat everyone's needs equally, eventually understanding that though they're fundamentally different in many ways, Toons are people too. He never stops being a bitter Deadpan Snarker, though.
  • The Andalites, the "good guy" aliens from Animorphs, in addition to being generally arrogant and seeing themselves as better than other species, feel female Andalites shouldn't become warriors, instead preferring they be scientists and artists in a society that subverts Klingon Scientists Get No Respect, and one book shows that female military cadets are a recent innovation. Disabled Andalites are excluded from normal society, but apparently it's felt that this is for their own benefit (a belief that Ax eventually realizes is misguided).
  • The Hunters of Artemis from Percy Jackson and the Olympians all hate men and boys, but are willing to help them for the greater good.
  • Averted by Commander Vimes, but played straight by Sergeant Colon, and both are discussed in the same discussion. Fred Colon gets the "product of his time" excuse; he's somewhere in late middle age when he's introduced in Guards! Guards!, and upgrades to "elderly" sometime before Thud! He's known to think of dwarfs and trolls as "gritsuckers" and "rocks" (speciesist slurs, both), and is a little too eager to buy into anti-Klatchian propaganda in Jingo. Vimes, by comparison, comes off as a bit speciesist on the surface, but A) nonhumans under his command put up with it because they know he's got their back when they're in trouble and B) he doesn't much care for humans, either.
    • It can be summed up as "Sam Vimes only likes other coppers, his wife, their child, and their butler." (And it doesn't hurt that Willikins the butler is a member of the "Specials"—The Ankh-Morpork City Militia.)
  • In Stephen King's novel The Running Man, first published under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, the main character is this. He uses the words "Negro" and "nigger," both of which mark him as out of place in 2025, an anachronism. Of course, you're still supposed to sympathize with him because he's trying to get onto one of the Network's sadistic game shows in order to make money so that his sick infant daughter can get decent medical care.
    • The Running Man is a dystopian future novel, though, and it's unclear where that timeline diverged from the real world. 'Negro' is more understandable when seen alongside other deliberately archaic terms and references like 'atomic' in place of 'nuclear;' also, Ben's only use of the word 'nigger' was part of the phrase 'house nigger,' which has a different meaning than just calling someone a nigger. A 'house Negro' is one who lives and works indoors alongside the master, in contrast to the 'field Negro' who works outdoors and has no chance at any of the comforts that the house Negro has. Thus, house Negroes are loyal to their master because, if sold, they stand a good chance of being field Negroes under the new master; they are presented as traitors and dupes who allowed themselves to be turned against their brothers in the field in exchange for literal table scraps. The Other Wiki, as always, has plenty more information on this.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Oh, man. Books like Weekend Warriors and Vendetta show that a number of the Vigilantes are very anti-Asian. Kathryn went into a rant at Yoko Akio about how she's using the fact that she's Asian and different as an excuse to be wishy-washy. Yoko is not wishy-washy. One of their targets is a man named John Chai, who they keep calling "Chinese boy". They don't call him anything worse than that, but the fact that the book he's in blatantly uses Yellow Peril to justify putting him in the role of the villain implies that the Vigilantes are very anti-Asian, despite the fact that one of their members is Asian herself! Later on, the Vigilantes pretty much indicate that they are Straw Feminists and misandristic, which male readers will not appreciate!
  • 'Fat Ollie' Weeks from the 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain. Very much a Noble Bigot with a Badge, Ollie's multiple prejudices don't get in the way of him being very effective cop; possibly because he seems bigoted against all groups equally.
  • While he starts out in the story as a Designated Hero, Kyle Kingsley of Beastly makes a number of comments about objectifying women, and explicitly states at one point that he knows what to do to manipulate his girlfriend into being happy enough to have sex with him. This is contrasted to how he eventually views Lindsey, valuing her intelligence and personality and wanting a meaningful relationship with her, all of which show his growth as a person.
  • Remo and Chiun of The Destroyer regularly throw out sexist and racist comments and are called on it by other characters. Then again, the way their world is, they're not always wrong.
  • Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicle subconsciously objectifies women. This becomes obvious when he likens women in general to music instruments to be played by him, acknowledges that women would consider that rude and sexist, and accuses them in advance to not understand his love of music - in his subconscious worldview, women actually are objects and thus can only rightfully feel insulted by comparisons to worthless objects, not by comparisons to valuable and beloved objects. This illustrates the fact that it is impossible to completely separate oneself from one's culture. Kvothe's male enemies are usually much more explicitly sexist, and he disapproves of their behaviour, which makes him somewhat likeable in comparison.
  • David Lurie, the white protagonist of the South African novel Disgrace, is openly sexist, and retains a condescending attitude towards blacks. He's perfectly fine with his daughter's homosexuality, however.
  • Shep the German shepherd from Dogs Of The Drowned City is a Heroic Dog...except that he and his best friend Zeus hate small dogs ("yappers"). But Shep gets over this attitude later on in the first book, placing all dogs' safety before any certain dog.

    Live Action TV 
  • Perhaps the Ur example for television (at least in the US) is Archie Bunker from All in the Family. Racist, sexist, the whole nine yards. The only reason the show got away with it was because Archie was portrayed as an idiot for having these views.
  • The titular character of House says some pretty sexist things, but then he is pretty much an equal-opportunity insult-slinger. (Not that such a thing always stops complaints.)
    Cuddy (evaluating House) Your attitude towards supervisory personnel is disrespectful, and a disturbingly large proportion of your comments are racist or sexist.
    House: That top makes you look like an Afghani prostitute...[beat]...would be an example of that.
  • DCI Gene Hunt from Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes is a particularly good example. (Heavily lampshade-hung in the Season 1 finale of A2A, when Alex tells Gene there's a sizeable percentage of otherwise intelligent twenty-first-century women who'd be perfectly happy to sleep with him.)
    Gene Hunt: Now. Yesterday's shooting. The dealers are all so scared we're more likely to get Helen Keller to talk. The Paki in a coma's about as lively as Liberace's dick when he's looking at a naked woman, all in all this investigation's going at the speed of a spastic in a magnet factory.
    Sam Tyler, shocked, drops the radio he is holding.
    Gene Hunt: What?
    Sam Tyler: Think you might have missed out the Jews.
  • The Todd in Scrubs constantly sexually harasses the female staff at Sacred Heart, and says many sexist and derogatory things....yet remains one of the most popular side characters, second only to the Almighty Janitor.
  • Arguably, Dr. Christian Troy from Nip/Tuck: pathologically oversexed, determinedly shallow, given to anything from sexual harassment on up to psychological warfare as seduction tactics (see, for example, the scene in the pilot where he strips his latest conquest naked, stands her in front of a full-length mirror, and uses a red lipstick to indicate flaws he finds surgically improvable), and an overwhelming fan favorite. Possibly because of the hotness, possibly because of the tragic backstory, possibly because he's the only major character who isn't an insufferable hypocrite.
  • Big Bad Ari from NCIS is constantly being paired off with members of the main cast- male and female- including the woman he shot in the head and all the people he's attempted to do so to. (Probably Gerald, too. Shiver.) He's also got a healthy streak of sexism to go with his sadism, dad issues and thrill seeking. A Magnificent Bastard, but maybe less than magnificent.
    • Also Gibbs. Ari killed one of his female agents precisely because Gibbs would be more upset about it than if he'd lost a male subordinate. He shows no respect for his female boss (unlike her male predecessor), and it's suggested that he has trouble taking orders from a woman.
    • Mike Franks, Gibbs' mentor, fits this trope even better. His sexist views are FAR more blatant. When he found out Jenny Shepard was the director of NCIS, he laughed at her since she was a woman.
  • Dennis Duffy on 30 Rock. He's a sexist, homophobic, racist lout who calls Liz "Dummy" and embarrasses her in public. Oh, and did we mention he happens to be an Internet predator? (He was apparently later exonerated.) Well, Liz sporadically dates him and some fans seem to like shipping them together. Witness a break-up speech he delivered:
    "Dear Liz Lemon, Though other women have bigger boobs than you, no women has as big a heart and when I saw you getting ready to go out and get nailed by a bunch of guys last night, I knew for sure it was over between us and, for the first time since the '86 World Series, I cried. I cried like a big dumb homo. And if it were up to me, we'd be together forever, but there's this new thing called 'Women's Liberation' which gives you women the right to choose and you have chosen to abort me and that I must live with."
    • And Jack Donaghy on the same show. Only Alec Baldwin could get away with the line "I like a woman with ambition; it's like seeing a dog wearing clothes".
    • Liz herself has some racist tendencies, but continues to be loved.
  • Matt Dowd on Eli Stone.
  • Barney on How I Met Your Mother, as per his role as The Casanova, tends to treat women like objects, but has enough style and goes far enough over the top that people still love him.
    Barney: At one point, I'm pretty sure I sold a woman. I didn't speak the language, but I shook a guy's hand, he gave me the keys to a Mercedes, and I left her there.
  • Chief O'Brien on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine was a (somewhat) Licensed Fantastic Racist against the alien Cardassians. In one of the few Next Generation episodes that gave him a prominent role, he explained his excuse for this — during a war with the Cardassians he had to kill another person for the first time (in self-defence), and hated himself for doing so. Of course he still got a lot of flak for his racism, especially in a much later episode of Deep Space Nine when he showed a lot of dislike for a young and innocent Cardassian child (though he got better over time). Nonetheless, he was generally a very likeable and sympathetic character.
    • Kira follows a similar, more dramatic character arc. Her absolute hatred of all military Cardassians was pretty justified, since she spent her entire life fighting against their horrifically brutal occupation of her planet. Over the course of the series, she came to accept that not all Cardassians are evil, and even began to sympathize with them when their planet is occupied.
    • To make this understandable, it should be noted that the Cardassians as a species are not very far from Always Chaotic Evil. Their regime is horrible, and most Cardassian characters are representatives of that regime in one way or another (though we do meet some genuinely noble ones...and Garak).
    • Commander Worf is openly racist toward Romulans, to the point that simply admitting that Romulans fought honorably in their failed Gunship Rescue is treated as legitimate character growth in Star Trek: Nemesis.
      • Worf once refused to donate blood to a critically wounded Romulan, resulting in his death. He's also portrayed as quick to resort to violence and slightly sexist in a "Women are delicate and need protection" sort of way. A quickness to resort to violence is, admittedly, a recognized trait of Klingons as a species, but the mild sexism is a little hard to place, given Klingon culture expects women to be rather aggressive themselves (courtship traditionally, as Worf comments, consists of the male reciting poetry and ducking whatever heavy objects the female feels like throwing at him, while females are aggressive enough during sex that bruises, gashes and even broken bones are to be expected — it's considered a sign of good luck if a newly wed wife breaks her husband's collar bone on their wedding night). Then again, he laughed at the idea of dating human women since they would be "too fragile" so maybe his sexism just extends to human women.
      • In TOS, Spock frequently expressed his displeasure when Kirk told him something along the line that he was "becoming more human every day". Spock frequently referred to "annoying human emotions". In TOS, he clearly preferred not to be remined that he was half human.
  • A rare female reference from Doctor Who: In "The Family of Blood", love-interest Joan Redfern explains at length why Martha cannot possibly be a doctor. Martha's response may well constitute a Crowning Moment Of Awesome. In her defence, Joan Redfern lives in 1913, when women practicing medicine as doctors in British society was a rarity and genuinely was thought to be impossible by many people, let alone black women doctors...
    • Lampshaded in "The Shakespeare Code", when Shakespeare becomes smitten with Martha. She is initially offended by him calling her an Ethiopian and such things, until she realizes that he's trying to compliment her. The Doctor comments on all of this with "It's political correctness gone mad!"
  • Douglas Reynholm in The IT Crowd plays this for laughs.
  • Buz Murdock of Route 66 is a Licensed Sexist, and made at least two cringe-inducing speeches about a woman's place as helper and subordinate to her man during the show's run. He's the lead character and portrayed sympathetically: the women agree more often than not, and see the "error" of their ways! His view of relations between the sexes is, arguably, a bit of Author Appeal.
  • A recurring character in Series 3 of That Mitchell and Webb Look is Captain Todger, a superhero with an outdated, Bernard Manning sense of humour, whose emblem is a crude drawing of a penis.
    Mayor: He'll never kneel, because he is our greatest hero, and has saved humanity countless times!
    General Drayfox: (an incredibly PC supervillain) THEN WHERE IS HE?!
    Mayor:...Well, at the moment, he's in prison for statutory rape.
    General Drayfox: What? RAPE?
    Mayor: Statutory rape! It was an accident, she was wearing makeup!
    Drayfox: Uh - I really don't think that's any excuse!
  • Married... with Children gave us Al Bundy and played it for laughs. Al was by no means a racist (he even had at least one close friend who was African-American), but he did have contempt for some white ethnicities (hating the French, for instance). He was always quick to ogle beautiful women (which, really, makes him no different from most other men throughout history), mock his obnoxious customers for their weight, pick fights with the feminist-minded Marcy and generally say whatever was on his mind no matter who would be offended. Al even founded NO MA'AM (National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood). In one episode, he returns from a quest with a series of commandmants - "Rules for hard-working people, who don't give a rat's ass about political correctness!" (To tell the truth, Marcy really wasn't much better than Al. In fact, the show seems to have almost no characters with outstanding redeeming features at all, which is kind of the point.)
  • The Closer establishes that Lieutenant Provenza is this with just one word: "Again?" note  Having said that, to Provenza a murder victim is a murder victim, regardless of his feelings on the matter.
    • Also, at the crime scene of a murdered gay man, Provenza quips that everyone should double up on their rubber gloves, as it's a "homo-cide."
  • Mrs. Cooper, Sheldon's mother, on The Big Bang Theory seems to be a genuinely nice person whose innocent bigotry appears to be from Values Dissonance. She calls Catholics "Rosary Rattlers" and constantly asks Raj if something she cooks might be "one of the animals you people think is magic." When Leonard tries to correct her, she asks, "How do you people talk to one another?"
  • Mike Logan of Law & Order. a Jerk Ass borderline Cowboy Cop who openly disrespected his new female lieutenant, Anita Van Burennote . His time in Staten Island must have beaten some maturity into him, because by the time he joins the Criminal Intent cast, he's merely a Snark Knight.

    Multiple Media 
  • Noob has Omega Zell, its personnal Straw Misogynist, which puts him at odds with Gaea, one of his female guildmates (the two others are respectively too laid back to react and too close to his idea of female gamer to actually challenge his statements). His situation with Gaea is however best summed up in a Season 4 line in the webseries: "So you want me to respect a woman with no morals who spends her time scamming other people?" (and there is no exaggeration in this statement). He's also the Butt Monkey and his dream guild's recruiter happens to be female.

    Professional Wrestling 

    Radio 
  • Big Wayne from The Lazlow Show is generally the comedic center of the show, but he is horrifically pick-one-ist, and an entire section of the show involves him discussing his terrible exploits with women.

     Roleplay 
  • Trigger in Dino Attack RPG, who admittedly drew some inspiration from Jack Crow. Of memorable note was his openly criticizing Hotwire and Rex for continuuing to fight despite losing their leg and being unable to walk, respectively (although he did at least try to justify this by pointing out the impracticality of putting a wheelchair-bound agent in a combat role on a tropical island- usually a very wheelchair-unfriendly environment).
    • Soldier acted as a more comedic version- he's extremely sexist, but has a tendency to make insulting remarks about women in front of Maria, a very active feminist.
    • Additionally, Agent Andrew "Pyro" Jackson was eventually revealed to be extremely homophobic, to the point where he disowned his own daughter.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Just about everyone in Warhammer 40,000 is horribly prejudiced against everyone else, hero or otherwise. Of course, being the Crapsack World that the 41st millennium is, bigotry is basically required not only to survive, but to avoid a horrible Fate Worse than Death that will last for all eternity.
    • The Imperium of Man's official state policy espouses Absolute Xenophobia, and the only reason they haven't completely genocided every alien race in the galaxy is because humanity is already struggling enough just to survive. Mutants have it only slightly better, since the Imperium needs psykers in order to continue functioning, but those who haven't been sanctioned as Imperial servants are fair game. Justified since a rogue psyker is vulnerable to daemonic possession and can lead to tens of billions of people getting their souls swallowed.
    • The Eldar view themselves as the superior species and look down on everybody else. In fact, they will gleefully cause the deaths of billions of another species just to save a handful of their own.
    • The Tau Empire are slightly better about this, but only just. While their doctrine encourages peaceful co-existence between different species, in practice their society is rigidly segregated (necessarily so, as the Tau race has used selective breeding for millennia to maintain a Fantastic Caste System), even their most trusted and long-serving client race, the Kroot, are alternately romanticized as Noble Savages and disdained as a barbaric Cannibal Tribe (which is pretty understandable, considering their society revolves around finding new and interesting enemies to eat) and worst of all races that resist being subsumed into the Empire face draconian population control and re-education methods at best and outright genocide at worst if they lose. 40k being what it is, they're still the friendliest faction in the setting by a country mile, though.

    Theatre 
  • Fiddler on the Roof is set before women's lib caught on in the Ukrainian hinterland. Tevye is, undeniably, a big ol' chauvinist, but he's the nicest incarnation of it that you'll find.

    Video Games 
  • Renegade!Shepard can be quite racist. Some of the squad members edge into Noble Bigot territory: Ashley believes humans should be able to stand on their own, and is hesitant about placing too much trust in allies from other species, while Garrus can be pretty insensitive in his conversations with Wrex and Tali (he wises up).
    • In Mass Effect 2, one of the artifacts at the original Normandy crash site is the personal journal of the deceased X.O. Presley. Over the three pages that survive, his attitude shifts from one of blatant xenophobia to grudging acceptance to complete trust in his alien fellow crew members as well as shame over his old attitude displayed on the first page.
  • Varian Wrynn and Admiral Proudmoore fall afoul of this in Warcraft due to their racist attitude towards orcs. The problem with them being vilified is that in the setting, their entire world was nearly destroyed by orcs, and damn near everyone has been in a near-apocalyptic conflict of some sort. Yet racism is held up as The Big Evil.
    • Maybe because of the fact that the orcs are not really evil but were manipulated at the time? If they stopped with the racism, they might actually learn to live together and solve far more of the worlds problems than they are able to right now, take a look at the battle of Mount Hyjal, for one.
      • Maybe not evil, but given that almost every single Orc Warchief, with the notable exception of Thrall, the Orc raised by humans, has fallen to demon corruption, often voluntarily, it makes sense to be wary of them.
    • Proudmore lived and fought through the Second War. His eldest son was killed by an orc-controlled dragon. It's no wonder he hates them so much.
    • A bunch of orcs enslaved Varian Wrynn while he was amnesiac and made him fight as a gladiator. Then during a peace talk with Thrall a brainwashed Garona — the very same half-Orc assassin that killed Varian's father — tried to kill him. Varian's belief that orcs are Always Chaotic Evil is pretty understandable.
    • Uther has similar racism against the Orcs, also caused by bad experiences with them. He is one of those who gets Tirion exiled for trying to help save Eitrigg, an orc, from being executed, and tells Arthas that if he pursues vengeance, he will be no better than the orcs.
    • Garrosh hates all Alliance races with Nazi level bigotry, and even looks down on the non Orc Horde races, who he sees as inferior. In fact, that's part of the reason so many of the non Orc members of the Horde are rebelling against him.
  • Duke Nukem is the embodiment of this trope Played for Laughs. He's a hyper-masculine tough guy who hates aliens, loves beer and strippers, and doesn't give a rat's ass about political correctness.
  • Jonatham Ingram in Policenauts comes across as one of these in the fan translation, due to casually using the word 'faggot' and calling biovestites 'so-called "women"'. The heroes are all rather bigoted towards the Frozeners (genetically-altered humans with paper-white skin and unblinking eyes), and it is not really challenged.

    Webcomics 
  • Gren of Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, ogles Glon while he's bathing and made him wear nothing but a loin cloth.

    • Gren is ogled by a male in the first strip of that comic. Glon kidnaps a woman in order to seduce/rape her, and ... actually, almost all male characters in that comic are worse than Gren. Mentioning Gren and no one else as politically incorrect hero only makes sense if you view her as the only hero of the comic.

  • Lampshaded in the webcomic The Beevnicks, where paterfamilias Tom Beevnick, a constant horndog, literally won a lawsuit to allow him masturbation breaks at work (presumably to reduce his constant sexual harassment of his female coworkers).
  • In When She Was Bad, one of the reasons Villain Protagonist Gail Swanson thinks The Chosen One Amber Price isn't as heroic as everyone proclaims her to be is because Amber is homophobic and bullied Gail in high school for being gay.
  • Action Girl Grim-Eyes in Digger is from a Lady Land society where men are the traditionally 'weak' gender and treats males of any species like her own. This leads to a lot of Played for Laughs condescension towards Herne because she thinks it is adorable how he "tries to act tough".

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Subverted in Futurama with Zapp Brannigan, who is perceived in-world as a Magnificent Bastard, but to the main characters and the audience is just a Too Dumb to Live Jerk Ass in velour. In one episode, it is revealed that women are no longer allowed to serve in the military, not because of some societal prejudice, but to prevent his constant sexual harassment.
    "Alas, after a series of deadly blunders caused by distracting low-cut fatigues and lots of harmless pinching, the army decided women weren't fit for service. Not when I'm in charge."
    • The Professor has a hint of this. When Fry thought he was a robot:
    Leela: "I'm going to remind him he's human the way only a woman can."
    Farnsworth: "You're going to do his laundry?"
    • When stuck at Roswell in 1947, Leela and the Professor dressed in hilariously stereotyped clothes go to an appliance store to acquire a microwave oven, not realizing they aren't invented yet. While the salesman ignoring Leela and focusing his pitch to her "husband" could be somewhat handwaved as the sexism prevalent to that era, the Professor gleefully partaking in the jokes certainly wasn't excusable, as Leela reminds him by setting his tie on fire with an oven.
  • Pakku from Avatar: The Last Airbender held sexist values for most of his life. When he was a teenager, his bigotry caused his fiancée Kanna note  to leave him. After realizing this as an old man, he realizing that his ideas were wrong and starts to see women as equals. (For example, he trains Katara in combat waterbending, even though traditionally, female waterbenders are only allowed to use their powers for healing.) He even meets up with Kanna again, and after she realizes that he's changed, Kanna marries him, making him the step-grandfather of Sokka and Katara.
    • Sokka is a bit sexist for the first few episodes, believing that women should Stay in the Kitchen and out of the fighting. Which is somewhat justified as his father, the chieftain, left him behind with the women and children when all the other men went to war. To comfort him, he told him that it wasn't because he was too young but because someone would have to stay and protect the village and he should be honored to be entrusted with this important duty. After getting to know a group of female warriors who have actual training and experience as soldiers and are much more skilled than him, he starts to adjust his views, though it still takes some time to completely get over his prejudices.
  • Teen Titans the Titans team up with alien super hero named Val-Yor at first he was a nice guy to the Titans, but later he shows prejudice against Starfire, as he has some hatred towards Tamareans, and berates her for almost every move she makes. He also calls her "troq" which means "nothing". (In fact, calling Val-Yor a "hero" at all might be a stretch, only qualifying because he fights creatures that are worse; he says something at the end that he claims is an apology, but only by the loosest possible definition.)
  • In The Princess and the Frog, Naveen looks down on Tiana for being a waitress (he initially thought she was a princess, and believes that she tricked him). He also flirts with a number of women when he's fixing to get married, and a deleted line has him saying "I don't take advantage of women. I give them pleasure." He gets over it as the movie progresses, and Tiana teaches him to be less of a hedonist.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown, Omi is a minor example at first, doubting that Kimiko is capable of handling herself because of her gender. He changes in a big way after she wins a Showdown against Jack (and loses a bet with Raimundo as a result of it.)
  • Cotton Hill in King of the Hill is a racist, sexist military veteran with a grudge against Japan due to the loss of his shins while facing them in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He gets somewhat better over the course of the show, which also reveals that he was in love with the Japanese nurse who cared for him after the war.
  • This was the entire point of The Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia". Homer was incredibly homophobic, which was shown after he met John, but did mellow a bit after John saved his life. John summed it up rather well at the end:
    John: Well, Homer, I won your respect, and all I had to do was save your life. Now, if every gay man could just do the same, you'd be set.

Persecuted IntellectualsPrejudice TropesPolitically Incorrect Villain
Nipple and DimedDouble StandardQuickly Demoted Woman
Polite Villains, Rude HeroesHeroesProdigal Hero
Noble Bigot with a BadgeQuirky GoodReformed, but Rejected
Politically Correct HistoryAdministrivia/No Real Life Examples, Please!Politically Incorrect Villain

alternative title(s): Licenced Sexist; Licensed Sexist
random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
98746
7