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Playing With / No Equal-Opportunity Time Travel

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Basic Trope: A person from a marginalized group travels back in time and experiences prejudice.

  • Straight: Alice, a black woman from a country where black people were historically enslaved and women were denied economic opportunity, travels to a time where slavery is legal and experiences racism and sexism.
  • Exaggerated: Every white person in the past becomes filled with rage at the mere sight of a black person and every man is openly appalled that a woman dares walk about alone.
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  • Downplayed: People in the past are prejudiced and do feel uncomfortable around Alice, but don't go out and say it because they want to be polite.
  • Justified: Whenever a character who isn't a white, heterosexual, Christian male travels back in time (in the U.S. at least), they will likely experience prejudice. So most instances of this trope are arguably justified.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice, a black person from The Roaring '20s, travels forward in the future, and is quite shocked when she discovers a future (FAR into the future, still not our times) almost devoid of racism and prejudice.
    • A person travels forward in time and experiences prejudices that don't exist yet (such as eye color, hair color, or arm length).
    • A white man travels into the future and finds that now he is the member of the marginalized group... Or in a country and past time period when white people wouldn't be welcome — Sakoku-era Japan, for example.
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  • Subverted: Alice walks down the street and gets a dirty look from a white person ... who is only shocked at her futuristic clothes.
  • Double Subverted: "Is that what [insert plural racial slur here] wear in the future?"
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  • Zig-Zagged: Alice is Ambiguously Brown. Depending on the time period, location, and how she's dressed, she faces greater or lesser amounts of prejudice. Sometimes it's her extremely pale colleague Bob who can't fit in.
  • Averted: Alice travels back in time but nobody is racist or sexist towards her.
  • Enforced: "We can't send a black woman into the 1800s without having her experience racism and sexism. It wouldn't be realistic!"
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  • Lampshaded: Alice is chased by an angry mob of racists. "Oh, yeah. I'm in The '50s."
  • Invoked: Bob, a white time-traveling criminal, is being pursued by Alice, a black time-traveling cop. Bob accuses Alice of being an escaped slave, leading to her capture and his escape.
  • Exploited: Bob, a white time-traveling criminal, is being pursued by Alice, a black time-traveling cop. Bob escapes while Alice is attacked by a mob of racists.
  • Defied:
    • Alice refuses to go back in time to periods when racism or sexism are still dominant.
    • Only Voluntary Shapeshifters are allowed to use time travel, since they can physically morph to avoid persecution in any time they might wind up in.
  • Discussed: Alice wants to go back in time, but her associates discourage it because she is black and might experience racism.
  • Conversed: Two characters are watching a movie. One says "Why would they send Alice back in time? She's black and racism might hinder her work."
  • Implied: Alice mentions getting dirty looks when she traveled back to the nineteenth century, which Bob can't understand at first.
  • Deconstructed: Alice can't stay long where she was supposed to be sent, for fear of death or grievous bodily harm.
  • Reconstructed:
    • She goes to a place, time, or both where she would meet more enlightened people.
    • Every time-traveling agent has a list of places and times where he or she cannot go due their their race. Alice can safely go places where her white colleague Bob would be lynched.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice incurs Amusing Injuries after her pursuers catch her and give her a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Played for Drama: A few especially violent bigots from the past maim or kill Alice.

"Return to No Equal-Opportunity Time Travel... And watch-out for those filthy time-traveling n(BLEEP)! Goddammit! They let anyone jump in time nowadays..."

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