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The CyclicTrope side of the TokenMinority. A show might have an all-minority cast, such as focusing on a black family or a MultinationalTeam, but the white [[PhenotypeStereotype blonde-and-blue-eyed]] portion of the audience will not be left out, either.

On a {{Sitcom}}, they're often either the "uncool" one or [[TheDitz the ditz]]. This is probably because the others are viewed as less AcceptableTargets, but when you really think about the [[UnfortunateImplications implications]] of the white member of a diverse group being lame, it starts to seem like a BrokenAesop. On a BlackSitcom they're often comic relief or a CloudCuckoolander, though they can be academically smart.

A white member of a multi-ethnic team tends to stand out even more than the traditional Token and is more likely to be [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]. When the VerySpecialEpisode about racism comes along, it won't be about them. If the episode is about learning about and respecting someone else's culture, they'll be the one who needs to learn it most, and it's never about their own culture.

In some cases the token white will be part of a non-racial minority group, such as being disabled, gay, or Jewish. Or a ginger. In this case, the token white's whiteness might still make them an Acceptable Target, but their own minority status will not, and might give the others something to learn about tolerance.

This trope is largely restricted to American, Canadian, and British media, although some other countries have their own local variants.

Contrast WhiteMaleLead, in which the sole white character is the ''lead''.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Tracey was designed to have an Anglo-Saxon look, making him the TokenWhite of the Orange Islands arc (though his Japanese name being "Kenji" implies he's Japanese).
** Cilan was also the token white of the group for the Unova saga, with Ash being Asian and Iris being AmbiguouslyBrown.
* Benny from ''Anime/BlackLagoon'' is the only white member of the Lagoon Trading Company, though it's been brought up once or twice that he's Jewish. Such as when Dutch asks what he thinks of the whole White Power neo-nazi philosophy, only for Benny to point out that as a Jew "Fuck the Nazis" is basically a family creed.
* Marnie from ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'' is as being a "foreigner" and is one of the only white characters in the film. Everyone else is Japanese. [[spoiler:Anna herself is multiracial as Marnie is her grandmother]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Boogieman from the Milestone comic ''ComicBook/BloodSyndicate'' was a fairly odd variant. A ''closeted'' White kid (he's a [[{{Animorphism}} were-rat]]) in a band of Black, Hispanic, and Asian (ex)GangBangers that were mutated (instead of killed outright like most in the area) by radiation-tainted tear-gas used to break up a big melee. He has some elements of PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy -- unlike the rest of the team he comes from a stable, middle-class family, and he talks like he stepped out of a rap video.
* For a few issues of ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' around 2009, the team consisted of Comicbook/{{Vixen}}, Comicbook/{{Firestorm}} (Jason Rusch), Comicbook/GreenLantern (John Stewart), Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hoshi), and Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}, thus making Zatanna the Token White.
* In Earth-23 of Franchise/TheDCU, Batman is this for the Justice League, which is otherwise predominantly black.
* Skullfire in ''X-Men 2099''. When he joins, the team consists of Krystalin (black), Cerebra (an ethnic Arab from India), Serpentina (white, but [[SacrificialLamb dead]] in #3), Xi'an, Metalhead, and Meanstreak (each a different East Asian ethnicity).

* In ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', Polaris Psyche is this among the Smurfs, since all Psyches have white-colored skin.

* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''
** Lance (Creator/NeilPatrickHarris) as the token white staffer of "The Brotherhood", an African-American spy agency. Lampshaded ''thoroughly''. ("What's a white boy doing here?" "What can I say. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmative_Action Affirmative Action]].") Starts as a classic "uncool" version, but he gains respect when he reveals that he goes a little AxeCrazy when pushed. Crazy white boys.
** Later [[spoiler: White She Devil]] joins as well, much to Conspiracy Brother's chagrin.
--->'''Conspiracy Brother''': What the fuck? Chief! I've never seen this bitch in my agent classes! I'm still paying the loans off, man! I sleep on a pissy mattress! I ain't got good food to eat! I borrow money for my weed! I quit! That's it. Y'all ain't got Conspiracy Brother Jones to kick around no more! Give me a pillow case... I'm joining the Klan!
* Isaac in ''Film/{{Barbershop}}''. Also PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy.
* Lynn filled this role in ''Barbershop's'' DistaffCounterpart {{spinoff}}, ''Film/BeautyShop''.
* In the 2010 version of ''Film/TheKarateKid'', Dre's only friend he finds in China is a blond boy.
* ''Film/{{Posse}}'': Little J (Stephen Baldwin) is the token white guy of the eponymous posse.
* In ''Film/ComingToAmerica'': Eddie Murphy as "Saul" the old Jewish guy in the barbershop. Best line - when the king arrives draped in a lion skin - "What is that? Velvet?"
** Later on there's the restaurant worker Maurice.
* There is a bit of a weird variation on this in ''Film/{{Tsotsi}}''. The police officer is a token white guy, but this being a South African movie, he's also just a regular token minority. (Large minorities are still minorities.)
* Sandi (played by Jessica Stroup), Claude's secret wife in ''This Christmas''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', Sasha is the only one of the Detention Kids to be white.
* ''Film/GameraVsGuiron'': Tom and his mother are the only white Americans in an otherwise Japanese cast--added solely to give the film more appeal to the American market.
* In ''Film/{{Blackbird}}'', all the main characters are African Americans with the exception of Randy's white love interest Marshall.
* ''{{Film/Super}}'': Frank is the only Caucasian working at the diner, though Sarah formerly worked there as well.
* Everett K. Ross (Creator/MartinFreeman) in ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}''. He's the only named white guy to fight on the good guys' side in the movie. Amusingly, Ulysses Klaue (Creator/AndySerkis) is the only white guy on the bad guys' side, which has led to the "Tolkien White Guys" joke.[[note]]Both appeared in a J.R.R. Tolkien movie adaptation, ''Film/TheHobbit''[[/note]]

[[folder:Let's Play]]
* Of the four central members of LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV, Steeler is the Token White-Holms, Mr. Doom, and Clel are black.

* ''Literature/TheHateUGive'' focuses on Starr, a black teenage girl, her family, and the other people living in Garden Heights, a mostly-black low income neighborhood. The only major white characters are Hailey, Starr's [[WithFriendsLikeThese "friend"]] from school, and Chris, Starr's boyfriend. [[spoiler:By the end, Chris has become this for Starr's group of friends, who have all warmed up to him, and he's accompanied by Maya, who's Asian, and thus a minority herself.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/LincolnHeights'' made sure to have at least a couple whites prominent in the story. Always as a sidekick or love interest to one of the main black characters. Lund as the sidekick to {{The Hero}}, Charles as the boyfriend to {{the chick}} and later Sage as a foil to Cassie.
* ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'' is notorious for this.
* As is ''Series/SisterSister''. (Creator/BrittanyMurphy was the first of them.)
* Nina Walsh from ''Series/SmartGuy''. Notably, the only white female in the series, and aside from one VerySpecialEpisode which centered around her job (following black people around a mall to make sure they don't steal anything), her only role was to follow Yvette around. There was also a ButtMonkey white male named Mackey on the show. Usually, after being the butt of a joke, he'd comment "It's because I'm white, isn't it?"
* In ''Series/TheWayansBros'', the character is actually named "White Mike."
* And ''Series/{{Martin}}'' with Shawn and Buckwhite (parody of Buckwheat).
* Similarly, Greg Wulliger in ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''. Though he's no more dorky than Chris himself.
** ALL whites are token in ''Everybody Hates Chris''.
* Chelsea in ''Series/ThatsSoRaven''. In the spin-off ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'', Newt plays pretty much exactly the [[SpearCounterpart same role.]]
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' did this occasionally with Will's goofy white classmates/friends, but even these eventually disappeared and were replaced with black WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead style sidekicks, only one of which had any staying power. For the first half or so of the series, there was also the hopelessly out-of-touch white teacher. Later, one of his aunts became involved with a white man... who eventually became so accepted by the family that he could make jokes about ''Carlton'' being white.
** Come on, everyone loves [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Cornflake]].
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had this. Generally the only white guy on the cast was Carl's boss Lieutenant Lieu Murtaugh, and was shown to be, again, completely out of touch... with reality. There was also the occasional goofy white friend of the kids, who was often a "wannabe", trying desperately to [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy assimilate into black culture]], with everyone else practically straining their retinas rolling their eyes. And then there was the one episode with two cops who pulled Eddie over for being in a white neighborhood (though only one of them was actually racist, the other was just dragged along).
** There was also Mr Looney(pronounced [[ItsPronouncedTropay Loon-ay]]) played by the late Tom Poston.
** In the first couple seasons Eddie had a shady white friend named Rodney. Rodney came down with a case of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
** Whites tended to fare poorly on ''Family Matters'', whether they were racist or not (and they usually weren't). Even ''Urkel'' looked down on them.
* Creator/JimCarrey and Kelly Coffield (and later Alexandra Wentworth and Jay Leggett) were the token whites for ''Series/InLivingColor''. Carrey at least earned an audition for being Damon Wayans' friend rather than simply the need for a white castmember.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' took place at a predominantly Black college - to show it was "predominantly" black and not "all" black they had a token white girl the first season, played by Marisa Tomei.
* ''Series/{{Desmonds}}'' was set in a barber's shop in London, and the cast was almost exclusively black, except for Tony, one of the hairdressers, who was white. In one episode, he referred to black people as "we" or "us", prompting someone else to say that he'd been hanging around the rest of them for too long.
* Chris Potter on ''Series/KenanAndKel'', and later on Mark.
* ''Series/ARBernard'', a blaxploitation-flavored religious talk show airing on FamilyNet, will occaisionally include a white guest.
* ''Series/SanfordAndSon'' has Officer "Hoppy" Hopkins, the only regularly recurring white character. He could best be described as being mildly retarded.
* Kim from ''TheRealHousewives of Atlanta''.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] on ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. While [[TwoferTokenMinority Stevie]] is the token black of the main kids, [[BumblingDad Hal]] winds up becoming the Token White of his friends, who are all black.
* Stevie from ''Series/TheParkers''. On this show she's also a TwoferTokenMinority by also being the only slim woman.
* Alex in ''Series/{{Tinsel}}''.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', witches and warlocks tend to be black, except for a warlock that works for Klaus named Maddox
* In the Sky 1 series ''{{Series/Sinbad}}'', the cast is made up of various ethnicities, including a pair of white women pretending to be Arabic/Asian. There is however, one Northern European bloke who is often referenced as the 'Northman' and fills this trope, without the ButtMonkey aspect.
* Keith and his mother are the token whites in LikeFamily.
* Turtle in Series/AllOfUs
* In ''Series/MartialLaw'', Louise was the only white character out of the main cast in season 1.
* ''The Hughleys'' used the "black family in a largely ethnic neighborhood with one white neighbor" theme, but then made it interesting by having the white neighbor not be a butt monkey, easy target, or other form of comic relief. Rather, he was the friendly, supportive friend who would occasionally offer sage advice type of TV neighbor.
* Andre's wife Rhonda from ''Series/{{Empire}}.''
* Marisa from ''Series/KCUndercover''. She's also the only member of the main cast who is not part of the Cooper family.
* ''Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah'' has Jordan Klepper and Desi Lydic as the only white correspondents.
* Asian sketch-comedy series ''Series/GoodnessGraciousMe'' had Dave Lamb in the cast to play the Token White Man, who was cast in the role-reversal situation where he represented the equivalent of an Indian or Pakistani, who is [[ButtMonkey alone among white people in an unfamiliar culture]]. [[note]]Dave is better known as the mega-sarky narrator of foodie show ''Series/ComeDineWithMe''[[/note]].
* Oddly enough, the title character of ''Series/MarcoPolo'' largely acts as one, with a common complaint being that he plays very little role in the story and seems to only exist because the execs were skittish about having an all-Asian cast.
* ''[[Theatre/TheWiz The Wiz Live!]]'' has one white dancer in its otherwise all-African-American cast.
* Sean from ''Series/UltramanMax'' is the only white member of DASH in the all-Japanese cast with the justification being that he was a transplanted American member. He tends to use a fair amount of GratuitousEnglish, but also serves as the team's inventor and is a good friend of protagonist Kaito and sharpshooter Koba.

* Heather Morris, before she played Brittany on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', was the token white among Music/{{Beyonce}}'s backup dancers, and she can be seen in many live performances of "Single Ladies". When Heather left to do ''Glee'', Beyonce joked that she was losing her white girl.
* Sean "Diddy" Combs's label Bad Boy Records focuses primarily on Hip Hop and R&B acts, and as such, their roster is primarily black artists. This made the white pop quartet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_%28American_group%29 Dream]] stand out like this.
** In a touch of irony/TokenMinorityCouple, the remix to their second single "This is Me" [[AWildRapperAppears featured]] Kain, the lone white rapper in the Bad Boy stable.
* Music/LilWayne's Young Money label features mostly black artists like Music/{{Drake}} (who is actually half-white), Music/NickiMinaj, and MackMaine but also has Music/LimpBizkit and Creator/ParisHilton.
* Indie rock band Music/TVOnTheRadio is almost entirely black, except for gutarist David Sitek, who's white.
* Music/LittleMix has Perrie Edwards as their sole obviously white member as Leigh-Anne Pinnock is black and both Jade Thirwall and Jesy Nelson are of AmbiguouslyBrown ancestry and have darker complexions when compared to Perrie.
* Music/{{Eminem}} was the one white guy in the rap group D12. We might think of him as leader of the group nowadays, but in their underground days he was just another member before making it big. He was also the Token White artist on Music/DrDre's Aftermath label.
* The album ''Standing on the Verge of Getting it On'' by [[Music/GeorgeClinton Funkadelic]] credits Ron Bykowski with "Lead and rhythm guitars, Polyester soul-powered token white devil".
* As part of {{Music/Prince}}'s goal to have a multi-ethnic, multi-gender band of musicians at all times, he did include at least one white member from time to time:
** Matt Fink spent 1978-1980 as one, until Lisa Coleman joined the band. Fink's tenure with Prince lasted in 1990, and that final year, he was the single white member of the band as well.
** Tommy Barbarella was part of The New Power Generation from 1992-1996.
** Candy Dulfer also spent time in The NPG from 2002-2004.
** Other stages of Prince's backing bands either featured no white performers, or several (Wendy & Lisa, and later, Eric Leeds, alongside Fink; 3RDEYEGIRL's tenure.)

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A newspaper comic example is the character of Gunk from ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}''. Gunk is the only white member of the cast, period, and is the white equivalent of the "magical negro" character type, displaying utterly bizarre and nonsensical abilities due to being from the backwards Flyspeck Island. Gunk isn't just clueless and out-of-touch... he's the uber-ascendant {{Cloudcuckoolander}} given shape, voice, and wall-eyes.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination started out in USWA with a white majority but after moving to the Wrestling/WorldWrestlingFederation the white members were all phased out. Then Wrestling/OwenHart was brought in as the only white man.
* Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises was central to a race baiting angle in WWE where [[Wrestling/TeddyLong Theodore Long]] would challenge white wrestlers to take on his clients such as Wrestling/DLOBrown, Rodney Mack and Wrestling/MarkHenry. When Christopher Nowinski said his Harvard education allowed him to identify with the black man's plight though, Long decided to give a white boy a chance.
* In 2004, four Wrestling/RingOfHonor wrestlers went rogue and invaded IWA Puerto Rico. Monsta Mack, Dan Maff, Homicide and BJ Whitmer. Whitmer was the only one who wasn't Puerto Rican and the only one 'white' by the standards of his era.
* Rhett Titus often comes off this way in The Rebellion. [[ShapedLikeItself The Pantheon Of Gods]] began with a slight white majority but then after Wrestling/AustinAries left Titus and Kenny King kept going on their own for a good while before hooking up with Caprice Coleman, to form "The Cabinet". Then, suddenly protesting that they ever wanted to be called "The Cabinet" they brought in Shane Taylor and became The Rebellion, getting steadily blacker before Search And Destroy forced them to disband.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* One of Creator/DaveChappelle's jokes is that all groups of black friends should have at least one Token White in their group:
-->The one thing I'm seeing, you'll be walking down the street and you'll see a group of black dudes walking, not just any old black dudes, we're talking, you know, "thugs". There'd be some thugs, and in the group, they got one or two, sometimes as many as three white guys will be with them, did ya ever see that shit? Well, let me tell you something about those white guys. Those white guys are the most dangerous motherfuckers in them groups. (applause) Well, it's true, it's true, man. Ain't no tellin' what they've done to get them black dude's respect. But, them black dudes have seen them do some wild shit, I'll tell you that. I been trying to tell brothers that. Every group of brothers should have at least one white guy in it. I'm serious, for safety. 'Cause when the shit goes down, and shit WILL go down, somebody's gonna need to talk to the police. (laughter) That's when that white friend comes in handy. "Uh-oh, Ernie, wanna get this one?"
* Standup comedy shows with almost entirely black comics tend to still have one white comic who minces no words lampshading this trope. On Creator/{{BET}}'s former comedy showcase ''Comicview'', two white comics, White Chocolate and Gary Owen, were popular enough to ''host'' the show after their respective seasons (the most popular comics in a season get to host the next). Gary Owen in particular has gone on to base his standup around being the Token White; he almost exclusively dated black women before marrying one, and he often jokes about being the only white guy wherever he's at.

* The casting in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' enforces this trope (and RaceLift) by calling for King George III to be played by a white man and nonwhite actors play all the other principals (who were historically white founding fathers, revolutionaries, etc.). Further reinforced by the music; George's oldschool Broadway/British Invasion-style pop songs clash with the musical's other hip-hop/R&B/jazz numbers, enforcing the idea that the colonies and the Old World have grown very different.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/MenOfWar Men Of War: Vietnam]]'' have two [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Russian Spetsnaz]] advisors Fyodor Kazakov & Mikhail Morozov in the Vietcong campaign.

[[folder:Web comic]]
* This ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' [[http://satwcomic.com/office-pet strip]] parodies a RealLife situation in China, where apparently you can ''rent'' white (or otherwise foreign) people in China to pretend to be a foreign employee of your company or an allied CEO. It's completely this trope that this practice exists; to prove that their companies are modern and global, Chinese businesses hire white people to be their token foreign dudes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Throughout WebVideo/SkyWilliams' series, Jesse is consistently treated like this in any video he's in, even when [[LetsPlay/VideoGameDunkey Jason]] or Leah are also in that video. He goes along with it, as he tries and fails to rap and pretends to be completely unaware of NWordPrivileges.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Zoey from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''. The only one in the show (besides her mother, who only appears in one episode.)
* Richie from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' was Virgil Hawkins's sidekick, and the only white member of the principal cast. Although he's still a minority, too: the character he was based off from the comic was gay, and Creator/DwayneMcDuffie had [[WordOfGay stated animated Richie was gay, too.]] They [[AnimationAgeGhetto couldn't actually show it on the show]], though.
** Hotstreak, one of Static's most prominent enemies, is pretty much the only other recurring white character.
* The Creator/PBSKids cartoon ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel'' is so intent on being diverse that their [[TwoferTokenMinority token white friend only has one arm.]]
* Invoked an episode in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill,'' where an all-Asian country club attempts to recruit Hank just to convince the PGA that they're not racist. Hank refuses to go along with it when he figures it out.
* Squid from ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower''. The Rockets were half-Hawaiian and Twister was Latino.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Runaways]] are a FiveTokenBand who only gain a white member, [[spoiler:Arsenal]], at the end of their second appearance. He's actually a TwoferTokenMinority since he's also [[spoiler:disabled. And Native American if we're going by comic canon]].
* Chuck, among the male leads,[[note]]If we exclude Julie and assume she's white[[/note]] in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. Jacob would also count, but he's not as "on the field" as often as the rest. It's not as noticable, as some of the races are confirmed by WordOfGod (Mike is AmbiguouslyBrown with some MixedAncestry, Texas is Filipino, etc.).