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* A manga version of the old ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' story, ''Destiny Of An Emperor'' (which was also made into a ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' knockoff RPG for the NES, which bizarrely enough managed to cross the Pacific), posits that historical warlord Lü Bu was in fact a blond European who had taken a Chinese name, thus explaining his historically-documented freakish height and strength. Hilariously, when applied to ''Lü Bu'' of all people it becomes a subversion of the trope, as Lü Bu was a lecher, a murderer, and betrayed everyone he ever met. He died alone and utterly ruined.

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* A manga version of the old ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' story, ''Destiny Of An Emperor'' (which was also made into a ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' knockoff RPG for the NES, which bizarrely enough managed to cross the Pacific), posits that historical warlord Lü Bu was in fact a blond European who had taken a Chinese name, thus explaining his historically-documented freakish height and strength. Hilariously, when applied to ''Lü Bu'' of all people it becomes a subversion of the trope, as Lü Bu was a lecher, a murderer, and betrayed everyone he ever met. He died alone and utterly ruined.


* ''Film/StepUp'' is a good example. As one critic aptly put it, sellable wholesome white guy\girl with [[ButNotTooBlack enough street in them to be hip but not too much to be unsellable to middle America]] out-dance and out-hip their rivals who are usually not as talented, or pale.


* The washer woman in the controversial 1941 cartoon "WesternAnimation/ScrubMeMamaWithABoogieBeat", who shows a town full of stereotypical Afro-Americans the "advanced" way to wash clothes.

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* The washer woman in the controversial 1941 cartoon "WesternAnimation/ScrubMeMamaWithABoogieBeat", who shows a town full of stereotypical Afro-Americans the "advanced" way to wash clothes.


* The washer woman in the controversial 1941 cartoon "Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat", who shows a town full of stereotypical Afro-Americans the "advanced" way to wash clothes.

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* The washer woman in the controversial 1941 cartoon "Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat", "WesternAnimation/ScrubMeMamaWithABoogieBeat", who shows a town full of stereotypical Afro-Americans the "advanced" way to wash clothes.


* Double subverted by the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hearts and Minds." It's set up to look like a human [[AffirmativeActionLegacy African-American]] Comicbook/GreenLantern is the only one who can stop Despero from oppressing his own people and conquering the galaxy, with some token help from the planets local LaResistance. [[spoiler:The planet is actually saved by a [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter green, shape shifting Martian]] who makes empathic contact with the SentientPhlebotinum and helps to cut off Despero's power at the source.]]


* Double subverted by the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hearts and Minds." It's set up to look like a human [[AffirmativeActionLegacy African-American]] GreenLantern is the only one who can stop Despero from oppressing his own people and conquering the galaxy, with some token help from the planets local LaResistance. [[spoiler:The planet is actually saved by a [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter green, shape shifting Martian]] who makes empathic contact with the SentientPhlebotinum and helps to cut off Despero's power at the source.]]

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* Double subverted by the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hearts and Minds." It's set up to look like a human [[AffirmativeActionLegacy African-American]] GreenLantern Comicbook/GreenLantern is the only one who can stop Despero from oppressing his own people and conquering the galaxy, with some token help from the planets local LaResistance. [[spoiler:The planet is actually saved by a [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter green, shape shifting Martian]] who makes empathic contact with the SentientPhlebotinum and helps to cut off Despero's power at the source.]]


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the early seasons of this show, some of the Doctor's Companions can brush against this trope. For instance when Ian Chesterton, a science teacher, is forced to compete for command of the armies of the Aztecs with the best soldier in the empire. Rather than realistically being portrayed as out of his league, he manages to beat the Aztec warrior with one thumb and later the Aztec has to resort to poisoning him to stand a chance of beating him.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the early seasons of this show, ''Series/DoctorWho'', some of the Doctor's Companions can brush against this trope. For instance when Ian Chesterton, a science teacher, is forced to compete for command of the armies of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs the Aztecs Aztecs]] with the best soldier in the empire. Rather than realistically being portrayed as out of his league, he manages to beat the Aztec warrior with one thumb and later the Aztec has to resort to poisoning him to stand a chance of beating him.



* ''Series/KungFu'' is a borderline example - the half-white child is stronger than all the Chinese mercenaries sent to recapture him. The character was originally going to be played by Bruce Lee (who has white ancestry himself), but television studio executives recast the role with David Carradine, a completely white actor (but a thoroughly incompetent martial artist).

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* ''Series/KungFu'' is a borderline example - the half-white child is stronger than all the Chinese mercenaries sent to recapture him. The character was originally going to be played by Bruce Lee Creator/BruceLee (who has white ancestry himself), but television studio executives recast the role with David Carradine, a completely white actor (but a thoroughly incompetent martial artist).

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* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** The series has a [[GenerationXerox recurring]] character template of a white child soldier in an army of black children who is noted for being markedly superior to the other soldiers, and in most cases get a nickname indicating their whiteness as well. This ''is'' at least partially justified in two of the cases ("White Mamba" is a clone of Big Boss and carries the perfect 'soldier genes', "The White Devil" was raised by another clone of Big Boss as a test case to see if combat ability, among other things, could be passed on outside of genes) but the recurring nature of this image, combined with the fact that it uses real-life wars as a backdrop (in one case, the wars in ''Liberia'', a state founded by African-American slaves), gives this some definite UnfortunateImplications.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'':
*** Slasher Hawk is a white Australian who claims to follow Aboriginal teachings better than the actual Aboriginies who adopted him, and uses Aboriginal magic in battle, as well as boomerangs. However, his tribe rejected him no matter how hard he tried to fit in, leading to him joining Black Arts Viper's terrorist cell.
*** The Gindran Liberation Front aren't a full use of this trope but have ''some'' strange racial politics going on. The group's highly talented JoanOfArchetype, Sophie N'dram, is mixed Boia-French and apparently passes for white enough that Snake mistakes her for his white American female ally, Chris Jenner. The actual leader of the group, Augustine Eguabon, preaches sovereignity for the Boia despite not being Boian or even from Gindra, and it's stated he owes most of his ability to the mentorship he got from Big Boss.


* ''Film/BlindFury'' has a dash of this, with Creator/RugerHauer playing a Vietnam veteran who gets blinded and adopted by a local tribe. Under their tutelage, he becomes a MasterSwordsman despite being [[BlindWeaponmaster blind]].

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* ''Film/BlindFury'' has a dash of this, with Creator/RugerHauer Creator/RutgerHauer playing a Vietnam veteran who gets blinded and adopted by a local tribe. Under their tutelage, he becomes a MasterSwordsman despite being [[BlindWeaponmaster blind]].


** ''Film/UpTheDownStaircase'' has an idealistic new teacher named Sylvia Barrett teaching at an inner-city New York school in the 1960s.

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** ''Film/UpTheDownStaircase'' has an idealistic new teacher named Sylvia Barrett teaching at an inner-city New York school in the 1960s.


* ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'': Parodied with the song "I am Africa", in which the ''white'' Mormon missionaries sing about how they represent Africa. It's ultimately subverted, since none of missionaries are actually able to inspire the Ugandans, who have to deal with a dangerous warlord, AIDS, and maggots in their scrotum. [[spoiler: Even Arnold's stories aren't actually believed by the Ugandans, but provide good life lessons]].
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* ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'': Parodied with the song "I am Africa", in which the ''white'' Mormon missionaries sing about how they represent Africa. It's ultimately subverted, since none of missionaries are actually able to inspire the Ugandans, who have to deal with a dangerous warlord, AIDS, and maggots in their scrotum. [[spoiler: Even Arnold's stories aren't actually believed by the Ugandans, but provide good life lessons]].
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lessons]]. By the end, [[spoiler:the missionaries succeed in repelling (and eventually converting) a violent warlord and inspiring hope in the Ugandans, but don't seem to actually fix any real problems]].
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* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'' is a double subversion. At the start, Max is an alcoholic who repeatedly fails to stop local GangBangers from making off with his principal's wife. As we reach the end, though, he stops the [[spoiler: large-scale OrganTheft of Sao Paulo's poor]], destroys the paramilitaries and [[spoiler: {{Dirty Cop}}s]] responsible and brings down [[spoiler: the SleazyPolitician]] who is to blame.

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* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'' is a double subversion. At the start, Max is an alcoholic who repeatedly fails to stop local GangBangers from making off with his principal's wife. As we reach the end, though, he stops the [[spoiler: large-scale OrganTheft of Sao Paulo's poor]], destroys the paramilitaries and [[spoiler: {{Dirty Cop}}s]] responsible and brings down [[spoiler: the SleazyPolitician]] CorruptPolitician]] who is to blame.


* Averted in ''Film/KongSkullIsland''. Among the indigenous tribe living on the island is Marlow, a stranded American WWII veteran. Although the film contains many references to ''Apocalypse Now'' and ''Heart of Darkness'', Marlow is shown to not be the leader of the natives, but more just a kooky neighbor they allow to live with them in their village refuge from Skull Island's enormous monsters. Marlow actually says he feels the local villagers are more "civilized" than the outside world, their society having evolved beyond things like war, crime, or even private property.

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