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"Every Black entourage needs one white person. White friends are the human passports that legitimize Black existence and allow Black people to travel through the world of whiteness unencumbered. It's why they invited Eminem to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. Who else on that stage could have gotten away with kneeling in solidarity with Black Lives Matter without causing a months-long national scandal?"
Carlos Greaves, "Tips for Black Men Trying to Withdraw Money from Their Own Bank Accounts," McSweeney's Internet Tendency

The Cyclic Trope side of the Token Minority. A show might have an all-minority cast, such as focusing on a Black family or a Multinational Team, but the blonde-and-blue-eyed portion of the audience will not be left out, either.

On a Sitcom, they're often either the "uncool" one or the ditz. This is probably because the others are viewed as less Acceptable Targets, but when you really think about the implications of the white member of a diverse group being lame, it starts to seem like a Broken Aesop. On a Black Sitcom they're often comic relief or a Cloud Cuckoolander, though they can be academically smart.

A white member of a multi-ethnic team tends to stand out even more than the traditional Token and is more likely to be lampshaded. When the Very Special Episode about racism comes along, it won't be about them. If the episode is about learning about and respecting someone else's culture, they'll be the one who needs to learn it most, and it's never about their own culture.

In some cases, the token white will be part of a non-racial minority group, such as being disabled or LGBT, or are otherwise part of a demographic which itself has faced discrimination, whether presently or historically, such as Italians, Irish, or Ashkenazic Jews. Being ginger could count as well if the show is set in Europe. Whatever the case, the token white's whiteness might still make them an Acceptable Target, but their own minority status will not, and might give the others something to learn about tolerance.

Rarely the token white might actually double up as a token minority in the racial sense, if the series takes place in countries where white people aren't common. This is particularly apparent in Japanese Media from the mid-to-late Showa era onwards, where the presence of US air bases and increased tourism from Europe and America has increased attention in Japan towards the race. Anime & Manga in particular can be prone to featuring a Token White, though due to the art-styles more often than not taking liberties with ethnic features, Japanese and white characters can be hard to immediately tell apart.

This trope is largely restricted to Western media, although some other countries have their own local variants.

Contrast White Male Lead, in which the sole white character is the lead.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Pokémon: The Series:
  • Squid Girl: Cindy, a researcher from America, is the sole white person in an all-Japanese cast.
  • Benny from Black Lagoon is the only white member of the Lagoon Trading Company, though it's been brought up once or twice that he's Jewish. Such as when Dutch asks what he thinks of the whole White Power neo-Nazi philosophy, only for Benny to point out that as a Jew, "Fuck the Nazis" is basically a family creed.
  • Daimos: Douglas Banks, being a white New Zealander, is the only Caucasian character of the supporting cast, which is mostly Japanese or Baamite.
  • Ryu the Cave Boy: Ryu is the only character with pale skin in the entire show, as everyone else is dark skinned. This is enforced as pale skin is seen as a bad omen, hence pale-skinned babies being murdered at birth. Ryu was lucky enough to survive and be taken to safety, but still endures attacks from his fellow humans because of his skin.

  • One of Dave Chappelle's jokes is that all groups of Black friends should have at least one Token White in their group:
    The one thing I'm seeing, you'll be walking down the street and you'll see a group of Black dudes walking, not just any old Black dudes, we're talking, you know, "thugs". There'd be some thugs, and in the group, they got one or two, sometimes as many as three white guys will be with them, did ya ever see that shit? Well, let me tell you something about those white guys. Those white guys are the most dangerous motherfuckers in them groups. (applause) Well, it's true, it's true, man. Ain't no tellin' what they've done to get them Black dude's respect. But, them Black dudes have seen them do some wild shit, I'll tell you that. I been trying to tell brothers that. Every group of brothers should have at least one white guy in it. I'm serious, for safety. 'Cause when the shit goes down, and shit WILL go down, somebody's gonna need to talk to the police. (laughter) That's when that white friend comes in handy. "Uh-oh, Ernie, wanna get this one?"
  • Standup comedy shows with almost entirely Black comics tend to still have one white comic who minces no words lampshading this trope. On BET's former comedy showcase Comicview, two white comics, White Chocolate and Gary Owen, were popular enough to host the show after their respective seasons (the most popular comics in a season get to host the next). Gary Owen in particular has gone on to base his standup around being the Token White; he almost exclusively dated Black women before marrying one, and he often jokes about being the only white guy wherever he's at.

    Comic Books 
  • Boogieman from the Milestone comic Blood Syndicate was a fairly odd variant. A closeted White kid (he's a were-rat) in a band of Black, Hispanic, and Asian (ex)Gangbangers that were mutated (instead of killed outright like most in the area) by radiation-tainted tear-gas used to break up a big melee. He has some elements of Pretty Fly for a White Guy — unlike the rest of the team he comes from a stable, middle-class family, and he talks like he stepped out of a rap video.
  • For a few issues of Justice League around 2009, the team consisted of Vixen, Firestorm (Jason Rusch), Green Lantern (John Stewart), Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hoshi), and Zatanna, thus making Zatanna the Token White.
  • In Earth-23 of The DCU, Batman is this for the Justice League, which is otherwise predominantly Black. There is actually a reason for this; aside from that world's Black Superman, all the other Black Leaguers have actually existed before in other comics. Batman has had no such version, however, so he's still Bruce Wayne.
  • Skullfire in X-Men 2099. When he joins, the team consists of Krystalin (Black), Cerebra (an ethnic Arab from India), Serpentina (white, but dead in #3), Xi'an, Metalhead, and Meanstreak (each a different East Asian ethnicity).
  • The extended Jem and the Holograms (IDW) cast is diverse, but Rapture is the one white member of The Stingers. The others are Riot (half-white and half-Asian), Minx (South Asian-German), and Raya (Mexican-American).

    Comic Strips 
  • A newspaper comic example is the character of Gunk from Curtis. Gunk is the only white member of the cast, period, and is the white equivalent of the "magical negro" character type, displaying utterly bizarre and nonsensical abilities due to being from the backwards Flyspeck Island. Gunk isn't just clueless and out-of-touch... he's the uber-ascendant Cloudcuckoolander given shape, voice, and wall-eyes.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Book of Life, Sasha is the only one of the Detention Kids to be white.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, most of the human characters are Hawaiian and Cobra Bubbles is black. The only semi-prominent white character is Mertle, the bully who picks on Lilo. However she is Bullying a Dragon as Lilo's response to being insulted is to bite Mertle and pull her hair. Lilo does apologize later, but Mertle does not accept.
  • Marnie from When Marnie Was There is as being a "foreigner" and is one of the only white characters in the film. Everyone else is Japanese. Anna herself is multiracial as Marnie is her grandmother.
  • Turning Red has exactly one white character in a major role (Miriam, one of the friends of protagonist Mei). Mei and her family are Chinese-Canadian, while the other people in her friend group are of Asian descent (Abby is Korean, Priya is Indian, and Tyler is Afro-Vietnamese).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The 1980 British social realist drama Babylon has its main cast consist almost entirely of black British Jamaicans, save for the protagonist's white friend Ronnie. He also doubles as the only sympathetic white character is a story filled with the "outwardly bigoted" variety of Intimidating White Presence.
  • Isaac in Barbershop. Also Pretty Fly for a White Guy.
  • Lynn filled this role in Barbershop's Distaff Counterpart spinoff, Beauty Shop.
  • Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) in Black Panther. He's the only named white guy to fight on the good guys' side in the movie. Amusingly, Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) is the only white guy on the bad guys' side, which has led to the "Tolkien White Guys" joke.note  Eventually played straight in Everett's case once Erik kills Klaue.
  • In the third film in the Bring It On series, white cheerleader Britney Allen moves from her affluent community to a mostly minority working-class community, where she's initially marginalized, but eventually accepted.
  • Sandi (played by Jessica Stroup), Claude's secret wife in This Christmas.
  • In Coming to America: Eddie Murphy as "Saul" the old Jewish guy in the barbershop. Best line — when the king arrives draped in a lion skin — "What is that? Velvet?" Later on, there's the restaurant worker Maurice.
  • Finding 'Ohana: Casper is the only white person of note to appear in the movie apart from the pirates in the flashback portions, and the only white person in the main cast.
  • Gamera vs. Guiron: Tom and his mother are the only white Americans in an otherwise Japanese cast—added solely to give the film more appeal to the American market.
  • In the 2010 version of The Karate Kid, Dre's only friend he finds in China is a blond boy.
  • The Last Queen: The cast is primarily composed of Algerian actors and actors of Algerian descent, with the exception of the Scandinavian Astrid, played by French actress of Finnish and Polish descent Nadia Tereszkiewicz.
  • Let It Shine: Lyla, manager to Roxie, is the only major white character in a cast of almost-entirely Black people.
  • The titular character of Marco Polo (unrelated to the TV series). Said film is a Shaw Brothers production starring the all-Chinese Venoms Mob, while Richard Harrison plays Marco and serves as a Supporting Protagonist.
  • Roach, a Caucasian character in the main cast of Next Friday.
  • Posse: Little J (Stephen Baldwin) is the token white guy of the eponymous posse.
  • There is a bit of a weird variation on this in Tsotsi. The police officer is a token white guy, but this being a South African movie, he's also just a regular token minority. (Large minorities are still minorities.)
  • Super: Frank is the only Caucasian working at the diner, though Sarah formerly worked there as well.
  • Undercover Brother
    • Lance (Neil Patrick Harris) as the token white staffer of "The Brotherhood", an African-American spy agency. Lampshaded thoroughly. ("What's a white boy doing here?" "What can I say. Affirmative Action.") Starts as a classic "uncool" version, but he gains respect when he reveals that he goes a little Axe-Crazy when pushed. Crazy white boys.
    • Later White She Devil joins as well, much to Conspiracy Brother's chagrin.
      Conspiracy Brother: What the fuck? Chief! I've never seen this bitch in my agent classes! I'm still paying the loans off, man! I sleep on a pissy mattress! I ain't got good food to eat! I borrow money for my weed! I quit! That's it. Y'all ain't got Conspiracy Brother Jones to kick around no more! Give me a pillowcase... I'm joining the Klan!
  • Saving Face: Wil's coworker Randi is the only white person in the film, which has an almost entirely East Asian cast, along with one Black person (Wil's friend Jay).
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Razor Fist (Florian Munteanu) is the only named white actor in the main body of the film. note 

  • In Blackbird (1986), all the main characters are African Americans with the exception of Randy's white love interest Marshall.
  • The Hate U Give focuses on Starr, a Black teenage girl, her family, and the other people living in Garden Heights, a mostly-Black low-income neighborhood. The only major white characters are Hailey, Starr's "friend" from school, and Chris, Starr's boyfriend. By the end, Chris has become this for Starr's group of friends, who have all warmed up to him, and he's accompanied by Maya, who's Asian, and thus a minority herself.
  • Moon Base Alpha: The Sjobeg family of Nordic Jerkasses are the only Caucasian people on Moon Base Alpha. They're also the only entirely white people Dash has ever met in his life, as most people in the future are of mixed ancestry.
  • Public School Superhero has Preemie, whom Kenny says is the only white student at their school.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Jeffersons: Tom Willis was the only constantly recurring white character. Also one of the first characters of this type on television.
  • Lincoln Heights made sure to have at least a couple whites prominent in the story. Always as a sidekick or love interest to one of the main Black characters. Lund as the sidekick to Eddie, Charles as the boyfriend to Cassie and later Sage as a foil to Cassie.
  • The Steve Harvey Show is notorious for this.
  • As is Sister, Sister. (Brittany Murphy was the first of them.)
  • Nina Walsh from Smart Guy. Notably, the only white female in the series, and aside from one Very Special Episode which centered around her job (following Black people around a mall to make sure they don't steal anything), her only role was to follow Yvette around. There was also a Butt-Monkey white male named Mackey on the show. Usually, after being the butt of a joke, he'd comment "It's because I'm white, isn't it?"
  • In The Wayans Bros., the character is actually named "White Mike."
  • And Martin with Shawn and Buckwhite (parody of Buckwheat).
  • Similarly, Greg Wulliger in Everybody Hates Chris. Though he's no more dorky than Chris himself.
  • Chelsea in That's So Raven. In the spin-off Cory in the House, Newt plays pretty much exactly the same role.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air did this occasionally with Will's goofy white classmates/friends, but even these eventually disappeared and were replaced with Black Beavis And Butthead style sidekicks, only one of which had any staying power. For the first half or so of the series, there was also the hopelessly out-of-touch white teacher. Later, one of his aunts became involved with a white man (initially played by Diedrich Bader) ... who eventually became so accepted by the family that he could make jokes about Carlton being white.
  • Family Matters:
    • The show had this. Generally the only white guy on the cast was Carl's boss Lieutenant Lieu Murtaugh and was shown to be, again, completely out of touch... with reality. There was also the occasional goofy white friend of the kids, who was often a "wannabe", trying desperately to assimilate into Black culture, with everyone else practically straining their retinas rolling their eyes. And then there was the one episode with two cops who pulled Eddie over for being in a white neighborhood (though only one of them was actually racist, the other was just dragged along).
    • There was also Mr Looney (pronounced Loon-ay) played by the late Tom Poston.
    • In the first couple seasons Eddie had a shady white friend named Rodney. Rodney came down with a case of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
  • In Living Color!: Jim Carrey and Kelly Coffield were the original token whites in the otherwise all-black sketch comedy show, though in later seasons they were joined by Alexandra Wentworth and Jay Leggett. Carrey at least was invited to audition because he was friends with Damon Wayans after they worked together in Earth Girls Are Easy, rather than an arbitrary need for a white castmember.
  • A Different World took place at a predominantly Black college - to show it was "predominantly" Black and not "all" Black they had a token white girl the first season, played by Marisa Tomei.
  • Desmond's was set in a barber's shop in London, and the cast was almost exclusively Black, except for Gloria's best friend Louise, as well as hairdresser Tony, who were white. In one episode, he referred to Black people as "we" or "us", prompting someone else to say that he'd been hanging around the rest of them for too long.
  • Chris Potter on Kenan & Kel, and later on Marc.
  • AR Bernard, a blaxploitation-flavored religious talk show airing on Family Net, will occasionally include a white guest.
  • Sanford and Son has Officer "Hoppy" Hopkins, the only regularly recurring white character. He could best be described as being somewhat mentally disabled.
  • Kim from The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
  • Played with on Malcolm in the Middle. While Stevie is the token Black of the main kids, Hal winds up becoming the Token White of his friends, who are all Black. Hal's also a Twofer Token Minority since he's the only poor member of the group, and he's only bothered by his lower financial status as he completely overlooks the fact that his friends are all black.
  • Stevie from The Parkers. On this show, she's also a Twofer Token Minority by also being the only slim woman.
  • Alex in Tinsel.
  • In the Sky 1 series Sinbad, the cast is made up of various ethnicities, including a pair of white women pretending to be Arabic/Asian. There is, however, one Northern European bloke who is often referenced as the 'Northman' and fills this trope, without the Butt-Monkey aspect.
  • Keith and his mother are the token whites in Like Family.
  • Turtle in All Of Us
  • In Martial Law, Louise was the only white character out of the main cast in season 1.
  • The Hughleys used the "Black family in a largely ethnic neighborhood with one white neighbor" theme, but then made it interesting by having the white neighbor not be a butt monkey, easy target, or other form of comic relief. Rather, he was the friendly, supportive friend who would occasionally offer sage advice type of TV neighbor.
  • Andre's wife Rhonda from Empire.
  • Marisa from K.C. Undercover. She's also the only member of the main cast who is not part of the Cooper family.
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has Jordan Klepper and Desi Lydic as the only white correspondents. After Klepper was spun off into his own show, he was replaced by Michael Kosta, another white guy.
  • Asian sketch-comedy series Goodness Gracious Me had Dave Lamb in the cast to play the Token White Man, who was cast in the role-reversal situation where he represented the equivalent of an Indian or Pakistani, who is alone among white people in an unfamiliar culture. note .
  • Oddly enough, the title character of Marco Polo largely acts as one, with a common complaint being that he plays very little role in the story and seems to only exist because the execs were skittish about having an all-Asian cast.
  • The Wiz Live! has one white dancer in its otherwise all-African-American cast.
  • Sean from Ultraman Max is the only white member of DASH in the all-Japanese cast with the justification being that he was a transplanted American member. He tends to use a fair amount of Gratuitous English, but also serves as the team's inventor and is a good friend of protagonist Kaito and sharpshooter Koba.
  • Insecure has Issa's coworker Frieda, who is the only white character with any substantial amount of screentime. She's dropped from the show in season 3, leaving the main cast all Black for season 4. Molly's Asian love interest Andrew is then upgraded to regular in season 5, and one episode implies that Molly sees him as this because of the different racial dynamics they experience.
  • In Kim's Convenience, Jung's manager Shannon, who is from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, is the only white member of the otherwise pre-dominantly Korean main cast. She crushes on Jung for most of Season 1 and eventually becomes his love interest.
  • Invoked by the WKRP episode "Changes", in which a magazine's Token White interviews Venus.
  • Brady and his replacement Boz on Pair of Kings were always the sole white cast member of the show.
  • Vida: Nearly all of the cast are Latin American, with only a few whites appearing on the show. Lyn's boyfriend in the first season and a local store owner (whose property Marisol vandalizes) are probably the only ones who appear in more than a couple scenes, have multiple lines, or aren't in the background.
  • Key & Peele have their East/West Bowl series of skits, parodying how long and "out there" the names of football players can be. All three videos have only the final player introduced be white, with all the other players racial minorities.
  • In 4 Square, the Beat Team has only one white member while the rest are Black.
    • Also in the second season, Chantelle is the only white member of the Four Tones.
  • All Rise: Mark and Lisa are the only White people in the main cast. The rest are Black, Latino, or East Asian (rather unusually in a mainstream series).
  • Kung Fu (2021): Evan is the only White person in the main cast. The rest are East Asian (specifically Chinese or Chinese-American).
  • She's Gotta Have It: There's a couple White characters in the otherwise all Black/biracial cast who recur on the show:
    • Nola's friend Rachel, who occasionally appears though not nearly as often as her Black female friends.
    • Bianca, her annoying neighbor who is a minor antagonist.
    • Dean, a very Black-acting White guy who's unintentionally obnoxious.
  • Black Lightning: Jefferson's sidekick, Gambi, is the only white main cast member in the series. Antagonist Tobias Whale is easily mistaken to be white at first glance, but he's an albino black man (and played by an actual albino black man).
  • A downplayed version in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Nathaniel isn't the only white character, or the only straight character, or the only male character, but he is the only straight white male character in the main cast. Accordingly, he's an exaggerated parody of snotty, emotionally stunted privilege (at first, at least).
  • Twenties:
    • Courtney, a somewhat annoying woman, in the only white female regular on the show.
    • Zach, Marie's boss, is the sole white guy.
  • In ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? (a series about a multigenerational Cuban-American family) Sharon, one of teen Carmen's friends qualifies. Speaking only English and not being of Cuban or any other Latin/Hispanic origin makes her stand out more than her race. Hanging at the Peña home also gives her plenty of opportunities for butchering the Spanish language.
  • Acapulco: Chad and his mother Diane, tall white blond Americans who don't speak a lick of Spanish, are both visually and culturally distinct from the rest of the main cast, who are dark-haired and Hispanic.

  • Heather Morris, before she played Brittany on Glee, was the token white among Beyoncé's backup dancers, and she can be seen in many live performances of "Single Ladies". When Heather announced she was quitting to do Glee, Beyonce gave her blessing but joked about losing her white girl.
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs's label Bad Boy Records focuses primarily on Hip Hop and R&B acts, and as such, their roster is primarily Black artists. This made the white pop quartet Dream stand out like this. In a touch of irony/Token Minority Couple, the remix to their second single "This is Me" featured Kain, the lone white rapper in the Bad Boy stable.
  • Lil Wayne's Young Money label features mostly Black artists like Drake (who is actually half-white), Nicki Minaj, and Mack Maine but also has Limp Bizkit and Paris Hilton.
  • Indie rock band TV on the Radio is almost entirely Black, except for gutarist David Sitek, who's white.
  • Little Mix has Perrie Edwards as their sole obviously white member as Leigh-Anne Pinnock is Black and both Jade Thirwall and Jesy Nelson are of Ambiguously Brown ancestry and have darker complexions when compared to Perrie.
  • Eminem:
    • He was the one white guy in the rap group D12. We might think of him as leader of the group nowadays, but in their underground days, he was just another member before making it big. He was also the Token White artist on Dr. Dre's Aftermath label.
    • He became this directly in the Super Bowl LVI lineup. He was the only white guy in the lineup, as the rest of the lineup were all black recording artists. The rest of them were Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and a surprise appearance by 50 Cent.
    • While there's many excellent (and less excellent) white rappers, Eminem is sometimes regarded as the token white guy in hip-hop as a whole — between the size of his cultural impact and his exceptional technical skill, he's the only white rapper you're likely to find on a head's Top 5 Dead Or Alive list.
  • The album Standing on the Verge of Getting it On by Funkadelic credits Ron Bykowski with "Lead and rhythm guitars, Polyester soul-powered token white devil".
  • As part of Prince's goal to have a multi-ethnic, multi-gender band of musicians at all times, he did include at least one white member from time to time:
    • Matt Fink spent 1978-1980 as one until Lisa Coleman joined the band. Fink's tenure with Prince lasted in 1990, and that final year, he was the single white member of the band as well.
    • Tommy Barbarella was part of The New Power Generation from 1992-1996.
    • Candy Dulfer also spent time in The NPG from 2002-2004.
    • Other stages of Prince's backing bands either featured no white performers, or several (Wendy & Lisa, and later, Eric Leeds, alongside Fink; 3RDEYEGIRL's tenure.)
  • From Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Posse on Broadway":
    "Larry is the white guy, the girlies think he's funny
    A real estate investor who makes a lot of money"

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Nation of Domination started out in USWA with a white majority but after moving to WWE the white members were all phased out. Then Owen Hart was brought in as the only white man.
  • Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises was central to a race-baiting angle in WWE where Theodore Long would challenge white wrestlers to take on his clients such as D'Lo Brown, Rodney Mack, and Mark Henry. When Christopher Nowinski said his Harvard education allowed him to identify with the Black man's plight though, Long decided to give a white boy a chance.
  • In 2004, four Ring of Honor wrestlers went rogue and invaded IWA Puerto Rico. Monsta Mack, Dan Maff, Homicide and BJ Whitmer. Whitmer was the only one who wasn't Puerto Rican and the only one 'white' by the standards of his era.
  • Rhett Titus often comes off this way in The Rebellion. The Pantheon Of Gods began with a slight white majority but then after Austin Aries left Titus and Kenny King kept going on their own for a good while before hooking up with Caprice Coleman, to form "The Cabinet". Then, suddenly protesting that they ever wanted to be called "The Cabinet" they brought in Shane Taylor and became The Rebellion, getting steadily Blacker before Search And Destroy forced them to disband.
  • Cactus Jack, in the "Ghetto Odds" match at WCW Clash of the Champions XXI, November 18, 1992, since he teamed with the African-American Tony Atlas and the Tongan The Barbarian in a losing effort to the African-American team of Ron Simmons and the debuting 2 Cold Scorpio.
  • Christian for the otherwise all-African-American Team Kingston (Kofi Kingston/Mark Henry/Montel Vontavious Porter/R-Truth) at Survivor Series 2009, who defeated the all-white Team Orton (Randy Orton/Cody Rhodes/Ted DiBiase Jr/CM Punk/William Regal). In a backstage promo, he even lampshades how awkward it is that he's a Canadian from ECW.
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling's "House of Torture", a sub-group of Bullet Club founded by EVIL after he defected from Los Ingobernables de Japon, was originally made up exclusively of Bullet Club's Japanese members—which is noteworthy because the faction was originally a multi-national gaijin stable.note  This remained the case until Jack Perry (son of the late Luke Perry) unexpectedly joined in Spring 2024 following his Face–Heel Turn the previous year.

  • The casting in Hamilton enforces this trope (and Race Lift) by calling for King George III to be played by a white man and nonwhite actors play all the other principals (who were historically white founding fathers, revolutionaries, etc.). Further reinforced by the music; George's song, "You'll Be Back," is done in an old school Broadway/British Invasion style, to clash with the musical's other hip-hop/R&B/jazz numbers, enforcing the idea that the colonies and the Old World have grown very different. It's interesting to point out that George's two originating actors, Jonathan Groff and Andrew Rannells, are both gay, meaning even he was still represented by minorities in the beginning. Samuel Seabury is also played by a white man, albeit one of the chorus members, and there's at least one documented instance of a white man appearing in the dual role of John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton—coincidentally, the actor had also performed both Seabury and King George in other shows.
  • Stageplays by Tyler Perry traditionally feature all black casts save for a single white actor or actress. This character will speak and behave in a parody of white behavior but have a powerful singing voice and a surprising knowledge of soul and r&b music.

    Video Games 
  • The only white playable character in Martial Masters is the Religious Bruiser Tiger.
  • Men of War: Vietnam have two Russian Spetsnaz advisors Fyodor Kazakov & Mikhail Morozov in the Vietcong campaign. Justified since the Russians did provide significant aid to North Vietnam, although making sure they remained confined to the sidelines.
  • Persona 2 has Lisa Silverman, one of the main characters in Innocent Sin, a blonde white girl who is also 100 percent culturally Japanese due to having been raised in Japan since birth by Japanophile parents.
  • Persona 3 has Bebe, an exchange student from France, who has come to study at Gekkoukan High because of his fascination with Japanese culture.
  • Persona 4 has Teddie, a Shadow whose human form is that of a fair-skinned blonde boy with blue eyes. Lampshaded by Junpei in Persona 4: Arena who calls him "white guy".

    Web Comics 
  • This Scandinavia and the World strip parodies a Real Life situation in China, where apparently you can rent white (or otherwise foreign) people in China to pretend to be a foreign employee of your company or an allied CEO. It's completely this trope that this practice exists; to prove that their companies are modern and global, Chinese businesses hire white people to be their token foreign dudes.
  • Phil in Cheer Up, Emo Kid is the only recurring white character, while the rest of the cast is Chinese-Canadian like the creator and his real-life friends and family. One of his major roles is to serve as a surrogate for white audiences and have Chinese culture and customs explained to him. However, he is also a minority as he's gay.

    Web Videos 
  • Throughout Sky Williams' series, Jesse is consistently treated like this in any video he's in, even when Jason or Leah are also in that video. He goes along with it, as he tries and fails to rap and pretends to be completely unaware of N-Word Privileges.
  • In Pretty Dudes, Alexander is this in the first season and much of the second. Interesting in a way as he's the most vocal one about racial injustices.
    Eagle: Happy Thanksgiving!
    Zario and Sunji: Happy Thanksgiving!
    Alexander: I'm thankful for everything except this white man's holiday.
    Eagle: Uh, yeah.
  • Of the four central members of Mario Party TV, Steeler is the Token White; Holms, Mr. Doom, and Clel are Black.
  • The Rap Battle (Parody) series usually has one or two white guys among the crowd of fans that follow Supa Hot Fire around.
  • In the Mahatma Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr. Epic Rap Battles of History, the combatants are played by Key & Peele rather than the channel creators and usual stars Nice Peter and EpicLloyd, who are both white. They do each make a cameo as part of Gandhi or King's crowd supporters, who are otherwise Indian/Black respectively. Truth in Television as there were some Brits who were in favour of decolonization and white Americans who supported the Civil Rights Movement.

    Western Animation 
  • Zoey from The Proud Family is the only recurring white character in the original show and thus an inversion of the Token Black Friend trope. The Louder and Prouder revival adds Barry, who is notably also gay.
  • Richie from Static Shock was Virgil Hawkins's sidekick, and the only white member of the principal cast. Although he's still a minority, too: the character he was based off from the comic was gay, and Dwayne McDuffie had stated animated Richie was gay, too. They couldn't actually show it on the show, though. Hotstreak, one of Static's most prominent enemies, is pretty much the only other recurring white character.
  • Maya & Miguel has Andy, the only white member of the principal cast who is also disabled i.e. missing an arm.
  • Invoked in an episode of King of the Hill, where an all-Asian country club attempts to recruit Hank just to convince the PGA that they're not racist. Hank refuses to go along with it when he figures it out.
  • Squid from Rocket Power. The Rockets were half-Hawaiian and Twister was Latino.
  • In Young Justice, the Runaways are a Five-Token Band who only gain a white member, Arsenal, at the end of their second appearance. He's actually a Twofer Token Minority since he's also disabled. And Native American if we're going by comic canon.
  • Chuck, among the male leads,note  in Motorcity. Jacob would also count, but he's not as "on the field" as often as the rest. It's not as noticeable, as some of the races are confirmed by Word of God (Mike is mixed race, Texas is Filipino, etc.).
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: Brad is the only white character on the main team. He's also Jewish.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Clay from Texas is the only character in the main cast who is unambiguously white. Omi (along with other characters like Master Fung) is Chinese, Kimiko is Japanese, Raimundo is Brazilian, Jack's ethnic background is not touched upon, and Wuya is Ambiguously Brown.
  • Molly of Denali: Qyah is mostly made up of Alaskan Natives (along with some African-Americans - Trini and her dad), but there are a few white people: Nina, Connie, Jake, and Mr. Rowley.