BaffleBlend on Dec 29th 2013 at 10:57:43 AM
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BaffleBlend on Feb 14th 2018 at 8:11:33 PM
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Often, there's pressure nowadays for media to include representation from other cultures. Or they need an international assembly as a one-shot gag. The problem is, there's not enough time to actually put effort into portraying those cultures accurately if they're minor or background characters, so more often than not, these characters will often be a gallery of National Stereotypes.
- Taken Up to Eleven with Axis Powers Hetalia, in which the characters that comprise the steadily-expanding cast are Anthropomorphic Personifications of countries rife with National Stereotypes.
- The members of the Rescue Aid Society in The Rescuers are a Cosmopolitan Council of mice that are mostly National Stereotypes, with some Artistic License – Geography (e.g. Austria and Vienna have different delegates, despite the latter being the capital of the former). For example, the delegate of Africa is a dark-furred mouse with a Funny Afro, the delegate of Turkey wears a fez, etc.
- In Star Trek, everyone outside of the main Power Trio is pretty much a national stereotype (except for Uhura who's a woman stereotype): Scotty is a Scotsman who loves whiskey and references Scottish culture all the time. And his name... Sulu is a levelheaded Japanese guy who loves botany, antiquing, and fencing. And Chekov is cocky Russian guy who keeps talking about how great is Mother Russia (which was a stereotype in the US at the time).
- The Punch-Out!! series is known for this, and it's drawn some controversy for it - among the opponents are the French wimp Glass Joe, the totally-not-drunk Vodk... er... Soda Popinski, Piston Honda who incoherently babbles about sushi (in the NES version, at least), the list goes on.
- Order Up tends to use this for the recurring customers, like the Latina Maria Papa Rosita who's obsessed with hot foods, the rootin' tootin' Texan who loves everything smothered in barbecue sauce...
- Team Fortress 2 has the massive Russian Heavy, an arrogant, foul-mouthed American Scout, contrasted by an also American Good Ol' Boy Engineer, a perpetually angry Scottish Demoman (who is also black for some reason), a Morally Ambiguous German Medic, a laid-back but kukri-swinging Australian Sniper, and a suave, self-confident, chain-smoking French Spy. Also, there is Pyro who defies any identification.
- Similarly to Axis Powers Hetalia, the characters in the webcomic Scandinavia and the World are Anthropomorphic Personifications of countries. Needless to say, they are all National Stereotypes.
- On The Critic, Jay Sherman's son goes to the U.N. school, and everybody in his class is a national sterotype. The child of the representative of Easter Island even has an Eenie, Meenie, Miny Moai head.
- One episode of The Fairly Oddparents involved the main cast attending an international cooking competition, featuring the Japanese chef Sue Shi and the German host Brad Wurst.
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