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17th Sep '17 1:00:00 AM Doug86
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* Agent Graham Tanaka on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', played by MarkSheppard. The part was originally written with an Asian actor in mind, and Sheppard wanted to keep the name. The WordOfGod explanation is that he took the name of his stepfather.

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* Agent Graham Tanaka on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', played by MarkSheppard.Creator/MarkSheppard. The part was originally written with an Asian actor in mind, and Sheppard wanted to keep the name. The WordOfGod explanation is that he took the name of his stepfather.
11th Sep '17 10:48:28 PM SolidTrig
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* [[BigBad Donaka Mark]] from ''Film/ManOfTaiChi''. The character runs a security firm in China, but only speaks English throughout the film. "Donaka" sounds vaguely Japanese, so it could be that he has some Japanese ancestry, and that "Donaka" is his family name, and that he presents his name with the family name first, in the Japanese style. He's played by Creator/KeanuReeves, who is biracial (half-White, half-Asian/Pacific Islander).

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* [[BigBad Donaka Mark]] from ''Film/ManOfTaiChi''. The character runs a security firm in China, but only speaks English throughout the film. "Donaka" sounds vaguely Japanese, so it could be that he has some Japanese ancestry, and that "Donaka" is his family name, and that he presents his name in the Japanese style with the family name first, in the Japanese style.coming first. He's played by Creator/KeanuReeves, who is biracial (half-White, half-Asian/Pacific Islander).
11th Sep '17 10:46:39 PM SolidTrig
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* [[BigBad Donaka Mark]] from ''Film/ManOfTaiChi''. The character runs a security firm in China, but only speaks English throughout the film. "Donaka" sounds vaguely Japanese, so it could be that he has some Japanese ancestry, and that "Donaka" is his family name, and that he presents his name with the family name first, in the Japanese style. He's played by Creator/KeanuReeves, who is biracial (half-White, half-Asian/Pacific Islander).
19th Aug '17 1:01:18 PM Odacon_Spy
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* The full name of [[ViolentGlaswegian The Demoman]], of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', is Tavish Finnegan [=DeGroot=]. While Tavish is indeed a Scottish name, Finnegan is Irish and [=DeGroot=] is Dutch.

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* The full name of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s [[ViolentGlaswegian The Demoman]], of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', Demoman]] is Tavish Finnegan [=DeGroot=]. While Tavish is indeed a Scottish name, Finnegan is Irish and [=DeGroot=] is Dutch.
17th Aug '17 4:55:49 PM ItsCursorBby
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* ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'' has [[ButNotTooForeign half-Middle Eastern]] Otogari Adonis and apparently fully Japanese Tsukinaga Leo. Could also be the case with Leo's sister, whose name is officially Ruka but was probably intended to be Luka.
4th Aug '17 9:51:50 PM JohnnyLurg
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* One storyline of Peter Bagge's ''Hate'' comics featured a half-Irish and half-Japanese criminal named Yahtzi Murphy.


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* Lars Rodriguez from ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' has a Scandinavian given name despite both of his parents being Latino.
23rd Jul '17 10:50:14 AM rjd1922
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* In Franchise/StreetFighter, there is a character named Edmond Honda but it's never really explained why the 100% Japanese Honda has the ''very'' English first name "Edmond".

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* In Franchise/StreetFighter, ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', there is a character named Edmond Honda but it's never really explained why the 100% Japanese Honda has the ''very'' English first name "Edmond".


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* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has Sue Sakamoto, [[AerithAndBob whose brother Kazuma and mother Momorin have Japanese given names]].
9th Jul '17 3:45:07 PM nombretomado
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* Most Japanese characters in ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' adopt Western given names, apparently to forget about [[WorldWarII the war]] and start their lives anew, since the story takes place in an AlternateUniverse [[TheForties 1947]] where Japan fell victim to a natural disaster and was virtually repopulated by Westerners who tried to help rebuilding the country.

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* Most Japanese characters in ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' adopt Western given names, apparently to forget about [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]] and start their lives anew, since the story takes place in an AlternateUniverse [[TheForties 1947]] where Japan fell victim to a natural disaster and was virtually repopulated by Westerners who tried to help rebuilding the country.
7th Jun '17 7:53:46 AM Piterpicher
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* In a pre-release rag for ''MortalKombat3'', [[WordOfGod Ed Boon and John Tobias]] had stated that early in the development of the original game, Liu Kang was going to be named "Miyamoto Yo Shin Soo," which was apparently too much even for a series that would become known for its [[FarEast inability to tell Chinese and Japanese cultures apart from each other.]]

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* In a pre-release rag for ''MortalKombat3'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', [[WordOfGod Ed Boon and John Tobias]] had stated that early in the development of the original game, Liu Kang was going to be named "Miyamoto Yo Shin Soo," which was apparently too much even for a series that would become known for its [[FarEast inability to tell Chinese and Japanese cultures apart from each other.]]
18th May '17 4:20:53 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Franchise/MetalGear'': [=McDonnell=] Miller's true first name is revealed in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' to be Kazuhira; he was born to an American father and Japanese mother.
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