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A cast where every (or almost every) member represents a stereotype of some sort. These stereotypes can include:

If an All-Stereotype Cast contains a couple of non-stereotypical characters, they tend to be:

  • "Normal Guys/Girls" who are much less stereotypical, but also much more "generic" than the rest. One of them is usually the main hero and Audience Surrogate note 
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  • Wacky gimmick characters.
  • If it's a video game that features bosses/mid-bosses, they're also quite often non-note stereotypical.

This trope could be used for different reasons. Maybe the creators had a limited time or budget to create a cast of fully fleshed but recognizable humorous characters, and turned to this trope as an easier shorthand. Maybe they just didn't care. Or maybe this was done intentionally, for example to parody or deconstruct the stereotypes, or just play them straight and revel in the ensuing campy silliness. Note: This trope isn't necessarily a symptom of a bad or lazy creative process; if done right, it might result in an enjoyable if campy cast of characters.

Though in Long-Runners, they'll eventually gain Character Development beyond their initial roles.

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This trope was surprisingly prominent in fighting, racing and vehicular combat video games, but can also be encountered elsewhere. If like characters band together and compete with other groups of likes, you've entered Gang of Hats territory.

Compare Five-Token Band, which doesn't necessarily consist of stereotypes, and is always multiethnicnote . See also Captain Ethnic; a superhero team consisting of Captain Ethnics will result in an All Stereotype Cast.

Subtrope of Taste the Rainbow.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Breakfast Club: A sort of Deconstruction. Each of the students in detention fulfills a high school stereotype of The '80s: specifically, jocks, brainiacs, princesses, criminals, and basket cases — and yet is about showing how they're much more than those stereotypes.
    Brian: You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.
  • Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines: The Germans are uptight efficiency freaks, the French are more interested in making love and having fun than working, the Italians are devout Catholics and have a bunch of kids, the American is a cowboy, the British are stuffy and formal, and so forth. But as one YouTube review points out, the facts that all the actors are the appropriate nationalities and "insults" are applied evenly to all concerned helps mitigate the offensiveness.
  • Banlieue 13: Ultimatum: Everyone. From the gangster alliance (Black Rastafarians who look like rejects from the Lord's Resistance Army, robe-clad bearded Arabs, Trigger Happy Portuguese used-car salesmen, tattooed Asian martial artists, and white Neo-Nazi skinheads), to the bad guys (a PR-obsessed French President and his Evil Chancellor), to the heroes (Cowboy Cop Damien and Neighborhood Friendly Gangster Leito). It manages to be quite hilarious because of how straight it plays the whole thing.
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has a stereotypical quartet of high school comedy movie characters in the "real world" a stereotypical quartet of action comedy characters in the "Jumanji world"... and the juxtaposition is flipped when the high school teens get put into the player characters that are their diametric opposites in the Jumanji game. The closeted video game nerd ends up in the muscular hero character, the jock ends up as a glorified backpack, the Alpha Bitch ends up in a frumpy portly guy, and the Shrinking Violet girl ends up in a bare-midriff short-shorts Kick Chick Action Girl.

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • This was the defining trait of Vincent J McMahon's WWWF, as he wanted at least one wrestler for every ethnic group in New York to have a program a year and would take wrestlers from other territories if he had too. Not only are Tropes Not Bad, but over the years people found this preferable to Vince Jr's inflammatory race baiting and territory killing star poaching(Vince Sr was at least nice enough to send someone he considered equally "exotic" in to fill the vacancy)
  • Women Of Wrestling's first run in the early 2000s attempted a more realistic take on this trope by showing wrestlers in their downtime trying to fit into the "new" culture and or explaining how all these people got on the roster to begin with. But when you have a six foot black woman named Slam Dunk, a Persian Belly Dancer, a South American Jungle Grrl and a Tongan named Paradise you're nonetheless using this trope. The 2012 revival a little less so, as it scouted more wrestlers as opposed to training new ones and changed fewer of those wrestlers' established gimmicks.
  • Deliberately avoided with Lucha Liga Elite, as while it did go out of its way to get as many wrestlers/luchadores from as many different parts of the world as possible it made a point of having them keep their original gimmicks, which often didn't hint at anything in particular. The Argentina native is Hip Hop Man rather than the black US national. The "Chicano" is openly Puerto Rican. The man from Cameroon does have a lion theme but not as much as The Lion Brothers, who are Mexican.

    Video Games 
  • Street Fighter II/Super Street Fighter II is a well-known example. There's a Husky Russkie, a Japanese sumo fighter, a beauty-obsessed Spaniard dressed like a matador, a Native Mexican(who is actually from the US) who wears mostly traditional garb and has some connection with animals, an Indian pacifist yoga master with mystical yoga powers, a Chinese woman in a sexy version of a qipao and an "ox horns" hairstyle, a sexy British special forces woman, a Bruce Lee Clone from Hong Kong, and a buff EagleLand Air Force major with an American flag tattooed on his shoulder. Other games of the series also use this trope. There are also a couple "Normal Guy" characters, and gimmick characters.
  • Street Fighter's clone World Heroes features Rasputin/Genghis Khan/Joan of Arc/Bruce Lee pastiches from Russia/Mongolia/France/China respectively, a superhumanly competent and powerful German robot, and an Eagleland-themed American wrestler. The sequels add a stereotypical viking, a stereotypical pirate, a primitive Pacific Islander witchdoctor, an aggressive American football player, and a punk Jack the Ripper from the UK.
  • Punch-Out!! game (at least since the second arcade game) loves this trope. The main character, Little Mac, is a "Normal Guy", but most of his opponents are national/ethnic stereotypes. These include a cowardly Frenchman, a Canadian lumberjack, the Vodka Drunkenski (aka Soda Popinski) from Russia, a militaristic German guy whose stage music is Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, a Bruce Lee Clone from Hong Kong, an old martial arts master from China, an aggressive Irishman, a Flamenco-dancing Spanish ladies' man, and more.
  • Wade Hixton's Counter Punch, a GBA boxing game similar to Punch Out, also does this. Its main character is a "Normal Guy" like Little Mac, but the boxers he encounters include a stereotypical burly biker, a nature-loving African tribesman, a stereotypical raver girl, a black pimp complete with a purple hat and fur coat who sometimes speaks in gibberish "-izzle" words, and a couple gimmick characters.
  • Another similar game is Super KO Boxing 2. Again, a "Normal Guy" hero fights against a cowboy from Texas, a Spanish matador with a rose in his teeth, a stereotypical "gangsta" black guy, a Native American chief with a feathered headdress, a black voodoo magician decked in skulls and bones, a stereotypical caveman, a Ryu-esque Japanese fighter with a Rising Sun headband, a pharaoh from Egypt, and a couple gimmick characters.
  • War Gods features a kabuki-themed samurai, a Caribbean Voodoo witchdoctor, a typical Roman gladiator, a Terminator expy, a sexy female viking, a sexy witch, and a couple others. And Anubis.
  • Timeslaughter, one of the goriest (and campiest) fighting games ever, cranks this trope up to eleven. Some of its characters are: a stereotypical madman, a stereotypical Neanderthal caveman, a stereotypical French artist, a Scot complete with a kilt and bagpipes, and a cannibalistic voodoo-empowered African chieftain.
  • Brawlhalla, a Super Smash Bros. clone, features a Dressed to Plunder pirate, a generic knight, a ninja called Hattori (for some reason, one of her alternate costumes is a Bruce Lee Clone), a Mayincatec warrior queen, a Steampunk inventor, a Cyber Punk hacker, a stereotypical caveman, a cowgirl, and a couple others.
  • While Twisted Metal games always featured stereotypes among their casts, Twisted Metal 3 came the closest to this trope. Contestants include a stereotypical raver, a sexy environmentalist Granola Girl, a "get off my lawn"-type granny, a black guy from "the hood" who wants to "kick it with his homies in the crib", an expy of The Prodigy's frontman, a burly construction worker, a Ghost Rider expy, a crazy deranged homeless guy, etc.
  • Twisted Metal's clone (and Spiritual Successor to the first two games) called Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012 features a stereotypical madman, a stock Batman parody, a fat Elvis Impersonator, a Spaghetti Western cowboy (albeit of a cyborg variety), a sexy nun, a sexy country girl, a Rich Bitch, and a walking penis joke.
  • Another Twisted Metal clone, Vigilante 8 (and its sequel), does the same... but with 1970s stereotypes.
  • Street Racer features a self-absorbed rich guy, a sexy surfer girl, a hi-tech sumo fighter from Japan, a tribal chieftain from Kenya, a Red Baron pastiche from Germany, and a turban-wearing Turkish guy on a flying carpet.
  • Dead in the Water for PS 1, which was basically Twisted Metal with boats, features a stereotypical army commander, an Australian Crocodile Dundee pastiche, a stereotypical redneck family, a stereotypical pirate, a stereotypical cop, a boy genius, a Jive Turkey black man, a goth girl, and a team of Baywatch pastiche babes.
  • Cel Damage features a Shallow Parody anime girl, a stereotypical nerd, a sexy dominatrix, a burly construction worker, and a stereotypical gangster (who happens to be a Funny Animal duck).
  • Team Fortress 2 relies on national/ethnic stereotypes: The Heavy is a Husky Russkie, the Medic is a German Mad Scientist, the Sniper a Crocodile Dundee Expy, the Engineer a Good Old Boy from Texas, the Demoman a Violent Glaswegian, the Soldier an uber-patriotic Eaglelander, the Spy a French Jerk, the Scout a Brooklyn Rager, their boss Saxton Hale is an Awesome Aussie (the page image even!), and the Pyro is... the Pyro.
  • The Wonderful 101: Wonder-Red, the 'normal guy' who also fulfills the White Male Lead of a multiethnic team. Blue from Los Angeles, speaks in surfer slang. Green is a foodie stationed in Paris, France. Pink is a vampy Valley Girl from Transylvania. Yellow is a strong man from Russia. White is a ninja from Japan. Black is an Indian nerd. Among the other 100 extra wonderful ones, their names are simply Wonder-'X', where X is a stereotype like Zombie, Cheerleader, Pirate, or even Vegetable, that they fit to a tee design wise.
  • AMF Bowling Pinbusters: This game features a surfer dude, a sexy cowgirl, a Drill Sergeant Nasty, a punk girl, a Jive Turkey black guy, a Spicy Latina, an Elvis impersonator, and a sports-obsessed jock note 
  • Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football: The trainers include a goth-ish rockstar, a kilt-and-bagpipes Scot, a Rich Bitch Valley Girl, a stereotypical badass biker, an Inuit girl dressed in traditional clothes with a snowflake as her symbol, a clown, and a hula dancer.
  • Bloody Good Time: The cast includes a goth girl, a stoner, a beach babe, a surfer dude, a Playboy Bunny girl, a showgirl, a psychopathic clown and a black gambler.
  • Guitar Hero's playable characters are stereotypes of rock stars from various rock subgenres - a bouncy pop-punk girl in a tartan school skirt, an 80s Hair Metal guy in denim, a punk with liberty spikes and Union Jack clothing, a Glam Rock guy in androgynous clothes and Aladdin Sane face paint, a big Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut in black leather and corpse paint, a Visual Kei girl in neon colours and twintails, a hippie/prog bloke in a Napoleonic jacket and a bow with which to play his guitar, a grunge/Southern rock girl in a Confederate flag bra... This fell by the wayside once the series began incorporating real musicians as playable characters, and was somewhat diminished in III where many characters were redesigned to fit a generic metal look.
  • Overwatch - a learned and pragmatic German, a Femme Fatale Frenchwoman, a chirpy Cockney sparra, a cutesy Korean esports gamer and actress, an American cowboy, a butch and bearlike Russian, an honourable Japanese samurai, a crazy hoon Australian, and so on. Heroes added later, like Sombra (a Mexican hacker) and Ana (a Cool Old Lady Egyptian sharpshooter) tend not to fit stereotypes as neatly, if at all.
  • In the sequel of Knights of Pen and Paper for playable characters we have the jock, the cheerleader, the lab rat, the surfer, the bookworm, the goth, the exchange student, the rocker, the rich kid and the hipster. Word of God states that they wanted to create a cast of diverse and easily recognizable high school stereotypes.
  • The Hex is a meta-game where six characters from disparate gaming genres find themselves in an inn and learn that one of them is going to commit a murder, so their past and motives are explored. There's the anthropomorphic protagonist of a Mascot Platformer (who looks like a cross between Sonic and Crash Bandicoot), a character from a fighting game (a Scary Black Man full of tattoos), a sorceress from a Zelda-esque 16-bit JRPG (who looks more like a World of Warcraft character), a Space Marine from a top-down shooter, a post-apocalyptic survivor from a Fallout-esque turn-based strategy game and the point-of-view character from an Environmental Narrative Game (who is represented as a mute shadow whose only arms and legs are rendered). However nothing is so clear-cut and the genres will be mixed and spoofed during the course of the main game, which is played for both comedy and drama.

    Web Comics 
  • The whole premise of Scandinavia and the World is that the characters representing the countries are National Stereotypes.
  • Polandball, also known as Countryballs is basically a webcomic born in 4chan about Polandball and his relationship with the other countryballs, all of them represent National Stereotypes based on actual conducts of every country translated into a personality. First based only on Europe and US, there's already the whole world pictured as countryball (also, not just limited to countries, there're also countyballs and even planetballs).
  • Total Trauma deconstructs the Total Drama series' usage of this trope. All of the contestants were pigeonholed by the producers into their stereotypes and were so deeply affected by it that it started to harmfully influence their behaviour. When they're all adults after the end of the show, many have had their lives irreparably damaged by it, with some even completely changing their identities to get away from their past selves.

    Western Animation 
  • Wacky Races might be one of the oldest examples of this trope. It features a couple of stereotypical cavemen, a Red-plica Baron, a couple of army stereotypes, a mob of stereotypical gangsters, a super-genius scientist inventor, a lazy hillbilly with a pet bear, a stereotype lumberjack with a pet beaver, The Chick who is a Girly Girl obsessed with her looks, and a Dastardly Whiplash-style villain. There's also a racer whose main trait is being a racer, who serves as this cast's "Normal Guy".
  • Drawn Together characters represent (and parody) reality show stereotypes, combining them with cartoon genre archetypes. Captain Hero, for example, parodies the macho jock stereotype and the confident, powerful superhero.
  • Clone High subverts this. The cast initially looks like this trope, consisting of clones of various historical figures rather than their expies. However, the characters themselves don't want to be tied down with other people's preconceptions of the historical figures from whom they're cloned, so they tend to do a complete 180-degree turn in terms of personality: Abe Lincoln is a weak-willed wimp, Joan of Arc went goth, Gandhi is a wacky party animal, and so on.
  • Total Drama provides the current page image. The entire cast represent and parody teenage stereotypes. Some play their stereotypes straight (Duncan is a delinquent, Heather is an Alpha Bitch, Geoff is a party animal, Lindsay is a dumb cheerleader, Harold/Cody/Noah are nerds/geeks, etc.), while some subvert expectations (Gwen is a Perky Goth, Tyler is a jock who sucks at sports, DJ is also a jock but is a timid Mama's Boy, etc.).

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