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The CyclicTrope side of the TokenMinority. Many casts have evolved from having one minority member for posterity to the point where the majority consists of minorities, 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''.



* {{Anime/Pokemon}}'s Tracey was designed to have an Anglo-Saxon look, making him the TokenWhite of the Orange Islands arc. Cilan was also the token white of the group for the Unova saga, with Ash being Asian and Iris being AmbiguouslyBrown.

* 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 Caucasian-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 Caucasian.
* ''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.


* Of the four central members of LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV, Steeler is the Token White-Holms, Mr. Doom, and Clel are black.

* ''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.
* ''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 ''TheWayansBros'', the character is actually named "White Mike."
* And ''{{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 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.
* JimCarrey and Kelly Coffield were the token whites for ''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.
* ''[[{{Desmonds}} 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 ''KenanAndKel'', and later on Mark.
* ''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.
* Standup comedy shows with almost entirely black comics tend to have the one white, usually at the very end of the show. On Creator/{{BET}}'s former comedy showcase ''Comicview'', two white comics, White Chocolate and Gary Owens, were popular enough to ''host'' the show after their respective seasons (the most popular comics in a season get to host the next).
* 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 ''TheParkers''. On this show she's also a TwoferTokenMinority by also being the only slim woman.
* Alex in ''{{Tinsel}}''.
* In ''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 AllOfUs
* In ''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}}.''

* A newspaper comic example is the character of Gunk from ''{{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.

* One of [[DaveChappelle Dave Chappelle'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?" "

* Zoey from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''.
* 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 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.]] He was born that way, probably to keep cynical older viewers from wondering if he had to cut it off himself to be included in the group.
* Invoked an episode in ''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 ''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.).

* While Georgia Tech is heralded for having the first "All-Black" basketball team, what most people forget is that most teams were already ''predominantly'' black. They were simply the first to dump their Token White. To this day, white players make up a distinct minority in both college and the NBA. Especially the NBA, where ''80%'' of the players are black. However, In recent years teams have begun drawing from Europe, causing an influx of white players. That said, Asians and Latinos are even less common than white guys.
** This is happening with the NFL too, though there's an upsurge of Pacific Islanders as well. During the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 00's]] Joe Jurevicius and Wes Welker gained some notoriety as outstanding white wide receivers in the NFL. While the NFL's black majority isn't quite as severe as in the NBA (around 65%), black players dominate many key positions.
*** Quarterbacks, kickers, and punters remain predominantly white, and are typically the specific token white on the field at any given time. Black [=QBs=] aren't uncommon in college football, but historically few have gone on to success in the NFL.
** At times national squads from African countries will have a sole white player. For instance, South Africa's squad in the 2010 FIFAWorldCup included Matthew Booth, who admitted to [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/simonaustin/2009/08/south_africas_white_knight.html "stick out like a sore thumb"]] while playing with 10 Blacks.
*** Amusingly, some foreign journalists mistook the enthusiastic crowd's chants of "Boooooooth" every time Booth took the ball as if they were [[MistakenForRacist booing him]].
* Heather Morris, before she played Brittany on ''{{Glee}}'', was the token white among {{Beyonce}}'s dancers (she can be seen in many live performances of "Single Ladies"). When Heather left to do ''Glee'', Beyonce jokingly lamented that she was losing her white girl.
* 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.
** Parodied by this ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' [[http://satwcomic.com/office-pet strip]].
* While North Korea is one of the most restrictive and ethnically homogenous countries in the world, there is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_American_and_British_defectors_in_the_Korean_War a handful of whites there]], believe it or not.
* 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.
* LilWayne's Young Money label features mostly black artists like {{Drake}} (who is actually half-white), NickiMinaj, and MackMaine but also has LimpBizkit and ParisHilton
* Virtually every British jihadist or fundamentalist Muslim organisation will have at least one white convert in its ranks.
* Black street and prison gangs will occasionally accept [[WhiteGangBangers white members]] especially if they operate in an area with a fairly large white population. Sometimes gangs can accrue so many whites that they will split off into all-white affiliate gangs.