->''The Indians said I was white by law\\
The White Man always called me "Indian Squaw"''
-->-- '''Cher''', "Half Breed"

So, you just happen to be the child of that army guy who [[GoingNative went native]] and married TheChiefsDaughter? Or perhaps the reverse applies and dear mum left home and joined dad on the ancestral family homestead back in rural Smalltownington. This of course is assuming both your parents [[ParentalAbandonment are alive]] and love each other, (StarCrossedLovers have a tendency to have it rough), or you might be the product of accidental affairs. And then you were born. Congratulations, you are now guaranteed to be despised by one or both sides of your family. Maybe it was that time you wore the ritual face paint to Sunday school...

The MoralGuardians of the local town have branded you the "Half-Breed." ("Half-caste" is a roughly synonymous term.)

Lucky for you, you (hopefully) have the love and support of your immediate family, and if you had a shaman/witch-doctor/priestess [[WitchSpecies in the family genes]], you can most assuredly tell them where to stick their supremacist ideologies by unleashing the can of mystical whup-ass. Conversely, you may need to give the other side of the family the can of whup-ass if the tribe never accepts you as one of them, but let's not dwell.

Life may be difficult. If you bear a closer resemblance to one parent over the other, you might tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Fortunately, genetics is probably on your side. Not only are you likely to possess an exotic attractiveness, you may even have the ability to pass as either race at any given time.

A word of caution: any revelation of [[MalignedMixedMarriage your parentage]] might bring down the wrath of a mob wielding TorchesAndPitchforks of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]] at any given moment. Always have an escape plan ready, even if it requires mass carnage.

If you happen to live in a fantasy or scifi world, you're probably a HalfHumanHybrid. Here's to hoping you at least have five fully functioning limbs. More specifically, if one of your parents happens to be an elf, then congratulations [[OurElvesAreBetter you are a half-elf]] who will be hated and despised by your "superior" elven family. See also RaisedByNatives.

Compare MalignedMixedMarriage. And possibly, ThatThingIsNotMyChild. Contrast ButNotTooBlack and ButNotTooForeign, in which people with mixed ancestry are treated ''better'' than ones who have only minority or foreign ancestry.

Please note that in RealLife the terms half-breed and half-caste are highly offensive.

Fantasy (or soft Science Fiction) works may include hybrids of different species, mostly {{Half Human Hybrid}}s, sometimes [[NonhumanHumanoidHybrid Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrids.]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', both Half-Demons Kotaro and [[spoiler:Setsuna]] mention having problems fitting into either the Human or Demon world. [[spoiler:Setsuna]] doubly so as her demon family considers her [[spoiler: albinism]] to be taboo so she has to dye her hair to a more acceptable darker tone.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Hayato Gokudera is half Italian, half Japanese, which lead to him being rejected by every mafia family except for the one headed by the almost totally Japanese Tsuna Sawada.
* The main character of ''KemonoNoSoujaErin'' is a child of a woman of the Mist People and a Tohda breeding man. Results of such unions are usually called "Akun Meh Chai" ("Child of Impossibilities"), because their parents should have never meet, yet alone fall in love.
* In the ''DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'', this is blatantly stated by Bradley to Dante. This is highly uncommon because demons tend to enjoy tormenting and killing humans. However, Dante's father was a demon who [[RebelLeader rebelled against the demon emperor]] and sided with humans. Afterwards, he ruled the human world and had twin sons, Dante and Vergil, before disappearing.
* In the ''{{Area 88}}'' manga, Josie was an orphan of mixed French and Japanese ethnicity. After her parents' deaths, her Japanese grandparents refused to take her in because they disapproved of her parents' marriage.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'', son of a powerful dog youkai (NoNameGiven, but he's referred to as Inu-No-Taishou) and a human princess (Lady Izayoi). When he was a kid he was shunned by humans and hunted by youkai only for being a ''hanyou'' aka a HalfHumanHybrid. Even now, humans suspect and fear him while youkai mock him. And his full-blooded-youkai AloofBigBrother treats him like utter shit before of his heritage [[spoiler: before his CharacterDevelopment.]]
** He later meets a little girl named Shiori, with similar problems to his own. Her mom Shizu is a human villager, her dad Tsukuyomaru and grandpa Taigokumaru are bat youkai, and everyone in her hometown hates her and her mother. The conflict becomes even worse when it turns out [[spoiler: Inuyasha might have to ''kill'' Shiori to get a power upgrade for his sword]] ''and'' [[spoiler: Shiori is used as a BarrierMaiden by her asshole of a grandfather, who tries to convince her to help him murder everyone in the village ''because'' of their treatment of her.]].
** The gang also meet the hulking half horse-demon Jinenji and his unnamed elderly human mother. The village initially hates him and accuses him of being the one responsible for the rash of demon attacks plaguing the village; Jinenji wins them over by defeating the demon ''really'' responsible for the killings and providing medicinal herbs to the villagers afterwards. The villagers, acting out of a mix of gratitude and guilt, pitch in to help Jinenji and his mother with their crops from then on.
* {{Manga/Megalomania}}: Canon struggles with this, she's half human, half-demihuman and she is pretty much hated by both groups.
* [[spoiler: Tenzen]], from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'', though this comes off only in the anime. [[spoiler: He was the product of a union between members of feuding Ninja clans hims, and his Iga mother was killed by his Koga father, and Tenzen was cut from his mother's womb to be raised as a Koga. Tenzen later on defected to the Iga as part of a scheme to revenge himself on both groups by [[LetsYouAndHimFight playing on their hatred for each other]].]]
* Mostrels in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' are hybrids of different monster races and are generally looked down upon for their mixed pedigree. They in turn despise the pureblooded monsters.
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', the Elf Council shunned Tiffania and called her "unclean" for having a human father.
* In one story of ''[[Manga/PetShopOfHorrors Pet Shop Of Horrors: Tokyo]]'', a Filipino woman marries a much older Japanese man and has a son with him. When her husband has a stroke and begins to suffer from dementia, the rest of his family makes no secret of how they think a mixed-race child is not fit to inherit and that the man's pure-blood Japanese grandson is a much better choice as a successor. Given that the family is shown as being ''incredibly'' dysfunctional (notably the grandson is selfish [[spoiler:and kills his grandfather to please his mother]] while the mixed-race son is polite and kind), the story is firmly on the side of the Filipino woman and her son. D gives the woman a young man to help as a caretaker for her husband, who tells how he himself is biracial and was unable to fit in with his mother and father's homelands. [[spoiler:The end of the story reveals that the man was actually a dog that was a mixed breed but very loyal and loving.]]
* This is the backstory of Joe[=/=]Manga/{{Cyborg 009}} - he was the son of a Japanese woman and a man of some unspecified Western ethnicity. Because of this, he was mocked as a "half-breed" and turned to delinquency as a result. The rest of his cyborg team, however, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming tell him not to be ashamed of his heritage, but to see it as the breaking down of barriers between groups]].
* Rin of [[Manga/BlueExorcist Blue Exorcist]] gets harsh regard from his superiors due to being half-demon. Technically, though, half-demons are relatively common, it's just the issue of [[SaTan which demon his father is]].
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Cheshire (Vietnamese/French), a supervillain in TheDCU, basically went insane.
** There was also the character Mongrel, aka Josh Xan, who was half-Vietnamese as well. He died in ''InfiniteCrisis''.
* A ''heroic'' example is the multi-racial [[GreenArrow Connor Hawke]]. His mother is half Korean and half African-American. His father, Ollie Queen, is white. The trouble he had fitting in was what drove him to try and find peace in Buddhism and monkhood.
* Marvel plays with this a bit. [[spoiler:Hulkling]] from ''YoungAvengers'' is half-Kree, half-Skrull. His Skrull grandfather even ordered his death, though now the Skrull Empire wants him back, as he's the only living member of the Imperial family. And the Kree would rather he join their ranks instead. The kicker? [[spoiler:He considers himself more human than either Kree or Skrull due to being raised as one, and doesn't want to join ''either'' group.]]
* The current iteration of Mon-El, the Daxamite hero born as Lar Gand, is the descendant of Bal Gand, a Daxamite explorer and ambassador, and an unnamed Mesoamerican male, before the discovery of America. Bal, fearing the TorchesAndPitchforks of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]], made sure to entrust her unnamed son with a spaceship programmed to bring him on Earth at the first sign of xenophobia. While the unnamed Gand was able to subvert the pitchforks and live a fairly happy life, hiding his lineage, his still operative spaceship was later found by his distant nephew Lar, wishing to escape his oppressive homeland and travel in space as his ancestors did, starting the cycle anew.
* {{Daken}}, Wolverine's son, is half-Canadian and half-Japanese. His named even means Mongrel. He grew up in Japan right after World War II had just ended. Considering how [[ImperialJapan the culture]] would be responding to an abandoned child of mixed descent at the time, his Jerkass nature becomes a little more understandable.
* Sam Matonabbe, AKA the superhero Oxbow, was a half-white, half-Native American who faced discrimination from the local Natives ''and'' whites. This got into BullyingADragon territory, as he was 7 feet tall and had super strength. You'd think hatred wouldn't run deep enough to get you to pick on ''that'' guy.
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[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/InsontisII'', Kirk reflects on how badly Spock has been treated during his life and is privately thankful that he got the chance to support him.
* John Gage gets this in the ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' [[http://www.tbillingsemergencyfanfic.com/storiesbytammy.html series]] by Tammy Billingham. Most of it is from his own extended family and tribe mates,first as a child, then when he returns home as an adult in the final parts of the series, because they resent his half-white background. A gang of full blood tribesmen end up stabbing him and dragging him half naked through the snow tied to a horse,when he marries a tribewoman. Her family is angry when they first fall in love, but let go of it later, with her father helping rescue John and stop a further attack on him.
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[[folder: Film]]
* Lucy Liu (full Chinese) played the half-Chinese American, half-Japanese O-Ren Ishii in ''Film/KillBill''. Several of the Yakuza clan leaders had problems with it--but since O-Ren was an assassin since twelve years old, [[BerserkButton nobody mentions it unless they want to lose their head]].
* [[TheSpock Spock]] from the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' has to deal with racism from Vulcans because of his human mother, including having his human side referred to as a liability by other Vulcans, which leads to a CrowningMomentOfAwesome where he tells the Vulcan Science Academy where to shove it [[ParentheticalSwearing in classic Spock manner]]. He will also promptly [[BerserkButton beat the crap out of]] anyone who dares insult his mother or call her a whore, as three Vulcan boys and [[spoiler:Kirk]] found out the hard way (though the latter proved to be [[spoiler:a BatmanGambit to assume command of the ship, albeit in a rather {{Jerkass}} fashion]]).
** Don't forget that the 'original' Spock was one of these too. ''Film/{{Star Trek V|The Final Frontier}}'', as hated as it is, at least shows that reaction to his mixed ancestry started at the tender age of 75 to 90 seconds. TearJerker anyone?
*** Especially ironic for Spock considering this movie shows his full-Vulcan half-brother EMBRACING the emotions that other Vulcans (and Spock) spend their lives suppressing and (at least for some of them) looking down on humans for.
*** "[[OutOfCharacterAlert Mind your own business, Mr. Spock! I'm sick of your half-breed interference, do you hear?]]"
* [[spoiler:Renessmee -- Bella and Edward's child]] in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. The Volturi believe she is a child immortal, which is strictly forbidden by the Volturi, since said children would easily destroy a town with their lack of control over their thirst. And keeping up the Masquerade required the Volturi to kill the rest of the town. When they find that is NOT the case, they still want the child executed -- which is this trope.
* Ethan Edwards shows quite a bit of this toward Martin Pawley, who is one-eighth Cherokee, in ''TheSearchers''. However, the racist Edwards apparently considers it worse if a white woman sleeps with a Comanche, so eventually writes a will naming Martin his sole heir and cutting out his niece Debbie (abducted by a Comanche war party and now one of Chief Scar's wives). Martin very understandably throws that will in Ethan's face.
* ''{{Balto}}'' was bullied by the town dogs for being half wolf.
* ''Film/DeadMan'': Nobody the Native American was ostracized for being the child of two tribes, hence how he got his name. He gained a third ethnicity by being taken as a servant for white men, where he became very educated in English culture.
* In ''Film/CallHerSavage'', half-Native American Moonglow tells Nasa the white girl that he knows his place as a half-caste, while she can do what she pleases. In the end it turns out that she's a "half-breed" too (and the gross implication is that this makes it OK for them to be together).
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[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Kire}}'': Flora is half-[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulder hulder]], half-[[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neck_%28water_spirit%29 nøkk]] ]], which makes her discriminated among the magical creature society, mostly becauce only [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]] are allowed to [[InterspeciesRomance interbreed]]. Most humans who see her also see her mostly as a [[spoiler: nøkk]] which scares them.
* Tanis of the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels is a half-elf who gets a fair amount of shunning from the humans as well. Many other half-elf characters in the same setting are treated poorly, too.
** This is pretty common in a lot of DungeonsAndDragon settings, especially DragonLance and DarkSun.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Hagrid, a half-giant, introduces us to the Ministry's inclinations towards FantasticRacism. [[SadistTeacher Professor Umbridge]] takes this even further, biasing her review against him to make him seem extremely stupid and incapable of teaching a class. She even refers to centaurs as "filthy half-breeds" despite the fact that all of them are born of centaurs, not horses and humans.
** Being a "half-blood" wizard, i.e. having one parent be a Muggle and the other a wizard, doesn't have ''quite'' as much the stigma around it as being purely Muggleborn, but it's still kept quiet within the prejudiced Slytherin house. Notably, both Voldemort and Snape are half-bloods [[BoomerangBigot and yet they've expressed disdain for their own kind]].
** Werewolves are counted as half-breeds under wizarding law, and it's mentioned several times that they have difficulty finding jobs or being accepted in society. Lupin mentions that he was only able to attend Hogwarts because Dumbledore was headmaster and was kind enough to come up with ways to work around the condition. While it's somewhat understandable for wizards to be nervous about hanging around someone who turns into a monster every so often, the fact that they only transform during the full moon and the fact that the Wolfsbane Potion allows transformed werewolves to essentially be harmless makes the extent of discrimination against them pretty excessive.
* Most notably in the {{Deryni}} works, Morgan and Duncan come in for a great deal of criticism from the Camberian Council for their mixed parentage. They are frequently denigrated as "rogue half-breeds", and despite showing great promise as mages (including manifesting a Healing talent lost for centuries), they are extended official Counciliar protection only after much acrimonious debate in ''High Deryni''. Even their continued heroism and loyalty does not mitigate the stigma for some elder Deryni High Lords and Ladies. From the human side of things, since there is [[FantasticRacism an absolute taint (socially speaking) from magic]], their parentage does not make them any less reviled.
* In the ''ShadowsOfTheApt'' series Half Breeds are treated as an inferiour class by all other races (despite many of the different kinden living in peace with strong interracial friendships and couplings). However all the MixedAncestry characters we meet are either already being used for their blend of abilities or eventually rise above their racist superiours: Totho [[spoiler: is recruited by the Wasp military engineer Dariandrephos (another Half Breed who outshone his peers)who recognises his talent for designing weapons.]] Also [[spoiler: Tisamon's Half Breed daughter is a mix of the two most rivaled races Spider and Mantis. Unsurprisingly she also becomes grudgingly accepted among the Mantis kinden for her talent as a Weaponsmaster.]]
* Rayona from ''Literature/{{A Yellow Raft In Blue Water}}'' is half Native American and half African American, and finds that she fits in with neither culture.
* [[TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer Injun Joe.]] The bad kind. And he's even referred about as such several times.
* In ''Literature/TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon'', children of [[MasterRace Masters]] and common people are called Muramaga. As the Masters place a tremendous value on blood purity, the Muramaga are technically slightly higher in the hierarchy than common people, but it doesn't really matter all that much.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', cats who are the result of a forbidden relationship between cats from two different Clans are called half-Clan cats. Some characters are more accepting of them, knowing that it's the cat inside and not their blood that determines who they are, but others mistrust them simply because they share the blood of another Clan. A notable example is [[spoiler:Jayfeather]] in the fourth series - everyone trusted him before, but after his lineage is revealed, when he fails to save a drowning cat, he's accused of trying to ''murder'' said cat, ''even with witnesses''. He points out that it's only because he's half-Clan that they don't trust him.
* In Jacqueline Carey's ''Literature/TheSundering'', Ushahin Dreamspinner is a half-[[OurElvesAreBetter Ellylon]] ChildByRape who is completely rejected by the Ellylon and eventually beaten nearly to death by humans.
* In the ''{{Dragaera}}'' series, it is a taboo for members of different Houses (sort of a combined race/ [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]]) to have children with each other, and those who are the product of such unions are pariahs,and the only House immediately open to them is the [[EqualOpportunityEvil Jhereg]], which will extend membership to anyone for a fee. Crossbreed characters have tended to be villains with a FreudianExcuse:
** The villain of the novel ''Jhereg'', Mellar, had Dzur/Dragon ancestry from his mother and Jhereg ancestry from his father, and in revenge for being treated badly by everyone, planned a (nearly successful) BatmanGambit for decades to humiliate and/or destroy the Dzur, Dragons, and Jhereg.
** Gritta, a character from the prequel series is the half-breed daughter of a disgraced courtier, and grows up in TheCityNarrows as a sort of [[Literature/LesMiserables Eponine]] expy, used in her father's schemes, and with some implication of being pimped by him. [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Paarfi, the "narrator"]] gives a probably FairForItsDay authorial comment in relation to Grita about how dislike of half-breeds is defended by stereotypes that they are immoral/criminal, and how this often becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Over the course of the series, Grita goes from her lowly origin to become a powerful EvilSorceress.
* Doctor Maya Witherspoon from ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'' gets a lot of flak for being the child of an English officer and a Brahmin priestess from India. [[spoiler: Her maternal aunt tries to kill her for it, and ''did'' murder her father once her mother died.]]
* Honsou of the Literature/IronWarriors ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' books is descended from a mixture of the Iron Warriors' own geneseed and that of their worst enemies, the Imperial Fists. In the original ''Storm of Iron'', he's the only "captain" in the Warsmith's army to not actually hold that rank, and both the full Captains really enjoy giving him crap about his half-breed status. Even after Honsou's own ascension to Warsmith, bringing up his DNA is a surefire way to press his BerserkButton.
* Emma, the heroine of Catherine Cookson's novel "The Whip" was utterly rejected by her mother's side of the family and everyone connected to them, because her father had been a Spaniard. Her maternal grandmother [[spoiler:with whom she was sent to live after her parents died]] forbade her to continue using her father's last name because it was "foreign." Dilly and Luke abused her physically while lampshading her halfbreed ethnicity. Even kind-hearted, non-abusing Barney [[spoiler:who went on to marry her]] affectionately called her "a funny little Spanish onion."
* The "tragic mulatto" was an old trope of period literature, and involved a character of mixed white and black or other ethnic ancestry who was not accepted by his or her community, often with tragic results.
* The eponymous protagonist of the ''Literature/SabinaKane'' series is the product of a treaty-violating love affair between a vampire noblewoman and a mage. She is a pariah among her vampiric family with the only occupation open to her being hitwoman for the Dominae, and she was told from birth that her mage family wanted nothing to do with her. [[spoiler:It's a lie: the mages never knew she existed until just before the story begins, and she has a twin sister who very much wants to meet her.]]
* Discussed with Calla and Indigo in ''Literature/TheSharingKnife: Horizon''. In farmer society, half bloods face fears of being witches and are not trusted. Lakewalkers do not accept them at all, unless they can demonstrate they can use their groundsense.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' had an episode featuring a Chinese-American who ended up being the special patient: the inner conflict of killing other Chinese guys got him to subconsciously want to do himself in for it.
** Another episode involved a half-Korean, half-white baby being left at the camp (presumably the child of a US soldier). They are told that her life would be in danger in a Korean orphanage, because she represents a threat to racial purity. Since her father won't identify himself and [[ObstructiveBureaucrat callous American officials]] refuse to allow her to be sent the US, the only option to protect her is to send her to a monastery to be raised by the monks.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]," we get a verbal version. When Spock [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege pleads with T'Pau]] to block Kirk from the ''kal-i-fee'', she insults him for being so "human".
** Tora Ziyal in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is the daughter of the Cardassian Gul Dukat and his Bajoran mistress Tora Naprem. During the first six months of the Dominion occupation of Deep Space 9 she spends time at a Bajoran art school, and reports being the subject of racism from her Bajoran classmates. There's indications that she's not alone in this, but in fairness to the Bajorans this is less than six years after the end of a half-century of brutal military occupation by the Cardassians.
* In the miniseries ''{{Centennial}}'', Jacques and Marcel Pasquinel are sons of a French trapper father and Arapaho mother. They have a hard time fitting in, and it doesn't turn out well.
* {{Farscape}} plays the trope straight with Jothee, D'Argo's half Luxan-half Sebacean son, given the extreme adherence Peacekeepers have to keeping the Sebacean bloodlines pure. The trope is subverted with Scorpius, as he manages to become a very high-ranking Peacekeeper despite the fact that he's A) a half-breed and B) the other half is Scarran, the Peacekeepers' biggest enemies. Played straight with Scorpius' upbringing amongst the Scarrans, though; most of his childhood was spent being forced to cleanse himself of "Sebacean weakness" and prove himself worthy of being considered a Scarran- up until he stabbed his caretaker's eyes out with a coolant rod. [[spoiler: He is also later revealed to be faux-spy for the Scarran leader, so he somehow managed to insinuate himself into the ranks of both halves despite their hatred of each other.]]
* In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', the Troblin (half Troll, half Goblin) Phineas is despised by both Trolls and Goblins.
* The half demons in ''{{Series/Angel}}'' 'Hero' had this. The pureblood Scourge (who really weren't pure if you consider what ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' established) hated them and humans feared them because they looked so strange. The kids only went out on Halloween.
* ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' had Charlie Desalvo,half black and half Italian,who told Macleod that both groups bullied him.
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[[folder: Music]]
* Music/{{Cher}}'s hit single "Half Breed" is about the tumultuous life of a half-white, half-Cherokee woman rejected by both races.
* "Yaller" by Music/CabCalloway:
-->Ain't even bad, I ain't even good,\\
I don't understand and I ain't understood,\\
Not a friend sticks to the end when you're yaller.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' with the Asari, where being a pureblood is considered offensive as it indicates that neither parent Asari was interested in expanding the Asari genetic memory by mating with another species. It's an indication of extreme selfishness according to Liara. Plus pure breeds tend to have a higher tendency to produce Ardat-Yakshi, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent their psycho space sex vampires]].
* Played with in ''Franchise/DragonAge''. When a human and an elf conceive, the child is considered basically human in almost all cases (no PointyEars, for a start). ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' tried to give elves a more distinct look, and introduced a "half-breed" NPC who was taller than the average elf but lither and with sharper features than a human. He feels like a FishOutOfWater almost anywhere he goes.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', a book called "Notes on Racial Phylogeny" states that children of interracial unions typically resemble the mother more, with some traits from the father still persisting. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Gray Prince, a champion gladiator is part human, part orc[[note]]the (human) father was also a vampire, but just what that had for consequences for the Gray Prince is uncertain, as he is both the only known case of human/orc interbreeding and vampire/living interbreeding[[/note]]. The entire race of Bretons descend from half-breeds between nedes (ancestral race of men) and Aldmer (ancestral race of elves), when the Elves took concubines. The Bretons are considered a race of men, but their elven ancestry manifests as having the highest racial aptitude for magic of all men races. A few aristocratic Breton lineages still retain a slight point to their ears.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' is Connor Kenway (born Ratohnhaké:ton), son of a Native American and a British colonist. A core premise of his character is that he's unable to truly fit in with either society, and falls in with the Assassins as they are the only ones who welcome him for what he is. Although he fights alongside the Continental forces in the American Revolutionary War, he is [[NotInThisForYourRevolution not in it for their freedom]], because he knows they aren't in it for ''his''.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' features a lot of discrimination against half-elves.
* Hagspawn in ''[[NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer]]'' tend to get a poor welcome from both sides of their heritage; humans shun them for being ugly brutes spawned from monsters, while hags are just [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil and general]] and don't grant exceptions to their offspring (especially offspring with none of their magical talent). Gannayev, your hagspawn, gets the extra bonus of being disliked even by other ''hagspawn'', as [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch he has little in common with them both in appearance and demeanor.]] Human girls like him though. Much to the ire of their fathers.
* Played straight in ''{{Arcanum}}'' by half-orcs, who are looked down upon because everyone assumes they only exist because male orcs rape human women, and half-ogres, who have a reputation for being DumbMuscle [[BullyingADragon (but don't let one hear you say that)]]. Averted by half-elves, who are generally well-liked despite pureblooded elves having a reputation for being haughty snobs.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', a few High Entia tend to look down on their [[HalfHumanHybrid half Homs namesakes]], especially those who belong to the Biotic Order. Even considering the many that have no qualms with them, there's still a general stigma when it comes to their involvement on royal affairs [[spoiler:which forces the party member Melia, the crown princess of the High Entia, into a dangerous trial to prove herself to her ancestors]].
* Rexxar of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' is a Mok'nathal (half orc, half ogre). When he first meets the orcs, they grudgingly let him in with "You've got the look of an ogre, half-breed". When he tried to get a clan of Ogres to join the horde they consider him weak for being half orc. By the end of the campaign, he's Thrall's NumberTwo and general, leading the Horde to victory over the humans.
* In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'', Seymour Guado had to put up with this crap as a child. The Guado had trouble accepting someone with a Guado father and a human mother. His father was too useless to protect his family, so Seymour and his mother were exiled. Then mom sacrificed herself to become an aeon so Seymour would have the power needed to become a savior that everyone would accept. The Guado do eventually accept Seymour as their new leader, and the rest of Spira comes to love him as a maester of Yevon. Too little, too late.
* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games, the Branded, those with both laguz and beorc blood, are subject to discrimination by both races, consummation of such an InterspeciesRomance being a "crime against the goddess". It is revealed late in ''Radiant Dawn'' that [[spoiler: when a child is born to such parents, the laguz parent loses the ability to transform, and becomes something belonging to neither species. This is what happened to Almedha and her son Soren, to start.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' are there constant fighting between the [[HumanByAnyOtherName Huma]] and [[PettingZooPeople Gajuma]], but the ones having it worst is the halves between the two. The discrimination against them might mamke one put the game down and take a break for a while before continuing. This and other serious matters are never PlayedForLaughs. This is the DarkerAndEdgier [[Franchise/TalesSeries ''Tales of'']] game after all.
* ''DarkSouls'': Zig-Zagged. Half-Breed Priscilla was treated as an EldritchAbomination from day one simply because she was half-dragon and half-god. ([[HotSkittyOnWailordAction Please don't think about how that worked]]). Eventually they [[SealedGoodInACan sealed her inside]] [[PocketDimension The Painted World of Ariamis]] and founded an entire order of human guardians ''just to make sure she never got out''. (Note that, after thousands of years of imprisonment, she hasn't even once tried to leave.) Cruel? Yes, since [[BadPowersGoodPeople she's completely non-malicious]] and [[LeaveMeAlone just wants to be left alone]]. Unjustified? [[TheExtremistWasRight Perhaps not]]; her powers are explicitly [[ElementalRockPaperScissors anti-divine]], and she could've likely [[CurbStompBattle made quick work of the gods]] [[ProperlyParanoid if she'd wanted to]].
** [[spoiler: Humans have gotten this too, though they don't realize it. Unlike the gods, demons and other beings who have ordinary souls, humans ''by definition'' are [[AnatomyOfTheSoul comprised of two elements]]: a [[OurSoulsAReDifferent soul]] (like every other living thing) and "humanity", a different sort of substance that's like a soul, but somehow different. [[JigsawPuzzlePlot Putting the pieces together]], however, reveals that "humanity" ''is'' a soul; specifically, a [[PiecesOfGod a piece of the Dark Soul]], the fourth great Lord Soul in opposition to the other three. As with Priscilla, the gods are very, very wary of humans, and the DLC once again proves [[ProperlyParanoid they had every reason to be afraid of what humanity could do if left unchecked]].]]
* Humans in general are victims of this trope in the ''Videogame/{{Diablo}}'' series; they were born from forbidden unions between angels and demons, and the first generations of humans, the Nephalem, were said to have the potential to surpass both their parent races in power, leading to both races fearing them. The archfiend Azmodan has described the existence of Nephalem as "Creation's greatest sin", and the angel Imperius tried to get heaven to vote in favor of exterminating them for the good of creation (they were spared, but only by a single vote).
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* In ''{{Drowtales}}'' Drowolath/Drowussu hybrids have it particularly rough in the CrapsackWorld of the setting, since the two cultures are not supposed to mix. They have a few places they can go and be respected, but one of the major clans that accepted them fell apart and sent many to the streets or to other clans. Chiri'nide also experiences some of this since her father was a Light Elf, until it turns out that [[spoiler:Drowussu are descended from Light Elves anyway, so she doesn't really count]].
* And let's not forget the FantasticRacism version prevalent in the world of ''KevinAndKell'', where most of the 'race' definition is based on diet (thus, Rudy is generally not subject to this despite being mixed species).
** Though Lindesfarne did note in a plotline where lawmakers tried to ban marriages between herbivores and carnivores that it was a slippery slope, and that banning herbivore/carnivore marriages ''now'' could lead in the future to banning mixed marriages of ''any'' sort-say, a wolf (Rudy) and a fox (Fiona).
** There seems to be widespread prejudice against herbivore-carnivore relationships held by many people in KevinAndKell. Those who are prejudiced against ''any'' mixed breeding are portrayed as a group of small extremists and this is much less accepted.
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', many people with MixedAncestry end up being frowned upon or worse. Suffering from her half-elf heritage at the hands of elven bullies eventually drives [[TheBaroness Shyralis]] into villainy, and [[FallenHero Refan's]] half-demon bloodline comes back to haunt him and causes all sorts of trouble.
* Racebending discusses this trope [[http://www.racebending.com/v4/featured/47-ronin-hollywood-outcast/ here]]. They argue that the film industry prefers to use this trope in order to make white-looking characters the victims of Asian racism while ignoring stories about white racism against Asians.
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* A television film of ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' had the young witch conceal her half-witch status from her friends in the Witch Academy. When her new friend's half-witch status is discovered, she's ridiculed by the rest of her classmates until she and Sabrina decide to journey to the Witch's realm so they can both become full witches.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}'': Ray is half-Japanese/half-white, and regularly has to deal with bullies at school because of it. His {{Mon}} Tatsurion (Bob) is Armored Dragon/Beast Kin and is wanted by the former race for siding with the latter.
* Alluded to in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when Peter tells the story of how his black slave ancestor, Nate Griffin, fell in love with the white daughter of his owner and secretly fathered a mixed-race family with her. One of the children naively comments that the great thing about being mixed race is, when he grows up, he's going to be accepted by everyone. However, Peter briefly becomes a pariah in the eyes of ''both'' races - the whites because he won't shut up with the "white devil" rhetoric and the blacks because he grossly abuses his affirmative-action privileges and makes them look bad.
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* Actress Jennifer Beals is biracial and was bullied in her black neighborhood in the 1970s. She also says that she has trouble finding roles because she is either [[ButNotTooBlack not white enough]] or [[ButNotTooWhite not black enough]].
* According to some sources, Creator/BruceLee faced discrimination from his martial arts classmates due to the fact he was 1/4 German.
* Creator/HalleBerry suffered this for much of her early life in suburban Ohio in the 1970s and '80s. She has said that she considered herself white until she went to Hollywood and was cast in "black" roles.
* Was apparently often faced by the children born of US servicemen to Vietnamese women after the war. Many were sent to the US to be adopted because of it
* In Japan and Korea, there is still very much social stigma placed on people of mixed ancestry (especially towards mixed race between those two in specific, due to the larger racial enmity between them, which goes back even beyond WWII). Contrary to what many Westerners might think, Japanese and Korean people ''do'' look different if you look closely enough.
* Real life is quite fickle with this trope. In one place, those of mixed-race descent are of higher status than those who are purely one race, i.e. the Colorist system of the Caribbean, where those who look "whiter" (or have a larger percentage of white ancestry) have higher social standing.
** It often depends on how each group 'counts' you, and what the rules are. These rules can range from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-drop_rule one-drop rule]] and its relatives, to mixes being recognized (which varies according to degree), and even strict [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrilineality female]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrilineality male]] lines. This trope can be a particular problem when the father comes from a group that follows the matriline & the mother's people are patrilineal...and then there's the issues caused when the mixed-race individual is seen as 'proof' of their parents' being {{Category Traitor}}s.
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