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1st May '16 5:03:27 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Series/LivAndMaddie: Both parents are brown-eyed brunettes and their son (Joey) looks like [[{{Victorious}} Robbie Shapiro]] (and Parker, also a brunette, is the Rooneys' answer to Ruthie Camden), so [[SarcasmMode its very plausible that the two daughters are platinum blondes]]. Apparently the producers thought no one would notice. Blonde hair and green eyes are both recessive traits, so it is technically possible for the twins to have them though.

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* Series/LivAndMaddie: Both parents are brown-eyed brunettes and their son (Joey) looks like [[{{Victorious}} [[Series/{{Victorious}} Robbie Shapiro]] (and Parker, also a brunette, is the Rooneys' answer to Ruthie Camden), so [[SarcasmMode its very plausible that the two daughters are platinum blondes]]. Apparently the producers thought no one would notice. Blonde hair and green eyes are both recessive traits, so it is technically possible for the twins to have them though.
26th Apr '16 6:08:12 AM Tron80
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-->--'''Lord Henry Dashwood''' (brown-eyed Creator/ColinFirth) on his daughter Daphne (green-eyed Amanda Bynes), ''WhatAGirlWants''.

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-->--'''Lord Henry Dashwood''' (brown-eyed Creator/ColinFirth) on his daughter Daphne (green-eyed Amanda Bynes), ''WhatAGirlWants''.
''Film/WhatAGirlWants''.


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* Lampshaded in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry''. In the notes for chapter 6, the author says that [[spoiler:it's "almost blasphemy that he didn't make Aki a chibi-Asuka".]]
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24th Apr '16 11:15:29 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Cilan, Chilli, and Cress are triplets who have green, blue, and red hair respectively. Their eye colors match their hair colors.
** According to ''LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation'', Brock's siblings are the product of [[spoiler:several divorced marriages]] yet they look exactly like Flint. The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime itself [[CanonDiscontinuity ignores]] the novel.
** Misty and her three older siblings have different hair colors: red (orange toned rather than bright red), pink, blue, and blonde. The aforementioned books justify this by saying Misty's sisters wear wigs however the anime itself holds no such implications.



* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss has the same typical Seam traits as her father - dark hair, grey eyes, olive skin. Her sister Prim, however, managed to inherit their mother's merchant look with blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin. One might wonder how that was possible when it's strongly implied that townfolks and people in the Seam haven't interbred for generations. It's possible that their father carried those genes too but it's highly unlikely. This has even spawned a fan-theory that Prim is Katniss' half-sister and that she might even be half-sister to blonde, blue-eyed Peeta (whose father had a romance with Katniss' mother when they were young).

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* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss has the same typical Seam traits as her father - dark hair, grey eyes, olive skin. Her sister Prim, however, managed to inherit their mother's merchant look with blonde hair, blue eyes eyes, and fair skin. One might wonder how that was possible when it's strongly implied that townfolks and people in the Seam haven't interbred for generations. It's possible that their father carried those genes too but it's highly unlikely. This has even spawned a fan-theory that Prim is Katniss' half-sister and that she might even be half-sister to blonde, blue-eyed Peeta (whose father had a romance with Katniss' mother when they were young).



* In the DC Comics-based superhero series ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the DarkSkinnedBlond teenage superheroine Artemis is the biracial daughter of blond, caucasian supervillain Sportsmaster and the Vietnamese-American reformed supervillain Huntress. While not outright impossible (such as if there was a blond, caucasian ancestor on her mother's side, which could happen since Vietnam is a former French colony) Artemis' hair colour is, at best, unlikely. She's [[RealityIsUnrealistic actually based]] on the daughter of one of the show's producers who is half-Korean on both sides (both parents are mixed race) and a natural blonde.

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* In the DC Comics-based superhero series ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
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DarkSkinnedBlond teenage superheroine Artemis is the biracial daughter of blond, caucasian supervillain Sportsmaster and the Vietnamese-American reformed supervillain Huntress. While not outright impossible (such as if there was a blond, caucasian ancestor on her mother's side, which could happen since Vietnam is a former French colony) Artemis' hair colour is, at best, unlikely. She's [[RealityIsUnrealistic actually based]] on the daughter of one of the show's producers who is half-Korean on both sides (both parents are mixed race) and a natural blonde.blonde.
** Cheshire herself has a child by the timeskip in season two. Lian is [[spoiler:Roy's]] daughter and inherited his [[spoiler:red]] hair color. She mixes her original comic design (which took completely after her father) with her more well-known redesigned look (which looks more like her mother). As with Artemis, it's justified in that Cheshire is multiracial.



* Kimber and Jerrica are two of the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' who have both biological parents shown. Jerrica is near identical to their mother but Kimber, with her pinkish-red hair, doesn't resemble either her father or mother.

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* Kimber and Jerrica are two of the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' who have both biological parents shown. Jerrica is [[StrongFamilyResemblance near identical identical]] to their mother but Kimber, with her pinkish-red hair, doesn't resemble either her father or mother.
16th Apr '16 10:34:50 AM nombretomado
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* A common joke in ''[[SeventhHeaven 7th Heaven]]'' 's Hatedom was LittleMissSnarker Ruthie Camden either being adopted or the product of an affair with the gardener, because Mackenzie Rosman had a noticeably darker complexion and less [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]]y features than the rest of her TV family.

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* A common joke in ''[[SeventhHeaven 7th Heaven]]'' ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' 's Hatedom was LittleMissSnarker Ruthie Camden either being adopted or the product of an affair with the gardener, because Mackenzie Rosman had a noticeably darker complexion and less [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]]y features than the rest of her TV family.
5th Apr '16 11:05:37 PM Pichu-kun
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* Nagisa from ''Anime/{{Free}}'' is a blond but has brunette older sisters.
5th Apr '16 1:26:03 AM Pichu-kun
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* Rin from ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' is a blonde but both her mother and father are black haired (though her fathers hair was grey due to age). [[spoiler:The manga revealed late into the series that Daikichi's grandfather isn't Rin's biological daughter. It's possible she got her hair color from her father.]]
3rd Apr '16 12:04:33 AM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded on the "Hackidu" episode of ''EverybodyLovesRaymond''. Ray and Debra have dark hair, while the kids have blond hair. Ray trades Ally's $65 "Hackidu" card to Bill Parker, a blond guy. After getting teased for being scammed, Ray decided to get the card back.

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* Lampshaded on the "Hackidu" episode of ''EverybodyLovesRaymond''.''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''. Ray and Debra have dark hair, while the kids have blond hair. Ray trades Ally's $65 "Hackidu" card to Bill Parker, a blond guy. After getting teased for being scammed, Ray decided to get the card back.



** This was an early concern during casting of ''Series/FamilyTies'': Michael J. Fox almost didn't get the role of Alex P. Keaton because the producers at NBC didn't think it was realistic that the 5'4" Fox could be the son of 6'4" Michael Gross and 5'7" Meredith Baxter.

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** This was an early concern during casting of ''Series/FamilyTies'': casting: Michael J. Fox almost didn't get the role of Alex P. Keaton because the producers at NBC didn't think it was realistic that the 5'4" Fox could be the son of 6'4" Michael Gross and 5'7" Meredith Baxter.
2nd Apr '16 1:24:12 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' is a strong aversion, even regarding facial features. In fact, the only character whose look isn't readily accounted for in their family is Tenchi's mother Kiyone (silver hair and gray eyes while her parents have black hair/brown eyes and green hair/yellow eyes), and since she and her parents are two different kinds of HumanAliens, we have no idea how their genetics exactly work anyway.
** Actually ''invoked'' in the main continuity with[[spoiler: Aeka. She was born with curly aqua-green hair like her mother and sister, but later underwent gene manipulation to activate her father's genes for straight purple hair. She wanted her hair to be darker to look more like her black-haired ''step''mother Funaho so she could win the affections of her half-brother/fiancé, Yosho.]]

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* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'':
** The series
is a strong aversion, even regarding facial features. In fact, the only character whose look isn't readily accounted for in their family is Tenchi's mother Kiyone (silver hair and gray eyes while her parents have black hair/brown eyes and green hair/yellow eyes), and since she and her parents are two different kinds of HumanAliens, we have no idea how their genetics exactly work anyway.
** Actually ''invoked'' in the main continuity with[[spoiler: with [[[spoiler: Aeka. She was born with curly aqua-green hair like her mother and sister, but later underwent gene manipulation to activate her father's genes for straight purple hair. She wanted her hair to be darker to look more like her black-haired ''step''mother Funaho so she could win the affections of her half-brother/fiancé, Yosho.]]



* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss has the same typical Seam traits as her father - dark hair, grey eyes, olive skin. Her sister Prim, however, managed to inherit their mother's merchant look with blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin. One might wonder how that was possible when it's strongly implied that townfolks and people in the Seam haven't interbred for generations. It's possible that their father carried those genes too but it's highly unlikely.
** This has even spawned a fan-theory that Prim is Katniss' half-sister and that she might even be half-sister to blonde, blue-eyed Peeta (whose father had a romance with Katniss' mother when they were young).

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* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss has the same typical Seam traits as her father - dark hair, grey eyes, olive skin. Her sister Prim, however, managed to inherit their mother's merchant look with blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin. One might wonder how that was possible when it's strongly implied that townfolks and people in the Seam haven't interbred for generations. It's possible that their father carried those genes too but it's highly unlikely.
**
unlikely. This has even spawned a fan-theory that Prim is Katniss' half-sister and that she might even be half-sister to blonde, blue-eyed Peeta (whose father had a romance with Katniss' mother when they were young).



* This was an early concern during casting of ''Series/FamilyTies'': Michael J. Fox almost didn't get the role of Alex P. Keaton because the producers at NBC didn't think it was realistic that the 5'4" Fox could be the son of 6'4" Michael Gross and 5'7" Meredith Baxter.

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* ''Series/FamilyTies'':
**
This was an early concern during casting of ''Series/FamilyTies'': Michael J. Fox almost didn't get the role of Alex P. Keaton because the producers at NBC didn't think it was realistic that the 5'4" Fox could be the son of 6'4" Michael Gross and 5'7" Meredith Baxter.



* An example where family members are much too '''similar''' than is genetically plausible in ''Series/OrphanBlack'': In the third episode, Cosima tells Sarah that clones' fingerprints may be close enough to all match, when in reality not even identical twins have the same fingerprints. Even accepting this premise leaves a PlotHole, unfortunately. Beth's finger prints would have been put into the system when she became a police officer. If Sarah's arrest happened first, Beth would have had quite some difficulty getting into the police at all. If it happened second, the whole mess should have exploded then. Since only Sarah's fingerprints came up when Katja's were run, it must be that Beth's aren't in the system - presumably the showmakers don't know that police employees' fingerprints always go into the system.
** As for the "identical twins" part of things, averted entirely with [[spoiler:Helena]], who wore gloves when on the run to avoid getting fingerprinted.

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* An example where family members are much too '''similar''' than is genetically plausible in ''Series/OrphanBlack'': In the third episode, Cosima tells Sarah that clones' fingerprints may be close enough to all match, when in reality not even identical twins have the same fingerprints. Even accepting this premise leaves a PlotHole, unfortunately. Beth's finger prints would have been put into the system when she became a police officer. If Sarah's arrest happened first, Beth would have had quite some difficulty getting into the police at all. If it happened second, the whole mess should have exploded then. Since only Sarah's fingerprints came up when Katja's were run, it must be that Beth's aren't in the system - presumably the showmakers don't know that police employees' fingerprints always go into the system.
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system. As for the "identical twins" part of things, averted entirely with [[spoiler:Helena]], who wore gloves when on the run to avoid getting fingerprinted.



* Lampshaded in a sadistic Halloween prank in an episode of ''Roseanne,'' where the dark-haired Roseanne and Dan had the dark-haired Darlene and D.J., but a blonde Becky (which isn't as unbelievable as some versions of this.) When their snobby neighbor Kathy Bowman came over, she found Dan lying on the kitchen table, "gutted open" with assorted pieces of raw meat and fake blood sitting on his stomach. Roseanne walks in, covered in blood and holding a dripping knife, and she casually complains that she was so much better at this the last time. When Kathy asks what "last time," Roseanne casually says, "Becky's dad, he was blond, too."

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* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'':
**
Lampshaded in a sadistic Halloween prank in an episode of ''Roseanne,'' episode, where the dark-haired Roseanne and Dan had the dark-haired Darlene and D.J., but a blonde Becky (which isn't as unbelievable as some versions of this.) When their snobby neighbor Kathy Bowman came over, she found Dan lying on the kitchen table, "gutted open" with assorted pieces of raw meat and fake blood sitting on his stomach. Roseanne walks in, covered in blood and holding a dripping knife, and she casually complains that she was so much better at this the last time. When Kathy asks what "last time," Roseanne casually says, "Becky's dad, he was blond, too."



* Series/LivAndMaddie: Both parents are brown-eyed brunettes and their son (Joey) looks like [[{{Victorious}} Robbie Shapiro]] (and Parker, also a brunette, is the Rooneys' answer to Ruthie Camden), so [[SarcasmMode its very plausible that the two daughters are platinum blondes]]. Apparently the producers thought no one would notice.
** Well, blonde hair and green eyes are both recessive traits, so it is technically possible for the twins to have them.
* Actor Yaphet Kotto was cast as Lt. Al Giardello on the award-winning cop series Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet, though his dark complexion and facial features made it very implausible for him to be the biracial son of an Italian-American father and an African-American mother. One episode of the series even went out of its way to draw attention to the issue when a light-skinned African-American woman declined to date Giardello because he was "too black" for her. That said, Kotto was outstanding in the role and it's impossible to imagine another actor playing Giardello. There is a valid argument for colourblind casting.

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* Series/LivAndMaddie: Both parents are brown-eyed brunettes and their son (Joey) looks like [[{{Victorious}} Robbie Shapiro]] (and Parker, also a brunette, is the Rooneys' answer to Ruthie Camden), so [[SarcasmMode its very plausible that the two daughters are platinum blondes]]. Apparently the producers thought no one would notice.
** Well, blonde
notice. Blonde hair and green eyes are both recessive traits, so it is technically possible for the twins to have them.
them though.
* Actor Yaphet Kotto was cast as Lt. Al Giardello on the award-winning cop series Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet, ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', though his dark complexion and facial features made it very implausible for him to be the biracial son of an Italian-American father and an African-American mother. One episode of the series even went out of its way to draw attention to the issue when a light-skinned African-American woman declined to date Giardello because he was "too black" for her. That said, Kotto was outstanding in the role and it's impossible to imagine another actor playing Giardello. There is a valid argument for colourblind casting.



* ''VideoGame/GaiaOnline'', otherwise pretty good about NPC hair colors, retconned Ian into being a vampire in '07, around the time his father Vladimir was introduced (and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed]]). Ian's hair has since been recolored black, which he says is his natural color. The problem? Vlad has been confirmed as having dark ''brown'', possibly even auburn, hair, and Ian's late mother Rosalie was a ''blonde''. Despite this, it appears black in the manga, so it could be a retcon.

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* ''VideoGame/GaiaOnline'', ''Website/GaiaOnline'', otherwise pretty good about NPC hair colors, retconned Ian into being a vampire in '07, around the time his father Vladimir was introduced (and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed]]). Ian's hair has since been recolored black, which he says is his natural color. The problem? Vlad has been confirmed as having dark ''brown'', possibly even auburn, hair, and Ian's late mother Rosalie was a ''blonde''. Despite this, it appears black in the manga, so it could be a retcon.



* Kimber and Jerrica are two of the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' who have both biological parents shown. Jerrica is near identical to their mother but Kimber, with her reddish-pink hair, doesn't resemble either her father or mother.

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* Kimber and Jerrica are two of the main characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' who have both biological parents shown. Jerrica is near identical to their mother but Kimber, with her reddish-pink pinkish-red hair, doesn't resemble either her father or mother.
2nd Apr '16 1:18:03 AM Pichu-kun
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* Chibi-Usa from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' generated a ton of WildMassGuessing and FanWank back in the day because her coloration (pink hair, red eyes) was so different from that of her parents (blonde, blue-eyed Usagi and black haired, blue-eyed Mamoru). According to WordOfGod, her coloration was meant to make her resemble a baby rabbit to match her PunnyName. Also, hair colors in [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]] weren't static--sometimes her mother Usagi was depicted with silver hair and even pink hair in her original design. Usagi herself is the daughter of a purple-haired mother and a black-haired, dark-eyed father and has a brother with light brown hair and dark blue eyes.

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* Chibi-Usa from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' generated a ton of WildMassGuessing and FanWank back in the day because her coloration (pink hair, red eyes) was so different from that of her parents (blonde, blue-eyed Usagi and black haired, blue-eyed Mamoru). According to WordOfGod, her coloration was meant to make her resemble a baby rabbit to match her PunnyName. Also, hair colors in [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]] weren't static--sometimes her mother Usagi was depicted with silver hair and even pink hair in her original design. Usagi herself is the daughter of a purple-haired mother and a black-haired, dark-eyed father father, and has a brother with light brown hair and dark blue eyes.



* Takeshi and his sister from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' have blond hair however their parents have dark hair. Similarly Kaori's parents are brunettes but she has blond hair. It's even more noticeable because they're the only characters in the series without black or brown hair.

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* Takeshi and his sister from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' have blond hair however their parents have dark hair. Similarly Similarly, Kaori's parents are brunettes but she has blond hair. It's even more noticeable because they're the only characters in the series without black or brown hair.



* GaiaOnline, otherwise pretty good about NPC hair colors, retconned Ian into being a vampire in '07, around the time his father Vladimir was introduced (and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed]]). Ian's hair has since been recolored black, which he says is his natural color. The problem? Vlad has been confirmed as having dark ''brown'', possibly even auburn, hair, and Ian's late mother Rosalie was a ''blonde''.
** Despite this, it appears black in the manga, so it could be a retcon.

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* GaiaOnline, ''VideoGame/GaiaOnline'', otherwise pretty good about NPC hair colors, retconned Ian into being a vampire in '07, around the time his father Vladimir was introduced (and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed]]). Ian's hair has since been recolored black, which he says is his natural color. The problem? Vlad has been confirmed as having dark ''brown'', possibly even auburn, hair, and Ian's late mother Rosalie was a ''blonde''.
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''blonde''. Despite this, it appears black in the manga, so it could be a retcon.



* Dixie Kong and Tiny Kong from the ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' universe are sisters. They both have similar fur tones and blonde hair however Tiny is bipedal and fully clothed while Dixie is less anthropomorphic looking, walking on all fours and being a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal. The difference in looks became even more noticeable when Tiny was [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome aged up]]. Tiny is a [[BigLittleBrother tall]], HumanoidFemaleAnimal while Dixie more resembles Diddy.



28th Mar '16 7:49:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[TheTerminator Terminator 2]]'' has brown-haired, brown-eyed Edward Furlong play the offspring of blonde, gray-eyed Linda Hamilton and blond, blue-eyed Michael Biehn. It's also a {{retcon}} because Kyle mentions that John has Sarah's eyes.

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* ''[[TheTerminator Terminator 2]]'' ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' has brown-haired, brown-eyed Edward Furlong play the offspring of blonde, gray-eyed Linda Hamilton and blond, blue-eyed Michael Biehn. It's also a {{retcon}} because Kyle mentions that John has Sarah's eyes.
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