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The Top Ten Tokens Of Science Fiction (LISTS)

Top Ten Tokens

Way too easy.

 

The Top Ten Tokens Of Science Fiction? I know, I’ve had this idea for a list for quite a while but I wasn’t sure how well it would go over so I held off on finishing it up until now. Since we are the site that covers geek culture by people of color I knew that I had to salute the men and women who have done so much to advance our cause over the years. I’m lying, I really figured the Top Ten Tokens would be a great list that would rack up the hits and comments. But you want to know what’s really disturbing? The fact that when I was coming up with this list I realized how many films feature no black people at all. So with that let’s get right to the Top Ten Tokens in science fiction. There will be some fantasy and comic book movies of course so don’t hit me in the comments section with that junk, save the comments for movies that I missed. I’m sure you fantastic readers can come up with a few at the least.

 

 

 

 

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10. Janek – Prometheus Janek is one interesting character, as he seems to have motivations out of a Choose Your Own Adventure book. One minute he’s chuckling while he deceives his crew and leaves them stranded to be infected by all kinds of alien horrors. After this goes exactly as you would expect Janus propositions Charlize Theron without any forethought, and while he can’t be blamed for the move it does walk the fine line of the oversexed Black man. Finally Janek goes out in a literal blaze of glory taking his Asian shipmate along with him in a last ditch effort to stop the Albino Snowman from killing all of the humans on Earth. Good looking broham.

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One of these characters is going to die first. Any guesses?

 

9. Darwin – X-Men: First Class – Darwin has a rough time in First Class, as he is killed immediately after he has a chance to show his off power. What’s his power you ask? Just the ability to adapt to whatever he needs to survive. So why is he so easily dispatched? My friends if I had the answer to that I’d be sniffing coke in Hollywood instead of writing this list.

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Kind of reminds you of the Dame Dash & Jay-Z pics right? But not really.

8. War Machine – Iron Man One Two and Three – I think the ultimate insult to Terrence Howard’s pride had to be that they went even blacker with Don Cheadle. A better actor as well? That’s up for you to decide people. Whats going on with you Iron Man man.

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Real or Fake, Sam Jack is still cooler than you.

7. Nick Fury – The Avengers – Yes Sam kicks all kinds of ass in The Avengers but in the end it seems he’s as conniving as Loki. He tells the Avengers that Agent Coulson is dead and yet in this Fall’s Agents of SHIELD Coulson is alive and well. At least you didn’t ask for a grape flavored lightsaber this time Sam.

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I just wanted to remind you that these existed. You’re welcome.

6. Jar Jar Binks – The Phantom Menace – Come on son. You knew as soon as you saw this joint that Jar Jar was going to make this list. I can still remember sitting down to watch Phantom Menace, all full of awe at the little touches that Lucas was sprinkling in, and then came the sledgehammer that was Jar Jar. Racist? Perhaps. Ignorant? Debatable. The worst thing to ever to happen to the Star Wars universe? Indubitably. Look I can go on and on bout this monstrosity but its been said by far funnier people than me. Why Mr. Lucas? Why???

  • LMAO! Simply hilarious…

  • Samantha F.

    Okay, favorite token black? Well, the first one I ever remember noticing is the gate keeper in Jurassic Park. The man dies in the first two minutes of the film in one of the two greatest “send-the-negro-in-first” moments on film. Second greatest you ask? Same movie when Samuel L. Jackson who is the chief engineer, is sent out on his own with no gun to restore the electricity while the non-negros wait in the safety bunker WITH the guns. And this is after a T. Rex has swallowed a couple of people whole. Yep, great moments in cinematic history.

  • Good job Benhameen. I gotta say Jar Jar Binks is one of the worst things to happen to Star Ward and science fiction in general. He was a total joke. I’m a Star Wars Stan but I can’t defend episode one. I don’t believe Mr Lucas is a racist (he’s married to black woman) but he’s racially insensitive. Another token black would be Sam Jackson in Deep Blue Sea.

    • Samantha F.

      It’s beginning to sound like Sam Jackson has the token game on lock.

    • DJ BenHaMeen

      Sam Jack in Deep Blue Sea is the prototypical token black, he gets killed whilst trying to save the white people from themselves.

      • Izzy G

        You ain’t never lie.

  • Izzy G

    Rachel True’s character from The Craft is a good one too. She didn’t get an interesting storyline or anything. She was just there.

  • Great list. i got a few more:
    Ernie Hudson in Ghostbusters is G.O.A.T. status.
    T-Dog from the Walking Dead. Wouldn’t be surprised if that’s homies first and last acting role. Probably works at an Athlete’s Foot now.
    Chubby black strong dude from Nightmare on Elm Street. Black dude’s power was strong. That’s basic as hell.

    • DJ BenHaMeen

      T-Dog deserves his own list. Smh at Athletes foot lol.

  • Another token black role is the comedic sidekick.

  • Samantha F.

    I just noticed that this list is all men. Can you name some female tokens (I call Uhura)?

    • DJ BenHaMeen

      I know! I know… I didn’t want to diss Uhura so none really came to mind. But trust there will be a part two.

  • Ricky Choo

    That picture of Myles Dyson has me in tears! 😀
    Although they aren’t technically human, since Jar² is there, how about the tokens from “the movie that make Pac Rim look like Citizen Kane”, ladies and gents, Skids & Mudflap.
    Most offensive tokens in a blockbuster this soide of Starwars

    • Ricky Choo

      Then again that’s considering Transformers 2 belong to Sci Fi genre, which is erroneous. It belongs to the Steaming Hot Pile O’ Shyte genre, if you ask me.

      • Samantha F.

        Considering Skids & Mudflap and Jar Jar Binks, there could be a list for offensive non-human ethnic characters. I still feel uncomfortable when I see the crows from Dumbo or the cats from Lady and the Tramp.

        • Ricky Choo

          I agree but would give them a pass since these were released in different times, mid 20th century.
          Transformers though? When I think of the scenes, I feel brawlic.
          The “I don’t do much reading” line? The mothereffing GOLD TEETH? On a goddamn robot? They weren’t event trying to be subtle with it.

          • Samantha F.

            Dumbo was of it’s time, but Sebastian the crab was the eighties and he was a stereotypical, big lipped, carribean character and then about ten years later, Eddie Murphy was the same scared,servile character in Mulan. So the idea that a black character must be this Uncle Remus type that is just waiting to be at the aid of the protagonist is part of the Disney tapestry like happy endings. And that Princess and the Frog movie is not enough to make me forget (voodoo, f*cking voodoo).

        • I used to watch lord of the rings without even knowing the Minions of Sauron were racist.

          • Also skids and mudflap were a modern version of the crows of the crows from Dumbo.

          • Ricky Choo

            Agreed, but again, Dumbo was released in 1941, Transformers and Them Two N*ggabots? 2009. Had Ben tried to do such a list in 1941, it would have been made of thousands of characters. The white Jesus syndrome in Avatar is one thing, but getting away with gold tooth sporting, broken english speaking, non reading ass ignant robots in 2009? Damn!
            Also, I’d like to go off topic and mention the black ass gorillas in the Marky Mark led Planet of the Apes remake. You know, the ones in the scene in the ghetto, where if I recall correctly, they are sitting on stairs, smoking shit and playing hoops… Hollywood…

          • DJ BenHaMeen

            I don’t even remember that but wow…. im off to youtube to find it. I need a link for this.

    • DJ BenHaMeen

      Skids and Mudflap should be on here. But I think we mentioned LOTR rings before but I’m definitely working on another list ASAP.

      • Ricky Choo

        You want some challenge? How about a list of NON tokens. Now that would be difficult! 😀

        • In sci-fi? You’d probably end up with 10 Will Smith movies. Although there was that one film that Denzel did with Russell Crowe – the name escapes me and I’m perfectly fine with that.

  • Planet of the apes is pretty racist too not just the new one the old school joints.

  • Alex R

    teenage mutant ninja turtles’ bebop and rocksteady would be on the list also

  • WHY THE BLACK MAN GOTTA DIE FIRST?! lol

    • DJ BenHaMeen

      Thats gonna be my next list….

  • You know whats missing on this list?

    BLACK TOKEN FEMALES.

    I like alot of supernatural shows and the pocs on thoses shows as main characters is basically non-existant! They might have some black charecters every season, but never really any reoccing.

    One of my favorites being Gina Torres who was in FireFly as a main charater (thank God), and when she was Jasmine on Angel…but she was a vilian

    Either way she was Flawless

  • Galen P.

    I submit Winston Zeddemore (Ghostbusters). A token in the movie and a token in the Ghostbusters group. The three others form the group and he comes in later to fulfill a quota.

    • DJ BenHaMeen

      but “he’s seen stuff that will turn you white!” so Winston gets props over here.

  • Kilroy

    Ruby Rhod was no token. He was a character that fit into the zany architecture that was 5th Element. He was a token in the Rush Hour films. Sounds like you just picked a few sci fi films (most of which feature few blacks anyway) and pulled some names out of a hat without much thought other than they were black. Except for that abomination Jar Jar…not sure what the hell that was.

    Spot on with Jackson as Nick Fury, but why not Will Smith in Wild, Wild West (stream punk) or Omega Man? Or damn near everyone in Matrix 3?

    • dont get me started on The Matrix…meh…

    • DJ BenHaMeen

      Trust me there was definitely thought put into this and I could easily do a part two to this one at any time.
      Ruby is definitely a token in the fact that other than the President he’s the only black man in the film and he’s got his weird sexual screaming vibe going on for most of the film. I couldn’t stand him from the moment he appeared, so much like Jar Jar he gets a mention.
      Jackson is more of the reverse token, almost like a Magical Negro except he does devilish ish. Will in Legend aka Omega is no token, he’s the star of the show but that movie has it’s own racial undertones going on. Thanks for reading!