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23rd Sep '16 10:39:34 AM MsChibi
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* Trowa Barton from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' is [[NonspecificallyForeign thought to be]] Latino, but averts this trope.
17th Sep '16 5:58:17 AM fearlessnikki
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* Notably averted with minor character Nerf in ''Film/AGuideToRecognizingYourSaints''. He mentions having a Dominican father but he is fair-skinned and red haired.

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* Notably averted with minor character Nerf in ''Film/AGuideToRecognizingYourSaints''. He mentions having a Dominican father but he is fair-skinned and red haired. Laurie meanwhile is said to be of Puerto Rican descent, but is actually played by two actresses with that background.



* In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Carla is worried because Turk is placing too much emphasis on her daughter's “African heritage” and very little on her Dominican heritage. This really doesn’t make much sense since the Dominican Republic's population is mostly composed of descendants of African slaves, and Carla should have a lot of African heritage herself. This could be a case of RealityIsUnrealistic however. Black Dominicans in particular have historically [[TruthInTelevision downplayed their African ancestry]], calling themselves ''trigueños'' (mestizos) or even "Indians". In the MusicalEpisode, Turk had a RunningGag of confusing Carla's nationality for numerous other Latino ones, including Puerto Rican, who usually have a ''much'' lighter skin tone than a Dominican.

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* In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Carla is worried because Turk is placing too much emphasis on her daughter's “African heritage” and very little on her Dominican heritage. This really doesn’t make much sense since the Dominican Republic's population is mostly composed of descendants of African slaves, and Carla should have a lot of African heritage herself. This could be a case of RealityIsUnrealistic however. Black Dominicans in particular have historically [[TruthInTelevision downplayed their African ancestry]], calling themselves ''trigueños'' (mestizos) or even "Indians". [[note]]One episode has a little gag where Todd thinks that Carla is a black girl and is seen asking other employees if she's black.[[/note]] In the MusicalEpisode, Turk had a RunningGag of confusing Carla's nationality for numerous other Latino ones, including Puerto Rican, who usually have a ''much'' lighter skin tone than a Dominican.


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* Ring announcer and former ''Series/TotalDivas'' cast member [=JoJo=] is of Mexican and Dominican descent but is sometimes mistaken for a light-skinned black girl due to being darker than a stereotypical Latina, as well as wearing her hair curly. She also sings R&B songs from time to time, and performed with the black Funkadactyls - whereas the more obviously Latina Wrestling/EvaMarie hooked up with the Bella Twins.
20th Aug '16 10:03:42 AM fearlessnikki
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* Notably averted with minor character Nerf in ''Film/AGuideToRecognizingYourSaints''. He mentions having a Dominican father but he is fair-skinned and red haired.



** On NXT it's played straight with {{Wrestling/Bayley}} (whose real last name is ''Martinez'' and is from San Jose) - who is fair-skinned and her character is presented almost as a TokenWhite. Likewise Wrestling/SashaBanks has Latina heritage but her character tends to lean more towards a black ghetto girl. Wrestling/{{Carmella}} meanwhile is a white girl from Boston but performs in {{Brownface}} to portray an Italian-American {{Joisey}} type.

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** * On NXT it's played straight with {{Wrestling/Bayley}} (whose real last name is ''Martinez'' and is from San Jose) - who is fair-skinned and her character is presented almost as a TokenWhite. Likewise Wrestling/SashaBanks has Latina heritage but her character tends to lean more towards a black ghetto girl. Wrestling/{{Carmella}} meanwhile is a white girl from Boston but performs in {{Brownface}} to portray an Italian-American {{Joisey}} type.



* Note the two Gomez brothers. Rick (think Luz in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'') is quite fair skinned, while Josh (think Morgan Grimes of ''{{Series/Chuck}}'') is much darker. Josh is more likely to play obvious Latino characters, while Rick often plays AmbiguouslyBrown or even white characters in addition to Latinos. They rarely play brothers presumably because of this - the exception being ''Film/TheWeek''.

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* Note the two Gomez brothers. Rick (think George Luz in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'') is quite fair skinned, while Josh (think Morgan Grimes of ''{{Series/Chuck}}'') is much darker. Josh is more likely to play obvious Latino characters, while Rick often plays AmbiguouslyBrown or even white characters in addition to Latinos. They rarely play brothers presumably because of this - the exception being ''Film/TheWeek''.''Film/TheWeek''.
* Creator/JamesMadio sometimes finds himself playing Latinos, despite being Italian, presumably because he's dark enough to qualify.
28th Jul '16 7:54:18 AM Pichu-kun
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* Bonita-senpai from the final episode of ''WebAnimation/NekoSugarGirls'' has brown skin and brown hair. Possibly averted with Koneko though as she uses a lot of GratuitousSpanish but is a redheaded Asian.

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* Bonita-senpai from the final episode of ''WebAnimation/NekoSugarGirls'' has brown skin and brown hair. Possibly averted with Koneko though though, as she uses a lot of GratuitousSpanish but is a redheaded Asian.



** Subverted by Sofia, who is is latina by WordOfGod. Sofia has light brown hair, blue eyes, and pale skin. Her mother is darker skinned. Sofia being latina came with an InternetBackdraft due to this trope. Many thought she couldn't be latina and Disney was tacking on it as a last-minute thing. Later, Sofia being latina [[ZigZagOfGod varies depending on who's asked]] at Disney.
** Elena plays the trope straight. She is an upcoming character meant to [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot appear]] in ''Sofia The First'' before [[WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor getting her own cartoon]]. A lot of media outlits are referring to Elena as "Disney's first latina princess", completely ignoring Sofia.

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** Subverted by Sofia, who is is latina by WordOfGod. Sofia has light brown hair, blue eyes, and pale skin. Her mother is darker skinned. Sofia being latina came with an InternetBackdraft due to this trope. Many thought she couldn't be latina and Disney was tacking on it as a last-minute thing. Later, Sofia being latina [[ZigZagOfGod [[FlipFlopOfGod varies depending on who's asked]] at Disney.
** Elena plays the trope straight. She is an upcoming a character meant to who [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot appear]] appeared]] in ''Sofia The First'' before [[WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor getting her own cartoon]]. A lot of media outlits are referring referred to Elena as "Disney's first latina princess", completely ignoring Sofia.
28th Jul '16 7:51:57 AM Pichu-kun
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* Averted with Ginger Lopez from ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' and ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie''. She's latina and white. In fact she was created to replace Cheryl in rerun issues, as Cheryl was deemed too sexy and controversial, but eventually Cheryl was brought back and Ginger became her own normal character.

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* Averted with Ginger Lopez from ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' and ''ComicBook/AfterlifeWithArchie''. She's latina and white. In fact fact, she was created to replace Cheryl in rerun issues, as Cheryl was deemed too sexy and controversial, but eventually Cheryl was brought back and Ginger became her own normal character.



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** Subverted by Sofia is Latino by WordOfGod. Sofia has light brown hair, blue eyes, and pale skin. Her mother is darker skinned. Sofia being latina came with an InternetBackdraft due to this trope. Many thought she couldn't be latina and Disney was tacking on it as a last-minute thing.
** Elena plays the trope straight. She is an upcoming character meant to [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot appear]] in ''Sofia The First'' before getting her own cartoon. A lot of media outlits are referring to Elena as "Disney's first latina princess", completely ignoring Sofia.

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** Subverted by Sofia Sofia, who is Latino is latina by WordOfGod. Sofia has light brown hair, blue eyes, and pale skin. Her mother is darker skinned. Sofia being latina came with an InternetBackdraft due to this trope. Many thought she couldn't be latina and Disney was tacking on it as a last-minute thing.
thing. Later, Sofia being latina [[ZigZagOfGod varies depending on who's asked]] at Disney.
** Elena plays the trope straight. She is an upcoming character meant to [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot appear]] in ''Sofia The First'' before [[WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor getting her own cartoon.cartoon]]. A lot of media outlits are referring to Elena as "Disney's first latina princess", completely ignoring Sofia.
10th Jul '16 10:09:43 AM JoeMerl
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* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[HeroAntagonist Dib]], [[CreepyChild Gaz]] and [[ReluctantMadScientist their dad]] are Mexican-American despite their incredibly pale skin, [[http://jhonenv.tumblr.com/post/127112021870/hey-jhonen-i-hope-this-isnt-too-personal-to-ask#notes according to]] [[WordOfGod Jhonen Vasquez]]. He specifically compares them to "my brother and his so-white-looking ''[[Film/VillageOfTheDamned1960 Village of the Damned]]'' children."

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* On ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' [[HeroAntagonist Dib]], [[CreepyChild Gaz]] and [[ReluctantMadScientist their dad]] are Mexican-American despite their incredibly pale skin, according to WordOfGod. JhonenVasquez specifically [[http://jhonenv.tumblr.com/post/127112021870/hey-jhonen-i-hope-this-isnt-too-personal-to-ask#notes according to]] [[WordOfGod Jhonen Vasquez]]. He specifically compares them them]] to "my brother and his so-white-looking ''[[Film/VillageOfTheDamned1960 Village of the Damned]]'' children."
7th Jul '16 9:51:11 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' manages to present an Incan cast of characters with varying skin tones, some darker or lighter than others.

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* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' manages to present an Incan cast of characters with varying skin tones, some darker or lighter than others. Considering the pre-colonial setting, Yzma's [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation gray-tinted]] skin can probably be considered [[InvertedTrope improbably light]].
7th Jul '16 9:39:00 PM thatother1dude
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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''--[[PsychoForHire Xever]] has a Spanish accent but is clearly black. (Well, [[BalefulPolymorph originally]].)

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''--[[PsychoForHire Xever]] has a Spanish accent but is clearly black. (Well, [[BalefulPolymorph originally]].black (or was [[WasOnceAMan when he was human at all]].)
7th Jul '16 9:37:15 PM thatother1dude
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* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled "E-I-E-I-D'oh!" begins with the family going to a movie theater to see ''The Poke of Zorro'', a take-off on ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''. On the screen, the actors playing the characters based on Zorro and Elena are brown-skinned, even though their real-world portrayers (Creator/AntonioBanderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, respectively) are both Europeans (albeit dark ones).

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* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Latino characters may have realistically varying skin tones or being uniformally brown DependingOnTheArtist. This isn't helped by the show's [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation white skin = yellow]] color scheme making the difference between light and dark skin more severe.
** Bumblebee Man and everyone else on his ShowWithinAShow have brown skin and dark brown or black hair. They are ''apparently'' Mexican, which is mostly mestizo, but as noted above light-skinned Mexicans tend to be over-represented in public media. [[NegativeContinuity One joke contradicts all evidence]] by having Bumblebee Man admit that he's actually ''[[{{Fauxreigner}} Belgian]]''.
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"E-I-E-I-D'oh!" begins with the family going to a movie theater to see ''The Poke of Zorro'', a take-off on ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''. On the screen, the actors playing the characters based on Zorro and Elena are brown-skinned, even though their real-world portrayers (Creator/AntonioBanderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, respectively) are both Europeans (albeit dark ones).ones).
** Despite the [[TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires absurd inaccuracies]] in its portrayal of Brazil, "Blame It On Lisa" has a decent variety of skin tones (from completely brown to completely white, and some inbetween tones very atypical for this show) and hair colors (the usual black-haired and dark-brunettes, but also a few red heads and blondes). There were still no black or Asian people.
** Averted in "The Kid Is All Right", which features as its guest star a young Latina friend of Lisa's who is white (Argentinian), Jewish (albeit a secular one), and a conservative Republican.
** Dr. Nick Riviera ''may or may not'' be an aversion. He's definitely light-skinned, but so NonSpecificallyForeign that it's hard to tell if he's from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, or some other part of Europe (his character design is actually based on the ''Hungarian'' co-founder of Creator/KlaskyCsupo).



* Nicely subverted on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled "The Kid Is All Right", which features as its guest star a young Latina friend of Lisa's who is white (Argentinian), Jewish (albeit a secular one), and a conservative Republican. Even more impressive, the character is voiced by Eva Longoria, [[PlayingAgainstType who fits into none of the above three categories]].
5th Jul '16 5:21:01 PM nombretomado
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* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled "E-I-E-I-D'oh!" begins with the family going to a movie theater to see ''The Poke of Zorro'', a take-off on ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''. On the screen, the actors playing the characters based on Zorro and Elena are brown-skinned, even though their real-world portrayers (AntonioBanderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, respectively) are both Europeans (albeit dark ones).

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* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' entitled "E-I-E-I-D'oh!" begins with the family going to a movie theater to see ''The Poke of Zorro'', a take-off on ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''. On the screen, the actors playing the characters based on Zorro and Elena are brown-skinned, even though their real-world portrayers (AntonioBanderas (Creator/AntonioBanderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, respectively) are both Europeans (albeit dark ones).
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