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Fantastic Racism in Western Animation.

  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots features Cleevil the orphan goblin, who is immediately disliked by the adults of San Lorenzo because all goblins are seen as no good troublemakers.
  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "True Colors" is obvious to the point of parody. Kooky von Koopa (AKA: Ludwig in the games) and Cheatsy Koopa (AKA: Larry) fly around painting half the Toads (and Luigi) red and half (and Mario) blue. They then disguise themselves as red and blue Toads to stir up resentment between the two halves of the population. The conflict is resolved when the Mario brothers manage to get the Toads to rally in defense of their princess. The similarities to real life racism is anviliciously lampshaded in the end by the brothers:
    Luigi: Think they'll ever learn that lesson in the real world?
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  • The premise of A Kind of Magic is a fairy-tale family who had to move to the real world because of fantastic segregation: The mom is a fairy and the dad is an ogre, but interracial marriage is apparently outlawed in Fairyland.
  • In Alfred J. Kwak, the titular character travels to a country called Atrique, where the original inhabitants, the black ducks, are under the oppressive and discriminative authority of the white geese. It is obviously South Africa before the abolition of Apartheid (the series was produced in the late 1980s), just with humanoid animals.
  • The wolves in Alpha and Omega use the word "coyote" as an insult for one another. As implied via the other animals they talk to, wolves clearly aren't the only sentient species around.
  • Parodied in American Dad!:
    Steve: I like the Berenstein Bears, I just wouldn't want one of them marrying my daughter.
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  • A subtle theme in the "Chicken Boo" segments of Animaniacs. Boo usually excels at whatever career he takes in his disguise, and is beloved by everyone who talks about him. However once he's outed as a Chicken, everyone turns on him, even to the point of siding with the oppressor that Boo had saved them from moments before.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has Gumball trying to frame Alan, a 3D talking balloon of being prejudiced towards 2D characters in "The Saint" after being tired of his positive attitude.
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, naturally tomatoes and humans hate each other after the Big War, therefore Tara’s identity as a tomato (if expose to salt, otherwise she looks like a pretty teenager, but still a tomato “inside”) is kept secret. Same with furry tomato F.T. who is presented as a deform red dog.
  • Avatar:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender featured prejudice between four fictional human nations as a prevalent theme, given that there's a global conflict where the imperialist Fire Nation has done a successful genocide against one of them (the Air Nomads), and is trying to violently subjugate the other two (Water Tribes and Earth Kingdom). Also some of these humans have the elemental powers of their respective nations, so the Fire Nation has a policy of killing or capturing all non-fire-benders.
    • The Legend of Korra:
      • In the multi-ethnic Republic City, there exists Fantastic Ableism between benders and non-benders. The main villain of Season 1 is Amon, the leader of an anti-bending "Equalist" movement that seeks to get rid of element-bending altogether, though Amon is secretly a water-bender himself, and his blatant hypocrisy destroys the credibility of his cause. On the other hand there's Tarrlok, who represents the extremist faction of the benders, and takes advantage of the growing current of anti-Equalist sentiment to establish his own rule over Republic City.
      • Aang's touchy relationship with being the last airbender apparently made him favor Tenzin over his other two non-airbending children. This can be seen as an analogue to mixed-race families where despite being related, kids that take on certain phenotypes may be given more advantages in life than their siblings. Similarly the Air Acolytes didn't even know Tenzin had any siblings, and mistook his more waterbender sister and non-bender brother for servants.
      • Season 2 introduces the spirits, an assortment of various supernatural beings who are generally very xenophobic towards the human race. Though as of the series finale, the spirits and humans are now more-or-less coexisting peacefully.
      • Season 4 brings back some of the old prejudice between users of different elements. The Earth Kingdom, which is now ruled by a military dictatorship, has been imprisoning firebenders and waterbenders in internment camps.
  • Animal Jingoism between rhinos and elephants is a common subject in Babar. Even when Rataxes' prejudice toward elephants is played as a characteristic of his villainy, Babar himself and other elephants are also shown to be prejudiced about rhinos, though maybe to a lesser extent. Rataxes' racism come to play in a Tear Jerker episode when he and his wife find an orphan baby elephant and he is opposed to adopting her only on the basis that she's an elephant and ends caring for her.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force: The Highbreed, who served as Big Bad of the first two seasons, looked down on any and all non-Highbreeds, especially humans, viewing them all as mongrels and vermin. They didn't even try to hide it: the Highbreed Commander that Ben fought in the pilot episode openly and relentlessly insulted him with remarks like "filth" and "scum", and when Ben bit his hand to escape a Neck Lift, freaked out and declared that Ben had "infected" him. Unusually, they were content to merely avoid contact with other species in the past. The reason they started their campaign to "cleanse" the universe is because they discovered that their species has become sterile and will go extinct in a generation or two. They just can't stand the idea of "inferior" beings outliving them. However, using the Omnitrix to hybridize them and cure their genetic damage, Ben convinces the Highbreed to drop their villainous ways and reform.
  • In Bojack Horseman, humans coexist with anthropomorphic animals. But for the most part, there's surprisingly very little (if any) tensions between members of different species. However, prejudice does get demonstrated a few times.
    • The episode "Chickens". All animals are anthropomorphic, so how do they eat meat? A small minority of prey animals are selected to be bred for food; at birth they get injected with hormones, forcing them to behave like stupid beasts incapable of coherent thought or speech, so that there's "less" of a moral dilemma about butchering them. Not only is this outright discrimination, but also legalized slavery and cannibalism.
    • There's a very brief gag in which an elephant man gets offended at the popular idiom "elephant in the room", as he interprets that rather literally.
    • In "Fish Out of Water", Bojack Horseman travels to Pacific Ocean City, an undersea metropolis inhabited by aquatic animals. On the way there, Bojack rudely talks back to a fish woman for speaking to him in an incomprehensible language.
    • Perhaps the most obvious example happens in "The Judge". Princess Carolyn (a cat) is dating a mouse named Ralph Stilton. When Ralph invites Carolyn to meet his family, she is shocked to see that they celebrate a mouse holiday with blatant anti-cat themes (including a "death to all cats" chant), not even being considerate to how offensive this would be to Ralph's girlfriend.
  • In Bravestarr, a Space Western with a Native American hero, the indigenous "Prairie People" of New Texas (gnomelike sorts that burrowed like prairie dogs and had a vast underground kingdom) were the stand-ins for Native Americans, indigenous people treated with prejudice by the settlers.
  • In The Brothers Grunt, the Poobah explains to viewers that in ancient times, the Grunts were persecuted by those who did not understand their ways.
  • Amanda Killman from Bunsen Is a Beast is convinced Bunsen is evil, no matter how nice he is.
    "Back off, beast! You are different and therefore bad."
  • Butt-Ugly Martians had a minor recurring villain named Dr. Brady Hacksaw. Unlike Stoat Muldoon, who only targets the Butt-Uglies out of concern that they might be a threat to Earth and is willing to accept that they are good aliens when presented with proof, Dr. Hacksaw wishes to dissect our heroes and is clearly shown to not care that they are sapient beings. At one point, he even comes close to admitting that he wants to kill all alien life forms before covering up with the facade of scientific interest at the last minute.
    Dr. Brady Hacksaw: I won't rest until every alien is captured and destroyed— I mean, studied.
  • In Capitol Critters a few episodes dealt with a gang of rats at war with a gang of cockroaches the roaches were meant to symbolize minorities in general some spoke in African, Italian, Hispanic, and Yiddish accents, they constantly referred to each other as dirty and disease ridden scum.
  • In the CatDog episode "The Cat Club", Cat joins a cat-only club, unaware that it's actually a hate group planning to get rid of every dog in the world.
  • In Chaotic, there is fantastic jingoism. One can interpret that all the land-based tribes of Perim are engaged in four way holy war over who is blame for having the Cothica disappear and ending the Golden Age. Then came the M'arrilians who exhibited big time Fantastic Racism by choosing to flood the planet by heat-ray melting of the ice caps, even though there is plenty of existing oceans assuming Perim is an Earth-like planet.
  • Subverted in The Cleveland Show when Tim takes Cleveland in to meet his boss (who's hiring); the boss rather awkwardly expresses discomfort with Cleveland being black to Tim who's a talking bear.
    • Then there's this exchange from when Cleveland and Tim first meet.
    Cleveland: "AHHHH! A BEAR!"
    Tim: "Ahh! A black man! (beat) See it's not nice."
  • The Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "The Mask" prominently features (one-sided) Animal Jingoism between the titular talking dog protagonist, and a talking cat he meets. Courage encounters a cat named Kitty, who violently attacks him without provocation. She admits to hating dogs, believing that all of them are evil due to some bad past experiences; her rabbit friend Bunny was dating Mad Dog, a jerkass canine gangster who abuses her. Fortunately, Kitty later realizes how wrong she was after learning that Courage went out to rescue Bunny from Mad Dog.
  • In Danny Phantom, most ghosts don't like humans and most humans are terrified of the ghosts. Danny being half-ghost makes it worse, as he's hated period by most ghosts he meets and his alter ego is feared and hated by most humans except his Secret Keeper friends/sister and the Alpha Bitch. It gets creepy when Danny hears about his parents discussing what to do with his alter ego's remains if they ever caught him.
    • Although in the humans' case, it's somewhat justified. The majority of humanity's first experiences with ghosts stemmed from an attack by a group of Danny's enemies from the Ghost Zone. Until that point, it was the people that believed in them were the ones that were ridiculed. The reason Paulina was among the first to stop hating Danny was because Danny outright saved her life, at which point she started to idolize him.
    • Somewhat strangely, as a whole the ghosts actually seem to be the more accepting of the two 'species', since non-hostile ghosts don't have any problem with Danny being half-human (they don't really seem to have any objections to humans either) and apart from one or two exceptions any hostility on the part of the ghosts that Danny fights with is more to do with him being in their way, their obsessions, and/or grudges about previous defeats rather than him being a halfa, not to mention that the events of "The Fright Before Christmas" heavily imply that in a weird way they see him as being one of them ("Tomorrow you'll see what *this* baby can do! /... But all ghosts share the truce... even half-ghosts like you. "). Blue and Orange Morality may apply.
  • An episode of Dave the Barbarian had Dave, Fang, and Faffy believing that they'd found their true people (gorillas, monkeys, and lemons, respectively), and trying to integrate into their societies. But at the end of the episode, their new surrogate families flip out when they discover that they're actually human, human, and dragon; the gorillas hate humans because of their pink ears, monkeys hate them both for their lack of tails, and the lemons think limbs in general are just plain obscene. When Dave tries to point out the silliness of this and that their companions in the lynch mob also have the traits they despise, they realize the truth of this and admit they shouldn't fight humans... Instead, they should fight each other!
  • In the Davey and Goliath episode, "The Polka Dot Tie", Davey and friends bully a boy (who was, in fact, black) for wearing a polka dot tie (It was because Davey's friend's father knew a guy with a polka dot tie who "he couldn't trust") In a later episode, Goliath doesn't like a white dog for being white. Actually, the main story of this episode was Davey's black friend Jonathan's, cousin, who didn't like white people, was in town, and he was blindfolded because he had an accident with his older brother's chemistry set. Jonathan tries to teach him a lesson by introducing him to Davey, who was white, and letting them become friends.
  • The old MGM cartoon "Little Johnny Jet" features a talking, anthropomorphic B-29, who's "old and burnt out", and out of work because jets are getting all the jobs. As a result, he really hates jets, and seeing as they tend to mock him whenever he tries to get work, this isn't exactly undeserved. The final kick in the face seems to be when his newborn son turns out to be a jet. (He does, however, gain more respect for jets when his son saves his life and helps him win a race.)
  • The Big Bad of Dino Squad, Victor Veloci, a velociraptor who somehow gained human form, hates humans with a passion, believing them inferior to dinosaurs. His reason? Because dinosaurs have been around for millions of years, and humans for only a few thousand.
  • It seems to be the way of nature in Dinotrux for the various species of Dinotrux to only hang out with their own kind and to distrust other species. Things don't start changing until the main character realizes how much better things can be if they work together to build stuff.
  • Mildew's irrational hatred toward the dragons it's an important plot point in Dragons: Riders of Berk. Dragons are not considered people in-universe, just very intelligent animals, so this might be more a case of Fantastic Speciesism.
  • In Exo Squad, humans often call Neosapiens "Sapes" or "Neos". (Note that "Neos" is considered an acceptable everyday term, while "Sapes" is more like a slur, and at one point an officer takes some time to dress down one of his troopers for using the latter term.) The Neosapiens themselves view themselves as the Superior Species, and thus call humans 'Terrans'. Neosapiens also show racism towards the Neo Warriors, a breed of animalistic warriors created to fight for them. General Shiva regards even the somewhat more advanced versions with rudimentary speech as simple animals.
  • On The Fairly OddParents!, it's strongly implied that fairies tend to look down on other races, specifically anti-fairies, pixies, and genies. Aside from a few Fantastic Slurs, this is never really explored.
  • In The Fantastic Four (1978), the episode "The Olympics of Space" had Ben Grimm get caught in a conflict between two similar-looking alien races who hated each other for having different eye colors.
  • Futurama, being set in the futuristic sci-fi world of Earth in the 31st century, has humans living alongside all types of strange beings, especially robot people, and also various alien immigrants from other planets. While the many different species coexist in a more-or-less well-integrated society, some bigotry and conflict do exist between them.
    • Human/robot prejudice seems to be a common plot device. Bender often proudly proclaims a hatred of the human species; he loves to say "meatbags" and "kill all humans", and in fact he really does dream of waging war against mankind some day (though he'll make a few exceptions, such as his best friend Fry).
      • The most prominent example of this is the episode "Fear of a Bot Planet". Bender points out that (almost) all of the Blurnsball players are human, with the robots generally being relegated to labor duties. Right after the game is over, Farnsworth sends Bender and the rest of the Planet Express crew to Chapek 9, a planet inhabited by robot separatists who murder all humans on sight. Unsurprisingly, Bender defects from the team, and joins the planet's omnipresent anti-human movement (although soon concedes that he doesn't actually agree with their agenda to kill all humans, citing Fry and Leela as exceptions).
      • Ironically, Bender is also a strong advocate of robot rights. In "Ghosts in the Machines", he decides to kill himself after he gets convinced that Fry perceives robots' lives as being less valuable than humans'.
      • All robots in the episode "Crimes of the Hot" fall victim to racism as a whole, when they get scapegoated as the cause of global warming, getting to the point where President Richard Nixon's head attempts to commit genocide on them.
      • This also gets manifested as a less-than-subtle Fantastic Homophobia metaphor. Marital, romantic, and sexual relations between robotic and organic beings are strictly illegal on Earth. The plot of "Proposition Infinity"note  involves Bender and Amy, who were dating at the time, launching a political movement to legalize "robosexual" relationships.
    • And of course, xenophobia between Earthlings and extraterrestrials also gets demonstrated a few times.
      • The TV news anchorman Morbo is a green alien who seems to despise humans as much as Bender does. In fact, he's expressed a similar desire for his own people to destroy mankind. The only humans he does like (or at least tolerate) are his co-anchorwoman Linda and President Nixon.
      • Professor Farnsworth hates the Cygnoids for some reason, and dislikes how so many of them migrate to Earth. He also owns a Martian skull, and dismisses the Martian people's complaints of cultural disrespect as "whining".
      • Hermes Conrad is strongly implied to hate Decapodians, as evidenced by his interactions with Dr. Zoidberg. Hermes frequently and spitefully calls Zoidberg "ya filthy crab", an obvious fantastic slur (given how Decapodians resemble crustaceans). Hermes also tends to single out Zoidberg for more abuse and blame compared to all their other coworkers. While Hermes is never seen interacting with other Decapodians, the show does seem to heavily imply that Hermes hates Zoidberg because of his species.
      • There's also Zapp Brannigan's spontaneous, completely unfounded, and ridiculously over-the-top hatred of the Neutral people. Naturally, his idiocy fueled by this drives every single conflict of "Brannigan, Begin Again".
    • Aside from all the other examples above, the sewer mutants (a race of hideously mutated humans) are the one group that is truly marginalized, as the law forces them to live in the underground sewers beneath New New York; they're so segregated and invisible, that most surface-dwellers think they're just an urban legend. Leela was born as a mutant, but because she was far less ugly than the rest of her kind, her parents sent her to the surface so that she could live as an "alien" with more freedom.
      • There's also the sewer mutants' derogatory references to the alleged sub-sewer mutants, who are also similarly dismissed by some as being just a "suburban legend". However, it's not confirmed if they even exist at all.
      • Though eventually in "The Mutants Are Revolting", Leela leads all the other mutants to protest for their freedom, successfully achieving legal emancipation, so they can now live above ground.
  • Bigotry and hatred of unfamiliar beings is a very prevalent theme throughout Gargoyles. The titular gargoyles are a species of semi-reptilian winged humanoid creatures who were (and still are) feared by humans just because of their monstrous, animalistic appearances. This shows up a lot in the series' backstory, and helps provide the current conflict.
    • Demona, a female gargoyle born in medieval Scotland, holds an extreme (even genocidal) hatred of all humans, because of how she was mistreated by humans in the distant past. Her gargoyle clan was responsible for defending a Scottish castle from enemy invaders, but were still treated like dirt by (most of) their own human allies. The final straw was when her clan was massacred by an enemy (Viking) general; leading her to spiral down into despair, rage, and madness, so she swore vengeance against all of humanity.
      • Though ironically, Demona has much more in common with the evil humans she detests than with her own kind. In fact, the aforementioned massacre was actually due to a botched secret plan which intended to rid the castle of its human residents and let the gargoyles take over, and it was orchestrated by Demona herself (she just didn't count on the Viking she conspired with to backstab her so horribly). For further irony, she eventually suffers a magic curse which causes her to turn human during daytime (which doesn't improve her low opinion of them).
    • Even Goliath himself showed some (lesser) shades of prejudice during the series premiere, telling Xanatos that he will never completely trust humans again. Though of course, it is completely justified because he still remembers how a thousand years ago, he had previously been double-crossed by two humans he knew and trusted (one of whom was the only man that didn't treat them like garbage). But Goliath soon gets over it after befriending Elisa, a loyal human whom he can trust and depend upon unconditionally.
      • Goliath and his fellow gargoyles often (un)intentionally scare off any humans in modern New York City they encounter, even the innocent civilians they're trying to help and protect. Despite this, they're still very determined to do whatever they can to try and make peace with people who may fear or even hate them (does this sound familiar?).
      • The above situation gets (sort of) inverted in "The Mirror", when Puck's magic spell temporarily transforms all humans in Manhattan into gargoyles (and soon afterwards, the original gargoyles are transformed into humans). The humans-turned-gargoyles are (still) frightened by the gargoyles-turned-humans, seeing them as "monsters"; the latter group exploit this by making scary faces to ward off some transformed citizens who were about to attack them.
    • When Demona began to indiscriminately attack humans, this in turn only made the persecution of gargoyles even worse. One of her surviving victims became the first of a very long series of Hunters who vowed to destroy every single gargoyle in existence (especially but not limited to Demona herself). This vendetta continues to the present day, with one of the Hunters' descendants founding the Quarrymen (see below).
    • One episode features the New Olympians, descendants of Greek mythical creatures who live on a secret island city. Their ancestors were persecuted by humans, so they continue to fear and hate humans themselves. They're so prejudiced and paranoid that they immediately detain Elisa for trespassing in their territory (while not doing the same to her gargoyle companions Goliath and Angela, as they have no beef with their kind). The local authorities eventually decide that indefinitely keeping Elisa imprisoned without any due process is the best way to deal with her; mostly because they don't trust her to not reveal their city's existence (she was never actually going to do this), and partly to "protect" her from an angry mob that seemed hellbent on trying to lynch her.
  • Some amount of Fantastic Racism appears in Generator Rex against EVOs. They generally inspire fear or hatred when they appear, including main character, who is frowned upon by his own employer. There is also a guy who hunts teenagers down with a giant gun and believes in Kill It with Fire instead of using the cure. Considering that most of them are mindless monsters and sapient ones known to general public either cause major property damage (Rex) or perform various acts of terrorism in name of "equality" (The Pack) this treatment may be justified. There is no defined line humanity-EVOs, because this condition is in most cases curable and not only people can go EVO, but also animals, plants or even eggs.
    • White Knight at one point took this trope to the extreme:
    White Knight: I don't trust anything with nanites! (attacks Rex)
    Rex: Everything has nanites!
    White Knight: Everything but me.
    • This seems to change and take on more active form, when Black Knight has taken over Providence and uses mind controlling collars to "turn an EVO curse into a blessing." They hunt down every EVO, including sentient ones. The worst part of it? Society seems to be awfully accepting, though this may be due to an official propaganda.
  • The Canadian animated short The Girl With Pinhead Parents is built on this. But it replaces actual races with fantasy beings who have inanimate objects replacing various limbs. The titular character, a girl whose head is shaped like a pin, is forced to be science partners with a boy who has hockey sticks in place of his hands. She's incredibly uncomfortable with this, because her parents have forbidden her to associate with anyone who isn't a pin person and she knows they'll be angry.
  • Distrust and prejudice between monsters and humans is an important plot point in Gravedale High, as the series is basically a Fish out of Water story about human professor Schneider earning the trust of both his colleagues and his students in a monster high school even with the enormous prejudice against humans. Humans also show prejudice against monsters, of course. One episode deals with Frankentyke embarrassed of his father and trying to use a expy of his own creation for a parents’ meeting because his father is human, as is logical considering that he is a Frankenstein Monster.
  • An important plot point in Gummi Bears is the prejudice that Gummies have over humans, especially in the case of Gruffy who is presented as the more traditional and conservative of the bunch. Justified in that several episodes show how Gummi Bears were persecuted to extinction by greedy humans who wanted their magic and mechanical abilities. Most Gummi that the main cast encounters are shocked to know that the Gummies befriended a human like Cavin.
  • Granamyr the Dragon King from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) has a dislike for humans. He respects He-Man, but cannot resist throwing anti-human comments whenever he speaks. The Snake Men consider themselves the ultimate race and consider all other beings to be food or slave labor at best.
  • Hotel Transylvania: The Series continues the theme of human-and-monster bigotry shown in the film series it serves as a prequel to. The main cast is generally shown to be terrified of humans, while one recurring character is Kitty Cartwright, a human novelist obsessed with proving her unfounded beliefs that monsters are a threat to humanity that must be destroyed.
  • The Hunky and Spunky short "Snubbed by a Snob" involves the titular donkey duo visiting a thoroughbred horse farm where a colt is warned by his mother not to associate with their kind. The colt and Spunky sneak off the farm, prompting the colt's mother and Hunky call for them while giving each other dirty looks. After Spunky saves the colt's life, the parents reconcile their differences and spend time together.
  • The Irken race in Invader Zim look down on every other species, act superior, insult them openly and even enslave them. They don't look down on the other races because they're not Irken, but because they're shorter than the Irken leaders, the Almighty Tallest.
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Despite this show not focusing on the X-Men, Senator Robert Kelly is in fine form preaching anti-mutant propaganda to New York City. Luckily, it seems not many people are listening.
    • Even Pepper feels a little of this due to an understandable fear of mutants. Naturally she's over it by the episode's end. To drive the racism parallels home, Rhodey is the one to shout down Pepper for being ignorant after she expresses some questionable views on mutant rights.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, Heinouses hate weavils with a passion. As a result, weavils tend to be treated as social pests, only good for doing dirty work. Not that this reputation isn't entirely undeserved.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat is extremely racist by these terms. One episode even had him, while trying to anger everybody else, claim that "cats are a superior race", and he claims to despise ducks and rabbits.
    • In the first episode of the series, Stumpy objects to being teamed up with Mr. Cat for a game because Cats Are Meannote .
    • In Episode 108, this becomes a plot point, with the main four arguing about which species is better. When Mr. Cat points out that cats were worshipped by Egyptians and get 10 million views on internet videos, Stumpy and Quack Quack get decide that they want to to become cats as well and get plastic surgery to look like cats.
  • A very odd variant shows up in King of the Hill; when Hank Hill is Mistaken for Racist in the conventional sense, he's only able to prove his innocence by revealing he's not a racist, but a "jobist" — the eccentric patriarch of the Hill family has a deep resentment and dislike of professional repairmen, as it injures his pride in his own abilities as a self-reliant man when he is forced to turn to an outsider instead of just handymanning whatever issue around the house needs fixing.
  • In the Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness episode "Serpent's Tooth", the cobra kung-fu master Fu-xi was a great hero until he was betrayed by mammals who believed Reptiles Are Abhorrent. When he returns to seek revenge, many of the villagers start distrusting Viper, because she's a snake as well. Even Po turns out to be an Innocent Bigot who says Viper isn't like "other snakes".
  • The Lion Guard:
    • Simba has shades of this as he is very persistent that the Lion Guard should only contain lions.
    • Fuli, a cheetah, has issues with how lions rule over the prideland.
    • Kion has many incorrect notions about hyenas, such as that they're Always Chaotic Evil or they don't understand the Circle of Life, that he learns aren't quite right when he befriends Jasiri. Jasiri herself doesn't trust lions 100% but they learn to deal with their differences.
  • "The Big Feud" from Lloyd in Space. While researching their cultural heritages for a school project, Kurt and Douglas discovered that there was a dispute over the common moon that orbited both the ancestral homes of their respective races. Neither race forgave the other for the incident. Despite being best friends, Kurt and Douglas started to hate each other more and more over the course of the episode (with the help of their parents). This escalated to both sides recruiting help from the "old country" to drive the other race out of Intrepidville. Fortunately, by the end of the episode Kurt and Douglas realized the error of their ways and spoke out against the whole feud.
  • Speciesism serves as the bedrock of many conflicts in Men in Black: The Series. It's mentioned that various alien races have been at war with each other or at least don't get along well. And of course, many of the villainous (or at least jerkish) aliens feel contempt for humans.
    • Most notably, there's the Fmeks and their obsession with wiping out the Arquillians, for no reason beyond the former's hatred of the latter species.
    • The villain of "The Head Trip Syndrome" turns out to be a human who really hates aliens. Edmund Clark Moffat is a paranoid conspiracy theorist who somehow discovered the existence of extraterrestrials and the Men in Black, so he resolves to use time travel to erase the MIB from history in hopes of stopping aliens from ever living on Earth.
    • A pretty obvious example of this is featured in "The Future's So Bright Syndrome". In a dystopian future world where Worms have become the dominant species on Earth, they persecuted humans to outright genocidal levels, with many people being enslaved on coffee plantations or just plain massacred. Simply being human and getting caught wandering around their cities is a crime punishable by death, as Agent J finds out the hard way.
    • Agent X is an alien cop who gets recruited by the MIB later into the series. Despite working for and alongside humans, and his job being to protect Earth and its people, Agent X openly expresses his belief that humans are an inferior and primitive species, much to the frustration of his partner Agent L.
  • Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures touched upon prejudice between mice and cats in the episode "Me-Yowww!" when Mighty Mouse befriends a cat named Durf and their friendship results in Mighty Mouse being ostracized, losing his job, and being evicted from his home.
  • In the Monster High webisodes, various monster types (vampires vs. werewolves; seawater creatures vs. freshwater creatures) traditionally do not get along well. Monster society seems to be separate from human society, too, and schools are also segregated. Not only are monster schools separate from human schools, but monster schools themselves are classified according to monster type. The titular school is the first school open to all types of monsters.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Sometimes it seems Jenny can't go anywhere without someone belittling her (like the Krust cousins) or telling her to GTFO (like the owner of Mesmer's diner) simply because she's a robot.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: For a children's show about friendship and pastel-colored ponies, this shows up surprisingly often:
    • Any character that isn't a pony will be subjected to this one way or another. Even lampshaded within the show itself. If a character appears to be a major part in an episode, but isn't a pony, chances are they're going to be an outright villain, a Designated Villain, a mere Jerkass or just shown in a less sympathetic light if they aren't jerkish nor evilnote . Double bonus if you happen to be a dragon. Yes, this even includes Spike. The many examples below:
    • Played for Laughs in "Applebuck Season" when Twilight refers to Applejack as being "stubborn as a mule," then awkwardly realizes there is an actual mule on the premises, though he takes no offense.
    • Subverted in "Bridle Gossip", where it initially seems that the ponies are fearful of the strange visitor to Ponyville because she's a zebra. Only when Twilight expresses skepticism as to their claims of her being evil do they explain their fear stems from her living in the Everfree Forest, which the ponies treat as an Eldritch Location because nature there doesn't behave the way ponies think it should.
      • As a matter of fact, the Ponyville ponies didn't even know what a zebra was in the first place and just assumed Zecora was some really weird and creepy pony witch.
      • Inverted in "The Cutie Pox"; Zecora shows up in Ponyville to find everypony panicking and running for shelter, and initially assumes they're reacting this way to her before Twilight tells her what's actually scaring them.
    • In "Over a Barrel", there is animosity between the ponies and the bisons. It is motivated by a dispute over land rather than innate racial animosity, however, and ultimately given the opportunity to talk to each other they easily settle their issues. Doubles as a Genius Bonus when you realize the whole episode is an allegory for the disputes between Native Americans and the early settlers of the Western United States, which were in large part racially motivated.
    • The Play Within A Show in "Hearth's Warming Eve" shows there was much hostility between earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns prior to the founding of Equestria, with each side viewing the others as inferior, which resulted in the Windigos, attracted by all the delicious hate thereby generated, bringing an Endless Winter. However, in modern day, this has largely faded out and the three races live in harmony. Specifically, the three tribes all have negative viewpoints on each other due to their different cultures and roles in society. Unicorns formed an aristocracy and were seen as a snobby elitist bourgeoisie, pegasi controlled the military and were viewed as violent, knuckle-dragging barbarians, and earth ponies were downtrodden farmers seen as uneducated serfs.
    • In "Dragon Quest" the dragons, or at least the teenage ones that Spike faces, look down on the ponies, which they view as weak, soft and laughable, and on any dragon that associates with them.
    • Although it's more Innocently Insensitive than actual prejudice, Iron Will (a minotaur) from "Putting Your Hoof Down" is referred as a monster by Pinkie Pie and Rarity, a term Fluttershy repeatedly takes offense to.
      Fluttershy: Iron Will's not a monster, he's a minotaur!
    • "A Dog and Pony Show" has Rarity's reaction to being called a mule: She screams that mules are ugly and breaks down into tears. However, as stated above in "Applebuck Season", mules are shown to be a sentient "race" just like ponies.
    • Trenderhoof (a unicorn) in "Simple Ways" has a condescending variant, telling Applejack how he admires the work ethic of Earth ponies and trying to appropriate that "simple" aesthetic.
    • In "The Cutie Re-Mark – Part 2", an alternate Rarity from a Bad Future looks down on Spike for being a dragon (the regular Rarity likes him).
    • In "Triple Threat", in an example of less dogmatic and more casual racism, the dragon Ember comments that ponies all look alike to her, constantly mixing up Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer.
    • In "School Daze", the thing that ultimately causes Neighsay to shut down Twilight's school is when he finds out that it admits non-ponies, which he views as "dangerous creatures" and a threat to the pony way of life.
      • Later he supports Flim and Flam's school due to its pony-centric environment, and believes that the "ill manners" of Twilight's non-pony students are "contagious".
    • In "Fake It 'Til You Make It", once Fluttershy has completely lost herself in her upper-class storekeeper persona, she takes to repeatedly referring to her trio of raccoon helpers as "rodents" and saying that they should "go back to the forest". The reaction of both the raccoons and other ponies to this is consistent with the use of a heavy racial slur.
      Fluttershy: And you'll be pleased to hear that I've taken care of your rodent situation.
      [raccoons chitter in shock, one faints]
      Pinkie Pie: Will somebody tell her to stop saying it?
  • Brought up in an episode of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, where Rad becomes a celebrity and is thrown into show business. However, since he is an alien, he is typecast into movie roles where he shouts stereotypical alien lines and speaks in broken English a la Jar Jar Binks. Unsurprisingly, he ends up quitting, and a human man dressed as an alien takes his place.
    • Kappas like Dendy are subject to an even stronger form of prejudice. The majority of people apparently view kappas as dangerous creatures who pull people underwater to drown them, despite this claim being entirely false. Because of this, kappas are considered monsters who do not possess the capabilities for heroism.
    • Implied. It appears that Foxtail considers people without powers useless. She thinks taking away a hero's power makes them useless, and there's also how she treats Greyman and Carol. She fires Greyman on the spot when he calls her out on her actions, remarking that Greyman's powerlessness means he has no place in POINT anymore. However, it appears she's still respectful to Carol; when Carol goes on her mission and has to bring K.O. with her, Foxtail goes along with Carol in pretending it's a scavenger hunt.
  • In Pinky and the Brain, The Brain shows shades of this towards Pinky's girlfriend, who is a horse.
    Brain: That is a horse, Pinky. You are a mouse.
    Pinky: Oh, don't start that again, Brain.
    • This is probably a subversion with the Comically Serious Brain pointing out the absurdly physical impossiblity of the relationship and Pinky mistaking it for this trope.
  • Popeye and Son episode "There Goes the Neighborhood" deals with An Aesop about prejudice when a new kid in school turns out to be a werewolf from a family of monsters. Bluto even organizes the town into a Torches and Pitchforks lynching, only for the monsters to end saving them from a fire, thus learning the lesson against racism.
  • In the Pound Puppies (1980s) episode "Tuffy Gets Fluffy", Whopper and Bright Eyes are shown to have negative feelings about cats. Thankfully, they learn in the end that not all cats are bad.
  • In Ready Jet Go!, Jet's cousin Zerk is quite discriminatory towards humans, or as the show calls them, "Earthies":
    • In "Whole Lotta Shakin'", he says that Earthies aren't very good builders.
    • In the TV movie Back to Bortron 7, Zerk takes Sean and Sydney to see how much better Bortron 7 is than Earth. Since Bortron 7 has 3 moons, Zerk even says that Earth having one moon must be weird.
  • Exaggerated to the point of lampshading in the third season of ReBoot, as Enzo repeatedly encounters bigoted Mainframers who insist that only blue Sprites could make acceptable Guardians, each one spouting the refrain that "Green is no colour for the defender of the system!" At one point, a young toddler becomes incensed at the sight of him, and angrily hurls its (blue) Guardian plush toy in his face; "Everyone's a critic!", he groans. It should be noted that after hearing that line, Megabyte played up the racism angle with a propaganda campaign.
  • This doesn't ever really come up in Regular Show, despite the presence of many non-human characters (including not only anthropomorphic animals, but even personified objects).
    Pops: "Oh, dirty raccoon! Three dirty raccoons? Raccoons' brains are three times smaller than normal. No, uh... Three out of three raccoons can't read!"
  • In the season two episode of Rick and Morty, "Auto Erotic Assimilation," Rick hooks up with an alien hive-mind called "Unity" who had recently assimilated an entire planet of aliens. Summer and Morty convince unity that life would not necessarily be better without her, but just normal life. When Unity does leave, the aliens almost immediately get into a race war between people with pointy nipples and people with spirally nipples.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • Filbert and Paula's families don't approve of their upcoming nuptials because "cats and turtles don't mix". It's later revealed that Paula's father is a turtle, and her mother is just crazy. The two end up going to a drive-thru chapel instead of having a big-to-do ceremony in front of their Feuding Families.
    • In another episode, Rocko has lost Spunky at the supermarket, and sees that Spunky has been packed in one of those shrink-wrapped Styrofoam trays meat comes in, and has been mistaken for meat by another customer. Rocko tries to get Spunky back by talking about how gross dog meat is, how polluted it is, and eventually by spinning a sob story about how sea creatures are trapped when dogs are caught in the wild. The guy in line says the following:
    "Sea mammals... who needs 'em? This world would be a whole lot better off without them! We ought to build a boat, put all the sea mammals on it, send it across the ocean, and sink it halfway!"
    Gorilla next to sobbing dugong(?): "HEY, BUDDY! MY WIFE'S A SEA MAMMAL!" Cue Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Possibly the earliest televised example of this was Rankin Bass' Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, where Rudolph was a perfectly normal, healthy baby reindeer...whose nose happened to glow red on command. Almost everyone the poor thing encountered, from his own father to Santa Claus, rejected him because of it. (At least his mother loved him just the way he was). Actually any character that was different suffered this fate, from the Elf who wanted to be a Dentist to the Island of Misfit Toys.
  • Surprisingly enough, Rupert showed some examples of this.
    • Podgy Pig expresses unfounded contempt towards snakes in "Rupert and the Crocodiles" and tries to warn Rupert Bear against saving a snake claiming to be the Serpent King. Fortunately, Podgy eventually sheds his prejudices and is shown to be grateful when he, Rupert, a ship captain, and the captain's first mate are later rescued from a tribe of bipedal crocodiles that attempted to eat them by the Serpent King and many other snakes.
    • "Rupert and the Twilight Fan" had Rupert and the Professor's assistant go to the Bird Kingdom to find the tail feather of a rare bird so that it can be used to awaken Tiger Lily from a sleeping spell. The sapient birds who inhabit the kingdom attempt to imprison Rupert and the Professor's assistant for daring to arrive in a flying machine, believing that only birds are allowed to experience flight. Some penguins native to the Bird Kingdom eventually take the flying machine for a ride, which makes the king of the Bird Kingdom realize how selfish his people have been by trying to deny the flightless a chance at experiencing flight.
    • More prejudice from the Bird Kingdom is shown in "Rupert and the Firebird". Rupert visits the Bird Kingdom to find help for his new pet firebird Bernie, who got sick after being exposed to water by accident. The owl guards promptly throw Rupert into the dungeon simply because he isn't a bird and laugh at his claims that he is friends with the Bird King. Rupert only manages to escape by hiding in a pelican's beak, and the owl guards keep searching for Rupert until the wiser Bird King talks them out of it.
  • Tim the Witch Smeller in Sabrina: The Animated Series. In Tim's first episode, after Uncle Quigley gives an Anvilicious speech about how not all witches are bad, Tim appears to have seen the error of his ways. Tim apologises to Sabrina and her aunts and claims that he will turn over a new leaf. But once they forgive him he reveals he was only putting on an act and goes right back to trying to capture them now that they've let their guard down.
  • Samurai Jack:
  • One of the underlying themes of Shadow Raiders, though partially justified in this case because each of the Single Biome Planets is rich in one resource that the others lack (Bone produces food, Ice produces water, Fire produces energy, and Rock presumably produces metal and whatever other mineral-based Applied Phlebotinum is needed), so all of the planets have been raiding and warring with each other for centuries. Particularly evident in the populace of planets Ice and Fire, where each species believes that merely touching their counterpart species will kill them.
  • In the Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century episode based on "The Five Orange Pips", the villains are an anti-robot group working with Moriarty. In the original story, they were the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Parodied in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIX segment "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse". Nelson threatens a yellow pumpkin with a knife in order to not be eaten by the Grand Pumpkin, who just points out that he doesn't care about yellow pumpkins. When Nelson calls the Grand Pumpkin a racist, he claims that "All pumpkins are racist, the difference is that I admit it." Not to mention that upon death, Grandie spouts something about "Pumpkin segregation forever!"
  • The South Park episode "Goobacks" features immigrants time traveling from an overpopulated Bad Future to find work in present-day Earth and work for minimal wages and invest it to support the people of their own time period. When Stan complains about all the jobs they are taking from South Park's citizens, his father accuses him of being "timecist".
  • The premise of Spider-Man Unlimited has Spider-Man ending up in a parallel reality known as Counter-Earth, which is inhabited by both humans and uplifted animals called Bestials. A recurring theme is that humans and Bestials are bigoted toward each other, which is first made apparent by showing humans living in the slums and being treated like vermin by the more well-off Bestials. The two-part premiere episode even has John Jameson attempt to shoot some Bestials after they've been freed from the symbiotes that took control of them simply because they're Bestials, only relenting when Spidey points out to him that callously killing the Bestials would prove that humans are just as bad as them.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • It is hinted that Sandy is sometimes ridiculed and not well-liked, because she is a land mammal and lives underwater with sea creatures.
      • In "Karate Choppers", after Mr. Krabs gives SpongeBob a second chance to keep his job, he sniffs Sandy, gives a disgusted look and snarls the word "mammals".
      • There's also "Squirrel Jokes", in which SpongeBob becomes a popular comedian through "dumb squirrel" jokes, which result in Sandy being belittled and treated differently by the people of Bikini Bottom. Though SpongeBob later makes it up to his friend by making equal-opportunity jokes against all animals, including his own.
      • The episode "Pressure" has Krabs, Squidward, Patrick, and SpongeBob belittling Sandy for not being like them, and challenging her to remove her survival suit. However, Sandy isn't above engaging in some racism herself, to the point where she brags about land-dwelling creatures being good at fishing. Yeesh.
      • However this isn't always present in an episode. For example in "Texas", she wanted to return home to Texas, but SpongeBob convinced her to stay, and we see that Mr. Krabs and other Bikini Bottomities do like her and wanted her to stay in Bikini Bottom, and had no ill-will towards her.
      • Though conversely in "Kenny the Cat", Sandy thinks that cats are scoundrels and can't be trusted. Now replace "cats" with another race like for example "blacks". See the problem? Then again, back home on dry land, cats kill and eat squirrels.
    • The episode "Squidville" contains an example of fantastic segregation. Squidward moves to a gated community called Tentacle Acres, which only allows cephalopods like himself to live there; when SpongeBob and Patrick try to enter, a security guard outright tells them that "your kind isn't allowed here", and was about to send his partner to beat them with his nightstick.
    • Another case of this turns up in "SpongeGuard On Duty", when SpongeBob tries to deter people from going into the water by warning that there are sharks in there, only to offend a family of sharks. He then tries to say that the water isn't safe because sea monsters are there, but that isn't any better and results in a bespectacled sea monster replying with "You know, we sea monsters have made great strides in the fields of science and literature", before slapping SpongeBob with his tailfin.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Though the show is light hearted and colorful with the occasional dose of black comedy, the show slowly reveals a fairly harsh case of this. The monsters Star gleefully fights turn out to have few other employment options other than as the Mooks to a Manchild. According to "Mewnipendence Day", Star's ancestors drove the monsters off their lands, and as seen in "On the Job", they jealously guard the food they grow, forcing the monsters to scrape a living in the swamps.
    • In "Starfari", Star tries to go about making things better for Monsterkind, and thinks she's found a kindred spirit in Jelly Goodwell, the Royal Monster Expert. It gradually dawns on Star, however, that Ms. Goodwell thinks the Monsters are little more than animals, and her Condescending Compassion for the Monsters (and ill-conceived plan to blow up a dam and isolate them in the middle of a lake) is almost as bad as the blatant racism of other Mewmans.
      Star: Listen, we can't just go around pulling up dams and imprisoning Monsters! That's crazy! Mewmans have been deciding what's best for Monsters for way too long!
    • Star's alleged great-times-ten grandmother Queen Solaria is an extreme case of this, believing monsters would be happier brutally slaughtered than alive, and was aiming to make a spell that will result in the extinction of all monsters. Thankfully, she never completed it, and handed off that duty to her daughter, Eclipsa, who has absolutely no intent on ever finishing that spell.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • The Empire looks down on aliens, and it's rare for them to serve in high-ranking positions within the Empire. The Inquisitors and Grand Admiral Thrawn are the only exceptions.
    • Agent Kallus seems to be this, though most of it has been against Lasats. It turns out it's from a misplaced grudge, due to trauma from seeing his first unit getting killed by a mercenary that just so happened to be a Lasat. He once tried to harass Hera for being a Twi'lek when they met in "Vision of Hope", as well as Rex (a clone) in "Relics of the Old Republic".
  • Steven Universe:
    • Peridot does not think highly of pearls and fusions, to say the least. Some fans jokingly refer to her prejudice as "gemist". Peridot's prejudice is the result of her adherence to Homeworld's Fantastic Caste System, and is likely shared to some extent by any Homeworld gem. Pearls and Fusions aren't considered people, and Peridot doesn't care for taking orders from them. Oddly, she doesn't have much issue with hybrids like Steven, presumably because Steven's completely unique and doesn't fit in any pre-established caste system. Also, before discovering Steven's status as a hybrid, she assumes that Steven is a type of quartz (which isn't entirely wrong), and as seen with her interactions with Amethyst, she legitimately does respect quartzes. She gets better after spending time with Pearl and especially Garnet.
    • Gems in general tend to be pretty dismissive of humans, with even the heroic Crystal Gems rarely treating them as equals. Pearl in particular can be very smugly dismissive. However, they are a vast improvement over the rest of Homeworld, who tends to view all organic life with disdain and don't seem to consider organic lifeforms people.
      • Even after seeing how humanity has grown and having found her own kind in order to save them, Rose Quartz still has trouble understanding them until Greg calls her out on it.
    • Homeworld finds the idea of two different kinds of gems fusing unacceptable.
    • The Off Colors are persecuted for these reasons and more. Padparadscha is a defective orange Sapphire whose precognitive abilities make give her visions of things that have happened in the immediate past. The Rutile Twins were created from the Kindergarten malformed, with their humanoid form appearing as two one-armed torsos conjoined at a single waist. Rhodonite and Fluorite are both fusions born of love between two Gems; Rhodonite is a Ruby and a Pearl whose negative personality traits have been magnified, while Fluorite is a polyamorous fusion of six Gems and is open to adding more if they are compatible and speaks incredibly slowly. The only way they overcome their "defects" is under the leadership of Lars Barriga, who unwittingly stowed away to Homeworld with Steven, died, and was then brought back to life by Steven and now has powers similar to Lion.
    • There's also this exchange when they see Yellow Diamond's Pearl:
      Steven: Who's that?
      Pearl: (annoyed) Not all Pearls know each other, Steven.
      • Although that one turned out to be a case of Exact Words as she does know that pearl.
  • In an episode of Superjail!, Jared tries to order bunny suits for everyone, but the Twins end up messing with the order so that half the prison population gets bunny suits and the other half gets wolf suits. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Teen Titans episode "Troq" features Starfire suffering speciesism from another alien named Val-Yor, who has a strong dislike of her kind (Tameranians), and he even calls her "Troq" a few times.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: Many steam engines and diesels have a strong dislike for one another. Some steam engines see the diesels as trying to take away their jobs, and some (but not all) diesels see the steam engines as outdated and deserving to be scrapped (which was the opinion of the actual British Railways in the 50s and 60s, especially after the publication of the Modernisation Plan of 1955). It was also a major driving force in the movie Calling All Engines. In addition, one of the books, James and the Diesel Engines, is all about the title character trying to overcome his prejudices against diesels.
  • In Thundercats 2011 the Cats' empire of Thundera is full of this, and the people on top justify it with Might Makes Right Social Darwinism. The Cats look down on the other races of Animals, especially their archenemies the Lizards, and the Lizards despise the Cats in turn. The Cats also segregate their own species based on tails — those who have them, such as the Thunderkittens, are treated as second class citizens.
  • The Transformers franchise has a long history of exploring this trope:
    • The Quintessons hold every other sentient race in contempt. Most notably Transformers and humans.
    • Megatron in Beast Machines is arguably the WORST example in the franchise by far. To put it simply, he hates organic life with every fiber of his being; viewing it as an abomination and plague. As such, he's been trying to exterminate the Maximals for their Beast Modes and trying to remove all of the organic components of his own.
    • In Transformers Animated, Sentinel Prime has severe issues with organics. While the trauma of having his friend killed by giant spiders might have something to do with it, there's something very wrong with a guy who tells his not-so-dead friend, who is now part-organic, that she would have been better off dead and then tries to kill her himself.
      • This seems to be common throughout the Cybertronian population. "This Is Why I Hate Machines" has Capt. Fanzone accidentally coming to Cybertron. Most of the natives are either terrified of him or try to squish him, and none refer to him as anything but "the Organic." And these are all Autobots. Mind you, this happens after the aforementioned Sentinel Prime becomes Magnus and begins a propaganda campaign against organics.
      • Fridge Brilliance: One of the organic species the Cybertronians have the most contact with are space barnacles that take over robots and turns them into zombies. They probably think that humans can do something similar. Also: Humans driving their vehicles (that Cybertronians can transform into) must look exactly like that to them.
    • In Transformers: Cyberverse, Shockwave turns out to have some neo-functionist leanings, believing Seekers are stupid and need easy-to-follow instructions for the simplest of tasks.
    • Megatron in Transformers Prime hates humanity so much that he refuses to scan an Earth vehicle mode, preferring to stick with his Cybertronian jet mode. A wolf, he reasons, has no need to hide amongst sheep.
      • Ratchet of the Autobots is also openly contemptuous of flesh-creatures, their technology and culture. He so assured of Cybertronian superiority that he does not even bother to learn about human physiology and medicine: This comes back to haunt him big-time when a human child that he has unwittingly come to love is mortally-wounded by Megatron, and he panics in desperation as he does not know the first thing to do to save his life.
      • Additionally, Starscream has called humans vermin on more than one occasion, and Knock Out once refers to one as "skinjob".
  • When Keith is revealed to be part-Galra on Voltron: Legendary Defender, Allura, whose planet has been at war with the Galra empire for ten thousand years, begins treating him coldly despite him having nothing to do with the people who destroyed her planet besides genetics.
  • Wakfu displays a world with a multitude of races, all of whom are smugly condescending to each other on a regular basis. In particular, the Iop ethnicity is treated collectively as a pack of over-aggressive meatheads; you could make a drinking game using every time someone being stupid is referred to as "Iop-brain".
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? had this happen both ways. The title character is frequently ridiculed and ostracized for being a robot, while his family often views humans as being inferior to robots.
  • In one episode of The Wild Thornberrys, Eliza and Darwin had to deal with a feud between two groups of monkeys, one with long tails and one with short tails.
  • One episode of Saban's X-Men cartoon took the theme of prejudice against mutants and turned it on its head when Storm (an African) and Wolverine (a white Canadian) traveled back in time to the 1950s. When the waiter at a restaurant refused them service because Storm was black, she indignantly replied, "That's so pathetic it's almost quaint!"
    • It was made even more of a sore spot because this version of Storm and Wolverine came from an alternate timeline in which they were married. Needless to say, Wolverine didn't take it well.
    • In keeping with the theme of the comic, all the X-Men TV series have addressed Fantastic Racism. It becomes the major theme in the third and fourth seasons of X-Men: Evolution, after the mutants are revealed to the world, and it seems like pretty much every human hates the mutants.
  • The Xiaolin Chronicles episode "Planet of Dragons" has the Xiaolin monks and Dojo travelling to a future where the humans are treated as slaves and as being inferrior by the dragons. And all of that happened because the monks gave Dojo too many chores, which they could easily do by themselves. Granted, Dojo didn't want the dragons to rule the world, he just wanted to free them from slavery, but his great x6 grandson wanted and due to being his descendent to the throne, the world got worse for the humans once he became the ruler.
  • Young Justice:
    • When talking about race conflicts in class, Megan (Miss Martian) mentions to Conner (Superboy) that on Mars, there is a lot of discrimination against the White Martian minority by the Green Martian majority. It turns out that Megan is actually a White Martian who's insecure about her true self, having disguised herself as a Green Martian and took a more humanoid form to avoid ostracization on Earth.
    • Red Volcano's goal was essentially to wipe out all organic life on Earth, so that he and his fellow robots could rule the world. When expressing his disgust against humans at Miss Martian and Superboy (both of whom are aliens), he corrects himself and calls them "meatbags". Oddly this plan seems to have come from his human creator, though it's a bit hard to tell since the T.O. Morrow we originally see was really a robot too (albeit he believes that he's human; it's a long story).
    • In Season 2, the TV news anchorman G. Gordon Godfrey is trying to encourage xenophobia by suggesting that the Justice League may be harboring more aliens than the publicly accepted Martian Manhunter and Superman, and it works. Though ironically enough, Godfrey is actually a New God from Apokolips, and was only spreading anti-alien/superhero propaganda under Darkseid's orders.
    • The tie-in comic has a story revolving around a group of Atlantean extremists who try to incite violence against the citizens who do not look fully human such as Lagoon Boy, or even Kaldur himself, who has visible gills and webbed digits. In a later issue, La'gaan tells M'gann that he came to the surface in order to escape such prejudice, same as she did.
  • In Monster High the monsters call the humans the vaguely racist- or in this case, speciescist- word "normies".


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