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Quick question, what country is [[http://www.hazarapeople.com/wp-content/themes/transcript/timthumb.php?src=http://www.hazarapeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/gen-musa-khan-hazara-ed.jpg&q=90&w=629&zc=1 this guy from]]? Or [[http://i1.tribune.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/511278-meharullahmehrullahlassifile-1361561757-323-640x480.jpg this gentleman]]?. Or this [[http://i57.tinypic.com/33u8kqs.jpg person]]?

The answer:[[note]] They are all Pakistani and fairly well known Pakistanis at that. They are in order: Former Pakistani Army Chief Musa Khan. Pakistani Asian Games gold winning boxer Lassi Mehrullah. Pakistani Senator Mateen Shah[[/note]].

Unless you know who they were, we doubt you got that. In real life, human appearances tend to be very varied even amongst the same ethnic groups. In fiction, you are going to be very lucky if you see that. An individual who is from one ethnicity will display all the stereotypical features of said ethnicity.

Now, TropesAreNotBad. Many ethnicities and nationalities [[note]]These are NOT the same.[[/note]] do have a look that is typical for them and if used properly, they can be a good shorthand for saying "this person is X". The trouble begins when all persons from that place/race/ ethnicity are shown in that way. It reaches quite absurd levels when real life persons who do/did not conform to the "standard" phenotype are portrayed as if they did. The [[http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/ramses-II.html real life Ramses II was red haired]], but he has never been portrayed that way in Hollywood for instance.

Japanese supposedly have a tendency to assume that all white people that show up in their country are from the United States (statistically, most aren't), and by extension often assume that all non-Japanese travellers or immigrants with palefaces are American. And, in Japan, the stereotype of someone from the U.S. is usually a blond and blue-eyed person. Because of this, if foreign characters in anime are white, in most cases they will be blond, blue-eyed and tall Americans, unless there's a plot reason for them to be from another country or have another look. This is especially common in anime that use non-traditional HairColors and eye colors; any other combination is fair game, but if you see blond with blue on a non-main character, that'll be the foreigner.

* Similarly, Irish characters are very likely to have red hair. Most Irish are actually brown- or black-haired; red is simply ''proportionally'' more common with Irish than other Europeans (except the Scots).
* In a similar vein, if a character is black, he or she is most likely to be from the United States, rather than from an African country or somewhere else. The character may be drawn with poofy hair, if not an afro, as hair texture is an otherwise tricky detail in low-budget animation.
* Also UsefulNotes/{{German|y}}s, especially in context of ThoseWackyNazis, (or simply characters PuttingOnTheReich) are most often portrayed as overwhelmingly blonde, and often very light, by media all over the world. In reality, Germans are mostly browns and dark blondes, with lighter blondes rarer, and white blond practically nonexistent.
* English characters will be presented as having honey blonde or mousey hair (often with ''very'' pale skin in period settings), though some English males may be presented with glossy ''black'' hair combined with a pale skin-tone and blue eyes. As English people of white British heritage (despite generations of immigration from the Commonwealth and more recently, Eastern Europe, they still comprise over 85% of the British population) typically run the full gamut of possible hair colours from lightest blonde (historically associated with Scandinavian and Saxon heritage) to deepest raven (historically associated with Norman and Welsh/Brythonic heritage), this is often pretty much TruthInTelevision.
* Eastern European/Slavic, particularly Russian, characters typically have dark hair in Western depictions, yet in Japanese media their hair will range from blond to ''white''. In both, they'll be pale with gray or {{icy blue eyes}}.
* {{Latin America}}n people are generally all given [[LatinoIsBrown a tan skin color and black or dark brown hair]], even though most people from countries like Uruguay and Argentina are of predominantly or exclusively European descent. So too are people from Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece, etc).

Someone who is foreign, ButNotTooForeign will often look totally non-Japanese, to distinguish him or her from the rest of the cast.

Notice that this does happen in real life, the assumption usually being how close that person looks to someone you'd already be familiar with. In the UK, those who have brown skin are assumed to be Indian, Pakistani or generally 'Asian' (unlike the US, in the UK it's usually used to refer to people from the Indian subcontinent). Americans who get [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad too politically correct]] tend to consider all dark-skinned people "African-American" without asking -- including recent immigrants (ranging from Austronesians to Antilleans and French-born West Africans), people who hail from the US but personally identify otherwise, and ''people who have never set foot in the United States'' -- which tends to cause either resentment, deep puzzlement or, occasionally, outright hilarity. As well, someone who either is or who could be mistaken for Hispanic will often be believed to come from whichever Latin American group (Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, etc.) is the most common in that region of the US. And let's not forget the assumption that [[InterchangeableAsianCultures all Asians are from Japan or China]].

Frequently applied to the OccidentalOtaku. When played for sex appeal, this trope results in ForeignFanservice. Compare MistakenNationality, which often occurs when phenotype prejudices clash with the reality of the situation. In works with PeopleOfHairColor, stereotypical eye colors are often used as well.

Compare FacialProfiling.



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* Nadia's appearance in ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' played with the concept, where Nadia appearance is halfway between psuedo-Indian (costume-wise) and African (her skin color). The designers later admitted initial designs had Nadia's appearance more obviously towards black (particularly her hair), but were never happy about how shoddy the texture and movement looked in the early designs.
* Played straight with the most of the cast of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', but unlike many examples, only to a certain degree. Surprisingly still, the Japanese characters, Domon and Rain, fit the bill to this trope; the only one who ''doesn't'' is the Swedish [[ActionGirl Allenby Beardsly]], who has sea-green hair. The cast may play this straight, but the mecha design plays it even straighter -- to the point of stereotyping.
* ''{{Manga/Gravitation}}'':
** Yuki was shunned by his father for looking "too American".
** Shuichi's American manager "K" is a deliberate sendup: handsome, straight-forward, carries a gun everywhere he goes, and is usually addressed "Mister K".
* ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'''s half-American has blue eyes. This is even more noticeable because ''every'' other (Japanese) character in the show has brown eyes.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai: La Verite'' features two American characters, both of which are blond and have bright green eyes.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' both uses and subverts this trope. After teasing Kagura for her failed attempt to talk to a foreigner traveling, Yukari attempts to show off her English skills by bothering another similarly 'obvious' looking anglophone... until running away when she finds out he is German.
* In ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', most of the background Corsicans are obviously Mediterranean. The exception is the ''lead'' Mireille, who is blonde and blue-eyed. Similarly, Kirika might not actually be Japanese (it's never clarified either way) but is obviously designed to look 'familiar' versus Mireille being 'a hot foreign chick from Europe'.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' has a similar example: In the episode featuring a school trip to Italy, the first two times we see Italians in the foreground, both are blue-eyed and dark blonde, which while not impossible in Italy, don't show up much. Later, we see a woman with light brown hair and pale blue eyes. All other extras in crowd scenes and such are more realistically Mediterranean, i.e. dark-haired and brown-eyed. One suspects that the makers knew that the latter look is the most common in that country, but could not resist throwing in a couple of Gaijin stereotypes. The series also features the blond haired and blue eyed Sei being mistaken as an American by Eriko.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'':
** The half-French Tamaki has the typical look. In fact, his extremely violet eyes often appear to be fluorescent. His hair was originally brown but the anime made it blond, and subsequently the manga followed.
** Also, [[spoiler:Umehito Nekozawa]], who is of Russian descent and has blond hair and blue eyes. However [[spoiler:his eyes and hair are hidden under a black (well, [[HairColorDissonance green]]) wig and black cloak at almost all times.]]
* In Yoichi Takahashi's ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' and ''Hungry Heart: Wild Striker'', every dark-skinned character is Brazilian, although not every Brazilian in the series has dark skin (namely, Roberto in ''Tsubasa''). Both titles are about soccer, and the "street" predominant phenotype in Brazil is nearer to African than to the archetypical Latino, as the most famous Brazilian soccer player can show us.
** Also, several of the German players had blue eyes and either light blond (Schneider), dark blond (Schester) or light brown (Müller, at least in Road to 2002) hair. And not ''all'' dark-skinned charas are Brazilian; Hyuga is Japanese and has much darker skin than his peers.
* Averted in ''Anime/CinderellaMonogatari''. The setting is clearly early modern Europe, but there are hardly any blondes in the cast. Instead, it's overwhelmingly brunettes with a few redheads.
* ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' (which was Japan-made but apparently set in America) has the blonde-haired blue-eyed Rad as the de facto leader of the human sidekicks. His best friend Carlos is...well, a walking Hispanic-American stereotype.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' has Alyssa Sears, who fits this trope perfectly.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'''s Patricia Martin has reddish blonde hair, and is notable for being [[GratuitousEnglish unable to say her own name]].
* ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'' has Leon and Chris. Leon, who is blond, blue-eyed and aggressive, is designed to be an example of [[{{Eagleland}} Americans]] and American/Western philosophy, a foil to the clearly Eastern Count D. The show otherwise takes place in a fairly diversely colored Los Angeles.
* Kaere Kimura from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', who's a stereotype in more ways than one; she has blue eyes, blonde hair, and [[FrivolousLawsuit she'll sue you at a moment's notice]]. It should be noted that Kaere is actually Japanese, but she spent some years studying abroad and came back a little different. It should also be noted that the entire series is built upon cliches and stereotypes, including the personalities of all the characters. Her fitting this trope was definitely intentional.
* The British special agent "November 11" in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''. Averted though with his partner, April, who is black. On the other hand, there are a large number of blond foreigner characters on the show.
* Ana in ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'' is British, so of course she is depicted as having light blond hair and blue eyes (much to the delight of [[CoolBigSis Nobue]]). Her last name "Coppola" is actually Italian though, but probably sounded foreign enough - not to mention funny to Japanese ears (and hey, it's not impossible that her family moved to Britain from Italy).
** Italians (and most Europeans) have been immigrating to Britain for over two centuries (though less significantly than to the United States): Antonio Panizzi devised the basis for all modern library classification schemes as Chief Librarian of the British Museum in the 1850s. For a more modern example, Tony Iommi, the lead guitarist of Black Sabbath.
* Averted in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''. The only (possibly) foreign character, the Vice President of Central High's student council, is black. Meanwhile, there are a number of Japanese characters sporting blond and light brown hair.
* Likely because of its OnlySixFaces ShowWithinAShow gimmick, ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' goes out of its way to give its "real" characters distinct facial features with more subdued coloring than is usual. Two [[OccidentalOtaku American otaku]] make an unfortunate appearance late in the second season of ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}''. Pale, loud, blond, respectively blue- and green-eyed, and without much sense of decency and personal property (respectively). GratuitousEnglish abounds.
* Kate from ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'' is a blue-eyed, blonde Canadian with a thick accent.
* Tina from ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''. Although she's usually 'American'-like in promotionals and merchandise due to her appearance, she was born in Japan and simply travels a lot, which at least provides an excuse for her horrible English.
* David Rice on ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' has not only the typical blue eyes/blond hair combination, but an enormous nose and tall frame. [[spoiler:Indeed, when he turns into a monster, his nose becomes about a metre long and suspiciously phallic, and he rips off his shirt to show that he is very muscular and wouldn't look out of place in an L.A. street gang. And that's the ''least'' of his {{Eagleland}} tendencies]].
* Blond-haired and blue-eyed Anthony is the personification of this trope as the American exchange student in ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours''. Of course, [[AnimeAccentAbsence his Japanese is impeccable]].
* ''Anime/ThisUglyYetBeautifulWorld'' has character with orange, purple, pink, green, and blue hair, yet the only blonde is the American [[MadScientist Jennifer Portman]].
* In ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'', the Japanese characters have dark hair, while the Italian [[RoleCalled Robin]] and the American [[PlayfulHacker Michael]] have blonde hair and blue eyes. But Yurika Dojima, who seems to be Japanese, is also blonde-haired and blue eyed -- maybe because she's a spoiled rich girl.
* Both used and averted in ''Manga/{{Planetes}}''. Fee is American, but has darker hair and skin than either of the Japanese characters, and the Arab and South American characters also have realistic complexions. On the other hand, the Russian Yuri and German Edel both have blonde hair and green eyes.
* Elizabeth "Liz" K. Strawberryfield from ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'', from England.
* Marie Chupacabra W. Whitebear from ''Manga/PenguinMusume'', from America. Has a bit of RedEyesTakeWarning too.
* Alisa Bannings of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', from America. Fate, who has blond hair, was also able to pass herself off as a foreign student.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Averted. Half-Japanese L has black-tinged-[[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] hair, and Raye Penber has black hair. Meanwhile, the entirely Japanese protagonist has fair brown hair.
** Misa, who is also entirely Japanese, has blonde hair, but it's explicitly dyed.
** Then there's Mello, a blond, blue eyed guy from Britain who moved to Los Angeles to join TheMafia.
* Sakura from ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' has blond hair and blue eyes, a British grandfather, and has been staying in the USA for several years.
* Justified in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''. Rosette and Joshua Christopher are Americans with blond hair and blue eyes...but the anime is set in America, and characters with other realistic Caucasian shades of hair show up as well, such as a redheaded German and a brunette woman. In fact, there's far more brunettes in the series than blonds.
* ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' had the Liberty Bells, a team of [=ESPers=] from Comerica. Ken [=McGwire=], the male half of the team, fit this trope. Mary Ford, the other half of the team, was dark-skinned and white haired.
* In the ''Manga/SlamDunk'' 3rd {{OAV}}, a half-American player named Michael Okita came to Japan and joined the Ryoukufu team. His eyes are blue and his hair is blond, of course.
* Used, Averted, Subverted and Inverted in ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''. Dr. Willis from America has a strong jawline and blonde hair. The CIA agents in the episode "Jungle Cruise" are so stereotypically Japanese the Japanese main characters wonder if they're for real. Various other Russians, Americans, Israelis, Brits, Chinese and Germans also appear, with their own range of hair and skin colours, including a black Brit.
* Ayase from ''Manga/OkaneGaNai'' is described as "mixed race", his blonde hair and blue eyes making him seem a foreigner. In the manga it is explained via flashbacks that this is one of the reasons why he was discriminated against while growing up. His amazingly [[{{Uke}} fey looks]] and occasional [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressing]] did not help either.
* Averted in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' where it can sometimes be impossible to tell the Britannian characters apart from the Japanese ones. Britannian protagonist Lelouch is actually one of the few characters with black hair, while his Japanese friend/rival Suzaku has light brown hair. In general the East Asian characters have darker, less diverse and somewhat more realistic hair colours. The only outliers are the Japanese Kallen, who is half-Britannian, and the Chinese Mao and Tianzi, who seem to be albinos. It's possible that this is intentional, as a recurring theme of the series is the evils of racism.
* Yamato Ishida and Takeru Takaishi of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' are at least a quarter French, and are appropriately blond-haired and blue-eyed.
** Americans Michael and Wallace of the same series are both blond-haired and blue eyed, as is Alice [=McCoy=] of ''Anime/DigimonTamers''.
** So is half-Austrian Touma H. Norstein of ''Anime/DigimonSavers''.
** Though fully Japanese, Izumi Orimoto (''Anime/DigimonFrontier'') is a returnee, having lived in Italy for two years. She gets the blonde hair associated with the trope, though her eyes are [[GreenEyes emerald green]], not blue.
* In ''GetBackers'', we have Ban the (quarter) German with having blue eyes, and Hevn the American with blonde hair. Fair enough. Then again, when Ginji ''and'' Himiko hear that [[spoiler:der Kaiser]] is German, they both automatically assume he is related to Ban. [[spoiler:He ''is'', but that's not the point.]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** This trope is evident for Vermouth and Jodie, but subverted by James Black, who has black hair.
** Also, minor character Hakuba, better known from the connecting series ''Manga/MagicKaito'', is half English, and has blond hair and blue eyes in the manga. In the anime, he is portrayed with darker hair and brown eyes, however.
* In ''Anime/RahXephon'' the Alpha Squadron plays this straight with Cathy, the hot-tempered, rock-and-roll playing American, but averts the trope with Elvy who is Indonesian and Jean-Patrick who is I think is supposed to be either African or French.
* Australian exorcist John Brown from ''Manga/GhostHunt''.
* Zigzagged in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Ethnically German (though [[ButNotTooForeign born and raised in Japan]]) Kurz Weber is blond-haired, blue-eyed, and about six feet tall. On the other hand the resident American of the PowerTrio, Melissa Mao, is black-haired and clearly of Chinese descent.
* Evangeline A.K [=McDowell=] from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', born in some part of western Europe (implied to be Scotland), is blue-eyed and completely blond with RapunzelHair.
** Ayaka Yukihiro is also half-Japanese and blond.
** On the other hand, you also have the DarkSkinnedBlonde Chinese Ku Fei, and the freckled/redheaded Natsumi.
* To make sure the audience gets that a very short scene is taking place in the US, ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' briefly focuses the camera on the roommate of the central character of that scene, a busty grey-eyed blonde.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' is hit hard with this trope - justified, since the characters are supposed to be walking stereotypes. Every [[AnthropomorphicPersonification country]] (except Lithuania and Hungary) north of Austria is blonde, getting paler and paler until one hits the platinum blonde-haired Russia, Belarus, Finland, and the stark white-haired Iceland, which is exaggeration of TruthInTelevision since the percentages of blonds goes up the higher North you go, as shown by [[http://www.vagabondish.com/wp-content/uploads/blond-map-europe.jpg a blond map of Europe]]. And all of them, this time including Hungary and Lithuania, have blue, green, or purple eyes. Hungary having green eyes is a bit of TruthInTelevision, as Hungary and Turkey are tied for having the highest percentage of green eyes of any country in the world: 20% each. The North American [[CanadaEh brothers]] are similarly blonde-haired and blue-eyed. Some micronations avert this; Molossia (American micronation) has black hair. Hutt River and Wy (Australian micronations) have brown hair and brown eyes. Ladonia (Swedish micronation) is the first red-haired character. This might be a sign there will be less Phenotype Stereotype in the future.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', which is set in Germany, has many blonds with blue eyes, along with several Asian characters including the protagonist.
* Fumio's grandfather in ''Manga/SaitamaChainsawShoujo'' looks, talks, and acts like John Wayne... assuming of course that John Wayne was a practitioner of [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Chainsaw-Fu]].[[note]]He's implied to be Creator/DennisHopper's character from ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2''[[/note]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d pretty hard in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' {{doujin}} ''God's Children's Day'' by Kagero. In a prescient anticipation of her characterization as [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} daydreaming]] WrongGenreSavvy Nerd in the then-unreleased ''Undefined Fantastic Object'' and ''Hisoutensoku'', Sanae immediately categorizes the blue-eyed ([[KaleidoscopeEyes that day]]) and blonde Alice as "some kind of super-foreigner" and tries to speak to her in English. The comic then goes on a tangent about what Sanae must have thought of the equally blonde, but ethnically Asian Marisa ([[{{Mukokuseki}} Or so we're told]]).
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has several examples:
** Part-German Asuka has [[HeroesWantRedheads red]] [[FieryRedhead hair]] and blue eyes. Her mother was half-German and in at least one adaptation had blond hair.
** Most of the (all-Japanese) cast have brown or stylized black hair, like Misato's black which occasionally looks purple, except for Fuyutsuki (whose hair is grey with age), Rei (albino-like), Ritsuko Akagi (flashbacks make it clear she dyes her hair blonde), and Kaworu (albino-like [[spoiler:HumanoidAbomination]]). Some of the Japanese characters sport non-Japanese eye coloring, including the aforementioned albino-like Rei and Kaworu [[spoiler:because they weren't really ''regular'' humans to begin with]]. There's also Shinji's eyes, which are dark blue and which he seems to have gotten from his mother, Yui. The [[AllThereInTheManual Classified Information]] revealed she was the daughter of a prominent member of SEELE; {{Fanon}} generally takes him to be one of the international members, or at least a Japanese man with foreign ancestry, to explain her blue eyes.
** Kensuke's hair is a lot lighter than one would expect a full-Japanese person's hair color to be. He also seems to have blue eyes. This has never been explained, but fans usually agree that he must have a gaijin ancestor somewhere in his family line.
** There's also a scene in the second ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie, where the American division of NERV had people who looked like they were of Nordic/Aryan descent- Blue eyes, light blond hair, and even detailed facial features associated with Caucasians. But then you had Kaji standing right behind them looking like the only young, cool (and not to mention: bishonen) guy in the room. (Maybe because he's Japanese...hopefully that's not supposed to be racist?)
* Either played straight or possibly slightly parodied in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. Kitano's neighbors, introduced later in the manga, are an American guy married to a Japanese woman and their children. The guy is of course blond and Aryan looking and a [[FunnyForeigner "stupid gaijin"]] to boot. Their children are also blond and completely un-Japanese in appearance and it's even lampshaded by Ikuno, who in trying to tell him not to judge by appearances (not to be afraid of Kitano, naturally), notes that anyone looking at him wouldn't expect that he only speaks Japanese.
* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', the American Sarah [=McDougal=] has blonde hair and blue eyes, and provides the page image. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] a little when she tells Motoko, "Kaolla and I are not Japanese!"
* Momiji Sohma of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is half German and half Japanese; he has blond hair like his German mother despite the fact that it isn't the dominant phenotype. In the anime it's [[AdaptationDyeJob not a result of the curse]], since Momiji's uncursed little sister has the exact same blond hair as him, while in the manga she has some shade of brown.
* Bandit Keith from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' actually started the trope of WearingAFlagOnYourHead because of how American he is.
* Liz and Patty from ''Manga/SoulEater'' are both Americans (New Yorkers, in fact) and are blonde and blue-eyed. Though blonde/very light-brown-haired Maka's exact ethnicity is never really specified besides being at least partially Japanese, her surname is "Albarn" (which points to being at least part Anglo-Saxon).
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'':
** ''Durarara'' averts this trope with Simon, an African-Russian guy who works for a ''Russian sushi shop'' in Japan. He still has blue eyes, though.
** All of the Japanese characters have more realistic (as much as stylized can get) features. The two Japanese blondes (Masaomi and Shizuo) have both explicitly stated that their hair is dyed, and according to WordOfGod, Walker, who has dark blonde hair, is biracial (it's unknown what other ethnicity he is though).
** Also we meet Russian tourists and an Italian immigrant. Atypical.
** There is another, more minor foreign character, a young woman who is shown holding up signs to advertise for different businesses, and she is blond and blue-eyed.
** Celty is Irish (well, a mythological creature from Irish legend) and, [[HeadlessHorseman when she had a head]], she was a redhead.
* Similarly averted in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', which has a wide array of faces and hair colors - a given, since it's set in 1920's/30's New York.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'':
** Played extremely straight. All the major players of the Nasa Aliens are blonde with the exception of Patrick "Panther" Spencer (who's black) and the Gonzales brothers (who are most likely Latino).
** Not to mention the World Cup arc. In particular, the "Pentagon" of Team America is made up of Panther, two blondes (who are also extreme jerkasses), a Native American (he has braided hair and wears face paint at all times), and a Hollywood action star. At first it seems the Hollywood star, Bud Walker, appears to simply avert the blonde stereotype (his hair is black) till you realize it's because he's a parody of American action movie actors like Brad Pitt.
* In ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', several of the characters have those: the British Clair Fortran (light blond hair, blue eyes, light skinned), the American Jackie Gudelhian (dark blond hair, blue eyes) and the Austrian Karl Lichter von Randoll (blond hair, green eyes, light skinned).
* Averted in ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'' with ButNotTooForeign Japanese-American Cindy Manabe, who has red hair and green eyes, not standing out too horribly from the rest of the technicolor cast.
* Averted for the most part in ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce''; The show's cosmopolitan cast features characters of many national origins, but only the French-born Minerva is a blue eyed blonde. Of course, the Mexican Bullhorn has flaming red hair, green eyes, and fair skin - which is rare but plausible in Mexico.
* In ''Manga/ShamanKing'', MagicalNativeAmerican Silva actually has the closest to mongoloid features in mukokuseki; he has (ridiculously) slanted eyes, even though real Indians (with the exception of Inuit) often don't even have the epicanthic fold. Oddly, he's [[LGBTFanbase built like a bara character]].
* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' has the American Sara, who's blond and blue-eyed. It's actually a plot point, since she gets mistaken for Lala-Ru.
* ''Manga/{{Softenni}}'''s Elizabeth Warren.
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'':
** In one episode Natsumi befriends an American kid with green eyes, freckles, and blond hair. Somewhat subverted since he's [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese]].
** Averted in the ''No Mercy'' OVA, where the main girls transfer to Los Angelas. The {{Identical Stranger}}s to their friends have light brown hair for the most part.
* Mariya and his sister from ''Manga/MariaHolic'' have [[ButNotTooForeign some]] Italian genes in them, and are blonds.
* In ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'', the character Jack (actually a woman, Jack just being her initials) dresses in full barely covering cowgirl gear, extremely buxom, long blond hair and is always seen eating fast food.
* The personifications of America, France, and Britain in ''Webcomic/AfganisuTan'' all have blue eyes. Meriken and Britain have blond hair, while France has light red.
* In ''[[Anime/GaoGaiGar The King of Braves GaoGaiGar]]'', we have the American-born 3G BridgeBunny Swan White. Blond-haired and blue-eyed, she even speaks Japanese in a clumsy, amateurish fashion compared to the Japanese crew members. Later on, we meet her brother Stallion, who's been working with the American counterpart to 3G and is as blue-eyed and blond as his sister.
* ZigZagged in ''Manga/SakigakeOtokojuku'', where the only foreign student at the titular school is the blond-haired American J -- but since J's BigOlEyebrows and GoNagaiSideburns are black, his hair is probably dyed.
* One of the protagonists of ''Manga/FlowerFlower'' is a blonde haired girl with green eyes. She comes from a fictional country called "Adingala" which seems European.
* Averted in ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''. Maria is from France, however she's a brunette with brown eyes.
* In ''Manga/KillMeBaby'' this appears to be the case with Sonya, who has blond hair and blue eyes, although her background is shrouded in mystery.
* ''Bokutachi Otokonoko'' revolves around two protagonists, one of them being only half Japanese and having blond hair.
* ''VisualNovel/HiiroNoKakera'' has exactly two German women in it and both of them are blond.
* ''Manga/KiniroMosaic'' plays the basic trope straight but averted the extended characteristics. The two English girls--Alice and the [[ButNotTooForeign mixed Japanese-English]] Karen-- are both blonde and blue-eyed, something the title, meaning ''Golden Mosaic'', refers to. However, Alice is short by ''Japanese standards'', and Karen is hardly the tallest girl in the cast. In addition Alice's and Karen's [[NiceGirl personalities]] do not much the Japanese perspective of a British character stereotype. [[note]]Japanese anime and manga often portray British characters are {{Jerkass}} DeadpanSnarker[=s=]. [[/note]]
* ''LightNovel/IfHerFlagBreaks'': The half-Japanese Nanami, who's from a fictional country in Europe called "Bladefield", stands out from the rest of the members of the main cast - even in a setting where YouGottaHaveBlueHair is in full force - for having blonde hair and blue eyes. Her half-sister Hakua, who shares Nanami's ethnic makeup, averts this, having white hair and purple eyes.
* ''Manga/{{Hanayamata}}''[='=]s case is similar to ''Manga/KiniroMosaic''[='=]s case above. Hannah, an American, is blonde and blue-eyed--but shorter than the main character, Naru.
* The Russian Vladimir from ''Manga/ShounenNote'' has blond hair and blue eyes, which contrasts with Yutaka's black hair but equally blue eyes. Vladimir [[spoiler:does have some [[ButNotTooForeign Japanese in him]] though, from his grandmother's side]].
* ''Anime/{{Heroman}}'' is set in America and has a blond-ish protagonist with a blonde crush. There are quite a few subversions though, such s Joey's AmbiguouslyBrown best friend Psy.
* Played with in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'', which takes place in Italy. Henrietta has brown hair and her [[TheHandler handler]] black. The blondes are the DarkSkinnedBlonde Triela (who is from a North African country) and Rico, while Claes and Angelica both have black hair. Petra is Russian and was originally blonde but her appearance was [[YouDontLookLikeYou greatly altered]] when she became a cyborg, along with her hair becoming red. If anything there are more darker haired people in the manga than lighter tones.
* [[FriendlySniper Tina]] [[HeavySleeper Sprout]] from ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' plays this trope straight with her blonde hair, blue eyes appearance of an American, but averts this with her personality being [[NiceGirl one of the most kind-hearted characters]] in the series who [[TheQuietOne doesn't talk much]] and [[GeniusDitz happens to be very smart]].
* Kujou from ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}'' is called Dark Reaper partly because of his black hair which the students from Sauville see as uncommon. It appears that the author is not aware that black hair is quite common among middle europeans. Especially in Italy which is said to be next to Sauville.
* Max from the original ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' is half-American. Both him and his mom, Judy, are blue eyed blonds and Max has freckles. As far as Max's concerned he's [[{{Invoked}} invoking the trope]], as he actually admits he dyes his hair.
* Among the Martians in ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', who are descendants of Earth-living humans and all have 'Europeanish' sounding names, the hair color almost seems to be a class thing. Most of the titled nobility, starting from the Royal family (though [[spoiler:Lemrina]] inexplicably has ''[[YouGottaHaveBlueHair lavender]]'' hair) are blonds, with the most notable exception of Count Saazbaum, [[spoiler: the series' BigBad]], whose hair is an entirely nondescript brown, and the redhead Countess Femieanne. The commoners and lower nobility, on the other hand, have predominantly darker hair, like the black-haired Saazbaum's deceased fiancee, Viscountess Orlane, and Slaine's aide Harklight. For that matter, [[{{Deuteragonist}} Slaine himself]] (whose surname is [[GratuitousFrench Troyard]]) comes from Earth and is a blond, while Inaho, TheProtagonist and his {{foil}}, is a Japanese boy with dark brown hair.
* Marnie from ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'' has blonde hair and blue eyes. It [[InnocentBlueEyes fits]] [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold her]] though, and puts her at contrast with the brunette (but equally blue eyed) Anna (who is multiracial [[spoiler:as Marnie is her grandmother]]).
* Mami Tomoe from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is an odd example in that both her hair ''[[CurtainsMatchTheWindows and]]'' her eyes are gold. Her first name is also a Spanish word, her [[CallingYourAttacks final shot]] is in Italian, and she was modeled after a western gunner. WordOfGod has confirmed that she [[ButNotTooForeign isn't fully Japanese]], but her exact ethnicity has yet to be revealed.
* Chizuru from ''Manga/KimiToBoku'' is a half-German transfer student with blue eyes and blond hair.
* ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'':
** Ririka is blond but doesn't count as she's Japanese. When she finds a lost dog, his owner turns out to be an American named Edward, who has blond hair and speaks in both Japanese and English. It turns out to be a trap and "Edward" is actually a [[EvilRedhead redheaded villain]].
** It's never stated what country the oneshot character Gene is from however he is a large nosed, dark blond haired soccer player who [[GratuitousEnglish peppers his speech with English]].
* PlayedForLaughs in the first episode of ''Anime/OsomatsuSan''. Iyami is [[YouDontLookLikeYou redesigned]] as a French LongHairedPrettyBoy with blond hair and blue eyes.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', amongst all the Japanese characters is Ana, a blonde-haired blue-eyed Russian.
* Zig-zagged in ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', where many of the figure skaters are from different countries. Some characters hit their national stereotypes (eg. Russians Victor Nikiforov and Yuri Plisetsky have pale hair and light eyes but [[HuskyRusskie lithe builds]]), but others don't (eg. American Leo de la Iglesia isn't a blond and blue-eyed Caucasian but a tan, dark-haired Mexican-American).
* Subverted with Hayasaka in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'', who has blonde hair and blue eyes, but is actually [[ButNotTooForeign a quarter Irish]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman were all designed to conform to the same attractive Anglo-Saxon phenotype: tall, caucasian, physically fit, regular features, glossy black hair and blue eyes. This results in the odd situation of three people, one an [[HumanAlien alien]] and one a clay doll animated by the power of the Greek Pantheon, who could easily pass for siblings.
** Similarly; Connor Kent, Donna Troy, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Damian Wayne also fit that same phenotype.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'' has a black American called Mr.J, who is a villain that is quite big and doesn't have much hair.
* Catherine of Aragon in real life had strawberry blonde hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. In ''Series/TheTudors'' she has dark hair because she's, ya know, Spanish. She does have pale-ish skin and blue eyes though, which is a darn sight (no pun intended) better than most depictions which go dark on all three features.

* ''Webcomic/GirlsOfTheWild'' has the blond, blue eyed Charles Wilds.
* The two most proeminent American [[MoeAnthropomorphism fighter girls]] in ''Manhwa/FlightHighSchool'', the F-22/F-35 sisters, are green-eyed blondes.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'', one of the characters you can roll up is a fat blond man with an American flag on his shirt. His name is, of course, "American Guy". He's even fatter than the ''sumo wrestlers''. Hilariously, he also wears a ball-cap, has glasses and is bearded. He looks like Michael Moore (who has worn American flag shirts before).
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' varies with this this - the characters are from all over the world and they for the most part have varied physical appearances that would seem appropriate to their nationalities (although [[VideoGame/StreetFighter Sagat]] must have had a rather excitable pituitary gland, and doesn't look the least bit Southeast Asian). It still shows a disproportionate number of blond Americans, since only Americans who aren't blond are [[VideoGame/FinalFight Guy]] (of Asian descent), [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Balrog]] (Black), and Crimson Viper (implied to be mixed, possibly of Latino heritage). They're outnumbered by the blond Ken, Guile, Charlie, Cody, Alex, and Rufus, though it's AllThereInTheManual that Ken dyes his hair.
** Vega (Balrog in Japan). Because he is European, in Japan he has light skin and bright blond hair (sometimes light brown or red), following the Japanese stereotype (according to ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur]]'', the Japanese seem to mix up Spain and France, the same way we'd mix up Korean and Japanese culture). Because he is Spanish, in the American film adaptations he is played by dark-skinned and black-haired [[LatinoIsBrown actors of variable]] [[{{Spexico}} Native American descent]], following the American stereotype. The most common hair color in Spain in RealLife is dark brown.
** The original ''Street Fighter 2'' in particular was very guilty of this, all "white" characters (Cammy, Guile & Ken) were all blonde and blue-eyed. In addition, every single one of Guile's stage bystanders cheering him on were as well. These bystanders were eventually diversified in the hair color department for the HD Remix.
* ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' has blond, blue-eyed Shimon ([[ButNotTooForeign a quarter French]], according to the manga). Considering the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair huge amount of colors used for the main cast's hair]], this doesn't look too unusual at first... except that in [[TrappedInAnotherWorld Kyou]] these features are mostly associated with the Oni Clan, and poor Shimon, who was bullied for his appearance even in his world, keeps getting mistaken for one of its members... The Oni Clan itself probably counts as well, considering their origins.
* Bebe, the French foreign exchange student in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', is as blatant an example of this trope as you could ever hope for.
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' plays this partly for laughs like all its [[UpToEleven exaggerated tropes]] from oldschool [[{{Shonen}} shounen mangas]]. All three [[{{Eagleland}} American]] students have blond hair and blue eyes... including the [[TokenMinority token black guy]].
* ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'': Frenchwoman Helena is light-skinned and very blond with blue eyes. [[ButNotTooForeign Half-Japanese/Half-German]] Hitomi ''averts'' the stereotype of Germans being depicted as blondes and is instead depicted as having brown hair and green eyes. English woman Christie has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair white hair]] and La Mariposa/Lisa is designed to look like a dark-skinned, likely mixed-African woman. And Tina Armstrong, an American blonde [[note]]though she appeared as a brunette in the first game and it's explained that she bleaches and dyes her hair[[/note]] who, when the game contains English voice-acting, has a Texan accent and she also has multiple outfits that somehow involve the [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead American flag]], either by depicting it on it or having an article of clothing have its pattern.
* The ''TokimekiMemorial'' series is guilty of this, especially being a series that loves the YouGottaHaveBlueHair trope: the only two characters having the Blonde Hair[=/=]blue eyes combo in the series are Patricia [=McGrath=] of ''Tokimeki Memorial 1 Pocket'', and Elisa Dolittle Naruse of ''Tokimeki Memorial 4''. The first is an {{Eagleland}}er; the second a case of ButNotTooForeign.
** Averted in the case of SecretCharacter Chiharu Aoki of ''[[GenderFlip Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side 1st Love]]'': he's an {{Eagleland}}er too, but has blue hair and eyes. In ''Girl's Side 2'', meanwhile, blond and blue-eyed Englishman Christopher Weatherfield [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]]: "It's clear that I'm a foreigner. Don't I look like one~?"
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' has the blond blue-eyed "Lightning American", Lt. Surge.
** However, Morty, Agatha, Glacia, Greta, Volkner, Palmer, Barry, and Cynthia are clearly not American. Glacia is a blue-eyed blonde from an unspecified region so it's possible she still counts. Her Japanese name, "Prim", isn't associated with any country.
** Unova, which based on New York, has its fair share of blonds. It's {{Averted}} in a lot of cases. Most of them are [=NPC=]s, and the only four of significance are Elesa, Caitlin, Bianca and Colress. Caitlin's hair is light brown in her Generation IV appearance, so she might use dye. Elesa also has black hair in the sequel, which means either she dyed it or her blond hair was dyed.
** Aarune from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' is Unova born and a blond.
** Orre, which is based on Arizona, also averts this in many cases.
** Kalos, which is based on France, seems to have a sizable amount of blonds (both player characters can be blond - and Viola, Korrina, Clemont, and Siebold are all blond as well). However, like Unova, there are many aversions. There are also many dark-skinned [=NPC=]s and two dark-skinned Gym Leaders - Olympia, who is tan, and Grant, who is black.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' are based on an American state, however being based on Hawaii it seems to be averting this in exchange for darker hair colors.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has the oddly red-skinned people of Cosmo Canyon (which is based on American Indian stereotypes). And of course Barret is a Creator/MrT [[{{expy}} lookalike]].
* ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' averts this in most cases. The entire series takes place in Western towns in an unidentified country that resembles the Americas and occasionally Europe, with a lot of Japanese influence. Since the cast is western, it can't have every game plagued with blonds and red-heads. It's partially justified by the choice of giving potential partners a distinctive look. Each of the potential husbands and wives have a different hair and eye colour. Usually, it became distinctive of their respective relatives.
* Averted with Angel, from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, who is a fair-skinned, white-haired buxom woman who happens to be from Mexico. And nope, not even a sombrero in sight.
* Vert's design in ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' is based on the American Stereotype of being Blonde, Blue Eyed and Busty.
* The third ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' game takes place in America. The game features many blond OriginalGeneration characters and "Americanized" versions of previous {{youkai}}. Tomnyan, the American version of SeriesMascot Jibanyan, is blond furred and blue eyed. Averted with Nate's American friend, who is a brunette.
* ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' has Bismarck and Iowa, who are both depicted with blonde hair and blue eyes. The latter is notable to the point that her eyes are not only blue, but [[ExoticEyeDesigns literally star-spangled]] as well.
* All Nazi enemies in ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' are stereotypically Aryan blue-eyed blondes. In fact, only one Nazi, SuperSoldier Trans Grösse, doesn't have blond hair. The trope goes so far that the black hair of Mutants is understood by fans as signs that they were originally Allied [=POWs=].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Klavier and Kristoph Gavin in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' both are pale-eyed with blond hair. The von Karmas have either white (due to being old) or blue hair. They're all referred to as "German" in the English versions of the game, but in the original Japanese they're from America.
* The Heroic Spirit Gilgamesh in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' (and ''LightNovel/FateZero'') is pale-skinned and blond. Uruk lay within the borders of modern-day Iraq, and that combination of phenotypes would have been extremely unusual to say the least. Could be justified by his SemiDivine origin, though that would raise some UnfortunateImplications.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'''s token [[ButNotTooForeign half-Japanese]] girl is naturally blond and blue eyed. The other half is Scottish, though, not American. She was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally half-South African]] so she never really fit the stereotype completely. She's somewhat of a deliberate subversion of tropes like this one. People who discover for the first time that she's Scottish (as opposed to German, American, English, or Russian) are comically surprised, because ''obviously'' all Scots are redheaded, rowdy, and HotBlooded! (whereas Lilly is an impeccably polite, graceful blonde)
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the Italian woman Beatrice Castiglioni has beautiful blond hair and blue eyes. Even after she births a child with a Japanese man, the child still has blond hair and blue eyes.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Despite ''WebAnimation/SenpaiClub'' being an AffectionateParody of anime and using several cliches, this one is averted. The half-Japanese, half-American Nelly Smith has brown hair and reddish-brown eyes (though her father is a blonde and her mother has black hair). Nelly ''does'' have a thick accent though. Her friend [[NoNameGiven ???]] does have blond hair and blue eyes but seems Japanese, but then again she [[TheSilentBob never even speaks]] so it's hard to tell.