History Main / AmbiguouslyBrown

29th Sep '16 5:38:18 AM PrussianInk
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** The various nations are all [[FantasyCounterpartCulture counterparts]] to real world cultures, though none of them are European. The Water Tribe is explained above, the Earth Kingdom is a mix of China and both halves of Korea, the Fire Nation is based off Japan, and the old Air Nomads were Tibetan. In ''Korra'', the United Republic is a mixture of [[{{Americasia}} the Water, Earth and Fire nations with United States]], and the New Air Nation is formed of people all around the world, making it more like a [[TheChosenMany country-sized]] MultinationalTeam than an ethnicity.

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** The various nations are all [[FantasyCounterpartCulture counterparts]] to real world cultures, though none of them are European. The Water Tribe is explained above, the Earth Kingdom is a mix of largely China and both halves of Korea, with various other Asian cultures across its diverse population, the Fire Nation is based off a blend of Japan, China, and Thailand, and the old Air Nomads were Tibetan. In ''Korra'', the United Republic is a mixture of [[{{Americasia}} the Water, Earth and Fire nations with United States]], and the New Air Nation is formed of people all around the world, making it more like a [[TheChosenMany country-sized]] MultinationalTeam than an ethnicity.
22nd Sep '16 9:29:01 AM fearlessnikki
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* ComicBook/{{Storm}} herself began as this. The intent was to show her as a 'woman of the world' and she was drawn with a mixture of African, Caucasian and Asian features. But as the character explicitly hailed from Africa, she's counted as a black superhero, and is usually drawn as such these days. She has however been portrayed by half white, half black actresses in the live action films.



* Wybie from WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} can come across as this. He's supposed to be black (or at least partly, it's not entirely clear) but the racial cues are harder to notice given the animation style. Alongside a blue-haired Coraline and blue-skinned Mr Bobinsky, it's easy to believe Wybie's an orange-skinned white boy with afro-textured hair.

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* Wybie from WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' can come across as this. He's supposed to be black (or at least partly, it's not entirely clear) but the racial cues are harder to notice given the animation style. Alongside a blue-haired Coraline and blue-skinned Mr Bobinsky, it's easy to believe Wybie's an orange-skinned white boy with afro-textured hair.



* Esmerelda from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is a gypsy, but she has notably darker skin than the other members of her tribe, as well as green eyes.



* Lampshaded in ''Series/ScreamQueens2015'' at Chanel #2's funeral where Chanel #5 says it's a shame that they never found out what ethnicity she is - as she was the only non-Caucasian blonde in the GirlPosse. Her actress Arianna Grande is of Italian descent.



* Invoked by management when it comes to supermodel Natalie Nelson. She's Mexican-Italian and was given the stage name Eva Marie - and had her hair changed from brown to red (though they wanted her to be blonde initially but she opted for red).

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* Invoked by management when it comes to supermodel Natalie Nelson. She's Mexican-Italian and was given the stage name Eva Marie Wrestling/EvaMarie - and had her hair changed from brown to red (though they wanted her to be blonde initially but she opted for red). red).
* Nhooph Al-Areebi, who is of Arab descent, initially looked as if she was going to play up her heritage - wrestling on live events in ring attire that resembled a BedlahBabe outfit (and using her indie ring name 'Jasmin') as well as dyeing her hair black. By the time she made it to TV, the hair was back to light brown and she had adopted the ring name Aliyah. The name is Middle-Eastern in origin but has been used for black, Latina and Jewish girls as well.



* Christy Monteiro from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series has a pretty divided fanbase on what ethnicity she actually is (see the Brazil entry in Real Life below). When they were casting an actress for the live action movie, cue complaints about Christy being black, Hispanic, Italian and even Asian. The character was modelled after Tyra Banks and has a grandfather with Asian features.

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* Christy Monteiro from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series has a pretty divided fanbase on what ethnicity she actually is (see the Brazil entry in Real Life below).is. When they were casting an actress for the live action movie, cue complaints about Christy being black, Hispanic, Italian and even Asian. The character was modelled modeled after Tyra Banks and has a grandfather with Asian features.features. She's also from Brazil, which is a melting pot of nationalities.
21st Sep '16 6:50:07 PM nombretomado
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%%* Billy Billions from ''{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}''.

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%%* Billy Billions from ''{{Ben ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10 Omniverse}}''.
21st Sep '16 1:55:06 PM rafi
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** The Seniors (Sr. and Jr.) are dark and have Spanish accents. Junior is ''{{canon}}ically'' a tanning addict; in his first scene he's under a tanning lamp the size of a hot air balloon.
*** According to the [[https://twitter.com/bob_schooley/status/722161839363268609 series bible]], the Seniors are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castilians Castilian.]]

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** The Seniors (Sr. and Jr.) are dark and have Spanish accents. Junior is ''{{canon}}ically'' a tanning addict; in his first scene he's under a tanning lamp the size of a hot air balloon.
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balloon. According to the [[https://twitter.com/bob_schooley/status/722161839363268609 series bible]], the Seniors are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castilians Castilian.]]



* Judge Roy Snyder in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. His skin color has changed from yellow to brown repeatedly throughout the series to stay brown.

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Judge Roy Snyder in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Snyder. His skin color has changed from yellow to brown repeatedly throughout the series to stay brown.brown.
** Sherri and Terri. They have the same sort of pale skin as other Asian characters throughout the show, but it's unclear if they are Asian.



* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' has Allura, Hunk and Lance as varying shades of brown. This is a departure from [[Anime/{{Voltron}} the original source,]] which depicted the entire team as white.



* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' has Allura, Hunk and Lance as varying shades of brown. This is a departure from [[Anime/{{Voltron}} the original source,]] which depicted the entire team as white.
21st Sep '16 1:41:27 PM comicwriter
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* Zan from ''Series/{{Atlanta}}''. Nobody knows what he is, and the other characters speculate that he might be anything from Indian to Domincan to half-black, half-Asian.
13th Sep '16 12:39:16 PM BoHoTroper
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* There's still a good deal of debate as to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_race_controversy what the ancient Egyptians looked like]], apart from having dark skin and curly hair as described by Greek sources (since "dark skin and curly hair" is kinda vague). The controversy is especially pointed because white Europeans historically claimed descent from Semitic peoples (before the "Aryan" hypothesis emerged in the late eighteenth century), considered ancient Egypt to be a Western civilization, and effectively tried to write themselves into Egyptian history by speaking of the Egyptians as being white. Evidence has been discovered, however, that at one point Egypt was conquered by sub-Saharan (black) Africans from Nubia, who then ruled as naturalized Egyptians.

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* There's still a good deal of debate as to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_race_controversy what the ancient Egyptians looked like]], apart from having like]]. According to their own paintings, they were dark skin and curly hair as described by Greek sources (since "dark skin and curly hair" is kinda vague). The controversy is especially pointed because white Europeans historically claimed descent from Semitic peoples (before tan to brown, though this might have been an artistic style. What complicates the "Aryan" hypothesis emerged in debate is that the late eighteenth century), considered ancient Egypt to be a Western civilization, and effectively tried to write themselves into Egyptian history by speaking race of the Egyptians as being white. Evidence has been discovered, however, that at one point Egypt was conquered is often claimed by sub-Saharan (black) Africans from Nubia, who then ruled as naturalized Egyptians. both black supremacists and white supremacists for propaganda reasons.
12th Sep '16 9:52:45 AM trixus
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* The whole Taiyou's school in ''Anime/Eyeshield21'' are Japanese with brown skin. Handwaved that since they live so close to the beach they surf a lot and fashion Ancient Egypt as the school's [[PlanetOfHat hat]].

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* The whole Taiyou's school in ''Anime/Eyeshield21'' are Japanese with brown skin. Handwaved that since they live so close to the beach they surf a lot and fashion Ancient Egypt as the school's [[PlanetOfHat hat]].hats]].
12th Sep '16 9:51:52 AM trixus
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* The whole Taiyou's school in ''Anime/Eyeshield21'' are Japanese with brown skin. Handwaved that since they live so close to the beach they surf a lot and fashion Ancient Egypt as the school's [[PlanetsOfHat hat]].

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* The whole Taiyou's school in ''Anime/Eyeshield21'' are Japanese with brown skin. Handwaved that since they live so close to the beach they surf a lot and fashion Ancient Egypt as the school's [[PlanetsOfHat [[PlanetOfHat hat]].
12th Sep '16 9:51:18 AM trixus
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* The whole Taiyou's school in ''Anime/Eyeshield21'' are Japanese with brown skin. Handwaved that since they live so close to the beach they surf a lot and fashion Ancient Egypt as the school's [[PlanetsOfHat hat]].
9th Sep '16 1:06:08 PM supergod
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* Done very, very badly in Postmortem Studios' ''Privilege Check'', which has a card for "Proud Brown Person," bearing the flavour text, "Guess my race. Guess wrong and I will guilt trip you into the stone age." There are, in fact, more offensive cards.

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* Done very, very badly in Postmortem Studios' ''Privilege Check'', which Check'' has a card for "Proud Brown Person," bearing the flavour text, "Guess my race. Guess wrong and I will guilt trip you into the stone age." There are, in fact, more offensive cards.



* Gilmore, from ''WebOriginal/CriticalRole'', is relatively tanned his official art. Considering the fact that it's a fantasy world, he probably doesn't have a specific racial background.
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