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.
    • Colin is the only Black member of the Five-Man Band - and is the most competent member.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is a black girl bound on wheelchair and is The Ace and a Mary Sue. The rest are all white men and are Too Dumb to Live.
    • It's a Five-Token Band, and Bob (a straight, right-handed white male) is the only incompetent character.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice is constantly getting into trouble - the guys have to bail her out.
  • Subverted: Colin only claimed to be the most competent, but when he had to face a villain, he ran the opposite side.
  • Double Subverted: Only because he knows he can to stop the villain from a far range. He handles his gun carefully to stop the villain while the rest charged at him blindly.
  • 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.
    • Alice trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. Bob turns to Davis and says "Wow, talk about girl power!"
  • 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: "Colin is both the only black 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: Colin dies, and The Bad Guy Wins instantly.

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