[[caption-width-right:300:Alberto Fujimori: second-generation Peruvian, President of Peru from 1990-2000, and walking aversion to this trope.]]

->''"For Europeans, South America is a mustached man with a guitar and a gun."''
-->-- '''Gabriel García Márquez'''

In real life, Latin America comprises a variety of ancestries and ethnic groups, making the region one of the most diverse in the world. The region is populated by a mix of the indigenous population who survived the colonization, descendants of Spanish and Portuguese colonists, African slaves and numerous immigrant populations who moved to the continent in the last two centuries from places as varied as Germany, Italy or Japan, leading to large numbers of the Latin American populations comprising (usually brown-skinned) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mestizo various]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulatto kinds]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholo of]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zambo multi]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castizo racial]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardo people]], alongside the more customary Whites, Blacks, Native Americans and even East Asians who have sizeable communities in Peru and Brazil, and Arabs such as in Chile and Argentina.

However, in fiction, if a person is from a Latin American country, or, alternatively, his family originated from there, he will usually fit the stereotype of a [[AmbiguouslyBrown light brown-skinned person]], with dark hair and dark eyes. This is probably related to the fact that most visual media are produced in the area of Los Ángeles, which has a huge population of Mexicans, and increasingly Central Americans, the vast majority of which are of mestizo heritage who usually fit this appearance. This creates a mistaken belief that ''all people'' SouthOfTheBorder are brown-skinned multiracials, which flies straight in the face of the region's actual ethnic and racial diversity. This includes ostensibly non-Latino celebrities such as Creator/MartinSheen (part Galician) and Creator/SammyDavisJr (part Cuban), most of whom have not called attention to their Latin heritage (Davis ''did'' claim to be part Puerto Rican instead of Cuban, for fear people would think he was a communist).

This trope can be subverted if the Latino/a is visibly white, i.e. fair to medium skin, Caucasoid facial structure, light hair and/or eyes; a ''guero'' or ''guera''. If a non-white Latino/a dyes his/her hair a light color and/or wears blue or green contact lenses, this trope isn't subverted unless the character can reasonably pass for white. Additionally skin-bleaching generally won't help either, since it doesn't tend to cover up the Asiatic features of many American Indians; even Swedish-American actress Creator/KimBasinger, with her light blond hair and pale skin, still visibly shows her Cherokee heritage. Same for Africoid features in blacks unless you include plastic surgery.

A similar problem is treating Latinos as if they are a separate race when they actually include ''all races''. Part of the problem is ValuesDissonance: ''raza'' does mean "race" in Latin American countries, but without the connotation of color that the related word has in English. A more accurate translation might be "people" or "society." Thus, not only are Latinos all brown, but they belong to "the brown race", which does not exist in modern anthropology [[note]] and, for that matter, when the term "brown" ''was'' in official use it did not refer to Latin Americans, but to ''Southeast Asians'' [[/note]]. This is an inherently North American concept: the "separate-but-equal" racial classification system that arose in the United States and, to a lesser extent, in Canada never caught on in most Hispanic-American countries; in fact, even in the US, at least as far as the Census Bureau is concerned, "Hispanic" refers to ethnicity, not race. Ethnicity was much more often correlated to social class than to skin color, so a person with mixed ancestry but who had high social status could be considered "white" even if his/her skin tone was quite dark.

Because Latinos are considered an ethnic group, and ethnic groups can technically be multiracial, there are Latinos with almost every possible human skin tone. The confusion between ethnicity and race can lead to such misguided notions as noting that, on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, Haiti is "black" and the Dominican Republic is "Hispanic;" in fact, most of the inhabitants of ''both'' are black, just divided between French-speaking blacks and Spanish-speaking blacks (the Dominican Republic is a tad more racially diverse than Haiti, however).

This trope is usually averted in actual Latin American productions, where producers are usually more realistic about this phenomenon. Telenovelas usually avert this, though some come under fire for only casting light-skinned white actors, or [[UnfortunateImplications giving only "servant" roles to those with darker skin]].

Strangely, this trope is never applied to other European peoples who have intermarried into Native populations: there are also the similar ''metis'' of French Canada and the mixed Scottish-Cherokee tribes of the Appalachian highlands, but no one ever describes Franco- or Scottish-Americans as being "brown." Though of course the French and the Scottish had smaller Native American gene pools with which to blend, and they also settled many places where Native Americans did ''not'' live (something that is much less true of the Spanish). Add to this the already dark skins of Spaniards (from living in a southerly climate) long before they settled the New World and the centuries-old perception of the Iberian peninsula as "exotic" due to invasion and conquest by Moors, and it's inevitable that a Latin American would be "brown" (no matter how pale compared to full-blooded Natives) while, say, a quarter-blood Cherokee with a Scottish last name would be "white."

Even when everyone in question is "white" (European-descended), people of Spanish - and sometimes Portuguese - descent are usually thought, both in fiction and in fact, to be strikingly different from all other European peoples. If ancestry comes up in a plot or as just part of the flavor of a multicultural story, people of Hispanic descent will be viewed both in-universe and out through a lens of exoticism (usually ForeignCultureFetish) no matter how light-skinned they are. Strangely, studies have confirmed that the Iberian genotype (and sometimes phenotype) is present not only on the Iberian peninsula but in France, Belgium, Britain and Ireland as well. Nevertheless, if characters who hail from these lands show up, it's a safe bet that not only will they be portrayed as American as apple pie in a U.S. program, but their immigrant ancestry will almost certainly not even be mentioned except in comparison to Latinos and nonwhites.

This misperception can also apply to other AmbiguouslyBrown peoples. People from India, for example, are often assumed to be of a single race, when in fact the Indian subcontinent is home to at least ''three'' races and nearly three dozen ethnicities, some of whom are little to nothing like each other. One need only compare Bobby Jindal with Nikki Haley (although, ironically, both are Punjabi); this doesn't even include people of mixed European and Indian heritage, such as "white" British pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck (half Tamil) and "white" British-American actress Nicolette Sheridan (one-eighth Punjabi). The people of the Middle East are also often described as "brown", but that region is home to people of various stocks, including homelands as far-flung as North Africa and East Asia.

Related to PhenotypeStereotype and FacialProfiling (where people from a country are ''always'' depicted with coloring associated with that country), {{Spexico}} (where Hispanic Europeans are conflated with Latin Americans), LatinLand (especially when the trope portrays all Hispanic American countries as an uniform mass), TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires (when LatinLand extends into Portuguese-speaking Brazil). Compare with InterchangeableAsianCultures. Since CulturalBlending is often involved, NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent is very much expected in scenes featuring GratuitousSpanish.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Averted by Musca Dio in ''SaintSeiya'', who despite being from Mexico is very pale and has red (almost bordering on maroon) hair.
** Also Averted with Anime!Albiore, who while is quite ambiguous in the manga due to lack of colore illustration , in the anime he's a handsome, blue eyed Argentinian.
** And Eo of scylla who is also Latin-american with reddish-pinkish hair and fair skin.
** Adding to the list is Gold Saint Taurus Aldebaran who is from Brazil. The anime plays the trope straight but in the original manga he's blonde blue-eyed.
* Averted with Pedro from ''Manga/KoeNoKatachi'', who is Afro Brazillian. His daughter, Shouya's niece Maria, is half-Afro Brazillian and half-Japanese and has dark skin with curly hair.
* Averted in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin''. It takes place in a Brazil-like country. We have the blonde, pale Hatchin amongst the stereotypically SpicyLatina Michiko, and a lot of other characters from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Atsuko, another major character, is Afro Latina ([[DarkSkinnedBlonde with a blonde afro]]), as is a supporting character named Rita.
* Lara Gonzalez from ''Anime/SchoolRumble'' is Mexican and has black hair, dark eyes and dark skin.
* Played straight and subverted in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny.'' Hero Antonio Lopez has darker skin and dark brown hair (though his eyes are dark green.) Villain Jake Martinez on the other hand, has light skin, blue eyes and golden brown hair. The only Latino stereotype he seems to adhere to is being Catholic, though it's only hinted at and he's obviously not very devout.
* Mana Tatsumiya from ''Anime/MahouSenseiNegima'' is half-Puerto Rican with dark skin and straight black hair. The fact that she's also [[spoiler:half demon, though it's not specified ''which'' half]] may or may not be relevant.
* Trowa Barton from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' is [[NonspecificallyForeign thought to be]] Latino, but averts this trope.
* Averted with Jose Rodriguez from ''Lightnovel/KyouKaraMaou'', who is a black Latino.
* Played straight with Chad from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', who is Mexican.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Sunspot from the Comicbook/XMen and Comicbook/TheAvengers is Afro-Brazilian on his father's side (his mother is a white redhead), and in fact his very first appearance had him being victimized by a fellow Brazilian who mocked his black skin and facial features. Very rarely do artists reflect this, and instead tend to make him look like a generic American perception of what someone from Brazil would look like. [[DependingOnTheArtist Occasionally, you will see the rare artist who remembers to give him kinky hair and and a broad nose and lips]].
* Notably averted with Beatriz Dacosta, Fire from the ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational, who is Brazilian and white.
* 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.
* Averted with Guero in ''Comicbook/AllNewGhostRider'', who has fair skin, blond hair, and freckles.
* Somewhat averted with Sam Alexander in ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' due to being lighter skinned than his Latino mother and having blue eyes. However, it has most likely to do with inheriting from his Caucasian father.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[NationsAsPeople Spain]] from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is olive skinned, but loads of the fanart makes him [[RaceLift ridiculously dark-skinned]]. Rather noticeable in that [[AmbiguouslyBrown Seychelles]] [[DoubleStandard gets the total opposite]] [[ButNotTooBlack treatment]]. Similarly, South Italy is also olive skinned, but the fanart likes to make him as fair-skinned as his brother. Since he's Spain's [[{{Wimpification}} "uke"]], [[PaleFemalesDarkMales he needs to be pale]], according to some fangirls. Fan-versions of Latin American countries are almost always dark skinned.

[[folder:Films - Animation]]
* Averted in ''Disney/BigHero6'' with Honey Lemon, who is Latina by WordOfGod. She's also a very light skinned blonde. She's voiced by Hispanic actress Genesis Rodriguez, who also made sure to have Honey pronounce some words to imply her Latin heritage - for example, pronouncing 'Hiro' by rolling the r. Various prototypical designs were dark skinned and raven haired but the artists opted otherwise.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'''s resident SpicyLatina Audrey Ramirez is black haired and has light brown skin.
* ''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]].

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* In ''Film/CollateralDamage'', Gordon Brewer (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger) looks to avenge his son's and wife's deaths at the hands of a guerrilla commando, by traveling to Choco, Colombia. Choco in real life is almost completely inhabited by black people. However, not a single black person appears in the film.
* In ''Film/LordOfWar'', a fair-skinned Colombian drug lord pays with six kilos of cocaine instead of cash. He and Yuri also use a lot of Mexican slang for no apparent reason.
* In ''Film/{{Machete}}'', a kid without Latino heritage has grown up in a Mexican-American neighborhood and become completely integrated there in spite of lacking any shared ethnic background with the community. The give-away is that he is a red-head, which causes people to question his presence. In reality, red-headed Mexicans do exist,[[note]]as in boxer Canelo Álvarez[[/note]] so the kid could have deep ties to Mexico for all anyone knew. The kid is played by Daryl Sabara, who also starred as the latino Juni Cortez in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids franchise.
* ''Film/MacheteKills'':
** Charlie Sheen, credited with his overtly Latino birth name "Carlos Estevez," plays President Rathcock, who is not Latino.
** Amber Heard plays Blanca Vasquez, a blonde-haired, green-eyed and light-skinned secret agent who claims to be Mexican-American and whose name means "white." She [[spoiler:turns out to be a double agent, so maybe she wasn't really latina after all]].
* Ramon Estevez adopted the stage name Creator/MartinSheen in order to get more roles. Studios were unwilling to hire someone with the name "Estevez" as [[WhiteMaleLead a leading man]], but being of Galician and Irish ancestry he was too pale to play stereotypical Latino characters. Fortunately, acting had become a more flexible career by the time his younger son, Emilio Estevez, started his own career (although his older son Carlos mostly goes by his other name--see above)
* Olga Kurylenko (Ukrainian) used BrownFace to play Bolivian agent Camille Montes in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''. The casting choice was {{handwaved}} as her mother being a Russian ballet dancer. They could have just made her a Bolivian of Ukrainian descent, which is not impossible: a number of eastern Europeans, mostly Jews, emigrated to Bolivia in the early 20th century, although never near the numbers of neighboring Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
* While still blonde, Elsa Pataky (Spanish actress of Romanian-Hungarian descent on her mother's side) is more tanned and has her hair darker than usual in her first Hollywood role, the passenger Maria in ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane''. This is completely avoided in her later role as Brazilian police officer Elena Neves in the ''TheFastAndTheFurious'' franchise.
* People raised a considerable stink over Creator/BenAffleck casting himself in ''Film/{{Argo}}'' as Tony Mendez, who has Mexican, Italian, French and Irish ancestry. Although Affleck darkened his hair to match Mendez's, people still accused him of not looking Latino enough.
* Subverted in ''Film/MoonOverParador'', where the small nation's history of being dominated by various foreign powers has led to a dictator named Alphonse Simms and his secret police chief Roberto Strausman (RaulJulia in pale makeup and a blonde wig). TruthInTelevision for many Latin American countries.
* Spaniard Vega ([[DubNameChange Balrog in Japan]]) is always noticeably more dark haired and dark skinned in the American live-action films of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' than in the Japanese animation films and videogames.
* 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.
* Explicitly averted in ''Film/{{Moonlight}}'' with Juan, a black Cuban played by Mahershala Ali. There's even a scene where he acknowledges this perception by saying Americans often don't think Latinos can be black.

* ''Literature/IfOnAWintersNightATraveler'' by Italo Calvino includes a short story about a population in Latin America where the indigenous people and the European people all look the same. This is implied to be a product of inbreeding.
* Averted in Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novel ''When The Bow Breaks'', where one of the murder victims and her brothers are described as looking Hispanic while also having naturally blond hair, and Alex speculates that they probably had a Nordic ancestor somewhere in their family tree. Their mother and a friend of the family look much more stereotypically Mexican.
* Creator/JosephWambaugh provides two different in-universe examples:
** In ''The New Centurions'', beat cop Sergio Duran is Latino but not brown. He is Mexican, but he is tall and fair skinned, he speaks English without an accent because he was educated in America, and his surname doesn't end in -ez, so people assume that he is a white American. Eventually he gives up correcting people.
** Detective Mario Villalobos, from another novel, is brown but not Latino. He is an American with mostly Italian ancestry, but because of his name and his dark complexion, people assume that he is Mexican and can speak fluent Spanish. He isn't, and he can't. He names his sons Erik and Kyle.
* In ''Literature/RuledBritannia'', Creator/HarryTurtledove introduces Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain as "swarthy even for a Spaniard - to English eyes, she seemed not far from a Moor. The enormous, snowy-white ruff she wore only accented her dark skin." The real Isabella had red hair and green(ish) eyes, and if their couple portraits are anything to go by, [[PaleFemalesDarkMales she was paler than her husband]], Albert of Austria. Perhaps we are supposed to take "to English eyes" as "compared to the cadaveric-looking UsefulNotes/ElizabethI."
* Queen Marisol from the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' licensed books is is something of a PaletteSwap of Elsa. She has black hair and brown skin instead of platinum blonde hair and pale skin. What her country is inspired by is never mentioned. Her name is of Spanish origin but others have Arabic names.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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.
* In the 2012 revival of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', both the young female leads are played by Latin American actresses. The dark-skinned, dark-haired, dark-eyed Jordana Brewster (Brazilian American) plays a Mexican character, while the lighter-skinned, brunette, green-eyed Julie Gonzalo (Argentinian) plays an Anglo character.
* ''Series/ModernFamily'': {{Averted}} with Gloria, but played straight with Manny and his father. Even with Gloria, the actress had to dye her hair brunette for the role as she is a natural blonde.
* ''Series/CougarTown'' has a big aversion with Andy Torres, who is Cuban but doesn't look or sound like one. This is lampshaded in at least one episode.
* Subverted for the sake of a joke in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''. Gabrielle is stopped speeding by a cop and tries to play the race card with the (fair complexioned) officer... but realizes that the name on his uniform reads 'Martinez'. Otherwise the show played this trope totally straight.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Averted. Fair-skinned, redhead Juliette is Spanish, bonus as she is fluent in the language as well. Probably 1/4 Spanish, as she mentions that her grandmother was Spanish, but doesn't say anything about the rest of her family. For reference, the actress is 1/2 Spanish and 1/2 Scottish.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush once referred to some of his grandchildren (the children of Jeb, his second son and former Governor of Florida, and Columba Bush; Columba is Mexican-American, and she and her children look it) as his "little brown ones." ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' spoofed this statement by having Dana Carvey, portraying Bush, call Elian Gonzalez "the little brown one." Problem is, the Gonzalez family was from Cuba, and most Cuban-Americans (as opposed to Cubans who remained in Cuba) are of unmixed Spanish descent.
* Averted in ''Series/That70sShow'' with the character "Fez", played by Wilmer Valderrama (of Colombian and Venezuelan ancestry) but who [[TheUnreveal might or might not be Latin American at all]]. Languages spoken in his [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield unnamed home country]] include Spanish, Dutch, English and an unspecified native language. In one episode he is visited by his "best friend from back home", Andrew Davis (Justin Long) who is paler, lighter haired and ''speaks with a British accent.'' Fez explains this as one being from the northern part of the country and the other from the south (without saying who). Common fan speculation is that Fez is from Guyana, Suriname, or the Dutch Antilles.
* Averted in ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''. The Cuban-American ADA Rafael Barba is played by light-skinned Cuban-American actor Raúl Esparza, who has said that he rarely gets to play Latino roles because of this trope and is thrilled to finally be able to do so.
* Also averted in an episode of ''Series/{{Leverage}},'' though with a twist. In North America, Italians, along with other people from the Mediterranean, have a lot of the same expectations of "brown" as Latinos. This didn't stop con woman Tara (played by blue-eyed blonde Jeri Ryan) from successfully pulling off a con as an Italian fashion designer named Caprina.
* Played with when it comes to ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. The Russo family are Mexican-Italian and Teresa - the Latina parent - is the darker-skinned one. However the children are all of notably different skin tones - showing how diverse Hispanics can be. Justin is pretty fair-skinned and his actor David Henrie is of Italian, French and English ancestry. Max is brown, like his mother - and Jake T Austin is Argentine, Puerto Rican, Spanish, Polish, Irish and English. Alex meanwhile is darker than Justin but fairer than Max - and Selena Gomez is Mexican-Italian like her character.
* Averted in ''Series/OnceUponATime'', to the point where creators had to confirm that Regina, like her actress, is Latina. Her father is played by an actor with darker skin than her, and she has a light-skinned mother to imply she's mixed race.
* {{Averted}} in ''Series/BreakingBad''. The members of the Mexican Cartel are mostly played by, well, Mexicans of the light-brown complexion that viewers typically think of when they think "Latino." The Chileans Gus Fring and Maximino Arciniega, on the other hand, are played by the dark-skinned, Danish-born half-African-American half-Italian Giancarlo Esposito and the very light-skinned James Martinez respectively.
* {{Played With}} in Series/SwitchedAtBirth Regina, Adriana, Natalie and other Latinos in East Riverside are dark skinned. Regina's daughter, Daphne, fair skinned, red haired, green eyed, is revealed to have been SwitchedAtBirth. Regina's biological daughter Bay, played by a white actress of Italian descent is very pale skinned (which is really unlikely [[HollywoodGenetics given her heritage]]). This becomes a plot point in one episode where Daphne applies for a Latina scholarship, every other candidate there is very stereotypical of a Latino. She laments to Regina that even though they think she's Latina, no one else sees it that way.
* The dark-skinned, black-haired Basque terrorists of ''{{Intelligence 2014}}'', who were mockingly described as "Maghrebi ''Etarras''" in at least one Basque newspaper.
* Jokingly averted in ''Series/BlackIsh''. While discussing the concept of NWordPrivileges, Charlie and Curtis mention that certain Latinos can say the word since they're black, while others obviously aren't black and thus cannot.
-->'''Charlie''': Music/BigPun, Fat Joe? Okay. Mark Anthony, Ricky Martin? No bueno.
* [[JediTruth Technically]] avoided in the ''Series/WhiteCollar'' two-parter episode "Wanted"/"Most Wanted", filmed in Puerto Rico and where all the locals are tanned Caucasians. Unfortunately, this country is supposed to be ''the African nation of UsefulNotes/CapeVerde'', which [[LatinLand besides being a Portuguese-speaking country instead of a Spanish-speaking one]], is 78% Creole and 21% Black in RealLife.
* The "Deal with the Devil"/"Spain" episode in NationalGeographic's ''Locked Up Abroad'', supposedly depicting the imprisonment of an American rastafari in Spain for smuggling cocaine from Ecuador, was filmed entirely in Ecuador and managed to have more Native American actors in the Spain scenes than in the Ecuador ones. And yet the earlier scenes set in Trinidad and Tobago, despite being also filmed in Ecuador, are almost entirely staffed by black actors, correctly reflecting Trinidad and Tobago's mostly black and creole population.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* When Dutch Mantel brought out "gifts" as "Santa Clause" at a WWC show, the crowd was immediately suspicious of him because of how pale he was. In this case [[ProperlyParanoid their suspicions proved correct]] but there have been a few pale Puerto Ricans who have wrestled for them, such as [[IronicNickname Black Boy]].
* Averted by ring announcer Lilian Garcia [[StealthPun (whose first name is even a play on her whiteness!)]], a Spanish-American who has blonde hair and occasionally portrays a character who has trouble speaking Spanish (such as when introducing {{Fandango}}, although she does speak the language). However, she does have tan skin and an "ethnic"-looking nose.
* Shelly Martinez and Valentina have had several gimmicks that downplay or expunge any hints of Latina. However, Salinas (Martinez) was part of LAX in Wrestling/{{TNA}} - and in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Martinez portrayed Ariel, a Gypsy-turned-vampire, who looked sort of Latina but of course had [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette the vampiric pale skin]]. Mexican America also had the rather pale Wrestling/{{Sar|ahStock}}ita (who wasn't Latina but was only member who had residence in Mexico and was the most fluent in Spanish) and Anarquia.
* Avoided by [[Wrestling/{{Melina}} Kyra]], who was noticeably lighter than contemporary Latinas such as Caged Heat's Loca, Ayako Hamada, Lola Gonzales, Spanish Fly and Jungle Grrrl Erica Porter but only had her Latin heritage downplayed in CRUSH where she had an [[BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins Amerindian gimmick]], which isn't far removed considering that's who a great deal of Chicanas owe their "brown" to. In WWE, as Melina, she started fake tanning but stopped when she started openly dating, Irish-American [[Wrestling/JohnMorrison Johnny Nitro]] (who kept the fake tanning longer, as they were posing as vain, wannabe celebrities), then left her black hair undyed and wore less makeup when she broke up with Nitro and became Women's Champion (even wearing Aztec war-goddess regalia while competing at the 2010 ''[=SummerSlam=]'' in Los Angeles).
* Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}} used makeup to turn his skin lighter when he renounced his Mexican heritage and renamed himself Kerwin White. Spending too much time under WWE's lights or wrestling would cause him to sweat it off and turn brown again. And even as Kerwin White, his accent was still lightly Latino; he merely spoke in a "privileged", slightly effeminate voice in order to sound stereotypically white.
* Downplayed by the fairly light skinned, blonde Sexy Juliette/Sofia Cortez, who to look "more Latina" dyed her ''hair'' brown as Wrestling/IvelisseVelez in the continental USA.
* {{Double subver|sion}}ted by La Familia stable of westside Xtreme wrestling (and other European Organizations), all of whom (Baca Loco, The Bull, Lazio Feé and Diego Latino) are obviously pale skinned even though they wear masks. But as it turns out, none of them are Latino.
* Zig-zagged when it comes to WWE Divas. Latina women have made up the majority of the Divas roster in recent years - all with varying skin tones. They tend to only give a SpicyLatina gimmick to those with browner skin - Wrestling/RosaMendes for example, who is Costa Rican (but then again likes to change her hair from brown to blonde at a whim). Supermodel Natalie Nelson (who is Mexican-Italian) was given the Hispanic sounding stage name Wrestling/EvaMarie but then had her change her hair to [[DarkSkinnedRedhead red]][[note]]Though this was Eva's own doing; management wanted her to be blonde but she balked at that[[/note]]. Likewise Wrestling/{{Lita}} (who had a Mexican grandparent) was brought in as a SpicyLatina but had (dyed!)red hair and eventually morphed into a punk-rock LadEtte. Nidia Guenard, who is Puerto Rican, initially reversed her ancestry and portrayed a Scots-Irish redneck from the DeepSouth alongside native West Virginian Jamie Noble (though was acknowledged as Latina after her HeelFaceTurn). Otherwise completely averted with Ivelisse (mentioned above) as she was given the Hispanic stage name Sofia Cortez and a reggaeton entrance theme - all the while WWE ''not'' letting her dye her hair from blonde to brown. Layla El is half Spanish and half Moroccan but her Spanish roots have never been addressed, sometimes being counted as a "black" Diva (even though Arabs/Berbers are not exactly African in the sense people often think); of course, Layla's English accent (which she is gradually losing) has her pegged as "the limey Diva" (make that the ''other'' limey Diva with respect to {{Paige}}) in many people's minds, especially when she was part of the [=LayCool=] heel faction and portrayed what could best be described as "a British ValleyGirl."
* 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.
* (Possibly) averted by Wrestling/ZackRyder, who is dark-blond and (lightly) tanned but whose real name is Matthew Cardona (although that surname could just as easily be Italian).
* Related. NXT Diva Jasmin Areebi had light brown hair when she was signed but dyed her hair black in order to look more Arab. But she had gone back to light brown by the time she debuted as the AmbiguouslyBrown 'Aliyah'.
* The Wrestling/BellaTwins have Mexican heritage but their portrayal in WWE leans more towards their Italian roots - presumably because they are not dark enough to appear Latina. According to the twins, they wanted to form a SpicyLatina stable with {{Wrestling/Melina}} but management vetoed it. This could partly be because they were raised by their mother - who is the Italian parent. One episode of ''Series/TotalDivas'' does show Nikki trying to find out more about her Mexican heritage.
* 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.

[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/GabrielIglesias mentions in one routine how the first time he brought home his then-girlfriend (later wife) his mother, who like him fits this trope, turned to him and asked him in Spanish why he'd brought a white girl home. [[BilingualBackfire Said girlfriend then replied to his mother, in Spanish]], since while being very light skinned she was in fact Mexican.

* Many theatrical productions of Helen Hunt Jackson's novel ''Ramona'' (about a Spanish rancho in Southern California in the 19th century) cast a ''mestiza'' actress in the title role in order to be politically correct (especially since [[FakeMixedRace unambiguously white actresses were cast in the role in the past]]). But this consensus ignores what the book itself describes: Ramona Ortega had blue eyes, did not know about her Luiseno Indian heritage until she was a teenager, and in fact ''did not have a drop of Spanish blood in her'' (her father was Scottish). She was ''raised'' Spanish-Mexican, but that doesn't necessarily mean she looked like one.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'': Averted by Mexican Rikaritta "Rika" Aries in the fifth game who is fair-skinned with light brown hair.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'':
** Subverted with Sean, who seems half-Japanese and half-Black.
** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig Zagged]] with Laura from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', who is a Brazilian newcomer and is somewhat light skinned, but still not caucasian by any means.
** Played straight with the Mexican character, El Fuerte.
* Zigzagged with Franchise/CarmenSandiego. Sometimes she is a light skinned redhead, sometimes she's a darker skinned raven. Most portrayals use the former.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Main/ToddInTheShadows once mentioned that {{Music/Pitbull}} (full name Armando Christian Peréz), who's Cuban American, does not look Hispanic at all and just looks white. As mentioned above, most Cuban Americans in the United States are of unmixed Spanish descent and look exactly like him in terms of complexion.
* 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* PlayedStraight with Roberto "Bobbi" Santiago Jr and his younger sister Ronnie Anne from ''WesternAnimation/{{The Loud House}}'' with both being raven-haired and dark-skinned.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Arthur's Ecuadorian neighbors have medium-brown "[[FurIsSkin skin]]"[[note]]they're some sort of unspecified humanoid animal like the rest of the cast, so theoretically their "skin" is actually some type of fur[[/note]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Magma was [[RaceLift Race Lifted]] into being a dark-skinned Brazilian, rather than a white Roman who lived in a secret city in Brazil ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's complicated]]), like in the comics. However, someone with pale skin and blue eyes (which is how Magma looks in the comics) wouldn't be out of the ordinary in Brazil anyway, since a large portion of the country is technically white.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had a lot of Hispanic characters with similar tanned skin and often black hair. The exception was a Maria Jiminez from the news station who possessed a lighter tan and dark brown hair.
* {{Zigzagged}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Latino characters may have realistically varying skin tones or be uniformly 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]]''.
** "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).
** 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 in-between 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 though (blacks make up about a third of Brazilians, with Asians as a significant minority).
** 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).
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012''--[[PsychoForHire Xever]] has a Spanish accent but is clearly black (or was [[WasOnceAMan when he was human at all]].)
* 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 compares them]] to "my brother and his so-white-looking ''[[Film/VillageOfTheDamned1960 Village of the Damned]]'' children."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' averts this trope - Felix Boulevardez (and his father) are rather fair-skinned, whereas Lacienega and Sunset are darker skinned.
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'';
** 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 [[FlipFlopOfGod varies depending on who's asked]] at Disney.
** Elena plays the trope straight. She is a character who [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot appeared]] in ''Sofia The First'' before [[WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor getting her own cartoon]]. A lot of media outlits referred to Elena as "Disney's first latina princess", completely ignoring Sofia.
* Raya from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is Mexican-American and her entire family has brown skin. When the band visits Mexico most characters have a similar skin tone. Rio averts it, as his name implies he has Latino (possibly Brazilian) heritage but he's only somewhat darker than Jerrica.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Maria Hill is given a much browner complexion than her comic-book or live-action counterparts to play up her Latino heritage, she's even given the full name of Maria Claudia Hill.
* Marco Diaz from ''WesternAnimatiom/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is at least half Mexican and has a darker complexion than characters like Star (who is a blonde, blue eyed [[HumanAliens human-looking girl]]) or his crush Jackie. Marco's father is a tall, muscular brown toned fellow with big brown eyes and his mother is a SignificantGreenEyedRedhead (well, reddish-brown).
* David (pronounced "[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay Dah-veed]]") is a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' character introduced in season nineteen. His parents own a Mexican restaurant in town [[spoiler:and Kyle mistakes David's family as being from Mexico, when they are from Idaho.]] David and his family members have brown skin and dark hair and speak with a Hispanic accent.
* Flora in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' presumably because of this trope has fans arguing over whether she's a light skinned black girl or a tanned Caucasian. WordOfGod says she was modelled after Music/JenniferLopez, so she's actually Latina. Her skin is notably lighter and more in line with this trope in the CGI animated films than it is in the hand-drawn animation in the series.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' where everyone is Latino but there are a variety of skin tones.
* {{Justified}} in ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' and ''WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo'' as the human characters are related, so their StrongFamilyResemblance makes sense. In ''WesternAnimation/DorasExplorerGirls'' the characters are of different races but it seems to take place in the same [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield vaguely Latin American]] country.
* Played straight with Penny Sanchez from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', who is certainly latina and implied to be of Mexican descendance.
* Averted with Irma from ''WesternAnimation/{{Witch}}'', who is implied to be latina but is a light-skinned redhead.
* When ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' became ''Sabrina's Secret Life'' they reused the character model for Chloe into a new character called Maritza - by lightening her skin and hair to make her Hispanic rather than black.
* The Latin American Spanish dub ended up averting this trope with Sheen from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'', as they made him Japanese. Sheen is normally an aversion anyway as he isn't too different a skin-tone from the non-latino Jimmy.
* Possibly averted in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' with Rick Sanchez and his daughter, who are mostly light-skinned despite having a Hispanic surname.
* Carmen from ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' has dark hair, IcyBlueEyes, and black hair. In the games her skin tone and hair color are both lighter.
* Subverted with ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales''. Max and Emmy are latino but are both light-skinned. SixthRanger Enrique is also latino but has a darker complexion.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Aversion: Red-headed boxer Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez is Mexican through and through.
* Singer/composer of video game music [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malukah Malukah, real name Judith de los Santos]] is Mexican, but looks thoroughly Caucasian, as seen in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5scparvQWE cover of Baba Yetu]], the [[AwesomeMusic/VideoGames Grammy-award-winning theme song]] of [[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]].
* Creator/LouisCK is also half Mexican, but he is very light-skinned and has orange hair. "C.K." is a modification of Louis's real surname, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Szekelys Székely]].
* UsefulNotes/FidelCastro has very light skin, since he's from Spaniard ancestry (along with a majority of Cubans). Yet many cartoons depicting him tint him brown.
* Ditto with many Mexican presidents, especially the former president Vicente Fox, who, like Castro, has Spaniard ancestry.
** And the "Fox" surname comes from his great-grandfather Louis Fuchs, who was German. Fox's grandfather was registered with this name because he was born in Ohio.
* Creator/GinaTorres is Afro-Cuban, and very rarely plays Latino characters. In an interview, she even stated she usually plays African-Americans because Hollywood likes its Latinos to look like Italians (straight black hair, tan skin, etc.) rather than the diverse group they actually are. An exception was on ''{{Series/Alias}}'', when she played a Cuban assassin and spy.
** Ironically, Hollywood's idea of Italians is just as incorrect as that of Latinos since black hair and tan skin, while possible, are largely a stereotype. Many Northern Italians especially have lighter coloring.
* Few things show better how much this trope is off reality than Bolivia's president Evo Morales (full blooded Aymara) and his vice-president, Álvaro García (full blooded Spaniard, who [[RealityIsUnrealistic nevertheless had no trouble]] joining an [[TokenWhite indigenist group]] in the 80s).
* As noted in the ''Series/ModernFamily'' example, Colombian actress Sofia Vergara is naturally blonde. She had to [[DyeingForYourArt dye her hair brown]] because of RealityIsUnrealistic in order to get parts.
* Blue-eyed blonde Cameron Diaz is half Cuban.
* Creator/AlexisBledel has a Mexican mother, Argentinian father, and considers herself Latina, but is also white and typically plays white roles. When promoting ''Film/TheSisterhoodOfTheTravelingPants'', America Ferrera (a Honduran-American) was surprised to hear Bledel speaking Spanish (which is in fact her birth language). Bledel also showed off some of her Spanish-speaking on ''Series/GilmoreGirls''.
* A lot of the racial controversy surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was complicated by news outlets fighting over what ethnicity George Zimmerman is. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic, and he has a very mixed ancestry including Afro-Peruvian and German-American family.
* Count every fictional portrayal of Catherine of Aragon. Now count how many of them depict her as pale skinned, blonde haired and blue eyed. The same goes for her mother, Isabella of Castile, as Catherine was among her children the one that resembled her the most.
* Lots of East Asian Latin Americans exist. Alberto Fujimori, a former president of Peru of Japanese descent, Bruce Chen, a Chinese-Panamanian major league baseball player, Jorge Cham, another Chinese-Panamian engineer-cartoonist famous for ''Webcomic/{{PHD}}'', and Franklin Chang-Diaz, a Chinese-Costa Rican-American astronaut and scientist.
* Averted to hell and back with Argentinian actors Facundo Arana, Juan Gil Navarro and Luciano Caceres. The first two are natural blondes, with Facundo being blue eyed, and very tall, Luciano while dark haired, has blue eyes, and Juan being brown eyed, but still pretty light skinned. The majority of Argentinians are caucasian or whites, due most of them being of Spanish, Italian or German origins.
* The blonde [[{{Music/Shakira}} Shakira]] is far from any Latin or Arabic stereotype... while being half-Spanish and half-''Arabic'' by ethnicity and speaking Arabic fluently.
* Brazilian models Gisele Bündchen[[note]]also notable to Americans as the wife of [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball New England Patriots]] quarterback Tom Brady[[/note]] and Anna Hickman, Argentine models Luisana Lopilato and Valeria Mazza, Chilean models Josefina Montane and Maite Orsini, Uruguayan model Laura Prieto. All of whom look very Northern European. Of course, all these countries took in huge numbers of immigrants from Northern Europe. (And there are enough Italians, Spaniards, and Greeks with Northern European features anyways, due to the migration of Nordic barbarian tribes into those areas at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire; Spain itself was ruled by the Scandinavian-descended Visigoths for over 200 years.)
* J. August Richards is of Afro-Panamanian descent: his birth name is Jaime Augusto Richards.
* While Spanish socialite and journalist Isabel Preysler has dark hair and tan skin, it should be noted that she was born in the Philippines and is of Filipino and Spanish descent. The last part also applies to her children, one of whom is {{Music/Enrique Iglesias}}.
* Most UsefulNotes/{{Uruguay}}ans are white Hispanics.
* It has been noted often in recent years that many Republican senators and governors in the U.S. are now "nonwhite", but the use of the term is pretty controversial. Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley are held up as being of (Asian) Indian descent - true enough, but Haley is light-skinned enough to pass for European, and Indians technically ''are'' white according to traditional racial definitions, as "white/Caucasian" does not necessarily equal "light skin." Referring to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio as nonwhite (although most people use the term indirectly on this point) is even more controversial. Cruz and Rubio are both of Cuban extraction, and a sizable majority of Cubans - and, more to the point, the majority of Cubans who fled FidelCastro's regime for America - are of unmixed Spanish descent. Indeed, Cruz is quite pale, and Rubio, while possessing a complexion most would describe as "healthy", is still visibly pink. [[FridgeLogic So if being from a foreign country in one's own hemisphere and not speaking English as a first language is enough to make one "nonwhite", then the French-speaking people of Quebec are not white (which they most certainly are)!]]
** It's worse than that. By that definition Icelanders, Portuguese, Spaniards, and several Frenchmen, Welshmen, Irishmen and Scotsmen would also be counted as "nonwhite".
*** In the early days of the US, only immigrants from northern and western Europe were considered "white". This didn't even include the Irish. Later this was formalized to exclude Indian immigrants (who, despite anthropologists classifying them as "Caucasian" were viewed as "non white" by most Americans).
* Averted in the U.S. state of California for about a century, between the admission of California to the Union and the late 1940s. Unlike, say, the Southern states, California had only piecemeal segregation, but interracial marriage was forbidden as it was in most other states. However, while whites were banned from marrying blacks and Asians, Latinos were counted as white (probably because [[AmbiguouslyBrown demographers couldn't think of anywhere else to put them]]); and by the same token, Latinos too were banned from marrying blacks and Asians! In fact, the ban on interracial marriage in California was brought about in 1948 by a successful court case brought by a mixed black/Latino couple. Now, of course, all Latinos in California are informally counted as nonwhite; but because interracial marriage is now permitted for everyone, the point is moot.
* GuillermoDelToro is in fact Mexican.
* Abi-Maria Gomes from multiple seasons of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' is Brazilian, but is actually blonde.
* 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''.
* Creator/JamesMadio sometimes finds himself playing Latinos, despite being Italian, presumably because he's dark enough to qualify.
* Inverted by Spanish-language campaign literature that, during election years, often gets sent to white Americans who have last names that "look Hispanic"; political parties are obviously not leaving anything to chance. Italian-Americans are the ones targeted the most often - ironic, since [[RealityIsUnrealistic the French are actually closer ethnically to the Spanish than Italians are, despite being viewed as northern European]]. It's easy to imagine some Israeli-Americans receiving these brochures as well, due to surnames like "Peres." Taken to its logical conclusion, however, this would get ridiculous, since there are some ''German'' names out there that "look Hispanic", ArgentinaIsNaziland completely notwithstanding.[[note]]One of the best examples is "Gittes", famously the surname of the character portrayed by Creator/JackNicholson in ''{{Chinatown}}'' - which, except for the hard ''g'' and the short ''i'' sound, is pronounced exactly the way Spanish speakers would expect it pronounced.[[/note]]