Playing With: Positive Discrimination

Basic Trope: The Token Minority can do no wrong.
  • Straight: Alice is the only female member of the Five-Man Band - and is the most competent member.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is The Ace and a Mary Sue, while all the men are Too Dumb to Live.
    • It's a Five-Token Band, and Bob (a straight, right-handed white male) is the only incompetent character.
    • The rest of the characters are all rock stupid and suck at fighting. Alice always kicks the snot out of all the villains, after which Bob turns to Charles and says "Wow, talk about girl power!"
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is as competent as the other members, but more stress is put upon it, because the showrunner want to criticize sexism.
    • Alice is a bit more competent than other members, but her status as The Reliable One is almost balanced by the others's Crazy Awesome or Heroic Resolve antics. Thus, she sounds Closer to Earth.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice is constantly getting into trouble - the guys have to bail her out.
  • Subverted: Despite appearances to the contrary, it's Bob that has to end up saving Alice.
  • Double Subverted:
    • That was a one-time thing - the rest of the time, she's doing the rescuing.
    • But he screwed up and Alice had to fix things all by herself.
  • Parodied: Alice is just as incompetent as the rest of the team, but receives most of the credit. Then she is saved by Bob just once, and she can Never Live It Down.
  • Zig Zagged: Most of the heroes are fairly competent, while Alice is either a superstar or The Ditz, Depending on the Writer.
  • Averted:
    • The males and females are equally competent. Or incompetent.
    • There are all kinds of people, with their fair share of forte and flaws.
  • Enforced:
    • "A lot of girls watch this show! Let's make the female lead the only competent one."
    • "We'll get in trouble if the token character is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not, in some way, superior to the generic white male. Let's make Alice the most competent and the rest of them incompetent, for they are, after all, white males."
  • Lampshaded: "Alice is both the only girl in our group and the only competent one. But I'm sure it's just a coincidence."
  • Invoked: Alice works hard on becoming highly skilled and competent.
  • Exploited: Bob takes a lot of breaks knowing that Alice could cover him easily.
  • Defied: When Bob sees that Alice is showing him up, he starts training and working hard himself.
  • Discussed: "Why did you just assume I was better than my white teammates? As far as I can tell, we're all equally competent and equally heroic."
  • Conversed:
    • "Ever notice how it's always the girls and the minorities who win most of the battles, particularly against the white guys?"
    • "Okay, here comes the rescue scene. 2 to 1 odds it's Alice saving the guys again."
  • Implied: Alice was never being shown fighting, but she flaunted how her could fight better than the guys.
  • Deconstructed: Alice decides to leave the team because she's far more competent than the rest of them.
  • Reconstructed: ...But she comes back because she needed them as much as they did her, even if it's just so she'd have people to entertain her since she's so much better than the rest of them.
  • Played For Laughs: When Alice (dressed in the girliest clothes imaginable) enters, a glowing halo of light and sparkles surround her along with a bunch of roses ala Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Played For Drama: Alice dies, and because the men are hopelessly incompetent, The Bad Guy Wins.

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