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A background cast of NationalStereotypes.

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
BaffleBlend on Dec 29th 2013 at 10:57:43 AM
Last Edited By:
BaffleBlend on Feb 14th 2018 at 8:11:33 PM
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Page Type: Trope

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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.

When done with major characters, it's a Five-Token Band. Nations as People will often utilize this, and it's sometimes a case of Equal-Opportunity Offender.


Examples

Anime and Manga

Film

Live-Action TV

  • 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).

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • 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.

Feedback: 29 replies

Dec 29th 2013 at 10:17:05 PM

EDIT: Nations As People will often utilize this.

Dec 29th 2013 at 10:45:57 PM

"Stere"? A cubic meter?

Dec 30th 2013 at 6:36:25 AM

Changed. As a card-carrying member of FORKS I was aiming for a pun, but if you like that better, who am I to argue?

Dec 30th 2013 at 8:32:14 AM

Dec 30th 2013 at 8:49:30 AM

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.

Dec 30th 2013 at 10:23:16 AM

Italicized an example + did some formatting.

Dec 30th 2013 at 11:39:57 AM

Dec 30th 2013 at 11:46:01 AM

  • While the main characters of G Gundam are a Five Token Band, the fact the setting is a martial arts tournament where each country sends one representative means that most Gundam Fighters are National Stereotypes, and their Gundams even moreso.

Dec 31st 2013 at 8:22:45 AM

Star Trek the original series has shades of this.

The Red Letter Media Twilight review tells me the much maligned teen series has it too, but I'm not eager to find out.

Dec 31st 2013 at 11:23:04 AM

Star Trek is far from niche nowadays and this is just a draft, but here you go: Everyone outside of the main Power Trio is pretty much a national stereotype (except for Uhura who's a woman stereotype): Scotty is a scottishman who loves whiskey and references Scottish culture all the time. And his name... Sulu is Japanese levelheaded 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).

As for Twilight, apparently they call an army of national stereotypes for some sort of final battle, but that's all I know.


Edit reason: ACCIDENTAL edit. I was only trying to copy the Wiki Code for the draft but put my name on the post by mistake. Change it back if you want, please. :p

Dec 31st 2013 at 4:22:16 PM

The first time I got aware of this trope was in this hilarious review of Speed. The term used was Diverse Group Of Multiethnic Passengers.

Jan 1st 2014 at 12:59:59 AM

Jan 31st 2014 at 10:54:29 AM

How did I forget about this?! One moment, fixing...

Jan 31st 2014 at 10:57:58 AM

Webcomics

  • Scandinavia And The World is also this, with some focus being put on the Nordic nations (as well as other European nations, the US and some Asian and African nations). Said anthropomorfic nations are based on the stereotypes of its people.

Feb 1st 2014 at 6:05:33 AM

Changed "scottishman" to Scotsman in the Star Trek The Original Series example.

Feb 1st 2014 at 6:50:31 AM

I feel like an easy shorthand to put at the end is to relate it to having a group of Captain Ethnics. But then that makes me think its practically redundant with a bunch of other tropes. The Same But More Specific = Multinational Team / Party Of Representatives / Five Token Band but without character development?

Feb 13th 2018 at 3:27:18 AM

Webcomic:

  • Polandball, also known as Countryballs is basically a webcomic born in Four Chan about Polandball and his relationship with the other countryballs, all of them represents a National Stereotype based on actual conducts of every country translated into a personality. First based only on Europe and US, there's already the whole world pictured as countryball (also, not just limited to countries, there're also planetballs)

Feb 14th 2018 at 12:58:15 PM

^I agree, I thought this was different to All Stereotype Cast, but I was wrong. Better to bomb this and the examples should be exported to ASC if there're examples to be added

Feb 14th 2018 at 8:11:33 PM

So this has been deemed redundant. Ready to discard this?

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