Western Animation / Minoriteam

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Minoriteam was a low-budget animated series that first aired on [adult swim] in 2005 and ran for a single season.

The story revolves around five super heroes, consisting of Dr. Wang, El Jefe, Jewcano, Fasto, and Non-Stop, each based on an racial or ethnic stereotype, who join up to fight discimination. Their main opponents are The White Shadow, headed by the White Shadow, a man with the Illuminati pyramid as a head. The show only lasted one year, but being a racially charged show, was crammed with racial tropes, played straight, subverted, and averted. All members of the team, with the exception of Dr. Wang, have non-stereotypical civilian identities.


This show provides examples of:

  • Black and Nerdy: Civilian Fasto is a book worm, and a college professor.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Racist Frankenstein loves to party.
  • The Cameo: Master Shake as an alarm clock.
  • Captain Ethnic: All of the Minoriteam. Played for laughs.
    • And most of the White Shadow's group, white Captains Ethnic.
  • Captain Ersatz: Balactus.
    • The Weatherman is based on the original Ted Baxter.
    • Jewcano is a jewish Thor.
  • Catchphrase: White Shadow will often say, "I won this time, Minoriteam!" before escaping a battle with Minoriteam, whether he was winning or not.
    • "Racist Frankenstein hit Blacks with hands!"
  • Dumb Muscle: Racist Frankenstein - body of a monster, mind of a racist!
  • Enemy Mine: When aliens kidnap them, Minoriteam and the White Shadow must team up to escape. Everyone is very uncomfortable about this.
  • Ethnic Menial Labor: El Jefe's greatest fear is becoming a stereotype like this... despite already being one.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: White Rapper is a white rapper, Dirty Cop is a policeman made of filth and grime, Loophole is a rope tied into a loop, Racist Frankenstein is... well, you get the idea.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: El Jefe's dialogue is all in Spanish, but slowly and in very simple terms - like someone who barely spoke Spanish wrote his dialogue. This is probably intentional for the sake of parody, though.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Jewcano is extremely irritable.
  • Homage:
    • Aside from Jack Kirby and comics in general, the show had a whole episode based on GoodFellas.
    • Racist Frankenstein is more or less based on Solomon Grundy from Challenge of the Superfriends.
  • Hulk Speak: Racist Frankenstein. "Raaargh! Me hit blacks with hands!"
  • Odd Job Gods: Valhalla has a god of incoming faxes, a god of produce, and a god of refurbished waterbeds.
  • Oireland: Seamus Mc Fistycuffs, a member of The White Shadow, is this shade of racism.
  • Robo Speak: The Standardized Test, though occasionally he busts out colloquialisms and contractions.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Jewcano is dating one in his civilian disguise - Fasto's cousin Tamika


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