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* During the scene in the asteroid field in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han says "NeverTellMeTheOdds", and from this some EU writer extrapolated that all Corellians hate statistics with a passion.

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* Han Solo was used as the template for the entire culture of the planet Corellia. Practically every single Corellian is a brash pilot who enjoys wearing vests. During the scene in the asteroid field in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han says "NeverTellMeTheOdds", and from this some EU writer extrapolated that all Corellians hate statistics with a passion.

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This effect is partially justified by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediocrity_principle Principle of Mediocrity]], which says that if you have only one or a small number of examples of a thing, it is reasonable to assume that those examples are typical of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistical_population population]], because there are, by definition, a lot more typical examples than exceptions[[labelnote:e.g.]]So, for example, if you send a space probe to an alien planet and it lands in a verdant forest, it's ''possible'' you've [[MillionToOneChance hit the one and only nature preserve]] in a [[CityPlanet planet-spanning city]], but it's more likely that the world has lots of forests[[/labelnote]]. However, most fictional examples go well beyond what this principle would suggest, in that the example individuals are not merely typical of their homes, their traits are the central facets of society. The Principle of Mediocrity says that if you've only met one alien and he's proud to be a scientist, then he's probably from culture where it's normal to be a scientist (so not an [[ScienceIsBad anti-intellectual]] [[TheTheocracy theocracy]]) and to be proud of that (so not a culture where [[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect being a scientist is a low-status occupation]]); it does ''not'' suggest that his planet is an [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien absurdly advanced]] [[OneProductPlanet giant laboratory]] [[{{Technocracy}} ruled by the smartest]], or even that being a scientist is [[ProudScholarRaceGuy the only high-status occupation]] among his people.


* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', when other aliens of Roger's race appear, they share his campiness and snarky sense of humor, This was a alluded to in an earlier episode where Roger explained that his people are naturally bitchy, and will become sick and die if they hold their tongues and be nice for too long.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', when other aliens of Roger's race appear, they share his campiness and snarky sense of humor, humor. This was a alluded to in an earlier episode where Roger explained that his people are naturally bitchy, and will become sick and die if they hold their tongues and be nice for too long.


-->'''Amethyst:''' Man. Rubies are ''dumb.''\\

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-->'''Amethyst:''' --->'''Amethyst:''' Man. Rubies are ''dumb.''\\


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.Sometimes writers will, for reasons of convenience, extrapolate an entire race's [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]] from the behavior of one or two characters.

Typically, this goes as follows:

* A character in an EnsembleCast has exotic, quirky traits.
* That character is the sole example of their culture seen for a significant period (an entire movie, a season of a series, etc.).
* When we finally see the character's home culture, their distinctive set of exotic, quirky traits turn out to be their [[PlanetOfHats planetary hat]].

If the original quirky character manages to stand out from the rest of their people at all, it will often be because they've ''toned down'' their culture's hat to bring their behavior more in line with the ensemble, possibly citing that [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch their species doth protest too much]] and thus turning out to be wearing a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] for a hat. Conversely, the trope may be partly psychologically [[JustifiedTrope justified]] when a FishOutOfWater wears their hat proudly to uphold their cultural identity while living in a different culture. Sometimes this trope may also lead to an opposite effect in which it's all the other members of the original character's race who stand out from the original character due to each one being characterized as "original character but X", thus leaving the original member oddly plain in comparison due to him/her only having the "generic" traits of the race without any other gimmicks to show.

If the culture is conceived from the start as having some specific distinguishing trait, and then characters are presented as specific examples of that culture, that's a standard PlanetOfHats. See also AKindOfOne for cases where there's some ambiguity concerning whether the quirky character is just a character who is quirky or a perfectly average specimen of a quirky species. Bonus points if it isn't even established until later on that an individual is part of some broader "race" as opposed to some unique entity.

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[[folder:Star Wars Expanded Universe]]
''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' used this ''aggressively''. With only three movies worth of content to start off with, writers had to create entire races based on minor extras that happened to have unique make-up.
* The only "appearance" of the Bothans in the movies is Mon Mothma's line in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': "Many Bothans died to bring us this information." From that ''single, offhand mention'', EU writers whipped up an ''entire species whose entire society is based around spying and espionage''.
* During the scene in the asteroid field in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han says "NeverTellMeTheOdds", and from this some EU writer extrapolated that all Corellians hate statistics with a passion.
* Ben Kenobi wears nondescript desert robes in ''Film/ANewHope''; in the prequels, this becomes the Jedi uniform, [[RetCon explained]] as simple robes fitting the Jedi lifestyle of few material possessions and practicality.
* Jabba the Hutt was a crime boss, so the Hutts became an ''entire species'' of crime bosses. The word Hutt itself was originally intended to be a title, akin to the real-world Don, before it was reappropriated as the name of his species.
* Female Twi'leks are all {{Beautiful Slave Girl}}s because of Oola from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', and males are all criminals because of Bib Fortuna, Jabba's majordomo. Also created the dichotomy that while female Twi'leks tend to be more seductive and beautiful, male ones tend to be rather ugly, especially if they are evil. And because Bib Fortuna fell victim to Luke's mind trick (nothing to be ashamed of, because at this point Luke is quite powerful), many classify Twi'leks as being WeakWilled, due to Obi-wan's earlier line about it working better on the feeble minded. Jabba calling Fortuna a "weak-minded fool" probably didn't help.
* Sullustans becoming a race of navigator copilots after Lando's ''Millennium Falcon'' copilot (also ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'').
* Farmers from Tatooine developing a reputation for improbable piloting skills as a result of Luke and Biggs. Gavin Darklighter is used to illustrate this in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries''.
* Boba Fett's armor and style became the inspiration for Mandalorians being a ProudWarriorRace full of badasses.
* Plo Koon, being a Jedi Master, was the inspiration to make his entire race scholarly, with a strong belief in justice and naturally gifted with the force. In short: Jedi-like.
* The bounty hunter Leia disguised herself as? Turns out he was Ubese. And guess what? Turns out the entire race has a thing for bounty hunting, mercenary work, and wearing helmets all the time. They wear the helmets [[HandWave because]] their planet got nuked into a post-apocalyptic wasteland and they need a poisonous atmosphere to live.
* A few Quarren were seen in Jabba's palace. Thus, the ExpandedUniverse features plenty of Quarren mobsters. As they come from the same planet as the Mon Calamari (Admiral Ackbar's people), their people always tend to come off as the more "evil" of the two. Ackbar is a good guy, so ''his'' people will tend towards being the good guys in a story. Take ''[[ComicBook/{{Legacy}} Star Wars Legacy]]'': Mon Cals are at the forefront of the resistance against the Sith (and pay a heavy price for it), while we have seen at least two Quarren Sith Lords.
* One of the bounty hunters in the line-up on Vader's ship is Bossk. His species, the Trandoshans, got a hat as slavers, mercenaries, bounty hunters, and mortal enemies of the Wookiees. ([[DontExplainTheJoke See, cause he's hunting Chewie, get it?]])
* Wookiees are always enslaved, [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture regardless of how much sense it makes]], because Chewbacca was once enslaved.
* Greedo, the Rodian bounty hunter who let Han get the drop on him. Apparently Rodian society is based around hunting, and Rodians tend to be aggressive and reckless.
* Dantooine is weirdly a literal planet that conforms to its trope. Its only appearance is in episode 4 and it's said that the rebels have an abandoned base there, so in the expanded universe its history is rife with abandoned colonies and buildings.
* Exclusive to the EU, a notable inversion. Nom Anor was introduced well before any other Yuuzhan Vong in an obscure comic series as a shadowy political manipulator. When the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' saga got underway, the rest of the Vong showed up, and Anor turned out to be ''highly'' atypical of his species, a scheming DirtyCoward among KnightTemplar {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, tolerated (barely) because he got results. Anor's conflict with Vong society at large would be the impetus for several plot points across the series.
* Every member of Yoda's species listed on Wookieepedia is a Jedi, and most of them are Masters. Not all of them are {{Strange Syntax Speaker}}s like Yoda, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Consistently subverted, which sets the tone for the new EU. Aliens from minor races consistently show up and act nothing like their representatives from the movies. Watto was a Toydarian slaver and ruthless businessman; the Toydarians in the series are a peace-loving kingdom with philanthropy written directly into their constitution. The Twi'Leks are portrayed as a normal people (even though their homeworld is under siege during the series), with the dancing girls only showing up every now and then on planets that aren't Ryloth. Only two Rodians have been portrayed as bounty hunters (one of those two being Greedo), and while they almost support the Separatists, they are simply trying to survive in a galaxy gone mad. The Besalisk, the race of the Diner owner Dexter from Attack of the Clones, is represented in series by Pong Krell, who is a lot more fit, aggressive, and hard tempered than the friendly Dexter. Even the Mandalorians, the most infamous ProudWarriorRace PlanetOfHats from the old EU, get some of this. They are actually pacifists, having kicked out all the war-mongering crazies a few decades before the Clone Wars. The Deathwatch still acts like old Mandalorians, but they're an organization united by the fact that they want to act like old Mandalorians, so they're not a normal example.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Son Goku starts off as a strange kid with a monkey tail, and a talent for (and love of) martial arts. Years later in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', his people, the Saiyans, are introduced with fighting as their hats. While they tend to be evil and ruthless, unlike Goku (and it's implied Goku would have been, too, if not for a TapOnTheHead in his youth), they share a lot of Goku's most famous traits (e.g. huge appetite, the ability to turn into giant were-monkeys, and [[BloodKnight a tendency to give their opponent an advantage to make a fight more fun]]).
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'', the four main characters arrive to Africa and meet their own species. Apparently, all hippos are sassy like Gloria, all giraffes are neurotic and hypochondria-prone like Melman, and all zebras are laid-back and wise-cracking like Marty (as well as [[DittoAliens look and sound exactly like him]]). Averted with Alex, who's an odd one out of his species with his flamboyant mannerisms and love of dancing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Nemo's teacher is Mr. Ray, a spotted eagle ray who sings hammy educational songs. In ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', Mr. Ray takes his class on a field trip to witness a migration, where we see a whole legion of Mr. Ray's species all belting out a jaunty travelling song.
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* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the T-800 wields a minigun in one scene because it is most effective in achieving a particular goal (namely, scaring off the police). ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' and ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', in contrast, show the T-800s using the minigun as their preferred weapon of choice.
* In ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'', it turns out that Grouches (like Oscar) are a distinct species of monster that have the same preferences for trash and snarkiness, as seen in the pre-credits "Grouch Anthem" and [[FoodFight the Don't Drop Inn sequence]]. This is reinforced in ''Elmo in Grouchland'', where we also learn that all Grouches have a HiddenHeartOfGold as well.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'' is about a visiting alien who [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunts people]]. So naturally, [[Franchise/{{Predator}} the series]] is about an alien species that hunts people. There's also a [[Franchise/AlienVsPredator series of crossovers]] that imagines how they would interact with Xenomorphs; apparently, they hunt them too.
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* The character M3 Green, from ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', was an overly cautious coward. His race features in the Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers novels, having been named the Nasat, and their hat is indeed "being overly cautious". However, the lead Nasat character, P8 Blue, is a straight-forward case of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch, as she loves shaking things up and taking risks.
* The first book in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series is primarily about mice fighting rats, but there's a single goofy, bard-like Hare, a single brewmaster Hedgehog, and a single tough, warrior-like Badger. In later books of the series with more varying races, almost all hares are goofy bards, almost all hedgehogs are defined by making alcoholic beverages, and the badgers are a Proud Warrior Race.
* ‘’Literature/{{NosePickersFromOuterSpace}} has Stan Mflxnys come to Earth who seems like a nerdy nose picker only for the protagonist to learn that he is actually an alien and his entire species have nasal processors, MagicTechnology in their noses that they access with their fingers. Their nasal processors give them the ability to do almost anything.
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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' had Roodaka, a treacherous and cruel female Vortixx, and possible the only toy whose gender you could guess [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics simply by]] [[NonMammalMammaries her looks]]. When we learn of the Vortixx culture, it turns out that every female of her race is as mean (though it is noted most are nowhere as near traitorous or ambitious), but not only that, as it's also revealed that the whole species looks ''exactly'' like her... including the males.
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Inverted by the Vulcans of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]]. Vulcans were defined as a logical species early on, and that gave the writers a hook to develop Spock's personality. (Watch "The Cage", "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and "The Man Trap"; Spock is a very different character before he dons the Vulcan logic hat.)
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Ro Laren]] was the first Bajoran seen on screen. In an episode she shows a more religious side (compared to Geordi). Come ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', religion became the Bajorans' hat. A rather mild example, though, but conspicuous because of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s atheist tenor. They also acquired the hat that the Bajorans who weren't saintly calm spiritual leaders were generally short-tempered ex-terrorists. (It didn't help that the main Bajoran character in ''[=DS9=]'' was a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Ensign Ro when Michelle Forbes wouldn't commit to being a regular character.) Ironically, when Ro Laren became a main character in the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'' novels they [[DivergentCharacterEvolution distinguished her from Kira]] by saying she ''[[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch wasn't]]'' religious, and thought the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s in the wormhole were simply that. This would seem to contradict her portrayal in "The Next Phase," where she clearly believes in an afterlife--though for all we know, her beliefs may still not be those of the mainstream Bajoran religion; or she may have lost her faith since that episode.
** The Klingons in TNG famously follow this trope-- but only to a point. In the Original Series, they were conniving bastards and Soviet standins. Enter ProudWarriorRaceGuy Worf, and ever after Klingon culture is all about honor and the warrior tradition. However, there's a degree of subversion to it. In one episode, Riker serves on a Klingon ship as part of an exchange program. He assumes that they'll all be stoic {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s just like Worf, but instead he sees them telling jokes and being casual around each-other. Then in later episodes, it turns out that their warrior code is something they often don't live up to, with a lot of conniving and even craven bastardry still going on. It turns out that Worf, because he was raised apart from Klingon society by human parents, was representing his own very highly idealized, even downright inaccurate, vision of his race with lines like "A Klingon does not laugh."
** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' there is Guinan the Barkeep, who was always eager to listen to people and offer advice. We later learn she is not human, and even later that she is from the El-Aurians, a race whose hat is "listening".
* On the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' show, Clark decided to wait for marriage. A cute gesture? When the New Kryptonians show up, they tell him it's a racial quirk.
* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', Ra is an [[EvilOverlord evil alien overlord]] (and sole member of his race seen on screen). Come ''Series/StargateSG1'', Ra's race, the Goa'uld, has a Hat of being evil overlords posing as deities (with some exceptions like [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch the Tok'Ra]]).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Zig-zagged with the Doctor. The show first introduced the Doctor as an alien time traveller scientist, with strange non-human characteristics, a lack of concern for social norms, and [[InexplicablyAwesome no reason given for his weirdness apart from some vague hints]]. The first members of his species we see are his granddaughter and the Monk, both of whom are quite like him - his granddaughter is a scientific genius, and the Monk's gimmick is time travel and meddling childishly with the past (in much the same way as the Doctor). However, when the Time Lords are introduced as an actual species starting with "The War Games", they turn out to be very, very different to the Doctor in personality and cultural outlook, with the Doctor fitting in much better amongst humans than with them, although taking on some of his traits like having time travel and science as their [[PlanetOfHats Hats]] and being able to [[TheNthDoctor transform into different actors]].
** A weird example in the revival series, after a certain point the regeneration effect for the Doctor and ''all'' other Time Lords is modeled consistently after the streaming golden energy effect used by the Ninth Doctor in "The Parting of the Ways", even though that was supposed to show the time vortex radiation leaving his body. The one exception is the Master's more colorful effect. (His is also less violent-looking, surprisingly, though it ''did'' have him screaming in pain.) The Doctor's regenerations in the classic series had used various effects, with the only other Time Lord seen regenerating (Romana) doing so in a [[CostumeTestMontage totally different way]]. Though it did serve a purpose: sometimes you learned a character ''was'' a Time Lord by seeing the regeneration regen effect; there being such a thing as What A Regeneration Looks Like that was unmistakable was put to good use during the Eleventh Doctor's tenure. However, Eleven becoming Twelve, and The General's regeneration in "Hell Bent," didn't use the same effect as "Parting of the Ways," or as each other. (Regeneration energy remains yellow, though.)
** "The Dominators" features two Dominators who have dark hair and sideburns. All other Dominators who have appeared in the ExpandedUniverse have dark hair and sideburns, to the point of being a [[RubberForeheadAliens Rubber Forehead]], and travel around in groups of two (despite this situation being explained to be unusual in the original story).
** We only encounter two Lurmans in the show - Vorg and Shirna, showbusiness VagabondBuddies in ImpossiblyTackyClothes who are implied to be a bit bohemian and peculiar even by their own species' standards (their lifestyle involves regularly breaking the law, Vorg was in the Army before he ran away to become a carnie, Vorg has worked on Earth and speaks fluent Polari but apparently there was no official interplanetary contact, Shirna moans about how she could be in a dance troupe at home instead of travelling with Vorg). The ExpandedUniverse has it that all Lurmans wear loud clothing, work in showbusiness and have a bohemian, nomadic carnie lifestyle.
** The Sontarans were introduced in "The Time Warrior" with a Hat based on an exaggeration of the the historical setting of the story, which was the Medieval period - a BloodKnight race which focused strongly on BlueAndOrangeMorality and conquest. They quickly derailed into general time-travelling soldiers to use when Daleks wouldn't be appropriate (described by some as "poor man's Daleks"). The revival series attempted to {{Retool}} them to use their cloning as their Hat, but then Strax, a Sontaran written as TheDitz, was introduced. Future appearances of the Sontarans in both the show and the spinoff media inherit a lot of Strax's traits, such as outrageous CardCarryingVillain elements, bumbling mannerisms and inability to understand the concept of gender. (This despite Strax being established as a bit cracked due to CameBackWrong. He himself was very different in his "A Good Man Goes To War" debut.) When last seen as the villains of the episode, Sontarans were basically Klingons by another name.
* Zigzagged on ''Series/MorkAndMindy.'' We were originally told that Orson sent Mork to Earth because he was a misfit on Ork, but when we finally visit Ork, we find the locals are, for the most part, almost as goofy as he is.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** [[BigBad Ganon]] was first established as a thief in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', where the backstory makes out his attainment of the Triforce to be thievery. Come ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', and it turns out the whole Gerudo tribe, which Ganondorf belongs to, wears a Thievery Hat ([[EvenEvilHasStandards though it appears they aren't too fond of how far Ganondorf takes such tendencies]]). This hat is dropped in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', however, where they aren't portrayed as being radically different from Hylians besides the OneGenderRace rule and the consistent DarkSkinnedRedhead look.
** Impa was introduced in the [[AllThereInTheManual instruction booklets]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' as Princess Zelda's elderly handmaid who guides Link in rescuing the Princess and saving Hyrule. Her first in-game appearance in ''Ocarina of Time'' makes her a much younger bodyguard for Zelda, but she still has white hair, and she is also portrayed as a member of the Sheikah, a tribe dedicated to protecting the Royal Family of Hyrule. She and the "fellow Sheikah" character Sheik have ninja-like clothes and methods of disappearing. Come ''Breath of the Wild'', and the Sheikah characters inhabiting Kakariko Village ''all'' have MysticalWhiteHair regardless of age, a {{Wutai}} culture with heavy ninja influences, and combat outfits very similar to Sheik's. Their distant ancestors also built all the {{Magitek}} buildings and machines scattered across Hyrule 10,000 years ago in order to help defeat Ganon, taking the whole "protect the Royal Family" thing to CrazyPrepared levels.
* Nearly every character who has ever been playable throughout the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has shown some degree of SuperSpeed, sometimes even after they were shown to be slow runners in a previous playable appearance. Sonic himself is still regarded as being in a league of his own as far as natural running speed goes though. This has gone so far as to extend to the very few playable appearances of non-FunnyAnimal characters at times.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' initially plays this straight with the {{Tengu}} taking most of their traits from Aya, leading to a civilization filled {{Intrepid Reporter}}s, but ends up averting it as later {{Universe Compendium}}s establish [[FantasticCasteSystem the different tengu castes]] (Aya and Hatate are part of the reporter caste, [[MemeticBystander Momiji]] is part of the warrior caste, etc). The {{Kappa}} play this completely straight, being largely copies of [[GadgeteerGenius Nitori]], down to the kappa appearing in ''[[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Wild and Horned Hermit]]'' and ''[[Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery Forbidden Scrollery]]'' being Nitori with slightly different hairstyles.
* Only one Benthan was ever seen in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', and he was a cop. Come ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'''s second expansion ''Delta Rising'', and SpacePolice has become the Benthans' hat.
* Oscar Mike from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' has a very distinctive quirky personality. The various RDC inhabitants of Planet Mike and those who were created after the planet was lost, essentially Oscar Mike's people, all possess personalities similar in varying degrees to that of his. It's justified especially with Planet Mike as it was a literal planet comprised of clones of the exact same guy. True each clone has [[ClonesArePeopleToo branched out to carve their own individuality in some way or another]] for sure, however at its very core, it was still literally a planet of clones.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* {{Parodied}} in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Drow are supposed to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, but then this character Drizzt Do'Urden came along in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, who was a WhiteSheep of the species. [[OverusedCopycatCharacter Drizzt got extensively copied]], leading to the paradoxical circumstance in which ''[[FlockOfWolves every drow]]'' is a WhiteSheep from an AlwaysChaoticEvil species. (However, it turns out that ''this'' particular Drizzt {{Expy}} is indeed evil.)
* The trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are all physically modelled after carcinoGeneticist, the first troll introduced (later named Karkat). His design is notably more minimalistic than the others' and his typing quirk somewhat more realistic and toned-down compared to the abstract ones which come after.
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%%* In the Ronald [=McDonald=] cartoon movies, Grimace travels to the island of his people, the Grimaces.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Dr. Zoidberg's Yiddish accent became the standard one of his entire race.
** The Nibblonians take Nibbler's defining characteristic (that he's an ExtremeOmnivore who consumes things much larger than him) and make it one of the fundamental concepts of their culture. Let the Feast of a Thousand Hams begin!
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has Sadlygrove, the "lovable goof" of the series, doing a butt-slapping dance to playfully mock the other team during a sporting event. It's fairly typical conduct for an athlete in the middle of a game, and it lasts for about second and a half. Later on, we meet Sadlygrove's people, the Iops, and they have ''an entire butt-slapping dance ceremony.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', when other aliens of Roger's race appear, they share his campiness and snarky sense of humor, This was a alluded to in an earlier episode where Roger explained that his people are naturally bitchy, and will become sick and die if they hold their tongues and be nice for too long.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Plankton's Army": Plankton calls in his entire extend family for aid, expecting each to be an EvilGenius like him. Instead he walks out to an endless mass of {{Country Cousin}}s.
-->'''Plankton:''' [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand I've been away from home for longer than I thought.]]
* Zig-zagged by the gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. We eventually find out gems are made artificially in distinct types ''[[CloneArmy designed]]'' to be interchangeable, but are still capable of individuality and the main cast are a bunch of defectors from their Homeworld who are far from typical.
** Pearl is a prim perfectionist who [[BloodKnight likes to fight]] and is extremely dedicated to her former leader Rose. Turns out the dedication and prim are regular, but not the perfectionism or fighting, as Pearls are a ServantRace [[BeautifulSlaveGirl used as secretaries and living window dressing]].
** Amethyst is a short, reckless prankster who relies on brute force. She turns out to be a quartz type of gem, which are made to be warrior-leaders, but Amethyst's jovial nature doesn't seem very common (Jasper is another quartz and a humorless brute) and quartz are usually enormous--Amethyst's stature is essentially a birth defect. Rose Quartz is also a quartz gem, but she's a graceful FriendToAllLivingThings--the only part she fits is being LargeAndInCharge.
*** Although we meet a group of homeworld quartzes (mostly Amethysts, a few Jaspers and [[TheRuntAtTheEnd one runt Carnelian]]) [[spoiler:[[ReassignedToAntarctica guarding the zoo]]]] and they are just as jovial and friendly as our Amethyst, likely meaning the Jasper we know is the odd-one-out personality wise.
** Ruby is very emotive and physical. Rubies turn out to be HotBlooded, disposable grunts made for fighting, but the Crystal Gem Ruby proves herself much more thoughtful and caring than the others. In fact, most other Rubies are [[DumbMuscle utterly rock stupid]] in comparison.
-->'''Amethyst:''' Man. Rubies are ''dumb.''\\
'''Garnet:''' Not all of them.
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Sometimes writers will, for reasons of convenience, extrapolate an entire race's [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]] from the behavior of one or two characters.

Typically, this goes as follows:

* A character in an EnsembleCast has exotic, quirky traits.
* That character is the sole example of their culture seen for a significant period (an entire movie, a season of a series, etc.).
* When we finally see the character's home culture, their distinctive set of exotic, quirky traits turn out to be their [[PlanetOfHats planetary hat]].

If the original quirky character manages to stand out from the rest of their people at all, it will often be because they've ''toned down'' their culture's hat to bring their behavior more in line with the ensemble, possibly citing that [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch their species doth protest too much]] and thus turning out to be wearing a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] for a hat. Conversely, the trope may be partly psychologically [[JustifiedTrope justified]] when a FishOutOfWater wears their hat proudly to uphold their cultural identity while living in a different culture. Sometimes this trope may also lead to an opposite effect in which it's all the other members of the original character's race who stand out from the original character due to each one being characterized as "original character but X", thus leaving the original member oddly plain in comparison due to him/her only having the "generic" traits of the race without any other gimmicks to show.

If the culture is conceived from the start as having some specific distinguishing trait, and then characters are presented as specific examples of that culture, that's a standard PlanetOfHats. See also AKindOfOne for cases where there's some ambiguity concerning whether the quirky character is just a character who is quirky or a perfectly average specimen of a quirky species. Bonus points if it isn't even established until later on that an individual is part of some broader "race" as opposed to some unique entity.

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[[folder:Star Wars Expanded Universe]]
''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' used this ''aggressively''. With only three movies worth of content to start off with, writers had to create entire races based on minor extras that happened to have unique make-up.
* The only "appearance" of the Bothans in the movies is Mon Mothma's line in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': "Many Bothans died to bring us this information." From that ''single, offhand mention'', EU writers whipped up an ''entire species whose entire society is based around spying and espionage''.
* During the scene in the asteroid field in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han says "NeverTellMeTheOdds", and from this some EU writer extrapolated that all Corellians hate statistics with a passion.
* Ben Kenobi wears nondescript desert robes in ''Film/ANewHope''; in the prequels, this becomes the Jedi uniform, [[RetCon explained]] as simple robes fitting the Jedi lifestyle of few material possessions and practicality.
* Jabba the Hutt was a crime boss, so the Hutts became an ''entire species'' of crime bosses. The word Hutt itself was originally intended to be a title, akin to the real-world Don, before it was reappropriated as the name of his species.
* Female Twi'leks are all {{Beautiful Slave Girl}}s because of Oola from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', and males are all criminals because of Bib Fortuna, Jabba's majordomo. Also created the dichotomy that while female Twi'leks tend to be more seductive and beautiful, male ones tend to be rather ugly, especially if they are evil. And because Bib Fortuna fell victim to Luke's mind trick (nothing to be ashamed of, because at this point Luke is quite powerful), many classify Twi'leks as being WeakWilled, due to Obi-wan's earlier line about it working better on the feeble minded. Jabba calling Fortuna a "weak-minded fool" probably didn't help.
* Sullustans becoming a race of navigator copilots after Lando's ''Millennium Falcon'' copilot (also ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'').
* Farmers from Tatooine developing a reputation for improbable piloting skills as a result of Luke and Biggs. Gavin Darklighter is used to illustrate this in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries''.
* Boba Fett's armor and style became the inspiration for Mandalorians being a ProudWarriorRace full of badasses.
* Plo Koon, being a Jedi Master, was the inspiration to make his entire race scholarly, with a strong belief in justice and naturally gifted with the force. In short: Jedi-like.
* The bounty hunter Leia disguised herself as? Turns out he was Ubese. And guess what? Turns out the entire race has a thing for bounty hunting, mercenary work, and wearing helmets all the time. They wear the helmets [[HandWave because]] their planet got nuked into a post-apocalyptic wasteland and they need a poisonous atmosphere to live.
* A few Quarren were seen in Jabba's palace. Thus, the ExpandedUniverse features plenty of Quarren mobsters. As they come from the same planet as the Mon Calamari (Admiral Ackbar's people), their people always tend to come off as the more "evil" of the two. Ackbar is a good guy, so ''his'' people will tend towards being the good guys in a story. Take ''[[ComicBook/{{Legacy}} Star Wars Legacy]]'': Mon Cals are at the forefront of the resistance against the Sith (and pay a heavy price for it), while we have seen at least two Quarren Sith Lords.
* One of the bounty hunters in the line-up on Vader's ship is Bossk. His species, the Trandoshans, got a hat as slavers, mercenaries, bounty hunters, and mortal enemies of the Wookiees. ([[DontExplainTheJoke See, cause he's hunting Chewie, get it?]])
* Wookiees are always enslaved, [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture regardless of how much sense it makes]], because Chewbacca was once enslaved.
* Greedo, the Rodian bounty hunter who let Han get the drop on him. Apparently Rodian society is based around hunting, and Rodians tend to be aggressive and reckless.
* Dantooine is weirdly a literal planet that conforms to its trope. Its only appearance is in episode 4 and it's said that the rebels have an abandoned base there, so in the expanded universe its history is rife with abandoned colonies and buildings.
* Exclusive to the EU, a notable inversion. Nom Anor was introduced well before any other Yuuzhan Vong in an obscure comic series as a shadowy political manipulator. When the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' saga got underway, the rest of the Vong showed up, and Anor turned out to be ''highly'' atypical of his species, a scheming DirtyCoward among KnightTemplar {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, tolerated (barely) because he got results. Anor's conflict with Vong society at large would be the impetus for several plot points across the series.
* Every member of Yoda's species listed on Wookieepedia is a Jedi, and most of them are Masters. Not all of them are {{Strange Syntax Speaker}}s like Yoda, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Consistently subverted, which sets the tone for the new EU. Aliens from minor races consistently show up and act nothing like their representatives from the movies. Watto was a Toydarian slaver and ruthless businessman; the Toydarians in the series are a peace-loving kingdom with philanthropy written directly into their constitution. The Twi'Leks are portrayed as a normal people (even though their homeworld is under siege during the series), with the dancing girls only showing up every now and then on planets that aren't Ryloth. Only two Rodians have been portrayed as bounty hunters (one of those two being Greedo), and while they almost support the Separatists, they are simply trying to survive in a galaxy gone mad. The Besalisk, the race of the Diner owner Dexter from Attack of the Clones, is represented in series by Pong Krell, who is a lot more fit, aggressive, and hard tempered than the friendly Dexter. Even the Mandalorians, the most infamous ProudWarriorRace PlanetOfHats from the old EU, get some of this. They are actually pacifists, having kicked out all the war-mongering crazies a few decades before the Clone Wars. The Deathwatch still acts like old Mandalorians, but they're an organization united by the fact that they want to act like old Mandalorians, so they're not a normal example.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Son Goku starts off as a strange kid with a monkey tail, and a talent for (and love of) martial arts. Years later in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', his people, the Saiyans, are introduced with fighting as their hats. While they tend to be evil and ruthless, unlike Goku (and it's implied Goku would have been, too, if not for a TapOnTheHead in his youth), they share a lot of Goku's most famous traits (e.g. huge appetite, the ability to turn into giant were-monkeys, and [[BloodKnight a tendency to give their opponent an advantage to make a fight more fun]]).
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'', the four main characters arrive to Africa and meet their own species. Apparently, all hippos are sassy like Gloria, all giraffes are neurotic and hypochondria-prone like Melman, and all zebras are laid-back and wise-cracking like Marty (as well as [[DittoAliens look and sound exactly like him]]). Averted with Alex, who's an odd one out of his species with his flamboyant mannerisms and love of dancing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Nemo's teacher is Mr. Ray, a spotted eagle ray who sings hammy educational songs. In ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', Mr. Ray takes his class on a field trip to witness a migration, where we see a whole legion of Mr. Ray's species all belting out a jaunty travelling song.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the T-800 wields a minigun in one scene because it is most effective in achieving a particular goal (namely, scaring off the police). ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' and ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', in contrast, show the T-800s using the minigun as their preferred weapon of choice.
* In ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'', it turns out that Grouches (like Oscar) are a distinct species of monster that have the same preferences for trash and snarkiness, as seen in the pre-credits "Grouch Anthem" and [[FoodFight the Don't Drop Inn sequence]]. This is reinforced in ''Elmo in Grouchland'', where we also learn that all Grouches have a HiddenHeartOfGold as well.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'' is about a visiting alien who [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunts people]]. So naturally, [[Franchise/{{Predator}} the series]] is about an alien species that hunts people. There's also a [[Franchise/AlienVsPredator series of crossovers]] that imagines how they would interact with Xenomorphs; apparently, they hunt them too.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The character M3 Green, from ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', was an overly cautious coward. His race features in the Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers novels, having been named the Nasat, and their hat is indeed "being overly cautious". However, the lead Nasat character, P8 Blue, is a straight-forward case of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch, as she loves shaking things up and taking risks.
* The first book in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series is primarily about mice fighting rats, but there's a single goofy, bard-like Hare, a single brewmaster Hedgehog, and a single tough, warrior-like Badger. In later books of the series with more varying races, almost all hares are goofy bards, almost all hedgehogs are defined by making alcoholic beverages, and the badgers are a Proud Warrior Race.
* ‘’Literature/{{NosePickersFromOuterSpace}} has Stan Mflxnys come to Earth who seems like a nerdy nose picker only for the protagonist to learn that he is actually an alien and his entire species have nasal processors, MagicTechnology in their noses that they access with their fingers. Their nasal processors give them the ability to do almost anything.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' had Roodaka, a treacherous and cruel female Vortixx, and possible the only toy whose gender you could guess [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics simply by]] [[NonMammalMammaries her looks]]. When we learn of the Vortixx culture, it turns out that every female of her race is as mean (though it is noted most are nowhere as near traitorous or ambitious), but not only that, as it's also revealed that the whole species looks ''exactly'' like her... including the males.
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[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Inverted by the Vulcans of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]]. Vulcans were defined as a logical species early on, and that gave the writers a hook to develop Spock's personality. (Watch "The Cage", "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and "The Man Trap"; Spock is a very different character before he dons the Vulcan logic hat.)
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Ro Laren]] was the first Bajoran seen on screen. In an episode she shows a more religious side (compared to Geordi). Come ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', religion became the Bajorans' hat. A rather mild example, though, but conspicuous because of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s atheist tenor. They also acquired the hat that the Bajorans who weren't saintly calm spiritual leaders were generally short-tempered ex-terrorists. (It didn't help that the main Bajoran character in ''[=DS9=]'' was a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Ensign Ro when Michelle Forbes wouldn't commit to being a regular character.) Ironically, when Ro Laren became a main character in the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'' novels they [[DivergentCharacterEvolution distinguished her from Kira]] by saying she ''[[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch wasn't]]'' religious, and thought the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s in the wormhole were simply that. This would seem to contradict her portrayal in "The Next Phase," where she clearly believes in an afterlife--though for all we know, her beliefs may still not be those of the mainstream Bajoran religion; or she may have lost her faith since that episode.
** The Klingons in TNG famously follow this trope-- but only to a point. In the Original Series, they were conniving bastards and Soviet standins. Enter ProudWarriorRaceGuy Worf, and ever after Klingon culture is all about honor and the warrior tradition. However, there's a degree of subversion to it. In one episode, Riker serves on a Klingon ship as part of an exchange program. He assumes that they'll all be stoic {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s just like Worf, but instead he sees them telling jokes and being casual around each-other. Then in later episodes, it turns out that their warrior code is something they often don't live up to, with a lot of conniving and even craven bastardry still going on. It turns out that Worf, because he was raised apart from Klingon society by human parents, was representing his own very highly idealized, even downright inaccurate, vision of his race with lines like "A Klingon does not laugh."
** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' there is Guinan the Barkeep, who was always eager to listen to people and offer advice. We later learn she is not human, and even later that she is from the El-Aurians, a race whose hat is "listening".
* On the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' show, Clark decided to wait for marriage. A cute gesture? When the New Kryptonians show up, they tell him it's a racial quirk.
* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', Ra is an [[EvilOverlord evil alien overlord]] (and sole member of his race seen on screen). Come ''Series/StargateSG1'', Ra's race, the Goa'uld, has a Hat of being evil overlords posing as deities (with some exceptions like [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch the Tok'Ra]]).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Zig-zagged with the Doctor. The show first introduced the Doctor as an alien time traveller scientist, with strange non-human characteristics, a lack of concern for social norms, and [[InexplicablyAwesome no reason given for his weirdness apart from some vague hints]]. The first members of his species we see are his granddaughter and the Monk, both of whom are quite like him - his granddaughter is a scientific genius, and the Monk's gimmick is time travel and meddling childishly with the past (in much the same way as the Doctor). However, when the Time Lords are introduced as an actual species starting with "The War Games", they turn out to be very, very different to the Doctor in personality and cultural outlook, with the Doctor fitting in much better amongst humans than with them, although taking on some of his traits like having time travel and science as their [[PlanetOfHats Hats]] and being able to [[TheNthDoctor transform into different actors]].
** A weird example in the revival series, after a certain point the regeneration effect for the Doctor and ''all'' other Time Lords is modeled consistently after the streaming golden energy effect used by the Ninth Doctor in "The Parting of the Ways", even though that was supposed to show the time vortex radiation leaving his body. The one exception is the Master's more colorful effect. (His is also less violent-looking, surprisingly, though it ''did'' have him screaming in pain.) The Doctor's regenerations in the classic series had used various effects, with the only other Time Lord seen regenerating (Romana) doing so in a [[CostumeTestMontage totally different way]]. Though it did serve a purpose: sometimes you learned a character ''was'' a Time Lord by seeing the regeneration regen effect; there being such a thing as What A Regeneration Looks Like that was unmistakable was put to good use during the Eleventh Doctor's tenure. However, Eleven becoming Twelve, and The General's regeneration in "Hell Bent," didn't use the same effect as "Parting of the Ways," or as each other. (Regeneration energy remains yellow, though.)
** "The Dominators" features two Dominators who have dark hair and sideburns. All other Dominators who have appeared in the ExpandedUniverse have dark hair and sideburns, to the point of being a [[RubberForeheadAliens Rubber Forehead]], and travel around in groups of two (despite this situation being explained to be unusual in the original story).
** We only encounter two Lurmans in the show - Vorg and Shirna, showbusiness VagabondBuddies in ImpossiblyTackyClothes who are implied to be a bit bohemian and peculiar even by their own species' standards (their lifestyle involves regularly breaking the law, Vorg was in the Army before he ran away to become a carnie, Vorg has worked on Earth and speaks fluent Polari but apparently there was no official interplanetary contact, Shirna moans about how she could be in a dance troupe at home instead of travelling with Vorg). The ExpandedUniverse has it that all Lurmans wear loud clothing, work in showbusiness and have a bohemian, nomadic carnie lifestyle.
** The Sontarans were introduced in "The Time Warrior" with a Hat based on an exaggeration of the the historical setting of the story, which was the Medieval period - a BloodKnight race which focused strongly on BlueAndOrangeMorality and conquest. They quickly derailed into general time-travelling soldiers to use when Daleks wouldn't be appropriate (described by some as "poor man's Daleks"). The revival series attempted to {{Retool}} them to use their cloning as their Hat, but then Strax, a Sontaran written as TheDitz, was introduced. Future appearances of the Sontarans in both the show and the spinoff media inherit a lot of Strax's traits, such as outrageous CardCarryingVillain elements, bumbling mannerisms and inability to understand the concept of gender. (This despite Strax being established as a bit cracked due to CameBackWrong. He himself was very different in his "A Good Man Goes To War" debut.) When last seen as the villains of the episode, Sontarans were basically Klingons by another name.
* Zigzagged on ''Series/MorkAndMindy.'' We were originally told that Orson sent Mork to Earth because he was a misfit on Ork, but when we finally visit Ork, we find the locals are, for the most part, almost as goofy as he is.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** [[BigBad Ganon]] was first established as a thief in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', where the backstory makes out his attainment of the Triforce to be thievery. Come ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', and it turns out the whole Gerudo tribe, which Ganondorf belongs to, wears a Thievery Hat ([[EvenEvilHasStandards though it appears they aren't too fond of how far Ganondorf takes such tendencies]]). This hat is dropped in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', however, where they aren't portrayed as being radically different from Hylians besides the OneGenderRace rule and the consistent DarkSkinnedRedhead look.
** Impa was introduced in the [[AllThereInTheManual instruction booklets]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' as Princess Zelda's elderly handmaid who guides Link in rescuing the Princess and saving Hyrule. Her first in-game appearance in ''Ocarina of Time'' makes her a much younger bodyguard for Zelda, but she still has white hair, and she is also portrayed as a member of the Sheikah, a tribe dedicated to protecting the Royal Family of Hyrule. She and the "fellow Sheikah" character Sheik have ninja-like clothes and methods of disappearing. Come ''Breath of the Wild'', and the Sheikah characters inhabiting Kakariko Village ''all'' have MysticalWhiteHair regardless of age, a {{Wutai}} culture with heavy ninja influences, and combat outfits very similar to Sheik's. Their distant ancestors also built all the {{Magitek}} buildings and machines scattered across Hyrule 10,000 years ago in order to help defeat Ganon, taking the whole "protect the Royal Family" thing to CrazyPrepared levels.
* Nearly every character who has ever been playable throughout the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has shown some degree of SuperSpeed, sometimes even after they were shown to be slow runners in a previous playable appearance. Sonic himself is still regarded as being in a league of his own as far as natural running speed goes though. This has gone so far as to extend to the very few playable appearances of non-FunnyAnimal characters at times.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' initially plays this straight with the {{Tengu}} taking most of their traits from Aya, leading to a civilization filled {{Intrepid Reporter}}s, but ends up averting it as later {{Universe Compendium}}s establish [[FantasticCasteSystem the different tengu castes]] (Aya and Hatate are part of the reporter caste, [[MemeticBystander Momiji]] is part of the warrior caste, etc). The {{Kappa}} play this completely straight, being largely copies of [[GadgeteerGenius Nitori]], down to the kappa appearing in ''[[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Wild and Horned Hermit]]'' and ''[[Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery Forbidden Scrollery]]'' being Nitori with slightly different hairstyles.
* Only one Benthan was ever seen in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', and he was a cop. Come ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'''s second expansion ''Delta Rising'', and SpacePolice has become the Benthans' hat.
* Oscar Mike from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' has a very distinctive quirky personality. The various RDC inhabitants of Planet Mike and those who were created after the planet was lost, essentially Oscar Mike's people, all possess personalities similar in varying degrees to that of his. It's justified especially with Planet Mike as it was a literal planet comprised of clones of the exact same guy. True each clone has [[ClonesArePeopleToo branched out to carve their own individuality in some way or another]] for sure, however at its very core, it was still literally a planet of clones.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* {{Parodied}} in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Drow are supposed to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, but then this character Drizzt Do'Urden came along in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, who was a WhiteSheep of the species. [[OverusedCopycatCharacter Drizzt got extensively copied]], leading to the paradoxical circumstance in which ''[[FlockOfWolves every drow]]'' is a WhiteSheep from an AlwaysChaoticEvil species. (However, it turns out that ''this'' particular Drizzt {{Expy}} is indeed evil.)
* The trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are all physically modelled after carcinoGeneticist, the first troll introduced (later named Karkat). His design is notably more minimalistic than the others' and his typing quirk somewhat more realistic and toned-down compared to the abstract ones which come after.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* In the Ronald [=McDonald=] cartoon movies, Grimace travels to the island of his people, the Grimaces.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Dr. Zoidberg's Yiddish accent became the standard one of his entire race.
** The Nibblonians take Nibbler's defining characteristic (that he's an ExtremeOmnivore who consumes things much larger than him) and make it one of the fundamental concepts of their culture. Let the Feast of a Thousand Hams begin!
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has Sadlygrove, the "lovable goof" of the series, doing a butt-slapping dance to playfully mock the other team during a sporting event. It's fairly typical conduct for an athlete in the middle of a game, and it lasts for about second and a half. Later on, we meet Sadlygrove's people, the Iops, and they have ''an entire butt-slapping dance ceremony.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', when other aliens of Roger's race appear, they share his campiness and snarky sense of humor, This was a alluded to in an earlier episode where Roger explained that his people are naturally bitchy, and will become sick and die if they hold their tongues and be nice for too long.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Plankton's Army": Plankton calls in his entire extend family for aid, expecting each to be an EvilGenius like him. Instead he walks out to an endless mass of {{Country Cousin}}s.
-->'''Plankton:''' [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand I've been away from home for longer than I thought.]]
* Zig-zagged by the gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. We eventually find out gems are made artificially in distinct types ''[[CloneArmy designed]]'' to be interchangeable, but are still capable of individuality and the main cast are a bunch of defectors from their Homeworld who are far from typical.
** Pearl is a prim perfectionist who [[BloodKnight likes to fight]] and is extremely dedicated to her former leader Rose. Turns out the dedication and prim are regular, but not the perfectionism or fighting, as Pearls are a ServantRace [[BeautifulSlaveGirl used as secretaries and living window dressing]].
** Amethyst is a short, reckless prankster who relies on brute force. She turns out to be a quartz type of gem, which are made to be warrior-leaders, but Amethyst's jovial nature doesn't seem very common (Jasper is another quartz and a humorless brute) and quartz are usually enormous--Amethyst's stature is essentially a birth defect. Rose Quartz is also a quartz gem, but she's a graceful FriendToAllLivingThings--the only part she fits is being LargeAndInCharge.
*** Although we meet a group of homeworld quartzes (mostly Amethysts, a few Jaspers and [[TheRuntAtTheEnd one runt Carnelian]]) [[spoiler:[[ReassignedToAntarctica guarding the zoo]]]] and they are just as jovial and friendly as our Amethyst, likely meaning the Jasper we know is the odd-one-out personality wise.
** Ruby is very emotive and physical. Rubies turn out to be HotBlooded, disposable grunts made for fighting, but the Crystal Gem Ruby proves herself much more thoughtful and caring than the others. In fact, most other Rubies are [[DumbMuscle utterly rock stupid]] in comparison.
-->'''Amethyst:''' Man. Rubies are ''dumb.''\\
'''Garnet:''' Not all of them.
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Sometimes writers will, for reasons of convenience, extrapolate an entire race's [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]] from the behavior of one or two characters.

Typically, this goes as follows:

* A character in an EnsembleCast has exotic, quirky traits.
* That character is the sole example of their culture seen for a significant period (an entire movie, a season of a series, etc.).
* When we finally see the character's home culture, their distinctive set of exotic, quirky traits turn out to be their [[PlanetOfHats planetary hat]].

If the original quirky character manages to stand out from the rest of their people at all, it will often be because they've ''toned down'' their culture's hat to bring their behavior more in line with the ensemble, possibly citing that [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch their species doth protest too much]] and thus turning out to be wearing a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] for a hat. Conversely, the trope may be partly psychologically [[JustifiedTrope justified]] when a FishOutOfWater wears their hat proudly to uphold their cultural identity while living in a different culture. Sometimes this trope may also lead to an opposite effect in which it's all the other members of the original character's race who stand out from the original character due to each one being characterized as "original character but X", thus leaving the original member oddly plain in comparison due to him/her only having the "generic" traits of the race without any other gimmicks to show.

If the culture is conceived from the start as having some specific distinguishing trait, and then characters are presented as specific examples of that culture, that's a standard PlanetOfHats. See also AKindOfOne for cases where there's some ambiguity concerning whether the quirky character is just a character who is quirky or a perfectly average specimen of a quirky species. Bonus points if it isn't even established until later on that an individual is part of some broader "race" as opposed to some unique entity.

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[[folder:Star Wars Expanded Universe]]
''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' used this ''aggressively''. With only three movies worth of content to start off with, writers had to create entire races based on minor extras that happened to have unique make-up.
* The only "appearance" of the Bothans in the movies is Mon Mothma's line in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': "Many Bothans died to bring us this information." From that ''single, offhand mention'', EU writers whipped up an ''entire species whose entire society is based around spying and espionage''.
* During the scene in the asteroid field in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Han says "NeverTellMeTheOdds", and from this some EU writer extrapolated that all Corellians hate statistics with a passion.
* Ben Kenobi wears nondescript desert robes in ''Film/ANewHope''; in the prequels, this becomes the Jedi uniform, [[RetCon explained]] as simple robes fitting the Jedi lifestyle of few material possessions and practicality.
* Jabba the Hutt was a crime boss, so the Hutts became an ''entire species'' of crime bosses. The word Hutt itself was originally intended to be a title, akin to the real-world Don, before it was reappropriated as the name of his species.
* Female Twi'leks are all {{Beautiful Slave Girl}}s because of Oola from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', and males are all criminals because of Bib Fortuna, Jabba's majordomo. Also created the dichotomy that while female Twi'leks tend to be more seductive and beautiful, male ones tend to be rather ugly, especially if they are evil. And because Bib Fortuna fell victim to Luke's mind trick (nothing to be ashamed of, because at this point Luke is quite powerful), many classify Twi'leks as being WeakWilled, due to Obi-wan's earlier line about it working better on the feeble minded. Jabba calling Fortuna a "weak-minded fool" probably didn't help.
* Sullustans becoming a race of navigator copilots after Lando's ''Millennium Falcon'' copilot (also ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'').
* Farmers from Tatooine developing a reputation for improbable piloting skills as a result of Luke and Biggs. Gavin Darklighter is used to illustrate this in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries''.
* Boba Fett's armor and style became the inspiration for Mandalorians being a ProudWarriorRace full of badasses.
* Plo Koon, being a Jedi Master, was the inspiration to make his entire race scholarly, with a strong belief in justice and naturally gifted with the force. In short: Jedi-like.
* The bounty hunter Leia disguised herself as? Turns out he was Ubese. And guess what? Turns out the entire race has a thing for bounty hunting, mercenary work, and wearing helmets all the time. They wear the helmets [[HandWave because]] their planet got nuked into a post-apocalyptic wasteland and they need a poisonous atmosphere to live.
* A few Quarren were seen in Jabba's palace. Thus, the ExpandedUniverse features plenty of Quarren mobsters. As they come from the same planet as the Mon Calamari (Admiral Ackbar's people), their people always tend to come off as the more "evil" of the two. Ackbar is a good guy, so ''his'' people will tend towards being the good guys in a story. Take ''[[ComicBook/{{Legacy}} Star Wars Legacy]]'': Mon Cals are at the forefront of the resistance against the Sith (and pay a heavy price for it), while we have seen at least two Quarren Sith Lords.
* One of the bounty hunters in the line-up on Vader's ship is Bossk. His species, the Trandoshans, got a hat as slavers, mercenaries, bounty hunters, and mortal enemies of the Wookiees. ([[DontExplainTheJoke See, cause he's hunting Chewie, get it?]])
* Wookiees are always enslaved, [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture regardless of how much sense it makes]], because Chewbacca was once enslaved.
* Greedo, the Rodian bounty hunter who let Han get the drop on him. Apparently Rodian society is based around hunting, and Rodians tend to be aggressive and reckless.
* Dantooine is weirdly a literal planet that conforms to its trope. Its only appearance is in episode 4 and it's said that the rebels have an abandoned base there, so in the expanded universe its history is rife with abandoned colonies and buildings.
* Exclusive to the EU, a notable inversion. Nom Anor was introduced well before any other Yuuzhan Vong in an obscure comic series as a shadowy political manipulator. When the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' saga got underway, the rest of the Vong showed up, and Anor turned out to be ''highly'' atypical of his species, a scheming DirtyCoward among KnightTemplar {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, tolerated (barely) because he got results. Anor's conflict with Vong society at large would be the impetus for several plot points across the series.
* Every member of Yoda's species listed on Wookieepedia is a Jedi, and most of them are Masters. Not all of them are {{Strange Syntax Speaker}}s like Yoda, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Consistently subverted, which sets the tone for the new EU. Aliens from minor races consistently show up and act nothing like their representatives from the movies. Watto was a Toydarian slaver and ruthless businessman; the Toydarians in the series are a peace-loving kingdom with philanthropy written directly into their constitution. The Twi'Leks are portrayed as a normal people (even though their homeworld is under siege during the series), with the dancing girls only showing up every now and then on planets that aren't Ryloth. Only two Rodians have been portrayed as bounty hunters (one of those two being Greedo), and while they almost support the Separatists, they are simply trying to survive in a galaxy gone mad. The Besalisk, the race of the Diner owner Dexter from Attack of the Clones, is represented in series by Pong Krell, who is a lot more fit, aggressive, and hard tempered than the friendly Dexter. Even the Mandalorians, the most infamous ProudWarriorRace PlanetOfHats from the old EU, get some of this. They are actually pacifists, having kicked out all the war-mongering crazies a few decades before the Clone Wars. The Deathwatch still acts like old Mandalorians, but they're an organization united by the fact that they want to act like old Mandalorians, so they're not a normal example.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Son Goku starts off as a strange kid with a monkey tail, and a talent for (and love of) martial arts. Years later in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', his people, the Saiyans, are introduced with fighting as their hats. While they tend to be evil and ruthless, unlike Goku (and it's implied Goku would have been, too, if not for a TapOnTheHead in his youth), they share a lot of Goku's most famous traits (e.g. huge appetite, the ability to turn into giant were-monkeys, and [[BloodKnight a tendency to give their opponent an advantage to make a fight more fun]]).
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'', the four main characters arrive to Africa and meet their own species. Apparently, all hippos are sassy like Gloria, all giraffes are neurotic and hypochondria-prone like Melman, and all zebras are laid-back and wise-cracking like Marty (as well as [[DittoAliens look and sound exactly like him]]). Averted with Alex, who's an odd one out of his species with his flamboyant mannerisms and love of dancing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Nemo's teacher is Mr. Ray, a spotted eagle ray who sings hammy educational songs. In ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', Mr. Ray takes his class on a field trip to witness a migration, where we see a whole legion of Mr. Ray's species all belting out a jaunty travelling song.
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* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the T-800 wields a minigun in one scene because it is most effective in achieving a particular goal (namely, scaring off the police). ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' and ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', in contrast, show the T-800s using the minigun as their preferred weapon of choice.
* In ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'', it turns out that Grouches (like Oscar) are a distinct species of monster that have the same preferences for trash and snarkiness, as seen in the pre-credits "Grouch Anthem" and [[FoodFight the Don't Drop Inn sequence]]. This is reinforced in ''Elmo in Grouchland'', where we also learn that all Grouches have a HiddenHeartOfGold as well.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'' is about a visiting alien who [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunts people]]. So naturally, [[Franchise/{{Predator}} the series]] is about an alien species that hunts people. There's also a [[Franchise/AlienVsPredator series of crossovers]] that imagines how they would interact with Xenomorphs; apparently, they hunt them too.
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* The character M3 Green, from ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', was an overly cautious coward. His race features in the Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers novels, having been named the Nasat, and their hat is indeed "being overly cautious". However, the lead Nasat character, P8 Blue, is a straight-forward case of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch, as she loves shaking things up and taking risks.
* The first book in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series is primarily about mice fighting rats, but there's a single goofy, bard-like Hare, a single brewmaster Hedgehog, and a single tough, warrior-like Badger. In later books of the series with more varying races, almost all hares are goofy bards, almost all hedgehogs are defined by making alcoholic beverages, and the badgers are a Proud Warrior Race.
* ‘’Literature/{{NosePickersFromOuterSpace}} has Stan Mflxnys come to Earth who seems like a nerdy nose picker only for the protagonist to learn that he is actually an alien and his entire species have nasal processors, MagicTechnology in their noses that they access with their fingers. Their nasal processors give them the ability to do almost anything.
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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' had Roodaka, a treacherous and cruel female Vortixx, and possible the only toy whose gender you could guess [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics simply by]] [[NonMammalMammaries her looks]]. When we learn of the Vortixx culture, it turns out that every female of her race is as mean (though it is noted most are nowhere as near traitorous or ambitious), but not only that, as it's also revealed that the whole species looks ''exactly'' like her... including the males.
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Inverted by the Vulcans of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]]. Vulcans were defined as a logical species early on, and that gave the writers a hook to develop Spock's personality. (Watch "The Cage", "Where No Man Has Gone Before", and "The Man Trap"; Spock is a very different character before he dons the Vulcan logic hat.)
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Ro Laren]] was the first Bajoran seen on screen. In an episode she shows a more religious side (compared to Geordi). Come ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', religion became the Bajorans' hat. A rather mild example, though, but conspicuous because of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s atheist tenor. They also acquired the hat that the Bajorans who weren't saintly calm spiritual leaders were generally short-tempered ex-terrorists. (It didn't help that the main Bajoran character in ''[=DS9=]'' was a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Ensign Ro when Michelle Forbes wouldn't commit to being a regular character.) Ironically, when Ro Laren became a main character in the ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch'' novels they [[DivergentCharacterEvolution distinguished her from Kira]] by saying she ''[[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch wasn't]]'' religious, and thought the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s in the wormhole were simply that. This would seem to contradict her portrayal in "The Next Phase," where she clearly believes in an afterlife--though for all we know, her beliefs may still not be those of the mainstream Bajoran religion; or she may have lost her faith since that episode.
** The Klingons in TNG famously follow this trope-- but only to a point. In the Original Series, they were conniving bastards and Soviet standins. Enter ProudWarriorRaceGuy Worf, and ever after Klingon culture is all about honor and the warrior tradition. However, there's a degree of subversion to it. In one episode, Riker serves on a Klingon ship as part of an exchange program. He assumes that they'll all be stoic {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s just like Worf, but instead he sees them telling jokes and being casual around each-other. Then in later episodes, it turns out that their warrior code is something they often don't live up to, with a lot of conniving and even craven bastardry still going on. It turns out that Worf, because he was raised apart from Klingon society by human parents, was representing his own very highly idealized, even downright inaccurate, vision of his race with lines like "A Klingon does not laugh."
** In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' there is Guinan the Barkeep, who was always eager to listen to people and offer advice. We later learn she is not human, and even later that she is from the El-Aurians, a race whose hat is "listening".
* On the ''Series/LoisAndClark'' show, Clark decided to wait for marriage. A cute gesture? When the New Kryptonians show up, they tell him it's a racial quirk.
* In ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', Ra is an [[EvilOverlord evil alien overlord]] (and sole member of his race seen on screen). Come ''Series/StargateSG1'', Ra's race, the Goa'uld, has a Hat of being evil overlords posing as deities (with some exceptions like [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch the Tok'Ra]]).
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Zig-zagged with the Doctor. The show first introduced the Doctor as an alien time traveller scientist, with strange non-human characteristics, a lack of concern for social norms, and [[InexplicablyAwesome no reason given for his weirdness apart from some vague hints]]. The first members of his species we see are his granddaughter and the Monk, both of whom are quite like him - his granddaughter is a scientific genius, and the Monk's gimmick is time travel and meddling childishly with the past (in much the same way as the Doctor). However, when the Time Lords are introduced as an actual species starting with "The War Games", they turn out to be very, very different to the Doctor in personality and cultural outlook, with the Doctor fitting in much better amongst humans than with them, although taking on some of his traits like having time travel and science as their [[PlanetOfHats Hats]] and being able to [[TheNthDoctor transform into different actors]].
** A weird example in the revival series, after a certain point the regeneration effect for the Doctor and ''all'' other Time Lords is modeled consistently after the streaming golden energy effect used by the Ninth Doctor in "The Parting of the Ways", even though that was supposed to show the time vortex radiation leaving his body. The one exception is the Master's more colorful effect. (His is also less violent-looking, surprisingly, though it ''did'' have him screaming in pain.) The Doctor's regenerations in the classic series had used various effects, with the only other Time Lord seen regenerating (Romana) doing so in a [[CostumeTestMontage totally different way]]. Though it did serve a purpose: sometimes you learned a character ''was'' a Time Lord by seeing the regeneration regen effect; there being such a thing as What A Regeneration Looks Like that was unmistakable was put to good use during the Eleventh Doctor's tenure. However, Eleven becoming Twelve, and The General's regeneration in "Hell Bent," didn't use the same effect as "Parting of the Ways," or as each other. (Regeneration energy remains yellow, though.)
** "The Dominators" features two Dominators who have dark hair and sideburns. All other Dominators who have appeared in the ExpandedUniverse have dark hair and sideburns, to the point of being a [[RubberForeheadAliens Rubber Forehead]], and travel around in groups of two (despite this situation being explained to be unusual in the original story).
** We only encounter two Lurmans in the show - Vorg and Shirna, showbusiness VagabondBuddies in ImpossiblyTackyClothes who are implied to be a bit bohemian and peculiar even by their own species' standards (their lifestyle involves regularly breaking the law, Vorg was in the Army before he ran away to become a carnie, Vorg has worked on Earth and speaks fluent Polari but apparently there was no official interplanetary contact, Shirna moans about how she could be in a dance troupe at home instead of travelling with Vorg). The ExpandedUniverse has it that all Lurmans wear loud clothing, work in showbusiness and have a bohemian, nomadic carnie lifestyle.
** The Sontarans were introduced in "The Time Warrior" with a Hat based on an exaggeration of the the historical setting of the story, which was the Medieval period - a BloodKnight race which focused strongly on BlueAndOrangeMorality and conquest. They quickly derailed into general time-travelling soldiers to use when Daleks wouldn't be appropriate (described by some as "poor man's Daleks"). The revival series attempted to {{Retool}} them to use their cloning as their Hat, but then Strax, a Sontaran written as TheDitz, was introduced. Future appearances of the Sontarans in both the show and the spinoff media inherit a lot of Strax's traits, such as outrageous CardCarryingVillain elements, bumbling mannerisms and inability to understand the concept of gender. (This despite Strax being established as a bit cracked due to CameBackWrong. He himself was very different in his "A Good Man Goes To War" debut.) When last seen as the villains of the episode, Sontarans were basically Klingons by another name.
* Zigzagged on ''Series/MorkAndMindy.'' We were originally told that Orson sent Mork to Earth because he was a misfit on Ork, but when we finally visit Ork, we find the locals are, for the most part, almost as goofy as he is.
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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** [[BigBad Ganon]] was first established as a thief in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', where the backstory makes out his attainment of the Triforce to be thievery. Come ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', and it turns out the whole Gerudo tribe, which Ganondorf belongs to, wears a Thievery Hat ([[EvenEvilHasStandards though it appears they aren't too fond of how far Ganondorf takes such tendencies]]). This hat is dropped in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', however, where they aren't portrayed as being radically different from Hylians besides the OneGenderRace rule and the consistent DarkSkinnedRedhead look.
** Impa was introduced in the [[AllThereInTheManual instruction booklets]] of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' as Princess Zelda's elderly handmaid who guides Link in rescuing the Princess and saving Hyrule. Her first in-game appearance in ''Ocarina of Time'' makes her a much younger bodyguard for Zelda, but she still has white hair, and she is also portrayed as a member of the Sheikah, a tribe dedicated to protecting the Royal Family of Hyrule. She and the "fellow Sheikah" character Sheik have ninja-like clothes and methods of disappearing. Come ''Breath of the Wild'', and the Sheikah characters inhabiting Kakariko Village ''all'' have MysticalWhiteHair regardless of age, a {{Wutai}} culture with heavy ninja influences, and combat outfits very similar to Sheik's. Their distant ancestors also built all the {{Magitek}} buildings and machines scattered across Hyrule 10,000 years ago in order to help defeat Ganon, taking the whole "protect the Royal Family" thing to CrazyPrepared levels.
* Nearly every character who has ever been playable throughout the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has shown some degree of SuperSpeed, sometimes even after they were shown to be slow runners in a previous playable appearance. Sonic himself is still regarded as being in a league of his own as far as natural running speed goes though. This has gone so far as to extend to the very few playable appearances of non-FunnyAnimal characters at times.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' initially plays this straight with the {{Tengu}} taking most of their traits from Aya, leading to a civilization filled {{Intrepid Reporter}}s, but ends up averting it as later {{Universe Compendium}}s establish [[FantasticCasteSystem the different tengu castes]] (Aya and Hatate are part of the reporter caste, [[MemeticBystander Momiji]] is part of the warrior caste, etc). The {{Kappa}} play this completely straight, being largely copies of [[GadgeteerGenius Nitori]], down to the kappa appearing in ''[[Manga/TouhouIbarakasenWildAndHornedHermit Wild and Horned Hermit]]'' and ''[[Manga/TouhouSuzunaanForbiddenScrollery Forbidden Scrollery]]'' being Nitori with slightly different hairstyles.
* Only one Benthan was ever seen in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', and he was a cop. Come ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'''s second expansion ''Delta Rising'', and SpacePolice has become the Benthans' hat.
* Oscar Mike from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' has a very distinctive quirky personality. The various RDC inhabitants of Planet Mike and those who were created after the planet was lost, essentially Oscar Mike's people, all possess personalities similar in varying degrees to that of his. It's justified especially with Planet Mike as it was a literal planet comprised of clones of the exact same guy. True each clone has [[ClonesArePeopleToo branched out to carve their own individuality in some way or another]] for sure, however at its very core, it was still literally a planet of clones.
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* {{Parodied}} in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Drow are supposed to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, but then this character Drizzt Do'Urden came along in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, who was a WhiteSheep of the species. [[OverusedCopycatCharacter Drizzt got extensively copied]], leading to the paradoxical circumstance in which ''[[FlockOfWolves every drow]]'' is a WhiteSheep from an AlwaysChaoticEvil species. (However, it turns out that ''this'' particular Drizzt {{Expy}} is indeed evil.)
* The trolls in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' are all physically modelled after carcinoGeneticist, the first troll introduced (later named Karkat). His design is notably more minimalistic than the others' and his typing quirk somewhat more realistic and toned-down compared to the abstract ones which come after.
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%%* In the Ronald [=McDonald=] cartoon movies, Grimace travels to the island of his people, the Grimaces.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Dr. Zoidberg's Yiddish accent became the standard one of his entire race.
** The Nibblonians take Nibbler's defining characteristic (that he's an ExtremeOmnivore who consumes things much larger than him) and make it one of the fundamental concepts of their culture. Let the Feast of a Thousand Hams begin!
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has Sadlygrove, the "lovable goof" of the series, doing a butt-slapping dance to playfully mock the other team during a sporting event. It's fairly typical conduct for an athlete in the middle of a game, and it lasts for about second and a half. Later on, we meet Sadlygrove's people, the Iops, and they have ''an entire butt-slapping dance ceremony.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', when other aliens of Roger's race appear, they share his campiness and snarky sense of humor, This was a alluded to in an earlier episode where Roger explained that his people are naturally bitchy, and will become sick and die if they hold their tongues and be nice for too long.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Plankton's Army": Plankton calls in his entire extend family for aid, expecting each to be an EvilGenius like him. Instead he walks out to an endless mass of {{Country Cousin}}s.
-->'''Plankton:''' [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand I've been away from home for longer than I thought.]]
* Zig-zagged by the gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. We eventually find out gems are made artificially in distinct types ''[[CloneArmy designed]]'' to be interchangeable, but are still capable of individuality and the main cast are a bunch of defectors from their Homeworld who are far from typical.
** Pearl is a prim perfectionist who [[BloodKnight likes to fight]] and is extremely dedicated to her former leader Rose. Turns out the dedication and prim are regular, but not the perfectionism or fighting, as Pearls are a ServantRace [[BeautifulSlaveGirl used as secretaries and living window dressing]].
** Amethyst is a short, reckless prankster who relies on brute force. She turns out to be a quartz type of gem, which are made to be warrior-leaders, but Amethyst's jovial nature doesn't seem very common (Jasper is another quartz and a humorless brute) and quartz are usually enormous--Amethyst's stature is essentially a birth defect. Rose Quartz is also a quartz gem, but she's a graceful FriendToAllLivingThings--the only part she fits is being LargeAndInCharge.
*** Although we meet a group of homeworld quartzes (mostly Amethysts, a few Jaspers and [[TheRuntAtTheEnd one runt Carnelian]]) [[spoiler:[[ReassignedToAntarctica guarding the zoo]]]] and they are just as jovial and friendly as our Amethyst, likely meaning the Jasper we know is the odd-one-out personality wise.
** Ruby is very emotive and physical. Rubies turn out to be HotBlooded, disposable grunts made for fighting, but the Crystal Gem Ruby proves herself much more thoughtful and caring than the others. In fact, most other Rubies are [[DumbMuscle utterly rock stupid]] in comparison.
-->'''Amethyst:''' Man. Rubies are ''dumb.''\\
'''Garnet:''' Not all of them.
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