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17th Jan '17 6:40:19 PM DarkHunter
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* Amuro Ray from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is arguably one of the most famous examples of this trope in all of anime, although his background rarely comes up in conversation. Mostly because his birth in Japan was only background material, likely enforced to avoid having a complete foreigner as TheHero. The further unmentioned location of his childhood home on Earth still shifts to Prince Rupert, Canada, in the movie compilation. Then shifted again to Rosarito, Mexico and specifically mentioned in ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin''.

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Amuro Ray from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is arguably one of the most famous examples of this trope in all of anime, although his background rarely comes up in conversation. Mostly because his birth in Japan was only background material, likely enforced to avoid having a complete foreigner as TheHero. The further unmentioned location of his childhood home on Earth still shifts to Prince Rupert, Canada, in the movie compilation. Then shifted again to Rosarito, Mexico and specifically mentioned in ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin''.''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin''.
** Only ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', and the two ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' series have had fully Japanese protagonists. A few of the side stories have characters with Japanese names as well, but ''Gundam'' tends to focus more on whether a character is from Earth or a Space Colony, with the specific country being irrelevant if from Earth.
** Kira Yamato from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' has an extremely Japanese name, but his homeland is the Orb Union (a fictional South Pacific island nation). It's possible he has Japanese ancestry (his biological father's surname was "Hibiki") but it's never explored.
** Setsuna F. Seiei from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is a subversion: that name is a codename. His real name is Soran Ibrahim, and he's Middle Eastern (suggested to be Kurdish).
31st Dec '16 8:49:15 AM UltimateLazer
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* A fictional example in ''VideoGame/Dishonored2''. Emily Kaldwin is the rightful empress of Gristol, but her father Corvo Attano hails from the island of Serkonos. For real life reference, this would be like if the Princess of England was half-Italian.
29th Dec '16 11:51:29 AM TheKaizerreich
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** This extends to ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', where (a much nicer and much more normal) Illya is the protagonist, as well as her clone/other side, Chloe, who is Illya's repressed memories given form and looks basicly like a PaletteSwap (Illya is ''very'' pale, with blonde eyes and red hair, Chloe is AmbiguouslyBrown, her hair is lavender and her eyes are more orange).

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** This extends to ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', where (a much nicer and much more normal) Illya is the protagonist, as well as her clone/other side, Chloe, who is Illya's repressed memories given form and looks basicly like a PaletteSwap (Illya is ''very'' pale, with blonde eyes hair and red hair, eyes, Chloe is AmbiguouslyBrown, her hair is lavender and her eyes are more orange).
29th Dec '16 11:47:31 AM TheKaizerreich
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** This extends to ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', where (a much nicer and much more normal) Illya is the protagonist, as well as her clone/other side, Chloe, who is Illya's repressed memories given form and looks basicly like a PaletteSwap (Illya is ''very'' pale, with blonde eyes and red hair, Chloe is AmbiguouslyBrown, her hair is lavender and her eyes are more orange).
29th Dec '16 11:27:21 AM TheKaizerreich
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* Kodaka in ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' can be said as a {{deconstruction}}--the prevalent racial prejudice in Japan means his half-British background, with blonde hair and Asian facial features, means he's [[FaceOfAThug taken to be a]] {{delinquent}}.

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* Kodaka in ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai'' can be said as a {{deconstruction}}--the prevalent racial prejudice in Japan means his half-British background, with dirty blonde hair and Asian facial features, features giving him a FaceOfAThug, means he's [[FaceOfAThug taken to be a]] {{delinquent}}.a {{delinquent}}. His doll-like and much more natural-looking younger sister Kobato has none of the issues.
5th Dec '16 6:53:38 PM sgamer82
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* All the [=JoJos=] introduced from Part 3 to Part 6 in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' are at least part-Japanese and part-British. Interesting example, in that the author acknowledged and consciously invoked this trope, believing that the previous two parts suffered backlash for starring non-Japanese protagonists due to falling under Japan's MinorityShowGhetto back in the day. To wit:

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All the [=JoJos=] introduced from Part 3 to Part 6 in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' are at least part-Japanese and part-British. Interesting example, in that the author acknowledged and consciously invoked this trope, believing that the previous two parts suffered backlash for starring non-Japanese protagonists due to falling under Japan's MinorityShowGhetto back in the day. To wit:



* Vivienne Otori from size-shifting-magical-girl series "Ultimate Girls" has a Japanese father and White (possibly Russian) mother.

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* Vivienne Otori from size-shifting-magical-girl series "Ultimate Girls" ''Ultimate Girls'' has a Japanese father and White (possibly Russian) mother. mother.
* The title character of ''Manga/SilverNina'' is the child of a Japanese mother and Finnish father. The story centers on her living in Japan with her uncle and grandparents while her mother travels for work. The "silver" in the title refers to Nina's hair.
4th Dec '16 6:18:35 AM onyhow
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* ''VideoGame/{{Nioh}}'''s main protagonist William Adams is half-Irish, half-Japanese. The funny thing? William Adams is based on a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Adams_(sailor) real person]] who did become a samurai...except he's full-blooded English.
16th Nov '16 11:57:34 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' Deconstructs the trope: Ann Tamaki is a blond haired, blue eyed girl who was born and grew up in Japan, as did her parents. She only looks the way she does because one of her grandparents was white, but despite that has spent her entire life being ostracized by her peers and plagued by false rumors about her personality due to her "exotic" appearance.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' Deconstructs the trope: Ann Tamaki is a blond haired, blue eyed girl who was born and grew up in Japan, as did her parents. She only looks the way she does because one of her grandparents was white, but white. But despite that has that, she's spent her entire life being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized by her peers peers]] and plagued by false rumors about her personality due to her "exotic" appearance.
16th Nov '16 11:51:41 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' Deconstructs the trope: Ann Tamaki is a blond haired, blue eyed girl who was born and grew up in Japan, as did her parents. She only looks the way she does because one of her grandparents was white, but despite that has spent her entire life being ostracized by her peers and plagued by false rumors about her personality due to her "exotic" appearance.
12th Nov '16 11:25:59 AM sgamer82
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** The Akai siblings are British-born with a British mother, Mary. Their father's identity is unknown, but it is known that he was Japanese. Shuichi Akai is also a naturalized American citizen who joined the FBI.

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** The Akai siblings are British-born with a British mother, Mary. Their father's identity is unknown, but it is known that he was Japanese. Shuichi Akai is also a naturalized American citizen who joined the FBI. Their heritage isn't immediately apparent, since none of they all use Japanese names and two out of three are AmbiguouslyBrown.
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