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This index exists because . . . well . . . we needed another index to please the Periphery Demographic, okay?

Tropes on this page usually have to do with putting something into a show solely for one or both of two reasons: because some demographic (girls, nonwhite people, etc) wants to see it or to conveniently advance the narrative.


  • Five-Token Band: Every member of the group is a minority not represented by the rest of the team.
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  • Team Pet: The one member of the team who is a domesticated animal rather than a sapient being.
  • The One Guy: The one male member of a team otherwise composed of females.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The one female member of a team otherwise composed of males.
  • The Team Normal: The one member of a team of super-powered beings who lacks super powers.
  • Token Enemy Minority: The one member of the team who belongs to a species the group is usually against.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The one member of a heroic team who is evil.
  • Token Good Teammate: The one member of a villainous team who is good.
  • Token Heroic Orc: The one member of an evil species who isn't evil.
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  • Token Human: The only member of a group who is human.
  • Token Lesbian: The only member of a group who is a lesbian.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The only member of the group who is a young girl.
  • Token Minority: The only member of the group who is a different ethnicity.
  • Token Minority Couple: The only couple consisting of an ethnicity different from most characters.
  • Token Motivational Nemesis: The villain responsible for the hero's suffering who gets killed in the first arc.
  • Token Non-Human: The single non-human member of a group otherwise composed of humans.
  • Token Religious Teammate: The one member of the group who is explicitly shown to have religious beliefs.
  • Token Romance: A romantic subplot shoehorned into the main plot.
  • Token Super: The sole member of a team who has super powers.
  • Token Rich Student: The one kid at school who belongs to a wealthy family.
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  • Token Trio: A trio composed of a white male lead character, a white female, and a non-white male.
  • Token White: The only white character in a cast otherwise composed of ethnic characters.
  • Token Wholesome: The one character who is modestly dressed while the other characters dress in fanservice-y ways.
  • Token Wizard: The one magic user in a teak of muggles and Science Heroes.
  • Token Yuri Girls: Yuri-style lesbian relationships between secondary characters, outside of Yuri Genre works, to appeal to the Yuri Fan base. Note that feelings can and often are one-sided.
  • Twofer Token Minority: A character is part of more than one minority group not represented by the other characters.
  • Yaoi Guys: Yaoi-style relationships between side characters to bring in the Yaoi Fangirls. Spear Counterpart of Token Yuri Girls above.

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