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2nd Feb '16 9:56:48 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Urara Kasugano of ''Anime/YesPrecure5'' is half French, half Japanese. This ''would'' appear to be a HandWave to explain her blond hair, except that YouGottaHaveBlueHair is in effect. Amusingly, this makes her the character [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield who matches the setting the best]].
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* Urara Kasugano of ''Anime/YesPrecure5'' ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' is half French, half Japanese. This ''would'' appear to be a HandWave to explain her blond hair, except that YouGottaHaveBlueHair is in effect. Amusingly, this makes her the character [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield who matches the setting the best]].
1st Feb '16 6:37:52 PM DS9guy
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No, Jughead isn't Native American. Brian Cronin looked into it and so did Mark Waid. Nothing.
* Here's something most readers of ArchieComics and likely many of the people who produce them nowadays are unaware of: Jughead Jones is Native American. Or, at least he was. In his initial appearances, he was depicted in the stereotypical stoic, chiseled look typical of the 1940s. This quickly gave way to his familiar look by the early 1950s, but scattered references to his original ethnicity persisted, amazingly, until at least the 1980s. Some of it could just be chalked up to Jughead's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} nature (in one story he whips up a rain dance, causing a thunderstorm just to get out of work), but other references were harder to ignore; Reggie in particular was fond of giving Jughead nicknames such as "Big Chief Gross Beak" and "my Aboriginal amigo", which made no sense to people unfamiliar with the character's background. While no comment has been made on this issue for a while (and Jughead's family, once they were established, were pretty definitely white), it stands as a bizarre series of DependingOnTheWriter EarlyInstallmentWeirdness {{Call Back}}s.
31st Jan '16 2:05:39 AM Dimas28
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[[folder: Religion and Mythology]] * Myth/ClassicalMythology has quite a few, not surprising considering that ancient Greeks were great explorers and frequently got in contact with other civilizations, especially those located in the Near East. This only lists those who were explicitly stated as coming from outside the Hellenistic world; Thrace and Troy don't count. ** Perseus (Greek) and Andromeda (Ethiopian) married and had several children who carried on a long, long lineage of royalty and heroes who had Ethiopian blood somewhere in their ancestry, including: Hercules/Herakles, his nephew and companion Iolaus, their enemy Eurystheus, Odysseus' wife Penelope... ** King Minos of Crete was a son of the Greek god Zeus and the Phoenician princess Europa. All of his descendants were thus also part-Phoenician. ** Europa's brother, Cadmus, too, who became the first King of Thebes and later married the Greek goddess Harmonia and produced a long lineage of Theban kings. His children also included Semele, the mortal mother of the Olympian god Dionysus, which meant that ''a freaking Olympian god had a foreigner as a grandfather''. ** Jason's AxCrazy girlfriend, Medea, and her brothers, were half-Greek from their father AeŽtes and half-Georgian from AeŽtes' divine Georgian consorts (Georgia as in [[UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}} the country in the Caucasus]], not the US state. Also it wasn't called Georgia back in the day, but Colchis). [[/folder]]
26th Jan '16 10:10:02 AM Willbyr
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* Many of the most popular characters in the ''VideoGame/SakuraTaisen'' series are at least half-Japanese, although they're otherwise from all over the place. Maria is Japanese/Russian, Orihime is Japanese/Italian, Hanabi is Japanese/French (though she looks more Japanese than at least half the full Japanese characters in the series), Gemini is Japanese/American...
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* Many of the most popular characters in the ''VideoGame/SakuraTaisen'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' series are at least half-Japanese, although they're otherwise from all over the place. Maria is Japanese/Russian, Orihime is Japanese/Italian, Hanabi is Japanese/French (though she looks more Japanese than at least half the full Japanese characters in the series), Gemini is Japanese/American...

* Freesia Yagyu from ''Jubei-chan 2'' is half-Russian and fluent, though her voice actor does a passable job.
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* Freesia Yagyu from ''Jubei-chan ''Anime/JubeiChan 2'' is half-Russian and fluent, though her voice actor does a passable job.
23rd Jan '16 12:29:31 PM nombretomado
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* {{Storm}}, of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''. The "all-new, all-different" relaunched X-Men were international, patching whatever foreign character had already appeared with some newly introduced characters, and Storm was the token African (Kenyan) with decidedly non-Kenyan features such as white hair and blue eyes. After some issues a retcon established that her mother was an east African princess (whose ancestors were white-haired, blue-eyed witches) but her father was African-American, and Storm herself was born in the US. The family moved to Egypt when she was a little girl, and promptly died when a plane hit their house and nearly crushed Storm in rubble, giving her a degree of amnesia and her famous claustrophobia. Interestingly enough, her creator said that he never really designed Storm to be a true representation of "African," but rather designed her to be more of an international woman in keeping with her status as a vaguely defined goddess of the Earth. The trend for years has been to depict her with African lips and cheekbones, European nose, and East Asian eye shape.
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* {{Storm}}, ComicBook/{{Storm}}, of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''.''ComicBook/XMen''. The "all-new, all-different" relaunched X-Men were international, patching whatever foreign character had already appeared with some newly introduced characters, and Storm was the token African (Kenyan) with decidedly non-Kenyan features such as white hair and blue eyes. After some issues a retcon established that her mother was an east African princess (whose ancestors were white-haired, blue-eyed witches) but her father was African-American, and Storm herself was born in the US. The family moved to Egypt when she was a little girl, and promptly died when a plane hit their house and nearly crushed Storm in rubble, giving her a degree of amnesia and her famous claustrophobia. Interestingly enough, her creator said that he never really designed Storm to be a true representation of "African," but rather designed her to be more of an international woman in keeping with her status as a vaguely defined goddess of the Earth. The trend for years has been to depict her with African lips and cheekbones, European nose, and East Asian eye shape.
17th Dec '15 4:37:31 PM DragonRanger
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** ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger''[='s=] SixthRanger is not just from America, but he's an [[{{Eagleland}} extreme American stereotype]]; yet he still comes from a Japanese family (his name is Kinji Takigawa) and isn't fluent in English at all.
10th Dec '15 9:54:10 PM Papercut1
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* Lars Alexandersson from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is half Japanese [[spoiler:(from Heihachi's side)]], half Swedish. ** There is also Lee Chaolan who is ethnically Chinese but culturally Japanese.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': ** Lee Chaolan was born in China and is ethnically Chinese, but was raised and officially identifies as Japanese. ** Michelle Chang is half-Chinese, half-Native American ** Her adoptive daughter Julia Chang is a strange variation. She's a white girl who was raised Native American, with a Chinese surname. ** Lars Alexandersson from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is half Japanese [[spoiler:(from Heihachi's side)]], half Swedish. ** There is also Lee Chaolan who is ethnically Chinese but culturally Japanese. Swedish.
12th Nov '15 9:09:31 PM Gamermaster
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* Cinque Izumi and possibly his cousin Nanami from ''Anime/DogDays'' are half-British, half-Japanese. Couvert is descended from Adelaide (who is implied to be French).
7th Nov '15 3:55:32 PM nombretomado
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** Anybody who knows the origins of [[GuideDangIt Asuka's full name]] will also spot some fun JustForPun. In ''Evangelion'', there's ThemeNaming with famous precursor aircraft carriers of World War 2, all of which met ill-fated ends. Soryu was Japan's first purpose built (fleet) aircraft carrier, famous for being sunk at the Battle of Midway, Zeppelin was the name of Germany's first aircraft carrier which production was stopped at 95% completion and scuttled, and Langley was America's first aircraft carrier which was sunk in 1942 (though it was a seaplane tender by then). This is all rendered moot by ''RebuildOfEvangelion'', in which Asuka's last name is changed to '''Shikinami''' (which was still a ship, just not a carrier)...
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** Anybody who knows the origins of [[GuideDangIt Asuka's full name]] will also spot some fun JustForPun. In ''Evangelion'', there's ThemeNaming with famous precursor aircraft carriers of World War 2, all of which met ill-fated ends. Soryu was Japan's first purpose built (fleet) aircraft carrier, famous for being sunk at the Battle of Midway, Zeppelin was the name of Germany's first aircraft carrier which production was stopped at 95% completion and scuttled, and Langley was America's first aircraft carrier which was sunk in 1942 (though it was a seaplane tender by then). This is all rendered moot by ''RebuildOfEvangelion'', ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', in which Asuka's last name is changed to '''Shikinami''' (which was still a ship, just not a carrier)...
28th Oct '15 9:16:13 PM 4444jdm
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** Raiden was born in Liberia (and thus technically Liberian), but he's clearly of European descent, and he speaks with a flawless American accent. ** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Mistral is half-Algerian/half-French, while Jetstream Sam is Brazilian with Japanese ancestry.
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** Raiden was born in Liberia (and thus technically Liberian), Liberian, or African-American), but he's clearly of European descent, and he speaks with a flawless American accent. ** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Mistral is half-Algerian/half-French, half-Algerian/[[FrenchJerk half-French]], while Jetstream Sam is Brazilian with Japanese ancestry.
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