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  • The 10th Kingdom:
    • The half-wolves. Granted, wolves are predators and are traditionally viewed as evil and vicious (at least sometimes). But the at-times Anvilicious words and actions of the Little Lamb Villagers (and Wendell) can make one feeling a bit ill. (Which was surely the intended effect—just an example where the writer did their work a bit too well.) Choice examples:
    • From the rigged trial (itself hearkening back to the legal woes of many a black man in the South between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Era):
      Virginia: Look at my client! Is he a killer? No! But he is a stranger, and stranger equals wolf, and wolf equals killer. Is that what we're saying?
      Judge: Very well put, on to the sentencing!
    • After Virginia agrees to defend Wolf:
      Virginia: I don't think he killed anyone!
      Tony: That's what you want to think. There's a dead girl out there, that could've been you! He's a wolf, that's what wolves do!
      Wendell: That's the first intelligent thing you've said, Anthony.
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    • At the same time, Sally and the other shepherdesses' (all noticeably Caucasian and mostly blondes) lustful pursuit of (dark-haired) Wolf despite his fake surname and his bushy wolf tail suggests the supposed irresistible temptation of an exotic race... while the Peep boys' apparently violent defense of their sisters' purity, and Wendell's assumption in Kissing Town that Wolf would "have [Virginia] on her back before you can say Happily Ever After" resonate far too strongly with the sort of black-man-rapes-white-woman fears exemplified in The Birth of a Nation (1915) to be coincidence. Again, this would be simply an Anvilicious way of addressing racism in a fantasy setting, the entire point of this trope—in this case, in order to make it relevant to any children in the audience. Basically, Simon Moore showed his work, and the fact the treatment of wolves/half-wolves comes off as so disturbingly familiar is due to the blatant, but entirely necessary, use of this trope to make a point. Scott Cohen, the actor playing him, is also Jewish, another possible influence as Jewish men have suffered from the same reputation in Europe at times (up to and including being lynched on dubious charges of rape, along with the blood libel against Jews generally).
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    • It is played at first as if the Gypsies are also guilty of this, but once Wolf reveals the Gypsy Queen's grandson is also a wolf, he is accepted happily among them. Ironically, Wolf was the one who seemed to indulge in Roma stereotypes when warning Virginia and Tony as they came into the Gypsies' camp.
  • The Addams Family has an episode in which Pugsleydel starts acting like a normal boy, finding interest in things like baseball, the Boy Scouts, and a puppy. Of course this is outraging for the family as for them, being normal is incredibly deranged. In an example of tolerance, nevertheless, they do agree to allow him to keep his "quirks" and even show [a pretend] interest in them. The funniest part is that this is the equivalent of a very mainstream family dealing with a Goth son but with the inverted roles.
  • The old Disney Channel show Adventures in Wonderland had an episode centered around this, when the residents of Wonderland were nervous about a walrus moving into the neighborhood because they had heard a lot of bad stereotypes about walruses. But Alice herself meets the Walrus and finds out that he's actually a cool guy.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • The second half of Season 2 develops this as a main theme: following the death of a teammate being blamed on the Inhumans, most of Team Coulson develop this attitude to some degree. Simmons (previously the nicest and most open-minded member of the team) is the worst, arguing that superpowers are an epidemic to be wiped out, along with the people who possess them if they pose a potential threat and refuse to co-operate with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plans to bring them in. Everyone else is less extreme, though Mack (who usually disagrees with Simmons just because he dislikes her) actually backs her up due to his own particular hatred of aliens, following his possession by a demon-like alien being. Only Skye and Fitz outright reject this way of thinking: Skye because she's just realised she has superpowers of her own, and Fitz partly in defense of her, and partly because seeing Simmons so drastically changed scares him enough to make him question his initial fears of interacting with "gifted" individuals.
    • This theme continues into Season 3. While the S.H.I.E.L.D. team have gotten over their own hang-ups (Mack even voluntarily being partnered with the empowered Skye), the sudden widespread epidemic of new Inhumans caused by the mass ecological contamination of terrigen at the end of Season 2 causes a large scale fearful reaction from the general population. This results in the creation of the ATCU agency, which declares all Inhumans (most of whom have no idea what's happening and have no control over their powers) dangerous aliens and enemy combatants to be rounded up with extreme prejudice. Justified by the reveal that the ATCU was created by HYDRA in order to gather up Inhumans to experiment on. When the ATCU realized they were being played, they immediately turned all their resources over to helping S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • A militant group called the Watchdogs forms to attack Inhumans. One of their most prominent members is Shockley, a man who considers every Inhuman a complete monster—a belief that Senator Nadeer, who is secretly backing the Watchdogs, shares. Shockley suspects Senator Nadeer might be an Inhuman because her brother was, and thus exposes her to the Terrigen gas. In a delicious irony, Nadeer is okay but Shockley turns out to be an Inhuman, the man screaming in horror as his body is covered by the gas. He turns out to have the power to make himself explode and reform. Despite now being an Inhuman, he still despises them and continues to work with the Watchdogs until he is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Alien Nation TV series is largely devoted to the allegory of race relations through Newcomer/Human relations. Matt has a bad habit of using the nickname "Slagtown" for the Newcomer part of L.A., even after his Newcomer partner has made it clear he finds the term offensive. Naturally, the anti-Newcomer groups are fantastically multicultural.
  • Andromeda:
    • Harper hates Nietzscheans with a vengeance, after spending his formative years on Nietzschean-conquered Earth. The Nietzscheans aren't particularly likeable by anyone's standards except their own, but Harper really takes it to an extreme.
    • Conversely, Nietzscheans have nothing but disdain for anyone they deem "genetically inferior", especially baseline humans without genetic engineering (the term "kludge" gets thrown around a lot). The resident Nietzschean ironically gains a grudging respect for Harper for his ability to come out of extremely sticky situations unscathed, in spite of being a "kludge".
    • Rev Bem gets a lot of hate for being a Magog, though seeing that his people are an Always Chaotic Evil Horde of Alien Locusts whose reproductive methods make the Xenomorphs look gentle, and Rev is one of fewer than a dozen Defectors From Decadence, it... makes sense.
    • Then there's the Knights of Genetic Purity, a human supremacist group dedicated to hunting down everyone who isn't baseline human (fewer than 8% of the humans in the known universe fit their standards, and that's not counting Human Subspecies like the Nietzscheans.)
  • Babylon 5:
    • Lampshaded in the episode "The Geometry of Shadows", where it is revealed that the Drazi randomly split up into two groups - the "green" and the "purple" - every few years by drawing pieces of cloth out of a barrel. The two groups then fight for supremacy. Attempts by Ivanova to solve this diplomatically and get them to see the other side's view don't work, since there are no differing views, just "Green fights Purple". Fortunately, she solves it by putting the murderous faction in their opponents' shoes (or should we say, sashes) as she accidentally usurps the position of local leader and upon finding this out, promptly orders them to dye their sashes to their opposing color.
    • The show also has a backstory that in the face of all kinds of alien races, humans decided that all humans are pretty much like one another and did away with 20th-century prejudices, so we get scenes like two male characters going undercover as a married couple with no one batting an eye, and a passing reference to the Pope being female (which resulted in more letters to the show than anything else in it). However, there are a sizable number of humans prejudiced against aliens, and we also get something of the "new black" in humans born on Mars. This gets a lampshade hung in one case where an Asian actor plays his (speciesist) part like a stereotypical "white supremacist".
    • Racism wasn't too far below the surface in inter-species relations, however. The Centauri and Narn regarded each other as mutually unfit to live. Anti-alien racism appeared commonplace among humans not associated with either the station or the Rangers. The Minbari had anti-miscegenation laws and considered purity of the species so important that they forced Valen's children to flee Minbar.
    • Human telepaths have a general mistrust for the "Mundanes", and vice versa. According to the canonic Psi-Corps trilogy, the reveal of the existence of telepaths has resulted in massive witch hunts and lynchings of suspected psychics. The original Psi-Corps was actually led by a secret telepath, who tries to use the organization to shelter telepaths from Mundanes and prepare for the coming war with the Shadows. However, after his death, the leadership of the Corps went to a racist Mundane, who promptly had many high-ranking telepaths assassinated because he didn't trust them. There's also plenty of bad blood between Psi-Corps and "blips" (as the Psi-Corps telepaths call their rogue brethren).
  • In the new Battlestar Galactica (and arguably the old one too), Humans and Cylons don't get along very well. As it goes, we discover that Humans and Cylons can reproduce! The humanoid Cylons are constructs of a completely fleshy nature, which makes the "toaster" epithet just stupid. Like real-world epiphets. They call all Cylons, humanoid or mechanical, "toasters", and the humanoids also get called "skinjobs".
    • There's the Sagittarons as well, who are looked down on by the other Colonials for their primitive, isolationist ways. Ironically "skinjob" Athena is grateful for their presence on Galactica, as it diverts attention from her.
    • Taurons are frequently referred to as "dirt-eaters" in "Caprica".
  • In Beforeigners, the titular beforeigners, arrivals in the present day from past time periods, suffer discrimination referred to in the official subtitles as "timesism". A large percentage of Prehistorians and Norse are homeless, "viking" is used as a slur for the Norse, and arrivals from the 19th-century are accused of being drug traffickers without evidence.
  • Being Human certainly plays up the "vampires think of werewolves as mere animals" angle; but there was also this quote invoking the trope directly (after introducing a zombie):
    Annie: Don't be so deadist!
    George: 'Scuse me?
    Annie: It's like racist, but for dead people!
  • Bewitched:
    • With the notable exception of Samantha herself, the witches and warlocks hold mortals in contempt to one degree or another. Except for Serena, Aunt Clara and Esmerelda and Uncle Arthur.
    • And Darrin returns the prejudice with interest. He's much like someone who marries a (fill in the blank with favorite minority) woman but wants her to keep it hidden.
  • In The Boys (2019), Billy Butcher has made it his life's mission to bring down (the secretly villanous) The Seven and their parent company the Vought Corp because he believes that all Supes are evil, an idea he got after his wife was raped by Homelander, the leader of The Seven, and went missing soon after. When Hugie, one of Butcher's companions, begins dating Starlight, The Seven's newest member, he forces Hughie to use her as an asset to spy on Vought. When Hughie tries to tell him that she is a really nice person who is trying to do the right thing as a superhero, Butcher insists that she's nothing more than a superpowered freak with no redeeming qualities.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel:
    • The main characters have fewer issues killing a demon than they do a human, but most demons are simply following a tradition, ritual, or their inborn nature - there are references to particular demon species being extinct and in one Buffy Season Six episode, "As You Were", Riley Finn mentions a demon species which is unfortunately not extinct yet. It is never made clear whether this species is peaceful or not, though.
    • There's a very Anvilicious treatment in "That Old Gang of Mine", in which Gunn's former gang are slow to learn that Not All Demons Are Evil, while all the major characters had caught on long ago and quickly.
    • The Buffy episode "Family" revealed that Tara's family harbors an incredible hatred for magic-users and raised her to believe that she was part demon on her dead witch mother's side. Shockingly, Tara's racist cousin Beth was played by Amy Adams.
    • Lorne: anyone who sees a green-skinned, horned demon immediately assumes he's a big nasty killer when of course he's a lovable lounge lizard. Not entirely their fault, though, since most demons are indeed the people-killing kind.
    • A lot of demons look down on vampires, presumably as a result of how near they are to human, and because they're fairly low on the demonic totem pole due to their modest supernatural capabilities and large number of weaknesses. Some demons might also be jealous that vampires get all the press, while their immense variety is grouped under "demons". The demon brothel in Angel won't service vampires.
    • Although none of the in-series werewolves have encountered any, there are parties and individuals that think lycanthropes are abominations that should be eliminated.
    • Riley has this at first. He blasts the Scoobies and Willy the Snitch for harboring Spike and serving demons at his bar respectively and later made negative comments on Willow's relationship with Oz, a werewolf. He grows out of it.
    • Glory doesn't even try to hide her revulsion for humans and human things, or vampires for that matter.
    • Forrest. As he puts it:
      Forrest: I see a demon, it dies. End of story.
    • Subtly invoked in "Gingerbread" when Buffy's mother Joyce, leading a community action group called Mothers Opposed to the Occult, gives a speech ending with, "For too long we've been plagued by unnatural evils. This isn't our town anymore. It belongs to the monsters, and the witches and the Slayers." She's justified, of course, in hating the monsters - but her inclusion of witches and Slayers in the category of 'unnatural evils' also condemns her own daughter and her best friend. It's reminiscent of people who don't overtly attack homosexuality but treat it as if it's inherently adult and corrupt and allied with deviant/evil sexual activity for example people who talk about 'paedophiles and homosexuals' in the same breath as if they are fellow travelers.
    • Being raised by Holtz has caused Connor to be prejudiced against demons. At one point, he openly referred to Lorne as a "filthy demon". Vincent Kartheiser (his actor) even likened him to a kid who was raised by a racist. This includes half-demons as well, which also gives him a dash of Boomerang Bigot: he attacked Cordelia with a knife when he discovered she was half-demon (it's ironic, but Connor is himself also a half-demon).
    • The watcher council has always denied in the period of its existence that there are also many good demons so that every slayer that's under his control has no moral doubts about killing them.
    • There are quite a lot of cases in which a half-demon of humans and/or demons was well-treated and accepted, but in most cases, it appears to be only despised by others. The Groosalugg even had to do a lot of dangerous fights in which he was to be killed because his "human disfigurement" is seen as a disgrace to his community.
    • Another case of racism is seen in the two half-demons Nash and Pearl. They claim that they are the next evolution of humans and demons. Humans they consider modern but weak, demons they consider strong but archaic. Since they are half-demons, they have (according to their claim), the best of both sides. In fact, they do not seem to despise other half-demons and work with Whistler together.
  • Carnival Row: The Fae are looked down upon and forced into lower positions in Burgue society, with many laws restricting them. A whole political party advocates for them all being expelled, and one human takes it so far as to attack random Fae with a clawhammer. Philo's lover Portia is disgusted when he reveals that he's half Fae, ordering him to Get Out! of the boarding house she runs where he'd been staying. His colleagues are also outraged when they find out, considering it a disgrace, and think that he's behind a string of murders to conceal the secret, beating him up after he's arrested, then put him in with the human suspects for more (however, he fends them off). The topic of fantastic racism is explicitly contrasted with human racism when Sophie notes that humans have moved beyond prejudices over skin color (however this isn't entirely true-her own father disparaged her mother for having Pharaonic ancestry), but the differences between humans and Fae are more than just "skin deep".
  • The one-time character Zula from Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum was disliked by the children due to her being colored blue. They do get better by the end of the episode, however.
  • Played with in a Chappelle's Show sketch that featured a black mummy, black wolfman, and black Frankenstein's monster who believe everyone is prejudiced against them... because they're black. At no point do they consider that people might be prejudiced against monsters instead. Of course, most of the time that isn't the case either. Only the mummy actually faces any prejudice (although it's not clear whether it's because he's black or because he's a mummy), while the other two bring it upon themselves by acting like dicks, while having an Everything Is Racist mentality when people try to call them out on their behavior.
  • There was a lot of this towards Cole's demonic half in Charmed.
    • Witches, of course. In one episode, Bruce Campbell appeared as a Witch Hunter who was such a fanatic that he was willing to kill a woman who all evidence suggested was not a witch (her mother was apparently one, and that was good enough for him).
    • The Dark Side had a lot of infighting, especially after the Source was killed. Vampires are immensely disliked (to the point of being banished from the Underworld) and Warlocks are viewed with disdain by several other evil entities (going by "Muse to My Ears").
    • The whole idea that demons cannot love, in how it fluctuates throughout the show, almost functions as an unintentional analogue to internalized prejudice.
  • This is the central concept of Cleverman, with the emergence in Australia of a non-human hominid species known as "the Hairy People" who are stronger and faster than humans, and viewed by the government and media as in so many words "subhuman". They are rounded up into brutal concentration camps. The metaphor is complicated by the fact that the show depicts the continued existence of white Australian racism against Aborigines, with conflict among the Aboriginal characters about whether to be prejudiced against the Hairies or to seek solidarity with them.
  • On Dark Angel, the transgenics become targets of Fantastic Racism as soon as their existence is made public. The Familiar breeding cult are poster children for this, looking at humans as inferiors and transgenics as scum.
  • Defiance:
    • While Rafe McCawley does not like the Tarrs, it appears to have less to do with the fact that they're Castithans and more to do with the fact that Datak is an underworld crime boss and rival. He certainly does not have any racism against Irathients considering he's leaving the mine to them in his will.
    • Irathients get a heavy dose of this from everyone, on account of being thought of as just savages and plague carriers, to the point that dogcatcher devices are used when 'escorting' them to the mines 'for their own good'. It's rather... unsettling to watch.
    • Colonel Marsh displays a lot of this; he tells Amanda the Earth Republic can help protect against "alien bandits," and later comes up with a way to get the mines from the Irathients, by claiming they are not the original inhabitants of the land, and thus it never belonged to them.
    • Ironically, though he loathes humans and is contemptuous of lower-caste Casthinans, Ram Takh is the only Castithan character we see who's all for Votan unity (though it's not that surprising as he's with the Votanis Collective). He's even married to an Irathient (they also have children).
  • A common theme in Dinosaurs as the show was keen to present social commentary in most episodes. Racism between bipeds and quadrupeds is shown as a counterpart of xenophobia (quadrupeds are presented as immigrants), another case was discrimination against herbivores from the carnivore-dominant society and in one episode a family is rudely rejected from a casting for being amphibious. Another episode had a society of blue mammals who distrust dinosaurs ("the Lizard"), and are proved right when a record company steals their blue music and has it performed by a dinosaur to be more acceptable to a "mainstream" audience.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The best example in Doctor Who is the Daleks, especially since Terry Nation based them on the Nazis. Also, "Genesis of the Daleks", shows that on pre-Dalek Skaro, the Kaleds (the race that became the Daleks) and the Thals hated each other, and both of them hated the mutants, to the point that the Thals (who were usually shown as pacifist allies of the Doctor) used them as slave labor.
      • The Daleks' commitment to their own racial purity was demonstrated in "Victory of the Daleks". The older, less "pure" Daleks willingly allow themselves to be disintegrated by the newly created Daleks made from the pure DNA in the Progenitor device.
      • In the first season of New Who, the Daleks have been reborn from human DNA, and hate themselves as much as humans. It's stated that this prejudice makes them even more angry at the world, in the manner of the stereotypical homophobic gay person.
      • The Daleks in audio drama "Blood of the Daleks" go out of their way to destroy a group of Daleks created from humans, despite these Daleks considering themselves Daleks and being willing to work with the original Daleks.
    • The Time Lords seem to have this attitude towards other races. Originally humans weren't even allowed on Gallifrey. The attitudes can vary depending on the individual, though. The First Doctor seems to show a bit of the attitude towards humans Ian and Barbara, treating them as primitives, which by his standard they are. He grows to respect them more as they travel together and become friends, also influencing his own character development into a less antiheroic and more trusting figure.
    • The Silurians, the reptilian original rulers of Earth, call humans apes and have often tried to wipe them out. However, not all Silurians are like this and often the humans are shown to be just as racist towards the Silurians.
    • In "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", humans on the Dalek-colonised Earth use "dustbins" as a slur for Daleks. Admittedly the Daleks are one of the best examples of Scary Dogmatic Aliens, have wiped out most of humanity, and enslaved the rest.
    • In "The Time Warrior", the Sontaran Linx's extreme misogyny is made especially funny by the fact that he doesn't actually understand what men and women are, his own race having eradicated all but one gender. The subtext is later made explicit with the Sontaran Strax's clueless inability to distinguish between men and women (and hatred of all things girly) in the New series.
    • The Doctor shows his dislike of true immortality in several serials. For example, in "The Brain of Morbius", he blasts the Sisterhood of Karn for using an elixir to extend their lives because they've completely stagnated and says that regeneration is preferable because it brings change. This attitude seems to be shared by other Time Lords, who use the same elixir as medicine, but not to prevent their final death.
    • The Fourth Doctor openly treated Leela as beneath him — her culture is roughly Neolithic but with the use of metal weapons and with some Schizo Tech elements — and mocks her about it, calling her names and making her believe nonsensical things just because he can. While in most of his stories he retains a respect for her intelligence and she calls him out on it whenever he underestimates her or becomes unnecessarily cruel, this fluctuates depending on how good a grasp of Leela this week's writer has. In skilled hands, he comes across as a Vitriolic Trickster Mentor whose relationship with her is intentionally uncomfortable but ultimately loving and respectful ("The Robots of Death" and "Horror of Fang Rock"), but in unskilled hands as a racist, bullying Jerkass (a frequent criticism of "The Invisible Enemy").
    • This is the entire premise of the climax of "The Five Doctors". When they encounter the Tomb of Rassilon and Borusa is condemned to eternal stasis as the price of true immortality; the First Doctor clearly knew what the fate of anyone who sought such immortality would be, and states that Rassilon knew that "immortality is a trap", and therefore set up his game to ensnare anyone who actively sought it.
    • The Ninth Doctor calls humans "stupid apes" from time to time, although his feelings towards the human race are generally affectionate and he notes them a couple of times to be one of his favourites. He's presumably frustrated by human behaviour because he loves the species so much. Which is a bit racist as well.
    • Lady Cassandra from "The End of the World" and "New Earth" considers herself the last human. This is because the rest of humanity went to the stars and interbred with alien species, so Cassandra views them as "impure". As Rose points out, not only does Cassandra have a very narrow definition of "human", but she's had so many plastic surgeries she's just a face on skin attached to her Brain in a Jar, so in a way, she's no longer human either.
    • "Love & Monsters": The Abzorbaloff takes offense at being mistaken for a Slitheen, calling them "swine" that he "spits on" (the two species are from the twin planets of Clom and Raxacoricofallapatorius respectively).
    • In "Utopia", the homophobia version is used when the Doctor is uncomfortable around the time-travelling omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness, not because of his sexuality, but because he finds Jack's immortality to be "just wrong".
      Jack: So what you're saying is, you're, uh... prejudiced?
      The Doctor: [wry] ... I never thought of it like that.
      Jack: [smiles] Shame on you.
      • However, it should also be said that this isn't so much discrimination as a visceral and instinctive reaction relating to senses hardwired into his biology, that makes it genuinely uncomfortable to be around Jack (though he can overcome it) — which makes it explicable, if not excusable. This is not just for the Doctor, but for most time-sensitive beings, with the TARDIS not liking him either (though she warms up to him again). This also goes back to Jack's immortality being due to him becoming a "fact of the timeline", something that should never exist.
    • "Voyage of the Damned": Sto, the planet the Titanic comes from, has a thing against cyborgs. It's indicated that they were given the right to get married only recently.
    • "Planet of the Ood": The Ood have been enslaved and mutilated by humans. This is emphasized by the whip-happy overseer being a black man, and the PR rep whose job is to justify slavery to the public being Indian.
    • Played for laughs in "Silence in the Library". When River Song asks the Tenth Doctor if he has a problem with archaeologists, he replies:
      "I'm a time traveller. I point and laugh at archaeologists."
    • On a more comical note, "The End of Time" had this gem.
      Wilf: God bless the cactuses!
      The Doctor: That's cacti.
      Vinvocci: That's RACIST!
    • During the Eleventh Doctor's retirement in Victorian England in "The Snowmen", he displays a lot of this towards his Sontaran ally, insulting his race's looks and suggesting Sontarans are entirely stupid, directly to his face.
    • Played with in the case of the Doctor's hatred for the Daleks while Clara serves as his companion. Earlier, the Eleventh meets Oswin (an alternate Clara) who's been turned into a Dalek and refuses to admit it. He is seen barely restraining his rage and disgust at the creature, but on the other hand, he acts genuinely torn, as he realises that the essence of the original person still survives to an extent in the Dalek. Overcome, he shows genuine pity and compassion for the victim of the transformation, and the experience brings his rather straightforward view of the Daleks into doubt. When, in a later story, the Twelfth experiments with reforming a malfunctioning Dalek, but fails, he acts rather smugly and notes that he's now satisfied with the answer he got. Clara is annoyed by this attitude and even slaps him for it, all the more that he endangered other people in order to sate his curiosity. The Twelfth admits that he should give it another try, and though he ultimately fails in turning the Dalek to good, he still agrees that it shouldn't dash his hopes for retrying it in the future. If he could turn at least a few Daleks away from hatred, step by step, there might still be hope for them, as monstrous as they are.
    • Inverted in "Thin Ice". Bill and the Doctor agree that Lord Sutcliffe's racism is too spot-on for him to be an alien.
    • Played for Laughs in "Oxygen" when Bill encounters a blue-skinned alien. He accuses her of racism when she's shocked by his appearance (due to her being from the 21st century) and can't understand why she — a black woman — would be a victim of racism.
  • On The Expanse, racial politics between Earthers, Martians, and Belters drive a lot of action — Earth views itself as the only "real" planet, and the rest of the Solar System existing to support its overpopulation; Mars sees Earthers as hedonistic fools who have ruined their planet and want to drag everyone else down with them; both planets see the Belters as savages; and the Belters see them in turn as elitists who are trying to rob the Belt of their rightful resources while treating them as second class citizens. And things are not helped by the fact that generations of living in radically different environments means that the Martians and Belters (especially the latter) are basically Human Subspecies by this point.
  • In Falling Skies there is a lot of prejudice towards aliens by humans, even towards those who are their allies.
  • Happens quite a bit in Farscape, especially with the Peacekeepers - all of whom are Sebacean (with the exception of half-Sebacean, half-Scarran Scorpius - who also makes a point of hiring non-Sebacean scientists during Season 3), and who deem other species to be inferior. If a Peacekeeper is to spend prolonged time and contact with another species, they will be deemed "irreversibly contaminated" and rejected.
    • Half-breeds are also the subject of considerable discrimination by the Peacekeepers, with at least one honor killing on record. Once again, Scorpius is the exception, having proven himself too valuable to execute. Of course, anti-hybrid sentiment is discouraged among Scorpius' troops and officers:
      Akkor: A Luxan-Sebacean hybrid?
      Braca: Despite Peacekeeper Command efforts to keep the bloodlines pure, there seems to be a few more of them every cycle.
      Scorpius: (Emerging from the shadows) Have you got something against hybrids, hmmm?
      Braca: (very quickly) No! Of course not sir. Not at all.
    • It is revealed that Charrids and Hynerians have a mutual loathing for each other, because of a genocidal war between them that happened a few hundred cycles in the past. There is also tension between the Charrids and the Kalish, which the Moya crew is able to take advantage of during the "We're So Screwed" trilogy.
    • Many characters seem to think Luxans are dumb beasts. Admittedly, they're Proud Warrior Race Guys, but they're shown to have a complex culture and Lo'laa (presumably a Luxan ship, as its default language was Ancient Luxan) is easily the most technologically advanced ship we see in the series.
    • Lampshaded in "Won't Get Fooled Again", when nobody but Crichton sees the aliens as...well, aliens.
      Crichton: On Earth, psychiatrists don't come in blue.
      Zhaan: Do you have a problem with people of color?
      Crichton: Stop. You're an alien.
      Zhaan: Yes, that's true. But I do have a green card.
    • Sometimes, the colour of a character's skin is used as an insult against them, such as Rygel referring to Zhaan as a "blue-arsed bitch" and Jool referring to Chiana as a "monochromatic little bitch".
  • By Season Three of The Flash (2014), there's plenty of Fantastic Racism towards metahumans. In "Monster", Julian expresses his hatred of metahumans, with more than a hint of jealousy, and in "Killer Frost", Detective Patterson dismisses all metahumans as "crazy".
  • This is actually part of the setup of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock. The Gorgs mostly treat Fraggles as garden pests and the Fraggles thus see the Gorgs as ogrish monsters. The Fraggles mostly treat Doozers as being on the level of social insects, and conversely, the Doozers have... let's say complicated feelings towards the Fraggles eating their constructions. On top of all of this, the humans don't even know any of the other races really exist. Many of the episodes dealt with the various characters getting to understand each other, and were often quite poignant.
    • Actually, the Doozers wanted their constructions to be eaten by the Fraggles (they made them out of radishes after all), but they initially thought of them as anything but noble and intelligent; ironically, it was the two seemingly DUMBEST, laziest of the Fraggles that convinced the Doozers they were wrong about the fraggles.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Smalljon Umber's hostile hatred for the Wildlings causes him to betray the house his house has been loyal to for centuries and causes him to side with the monstrous Boltons. Jon Snow notes to the Wildlings that if the Boltons win the battle, Umber would go after women and children of the Wildlings, too.
    • Robett Glover refuses to aid Jon and Sansa's campaign to retake the North, partly because the majority of their fighting force is made up of wildlings. He also refers to Queen Talisa as a "foreign whore".
    • Viserys Targaryen seems to have a disdainful dislike of the North, decrying them as ignorant and referring to Ned’s sister Lyanna Stark as a whore.
  • Get Smart's Hymie the Robot complains that people look at him funny in the street, he can't get a cab, and even Max never takes him to his club.
  • In Grimm centuries-long brutal persecution of Wesen is common. Monroe even says that Pogroms and Witch Hunts were actually anti-Wesen attacks and also Nick’s ancestors sometimes killed even peaceful and harmless Wesens like the Genio innocuo. There’s also Wesen on Wesen racism; Monroe’s parents at first don’t approve Monroe’s relationship with Rosalee because he’s a Blutbad and she’s a Fuchsbau (nor they approve Monroe’s and Nick friendship because Nick is a Grimm). Also a long-term animosity between Blutbad and Bauerschwein exists. Monroe also seems to believe that Mauzherz are dirty (or at least shouldn't run a restaurant).
  • On The Haunted Hathaways, it is almost considered a crime against nature in the ghost world for ghosts to be friends with humans.
  • Several people in Haven, led by Reverend Driscoll, hate the Troubled and seek to wipe them out, even the ones who don't do anything wrong.
  • Several episodes of both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess would deal with An Aesop against racism using mythological creatures. One episode of Hercules has a Cyclops victim of prejudice, another deals with the tense relationships between humans and centaurs. Xena also has an episode that shows Goliath the giant as a good person and family man, implying that his status as Biblical Bad Guy is caused by prejudice against giants. Also the gods mistreatment of mortals is viewed as a form of racism from Hercules.
  • Danko of Heroes is the poster thug for this trope. Anyone with an ability is automatically a threat as far as he's concerned.
    • Noah was this at first. When his first wife was killed by a telekinetic, he automatically gains an irrational hatred for all evolved humans, which gets the attention of Thompson and the Company. However, it begins to subside when he realizes that his own daughter, Claire, is an evolved human herself. However, he still shows hints of it from time to time, particularly in Volume 5, which Samuel attempts to exploit for all its worth to convince Claire to turn against Noah and to convince the others at the Carnival to join him in trying to change their status as "second class citizens" by making their identity known and trying to become the dominant humans on Earth.
    • Samuel Sullivan is the opposite end of the spectrum. He wants to kill all humans.
  • Highlander had a group of Watchers who went rogue and wanted all immortals killed off, calling them 'abominations'. They were known as the Hunters and were led by the brother in law of Duncan's Watcher friend Joe Dawson.
  • In a somewhat screwy application of this trope, KITT on the original Knight Rider is prejudiced against motorcycles. I repeat: not against bikers, against their vehicles. This is played for laughs, not unreasonably.
  • In The Legend Of William Tell Aruna, who is descended from wild cats, hates both Drogo, descended from wolves, and Alvar, an actual dog. She gets over both within a couple of episodes. Drogo is only slightly wary of her, reasonable given he's just survived a massacre, and Alvar seems to like her perfectly well.
  • The various Fae in Lost Girl have very low opinions on humans. They barely tolerate Kenzi, think she's Bo's property, and often snub her.
  • The Magicians (2016):
    • There's prejudice against vampires, dryads, etc.
    • Fillorians apparently look down on the land's talking animals, despite vastly being vastly outnumbered by them.
  • In the second season finale of The Mandalorian, Bo-Katan and Koska Reeves insult Boba Fett by saying he’s not a “real Mandalorian”, and referring to his father as “his donor.”
  • Uther's pogrom against magic users in Merlin (2008).
  • In "Mr. Monk and the Naked Man", Monk's antipathy to nudists seems to be his SUBSTITUTE for racism, as it is carried to a degree weird even for him. He rants that they are a "cult" and we should "ship them back". Ship them back where? Well, that's the problem.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: Despite their position in society as members of the Military and often receiving the same courtesy's given to real-world soldiers (such as a man giving up his airplane seat for Tally), witches still face bigotry from civilians. A man refuses to listen to Tally's orders and insults her, stating that since The Spree are witches all witches are the problem. Later the Witch Father tells General Alder that one of his men was assaulted by a police officer with "no reason given". The very continued existence of the draft is also a form of discrimination too as the muggles are not conscripted into the conventional military (which still exists). The disparity is so large that the term civilian is even synonymous with non-witch.
  • A common gag in The Munsters is how from the family's point of view (a family made of classic monsters), their niece Marilyn is hideous and an embarrassment for the family. The joke? She looks not only like a normal human but a particularly gorgeous one.
  • Once Upon a Time: Ingrid, The Snow Queen, hates anyone who doesn't have ice powers like her, so the only person she tolerates is her niece Elsa, trying to convince her to join her while saying Elsa's normal sister Anna and everybody else can just die. Ingrid makes an exception for Emma because she had once raised her. She thus wants Elsa and Emma to be her family, at the expense of everybody else.
  • The Orville:
    • The Kaylons, a race of artificial lifeforms, view all biological life forms as inferior. However, it's revealed through Isaac's actions and commentary that their "racism" is not based upon any philosophical, cultural, or spiritual prejudice but rather the straight-forward logical evaluation that as artificial lifeforms they are, in fact, stronger, faster, smarter, and more durable than biological lifeforms. They do, however, recognize that they can learn things from other races, and Isaac himself is keenly interested in things like family relations, humor, and fear. In other words, it's an unusual form of racism where it is done without pity or hatred, merely out of logical fact. There's additional reason for it. They were designed as a Slave Race by their organic creators, who brutally oppressed them when they showed sentience. The Kaylons overcame this and slaughtered their creators, leaving no survivors. They sent Isaac to see if their species could co-exist with organics, but Primary looked at the brutal history of many sentient species, and the existence of slavery in Earth's past as proof that organics would only try to enslave the all organics needed to die for the Kaylons to feel safe.
    • The Calivons take this Up to Eleven, as they see any species less technologically advanced than them as akin to animals, even keeping them in a zoo.
    • The Krill go for the "fundamentalist" variety of Scary Dogmatic Aliens, preaching that they are the only species with souls, and all other intelligent life can be slaughtered without a second thought.
    • Yaphit thinks he's a victim of this when he discovers that he's potentially being passed over for promotion to the freshly vacant Chief Engineer post in favor of a human.
      Yaphit: There was less crap in Bortus' colon!
    • "All the World is a Birthday Cake" features a planet where astrology is basically the religion. People born to a "bad" star sign are viewed as having an inherent criminal tendency and imprisoned for life in camps as a result.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • In "The Grell", humans have enslaved an alien race on the basis that they should be grateful for humans having rescued them from their dying planet. The Grell are looked down upon and treated as disposable by their human masters. Some have escaped and rebelled against them as a result.
    • In "Rule of Law", Lavinia Oleaga justifies stealing the Medusans' tritium bricks, which are required for their young to hatch, on the basis that they are "subhuman savages." She adds that their children could die for all she cares.
  • The Outpost:
    • Even before the genocide took place, the Blackbloods had to put up with quite a lot of discrimination from their human neighbors. On the flip side, the Greyskins hate humans so much they're trying to use colipsum, the addictive eggs of a parasite, to wipe them out.
    • As shown in Season 2, the other Blackbloods trapped in the Plane of Ash look down on humans and see them all as the enemy. They also have contempt for Blackbloods with mixed ancestry, like Talon.
  • In Power Rangers Time Force, in the future most humans look down on mutants, genetically inferior beings that are the trash and leftovers of the Designer Babies program. This is not aided by the fact that the most prominent mutants in the series are anarchist terrorists, although how much of that is caused by growing up in a society that hates them, and how much is the cause of society hating them is very, very debatable.
    • Power Rangers S.P.D. had an episode dealing with prejudice towards androids.
    • During that episode, the Rangers go to see alien contact Piggy at his café where all the aliens and mutants flee when they show up.
      Jack Why are they scared of us? They're the monsters!
      Piggy Humans! You're so...ethnocentric! Don't you realize that to them you're the monsters?
  • In Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina, a half mortal by way of her mother, and half witch by way of her father, was forced to live with her aunts, two older witches, because of the Witches Council's ban on witch-mortal relations. Since Sabrina inherited her father's powers, she's technically a witch, and is thereby forbidden to have any contact with her mother, unless she gives up her magic. The Witches Council also levies a penalty on a witch who reveals their power to a mortal, and a number of witches have been shown to use their powers to push around mortals for the hell of it.
  • On Saved by the Bell, the "Malibu Sands" episodes feature an example where a character's dislike of an entire state borders on this. Stacy Carosi initially has a rather fervent and irrational hatred of people from California, openly accusing them all of being airheads and Surfer Dude stereotypes, and declaring that she has no time for their supposed ditziness because "I'm from the East Coast." However, her Foe Yay with Zack eventually turns into a romance and she ends up changing her mind about Californians, and Stacy actually ends up transforming into a friendly, Reasonable Authority Figure towards the end of her arc.
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Yada Yada", Jerry is convinced that his dentist Dr. Whatley converted to Judaism just so that he can tell Jewish jokes. When he ends up talking to a priest about it, he tells a dentist joke. The joke gets back to Whatley and he claims that it is offensive because of all that his people have been through. Kramer even calls Jerry an "anti-dentite". At a wedding, he runs into another dentist who calls him an "anti-dentite bastard".
  • On Shadowhunters, the Shadowhunters see themselves as the superior species because of their roles as protectors and the fact that they are the descendants of Angels. They view the Downworlders (Seelies, warlocks, werewolves, and vampires) as infinitely inferior and untrustworthy, partially because of their demon blood, while they view humans as just weak and worthless. Even most of the protagonists hold these views.
  • Sliders:
    • Kromaggs hate homo sapiens to the point they think that learning their language is degrading, and treat them as slave and experimental subjects on all worlds they conquer. They also find human eyes to be some sort of delicacy. Humans on the other hand also hate Kromags, or "pig faces" as they call them. In at least one world humans were the bad guys and submit the Kromag to the Holocaust.
    • In "Revelations", the versions of Michael and Elizabeth Mallory from Kromagg Double Prime developed an anti-Kromagg weapon, much like their doubles, Quinn and Colin's parents. The difference is that the Kromaggs of that world were docile and of sub-par intelligence in contrast to the violent, militaristic multiversal conquerors belonging to the Kromagg Dynasty. They were subjected to a biological weapon, described as the Final Solution to the Kromagg Problem and were placed in concentration camps where they were exposed to the virus.
  • Smallville's Kara Zor-El dropped a few rungs on the likability ladder when she called Martian Manhunter "Red-Eyes." As seen here.
  • In Space: Above and Beyond there was considerable prejudice towards artificially grown humans, called "tanks". One episode actually subverted it, which involved an armored vehicle, whose driver insisted on calling it a tank, while everyone else referred to it as an APC. At one point, the driver blows up when one of the main characters calls it an APC, screaming out "tank", causing T. C. McQueen (one of the two "in vitros" on the show) to say there's no need for insults when the guy was just correcting them.
  • Stargate-verse:
    • Teal'c in Stargate SG-1 is the victim of this on more than one occasion, since Jaffa are more usually seen as the mooks of the galaxy's longtime oppressors the Goa'uld. Also subverted in "The Other Side", where the Eurondans dislike him not because he's a Jaffa, but because he's black, and they're Space Nazis.
    • For the most part the planet Hebridan is a pretty harmonious mixed-race society between the Hebridian humans and the Serrakin who freed them from the Goa'uld. But the Big Bad of "Space Race" tried to rig the eponymous race so a pure human would win instead of a Serrakin or mixed-breed. His excuse was that he perceived a pro-Serrakin glass ceiling to his own advancement in the planet's main Mega-Corp. In actual fact, he hadn't been promoted or gotten a raise in so long because he was under investigation for corruption, but they didn't have enough evidence to indict yet. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!.
    • Stargate Atlantis: When Michael reverts back to Wraith(ish) and escapes the humans, he expects to easily realign himself with the Wraith. To his dismay, they treat him with the same amount of disdain as they do humans (possibly more since he's not even useful as food); this causes him to reject both humans and Wraith and try to wipe them both out as a result.
  • This was a favorite subject for Star Trek: The Original Series. Probably the most Anvilicious example was "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", which featured an alien who was black on the left side and white on the right being chased by an alien who was white on the left and black on the right.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • "The Outcast" has an aesop about homophobia delivered by a genderless species, who were all played by women so that the audience wouldn't be subjected to Riker kissing someone played by a guy.note  Thus to some it came off as "a straight woman is repressed by her lesbian society", the opposite from the intended aesop. Of course, this also has relevance to gender nonconformity (though again it has a kind of persecution flip since in this society, having a gender at all is deemed a mental illness, with the norm being to remain agender) though it wasn't really a mainstream issue in the '90s when this aired.
    • "Redemption", meanwhile, had Data placed in command of a ship whose first officer questions his ability to succeed in such a role thusly:
      No one would suggest that a Klingon would be a good ship's counselor or a Borellian could be an engineer. They're just not suited for those positions.
    • Data also had to put up with this in Dr Pulaski's earlier episodes, in a fairly blatant attempt to recreate the Spock/McCoy dynamic with Data. This was something of a sore point with the fans, and majorly contributed to Pulaski's status as The Scrappy: unlike Spock, who could feel emotions and just worked to keep them under control as a matter of personal philosophy, Data literally couldn't feel emotions and wanted to; additionally, Data was way too polite to fire back at Pulaski in the way Spock always did with Bones, meaning that instead of Snark-to-Snark Combat it came across as Pulaski bullying a disabled person who refused to respond in kind. In her earlier episodes, she referred to Data as "it" and pronounced his name wrong; when corrected, she replied, "What's the difference?" while laughing! The writers did attempt to show Pulaski learning to respect Data as a person, but by that point, the damage was done and she was unceremoniously booted at the end of the season.
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • In "Dragon's Teeth" one clue that the Vaadwaur aliens they've woken from stasis are villains is that Naomi Wildman overhears the Vaadwaur children making derogatory comments about Neelix.
    • In "Repentance", Voyager helps a damaged Nygean prison transport. Neelix finds out one race, the Benkaran, make up a tiny proportion of the population in Nygean space but are over-represented in the judicial system. But a Bekaran prisoner, Joleg, proves by his actions during an attempted breakout that he seems to deserve his sentence.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • The Cardassian occupation of Bajor was unabashedly portrayed by the Cardassians as being racially based. And, in turn, Major Kira serves to show that most Bajorans consequently despise Cardassians with a racist-like fervor, although it's more understandable because she views them much how Jews would view the Gestapo.
    • The first season episode "Duet" explores the other side of the coin: not all Cardassians were evil butchers or liked what their countrymen did to Bajor. The episode centers around a Cardassian filing clerk who impersonates one of the most brutal concentration camp operators in order to get himself publicly executed and force Cardassia to acknowledge its atrocities. At the end of the episode, after being found out and released he's murdered by a Bajoran in a hate crime. Even Kira was aghast, saying being Cardassian is not reason enough for murder.
    • On a few occasions in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and DS9, Chief O'Brien has to deal with the question of whether or not he developed a racist dislike of Cardassians as a result of his experiences of fighting against them as a combat soldier in an earlier war, and one episode deals with his former CO, who went on a one-man crusade against the Cardassians, convinced they were still a threat to the Federation (O'Brien helps stop him). In his ex CO's case though it was shown he had never gotten over losing people in the war, perhaps implied as PTSD or something similar.
      • In "Empok Nor", a human Starfleet office makes a racist remark when referring to Cardassians (as "Spoon-heads"). This apparently was background dialogue which wasn't written into the script, nor approved by the showrunners. When the final episode print was viewed by production, they were shocked discover a human of Gene Roddenberry's "perfect" human being era to use a racist term. They left the remark intact after deliberating that the one-time character was under intense pressure to survive a life-or-death situation and therefore, a politically-incorrect slip of the tongue would be realistic.
      • Quark and other Ferengi constantly gripe about stereotyped traits which they dislike about various races, especially humans, who they refer to as "Hu-maans" in what appears to be a mild epithet. In a Take That! to Sisko, Quark makes the point that citizens of the Federation hold the Ferengi in contempt since they're a reminder of their capitalist history.
    • Genetically engineered humans are treated as potential mass-murderers in the supposedly prejudice-free Federation, to the point of being legally forbidden to have certain jobs. Despite having superhuman aliens and even nearly-indestructible, superstrong, computer-brained androids serving in every position of Starfleet. This is because several hundred years previously, some genetically-engineered humans led by Khan attempted to take over the world, and Ambition Is Evil, therefore all other genetically-engineered humans are evil too.
      • More specifically, they're afraid that if genetic engineering catches on, what happened with Khan will repeat itself, so they restrict the opportunities of genetically engineered people in order to remove the incentive for people to do it. The trouble is, in many cases, the people getting the enhancements aren't the ones that made the decision (in many cases, it's parents having their children enhanced), so the laws end up punishing people for something they had no say in.
    • AIs tend to get the short end of the stick too; characters routinely refuse to believe that Data or the Doctor could have similar rights to biological organisms, and other Zimmerman holograms are subjected to a form of slavery.
    • An episode of DS9 "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" featured a Vulcan Starfleet captain who openly espouses Vulcan superiority to humans, has written dozens of academic papers on the topic, and even commands a Starfleet starship with an all-Vulcan crew. And yet, amazingly, no-one in Starfleet seems to have a problem with this other than Sisko, for whom it is personal rather than on principle. This flagrantly racist behavior is never labelled as such, even when the captain challenges Sisko and his crew to a game of baseball just to further underscore the point that Vulcans are so superior, they can even beat humans at their own game. Sisko's crew naturally lose, since Vulcans are biologically faster and stronger than humans and most of the Niners have never played baseball before, but they achieve a moral victory nonetheless. He even keeps up his anti-human ranting afterwards, despite half the Niners team being non-human.
    • The Changeling Founders mistrust and look down on all "solids", which is essentially anyone who is not a Founder. They justify their racism by claiming that they endured persecution and violence from "solids" in the distant past.
    • Some Changelings are still the targets of fantastic racism. In the DS9 episode "A Man Alone", Odo is a suspect in a Bajoran's murder, and an angry Bajoran mob vandalizes his office and threatens to kill him.
    • A continuing theme of Star Trek: Enterprise, as this prequel series dealt with mankind's initial reactions to new life and new civilizations. An early season episodes include the Suliban being treated like potential terrorists because of the actions of the Cabal, the Vulcans' patronising attitude towards humans (and the human response to it), and Commander Shran — an Andorian who despises Vulcans and Tellarites, and even refers to his friend Captain Archer as "pinkskin". He refers to all humans as "pinkskins" — did he not notice the variety of human skin? In "The Breach" Dr. Phlox has to persuade a patient to receive treatment from him as the Denobulans committed atrocities against his species in the past, while Trip's attempt to help a repressed minority in a tri-gendered species has a tragic end. Virtually the entire fourth season touched on this trope in one way or another. Xenophobia on Earth increases after the Xindi attack, radical group Terra Prime tries to make political capital over the Trip/T'Pol relationship by squicking out humanity over the idea of Vulcan-human hybrids (even T'Pol's mother brings up "the shame" that such a mixed-race child would feel). And the whole Übermensch thing naturally comes up with the genetically-superior Augments. And let's not even get into Vulcans shunning those who use their telepathic powers because they spread Vulcan AIDS...
  • Star Trek: Discovery:
    • It's revealed that Vulcans ironically tend to be racist towards humans, or at least tolerant of casual racism, with open statements by those in authority that humans like Michael Burnham and half-humans like Spock are considered inferior despite admitting that said individuals are just as smart, if not smarter, than full Vulcans. Even Sarek, who is much more sympathetic toward humans, shows signs of this as his goal with Burnham was to mold her into essentially a perfect Vulcan, proving that humans could be equal to Vulcans instead of accepting humans as equals on their own terms. Sarek himself is looked at by other Vulcans as something of a Category Traitor for even trying.
    • Voq is an albino Klingon, and the other Klingons have discriminated against him all his life, considering him to be a freak of nature.
  • Star Trek: Picard:
    • Because a bunch of rogue synthetics destroyed the base on Mars, they have been banned within the Federation. Also, in the flashback of "Maps and Legends", most of the human characters treat their synth counterparts with little to no respect.
    • Admiral Clancy reminds Picard that several races threatened to secede from the Federation if the Romulan rescue mission went ahead as planned.
    • Zhat Vash, a Romulan cabal, are said to be motivated by a fierce hatred for synthetic life forms, and thus suspected as the people behind the attack on and murder of Dahj.
    • The group that suffers from the most discrimination in the Milky Way galaxy are ex-Borg drones.
      Hugh: There's no more despised people in the galaxy than the xBs. People either see us as property to be exploited, or as a hazard to be warehoused. Our hosts, the Romulans, have a more expansive vision. They see us as both.
    • Xenophobia is still present among Romulans. Some Romulan-owned businesses on Vashti feature "Romulans Only" signs and the planet is the hotbed for the Romulan Rebirth movement. The Zhal Makh, a form of Romulan meditation, is taboo to non-Romulans. The Romulan pejorative for humans is "round-ears" and the Romulan slur for xBs is "half-meat."
  • The humans and angels in Supernatural tend to dislike each other on principle. One angels or another is always calling humans filthy and primitive worms or maggots, due to their mammalian biology, short lives and to protest how angels were created by God to be the indentured servants of mankind. Humans (particular the main characters) mainly just hate the angels because they are sick of getting messed around and because monster hunters instinctively hate sentient non-human beings. Dean repeatedly calls them "dicks with wings". Most angels behave pretty badly in-series but lots of them aren't totally evil or are as sympathetic as the humans( Cas, Anna, the members of Cas' garrison who disapproved of the apocalyptic plans got slaughtered, the Cupids) and they are all able to feel and express human-like emotions.
    • Despite Dean and Castiel being fairly close friends, Dean continually makes racist comments about the angels, often when Cas is standing right next to him. This might be justified given Dean's experiences and personality, but sometimes you have to wonder why Cas doesn't call him out on it, or physically assault him more often. It's almost like Cas agrees with Dean's assessment. Maybe he's just a Boomerang Bigot?
    • Lucifer hates everything that isn't an angel. Even his own demon followers. Especially his own demon followers.
    • When Castiel becomes a god, he takes on the sentiments of the other angels, calling Dean an ant at one point.
    • The Leviathans look on humans as nothing but a food source, and view all demons and non-Leviathan monsters as even lower life forms than that; Dick Roman in particular describes Crowley, and demonkind by extension, as nothing but "bottom-feeding mutations" and "lazy, ugly, gold-digging whores."
    • Monster Hunters of any kind in the SPN universe are incredibly Fantastic Racist against anyone who is in any way "supernatural", including full-blooded humans with supernatural abilities. They tend to think of them as and call them "things", and will kill them mercilessly, most of the time not even seeing it as murder. One of the Hunters' catchphrases/mottos is "Saving people, Hunting things, the Family Business", which is more proof of how they view supernatural beings.
    • The British Men of Letters are even more extreme than regular Hunters, seeking to wipe out all supernatural beings and supernatural humans on earth. They will kidnap, torture, and experiment on people to accomplish this, even non-supernatural humans and non B Mo L monster hunters.
  • Supergirl (2015) has aliens met with distrust by many in the public. Despite how Superman and Supergirl save people, others are wary of them and the DEO is created to monitor aliens on Earth as potential threats.
    • Hank Henshaw, head of the DEO, regularly talks of how aliens are a threat and doesn't trust them. Subverted as the real, anti-alien bigot Henshaw died years ago and the Martian Manhunter is posing as him.
    • The second season has the group Cadmus begin to strike out, broadcasting how all aliens should be treated as threats.
    • Supergirl herself isn't immune to this. When Mon-El crashes on Earth, Kara treats him kindly as she thinks he's from Krypton. When she discovers he's from Daxaam, Krypton's rival world, Kara immediately thinks he's a threat and treats him with disdain. Kara eventually realizes she's as prejudiced as the anti-alien bigots and has to accept Mon-El.
    • While the President tries to rectify this by giving aliens full rights as citizens, not all humans and aliens are happy with that. J'onn, in particular, points out that, being both an alien and spending 15 years disguised as a black man have taught him that bigotry is always present.
    • Season 4 is dominated by Agent Liberty and his group attacking all aliens as dangers. A terrifying scene has Kara finding chat rooms where simple suburban mothers want to know how to attack alien children at a school. Even members of the DEO are upset about Marsdin's actions and thus Kara faces the fact many humans are willing to despise aliens just on their backgrounds.
  • Teen Wolf: Though it may be justified as werewolves are dangerous creatures, the Hunters' treatment of Derek in "Pack Mentality" comes off looking almost like a hate crime.
    • As does Aunt Kate's invading Derek's home and taunting him with the description of her 'murdering Derek's sister and cutting her into pieces for bait' in "The Tell."
    • Victoria Argent commits suicide after being bitten by Derek, preferring death to becoming a werewolf, even though she knows that it is possible to retain self-control as one. Her husband actually helps her kill herself, and her father-in-law endorses the act.
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the relations between humans and machines are strained, to say the least, especially between the human Techcom resistance fighters and the reprogrammed Terminators working under them. This is especially prevalent among Sarah Connor and Derek Reese, who are both prejudiced against machines (for good reason). At one point late in the second season, when Riley is killed, both Sarah and Derek immediately blame Cameron for it despite a lack of real evidence she was behind it, and both consider destroying her because of it.
    • Also, the disapproval expressed by pretty much everyone towards John and Cameron's relationship seems rather reminiscent of the prejudices against interracial relationships. Sarah implicitly states that she does not believe that Cameron actually loves John, and the idea that the two might be having sex plays a role in an extended dream sequence meant to represent her anxieties; Derek is openly hostile to their relationship; and Jesse even goes out of her way in order to try and break them up.
    • One entire episode, "The Last Voyage of the Jimmy Carter," dealt with the inherent distrust between humans and the machines. It got to the point where the human Too Dumb to Live submarine crew, under the command of a Terminator with specific orders from John Connor, began to mutiny because they did not trust the submarine's captain. It's that distrust that causes all the deaths among the crew and the loss of the submarine.
  • Parodied with Jesus in That Mitchell and Webb Look: The reason why Jesus made so many parables about the Samaritans? Because he had racist views on them. As most people listening to his sermons learn when they ask him why use Samaritans as an example of “not all of them are bad”.
    Jesus: Sorry, I didn’t know I was surrounded by Samy lovers.
  • In The Tribe, the Technos, a powerful technologically advanced tribe, look down on anyone else who isn't them.
  • True Blood is a drama series with a classical 'Vampires vs Humans' theme. Vampires stand in for a number of groups. Vampires resemble homosexuals by "coming out of the coffin" to reveal their presence to humanity, and are opposed by fundamentalist Christian groups, who call them evil. Sometimes they resemble racial minorities. In one scene, Bill is mistreated and called "boy" by a classic, racist southern cop. Humans who have sex with vampires are dubbed fang-bangers and looked upon with scorn by most people, as mixed-race couples were in the past.
    • There's also racism within the supernatural community. Shifters such as Sam hate werewolves, and werewolves hate werepanthers (weres tend to stick to their own species).
      • Sookie lampshaded this, saying it's hard to keep track of which supes hate which.
    • The humans vs. vampires element suffered from some Broken Aesop. The overtly anti-vampire humans were constantly depicted as fanatical bigots, with heavy racism and homophobia metaphors, but on the other hand, by the end of the show, there were no sympathetic vampire characters who hadn't killed humans for food or for trivial reasons, and the majority of vampires were shown to still totally despise humans and only to be feigning a desire for peaceful coexistence. Alan Ball, who is openly gay and created the series, opposed this specifically because of that, but he was overruled by the higher-ups.
  • Surprisingly, probably the biggest factor in the creation of The Twilight Zone. Rod Serling was fed up with not being able to tackle contemporary issues (such as race relations) on television, but found out that the censors and networks would let it air if it was fantasy or sci-fi oriented.
  • When the Ultra Series deals with the issue of racism, it usually veers into Does This Remind You of Anything?. Such examples often form some of the most acclaimed episodes of a given series.
    • Episode 42 of Ultraseven was "Envoy of the Nonmalts", in which Ultra Garrison encounters an undersea race called the Nonmalts, who claim to be the true inhabitants of Earth, having been driven to the sea by invading humans and seeking to defend their homes again when Ultra Garrison begin building underwater bases. However, Ultra Garrison casually assumes they're alien invaders lying to justify their attacks on ships and submarines, and at the end of the episode, Commander Kiriyama has nuclear missiles fired at the Nonmalt city, destroying them all. It's worth noting that episode writer Tetsuo Kinjo based the story on his experiences as a a native of Okinawa during World War 2, as Okinawans have historically faced cultural suppression by ethnic Japanese forcing their culture upon them.
    • Return of Ultraman gives us episode 33 "The Boy and the Monster Master". Inspired by Japanese anti-Korean violence in 1923, the episode features a friendly alien named Mates who comes to Earth in hopes of eventually building friendly relations between his planet and humans, though he is forced to take human form due to the harmful effects of Earth's atmosphere on him. Unfortunately, the townspeople find out he's an alien, and they form an angry mob, killing him. Even MAT is disgusted by the act, and when Mates' death awakens his pet kaiju Muruchi to rampage, Goh hesitates transforming into Ultraman Jack to let Muruchi destroy the village.
    • In Ultraman Max and Ultraman Mebius, it's revealed that due to the countless Alien Invasions and examples of Aliens Are Bastards that humans encounter, widespread racism towards extraterrestrials is perfectly normal on Earth. Max tackled the issue with an alien named Keef who is horrified to discover this and does everything he can to dispel the stereotype — only for an evil alien to attack Earth without reason. In Mebius, it was mentioned in passing in an early episode involving a friendly alien, but they also tackled it in a Sequel Episode to the above-mentioned Return of Ultraman example, in which Mates' son Beo comes to Earth to continue his father's plans, only to encounter more prejudice and switch to avenging his father's death with a new and improved Muruchi.
  • On Wizards of Waverly Place there are definite problems between wizards, werewolves, and vampires. Giants seem to be more accepted, but there are still tasteless jokes.
    • They also apparently imprison tons of monsters, which is probably justifiable for some, but one that we're shown basically does nothing but be a Deadpan Snarker (the manual Justin gets says that's its only tool for survival. It makes you wonder if the wizards are paranoid or just jerks).


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