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'White Savior' in media by Dogman15 'White Savior' in media by Dogman15
In fiction, the idea of the "White Savior" is "a white character rescues people of color from their plight" (quoting Wikipedia). All of the films (and one book) pictured here share one thing in common. In them, an individual from a more advanced race or species visits the land or planet of a race or species less advanced, and shows them new things they haven't seen before. In most of the stories here, if not all, the two wildly different individuals fall in love with each other. Another common thread is an individual on the visiting side who has no care or regard for the population they are coming to.

Animorphs: Aldrea-Iskillion-Falan (an Andalite) goes to the Hork-Bajir planet and sees the Hork-Bajir seer Dak Hamee. Alloran-Semitur-Corrass serves as the Andalite who wants to wipe out the Hork-Bajir so the Yeerks can't use them.
Avatar: Jake Sully goes to Pandora and sees the Na'vi Neytiri. Colonel Miles Quaritch wants to tear down the forest to find unobtanium.
The Last Samurai: Captain Nathan Algren is taken captive in a samurai's village in the mountains of Japan. While there, he comes to sympathize with the Japanese in 1876. He comes into a light romance with Taka, the widow of the samurai he killed earlier. I'm not sure who the "bad guy" is, since I haven't seen this film. Read TV Tropes and Wikipedia
FernGully: The Last Rainforest: Zak Young goes to the FernGully rainforest with Crysta and falls in love with her. Hexxus is the manifestation/personification of pollution that is harming the rainforest.
Pocahontas: John Smith visits North America (Virginia or Maryland) and sees Pocahontas and the Powhatan people. He eventually develops romantic feelings for her. Governor John Ratcliffe serves as the "bad guy" who wants to "kill all the savages" and take the new land.
Dances With Wolves: In 1863 (13 years before The Last Samurai), Lieutenant John J. Dunbar goes to Fort Sedgwick after winning a Civil War battle for the Union. He sees Stands With A Fist (a white woman captured years ago) of the Sioux, and I think that's the romantic interest. The "bad guy" appears to be the U.S. Army.
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TheAniXTheory Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
But the Hork Bajir Chronicles acts as a subversion of the trope. Aldrea tries to be the White Savior at first and it goes horribly wrong. It is only when she realizes that she needs to let Dak lead the defense they actually manage to save the Hork Bajir population from total destruction.
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
The point is that The Hork-Bajir Chronicles starts out in-formula (and continues it with Alloran as the bad guy, in a way), but you're right.
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JazzyTyfighter Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Oooh, so that's what you meant... Yeah, this cliche kinda bugs me, but as my parents say, "It's what sells." I remember seeing a comic called Secret Asian Man and they made funny commentary about how Asians never get the girl, it's always the caucasian man.
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
"So that's what you meant" What are you referring to?
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JazzyTyfighter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
That's what they all had in common when you were asking for our opinions.
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
On Facebook?
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JazzyTyfighter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
You never liked or commented on the picture on Facebook, so I had no way of knowing that you saw it there.
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JazzyTyfighter Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Look again, I commented second.
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Oh now I see.
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