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17th May '17 10:49:16 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Manga/CityHunter'', more than once, white girls that come to Japan for Ryo's protection are revealed to be half Japanese.
13th May '17 10:45:32 AM nombretomado
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* The Mandarin, one of ''ComicBook/IronMan'''s most implacable foes, is half-Chinese, half-white. So is Shang Chi, Marvel's expy of Bruce Lee, whose parents are actually [[spoiler:FuManchu and an American fangirl of his.]]

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* The Mandarin, one of ''ComicBook/IronMan'''s most implacable foes, is half-Chinese, half-white. So is Shang Chi, Marvel's expy of Bruce Lee, whose parents are actually [[spoiler:FuManchu [[spoiler:Literature/FuManchu and an American fangirl of his.]]
7th May '17 2:09:13 PM defciggy
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** ''VideoGame/Persona2'' gives us Lisa Silverman, who is ethnically white but culturally Japanese, having been raised there since birth by a pair of incredibly Japanophile parents. According to a guidebook, said parents are naturalized citizens that immigrated from the United States. Her folks do their darndest to blend in (her mother acts like a stereotypical [[YamatoNadeshiko Japanese lady]] and dropped her birth name for a Japanese one, while her father practices akido and is prickly about his ethnicity), and while Lisa also tries to do the same, [[spoiler:her [[EnemyWithout Shadow]] implies that isn't necessarily what she wants]]. Her parents' love of the country is so immense that her father, a minister of trade, can speak English, but has never spoken or taught it to his daughter.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' 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, she's spent her entire life being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized by her peers]] and plagued by false rumors about her personality due to her "exotic" appearance.

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** ''VideoGame/Persona2'' gives us Lisa Silverman, who is ethnically white but culturally Japanese, having been raised there since birth by a pair of incredibly Japanophile parents. According to a guidebook, said parents are naturalized citizens that immigrated from the United States. Her folks do their darndest damnest to blend in (her mother acts like a stereotypical [[YamatoNadeshiko Japanese lady]] and dropped her birth name for a Japanese one, while her father practices akido and is prickly about his ethnicity), and while Lisa also tries to do the same, [[spoiler:her [[EnemyWithout Shadow]] implies that isn't necessarily what she wants]]. Her parents' love of the country is so immense that her father, a minister of trade, can speak English, but has never spoken or taught it to his daughter.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' deconstructs the trope: Ann Tamaki is a blond-haired, blue-eyed girl who ethnically Japanese, and was born and grew up in Japan, raised there, as did her parents. She only looks the way she does because one of her grandparents was white. But despite that, she's spent her entire life being were here parents, but is subjected to [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized by extreme ostracism]] and SlutShaming because of the blonde hair, blue eyes and decidedly "white" facial features she inherited from an American grandparent. Her appearance also attracts the attention of her peers]] school's predatory volleyball coach, who uses her best friend's starting position as leverage to force Ann into having sex with him, [[spoiler: and plagued by false rumors about then ''rapes her personality due to her "exotic" appearance.friend'' when she refuses]].
2nd May '17 10:11:13 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'' gives us Lisa Silverman, who is ethnically white but culturally Japanese, having been raised there since birth by a pair of incredibly Japanophile parents. According to a guidebook, said parents are naturalized citizens that immigrated from the United States. Her folks do their darndest to blend in (her mother acts like a stereotypical [[YamatoNadeshiko Japanese lady]] and dropped her birth name for a Japanese one, while her father practices akido and is prickly about his ethnicity), and while Lisa also tries to do the same, [[spoiler:her [[EnemyWithout Shadow]] implies that isn't necessarily what she wants.]] Her parents' love of the country is so immense that her father, a minister of trade, can speak English, but has never spoken or taught it to his daughter.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'' ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''VideoGame/Persona2''
gives us Lisa Silverman, who is ethnically white but culturally Japanese, having been raised there since birth by a pair of incredibly Japanophile parents. According to a guidebook, said parents are naturalized citizens that immigrated from the United States. Her folks do their darndest to blend in (her mother acts like a stereotypical [[YamatoNadeshiko Japanese lady]] and dropped her birth name for a Japanese one, while her father practices akido and is prickly about his ethnicity), and while Lisa also tries to do the same, [[spoiler:her [[EnemyWithout Shadow]] implies that isn't necessarily what she wants.]] wants]]. Her parents' love of the country is so immense that her father, a minister of trade, can speak English, but has never spoken or taught it to his daughter.daughter.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' 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, she's spent her entire life being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized by her peers]] and plagued by false rumors about her personality due to her "exotic" appearance.



* ''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, she's spent her entire life being [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ostracized by her peers]] and plagued by false rumors about her personality due to her "exotic" appearance.
26th Apr '17 10:06:54 PM Golondrina
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* Of the 14 people who are to decide the fate of the planet in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', 12 are Japanese, one is an artificial construct with the brain of a Japanese girl, and one is half-Japanese, half-generic-Caucasian. It's nice to see the rest of the Earth get a little representation.

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* Of the 14 people who are to decide the fate of the planet in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', 12 are Japanese, one is an artificial construct with the brain of a Japanese girl, and one is half-Japanese, half-generic-Caucasian.half-generic-white. It's nice to see the rest of the Earth get a little representation.



* Kaede Kimura from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is a blonde-haired blue-eyed otherwise-Caucasian-looking Japanese native (it's never specified whether she is of mixed ancestry or is simply descended from naturalized Caucasian migrants to Japan ''yes, they do exist'') who has recently returned from studying abroad, and has developed a split personality based on her two nations' stereotypes. Her [[YamatoNadeshiko Japanese side is extremely polite and gentle]] (and in love with Itoshiki-sensei), while her foreign half is loud, obnoxious, and [[FrivolousLawsuit ready to sue her classmates at the drop of a hat]].

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* Kaede Kimura from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is a blonde-haired blue-eyed otherwise-Caucasian-looking otherwise-white-looking Japanese native (it's never specified whether she is of mixed ancestry or is simply descended from naturalized Caucasian white migrants to Japan ''yes, they do exist'') who has recently returned from studying abroad, and has developed a split personality based on her two nations' stereotypes. Her [[YamatoNadeshiko Japanese side is extremely polite and gentle]] (and in love with Itoshiki-sensei), while her foreign half is loud, obnoxious, and [[FrivolousLawsuit ready to sue her classmates at the drop of a hat]].



** Rich, Caucasian looking, girl Ayaka Yukihiro is also said by Fuuka Narutaki to be 'half breed', although Ayaka herself protested at being called that.

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** Rich, Caucasian white looking, girl Ayaka Yukihiro is also said by Fuuka Narutaki to be 'half breed', although Ayaka herself protested at being called that.



** Ai Haibara a.k.a. Sherry is half-English. However, she was visibly Caucasian, and did mentioned that people with visual foreign traits like her are subjected to prejudice. Her sister, Akemi, looked more Japanese and there has been no mention of her having dealt with anything like that herself.

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** Ai Haibara a.k.a. Sherry is half-English. However, she was visibly Caucasian, white, and did mentioned that people with visual foreign traits like her are subjected to prejudice. Her sister, Akemi, looked more Japanese and there has been no mention of her having dealt with anything like that herself.



** Wolverine is part-Blackfoot though, and Lee Wing, Colleen's father, is of mixed, partly Chinese ancestry despite his mostly Caucasian appearance.

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** Wolverine is part-Blackfoot though, and Lee Wing, Colleen's father, is of mixed, partly Chinese ancestry despite his mostly Caucasian white appearance.



* ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' has the SecretPolice agent and MasterOfDisguise Peter Yang-Yeovil, who can trace his ancestry back to an ancient dynasty, but looks Caucasian enough to disguise himself as an Italian at one point. Justified by the fact that since humanity learned how to teleport, race has become so blended that only one's name can indicate one's nationality.
* Literature/HonorHarrington is Caucasian-Chinese, but she's unusual in that most people are ''more'' ethnically blended than she is. ''She'' takes more flak from having [[BioAugmentation genetic engineering]] in her ancestry.

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* ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' has the SecretPolice agent and MasterOfDisguise Peter Yang-Yeovil, who can trace his ancestry back to an ancient dynasty, but looks Caucasian white enough to disguise himself as an Italian at one point. Justified by the fact that since humanity learned how to teleport, race has become so blended that only one's name can indicate one's nationality.
* Literature/HonorHarrington is Caucasian-Chinese, Chinese-white, but she's unusual in that most people are ''more'' ethnically blended than she is. ''She'' takes more flak from having [[BioAugmentation genetic engineering]] in her ancestry.



** Every character of a different ethnicity who appears in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' always turns out to be biracial, (usually half Caucasian). Magnus is half Dutch[=/=]half Indonesian, Aline is half Chinese[=/=]half Caucasian, Maia is half black[=/=]half Caucasian. See a trend here?

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** Every character of a different ethnicity who appears in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' always turns out to be biracial, (usually half Caucasian). white). Magnus is half Dutch[=/=]half Indonesian, Aline is half Chinese[=/=]half Caucasian, white, Maia is half black[=/=]half Caucasian.white. See a trend here?



** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''[='s=] Black Ranger is called Ian Yorkland and he possibly lived in Europe, or at least spent some time there. You guessed it, he's played by a Japanese actor. Also, Pink Ranger Amy Yuzuki is Japanese-American studying abroad in Japan. Yes, also played by a Japanese actress. The rest of the team also uses ''Battle Fever J''[='s=] version of multinationality, with the Red and Blue Rangers being Japanese who met their dinosaur partners abroad (and Green's a Japanese who met his partner ''in'' Japan). Averted, however, by two of the recurring guest Rangers: Tessai is played by a Japanese actor but the ''character'' is wholly Chinese, and Ramirez is straight-up Caucasian -- in fact, he's the first ever Sentai member to be played by a Caucasian actor, Robert Baldwin (who's ethnically Canadian but was born and raised in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese).

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** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''[='s=] Black Ranger is called Ian Yorkland and he possibly lived in Europe, or at least spent some time there. You guessed it, he's played by a Japanese actor. Also, Pink Ranger Amy Yuzuki is Japanese-American studying abroad in Japan. Yes, also played by a Japanese actress. The rest of the team also uses ''Battle Fever J''[='s=] version of multinationality, with the Red and Blue Rangers being Japanese who met their dinosaur partners abroad (and Green's a Japanese who met his partner ''in'' Japan). Averted, however, by two of the recurring guest Rangers: Tessai is played by a Japanese actor but the ''character'' is wholly Chinese, and Ramirez is straight-up Caucasian -- white-- in fact, he's the first ever Sentai member to be played by a Caucasian white actor, Robert Baldwin (who's ethnically Canadian but was born and raised in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese).



** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has part-Caucasian JerkJock Shun Daimonji, played by mixed Japanese-Australian actor Justin Tomimori.
** ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'''s Tsurugi is mixed Japanese-Caucasian, though his actor is fully Japanese.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has part-Caucasian part-white JerkJock Shun Daimonji, played by mixed Japanese-Australian actor Justin Tomimori.
** ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'''s Tsurugi is mixed Japanese-Caucasian, Japanese-white, though his actor is fully Japanese.



* Almost no Vietnamese character in ''Series/ChinaBeach'' is played by a Vietnamese actor. The bar didn't extend to the rest of Southeast Asia: in one episode, Cambodian Haing Ngor plays a character who is explicitly written as Cambodian. The recurring character Mai is plays by Hawaiian actress Elizabeth Lindsey. In the season four episode "The Quest", [[ShellShockedVeteran Colleen McMurphy]] goes to visit her old UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} buddy Dodger and his half-Vietnamese son. The son is played by a young, obviously all-Caucasian Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In the son's next appearance, he's older and being played by an actual Asian actor. In all cases, Vietnamese characters speak strongly accented, but otherwise fluent and idiomatic, English.

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* Almost no Vietnamese character in ''Series/ChinaBeach'' is played by a Vietnamese actor. The bar didn't extend to the rest of Southeast Asia: in one episode, Cambodian Haing Ngor plays a character who is explicitly written as Cambodian. The recurring character Mai is plays by Hawaiian actress Elizabeth Lindsey. In the season four episode "The Quest", [[ShellShockedVeteran Colleen McMurphy]] goes to visit her old UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam|War}} buddy Dodger and his half-Vietnamese son. The son is played by a young, obviously all-Caucasian all-white Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In the son's next appearance, he's older and being played by an actual Asian actor. In all cases, Vietnamese characters speak strongly accented, but otherwise fluent and idiomatic, English.



* In ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'', protagonist Bassam Al-Fayeed, supposedly a native of the fictional country of Abbudin, is played by white British actor Adam Rayner. His obvious Caucasian features are explained as a result of his mother being a British woman.

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* In ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'', protagonist Bassam Al-Fayeed, supposedly a native of the fictional country of Abbudin, is played by white British actor Adam Rayner. His obvious Caucasian white features are explained as a result of his mother being a British woman.



** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' as a series does this constantly. Characters from different countries are almost always half-Japanese or half-American. Revolver Ocelot is half-American/half-Russian, EVA is [[spoiler: half-American/half-Chinese]], Kazuhira Miller is half-Japanese/half-American, and Naomi Hunter claims to have a Japanese grandfather [[spoiler: (though this is revealed to be a lie)]]. Because of his last name, it can be assumed that Johnny Sasaki is also half-Japanese/half-American. With the half-American characters, this is clearly a case of But Not Too Foreign so that the characters can be drawn with Caucasian features.

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' as a series does this constantly. Characters from different countries are almost always half-Japanese or half-American. Revolver Ocelot is half-American/half-Russian, EVA is [[spoiler: half-American/half-Chinese]], Kazuhira Miller is half-Japanese/half-American, and Naomi Hunter claims to have a Japanese grandfather [[spoiler: (though this is revealed to be a lie)]]. Because of his last name, it can be assumed that Johnny Sasaki is also half-Japanese/half-American. With the half-American characters, this is clearly a case of But Not Too Foreign so that the characters can be drawn with Caucasian white features.



* ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'' gives us Lisa Silverman, who is ethnically Caucasian but culturally Japanese, having been raised there since birth by a pair of incredibly Japanophile parents. According to a guidebook, said parents are naturalized citizens that immigrated from the United States. Her folks do their darndest to blend in (her mother acts like a stereotypical [[YamatoNadeshiko Japanese lady]] and dropped her birth name for a Japanese one, while her father practices akido and is prickly about his ethnicity), and while Lisa also tries to do the same, [[spoiler:her [[EnemyWithout Shadow]] implies that isn't necessarily what she wants.]] Her parents' love of the country is so immense that her father, a minister of trade, can speak English, but has never spoken or taught it to his daughter.

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* ''{{VideoGame/Persona 2}}'' gives us Lisa Silverman, who is ethnically Caucasian white but culturally Japanese, having been raised there since birth by a pair of incredibly Japanophile parents. According to a guidebook, said parents are naturalized citizens that immigrated from the United States. Her folks do their darndest to blend in (her mother acts like a stereotypical [[YamatoNadeshiko Japanese lady]] and dropped her birth name for a Japanese one, while her father practices akido and is prickly about his ethnicity), and while Lisa also tries to do the same, [[spoiler:her [[EnemyWithout Shadow]] implies that isn't necessarily what she wants.]] Her parents' love of the country is so immense that her father, a minister of trade, can speak English, but has never spoken or taught it to his daughter.



* Lilly Satou and her big sister Akira from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' are half-Scottish, half-Japanese. WordOfGod says that Lilly looks completely Caucasian.

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* Lilly Satou and her big sister Akira from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' are half-Scottish, half-Japanese. WordOfGod says that Lilly looks completely Caucasian.white.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd is part Japanese through his mother and ostensibly part Caucasian, since his cousin Nanase's family is Japanese.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd is part Japanese through his mother and ostensibly part Caucasian, white, since his cousin Nanase's family is Japanese.
24th Apr '17 12:49:56 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'': The psychologist is half-Native American, Control is half Latino, and the biologist is about quarter Asian.
8th Apr '17 12:47:42 PM rjd1922
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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 giving him a FaceOfAThug, means he's taken to be a {{delinquent}}. His doll-like and much more natural-looking younger sister Kobato has none of the issues.

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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 giving him a FaceOfAThug, combined with a bad first impression on his first day of school, means he's taken to be a {{delinquent}}.[[JapaneseDelinquents delinquent]]. His doll-like and much more natural-looking younger sister Kobato has none of the issues.
28th Mar '17 1:18:16 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Many of the most popular characters in the ''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), [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove Gemini]] is Japanese/American...
** In Hanabi's case, the reason is a little different than usual for this trope: ''Sakura Wars 3'' takes place ''in France'', so her mixed heritage is used to explain why a teenage Japanese girl would be living in France. Likewise, Gemini is half-Japanese to (sort of) explain the presence of a Texan samurai in New York.

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* Many of the most popular characters in the ''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), [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove Gemini]] is Japanese/American...
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** In Hanabi's case, the reason is a little different than usual for this trope: ''Sakura Wars 3'' takes place ''in France'', so her mixed heritage is used to explain why a teenage Japanese girl would be living in France. Likewise, Gemini is half-Japanese to (sort of) explain the presence of a Texan samurai in New York.
13th Mar '17 8:38:23 PM dasuberkaiser
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* Eric Sacks from ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', is an American who was born in Japan.

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* Eric Sacks from ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' is an American who was born in Japan.
13th Mar '17 8:34:14 PM dasuberkaiser
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* The Mandarin, one of ''ComicBook/IronMans'''s most implacable foes, is half-Chinese, half-white. So is Shang Chi, Marvel's expy of Bruce Lee, whose parents are actually [[spoiler:FuManchu and an American fangirl of his.]]

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* The Mandarin, one of ''ComicBook/IronMans'''s ''ComicBook/IronMan'''s most implacable foes, is half-Chinese, half-white. So is Shang Chi, Marvel's expy of Bruce Lee, whose parents are actually [[spoiler:FuManchu and an American fangirl of his.]]
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