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** [[MonochromeCasting There are no minorities at all.]]


** Alice is a [[TwoferTokenMinority black, wheelchair-bound lesbian]] and is TheAce. The rest are all straight, white men and TooDumbToLive.

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** Alice is a [[TwoferTokenMinority black, wheelchair-bound lesbian]] lesbian trans woman]] and is TheAce. The rest are all straight, white men and TooDumbToLive.


** Bob is a heterosexual Christian who [[TheLoad the team has to drag around despite his not having any useful abilities.]]. After converting to Islam and dumping his girlfriend for a guy, he suddenly becomes the backbone of the team and becomes [[ImprobableAimingSkills improbably lucky]] when wielding any sort of weapon.

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** Bob is a heterosexual Christian who [[TheLoad the team has to drag around despite his not having any useful abilities.]]. abilities]]. After converting to Islam and dumping his girlfriend for a guy, he suddenly becomes [[PlotArmor practically unkillable, despite the backbone of the team odds,]] and becomes [[ImprobableAimingSkills improbably lucky]] when wielding lucky with any sort of weapon.


** Colin is the only Black member of the FiveManBand - and is the most competent member.

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** Colin is the only Black black member of the FiveManBand - and is the most competent member.



* '''Subverted''': Colin [[MilesGloriosus only claimed to be the most competent]], but when he had to face a villain, he ran the opposite side.
* '''Double Subverted''': Only because he knows he can to stop the villain from a far range. He handles his gun carefully to stop the villain while the rest [[LeeroyJenkins charged at him blindly]].

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* '''Subverted''': Colin [[MilesGloriosus only claimed to be the most competent]], but when he had has to face a villain, he ran runs the opposite side.
* '''Double Subverted''': Only because he knows he can to stop the villain from a far range. He handles his gun carefully to stop the villain while the rest [[LeeroyJenkins charged charge at him blindly]].



** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. [[DeadpanSnarker Bob]] turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]

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** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created creates a chain of events that eventually brought brings the bad guys down. [[DeadpanSnarker Bob]] turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]



** The minority's superiority is proportional to the size of the majority. With this in mind, Colin intentionally remains the only black person on the team, recruiting more non-black people so he can sap their power.

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** The minority's superiority is proportional to the size of the majority. With this in mind, Colin intentionally remains the only black person on member of the team, recruiting more non-black people so he can sap their power.power.
** Bob is a heterosexual Christian who [[TheLoad the team has to drag around despite his not having any useful abilities.]]. After converting to Islam and dumping his girlfriend for a guy, he suddenly becomes the backbone of the team and becomes [[ImprobableAimingSkills improbably lucky]] when wielding any sort of weapon.



** The blacks and whites / males and females are all equally competent. Or incompetent.

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** The blacks and whites / males whites[=/=]males and females are all equally competent. Or incompetent.



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'''Basic Trope''': The TokenMinority can do no wrong.
* '''Straight''':
** Alice is [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only female member]] of the FiveManBand - and is the most competent member.
** Colin is the only Black member of the FiveManBand - and is the most competent member.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Alice is a [[TwoferTokenMinority black, wheelchair-bound lesbian]] and is TheAce. The rest are all straight, white men and TooDumbToLive.
** It's a FiveTokenBand, and Bob (a straight, right-handed white man) is the only incompetent character.
* '''Downplayed''': Alice, a Jewish woman with Down Syndrome, is a bit more competent than other members, but her status as TheReliableOne is almost balanced by the others's CrazyAwesome or HeroicResolve antics. Thus, she sounds CloserToEarth.
* '''Justified''': TheMentor of the FiveManBand is racist, so Colin's got to work extra hard to prove himself.
* '''Inverted''': Alice is [[TheSouthpaw left-handed]] and is constantly getting into trouble -- Bob, who is right-handed, has to bail her out.
* '''Subverted''': Colin [[MilesGloriosus only claimed to be the most competent]], but when he had to face a villain, he ran the opposite side.
* '''Double Subverted''': Only because he knows he can to stop the villain from a far range. He handles his gun carefully to stop the villain while the rest [[LeeroyJenkins charged at him blindly]].
* '''Parodied''':
** Alice is just as incompetent as the rest of the team, but receives most of the credit. Then she is saved by Bob just once, and she can NeverLiveItDown.
** [[CuteClumsyGirl Alice]] trips and accidentally created a chain of events that eventually brought the bad guys down. [[DeadpanSnarker Bob]] turns to Davis and says [[YouGoGirl "Wow, talk about girl power!"]]
** Characters are increasingly competent [[MiseryPoker the more oppressed they rank on the progressive stack]]. As such, the black female in the FiveTokenBand is much more competent than the white male, but the quadriplegic bisexual transgender Muslim with Asperger's syndrome is better than ''every other character in the show put together''.
** The reason why Colin wins all of his fights is because all of his white opponents are so afraid of being MistakenForRacist that they don't fight back. Colin is either aware of this and exploits it for all it's worth, or completely oblivious and thinks he is winning all of his fights on skill alone, which he brags about nonstop.
** Colin thinks his race needs more representation in media, so he creates a ShowWithinAShow with an all-black cast. He is surprised and totally baffled when his show is branded "morally disgusting" and he gets accused of [[CategoryTraitor betraying his own race]], just because the villains in the show are black too, [[AndThatsTerrible and that's racist]].
** The minority's superiority is proportional to the size of the majority. With this in mind, Colin intentionally remains the only black person on the team, recruiting more non-black people so he can sap their power.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Most of the heroes are fairly competent, while Alice is either a superstar or TheDitz, DependingOnTheWriter.
* '''Averted''':
** The blacks and whites / males and females are all equally competent. Or incompetent.
** There are all kinds of people, with their fair share of forte and flaws.
* '''Enforced''':
** "A lot of girls watch this show! Let's make the female lead the only competent one."
** "We'll get in trouble if the token character is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the [[MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial generic white male]]. Let's make [[SassyBlackWoman Alice]] the most competent and the rest of them incompetent, for they are, after all, white males."
** "We'll get in trouble if ''any'' character who isn't a straight white male is in any way, shape, or form a bad person, or not in some way superior to the straight white male characters, so let's just have one TokenMinority who is perfect at everything and make everyone else white dudes so that we can actually give them personality and character flaws without anyone getting offended and boycotting the show."
* '''Lampshaded''': "Colin is both the only black in our group and the only competent one. But I'm sure it's just a coincidence."
* '''Invoked''': Alice is the only female Asian and works hard on becoming highly skilled and competent.
* '''Exploited''': Bob takes a lot of breaks knowing that Alice could cover him easily.
* '''Defied''': When Bob sees that Alice is showing him up, he starts training and working hard himself.
* '''Discussed''': "Why did you just assume I was better than my white teammates? As far as I can tell, we're all equally competent and equally heroic."
* '''Conversed''':
** "Ever notice how it's always the girls and the minorities who win most of the battles, particularly against the white guys?"
** "Okay, here comes the rescue scene. 2 to 1 odds it's Alice saving the guys again."
* '''Implied''': Alice was never being shown fighting, but she flaunted how her could fight better than the guys.
* '''Deconstructed''': Alice decides to leave the team because she's far more competent than the rest of them.
* '''Reconstructed''': ...But she comes back because she needed them as much as they did her, even if it's just so she'd have people to entertain her since she's so much better than the rest of them.
* '''Played For Drama''':
** [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Colin dies]], and TheBadGuyWins instantly.
** Colin may be raw skill incarnate, but he is in no way flawless. In fact, between his massive InferioritySuperiorityComplex, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant attitude]], dangerously obsessive approach to whatever the team does and refusal to act like a team player, he is probably the most [[BrokenAce unstable]] member. Having been discriminated against all his life, he dedicated himself to becoming so skilled that he could overcome it. He succeeded, but at the cost of losing friendships and [[SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining basic skills that he deems 'unimportant']], a crippling perfectionist streak, and a body that's starting to [[HeroicRROD deteriorate]] from how hard he's pushing himself. He lives in mortal terror of ever being upstaged, as he has staked his entire self-image on being perfect. When Colin is finally, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter inevitably]] defeated, he has a [[HeroicBSOD complete mental breakdown.]]
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