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[[caption-width-right:350:"I ain't no foreigner... ain't nothing yeller 'bout me, but there is one color about me. It's a little red... that's right, I'm a redneck."]]

Much like the very tropes described on this site, Ethnic and National Stereotypes are things that an audience reasonably expects (for reasons good and... not so good) when confronted by an individual of a given background.

Some writers know this, and just like the tropes associated with fiction, they decide to [[InvertedTrope turn it on its head]].

A Stereotype Flip occurs when an individual does something that runs in direct contradiction to some established stereotype based on their gender, [[RaceTropes race]], religious belief, [[NationalStereotypes nationality]], or country (or [[FantasticRacism planet]]) of origin.

This is often TruthInTelevision, as no one ever fits all the given stereotypes associated with their background. If enough individuals do a Stereotype Flip, the stereotype in question may become a DiscreditedTrope.

A Stereotype Flip is not ''always'' a good move, however; it can sprout UnfortunateImplications of its own. Inverting a negative stereotype can lead to PositiveDiscrimination, and inverting a "model minority" stereotype is risky because portraying a minority as dumb, cowardly, and/or evil taps into much more basic forms of xenophobia than portraying them as [[BlackAndNerdy being]] [[AsianAndNerdy smart]] [[JewishAndNerdy but]] [[BollywoodNerd nerdy]]. Finally, even if both those pitfalls are avoided, it still must be remembered that ''flipping'' a stereotype isn't the same as ''avoiding'' it; flipped stereotypes are no substitute for actual well-rounded characters.

Applies to fictional backgrounds as well. If the character is ''deliberately'' defying the "nature" of his people, it overlaps with MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch. If they choose a culturally disfavored role knowingly, then KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect. Related to SquareRaceRoundClass. CulturalRebel is generally the product of a character given the Stereotype Flip treatment. MasculineGirlFeminineBoy and AsianAirhead are subtropes of this.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** Osaka breaks Tomo's expectations that the new Osakan student is going to be a loudmouth who's always trying to sell stuff. This is emphasized in the English manga, where Osaka's speech is translated with a New York City accent, which has a similar "loud and pushy" stereotype associated with it.
** And then there's Sakaki, the tall, athletic raven-haired girl with an intimidating appearance who fits [[AloofDarkHairedGirl none of the]] [[JapaneseDelinquents associated]] tropes, and is just naturally shy and quiet, and has a (sadly [[AnimalsHateHim mostly unrequited]]) love of cats.
* In the manga ''Manga/Cyborg009'', the character of 008, the only character on the team from Africa, is drawn in an incredibly [[UnfortunateImplications unfortunate]] art style that is more than a little similar to blackface. This is at odds with his actual personality, which is an intelligent and stoic man who is passionate about preserving his culture and protecting his land and people from harm. In the stories that take place in Africa, the people are drawn in the same stereotypical way, but the reader is told that they're a people with a rich culture that ought to be preserved instead of converted or stamped out. Inversely, the non-African imperialists and poachers are shown as greedy and uncaring about anyone they hurt in the process of getting what they want.
* In what might be an accidental example of this and more of a case of AsLongAsItSoundsForeign, ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' had a minor character of an Israeli OccidentalOtaku, who did not only not conform to the stereotype of being loud, rude, and aggressive, but he was ''very'' white and ''blond'', which is quite a rarity among Israelis (although if he was wealthy enough to become an otaku and go study in Japan, he was probably a well-to-do [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi Ashkenazi]], which is not ''that'' unlikely), and spoke with an accent that sounded ''nothing'' like an Israeli accent.
* ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun'' has the main cast go against what is often expected of their character roles in the Shoujo genre:
** The titular Nozaki is a ''very'' tall, muscular {{Hunk}} who used to be captain of the junior high basketball team. He's also TheStoic and approaches his problems head-on. That said, he's also an award-winning Shoujo mangaka and is utterly obsessed with writing good quality romance stories.
** Even Chiyo, to a degree. Yes, she's very much like a typical Shoujo heroine: girly, cutesy, determined, and obsessed with her crush. But she's also a bit of a DeadpanSnarker and is a StalkerWithACrush towards Nozaki.
** Mikoshiba has the appearance and attitude of a playboy towards his classmates, but outside of school, he's a socially awkward {{Otaku}} who plays dating sims in order talk to girls more easily, even though said dating sims depict almost or entirely unrealistic conversations one would have with girls.
** Kashima is the Prince of the school and loves flirting with girls. She would be right at home in a OneGenderSchool Shoujo manga, but if she were a guy, she would fit the textbook Shoujo "School Prince" easily. She also flips a common tomboy sterotype in Shonen romance; rather than shun her masculine qualities for [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon not being "girly" enough]], she revels in them.
** Hori is Kashima's senpai who frequently beats her up for skipping Drama Club and excessively flirting. If he were a girl, he would probably be the "Prince's beleaguered friend" in a Shoujo romance who is always trying to make sure the Prince actually does more than be a playboy.
** Seo is loud, abrasive, blunt, and rude. Case in point, Nozaki used her characteristics to create a ''male'' character who has her personality, of which is not uncommon in Shoujo manga.
** Wakamatsu is a tall, muscular athlete, but is an innocent, friendly NiceGuy. He's also a bit of a {{Tsundere}} towards Seo. Nozaki modeled a female character after him who plays a love interest for Seo's character in ''Let's Fall in Love'', who of course is an ordinary girl repelled by his antics but charmed by the abrasive boy's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold rare acts of kindness]].
* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', Runge's painstaking research of Tenma's past results in little more than him ascertaining that the latter is not "stereotypically" Japanese.
* A {{hikikomori}} is stereotypically a creepy, misanthropic guy, and ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' instead has [[PunnyName Kiri Komori]], who is female and friendly ''and'' a hikikomori.
* ''Manga/GabrielDropout'' runs on the angels and demons having their stereotypes flipped. Gabriel became a lazy, snarky shut-in, while Raphael takes pleasure in picking on the oblivious Satanichia. Tsukinose is probably one of the friendliest, kindest characters in the entire series. The only character who fits her stereotype is Satanichia, but her acts of villainy are too [[HarmlessVillain laughably ineffective]] to actually cause suffering.

* Korean-American Henry Cho was born and raised in Tennessee, and much of his humor is quite blue collar in contrast to the stereotypically elitist affectations of Korean-Americans. Henry's even acknowledged the inherent humor of an Asian person with a southern drawl.
* Canadian comedian Shaun Majumder, who is half Indian, has a stand-up bit about appearing as a minor terrorist villain on ''Series/TwentyFour''. He talks at length about how offensively stereotyped his character was while describing a chase scene with Jack Bauer, but the punch line is that instead of being a stereotypical brown terrorist, he's actually an over-the-top Newfoundlander.
* Creator/SerdarSomuncu. a German of Turkish descent born in Istanbul, deliberately invoked this trope after his acting career ended with him being a ClassicallyTrainedExtra who would play stereotypic "immigrant" characters with a fake accent that wasn't his, despite being well versed in Goethe, Schiller and all the rest. So he decided to do something GERMAN for his standup program. What you ask? Oh, only reading Hitler's ''Mein Kampf'' (in a way that makes people laugh, which he admits was the point). He later reflected on that and the resulting identity crisis in a program aptly titled "Hitler Kebap".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A fairly common variation in comics is to introduce a member of the fictional species, and then the civilization.
** Thus, Mon-El (''Franchise/{{Superman}}'') and Sodam Yat (''Franchise/GreenLantern'') are friendly explorers from a racist and xenophobic species.
** Blackfire (''ComicBook/TeenTitans'') is a cruel and malicious monster from a passionate and warm species.
** ComicBook/CaptainMarVell is a good-hearted protector from a race of conquerors.
** Xavin (''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'') is an open-minded romantic from a race of pricks.
** Katar Hol (''ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'') is a good cop from an expansionist empire policed by CorruptCops. His wife Shayera is often torn between her love for her husband and her duty to her people. And the conservative Katar often gets into arguments with the liberal ComicBook/GreenArrow.
* The ''ComicBook/XMen'' comic ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' was this trope plus FiveTokenBand: the girl from Kentucky was the smart one, the guy from Los Angeles was the nice one, and so on.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', Opus is sitting at a bar when a redneck-looking guy opens a conversation with the standard "you know what's wrong with this country?" bit. The redneck then expresses surprisingly pacifist and environmentalist sentiments. Opus turns to the {{beatnik}} on his other side to say something about how appearances can be deceiving, and the beatnik shouts "America, love it or leave it you pinko punk!

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Ashley [=McFly=][=/=]Leather Ashes from ''Fanfic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy''. [[{{Fauxreigner}} She pretends to be from the USA]], and is a flat-chested brunette, a 360 flip on the common image Japanese have of all American women being [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal blonde buxom beauties]].

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'', Zak's BlackBestFriend Meeker is a much worse DJ than his white rival.
* ''Film/EightMile'' plays up the human equivalent of SeldomSeenSpecies, as it documents the lifestyle of an American socioeconomic group that, like Native Americans, has not been commonly seen in the popular media for decades: poor, urban whites (who are living in Detroit, the stereotypically blackest city in America, no less!). Many stories take it for granted that characters like Jimmy "Rabbit", Stephanie, and Lily haven't existed since the 1940s -- and even when they do, they tend to assume that those people are "white ethnics", instead of the British-descended Protestants the Smith family clearly are.
* One hilarious scene in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' shows [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver June Cleaver]] acting as an interpreter for two black youths who speak only Jive. She, of course, despite being a little old lady is fluent in [[JiveTurkey the language]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' -- [[ScaryBlackMan Massive, terrifying, black convict]] ([[TattooedCrook with a facial tattoo!]]) taking the detonator for the other boat we assumed to blow up the other boat. "Give it to me, and I'll do what you shoulda did ten minutes ago." Which is throwing it out the window. CrowningMomentOfAwesome?? Hell, yes!
* In ''Film/{{Eraser}}'', there's an exchange between a mobster and his supposedly dumb as bricks muscle:
-->'''Tony Two Toes:''' There they are. Commie bastards!\\
'''Mikey:''' They're not communists any more, Tony. They're a federation of independent liberated states.\\
'''Tony Two Toes:''' Don't make me hurt you, Mikey.
%%* The ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' movies are built on this trope.
* ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'': The black guy in town, played by Sidney Poitier, is not just a suspicious black man passing through town on the night of a murder; he's also a respected detective from Philadelphia. And in case you're wondering, [[MemeticMutation they call him]] [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs "Mr. Tibbs"!]], not "boy".
* In the ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'' reboot, Andre is on his way to China, and on the flight sees a Chinese guy. Naturally he takes the opportunity to practice speaking Chinese, only for the guy to say, "Dude. I'm from Detroit."
* In ''Film/TheLuckOfTheIrish'', Kyle's BlackBestFriend is terrible at basketball, with every white guy on the team being much better than him, to the point where his father threatens to disown him. Subverted in the end when it turns out he simply lacks confidence in his skills, just like Kyle, who is used to relying on his Leprechaun family luck.
* In the third ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movie, the protagonist Frank goes down a line of cabs trying to find someone who can relay an urgent message to Police Squad. The first two drivers do not speak English and do not understand what is being asked of them. When Frank looks into the third cab he sees a black guy dressed in traditional African clothes. Frank instantly dismisses him and abandons his attempts to radio for backup, leaving the driver to muse to himself "I wonder what the devil he wanted" in a British accent.
* In one of the most memorable scenes in ''Film/RememberTheTitans'' one of the black football players is visiting his teammate who lives in a white neighborhood. A police car pulls up and an officer eyes the youth. You think it's going to be a classic Rodney King-esque scene (it is taking place in the 1960's Virginia). But.... the officer simply congratulates the youth on a well-played game and wishes him good luck for an upcoming game. The black player, and presumably the audience, are pleasantly surprised.
* The ''Film/RushHour'' movies milk this trope for all it's worth.
** Consider the scenes where Carter reveals he actually knows Chinese and Lee reveals that he actually speaks flawless English.
** In ''Rush Hour 2'', Carter makes fun of a black man who has immersed himself in Chinese culture and knows the same type of kung-fu as Lee (they were trained by brothers, who live in Hong Kong and Crenshaw, respectively).
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': [[BigBad Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine]], a genocidal tyrant and one of the most evil people in the history of the galaxy, is a native of the peace-loving planet Naboo. The majority of its people are none too pleased about this.

* In the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series, the Germans are the free-wheeling individualists, and the Americans are the stuffy, bureaucratic rule-lovers, much to the surprise of the respective opposing parties. Played with further in that any German that is a stuffy, bureaucratic rule-lover ''also'' fits this trope: the 'downtimer' stereotype of Germans is free-wheeling individualists.
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' is a kind of romance novel set in a world where women rule and men are [[GenderRarityValue so rare they must be secluded and protected]]. As such it flips a lot of romance novel gender roles on their heads and invents some entirely new ones.
* The science-fiction novel ''Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede'' has three.
** The protagonist himself, who looks almost exactly like Music/BuddyHolly (which becomes highly pertinent to the plot). He's an atheist, but not [[HollywoodAtheist a bitter or sarcastic one]], and by the end of the novel he has come to believe in a Higher Power after all.
** The protagonist's mother was a teenager who came of age in TheFifties, but still [[SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl had her son out of wedlock and made no apologies for doing so]]. It was she who encouraged her son to embrace atheism, owing to her hatred of the people at her son's religious school who thought rock and roll was evil.
** In the course of the novel, the protagonist befriends a right-wing biker who's [[TheBully bullying]], crude, and a fan of HeavyMetal music -- and is also a young woman with feminist leanings. We get the sense that she might have joined the political left [[FreudianExcuse if not for]] her obnoxious HippieParents.
* Victorian author Creator/WilkieCollins liked to do this to stereotypes of his day. For example, in stage melodramas, the villain was always portrayed as being [[LeanAndMean incredibly thin]] while fat men tended to be [[BigFun jolly]] [[FatComicRelief comic relief]] style characters. So, in ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'', Collins carefully cast the fat man as the main villain of the piece, an evil Italian gangster. [[AffablyEvil He is still pretty jolly, though.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' establishes its stereotypes purely to flip them, such as Cassanunda, a great lover from a culture that generally doesn't acknowledge the existence of two genders, or the reveal that the Big Dumb Troll stereotype is purely a side-effect of the weather. In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', Mr Nutt, a character who talks like a philosophy professor and avoids conflict whenever possible is revealed near the end [[spoiler: to be an orc]].
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward uses the fact that people tend to assume big guys are just dumb muscle to his advantage by ObfuscatingStupidity. He's actually very intelligent, and concluded from his father's behaviour that he would have to pretend to have brain damage to be left alone, as his father saw him as a threat.
* Alphonse Nakagawa, from ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame'', is the grandson of a Japanese fisherman who emigrated to Galveston to take up shrimping in the Gulf. Al himself plays up a "dumb Texas shitkicker" routine to make other Loremasters underestimate him, and even when he's not exaggerating his Southern culture he'll use very un-Asian phrases like "that dog won't hunt" in his internal monologue.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Karrin Murphy is a pretty, five-foot-nothing blonde with a cute button nose who Harry has described as looking like a cheerleader or someone's favorite aunt. And she's a badass cop with a black belt in aikido who's stood up to everything from a NighInvulnerable hell-werewolf to the king of all incubi and once attacked a 15-foot-tall ogre with a chainsaw. Averted in the TV series, where Murphy is Hispanic and looks like she means business. Still pretty, though.
** The local werewolf pack are all ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''-playing geeks.
** Sanya is a rather tall and imposing black man... who's from Russia and sounds like it. He's also basically one of God's chosen paladins... but he's not remotely KnightTemplar (he's an atheist who rather stubbornly refuses to buy any signs of God's existence). Also, Harry uses his accent and rhetoric to conclude that he's a communist, but he scoffs at the idea.
* In the historical novel ''Give Me Back My Legions!'' (set in 7-9 AD Roman Empire) by Creator/HarryTurtledove, the Romans are stoic, logical and disciplined not given to emotional outbursts while the Germanic tribesmen that they are trying to conquer are excitable and prone to emotional outbursts, as likely to pull a knife as look at you and undisciplined in battle. In other words, modern day Italian and German stereotypes are reversed.
* In ''Literature/TheGreenMile'', the Huge Muscular Black Man who supposedly raped two young girls and killed them with his BARE hands actually has a heart of gold (and is innocent).
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'': Drizzt Do'Urden is well known for being pretty much everything a Drow isn't. He's a NiceGuy and Drow... are not very nice. At all. It should be noted that Drizzt's popularity has induced a slew of stereotype-flipped drow characters, turning the race into an EnsembleDarkHorse for [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] players.
* You'd generally expect a ginormous black guy to be a ScaryBlackMan who talks like someone from the 'hood. Hamish Lunley from ''Literature/TheMakoSaga'' is a GentleGiant, and very very ''Scottish''. (He was adopted from a Chicago orphanage by a Scottish couple.)
* In Lisa Yee's ''Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time'', the titular Stanford Wong is an Asian who's a basketball jock so hopeless at academics that he flunks English class and needs to be tutored by Millicent Min who does fit the AsianAndNerdy stereotype but acts dumber than she is to be accepted by her friends.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Piggy, the Gamorrean pilot from the ''Literature/XWingSeries'', is the only member of his species with the intellectual capacity to pilot a starfighter. (Of course, his brain was enhanced in various [[PlayingWithSyringes procedures]].)
* In the ''Literature/{{Troubleshooters}}'' series, one of the terrorists is a [[WesternTerrorists white, blond/blue-eyed guy from the Midwest]], who relies on racial stereotyping to get away with murder, not to mention pin his latest crimes on the nice Middle Eastern gardener in the neighborhood.
* Sandy Mitchell seems to take some glee in using the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels to turn ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' stereotypes on their heads. For starters, the title character is the exact opposite of the stereotypical Imperial commissar, a cowardly, self-hating man with an inflated reputation [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation (or so he says)]], frequently described by fans as the type of guy commissars are supposed to ''shoot''. Valhallan troops have a reputation for ZergRush tactics, but the 597th is a BadassArmy of mechanized infantry that is just as happy to let the enemy come to them if the situation calls for it. In ''Cain's Last Stand'' we meet Sister Julien, a senior [[ChurchMilitant Sister of Battle]] who drinks, gambles, and is romantically involved with the [[MilitaryAcademy schola progenium's]] bursar.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' has been flipping stereotypes since its pilot episode. The biggest Flip occurred in Season 2. The question of just who was helping the terrorists nuke LA boiled down to either the Middle-Eastern boy educated in London, or his WASP father-in-law to be. And then . . . we learn the REAL identity of the terrorist. Before the show starting [[AssPull pulling asses]]; this was one of the greatest twists and a true Stereotype Freakin' Flip.
* Zigzagged in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', when we meet Felicity's mother in season three, well, let's just say she does not fit the JewishMother stereotype at all. On the other hand, she does seem to fit the DumbBlonde stereotype pretty well.
* ''Series/TheATeam''[='s=] Mr. T., fool! ScaryBlackMan with a Mohawk and a chest full of chains. You wouldn't think it, but he was actually the one the kids loved, both in the show's universe and in RealLife.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** A petite blonde young woman in a horror series is... a vampire slayer. The entire premise of the show was to flip the stereotype.
** There's also a more subtle example in the form of Giles, who flips the stereotype that [[AdultsAreUseless all adults in horror-based media are useless]]. His very job as Watcher is to be useful. And later done again when we find out the very British, bookish, and stuffy Giles is also fully capable of kicking severe amounts of ass when the situation calls for it. He mainly lets Buffy take care of stuff early on because she needs the practice.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** Much like [[Series/StargateSG1 Col. Carter]], Agent Sarah Walker is blonde, sweet, sexy. And an ass-kicking is never far behind whenever she's on the screen.
** Devon "Captain Awesome!" Woodcomb combs like a typical "frat boy." And while he has that silly catchphrase, played football, and loves to say "bro" and "dude"; he is also an accomplished doctor, and a genuinely caring husband and friend.
** Total slacker Morgan is usually the one who comes up the biggest when the situation gets dire, which eventually leads to him becoming store manager. Specifically, he totally schools the hardass General Beckman into how a Buy More is supposed to be run in order to appear legit instead of the CIA/NSA front it obviously looks like (i.e. the employees are ''too'' good at their jobs instead of slacking off).
** Casey is a hardened veteran, nostalgic for the good old '80s and the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] administration. He loves his guns and always wears a stony expression, except when his aforementioned favorite topics are raised. For the first couple of seasons he has a standing order to kill Chuck when ordered and is perfectly willing to go through with it. When he finds out he has a daughter he never knew, he genuinely tries to be a father to her. Also, when Chuck and Sarah run away together to complete the mission, he tracks them down and is visibly angry -- albeit not because they disobeyed their orders but because they didn't trust him enough to include him in their plan, showing he genuinely cares about the team.
* Señor Chang on ''Series/{{Community}}'' is a racially Asian Spanish teacher who has come to identify far more strongly with Latin culture due to his marriage to a Latina woman. And this trope apparently [[ItRunsInTheFamily runs in the family]], since he has a brother who is a ''rabbi''. This aspect of his character is [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness dwelt on far less]] past the first season, after which he is [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into an insane megalomaniac.
** A later season revealed that he was never actually married, and made up that story to get hired for the job. The Dean was too worried about appearing racist to question its validity. The same is most likely true for his brother as well.
* In an episode of ''Series/DesigningWomen'', Julia and Suzanne are visiting their mother in Japan. While on the plane, they're sitting beside an Asian man who is sitting on Suzanne's purse. Suzanne yells at him in her typically offensive way; Julia then attempts to speak to him in Japanese. At this point he reveals that he knew he was sitting on her purse, and mentions that not only does he speak fluent English, he's actually from Georgia, and mentions that if they want to continue screaming at him, please do it in English, because he might look Asian, but in reality, "He's a Bubba." (As a bonus, he was played by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeKFNisCatA Henry Cho]], who's mentioned below.)
* Whitley Gilbert, the AlphaBitch on ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' was a brash SouthernBelle at a (functionally) all-black college. She was played by a trained dancer and stage actress Jasmine Guy, whose acerbic characterization and well-paced slapstick soon made Whitley the BreakoutCharacter. HarsherInHindsight / HilariousInHindsight FairForItsDay, because during TheEighties, it was ''seen as a step forward for a Black Woman to play a ComedicSociopath convincingly.''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Time Lords are a [[PlanetOfHats Planet of Dull, Stuffy]] ([[NiceHat and incredibly ridiculous]]) [[PlanetOfHats Hats]]. The Doctor is an [[GuileHero adventurous]], [[AllLovingHero friendly]] {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who ran away from his home planet for this selfsame reason.
** The Master, the Doctor's EvilCounterpart, also defies the Time Lord stereotype. Especially in his latest two incarnations (Saxon and Missy), where his insanity is mixed with him getting a sense of humour.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** Lady Sinderby is an aversion of the JewishMother stereotype. When her son Atticus wishes to marry a gentile girl, she is the supportive one, while his father is the one who is raving about Atticus throwing away their culture for a girl. When the girl's mother pulls a last-second effort to break off the marriage by announcing her impending divorce, it is Lady Sinderby who once again reacts to it calmly and urges her son to proceed with the wedding, then coldly threatening her husband with a divorce if he utters even one word in protest.
** Prince Igor Kuragin also doesn't fit the typical stereotype of a Russian nobleman, seeming like a kind, gentle old man. His wife Irina, on the other hand, is cold and aristocratic.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' had Zoe, an ass-kicking ActionGirl, who was happily married to Wash, who was very much a NonActionGuy. It seems that not AllAmazonsWantHercules.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' derived much humor from the FishOutOfWater nature of a stereotypical black teen clashing with his flipped relatives in Bel Air. This is the most obvious with the BlackAndNerdy Carlton, who is taunted by Will for not being "black enough", and Hilary, who is pretty much a black DumbBlonde.
* ''Series/GoodnessGraciousMe'' has a variant. The stereotype of obnoxious Brits making idiots of themselves at an Indian restaurant is flipped when an Indian family decide to get drunk and "go for an English".
* ''Series/HannahMontana'''s {{Alpha Bitch}}es Amber and Ashley are played by a black girl and an Asian girl. Amber is the hottest girl in school and a RichBitch, a role usually restricted to blondes, and Ashley is a bitchy AsianAirhead as opposed to "model minority" AsianAndNerdy. So, less of an [[UnfortunateImplications Unfortunate Implication]] as much as a case of not restricting the ethnic kids to BlackBestFriend and TokenMinority.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', DL Hawkins was initially described as the classic ScaryBlackMan. When he actually showed up, he turned out to be one of the nicest and most sane guys on the show, completely dedicated to his wife and son. While initially said to be a criminal, he is, in fact, a firefighter.
** In one episode, Hiro and Ando have to hitchhike across Texas, and are delighted when a trucker of Japanese heritage pulls over for them. The trucker is baffled by their use of the Japanese language, and speaks in a typically "redneck" fashion.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'':
** Meg Austin, Harm's partner in the fist season only, is a beautiful blonde with a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents TexanDrawl]] who also happens to be a lawyer, professional computer hacker, and fluent in Spanish. More than once other characters (usually antagonists) will make dismissive comments about her, assuming her to be a DumbBlonde or a harmless DamselInDistress.
** J.D. in "Sightings", a drunken drawling veteran living in a trailer near the border, dismisses the possibility that the Mexican man he saw near Cathy could be responsible for her disappearance. In this case, because he could see the man was scared out of his wits.
%%* ''Series/TheJeffersons'', although they sometimes fall straight into other stereotypes.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' made TheSmartGuy [[BlackAndNerdy black]] and TheBigGuy white. Elsewhere in the series, in one episode they meet another team, their "big guy" is an attractive Jewish woman. As an added bonus, the black smart guy also has tons of other skills, including painting, playing the violin, and being a damn good con artist.
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'': The "Average Asian" sketches are about an Asian guy who is expected to have stereotypical Asian abilities (knows karate, origami, good at math, plays a musical instrument, etc.) by people around him but doesn't (except for ping pong, summoning ninjas, and laundry).
* Danny John Jules always enjoyed playing the Cat's nerdy alter-ego 'Dwayne Dibbley on ''Series/RedDwarf'' because it flipped the stereotype of black people as cool jive talking characters.
* In the ''Series/PushingDaisies'' episode "The Fun in Funeral", the culprit turns out to be an Asian-American good ol' boy who killed the victim to get back Civil War memorabilia belonging to his great-grandfather (a ChineseLaborer who wandered off from the railroad and ended up joining the Confederacy).
* Lisa Turtle from ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' was written as a stereotypical "Jewish Princess" and cast as Black (gentile?) before the show went on the air. She was still materialistic and high maintenance, but managed to avoid many of the UnfortunateImplications of the SassyBlackWoman because of her class (somewhere between RichBitch and SpoiledSweet) and CloudCuckoolander tendencies. Her character was the only female lead to survive the ReTool.
* ''Franchise/{{Stargate Verse}}'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** Colonel Samantha Carter is a gorgeous, sexy, hot blonde. She also possesses an IQ surpassing Stephen Hawking's and has kicked several planets' worth of asses in ''two'' galaxies. And killed the gods of ''a third''. [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun She also blew up a sun]].
*** Jack O'Neill also breaks several stereotypes, being the Kirk and not into science most of the time he'll occasionally recognize stuff first... Of course, O'Neill isn't as dumb as he [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretends to be]]. He just likes to put on an appearance of a dumb fighter jock to get people to leave him alone or underestimate him. He's the only known person who was able to survive having the total sum of Ancient knowledge downloaded into his head... twice.
*** Daniel Jackson fits the bill as well. He is undoubtedly an academic in the literal sense (3 doctoral degrees to boot), and a nerd, who in the course of the show, has kicked his fair share of ass, and is far too good-looking to be a standard nerd.
*** It should also be duly noted that of the two academics on the team, it's Samantha Carter who is the expert on the hard sciences, the career military officer, and TheLancer, while Daniel Jackson is a civilian whose specialties are in the much fuzzier subjects of archaeology, linguistics, and anthropology, he is TheHeart of the team, and even TheChick.
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
*** Dr. Rodney [=McKay=] is [[CanadaEh Canadian]]. He is also arrogant, rude, hypochondriac, and generally a pain in the ass... when he's not ''kicking'' it. He also ends up with a hot chick... and is the only main character who has joined the Mile High Club.
*** Major (later Colonel) Sheppard appears to be your typical O'Neill {{Expy}}. Except for the fact that he is eventually revealed to have a MENSA-level intelligence, which he simply chooses to keep secret. "Rod" [=McKay=] from a parallel universe even reveals that his version of Sheppard is his intellectual equal.
* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', a Vulcan greets Captain Archer... with a warm and hearty handshake, something the Vulcans... don't do. She also asks Archer about her quarters; T'Pol assumes she's displeased with the smell as Vulcans have a more heightened sense of smell than humans. Rather, she wants Archer to thank the crewman who loaned it to her.
** There is also an episode of a group of Vulcan outcasts. One of the biggest clues that something is different about them is when their leader foregoes the typical vegetarian meal the chef prepared for him and asks to try some of the chicken, despite the well-known fact that Vulcans never consume meat.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Nog not only proves that he's more than a money-grubbing Ferengi, he also becomes a Lieutenant in Starfleet. In some ExpandedUniverse novels, he becomes a Starfleet Admiral.
** Worf's lover K'ehleyr, a fellow Klingon (though half-human), actually cracks jokes, smiles, and seems to actually have other interests other than finding excuses to 'fight in glorious battle.' She's also an example of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch, though in Franchise/StarTrek this tends to be a standard-issue trait of alien hybrids.
** Worf himself flips the HotBlooded Klingon stereotype by instead being TheStoic. This is explained by him learning about Klingon culture through books rathern than first-hand knowledge. He's very much surprised to learn that most Klingons are hardly the paragons of honor he perceived them to be.
* Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries: The mere fact of the original Enterprise's crew was a historic stereotype flip. A black woman who was actually not a servant. A very scrutable Asian. A Russian treated sympathetically ''at the height of the Cold War''. One of Trek's great accomplishments was all the stereotypes it flipped.
* ''Series/StepByStep'' flips the stereotypes of the BrainyBrunette and the DumbBlonde. Dana is the snarky and brainy sister, who is rather close to becoming a StrawFeminist. Karen is not always ''dumb'', but she mostly seems to only think about boys, clothes and her appearance. But unlike what you might think, Dana is the blonde and Karen is the brunette.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': London Tipton, an AsianAirhead, yes, but usually the spoiled socialites are blonder. This is meant to contrast with the blonde Maddie who is the smart and intelligent one, flipping the dumb blonde stereotype.
* Phil Harding, regular on UK archaeology show ''Series/TimeTeam'', looks and talks like a stereotypical West Country poacher. He's also an expert in pottery and flint-knapping and can speak eruditely and at great length about them, "ooh-arr" accent and all.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Jay Leno, During a talent competition between USC and UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan football players called "All American Idol", a white guy faces up against a black guy in a rap battle and utterly schools him.
* In ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'', Jacob Stone is your typical cowboy from Oklahoma, who enjoys going to a bar with his friends and starting a brawl. He also has a genius-level IQ and a [=PhD=] in art history, having written dozens of academic papers on the subject (all under assumed names). No wonder the Library picked him as a potential Librarian. By the end of Season 3, he's also a master martial artist, having learned from the [[Characters/JourneyToTheWest Monkey King]] himself (although that last part is expected from someone, who knows Christian Kane from [[Series/{{Leverage}} another show]])..

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* WWE wrestler Jimmy Wang Yang's entire current gimmick is based around this. His character (a down-home cowboy who also happens to be Korean) has him deliberately defying Asian stereotypes by being proud of his Southern heritage, and wishing to be identified by his self-admitted love of being a redneck, rather than being judged by his race.
* Wrestling/JohnCena is an even better example, both in {{Kayfabe}} and in RealLife. Born to relative privilege in a practically all-white Boston suburb, [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy he embraced rap music at a young age and in time became a modestly successful rapper himself]]. And then, once he got to WWE, he flipped the stereotype right back by having his "wigger" character "join the military" (actually, he was just training for his starring role in ''The Marine'') and transform seemingly overnight from a rude and crude ghetto thug to an [[AllAmericanFace all-American hero]].
* Mexican-born Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio defies the usual stereotypes of Mexicans being poor, ignorant, and ill-mannered with his character of "The Mexican Aristocrat", who (at least when he is a heel) is quite WickedCultured. He also speaks with an upper-class colonial accent more reminiscent of Spain than of Mexico, rather than the more stereotypical mestizo accent associated with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and other Latino wrestlers.
* It was once extremely common for a wrestler performing a HeelFaceTurn or a FaceHeelTurn to completely invert their stereotypical qualities to make the transition more dramatic. An example of the latter would be Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff's turnaround from being a DirtyCommunist to an [[AllAmericanFace apple-pie American patriot]], while the former is exemplified in Wrestling/RickMartel's switch from soft-spoken nice guy to the arrogant {{Jerkass}} known as "The Model." Now that BlackAndGrayMorality is much more common in sports-entertainment, it's customary for wrestlers to simply retain (as much as possible) their old qualities when they turn: TNA's "Mr. Anderson" [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor may be a crowd favorite from time to time]], but he's still undeniably an "Asshole."

* JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples strikes again. In ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Shakespeare flips not one, but ''three'' [[DeadHorseTrope Dead Horse Trope]]s: the brutal, lascivious, and treacherous Moor; the promiscuous, cunning, venal Venetian lady, and the honest soldier. Othello is honorable, cool-headed (mostly) and chaste, Desdemona is almost a PuritySue in her simplicity, while Iago is a ManipulativeBastard and the villain of the story...
* In ''Theatre/{{Electra}}'', Chrysothemis is very clear on the point that Electra is not behaving like a woman should at all (i.e. She refuses to defer to others and accept her weakness and limits as a woman, is certain to remain unmarried and neglected because of her behaviour, is stubborn and excessive in mourning her father, and is conspiring to murder her mother and step-father). Electra is a TragicHero, after all.
* ''Theatre/MButterfly'' has its title and plot clearly based on ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'''s, but turns out to be a {{deconstruction}} of the "[[MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow demure and submissive Asian woman]] [[DrivenToSuicide who lives only for her]] MightyWhitey man" stereotype [[TropeCodifier codified]] by ''Madame Butterfly'' when it's revealed that [[spoiler:the seemingly demure and submissive Song is actually a male spy who manipulated the white diplomat Gallimard as ruthlessly as Pinkerton did with Butterfly in ''Madame Butterfly'', and it's ''Gallimard'' who kills himself in the end out of love for a man, even crossdressing as a Japanese woman and committing suicide in the same manner Butterfly did]].
* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' casts a white girl with an exaggerated Southern drawl as the canonically Chinese-British Cho Chang. She occasionally drops some [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Chinese]] ([[InterchangeableAsianCultures and]] [[GratuitousJapanese Japanese]]), implying that her name isn't as [[NonIndicativeName non-indicative]] as it seems.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' takes pride in introducing a [[PlanetOfHats hat for a species to wear]] and then instantly having them take it off.
** Liara is a shy bookworm from a planet of sociable diplomats, Garrus is a loose cannon from a species of obedient soldiers (who lampshades it by saying that he's "not a very good turian").
** Wrex is a [[WarriorPoet philosophical and noble leader]] from a species of {{Blood Knight}}s.
** The second game introduces two asari who are so far outside the stereotype most of their own people tend not to mention them; a krogan warlord obsessed with producing a single perfect krogan rather than returning to the old ways; and [[spoiler:a geth who reveals the hat placed on his race in the original game applied to only a small rebel faction]].
** The ''extremely'' civil and eloquent krogan businessman you can meet on Illium. Another one, Charr, doesn't seem to have a ounce of aggression in his body and is wooing an asari with poetry.
** Mordin, for the most part, represents the two typical things salarians are known for: science and espionage. Then he reveals that he is also a pretty good singer, having done the salarian adaptations of Creator/GilbertAndSullivan.
** Even the fourth game has characters who defy the stereotypes of their race. Drack is an ancient krogan who actually has some pretty progressive views on how his species should survive Andromeda, Vetra is an amoral yet good hearted turian smuggler who never went to boot camp, Peebee is a hyperactive asari who would rather live by the now and is perhaps the biggest critic of asari culture, Kallo, you pilot, is a salarian who actually doesn't like pushing already state of the art tech to its limits and uses his perfect memory to remember the good times of friends rather than knowledge. Even the human party members, Liam and Cora, can defy stereotypes from the view of the other races (being open about respecting and working with other species and completely adopting another race's culture respectively).
** Khalisah al-Jilani (an Arab woman) is a ditzy, vapid tabloid reporter. She's not exactly a sympathetic character (the player has the option to ''[[ButtMonkey punch her in the face]]'' at one point), but she's such a far cry from typical Arab stereotypes that it almost comes off as PositiveDiscrimination.
* None of the ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' characters entirely fulfill the cliche of their disability (Hanako probably comes the closest, but she is still much deeper than you'd expect)...
** ...but Shizune really blows her own out of the water. She's deaf-mute, but instead of being shy and passive she's an outgoing, competitive, ruthless taskmaster who is a totally devoted StudentCouncilPresident.
** One of the reasons Emi gives for why she gets up early every morning to go running is because her doctors said that she would have to relearn how to walk after losing her legs. Due to sheer determination, she gets through physical therapy much faster than expected and continues to run "simply because she can". Also, rather hilariously, despite being the youngest-looking of the main characters, (seriously, she looks like she's 13; she's actually 19.) she's also the one who [[SirSwearsALot swears the most.]]
* The {{expansion|Pack}}s to ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' flip stereotypes with several characters.
** ''Mask of the Betrayer'' has Gann, a hagspawn spirit shaman who is the resident MrFanservice. Hagspawn are normally ugly brutes (-2 Charisma, favored class Barbarian). Gann isn't because [[spoiler:his parents actually loved each other]].
** Safiya is everything the vast majority of Red Wizards are not, more interested in learning and teaching than accruing personal power.
** ''Storm of Zehir'' has:
*** Umoja, a druid who [[LargeHam hams it up]] rather than whinging about the balance of life.
*** Belueth the Calm, a NeutralEvil aasimar rogue. Aasimar are normally good (favored class Paladin) due to their celestial heritage.
*** Grykk Bannersworn, a half-orc ''paladin''. Not much else needs to be said.
*** Ribsmasher, the batshit insane monk. You ain't getting any inner peace out of this guy.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has an example of this in one of the romance subplots related to Morrigan and Leliana. Morrigan is the 'atheist' member of the player's party who tends to hate religion whereas Leliana is the church-attending saint of the group. In a flip of a real life expectation, it's Leliana, the religious party member, who is open to a homosexual relationship with a female player character (she will also form a relationship with a male player character as well). Morrigan, the atheist party member, is strictly heterosexual and will only entertain a romantic relationship with a male player character.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'': gave us Montaron, a Halfling thief. So far, the stereotype is pretty accurate, but where the average halfling is a Good-aligned, jolly, chubby sling-user, Montaron is a NeutralEvil (and a member of the Zhentarim, an evil-aligned organization) grumpy, vaguely psychotic, bloodthirsty scar-covered backstabber.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Tifa Lockhart and Aerith Gainsborough are meant to form a TomboyAndGirlyGirl routine: the former is a bartender in revealing clothes who [[BareFistedMonk fights with her bare hands]], while the latter sells flowers, wears a pink dress, and is [[WhiteMage the party's healer]]. Thing is, their expected personalities are swapped: Tifa is [[ShrinkingViolet shy]] and [[TeamMom motherly]], while Aerith is [[PluckyGirl flirty and adventurous]]. That being said it's a little subtle, causing some fans and Square-Enix themselves to miss this and [[SubvertedTrope switch them right around again]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' often does this with various professional/race stereotypes of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' and the like.
** Roy is a fighter, a class usually associated with DumbMuscle, but he's a GeniusBruiser.
** Belkar is a halfling, a race generally known for being carefree and jolly, but he's ChaoticEvil and generally ill-tempered when not hurting people or [[PetTheDog caring for his pet cat]].
** Crystal is a pretty young assassin who works for a half-Orc -- but she's the DumbMuscle/ TheBrute and he's a [[AffablyEvil pleasant]] [[TheDon Don]] type.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0590.html Elan also gets this, but not in a good way...]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/TheOnceAndFutureNerd'' has a teenage elf with an American southern accent.
* ''WebOriginal/{{Takotsubo}}'s'' protagonist Cord Cai is a {{Deconstruction}} of the "Asian-American gangster" stereotype: A beaten-down, traumatized young man who hates being a stereotype, but [[TragicVillain thinks it's the only thing he's good for.]] According to the author, the story will go even ''farther'' than flipping the stereotype: [[WrongGenreSavvy Cord is a superhero who thinks he's a villain.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Francine from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' was angry at her adoptive Chinese parents for leaving all they had to their [[TheGhost unseen]] birth daughter, Gwen. It turns out that they actually have more respect for Francine, and that Gwen is an AsianAirhead who [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking isn't even good at math]]. Stan and Francine's father both agree it's [[CrossesTheLineTwice terrible for children to disrespect their parents' stereotypes]]. Used in-universe in one story when Francine and Hiko Yoshido go into an all-out war over the spelling bee Steve and Akiko are competing in. Despite not speaking a word of Japanese, Hiko demonstrates she is nonetheless a ninja, and confronts Francine in a fight to the death, smugly assuming that a blonde American woman will be easy prey. [[OhCrap And then she finds out Francine's adoptive parents are Chinese]]. Cue Francine picking up a sword and a WireFu battle erupting.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Hermes Conrad is, in many ways, exact opposite of a stereotypical Jamaican -- while they're normally portrayed as being maxed and relaxed, he's an uptight, neurotic workaholic. Though he does have the limbo and reggae skills. And... [[EruditeStoner other interests]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** Dale Gribble is a RightWingMilitiaFanatic and general ConspiracyTheorist, but against stereotype isn't racist/prejudiced in the slightest and is actually a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pretty nice guy]].
** There was also an episode where Khan, in grief over failing to get Connie into a prep school, decided to embrace his "American" side and completely abandon his Laotian heritage and behaviors, becoming an unbearably stereotypical redneck instead of his normal stereotypical "Asian workaholic" behavior.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', the blonde Dorothy Ann is the resident [[TheSmartGuy Smart Girl]] in Mrs. Frizzle's class, and apparently [[CuteBookworm reads constantly]] when she's not on field trips. Hell, her CatchPhrase was "According to my research..."
* [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren and Stimpy]] are flips of AnimalStereotypes. Ren is a [[CatsAreMean mean]] dog, Stimpy is a DumbIsGood [[DogsAreDumb cat]].
* The titular characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' flip the DumbBlonde and FieryRedhead stereotype, with Billy being the dumb redhead and Mandy being the fiery blonde.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', [[MeaningfulName Token Black]] (yes, that's his name) is the richest kid in town, and his parents seem to be more educated than just about anybody else. The entire episode "Here Comes the Neighborhood" plays on this idea: as more rich and successful black people move to town, the poor white characters begin to get angry, but over class rather than race -- until the very end, where Mr. Garrison basically outs himself as a racist. Token does actually fulfill some pretty funny stereotypes himself though: He has an astounding soul voice (then-Mrs. Garrison claimed that it got her wet), and this little gem...
-->'''Cartman:''' Alright, Token, give me a smooth bass line.\\
'''Token:''' I don't know how to play bass.\\
'''Cartman:''' Token, how many times we have to go through this? You are black, you can play bass.\\
'''Token:''' I'm getting sick of your stereotypes.\\
'''Cartman:''' Be as sick as you want, just give me a goddamn bass line!\\
''[Token plays a perfect funky line with slap]''\\
'''Token:''' ...Goddamnit.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}'' has the title characters as ethnic superheroes who fulfill their respective stereotypes to a T. In their civilian identities, however, they're all flipped: The Mexican gardener is a wealthy CEO, the mysoginistic black man is a Woman's Studies professor, the jewish accountant is obsessed with black culture, and the Indian shopkeeper is a skateboarder.