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19th Jan '16 7:33:52 PM Katsuhagi
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[[folder:Webcomics]] * Chirinide of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' refers to herself as a "half-breed" because she has a light elf father and a drowussu mother, and goes so far as to wonder if she should commit suicide to keep her "impurity" from spreading through the Kyorl'solenurn clan. Despite this she really doesn't look any different from other drowussu, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a big hint that the drowussu are actually descended from light elves]]. * Greer, the protagonist of ''[[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/ The Girl Who Flew Away]]'' is eventually revealed [[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/comic/page-220/ to have had a black father]]. She's able to pass for fully white, which just contributes her to self-loathing as she feels it's hiding who she really is. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]] * Chirinide of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' refers to herself as a "half-breed" because she has a light elf father and a drowussu mother, and goes so far as to wonder if she should commit suicide to keep her "impurity" from spreading through the Kyorl'solenurn clan. Despite this she really doesn't look any different from other drowussu, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a big hint that the drowussu are actually descended from light elves]]. * Greer, the protagonist of ''[[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/ The Girl Who Flew Away]]'' is eventually revealed [[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/comic/page-220/ to have had a black father]]. She's able to pass for fully white, which just contributes her to self-loathing as she feels it's hiding who she really is.
19th Jan '16 7:33:22 PM Katsuhagi
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[[folder:Webcomics]] * Chirinide of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' refers to herself as a "half-breed" because she has a light elf father and a drowussu mother, and goes so far as to wonder if she should commit suicide to keep her "impurity" from spreading through the Kyorl'solenurn clan. Despite this she really doesn't look any different from other drowussu, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a big hint that the drowussu are actually descended from light elves]]. * Greer, the protagonist of ''[[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/ The Girl Who Flew Away]]'' is eventually revealed [[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/comic/page-220/ to have had a black father]]. She's able to pass for fully white, which just contributes her to self-loathing as she feels it's hiding who she really is.

* Chirinide of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' refers to herself as a "half-breed" because she has a light elf father and a drowussu mother, and goes so far as to wonder if she should commit suicide to keep her "impurity" from spreading through the Kyorl'solenurn clan. Despite this she really doesn't look any different from other drowussu, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a big hint that the drowussu are actually descended from light elves]].
29th Dec '15 1:47:41 PM margdean56
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* This is part of the backstory of the Fannie Flagg novel ''Welcome To the World, Baby Girl!'' [[spoiler: The (blonde, blue-eyed) protagonist's mother turned out to be of mixed race - the daughter of a German woman and a very light-skinned African American man who had moved to Europe to escape from the racial discrimination of the United States, but had been forced to move back with the rise of Hitler. She could, physically, pass for white without trying, but had spent her adult life in terror of being "outed" by someone who knew about her background - which was the reason for her secretive and evasive behavior during the protagonist's childhood.]]
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* This is part of the backstory of the Fannie Flagg novel ''Welcome To the World, Baby Girl!'' [[spoiler: The (blonde, blue-eyed) protagonist's mother turned out to be of mixed race - -- the daughter of a German woman and a very light-skinned African American man who had moved to Europe to escape from the racial discrimination of the United States, but had been forced to move back with the rise of Hitler. She could, physically, pass for white without trying, but had spent her adult life in terror of being "outed" by someone who knew about her background - -- which was the reason for her secretive and evasive behavior during the protagonist's childhood.]]

* In The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman, a girl who counts as white in 1960 goes back in time to 1860, where - because of her suntan, curly hair, and resemblance to her plantation-owning ancestors - she is classified as black and assumed to be the offspring of a wayward son of the family and one of his slaves, making her a slave herself. After she returns to her own time, she is assumed to have run away and an advertisement is issued. In the description of her it says, "Could pass for white." Researching her family history, she learns that [[spoiler:after the Civil War, the aforementioned wayward son inherited the plantation and passed off his former-slave wife as a white woman from France - so as their descendant, the protagonist really does have a few black genes.]] * In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[TheVorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure diligent, hardworking and sucessful count]] René Vorbretten was briefly considered ineligible to rule his District and even attempted to be ousted, when it turned out that he is [[HeroicBastard one-eighth Cetagandan]] through his grandfather's side. However, the main side his political opponents in the Council tried to play up was his illegitimacy, not the ethnicity, what with the Emperor himself being a one-eighth Betan and married to a foreign woman as well, though [[TheEmpire Cetaganda]] being a traditional [[TheRival enemy/rival]] of Barrayar helped to produce the racist nicknames like "Ghembretten".[[note]]Ghems being a lower, militaristic tier of the two-decked Cetagandan aristocracy, [[NotSoDifferent quite alike of the Barrayaran Vors]].[[/note]] Fortunately for the man, he had both [[AFriendInNeed the friends]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections in the right places]], and the law, for a change, was on his side as well: an important precedent in the Barrayaran inheritance law[[note]]"If a horse's ass can be a count, why not [[CaligulasHorse the whole horse]]?"[[/note]] stated that the Count's heir need not to be his blood relative, once confirmed by the Council — which René, ironically, was.
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* In The ''The Freedom Maze Maze'' by Delia Sherman, a girl who counts as white in 1960 goes back in time to 1860, where - -- because of her suntan, curly hair, and resemblance to her plantation-owning ancestors - -- she is classified as black and assumed to be the offspring of a wayward son of the family and one of his slaves, making her a slave herself. After she returns to her own time, she is assumed to have run away and an advertisement is issued. In the description of her it says, "Could pass for white." Researching her family history, she learns that [[spoiler:after the Civil War, the aforementioned wayward son inherited the plantation and passed off his former-slave wife as a white woman from France - -- so as their descendant, the protagonist really does have a few black genes.]] * In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[TheVorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure diligent, hardworking and sucessful successful count]] René Vorbretten was briefly considered ineligible to rule his District and even attempted to be threatened with being ousted, when it turned out that he is [[HeroicBastard one-eighth Cetagandan]] through on his grandfather's side. However, the main side his political opponents in the Council tried to play up was his illegitimacy, not the ethnicity, what with the Emperor himself being a one-eighth Betan and married to a foreign woman as well, though [[TheEmpire Cetaganda]] being a traditional [[TheRival enemy/rival]] of Barrayar helped to produce the racist nicknames like "Ghembretten".[[note]]Ghems being a lower, militaristic tier of the two-decked Cetagandan aristocracy, [[NotSoDifferent quite alike of like the Barrayaran Vors]].[[/note]] Fortunately for the man, he had both [[AFriendInNeed the friends]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections in the right places]], and the law, for a change, was on his side as well: an important precedent in the Barrayaran inheritance law[[note]]"If a horse's ass can be a count, why not [[CaligulasHorse the whole horse]]?"[[/note]] stated that the Count's heir need not to be his blood relative, once confirmed by the Council -- which René, ironically, was.
29th Dec '15 1:36:23 PM margdean56
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* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' eventually shows that not only is ninety-nine percent of the squad made up of {{Sweet Polly Oliver}}s, but so is the entire high command. Sargeant Jackrum is worried about going to his son as a woman, and is convinced to go home as a father instead.
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* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' eventually shows that not only is ninety-nine percent of the squad made up of {{Sweet Polly Oliver}}s, but so is the entire high command. Sargeant Sergeant Jackrum is worried about going to his son as a woman, and is convinced to go home as a father instead.
19th Dec '15 9:58:13 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' Horace the slave claimed that the Fauntroy family were all descended from a liaison between John Ambrose Fauntroy I and Horace's great-grandmother. All the light-skinned children were brought into the family while the dark skinned ones were left to be slaves. John Ambrose Fauntroy V tried to fight the charges of 'passing', but it was too late to save his presidential campaign and he ended up committing suicide. [[spoiler: The movie doesn't make it clear if Horace was telling the truth or not.]]
30th Nov '15 1:08:11 AM CassandraLeo
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* This is naturally all over ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'', being an AlternateHistory scenario in which the Allies lost WorldWarII. One of the main characters, Frank Frink, is actually Frank ''Fink'', a Jew, and hides his identity for obvious reasons. A more minor character, Rudolph Wegener, tells an artist he dislikes that he is Jewish and has undergone plastic surgery to make himself look more "Aryan", although it's left open to interpretation whether this is actually true or whether he is simply saying it to mess with his head. One of the central themes of the novel is the question of at what point a person becomes what he or she is pretending to be.
11th Nov '15 2:30:28 PM RobTan
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** George Herriman, the creator of ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' was of mixed black and white heritage, listed as "coloured" on his birth certificate, but he was sufficiently pale to pass for white. He had curly hair which he hid under a hat, and explained his slightly African features by claiming to be Greek-American.
9th Nov '15 1:40:07 PM StFan
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* In TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye it's revealed that during the so-called "Golden Age" that preceded the war, a form of racism existed against Transformers who had been born by having their sparks split from the spark of a "forged" (naturally-born) Cybertronian, known as being "constructed cold". At one point, the ego-centric scientist Brainstorm boasts of having supported "equal right for knock-offs!" implying he was forged. Shortly thereafter, a weapon that targets the sparks of all Cybertonians constructed cold is activated, and among those affected is Brainstorm himself, revealing that he was also constructed cold.
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* In TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' it's revealed that during the so-called "Golden Age" that preceded the war, a form of racism existed against Transformers who had been born by having their sparks split from the spark of a "forged" (naturally-born) Cybertronian, known as being "constructed cold". At one point, the ego-centric scientist Brainstorm boasts of having supported "equal right for knock-offs!" implying he was forged. Shortly thereafter, a weapon that targets the sparks of all Cybertonians constructed cold is activated, and among those affected is Brainstorm himself, revealing that he was also constructed cold.

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1st Nov '15 6:57:30 PM nombretomado
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* The title character of ''Queenie'' is a beautiful half-caste girl born in Mumbai during TheRaj. Fair enough to pass for white, she conceals her Indian parentage and makes her way to London, where her looks and talent get her noticed by a [[TheSvengali film producer]] who helps propel her to stardom in the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood still-overtly racist Hollywood of the 1930s.]] The novel is considered a RomanAClef -- author Michael Korda based the story on the life of his aunt, legendary actress Merle Oberon (see entry under RealLife).
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* The title character of ''Queenie'' is a beautiful half-caste girl born in Mumbai during TheRaj.UsefulNotes/TheRaj. Fair enough to pass for white, she conceals her Indian parentage and makes her way to London, where her looks and talent get her noticed by a [[TheSvengali film producer]] who helps propel her to stardom in the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood still-overtly racist Hollywood of the 1930s.]] The novel is considered a RomanAClef -- author Michael Korda based the story on the life of his aunt, legendary actress Merle Oberon (see entry under RealLife).
2nd Sep '15 12:16:30 PM Koveras
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* ''DragonAgeInquisition'' has [[spoiler: Krem, Iron Bull's second in command of The Chargers]] who was born female in the Tevinter Imperium. The issue of his biological sex doesn't come up until he makes a sarcastic remark to Iron Bull about teaching him to bind his man-breasts, at which point the Inquisitor clues in.
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* ''DragonAgeInquisition'' ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' has [[spoiler: Krem, Iron Bull's second in command of The Chargers]] who was born female in the Tevinter Imperium. The issue of his biological sex doesn't come up until he makes a sarcastic remark to Iron Bull about teaching him to bind his man-breasts, at which point the Inquisitor clues in.
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